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Lot 572
Piazzi Smyth. Our Inheritance In The Great Pyramid. "Third and Much Enlarged Edition." London: Daldy, Isbister & Co., 1877, 616 pp plus index. With 24 plates. Professionally rebound with blue cloth and gold-stamped leather title plate on spine. Smyth was the Astronomer-Royal for Scotland. This is a serious work with multiple mathematical chronologist studies. Fine condition.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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Lot 573
Edward Topsel and Thomas Muffet. The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents. "Whereunto is now Added The Theater of Insects…" London: E. Cotes, T. Williams, T. Johnson, 1658. An oversized volume measuring 13½x9", and three inches thick. Professionally rebound with marble boards and a leather spine that shows gold-stamped title and decoration. Overall light page toning; text is sharp and dark. This massive 1130-page compendium of the "known" creatures of the world at the time has numerous engravings, including some full-page graphics of an elephant and a rhinoceros. In the serpent section, a plate shows a sea serpent devouring a ship, a seven-headed hydra, and various dragons. Sixteen pages are devoted to dragons, including a cure for dragon bites. Dragon sightings in Germany in 1543 are discussed: "there came many serpents with wings and legs into parts of Germany near Stiria, who did bite and wound many men uncurably." A rare and desirable volume for the discriminating antiquarian book enthusiast or aficionado of natural history.
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,500.
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Lot 574
Harte, Bret. The Heathen Chinee. Boston: Osgood, 1871, 24 unnumbered pp, 8 full-page illustrations by Sol. Eytinge, Jr. 12 missing only, original orange wrappers. First Authorized Separate Edition, BAL Printing B. Covers lightly marked, else fine.Alain de Suzannet bookplate. Preserved in a red cloth folding case. With nine lithographed cards illustrated by Joseph Hull, Chicago: The Western News Co., 1870, in original lithographed envelope. Another edition, Chicago: Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, 1873), 16 unnumbered pp with wood-engraved illustrations, folding plate inserted. 32 missing only, original tan printed wrappers. BAL Printing A, with the Chinese advertisement on p. 13. Light cover wear, else fine. Unauthorized reprint issued as an advertisement for the Rock Island Route which in 1873 extended from Chicago to San Francisco. The cover depicts Ah Sin on his way to Hong Kong by rail. BAL 7248N. Barrett Library, p. 17. All of the above items are housed in a custom-made green slip case with Alain de Suzannet bookplate. Also, an 11x9" chromo lithograph, "The Heathen Chinee," and a copy of the December 1916 Overland Monthly, Bret Harte Edition (Vol LXVIII, No. 6); tattered covers.
Estimated Value $175 - 225.
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