Wednesday 21st May, 2014
image BEING A TRANSLATION FROM LATIN BESTIARY Offered for sale by Peter Harrington. From their site: "First edition, first impression, advance review copy (with a typed note from the publisher tipped in giving notice of misprints etc.), of White’s charming mediaeval bestiary. White’s chosen epigraphs for the book are wonderfully characteristic in application to the present text, the first from T. H. Huxley (Victorian biologist, grandfather of Aldous), “Ancient traditions, when tested by the severe processes of modern investigation, commonly enough fade away into mere dreams: but it is singular how often the dream turns out to have been a half-waking one, presaging a reality”, and the second from the final sentence of 17th-century author Alexander Ross’s Arcana Microcosmi: “And as dutiful Children let us cover the Nakednesse of our Fathers with the Cloke of a favourable Interpretation” " Physical description: Octavo. Original sage cloth, device to upper board and titles to spine in red, top edge red, pictorial endpapers. With the dust jacket. Illustrations in the text throughout. Excellent copy in the dust jacket. Direct link