Artist's Proof Copy in Full Vellum with an Original Pencil Drawing and Every Illustration Signed[Cheloniidae Press]. Sir Thomas Browne. Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Of Unicornes Hornes. N.p. [Williamsburg, Massachusetts]: Cheloniidae Press, 1984. Artist proof numbered v of 15 copies printed on full white vellum, signed by Alan James Robinson, Harold P. McGrath, and Gray Parrot. Further inscribed to Arnold and Mimi Elkend, as is every print and engraving. Octavo. Unpaginated. Illustrated with sixteen wood engravings, all signed by Alan James Robinson. Introduction by Jan van Dorsten. Frontispiece portrait etching of the author hand-titled and signed by the artist. Printed by Harold P. McGrath at Hampshire Typothetae. Van Dijck Monotype set and cast by Michael and Winifred Bixler. Hand-bound at Gray Parrot bindery. Bound in an elegant full vellum non-adhesive binding by Gray Parrot, with gilt title to spine. Laid into a gilt-stamped quarter vellum and oatmeal cloth chemise are three state proofs of the etching, work proofs of the wood engravings, and an original pencil drawing of a unicorn, along with an additional suite of prints, all signed and inscribed by the artist. All housed in a gilt-stamped quarter leather and oatmeal cloth clamshell box. Fine.
First published in 1646 as Chapter XXIII of Pseudodoxia Epidemica or, Enquiries into very many received Tenets, and commonly presumed Truths, by Sir Thomas Browne. Text for this Cheloniidae edition is that issued in 1650, "corrected and much enlarged by the author." Browne's original book was a debunking of various superstitious beliefs of the day, and in this chapter he tackles the supposed magical powers of so-called "unicorn horn" (surprisingly common in Browne's day, often merely narwhal tusk passed off as unicorn horn to wealthy and naïve consumers).
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