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    Artist's Proof Copy

    [Cheloniidae Press]. Thomas Browne. Pseudodoxia Epidemica: of Unicornes Hornes. [Easthampton, Massachusetts]: Cheloniidae Press, 1984.

    One-of-a-kind artist's proof copy, signed by the artist, Alan James Robinson on the colophon page. This unique copy was printed on an obsolete Whatman Paper, Blue White Laid, 1962. The Van Dijck Monotype was set and cast by Michael and Winifred Bixler. The design binding was crafted by Sarah Creighton. Quarto. Unpaginated. Illustrated with sixteen wood engravings by Alan James Robinson and unique to this copy, a watercolor of a Narwhal and an extra drawing of a unicorn signed by Alan James Robinson. With an introduction by Jan van Dorsten, former head of the Sir Thomas Browne Institute in Leiden, Netherlands.

    Superbly bound in full leather with a cross-section of a Narwhal horn inset on the front board. Gilt lettering to spine. The masterfully bound book is housed in a gilt-stamped quarter leather and blue cloth clamshell box. Fine condition.

    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 a narwhal tusk passed off as a unicorn horn to wealthy and naïve consumers).


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