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    State Proof Copy in Full Vellum

    [Cheloniidae Press]. Sir Thomas Browne. Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Of Unicornes Hornes. N.p. [Williamsburg, Massachusetts]: Cheloniidae Press, 1984.

    State proof numbered xii of 15 copies printed on full white vellum, signed by Alan James Robinson. Octavo. Unpaginated. Illustrated with sixteen wood engravings by Alan James Robinson. Introduction by Jan van Dorsten. Frontispiece portrait of the author. 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 state proofs of the etching, work proofs of the wood engravings, and two original pencil drawings of unicorns, along with an additional suite of prints. 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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