With Nine Illustrations, Including Four Chromolithographs

    S. A. Binion. Rare Salesman's Dummy for Ancient Egypt or Mizraïm. Ambitious in scope and enormous in scale, Samuel Augustus Binion's book Ancient Egypt or Mizraïm was intended to be the acme of publishing, from the massive page size - 22 x 28 inches - to the quality of illustration and construction of the book itself. A work of such ambitious scope required sufficient interest in the form of capital to see the light of day. To that end, the publisher, The American Polytechnic Company Limited of Buffalo, New York produced several mock-up copies of Binion's work in an effort to entice subscribers to purchase the completed book. In addition to the title pages, projected table of contents, and list of illustrations, this copy - a "salesman's dummy" - also contains four chromolithograph illustrations, one tinted lithograph, three steel engravings, and one monochrome illustration. Bound at the back are six pages reserved for subscriber information. The mock-up is bound in brown calf with a heavier-grained leather forming borders at the edges. The completed book was finally published in 1887 in an edition limited to 800 copies. This example has moderate edge wear to the boards and a loose title page; otherwise, the contents are sound, the illustrations fine.

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