1984 · . (Easthampton, MA)
by Browne, Sir Thomas
Small 4to. (9 ¾" x 7"). Number 11 of 60 copies of the Deluxe Edition. Illustrated with 16 wood engravings by Alan James Robinson, and signed by him. Hand bound at Gray Parrot’s bindery in quarter vellum and laid in a custom gilt-lettered quarter vellum tray-case. Printed by Harold P. McGrath at Hampshire Typothetae on obsolete Whatman Paper, Blue-White Laid 1962. The frontispiece is an etching of Sir Thomas Browne. The Deluxe Edition contains a chemise housing an extra suite of the engravings and the etching, each SIGNED and numbered by Robinson. Prospectus laid in.
Browne’s work was intended to demonstrate that one need not look to the mythical unicorn to find horned animals, since many exist in nature. Robinson’s wood engravings illustrate examples of such animals including four legged beasts, insects, and fish. Of Unicornes Hornes was first published as Chapter XXIII in Browne's PSEUDODOXIA EPDEMICA in 1646. It was "corrected and much enlarged by the author" in 1650, and the Cheloniidea Press’ production incorporates this latter text. Fine.
(Inventory #: 750.1981)