Lot 14 of 312:
Sir Richard Burton's Book of the Sword 1st Edition  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$600
Estimate:
$1,000 - $1,500

Title:
The Book of the Sword
Author:
Burton, Richard F.
Place:
London
Publisher:
Chatto and Windus
Date:
1884
Description:

[iii]-xxxix, [1], 299 pp. Illustrations in the text. (4to), original gray cloth stamped in brown with design of crossed swords, spine lettered in gilt. First Edition.

Burton examines the sword and its development through history. This was the first volume of a planned three-volumes work, but it "fell still-born on the public," in Penzer's words, and the final two volumes were never published. Penzer calls the book very scarce. Penzer p.107.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Some soiling to boards, rubbing to extremities; expert repair to front hinge; early ownership signature, foxing to endpapers; very good.
 
Item number:
302785
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