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Author Name:    Ranking, John

Title:   Historical Researches on the Wars and Sports of the Mongols and Romans: In Which Elephants and Wild Beasts Were Employed or Slain. And the Remarkable Local Agreement of History with the Remains of Such Animals Found in Europe and Siberia

Binding:   Buckram

Book Condition:   VG+

Jacket Condition:   No Jacket

Edition:   First Edition

Size:   4to - over 9" - 12" tall

Publisher:   London, England Printed for the Author 1826

Seller ID:   005816

Original edition, ex-libris, newly rebound in burgundy cloth, with spine panel lettered in gold foil, new endpapers, new head- and tail-bands, text block edges very slightly shaved. Perforation stamp to title page and first leaf of Preface (pp. iii/iv), a few stamps on verso of title page, otherwise unmarked. xv,516 pp. (final page "Errata"), illus. w/ folding frontis. map, + 10 plates (1 folding map, 3 engraved plates, 6 lithographed plates), all present and intact, without library markings, slightly foxed. (Binders' directions provided on p. xv.) Eight (8) leaves in Ch. 1 show closed tears extending from fore-edge through margins and into the text (in several cases across the leaf to the binding gutter) but no loss, all professsionally mended with clear archival tape, and barely noticeable. No other internal defects, excepting mild wear to some corners, slight and scattered soiling. Large foldout map of Asia as conquered by Genghis Khan, etc. in the 13th-15th centuries ("Great Tartary") is detached and laid in; 995+ intact with some very slight loss along edges and one fold, separated and reattached along one of the two vertical folds, with archival tape repairs to blank verso along other folds and some closed tears/chipping along edges; several of the recent archival tape repairs are laid over earlier non-archival tape, removing which seemed likely to harm the map; there is one approx. 1" section of archival tape mounted on the front of the map, along a fold, with all other repairs made on verso only. Book presents "as new" by virtue of rebinding, contents VG+, map VG+. Overall, a conservatively restored copy that will remain durable for decades of an exceptionally scarce issue.


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