Catalogue of the Twenty-Seventh Auction Sale of the Series, comprising : Prehistoric and Ethnological Specimens
formerly forming Part of the Celebrated Rosehill Collection and Savage Implements and Weapons Part of the Collection formed by the Late Sir John Evans.London : Harrods and Allsop & Co., 1939 Stock Code: 134894
First and only edition, inevitably uncommon, just a single copy- at the Swiss Musée d'Ethnographie - located in a search of online institutional listings. The material was sold by Wellcome's trustees "as surplus to the requirements of the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum". The majority of the sale comprised of "the greater part" of the renowned Rosehill Collection, purchased by Wellcome at Christie's sale in 1924; "The noble founder of the Collection, Baron Rosehill, Ninth Earl of Northesk, was an ardent enthusiast in this branch of archaeology, and expended large sums in his efforts to make the Collection representative and complete Of the forms represented by single examples many are of the utmost rarity, while not a few are unique" (Foreword).
Quarto. Original printed wrappers.
With 3 halftone plates.
Somewhat rubbed and soiled, the lower panel of the wrappers torn at the top corner with loss, backstrip frayed, minor edge-splits, and corners slightly dog-eared, remains very good.
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