The Book of Beasts.
Being a translation from a Latin bestiary of the twelfth century.London: Jonathan Cape, 1954 Stock Code: 139142
NotesFirst edition, first impression, presentation copy,inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Ken Smith, with love from Tim White", additionally signed by White under his printed name on the title page. The Book of Beasts was White's translation from a mediaeval bestiary manuscript preserved in the Cambridge University Library. His epigraph is from T. H. Huxley: "Ancient traditions, when tested by the severe processes of modern investigation, commonly enough fade away into mere dreams: but it is singular how often the dream turns out to have been a half-waking one, presaging a reality".
Octavo. Original grey cloth, spine lettered in gilt on red ground, red device of a Amphivena to front cover, decorative endpaper, top edge red. With the dust jacket.
Title page printed in red and black. Line drawings and photographic reproductions from bestiaries in the text.
Spot of fading to spine ends, else notably clean and bright; a near-fine copy in the price-clipped jacket with faded and mottled spine, light soiling to rear panel, nicks and creasing to extremities, tiny chips to head of spine.
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