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The Story of the Noble Opal. Flavelle's Gem Series, No 1
Brisbane: Flavelle, Roberts and Sankey Ltd, 1908. 165 x 105 mm, 114 pages, index. Scattered foxing at the page edges extends to the margin edges of some pages. The title page is foxed at its edges. (It is not as brown as it appears in the photograph.) Grey cloth boards with a few spots of silverfish damage and a small hole just above the author's surname at the lower part of the spine. Gilt titles on the front board and on the spine are bright. An excellent, tightly-bound copy of a rare book. This, the first book written solely about opal, covers the story of the gemstone from the time of the Romans in the Augustine age, its formation, where it is found, and how to care for it. In the end-note to the reader on page 111, Skertchly writes that the publishers 'asked me to write a series of little books on gemstones, and gave me an entirely free hand. As this, the first of them shows, they will not be mere gatherings from other harvests, but original works embodying the results of my own experience'. This may have been the only volume in Flavelle's Gem Series. As most copies appear to have been discarded and destroyed, this is a rare book, much sought-after by collectors of works about opal. Shipping will be reimbursed on this item (ie, free shipping). Near offers considered.. First edition.. Hardcover. Very Good.
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Last Found On: 2017-10-12           Check availability:      Biblio    


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