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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. Preliminary pages, including the title page, foxed. From page 5 to page 111 there is no foxing. An excellent, tightly-bound copy of this rare book, with a little slackening at the spine between pages 64 and 65. Pale blue boards lightly rubbed and with some toning to the edges and spine, gilt titles on the front board and on the spine. This was the first book written solely about opal. It covers the story of the gemstone from the time of the Romans in the Augustine age, how it is formed, 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.
      [Bookseller: Lawrence Jones]
Last Found On: 2017-10-12           Check availability:      Biblio    


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