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The Story of the Noble Opal
Brisbane, Flavelle, Roberts and Sankey, 1908. Small octavo, 114, [2] (blank, colophon), [2] (a tipped-in leaf, being an advertisement for 'Queensland, the Queen of the Colonies', verso blank) pages. Original olive-green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine ('Noble Opal' and the author's surname) and front cover (the full title); cloth lightly rubbed at the extremities; endpapers a little foxed and offset, with two small (offset) tapemarks to both flyleaves; essentially a fine copy. Flavelle's Gem Series Number 1. Sydney Skertchly (1850-1926) arrived in Brisbane in 1891 after a successful career as a geologist in places as varied as the Fenland and East Anglia, Egypt, California, Burma and China. In 1895-97 he was assistant government geologist in the Geological Survey of Queensland; he was President of the Royal Society of Queensland in 1898, and a founder and first president of the Field Naturalists' Club in 1906. The author's end-note to the reader states 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'. An early, rare and important work on the subject (and we know of no other volumes in the Flavelle's Gem Series). We currently have for sale two variant copies of this item, sourced from a significant collection on the subject. The other version does not contain the tipped-in advertising leaf, while this version is printed on untextured (and better-quality) paper, resulting in a noticeably thinner volume (11 mm as distinct from 14 mm).
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