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A mystery of sixty centuries. Or a modern St. George and the dragon. Written, printed, illustrated and published by S. P. Widnall.
Grantchester, Cambridge 1889 - First and only edition, small 8vo, pp. [4], 195; mounted woodburytype frontispiece of a fabricated dragon's head, 4 lithographs (3 tinted); contemporary if not original cloth-backed marbled boards, printed paper label on spine; edges rubbed but generally a very good copy. This copy of the book is accompanied by 2 autograph letters from the author, totaling 7 pages, both dated 1889, and both discussing the book and the difficulties of printing the lithographs, together with a series of 14 proofs of the 4 lithograph illustrations. In one letter he states: "I am as you suppose wishing to try a little amateur lithography. I have written a story and printed it on an amateur press and now I want to do a few illustrations."A young Yorkshire lad, in the company of one Jack Engledown start off for Africa to find "marvelous discoveries," and end up in a lost world populated by dragons and other monsters. A romantic, and curious about all matters scientific and antiquarian, Samuel Page Widnall (1825-1894) began taking photographs as early as 1854. He set up a photographic studio and established his own private printing press to produce the books he wrote. His busy life also encompassed natural and antiquarian history, carpentry, and metalwork. He even contrived to make a primitive telephone for himself. OCLC locates 6 copies, only Harvard and Brigham Young in the U.S. NUC adds LC. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB)]
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