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Orang-Outang, sive Homo Sylvestris : or, the Anatomy of a Pygmie Compared with that of a Monkey, an Ape, and a Man – [to which is added] – A Philological Essay Concerning Pygmies, the Cynocephali, the Satyrs, and the Sphinges of the Ancients. Wherein it will appear that they are all either APES or MONKEYS, and not MEN, as formerly pretended.

TYSON, Edward. M.D. First Edition. Recently rebound, full leather binding with 5 raised bands to the spine, two compartments with gilt titled leather labels and date in gilt at the foot. [xii] 1-108 [ii] 1-58 [2], 8 folding plates after William Cowper (1666-1709) by Michael Vander Gucht (1660-1725). This work represents the first formulation of the idea of the 'missing link', which was more fully explored by the works of Huxley and Darwin in the 19th century. The boards are in fine condition. The fore edges of three leaves have been conserved such that they show a 5mm or so band of japanese paper. The title page has two areas of loss that have been conserved, as has a tiny chip at the edge of p5. All folding plates are in very good condition, though several have small areas on conservation on the folded edges and plate one has a very small tear at the joint. There is slight rippling to some pages, light general spotting mainly, but not exclusively, to the wide fore edge margins which are toned as would be expected. 'The first work to demonstrate scientifically the structural relationships between man and anthropoid ape' (Norman). 'The earliest important study in comparative morphology. [Tyson] established a new family of anthropoid apes standing between monkey and man. [he] did not foresee the theory of evolution, but his work contributed substantially to its formulation and in that sense he was a forerunner of Blumenbach, Buffon, Huxley and Darwin' (PMM). Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.
Animal Farm

Animal Farm

ORWELL, George 1st Illustrated Edition. 13.5 x 20.5cm. Publisher's red cloth boards with silver title and cockerel vignette to the front board and silver titles to the spine, 109pp, coloured frontispiece and 31 line drawings. The dust jacket has not been price clipped and shows 10s 6d on the front flap. The front flap also states: ' Publication of this edition shortly precedes the appearance of the full length cartoon film of the book - the first full length cartoon film ever to be made in England; and the same artists - John Halas and Joy Batchelor - who made the cartoons have drawn the illustrations.' The jacket has done an excellent job of protecting the book, the boards are in fine condition noting the merest hint of shelfwear at the foot of the spine and at the corners on the bottom edge. All corners are firm, sharp and square and the tiles are beautifully bright. Internally, there is an small ink owner name at the top corner of the front free endpaper, otherwise the pages are lovely and clean - the book appears unread. The dust jacket is very good and has general light dust soiling and a faded spine with a 2-4mm band of loss across the top of the spine and minor loss at all fore edge corners. There is a closed tear of 1.5cm from the top fore edge corner and of 1cm, with a little surface abrasion around it, towards the opposite corner. There is general creasing and minute chipping along the top edge of the jacket and at the bottom edge of the front panel plus a 4mm closed tear at the bottom edge of the rear panel. In all a lovely copy of this hard to find edition in a particularly scarce dust jacket. The animated film, released shortly after this book in 1954, was the first British animated film to be formally released. Interestingly, the rights to produce the animated film had been acquired by the CIA shortly after Orwell's death, who then used their influence to make it appear more overtly anti-communist with many small changes, though mainly by removing the capitalist humans and at the end replacing them with communist pigs. This classic work thus a casualty of the Cultural Cold War. Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.