The Book of the Sword. Richard F. BURTON.

The Book of the Sword.

London: Chatto and Windus, 1884. First edition, large 8vo, (xl), 299, (1) pp. 293 illustrations in the text, some light marginal browning. Original grey cloth, recently rebacked in maroon morocco with leather corners also, covers a little marked, crossed swords design to upper cover. A pleasantly restored copy of one of Burton's scarcer works. Originally intended to be the first of three volumes (a plan abandoned after the book's poor sales), Burton traces development from prehistorical times to the Roman empire, including several chapters on the technological advances, from stone to copper to iron and also chapters on Egypt, Greece and the middle east. Penzer p107. Item #9335

Price: £435.00

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