Wednesday, February 2, 2011

At the Book Fair: 1740 Stonehenge first edition

Yeoman's in the Fork is a rare book and document gallery located in historic Leiper's Fork, Tennessee. "The small town bookshop with uptown books" will be exhibiting at the 30th Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair.

One of the more unusual item in the Yoeman's collection is a 1740 first edition of Stonehenge by William Stukeley, M.D. It was published by W. Innys and R. Manby in 1740.

Stukeley is remembered as one of the most important figures in early archaeology.  This is a monumental work about Stonehenge by the man who first pioneered its archaeological investigation.

 The volume has a contemporary calf leather spine with later leather spine exhibiting raised bands and gilt ornamentation and red leather spine label.  It is illustrated with 35 engraved plates, and all of its fold-outs are present.

The volume is in good condition overall, with light foxing inside and some rubbing & scuffing to the boards.

Yeoman’s has a wide variety of rare books, documents, maps, and ephemera. Yeoman’s shares the collector’s passion, along with helping educate those new to collecting rare books and documents.

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