The Book of Beasts. Being a translation from a latin bestiary of the twelfth century. T. H. WHITE.

The Book of Beasts. Being a translation from a latin bestiary of the twelfth century.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1954. Signed and Inscribed First Edition. Octavo. pp.[6], 296, [1]. Bound in publisher's grey cloth with bestiary device in red to front board, gilt titles in red cartouche to spine; pictorial endpapers reproducing a sequence of medieval manuscript images of lions. Pink dustwrapper with titles in beige to front board and spine, list of further titles by White to rear cover; price-clipped. Binding shows well, with some bumping to corners and spine ends. Dust jacket is rubbed, with some small chips and tears to corners, edges, and at spine ends, somewhat sunned, with scuff marks to spine. Internally clean with no signs of spotting. White was the ideal translator for this equivalent of the Physiologus, with a wide ranging knowledge of the natural world and a deep appreciation for the scholarship of the middle ages - and a consummate skill in communicating these to a general audience. It is an eccentric classic, which reflects its latin original and its translators own sense of whimsy. Inscribed to "Ken Smith / with love from / Tim White" to half-title, and signed to title page. With one manuscript correction to p.238. Item #44738

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