Miniature Book News #107: 2000 December Page: 8
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The present copy (after comparison with both
known copies of the first edition (4) and two copies
of the second edition (5) ) would appear TO
COMPRISE AN UNRECORDED LATER ISSUE
OF THE FIRST EDITION. Gatherings A-D are as
present in the consulted copies of the first edition
and gatherings F-H do not appear to carry any
differences in text or setting from the second
edition. NO OTHER COPY CONTAINING THE
TEXT AND SETTING OF GATHERING E
APPEARS TO BE RECORDED.
Gathering E here appears to be in a later textual
state than the first edition copies held in the
Bodleian and Lilly lilbrarles and despite similarities
in the setting of text, this gathering does not appear
to have been supplied from a second edition.
THERE IS TEXT PRESENT IN THIS ISSUE
THAT IS NOT PRESENT IN ANY OTHER
COPIES SEEN OF EITHER THE FIRST OR
SECOND EDITION (6). This text, on page 65,
comprises part of the description of the Porcupine:
"Notwithstqanding this animal is very uncommon,
and so well armed for its defence,'tis easily made
tame, and tractable to those who give it food: It
seems of the same genus as our English
1. Bondy, Louis W., Miniature Books, 1981
2.Stone, Wilbur M., The GiganUck Histories of
Thomas Boreman, 1933
3. The Lilly Library (Indiana University) and the
Opie Collection of the Bodleian Library are both
known to hold copies. The copy in the Opie
Collection is incomnplete in that it lacks the
4. Bodleian Library, ...and Lilly Library...
5. Bodleian Library...
6. Bodleian Library... and Lilly Library
With such an exalted pedigree Sotheby's put an
estimate for this item of L 6,000 to L 8,000
equivalent to about $ 10,000 to $ 13,000 hammer
(i.e. not including the buyer's commission). It
turned out that this lot, offered in London In
November, was "bought in" which means that the
bidding did not reach the reserve price, if there was
one, which typically is about 80% of the lower
I asked Justin Schiller, an expert on children's
books generally and Boreman specifically, about
this situation. Justin said that " the study of
children's books published during the 18th century
often allowed for changes in the course of printing,
thus creating changes in illustrations as well as text
substitution. The English STC (Short Title
Catalogue) is attempting to document these
changes, but rarety and special focus are the chief
obstacles." He went on to say that as far as value
is concerned, while all of the Boremans are rare
and desireable, such spedfic variations described
in the instant Sotheby's item may not equate such a
high estimate as was accorded. He explained
further that we are not dealing here with a great
work of literature where the historical value of the
text would justify such a multiple value increase as
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Edison, Julian I. Miniature Book News #107: 2000 December, periodical, 2000; St. Louis, Missouri. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9391/m1/8/: accessed December 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections.