First edition of a classic study on giants and dwarfs, 1868
Edward J. Wood. Giants and Dwarfs. London, Richard Bentley, 1868. 20,5 x 13,5 cm. xii, 472 pp. Original publisher's blind-stamped cloth. Library label of Amsterdam collector W.N. Schor on paste-down ("Librairie des Sciences Occultes W.N. Schors"), contemporary owner's entry on title-page, spine damaged, new endpapers.
First edition of a classic study on the subject.
Divided into 16 chapters it treats giants and dwarfs from biblical times to the 19th century, including of course celebrities such as Charles S. Strutton (General Tom Thumb), Simon Paap, Jeffery Hudson, Patrick Cotter O’Brien, and Caroline Crachami (whose body was stolen and anatomised after her death).