(n. p.): For Private Distribution, 1856. 1st Edition. The Author's copy, SIGNED. 4 pp. Binder's blanks. Tipped-in mss descriptive note to rfep. Lithograph plate, showing 3 views of the helmet. 8vo. 8-1/2" x 5-3/8". Tan half-calf binding with marbled paper boards. Red speckled edges. This copy signed by the author on the ffep, with the added mss note: "Our private copy". Binding with general extremity wear, overall Very Good. Item #47498
Matthew Holbeche Bloxam was a native of Rugby, Warwickshire, England, a Warwickshire antiquary and amateur archeologist, author of a popular guide to Gothic architecture. He was the original source of the legend of William Webb Ellis' invention of the game of Rugby football.
Herein Bloxam describes the events leading to the discovery of this helmet, which, at the time, was of a different design than those known... ""it is an unique and remarkable specimen, differing considerably in form from the Greek nasal helmet so frequently presented to us in sculptures, coins, and in actual existing examples..." [p. 3].
Rare publication by this antiquary- we find only one copy held institutionally: Society of Antiquaries of London Library.