Title Monachologia: Or, Handbook of the Natural History of Monks; Arranged According to the Linnaean System
Binding Decorative Boards
Book Condition Very Good
Size 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
Publisher Edinburgh, Scotland Johnstone and Hunter 1852
Seller ID 007314
The author citation on the title page states, A Naturalist. Actual name of author is Ignaz Edler von Born. Later edition. First edition believed to be 1783. Published and printed by Johnstone and Hunter, Edinburgh. Contemporary leatherette binding in dark green, with elaborate blind-stamped arabesque design and crisp gilt-stamped image of a robed bat-like monk to the boards, and with crisp gilt-stamped title and gilt-stamped "Price.5/" to the front board. Very slightly bumped spine head and tail, and gently bumped corners. On the whole a clean and presentable binding. Text block firmly bound in. 8.5 x 5.25 inches. A.E.G. With 77 numbered pages. With frontispiece, elaborate title page design, and 17 full-page engraved plates, many in sepia-tone. Rear hinge cracked but holding nicely. Scattered light spotting/foxing to the front preliminaries. Else a very clean copy and still rather tight. A clear plastic wrapper protects the book. A Very Good copy. Either hilarious or offensive, depending on one's point of view. A send-up of popery in general and the monastic orders in particular and using the vehicle of Linnaean taxonomy. With thanks to Time Heals for the following: "A satire by a scientist and former Jesuit, first published in 1783. Born (1742-1791) was Austrian by birth and educated at a Jesuit college in Vienna. He spent 16 months as a member of the order before leaving... Born was known for his satire, especially of the Jesuits. In this work he studies the habits and habitats of that most pernicious of species - the clerical Monk."