132nd out of 150 books — 34 voters
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Paperback, 260 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by McMaster Press
(first published January 1st 1874)
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