Apr 09, 2015 - Sale 2379

Sale 2379 - Lot 284

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WILKINS, JOHN. Mercury; or, The Secret and Swift Messenger: shewing, how a Man may with Privacy and Speed communicate his Thoughts to a Friend at any Distance.[14] (of [16]), 180 [i. e. 170], [4] pages, including 2 blanks at end; lacks the initial blank. 8vo, 164x113 mm, contemporary calf, worn, rebacked, endpapers renewed, front cover detached; marginal dampstaining through most of volume with occasional faint traces of mold, slight paper corrosion along fore edge of opening leaves, contemporary owner's inscriptions on blanks at end London: I. Norton for John Maynard and Timothy Wilkins, 1641

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first edition of the first book in English devoted to cryptography, "not merely a practical guide in the use and decoding of ciphers, but a broadly based discussion of the means of communication, or what today would be called semiotics"--DSB XIV, 365. Wing W2202.