New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1882.
First Edition. Hardcover. 9 1/4" X 6". 109pp. Blue cloth over boards, with star and pyramid stamped in gilt to upper board, lettered in kind and ruled in black. Moderate wear to binding, with bumping to extremities, small tears to extremities, chipping to head and tail of spine, and sunning to spine. Front hinge appears to be repaired, with crack to paper at gutter but strong hinge. Previous owner's name to first page. Pages are age-toned but clean and unmarked excepting a very occasional smudge. An overall quite well-preserved first printing of this rare tract, theorizing that the pyramids were the theodolites of the Egyptians, by Robert Ballard (1839-1912), esteemed railway engineer, inventor, and collector of Australian lepidoptera. Very good. Item #4929