Very Good. Item #003391
London: William Pickering, 1839. Presumed First Edition. Octavo; xliv + 370pp, including index. Rebacked in newer burgundy buckram with gilt spine lettering and new endpapers, with earlier post-publisher cloth retained over boards. Tape repair/reinforcement along gutter on half- and full title pages. Covers edgeworn and bumped at corners, with cloth scuffed away at top back corner and some fading, scuffing, and soiling to surface. Pages lightly tanned.
Pages 303-320 are incorrectly inserted between pp 288 and 289, but this was not done during recent binding repairs, dating rather from a much earlier state of book, as indicated by textblock coloration, note in ink by previous owner previous to rebinding, and paperclip stain; rebinding did not correct the placement. Final page of mis-insertion has closed horizontal tear, probably from removal of paper clip.
Pigott (1796-1865) was a provincial military man and, eventually, member of the House of Commons under the patronage of the Duke of Buckingham, to whom the volume is dedicated. Per his Preface: "It has been the aim of the author of the present work to bring within a small compass information spread throughout many a costly volume, and shut up in languages not much studied in England. . . . It is intended chiefly for such as desire, without much research, to obtain some definite ideas of the wild and warlike religion of their ancestors. . . ."