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This is an auction for THE BOOK OF ORIGINS by Trevor Homer. review:

"Here is everything under the sun that the author thought relevant arranged alphabetically from Art to Zoos. There are subsections under each main head. For example, under the chapter heading "Health" we find "History of Medicine," "Diseases and Cures," "Ears," "Eyes," "Heart," etc. Under "Space" there's "Early Astronomy," "Rocket Science," "Conspiracies and Myths" (in which we learn that according to a Time Magazine poll "6% of Americans do not believe men ever went to the moon"). Homer give dates for all the people named throughout the book, which is a nice old-fashioned touch that I like. A couple of typical facts from the book:

* Until the Middle Ages it was "thought that the eyes sent out invisible rays to detect objects." An Arab mathematician showed that "people see things because rays of light pass from an object to the eye."

* A Spaniard named Rodrigo de Jerez who was with Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) when he sailed to America "is thought to be the first non-American smoker. When he returned to Spain, he was imprisoned for seven years by the Inquisition having been accused of frightening people with the smoke billowing from his mouth and nose. By the time of his release, smoking was widespread in Spain."

"In general I learned that many "firsts" are earlier than commonly thought, and those dates may be extended backward as new information comes to light. Bottom line: just the thing for trivia buffs."

Many more very favourable reviews on

Hardback 2006.

346 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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