London: Cassell and Company, Limited, 1907. Octavo, measuring 8 x 5.5 inches: xii, 312. Original full olive ribbed cloth, front board and spine lettered in gilt and decorated in Art Nouveau style in a darker green. Frontispiece and seven full-page plates. Spine lightly toned, top edge dusty, foxing to preliminaries.
First edition of this educational miscellany, debunking common myths of the early twentieth century. Fallacies are grouped by category, such as “food,” “diseases,” “legal,” “historical,” and “weather.” Some fallacies, such as the belief that camels carry water in their humps, remain widespread misconceptions today. Other commonly held beliefs include the idea that frogs cause warts, that fog stops sound, and that the Liberty Bell cracked on July 4, 1776. Several popular fallacies have been proven true after all; Ackermann denies that sugar is bad for the teeth, but modern dentistry disagrees. A very good copy of a diverting book, offering insight into the prevailing assumptions of the Edwardian age.