Typographical errors can sometimes be amusing, and some of them predate the advent of computerized publishing and spell checkers. In those days, a good editor presumably needed to have an excellent eye for detail, or at least you would think that would be the case. You couldn't afford to be lazy and rely on automatic correction to detect these errors.
This brief discussion is about the Phoenician civilization, and headed "The Frist (sic) Great Maritime Power." Surely they meant "first?" How many thousands of copies of this book were distributed with such an obvious and slightly embarrassing error? How much mirth did this create in libraries and classrooms around the world? Oh well, at least we can laugh about it now.