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        Autograph Letter Signed to her Publisher

      1879. hardcover. ["Eliot, George."] Autograph Letter Signed ("M. E. Lewes"-- Marian Evans Lewes) to Mr. [Joseph] Langford [of her publisher Blackwood]. Two pages, written in purple ink on mourning stationery printed with "The Priory | 21 North Bank | Regent&#39;s Park." Dated December 17, 1879. <p>This two-page letter, to the London manager of the publishing house of William Blackwood of Edinburgh, reads:</p> <p><?ms_indent>Dear Mr. Langford</?ms_indent></p> <p><?ms_indent>I think there is no harm in allowing the said drawings to appear, since you think that they show talent. But <u>I</u> must have no responsibility in the matter. They must be understood to be quite apart from my book in a material sense. And therefore I must not see them. The word "illustrations" must be avoided. "Heads from T. S." -- or some such title would be allowable, but not "Heads <u>illustrating</u>" -- which might be the reverse of true. Will you kindly answer Mr. Ledebour in this sense?</?ms_indent></p> <p><?ms_indent>I shall be very happy to see you any day after 4:30. From thence to 7 o&#39;clock I am at present invariably at home.</?ms_indent></p> <p><?ms_indent>Believe me</?ms_indent></p> <p><?ms_indent>Yours very sincerely</?ms_indent></p> <p><?ms_indent>MELewes</?ms_indent></p> <p>George Eliot&#39;s last book, IMPRESSIONS OF THEOPHRASTUS SUCH, had come out earlier in 1879; a work of fiction, it is a series of eighteen character studies or "impressions" on the arts, literature, and society in general. Though the "impressions" are the author&#39;s she presents them as if by a scholar who remains unnamed ("Theophrastus" was a disciple of Aristotle) -- whose own eccentric character is revealed by his observations.</p> <p>The book was not illustrated. Clearly, an illustrator named Ledebour (perhaps a son or daughter of the famous German botanical illustrator C. F. von Ledebour) had just contacted Blackwood&#39;s, asking permission to develop a suite of illustrations referring to the characters in the book (such a thing had been done earlier, for example with characters in Dickens&#39;s novels, in fact using the phrase "Heads from..."). Langford, at Blackwood&#39;s, put the question to the author, and this is her reply. Clearly this is a devastatingly lukewarm endorsement of the idea; in any event, no such group of "heads" was ever published.</p> <p>This letter shows "George Eliot" very much in charge of the publication of her book, just a year after the death of her long-time common-law husband George Henry Lewes (the reason they did not marry was that he was married to someone else; his death is the reason for the mourning stationery). In May 1880 she would marry John Cross (twenty years younger than she), her first legal marriage, but in December of that year -- twelve months after writing this letter -- she died. (She was not buried in Poet&#39;s Corner of Westminster Abbey due to her "irregular" relationship with Lewes; however, in 1980, on the centenary of her death, a memorial stone was at last placed there.)</p> <p>The letter is in fine condition (once folded). It is published in THE GEORGE ELIOT LETTERS, edited by Gordon Haight, vii p. 229.</p> SIGNED / INSCRIBED / ASSOCIATION COPIES (Sumner & Stillman Code:12128)

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        History of the Donner Party. A Tragedy of the Sierras

      Crowley & McGlashan Truckee, California: Crowley & McGlashan, (1879). First edition. Spine a little rubbed, corners slightly bent, else a very attractive copy. Octavo.original brown cloth decoratively stamped in blind with gilt lettered spine McGlashan was born in Wisconsin and was only two years old when his family came to California, making him a contemporary in age and experience with the younger children in the Donner party. He settled in Truckee, California, in 1871 where he became an attorney, a publisher, writer and an inventor. His book was by far the most informed account of its time of the Donner Party. It was the first serious attempt to consult authorative sources, weigh evidence, collect detached episodes into an organized whole, and extend the story of the Donner Party from a sensational incident to an important chapter in California history [Howes M102. Zamorano Eighty #53. Graff 2610. Cowan p. 406].

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        British Fresh Water Fishes. Illustrated with a coloured Figure of each Species drawn from Nature by A.F.Lydon and numerous Engravings.

      London / Edinburgh and Dublin, William Mackenzie, (1879). Folio. XXVI, 204 pages with 41 stunning full-page lithographs in colour. Original half leather with gilt lettering on spine. Very good condition with some signs of external wear. Rubbing to the binding. Part of upper hinge damaged. [Freeman 1782 / Nissen ZBI 2009 / Wood page 391] The coloured, chromolithographic plates of the fish and the facing, picturesque Vignettes are as follows: 1 - Perch / 2 - Ruffe and Miller's Thumb (Vignette: On the Avon, Strensham Reach) / 3 - Sticklebacks (Vignette: Easdale, Grasmere) / 4 - Carp (Vignette: On the Brathay) / 5 - Crucian Carp and Prussian Carp (Vignette: Breddgelert, North Wales) / 6. Golden and Bronze Carp (Vignette: On the Avon) / 7. Gudgeon and Barbel (Vignette: On the Thames) / 8. Roach (Vignette: On the Hodder) / 9. Chub (Vignette: On the Lea) / 10. Graining and Dace (Vignette: Pont Aberglaslyn, North Wales) / 11. Azurine, Dobule and Rudd, or Red-Eye (Vignette: On the Dart) / 12. Tench (On the Thames) / 13. Golden Tench / 14. Common Bream (Vignette: Rydal Water) / 15. Pomeranian Bream and White Bream or Breamflat (Vignette: On the Thames, near Eton) / 16. Spined Loach, Minnow, Loach and Bleak (Vignette: On the Derwent) / 17. Allis Shad and Twaite Shad (Vignette: On the Wye) / 18. Pike (Vignette: On the Doon) / 19. Salmon (Male) (Vignette: On the Tweed) / 20. Salmon Trout (On the Dee, Scotland) / 21. Salmon Trout (Var) / 22. Sewen (Vignette: River Scene, Aberglaslyn) / 23. Bull Trout (Vignette: River Scene, Langdale) /24. Galway Sea Trout (Vignette: On the Dargle) / 25. Short-Headed Salmon (On the Devon, Scotland) / 26. Common Trout (On the Trout Stream - Driffield) / 27. Black-Finned Trout (On the Llugwy, North Wales) / 28. Grilled, or Young Salmon / 29. Lochleven Trout (Vignette: Loch Katrine - Ellen's Isle) / 30. Gillaroo Trout (Vignette: Loch Awe) / 31. Great Lake Trout (Vignette: Pass of Leny) / 32. Windermere Charr, Cole's Charr and Gray's Charr (Vignette: Windermere) / 33. Torgoch and Alpine Charr (Vignette: River Scene ar Pont-y-Cyffing)/ 34. Loch Killin Charr (On the Wye) / 35. Vendace, Gwyniad and Grayling (Vignette: On the Dart, Lover's Leap)/ 36. Pollan and Powan (Vignette: The Wye, from Goodrich Castle) / 37. Young Trout, Salmon Parr and Smelt (Vignette: At Cleeve, on the Thames) / 38. Burbot, Eel-Pout (On the Wharpe) / 39. Sturgeon (On the Dee) / 40. Sharp-Nosed Eel and Broad-Nosed Eel (Vignette: Eel Bucks on the Thames) / 41. Sea-Lamprey, Lampern, Planer's Lamprey and Pride (Vignette: At Scalby Mill, near Scarborough) /

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        Histoire des Romains depuis les temps les plus reculés jusqu'a L'Invasion des Barbares. Nouvelle Édition, revue, augmentée et enrichie D'Environ 2500 Gravures dessinées d'apres L'Antique et de 100 Cartes ou Plans. 7 Vols.

      Paris, Hachette et Cie, 1879-85. 4to. Bound in 7 orig. full calf, spine and covers luxurious pictorial gilt. All edges gilt. Profusely illustrated with chromolithographed and woodengraved plates, textillustr. and maps. Fine and clean

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        Sveriges medeltid.

      Kulturhistorisk skildring. Del I-III. P. A. Norstedt & Söners Förlag, Stockholm 1879-1903. Del I i tre volymer. [2],iii,[3],317,[1] + iv,321-712 + iv,713-1025,[1] sidor. Del II i tre volymer. [4],222 + [4],223-609,[1] + [6],613-984 sidor. Del III i två volymer. [4],524 + [4],525-1116 sidor. Rikt illustrerade. Samtida fina ljusbruna halvfranska band med fem upphöjda bind, rik förgylld dekorativ ryggdekor, röda titeletiketter samt röda snitt. Något skavda ryggar. [25x17 cm]. Del IV som utkom 1953 saknas i denna fina svit. Åtta robusta volymer med ren och fin inlaga.. På dryga tretusen sidor beskriver Hildebrand medeltiden så som den tedde sig på landsbygden och i städerna. Han ger en bild av näringar och samfärdsel. Han skildrar kungamakten och stormännens liv, krigsväsendet och kyrkan. Verket behandlar landabygden och städerna. Hans Hildebrand var en av den svenska lärdomshistoriens giganter, närmast jämförbar med Henrik Schück inom litteraturhistorien. Han hade en unik bredd i sitt vetande och var väl förtrogen med både litterära urkunder och internationell litteratur i ämnet. Hildebrand tillhörde en generation forskare som vågade ställa hypoteser och dra slutsatser. Kanske var slutsatserna inte alltid så väl underbyggda, men de bidrog till att föra forskningen vidare. En forskare som Hildebrand hade också den stilistiska förmågan att göra sin framställning levande

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        Utilité de la Flagellation dans les plaisirs de l'amour et du mariage. Traduit du latin de J. H. Meibomius. Nouvelle édition. Suivie de La Bastonnade et de la Flagellation pénale par J. D. Lanjuinais et autres pieces en vers.

      Bruxelles, Gay et Douce, 1879. Bound in very special full polished calf with extraordinary sculptured erotic illustrations to front and back. Gilt titles, gilt borders, topedge gilt and silk clothed innercovers and marbled endpapers, and an extra, also erotic, illustration inserted as frontispiece. 205 pages. Not illustrated, except the extra frontispiece. Minor foxing to first pages, otherwise very fine copy, excellent, well preserved and clean.. Classic french pervy erotica in unique pornographic binding in the style of Felicien Rops

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