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        THE NECKLACE OF PRINCESS FIORIMONDE; and other stories. With illustrations by Walter Crane.

      vii, 184pp. With eight full-page plates and other illustrations within the text. Original decorative cloth, gilt. All edges gilt. The decorative part of the original dust-wrapper [the front panel and the spine] attached to the rear fixed endpaper. First edition. Inscribed on the verso of the front endpaper, 'A. C. from A. C. 2961.' Probably a gift from Arthur Crane, Walter's younger brother, to Anthony Crane, Walter's grandson, from whose library this book came. Evidence of something having been removed from front endpaper; cloth a little faded; else a very good copy.

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        Group of circus sideshow cabinet cards and cartes-de-visite depicting midget Minnie Warren alone and with husband Commodore Nutt, Tom Thumb's wedding, giantess Ella Ewing and family, sword thrower "The Great Arcarn," facially disfigured "Elephant Man" in Middle Eastern dress, and midget doctor

      v.p. ca. 1880s 90s v.p., [ca. 1880s-90s]. Albumen prints mounted on card; three cabinet cards (approx. 6-1/2 x 4- 1/4 in.); four cartes-de-visite (approx. 4-1/4 x 2-1/2 in.), some captioned in pencil on the rear. All in near fine condition . A fine group of circus freakshow and dime museum oddities, similar in theme to the work of Charles Eisenmann. In fact, the haunting portrait of a facially disfigured "Elephant Man" is from the Bowery studio of Frank Wendt, Eisenmann's business partner

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        WATERCOLOURS FOR GREETINGS CARDS.

      Two fine watercolour designs attributed to Margaret Thompson for greeting cards, published by De La Rue, circa 1880's. 'LOVE FOR THEE NO CIRCLING YEARS CAN CHANGE.' 'MAY FRIENDSHIP GIVE NEW BLOOM TO ALL THEY YEARS.' Some rubbing to the wording on one card; else in excellent order. These came from the collection of Henry Herbert Harrod, author of children's books and a collector of original illustration.

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        Dramatic Idyls, Second Series

      Smith Elder and Co London: Smith, Elder,and Co, 1880. Hard Cover. FIRST EDITION. AN IMPORTANT PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed ÒMrs Proctor, with RBÕs affectionate regards June 27 Ô80.Ó Anne ProctorÕs husband, the barrister and poet Bryan W. Proctor (who wrote under the pseudonym Barry Cornwall), was the dedicatee of BrowningÕs poem ÔColumbeÕs BirthdayÕ (1844). The Proctors were among the BrowningsÕ closest friends. He and John Forster anonymously edited the first selection from BrowningÕs works in the 1860Õs. Near fine in original brown cloth with gilt title to spine. Light rubbing to edges and corners. There is browning from a paper clip to the top edge of first few pages, else the interior is very clean. 147 pages plus 2 pages of ads. POE/020309. Near Fine.

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        Diphyllodes Republica [Wilson's Bird of Paradise]

      Boston: published by the author for the subscribers, October 1880-1883. Chromolithograph with additional hand colouring. Printed on wove paper. In excellent condition. Image size: 20 x 16 inches. 24 x 18 1/2 inches. A wonderful print of Wilson's Birds of Paradise, from Corey's celebrated ornithological work. This spectacular chromolithograph comes from Charles Barney Cory's seminal text "Beautiful and Curious Birds of the World." An extremely rare work, Cory's large folio is considered one of the finest ornithological works of its day. In the preface to his great work, Cory states: 'In writing the present work I have striven to bring together some of the wonderful examples of the ornithological world, and to illustrate them in such a manner that others besides naturalists may become acquainted with the beautiful forms of bird life which inhabit our globe.' Given Cory's stated aim it is unsurprising that he has concentrated on the most spectacular bird family of all: the Birds of Paradise and their relatives the Lyre Bird and the Spotted Bower bird. Twelve of the twenty plates in the text picture these magnificent birds. The eight others include two of the best known extinct bird species: the Dodo and the Great Auk. The remaining choices fall into the curious rather than the beautiful category, with images of the Kiwi, the Ruff, the California Condor, the Black-headed Plover and the Sacred Ibis. This striking image of the Diphyllodes Respublica is one of the twelve prints of Birds of Paradise. More commonly known as Wilson's Bird of Paradise, the Diphyllodes Respublica is a small bird, roughly the size of a starling. This extremely rare species is endemic to the island of Waigeo and Batanta of the western coast of Papua New Guinea. In the male of the species the upper mantle is sulphur yellow while the wings and the lower mantle are a shocking crimson. The bird's breast is lush velvet green and its curled tail feathers are a gleaming silver. The most curious attribute of this remarkable species is its bald crown which is coloured a rich cobalt blue and is so vivid that it is clearly visible by night. Unfortunately, their extraordinary beauty has made them eagerly hunted, and the species is close to extinction. Bennett p. 28; BM(NH) I, p. 387; Fine Bird Books (1990), p. 87; McGrath p. 59; Wood 30; Nissen IVB 205; Nissen SVB 109; Zimmer p.137

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        Roma

      [Ca.1880-1890] Album 19 x 26 cm. Photographs 9,5-10,5 x 14-16 cm. 50 albumen prints mounted at boards, surrounded by decorative printed frames. Red blind pressed cloth with title and ornamentations in gilt at the front board. Gilt ornamentations at the spine. Name inscription at the front fly leaf "Louis Ritz". Gilt faded. Some stains and wear to the binding. Bumped corners. The mount boards a bit bent. The end papers with some dirt and stains. Slight browning and finger dirt to some of the mount boards. The photos are in very nice condition. A few with a little fading. No foxing.. A photo album depicting Rome as well as its ruins and art works. Each photo has a caption in the negative below the image. The first photo has a barely visible stamp by the photographer Olivieri. Presumably, also the rest of the photographs are by Olivieri since they all are in the same style. Olivieri had two photo studios and a binding service in Rome. He managed to be metioned in the 1890 edition of the all important Baedeker guide. The competition among photographers in Rome for the tourist trade was fierce. To be mentioned in the Baedeker guide was very important

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        San Francisco 1849

      [No place: circa 1880]. Tintstone lithograph with additional hand- colouring, sheet size: 18 1/8 x 33 3/4 inches. Framed in gold leaf frame with painted black panel. Firk's rare view of the city of San Francisco in 1849: "one of the best-known early San Francisco views" (Peters). Henry Firks was a painter and lithographer known primarily for his images of California during the mid-nineteenth century. His works are held by the Bancroft Library, California Society of Pioneers, and the University of California. This fine and rare lithograph depicts the city only months before the great increase in population brought about by the Gold Rush. Baird and Evans record eight issues of this image: this is the seventh with no imprint and fifty-two numbers and fifty-two items of reference listed beneath the image. "A wide-ranging portrait of San Francisco, crisply rendered by the artist Henry Firks, is provided in this important view of the city...the view delineates the main features of the newly laid- out town: its favorable location on a wide bay; the hilly terrain affording lookout points; the low commercial structures lining the shore; the residential buildings of various make, some substantial, most not; and the large amount of shipping accommodated by the harbor. At the right is the Pacific Ocean entrance to the harbor, already known as the Golden Gate. Flush with the right-hand margin of the arched view is Yerba Buena Island, preserving San Francisco's original name. Firks' rendering is the source of numerous other views of San Francisco looking north on Montgomery Street to Telegraph Hill" (Deák). Baird & Evans Historic Lithographs of San Francisco (1972) 8g; California on Stone pp.120-121; Deák Picturing America 584; cf. Reps Views and Viewmakers 242; Who Was Who in American Art (Madison, Ct.: Sound View Press, 1999) I, p.1124

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        The WORKS Of CHARLES DICKENS - The Pocket Volume Edition

      Chapman & Hall London:: Chapman & Hall,. 1880.. 16mo. 5-7/8" x 3-7/8". 1st edition thus. 30 volumes, complete.. Original publisher's flexible green cloth binding with black & gilt stamping.. PPII cocked with a small stain to the lower corner of the first 4. leaves. BH1 with cracked front hinge. Otherwise a VG+ to Nr Fine. set, with the occasional VG volume, evidently depending, as one would. expect, on the popularity of the title.. An economical edition offered by C&H, in this pocket format, without illustrations. Uncommon as offered here, i.e., in a complete set.

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        Dynamische Stofflehre angewandt auf das kosmische Leben. Allgemeine Bewegungserscheinungen und ewiger Kreislauf des kosmischen Lebens. Mit dem Portrait des Verfassers, nebst Himmelskarten, Abbildung unsrer Planeten, Kometen und Nebelflecken. [INSCRIBED by the author's widow]

      Privately Printed Sybille Hess Paris Privately Printed [Sybille Hess] 1880 Second edition g Scarce [Only two libraries worldwide own this book, according to OCLC]. 8vo. 182 [1] pp. Half maroon leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt lettering to spine. Raised bands. Modern endpapers. Inscribed by Sybille Hess [post mortem] to original free front endpaper. Gravure frontispiece. Lithographic illustrated throughout. Fold-out map. Rare, second edition of of this scientific work by the "father of modern socialist Zionism", Moses Hess [1812-1875]. A philosophic work on science, the cosmos and mankind. it draws upon scientific and philosophical ideas with influence from Hegel and Feuerbach. Hess had worked in this field most of his life and it was posthumously published by his devoted wife in 1877 as a pious monument to his memory. Head of spine, corners worn. Minor scuffing and rubbing to boards. In German. In overall good condition.

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        REMARKS OF PRESIDENT HAYES, AT THE CELEBRATION OF GENERAL GARFIELD'S ELECTION, CLEVELAND, OHIO, NOVEMBER 4, 1880

      n.p., [1880]. First Edition. Wraps. Slightly sunned at the top edge, otherwise Fine. Printed wraps; 4 pages, the last blank. SIGNED on the top margin of the front page "With Compliments/R. B. Hayes" by the President. Prints Hayes's speech celebrating the election of James Garfield to succeed him as President. "You all remember how four years ago the business of the country for weeks and months was interrupted and almost suspended by the doubts in regard to the result of the election. Possibly the weakest point in our system is that our Constitution does not adequately provide for the ascertainment and determination of the result of a Presidential election when it is close and doubtful and disputed...." Don't we know it. A prefatory paragraph explains that "Immediately after the demonstration in the Public Square had come to a close, the torchlight companies and hundreds of citizens marched to the Kennard House and tendered a serenade to President Hayes. Bank Street filled with people and music. At 11.15 o'clock several prominent Republicans appeared on the balcony accompanied by the President..." Hayes then went on to sing the praises of his successor, whom he describes as: "A man of broad, liberal, and generous views, he will look over this whole country. Every section of it will be fairly and justly dealt with. He will say to the mistaken men of the South, 'You are to be treated precisely as the citizens of my own State are to be treated. [Applause.] All that we ask of you is that you shall faithfully obey the Constitution....'

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        Revue Des Documents Historiques Suite De Pieces Curieuses Et Inedites Publiees Avec Des Notes Et Des Commentaires

      A. Lemere Paris: A. Lemere, 1873-1880. First edition. leather_bound. Contemporary three quarter brown calf and three quarter red morocco. 7 volumes bound in 5. Near fine./No Dust Jacket. 4to, 22 x 14 cm, illustrated with a plethora of full-page and folding facsimile plates of autographs, manuscripts and documents. Important study of French autographs in this all published set. Each volume indexed: Subject, Illustration, and Provenance. Fresh and crisp set, Volumes 1-4 bound in two: brown calf and green cloth, raised bands, gilt spine panels, red and black leather spine labels printed in gilt. Vols. 5-7 bound in red morocco and marbled boards, raised bands, gilt spine florets and lettering, marbled endpapers, Teg. Latter three volumes in fine condition.

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        Primo vere liriche. seconda edizione corretta con penna e fuoco ed aumentata. lanciano 1880 editore: rocco carabba

      Ril. in tela con dorso in pelle e tit. e filetti in oro, cm 16x10 , pp 257. 2^ Ed. di 500 copie. Rarissima.Ottimo stato

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        VIDY Valaamskavo monastyrya.

      17 original photographs (8x11 cm), mounted on board (11x15 cm) in leporello. No place or year stated (St. Petersburg (?) c. 1880) with red cloth binding with gilt lettering on front board. In fine condition.. Interesting collection of original photos showing views of buildings and daily life among monks at the Russian Orthodox Valaam Monastery, summer amd winter. ** The Valaam Monastery in Russian Karelia was founded in the early Middle Ages in the border territory between Russia and the Northern Region. The monastery still exists; most of the present buildings are from the beginning of the 19th century

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        Songs of Springtide

      London: Chatto & Windus 1880 London: Chatto & Windus, 1880. First edition. 8vo. 135, [32, ads, dated April. 1880] pp. Original blue cloth. A very good copy . Inscribed "To the Rev. Alexander B. Grosart with the best reagrds of/Algernon Swinburne/ May 1880." "Grosart, Alexander Balloch (1827-1899), literary scholar and theologian...Grosart's reputation was as a great Elizabethan and Jacobean scholar. He reprinted thirty-nine volumes under the general title of the Fuller Worthies Library (1868-76), including authors such as Donne, Herbert, and Crashaw. This was followed by eighteen volumes of another series entitled Occasional Issues of Unique and very Rare Books (1875-83), which was privately printed. This series, like the others, included a list of the subscribers to each volume, alphabetically and democratically arranged, and found among these lists were such well-known names as Edmund Gosse, George Saintsbury, A. C. Swinburne, H. H. Furness, F. S. Palgrave, and Henry Morley....Grosart reprinted and edited volumes for the Chetham Society, for the Roxburghe Club, and for the Camden Society, in addition to a number of volumes not associated with any series or society. One estimate puts the total number of volumes he reprinted and/or edited at 300. He also added to his editions of the works of the puritan divines a small number of religious publications. And he was himself the author of hymns and religious poems which were collected and published in 1890 under the title Songs of the Day and Night, or, Three Centuries of Original Hymns. Possibly his proudest moment was when he was thanked by Tennyson for his dedication to the poet of his edition of Spenser (Letters of ... Tennyson, 3.298, 301-3)." (DNB)

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        QUEENS & KINGS AND OTHER THINGS

      1880. 2. PICTURE BOOK. QUEENS & KINGS AND OTHER THINGS by Princess Hesse Schwartzbourg. London: Chatto & Windus no date, circa 1880. Folio, blue cloth stamped in black and gold, all edges gilt, light cover soil and spine expertly repaired else tight and VG+. A fabulous book of nonsense rhymes printed by the DALZIEL BROTHERS AT THE CAMDEN PRESS. Printed on one side of the paper, each recto features an incredibly unusal and boldly colored picture highlighted in gold, beneath which is a nonsense rhyme. Facing pages are broadsides expanding upon the histories of the various characters. There was a king called HAKKI-PAK Who wore his coat upon his back But his subjects who were many Had not any. The illustrations are stunning and the book is extremely unusual and creative.

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        The Power of Movements in Plants. Assisted by Francis Darwin. With Illustrations.

      London, John Murray, 1880. Orig. full green cloth, gilt back. A label removed from upper part of frontcover leaving a little discolouring. Spine ends neathly repaired. Endpapers renewed. X (incl. halftitle),592 pp. and Publisher's advertisements 32 pp. Linedrawings in the text. Internally fine and clean.. First edition, first issue. This work is an extension of the work on climbing plants to show that the same mechanisms hold good for flowering plants in general. "In 1881 (1880) Charles Darwin and his son Francis demonstrated that the perception of light is located in the stem or root tip, whilst the tropic responce (curvature) takes place distally, and they therefore inferred that something must be transmitted through the intervening tissues in order to elicit it. The importence of this work and the conclusion drawn from it was appriciated by Pfeffer, who cited it in his textbook of plant physiology..." (A.G. Morton, History of Botanical Science).The work became nearly Darwin's last work. - Freeman No 1325

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        The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States in their Botanical, Horticultural, and popular aspects. Series II. Vol. I-II.

      Boston, L. Prang and Company. 1880. Stor 8vo. Illustrert med 96 chromolitograferte plansjer. Fine priv. skinnbd. med fargede tittel- og tomefelter. Rik ryggdekor i gull. Marmorert overtrekks- og forsatspapir samt snitt.. *Finely bound in contemporary half calf. Spines gilt. Coloured labels. 96 chromolithographed plates

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        NATIVE FLOWERS AND FERNS OF THE UNITED STATES

      1880. Very Good. MEEHAN, Thomas. NATIVE FLOWERS AND FERNS OF THE UNITED STATES IN THEIR BOTANICAL, HORTICULTURAL AND BOTANICAL ASPECTS. Philadelphia: American Nat. History Pub. Co., Limited, 1880. Second Series, Volumes 1 & 2. Illustrated with 96 chromolithographic plates (48 in each volumes) by L. Prang & Co., Boston, MA. Two quarto volumes. Nineteenth-century bindings of 3/4 brown leather with marbled paper boards. Ex library, with a library pocket at rear pastedowns, ink and perforated stamps on title-pages and in a few other places in text. Text is clean but for the library marks. The plates are clean and bright, and unmarked. Although the leather is superficially rubbed, the bindings are sound and attractive. Complete and in very good condition. Published two years after the first series, the second series is far less common. (Bennett, p. 75; Nissen 1331).

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        Schlesien. Eine Schilderung des Schlesierlandes. 2. Bd. (von 3 Bdn.). Glogau, Flemming, um 1880. VIII, 410 S., 3 Bll. Mit 27 Stahlstich-Tafeln und 55 Textholzstichen v. Th. Blätterbauer. Gr.-8°. Reich goldgepr. OLwd. m. OU. in OPp. -Schuber (Schuber etwas angestaubt, oben gerissen).

      Thieme-Becker IV, 82. Reich illustriertes Werk mit Ansichten aller interessanten Orte und Gegenden, hier mit prächtigen Stichen von Hirschberg, Löwenberg, Naumburg an der Queis, Klitschdorf, Ruine Nimmersatt, Goldberg, Kirchenruine Woitsdorf, Liegnitz (3), Jauer, Striegau, Schweidnitz, Camenz, Zobten, Breslau (4) etc.- Gutes Exemplar mit frischen Stahlstichen.

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        Hafen in riva. druck and verlag j. loewy, wien. [1880]?

      Heliogravure di cm 70x48. Buono, ordinari segni d'uso e del tempo, qualche fioritura. From 1861 to 1868 Robert Russ attended Albert Zimmermann's class on landscape painting at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and taught in place of his teacher from 1870 to 1871. The artist went on numerous journeys to Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. He typically paints scenes of the Austrian Alps. He regularly participated in exhibitions, for instance in the Künstlerhaus Vienna. In addition he received several tributes. From 1870 to 1871 lectured on landscape painting at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts whose honorary member he became in 1888. Robert Russ exhibited five paintings at the World Exhibition of 1873. In the 1880s numerous museums ordered paintings and Robert Russ had international success. He painted, for instance, landscapes for the Imperial Theatre and the Museum of Natural History. Robert Russ was befriended with Emil-Jakob Schindler, Eugen Jettel and Rudolf Ribarz. His early landscape paintings resemble those of Schindler and Jettel. Russ painted in South Tyrol, Italy and in the Austrian alpine lands. His paintings capture the change of colours that goes along with the different times of the day and seasons of the year. He was called "master of the lighting effect" by his contemporaries. Si vende in cornice.

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        Lectures on the History of the Jewish Church.

      3 volumes. 8vo. John Murray, London. Part I. Abraham to Samuel. Eighth edition. 1880. With Maps and Plans. XXXVI+460 pages. Part II. Samuel to the Captivity. Sixth Edition. 1880. With Maps (frontispiece map in colour). XXIV+506 pages. Part III.The Captivity to the Christian Era. Third Edition. 1879. With two Maps. XXIV+429 pages. In 3 uniform bindings of wine-red morocco with richly gilt spines, gilt borders on outside boards and on edges; blindtooled borders on verso of boards. All three edges gilt. (J.C. Wilbee, Harrow). Spines slightly faded; otherwise in fine condition. Bookplate on verso of front board (presented to William D. Bushell by the Harrow School in 1887).. A most attractive set of this classical account on ancient Israel

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        A HISTORY Of STOCKTON From Its Organization Up to the Present Time Including a Sketch of San Joaquin County Comprising a History of the Government, Politics, State of Society, Religion, Fire Department, Commerce, Secret Societies, Art, Science, Manufactures, Agriculture and Miscellaneous Events Within the Past Thirty Years. Illustrated with Portraits & Familiar Woodcuts

      W. M. Hinton & Co. San Francisco:: W. M. Hinton & Co.,. 1880.. 8vo. 8-7/8" x 5-5/8". 1st edition (Cowan II, p. 640; Howes T-273; Rocq 13138). TLs [& envelope] from author laid-in. xvi, [2], 196, [2], 203 - 397, [1 (blank)] pp.. Original publisher's brown cloth binding with gilt stamped title lettering to spine (professionally rebacked).. Square & tight. Spine gilt dull. PO name stamp. Overall, a VG+. copy.. Tinkham's TLs, dated 1926, responds to a request for his book, which he is unable to provide, advising "Miss Woods", from San Francisco, it's already "very scarce and going up in price". A fact that still applies today... the work somewhat uncommon on the commercial market, especially in collectible condition as is this copy; ABPC shows 1995 the last one to auction. . Frontis photograph(s): one of Weber & the other of his residence [by J. P. Spooner]. 4 inserted plates. Cuts.

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        The Begum's Fortune.

      Translated by W.H.G. Kingston. With an Account of the Mutineers of the "Bounty". Numerous Illustrations. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London 1880. 8vo. VII+(3)+272 pages + 32 pages of publisher's advertisements. Orig. decorated brown cloth binding with all edges gilt. Binding signed by Burn & Co. (small label inserted on the back inner cover). Very slight edgewear, especially to the upper part of the spine and very slightly cocked. Minor foxing throughout. A nice an well-preserved copy, nothing is loose, and the hinges are holding nicely

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        AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT (AM): Two Pages from JACK AND JILL: A VILLAGE STORY

      no date [1880]. Manuscript. Minor soiling, Near Fine. Housed in a Fine custom-made blue half-morocco slipcase with raised bands and gilt lettering on the spine. Two 7-5/8" x 9-3/4" pages of AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT on two lined sheets of paper consisting of @300 words completely in Alcott's hand. In part: "'Jill goes wherever Jack does & he lets her. He's such a good-natured chap he can't say No.' 'To a girl,' shyly added one of the boys who had wished to borrow the red sled & been politely refused because Jill wanted it. 'He's the nicest boy in the world for he never gets mad,' said the timid young lady recalling the many times Jack had shielded her from the terrors which beset her path to school in the shape of cows, dogs, & boys who made faces & called her 'Fraid cat.'" Much more.

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        Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisis de la flore et de la pomone de l' Ile de Java peints d'après nature par Madame Berthe Hoola van Nooten. Troisieme edition

      Brussels and Leipzig: Librairie Européenne C. Muquardt, [No date on title, but with a foreword dated 1880]. Folio. (22 x 15 1/4 inches). Half-title, title, dedication to the Queen of the Netherlands and foreword in French, parallel text in French and English. 40 chromolithographed plates by P. Depannemaeker after Hoola van Nooten. Expertly bound to style in red half morocco over contemporary light green glazed paper-covered boards, titled in gilt on flat spine. Third, and improved edition of this magnificent display of spectacular Javanese fruits and flowers, their bright colours ideally suited to the then new technique of chromolithography. 'Europeans who beheld these plants for the first time... could not but have been moved to wonder and amazement' ("Oak Spring Flora") Berthe Hoola van Nooten (1840-1885), a latter-day Maria Sibylla Merian, produced the present work as a heroic response to circumstances which left her on Java, a widow in her early twenties with a family to support and little money, certainly not enough to pay for her family's passage home to Belgium. 'Aware of the vogue in Europe for exotic flora, she decided to take advantage of her enforced exile and put to use the skill at flower painting that she had no doubt acquired as a girl. Thus she prepared forty magnificent plates for Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisis de l'Ile de Java... [van Nooten] was clearly a more than competent artist, for the splendid tropical plants, with their lush foliage, vividly coloured flowers and exotic fruit, have been depicted with great skill. She managed to accentuate the splendour of each species by adopting a style that combined great precision and clarity with a touch of neo-Baroque exuberance, revelling in the rich forms and colours of the tropics. The reader's eye is immediately captured by the dark leaves, shown furled or crumpled or partly nibbled away by insects, the delicately rendered details of the follicles and seeds, and the heavy clusters of flowers that cascade down the page. The excellent reproduction of the artist's drawings in the form of chromolithographs lends an added tactility to these striking images' (Oak Spring Flora) The work consists of a lithographed dedication (in rhyme) to the Queen of the Netherlands. This is followed by a preface in which the author hints at the tragic personal circumstances which led her to seek a publisher for the work, and the forty plates, each of which is accompanied by detailed text in French and English giving a description as well as occasional information on the plants' culinary, medical, religious and other uses. The plates depict a mixture of indigenous, naturalised and introduced plants and include shrubs, flowering trees and, perhaps the most striking of all, 16 portraits of plants with edible fruits: pomelo, rambutan, mangosteen, custard-apple, bread-fruit, mango, bananas, star-fruit and papaya amongst others. Great Flower Books (1990) p. 103; Landwehr 80; Nissen BBI 93; Oak Spring Flora 87; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 3025

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        Panoramic Photograph of Sydney Harbour, from the Heads to the Parramatta

      Sydney:. ca. 1880.. Albumen photograph in 5 panels, each measuring approx. 8 x 5 1/4", totaling 39". Going from left to right, these are captioned Neutral Bay, Milson's Point, Lavender Bay, Panorama of Sydney & Harbour, Darling Harbour, Berry's Bay & Parramatta River. All have the notation of the photographer, "J.P." on the print. The vantage point is near or possibly on Holtermann's Tower. Paine started working as a photographer in 1869 in Tamworth, NSW, and moved to Sydney on his marriage to Mary Baker in 1874. In 1875, his work was praised in the Sydney Morning Herald; he exhibited photographs at the Sydney International Exhibition in 1879, winning a silver medal of the 1st degree of merit; he exhibited at the International Colonial & Industrial Exhibition, Amsterdam, 1883; he was in New Guinea with the Australian Squadron in 1884; he exhibited International Exhibition Calcutta in 1885, winning a silver medal with 1st class certificate with his harbour photographs praised; he exhibited at the Colonial & Indian Exhibition, London in 1886. [Extract from "John Paine landscape photographs, c. 1880", Catherine Snowden, Alison Lea & Christa Ludlow. [Sydney] : Historic Photograph Collection of Macleay Museum, University of Sydney, 1984]. An uncommon Sydney panorama; although the individual views are recorded, we could not locate a copy of the panorama on Trove in either the National Library or the State Library of New South Wales.Archivally restored, with a small tear repaired and one border with a slightly wavy edge, backed on acid free paper.Bright impressions.

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