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        Rolls and Historical Sketch of the Tenth Regiment, So. Ca. Volunteers, in the Army of the Confederate States

      Charleston: Walker, Evans & Cogswell, Printers, 1881. inscribed by Walker on the front cover; 138 pp., with the color battle flag frontispiece; original paper wrappers, old book plate to the verso of the frontis., frontis. darkened, covers chipped with later tape rebacking. Photos available upon request.

      [Bookseller: Zubal Books]
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        The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government. With A Signed Portrait Cabinet Card of Jefferson Davis

      New York. D. Appleton and Company. 1881. Bound in the rare, original Publisher's Sheepskin. Gilt-ruled spine compartments. Gilt-titled black morocco label. Marble Edges and Endsheets. Thick 8vo. 7.0" x 9.0". The First Edition. Illustrated throughout with 20 full paged steel plate engravings and 18 maps (many folding). Accompanying this set is a laid-in Cabinet Card of Jefferson Davis, produced in New Orleans by William C. Washburn in 1888. Quarter-length, right facing portrait of Davis at age 81, one year before his death. Signed by Jefferson Davis in ink to bottom of portrait. Imperial Carte-de-visite. 107mm x 153mm. Albumen print mounted upon heavy card stock. & Jefferson Davis. 1808–89.American statesman, President of the Southern Confederacy, born in Fairview, Ky.but moved to Mississippi when he was a boy. He was given a classical education at Transylvania Univ. and was appointed to West Point, where he was graduated in 1828. He spent the next seven years in various army posts in the Old Northwest and took part (1832) in the Black Hawk War. In 1835 he married the daughter of Zachary Taylor, but she died three months later. Davis spent the next 10 years in the comparative quiet of a Mississippi planter's life. In 1845 he married Varina Howell. & & Elected (1845) to the House of Representatives, he resigned in June, 1846, to command a Mississippi regiment in the Mexican War. Under Zachary Taylor he distinguished himself both at the siege of Monterrey and at Buena Vista. Davis was appointed (1847) U.S. Senator from Mississippi to fill an unexpired term but resigned in 1851 to run for governor of Mississippi against his senatorial colleague, Henry S. Foote, who was a Union Whig. Davis was a strong champion of Southern rights and argued for the expansion of slave territory and economic development of the South to counterbalance the power of the North. He lost the election by less than a thousand votes and retired to his plantation until appointed (1853) Secretary of War by Franklin Pierce. Throughout the administration he used his power to oppose the views of his Northern Democratic colleague, Secretary of State William L. Marcy. Davis favored the acquisition of Cuba and opposed concessions to Spain in the Black Warrior and Ostend Manifesto difficulties, and he also promoted a southern route for a transcontinental railroad, therefore favoring the Gadsden Purchase. Reentering the Senate in 1857, Davis became the leader of the Southern block. & & Davis took little part in the secession movement until Mississippi seceded (Jan., 1861), whereupon he withdrew from the Senate. He was immediately appointed major general of the Mississippi militia, and shortly afterward he was chosen president of the Confederate provisional government established by the convention at Montgomery, Ala., and inaugurated in Feb., 1861. Elected regular President of the Confederate States, he was inaugurated at Richmond, Va., in Feb., 1862. Davis realized that the Confederate war effort needed a strong, centralized rule. This conflicted with the states' rights policy for which the Southern states had seceded, and, as he assumed more and more power, many of the Southern leaders combined into an anti-Davis party. & & Originally hopeful of a military rather than a civil command in the Confederacy, he closely managed the army and was involved in many disagreements with the Confederate generals; arguments over his policies raged long after the Confederacy was dead. Lee surrendered without Davis's approval. After the last Confederate cabinet meeting was held (April, 1865) at Charlotte, N.C., Davis was captured at Irwinville, Ga. He was confined in Fortress Monroe for two years and was released (May, 1867) on bail. The federal government proceeded no further in its prosecution of Davis. After his release he wrote an apologia, The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government (1881). He was buried at New Orleans, but his body was moved (1893) to Richmond, Va. & & Photograph with usual toning and moderately faded. Signature faded but quite legible. Post-war photographs of the former Confederate States of America President are exceptionally rare and much desired . Library of Congress Ref: lc-usz62-121704 8734 $.00& & Spine of Volume 1 variously mottled. Volumes 1 and 2 have been professionally rebacked with original spine strips well laid-on. Covers lightly rubbed. Mild sporadic foxing throughout. A Very Good copy. Photograph with usual toning and moderately faded. Signature faded but quite legible. Post-war photographs of the former Confederate States of America President are exceptionally rare and much desired . Library of Congress Ref: lc-usz62-121704

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      London: David Bogue,, 1881. Octavo. Original white japon, titles to spine gilt, foliate design gilt-blocked to spine and sides, titles to spine gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Contemporary bookplates and ownership inscription. Spine a little rolled, mild soiling to covers and tanning to endpapers, but an exceptional copy in very good condition. First edition, first impression. One of only 250 copies used for the first issue.

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        Gengangere. Et Familjedrama i tre Akter.

      Orig. udgave. Kbhvn. 1881. 164 s. Svagt plettet eksemplar indbundet med tresidet guldsnit i orig. komponeret hellærred. Bindet velholdt, men svagt plettet.. Variant A med samme bindtype som 'Et Dukkehjem'

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      Ensayo de un tratado de esgrima de florete.- Toledo, Imprenta y Librería de Fando e Hijo, 1881; en 8º mayor holandesa nueva, conserva cubierta superior restaurada, 135 pp. 1h. 7 láminas plegadas. Palau 76509.

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        ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE And PRICE LIST Of PRESSES, DIES, &c. Manufactured by E. W. Bliss, Successor to Bliss & Williams, Plymouth, Pearl & John Sts, Brooklyn, N. Y

      Brooklyn:. 1881.. Royal 8vo. 10-5/8" x 6-5/8". 1st edition thus, and 5th edition overall. Not in Romaine. 135, [1 (blank)] pp.. Period pebbled brown cloth with title lettering gilt stamped to front board.. Spine sunned. Modest binding wear. A VG+ copy.. Frontis of the Bliss & Williams plant. Most presses illustrated with a cut, many full-page in size & some folding.

      [Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA]
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        Notes by F. G. Stephens on a Collection of Drawings and Woodcuts by Thomas Bewick. Exhibited at the Fine Art Society's Rooms, 1880. Also a Complete List of all the Works Illustrated by Thomas and John Bewick, with their various Editions. With Thirty-two Illustrations from the Original Wood Blocks

      London: The Fine Art Society, 1881. Quarto. 60pp., + 22ff. Inscribed by the author on the front endpaper. This copy belonged to the noted American papermaker, printer, and designer Dard Hunter, and bears his inscription, dated 1912. Contains woodcuts from several of Bewick's greatest works, including Select Fables, British Field Sports, and History of British Birds, printed from the original blocks. Also contains illustrations printed from blocks that were held in a private collection. Apparently this is the first-ever catalogue raisonné of the great nature artist, and it contains notes on his lesser-known watercolor works. Some faint foxing and light wear to extremities, endpapers cracked at hinges, spine ends show some chipping. A nearly fine copy in publisher's cloth, which is designed to simulate a late eighteenth-century calf binding.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        The senior partner

      A Novel. By Mrs. J.H. Riddell, Author of ‘George Geith,’ ‘The Mystery in Palace Gardens,’ etc. In three volumes. London: Richard Bentley and Son, Publishers in Ordinary to her Majesty the Queen, 1881. (All Rights reserved.) 3 Vols.,; final leaf in each volume a single inset; pp.[vi]+298; [vi]+309+[i (blank)]; [vi]+290; diagonally very-fine-ribbed apple-green cloth blocked very dark green on front cover and spine, lettered very dark green on front cover, gilt on spine; end-papers printed with flower-and-leaf design in grey-green. One or two very minor faults, but a very nice copy, near-fine. Scarce thus. Very scarce. Sadleir, 2066, listing the copy from the publisher’s file; Wolff lists only a later German reprint; Hubin, p.346. Includes a fair amount of detection, and the subject is financial swindling, but the story involves nothing that would have been criminous at the time. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

      [Bookseller: Robert Temple Booksellers]
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        Novels and Tales. With Portrait and Sketch of his Life. The works include: Vivian Grey, Coningsby, Endymion, Lothair, Henrietta Temple, etc

      London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1881., 1881. The Hughenden Edition. 11 volumes; 8vo. (20 x 35 cm). Beautiful in contemporary half brown calf with raised bands, twin, brown and black, title labels and gilt tooling to spines; marbled boards, end papers and edges. Light rubbing to extremities. A fine and decorative set.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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      1881. Fine. [Ehon] Kono Bairei, artist. BAIREI HYAKUCHO GAFU [BAIREI'S SKETCHBOOK OF 100 BIRDS] 3 vols. Tokyo: Okura Magobei, Meiji 14 [1881]. Beige printed covers with red paper labels. 24.8 x 16.5 cm. Vol. 1: 29 single-page and 7 double-page color illustrations of birds; Vol. 2: 22 single-page and 11 double-page illustrations; Vol. 3: 19 single-page and 12 double-page illustrations, for a total of 70 single-page and 30 double-page prints. Complete as issued. This copy of Bairei's classic is in near-fine condition, with good impressions and colors. Sealed throughout. (Mitchell, p. 216; Brown, p. 199; Ryerson, p. 426).

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings: The Folk-Lore of the Old Plantation

      New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1881. Meets all BAL 7100 first state points. 232 pages. 8 pp. advertisements. Frontispiece and 7 plates inserted; other illustrations in text. Last line of p. 9 shows the word 'presumptive'. Advertisements begin with 'New Books. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine. . . .' No mention of the title in the advertisements. Sound binding with intact hinges. Clean pages. Slightly uneven text block. Two tiny owners' bookplates inside the front cover. Minor cover wear, mostly at corners and spine ends. Bright gilt lettering and decoration.. First Edition, 1st State. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Church, Frederick S. and James H. Moser. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

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        Jacques Balmat, or the First Ascent of Mont Blanc - A True Story

      London: Kerby and Endean, 1881. [2], 38pp, [2], original cloth, title in gilt to upper cover, primrose endpapers. Very minor rubbing to spine ends and corners, very small scuff to upper cover. Internally the title is slightly browned, otherwise bright and clean. An attractive copy. Neate 593; Alpine Club Library Catalogue page 234. First Edition. Hardback. Very Good/No Jacket (as Issued). 12mo.

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        Campaigns of the Civil War and the Navy in the Civil War

      New York; 1881 -1890: Charles Scribner's Sons A complete set in 16 volumes including the Statistical Record, illustrated with maps some folding). All first editions (including A.T. Mahan's book) except vols 3 & 4 of the Campaigns and supplement volume. vol. 6 lacks front free endpaper. A very good set showing wear to corners and spine ends with some chipping, a handful with early owner's names, paper shelf sticker to one volume. While individual volumes can be easily found it has become increasingly difficult to locate a full complete set.. Small Octavo.

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        Old Yorkshire - 8 Volumes Complete

      London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1881. - 1881 to 1890 - 8 volumes original extra gilt red cloth over bevelled boards - teg - tissue guarded steel frontispieces, with vignette title pages - each volume separately paginated & extensively indexed - 288 / 313 / 297 / 313 / 334 pages + ads & - 291 / 290 / 289 pages + ads - illustrated with hundreds of engraved plates and as many in-text woodcuts, 37 fine steel plates - ( including 7 coloured cold plates - Coats of Arms, and archetectural views ) - lithographs - many photogravures, 1 platinotype, and some actual tipped-in Woodburytypes - each volume contains variously Yorkshire characters, worthies, events and antiquities of history, Military battles, numismatics, peculiar Yorkshire etymology and customs, the BRONTES, Salmon Rivers, Agricultural Commons, Deer parks, domestic and public archetecture, Churches, flora & fauna, Druidical Legends, ornimental Hermits & Monks, Gallows, and all manor of curiosia, city & town maps, folding plans, etc. - all articules written by better known Yorkshire authors - 8 volumes, a couple of hinges tender but strong, bit of fading to spines, minor fraying repaired - a very nice complete set and uncommon thus - [ only about a thousand copies of each volume printed ] - postage at cost or less - complete sets are seldom offered, especially so in this nice condition - the later volumes in the set are scarcer - see multible scans for condition - unlike the new editions [ 30 to 50 dollars per volume ] these have no missing or blurred maps, illustrations or pages.. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good. 8vo - over 73/4" - 93/4" tall.

      [Bookseller: Alphabet Bookshop (ABAC/ILAB]
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        UNCLE REMUS His Songs and His Sayings, the Folk-lore of the Old Plantation

      New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1881 First State according to BAL with "presumptive" on last line of p. 9; 231pp., (8)pp. catalog at rear without this title listed. Illustrated by Frederick Church and James Moser. Bound in publisher's green pictorial gilt cloth; very minor wear at extremities; butterfly pattern endpapers; early owner's name and name plate to front free endpaper; internally very clean and bright. In all, a remarkably clean, tight copy showing only minor wear; near fine.. First Edition. Octavo.

      [Bookseller: Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc.]
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      The Hakluyt Society, London 1881 - London: The Hakluyt Society, 1881. 8vo. lix + 192pp. Frontispiece portrait of Sir Thomas Smith + 4 maps (2 folding) + 1 long folding plate comprising 5 maps. Original turquoise cloth. Very fine and bright. A great copy. Accounts of John Gatonbe, Robert Fotherby, and others, with Baffin's letters, journals and treatises on the probability of a North West Passage. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        ILIAD of HOMER and THE ODYSSEY, Translated into English Blank Verse by William Cullen Bryant

      Boston: Hougton, Mifflin and Co., 1881, 1887. 4 volumes. Royal 8vo, publisher's original dark green cloth, gilt lettered and ruled on the spines and upper covers, blind stamped on the lower covers. xviii, 397; vi, 426; xi, 324; v, 311 pp. An especially handsome set, the textblocks clean and fresh, hinges strong, bindings sturdy and unfaded, all very bright, very little evidence of age or use and a superior copy. AN IMPORTANT TRANSLATION OF HOMER AND A BEAUTIFUL SET IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. Bryant, was a leading man of letters in the 19th century. He was renown as both a poet of nature (Thanantopsis, To a Waterfowl ) and as the editor of The Evening Post for over 25 years. He was a contemporary as well as friend and colleague of the most important writers and Transcendentalists of his day. His first encounter with Homer’s work was as a child , “I thought them the finest verses ever written”. Much later in life he took on the translation of these works, and his scholarship and verse remain honoured to this day.

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        The History of Don Quixote of la Mancha Translated from the Spanish by Motteux [Large Paper Limited to 50 Copies]

      London: J.C. Nimmo and Bain 1881, Large Paper Edition, Limited to 50 copies. () ci,344; viii, 457; xvi,418; vii,405pp. Very good. Large Octavo. Four Volumes. Bound in original publisher's green polished cloth. Paper labels to spines, rubbed. Boards of all volumes a bit stained. Corners bumped with wear to heads and tails of spines and edge wear to extremities of boards. Spines faded. Edges uncut. Internally bright and clean with only occasional markings and some age toning to endpapers. Includes 16 fine dry-point etchings, 4 per volume. An attractive, heavily-limited Large Paper edition of Don Quixote with original etchings by R. De Los Rios, edited with notes and a memoir by John G. Lockhart. Printed on fine, hand-laid paper. The dry point etchings, created for this book, are particularly fine..

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      Chappell. Good. c. 1881. First UK Edition. Hardcover. Three operas bound in one volume. Stamped signature in blue on title page of each of the 3 operas by Arthur S. Sullivan. Red cloth cover is heavily chipped on spine with wear and staining to the boards. Boards and spine are straight. Binding is tight. Pages clean and in excellent condition. ; 388 pages .

      [Bookseller: New Boston Fine and Rare Books]
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      Hartford: Park Publishing, 1881. First Edition. Hardcover. Small adhesive remnant on front cover. Moderate wear. Very Good to Near Fine. Original cloth; portrait frontispiece. Douglass's final autobiography. Introduction by George Ruffin. Boldly SIGNED by the author with his variant signature and the added sentiment "Very truly yours," dated 1882 on the front free endpaper. Books signed by this great African-American statesman are exceptionally scarce, and this is an especially fine example.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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      London: David Bogue, 1881 First edition. Signed and dated by Wilde in Philadelphia in January 1882 during Wilde's celebrated visit to the U.S., as a lecturer for Major Ponds, he spent some weeks in Philadelphia; where an American edition of his Poems was published in 1881. One of 250 copies. Original japan vellum by Matthew Bell, gilt blossom design within rectangular border to covers, gilt-decorations and lettering to spine, top edge gilt. Lightly rubbed, light toning to endpapers, and some minor occasional minor spots, else near fine. Some of Wilde's best known poems were first published in this collection, many of which had not been published in periodicals. Included are "Helas," "Ave Imperatrix," "Sonnet to Liberty," "Requiscat" and "The Grave of Shelley." Mason 304-5.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine.

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        The relative motion of the Earth and of the Luminiferous Ether

      New Haven, CT: J.D. & E.S. Dana (The American Journal of Science). 1st Edition. Soft cover. Fine. FIRST EDITON IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS of Michelson's first experiment to determine the existence of the ether. Includes details of his invention of the interferometer to measure the interference of light. "In 1881, Albert A. Michelson, a young American physicist studying in Germany, used his newly invented interferometer… to try to measure how fast the earth was moving through the ether. By splitting a beam of light and sending the two resulting rays bouncing back and forth both with and across the earth's line of motion, Michelson hoped to be able to detect the slight effect the 'ether wind' blowing across the moving earth ought to have on the speed of light. He found no measurable effect, however, either in 1881 or when he repeated the experiment more carefully with E. W. Morley in 1887. Michelson's results raised deep questions about the ether and our supposed motion through it that were not fully resolved until Albert Einstein formulated his theory of relativity in 1905" (Hunt, Pursuing Power and Light: Technology and Physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein). Michelson was awarded the 1907 Nobel Prize in physics on the strength of his invention of the interferometer. Also includes a paper by Alexander Graham Bell, "Modification of Wheatstone's Microphone and its applicability to Radiophonic Researches." IN: The American Journal of Science, No, 128, Vol. XXII, August, 1881, pp. 120-129. New Haven, CT: J.D. & E.S. Dana, 1881. Octavo, original wrappers. A FINE COPY, extremely rare in original wrappers.

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        Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt

      J. S. Virtue & Co, 1881. Hardcover. Very Good. Complete 4 volume set. Large 4to. 33cm x 27cm. Volume I 240 pp. Volume II 238 pp. Volume III 240 pp. Volume IV 236 pp. Each volume has over 100 engravings, woodcut and steel. Clean, unmarked pages, gold gilt edges. Tight bindings. Cover and spine bound in brown cloth with intricate black and gold embossing. Hardcover. See our pictures of this set. Ships daily.

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        Picturesque Palestine Sinai and Egypt

      London: J. S. Virtue & Co, 1881-1884. Hardcover. Very Good. Complete 4 volume set. Numerous engravings on steel and wood - 42 steel engraved plates, based on original drawings by Harry Fenn and J.D. Woodward and here skillfully engraved by C. Bertrand, E. Brandard and others, all printed on heavy paper, with plain paper guards. 576 wood-engravings many of which are full-page. Gilt edges and gilt and black embossing on chestnut bevelled boards. Tight bindings, new endpapers. [see photo]

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        Sir Richard Whittington Lord Mayor of London

      London - Marcus Ward & Co., 1881 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A first edition of Walter Besant and James Rice's account of the life of Sir Richard Whittington. With bookplate of Besant's nephew, Arthur Digby Besant, to front pastedown and inscription from the author to front free endpaper. Reads 'December 23rd 1881. From Uncle Walter. 'Ink inscription of 'No. 6' beneath signature suggests this may be the sixth of a limited run of first issues. Condition: In a pictorial cloth binding. Externally, generally smart with minor shelfwear only. Bottom corner of front board is cracked and a little fragile. Spine a little discoloured with slight loss to cloth. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean with just the odd handling mark. Overall: GOOD..

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        Les Confessions

      Paris - Librairie des Bibliophiles, 1881 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A handsomely bound set of Rousseau's Les Confessions in a presentation slip-case. In French. Illustrated throughout with numerous tissue-guarded plates. Bound by Flammarion (ink stamp to verso of front free-endpaper). Complete in three volumes. Condition: In half-morocco bindings with marbled boards and presentation slip-case. Externally smart, though a little rubbed. Slipcasehas some rubbing and some wear to the joints. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED with a GOOD slipcase..

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      London: W. H. Harrison, 1881. First edition. With several diagrams and musical notations. Small 8vo, original red cloth, lettered and ruled in gilt on the spine and upper cover, ruled in blind on the lower cover, and housed in a 3/4 red morocco box. a.e.g. 168. A fine copy of this very scarce book with some minor darkening and light evidence of staining not affecting the gilt lettering. RARE IN ORIGINAL CLOTH. Burton's account of his visit to Oberammergau to see the great "Passionsspiel." As he writes in the introductory note, "I went to the 'great religious drama in the beautiful Highlands of Bavaria' neither to scoff nor to pray, nor to swell the list of some thirty books and brochures which the mountain-play has already produced. My object was artistic and critical, with an Orientalistic and anthropological side; the wish to compare, haply to trace, some affinity between this survival of the Christian 'Mystery' and the living scenes of El-Islam at Meccah." Burton describes in detail all aspects of the Passion Play that he viewed in 1880 including details about the layout of the theatre, the cast of actors and chorus, the music (including 14 pages of Western musical notation), the preparations leading up to the enactment of the play, and a synopsis of the story through a list of acts and scenes. He found the play long (8 hours) and somewhat dull and concluded that it did not have any bearing at all on the pilgrimage at Meccah. “I found it impossible to draw any parallel between the Passions-Play and the three days’ pilgrimage at Meccah: the ideas are totally disconnected; there is not even a rope of sand to join them. The former is performed by a company of hereditary and professional players; the latter by a moving multitude of devotees. Oberammergau runs through the holy history of the Judaeo-Christian world. Meccah touches only upon the legend of Adam and Eve at Arafat, the tradition of Abraham and Ishmael at Muna and the Ka’abah, and finally absorbs itself in the life and career of Mohammed. The former is unreal, at best imitative realism. The latter is the living and breathing representation of what has changed but little for the last twelve centuries. In one point only city and village meet: both thrive upon the contributions of the pious.”

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        The Giant Raft (Part I) Eight Hundred Leagues On The Amazon

      Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1881. The Giant Raft (Part I) Eight Hundred Leagues On The Amazon by Jules Verne. First American hardback edition. Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1881. With folding map and 43 black and white illustrations. Binding is in very good to near fine condition. Minor rubbing. Lettering and gold background bright. Contents clean, wrinkling to last blank endpaper. 244 pages plus catalog of ads in back. Protected by Mylar. Inventory #12-094.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/No Jacket.

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        BRAT’YA KARAMAZOVY [In Russian, Cyrillic]

      St. Petersburg: Pateleevyi Brothers, 1881. 2 volumes. RARE FIRST EDITION. Both half-titles present. 8vo, in later half brown morocco over brown boards, the spines with raised bands and gilt lettering in Cyrillic, edges marbled, now housed in a quarter morocco clamshell case. 509; 699 pp. An exceptionally well preserved and proper copy of this very rare edition, Vol. I lacking only the final blank, some very minor and expected spotting or blemishes, two leaves with minor and expert paper repairs, in all a very handsome and proper example of this rare world literary classic. VERY RARE, THE TRUE FIRST EDITION OF DOSTOEVSKY’S THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, A MASTERPIECE OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE. THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV was Dostoevsky’s final novel, on which he spent most of the last two years of his life writing. It is more then a classic of Russian Literature, it is a passionate philosophical novel that enters deeply into the ethical debates of God, free will, and morality. One of literatures greatest spiritual dramas, it has been acclaimed all over the world by thinkers as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Martin Heidegger, Cormac McCarthy, Kurt Vonnegut and Pope Benedict XVI as one of the supreme achievements in literature.

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        Collection of British Authors. Tauchnitz Edition vol. 2000

      Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz,, 1881. Of English Literature in the Reign of Victoria. With a Glance at the Past. With a frontispiece. Octavo. In a deluxe presentation binding of olive green morocco, spine elaborately gilt in compartments, double gilt rule and elaborate gilt rolled border to both covers, turn-ins, green cloth bookmarker, blue endpapers with gilt patterning. General light rubbing, top corners bumped, spine tanned and sides mottled, but still an extremely attractive copy in very good condition. First edition, first impression, of this landmark Tauchnitz edition - a sweeping prospect of the past and present state of English letters written by Henry Morley, one of the earliest professors of English literature, but conceived and commissioned by Baron Tauchnitz himself, who described this 2000th Tauchnitz edition as the "memorial stone of my progress". This copy is inscribed by the 2nd Baron Tauchnitz, who after travelling much of Europe (including a sojourn in England) became partner to the firm with his father, on the first blank, "With best compliments, from, Baron Tauchnitz junior", and bears the bookplate of the Vivian family. The closest fit for a recipient would have been the British diplomat Hussey Crespigny Vivian, 3rd Baron Vivian, who was posted as ambassador to a number of North European courts. The frontispiece mentioned on the title page is in fact a 40 page booklet bound in at the front, which includes 173 facsimile signatures of contemporary contributors to the Tauchnitz editions, photographed from their correspondence with Baron Tauchnitz. Needless to say this constitutes an extremely useful compendium of autographs for practically all the most significant authors of the day who were writing in the English language. Already an elusive title, this landmark Tauchnitz edition is rare inscribed.

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        Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers

      C. Kegan Paul & Co. 1881 - First edition, first issue. 7 3/4" x 5 1/4". Original orange cloth stamped in black, gilt letters on spine, dark blue coated endpapers. No dust jacket. Very good (slight soiling on cover; very light foxing). 296 pages; 32 pages publishers catalogue at end, dated 8/80 (August, 1880). No bookplates. Enclosed in a gilt stamped 1/2 blue morocco slipcase. Neat previous owner's signature on verso of title page. Printed by William Clowes and Sons. Beinecke 70 [Attributes: First Edition]

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        De Benguella as terras de Jacca descripcao de una viagem na Africa central e occidental Comprehendendo narracoes, aventuras e estudos importantes sobre as cabeceiras dos rios Cu-nene, Cu-bango, Lu-ando, Cu-anza e Cu-ango, e de grande parte do curso dos dois ultimos; alem da descoberta dos rios Hamba, Canali, Sussa e Cu-gho, e larga noticia sobre as terras de Quiteca N'bungo, Sosso, Futa e Iacca por H. Capello e R. Ivens : Expedicao organisada nos annos de 1877 - 1880. [From Benguella to the Territory of Yacca. Description of a journey into Central and West Africa. Comprising narratives, adventures, and important surveys of the sources of the River Cunene, Cubango, Luando, Cuanza and Cunago]

      Lisboa: Imprenta Nacional, 1881 Book. Very Good. Cloth Bound. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Lisboa: Imprenta Nacional, 1881. First Edition. Large Octavo, 2 vols. xviii; xii, 379; 391 +[24] pp. With many illustrations and maps on plates and in text. Original publishers period brown pictorial gilt cloth. Recased, otherwise a very good set. The expedition was part of the attempt by Portugal to establish sovereignty over a corridor linking the territories of Angola and Mozambique. It forms a companion to the account of Serpa Pinto, who set out on his own expedition after parting in disagreement with Capello and Ivens. This present account being an important survey of the sources of the Rivers Cunene, Cubango, Luando, Cuanza, and Cuango, and also discussing the discovery of the River Hamba, Cauali, Sussa, and Cugho, as well as giving a detailed account of the Territories of Quiteca N'bungo, Sosso, Futa, and Yacca. Capello "was selected to direct a scientific expedition to carry out a survey of the relationship betwenn the watersheds of the Congo and Zambezi rivers and to determine the course of the major tributaries" (Howgego, Continental Exploration 1850-1940 C8)..

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        The New California Sugar Refinery, San Francisco

      1881.. Color lithograph, 16 1/2 x 23 inches on sheet size 19 1/2 x 25 1/4 inches, centerfold as issued, professionally mounted on linen, minimising folds with a couple of filled tiny chips; 1 x 1 1/2 inch area of discoloration at upper centrefold. Issued as a supplement, and now scarce. An impressive portrait of the large and stately building that Claus Speckels built to house his expanding Hawaiin sugar import business. A portrait of Speckels is inset at upper left, and the harbor view of the building at upper right. Artist's initials "A.F.M." at lower left corner, Lith Britton & Rey, S.F. at lower right corner. Issued with the S. F. News Letter, Christmas Number 1881. .

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      Copenhagen: Gyldendalske Boghandels Forlag, 1881.. Original heavily decorated plum cloth, stamped in black and gilt, a.e.g. Spine a bit sunned, with signs of very careful rebacking early on, with the original backstrip retained, but a very good copy. First edition of what has been described as both the most classical and the most ruthlessly naturalistic of Ibsen's dramas, translated into English in 1889 as GHOSTS. It "caused such a turmoil in the press that it could not be acted for two years after it was published. The furor over this succès de scandale ...generally clouded the real merits of the drama - actually one of Ibsen's complex statements on inherited guilt, though it was quite literally taken as a play about hereditary disease" - Kunitz & Colby.

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      London. 1881].. Eighteen stiff cards, four with two mounted watercolors, fourteen with one watercolor each, for a total of twenty-two illustrations. Average image size approximately 9 x 5 1/2 inches. Large folio portfolio. Three quarter red morocco, green tie straps. Bookplate of the Easton Neston Library on front pastedown. Moderate edge wear to all cards, some minor chipping. All watercolors bright and near fine, with autograph descriptions of scenes written in margins. Overall an excellent set of these charming original amateur watercolors. In a cloth case, leather label. Book: Original cloth, very good, in matching case. These original watercolors were executed from life during a gentlemen's adventure around the world in the yacht, Lancashire Witch. This portfolio is accompanied by Francis Francis' narrative of the voyage, titled WAR, WAVES, AND WANDERINGS. A CRUISE IN THE LANCASHIRE WITCH (London, 1881, 308pp.), the watercolors also all done by Francis. Departing from Natal, the adventurers visited several points in Madagascar, Johanna, Zanzibar, Formosa, the Seychelles, Singapore, Siam, Japan, San Francisco, and Alaska. The watercolors as listed below are in chronological order, with Francis' titles listed first, and with appropriate references to Francis' text provided in quotations. The tone of the text is playful, and the illustrations are often touched with humor and sport. 1) "A cold douche on board the yacht." "Near the lee scuppers C. is being played upon with the hose instead of having a shower bath below...." p.93. 2) "Mode of travelling in Madagascar." "S. was the first seated, and rousing the sleepy inhabitants of Majunga with a 'Hark for'ard, gone away, gone away, gone away, tally-ally- ally-ally ho!' he and his bearers went off at a rapid trot. We soon followed." p.108. 3) "Duck shooting, Madagascar." "Through the slim trunks we could see the glint of water, and as the view became more extensive, flocks of ducks and teal could be distinguished on the surface and round the shores of the pond. Up they rose in clouds. The main body departed, but for a few minutes single birds continues to circle aimlessly round. We bagged four and a half brace, besides three plover which fell to a single shot." p.110. 4) "Tip asleep." "Tip was asleep. Tip always is asleep if left to himself for five minutes." p.113. 5) "Johanna, one of the Comoro Islands." "Soon after sunrise we caught our first glimpse of Johanna. Already we were well within view, and amply justified were the expectations we had formed with regard to its attractions. Still and picture-like the painted island lay on the sunlit waters, as though under a spell...." p.122. 6) "Hippo shooting on the Wami." "Submerged in water were ten or twelve hippoes in every reach, there just visible above the surface as they gazed curiously at us...With a little care in stalking I wounded a couple of hippoes. The first, after a great deal of splashing and considerable loss of blood, disappeared in deep water; the second, with decent resignation speedily turned up his toes and floated down stream, feebly pawing the surface of the water. I followed him until at length he also sank." p.161. 7) "Seychelle Islands." "A run of six days close-hauled - headwinds varied by calms prevailing throughout the voyage - brought us to the Seychelles, and about noon on a brilliant sunny morning Douglas, with his accustomed skill and care, piloted us through the somewhat intricate entrance to the little reef-bound harbour of Port Victoria." p.199. 8) "Marketplace. Patchbowree. Siam." "The bazaar is simply a long narrow foot road, with open stalls on either side. It was perhaps the - and yet no, bearing in mind the bazaar at Zanzibar, I cannot call this the dirtiest place I ever visited...[It] was crowded with a stream of Klings, Parsees, Malays, tattooed Burmese, handsome Laos, savage Tongzus, Chinamen, and Siamese all more or less naked." pp.260-62. 9) "On the Meinam, Siam." "Early morning on the Meinam is very charming. The delicate rosy tints of the rising sun, reflected on the broad 'mother of waters;' the soft clear skies, pierced by the slender minarets and spires of many temples; the fresh coolness of the morning breeze whispering down the river ripples, as yet unbroken by the rush of traffic; the very stillness, even, are doubly pleasing after the hot restless night and ceaseless hum of insect life." pp.276-77. 10) "On the Mekong, Siam." "Bananas, tall clumps of graceful bamboos with feathery foliage not unlike the willow, stalwart mangoes, stately palms, tree ferns, and the great embossed trunks of many a 'green-robed senator' whose name I knew not, fringed with rich scenery the banks of a river far broader than the Thames." Vol. II, p.3. 11) "Tip asleep on river bank, a lizard ran up his leg, tied his handkerchief round it to prevent it ascending, tied it in instead of out." "During a pause in the conversation, S. who was reclining at ease according to his custom, on the bamboo matting of the floor, suddenly sprang up with a yell and howl. 'Oh! oh! oh! Hi! cut the trousers off me! Cut 'em off, I tell ye! He's up my leg! Oh! the beast!...At length, removing the handkerchief, S–– began gingerly shaking the leg of his trousers, with a face no pencil could ever depict." Vol. II, pp.9-10. 12) "Camp kitchen, camp on the Meinam." "Our camp is pleasantly situated on a high bank, at a point where, for a few hundred yards or so, it is clear of the jungle. Just below us the broad shallow river, sweeping rapidly by, is joined by a lesser stream, and then swerves suddenly to the left. A teak forest lines the bank on one side; on the other there is a thick bamboo jungle, where a colony of black monkeys are constantly engaged in watching us through the delicate lace-like foliage." Vol. II, p.21. 13) "In a teahouse, Japan." "The tea made, they offered it, still shyly, but with charming grace, and - remained. One, seated by the hibachi, played idly with its chopstick fire-irons; the other, standing near her, occupied her pretty fingers with a fan. She was very attractive, this girl. Taller than the average Japanese maidens, and slim, with, as far as her coquettish little costume would allow one to judge, a figure lithe and straight as a reed." Vol. II, p.62. 14) "Japanese dancing girls." "The dancing was an utter failure. It was of a style that would have admitted the exhibition of much quiet elegance and grace in gesture and movement. Unfortunately there was no poetry of motion, no swimming ease, no lightness displayed in the evolutions of our danseuses...As for their management of the fan (which in the hands of an artiste would have lent considerably to the charm of such slow dancing), no ordinary English girl could have wielded it to less advantage...." Vol. II, p.78. 15) "Inland Sea, Japan." "As we advanced the view expanded, until at length, having cleared the gloomy and abrupt hills that form the gates, we passed into the Inland Sea. A grand view - grand if only for its expanse - extended before us. Calm it was and peaceful, grey sky and grey sea alike waking and warming to life with the radiance of the early sun." Vol. II, p.85. 16) "Bay. Alaska." "In the foreground were rocky stones, which had been rugged and wild but for indescribable richness of the heavy mosses that clung around them and, blending their own endless varieties of colour with wondrous softness, knit rock to rock with tones that soothed away all trace of harshness. Further removed were pine-clad hills, from deepest green, waxing purple, and in the far-off distance dim pale blue. Behind them rose range upon range of inland snowy mountains and glittering peaks ice- helmed...." Vol. II, p.198. 17) "In a barabbora, Alaska." "A barabbora, reader, constructed to hold two natives is, as may be supposed, hardly likely to offer spacious accommodations for six Europeans and one native. Moreover, owing to the assistance we had received at Ozinki, our rum and whiskey had given out, and consequently we had not even the opportunity of regarding the situation through that benign lens...." Vol II, p.226. 18) "Port Muller, Alaska." "The men of the village are all away sea-otter hunting. This unfortunate animal, cursed as it is with the handsomest of furs, knows no moment's peace. It is hunted almost without intermission throughout the year, and dogs, females, and pups are killed indiscriminately. Many assured us that their numbers were not decreasing, but they based this assumption on the fact that the annual number of skins obtained showed no signs of diminution." Vol. II, p.264. 19) "Pryvloff Islands, Barbary Sea." "There are few places on the globe where summer does not exhibit some of those welcome features we are accustomed to associate with its presence. The Pryvloff Islands summer seems, however, to have struck entirely off her visiting list." Vol. II, p.289. Three additional watercolors that are present are not described in the text. The first is of a member of the crew staring over a gunnel of the Lancashire Witch at a moonlit sea. The second is of a crew member, called "the Commodore," though not likely to be the captain of the vessel, relaxing on deck with the crew's pet monkey, Jacko, and pet dog, Joe. The third is of skinning a kwang, a type of Siamese deer. All of the watercolors are done in Francis Francis' quite impressive amateur hand, their greatest strength lying in their blending of color between sky and landscape. All together, a remarkable selection of artwork from, as is made plain in the narrative, a thoroughly pleasant circumnavigational tour. NUC 0323044 (WAR, WAVES, AND WANDERINGS).

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        UNCLE REMUS His Songs and His Sayings the Folk-Lore of the Old Plantation

      New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1881. First edition. Near Fine. First printing with "presumptive" on page 9 and the correct ads in the back. (BAL 7100) A beautiful, nearly Fine copy of the book with bright gilt and clean, fresh boards. Hinges uncracked, but with a few finger smudges on the margins, a slight lean and with a couple signatures slightly proud. A total of eight plates, including the frontis, with several other illustrations within the text. In quite exceptional condition for this book, which is prone to wear. Harris' breakout work containing his most charming stories of "Br'er Rabbit." On both the Grolier Club's and Merle Johnson's lists for most important works of American literature. Near Fine.

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      Paris: J. Hetzel et Cie, 1881. LE TOUR DU MONDE EN QUATRE-VINGT JOURS- Jules Verne- Illustrated by Neuville et Benett- J. Hetzel et Cie-Paris- sd-nd [1881]- Publishers catalogue in back for the upcoming year of 1882- Hardcover:-4to-VG++/ no jacket as issued- A fine binding of red cloth with black, red and gilt Greek motif. Initial type binding with JV and JH. All page edges are gilt-binding is stong, square and tight. Minor spots but overall a clean and crisp copy- [i-iv], 1-217, maps, table de matieres, 8pp catalogue, blue grey endpapers. Light to moderate foxing throughout. Clean, no tears or writing- Fantastic illustrations by Neuville and Benett.-SEE PHOTOS- "One of Verne's most memorable adventure fantasy stories."- Fiction-science-fiction-adventure-romance-fantasy-classic-Verne-illustrated (3166) Overseas shipping has added costs due to size and weight of book. Please inquire.. Early Printing. Fine Binding. VG++/No Jacket. Illus. by Neuville et Benett. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

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        Austro-Hungarian Menu Collection

      1881-1891. Collection of thirty-one menus, mounted in a contemporary scrapbook. The menus hail mostly from Vienna, in large part from the Metropole Hotel and Frohner's Hotel Imperial, but there are also four from the Palugyay Palace in Bratislava. Although the menus hail from only a few hotel restaurants, there is great stylistic variety, with some of the menus printed, and other handwritten on printed card. A few contain original portrait photographs pasted-on. There also examples of orientalism as well. One of the menus serves as a place card, and has the name "Carl Von Oberleithner" inked on the verso. Von Oberleithner was a successful businessman in the Hemp and Flax industry, and perhaps this was his collection. The menus are collected in chronological order covering a ten year period starting in 1881. A bit of fading to some of the menus, but overall they are in very good condition. The gilt-titled and decorated binder has some edgewear to the heavy card stock pages, and the cloth is rubbed and split at the hinges, otherwise it is in very good condition.

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        La circulation du sang à l'état physiologique et dans les maladies COPY INSCRIBED BY MAREY TO POTAIN

      Masson 1881 In-8, demi-veau blond postérieur, dos à cinq nerfs, filets dorés aux pieds des nerfs. III-745 pages. 358 figures in texte. Envoi de l'auteur : « A mon cher ami D. Potain. » Première édition de ce monument de l'histoire de la physiologie, la médecine, de la science et de l'inventivité humaine. La provenance est une des plus souhaitables possible pour cet ouvrage. C'est l'exemplaire même de Potain, qui s'intéressa très tôt aux enregistrements graphiques et accomplit une ?uvre fondamentale dans le domaine de la sémiologie et de la pathologie cardiologique ; l'inventeur du « Bruit de Galop » fut à l'origine de la vulgarisation de la surveillance de la tension artérielle à l'aide d'un appareil toujours utilisé quotidiennement. Exemplaire en état absolument parfait, fleurs de coins, francs de coupe Comme neuf couverture rigide Edition originale Signé par l'auteur

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        Marcel Vertès. Manuscript

      n.p., n.y. [Paris]: Salmon, Andre Salmon, Andre. [1881-1969]. French poet, art critic & writer. He was one of the defenders of cubism, with Apollinaire and Maurice Raynal; an authentic member of the 'Avant-Garde'. In 1904, lived in Bateau-Lavoir with Picasso, Max Jacob and Apollinaire. In 1964 he was awarded the Grand Prix for poetry by the French Academy. Autographed Manuscript Signed. N.p., n.d.. 4to, full page in green fountain pen on pad paper stock. Several corrections. Lovely content - the entire text in French about the artist & illustrator, Marcel Vertès. [Wasn't it Pierre MacOrlan who discovered Vertès?] "N'est-est pas Pierre MaCorlan qui découvrit Vertès?... Acte de foi ou placement de père de famille? Altruism ou traite des noirs? Freveur de l'esprit? Simplicite du coeur?... Que sais-je! Comme disait l'autre, le grand autre... Mais si Vertès ne se peut abondonner, non sans fièvre, qu'a l'exceptionnel du plus aigu modernisme, ce sera donc que, venu de loin, excepté de la petite peur des façon del la vielle pour être entré en bolide dans le present, l'etranger sensible se voit attribuer la mission de renouer les fils de tradition". A beautiful 'Hommage' to Budapest born Vertès [1895 - 1961], an outstanding 20th century painter, printmaker & illustrator, who moved to Paris during the First World War. Living and working in the famous Latin Quarter, Vertes quickly established himself as one of the most important artists of the Paris scene, thus continuing in the footsteps of Boutet, Forain, Toulouse-Lautrec & others. The art of Marcel Vertes was at its peak during the vibrant & somewhat wild decade of the 1920’s. Concentrating upon scenes of Paris street life, portrayals of women & depictions of circus & cabaret acts, Vertès left a legacy of original lithographs & drawings that superbly capture the spirit of 1920’s Paris. Vertes would be also be noted for his stunning line of Schiaparelli perfume advertisements.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition. Illus. by Marcel Vertès.

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        les Antiquités MONUMENTALES de la NORMANDIE

      la Libraire Centrale des Beaux-Arts, Paris 1881 - les Antiquités MONUMENTALES de la NORMANDIE Dessinées et gravées par John COTMAN avec des notes historiques et descriptives par Paul Louisy précédées d'une introduction par M. de Beaurepaire Important Ouvrage sous couverture cartonnée à lacets (36 cm x 50.5 cm) reliure toilée rouge, 100 planches, non paginé, chaque planche fait l'objet d'un texte descriptif de 1 à quatre pages, reliure cartonnée éditeur d'époque, édité par la Libraire Centrale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1881 Extraits : église abbatiale de Saint-Georges-de Boscherville - Abbaye de Jumièges - église Saint-Michel de Vaucelles à Caen - église de la Trinité à Caen - le Château de Dieppe - Tour de l'église d'Allemagne (Calvados) - Chapelle de Saint-Julien au petit Quevilly - église de Léry (Eure) - église de Saint-Jacques à Tréport - Cathédrale Notre-Dame à Rouen - le château Gaillard aux Andelys - le château à Falaise - etc . Bon état d'usage (couverture légèrement frottée, avec un léger manque au premier plat en haut à droite) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        ACCOUNT OF OBSERVATIONS OF THE TRANSIT OF VENUS, 1874 December 8, made under the authority of the British Government: and of the reduction of the observations

      London, printed for Her Majesty's Stationery Office under the authority of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, 1881.. FIRST EDITION, 1881, 4to, approximately 290 x 220 mm, 11¼ x 8¾ inches, 17 plates including maps and plans, pages viii, (2), 512, (2), 2l, (1), in original publisher's blind-stamped pebbled cloth, gilt lettered spine. Spine slightly faded, gilt slightly dull, light wear to head and tail of spine and corners, 1 small water spot on upper cover, endpapers replaced at some time, some pages lightly browned in the margins, otherwise a very good clean tight copy of a rare book. The contents consist of 5 parts: I. Expedition to the Hawaiian (Sandwich) Islands, under Captain G.L. Tupman.--II. Expedition to Egypt, under Captain C. Orde Browne.--III. Expedition to the island of Rodriguez, in the Indian Ocean, under Lieutenant Charles B. Neate.--IV. Expedition to Kerguelen Island, under the Reverend S.J. Perry.--V. Expedition to New Zealand, under Major H.S. Palmer, plus Appendix. Airy was Astronomer Royal from 1835 to 1881 and had a very distinguished career in that position. He organized the efficient and accurate observation of stellar positions. He wrote many governmental reports on astronomical and other subjects, published works on celestial mechanics, and made discoveries in theoretical and practical optics, including the cylindrical lens for correcting astigmatism, an eye defect he himself possessed. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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        The Works

      London: George Routledge and Sons,, 1881. In fifteen volumes. Edited by Howard Staunton. With illustrations by Sir John Gilbert, R.A. 15 volumes, quarto (268 × 184 mm). Finely bound by Zaehnsdorf in burgundy morocco, titles and decoration to spines, raised bands, multi-rules to boards, roll to turn-ins, decorative endpapers, gilt edges. Portrait frontispiece in volume I plus a plate at the beginning of each play and further illustrations throughout. The occasional minor blemish, spines faded to brown, an excellent set. Edition de luxe, one thousand numbered copies.

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        British Museum Catalogue of Printed Books

      04 - London - Trustees of the British Museum, 1881 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. An extensive and comprehensive catalogue of the printed books included in the British Museum at the end of the nineteenth century, in a fine binding. Organised alphabetically by author. The volumes contained in this set cover authorsA. through toZ. (in forty-seven volumes), along with nine volumes of supplements to the main catalogue. Also included are one volume containing a catalogue of every edition of the Bible in the posession of the British Museum at the time of publication (1892), a volume on the periodicals in the collection (1885), and two volumes containing a list of the laws, statutes, and treaties of England (1900) and France and Germany (1898). During its long history, the British Museum Library/British Library has published several catalogues describing its collections of printed books, periodicals and ephemera. Each edition is inclusive, incorporating all material included in previous versions. (BL)This edition was originally published in three-hundred and ninety-threeparts, with aforty-fourpart supplement, and is referred to by the British Library and British Museum as GK1. Complete in sixty volumes. Condition: In half-morocco bindings. Externally, mainly smart, although with some rubbing in places (particularly to the spines) and a few marks to the boards. Dusting to textblock edges. Five joints of one hundred and twenty starting. Internally, generally firmly bound, although slightly strained in places. Hinges of the third volume have failed, and textblock is detached. Hinges are reinforced with cloth tape. Pages are mainly bright and clean, with just some scattered light spotting in places. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED..

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        The Steam House. Two Volume Set

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1881. First Edition. Hardcover. First US hardcover edition. Originally published in the US by George Munro in the Seaside Library series. The set includes: 1) The Demon of Cawnpore; viii, 262pp + 8pp of publisher's advertisements; original brown pictorial cloth stamped in gold and black on the front panel and the spine panel; frontispiece and forty-eight illustrations by L. Benett, one foldout map. 2) Tigers and Traitors; viii, 246pp + 8pp of publisher's advertisements; original olive green pictorial cloth stamped in gold and black on the front panel and the spine panel; frontispiece and forty-six illustrations by L. Benett, one foldout map. Light rubbing to spine ends and corner tips, minor fraying to spine head of volume 2, previous owner's name in pencil on the flyleaf of volume 1. A bright, near fine set. Translated from the French by Agnes D. Kingston. Gallagher, Mistichelli and Van Eerde A48. Taves and Michaluk V021. ; Octavo .

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        A LAODICEAN;

      1881. In Three Volumes. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881. 32 pp Vol III ads dated Dec 1881. Original grey-green sand-grain cloth. First English Edition of Hardy's eighth and perhaps least-known novel. Paula Power is torn between two men, one representing the modern world (an architect, like Hardy before he turned to writing), and the other representing old-time nobility. Hardy considers her a "Laodicean" --~and Hardy seems to have been constantly drawn to a 'Laodiceanism' of his own -- a reluctance to adopt absolute or even firm positions, a willingness to see virtue in all sides of a question, an insistence upon the provisionality of his opinions and the need to register them rather as a series of tentative impressions than as the systematic formulation of a philosopher. [Millgate]~Hardy wrote this serially for Harper's, with the first instalments being published before the last were written -- at a time when Hardy was ill. He was not happy with the book, but the reviews were luke-warm -- better than he expected. Because of the serial arrangement, Harper was able to publish the true first edition (in the magazine-sized self-wrappered Franklin Square Library); Sampson Low's three-volume version, "presumably 1000 copies" [Purdy], came out a week later, in December 1881, with changes made by Hardy that are not reflected in either Harper publication. There was never a second printing of this three-volume format, and in just three months unsold copies were being remaindered.~This set is in the primary binding of sand-grain cloth, and is in good-to-very good condition. Faint rectangles at the top of the front covers, plus slightly pale spots near the bottom of the spines, reveal that this set (like most) went straight from the publisher to the lending libraries -- where they were rented out volume-by-volume. External wear is minor, though (light shelf-wear at the extremities, some faint damp-marks on the Vol II front cover). The front endpaper of Vol I is cracked, all six endpapers show the removal of bookplates, and there is some foxing on most of the first and last few leaves. All of that said, we have never been able to offer a better copy. Purdy pp 36-40; Sadleir 1109 (Sadleir places A LAODICEAN third in scarcity among Hardy's novels, behind only A PAIR OF BLUE EYES and DESPERATE REMEDIES).

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        A LAODICEAN; Or, The Castle of the De Stancys. A Story of To-day. Three Volumes

      London:: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington,, 1881. First Edition. Very Good. THREE VOLUMES. Complete Set. Three Very Good First Editions bound by Root and Son in green half leather with marbled boards, raised bands spines, gilt lettering spines, gilt floral decorations spine, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers, silk ribbon bookmarks. All half titles present. vol. 1 first state with "or" on half-title page. Cover edge wear, small chip spine tip of Volume I, minimal scattered foxing. Spine vol II skillfully rebacked with original spine laid down. 8vos. 312 pp. 275 pp. 269 pp.

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