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        [Paris] Paris illustré. 41 numéros entre Novembre 1883 et Avril 1887

      Paris illustr?Paris: Paris illustré, 1883. relié. 35x58cm. Editions originales de plusieurs numéros du journal "Paris illustré" parus entre novembre 1883 à avril 1887. Reliure frottée en demi-percaline souris, dos lisse, pièce de titre de papier, mors fendus, reliure de l'époque. Les numéros réunis dans ce volume sont les 4, 7, 10 à 13, 15 à 17, 20 à 23, 25, 27 à 30, 32, 36 à 43 et 45 à 61. Très bel ensemble de ce journal illustré de très nombreuses lithographies en couleurs hors textes et à double pages, par les artistes de l'époque dont Rochegrosse, Job, Myrbach, Flameng, Grasset, Chelmonski, Courboin, Renouard. Le numéro 45/46 de Mai 1886 consacré à Utamaro, compte plusieurs lithographies de ce célèbre peintre japonais que le directeur de la rédaction, Charles Gillot, passionné d'art d’extrême-orient, contribua à diffuser en France à la fin du XIXème. Notre exemplaire comprend bien la double couverture illsutrée en couleur spécialement imprimée pour ce numéro. Quelques pages restaurées (essentiellement sur les numéros 40 et 43) une grande lithographie de 51x79cm de Myrbach ayant subi quelques déchirures en son centre et fendue. Gravures en très bon état, couleurs bien conservées. Beaucoup de scènes collectives: bals, scènes de guerre, mais aussi des portraits familiaux et individuels. - Paris illustré, Paris _1883-1887, 35x58cm, relié. - Paris relié

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        Treasure Island

      London: Cassell & Company, Limited,, 1883. Octavo. Original green cloth (the book was issued in various coloured cloth bindings), titles to spine gilt, covers blocked in blind with a single line border, black endpapers. Housed in a green cloth chemise with a map of the Caribbean to the inner sides, and a green cloth slipcase. Frontispiece map with captions printed in red, brown and blue. Ex-W. H. Smith's Subscription Library, with bookplate to front pastedown; ownership inkstamp of James F. Cobb on half-title. Spine rubbed and a little dust-soiled, gilt faded, corners slightly worn, inner hinges cracked, a few minor blemishes to the text, a good copy. First edition, first impression, with the following points: "dead man's chest" not capitalised on pages 2 or 7; the first letter of "vain" broken in the last line, page 40; the "a" not present in line 6, page 63; the "8" dropped from the pagination on page 83; the "7" overstamped in the pagination on page 127; the full stop not present following "opportunity" in line 20, page 178; with "worse" in line 3, page 197; the adverts dated 5-R 1083.

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      Cambridge: Printed at the Riverside Press, 1883. The "Riverside Edition" (our copy being #233). ONE OF 250 COPIES. An Unusually Attractive Set, In Fine Blue Morocco and with Extra Volumes 241 x 171 mm (9 1/2 x 6 3/4"). Two items (the 13-volume set of "Works" and the two-volume biography) bound in 15 volumes. Introductory notes to each volume by George Parsons Lathrop. EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE CONTEMPORARY NAVY BLUE STRAIGHT-GRAIN MOROCCO, PLEASINGLY GILT, BY RINGER (stamp-signed on the front pastedown of each volume), covers with double fillet frame and small gilt trefoil cornerpieces, raised bands, gilt spine compartments formed by plain and broken rules and featuring volute cornerpieces and delicate fleuron centerpiece, wide turn-ins with elaborate gilt tooling, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, other edges untrimmed, TWO VOLUMES UNOPENED AND EIGHT OTHERS PARTIALLY SO. All 15 volumes with frontispieces and title pages with etched vignette. A Large Paper Copy on laid paper. Title pages in red and black. Clark B-10; BAL 7643. Spines uniformly faded to a pleasing blue-green, trivial marks to a handful of covers, one volume with barely perceptible effects of damp (lower corner of the covers just slightly darkened, and top inner margin of many leaves with very faint wrinkling), one opening with minor marginal spot, otherwise A VERY FINE SET, the lovely bindings with no significant wear, and the text, set within very spacious margins, almost entirely very bright, fresh, and clean. One of the major figures in the history of literature in the United States, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-64) was among those who first inspired the idea of "American literature," a national literature that could take its place alongside its long-established European forebears. Probably more than any other writer of stature in 19th century America, Hawthorne combined vivid imagination with careful, structured craft. In addition to his great achievements--"The Scarlet Letter" of 1850 and "The House of Seven Gables" (1851)--our handsome edition includes all of the lesser narrative and non-fiction writings, including voluminous entries from his journals, said to contain upwards of 300,000 words. The Riverside Hawthorne was originally published in 12 volumes, and it is normally sold that way. Our copy has, in addition, a 13th volume containing "Doctor Grimshawe's Secret," as well as a uniformly bound, separately published, biography of Hawthorne (and his wife) by Julian Hawthorne. Our binder is apparently the P. Ringer who was well established in Chicago at the time of publication. He hired the German emigré Ernst Hertzberg about 1870, and eventually the two became Ringer and Hertzberg. In giving a summary of important American binders in the second half of the 19th century, "Appleton's Annual Cyclopædia" from 1901 listed the Ringer firm in the same paragraph with such eminent binders as Stikeman, Matthews, MacDonald, and the Club Bindery. (Ringer was eventually bought out by Hertzberg, and the latter's establishment came to be known as the Monastery Hill Bindery, named after the monastic ruins in the owner's birthplace of Gramzow in Germany.) It is possible that Ringer had a contract with the Riverside Press to supply deluxe versions of the bindings for their sets: in addition to the present bindings, we note that there was a set of the Riverside edition of the works of Longfellow (11 volumes, 1886) in a Ringer binding (of half morocco) sold at Bonham's in 2003. Our edition does not often appear at auction: only four copies are listed in ABPC since 1975, and none of those is in full leather.

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        Life on the Mississippi

      James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain. First printing, with Twain’s head in the flames on page 441, but with St. Louis Hotel as the caption on page 443. Bound in publisher’s brown ¾ leather with brown pebble design marbled paper. Binding in very good condition, rubbing and wear to the spine and corner. Both labels with loss affecting the lettering (easily replaced). Front marbled endpapers with separation at gutter (as usual), back board somewhat loose. Publisher: James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883. 624 pages. Overall a nice copy of a scarce first issue in publisher’s letter. Protected by Mylar. Inventory #12-287. Price: $1750.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket.

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        Life on the Mississippi ( 1st/1st - First Issue )

      James R. Osgood Company, 1883. Hardcover. Good. James R. Osgood Company, Boston 1883. First Edition / First Printing / First Issue. Original brown cloth binding with gilt lettering and illustrations at the spine and front board. First issue with an illustration of Mark Twain's head in flames above an urn on page 441. This illustration was removed in later states because Twain's wife found the illustration morbid. Page 443 has the caption of the illustration that reads "The St. Louis Hotel", later states read "The St. Charles Hotel". Rare. {ref: BAL 3411}. Book Condition: Good+, shelf wear, fraying at the spine, rounded corners, previous owner's name at the endpaper, foxing, tight spine.

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        Life on the Mississippi

      James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain. First edition, intermediate A with Twain’s head in the flames on page 441, but with St. Charles Hotel as the caption on page 443. Rebound in dark brown ¾ leather with brown pebble design marbled paper. As new binding. Paper labels. Publisher: James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883. Exceptionally clean copy with gilding on top edge. 624 pages. Protected by Mylar. Inventory #12-207. Price: $1750.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. As New/No Jacket.

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      Boston:: James R. Osgood and Company,. 1883.. 8vo. 9" x 5-3/4". 1st US edition, 2nd state (BAL 3411). 624 pp.. Original publisher's brown decorative cloth.. Gilt bright. Minor extremity wear. Hinge paper professionally. restored. Withal, a pleasing VG+ copy.. Illustrated.

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        Life on the Mississippi

      Boston: James R. Osgood and Company. 1883. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good +. First Edition, mixed issue (author's head in flames p.441; St. Charles Hotel p.443). Hardcover. Brown cloth, gilt titles and decoration. 8vo. 624pp. Illus. Very Good+. Tight copy with most minor binding soil and slightest straining to inner hinges. Contenst unmarked.

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      1883. Fine. TWAIN, Mark. LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company. First edition, 2nd issue. "Sold by Subscription only." 624 pp. 8vo., brown cloth stamped in gilt and black with gilt spine (helmsman) and cover (man smoking pipe dockside) vignettes. Minor wear to spine at heel and crown. Minor corner wear. Cloth and gilt clean and bright. Book plate on front pastedown, interior clean and tight. Over 300 b/w illustrations. A near fine copy.

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        Manual of Hydraulics as Applied to Naval Guns.

      London: HMSO, ... the Admiralty, 1883. FIRST EDITION.. 8.5 x 5.75 inches. 52 pages, plus 18 fine lithograph plates, of which 14 are coloured and 10 folding) of various sections of the 16-inch naval guns of HMS Inflexible, built in Portsmouth in 1876. Original dark blue embossed cloth covered boards. A touch of fading on the top board and some light browning to the first few pages, otherwise a lovely clean copy. The folding plates are particularly crisp and fresh. Protected in a modern handmade archival cloth slipcase, leather label titled in gilt. The most progressive British battleship to follow HMS Warrior, HMS Inflexible incorporated a number of innovative design elements, many of which became standard features of later warship architecture ... Inflexible's 16-inch guns carried in two turrets mounted en echelon were also the largest fitted to that time. When commissioned, Inflexible was the most powerful warship in the world. (Price includes postage UK)

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        The Silverado Squatters.

      London, Chatto and Windus, 1883. Original pictorial green cloth. Front board and spine stamped and lettered in brown and gilt. Printer's mark stamped in brown on rear board. Brown coated endpapers. Back slightly rubbed. Corners slightly bumped, and spine a bit crooked, otherwise fine. Catalogue at rear dated "October1883. [8], 254, [1, printer's imprint], [1, blank], 32 ads pp. Frontispiece. Presentation-inscription for Maggie Moore, dated 1886, on half-title.. First edition, first issue. Stevenson's travel memoir of his two-month honeymoon in 1880 to Napa Valley CA with Fanny Vandegrift, and her son, Lloyd Osbourne

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      James R. Osgood and Company Boston:: James R. Osgood and Company,. 1883.. 8vo. 9" x 5-3/4". 1st US edition, 2nd state (BAL 3411). 624 pp.. Original publisher's brown decorative cloth.. Gilt bright. Minor extremity wear. Hinge paper professionally. restored. Withal, a pleasing VG+ copy.. Illustrated.

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        The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown, in Nottinghamshire. Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

      Charles Scribner's Sons New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1883. First edition. Some rubbing, ink inscription on front free endpaper, else fine. Quarto. Profusely illustrated by Howard Pyle rebacked with new endpapers, original brown decoratively blindstamped leather covers, all edges stained orange, now mellowed to brown. The elaborate binding was designed by Pyle and is notorious for not wearing well[BAL 16378].

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        Trinkgefässe / Schöpfkelle [Pl. XXV]

      Berlin: Ernst Wasmuth, 1883. Colour-printed lithograph by Ernst Wasmuth. Very good condition. 16 1/4 x 21 7/8 inches. 17 3/8 x 26 1/8 inches. From "Griechische Keramik", Genick's superb work on Greek ceramics. This beautiful plate depicts five drinking vessels and a ladel. The revival of interest in Greek ceramics was led by the travellers and cognoscenti who visited Greece and southern Italy in the mid to late-18th century. The Greek vase as an art form was first brought to the attention of an appreciative wider audience with the publication of a number of well- illustrated works on the collections of these dilettantes. The most notable of this group was Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803), whose collection catalogue was published over a number of years starting in 1769. However, it was not until a century later that art historians felt they understood the full scope and history of ancient Greek ceramics in general and the superb work produced using the red-figure technique in particular. Genick was one of the leading authorities of his day on the red-figure vases: an architect by training, he had a passionate love for and deep understanding of this great Athenian pottery. His study, brought to realization by Wasmuth's superb chromolithographs, illustrates for the first time these masterpieces of the potter's life-size art.

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        [Works]. Sense and Sensibility. Pride and Prejudice. Emma. Mansfield Park. Northanger Abbey. Persuasion. [with] LEIGH, J.E. Austen. A Memoir of Jane Austen.

      London: Richard Bentley & Son, 1883-86.. Six volumes, 8vo, including the fifth edition of the "Memoir". Frontispiece in each volume, marbled endpapers and sides. Contemporary dark green half morocco, t.e.g., spines faded to brown with some light rubbing, a very good set. "Northanger Abbey" and "Persuasion" are bound in the same volume as usual, while the Memoir also includes "Lady Susan" and "The Watsons".

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        THE BUTTERFLY'S BALL, and the Grasshopper's Feast. J. Harris.

      A COLOURED COPY OF ONE OF THE GREAT CHILDREN'S BOOKS.15 engraved, unnumbered leaves, printed on one side only, followed by one blank leaf. Hand-coloured engraved frontispiece, and 13 other plates coloured by hand.Original printed wrappers with vignettes of a butterfly and grasshopper to upper cover. Manuscript 1/6 at head of cover to denote a coloured copy. Book-list on lower cover of eight items. First edition. Some wear to spine; some light soiling; else an excellent copy of this, Harris's most famous publication, which spawned numerous imitations. Contained in a paper-covered folding box. Very scarce - especially hand-coloured as issued.Moon 725. This copy conforms to none of Moon's listings exactly; though it would seem to lie between 1 & 3.

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        The Harrow Atlas of Modern Geography with Index

      London. Letts and Son Co. 1883. Bound in 3/4 blind ruled calfskin and cloth covered boards. Tri-gilt ruled spine compartments with blind embossed edging. Gilt tooled raised bands. Gilt titled morroco labels. Marbled endsheets. Small Folio (9" x 12"). Illustrated with 30 double page maps in full colour. A handsome atlas which amongst other highlights, lays down the African discoveries ofr Stanley, the Asian discoveries of Captain Nordenskjold, North American and Arctic discoveries of Captain Nares and others. Additionally depicted are great trunk railway lines. This copy from the library of Sir David Salomons 1797-1893 (famed architect, Lord Mayor of London and Baronet) and bears his bookplate to front pastedown as well as a small rubber stamping to title page. Front cover slightly bowed. Various rubbing to covers and spine. Covers sunned and a bit soiled with rear cover cloth unsunned and hence, darker. Several maps bound out of sequence, but all present. A Very Good copy with Fine, crisp, unmarred maps.

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        Philipp Reis: Inventor of the telephone, by Silvanus Thompson. 2 ALS from Thompson to William Frazer laid in

      London: E. & F. N. Spon, 1883. No Dust Jacket. Did Reis Invent the Telephone? [Reis, Johann Philipp (1834-74).] Thompson, Silvanus P. (1851-1916). Philipp Reis: Inventor of the telephone. A biographical sketch, with documentary testimony, translations of the original papers of the inventor and contemporary publications. ix, 182pp. Frontispiece and 2 wood-engraved plates, text illustrations. London: E. & F. N. Spon, 1883. 214 x 139 mm. Original blindstamped cloth, gilt-lettered spine, slightly shaken, corners and extremities worn. Lightly sewn in at the front of the book are two Autograph letters signed from Thompson to William Frazer, dated March 8 and March 13, 1883 respectively, regarding Frazer's presence at a demonstration of Reis's telephone in the fall of 1865; Frazer's letter to Thompson describing the demonstration (not included here) is printed on pp. 129-30 of Thompson's book. Frazer's marginal annotations on pp. 129-30 (the one on p. 129 signed "WF") correcting some of the information in the printed letter. Manuscript sheet, most likely in Frazer's hand, containing a memorandum of the 1865 demonstration and a list of names, laid in. Ownership signatures of A. Q. Keasbey on flyleaves. First Edition of what remains the only English-language biography of Philipp Reis, inventor of a telephone transmitter and receiver capable of reproducing music and-under certain circumstances-intelligible speech. Reis's telephone transmitter worked by alternatively making and breaking connection with a battery, while his receiver was designed to operate on the principle of magnetostriction-the property of ferromagnetic materials such as iron to change shape on application of a magnetic field. Neither of these principles is adequate for constructing a successful speech-transmitting telephone; however "if the sound entering a Reis transmitter is not too strong, contact between the metal point and the metal strip will not be broken. Instead, the pressure of the former on the latter will fluctuate with the sound, causing fluctuations in the electrical resistance and therefore in the current. Similarly, the receiver will respond to continuously fluctuating as well as to intermittent currents (but not by magnetostriction). The sensitivity, however, is extremely low. . . . "(Enc. Brit., 15th ed. [1990]). The above explanation accounts for the partial, but real success of Reis's telephone in transmitting intelligible speech. Between 1858 and 1863 Reis constructed three different models of his telephone, the third and best known of which was demonstrated in scientific societies throughout Europe and America. One of those who saw the machine was Alexander Graham Bell, who was shown Reis's telephone at the Smithsonian Institution in March 1875, and who might have seen an earlier model demonstrated in Edinburgh as early as 1862 (Bell's own telephone, constructed on different principles, was patented in 1876). Unlike Bell, Reis had no interest in profiting from his telephone, freely giving out information about it to anyone who asked, and selling models of it at a reasonable price. It is very likely that Reis would have continued his work in telephony, had he not died shortly after his fortieth birthday. Thompson, a distinguished British physicist and historian of science, considered Reis the true inventor of the telephone, and wrote the present biography as a means of championing Reis's cause. To that end, he published a detailed account of Reis's telephone, provided English translations of Reis's communications on the subject, and solicited testimonials from those who had attended demonstrations of the instrument, attesting to its ability to transmit the spoken word. Nine of these testimonials can be found in Chapter V, including that of William Frazer, an Irish physician, who saw Reis's telephone demonstrated by Stephen M. Yeates at a club meeting in Dublin in 1865. Thompson's two letters to Frazer, the first requesting "any information about that which occurred on that occasion" and the second thanking Frazer and asking permission to include Frazer's letter in his book, are sewn loosely into this copy. Frazer's letter to Thompson is printed on pp. 129-30; his autograph notes on these pages correct erroneous dates in the printed letter. Catania, Basilio, "The 'Telephon' of Philipp Reis," (web refernce) DSB.

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        The Massorah. Compiled from Manuscripts. Alphabetically and Lexically arranged. 4 vol. 1) Vol. I. Aleph-Yod 2) Vol. II. Caph-Tav 3) Vol. III. Supplement 4) Vol. IV. The Massorah: translated into English with a critical and exegetical commentary. Being Vol. IV of the entire work. Hebrew Title page: Ha-Masorah`al pi kitve yad `atikim asher nikbetsu me-artsot shonot be-mahberet ahat shlemah, arukhah be-kol ve-sedurah be-maarkhot alfa beta ve-al pi ha-shorashim* 1) Helek Rishon: Aleph-Yod 2) Helek Sheni: Caph-Tav 3) Helek Shlishi: Nosaphot (vol. 4 does not have a Hebrew title page) [SIGNED]

      Georges Brg Carl Fromme vol. 2 3 4 London; Vienna Georges Br?g,** Carl Fromme (vol. 2,3,4) 1880-1905 1) 1880 2) 1883 3) 1885 4) 1905 First edition g Elephant folio. 758pp. (4) 829pp. (4) 381pp. 546pp. Vol. 1: 3/4 contemporary black leather over brown mottled paper boards with gilt lettering to spine. Head and tail of spine bumped and worn. Tears to hinges of binding. Book still firmly bound. Modern, marbled end papers. Blind embossed and printed stamp to title page: "Jewish Institute of religion. NY. Library." Signed by author, including name of subscriber and number of subscription preceding first paginated page. Booklet, containing author's introduction pasted-in to page following title page: Small 4to. 8pp. Foxing throughout. Contains introduction by the author [dated 1870], a list of donors and subscribers and letters recommending the work. Vol. 2, 3 & 4: 1/4 cloth over paper covered boards of the time with white (vol. 3: yellow) lettering to spines. Vol. 2: End papers taped. 3" tear to front end paper, but complete. 6" tear to English title page, but complete. Blind embossed and printed stamp to title page: "Jewish Institute of Religion. NY. Library." Signed by author, including name of subscriber and number of subscription preceding preface. Subscription page loose but present. Vol. 3: Spine hinge severely torn, but book still firmly bound. Tears to boards. Library stamp to title page and p.7: "Hebrew Union College. Jewish Institute of Religion." Vol. 4: Front end paper crumbled. Minor welling and water marks to top edge throughout, not affecting text. All volumes: Corners bumped and worn. Discoloration, staining and scuffing to boards. Library plate to spine. Browning and occasional foxing to pages, not affecting text. Minor tears to page edges, not affecting text. Hinges starting. Vol. 1-3 (incl.) are written Hebrew style (from right to left), while the fourth volume is written English style (from left to right). On the author: Christian David Ginsburg (1831-1914), Jewish scholar, born in Warsaw on 25 December 1831. Coming to England shortly after the completion of his education in the Rabbinic College at Warsaw, Ginsburg continued his study of the Hebrew Scriptures, with special attention to the Five Megillot. The first result of these studies was a translation of the Song of Songs, with a historical and critical commentary, published in 1857. A similar translation of Ecclesiastes, followed by treatises on the Karaites, the Essenes, and the Kabbala, kept the author prominently before biblical students while he was preparing the first sections of his magnum opus, the critical study of the Massorah. Beginning in 1867 with the publication of Jacob ben Hayyim's Introduction to the Rabbinic Bible, Hebrew and English and the Massoreth HaMassoreth of Elias Levita, in Hebrew, with translation and commentary, Ginsburg became known as an eminent Hebrew scholar. In 1870 he was appointed one of the first members of the committee for the revision of the English version of the Old Testament. The work at hand is considered his life work: The publication of the Massorah, in three volumes (1880-1886), in Hebrew, followed by the one-volume English edition in 1905. Ginsburg had one predecessor in the field, the learned Jacob ben Hayyim (or: Jacob ben Chajim), who in 1524-1525 published the second Rabbinic Bible, containing what has ever since been known as the Massorah. Ginsburg took up the subject almost where it was left by those early pioneers, and collected portions of the Massorah from the countless manuscripts scattered throughout Europe and the East. Ginsburg published Facsimiles of Manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible (1897 and 1898), the Text of the Hebrew Bible in Abbreviations (1903), in addition to a critical treatise on the relationship of the so-called Codex Babylonicus of A.D. 916 to the Eastern Recension of the Hebrew Text (1899, for private circulation). In the last-mentioned work he seeks to prove that the St. Petersburg Codex, for so many years accepted as the genuine text of the Babylonian school, is in reality a Palestinian text carefully altered so as to render it conformable with Babylonian recension. He subsequently undertook the preparation of a new edition of the Hebrew Bible for the British and Foreign Bible Society. He also contributed many articles to J. Kitto's Encyclopedia, W. Smith's Dictionary of Christian Biography, and the Encyclopedia Britannica. [from Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th ed. (1911) Volume V12, p. 29] On the Massorah in general: "It is well known that the received text of the Hebrew Bible is called the Massoretic, i.e., printed according to the Massorah. Now, the Massorah is a marginal directory, indicating (...) how the letters, words and phrases are to be written, according to the most ancient rules laid down by those who compiled, preserved, and transmitted the canon of the Old Testament Scriptures (...). This invaluable key to the text of the old testament is called Massorah (tradition) because it was traditionally transmitted by the authorized and professional scribes, who afterwards committed it to writing" (from the introduction pasted-in to the first volume). It was primarily compiled, edited and distributed by a group of Jews known as the Masoretes between the seventh and tenth centuries CE. The oldest manuscripts containing substantial parts of the Masoretic Text known to still exist date from approximately the ninth century. The Aleppo Codex dates from the tenth century. In the first half of the tenth century Aaron ben Moses ben Asher and Moshe ben Naphtali (often just called ben Asher and ben Naphtali) were the leading Masoretes in Tiberias. Ben Asher wrote a standard codex (the Aleppo Codex) embodying his opinions. Probably Ben Naphtali did too, but it has not survived. (from the Jewish Encyclopedia, see below) On this work [from: Library of Biblical Studies, see below]: Ginsburg's work is a critical edition of the Massorah, and as such it relies heavily on the two standard works preceding it, i.e. Jacob ben Hayyim's second Blomberg edition of the Bible and Elijah Levita's Massoreth ha-Massoroth (Tiberias, 1538). Whereas Elijah Levita had a primarily grammatical approach, Jacob ben Hayyim ibn Adonijah was associated more directly with the manuscripts themselves. The sort of thing that ben Hayyim did is "what Ginsburg did in his massive collection of The Massorah in four volumes, imperial folio (1881-1905). [the work at hand]. There are no indications where any notes came from, or the date origin and history of the manuscripts. Nobody in the 16th century ever thought of doing this (...). There had to be a beginning at some time, and this beginning was made by Jacob ben (C)Hayyim; Ginsburg has rightly said that Jacob 'rescued the Massorah from perdition.' Something of the same kind can be said of Ginsburg." (ibid., p. XI) Even though Ginsburg claims to follow Jacob ben Hayyim's work, which came to be recognized as the true masoretic text, very closely, it differs often from it. Hence, it is actually a recension of Ginsburg, that incorporates 75 other codices as well. "The great question is: How are we to obtain a true, accurate masoretic text? In the Prolegomenon by Professor Harry M. Orlinsky in the KTAV Publishing House reissue of Ginsburg's Introduction to the Massoretico-Critical Edition of the Hebrew Bible (...) he says (p. XV) that "none can claim to being the masoretic text," but there can be a masoretic text." (T)here is no (...) unified, authoritative Masorah. This can be seen in Ginsburg's massive four-volume compilation." [ibid. p. XIV] Complete in four volumes. In Hebrew and English. Covers in good, books in very good condition. Sources: Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition (1911) Jewish Encyclopedia (online) Orlinsky, Harry M. (ed.): The Library of Biblical Studies (Ktav Publishing House: New York. 1968 [First published 1867]). Prolegomenon by Norman H. Snaith (p. VII-XXXVI) *translation of Hebrew title page: The Massorah, according to ancient manuscripts from different countries, within one complete book. Completely organized, in alphabetical order and according to the sources. **Printed by the author for subscribers

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        The Waverley Novels. Centenary Edition. 25 volumes bound as 12 complete.

      Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, 1883.. Plates. 8vo (7 1/2 x 5 inches). 25 volumes bound in 12. Finely and very attractively bound in contemporary half green calf, spines gilt extra with double maroon lettering pieces, marbled sides. A finely bound set in exquisite condition.

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        GASKELL (W. H.) The Croonian Lecture: On the Rhythm of the Heart of the Frog, and on the Nature of the Action of the Vagus Nerve, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Presented within the complete volume of the Philosophical Transactions

      Vol 173, pp.993-1033; Royal Society, 1883. * GARRISON-MORTON 829: "Gaskell's classical memoir on the muscles and nerves of the heart included a description of "Gaskell's nerves", the accelerator nerves of the heart. He showed that the motor impulses from the nerve ganglia to the sinus venosus influence the heart rhythm but do not originate cardiac movements, which are due to the rhythmic contraction of the heart muscle. This led to the artificial production of "heart-block", the name for which Gaskell based on an expression of Romanes." * Presented within the complete volume of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Vol 173, Part III, bound in one volume for 1883, comprising, vi, [751-]1180pp with plates numbered 51-96, large quarto, library cloth with bookplate, a neat unlinked library name stamp on general title, foot of last leaves and occasionally elsewhere, a very good copy. * A FULL LIST OF CONTENTS OF THIS VOLUME SENT ON REQUEST. Other papers include: OWEN (Richard) Description of Portions of a Tusk of a Proboscidian Mammal. (Notelephas australis, Owen) pp.777-781; WALLER (Augustus) WATTEVILLE (A. de) On the Influence of the Galvanic Current on the Excitability of the Motor Nerves of Man, pp.961-991: HULKE (J. W.) An Attempt at a Complete Osteology of Hypsilophodon Foxii; a British Wealden Dinosaur, pp.1035-1062; WATNEY (Herbert) The Minute Anatomy of the Thymus, pp.1063-1123.1200

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        Comitiva Regia en el Casamiento de S. M. el Rey de España Don Alfonso 12 con S. A. I. y R. la Archiduquesa Dona Maria Cristina de Austria, en el Trayecto Desde la Real Basilica de Atocha a Palacio el dia 29 de Noviembre de 1879

      A. Fortuny Madrid: A. Fortuny, (1883). An extensive panorama stretching across forty pages, which folds out to show the royal procession making its way from the Royal Basilica of Atocha to the Palace on the wedding day of the King of Spain, Alfonso XII, and his second wife, Maria Christina of Austria. A retinue of guards, musicians, and members of the royal family all lead the way for the new King and Queen, who can be seen peeking out the window of their carriage. Printed by chromolithography in full color, with shimmering gold and silver decoration on the stately horses, carriages, and military uniforms. Each group in the procession is labeled in Spanish, and the pages of the panorama are backed with silk for strength. In its original crimson leather portfolio bearing the King and Queen's intertwined initials, surmounted by a crown, gilt edge decoration, and intricate dentelles. Portfolio bears a red and gold label with a crown on the front cover. Some wear to extremities, minor soiling on the inside of the cover where a bookplate or label was likely removed, and light foxing, not affecting the images, which are fresh and bright. An attractive copy of a rare commemorative panorama.

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