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        The Maharajah Duleep Singh and the Government. A Narrative.

      London: Printed by the Ballatyne Press "For Private Circulation", 1884 - Octavo. Original black pebble-grained skiver over flexible boards, title gilt to the front cover, single fillet blind panel to both covers, all edges gilt, grey-blue decorative endpapers. Just a little rubbed at the extremities, endpapers lightly browned, a scatter of light foxing front and back, but overall a very good copy indeed. First edition, decidedly uncommon, just 5 copies on Copac, OCLC adding perhaps 8 more. The child king Duleep Singh, (1838–1893), maharajah of Lahore,was carried into exile following defeat in the Second Anglo-Sikh War (1848–9), converting to Christianity in 1854, obtaining a royal audience and becoming "an immediate success" with the Queen, and eventually settling in Elveden, Suffolk with Bamba Müller, his "part-Ethiopian, part-German" (ODNB) wife, who he had met in Cairo when returning from his mother's funeral in India; "Duleep Singh loved Elveden and rebuilt the church, cottages, and the school. His fame as a shooter of game was revived in the grounds of the great estate". However, "amid European glamour, the spirit that had tasted sovereignty was hibernating somewhere in the mind of Duleep Singh. Prompted initially by his mother, then by his cousin Thakur Singh Sandhanwalia, and finally by the supposed prophecies of the tenth Sikh guru, Duleep Singh began a battle with the British government asserting the illegality of the annexation of the Punjab, and he demanded to be reinstated as maharaja. In 1886 he tried to return to India to place himself as the prophesied head of the Sikh people, but was arrested at Aden. Here he was received back into the Sikh faith". From Paris, he made himself the centre of various plots to overthrow British rule in the Punjab, scheming with Russian and Irish revolutionaries to force the Khyber Pass, but all of these conspiracies came to nothing. Increasingly dogged by ill health, he sought a reconciliation with Victoria, who "responded with a full pardon through the secretary of state on 1 August 1890". He died in Paris in 1893, and was carried back to his beloved Elveden and buried in the graveyard of St Andrew's and St Patrick's Church. The present work was part of his campaign for reinstatement to the throne, and was distributed solely to those who he felt could be of influence to that end. It was "compiled, partly from historical sources, and partly from private information and documents furnished" by Duleep Singh himself, and encompasses a sketch of the early history of the Punjab; a biographical narrative of the Maharajah; and an explanation "of the peculiar Relations in which the Maharajah stands towards the Government, and the causes of the differences between them". An excellent copy of this fragile, fugitive, and highly desirable work. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night [with] Tales from the Arabic, Alaeddin and the Enchanted Lamp

      London: London: Printed for Subscribers Only (Athenaeum Publishing) [The Villon Society], 1884. Octavo, 13 volumes. Finely bound in magnificent full brown morocco inlaid with red, green and black with a central arabesque design to the front and rear panels of each, elaborate gilt-floriate borders and tooling, gilt titles to the spine, with green and blue inlaid morocco doublures bordered and stamped in gilt, silk endpapers. Limited edition, this being copy "A" of 26 copies. With 21 original engravings by Lalauze. Additionally bound with two states of the seventy illustrations of Albert Letchford, seventy of which are hand-colored. These volumes comprise The Book of The Thousand Nights (9 vols.) Tales of the Arabic (3 vols.) and Alaeddin and the Enchanted Lamp (1 vol.). Minor edgewear; rubbing to raised bands , some vols.; hinges slightly cracked.

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        Naïs Micoulin

      first edition. One of 100 numbered copies on Holland paper. # 89.Binding half black morocco signed Bellevallée corners. Gilt title and date. Back to Jansenist nerves. Golden head. wrappers and back preserved and bound in. copy not cut down. Very nice copy. G. Charpentier & Cie Paris 1884 In-12 (13x19cm) relié

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        Le Capitaine Fracasse. 3 Tomes

      Bibliotheque Artistique; Librairie des Bibliophiles 1884 - 3 volume set. Glorious full blue Moroccan leather. Gilt ruled. All edges gilt. Glit dentelle and tooling. 5 raised bands. Fine binding. Front hinge of vol. 1 rebacked. Silk patterned end pages. In blue slip case. Edge wear to box. Altogether quite gorgeous, see our pictures. Hardcover. Clean, unmarked pages. Extremely limited edition, one of 25 copies. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Quads within Quads: Quads for Authors, Editors, & Devils.

      London Field & Tuer; Simpkin; Hamilton 1884 - 146, (16)pp. Comprises the miniature version of Quads for Authors, Editors, & Devils as well as the "enlarged edition." A book of jokes relating to printers, with a sixteen-page glossary. Quads, explains the preface, are "little metal blanks used by the printer for filling up gaps, and are not of much account, although we cannot get along without them." The miniature copy is housed in a compartment scooped out of blank leaves at the end of the enlarged edition, a 12mo., 94-page version of the book with expanded text that contains additional stories and bon mots about the printing profession. This version is done in numerous type-faces and illustrated with amusing wood engravings. According to the prospectus, which is tipped in on the front endleaf, Quads within Quads was "likely in future ages to rank high amongst the treasures of the book-collector. . . . As a mere curiosity, irrespective of its extremely amusing character, [it] is a covetable book." Both versions bound in gilt-lettered vellum, and with gold ribbon ties intact. Fine, with only minor foxing to pages of larger volume and minor soiling to vellum. Covetable, indeed. Rare prospectus laid in. (Bondy, p. 149; Bromer/Edison, p. 186; Welsh 6857). (1 5/8 by 1 1/16; 41x26mm). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Autograph letter signed.

      Zanzibar, 3. VIII. 1884. - 4to (240 x 190 mm). 8 pp. on two double-leaf stationery, watermarked "Original Malling Mill Kent". To "my dear Smith": "It is most pleasing to see here the S[lave] T[rade] is driven back [.] In fact Kilwa now seems the saintly place [.] If this scarcity of food and failure of crops extends far inland we shall have the population begging to be sold. Mafia [Island] may take in slaves but it is so near the mainland that no person on earth could prevent it while the institute exists - but is their demand enough on Mafia for any great number of slaves? Boette and coconuts are its chief exports. When you go there visit Kisiwani [.] where corals are washed out of the bank in thousands [.] The Kilwa ruling family fled at one time it is mentioned in the old Kilwa chronicle. Did these old Kilwa kings [grow?] nothing but coffee & do the Bavarians buy up the silver and gold? Native traders are no fools and if gold & silver is ever found I would gladly pay a little over the value of the metal to settle a few permits [.] If you see your way I think a trip south should may be time well spent. I daren't visit the Kilwa people (Indians) [.] I feel sure the end of the land S[lave] T[rade] is further south and the local demand must be very great. I have little faith in estimates made on short experience, so often a man takes the one month or two when slaves are brought down and multiplies it by twelves for the year's estimate. One thing is to find out the caravan men [.]". - Written during the Berlin Conference of 1884/1885 which regulated European colonisation and trade in Africa during the New Imperialism period, and coincided with Germany's sudden emergence as an imperial power, Kirk discusses trade of slaves, as well as gold and silver, the latter mainly in reference to Germans. He suggests that slave trade activity is diminishing near Kilwa due to British abolition efforts, though not as much further south. He then presents theories on estimating the numbers of slaves captured. Also interesting and infrequently documented, he presents concern respecting slavery on Mafia Island. [In the mid-1820s, the town of Kua on Juani Island, the southernmost of the Mafia archipelago, was attacked by Sakalava cannibals arriving from Madagascar with 80 canoes, who ate many of the locals and took the rest into slavery. Under a treaty of 1890, Germany took control of Mafia and constructed the buildings still evident on Chole Island.] - The recipient of the letter, identified as 'Smith', may be Sir Charles Euan-Smith, a Colonel in the British Army who in 1887 he would be appointed Her Majesty's Agent and Consul-General for the Dominions of the Sultan of Zanzibar. [In February 1890 the Sultan died and Euan-Smith took advantage of the situation to persuade the new Sultan, Ali bin Said, that Zanzibar should be a British protectorate. This resulted in the so-called Heligoland-Zanzibar Treaty of July 1890 in which Germany and the United Kingdom agreed on territorial interests in East Africa.]. - By 1868 Omani traders of Zanzibar had long since driven the Portuguese out and Kilwa had been a leading Arab center of the East African slave trade for more than a century. Thriving European plantation economies as close as Mauritius and as far away as Brazil perpetuated the nefarious trade. Kilwa was eventually absorbed into the Sultanate of Zanzibar (1841-1884) which controlled the lion's share of the East African trade. Zanzibar attracted the attention of European imperial and anti-slavery interests which forced the Sultan to close its then-famous slave market in 1873. To this end, the Sultan Bargash signed an edict making slavery illegal and imprisoned the Governor of Kilwa. Even so, the trade for a time remained brisk and a slave was allegedly sold there as late as 1935. Kilwa was part of the colony of German East Africa from 1886 to 1918. - Sir John Kirk (1832-1922) was a Scottish physician, naturalist, explorer, and British administrator in Zanzibar. He accompanied [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)

      London, Chatto and Windus, 1884., 1884. First Edition. Precedes the American first edition. Octavo; pp. (xvi), 438; [32], publisher's catalogue dated October 1884. With 174 illustrations. Original red pictorial cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper board, decorative end-papers. Rebacked, with original spine laid down. Some wear to corners, darkening to spine, some discoulour to lower cover. Internally very clean. A presentable and inexpensive copy of this landmark first edition. Twain was a humorist, but this picture of Mississippi life is profoundly moral and still incredibly influential; the classic tale of a boy's picaresque raft journey down river conveyed the voice and experience of the American frontier as no other work had done before. Beneath Huck's exploits, however, are more serious undercurrents of slavery and adult control, which threaten his deep and enduring friendship with the runaway slave Jim. Listed in The Observer's All-Time 100 Best Novels [2003]. BMC No261, p90-93.

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        History of Arizona Territory Showing It's Resources and Advantages; with Illustrations Descriptive of its Scenery, Residences, Farms, Mines Mills, Hotels, Business Houses, Schools, Churches, &c.

      San Francisco: Wallace W. Elliott, 1884. - 4to., (13 4/8 x 10 2/8 inches). Folding coloured lithographed map loosely inserted (a bit browned at the edges), coloured lithographed map of the "Geological Formations in Arizona", and 62 lithographed plates. Original black roan backed black cloth, gilt and blind (worn). First edition. A magnificently illustrated history of Arizona, from Spanish ownership to the 1880s. Detailing the topography, geography, geology, botany, zoology, and settlements, transport routes, biographical sketches of important citizens, schools, and 'pleasure resorts', all described and illustrated. Howes A310. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the same Species

      London: John Murray, 1884. xxiv, 352, 15 text figs. 8vo. HB. Orig. publisher's green cloth. Small bookseller's label to end-paper 'J. Flockhart, Greenock'. Exceptionally fine copy.. Third thousand, with a preface by Francis Darwin updating the subject since the previous printing of 1880. [Freeman 1281]..

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        THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN (TOM SAWYER'S COMRADE)

      London: Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1884. First UK Edition. First Impression, first state, with publisher's catalog dated 'October, 1884.' Octavo; publisher's red 'S' cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in gilt and black on spine and front cover; [i]-xvi, 438, 32pp ads; illus. Thin split along front hinge, though binding is still sound and firm; spine ends gently nudged, with a hint of sunning to spine; a Near Fine copy, with the gilt still bright and the pictorial elements unrubbed. Housed in a custom clamshell case. A presentable copy of Twain's most enduring work - the quintessential American novel. BAL 3414.

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        The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)

      Piccadilly, Chatto and Windus. 1884., 1884. FIRST UK EDITION, 8vo. Fully bound in deep red morocco, title in gilt to spine with five raised bands with gilt ornament, all edges gilt; gilt rule to boards; housed in a protective cloth slipcase. With a grand total of 174 amusing illustrations, including a full page image of Huckleberry Finn as frontispiece, protected by a tissue guard. Publisher's original boards bound in at rear. Fine. Twain was a humorist, but this picture of Mississippi life is profoundly moral and still incredibly influential. Listed in The Observer's All-Time 100 Best Novels [2003]. BMC No261, p90-93.

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        The Works of Lord Tennyson

      London: Macmillan and Co., 1884., 1884. 10 volumes; 8vo (H: 7¼ x L: 11 inches). Finely bound for Sotheran in contemporary green half morocco with gilt raised bands, gilt titles to spines and gilt entwined monograms to compartments; marbled boards and end papers; top edges gilt. Portrait frontispiece of the author to vol.I. Light rubbing to extremities. Text clear. A beautiful, very decorative set in an old leather binding.

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        RANDRINFASSUNGEN INITIALEN UND ZIERLEISTEN.,

      Berlin, 1884. - 11 x 17. 64 leaves mounted on hinges: title, introduction, 62 plates. Publisher's pebble grained calf gilt, gilded endpapers, all edges gilt. Tips worn, light wear,; closed tear in lower margin of last plate, else contents fine. A specimen of ornamental material in use at the State Printing Office. Combination borders (many in color) enclose printers' ornaments, fleurons, headpieces, initials, and other decorative pieces. German printers from this period surpassed all others in this kind of color printing. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Le capitaine Fracasse

      Librairie des Bibliophiles 1884 - - Librairie des Bibliophiles, Paris 1884, 3 tomes en 3 Vol. in 8 (, reliés. - Edition en premier tirage. Un des 150 exemplaires sur grand papier. Exemplaire N°48 sur papier Whatman Illustré de 14 eaux-fortes tirées en 4 états, dont 2 sur japon y compris pour le frontispice. Couvertures conservées. Reliure en demi maroquin chocolat à coins signé Mercier. Dos à nerfs orné de multiples caissons. Tête dorée. Couvertures conservées roussies. Tirages sur papier japon portant des rousseurs très pâles éparses marginales. Magnifique exemplaire dans un état réellement superbe. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] Edition first t Irage. A Jan. 50 copies on large paper. Copy # 48 of Whatman Illustrated January 4 etchings drawn in 4 states, including 2 of Japan including the frontispiece. Covers preserved. Binding half morocco chocolate corners signed Mercier. Back with nerves decorated with multiple chambers. Golden head. Scorched blankets. Prints on Japanese paper with very pale foxing marginal sparse. Beautiful copy in a truly superb condition. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Las Bienandanças e Fortunas que escribió., estando preso en su torre de Sant Martín de Muñatones. .

      1884. Librería de Gabriel Sánchez. 1884 - Establecimiento Tipográfico de E. Cuesta. Madrid. Edición limitada y numerada de 200 ejemplares (ejemplar nº 15). 1 Vol. . Anteportada+portada+8 H.+98 folios (facsímil)+67 H. Folio Imperial. Medio pergamino con puntas. Historia de España (Edad Media), Siglo XIX , Vasco-Navarro (General) . Primera edición de la primera crónica histórica de Vizcaya, escrita por el encartado Lope García de Salazar durante su encierro en el Castillo de Muñatones, en el municipio vizcaíno de Muskiz. Comprende los libros XXII al XXV de la obra de Lope, los relativos a la historia del País Vasco, que incluyen la narración del origen del Señorío de Vizcaya mediante la leyenda de Jaun Zuria. Se trata de una reproducción calcográfica facsimilar del códice existente en la Real Academia de la Historia, hecha por Maximiliano Camarón, restaurador de la Biblioteca Nacional, quien lo reprodujo caligráficamente en planchas de grabado a dos tintas. Contiene una introducción de G. Sánchez y un interesante prólogo histórico de Antonio de Trueba titulado Bosquejo biográfico de Lope García de Salazar, además de la trascripción exacta de la obra impresa en tipografía. Obra crucial para la historia del País Vasco y libro de gran rareza por su corta tirada.

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        Kapital und Kapitalzins. Erste Abteilung. Geschichte und Kritik der Kapitalzins-Theorieen. [Zweite Abtheilung. Positive Theorie des Kapitales.]

      Innsbruck: Verlag der Wagner'schen Universitäts-Buchhandlung,, 1884-1889. 2 volumes bound in one, octavo (214 × 135 mm). Contemporary pebbled grain cloth, spine direct-lettered gilt, preserved in a custom made cloth backed box. Housed in a burgundy quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery Ownership inscription of Philip H. Wicksteed to the initial blank recto of the first title-page, with his printed bookplate to the front pastedown. Later library stamps of the British Library of Political Science and Newcastle University Library, with cancellation. Rear board detached, spine frayed at head and foot, short horizontal split , and joints worn. One or two sections sprung, blank corner of one leaf torn away, text unaffected, natural printing flaw affecting two letters of another leaf. Edges lightly browned and a little brittle, as usual with books of this period. Withal a very good copy with a very good association. Scarce first edition of the chief work of Böhm-Bawerk's life, a copy with a marked provenance. First owned by Philip Wicksteed, with his ownership inscription dated 1886 on the first leaf and with his bookplate. The volume subsequently passed to the British Library of Political Science, from there to the Armstrong College Library in Newcastle, and thence to the University of Newcastle. There are a small number of stamps recording the book's moves, mostly small, and in the blank margins of leaves. "A monument of creative analysis and a mile-stone on the road of our science, this work presents a series of critiques of theories of interest, each a piece of theoretical cabinet work, each a work of art unequalled in its perfection. The book does not give descriptions of the social and historical milieu in which each theory originated. Nor are there any philosophical embroideries or synthetic substitutes for explanation. Even the history of thought in the field of its central topic takes second place. The author limits himself to one of many possible tasks: he concentrates on one theory of interest after another, considering in each case only its substantive content. This content he reformulates with masterful perception, appraises its essentials with an unflinching eye, using only a few simple but decisive arguments. With a minimum of effort, following the straightest possible line, and with the most graceful elegance, he dispatches one theory after another; and - after having carefully exposed the cause of the disaster - he continues on his way without losing another word, or indeed without saying one word too many. There is no book from which one could learn better how to seize firmly on the essentials and how to ignore the irrelevant. And then, everything having been so methodically and conscientiously prepared, there appeared, as the second volume of Kapital und Kapitalzins, Die positive Theorie des Kapitals... This was, despite the suggestion of a narrower content in the title, a comprehensive analysis of the economic process, the work of his life, the most personal product of his efforts. Whatever views future generations may hold of the separate links in the chain of his thought, they can never fail to admire the magnificent design, the grandiose élan of the whole work. It is in any case quite certain that this was an effort to scale the greatest heights that economics permits, and that the achievement actually reached a level where only a few lofty peaks are to be found" (J.A. Schumpeter, Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk in: Ten Great Economists, (1956), pp. 152-3).

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        Eigenh. Brief mit U. ("Kussmaul").

      Wohl Straßburg, 16. V. 1884.. 2¾ SS. auf Doppelblatt. 8vo.. An einen namentlich nicht genannten Adressaten über die letzte Bootsfahrt seines Sohnes Eduard: "[...] am Montag wollte er zu uns zurückkehren. Im April wollte ich mit ihm nach Stettin reisen, um ihn dort der kaiserl. Schiffswerfte anzuvertrauen. Ein unüberwindlicher, dämonischer Zug und Trieb hatte ihn stets zum Wasser geführt und beherrscht. Er sollte uns nicht mehr sehen. Mit meinem s. z. Grönländerkahn hatte der Verwegene über den Rhein gese[t]zt [...] und bei dem Hochwasser überschwemmten Damme schlug der Kahn um, er fand festen Boden unter den Füßen. Hätte er ausgeharrt, bis 3 Freunde im nahen Segelboot ihn erreicht haben würden [...] Aber mit vermessnem Muthe stieg er nochmals in den kleinen Kahn, nochmals schlug derselbe um und jetzt versank er in dem Strom um nicht mehr aufzutauchen. Bis zur Stunde ist seine Leiche noch nicht gefunden. 25 Jahre Sorgen um den einzigen Sohn liegen in dem Fluthen begraben [...]". - Adolf Kußmaul promovierte in Würzburg über "Untersuchungen über den Einfluß, welchen die Blutströmung auf die Bewegungen der Iris und andere Teile des Kopfes ausübt", habilitierte sich kurz darauf in Heidelberg und wurde Professor der Inneren Medizin in Erlangen, Freiburg i. B. und schließlich in Straßburg. Die 1874 von ihm beobachtete "große Atmung" bei Diabetes wurde später nach ihm "Kußmaulsche Atmung" genannt. Als vielseitiger Wissenschaftler befaßte er sich mit verschiedenen Teilbereichen der Medizin und war darüber hinaus literarisch tätig (u. a. "Jugenderinnerungen eines alten Arztes", 1899). Mit Ludwig Eichrodt gemeinsam "schrieb er satirische Gedichte um den schwäbischen Schulmeister Gottlieb Biedermaier, die als 'Buch Biedermaier' in Gedichte in allerlei Humoren (1853) erschienen und den späteren Epochenbegriff 'Biedermeier' schufen" (DBE).

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        A PERILOUS SECRET

      1884. In Two Volumes. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1884. Original floral-pattern red brocaded sateen-damask cloth. First English Edition (not actually published until March 1885, due to Reade's death in April 1884; Harper's wrappered American edition did, however, come out in 1884). Reade wrote this stirring novel -- his last -- by adapting the play he and Henry Pettitt had written years earlier, "Love and Money."~By 1884 the multi-volume format (like the lending libraries that demanded it) was on its way out, so that publishers -- especially Bentley -- created bindings of ever-increasing flamboyance in an effort to sell books; this title is no exception, with its elegant bright red sateen-damask cloth brocaded with a jacquard floral design.~Condition is near-fine (spines slightly darkened, the delicate cloth with just minor wear at the extremities). Parrish pp 271-272; Sadleir 2012; not in Wolff.

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        Autograph letter signed.

      Zanzibar, 3. VIII. 1884.. 4to (240 x 190 mm). 8 pp. on two double-leaf stationery, watermarked "Original Malling Mill Kent".. To "my dear Smith": "It is most pleasing to see here the S[lave] T[rade] is driven back [...] In fact Kilwa now seems the saintly place [...] If this scarcity of food and failure of crops extends far inland we shall have the population begging to be sold. Mafia [Island] may take in slaves but it is so near the mainland that no person on earth could prevent it while the institute exists - but is their demand enough on Mafia for any great number of slaves? Boette and coconuts are its chief exports. When you go there visit Kisiwani [...] where corals are washed out of the bank in thousands [...] The Kilwa ruling family fled at one time it is mentioned in the old Kilwa chronicle. Did these old Kilwa kings [grow?] nothing but coffee & do the Bavarians buy up the silver and gold? Native traders are no fools and if gold & silver is ever found I would gladly pay a little over the value of the metal to settle a few permits [...] If you see your way I think a trip south should may be time well spent. I daren't visit the Kilwa people (Indians) [...] I feel sure the end of the land S[lave] T[rade] is further south and the local demand must be very great. I have little faith in estimates made on short experience, so often a man takes the one month or two when slaves are brought down and multiplies it by twelves for the year's estimate. One thing is to find out the caravan men [...]". - Written during the Berlin Conference of 1884/1885 which regulated European colonisation and trade in Africa during the New Imperialism period, and coincided with Germany's sudden emergence as an imperial power, Kirk discusses trade of slaves, as well as gold and silver, the latter mainly in reference to Germans. He suggests that slave trade activity is diminishing near Kilwa due to British abolition efforts, though not as much further south. He then presents theories on estimating the numbers of slaves captured. Also interesting and infrequently documented, he presents concern respecting slavery on Mafia Island. [In the mid-1820s, the town of Kua on Juani Island, the southernmost of the Mafia archipelago, was attacked by Sakalava cannibals arriving from Madagascar with 80 canoes, who ate many of the locals and took the rest into slavery. Under a treaty of 1890, Germany took control of Mafia and constructed the buildings still evident on Chole Island.] - The recipient of the letter, identified as 'Smith', may be Sir Charles Euan-Smith, a Colonel in the British Army who in 1887 he would be appointed Her Majesty's Agent and Consul-General for the Dominions of the Sultan of Zanzibar. [In February 1890 the Sultan died and Euan-Smith took advantage of the situation to persuade the new Sultan, Ali bin Said, that Zanzibar should be a British protectorate. This resulted in the so-called Heligoland-Zanzibar Treaty of July 1890 in which Germany and the United Kingdom agreed on territorial interests in East Africa.]. - By 1868 Omani traders of Zanzibar had long since driven the Portuguese out and Kilwa had been a leading Arab center of the East African slave trade for more than a century. Thriving European plantation economies as close as Mauritius and as far away as Brazil perpetuated the nefarious trade. Kilwa was eventually absorbed into the Sultanate of Zanzibar (1841-1884) which controlled the lion's share of the East African trade. Zanzibar attracted the attention of European imperial and anti-slavery interests which forced the Sultan to close its then-famous slave market in 1873. To this end, the Sultan Bargash signed an edict making slavery illegal and imprisoned the Governor of Kilwa. Even so, the trade for a time remained brisk and a slave was allegedly sold there as late as 1935. Kilwa was part of the colony of German East Africa from 1886 to 1918. - Sir John Kirk (1832-1922) was a Scottish physician, naturalist, explorer, and British administrator in Zanzibar. He accompanied David Livingstone on his second Zambesi expedition from 1858 to 1863. In 1873 Kirk was made the first British Agent and Consul General of Zanzibar, where he eventually convinced the Sultan of Zanzibar to ban the highly lucrative slave trade. He held this post until he returned to England in 1887. He was also a keen botanist, highly regarded by Sir William Hooker, Joseph Dalton Hooker and William Thistleton-Dyer. After the death of Livingston, Kirk pledged to continue Livingston's work to end the East African slave trade. For years he negotiated with the ruler of Zanzibar, Sultan Bargash, gaining his confidence and promising to help enrich the East African domain through legitimate commerce. The Sultan officially banned slave trading in 1873, but it would continue. In 1881 Kirk decided to post a vice-consul, Mr. Jack Haggard to Lamu, Kenya. By 1885, the region was larger and more profitable, his endeavours becoming ever more challenging. Unfortunately, after the Berlin Conference, the British Government forced Kirk as British Consul in Zanzibar to drop the Sultan as part of the "Scramble for Africa". - In 1873, British agent John Kirk by threatening to blockade Zanzibar got Sayyid Barghash ibn Sa'id to sign a treaty banning the slave trade by sea and promising to protect all liberated slaves. On 5 March, the Sultan passed a decree prohibiting the export of slaves from main land and closing of slave market at Zanzibar. Zanzibar slave market was to be closed within 24 hours. In 1875 Sayyid Barghash visited Queen Victoria in England, and in 1876 he proclaimed that conveyance of slaves by land was prohibited nor could slave caravans approach the coast from the interior. Riots broke out in Mombasa against the freed-slave work of the missions, and at Kilwa slave-traders hid 6,000 slaves near the coast. In 1876 the Sultan decreed that no slaves were to be transported overland. Kirk persuaded Barghash to raise an army, and in 1877 Lt. William Lloyd Mathews was appointed to drill the recruits. Slave-trading continued until the Sultan put the Governor of Kilwa in prison. Kirk estimated that during the 1870s about 10,000 slaves a year crossed the Juba River into Somaliland. As the slave trade eventually declined, the export of rubber, cloves, and ivory greatly increased. In 1907 slavery was finally abolished entirely in Zanzibar and Pemba. Kirk died in 1922 at the age of 90.

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        Diary of Ten Years Eventful Life of an Early Settler in Western Australia and also A Descriptive Vocabulary of the Language of the Aborigines

      London: M. Walbrook, 1884. Octavo, original blue cloth with gilt title. A copy from the personal library of the Earl of Derby with his armorial bookplate and the following extensive inscription by the author: 'About the year 1841, during a leave of absence, I had the honour of an interview with the Rt. Hon. The Earl of Derby at the Colonial Office. The subjects introduced had reference, chiefly to the state of the Colony of Western Australia, the Colonists and the Aboriginal races. It is a singular and interesting coincidence, that after the lapse of so many years, a pleasing opportunity should he afforded to me, and that I should be still enabled to avail myself of it, to present to his son, another Rt. Hon. Earl of Derby, Secretary of State for the Colonial Department, a Book of mine, bearing strongly on the subjects alluded to above. May I hope for your kindly acceptance of it. G.F. Moore, 8 Brompton Square, South Kensington, 15 September 1884.'.

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        The Raven

      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1884. First American edition. Fine/Near Fine. A Fine copy of the book, beautifully preserved in original(?) plain paper dust wrapper and illustrated box. Bright and unworn, with the only flaw to mention some offsetting between two blanks where it appears some flowers were pressed. Complete with all 27 illustrations, as called for. All all tissue guards with figure legends issued are present. The plain paper dust wrapper is Near Fine with a few small chips and tears, but generally well-preserved. We have seen no other copy in a similar dust wrapper, but all indications are that it was issued by the publisher. In the original publisher's blue, paper-covered box with titles and illustrations in red ink. Box cover archivally and sympathetically repaired, cover spotted. We can trace just two copies in the original publisher's box at auction. A book that regularly turns up bruised and battered, this is the finest copy that we have seen. Fine in Near Fine. dust jacket.

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        Marie Ou Le Mouchoir Bleu. Notice Littéraire Par Adolphe Racot. Six Compositions Par De Sta Gravées Par Abot.

      Librairie L. Conquet, Paris 1884 - XXXIX - 12pp y 4 láminas, más dos ilustraciones en el texto. Edición de 200 ejemplares sobre gran papel vélin. Encuadernación de época a media piel con puntas. =Dedicatoria autógrafa de Adolphe Racot a Francis Magnard, ambos grandes periodistas franceses. Size: 8ºmenor [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        An Historical and Practical Guide to Art Illustration

      London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1884. Octavo. (viii), 224, (12), 32pp. First edition. With twenty-four specimens illustrative of various printing processes. These include chromolithography, zincography, photoglyptie, Ives process photo-relief, heliogravure, and others. Writing at a time of great technical advances in mechanical reproduction of images, Hodson provides an overview of each process, as well as "practical directions" and methods for executing them. This book is considered a significant work in the field of graphic arts processes, and because of its technical content, was likely heavily used by the many practitioners of the period. Nice copies are therefore quite difficult to find. Apart from occasional light internal foxing, this is a nearly fine copy in publisher's blind-stamped pebbled cloth, title stamped in gilt on spine.

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        Les Vieilles Actrices

      aris- Librairie des Auteurs Modernes 1884 - A scarce first collected edition of these two works by J. Barbey D'Aurevilly. In the original French. Jules-Amedee Barbey D'Aurevilly was a French novelist and short story writer and was particularly noted for his mystery tales. Condition: In a quarter morocco binding with original paper wraps bound in. Binding signed by E Bonleurel. Externally, very smart with some light rubbing in places. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright and generally clean. Original paper wraps slightly soiled. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Compañeros [Unpublished account of his Bandini forebears in Old California]

      n.d., Fallbrook, California - Unpublished Account of Old California Ralph Bandini (1884-1961) was a Pasadena attorney, a pioneer of big game fishing in California, and an advocate of conservation of California's coastal resources. He was on the board of the Tuna Club of Santa Catalina Island and was author of three classic deep-sea fishing titles: Tight Lines (1932), Men, Fish and Tackle (1936), and Veiled Horizons (1939). Descendant of an old California family, Bandini here turns his pen to "a true story of certain people, my own, and of a few years. Its main characters were of real flesh and blood and played their parts upon the stage of that time. There is fiction in it, of course. But that fiction is minor ? Juan Bandini (El Viejo), was my own grandfather. Caya was my aunt, the late Arcadia Bandini de Baker. Abel Stearns was -- well, he was Abel Stearns, a venture-some Salem Yankee come to California in search of fortune."The story, in twenty chapters, traces the lives of members of the Bandini clan, with a clear grasp of the region's history and terrain, and a good eye for detail. One of Bandini's unusual stylistic traits is to insert parenthetical digressions, such as "(This letter, a soiled scrap of paper, the wax seal broken and darkened by age, I, in my lifetime, have held in my hand and read ? A mere hundred and twenty seven dollars, the most that could be had from Los Angeles ?)" These would certainly have been removed during the editorial process but they offer asides on family history and Bandini's views of the changes in California he witnessed.Unpublished. Bradbound in brown card covers with typed label. Fine. Custom black half morocco clamshell Typescript on yellow paper. [2], x, 434 pp. Text on rectos only. 1 vols. 4to

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        RIDE A-COCK HORSE TO BANBURY CROSS & A Farmer Went Trotting upon His Grey Mare.

      [12] leaves. With 6 coloured illustrations and 17 in line. Original pictorial wrappers. Oblong: 20.5 x 23.8 cm. First edition. Presentation copy from Caldecott, inscribed on front pastedown: 'Freddy Green from R. C. 23 Oct. 1884.' The inscription directly beneath an original self-portrait in ink of Caldecott astride a hobby horse. Old crease-mark to the front cover and a small rub; else a very good copy. Presentation copies with original drawings are rare.

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        Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, The Astronomer-Poet of Persia Rendered into English Verse by Edward FitzGerald with an Accompaniment of Drawings by Elihu Vedder

      Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Company. Near Fine with no dust jacket. 1884. First Edition Thus. First Printing. Hard Cover. First, Limited Edition of 100 copies, of which this is No. 22, signed by Vedder, with ornamental title page and 56 magnificent full-page Illustrations. Bound in original brown flat-weave cloth over beveled boards; front cover with gilt lettering, dark brown-stamped ruled borders, symbolist design of vase, vine, swirl and stars, spine with gilt lettering and dark brown-stamped ruled borders and ornaments; gilt and dark brown embossed stamp on front cover, lower right 'V' ; slate coated endpapers; t.e.g., others untrimmed. Elephant Folio. Signed by Vedder on Limitation Page. In the ten months from May 1883 to March 1884, Elihu Vedder (1836-1923) completed a series of drawings in pencil, ink, chalk, and watercolor to accompany this 1884 edition of the Rubaiyat. All of these original drawings, which were proclaimed a masterwork of American art, were included in a special exhibition of "Elihu Vedder's Drawings for the Rubaiyat" at the National Museum of American Art in 1998. The exhibition also included two first edition printings of this Rubaiyat with Vedder's "accompaniments." Vedder's edition was an instant success, selling out only six days after its debut in Boston on November 8, 1884. With this Rubaiyat, Vedder set the standard for artist-designed books in America and England. Critics rushed to acclaim it as a masterwork. He died in Rome in 1923. [Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers, p. 972] [Morris & Levin 92] [Potter 201]. An extremely rare, beautiful, large and heavy book.. Expertly refurbished in its original Vedder-designed binding. NEAR FINE.. Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall. Unpaginated pp. Signed by Illustrator .

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        La Russie et les Russes

      1884. BINDING. La Russie et les Russes. By Victor Tissot. [4], 423, [1] pp. Illustrated with 7 plates and 240 illustrations in the text. 4to., 275 x 195 mm, bound in publisher's polychrome binding. Paris: Librairie Plon, E. Plon, Nourrit et Cie., 1884.First Illustrated Edition. The text appeared in a smaller format without illustrations in 1882. A handsome copy of this celebrated survey of Russia in its original polychrome binding with a view of the Kremlin on the front cover. Of the illustrations, 67 are by F. de Haenen and 115 are by Pranischnikoff. Scattered foxing, a near fine copy.

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        Le Dernier des Mohicans.

      Paris, Librairie de Firmin-Didot et Cie., 1884 - 172 x 270 mm, 498, roter Halblederband der Zeit mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel und goldgeprägtem Wappen der Stadt Paris auf Deckel (Republique Francaise - Ville de Paris - Prix Municipal d Excellence). Goldschnitt, , Exlibris der ecole de garçona, rue Jenner 48 - 1886 auf Vorsatz, Kanten berieben, einige Seiten stärker fleckig, dennoch in gutem Zustand. Fotos auf Nachfrage. (Photos sur demande.) 1520 gr [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Sacred Hymns and Spiritual Songs For the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

      Liverpool: Printed and Published by John Henry Smith, 1884. Eighteenth Edition. Leather bound. 432pp. Vigesimoquarto (24mo) [13 cm.] Presentation binding. Full morocco with decorative gilt floral stamping to boards and backstrip. Raised bands. Title gilt stamped on backstrip. Near fine. Sticker for ?"Juvenile Instructor Stationary and Publishing House, Salt Lake City, Utah?" on front pastedown. Preface to the eighteenth edition signed: John Henry Smith. Flake/Draper 1777.

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        L'Enfer De Dante Alighieri, Gustave Dore, Librairie Hachette, Paris 1884

      Librairie De L. Hachette et Cie, Paris. Hardcover. L'Enfer De Dante Alighieri by DANTE ALIGHIERI; Librairie De L. Hachette et Cie, Paris, 1884; Gustave Dore (illustrator); Brown cloth Folio sized (17" x 13") hardcover with bright gilt titles to spine; initials written to spine bottom neatly; some light foxing to page edges; beautiful illustrations throughout by Gustave Dore; bright text in French; VG+ condition; handsome copy; . Very Good. 1884.

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        STRAY LEAVES FROM STRANGE LITERATURE. Stories reconstructed from the Anvari-Soheili, Baital Pachisi, Mahabharata, Pantchantantra, Talmud, Kalewala &c.

      Boston 1884, - Osgood. FIRST EDITION. Cloth, black decorationsvery good, 225p. LIMITED EDITION 1000 COPIES. R A R E Color scans available for this book on request. Description content 2015Copyright Rare Oriental Books Co.

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        The Maharajah Duleep Singh and the Government. A Narrative. (Signed)

      Edinburgh : For private circulation; Ballantyne Press 1884 - Inscribed by the Maharajah Duleep Signh to the Earl of Dunraven. In this work the Maharajah discusses: I) the history of Punjab and the political position of the Maharajah; II) a narrative of the life and fortunes of the Maharajah and the Annexation of Punjab; and III) his differences with the British government (i.e. the expatriation of the Maharajah in Britain and British refusal for his return to India). Limp gold stamped black leather binding. Good binding, light curl to cover. vi, 183 p. ; 4to. Quite an interesting book on the problems and questionable legitimacy of British colonial rule in India. British agents foiled Duleep?s final attempt to return to India and forced him to return to Europe when his vessel landed in Aden. Victorian Britain contented to parade him around in Sikh Maharajah regalia as a living war trophy of British Empire. (Inscribed to Windham Wyndham-Quin, 4th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl) - Autographed by author. - History -- 19th century. India -- Punjab. - Black Prince of Perthshire. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Der Erste und Zweite Kongress des Deutschen Schachbundes. Leipzig 1879. Berlin 1881

      Leipzig: Verlag von Veit & Co, 1884 viii+228 pages with diagrams and tables lacks frontispiece. Octavo (8" x 5 1/2") bound in 3/4 leather with black boards and gilt lettering to spine. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:5210) First edition.The city of Leipzig was the birthplace of the Deutschen Schachbund on July 18th, 1877. Over the next two years sixty-two chess clubs would become members of the foundling chess federation. Hofrat von Gottschall became the chairman of the federation and Hermann Zwanzig was made the general secretary. The Deutschen Schachbund reconvened at the Schützenhaus on July 15th, 1879. To commemorate the meeting, a Schachkongresse master's tournament was organized. This inaugural event was largely an internal affair. Three invitations went out to Austrian chess masters: Berthold Englisch, Karl Pitschel, and Adolf Schwarz. The remaining nine seats went to German chess masters: Louis and Wilfried Paulsen, Max Bier, Ernst Flechsig, Fritz Riemann, Emil Schallopp, Arnold Schottlaender, Johannes Von Minckwitz, and Carl Wemmers. The field and format were extremely limited, with two rounds being played on most days of the tournament. Records have been such that ten of the sixty-six games have not survived to the present day, and therefore they have been omitted from this collection. However, what began with the Deutschen Schachbund in Leipzig in 1879 would in the next two years evolve into one of the stronger and more widely recognized of international chess competitions the world would see over the course of the latter 19th century. Berthold Englisch won this event with 9 wins out of his eleven games.Condition:Rebound in three quarter leather, lacks frontispiece portrait else a very good copy of a scarce tournament.

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        Ausflug ins Grüne.

      . Aquarell, Feder und Pinsel in Schwarz, mit Deckweiß gehöht, auf chamoisfarbenem Velin, rechts unten bezeichnet "Otto Greiner". 22,8:15 cm. - Mit leichtem Lichtrand rundum. Entwurf für eine Buchillustration.. Der Maler und Graphiker Greiner begann 1884 in Leipzig eine Lehre als Lithograph. Daran schloß sich ein Studium an der Münchner Akademie 1888-1891 an. 1891 reiste er erstmals nach Italien, wo er sich mit M. Klinger (1857-1920) anfreundete. 1892-1898 lebte er in München und Leipzig, 1892 zog er nach Rom. Wegen des Krieges mußte er Italien 1914 verlassen und ging nach München, wo er auch verstarb.

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        L'Étoile du Sud. L'Archipel en feu. (2 éléphants)

      Paris, Bibliothèque d'Education et de Récréation J. Hetzel et Cie. 1884 - Les Voyages Extraordinaires. 2 ouvrages en 1 volume. L'Étoile du Sud (Le Pays des diamants). 112 dessins par L. Benett et 2 cartes. 242 pages. L'Archipel en feu. 49 dessins par Benett et 2 cartes. 198 pages. Édition originale collective. Paris, Bibliothèque d'Éducation et de Récréation, J. Hetzel et Cie. Non daté (1884). Catalogue CH (1884-1885). Imp. Gauthier-Villars, relieur Lenègre. Cartonnage aux 2 éléphants rouge du type 3 Édition Hetzel. Tranches dorées. Gouttière régulière. Pas de rousseur. Très bon état. Format in-4°(27x18). 1ère Edition [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Kate Greenaway's Almanack for 1885

      London: George Routledge and Sons. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. [1884]. First Edition. Hard Cover. Cloth-backed paper-covered decorated boards, all edges stained yellow, blue clay-paper endpages, in the original printed paper dust-wrapper; and illustrated in color throughout. Book is very near fine, with just a touch of soiling to the boards; jacket has a few tiny chips out, a short tear, and age-toning to the verso, but also very near fine; Kate Greenaway's "1885" publication in her Almanack series, published for the years 1883 through 1897, except 1896. Republished in the late 1920s with the illustrations of the original series .

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        Report of the United States Geological Survey of the Territories; Volume 3. The Vertebrata of the Tertiary Formations of the West, Volume III

      Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 1884 - . xxxiv, errata, first part 757pp., second part 759-1009pp. Includes 40 textural woodcuts, 132 extraordinary full page plates (which often are lacking) of which three are double paged and three are folding all with descriptive over leafs. This work is designed to present figures and descriptions of the vast number of species of vertebrates of all classes, but more especially of the mammals of the Tertiary lake-basins of the American West. This was the first time a paleontologist has been able to present a complete and wide-ranging work on the Tertiary period of the Western region. Besides including extinct orders, suborders and families, it has an incredible bearing on evolution (as George Gaylord Simpson was later to note). It took over a year for the Federal bindery to prepare the collations and binding of the massive volume (it weighs just under 15 pounds. It was initially reviewed in the Naturalist which noted that is was a monument of energy and devotion to the science of paleontology. After E.D. Cope's notes and letter to Professor Hayden, this is the most extensive work ever done on the enormous discoveries of fossils including dinosaurs. Bound in maroon cloth, fresh endpapers. Internally text and plates are clean and bright without foxing. Size: Very Thick Quarto

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