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      1884 - Centro editorial artístico, BCA. Notas biográficas. Comentarios de las láminas. 32 p. 80 Aguafuertes. 29x21 cm. Enc. media piel tela decorada. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      George Bell and Sons, London 1884 - A portfolio containing the title page and 79 lovely color xylographic plates (6-3/4" x 10") with hand-coloring, some heightened with gum arabic, of macaws, cockatoos, lories, parrots, parakeets, and lovebirds. Typically these plates are found in a three-volume set with text and 81 plates published between 1884 and 1887. This portfolio with loose plates and no text is complete with 79 plates as stated on the title page. We could find only a handful of examples of this portfolio in auction records. Intended primarily as a guide for those interested in keeping parrots as pets, the publisher spared neither pains nor expense to make the work as attractive as possible. For the book publication: FINE BIRD BOOKS, page 103; NISSEN 393; ZIMMER, page 274. A few plates with light foxing in the margins and a bent corner here or there, some plates trimmed closer than others, but overall bright and clean and quite scarce in this format [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Second Annual Report of the Chief Executive Viticultural Officer to the Board of State Viticultural Commissioners, for the Years 1882-3 and 1883-4. With Three Appendices, Published Separately

      California State Printer/ James J. Ayers, Sacramento 1884 - Small quarto. 184pp. (1). Appendix 1: 67pp, Appendix 2: 61pp, Appendix 3: 62pp. Brown pebbled cloth with blind-stamped ruling on the covers, gilt lettering on the spine. The publication covers such topics as protection of the vines from infection, specific growth techniques, soil analysis, development of viniculture, promotion of California wine culture, pricing, trade, industrial oversight, grape varietals and many countless others. The report stems from a time when California Wine was in its infancy, and the commission sought to advise the state agricultural authorities with regard to the maintenance and expansion of the industry. Attached to the report are three separate appendices, each with separate paginations:Appendix 1: The Chaintre System of Pruning and Conducting the VineAppendix 2: The Practical Manual of Pruning as practiced near BordeauxAppendix 3: Different Methods of Grafting the Vine.Opposite page 68 of the report is 11x17" detailed fold-out chart analyzing the California soil of the time, with information including location, depth, local vegetation, as well as mineral and water composition. The report and the appendices are illustrated throughout with more than 200 detailed b/w figures of the vines and the roots. Binding with some stains and scratches to the front and back covers. Some rubbing to extremities, light chipping and/or fraying to the head and tail of the spine. Some small abrasion or holes along the spine. Light scratches along the bottom of the book block. Interior with minor sporadic smudges or water stains. The fold-out chart contains a 4.5" closed tear at the bottom. Starting at Appendix II and at the inteior back cover. The front free endpaper, with the dated signature of the previous owner Seward Cole*, is detached but present. The rear free endpapers contain some offsetting and some period notes on wine in pencil. Book block tight overall. Binding in good- interior in good+ condition overall. Scarce. The Board of State Viticultural Commissioners was established in 1880 in the U.S. state of California. The board's office was located 526 Montgomery Street, San Francisco. It was the responsibility of the Board to meet semi-annually to consult and to adopt such measures as may best promote the progress of the viticultural industries of the State. It was their duty to select and appoint competent and qualified persons to deliver at least one lecture each year in each of the viticultural districts, for the purpose of illustrating practical viticultural topics, and imparting instruction in methods of culture, pruning, fertilizing, fermenting, distilling, and rectifying, treating diseases of the vine, raisin drying, and others, and to disseminate useful knowledge relating to viticulture by printed documents or correspondence. The Board devoted especial attention to the study of the phylloxera and other diseases of the vine, and made recommendations in their semi-annual reports regarding the protection of vineyards.*Seward Cole (1856- 1927) was the son Senator Cornelius Cole of California. He served as the postmaster for the Colegrove, which is now part of the modern Hollywood area of Los Angeles. Cole was a member of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce when they were in the process of determining whether or not to erect the Hollywood Dam. Seward St. in Los Angeles is named after him. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        X Annuario della Società degli Alpinisti Tridentini: anno sociale 1883-84.

      Sottochiesa, Rovereto, 1884. [4], 544, [5] p., [14] c. di tav., [8] c. di tab. ripieg., 20 cm, bross. Buono, ordinari segni d'uso e del tempo, più evidenti alla bross. Tra i contributi: DORIGONI, S. Il Cimone della Pala; Don BAROLDI. Studi sulla valle di Fassa; GAMBILLO, C. Il gruppo di San Martino; GILLI, D. Minerali utilizzabili del Trentino; APOLLONIO, A. Il gruppo di Brenta. Annuario completo di tutte le tavole secondo l'elenco posto a fine volume (Veduta in antiporta incisa da un dipinto di Compton rappresentante il Fondo della Val Pèrse; vedute della Valle del Vajolet e del Campanile del Vajolet; tavola a doppia pagina di Cavalieri raffigurante il Lago di Antermoja, 8 tavole di cui 4 a doppia pagina dei Ghiacciai del Feltrino di Fratini, bella cromolitografia rappresentante il gruppo del Brenta visto da C. dei Lasteri a colori da un dipinto di Compton, infine schizzo topografico del gruppo di Brenta sempre di Compton, panorama del gruppo di Brenta dal Monte Gazza). Completo di tutte le tavole anche in accordo con "Indice delle illustrazioni contenute nei ventisei Annuari della Società degli Alpinisti Tridentini: (I - 1874 - XXVI - 1930/31)" di Gastone Mingardi. In questo esemplare, a parte la veduta in antiporta (come da indice) LE TAVOLE SONO FORNITE ESTERNAMENTE NON REFILATE E DI GRANDE FORMATO. In accordo con l'indice delle tavole, posto a fine volume e che ubica solo la prima tavola in antiporta, si può ipotizzare che le tavole editorialmente non erano inserite nel volume ma fornite a parte (da legare o da conservare in cartellina). Raro insieme completo in quanto spesso le tavole si trovano inserite nei volumi (refilate e piegate molte volte) e spesso i volumi di questa annata presentano una legatura non editoriale a differenza di questa copia nella BELLA BROSSURA EDITORIALE FIGURATA.

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico Adige]
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        Das Rathaus zu Breslau.

      Bln., L. Angerer. 1884 - Radierung, in der Platte signiert und datiert. 57x44 cm. Gerahmt (glanz gold altschwarz, Mirogard). Bernhard Mannfeld. Radierer und Maler *Dresden 6.3.1848, + Frankfurt a.M. 29.03.1925. Nachweis: Thieme/ Becker XXIV/ 21. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Illustrated Pattern-Book of Sterling Silver and Electro-Plated Goods, Watches, Clocks, Bronzes and Optical Goods, Mechanical Figures, Musical Boxes, Pianos, Harmoniums, Organs, and Musical Instruments, Lamps and Chandeliers, Table Glass, Coloured Glass Ware, China and Earthenware, Art Pottery Goods, Dinner, Dessert, Tea and Breakfast Services, Chamber and Sanitary Ware, General Ironmongery, Cutlery, Tools, Household and Labour-Saving Machinery, Agricultural Implements, Heating and Cooking Stoves and Fire-Places, Guns and Pistols, Carriages, Carts, Waggons, Saddlery, Stable Fittings, Whips, Sticks, and Umbrellas, Leather Goods, Travelling Requisites, Albums, Japanese Goods, in and Out-Door Games and Toys, Bicycles, Tricycles, Etc. Section II

      [London: J. S. Virtue and Co., Ltd, c. 1884]. Folio (370 x 270 mm) [6], 321-722pp., frontispiece showing the premises in Wood Street, numerous colour lithograph and chromolithographed plates, illustrations, a few margins close-trimmed, one or two plates with frayed fore-edges and reinforced with sellotape at gutter, hinges tender, orig. black cloth, lettered in gilt, some damp-staining to covers, spine worn. Section II of an exceptionally well-illustrated trade catalogue, including every conceivable item from ladies sterling tortoise-shell and mother-of-pearl card cases to horse harnesses, bicycles to English Majolica ware. Although no maker's name appears on the board, the trade mark, that was registered on the 22nd October 1880, clearly identifies the manufacturer as Silber & Fleming of 56, Wood Street, Cheapside, London. The initials within the trade mark 'AMS' are those of sole proprietor of this business Albert Marcius Silber. The Wood Street premises of Silber & Fleming were destroyed by fire in December 1882 and rebuilt by 1884. They became a limited liability company in 1886 and were acquired in 1898 by Faudel Phillips & Sons in 1898.

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        More Leaves from the Journal of a Life in the Highlands,

      London: Smith, Elder, & Co.,, 1884. from 1862 to 1882. Fifth Edition. Octavo. Publisher's deluxe binding of dark green morocco over bevelled boards, gilt lettered spine and front cover, large gilt stamp of a Douglas fir on front cover, gilt stamp of a sprig of Highland flowers on back cover, all edges gilt, richly gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers. Steel-engraved portrait frontispiece of Victoria, 7 similar portraits, 2 plates of dogs, 3 wood-engraved views. Spine sunned, a few scuffs to binding, old ink stain on back cover (and a few flecks on spine), slight bump at head of fore-edge (with concomitant light creasing of leaves). yet a very good copy. Presentation copy from Victoria to her physician-in-ordinary, inscribed on a preliminary blank: "To Dr Douglas Powell from Victoria RI. Balmoral Sept:- 1889". In 1887 Sir Richard Douglas Powell (1842-1925) was appointed physician-extraordinary to Victoria and in 1899 promoted to physician-in-ordinary; in the latter capacity he served both Edward VII and George V. "Powell was a striking personality. Tall, slight, with an ascetic, clean-shaven, pale face, charming in manner and voice, reticent, correct, cautious, dignified, and kindly, he was widely recognized as an impressive leader" (ODNB). Victoria first signed herself "RI" - meaning "regina [et] imperatrix", queen of Great Britain and Ireland, and empress of India - on 1 January 1877. More Leaves, dedicated to Victoria's "devoted personal attendant and faithful friend John Brown", was first published in 1884 and followed the success of Leaves from a Journal of our Life in the Highlands (1868), "which Victoria published as a tribute to Albert and as a substitute for public appearances" (ibid.). Victoria was fond of giving both books as a gift but the present copy has a particularly appealing provenance in that it was inscribed while she was staying at her prized Highland retreat at Balmoral.

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        Rembrandt-Bibel. Altes und Neues Testament. Mit 246 Abbildungen und 34 Gravüren. Herausgegeben von E.W. Bredt. Numerierte Vorzugsausgabe, zweiter Druck, in Fuenfhundert Exemplaren. Mit 34 Gravueren in Faksimile - Wiedergabe.

      No.79 / 500. Quarto. 150 pages with 34 tissue-guarded portraits. Hardcvover / Original full Vellum / Originales Ganzpergament !! Full Vellum Binding of this rare limited edition is in very good+ condition with some rubbing but firm and fully intact besides one mior defect to one of the five raised bands. The front free endpaper detached and the first two pages somewhat brittle and fraeyed (angeraendert). All the tissue-guarded gravueres in excellent condition. Sir Harry Charles Luke KCMG GCStJ (born Harry Charles Lukach) (4 December 1884 - 11 May 1969) was an official in the British Colonial Office. He served in Barbados, Cyprus, Transcaucasia, Sierra Leone, Palestine, Malta, the British Western Pacific Territories and Fiji. He is the author of some books on several of these countries. (Wikipedia)

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        REYNOLDS NUMBER: "An Experimental Investigation of the Circumstances Which Determine Whether the Motion of Water Shall be Direct or Sinuous, and of the Law of Resistance in Parallel Channels" (Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 174 for the Year 1884, pp. 935-982)

      Royal Society of London, London 1884 - Osborne Reynolds' (1842-1912) paper explaining what became known as "Reynolds Number," the ratio of inertial to viscous forces which he determined through his experiments of liquid through pipes. iv, [2], viii, [1]-988 pp. 4to. Library binding, tan leather spine with gold embossed titling. Interiors clean, ex-library stamp on title page, and occurring sporadically within. Numerous folding plates that illustrate articles. Pages were trimmed slightly when rebound. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Psychiatrie. Klinik der Erkrankungen des Vorderhirns begründet auf dessen Bau, Leistungen und Ernährung.

      Wien, Braumüller 1884. - Der deutsche Psychiater Theodor Meynert (1833-1892) galt als bedeutender Neuroanatom; Sigmund Freud, Auguste Forel und Carl Wernicke waren Schüler von ihm; Meynert lehrte von 1870 an der Wiener Universität. Haymaker-Schiller, pp.57ff; Bibl. Walleriana 6543. Originalbroschur, diese am Rücken unten fein einseitig aufgeplatzt, ebenfalls am oberen Kapitale, teilw. unaufgeschnitten, frischer Zustand; Erste Hälfte (Bogen 1-18) endet mitten im Satz; die angekündigte Fortsetzung erschien nicht; 1 farb. Chromolithographie, mit 64 Holzschnitten und 1 Tafel. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Die Irrthümer des Historismus in der deutschen Nationalökonomie.

      Wien, Hölder, 1884, in-8, mezza tela e cartoncino originale. Traccia di timbro di Biblioteca e relativa dismissione. Bell'esemplare.

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        Language Of Flowers - 1st Edition/1st Printing

      London: George Routledge and Sons. Very Good-. 1884. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. A Very Good- first printing of the first edition that has age related wear and tear to the boards, soiling to the pages and some writing from a previous owner on the front flyleaf. There is a bookplate affixed to the front pastedown. The volume is housed in a slipcase in the same condition; 80 pages of text and wonderful illustrations by Kate Greenaway offer her view of the world of flowers. The volume is printed in colours by Edmund Evans; Color Illustrations; 80 pages .

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        Jahrbuch der Berliner Börse. Ein Nachschlagebuch für Bankiers und Capitalisten (KONVOLUT aus 5 Bänden) - Jg. 1884-1887/ 1890-1893. Hrsg. von der Redaction des \"Berliner Actionair\";

      Mittler und Sohn; 1884 - 1893. Gebundene Ausgabe Die hier angebotenen Bände stammen aus einer teilaufgelösten Bibliothek und tragen die entsprechenden Kennzeichnungen (Rückenschild, Instituts-Stempel...). Schnitt und Einband sind etwas staubschmutzig; der Buchzustand ist ansonsten ordentlich und dem Alter entsprechend gut; KOMPLETTPREIS für 5 Bände; bei Versand ins Ausland erfragen Sie bitte zuerst die Versandkosten; Versandkostenfreie Lieferung mfb

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        Viaje de S.M. El Rey Don Alfonso XII de Borbon a varios paises extranjeros en Septiembre de 1883. Palau 361550-1

      Asilo de Huérfanos, Madrid 1884 - cubiertas ligeramente rozadas, en general buena conservación iniciales a dornadas a dos tintas, papel de hilo, El viaje proyectado para visitar a los soberanos de los paises extranjeros que le acogieron durante su expatriacion comenzo en la Coruña el 3 Septiembre,luego en San Sebastián,continuandose por Francia, Baviera, Austria, Alemania, Bélgica. 182 págs.

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        In the privy Council: In the matter of the boundary between the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba, in the Dominion of cana. Joint appendix of documents; with Appendix of the Province of Ontario; with Supplement; with memorandum of the Part of Ontario; with memorial of the Hudson's Bay Company; with Appendix of the province of Manitoba

      1884 - xiii-789, 185, 129, 18, 5, 136 p. Ex library book (class number, barcode, sticker, bookplate, stamps0. Wear to binding reinforced with tape. Hinges reinforced with the tape. rear hinge broken. Internally very good condition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Ausführliches Lexikon der griechischen und römischen Mythologie. 7 Bände in 10 Büchern. (nach diesem Titel suchen) Leipzig, Teubner, - 1924 (Bde. in Reprint: Hildesheim, Olms 1965), 1884. Reprint der Ausgabe Teubner, 1884-1886.

      Gr.8 Leinen Alle Bände mit je zwei kleinen Flecken auf dem Rücken (private Inventarschildchen). Sonst sehr guter Zustand.

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        Der Beobachter. Ein Volksblatt aus Schwaben. 54. Jahrgang Nr. 1 1. Januar - Nr. 306 31. Dezember 1884 in 4 Bänden.

      Stuttgart, Der Beobachter, 1884 - jede einzelne Nummer hat 4 Seiten, je Band ca. 75 Nummern. Einband berieben, bestoßen und angeschmutzt. Papierbedingt gebräunt. Gelegentlich etwas fleckig. Teilweise Insektenspuren. Innen sauber. Gutes Leseexemplar. Der Beobachter war eine liberale Zeitung die bis 1933 erschienen ist. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 3000 41 x 29 cm, Halbleinen mit handschriftlichem Rückenschild [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company,, 1884. Rendered into English Verse. With an accompaniment of drawings. Square folio. Original brown cloth over bevelled boards, gilt lettered spine and front cover, elaborate Art Nouveau design in gilt to front cover, top edge gilt, decorated pastedowns, dark slate-green coated endpapers. Frontispiece, decorative title page, colophon, dedication, divisional title, 48 plates illustrating the text, 3 pages of notes within decorative borders (a total of 56 plates complete). Slight rubbing to extremities, small bumps to spine ends, tiny abrasion to rear cover, faint mark to fore edge; an excellent, fine, bright copy. First edition, and the first illustrated edition of the Rubáiyát. Elihu Vedder (1836–1923) was an American Symbolist artist who trained in New York, Paris, and Italy and became friends with authors such as Herman Melville and Walt Whitman. Strongly influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, as well as the mysticism of William Blake and W. B. Yeats, Vedder became known for his allegorical paintings of women and was also commissioned to produce glassware and sculptures for Tiffany. The first edition of this Rubáiyát was so popular that it sold out in six days, and it made Vedder's name as a leading American illustrator. "When Houghton Mifflin commissioned Elihu Vedder to illustrate The Rubáiyát, they employed an artist with a rich sense of classical interpretation. Vedder spent 11 months in Rome fulfilling the commission, producing monochrome illustrations in a Greco-Roman style, which caused the London journal Athenaeum to describe Vedder as the latest follower of Michelangelo. Nonetheless, the Grove Art Online encyclopaedia comments on the Vedder drawings as 'some of the earliest examples of Art Nouveau in America'... Houghton Mifflin reissued the Vedder Rubáiyát in different formats in 1886. New editions and reprints continued into the 1920s" (Martin & Mason, The Art of Omar Khayyam: Illustrating FitzGerald's Rubaiyat, 2007). The drawings and text in this edition are reproduced by Albertype process, now termed collotype, an "exacting but very rewarding process" suitable only for short runs, which is no longer commonly used.

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        Reisen in Tibet und am oberen Lauf des Gelben Flusses in den Jahren 1879 bis 1880. Aus dem Russischen frei in das Deutsche übertragen und mit Anmerkungen versehen von Stein-Nordheim.

      Jena, Hermann Costenoble, 1884. Gr.-8°. Mit Textabbildungen, 16 getönt. lithogr. Tafeln u. einer farb. gefalt. Karte. XIV, 281 (1) S., HLwd. d. Zt. m. etw. Rückenverg. u. goldgepr. Rückentitel. Erste dt. Ausgabe der Schilderung der dritten großen Inner-Asien-Reise des bedeutenden russischen Forschers Prschewalski (1839-1888). - Die Expedition „liefert viel neues Material zur Flora und Fauna von Tibet [...]. Auch für wissenschaftliche Zwecke bedeutendes Werk, speziell unter dem Aspekt der heute in Tibet zunehmenden Verarmung des Artenreichtums. Es war dies Prschewalskis bedeutendste Expedition, auf der er bis in die Gegend nördlich von Lhasa vorstieß und auf seinem Weitermarsch nach Lhasa [...] dann von bewaffneten Tibetern zur Umkehr gezwungen wurde“ (Aschoff 1456). - Einband etw. berieben u. bestoßen. Exlibris a. Innendeckel. Titel verso gestempelt. Ein Blatt seitlich mit Randausriss (wohl bedingt durch gelöste Verklebung; min. Buchstabenverlust). Etw. gebräunt u. stockfleckig. - Henze IV, 455ff.; Yakushi P 125. Versand D: 12,00 EUR Prschewalski, Reisen in Tibet und am oberen Lauf des Gelben Flusses in den Jahren 1879 bis 1880, Asien

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        Giornale per i Bambini. Anno IV

      Perino, Roma 1884 - Annata completa per il 1884 (si tratta del quarto anno) di questa rarissima rivista ebdomanaria per l'infanzia del nostro Ottocento, celebre soprattutto per aver ospitato nelle sue colonne l'edizione pre-originale di Pinocchio, apparso con varia periodicità fra il 7 luglio 1881 e il 25 gennaio 1883. 52 numeri in un vol. in-4° (310x225mm), pp. 848 (la paginazione è continua; ogni numero consta di 16 pp.), legatura coeva p. percallina rossa con titolo e fiorellini in oro al dorso. Centinaia di incisioni xilografiche di vari artisti intercalate n.t. Tra le pp. 700-701, una tav. a colori su doppia pag. con raffigurazione della corsa delle bighe al Circo Massimo. Numerosissimi capilettera ornati o istorati in xilografia, testo bicolonne. Firme di possesso del tempo. Ottime condizioni (data l'estrema deperibilità di un giornale dato in lettura ai bambini sono assai rare le annate in buono stato conservativo). L'annata comprende scritti in edizione originale dello stesso direttore (era subentrato da poco a Ferdinando Martini), Carlo Collodi (Dopo il teatro, L'abbaco di Giannettino, La festa di Natale), e di molti dei più illustri nomi della letteratura italiana del finire dell'Ottocento: Emma Perodi, Ida Baccini, Michele Lessona (presente con molti scritti di divulgazione naturalistica e zoologica), Enrico Nencioni, Yorick, Paolo Lioy, Jack La Bolina, Enrico Panzacchi, Luigi Sailer (l'autore della proverbiale Vispa Teresa), la Marchesa Colombi, Pietro Thouar, Eugenio Checchi, Andrea Maffei. Nell'annata sono presenti anche traduzioni di fiabe di Andersen, caricature di Wilhelm Busch (antesignane dei moderni fumetti), una versione del Barone di Münchausen. Oltre ai racconti per l'infanzia, compaiono scritti sui più svariati argomenti: musica, teatro, viaggi, giochi di carte e di società, arte, ecc. Periodici Biblioteche Arte, III, 41. Per la rivista e per la pre-originale di Pinocchio, Parenti, Rarità, passim. Italiano

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        Autograph Letter Signed, with 30-line verse, to "My dear Coggie"

      1884. Bournemouth: Bonallie Towers, Branksome Park, Nov 10th [1884]. Three-page letter (bifolium, creating four pages), signed "Robert Louis Stevenson." This letter to "My dear Coggie" reads as follows:~Many thanks for your letter. Please tell Campbell I got his letter and photos which now decorate my room. The wild woman of the west, alias the S[----?], alias the Daft Wifes' Bonelly [?], has been much amiss ---------- and complaining. I was particularly glad to have the Bell Rock, I wonder if you saw me plunge into a controversy? It was a very one-sided affair. The man I attacked cried "Boo-hoo" and [referred to more] referred me to his big brother. I [--?--] my cocktail and snapped my fingers; I was about "Rustled [?] out", but the great Smiles would not budge; so I slept upon the field of battle ---------- paraded ---------- and came home.~I am glad to send a copy of my poem -- "Moral Tales" Robin and Ben -- or The Pirate and The Apothecary.~[There follows the first 30 lines of that poem, with one correction, in RLS's hand.]~Please excuse this scrawl; understand what is said; and accept for yourself and all in the family, my most sincere good wishes.~Affectionately yours~Robert Louis Stevenson.~Elizabeth Anne "Coggie" Ferrier (1844-1917) was the elder sister of Walter Ferrier, who had been one of RLS's closest boyhood friends -- and later, drinking friends; Walter had in fact died of alcoholism (kidney failure) the year before this letter, when both he and RLS were 32. It appears that RLS and Coggie began communicating after Walter's death (she sent him a photo of her brother, to which he replied "Dear Miss Ferrier..."). In the Spring of 1884 he and his wife Fanny asked her to join them in Hyères (in the South of France), where they were staying for the sake of his lungs; Coggie demurred, but after RLS experienced severe hemorrhaging of his lungs, Coggie traveled there to share the nursing duties with Fanny. Several months later RLS and Fanny returned to Britain, settling in Bournemouth for the sea air: in October they rented Bonallie Towers, in Branksome Park, and in January 1885 RLS's father Thomas bought for them another house which they would rename "Skerryvore," in honor of one of the lighthouses the Stevenson family had engineered. (They would live in Bournemouth for three years, after which the Stevenson family (including RLS's newly-widowed mother) would sail in search of even better air -- winding up, after stops in Saranac Lake and on Molokai, in Samoa. "Coggie" was there on the dock to wave farewell to them; she remained "the woman perhaps above all others in England whom Mrs. [Thomas] Stevenson loved best" [A.Japp].)~"Campbell" in the first line refers to Rev. Prof. Lewis Campbell (1830-1908); there is a recorded November 1884 letter from RLS to him, thanking him for a gift of books. "The wild woman of the west" was RLS's mischievous term for his wife -- who when he first met her in 1875, was a married (though separated) American mother of two -- from Monterey, but studying art in Paris, and on vacation in Belgium; we regret we cannot decipher his other two "aliases" for her.~"Bell Rock" refers to another Stevenson family lighthouse -- apparently pictured in one of the photos from Campbell. It is also the focal point of the "controversy" referred to in this letter: one Samuel Smiles, doing research for a book on lighthouse engineers (which would be published in 1891), was giving credit to John Rennie, rather than to RLS's grandfather Robert, for being chief engineer of the Bell Rock Lighthouse.~As for the poem (the 30 lines constitute only the first one-sixth of it), RLS had written this, and carved three accompanying amateur woodcuts, during the spring of 1882 in the Swiss resort town of Davos; the intention was for him and his stepson to use a small printing press to run off some copies of the illustrated tale for the local populace -- but this tale was never printed there. The poem was not published until 1921, long after RLS's death, in MORAL EMBLEMS; it "concerns the murderous rapacity of a greedy medical man and his lack of concern for human life, which is revenged by the moral indignation of the pirate" [R.Richardson].~It is very noteworthy that although this letter is not "collected" in RLS's Letters, another very similar letter to Coggie IS so recorded -- dated Nov. 12th, two days later. In it Stevenson says many of the same things, and writes out the same requested poem -- but there are also numerous differences. (For example, he does not provide the other two "aliases" for Fanny in the 12th version; and after noting that the wild woman has been much amiss and complaining, he elaborates in some detail -- attributing Fanny's complaints to his own ill-health: "I am about knocked out of time now: a miserable, snuffling, shivering, fever-stricken, nightmare-ridden, knee-jottering, hoast-hoast-hoasting [cough-cough-coughing] shadow and remains of man." Also, the letter of the 12th shifts from English into Scots near the end.) Why two such similar letters, to the same recipient, just two days apart? -- we do not know, but there would seem to be two possible answers. One is that the first letter went to the wrong address for Coggie, and RLS realized it would not reach her. The more-likely other possibility is that the letter of the 10th was in effect a preliminary version -- perhaps never sent; there ARE numerous changes, and there are two mistakes that RLS crossed out, so he may simply have wanted to send a nicer version -- especially since the letter with its poem was in effect a gift.~The condition of the letter is near-fine (short tears just at the ends of some folds). See McKay/Beinecke (Yale) 3143 (the letter of the 12th).

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        De la mort subite pendant la crise hystérique

      Bale, Lyon, Genève, Henri Georg, 1884, in-8, 24 pp, broché, couverture imprimée, Première édition de cet étonnant mémoire lu à la Société des des Sciences Médicales de Lyon par le Docteur Humbert Mollière (1846-1898), médecin des hôpitaux et ancien chef de clinique à l'École de médecine. Exemplaire enrichi d'un envoi de l'auteur au docteur Carrier. Ex-libris du Docteur Carrier. Exemplaire non coupé.

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        Über Umbildung und Anpassung im naturwissenschaftlichen Denken. Rede gehalten bei Antritt des Rectorates der k.k. Deutschen Carl Ferdinand-Universität zu Prag am 18. October 1883.

      Wien u.a., Hartleben's. 1884 - Kl.-8°. 16 S. OBrosch. EA. - Papierbedingte Oxidation und dadurch bedingte Randläsuren, hds. Buchstabe a. T. sowie Exlibris- St., leichte Gbrsp. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Psychiatrie klinik der Erkrankungen des Vorderhirns begründet auf dessen Bau, Leistungen und Ernährung

      Vienne, Wilhelm Braumüller, 1884, in-8, X-288 pp, demi-basane verte moderne, dos lisse orné [Asper], Figures dans le texte et une planche couleurs. La seconde partie de cet ouvrage n'est jamais parue, ce qui explique sa fin abrupte, au milieu d'une phrase (aucun des exemplaires consultés dans les bibliothèques publiques ou chez les libraires ne comporte de page supplémentaire). Theodor Hermann Meynert (1833-92), psychiatre et neuroanatomiste allemand de grande renommée, fut le professeur de Wernicke et de Freud. Il défend une vision du cerveau organisé en différentes aires fonctionnelles connectées les unes aux autres par des faisceaux de substance blanche. Dès 1867, il publie ainsi une classification des troubles mentaux basée sur leurs corollaires anatomo-pathologiques qui divise ses collègues. Meynert était en effet un adepte de la psychiatrie organiciste et associationniste pour qui tout fait anatomique n'était que l'expression d'un processus psychologique. Il milita aussi beaucoup pour améliorer les conditions des asiles psychiatriques, afin de les rendre plus humains. Dos passé.

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        Das Buch der Liebe oder das Geschlechtsleben in seinem ganzen Umfange. Enthaltend: Ueber Liebe und Anmuth, Schönheit und häusliches Glück über physische Liebe, Naturzweck, Sittlichkeit und Leitung des Geschlechtsgenusses [...]. Ein unentbehrlicher Rathgeber, um in der Liebe und Ehe stets glücklich und zufrieden leben zu können.

      12. 144 S., HLdr. d. Zt. a. 3 Bünden m. Rückenverg., goldgepr. Rückentitel, Kopf-Rotschnitt u. dem eingeb. grünen OUmschlag. Erste Ausgabe über den KVK weltweit nur ein Exemplar nachweisbar (British Library). - Vorliegend ein einzigartiges, in Menschenhaut gebundenes Exemplar aus der Stockton-Hough Library (mit kl. Bibl.-Stempel auf dem Titel) lt. dem eigenh. Vermerk von John Stockton Hough auf dem Vorsatzblatt gebunden im März 1884 aus Oberschenkelhaut der am 16. Jänner 1869 verstorbenen "Mary L.". - "The Historical Medical Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Stockton Hough Collection [...] proclaims to house the largest collection of confirmed anthropodermic bindings in the United States [...]. Through inscriptions and historical documentation, we know that three of the five books share a mysterious past: all bound at the hands of Dr. John Stockton Hough, and all bound in the skin Mary Lynch, a tuberculosis patient at the Philadelphia General Hospital, who died in 1869. Evidently, Dr. Stockton Hough collected a sample of Mary's skin before her burial in 1869 and kept it for several decades before binding these books in the 1880s []" (Sherry Lochhaas, The Macabre of Bookbinding: Anthropodermic Bibliopegy). - Vgl. über die "Mary L.-Einbände" auch ausführlich: Beth Lander The Skin She Lived In: Anthropodermic Books in the Historical Medical Library u. Hayley Campbell The Strange Case Of The Woman Whose Skin Was Turned Into A Book. - Das vorliegende Exemplar ist namentlich in einem am 29. Mai 1904 im Los Angeles Herald erschienen Zeitungsartikel ("Odd Book Bindings-Human Skin Used to Bind a Collection of Medical Books") erwähnt: "According to the Critic the late Dr. F. Stockton-Hough of Trenton, N.J., who left a valuable medical library in several languages, had a fancy for bindings made of human skin. He owned at least six books thus bound [...]. On the flyleaf of a second book [...], the owner wrote: Bound in leather tanned from the skin-the thigh of Maria L., affected with encrysted trichne, who died of consumption in the Philadelphia hospital. She was an Irish widow, aged 28 years.' Marie L. furnished the binding for another book also, Das Buch der Liebe, oder das Geschlechtsleben in seinem ganzem Umfange.' [...]". - Das im April 2016 ins Leben gerufene "The Anthropodermic Book Project" konnte bisher weltweit 47 angeblich in Menschenhaut gebundene Bücher in Bibliotheken und Museen identifizieren, von denen bisher 31 getestet wurden. Davon konnten wiederum lediglich 18 bestätigt werden, darunter die drei sich noch in der Historical Medical Library des College of Physicians of Philadelphia befindlichen "Mary L.-Einbände". - Der vorliegende Band wurde vom amerikanischen Geschäftsmann, Fabrikanten und Sammler Robert Hoe (1839-1909) erworben, dessen goldgepr. Ldr.-Exlibris sich auf dem vorderen Innendeckel findet. Hoe war einer der Organisatoren und der erste Präsident des Grolier Club, in dessen Bibliothek sich ebenfalls ein in Menschenhaut gebundenes Buch befindet und in deren Ausstellung Fine Bindings (1903) in der Abteilung Bindings in Curious Materials auch entsprechende Einbände gezeigt wurden. - Einband tlw. leicht berieben. Vorderes Innengelenk gebrochen. Min. gebräunt bzw. stockfleckig. -

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        Slave Trade. No. 1 (1884). Correspondence with British representatives and agents abroad, and reports from Naval Officers and the Treasury, relative to the Slave Trade: 1883-84. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by command of Her Majesty. [C.-3849].

      London, Harrison and Sons, 1884. - Folio. VIII, 144 pp. Top edge gilt. Sewn, with remains of former spine. Rare British parliamentary papers and correspondence with local agents and officers on the slave trade: "The supply [in 1881] has equalled the demand, which has, however, decreased, and [.] the slave-brokers in Jeddah and Mecca are in debt, and visibly dejected [.] Whatever Treaties may be made, I do not believe that the sincere co-operation of Mussulman officials can be expected [.] Arabia is slowly but surely progressing towards a cessation of slavery" (p. 54f.). The relevant correspondence is to be found chiefly under the headings "Turkey" (in particular pp. 34f.); "Turkey. (Consular)-Jeddah" (pp. 51-59); "Turkey. (Admiralty Reports)" (pp. 63-65; e.g. Captain Garforth to the Secretary of the Admiralty: "Visit to Hodeidah. A considerable Slave Trade carried on there"); "Zanzibar" (pp. 66-134), and "Zanzibar (Admiralty Reports)" (pp. 134-139). - First few pages loosened, otherwise a good copy. Bennett 511. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        A Voice from the Nile and Other Poems. By the Late . . . with a Memoir of the Author by Bertram Dobell.

      London: Reeves and Turner, 1884. 8vo, original blue cloth, gilt decorations and lettering. ¶ In addition to the scarcity as implied by the limitation, this title was also included in the warehouse fire mentioned by Dobell & Wheeler. Spine a bit darkened; some light wear and soiling; a very good copy.

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        Map Shewing Proposed Extension of the Parliamentary Borough of Wigan

      Thomas Wall and Sons Ltd, 1884 - The borough of Wigan Printed map with original colour and manuscript additions, with pamphlet in original green cover with gilt lettering and blind stamping A map of the borough of Wigan, now part of Greater Manchester. The townships of the borough are outlined in green, and marked with their name and population. The name and population of Standish has been added by hand, and the figure for the total population of Wigan has been amended accordingly. The accompanying pamphlet contains extracts from the local press concerning the effects of the Redistribution of Seats Act on Wigan.The Representation of the People Bill was introduced to the House of Commons by William Gladstone in 1884. The Bill aimed to extend the franchise by making the voting qualifications for the country electorate the same as in urban areas. Although it was passed by the Liberal-dominated Commons, it was opposed by the Conservative-dominated Lords. Lord Salisbury, the Conservative leader, was concerned that the increase in rural voters would have disastrous consequences for his party. The Lords' rejection of the Bill provoked outrage both in the Commons and amongst the electorate, and resulted in the Arlington Street Compact between the Conservatives and Liberals. Salisbury allowed the Bill to pass with the proviso that it should do so in conjunction with a bill to redistribute parliamentary seats, as the 1885 Redistribution of Seats Act. This meant both that the majority of two-member constituencies were reduced and that some boroughs were disenfranchised altogether and absorbed by others.The map and pamphlet were produced to protest the removal of one of Wigan?Äôs two Members of Parliament. Under the terms of the Act, existing boroughs with a population between 15,000 and 50,000 had the number of members they sent to Parliament reduced from two to one. The pamphlet argues that when the 1881 census was taken, on which the Act depended, some 2,000 of the inhabitants were away seeking work during a mining strike; if they had been there, the population would have been over 50,000 and thus the two members would have been retained. Other extracts cite the importance of Wigan to the surrounding country, and the fact that the boundaries used to determine the population did not take into account the communities which were locally regarded as being part of the town. Several imply that the perceived ill-treatment of the borough is motivated by its Conservative tendencies under a Liberal government; others that newer boroughs are being helped at their expense. The map shows the area which in their opinion should be considered the true boundaries of the borough, and that the population of this area would be well above the minimum requirement for a two-member constituency.The map and pamphlet were produced by Thomas Wall, a printer in Wigan who also published the Wigan Observer, a tri-weekly newspaper which appears in the pamphlet. 605 by 740mm. (23.75 by 29.25 inches).

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        LA STELLA anno I n.20

      TIP. CIMINAGO, GENOVA 1884 - ITALIANO Settimanale domenicale con fattezze di quotidiano, di attualità, storia, politica, brunito ai bordi, con lievissima fioritura e con piccoli strappetti ai bordi interni, ultima pagina completamente pubblicitaria, all'angolo superiore francobollo con timbro postale ed adesivo nominativo La libreria offre per un periodo limitato uno sconto del 20% su tutti i suoi libri. Il prezzo originale dell'articolo era 999,00 euro.

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        LA STELLA anno I n.15

      TIP. CIMINAGO, GENOVA 1884 - ITALIANO Settimanale domenicale con fattezze di quotidiano, di attualità, storia, politica, brunito ai bordi, con lievissima fioritura e con piccoli strappetti, ultima pagina completamente pubblicitaria, all'angolo superiore francobollo con timbro postale ed adesivo nominativo La libreria offre per un periodo limitato uno sconto del 20% su tutti i suoi libri. Il prezzo originale dell'articolo era 999,00 euro.

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        LA STELLA anno I n.21

      TIP. CIMINAGO, GENOVA 1884 - ITALIANO Settimanale domenicale con fattezze di quotidiano, di attualità, storia, politica, brunito ai bordi, con lievissima fioritura e con piccoli strappetti i bordi interni, ultima pagina completamente pubblicitaria, all'angolo superiore francobollo con timbro postale ed adesivo nominativo La libreria offre per un periodo limitato uno sconto del 20% su tutti i suoi libri. Il prezzo originale dell'articolo era 999,00 euro.

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        LA STELLA anno I n.13

      TIP. CIMINAGO, GENOVA 1884 - ITALIANO Settimanale domenicale con fattezze di quotidiano, di attualità, storia, politica, brunito ai bordi, con rara fioritura e con piccoli strappetti al bordo interno, ultima pagina completamente pubblicitaria, all'angolo superiore con timbro postale ed adesivo nominativo, con foro al posto del francobollo La libreria offre per un periodo limitato uno sconto del 20% su tutti i suoi libri. Il prezzo originale dell'articolo era 999,00 euro.

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      Paris: Gauthier-Villars,. Very Good+ with no dust jacket. 1884-91. Hardcover. B&W Illustrations; 9 folding plates. Xvi, 414; viii, 412; [4], 403, [1]; [4], xlii, [2], 216, [2], 226; [4], 429 pages, including half-titles. 5 volumes. 8vo, 230x150 mm, contemporary prize bindings of 1/2 red morocco with gilt emblem of the Lycée Louis-le-Grand on covers, few spine ends slightly chipped or worn; half-titles and page [i] in Volume 4 browned. Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1884-91 NOTES: The first volume contains writings on electricity and magnetism by Charles-Augustin Coulomb; the second and third, papers on electrodynamics by André-Marie Ampère; the fourth and fifth deal with the pendulum, including an extensive bibliography of works on the subject from 1629 to 1885.; 16 .

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        John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1884 : 1884 Original Paperback Wisden No Restoration

      1884. Hi, I recently purchased a set of Wisdens and the first 50 of the run were in a suitcase that had not been opened for over 50 years. This lot is an 1884 Original Paperback Wisden. It has the Original Spine Paper without any Restoration. It is in Very Good Condition for the year. The spine paper is excellent, just some wear to the ends and to the side. The book is very tightly bound, the covers have some darkness to them, mainly in the middle of the front cover. Internally it is very nice and clean and hasn't been opened for a while. Spotting to page block but not much at all inside the book. Some rounding off on the corners of the covers and first couple of pages. No restoration.

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        The Raven

      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1884. First American edition. About Fine/Very Good. A just about Fine copy of the book, beautifully preserved in the publisher's illustrated box. The book is bright and unworn, with a gift inscription on the first blank and some offsetting between pages 20 & 21. Slight separation between a few of the early leaves. Complete with all 27 illustrations, as called for. All all tissue guards with figure legends issued are present. In the original publisher's blue, paper-covered box with titles and illustrations in red ink. Box sympathetically repaired, althought still a bit fragile. 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 one of the finest copy that we have seen. One of Poe's most famous works, brought to life by one of the 19th century's most well regarded illustrators. The idea for the poem, about a grieving man visited by a dark and mysterious bird, came to Poe after he had read Dickens' novel "Barnaby Rudge," in which appears a talking raven. Poe took great pains to make sure the poem evoked a very specific atmosphere of horror and, in fact, chronicled the poem's creation in a later essay entitled "The Philosophy of Composition." "The Raven" was first published in 1845 and became incredibly popular. Though it would bring Poe little money, it brought him widespread acclaim and inspired countless parodies. "Everyone reads the Poem and praises it... justly, we think, for it seems to us full of originality and power." (Contemporary review in "The New World") Dore was a French artist, famous for his woodcuts, who had achieved a great deal of renown for illustrating the English Bible in 1866. This would lead to further exhibitions and commissions, including Dante's "Divine Comedy" and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." Though this book was published a year after Dore died, in 1884, many of his illustrations for "The Raven" are considered "masterpieces of thought and fancy, splendid efforts in form, line, and detailed execution." (Blanche Roosevelt, "The Life and Reminiscences of Gustave Dore"). About Fine in Very Good dust jacket.

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        Slutliqvid med Sveriges lag i fyra böcker, uppgjord af Nils Nilsson, arbetskarl.

      Malmö, 1884, 576 s, ny till ett helt sammanfattad upplaga, genomsedd och tillökt med två böcker, skinnryggband med fläckig rygg och skada i övre kapitälet.I Libris uppges 1886 som tryckår men i boken 1884. På sjätte bokens titelsida uppges "ej tidigare tryckt".

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        [QUEENSLAND]. The Gull

      A weekly newspaper published on board the "Otago" during a four months' voyage from Glasgow to Brisbane. Also containing a complete and truthful statement of the privations and negligences experienced by the emigrants on the voyage, likewise a description of the treatment shown towards the immigrants on the voyage likewise a description of the treatment shown towards the immigrants in the depot on their arrival here, and of the manner in which government inquiries are conducted. Brisbane : Woodcock, Powell, & Mellefont, 1884. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (a little worn), lithographed frontispiece of the ship the "Otago", lithographed title page with coloured highlists, pp. 248, folding lithographed chart of the voyage (torn with some loss, tape repairs), lithographed illustrations. Rare shipboard journal during an Scottish emigrant's voyage to Brisbane in 1884. "Twelve issues of a weekly newspaper published on board the 'Otago' during a four months' voyage from Glasgow to Brisbane, a collection of poems written by Keith Cameron and others. There follow about 80 pages of diaries, journals, letters to the editor of The Gull, copies of petitions submitted to the Immigration Board in Brisbane and transcripts of personal testimonies made at the Immigration Board Inquiry." - National Library of Scotland.

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        Reisen in Tibet und am oberen Lauf des Gelben Flusses in den Jahren 1879 bis 1880. Aus dem Russischen frei in das Deutsche übertragen und mit Anmerkungen versehen von Stein-Nordheim.

      Jena, Hermann Costenoble, 1884. - Erste dt. Ausgabe der Schilderung der dritten großen Inner-Asien-Reise des bedeutenden russischen Forschers Prschewalski (1839-1888). - Die Expedition „liefert viel neues Material zur Flora und Fauna von Tibet [.]. Auch für wissenschaftliche Zwecke bedeutendes Werk, speziell unter dem Aspekt der heute in Tibet zunehmenden Verarmung des Artenreichtums. Es war dies Prschewalskis bedeutendste Expedition, auf der er bis in die Gegend nördlich von Lhasa vorstieß und auf seinem Weitermarsch nach Lhasa [.] dann von bewaffneten Tibetern zur Umkehr gezwungen wurde" (Aschoff 1456). - Einband etw. berieben u. bestoßen. Exlibris a. Innendeckel. Titel verso gestempelt. Ein Blatt seitlich mit Randausriss (wohl bedingt durch gelöste Verklebung; min. Buchstabenverlust). Etw. gebräunt u. stockfleckig. - Henze IV, 455ff.; Yakushi P 125. ge Gewicht in Gramm: 1000 Gr.-8°. Mit Textabbildungen, 16 getönt. lithogr. Tafeln u. einer farb. gefalt. Karte. XIV, 281 (1) S., HLwd. d. Zt. m. etw. Rückenverg. u. goldgepr. Rückentitel. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Leaves of Grass

      Philadelphia: David McKay, No. 23 South Ninth Street, 1884. Early Reprint. Hardcover. Fine-. Reprint of the Rees Welsh edition of 1882 (which, in turn, reprinted the sixth, banned edition published in Boston), with integral title page; in effect, the second Philadelphia edition. 8vo: 382pp, single leaf with Samuel Hollyer 's steel-engraved portrait of Whitman and tissue guard inserted following p. 28. Publisher's finely woven mustard-yellow S cloth (BAL binding A), spine and upper cover lettered and decorated in gilt, mottled blue vein-pattern end papers. A superb example, about Fine, binding square and tight, gilt undiminished, contents clean, fresh, and bright. BAL 21630. Myerson. Grolier American 100, 67. In June, 1882, Whitman signed an agreement with the Philadelphia publisher Rees Welsh & Co. to bring out Leaves of Grass using the Osgood plates of the sixth, banned edition. (On March 1, the District Attorney of Boston advised James R. Osgood & Co. that Leaves of Grass fell "within the provisions of the Public Statutes respecting obscene literature" and advised Osgood to "withdraw" and "suppress" the book. Osgood asked Whitman to expunge the offending passages; Whitman, by and large, refused, and Osgood "decline[d] to further circulate the book.") That same year, in October, after Rees Welsh had issued the first Philadelphia edition, David McKay, a young Scottish immigrant, took over the business from Rees Welsh and became Whitman's friend, strong supporter, and publisher. Two years later, McKay reprinted the Rees Welsh edition of 1882 with new title page and binding to match the banned Osgood edition. "Whitman's name appears twice on the binding, once in a gold stamped framed facsimile autograph on the front cover, and again on the spine, where the name forms the very ground of the 'Leaves of Grass' that appear above his name in both words and visual emblems, as if the leaves are literally growing from Walt Whitman. . . . And on down the spine is Whitman's beloved hand and butterfly emblem, now with the butterfly-soul appearing on the verge of taking leave of the body-hand: Whitman, still suffering the aftereffects of a stroke, was now convinced his life was near its end. The odd yellowish-olive cast of the cover cloth suggests autumn now instead of the summer-green of the early editions, and the tall grass on the spine looks like hay ready for the harvest. . . . Whitman never again created a new edition of Leaves, though he did add two 'annexes' and repackaged the book in different ways." (Folsom, Whitman Making Books/Books Making Whitman) N.B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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