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        Iracema, the Honey-Lips, a Legend of Brazil BOUND WITH Manuel de Moraes. A Chronicle of the Seventeenth Century

      Bickers & Son, 1886, 2 works in one vol.,. First Edition. Hardback. Very Good/No Jacket. First English Editions of both volumes translated by Richard and Isabel Burton. This copy in contemporary blue half calf, top edge gilt, occasional light spotting, slight rubbing at extremities, else a very clean and tight copy. Scarce.

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        GREAT EXPLORATIONS IN THE WILDS OF AFRICA- including Sir Samuel Baker’s expedition with a force of nearly two thousand men to suppress the slave trade; Lieut. Cameron’s -Across Africa

      Toronto: A. H. Hovey & Co., 1886. GREAT EXPLORATIONS IN THE WILDS OF AFRICA- including Sir Samuel Baker’s expedition with a force of nearly two thousand men to suppress the slave trade; Lieut. Cameron’s "Across Africa," with these travelers’ marvelous accounts of fighting the natives, hunting the hippopotamus, elephant and lion, and Henry M. Stanley’s story of his last and greatest work and explorations in organizing and bringing into the family of nations "the Congo Free State," ... with a graphic account of "Chinese" Gordon in Africa. The whole carefully edited by J. T. Headley- A. H. Hovey & Co.- Toronto- 1886-1st Edition-1st Printing- Hardcover:-8vo-VG++/ no jacket as issued- Beautifully illustrated with many gorgeous engraved plates plates- - Original dark blue cloth with black scroll work and beautiful gilt titles on cover and spine-bright square and clean- 502pp, lightly toned but with only minimal foxing, no tears or writing-light edge soiling- 181-184 have minor dege nicks, not close to text.-a GREAT copy!- This may be the only copy available of a SCARCE, SCARCE book- the engraved 1/4, 1/2 and full page plates of wildlife, natives, and the famous explorers are superb!- World Cat shows only one entry of this 1st Edition at UCLA- Non-fiction-travel-exploration-adventure-Africa-illustrated (3484) . 1st Edition-1st Printing. Illustrated Cloth. VG++/No Jacket as Issued. Illus. by Illustrated. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        KIDNAPPED

      1886. [London:] Cassell & Company, 1886. 1 page undated ads plus 16 pp ads dated Apr 1886. Original terra-cotta cloth. First Edition. In mid-18th Century Scotland, 17-year-old David Balfour is cheated out of his inheritance by a greedy uncle, who has him kidnapped and shipped to the Carolinas; with numerous challenges Balfour manages to get back to Scotland to fight to regain his property and his name. Stevenson began KIDNAPPED early in 1885 "partly as a lark, partly as a pot-boiler" (according to himself); he finished it in Spring 1886, having interrupted it part way through to write DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE. He had accepted Sidney Colvin's suggestion to cut short the novel and leave the rest for a sequel (which he did, with DAVID BALFOUR / CATRIONA, in 1893).~This is a copy of the first issue (with "name his business" on p. 40, "nine o'clock" on p. 64, and "Long Islands" on p. 101). The ads also are in the first (April) state (some first issue copies have the July ads that are present in the second issue). This copy's color is terra-cotta, one of several used without priority.~This is a near-fine copy, with scarcely any soil or wear (one very faint splash-mark on the front cover); the volume is not askew, the original endpapers are not cracked, and the gilt lettering on the spine remains very bright. We seldom see the first issue in any better condition. Beinecke 378; Princeton 31 (copies 1-4).

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        Atlas des poissons vénéneux et descriptions des ravages produits par eux sur l'organisme humain et des contre-poisons à employer

      St. Petersburg, Balasheva, 1886. 4to. 5 ll., 53 pp., 1 l. and ten lithographed plates of which nine hand-coloured by Ivanson à St. Petersbourg. Later half cloth over old boards.* Very rare Russian atlas on poisonous fishes, the effect of their poison and the methods of treating human victims. Text in Russian and French and mostly dealing with tropical fish and beautifully handcoloured. Seven plates have a more or less vague circular stain most probably because the plates were wet and have not been dried profesionally. Titlepage and half-title with vague library stamp, one plate repaired at the edges. The boards are a bit soiled. Otherwise a very good copy. Dean II, p. 395.

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        THE EVIL GENIUS

      1886. A Domestic Story. In Three Volumes. London: Chatto & Windus, 1886. 32 pp Vol III ads dated May 1886. Original dark grey-green cloth pictorially decorated in black. First Edition of this tale in which Collins explores the themes of divorce and child custody, involving a governess who is having an affair with the man of the house, a little girl who is totally attached to the governess, and the mother (and HER mother, the "evil genius") who go into hiding with the little girl, telling her that her father is dead. Collins was well-equipped to write such a tale: disliking the institution of marriage, he lived with the widow Caroline Graves for most all of his adult life (except for a few years when Caroline left him to marry a much-younger man, then left HIM and returned to Collins), supporting her daughter from her marriage; this did not prevent Collins from having a liaison with 19-year-old Martha Rudd, which resulted in a daughter; Collins maintained the two women and their daughters in two nearby households (with Martha Rudd he was "William Dawson," and they were the Dawson family).~ The first edition, as here, was published in September 1886, but it typically comes with these ads dated May of that year. The binding style is curiously ominous -- with bats silhouetted against a dark background of bamboo. This is a near-fine set: the first two volumes have just a little rubbing at the extremities, while Vol III has a bit more, including minor dulling of the spine gilt (and has a small hole in its front free endpaper -- other than which, all three volumes' patterned endpapers are clean and whole, without any cracking). Gasson pp 57-58; Sadleir (Excursions) p. 149; Parrish & Miller p. 119; Wolff 1350.

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        Petit Mois du Sacre-Cur, de Saint Joseph and de Marie

      Limoges Dalpayrat et Depelley 1886 - A stunning set of three miniature books, beautiful bound in gold decorated leather and housed in a leather case that closes with a gold clasp. Fine condition. Limoges Dalpayrat et Depelley (1886), 1886. Three 16mo. volumes, each with an engraved frontispiece of Christ on the Cross. 124; 124; 124pp. The text blocks are bordered on two sides by engraved devices with a floral and animal motif. The first and third volumes are beautifully bound in blue morocco with strips of red onlay to both boards, while the second volume is in brown morocco with blue onlays. The boards and dentelles bear intricate gilt-tooled decorations, and the spines are ornamented with gilt floral devices in four compartments; a fifth compartment is lettered in gilt. The blue or red endpapers are printed with patterns in gold. Very fine. A.e.g. Housed in a black hardshell case fitted with a cloth-lined tray consisting of three compartments, one for each book, with a rope border; the underside of the box's cover is cloth lined as well, and padded. Box with a push-button clasp and thin gilt border to top cover. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Jane Avril

      Paris: Chaix. Very Good. ONE OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC'S MOST FAMOUS LITHOGRAPHS. "This famous poster advertising Le Jardin de Paris shows the high-kicking performance of the dynamic Jane Avril in the quadrille naturaliste, framed by the staff of the orchestra's bass fiddle. Vaucaire described the dance in the August 1, 1886, Paris Illustré as 'that wonderful, insolent joke in which two women advanced side by side, each balancing on one foot while keeping the other at the level of the spectators' eyes. They wore silk stockings and cambric and lace drawers, with much swishing of pretty petticoats'" (Donson and Griepp, Great Lithographs by Toulouse-Lautrec). From the Les Maitres de L'Affiche (Masters of the Poster) series, plate 110. "The Masters of the Poster, first published in Paris from 1895 to 1900, is the most famous compilation ever made of the art of the great age of the poster-an art whose new graphic sophistication captured the ebullience of Paris life in the late 19th century, and celebrated the emerging spirit of the 20th century" (Applebaum, The Complete "Masters of the Poster"). Paris: Chaix, 1898. 15.5x11.25in, 395x285mm. (Image alone: 11.5x8.5in, 292x216mm). Image fine, with full, uncropped margins. Margins with two pinholes at top, tiny repaired tear at left edge and chip to bottom left corner. With original "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" blindstamp at bottom right. Handsomely framed.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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        1886 1st Am Ed The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy Leisure Hour

      1886, Hardcover, 1st american Edition, of "The Mayor of Casterbridge" by Thomas Hardy. This story appeared serially in The Graphic between January and May of 1886, Smith Elder printed it in two volumes in Britain. Then, the American First edition by Holt came out soon thereafter in 1886. Issued in the Leisure Hour Series. It has the mustard yellow publisher's original cloth. The lettering in gilt and black on th espine. It has the design of a spider web on the lower edge. It has leaves in black on the upper edge of the front board. The back board has the two black line and flower and long leaves on the back board. This was purchased at an estate in Aiken, South Carolina. The owner was a collector of Thomas Hardy. So, included with this book are numerous articles about Thomas Hardy from The Washington Post and The New Yorker. The spine has a tilt. Hinges are good. It has a sewn binding. Points are rubbed. Pages are evenly age toned. There is a period previous owners book plate on the front fly page. Small spot of stain on the lower page block. Book is solid with no loose or missing pages. Can provide more pics if you need them.

      [Bookseller: The Woodward Avenue Bookshelf]
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        Madame Bovary

      Vizetelly & Co., London 1886 - Variant binding with gilt lettering on spine and foil stamped central title panel on front of boards but without the gilt borders at the top and bottom of the front panel and without the gilt decorations above and below the author's name on the spine. No decorations on the rear panel other than the publisher's logo blind stamped in the centre. Frontispiece with tissue paper and four other black and white illustrations collated. Binding tight with no cracking visible on endpapers. Corners bumped and rubbing to top and bottom of spine. Two small stains on front of boards. Small patch of label residue on top corner of front free endpaper. Previous owner's name and date in ink on reverse of front free endpaper. Brown stain affecting top inside corner of pages 24 and 25. Some brown spotting on other pages - fairly minor apart from a quarter inch spot affecting a few pages near the beginning of the book - and small closed tear in the edge of one page. Tiny piece missing from top corner of front free endpaper. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Kidnapped. Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year 1751

      London, Cassell & Co., Ltd., 1886., 1886. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. 8vo. Folding map frontispiece. Publisher's navy blue cloth, gilt titles, black endpapers. Light general wear, a little rubbing to extremities, frayed to spine tips. A nice clean copy. Very good indeed. A stirring tale of Scottish adventure, most notable for being filmed with the part of Alan Breck being played by Michael Caine, which was odd, but good, seeing as the story is basically a tour of the Highlands in the company of a nutter against the backdrop of the equally barmy Jacobite rebellion. Prideaux; A Bibliography of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson (1917). [Item18] p.48.

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        Album mit 140 Handzeichnungen.

      Ca. 1869-1886. - Formate zwischen 29 x 23 cm und 7 x 7 cm, meist etwa Postkartengröße. Bleistift- und Federzeichnungen, einige getönt oder auf getöntem Papier, 1 Aquarell (28,5 x 2 cm). Rund 60 Zeichnungen im Album montiert bzw. eingeklebt, die übrigen lose inliegend. Rotes Halbleder-Album der Zeit, 35,5 x 28 cm. Sammlung von talentierten Skizzen eines englischen Zeichners. Sie zeigen überwiegend Landschaft, Städte und Häuser, Burgen, Schlösser und Landsitze, Kirchen und Kathedralen sowie deren architektonische Details. Die häufig bezeichneten Ansichten sind aus Großbritannien, Belgien, Frankreich und Italien: Cornwall, Gent, Antwerpen, Amiens, Chartres, Palermo. Neun davon wurden als Postkarten verschickt und tragen Adressen und Stempel: Twickenham, Teddington, Hastings. Das großformatige Aquarell zeigt einen Palast in Corneto (Tarquina). Einige Zeichnungen sind Haltungs- und Bewegungsstudien von Personen. - Album bestoßen und fleckig. Die Zeichnungen durchweg gut erhalten. - A skilful sketch-book with 140 pencil or ink drawings, 1 large water colour, depicting town- and farm-houses, castles, cathedrals and architectural details from Great Britain, Belgium, France and Italy. Nine drawings were sent by post and bear stamps (Twickenham, Teddington, Hastings). Album covers spotted, inside very good and clean. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Procession of Flowers in Colorado by Helen Jackson (H.H.); illustrated in water colors by Alice A. Stewart

      Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1886. Very Good. 30, [4] p.: hand-painted, water color floral illustrations on 13 pages; 29 cm. Original wide cream calf spine with gilt-stamped cover title; light green paper over remainder of boards, with gilt-stamped floral decoration running along leather-paper border. White moire endpapers. Lacking original slipcase. This is no. 47 of a limited edition of 100 copies, each numbered and signed by the artist, Alice Stewart. There are two or more binding variants. The illustrations vary in each of the 100 copies of this beautiful book. In Very Good Condition: edges are rubbed; binding lightly soiled; front free endpaper detached but present, lacking lower gutter corner; first blank leaf following front endpapers also detached but present; a few small spots of light discoloration (as is typical of this book); otherwise, clean and bright.&

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        Handbuch der Fischzucht und der Fischerei. Unter Mitwirkung von B. Bernecke und E. Dallmer

      Bln., Parey 1886.. gr.-8°. XIII, 701 S. Mit 1 doppels. Falttaf. u. 581 Textholzschn. HLdr. d. Zt. m. Rückengoldpräg. Tit. gestemp. Eckabrisse a. d. letzten 8 Bll. angerandet.

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        The Art Journal

      - London - J. S. Virtue, 1886 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A collection of issues of The Art Journal from the late nineteenth century. Illustrated throughout with159 plates andmultitudinous vignette engravings, collated complete. Containing volumes from 1886, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895 and 1896. With chapters on the Royal Academy, the making of fans, art clubs in Edinburgh and Glasgow, landscape painting in Japan and much more. Including reproductions of works by Waterhouse, Slocombe, L'Hermitte, Hunt, and Van Dyck, amongst many others. The Art Journal, published in London, was the most important Victorian magazine on art. It was founded in 1839 by Hodgson & Graves, print publishers, 6 Pall Mall, with the title the Art Union Monthly Journal. Condition: In half-morocco bindings. Externally sound, though with some rubbing and marks. Some lightwear to the extremities also. Two hinges strained. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright, though with some scattered foxing throughout. Overall: VERY GOOD..

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        The Works

      London, Smith, Elder & Co.,, 1886. 26 volumes, octavo (185 mm × 120 mm). Contemporary dark brown half morocco, titles and decoration to spines, raised bands, marbled boards, endpapers and edges. With black and white illustrations by the author. Some light foxing to prelims in a few volumes, bookplate to front pastedown, spines lightly sunned. An attractive library set in excellent condition.

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        ARABIAN NIGHTS. Lady Burton's Edition of Her Husband's Arabian Nights. Translated Literally from the Arabic - 6 Volume Set

      London: Waterlow & Sons, 1886. First Edition. xxiii, 476; iv, 516; viii, 511; iv, 514; iv, 516; 586 pages. Volume I and II with frontispiece portrait photographs of Isabel Burton and Richard Burton. Original publishers cream binding with all titles and vignettes in gilt to spine and boards. Original black endpapers. Rough cut pages. With ownership inscription to front endpapers. The set is in excellent condition. Prepared for Household Reading by Justin Huntly McCarthy. "Chronologically, this edition was the second appearance of the translation by Burton and only had 1000 copies printed, of which not all found their way to booksellers. Volume one has as its frontispiece a real photograph of a saintly-looking Lady Burton pasted in; Volume two has as its frontispiece a real photograph of Sir Richard pasted in and looking distinctlty unsaintly." . First Edition.

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        The Australian Race: Its Origin, Languages, Customs, Place of Landing in Australia, and the Routes By Which it Spread Itself Over That Continent. In Four Volumes. 4 Volumes of 4 Complete Set with Foldout Map

      Melbourne; London : John Ferres (government printer); Trubner and Co , 1886. Bound in blindstamped dark red cloth with gilt titles to spine. First three volumes are octavo and published in 1866 (first two) and 1887 (third), the fourth volume is the atlas and comparative vocabulary which is folio and was published in 1887. The foldout map is present in the pocket of the atlas. Volume I has xiv + 435pp, frontis and 16 other illustrations. volume II is vi + 501pp, with 2 illustrations. Volume III is xx + 710pp. Volume IV has 45 pages, plus the map in the pocket at its end, showing the location of the various tribes. The covers are fairly battered with significant chips to the spines (particularly volume I) and some fading. Owner bookplates to front stuckdowns and signature to title page of books, some age spotting to endpapers and map, small tear in margin of frontis to volume I and top corner of front endpapers of volume III. Binding visible down hinges of atlas volume, but bindings are otherwise in very good condition. Complete original copy of this early guide to the Australian aborigines. More photographs available. Internally in very good condition. Ferguson 8879.. Cloth. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        SARAH WINNEMUCCA'S PRACTICAL SOLUTION OF THE INDIAN PROBLEM: A LETTER

      1886. Paperback. PEABODY, Elizabeth P. SARAH WINNEMUCCA'S PRACTICAL SOLUTION OF THE INDIAN PROBLEM: A LETTER TO DR. LYMAN ABBOT OF THE "CHRISTIAN UNION." Cambridge: John Wilson and Son, University Press, 1886. First edition. 36 pp. Pamphlet, stapled wrappers, 7 7/16 x 5 inches. Peabody's letter discusses the difficulties facing Sarah Winnemucca, educator and author (1841-1891, sometimes known as the "Piute Princess," daughter of Chief Winnemucca). Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, the name under which she was published, was the first Native American woman to secure a copyright and publish in English. After her book, LIFE AMONG THE PIUTES, was released in 1883, Winnemucca conducted a lecture series in which she discussed the conditions threatening her people and her efforts to seek citizenship for the Piutes. Continuing with activist efforts, in 1884 Winnemucca collaborated with sponsor Elizabeth Peabody in the creation of a Native American school. Winnemucca sought to promote Native American values and language. Many criticized her efforts, claimimg Native American children must attend English-speaking schools as a means to assimilate them into the mainstream culture. In response to these claims, Winnemucca published this pamphlet explaining the success of the school. Unfortunately, the school lost valuable funding when the Dawes Severalty Act of 1887 took effect, forcing Native American children to attend English-speaking schools. Elizabeth Peabody was a teacher and educational reformer, founder of kindergarten in America, abolitionist, opponent of European autocratic despotism, friend of political refugees, advocate of Native American rights and education, of woman's suffrage, and of world peace. Miss Peabody worked unceasingly toward the improvement of society. She was also a gifted linguist, familiar with some dozen languages, and a prolific writer on education, reform, language, history, art and other topics. scarce.

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        Five Handwritten Letters

      Very Good. A nice group of five letters totaling 9 pages from the artist Walter Crane to various addressees. The recipients were John Sparkes, a noted educator and Principal of the Royal College of Art (two letters); Theodore Blake Wirgman, English painter and a member with Crane in a group of avant-garde artists that included Robert Bateman and Harry Wooldridge (two letters); and one to the author Adeline Sargeant. The first letter to Sparkes was sent from Beaumont Lodge, March 1886: "Dear Mr. Sparkes, Mr. Armstrong will have told you my invitation to give a demonstration in gesso modelling tomorrow (Wednesday) and suggested the School Lecture room..." He makes recommendations for logistical considerations..."means of melting some glue." The second letter was sent on Royal College of Art imprinted stationery in Nov. 1898: "Dear Mr. Sparkes, I do not know whether you will have heard the Department on the matter, but it is proposed to have the prize distribution of the College on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 20 and we should all be very pleased if you would come and give them away..." The first letter to Wirgman was sent from Kensington on stationery with his Crane monogram in Apr. 1896: "Dear Wirgman, I have been away but find the incident (?) with Mr. Halle on my return..." The second letter was from Holland St., May 1911: "Dear Wirgman, Here is the article for the Journal of the days (?) Arts degree as promised. May I have a proof and the MS..." The letter to Sargeant is from Beaumont Lodge, Oct. 1888: "Dear Madam, My committee in view of the heavy expenses which we have to cover do not feel able to grant free passes to the Arts and Crafts Exhibition, but as you will see from the circular I enclose, arrangements have been made for free Sundays...I beg, however, to offer you the enclused 50 tickets which I hope you will accept for the use of your classes, so that in one way or another I think they will be able to see the exhibition...."All letters are signed with Crane's distinctive signature. All are seven inches long and very good or better. LETTER/030513.

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        ROMANCE OF THE THREE R'S

      1886. 2. CRANE,WALTER. THE ROMANCE OF THE THREE R'S. Lond: Marcus Ward 1886. Square 4to, (8 3/4"), pictorial boards (80)p., some tip rubbing and light cover soil else clean, tight and VG+. First edition. Containing Slateandpencilvania, Little Queen Anne and Pothooks and Perserverance - all written by Crane. Illustrated by him as well with cover and endpaper design plus absolutely charming color illustrations on each page. In the preface, Crane explains that his original intention was to issue these three titles together to help children with reading, writing and arithmatic. Scarce.

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        Antilles - Plans of Ports.

      Hydrographic Office, 1886 - Chart comprising five port plans of Crocus Bay, Anguilla; Grande Bay, Marigot Bay and Oyster Pond, all on St Martin; and Gustave (Gustavia) harbour on St Barthelemy (St Bartholomew). Also contains small view of Philipsburg, St Martin. Clean with full margins. 18 x 24" One of the very few maps to show any detail of these 3 islands.

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        The Book of the Bee

      Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1886. The Syriac text edited from the manuscripts in London, Oxford, and Munich with an English translation by Ernest A. Wallis Budge. In two volumes. Vol. I. [i-iii] errata, iv-[xvi][1]-155 [1]pp. and Vol. II. [180]pp. [2].facsimile leaves, bound by Sotheran in 3/4 red morocco over marbled paper covered boards raised bands with compartments lettered and pictorially stamped in gilt depicting a bee within four of the compartments, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, with pretty bookplate of Euphemia Reid on front pastedown of both volumes. A lovely near fine set of this very scarce work.. Quarto.

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        Les Bourbons De France

      Paris; Librairie Bleriot And Printed By Burdin, Angers - [Publisher's Device To The Rear], 1886. 1st Edition. Physical desc. : pp. X. 616. 4º. Subjects; BOURBON, House of - Royal Genealogy - France - 17th - 19th centuries. France - History - Bourbons, 1589-1789.

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        Anna Karenina

      Thomas Y Crowell and Co., New York 1886 - The first American edition, published by Thomas Y. Crowell in 1886. Later issue with ten titles ( including Anna Karenina ) on the list of Tolstoi's works facing the title page. Four page catalog to rear of book. In publisher's alternate dark brown cloth lettered and with embellishment to cover in gold. A very good copy with some wear to the tips and spine ends and an erasure rub on the front pastedown. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Bar Harbor Mt. Desert Island Maine

      Portland, ME, 1886. No Binding. Near Fine. 16 ¾ x 25 inches.. Two-stone lithograph. Few marginal mends; small duplicate stamp lower right margin; excellent to fine of this kind. A rare and beautiful view of Bar Harbor and Mt. Desert Island, evoked at the time when it was a favored summer resort of the elite of the Gilded Age. It was only one of three views of the area produced in the 19th century according to Reps and the only one published in Maine. Bar Harbor's sprawling hotels, clubs and mansions are prominently seen in the view, which depicts the town from the south from above Bar Island. The view also effectively portrays the town's dramatic natural setting with its promontory-like location and with Cadillac Mountain in background. There are, in addition, charming period details such as a locomotive chugging near the top of the mountain and an arriving paddlewheel ferry fully laden with passengers. G.W. Morris was a Portland publisher of books, postcards and other images depicting the many charms of northern New England. Reps attributes to him just the present view and one of Peak's Island, Maine, also printed by George Walker and issued in 1886. Walker's firm was established in 1882 and operated well into the 20th century. An advertisement in the 1882 Boston Business Directory describes the company as "publishers and lithographers," doing "engraving in all its branches, map engraving and photo-lithographing." Among other things, Walker issued an important atlas of Massachusetts, separate maps of Boston and its metropolitan area, and birds-eye views of tourist destinations such as Bar Harbor, Edgartown, and Lake Sunapee. This example of the view has a most interesting history. Apparently it was one of the copies deposited for copyright with the Library of Congress and was de-accessioned in recent years as a duplicate. The duplicate stamp is visible in the lower right corner, and with a lens one can just make out traces of the original deposit stamp. Reps, M.Views and Viewmakers, #1180 lists four examples of the view (Library of Congress, Bar Harbor Historical Society and elsewhere). OCLC #5447748 identifies two additional examples at the University of Illinois and Penn State.

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        The Procession of Flowers in Colorado by Helen Jackson (H.H.); illustrated in water colors by Alice A. Stewart

      Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1886. Very Good. 30, [4] p.: hand-painted, water color floral illustrations on 13 pages; 29 cm. Original wide cream calf spine with gilt-stamped cover title; light green paper over remainder of boards, with gilt-stamped floral decoration running along leather-paper border. White moire endpapers. Lacking original slipcase. This is no. 47 of a limited edition of 100 copies, each numbered and signed by the artist, Alice Stewart. There are two or more binding variants. The illustrations vary in each of the 100 copies of this beautiful book. In Very Good Condition: edges are rubbed; binding lightly soiled; front free endpaper detached but present, lacking lower gutter corner; first blank leaf following front endpapers also detached but present; a few small spots of light discoloration (as is typical of this book); otherwise, clean and bright.

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        Fromont jeune et Risler aîné. Pièce en cinq actes tirée du roman de Alfonse Daudet

      Paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1886 Daudet, Alfonse et A. Belot. Fromont jeune et Risler aîné. Pièce en cinq actes tirée du roman de Alfonse Daudet. Paris, Calmann-Lévy, 1886. in-12. 2 ff.n.ch., 135pp. Broché. Non rogné. Quelques marges brunies. Edition originale de cette pièce basée sur le roman de Daudet du même nom publié en 1874. Un des 25 ex. Num. sur Hollande [seul grand papier]. VICAIRE 111, 46. TALVART et PLACE no. 19J. Rare.. 1st Edition.

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        PERSONAL MEMOIRS OF U. S. GRANT

      Montreal [and] Toronto: Dawson Brothers [and] Rose Publishing Company, 1886. 2 volumes. First edition, Canadian Issue in the same visual format as the American issue but for the medallions on the covers. With 49 maps and illustrations, including a portrait frontispiece. Also with the dedication from Grant in holograph facsimile. 8vo, publisher’s original green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper cover as in the U.S. issue. 584; 647, index. A pleasing and solid copy, clean and tight with only light aging to the cloth. The gilt is still quite bright, the textblocks are in good order. IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION. An important historical memoir of the Civil War, and the best thing that Grant ever wrote. General Schwartzkopf has recently called this the finest memoir of war experiences that has ever been penned. Collectable copies of these books are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. The earliest days of the Civil War were a hard lesson in hubris for the Union Army. After the appointment of Grant to command the Union forces, the war would quickly turn to their favor. In the years following the war Grant would become President of United States.

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        Autograph Transcription, signed ("S. Fillmore Bennett"), of his hymn "The Sweet By-and-By," as part of his Autograph Transcription "History of The Sweet By-and-By copied by the author for C.F. Gunther, Chicago"; with an Autograph Letter of transmission to C.F. Gunther

      Richmond, IL, may 14, 1886. 12mo. In all, 6 pp. on ruled note paper. Sewn, near fine . Bennett (1836-1898) composed the lyrics to what was to become one of America's most well known hymns in 1861, with music by Joseph P. Webster. The account of its composition, in less than 30 minutes, is given in this manuscript "History": "- I said, 'Webster, what is the matter now?' 'It's no matter,' he replied, 'it will be all right by and by.' The idea of the hymn came to me like a flash of sunlight, and I replied, 'The Sweet By and By! Why would not that make a good hymn?' 'Maybe it would,' he said indifferently. Turning to my desk I penned the words of the hymn as fast as I could write. I handed the words to Webster. As he read his eyes kindled, and stepping to the desk he began writing the notes. Taking his violin, he played the melody and then jotted down the notes of the chorus. It was not over thirty minutes from the time I took my pen to write the words before two friends with Webster and myself were singing the hymn -" "The Sweet By-and-By" was featured in the Academy Award winning film "Sergeant York"; Charles Ives used the tune in his Orchestral Set No. 2; it has become one of America's most reecognizable hymns

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        Bi-Centennial History of Albany History of The County of Albany, N.Y. From 1609 To 1886

      New York, NY: W.W. Munsell & Co., 1886. First Edition . Hardcover. Good. Size=9.5"x11.5. Frontis. (full book description) W.W. Munsell & Co., New York, NY, 1886. 1st Edition Good+, Hard Cover, No Dust Jacket. Size=9.5"x11.5, 1215pgs. Frontis. Original smooth brown leather spine with gold stamped lettering and trim and fore-edge corners, black pebbled leather covers with gold lettering and all around page end gold gilt! Leather worn at spine edges and shelf worn at fore-edge corners, dust foxing specks on rear endpapers. 997 pages + 218 page History of Schenectady, NY from 1662 ot 1886 bound in at end of first book. Original plain paper endpapers. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES, WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE!

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        Bi-Centennial History of Albany. History of the County of Albany, N.Y., from 1609 to 1886. With Portraits, Biographies and Illustrations. And History of the County of Schenectady

      NY: W. W. Munsell, 1886. First edition. Published NY: W. W. Munsell, 1886. Large, thick 4to., 9 1/2" x 12" x4," xxx+997, illustrated with many full page engravings with tissue guards. Bound with History of the County of Schenectady, N.Y., from 1662 to 1886. vi+218 pp. Original gilt titled, dark brown pebbled leather, rebacked and tipped with burgundy leatherette cloth with gilt spine titles, new endpapers over original marbled end papers, all edge gilt. Very Good - clean, tight and attractive.. 1st. Hard. Very Good/No Jacket, As Issued. 4to.

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        A History of the Theory of Elasticity (Three Volumes)

      Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Very Good/No Jacket. 1886. First Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Attractively bound in half brown leather with gilt crests to front boards and bright gilt title lettering to each of three volumes, this hardcover 1886 First Edition set is VG. First Volume bears the black leather Presentation Bookplate of Telford Premium Prize awarded to F.H. Hummel in Session 1920/21, by The Insitution of Civil Engineers. Volume One, X1V/924pp+12pp Corrigenda and Agenda. With Preface, 9 Chapters, Appendix and Index. Volume Two, Preface, 5 Chapters plus Index. Volume Three, 3 Chapters plus Index. Numerous illustrations and calculations. Each volume has five raised bands to spine, marbled edges and marbled endpapers. Some slight rubbing to spine edges, two boards a little tender, otherwise VG .

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        A Tangled Tale. By Lewis Carroll

      London: Macmillan, 1886 - Inscribed by Dodgson in purple ink on the half-title: "May Beringer from the Author. Ap. 15, 1890." The recipient was possibly the daughter of a Mrs. Beringer, probably a friend of Dodgson's to whom he wrote at least one letter in 1892 (Letters of Lewis Carroll II, p. 904, note 1) Second edition (third thousand). 8vo. With six illustrations by Arthur B. Frost. [12], 153, [1, blank], 1, ads] pp. Brown morocco, spine gilt in six compartments, covers with an image of dragon in profile in gilt, gilt dentelles, a.e.g., by the Zahn Bindery. With the original red cloth covers bound in. Williams 49 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Diario bolognese dall'anno 1796 al 1818 con un cenno cronologico dei governi di Bologna dalla sua fondazione in poi e notizie storiche sulle compagnie religiose e delle arti, ecc

      soc. Tipografica già Compositori,, Bologna, 1886 - Quattro volumi legati in uno di cm. 24, pp. xiv (2) 158; 173; 175; 171 (3). Ritratto dell'autore in litografia all'antiporta. Legatura coeva in mezza pelle, dorso liscio con titoli e filetti in oro. Esemplare genuino, marginoso e ben conservato. Esemplare proveniente dalla collezione dello storico bolognese Ugo Lenzi, di cui appare il timbro di possesso e vari fogli manoscritti volanti. Edizione originale, non comune. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Cashel Byron's Profession. A Novel

      [London]: The Modern Press, 1886. First separate issue, larger untrimmed variant. 8vo (9-5/8 x 6-1/4 inches). 164 pp. Wrappers foxed and worn, in a green quarter morocco slipcase with chemise. Laurence A3 . Originally printed in the April 1885-March 1886 issues of "To-Day," this first edition was printed from the corrected and revised stereos of the original setting for the journal. This is the larger, variant issue, with the preliminary blank leaf bound at the beginning. Shaw explains the variant this way: "The size of the bigger copies is due to the fact that they reproduced not only the type but the format of To-day. But the booksellers objected that in this form it occupied too much room to be displayed on their stalls and counters. It was probably cut down as far as the margins would allow to meet this objection" (Laurence). Inscribed by Shaw, "This is the first Issue, which was so tall that the booksellers refused to exhibit it on their counters, as it took too much room. So it had to be cut down. G. Bernard Shaw 26/7/30."

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        CASHEL BYRON'S PROFESSION A NOVEL

      [London]: The Modern Press, 1886.. Large octavo. Original printed wrappers. Very careful restoration to the spine, with author/title neatly lettered in an early hand on spine, occasional minor foxing, but an unusually nice copy. Folding cloth slipcase. First printing in book form, printed from the corrected and revised stereos of the novel's serialization in the April 1885-March 1886 issues of TO-DAY. Booksellers objected that copies in this format were difficult to display, and consequently many copies, such as that in hand, were trimmed to accommodate their demands. LAURENCE A3.

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        CASHEL BYRON'S PROFESSION (Author's First Novel)

      London: The Modern Press, 1886. Shaw, George Bernard. CASHEL BYRON'S PROFESSION. A Novel. London: The Modern Library, 1886. First Edition of the author's first published novel, a Very Good copy (for this title) in fragile original wrappers here found in the preferred larger format of 9 1/4" by 6" and possessing a good deal of eye appeal for the grade. The spine is a little flattened, with some loss of paper, there is light foxing here and there, a touch of soil and dustiness but this is a title rarely found in any better condition. Compared to much of late Victorian fiction, Shaw's first effort is still stunningly readable and focuses on the world of champion professional fist-fighting as set against social class warfare and the English inability to integrate the classes. The primary love relationship contains some early echoes of what was to eventually become the Henry Higgins-Eliza Doolittle enigma from "Pygmalion" in that it portrays the unfairness of the exploitation of the working class and ends with the problem resolved (Cashel discovers he's really of upper class stock) and yet, as in "Pygmalion." the sudden equality between the lovers devolves into irony and the promise of future unhappiness. A nice copy example of this rare book, moderately priced. Formerly from the stock of legendary New York bookseller James F. Drake with his typed 1929 description laid in and his notation in very light pencil in one corner of the rear wrapper (dated December 1929) as well as the words "extremely rare' also lightly penciled on the front cover. In a beautiful green quarter-morocco slipcase.. First Edition. Very Good.

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        A Study of Victor Hugo

      London: Chatto & Windus, 1886. Hard Cover. Near Fine. Hard Cover. First Edition. An important presentation copy to the author's mother, inscribed: Jane Henrietta Swinburne from her affectionate son Algernon Charles Swinburne." With later ownerships inscriptions giving the volume's provenance through Isabel Swinburne (the author's sister", Gwendolen Swinburne, and Sir Francis Colchester-Wemyss. With the bookplate of Colchester-Wemyss. Swinburne (1837-1909) was a poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. He gained early fame for his poetry, but was also regarded as a discerning literary critic of English and French writers. He was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Bound in original dark blue-green cloth with gilt title and author to spine. Most pages are unopened. In near fine condition. 148 pages plus 32 page publisher's catalog. LIT/060913.

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        Alice's Adventures Under Ground; Being a Facsimile of the Original Ms. Book Afterwards Developed into "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" With Thirty-Seven Illustrations by the Author

      London: Macmillan and Co.. 1886. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good. Later binding with original sheets, 1886. Cloth hardcover with gilt- titles, gilt edges, illustrated, 95 pp., clean unmarked text, Very Good copy, owner's signatures to the endpapers, minor rubbing to the tips of the book's covers, endpapers and some pages with light soiling or discoloration. Our copy is housed in protective mylar.

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        Niagara River And Falls From Lake Erie To Lake Ontario. A Series Of One Hundred Annd Fifty-three Original Etchings Etched On Copper By Amos W.Sangster From His Own Drawings

      Buffalo, NY: Thomas T.Fryer, 1886[-89]. 4 Volumes. folio. [ff. 81, printed on rectos only]. most plates with tissue guards. 47 (of 50) full-page etchings. 103 etchings in the text, all on india paper, mounted, the full-page plates with remarques & signed by the artist. sheets untrimmed. half morocco. several of the original printed wrs. bound in. Goodyear bookplate. Remarque Edition, Limited to 1000 copies. This copy is No. 251, belonging to Josephine Goodyear, several wrapper parts with her signature. This is the first work on Niagara "that embraces in its scope the entire River from Lake to Lake, or that presents the views selected for reproduction, in the effective form of etchings – a form of the graphic arts that secures to the artist capable of making use of it a vitality and freedom of spirit and expression obtainable by no other method…these drawings by Mr. Sangster…are artistic productions that will…find eager acceptance as the conscientious and sympathetic work of a true and patient searcher after Nature’s spontaneous and unembellished beauty…". (Editor’s Introduction) Sangster’s finely etched plates and illustrations, some with delicate gray, brown, blue, and green washes, were printed by J.H.Daniels of Boston, the letterpress by Matthews, Northrup & Co. of Buffalo. Included are views of Old Fort Erie, Tonawanda Island, Horse-Shoe Falls, Terrapin Point, Brock’s Monument, Black Creek, Lundy’s Lane, &c. Dow II p. 921.. Signed by Author(s). Hardcover. Very Good.

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        Bibliografia Mexicana del siglo XVI. Parte Primera. Catálogo rasonado de libros impresos en Méxicode 1539 a 1600. Con biografías de autores y otras ilustraciones. Precedido de una noticia acerca de la introducción de la imprenta en México [all published]

      México: Andrade y Morales (Imp. Fco. Diaz de Leon), 1886. First edition. Contemporary black pebbled cloth with original wrappers bound in. Boards rubbed, worn at extremities, hinges reinforced, owner's number label on spine, bookplate on front pastedown, occasional marginal notations in pencil, leaves mostly unopened (uncut). 4to. Illus. with 50 b/w plates of reproductions, one folding (fotolitográficos y fototipográfico) and 7 in text reproductions. One of 350 copies. The second part (intended to cover 16th century writers whose works were either published after 1600, or remained in manuscript) was never published. 116 titles are transcribed line for line, with copious quotations, historical and bibliographical notes, references, locations of copies, essays, and other information. Illustrations are a very early use of photogravures in Mexican publishing. "Obra excelente" Palau. "Incomparable," Medina. "...unsurpassed and unsurpassable in most essentials," Bromsen. A revised version by Millares Carlo appeared in 1954. Scarce. Provenance: copy of W. H. H. Newman (Buffalo) with his occasional notations comparing his copies to the author's descriptions. Palau 99127. Griffin 2268 (2nd. ed). Jones 2191. Streeter VII: 4356.

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        Bilder aus dem altjüdischen Familienleben. Nach Original-Gemälden. Mit Einführung und Erläuterungen von Leopold Stein

      Frankfurt, Keller 1886.. Mit 20 Lichtdruck-Tafeln. 51 Bll. Illustr. OLwd. Folio. Heidtmann, Wie das Photo ins Buch kam 362; Thieme/B. XXVI, 30. - Kurz nach dem Tode von Moritz Oppenheim (1799-1882) erschienene Wiedergabe seines bekannten Bilderzyklus. Gezeigt werden u. a. Sabbath, Purim-Fest, Oster-Abend, Laubhütten-Fest. Oppenheim war der erste jüdische Künstler, der eine akademische Ausbildung erhielt. - Rücken erneuert, Ecken bestoßen. Vorsatz etwas feuchtrandig, gestempelt u. mit mont. Zettel.

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        WRITINGS, With Bibliographical and Critical Notes

      London: George Routledge and Sons, 1886. 11 volumes. The Riverside edition. Engraved portrait frontispiece. Small 8vo, three-quarter blue morocco and cloth lettered and decorated with foliage motif in panels of spines, t.e.g. Minor rubbing to extremities, else a near-fine set. A nicely bound set of Longfellow's writings. Though much of his work is categorized as lyric poetry, Longfellow experimented with many forms, including hexameter and free verse. His published poetry shows great versatility, using anapestic and trochaic forms, blank verse, heroic couplets, ballads and sonnets. Typically, Longfellow would carefully consider the subject of his poetic ideas for a long time before deciding on the right metrical form for it.

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        Departmental Ditties and Other Verses

      The Civil and Military Gazette Press 1886 - First edition. 10 3/4" x 4 1/4". Publisher's printed tan wrappers in the form of a governmental envelope as issued, with envelope flap intact. Minor notations in ink on contents page. Very good (staples are rusted). Enclosed in a modern full brown morocco slipcase by Stikeman. With the 1894 bookplate of Edwin Holden; and Frank Hogan bookplate on the folding chemise. Text printed on one side of leaf only. Livingston 22 [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Apple Pie , A

      London: George Routledge and Sons, 1886. - The Book John Ruskin HatedIn the Scarcest Binding VariantGREENAWAY, Kate. A Apple Pie. London: George Routledge and Sons, [1886]. First edition. Oblong quarto (8 1/4 x 10 1/8 in; 212 x 262 mm). [44] pp. backed with textured paper. Twenty color illustrationsPublisher's original blue pictorial cloth with title lettering in gilt with red drop-shadow, and picture in red reproducing the illustration "C Cut It" Rear cover reproducing in red the illustration, "E Eat It." Edges stained red. Royal blue endpapers. Mild wear to extremities otherwise a bright, clean, and excellent copy.In this, the rarest, scarcely seen binding variant, the pictorial boards are blue, not green, possess board illustrations different than those of Schuster & Engen 1a, and have each page backed with linen paper.By the time that A Apple Pie was published, Kate Greenaway had fallen under the sway of critic John Ruskin, a tentative romance fraught by her insecurities about her work and his often harsh critical standards which he never failed to express as her confidant, counselor, and Svengali in correspondence. "In early November she sent him a copy of the recently published A Apple Pie, a book he knew nothing about. It can have been of no surprise that Ruskin objected to the book, done without his advice or approval. He considered the project to be a personal affront, an insult to their friendship. He wrote a series of outraged letters: 'I am considerably vexed about Apple Pie.' '. All your faults are gaining on you.'. Still obviously disgusted with A Apple Pie, he concluded, 'Why do you do this to the public?'" (Engen, p. 141).Because she was great at it and the public loved her.Schuster & Engen 1.1d. Osborne I, p.90. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Traité Iconographique d'Ophthalmoscopie Comprenant la Description des Différents Ophthalmoscopes, l'Exploration des Membranes Internes de l'Oeil et le Diagnostic des Affections Cérébrales et Constitutionelles.

      J. B. Baillière et Fils. Paris Second edition revised and enlarged 1886 - pp. VI, 355, (i), (iv) Advertisements. 28 chromolithograph plates, 52 text figures. Original cloth gilt, ex-libris London Institute of Ophthalmology with their bookplate, a neat stamp on the title and in the margin of the first text leaf, call number on spine, a touch of wear to the spine ends and corners, a good copy. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Register of the Great Seal of Scotland1546 - 1633In Five Volumes

      1633In Five Volumes, 1886 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A interesting set of uniformly bound registers of those that have used the great seal of Scotland within their correspondence during 1546 - 1633. Written in Latin. Bound into five volumes, volume one containing a register of the years 1546-1580, volume two 1580-1593, volume three 1593-1608, volume four 1609-1620, and volume five has the years 1620-1633. The Great Seal of Scotland allows the monarch to authorise official documents without having to sign each document individually. The Great Seal is administered by the Keeper of the Great Seal, one of the Great Officers of State. From 1885 this office was held by the Secretary for Scotland, during the year of publication these wereGeorge Otto Trevelyan,John William Ramsay, 13th Earl of Dalhousie,Arthur Balfour,SchombergHenry Kerr, 9th Marquess of Lothian,George Otto Trevelyan, Alexander Hugh Bruce, 6th Lord Balfour of Burleigh, and Andrew Murray, 1st Viscount Dunedin. During 1546-1633 the keepers would have been John Lyon, 8th Lord Glamis, Samuel Disbrowe, James Beaton, and Sir Adam Forrester. Published by the authority of the lords commissioners of Her Majesty's treasury, under the direction of the deputy clerk register of Scotland. Condition: In embellished cloth bindings with gilt lettering to the spines. Externally, all as sound with light marks and slight fading to the spines. Library label to the spine of each volume. Front hinge is strained tovolumes1609-1620, 1620-1633, 1593-1608 and rear hinge is strained to volume 1580-1593. Internally, all are firmly bound with bright pages. Generally clean, aside from some handling marks and the odd spot. Library bookplates to the front pastedown of each volume and library ink stamps to the errata and title page of every volume, as well as page 481 and 817 of 1609-1620, page 625 of volume 1620-1633, pages 337 and 777 of volume 1593-1608, and pages 129 and 745 to volume 1546-1580. Slight loss to the front free endpaper of volume 1546-1580. Overall: GOOD ONLY..

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        CHOSON: THE LAND OF THE MORNING CALM, A SKETCH OF KOREA

      1886. Fine. LOWELL, Percival. CHOSON: THE LAND OF THE MORNING CALM, A SKETCH OF KOREA. Boston: Ticknor and Company, 1886. Second edition. Presentation copy inscribed by "Proffessor Percival Lowell" on folded verso of front flyleaf. x + 412 pp. 4to., green cloth stamped in gilt, white and brown. Lovely vignettes on spine and cover. Moderate shelfwear, spine nicked at heel and crown, some staining to rear cover and top corner of front cover, not affecting design. Hinges starting. Light foxing and dampstaining to margins of frontispiece. Text and plates fine. Illustrated from the author's photographs and with b/w engravings in the text.

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        WAR AND PEACE. A Historical Novel...Translated into French by A Russian Lady and From the French by Clara Bell. Revised and Corrected in the United States

      New York: William S. Gottsberger, 1886. 6 volumes. First edition in English, First Issue of each volume with the proper dating and Gottsberger imprint to the verso of each title-page. 8vo, publisher’s original brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spines, with black tooled borders and gilt pictorial decorations in all over designs to the covers. 322, [6 ads]; 357, [2 ads]; 321; 270, [10 ads]; ii, 290, [10 ads]; 391. A very pleasing set of this rare survival. The original cloth remains in quite good condition, the hinges are strong and tight, some light edgewear to expected areas of the cloth, the tips and the spine ends just a bit rubbed primarily from shelving, two volumes with a bit more wear to the tips of the spines than the others. Ads comport with those in the copy at Harvard University. RARE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. A COMPLETE SET OF FIRST ISSUE VOLUMES, ALL IN ORIGINAL BINDINGS AND IN A PLEASING STATE OF PRESERVATION. Tolstoy’s epic of the Napoleonic wars has few peers in world literature; John Galsworthy described it as “the greatest novel ever written.” E. M. Forster, in his Aspects of the Novel , declared that “(N)o English novelist is as great as Tolstoy, that is to say, has given so complete a picture of man’s life, both on its domestic and heroic side.” Similarly, De Vogüé, the “greatest French authority on Russian literature...remarks that:...’ It is a faithful picture of life: the experience of a traveller thrown among a society new to him--constraint and boredom at first, then curiosity and at last a firm attachment. I admit sotto voce that I know nothing superior to it in any literature.’” War and Peace can be said to stand “at the crucial point where the modern novel begins.” Tolstoy’s immediate predecessors in the development of the modern novel were the great French analytical novelists of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Rousseau and Stendhal, who influenced Tolstoy greatly. Tolstoy registered this change in distinguishing his method--the point of view method--from the old dramatic method, such as found in Dostoevsky. Very loosely, the point of view method did not simply relate words and actions of characters, as in the dramatic method, but provided psychological insight as to why characters thought and acted the way they did. “Tolstoy in War and Peace transcends the limit of the novel and does what had previously been done by the epic. Thus War and Peace has to be put in a group not with Madame Bovary, Vanity Fair, or the Mill on the Floss, but with the Iliad, in the sense that when the novel is finished nothing is finished--the stream of life flows on, and with the appearance of Prince Andrew’s son the novel ends on the beginning of a new life.” ‘Tolstoy’s original intention was to recount the Decembrist movement which culminated in the revolt of 1825 and was the predecessor to the “back to the people” movement of the seventies and the revolutionary movements that culminated in the communist overthrow of tsarist power in 1917. However, when Tolstoy began to investigate the Decembrist conspiracy, he began to delve deeper into the historical events preceding it. That is, to the French invasion in 1812 and the Russian events leading up to the invasion. Although Tolstoy was interested in the role that the Masons played in opposing tsarist power, these parts were probably made ambiguous by the censors of the time.’

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