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        Cyprus

      London, 1887. Lithograph, 47 x 62 cms, original colour, blank verso; from the first trade edition of Stanford’s London Atlas. Edward Stanford (senior) acquired Arrowmsith's stock in 1874. His own version of the London Atlas, published in Jubilee year and dedicated to Queen Victoria, is considered to be his last significant work before his retirement. Later editions were revised in keeping with the latest information. Cyprus was ceded to Britain at the Congress of Berlin in 1878, following the Great Eastern Crisis. In three centuries or so of Ottoman rule only limited new surveying work had been undertaken; one of the first British acts was to appoint a young Lieutenant H.H. Kitchener to create a full triangulated survey, a task he completed in 1883. Stanford’s map draws heavily on this, the first modern survey of the island.

      [Bookseller: Tim Bryars Ltd]
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        El Anacronópete. Viaje a China. Metempsicosis

      Daniel Cortezo y C.ª 1887 - Barcelona, Daniel Cortezo y C.ª, Biblioteca “Arte y Letras”, 1887, 20.5 x 14 cm., 393 pp. + 3 h. Ilustrado con dibujos a plena página y entre el texto, letras capitulares, viñetas iniciales y finales por F. Gómez Soler. Encuadernación editorial modernista en tela estampada con un diseño firmado por F. Jorba, guardas decoradas, cortes decorados. Lomo y cubiertas algo rozados en los extremos. Interior en buen estado, con algunos puntos de óxido, sobre todo al comienzo y al final del volúmen. Rara primera edición y muy escasa en comercio de "El Anacronópete" de Enrique Gaspar (1842-1902). Esta obra española de ciencia ficción se adelantó a H. G. Wells en la creación de la máquina del tiempo. "La máquina del tiempo" de Wells se publicó en Londres 8 años después de la aparición de "El Anacronópete" (1887). The Spanish playwright Enrique Gaspar published "El Anacronópete" eight years before Wells influential work appeared. The novel begins at the 1878 Paris Exposition, where Dr. Don Sindulfo unveils his new invention, which looks like a giant sailing vessel. Soon the doctor embarks on a voyage back in time, accompanied by a motley crew of French prostitutes and Spanish soldiers. The purpose of his expedition is to track down the imprisoned wife of a third century Chinese emperor, believed to possess the secret to immortality. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Gabriel Alagna]
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        Ithaka. Mit 5 Aquarellfarbendrucken, 1 Karte u. 40 Phototypien nach Originalen von Ludwig Hans Fischer

      C. Gerold's Sohn, Wien 1887 - l.best.u.berieb., g.e. handschriftl. Bleistiftvermerk beim Vorwort; V pp., 144 pp.

      [Bookseller: Der Buchfreund]
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        Moralités légendaires *

      Éditions de la Revue Indépendante, Paris 11.1887. - Reliure brodée bicolore, pièce de titre au dos (petits manques), gardes de papier imprimé à motif de trèfles à trois, quelques-uns à quatre pour porter chance, couvertures imprimées conservées. Dos et tête un peu insolés, autrement bel état. Sympathique recueil de nouvelles en reliure d'époque. Édition originale. L'un des 400 exemplaires numéroté sur vélin anglais, après 20 grand vélin français à la cuve.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Oh 7e Ciel]
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        THE BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE

      1887. With Eight Full-Page Illustrations by H. M. Paget. New York: Scribner and Welford, n.d. 24 pp undated ads. Original pictorial green-grey cloth, beveled. First American Edition, actually published and bound in England by Blackie -- one of only 185 copies. This is a boys' tale sited amidst the War of Spanish Succession. In 1886 Blackie sent over some copies of two Henty titles, with "Scribner and Welford" title pages post-dated 1887. Then in 1887, Blackie sent over (undated) copies of the seventeen other Henty titles they had published in England, including this one, in very small numbers (250 or fewer copies for thirteen of the seventeen) -- making these 1887 Scribner & Welford titles among the scarcest of Henty books. Five of the titles, again including this one, have the smallest number of copies -- a mere 185.~This copy has the "1887-A" ad catalogue, with a twelve-line description for THE SEVEN WISE SCHOLARS (no priority established). Condition is near-fine, with minor rubbing at the extremities. Eastman pp 5-7.

      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman]
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        The Art of Golf

      Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1887. . First edition, 8vo, xii, 186, (2 advertisement) pp. 20 photographic plates plus 10 diagrams in the text, two old signatures to half title, one crossed out, outer edge of rear free endpaper a little chipped. Original morocco backed boards, neatly rebacked retaining the original backstrip, some minor rubbing and marks, small signature to the upper cover. A classic work, featuring some of the earliest photographic illustrations of golf shots and swings. Simpson was one of Robert Louis Stevenson’s closest friends, and was immortalised as “the Cigarette” in “The Inland Voyage”. Donovan and Murdoch 3860.

      [Bookseller: Bow Windows Bookshop]
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        Bull Head [Original Albumen Photograph]

      Ross Photographers, Calgary - [circa 1887]. () Near fine. Original albumen photograph measuring 9.25 X 6.75" (23.5 X 17.15 CM) mounted on album page. Framed in 1" gilt and black archival conservation frame measuring 15 X 12.5" (38 X 31.75 cm). Tru Vue UV protectant glass. Beige matting. A few small marks on photograph as well as some imperfections caused during printing. There also appears to be a small stain to top right corner with a few smaller markings to the left of if- else in excellent condition. A bold head and shoulder studio portrait of a Native Man who stares stoically out (though only one eye appears to open). He wears a black hat with feather decoration atop shoulder length hair. His clothing is beautifully decorated with fur, feathers and designs. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books(Cameron Treleaven) ABAC]
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        Histoire Des Grecs

      Paris. Librairie Hachette. 1887-1889 Bound in extravagantly ornate gilt pictorial red Morocco depicting extremely ornate gilt tooled vignettes of warriors, Gods, battles and symbolic icons to front and rear covers. Gilt tooled spine compartments embellished with vignettes of Greek icons. Raised bands. White silk moire endsheets. All edges gilded. Thick 4to. 7.0 x 10.75 New Edition. Illustrated with 14 brilliantly illuminated full page tissue-guarded chromolithographic plates and further by over 3400 gravure engravings, vignettes and 30 colour maps. A monumental work in a most impressive Hachette gilt binding - truly one of the most stunning bindings we've encountered. Sumptuously illustrated with eye-boggling, iridescent Chromolithographs, this extremely rare set is a true work of design art. Light rubbing to covers. Mild evidence of moisture to last half of Volume 3 with attendant mlid page wrinkling. Mild sporadic foxing throughout, else Very Good. A bright, crisp, breathtaking example of an exquisite Hachette Binding.

      [Bookseller: Heldfond Book Gallery, ABAA-ILAB]
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        HISTORIA DE SALAMANCA (Completa, 3 tomos)

      - ATENCION: EL ENVIO GRATIS SE TRAMITA POR CORREO ORDINARIO (CONTRAREEMBOLSO TIENE UN COSTE DE 5 EUR.). Ed. Imp. Francisco Nuñez Izquierdo; Salamanca. 1887. Castellano. Tela editorial estampada con dorados y decorada. 3 vols. 24x17 cm. 524+535+468 pags. Letras capitulares. Orlas al inicio de cada capitulo. Apendices al final de cada uno de los 9 libros que componen la obra. Sello de anterior proipetario en primera pagina y cortes de cada tomo. Leves restos de etiqueta de anterior propietario en el margen inferior del lomo. Ligeros rozes en los extremos de la lomera de cada tomo. Por lo demas, muy buena conservacion. HISTORIA. LOCAL.

      [Bookseller: Crapze Libros]
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        Historia de Salamanca

      - Historia de la Edad Media y Moderna. Provincia de Salamanca. S. Siglo V.-Siglo XV. (94(460.187 S.)"04/14") Historia de España.(946.213) Nobleza. Provincia de Salamanca. S. Siglo XV. (929.7(460.187 S.)"14") Salamanca. 1887. 24 cm. 3 v. Encuadernación en tapa dura artesanal con lomo estampado. M. Villar y Macas. Salamanca. -Historia. Imp. de Francisco Nuñez Izquierdo . Cubierta deslucida. MD3 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Alcaná Libros]
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        Celebrated Pictures Exhibited at the Manchester Royal Jubilee Exhibition: Fine Arts Section

      London and Manchester - J.S. Virtue and Co and Palmer and Howe, 1887 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A gorgeous limited edition collection of artwork from this memorable exhibition. India Paper Edition, limited to three hundred copies, of which this is number 36. With thirty paper guarded plates featuringa series of line engravings and etchings, with commentary. The Royal Jubilee Exhibition of 1887 was held in Old Trafford, Manchester, England, to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria's reign. It was opened by Princess Alexandra, wife of Edward, the Prince of Wales, on 3 May 1887, and remained open for 166 days, during which time there were 4. 5 million paying visitors, 74,600 in one day alone. The site chosen for the construction of the purpose-built exhibition halls was the present-day White City retail park, then the Royal Botanical Gardens, and amusements such as toboganning slides and a sports arena were also provided. The buildings were constructed from cast iron gas pipes, and had large glazed areas. The main building was in the shape of a cross, with a 150-foot (46 m) high central dome 90 feet (27 m) in diameter, from which radiated four long galleries. Temporary sidings for the Manchester South Junction and Altrincham Railway were completed in 1886, to provide convenient access for visitors. Sir Walter Armstrong (18491918) was a museum director and art historian. Armstrong had a keen eye for a painting and a sure touch as a critic and by the time of his appointment as successor to Henry Edward Doyle as director of the National Gallery of Ireland, in 1892, his personal and professional standing among contemporary artists and art historians was assured. He was in fact the first scholardirector of the gallery and held the post until 1914. During his time as director Armstrong initiated a number of important changes within the gallery. Modern museum practices were introduced with pictures systematically cleaned, framed, and glazed. He completely revised the gallery's catalogue, largely rewriting it to provide a much more detailed and comprehensive account of the gallery's holdings. Armstrong is also remembered for his series of massive monographs, with accompanying catalogues, of some of the major British painters of the second half of the eighteenth century and the early nineteenth. His texts are always thoughtful and possess a literary quality. DNBCondition: In a decorative half morocco binding. Externally attractive, althoughslightly rubbed, with somemarks to the boards. The hinges have been reinforced. Internally, generally firmly bound, although many of the tissue-guards are detached but present or working loose. The plates are lovely and bright and the pages just slightly age-toned, and generally clean with light scattered spotting and a few tidemarks to the margins, not affecting the text. Overall: VERY GOOD..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        Chips from Our Log, or, Glimpses of Life Aboard the Yacht 'Ripple'

      R.H. Dennis, Rochester, NY 1887 - No jacket. Boards lightly rubbed. This copy is signed and dated 'Cuba Aug 6th, 1892, Ella R. Searle'. Ella was Newell's only daughter by his first wife. Searle's writings feature excerpts from her father's writing, including a poem he wrote for Ella. She includes information about the sources from which the writings were taken, as well (e.g., "Lines written by my father to Mr. E.F. Chase of Rochester on his 55th Birthday, January, 1887"). xii, 52 pp. 8vo. Original brown cloth, gilt titles, blind-stamped double rule on front & rear board. George H. Newell was the first commodore of the Rochester Yacht Club, and captain of the yacht Ripple. This volume recounts numerous voyages the Ripple took on Lake Ontario in journal-style entries. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Yesterday's Muse, ABAA, ILAB, IOBA]
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        Life and Works of Charlotte Bronte and her sisters. An Illustrated Edition in Seven Volumes

      London: Smith, Elder, 1887. Seven volumes; the Life by Mrs. Gaskell. Frontispieces, pictorial titles, plates. 8vo (7 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches). Contemporary half crimson calf, marbled boards, spines gilt in compartments and on raised bands, with double green lettering pieces, all edges marbled. Headband of volume one slightly pulled and slightly chipped. Some raised bands rubbed, some scuffing to extremities; three inner gutters between front free endpapers and fly-leaves cracked but very firm. One plate detached and very slightly chipped on margin. Overall a pretty set, attractive on the shelf

      [Bookseller: Bristow and Garland]
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        Constitution and Book of Laws, Made for the Government of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, Inc., and the African Communities League., of the World.

      Pamphlet, 12mo, original printed pale blue wrappers, stapled, 40 pp. Very slight aging; near fine and an exceptional copy. Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) was one of the most influential black leaders of the early 20th century. Unlike other black leaders, Garvey felt for blacks to really gain equality they would be better off going back to Africa. He was a strong champion of black separatism, feeling it was the only way to overcome racism, he even went as far as to propose alliance with white power groups, including the Ku Klux Klan (see An Appeal to the Soul of White America...). He felt the ends of the two groups were actually very similar. In 1914 Garvey founded the Universal Negro Improvement and Conservation Association and African Communities League, typically referred to as the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). This organization would probably have close to 75,000 members and would be dedicated to black advancement and uplift. Garvey was inspired by the ideas of Booker T. Washington, especially the notion of black enterprise. This pamphlet presents the by-laws of Garvey's organization, and is very scarce. The OCLC locates only two copies of this printing. While this edition is supposed to follow one published in July 1918, it is not clear if that edition was published. OCLC. ANB. #100979.$1150

      [Bookseller: Nicholas D. Riccio Rare Books & Prints]
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        Welsh Folk=Lore

      Oswestry & Wrexham: Woodall, Minshall and Co, 1887 Welsh Folk=Lore: A Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales Being the Prize Essay of the National Eisteddfod 1887. First limited edition of 213 copies. Very Rare. The first published edition is very rare and this is the pre-publication edition. Bound by hand in five separate booklets and placed in a hard card board binding and mailing box. A wonderful read. With an interesting list of subscribers at the rear. (xii), 359 pp, paper wrap top covers for Part 2, 3, 4, & 5 loose but present .OWEN, cleric and antiquary, whose best-known literary work was The Old Stone Crosses of the Vale of Clwyd, 1886. Another work, Welsh Folklore, 1896, was a prize-essay at the 1887 national eisteddfod (London). At the time of his death he was engaged on a book on ‘ The Holy Wells of North Wales,’ the uncompleted manuscript of which is preserved in the N.L.W. See NLW WBO for a full Bio.

      [Bookseller: Madoc Books]
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        Pilling's Complete Bibliographies; Athapascan, Chinookan, Eskimo, Iroqouian, Muskhogean, Salishan, Sioan, Wakashan and Algonquian ( Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletins 1, 5, 6, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 19). Bound together in two volumes

      Government Printing Office. Hardcover. Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletins 1, 5, 6, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 19. Nine works, bound together in two volumes. Red cloth binding, leather titles. The complete works of Pilling for the Bureau of American Ethnology. One volume contains the Algonquian, all others are bound together in a second volume in matching red cloth. Contents generally very good with just a few loose pages. Some light foxing, staining and writing on covers. A handsome complete set of Pilling's classic work. . Very Good. 1887. 1st Edition.

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        A SONG For CHRISTMAS

      Bordighera, [Liguria]:: Tipografia di L. Billi,. (n. d.).. 8-1/8" x 6-5/16". 1st separate printing, ca 1887. Not in Shaberman, nor found in Bulloch. INSCRIBED PRESENTATION copy to "Clara & Emily / Macirone / Christmas / 1887." Signed in full by MacDonald under the last stanza of text. Single sheet broadside, printed recto only, on orange paper.. Evidence prior mounting at top of verso. Modest edgewear. A. vertical & horizontal fold line. Very Good.. Very rare printing of this Christmas poem by MacDonald, later collected in an 1890s volume of poetry. & & OCLC & KVK find only one copy of this broadside: National Library of Scotland.

      [Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA]
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        The Works of, complete in 13 volumes

      London: Smith, Elder, 1887. Published 1887-1890. Frontispieces. 13 volumes 8vo (7 3/4 x 5 inches), handsomely bound half green calf, marbled boards, spines gilt extra in 4 compartments with tan and crimson lettering pieces; lightest of rubbing, strongly bound and very attractive. Foxing to prelims of text.

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        Die Kriegswaffen. Eine fortlaufende, übersichtlich geordnete Zusammenstellung der gesammten Schusswaffen, Kriegsfeuer, Hieb- und Stichwaffen und Instrumente, sowie Torpedos, Minen, Panzerungen und dergl. seit Einführung von Hinterladern. Band 1

      Berlin, Capitaine & Hertling 1887. 27 cm. 178, (2), 96, 12 Seiten mit zahlreichen Textabbildungen, Festeinband, Halbledereinband der Zeit - Der seltene 1. Band des vom "Bureau für Erfindungsschutz" herausgegebenen Werkes; Band 2 - 7 erschienen in Rathenow im Verlag Babenzien. Inhalt: Abteilung A: Geschütze; Abteilung B: Handfeuerwaffen; Abteilung C: Hieb- und Stichwaffen; Abteilung D: Kriegsfeuer für Geschütze und Gewehre, Raketen, Minen, Torpedos; Abteilung E: Panzerungen; Abteilung F: Instrumente etc. für Kriegswaffen. Berieben, Vorsatz und erste 3 Blatt fleckig -

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        ANCIENT EGYPT OR MIZRAIM

      New York: Henry G. Allen, 1887. 2 vols. EDITION DE LUXE, number 320 of and edition limited to 800 copies. Engraved titles, 72 plates, (including 45 colored ). . Elephant folio. Professionally rebound in dark red 3/4 polished morocco over cloth; spines elaborately tooled with classical Egyptian elements; front boards embellished with a bold image of a Pharaoh in gilt on a royal blue background. Two number lines ( one ink stamp, the other pencil ) indicative of past library ownership on the backs of the title-pages ( the only such markings ), several previously repaired, small, closed tears at margins, otherwise, a stunningly beautiful set of this classic work. Very good+/No jacket issued. (Multiple volumes - extra shipping charges apply) (Insurance required to ship this item). Summer Sale! Our online pricing is reduced 20% for our 2013 Summer Sale. No further dealer discounts are available at this time.

      [Bookseller: A. Parker's Books, Inc.]
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        STAG HUNTING ON EXMOOR

      Chapman and Hall 1887 - First edition. Finely bound in full crushed olive morocco by Bayntun. Decorated with gilt vignettes on both spine and covers. All edges gilt. A handsome copy, housed in custom made cloth box. 14 black and white illustrations by Edgar Giberne. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Jonkers Rare Books ABA ILAB]
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        Army Memories

      New York: Koch, Sons, & Co, 1887. Folio. (18 3/8 x 16 inches). Mounted on guards throughout. 12 mounted tinted (2) or chromo-lithographed (10) plates, the first plate with an integral title on a plain card mount, the 11 others with card mounts decorated with tinted lithographic vignettes, all 12 of the mounts with paper labels with captions laid onto the verso, each label printed in blue with the plate number, title, and sub-title or related text. All twelve plates signed by Harlow in pencil on the mount. Expertly bound to style in dark red half morocco over original dark green cloth-covered boards, the upper cover titled in gilt, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second compartment, the others with repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers. Very rare: the deluxe issue of one of the great American chromolithographically illustrated works and a wonderful graphic representation of the Civil War. Harlow, who was born in Maine, lived in Boston and was both an etcher and painter. His subjects (unlike the present series) were usually landscapes, and he provided the colour lithographer Louis Prang with a stream of watercolour views of New England that were used in his illustrated works. The present series demonstrate Koch's mastery of both the technical aspects of printing as well as the aesthetic problems presented in the design of the book. The subjects include generic views of army life as well as portraits of specific individuals: Grant at Vicksburg with Generals Sherman, Logan and McPherson; and a second portrait of General Sherman on horseback at the outset of his armies' march to the sea. This copy the deluxe issue, one of an unspecified but limited number, with each plate signed by Harlow.

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        THE BAR-TENDER'S GUIDE; OR, HOW TO MIX ALL KINDS OF PLAIN AND FANCY DRINKS CONTAINING CLEAR AND RELIABLE DIRECTIONS FOR MIXING ALL THE BEVERAGES USED IN THE UNITED STATES, TOGETHER WITH THE MOST POPULAR BRITISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, ... NEW AND ENLARGED

      Dick & Fitzgerald, Publishers. Good with no dust jacket. 1887. 1st Revised. Paperback. Drinking; Alchohol; Drinks; Bar Tending; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; The Bar-Tender's Guide; or, How to Mix All Kinds of Plain and Fancy Drinks Containing Clear and Reliable Directions for Mixing All the Beverages Used in the United States, together with the Most Popular British, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish Recipes; Embracing Punches, Juleps, Cobblers, Etc. , Etc. , in Endless Variety Bound in original wrappers, two staples. This antique volume is a scarce bartender's guide. Front cover bears statement that this work is "an entirely new and enlarged edition." The volume shows external age/wear, and is solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages, spine chipped at extremities. Pages 77 to 82 show tears and folds to edges, several other pages show dog ears. The book measures approximately 4 1/2" x 7" and contains 130 pages plus 46 pages of publisher's advertisements. .

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        Album de vers et de prose

      Bruxelles, Paris: Librairie nouvelle, librairie universelle, 1887. Livre. Très bon. Demi-reliure à coins. Ed. originale. in-8°. Bruxelles, Librairie nouvelle, Paris, Librairie universelle, 1887. Forme le 10e numéro de la 1re série de "Poètes et prosateurs, anthologie contemporaine des écrivains français et belges". 19,5 x 12 cm (R), in-8, 16 pp., reliure moderne de demi-maroquin bordeaux à coins, dos lisse avec titre en long, couvertures conservées. Edition originale des textes en prose ("Plainte d'automne", "Frisson d'hiver", "La gloire" et "Le Nénuphar blanc"). Les poèmes ("Les fenêtres", "Les fleurs", "Brise marine", Soupir", "Sainte" et "Quatre sonnets") avaient été édités la même année dans l'édition photo-lithographique "Les Poésies de Stéphane Mallarmé" tirée à 47 exemplaires seulement. Très rare. Bel exemplaire. (TALVART et PLACE, XII, p. 121 ; inconnu de Vicaire).

      [Bookseller: Des livres autour (Julien Mannoni)]
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        Picturesque Australasia

      London.: Cassell & Company.. 1887 - 1889.. FOUR VOLUMES - Vol. 1, 1887; Vol. II and III, 1888; Vol. IV, 1889. Color maps, black and white wood engraved plates and in-text illustrations, approximately 300pp each, index, 10½ x 8 inches, gilt lettered goldenrod cloth covered boards with embossed red and green flower garland (hardbound). Ex-library with institution's stamped ID on inside of front cover and on the title pages of Volumes I, II, III; faint catalogue notation on spine of all four volumes. Covers lightly worn with some foxing to fore-edge, endpapers, and a few additional pages; small drip to top of front cover of volume IV and small soiled spot to back cover of volume I, still a handsome set with particularly bright decorative binding. The chief focus of these lavishly illustrated volumes is on Australia and New Zealand but New Guinea and Fiji are also covered, with essays pertaining to the history, geography, industry, scenic features and urban centers of the above locals prepared by an extensive list of contributors. Volume I features maps of Australia, New Zealand, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia following the index. Despite the library markings, these are unusually attractive volumes with bright and clean attractive decorative binding, certain to be of interest to collectors, and a set that would display well. .

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        An Unsocial Socialist

      London: Swann Sonnenschein,, 1887. Crown octavo. Original decorated red ribbed cloth, 5 bands on the spine, green endpapers. Housed in a green half morocco slipcase and chemise. An excellent copy. First edition, third issue. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "This is a prosaically correct copy, as may be seen by the line I have underscored on the title page. If only that line were ridiculously wrong this would be a collector's treasure. As it is I can only certify it as undistinguished. G. Bernard Shaw. 27/7/30." Shaw is responding to a typed dealer's note giving an overblown and misleading description of the book's rarity. The line he underlined on the title is corrected from earlier issues which mistated the title of Shaw's recent novel as The Confessions of Byron Cashel's Profession.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        La cronologia rivendicata. offerta a sua Santità Leone XIII nella fausta occasione del suo Giubileo sacerdotale.

      Tip. Pontificia San Giuseppe,, Milano, 1887 - Cm. 54, pp. viii, 54 + 123 tavole cronologiche + 4 quadri sinottici. Sontuosa legatura coeva in pieno marocchino rosso con ricche decorazioni in oro a piatti e dorso. Stemma al centro dei piatti e tagli dorati. Riaggiustata la cuffia superiore, peraltro esemplare ben conservato. Dedica ms. dell'autore a sua Eccellenza rev.ma Carlo Verga.

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico Benacense]
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        A history of architecture in all countries : from the earliest times to the present day / by James Fergusson [complete in 2 volumes]

      New York : Dodd, Mead and Company, 1887. 2nd Edition. Description: 2v., (xxiv, 609p ; xi, 624p.) : illus. throughout, fronts. ; 22.5cm. Subjects: Architecture --History. Illustrations to title pages. First published in 1855. Finely bound copies both in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with gilt titles to spine. Spine compartments uniformly tooled in gilt. An exceptional set.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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        Canute the Great: The Cup of Water

      London: George Bell and Sons, 1887. Hard Cover. Very Good. Hard Cover. FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed by Edith Cooper to their close friend, Alice M. Trusted, "Alice M. Trusted from Michael Field November 1887." Michael Field was a pseudonym for Katherine Harris Bradley (1846 - 1914) and her niece, Edith Emma Cooper (1862 - 1913). In addition to being co-authors and aunt and niece, they were lovers who lived together for nearly fifty years and were truly devoted to each other. Their friend, Alice, is credited as being a major influence on the authors'; conversion to Roman Catholicism. Very good in original parchment covered boards with red title to spine and front board. Both boards are bowed which has resulted in splits along the joints at the head and foot of the spine. There are a few small chips to the parchment on the spine and there are several spots of foxing to the boards. This is a much more intact binding than is typically found. Housed in a custom box. 170 pages vplus 6 pages of ads. LIT/011408.

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        STAMTAVLER OVER DANSKE ADELSSLÆGTER. Ved A. Thiset og Louis Bobé. 15 bind.

      København, 1887 - 1945. Illustreret med farvelagte våbenskjolde. Indb. rødt komp. hellærred.. Særtryk af Danmarks Adels Aarbog. Trykt i 50 - 100 ex. Nogle nummererede. Nogle bind mangler ryggen - et enkelt eks. knækket i ryggen. Nogle bind med løse sider. (Porto kr. 40,- på brevforsendelser i Danmark)

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        A Christmas carol / by Charles Dickens ; illustrated by I. M. Gaugengigl and T. V. Chominski

      Boston : Samuel E. Cassino, 1887. 1st Edition in this form. Description: 120p. : 24 plates, frontis. ; 28cm. Subjects: Scrooge, Ebenezer (Fictitious character) -- Juvenile fiction -- Fiction -- English literature -- Christmas. Notes: Frontis. is a portrait of Dickens with his printed signature, facing a decorative half-title page. Very good copy in the original gilt-blocked, vellum-backed boards. Gilt-decorated title to front panel, with a holly pattern in relief to the vellum. Some minor wear to spine, with panel edges slightly dust-toned and rubbed as with age. Top edge gilt. Some scattered foxing to and plate margins. Limited edition: no. 459 of 500 copies. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.

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        Kabbala Denudata. The Kabbalah Unveiled. Containing the following books of the Zohar 1. The Book of Concealed Mystery 2. The Greater Holy Assembly 3. The Lesser Holy Assembly.

      London: George Redway, 1887.. FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION. Octavo pp. viii, 359, [39 catalogue dated 1887]. Recent full dark blue morocco leather, raised bands and gilt titles to spine with gilt rule to boards. Top edge gilt, others left, with black endpapers. Illustrated with 9 plates (3 folding) and other smaller tables within the text. Pages clean, a fine copy. The author's first book on an esoteric subject and more than a hundred years later, his introduction to this volume remains among the most succinct and erudite explanations of this system of Jewish Mysticism and cornerstone of Western Occult Philosophy.

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        Beauty and the Beast

      London - Field and Tuer, 1887 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A very scarce early edition of Beauty and the Beast written in verse by Charles Lamb with anintroduction by Andrew Lang on the Version Attributed to Charles Lamb. Illustrated with eight engraved plates of'beautiful illustrations'and two plates of musical score being Beauty's Song. Charles Lamb (1775 - 1834) was an English essayist, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, which he produced with his sister, Mary Lamb (1764-1847). Andrew Lang (1844- 1912) was a Scots poet, novelist andliterary critic. He is best known as a collectorof folkand fairy tales. With a letter dated 25th August 1903 onheadedfrom J. M. Dent and Co. Publishers and signed by J. M. Dent thanking for the loan of the book. Also with a typed sheet with details of another edition of the book inserted. Condition: In a paper covered binding. Externally, smart but with slight wear to extremities and the odd mark. Internally, firmly bound. Brightbut with occasional slight foxing, heaviest to endpapers. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED.

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        The British Invasion From the North The Compaigns of Generals Carleton and Burgoyne

      Albany, NY: Joel Munsell's Sons, 1887. First Edition . Hardcover. Very Good. Size=8"x9. Frontis, 3 Plates w/Tissues. (full book description) Joel Munsell's Sons, Albany, NY, 1887. 1st Edition VG-, Hard Cover, DJ Not Issued. Size=8"x9", 412pgs(Index). Frontis, 3 Plates w/Tissues. Original maroon cloth binding with a now chipped & illegible paper spine label. Pages uncut. A little foxing at margins of Frontis & Title Page, 1" rear hinge paper tear, o.w. a clean copy. Text bright & in Near Fine condition. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES, WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE!

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        INGOLDSBY LEGENDS

      1887. 1. (CRUIKSHANK,GEORGE)illus. INGOLDSBY LEGENDS or myths and marvels by Thomas Ingoldsby. London: Richard Bentley & Son 1887. Thick 8vo (6 1/4 x 8 1/2"), 546p., the Carmine Edition. Finely bound in full black hard- grain morocco with with seven characters from the book inlaid in multi- color leather (includes central figure of a devil, a witch, a friar and others). Raised bands on spine with an additional 4 inlaid color pictures in the compartments (witch's hat, candlestick, urn, miter), decorative gilt dentelles, silk doublures and endpapers. Illustrated with 20 fine full page steel engravings and a few smaller woodcuts by Cruikshank, Leech and Barham to accompany the stories from all three series. Laid in is a a FINE ORIGINAL PEN AND INK BY CRUIKSHANK showing an author seated at his desk with the menacing image of the devil looking at him in the window.

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        Animal Locomotion. An Electro-Photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements. 1872-1885. Author's Edition.

      Philadelphia, published under the Auspices of the University of Pennsylvania, plates printed by the Photo-Gravure Company, 1887. - Large folio. Original coarse cloth with leather front cover label. 11 (instead of 21) plates. Author's Edition. Landmark collection of Muybridge's revolutionary "instantaneous photography", a self-developed technique that allowed for high-precision series of high shutter speed stop-motion photographs. He began his work with photographing horses, but in time it would also include athletes, birds, lions, and even camels. Muybridge first photographed a horse with all 4 hooves off the ground in 1872, after Leland Stanford (later the Governor of California) hired Muybridge to determine whether a horse leaves the ground completely when running, a hotly debated issue at the time. (Stanford believed they did, and Muybridge won Stanford a $25,000 bet.) By 1885, Muybridge had accumulated over 20,000 photographic negatives, or 781 sequential series of photo-plates, shot from multiple cameras at carefully planned locations and angles, each of which showed a human and/or animal engaged in a continuous motion. This required Muybridge to develop cameras for faster shutter closure. In cases where a human or animal moved any great distance, photographing the movement required a team of photographers, rather than a single photographer. Muybridge and H. Allen, a physiology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, published 37 eleven-volume sets which contained a collotype of every one of the 781 photographic series. This "Author's Edition" consists of a selection of the most important collotypes contained in the full work; the present set includes all the plates to show animals: No. 565. Horse trotting. - 616. Horse and rider, trotting more rapidly. - 626. A third horse and rider, running, including several frames with all 4 hooves off the ground. - 647. A horse jumping a hurdle at high speed, with a bareback jockey. - 659. Mule jumping and kicking with his hind limbs. - 710. Race hound at high speed, including frames with all 4 feet off the ground. - 721. Lion circling along the wall of a small enclosure. - 739. Camel walking. - 755. Bird flying, including swoops down. - 3. Runner. - 152. Runner jumping a hurdle. - The combined illustrated area of any given plate varies, but is typically about 21 x 30 cms. Muybridge had focused his early photographic work on San Francisco and the Yosemite, but had later been sent by the Federal Government to photograph for the High Sierra Survey photographing Alaska. (The latter project was in 1868, shortly after the territory was purchased. He was later sent on a second trip to Alaska to photograph the Tlingit tribe and the Modoc War). During his time as a photographer, Muybridge owned a racetrack. Late in life, he invented the zoopraxiscope, a primitive forerunner of motion picture cameras. Analyses made possible by the technique later had a wide range of implications for sports, podiatry, physical therapy, vertebrate paleontology, and other fields. - Covers separated and worn. Tear with loss to upper portion of front free endpaper. Foxing (mostly, but not exclusively, in plates' margins, borders, and versos, with some effects on images, most significant on plate 755). Grolier, Truthful Lens, 123. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        ENGRAVINGS ON WOOD BY MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY OF AMERICAN WOOD ENGRAVERS

      New York: Harper Brothers. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1887. First Edition. Hardcover. Clean green cloth with brown cloth spine. Gilt title & front cover decoration. Text tight, clean & intact. Tissue protected full page wood engravings. The work of the American wood-engraver has a distincion that is original with itself. Dust Jacket VG+. The G+ book box has some wear. Enclosed hand written letter by Joseph W. Harper, 562 Fifth Avenue, NYC (Harper Bros. ) This book a gift to his minister, Rev. Morgan ; Wood Engravings; Folio 13" - 23" tall; Unpaginated pages .

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        A Yachtsman's Scrap Book,

      New York: Brentano Brothers,, 1887. or the Ups and Downs of Yacht Racing. Edited by … Octavo. Original olive green pebble-grained cloth, title gilt to the spine and upper board, decorative bands in blind to both boards, sepia floral endpapers. Engraved portrait frontispiece of Captain Robert Fish, 4 engraved double-page plates. A little rubbed, hinges professionally restored, light marginal toning, a very good copy. First edition. This copy inscribed on the first blank; "Colonel John Hay with the compliments of the editor, J.F. Loubat, New York, May 31st 1887." Uncommon early yachting memoir, just 10 copies in the US listed on OCLC, and a single copy in Europe in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Loubat was the son of Alphonse Loubat, a French entrepreneur who was prominent in developing urban transport systems in both New York and Paris. He was born in New York, 1831, but studied at the University of Paris, receiving a doctorate in law, emphasizing his sense of dual nationality by going on to join the American diplomatic service, participating in the 1866 mission to Russia led by the Assistant Secretary of State for the Navy, Gustavus Fox. He was involved in the organization of the 1867 World Exposition, and contributed to the founding of the Trocadero Museum, later the Musée de l'Homme. In the city of his birth he donated property to Columbia University, a donation which was key in the early expansion and development of the faculty. He died in Paris in 1927. He was also highly influential in the development of yachting in America and Europe. In 1874, his schooner Enchantress, designed by Robert Fish and originally owned by George Lorillard, competed against the Herreshoff-built Faustine, and several English yachts in a race from Le Havre to Southampton, winning tidily. Loubat eventually sold her in 1877, after many adventures in European and Russian waters. His book is among the earliest American yachting memoirs. John Hay was Lincoln's assistant private secretary from his election as president until 1864, then embarked on a diplomatic career - secretary of the legation in Paris 1865-7, Madrid 1867-8, and chargé d'affaires at Vienna 1868–70 - becoming US ambassador to the Court of St. James in 1897. In August 1898, Hay became President McKinley's Secretary of State helping to negotiate the Treaty of Paris of 1898, which ended the Spanish-American War. Hay continued as Secretary of State under Theodore Roosevelt, serving until his own death in 1905.

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        Ethnologisk Skizze af Angmagsalikerne. Liste over Beboerne af Gronlands Ostkyst af Johannes Hansen samt Bemaerkninger til Listen af G. Holm (Exemplaire de Hamy)

      Kjobenhavn 1887 In-8° relié, demi-chagrin, dos à cinq nerfs, titre gravé, plats conservés, 164 pages, 6 figures in-texte, 41 planches hors-texte et une carte dépliante hors-texte. Belle provenance, exemplaire du célèbre anthropologue et préhistorien Hamy, fondateur du Musée de l'Homme avec un envoi de l'auteur sur le premier plat. Ouvrage classique concernant principalement le Groenland orné d'une riche iconographie en partie photographique Très bon couverture rigide Edition originale Dedicacé par l'auteur

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        Ergebnisse naturwissenschaftlicher Forschungen auf Ceylon in den Jahren 1884/86. vol. 1-4 (complete)

      Wiesbaden, Kreidel, 1887-1908. 4 parts in 4 (1-2; 3 text; 3 atlas; 4), folio. Erste Band: [iv], 1l, 154 pp. 17 lithographed plates (some hand-coloured). Zweiter Band: [ii], 263 pp., nice engraved vignette, some text figs, 1 unnumbered plate, 24 numbered lithographed plates (for a total of 25). Dritter Band: text [vi], 599 pp., 12 folding tables; Atlas with 84 heliographs and lithographs. Vierter Band: 2ll, 93 pp., 25 text figs, "text tafel", 10 numbered photographic plates (for a total of 11). Uniform contemporary half vellum over grey paper boards. Rich gilt morocco label with titles on the spines.* Important contribution to the anthropology and zoology of present-day Sri-Lanka in four parts. Part I (1887-1888) über die Anatomie der Echinothuriden und die Phylogenie der Echinodermen, and on Eulimidae (Mollusca, Gastropoda) with new species, and on the landsnail Helix waltoni, etc.; Part II is entirely herpetological, with detailed anatomical and ontological study of "Der Blindwühle Ichthyophis glutinosus, L.; Part III (text and atlas 1892-93) deals with "Die Weddas von Ceylon und die sie umgebenden Völkerschaften". This includes an anthropological atlas with huge section on phrenology, with the photographs and drawings (on millimeter grid paper) of skulls, including photos of chimpanzee skulls. Important is the full colour map giving the distribution of Tamil, Singhalese, and other indigenous tribes; Part IV (1908) is a contribution to "Die Steinzeit auf Ceylon". The plates depict stone age axes and other artefacts, as well as some shells. Paul Benedikt Sarasin (1856-1929) was born in Basel, and studied medicine at Basel University. During his studies, he met the zoologist Karl Semper in Würzburg, and under hsi influence changed direction, writing a dissertation in 1882 on snails. From 1883-86 Paul travelled with his cousin Fritz to Ceylon to undertake zoological and anthropological field work. They published the first three volumes of their findings between 1887-93, before setting off on a second expedition to Celebes (1893-96) where they did further pioneering fieldwork. In 1907 they returned to Ceylon, and published a fourth vol. (present here too) on the stone age of Ceylon. As David Bulbeck, of the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at The Australian National University, has pointed out (http://arts.anu.edu.au/bullda/sarasins.html), the Sarasins'"work reflects the intellectual milieu at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when anthropology was widely viewed as a component of natural history, when natural history in exotic locations took the form of challenging expeditions, and when these expeditions were often self-funded by wealthy gentlemen. This was also the time when some degree of specialization was emerging in atural history'research, particularly in the distinction between anthropology and biology, with physical anthropology as the common ground where scientists from both sides could try their hand. The Sarasin cousins were well-placed in this regard, as Paul Sarasin could focus on the material cultural aspects, and Fritz Sarasin on the biological dimensions...". In terms of the history of scientific thought, particularly in the controversial area of human evolution, the Sarasins 'stone Age of Ceylon'represents a paradigm that was becoming outdated at the time of their scientific careers. Their attempt to encompass the totality of human evolution within the bounds of ethnographic variation, in the sense that successively more evolved lineages (reaching back towards the human-chimpanzee common ancestor) could be observed across the face of the earth, was difficult to reconcile with the emerging hominin fossil record, and this can be seen in Paul Sarasin chapter on the Sri Lanka lithics." Fritz later became director of the Ethnography Museum in Basel, while Paul was to become a leading light of the nature conservation movement. Paul was perhaps stimulated by his perception of how indigenous peoples, as well as the flora and fauna of the lands he had travelled through in Asia, were deeply affected by western European contact. As early as 1911 he published a paper Weltnaturschutz. Global Protection of Nature, Bern, and heavily promoted the Movement for the Global Protection of Nature. By the end of World War I he established the world first national park in Switzerland. Some spotting to the preliminary pages and title pages. The explanatory text leaves to plates VI and XII in volume II are placed after page 94, and 150, probably as issued. With the bookplates of the Swiss malacologist Lothar Forcart. Otherwise a fine clean set. Rare. Nissen ZBI, 3570

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        A History of Greece, from its Conquest by the Romans to the Present Time. B.C. 146 to A.D. 1864. A New Edition, Revised throughout, and in part Rewritten, with considerable Additions, by the Author; and Edited by the Rev. H.F. Tozer

      Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1887., 1887. 7 volumes; 8vo. (22 x 22 cm). Very attractive in contemporary full tan calf with twin black title labels and extra gilt tooling to spines, gilt rule to boards with the Coat of Arms of Stanhope Earl Stanhope to centre of uppers, the Coat of Arms of the University of Oxford stamped in gilt to centre of lower boards; marbled end papers and edges. Content tight and clean. Binding a little rubbed. Shows beautifully.

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        The Riley Elevated Railway System

      Boston: W. S. Best & Co., printer for The Riley Railway Construction Company, 1887. First Edition. Thick card bound with two brass clasps. Very Good. A rare piece of illustrated Bostoniana and railroad ephemera. Including several items, for this was a working set of documents at one time. The primary document, carrying the title given above, is a prospectus for a proposed subway system to run through Boston. Also included are a 19 page transcript of an 1891 meeting considering this proposed system, and two other prior reports. The prospectus is oblong, 11 by 14 inches, 28 by 36 cm. Unpaginated. Seven leaves of text, 32 plates. A promotional brochure for a proposed elevated railway system to run through Boston. The Riley system was a single post system; in other words, the tracks would be held aloft by a single post, much like a monorail. The brochure boasts how this system is economical, allows for greater light, and lends itself to being dressed up ornamentally. For Boston, the system offered the advantage of being well-suited to the narrower streets. Also, as a system run on electricity, it would offer advantages of cleanliness and quiet. At the time of this proposal, Boston had only horse-drawn streetcar lines. This company lost out on its bid for the electrical system to Thomson-Houston, and little was heard of the company afterward, meaning it soon went out of business. Still, the prospectus offers a great glimpse at a piece of transportation history. Of the 32 plates, six picture the system running through city streets, the seaside or a mountainous location. The remainder of the plates show the cars, including are more technical drawings of the system itself, including a cross-section of the railway cars themselves. A few closed tears of the leaves. The wraps have soiling, with scuff marks and a small hole on the spine.

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        The Works of Edmund Burke. Burke's Writings and Speeches

      London: John C. Nimmo, 1887, 1887. 12 volumes; 8vo. Beautifuly bound in recent brown half morocco with gilt titles and gilt to spines, brown cloth boards, top edges gilt. Portrait frontispiece to vol.I. A superb set of Burke's philosophical and political writings.

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        Hiladura y Tisaje. Tratado teórico-práctico de Hilados, preparación y tisaje manual ó mecánico y artístico en lana, seda, cáñamo, lino, yute, ramio, etc., pero especialmente en algodón

      Barcelona, Juan Romá Editor, 1887 (y) Establecimiento Tipográfico de Francisco Nacente Editor, 1891. Tres volúmenes en folio; XXIX-691 pp., 2 hs. + XVI-636 pp. + Atlas de 8 pp. de texto y 232 láminas grabadas que muestran maquinaria en detalle, procesos de tisaje y modelos de tejidos. Encuadernación en piel, de la época.

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        AMORI.

      Dumolard 1887 In-16 p. (mm. 162x112), bellissima plaquette impostata esattamente come un libro giapponese. Elegante e originale è la legatura, a fondo nero, aperta sul dorso con cucitura sui piatti a filo rosso. Il piatto anteriore porta un fregio di spighe in giallo paglierino e un cartellino editoriale rosso vivo recante il titolo (uguale cartellino su quello posteriore con l?editore e il prezzo). Il testo, in cornice tipografica, stampato su sottilissima carta giapponese di gelso, a fogli doppi chiusi, è di pp. CXXIV,(2). Vi sono contenuti 10 racconti. In fine leggesi: ?Finito di stampare il X giorno di Maggio MDCCCLXXXVII nello stabilimento tipografico italiano di Roma, diretto da Luigi Perelli su carta giapponese con copertina e frontespizio disegnati da Luigi Conconi ed eseguiti dagli stabilimenti Virano di Roma, Turati e Lombardi di Milano. Rilegato da Ghione di Roma?. "Edizione originale", senza indicazione di tiratura. Cfr. Parenti ?Rarità bibl. dell?800?,VIII, pp. 278-80: ?Raro?. Esemplare molto ben conservato.

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        In Ole Virginia or Marse Chan and Other Stories

      New York. Charles Scribner's Sons. 1887. Bound in pictorial decorated, gilt titled green cloth. 12mo. The First Edition. Includes an ALS by the author to "Mr. W.M. Burnettlaid-on to the front free end sheet. Written in a bold hand in ink upon a single sheet (4.25" x 7") bearing the imprint "Jekyll Island Club, Brunswick, Georgia". Letter reads, "My dear Mr. Burnett: I not only comply with your request with pleasure, but thank you for a great favor you have done me. Your pleasant words the other day made a green spot in what was a dry and tedious journey and I have born them in kindly rememberance ever since. Yours very sincerely Thomas Nelson Page. Slight lean to volume. Covers very mildly worn. Corners gently bumped. Bookplate to flyleaf. Some very occasional and incidental internal soiling. Letter presents evidence of offset due to insufficient blotting at time of composition. A Very Good copy of the authors first book, with a Very Good crisp and most legible ALS.Featured Lit.

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        WAR AND PEACE

      London: Vizetelly & Co., [n.d. ca. 1887]. 3 volumes. First English Edition, early issue. (The slug notes a “Third Edition”, but the sheets of these earliest printings were run from the original type-settings and were not changed). 8vo, handsomely bound in three-quarter period maroon morocco over marbled boards. vii, 429; 360; 387 pp. A handsome copy and a very pleasing set. Rarely encountered, this is a fine early printing of the First English Edition of Tolstoy’s greatest novel. VERY SCARCE HANDSOMELY BOUND PRINTING OF THIS GREAT CLASSIC, VERY WELL PRESERVED. 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.’” (intro) The Maudes' translation was first published in the World Classics series in 1933 and is based on Tolstoy's own final revisions. War and Peace an 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 thegreat 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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        Walt Whitman "Laughing Philosopher" Portrait

      New York: George C. Cox, 1887. First edition. Original print (223 x 184 mm) on a grey cardboard mat (355 x 297 mm), signed and dated "Walt Whitman Sept: '87" and stamped "COPYRIGHT 1887 BY GEORGE C. COX." Minor wear to cardboard edges a few small stains, mostly on the cardboard margin, but a few on the print as well, and three faint lines in what looks like chalk. Verso of the cardboard has written in pencil: "No mat #122 - clean margin with care 11 x 14." (High resolution images available). Very Good condition.& & From the Charles E. Feinberg Collection, Library of Congress: "On the morning of April 15th, 1887, George Cox took several photographs of Whitman, who was celebrating the success of his New York lecture on Lincoln, delivered the day before. Whitman recalls that "six or seven" photos were made during the session, but Whitman's friend Jeannette Gilder, an observer of the session, said there were many more than that: 'He must have had twenty pictures taken, yet he never posed for a moment. He simply sat in the big revolving chair and swung himself to the right or to the left, as Mr. Cox directed, or took his hat off or put it on again, his expression and attitude remaining so natural that no one would have supposed he was sitting for a photograph.' A few months later, Whitman was angry that Cox apparently was selling copies of the photos with forged signatures and was refusing to send Whitman copies of the proofs to allow Whitman to decide which ones should be printed, but the problem was straightened out and Cox began sending Whitman modest payments for the sale of photos. By October 1888, Whitman was calling Cox "the premier exception" among photographers and claimed to have received around one hundred dollars in royalties. Cox copyrighted two of the photos from this sitting, the only time he ever did so, apparently to protect Whitman's financial interest in them, and he sold the photos only to aid Whitman. This was Whitman's favorite photograph from the Cox session ('it seems to me so excellent— so to stand out from all the others'), a photo he began referring to as 'the Laughing Philosopher:' 'Do you think the name I have given it justified? do you see the laugh in it? I'm not wholly sure: yet I call it that. I can say honestly that I like it better than any other picture of that set: Cox made six or seven of them: yet I am conscious of something foreign in it— something not just right in that place.' Still, Whitman believed the picture was 'like a total— like a whole story,' and he was proud that Tennyson— to whom Whitman sent the photo— admired it: 'liked it much— oh! so much.'" & & George C. Cox of New York was, in his day, considered one of the finest portrait photographers in America. He opened his studio in 1883, and photographed the wealthy and famous for over a decade, among them the leading artists, politicians, writers and editors, and beauties of the time. One of his most reproduced works was this portrait of Walt Whitman offered here.

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        ?On the Relative Motion of the Earth and of the Luminiferous Aether.? In American Journal of Science,Third Series, Vol. 34, 1887, pp. 333-345. WITH: MICHELSON, Albert A. ?On the Relative Motion of the Earth and of the Luminiferous Aether.? In American J

      MICHELSON, Albert A. and Morley, Edward A. ?On the Relative Motion of the Earth and of the Luminiferous Aether.? In American Journal of Science,Third Series, Vol. 34, 1887, pp. 333-345. WITH: MICHELSON, Albert A. ?On the Relative Motion of the Earth and of the Luminiferous Aether.? In American Journal of Science, Third Series,Vol. 22, 1881, pp. 120 ? 129. WITH: ?Influence of Motion on the Medium on the Velocity of Light.? In American Journal of Science, Vol. 31, 1886, pp.377-386. Rare first editions, first printings of work hailed both as the greatest failed experiment of all time AND as ?one of the greatest achievements in physics of all time? (Lightman, 130). A complete, three volume grouping of American Journal of Science volumes housing the entirety of Michelson & Morley?s landmark series of experiments. ?What Michelson and Morley did... was undermine a longstanding belief in something called the luminiferous ether; a stable, invisible, weightless, frictionless... medium that was thought to permeate the universe. Conceived by Descartes, embraced by Newton, and venerated by nearly everyone ever since, the ether held a position of absolute centrality in nineteenth-century physics as a way of explaining how light traveled across the emptiness of space (Bryson, 117). Prevailing theories held that ether formed an absolute reference with respect to which the rest of the universe was stationary and that ether was a medium for the propagation of light (as water waves must have a medium to move across (water). Given the speed of light, designing an experiment to detect the presence of ether and its drift, or hypothetical motion relative to earth, was challenging. To do so, Michelson designed an interferometer ? essentially a massive stone block with mirrors and crisscrossing light beams ? capable of measuring the velocity of light with great precision. ?A slightly silvered glass set angular to a ray of sunlight so that a part of the ray was transmitted, a part reflected out and again returned, [thus] providing two paths, one perpendicular to the other. If drift existed, the super-imposed rays would produce interference? (Dibner, 161). The device enabled Michelson and Morley to measure the speed of light in different directions, enabling them, in theory, to measure the speed (or drift) of the ether relative to Earth, thus establishing its existence. Michelson and Morley expected to see their light beams shifted by the swift motion of the earth in space, thus giving measure to different speeds of light in each direction, but ?none was observed, showing that the earth?s motion did not affect the light?s speed? (ibid). ?The failure of this experiment was a serious blow to classical scientific theories because it cast doubts on the existence of the universal ether which had been a basic principle of, for example, the Newtonian theories of the universe? (PMM, 401). The result discredited the ether theories ?and opened the door to ?new standards of reference of time and space from geometry and cosmometry,? ultimately leading to Einstein?s 1905 proposal that the speed of light is a universal constant? (Dibner, 161; Lightman, 130). The history of science records the 1887 ether-drift experiment of Albert Michelson and Edward Morley as the turning point at which the energetic ?ether of space? was discarded by mainstream physics, thereafter replaced with the postulate of "empty space.? The 1881 paper represented Michelson?s first attempt to measure the presence of the ether; the 1886 experiment repeated (and confirmed) Fizeau's test of Fresnel?s and Stokes? ether theories; and the seminal 1887 experiment showed no sign of an ether drift, proving that the velocity of light is the same in all directions on the surface of the earth. With this Michelson and Morley sounded the death knell of classical physics? beautifully simple belief in the idea of ether. CONDITION: 3 Volume Octavo. EXTERIOR: Modern rebinding in aged black calf over marbled paper boards; 4 raised bands at the spines; gilt-tooled and lettered. Very slight rubbing at the edge tips. Tightly bound. 3 vol. in black slipcase. INTERIOR: Complete. Title pages in masterful aged reproduction with originals also present. Near fine.

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