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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.

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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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        A Escravidao, O Clero e o Abolicionismo

      1887. Fonseca, Luiz Anselmo da [1848?-1929]. A Escravidao, O Clero e o Abolicionismo. Bahia: Imprensa Economica, 1887. [vi], [v]-vii, 686 (i.e. 742) pp. Octavo (9" x 6"). Recent period-style quarter cloth over marbled boards, gilt title to spine endpapers renewed, tears to final index leaf repaired. Moderate toning and foxing, light soiling to title page and verso of final index leaf. Early owner stamps to title page and a few text leaves, underlining in a few places, interior otherwise clean. * Only edition. This study that called for the abolition of slavery was a controversial book when it was published. Its argument is grounded in legal and, to some extent, theological sources. Slavery was abolished when the Second Empire fell in 1888. This is an important date in the history of human rights because Brazil was the last nation in the Western Hemisphere to abolish slavery. OCLC locates 5 copies worldwide, 1 in North America (at UT-Austin). Another copy located at UC-Berkeley Law School. Not in Borchard.

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        Keraban the Inflexible. Part I: The Captain of the Guidara, and Part II: Scarpante the Spy

      London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1887., 1887. 2 volumes, First Editions, Later Issues. Publisher's secondary binding of dark green cloth illustrated in black and titled in gilt to spines and upper boards; yellow end papers. Generously illustrated with black and white plates. Spine of Part I scored; very light edgewear and slight lean to both volumes; gutters starting but books sound. Rear free end paper of Part II missing. Same neat ownership to both volumes. One page of 'List of books by Jules Verne', undated, to reverse of title page Part I and to last page Part II. A scarce variant of an already difficult title. Very good indeed. Held in a custom made protective green cloth slipcase. Myers, 32.

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        Memoirs of My Life by John Charles Fremont. Including in the Narrative Five Journeys of Western Exploration, During the Years 1842, 1843-4, 1845-6-7, 1848-9, 1853-4. Together with a Sketch of the Life of Senator Benton, in Connection with the Western Expansion by Jessie Benton Fremont

      Chicago: Belford, Clarke & Company , 1887. First edition. Edges a little rubbed, spine a trifle darkened, covers still bright and clean, a very nice copy. Quarto.

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        Little Novels, 3 vols

      Chatto & Windus, 1887. First Edition. Hardback. Very Good/No Jacket. 3 vols., 1st collected ed., Chatto & Windus, 1887, half-titles present, foliate endpapers, Vol I hinges strengthened with fabric tape, original red-patterned blue cloth, all three volumes uniformly cocked, vol. 1 faded and rebacked preserving original rubbed spine, vols. 2 and 3 with rubbed and faded spines, 8vo& Rare collection of fourteen short stories (now revised) which had previously appeared in various American and English periodicals. Most of the stories revolve around the theme of love and marriage, frequently across the social barriers of class and money. Some also include supernatural or detective elements.

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        She. A History of Adventure

      London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1887. First edition, with "genelman" on p. 59, "misogynist" on p. 88, "had" on p. 126, 'it" on p. 258, and "Goodness me" on p. 269. 8vo (7-5/8 x 5 inches). Illustrated with two chromolithographic plates, one of sherd of Amenaertas. 317. [2, ads] pp. Original blue cloth, corners rubbed, short tear to head of spine, spine a bit cocked, else very nice copy. Blue cloth open faced slipcase. Scott 5; Whatmore F4; Sadleir 1092; Wolff 2881; McKay Haggard, 5a

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        She

      London - Longmans, Green and Co., 1887 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A first edition of H. Rider Haggard's She, one of the best-selling books of all time. First edition, first impression (page 269 has the typing error 'Godness me!')She is one of the classics of imaginative literature, and with over 83 million copies sold in 44 different languages, one of the best-selling books of all time. Extraordinarily popular upon its release, She has never been out of print. According to the literary historian Andrew M. Stauffer, She has always been Rider Haggard's most popular and influential novel, challenged only by King Solomon's Mines in this regard. Bookplate of W. Brinckman to front pastedown. Condition: In a blue cloth binding. Externally sound, though with some bumping and the occasional mark. Front hinge tender and held by cords only. Internally, binding tender, with some pages working loose. Pages are bright, though with some foxing and handling marks. Overall: GOOD ONLY..

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        Manuel Historique et Bibliographique de l'Amateur de Reliures par Leon Gruel , Relieur.

      [Vol.1]Paris : Gruel & Engelmann, Editeurs 418, Rue Saint Honore, 418. 1887 [Vol.2.] Paris : Leon Gruel... Henri Leclerc... 19 . 2 volumes, Large 4to, Volume 1. one of 250 copies "sur beau papier des Vosges"(325 x 260 mm) bound in brown morocco, the covers inlaid with large plaques of cuir cisele, the front one depicting a wyvern and an open book on a gilt pointille ground, the rear one a polychrome owl perched on an open book surrounded by stylised leaved on a gilt pointille ground, each plaque signed "Ch. Meunier '15", the doublures decorated with a rich Art Nouveau pattern of inlaid morocco in maroon, brown, orange, dark and light green, a.e.g., stamped on front turn-in "Ch. Meunier 1915", preserved in a morocco and marbled paper chemise and morocco-edged slip case, some slight rubbing to the slip case, otherwise fine. Volume 2. one of 50 copies "sur beau papier des Vosges"(335x250mm), uncut, binder's green cloth, a little wear at the corners, sound.

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        Manuel Historique et Bibliographique de L'Amateur de Reliures

      Paris: Gruel & Engelmann; Léon Gruel and Henri LeClerc, 1887, 1905. Two quarto volumes. 186 pp., + (68) ff.; 186 pp. + (70) ff. Volume I is one of 250 copies, volume II one of 600 copies. Illustrated with a total of 138 reproductions of bindings and related materials in black and white, monochrome, and a number of stunning color plates apparently printed by intaglio. Also with one tipped-in leaf and numerous text vignettes. A history of the subject by the well-known French binder and scholar Gruel, with biographical notes on numerous binders and examples of bindings dating from the eleventh through the eighteenth century. In contemporary quarter blue morocco and marbled boards, with the original color-decorated wrappers bound in. Books are not uniform in size, volume I being slightly larger than volume II. Hinges of both volumes worn and split at spine ends, small amount of chipping and rubbing to spines, top of spine of volume one repaired, some offsetting to interior. Plates in fine condition. T.e.g.

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        Observationes anatomicae

      Venice: Giovanni Battista Recurti. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, with three engraved folding plates, of Santorini's most important contribution to medical science, containing the "major discoveries for which Santorini is known eponymically" (Garrison-Morton). "This work records a number of new anatomical discoveries and corrects many errors of earlier anatomists. Santorini's skill and expertise were so outstanding that his name lives on in such anatomical structures as the accessory pancreatic ducts, risorius muscle, arytenoid cartilages, and duodenal papillae, several of which are described in this book. The text is accompanied by three folding copperplates which beautifully illustrate the musculature of the face, the pelvic musculature and genitalia of a sixteen-year-old girl with a tubal pregnacy, the external muscles of the ear, and detailed anatomy of the male genitalia and larynx" (Heirs of Hippocrates). Garrison-Morton 392; Norman 1887; Waller 8474. Venice: Giovanni Battista Recurti, 1724. Quarto, contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards rebacked. Some scuffing to contemporary marbled boards, very minor dampstaining to margins at rear (not affecting text); otherwise fine.

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        NOUVELLES Les Deux Maitresses, Emmeline, Le Fils du Titien, Frederic et Bernerette, Pierre et Camille

      Paris: Librairie L. Conquet, 1887. Limited ed. Hardcover. Very Good +. Blue morocco, gilt back, with onlays of roses, gilt fillet line sides, doublures of brown morocco, with four onlays of roses on each, end-papers of flowered silk, gilt edges, binding by Marius Michel, Paris. Unique copy presented to publisher L. Conquet, featuring a lovely original watercolor by O. Cortazzo (of a man & woman at a table with champagne), signed by Cortazzo, with an inscription "A mon ami L. Conquet", also bound in is an original letter from Champfleury to Conquet, on stationary of the Sevres Porcelain Works , (where Champfleury was Chief of Collections), dated Jan. 1, 1888, in which he thanks Conquet for a year-end gift and wishes to add to Conquet's library. Signed by Conquet on page which states "Examplaire Offert a L. Conquet...L'editeur L.Conquet". In this special copy each plate is presented in three states; a trial proof, a proof before the letters, and the plate as printed in the regular edition. Bookplates of William Baylis, William Baylis junr., & Conquet on end-papers. Condition of the book is VERY GOOD +; Light stains at top edge of some pages, does not extend more than 1/4 inch onto any page. Other than that, text & illustrations are very clean, binding is tight. Very light wear at front edge of spine. Text in French.

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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, ...An Entirely New and Enlarged Edition

      New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, Publishers, 1887. Small octavo. stapled in wrappers, 130 pages, [14] ads. The third edition, later printing. This wrappered edition followed the original of 1862, and the revision of 1876. Before Jerry ThomasÕ Bar-TenderÕs Guide, there were bartenders, to be sure, and there were also more than a few books about spirits, some which even involved ÒmixingÓ, mostly punches and the like, or recipes to cut cask strength booze down to size. Publishers Dick & Fitzgerald had intended to issue an anonymously-authored (like so many of their helpful publications) bar guide, and went so far as to register the copyright. But there is no evidence that they followed through with their plans, and so we are left with The Bar-TenderÕs Guide as the first real cocktail recipe book. And a dandy model it is for all the others to come. To begin with, Jerry Thomas was the real thing: a bartender who had traveled and worked in most of AmericaÕs great metropolitan cities vacuuming up cocktail recipes as he went, and a true showman, an aspect of bartending which is today still nearly as important as the drink mixing itself. ÒHe is a gentleman who is ablaze all in diamondsÉ he is engaged as a ÒstarÓ. (Edward Hingston, quoted in David WondrichÕs Imbibe). Some edge and corner chipping to pages, otherwise clean and tight. Publisher's black and red printed wrappers, edge chipped, and with wear to the spine. Rear panel detached cleanly. Overall, a good copy of this classic bartending manual.

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        Bull Head [Original Albumen Photograph]

      Calgary: Ross Photographers [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..

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        Fantaisies Decoratives. Documents pour servir a la decoration des Faiences, Meubles, Tissus, Bijoux, appartements, etc. .... Quarante-huit planches renfermant environ deux cents motifs.

      Paris, Librairie de l'Art, n.d. [1887] .  48 superb chromolithograph plates by Gillot, greatly influenced by the Japanese style and in a very accomplished art nouveau air, all heightened with gold, on cream paper, mounted on heavy white paper. Folio,  (4) pages,  title and list of plates.This copy bound in library cloth (the original issued in parts in portfolio), with each plate mounted on cloth tabs.  The spine of the book has been damaged with tears on the upper portion, but the plates are FINE.The following description of the lithographs from the Fantisies Decoratives at the Tides Institute and Museum of Eastport (Maine, seen here) from 2009:"By 1886, Habert-Dys was a well-respected designer and illustrator, but the main problem for him, in terms of posterity, is his subtle style. Without seeing the originals, his work is not striking enough to attract attention and no reproduction can do justice to the delicate, beautiful, details and colors that he incorporates into his designs. The Fantasies Decoratives, published in 1886, was a one-year project with forty-eight lithographs issued in twelve parts. The colored gravures, many containing gold, were printed on ?papier du Chine? by noted lithographer, Charles Gillot (1853 ? 1903), whose work was so respected that his lithographs were called ?Gillotypes?. "The intricate patterns, featuring birds, animals, flowers, fish, insects, shellfish, and frogs, were designed for ceramics, plates and dishes, textiles, wallpaper, vases, and jewelry. In these exquisite creations, Habert-Dys adopted many elements of Japanese influence (Japonisme), which reflect the late nineteenth century?s fascination with Japanese art. The Fantasies Decoratives also contain elements of line and curve that later became an intrinsic characteristic of the next major movement in the art world, Art Nouveau.

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        Army Memories

      New York: Koch, Sons, & Co, 1887]. Folio. (18 15/16 x 16 3/4 inches). Mounted on guards throughout. 1p. 'Descriptive Index' printed in red and blue on card (verso blank), 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 thin small format paper labels laid onto the verso, each label printed in blue with the plate number, title, and sub-title or related text. Expertly bound to style in deep purple half morocco over original dark red cloth-covered boards, the upper cover with a gilt and black centrally-placed semi-relief vignette incorporating the title, red cloth ties, white pattern paper endpapers. Very rare: one of the great American chromolithographically illustrated works. Only five copies are recorded by OCLC, none outside the United States. 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. OCLC 30690206 (5 copies)

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        The Trumpet-Major. A Tale

      London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington,, 1887. Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in crimson morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt with onlaid black morocco flowers in compartments, single rule to boards with onlaid black morocco flower corner-pieces, inner dentelles, plain green endpapers, gilt edges. With the adverts bound in at front and rear. A couple of leaves very lightly creased, an excellent copy in a fine binding. New and cheaper edition. Signed by author on the title page "yours faithfully Thomas Hardy.

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        THE WOODLANDERS

      London and New York: Macmillan and Co, 1887. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. Edward Dowden's Copy of "Woodlanders,"Finely Bound, and with Inserted Watercolors. 194 x 127 mm (7 5/8 x 5"). Without the leaf of ads at end of volume I. Three volumes. FIRST EDITION. VERY FINE DARK GREEN MOROCCO, INLAID AND GILT, BY CEDRIC CHIVERS (stamp-signed on rear turn-in of each volume), upper covers with gilt-tooled frame featuring four inlaid pink roses at each corner, raised bands, spine compartments with five inlaid roses connected by gilt tooling, turn-ins with gilt rules and dots, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH 16 ORIGINAL INSERTED WATERCOLORS depicting places referred to in the story as well as a beautifully hand-lettered title page and a second leaf with a list of the paintings. Half-titles with faded ink ownership inscription of Edward Dowden (see below). Purdy, p. 54; Webb, pp. 21-23. Leather and gilt on spines slightly and uniformly darkened, occasional pale marginal stains or foxing, older expertly repaired tear to half title of volume I, other trivial defects, but still A HANDSOMELY BOUND SET IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, the pleasure of the bindings undiminished by small imperfections, and the text with few signs of use. Though less well known than Hardy's major works, this was one of the author's own favorites, and it is presented here in a luxurious package featuring inserted original watercolors and fine bindings by a major workshop. In chapter 1 of "The Woodlanders," Hardy speaks of "those sequestered spots outside the gates of the world . . . where, from time to time, dramas of a grandeur and unity truly Sophoclean are enacted in the real, by virtue of the concentrated passions and closely-knit interdependence of the lives therein"--an excellent description of much of Hardy's work as a whole, especially those novels--like this one--set in his fictional Wessex. According to DNB, this work is set "in the part of north-west Dorset in which Hardy's mother's family had lived" and its plot "depends on the intermeshing of emotional and economic issues. The characters live among the trees on which their livelihoods depend," but incursions from the outside world and the pretensions and snobbery of social class lead to tragedy. According to the Oxford Companion, Hardy, writing to a friend in 1912, said, "I think I like ['Woodlanders'], as a story, the best of all." (For more on the binder, see previous entry.) Our set was once owned by Irish literary scholar and poet Edward Dowden (1843-1913), professor of English literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and one of the most influential literary critics of his day. Among a great many important works, Dowden wrote an acclaimed critical study of Shakespeare and an exhaustive two-volume biography of Shelley, and he was one of the first critics to appreciate and champion the poetry of Walt Whitman.

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        THE WOODLANDERS (FINE COPY of the First Edition in Three Volumes)

      London: Macmillan, 1887. Hardy, Thomas. THE WOODLANDERS. London: Macmillan and Co, 1887. First Edition, first impression, one of only 1,000 copies published on March 15th, 1887. Three volumes, 8vo, original dark green pebbled publisher's cloth (the secondary binding with the leaf of out-of-date ads from volume one excised by the binder). A FINE, fresh, and untouched example with only the most minor of blemishes. A few corners are just lightly bumped, the spine gilt of Vol. 2 is just slightly less bright than the other two volumes, and there is one tiny nick to the spine tip of Vol. 3. The inner hinges are tight and sound; there is virtually none of the usual foxing. Armorial bookplates belonging to a previous owner are affixed to each volume's front paste-down. This is not one of the first 860 sets originally bound in green buckram-grain cloth in March of 1887 but part of a secondary binding-up in similarly colored pebble-grain cloth of the remaining 140 copies in sheets (which most likely occurred sometime before September of 1887 when Macmillan released its follow-up one volume edition of 2,000 copies). The first bound group went primarily to the lending libraries of Mudie and W. H. Smith which accounts for the generally atrocious condition of the few badly marked survivors which are more to be pitied than purchased. Purdy pp. 54-57. Housed in a new, custom slipcase. . First Edition. Fine.

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        The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

      London, Hansom Cab Publishing Co. [1887], 1887. FIRST UK EDITION. [Second Edition]. Two Hundredth Thousand (12th Impression, Feb.1888, see below). 8vo. Original publisher's cream wraps titled and decorated in black, slightly worn and spotted around the edges with two small patches of rust where the staples have bled a tad. A modicum of shallow worming to the first three leaves, tastefully and considerately stopping short of the contents page. The spine is worn and flaky to the ends, but its advertisment for 'Warner's Safe Cure' remains intact. A solid and clean example of a notoriously fragile object. 'Ranks as the most successful Detective Story of all time' (Everyman's Dictionary of Literary Biography, 1960)- critically overlooked under the stunningly professional assumption that colonials can't write. This book has a rather complex publishing history which is effectively charted by E.S.Bell in Greene and Glover's Victorian Detective Fiction (1966). A hugely popular title which had sold over half a million copies by 1910 through various publishing houses; the entire first edition was published by Kemp and Boyce of Melbourne before The Hansom Cab Pub.Co. printing followed in London; producing around 25,000 copies per month; The Second Edition (being the FIRST UK EDITION) comprised Hansom's entire print run from July 1887- Aug 1888, before the Trischler and Co. took over publication in 1889. Book Collector No.273, p43. Graham Greene and Dorothy Glover; Victorian Detective Fiction [Appendix], (1966).

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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. Translated into English from the Latin Version of Knorr Von Rosenroth, and Collated with the Original Chaldee and Hebrew Text

      London: George Redway, 1887., 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.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        The Woodlanders

      MacMillan and Co., London, 1887,, 1887. 3 volumes, 8vo. A stunning set bound in half crushed green morocco by Zaehnsdorf, bound within the author's lifetime. With five raised bands to spine, buckram sides, delicate gilt tooling, t.e.g. marbled endpapers. FIRST EDITIONS. The popular tale of woodland folk at Dorset's Little and Great Hintock, which Hardy claimed to have liked best of all among his stories. Purdy p54-57. Drabble; The Ocford Companion to English Literature.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Boswell's Life of Johnson Including Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a Journey Into North Wales ( Complete in 6 Volumes Bound By Bayntun )

      Oxford: Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1887. Complete in 6 volumes. Bound by Bayntun of Bath. Bound in half calf, marble boards, raised bands, gilt center stamp and title lettering, top gilt edges, marble endpapers. Bindings in fine condition. Internally, pages clean and bright throughout. A fine set, in fine bindings. Books measure 16x23cm.8kg.A53. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

      [Bookseller: George Jeffery Books]
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        The Brownies Their Book

      New York: The Century Co, 1887. First edition. Hardcover. Orig. glazed green pictorial boards. Very good/No Dust Jacket. Cox, Palmer. 144 pages. 26 x 21 cm. This was the first Brownie book of the renown series. Second issue, laid-in are an original pen and ink drawing ["The Brownies," 1904] on card stock, 4 1/2 x 6 inches, a printed poem "Knew ye not," the Brownie cries," signed by Palmer Cox, Brownieland. 1906, an advert for Challenge Liquid Glue with Brownie design. Cox, a Canadian, born in Granby, Quebec and died there in his home named Brownie Castle. His interim years were spent in California and East Quogue, Long Island. His mischievous little people brought Cox fame and fortune. Chipping and wear to edges, spine head and foot chipped, interior contents clean, firm and fresh.

      [Bookseller: Royoung bookseller, Inc.]
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        Boswell's Life of Johnson : including Bowwell's Journal of a tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a journey into North Wales TOGETHER WITH the uniformly bound, 2-volume Letters of Samuel Johnson - [Complete in 8 volumes]

      Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1887. 1st Edition in this form. Physical description 8 v : facsim., map, port ; 23 cm. Note; with reproductions of original title pages. Originally published under title: The life of Samuel Johnson. Bibliography: v. 6, p. [vii]-xix. Contents v. 1-4. Life (v.l, 1709-1765; v. 2 1765-1776; v. 3, 1776-1780; v. 4, 1780-1784)--v. 5. Tour to the Hebrides (1773) and Journey into North Wales (1774)--v. 6 Addenda, index, dicta philosophi, &c. Subjects; Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784 - Biography. Hebrides (Scotland) - Description and travel. Scotland - Description and travel - To 1800. Wales, North - Description and travel. Provenance; from the library of John Williams Clay with his bookplate. Finely bound all in contemporary aniline calf over matching cloth boards. Minor, generalized wear to the spine bands and panel edges. Remains an uncommonly good set - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.

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