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        The Nursery "Alice"

      London: MacMillan and Co.,, 1889. With text adapted to nursery readers. Small quarto, pp. [xi] + 56 + [v] + [ii] adverts. Original cloth-backed glazed paper boards, decoration and titles to upper board in colour. Contains twenty coloured enlargements from Tenniel's illustrations to "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". Boards rubbed and scuffed, free endpapers browned, rear hinge starting, short closed tear to half-title repaired with tape. A very good copy. Second [i.e. first published] edition, first issue - With "PRICE FOUR SHILLINGS" on the title page. With the author's presentation inscription on the half title page: "For Ella, from the Author Mar. 25 1890". The first printing of this condensed version of Alice was discarded by Carroll in much the same way as its 1865 predecessor. 500 copies were sent for issue in the USA but even these were apparently destroyed. This 1890 printing exists in at least three states, the present example being the earliest.

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        The Fairy Books

      London: Longmans, Green & Co.,, 1889–1910. (Containing the Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Pink, Grey, Violet, Crimson, Brown, Orange, Olive and Lilac Fairy Books). 12 volumes, octavo. Recent brown morocco, twin coloured labels that reflect the title of the book, marbled endpapers, front cover bound in at back, gilt edges. Illustrated throughout by H. J. Ford. Light foxing or marking to a few leaves of some volumes (mainly marginal). Very good. All first editions. A complete set of the Andrew Lang Fairy Books. Lang, poet, scholar and journalist devoted most of his life to the compilation of traditional Fairy stories from around the world from both the ancient and modern world. With the publication of the Blue Fairy Book in 1889 he commenced his famous series. In his "supervision" Lang always made his stories gentle and appeasing removing the cruelty and so more suited to his young audience.

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        The Wyoming love letters of an early Jewish pioneer

      Evanston, Wyoming Territory, 1889-1890. Loose_leaf. Very Good. “He [a friend] thinks I’m meeshugge to write so much and so often.”& & AMERICANA/JUDAICA. Kastor, Leo. Correspondence of 23 letters. Evanston, Wyoming Territory: August 22, 1889 – January 18, 1890. On Kastor Brothers business stationary with original canceled envelopes.& & The German immigrant Kastor brothers, Isidore and Leo, arrived in Evanston in the mid 1880’s and soon founded a successful men’s clothing store. While Isidore stayed on to become a leading citizen (he died in 1950 at age 90) his brother Leo followed his heart south to Pine Bluff, Arkansas and into the arms of his 20 year old fiancée Miss Florence Meyer. These letters recount, for Florence, the day to day events of his last five months in Evanston leading up to his departure for marriage.& & Leo, then about 27, writes from the standpoint of an ordinary pioneer when he describes his accounting responsibilities at I. Kastor & Bro. Clothiers, the lively social dances, poker and whist games, even a trip to the dentist.& & The overriding theme during these five months though was centered around the turmoil of weddings; both his own and his brother Isie whose future in-laws were treating him “shamefully. The old man always promised him that he would bring the Rabbi (see footnote) here from Salt Lake to marry them and now he said he would perform the ceremony himself or have old man Leavitt do it. Isie told him flatly that he would not have anything of the kind and has sent for the rabbi himself…[he has] asked me to receive the Rabbi and instruct him n regard to the ceremony. I am down on the whole outfit, because they are liars and I am glad that I warned Isie long ago. Against Fannie (see footnote) [the bride], I have nothing to say, but the rest of family I detest.” He writes on the day of the nuptials December 30, 1889 “On Sunday…I went over to [the] depot to receive the Rabbi and such guests as would arrive…Fanny was attired in a gray silk dress and veil and…Isie wore a Prince Albert. They then brought the huppe and four young men held it over the rabbi and the contracting parties. I was one of the 4…and after an impressing speech, he pronounced them man and wife…Fanny was at first a little bit nervous and that was the strangest part of all. When the rabbi told Isie to repeat some Hebrew words, she laughed and I had to bite my tongue in order to keep a sober face as I was standing right in front of her.”& & On January 2, 1890 he refers to a woman they both know: She done very wrong to marry a Gentile and none of this [kind of] marriages turn out happy. [her father] ought to have shot the villain and there would be no jury around the county to convict him. Ain’t I glad you are a good little Jewess and fast on Yam Kipor…”& & It can be inferred from the letters, that Leo often wrote several times a day, there being regular trains upon which to deposit the mail. Florence’s responses frequently criss-crossed with his questions and miscommunication resulted in minor squabbles between them. She was very censorious upon learning that he “stayed up all night playing poker till it was after 5 o’clock…we all felt too hungry to go to bed so we had some oysters and cold chicken...I promise you this will never happen again.” She feared he had been drinking.& & But Leo’s thoughts were ever on his “darling Florence.” His neighbors teased him daily for being so twitterpated and thought him “meshugge to write so much and so often. They all wonder if [it] will be the same after I am married.” He couldn’t bring himself to attend all but the most necessary dances and fun events. “…Grandpa [himself] will not go. He will stay at home and write to his baby because that is more pleasurable to him than all the dances.” She was invoked even as a tonic against pain—“From 9 o’clock this morning until 2 in the afternoon I sat in the dentist’s chair and have one tooth filled. Dr. Calder done a very nice job of it. He made me laugh on several occasions for whenever he would touch the nerve I would scream and all he would say is just think of Miss Meyer and you will not feel any pain.”& & His thoughts of Florrie became more and more consuming and he grew increasingly agitated over when their own wedding would take place. Two weeks before catching the first of several trains that would take him south he writes “I am restless and nervous and also cranky…I can’t sleep nor eat anymore and am no good in the store anymore.” The last letter, dated January 18, 1890, just six months before Wyoming won her statehood, saw the lovesick Mr. Kastor finally on his journey.& & Successive correspondence with good pioneer content is quite rare. Such a perceptive view into the daily life of an early Jewish immigrant in the West is truly a treasure.& & Footnotes:& & “the Rabbi”: It is likely that the rabbi referred to was the Salt Lake City Reverend Heiman J. Elkin who arrived in Utah in September 1889 having just graduated from the Hebrew Union College that same year. (Watters, Leon L. The Pioneer Jews of Utah. American Jewish Historical Society, 1952)& & “Fannie”: Fannie Lewis, the daughter of I.N. Lewis, a Jewish clothing merchant and pioneer settler of Wyoming.& &

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        The Pretty Sister of José. Earlier Stories - First and Second Series. The One I Knew the Best of All. That Lass O'Lowries. His Grace of Osmonde. A Lady of Quality. Haworth's. Surly Tim and other Stories. Piccino and other Child Stories. Giovanni and the Other. Two Little Pilgrims' Progress. Louisiana. Sara Crewe. Little Lord Fauntleroy. Vagabondia. A Fair Barbarian. Through One Administration.

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1889-1900.. Eighteen volumes, 8vo (six volumes in a slightly smaller format). Many volumes with illustrations by C.B. Reinhart, Reginald B. Birch and others, marbled endpapers and sides, monogrammatic bookplates of William Douglas Sloane, 1844-1915, husband of Emily Vanderbilt and son of the founders of the New York furniture store W. & J. Sloane. Contemporary light blue half morocco, spines with raised bands and gilt flowers, faded to brown, t.e.g., some minor rubbing otherwise an attractive set.

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        Fra det moderne Amerikas Aandsliv.

      P.G. Philipsens Forlag, København 1889. 255 sider. Samtidigt turkisfarvet helshirtingsbind (Anton Larsen).. Førsteudgaven af Hamsuns berømte ungdomsbog, hvori han gav frit løb for sin - som bekendt livslange - animositet mod den angelsaxiske verdens livsformer

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        A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

      NY: Charles L. Webster, 1889. First Edition, First State. Gilt titling to front cover and spine, illustrated endpapers. Textblock immaculate and tight. Light to moderate fraying to corners, head and foot of spine, and edges, light shelf wear and character soiling to binding, bumped corners.575pp. plus advertisement of other publications by Charles L. Webster.. First Edition, First State. Illustrated Cloth. Very Good. Illus. by B&W Drawings. 8vo - Over 7 3/4" -9 3/4 " Tall. Hard Cover.

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      1889. hardcover. Twain, Mark [pseudonym of Samuel L. Clemens]. A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR&#39;S COURT. New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1889. Original olive green cloth decorated in black, grey and gilt. <p>First Edition, probably preceding the English edition titled A YANKEE AT THE COURT OF KING ARTHUR (both editions were issued in early December, precedence unknown). This was Twain&#39;s satirical time-traveling fantasy: a master mechanic at the Colt factory in Hartford, knocked out during a fight, wakes up in Camelot in the year 528. There he avoids execution by successfully predicting an eclipse, uses 19th Century weaponry to repel an attack, marries and has a child -- only to be put into a deep sleep by Merlin, to reawaken in his proper era. "An unusual feature of the [Dan Beard] illustrations was the use of then living industrialists and rulers as &#39;models&#39; for the depicted characters" [Johnson].</p> <p>This copy is in the earlier state, with the confusing "S" ornament between the words "THE" and "KING" on p. [57] (removed from later copies issued). Page [1] is blank in this copy; in some copies it is printed as a fly-title (precedence unknown). It is a bright, very good-plus copy (front endpaper cracked, a touch of wear at the binding extremities). Blanck 3429; McBride p. 128; Johnson pp 50-52.</p> <p> </p> FANTASY / SCIENCE FICTION / SUPERNATURAL (Sumner & Stillman Code:11886)

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        A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur&#39;s Court

      New York: Charles L. Webster. Publisher&#39;s brown half morocco over brown pebbled cloth. Marbled text-block and end-papers. Former owner name stamped to margin of one text page (p.47), Edges/corners with light wear, small breaks on three corner tips, else a very bright and clean copy. Pages evenly toned. 575 pp, 2 pp. adv. FIRST EDITION Mixed state: no "s"-like ornament in caption p.59 but with perfect type on p.72. No half title on fly leaf. Publisher&#39;s stamp on lower rear end-page indicating book was for subscribers. ....Additional photos available. . Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 1889. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall.

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        A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur

      Charles L. Webster & Co., New York, 1889. A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur by Mark Twain. First printing with The letter S between The and King on page 59. Rebound in dark brown ¾ leather with brown pebble design marbled paper. As new binding. Paper labels. Publisher: Charles L. Webster & Co., New York, 1889. Exceptionally clean copy with gilding on top edge. 575 pages plus ads in back. Protected by Mylar. Inventory #12-201. Price: $1500.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. As New/No Jacket.

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        LEAVES OF GRASS with Sands at Seventy & a Backward Glance o&#39;er Travel&#39;d. Richard Maurice Bucke&#39;s Copy

      Camden, New Jersey: Self Published, 1889 Whitman, Walt. LEAVES OF GRASS with Sands at Seventy & a Backward Glance o&#39;er Travel&#39;d Roads. Camden, New Jersey, [May 31st,] 1889. Privately Printed. First edition thus. 8vo., 382pp + 20pp. Late 20th-century limp black morocco, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A very good copy showing some use with some modest restoration to the spine crown & corners. Custom clamshell case. One of only 300 copies of Leaves of Grass printed in commemoration of Whitman&#39;s 70th birthday, boldly signed by Whitman on the title page. With six portraits of the author, including the famous original mounted frontispiece photograph with a butterfly resting on his finger. This copy is further enhanced by its association with Whitman&#39;s great friend & his literary executor, Richard Maurice Bucke, who has inscribed & signed the front fly-leaf: "J. N. Greenshields from his friend R. M. Bucke [three line quotation from "I Sing The Body Electric", these lines underscored in the text] Asylum, London, Ont. 6 Nov. &#39;95." Greenshields was a prominent Montreal lawyer & important financier. Bucke was born in England & raised in Canada, studied medicine & served as superintendent of the London, Ontario Asylum for the insane from 1877 until his death in 1902. He wrote two enthusiastic studies of Whitman; Walt Whitman: A Contemporaneous Study, [1883] [was the first biography of Whitman ever written] & Walt Whitman: Man and Poet, [1897]. Bucke helped edit Whitman&#39;s Complete Writings, [1902] & In Re Walt Whitman, [1893]. Bucke&#39;s Cosmic Consciousness, [1901] reflects much of Whitman&#39;s mysticism. "Whitman&#39;s influence over Bucke, a prematurely modern man smothered by the starched collars & repressed sexuality of the period, was profound. Whitman&#39;s fearless, infectious enthusiasm, prodigious lust for life & distain of convention consumes Bucke & frees him from his social bondage". An important & notable Association Copy. "When the superintendent of the Canadian insane asylum, Dr. Maurice Bucke, meets poet Walt Whitman, his life and that of his wife and patients is radically changed. Like Dr. Bucke, Whitman has avant-garde ideas on the subject of mental illness. "Dreamers" is based on true events." - From a review of the 1990 NFB film Beautiful Dreamers, staring Rip Torn as Whitman & Colm Feore as Bucke.. Signed by Author. 70th Birthday Edition.

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        Leaves of Grass, with Sands at Seventy and A Backward Glance o&#39;er Travel&#39;d Roads

      (Philadelphia: Ferguson Bros.), 1889. Seventh edition, fourteenth printing. One of 300 copies, signed by Whitman on the title page. Frontispiece portrait of Whitman consists of an original photograph mounted to stiff paper; this is followed by five additional portraits of the author throughout the text from photographs and engravings. Unobtrusive ink stain across bottom edge, else quite fine internally, in Myerson&#39;s binding A, which shows less wear than usual to the flap enclosure, and has a shallow chip to spine head, in addition to some moderate rubbing.

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        Camden's Compliment to Walt Whitman, May 31, 1889. Notes, Addresses, Letters, Telegrams

      David McKay Philadelphia: David McKay. 1889. First. First edition. Octavo. Publisher's cloth gilt. Spine ends slightly bumped else very near fine. A tribute to Whitman on his seventieth birthday, containing an "Autobiographic Note & Response" by Whitman. This anthology also includes a poem by Ernest Rhys, Horace Traubel's essay "Recorders Ages Hence," and letters or addresses by Mark Twain, Richard Watson Gilder, Julian Hawthorne, Hamlin Garland, William Rossetti, William Morris, Edward Carpenter, John Burroughs, Richard Bucke, Edmund Clarence Stedman, William Dean Howells, John G. Whittier, and many others. A very nice copy of a scarce title. .

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        The Early Days of Christianity. Popular Edition

      Cassell & Company Limited London: Cassell & Company, Limited, 1889. Later printing. Hardcover. vg. Octavo. XVI, 664pp. Full leather with gold-stamped decoration and borders on boards and spine and gold lettering on spine. Raised bands. All edges gilt. Exquisite fore-edge painting. Gold-tooled dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Fascinating study in which the author describes the work and writings of St.Peter, St. James, St.Jude, St. John and the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews in order to explain the varities of religious thought which prevailed at that time. Spine, corners and head and tail of spine moderately rubbed. Front board slightly soiled. Binding in overall very good, interior in near to fine condition.

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        The Carrier Dove

      Library of Spiritual Experience San Francisco: (Library of Spiritual Experience), 1889. Professionally rebacked, interior fine. Quarto. Volume VI. Nos. 1 -52. Illustrated custom bound in full brown calf ornamented and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, patterned endpapers Our search for information concerning Julia Schlesinger and The Carrier Dove led us to the Schlesinger library at Radcliffe (there is no connection) and then to the California State Library. There, Mrs. Sibylle Zemitas of the California History Section proved quite helpful. Noting that Schlesinger's book Workers in the Vineyards is listed in only four libraries, she searched their "California Information File 1846-1945" and the "California Death Index 1945+" and the "California Newspaper Index: 1904-1949", to no avail. Mrs. Zemitas did forward a photocopy of the San Francisco Call May 27, 1896, which reproduces a line-drawing of Julia Schlessinger [sic] on page ten, captioning her as secretary and Director-elect of the State Association of Spiritualists. The text notes that she was also elected State librarian and that she resided in San Jose. Back to the Carrier Dove. The last issue of the year on December 28, 1889 carries a biography of Julia Schlesinger which is frustrating in its generalities. A vague reference to her having been born and reared in the west, a mention that she has children, originally started the Carrier Dove as a children's paper and that in January she will also be writing for a forthcoming monthly periodical The Gleamer. The facing page contains a line drawing of an intelligent looking woman of early middle age which the "biography" calls "an excellent likeness". Various of the fifty-two mastheads list her as Editor, Co-publisher and member of the paper's Board of Directors. An earlier issue presented a frontispiece of Dr. Louis Schlesinger (presumably Julia's husband) together with only a slightly more informative biographical sketch. Mrs. Zemitas concludes her informative letter: "It is very exciting to have been able to acquire The Carrier Dove for 1889, a rare find with interesting topic. Much has been written on spiritualism in California and in San Francisco. It seems that prominent women of the movement are only mentioned in most sources..." .

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        The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Sixth Edition, with Additions and Corrections to 1872. (Thirty-Seventh Thousand)

      John Murray, 1889. 8vo., Sixth Edition, Thirty-Seventh Thousand, with a folding diagram, neat contemporary signatures on front endpapers; original arches-style binding of green cloth, decorative gilt back, green patterned endpapers, uncut, corners lightly bruised, case a little shaken and upper hinge tender (but binding entirely sound), two pinholes in backstrip (not affecting lettering) else a very good, crisp, clean copy.The sixth is generally held to be the last significant edition, containing as it does Darwin's final major corrections and revisions. Published in 1872, it is the first edition with the title The Origin of Species, and includes among many other revisions a new chapter (VII) inserted to confute the views of the Catholic biologist St. George Mivart. There is a glossary, and the word 'evolution' is used in the text for the first time.The thirty-seventh thousand is unusual in that it rarely carries the usual publisher's catalogue bound in at end.A good copy of the 'most important scientific work of the 19th century' (Horblit) and 'the most important biological book ever written' (Freeman).Scarce in anything like this condition.Freeman (Darwin), 131; Freeman (BNHB), 907.

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      1889. Paperback. Fine. WALTON, William. THE ARMY AND NAVY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1776-1891. Philadelphia: George Barrie, 1889-1895. Edition de luxe, number 164. Two folio volumes in 12 parts: Army; Navy, and a register of the Army and Navy from 1775-1865. [2], 128; 38, 171 pp. Housed in publisher's cloth portfolios, while the 12 parts are present, one of the portfolio folders is missing. Illustrated with 44 hand-colored plates and with numerous black & white illustrations tipped-in to text leaves. Plates and text are printed on paper watermarked with the title. The plates are beautfully colored and fresh. The text leaves and plates were originally glued into paper wrappers, which were then glued into the portfolios; the glue has disintegrated and the sheets are now loose in the portfolios. The title- page is lacking. There is marginal dampstaing to many text leaves, with some dust-soiling at edges, and the portfolios are soiled. This is truly a de luxe edition, with printing and paper of the best quality, but the condition is problematic. However, the color plates are all fine. The set is offered as is. (Howes W79).

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        Les jeux du cirque et la vie foraine. paris, plon, (1889).

      Cm. 28, pp. (6) v (3) 250 (2). Con molte incisioni a colori nel testo di Jules Garnier. Bella legatura editoriale in piena tela con piatto interamente decorato a colori da motivi circensi. Tagli dorati. Ben conservato. Edizione originale di questo celebre libro interamente dedicato alla vita del circo. Non comune soprattutto nella tiratura con le immagini a colori. Cfr. Vicaire V, 225.

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        Fort comme la Mort.

      1st edition. Paris: Paul Ollendorff 1889. 353 pp. Uncut copy bound with orig. wrappers and top edge gilt in beautiful halfleather of smooth darkblue morocco. Binding signed Kauffmann - F. K? Very clean copy

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        Menu du diner offert, au VIII congrès international des orientalistes, Stockholm le 7 sept.

      1889. [=omslagstitel]. Leiden, E. J. Brill, (1889). 8:o. (48) s. Häftad. Ryggen lite naggad upp- och nedtill. Bra ex.. Fantastisk färglitograferad matsedel med skriftprov på ett stort antal orientaliska språk. Med bidrag av Carlo Landberg (om den svenska snapsen), Max Müller, A. Dillmann, Th. Nöldeke, Georg von der Gabelentz, E. Amélineau, A. Vambéry och Paul Haupt

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        Sylvie and Bruno. Together with Sylvie and Bruno Concluded.

      London Macmillan and Co. 1889, 1893 Two octavo volumes. xxiii, 400pp.,3pp. advertisements; xxxi, 423 pp.,5 pp. advertisements. First editions. Each volume inscribed to "Mrs. Morgan" by the author on the half-title, the first volume bearing Carroll's handwritten date of December 12. Apparently, this is the same copy of Sylvie and Bruno mentioned in The Lewis Carroll Handbook by Williams, Madan, and Green. Carroll was still correcting page proofs of the book in November of 1889, "but a presentation copy is known which was dispatched on 12 Dec. in that year," according to the authors. In the companion volume, Carroll dates the inscription to Morgan December 27, two days prior to the book's official release, indicating a second presentation copy and a significant association with Morgan. Each volume contains 46 black and white illustrations by Harry Furniss, who in discussing his relationship with Carroll once mused, "I was willful and erratic, bordering on insanity. We therefore got along splendidly." Bound by Riviere and Son in full red morocco, with gilt-rule border to both boards, gilt decorative device at corners of turn-ins, and marbled endpapers. Spine in six compartments, gilt lettered. Original bindings of full red cloth bound in, each cover bearing a small gilt illustration of one of the characters from the book within a circular border. Both volumes very fine. A.e.g. (Williams, Madan & Green 217, 250).

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        Le Morte Darthur, by Syr Thomas Malory. The original edition of William Caxton now reprinted and edited with an introduction and glossary by H. Oskar Sommer. With an Essay on Malory's prose style by Andrew Lang.

      London: David Nutt 1889.. Three volumes, 4to, x, (6), 861, (3); (x), 230, (2); (xxxviii), 338 pp. Facsimile plate showing a page of the Caxton edition plus 2 folding tables comparing the printed and manuscript versions of the tale, armorial bookplates with signature of Francis Pember, Warden of All Souls College, and later bookseller's label to paste downs, pages uncut. Finely bound after the Jansenist style in maroon quarter morocco, plain boards, gilt spine titles, raised bands, a lovely set.

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        THE BLUE FAIRY BOOK. With numerous illustrations by H. J. Ford and G. P. Jacomb Hood.

      Hardback. No dust-wrapper. xii, 390 pages. First edition. Large paper copy. Number 36 of a limited edition of 113 copies. Sometime rebound in half blue morocco, gilt over marbled boards. Fore-edges uncut. An unusually clean and handsome copy. This title, along with the other large-paper limited editions was issued originally in paper-covered boards. These often have not survived the test of time very well and usually are found in poor condition.

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        Village Boys & Their Amusements. [Album of 18 pen and ink drawings]

      N.p. Cookham England june 1889 N.p. [Cookham, England], june 1889. Oblong 12mo. Pen and ink on paper, each of the 18 drawings titled opposite (two-page spreads title in the drawing). One inserted sketch on a folded leaf, annotated on verso in the hand of the recipient. Black morocco backed notebook, ticket of J. Tillyer & Co., Oxford. Binding broken, spine perished, internally fine . Album of drawings from the pen of William G. Spencer of Cookham, Berkshire. Opposite the title leaf is a dedication "A.D.C. with love from William Spencer June 1889". The scenes depict a year's worth of rural amusements: "Snow-balling," "[Field] Hockey," "Football," "Leapfrog," "Marbles," "A Running Race," "Merry Anglers," "Rounders on Cookham Moor," "Quoits," "The School Great," "Punch & Judy," "The Paper Chase" (two-page spread), "Tug of War," "The Village Drum & Fife Band," "Merry Archers," "Cricket. The Winning Run. Great Excitement" (two-page spread), Guy Fawkes Day," and "On the Ice" [signed "W.G.S. 1889"]. The annotation on a loosely inserted sketch of a rustic "with the sun in one hand and a watering-pot in the other" identifies the artist as William Spencer "as a boy" and is signed "A. D. Coleridge." Arthur Duke Coleridge (1830-1913) was clerk of assizes on the Midland circuit and author of Eton in the Forties, by an old Colleger (1896); and Reminiscences (1921), edited by J.A. Fuller-Maitland. William Spencer (1846-1928), "Pa," was a music teacher and organist who lived at Fernlea in Cookham and was father of eight children, and "was described by an acquaintance as 'a patriarchal figure who cycled around Cookham reciting Ruskin aloud'"(ODNB). His eldest son William, the artist of this album, was a child prodigy pianist who went on to become a professor at the Bern Music Institute. William "most certainly was a draughtsman. Indeed he had to decide between a career in art or one in music, and decided on music - My feeling is that both [Pa and Will] may have been associated with the London Bach Choir which A.D. Coleridge helped set up in 1875" (Ken Pople, personal communication, 2006). William's two younger brothers were British artists Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) and Gilbert Spencer (1893-1979); all received an unconventional late Victorian education at home. Stanley spent much of his life in the village of Cookham, where the Stanley Spencer Gallery is now maintained in his memory. Unusual and interesting

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        Götzen-Dämmerung oder Wie man mit dem Hammer philosophiert. + Dionysos-Dithyramben.

      Leipzig, C.G. Naumann, 1889 + (1890 - released 1892). 8vo. Very nice contemporary half calf with five raised bands, gilt ornamentations, and gilt lettered title to spine. Double gilt lines to boards. A bit of wear to capitals and corners. A nice, clean, and tight copy. Internally fresh and clean, uncut. (8), 144 pp. + 21, (1) pp., 1 f. (contents).. The scarce first edition of the epitome of Nietzsche's final project -a re-valuation of all values ("Eine Umwerthung aller Werthe"), -his hugely interesting "declaration of war" (preface p. (4): "Diese Schrift ist eine grosse Kriegserklärung"), which was written during his last productive year, just before his big breakdown in Turin. - Bound together with the first printing of the "Dionysian Dithyrambs", which appeared as a separate appendix to the fourth part of "Also sprach Zarathustra"."Götzen-Dämmerung" ("The Twilight of the Idols") must be said to constitute the culmination of the production of this giant of philosophy, who turned mad after having finished it.Early in 1889 Nietzsche began to exhibit signs of serious mental illness, and in Turin he finally broke down, and was brought back to Basel by his friends. "The Twilight of the Idols" was released merely a few weeks after this collapse, and Nietzsche never wrote again.Nietzsche had 1.000 copies of the work privately printed. The work is considered one of his most popular, and it is here that we find some of the most frequently quoted passages from the works of Nietzsche, e.g. "What does not kill me, only makes me stronger" (p.2.: "Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker").The Twilight was meant as an introduction to, or summary of, Nietzshe's philosophy, and as such it is one of his most interesting works. It is written almost as in a rage of fever -in only about a week-, and as he himself states at the end of the preface: "Turin, am 30. September 1888, am Tage, da das erste Buch der Umwerthung aller Werthe zu ende kam." (i.e. "Turin, on September 30. 1888, on the day that the first book on the re-valuation of all value came to an end."). This highly polemical work makes clear reference to Wagner's opera "Götterdämmerung", and it presents us with a sharp critique of the most influential philosophers in history, e.g. Kant, Plato, Socrates, and of Christianity in general, but also the likes of Rousseau, Hugo, Renan, Mill, Darwin, Dante etc. are attacked as the causes of cultural decadence in Europe, and only the likes of Caesar, Napoleon, Dostojevski, Goethe and Thukydides represent the opposite -healthy and strong- strand.Nobody who had read this work could have been surprised with the mental collapse of the author.Of the 1.000 copies, 659 still remained unsold by October 1893.Though Nietzsche is primarily understood and remembered as one of the greatest philosophers of all times, his poems occupy a central place in his literary production and many of them (e.g. the Dithyrambs) are intimately linked with the philosophy, for which he is so famous today. The first printing of the "Dionysian Dithyrambs" furthermore occupies a central place in the legendary feud over the rights to his works that emerged after his break-down. Nietzshe no longer had any say in the matter of which or where his remaining works were to be printed, and a complicated struggle over the right to decide over these works begins to unfold with the printing of these first six "Dionysian Dithyrambs"."The first of the "books" to be published without his editorial corrections was actually a collection of nine poems, entitled "Dionysian Dithyrambs", which Nietzsche had gathered together during the last few months of 1888. One of them, "Last Will" ("Letzter Wille"), had originally been composed in 1883... The remaining five poems [being the five that are present here, together with "Last Will"] also saw their first drafts during the "Zarathustra" period but did not receive their final revisions until 1888... He prepared the manuscript for printing and composed a dedication on 1 January 1889, but then decided to withhold it temporarily for future publication. Shortly thereafter he was insane. One year later, Gast and Naumann decided to publish the poems in same volume as the first public edition "Zarathustra IV" and because three of the poems already appeared in the text - albeit in a slightly revised format - they elected to print the other six poems in an addendum entitled "Dionysian Dithyrambs". But what started out as a simple publishing venture soon became the focal point of a complicated struggle to decide who would control the contents and the timing of the publication of Nietzshe's literary estate... Naumann had finished the printing of "Zarathustra IV" - which included the addendum of six "Dinysian Dithyrambs"...on 23 November 1890, with every intention of introducing the work at the Easter Book Fair of 1891. But on 24 March and again on 29 March, Franziska wrote to Overbeck pleading that the work not be published. On 1 April, Gast received a similar letter. Naumann was sent a telegram demanding that he withhold "Zarathustra IV" until the issues of blasphemey and liability could be settled. On 13 April, the publisher reluctantly agreed to postpone publication until these issues were resolved.Elisabeth took this opportunity to begin searching for a new publisher who would assume responsibility for all of her brother's works, including the remaining copies that he had paid to have self-published. Negotiations dragged on for months as Elisabeth continued to browbeat Naumann on a number of issues. Finally, on 9 February 1892, a contract was signed in which C.G. Naumann gained control of all of Nietzsche's previously published works... The "Dionysian Dithyrambs" appeared as an addendum to the fourth part of "Zarathustra IV", which had been printed in late 1890, and were finally released to the public in March of 1892...Publication of all nine poems - with the proper revisions - had to wait another six years..." (Schaberg: pp. 173-177).As mentioned, the "Dionysian Dithyrambs" were published as an appendix (with its own title-page) to "Also sprach Zarathustra IV". The work was published in 1.000 copies (printed in late 1890); by October 1893, 171 copies still remained unsold.Twilight of the Idols: Schaberg: 56Dionysian Dithyrambs: Schaberg: 58

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