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        Oysters, and All About Them

      A rare comprehensive study of oysters in 2 Vols. Ex Reference Lib.Vol 1 Pub 1890, pp 1-642. includes Preface and Instructions. Vol 2 Pub 1891, Pub 1891, pp 643-1370. Both Vols (5x7.75)" Good tight copies. Library Bindings, rubbed spines & with Camberwell Library Bookplates in front endpapers and usual Library labels. This is a study of worldwide oyster culture. Chapters also on artificial oyster culture. Index from pp 1271-1368. pp1369-1370 is an appendix which is a copy of a fisherman's indenture (John Clarke) from 1704

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        The Influence of Sea Power upon History 1660-1783 [First UK Edition] FIRST UK EDITION IN FULL MOROCCO

      Sampson, Low, Marston & Co.,, [1890]. 8vo., First UK Edition, with 18 plates containing 24 plans of naval battles, 3 full-page maps and large folding map; handsomely bound in blue full morocco, sides with gilt frame border, back with raised bands ruled in gilt, second and fourth compartments lettered and ruled in gilt, all other compartments tooled with anchor in gilt, gilt top, uncut, gilt blocking from original upper board and backstrip mounted on new and separate preliminaries, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. Mahan's most celebrated work, written whilst still a captain and first published in Boston earlier the same year. It is here that Mahan coins the term 'sea power' and in a masterly opening chapter defines the elements of this concept. Thereafter he embarks on a stage-by-stage analysis of the maritime conflicts that resulted in Britain's naval supremacy, illustrating his strategic assessments with a flood of examples. After some while in the doldrums, Mahan's reputation as a naval historian and strategist is once again on the rise. Albion, p.211; Hattendorf, A2b; NMM V/1 514; Sandler 2196

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        Historical Romances Of William Harrison Ainsworth (In Twenty Volumes, Full Morocco With Matching Morocco Doublures): Guy Fawkes, Jack Sheppard, The Tower Of London, Boscobel, Talbot Harland, Crichton, John Law, The Manchester Rebels, Old St. Paul's, Windsor Castle, Rookwood, The Goldsmith's Wife, The Constable Of Bourbon, St. James's Or The Court Of Queen Anne, The Constable Of The Tower, Cardinal Pole, The Star-Chamber, The Lord Mayor Of London

      Philadelphia: George Barrie And Son [(Circa 1890/1912), 1900. First Edition Thus . Hardcover. Very Good. Engravings. Complete Set Of 20 Volumes, One Of 1000 Sets Of The Library Edition, Printed On Japan Vellum Paper, With Many Etchings In Each Volume, Each In Two States And Each With Tissue Guards. Undated, But Circa 1890-1912, When Barrie Was Producing Such Limited Edition Illustrated Sets. Unsigned Deluxe Binding In Full Morocco, Gilt, Five Bands, With Full Morocco Doublures, Heavily Gilt, And Silk Facing Endpapers, Top Edges Gilt. Slight Rubbing At Some Points On Edges; Tower Of London, Volume 2 Unfortunately Front Board Detached (Today) But Completely Present. A Rare Set When Complete And When Bound In Full Morocco. Weight About 60 Pounds, Shipping Weight About 80 Pounds, Postage At Cost.

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        Konvolut von handschriftlichen Noten und Texten.

      Salzburg, 1850 - 1890. - Priv. Einände. Das Konvolut besteht aus: Eine Mappe von 184 Notenblättern handschriftlich, meist rubriziert in rot blau. Einer Mappe "Lieder für gemischten Chor", fortlaufend nummeriet 187 - 366, alle handschriftlich. Einer Mappe bez. m. Haronium Nr. 1 - 186, alle handschriftlich, weiters Beilagen, sowie Verzeichnisse nach Seitenzahlen und Compositionen (2 Hefte). Eine Mappe bez. Sangweisen. Handschriften auf Pergament, dem 15. bzw. 16. Jahrhundert nachempfunden. Eine Mappe bez. "Erinnerungen", beginnend ab 1850 bis circa 1890 die Salzburger Liedertafel betreffend. Mit zahlreichen Dokument Zeichnungen meist chronologisch datiert. Circa 400 Blatt. In einer Klatte Schnorr s von Carolsfeld. Eine Mappe bez. "Orgel" mit handschriftlichen Abschriften klassischer Komponisten u. a. - Ein Liederbuch bez. "Bürger-Sänger - Zunft - München. Lithographisch vervielflältigt, 112 S. - Insgesamt eine Sammlung von Unikaten. Zugleich eine genaue Chronologie der Geschichte der Salzburger Liedertafel. - RARA.

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        Les Amours pastorales de Daphnis et Chloé. Compositions de Raphaël Collin gravées à l'eau-forte par Champollion. Préface de Jules Clarétie

      1890 - [8]-VIII-190-[1] pages, 12 Paris, H. Launette, 1890, in-8, [8]-VIII-190-[1] pages, 12 gravures hors texte, maroquin bleu canard de l'époque, dos à faux nerfs et fleuronné, filets dorés, roulette et larges fers en encadrement des plats, double filet sur les coupes, tranches dorées, dentelle intérieure [Ch. Weill Orléans], Exemplaire numéroté sur vélin du Marais. Édition richement illustrée de jolies figure dans et hors texte, toutes gravées à l'eau-forte d'après les illustrations de Raphaël Collin (1850-1916). Le texte donne la traduction, revue et corrigée par l'helléniste Paul-Louis Courier, de J. Amyot. In fine est retranscrite la lettre de Courier au libraire et éditeur Renouard, à propos d'une tache d'encre qu'il fit, par maladresse, sur un fragment inédit du célèbre texte de Longus. Très bel exemplaire, fine reliure signée Charles Weill (1815-1893), artisan à Orléans. Infimes accrocs aux mors et aux coins. Vicaire 5, 391. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Set aus drei blauen Leinenbänden.

       [Paris, ca. 1890]. 4°. (27,5 x 19 x 9 cm.). OLn.-Bde. d. 19. Jhdts. Mit Gold- u. Farbprägung. Einbandtitel: \"Aventures Extraordinaires d`un savant Russe\".Aufklappbare Buchattrappe m. 2 versenkten Schnapsgläsern u. 1 runden Fläschchen mit Münzapplikation (Franz Joseph I). Innen mit Marmorpaier unnd farb. Leinenintarisen ausgeschmückt. In sehr gutem Zustand. Versand D: 4,00 EUR Buchwesen

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        The First Crossing of Greenland

      First English edition. 2 vols. Numerous illustrations plus 12 plates and 5 folding maps. 8vo. Silver-pictorial cloth, top edges silver; cloth a little bumped at the extremities, spines lightly sunned, occasional foxing, old clear tape repairs to short tears to the blank stub panel (and the verso of one short fold) of the map, pp 129-144 and 161-176 are duplicated. But a very good copy. London,

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        H. Schedler's Celestial Globe (12 inches diameter)

      selterner Himmelsglobus ca. 1890, Durchmesser 12 inch (ca. 30,5cm), Höhe ca. 50cm, dreinbeiniger HolzfußPapier ist altergmäß dunkel mit eine paar Absplitterungen bzw. Fehlstellen, Sternzeichen - Holzring ist ein paar mal gebrochen (sitzt ab am Gestell noch gut auf und benötigt daher etwas Leim). Papier am Ring selbst ist ebenfalls sehr dunkel mit Fehlstellen. Auf Wunsch senden wir gerne weitere Bilder.Joseph Schedler war ein Deutscher Immegrant der in New York und New Jersey arbeitet und Bücher und Globen herstellte. Seine Globen waren national und international preisgekrönt. Sein Son Hermann führte das Geschäft von etwa Ende der 1880er bis zur Jahrhundertwende fort.

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        The Captain of the Polestar and Other Tales

      London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1890. 1st. Cloth. Collectible; Very Good. A crisp, clean copy of the 1890 1st edition of Conan Doyle's second published book. 2nd state, 1 of 750 copies. Tight and VG+ in its original dark-brown cloth with bright gilt-lettering to front panel and spine. Very light fraying at spine crown, otherwise very solid and well-preserved. 12mo, 315 pgs. of text plus 16 pgs. of publisher's ads.

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        In Darkest Africa.

      London: London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington Limited,, 1890. Or, The Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria. 2 volumes, octavo (219 x 136 mm). Original dark red cloth, spines and front boards lettered and illustrated in grey, black and gilt, map endpapers in white and green. Wood-engraved frontispiece to vol. 1, photogravure frontispiece to vol. 2, 36 wood-engraved plates, numerous similar illustrations to the text, many full-page, large folding colour map to each volume, one further folding map to vol. 2, one colour plate, "Profile of the Ruwenzori". With a separately issued folding colour map laid in (short splits at edges of central fold, the image unaffected; see note). Contemporary bookseller's ticket (MacPhail of Galashiels) to vol. 2 rear pastedown. Spines rolled, extremities lightly rubbed, vol. 1 cloth variably mottled or faded, vol. 2 tips bumped and worn, and with a small dent to bottom edge of rear board, occasional spotting to text-blocks, short closed tear to stub of folding map in vol. 1, 10 cm closed tear to folding map facing vol. 2 p. 1, the image intact. A good copy. First edition, trade issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To. D. Stewart Esq, the Provost of Aberdeen & Laird of Banchory as a souvenir of the grateful guest, with the special compliments of the author, Henry M. Stanley, 3rd July 1890" on the front free endpaper of volume 1, with the recipient's armorial bookplate to the front pastedown. With an additional folding map laid in, J. G. Bartholomew's New Hand Map of Central Africa, Showing the Route & Discoveries of Stanley's Expedition, (London: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1890), separately issued and untraced in libraries. David Stewart (1835-1919), a wealthy industrialist, was provost of Aberdeen from 1889 to 1894. During Stanley's visit he was awarded the Freedom of the City and delivered a lecture at the recently inaugurated branch of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, where "imperial and commercial interests were more to the fore [than in the Edinburgh branch, where scientific motives predominated] … In Aberdeen especially, interest in having a branch of the society was particularly prompted by Free Church of Scotland ministers and others with missionary interests in Africa" (Withers, Geography, Science and National Identity: Scotland since 1520, p. 201). T Stanley's famous account of his expedition to relieve Emin Pasha (Eduard Schnitzer), the beleaguered Ottoman governor of equatorial Sudan, contains some of his most celebrated writing, especially his account of the tortuous 450-mile passage through the dense Ituri rain forest. Stanley's dealings with Emin Pasha, who proved singularly resistant to being "rescued", his abandonment of his own rear column and his wider motives for his mission came under suspicion with the quick proliferation of accounts by other members of the expedition, but the book remains a classic of African exploration. In the course of the journey Stanley met Roger Casement, then in service on the Congo, discovered the great snow-capped range of Ruwenzori, the Mountains of the Moon, a new lake which he named the Albert Edward Nyanza and a large south-western extension of Lake Victoria. In Darkest Africa was quickly translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch, while sales of the English trade editions reached 150,000 copies. Despite this, presentation copies of the trade issue are strikingly uncommon.

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        MASTRO DON GESUALDO

      MILANO: FRATELLI TREVES, 1890. IIED. RILEGATO. BUONO. 13 19,5. USATO

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        In Darkest Africa. Or, The Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria.

      London: London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington Limited, 1890 - 2 volumes, octavo (219 x 136 mm). Original dark red cloth, spines and front boards lettered and illustrated in grey, black and gilt, map endpapers in white and green. Contemporary bookseller's ticket (MacPhail of Galashiels) to vol. 2 rear pastedown. Spines rolled, extremities lightly rubbed, vol. 1 cloth variably mottled or faded, vol. 2 tips bumped and worn, and with a small dent to bottom edge of rear board, occasional spotting to text-blocks, short closed tear to stub of folding map in vol. 1, 10 cm closed tear to folding map facing vol. 2 p. 1, the image intact. A good copy. Wood-engraved frontispiece to vol. 1, photogravure frontispiece to vol. 2, 36 wood-engraved plates, numerous similar illustrations to the text, many full-page, large folding colour map to each volume, one further folding map to vol. 2, one colour plate, "Profile of the Ruwenzori". With a separately issued folding colour map laid in (short splits at edges of central fold, the image unaffected; see note). First edition, trade issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To. D. Stewart Esq, the Provost of Aberdeen & Laird of Banchory as a souvenir of the grateful guest, with the special compliments of the author, Henry M. Stanley, 3rd July 1890" on the front free endpaper of volume 1, with the recipient's armorial bookplate to the front pastedown. With an additional folding map laid in, J. G. Bartholomew's New Hand Map of Central Africa, Showing the Route & Discoveries of Stanley's Expedition, (London: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1890), separately issued and untraced in libraries. David Stewart (1835-1919), a wealthy industrialist, was provost of Aberdeen from 1889 to 1894. During Stanley's visit he was awarded the Freedom of the City and delivered a lecture at the recently inaugurated branch of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, where "imperial and commercial interests were more to the fore [than in the Edinburgh branch, where scientific motives predominated] In Aberdeen especially, interest in having a branch of the society was particularly prompted by Free Church of Scotland ministers and others with missionary interests in Africa" (Withers, Geography, Science and National Identity: Scotland since 1520, p. 201). T Stanley's famous account of his expedition to relieve Emin Pasha (Eduard Schnitzer), the beleaguered Ottoman governor of equatorial Sudan, contains some of his most celebrated writing, especially his account of the tortuous 450-mile passage through the dense Ituri rain forest. Stanley's dealings with Emin Pasha, who proved singularly resistant to being "rescued", his abandonment of his own rear column and his wider motives for his mission came under suspicion with the quick proliferation of accounts by other members of the expedition, but the book remains a classic of African exploration. In the course of the journey Stanley met Roger Casement, then in service on the Congo, discovered the great snow-capped range of Ruwenzori, the Mountains of the Moon, a new lake which he named the Albert Edward Nyanza and a large south-western extension of Lake Victoria. In Darkest Africa was quickly translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch, while sales of the English trade editions reached 150,000 copies. Despite this, presentation copies of the trade issue are strikingly uncommon. Howgego IV S60. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Notre coeur

      Paul Ollendorff 1890 - - Paul Ollendorff, Paris 1890, 13x19cm, broché. - Edition originale, un des 150 exemplaires numérotés sur Hollande, seuls grands papiers après 5 Japon. Très bel exemplaire, tel que paru, enrichi d'une importante pièce autographe d'Elme-Marie Caro, 1 page à l'encre brune sur un feuillet double, s.d. [1887 ?]. Dernier roman de Maupassant, Notre Cœur est également l'un des plus autobiographiques. Fortement inspiré des célèbres « Salons » littéraires et artistiques tenus par des femmes du monde, que fréquentait Maupassant, le roman confronte un homme de lettres à l'une de ces maîtresses femmes du Paris de la fin du XIXème. Ainsi décrit-il Michèle de Burne : « un être raffiné, de sensibilité indécise, d'âme inquiète, agitée, irrésolue, qui semblait avoir passé déjà par tous les narcotiques dont on apaise et dont on affole les nerfs ». A travers cette femme moderne, libérée mais oppressante, qui ne trouve de plaisir amoureux que dans la réduction en esclave de son amant, Maupassant établit en creux le portrait de la comtesse Potocka dont il est un des plus fervents « Machabées » ou « morts d'amour », selon les règles du jeu littéraire instaurées dans son célèbre salon. Notre exemplaire est enrichi d'une précieuse « Convocation extraordinaire du Club des Machabées », amusante pièce autographe rédigée par le philosophe Elme-Marie Caro. La comtesse Potocka y est désignée en ces termes : « la Patronne, chef du Pouvoir Exécutif et Décoratif des Machabées » et la liste des « convoqués spécialement et d'office, sans atermoiements ni excuses » réunit quelques habitués du salon de la Comtesse : Clovis Bachelier, Adrien de Montebello, Olivier Taigny et Dubois y représentent l'administration, Jean Béraud et Henri Gervex le monde artistique, Georges Legrand, Elme-Marie Caro, Gustave Schlumberger les Lettres. « Le Président » de cette société n'est autre que Coquelin l'aîné de la Comédie française. Maupassant, bien qu'il n'apparaisse pas sur cette invitation tenait cependant un rôle majeur au sein de ce Salon puisqu'il était le « secrétaire perpétuel du Conseil permanent du Club des Machabées ». Précieux témoignage de cette fascinante comtesse qui inspira Maupassant mais également Marcel Proust pour sa duchesse de Guermantes et Aimé Guerlain qui créa pour elle son parfum Shaw's Caprice. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] First edition, one of 150 numbered copies on Holland paper, only large paper after 5 Japan. A small angular lack on the second flat, first and last warning partially shaded page. Nice copy wide-margined. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        Chemin de fer transsaharien : documents relatifs à la mission dirigée au sud de l'Algérie. I. Texte. Rapport de l'ingénieur en chef (A. Choisy). Rapport sur les travaux géodésiques et topographiques de la mission et études des lignes de Laghouat à El Goléa et de Biskra à Ouargla, par M. J. Barois. Rapport géologique. Géologie du Sahara algérien et aperçu géologique sur le Sahara de l'Océan Atlantique à la mer Rouge, par M. G. Rolland ; II. Planches. ; III. Texte. Hydrologie, statistique, météorologie ; rapports par M. G. Rolland. Anthropologie, zoologie, observations sur les conditions sanitaires ; rapports par M. le Dr H. Weisgerber. Liste des plantes, recueillies par M. P. Jourdan,. déterminées par M. le Dr J. Bonnet.

      Imprimerie nationale 1890 - 3 volumes grands in-4, les 2 premiers (texte et planches) : demi-chagrin cerise, dos à nerfs, filets bruns, 391 pp. figures dans le texte, tableaux - atlas de 7 pp. et 41 planches souvent plusieurs fois dépliantes, dont 9 cartes, 5 en couleurs, 8 héliogravures (fossiles, poissons) et 6 gravures par Henri Cresson. Accroc d’humidité à une planche de fossiles, sinon infimes rousseurs & bel exemplaire. Le troisième (texte) : demi-basane, dos lisse, filets noirs, 504 pp. Figures dans le texte. 3 pl. stat. repl. hors-texte. Découpe angulaire au titre et à la première page (atteinte au texte sur 4 ligne). Reliure fanée, dos passé et taché, coupes usées. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Light of Asia, The

      London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner & Co., Ltd., 1890 - A Spectacular Late Nineteenth Century 'Pointille' Binding In an Oriental Design by Rivière & Son.RIVIÈRE & SON, binders. ARNOLD, Sir Edwin. The Light of Asia or The Great Renunciation. Being the life and teaching of Gautama as told in verse by an Indian Buddhist. London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner & Co., Ltd., 1890. Large Paper Edition limited to fifty numbered copies of which this is No. 13, signed by the publisher Charles Whittingham. Octavo (7 3/4 x 5 inches; 192 x 127 mm.). [2, Limitation leaf], xiv, 252, [1, imprint], [1, blank] pp. Title-page printed in red and black. Inserted portrait frontispiece with original tissue-guard.Bound ca. 1890 by Rivière & Son in full Royal blue morocco, covers elaborately decorated in gilt and pointille to an Oriental design, spine with five raised bands, also elaborately decorated in gilt and pointille and letterd in gilt in compartments, gilt-ruled boar-edges, and wide, richly gilt turn-ins, maroon liners and end-papers, top edge gilt, others uncut. Small bookplate removed from front paste-down. Chemised in the original? quarter brown morocco slipcase, spine lettered in gilt. Fine.A quite spectacular 'Pointille' binding in an Oriental design. Sir Edwin Arnold K.C.I.E, C.S.I. (10 June 1832 - 24 March 1904) was an English poet and journalist, who is most known for his work The Light of Asia.The Light of Asia, subtitled The Great Renunciation, is a book by Sir Edwin Arnold. The first edition of the book was published in London in July 1879. In the form of a narrative poem, the book endeavors to describe the life and time of Prince Gautama Siddhartha, who after attaining enlightenment became The Buddha, The Awakened One. The book presents his life, character, and philosophy, in a series of verses. It is a free adaptation of the Lalitavistara. A few decades before the book's publication, very little was known outside Asia about the Buddha and Buddhism, the religion which he founded, and which had existed for about twenty-five centuries. Arnold's book was one of the first successful attempts to popularize Buddhism for a Western readership.The book has been highly acclaimed from the time it was first published, and has been the subject of several reviews. It has been translated into several languages, including Hindi. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Internationale Bibliothek.

      New York, John Müller, 1887-1890. - 8vo. 16 issues, 16 pp. each (but No. 12: 18 pp). Contemporary cloth. First printings throughout; a near-complete run of the almost unobtainable anarchist monthly. The volume contains the first 16 of the 17 issues published (the 16th issue is inserted loosely at the end). The editor and largely sole contributor was the German anarchist Johann Joseph Most (born in Augsburg in 1846, died in Cincinnati in 1906), who was incarcerated by Prussia in Plötzensee, then repeatedly by the United States on Blackwell's Island; in his American exile he also edited the journal "Freiheit" ("Freedom"). Apart from Most's own writings the "Internationale Bibliothek" also printed works by the classic anarchists such as Kropotkin or Bakunin. Issue 6 contains lengthy extracts from the "Communist Manifesto". - A social democrat since 1871, Most had been expelled from the party as an anarchist in 1880. He was deported from Berlin in 1878 and emigrated (via London, where he speant two years in jail) to New York in 1882. He was involved both in the notorious "Haymarket Riot" of 1886 as in the anarchist assassination of President McKinley in 1901. "Most was a magnetic speaker, with sinister power of hatred and invective. He was a brilliant writer full of biting wit and sarcasm, the leader of the extreme faction of American anarchists, most of them German-speaking. He dictated the declaration of principles adopted by the Pittsburgh Convention of 1883 which became the bible of communist anarchism in America" (Arndt/Olson 362). Especially the first printings are of the utmost rarity; there are also reprints prepared in 1892 and 1893, after the journal's original run expired in 1901. In Germany a single complete run is known (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung); two other libraries have various individual copies. - Binding insignificantly rubbed. Occasional browning with some fingerstaining to a few leaves. Some edge flaws to the untrimmed 16th issue. Well preserved altogether. Nettlau 74, 77, 157-159, 166. Stammhammer I, 154, 8; 121, 4 & 9; II, 226, 1-2, 5-6, 8-9, 12-13, 17-20. ZDB-ID: 1069565-5. Arndt/Olson 736 (index only; no copies referenced). Bibliothek der Deutschen Sozialisten Cleveland No. 58 (almost excusively comprising the reprints). [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        FIXED BAYONETS:

      - A Complete System of Fence for the British Magazine Rifle, Explaining the Use of Point, Edges, and Butt, both in Offence and Defence; comprising also a Glossary of English, French, and Italian terms common to the art of fencing, with a bibliographical list of works affecting the bayonet. Pp. xii+184(last publisher's advertisement), frontispiece portrait, 23 plates, glossary, bibliography of the bayonet, index; large 8vo; maroon cloth, lettered in gilt and decorated brown, black and silver, edges worn, fore-corners bruised, spine a trifle sunned; small owner's stamp on the verso of upper free endpaper, leaves slightly browned, upper endpapers and title page lightly browned and foxed; William Clowes & Sons, London, 1890. First edition. *Hutton's first book, \i Swordsmanship , was published in 1862. Following retirement from the army in 1865 he devoted himself to the practice of modern fencing. He later published \i Cold Steel , a work devoted to the sabre. Under his instruction, the School of Arms of the London Rifle Brigade reached a very high level of swordsmanship. He was the first President of the Amateur Fencing Association in Britain and, later, was a fencing delegate to the British Olympic Council and a jury member at the International Cup in Paris in 1903. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Influence of Sea Power upon History 1660-1783. [First UK Edition]. FIRST UK EDITION IN FULL MOROCCO

      Sampson, Low, Marston & Co, 1890. 8vo., First UK Edition, with 18 plates containing 24 plans of naval battles, 3 full-page maps and large folding map; handsomely bound in blue full morocco, sides with gilt frame border, back with raised bands ruled in gilt, second and fourth compartments lettered and ruled in gilt, all other compartments tooled with anchor in gilt, gilt top, uncut, gilt blocking from original upper board and backstrip mounted on new and separate preliminaries, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. Mahan's most celebrated work, written whilst still a captain and first published in Boston earlier the same year. It is here that Mahan coins the term 'sea power' and in a masterly opening chapter defines the elements of this concept. Thereafter he embarks on a stage-by-stage analysis of the maritime conflicts that resulted in Britain's naval supremacy, illustrating his strategic assessments with a flood of examples. After some while in the doldrums, Mahan's reputation as a naval historian and strategist is once again on the rise. Albion, p.211; Hattendorf, A2b; NMM V/1 514; Sandler 2196

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        IN DARKEST AFRICA, or the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria

      London and New York Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington for Charles Scribner's Sons 1890 - 2 volumes. Edition de Luxe. One of a limited edition of 250 numbered copies signed by Stanley on the reverse of the half-title. With 6 etchings and 150 woodcut illustrations and 3 folding maps. Each of the etchings are signed in pencil by the artist. Large 4to, contemporary three-quarter brown morocco and with vellum covered sides, gilt lettered on the spines, gilt lettered and with gilt flag vignette on the upper covers, t.e.g. and all edges untrimmed. xv, 529; xi, 472 pp. Index in each volume. A lovely example of this rare set, the bindings unusually fresh with the morocco and vellum in an especially good state of preservation, extremely fresh and clean internally. Only a light bit of aging to the vellum, quite unusual in this condition. VERY SCARCE LIMITED EDITION OF ONE OF THE PRINCIPLE WRITINGS OF ONE OF THE GREATEST EXPLORERS OF THE DARK CONTINENT. "By 1885 Stanley had become deeply interested in the schemes of Mr. (afterwards Sir) William Mackinnon, chairman of the British India Steam Navigation Company, for establishing a British protectorate in East Equatorial Africa, and it was believed that this object could be furthered at the same time that relief was afforded to Emin Pasha, governor of the the Equatorial Province of Egypt, who had been isolated by the Mahdist rising of 1881-1885.Instead of choosing the direct route Stanley decided to go by way of the Congo, as thereby he would be able to render services to the infant Congo State, then encountering great difficulties with the Zanzibar Arabs established on the Upper Congo" (EB). Stanley and Tippoo Tib, the chief of the Congo Arabs, entered into an agreement for the latter to assume governorship of the Stanley Falls station and supply carriers for the Emin relief expedition, and then travelled up the Congo to Bangala together. They parted ways at Stanley Falls and Stanley started his trip toward Albert Nyanza, leaving a rear-guard at Yambuya on the lower Aruwimi under the command of Major E.M. Barttelot. Stanley’s journey to Albert Nyanza became a hazardous 160-day march through "nothing but miles and miles, endless miles of forest" that claimed the lives of over half of Stanley’s men from starvation, disease, and hostility of the natives. Finally upon the arrival at Albert Nyanza, Stanley achieved communication with Emin but was troubled by the non-arrival of his rear-guard. He retraced his steps back to Yambuya to find that Tippoo Tib had broken faith, Barttelot had been murdered, and the camp was in disarray and only one European was left. Stanley again set out for Albert Nyanza, where Stanley, Emin Pasha, and the survivors of the rear-guard began the return journey to Zanzibar by way of Uganda, a trip during which he discovered the Mountains of the Moon (Ruwenzori), traced the course of the Semliki River, discovered Albert Edward Nyanza and the great southwestern gulf of Victorian Nyanza. Of Stanley’s original 646 men, only 246 survived. This account of his adventures was wildly popular and published in six languages. This particular edition is extremely scarce in such excellent condition. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Spiel und Leben. Bilderbuch für Kinder. Originalzeichnungen von Wilhelm Claudius, mit Versen von Johannes Trojan.

      C. C. Meinhold & Söhne ca. 1890., Dresden - Mit einigen Gebrauchsspuren, berieben und bestoßen, Leinenrücken mit Griffspuren und einigen Flecken, Einbanddeckel berieben, etwas griffspurig und leicht fleckig, geringfügiger Wasserrand, Bezugspapier des Vorderdeckels geringfügig wellig, Buchblock aus der Bindung gelöst, Tafeln lose einliegend, vorderes Vorsatzblatt mit einigen Blessuren, hinteres fehlt. Die Tafeln geringfügig fleckig und zum Teil mit sehr geringfügigem Wasserrand, zum Teil ganz leichte Verfärbungen von dem Leinenecken her. Der leichte Feuchtigkeitseinfluß hat keine sonstigen Schäden hinterlassen, das Exemplar ist keineswegs unfrisch! 24 Farbtafeln mit Versen. 25 Bl., nicht num. Hübsch illustrierter Original-Halbleinen.

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        The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex ... Second Edition, Revised and Augmented.

      London: William Clowes and Sons, Limited for John Murray, 1890. 8vo. Original green cloth, boards with blind-ruled borders and panelled in blind, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, pp. xvi, 693, [1 (blank)]; wood-engraved illustrations in the text; a little browning to endpapers, slight rubbing to binding with two small faint spots to upper board, very good. Second edition, twenty-ninth thousand. In this work, which complements On the Origin of Species, Darwin expounded fully his theory of sexual selection and discussed at length the link he recognised between human and ape lineage: 'In the Origin Darwin had avoided discussing the place occupied by Homo sapiens in the scheme of natural selection, stating only that "light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history." Twelve years later he made good his promise with The descent of man, in which he compared man's physical and psychological characteristics to similar traits in apes and other animals, showing how even man's mind and moral sense could have developed through evolutionary processes. In discussing man's ancestry Darwin did not claim that man was directly descended from apes as we know them today, but stated simply that the extinct ancestors of Homo sapiens would have to be classified among the primates; however, this statement, as misinterpreted by the popular press, caused a furor second only to that raised by the Origin' (Norman, p. 218). This book further enhanced Darwin's fame, if not his popularity, and is one of the most significant works in the evolutionary canon. The second edition, which first appeared in 1874, was 'extensively revised and contains a note of the brains of man and apes by T.H. Huxley at pp. 199-206 [...] the twelfth thousand of 1877 has added at the end, pp. 620-624, a supplemental note which is reprinted from Nature of November 2 1876, p. 18. This is the final definitive text, and subsequent one volume issues until the turn of the century [including this] are from stereos of it' (Freeman p. 130). BM(NH) I, p. 423; Freeman 970.

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        Burne-Jones, Edward- Small Collection of Original Sketches] 14 Separate Pieces, From the Archive of Catterson Smith

      - Offered here is a small archive of original sketches, a collection of 14 drawings, in ink, pencil and gouache, in the hand of Burne-Jones, and possibly others, provenance directly descending from the Catterson Smith Collection, the latter being closely associated with William Morris and the Kelmscott Press, and was intregrally involved in the production of the press' greatest work, "The Kelmscott Chaucer." The sketches are mostly cursory, wide and varied: shield designs, another upper half drawing of a warrior, numerous cowled heads and faces, a wing, boots, rear part of a horse etc., with pencil note by Burne-Jones, "The 2nd must be in a kind of perspective, if you come tomorrow come early," 5 pieces with dated notes by Catterson-Smith, "E. Burne-Jones, Juner 94, R.C. Smith" etc. On various papers, tissue guards, etc., housed in large, folded thick handmade paper section. Folds, some foxing and browning, v.s., v.d. [1890's]. Scarce offering.

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        King Jury Havilah Bowen River

      Heart shaped engraved pictorial brass plate showing a portrait of King Jury framed by an emu & kangaroo regardant & a xanthorrhoea. Measuring approximately 180 by 245mm. Four small holes punched at the top left and right hand sides to allow for necklace. Queensland, c.

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        Sur une proprieté du système d'equations différentielles qui définit la rotation d'un corps solide autour d'un point fixe. Autograph manuscript signed, 11 leaves, written on recto only, with some corrections and additions. Undated, but first published in Acta Mathematica 14 (1890), pp. 81-93.

      [1890]. Important autograph manuscript by "the greatest woman mathematician prior to the twentieth century" (DSB) and the first woman in Europe to obtain a doctorate in mathematics. This paper complements and completes her most famous work, 'Sur le problème de la rotation d'un corps solide autour d'un point fixe' (Acta Mathematica 12 (1889), pp. 177-232), for which she received the 1888 Bordin Prize from the French Academy of Sciences. "Prior to Sofya Kowalevsy's work the only solutions to the motion of a rigid body about a fixed point had been developed for the two cases where the body is symnmetric. In the first case, developed by Euler, there are no external forces, and the center of mass is fixed within the body. This is the case that describes the motion of the earth. In the second case, derived by Lagrange, the fixed point and the center of gravity both lie of the axis of symmetry of the body. This case describes the motion of the top. Sofya Kowalevsy developed the first of the solvable special cases for an unsymmetrical top. In this case the center of mass is no longer on an axis in the body. She solved the problem by constructing coordinates explicitly as ultra-elliptic functions of time" (Rappaport, p. 570). Kovalevskaya continued her work in the present paper, which shows that the Euler, Lagrange and Kovalevskaya cases are, in fact, the only solvable cases of the motion of a rigid body. "Kovalevskaya's contribution was remarkable in many respects. First, she applied a recently developed and highly abstract mathematical theory (the theory of Abelian functions) to solve a physical problem [in the 1889 paper]. Second, she introduced one of the first proofs of the non-integrability of a physical system [in the present paper]. This result, together with Poincaré's and Bruns' work on the three-body problem, announced the failure of the program of classical mechanics to integrate exactly and for all times the equations of motion" (Goriely, p. 8). "To appreciate Kovalevskaya's contributions to the problem of a rotating rigid body it is necessary to understand the state of the problem before and after she worked on it. The physical problem - to express the position of the figure axes of a rigid body explicitly as functions of time - arises naturally from Newtonian mechanics. The first person to make progress on the problem was Euler, who over a period of twenty years gave various mathematical formulations of the problem and solved the resulting differential equations completely for the case of a body free of torque. Lagrange studied the problem, formulating it in terms of curvilinear coordinates that were better adapted to the problem than the rectangular coordinates used by Euler. Lagrange solved the case of greatest physical interest, when the body has the symmetry of a spinning top. "In both the Euler and Lagrange cases the solutions are expressed by writing time as an elliptic integral of a spatial variable. By the time of Lagrange elliptic integrals had been extensively studied by Legendre ... Further progress on the problem awaited advances in elliptic functions and sufficient liberation from physical intuition to regard time as a complex variable, at least for purposes of mathematical analysis ... "The necessary steps were taken by Jacobi, who had discovered the double-periodicity of the inverse functions and investigated them as functions of a complex variable. Jacobi's researches on elliptic functions led him to the discovery that such functions are best represented as quotients of theta functions. Jacobi applied these theta functions to represent the elliptic functions which arise in the Euler case and produced some very elegant formulas to represent the motion. This work, published only two years before Jacobi's death in 1851, clearly marked the beginning of a new epoch in the study of the rotation problem. For the first time since the equations of motion had been agreed upon a genuinely new tool - theta functions - was available for the study of the problem. Jacobi's death prevented him from making the study himself. To encourage others to take up the work the Prussian Academy of Sciences posed the following problem for competition in July 1852: "To integrate the differential equations of a body rotating about a fixed point under the influence of gravity alone. All quantities necessary to express the motion to be represented explicitly as functions of time using uniformly progressing [converging] series" ...  "Despite the interesting nature of the problem and the opportunity to use the new techniques discovered by Jacobi (not to mention the prize of 100 ducats), no one entered the competition. It is difficult to believe that no one worked on the problem, however. The problem is simply very difficult. It was not forgotten and was a prominent unsolved problem when Kovalevskaya became a student of Weierstrass fifteen years later. "Like her interest in differential equations, Kovalevskaya's interest in the Euler equations was constant from her days as a student, throughout her career. She studied it without much success while she was a student of Weierstrass, and then found her interest rekindled at a rather inopportune time, in 1881, when she was trying to solve the Lamé equations ... The step she took at this time, however, was prophetically close to the solution she ultimately achieved. She was already considering the use of theta functions for certain values of the parameters ... Kovalevskaya's formulation of the problem led her to a physically weird special case that she knew was the only remaining case in which the solutions might be meromorphic functions of the time for all possible initial values ... "The next mention of Kovalevskaya's work in a dated letter occurs in June 1886, when Hermite refers to "your beautiful discovery on rotation" ... [but] there is an undated letter addressed to "Cher Monsieur", in which the discovery is communicated. "Cher Monsieur" is probably Mittag-Leffler ... in this letter Kovalevskaya states the Euler equations and says that she has succeeded in integrating them in a new case (now known as the Kovalevskaya case) and, "I can show that these three cases [Euler, Lagrange, Kovalevskaya] are the only ones in which the general integral is a single-valued analytic function having no singularities but poles for finite values of t" ... "Judging from the note just quoted, we see that Kovalevskaya's work had progressed to such a point that she knew when the equations could have single-valued solutions and when they could not ... but the harder part of her work still lay ahead: to find the explicit solution in the case she described (the Kovalevskaya case). The work on this part (essentially the last fifty pages of her memoirs on the subject took more than two years of intense concentration ... "Kovalevskaya's description of her work is as follows. She finally reduced the problem to quadratures by Herculean labor, involving copious combinatorial tricks and heavy use of some transformations used by Weierstrass in his lectures on applications of elliptic functions. She was then faced with the problem of integrating some elliptic integrals of the first kind. As she remarked to Mittag-Leffler, "Now you will probably understand that these formulas led me to believe that I was really dealing with elliptic functions here. I searched and searched, but to no avail; [then] to my great joy and wonder, I discovered that every symmetric function of [the variables] is an ultraelliptic function of time, i.e. can be expressed by rational functions of quotients [of theta functions of two variables whose arguments are linear functions of time]." "She was able to write the system of integrals as a complete system of integrals of the first kind in genus 2, i.e. involving the square root of a fifth-degree polynomial in the denominator of the integrand and a linear function in the numerator. At this glorious point she knew she had the result she wanted. Weierstrass's advice, when it came, contained only some minor technical points on how to simplify the formulas. All that Kovalevskaya needed was time to prepare a clean manuscript, and the Bordin prize was assured." (Cooke, pp. 37-45). "Kovalevskaya was vividly criticized by the Russian academician Markov on a minor point related to the nonexistence of other cases where the equations could be integrated. This problem was settled by Lyapunov, who proved in 1894 that Kovalevskaya's claim was correct" (Goriely, p. 8). Kovalevskaya (1850-91) "was the daughter of Vasily Korvin-Krukovsky, an artillery general, and Yelizaveta Shubert, both well-educated members of the Russian nobility ... In Recollections of Childhood (and the fictionalized version, The Sisters Rajevsky), Sonya Kovalevsky vividly described her early life: her education by a governess of English extraction; the life at Palabino (the Krukovsky country estate); the subsequent move to St. Petersburg; the family social circle, which included Dostoevsky; and the general's dissatisfaction with the "new" ideas of his daughters. The story ends with her fourteenth year. At that time the temporary wallpaper in one of the children's rooms at Palabino consisted of the pages of a text from her father's schooldays, namely, Ostrogradsky's lithographed lecture notes on differential and integral calculus. Study of that novel wall-covering provided Sonya with her introduction to the calculus. In 1867 she took a more rigorous course under the tutelage of Aleksandr N. Strannolyubsky, mathematics professor at the naval academy in St. Petersburg, who immediately recognized her great potential as a mathematician. "Sonya and her sister Anyuta were part of a young people's movement to promote the emancipation of women in Russia. A favorite method of escaping from bondage was to arrange a marriage of convenience which would make it possible to study at a foreign university. Thus, at age eighteen, Sonya contracted such a nominal marriage with Vladimir Kovalevsky, a young paleontologist, whose brother Aleksandr was already a renowned zoologist at the University of Odessa. In 1869 the couple went to Heidelberg, where Vladimir studied geology and Sonya took courses with Kirchhoff, Helmholtz, Koenigsberger, and du Bois-Reymond. In 1871 she left for Berlin, where she studied with Weierstrass, and Vladimir went to Jena to obtain his doctorate. As a woman, she could not be admitted to university lectures; consequently Weierstrass tutored her privately during the next four years. By 1874 she had completed three research papers on partial differential equations, Abelian integrals, and Saturn's rings. The first of these was a remarkable contribution, and all three qualified her for the doctorate in absentia from the University of Göttingen. "In spite of Kovalevsky's doctorate and strong letters of recommendation from Weierstrass, she was unable to obtain an academic position anywhere in Europe. Hence she returned to Russia where she was reunited with her husband. The couple's only child, a daughter, "Foufie," was born in 1878. When Vladimir's lectureship at Moscow University failed to materialize, he and Sonya worked at odd jobs, then engaged in business and real estate ventures. An unscrupulous company involved Vladimir in shady speculations that led to his disgrace and suicide in 1883. His widow turned to Weierstrass for assistance and, through the efforts of the Swedish analyst Gösta Mittag-Leffler, one of Weierstrass' most distinguished disciples, Sonya Kovalevsky vas appointed to a lectureship in mathematics at the University of Stockholm. In 1889 Mittag-Leffler secured a life professorship for her. "During Kovalevsky's years at Stockholm she carried on her most important research and taught courses (in the spirit of Weierstrass) on the newest and most advanced topics in analysis. She completed research already begun on the subject of the propagation of light in a crystalline medium. Her memoir, On the Rotation of a Solid Body About a Fixed Point (1888), won the Prix Bordin of the French Academy of Sciences. The judges considered the paper so exceptional that they raised the prize from 3,000 to 5,000 francs. Her subsequent research on the same subject won the prize from the Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1889. At the end of that year she was elected to membership in the Russian Academy of Sciences. Less than two years later, at the height of her career, she died of influenza complicated by pneumonia ... "An unusual aspect of Sonya Kovalevsky's life was that, along with her scientific work, she attempted a simultaneous career in literature. The titles of some of her novels arc indicative of their subject matter: The University Lecturer, The Nihilist (unfinished), The Woman Nihilist, and, finally, A Story of the Riviera. In 1887 she collaborated with her good friend and biographer, Mittag-Leffier's sister, Anne Charlotte Leffler-Edgren (later Duchess of Cajanello), in writing a drama, The Struggle for Happiness, which was favorably received when it was produced at the Korsh Theater in Moscow. She also wrote a critical commentary on George Eliot, whom she and her husband had visited on a holiday trip to England in 1869" (DSB). Cooke, 'Sonya Kovalevskaya's place in nineteenth century mathematics,' pp. 17-52 in The Legacy of Sonya Kovalevskaya (Linda Keen, ed.), American Mathematical Society, 1987. Goriely, 'A brief history of Kovalevskaya exponents and modern developments,' Regular and Chaotic Dynamics 5 (1999), pp. 3-15. Rappaport, 'S. Kovalevsky: a mathematical lesson,' American Mathematical Monthly 88 (1981), pp. 564-574. 11 loose leaves, written on recto only, 290 x 232 mm, first leaf with extremely mild toning, some leaves with fingerprints in ink probably by the author. Three light horizontal creases from having been foled for postage. Very fine and clean.

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        Mémoire présenté au concours pour le prix du Roi Oscar II. Sur les intégrales de fonctions à multiplicateurs et leur application au développement des fonctions abéliennes en séries trigonométriques. Autograph manuscript, 278 leaves written on rectos only. Undated, but first published in Acta Mathematica 13 (1890), pp. 4-174.

      [1890]. Important autograph manuscript in which Appell generalises the theory of Abelian functions, due principally to Abel, Jacobi, Riemann and Weierstrass, to a class of functions he terms 'fonctions à multiplicateurs', and investigates their integrals and Fourier expansions. "His scientific work consists of a series of brilliant solutions of particular problems, some of the greatest difficulty. He was a technician who used the classical methods of his time to answer open questions, work out details, and make natural extensions in the mainstream of the late nineteenth century" (DSB), which cites the present paper as one of his most notable works. Appell's memoir won honorary second prize in the competition mentioned on the title, the first prize going to Henri Poincaré for his great work 'Sur le problème de trois corps et les équations de la dynamique.' In his statement on behalf of the prize committee, Charles Hermite wrote about Appell's contribution: "Le mémoire de M. Appell, sur les intégrales de fonctions à multiplicateurs et leur application au développement des fonctions abéliennes en séries trigonométriques, est également digne du plus haut intérêt. M. Appell a ouvert un champ nouveau dans la théorie des fonctions d'une variable, en donnant l'origine d'une catégorie de transcendants, douées de propriétés extrêmement remarquables, dont il a fait une étude approfondie et qui sont appelées à jouer un grand rôle. C'est, à notre époque, un des plus importants résultats de l'Analyse que ces découvertes de nouvelles fonctions auxquelles s'attachent les noms illustres de'Abel et de Jacobi, de Göpel, de Rosenhaim, de Weierstrass et Riemann. M. Appell s'est surtout inspiré de Riemann; son beau Mémoire, ceux de M. Poincaré sur les fonctions fuchsiennes, d'autres travaux français continuent l'oeuvre de ces grands géomètres." No manuscripts by Appell are listed on ABPC. "In 1885 Gösta Mittag-Leffler could look back at a successful start on his career as the first professor in mathematics of the newly founded Stockholms högskola (later to become Stockholm University). After his education and doctor's degree from Uppsala, he had spent three years in Paris and Berlin while he forged firm bonds with many leading European mathematicians. He then turned to Helsinki where he broadened his horizons as a dedicated and strong-willed professor. Four years later, in 1880, he returned to his native Stockholm. The new principles on which Stockholms högskola was founded gave Mittag-Leffler the opportunity to work out his ideas of how mathematical education and research should be organized and promoted. He attracted several talented postgraduates, and managed to engage Sofia Kovalevskaya as lecturer and later full professor at the department. The journal Acta Mathematica which he founded in 1882 was right from the beginning received as a leading international publication. It established itself as an effective transmitter of new mathematical ideas between France and Germany in the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71). "One of Mittag-Leffler's inventive ideas in promoting Acta Mathematica was to turn to King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway, both for financial support of the project and as the first enlisted subscriber. In 1884 another grand idea from Mittag-Leffler had matured. Again involving King Oscar, he now wanted to arrange an international prize competition in mathematics honouring the 60th birthday of the king. It seems that Mittag-Leffler first revealed his plan to Kovalevskaya. We find a short reference in a letter to her from 4 May 1884. A month later it is clear from another letter by Mittag-Leffler that she had by then discussed the prize with Karl Weierstrass. In July Mittag-Leffler for the first time briefed Weierstrass on the plans. "It was first decided to form a small prize jury consisting only of three members: Mittag-Leffler himself, acting as administrative and coordinative liaison with his mentors and friends Karl Weierstrass in Berlin and Charles Hermite in Paris. They were not only the two dominant mathematicians of the older generation, but there was also a special sympathy between them. This would be a prize awarded not for past contributions, but for a solution to an unsolved problem specified by the committee. In order to attract the best mathematicians from different branches of mathematical analysis they agreed on four questions. The first three seem to have been proposed by Weierstrass and the fourth by Hermite. It took a year of intense discussions to settle all the details, which were then officially announced in Volume 7 of Acta Mathematica in the middle of 1885. "The special features of this competition was the international and ambitious appeal, and the connection not to an academy or institution, but to the journal Acta Mathematica, where the winning entry finally was to be published. The prize consisted of a gold medal and 2,500 Swedish kronor. (As a comparison, Mittag-Leffler's annual salary as professor was 7,000 kronor.) The memoirs should be submitted before 1 June 1888 (almost three years after the announcement), with anonymity maintained through a motto on an enclosed sealed envelope containing the name of the author.  "The first question was a formulation of the classical n-body problem in celestial mechanics, and it attracted the most attention: "For a system of arbitrarily many mass points that attract each other according to Newton's law, assuming that no two points ever collide, find a series expansion of the coordinates of each point in known functions of time converging uniformly for any period of time." Weierstrass nourished great hopes that there would be a method of solution based on a simple fundamental idea, and that such a solution could help conclude whether the system was stable. In applying this formulation of the n-body problem as a model of the solar system, could it be excluded that the planetary orbits might alter radically over a long time, or even that one planet be thrown out of the system? ... "A list of all the twelve manuscripts received by June 1888 was published in Volume 11 of Acta with their identifying epigraphs. It turned out that five of the authors had attempted the prestigious Question 1, one had tried Question 3, while six treated a subject of their own, which remained a secondary option. Only four of the authors have been identified: in addition to Poincaré also Paul Appell, Guy de Longchamps and Jean Escary ... Although no entry had actually solved any of the questions, Mittag-Leffler and his jury were soon of the preliminary opinion that Poincaré was in a class of his own, that Appell should be awarded a second honorary prize, and that no other entries needed much further examination" (Rågstedt). In 1873, Appell (1855-1930) entered the École Normale, from which he graduated first in the class of 1876, three months after earning his doctorate. From this time on, Appell was highly active in teaching, research, editing, and public service. He typically held several teaching posts at the same time, including the chair of mechanics at the Sorbonne from 1885. He was elected to the Académie des Sciences in 1892. He served as dean of the Faculty of Science of the University of Paris from 1903 to 1920 and as rector from 1920 to 1925. In various government posts, including membership in the Conseil Supérieure d'Instruction Publique, he was an exponent of educational reform and initiator of numerous large-scale projects, including the Cité Universitaire. He vigorously supported the movement for women's rights, carried from Alsace his brother's reports destined for the French War Office, defended his fellow Alsatian Dreyfus and served on an expert commission whose ruling played a key role in his final rehabilitation. During World War I he founded and led the Secours National, a semi-official organization uniting all religious and political groups to aid civilian victims. He described the return of the tricolour to Alsace as the fulfilment of his "lifelong goal" and felt that Germany had been treated too easily. He served as secretary-general of the French Association for the League of Nations. "Appell's first paper (1876) was his thesis on projective geometry in the tradition of Chasles, but at the suggestion of his teachers he turned to algebraic functions, differential equations, and complex analysis. He generalized many classical results (e. g., the theories of elliptic and of hypergeometric functions) to the case of two or more variables. From the first his work was close to physical ideas. For example, in 1878 he noted the physical significance of the imaginary period of elliptic functions in the solution of the pendulum problem, and thus showed that double periodicity follows from physical considerations. In 1880 he wrote on a sequence of functions (now called the Appell polynomials) satisfying the condition that the derivative of the nth function is n times the previous one. "In 1885 Appell was awarded half the Bordin Prize for solving the problem of "cutting and filling" (deblais et remblais) originally posed by Monge: To move a given region into another of equal volume so as to minimize the integral of the element of volume times the distance between its old and new positions. In 1889 he won second place (after Poincaré) in a competition sponsored by King Oscar II of Sweden: To find an effective method of calculating the Fourier coefficients in the expansion of quadruply periodic functions of two complex variables. "The flow of papers continued, augmented by treatises, textbooks, and popularizations and seemingly unaffected by other responsibilities. Although Appell never lost his interest in "pure" analysis and geometry, his activity continued to shift toward mechanics, and in 1893 Volume 1 of the monumental Traité de mécanique rationnelle appeared. Volume V (1921) included the mathematics required for relativity, but the treatise is essentially an exposition of classical mechanics of the late nineteenth century. It contains many of Appell's contributions, including his equations of motion valid for both holonomic and non-holonomic systems, which have not displaced the classical Lagrangian system in spite of undoubted advantages" (DSB). Rågstedt, 'From order to chaos: the prize competition in honour of King Oscar II,' mittag-leffler.se/library/prize-competition "Sur les intégrales de fonctions a multiplicateurs et leur application au développment des fonctions abéliennes en séries triginométriques" + "Supplémet". Autograph manuscript in 8vo (220 x 175 mm), 278 leaves written on recto page, consisting of title (1 leaf), device leaf (1 leaf), Table des matières (1 leaf) and headtext leaf 1-210 (including 4bis, 156 a-d, 171 bis) + Supplément title (1 leaf) and headtext 1-60 and Table des Matières de supplément (4 leafs). Illustrations in text. Partly worn, some marginal tears. Custom cloth box.

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        History of English and French celebrated stallions and French mares which appeared on the turf from 1764 to 1867.

      London Nimmo 1890 - First edition, limited to 520 copies. Landscape folio (37 x 25 cm.), 2 title pages (English and French) both printed in red and black with coloured pictorial vignette, 134 hand-coloured vignettes, 60 full-page chromolithograph plates with hand-coloured backgrounds, original red morocco-backed green cloth gilt with gilt pictorial decoration, bevelled edges, top edge gilt, light toning to edges, an excellent example. With a Preface by that champion of sports, The Duke of Beaufort; this edition followed on the success of the French one the previous year. The author's real name was Georges Aimé Teyssier des Farges. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1890 - 1890 Original Paperback Wisden with Facs Spine & 2 ads

      1890. Hi, This lot is an Original 1890 Wisden Paperback with facsimile spine and 2 Adverts, the covers are Original. This is in Very Good condition, the covers have quite a few light marks and there are 2 facsimile adverts within that are very nicely made and internally it is a very good book, very clean pages but there is some foxing to the photoplate and lightly to the tissue paper, but it is a nice plate still. Very clean inside with minimal spotting, just a bit to the page block. Second Issue. New spine professionally added which makes the book readable and stops it falling apart.

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        Tailleur De Pierre'.

      - Farblithographie v. Dufrénoy in Paris n. Perat aus Arts & Metiers b. Hachette in Paris, um 1890, 29,5 x 38 Steinmetze und Steinschneider bei der Arbeit. - Sehr selten!

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        Ballads (With tipped-in check signed by RLS)

      London: Chatto & Windus, 1890. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 137 p. Signed by Author(s). First English trade (not the large-paper) edition (the U.S. edition preceded by 5 days) with a check signed by Stevenson tipped-in. Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850-1894) was that rarity, a literary celebrity during his lifetime. He is perhaps best remembered today for his novels, including "Treasure Island", "Kidnapped", and the "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". He also wrote several volumes of poetry; this volume includes the poems "The Song of Rahero", "The Feast of Famine", "Ticonderoga", "Heather Ale", and "Christmas at Sea". ***DESCRIPTION: Bound in dark navy blue cloth, gilt lettering on the spine, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges uncut, 12 mo size (approximately 7.25" tall), pagination: (i-viii), (1)-137, blank (138), device (139). The check is signed by "R.L. Stevenson" and is tipped into the front free endpaper on its left edge only; it is dated February 1892, is drawn upon Stevenson's account (has been in his adopted home of Vailima in the Samoan Islands, and orders $41.00 currency to be delivered from Mr. H. J. Moons, Esq. to Mr. Parker. ***CONDITION: Near fine overall, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, straight corners with a minimum of rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings; there is some minor wear to the head and tail of the spine, very slight toning to the endpapers, some vintage pencil markings (likely by a prior bookseller) on the rear pastedown, and very light rubbing to the joints. The check is in good plus condition; Stevenson's signature is clear and strong, there is some overall wear and a small hole in the middle of the check; it appears as though someone struck through the printed word "bearer" (?) and wrote "Parker" in ink; note that the check was endorsed on the verso by "D.S. Parker". ***CITATION: Beinecke 532, Prideaux 32. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.

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        Conversion document from Rabbi Moses Gaser]

      34, Warwick Road, Maida Hill, London, England 1890 -

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        The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex . Second Edition, Revised and Augmented.

      1890 - London: William Clowes and Sons, Limited for John Murray, 1890. 8vo. Original green cloth, boards with blind-ruled borders and panelled in blind, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, pp. xvi, 693, [1 (blank)]; wood-engraved illustrations in the text; a little browning to endpapers, slight rubbing to binding with two small faint spots to upper board, very good. Second edition, twenty-ninth thousand. In this work, which complements On the Origin of Species, Darwin expounded fully his theory of sexual selection and discussed at length the link he recognised between human and ape lineage: 'In the Origin Darwin had avoided discussing the place occupied by Homo sapiens in the scheme of natural selection, stating only that "light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history." Twelve years later he made good his promise with The descent of man, in which he compared man's physical and psychological characteristics to similar traits in apes and other animals, showing how even man's mind and moral sense could have developed through evolutionary processes. In discussing man's ancestry Darwin did not claim that man was directly descended from apes as we know them today, but stated simply that the extinct ancestors of Homo sapiens would have to be classified among the primates; however, this statement, as misinterpreted by the popular press, caused a furor second only to that raised by the Origin' (Norman, p. 218). This book further enhanced Darwin's fame, if not his popularity, and is one of the most significant works in the evolutionary canon. The second edition, which first appeared in 1874, was 'extensively revised and contains a note of the brains of man and apes by T.H. Huxley at pp. 199-206 [.] the twelfth thousand of 1877 has added at the end, pp. 620-624, a supplemental note which is reprinted from Nature of November 2 1876, p. 18. This is the final definitive text, and subsequent one volume issues until the turn of the century [including this] are from stereos of it' (Freeman p. 130). BM(NH) I, p. 423; Freeman 970. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Flirt

      - Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Paris 1890, 24,5x33cm, en feuilles sous chemise étui. - Prima edizione, una delle 20 copie numerate su Whatman contengono unicamente illustrazioni a colori, il disegno di larghezza la carta più piccolo. Libro Illustrato 19 grandi composizioni originali inserzione dei 18 nonché fasce miniature originali e cul-de-lampada Madeleine Lemaire. La nostra copia è completata, sulla pagina di occhietto, l'acquerello originale di Madeleine Lemaire ha firmato. Il caso e la camicia hanno strappi, macchie e piccoli strappi, un pizzo è mancante. Piacevole stato interno. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des 20 exemplaires numérotés sur Whatman, les seuls à contenir les illustrations en couleurs, tirage en grand papier le plus restreint. Ouvrage illustré de 19 grands compositions originales hors-texte ainsi que de 18 vignettes originales en bandeaux et culs-de-lampe de Madeleine Lemaire. Notre exemplaire est bien complet, sur la page de faux-titre, de l'aquarelle originale de Madeleine Lemaire qu'elle a signée. L'étui et la chemise comportent des accrocs, des petites taches et des déchirures, un lacet est manquant. Agréable état intérieur.  

      [Bookseller: Librairie Feu Follet]
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        Kacho gafu [vol. 1 and 2]. English title: ‘Album of Birds and Flowers’

      Tokio, Okura Magobei 1890 - Published Meiji 23-24 (1890-91). 86 colour woodcuts of animals and flowers and 14 pages of Japanese text, taken from the original book block bound editions, published in 1890, signed by Seitei. 50 loose passe-partouts (card enclosures front and rear), each with two opposite pages side by side under passe-partout, as well as the original covers; in custom made wooden box with clasps. With 4 minor holes from binding twine in every p. (along the left or right margin), first p. with some loss, else very well preserved copy of this beautiful publication. Image size 20.5 x 15 cm., passe-partout size 32 x 49.5 cm. There was a third volume of images published. Professor Matthi Forrer, curator of Japanese Art of the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden, in a letter, called this ‘one of the finest examples of woodcut colour in the 19th century’ There is a copy of this letter and copies of the text pages in Japanese with some translations in Dutch. Watanabe Shotei aka Watanabe Seitei (1851 in Edo – 1918) was a Nihonga painter and one of the first to visit Europe, attending the 1878 International Exhibition in Paris and being awarded a medal. Shotei blended Western realism with the delicate colours and washes of the Kikuchi Yosai school, introducing a new approach to kachoga or kacho (bird-and-flower painting). (14), (86) pp. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Harrison-Hiett Rare Books NVvA/ILAB PBFA]
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        Manuscrit autographe complet signé de Paul Verlaine d'une des "Chroniques de l'hôpital" : le lieu de misère partagée du poète et de l'ouvrier

      - Paris s.d. [1890], 21,3x14cm, 3 pages in-8 au verso de 4 feuillets de l'Assistance publique de Paris. - manoscritto completo delle Cronache dei dell'Ospedale, i fogli avanti della Pubblica Assistenza di Parigi. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Manuscrit autographe complet signé de Paul Verlaine d'une des Chroniques de l'hôpital, 90 lignes serrées à l'encre noire, au verso de feuillets de l'Assistance publique de Paris. Chronique de l'une des hospitalisations de Paul Verlaine, se produisant entre septembre 1889 et février 1890. La mention « III » a été rayée au crayon bleu de typographe. Dans leur recueil définitif, le texte se trouve en effet en seconde position. Dans la version publiée par Le Chat noir, le 5 juillet 1890, on ne constate pas de variante avec notre manuscrit. Il s'agit donc du dernier état du texte remis à l'imprimeur. Jacques Borel situe la rédaction de cette chronique lors d'un passage à l'hôpital Cochin en juin 1890. Verlaine a passé de longs jours hospitalisés au cours de sa vie et plus particulièrement à cette époque. Durant ces séjours, il compose les Chroniques de l'Hôpital, des poèmes en prose en huit parties. Il y mêle l'anecdote, les observations de la vie des malades ainsi qu'une fine analyse poétique du milieu hospitalier. Verlaine débute par un constat troublant et désabusé : « Décidément, tout de même, il noircit l'Hôpital, en dépit du beau mois de juin [...] Oui, l'Hôpital se fait noir malgré philosophie, insouciance et fierté. » Malgré le beau temps, la rigidité du système, la misère et la maladie assombrissent la vision du poète : « réprimons toutes objections sous peine d'expulsions toujours dures, même en ce mois des fleurs et du foin, des jours réchauffants et des nuits clémentes, pour peu que l'on loge le diable dans sa bourse et la dette et la faim à la maison. » La sortie, par expulsion ou pour guérison et la vie à l'extérieur n'offrent pas plus de réconfort que le séjour : « Évidemment nous sortirons tôt ou tard, plus ou moins guéris, plus ou moins joyeux, plus ou moins sûrs de l'avenir, à moins que plus ou moins vivants. Alors nous penserons avec mélancolie [...] à nos souffrances morales et autres, aux médecins inhumains ou bons ». Un sentiment déjà éprouvé lors de ce qu'il appelle « mes ?entractes?», temps où il n'est pas hospitalisé. Car à la sortie de l'hôpital, c'est une vie de misère qui l'attend, malgré sa reconnaissance déjà acquise. Sa misère, Verlaine la met en parallèle de celle de la classe ouvrière qui partage ses séjours dans des hôpitaux. Le poète appelle à la résignation ses : « frères, artisans de l'une et de l'autre sorte, ouvriers sans ouvrage et poètes... avec éditeurs, résignons-nous, buvons notre peu sucrée tisane ou ce coco, avalons bravement qui son médicament, qui son lavement, qui sa chique! Suivons bien les prescriptions, obéissons aux injonctions, que douces nous semblent les injections et suaves les déjections, et réprimons toutes objections [...] ». Avec eux, le poète souhaite profiter de la beauté du mois de juin en reprenant deux vers de la Chanson sentimentale de Xavier Privas : « ?Nous nous plairions au grand soleil. Et sous les rameaux verts des chênes?, nous, les poètes, aussi bien qu'eux, les ouvriers, nos compagnons de misère [...]». Égaux devant le malheur, qu'ils soient actifs ou oisifs, pourraient-ils ressentir de la nostalgie une fois dehors: « Et peut-être un jour regretterons-nous ce bon temps où vous travailleurs, vous vous reposiez, où nous, les poètes, nous travaillions, où toi l'artiste, tu gagnais ton banyuls et tes tods [...] » ? Malgré cette rêverie, Verlaine est : « las de tant de pauvreté (provisoirement, croyez-le, car si habitué, moi, depuis cinq ans !) » et il conclut, amer par le constat d'une médecine moderne sans humanité : « l'Hôpital avec un grand H, l'idée atroce, évocatrice d'une indicible infortune, de l'Hôpital moderne pour le poète moderne, qui ne peut, à ses heures de découragement, que le trouver noir comme la mort et comme la tombe et comme la croix tombale et comme l'absence de charité, votre Hôpital moderne tout civilisé que vous l'ayez fait, hommes de ce siècle d'argent, de boue et de crachats ! »

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        Amaïdée. Poème en prose.

      Paris, Alphonse Lemerre, 1890. - In-12 de VII et 74 pages. Broché non coupé avec les couvertures jaunes imprimées. Bon état. Edition originale. Préface de Paul Bourget, l'auteur se reconnait dans le personnage d'Altaï, Maurice de Guérin dans celui de Somegod, et Amaïdée, "fille de race déchue", est inspirée d'une aventure réelle de l'auteur, selon ses propres dires. Intéressante oeuvre de jeunesse écrite avant 1840, dont le manuscrit figura à la dispersion de la bibliothèque de Sainte-Beuve où il passa dans les mains d'un certain M. Paradis, puis disparut pour de nombreuses années. Vicaire, Seguin: Etudes de bibliographie critique. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie BERTRAN]
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        Set aus drei blauen Leinenbänden.

      [Paris, ca. 1890]. - 4°. (27,5 x 19 x 9 cm.). OLn.-Bde. d. 19. Jhdts. Mit Gold- u. Farbprägung. Einbandtitel: "Aventures Extraordinaires d`un savant Russe". Aufklappbare Buchattrappe m. 2 versenkten Schnapsgläsern u. 1 runden Fläschchen mit Münzapplikation (Franz Joseph I). Innen mit Marmorpaier unnd farb. Leinenintarisen ausgeschmückt. In sehr gutem Zustand. Gewicht in Gramm: 3000 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Burgverlag]
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        Histoire générale des émigrés pendant la Révolution française.

      Paris, Plon, 1884-1890, - 3 vol. in-8, VII-435 pp., 457 pp. et 639 pp., demi-maroquin brun, dos à nerfs, tête dorée (rel. de l'époque). Petites épidermures au dos sans gravité, usure à la coiffe du tome 3. Souvent anecdotique, rédigé à partir des mémoires pour l'essentiel, l'ouvrage de Forneron demeure un des livres de base pour toute bibliothèque sur l'émigration. A noter que le troisième volume paru en 1890, plus rare que les deux premiers et jamais réédité, concerne, les Emigrés et la société française sous Napoléon Ier. Ce dernier volume été publié d'apès les notes de Forneron, décédé prématurément, constitue sans doute la partie la plus intéressante de son ?uvre. Bon exemplaire.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Historique F. Teissèdre]
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        Notre coeur

      - Paul Ollendorff, Paris 1890, 12x19cm, relié. - Prima edizione, una delle 150 copie numerate in Olanda, unico grande carta dopo 5 Giappone. Vincolante metà marocco menta verde con angoli, posteriore con cinque nervi fissati con fili d'oro e ornato con scatole dorate triple decorati con trafori oro, data coda dorato inquadratura reti dorati su piatti di carta marmorizzata, guardie carta e contreplats alla nave, testa dorata sui testimoni, copertine e dorsi conservati, ex libris incollato alla testa di un contreplat, contemporaneo vincolante firmato Champs. Titolo pagina probabilità e ultima pagina di testo completamente ombreggiate. Nizza copia ben stabilito. Fonte: Biblioteca A. Grandsire con il suo ex libris incollato sulla copertina interna. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des 150 exemplaires numérotés sur Hollande, seuls grands papiers après 5 Japon. Reliure en demi maroquin vert menthe à coins, dos à cinq nerfs sertis de filets dorés et orné de triples caissons dorés agrémentés d'entrelacs dorés, date dorée en queue, encadrement de filets dorés sur les plats de papier marbré, gardes et contreplats de papier à la cuve, tête dorée sur témoins, couvertures et dos conservés, ex-libris encollé en tête d'un contreplat, reliure de l'époque signée de Champs. Page de faux-titre et dernière page de texte intégralement ombrées à l'instar de tous les exemplaires en raison de la texture des couvertures. Agréable exemplaire joliment établi. Provenance : de la bibliothèque A. Grandsire avec son ex-libris encollé sur un contreplat.  

      [Bookseller: Librairie Feu Follet]
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        Meyers Konversations-Lexikon Eine Encyklopädie des allgemeinen Wisens

      Band 16 endend mit Zz. Band 17 Registerband, Band 18 Erstes Jahres-Supplement 1890/1891, Band 19 Zweites Jahres-Supplement 1891/92 ., Vierte, gänzlich umgearbeitete Auflage, ca. 20.000 S., 4 Halbfranzösisch, Goldprägung, Illustrationsbeilagen und Abbildungen, Karten, Band 15 an der Oberseite des Buchrückens eingerissen, sonst alle 19 Bände guter Zustand

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        Peepshow Pictures. A Novel Picture Book for Children

      London and New York: Ernest Nister. E P Dutton & Co A good copy of this classic pop-up book with 4 working pop-ups. Undated but 1890's. The pictorial card binding is clean with some wear to corners and edges. The linen spine is disintegrating. Internally, the endpapers have a decorative floral design. They are splitting at the front hinge and there is an old signature to the fep which is partly reflected in lighter paper on the title page. The text with beautiful line illustrations is clean with brown toning, particularly to edges. The 4 pop-ups are intact and in good working order.

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        The Golden Bough: A Study in Comparative Religion. 2 volumes.

      Macmillan, London, 1890 - First edition. Hardback. Cloth slightly worn and marked with one corner with slight bumping and slight tear to one head of spine, otherwise a very good set. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Robin Summers]
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        The Golden Bough A Study in Comparative Religion

      London & New York: Macmillan and Co,, 1890. In Two Volumes. 2 volumes, octavo. Original green cloth, spines lettered in gilt, mistletoe design blocked to front boards in gilt, dark green endpapers, edges uncut. Frontispiece with foxed tissue guard and ownership inscription to half-title of volume 1. Spine ends and corners bumped, volume 1 with slanted spine and cockled boards, contents occasionally spotted with some nicks to edges, overall a very good set. First edition of Frazer's groundbreaking study of comparative religion. "Frazer's true subject is nothing less than humanity's long upward struggle towards an understanding of itself and the world. In Frazer's view that movement towards the light began in earliest times with the priest–king employing magic to compel the gods to do his bidding, followed by a religious stage in which humans admit their powerlessness and now beseech rather than command the gods. Thus for Frazer religion is a necessary stage in mental evolution, but one that is based on mistaken premisses; it has now in turn been superseded by a world-view based on rationality: positive science … In truth he was engaged all the while in a covert campaign against religion in general and Christianity in particular and may perhaps be seen, along with H. G. Wells, as the most important exponent of secularism in the twentieth century" (ODNB).

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        San-Remo. Via Saint Joseph.

      G. J. Phot., ca. 1890. Original photograph, albumen print, 26,6 x 21,7 cm. - Photograph No. 2179. Jean Gilletta (1856-1933), Levens-Nice. KEYWORDS:italy/san remo/photo.

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        Grande album rilegato contenente foto all'albume

      1890. Grande album rilegato in tela con fregi e titoli in oro cm 41 x 53,5, contenente numero 24 foto all'albume di Milano, 4 Pavia, 6 Lago di Como, 4 Lago Maggiore , 1 Roma, 12 piccole Venezia, 12 piccole Roma, 4 piccole Pavia. Le foto misurano cm: 20 x 25 ca.. Le piccole cm: 9 x 5 ca. Legatura un pò lenta ma in buono stato. Cinque delle foto sono firmate. Alla prima pagina dell'album mancanza di un ritaglio con altra piccola foto applicata di un edificio -Chiesa.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Antiquaria Regina Art & Curiosi]
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        Kacho gafu [vol. 1 and 2]. English title: 'Album of Birds and Flowers'

      Published Meiji 23-24 (1890-91). 86 colour woodcuts of animals and flowers and 14 pages of Japanese text, taken from the original book block bound editions, published in 1890, signed by Seitei. 50 loose passe-partouts (card enclosures front and rear), each with two opposite pages side by side under passe-partout, as well as the original covers; in custom made wooden box with clasps. With 4 minor holes from binding twine in every p. (along the left or right margin), first p. with some loss, else very well preserved copy of this beautiful publication. Image size 20.5 x 15 cm., passe-partout size 32 x 49.5 cm. There was a third volume of images published.Professor Matthi Forrer, curator of Japanese Art of the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden, in a letter, called this 'one of the finest examples of woodcut colour in the 19th century' There is a copy of this letter and copies of the text pages in Japanese with some translations in Dutch. Watanabe Shōtei aka Watanabe Seitei (1851 in Edo - 1918) was a Nihonga painter and one of the first to visit Europe, attending the 1878 International Exhibition in Paris and being awarded a medal. Shōtei blended Western realism with the delicate colours and washes of the Kikuchi Yōsai school, introducing a new approach to kachōga or kacho (bird-and-flower painting).

      [Bookseller: Harrison-Hiett Rare Books]
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