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        Moseman's Illustrated Guide for Purchasers of Horse Furnishing Goods, Novelties, and Stable Appointments, Imported and Domestic

      New York, London, Paris, Berlin, & Moscow: C. M. Moseman & Bros, 1890. Fifth Edition. Hardcover. Folio. 303pp; 2pp ads printed in blue & black bound in p. 70-71. Printed by E.D. Slater; chromolithographs by E. D. Croker, both of New York. Striking chromolithograph title-page & 10 chromolighograph plates; 1000+ detailed illustrations of all items relating to the horse including halters, muzzles, halter ties, hitching weights, oils, dressings, stallion shields, boots, toe weights, bitting harness, hopples, spreaders, cart saddles, collars, riding & driving bits, whip sockets, whips, hunting crops, ornaments, chains, snaps, clothing, saddles, veterinary preparations, stable requisites such as brushes, curry cards, brooms, forks, and much more. Wear to extremities; small dampstain to upper rear board; spine lightly faded; section of ffep has torn at hinge and is adhered to inside front board owner name else very good; internally clean and tight. A nice copy of an uncommon sales catalog. One of the finest equestrian trade catalogues of the 19th century produced by a leading New York City firm, C.M. Moseman and Brothers, offering a vast range of high-quality equine goods. Next day shipping. Celebrating our 17th year - all domestic orders ship with Delivery Confirmation Tracking Number - Images available upon request.

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        Early Kowloon Customs Officer, "Pirate Blake" Tracking and Seizing Chinese Junks

      British Hong Kong, 1890-1897. Maritime archive of Lieutenant William Henry Blake, a notable Irish-born Australian marine and customs officer, centering on his service in China as a customs officer and tidewaiter at the Kowloon Customs Station, being in charge of steamship Kwan Tin and largely focused on the confiscation of opium from Chinese junks. The archive comprises 1 manuscript journal serving as worklog and letterbook, 2 manuscript diaries with one pencil drawing, 1 manuscript postcard, 2 cabinet card photographs, and 1 hand painted portrait on silk made in China. Folio logbook (1890-1893), half roan over marbled boards, manuscript label to front, 177 pages in manuscript. Two folio Kelly and Walsh one-week format 'Diary and Almanac' volumes, with daily manuscript diary entries made in 1895 and 1896, over 120 pages each, complete with all the ads. Two cabinet card photographs showing officer Blake at different periods of his naval career, one of which was produced by Chinese photographer Pun Lun in Hong Kong in 1892, the other made in Brisbane and inscribed in manuscript to verso "last photograph taken" showing Blake circa 1897-1900 in the uniform of the Queensland Marine Defence Force. Photographs measure approximately 13 x 19 cm; mount sizes vary. The postcard was sent by Blake from Tientsin 16 September 1903, to a Mrs. A. Harrison in Brisbane, and bears three Chinese postmarks. The silk painting is a portrait of officer Blake as a young marine, made during one of his earliest tours to China, circa 1873. A superlative China maritime archive with exceedingly scarce firsthand accounts of the incessant conflict during Britain's crusade for control over the opium trade, comprising manuscript journals and original photographs of a resolute and notable though little-known privateersman. Putting into perspective the scarcity of the present accounts, one must take note that when Blake was given command of the China Imperial Customs vessel Kwan-Tin, and thus began the first working logbook, there were only two such vessels, the latter having just been launched in 1889. Each vessel was commanded by two men who led a crew of Chinese mariners. Lieutenant William Henry Blake whose employment as a Customs Officer in actuality resembled that of a privateer. Officer-in-charge of the steamship C.L. Kwan-Tin [and subsequently other vessels] Captain Blake, and his crew, followed informants' leads, pursued and boarded vessels seeking to seize opium in an ongoing effort by the British efforts to maintain a strict monopoly on the opium trade. This was not his first time chasing vessels at sea; as a young marine in the Royal Navy he learned and perfected the skills of tracking and apprehending whilst on a privateer in pursuit of slave ships. Blake's life was most adventurous, having been born in Ireland and breaking free of difficult family circumstances in his teenage years, starting with nothing as a young lad and being virtually adopted by the Royal Navy. To aid in combatting the slave trade, and, unknowingly at the time, to begin a life-long career as a notable mariner, he set out to sea. An expat who had settled in Australia by 1880, he served many years in that colonial navy as well, returning to China as an interpreter during the Boxer Rebellion. Details of his appointments and movements in the China customs service are found in the Customs Gazette, in the China Imperial Maritime Customs Service List, and some also in the first journal of the present archive: •His first appointment with Customs was on 15 November 1887, at Kowloon, being assigned to the ship called Anthon Gunther •In June 1888 he received a promotion and was named Officer-in-Charge of the Revenue Launches vessel "Cum Sing" at Lappa (the Lappa customs office had just opened in April) •In April 1889 he was transferred to the R.L."Kong Sing" •In July 1889 he was made Officer-in-Charge of Cruising Launch "Kwan-Tin" •On 1 October 1890 he was a launch officer, posted at 3º Coast, when a new appointment and post was given him, being promoted to second class tidewater (out-door) and moved to Kowloon •In February 1892 he was transferred to the R.L."Kai Pan" •In June 1892 he was made Officer-in-Charge of R.L. "Kong Sing" According to the present documents, in 1893 he went on leave to earn an official certificate in navigation •On 1 December 1894 he was a second class tidewater (detached) at Kowloon, and was moved to Chefoo •On 1 April 1895 he was a second class tidewater (detached) at Chefoo, and was moved back to Kowloon In the 1892, 1894, and 1896 volumes of "The Directory & Chronicle for China, Japan, Corea, Indo-China, etc..." published in Hong Kong, Crowe is named as a coast guard officer with Maritime Customs and a foreign resident at Kowloon, then as a tidewaiter and Officer-in-Charge (from 1894) of Cruising Launch Kwan-Tin at Kowloon, and as a tidewaiter for the Kowloon Taikwan Imperial Maritime Customs. Vivid imagery of a lively Hong Kong harbour replete with narcotics smuggling and expropriation is summoned by these rare surviving manuscript accounts of Britain's tenacious attempts to monopolize the opium-based economy. The earliest of the volumes is Blake's unofficial log book, where he makes notes on the activities and crew of the steamship C.L. Kwan Tin [C.L. stands for Cruising Launch]. Apart from one leading assistant, Mr. Hughes, his crew appears to consist mainly of Chinese men. He also records copies of the reports and requests submitted to his superior, the Commissioner of Customs at Kowloon [F.A. Morgan was commissioner at Kowloon from 1887 to 1890. By May 1892 it was J. Moleavy Brown.] Mainly monitoring than the harbours of Hong Kong's New Territories, beyond Po Toi island and the Tathong Channel, he is occasionally positioned off Chang Chow [Zhangzhou]. His appointment was one of many tasks, being in charge of everything related to the ship and the crew, from maintenance and repair of boat and equipment, arms and munitions, all stores and coal, ordering clothing and bedding, salaries and promotions of his seamen, commissions paid to informants, reporting all movements of the ship, recording sea battles and inspections, prisoners taken, suspicious vessels, and of course opium seized. Several confrontations arose with the captain of a vessel called "Victoria" which appears to have been a governor's steamer, although its captain non-compliance was cause for investigation. This was a risky era for anyone navigating Hong Kong's shorelines, not just customs officers and narcotics smugglers. Chinese informants and hired crewmen alike are hesitant to go into the Hong Kong office for their pay or to clear their accounts, for fear of being seen by opium traders. Occasionally the men would be sent to hospital for medical reasons and take the opportunity not to return to the ship. On at least two occasions Captain Blake reports a deserter. Following are some excerpts from the logbook, which spans from May 1890 to February 1893. "C.L. Kwan Tin Wednesday 14th May 1890. Midnight lying off Chang Chow under banked fires... Landed small armed men for target practice... Examined pouches and rifles... Inspected all arms..." "Friday, 30 May 1890. 11.00 am. Chased Fukin junk boarded her off Po Toi searched her and discovered 40 balls of opium under sand ballast. Seized junk and took her in tow." "23 June 1890. Mr. Stokes, Sir, I send in the following names as requested men whom I can recommend for promotion, Chung Chuen, Hon Chin, Lo Wing..." "3-4 August... I sent Mr. Hughes in second Gig under Tung Lung Island about 50 yards from the rocks bearing E SE. We kept together ... a lot of fishing boats about and the informer was confident that the opium boats if they came at all could not arrive until 2.00 am." "5 August... I feel quite shure that the four fish boats contained no opium as there was a lot of women on board, and as soon as the boatswain returned the fire the fish boats put about and returned from where they came... the informer stated that the men running the opium told him that they had run down the same way several times, and so there was a crew of six men in each boat all armed..." "31 August... the informer on last opium captured by Kwan Tin comes onboard every day to make enquiries about his money. He refuses to go into the office as he is afraid of being seen..." "5-7 Sept 90. Sir, after firing 6 pds Gun 2nd Dec 1889 I sent in a report... the port light screen was blown away... hatch was damaged while Kwan Tin was stationed off Macao... The only positions the gun can be fired in is on the port or starboard beam and then all glass must be removed by carpenter before firing or it will be broken by firing... 15 of Sept 1889 while chasing the junk Too Shun I fired 2 rounds... no time to remove glass from skylight..." "12 Sept 90. Mr. Markwick Sir, the bearer Kwak King is the informer on four chest of opium seized by Kwan Tin. " "15 Sept 90. Sir, I have the honour to forward the enclosed application from Feng Chan Tang Interpretor who has been with me since September 1888 in C.L. Cum Sing, Kong Ling and Kwan Tin... I highly recommend him... cruised to Poo-toy [Po Toi Islands]... anchored off Tung Lung... " "2 October 189... 11:15 Anchored off Tin Ha working boats... 4 October ... run down to Devil's Peak " "8 Oct 90... It has always been the custom on demanding for crews clothing... to supply winter clothing about October. I consider the blue serge suits quite goodenough for a few months more and might do this winter... blue jean suits are quite worn out also the caps and I think if the crew are supplied with 2 blue jean suits, cap and ribbon, 1 sash red (each), that this would do..." [A report from Blake's assistant Mr. Hughes] "25 October 90... On being sent to board the "Victoria" in a Gig... I was hailed... asked who I was. I replied Chinese Revenue... I was seized by the chest... pushed me back to my boat... I replied, I am very sorry you have to back to the Station... I then asked... whether you fly the blue ensign, he stated yes, sometimes the blue & sometimes the red... & he stated that he was a Gov't Officer & she is a Governors of Hong Kong private launcher.... the man seized me by the chest, he was in drink, and he did not treated me in a proper manner... " "21 Nov 1890... while cruising off Chung Hue [Tsing Yi island]... I saw a small launch at anchor... landing a number of Chinese in a Hong Kong sampan... they had not reported anywhere... ordered the Interpretor to tell them to report at Ly Chu Kok which they would not do... Mr. Hughes reported that the man in charge tried to run him into English waters and Mr. Hughes had to take the wheel from him... I placed the irons on him for a few minutes to frighten him... not more than 25 minutes..." "30 Nov 1890... to report movements...7.30 weighed anchor and run out to cruise. mid 12.00 anchored off Taing Kau... 3.30 anchored off Ma Wau... am 12.55 anchored off Pak Sa Wun..." "3 December 1890... I demanded bedding by Commissioner Morgan's orders on the 12 of August" 1889... received the following articles... 2 cushions at $5.00 each, 16 sheets 1.50... 8 blankets... obtained from A. Ling now trading under the name of Hing Ku. "12 December 1890... Hua Yu is a very good man and is capable of doing fireman duty... Chen Ying has left his mess account unpaid and they all do the same if they are paid in the head office." "3 January 1891... I have made a prisoner of the Ly pending your reply..." "19 January 1891... The Kwan Kap passed this morning at 7.30 without reporting. I got under way to give chase... she steams very much faster than the Kwan Tin... I was not shure if the above ship should be stopped as she belongs to the Northern Fleet. I am sending an armed party on shore every night..." "26 March 1891. Sir, please grant permission to give crew leave to visit their ancestors graves commencing from 1st of April..." "2 June 1891... some fishermen appealed me for assistance today. They were drying fish on the rocks under Devils Peak when the quarrymen came down and commenced to steal their fish and beat the fishermen..." "6 June 1891... Seaman's Lu Fu reason for wishing to leave is that he wished to go home to collect his Father and Mothers bones..." "12 July 1891... Seaman Hsu Fa refused to join at $7 per month... he tells me now he can get $12.00 per month in the 'Li Kin' to start on" "20 July 1891... Han Chan and Han Fa, brothers, request 4 days to go to Macao, from what I can ascertain, these two men are reported to the Macao authorities for informing on a salt smuggler which was captured by the 'Li Chuen' salt commissioners cruiser, and the Macao authorities failing to capture the above seamen, have arrested the father and eldest brother... they say they are not guilty..." "27 August 1891... the informer came on board last night at 7.30 pm with information on five chests of opium from Hong Kong to Taing Kau a village opposite N.W. Chen Hue and he stated they were well armed and would shure fight. I borrowed a native boat... and I shall work the same tonight." "23 November 1891. Sir, I have the honour of report capturing a saltpeter boat after a lot of trouble... I have one man a smuggler on board..." "24 December 1891... information on 8 chests of opium to be run from Hong Kong to Taing Kau. I maned two private sampans and two gigs and worked on above information..." "19th January 1892... Pun Lun photographer came out at my request... some of the Kwan Tin crew that were not on boat duty asked and I granted permission for them to board on the beach alongside of the launch for the purpose of being taken in a group [photograph]." "4 August 1892... saw a native Chinese, jump overboard from a merchant steamer... the steamer didn't stop to render assistance... the interpretor went over in the gig and picked him up. Man's name - Fang Loi... states that he was being kidnapped... the man states she was a Singapore ship. I have detained the man on board pending orders..." "17 Dec 1892... information on four boats which leave Hong Kong for Chep Pau, they take 8 or 10 chests out every trip... every ten days... fishing boats. The above informant was the same that informed on the 9 ½ chest of opium captured by 'Kong Sing' in June 1890... If I am allowed to go out and meet the opium boats... if the Commissioner will grant me permission to work this... I can catch the opium..." "Kong Sing 15 February 1893... steamed into 7 feet of water and dropped gig in charge of Mr. Ware with prisoners, 4 armed men, and two boat keepers... to deliver prisoners, and take receipt for them from San Gu magastrate who examined prisoners." "2 March 1893. Sir, I wish to pass the Marine Board, for a certificate in navigation"... also the necessary leave... End Excerpts. The second volume, a diary kept by Captain Blake in the year 1895, is replete with accounts of violence in the nefarious world of smugglers and pirates including at-sea incidents of shooting, beating, a sword attack on an elderly woman, murders and mutinies - circumstances which offer no reprieve from the ongoing Sino-Japanese War. Killings, suicide, and decisive moments in the Battle of Weihaiwei are also noted. [The Battle of Weihaiwei took place between 20 January and 12 February 1895 in Weihai, Shandong Province, between the forces of the Empire of Japan and Qing Empire.] Evidently having taken well to the sea, and also to China itself, he decided to learn the language. [This would prove most advantageous in serving the Australian Navy during the Boxer Rebellion, when he would return as an interpretor of Chinese.] In the early part of the year, Blake is in Tientsin studying Chinese. He jots down news of the Sino-Japanese War including the Battle of Weihaiwei and suicide of Admiral Ding Ruchang. A lovely pencil drawing of the Great Wall at Shenhaiguan shows its terminus, which is also known as Old Dragon's Head. Post studies he returns to Hong Kong as Commander of the launch Kwan Lui, again patrolling between islands, harbours and coves. A new patrolling boundary is drawn in this period, owing to political pressure and rising unrest between the Chinese and the English. The Chinese were increasingly utilizing British legal systems to dispute arrests and charges. At the end of the volume are various tallies of his expenses. Excerpts from Captain Blake's 1895 diary: 30 January 1895... "Studying Chinese. Rumours of Japanese landing 25000 men to capture Wei Hai Wei." 1 February. "Rumours of the S.E. Forts, Wei Hai Wei being taken by Japanese. Chinese soldiers bottled as usual." 4 February. "Rumours of Wei Hai Wei being captured" 5 February... "many Europeans were killed at the capture of Wei Hai Wei, also that Admiral McClure and Mr. Tyler were killed by their own men" 6 February... "We may expect the Japanese here now at any moment, still at headquarters studying Chinese... we are helpless to help the Chinese in the present war... Conflicting news re Wei Hai Wei, and Japanese movements, General Liu Kung Gi Viceroy of Nankin [Li Hongzhang] took command tonight at Shan.Hai." 7 February. "Wei Hai Wei is taken by the Japanese... the Chinese had blown up their ships rather than be taken..." 9 February. "General von Hanneken on the road to Pekin rumour that three comps of Chinese soldiers had mutinied, killed their officers, and were marching on Pekin..." 14 February. "The Japanese are landing at Chiekoo 40 miles from the Takoo [Taku] Forts, lively times... heavy snow storm, went up to Tientsin..." 18 February... "heard today that General Ting had raised a flag of treuce to the Japanese Admiral offering to surrender on condition that he would spare the lives of Europeans employed at Wei Hai Wei, rumoured the Japanese would not come to terms..." 19 February... "heard that all the Europeans from Wei Hai Wei had reached Chefoo all safe liberated by the Japanese... very sorry to hear today that the grand old man Admiral Ting had committed suicide, also the General commanding, on surrendering the remains of the fleet, and the loss of the defences... Japanese intended to march overland from Wei Hai Wei, seizing the Grand Canal, with a view of stopping the Imperial Court from escaping south..." 21 February... "Japanese Man of War ran into Chefoo with the body of Admiral Ting, and other officers who had committed suicide, at the fall of Wei Hai Wei...." [officers named] 26 February... "spent the evening with Mr. Makish secretary of the Chinese Admiralty, I can now understand the Chinese losing the various battles, and things in regards to the Chinese navy..." 27 February... "went for a long walk down the Takoo road with B. Taylor, we both carried revolvers as a safeguard" 17 March ... "I am about to be paid off, orders arrived for my transfer to Kowloon" 24 April. "Proceeded to Hong Kong, report to Head Office for duty..." 27 May. "Seizure of Opium sold at Lai Chi Yok... rumour about that pirates intended raiding the station" 31 July. "Heard this morning that one of the 'Kwan Tin' gigs was seized by the Police in San Yi Wan last night... on duty as usual, while away took out their arms and ammunition left it a Foti Chou station picked up by their friends... went into English waters... there will be the devil to pay..." 6 August. "Heard news today, missionary ladies and children brutally murdered at Kuei Tein Fukin Province also heard that opium seized by Kwan Tin is disputed as usual by Hong Kong Opium farmer as being seized in English waters, one of our men picked up today dead, drowned on duty." 9 August. "Great trial comes off tomorrow at Hong Kong re our violating British waters complaint laid by smugglers who lost the opium captured by Kwan Tin" 15 August. "Received information on 12 chests of opium to be run into Mirs Bay... two suspicious looking boats... armed gig... when I drew near and hailed the boats... men getting their rifles, women and children yelling... beating alarm drums... they had taken us for pirates..." 17 August... "captured the opium boats and found they had thrown it overboard, took their Captains Prisoners... turned over to Chinese authorities" 2 September. "Discovered an unknown wreck of the San Shu Taeling... " 13 September. "Came across a small junk... one old woman her hands were very much cut with sword cuts also her back and had been robbed of everything, sent her to head office." 24 September. "Chasing Opium smugglers as usual." 20 October. "Picked up a junk capsized today..." 12 November... "received private instructions re new boundary for Revenue work, this places us right clear of English waters... on account of trouble with English Government on account of Hue Cheang murders..." 17 November. "Anchored in Plover Cove ... lurking after Chinese pirates or smugglers & I don't care which comes first..." Further shenanigans by opium dealers, product and Chinese junks seized, prisoners taken, acts of violence by rebels, and an increasingly disenchanted sentiment all unfold in the third volume, by then in his ninth year of suppressing smugglers and pirates. As the "smuggling trade" intensified opium carriers were accompanied by large numbers of fighting men, both becoming better armed and using the same Winchester rifles as the British Customs Officers. On one occasion Blake equipped even his cooks, engineers, firemen, and carpenters with rifles as several men were needed to quell a battle on shore. The ships were now sending shore parties to scout for ill-doers. Prolific mistrust and brazen covert tactics replaced face-to-face confrontation, as is illustrated in an entry made in July 1896, where a "Chinese official" working on Blake's ship was suspected of "a little treachery" in collusion with "one of the reformed smuggler chiefs." On 10 September he writes, "Here I am out Pirate and Smuggler hunting again now stationed in Mirs and Bias Bay with old Sam Kuir the Pirate chief and 90[?] of his men... I shall keep a revolver hand at all times," and 7 days later at the same position, "I hope none of my men get killed." The following day his men returned safely and he describes Sham Kuir as "very humble since yesterday." In May, he records the start of health issues, and in November he is in hospital, thereafter stationed on shore at Kap Shui Mun. Blake's diary for the year 1896 is kept in the same format as the previous. In addition to detailed expense lists, there is a register of correspondence, which shows two letters sent to his mother. Blake later wrote a most captivating account of his work and experiences in China. "The Adventures of a Naval Chief Gunner" was 287 pages, published in Brisbane, 1906, by Watson Ferguson. He died in 1906 (before 6 June), and did not live to see the publishing of his book. Copies are held at the National Library of Australia and a few university libraries, else this is an exceedingly scarce volume to try and procure. Excerpts from the book (a rare volume which is NOT included in this archive) Page 81: "In the early part of 1888, the [Chinese] crews that we had been instructing were sent to England under European officers to bring out three cruisers, built by Sir William Armstrong, the Chuan-taio, the Li-kin and the Kai-pan." Page 84: "In June 1888, we received information that a lot of goods had been run past us during the day, and that the whole of the smugglers were camped in a village a couple of miles inland." page 92: "... Captain Reed was placed in command of the ship Kwan-Tin... I was promoted to take charge of the cruiser Cum-sing..." page 100: "In the year 1889 the second cruiser was finished and Captain Reed took command of her. He was sent to Macao and the West River District; and I was appointed to the Kwan-Tin, which meant promotion. she carried one quick-firing gun in a steel turret..." page 115: "... two columns... advising the Hong Kong Government to seize me for piracy the first time I landed in Hong Kong. (To this day I am still known on the China Coast as Pirate Blake)" page 166: "As soon as I saw that was to be certain between China and Japan, I volunteered to join the Chinese fleet.... my services were accepted, three other officers from the Kowloon district went with me - Clarkson, Walpole, and Miller, the whole of us old Navy men... A contemporary review of his book provides a noteworthy biographical summary of his service in the Australian Navy, Chinese Customs, etc. The following was published in the Queenslander newspaper, Saturday 16 June 1906: "The Adventures of a Naval Chief Gunner," by W.H. Blake (Watson, Ferguson, and Co., Brisbane). - Mr. John H. Nicholson ("Halek"), in an introduction to this book, says: - "Mr. Blake has a very distinct personality. He has the eye of a lynx, the courage of a lion, the astuteness of a Yankee peddler, and the artlessness of a child. He is a born Commander of men." And Mr. Blake is now dead. Those who served with him in the Royal Navy, in the Queensland Engineers, in the Queensland navy, and as special service officer and interpreter in Chinese on the Protector when she went up to China during the Boxer troubles, will, in lamenting the loss of a good comrade, also regret that he did not live to see his works published. He was a fine, stirring, adventurous spirit; one of the Empire's sons who carry the flag into distant lands and is well able to fight for it wherever it is seen flying. His book is a record of a very remarkable life, and his relatives in Brisbane must feel that such a life or lives such as his have served to make the nation what it is. Blake was no quarter-deck jackanapes or a carpet soldier, but a real fighter, and a clever man with a good scientific training. From his book it will be seen that he was "born, an Irishman" - it was in his very bones - he ran away to sea in 1867, joining H.M.S. Ganges, went round the world in the first Flying Squadron under Admiral Hornby, was slaver chasing off Zanzibar and in Mozambique Channel, went through the Gunnery School at and the Torpedo School at Portsmouth, served on the China station, received his discharge from the Royal Navy, and entered that of China, experienced mutiny and other hazardous trifles on Chinese ships, came to Brisbane, served in the Queensland Engineers, and helped to form the Naval Defence Force, joined the Chinese Revenue Service, and had a remarkably stirring time, interviewed [Viceroy] Li Hung Chang, fought with the Chinese against the Japanese, after the war had another stirring time in Revenue Service, rejoined the Queensland service as instructor, and then off to China again on the Protector. It would be impossible to name a book which is more thoroughly filled with interesting adventure, and the whole story is told with simplicity and directness. Mr. Blake went on the unattached list to write his story, and was away from China, again when death stepped in and ended his career. Britishers all the world over on reading the volume will see that the old spirit of the race which gave us Raleigh and Drake and Nelson and other hard fighters has come down very close to us, if we have it not at present. There is also much in what has been written of the Chinese that is new to Europeans, for Blake lived and worked amongst them, and "spoke their tongue". Further information on the life of Captain William Henry Blake: His earlier years: In 1867, he ran away from home (Ireland) and joined Royal Navy training ship HMS Ganges. He was paid off from HMS Terrible in 1869. His first visit to Hong Kong was in 1873, working at the China Station with the Navy. In 1879 he made his first voyage to Japan. Sometime in the 1870s he settled in Australia, making it his new home. In November 1880, he was in a party which was proceeding to Canton to escort the Viceroy and a Commissioner. In December 1880 he went to Hong Kong hoping to embark on a steamer back to Australia f or Christmas. He was a sergeant-major in the Queensland Corps of Engineers (sappers) from February 1881 until 1884. Subsequent to his work described in the present volumes: In 1897 "Pirate Blake" was in Ching-kiang (Zhenjiang) when he decided to return to Australia. Having taken some studies in engineering, it seems that he received a letters patent from the Queensland Government in June 1898 [further research with the State Archives is warranted]. At Townsville, Queensland, in September 1900 he joined "HMAS Protector" for a voyage to China during the Boxer Rebellion. His earlier experience in Kowloon, and good command of the Chinese language, presented him with the unique role on this mission, as "special service officer and interpreter." [In 1900, HMAS Protector (I) (HMCS) was offered to, and accepted by, the Imperial Government for service in China as part of the Colonial Naval Forces raised to rescue foreign legations in Peking from Boxer Rebels. Captain Creswell assumed command on 14 August 1900 when the ship called at Brisbane during her northerly passage. Protector's next stop was Townsville, Queensland, where she arrived on 18 August. There, Gunner William Blake joined the ship's company as a special service officer and interpreter in Chinese. Protector reached Hong Kong on 9 September 1900, and proceeded for Shanghai one week later. In Chinese waters, the expected use of shallow draught vessels of Protectors type was not called for, but she nevertheless performed useful work as a survey vessel and in carrying despatches in the Gulf of Pechili. Protector's return to Australia began when she sailed from Wei-Hai-Wei in northern China for Hong Kong on 7 November 1900 arriving there six days later. She sailed from Hong Kong on 24 November and steamed to Sydney in time to take part in the ceremonies inaugurating the Australian Commonwealth on 1 January 1901. The crew received the China War Medal 1900 in recognition of their service.] During his naval career he served in the Persian Gulf, Africa, India, Australia, and China. British Hong Kong was the period during which Hong Kong was under British Crown rule from 1841 to 1997. The Kowloon Peninsula was added to the colony after the Second Anglo-Chinese War (1856-60). The New Territories, which comprised over ninety per cent of Hong Kong's land, had such a vital role in the region's economy.

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        Another Brownie Book

      Published by The Century Co, New York 1890 - First edition. Illustrated throughout from pen and ink drawings by the author. 1 vols. 4to. WITH DRAWING. The second book of the immensely popular Brownie series. This copy is accompanied by a charming Palmer Cox pen-and-ink drawing of three Brownies (7 x 12 cm.). Original color-printed, pictorial glazed boards (lightly soiled and rubbed) Illustrated throughout from pen and ink drawings by the author. 1 vols. 4to [Attributes: First Edition]

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        JUDAICA ARTHUR KOLNIK FRENCH PAINTER CHARCOAL DRAWING SELF PORTRAIT SIGNED RARE!

      JUDAICA ARTHUR KOLNIK FRENCH PAINTER CHARCOAL DRAWING SELF PORTRAIT SIGNED LOWER RIGHTDIMENSIONS OF DRAWING: 42 x 29.4 cm. (16.5 x 11.5") CONDITION - SEE PHOTOS BROWN PAPER Arthur Kolnik (1890-1972), French painter & printmaker. Born in Galicia. Studied at the School of Fine Arts in Cracow. In 1921 he had a joint exhibition with Reuven Rubin in the U.S.A, under the sponsorship of Prince Bibesco, the Rumanian Minister. Kolnik returned to Czernowitz, where he created woodcuts. In 1931 he settled in Paris. As a printmaker & painter, Kolnik depicts the Ghetto dwellers of Eastern Europe. He presents them with sympathy & understanding, the human forms being very sharply outlined & his whole space freely divided into patterns of geometric planes. Kolnik is notable for his tender & poetic paintings of traditional types & scenes recalled from the Hasidic communities of his native Galaica 

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        Iphigenie

      Reproduktion nach dem Gemälde von Anselm Feuerbach (um 1890). Öl auf Leinwand. (34cm x 48 cm). Keilrahmen der Zeit (47 cm x 61cm). (Im Gewand mit unmerklicher Farbabblätterung.) Siehe Bild

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        Beiträge zu Assyriologie und vergleichenden semitischen Sprachwissenschaft. 10 Bände

      J.C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung, Lpz., 1890-1913. ca. 6000 S. mit 2 Titelbildern, Ln. Reprint "Zentral-Antiquariat", Lpz., 1968

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        DIARIO BOLOGNESE

      (Curiosità letterarie inedite o rare - Bologna). NADI, Gaspare. Bologna, Romagnoli Dall' Acqua, 1890. Diario bolognese. A cura di Corrado Ricci e A. Bacchi della Lega. In - 16° gr., leg. recente in cartone grigio, tassello al dorso con titolo in oro, copertine originali conservate. XXII, 394 pp., 1 f. bianco. Edizione di soli 202 esemplari (es. n° 104). Ottimamente conservato ed intonso a fogli chiusi. > dalla prefazione. Edizione originale postuma ricercatissima ed introvabile. Uff. scat. 6.

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        Albums photographies. Aveyron - Lozère

      1890. Sans lieu Sans date - vers 1890). Ensemble de deux albums de photos (sur papier albuminé ou papier salé ?) au format In-folio pleine toile noire se décomposant comme suit. Premier album : 72 photos au format 12 x 18 cm dont 9 photos en double tirage et 3 en triple tirage des Gorges du Tarn (détroits des Gorges du Tarn avec bateliers, chateau de La Caze, La Malène, grotte de la Momie, vallée de la Jonte, Montpellier le Vieux, Meyrueis, Route du Vigan à l'Aigoual déjeuner d'alpinistes, Millau, Dargilan etc...). La plupart des photos portent les cachets de ND Phot (Neurdein frères), Alb. Lasson, M.A.F.L., quelques unes ne sont pas identifiées. Deuxième album : 57 photos au format 21 x 27, 5 cm dont 7 photos en double tirage et 11 en triple tirage. Gorges du Tarn, Pougnadoire, S Chély, Ste Enimie, chateau de La Caze, La Malène, Ste Enimie, Les Vignes, descentes de rapides, Montellier le Vieux, St Savin vallée d'Argelés(1), Toulouse intérieur de la Cathédrale(1) etc...) avec cachets ND Phot (Neurdein frères) Trantoul (Toulouse). Les frères Etienne et Louis Antoine Neurdein, célèbres photographes obtinrent de nombreux prix notamment aux expositions universelles de 1889 et 1900, éditèrent également de très nombreuses cartes postales. Nos deux albums ne sont pas des cartes postales mais bien des photos qui pour un grand nombre furent ultérieurement reprises en cartes postales. Adolphe et Amédée Trantoul, père et fils, photographes toulousains, obtinrent de nombreux prix et virent plusieurs de leurs clichés édités en cartes postales.

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        Femmes. Imprimé sous le manteau et ne se vend nulle part. 1890

      Henry Kistemaeckers Bruxelles 1890 - In-8 (220 X 145 mm). Plein maroquin janséniste havane clair. Auteur et titre frappés à froid sur le dos. 68 pages, (2 feuillets). Couvertures et dos conservés. Exemplaire non rogné. Reliure établie vers 1920. (Légère pliure, à peine marquée, dans l'angle supérieur de la couverture. Infimes rousseurs sur les barbes). Edition originale "à peu près introuvable imprimée à Bruxelles pour le compte de l'éditeur Kistemaeckers". (Pia, Les livres de l'Enfer. Bibliographie critique des ouvrages érotiques dans leurs différentes éditions du XVIème siècle à nos jours, tome I, col.464). Un des 25 exemplaires marqués d'une lettre de l'alphabet, sur un tirage total de 175, les 150 autres étant numérotés. Publiée avec le concours de Paterne Berrichon, imprimée à Bruxelles par Van Buggenhoudt, selon J.P. Dutel (Bibliographie des ouvrages érotiques publiés clandestinement en français, 1880-1920), cette édition , "tirée à 175 exemplaires . fut saisie peu après son achèvement, et probablement détruite" (Pia, ibidem). La couverture porte comme seule indication :"Paul Verlaine", sur le premier plat ; et, comme justification : "Cette édition n'a été tirée qu'à cent soixante et quinze exemplaires, pour les souscripteurs, savoir :150 exemplaires numérotés de 1 à 150, 25 exemplaires marqués de A à Z. Elle ne peut être mise dans le commerce. La quote-part à payer pour chacun des souscripteurs pour couvrir les frais d'impression et autres, est fixée à 10 francs. Exemplaire sur vélin de Hollande, un des 25 justifié d'une lettre. Erreur typographique à l'antépénultième vers de Morale en raccourci (page 69, non chiffrée) : "cnl" -pour "cul". [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Three female musicians.

      - Constantinople, ca. 1890. Original photograph, albumen print, 20,7 x 26,3 cm. KEYWORDS:constantinople/turkey/photo

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        Die Heilige Schrift Alten und Neuen Testaments. Verdeutscht von Martin Luther. Mit 230 (zweihundert und dreissig) Bildern von GUSTAV DORÉ ( in zwei Bänden )

      Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 1890 - Erscheinungsjahr geschätzt, Deckel berieben/kratz- und farbspurig/ , Seiten altersgemäß angedunkelt und mit vereinzelten Markierungen/Vermerken, Teil der Seiten im Einband angerissen, Band 1: Foto zwischen Seite 112 und 113 fehlt, Rückseite des Deckels mit Bleistiftstrich, Inhalte sonst gut erhalten Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 13192

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        Franz Skarbina: Kurgänger in Karlsbad (Originalzeichnung)

      1890 - Kohle, Aquarell und Deckweiß auf Papier 13 x 22 cm Rechts unten Nachlassstempel Rechts oben bezeichnet: „Karlsbad / Ska“ BIOGRAFIE: Franz Skarbina (1849 Berlin - 1910 Berlin). Das facettenreiche Werk des Künstlers Franz Skarbina bewegt sich zwischen Berliner Realismus und französischen Impressionismus. Auch wenn er heute nicht mehr den Bekanntheitsgrad eines Max Liebermann oder Lesser Ury genießt, zählt Skarbina doch zu den wichtigsten Neuerern der Berliner Kunstszene um 1900. Ein frühes Erweckungserlebnis erfährt der 15jährige Juwelierssohn, als er im Berliner Kupferstichkabinett die Blattfolge über „Die Armee Friedrich des Großen in ihrer Uniform“ von Adolph Menzel sieht, studiert und kopiert. Im Jahr darauf beginnt er sein Studium an der Königlichen Akademie der bildenden Künste. Skarbinas zeichnerisches Talent, das im detailgenauen Erfassen von Kostümen und Gespür für ebenso natürliche wie ausdrucksstarke menschliche Posen liegt, bringt ihm zu Beginn seiner Laufbahn viele Aufträge als Illustrator und die Stellung als Professor für Anatomie und Proportionslehre an der Kunstschule des Königlichen Kunstgewerbemuseums ein. Als Maler aber sucht Skarbina nach neuen Wegen. In den 1880er Jahren reist er zu Studienzwecken nach Belgien, Holland und Frankreich und nimmt die progressiven künstlerischen Strömungen der Zeit auf. Mit impressionistischer Pinselführung fängt er das mondäne Gesellschaftsleben in der von Wind, Wasser und Wetter bestimmten Atmosphäre der modernen Nordseebäder ein. Zugleich widmet er sich der Darstellung einfacher Leute, deren tristes Milieu er mit dunkler Palette wiedergibt. 1882 reist Skarbina erstmals nach Paris. Die Werke von Edouard Manet und Auguste Renoir, von Alfred Sisley und Berthe Morisot beeindrucken ihn. 1885/1886 verbringt er ein Jahr in der französischen Kunstmetropole und wird zum Maler des urbanen Lebens. Akribisch studiert Skarbina das Treiben der Menschen auf den Plätzen und Boulevards, in den Cafés und Restaurants sowie Theatern und Vergnügungsetablissements. Besonders seine duftigen Aquarelle und Gouachen mit Darstellungen eleganter Frauen zeigen, wie er alltäglichen Situationen den poetischen Reiz des Augenblicks durch pointierte Kompositionen und flirrende Lichtpunkte abgewinnt. Zurück in Berlin bringt Skarbina frische Impulse in die Künstlerszene. 1891 vollendet er sein Hauptwerk „Promenade in Karlsbad“ (Kunstamt Charlottenburg Berlin), das nüchternen Wirklichkeitssinn mit impressionistischer Leichtigkeit verbindet. Es gehört zu den bemerkenswertesten Gemälden der deutschen Salonmalerei. 1892 gründet Skarbina zusammen mit Ludwig von Hofmann, Walter Leistikow, Friedrich Stahl und anderen die „Vereinigung der XI“. Die bis 1899 bestehende Organisation erlangt durch ihre elitären Verkaufsausstellungen schnell öffentliche Aufmerksamkeit und entwickelt sich zum Vorläufer der Berliner Secession. 1893 beruft die Königliche Akademie Skarbina zu ihrem Mitglied. Noch zu Lebzeiten ehrt ihn die Große Berliner Kunstausstellung mit einer Sonderschau. Eine größere Anerkennung kann ein Maler in der preußischen Kunstmetropole zu dieser Zeit kaum erlangen.

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        Black Beauty: His Groom and Companions

      American Humane Education Society Boston (1890) - First American Edition, First Issue points. Octavo, original printed paper over boards. Uncommon first printing of this classic novel meant to promote the humane treatment of animals. The book would go on to sell fifty million copies. Textually Very Good, clean and firmly bound volume, covers with considerable soiling, spine paper lacking lower third. 0.0 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Untitled (Northern Minnesota)

      - Landscape painting. Oil on canvas. Unframed measures 52" x 36", frame measures 55" x 39" Beautiful landscape of trees on a cliff in Northern Minnesota, circa 1890. Thomas Mower Martin (1838-1934) was an English-born Canadian painter known for his inspiring depictions of the wild and dramatic landscapes of the North. Called the "Father of Canadian Art", Martin traveled widely throughout Canada by selling rights to his pieces to the Canadian Pacific Railroad. His paintings are now in collections across Canada, New York and England.

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        Manuscript Children's book "The Adventures of Three Pins"

      This is a delightful probably late Victorian Manuscript Children's book titled "The Adventures of Three Pins", loosely bound in an old leather folder, the book is beautifully illustrated with original paintings and drawings, a hand painted title page with eight full page hand painted colour illustrations and many other black and white drawings, with fifteen pages of text, (all pictured) The pages are all unbound and have noticeably browned, the mounting paper has become brittle and is heavily chipped at edges not affecting text or illustrations which are al mounted onto these pages, the contents are not numbered and there is no author credited, as the book is unbound with all pages loose, I assume it is complete but there is no way of confirming this so it is sold as seen with all contents pictured. A charming and beautifully illustrated Manuscript Children's story. Pages are 11.5 inches tall approx

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        Les habitués des prisons de Paris. Etude d'anthropologie & de psychologie criminelles

      first edition.Binding half sheepskin midnight blue, back with four nerves decorated with gilded finials, marbled paper plates with scratches, guards and contreplats of handmade paper, binders at the time.Book illustrated with 70 figures in the text, 14 portraits in collotype and 2 plans and brochures 6 graphics color plates at the end of volume.Preface by Alexandre Lacassagne.Some foxing mainly affecting slices.Rare. A. Storck & G. Masson Lyon & Paris 1890 15,5x24,5cm relié

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        FORTY YEARS AMONG THE INDIANS. A TRUE YET THRILLING NARRATIVE OF THE AUTHOR'S EXPERIENCES AMONG THE NATIVES

      Salt Lake City: Published At The Juvenile Instructor Office, 1890., 1890. First edition. First edition. 8vo. The rare deluxe original full leather binding, titles and decorations stamped in gold gilt on the front cover and spine, raised bands, all edges gilt, decorated front and rear endpapers, xv [blank], 17 - 400 pp., preface, frontispiece, portrait. Mintz 262 says "Surprised by an early and devastating winter, 145 of the 376 Mormon Handcart pioneer members of Edward Martin's Company perished. A dramatic rescue of the survivors took place from a stone refuge near Devil's Gate, Wyoming. One of these, Daniel Jones, writes first hand about this incident, along with many others, as he relates his adventurous life." Light wear to the fore-edges of a few pages, else a near fine, bright, tight, attractive copy.

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        Works

      1890. LOWELL, James Russell. The Works. WITH:SCUDDER, Horace Elisha. James Russell Lowell. A Biography. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, (1890-99; 1901). Together, thirteen volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter red morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $1800.Standard Library Edition of LowellÂ’s works, beautifully bound, with five engraved frontispiece portraits.“No understanding of the cultural life of America in the 19th century can be complete without recognition of LowellÂ’s centrality and versatility” (ANB). Includes LowellÂ’s essays of literary criticism, his Civil War- and Reconstruction-era essays on national politics and his poems.“ Uniformly bound with a two-volume biography of Lowell by Horace Scudder, editor of the Atlantic Monthly. A fine set.

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        Visit to Chile and the Nitrate Fields of Tarapaca

      1890. First Edition . RUSSELL, William Howard. A Visit to Chile and the Nitrate Fields of Tarapacá Etc. London: J.S. Virtue, 1890. Tall quarto, original green-gray cloth, patterned endpapers. $1800.First edition of this fascinating travel narrative about turn of the 20th century Chile, with a special focus on industry, with two folding color maps of Chile, 19 illustrated plates of views and important sites, and numerous other in-text illustrations, in original cloth.“Russell may be said to have invented the office of the modern special correspondent. He was distinguished throughout his career by great moral courageÂ… In 1889 went as the guest of Colonel John Thomas North, the Nitrate King, who paid him £1000, to South America” (DNB). He writes: “I was invited so that I might see and report what had been doneÂ… and to examine the works which had transformed the desert of Tarapacá—wastes without a sign of life or vegetation—into a centre of commercial enterprise, and which had covered it with animated industry and prosperous life.” This work, however, is far more than a report on ChileÂ’s industrialization. Russell combines his reportage with engaging descriptions of ChileÂ’s cities and charming anecdotes of his travels. Here, he sets a new standard for travel writing. Melton PriorÂ’s plates and illustrations complement the text and serve as wonderful examples of the war artistÂ’s lighter work. Owner signature of H.R. Carter.Small closed tears at map stubs, a few spots of marginal foxing to text, text block split but holding firm, only slight soiling and toning to cloth. An extremely good copy.

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        Works

      , 1890. 1890. LOWELL, James Russell. The Works. WITH:SCUDDER, Horace Elisha. James Russell Lowell. A Biography. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, (1890-99; 1901). Together, thirteen volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter red morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $1800.Standard Library Edition of Lowell

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        Bericht über eine im Jahre 1888-1889 im Auftrage der Niederländischen Geographischen Gesellschaft ausgeführte Reise nach dem Indischen Archipel. 3 Teile (komplett in 1 Band).

      Leiden, E. J. Brill, - 1890 - 8°. 22,5 cm. 314 Seiten. Schwarzer Halbleinenband der Zeit mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel. Erste Ausgabe. 1. Teil mit 3 farbigen Karten auf 2 Tafeln, 2. Teil mit 27 Abbildungen (Karten, Skizzen, Pläne, Panoramen) auf insgesamt 9 Tafeln (davon eine große farbige Faltkarte), 3. Teil mit 13 Abbildungen (meist Karten, davon 2 farbig) auf 5 Tafeln. 1. Teil mit eingebundenem Vorderdeckel der Original-Broschur. Vorderdeckel und Titelblatt des 3. Teils mit handschriftlicher Widmung des Verfassers an den Forscher und Wissenschaftler Dr. Hermann Wagner. Exlibris von Hermann Wagner auf Innendeckel. Vorsätze etwas stockfleckig. Sehr gutes, inklusive der Tafeln und Karten nahezu tadelloses Exemplar. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        The Picture of Dorian Gray

      viii, 281, [1] pp. 8vo. Color frontispiece and 7 color plates by Henriette Stern Majeska, each with captioned tissue guard. The only published novel by Oscar Wilde, originally printed in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine's July 1890 issue. The illustrator, Henriette Stern Majeska, was a prolific designer, decorator, and book illustrator who also designed costumes for Cecil B. DeMille, the Ziegfeld Follies and Irving Berlin's Music Box Review.Keywords: LITERATURE FICTION GOTHIC FAUST FAUSTIAN IRISH OSCAR WILDE PICTURE DORIAN GRAY Limited edition, #890 of 1540 copies, only 1500 of which were offered for sale upon publication. Signed by illustrator on frontispiece page. Includes publisher's slipcase, the limitation number of which matches that on the book's colophon. Slipcase edges a bit rubbed. Some pages unopened. New York: Horace Liveright, 1930. Limited Edition. Fine/Near Fine. Majeska, [Henriette Stern].

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        How to Fail at Literature

      Field and Tuer 1890 - spine damaged, letter loosely laid in "Dear Mr Hutchinson,This story is not true, Sincerely Yours, A Lang *that Mr. Lang won the Newdigate prize for poetry at Oxford Th. dated Feb 12, 1898 Language: eng Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        alice's adventures in wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

      Beautiful, rare edition of Alice's Adventure's In Wonderland circa 1890, published by McLoughlin Brothers, Inc. Blue cloth boards with decorative gilt title and spine. Illustrated throughout with in-text engravings and orange illustrative borders. One of the most beautiful editions of Alice in Wonderland.Large - measures 8.5" x 10"Light foxing to cover and splitting along endpapers on inside front cover. Otherwise pages are clean and unmarked. Overall very good.

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        In Darkest Africa, or the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria

      London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1890.. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION. In two volumes. Quarto, pp.xv, 529, pp.xv, 472. Number 247 of a limited printing of 250 copies, numbered and SIGNED by the author to the verso of the half title page of volume one. With six etchings, as well as 150 woodcut illustrations and maps. Bound in black half Morocco over vellum boards, with gilt decoration. Top edges gilt, all other edges untrimmed. Black ink ownership inscription of Caroline Churchill to front free endpaper of each vol., dated 1896. Very faint library stamps to title pages; very occasional further stamps. Moderate outer wear with some rubbing to joints; a few bumps and marks. Tail cap of vol. I lightly pulled. Good overall. Stanley's account of the Emin Pasha relief mission. Initiated in 1886 and directed along the Congo river into southern Sudan by Stanley's employer, Leopold II of Belgium, the mission became infamous as a result of the vicious behaviour of some of the British officers and the terrible conditions in the Ituri forest, which led to the deaths of more than half of the 389 members of the expedition.

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        NEWS FROM NOWHERE; OR, AN EPOCH OF REST. BEING SOME CHAPTERS FROM A UTOPIAN ROMANCE .

      Roberts Brothers, Boston 1890 - Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi [7] 8-278 [279-280: ads] [1] 2-8: reviews of Morris's The House of the Wolfings, fly leaves at front and rear, frontispiece illustration by Walter Crane, original burgundy cloth, front panel stamped in gold and white, spine panel stamped in gold, yellow-green floral patterned endpapers. First edition. Termed the "author's edition," this was, in fact, an unauthorized printing following the original COMMONWEAL text. The authorized text was published the following year by Reeves & Turner with added material. "First published in the COMMONWEAL in 1890 as a direct response to Bellamy's LOOKING BACKWARD (1888), Morris's dream-vision calls up his beloved 14th century. Squalor, poverty, and all signs of urban industrialization have vanished. Neither politics nor family tyranny constrains humankind. All do as they please in their own manner and have as a reward a sense of creation and service." - Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 1-69. ". NEWS FROM NOWHERE is not, as has so often been said, a turning back to an earlier kind of civilization, but rather a look forward to what might be when men once more assert better control over the things they have themselves created -- whether it be society itself or the machines which are so much a part of that society." - Lewis, Utopian Literature, pp. 134-36. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 1-128; (1987) 1-69; and (2004) II-788. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1562. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 584. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 17. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 161. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 823. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 86. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1516-520. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 46. Bleiler (1978), p. 144. Reginald 10413. Early owner's dated signature at top edge of front flyleaf. Extremities of cloth lightly rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, a bright, nearly fine copy. An attractive copy of a scarce book. (#151304) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Large Sample Book of Fancy Coloured Patterned Velvet's for Curtains. [Cover title] Saison d'Eté 1890. Draperies et Nouveautés. Meurant Béfort.

      Folio (380 x 280 mm), 40 leaves of thick card stock with 3 samples pasted on verso, an addition 3 samples to rear paste-down and a further 2 samples tipped-in ( 122 in total), 3 sample having been removed, each sample is numbered with choice of colour and weight added in Ms. orig. cloth, title in gilt on upper cover, a little stained and faded.

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        Knopf-Musterbuch

      (Lüdenscheid, Fa. Overhoff & Cie.), o.J. (ca. 1890). auf 10 Tafeln sind ca. 1000 Original-Knöpfe befestigt. OLn., 10 Tafeln, 4° * Opulentes Musterbuch mit wunderschönen metallenen Orginal-Knöpfen, teils feuervergoldet, teils in aufwendiger Prägetechnik hergestellt, ziseliert, blindgeprägt, etc. Insgesamt befinden sich 1000 Knöpfe auf den Tafeln, wovon 16 Stück fehlen. ++ huge pattern book. All metal buttons, some gilted, most of it embossed or stamped by detailed techniques. 10 plates with 1000 buttons, but 16 are missing.** Einband stark bestoßen, berieben, fleckig, unfrisch. / bounced on corners, covers much rubbed and stained. Versandkostenfreie Lieferung buttons + Knöpfe + Lüdenscheid + Südwestfalen + Metallindustrie + German metal industry + stamping of metal uniform buttons

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        César Cascabel

      New York: Cassell Publishing Company, 1890 iv+373 pages with eighty-one plates including frontispiece. Octavo (8 1/2" x 6") bound in the variant mustard cloth with spine and cover lettering in gilt and black pictorial on spine and cover. Translated from the French by A Estoclet. Illustrations by George Roux. First American edition preceding the English edition.Jules Gabriel Verne was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction. Verne was born to bourgeois parents in the seaport of Nantes, where he was trained to follow in his father's footsteps as a lawyer, but quit the profession early in life to write for magazines and the stage. His collaboration with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel led to the creation of the Voyages Extraordinaires, a widely popular series of scrupulously researched adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. Verne is generally considered a major literary author in France and most of Europe, where he has had a wide influence on the literary avant-garde and on surrealism. His reputation is markedly different in Anglophone regions, where he has often been labeled a writer of genre fiction or children's books, not least because of the highly abridged and altered translations in which his novels are often reprinted. Verne has been the second most-translated author in the world since 1979, between the English-language writers Agatha Christie and William Shakespeare, and probably was the most-translated during the 1960s and 1970s. He is one of the authors sometimes called "The Father of Science Fiction", as are H. G. Wells and Hugo Gernsback.Condition: Corners gently bumped, light age toning to preliminary pages, some internal fingering, end paper renewed, spine darkened else a very good copy.

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        CAN SUCH THINGS BE?" OR THE WEIRD OF THE BERESFORDS. A STUDY IN OCCULT WILL-POWER.

      George Routledge and Sons 1890 [i.e. 1889], London - Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6 [7] 8 [8a-8b] [9] 10-250, original bevel-edged brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in and gold and blind, rear panel ruled in blind, t.e.g. Issued simultaneously by Routledge in cloth and in yellowback format (see Topp, p. 401). "Sensational weird thriller of murder, mayhem and madness embellished with numerous supernatural elements, including a family curse, ghostly visitations, a spectral violin with music, etc. Horror piled upon horror, as was the convention of the time, but entertaining as an example of the 'raw head and bloody bones' side of Victorian weird fiction, lurid and unsophisticated." - Robert Knowlton. Bleiler (1978), p. 74. Reginald 05477. Wolff 2264 (recording the yellowback issue). Endpapers show some mild foxing, small water mark to front cover, spine and top edges show some age darkening, a nearly fine copy. (13979) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Dogs, Jackals, Wolves, and Foxes: A Monograph of the Canidae

      London: R. H. Porter, 1890 216 pages, plus 45 hand colored plates after J. G. Keulemans. Original brown cloth covers show rubbing and slight wear over spine ends and corners. Lettering remains bright. Both hinges (internal) are broke, though volume remains fairly tight. Chips at upper edge of blank front free end leaf. Inked name of J. G. Verdoorn at top of title page with date of 1966. Volume is otherwise very clean. Plates have been collated and are all accounted for and each is in very good condition. . First Edition. Cloth - Hard Cover. Good/No Dust Jacket. Illus. by J. G. Keulemans. 4to.

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        Works (Complete in 39 Volumes)

      San Francisco: A.L. Bancroft & Company and The History Company, 1890. 1st. Leather bound. First Editions, mixed printings. Octavos, original full polished tree calf, spines decoratively tooled & lettered in gilt, raised bands, burgundy and green morocco spine labels (series label of six volumes is of different color), inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Illustrated with maps, many folding, text illustrations and engraved portrait of Bancroft. A few minor cosmetic flaws and a few hinges tender (hinges of two volumes professionally strengthened); overall a spectacular set in the scarce publisher's deluxe binding, fine and bright. "As time passes and prejudice drifts into obscurity, these works become more strongly entrenched each year. For scholars and investigators they will always remain the greatest source of authority." "These works... now and always will constitute the great body of history of the Pacific Coast." (Cowan) "Colossal co-operative undertaking; nothing approaching it has ever been attempted in this country." (Howes B91; Zamorano Eighty #3).

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        THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER [bound with] HYMNS. ANCIENT AND MODERN

      Cambridge: Printed by C. J. Clay & Sons; London: William Clowes and Sons, ca. 1890. This binding is an amiable expression of a style that occupied a brief but important moment in the history of bookbinding, examples of which appear infrequently on the market. According to its own literature, the Royal School of Art Needlework (now Royal School of Needlework) was founded in 1872, with the expressed purpose "first, to revive a beautiful art which had fallen into decay . . . and, secondly, through its revival, to provide employment for educated women who were without the means of a suitable livelihood and who would otherwise find themselves compelled to live in poverty, or be reduced to absolute destitution." From the beginning, it had a strong Arts and Crafts connection. "It commissioned designs from leading figures in the Aesthetics and Arts and Crafts Movement including . . . William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Walter and Thomas Crane, G. F. Bodley, Fairfax Wade, Selwyn Image, Gertrude Jekyll, and others." Our vellum binding obviously does not involve any needlework, but volumes like the present one were bound by members of the school for about a decade, beginning in 1888. In her "Women Bookbinders," Tidcombe says that the bindings' designs were "very attractive, but the books will not take much handling, and many examples show signs of some of the paint, especially the gold, wearing off. This vulnerability is almost certainly the reason why painted vellum bindings virtually ceased to be produced about 1898." Tidcombe mentions the exhibition of such bindings at Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society events in 1889 and 1890, bookbinding exhibitions in London in 1897 and 1898, and even in America, at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.. 146 x 87 mm. (5 3/4 x 3 1/2"). [340] ff.; 588 pp. A VERY CHARMING ONLAID, MOLDED, AND PAINTED VELLUM BINDING BY THE ROYAL SCHOOL OF ART NEEDLEWORK, upper cover with raised bronze frame enclosing two angels in blue robes, one with molded bronze wings and nimbus, the other with gilt wings and halo, the onlaid lettering "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" in a semi-circle above them; lower cover with a simpler representation of a seraph in blue and gold; smooth spine divided into panels by blue and gold bands with emanating pairs of wings, gilt titling, all edges gilt.Upper cover with paint a bit rubbed, gilt a little dulled, and with several tiny chips to the raised border and angel wings, a hint of soiling to vellum; not as splendid as it once was, but still A DELIGHTFUL EXAMPLE retaining most of its original appeal, the binding entirely solid and with nothing approaching a fatal problem, and the text in fine state.This binding is an amiable expression of a style that occupied a brief but important moment in the history of bookbinding, examples of which appear infrequently on the market. According to its own literature, the Royal School of Art Needlework (now Royal School of Needlework) was founded in 1872, with the expressed purpose "first, to revive a beautiful art which had fallen into decay . . . and, secondly, through its revival, to provide employment for educated women who were without the means of a suitable livelihood and who would otherwise find themselves compelled to live in poverty, or be reduced to absolute destitution." From the beginning, it had a strong Arts and Crafts connection. "It commissioned designs from leading figures in the Aesthetics and Arts and Crafts Movement including . . . William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Walter and Thomas Crane, G. F. Bodley, Fairfax Wade, Selwyn Image, Gertrude Jekyll, and others." Our vellum binding obviously does not involve any needlework, but volumes like the present one were bound by members of the school for about a decade, beginning in 1888. In her "Women Bookbinders," Tidcombe says that the bindings' designs were "very attractive, but the books will not take much handling, and many examples show signs of some of the paint, especially the gold, wearing off. This vulnerability is almost certainly the reason why painted vellum bindings virtually ceased to be produced about 1898." Tidcombe mentions the exhibition of such bindings at Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society events in 1889 and 1890, bookbinding exhibitions in London in 1897 and 1898, and even in America, at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

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        Ostafrikanische Gletscherfahrten

      Ein bibliophiles Highlight! Nicht nur der Bestzustand des Buches mit wunderschönem, hellbraunen Ledereinband und Goldschnitt machen es so besonders, sondern es wurde bei seiner Erscheinung 1890 vom Vater des Verfassers persönlich signiert. Der Autor des Buches "Ostafrikanische Gletscherfahrten" ist Dr. Hans Meyer, der erste Europäer, der den Kilimandscharo bestiegen hat und seine Forschungsreisen im Kilimandscharogebiet beschreibt. Sein Vater Hermann Julius Meyer leitete das berühmte Bibliographische Institut. Das Buch stammt aus Familienbesitz, da mein Ururgroßvater viele Jahre lang Techn.Direktor des Bibliograph. Instituts war. Deshalb ist es auch in so einem einmalig gutem Zustand. Das Buch erschien 1890 im Verlag Duncker&Humblot und enthält auf 375 Seiten nicht nur die spannenden Reiseberichte sondern auch 3 Karten, 20 Tafeln in Heliogravüre und Lichtdruck sowie 10 Textbilder.

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        Christian Fridrich Sattlers, Topographische Geschichte des Herzogthums Würtemberg und aller demselben einverleibten Herrschaften, worin die Städte, Klöster und derselben Aemter nach ihrer Lage, ehemaligen Besizern, Schiksalen, Natur- und andern Merkwürdigkeiten ausführlich beschriben sind. Nebst einigen der Bürgerliche, Staats- und Lehen-Recht erläuternden Anmerkungen. Mit vilen Kupfern.

      Zweifarbig gedrucktes Titelblatt, (2 Seiten), 615 (recte 619) und 40 nicht nummerierte Seiten mit Register und 14 teils gefaltete Kupfertafeln mit zusammen 29 Abbildungen sowie schöner Holzschnittvignette auf Seite 1. Marmorierter Kart.-Einband der Zeit mit vergoldetem Rückenschild. (Einband an den Kanten etwas berieben. Teils mit Randanmerkungen u. Unterstreichungen. Papier vereinzelt etwas stockfleckig. Gutes Exemplar). 21x18 cm * Aus der Bibliothek von Hans Rommel (1890-1979 ) Oberstudienrat am Keplergymnasium Freudenstadt, Stadt- und Kreisarchivar und Gründer der Freudenstädter Heimatblätter. Mit mehreren Anmerkungen u. zwei Beilagen. Die Tafeln zeigen Wappen, Siegel, archäologische Funde, sowie Ansichten vom Stammschloß Württemberg mit Weiler Rotenberg u. Dorf Unter Türckheim, Schloß Teck bei Kirchheim und Marbach. (ADB:) Sattler: Christian Friedrich S., der fleißige Darsteller der württembergischen Geschichte, am 17. November 1705 in Stuttgart geboren, wurde nach Beendigung seiner juristischen Studien zum Hofgerichtsadvocaten daselbst ernannt. 1735 trat er in den für ihn so sehr passenden Archivdienst und rückte 1741 zumwirklichen Geheimen Archivar, seit 1776 mit dem Titel eines Regierungsraths vor. Als solcher starb er am 18. Mai 1785 in seiner Vaterstadt. Sein Hauptbestreben war die Sammlung der auf die Geschichte seines Heimathlandes bezüglichen Urkunden schon 1740 konnte er dem Herzog Karl Eugen eine historische Beschreibung des württembergischen Wappens vorlegen, die trotz ihrer Tüchtigkeit ungedruckt blieb gleichzeitig machte er sich an die Fortsetzung des Gabelkover'schen Geschichtswerkes. Bald aber entschloß er sich, die ganze Landesgeschichte selbständig zu bearbeiten: 1752 erschien seine "Topographie Württembergs" 1767 die "Geschichte des Herzogthums und der angrenzenden Gebiete bis 1260" 17671768 die "Geschichte Württemberg' unter den Grafen" in 4 Theilen 17691783 diejenige unter dem Herzogen in 13 Theilen. Das Ganze, ein Zeugniß erstaunlicher Arbeitskraft, reicht bis zum Jahre 1714. Eine im Manuscript hinterlassene Fortsetzung bis 1727 sollte von dem Archivar Erbe veröffentlicht und bis zum Tode des Herzogs Eberhard Ludwig (1733) fortgeführt werden. Aber der Plan kam, offenbar wegen des vielfach heiklen Gegenstandes, nicht zur Ausführung, die Handschrift ging verloren. Die Censur, der sich S. zu unterziehen hatte, hemmte überhaupt die Darstellung. Erstreckte sie sich doch nicht nur auf das, was der Ehre des Fürstenhauses und Landes schädlich sein konnte, sondern auch auf den Stil und die Auffassung des Verfassers. Es ist oft wirklich ergötzlich zu beobachten, wie der recensirende Geheimerath und der Geschichtsforscher in Bemerkungen und Gegenbemerkungen sich herumstreiten zeichnete sich der eine durch umfassendere Bildung und weiteren Blick aus, so steifte sich der andere auf den Wortlaut seiner Urkunden. In einem Punkte hatte die Censur jedenfalls Recht, daß die Darstellung des Verfassers ziemlich schwerfällig und von unbeholfener Urkundensprache beeinflußt sei aber zu weit ging sie, wenn sie Enthaltung von eigenem Urtheil und rein thatsächliche Erzählung verlangte. Beides zusammen hat bewirkt, daß S. trotz des großen Ansehens, das er bei seinen Zeitgenossen im In- und Ausland sich erwarb, fast nur noch als Sammler Anerkennung findet. Namentlich die große Zahl seiner urkundlichen Beilagen ist sehr werthvoll seine Geschichte selbst leidet an dem Mangel von Durcharbeitung, Begründung und Beziehung auf das Allgemeine. Im übrigen ist das reichhaltiges Werk heute noch für jeden Forscher über die württembergische Geschichte unentbehrlich. Zu seinen Lebzeiten wurde er durch die Mitgliedschaft des großbritannischen Instituts zu Göttingen und der preußischen gelehrten Gesellschaft zu Frankfurt a. O. geehrt.

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        Albums photographies. Aveyron - Lozère

      - Sans lieu Sans date - vers 1890). Ensemble de deux albums de photos (sur papier albuminé ou papier salé ?) au format In-folio pleine toile noire se décomposant comme suit. Premier album : 72 photos au format 12 x 18 cm dont 9 photos en double tirage et 3 en triple tirage des Gorges du Tarn (détroits des Gorges du Tarn avec bateliers, chateau de La Caze, La Malène, grotte de la Momie, vallée de la Jonte, Montpellier le Vieux, Meyrueis, Route du Vigan à l'Aigoual déjeuner d'alpinistes, Millau, Dargilan etc.). La plupart des photos portent les cachets de ND Phot (Neurdein frères), Alb. Lasson, M.A.F.L., quelques unes ne sont pas identifiées. Deuxième album : 57 photos au format 21 x 27, 5 cm dont 7 photos en double tirage et 11 en triple tirage. Gorges du Tarn, Pougnadoire, S Chély, Ste Enimie, chateau de La Caze, La Malène, Ste Enimie, Les Vignes, descentes de rapides, Montellier le Vieux, St Savin vallée d'Argelés(1), Toulouse intérieur de la Cathédrale(1) etc.) avec cachets ND Phot (Neurdein frères) Trantoul (Toulouse). Les frères Etienne et Louis Antoine Neurdein, célèbres photographes obtinrent de nombreux prix notamment aux expositions universelles de 1889 et 1900, éditèrent également de très nombreuses cartes postales. Nos deux albums ne sont pas des cartes postales mais bien des photos qui pour un grand nombre furent ultérieurement reprises en cartes postales. Adolphe et Amédée Trantoul, père et fils, photographes toulousains, obtinrent de nombreux prix et virent plusieurs de leurs clichés édités en cartes postales. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Tabers San Francisco, Wawona

      1890 - Photographie,Vintage albumen print, Arbre remarquable // Circa 1890 // Tirage albuminé // Format (cm): 24x30

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        Works (Complete in 39 Volumes)

      San Francisco: A.L. Bancroft & Company and The History Company, 1882-1890. First Editions, mixed printings. Octavos, original full polished tree calf, spines decoratively tooled & lettered in gilt, raised bands, burgundy and green morocco spine labels (series label of six volumes is of different color), inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Illustrated with maps, many folding, text illustrations and engraved portrait of Bancroft. A few minor cosmetic flaws and a few hinges tender (hinges of two volumes professionally strengthened); overall a spectacular set in the scarce publisher's deluxe binding, fine and bright. "As time passes and prejudice drifts into obscurity, these works become more strongly entrenched each year. For scholars and investigators they will always remain the greatest source of authority." "These works... now and always will constitute the great body of history of the Pacific Coast." (Cowan) "Colossal co-operative undertaking; nothing approaching it has ever been attempted in this country." (Howes B91; Zamorano Eighty #3).

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        THE THOUGHTS OF THE EMPEROR M. AURELIUS ANTONINUS

      London: [Printed by The Chiswick Press for] George Bell and Sons, 1890. No. 88 OF 100 LARGE PAPER COPIES SIGNED by Charles Whittingham. This is an early product of the Doves Bindery, executed during the second year of the bindery's operation. Tidcombe's detailed and exhaustive catalogue lists 167 examples of bindings produced by Thomas J. Cobden-Sanderson's own hands, all executed between July of 1884 and March of 1893. With this small corpus of work, Cobden-Sanderson (1840-1922) "rejuvenated English binding" with his theories of design "and set it on a new course of development." (Morgan Library Exhibition catalogue) Nixon calls him "the pre-eminent figure in the more recent history of English bookbinding, both as a designer of great originality, who rescued the craft from half a century of purely imitative work, and as a craftsman of outstanding ability." ("Five Centuries") Cobden-Sanderson opened the Doves Bindery on 20 March 1893, and from that day forward no longer bound books with his own hands. He was, however, responsible for all of the designs used by the Doves Bindery, right up to his death at age 82. The present volume is an attractive modern edition of George Long's translation (first printed in 1862), done on high quality paper. First appearing in print in 1550, the 12 books of "Meditations" of the second century Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius Antoninus instruct us to obey the divine law that our reason leads us to understand, to forgive injuries, to treat all humans as equals, and to wait for death without fear. Originally issued in 1862 and characterized by DNB as "admirable," the present translation by Long (1800-79) was very popular.. 198 x 130 mm. (7 3/4 x 5 1/8"). 4 p.l., 287, [1] pp.Reprinted from the Revised Translation of George Long. No. 88 OF 100 LARGE PAPER COPIES SIGNED by Charles Whittingham. ONCE LOVELY AND STILL PLEASING OLIVE-GREEN MOROCCO, HANDSOMELY GILT, BY THE DOVES BINDERY (stamp-signed and dated 1894 on rear turn-in), covers with gilt fillet border with a spray of heart-shaped leaves at corners, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments with similar centerpiece, the three-leaf motif repeated in the stippled cornerpieces, gilt titling, turn-ins gilt-ruled with stippled three-leaf cornerpieces, all edges gilt and gauffered with two rows of dots. For the binding: Tidcombe 56. Spine and edges of boards sunned to honey brown, joints rather worn (though boards still firmly attached), occasional minor foxing in the text; the binding with significant condition issues, but an inexpensive example of an early attractively decorated Doves binding without any fatal problems, and with a very clean, fresh, and bright text printed within vast margins. This is an early product of the Doves Bindery, executed during the second year of the bindery's operation. Tidcombe's detailed and exhaustive catalogue lists 167 examples of bindings produced by Thomas J. Cobden-Sanderson's own hands, all executed between July of 1884 and March of 1893. With this small corpus of work, Cobden-Sanderson (1840-1922) "rejuvenated English binding" with his theories of design "and set it on a new course of development." (Morgan Library Exhibition catalogue) Nixon calls him "the pre-eminent figure in the more recent history of English bookbinding, both as a designer of great originality, who rescued the craft from half a century of purely imitative work, and as a craftsman of outstanding ability." ("Five Centuries") Cobden-Sanderson opened the Doves Bindery on 20 March 1893, and from that day forward no longer bound books with his own hands. He was, however, responsible for all of the designs used by the Doves Bindery, right up to his death at age 82. The present volume is an attractive modern edition of George Long's translation (first printed in 1862), done on high quality paper. First appearing in print in 1550, the 12 books of "Meditations" of the second century Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius Antoninus instruct us to obey the divine law that our reason leads us to understand, to forgive injuries, to treat all humans as equals, and to wait for death without fear. Originally issued in 1862 and characterized by DNB as "admirable," the present translation by Long (1800-79) was very popular.

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        STORMING FORT WAGNER

      Chicago: Kurz & Allison, 1890. Color lithograph, 22 1/4 x 28 1/4 inches. Matted. Some moderate chipping and edge tears, not affecting image. Reinforced with older tape along top edge. Lightly toned, though colors still strong and fresh. Good plus. A dramatic rendering of the first major battle in the Civil War to involve African-American troops, the attempted storming of a Confederate fort near Charleston, South Carolina on July 18, 1863. Colonel Robert Gould Shaw was killed along with fifteen other officers and nearly 300 of his men. The print shows the Union troops charging the ramparts of Fort Wagner, charging into the oncoming Confederate rifle and cannon fire. A Union officer, likely intended to be Shaw, stands atop the first rampart, sword held high, the flag waving boldly next to him. Union ships float off the coast in the background, shells bursting above them. Shaw (1837-63) came from a wealthy Massachusetts family noted for upholding reform and abolitionist causes. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Shaw distinguished himself in combat, surviving the bloody battles of Antietam and Cedar Mountain. After the Emancipation Proclamation was passed in 1863, Massachusetts governor John Andrew organized the army's first black volunteer unit, the 54th Massachusetts. Despite his initial refusal, Shaw was ultimately persuaded by his family to accept the command. Sent to fight in the Union effort to seize the border islands of the Carolina coast in the late spring of 1863, the regiment proved its valor that summer by holding off Confederate troops at James Island, South Carolina. "Two days later [July 18, 1863], on Morris Island, Shaw proudly volunteered his regiment to lead the assault on the impregnable Fort Wagner, the first step in an offensive on the Confederate stronghold of Charleston, South Carolina. When the Fifty-fourth charged the fort, 272 were killed, wounded, or captured. One of those who fell was Shaw, leading his African- American troops in battle. Although the assault failed, the bravery of the Fifty-fourth proved the ability of black troops, and in death, the young Shaw was ennobled as a martyr to freedom and as a symbol of enlightened sacrifice" - ANB. The soldiers of the 54th impressed Shaw with their dedication and valor, which they demonstrated during the Fort Wagner assault. Shaw was buried with his troops by the Confederates in a mass grave on the site of the assault. Shaw and his troops are the subject of one of the most celebrated works of public sculpture in the United States, Augustus St.-Gaudens's Shaw Memorial, on the corner of the Boston Common nearest the State House. Shaw's leadership of the regiment is best known to many people today through the film GLORY (1989), which culminates in the attack on Fort Wagner and Shaw's death. A dramatic portrayal of this important historical moment. BLOCKSON 111.

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        THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER [bound with] HYMNS ANCIENT AND MODERN

      Cambridge: Printed by C. J. Clay & Sons; London: William Clowes and Sons, ca. 1890. This binding is an amiable expression of a style that occupied a brief but important moment in the history of bookbinding, examples of which appear infrequently on the market. According to its own literature, the Royal School of Art Needlework (now Royal School of Needlework) was founded in 1872, with the expressed purpose "first, to revive a beautiful art which had fallen into decay . . . and, secondly, through its revival, to provide employment for educated women who were without the means of a suitable livelihood and who would otherwise find themselves compelled to live in poverty, or be reduced to absolute destitution." From the beginning, it had a strong Arts and Crafts connection. "It commissioned designs from leading figures in the Aesthetics and Arts and Crafts Movement including . . . William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Walter and Thomas Crane, G. F. Bodley, Fairfax Wade, Selwyn Image, Gertrude Jekyll, and others." Our vellum binding obviously does not involve any needlework, but volumes like the present one were bound by members of the school for about a decade, beginning in 1888. In her "Women Bookbinders," Tidcombe says that the bindings' designs were "very attractive, but the books will not take much handling, and many examples show signs of some of the paint, especially the gold, wearing off. This vulnerability is almost certainly the reason why painted vellum bindings virtually ceased to be produced about 1898." Tidcombe mentions the exhibition of such bindings at Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society events in 1889 and 1890, bookbinding exhibitions in London in 1897 and 1898, and even in America, at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.. 146 x 87 mm. (5 3/4 x 3 1/2"). [340] ff.; 588 pp. A VERY CHARMING ONLAID, MOLDED, AND PAINTED VELLUM BINDING BY THE ROYAL SCHOOL OF ART NEEDLEWORK, upper cover with raised bronze frame enclosing two angels in blue robes, one with molded bronze wings and nimbus, the other with gilt wings and halo, the onlaid lettering "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" in a semi-circle above them; lower cover with a simpler representation of a seraph in blue and gold; smooth spine divided into panels by blue and gold bands with emanating pairs of wings, gilt titling, all edges gilt. Upper cover with paint a bit rubbed, gilt a little dulled, and with several tiny chips to the raised border and angel wings, a hint of soiling to vellum; not as splendid as it once was, but still A DELIGHTFUL EXAMPLE retaining most of its original appeal, the binding entirely solid and with nothing approaching a fatal problem, and the text in fine state. This binding is an amiable expression of a style that occupied a brief but important moment in the history of bookbinding, examples of which appear infrequently on the market. According to its own literature, the Royal School of Art Needlework (now Royal School of Needlework) was founded in 1872, with the expressed purpose "first, to revive a beautiful art which had fallen into decay . . . and, secondly, through its revival, to provide employment for educated women who were without the means of a suitable livelihood and who would otherwise find themselves compelled to live in poverty, or be reduced to absolute destitution." From the beginning, it had a strong Arts and Crafts connection. "It commissioned designs from leading figures in the Aesthetics and Arts and Crafts Movement including . . . William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Walter and Thomas Crane, G. F. Bodley, Fairfax Wade, Selwyn Image, Gertrude Jekyll, and others." Our vellum binding obviously does not involve any needlework, but volumes like the present one were bound by members of the school for about a decade, beginning in 1888. In her "Women Bookbinders," Tidcombe says that the bindings' designs were "very attractive, but the books will not take much handling, and many examples show signs of some of the paint, especially the gold, wearing off. This vulnerability is almost certainly the reason why painted vellum bindings virtually ceased to be produced about 1898." Tidcombe mentions the exhibition of such bindings at Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society events in 1889 and 1890, bookbinding exhibitions in London in 1897 and 1898, and even in America, at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

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        In Vanity Fair

      Vanity Fair, London 1890 - This lovely supplement to Vanity Fair accompanied the November 29, 1890 issue. It presents a collection of caricatures of prominent figures featured in previous prints. Fittingly titled, "In Vanity Fair", if includes on the stage in background, Mr. Leslie Ward originally published 23 November 1889, Louis Pasteur originally published 8 January 1887, Senor Sarasate originally published 25 May 1889, John Simms Reeves originally published 10 May 1890, George Grossmith originally published 21 January 1888, Henry Irving originally published 19 December 1874, Arthur Cecil originally published 28 December 1889, John Hare originally published 1 March 1890, Herbert Beerbohm Tree originally published 12 July 1890, Augustus Harris (looking in through window) originally published 28 September 1889, Rt. Hon. Mr. W. H. Smith (sitting on stage) originally published 12 November 1887. Standing on the floor in the foreground are James Weatherby originally published 17 May 1890, Sir R. Jardine originally published 23 August 1890, Lord Hartington originally published 21 July 1888, Major Egerton originally published 24 August 1889, Edmund Tattersall originally published 8 May 1886, HRH The Prince George of Wales originally published 14 December 1878, Duke of Orleans originally published 12 April 1890, Duke of Connaught originally published 2 August 1890, T. P. O'Connor originally published 25 February 1888, Dr. Tanner originally published 4 August 1888, and Justice Smith originally published 3 November 1888. The print is in good condition with minor wear along the original folds and some foxing. The British Vanity Fair (1868--1914), a compendium and often critique of Victorian culture, is best known today for its lithographed caricatures of contemporary figures and issues. Its portrait series pictured and described--with both praise and caricature--prominent Victorian and Edwardian politicians, lawyers, doctors, and similar professionals. Their images, often accompanied literary and political articles, cultural reviews, serialized fiction, and other standard weekly magazine features. As the publication grew, it turned increasingly toward gossip as a topic. Color lithograph. Sheet measures 15 x 21.25."

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