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        Sammlung von 10 Ansichten (Konstantinopel um 1890). Albuminabzüge, teils im Negativ bezeichnet, verso unbeschriftet.

      (Istanbul, Sebah & Joaillier um 1890 - ca. 20 x 27 cm. Hübsche Sammlung von Ansichten Kontantinopels (Istanbul) vor der Jahrhundertwende: Haremsdamen (3), Kai von Galata, Panoramablick auf den Bazar, Eyüb Sultan Moschee vom Goldenen Horn aus, eine Feuerwehrtruppe, Kahire Moschee, Innenaufnahmen Hagia Sophia (2). - A collection of views of Constantinople, its people, its Mosques, including: Mosquée Ahmed, Mosquée de Ste Sophie and others albumen prints, unframed 8 x 10½ inches (ca. 20 x 27 cm). [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Georg Fritsch Antiquariat]
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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. Stanley's Last African Expedition STANLEY, Henry M[orton]. In Darkest Africa or The Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria. With One Hundred and Fifty Woodcut Illustrations and Maps. In Two Volumes. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1890. First edition. Two octavo volumes (8 11/16 x 5 5/8 inches; 221 x 143 mm.). xv, [1, blank], 529, [1, printer's imprint]; xv, [1, blank], 472, [2, publisher's advertisements] pp. Wood-engraved frontispiece (with tissue guard) in Volume I, photogravure frontispiece portrait (with tissue guard) in Volume II, thirty-six additional numbered wood-engraved plates, 105 wood-engraved text illustrations, three folding color maps, one color profile sketch, and one folding table. Contemporary (possibly publisher's) three quarter maroon morocco over marbled boards ruled in gilt, spines with five raised bands, decoratively paneled and lettered in gilt in compartments, top edge gilt, others uncut, matching marbled end-papers. A near fine set. "Stanley's last African expedition began in 1887 as a relief mission to aid Emin Pasha, the German-born governor of southern Sudan's Equatoria province, who had been cut off from Anglo-Egyptian forces to the north since the outbreak of a Muslim revolt six years earlier. Stanley again ascended the Congo, then marched across central Africa toward Emin Pasha's stronghold on Lake Albert. Along the way, he lost nearly half of the 700 members of the expedition, with the survivors trailing behind him over several hundred miles. Ironically, by the time Stanley reached Lake Albert, he was critically low on provisions and had to be resupplied by Emin Pasha, the man he had come to rescue. Stanley and Emin Pasha explored the Semliki River, establishing it as the principal connection between Lake Albert and Lake Edward. While in the region, Stanley came upon the Ruwenzori Mountains, the fabled Mountains of the Moon, which had been described by the ancient geographer Ptolemy. After a 3,000 mile journey, in which he had traversed Africa from west to east, Stanley and the survivors of his expedition, along with Emin Pasha and the remainder of the Equatoria garrison, reached Zanzibar in late 1889" (Carl Waldman, Who Was Who in World Exploration, pp. 598-599). Sir Henry Morton Stanley, GCB (1841-1904) was a Welsh-American journalist and explorer who was famous for his exploration of central Africa and his search for missionary and explorer David Livingstone. Upon finding Livingstone, Stanley reportedly asked, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Stanley is also known for his search for the source of the Nile, his work in and development of the Congo Basin region in association with King Leopold II of the Belgians, and commanding the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition. He was knighted in 1899.

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        The Gentle Art of Making Enemies:

      (Antwerp) New York: Frederick Stokes & Brother. 1890 Bound with the orig. grey printed paper wrappers, in full dark green crushed morocco, elaborate gilt floral borders, raised bands, gilt compartments, red & brown morocco labels, gilt dentelles. A superb copy of a scarce edition.7 copies only in the UK; none recorded in North America on OCLC. The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, published partly in response to his infamous libel trial brought against John Ruskin, Whistler had asked his friend Sheridan Ford to edit it. Prior to publication however, the relationship broke down and Whistler chose instead to edit the work himself; it was published by William Heinemann in 1890. Ford, determined to publish his own version, printed an edition of 2000 copies in Antwerp. He was followed to Antwerp by Whistler's lawyer Sir George Lewis who successfully imprisoned Ford and embargoed all 2000 copies. Subsequently Ford issued another pirated edition with the unauthorised imprint of Frederick Stokes & Brother. Although another Paris edition was suppressed by Lewis, copies of the 'Frederick Stokes' edition made their way to America. Ford, in his initial 'note' commends 'the book to Mr Whistler's enemies, with the soothing assurance that should each of them purchase a copy the edition will be exhausted in a week'. A collection of letters and articles chronicling in large part his many grievances against his acquaintances and friends. Included is Ruskin's criticism of Whistler's painting Nocturne in Black and Gold – The Falling Rocket that propelled Whistler to the libel courts:'For Mr. Whistler's own sake, no less than for the protection of the purchaser, Sir Coutts Lindsay ought not to have admitted works into the gallery in which the ill-educated conceit of the artist so nearly approached the aspect of wilful imposture. I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face.'

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        General view of Daresalam. Panoramic view in two parts.

      ca. 1890. Original photograph, gelatine silverprint, 20,1 x 54 cm, with photographers stamp on reverse. KEYWORDS:tanzania/dar-es-salam/photo

      [Bookseller: Krul Antiquarian Books]
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        Hedda Gabler. [Skuespil i fire akter]

      København [Copenhagen] Glydendalske Boghandels Forlag (F. Hegel & Son) 1890 First Printing of perhaps Ibsen's "most frequently performed play in the modern theatre." (PMM) In Danish (then the literary language of both Denmark and Norway). Small 8vo: [4],236pp. Publisher's green cloth (copies were also identically bound in red, brown, and grey, no known priority), front cover elaborately blocked in gilt and black, back board with blind-stamped borders and central publisher's logo, floral patterned endpapers, gilt edges. A brilliant copy, barely rubbed to spine ends. PMM 375. Fine ¶ First trade edition, preceded by twelve copies printed in London, in Norwegian, "under a well-intentioned illusion that this was necessary for copyright protection." (PMM) Published on December 16, 1890, although the play only premiered on January 31, 1891, at the Königliches Residenz-Theater, in Munich. Together with The Lady from the Sea and Rosmersholm, Hedda Gabler forms the Munich trilogy (Ibsen lived in Munich when he wrote them.) The heroines, Ellida, Rebecca, and Hedda, are all determined women, but only Ellida is able to achieve freedom from the consequences of her past actions. Hedda, who, as the play opens, has just married the dull academic Tesman to avoid a spinster's life, realizes that she has trapped herself in a life of impossible tedium, with suicide as her only way out. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

      [Bookseller: Fine Editions Ltd]
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        Roi de Camargue

      Emile Testard 1890 - - Emile Testard, Paris 1890, 10,5x15,5cm, relié. - Edition originale, un des 35 exemplaires sur Japon, tirage de tête. Reliure en demi maroquin vert sapin à coins, dos à cinq nerfs sertis de pointillés dorés orné de doubles caissons dorés richement décorés et agrémentés d'incisions de pièces de maroquin rouge et brun, encadrement de doubles filets dorés sur les plats de papier marbré, un petit accroc au centre du premier plat, gardes et contreplats de papier à la cuve, couvertures conservées, tête dorée sur témoins, élégante reliure de l'époque non signée. Ouvrage orné de 78 illustrations in-texte de Georges Roux gravées sur bois par Baud et Hamel ainsi que de 14 planches hors-texte gravées à l'eau forte par Ruet. Notre exemplaire est bien complet du triple état de chacune des 14 illustrations hors-texte de Georges Roux. Bel exemplaire agréablement établi. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] First edition, one of the 35 copies on Japan, deluxe edition. Binding half morocco green fir with corners, back with five nerves set with ornate golden dotted double gilded boxes ornate and decorated with incisions parts morocco red and brown, framing of double net gilded on marbled paper boards, small tear at the center of the first flat, guards and contreplats of handmade paper, preserved covers, gilded head on witnesses, elegant binding of unsigned time. Book decorated with 78 in-text illustrations by Georges Roux woodcut by Baud and Hamel and 14 boards inset engraved etchings by Ruet. Our copy is complete the triple state of each of the 14 illustrations hors-texte de Georges Roux. Nice copy pleasantly established. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        Le Salon de 1890.

      - Paris, Ludovic Baschet, sd [1890]. In-folio (33*24.5cm), 107p. Edition originale, un des 28 japon et plus précisément un des 20 japon avec suite de 24 gravures avant la lettre sur japon (les autres japon ont la suite sur satin ou parchemin). L'ouvrage, outre sa couverture illustrée, comporte de très nombreuses gravures, à savoir : ¿ 26 gravures dans le texte, la plupart en une seule couleur (noir, bistre), 2 en couleurs ¿ 72 gravures hors-texte légendées ¿ 24 gravures hors-texte avant la lettre, à chaque fois dans un ton différent du ton légendé L'ouvrage est complet de toutes ses gravures. Chaque année, il y avait plusieurs salons parisiens, et chacun avait une publication plus classique au format in-12 ou in-8 et parfois, comme ici, une publication en grand format très luxueuse. Cette édition est ainsi tirée à 675 exemplaires : 28 japon et 647 hollande, ces derniers sans suite. Les plus beaux exemplaires étaient alors reliés par les maîtres de l'époque, comme ici avec Petrus Ruban. Reliure signée Petrus Ruban, plein maroquin rouge très décoré, tranches dorées sur témoins. Quelques petits frottis, dos légèrement bruni. Somptueux exemplaire, un travail de grande qualité. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Trois Plumes]
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        Vorlesungen über die Theorie der elliptischen Modulfunctionen. Ausgearbeitet und vervollständigt von Dr. Robert Fricke. Vol. 1: Grundlegung der Theorie. Vol. 2: Fortbildung und Anwendung der Theorie.

      Leipzig: B. G. Teubner, 1890. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 1890-1892. 8vo (242 x 161 mm). xix [1], 764; xv [1], 712 pp. Several diagrams in text. Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards (extremities rubbed), gilt-lettered spine, sprinkled edges. Paper little age-toned, occasional minor spotting, slight foxing to titl-pages. Still very good, unmarked copy. ----DSB VII, p.398. FIRST EDITION of this important work on elliptic function theory by the well known German mathematician. Felix Klein (1849-1925) is best known for his work in non-euclidean geometry, for his work on the connections between geometry and group theory, and for results in function theory. He considered equations of degree greater than four and was particularly interested in using transcendental methods to solve the general equation of the fifth degree. After building on methods due to Hermite and Kronecker he went on to completely solve the problem using the group of the icosahedron. This work led him to consider elliptic modular functions which he studied and presented in a series of basic papers. In collaboration with Robert Fricke he finally presented the complete theory in the present extensive work that is still indispensable for research (DSB). Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Milestones of Science Books]
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      o.O. (o.Vlg.) ca 1890 - Quer 4°. 10 Bl. mit 10 farblithographischen Bildtafeln + 10 ganzseitigen Textabb. ill. OHLn mit Farblithographie die Einkleidung der Braut zeigend. eine Ecke etwas gestaucht, sonst von einmaliger Schönheit. EA. Museal. Unauffindbar. Einmalig. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Bebuquin (Alexander Zimmeck)]
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        Sébastien Roch

      Edition on current paper. Binding to bradel half percaline blue sky, smooth spine slightly irradiated with a gold floral pattern, golden double thread tail piece as shagreen cherry boards marbled paper, corners bumped, contemporary binding. Precious autograph signed by the author Jean Ajalbert on the half-title page. Our copy is enriched with a four-page autograph letter signed and dated HGIbels in which he expressed his correspondent of his momentary financial woes, bad circumstances who do find themselves in this situation and finally solicitations wealthy bibliophiles who covet his important collection of manuscripts from the XVIII Fanatics ... Large marginal discoloration affecting the first cover plate and slightly much more half-title page without affecting the autograph dedication of the author autograph. Provenance: From Jean Ajalbert library with bookplate in Japanese-style woodcut Nabis to very few signed monogrammed, probably that of Félicien Rops. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! G. Charpentier & Cie Paris 1890 12x19,5cm relié

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        Congo, The

      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1890. The Founding of the Congo Free State STANLEY, Henry Morton. The Congo and the founding of its Free State. A story of work and exploration. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1890. First American Edition, most likely printed in England at the same time as the London, Samson, Low issue. Two octavo volumes (8 11/16 x 5 3/4 inches; 222 x 146 mm.). xxvii, [i, blank], 528; x, 483, [1, blank], [12, publisher's catalog] pp. Profusely illustrated with over one hundred full-page plates and in-text drawings, three folding maps, and two large folding maps in pockets, each at the back of the volume. Publisher's light green cloth over boards, front covers and spines pictorially decorated in gold and colors, original brown coated end-papers. An unusually nice and near fine set of this classic. First edition of Stanley's important work on the founding of the Congo Free State. This monumental record of exploration, history, and socio political economy is the result of Stanley's expedition up the Congo River in 1879-84 and his attempts to re-open the interior for King Leopold of Belgium. From this journey came the establishment of the Congo State, the first free commercial state in Equatorial Africa. Sir Henry Morton STANLEY, GCB (born John Rowlands; 28 January 1841-10 May 1904) was a Welsh-American journalist and explorer who was famous for his exploration of central Africa and his search for missionary and explorer David Livingstone. Upon finding Livingstone, Stanley reportedly asked, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Stanley is also known for his search for the source of the Nile, his work in and development of the Congo Basin region in association with King Leopold II of the Belgians, and commanding the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition. He was knighted in 1899.

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        In Darkest England and the Way Out.

      London: International Headquarters of the Salvation Army, [1890] - Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine and front board gilt, new endpapers. Rebacked with original spine laid down and new endpapers. Stamp of Ashton-under-Lyne Public Libraries to top edge, library number to the spine. Text block lightly toned, occasional pencilled corrections and underlinings to text. Nonetheless a very good presentable copy. Folding chromolithographic frontispiece. First edition, very scarce presentation copy inscribed by Booth on the half-title: "With faith and hope, William Booth, November 7.90." Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, had considerable help in the writing of In Darkest England from the campaigning journalist W. T. Stead, fellow Salvationist Suzie Forest Swift, and Commissioner Frank Smith. Stead appears to have done most of the writing, but pointed out in a letter to a friend "the sole responsibility and the dominating mind was [Booth's] and his alone." "Booth's colossal self-confidence, his burning sense of injustice coupled with unswerving devotion to his purpose, and his deep sympathy with the unfortunate, made of him an evangelist and an organiser of the first order." (PMM) [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Rosa Rosen" originales Ölgemälde auf leinenstrukturiertem Malkarton ca.40x30cm; um 1890 [Maße im blattvergoldeten Holzrahmen (54,5x45cm) der renommierten Münchner Fachwerkstatt Petzenhammer.]

      - "Pink roses" original oil painting on canvas board approx.40x30cm; around 1890 [Dimensions of the leaf-gilt wooden frame of the Munich professional workshop Petzenhammer 54,5x45cm.] Nein, keine Zuschreibung, kein Um- oder Einkreisen eines Künstlers oder einer Malschule. Möge ein jeder in dem Bild das sehen oder erkennen, was ihm gefällt. Für mich ist es schlicht ein beeindruckendes Bild, das gefällt, beruhigt – erheitert, die Seele leicht macht, das Wesentliche eindeutig, glasklar und pastos zugleich in den Mittelpunkt stellt. Der Betrachter sieht das Leben nicht durch eine rosa Brille, sondern es leuchtet ihm in Gestalt der rosa Rosen hell und mild entgegen. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Niederbayern]
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        Etablissement Werzer - Pörtschach am Wörtersee". Farbige Lithographie vom M. Smöch in Klosterneuburg nach E. Weber.

      (Pörtschach, Selbstverlag, um 1890). - Schöne Ansicht der Etablissement Werzer in Pörtschach am Wörtersee mit Blick auf das Hotel, den Gasthof, die Villa Werzer, das Kaffehaus, Badeanstalt usw. und dem Wörthersee im Hintergrund. Werzers Bahnhof-Hotel mit einer eigenen kleinen Ansicht im rechten Rand. Rechts eine ausführliche Beschreibung "Erstes Etablissement im Centrum des Luft- und Badecurortes Pörtschach am See. Mit 150, theilweise heizbaren comfortable eingerichteten Fremdenzimmern in reizend gelegenen kleinen und grösseren Villen, mit schönen Veranden und Balcons, prachtvoller Aussicht am See und Hochgebirgen. - Prächtige Parkanlagen. - Vorzügliche Wiener Küche, Lohndiener bei jedem Zuge am Bahnhofe, Telephonverbindung, Buch- und Musikalienhandlung im hause (!) usw.". - Das fehlende "h" im Titel bei "Wörtersee" hs. ergänzt. Leicht gebräunt. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 0 [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Matthaeus Truppe Antiquariat]
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      Weißenburg, Burckardt (Nachf.), (um 1890). - Quer-Fol. 49 lithographierte Bilderbogen. Für den Vertrieb zusammengestelltes Heft mit zahlreichen Hampelmännern und einer Hampelfrau, darunter u. a. ein Briefbote, ein Pierrot, ein Türke, ein Indianer, ein Gewichtheber, ein Chinese, ein Matrose sowie eine Ballerina. - Gegenüber den üblicherweise mit 50 (2 x 25) Bilderbogen zu einem Thema vom Verlag zusammengestellten Heften ist das Blatt mit dem Matrosen nur einmal vorhanden. Ein zweites Exemplar wurde beim Binden offensichtlich vergessen, denn die zum Heraustrennen der Blätter vorgesehene perforierte linke Seite ist ohne Beschädigungen oder Bogenreste. - Vgl. Siefert/Ludowici (1999) Nr. 23 (mit Abb.). - Fleckenfrei, kaum Randläsuren. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 1200 [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Sander]
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        L'inutile beauté

      First edition, one of 50 numbered copies on Hollande paper, the only large paper copiesHalf black morocco Bradel binding, gilt date at foot of spine, marbled pastedowns and endpapers, covers and spine preserved, by Alfred Farez (active between 1909 and 1930)A fine, well-margined copy, finely bound. Victor-Havard Paris 1890 12,5x19,5cm relié

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        Contes à madame

      First edition for which there is no mention of large paper copies.Bradel binding of paper boards, dark blue morocco title label with gilt fillets, covers preserved, elegant binding by Thomas Boichot.Handsome autograph inscription from the author : "A Guy de Maupassant, son ami." Calmann Lévy Paris 1890 12x18,5cm relié

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        Villiers de l'Isle Adam

      First edition of which there were only printes 50 copies, this one of 5 numbered copies on Japon impérial, the tirage de tête.Autograph inscription by Stéphane Mallarmé to his friend François Nys : "A monsieur Nys très sympathiquement."This copy enriched in forntispiece with a portrait woddcut in red of Villiers de l'Isle-Adam by Marcellin Desboutin, which he inscribed for François Nys. This portrait, present in the second edition of 1892, is not present in every copy of the tirage de tête.Two very clear dampstains, not serious, in the margins of the first and final free endpapers, two small marginal dampstains to the covers.A good and rare copy.Cette étude est issue d'une série de conférences que Mallarmé donna en Belgique et en France à la mort de celui qui fut l'"une des grandes amitiés de sa vie". Bertrand Marchal, dans son essai sur Mallarmé, décrit cette conférence comme "une des grandes oraisons funèbres de notre littérature ; elle est aussi, avec le texte sur Rimbaud, l'une de ces biographies paradoxales où Mallarmé récuse le sens ordinaire de ce que l'on nomme la vie ; elle est évidemment le témoignage d'une amitié parfaite entre l'auteur d'Hérodiade et celui d'Isis. Elle est tout cela, mais elle n'est pas que cela. A travers l'évocation de la destinée exemplaire de Villiers, dans ce discours porté par l'émotion la plus haute, une méditation sur l'acte d'écrire et sur sa signification métaphysique, historique et politique. 'Sait-on ce que c'est qu'écrire ?' ".François Nys, Anversois d'origine, est l'imprimeur de la Société internationale des aquafortistes (S.I.A.) fondée en 1869 par Félicien Rops. Passé par de prestigieuses maisons parisiennes comme celle d'Auguste Delâtre puis Alfred Cadart, il est choisi par Rops pour la grande qualité de ses tirages. Ensemble, ils contribuent de manière magistrale au renouveau de l'eau-forte originale, désormais libérée de l'héritage romantique, et attirent à eux de nombreux graveurs de talent dont Félix Bracquemond, Adrien de Witte ou Marcellin Desboutin, qui dédicace ici son portrait de Villiers à Nys. Mais, en dépit de l'étendue de l'

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        Zum Zeitvertreib für brave Knaben & Mädchen

      München [Munich]: Verlag von Braun & Schneider, 1890. Rare Meggendorfer TitleIn Remarkable Condition[MOVABLE BOOK]. MEGGENDORFER, Lothar. Zum Zeitvertreib [Always Jolly] für brave Knaben & Mädchen Ein Ziebilderbuch von Lothar Meggendorfer. München [Munich]: Verlag von Braun & Schneider, n.d. [c. 1890].Fifth edition of Always Jolly, rare in any edition, rarer still complete and fully functional. Folio (11 7/8 x 9 1/4 in; 303 x 235 mm). Eight hand-finished, chromolithographed plates, each with a movable tab to set the scene in motion. Captions to each scene appear on opposing pages.Original color pictorial boards with original black cloth backstrip. All tabs in working order. Minimal wear to corners, light rivet oxidation offsets. An excellent copy of a Meggendorfer title that is featured in Peter Haining's Moveable Books."Quite simply, Meggendorfer turned the mechanical toy book into a work of art. He was the supreme master of animation: every gesture, both animal and human, is conveyed with uncanny precision via the primitive but - in his hands - versatile medium of moveable paper parts… I have no doubt that a new generation will share my addictive pleasure in his work" (Maurice Sendak, The Genius of Lothar Meggendorfer. p. 1)."There is little doubt that the most elaborate and ingenious movables ever produced were those of the German Lothar Meggendorfer (1847-1925) made during the 1880s and 1890s…the mechanisms and operations of Meggendorfer's books-not to mention the originality of his figures-are far superior to any others published before or since.…'They were marvels of ingenuity…Usually several movements took place at the same time on the same page' (Eric Quayle)…The devices that operated the various figures in Meggendorfer's books consisted of a series of inter-connecting cardboard levers sandwiched between the coloured illustration on the front of the oblong leaf and the dummy pasted behind it. The animated limbs and heads were cut-out models on the front of the picture, and moving the tab set the whole scene in motion…Needless to say, such was the delicacy of Meggendorfer's machinery that if a child pulled too hard the whole thing could be ruined beyond repair" (Haining, Movable Books, pp. 65-73).Despite Meggendorfer's charming admonition that "Men and creatures here you find/Are lively and amusing;/You fingers must be slow and kind/And treat them well while using," the books were routinely subjected to rough treatment by the enchanted children who enthusiastically played with them. That any have survived is noteworthy; that any survive with near complete movement is remarkable. That this copy has, in addition, endured with its backstrip cloth wholly intact and untouched, is quite astonishing.Haining, Peter. Moveable Books. pp. 65-73.

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        THE NURSERY ALICE containing twenty coloured enlargements from Tenniel's illustrations to Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. With text adapted to nursery readers by Lewis Carroll. The cover designed and coloured by E. Gertrude Thomson. Price four shillings.

      [12], 56[61], [3] pages. Illustrated with a coloured frontispiece and nineteen coloured illustrations throughout by Tenniel. Original white glazed multi-coloured pictorial boards, lettered red and black; with white cloth spine cover design by E. Gertrude Thomson. 4to. Second (First published) edition. Wear to corners with small loss, and rear cover marked; else an unusually good, clean copy. Williams Madox Green 216.The Nursery Alice was first published in 1889, but the entire edition was withdrawn because Dodgson was unhappy with the colour printing.

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        Meyers Konversations-Lexikon 4. Auflage, 17 Bände, 1890, Bial & Freund

      Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig und Wien 1890 - Prachtausgabe der Buchhandlung Bial & Freund, Breslau Wien-Hietzing Budapest. Meyers Konversations-Lexikon. Eine Encyklopädie des allgemeinen Wissens. Vierte (4.) gänzlich umgearbeitete Auflage. 17 Bände: Grundlexikon A-Z & Band 17 (Ergänzungen Nachträge Register). Leipzig und Wien, Bibliographisches Institut, 1890 (überwiegend Neuer Abdruck). Dekorative Original-Halbledereinbände mit umfangreichen Goldprägungen. Format ca. 25 x 17 cm. Insges. rd. 17.500 S. Viele s/w Illustrationen, Tafeln, Karten etc. Wie auch den ersten sieben Originalbildern zu entnehmen, ist die Rückenansicht sehr harmonisch, die Goldprägungen in kräftigem Glanz & hervorragend erhalten. Es gibt keine Fehlstellen an den Rückenkanten & Außengelenken, lediglich einen ganz winzigen Einriss an einer oberen Rückenkante (kaum zu sehen). Der Buchschnitt ist sehr gut erhalten, an einer Seite finden sich zwei Tuscheflecken. Buchecken bestoßen; Ledereinband etwas berieben, hauptsächlich an den Außengelenken. Leineneinband praktisch ohne Bereibung, einschließlich der Deckelkanten. Buchdeckel fleckig. Band 15 fällt in der Erhaltung etwas ab: hier beriebene Kanten, stärker bestoßene Buchecken, der Deckel mit auffälligeren Flecken & am Außengelenk ein Einriss von circa 1cm. Innen ohne Anstreichungen, kein unangenehmer Geruch. Bindung fest, keine fehlenden oder losen Seiten. Ebenso alle Karten & Abbildungen (bei dieser Auflage erstmals mit Chromolithographien) enthalten; diese zudem ohne den sonst so häufigen Beschädigungen. Zwei Seiten am Seitenrand ein kleines Stück eingerissen. Abklatsch der Lederecken auf den Innendeckelpapieren. Seiten unterschiedlich fleckig; auf den vorderen & hinteren Seiten etwas, ansonsten meist gar nicht, nur ganz vereinzelt mal ein Fleck (bei zwei Bänden ein wenig mehr). 40000 Gramm. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      Imp. & Lib. de Vazquez Cores & Dornaleche y Reyes. First edition of the French translation of wich no leading copies exists. Bound in half brown sheepskin wedge, back thinned to five nerves decorated with gilded finials, double gilt frames on flat marbled, endpapers and contreplats of handmade paper, lower corner blunt, contemporary binding. Rare autograph dedication signed by the author, in Spanish, Gabriel Hanotaux. Nice copy. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! Imp. & Lib. de Vazquez Cores & Dornaleche y Reyes Montevideo 1890 14x19,5cm relié

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        Novels of George Eliot.

      Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, circa 1890. Eight volumes, octavo, 33 illustrations including two vignette titles; full polished calf with marbled edges, gilt spines with raised bands, double green red morocco labels. A handsome nineteenth century set of Eliot's novels in Mudie bindings. One of the greatest novelists of her time, her stories, largely set in provincial England, are well known and loved for their realism. The set includes illustrations by different artists including W. Small, W. J. Allen and John Jelllicoe. Some minor foxing.

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        La Bièvre

      L. Genonceaux. seconde édition illustrée de 23 dessins de l'auteur.Autograph inscription from Joris-Karl Huysmans au librettiste Philippe Gilles.A small glued tear to head of spine, a tiny lack to foot of spine, endpapers partly shaded. L. Genonceaux Paris 1890 15,5x23,5cm broché

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        The Tragic Muse.

      London: Macmillan and Company 1890. First English Edition. Three volumes, crown octavo. Bound in original blue cloth, titled in gilt, coated black endpapers. No ownership names, internally clean, Mudie's library labels to all volumes (one neatly removed), bindings shelfworn, text blocks shaken in the case with gauze-cloth joints showing to inside gutters. A used but serviceable and inexpensive set, housed in a robust fleece-lined slipcase. Henry James' classic comedy of manners, this was his final triple decker. 500 copies only. Edel & Laurence A34b. Supino 34.8.0.

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        The Works of Charles Dickens.

      London: Chapman and Hall, 1890-95. FINELY BOUND SET. 24 titles in 17 volumes, together with a one-volume Life of Dickens by John Forster. Octavo. With illustrations from the original plates by Cruikshank, Stone, Phiz, et al. In half blue calf by Mudie, with striking blue marbled boards, end-papers and edges. Raised bands and gilt titles to spines.Bookplates of A. Clifford Morson, dated 1902, to front paste-down of each vol. Some light edge-wear, Very good overall.

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        The Works of Shakespeare. Including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra , The Merchant of Venice, etc. Illustrated by Sir John Gilbert, George Cruikshank, and R. Dudley.

      London: William Mackenzie, n.d. (c. 1890). The Library Shakespeare in 3 volumes; 4to (315 x 250mm). Contemporary red half morocco with gilt titles and gilt to spines, red cloth boards, marbled end papers. Generously illustrated with in-text wood engravings and several full page chromolithographs. Each play has a sepia tinted pictorial title page. Binding slightly rubbed. A good, sound set. Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators'.

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        Répertoire chromatique. Solution raisonnée et pratique des problèmes les plus usuels dans l'étude et l'emploi des couleurs. 29 tableaux en chromo, représentant 952 teintes différentes et définies, groupées en plus de 600 gammes typiques.

      Paris, Gauthier-Villars, 1890. ____ Seule édition. Illustré de 29 planches en chromolithographie, dont le frontispice. Le livre est dédié à la mémoire de Chevreul, dont les travaux n'ont pas abouti à des "solutions pratiques", qui sont ici proposées. Charles Lacouture (1832-1908), professeur de sciences naturelles à Metz, propose une " trilobe synoptique" permettant une vue comparative des couleurs. Il part des trois couleurs de base, (rouge, bleu, jaune), en leur attribuant une lettre et pour les nuances, un chiffre. Ce qui lui permet d'établir des formules mathématiques. Complet de la serpente imprimée en face de la première planche. Très bel exemplaire.***** Sole edition. Illustrated with 29 chromolithographic plates. A rare treatise on colour theory. In-folio. Collation : XI, (1), 144, (4) pp., 29 planches h-t. Toile verte, plats estampés et dorés. (Reliure de l'éditeur.).

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      London: Edward Stanford Ltd [nd but circa ] 1890 - Chromolithograph, dissected into 20 sections and mounted upon original linen, folding into original pink paper covers bearing printed title (Very Good, lovely colour printing, light even toning to map, some very minor fraying to some map section edges, covers slightly toned), 63 x 55 cm (25 x 21.5 inches). An extremely rare and attractive map showcasing the Gibraltar Calpe Hunt, which took place in the Andalucian countryside near The Rock. This lovely and extremely rare map was made to specifically show the operational theatre of the Gibraltar Calpe Hunt. The Calpe was a regularly held foxhunt organized out of Gibraltar, patronized by senior British officers and wealthy merchants. From its founding in 1812 until the 1930s, it was considered to be the ultimate social and recreational event of The Rock. The present map was published around 1890 by the leading British cartography firm of Edward Stanford Ltd., and was almost certainly based upon a manuscript obtained from a British officer who had participated in the hunt. While several maps of the Calpe Hunt (all rare) were made, this map is quite early, appearing barely a decade and a half after the first known Gibraltar Calpe Hunt map was produced. As shown on the present custom made map, the theatre of the hunt was the countryside in the southeastern part of Andaluc’aÕs Cadiz province, bordering Gibraltar, an area extending from Algeciras, in the southwest, up to the R’o Guadiaro, in the northeast. The mountainous area is punctuated by river valleys, with the numerous cork forest and orange groves expressed in a lovely bright green colour. Indeed, the cork forests were the ideal environments for the hunt. The table, in the lower right corner, notes the ÔPlaces of Meeting of the Calpe HuntÕ, noting that the hound kennels are located at the northern end of Gibraltar, while 18 meeting places for the hunt are marked on the map within red circles. The table also notes the distance of each station from Gibraltar, critical details given that all transport was then on horseback. The ÔReferenceÕ below translates Spanish topographical terms into English. The present map is very rare; it is one of only three known examples. .SEE OUR WEB-SITE FOR LONGER DESCRIPTION.

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        Natural History of Victoria. Prodromus of the zoology of Victoria; or, figures and descriptions of the living classes of the Victorian indigenous animals.

      Melbourne: Robert S. Brain, 1885 -, 1890. Two volumes, thick octavo, with all 20 "decades", 199 lithographic plates (including one double folding plate), nearly all coloured and some finished by hand; attractively bound in contemporary navy half calf, spines gilt, double labels in maroon and tan. A superb copy of this beautifully illustrated work. McCoy's book is an overlooked classic of Australian natural history, representing the culmination of nineteenth-century scholarship in the field.Irish-born Frederick McCoy arrived in Melbourne in 1854 to take up the first Professorship of Natural Science at the newly-formed University of Melbourne. For the next forty years he was at the centre of colonial scientific life. He became the first Director of the newly formed National Museum of Victoria and was responsible for the rapid development of the Museum and its collection.McCoy 'built up an outstanding natural history and geological collection, including mining models, exploiting his knowledge of overseas sources. In 1870 the Museum [of Natural and Applied Sciences, Melbourne] was placed under the Public Library trustees... Ever pestering for funds and uncovering trustees' plots to move the museum, he found his best defence and consolation in the popularity and scientific standing of the museum. Annual attendances averaged 53,000 in the 1860s, 95,000 in the 1870s, 110,000 in the 1880s and 108,000 in the 1890s. Painfully he acquired government money to publish serially his Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria (1878-90) and Prodromus of the Palaeontology of Victoria (1874-82)' (ADB).There has been a recent resurgence of interest in McCoy's work, notably with the important exhibition and online catalogue of the Prodromus, 'Caught & Coloured, Zoological Illustrations from Colonial Victoria' at the Melbourne Museum (see

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        Foetus macéré (biffé : "Delafontaine f[emme] Dumont")

      1890. (c. 1890), (c. 1890), , , tirage albuminé [240 x 300 mm] aquarellé à la main et contrecollé sur carton fort, Cliché réalisé par Félix Méheux : le corps du foetus est rehaussé à l'aquarelle de teintes rose, rouge et brune, le fond est uniformément recouvert à l'encre noire. Le corps est à un stade avancé de macération ; les tissus, très altérés, sont en voie de momification, les cavités oculaires sont vides. Le carton porte en pied le nom du service - "Hôpital-Clinique d'accouchement - Service de M. le Prof. TARNIER" - et le nom du photographe : "Aquarelle photogr. de F. MÉHEUX, dessinat". Inscription à l'encre au revers du carton. Cliché saisissant par la mise en scène du petit corps émergeant d'un fond sombre ; il fait partie de tout un ensemble de photographies et de dessins attestant de la collaboration entre le chef de l'école obstétricienne française, Etienne, dit Stéphane, Tarnier (1828-1897), et le photographe médical Félix Méheux (1838-1908). Bordures du carton légèrement salies

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        Un viaggio a Nias.

      Milano, Treves, 1890, 8vo bella legatura recente mezza pelle marron con titolo al tassello, pp. XVI-724 con 195 inc. n.t. 4 carte geografiche e 26 tavole (7 a colori) f.t. (Viaggio in Indonesia) Dedica autografa dell'A.

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        Harper's Bazaar 1890. FULL YEAR BOUND VOLUME.

      New York. Harper Brothers. 1890. VOLUME 23. Massive volume; three-quarter leather binding 16 x 11 inches; 1052 pp. Fifty-two lavishly illustrated issues; 32 featuring a Supplement. Of great interest are the 24 tipped-in folded patterns for clothing: women's garments, young girls' garments; dolls' costumes, etc. These are bound into the volume, and all are in very good condition. Copious illustrations of women's and young girls' clothing are featured in the newspaper; these include tennis blouses, formal evening wear, riding habits, gowns for various occasions including weddings; also shawls, hats, embroidery patterns and more. Several newspapers have short marginal tears (repaired with archival tape); one cover was soiled in the mail. Abrasions to exterior: spine edges and corners of covers; overall very good condition. ITEM WEIGHS APPROXIMATELY 20 LBS: WE WILL QUOTE EXTRA SHIPPING CHARGES. The rear page of each issue of the newspaper features captioned cartoon images (6 x 4.5 inches or so); many of these depict African-American characters whose verbal exchanges are rendered in dialect. There are other cartoons featuring Chinese characters. The newspaper's extensive single and double-page illustrations focus on costumes of the day, but others reflect wider-ranging interests. These include a bird's eye view of Rome, bicycling, the deck of an Iron Clad (ship) photographed from the mast of another vessel, art work by various artists including Alice Barber (Stevens) whose Harmony in a Virginia Cabin depicts an African-American family, a full-page illustration depicting a female photographer, illustrations of theatrical interest, etc. Loads of full-page illustrations of British royalty and English historical subjects make clear the Anglophile leanings of the publisher and no doubt the bulk of the newspaper's readers. A small mailing label on the front cover of the newspaper identifies the subscriber to the publication as Jacob Kamm of Portland Oregon. Kamm, a prominent businessman in 19th century Portland, founded the Oregon Steam Navigation Company and was heavily involved in real estate in the city. His estate was valued at over four million dollars at the time of his death in 1912. The volume is in very good condition, tight and attractive in its binding. Uncommon in such good condition.

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        The Sign of Four.

      London: Spencer Blackett, 1890. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, with a frontispiece engraving by Charles Kerr. The outstanding second novel featuring Sherlock Holmes, in publisher's original boards, attractively respined. The decorative covers are blocked with wide black patterned border and floral tools at corners, title/author's name in gilt, tooled similarly on the spine to style. Covers show a little edgewear, extremities of text block a little rubbed and worn, black endpapers neatly replaced, contemporary ink stamp to back of frontis. A used but inexpensive copy of a scarce book; a classic piece of crime fiction.

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        La Bièvre

      Second edition (the first one was only of 10 copies), with 23 original drawings by E. Tanguy. Affectionate autograph inscription from J.K. Huysmans. A small tear glued to head of a joint, otherwise a good copy. Genonceaux Paris 1890 16x23cm broché

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        Roi de Camargue

      First edition, one of the 35 copies on Japan, deluxe edition.Binding half morocco green fir with corners, back with five nerves set with ornate golden dotted double gilded boxes ornate and decorated with incisions parts morocco red and brown, framing of double net gilded on marbled paper boards, small tear at the center of the first flat, guards and contreplats of handmade paper, preserved covers, gilded head on witnesses, elegant binding of unsigned time.Book decorated with 78 in-text illustrations by Georges Roux woodcut by Baud and Hamel and 14 boards inset engraved etchings by Ruet.Our copy is complete the triple state of each of the 14 illustrations hors-texte de Georges Roux.Nice copy pleasantly established. Emile Testard Paris 1890 10,5x15,5cm relié

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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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        Privately assembled album of natural history drawings and lithographs from the library of the natural historian Francis Day.

      Kenilworth House, Cheltenham: circa, 1890. Quarto, a privately assembled album of 123 engraved and lithographic plates of which 23 are skilfully hand-coloured, front pastedown endpaper with label of the Day family bequest to the Cheltenham Public Library; a very good copy indeed in later nineteenth-century half calf. A remarkable volume of 123 natural history illustrations, many unpublished, from the personal collection of the ichthyologist Francis Day (1829-1889) with his working notes on many of the images.Most of the images are proofs before letters, and in the absence of descriptive text it would require a good deal of further research and specialist knowledge to accurately identify all of the species; however, given Day's interest in the subcontinent and the Indian Ocean, no doubt many are from the region. Several of the ornithological proofs are signed by the accomplished engraver Charlotte Gray (daughter of the respected conchologist Maria Emma Gray and step-daughter of prolific naturalist John Edward Gray, the zoological keeper at the British Museum who worked with Charles Darwin and many others).The album reflects the wide interests of Day, appointed as Inspector-General of Fisheries in India and Burma in the mid-Victorian era, who was widely respected as for his knowledge of the natural history of the subcontinent. The album includes mammals, quadrupeds both familiar and exotic, birds, fish, insects, crabs, arachnids and insects. Of special interest are highly detailed lithographs detailing the highly unusual nests built by tropical birds. Significantly, a good number of the plates in the collection are by the eminent London based natural history publisher Treuttel, Wurtz and Company. Some of the plates are published as early as 1822, but Day evidently used them as the basis for his own observations, with frequent annotations in his hand regarding habitat and differences between specimens, making this an interesting working archive.The plates include five magnificent lithographs of Australian birds, some of which are beautifully hand-coloured. The Australian ornithology plates comprise a magnificent raptor (here captioned the 'Australian Fishing Eagle') followed by three magnificent hand-coloured lithographs illustrating an Australian owl, a frogmouth and a brush-turkey. Also hand-coloured in warm coppery tones is the unfortunately named Troglodyte Beach Rail, a native waterbird of New Zealand. In this collection both the brush-turkey and Troglodyte Beach Rail are included in duplicate (as coloured and uncoloured plates). The Australian lithographs were produced for the Transactions of the Linnean Society, but some are certainly Day's own proofs of the published images (were these plates in fact ever published?).A ticket on the front paste-down notes that this album was presented to the then Cheltenham Public Library by the "Misses Day, as a memorial of their late father". A full listing of the contents of the album is available upon request. Expertly rebacked.

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        Les chants de Maldoror

      Rare second edition in trade, and the first French edition, one of 150 unnumbered copies on vellum, one draw with 10 japan. First edition of the famous preface Genonceaux on Lautréamont, frontispiece Jose Roy (regular cartoonist licentious works) showing a flayed skin to earth, wandering in the catacombs, a facsimile of a letter from the author 1870 . Bound in half blue calico, smooth back with a gold finial, date tail piece red morocco emphasized double nets, blue marbled paper on the boards, elegant binding pastiche signed Laurenchet. The original 1869 was never published by Lacroix, who had pledged to edit; only ten copies were stapled and delivered to the author. In 1874 another Belgian publisher, Rozez, resumed the background and edited with a title page relays. The title glory Genonceaux was without doubt have edited the Chants de Maldoror, with a real desire to make it known. After editing, he published several excerpts in newspapers: Fin de siècle (14 February 1891) and The Black Cat (12 December 1891). His preface is the result of a serious investigation, which is why it violently rejects allegations of Léon Bloy on the author. Genonceaux providing a charge of indecency, which actually took place in 1892, leaving his publishing house after editing Shrine of Rimbaud. Literature vertigo at the limit of sustainable, the excessive teenager, a total darkness, the Chants de Maldoror, or the saga of a wandering figure of evil in the world, became famous surrealist who made a true aesthetic manifesto. Few pale scattered spots on a very white paper, otherwise very good copy. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! Genonceaux Paris 1890 Pet. in 8 (10,8x16,6cm) relié

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        The Sign of The Four in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine. Volume XLV.

      Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott. Jan-Jun 1890. First US Appearance. Large 8vo. 915pp. Bound in contemporary half brown morocco over maroon cloth boards. Light rubbing and scuffing to extremities, strong and tight, very good indeed. Light spotting to page edges, internally clean. The first American appearance of this story, with its own dedicated frontispiece and title page. An impressive survival.

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        Over the Sea. Stories of Two Worlds.

      London and Sydney: 1890. Quarto, eight colour plates and other illustrations in the text; original cloth-backed glazed pictorial boards. First edition and rare. A most attractively-produced anthology of Australian and New Zealand stories and tales, designed primarily for young people, very evocative of its time. The authors include Rosa Praed, "Tasma", Mrs Patchett Martin, and Hume Nisbet. The illustrations are by H.J. Johnstone, T.J. Hughes, R. Carrick, Emily Harding, Marcella Walker and A.W. Wall. Light scattered foxing, some edge-wear and rubbing but a very good copy.

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         The History of Freemasonry its antiquities, symbols, constitutions, customs... embracing an investigation of the records of the Organisations of the Fraternity in England, Scotland, Ireland, British Colonies, France, Germany and the United States, derived from official sources.

      Londres, Caxton, (v.1890), 6 vol. in 4°, de 504-502-504pp., ill. de 31 planches en noir et de 18 planches en chromolitho h. t., percaline éditeur bleue ornée et historiée au 1er plat, bel exemplaire en cartonnage éditeur orné. L'ouvrage moderne le plus complet sur l'histoire de la Franc-Maçonnerie et autres sociétés secrètes depuis l'Antiquité jusqu'à la fin du XIX° siècle. Très illustré. Très recherché et rare en bel état.

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        Artistic Pussy and Her Studio

      London: H. Grevel & Co.,, 1890 - A Very Scarce Meggendorfer Movable[MOVABLE BOOK]. MEGGENDORFER, Lothar. Artistic Pussy and Her Studio. Moving Pictures with Other Tales. A Moveable Toybook from Lothar Meggendorfer. London: H. Grevel & Co., [1890]. Folio (11 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches; 302 x 222 mm.). Sixteen unnumbered pages. Six with color lithographed moveable plates and eight with black & white drawings. The movable plates are bright and clean and all in perfect working order. Three of them have very small and neatly repaired tears just on the lower margins by the pull-tabs. Otherwise a near fine example of this very rare Meggendorfer movable. With the engraved bookplate of Joan Feisenberger on the front paste-down.Publisher's quarter red cloth over glazed boards, front cover with color pictorial design and title. Inner hinges expertly and almost invisibly repaired, some light rubbing to corners of boards, otherwise near fine.A remarkable survival of a very scarce Meggendorfer title.There are eight movables with a story text each of which includes sepia drawings.The six movables are:1. A bulldog, seated in an armchair, having his portrait painted by Mrs. Puss2. A 'clever' monkey sitting in a big armchair and trying to play with a crying baby in her lap3. A cat with palette in arm painting a portrait of a poodle4. A wily fox running away with two geese under his arms5. A mother hen gently rocks two of her baby chicks in a cradle while the four other chicks peck around. 6. Mr. and Mrs. Hare hiding in a cabbage patch from a houndOCLC locates just one copy of the London imprint in libraries and institutions worldwide: Library of Congress (DC). and three copies of the American imprint by Thompson & Thomas, Chicago: Smithsonian Institution, (DC); Boston University (MA); Pennsylvania University (PA)."There is little doubt that the most elaborate and ingenious movables ever produced were those of the German Lothar Meggendorfer (1847-1925) made during the 1880s and 1890s?the mechanisms and operations of Meggendorfer's books-not to mention the originality of his figures-are far superior to any others published before or since.?'They were marvels of ingenuity?Usually several movements took place at the same time on the same page' (Eric Quayle)?The devices that operated the various figures in Meggendorfer's books consisted of a series of inter-connecting cardboard levers sandwiched between the coloured illustration on the front of the oblong leaf and the dummy pasted behind it. The animated limbs and heads were cut-out models on the front of the picture, and moving the tab set the whole scene in motion?Needless to say, such was the delicacy of Meggendorfer's machinery that if a child pulled too hard the whole thing could be ruined beyond repair" (Haining, Movable Books, pp. 65-73).Joan Feisenberger (née) Greendall (d. 1992) was the wife of the great bibliophile and rare book expert of Sotheby's fame, Hellmut Albert Feisenberger (1909-1999) - "Feisy" to all who knew him. He was responsible for the preparation of the the exhibition "Printing and the Mind of Man" at Earls Court in 1963. As a member of the historical sub-committee whose task was to select some 500 books that had most influenced human thought and action over 500 years, he undertook all the scientific books, ranging from the great medieval encyclopaedia of St. Isidore of Seville to Fermi and Pontecorvo's patent for controlling nuclear fission. In all, he helped to choose and then catalogued over 120 books, more than any other contributor. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        La bête humaine

      Charpentier & Cie. First edition on ordinary paperContemporary indigo half morocco Bradel binding over marbled paper boards by Féchoz, spine with gilt floral motif, gilt date at foot, top edge gilt, covers preserved; black morocco chemise and slipcase by PGoy & CVilaine, date at foot of spine, lined with blue suede Autograph inscription from Emile Zola to Auguste Marcade A very good unjustified copy in a good binding Charpentier & Cie Paris 1890 12x19cm relié sous chemise-étui

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