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        Maritime Letterbook and Manuscript Diaries of Lieut. Blake, Centering on His Service in China as a Customs Officer and Tidewaiter at the Kowloon Customs Station, Largely Focused on the Confiscation of Opium from Chinese Junks in Hong Kong Harbour

      British Hong Kong, 1890-1897., 1890. 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. One cabinet card mount spilt at center although photograph shows only a crease, logbbok boards showing wear and hinge has recent reinforcement, otherwise the lot in very good condition, preserved with care and contained together in a large purpose-made clamshell box for extra protection. 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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        Konvolut aus 35 monochrome Albumenabzügen des Osmanischen Reiches. [Beinhaltet folgende Bilder mit den Bildnummern:] 413 - Damas: Minaret de l'ouest Syrie. 784 - Damas: Grande mosquée et vue générale de Damas. 431 - Damas: Intérieur de la maison Stambouli. 432 - Damas: Cour de la maison Stambouli. 435 - Damas: Intérieur de cour de maison. 436 - Damas: Intérieur de la maison Chamahayah. 433 - Damas: Intérieur de maison, consul anglais Syrie. 434 - Damas: Intérieur de maison, consul anglais Syrie. 796 - Damas: Cour de la maison Chamieh. 798 - Damas: Cour de la maison Abdallah-Pacha. 799 - Damas: Intérieur de la maison Abdallah-Pacha. 286 - [Palästina] Tombeau d'Elie (Sebil Kait-Bey). 1192 - Jerusalem: Mosquee d'Omar. 1199 - Jerusalem: Mosquee

      o. O., o. J. [zwischen 1880 - 1890]. - Zangani: Bildnummern 1192 und 1199. G. Berggren: 129, 172, 108 und 113. Abdullah Fréres: 775. Sebah & Joailler: 895, 282, 143, 121 und 215. Alle anderen Photographien sind von Bonfils. [Masse ca. 20,5 x 26,5 cm und ca. 22 x 28 cm der Albumenabzüge]. Die Bezeichnungen sind größenteils in französischer Sprache, einige auch in Englisch. - Kl. Eckabrisse an den Kartons (ca. 3), angestaubt, leichte Gbrsp. - Aussagekräftige Abzüge aus dem Osmanischen Reich zwischen Damaskus und Istanbul. Vorwiegend werden historische Monumente auf dem Boden der historischen Türkei, besonders Monumente aus der Blütezeit der Osmanen. Orte wie Baalbek, Damaskus, Jerusalem, Konya und Istanbul. Schöner Querschnitt archäologischer Sehenswürdigkeiten, aufgenommen zwischen 1880 - 1890. Selten in dieser Zusammenstellung aus der Hochzeit europäischer Ausgrabungstätigkeit.

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        Two cabinet card photographs of Tonhadel (Broken Leg or Lame) Laura Tonadlemah Doanmoe Pedrick, an important female leader of the Kiowa tribe

      Winfield, Kansas, 1890. Very good. Both photographs measure approximately 3 7/8" x 5 5/8"; card are 4 1/4" x 6 1/2". One image shows Laura dressed in very ornate traditional Native American clothes and in the other she is wearing an attractive Anglo-American dress. The reverse of the first card is annotated in pencil, "Laura Doanmoe Kiowa before attending American college." The other card is captioned in the negative, "Laura Doanmoe Kiowa" is annotated on the reverse, "After attending college." Nice image. Minor soiling. Slightly convex. Laura was the daughter of Kiowa war leader Red Otter and the brother of Head Chief Lone Wolf. Her first husband, Etahdleuh Doanmoe, a leader in the Southern Plains tribes' revolt against the reservation system, was captured by the Army and imprisoned at Fort Marion, Florida for three years. While there, he became one of the first 'ledger artists' and rapidly assimilated to Anglo-American ways. He was released after three years and became a Presbyterian minister, farmer, and recruiter for the Carlisle Indian School. There he met and married Laura who had been an intermittent student at the school and was also a strong proponent of assimilation as well as the improvement of Native American women's lives. After Etahdleuh's death, Laura married William E. Pedrick, a white blacksmith working for the Kiowa Indian Agency, and settled in Oklahoma where she became, with the overwhelming support of her people, the Office of Indian Affairs lead Field Matron for her tribe. As such, she worked tirelessly, instructing women in cooking, cleaning, sewing, basic carpentry, animal husbandry, and health care. She also led religious activities and social events with the goal of furthering assimilation. She was, apparently, something of a bully, and zealously chastised tribal members who lived "as if each day was to be their last" without a thought about planning for the future. She belittled members who raised "useless" pony herds for status rather than useful cows, pigs, and sheep. She especially was critical of participants in Ghost Dances and peyote-fueled mescal feasts. This, of course, earned her the enmity of many tribal traditionalists, who with the assistance of a somewhat shady Indian Agent, unsuccessfully attempted to have her removed from her leadership position. During this time, she also assisted James Moody a researcher for James Wesley Powell's Bureau of American Ethnology in his landmark study of the Kiowa. In later years, Laura aggressively lobbied the Department of Interior for the immediate distribution of $400,000 of Kiowa funds held in trust by the federal government. (See the Laura Toneadlemah Carlisle Institute Student File held at the National Archives, RG 75, Series 1327, box 50, folder 2508 and "'Right in the Misdst of My Own People': Native American Women and the Field Matron Program by Lisa E. Emmerich, American Indian Quarterly, v. 15, Spring 1991, pp. 201-216.) An exceptionally scarce pair of photographs of an important Native American female leader.

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        Rinehart, Spotted Jack Rabbit at Omaha (Nebraska, Missouri)

      1890 - Photographie,vintage print // Circa 1890 // Tirage platine // Format (cm): 20x25

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        Selected Works of Robert Surtees

      London - Bradbury and Evans, 1890 Book. GOOD due to damp. Hardcover. A selection of Robert Surtees' works. All volumes are illustrated with numerous woodcut vignettes and colour plates. The works present are as follows:Plain or Ringlets (c1899), Bradbury Agnew and Co. Handley Cross of Mr Jorrocks's Hunt (c1899), Bradbury, Agnew and Co. Mr Sponge's Sporting Tour,(c1890)Bradbury, Evans and Co. Mr Romford's Hounds (c1899), Bradbury, Agnew and Co. Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities (1893) George Routledge and Sons, New EditionAsk Mama (c1899), Bradbury Agnew and Co. The Life of John Mytton Esq, (1893) George Routledge and Sons. Hillingdon Hall, Or The Cockney Squire (1888) John C Nimmo. Ask Mama is lacking title page, frontis and any contents pages. Lacking plates 'Mr Jorrocks Has a Bye Day', 'Mind The Bull' 'Mr Jorrocks Wants Twenty' and 'Pigg in the Melon Frame' to Handley Cross of Mr Jorrocks Hunt. Lacking one plate to Mr Sponge's, 'Mr Jogglebury Crowdey with His Dog and his Gun'. Eleven plates to Mr romford's Hounds, appears to be lacking one plate. Seven plates to Ask Mama, possibly lacking five plates according to collation. Plain or Ringlets,Mr Jorrocks, John Mytton and Hillingdon are all complete. Original cloth binding tipped in to endpapers at rear of Mr Sponge's Sporting Tourand Mr Romford's Hounds and Hillingdon Hall. Robert Surtees Smith was an English editor, novelist and sporting writer. He launched his own Sporting Magazine titled the 'New Sporting Magazine' in which he wrote numerous comic papers. Thackeray envied Surtees for his powers of social observation. Condition: In uniform half calf bindings with gilt stamped designs to spines. Externally, generally smart. Minor rubbing to the spines of all volumes. Rubbing is heaviest to Ask Mama which also has a faded spine. Loss to the head and tail of spine of Ask Mama. Water Damage to boards and internals of The Life of John Mytton and Hillingdon Hall, resulting in a loss to the paper covered boards and tide marks to the morocco at edges. Damp staining and some mould to the first and last few pages, mostly to the outer margins. Margins of majority of pages are affected to HillingdonHall. Loss to the final few pages at margins of Hillingdon Halldue to water damage and damp staining/mould. Prior owner's bookplate, Frederick May, to most volumes at front pastedown. Half title page to Mr Romford is loosening at tail as is title page. Front hinge to 'Ask Mama' is tender, lacking the title page and frontispiece. Fronthinge to Hillingdon Hall is tender. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound. Pages are generally bright withinstances of light scattered spots. Overall: GOOD due to dampstaining to some volumes..

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        Bibliographie Gastronomique

      Paris: Chez P. Rouquette et Fils, Editeurs, 1890. Large octavo, 971 columns / 485 pages, plus errata. Text in French. First edition. One of 450 copies on beau papier velin, from a total of 500. Illustrated throughout with images from cookery books and engraved elements for each chapter. Seminal gastronomy bibliography from the beginning of printing to 1890. According to Bitting, "the work is considered the most erudite and valuable bibliography extant on gastronomic subjects". In original printed brown wrappers with glassine dust jacket. Uneven text block with some pages uncut. Foxing to endpapers and to edges throughout text, otherwise very good. [Bitting page 478].

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        Kein schöner Land in dieser Zeit" originales Ölgemälde auf Leinwand ca.40x60cm; rechts unten signiert; um 1890 [Maße im imposanten wie dekorativem Rahmen 69x88cm.]

      - "No country more beautiful in this time" original oil painting on canvas approx.40x60cm; signed lower right; about 1890 [Dimensions of the decorative frame 69x88cm.] [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Colton's Map of the County of Westchester

      New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co, 1890. unbound. Pocket map. Two color lithograph on bank note paper. Map measures 24.5" x 17.5". Original Wrapper measures 6.25" x 3.5" Beautiful pocket map of Westchester county in southern New York along the Hudson River. Includes parts of New York City, including the Bronx and northern Manhattan. Denotes townships, towns, major routes, railway lines, waterways and topographical details. Original cardboard wrapper and interior map in good condition and attached as issued. Some rips along fold lines. Minor stains over bottom margin. The Colton family was one the most prolific and successful publishers of maps and atlases in the United States. This is a wonderful example of one of their pocket maps.

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        Diary and Correspondence of Samuel Pepys

      New York.: Dodd, Mead and Company., n.d. circa 1890. New York. Dodd, Mead and Company. n.d. circa 1890. Sumptuously bound in 3/4 burgundy morocco and marbled boards. Spine compartments withgilt tooled rosettes. Raised bands. Gilt titles. Marbled endsheets. t.e.g. 12mo. 4.5" x 7". Illustrated with plates (some folding) throughout. Several spines slightly rubbed at tailpieces. A Fine, very attractive set.

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        Le tour du monde. Nouveau journal des voyages. Illustré par nos plus célèbres artistes.

      Paris, Hachette, 1860-1890. - 31 Jge. in 30 Bden. 31x22 cm. Mit zahllosen Textholzstichen und Karten. Rote HLdr.-Bde. der Zeit mit goldgeprägten Rückentiteln. Uniform gebunde Ausgabe. - (Stellenweise leicht fleckig). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Dédicaces

      1890. Bibliothèque artistique & littéraire, Paris 1890, 11,5x16cm, relié. - Bibliothèque artistique & littéraire, Paris 1890, 11,5x16cm, relié. - Prima edizione, stampata 350 copie previste, la nostra una delle 50 copie firmate da Paul Verlaine. Binding mezzo marocco grigio-blu con angoli, torna con cinque nervi, data la coda, dorato netta sui piatti, e contreplats guardie di carta presso la nave, copertine e dorsi conservati, testa dorata sulla testimoni foderato astuccio di marocchino grigi blu legame firmato Lobstein-Laurenchet [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, imprimée à 350 exemplaires sur vergé, le nôtre un des 50 exemplaires signés par Paul Verlaine. Reliure en plein papier marbré, dos lisse, pièce de titre de maroquin bleu marine, couvertures comportant des décolorations et dos défraîchi conservés, reliure signée de P. Goy & C. Vilaine. Ouvrage illustré d'un portrait de Verlaine en tenue d'hôpital par Frédéric- Auguste Cazals gravé sur bois par Maurice Baud et tiré sur Japon.   

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        Manual of conchology, structural and systematic with illustrations of the species. Stomatellidae, Scissurellidae, Pleurotomariidae, Haliotidae, Scutellinidae, Addisoniidae, Cocculinidae, Fissurellidae. Vol. XII.

      Philadelphia, 1890, 8vo tutta tela, titolo al dorso, pp. 519 con 67 tav. lit.

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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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        The Illustrated Book of Poultry. With Practical Schedules for Judging, Constructed from actual analysis of the best modern decisions. New Edition, revised throughout

      Cassell, London 1890 - Pp. viii, 591, 8 Catalogue of books. 50 Chromolithographed plates. Illustrations. Original cloth binding, re-cased. A very nice copy of this classic work. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Pèlerinage d?un paysan picard à St Jacques de Compostelle au commencement du XVIIIe siècle. -

      Imprimerie Abel Radenez 1890 -, Montdidier - 1 volume. In-4. XXXVIII+218 pp. Reliure demi-maroquin rouge. Dos à nerfs. Tête dorée. Couverture conservée. Grande carte repliée in fine. Petites piqures éparses. Très bel état. TIRAGE LIMITE à 200 exemplaires numérotés sur Hollande. Voyage fait par Guillaume Manier, de Carlepont, en 1726 [&] 1727. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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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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        Autograph Letter Signed to Dr. Ward

      Evanston, Ill, 1890. Autograph Letter Signed, "Frances Willard" to Dr. Ward on letterhead of National Woman's Christian Temperance Union, President Frances E. Willard. Single sheet, 8-7/16" x 5-3/8", folded in thirds to fit envelope, else fine. Frances Willard (1839-1898), feminist and reformer, distinguished herself as an educator in the early part of her life. By the 1870's, however, she had found her life's work: temperance. Bringing a small prayer-dominated group to the national stage and prodding the WCTU into other causes -- like suffrage and labor reform -- she shaped the group into a strong woman's movement. By 1890, Miss Willard had experience of 10 years in American party politics and was influential in making the Prohibitionists a successful political force. In her autobiography, GLIMPSES OF FIFTY YEARS, she mentions writing for The Independent as early as 1870. The Independent was a New York-based weekly journal of considerable importance in 19th-century America, absorbing Harper's Weekly in 1916. It started in 1848 as a religious journal associated with the Congregationalists. Henry Ward Beecher, editor from 1860-1863 was succeeded by Theodore Tilton (1863-1870) who made it a secular periodical interested in reform -- especially suffrage. Later editors moved the journal in the direction of an interdenominational religious and literary organ, active in political discussion. In this letter, she writes "Dr. Ward" that this "note was not reached - in the heap on my table - until hereaway. I always liked to write for The Independent but felt unwelcome latterly. Reassured by your kind words, will 'try try again' - soon. Dr. Ward may well be Cyrenus Osborne Ward (18311902), author, editor, and labor leader who was strongly connected to the New York Tribune and New York Sun. By 1878 he had set up his own printing office to publish one of his own books as well as assuming the associate editorship of the reform journal, Man. He spent the rest of his life devoted to a political and social agenda of progress and reform -- as did Willard. An interesting letter -- one doesn't often have written documentation of the "Do Everything" Miss Willard letting feelings of unwelcomeness deter her from anything! NAW III, pp. 613-619. Willard, GLIMPSES OF FIFTY YEARS (1889). DAB X, pp. 416-417.

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        Black Beauty: His Groom and Companions

      American Humane Education Society (1890), Boston - First American Edition, First Issue points. March 1, 1890 ads, "Over Ninety Thousand Copies" at front cover. Octavo, original printed paper over boards, paper spine. 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, old ink name at mid front cover, spine paper lacking some material at ends. [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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        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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        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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