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        The White Company. In Three Volumes.

      Smith, Elder & Co., London 1891 - 750 copies printed. 311pp; 302pp + ads; 277pp + ads. Dark red half morocco lettered and decorated in gold on the spines, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Some wear to extremities and rubbing, short tear to half-title of volume 1. Internally very clean. Overall a very good, appealing set. Green & Gibson A8. ; Octavo [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        My Life with Stanley's Rear Guard

      Chatto and Windus, 1891. Hardcover. Fair/No Dustjacket. 1891. 163+32 pages. No dust jacket. Dark blue boards with faded lettering. The pages are all clearly legible with some tanning around the edges and an owner's inscription to the foxed front endpaper. The boards themselves are very darkened with thick rub-marks and ring-stains on both sides. The lettering is no more than faint outlines on the spine but some of the red lettering and decoration is still visible on the front board. The spine appears water-stained as well.

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        My Life with Stanley's Rear Guard.

      London: Chatto & Windus, 1891 - Small octavo (170 x 113 mm). Original dark blue cloth, titles to spine and front board in brown, palm block to front board and publisher's device to rear board, both in brown, grey and white floral endpapers. Small bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Spine darkened and gently cocked, extremities a touch rubbed, minor wear to spine ends and corners, endpapers slightly foxed, margins of text block lightly tanned with occasional soiling, a few corners turned. Otherwise a very good copy. Lithographic folding map by F. S. Weller. First edition of this firsthand account of the Emin Pasha Expedition rearguard. Ward was recruited by Stanley in 1884 and was a Congo adventurer who had been employed by both the Free State and the Sanford Exploring Expedition. The rearguard was left at Yambuya in 1887 to await supplies and reinforcements from Tippu Tib, but hunger, disease, and warfare forced the rear column to languish "for thirteen months, waiting in vain both for the promised supplies from Tippu Tib and for news of the advance guard", neither of which materialised (ODNB). Ward's account is understandably negative and he considered the rearguard an unmitigated failure. Howgego IV S60. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Tables des logarithmes a huit decimales

      Paris: Imprimerie nationale, 1891. France. Service Geographique de l&#39;Armee. Tables des logarithmes a huit decimales des nombres entiers de 1 a 120000 et des sinus et tangentes de dix secondes en dix secondes d&#39;arc dans le systeme de la division centesimale du quadrant. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1891. Original brown cloth, corners worn. One signature starting. [4], iv [628]pp. 352 x 278 mm. </p><p>Provenance: presented to France&#39;s Minister of War, General Andre, by the general director of the Service Geographique de l&#39;Armee, with his signed inscription on the half-title: "A Monsieur le General Andre, Ministre de la Guerre, Hommage de Service Geographique de l&#39;Armee, le General Directeur, Membre de l&#39;Institut, [signature illegible], 12 juin 1900." </p> <p>First edition. The first printed edition of the logarithmic and trigonometrical tables compiled by Gaspard Riche de Prony (1755-1839) at the end of the eighteenth century, representing "the most monumental work of calculation carried out or even conceived" (Hyman 1982, 43). These tables so impressed Charles Babbage when he saw them in 1819 that he later based the logical structure of his Difference Engine no. 1 on the methods of organization used to calculate them (see no. 29). Two central themes in Babbage&#39;s On the Economy and Machinery of Manufactures are the division of labor and the division of mental labor, to which Babbage devoted chapters 19 and 20. His chapter on the division of mental labor is primarily an analysis of the methods de Prony employed in the production of these tables.</p><p>De Prony&#39;s project arose from the introduction of the metric system in France after the French Revolution. The goal was to calculate the logarithms of the numbers of 1 to 200,000. Since there were not enough trained human computers to undertake such an enormous project, de Prony organized the work explicitly on the principle of the division of labor, following the rules set forth in Adam Smith&#39;s Wealth of Nations (1776). He divided his mathematical workers into three sections. The first and smallest consisted of a group of eminent mathematicians (including Adrien-Marie Legendre and Lazare Carnot) who chose the mathematical formulae to be used for calculating and checking, and made other fundamental strategic decisions, but had nothing to do with the actual numerical work. The second group was comprised of several "calculators," competent mathematicians who converted the first group&#39;s formulae into sets of actual numbers (an exceedingly tedious task), and prepared instructions for carrying out the necessary computations. These computations were performed by the third group, consisting of between sixty and eighty assistants, nearly all of whom knew no mathematics beyond simple addition and subtraction, the only operations they were required to carry out. A good number of these assistants had formerly been employed as hairdressers to the aristocracy, a profession that went into a severe slump following the French Revolution. These untrained assistants were found to be more accurate in their calculations than people with more knowledge of mathematics, perhaps because they devoted 100 percent of their attention to very basic arithmetic. Following de Prony&#39;s example, Babbage designed his Difference Engine no. 1 to calculate mathematical tables by the most basic process of repeated addition according to the method of finite differences.</p><p>De Prony&#39;s tables were completed in 1801 and two manuscript copies of them made, each consisting of nineteen volumes. When we wrote this bibliography, one set of these manuscript tables was held in the library of the Paris Observatoire, and the other manuscript was in the BibliothËque de l&#39;Institut. After the original tables were produced plans were made to print them, but financial and political problems intervened, and the tables did not appear in print until nearly a century after their completion, with de Prony&#39;s original logarithmic figures rounded off to eight places. "The rounded-off tables were transcribed from the Observatoire set and the proofs checked twice against the original. It seems that few errors were found. So congratulations are due to de Prony for his design of the project-and hats off to the hairdressers, too, at least for the early places of the long computations" (Grattan-Guinness 1990, 181). Origins of Cyberspace 301.</p>

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        Pleasant Surprises for Chicks of All Sizes Nister Moveable

      Ernest Nister / E. P. Dutton & Co. [1891], London / New York - Contains 8 pages of moveables - dissolving slats - in wonderful chromolithograph. The dissolving slats work like a venetian blind - you pull a tab at the bottom of the page and this causes the displayed illustration to disappear behind a second illustration, thus presenting a new scene. So, across the 8 pages of moveables there are actually 16 illustrations. Published in Germany, c. 1893, by Theo Stroefer as 'Heitere Stunden Ein Wandelbuch Mit Reimen von Eugen Reichenbach'. Although Nister started publishing children's books in 1877, he did not publish any moveables until 1890; this book is most likely the third moveable that was published by Nister. [Hunt] The accompanying stories are presented in 4/5 line stanzas and these text pages are illustrated with line drawings. 325x250 mm / unpaginated, 20pp. Blue and white floral end papers. Condition: Boards badly rubbed and stained with the backstrip frayed with a few little tears. Hinges cracked but still holding. One page has been reattached. Staining to corners of fixed end papers. All mechanisms have been restored and are fully working with replacement tabs. All of the chromolithographs are complete and in good condition. Most of the mounts around the tabs have close tears [repaired], presumably due to over enthusiastic operation in the past. As with most Nister books this has been printed on early wood pulp paper and it is now quite brittle and hence has edge chips in places. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Ornitologia della Papuasia e delle Molucche [with three supplements].

      Torino: Ermanno Loescher 1881-1891. - Quarto, four volumes,2690 pp.Modern quarter morocco and marbled boards, some minor marginal staining in volume one, publisher's blue wrappers retained, very scarce. A complete set with the three later published supplements of the first major taxonomic review of the avifauna of New Guinea. Tommaso Adlard Salvadori (1835&#150;1923) was an Italian zoologist and a leading nineteenth century taxonomist. He wrote the parrot, pigeon and waterfowl volumes for the Catalogue of birds of the British Museum and had a number of animals named in his honour, including the Papua monitor Varanus salvadorii and the monotypic Salvadori's teal Salvadorina waigiuensis. Wood p. 549; not in Zimmer. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Life of Wm. Tecumseh Sherman, Late Retired General, U.S.A. - a Publisher's Blad.

      Philadelphia: Edgewood Publishing Company, 1891 - Octavo. Original yellow ochre cloth with decoration in black and gilt including a portrait in an oval cartouche on the upper board, green floral-sprigged endpapers. Housed in a black quarter morocco on marbled paper book-style slip-case, red morocco label to the spine. A little rubbed, corners bumped, head and tail of the spine slightly crumpled, very good. 11 plates. A salesman's sample for this highly successful biography. Mounted on the front pastedown is the upper board of the Autograph Edition - "in Extra English Cloth in a chaste English style, to meet the want of people of culture, who will desire the Life of General Sherman in really choice style, rather than showy" - and on the rear pastedown the spine of the Half-Russia style, "very handsome." In all, four binding styles were offered, priced between $1.50 for Fine English Cloth, to $2.50 "In Full Morocco, gilt edges, (quite elegant.)" Contains 100 pages of sample text; 11 plates including the portrait frontispiece which in the published version "will be replaced by a superior Steel Plate being engraved from the same Photograph;" a double-page promotional flyer, "A Marvellous March from the Mountains of Time to the Sea of Eternity;" and blank sheets for subscriber's names at the rear. Johnson was a popular lecturer and author, having previously written books on Stanley's expeditions to Africa, the Jonestown Flood, and Sitting Bull and the Indian Wars. He was on the staff of the New York Tribune for 50 years, for twenty of them being the foreign and diplomatic editorial writer. Unusual and attractive publishing promotional item.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Fondamenti di geometria a più dimensioni e a più specie di unità rettilinee esposti in forma elementare. Lezioni per la Scuola di Magistero in Matematica

      Padua: Tipografia del seminario, 1891. First Edition. Half morocco. Good. First Edition. Half morocco. 8vo (240 × 175 mm), pp. xlviii, 630; text a little toned, but otherwise bright and clean; marbled edges; good in contemporary half morocco over cloth boards, gilt title to upper cover, rubbed and worn, with slight loss to corners.

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        The Life of Gen. Wm. Tecumseh Sherman, the Last of the Great Generals. [Promotional oversized flyer]

      B. J. Johnson & Co., Richmond, Va. 1891 - 2 pp. Illustrated from photographs and engravings. 22 x 15-1/2 inches. Creased where folded, with a few tiny tears at folds. This is an oversized publisher's announcement and solicitation for authorized agents to sell this "Genuine Book," rather than "canvassing for worthless, catch-penny books by unknown (penny a line) writers." Terms to agents, contents, styles and prices noted.

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        SIBERIA AND THE EXILE SYSTEM, VOLUMES ONE + TWO. 2 vols. [Hardcover] by Kennan

      Century Co., 1891 - 2 volumes, in fine green embossed cloth with gold gilt edges. Near fine. Excellent condition. Clean, unmarked pages. Book plate on first page. Good binding and cover. Hardcover. Century Co, 1891. Vol 1, 407 + Vol 2, 595 pages. Pictures available upon request. Ships daily. (RUS) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Arbeiter - Wohnungen (Privat- und Gemeindebauten. Serie IV.). Einzelhäuser für eine Familie und Doppelhäuser für zwei und vier Familien in farbiger Darstellung herausgegeben von Lambert & Stahl, Architekten in Stuttgart.

      Stuttgart. Verlag Konrad Wittwer, ff. 1891. - mit 60 farbigen Tafeln, Folio. 42,0 x 30,0 cm. 61 Blatt Seiten, In gutem Zustand. eine der Schlaufenbindungen defekt, der Einband angestaubt, etswas braunfleckig und mit Staubrand, der Lederrücken und die Lederecken etwas berieben, das Deckblatt und die Tafeln etwas braunfleckig, meist aber in den Rändern, sehr schöne Darstellungen, bezeichnend für die Zeit - für Arbeiter hatte ein Abort zu reichen - Bäder sucht man vergeblich, die englischen Arbeiter hatten es da besser. die Mappe erschien 1891 -1892. Halbledermappe mit Lederecken und 3 Schlaufenbindungen, Hardcover in Halbleder, [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Fruit Grower's Guide

      J. S. Virtue & Co. 1891, London - n.d. [1891 - 1894]. 3 vols in 6 divisions in the original decorative cloth. , 43 chromo-lithograph plates and 3 chromo-lithograph title pages. A lovely clean set. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Stephen Foster - ABA ILAB & ibooknet]
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        Obras Historicas

      Secretaria de Fomento 1891-92, Mexico City - Two volumes, octavo (23 x 16 cm), pp 508, 455. (Palau 9080) Important indigenous accounts of the Toltecas, Texcocans and the Chichimecas, edited by prominent Mexican archivist Alfredo Chavero. The material in the first volume was previously published in Kingsborough's great tomes The Antiquities of Mexico, and was translated into French by the great French Mexicanist Abbe Ternaux-Compans, though the translation is not considered accurate: this volume is sometimes referred to as the Book of the Kings of Texcoco, as it is a history of that people from its origins through the Spanish Conquest: they were very important allies of Cortes. The material in the second volume was first published here, in this edition, from material that Ixtlilxochitl had himself collected. Connected by birth to the royal house of Texcoco and a great grandson of the last Aztec emperor, he was admirably situated to write the history of his people. He himself was well educated at the college the Spaniards set up for the native royalty -- Sta. Cruz de Tlaltelolco, where he was educated in Najuatl and Spanish. It is said that the Viceroy himself, for whom he was the personal translator, directed him to write these histories. His dates are conjectural, but span somewhere between 1575 - 1650. All subsequent reprints of Ixtlilxochitl's works are facsimiles of Chavero's edition, which remains definitive. Nice example of good Mexican printing, under the direct patronage of President Diaz to commemorate the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas. Uncommon in the trade; auction records show only a few appearances in the last 50 years. Bound in green morocco over cloth. Very handsome, solid set. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Poems by the Way

      London Sold by Reeves & Turner 1891 - One of 300 Copies [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. Poems by the Way. [London: Sold by Reeves & Turner, 1891]. One of 300 paper copies printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. Small quarto (8 x 5 3/4 inches; 205 x 145 mm). 197 pp. Printed in red and black in Golden type. Decorative woodcut border and initials. Printer&#146;s device at the end of the table of contents and on the colophon page. Original stiff vellum with green silk ties. Spine lettered in gilt. Spine lightly soiled and back cover with a small blue smudge. Overall a very good copy. The first book printed at the Kelmscott Press in two colors, and the first book in which the smaller Kelmscott device appeared. Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 12-13. Peterson A2. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 325, no. 2. Sparling 2. Tomkinson, p. 108, no. 2. HBS 65755. $3,500 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        EN EL AFRICA TENEBROSA. Historia de la expedición emprendida en busca y Auxilio de EMIN, gobernador de la provincia ecuatorial egipcia. Trad. del inglés por José Coroleu. Espléndida edición ilustrada con preciosos grabados y magníficos mapas.

      Espasa y Cia., Barcelona - Fol, 2h, XXp, 840p, 49 láminas, 3 mapas despl. color (2 rasgados), ils. en texto, algo de óx. Hol. roz, nervios y dorados en lomo. (1891)

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        Bibliotheca Accipitraria. A Catalogue of Books Ancient and Modern Relating to Falconry. With Notes, Glossary and Vocabulary

      London: Bernard Quaritch Ltd., 1891. First edition, xxviii, 289, [1] + 2pp., of adverts, coloured frontis., 25 plates, bookplate of William Todd, orig. quarter morocco, uncut, t.e.g. a fine copy.

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        Première Soirée in Le Gil Blas illustré (n°23 du dimanche 29 novembre 1891).

      Gil Blas 1891 - - Gil Blas, Paris 1891-1892, 27x39cm, en feuilles. - Edition pré-originale posthume du poème "Première Soirée" d'Arthur Rimbaud, dont une variante a été publiée précédemment sous le titre "Trois baisers" et tirée du manuscrit du Cahier de Douai qui, selon les volontés de son auteur, ne fut jamais publié seuls quelques poèmes furent édités en fac-similé. Le Gil Blas a publié ce poème dans la rubrique "Les poètes de l'amour" du n°23 du 29 novembre 1891, soit une vingtaine de jours seulement après la disparition du poète. Numéro comportant une grande illustration de Steinlen, ainsi qu'une à pleine page de Rabier. Gil Blas est un ancien hebdomadaire de presse écrite français, fondé par Auguste Dumont, qui a paru du 19 novembre 1879 au 4 août 1914, puis très épisodiquement du 20 janvier 1921 à mars 1940. Pendant une période, à partir du 17 novembre 1909, il fut dirigé par Henri de Noussanne et Pierre de Maroussein. Le Gil Blas se voulut d'abord littéraire. De grandes plumes s'y exprimèrent dans des chroniques qui connurent un vif succès : Guy de Maupassant (ou Maufrigneuse) dont la collaboration fut la plus longue (1881-1888), Paul Arène, Émile Bergerat, Clovis Hugues, René Maizeroy, Jean Richepin, etc. Tout aussi importants étaient les feuilletons, signés par Émile Zola, Hector Malot, Théodore de Banville, et Octave Mirbeau notamment. De son côté, Maupassant y publia « Une vie » (février-avril 1883), « Bel Ami » (avril-mai 1885), « Mont-Oriol » (décembre 1886-jévrier 1887), etc. Outre ces chroniques et ces feuilletons, Zola défendit certaines de ses oeuvres dans le journal, par le biais des « Lettres au Directeur » (sur « le Rêve », 8 novembre 1888 sur « la Bête humaine », 13 novembre 1889). Bel exemplaire. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        SANTA FE ROUTE. ATCHISON, TOPEKA AND SANTA FE RAILROAD. OCTOBER, 1891

      Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1891., 1891. 17" x 49" sheet, opens to a black & white map of the U. S. showing the lines of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad and connections, with their focus of concentration being essentially Chicago westward to California and the Pacific coast. Side panels of time tables and information on Oklahoma, Las Vegas Hot Springs, New Mexico, and the Montezuma Hotel, also in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The other side has 24 panels of time tables, a few illustrations, and information on California excursions. Very good copy.

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        Là-Bas

      Paris: Tresse & Stock,, 1891. Octavo (182 × 110 mm). Contemporary quarter red morocco, titles to spine gilt, 5 raised bands, marbled endpapers and sides. Spine slightly faded, binding lightly rubbed, contents toned. A very good copy. First trade edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "A M. Robert Sherard. J. K. Huysmans." A superb assocation: Robert Harborough Sherard (1861&#150;1943) was an English writer and journalist, resident for more than twenty years in Paris. He was a friend, and the first biographer, of Oscar Wilde, as well as being Wilde&#39;s most prolific biographer in the first half of the twentieth century. Though roundabout, the connection with Oscar Wilde through Sherard is appealing when one remembers that Huysman&#39;s 1884 book À Rebours was the "yellow book" that inspired (and appeared in) Wilde&#39;s Picture of Dorian Grey. La Bas introduces Huysman&#39;s semi-autobiographical character Durtal who, disgusted with the shallow vulgarity of the modern world, turns to the mediaeval past for solace, and eventually finds (and enters) a thriving underworld of black magic and practising Satanism in fin de siècle France.

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        Cranford

      Macmillan, UK 1891 - 1st Edition Thus 1891. Includes the very rare original wrapper. Very few survive if any from this period and is the first one to appear on the market for many a year. Over 100 illustrations by Hugh Thomson. Books illustrated by Hugh Thomson are some of the most beautiful books produced during the late Victorian and Edwardian period. Book is very good++ and in wonderful bright condition. Contents very good indeed with slight darkening to endpapers. Pages un-cut. The wrapper is very good+ with small loss to spine tips/corners. Edges lightly rubbed and nicked. Spine age toned/soiled. Covers lightly soiled. PLEASE DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE. Digital images available upon request. Ref 2074 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Ordanance Memoranda No. 29. Horse equipments and Cavalry Accoutrements

      GPO, Washington, DC. 1891 - First edition in the original dull yellow wraps. Black printed title with coat of arms of the Ordanance Department U.S.A. Some mild soiling to the covers around the spine. Twenty detailed illustrations and 3 tables to do with saddles, blankets, haversacks, pistolholders, etc., etc. There is a narrative which describes all the plates. Original source material published by the US government. An extremely rare copy in excellent condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Scientific Results of the Second Yarkand Mission; based upon the collections and notes by the late Ferdinand Stoliczka . Aves

      published by order of the Government of India, printed by Taylor and Francis, London 1891 - Original grey/green paper upper wrapper, letterpress titling to the upper wrapper, the lower wrapper supplied with near uniform paper (neat repairs to the upper cover and spine). Housed in a green morocco backed folding box. Provenance: J.E. Gordon (early signature on the title) The complete ornithological section of the official scientific results of an important government-supported expedition in India. The complete report in 14 parts was published between 1878-1891 and served as part of the official justification for what essentially had been a move in the "Great Game." In 1873, the second Yarkand mission under Sir Douglas Forsyth was sent by Lord Northbrook, Viceroy of India, to cement British and Indian relations with Yakub Beg, the ruler of Chinese Turkestan and an important figure in the buffer region between Russia and India. The mission was well-equipped, as befitted an official government attempt to impress a local ruler and it is said that the Ladakh economy took four years to recover from the losses incurred from the passage of the expedition. The mission set out from Rawalpindi to Leh via Murree, travelled past the Pangong Lake, Changchenmo and Karakash Valley onto Shahidulla and finally to Yarkand. They reached Kashgar in December 1873, and on March 17, 1874 began the return journey. They were to visit the Pamir and Afghanistan areas but the political situation prohibited the passage and the party returned to India via Ladakh. Ferdinand Stoliczka, the mission's geologist and naturalist, made good use of the opportunities offered and made extensive observations. Unfortunately, he died before he was able to publish any of his work. His papers and notes were edited by various well-known scientists, with the present ornithological section being completed by Sharpe. The plates, all worked up from skins collected by Stoliczka, are produced by three of the greatest ornithological artists of the late-19th century. Two already had an extensive back-catalogue: Joseph Smit (1836-1929) "the best animal painter in [Great Britain]" (Christine Jackson) had worked with Josef Wolf on two of G.D. Elliot's monographs and William Hart had been employed almost full-time by John Gould. John Gerrard Keulemans (1842-1912) was a Dutch-born artist and a relative newcomer, who went on to become a mainstay of British ornithological illustration for two decades at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th-century. Christine Jackson writes that as "an ornithological draughtsman . [Keulemans] was outstanding . Such a large proportion of the birds drawn by Keulemans were done from [stuffed] specimens that it is truly amazing that he could make the birds in his plates look life-like at all. He understood the anatomy of birds, also he was a keen bird-watcher, and these considerations obviously saved him from producing mere bird-contours in his drawings." Anker 465; Fine Bird Books (1990) p. 142; Nissen IVB 861; Christine Jackson Bird Illustrators some artists in early lithography (1975) pp.75-92. (14 1/2 x 10 7/8 inches). 24 hand-coloured lithographed plates, by J. Smit (2), J.G. Keulemans (15), W. Hart (3) and one other, printed by Hanhart, each mounted on a guard, 1 folding zincographed map, hand-coloured in outline.

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        THE CITY OF DREADFUL NIGHT AND OTHER PLACES

      Allahabad: A. H. Wheeler & Co, 1891. First (Indian) edition. Front flyleaf with two small chips, original wrappers with minor fading, binding fine. First (Indian) edition. 8vo. 4 leaves, 108p, 7 leaves of advertisements including "Opinions of the Press" (Both Livingston and Stewart list 5 leaves of ads). Original grey-green printed wrappers bound in; advertisements inside both covers. Bound by the Club Bindery in 1901 in full dark blue crushed morocco with marbled endpapers, a.e.g., the covers with panels formed of two sets of triple gilt rules with corner ornaments, the spine with gilt titles and densely gilt panels, fancy dentelles. "Indian Railway Library, No. XIV" with imprint at bottom of p. 108: "Printed at the &#39;Pioneer&#39; Press, Allahabad." Livingston calls this the second edition, after the suppressed edition of which only three copies were to be kept after the remainder were destroyed.& With a tipped-in SIGNATURE of Kipling. & From the library of Rudolph August Witthaus (1846-1915 American toxicologist) with his leather bookplate; from the library of Henry William Poor (1844-1915, American book collector whose collection was sold at The Anderson galleries in 1909, Part IV. lot 288) with his leather bookplate; from the library of Jean Hersholt (1866-1956 whose Hans Christian Anderson collection is housed at the Library of Congress) with his bookplate signed in ink.& Livingston 70; Stewart 93.& Rare.

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        A HOUSE OF POMEGRANATES

      London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., (1891) - First Edition of this title, Wilde's second collection of stories, following The Happy Prince & Other Tales.The design and decoration of the book are by C. Ricketts & C.H. Shannon. This is one of only 1000 copies printed. A Very Good copy of this scarce title which comprises four quite beautiful fairy tales: The Young King, The Birthday of the Infanta, The Fisherman and His Soul, and The Star-Child. Although Wilde's fairy tales were seemingly for children, the author in fact intended them more for the attention of adults. He is quoted as saying that the stories were intended neither for the British child or the British public. Bound in original publisher's cloth binding, with title and author on what is now a rather faded cream colored front board, the copy has ornate designs in light red, and a peacock, fountain, and fruit basket all in gilt. In summation, a quite worn copy of this charming Wilde title, and thus priced accordingly. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Book of the Sixth American Chess Congress, containing the games of the International Chess Tournament held at New York in 1889

      New York: Sixth American Chess Congress, 1891 xxxviii+490 pages with table and diagrams. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 7") bound in original red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and black chess pictorial to both covers. Limited to 500 copies. This is copy 88 issued to F M Teed of Brooklyn New York. (Betts: 25-26). 1st edition. Contains the report of the Congress Committee and all 432 games with notes by Steinitz. This was a 20-man Double Round Robin Tournament. One of the longest tournaments in history. In the first half of the tournament, draws were counted as a half point. In the second half, they were replayed once. Between the 38 regular rounds, 8 replay rounds, and 4 game playoff for first at the end, there were 50 rounds all told (!). Like the 4th Congress, this tournament consisted largely of foreign masters. The retirement of Captain Mackenzie seems to date from this time (though some sources credit him as US Champion until his death in 1891), giving the top American finisher some claim on being de facto US Champion. The top American finisher was Solomon Lipschutz, who finished in 6th Place with a score of +22-9=7 Condition: Corners bumped, soiled, spine ends and corneres rubbed exterior hinge cracked 1" at back head spine, Teed's gift inscription on title and individual who received the book name errased, some occasional internal soiling, spine sunned esle a good copy of a scarce item.. First Edition. Original Cloth. Good. Royal octavo.

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        Grammatik Der Eskimo=Sprache,Wie Fie Im Bereich Der Missions=Niederlassungen Der Brudergemeine Au Der Labradorluste Gesprochen Mird

      London: Moravian Mission Agency 1891, 1st Edition. () xx,415 pp. Very good. Octavo. Original brown cloth. Old dark stain on the top third of the rear board. Small snag on the spine. Coated yellow endpapers. Other than the stain a very nice copy. From the Moravian archives in Nain Labrardor with their rubber stamp and early inscription on the front endpaper. Rare. Bourquin was the superintendent of the Moravian Missions in Labrador. Pilling notes on P 13 of his bibliography that Bourquin was preparing an Esquimaux Grammar which was to be published in 188 or 1887..

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        The Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne

      Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, at the Riverside Press, Cambridge 1891 - Fifteen volumes, 8vo., bound in three quarter plush red morocco stamped in gilt, raised bands, top edges gilt. Standard Library edition, one of 500 copies, profusely illustrated with etchings and steel engravings. Clark B13 ---- From the library of Richard Watson Gilder&#146;, with his bookplate on the free endpaper of volume one. An accomplished poet, Gilder was the longtime editor of Century Magazine, which published many of Hawthorne&#146;s contemporaries as well as his posthumous manuscript notes for &#147;Doctor Grimshawe&#146;s Secret.&#148; A gorgeous set with a distinguished provenance. Shipping extra [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Beast and Man In India: A Popular Sketch of Indian Animals in their Relations with the People

      London: Macmillan and Co. 1891 - 8vo., red ochre cloth with black elephant cover design lettered in gilt; dark green paper endpapers; portion of half-title page, once loosened, reattached, leaving slight residue on the title page. First edition, with ad leaf and book catalogue dated May, 1891. Signed by John Lockwood Kipling, the father of Rudyard, who illustrated both of his son's "Jungle Books," on the half-title page. Richard Watson Gilder's copy, with the longtime editor of Century Magazine's library bookplate on the front endpaper and ownership signature on the half-title page. Gilder serialized Kipling's "The Naulahka, A Story of West and East" in the Century. A significant association copy. a.p.o [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Gallegher and Other Stories

      London: James R. Osgood McIlvaine & Co. 1891 - 8vo., green cloth lettered in gilt; soiled covers, hinges tightened, several paper tears expertly restored. First English edition. BAL 4510. A presentation copy, inscribed: "Francesca [Gilder], with a great deal of love, Richard Harding Davis," on the half-title page. Francesca Gilder, who served as a model for Cecilia Beaux's Dorothea and Francesca, was the daughter of Richard Watson Gilder, the longtime editor of Century Magazine, who published many of Davis's stories; with Richard Watson Gilder's library bookplate on the front free endpaper ---- Oddly enough, Davis's "Gallegher and Other Stories" became the series Gallegher, starring Roger Mobley, Edmond O'Brien, and Harvey Korman on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Il Secolo illustrato della Domenica. Settimanale che racconta fatti di attualità, riccamente ill. con inc. in legno, articoli di arte, scienza, rassegne economiche.

      Sonzogno., Milano. 1891 - 6 voll., in fol. (cm 42,5), m. tela, ogni fascicolo è di 8 pp. Lettere ai d. in o. Raccolta arricchita da pregevoli e numerosissime inc. in legno, molte delle quali a piena p. che raffigurano fatti di attualità: Il linciaggio degli italiani a Nuova Orleans, Veduta di Cassala e de' suoi abitanti, L'incoronazione dello Zar, Le inondazioni in Italia, Il varo dell'incrociatore "Puglia" a Taranto, L'assassinio dell'Imperatrice d'Austria avvenuto a Ginevra, L'eccidio di Amba-Alagi, Il trasporto delle ceneri di Cristoforo Colombo a Siviglia, Il grande incendio dell'Hotel Windsor a New York. Alcune pp. sciolte e/o con piccoli strappi. Disponiamo:- 1° vol. - dal n. 66 del 4 gennaio al n. 117 del 20 dicembre 1891 (nel conteggio dei fascicoli si è notato un errore di numerazione del fascicolo 84 che è stato numerato con il n. 85, tale errore non è stato ripreso per cui sembra che manchi il n. 84, ma dal susseguirsi delle date si evince che non c'è nessuna mancanza).- 2° vol. - dal n. 24 del 7 gennaio al n. 275 del 30 dicembre 1894 (manca il n. 255 ).- 3° vol. - dal n. 276 del 6 gennaio al n. 327 del 29 dicembre 1895.- 4° vol. - dal n. 432 del 2 gennaio al n. 467 del 25 dicembre 1898 (Per avverse condizioni socio politiche la stampa del settimanale fu interrotta dall'8 maggio, n. 450. La stessa fu ripresa il 4 settembre con il n. 451).- 5° vol. - dal n. 328 del 5 gennaio al n. 379 del 27 dicembre 1896.- 6° vol. - dal n. 468 del 1 gennaio al n. 520 del 31 gennaio 1899.

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        Orientalische Teppiche - Vorbilder-Hefte aus dem Kgl. Kunstgewerbe-Museum. Koenigliche Museen zu Berlin

      Verlag Ernst Wasmuth. Fair. 1891. B001000090 Fair. (Binding: Hardcover, Jacket: No Jacket) Portfolio. Folio, iv + 8 pages. + 16* color plates (*3 folded . B001000090 .

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        Autograph letter of receipt signed.

      Berlin, 10. VI. 1891. - Oblong 8vo. 1 p. Confirming that he has received a painting by Adolph Menzel for a Munich exhibition: "Von Herrn Julius Schiff 'Procession im Garten' von A. Menzel für die Ausstellung in München empfangen zu haben, bescheinigt Max Liebermann". - Small label, monogram stamp "LS" and ms. number "118".

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        DREI KARTEN VON GERHARD MERCATOR; EUROPA-BRITISCHE INSELN-WELTKARTE

      W.H. Kühl, Berlin 1891 - portfolio. half cloth spine, cloth-covered boards. Facsimilo-Lichtdruck nach den Originalen der Staatsbibliothek zu Breslau Hergestellt von der Reichsdruckfrei. Herausgegeben von der Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Berlin. Portfolio with three maps from Gerhard Mercator in 41 loose plates. Illustrates Europe in 15 leaves, the British Isles in 8 leaves and a world map in 18 leaves. Two pages of text in German. Bookplate from the Long Island Historical Society on the front paste-down. Portfolio is soiled with chipping and cracking to spine. Corners are worn. Map leaves are chipped and brittle, with loss of paper along the edges of the plates. half cloth spine, cloth-covered boards [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        CITY OF DREADFUL NIGHT and Other Places Depicted by Rudyard Kipling

      Allahabad: A. H. Wheeler and Co, 1891. First English edition, preceded by the Indian edition of the same year. 8vo, original printed wrappers, in cloth chemise and quarter brown morocco slipcase. [4], 108, [9]. Spine worn, wrappers worn at edges. A very good copy. EXTREMELY RARE ITEM. Written during his years in India, City of Dreadful Night was published in the popular Indian Railway Library. It describes the city of Calcutta in great detail including sections on the Police, The Railway Folk, and an Opium Factory. A fascinating glimpse of Indian city life.

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        Cranford

      London: Macmillan and Co.,, 1891. With a preface by Anne Thackeray Ritchie. And illustrations by Hugh Thomson. Octavo (181 × 119 mm). Finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere in dark green crushed morocco, titles and decoration to spine, raised bands, single rule to boards, twin rule to turn-ins, green endpapers, gilt edges. With numerous black and white illustrations by Hugh Thomson. A fine copy. First Thomson edition. Inscribed by the illustrator on the slightly browned original front free endpaper "Oliver H. Perry, Esq. with kind regards Hugh Thomson Nov. 24 1891.

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        Baseball. The All~England Series

      London: George Bell & Sons, 1891. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good. Scarce curiosity, the futile attempt by an American to convert the English to the game of baseball. 12mo. 6.75 by 4.5 inches, 17 by 12 cm. Newton Crane was the President of the National Baseball League of Great Britain and a U.S. consul to Manchester. [17] (counting FEP), 103, [8] pp. Besides touching on all aspects of the game, most importantly including the rules, the text goes into the spread of the game internationally (to Japan, Australia, etc.). The preliminaries include early ads for Spalding baseball mitts, bats and other equipment, as well as ads of other suppliers (Gray and Maynard of New Hampshire, etc.). The ads in the back are from the publisher and describe other sports primers in the same series, for sailing, wrestling, cricket, football (rugby), swimming, etc. Also a list of officers of the Baseball Association of Great Britain and Ireland. Narrow dampstain on lower edge of front and rear boards, not significantly affecting type of "Price One Shilling" on front cover. Light soiling besides. Hinge cracked. Generally clean and tight notwithstanding hinge cracks.

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        Oeuvres Illustrees. 20 volumes fine bindings in 3/4 morocco & marbled boards.

      Paris: L. Herbert, Librairie, 1891 - 20 Volumes, 8vo (6¼ x 9½), numerous full page plates throughout. Three-quarter green morocco & marbled boards, gilt paneled backs in 6 compartments, gilt lettered in the second & third, five raised bands, top edges gilt. Near fine clean bright attractive set with back-strips faded to brown, a few scuffs, a few end caps slightly chipped, contents clean & bright with occasional scattered light foxing. H4828 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        WORKS

      London: Chapman and Hall, 1891. 32 volumes. With illustrations from the originals. 8vo, three-quarter blue morocco and cloth by Bayntun, lettered and decorated with lozenge ornament gilt in panels of spines, t.e.g. A very fine and attractive set, spines only lightly mellowed. Mounted in the first volume are an envelope addressed and signed by Dickens and an envelope with an autograph letter from John Forster, Dickens&#39; biographer. A beautiful set, stereotyped from the original plates.

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        Poems by Emily Dickinson. Second Series

      Boston: Roberts Brothers. 1891. First. First edition in the rare publisher&#39;s gift binding. Half white calf and floral patterned paper over boards with morocco gilt spine labels. Myerson&#39;s binding "C," variant noted by him with gathering "a" omitted. Good or better with minor staining on the boards, some rubbing and scratching on the calf, and a small chip on the spine title label. By far the rarest variant binding for this title: the two other bindings were issued new at $1.25 and $1.50 respectively; this binding was originally issued at $3.50. Rare. .

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        Good-Bye My Fancy: 2nd Annex to Leaves of Grass

      David McKay, Philadelphia 1891 - Signed by Walt Whitman below frontispiece photograph. Previous owner's bookplate on ffep and inked name and date on 2nd ffep, slight character soiling to fep and ffep, else textblock immaculate and tight. Light shelf wear to the original binding, light fraying to corners, edges, and head and foot of spine, bumped corners, else binding very clean and tight. This is Whitman's last book prior to his death in 1892. 66p; Myerson a13; BAL 21440. Size: 8vo - Over 7 3/4" -9 3/4 " Tall [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Notes of a Pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

      Edinburgh, Blackwood, 1891. - Small octavo. Pp. 161, 24 publisher's catalogue. Hardcover, original green cloth lettered in black, spine gilt, bevelled edges, old institutional bookplate, stamp, contemporary dedication in neat hand, some pencil underlining. In about fine condition. A lovely copy. ~ First edition. Noted classicist Dr. Henriëtte Boas' copy, with her bookplate. Francis Romano Oliphant (1859-1894), the younger son of the painter Francis Wilson Oliphant (1818-1859), was born in Rome after his father's death. He graduated from Oxford in 1883. In 1891 he published his "Notes of a Pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land" which originally appeared in the form of letters addressed to the "Spectator", to which he was a frequent contributor. He later aided his mother in the preparation of her "Victorian Age of Literature", published in 1892. Scarce. KVK locates 2 copies in British Library. British Union Catalog adds copies in Cambridge, Durham, Manchester, and National Library of Scotland. OCLC 13686843 locates only 7 other copies worldwide, 6 of which are in the USA, one in Israel (Jewish National & University Library).

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        Contes Choisis Le Loup. Hautot pere et fils. Allouma. Mouche. La Maison Tellier. Un Soir. Le Champ d&#39;oliviers. Mademoiselle Fifi. L&#39;Epave. Une partie de Campagne

      Bibliophiles Contemporains. L&#39;Academie des Beaux-Livres, 1891-1892. First Limited Edition Thus. Full Decorated Morocco. Near Fine/Slipcase. 4to. No. 66 of limitation, the total number of which is undisclosed. Exemplaire de M. Henri Garon. The limitation page indicates that no copies were placed in commerce, and indeed this beautiful edition is scarce. Printed on a luxuriant paper stock, with impressed watermarks of floral patterns providing a sublime ornamentation to the leaves, and many illustrations, both interspersed in the text and as full page plates, some duotone, others a rich gouache palette. Gorgeous full morocco decorative binding by Canape R. G. with Art Nouveau floral design worked into the leather on the front board, and doublures of fine Chinese silk with floral pattern (mounted onto endpapers). Original wrap covers preserved and bound in. Tiny bookplate of Douglas Maxwell Moffat posted onto FEP. All housed in a sturdy slipcase that has morocco trim and marbled paper pastedowns on its boards.

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        SOUVENIR OF CONFIRMATION, HEBREW FREE SCHOOL ASSOCIATION, [NEW YORK, N.Y.], MAY 31ST 1891, AT TEMPLE SHAARAY TEPHILLA.

      New York : De Leeuw & Oppenheimer, 1891 - Original cloth, Oblong 4to, 10 leaves. Uriah Hermann&#146;s copy, who is listed as Vice-President of the Association, with his bookplate (Hermann was a leading German-Jewish philanthropist in New York at the time) . Singerman 4250. A lavishly printed souvenir book on typical 19th century 1/16" thick stiff cardboard boards for leaves. All Edges Gilt. On the Programme page, the Opening Prayer is given by Rachel Sinaberg, the Dddress by Rev. R. Benjamin, the Examination by Rev. I. C. Noot, The Act of Confirmation & Address by Rev Dr. F. De Sola Mendes, the Song by Miss Carrie Strauss, and the Closing Prayer by Israel Goldwasser. All members of the Confirmation Class of 1891 (38 girls and 6 boys) are listed, as are the officers and directors (names include M. S. Isaacs, U. Hermann, N. Cowan, Henry Budge, A. Friedlander, F. Forsch, Dr. H. Gomez, Joseph Lilianthal, Jesse Lilianthal, Albert Loeb, I. Meinhard, A. F. Hochstadter, David Kohn, Jacob Korn, L. Levy, J. E. Newberger, M. Warley Platzek, Miss Julia Richman, I. Steinhart, Lipman Stern, & S. Stiefel) . A composit photo of portraits of the board of directors is also present, as is a history of the Association and an illustration of its future home in the Educational Alliance building. SUBJECT(S) : Jews -- Education -- New York (State) -- New York. The Hebrew Free School Association was a "19th-century organization that countered efforts of Christian missionaries by founding a group of free schools for New York City&#146;s Jewish immigrant children. In 1864, Christian missionaries had opened a school on the Lower East Side that offered to teach Hebrew to Jewish children, but the offer proved only a lure to convert Jewish children to Christianity. Outraged, a dozen Reform and Orthodox congregations opened a Hebrew free school nearby, with a complete Hebrew studies program that supplemented the standard curriculum of secular public schools. The school was so successful that the organizers formed a Free Hebrew School Association that opened branches in other Jewish neighborhoods. Aside from turning back the threat posed by Christian missionaries, the association, which was made up of successful, Americanized Jews of German origin, became a major instrument for helping newly arrived Jews&#151;mostly from impoverished shtetls and ghettoes of eastern Europe&#151;to adapt to their new country. In addition to traditional secular education and studies in the Hebrew language and Jewish religion and history, the schools taught the new arrivals hygiene and other American ways unknown in their homelands. The schools began closing in the 1870s, as the New York public school system expanded and as those Jews who had learned their lessons well emerged from the slums and moved elsewhere to assimilate with other Americans" (Encyclopedia of American Education, 2011) . OCLC lists 2 copies (HUC & Harvard) , but the HUC copy listing indicates only 8 leaves and so may be defective. Very light wear to cloth, old spine label and institutional number on title page, faint damp stain along extreme bottom edge of last few leaves, otherwise very clean. (AMR-39-5) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Barbizon School of Painters Corot : Rousseau : Diaz, Millet, Daubigny, etc.

      Chapman and Hall, London 1891 - 294 pages + xvi front + 2 rear pages. + 36 pages of single sided illustrations with protective tissue guards Original brown binding with gilt lettering front & spine fair with some rubbing, very minor loss top & base spine edges, starting to split top. Contents; single sided illustrations very good. ( also very many illustrations within text ). text fair with some foxing front & rear . a few pages a little loose. Inscribed on dedication page " To S. -. G ---- Esq, with the Authors kind regards 3/4/ 91. " . it states on title page " with one hundred and thirty illustrations " 36 have a page to themselves the rest including portraits are within text. .Barbizon School name given by D. C. Thompson , it's members included Jean-François Millet, Théodore Rousseau, Narcisse Diaz, Charles Jacque, Jules Dupré, Constant Troyon; Camille Corot and Charles Daubigny etc. The Barbizon School was a loose group of French landscape painters who worked in & inspired by the forest of Fontainebleau near Paris . Barbizon is a village by the forest, where they sometimes stayed. 23 x 29cm Approx [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        A History of British Birds

      John C Nimmo, London 1891 - Complete in 6 Volumes. London, John Nimmo, 1891. 3rd Edition. Quarto. Green cloth with gilt decorations to spine and front board, blind decoration to back board. 394 hand-coloured plates. Recent bookplates. Corners and spine ends with light wear . Contents clean, unmarked and without foxing other than a few spots on the first few pages of Vols 1,4,5. Each volume bears the name "M E Warren-Roberts" on the pre-title page. Covers bright. A very good set [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        A Treatise of the Law of Bills of Exchange, Promissory Notes, Bank Notes and Checks

      T. & J.W. Johnson & Co., Philadelphia, PA 1891 - (full book description) T. & J.W. Johnson & Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1891. 8th Edition Good+, Hard Cover, DJ Not Issued. Size=6.5"x9.5", 781pgs(Index). Full brown leather binding with maroon leather spine label with gold lettering. Leather worn along rear fore-edge and fore-edge corners, has minor outer layer cracks at head of spine area, endpapers slightly foxed, o.w. clean and tight. No ink names, bookplates, etc. Minor foxing in text, o.w. text in VG+ condition. SCARCE. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES, WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE! [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Engineering Magazine, Devoted to Industrial Progress. Volumes 1 to 52 (1891-1916).

      NY: Published by The Engineering Magazine Co. 1891 - volumes 1-52, an uninterrupted run of complete volumes, subtitle varies slightly; bound in half leather, some external scuffing, tattering and wear however textually clean; well illustrated with plates, drawings, charts, diagrams, plans, etc. Photos available upon request.

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        The Strand Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly, VolumesI to XVII, January 1891 toJune 1899.

      June 1899. 1891 - The firstseventeen volumes of the collected monthly Strand Magazines, uniformly bound in crushed morocco bindings. Adorned with hundreds of illustrations in the text throughout from numerous contributors. Seventeenconsecutive volumes all present, each complete in its own right. The Strand Magazine was a monthly magazine composed of fictional stories and factual articles founded by George Newnes. It was first published in the United Kingdom from January 1891 to March 1950 running to 711 issues, though the first issue was on sale well before Christmas 1890. Its immediate popularity is evidenced by an initial sale of nearly 300,000. Sales increased in the early months, before settling down to a circulation of almost 500,000 copies a month which lasted well into the 1930s. The Sherlock Holmes short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle were first published in The Strand with illustrations by Sidney Paget. With the serialisation of Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, sales reached their peak. Readers lined up outside the magazine's offices, waiting to get the next instalment. The A. J. Raffles, a gentleman thief, stories of Ernest William Hornung first appeared in The Strand in the 1890s. Other contributors included Grant Allen, Margery Allingham, J. E. Preston Muddock, H. G. Wells, E. C. Bentley, Agatha Christie, C. B. Fry, Walter Goodman, E. Nesbit, W. W. Jacobs, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Morrison, Dorothy L. Sayers, Georges Simenon, Edgar Wallace, Max Beerbohm, P. G. Wodehouse, Dornford Yates and even Winston Churchill. In addition to the many fiction pieces and illustrations, The Strand was also known for some time as the source of ground-breaking brain teasers, under a column called Perplexities, first written by Henry Dudeney. Containing first editions of the The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, as well as the The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Sir George Newnes,wasanewspaper proprietor and politician. On 24 August 1881, reading the Manchester Evening News, Newnes's attention was arrested by an item, A runaway train. In that moment he conceived the idea of a journal made up entirely of entertaining and interesting anecdotestit-bits as he called them. He failed to obtain outside financial backing for his idea, but scraped together sufficient to produce the first number of his weekly journal, which appeared on 22 October 1881. Within two hours he had sold 5000 copies. Tit-Bits was to be the matrix of twentieth-century popular journalism. A man of business, all bustle and energy, by bold innovationprize competitions, free insurance schemes, and treasure huntsand an unerring sense of the prejudices and preferences of his lower middle-class readers, Newnes ensured his journal's commercial success. But he sought also to improve the literary diet of the masses. It was his earnest hope that readers of Tit-Bits, saved at least from reading the worst, might develop an interest in better forms of literature. A token of his earnestness was the way he scrutinised every line printed, and he would remove anything he thought unduly lurid, sensational, or smutty. It was H. Greenhough Smith who gave Newnes the idea that was to become The Strand Magazinea monthly, each issue complete in itself, like a book, all stories and articles lavishly illustrated. The first number appeared in January 1891, and the print of 300,000 sold out completely. Monthly sales were soon to exceed half a million, and The Strand became a perennial best-seller. The magazine exercised an important and beneficial influence upon English short-story writing. It also created and enhanced the reputations of many graphic artists, like Sidney Paget (18601908), the first illustrator of Conan Doyle's immortal detective, Sherlock Holmes. (DNB)Condition: Incrushed moroccobindings, with gilt lettering to the spines. Externallygenerally sound, although rubbed withsome wear to the spines. Rear hinge to volume fifteenis slightly strained but holding firm. Internally, each volume is firmly bound. L [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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