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        Damaris: A Play in Four Acts [Original Typed Script}

      [Sherborne, England] 1891 - Paperback. Original typed manuscript of an unpublished play by Louis Napoleon Parker. Parker (1852-1944) was an important British dramatist and composer who was also well-known as a producer of civic and patriotic pageants. He was born in France and lived throughout Europe until, at age seventeen, he was sent to London's Royal Academy of Music and stayed on. During his long career he was known for his successful adaptations of French and foreign plays, and is particularly remembered for his dramatization of W. W. Jacob's story, "The Monkey's Paw." He also was commissioned to write a play about Disraeli specifically for the actor George Arliss. Arliss toured in its production for several years and later starred in a film version. There is no record of this play, Damaris, ever having been published or produced. This copy was typewritten at "Miss Dicken's Type Writing Office," with a few mss emendations. It was printed in four parts, each bound in its original brown wrappers with typed labels on the front covers. The cover of each part has the ownership inscription of the actress Alma Murray. Murray (1854-1945) was a successful and highly regarded English actress. This copy was undoubtedly given to her for her consideration. Some chipping and curling to wrapper covers, but in very good condition. Act I: 17 pages; Act II: 21 pages; Act III: 18 pages; Act IV: 17 pages. DRA/011312. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        [Autograph Letter Signed]: To Harvard President Charles W. Eliot (27 March 1891)

      Fremont, Ohio. 1891. Octavo. One page dated 27 March 1891 from "Spiegel Grove," Hayes summer home in Fremont, Ohio. Light crease at the top right corner, near fine. Housed in a custom quarter-leather clamshell slipcase. A letter to Harvard President Charles Eliot, written in reply to Eliot's recommendation "in behalf of the application of Du Bois for aid from the Slater Fund in pursuing his education."W.E.B. Du Bois had just earned his Masters degree in history and sociology at Harvard and was convinced that "a careful training in a European University," would be "indispensable to my greatest usefulness." Both Eliot and Du Bois appealed directly to former President Hayes, who was then serving as Chair of John F. Slater Fund. Established in 1882 for the education of Freedmen in the South, the fund was specifically intended for individual African-Americans and schools devoted to industrial education. Du Bois's application was thus both unprecedented and daring. Hayes himself had openly questioned whether blacks, especially "historical students," could be trained in Europe. Despite these concerns, which he alludes to at the end of the letter, Hayes actively worked to help Du Bois win a $750 Slater fellowship that allowed Du Bois to study at the University of Berlin from 1892 to 1894, a period critical to Du Bois's intellectual awakening. Upon his return in 1895, Du Bois became the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University. An important letter that documents the crucial role played by Hayes and Eliot in the life of Du Bois. .

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        Die fibröse oder deformierende Ostitis, die Osteomalacie und die osteoplastische Carcinose in ihren gegenseitigen Beziehungen (89 pp., 5 ganzs. Taf., davon 4 farb.).

      . Festschrift Rudolf Virchow zu seinem 71. Geburtstage. - Berlin, Georg Reimer, 1891, Gr.4°, c. 500 pp., jedes Bl. separat pagin., 18 Taf., davon 11 farbig, orig. Halbleinenband; unaufgeschnittenes frisches Exemplar.. FIRST EDITION - RECKLINGHAUSEN's DISEASE. - "Recklinghausen gave an important description of generalized osteitis fibrosa.." In the present "Virchow Festschrift" Recklinghausen, one of Virchow's most productive pupils, reported a series of cases of osteitis deformans including cases of Paget's disease, osteomalacia and those cases which von Recklinghausen differentiated from others. However, von Recklinghausen's diseases, or to use its proper name osteitis fibrosa cystica, has recently been shown to bear a definite relationship to hypertrophy, tumor, or dysfunction of the parathyroid glands. - This luxuriously produced and well illustrated 'Festschrift' also contains following papers: - Felix Hoppe-Seyler (1825-1895): Beiträge zur Kenntniss des Stoffwechsels bei Sauerstoffmangel. - Edwin Klebs (1834-1913): Beitrag zur Lehre von den thrombischen Processen. Hierzu 2 Tafeln. - Moritz Roth (1839-1914): Ueber Cholelithiasis. Hierzu 2 Tafeln. - Emil Ponfick (1844-1913): Ueber Recreation der Leber beim Menschen. - Oskar Liebreich (1839-1908): Ueber Fette. - Ernst Salkoski (1844-1923): Zur Kenntniss der Fettwachsbildung. - Johannes Orth (1847-1923): Ueber käsige Pneumonie. Hierzu 2 Tafeln. - Rudolf Jürgens (1843-1903): Beiträge zur normalen und pathologischen Anatomie des Beckens. Hierzu 1 Tafel. - Paul Grawitz (1850-1923): Ueber die hämorrhagischen Infarkte der Lungen. Hierzu 4 Tafeln. - Oskar Israel (1854-1907): Epithelioma folliculare cutis. Hierzu 2 Tafeln. - Robert Langerhans (1859-1904): Experimenteller Beitrag zur Fettgewebsnekrose. - David Hansemann (1859-1920): Ueber Zelltheilung der menschlichen Epidermis. Hierzu 1 Tafel. - All of these men made important contributions to science in their own right. See the numerous references in Garrison-Morton. - ERSTE AUSGABE. In der vorliegenden "Virchow-Festschrift" findet sich die klassische Arbeit des berühmten Virchow-Schülers zur Pathologie des Knochens. Recklinghausen, Professor in Königsberg, Würzburg und Straßburg, bekannt durch seine Arbeiten über Neurofibrome, Lymphgefäße, Eiterkörper, etc. gehörte zu den namhaftesten Vertretern seines Fachs zum Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts. - Der schön gedruckte, großformatige Band enthält noch 12 weitere Beiträge bekannter Virchow Schüler. - - Garrison & Morton 4358; Bick, Source book of orthopaedics. pp. 131 + 137; Th. Albrecht, ..Orthopädisch relevanten Eponyme, p.205 - Not in Waller, Osler or Cushing.

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        Explorations dans l’Amérique du Sud. I. A la recherche de la mission Crevaux. II. Dans le delta du Pilcomayo. III. De Buenos Aires à Sucre. IV. Dans le Chaco boréal. Ouvrage contenant 60 gravures d’après les dessins de Riou et 2 cartes.

      Paris, Librairie Hachette et Cie, 1891 - pt in-8° ; (2)-421 pp.-(1)-2 cartes h.-t. repl. in-fine, demi-chagrin rouge, dos à nerfs, fleurons or, titre or, qq. manques de papier en marge inf. sur qq. ff. sans gravité, rel. de l’époque, bel exemplaire, [suivi de :], Mémoires, Notices. Exploration du Pilcomayo, par le Chaco boréal et recherches des restes de l’expédition Crevaux, par M. E. A. Thouar. Société Normande de Géographie, mai-juin 1884. pt in-4° ; carte h.-t. repl. front.-de la p. 142 à la p. 220 [Mémoire de Thouar de la p. 142 à la p. 159], demi-toile verte, dos long, p. de titre, bon exemplaire. Kirchheimer, 990. Manque à Sabin. Édition originale. Voyage à la recherche des restes de la mission Crevaux (Thouar put déterminer le lieu de la mort de Crevaux). Good copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        LE TABAC : LE LIVRE DES FUMEURS ET DES PRISEURS.

      - Paris, Henri Laurens, 1891. 19,5x27,5 cm. Ouvrage illustré de gravures N.-B. dans le texte et de 16 gravures hors-texte en couleurs. Jolie reliure en demi-marocain caramel à grains larges. Plats recouverts de papier marbré. Dos à 5 nerfs, portant le nom de l'auteur et le titre en lettres dorées. Brochure d'origine conservée. Traces d'usage sur la brochure d'origine, sinon ouvrage en excellent état et de présentation agréable. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        John Sherman and Dhoya by Ganconagh

      London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1891. First edition of Yeats' third book. This novella and short story formed the tenth title in Unwin's "Pseudonym Library." Of an edition of 2000 copies, this is one of 356 that were bound in cloth. A fine copy of an elusive early title about which Yeats wrote: "Written when I was very young and knew no better." (Wade 4).

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        VERHANDLUNGEN DER DEUTSCHEN GESELLSCHAFT FÜR CHIRURGIE.- Bd. 20 - 45

      Berlin (Hirschwald), 1891 - 1920.. in 26 Bänden. je band ca 500 S. mit zahlr. Abb. Hldr der Zeit und HLn der Zeit mit goldgeprägten Rücken. Kanten teils etwas berieben, innen sehr gut erhalten. Ordnungsgemäß aus den Beständen der Volkspolizei ausgesondertes Bibliotheksexemplar (Rückenschild, Stempel), gutes Ex.. In diesen Bänden spiegelt sich der ungemeine Fortschritt den die Chirurgie, durch die Einführung der Röntgentechnik erfuhr, wieder. "Als gegen Ende des Jahres 1895 die staunen erregende Nachricht durch die Welt ging, daß Röntgen in Würzburg unsichtbare Lichtstrahlen entdeckt habe, die durch feste Körper hindurchgehen könnten und auf photographische Platte ebenso einwirkten wie das Tageslicht, war es klar, daß eine solche Entdeckung für die Chirurgie von der größten Bedeutung sein mußte. Die Herstellung von Hittorfschen Röhren wurde schnell ein wichtiger Industriezweig, in den Kliniken wurden überall Durchleuchtungen am Platincyanürschirm vorgenommen, und photographische Schattenbilder von Frakturen und Luxationen und von Fremdkörpern in der Hand hergestellt. Schon auf dem nächsten Kongreß (1896.I.25) sprach Kümmel über die Diagnose der Knochenherde durch Röntgenstrahlen. Mit Hilfe des Funkeninduktors von 25 cm Funkenlänge und einer gut ausgepumpten Röhre von Müller in Hamburg war es ihm gelungen, die Expositionszeit bei den Aufnahmen, die zuerst 20 Minuten und länger betragen hatten, auf 10 - 45 Sekunden, bei der Aufnahme von Fingern sogar auf 3 Sekunden zu verkürzen und nicht nur eine dunkle Silhouette der Knochen zu bekommen, sondern ein zarter gezeichnetes Schattenbild, auf dem auch die Strukturen des Knochengewebes deutlich zu erkennen war. Als Probebilder zeigte er ein Typhusherd in einer Phalanx, einer Spina ventosa, ein Gumma im Radius, einen Fremdkörper in der Hand. Am Durchleuchtungsschirm hatte er die Bewegungen des Zwerchfells und den Herzbeutel erkennen können. Der Apparat, mit dem er arbeitete, sei allerdings eine ziemlich kostspielige Anlage. Er kostet 'mit Rheostat und zahlreichen dazu gehörigen Röhren immerhin etwa 1500 M'. (Glückliche Zeiten!). Ferner von Kümmel (1898 II) 'Die Behandlung des Lupus mit Röntgen-Strahlen und mit concentrirtem Licht'. Geissler (1898, I) berichtete über die Erfahrung der Bergmannschen Klinik, die wegen des weniger wirksamen Apparates nicht ganz so günstig waren wie die Hamburger. Sehe man von den metallischen Fremdkörpern ab, so sei eine besondere Förderung für die Diagnose und den Operationsplan durch die Röntgenbilder bisher nicht gewonnen worden. Was die Augen direkt gesehen und die Finger gefühlt hätten, wäre noch allein maßgebend geblieben, aber für den klinischen Unterricht und zur Überzeugung von Richtern und Laien wären die Bilder von Wert. Krause - Altona (1899, I) empfahl die Erneckeschen Röhren mit 2 Anoden, von denen die eine aus dünnem Platinblech bestehe. Aufnahmen von Hand und Vorderarm könne man damit in wenigen Sekunden machen, allerdings koste diese Röhre 36 M. Feilchenfeld - Berlin (1900, I) warnte vor nachteiligen Folgen der Bestrahlung. Von einigen Kollegen sei ein Kind mit Skoliose, um ein Bild von der Wirbelsäule zu bekommen, 1 Stunde und nach acht Tagen noch einmal 1 1/2 Stunden lang bestahlt worden und habe ein Eczema solare bekommen, ein Elektrotechniker ein Ekzem an den Händen, nachdem er sie häufig durchleuchtet hatte." Trendelenburg, Die ersten 25 Jahre der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Chirurgie, 1923, SS.114 ff.

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        Die fibröse oder deformierende Ostitis, die Osteomalacie und die osteoplastische Carcinose in ihren gegenseitigen Beziehungen (89 pp., 5 ganzs. Taf., davon 4 farb.).

      - Festschrift Rudolf Virchow zu seinem 71. Geburtstage. - Berlin, Georg Reimer, 1891, Gr.4°, c. 500 pp., jedes Bl. separat pagin., 18 Taf., davon 11 farbig, orig. Halbleinenband; unaufgeschnittenes frisches Exemplar. FIRST EDITION - RECKLINGHAUSEN's DISEASE. - "Recklinghausen gave an important description of generalized osteitis fibrosa." In the present "Virchow Festschrift" Recklinghausen, one of Virchow's most productive pupils, reported a series of cases of osteitis deformans including cases of Paget's disease, osteomalacia and those cases which von Recklinghausen differentiated from others. However, von Recklinghausen's diseases, or to use its proper name osteitis fibrosa cystica, has recently been shown to bear a definite relationship to hypertrophy, tumor, or dysfunction of the parathyroid glands. - This luxuriously produced and well illustrated 'Festschrift' also contains following papers: - Felix Hoppe-Seyler (1825-1895): Beiträge zur Kenntniss des Stoffwechsels bei Sauerstoffmangel. - Edwin Klebs (1834-1913): Beitrag zur Lehre von den thrombischen Processen. Hierzu 2 Tafeln. - Moritz Roth (1839-1914): Ueber Cholelithiasis. Hierzu 2 Tafeln. - Emil Ponfick (1844-1913): Ueber Recreation der Leber beim Menschen. - Oskar Liebreich (1839-1908): Ueber Fette. - Ernst Salkoski (1844-1923): Zur Kenntniss der Fettwachsbildung. - Johannes Orth (1847-1923): Ueber käsige Pneumonie. Hierzu 2 Tafeln. - Rudolf Jürgens (1843-1903): Beiträge zur normalen und pathologischen Anatomie des Beckens. Hierzu 1 Tafel. - Paul Grawitz (1850-1923): Ueber die hämorrhagischen Infarkte der Lungen. Hierzu 4 Tafeln. - Oskar Israel (1854-1907): Epithelioma folliculare cutis. Hierzu 2 Tafeln. - Robert Langerhans (1859-1904): Experimenteller Beitrag zur Fettgewebsnekrose. - David Hansemann (1859-1920): Ueber Zelltheilung der menschlichen Epidermis. Hierzu 1 Tafel. - All of these men made important contributions to science in their own right. See the numerous references in Garrison-Morton. - ERSTE AUSGABE. In der vorliegenden "Virchow-Festschrift" findet sich die klassische Arbeit des berühmten Virchow-Schülers zur Pathologie des Knochens. Recklinghausen, Professor in Königsberg, Würzburg und Straßburg, bekannt durch seine Arbeiten über Neurofibrome, Lymphgefäße, Eiterkörper, etc. gehörte zu den namhaftesten Vertretern seines Fachs zum Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts. - Der schön gedruckte, großformatige Band enthält noch 12 weitere Beiträge bekannter Virchow Schüler. - - Garrison & Morton 4358; Bick, Source book of orthopaedics. pp. 131 + 137; Th. Albrecht, .Orthopädisch relevanten Eponyme, p.205 - Not in Waller, Osler or Cushing. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Floréal.

      Paris, Charles Delagrave 1891 - Illustrations de Georges Cain. Préface de Jules Claretie. Musique de Jules Massenet. 18 gravures hors-texte. 6 pages de musiques notées in fine. Épithalame et Rien n'est que de France d'Eurotas. Un dessin relié face à la couverture conservée de Georges Cain. Edition originale. Paris, Charles Delagrave 1891. 202 pages. Reliure de luxe plein maroquin caramel signée A. Aimond Paris. Dos à nerfs. Large dentelle dorée encadrant les contre-plats. Tête dorée. Couverture illustrée conservée. Décor à froid au centre du 2è plat représentant des armes et marqué "La Rimberge". Très rares rousseurs. Très bon état. Format in-4° (33x27). Edition illustrée [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        DICCIONARIO GENERAL VALENCIANO-CASTELLANO.

      - Imp. José Canales Romá.Valencia. 1891. 1975pp. 22 x 16 cm. Enc. tela editorial con lomo piel levemente rozado. DICCIONARIOS-VALENCIANO [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        NOVÍSIMO DICCIONARIO GENERAL VALENCIANO-CASTELLANO

      Imprenta de José Canales Romá, Valencia 1891 - 1975 pág 22x16 cm Tela Cubierta deslucida, moteado Diccionario general Valenciano-Castellano.

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        CRANFORD

      - (THOMSON,HUGH)illus. CRANFORD by Mrs. Gaskell, preface by Anne Thackeray Ritchie. Lond: Mac. 1891. 4to (7 1/2 x 10"), bound by Howell in Liverpool in full red morocco (leather), triple gilt rules and fleurons in corners, spine panels decorated in gold, top edge gilt, joints worn but sound, else near Fine. 1st ed., A LARGE PAPER COPY, illustrated by Thomson with numerous beautiful black and whites. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        On the Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs, by C. Darwin. Edited . by J. W. Williams

      1891 - Physical description; xxiv, 278, [10] p. : ill., front. (folded map) ; 18 cm. Notes; Date of publication from KVK. Spine title: Darwin's Coral Reefs. Subjects; Biology. Evolution (Biology). Other titles; Coral reefs. On Certain Areas of Elevation and Subsidence in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, as deduced from the study of coral formations. Contents; Contains On Certain Areas of Elevation and Subsidence in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, as deduced from the study of coral formations, a reprint of Freeman no. 1647 [DC BD 1536], not called for in list of contents but usually found. Referenced by: Freeman no. 280. Referenced by: Freeman no. 1647. Series; The Scott Library. Previous owner's inscription. Eastbourne gilt-crest to the front panel. Finely bound in full contemporary aniline calf. Spine compartments and panels elaborately tooled in gilt. Gilt-cross bands witha contrasting red Morocco gilt-blocked label. Bands and panel edges somewhat rubbed and toned as with age. An uncommopnly good example. 1 Kg. 278 pp. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Myra's Journal of Dress Fashion & Needlework. Vol. XVII, Nr. 1 - 12 and vol. XVIII, Nr. 1 - 12. In 2 volumes

      London, Beeton & Co., Ltd. 1891 (-1892) - The London woman's magazine 'Myra's Journal of Dress Fashion & Needlework', started in February 1875 marked a distinct shift, both within the periodicals industry and in wider attitudes, towards the status of femininity and its nature as reflected in dress. 'Myra's Journal of Dress and Fashion' typified the unrestrained espousal of pioneering graphic form and uncompromised reporting which characterized those wider changes in the periodicals and newspaper industry which came to be known as the 'new journalism'. 'Myra's Journal of Dress and Fashion' was one of the best and most informative of fashion journals. The first to introduce colored fashion plates, it was the most significant middle-class women's magazine of its time. - Zwei seltene Jahrgänge des luxuriös aufgemachten Londoner Mode-Journals 'Myra's Journal of Dress Fashion & Needlework', mit großformatigen farbigen Modetafeln für jeden Monat, gefalteten Mode-Supplement-Mustertafeln, zahlreichen Moden im Text umfangreich illustriert , darin auch viele Illustrationen mit Arbeiten für die verschiedensten Mode-Accessoirs, Stickereien, Hutschmuck etc. - A very fine and clean copy / In sehr guter, sauberer Erhaltung With 18 coloured lithographed plates, 28 double-page (4 folding) supplements and numerous text-illustrations in woodcut Contemporary halfleather with ornamented spine / Halbleder der Zeit mit Rückenvergoldung, Folio [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        "The Search through Gus' Pockets"

      n.p., n.d.. 9" x 7" (image size). Pen and black ink on paper, signed "Kemble", inscribed as title in pencil. Literature: Published in The Century Magazine, May 1891. Reed, The Illustrator in America, p. 20 . Edward Windsor Kemble (1861-1933) is best-known for his superb illustrations of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn and Puddin' Head Wilson, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and several of Joel Chandler Harris' Uncle Remus stories. He was a self-taught artist, whose work "reveals a strong sense of humor and an acute observation of character-" He had a special empathy for Black characters and drew them with an understanding and geniality uncommon in his day" (Reed, p. 20).

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        The Defences of Norumbega and a Review of the Reconnaissances of Col. T. W. Higginson, Professor Henry W. Haynes, Dr. Justin Winsor, Dr. Francis Parkman, and Rev. Dr. Edmund F. Slater

      Boston And New York, Houghton, Mifflin And Company 1891 - Description: iv, 84 p. : front., plates, maps (partly fold. ) ; 26 x 34 cm. Subjects: America --Discovery and exploration --Norse. Author's presentation copy with additional manuscript and photographic ephemera (from the author) loosely inserted An exceptional copy in the original gilt-blocked green buckram-covered bevelled boards. Particularly and uncommonly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. 2 Kg. 84 pp. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Around the World with a Magician and a Juggler. Unique Experiences in Many Lands. From the Papers of the late Baron Hartwig Seeman, "The Emperor of Magicians" and William D'Alvini, Juggler, "Jap of Japs"

      Chicago: Clyde Publishing Company. (1891). First. First edition. Cloth with applied paper label. 172pp. Illustrated from photographs. Fine. Very scarce. OCLC locates nine copies. .

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        The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips

      Strand 1891 - The first appearance of this classic Sherlock Holmes story, in the original unbound issue of Strand Magazine, November, 1891, before the story was reprinted in the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The bound volumes of 6 months of Strand Magazines are common, but these original separate issues in their original wrappers are very uncommon. Very good condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        THE CROWN EDITION OF THE BRITISH POETS - THESE 2 VOLUMES BEING THE EXTRA ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF THE ALDINE POETS [ #2 OF 10 SETS]

      British Literary Society, London 1891 - Extra Illustrated; Color Plates; color and B&W Illustrations; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; lii, 263; ci, 278 pages; THE CROWN EDITION OF THE BRITISH POETS - THESE 2 VOLUMES BEING THE EXTRA ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF THE ALDINE POETS [ 2 vols]. Limited Edition #2 of 10 so noted on limitation page. Uniformly bound in inlaid red leather [front and back covers], with gilt borders and floral designs, raised bands on spines, inside covers also inlaid leather with heavily gilt designs, silk moire free endpapers, all edges gilt, ribbon markers, each frontis hand coloured, with interior hand-coloured engravings, and original water colours, with tissue guards. All edges gilt. ; 0 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Across East African Glaciers. An Account of the First Ascent of Kilimanjaro

      London: George Philip and Son, 1891. . First English edition. Large 8vo. xx, 404 pp. Recent tan half calf over marbled boards, spine with raised bands, blindstamped and gilt rules, red and green gilt lettered labels, gilt decoration to other panels, pale red edges. Chromolithograph frontispiece, twelve black and white lithographed plates, eight mounted photographs and three maps. Some trivial spotting towards front and rear of the volume, dark tinge to the edge of some of the plate leaves (not affecting the images), a very good copy. The work describes Hans Meyer’s second and successful attempt to reach the highest of Kilimanjaro’s three peaks, Kibo, in 1889. He had fallen short on a previous attempt two years earlier. Meyer, along with the Austrian mountaineer Ludwig Purtscheller, were the first Europeans known to have attained the summit.

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        Autograph letter signed ("A. Naquet").

      Paris, 19. V. 1891. - Large 8vo. 3 pp. on double leaf. To "Mr. Granier" (probably the French politician Régis Frédéric Granier, 1806-94), in answer to a question regarding his opinion of Giuseppe Garibaldi: "[.] peut-on donc avoir des opinions variées sur ce grand patriote latin quand on est républicain et quand on est français? Mon sentiment est qu'on ne peut en avoir qu'une. Républicain on ne peut saluer qu'avec respect la mémoire de ce milicien de la liberté [ ] Quant à Crispi sur lequel vous m'interrogez aussi c'est l'antipode de Garibaldi [.] Il n'a pas fait la triple alliance, ce renouvellement de la sainte alliance, cette croisade des rois contre les peuples: elle était faite par d' autres que lui lorsqu'il est arrivé au pouvoir. Mais il a été le digne héritier des auteurs de ce pacte auquel il a plus que tout autre contribué à donner son maximum d'intensité [.] Les trois nations qui bordent la Méditerannée: l'Italie, la France, et l'Espagne sont sœurs, en dépit de tous les calculs égoïstes de la réaction Européene; et elles ont encore à jouer pour la défense des libertés générales un role [!] contre lequel tous les Crispi et les Mobilant ne sauraient prévaloir [.]". - On stationery with printed letterhead; fol. 2 with small label, ms. number and monogram stamp "LS".

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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. 11 plates. A little rubbed, corners bumped, head and tail of the spine slightly crumpled, very good. 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.

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        LA TIERRA DE MARIA SANTISIMA. COLECCIÓN DE CUADROS ANDALUCES

      - Barcelona, edit. N. Ramírez, 1891, folio holandesa edit. con planos en relieve (Modernista), 499 págs.+4 h. + bellas láminas de J. García y Ramos. Cortes dorados. Esplendida encuadernación diseñada por Poscó y firmada por Morató

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        LA TIERRA DE MARIA SANTISIMA COLECCIÓN DE CUADROS ANDALUCES

      - La tierra de María Santísima. Colección de cuadros andaluces. Ilustraciones de J. García Ramos.- Barcelona, Sucesores de N. Ramirez y Cª, s.f. (1891); en folio menor holandesa, 499 pp. 3 h. 57 láminas grabadas y profusión de ilustraciones en el texto. Primera edición. Palau: 156909

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        KEINEN KACHO^ GAFU.

      1891 - [BIRDS & FLOWERS] Imao KEINEN. KEINEN KACHO GAFU. Kyoto: Tanaka Jihei. Meiji 24-25 [1891-2]. 4 vols., each approx. 35.5 x 25.1 cm. Stringbound, fukuro-toji, Japanese style. Vol.1 [Spring] has 31 color woodblock prints of birds and flowers, of which 7 are huge double page prints. Vol.2 [Summer] has 32 plates, of which 8 are double page. Vol.3 [Autumn] has 38 prints, of which 4 are double page. Vol.4 [Winter] has 34 plates, of which 4 are double page, and one is a four page spread. These original Tanaka Jihei issues (which preceded the Unsodo versions) have become quite scarce, complete sets even more so, and sets with the western number captioning (the true first printing) almost impossible to find. The covers are original, with the titles directly printed there and the gold flecking. The summer issue has a single worm track in the margins, else it and the other volumes are impeccable, the printing excellent, the colors subtle and lovely. The nicest set we have ever handled. All in a clasped chitsu case which itself is quite rough. 4 vols., complete as issued by Tanaka Jihei, very unusual thus.

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        Paradisea Augustæ Victoriæ [Empress of Germany Bird of Paradise]

      London: Taylor & Francis for Henry Sotheran & Co, 1891. Hand-coloured lithograph by William Hart, printed by Mintern Brothers. Very good condition. A beautiful print from Sharpe's "Monograph of the Paradiseidae, or Birds of Paradise, and Ptilonorhynchidae, or Bower Birds." Sharpe's work on the most spectacular of all bird families depicts the birds of paradise in all their glowing splendor, whilst the bower birds are pictured with their elaborately constructed bowers, surrounded by the shells, bones and other small found objects with which they decorate the bower thresholds in an instinctive attempt to provide the finest backdrop to their highly elaborate courtship displays. R. Bowdler Sharpe was John Gould's assistant for many years and was the only man knowledgeable enough and sufficiently attuned to the famous ornithologist's vision to complete several of his works. Sharpe's comments in his monograph strike a cord with contemporary feelings on the preservation of the environment: writing of the then current fashion for decorating women's hats with the feathers of rare Birds of Paradise, he concludes "What will be said in the future by the civilized world and its scientific investigators when they find that we had the chance of learning the habits of these extraordinary birds, and allowed them to pass out of existence for the adornment of our women-folk, with scarcely a word of protest." Fine Bird Books (1990) p.142; Nissen IVB 865; Whittel p.663; Wood p.565; Zimmer p.581.

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        THOSE OTHER ANIMALS

      Henry And Co. 1891 - 1st 1891. Very good condition with no wrapper. Green cloth, gilt titles. B/w photo portrait frontis of Henty. 22 b/w illustrations by Weir. A natural history book in a series of essays. The Whitefriars Library of Wit & Humour Second Series. Corners bumped and rubbed. Top and tail of spine bumped and rubbed. Rear board lightly marked. Contents very good indeed. [S] [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        New Light on Darkest Africa, Being the Narrative of the German Emin Pasha Expedition

      Ward Lock & Co., London 1891 - Bound in red half leather with marbled paper to boards, gilt stamp title and rule to spine, red stain to three edges. Frontispiece and thirty-two plates, text illustrations, fold-out map bound in after list of illustrations. Edges of leather rubbed, some denting and scuffing to the leather spine, some browning to edges of endpapers, scuffing to paper to boards, large tear to fold-out map removing one corner, which has been reattached. Size: 8vo [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Festschrift zur Feier des siebzigsten Geburtstages von Hermann von Helmholtz.

      Leopold Voss, Hamburg, Leipzig, 1891 - [8]-91-[1 bl.] pp. (minor spotting). A collection of essays by 18 prominent ophthalmologists of England, Germany, France, and Italy published in honor of Hermann von Helmholz's 70th birthday. von Helmholz was a German physician (1821-1894) and he revolutionized the field of ophthalmology with the invention of the ophtalmoscope. Illustrated with 9 numb. lithogr. plates (mostly coloured, numb. I-VIII, VIII double) and some ills in text. Ref. Waller 4298. BL London (ed. 1893). Quarter cloth, ill. covers, flat spine, [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        A Rough Shaking

      Blackie and Son Limited, London 1891 - 384pp +32 ad. pages + 12 full page b/w illustrations (complete).Sunday School "1st Prize" bookplate on front free endpaper. A lovely copy. The top and tail of the spine are a little worn, and there is very minor soiling. Internally clean and unmarked. I have appended a photograph of the beautiful front cover. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Bilder aus Thüringen. Sammelmappe mit 20 Photographien: Nr. 76 Ruhla: Panorama vom Ringberg aus. // Nummer 134 Friedrichroda Heuberg. // Nr. 139 Schloss Reinhardsbrunn. // No. 166 Friedrichroda Spießberghaus. // Nr. 171 Inselsberg Gothaisches Gasthaus. // Nr. 172 Inselsberg Preußisches Gasthaus. // Nummer 199 Thurm auf dem Adlersberg. // Nr. 258 Eisenach Hörselberghaus. // Nr. 281 Eisenach Drachenschlucht. // Nr. 285 Eisenach Annathal. // Nr. 286 Gasthof zur Hohen Sonne bei Eisenach. // Nr. 288 Altenstein Lutherdenkmal an der Lutherbuche. // No. 310 Eisenach Wartburg vom Eisenacher Burgberg. // No. 374 Ilmenau Sanitätsrath Dr. Prellers Wasserheilanstalt. // No. 429 Schwarzburg Hotel weißer Hirsch. // No. 432 Blankenburg Hotel Chrysopras. //

      Junghanss & Koritzer Meiningen 1891. - FL2330 Rote Originalleinen-Flügelmappe, stärker zerschlissen. Die inliegenden s/w Originalabzüge in der Größe 21 x 15cm sind auf starke Kartons (31 x 24 cm) montiert und beschriftet. Sauber und wohlerhalten Einzelabnahme für 30€ zzgl. 5€ Porto möglich! - Bilder auf Wunsch gerne als Scan vorab! 2050

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        Across East African Glaciers. An Account of the First Ascent of Kilimanjaro.

      London: George Philip and Son 1891 - First English edition. Large 8vo. xx, 404 pp. Recent tan half calf over marbled boards, spine with raised bands, blindstamped and gilt rules, red and green gilt lettered labels, gilt decoration to other panels, pale red edges. Chromolithograph frontispiece, twelve black and white lithographed plates, eight mounted photographs and three maps. Some trivial spotting towards front and rear of the volume, dark tinge to the edge of some of the plate leaves (not affecting the images), a very good copy. The work describes Hans Meyer’s second and successful attempt to reach the highest of Kilimanjaro’s three peaks, Kibo, in 1889. He had fallen short on a previous attempt two years earlier. Meyer, along with the Austrian mountaineer Ludwig Purtscheller, were the first Europeans known to have attained the summit.

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        TALES OF SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS

      San Francisco: E. L. G. Steele,. 1891. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-300 [301-304: blank] [note: penultimate leaf is a blank; final leaf excised; fly leaf precedes title leaf],. original gray cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold.. Cloth rubbed at spine ends, bit of darkening to spine panel, minor. bubbling to cloth on rear cover, just a bit of fading at upper edge. of front cover, else a fine copy. A very nice copy of a book. generally found worn and soiled. Enclosed in a custom cloth slipcase.. (#115032). First edition. Presentation copy with inscription by Bierce to a fellow Hearst journalist on the title page: "Charles Michelson / with compliments of / The Author / St. Helena, Cal., / Aug. 30, 1892." Michelson was a famous adventurer and correspondent for William Randolph Hearst. Classic collection of short fiction including "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Bierce's best known story. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 1-13. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-7. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 162. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 073. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 33-4. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1436-40. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3- 23. Bleiler (1978), p. 23. Reginald 01265. Wright (III) 525. BAL 1109 (binding variant A). Starrett 8. Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 1664-1970 252.

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        Ohne Titel. Aktstudien. [19]79. [Original-Radierung / original etching].

      0 - Richard Ziegler geboren 1891 in Pforzheim, gestorben 1992 ebenda. Mitglied der Novembergruppe. Nummer 21 von 100 nummerierten und von Richard Ziegler datierten und signierten Exemplaren auf Büttenpapier. Maße Blatt: 53,5 x 38,2 cm. Maße Platte: 30,8 x 20,5 cm. Sehr gutes Exemplar. Number 21 von 100 numbered, dated and signed exemplares by Richard Ziegler on handmade paper. Measure sheet: 53,5 x 38,2 cm. Measure plate: 30,8 x 20,5 cm. Fine condition. Richard Ziegler geboren 1891 in Pforzheim, gestorben 1992 ebenda. Mitglied der Novembergruppe. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Around the World with a Magician and a Juggler. Unique Experiences in Many Lands. From the Papers of the late Baron Hartwig Seeman, "The Emperor of Magicians" and William D'Alvini, Juggler, "Jap of Japs"

      Clyde Publishing Company, Chicago 1891 - First edition. Cloth with applied paper label. 172pp. Illustrated from photographs. Fine. Very scarce. *OCLC* locates nine copies. See this book in 3D on our site. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        A lost god

      By Francis W. Bourdillon. With illustrations By H.J. Ford. London, Elkin Mathews At the sign of the Bodley head In Vigo Street, 1891. Super Roy.8vo; three pairs of fine photogravure plates by Dawsons after Ford, printed on India paper and laid on, each of the three illustrations in two states, arranged in facing pairs separated with inserted laid-paper guard (not included in collation); leaf of Notes with printer’s imprint and device on verso at end; pp.58+[ii]; quarter deep crimson reversed sheep ruled and lettered gold on spine, diagonally fine ribbed grey-green cloth sides; a.e. uncut. Sheep unobtrusively repaired at head and tail of spine, and a little rubbed in places, with loss of date and rule at tail; slight marking to cloth of sides; otherwise a nice copy of a book not calculated to survive well because of the delicacy of the sheep. One of an edition limited to 50 copies on Large Paper (the ordinary edition, of which there were 500 copies, being demy 8vo). Printed on Dutch hand-made paper at the Chiswick Press. There is no list of illustrations, but they are bound in between pp.[10] and [11], [28] and [29], and [46] and [47]. The spine appears to be lettered and ruled in real gold. Nelson, ‘Early Nineties’, 26. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

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        MANUEL DE L'AMATEUR DE LA GRAVURE SUR BOIS ET SUR MÉTAL AU XVe SIÈCLE. Berlin, Librairie Albert Cohn. Leipzig 1891-1902.

      - Bella ril. in tela coeva, titolo e motivo in oro al dorso, coperte originali conservate all’interno, cm 25x18, Tome premier contenant un catalogue des gravures xylographiques se rapportant a la Bible, l’histoire apocryphe et légendaire, la Sainte Trinité et la Sainte Vierge avec des notes critiques, bibliographiques et iconologiques. Tome deuxième contenant un catalogue des livres xylographiques se rapportant aux saints et saintes, sujets religieux, mystiques et prophanes, calendriers, alphabets, armoiries, portraits et suivi d’une specification des falsifications avec des notes critiques, bibliographiques et iconologiques. Tome troisième contenant un catalogue des gravures sur métal et des empreintes en pate suivi d’un supplement provisoire, d’une liste des marques et monogrammes Tome quatrième contenant un catalogue des livres xilographiques et xylo-chigraphiques indiquant les différences de toutes les éditions existantes avec des notes critiques, bibliographiques et iconologiques. Tome quatrième contenant un catalogue des livres xilographiques et xylo-chigraphiques indiquant les différences de toutes les éditions existantes avec des notes critiques, bibliographiques et iconologiques avec des notes critiques, bibliographiques et iconologiques.pp complessive 1546, nel IV vol. numerose riproduzioni di materiali iconografici. Ex libris. Ediz. in sole 300 copie. Ottimo esemplare.

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        Intentions. The Decay of Lying; Pen Pencil and Poison; The Critic as Artist; The Truth of Masks.

      London: James A. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 1891 - Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt. Only very lightly rubbed and faintly marked, but cloth very bright. A stunning copy and the best we have seen. First edition, first impression. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The white company By A

      Conan Doyle Author of ‘Micah Clarke’ In three volumes. London, Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1891. (All rights reserved). 3 Vols.; blank before half-title, and integral advertisement leaf at end, in volumes two and three; pp.viii+311+[i (blank)]; [2]+vi+302+[ii]; [2]+vi+277+[i (blank)]+[ii]; diagonally fine-ribbed reddish brown cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed with a small floral pattern in grey. Insignificant marking of back covers, and a couple of small ink-spots on one spine; poor quality end-papers embrowned (with offsetting, in volume three, onto facing page), and slight cracking at some joints; small chip from blank upper margin of index leaf in volume two, due to careless opening; faint crease affecting front end-paper, blank, and half-title in volume three; otherwise a very nice, bright copy in a custom-made folding box. A family copy, purchased from the library of one of Conan Doyle’s great nephews, but unfortunately without signs of provenance: a copy at any rate that has never seen library use. The author’s own favourite amongst his books. Sadleir, 752; Wolff, 1923; Green & Gibson, A8a. One of a total printing of only 750 copies, the majority of which were sold to the circulating libraries. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

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        Autograph Letter Signed to Sir Alfred Lyall, 2 pages 8vo (facing, small area of damage to lower left hand corner of second leaf), 2 Richmond Terrace, 22 June 1891.

      - Declining an offer of hospitality during his visit to Canterbury, and expressing his preference for a hotel. Addressed to Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall (1835-1911, administrator in India and writer), and accompanied by a small letter from Lyall to his sister Sibylla [wife of Francis James Holland (1828-1907, son of the physician Sir Henry Holland)] sending Stanley's letter, and comment that 'he is something of a recluse, and avoids new society like one who has long sojourned among wild folk'.

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        [Autograph Letter Signed]: To Harvard President Charles W. Eliot (27 March 1891)

      Fremont, Ohio. 1891. Octavo. One page dated 27 March 1891 from "Spiegel Grove," Hayes summer home in Fremont, Ohio. Light crease at the top right corner, near fine. Housed in a custom quarter-leather clamshell slipcase. A letter to Harvard President Charles Eliot, written in reply to Eliot's recommendation "in behalf of the application of Du Bois for aid from the Slater Fund in pursuing his education."W.E.B. Du Bois had just earned his Masters degree in history and sociology at Harvard and was convinced that "a careful training in a European University," would be "indispensable to my greatest usefulness." Both Eliot and Du Bois appealed directly to former President Hayes, who was then serving as Chair of John F. Slater Fund. Established in 1882 for the education of Freedmen in the South, the fund was specifically intended for individual African-Americans and schools devoted to industrial education. Du Bois's application was thus both unprecedented and daring. Hayes himself had openly questioned whether blacks, especially "historical students," could be trained in Europe. Despite these concerns, which he alludes to at the end of the letter, Hayes actively worked to help Du Bois win a $750 Slater fellowship that allowed Du Bois to study at the University of Berlin from 1892 to 1894, a period critical to Du Bois's intellectual awakening. Upon his return in 1895, Du Bois became the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University. An important letter that documents the crucial role played by Hayes and Eliot in the life of Du Bois. .

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        THE PURCHASE OF THE NORTH POLE A SEQUEL TO FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON ( First British Edition )

      Sampson Low Marston Searle & Rivington, London 1891 - This is the British First edition, First issue of this Verne science fiction classic, a follow up to From the Earth to the Moon, a plan is hatched by the new owners of the North Pole to set off a huge explosion to throw the Earth of is axis to melt the Polar Ice Cap to mine valuable deposits beneath the ice. bound in original coloured pictorial cloth, page edges gilded all-round, internally illustrated with thirty full page plates, rear publishers catalogue is dated October 1890, covers are rubbed with some small holes to the cloth along spine edges, general darkening to cloth, some corner wear else covers in good acceptable condition, internally old small neat and tidy ownership inscription to top of half title, frontispiece tissue guard noticeably foxed, pages browned to edges throughout with some occasional foxing, two plates have been slightly trimmed at edges, a few creased corners else contents complete and in good general condition. A generally good example of the rare British first edition Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Yellowstone National Park in Photogravure

      F. Jay Haynes & Bro., St. Paul, Minn. 1891 - 1st, a rare and beautiful gem of Western Americana. An oblong folio, about 14" x 11", with 25 superb photos on thick paper, each with an onionskin interleaf. Vg+ in original brown cloth; though there are a few stains on the pictorial (black & gilt) front cover, the floral-pattern endpapers are clean and the pictures are perfect. This is the 2nd set of 25 done by Haynes; the first was issued in 1887. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Beiträge zur Völkerkunde Brasiliens.

      Berlin, Spemann, 1891.. EA. Veröffentlichungen aus dem königlichen Museum für Völkerkunde, II. Band,- 1./2. Heft. Mit 15 Tafeln mit sehr zahlreichen fotogr. Abb. , eine Farbtafel (Zeichnungen) sowie weitere 48 Abb. im Text. 80 S. plus unpag. Tafelteil. Folio-Format 36x25,5cm. GLn.-Band mit Rücken-Goldprägung. Reste eines Aufklebers des 'Museum of the American Indian' auf dem Innendeckel, ein kleiner unscheinbarer Blind-Prägestempel auf der Titelseite, keine weiteren Bibl.-Merkmale. Textseiten überwiegend sehr gering knitterspurig, ansonsten sehr gut, sauber und vollständig.. Erste massgebliche größere Publikation des bekannten Anthropologen und Ethnologen, basierend auf Material der zweiten deutschen Xingu-Expedition unter 'Karl von den Steinen', an der Ehrenreich teilgenommen hatte. Ausgezeichnete Foto-Tafeln.

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        [Manuscript memoir]: Laughing Through Life [alternative title]: Kaleidoscope [alternative title]: From Foc'sl to Top Hat

      An amazing autobiographical memoir by a literate and peripatetic traveler who seems to have been at the nexus of some of the most important events and culturally significant moments of early American 20th Century history. May came from a long line of Virginia planters from the Roanoke area. His grandfather was a very prominent New Orleans cotton factor, and the co-founder of Richardson & May. May's father had held a seat on the Chicago Board of Trade, when financial reverses led him to move to the Dakota Territory where he founded a bank, and eventually moved to Sioux Falls where he engaged in banking, real estate, and cattle speculation, and where May was born in 1891 or 1892.A very detailed and engaging memoir, May relates incidents of his childhood on the Plains including encounters with cowboys and Native Americans, as well as meeting visitors Buffalo Bill Cody and Vice Presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt who visited Sioux Falls while campaigning for MacKinley.The Mays moved to Virginia when May was still a youth. A relative through marriage to Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, May attended the Lawrenceville School, where he made friends with a classmate, Hugh Porter with whom he summered in Nevada and California, and where he obtained ringside seats to attend the great Jack Johnson-Jefferies boxing match in Reno on July 10th.He gives a full account of the fight and the activities and the festivities surrounding it: "The Negro looked like blue steel in the blazing sun and Jeff looked as rugged as ever with his hairy chest and mason's build. However his face looked drawn and wan with a troubled look in contradistinction to his opponents golden countenance as he smiled and spoke to friends in the ringside throng. Jeff spoke to no one and when introduced stood awkwardly with his legs far apart in an unnatural manner." May gives some account of the fight: "The first round seemed even enough as they were obviously just feeling each other out and Jeff even smiled confidently upon returning to his corner. But from then on until the end of the fifteenth round ... it was nothing but Johnson all the while just toying with Jeffries continually, and at the same time kidding the crowd and carrying on a winning repartee with [Jefferson's corner man "Gentleman" Jim] Corbett such as 'Mr. Jim, your man can't fight at all look at this', at the same time delivering a vicious left uppercut that cut Jeff's lip. Another time about the fourth round Jeff attempted some foot-work which seemed almost pathetic and Johnson taking down his guard completely and said 'Mr. Jeff, do that again, it's funny.' It was nice being in the second row, so close that we could hear every word spoken and see every delineation of features and every twitch of the muscles of the two men in the ring. It wasn't long about the sixth round that "Sport" Donnelly said to me: 'May, Jeffries hasn't got a chance, the niger is just playing with him and can finish him whenever he wants to.' So it was a pitiless slaughter just like a cat playing with a mouse..."After the fight May rushes the ring and gives an account of managing to cut about two yards of blood soaked canvas and two feet of the ring rope with Jeffries bloody hand prints, with a Veuve Cliquot pocket knife just given to him by Donnelly.After Lawrenceville, May attends Princeton, where he never did manage to graduate with his Class of 1915, sadly undone by mathematics and the sciences.Instead May decided to visit Europe and on April 13, 1912 signs on and departs Boston as a crew member of the freighter Bostonian, where he gives a detailed account of the life of a seaman. On April 17th he relates: "all of a sudden there was a terrific crash followed by a grinding noise which threw us all to the floor of the foc'sl. Naturally I was scared to death, and could see the horrified look on the men's faces. Of course, we all were aware that we had hit an iceberg, but none of us had any way of knowing during the first panicky fear that gripped us to how great an extent we were damaged..." Happily they were going at reduced speed and had only a few dented plates and no great intake of water. As the fog lifts they see mountainous icebergs and crawl along at quarter speed. On the next day they meet a tramp steamer and exchange signals where they learn "That big new Star boat, the Titanic, on her maiden trip, hit an iceberg last night and sank - big loss of life!... The tramp had passed the Cunarder Carpathia that morning and received the news direct from her of the terrible disaster. The captain figured that if we had had wireless, we would surely have been the rescue ship instead of the Carpathia, as we were only fifty nautical miles from Titanic, when she was sinking whereas the Carpathia was eighty-two miles distant. We were all shocked by this terrible news..."After an extended trip in Great Britain and the Continent, May ships back as a steward on the Bremen. Having fallen in love with Paris, May determines to return, but first visits President and Mrs. Wilson several times at the White House (May was related to Mrs. Wilson - see the Virginia Encyclopedia of Biography p. 307-8) from whom he gets several letters of introduction. "I aquainted them with my desire to be appointed to a diplomatic position in Paris, and received substantial encouragement. However, I realized that my opportunity would be contingent upon the President's appointment of a new ambassador, to take the place of Mr. Herrick, the Republican envoy ...it might take months before this happened."On April 6th, 1914 he decides to work his passage across and signs on as an able seaman on R.M.S. Lusitania (the manuscript is illustrated with a photo of May in his Lusitania jersey). Again he gives a detailed account of life aboard ship. Making friends with his shipmates, he has 28 of them signed a roster with their name, title on board, age, place of birth, present address, and years at sea, and has pasted it into this manuscript as an illustration with the caption: "Autographs of Seamen of the Starboard Watch of the Lusitania most of whom were drowned when the ship was torpedoed" as it was on a subsequent voyage in 1915.Upon his arrival he engages on a tramp trip throughout the British Isles including Ireland and Scotland where he meets and photographs the mother, father, and siblings of the famous Scottish vaudeville performer Harry Lauder. Arriving in London he calls upon the American ambassador Walter Hines Page, and makes friends with another American, Ben Smith with whom he visits the performer Elsie Janis. The boxing aficionados May and Smith concoct a scheme to make some money by having May box at the National Sporting Club, which he does unsuccessfully.Next May wanders through Holland and Germany, intermittently visiting socially prominent Americans, drinking with companionable German students, visiting Napoleonic battlefields, and being arrested as a vagabond in Luxembourg (from which he extricates himself with President Wilson's letter). Returning to Paris, he gets some work as an extra for a mob scene at the Paris Opera, and parties with semi-nude art students at the Quatz'Arts Ball "with my little model Eugenie Berdoux."' May becomes friends with journalist Walter Duranty, and along with his friend a sculptor named MacAdam, they produce impromptu shows at the Societe des Savants in the Latin Quarter which includes a four-round exhibition match between May and another fighter, and which are a success, and he also manages to raise some money by drawing portraits.In early August, War was declared and May attempts to join the Foreign Legion along with hundreds of Americans and Englishman, but the recruiters are too overwhelmed to take them all in, so instead he joins a cavalry troop of 200 expatriates. May decides to visit the battlefields, without proper papers and seemed to run the very real risk of being shot. He gives very detailed descriptions of the destruction but returns unscathed, where he joined the American Ambulance Corps (letters and a picture of May appear in the 1915 Daily Princetonian about his experiences in the Corp), and here describes his experiences.In March of 1915 May is called to the American Embassy where he serves until 1917 as a Special Attache, and where he essentially runs the Passport Office, thus coming in contact with virtually every American living in Paris, relating accounts of boxers, jockeys, and entertainers whom he encounters there.He relates: "One of my first customers at the Embassy was none other than Jack Johnson, who, with his white wife, who was Lucille Cameron, had come direct to Paris, after losing the heavyweight title to Jess Willard, in Havana. He admitted to me that he had deliberately faked the fight, and feigned being knocked out, for a cash consideration, as well as the promise of the promoters that they would arrange for his safe return to the United States, where a jail sentence was hanging over him." And "For at least two weeks, Johnson sat around the Passport Bureau, like a big, homesick Negro, as a delay was necessitated, while much cabling followed with the Department of State, relative to his citizenship status, as he was a fugitive from justice. At length I was permitted to give him an emergency passport, on condition he would go to Spain, at once, where a passport wasn't necessary. Being a fighter by trade, it seems the French government had hinted that he join the Army, but though he could dodge rights and lefts to the head with great facility, he figured that possibly he would not have the same success in dodging a bullet. After a few months in Spain, he went to Mexico, than finally returned to the United States and served his year in jail."Another encounter he relates is with "the eccentric Isadora Duncan. I recall the first time Isadora came to see me, there were at least a dozen people in the waiting room in front of her, but she flew into a rage at once, and demanded her passport saying, 'Mr. May, give me my passport at once, as I have a Russian prince outside in my car, and I can't keep him waiting.' I looked through the window and saw a simple-looking bird, sticking his head impatiently through the window of a taxi. As passports cannot be amended in a minute, and she was encroaching on the other callers, she went without her passport, and threatened to report me to the Ambassador. I afterwards met her and laughed over the incident with her, when her mind was in a more mollified state."In 1917 he goes to the Casino in Deauville as the guest of "Henri Letellier, reputed to be the wealthiest man in France, and who was the proprietor of Le Journal" ... Moreover, Henri owned the Casino... His constant companion [was] Sem, the famous caricaturist." Later "While in Deauville during this trip one day Sem [Georges Goursat], at dinner, without my knowledge, sketched my caricature, which he very graciously gave to me." The original caricature is inserted in the manuscript as an illustration.May gives a detailed account of the Americans arriving in Paris, and finally decides, despite the admonition of the Ambassador, to join the Army, where he is attached to the 149th Field Artillary. He gives detailed accounts of training and is finally put in the line for the final push at Champagne, Meuse-Argonne in late 1918. He is constantly under fire, mostly stringing telephone lines behind soldiers as they charge from trench to trench and includes graphic accounts and photos of the final battle. He goes on to occupy Germany where he is court-martialed for fraternizing with German girls, but is cleared of the charges, and made an Aide-de-Camp to General Harte, the American Commanding General in Paris.After being demobbed, May works as an investment banker at Guaranty Trust Company, but after two years loses interest and writes to his old Army buddy Gilbert Maxwell that he is contemplating a trip to Colorado, and Maxwell insists that he stay with his relatives, the Moffat's, in Steamboat Springs. He roams the plains for some times, befriending old timer Bob Sturgess, from whom he relates several quite detailed tales of William Bonney a.k.a. "Billy the Kid" whom Sturgess reportedly knew well in Colorado and later New Mexico.Upon his return from Colorado, May joins the firm of W.A. Harriman & Co. as a bond salesman from 1921 until 1924. Tiring of this he continues the World trip that was interrupted by the War, visiting Egypt, India, China, Japan, and Hawaii (where he takes up surfing).Upon his return in mid-1925, in a chapter entitled "The New Klondike," May decamps for Florida where he becomes a real estate broker, and gives detailed accounts of the real estate schemes in Miami and Miami Beach by which he parlays the $1300 he started with into over $100,000 within six months, only to see it dissipated to $5000 when the real estate bubble finally bursts. As he waits for it to revive, he seeks recreation in Miami Beach where he befriends boxer Gene Tunney (who refers constantly in conversation to the obnoxious real estate agents that bedevil him, causing May to hide his current profession).After May gives up on Florida, he returns to New York, takes a brief but nostalgic visit to Europe and then in January of 1927 heads to Hollywood where "I had gone for myself to see what this motion picture business was all about anyway." May visits many of the studios in Hollywood, Burbank, Culver City, and on Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards, where he marvels at the costumed actors, and dejected extras waiting around the casting offices. Eventually he signs up with a casting agency where he gets work as an extra for $7.50 per day on a boxing movie, The Patent Leather Kid with Richard Barthelmess. Frustrated while waiting for additional parts, he gets a job selling publicity and advertising to the studios thus gaining entry into the studios where "Business was not very good but the sightseeing was excellent and by making it a point of not being obnoxious or intruding I tactfully and diplomatically became acquainted with dozens of actors and actresses even among the 'Stars' in some cases." He hangs around with his Princeton classmate Fred Thompson and his wife "the very lovely Frances Marion the famous scenario writer whom I had known in Paris." He relates tales of several similarly notable acquaintances, and then: "...at last my real chance came when I heard that Universal was going to do a picture called Buck Privates with Lya de Putti and Malcolm McGregor as the stars. I wrote to the director Melville Brown offering my services in view of my past army experiences... I was taken on his staff as assistant and military technical director." He recounts events in filming and "Mel suggested as I was the exact type, he would give me a part in the cast as the Lieutenant in the story." After filming he has no trouble finding another acting job as an Army officer in Hard Boiled Haggarty with a salary of $30 per day. Despite his modest success and the fact that "an agent said that if I would stay out that he would guarantee steady work in small parts of the hard-boiled, soldier, tough, and prize-fighter parts. I didn't know whether to feel complimented or not, but he surely meant what he said 'based' as he put it 'on even the little experience I had had.' But I didn't want to be a second rate movie actor. I had determined to return to my old bailiwick New York where I had decided to enter the brokerage business." May becomes a stockbroker on Wall Street in July of 1927, where he documents the rise and calamitous fall of the market in October of 1929. As the narrative ends, he notes that on this final day of 1929 in their office "Of customers there have been almost none" he finishes with the refrain from the song "I Want to Be Happy" from No, No Nanette!: "Seems almost ironical... Happy New Year." Subsequent investigation reveals that May remained a stockbroker (1940 census), but details of his life are sparse after that. In 1926 he married a respected Broadway (and later television) character actress, Dorothy Blackburn (1901-1999), who, although May dedicated the typed manuscript to her in 1941, is not mentioned in the narrative.Handwritten and illustrated manuscript, plus typed manuscript. Two drafts, as follows. 1. First draft. Quarto. Mostly lined paper in three-ring binder. 219 pages plus preliminary matter (preface, contents, illustrations, etc.), closely but very legibly written in pencil, interspersed with leaves containing approximately 49 photographs, a caricature of the author by Sem, one leaf of autographs from The Lusitania, and one photographed collage by R.H. Reid. Cloth on the binder eroded at the corners but internally very good or better. The concluding paragraphs reveal that this draft was written, mostly in December of 1929 and gives the author's address as the Princeton Club in New York. 2. Second draft. Quarto. 226 typed pages rectos only with sporadic minor hand corrections, and with photocopies of the pictures in the other manuscript interleaved. New preface dated in 1941 from Rye, New York. Bradbound into wrappers with title label. Wrappers well-worn, but internally near fine. The second draft was apparently typed in 1941 from the first handwritten draft, and essentially covers the years between 1912 and 1918.A truly spectacular narrative of an intrepid, curious, and peripatetic diarist whose Zelig-like adventures make Zelig look lazy. Our already overlong description provides but a thin gruel of the rich narrative soup that May's richly detailed account provides. .

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