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        Naval Warfare: It's Ruling Principle and Practice Historically Treated

      London: W.H. Allen and Co., Ltd. 1891, 1st Edition. () xii,448pp. Very good. Octavo. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt design of a ship to front board. Gilt titles to spine and gilt and blind ruling to boards and spine. Boards rubbed with shelfwear to extremities of boards and spine. Binding a bit shaken, rear hinge starting. Internally clean and unmarked. Inscribed on half title from the author to his niece, Laura Colomb: "From her ever affectionate uncle, the Author, June 7th, 1891.". A compendium of the history of naval warfare from the around the world, heavily illustrated with maps and figures. This copy was a family copy, belonging to the niece of the author. Family Copy.

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books]
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        Thackeray's Works Limited Edition 30 Volumes

      Estes & Lauriat, Boston, MA 1891 - (full book description) Estes & Lauriat, Boston, MA, 1891. Limited Edition VG, Hard Cover, No Dust Jacket. Size=6."x9.", 30 Tissued Frontis, Plates. Limited Edition Numbered copy 502 of 1050 sets. Gray cloth, paper spine labels, top page ends gold gilt, uncut page ends. Spine labels browned, rubbed and some are nicked, 2 top fore-edge corners out of 30 volumes are bumped, ink owner name, address, date on each volume, pages moderately agetoned, Burlesques Vol. I small ink letter inside front cover,Virginians Vol. III has 1" fore-edge tears on page 213, Newcomes Vol. III has ink letter inside front cover, Volume 16 has 2 ink words inside front cover, Pendennis Vol. II rear endpaper and page before has 1" fore-edge tear, one spine label chipped, o.w. clean and tight. Texts in VG+ condition. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES, WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE! [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Ed Conroy Bookseller]
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        Letters Of Marque

      Allahabad: A.H. Wheeler, 1891. Redand blue cloth. Upper side divided diagonally into two halves, with top left in red and lower right in blue cloth, gilt title and author in Kiplings' lettering on spine and front cover. Very good+. The book has been professionally reset in its case and the backstrip relaid. Extremities slightly scuffed. 8vo, 215 X 138mm, pp. [x], 154, blank, [4] adverts, colophon. Traces of label on front pastedown. Blue cloth, gilt lettering and design along top edge of spine and front cover Stewart 95. The suppressed Wheeler first edition; This edition of 1000 copies was recalled on Kipling's orders and 900 copies were destroyed.

      [Bookseller: G&R Stone]
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        Photograph of "CLAYTON", the Frick family mansion in Pittsburgh

      Pittsburgh Pennsylvania n.d. after 1891 [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania], n.d. [after 1891]. (FRICK, HENRY CLAY) 10 x 13-1/2 inches. Vintage silver print. Mounted to artist's board. Board a bit chipped at edges, minor soiling to image at lower right corner . "Henry Clay Frick and his wife, Adelaide Howard Childs, purchased Clayton in August 1882 for $25,000. At the time the house was considerably smaller, an 11-room, Italianate-style building on a 1.43-acre parcel of land. The home fronted Penn Avenue in the residential neighborhood of Point Breeze, just half an hour by train from Mr. Frick and the office. The couple moved into Clayton early in 1883, and soon had the first of their four children. Clayton is unmistakably a family home. A high chair sits in the breakfast room, children's toys and books are in the nursery and library, and a sink and clothes rack built to a child's scale are nestled in an alcove outside the kitchen. By 1891, the family and the Fricks' social stature both had outgrown the home as it was, and architect Frederick J. Osterling was hired to transform Clayton into the 23-room chateau-style mansion seen today." - The Frick Art & Historical Center From the Estate of Childs Frick (1883-1965)

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

      London: Ward Lock & Co., 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.. First English Edition. Half Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo.

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        A Brave Black Regiment: History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1863-1865

      Boston Book Co, 1891. Hard cover bound in three-quarters brown leather (along spine and at corners) over marbled boards, illustrated with b/w photos and maps including a couple of fold out maps, 410 pages. This book has been rebound in a modern binding, but the original binding has been preserved. The original book was a former library copy with a worn cover. The rebound book has no library markings. Binding is new. Text is complete, paper is lightly age toned with occasional marginal smudge or foxed spot. Images available. USPS confirmation used on all U.S. shipments.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket.

      [Bookseller: The Bookbums at Ish Kabibble Books]
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        Always Jolly!

      London: H. Grevel & Co., 1891. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Good. Lothar Meggendorfer. nd [1891] - Montanaro. Typing error on first page: 'Introdution'. Contains eight complex movable pictures: The Angler, The Naturalist, The Forgotten Latchkey, The Lion, The Elephant, The Portrait Painter, The Musician and The Pianist. All of the illustrations are hand coloured and the movable elements are hinged using flattened wire coils. These coil rivots enable rotational and lifting actions, some scenes in this title comprising four different movements. Meggendorfer is respected as the 'king' of the movable book and an essential addition to a pop-up / movable collection. This book was only ever published in English by Grevel. Featured in Haining as the example of Meggendorfer. It is sometimes confused with the German title 'Immer Lustig', as Always Jolly is a literal translation of this. However of the eight movables in each of these books only one, The Angler, is common. Similarly, this book has the same cover as the german, 'Lebende Bilder', but again there is only one common movable, in this case The Pianist. This is normal with Meggendorfer books where those titles published in non German languages were composites of several of the German titles, ref. Krahe. Inscription, from 1897, on title page. This copy has been re-bound with replacement end papers and with a facsimile of the original cover pasted to the upper board. There are grubby marks to the page edges and several small closed tears. The movable elements have been restored where necessary with some replacement rivots and some facsimile replacement movable parts together with some replacement tabs. All are now in working order, although movement must be done with care. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall.

      [Bookseller: The Little Book Store]
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        The Strand Magazine

      London: George Newnes,, 1891–95. An Illustrated Monthly. Edited by Geo. Newnes. 10 volumes, octavo (235 × 160 mm). Bound in tan half calf, black morocco label, centre tool to spine in compartments, raised bands, cloth boards, brown endpapers, sprinkled edges. Illustrated throughout by various artists including Sidney Paget. Some occasional light foxing, spines a little rubbed, an excellent set. Contains the first appearance of Conan Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Across East African Glaciers. An Account of the First Ascent of Kilimanjaro

      London - George Philip & Son, 1891 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. The first English edition of thisincredibly eminent work of mountaineering from the first recorded European to ascend the summit of Kilimanjaro. A lovely bright copy, with all maps present. Translated from the German of Dr. Hans Meyer. With three fold-out maps. Withtwenty plates. Lacks chromolithograph frontispiece. Hans Heinrich Josef Meyer, 1858 -1929, was a German geographer from Hildburghausen. Hans Meyer is credited with being the first European to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 1889. Condition: In a half cloth binding. Externally, just a little bumping,with slight loss to the spine label. There is a gilt referencenumber to the tail of the spine, witha small reference, and the remains of a label. Internally, firmly bound, bright, with occasional spots or marks. With a small blindstamp to the title page. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        Dictionnaire universel de cuisine et d’hygiène alimentaire - Modification de l’homme par l’alimentation

      - Paris, 1891. 4 volumes In/4 demi-chagrin rouge, dos à nerfs à fleurons et titres dorés, illustrations in-texte, 1931 p. Rares rousseurs.Fruit de dix années de travail, cet ouvrage répertorie par ordre alphabétique recettes, moyens réfrigérants, végétaux. bref, tout ce qui a un rapport avec l’alimentation de l’homme. Vicaire col. 356 pour la première édition de 1883.

      [Bookseller: Philippe Lucas Livres Anciens]
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        George Bancroft History of the United States Six Volume Set

      D. Appleton & Company, 1891. Limited. Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good. Bancroft, George. History of the United States of America, Limited Edition Six Volume Set. D. Appleton and Company, 1891. Bancroft's last revision edition of his famous history of the United States. Number 73 of 100. Detailing the discovery of the American continent to the time up to that point. Hardcover. Large volumes. Green cloth boards. Brown spine label. Top edge gilt. Square and tightly bound. Light bumping and rubbing. Few nicks on the page edges. Interiors clean. Very good condition set. Published by D. Appleton & Company

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        Principles of Economics. Volume I. Second Edition

      London: Macmillan, 1891. Second edition. Hardcover. Good+. Volume two never appeared and thus this volume is complete. 8vo, xxx + 770pp. + [2] advertisements; a clean copy in the original publisher's cloth, very slightly shaken, rear joint worn, front free endpaper missing; contemporary owner's signature to front pastedown. Text block is clean, unmarked, and bright. Second edition, the first was published the previous year, one of 3000 copies, "This edition differs from the first only in points in detail, and in arrangement." [Batson, p.146; Keynes (33)]

      [Bookseller: Denominator Books (IOBA)]
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        The Works

      New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company,, 1891. 48 volumes, octavo (180 × 120). Contemporary half tan morocco by Bradstreet's, titles and decoration to spines gilt, marbled sides and endpapers, top edges gilt. Illustrated throughout by amongst others Robert Seymour, George Cruikshank, Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz), George Cattermole, John Leech. A hint of rubbing to some extremities; excellent condition. An extremely attractive library set.

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        Works..., The

      1891. Edition de Luxe Of the Complete Works"Of Considerable Sociological Interest" BULWER-LYTTON, Edward. [Works ]. London: George Routledge and Sons, [N.d., 1891-1892].Édition de Luxe. Limited to 500 numbered copies. Thirty-two octavo volumes (8 11/16 x 5 13/16 inches; 220 x 148 mm.). Illustrated with 226 photogravure plates by Frank T. Merrill, Copeland, H. Sandham, Lalauze, W.L. Taylor and others.Bound for Hatchard’s in contemporary half dark green levant morocco over marbled boards ruled in gilt. Spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers. Spines uniformly sunned. Otherwise a fine set."Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (May 25, 1803–January 18, 1873) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician. Lord Lytton was a florid, popular writer of his day, who coined such phrases as "the great unwashed", "pursuit of the almighty dollar", "the pen is mightier than the sword", and the infamous incipit "It was a dark and stormy night." Despite his popularity in his heyday, today his name is known as a byword for bad writing. San Jose State University’s annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for bad writing is named after him."He was the youngest son of General William Earle Bulwer of Heydon Hall and Wood Dalling, Norfolk and Elizabeth Barbara Lytton, daughter of Richard Warburton Lytton of Knebworth, Hertfordshire. He had two brothers, William Earle Lytton Bulwer (1799–1877) and (William) Henry Lytton Earle Bulwer (1801–1872), afterwards Lord Dalling."Lord Lytton's original surname was Bulwer, the names 'Earle' and 'Lytton' were middle names. On 20th February 1844 he assumed the name and arms of Lytton by royal license and his surname then became 'Bulwer-Lytton'. His widowed mother had done the same in 1811. His brothers were always simply surnamed 'Bulwer'… Lord Lytton's literary career began in 1820, with the publication of his first book of poems, and spanned much of the nineteenth century. He wrote in a variety of genres, including historical fiction, mystery, romance, the occult, and science fiction. In 1828 he attracted general attention with Pelham, a humorous, intimate study of the dandyism of the age which kept gossips busy in identifying characters with public figures of the time. A highly melodramatic sub-plot is interwoven. By 1833, he had reached the height of his popularity with Godolphin, followed by The Pilgrims of the Rhine (1834), The Last Days of Pompeii (1834), Rienzi (1835), and Harold: Last of the Saxon Kings (1848). The Last Days of Pompeii was inspired by the painting on the same subject by Russian painter Karl Briullov (Carlo Brullo) which Bulwer-Lytton saw in Milan. He also wrote The Haunted and the Haunters (1857), also known as The House and the Brain, included by Isaac Asimov in his anthology Tales of the Occult. Pelham had been partly inspired by Benjamin Disraeli’s first novel Vivian Grey. Lord Lytton was an admirer of Benjamin’s father Isaac D’Israeli, himself a noted literary figure, and had corresponded with him. Lord Lytton and D'Israeli began corresponding themselves in the late 1820s, and met for the first time in March of 1830, when D'Israeli dined at Lord Lytton’s house. Also present that evening were Charles Pelham Villiers and Alexander Cockburn. Although young at the time, Villiers went on to an exceptionally long parliamentary career, while Cockburn became Lord Chief Justice of England in 1859. He penned many other works, including The Coming Race (also reprinted as Vril: The Power of the Coming Race), which drew heavily on his interest in the occult and contributed to the birth of the science fiction genre. Some believe the book helped to inspire Nazi mysticism. Unquestionably, its story of a subterranean race of men waiting to reclaim the surface is one of the first science fiction novels. His play, Money, was produced at Prince of Wales's Theatre in 1872" (Wikipedia. Fully and solidly referenced)."…his works…span many of the changes in 19th century fiction and are thus of considerable sociological interest" (OCEL).

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      18. Very Good. [PHOTO ALBUM]. 88 HAND-COLORED 19TH-CENTURY ALBUMEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF JAPAN. The images, each of which is approximately 20.5 x 27 cm. (8 by 10.25 in.), cover the gamut of tourist scenes in and around Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe, Idzu, etc., but also include many unusual images that are not the standard fare. All but six of the photos have an English-language caption in the print that identifies the subject or view. Three images depict damage caused by the 1891 Mino-Owari Earthquake. One image, of the "Kioto Rapids", is present in duplicate. Photographers include Kinbei Kusakabe, Baron Raimund vov Stillfried, and Kihei Tamamura. The photographs are laid-down on heavy card mounts, one to a page, in a contemporary brown cloth album, [44] ff., 28.5 x 37 cm. (11.25 by 14.75 in.), with "JAPAN" stamped in gilt on the upper board. Some foxing to mounts and very occasionally, mildly to photos. The album has been professionally rebacked. A very good selection of photos in very good condition, attractively displayed.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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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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      London: Reeves & Turner, 1891).  First English edition, 20.5 x 13.5cm (large 16mo), in publisher's olive draub paper-covered boards backed by cream parchment, paper title label to spine, deckle edges, cream ep.s, [i-vi], [1] 2-238 pp.  Limited to 250 copies printed on handmade paper.  Binding Good (spine darkened w/label moderately chipped, extremities rubbed, & ep.s browned); contents Near-Fine (deckle edges sl. dusty).  Slater 206, Scott 15, Vaughan 9, Fredeman 43.17, Colbeck 54.

      [Bookseller: Leonard Roberts, Bookseller]
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        Jakob Hannington. Ein Märtyrer für Uganda., Calwer Familienbibliothek. 22.Band. Nach dem Englischen v. M. Hesse.

      Calw und Stuttgart, Verlag der Vereinsbuchhandlung, 1891 - 271 S. Gute Erhaltung, Frakturschrift, marmorierter Schnitt, Seiten überw. sauber und hell, Namenseintrag. Marie Hesse (1842 - 1902) Missionarin, Lehrerin, Autorin. Die Mutter Hermann Hesses war eine engagierte Missionarin und die erste Lehrerin an einer öffentlichen höheren Schule Württembergs. Marie Hesse hatte neun Kinder, drei starben früh. Neben Erziehung, Haushalt und Unterstützung ihres Mannes bei seiner Redaktionsarbeit veröffentlichte sie selber - anonym - Beiträge für Missionszeitschriften, aber auch einige Bücher: eine Darstellung ihrer Erlebnisse als Missionsfrau in Indien Deutsche im Osten und ein Lebensbild ihrer Mutter, außerdem zwei Biografien über die Missionare David Livingstone, der Freund Afrikas, und Jakob Hannington, ein Märtyrer für Uganda, die in der auflagenstarken Reihe der "Calwer Familienbibliothek" erschienen. "Ich sehe dich noch, meine Mutter, mit dem schönen Haupt zu mir geneigt, schlank, schmiegsam und geduldig, mit den unvergleichlichen Braunaugen!" Hermann Hesse Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 450 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        (Meredith, Louisa A.) Waratah Rhymes for Young Australia

      London: Vincent Brooks, Day & Son, (1891). Small quarto. 64pp. First edition. With photo-etched illustrations in black & white throughout by Mrs. E. M. Boyd, Mr. R. André, and by the poet, Louisa A. Meredith. Although born in Birmingham, England, Meredith moved to New South Wales, and then Tasmania, after marriage. After realizing that there weren't any books available for children on Australian subjects, she set out to create a collection of simple rhymes for Australian children on local themes. Many of her poems celebrate Australia's flora and fauna: the waratah of the title is a flowering shrub that is the floral emblem of New South Wales, and other rhymes feature gum trees and bower birds. The rhymes first appeared in Meredith's collection of poems, Grandmamma's Verse-book for Young Australia. Bound in pictorial boards printed in red and green, with the title and a design of waratah flowers on the front board. Spine ends bumped, some rubbing to extremities, traces remain of erased previous owner's inscription to preliminary page, else about fine.

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

      London: published by order of the Government of India, printed by Taylor and Francis, 1891. Folio. (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. 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. 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

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        The Saga Library; 6 vols.--I. The Story of Howard the Halt, The Story of the Banded Men, The Story of Hen Thorir; II. The Story of the Ere-Dwellers with the Story of the Heath-Slayings; III-VI. The Stories of the Kings of Norway Called the Round World (Heimskringia)

      London: Bernard Quaritch. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good. Six volume set, complete (published between 1891-1905). Half-leather with gilt-decorated cloth boards, gitl titles on spines, gilt top-edges, 227 + 410 + 410 + 484 + 505 + 515 pp., clean unmarked texts, fold-outs, all copies about Very Good, all copies with bookplate on the front pastedown, a couple volumes with chipping or tearing to the page-edges of some of the pages, gilt title on spine of the second volume is complete rubbed off, some rubbing or wear to the tips of some volumes including minor loss to the spine-ends to a couple vols., some soil or discoloration to the cloth of some volumes, uncut pages. Text in English. A rare set, nice to see it complete like this. Digital images available upon request.

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        Six Years with the Colours in Zululand, Penang and Hong Kong

      Salisbury: E. Milton Small,, 1891. Octavo. Original red cloth, title gilt in display types with a single fillet panel to the upper board, teal surface-paper endpapers, edges sprinkled red. A little rubbed and soiled, some chipping head and tail of the spine, foxing and browning, overall a very good copy. First edition. Extremely uncommon, COPAC has 5 locations only - BL, NLS, TCD, Oxford and Cambridge - OCLC adds not a single copy. "Ives served in the 3rd (East Kent) Regiment of Foot during the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War" (Raugh). Ives was a corporal in the 2nd Battalion and gives a good account of the Battle of Nyezane - "a memorable [morning] for the old 'Buffs'" - which took place on the same day as Isandlwana, and of reactions to the latter disaster; "When the affair was known by all the men, they were in such a state of excitement and exasperation, that they cried aloud for vengeance." Ives also gives a detailed narrative of the building of the fort at Eshowe, siege conditions there, the arrival of the relief force, and the Battle of Gingindlovu. The book concludes with a brief account of Ives's time in the Far East, at Penang for two years, and short visits to Singapore and Hong Kong, where he experiments with opium, "I considered it very unpleasant, and my beautiful vision was only a bad headache." In his introduction Ives offers the usual apologies for "all short comings and inaccuracies", his opinions those merely those of a "full private Thomas Atkins and in no wise a person competent to question or express an opinion", but this is an interesting and engaging account. Highly desirable.

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        Christmas and New Year Greeting Souvenir of Australasia 1891-1892

      Melbourne & Sydney,: Tatchell, Garritty & Dobson, 1891-, 1892.. Oblong octavo, illustrated throughout; a very good copy in original decorated wrappers, rebacked with paper spine. A celebration of the Australian Christmas with illustrations by one of the founding members of the Heidelberg School, Walter Withers.Issued as a souvenir by the Post and Telegraph Departments, this charming work includes many portraits of the government officers, together with depictions of their offices (ranging from the Sydney General Post Office to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station). It is further illustrated by many views of Australian cities and landscapes.This is the only recorded publication by the artists, Fred Kneebone and Ernest Ferris, but all three artists have almost equal shares in the production. Walter Withers had first arrived in Melbourne in 1883 but did not settle there until 1888, opening his Melbourne studio in 1891.Produced when Australia began to be hard hit by the depression of the 1890s, the artists would have been glad for the income derived from the production as it was around this time that Withers seriously contemplated returning to England due to lack of work.This work is surprisingly rare with only two holdings in Australian libraries. Formerly in the Ingleton Collection, with his bookplate and shelf number.

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        Geometrical Researches on the Theory of Parallels. Translated from the Original by George Bruce Halstead

      Austin: University of Texas, 1891. First obtainable edition in English (see below) of Lobachevsky&#146;s revolutionary work on non-Euclidean geometry, the rare offprint issue from the Bulletin of the University of Texas, Austin.<br/><br/>& & &#147;The researches that culminated in the discovery of non-Euclidean geometry arose from unsuccessful attempts to &#145;prove&#146; the axiom of parallels in Euclidean geometry. This postulate asserts that through any point there can be drawn one and only one straight line parallel to a given straight line. Although this statement was not regarded as self-evident and its derivation from the other axioms of geometry was repeatedly sought, no one openly challenged it as an accepted truth of the universe until Lobatchewsky published the first non-Euclidean geometry... In Lobatchewsky&#146;s geometry an infinity of parallels can be drawn through a given point that never intersect a given straight line. <br/><br/> & & &#147;Nicolai Ivanovich Lobatchewsky was born in Novgorod, Russia, and studied at the University of Kazan, where in 1827 he was appointed professor. His fundamental paper was read to his colleagues in Kazan in 1826 but he did not publish the results until 1829-30 when a series of five papers appeared in the Kazan University Courier... He amplified his findings (still in Russian) in 1836-8 under the title &#145;New Elements of Geometry, with a Complete Theory of Parallels&#146;. In 1840 he published a brief summary in Berlin under the title <i>Geometrische Untersuchungen zur Theorie der Parallellinien</i>&#148; (PMM).<br/><br/> & & &#147;<i>Geometrische Untersuchungen zur Theorie der Parallellinien</i>, which he published in Berlin in 1840, is the best exposition of his new geometry; following its publication, in 1842, Lobachevsky was, on the recommendation of Gauss, elected to the Göttingen Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften&#148; (DSB). <br/><br/>& & The present work is Halsted&#146;s translation of <i>Geometrische Untersuchungen</i>. George Bruce Halsted (1853-1922) was the first student of J. J. Sylvester at Johns Hopkins University and held chairs at several universities, including the University of Texas (1894-1903) where the mathematicians L. E. Dickson and R. L. Moore were among his students. &#147;In a period when American mathematics had few distinguished names, the eccentric and sometimes spectacular Halsted established himself as an internationally known scholar, creative teacher, and promoter and popularizer of mathematics. He was a member of and active participant in the major mathematical societies of the United States, England, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Russia. His activities penetrated deeply in three main fields: translations and commentaries on the works of Nikolai Lobachevski, János Bolyai, Girolamo Saccheri, and Henri Poincaré; studies in the foundations of geometry; and criticisms of the slipshod presentations of the mathematical textbooks of the day&#148; (DSB). <br/><br/>& & The first English translation of Lobachevsky&#146;s classic work appeared in February 1891 in <i>Scientiae Baccalaureus</i> (Vol. 1, No. 3), a short-lived and obscure journal published under the auspices of the Missouri School of Mines; it was then reprinted by the University of Texas, Austin, in May 1891 with a new preface by the translator Halsted. Nevertheless, most bibliographies cite the Austin printing as the first. Halsted himself writes in the preface to the May printing, &#147;Of the immortal essay now first appearing in English...&#148; and even Cajori in his 1922 obituary notice in the <i>American Mathematical Monthly</i> writes: &#147;His most important work was the translation of writings on non&#150;Euclidean geometry. Lobachevski&#146;s Researches on the Theory of Parallels and Bolyai&#146;s Science Absolute of Space were first published at Austin, Texas, in 1891, as parts of &#145;Neomonic Series&#146;.&#148; We have been unable to find any copy of the <i>Scientiae Baccalaureus</i> printing in auction records, and there seem to be fewer than 10 institutional holdings of this journal. The present University of Texas printing is also very rare. <br/><br/> & & Horblit 69a; cf. PMM 293. On the Scientiae Baccalaureus see 8vo (231 x 155 mm), pp 50, original printed wrappers, preserved in a half-leather box (embossed stamp of Bowdoin College on upper wrapper, three punch holes to inner margin (not affecting text); slight toning and crease to inner edge of wrapper; neat ink numbers at wrapper top edge, internally clean).

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      LONDON: CASSELL, 1891. Large quarto 40 colour plates Penned and portrayed by Walter Crane in his distinctive style this is the large paper edition limited to 250 copies of which this is number 3. Original decorative boards and dec. end papers with velum quarter binding. No inscriptions and book clean. Wear to corners of boards with shelf wear to paper cover at edges principally to top and bottom of boards. Copy of a scarce book by an eminent and collected illustrator.[internally vg] PLS see our image. 1st Edition. Hard Back. Good. 340x265mm Approx.

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        The History of The Jews

      Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America,, 1891. 6 volumes, octavo. Recent light tan half calf, title labels in light tan and brown morocco, decoration to spines, matching cloth boards, top edges gilt. An excellent set handsomely bound. A condensed English translation of Graetz&#39;s 11-volume History of the Jews which was first published in 1853-76.

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        Die Fortschritte der Marmorierkunst. Ein praktisches Handbuch für Buchbinder und Buntpapierfabrikanten. Nach technisch-wissenschaftlichen Grundlagen bearbeitet. 2. verb. u. verm. Aufl. Mit einem Anhang: Verzierung der Buchschnitte.

      - Stuttgart, W.Leo 1891. 23,2 : 14,5 cm. 224,(8) S., 9 w.Bl. Mit 2 Textholzst. und 10 Tafeln mit 35 (5 grossen) montierten Marmoriermustern. Marmor. Kalbslederband d.Zt. mit Rücken- u. Deckelvergoldung, rotem RSchild, schönen Marmorpapier-Vorsätzen, marmor. Schnitt u. zweifarb. handumst. Kapital, der illustr. Orig.-Umschlag eingebunden. "Mejer 1814. &#150; Easton 158 (nennt nur 29 Muster). &#150; Haemmerle S. 188. &#150; Wolfe S. 221, note 6 und sehr ausführlich im Text (siehe Index S. 235): " Halfer's revolutionary manuel, " " the results achived through Halfer's methods are so far superior that his technique has predominated ever since." &#150; Die 1885 im Selbstverlag in Budapest erschienene Erstausgabe enthielt keine Marmorierproben. &#150; Laut Orig.-Umschlag (verso) erschienen als Bd. IV der Reihe "Die moderne Buchbinderei, ihre Fortschritte und Hilfsmittel". &#150; Das wichtigste und für die Nachfolge Halfers einflussreichste Handbuch überhaupt. Dementsprechend das am meisten gesuchte Marmorierbuch. &#150; Einbandkanten und Ecken gering berieben, ansonsten von nahezu perfekter Erhaltung. &#150; Sehr selten (dies ist erst das dritte Exemplar, das wir in ca. 20-jähriger, intensiver Beschäftigung mit diesem Thema ankaufen konnten. " [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      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&#148; 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 &#147;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&#148; (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) .

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        Les Sept Femmes de la Barbe-Bleue;

      95 - Paris - Calmann-Levy, 1891 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A collection of first editions of three novels from French author Anatole France: Les Sept Femmes de la Barbe-Bleue (1909); Thas (1891), and Le Puits de Sainte Claire (1895). Anatole France (16 April 1844 12 October 1924), born Franois-Anatole Thibault, was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He was a member of the Acadmie franaise, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in recognition of his literary achievements. Thas is based on events in the life of Saint Thas of Egypt, a legendary convert to Christianity who is said to have lived in the 4th century. It was the inspiration for the opera of the same name by Jules Massenet. The collection of stories Le Puits de Sainte Claire features the Abb Coignard,a complex, ironical, and lovable character who first appeared inLa Rtisserie de la Reine Pdauque in 1893. In Les Sept femmes de la Barbe-Bleue d&#39;aprs des documents authentiques (The Seven Wives of Bluebeard according to Authentic Documents), Bluebeard is the unwitting victim of avaricious and adulterous wives. (BCE)Condition: In half-morocco bindings. Externally sound, with some rubbing and some wear to the spines. Some marks to the boards. Internally, firmly bound. Ink inscriptions to the half-title and title page of Le Puits de Sainte Claire and to the half-titles of Thas and Les Sept Femmes de la Barbe-Bleue. Pages have some spotting throughout, sometimes heavy. Overall: GOOD..

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      Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1891 [but plates actually ca. 1849-1859].. Original printed front wrapper and one leaf of text. Plus twenty-three chromolithographic plates (two folding) numbered 1-4, 8, 10, 20, 25, 27, 30, 31, 34, 35, 39, 40, 41, 46-50, 52, 63 (complete as issued). Folio. Text and plates loose, some slight chipping and staining at edges (most noticeable in the lower outer corner of plates 48 and 49). Good. In a half morocco and marbled boards box, spine gilt. Shortly after the formation of the Smithsonian Institution, the great American botanist, Asa Gray, was commissioned to produce a volume in its "Contributions to Knowledge" series on American forest trees. The idea was for a work with three octavo volumes of text and a quarto atlas. In 1850 the Secretary reported, "The illustrations are in the hands of the artists," that artist being Isaac Sprague. Sprague was self- taught, had apprenticed with John James Audubon, and was one of the most important and talented American botanical artists of the 19th century. Work was suspended on the present report while Gray was absent in Europe for two years. After this, funding could not be found, and the work as planned was never issued. In 1891, Secretary S. P. Langley decided to issue the plates which had been prepared, and the twenty-three plates which had been printed were issued with his brief explanatory introduction, after sitting unused for forty years. Most of the lithographic work was done by the firms of Tappan & Bradford, or Joseph Prestele. The very lovely plates depict a variety of tree flowers and leaves, including magnolias, tulips, maples, dogwoods, cherry, apple, and plum. A handsome, scarce, and little-known work on American trees. TAXONOMIC LITERATURE 2133. NISSEN (BBI) 751.

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        Yellowstone National Park in Photogravure

      St. Paul, Minn.: F. Jay Haynes & Bro., 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.. First Edition. Hard Cover.

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        News From Nowhere

      London: Reeves and Turner, 1891. Hard Cover. Very Good. Hard Cover. 1 of 250 copies. Large paper edition of his most famous book. INSCRIBED BY MORRIS TO HIS ELDER DAUGHTER JANE, "to Jenny with William Morris&#39;; best love April 4th 1891." Jenny Morris (1861-1936) spent her life in ill health, suffering from epilepsy. She was extremely close to her father and never really recovered from his death in 1896. Inscribed copies of News From Nowhere are quite scarce. Outside of this copy, there have been only two inscribed copies to have sold at auction in the past 25 years - one to Burne-Jones and the other to Phillip Webb. News From Nowhere was Morris&#39;;s famous Utopian novel, and it was an immediate success. The large paper copies were published at the same time as the first trade edition. An unauthorized and unedited version taken from a serial version published in "Commonweal" was published by Roberts Brothers in Boston a few months before in 1890. The Kelmscott Press edition appeared in 1893. This copy is generally in very good condition. It is in the original dark blue boards with cream colored spine with paper title label. The spine is darkened, spotted, and bumped. The edges to the corners are also bumped but otherwise very good. There is browning to free endpapers which appears to be offsetting from something laid in. Hinges are holding tightly although they have pulled away in the middle as a result of opening the book flat. Light aging to untrimmed page edges and some margins, otherwise quite clean. There are no marks or flaws to the inscription page. 238 pages. MOR/062508.

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        More Pleasant Surprises for Chicks of All Sizes

      London: Nister, Ernest , (c. 1891-1900). Folio. (20)pp. A collection of poems for children, illustrated with eight full-page, color slatted transformations, all in working order. In one, three children play in summer hay fields. When a tab at the bottom is pulled, the image changes to a wintry scene. Another transformation reveals games of cat&#146;s cradle or blind man&#146;s bluff. Additional black & white drawings are scattered throughout the text. Some foxing to margins, not affecting transformations, rear board slightly scuffed, else a lovely copy in glazed pictorial boards with red cloth spine.

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        The Aldine Edition of British Poets

      London: George Bell & Sons, York St., Covent Garden. New York: 112, Fourth Street, 1891-1901. (ALDINE POETS) 80 vols., 8vo. Frontispieces. Three quarter green morocco and marbled boards, t.e.g. by Zaehnsdorf. Spines mellowed uniformily to brown . The poets (and number of volumes) are: Akenside (1), Beattie (1), William Blake (1), Burns (3), Butler (2), Chatterton (2), Chaucer (6), Churchill (3), Coleridge (2), Collins (1), Cowper (3), Dryden (5), Falconer (1), Goldsmith (1), Gray (1), Herbert (1), Herrick (2), Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1), Keats (1), Kirke White (1), Milton (3), Parnell (1), Pope (3), Prior (2), Raleigh & Wotton (1), Rogers (1), Scott (5), Shakespeare (1), Spenser (5), Surrey and Wyatt (2), Swift (3), Thomson (2), Vaughan (1), Henry Kirke White (1),Wordswoth (7), Young (2)

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      Paris: Tresse & Stock, 1891. First edition. 12mo. . Original printed wrappers, uncut. Some creasing and soiling. Cloth slipcase

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        Memorial Catalogue, Heraldic Exhibition, Edinburgh 1891

      Published to memorialize, "the first public exhibition on heraldry in Great Britain with high standards of documentation" (Grove Dictionary of Art). The historic 1,217 heraldic items exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh ended October 3, 1891 and was held in conjunction with the autumn 1891 meeting of the Royal Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Grant, the principal author was a leading authority on heraldry: He was later appointed chief herald, Lord Lyon King of Arms (1929-1945). The profusely illustrated deluxe large paper catalog with a revised, augmented text superseded the earlier, much smaller (17 cm) catalog with two illustrations and was limited to 252 examples, 250 numbered and sold by subscription, with 118 plates on 102 leaves with descriptive letterpress interleaves, printed by 2 methods including lithograph, some plates in color, some in facsimile, 4 folding, including a color facsimile of the earliest known Scots grant of arms. Offered is example 248, lacking the publisher's paper wrappers, bound in early, finely woven parsley cloth boards with the title stamped in gold leaf on the spine, page edges rolled in gold leaf, the interior fresh as if unopened, a few plates with intrinsic trace-light toning in margins. CONDITION DETAIL: Plates: Nearly Fine; some with trace-light toning in margins. Text Pages: Fine. Interleaf Guards: Fine. Lacks publisher's paper wrappers. Boards: Nearly Fine; a few trace rubs, a few instances of trace soiling, the crown with 2 light white spots. Gilt: Fine. Binding: spine slanted: joints and hinges fine: 1 signature with a slight crack. SIZE: Royal Quarto, 292 x 228 mm (11.5 x 8.96 inches). PAGINATION: Confirmed complete, xxiv, preliminaries, including the half-title page, title page printed in red & black letters with heraldic b/w woodcut vignette, preface, and subscriber's list; 116 pages, detailed catalog; 3 pages, exhibitor's list + 118 plates on 102 leaves with bound-in interleaf guards with captions printed in letterpress, some in color, some in facsimile, including a color facsimile of the earliest known Scots grant of arms, 6 color facsimiles of early armorials and grants of arms, and 19 pages of tinted lithographs of playing cards and heraldic devices, including brasses. The exhibition included: assorted grants & genealogies, heraldic seals & armorials, British orders of chivalry and insignia, antiquarian books on heraldry and heraldic book bindings, china, glass, drawings, and stained glass. DELUXE EDITION: plates by S. B. Bolas, London and color lithograph plates by George Waterston and Sons, Edinburgh, limited to 250 numbered examples sold by subscription and 2 for presentation, including to Her Majesty, the Queen, the deluxe catalog of the exhibition held at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 6th July to 3rd October 1891. PROVENANCE: from the noted historical collection of Robert Lang of Rye, NY. ADDITIONAL IMAGES: by request.

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        The Wrecker

      92 - New York - Charles Scribners, 1891 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A wonderful find for Stevenson fans: the first appearance of Stevenson&#39;s and Osbourne&#39;sThe Wrecker created from the original parts. This a collection of the first printed serial appearances of The Wrecker extracted from Scribner&#39;s Magazine and bound as one complete work. High quality paper has been laid down covering superfluous text to make for a continuous narrative. Includes the original Scribner&#39;s Magazine title pages laid down. The Wrecker (1892) is a long, diffuse mystery story with fine descriptions of life at sea and recollections of Edinburgh, San Francisco, and artists&#39; life in Paris and Barbizon; it is Stevenson in relaxed mood, providing entertainment rather than great literature. Condition: In a recent half morocco binding. Externally, just a little fading to the spine. Internally, firmly bound, with just a little marginal browning and the occasional spot. With a small wax seal to the rear pastedown. Overall: FINE..

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        A Group of Noble Dames

      London: Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., 1891., 1891. Historical fiction. First Edition. 8vo. Handsomely bound in half green crushed morocco over green cloth boards by Zaehnsdorf, titled, ruled and decorated in gilt to spine and boards. Very minor sunning to spine. Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers with bookplate to front pastedown. Internally clean and fresh. Sharp and handsome. A very attractive copy indeed. Hardy&#39;s famed short story collection in which in ten members of a club, over the course of dinner one evening, each give an account of a noblewoman from centuries past. Purdy, pp.61-67.

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        Kelmscott Press] POEMS BY THE WAY

      Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1891. Limited Edition, one of 300 copies on paper. Vellum Binding. Small Quarto. Only the second issue of the Kelmscott Press, it was printed in Morris&#39;s Golden type in black with shoulder notes and some lines in red; full border on the opening page with decorative 6- and 10-line initials all throughout--almost on every page; full vellum as issued with title stamped in gold on the spine; soiling and wear to the binding; silk ties are lacking; previous owner name on the front free endpaper else clean; some soiling to the deckled fore-edge; despite the binding not being able to put its best foot forward, there interior is in Very Good condition; a handsome editions of Morris&#39;s poetry. Peterson A2; Forman 126; Tompkins 2; Ransom 2.

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        The Battle of Marathon - A Poem

      London: Privately Printed, 1891. 16, xv, [1], 72pp. Rebound in slightly later half morocco and marbled paper over boards, raised bands, spine in three unequal panels, flower centre piece and leaf corner pieces to first and third, second panel with title, author and date in gilt, t.e.g. &#39;Spanish&#39; marbled endpapers. Very slightly rubbed to extremities, some light foxing to the title and introduction, but generally clean. Reprint of Barrett Browning&#39;s early poem, (seemingly only fifteen copies are known), this reprint limited to fifty-four copies, four of which were on vellum, this being on paper. Wise 2. First Thus. Half Morocco and Boards. Good+. 8vo. Limited Edition.

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        A christmas carol in prose being a ghost story of christmas

      Troy, NY: Nims and Knight, 1891. 1st Edition in this form. Physical desc.: 120 p. ill., port (tissue guard) 25 cm. Subject: Fiction -- Fiction in English -- Christmas -- England. Very good copy in the original gilt-blocked cloth pictorial. Spine bands and panel edges somewhat rubbed and dust-toned as with age. Remains quite well-preserved overall: tight, bright, clean and strong.

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      London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine, and Co, 1891. FIRST EDITION of volumes II and III, Second Impression Revised of volume I.. Hardcover. Hardy&#39;s "Tess" Extra-Illustrated and inBindings with More than 90 Floral Inlays. 197 x 127 mm (7 3/4 x 5"). Three volumes. FIRST EDITION of volumes II and III, Second Impression Revised of volume I. VERY FINE DARK GREEN MOROCCO, INLAID AND GILT, BY CEDRIC CHIVERS (stamp-signed on rear turn-in of volume III), upper covers with gilt-tooled frame featuring four inlaid pink roses at each corner, raised bands, spine compartments with five inlaid roses connected by gilt tooling (the set with 93 floral inlays in all), turn-ins with gilt rules and dots, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH 23 ORIGINAL INSERTED WATERCOLORS depicting places referred to in the story as well as a beautifully hand-lettered title page and a second leaf with a list of the paintings. Verso of front free endpaper with engraved bookplate of George Stoughton Olds. Sadleir 1114; Purdy, pp. 67-78. Isolated minor thumbing, corner creases, other trivial internal imperfections, but A BEAUTIFUL SET, the text without anything approaching a significant problem, and THE BINDINGS ESPECIALLY LUSTROUS AND ENTIRELY UNWORN. This is Hardy&#39;s most famous work, offered here augmented with original watercolor illustrations and in handsome volumes decorated by one of the major names in English binding at the turn of the 20th century. This tragic tale of "a pure woman" reflects its author&#39;s growing defiance of Victorian standards by featuring a seduced girl as the story&#39;s heroine. In a novel governed by cosmic indifference, Hardy shows a refined poetic sensitivity to both beauty and suffering at the same time that he provides a forceful social commentary by condemning the intrusion into the English countryside of the new bourgeoisie. Binder Cedric Chivers (1853-1929) established his bindery soon after an inspiring visit to the Paris Exhibition of 1878. A short time later, after hearing a lecture by Cyril Davenport on the 18th century painted vellum bindings of Edwards of Halifax, he began creating his own work in that tradition. These came to be called "vellucent" bindings, and they are what made him famous. But he was a versatile binder who did various kinds of decorative work in innovative ways (one example involving sculpted leather is described in item #93, below). Done in the Arts and Crafts tradition, the present set of bindings--like the other Chivers volumes in the next two entries--are executed with considerable imagination and skill. The attractive watercolors inserted here show us the places vividly described by Hardy, although sometimes under fictitious names: Dorchester (Hardy&#39;s "Casterbridge"), Bournemouth ("Sandbourne"), the cathedral city of Salisbury ("Melchester"), and Stonehenge, the dramatic setting for the novel&#39;s climax. A pencilled note in volume I asserts that the paintings are the work of Samuel Poole, "who exhibits at the Academy," and a search of online auction records locates watercolors by a Bath artist with that name (b. 1870) that are in a very similar style. Since Chivers lived and worked in Bath--which he served as mayor seven times--and was a major employer there, it is likely that he would have hired a local artist to provide illustrations for these luxuriously bound volumes. In any case, they are a very pretty and unlooked-for addition to this already sumptuous set.

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        Tess of the D&#39;Urbervilles. A Pure Woman

      London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co.,, 1891. In Three Volumes. 3 volumes, octavo (188 × 125 mm). Early 20th-century blue half morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, titles to spine gilt, 5 raised bands, blue endpapers, blue cloth sides, top edges gilt. A little toning of contents, and occasional small spots and marks but overall an excellent set. First edition of Hardy&#39;s masterpiece.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Tess of the D&#39;Urbervilles - A Pure Woman

      London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., 1891. Three volumes complete - Volume One, [8], 264pp; Volume Two, [8], 278pp and Volume Three, [6], 278pp. Rebound in full morocco by Temple Bookbinders, raised bands, spines in six panels, leather title label to second panel, volume label to third, remaining panels with central flower device in gilt, date in gilt to foot. Upper covers with art nouveau flower and oscillating line design, lower covers with single fillet border, t.e.g. and gilt inner dentelles. Externally very good indeed, internally some light soiling, mainly to margins but occasionally to text, small hole to bottom margin of M4 in volume one. Now all housed in a velvet lined cloth slipcase, an attractive set. Sadleir 1114, Wolff 2993. First Edition. Full Morocco. Very Good. 8vo.

      [Bookseller: Temple Rare Books]
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        Waratah Rhymes for Young Australia

      London,: Brooks, Day & Son, 1891.. Quarto, with photo-etched illustrations, owners bookplate; original coloured boards, wear to the extremities and some minor water damage to the rear board, fair. Charming collection of children's verse and delightful item of Australiana. Louisa Anne Meredith, an English born writer, artist and amateur naturalist, wrote extensively on the experience of colonial life in Australia and her diaries along with several works of natural history were published in England where she enjoyed a significant readership. She also published poetry and children's books. The present work is an important cultural artefact giving a distinctly Australian flavour to a number of classic tales, such as the poem Giant Beans of Queensland.This copy is from the library of J.B. Prentice, a collector whose library formed the basis of the Deakin collection.

      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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