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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.

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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.

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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.

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      London: Elkin Mathews at the Sign of the Bodley Head; Printed at the Chiswick Press, 1891. Limited Edition, numbered 23 of only 40 copies on Japanese Vellum. Full Leather. Very Good+ binding. Signed by Crane on the colophon. Octavo. Full bound in later crimson goat elegantly tooled; light wear to the extremities; Mathews printed several editions of varying limitations, this being the most uncommon and finest; printed on Japanese Vellum and signed by Crane on the colophon opposite the title page; of the 40 copies printed thus, 25 were for sale in England and 15 in America; headpieces and section vignettes by Crane throughout; digital images can be made available upon request. Very Good+ binding.

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      1891. BRONTE, Charlotte, Emily and Anne; bio by Mrs. GASKELL. THE LIFE AND WORKS OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE AND HER SISTERS, 7 VOLUMES. London: Smith Elder & Company, 1889-1891. var. pp. 8vo., tan calf, raised bands, gilt spine ornaments and lettering, t.e.g., gilt marbled paper covered boards with matching marbled endpapers. Slight scraping to a few raised bands, Villette having some brown spotting to spine, Shirley having slightly bowed boards. A scattering of spotting to other volumes&#39; spines. A few tender joints. Interiors clean and tight. Includes: I. Jane Eyre by Currer Bell II. Shirley by Currer Bell III. Villette by Charlotte Bronte IV. The Professor by Currer Bell V. Wuthering Heights by Ellis Bell/Agnes Grey by Acton Bell VI. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte VII. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Mrs. Gaskell Extra shipping required.

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        The Works of William Shakespeare Edited by William Aldis Wright

      London & New York: Macmillan & Co, 1891- 1893. 9 volumes, octavo. (8 3/4 x 6 inches). Titles in red and black, half-titles. (Occasional light toning). 20th-century red half morocco over cloth-covered boards, bound for Henry Sotheran of Sackville Street, London, by Bayntun of Bath, spines gilt in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and fourth compartments, the others decorated with four different large centrally-placed tools (crossed daggers, a mask, etc.), marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. A finely bound set of a mixed second and third edition of the &#39;Cambridge Shakespeare&#39;. First published in 1863-1866, the second edition was begun in 1867 and the third in 1891. The present set offers attractive typography, erudite editing and beautifully-tooled red morocco bindings which in combination are a delight to hold and a pleasure to read.

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        Usambara und seine Nachbargebiete. Allgemeine Darstellung des nordöstlichen Deutsch - Ostafrika und seiner Bewohner auf Grund einer im Auftrage der Deutsch - Ostafrikanischen Gesellschaft im Jahre 1890 ausgeführten Reise.

      Reimer,, Berlin, 1891 - Berlin, Reimer, 1891. 8°. XI, 375 S. mit 24 ethnographischen Abbildungen, 3 Textplänen, 8 Original - Kartenbeilagen und 4 Notenseiten. OHLwd., Ecken bestoßen. Ordentlicher Gesamtzustand. (s. Foto). Sprache: ger/deu Ecken bestoßen. Ordentlicher Gesamtzustand. (s. Foto). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      Santa Fe: New Mexican Printing Company, 1891. 1st Edition. Trade Paperback Trade Paperback. Near Fine. (Americana) New Mexico Territory. Territory of New Mexico - &#39;Compilation of the School Laws of New Mexico; Containing Laws and Parts of Laws Relating to Public Schools.&#39; Santa Fe, NM: New Mexican Printing Co. 6 X 8 1/2 inches. Stitched and housed in original wraps. Presumed first publication announcing the formation of Public Schools and the position of Superintendent in the State of NM. 32 Pgs. Near Fine. OCLC locates &#39;1&#39; copy in the Huntington Library.

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        Poems by the Way

      (Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1891). Octavo. (vi), 197, (vii)pp. First edition. One of 300 copies printed on paper. Presentation copy inscribed by Morris on second preliminary blank to Theodore Watts (-Dunton). Best known as the rescuer of Swinburne, Watts-Dunton was a respected literary critic and a friend to many in the Pre-Raphaelite circle, especially Rossetti. He was also a steady patron of the Kelmscott Press: in his bibliography, Peterson cites several presentation copies given to Watts-Dunton, including this one. An edition of Watts-Dunton&#39;s first book of poetry, The Coming of Love, had been planned for the Press, but it was never carried out (see Peterson B4). Poems by the Way is the second book of the Press, and the first printed in red and black. This marks the first appearance of many of the poems, one of which ("Goldilocks") was written especially for this book. A beautiful book designed by Morris, with a wide, white vine border to page one, and many ten-line and six-line initials of cunning design. Light soiling to spine, else fine in stiff vellum, ribbon ties detached and laid in. This copy belonged to English poet and playwright John Drinkwater, who published a critical study of William Morris in 1912. With his leather booklabel on front paste-down and ink ownership inscription.

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        Crozet's Voyage to Tasmania, New Zealand, and the Ladrone Islands, and the Philippines, in the years 1771-1772. With a Preface and Brief Reference to the Literature of New Zealand by Jas. R. Boosé, Librarian of the Colonial Institute. Illustrated.

      Truslove & Shirley, London 1891 - First edition (in English). #229 of 500 numbered copies, initialled by the author. Ferguson 8846. xxiv, 148pp, 9 plates (1 folding), folding map, other illustrations. Original brown cloth, gilt spine titles. Top edges gilt, the others uncut. Short clean tear at the map fold neatly closed with archival tape. Very good to fine. ***Originally published in French in 1783 (edited, from Lieut. Julien Crozet's papers, by the Abbé Rochon) - the only printed primary source for the expedition of the ill-fated Marion Dufresne, the first Europeans to make contact with the Tasmanian Aborigines. Crozet assumed command after the massacre of Marion and 26 of the crew by Maoris at the Bay of Islands. *** Please use [Ask Bookseller a Question] option below to confirm availability and get accurate postage quote for this item (the amount quoted is for an 'average' hard-cover book of up to 1kg in weight). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Crozet's Voyage to Tasmania, New Zealand

      London,: Truslove & Shirley, 1891.. Octavo, eight photogravure plates, folding plan of outrigger canoe and large folding chart (corner of title page clipped, tear to map repaired with paper tape); a good copy in the original cloth.. First English translation of Crozet's account of the South Pacific voyage of Marion-Dufresne, who in 1771 sailed to return the Tahitian native Ahutoru, who returned to Paris with Bougainville.The expedition was launched from Mauritius where the traveller AbbÈ Rochon was stranded; although he was denied permission to sail with the expedition Rochon later edited the present narrative from Crozet's log. The account contains a brief account of the Tasmanian Aborigines and a longer description of traditional Maori life, rich with primary information on food, hunting, warfare, shelter, fishing etcetera. After some misunderstanding Marion-Dufresne and about twenty crew were massacred by the Maori; the present edition contains Rochon's speculations on the cause of the massacre with an additional mid nineteenth-century anecdotal account included. Numerous scattered vignettes clarify issues in the narrative and there are informative appendices: aside from discussion of the massacre there is an appendix on the early literature of New Zealand and another on native canoes taken from Anson's Voyages. The edition was limited to 500 copies.Hill, 402; Hocken, p.22; New Zealand National Bibliography, C1808.

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        [North Western India, Kashmir and Environs]

      [1891-5]. . Oblong folio, measuring 39 x 53 cm. Original black full morocco, spine rebacked, single gilt rules to edges of boards, all edges gilt. 116 albumen photographs of India, various sizes: 84 are full plate (c. 21 x 25 cm); the remainder smaller, including 11 of polo (15 x 20 cm), three panoramic studies of Himalayan Kashmir by Bourne (10 x 19 cm), and three panoramic group portraits with the Maharajah of Dhar. There are an additional 36 photographs collected on the voyage out in 1890 and the return voyage home in 1895: souvenirs of Gibraltar, Pompei, Egypt and Strasbourg. All images have ink captions and are usually dated, often mounted on the recto and verso of 32 card sheets. The tones vary but are generally dark sepia with minor yellowing, with some cracking, tears or fading to roughly 20 images. An unusually large and varied collection assembled by a military veterinarian with the 1st Squadron of the 18th Hussars. The photographs include: views of cantonments, studies of thoroughbred horses, group portraits of colleagues and officers, the polo team, Mess trophies, a "Panther I shot 4 miles from Mhow" and other game, servants and bungalow, "Remains of a murdered sweeper boy", the Elephant Battery, the Bazaar during the Mohurran festival at Mhow, the Indore State railway, a visit to the Maharajah of Dhar, several Regimental camps and march pasts at Ambala and Aligarh, a group portrait of the School of Musketry, Deolali, studies of Native Infantry, Meerut Grand Review in front of Lord Roberts and a group showing the Simla Veterinary School.& The professionally taken photographs include: views of Kashmir by Samuel Bourne; views of Lahore by William Burke; studies of Delhi including four of the Kitab Minar; images of military groups by Townsend; several images attributed to the important pioneering Indian photographer Raja Deen Dayal - namely views of Mhow and environs such as the waterfalls at Takel Pani, near Indore, the Maharajah&#39;s Palace in Indore and 3 group portraits with the Maharajah and Aligarh Camp and Staff.

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        Astrarchia Stephane [Princess Stephanie Bird of Paradise]

      London: Taylor & Francis for Henry Sotheran & Co., 1891-98. Hand-coloured lithograph by William Hart, printed by Mintern Brothers. Very good condition. 21 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches. A beautiful print from Sharpe&#39;s &#39;Monograph of the Paradiseidae, or Birds of Paradise, and Ptilonorhynchidae, or Bower Birds&#39;. Sharpe&#39;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&#39;s assistant for many years and was the only man knowledgeable enough and sufficiently attuned to the famous ornithologist&#39;s vision to complete several of his works. Sharpe&#39;s comments in his monograph strike a chord with contemporary feelings on the preservation of endangered species. Writing of the then current fashion for decorating women&#39;s hats with the feathers of rare Birds of Paradise, he concludes &#39;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&#39;. Fine Bird Books (1990) p.142; Nissen IVB 865; Whittel p.663; Wood p.565; Zimmer p.581.

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        The Little Minister

      London: Cassell & Co, 1891. First edition. Hardcover. Orig. brown cloth in custom half brown morocco and cloth fall-down box, each volume in a protective sleeve. Near fine. 3 vols./No Dust Jacket. 8vo, 19 x 13 cm. First book form edition. First published serially in "Good Words" magazine the same year, 1891. Considered Barrie&#39;s best work, one of several of his novels based in the fictional town of Thrums, modeled after Barrie&#39;s home village of Kirriemuir. Sixteen pages of adverts in volume I. Spines lettered in gilt, modest edge wear. Very attractive presentation in a custom box.

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      London - Lawrence and Bullen, 1891 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A first edition of this adventurous tale of the nine lives of a cat, written in verse. In Nine Fyttes. Hand-numbered, 6 of 35 copies on Japanese vellum. In a signed binding by Zaehnsdorf. With two bookplates to front endpapers. Written by William James Linton under the pseudonym of Hattie Brown, A young lady of colour lately deceased at the age of 14. William James Linton (December 7, 1812 - December 29, 1897) was an English-born American wood engraver, landscape painter, political reformer and author of memoirs, novels, poetry and non-fiction. With illustrated title pageand a number of further small illustrations by the author..

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        Siberia and the Exile System

      London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & co.,, 1891. 2 volumes octavo. Original sand cloth, title and double-headed Imperial eagle gilt to the spines and upper boards, top edges gilt, the others uncut. Frontispiece to each and numerous illustrations and maps to the text, some full-page. A little soiled and slightly rubbed, corners bumped, light toning, a scatter of foxing to the endpapers, but overall very good. First UK edition, US printed and published in the same year as the US edition. Kennan first visited Russia in 1864 at the age of 19, working for the Russian American Telegraph Company surveying a telegraph route through Siberia and across the Bering Strait. On his return he published Tent Life in Siberia, and soon became well-known on the lecture circuit, and from magazine and newspaper articles. A further visit to Russia and Dagestan secured his reputation as an authority on the region, and a position as Assistant Manager with the Associated Press followed. "In 1885 he was commissioned by &#133; the Century Company to visit Russia and make a study of the horrors of the prisons in Siberia. Accompanied by an American artist George A. Frost, he went to Siberia somewhat prejudiced against the revolutionaries and sympathetic with the Czar&#39;s efforts to maintain law and order and a stable government &#133; But the year which he spent, meeting and talking with Russian patriots in exile and sharing their hardships changed his point of view &#133; Siberia and the Exile System was the first revelation outside the bounds of Russia of the medieval and cruel character of the Romanoff government, and its publication had much to do with the overthrow of the Romanoff régime in Russia" (DAB).

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        Famous Golf Links

      London: Longmans, Green and Co.,, 1891. Andrew Lang, H. S. C. Everard, T. Rutherford Clark etc. With numerous illustrations by F. P. Hopkins, T. Hodge, H. S. King, and from photographs. Octavo. Finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere in dark green morocco, titles and decoration to spine, raised bands, golf motif to front board within single rule, twin rule to turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Ownership inscription to half-title, an excellent copy in a fine binding. First edition, first impression.

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

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

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        A Short History of the English People, by J. R. Green, M. A. Illustrated Edition, Edited by Mrs. J. R. Green and Miss Kate Norgate - [Complete in Four Volumes]

      London; MacMillan, 1891. 1st Edition. Description: 4 v. [color] illus. 26 cm. Notes: Paged continuously. Epilogue, 1815-1873" : v. 4, p. 1829-1850. "Notes on the illustrations" follow table of contents in each volume. Subjects: Great Britain--History. An unread copy with unopened pages. Finely bound all in modern aniline calf with the original boards retained. Raised bands with with the spine compartments uniformly tooled in gilt. An exceptional set - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.

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        The fruit grower&#39;s guide

      H. Virtue & Company, n.d. [1891-1894]. 1st edition. V.g./No Jacket. Publisher&#39;s decorated cloth A nice set of this pomological masterpiece, with attractive chromolithographs by Miss May Rivers and many other text illustrations. Bound in six parts (&#39;divisions&#39;) and categorised as three volumes, our copies show only mild edge-wear and some tissue guards are tinted. A.e.g., with attractively patterned end papers.

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        The Origin of Species, by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

      London: John Murray, 1891. . Sixth edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, xxvi, 365, (1, 1 advertisement, 1); (vi), 339, (1) pp. Portrait frontispiece and a folding plate. Original grey-green cloth, spines slightly dull, extremities a little rubbed. Freeman 437. Published the same year as the 41st thousand of the standard issue of the sixth edition, this is the second issue of the &#147;Library edition&#148;, which first appeared in 1888.

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        Souvenirs de la campagne du Tonkin.

      Paris, Librairie Militaire de L. Baudoin, 1891 - Gd in-8° ; 360 pp.-(1)-17 cartes et 4 croquis, demi-chagrin marron, dos à nerfs, fleurons or, p. de titre en maroquin rouge, ENVOI, couvertures imprimées en noir conservées, rel. moderne, bel exemplaire. ÉDITION ORIGINALE AVEC UN ENVOI SIGNÉE DE L'AUTEUR À SON AMI LE CAPITAINE IMHAUS (AUTEUR DE L'OUVRAGE «LES NOUVELLES-HÉBRIDES», PARIS 1890). FIRST EDITION. VERY GOOD COPY. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Original Art 'Gadwall'.

      - Charles De Feo (1891-1978) was commissioned by The House of Seagram to illustrate two Gadwall in flight in the late 1940s. The artwork was used by Seagram's for their promotional advertising. Mr. De Feo's original drawing (signed in the lower right corner) is the more colorful piece shown at the top, and the published and much touched-up (and quite somber) version is mounted below. Each measures 11 3/4 x 9 with the overall dimensions of 28 x 18. Charles De Feo was a well-respected outdoor artist who illustrated many books and magazines, to include Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Cosmopolitan plus many others. Perhaps he is best remembered for his exquisite drawings of salmon in Roderick Haig-Brown's 1941 publication of Return to the River. Professionally mounted, matted and framed. In fine condition.

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        The Count of Monte Cristo (complete in four volumes)

      Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1891. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. These books are clean, tight, square with sharp corners and unmarked. There is a book plate on the front paste down of each book. The spine is lightly rubbed at the ends with some minor pull tears and mildly age darkened. It has black end papers and 394, 396, 402, 452 bright, clear pages, gilt edged at the top, illustrated with tissue guarded frontispiece andblack & whitebound in green cloth covered boards with elaborate dense gilt designs on the front and spine. There are gilt titles on the spine.

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        Autograph letter signed to his friend and patron, Oskar Grohe

      2 pp. Octavo. Dated April 1, 1891. In German (with translation). Regarding the forthcoming first performance of his cantata, Christnacht.& & "Please be so kind as to let me know directly, or through Weingartner, if the orchestral rehearsals of Christnacht have already started and how they have gone so far. Please also send word as to when the dress rehearsal is scheduled. If only you could get Weingartner to write me a note!" . Wolf&#39;s cantata, Christnacht, to a text by August Graf von Platen-Hallermünde, was first performed under the noted Austrian conductor Felix Weingartner (1863-1942) on April 9, 1891 in Mannheim, "the last concert to be conducted by Weingartner at Mannheim before he left to take up an appointment with the Berlin Opera." Walker: Hugo Wolf, p. 285. & & Apparently conceived as the composer&#39;s "answer to Bach&#39;s Christmas Oratorio..." & & "... The first sketches for the work are dated Christmas Eve 1886... In a letter to Oskar Grohe (26 February 1891), Wolf wrote that he had conceived the composition as a portrait of Christ&#39;s personality in two manifestations, the child and the &#145;Weltüberwinders&#146;, or hero who overcame the world. At the end, these themes and other musical ideas merge and unfold &#145;with tongues of flame the dogma of God made man and of salvation&#146;, he told Grohe, adding that if the execution did not keep pace with the concept it was &#145;nobody&#39;s fault but my own&#146;... Christnacht has much to commend it and many admirable effects in the lengthy orchestral introduction alone... But Wolf being neo-Bachian/Lisztian in huge brass-laden choruses is Wolf being bombastic, especially in the chorus of believers (Platen indicates shepherds here, but this was insufficiently solemn for his purposes, so Wolf told Grohe, hence their new designation as &#145;Gläubigen&#146;) and the final chorus, and the work is in consequence not an unmitigated success..." & & Wolf "intensified the expressive vocabulary of the lied by means of extended tonality and post-Wagnerian declamation while retaining the defining elements of the song tradition he had inherited from Schubert and Schumann. Profoundly responsive to poetry, he incorporated detailed readings of his chosen poems in the compositional decisions he made about every aspect of song: harmonic nuances, tonal form, melodic design, vocal declamation, pianistic texture, the relationship of voice to piano, etc. Seeking an art &#145;written with blood&#146;, he went below the surface of poetry &#150; even where his musical purposes were inevitably distinct from the poet&#39;s &#150; in order to recreate it in music of remarkable intensity, written, as he once proclaimed, for epicures, not amateurs." Eric Sams and Susan Youens in Grove online

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        The Picture of Dorian Gray

      London: Ward, Lock & Co.,, 1891. Small quarto. Original half vellum, gilt-lettered bevelled gray paper boards, olive endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Housed in a quarter purple morocco slipcase and chemise. Corners and joints professionally repaired, spine and boards toned, minor cracks to hinges, a little light spotting to blanks but overall text clean and fresh. An excellent copy. Rare and most desirable large-paper first signed limited edition, number 194 of only 250 copies printed on Van Gelder handmade paper and signed by Wilde, of his only novel. Considered by many to be his greatest work, it combined the supernatural elements of the Gothic novel with the sins of French decadent fiction. Wilde insists in the Preface, "There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That&#39;s all" (p. vi). Critics nevertheless attacked the work for its immorality. Though Wilde claimed, "I wrote this book entirely for my own pleasure&#133; Whether it becomes popular or not is a matter of absolute indifference to me," he also responded to critics: "Leave my book, I beg you, to the immortality that it deserves." Dorian Gray first appeared in Lippincott&#39;s magazine simultaneously in Philadelphia and London, on June 20, 1890. This publication was immediately followed by publication of an unauthorized, pirated version of the tale, printed June 22, 1890 in New York by M. J. Ivers & Co. Wilde then substantially revised the work and added six new chapters. This deluxe signed edition is of considerably greater rarity and value than the unsigned first trade edition issued three months earlier. At least one contemporary review praised this edition in particular: "the book, with its unique and piquant binding and lettering, its characteristic title page and yet more characteristic preface, is a delight to eye and hand" (Glasgow Herald). Title page, half title, and cover designed by Charles Ricketts, who designed the bindings of many Wilde volumes.

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        The Strand Magazine. An Illustrated monthly

      London: George Newnes, , 1891&#151;95. 10 vols, octavo. Original blue cloth, titles and illustration to front covers in black, titles to spine in black and gilt. Illustrated throughout by various artists including Sidney Paget. The first eight volumes in bright cloth, the cover of volume 3 rubbed, the last two a little mottled, all with bright spines, an attractive set. Volumes 2 - 8 contain the first appearance of Doyle&#39;s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Also included are works by Jules Verne, Rudyard Kipling, A. J. Raffles and many others.

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      Boston: The Round the World Publishing Company, [1891].. [6],3,[3],312pp., printed in double columns, profusely illustrated with hundreds of half tones from original photographs, as well as in-text illustrations, plus a double-page map illustrating the route of the trip. Oblong 12mo. Original pictorial rust-colored cloth, gilt, spine gilt. Front joint cracked, holding by cloth, titlepage loosening. Light even tanning. Very good. A marvelous, illustrated account of a round the world trip by the noted American businessman, Presidential candidate, and eccentric, George Francis Train. Train was active in organizing clipper ship service around Cape Horn, in constructing the western portion of the transcontinental railroad, and in Australian business and civic life as well. In 1872 he ran for President of the United States. Train was also a prolific traveller, and made his first lightning trip around the world in 1870, which is believed to have been an inspiration for Jules Verne&#39;s AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS. In 1890, Train made his third circumnavigation, this time completing the trip in sixty-seven days. This volume, written by Samuel W. Wall, Train&#39;s secretary, records the journey. The copious photographic half tones are from Wall&#39;s original photographs taken during the trip, and other illustrations were drawn by G.H. Blair. The trip began in Tacoma, Washington, and then proceeded across the Pacific with stops in Yokohama, Kobe, Nagasaki, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ceylon, Aden, Suez, Port Said, various places in Europe, then to England and Ireland, and finally to New York and back to Tacoma. Wall used a Kodak camera to record the trip, and each page of illustrations carries three circular views. There are sixty-six views of Japan, thirty of Hong Kong, twenty-one of Singapore, twenty-one of Ceylon, and on through the other places visited. In all, there are some three hundred half tone illustrations from Wall&#39;s original photographs. The text describes the trip in great detail, and carries a bit of a humorous tone (as do some of the photographs). This book is not listed in Smith&#39;s bibliography of American travellers abroad, though it certainly fits the criteria and Smith includes other works by Train (but none by Wall). OCLC locates eleven copies, but in our experience this book is scarce in the market. OCLC 9188459.

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        Last Series. Bush Friends in Tasmania

      London,, 1891.. Folio, with coloured plates; original cloth, the spine and upper board elaborately gilt, all edges gilt, spine beginning to loosen. First edition of this handsome continuation of Meredith's 1860 series of nature studies in picture and verse. This edition was limited to 700 numbered copies, signed by the author.

      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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