The viaLibri website requires cookies to work properly. You can find more information in our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Displayed below are some selected recent viaLibri matches for books published in 1891

        New Grub Street

      London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1891. 3 volumes, 8vo. Half-titles. With the advertisement leaf at end of vol. 1. Original morocco-grained green cloth, titles gilt-lettered on spine, and in blind on front covers, cream endpapers; velveteen-lined morocco-backed folding case. A superb copy, with the scarce advertisement leaf at end of volume 1, found only in a small number of copies. Collie A9b; Sadleir 971; Spiers & Coustillas M6; Wolff 2552. An outstanding copy, fresh, clean and bright.

      [Bookseller: Riverrun Books & Manuscripts]
 1.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  

        Good-Bye My Fancy.

      Philadelphia: David McKay,, 1891. 2D Annex to Leaves of Grass. Octavo. Original dark red cloth over bevelled boards, titles to spine and front cover gilt, publisher's vignette to front cover gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Photographic portrait frontispiece with tissue-guard. Slight rubbing to extremities, bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown, partially removed; an excellent, bright copy. First edition, sole printing, in BAL binding variant D (occasionally noted as a large paper variant) with the frontispiece without the caption as called for in style 1 by Myerson. 1,000 copies of this separate issue of Whitman's "annex to Leaves of Grass" were printed in May 1891.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
 2.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        The author of the Confederate patriotic anthem "My Maryland" expresses his surprise that someone "seems to want a copy of 'My Maryland' enough to pay for it"

      Augusta, Georgia: , March 21, 1891. Augusta, Georgia, March 21, 1891. 5" x 8". "Autograph Letter Signed ""James R. Randall"", 1 page, 5"" x 8"", Augusta, Georgia, March 21, [18]91 to ""My dear Eugene"", concerning a person interested in purchasing a copy of his patriotic Civil War poem, ""My Maryland."" Light even toning, expected folds, else very good to fine condition. He writes, in full: ""The writer of [the] enclosed letter [not present] seems to want a copy of 'My Maryland' enough to pay or it. If he bite[s], let me know. I arrived here, safe & well, last Friday. May Brunswick man cannot offer enough sesterces [ie. coins] to make it an inducement. My Louisiana man is, so far, not ready to come to a final settlement. I suppose the monstrous mob down there unsettled everything temporarily"" (Randall was making an allusion to a riot that erupted in New Orleans targeting Italians on March 14, 1891).Randall was born in Baltimore, attended Georgetown University, and was teaching in a Creole school in Louisiana when he learned of a Baltimore mob's attack on a Union regiment (the 6th Massachusetts) as it marched through Baltimore to Washington. A classmate of Randall's was among those wounded when the panicky troops opened fire on the crowd. ""Deeply stirred, he was unable to sleep, and rose at midnight to jot down the lines beginning 'the despot's heel is on thy shore... '"" (DAB). Published in the New Orleans Delta in May 1861, papers throughout the South reprinted his stirring verses. Two Baltimore women adapted its words to the music of the well-known German song ""O, Tannenbaum."" Song-sheet editions proliferated and it rapidly became ""the battle song of the South."" Second in popularity only to Emmett's ""Dixie,"" it was chosen by Maryland in 1939 as its official song and ""has also... become the anthem for the annual Preakness horse race at Pimlico Race Track"" (David A. Randall, American Patriotic Songs, Exhibition catalogue, 1968, p. [13]. James J. Fuld, The Book of World-Famous Music, pp. 355-357.)Based on extant auction records, Randall had been producing fair copies of ""My Maryland"" for admirers beginning sometime in the 1880s. The prospect of selling copies may have induced him to increase production as most of the dated fair copies that have appeared on the market appear to have been accomplished from 1891 and afterwards."

      [Bookseller: University Archives ]
 3.   Check availability:     ABAA     Link/Print  

        The Strand Magazine

      02 - London - George Newnes, 1891 Book. VERY GOOD INDEED. Hardcover. Volumes I-XXIV of this popular Victorian periodical. In a lovely half calf binding with gilt stamping to the spines. The Strand Magazine was a monthly magazine founded by George Newnes. The work was an interesting mix of fictional tales as well as articles of general interest. Comprising of numerous Sherlock Holmes adventures. Thesevolumes contain all theSherlock Holmes Adventures untilthe character's initial death in the 1893 volume with the tale 'The Final Problem'. Following this there was an eight year hiatus of Holmes tales, until due to public pressureConan Doylereleased The Hound of The Baskervilles which can be found in the 1901 and 1902 volumes of this work. The Hound of the Baskervilles is set before Holmes' death. The short story collection of Sherlock Holmes tales found to these works are The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes in addition to the novel The Hound of the Baskervilles. Short stories from thecollections include 'A Scandal in Bohemia', 'The Adventure of the SpeckledBand', 'The Adventure of theEngineer's Thumb'and more. Other articlesinclude writings on Queen Victoria's doll collection, 'TheQueen's Hindustani Diary' by Moulvie Rafiuddin Ahmad, 'a Chapter On Ears' (A selection of photographs of the ears offamous ladies), 'Stories from the Diary of aDoctor','The Handwriting of Thomas Carlyle', 'The Handwriting of Alfred Lord Tennyson' and more. Condition: In half calf bindings with gilt stamping to the spines. Externally, very smart with some fading to the spines of several volumes. Small patches of light rubbing to the spines, mostly at the head and tail. Heavierrubbing to the tail ofvoumes I, III, IX, XIV, XV, XVIII, XVIX, XX and XXIV. Front board and joint to volume II is rubbed with loss to the extremities. Light rubbingto the front joint of volume XIX. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound. Pages are generally bright with the odd spots throughout. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
 4.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Des Künstlers Erdentag. Sieben Handdrucke.

      43,5 x 30,5 cm. Künstlermappe mit 7 signierten Originallinolschnitten in Farbe u. 7 mit Reimen bedruckten Seidenhemdchen. Die montierten Original-Graphiken im Format von ca. 21,5 x 20,5 cm. Original-Pappband mit montiertem Deckelschild. - Eins von 50 nummerierten Exemplaren der Vorzugsausgabe. - Ecken etwas berieben, hinterer Deckel leicht lichtrandig. Innen sehr gut erhalten. - C. Rotky: Graz 1891-1977 Grottenhof/ Leibnitz, Studium an der Malerschule von C. Damianos, das Aktzeichnen lernte er bei A. Marussig, Grafik bei A. Kubin in München.

      [Bookseller: 1Cleo1]
 5.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        Théorie moléculaire d'une substance composée de deux matières differentes.

      - Haarlem, Les Héritiers Loosjes, 1891. 8vo (23.7 x 15.0 cm). vii, 442 pp., 15 plates. Original printed wrappers.l A ground-breaking work by the Dutch physicist and Nobel Prize winner Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837-1923). "In 1890, van der Waals published a treatise on the Theory of Binary Solutions in the Archives Néerlandaises. By relating his equation of state with the Second Law of Thermodynamics, in the form first proposed by Willard Gibbs, he was able to arrive at a graphical representation of his mathematical formulations in the form of a surface which he called ? (Psi) surface following Gibbs, who used the Greek letter ? for the free energy of a system with different phases in equilibrium." (Wikipedia). This is an uncut and unmarked copy of the "Archives", with the 'van der Waals contribution on pp. 1-56. Uncut, with the widest possible margins. Rear wrapper very lightly spotted, otherwise a fine copy. Very rare in this state. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat Schierenberg]
 6.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  

        Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

      Government Printing Office, Washington (1891-95) - Folio (18 3/4" x 14 3/4"). In 35 parts, part 36 is the index and is not present here, but is available online; original light green printed wrappers, numbered 1 through 35; 175 plates, all are present. Most wrappers are separated at the fold; front wrap of part 1 is mounted on Japan paper, with a peripheral loss of 20%; rear wrap is lacking on parts X, XXIX and XXXIV. Some wraps browned at edges and some with closed tears and chips. All 175 plates are present and are very good to fine; 35 parts, lacking index. Housed in 2 quarter leather clamshell boxes, one blue and one gray, with leather lettering pieces on spine. ALL Maps are very good to fine. Howes, C 816. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
 7.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        So you think Heaven is like Boston, do you? (Original Pen & Ink Illustration)

      1891. First Edition. This work was originally published in the August 13, 1891 issue of Life (a copy of which in original wrappers is included). The drawing is a prime example of the artist's early style and wry wit. The detail is exquisite: the spotted dress richly folded, the Chippendale chairs finely turned. The face of the staid prelate shines with pomade that might have been better applied to his brow. His jutting nose and chin, rendered larger by the smallness of his eyes, are nicely balanced by his enormous ear. Signed boldly by Gibson. 412 x 435 mm; 16¼ x 17 . Paper slightly discolored, with offsetting from original mat and mounting residue along upper and lower registers.

      [Bookseller: Artisan Books & Bindery ABAA/ILAB]
 8.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Autograph letter signed ("G Verdi").

      Milano, 10. II. 1891. - Large 8vo. 1 page on bifolium. With original autogr. envelope. To Giuseppe de Amicis, Verdi's business agent in Genoa. In his amicable letter Verdi lets him know that he and Peppina (i. e. his second wife Giuseppina Strepponi, 1815-1897) arrived on time and happily in Milano the day before. "Ho dimenticato di dire a miei domestici di mandare qui le mie lettere e quali di Peppina" ("I have forgotten to tell my servants to send my letters and the ones for Peppina here"). - Verdi hopes that it will not cause any inconvenience to De Amicis to tell the servants to send the letters (and only the letters) to Hotel Milan in Milano. Verdi ends his letter by apologizing, by greeting De Amicis also from Peppina's side and by assuring him of his affection. - On headed paper of the Grand Hotel de Milan; slightly browned and wrinkled.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
 9.   Check availability:     IberLibro     Link/Print  

        Flowers of the Engadine. Drawn from nature.

      Winchester, printed for the author by Warren and son, 1891, - gr. in-4to, 4 leaves (halftitle + title + preface + abbrev.) + 22 p. + 6 leaves (index of latin names) + 224 beautiful handcoloured lithographic plates of the flowers + 2 white leaves, in good condition, ex-libris without name (basket with flowers), original illustrated cloth binding with gilt flower on first cover, some traces of use to the binding, Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. Nissen 823. - A very charming and beautiful handcoloured flora of this region of Switzerland, inside a mint copy. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Harteveld Rare Books Ltd.]
 10.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  


      Wismar: Hinstorff'sche Hofbuchhandlung Verlagsconto, 1891.. Small octavo, pp. [1-4] 1-212, rebound in cloth-backed boards with original front paper wrapper affixed to the front panel. First edition. "An experiment in suspended animation goes wrong and the experimenter awakens in Bellamy's world. Despite his previous interest in Bellamy's program, he rapidly becomes disillusioned upon seeing its realization. The idealistic situation described in Bellamy is simply not true, and, rather than improving the lot of man, this new socialist state has restricted him even more. He has lost his liberty: 'Though society alone is ruler he is still a slave because he has not free will, free decision, free movement.' The arguments are, as Parrington (American Dreams, 1947), points out, 'the conventional arguments against socialism;' but as Parrington goes on to note, this is 'the most rational of the satires aimed at LOOKING BACKWARD.'" - Lewis, Utopian Literature, pp. 209-10. "It is probably the best critique of Bellamy from an economic point of view." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2383. Translated into English as MR. EAST'S EXPERIENCES IN MR. BELLAMY'S WORLD: RECORDS OF THE YEARS 2001 AND 2002 (1891). Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1193. Bleiler (1978), p. 208. Reginald 15311. Kretzmann, The Pre-War German Utopian Novel (1890-1914), Ph.D. diss., Brown University, May, 1936, pp. 65, 216. Lexikon 1, p. 274. Bloch (2002) 3400. Not in Nagl. A very good copy. A rare book. (#134668)

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
 11.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        The Physics of the Earth's Crust - Second Edition, Revised

      London / New York: Macmillan & Co. Ltd. (1889), 1891. Second Edition, With Appendix. Blue Cloth. Near Fine. 360 Pp, Title Page Indicates Second Edition, Dated 1889; This The Enlarged 1891 Issue, With 60 Pp Appendix At End, New Title Page Dated 1891. Second And Best Edition, With The 1891 Appendix, As Issued 1891. Fisher Described The Mechanism Of Plate Tectonics In 1881, Ascribing It To Convection Currents In The Earth's Molten Interior. This Work On Continental Drift Went Unnoticed Or Ridiculed, But Was More Consistent With Modern Science Than The Criticisms Of His Work. An Unopened Copy [Pages Still Attached Along Top Edge]. Black Endpapers Immaculate, Binding Firm, No Names Or Marks. Very Scarce.

      [Bookseller: Arroyo Seco Books]
 12.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Poems: Second Series.

      Roberts Brothers 1891 - Dickinson, Emily. Poems: Second Series. Edited by two of her friends. T.W. Higginson and Mabel Lewis Todd. Boston: Roberts Brothers 1891. 1st Edition. 7 x 5. [1], 4-230 pp. Original beveled green cloth, gilt lettering a floral design. Top edge gilt. Spine lettering and design faded but legible. Light wear to corner tips and spine ends. Binding tight, contents clean. Very Good copy. BAL 4656. Rare. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Holly Books]
 13.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        Cours-Tabellen der Berliner Fonds-Börse: Zusammenstelung der monatlichen und jährlichen Höchsten, Niedrigsten und Letzten Course an der Berliner Börse gehandelten Werthpapieren, Sorten und Wechseln. (KONVOLUT aus 7 Bänden) - Jg. 3 (1981) - Jg. 8 (1896)/ Jg. 10 (1898).

      Alfred Neumann; 1891 - 1898. - Die hier angebotenen Bände stammen aus einer aufgelösten Bibliothek und tragen die entsprechenden Kennzeichnungen (Rückenschild, Instituts-Stempel.). Schnitt und Einband sind staubschmutzig/ berieben; Papier altersbedingt nachgedunkelt; 8ter Jahrgang ohne Einband; der Zustand ist ansonsten dem Alter entsprechend gut; KOMPLETTPREIS für 7 Bände; bei Versand ins Ausland erfragen Sie bitte zuerst die Versandkosten; Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 2200 [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Petra Gros]
 14.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  

        Cours-Tabellen der Berliner Fonds-Börse: Zusammenstelung der monatlichen und jährlichen Höchsten, Niedrigsten und Letzten Course an der Berliner Börse gehandelten Werthpapieren, Sorten und Wechseln... (KONVOLUT aus 7 Bänden) - Jg. 3 (1981) - Jg. 8 (1896)/ Jg. 10 (1898).

      Alfred Neumann; 1891 - 1898. gebundene Ausgabe/ broschiert, Die hier angebotenen Bände stammen aus einer aufgelösten Bibliothek und tragen die entsprechenden Kennzeichnungen (Rückenschild, Instituts-Stempel...). Schnitt und Einband sind staubschmutzig/ berieben; Papier altersbedingt nachgedunkelt; 8ter Jahrgang ohne Einband; der Zustand ist ansonsten dem Alter entsprechend gut; KOMPLETTPREIS für 7 Bände; bei Versand ins Ausland erfragen Sie bitte zuerst die Versandkosten; Versandkostenfreie Lieferung mfb

      [Bookseller: Petra Gros]
 15.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        El cazador de pajaros. Condiciones que han de reunir las aves menores de jaula y los diferentes medios que se emplean para cazarlas con breves noticias de la cetreria y monteria

      Librería de los Hijos de D. J. Cuesta, Madrid 1891 - rústica original ilustrada con pequeñas pérdidas, en general buena conservación grabaditos de cenefas, aves y otros animales en el texto. . 48 págs.

 16.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        Jahrbuch der Einbandkunst, 1. Jahrgang, 1927

      mit zahlreichen Abbildungen auf Tafeln sowie weitere Abbildungen im Text, XII, 253 Seiten, 21x31, braunes O Ldr mit farbiger Art-Deco Ornamentik auf der vorderen Buchdecke sowie geprägter Rückenbeschriftung und Kopf-Farbschnitt, die Buchdecken der Original-Broschur wurden mit eingebunden, SEHR SCHÖNER GANZLEDER-HANDEINBAND mit farbigen Art-Deco Vorsatzpapieren, von Fritz Kliesing (*1891 in Bonn, + 1941in Bonn), Buchbindemeister in Krefeld - Einband von höchster handwerklicher Güte mit Beiträgen über alte Einbandkunst von Dr. Alexander Birkenmajer, Adolf Rhein, Dr. Heinrich Endres, Dr. Adolf Schmidt, Dr. Max Josef Husung, Dr. Ilse Schunke, Hofrat Dr. Ferdinand Eichler, Prof. Dr. Konrad Haubler u.a. sowie über neue Einbandkunst von Otto Pfaff, Hugo Steiner-Prag, Elisebath Kner, Hermann Nitz, Ernest Valenta u. a., innen stellenweise etwas fleckig und vereinzelt etwas gewellt

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat im Baldreit]
 17.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        Liebig-Bilder-Serie: ( Véritable Extrait de Viande Liebig ): Sanguinetti-Nummer 318: Friand Pierrot.

      ( Liebig-Bilder-Serie in Chromolithographie gedruckt, teils unter Verwendung von Gold und Silber. Bildgröße 10 x 7 cm: Katalognummer und Erscheinungsjahr nach dem Katalog von Sanguinetti ermittelt: Serie in französischer Sprache ): Hier die Serie Nummer 318: " Friand Pierrot " aus dem Jahrgang 1891. ( Diese Serie ist nur in Frankreich erschienen / italienischer Titel hierzu: " Malattia di Pierrot " ). Gezeigt werden: " Pierrot domestique a la funeste habitude de gouter aux liqueurs de son maitre. / Colombine pour le guerir, met une boutteille en evidence. / La bouteille contenait un fort purgatif. Pierrot lavale sans sen apercevoir. / Leffet nest pas long a se produire. / Le medicin appele declare le cas tres grave. / Pierrot pour se guerir, jure de na plus boire que du bouillon Liebig. " Zusammen 6 Bilder mit teils geringen Gebrauchsspuren ( im weißen Außenrand gering fleckig, wenige Ecken gering bestoßen ). Insgesamt guter Zustand. - sehr selten - ( Pic erhältlich / webimage available )

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Friederichsen]
 18.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        Croonian lecture. On the mammalian nervous system, its functions, and their localisation determined by an electrical method

      London: published for the Royal Society by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1891. First published edition being an offprint from the Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 182 (1891). B, pp. 267-526; 4to, 7 plates, illus. and tables in text; bound without wrappers in contemporary green cloth-backed marbled boards, gilt-lettered direct on spine; first two leaves a little browned, old ink annotation on title-p., all else very good. Garrison-Morton 1420.1: "Gotch and Horsley showed that electric currents are produced in the mammalian brain, and they recorded them with the string galvanometer of the capillary electrometer. Their work led eventually to the development of the electroencephalograph."

      [Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books]
 19.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      San Francisco: E. L. G. Steele, 1891.. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-300 [301-304: blank] [note: penultimate leaf is a blank; final leaf excised; fly leaf precedes title leaf], original brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. Classic collection of short fiction including "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Bierce's best known story. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 1-13. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-7. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 162. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 073. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 33-4. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1436-40. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-23. Bleiler (1978), p. 23. Reginald 01265. Wright (III) 525. BAL 1109 (binding variant A). Starrett 8. Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 1664-1970 252. Touch of shelf wear at spine ends and corners, very faint stains to rear cover, some foxing to endpapers and flyleaf, a, bright very good copy. A nice copy of this book. (#147354)

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc. ]
 20.   Check availability:     ABAA     Link/Print  

        Unser Deutsches Land und Volk. Vaterländische Bilder aus Natur, Geschichte, Industrie und Volksleben des Deutschen Reiches. Zweite, gänzlich umgestaltete Auflage. - [11 Bände].

      11 Bände. - Band 1: Bilder aus den deutschen Alpen, dem Alpenvorlande und aus Oberbayern. Band 2: Bilder aus der Schwäbisch-Bayerischen Hochfläche, den Neckar- und Maingegenden. Band 3: Bilder aus den neuen Reichslanden und aus dem südwestlichen Deutschland. Band 4: Bilder aus der Landschaft des Mittelrheins. Band 5: Bilder von Niederrhein. Band 6: Bilder aus dem westlichen Mitteldeutschland. Band 7: Bilder aus dem sächsischen Berglande, der Oberrlausitz und den Ebenen an der Elbe, Elster und Saale. Band 8: Bilder aus dem Gebirge und Berglande von Schlesien und den Ebenen in Posten von der Oder bis zur Weichsel. Band 9: Bilder aus der Mark Brandenburg vornehmlich der Reichshauptstadt. Band 10: Bilder von den deutschen Nordseeküsten und aus dem westlichen Tiefland. Band 11: Bilder aus den deutschen Küstenländern der Ostsee. - Es fehlt der 1891 erschienene 12. Band (Richter: Vaterlandskunde). - Etwas berieben und bestoßen, die vorderen fliegenden Vorsätze teils mit montierten Reihentiteln. Erste und letzte Seiten teils gering fleckig. Sonst und insgesamt gute Exemplare.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Tautenhahn]
 21.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        Fine and Rare Photograph Signed, 7 X 4.5 inches, 1891

      - This handsome Falk cabinet portrait of Henry Rider Haggard known as H. Rider Haggard is boldly signed in fountain pen and dated, "Sincerely yours H. Rider Haggard 1891." He draws an attractive paraph under both his name and the date. By the time he signed our photograph, Haggard had established himself as the popular adventure writer and creator of Allan Quartermain. The next year, 1892, his novel "Nada the Lily" would be published. The Falk name and address are printed in orange with the same color used in the fine border line. The overall tone of the photograph is a more inviting sepia than shown in the accompanying image. Condition: Adhesion marks to the reverse, slight chip to lower right corner, otherwise fine. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Schulson Autographs, Ltd.]
 22.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        Fest-Zeitung (Offizielles Organ zum XII. Verbandsschießen des Badischen Landesschützenvereins, des Pfälzischen und Mittelrheinischen Schützenbundes vom 12. Juli bis 19. Juli 1891 in Karlsruhe (Baden) 1. Ausgabe

      Karlsruhe, Macklotsche Buchhandlung und Buchdruckerei, 1891. Der Band umfaßt alle 9 Ausgaben (Nr. 1-9 v. 9. Juli bis 24. Oktober 1891) die zum XII. Verbandsschießen erschienen waren (Im letzten u.a. die Bekanntgabe aller Preise und Gewinner) /// Dem Festausschuß gehörten Prominente Karlsruher Bürger an u.a. Heinrich Vierordt, Wilhelm Döring, Alexander von Sybel, Heinrich Knittel, Graf von Douglas (Besitzer des Douglasschen Palais in Gondelsheim), Dr. Bürklin (Intendant des Hoftheaters), Friedrich von Preen (Stadtdirektor), W. Lauter (Oberbürgermeister), Schnetzler (Bürgermeister)..... eingebunden auch ein Plan der Stadt Karlsruhe, schöne ganzseitige Abbildungen der Firma Wolff & Sohn Bierhalle der Brauerei Moninger auf dem Festplatz, Bierbrauerei A. Printz... //////// Schützen, Schützenverein, Schießen

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Eppler]
 23.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        Voyages Chez les Lepreux .

      1891. Ed. Ed. G. Masson. 1891 - . . . 1 Vol. . 406 pp. pp. Cuarto. Media Piel. Literatura Universal (Francesa) . Buen estado general.

      [Bookseller: Librería Anticuaria Astarloa]
 24.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  

        The Flowers of Japan and the Art of Floral Arrangement

      Tokio - Hakubunsha, Ginza, Kelly and Walsh Ltd. et al, 1891 Book. Hardcover. First edition.. A beautifully illustrated work on Japanese flowers. With fifty four plates throughout, several in colour. The illustrations are by Japanese artists and depict beautiful garden scenes. The first edition of this extremely scarce work. The first edition is especially difficult to locate. Written by Josiah Conder, a professor of architecture and architect to the Imperial Japanese Government. Conder designed many public buildings in Japan and was nicknamed the 'Father of Japanese modern architecture'. Condition: In original paper wraps with a cloth backstrip. Front wrap has detached but is present. Cloth is faded and very rubbed with a lot of loss due to rubbing. Rear wrap has several chips and is spotted. 'With the author's compliments' inscription to the half title page. Internally, binding to this work is tender, with some loosening in places. Rope binding is only in pages 27 onwards and is slowly coming apart. Pages are bright. Small amount of worming to the bottom of gutter affecting plates III-IV only slightly at edges but not to the image. Small worming hole to the top edge of plates VII and VIII. The odd spot throughout. Overall:GOOD due to binding..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
 25.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      London, Glasgow, Manchester, and New York: George Routledge and Sons, Limited, 1891.. 16mo, pp. [1-6] [1] 2-148 [149-154: ads], original decorated blue cloth, front panel stamped in black and brown, spine panel stamped in brown and gold, rear panel stamped in brown, yellow coated endpapers. First edition. "Science fiction story of the year 1900, of a plague that wipes out much of the British population, and of a mysterious storm which eliminates the scourge." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 119. "Fanatical socialist spreads the germs of a plague in London. Eventually an ideal state emerges." - Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 17. This shilling shocker (issued in paper wrappers and this hardbound version) is Hume's most imaginative SF novel and is among his scarcest books. Blackford, et al., Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction, p. 226. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1141. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 119. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 598. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 45. Bleiler (1978), p. 105. Reginald 07604. Not in Lewis or Sargent. Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks & Paperbacks, 1849-1905 I, p. 413. Not in Wolff. Cloth rubbed at edges, mainly spine ends and corner tips, a very good copy. (#147221)

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
 26.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        From the Darkness of Africa to the Light of America The Story of an African Prince

      Boston: Frank Wood, Printer. 1891. First. First edition. 160pp., half-tone portrait of the author. Neat owner's name, a trifle spotted on the front board else a fine and bright copy. Interesting and scarce memoirs of the son of a king born in Upper Guinea, educated by missionaries and sent to America to complete his studies. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
 27.   Check availability:     IOBABooks     Link/Print  

        The Nursery "Alice".

      London: Macmillan and Co., 1889 [1891] - Tall octavo. Original cream cloth-backed cream glazed pictorial boards, title to front cover red and black. A little wear to extremities, light foxing to endpapers, boards toned and slightly soiled, a minor loss to lower fore corner; a very good copy. Colour frontispiece with tissue-guard, 19 colour illustrations after John Tenniel. First edition, second issue ("The People's edition"), priced at two shillings on the title page. The original printing of this condensed version of Alice for younger readers was discarded by Dodgson in much the same way as its 1865 predecessor. Dodgson rejected the entire first edition of 10,000 copies in 1889, which was printed on toned paper, on the grounds that the pictures were "far too bright and gaudy". The first 4,000 rejected sheets were sent to America for publication under the imprint of Macmillan & Co. of New York, and a second edition of 10,000 copies was prepared for the UK in 1890. The most notable alteration in the second editions was the printing of the sheets on white rather than toned paper and the altered illustration of Alice and the Cheshire Cat on p. 34, removing Alice's profile. After the publication of the second edition, the remainder of the first printing sheets, retaining the original illustration of Alice and the Cheshire Cat on p. 34, were bound up to form the "People's Edition" of 1891, priced at two shillings, as in this copy. In 1896 copies of this issue were withdrawn from sale and offered to hospitals. Uncommon thus, with only five copies traced at auction: copies are overwhelmingly met in the second edition. Williams–Madan–Green–Crutch 215c. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
 28.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  

        Gesammelte Romane und Novellen. 12 Bände. Mit Fotoporträt von Schaarwächter. Blaue Orig.-Leinenbde mit reicher Deckelvergoldung (gering berieben; signiert Gustav Fritsche, Leipzig-Berlin).

      Berlin, Deutsches Verlagshaus (Emil Dominik) und Fontane & Co., (1890)-1891. - Seltene erste Werkausgabe, nach dem mutigen Verleger "Dominik-Ausgabe" genannt. Noch während des Erscheinens wurde das Projekt vom Sohn des Dichters verlegerisch übernommen (Bände X-XII). Die Bände 1-4 in der fast gleichzeitig erschienenen zweiten Auflage. – Minimal berieben. Schönes Exemplar in den Einbänden der Leipziger Meisterwerkstatt. – Wilpert-G. 30. Wandrey S. 400. Schobeß 44.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Wolfgang Braecklein]
 29.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  


      Wien, k.k. Hof- u. Staatsdruckerei. - Jg. 1891, 1894-1898, 1900-1917. 4°. In zus. 85 Hldr.-Bdn. d. Zt. u. 1 HLn.-Bd. Gewicht in Gramm: 15000 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Burgverlag]
 30.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  

        Cabinet card photograph of two Native American soldiers assigned to Troop L, 7th Cavalry Regiment

      Winfield, Kansas, 1891. Very good. Photograph is approximately 3 7/8" x 5 5/8"; card is 4 1/4" x 6 1/2". The image shows Native American cavalry troopers in uniform with sabers. Both wear kepis with Troop L, 7th Cavalry Regiment cap devices. The reverse of card is annotated in pencil, "The Indians attended college and were members of the U.S. Army." Nice image. Minor soiling. Recognizing the success of Indian Scouts that had been formally assigned to U.S. Army units since the 1860s, in 1891 Native Americans were allowed to enlist as full-fledged, egular cavalry troopers. Initial training was conducted at Fort Riley, Kansas, and three units were formed: one at Fort Custer in Montana, one at Fort Wingate in Arizona, and one (Troop L, 7th Cavalry) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Troop L was manned with Comanches, Kiowas, Apaches, and Arapahos. Although the units never engaged in any combat actions, all participated in security missions so include the escort of paymasters. The Army Inspector General noted in one report that the commander of Troop L, "1st Lieutenant H. L. Scott . . . is an expert in all that pertains to Indians, and through his familiarity with their character, and his ability to deal with them without the aid of an interpreter he has attained the most satisfactory results." David Rodocker first opened a studio in Winfield, Kansas in 1871 and traveled throughout the west taking photos in 1877, 1880, and from 1887 to 1894. Very scarce. As of 2017, only one other image of a uniformed Native American cavalry trooper found in auction records (Cowan Western & Historic Americana, 6-7 Dec 2007). None in the trade; none listed at OCLC.

      [Bookseller: Read 'Em Again Books, ABAA]
 31.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Mémoires de Madame de Staal

      Conquet, Paris 1891 - Un volume in-8, plein maroquin bleu marine à la bradel, dos lisse très orné, titre et date dorés, couvertures conservées, toutes tranches dorées, étui. Reliure légèrement postérieure d'Albert Farez. [4], xxviii, 387, [4] pages. Belle édition imprimée avec les caractères elzéviriens des mémoires de Mme de Staal, illustrée de 30 gravures (15 en-têtes et 15 culs-de-lampe) par le peintre Charles Delort (1841-1895). L'un des 200 exemplaires de grand choix, imprimé sur Japon impérial avec un seul état des gravures et 2 vignettes supplémentaires (sur la couverture et sur la page de titre). Exemplaire en outre enrichi du spécimen relié in fine et d'une épreuve sans la lettre d'une gravure (sans doute refusée car ne figurant pas dans l'ouvrage), tirée sur vélin à la cuve page 323. Superbe exemplaire remarquablement relié. /// One volume, 8vo, full dark blue morocco, smooth gilt-ornate gilt-lettered spine, all edges gilt, original wrappers bound in. Slight later binding by Albert Forez. Very nice edition illustrated with 30 engraved head and tail pieces by Charles Delort (French painter, 1841-1895). One of the 200 deluxe copies printed on Japanese vellum, enriched with one extra engraving in a gorgeous binding. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Le Scriptorium d'Albi]
 32.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  


      Berlin: Verlag "Fortschritt" Aktiengesellschaft, November 1891.. Octavo, pp. [1-2] 1-48, original green wrappers printed in black. First edition, first printing. A variant issue with a title/contents leaf added, but still dated November 1891 on the front cover and the title page. This anti-Bellamy anti-utopia satire, written by the most famous German liberal politician of the Bismarck era, was a bestseller in the years before World War I. Richter describes an initially enthusiastic response to a Social Democrat victory in Berlin and the subsequent transformation of society (nationalization, resolution of the family, creation of social equality, the organization of work and consumption) in the form of a fictional diary which records the experiences a family whose fortune is destroyed by arbitrary state power. "Richter's anti-utopia was widely circulated: a quarter of a million copies were printed between 1891 and 1893; it was serialized in over forty bourgeois newspapers, and certain trade and agrarian groups arranged for its distribution in pamphlet form among the workers ... Richter's anti-utopia figured in and perhaps helped inspire the 'Zukunftsstaat' debate which took place in the Reichstag in February, 1893." - William S. Lewis, Catastrophist/Eschatological Motifs in German Speculative Fiction, 1895-1925, p. 28. First published in English in 1893 as PICTURES OF THE SOCIALISTIC FUTURE (FREELY ADAPTED FROM BEBEL). Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 20. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 164. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 183. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 972. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 54. Bleiler (1978), p. 167. Reginald 12235. Bloch (2002) 2573. Kretzmann, The Pre-War German Utopian Novel (1890-1914), Ph.D. diss., Brown University, May, 1936, pp. 76-8, 214. Lexikon I, pp. 219-20. Rear cover missing, front cover tanned, printed on pulpy paper, internally very good. Rare. (#152282)

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
 33.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      San Francisco: E. L. G. Steele, 1891.. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-300 [301-304: blank] [note: penultimate leaf is a blank; final leaf excised; fly leaf precedes title leaf], original gray cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. Classic collection of short fiction including "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Bierce's best known story. Stories "reminiscent of Poe's tales of horror and marked by an ingenious use of the surprise ending, a sardonic humor, and a realistic study of tense emotional states" (OCAL). Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 1-13. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-7. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 162. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 073. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 33-4. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1436-40. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-23. Bleiler (1978), p. 23. Reginald 01265. Wright (III) 525. BAL 1109 (binding variant A). Starrett 8. Grolier American 100: 94. Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 1664-1970 252. Cloth mildly rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, some moderate soiling, a very good to nearly fine copy. (#154585)

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
 34.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      New York: Lovell, Coryell & Company, 43, 45 and 47 East 10th Street, [1891, i.e. July 1892].. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-3] 4-199 [200: blank] [201-206: ads], original decorated gray-green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in dark green. First U.S. edition, first printing. Issued in cloth and in paper wrappers as "Belmore Series," number 5, July 1892, at 50¢, this being one of the clothbound copies. Collects "The Doings of Raffles Haw" and two stories featuring Sherlock Holmes, "The Red-Headed League" and "The Boscombe Valley Mystery," the first appearance of these stories in a book. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-353. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 607. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 71. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 43. Bleiler (1978), p. 63. See Reginald 04491 and 04492. Green and Gibson A9a. Cloth rubbed at spine ends and corners, several small stains to front cover, a very good copy. This first printing is scarce. (#153320)

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
 35.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      London: Digby, Long & Co., Publishers, 18 Bouverie Street, Fleet Street, E.C., n.d. [1891?].. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [1-2] 3-220 [1] 2-7 [8]: ads, original green bevel-edged cloth, front cover stamped in black, spine panel stamped in gold, publisher's monogram stamped in black on rear panel, top and fore edge untrimmed, floral patterned endpapers. First edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Brown on the half title page. "Borderline science fiction, told essentially as a mystery story with supernatural trappings. Henry Francis has disappeared, but his ghost has been seen, notably by his girl friend. The solution to the mystery lies in experiments conducted by the hermit scientist Flint, who has been using vibrations to to disintegrate and transmit matter. Francis, thus, has been disintegrated. The problem with the process is that although the body can be reintegrated by physical means, the spirit may be lacking. Attempts are made to communicate with Henry through Spiritualist mediums. Crude, sensational stuff." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1545. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 161. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 46. Bleiler, p. 143. Reginald 01963. Cloth rubbed at edges, a very good copy. A very scarce book. (#154659)

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
 36.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        ELOQUENT SILENCE - Alma-Tadema, 1891.

      ELOQUENT SILENCEStaalgravure vervaardigd door P.J. Arendsen in 1891 naar het schilderij van Lourens Alma-Tadema (Opus CCCI). Gesigneerd met potlood door Alma-Tadema en Arendsen. In de tijd met de hand gekleurd. H x B: 42 x 34 cm.Afgebeeld is een Griekse dame die op het punt staat zich te verloven, ware het niet dat haar geliefde treuzelt en haar nog steeds niet ten huwelijk heeft gevraagd.Hoewel het misschien een triviaal onderwerp is, was deze periode van prille ongemakkelijke liefde van belang in Alma-Tadema?s oeuvre en kiest hij ook in dit werk een alledaagse sc?ne, een petite histoire. In zijn visie bestond het leven niet zozeer uit grootse gebeurtenissen, maar uit de gewone relaties tussen mensen.Prijs: ? 1.650,- (incl. lijst).

      [Bookseller: Inter-Antiquariaat MEFFERDT & DE JONGE]
 37.   Check availability:     NVvA     Link/Print  

        Principles of Chemistry

      1891. First Edition . MENDELEEV, Dmitrii. The Principles of Chemistry. London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1891. Two volumes. Octavo, original maroon cloth. $3200.First edition in English of Mendeleev's landmark chemistry textbook, providing the basis of the Periodic Law, with numerous in-text illustrations and diagrams, in original cloth.Mendeleev, already a renowned chemist, was appointed the chair of the chemistry department at the University of St. Petersburg in 1867. Unable to find a proper text for his students, he decided to write his own. ""He derived his basic plan for his book from Gerhardt's theory of types, whereby elements were grouped by valence in relation to hydrogen. The typical elements hydrogen (1), oxygen (2), nitrogen (3), and carbon (4), were listed first, followed, in the same order, by the halogens (1) and alkali metals (1)… Mendeleev's work towards [The Principles of Chemistry] led him to the periodic law, which he formulated in March 1869: 'Elements placed according to the value of their atomic weights present a clear periodicity of properties"" (DSB, 288). Based on this work Mendeleev was able to compose the first periodic table (as shown in the preface to Volume I), which remains strikingly similar to the first modern periodic table, devised by Moseley in 1914 (see PMM 407). Mendeleev was able to successfully predict the discovery of as yet undiscovered elements that would fit in according to his law, as demonstrated by the specific gaps he left in his table. First published in Russian in 1868, the English edition is based on the fifth Russian edition. ""The periodic law is the focus of the work; beginning with the third edition it is more prominent because it had been verified experimentally. Mendeleev rewrote each edition, including all new scientific data-particularly confirmations of the periodic law-and reanalyzing difficulties that had arisen to hinder its confirmation (inert gases, radioactivity, radioactive and rare-earth elements)"" (DSB, 293). Horblit 74. Norman 1493. Contemporary prize bookplates.Light foxing mainly to margins and edges of text blocks, original cloth handsome. A near-fine copy.

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
 38.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        RAT'S PLAINT

      1891. Good. [Crepe Paper Book] THE RAT'S PLAINT. Tokyo: Published by T. Hasegawa, 10, Hiyoshi-cho, Meiji 24 [1891]. An oblong volume, 15.5 x 18.9 cm, bound with two ribbon ties. [32] pp., including covers. This color woodblock- printed fairy tale out of China, translated by Archibald Little, is one of the scarcer of the Hasegawa productions, particularly this, the first edition of the title, which is usually found as a second edition. Good impressions and colors. The covers are a bit spotted on the back and rubbed on the front with a bit of darkening internally, but still and all a nice copy of an unusual production.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
 39.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Trenton Illustrated [photo Book] LBC

      Trenton, NJ: H R Page. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1891. Hardcover. Photographs; TRENTON ILLUSTRATED by Ellwood Parsons Robbins was published by H. R. Page & Co. In 1891. Part of binding crudely sewn. Lacking spine, boards detached, some plates out of order. It includes historic photographs of Trenton, including buildings, streets, parks and scenic views. Courtesy of The Trenton Library it contains- Cover Page (page 1) Deaf and Dumb Asylum (page 2) Introduction (includes a photograph of a Scene on the Delaware) (page3) Scene on the Assanpink Creek (page 16) State Capitol (page 17) State Asylum (page 18) Scene at Interstate Fairgrounds (page 19) View in Greenwood Cemetary (page 20) Scene at State Asylum Grounds (page 21) P & R R. R. Station (page 22) Model School (page 23) Scene on Greenwood Avenue (page 24) Fourth Presbyterian Church (page 25) D & B B R. R. Co. Bridge (page 26) The State Normal School (page 27) Scene on the Delaware (page 28) Warren Street From State (page 29) Union Library Co. (page 30) Scenes on North Clinton Avenue (page 31) McClellan Monument (page 32) Swamp Angel and Scene on Chestnut Street (page 33) Third Presybyterian Church (page 34) North Broad From State (page 35) New Building State Asylum (page 36) Scene on the Assanpink Creek near Monmouth Street (page 37) Scene on the Assanpink Creek from Monmouth Street Bridge (page 38) State Industrial School for Girls (page 39) Bethany Presbyterian Church andFirst Baptist Church (page 40) Post Office (page 41) Masonic Temple (page 42) Scene on the Assanpink Creek (page 43) Church of the Sacred Heart (page 44) Scene on Hanover Street (page 45) Scene in Riverview Cemetery (page 46) City Hall (page 47) Scene at the Dam (page 48) The Real Estate Safe Deposit Trust and Investment Co. Building (page 49) View on S. Broad Street (page 50) Prospect Street Presbyterian Church (page 51) State Prison (page 52) Scene in Cadwalader Park (page 53) The John A. Roebling School and Centennial School (page 54) View in Broad Street Park – The Lake (page 55) Saint Francis Hospital (page 56) Scene on E. State Street from Clinton Avenue (page 57) Forst-Rickey Building (page 58) High Bridge in Broad Street Park (page 59) se (page 60) Entrance to Cadwalader Park (page 61) The Lady of Lourdes Church (page 62) The Willets Mfg. Co. (page 63) Chambers Street Bridge (page 64) View on Canal from Perry Street (page 65) Scene in Broad Street Park (page 66) Looking South on N. Broad Street from Perry (page 67) Trenton Battle Monument (page 68) St. Mary's Cathedral (page 69) Scene on the Delaware (page 70) Scene on West State Street and Prospect Street (page 71) Scene on State Street and Hicksite Friend Church (page 72) The Mansion at Cadwalader Park (page 73) The Union Industrial School (page 74) Scene in Cadwalader Park (page 75) Residence of Abraham Hunt, Headquarters, Assanpink Bridge andthe Triumphal Arch of 1789 and the Douglas House (page 76) Scene on the Canal at Cadwalader Park (page 77) Scene on the Delaware Bridge (page 78) First Presbyterian Church (page 79) Maddock & Sons Pottery Building (page 80) View on the Assanpink Creek (page 81) Scene on Greenwood Avenue (page 82) Residence of S. P. Dunham and Scene on Bellevue Avenue (page 83) Trenton Country Club and Scene on West State St. (page 84) Scenes on West State Street (page 85) Residence of Washington A. Roebling and Residence of Charles G Roebling (page 86) State Capitol (page 87) Residence of William Woodhouse Residence of Cola C. Oliphant (page 88) Scene on Hamilton Avenue and Scene on West State Street (page 89) Scene on Berkeley Avenue and Scene on West State Street (page 90) Calhoun Street Bridge (page 91) Trenton from the River (page 92) State Street Looking West from Broad (page 93) Part of the Old Barracks (page 94). This volume is lacking plates identified as pages 82 to 90, it also has tne plate titled County Court House which is not in the reference copy. It appears that there may also be a copy in the Rutgers library as well as the NJ State Library in Trenton.; 14 .

      [Bookseller: poor mans books]
 40.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan.

      London: John Murray,, 1891. Including a Summer in the Upper Karun Region and a Visit to the Nestorian Rayahs. By Mrs. Bishop (Isabella L. Bird). 2 volumes, octavo (204 x 130 mm). Original light blue cloth, spines lettered in gilt, front boards decoratively stamped in blue with titles and concentric frames gilt, patterned endpapers, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Photographic frontispiece to vol. 1, 12 engraved plates including the frontispiece to vol. 2, engravings to the text. Bookplate of Francis Gray Smart (1844–1912, physician and pioneer of homeopathy) to front pastedowns. Tips bumped, trivial mark to vol. 1 spine, superficial splits to vol. 1 inner hinge and to head of vol. 2 front joint. An excellent copy. First edition of one of the most important English accounts of Persia in the 19th century (Wright, The English Amongst the Persians, p. 149), by "the most notable woman traveller of her time" (ODNB). "The archetypal Victorian Lady Traveller … Isabella Bird did not begin her travelling career until quite late in life … for until she was forty she was occupied as the family spinster in caring for her parents" (Robinson). For health reasons she sailed for Australia, New Zealand the Sandwich Islands, then visiting in China and Japan. Following a trip to India in 1879, Bird landed at Basra on 1 January 1880 intending "to ride across little known parts of Turkey and Persia, to visit Christian outposts and the ancient communities of the Armenians and Nestorians in Kurdistan. She fell in with Major Herbert Sawyer of the Indian army. Her reputation as a traveller must have preceded her, for the tough officer of thirty-eight agreed to set off with the widow of sixty (said to be in poor health). On 21 January 1890 they left Baghdad for Tehran on the roughest journey in her experience. It took them forty-five days, through driving and drifting snow, sheltering at night in overcrowded and filthy caravanserai. So impressed was Sawyer with his companion's courage and efficiency that he took her with him on his official journey among the Bakhtiari tribespeople of south-west Persia" (ODNB). After Bird finished helping Sawyer with his survey work, she rode north for the Black Sea. Bird's obituary in The Guardian considered her account "in some respects … the best of her works, for both country and people and people are full of interest and variety, and her journey included a visit to some of the little-known Christian settlements in Syria, whose archaic ceremonies and and curious way of living she sympathetically describes". The year after publication Bird (1831–1904) became the first woman elected to the Royal Geographical Society.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
 41.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        A Ride to India. Across Persia and Baluchistan.

      London: Chapman and Hall, Limited, 1891 - Octavo. Original light blue cloth, spine lettered in silver, fire-dancer vignette to front board in black and copper, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Ownership inscription dated 1924 to front free endpaper, later bookplate completed in manuscript to front pastedown. Spine gently rolled, tips and spine-ends very lightly rubbed, front board faintly sunned along top edge, short (25 mm) closed tear to map at fold costing one letter, internally clean. An excellent copy with bright plates. Frontispiece, 11 plates and 10 illustrations to the text, all by Herbert Walker after the author, and a folding area map to the rear. First edition. In 1889 De Windt rode on horseback from Tbilisi to Bombay, travelling through Baku, Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Bushire, Baluchistan and Quetta. He served as aide-de-camp to his brother-in-law Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak, from 1876 to 1878, and also travelled widely across Russia, including a journey to Western Siberia in 1890 to inspect the region's prisons. Scarce in this condition. Wilson, Bibliography of Persia, p. 246. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
 42.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  


      Home     Wants Manager     Library Search     563 Years   Links     Contact      Search Help      Terms of Service      Privacy     

Copyright © 2019 viaLibri™ Limited. All rights reserved.