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        Etudes de M. A. Wauters [Sammelband von 9 Schriften].

      Bruxelles, 8°,18; 71; 40; 24; 25-127; 128-182; 25 S., 1 Falttafel; 8; 14; , Privat-HLwd. d. Zeit, Rückentitel golggeprägt., Min. berieben, minimal stockfleckig. «Style gothique et Style ogival». Henri Lamertin. 1893; Récherches sur l´histoire de l´école flamande de peinture avant et pedant la première moitié du XVe siècle. F. Hayez. 1883; Récherches sur l´histoire de l´école flamande de peinture. Les coxie & Théodore van Loon. F. Hayez. 1884; Récherches sur l´histoire de l´école flamande de peinture dans la seconde moitié du XVe siècle. première fascicule. F. Hayez. 1882 [zweimal beigebunden]; Récherches sur l´histoire de l´école flamande de peinture dans la seconde moitié du XVe siècle. deuxième fascicule. F. Hayez. 1882; Récherches sur l´histoire de l´école flamande de peinture dans la seconde moitié du XVe siècle. troisième fascicule. F. Hayez; Pièces relatives au Litige existant entré la ville de Bruxelles et la commune de Saint-josse-Ten-Noode au sujet de leurs limites respectives. J. Baertsoen. 1894; Quelques réflexions a propos de l´imitation de Jésus-Christ. F. Hayez. 1888; Classe des lettres. Académie royale de Belgique. 1884; Note en réponse aux critiques dont la table chronologique des chartes et diplomes a été l´objet. Henri Lamertin. 1893; Wauters. Alphonse. (1817-1898). belg. Historiker wurde 1842 Archivar der Stadt Brüssel. in deren Auftrag er 1861-92 öffentliche Geschichtsvorlesungen hielt. Empfing 1892 den Titel eines Honorarprofessors. Versand D: 20,00 EUR Kunst - Kunstgeschichte 19 Jht. Kunst - Kunstgeschichte, Gotik

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Peter Petrej]
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        Étude des perfectionnements apportés dans la culture et l'emploi des levures destinées à la production des boissons alcooliques

      1893 - de 89 et (5) pages Nancy, Imprimerie nancéienne, 1893, in-8, de 89 et (5) pages, exemplaire broché, sous papier cristal (dos avec manque), Exemplaire de Louis Pasteur, portant un envoi envoi autographe de l'auteur au célèbre biologiste. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Alain Brieux]
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        The Works of the Sisters Bronte: The Professor; Jane Eyre; Villette; Shirley; Tenant of Wildfell Hall; Agnes Grey; Wuthering Heights

      London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1893. Octavo, 12 volumes. One of 150 Large Paper Edition, this is number 19. Elegantly bound in three quarters morocco. Gilt titles and elaborate tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt marbled endpapers. Illustrated in each volume. In fine condition. A very attractive set.

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        Poems Dramatic and Lyrical by John Leicester Warren, Lord De Tabley.

      London & New York: Elkin Mathews & John Lane; Macmillan & Co, 1893. One of 100 special copies in a splendid full vellum & gilt Ricketts binding. One of 100 special copies on japanese vellum. 5 illustrations by Charles Ricketts plus a reproduction of the bookplate by William Bell Scott for the author. Pp. xiv, 213. 8vo., original full vellum elaborately decorated in gilt to a design by Charles Ricketts with his monogram in gilt. Very mild bowing to the boards as usual, a few small marks but generaly a very good copy. With the bookplates of Sir John Leslie of Glasnough Castle and his son Shane Leslie who has added an ink inscription "Shane Leslie, in Limerick, Jan 1946". Shane Leslie, cousin of Winston Churchill and from an important Anglo-Irish family, was a prolific writer and great advocate of Irish Home Rule. Lord De Tabley (1835-1895) was a very distinguished bibliophile, numismatist and botanist who achieved recognition with this collection of poems. Drinkwater wrote of him, after placing him in the second rank of poetry, "of the essential elements of poetry there is scarecely one which which he was not richly, very richly endowed..he perceived the world clearly and intensely as a poet...he had a great sense of diction and an almost phenomenal vocabulary, and his poetic temper was nobly sensitive to all thrilling and poignant beauty. And yet, for all his splendid qualities, his is not among the great names..never was there more exasperating genius".

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        The tale of King Florus and the Fair Jehane.

      [colophon: Hammersmith: Pr. by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press 12mo (15 cm, 5.9"). [4], 96, [2] pp.. 1893] Lovely example of a Kelmscott small-format press production: the first of a series of four medieval French romances both translated and printed by Morris, this one about the lovely and virtuous but cruelly defamed Jehane, who regains her good name by masquerading as her husband's squire. Morris printed a total of 365 copies, 350 of which were on paper, as is this example; the opening double-page spread features one of his unmistakable white-on-black grapevine borders, and the subsequent black-letter text is highlighted with decorative capitals and with subject headings printed in red. Binding: Stunning signed binding by Leonard Mounteney, exhibition finisher for Rivière & Son: full green levant morocco, covers and spine lavishly gilt-tooled with red morocco floral onlays. Board edges with gilt roll; inside, gilt dentelles and doublures of red watered silk. Top edge gilt. Uncut copy. Binding as above, spine slightly darkened with rubbing to raised bands; in later and thoroughly fresh marbled paper–covered slipcase. Original blue paper wrappers bound in. => A jewel to be treasured.

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        Hrsg. v. Otto Hupp. Jg. 1890, 1893, 1899 (15. Jg.) - 1932 (45. Jg.), 1934, 1935. Mit hunderten v. farb. Wappen gezeichn. v. O. Hupp mit ausführl. Erläuterungen zu den einz. Wappen.

      Mchn - 38 Hefte. schm.4°. farb. ill. OKtn. Jg. 1893 mit Fehlstellen am Hinterdeckel, 1899 u. 1900 mit Verletzung am Rücken, sonst von guter Erhaltung! Beiliegend: Ankündigung des 48. Jahrgangs 1932 mit rückseitigem Verzeichnis aller seit 1895 erschienenen Fürsten- und Adelswappen. (31,5 x 56 cm) 1.100 gr.

      [Bookseller: Klaus Schöneborn]
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        Hardenburg Mining Company Archive from Jackson, California

      Jackson, CA. Very Good. N.D.. Ephemera. 95 pieces in protective sleeves, in very good condition. This collection of receipts, letters, and other documents comes from the Hardenburg Mining Company in California's Gold Country, near the town of Jackson. Most have dates from 1893-1895. The business receipts include billheads from E. Ginocchio and Bro. General Merchandise, Garbarini Bros. Blacksmiths and Wagonmakers, the Amador County tax collector, the Amador Ledger, and G. W. Weller Dealer in Stoves and Tinware, Hardware, Cutlery, Crockery, Paints, Oils, Etc. , and more, recording purchases of everything from tires to shoes and Borax. A 1900 signed letter on personal letterhead is from John F. Davis, attorney and owner of the larger Esmeralda Mine. These papers contain a wealth of information on the daily expenses and conducted business of a gold mine in 19th century California. .

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        The Works of William Blake.

      3 vols. London: Quaritch, 1893. 3 vols., large 8vo, profusely illustrated. Original green cloth richly stamped in gilt, custom slipcases, the finest conceivable copy. First edition of one of the most influential works on Blake. “The enthusiasm and comprehensiveness of this work are of considerable historical importance” (Bentley 369, who cautions that the scholarly value of the work is at best uneven). The book is treasured by devotees of gilt-stamped bindings, of which this is a striking example.

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        Les Opinions de Monsieur Jérôme Coignard.

      Éditeur Calmann Lévy, Paris 1893, 1st ed. Elegantly bound uncut with the orig. wrappers in dark red half morocco, in slipcase [Alix]. This copy inscribed and signed by Anatole France. Inserted one small two sides handwritten and signed card from Anatole France, fine copy.. 16022020

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        Konvolut von 8 Bänden zu Vogelausstellungen in München. - Katalog zur ... Allgemeinen Vogel-Ausstellung insbesondere von Gesangs-, Figuren- & Farben-Kanarien sowie von Exoten und solchen Gegenständen, welche auf Schutz und Zucht der Vögel Bezug haben, abgehalten ... zu München in der Zeit ... vom ... mit ...

      München, 1893 - 1910.. Jeweils zwischen 32 und 40 S. Blaue OLwd.-Bde. Vorhanden sind die Bde. 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 und 26. - Jeweils mit Mitgliederlisten und Listen der ausgestellten Vögel und ihrer Preise. Amüsant sind die tls. recht eingehenden Beschreibungen der sprachlichen Fähigkeiten der angeboten oder zu prämierenden Papageien. - Sehr gut erhalten!

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Turszynski]
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        RUSSIAN FAIRY TALES

      Lawrence and Bullen, 1893 The Guild of Women-Binders was founded by Frank Karslake (who also founded The Hampstead Bindery) in 1898. It operated until 1904 as a loosely-knit federation of women binders from such groups as the Edinburgh Social Union, the Kirkby Lonsdale Handicraft Class, the Chiswick Art Workers' Guild, and Miss Bassett's Leighton Buzzard Handicraft Class for crippled girls, among others. Some of the more outstanding women binders represented by the Guild included Miss Constance Karslake, Miss Edith de Rheims, Florence de Rheims, Miss Helen Schofield, Mrs. Frances Knight, Mrs. Macdonald, Miss Lilian Overton, and Miss Edwards. The Guild, together with its counterpart, The Hampstead Bindery, published The Bookbindings of To-morrow in 1902, and held both exhibitions and sales of their bindings at Sotheby's.  This copy of the second edition of Nisbet's, Russian Fairy Tales, illustrated by C. M Gere, is bound in full Niger morocco, hand embossed with a design of oak branches and acorns, bordered with triple gilt rules.  The design is repeated on the six-paneled spine.  Gauffered green stained edges with gilt ornaments.  Marbled endleaves.  Laid-in is an advertising sheet, explaining the "Niger Binding".   This binding is signed twice, once with the Guild binder's ticket and stamp on the verso of the front free endpaper and additionally a leather label showing Chiswick Art Guild on the lower inside cover.  An exceptional example of the Guild's scarce embossed bindings. A fine copy.

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        Jacobi Kirchhof in Hamburg. Tempera auf Leinwand.

      [Hamburg] 1893 - Etwa 120 : 150 cm. Einfacher, schmaler Holzrahmen. Arthur Illies, Verzeichnis der Bilder Nr. 172. - Ausstellung »Arthur Illies. Das Frühwerk Gemälde und Graphik 1890-1914«, zusammengestellt von Carsten Meyer-Tönnesmann im Museum für das Fürstentum Lüneburg, 3. April bis 13. Mai 1984. Gemälde Nr. 2. - Aus der Frühzeit von Arthur Illies, der mit 23 Jahren hier gleichsam sein Meisterstück schuf. Im Jahr zuvor beendete er sein Kunststudium in München und siedelte sich auf Anraten Alfred Lichtwarks nach Hamburg an. - Der Blick des Betrachters wird aus dem Osten Richtung Westen auf den mit Fachwerkhäusern umbauten Kirchhof gelenkt. Über den Torbogen in der Steinstraße 124 war der Zugang zum Hof möglich. Diese Ensemble ist mittlerweile gänzlich verschwunden. -Noch ganz im Banne des Naturalismus' zeigt die Szenerie ein junges Geschwisterpaar (?), das vor dem Hintergrund der Fachwerkhäuser seinen Weg findet. Die winterliche Abend-Atmosphäre lässt eine ruhige, leicht melancholische Stimmung entstehen. - Die Farbgebung ist überwiegend in Brauntönen gehalten. Der Fokus wird durch Lichtgebung auf die beiden Kinder im Vordergrund gelenkt. Ihre ernste und anmutige Haltung gibt Anlass für Vermutungen zu ihrem Schicksal. - Der Maler notierte zu Entstehung und Verkauf des Bildes: »Noch ein weiteres Motiv [aus Hamburg] ist der Jacobikirchhof. Ich will dieses Bild im Großformat machen, aber das lässt sich an Ort und Stelle natürlich nicht durchführen. Daher gehe ich jeden Morgen zum Jacobifriedhof, präge mir den Eindruck ein und male dann ein paar Stunden im Atelier. [.] Nachdem die große Kunstausstellung geschlossen ist, habe ich meinen 'Jacobikirchhof' verpackt und nach München zur Secession geschickt. Gleich nach der Eröffnung der Secessionsausstellung kommt ein Telegramm aus München, dass das Bild verkauft ist« (Arthur Illies, Aus Tagebuch und Werk, S. 61/62). - Das Gemälde ist gänzlich unterlegt, doubliert, und somit sind verschiedene Risse in der Darstellung repariert, u. a. ein gezackter Riss in der unteren Bildmitte von etwa 70 cm. Brüderchen und Schwesterchen 35000 gr. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Pony Race for Polo Ponies

      New York: Henry T. Thomas, 1893. Heliotype. Very good condition apart from some minor soiling in the margins, a few small losses in the top right and left corners, and slight discolouration of the paper due to age. A fine plate depicting the fourth of six races run at the Hempstead Farms on October 19, 1893, from the nineteenth-century publication 'Sporting Incidents'. Introduced to America by the British settlers, horse racing has been a popular spectator sport since the mid-seventeeth century. "Pony-racing, particularly, has taken a firm hold upon the fancy of its followers, and, under the wise and sportsmanlike influence of the American Hunt and Pony Racing Association, the popularity of this form of sport has steadily increased." (Steele) Published during America's Gilded Age, 'Sporting Incidents' is a portfolio of elaborate illustrations depicting equine sporting events and accompanied by H. Milford Steele's eloquent descriptions of the history and status of these activities. It was primarily intended to glorify the increasingly fashionable sports of coaching, hunting, polo and steeple chasing. In its introduction, Colonel William Jay, a founding member of the Coaching Club, extolled the beneficial effect such activities had on the health, behaviour, and moral character of both participants and spectators and explained that the "aim of the artist in this book has been to reproduce such horses and carriages with such details of their equipment as may be useful as hints to those who need them, at the same time furnishing a standard of correctness in such matters."

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        Landscape Gardening in Japan [together with:] Supplement to Landscape Gardening in Japan: Second and Revised Edition

      Tokyo: Printed by the Hakabunsha (volume II by The Maruzen Kabushiki Kaisha)... Published and sold by Kelly and Walsh, Limited,, 1893 & 1912. 2 volumes, folio. Original green cloth over bevelled boards, gilt lettered and decorated front covers, back covers stamped in blind, gilt patterned endpapers. 37 plates (including some tinted lithographs) and numerous illustrations to the text in volume I, volume II with 40 tissue-guarded collotype plates from photographs. Spines a little rolled, a few light marks to back cover of volume I, cloth split at foot of back joint on volume II (but quite sound), a few other light peripheral abrasions, scattered foxing. An excellent set. First edition of volume I, second and revised edition of volume II. In 1876 Conder (1852-1920) was contracted to the Japanese Imperial Government as professor of architecture at the Imperial College of Engineering, which "involved him in teaching the first generation of architects in the Western tradition and in acting as architect to the new energetic and innovative Japanese government Â… [however] Conder arrived in Japan receptive to it and to its culture. He taught his students to admire and be proud of the great Japanese temples and castles" (ODNB). The present work is demonstrative of this reciprocity, being the first study to introduce the Japanese garden aesthetic to Western readers. A handsomely produced work, and an essential addition to any gardening library. The superb collotypes in the supplement were produced by the great Japanese photographic pioneer Ogawa from his own photographs.

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        CATRIONA, A SEQUEL TO "KIDNAPPED" BEING MEMOIRS OF THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF DAVID BALFOUR AT HOME AND ABROAD

      London Paris & Melbourne: Cassell and Comapny, 1893. First edition. Fine. First edition. x, 371p., 9 leaves ads. Bound by Sickles in full sage crushed morocco, t.e.g., with gilt-titled spine with dark strapwork around the bands extending onto the covers, the covers with outer corners ornamented with gilt roses and vines the petals onlaid in red and with central gilt monogram, fancy dentelles and green silk endpapers, Original cloth spine and cover bound in rear. Beinecke 588; Princeton 54; Prideaux 39.

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        Konvolut von 9 Bänden: Jahresbericht des Vereins zur Hebung der Pferdezucht in Niederbayern.

      Landshut, Thomann 1893 - 1909.Jeweils 36 - 38 S. OLwd. Vorhanden sind folgende Jahresberichte: 35, 36, 38, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45 und 49. - Beiliegt: Statuten des Vereins zur Hebung der Pferdezucht in Niederbayern (anerkannter Verein) in Landshut. Ebda., 1888. 14 S., 1 Bl. Rückenbroschur. - Gut erhaltene Reihe! Bücher de

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        The tale of King Florus and the Fair Jehane.

      

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        The Great Barrier Reef of Australia; Its Products and Potentialities, containing An Account, with Copious Coloured and Photographic Illustrations (The Latter here Produced for the First Time), of the Corals and Coral Reefs, Pearl and Pearl-Shell, Beche-de-Mer, other Fishing Industries, and the Marine Fauna of the Australian Great Barrier Region

      W.H. Allen & Co nd [1893], London - London: W.H. Allen & Co., nd [1893]. 10.5 X 13.5 in, 387 pp, 16 chromolithographic plates, 48 photo-mezzotype plates.Original blue cloth binding with clear gold gilt lettering on front cover and spine. Pages are age-toned especially along external edges, but no foxing except spots on a few pages. A handsome, clean VG+ copy. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Secret Commonwealth of Elves Fauns & Fairies

      London: David Nutt. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1893. Card Covers. One of 550 copies (of which 500 were for sale) issued as Vol 8 in the Bibliotheque de Carabas. All edges untrimmed. This new edition contains an extensive Introduction by the well-known folklorist Andrew Lang, and is itself of considerable rarity, both on account of its small limitation and delicate binding. Publisher's plain card wrappers. In publisher's original french-fold printed paper dust-wrapper, illustrated and titled in black; One of the rarer works dealing with Scottish beliefs in siths (fairies) , second sight, poltergeists, and so-forth, which the author Robert Kirk, a Minister of Aberfoyle (near Loch Lomond) , sought to reconcile with Biblical teachings. He wrote the original manuscript in 1691, but it was not published until 1815, when it was published in an edition of 100 copies .

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        Les Opinions de Monsieur Jérôme Coignard.

      - Éditeur Calmann Lévy, Paris 1893, 1st ed. Elegantly bound uncut with the orig. wrappers in dark red half morocco, in slipcase [Alix]. This copy inscribed and signed by Anatole France. Inserted one small two sides handwritten and signed card from Anatole France, fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Archive of approximately 60 autograph letters signed written by the Director of the Comédie Française to the "Societaire de Ferancy" discussing the activities of the theatre over a 15-year period

      Paris, etc.. 1893-1907. Octavo and 12mo. Approximately 95 pp. in total, the majority written on letterhead of the Comédie Française. Variously addressed to "Maurice de Féraudy" (1859-1932, an actor with the company, "Mon cher Chavalier," "Monseigneur,""Mon cher Sociétaire," "Mon cher Sociétaire et Ami," etc.

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        MES PRISONS.

      - Paris, Léon Vanier, 1893, 81pp. + tables 12x18.5cm. Reliure en demi maroquin bleu roi à grands coins. Dos à deux nerfs, portant titre, date et auteur en lettres dorées. Tranche supérieure dorée. Édition originale. Quelques marques sans gravité sur la reliure. Très bel exemplaire. Envoi de photographies sur demande. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        QUINZE JOURS EN HOLLANDE. Lettres à un ami, avec un portrait de l'Auteur.

      - La Haye et Paris, Maison Block et Léon Vanier, s.d. (1893), 18x23cm. Reliure en demi percaline verte. Dos lisse, orné d'un motif doré. Pièce de titre marron. Non ébarbé. Couverture d'origine couservée (rose). Édition originale, en très belle condition. Envoi de photographies sur demande. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        HISTOIRE DES ALMOHADES d'Abd el-Wahid Merrakechi. Traduite et annotée par E. Fagnan.

      Alger, Adolphe Jourdan, Libraire-Editeur, 1893. FIRST EDITION 1893, French text, 8vo, approximately 250 x 165 mm, 10 x 6½ inches, pages: (4), 1-331, including index, bound in red cloth, gilt lettering and 4 gilt rules to spine. Top edges slightly dusty, the other edges not trimmed, spine slightly faded, 5 mm (¼") hole in spine near bottom, free endpapers faintly browned, no inscriptions, a very good copy. The Almohades were a religious movement founded at the beginning of the XIIth century, from which is derived the the eponymous dynasty of Berber origin which ruled the Maghreb and al-Andalus from the middle of the 12th century to the 13th. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        CARL SCHULER & Co. Kreuzlingen (Schweiz). Seifenfabrik. Fabrikation von Seifen, Waschpulver& Soda. Gegründet 1883. Firmen-Werbemappe mit Innentasche mit Fabrikansicht in Lithographie .

      - Kreuzlingen (1893). 33.9 : 24 cm. Orig.-Karton mit reichem Jugendstildekor und Blindprägung auf Vorder- u. Hinterdeckel. Vorne mit Darstellung des Bubenberg-Denkmals in Bern, Hinterdeckel mit Illustration des firmeneigenen Ausstellugs-Pavillons in Frauenfeld 1893. - Die eingeklebte Papiertasche mit Anpreisung der "Specialität: Goldseife - Savon d'or - Goldsoap / Schuler's Salmiak-Terpentin-Waschpulver. Dampfbetrieb, elektrische Beleuchtung." - Der farbige Papierbezug mit kleinen Fehlstellen an Unterkante, Ecken und am Rücken. Innen leicht stockfleckig. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Illustrated Catalogue of Piano-Forte Actions

      New York: Wessell, Nickel & Gross, 1893. Oblong quarto. (9 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches). Lithographed four-colour decorative title, 56 lithographic plates (comprised of: 2 tinted views of the factory, 1 tinted composite group portrait of the three company owners, 7 plates printed in silver and black, 46 printed in colours, silver and gilt), all by Lindner, Eddy & Clauss of New York. Publisher's maroon morocco-grained cloth, title blocked in gilt on upper cover (spine chipped at head and foot, rear free endpaper with small loss) An early piano catalogue with wonderful semi-abstract lithographed plates. A detailed trade catalogue of piano actions produced by Wessell, Nickel & Gross, who had learned their trade with Steinway & Sons before leaving to set up on their own in 1874. In 1888 they opened a sizeable factory between 45th and 46th Streets on Tenth Avenue in New York City, "the most extensive and complete manufacturing institution of its kind in the world..." (p. [2]). By the time the present work was published in 1893, they had become one of the leading manufacturers of piano-forte actions in the United States. Their brand and tradition of quality was revived in 2005, when their trademark was bought by the Burgett brothers. To the modern eye, the unintentional virtue of this work is to be found in Lindner, Edy and Clauss's beautiful and technically spectacular plates. The publisher's intentions were to produce technically precise images of their products. To the modern eye, these plates are viewed through a lens tinged by images of the work of the Suprematists and Constuctivists working in Russia in the 1920s - particularly El Lissitzky. The strongly-coloured semi-abstract plates have the same sense of the militaristic triumph of the machine that can be found in the work of the Russian Avant-garde. The Dadists would have approved. Scarce. OCLC locate only four copies: Cambridge, The Smithsonian, NYU and The Winterthur Museum. Not in Romaine. For the lithographers see Jay T. Last The Color Explosion p.46.

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        ABRAHAM LINCOLN TONI KIN, AESOP TAWOYAKE KIN. LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND AESOP'S FABLES

      Santee Agency, Ne., 1893. 16mo. Original printed stiff wrappers. A portion of rear wrapper slightly darkened, faint vertical crease in front wrapper. Bookplate on verso of front wrapper. Near fine. In a green cloth folding case, spine gilt. A scarce Sioux-language biography of Abraham Lincoln, printed by Indian children at the Santee Agency in Nebraska. James Garvie was a missionary to the Sioux and translated the biography of Lincoln; his mother was a member of the Sioux who lived in Minnesota in the 1860s. This is the earliest Indian-language biography of Lincoln that we are able to find in Monaghan. The second part of the text contains translations of Aesop's fables by Jennie Cox and Eunice Kitto. The Eberstadts asked $200 for a copy of this title in their 1964 Lincolniana catalogue. A very scarce and interesting Lincoln item.

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        LE COLORISTE ENLUMINEUR, 50 REVISTAS 1893, 1897, DESCLEE DE BROUWER

      DESCLEE DE BROUWER Paris. Ed. Desclee De Brouwer. 1893-1897. 33X25. Total de 50 revistas de esta gran obra desde 1893 hasta 1897. Profusamente ilustrada a colora y b/n. Ref 100 Biblioteca A.. 1ª Edición. Encuadernación de tapa dura. Excelente.

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        Old Mexico 1893

      [Chicago?]: Mayo & Weed, 1893. Photo album, 38 x 28 cm, consisting of a suite of 168 albumen photos in large format, 80 measuring 24.5 x 19cm, and 88 measuring 19 x 12cm, totaling 168 photos in all. Charles A. Mayo and J. E. Weed made up a photography partnership based in Chicago, Illinois. Their firm, Mayo & Weed, acted as ?"special artists?" for Grafton?'s Tours, which was also Chicago based. They photographed the sites which the tour company would visit, both in Alaska/Pacific Northwest and Mexico. Then an album of the photos would be made available, including a few of the tour group added at the front of the album to give a personal touch. The number of photographs per album would vary, depending on the price paid. Albums dating from 1891, 1895 and 1897 have been recorded. They are rare: two of these albums have appeared at auction in the last 50 plus years, one having 80 photos, another slightly over 200: OCLC records two holdings, one at Princeton, the other not indicated, but apparently SMU (DeGolyer). Locations photographed include Mexico City, Aguascalientes, Leon, Guadalajara, Tlaxcala, Puebla, Cholula, Zacatecas, Queretaro, etc., as well as city and country scenes, notable buildings, places of business, portraits of different types of laborers, etc. Several of the photos in the front are of New Orleans (3), Galveston (2) and San Antonio (2). Almost all of the photographs are labelled in the negative as to location or subject matter. This album, from 1893, is in extremely good condition, and has preserved the photographs very well. Very good.

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        Essays in London and Elsewhere

      London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co, 1893. Hardcover. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. An excellent association copy of one of James's major books of essays. It is his presentation copy to Lucy Clifford, "Mrs. Clifford from her friend & servant Henry James." Henry James (1843-1916) was one of the most important writers in American letters as well as one of its most productive and influential. Lucy Clifford (1846-1921) was a British novelist and dramatist with a wide circle of literary friends, most notably Henry James. From their letters it is clear that she held a special place in his affections and was one of his closest friends and confidantes. (See "Bravest of women, finest of friends": Henry James's Letters to Lucy Clifford, ed. Marysa Demoor and Monty Chisholm, 1999). The essays include pieces on James Russell Lowell, Fanny Kemble, Gustave Flaubert, Henrk Ibsen, and Mrs. Humphrey Ward. Bound in original beige cloth with gilt author and title to spine and front cover, and an Art Nouveau style decoration on front.Light rubbing, bumping, and three ink stains on front cover. Interior pages show slight aging to margins but are otherwise clean. A nice copy in very good condition. 320 pages. LIT/011416.

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        A PASTORAL PRINCE THE HISTORY AND REMINISCENCES OF J W COOPER

      Privately printed, 1893., 1893. First edition. 8vo. Pictorial cloth, marbled endpapers, xiv [2], 190 pp., frontis. [portrait], preface, introduction, illustrated. An important book on an early California sheepman, who assisted in driving the first band of sheep across the plains from the Missouri River in 1851. In 1863 he settled in the upper part of Santa Barbara County, where he engaged in the business of sheep-raising. Rare. Lightly rubbed at spine ends and front corners, else very good, tight copy. HERD 2006.

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        THE CHINESE CLASSICS: 7 Volume Set. A Translation, Critical and Exegetical Notes

      Oxford/Peking 1893, 1939, Clarendon/Wen Tien Ko. Black cloth. mixed set, vol. 1 is Oxford, vols.2-7 is Peking, very good,. tight, solid, complete work, ca. 17.5 x 26 cm., 503+587+735+. 785+33p., 7 vols. bound in 8 vols., 2nd edition revised.RARE. A MAJOR RESOURCE FOR ALL ASPECTS OF CHINESE PHILOSOPHY This is the most celebrated translation of Chinese philosophy and law. * Per Morrison [see below], the set is complete in 7 volumes, bound in 8 volumes. See below for the volume count and contents. *** This is a mixed printing set: The whole set remains the exact contents complete, second edition revised in all parts, just different imprints. . Vol. 1: First Edition, Oxford, 1893, Claredon Press, with a private, discreet book plate inside the front cover. Bound in the original publisher's black cloth, with gold-stamped spines, brown cloth. A very clean, solid copy with private library name stamped on the top/bottom edges, else no marks. this volume is a bit shorter than the others. . Volumes 2-8 are all the Peking [1939-1940] reprint, second edition, revised of the Oxford, 1895 Clarendon Press edition, with the original Peking printed front/back covers bound in, black cloth. . This part is exceptionally clean, unread, and solid, with a couple of bumped corners. They are uniformly bound in black cloth, and gold-stamped spines. They are about the same uniform size as vol.1, but a bit taller. Please see the scans posted to our website to see the size difference. *** CONTENTS: THE COMPLETE SET OF 7 BOOKS BOUND IN 8 VOLUMES: . Book 1: THE CHINESE CLASSICS WITH A TRANSLATION, CRITICAL AND EXEGETICAL NOTES PROLEGOMENA, AND COPIUS INDEXES. The Prolegomena. Of the Chinese Classics Generally. Of the Confucian Analects. Of the Great Learning. The Doctrine of the Mean. Confucius and his Immediate Disciples. List of the Principal Works Which Have Been Consulted in the Preparation of this Volume. Spine marked Vol.I . Book.II: WORKS OF MENCIUS. Spine marked Vol.II . Book.III: Part 1: THE FIRST PARTS OF THE SHOO-KING, OR THE BOOKS OF T'ANG; BOOKS OF YU; THE BOOKS OF HEA; THE BOOKS OF SHANG; & THE PROLEGOMENA. Spine marked Vol.III . Book.III: Part 2: THE FIFTH PART OF THE SHOO KING, OR THE BOOKS OF CHOW; & THE INDEXES. Spine marked Vol.IV . Book IV: Part 1:THE FIRST PART OF THE SHE-KING, OR THE LESSONS FROM THE STATES; AND THE PROLEGOMENA. Spine marked Vol.V . Book IV: Part 2: THE SECOND, THIRD & FOURTH PARTS OF THE SHE-KING, OR THE MINOR ODES OF THE KINGDOM, THE GREATER ODES OF THE KINGDOM, THE SACRIFICIAL ODES & PRAISE-SONGS; & THE INDEXES. Spine marked Vol.VI . Book V: Part 1: DUKES YIN, HWAN, CHWANG, MIN, HE, WAN, SEUEN AND CH'ING; AND THE PROLEGOMENA. Lane & Crawford 1872, with cinnabar title page seal. Spine marked Vol. VII . Book V: Part 2: DUKES, SEANG, CH'AOU, TING, AND GAE, WITH TSO'S APPENDIX; AND THE INDEXES. London Frowde [Hong Kong London Missionary Society, 1939]. Spine marked Spine marked Vol. VIII *** Full text in both English & Chinese characters, with foldout color maps, notes. *** WHO WAS JAMES LEGGE: James Legge [20 December 1815 -29 November 1897] was a noted Scottish sinologist, a Scottish Congregationalist, representative of the London Missionary Society in Malacca and Hong Kong [1840-1873], and first Professor of Chinese at Oxford University [1876-1897]. In association with Max Müller he prepared the monumental Sacred Books of the East series, published in 50 volumes between 1879 and 1891. He was also aoted translator of the Chinese classics into English. *** REFERENCES: [MORRISON, G.[eorge] E.[rnest].: CATALOGUE OF THE ASIATIC LIBRARY OF DR. G.E. MORRISON. NOW A PART OF THE ORIENTAL LIBRARY TOKYO, JAPAN, see p.432-433 for a complete citation. * JAMES LEGGE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Legge *** Color scans can be sent by email. Images displayed may not be the actual copy in stock for sale at any given time; if you want to see the exact image of the book or edition in stock, please request this by email and an image will be returned to you by attachment. * * * * BUY WITH .

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        The Lepidoptera of the British Islands

      London: Reeve, 1893-1907. 11 vols, 504 hand col plates. roy. 8vo. HB. 11 vols, roy. 8vo, orig. publisher's cloth, gt.; some end-papers detached and chipped to edges; some inner hinges cracked, one almost completely split. Good ex-lib. set, book-plates to end-papers, small ink stamps/blind stamps to title-pages. Plates clean and unmarked.. Rare large paper illustrated edition. Complete in 11 volumes..

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        KOHEKI NOKOH ZEN SHO. COMPLETE TREATISE ON AGRICULTURE.

      Tokyo 1893, Hakubunkan. Blue stitched stiff wrs., 5 vol.. set, very good, Japanese text, 15.4 x 23 cm., 37+58+46+56+51. double-folded leaves,19 color, 49 b.w. woodcut illustrations. hand-printed on hand-made Washi mulberry paper. R A R E. A valuable & secret work, outlining the techniques of how to make some of the most essential products used in Japan [and China]. * Traditionally the art & technique of making such basic products was guarded by the tradesmen. Families carried on the same trade for generations, and strictly passed down these exclusive techniques only to one's heir or disciple. * This work is one of the earliest published and complete "how to" texts to break with that tradition of silence and fully describing these techniques and the associated technology. * A complete discussion, with illustrations of the plants, tools, great presses, and other machinery and technology associated with the production of sugar, Sake [rice wine], oils, lacquer, Tofu, noodles from flower, cotton and hemp. * Not only a technology, but a superb botanical, a "how to grow" also a text on how to identify which parts of plants are used & at what time in their growth cycle. This is also a commercial botanical, for cash crops for would-be growers. * This careful study outlines how to plan, make and use of the plants and moreover how to extract the vital fluids to effect manufacture of the finish product. * By and large Japanese native plants were used, each related plant used is pictured in color, as a mature tree, showing the flower, leaves, fruit and useful parts are clearly identified. *** THE CONTENTS: Volume 1 begins with discussion of the lacquer tree. How to extract the resin, what tools are employed, with pictures of each tool and appliance. It continues with the technique for the extraction of oil [sap] in the form of a large plank is used with successive wedges pounded in to put pressure against the berries, all wedges & tools shown in detail. Other methods include steaming of the berries, or grating against a great grader with steel blade, the result is boiled, then pressed with a great wedge-like beam with wedges hammered in to exert pressure. In one technique, a great water wheel is employed in a series of pestle-like hammers to crush some dried berries, while other rotating boxes are also attached to the same water wheel to sift and dry the grains. This primitive machine was skillfully and completely made from wood. ** Volume 2 continues with the making of sugar from sugar cane. The plant is shown in color as are all plants used, with the associated buckets, presses, dryers, boiling sheds, and two pictures of what looks like a foreign-made boiler or separator with each part is carefully identified & labeled for reproduction by Japanese. The Japanese had almost no steel for machinery at this time but did have a very limited access to copper for such projects, but were still very late in using steel for such machinery or complicated items. Since sugar cane growth was limited to Okinawa and the Southern-most parts of Japan, sugar from this source was limited in supply and distant. A native kind of "sugar beet" was also employed and could be grown in Northern climes. * The work continues in the same vein, illustrating & outlining a host of other valuable & useful plants to make Sake [from fermented rice], Soy sauce and Tofu from soy beans, and of special interest is the making of buck-wheat noodles. The whole process is carefully illustrated ending in the hanging to dry the nearly 2 meter lengths of noodles on the rack, and final packaging. * The next major food was Tofu. The basic technique involved the boiling of the soy beans, to extract the milk. The tools are wooden boxes with holes to allow excess water to flow out through fine silk mesh, after the Nigari a kind of "bitters" or alum like material was added to make the hot milk congeal into solid. The details of the box, its size & location of holes are carefully drawn in instructional sketches, followed by the techniques, temperatures &c. Hemp is the next product discussed, having been grown and used in Japan for ages. Its uses were for clothing fiber as well as rope-making. * The method of extracting the fiber from the famous cannabis-satavia [marijuana] is outlined & illustrated. The last plant discussed is cotton. With lovely color pictures of all parts of the plant, cultivating and harvest processes, hand-ginning &c. Lastly are the agricultural tools used, long handle hoes, rakes & other implements carefully drawn with sizes and uses. * Each volume also has a chart at the front showing what provinces and villages are producing which products and in what quantities, with statistics. Since this work discusses essential products, its understandable that the Japanese could not function without these basic & essential products. * LACQUERE TREE Lacquer was used for bowls, boxes and in art manufactures. Sake was of course, the national drink after tea, Tofu was the main source of protein for the poor and lower classes who could not afford or did not have access to fish or meat [land-locked communities]. Noodles also a national product was consumed in large quantity during the whole year, thus the ability to dry and save noodles was important to their diet. * OIL EXTRACTION Oils were also essential and needed to cook, fry, lubricate much of Japan. The whole work is truly a magnificent and graphic record of early pre-industrial Japan. * This is also a great late record of the primitive wooden machines and manual techniques employed on the eve of the industrial revolution, which hit Japan just after 1900, some seven years after the publication of this work. Its probably the last look at the ancient & traditional methods, of producing Japan's famous native products. * One gets the distinct impression that Miyazaki published this book with the idea that it would also be important to record for posterity the old native ways before they were replaced by steel machines run by steam, and later electricity. * ILLULSTRATED: The work is so meticulous and written & illustrated in such detail, that one can easily feel that Miyazaki had a premonition of the eminent major changes in the next few years. Living in Tokyo and near-by Yokohama, perhaps he had seen what had happened to other trades under the influence of foreign contact, which caused major changes to Japan as foreign science and technology entered via Yokohama & Tokyo which impacted all phases of native Japan culture & business. *** THE EDITOR: Miyazaki Yasuda [1623-1697] was an agriculturist, born in Hiroshima, who served Lord Tadayuki Kuroda, Lord of Chikuzen Clan. He toured various provinces and made a firsthand study of agricultural conditions and problems. Upon return, he made attempts to introduce land reforms based on Confucian ideology. He is regarded as on of the three great agriculturists of his time. This title is ENCYCLOPEDIA ON FARMING, completed one year prior to his death. See: Japan Biographical Encyclopedia & Who's Who, p.889. *** CONDITION: Covers a trifle rubbed at extremities & corners, contained in an indigo-blue folding Chitsu case, with bone clasps, original title slips, contents bright hand-printed by woodblocks on very white clean Washi hand-made paper. . OSAKA 1896 EDITION: This is bound in the original yellow blind-stamped swastica & bell-patterned stiff stitched covers, 15.2 x 22 cm. Each cover has the title label stating "SAIBAN NOGYO ZENSHO", and a brushed personal library # in the upper right corner, with a cinnabar Hanko/seal in the upper right corner of the first page in each volume reading Sakuramatsu, likely the former collector's name. . The covers of vol.1 are dusty, with a red title page, the balance of the set is by and large clean with a few minor rubs here or there, contents bright, clean.. . * TITLE: Ahead of title is KOHEKI, then the title continues: NOKOH ZEN SHO [Edgren expresses a variation in the Romanization of title], both are one in the same book. * AUTHOR: Miyazaki Yasusada [1623-1697], and also Kaibara Rakuken [1625-1702] [aka Gakuken], see Edgren's note p.261], which is correct, being a slight variation on Miyazaki. There is a slight variant to the author's first name, which is common as he used several "Go" or "Studio" names. The co-author is correct. *** REFERENCES: J. Edgren: CATALOGUE OF THE NORDENSKIOLD COLLECTION OF JAPANESE BOOKS IN THE ROYAL LIBRARY, p.260, #796. * Rosny: 279/67 * KS 6-468 * KERLEN, H.: CATALOGUE OF PRE-MEIJI JAPANESE BOOKS & MAPS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS IN THE NETHERLANDS, p.498, #1182 he lists the 1815 edition only, in 11 volumes. * KSM: (Nogyo)6-648-4 * Kraft: vol.1, no.563. * JAPAN BIOGRAPHICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA AND WHO'S WHO. 1964-1965, p.889, states this was a 10 volume set, perhaps they refer to a first edition, our 1684 edition is 11 numbered volumes. *** NOT IN: . Bartlett . Walker . Dawes . Mitchell . Toda . Roberts *** Color scans can be sent by email. Images displayed may not be the actual copy in stock for sale at any given time; if you want to see the exact image of the book or edition in stock, please request this by email and an image will be returned to you by attachment. * * * * BUY WITH .

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        THE PAMIRS: Being a Narrative of a Year's Expedition on Horseback and on Foot Th

      London 1893, Murray. Grey cloth, 2 vol. set, covers faded,. contents vol.1 clean; vol. 2 clean, some foxing, 360+340p.,. 4 fold-out maps, 39 illustrations, glossary, a solid copy,. 13 x 21 cm. SCARCE FIRST EDITION. AN EARLY PRIMARY TRAVEL RESOURCE ON THE CENTRAL ASIAN AREA Beginning with the arrival at Karachi, through Lahore, the Khyber pass, Kashmir, western Tibet, the Kardong pass, the Sanju route, Kostagh, Yarkland, the Black pass, &c. A wonderful, detailed account, excellent historical reference source. * Chinese passports, Tsungli & Capt. Younghusband's trek. Start for Central Asia, Western Tibet, Buddhists, Nirvana, Heymis Monastery, Panamik, Shyok River, Karakoram Pass, Ice Mountains, Grim Pass, loss of two animals over precipice. Difficult crossings, arrival at Yarkand, Kashmir slaves, departure for the Pamirs. Kashgar history, Alichur Pamir, detention at Bulun-kul, Alai Mts., on to Tashkent, freezing of horses, Russian Turkestan, Ferghana Syr Daria and Samarkand. * A great primary source, exciting, superb reading of a major expedition to one of the most inaccessible places on the earth at that time. * COLLATION: Volume 1: Frontis Lord Dunmore in the Kirghiz dress, map of the Pamirs. . Volume 2: 3 folding color maps: frontis map of Tartary, Lord Dunmore's Expedition from Rawal Pindi to Samarkand 1892-1893, Chinese Official Map of the Pamirs and Adjacent Countries; 39 b.w. photos, table. * CONDITION: The set is overall in very good condition. Volume 1 has a bit of a dull spine, with a blind stamp on upper right corner of title page: "Presented by Mr. Murray" the publisher. Volume 2 has some mild foxing throughout. The spines as usual are a bit darkened, the front and back covers are bright. Otherwise this is a complete set as issued. * The ODNB identifies "Charles Adolphus Murray, seventh Earl of Dunmore [1841-1907], was also known as Viscount Fincastle, was as an early traveler. Dunmore traveled in many parts of the world, including Africa and the Arctic, but his principal journey was made in 1892 through Kashmir, western Tibet, Chinese Tartary, and Russian central Asia. He started from Rawalpindi in April 1892, reached Kashgar in Chinese Turkestan in December 1892, and continued west through Ferghana and Transcaspia, reaching Samarkand in January 1893. He had ridden and walked some 2500 miles, traversing forty-one mountain passes and sixty-nine rivers." Quoted from and enhanced from the ODNB. This cataloguer will follow the custom of recognizing the author's signed name on the title page rather than using his real name Murray. * BIBLIOGRAPHY: Yakushi D-181 * Color scans can be sent by email. Images displayed may not be the actual copy in stock for sale at any given time; if you want to see the exact image of the book or edition in stock, please request this by email and an image will be returned to you by attachment. * * * * BUY WITH .

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        Russia with Teheran, Port Arthur,. Handbook for Travellers. With 40 Maps and 78 Plans

      1893. BAEDEKER, Karl. Russia with Teheran, Port Arthur, and Peking. Handbook for Travellers. lxiv, 590 pp. Illustrated with 40 maps and 78 plans, of which 14 folding. 8vo., 158 x 105 mm, bound in original red publisher's cloth, marbled edges, in a new red cloth folding box with black leather label. Leipzig: Karl Baedeker Publisher, 1914. |~||~||~||~||~||~| First Edition of Baedeker's guide to Russia, in the distinctive red cloth publisher's binding. Baedeker's name is synonymous with the modern guide book, which he is credited with inventing in the 19th century. Baedeker guides are famously filled with up-to-date practical information as well as essays and maps, as here; this first edition pre-dates the Bolshevik Revolution by three years, documenting tourist sites that were substantially altered after. See: "Documenting the Travel Experience: Baedeker Guidebooks" by Harold M. Otness in Distinguished Classics of Reference Publishing, James Rettig, ed. (Phoenix, 1992).

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        TWO [1893] PANORAMIC PHOTOGRAPHS OF 'HARBOUR-SINGAPORE.'

      [N.p. 1893, n.p.]. Two photographs making a panoramic view. of the "Harbour-Singapore" per the pencilled caption, each. photo is ca 28 x 21 cm., albumen type photo, board mounted,. 59.5 x 24 cm., verso blank, strong, clear images. R A R E !. AN EXCEPTIONALLY EARLY PHOTOGRAPH OF THE SINGAPORE HARBOUR This pair images are the only ones found among a group of superb photographs of China: Hong Kong and Shanghai, apparently taken by a member of the of the British Missionary society. It could have been Mr. Taylor or Mr. Potts, Keswick or anotheR missionary who's photo graces that group. The group of missionaries seem to have come from England to China via Singapore, possibly aboard the Empress of Japan or the Empress of India, both of which are cited and photographed in the China group of photos, all of which bear the dateS "/93" or "/94." in ink as captions. * THE VIEWS: The left image shows the entrance to the harbour, with a very early dock installation and a small sailing vessel under way, at the right are some smokestacks and other facilities, indicating activity. The second or right hand image shows a continuation of the harbour area, other small sail boats, small village and a travellers' palm. In the background can be seen to large smoke stacks billowing out smoke. * There is an old pencil caption at the bottom, which reads: "Harbour-Singapore." Obviously, the caption was essential to recognize such an under-developed area to a person who had never been to nor seen Singapore before. * CONDITION: This is a lovely pair of early photographs. They are board mounted, and thre are some old mended tears to the board, one small tear at the top right enters the top of that photo by aboutone cm., but it also is an old repair. There is an old scratch to the negative on the right margin of the right hand image, otherwise none. All in all a very good set of photographs. * Color scans can be sent by email. Images displayed may not be the actual copy in stock for sale at any given time; if you want to see the exact image of the book or edition in stock, please request this by email and an image will be returned to you by attachment. * * * * BUY WITH .

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        1893 to 1899 Rebound Wisden wthout Original Covers & Adverts

      Hi, This Wisden is part of the Firefighter Gordon's Wisden Primary Set and is a run of Wisdens from 1893-1899, so 7 Books in total. 1893-1899, Rebound Wisden without Original Covers or ads, in Very Good Condition. The 1898 has Covers. They are bound without original covers or the adverts (apart from 1898), otherwise complete and internally in very good condition. Minimal trimming with all books bound to the title page. With photoplates. 1898 does have the covers which are in nice shape however the photoplate is in upside down and in the wrong place! No internal markings , very clean pages inside, some trimming.

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        Kollwitz, Käthe. - "Selbstbildnis am Tisch II".

      - Radierung / Strichätzung & Aquatinta, in Schwarz, auf gelblichem Kupferdruckpapier, 1893. Von Käthe Kollwitz. 16,8 x 12,4 cm (Darstellung) / 18,0 x 13,0 cm (Platte) / 35 x 26 cm (Blatt). Klipstein 14 V b. Knesebeck 21 V b. Ohne die gestochene Schrift in der Platte. Verso Sammlernotizen in Bleistift. - Eines der schönsten Blätter aus dem Frühwerk der Käthe Kollwitz. - Von der originalen Platte ab 1931 für Van der Becke gedruckt. - Sehr gut erhalten. Käthe Kollwitz (1867 Königsberg / Kaliningrad - 1945 Moritzburg). Deutsche Grafikerin und Bildhauerin, eine der wichtigsten Künstlerinnen des 20. Jh. 1881-86 Unterricht in Königsberg bei dem Maler Gustav Naujok und dem Kupferstecher Rudolf Mauer, 1987 bei dem Maler Emil Neide. 1888-90 Studium an der Münchner Künstlerinnenschule bei Ludwig Herterich. 1891 Umzug nach Berlin, wo ihr 1898 der künstlerische Durchbruch gelingt. 1898-1903 Lehrauftrag an der Berliner Künstlerinnenschule für Radieren und Zeichnen. 1901-13 Mitglied der 'Berliner Secession'. 1907 Villa-Romana-Preis und Reise nach Florenz. 1913 wechselt sie zur 'Freien Secession'. 1913-23 Mitbegründerin und erste Vorsitzende des Frauenkunstverbandes. 1919 als erste Frau Mitglied der Preußischen Akademie der Künste; Ernennung zur Professorin. 1929 Orden 'Pour le Mérite' für Wissenschaften und Künste. 1933 von den Nationalsozialisten erzwungener Austritt aus der Preußischen Akademie der Künste. Ab 1935 inoffizielles Ausstellungsverbot. 1943 wird ihre Wohnung in Berlin bei einem Bombenangriff zerstört. 1944 zog sie auf Einladung von Prinz Ernst Heinrich von Sachsen nach Moritzburg, wo sie wenige Tage vor Kriegsende starb.

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        Montezuma's Daughter

      Longmans, Green, and Co, London 1893 - Maurice Greiffenhagen. Hardcover. First Edition of this Aztec romance. Author's Presentation Copy, inscribed "To Andrew from his affec brother H Rider Haggard 1894." Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was the author of a number of adventure novels set in exotic locales. His books, including She and King Solomon's Mines, are still popular today. Haggard traveled to Mexico in 1891 to do research for this book and sadly his young son died while he was away. The book describes the first interactions between the Spanish and South American natives, as well as murders, shipwrecks, and slavery. Colonel Andrew Haggard, who had a distinguished military career - he was one of he first British officers to command in the Egyptian army - was also a successful novelist, travel writer and poet. It is known that Andrew helped Rider with the writing of Dawn and he likely played an important role in helping his younger brother with the several bestsellers which revolved around Egypt and mummies. There are 25 black and white illustrations by the British painter and illustrator Maurice Greiffenhagen. He was Haggard's friend, which led him to illustrate several of his adventure books, starting with She in 1889. Bound in the original publisher's blue-green cloth with gilt author and title to front cover and spine. Light bumping, small chip to bottom of faded spine. Hinges a bit tender but text block is tight. Interior pages are clean. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner to front pastedown. Very good condition. 325 pages plus 24 page publisher's catalog. LIT/012016. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Manuscript - Solicitors' Letter Book - 170 Draft Documents Pertaining to Dalquharran Castle and Kennedy Estate, Foreign Investments in Australia and a Fascinating Link to Poet Robert Burns

      Edinburgh, 1893. Edinburgh, 1893. Letter Book Archive of draft documents made by the law firm Campbell, Martin & Boswell, for private estates and business agreements, neatly preserved in a custom binding, featuring little known details relating to the Dalquharran Castle and Kennedy estate, Scottish investments and links to Australia, and a fascinating connection to the renowned poet Robert Burns by way of a lease made with his descendent for a mansion estate which he, too, had personally visited. 8vo. Approximately 170 documents, most in manuscript and some in typescript, 1166 pages combined, with a scant few integral blanks, plus unpaginated manuscript index listed alphabetically by document type. Very large volume measuring 23 x 35 x 9 cm (WxHxD) and weighing 10 pounds. Quarter calf over brown cloth boards labelled in gilt to spine, original marbled endpapers. Bookbinder's label to front pastedown (Caldwell Brothers of Edinburgh). Very good condition, an excellent depository volume of legal and historical interest. The firm Campbell, Martin & Boswell, consisted of three solicitors, each with the title and privileges of "Writers to the Signet", John Douglas Boswell, W.S.; Patrick William Campbell, W.S.; and Francis John Martin, W.S., the latter of whom became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1892. Their office was at 1 North Charlotte Street in Edinburgh, which was the same address as the Royal Bank of Scotland, and situated very near to Charlotte Square. Scots law and legal proceedings of the late nineteenth century, much of which differ today, are well illustrated in this archive of original working documents executed by accomplished patrician lawyers representing some discriminating and aristocratic clients. Many of the documents deal with property conveyance and estate matters, and represent traditions no longer observed, including the obsolete " Trust Disposition and Settlement" procedure for claiming an inheritance. Other documents include assignations, land conveyances, bond and disposition in security, deeds of assumption and discharges, estate inventories, a search for deeds with the Register of Sasines, leases, loan proposals for purchasing commercial space in Edinburgh, records of monetary investments in Highland Railway (HR), Jamaican plantations, property to let in Scotland, Australian banks, and so forth. So exclusive and intertwined were the upper class and wealthy, perhaps not large in number, but surely powerful in society, some interesting genealogical and business connections can be made from examining these papers. Many clients are also relations to the solicitors who often acted as trustees. In one case, we find a multi-generational connection between the Campbell and Burns families, beginning with the Jamaica sugar plantation owner Patrick Douglas and Scotland's celebrated national poet Robert Burns (1759-1796). In addition, these documents shed light on the leasing history of the Dalquharran Castle in South Ayrshire, which included hunting rights for at least one resident, as well as the Kennedy family's monetary investments in Australia. Interesting to note, one of the lawyers from this firm, Mr. Campbell, is related through marriage to the castle's then most recent owner, Mr. Francis Thomas Romilly Kennedy (died in 1892). Some items of special interest: ? A twenty page lease agreement was issued to a Glasgow coalmaster named Robert Burns (1844-1896), who was the great-great-grandson and namesake of the famous poet and lyricist Robert Burns (1759-1796) - who had visited the very same Mansion House of Garrallan in his day, being a friend of its proprietor at the time, Dr. Patrick Douglas. A fascinating and detailed document, the lessors were concerned with mining royalties, minerals specifically deemed as belonging to the Marquis of Bute, and minerals raised at the mansion house. [Garrallan was owned by the Campbell family until 1676. The Douglas family followed but it became extinct in the male line. Dr. Patrick Douglas, who died 1819, also owned property in Jamaica and in 1786 he offered Robert Burns a position as a bookkeeper in Port Antonio, but the poet declined. Burns was a visitor at Garrallan. Jane Douglas married Hamilton Boswell and this family retained it until 1914 when it was sold to the Stevenson family of Changue, who still own the property.] ? Another fascinating document is headed "Notes on Titles of Charlotte Square," now a World Heritage Site situated in Edinburgh. In this we find reference to feudal tenancy and particulars of construction. Excerpts from the document: "Charter by the Magistrates & Town Council of Edinburgh in favour of Alexander Stevens dated 1st June 1803... no buildings are to be erected... on the foresaid back ground... that the area of the square within the line of the street ways was to become a common property for the accommodation pleasure health or other convenience of the several feuars round said square... For the lot of ground in Charlotte Square X the sum of £6. 18/4 3/12 and further paying the sum of £14. 18/4 3/12 upon the entry of each heir and singular successor or disponee to said Lot Houses or Tenements built thereon... For the foresaid piece of ground on Young Street the sum... Disposition of Sir George Hope to Margaret Kyle of Binghill dated 2nd April 1818. Disposition & assignation of the said Rev'd Dr. James Kyle in favour of Alexander Russell dated 8th January 1868. Disposition Settlement by the said George Bruce [Factor and Law Agent, W.S.] dated 10th July 1891 & recorded in the Books of Council Session 27th July 1892." ? At least 8-10 documents pertain to Francis Thomas Romilly Kennedy (1842-1892) and the Dalquharran Castle which he inherited in 1879 and immediately expanded. The castle, which was built for his grandfather and featured a round bastion tower with a drawing room, piano nobile, and a library above, and an exquisite top-lit spiral central staircase, was extended from 1880-81 by Francis Thomas Romilly Kennedy, to accommodate his wife and bedrooms for their nine children. The work was completed at great expense, leaving the Kennedy family almost bankrupt. The family is known to have left Dalquharran for alternative lodgings, and by 1890 they had leased the castle and its lands as a hunting and fishing estate, as seen in this volume. Examples of the papers found herein include: An Agreement of Lease of the Dalquharran Castle as a furnished residence, "excepting the Strong Room retained by the proprietor", to James Paterson of Milton Lockhart, and includes surrounding lands with permission for shooting small game in accordance with the Ground Game Act of 1880. On 24 July 1893, the Scottish Union & National Insurance Company confirming notice of an "assignation" which transfers the estate of Francis Thomas Romilly Kennedy, to his second son "John Campbell Kennedy of the Royal Navy." A two page document which itemizes and places monetary value on the "Additional Inventory of the Personal Estate... of the late Mr. Kennedy", including the surrender value of a life insurance of sorts, from which are deducted debts and funeral expenses. A list of debentures, borrowed from institutions in Australia, Canada, and Oregon, also documents relating to his investments with the British and Australasian Trust and Loan Company. Matters concerning his executrix and widow Eliza Barbara Colina (née Campbell) Kennedy. ? An agreement permitting a John Ernest Orr to manufacture and sell a certain steam trap which was patented in 1892 by a millwright named John Mackie. As members of the elite society of Scottish solicitors, the Writers to the Signet, and thus holding special signing authorities and privileges, the firm of three attracted some notable clients, some of which were long-standing clients from generations past. A cursory gander through the volume finds these examples: ? William Jardine Herries Maxwell (1852-1933), a Liberal Unionist politician in Scotland. Maxwell was elected at the 1892 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dumfriesshire in 1895, but lost it very narrowly when his Liberal Party opponent had a majority of only 13 votes. He regained his seat in 1900, but stood down at the 1906 general election. ? William Caven Lockhart-Mure of Livingston in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, Lieutenant in the 4th Bombay Cavalry (Poona Horse), Indian Army, who later rose to the rank of Major, and died in died in 1913. [With a lease herein the lieutenant agreed to a term of five years, letting and maintaining the Livingstone House, gamekeeper's house, garden and orchard in Kirkcudbright. It was owned by Colonel John Stewart (died 1726), a Scottish professional soldier who served in the Scottish Army and, after the Union with England, in the British Army, who also held a seat in the House of Commons of Great Britain from 1708 to 1715, and who had inherited the property from his father. ? James Oswald (1779-1853), an influential merchant and Member of Parliament (MP) for Glasgow from 1832 to 1837 , who inherited the estate of his cousin Richard Alexander Oswald (1771-1841), a Scottish Liberal Party politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1832 to 1835. [Again a family connection, his son, also named Richard, married Lady Mary Kennedy.] ? Alexander Oswald (1811-1868), a Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayrshire from 1843 to 1852, as well as his father Richard Alexander Oswald, a Glasgow merchant. ? Robert Haldane Scott, a Scottish attorney in Jamaica who filed returns for slaves by plantation owners in Trelawny, and his daughter Eliza Scott who married Reverend Edward Holland of New South Wales and died intestate June 1890. [A detailed document assigns a woman named Margaret Jane Wakeford, resident of Falmouth, Jamaica, as Power of Attorney for the estate of the late Eliza Scott.] ? William Hume, technical chemist and innovative instrument maker, who was very active in the 1880s and 1890s designing and manufacturing magic lanterns, glass lantern slides, oxy-hydrogen lime-light apparatuses, a cantilever enlarging apparatus, a half-plate camera, rapid rectilinear lenses, and other photographic equipment, from his shop at 1 Lothian Street in Edinburgh. [A loan proposal herein indicates that he also purchased the property of 31 Lothian Street.] ? Annabella Alexandrina Campbell Boswell (1826-1914), gentlewoman, born at Yarrows, Bathurst Plains, New South Wales, having a maternal lineage linked to the Campbells. She was a prolific diarist, horsewoman, skilled watercolourist and pianist. In 1849 Annabella met Patrick Charles Douglas Boswell, a free settler from Ayrshire, Scotland, accountant for the Bank of New South Wales (later becoming manager), who was related to James Boswell the biographer, and presumably also Mr. Boswell of this firm. Together Annabella and Patrick returned to Scotland in 1865, where Patrick had inherited the family estate in Ayrshire. ? The only actual "will" recorded here is that of Bengal Army Major General Robert Farquhar Webster's widow, Janetta Annan Webster (née Dewar), which bequeaths the estate to her son, and permits the trustee to invest funds and heritable securities into in stocks of Great Britain, any British Colony or Dependency, until such time as he reaches the age of maturity. [Her husband was educated at the Edinburgh Academy before joining the British Army in India in 1843. He retired in 1878 as a Major General in the Bengal Staff Corps.] ? Major Archibald Hume of Auchendolly and Spitalside, born 27 Dec 1843, and recognized by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland for having presented the museum with a bronze enamelled harness ornament of British Celtic origin. ? William Fullarton of Fullarton (1754-1808), a Scottish soldier in the Bengal Staff Corps who participated in the Second Anglo-Mysore War, a statesman, agriculturalist, author, and son of a wealthy Ayrshire gentleman for whom he was named - William Fullarton of Fullarton. ? Reverend Samuel Smith, attached to the church and parish of Borgue in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright. ? Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Maitland (176-1824), a British soldier who served in St. Domingue, and colonial Governor of British Ceylon. Historical Scottish minutiae through and through, with over 170 documents to explore, the opportunity of finding little-known information or unravelling early questions of lineage and heritable rights is indeed great! Dalquharran Castle: In the spring of 1819 Thomas Francis Kennedy (1788-1879) of Dalquharran Castle and Dunure, Ayr, (Whig aristocrat and commissioner of woods, forests, land revenues, works and buildings), succeeded his estranged father to the encumbered Ayrshire estates. The principal properties were the Dalquharran Castle near Dailly, and the coastal estate of Dunure, situated between Dalquharran and Ayr. He died at Dalquharran in 1879 and was succeeded by his only child, Francis Thomas Romilly Kennedy (1842-1892). At great expense Francis Thomas Romilly Kennedy made expansions to the mansion, leaving the Kennedy family almost bankrupt. Recent studies suggest that external construction work was finally finished in the summer of 1890, relating this to a note made by Kennedy on documents bearing this date, and existing records regarding the exterior paving and roofing work being completed. The family is known to have left Dalquharran for alternative lodgings, and by 1890 they had leased the castle and its lands as a hunting and fishing estate. The castle had several tenants over the next 45 years, whilst staying in the hands of the Kennedy family. Eventually, the castle and the estate were put up for auction. It was bought by a Timber Merchant from Troon, who set about stripping the timber from the estate and who leased the castle to the Scottish Youth Hostel Association. Dalquharran remained a youth hostel until the Second World War, when the Langside School for the Deaf, evacuated from Glasgow, moved in. During the war, the Castle and lands were sold to one John Stewart, a produce merchant from Girvan, who later moved into Dalquharran with his family, and farmed the estate. The Stewart family co-habited the house with friends, but still the house proved too large and expensive to maintain, and was abandoned. The castle was inhabited as recently as 1967, but was unroofed to allow the then owners to avoid payment of high tax rates. It is now a ruin, with only the masonry shell remaining intact. The Society of Writers to Her Majesty?s Signet is a private society of Scottish solicitors, dating back to 1594 and part of the College of Justice. Writers to the Signet originally had special privileges in relation to the drawing up of documents which required to be signeted, but these have since disappeared and the Society is now an independent, non-regulatory association of solicitors. The Society maintains the Category A listed Signet Library, part of the Parliament House complex in Edinburgh, and members of the Society are entitled to the postnominal letters, WS. Wills/Testaments and Inheritance (Scotland): Heritable property, also known as immoveable or 'heritage' property and real estate, included land and buildings. Up to 1868 real estate was automatically inherited by the eldest son (the law of primogeniture) or daughter if there was no son unless there had been a specific disposition or bequest. The law of primogeniture applied to heritage until 1964. This meant that an eldest son might not appear named in the will. Likewise, a wife, who would automatically get the widow's part, may not be mentioned. The right to inherit was established by Retours of Services of Heirs or by a Trust Disposition and Settlement ('deed of settlement'). The actual register of the transfer or other change in ownership was recorded in Sasines.. Very Good.

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        The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur,

      Westminster: J. M. Dent,, 1893-94. of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Their Marvellous Enquests and Adventures the Achieving of the San Greal, and in the End, Le Morte Darthur, with the Dolorous Death and Departing out of This World of Them All. The text as written by Sir Thomas Malory and imprinted by William Caxton at Westminster the Year MCCCCLXXXV and now spelled in modern style. With an introduction by Professor Rhys and embellished with many original designs by Aubrey Beardsley. 2 volumes, quarto (238 × 190 mm). Contemporary red half morocco by Fazakerley of Liverpool, raised bands to spines forming compartments, second and fourth gilt-lettered direct within single-fillet panels gilt, remaining compartments with central fleuron devices gilt, marbled sides ruled in gilt, top edges gilt, fore edges untrimmed. With 2 mounted photogravure frontispieces on India paper, 18 full-page wood engravings (5 double-page), numerous text illustrations and approximately 350 designs for chapter headings and borders (foliate and historiated) all by Aubrey Beardsley. Contemporary gift inscription to front free endpaper. The slightest of rubbing to corners, joints and sides, light spotting to fore edges, mild toning, an excellent copy. First edition, one of 1800 copies printed. The book was issued in 12 parts in wrappers, with the purchaser given the choice of sending it back to Dent (who bound them in vellum or cream cloth with gilt blocking designed by Beardsley) or to a binder of their own choice. In 1892, seeking to emulate the books of the Kelmscott Press, John M. Dent commissioned the 20-year-old Beardsley to produce this edition of Le Morte D'Arthur. The 351 designs appearing in the first edition required 18 months for the artist to complete. Of this, Beardsley's first major work, John Lewis states: "In Le Morte d'Arthur Beardsley learnt his job, but the result is no bungling student's work … If he had never illustrated another book, this edition of Morte d'Arthur could stand as a monument of decorative book illustration" (The Twentieth Century Book, pp. 148-9).

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        Autograph letter signed "Bonus" to "Melchior" [the German conductor, Hermann Levi] discussing the Munich premiere of the composer's opera Hänsel and Gretel

      2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated Frankfurt, [?]September 27, 1893. In black ink. With address "Frankfurt a. M. Eschersheimer Landstr. 100" stamped in purple ink to head. In German (with translation). An important letter about the forthcoming Munich premiere of Humperdinck's opera, Hänsel and Gretel. The composer discusses casting, musical alterations, and a piano reduction of the opera with his correspondent, the prominent conductor, Hermann Levi. He also names several singers active in Munich, including Hermann Gura and Emanuela Frank. "For the part of the father, more consideration has to be given to the acting abilities rather than those of the voice; I believe, thus, that [Hermann] Gura is the right man for the job... With regards to the Hansel part, I will be glad to approve, if some parts are placed in a higher register... I was in Mainz yesterday, at Schott's, and learned that the completion of the piano reduction by the beginning of November is impossible." Slightly worn and stained; creased at folds; some words to first page slightly waterstained, not affecting legibility. Together with: A vintage bust-length postcard photograph. Postmarked [?]Vienna, August, [19][?]23. Slightly worn. . Hermann Levi (1839-1900) was the general music director of Munich at the time of this letter. "While working together in Bayreuth, Humperdinck and Levi had become good friends, calling one another by the nicknames 'Bonus' and 'Melchior.' In the summer of 1891, Humperdinck had come to see Parsifal with Hugo Wolf and when he met Levi, he told him of his new fairy tale opera [Hänsel and Gretel]. Levi was interested and asked to have the orchestra part for a composer's festival in Munich. Humperdinck sent him the Dream Pantomime, but the score arrived too late for the concert. Meanwhile Levi was soon so delighted by Humperdinck's music that he asked [Ernst von] Possart to secure the rights for the first performance of the opera. [Felix] Mottl from Karlsruhe and [Richard] Strauss from Vienna also both wanted to perform it. But Humperdinck said that if 'Melchior' were to conduct it, the first performance would have to be in Munich." Frithjof Haas in Hermann Levi: From Brahms to Wagner. Unfortunately, the Munich première, which was to occur on December 14, 1893, had to be postponed because one of the principal singers fell ill. Richard Strauss premièred it instead, on December 23, 1893 at the Hoftheater in Weimar.

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        ALONE WITH THE HAIRY AINU Or 3,800 Miles on a Pack Saddle inYezo and a Cruise to

      London 1893, Murray. Green pictorial cloth, very bright copy. very good, 325p., appendix, map, 93 b.w. illustrations, with. a log and list of artifacts found, 16 x 23 cm., small blind-. stamp on title & first fly, bit of foxing. FIRST EDITION. A MAGNIFICIENT PRIMARY RESOURCE ON THE AINU & HOKKAIDO A primary source on the Ainu people of Yezo [Hokkaido] with careful observations of customs, superstitions, morals, language and physiology. * An important primary resource and ethnology, travel book covering the Ainu, their geographic position, features, festivals, the Koro-pok-kuru Pit Dwellers, horse station, Kurile Islands, Ishikari River, Ainu habits, storehouses, trophies, furniture, art, weapons, ornaments, graves and tattoos. * Their physiognomy, attitudes, movements, clothes, music, poetry, dancing, heredity, morals, laws & punishments. * The marital relations and appendix of the Ainu body, with important glossary of Ainu words & geographical names in Yezo and the Kurile Islands. *** A fascinating and keen reference source by a trained observer, useful for an early and unspoiled view of Ainu life and society. Valuable travel guide to Yezo as well. * Profusely illustrated with figures, sketches & drawings by the author. Superbly written in a lucid manner. R A R E *** REFERENCE: H. Cordier: BIBLIOGRAPHIE JAPONICA 621 *** Color scans can be sent by eamail. Images displayed may not be the actual copy in stock for sale at any given time; if you want to see the exact image of the book or edition in stock, please request this by email and an image will be returned to you by attachment. * * * * BUY WITH .

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        Autograph letter signed "R Leoncavallo" to an unidentified male correspondent

      3 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated [Rome,] December 25, 1893. In black ink. On stationery with the name and illustration of the Hôtel Belle-Vue in Rome printed at head. In Italian (with translation). Leoncavallo describes at length, and with considerable anguish, some of his problems with publishers, journalists, and librettists. This letter is particularly intriguing for its account of the intense rivalry between the two greatest publishers of Italian opera in the late 19th-century: Ricordi and Sonzogno. "A group of people [at the Milanese newspaper, La Tribuna] are determined to make me suffer for the double sin for which I am not to blame: The first is that of belonging to Sonzogno... The second is that of not belonging to Ricordi, and so this is the way that petty journalists and politicians judge a work of art, which has cost me so much work, so much anxiety, and so many tears!... And for the first time all around me I feel discord and coldness and indifference and it brings me great sorrow." Slightly worn, soiled and stained; creased at edges and folds; two small tears to edges of central fold; two small holes to center of second leaf. Together with: A postcard photograph of the composer. Slightly worn; small stains to verso. . "Ricordi owned the rights to nearly all of the traditional Italian repertory, including the works of Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi; and through Lucca, the Italian rights to Wagner's operas. Sonzogno, beginning in 1874, had acquired the Italian rights to the works of virtually the entire body of contemporary French composers, including Bizet, Massenet, and Thomas. Among the emerging composers of the 1880s and 1890s, Puccini was the prize of Ricordi's 'stable'... Sonzogno, who was far more aggressive in seeking out younger composers, had nearly the entire giovane scuola under contract, including Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Giordano, Cilèa, and a number of lesser-known figures... " Alan Mallach in The Autumn of Italian Opera: From Verismo to Modernism, 1890-1915, p. 212. Less than two months before Leoncavallo wrote this letter, his opera, I Medici, had been premiered in Milan with little success. Indeed, in spite of the successful premiere of Pagliacci the year before, it became increasingly difficult for Leoncavallo to have his works performed in Italy. Both Pagliacci and I Medici would be well-received in Germany, however, "where audiences were favorably inclined to works of the Giovane Scuola." Michele Girardi in Grove Music Online.

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