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        The Diary of Samuel Pepys M.A. F.R.S. . . . With Lord Braybrooke's Notes, Edited with Additions By Henry B. Wheatley F.S.A. (10 volumes)

      London: George Bell & Sons, 1893. First Edition Thus. Half Morocco. Marbled Boards. . Very Good.

      [Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books and Antiques]
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        Familie der Cacteen.

      - Switzerland, unpublished, 1893-1905. Folio. (ca. 38 x 28 cm). 24 pp. of hand-written text, including an "Eintheilung nach Förster", and loose sheets (some on grey paper) with original hand-coloured illustrations of various Cacteae, similar succulents, and a few other plants, many after specimens in the Botanischer Garten Basel. Text in contemporary paper wrappers.= A unique portfolio of original water colour illustrations of, mostly, cacti, including specimens from the Botanical Garden in Basel, mostly dated between 1893-1896, one dated 1898, and one 1905. Thirty-seven leaves in total, some with more than one image. The quality of the paintings and the colouring varies, but the majority is very good to excellent: rich in detail and subtile in colouring and shading. Five plates show other plants (Passiflora, peony, common grape hyacinth, etc.), one is partly in sketch. A few are copied from Curtis' Botanical Magazine. The Förster referred to on the front leaf is C. Förster's "Handbuch der Cacteenkunde in ihrem ganzen Umfange, nach dem gegenwärtigen Stande der Wissenschaft bearbeitet". Front leaf of the portfolio with a few creases, also affecting the opposite text. Some marginal age-toning and slight soiling, otherwise a very good and attractive item. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat Schierenberg]
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        Le Morte D'Arthur (Illustrated By Aubrey Beardsley : Bound By The Chelsea Bindery)

      UK: Dent (London), 1893-4 First edition: Two volumes. One of 1500 sets of the 'ordinary issue' published by J.M. Dent in 1893 (there are also 300 sets printed on Van Gelder paper). The BOOKS are in Very Good++ or better condition. Top edge gilt. Free from inscriptions and erasures. Some toning to the pages edges and minor edge wear to the page edges in a few places with in Vol. 2, a repair to a small closed tear on the verso of the lower edge of the colophon page and a small area of loss to the lower edge of the title page. Two frontispieces with some offsetting of these to the facing pages and 18 full page wood engravings (including five double-page), numerous text illustrations, and approximately 350 designs for chapter headings and borders, all by Aubrey Beardsley. Both volumes have been lavishly rebound by The Chelsea Bindery in full black morocco with five raised bands. Re-gilding of the top edges with gilt titling and decoration to the spines, covers and interior borders. Beautiful marbled endpapers with two further blank endpapers to the front and rear in both volumes. The binding remains tight in both volumes. The slightest of rubbing to the gilt decoration in places. Housed in a custom buckram slipcase with black morocco edging and a silk tie. An exquisite set of Beardsley's masterpiece. Always an avid reader Beardsley frequented London's antiquarian book shops, where he forged a friendship with book shop owner, Frederick Evans. Evans admired Aubrey's work and introduced him to a fellow customer, publisher J.M. Dent. Dent was planning a beautifully illustrated version of Malory's Morte D'Arthur, along the lines of some of Morris's Kelmscott Press books, but using a less expensive printing process. Loath to pay the elevated fee William Morris would charge for this commission, Dent was persuaded to employ Aubrey Beardsley. To help secure this commission Beardsley drew 'The Achieving of the Sangreal'. The images drawn for this volume remain the artist's most striking work and have not been equalled by any of his many disciples. Beardsley's life was tragically short with him dying of tuberculosis at the age of 26. In those few years he managed however to leave a great and lasting artistic legacy. A beautiful set. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.

      [Bookseller: Ashton Rare Books ABA (Associate) PBFA]
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        The Fall River tragedy A history of the Borden murders

      Fall River [MA]: J. D. Munroe, 1893. 8vo, pp. [2], 312; illustrations throughout the text and on plates, mostly photoreproductive; green publisher's cloth binding, gilt title direct on cover and spine; gilt on spine dull, upper joint starting, 1" tear to page 15, touching text but without loss, very good and sound in a new clamshell box. The best contemporary account of the famous Lizzy Borden murders, describing the scene of the crime and transcribing the events of the courthouse up until the jury's decision.

      [Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books]
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        Watts' Dictionary Of Chemistry *4 Volumes*

      London, UK: Longmans, Green and Co., 1893. 3rd Edition . Hardcover. Fine. Size=6.5"x9.5. (full book description) Longmans, Green and Co., London, UK, 1893. 3rd Edition Near Fine, Hard Cover, DJs Not Issued. Size=6.5"x9.5", 3286pgs(Index). 4 volumes complete. Brown leather spines with gold gilt letters, dark brown pebbled cloth boards, marbled page ends and free endpapers. Clean, tight and bright. No ink names, tears, chips, etc. SELLING WORLDWIDE since 1987. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES, WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE!

      [Bookseller: Ed Conroy Bookseller]
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        Eskimo Life

      ondon- Longmans, Green and Co. 1893 - A scarce first edition of this work by Fridtjof Nansen. With 16 plates and woodcuts in the text. Publisher's Catalogue to the rear. Fridtjof Nansen was a Norwegian arctic explorer, scientist, diplomat and humanitarian. Hispolar explorationwon him international fame and recognition, and his innovations in equipment and clothing were influential in the field of Arctic exploration. Condition: In a green cloth binding with gilt pictorial detail to front board. Externally, smart with just some light rubbing to extremities and wear to the head and tail of the spine. Front hinge tender after endpaper. Lacking a blank. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages bright with light scattered spotting. Publisher's catalogue age toned. Ink signatures to half title. Blind stamp to verso of frontispiece. Overall: GOOD [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Celtic Twilight: Men and Women, Dhouls and Faeries

      London: Lawrence and Bullen, 1893. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good +. 12mo, 212pp., with frontispiece by J. B. Yeats. A very good or better copy in the publisher's green cloth. Appears to be the second state binding with "Lawrence and Bullen" on the spine (not in ALL CAPS). Tissue guard at frontispiece (by J. B. Yeats) partly detached, but holding. Spine ever so mildly cocked, and contemporary ownership signature of a Dubliner on the front paste-down. Otherwise a bright, clean, crisp copy with the gentlest corner wear.

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        Birds in a Village

      Chapman and Hall 1893 - Chapman and Hall, London 1893. First Edition / First Printing. Dated 1893 with no additional printings. Brown cloth boards. Book Condition: Very Good, tight spine, shelf wear. Light spots, light age toning. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Unter dem Stern. Tusche und Deckweiß auf Transparentpapier. Unten rechts signiert. Auf Pappe montiert und gerahmt.

      Der ungarische Künstler Sándor Bortnyik (1893 - 1976) war einer der bekanntesten Vertreter der Künstlergruppe ?MA?. In seinen vom deutschen Expressionismus und französischen Kubismus geprägten Arbeiten unterstützte der Avantgarde-Künstler auch die Kommunistische Partei (Kommunisták Magyarországi Pártja). Nach der Niederschlagung der ungarischen Räterepublik im August 1919 emigrierte Bortnyik mit Kassák und anderen ?MA?-Künstlern nach Wien. Anfang der 20er Jahre stellte Bortnyik in der Berliner Galerie ?Der Sturm? aus und wohnte einige Jahre in Weimar, wo er enge Verbindungen zum Bauhaus hat. 1928 gründet der inzwischen nach Budapest zurückgekehrte Bortnyik die Schule für Werbegrafik ?Mühely?, auch ?Das kleine Bauhaus? genannt. Guter Zustand.

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        Eigenh. Visitenkarte mit U. O. O., Ende 1893.

      1893. 1 S. Visitkartenformat. An einen namentlich nicht genannten Adressaten: "Dianen's Gunst und Waidmannsheil! für 1894. Herzliche Glückwünsche zum Jahreswechsel". - Aufgewachsen im Salzburger Exil der Familie Habsburg-Toskana, durchlief der Sohn Großherzog Ferdinand IV. und Alice von Parmas eine militärische Laufbahn bis zum Feldmarschall. Mitten im Ersten Weltkrieg, im Juni 1915 bat er um seine Demissionierung und wurde, ebenso wie sein Bruder Josef Ferdinand Salvator, beurlaubt. "General Auffenberg warf ihm in seinen Memoiren vor, durch ungeschicktes Taktieren die Einkesselung der russischen fünften Armee bei Komarow verhindert zu haben" (Hamann, Habsburger, 382). Später doch wieder im Krieg installiert, wurde Peter Ferdinand von Kaiser Karl zum General der Infanterie bestellt und stand u. a. an der Tiroler Westfront im Gefecht. Nach dem Krieg anfänglich mit seiner Familie in der Schweiz domiziliert, kehrten der Erzherzog und seine Familie in den späten dreißiger Jahren nach

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        Vikram and the Vampire or Tales of Hindu Devilry.

      London: Tylston and Edwards, 1893. London:: Tylston and Edwards, 1893.. Tall 8vo. xxi, [3], 243, [5] pp. Photogravure frontispiece by Albert Letchford (1866-1905), 33 illus. by Ernest Griset of which 16 are full-page plates printed on special china paper and mounted on fine card stock; occasional foxing. Original elaborate gilt-stamped pictorial black cloth, t.e.g.; front joint laid down, head and tail mended, endpapers stained. PUBLISHER

      [Bookseller: Jeff Weber Rare Books ]
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        A nineteenth century Louis Vuitton trade card

      [Circa 1893]. Thin card, 83 x 121 mm, lithograph printed recto only in black on pale aqua; a very light stain at left hand edge, otherwise in fine condition. A rare early example of the trade card of the firm of Louis Vuitton, one of the most famous brands in history. The card gives the addresses of Louis Vuitton's iconic Paris store at 1, rue Scribe, in the highly fashionable district in the vicinity of the Place de l'Opéra, which had opened in 1871; and also of the London store at 454, Strand, which opened in 1885. Although the card was printed in Paris, it is in English (it advertises "Trunks and Bags") and has an extremely early London telephone number (simply Charing +). It is therefore likely that it was produced exclusively for the London store. The emblem at the centre shows the French flag, the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes. This helps to date the card to around 1893, the year that George Vuitton visited the United States for the first time and Vuitton luggage was displayed at the World's Fair in Chicago. The address of the Vuitton workshops inAsnières-sur-Seine, now the home of the Louis Vuitton private museum, is printed across the bottom of the card.

      [Bookseller: Douglas Stewart Fine Books]
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        The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, Second Edition, Revised, Eighth Thousand

      Murray, London 1893 - 2 Vols. Pp, xiv, 473, 1 Works of Charles Darwin; x, 495 Contemporary half Morroco. Very good condition [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Anah Dunsheath RareBooks ABA ANZAAB ILAB]
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        Landschaft in Prinzbach (bei Biberach im Kinzigtal) in spätimpressionistischer Bildauffassung, signiert rechts unten. Blick ins Tal bei bewölktem Himmel mit umgebenden bewaldeten Hügeln, im Vordergrund rechts ein Bauernhaus und links ein Bauer mit Kuh auf der Wiese an einem Bachlauf. Ölgemälde auf Leinwand in Spannrahmen

      45 x 59 cm. Zeitgenössischer Holzrahmen. Rückseitig auf dem Spannrahmen mit alter handschr. Bezeichnung "Prinzbach bei Biberach (Kinzigtal)". - Heinrich Bühler (1893 Landau - 1986 Karlsruhe): Maler, 1903 Übersiedlung der Familie nach Offenburg, 1907 Lehre im Büro einer Glasmalerei. 1910-14 Studium an der Kunstakademie Karlsruhe nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg beendet er sein Studium an der Kunstakademie Karlsruhe (bei Friedrich Fehr und Walter Georgi). Ab 1924 als freischaffender Maler tätig. 1934 Beteiligung an der "Ständigen Kunstausstellung Baden-Baden. Jubiläumsausstellung" 1941 Beteiligung an der "Oberrheinischen Kunstausstellung" (Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden) Studienreisen nach Italien, Frankreich, Griechenland und in die Niederlande. - Heinrich Bühler malte vor allem Landschaften der badischen Region und Stillleben. Literatur: Mülfahrt, Leo (1987): Kleines Lexikon Karlsruher Maler Badenia-Verlag Karlsruhe S. 167. Sehr gut erhalten.

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        Lexicon Hispano-Guaranicum "Vocabulario de la lengua guaraní". Secundum Vocabularium Antonii Ruiz de Montoya anno MDCCXXII in Civitate S. Mariae Majoris denuo editum et adauctum sub auspiciis "

      In aedibus Guilielmi Kohlhammer, Stuttgardiae 1893 - 545 pp páginas [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Libreria de Antano (ILAB & ABA Members)]
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        The adventures of Sherlock Holmes

      Light spotting to title, occasional marginal dust soiling, else a very good, tight, clean copy.

      [Bookseller: Westfield Books]
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        The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti. Based on the Studies in the Archives of the Buonarroti family at Florence. With etched portrait and fifty reproductions of the works of the master. In two volumes.

      London: John C. Nimmo, 1893 - 2 volumes, large octavo (228 x 166 mm). Near-contemporary blue half morocco for Bumpus of Oxford Street, blue cloth sides, titles gilt to blue morocco label to front covers and to spines gilt in compartments, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, blue marbled endpapers, purple silk page markers, original covers bound in at rear. With the bookplate of politician and mechanic Sir David Lionel Goldsmid-Stern-Salomons (1851–1925), dated 1908, to the front pastedowns. Bookseller's catalogue label to front free binder's blank. A couple of tiny scratches to boards, faint mark to front board of vol. 2, foxing to edges, offsetting to endpapers, an excellent set. Title pages in red and black, frontispieces and 48 plates with tissue-guards, a folding chart and 6 tables. First edition of Symond's "monumental biography of Michelangelo" (ODNB). Symond's popular works of "history of art embodied a theory of sexual liberation . As his Italian studies progressed, critics rebuked him for unearthing 'scandals' and 'filth'; publication of his discovery in the Buonarroti archives that Michelangelo's poems and letters had been deliberately altered so as to obscure masculine love was deemed mischievous" (ODNB). [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Unter dem Stern. Tusche und Deckweiß auf Transparentpapier. Unten rechts signiert. Auf Pappe montiert und gerahmt.

      Der ungarische Künstler Sándor Bortnyik (1893 - 1976) war einer der bekanntesten Vertreter der Künstlergruppe ?MA?. In seinen vom deutschen Expressionismus und französischen Kubismus geprägten Arbeiten unterstützte der Avantgarde-Künstler auch die Kommunistische Partei (Kommunisták Magyarországi Pártja). Nach der Niederschlagung der ungarischen Räterepublik im August 1919 emigrierte Bortnyik mit Kassák und anderen ?MA?-Künstlern nach Wien. Anfang der 20er Jahre stellte Bortnyik in der Berliner Galerie ?Der Sturm? aus und wohnte einige Jahre in Weimar, wo er enge Verbindungen zum Bauhaus hat. 1928 gründet der inzwischen nach Budapest zurückgekehrte Bortnyik die Schule für Werbegrafik ?Mühely?, auch ?Das kleine Bauhaus? genannt. Guter Zustand.

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        Le Docteur Pascal

      Paris, Bibliothèque Charpentier. 1893, 1893, in-8, [6]-390-[23] pp, 1 planche dépliante, demi-chagrin rouge à coins, dos à faux nerfs, petit fer ex-libris doré en pied du dos [Arthur Meyer] et signature du relieur [Lemale], tête dorée, Édition originale. Tirage limité à 340 exemplaires numérotés sur papier de Hollande, celui-ci portant le n°4. Exemplaire à toutes marges. Le Docteur Pascal est le vingtième et dernier volume de la série des Rougon-Macquart ; l'intrigue se situe après la chute du Second Empire, période qui constituait le cadre historique de l'ensemble de l'oeuvre. Ce roman constitue donc une conclusion à l'histoire de la famille, et permet à Zola de développer les théories sur l'hérédité qu'il a empruntées aux docteurs Prosper Lucas et Bénédict Augustin Morel. Le docteur Pascal est, de l'aveu même de son auteur, "un des romans auxquels [il] tient le plus", "le résumé et la conclusion de toute son oeuvre". L'ouvrage s'ouvre sur une planche repliée sur laquelle est représenté l'arbre généalogique des Rougon-Macquart. Exemplaire de la bibliothèque d'Arthur Meyer, directeur quotidien conservateur et mondain Le Gaulois, qui sera absorbé par le Figaro, avec son fer ex-libris en pied du dos, représentant un coq avec la devise "je chante clair". Agréable exemplaire, à l'intérieur frais

      [Bookseller: Librairie Alain Brieux]
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        Bildnis einer jungen Frau im Profil nach links.

      - Lithographie, signiert. Darstellungsgröße ca. 22,5:37 cm, Blattgröße 34,5:47,5 cm. Sehr guter Abdruck auf dünnem gelblichem Velin, mit Remarque, Tusch- und Kreideproben im Stein links. Vom Künstler bezeichnet „Epreuve unique". In den Rändern nicht ganz frisch. Girardot, als Maler und Graphiker in Paris tätig, wurde durch Ausstellungsteilnahmen in München und Berlin in den Jahren 1893-1896 auch in Deutschland bekannt.

      [Bookseller: Galerie Joseph Fach GmbH]
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        Golf: A Royal & Ancient Game

      London: Macmillan and Co, 1893. Second edition of this rare and early work on golf, preceded by the very rare Scotland Edition of 1875. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt topstain, gilt titles to the spine, gilt vignette to the front panel. Woodcut frontispiece by John Gilbert depicting Charles I playing golf on Leith links, tissue-guard, 6 plates and numerous wood engravings in the text. In near fine condition with light rubbing, bookplate. "Widely regarded as one of the most significant, as well as best produced, early books on the history of golf, Clark's work is a compilation of the earliest literature on the game. In assembling the book, Clark, a well-known Edinburgh printer, collected early press reports, biographical sketches, significant acts of Parliament, municipal records, diaries, and extracts from the minutes of the earliest golf clubs" Murdoch 128; D&M 900.

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      Imprenta, Librería y Encuadernación de Menor Hermanos, Toledo 1893 - 664=XII+613=VI+658=XI+687 -17 x 25 cm. Tomo 1, 1893 - Tomo 2 - 1898 - Tomos 3 y 4, 1901 - Abundantes ilustraciones intercaladas y un mapa plegado. El autor fue canónigo penitenciario de la Catedral de Toledo. Dedicatoria manuscrita de José van den Brule. Enc. media piel. Exlibris. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Seltene Liebig-Bilder-Serie (unvollständig): Sanguinetti Nr. 378: Scenes Enfantines 7.

      ( 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: Hier eine seltene, unvollständige Serie, die nicht in Deutschland erschienen ist - mit französischem Text bzw. Werbetext " Extrait de Viande Liebig ". Einzelbildverkauf ist möglich - Preis hierfür auf Anfrage ). Hier die Serie Nr. 378: " Scenes Enfantines 7 " aus dem Jahrgang 1893. ( Diese Serie ist nur in Frankreich erschienen / italienischer Titel hierzu: " Scene di Fanciulli 7 ". Von den 6 erschienenen Bildern sind hier 3 Bilder vorhanden: " Bild a: Les cygnes au Bois de Boulogne / Bild c: La Lecon dEquatation / Bild e: Kes okausurs de la plage ". Mit teils starken Gebrauchsspuren: Bild a: gering fleckig, rechte obere Ecken angeknickt / Bild c: gering berieben, leicht fleckig im weißen Außenrand, Rückseite beschädigt / Bild f: etwas fleckig, berieben, unten mit Einriß, Rückseite fleckig und beschädigt. Ecken der Bilder teils gering bestoßen. - außerordentlich selten - ( Pic erhältlich / webimage available )

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        Samuel Thomas Thorne: Missionary to China, Minister of the Gospel, of the Bible Christian Church, and Missionary to Yun-Nan, in South-Western China

      London: The Bible Christian Missionary Committee, 1893 - First edition, first printing. Small octavo, 19*13cm, 131p. Scarce first edition hardcover. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Works of Alexandre Dumas [The Count of Monte-Cristo and The Three Musketeers].

      Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1893-1896. Edition du Luxe of the Works of Alexandre Dumas. One of a thousand numbered copies. Octavo, 40 volumes. Bound in three quarters blue morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panel, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Illustrated throughout. In near fine condition. A very nice set. The Count of Monte Cristo, in particular, is "perhaps the outstanding work of fiction to reveal the futility of human vengeance, even when it attains its utmost completeness. Maurice Baring calls it the most popular book in the world" (Frank Wild Reed). "One of the best thrillers ever written" (Reid, 134).

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      London: Tower Publishing Company Limited, 1893. First edition. Small booksellers ticket affixed to upper front paste-down, presentation gift label affixed to front paste-down, some foxing to several of the first and last leaves. Cloth rubbed at edges, a solid, clean, nearly fine copy. The first edition is very uncommon. (19976). Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-viii [1] 2-393 [394: ad], inserted frontispiece with illustration by E. S. Hope and sixteen inserted plates with illustrations by Fred T. Jane, original pictorial bevel-edged blue cloth, front panel stamped in black and gold, spine panel stamped in gold, slate coated endpapers. The author's first novel, preceded by two poetry books published pseudonymously as "Lara." From the period of 1870 up to 1914, the start of WW I, future war fiction was at it's height of popularity. Griffith was one of the writers who realized the destructive power that aerial warfare would bring to future conflict, as well as the overall impact of new technology on armed conflict. In Griffith's hugely popular and very influential novel the inventor of a new flying ship joins the Brotherhood of Freedom, an organization that controls the work of Nihilists, Anarchists, and Socialists throughout the world and is popularly known as the Terror. When war starts in Europe the daughter of the mysterious Master of the Terrorists, Natas (Satan backwards), plans to let the European powers destroy each other and then the Brotherhood will step in and take over Europe which will then be united (under Anglo-Saxon rule) into a single force to meet the "impending flood of yellow barbarians" assumed to be forming in the East. As the war progresses the Russians overrun all of Europe and invade England. After England's king (Edward VII) surrenders to the Brotherhood, the Russian attackers in England are slaughtered and the Brotherhood's air force quickly conquers the Russian homeland. There is no invasion from Asia and the West is at peace under socialist rule. "THE ANGEL OF THE REVOLUTION is remarkable not only for its extravagant visions of aerial bombing and mass destruction but also for its bastardized political ideology, which is a curious mixture of radical opinions ... Along with M. P. Shiel and H. G. Wells, he anticipated that the next war might be 'the most frightful carnival of destruction the world has ever seen,' involving the slaughter of millions of people, mostly noncombatants. This did not, however, deter him from looking forward to that conflict hopefully and enthusiastically. Like Shiel, he was an Anglo-Saxon chauvinist; like Wells a socialist; and he was hopeful that the apocalyptic clash of forces might result in the end of tyranny in Europe and the permanent victory of Christendom over the religious empires of the East. The attainment of such an end, in his view, would easily justify the death of millions ... By the time Griffith wrote his last novel, THE LORD OF LABOUR (published posthumously in 1911), his war of the imminent future was being fought with atomic missiles and disintegrator rays. He was still looking forward eagerly to the conflict. What effect the spectacle of the actual Great War might have had on his imaginative enthusiasm we can only guess." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 67-71. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-84; (1981) 1-83; (1987) 1-41; (1995) 1-41; and (2004) II-465. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 929. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 365. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 19. Clarke, Voices Prophesying War: Future Wars 1763-3749, p. 229. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 76. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 97. Negley, Utopian Literature 468. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, pp. 36, 45-7. Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 67-71. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 52. Bleiler (1978), p. 87. Reginald 06364. Hubin (1994), p. 355.

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      New York: Dick's Publishing House, n. d. (ca 1893)., 1893. First edition. First edition. 12mo. Original pictorial pink wrappers, 16 pp. Born in 1855, in what is now the town of Eagle Pass, Maverick County, Texas, Lone Star Harry, at the age of fourteen, "was broke in as a cowboy" and worked for the C.C., 63, and other ranges. He worked as a scout for General Crook and various Wild West shows. One of the most important features of this pamphlet is the section entitled: "My Experience on the Texas Cattle Trail, A Picturesque Business Killed by Steam and Iron, Experiences during a Cattle Drive of 3,500 cattle from Texas up to Nebraska." This drive took place in 1882, with Captain Charles King, bound for Ogallala. Includes information on handling cowponies, and tips on how to quiet cattle after a stampede. The section on gun handling advises people to stand with their left side facing a gunman, who will then be unable to hit your heart. In 1890, Lone Star traveled to the East, and began his career as a trick pistol shot for Dr. Solomon's Wild West Show until 1893. Not in Adams Herd or National Union Catalogue. A very scarce and unrecorded cattle narrative and probably for Wild West Show distribution. Very fine copy.

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        Bordeaux und seine Weine nach ihren Lagen und Klassen geordnet von Edouard Feret. Erste deutsche Ausgabe nach der gleichzeitigen, sechsten französischen Ausgabe übertragen von Paul Wendt. Mit gegen 400 Ansichten hervorragender Weinschlösser, gezeichnet von Eug. Vergez.

      Stettin und Bordeaux, Friedr. Nagel (Paul Niekammer) / Feret et Fils 1893. - 19 x 13 cm. XVIII, 856 S., 10, [1] S. Anzeigen. Mit 11 gefalteten, farbigen Karten und ca. 400 Text-Holzstichen. Illustriertes Original-Ganzleinen mit reicher Goldprägung. Einband nur gering berieben. Schatten eines Stempels auf Vorsatz und Vortitel. Titelblatt mit sehr kleiner, hinterlegter Fehlstelle (verso etwas Buchstabenverlust). Die ersten Blätter mit Feuchtigkeitsspur im Innensteg. Etwas stockfleckig. Fromm II, 5425. Vgl. Bitting 93 u. Vicaire 186 (frz. Ausg.). Erste und einzige deutsche Ausgabe. Gesuchtes, unentbehrliches Handbuch; mit Karten und Abbildungen aller bedeutenden Schlösser; Angaben über Besitzer, Grösse und Mengen, Weinqualität, usw. Trotz der beschriebenen Mängel ein noch gutes Exemplar.

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      Boussod, Valadon et Cie 1893 - BENTZON (Thérèse). Jacqueline. Paris, Boussod, Valadon et Cie, 1893. Grand in-8 (36 x 25.5 cm) relié plein maroquin (Bretault). Un des 50 exemplaires numérotés sur Chine, sans impression au verso des pages, accompagné d’une magnifique aquarelle originale signée d’Albert Lynch, d’un frontispice spécial et d’une suite des planches tirées en bistre avant la lettre sur papier du Japon. L’exemplaire est relié dans une remarquable reliure plein maroquin aubergine signée de Joseph Bretault (1856-1903) dont tout le talent s’exprime au revers des plats dans une composition d’encadrements, de roulette, d’ornements floraux avec papillon. Gardes de papier velours et marbré, tête dorée, couverture originale conservée. Beau portrait original de l’héroïne, aquarellé et signé en bas à gauche par Albert Lynch (1851-1912). Edition originale de ce roman initiatique de la journaliste, essayiste et romancière Thérèse Bentzon (1840-1907, pseud. de Marie Thérèse Blanc), collaboratrice à la Revue des deux Mondes, grande voyageuse aux États-Unis, pays duquel elle a écrit sur la littérature américaine et la condition sociale. Jacqueline raconte l'histoire la jeune fille du Baron de Nailles, âgée de quinze ans qui vit avec son père et sa belle-mère, qu’elle admire, et qui cependant craint que la jeune fille s’épanouisse en beauté et dépasse la sienne. Elle va donc la maintenir en enfance dans une tentative désespérée de retarder sa maturité. Mais lorsque le célèbre peintre Hubert Marien, un intime de la famille, désire peindre le portrait de Jacqueline, une série d'événements conduira la jeune fille sur les voies de l’amour et de l’initiation au monde des adultes. L’exemplaire bénéficie d’une remarquablement discrète restauration professionnelle. Très bel état pour un ouvrage qui conjugue les caractères de l’excellence de la bibliophile. (Monod, 1384 ; Vicaire, I, 392 ; Fléty, 33). [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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      New York: Francis P. Harper, 1893. - Three text volumes plus atlas, totaling 1364pp. Facsimiles, plates, and maps (some folding). Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Light wear to head and foot of spines. Inner hinges of first volume cracked. Associated newspaper clippings on pastedown of first and atlas volume. Internally clean. Partially unopened. Maps with some very minor wear. Very good. In a green cloth slipcase. One of 800 sets on "fine book paper" from an edition limited to 1000 sets. The first "modern" edited scholarly edition of the Lewis and Clark account and manuscripts, reprinting the official text of 1814, but with extensive notes by Elliot Coues based on his examination of the surviving manuscripts and maps of the expedition. This was also the first of a series of landmark publications by Harper on western exploration, and the first editing project of the prolific Coues. "[Coues'] edition of 1893 ranks second in importance only to the original journals. His lengthy annotations, based on first-hand knowledge of the territory, are highly informative, and his bibliographical essay is a major contribution" - Wagner-Camp. A landmark work in the history of western historiography, ushering in modern scholarship the same year as the Turner thesis. HOWES L317. GRAFF 2484. WAGNER-CAMP 13:7 (note). LITERATURE OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION 5b.2.

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        Fine Cabinet Photograph by A. Pasetti, signed and dated, (Grand Duchess, 1875-1960, Sister of Nicholas II and Wife of his Cousin Grand Duke Alexander)

      1893 - showing her three quarters length wearing a fur stole and hat, 6½" x 4¼", no place, (St. Petersburg),

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        Le Morte DArthur The Birth Life and Acts of King Arthur 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 Dolourous 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. MDCCCXCIII.

      J. M. Dent & Co, London 1893 - First edition in this format 1893 - 1894. This edition of Le Morte DArthur is limited to 350 copies on Dutch Hand Made paper and 1500 ordinary copies (of which this is one), after printing which the type has been distributed. Two matching volumes (Vol 1 1893, Vol 2 1894). Vol 1: xc, 455pp plus illustrations; Vol 2: vii, 456 - 990pp plus illustrations. Cloth boards with lavish gilt decoration to upper board and spine, gilt publisher's motif to lower boards. Top edge gilt. Iconic images by Beardsley. Vol 1 has 12 illustrations (including frontis), Vol 2 has 8 illustrations (including frontis) of these 5 are double-page. Numerous line drawings and decorations throughout the text. Very good condition with even wear to both volumes. Boards generally lightly soiled. Gilt bright. Some very slight ruckling to the large section of gilt at the lower reaches of the upper board of Vol 1. Both spines slightly darkened but equally so. Flamboyant signature of previous owner to both ffeps plus printed bookplate to pastedown of Vol1. Some light spotting and toning to prelims and to to frontispiece tissue guards in both volumes. Main body of each volume clean and virtually free of spotting, a few light marks. Silk page marker lost to Vol 1. Light dust soiling to page edges. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Lecture And Sketches Of Life On The Sandwich Islands And Hawaiian Travel And Scenery

      San Francisco: The Bancroft Company , 1893. First edition. Very Good. 12mo, 64 pages, 3/4 morocco (scuffed), marbled boards, original pink wrappers bound in. Ex libris Cyrus H. McCormick (son of the inventor; he was Chairman of International Harvester Corp). Scarce [WorldCat cites only 9 copies]. Bennett was the Editor of "Bennett's Own", a weekly Hawaiian newspaper. He also authored the HONOLULU DIRECTORY, and SKETCHES OF HAWAIIAN HISTORY.

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        Text-Book of Biology

      London: W.B. Clive & Co., 1893. Undetermined. very good. 1st Edition Ist issue. x,149,36; x,157,(2),32pp. 16mo. Original dark green cloth with gilt titling on spine. Blind double line borders on both front and back covers. Black coated endpapers. Half titles in both volumes. 24 two page folding plates in part one. 23 folding plates in part two. Minor wear and soiling to the boards. Fairly extensive pencil notations through out especially on the blank portions of some plates. very good Hammond page 75. E 1. Publishers catalogue dated 19/9/92 in part one and dated 4/10/94 in part two. Plates drawn by Wells in both volumes. With the Natural History bookplate of Ruth and Herbert Runsdorf in volume one. Bookplate removed from volume two. A very nice set of Wells very scarce first book which shows much more commonly as the second edition. 1893

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        The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication. Second edition, revised. Eighth thousand. With illustrations.

      London:: John Murray, 1893.. Two volumes. Small 8vo. xiv, 473, [1]; x, 495, [1] pp. Illus., index. Original full deep red morocco, stamped in gilt, a.e.g., by J. Low, Binder Bookplate of Alice Hillingdon [plate sign W.P.B.]; Award-plate mounted on front pastedown, “The Daniel Reardon Prize ... to Mr. Frederick Hindle ... to Mr. Frederick George Hindle, of Darwen, April 1899.” A bit rubbed; very good +. RARE DELUXE FORM OF THE DARWIN VOLUMES. With a hand-painted watercolor hidden under the fanned edges of these volumes one finds: [I] a vertical scene, bisected with two vignettes, one being a portrait of “Darwin in 1840” and the other a view of the HMS Beagle – the surrounding areas being a hand-painted continuation of the marbled endleaves, painted onto the fanned fore-edge. [II]: vertical views containing two vignettes: a portrait of “Darwin in 1880” and the other a view of Down House, Darwin's home. Painted, England, ca. 1990s. PROVENANCE: Frederick George Hindle (1848–1925), Liberal Party politician in the United Kingdom, served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Darwen, Lancashire (January 1910 - December 1910). Lady Alice Hillingdon was married to Charles Mills, 2nd Baron Hillingdon, from 1886; her portrait was made by Frank Dicksee in 1905.

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        60 years on the upper Mississippi My life and experiences

      Rock Island, IL: privately printed, 1893. First edition, 12mo, pp. [4], 300; original limp maroon cloth lettered in gilt on the upper cover; joints lightly rubbed, but generally near fine. Signed and dated (1901) by the author in pencil on the flyleaf. Despite the date of 1893 on the title page, Howes notes that the introduction is dated 1895. The author moved to the upper Mississippi in 1832 and settled in Galena, IL, frequently traveling up and down the river between St. Paul and other points on the Mississippi. While a large portion of the book is devoted to persons and events in the Civil War, there is much information on Galena, Rock Island, and Minneapolis, including prominent citizens and important events. There is also a 12-p. section on Mormonism in Illinois. Contained in a recent brown morocco clamshell box, lettered in gilt on spine. Not at all common: only 2 copies (University of Minnesota and Tulane) in OCLC, to which we can add the copy at MHS. Howes M-169; Graff 2642; not in Flake, or Flake supplement.

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        Pencil Drawing of a Small Boy attempting to Flog a Butterfly 1893

      Approximately 7" x 9". Slight age-toning, faint horizontal crease, else near fine. Signed "J. Hart," and "Drawn by Joseph Hart 1893" on the verso. A well-executed, idyllic pencil drawing of a small miscreant in suspenders and short pants along the shore brandishing a branch at an unsuspecting butterfly, with a sailing vessel and lighthouse in the background. .

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        Vikram and the Vampire or Tales of Hindu Devilry

      London:: Tylston and Edwards, 1893.. Tall 8vo. xxi, [3], 243, [5] pp. Photogravure frontispiece by Albert Letchford (1866-1905), 33 illus. by Ernest Griset of which 16 are full-page plates printed on special china paper and mounted on fine card stock; occasional foxing. Original elaborate gilt-stamped pictorial black cloth, t.e.g.; front joint laid down, head and tail mended, endpapers stained. PUBLISHER'S DEDICATION TO WALTER BOUTALL dated 1893 in ink, “… from Tylston & Edwards, in grateful recognition of the services rendered by his firm to theirs in proofing this edition.” Very good. LIMITED EDITION of 200 copies. From the preface: The Baital-Pachisi, or Twenty-five Tales of a Baital is the history of a huge Bat, Vampire, or Evil Spirit which inhabited and animated dead bodies. It is an old, and thoroughly Hindu, Legend composed in Sanskrit, and is the germ which culminated in the Arabian Nights, and which inspired the “Golden Ass” of Apuleius, Boccacio's “Decameron,” the “Pentamerone,” and all that class of facetious fictitious literature. The translation is rendered peculiarly and made valuable Burton's intimate knowledge of language. To all who understand the ways of the East, it is as witty, and as full of what is popularly called ‘chaff' as it is possible to be. There is not a dull page in it, and it will especially please those who delight in the weird and supernatural, the grotesque, and the ‘wild life'.

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        The Hawks and Owls of the United States in Their Relation to Agriculture (inscribed to Mrs. E.H. Harriman with Reference to the Alaska Harriman Expedition)

      Washington: Government Printing Office, 1893. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 210p. with twenty-six chromolithographs of the hawks and owls of the United States. Inscribed: "To Mrs. E.H. Harriman, mother of the H.A.E. with sincere regards from A.K. Fisher" [H.A.E., of course, stands for the Alaska Harriman Expedition. Her late husband was the sponsor of the Expedition and was one of the major railroad magnates of the late 19th Century.

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        Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 5. Auflage, Halbleder-Ausgabe, 17 + 3 Bände.

      Leipzig und Wien, Bibliographisches Institut, 1893 - 1900. Fünfte, gänzlich neu bearbeitete und erweiterte Auflage. Grundwerk (A - Z) in 17 Bänden sowie die Ergänzungsbände 18 (Ergänzungen, Nachträge und Register), 19 (Jahres-Supplement 1998 - 1899) und 20 (Jahres-Supplement 1999 - 1900), insgesamt somit 20 Bände. Braune Original-Halblederbände mit goldgeprägten Rückentiteln auf rotem und grünem Rückenschild, goldenen Ornamentbändern an den Kapitalen und ganzflächiger floraler Prägestruktur. Einbanddecken mit rot-braunem Leinenbezügen, auch diese mit hübschen floralen Blindprägungen, und mit großen Lederecken. Seitliche Lederflächen und Ecken jeweils mit ornamentaler Prägeleiste. Marmorierter Buchschnitt. Sehr schöne und seltene Ausgabe, deren besonderes Merkmal die ganzflächige florale Prägung des Lederrückens ist. Es handelt sich um eine Ausgabe der renommierten, in Wien und Leipzig ansässigen \"Central-Buch-Kunst- und Musikalienhandlung Max Herzig\". Die Original-Rechnung der Buchhandlung vom 5. Februar 1900 hat 117 Jahre überdauert und liegt dem Exemplar bei. Grundwerk in 17 Bänden mit 17.800 Seiten. Enthalten sind 100.000 Artikel mit 10.500 Abbildungen, 1.088 Tafeln, davon 164 Farbtafeln, überwiegend Chromolithographien. Es erschienen noch vier Ergänzungsbände. Gemeinsam mit der 6. Auflage Höhepunkt der Meyer-Werkgeschichte. Es gibt diese 5. Auflage in einer Vielzahl unterschiedlicher, großenteils reichhaltig ornamentierter Ausgaben. Alle Bände in sehr gutem Zustand; Leder sehr frisch, Buchrücken ohne Bereibungen, auch die sonst häufig etwas strapazierten Kapitale hier ganz unberührt; allenfalls Ecken sowie seitliche Lederflächen vereinzelt mit kleinen Oberflächenabrieben (bei einer Ecke etwas deutlicher); Seiten partiell leicht fleckig. Sehr schönes, frisches Exemplar dieser repräsentativen, bis ins Detail aufwendig gestalteten Ausgabe. Weitere Fotos auf der Homepage des Antiquariats (bitte Art.-Nr. auf der Angebotsseite in das Suchfeld eingeben). Versand D: 5,00 EUR Meyer Meyers Lexikon Konversationslexikon Konversations-Lexikon Conversationslexixon, Conversations-Lexikon Kaiserreich Prachtausgabe

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        The Importance of Being Earnest - A Trivial Comedy for serious People, in Three Acts. [Price One Shilling and Sixpence Net]. [Together with Stuart Mason's Bibliography on Oscar Wilde - Original Edition] First Edition / Original Acting Edition (Textbook).

      London/New York: Samuel French. Spinestrip damaged with more than two thirds missing. Bookblock a little shaky. But front and rear wrappers in very good condition besides a smaller, closed tear to front wrapper. Minor signs of foxing only. Few marginal notes in the text and some underlining in ink. COPAC locates only 6 copies worldwide (and all of them falsely mention 1893 as issue date, which results from the mentioning of the date on the titlepage as "Copyright , October 1893". On the Character - page below the title it correctly reads: "Played for the first time at the St.James's Theatre, on Thursday, February 14th, 1895". Remarkably rare and desirable collector's item of Wilde's masterpiece. Stuart Mason - Bibliography of Oscar Wilde - No. 384 (page 431). Later impression of the First Edition of the so-called "Acting Edition", containing an unrevised text ! This one sown, not wired. Barely any of these Textbooks survived. . London/New York, Samuel French, [no date] c. 1900. 12,5 x 18,5 cm. [6], 52, [2] pages (with notice of Acting rights on pastedown and 2 pages of advertised works, published by French, in the back). Original printed wrappers (Softcover). Spinestrip damaged with more than two thirds missing. Bookblock a little shaky. But front and rear wrappers in very good condition besides a smaller, closed tear to front wrapper. Minor signs of foxing only. Few marginal notes in the text and some underlining in ink. COPAC locates only 6 copies worldwide (and all of them falsely mention 1893 as issue date, which results from the mentioning of the date on the titlepage as "Copyright , October 1893". On the Character - page below the title it correctly reads: "Played for the first time at the St.James's Theatre, on Thursday, February 14th, 1895". Remarkably rare and desirable collector's item of Wilde's masterpiece. Stuart Mason - Bibliography of Oscar Wilde - No. 384 (page 431). Later impression of the First Edition of the so-called "Acting Edition", containing an unrevised text ! This one sown, not wired. Barely any of these Textbooks survived. [The Dramatic Works of Oscar Wilde]. The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Contemporary reviews all praised the play's humour, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while others foresaw the modern consensus that it was the culmination of Wilde's artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play. The successful opening night marked the climax of Wilde's career but also heralded his downfall. The Marquess of Queensberry, whose son Lord Alfred Douglas was Wilde's lover, planned to present the writer with a bouquet of rotten vegetables and disrupt the show. Wilde was tipped off and Queensberry was refused admission. Soon afterwards their feud came to a climax in court, where Wilde's homosexual double life was revealed to the Victorian public and he was eventually sentenced to imprisonment. His notoriety caused the play, despite its early success, to be closed after 86 performances. After his release, he published the play from exile in Paris, but he wrote no further comic or dramatic work. After the success of Wilde's plays Lady Windermere's Fan and A Woman of No Importance, Wilde's producers urged him to write further plays. In July 1894 he mooted his idea for The Importance of Being Earnest to George Alexander, the actor-manager of the St James's Theatre. Wilde summered with his family at Worthing, where he wrote the play quickly in August. His fame now at its peak, he used the working title Lady Lancing to avoid pre-emptive speculation of its content. Many names and ideas in the play were borrowed from people or places the author had known; Lady Queensberry, Lord Alfred Douglas's mother, for example, lived at Bracknell. There is widespread agreement among Wilde scholars that the most important influence on the play was W. S. Gilbert's 1877 farce Engaged; Wilde borrowed from Gilbert not only several incidents but, in Russell Jackson's phrase "the gravity of tone demanded by Gilbert of his actors". Wilde continually revised the text over the next months: no line was left untouched, and "in a play so economical with its language and effects, [the revisions] had serious consequences". Sos Eltis describes Wilde's revisions as a refined art at work: the earliest, longest handwritten drafts of the play labour over farcical incidents, broad puns, nonsense dialogue and conventional comic turns. In revising as he did, "Wilde transformed standard nonsense into the more systemic and disconcerting illogicality which characterises Earnest's dialogue". Richard Ellmann argues that Wilde had reached his artistic maturity and wrote this work more surely and rapidly than before. Wilde hesitated about submitting the script to Alexander, worrying that it might be unsuitable for the St James's Theatre, whose typical repertoire was relatively serious, and explaining that it had been written in response to a request for a play "with no real serious interest". When Henry James's Guy Domville failed, Alexander turned to Wilde and agreed to put on his play. Alexander began his usual meticulous preparations, interrogating the author on each line and planning stage movements with a toy theatre. In the course of these rehearsals Alexander asked Wilde to shorten the play from four acts to three. Wilde agreed and combined elements of the second and third acts. The largest cut was the removal of the character of Mr. Gribsby, a solicitor who comes from London to arrest the profligate "Ernest" (i.e., Jack) for his unpaid dining bills. Algernon, who is posing as "Ernest", will be led away to Holloway Jail unless he settles his accounts immediately. Jack finally agrees to pay for Ernest, everyone thinking that it is Algernon's bill when in fact it is his own. The four-act version was first played on the radio in a BBC production and is still sometimes performed. Peter Raby argues that the three-act structure is more effective, and that the shorter original text is more theatrically resonant than the expanded published edition. The play was first produced at the St James's Theatre on Valentine's Day 1895. It was freezing cold but Wilde arrived dressed in "florid sobriety", wearing a green carnation. The audience, according to one report, "included many members of the great and good, former cabinet ministers and privy councillors, as well as actors, writers, academics, and enthusiasts". Allan Aynesworth, who played Algernon Moncrieff, recalled to Hesketh Pearson that "In my fifty-three years of acting, I never remember a greater triumph than [that] first night". Aynesworth was himself "debonair and stylish", and Alexander, who played Jack Worthing, "demure". The Marquess of Queensberry, the father of Wilde's lover Lord Alfred Douglas (who was on holiday in Algiers at the time), had planned to disrupt the play by throwing a bouquet of rotten vegetables at the playwright when he took his bow at the end of the show. Wilde and Alexander learned of the plan, and the latter cancelled Queensberry's ticket and arranged for policemen to bar his entrance. Nevertheless, he continued harassing Wilde, who eventually launched a private prosecution against the peer for criminal libel, triggering a series of trials ending in Wilde's imprisonment for gross indecency. Alexander tried, unsuccessfully, to save the production by removing Wilde's name from the billing, but the play had to close after only 86 performances. The play's original Broadway production opened at the Empire Theatre on 22 April 1895, but closed after sixteen performances. Its cast included William Faversham as Algy, Henry Miller as Jack, Viola Allen as Gwendolen, and Ida Vernon as Lady Bracknell. The Australian premiere was in Melbourne on 10 August 1895, presented by Dion Boucicault, Jr. and Robert Brough, and the play was an immediate success. Wilde's downfall in England did not affect the popularity of his plays in Australia. Wilde's two final comedies, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, were still on stage in London at the time of his prosecution, and they were soon closed as the details of his case became public. After two years in prison with hard labour, Wilde went into exile in Paris, sick and depressed, his reputation destroyed in England. In 1898, when no-one else would, Leonard Smithers agreed with Wilde to publish the two final plays. Wilde proved to be a diligent reviser, sending detailed instructions on stage directions, character listings and the presentation of the book, and insisting that a playbill from the first performance be reproduced inside. Ellmann argues that the proofs show a man "very much in command of himself and of the play". Wilde's name did not appear on the cover, it was "By the Author of Lady Windermere's Fan". His return to work was brief though, as he refused to write anything else, "I can write, but have lost the joy of writing". (Wikipedia)

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