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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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        Le Docteur Pascal

      1893 - [6]-390-[23] pp., 1 planche Paris, Bibliothèque Charpentier, 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. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Sign of Four

      George Newnes, Ltd., London 1893 - Stated third edition on the title page. Housed in a custom leather slipcase with a leather trifold to protect the book while housed in the slipcase. An about very good copy with minimal rubbing to the man on the spine edge, else without significant wear in terms of deocrations or lettering. Some rubbing at the head and heel of the spine. A square copy with a solid binding and mostly clean pages with some flourishes of foxing. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Travel and Adventure in South-East Africa

      London: Rowland Ward, 1893. First. Hardcover. Near Fine. 503 pp, ill, folding map. The last 11 years spent by the author on the Zambesi and its tributaries. Selous' longest and best work. Incl. his final hunting years with memories and stories from earlier days. This is the desirable Rowland Ward published edition in original cloth with two gilt lions on cover and gilt native on spine. This is a heavy, thick book, and very near fine, thus and rare in this condition. A beautiful copy.

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        Il Pentamerone; or, The Tale of Tales. Being a Translation By the Late Sir Richard Burton ... Overo Lo Cunto De Li Cunte, Trattenemiento De Li Peccerille, of Giovanni Battista Basile, Count of Torone (Gian Alessio Abbattutis). In Two Volumes

      London: Henry & Co.,, 1893. 2 vols., half black calf with elaborate gilt tooled spine and two maroon leather spine labels, inside hinge paper cracked, otherwise tight and sound. Each vol. has a small ink signature on the t.p. and a name with address on front pastedown, otherwise a fine set of the 1st Burton edition. Penzer Bibliography no. 155.. Very Good..

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        The Eagle and Brooklyn: The Record of the Progress of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle Issued in Commemoration of Its Semi-Centennial and Occupancy of Its New Building; Together with the History of the City of Brooklyn From Its Settlement to the Present Time (Proof Edition)

      The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1893. Full leather. Very Good. A handsome copy of the exhaustive 1893 1st edition, bound in its dark-brown leather, with decorative blindstamping to the panels. Light wear along the panel edges and spine crown, very light scuffing to the panels. Thick folio, all edges gilt. A tight, well-preserved, very presentable copy, with hundreds of crisp black-and-white plates thruout.

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        Gezichten langs den Gooischen stoomtram.[Amsterdam], E. van Elfrinkhoff, [ca. 1893]. (Ca. 22.5 x 17.5 cm). With the title-page and each of the 12 photographs (12 x 17 cm) pasted on paperboard (17 x 22 cm), the photographs with printed titles below. Contemporary paperboard box.

      Rare collection of charming views of Muiden and Laren, along the trail of a steam tram. The photographs of Laren include Laarderhoog and the Hamdorff hotel (nowadays a restaurant); those of Muiden depict the Elsnerus cafe, the bathhouse, Muiderberg and the castle ( Muiderslot ) and other sights.With extensive manuscript notes on verso of the title-page by one of the first owners, who among other things writes that he bought this collection at an Amsterdam auction of H.G. Bom in 1893. The title-page cut horizontally below each of the six text lines with no loss or damage of words. In good condition.

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        DIOGENES OF LONDON AND OTHER FANTASIES AND SKETCHES ..

      London: Methuen and Co., 1893.. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii [1] 2-232 + 16-page publisher's catalogue dated "October 1892" inserted at rear, original dark blue cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, all edges untrimmed. First edition. Thirty-two short stories. "Mixed collection, mostly contes cruels in an archaic setting, also 'The Devil of the Marsh,' a classic horror tale of a paludal Circe." - Robert Knowlton. "The Brazen Cross" is a supernatural tale about the intersection of Christian and pagan spirituality in modern England. "The House of Dishonour" has some notably weird and Gothic atmosphere. In "The Sword of the Kadi" a lover plays a curious board game against the ruler (the Kadi) to determine whether he will be allowed to marry a certain maiden. "The Dead Immortals" is a fanciful essay about the survival of ancient nymphs and spirits. "This Body of Death" and "The Shadow on the Year" are meditative and macabre sketches in the tradition of the memento mori. "Over the Fire" is a meditation on the propensity of fires to elicit daydreaming. The author wrote the polar femme fatale fantasy, MARAHUNA (1888), as well as other fantastic material. "Probably more talented than is generally recognized." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction, p. 514. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 776. Eaton Catalogue, volume 3, p. 479. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Wolff 7085. Small private owner's book label affixed to front paste-down. Just a hint of rubbing to cloth along outer joints, a bright, nearly fine copy. A very elusive book. (#151910)

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        Icones Orchidearum Austro-Africanarum Extra-Tropicarum; or, figures, with descriptions, of extra-tropical South African Orchids, 3 Volumes + The Orchids of the Cape Peninsula, in 4 uniformly-bound volumes.

      London: William Wesley and Son, 1893-1913 + Cape Town: Darter Bros and Co., 1918. First edition.. The front blank endpapers show scattered light foxing endpapers as do 2 of the 4 title pages; 4 of the 419 hand-colored plates show just a hint of marginal foxing; overall, the text, hand-colored plates and fine green morocco bindings of this four volume set are remarkably clean - a tight and bright copy in fine condition.. Pp. (vol. 1): vi, (6), (6), with 100 hand-colored lithographic plates (partially colored as called for), each with descriptive text leaves, (5), index, appendix; (vol. 2): pp. vi, frontispiece portrait of the author, with 100 hand-colored lithographic plates (partially colored as called for), each with descriptive text leaves, (3), index; (vol. 3): pp. (6), with 100 hand-colored lithographic plates (partially colored as called for), each with descriptive text leaves, (3), index; + (Cape Peninsula): pp. xxxiii, 1-141, (1); 119 partially hand-colored plates (2 are double page). One-quarter green morocco leather with five raised bands, spine with gilt panel lines and black author/title/volume label lettered in gilt in 2 compartments, over French marbled boards with matching marbled endpapers, lg 8vo (9 3/4 x 6 7/8 inches). This set contains the complete first edition of Icones Orchidearum Austro-Africanarum Extra-Tropicarum, 3 volumes and the complete second edition of The Orchids of the Cape Peninsula edited by Harriet M.L. Bolus and Alice M. Greene. These two works are bound uniformly in later fine green morocco over marbled boards with marbled endpapers. The two works have a total of 419 partially colored plates - these two works represent the foundation of for the study of South African orchids by the first orchidologist of South Africa, Harry Bolus. From the academic library of botanist Edmund A. C. L. E. Schelpe of Natal University College, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa with his printed name and address on the front blank endpaper.

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        Horns and Hoofs: Or Chapters on Hoofed Animals.

      Horace Cox, London 1893 - Exempl. in einem guten Gesamtzust., geringe Mängel und Gebrauchsspuren möglich. Einband berieben und an Ecken und Kanten bestoßen. Innen leicht schmutzfleckig. Gelenkinnenpfalz leicht eingerissen. Schönes Exemplar. Englisch 1010g

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        SUNSHINE AND PLAY-TIME.; Verses by the Rt. Rev. William Crowsell Doane

      New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1893. First edition. Farnsworth, Emma Justine. 4to., [23] pp., a.e.g., illustrated with vignette photographs and 8 tipped-in tissue photogravures. Gilt-titled and illustrated cloth. The binding shows moderate rubbing with a slight bump at the crown. The front inner hinge is partially cracked but holding, and there are occasional spots of light foxing on the blanks and an occasional blank margin. The plates are in fine condition. This remains a near very good copy of a scarce work. Emma Justine Farnsworth (1860-1952) of Albany, New York was an active photographer from around 1886 to 1912. She created allegorical and narrative images to use for book illustrations. Alfred Stieglitz called her the finest lady amateur photographer; she won numerous prizes for her work. This is her scarce second book, which is not located by Mus White in FROM THE MUNDANE TO THE MAGICAL. Only eleven copies listed in WorldCat.

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        Orientreise seiner kaiserlichen Hoheit des Grossfürsten-Thronfolgers Nikolaus Alexandrowitsch von Russland, 1890-1891.Leipzig, F.A. Brockhaus, 1894-1899. 2 volumes. 4to. With engraved portrait of Nicholas, 7 photogravures, 541 wood engravings after drawings and photographs and 5 chromolithographed maps. Publisher's cloth, richly blocked in black, gold and grey, gilt edges.

      Wenckstern I, p. 42 & II, p. 35 First and only edition in German of a richly illustrated travelogue of a journey around the Eurasian continent, made by the future Russian Czar Nicholas II. The journey was planned as a Grand Tour through Europe and Asia with the opening ceremony of the Trans-Siberian Railway as the final destination. After visiting Austria, Italy and Greece, Nicholas travelled to Egypt and through the Suez Canal to India. Subsequently Nicholas and his entourage visited the Dutch-East Indies, Siam and China. In Japan the future emperor had a fire breathing dragon tattooed on his arm and received a facial scar due to an assassination attempt. After the opening of the railway in Siberia, the travellers boarded the train back to St. Petersburg.After the return home, Nicholas and his fellow traveller Prince Esper Ukhtomsky began working on an account of their grand tour. After the publication of the Russian edition in 1893-1897, this very popular work was translated into English, French, German and Chinese. In very good condition with the bindings somewhat rubbed at the edges. A richly illustrated account of Asia in the late 19th century and Russia's relations with its neighbours.

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        THE HAUNTED HOUSE AT KEW

      London: William Stevens. Ltd., n.d. [1893?].. Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-204 [205-207: publisher ads] [note: front endpapers are printed with advertisements; last two leaves of final gathering (signature "O") used as rear free endpaper and rear paste-down], original decorated dark green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold. First edition. Part of the publisher's Family Story-Teller series (#86 according to a penciled note on p. [205]; 84 titles are listed in the ads on that page for the series, all unattributed. "The British Library citation for another novel (THE HEART OF A HERO) published as by 'the author of THE HAUNTED HOUSE OF KEW' gives the author's name as 'Gertrude Price, afterwards Jones, afterwards Devot.' Presumably Devot went the way of Jones and Price, and Gertrude moved on to Mr. Warren (sounding more and more like the black widow villain of a sensational novel of her own). This would be in keeping with the manner of novels she turned out, if the present volume is representative, spilling out, as it does, a cornucopia of shadows and rumors, old crimes, cellars full of hidden plunder, a disguised safe in an office desk, two suicides (and ghostly reenactments of them), and, enclosing all of them, the typical setting of the Gothic: a vulnerable young heroine more or less trapped in an imposing old building. The novel looks to be a very fair example of the Victorian sensation novel." - Robert Eldridge. Not in the collections of Wolff or Locke or any major fantasy bibliographies. Boards slightly bowed, slight offsetting and foxing to endpapers, a nearly fine copy of this rare book. (#147892)

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        LE SALON DE LA MODE " REVUE HEBDOMADAIRE - ANNÈE 1893 - Numéro 1 du 7 Janvier 1893 au Numéro 52 du 30 Décembre 1893 - 436 Pages + 52 GRAVURES COLORIÈES à la MAIN GRAND FORMAT : 4 en 36 x 53 cm & 48 en 27,5 x 37,5 cm

      - Paris . " LE SALON DE LA MODE " REVUE HEBDOMADAIRE - ANNÈE 1893 - Numéro 1 du 7 Janvier 1893 au Numéro 52 du 30 Décembre 1893 - 436 Pages + 52 GRAVURES COLORIÈES à la MAIN GRAND FORMAT : 4 en 36 x 53 cm & 48 en 27,5 x 37,5 cm . Des centaines de gravures en noir & blanc . Un grand volume 28 x 38 cm , relié demi cuir . Dos frotté , sinon ensemble dans un ÈTAT SUPERBE . Poids : 3,600 Kg . Cette revue de MODE est l'une des plus RARE , en raison de son grand format & de son prix , très élévé pour l'époque . [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        IDENTIFICATION ANTHROPOMÉTRIQUE. INSTRUCTIONS SIGNALÉTIQUES: TIRAGE A PART DE L'INTRODUCTION

      Melun: Imprimerie Administratice, 1893. Nouvelle edition. Small 4to., lxxxiv, 148 pp., frontispiece, illustrated and charts in text. [bound with] IDENTIFICATION ANTHROPOMÉTRIQUE. INSTRUCTIONS SIGNALÉTIQUES. ALBUM: PREMIÈRE PARTIE. PLANCHES RELATIVES AUX OBSERVATIONS ANTHROPOMÉTRIQUES. [and] DEUXIÈME PARTIE. PLANCHES RELATIVES AUX RENSEIGNEMENTS DESCRIPTIFS. [and] TROISIÈME PARTIE. PLANCHES RELATIVES AU RELEVÉ DES MARQUES PARTICULIÈRES. Melun: Imprimerie Administratice, 1893. 81 numbered plates on 84 plates, 3 folding charts of which one is a color printed display of the nuances of the human iris. Contemporary quarter morocco and marbled paper over boards. Slight cracking to the hinges at the top and bottom of the spine. Ex-copy of the Charleroi Bar, with their name in gilt on the bottom of the spine, simple location stamps on the half-title page, and a paper card holder affixed to the front pastedown. The text is toned as usual, and 8 of the color printed irises on the folding chart are partially damaged from sticking together. In all, a better than good copy. Alphonse Bertillon (1853-1914) was the chief of criminal identification for the Paris police; he developed an identification system known as anthropometry, or the Bertillon system. This manual, expanded from his 1886 first edition, describes the use of anthropological measurements of facial features, hands and feet, etc. for identification of criminals, and others. Thirty of the plates are full frontal head shots, printed in photogravure; the beginning of the "mug shot." Roosens and Salu No. 801. Garrison and Morton 181.

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        VALDMER THE VIKING. A ROMANCE OF THE ELEVENTH CENTURY BY SEA AND LAND ..

      London: Hutchinson & Co., n.d. [1893].. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii-ix [x-xi] xii [1] 2-306 [307-310: ads], frontispiece and engraved title, which are conjugate leaves comprising gathering ["a"]), original pictorial boards. First edition. This issue of the first edition does not include six of the plates found in the cloth issue. Nisbet's most fantastic novel, a mix of historical fantasy, the supernatural, and super science. Vikings find an ancient and technologically superior civilization, the Tulans, who inhabit a warm land in the North Polar Sea. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1626. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 873. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 166. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 53. Australian and New Zealand "Lost Race" Fiction in the Collection of Stuart Teitler (private list), p. 3. Bleiler (1978), p. 148. Reginald 10696. Miller, pp. 636-37. Boards worn and rubbed, a very good copy. A rare issue of a very scarce book. Stuart Teitler sold this copy to collector John Ruyle. It is the only copy of this issue seen by Teitler and the only copy seen by Currey. (#152768)

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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.l 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]

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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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        Fine Imperial cabinet photo by Mayall & Co signed and dated (Princess of Waldeck, 1861-1922, wife of Leopold, 1853-1884, 1st Duke of Albany, son of Queen Victoria)]

      1893 - showing her seated with her children on either side of her, Princess Alice (Countess of Athlone, 1883-1981, Grand-daughter of Queen Victoria, wife of Prince Alexander of Teck, Queen Mary's brother) is seated at the front looking straight at the camera and the Duchess is looking down at her young son Charles Edward (1884-1954, 2nd Duke of Albany, succeeded his Uncle, Queen Victoria's son Alfred, as Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1900) who does not look as if he is attending the the book which she has on her lap, 12" x 7½", no place,

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        Photographs of the Indian Tour of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, January to March 1893

      1893 - 193 original albumen prints, ranging in size from 180mm x 260mm to 239mm x 290mm, mounted on card, most captioned in ink in English in a fin-de-siècle Vienna hand; approx. 60 with small printed captions mounted to boards; 8 photographs untitled. Oblong 4to. Archduke Franz-Ferdinand - Big Game Hunting in India 1893. Group of 193 original albumen print photographs documenting the Indian portion of the world tour of Archduke Franz-Ferdinand of Austria (1863-1914). This official voyage of the Archduke, lasting from December 1892 to October 1893, had explicit diplomatic, ethnographic, and scientific aims, as well as an unspoken goal of permitting the Archduke to recover his health after a diagnosis of tuberculosis. The royal party traveled aboard the imperial cruiser Kaiserin Elisabeth, the most modern vessel of the Austrian fleet. They spent two weeks in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) before arriving in India in mid-January 1893. The party spent two-and-a-half months in India before touring Nepal, returning briefly to Calcutta to embark for Singapore at the end of March. The world tour continued with visits in Australia, the Pacific Islands, Japan, Canada, and the American West, before the Archduke sailed from New York to Le Havre. The Archduke's stay in India included diplomatic engagements, military reviews, and a formal visit to the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad, who was in late Victorian times the richest man in the world. The Archduke was put up in the Nizam's Bashir Bagh palace. The Archduke also spent considerable time hunting, hawking, pigsticking, bagging some 20 tigers, and leopard, antelope, sambhur, black buck, and just about every other beast of the chase (in Ceylon he had hunted elephant). Franz-Ferdinand was a devoted hunter, whose lifetime game bag exceeded 200,000 animals; on the world tour, his entourage included a huntsman and his taxidemist, Eduard Hodek (1858-1929), who was also the Archduke's photographer and boon companion. The itinerary of the Archduke's travels permits the close dating of many of the photographs and events of the trip. (A detailed list of the photographs is available.) An exhibition in Vienna in 1894 publicized the collections made by the Archduke during his world travels, and his diary was published as Tagebuch meiner Reise um die Erde, in two volumes, 1895-6. Upon the death of his father in 1896, Franz-Ferdinand became the heir to the Austrian throne. His assassination at Sarajevo in 1914 proved the spark that sent Europe and the world into war. The photographs document a wide range of subjects, both formal and informal, including views of the Archduke's activities, grand receptions by the Nizam of Hyderabad, military reviews, sporting and equestrian events, topographical vistas, palace scenes, as well as ethnographic and hunting images, including substantial game bags. Many of the formal photographs of events in Hyderabad were taken by Lala Deen Dayal (1844-1905), noted court photographer to the Nizam, and the first Indian photographer to gain international recognition for his work as a pioneer of photography in India (only a few bear his studio stamp; but the images are identified in Höfer). Some of the views of and around Calcutta are from Samuel Bourne or Bourne and Shepherd. A spectacular visual record of 1890s India, the opulence of the court of Hyderabad, and sporting episodes in the life of Franz-Ferdinand. Regina Höfer, Imperial Sightseeing: Die Indienreise von Erzherzog Franz-Ferdinand von Österreich-Este (Vienna, Museum für Völkerkunde Wien, 2010) Housed in two contemporary morocco backed cases stamped in gilt "Indien" on spine and upper covers, with third box to match. Some occasional bowing of boards, photographs fine and well preserved (with exception of a stock image of the Taj Mahal, lightly faded and some soiling to the mount) 193 original albumen prints, ranging in size from 180mm x 260mm to 239mm x 290mm, mounted on card, most captioned in ink in English in a fin-de-siècle Vienna h [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        RARE REVUES VELO 1893 SPORT LE CYCLE ET CYCLE SPORT

      - RARE REVUES VELO 1893 SPORT LE CYCLE ET CYCLE SPORT

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        Les Relieurs Français (1500-1800). Biographie Critique et Anecdotique Précédée de l'Histoire de la Communauté des Relieurs et Doreurs de Livres de la Ville de Paris et d'une Étude sur les Styles de Reliure

      Ém. Paul, L. Huard et Guillemin, Paris 1893 - First edition, no. 9 of 20 large-paper copies on Japon Impérial, of a total edition of 650 copies. 32 plates (1 folding), numerous illustrations in text, with additional suite of 47 double-page photogravures by Jules Jacqueneau of historic bindings bound-in at rear. vii, [i], 416, [2] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. A classic work on early French bookbinding, comprising a history of the bookbinding trade in Paris, a study of the progression of binding styles, and a useful biographical dictionary of binders. This copy in a fine rococo binding by Pétrus Ruban (1851-1929). Brenni 523. Provenance: Phiroze K. Randeria (bookplate) Full dark purple crushed morocco, covers tooled in gilt with wide double filet border with curling leaf and floral tools at corners, spine with raised bands, wide gilt turn-ins, silk doublures and endsheets, t.e.g, original warppers bound-in, by Pétrus Ruban. Minor surface wear at extremities, else fine 32 plates (1 folding), numerous illustrations in text, with additional suite of 47 double-page photogravures by Jules Jacqueneau of historic bindings bound-in at rear. vii, [i], 416, [2] pp. 1 vols. 8vo First edition, no. 9 of 20 large-paper copies on Japon Impérial, of a total edition of 650 copies. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        National Gallery Reports 1893-1901 [ with additional manuscript and typescript inserts relating to the transfer of the National Gallery's British paintings to the Tate Gallery at Millbank]

      National Gallery, London 1893 - Collection of National Gallery Reports 1893-1901, with additional manuscript and typescript inserts relating to the transfer of the National Gallery's British paintings to the Tate Gallery at Millbank and to acquisitions during these years. A folio sized bound volume, half green pebbled morocco over green cloth, binding rubbed but sound, old repair at tail of spine on outer hinge with upper board; marbled end-papers. Two manuscript documents and an annotated discussion paper precede the printed reports; there is additional printed and typescript material that follows the reports which themselves bear a handful of manuscript annotations. Provenance: It's not known who had this collection bound though the obvious candidate would be Hawes Harrison Turner who composed the manuscript lists that begin the volume. In the 1980s the volume was owned by R C Charnley of Much Hoole in Lancashire who corresponded with Angelina Morhange/ Bacon at the Gallery in 1980-1 - that correspondence with a later compliments slip from the NG is laid in. 1. 'National Gallery of British Art. List of Pictures and Drawings in the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square proposed for transfer to the Gallery at Millbank'. ff 3, March 1900, in the hand of the Keeper of the National Gallery, Hawes Harrison Turner. Divided into a table with columns for 'NG number', Painter, Dates, Subject and 'G' for gift, 'B' for bequeathed or 'P' for purchased. The artworks included a dozen Landseers, works by Pickersgill, Wilkie and Etty as well as a group of 'Modern Foreign Pictures' including a Poussin and 'Drawings' by Cattermole, Varley, Wilkie etc. There is a terminal 'Note by Director', written on Poynter's behalf by Turner and setting out the remit of the proposed transfer which ought to include 'all the works of Cotman', and works by Naysmyth but setting out the reasons that the NG should hang onto these. (see item 15) 2 'National Gallery, London. Return of all Pictures Purchased for the Collection from 1897 to 1901', dated March 1902 [ff] 2. Concertina format setting out details of acquisition of works, their prices and sources with authority for the purchase followed by remarks. This is an acquisition list again in the hand of H H Turner and includes the purchases of works by Romney, 'Portrait of Mrs Currie' for £3500 and two Rembrandts including the 'Portrait of an Old Lady' for £15,050. The document concludes with the total expenditure figures 'during the 5 years.' 3 'Confidential', pp 4 Printed Resolution regarding 'our procedure in regard to the acceptance of pictures.' dated March 31, 1902, initialled 'L.' Annotated in pencil presumably following a meeting and vote with several manuscript emendations to the text in the light of consultation and discussion showing which agenda items were 'carried'. 4-12 Annual Reports: 1893 pp 16; 1894, pp 30; 1895, pp 18; 1896, pp 14; 1897, pp 38; 1898, pp 16; 1899, pp16; 1900, pp 26; 1901, pp 14. Occasional pencil annotation eg 1897, p 15 identifying London gallery where a painting was acquired. 13 The Saturday Review, 26 February 1898, Supplement. London 26 Feb, 1898, 'The State of the National Gallery.' pp 275-280 14 'List of Works Purchased under the Terms of the "Chantrey Bequest"', pp 4 15 'The National Gallery of British Art: List of Pictures in the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square Proposed for Transfer to the Gallery at Millbank.', pp 7 fold-out pages, 'W Stradling 1895' watermark paper; undated but presumed to be c1900. Document set out as a table expanding on the first item in the collection. A few corrections in brown ink. This presents a list of several hundred art works intended for the Tate Gallery to include two William Blake drawings 15 Constables, a number of works by John Crome, Rossetti etc, concluding with: 'the Following Form Part of The Vernon Collection, 2pp. Please contact Christian White at Modernfirsteditions if you would like more information about this book. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        VALDMER THE VIKING. A ROMANCE OF THE ELEVENTH CENTURY BY SEA AND LAND ..

      London: Hutchinson & Co., n.d. [1893].. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii-ix [x-xi] xii [1] 2-306 [307-312: ads (dated "October, 1893" on page [308])], eight inserted plates with illustrations by Hume Nisbet and M. Nisbet (including frontispiece and engraved title, which are conjugate leaves comprising gathering ["a"]), original decorated red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, all edges gilt, mustard coated endpapers. First edition. Nisbet's most fantastic novel, a mix of historical fantasy, the supernatural, and super science. Vikings find an ancient and technologically superior civilization, the Tulans, who inhabit a warm land in the North Polar Sea. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1626. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 873. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 166. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 53. Australian and New Zealand "Lost Race" Fiction in the Collection of Stuart Teitler (private list), p. 3. Bleiler (1978), p. 148. Reginald 10696. Miller, pp. 636-37. Spine panel just a bit faded, else a bright, near fine copy overall. A nice copy of a very scarce book. (#148952)

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        ONE DOLLAR'S WORTH ..

      [Chicago: Fred H. Brown, 1893.]. Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-177 [178: blank], flyleaf at front, inserted frontispiece (portrait of the author), plus numerous vignette drawings throughout the text, original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in silver. First edition. A literary miscellany that includes two interplanetary tales, "What John Smith Saw in the Moon" and "A Message from the Stars." "A potpourri of fiction, poetry, and comic illustrations. A note of social protest is to be found in some of the material ... Curious ideas at times, but probably not worth a dollar when it was written. It represents a fairly common mixture of occultism, socialism, primitive science, and contemporary magazine humor." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 279. "What John Smith Saw in the Moon," pp. 5-44, was originally published in THE WORKINGMAN'S ADVOCATE. The Lunar utopia is "technologically advanced; no money" (Sargent, p. 60). The drawings, some serious, most comical, are quite accomplished and help make this a charming production. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Reginald 01965. Wright (III) 707 (no copies located). Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 41. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature 1516-1985, pp. 59-60 and p. 97. Faint damp stain on front cover, minimal loss to silver stamping, a bright, very good copy of a rare book. (#146184)

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        Two photographs of Women Cricketers

      Adelaide, 1893. Silver prints measuring 4-5/8 x 5-3/4 in. Mounted on archival board. Very good. Silver prints measuring 4-5/8 x 5-3/4 in. A lovely set of pictures: the first being a portrait of the team showing thirteen women in uniform and hats with bats and ball front and centre. The second image is a shot of a ladies match in progress, the umpire seemingly signalling a no ball. On the verso of each is inscribed "Ladies Cricket Team 93" and then "Ladies Cricket Match Adelaide." These images of some interest as they preceed the formation of the first women's cricket league in Australia in 1894 under the direction of Lily Poulett-Harris.

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        THE FALL RIVER TRAGEDY. A HISTORY OF THE BORDEN MURDERS

      George R. H. Buffinton; Press of J. D. Munroe, Fall River 1893 - Original clean dark green cloth with gilt title on front cover. Floral endpapers. Interior of text is tight, clean & intact. Illustrated with b/w photographs, floor plans & engravings. First & last two page edges are slightly age toned. "A Plain Statement of the Material Facts Pertaining to the Most Famous Crime of the Century, Including the Story of the Arrest and Preliminary Trial of Miss Lizzie A. Borden and a Full Report of the Superior Court Trial, with a Hitherto Unpublished Account of the Renowned Trickey-McHenry Affair Compiled from Official Sources and Profusely Illustrated with Original Engravings". Edwin H. Porter [1864-1904] was the Police Reporter for the Fall River Daily Globe and a correspondent for the Boston Herald. Crime; B/W Photographs, Floor Plans, engravings; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 312 pages [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys By Nathaniel Hawthorne with 60 Designs by Walter Crane.

      Houghton Mifflin & Company 1893 - No. 158 of 250. Deluxe edition. Original blindstamped vellum, top edge gilt. Gilt to spine mostly faded, soiling to boards, splitting to front joint. Hinges cracking, bookplate. Marginal soiling. Massép. 44; Mahony, p. 65; Osborne I, p.11 [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        [Morte Darthur.] The Birth, Life and Acts of King Arthur

      London: Dent,, 1893. 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... now spelled in modern style. With an introduction by Professor Rhys and embellished with many original designs by Aubrey Beardsley. 2 volumes, large square octavo (240 x 190 mm.) Contemporary full vellum over bevelled boards by Cedric Chivers of Bath for Bumpus of London, gilt panelled spines with hand-painted art nouveau-style lettering and scrolling floriate motifs, below which, on a field of gilt dots, an overall pattern of stylised roses and rose leaves (volume I) and tulips and tulip leaves (volume II), sides with two-line gilt border enclosing a frame of hand-painted intertwining roses and rose leaves (volume I) and intertwining tulips and tulip leaves (volume II), both on a field of gilt dots, panel on each front cover with a hand-painted scene taken from Beardsley's designs, back covers with three-line gilt panels, top edges gilt, untrimmed, three-line gilt turn-ins, floriate endpapers. Gravure frontispieces, 18 full page wood engravings (including five double-page), numerous text illustrations, and approximately 350 repeated designs for chapter headings and borders, all by Aubrey Beardsley. Some shallow scratches and light abrasions to bindings, customary general pale toning internally, slight offsetting from plates to letterpress. A very good set. First Beardsley edition, one of the 1500 copies on ordinary paper; another 300 were printed on Dutch hand-made paper. This copy in a bright and spectacular example of a "vellucent" binding, by Cedric Chivers of Bath, unsigned but a characteristic example of this style. Chivers invented a way to treat vellum so that it became translucent ("vellucent"): the cover design would be painted on a separate sheet and then a thin sheet of this translucent vellum would be laid over it; gilt tooling would then be applied over the top of this. In his catalogue of Books in Beautiful Bindings (c. 1905), Chivers describes the Beardsley Morte D'Arthur as "bound in whole vellucent from a design by the illustrator of the book. A figure panel enclosed in a floral border". The hand-painted cover illustrations for this set reproduce two of Beardsley's designs, volume one depicting "How Four Queens Found Launcelot Sleeping" (p. 184) and volume two "The Achieving of the Sangreal" (frontispiece). "Commissioned by British publisher J. M. Dent in 1892 and first published in twelve monthly magazine instalments between June, 1893, and mid-1894, Aubrey Beardsley's Morte Darthur was one of the most original and certainly one of the most controversial of the nineteenth-century artistic reinterpretations of Malory. Although his illustrations for the Morte established Beardsley as the voice of the 1890s, he was until that time largely an unknown young artist… [However,] La Morte Darthur proved to be an immediate sensation upon publication and the impact of Beardsley's Arthurian illustrations was tremendous… Today, Beardsley's illustrations for the Morte, which constituted almost half his lifetime's artistic output, survive as the first example of modern Arthurian book illustration; and they remain arguably the best experimental visual reinterpretation of the Arthurian world. With their bold lines, strong visual themes, and numerous memorable but unconventional details, the Morte 'pictures' (which is how Beardsley himself referred to them) created an important – although admittedly idiosyncratic – symbology and iconography. Often shockingly overt in their sexuality and eroticism, the illustrations rejected the aesthetic of the Pre-Raphaelites who were Beardsley's original mentors and offered a revisionist and parodic treatment of their medievalism. Ultimately, Beardsley went far beyond his original intention to 'flabbergast the bourgeois' of his day; he also challenged generations of readers and artists to view Arthurian society through his own modernist lens" (Barbara Tepa Lupack, Illustrating Camelot, 2008, Chapter 4). A masterpiece of book illustration in a striking binding.

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        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 dolorous death and departing out of this world of them all. The text as written by Sir Thomas Malory and imprinted by William Caxton. now spelled in modern style. With an introduction by Professor Rhys and embellished with many original designs by Aubrey Beardsley.

      London: Dent, 1893 - 2 volumes, large square octavo (240 x 190 mm.) Contemporary full vellum over bevelled boards by Cedric Chivers of Bath for Bumpus of London, gilt panelled spines with hand-painted art nouveau-style lettering and scrolling floriate motifs, below which, on a field of gilt dots, an overall pattern of stylised roses and rose leaves (volume I) and tulips and tulip leaves (volume II), sides with two-line gilt border enclosing a frame of hand-painted intertwining roses and rose leaves (volume I) and intertwining tulips and tulip leaves (volume II), both on a field of gilt dots, panel on each front cover with a hand-painted scene taken from Beardsley's designs, back covers with three-line gilt panels, top edges gilt, untrimmed, three-line gilt turn-ins, floriate endpapers. Some shallow scratches and light abrasions to bindings, customary general pale toning internally, slight offsetting from plates to letterpress. A very good set. Gravure frontispieces, 18 full page wood engravings (including five double-page), numerous text illustrations, and approximately 350 repeated designs for chapter headings and borders, all by Aubrey Beardsley. First Beardsley edition, one of the 1500 copies on ordinary paper; another 300 were printed on Dutch hand-made paper. This copy in a bright and spectacular example of a "vellucent" binding, by Cedric Chivers of Bath, unsigned but a characteristic example of this style. Chivers invented a way to treat vellum so that it became translucent ("vellucent"): the cover design would be painted on a separate sheet and then a thin sheet of this translucent vellum would be laid over it; gilt tooling would then be applied over the top of this. In his catalogue of Books in Beautiful Bindings (c. 1905), Chivers describes the Beardsley Morte D'Arthur as "bound in whole vellucent from a design by the illustrator of the book. A figure panel enclosed in a floral border". The hand-painted cover illustrations for this set reproduce two of Beardsley's designs, volume one depicting "How Four Queens Found Launcelot Sleeping" (p. 184) and volume two "The Achieving of the Sangreal" (frontispiece). "Commissioned by British publisher J. M. Dent in 1892 and first published in twelve monthly magazine instalments between June, 1893, and mid-1894, Aubrey Beardsley's Morte Darthur was one of the most original and certainly one of the most controversial of the nineteenth-century artistic reinterpretations of Malory. Although his illustrations for the Morte established Beardsley as the voice of the 1890s, he was until that time largely an unknown young artist [However,] La Morte Darthur proved to be an immediate sensation upon publication and the impact of Beardsley's Arthurian illustrations was tremendous Today, Beardsley's illustrations for the Morte, which constituted almost half his lifetime's artistic output, survive as the first example of modern Arthurian book illustration; and they remain arguably the best experimental visual reinterpretation of the Arthurian world. With their bold lines, strong visual themes, and numerous memorable but unconventional details, the Morte 'pictures' (which is how Beardsley himself referred to them) created an important – although admittedly idiosyncratic – symbology and iconography. Often shockingly overt in their sexuality and eroticism, the illustrations rejected the aesthetic of the Pre-Raphaelites who were Beardsley's original mentors and offered a revisionist and parodic treatment of their medievalism. Ultimately, Beardsley went far beyond his original intention to 'flabbergast the bourgeois' of his day; he also challenged generations of readers and artists to view Arthurian society through his own modernist lens" (Barbara Tepa Lupack, Illustrating Camelot, 2008, Chapter 4). A masterpiece of book illustration in a striking binding. Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England from 1790-1914, 314. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Suffrage Movement in New Zealand - cartoons and Articles

      1893 - 2 issues of The New Zealand Graphic (16 Sept 1893, vol xi, no 37; 30 Sept, 1893, vol xi, no 39) containing the rare original cartoons by Ashley Hunter pertaining to the vote for women first passed in New Zealand on 8 Sept 1893. The cartoons are full page, 350mm x 242mm. Both issues also include articles on the passing of the vote for women. Extremely rare issues from the era of the women's suffrage movement in New Zealand.

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        Catalogue of the Columbae, or pigeons, in the collection of the British Museum.

      London: British Museum (Natural History), 1893. - Octavo,676 pp.,14 chromolithograph plates. Publisher's brown cloth, partly unopened, apart from a library pocket and a small paper library stamp on the bottom of the spine, a near fine copy. Volume 21 from Richard Bowdler Sharpe's 27 volume Catalogue of Birds in the British Museum, 1874-1898. Wood p. 548; Zimmer p. 540. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Three Autograph Letters, signed, to Madame Emilie de Morier (née Naville)

      Various places, 1893. Very Good. Letters dated Feb 1, 1887, April 24, 1890 and Feb. 15, 1893. Written in a clear hand that is quite easy to read. The first, and longest (approx. 600 words on 8 pages), was written on board the steamer Navarino as Jephson was en route to his rendezvous with destiny as one of the leaders of Stanley's ill-fated and poorly planned expedition to rescue Emin Pasha. Jephson details his last minute involvement in the scheme and his understanding of the nature of the undertaking. The second letter (approx. 200 words on 4 pages), on stationery from a hotel in Brussels, apologizes for not seeing her when he passed through Paris on his return to London via Brussels, and similarly apologizes for not making contact with her children at Ayires. The final letter (approx. 180 words on 4 pages), written in French, announces that he is in Paris working hard to learn French and expresses the wish that she might visit him. Jephson, young and inexperienced when he left for Africa, survived Stanley's expedition but returned to England with his health in ruins.

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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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        MENE TEKEL! EINE ENTDECKUNGSREISE NACH EUROPA. Von Arnold v. d. Passer [pseudonym]. Neunte Auflage

      Erfurt und Leipzig: Bacmeister's Verlag, 1893.. Octavo, pp. [1-3] 4-106 [107-109] [110-112: ads], original gray-green wrappers printed in black. Ninth printing. A utopian novel in the tradition of Edward Bellamy and Theodor Hertzka set in the year 2398 in Africa in Thomasville, the capital city of the "Freilandstaat," that provides a history of the city's progress during the 500 years since its founding. Lexikon 1, pp. 129-30 (citing this printing). Bloch (2002) 2371. Not in Nagl. A very good copy bound into green cloth with front and rear wrappers preserved. KVK reports 6 copies. Rare. (#152989)

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        Life of Horace Greeley,: From his birth to the present time

      Houghton, Mifflin and Co, 1893. Hardcover. Good. FAST SHIPPING Hard cover no dust jacket. Exlibrary with usual markings. No marks in text.

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        DIOGENES OF LONDON AND OTHER FANTASIES AND SKETCHES ..

      London: Methuen and Co., 1893.. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii [1] 2-232 + 16-page publisher's catalogue dated "October 1892" inserted at rear, original dark blue cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, all edges untrimmed. First edition. Thirty-two short stories. "Mixed collection, mostly contes cruels in an archaic setting, also 'The Devil of the Marsh,' a classic horror tale of a paludal Circe." - Robert Knowlton. "The Brazen Cross" is a supernatural tale about the intersection of Christian and pagan spirituality in modern England. "The House of Dishonour" has some notably weird and Gothic atmosphere. In "The Sword of the Kadi" a lover plays a curious board game against the ruler (the Kadi) to determine whether he will be allowed to marry a certain maiden. "The Dead Immortals" is a fanciful essay about the survival of ancient nymphs and spirits. "This Body of Death" and "The Shadow on the Year" are meditative and macabre sketches in the tradition of the memento mori. "Over the Fire" is a meditation on the propensity of fires to elicit daydreaming. The author wrote the polar femme fatale fantasy, MARAHUNA (1888), as well as other fantastic material. "Probably more talented than is generally recognized." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction, p. 514. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 776. Eaton Catalogue, volume 3, p. 479. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Wolff 7085. Small private owner's book label affixed to front paste-down. Just a hint of rubbing to cloth along outer joints, a bright, nearly fine copy. A very elusive book. (#151910)

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        MENE TEKEL! EINE ENTDECKUNGSREISE NACH EUROPA. Von Arnold v. d. Passer [pseudonym]. Neunte Auflage

      Erfurt und Leipzig: Bacmeister's Verlag, 1893.. Octavo, pp. [1-3] 4-106 [107-109] [110-112: ads], original gray-green wrappers printed in black. Ninth printing. A utopian novel in the tradition of Edward Bellamy and Theodor Hertzka set in the year 2398 in Africa in Thomasville, the capital city of the "Freilandstaat," that provides a history of the city's progress during the 500 years since its founding. Lexikon 1, pp. 129-30 (citing this printing). Bloch (2002) 2371. Not in Nagl. A very good copy bound into green cloth with front and rear wrappers preserved. KVK reports 6 copies. Rare. (#152989)

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        Crime and Punishment

      London and Felling-on-Tyne: The Walter Scott Publishing Company, Ltd, 1893. Hardcover. Good. First illustrated edition, uncertain issue and publication date. (Undated title page, which may not be an issue point. Turner's The Walter Scott Publishing Company apparently examined a single paperback copy with a title page dated 1911 and no illustrations, while referencing a 1893 ad for the book, which would make their publication date dubious for the first thus. Line Ettlinger and Gladstone reference an 1893 Walter Scott edition of which I can find little documentation. A bit of a bibliographical puzzle.) Original crimson cloth decorated in gilt, black endpapers. 456pp. Illustrated. Good+ with cloth worn and a bit chipped at head and tail, signatures a little strained and rear hinge split but internally clean. A rare early English-language edition of Dostoyevsky's masterpiece.

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        Over Five Seas and Oceans

      White Lotus, New York 1893 - Over Five Seas and Oceans [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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