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        ENGLISH BOOKBINDINGS IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM and FOREIGN BOOKBINDINGS IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM.

      London, England: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co. 1895-1896. folio. original cloth, top edge gilt, others uncut, decorated endpapers. xviii pages of introductory material, unpaginated thereafter; xxiv pages of introductory material, unpaginated thereafter. 2 Volumes. First edition, limited to 500 numbered copies. (Mejer no.1345). Preface and introduction by the author in both volumes. First volume with 63 plates of works bound in Britain. Second volume with 65 plates of works bound elsewhere. Magnificent examples of chromolithography. Plates printed by W. Griggs. Covers faded at edges, rubbed and scuffed, and bumped at fore-edge corners, but in much better condition than usual. Two bookplates of previous owners on front pastedown of both volumes.

      [Bookseller: Oak Knoll]
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        An Outcast of the Islands

      London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. [vii], 391pp. [1] Original green ribbed cloth, spine lettered in gilt, gilt top edge. First edition,first impression with typographical errors all uncorrected. Very Good or better with a few very light stains to cloth, slight lean and a crease to spine, inner top edge stained, offsetting to endpapers, former owner's name on front free endpaper, front hinge a little free. A nice copy of Conrad's second novel.

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        The Exploration of the Caucasus. With Illustrations by Vittorio Stella. Vol. I and II. Mit 78 Photogravüren, 3 (von 4) gefalt. Karten, 4 gefalt. Panoramen und zahll. photographischen Textabb., teils auf Tafeln.

      London Arnold 1896 - 4°. XXIII, 278 S. u. X, 290 S. + Tafeln, Karten u. Panoramen. Neues HLdr. mit je 2 RSch. u. reicher Rverg. und Ganzgoldschnitt (v. Hahn, Frankfurt). Erste Ausgabe. Henze II, 290: "Hervorragender englischer Alpinist, dem der unvergängliche Ruhm gebührt, die ersten genaueren Berichte über die höchsten Gipfel, über die Gletscherwelt eines Teiles des Kaukasus, über den landschaftlichen Charakter seiner Hochregionen veröffentlicht und, als Kenner der gleichartigen Erscheinungen in den Alpen, durch Vergleiche die Kenntnis des kaukasischen Hochgebirges unserem Verständnisse nähergebracht zu haben. V. Sella der unübertroffene Großmeister der Hochgebirgsphotographie hielt eine Reihe eindrucksvoller Bilder fest." - Vol.II: Es fehlt die Karte "Map of the peaks", die im Hinterdeckel war, eine Tafel ist lose (zw. S. 80/81). Rote Farb-Anstreichungen bzw. -Anmerkungen auf 1 Karte, 1 Panorama u. 1 Tafel, sonst vereinzelte rote Farb-Anstreichungen nur im Bd. 2. Papierbedingt minimal gebräunt, minimal stockfleckig u. minimal bis leicht wasserrandig, NaV. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Daniel Osthoff]
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        Mandamet der keyserlijker Maiesteit vuytghegeue int laer xlvi.

      New York: De Vinne Press for A. M. Huntington,, 1896. Mer Dintitulatie ende declaratie vande gereprobeerde boecken, gheschict briden Doctoren inde Faculteyt van Theologie in Duniversiteyt van Louen, Duer dordonnantie ende beuel der seluer K. M. Quarto. Original vellum, front cover lettered in gilt. Bookplate of Otto Orren Fisher to front pastedown. Small description of the edition tipped-in after front free endpapers. Front board bent, covers a little toned. Otherwise a very good copy. Limited facsimile edition, one of 100 copies, of the 1546 edition of the Index Expurgatorius. The 1546 edition was published in Brussels by the Faculty of Theology at the University of Leuven on the orders of Charles V and predates the first Roman version of 1557, produced under Pope Paul IV. The Index Expurgatoris was a constantly changing list of publications banned by the Roman Catholic Church and was not officially abolished until 1965.

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        Kingyo Higoi Funa Kamenoko Yukeigami Ganro-e [`Goldfish, Carp and Turtle Paper Craft`]

      Katada Chojiro, Tokyo 1896 - Colour woodblock-printed ukiyo-e leaf of paper craft cut-outs for children. Fine condition. Text in Japanese. Extra shipping charges may be applied due to size.

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        Karl Mays gesammelte Reiseerzählungen komplett mit den Bänden 1 bis 33: Bd. 1: Durch die Wüste. 2: Durchs wilde Kurdistan. 3: Von Bagdad nach Stambul. 4: In den Schluchten des Balkan. 5: Durch das Land der Skipetaren. 6: Der Schut. 7: Winnetou I. 8: Winnetou der Rote Gentleman II. 9: Winnetou III. 10: Orangen und Datteln. 11: Am stillen Ocean. 12: Am Rio de la Plata. 13: In den Cordilleren. 14: Old Surehand I. 15: Old Surehand II. 16, 17 und 18: Im Lande des Mahdi I, II und III. 19: Old Surehand III. 20, 21 und 22: Satan und Ischariot I, II und III. 23: Auf fremden Pfaden. 24: Weihnacht. 25: Am Jenseits. 26, 27, 28 und 29: Im Reiche des silbernen Löwen 1., 2., 3. und 4. Band. 30: Und Friede auf Erde. 31 und 32: Ardistan und Dschinnistan 1.

      Friedrich Ernst Fehsenfeld, Freiburg i.Br. - 1913. Verschiedene Auflagen. 1896 - 8°. Vorliegende die klassische grüne Oktavausgabe mit den farbigen Deckelbildern. Originalganzleinenbände. Alle Bände mit der Rückenverlagsangabe VO nach Hergesheimer. Einzige Ausnahme Band 20, nicht wie Plaul 292.6, sondern Hergesheimer V1. Die Bände 25, 29, 30, 31, 32 und 33 in Erstausgabe. Gut erhaltene Ausgabe mit kleineren Mängeln und Benutzungsspuren des Lesens. Durchaus gute und dekorative Reihe. Mündliche Anfragen können nicht bearbeitet werden, bitte eine mail schicken! -- Eine detaillierte Liste mit den genauen Angaben nach Plaul kann gerne übersendet werden. Band 19 Old Surehand III mit abweichender Auflagenangabe zu Plaul 286.6, hier 35.-40.A.! West [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat und Buchhandlung Carl Wegner]
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        Da Cecilia Metella a Ponte Salario 1896 - 1897. Note della Baronessa di Munchausen. Fotografie di Pietro Sbisà. Prefazione di Gabriele d'Annunzio.

      Album con copertina originale in tela rossa e titolo in oro (cm. 15,7x25,5); pp. 78 nn. Complessivamente 36 immagini fotografiche tutte inerenti alla caccia alla volpe nell'Agro Romano a piena pagina + altre immagini fotografiche di formato più piccolo. L'album pubblicato nel 1897 probabilmente in forma privata per i partecipanti alla caccia è dedicato al Marchese Luciano di Roccagiovine Capocaccia, con una bellissima prefazione di Gabriele d'Annunzio: "Al caro Master, non v'è al mondo poesia che uguaglia di profondità e di altezza questa dell'Agro, e in nessuna ora io mi sono sentito vivere d'una vita così intensa , così pura e così libera come quando il vostro -Tally ho!- più secco e più risoluto d'un colpo di frusta o di un colpo di speroni lanciava il mio cavallo su una di quelle vaste solitudini fiorite, in fondo a cui sorge l'aspra maceria che la volpe incalzata dai cani sorpassa allungandosi contro le pietre vivida e agile come una fiamma fulva. Non mai, quanto allora, io mi son sentito della medesima razza di quel Claudio Cantelmo che a cavallo per l'Agro attingeva la suprema ebrezza aspirando dalle gramigne putride l'odore della morte...". Il testo della Baronessa di Munchausen è suddiviso in giornate di caccia: 23 Novembre 1896, Tre Fontane; 28 Novembre 1896, Coazzo; 1 dicembre, Centocelle... 15 marzo, Ponte Salario. Affascinante resoconto di caccia alla volpe nell'Agro Romano alla fine dell'Ottocento. Axs

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        The History of Don Quixote of la Mancha

      David Nutt, London 1896 - 4 volumes, translated by Thomas SHelton and an introduction by James Fitzmaurice-Kelly. Rubricated title, unopened, untrimmed. Tall 8vo, handsomely rebound in 1/2 white vellum with black spine labels. London: David Nutt, 1896. A fine set. 4 volumes, translated by Thomas SHelton and an introduction by James Fitzmaurice-Kelly. Rubricated title, unopened, untrimmed. Tall 8vo, handsomely rebound in 1/2 white vellum with black spine labels. London: David Nutt, 1896. A fine set. One of only 18 copies printed on Japanese paper. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Marm Lisa

      Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1896 - Signed first edition, 1896. Cloth hardcover with paper label on spine, 199 pp., clean unmarked text, Good copy, front inner hinge strained and amateurishly reinforced, clipping pasted onto the front flyleaf, discoloration or age-toning to the pages and to the page-edges, darkening to the paper spine-label, no dust jacket. Our copy housed in protective glassine. Signed, inscribed, and dated (1897) by Wiggin on the titlepage. Also with a 12-line poem signed and dated 1897 by Wiggin on the front flyleaf. Also with a brief letter in Wiggin's hand laid in. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books Pittsburgh PA, ABAA]
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        The Island of Dr. Moreau: A Possibility

      New York: Stone and Kimball, 1896. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition. 249pp. Original first state black cloth with gilt lettering and top edge, "Stone & / Kimball / New York" on foot. Near Fine or thereabouts with bright gilt, unsophisticated, some light foxing to endpapers, back and front hinges a little free, very slight chipping to front paste down's bottom edge. The first American appearance of H.G. Wells' science fiction classic, adapted into film numerous times.

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        PANORAMA DER BERLINER GEWERBE AUSSTELLUNG [PANORAMA OF THE BERLIN TRAD

      - PEEPSHOW. PANORAMA DER BERLINER GEWERBE AUSSTELLUNG [PANORAMA OF THE BERLIN TRADE EXHIBITION]. Berlin: Oscar Michaelis 1896. 4 7/8" wide x 6 1/8" opening to 16". Fine condition in pictorial slip case (one flap neatly and unobtrusively strengthened). When extended, the 6 color lighographed scenes offer a detailed three dimensional view of the main hall of the Exhibition. The final scene has a carved medallion that is visible even when the peepshow is closed. The slip case has a beautiful color lithograph on one side and a colored plan of the Expo on the other. Although not called a "World's Fair", this was a technicality. When completed it was larger than any previous fair had been (more than 1 million square yards), featuring nearly 4000 participants and attracting 7 million visitors.

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        The Comedies of Shakespeare with Many Drawings by Edwin A. Abbey [4 Volume Set]

      Franklin Square: Harper and Brothers, 1896. First edition, thus. Hardcover. Nice set in three quarter black morocco over marbled boards, marbled endsheets, top edge gilt. Handsome copies.. Quarto. 272; 278; 241; 254 pages. Profusely illustrated with black-and-white photogravures.

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        Wegwarten (III). Deutsch-moderne Dichtungen.

      München u Dresden Wegwarten-Verlag () 1896 - 19(1) S. OBrosch. (minimal berieben u. fleckig, mit kl. Randläsuren, Hinterdeckel leicht stockfleckig). Erste Ausgabe. Ritzer E 55. Wilp./G. 2/3, Schauer II, 4 (mit Abb.). - Engel, Rilke-Handbuch S. 190 ff. - Erschien in einer Auflage von 1000 Exemplaren. Umschlaggestalltung von J.V. Cissarz. Enthält 35 Gedichte von Wilhelm Arent, Hans Benzmann, Martin Boelitz, Jenny Carsen, Gustav Falke, Ludwig Jakobowski, Christian Morgenstern, Clara Müller, Fr. Weri von Oestéren, Hermine von Preuschen, René Maria Rilke, Arthur von Wallpach, Bodo Wildberg (Harry Louis von Dickinson). Vom herausgebenden Rilke selbst sind 6 Gedichte enthalten: 1. Im Frühling oder im Traume. 2. Liebesnacht. 3. Königslied. 4. Seelenstille. 5. Morgengang. 6. Ich liebe vergessene Flurmadonnen. Mit eigenhändiger Widmung von Wilhelm Arent, möglicherweise an den bekannten Kieler Bildhauer Heinrich Missfeldt, der 1891 in Berlin sein Studium aufnahm. - Äußerst seltenes Heft der von Rilke veranstalteten Wegwarten, deren drittes und letztes Heft am 29. Oktober 1896 erschien. Die hierin enthaltenen eigenen Gedicht wird Rilke später in "Traumgekrönt" und "Advent" aufnehmen. An Schnitzler schreibt Rilke: Vom nächsten Hefte an werden die 'Wegwarten' Organ eines Bundes 'Moderner Fantasie Künstler' (.). - Die gemeinschaftliche Idee der Mitglieder ist: Modernes Schaffen, Unterwerfung unter die Macht der (.) intimen fantasievollen Stimmung!" (zit. nach Engel, S. 192). - Papierbedingt minimal gebräunt, Titel minimal fingerfleckig. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Effi Briest. Roman.

      Bln Fontane 1896 - 2 Bll., 520 S. OLn. m. Dverg. (leicht berieben, Kanten u. Kapitale fast unmerklich fachfraulich restauriert). Erste Ausgabe. Wilp./G. 41. Nicht bei Schobeß . KLL 2984. - Begonnen 1890 erschien der Roman in 2 Teilen zunächst in der Deutschen Rundschau (1894/95). - Die Geschichte der Effi Briest, die jung verheiratet wird, jedoch nicht mit dem Eheleben zufrieden ist, zeitweilig mit einem Liebhaber liiert ist, den jedoch ihr Mann nach Bekanntwerden der Affäre im Duell erschießt. Effi lebt schließlich getrennt von Ihrem Mann und halb geächtet von der Familie. Erst kurz vor ihrem Tod holen die Eltern Effi endlich heim, wo sie in Frieden stirbt. - "Fontane erzählt die Geschichte Effi Briests fast im Plauderton, ohne Pathos und mit liebenswürdiger Ironie. Der Dialog ist mit naturalistischer Lebensnähe und zugleich Lebenswärme geführt; (.) für den ganzen Roman und die Erzählweise Fontanes überhaupt gilt: das, was in den Redenden und Handelnden vorgeht, was sich entwickelt und was entschieden wird, ist nicht eigentlich Gegenstand des Gesprochenen oder Erzählten, sondern deutet sich in ihm nur an; so auch die für die Romanhandlung bestimmenden Beziehungen zwischen Effi und [dem Geliebten] Crampas: Effis lange, einsame Spaziergänge, ihr verändertes Wesen und Aussehen - viel mehr erfährt der Leser nicht. Und doch geht gerade von solchen Passagen eine überaus starke Wirkung aus. Sie machen das traumhafte, fast unbewußte Hineingleiten Effis in ihr Schicksal erst ganz begreiflich." (KLL). - Vorsätze und Innengelenke um 1959 erneuert bzw. restauriert, vord. Vorsatz mit Kauf- und Datumsvermerk in Tinte. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Daniel Osthoff]
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        Note sur la Réfutation de la théorie anglaise du fermage de M. Wicksteed; [together with:] PARETO, Vilifredo. La Courbe de la répartition de la richesse; [both works published in:] Recueil publié par la Faculté de Droit à l'occasion de l'exposition nationale Suisse Genève 1896.

      Lausanne: Ch. Viret-Genton, [1896] - Quarto. Contemporary paper wrappers printed in black, edges uncut, unopened. With the glassine wrappers. Preserved in a cloth box. A few nicks and short tears to spine ends of wrappers, front wrappers a little marked, some occasional light foxing, otherwise an excellent copy. First editions of two scarce papers of the two leading figures of the Lausanne School of Economics. The first paper contains Walras' criticism of Wicksteed's An Essay on the coordination of the laws of distribution, (1894) and occupies pages 1-11 of the Recueil. Pareto's paper, printed on pages 371-87, adds substantial material to his theory of distribution. The Recueil also includes other papers by E. Lehr, A. Schnetzler, E. Roguin, C. Soldan, H. Brocher de la Fléchère, A. de Senarclens, J. Berney and H. Erman. Walker 191. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        The Island of Doctor Moreau

      London: William Heinemann, 1896. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. First edition, first impression, first binding with publisher's monogram blind stamped to cover. vii, 219pp. with ad for Time Machine followed 32 pages of ads at rear beginning with The Manxman. Ochre cloth with red and black stamping. Cloth darkened and a bit grubby, else Very Good with tissue guard intact albeit a little foxed. Bumped corners, dust-soiled edges, tiny former owners' bookplate on paste down, a few light corner creases, a few of ad pages at rear irregularly opened and a bit stained. The first appearance of the classic science fiction novel about an island of animal/human hybrids spliced together by the titular mad vivisectionist.

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        Relics of ancient Architecture and Other Picturesque Scenes in Glasgow

      Glasgow - David Bryce and Son. 1896 - A collection of drawings by Thomas Fairbairn. These drawings indicate some of the fascinating architecture and beautiful picturesque scenes in Glasgow. This is a special re-issue of fifty copies of a work published in 1895 and only fifty copies were published. Hence rather hard to find. Collated, complete with all thirty plates. With accompanying text by James Pagan and James H Stoddart. Loosely inserted are several colour prints of Fairbairn's works printed in 1982. Condition: In a full cloth binding with gilt stamping to the spine and to the front board. Externally, generally smart with bumping to the head and tail of spine and to the extremities. Small patches of light rubbing to the extremities and to the head and tail of spine. Evidence of label removal to the recto of front endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright with the occasional light spots. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Laudes Beatae Mariae Virginis

      Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press 1896 - 8 ¼ in. x 11 ½ in. Large quarto. One of 250 copies. 33 pages plus colophon. The first book printed in three colors (red, blue, and black) by Kelmscott. Poems taken from a Psalter dated to the thirteenth century. Tan cloth spine; blue-gray papers over boards. Titling in black on the front panel. The leather label of Leroy Arthur Sugarman and the bookplate of Edward A. Woods (both famous book collectors) are on the front paste-down. Off-set from the Sugarman label is on the f.f.e.p. A fine copy with none of the usual wear to the spine. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Peter Keisogloff Rare Books, Inc.]
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        GRIECHISCHE GRAMMATIK

      LEIPZIG: BREITKOPF & HARTEL, 1896. IIIED. RILEGATO. BUONO. 15 23. USATO

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        Aphrodite. Moeurs antiques.

      Société du Mercure de France,, Paris 1896 - First edition of Loüys archetypally decadent 'novel of courtesan life in ancient Alexandria, a graceful mixture of licentiousness and erudtion (Oxford Companion). This copy bound with 2 sets of the plates by Albert Laurens issued the following year (1897), one on japon (one of 8 copies only) the other on chine (one of 40 copies only). Though Aphrodite was to become on one of the classic illustrated French books and was later reprinted many times with illustrations by significant artists, the first edition of 1896 was unillustrated. 8vo (222 × 130 mm), pp. [4], xii, 327, [7], plus 2 additional suites of 6 plates(1897). Early half red morocco, preserving wrappers of the two additional suites of plates. Joints cracking but secure. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Justin Croft Antiquarian Books Ltd ABA]
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        Thus Spake Zarathustra

      New York: The Macmillan Company, 1896. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. First American edition. Publisher's green cloth with spine stamped in gilt. Good. Cloth stained, with a heavy stain to the top of the front cover, smaller spots to the spine and light soiling to rear; spine slightly faded. Previous owner inkless emboss and remnant of news clipping to front free end paper. The author's magnum opus.

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        Einführung der Röntgenstrahlen in die Medizin. Sammelband Röntgenologie, mit über 20 Originalarbeiten und ca. 10 Berichten zur frühen Anwendung der Röntgenstrahlen in der Medizin.

      DMW, 22. - Leipzig, Georg Thieme, 1896, Folio, (3), 846, 232, 188 pp., zahlreiche Abbildungen, schöner Halbleinenband mit Rückenschild. EINMALIGES DOKUMENT ZUR GESCHICHTE DER RÖNTGENOLOGIE ERSTE AUSGABE. Am 28. Dezember 1895 reichte C. Röntgen seine berühmte Arbeit "Über eine neue Art von Strahlen" der physikalisch-medizin. Gesellschaft zu Würzburg ein. -- Bereits 1 Monat später beginnt die Serie der vorliegenden Arbeiten in der DMW. Die wichtigsten Beiträge seien hier erwähnt: A) Erste Mitteilung über Röntgenstrahlen in der Medizin (Jastrowitz) B) Erste medizinische Röntgenaufnahme,erstmalig erscheint das Wort "Röntgenstrahlen" in einer medizinischen Veröffentlichung C) Erste medizin. Aufnahme mit Fremdkörperlokalisation (Splitter im Mittelfinger),zugleich erste Rö.-Aufnahme mit pathologischem Befund D) Erste Darstellung eines Knochentumors (F. König) E) Erste Aufnahme einer gichtig veränderten Hand (Huber) F) Erste Kontrastdarstellung -Schwermetallsalze- (Becher)Beginn gastroenterologischer Röntgendiagnostik = Garrison & Morton 3516 G) Erste Erwähnung von Luft als Kontrastmittel (W. Becher) H) Erste Darstellung u. Lokalisation v. Geschossen im Gehirn d. Menschen I) Erste Anwendung von Strahlen hoher Intensität zur Verkürzung der Expositionszeiten (Buka) J) Erste Berichte über Nebenwirkungen (Dermatitis, etc.) der Röntgenstrahlen K) Wichtige Arbeiten zur "directen Betrachtung mittels der Röntgenstrahlen".Darstellung physiologischer Vorgänge über Barium-Platin-Cyanür Schirm (Schäfer) etc.

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        Technik und Verwertung der Röntgen'schen Strahlen im Dienste der ärztlichen Praxis und Wissenschaft.

      Halle, Verlag von Wilhelm Knapp, 1896, 8, IV, (2), 146 pp., mit 29 Abb. und 5 Taf., feiner Halbleinenband mit eigebundener orig. Broschur St.a.Tit. Sehr seltene Erste Ausgabe dieses frühen Röntgenbuchs von Oskar Büttner, Spezialarzt für Nervenkrankheiten und Elektrotherapie und dem Spezialarzt für Chirurgie und Orthopädie Kurt Müller aus Erfurt.

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        The Selected Works.

      New York: D. Appleton and Company., 1896-7. 15 volumes, octavo. Original red half morocco, spine lettered in gilt, marbled boards, top edges gilt others uncut. With engraved illustrations in text throughout. Contemporary ink inscription to front free endpapers, some dark spotting to spines overall in excellent condition. The first authorized collected edition of his works. Rare in the original morocco binding.

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        Shapes in The Fire; Being a Midwinter Night's Entertainment in Two Parts and An Interlude.

      London John Lane at The Bodley Head 1896 - First edition, first issue. 8vo. Publisher's decorated orange cloth titled and decorated in gilt and red to spine and front board. A spot of bumping and edgewear, slight darkening to the spine panel, overall a very good, sharp copy. Internally clean, edges untrimmed. A superior collection of weird stories, described as "One of the landmark books of the genre." Bleiler. This collection contains "Xelucha", considered one of Shiel's better tales and later reprinted by August Derleth. Number 33 in the delightful Keynotes series. Scarce in nice condition. WTPC7 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Jonathan Kearns Rare Books & Curiosities]
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        Les Demi-cabots, le café-concert, le cirque, les forains. Textes de Georges d'Esparbès, André Ibels, Maurice Lefèvre, Georges Montorgueil.

      [Evreux: Charles Hérissey for] G. Charpentier et E. Fasquelle,, Paris 1896 - First edition of this classic belle époque survey of the culture of the café-concert and the circus. This copy is number 52 of 100 on chine, with additional folding poster and plate at end, this copy also with an original signed ink and pastel drawing tipped to the front free endpaper inscribed: 'Pour le bibliophile Edmond Fargeau. Hommage cordiale H.G. Ibels. Xbre 1910'. Ibels was one of the major commercial graphic artists of the period and a collaborator of Toulouse-Lautrec's. 18mo (206 × 135 mm), pp. [4], 246, illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers preserved in original boards with printed spine, with original dust jacket also with printed spine. Spine of jacket rather soiled. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Justin Croft Antiquarian Books Ltd ABA]
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        More Songs From Vagabondia.

      Boston: Copeland & Day,, 1896. Designs by Tom B. Meteyard. Octavo. Original yellow boards, titles and illustration to spine and front. Illustrated endpapers by Meteyard. Minor chips to ends, faint damp stain to front board, covers generally lightly tanned, but an excellent copy, uncut. First edition, one of 60 large paper copies, inscribed and signed by Carman with the 8-line poem "Daisies" (also printed on page 13) written out on the half title, and additionally signed or initialled by Carman no less than 26 times in the text (conceivably marking out the poems of which he, rather than Hovey, was author). Carman has also signed the dedication page (the dedication reads "To M. G. M., so good to lighten cares, / The boys inscribe this second book of theirs"), making it not impossible that this copy, with its elaborately personalised attributes, was the dedication copy. The book is self-evidently rare thus. The three Vagabondia poetry collections issued by Canadian poet Bliss Carman (1861-1929, Canada's unofficial laureate) and American poet Richard Hovey (1864-1900) represented a revival in the verse of the American 90s, with anthologist Louis Untermeyer reporting that, out of an environment of moribund detachment: "revolt openly declared itself with the publication of Songs from Vagabondia (1894), More Songs from Vagabondia (1896), and Last Songs from Vagabondia (1900)... It was the heartiness, the gypsy jollity, the rush of high spirits, that conquered. Readers of the Vagabondia books were swept along by their speed faster than by their philosophy." The poems even gained praise from the later modernists, with Ezra Pound noting that he "greatly enjoyed The Songs of Vagabondia by Mr Bliss Carman and the late Richard Hovey". This second instalment contains the much-anthologised "A Vagabond Song".

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        Doctoris ecstatici D. Dionysii Cartusiani Opera omnia in unum corpus digesta ad fidem editionum coloniensium ...

      Montrolium [Montreuil], Typ. Cartusiae S. M. de Pratis, 1896-1907. Vols. 1-14bis. 4°. je ca. 600-800 Seiten, gest. Titelportr. in Bd. 1. hldr. (Bibl.-Stempel a. Vortitel, äußere Lagen und Schnitte stockfleckig).Versand D: 5,00 EUR Text in französischer Übersetzung

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        ORESTIE. GRIECHISCH UND DEUTSCH VON ULRICH VON WILAMOWITZ MOELLENDORFF ZWEITES STUCK DAS OPFER AM GRABE

      BEROLINI: WEIDMANNSCHE BUCHHANDLUNG, 1896. BROSSURA. BUONO. 16 24. USATO

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        Der Hänseken. Ein Kinderepos. Illustriert von Armin Wedekind.

      Paris, Leipzig, München, Albert Langen 1896. - Fol., 26 SS., 1 Bl., Illustr. Titel, 12 Farbtafeln, 1. Aufl., Illustr. Orig.-Halbleinen, Einbandecken etwas bestoßen, sonst schönes, sauberes Expl., Erste Ausgabe - WG 7; Stuckvilla 521, [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Manette Salomon

      - G. Charpentier & E. Fasquelle, Paris 1896, 15,5x24cm, relié. - Prima edizione del adattamento teatrale condotto da Edmond de Goncourt. Il legame a bradel calico metà grigio, liscio indietro, data e doppio filo oro coda, dolore blu marino come mostre, piatti di carta marmorizzata, copre conservato, vincolante contemporaneo. autografo Precious firmato da amministratore di Edmond de Goncourt e Antoine drammaturgo. Inoltre, le due guardie bianche di legame, il nostro modello include le spedizioni autografi firmato, datato maggio 1919, i creatori dei diversi ruoli del pezzo (Charles) Moncharmont, drammaturgo, parti creatore, tra cui Cyrano Bergerac ha fatto scoprire l'intera Europa, e per 35 anni direttore del teatro Célestins a Lione. In primo luogo, Félix Galipaux: "Io offrire il mio unico atto, specie Moncharmont ... / Aveva due Manette Salomon!" E Henry Mayer: "Chassagnol-Mayer per la sua eccellente compagno Macharmont, ricordare i bei tempi di Vaudeville "quindi seguire Cande:" al mio amico Macharmont ricordare i nostri anni felici di Vaudeville "Georges e Grand" "Che bei ricordi, mia cara Macharmont! Il Vaudeville! Con affetto, tuo vecchio amico. "E infine Grassot. Maestro Edmond de Goncourt della Memoria e il mio manager e amico Moncharmont" testimonianza eccezionale e unico per la vita teatrale del XX secolo.   - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale de l'adaptation théâtrale réalisée par Edmond de Goncourt. Reliure à la bradel en demi percaline grise, dos lisse, date et double filet dorés en queue, pièce de titre de chagrin bleu marine, plats de papier marbré, couvertures conservées, reliure de l'époque. Précieux envoi autographe signé d'Edmond de Goncourt à l'administrateur et homme de théâtre Antoine. En outre, sur les deux gardes blanches de la reliure, notre exemplaire comporte des envois autographes signés, datant de Mai 1919, des créateurs des différents rôles de la pièce à (Charles) Moncharmont, homme de théâtre, créateur de pièces, notamment de Cyrano de Bergerac qu'il fit découvrir à l'Europe entière, et directeur pendant 35 ans du théâtre des Célestins de Lyon. En premier, Félix Galipaux : "Je t'offre mon seul seing, aimable Moncharmont... / Elle en possédait deux Manette Salomon!", puis Henry Mayer : "Chassagnol-Mayer à son excellent camarade Macharmont, souvenir du bon temps du Vaudeville!", suivent alors Candé : "A mon ami Macharmont en souvenir de nos heureuses années de Vaudeville", et Georges Grand : ""Que de bons souvenirs, mon cher Macharmont! Le Vaudeville! Affectueusement à toi, ton vieux camarade.", et enfin Grassot : Souvenir du maître Edmond de Goncourt et à mon directeur et ami Moncharmont." Exceptionnel et unique témoignage de la vie théâtrale du XXème siècle.  

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        An Outcast of the Islands

      London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. [vii], 391pp. [1] Original green ribbed cloth, spine lettered in gilt, gilt top edge. First edition,first impression with typographical errors all uncorrected. Very Good or better with a few very light stains to cloth, slight lean and a crease to spine, inner top edge stained, offsetting to endpapers, former owner's name on front free endpaper, front hinge a little free. A nice copy of Conrad's second novel.

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        Geflügelbuch. Naturgeschichte, Zucht und Pflege sämtlicher Hühner- und Taubenrassen, sowie der übrigen Hausvögel, wie Enten, Gänse, Truthühner etc., welche als Haustiere gehalten werden.

      Stuttgart, J.Hoffmann, (1896). - 4.Aufl. 4°. 2 nn. Bl., 404 S., m. 98 Holzst. u. 24 chromolith. Taf. HLdr.d.Zt., (etw. ber.). Nissen, IVB 332. - Erste Ausgabe unter diesem Titel und in diesem Umfang, vorher unter als Teil von "Friderichs Naturgeschichte der Zimmer-, Haus- und Jagdvögel" erschienen. - Papierbedingt leicht gebräunt, Vor- u. Nachsatz m. Eckabriss, sonst gutes Exemplar. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Études d'économie sociale. Theorie de la répartition de la richesse sociale.

      Lausanne & Paris: F. Rouge, F. Pichon, 1896 - Octavo. Original green wrappers lettered in black, professionally rebacked preserving the original spine. Housed in a custom solander box, with green morocco label lettered in gilt. Leaf edges lightly toned; an excellent copy. 3 diagrams, one folding. First edition of one of Walras's major contributions to his economico-social doctrine, based on lectures which he held at the University of Lausanne during the years of 1870 through 1892. "As far as pure theory is concerned, Walras is in my opinion the greatest of all economists" (Schumpeter in: Blaug, Great economists before Keynes, p. 264). In this work, as well as in his Etudes d'Economie politique appliquée (1898), Walras's main interest in pure theory (which he had earlier presented in Eléments d'Economie politique pure, 1874-77), shifted to issues of applied economics and social economics which actually was a revival of the activity he began when he was young. Einaudi 5970; Masui 537; Mattioli 3800; The New Palgrave 3, p. 863; Sraffa 6248; Walker 194. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Farbige Decorationen vom XV-XIX Jarhhundert.

      Berlin: Ernst Wasmuth, 1896.(). Zweiter Band. 80 chromolithograph plates. Loose as issued in portfolio.

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        Orchids. Poems.

      London: Leonard Smithers, 1896 - Small octavo. Original cream cloth, titles to front board gilt, edges untrimmed and partially unopened. Slight tanning to free endpapers. An excellent copy. First and limited edition. One of 250 copies on small paper (10 copies were also issued on Japanese vellum). [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The China Mission Hand-Book. First Issue.

      Shanghai: American Presbyterian Mission Press, 1896 - First edition, first printing. Octavo, 25*16.5cm, 92p,335p. General wear and tear to outer covers, firm binding, contents complete and very good. With plates and folding maps. Contemporary bookplate of Rev. George Hudson, later ink signature of Kate Hudson, Montreat, NC. Historical society emboss on tp. Text tight, 4 leaves with short tears in the margins. Folding map to illustrate Mr. Mollendorff's Paper with some splits at the folds. 3 folding pages of statistics, and many single pages of statistics. 12 provincial maps that mark Protestant missions of several denominations. 1 folding hand-colored map of China. The bookplate is of Rev. George Hudson, a missionary evangelist with the American Southern Presbyterian Mission, appointed in 1891.A compilation of papers by missionary authors. Part I. contains 13 papers: Confucianism; Buddhism; Taoism; Mohammedanism; The Secret Sects of China; On the Foreign Languages spoken in China and the Classification of the Chinese Dialects; Spread of the Great Religions throughout the World; The Spread of Christian Missions in China, The Syrian Missions in China; Christian Missions in Asia; The Need of China; China's Appalling Need of Reform; Riots. Part II contains accounts of 42 Protestant mission societies then operating in China, as well as of Mission Presses and Statistics of the Societies. There is a history of each Society, descriptions of their individual mission stations, lists of missionaries, statistics. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        RANCH LIFE IN SOUTHERN KANSAS AND THE INDIAN TERRITORY. AS TOLD BY A NOVICE. HOW A FORTUNE WAS MADE IN CATTLE.

      New York. . 1896 - 163,[1]pp. Portrait. Original front wrapper, rear wrapper and spine supplied in expert restoration. Otherwise very nice and clean. A good plus copy. In a folding fabrikoid box. Miller was born in 1851, attended Cornell, and went to Kansas in 1878. This colorful narrative of his life as a rancher there over the next five years is an excellent firsthand account of ranching in the Indian Territory during that early period. In later life Miller spent a year and a half in Alaska in 1898-99, and died in Binghamton in 1930. One of the best early accounts of the Indian Territory, and quite scarce. HOWES M602. ADAMS HERD 1485. ADAMS SIX-GUNS 1486. STREETER SALE 2387.

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        L'image 1896-1897. Revue litteraire et artistique.

      Volume in ottime condizioni. Copertina rigida. Riccamente illustrato in b/n. Floury. Paris. 1896.

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        German Social Democracy. Six lectures. With an appenix on social democracy and the woman question in Germany by Alys Russell.

      London, Londmans, Green, and Co., 1896 - XIV, 204, 32 (Anzeigen) S. Erster Druck der ersten Ausgabe (mit dem weinroten Original-Leineneinband, der zweite Druck dann in blauem Leinen gebunden), selten. - Die erste Buchveröffentlichung von Betrand Russell über seine im Jahre 1896 mit seiner damaligen Frau Alys Russell unternommenen Reise nach Deutschland um die deutschen Sozialsdemokraten (August Bebel und Wilhelm Liebknecht) kennezulernen. - "In 1896 Russell published his first political work, German Social Democracy. Though sympathetic to the reformist aims of the German socialist movement, it included some trenchant and farsighted criticisms of Marxist dogmas. The book was written partly as the outcome of a visit to Berlin in 1895 with his first wife, Alys Pearsall Smith, whom he had married the previous year. In Berlin, Russell formulated an ambitious scheme of writing two series of books, one on the philosophy of the sciences, the other on social and political questions. "At last," as he later put it, "I would achieve a Hegelian synthesis in an encyclopaedic work dealing equally with theory and practice." He did, in fact, come to write on all the subjects he intended, but not in the form that he envisaged" (Encyclopedia Britannica). - Vorsatz und Vortitel gestempelt. Papierbedingt etw. gebräunt. Vorsatz mit Kleberestern. *** /// *** Copyright: Matthaeus Truppe - Stubenberggasse 7 - A-8010 Graz - +43 316 829552 *** /// *** Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 500 8°. Weinrote OLwd. mit Rückentitel und Deckelblindprägung (etw. bestoßen). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Journal of the Horn Scientific Exploring Expedition to Central Australia 1894

      Adelaide, Government Printer, 1896. Foolscap folio, 32 pages (including Appendix B: Report of the Physical Geography of Central Australia, by Professor R. Tate and J.A. Watt) plus 24 plates on 13 leaves (printed rectos only) and a folding meteorological chart, 2 folding maps (a topographical map of Mount Watt and a Survey of Hermannsburg Mission Station) and a very large folding colour map (1210 x 1210 mm). Recent cloth with lettering on the front cover; blank bottom margin of the main map slightly creased with one tiny tear expertly repaired; a fine copy. South Australian Parliamentary Paper 19 of 1896: only 650 copies printed. Winnecke was the leader of the expedition, and in 'the natural order of things these [journals and maps] should have been published in connection with the scientific and other records of the Horn Expedition, as both supplementary and complementary to them'. After a financial disagreement with W.A. Horn (the organiser and backer of the venture) this did not occur, and this first edition was published under the auspices of the South Australian branch of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia in conjunction with the Department of the Minister for the Northern Territory and the Survey Department. McLaren 16973; an octavo edition was published the following year (see McLaren 16969 - not noting the very large map).

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        A travers la Bosnie et l'Herzégovine. études et impressions de voyage

      Librairie Hachette et Cie, 1896. In-4 reliure demi-basane bleu marine à coins, dos à nerfs, caissons ornés de petits fers dorés, 1 carte repliée, VIII-350 pp., 154 gravures dans et hors texte. Bel exemplaire. Importante relation alors que la Bosnie et l'Herzégovine viennent d'être rattaché à la Trurquie. L'explorateur (1857-1931) est chargé par le ministère de l'Instruction publique d'une mission ethnographique et économique

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        La Peinture au Château de Chantilly Écoles Étrangères Les Quarante Fouquet École Française

      E. Plon, Nourrit & Cie 1896 - Paris, E. Plon, Nourrit & Cie, 1896/1897/1898 3 volumes In-4 (30cm x 24,5cm) de [8ff.], IV-378pp., [5ff.]; [7ff.], 190pp., [4ff.] & [10ff.], 502pp., [5ff.] Illustrés de 120 héliogravures par BRAUN, CLÉMENT et Cie. Tirage limité à 150 exemplaires, imprimés sur papier de cuve des papeteries du Marais et de Sainte-Marie, et numérotés à la presse (n°97) pour Les Quarante Fouquet. Tirage à 50 exemplaires, imprimés sur papier de cuve des papeteries du Marais et de Sainte-Marie, et numérotés à la presse (n°33) pour L'École Française. Il n'est pas fait mention de tirage en grand papier pour le volume Les Écoles étrangères. Demi-maroquin, dos à 4 nerfs, auteur, titre et date frappés or, tête dorée, couverture et dos conservés (U.C.A.D). Bel exemplaire, reliures en bel état, intérieurs en bon état. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        BURGERLICHES GESETZBUCH FUR DAS DEUTSCHE REICH NEBST DEM EINFUHRUNGSGESETZ VOM 18 AUGUST 1896

      Philipp Reclam, 1896. TEDESCO 0,32 Rilegatura editoriale in mezza tela, piatti cartonati, con titoli neri, fioritura ed usura alle punte, dorso con titoli neri e con lieve usura al piede ed alla cima, pagine leggermente ingiallite ai bordi e con fioriture sparse, fioritura anche ai tagli, quello superiore rosso USATO

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        1896 ?. [In Memory of the Coronation of their Imperial Majesties in Moscow in 1896].

      Skt. Peterburg German Goppe 1896 - Two parts in one volume. Folio (41.3 x 30.7 cm). Lithographed title, half-title, letterpress title, 100 pp.; [2], 210, iv pp., with 1 double page plate and multiple illustrations in text, many full page. Publisher's calf spine over cream cloth boards decorated red, black, gilt and silver, all edges gilt, upper and lower covers of dust jacket preserved. A fresh example of this luxurious edition celebrating the coronation of Nicholas II of Russia, in original binding. The first part comprises an overview of all of the coronations that took place in Russia during the reign of the Romanovs, a dynasty that lasted almost three hundred years. The second part is dedicated entirely to the coronation of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra. The text is richly illustrated with scenes from the coronation, images of the Imperial regalia and reproductions of menus and programmes for the festivities. A beautiful work produced by one of the best publishers of illustrated books in Russia; rare in original binding. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        THE WORKS

      Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. ONE OF 425 COPIES ON PAPER (and 13 on vellum). Increasingly difficult to find in pleasing condition, this is a very desirable copy in the original publisher's boards of a book universally acclaimed as one of the great achievements in printing history. The most important figure in the revival of printing in England at the end of the 19th century, William Morris (1834-96) had fallen in love with Chaucer's works when he and Burne-Jones were students at Oxford. With the founding of the Kelmscott Press (and, in effect, the launching of the modern private press movement) in 1891, Morris began plans almost immediately for the Chaucer. The press at 14 Upper Mall began producing the book in August of 1894, but it was not until June of 1896 that any completed copies became available. Morris was already a sick man, and Burne-Jones had privately worried that his friend might not live to see his dream realized. Morris died not long afterward. Like the Gutenberg Bible and Caxton's first printing of Chaucer in 1478, the present monumental folio is one of the world's printing masterpieces. In the words of "Artist & the Book, 1860-1960," the Kelmscott Chaucer, for which both Morris and Burne-Jones "worked in the neo-Medieval idiom bequeathed by the Pre-Raphaelites, . . . is perhaps the most famous book of the modern private press movement, and the culmination of William Morris' endeavor." Ray says that the book "is not only the most important of the Kelmscott Press' productions; it is also one of the great books of the world." The borders designed by Morris are incredibly rich and lush. The work would be extraordinary even without the designs by Burne-Jones, but these are certainly the book's most compelling feature. The original plan had been for 60 illustrations, but this grew to 87 before the work was done. While other illustrated Chaucers, beginning with Caxton's, had usually limited images largely to individual portraits of each Canterbury pilgrim, Burne-Jones chose instead to draw complex vignettes illustrating the pilgrims' tales (as well as Chaucer's other works). Part of the dramatic impression left by the book results from the cumulative power of the very large number of impressive bordered pages one encounters going through the text. The intricate woodcut frames are used a total of 118 times, and each one of them enlivens a page nearly 18 inches tall. The impression is especially memorable when the framed pages face each other: 36 of the Burne-Jones cuts with their borders are opposite one another in 18 particularly beautiful openings, and there are several other remarkable openings (including the first one) where a woodcut with its frame faces a bordered text. The present copy is remarkably clean in general, and its boards show almost no signs of use, which is especially unusual. This is partially explained by the fact that the volume was contained within an acetate dust wrapper and kept basically undisturbed for the past 70 years; in any case, given the book's size, the materials of the publisher's binding, and the avidity with which copies would normally be looked at, it is now quite difficult to find a copy in condition better than is seen here.. 457 x 330 mm. (18 x 13"). 4 p.l., 554 pp.Edited by F. S. Ellis. ONE OF 425 COPIES ON PAPER (and 13 on vellum). Original holland-backed blue paper boards, paper spine label, untrimmed edges. WITH 87 WONDERFUL LARGE WOODCUT ILLUSTRATIONS AFTER SIR EDWARD BURNE-JONES, redrawn by Robert Catterson-Smith and cut by W. H. Hooper, woodcut title-page, 14 variously repeated woodcut borders, 18 variously repeated woodcut frames around illustrations, 26 19-line woodcut opening words, numerous three-, six-, and 10-line woodcut initial letters, and woodcut printer's device, all designed by William Morris and cut by C. E. Keates, Hooper, and W. Spielmeyer. Printed in black and red with Chaucer type, the titles of longer poems printed in Troy type. Artist and the Book, 1860-1960 45; Ray 258; Peterson A-40; Sparling 40; Tomkinson, p. 117. Tiny loss in three places at the top of the spine, the linen with the inevitable faint foxing and mild darkening, otherwise a remarkably well-preserved binding, with nearly immaculate covers and no wear to the edges and corners. Blank flyleaf at the back with two neatly repaired tears, the usual dots of foxing along the exposed untrimmed or rough-trimmed edges of the book block (the foxing entirely minor, but in a handful of places just barely visible at the very edge at the top of an opened page); in all other ways beautiful internally, the leaves entirely fresh, entirely clean, and very bright, and with rich impressions of the woodcuts. A VERY FINE COPY OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT BOOKS IN ITS ORIGINAL INSUBSTANTIAL BINDING. Increasingly difficult to find in pleasing condition, this is a very desirable copy in the original publisher's boards of a book universally acclaimed as one of the great achievements in printing history. The most important figure in the revival of printing in England at the end of the 19th century, William Morris (1834-96) had fallen in love with Chaucer's works when he and Burne-Jones were students at Oxford. With the founding of the Kelmscott Press (and, in effect, the launching of the modern private press movement) in 1891, Morris began plans almost immediately for the Chaucer. The press at 14 Upper Mall began producing the book in August of 1894, but it was not until June of 1896 that any completed copies became available. Morris was already a sick man, and Burne-Jones had privately worried that his friend might not live to see his dream realized. Morris died not long afterward. Like the Gutenberg Bible and Caxton's first printing of Chaucer in 1478, the present monumental folio is one of the world's printing masterpieces. In the words of "Artist & the Book, 1860-1960," the Kelmscott Chaucer, for which both Morris and Burne-Jones "worked in the neo-Medieval idiom bequeathed by the Pre-Raphaelites, . . . is perhaps the most famous book of the modern private press movement, and the culmination of William Morris' endeavor." Ray says that the book "is not only the most important of the Kelmscott Press' productions; it is also one of the great books of the world." The borders designed by Morris are incredibly rich and lush. The work would be extraordinary even without the designs by Burne-Jones, but these are certainly the book's most compelling feature. The original plan had been for 60 illustrations, but this grew to 87 before the work was done. While other illustrated Chaucers, beginning with Caxton's, had usually limited images largely to individual portraits of each Canterbury pilgrim, Burne-Jones chose instead to draw complex vignettes illustrating the pilgrims' tales (as well as Chaucer's other works). Part of the dramatic impression left by the book results from the cumulative power of the very large number of impressive bordered pages one encounters going through the text. The intricate woodcut frames are used a total of 118 times, and each one of them enlivens a page nearly 18 inches tall. The impression is especially memorable when the framed pages face each other: 36 of the Burne-Jones cuts with their borders are opposite one another in 18 particularly beautiful openings, and there are several other remarkable openings (including the first one) where a woodcut with its frame faces a bordered text. The present copy is remarkably clean in general, and its boards show almost no signs of use, which is especially unusual. This is partially explained by the fact that the volume was contained within an acetate dust wrapper and kept basically undisturbed for the past 70 years; in any case, given the book's size, the materials of the publisher's binding, and the avidity with which copies would normally be looked at, it is now quite difficult to find a copy in condition better than is seen here.

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