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        Original bifolium from the Kelmscott Press edition of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer

      [London: Kelmscott Press, 1896]. First edition. Paper slightly toned, couple faint spots, else about fine. Bifolium (i.e. pair of conjugate leaves) pp. 399-402 from "The Persoun's (Parson's) Tale." 42.4 x 58 cm, text printed in 2 columns in black and red with 3 large and12 small decorative initials. Lovely bifolium from the Kelmscott Chaucer - the highest achievment of William Morris' Kelmscott Press and one of the most acclaimed printed books of any era.

      [Bookseller: Chanticleer Books]
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        Publication mensuelle contenant la reproduction des plus belles Affiches Illustrées des grands artistes, français et étrangers.

      Prèface de Roger-Marx. Paris, Imprimerie Chaix, 1896-1900, - 5 volumi in-folio (400x307 mm), uniformi legature editoriali in piena percallina verde e crème figurata con fogliame e busti femminili, titoli sui piatti e al dorso, tagli superiori dorati (firmata Paul Berthon). Serie completa di 256 magnifiche litografie a colori, accompagnate da saggi introduttivi, indici degli artisti, lista delle tavole. L'opera venne compilata e curata da Jules Chèret e Roger Marx. Il presente esemplare comprende le 240 planches della serie e pure le 16 rare affiches offerte in premio ai sottoscrittori dell'opera. Le 256 tavole, impresse con grande maestria su cartoncino giappone, formano una straordinaria raccolta di altrettante affiches fin-de-siècle a colori, opere dei più noti artisti che nell'ultimo decennio del secolo produssero artistici manifesti pubblicitari: J.Chèret, M.Denis, de Feure, Berthon, Grasset, Guillaume, Mucha, J.Prise, Steinlen, T.Lautrec, Rassenfosse, Willette, Mataloni, Boano e vari altri noti nomi. Splendido e raro esemplare completo, a pieni margini, freschissimo. Straordinaria galleria che riunisce i capolavori in cromolitografia de l' "art nouveau" muraria. CARTERET, V, 261. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco]
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        The Heart of a Continent: A Narrative of Travels in Manchuria, Across the Gobi Desert, Through the Himalayas, The Pamirs, and Chitral, 1884 - 1894

      London: John Murray, 1896. 2nd Edition . Very Good. 6.75 x 9.25 inches (17 x 24 cm). Second edition, issued the same year as the first edition. Green cloth binding, light rubbing to ends of spine and board corners, short tear to head of spine. Page edges untrimmed. Light foxing to endpapers and blanks, slight browning to pages, a few spots of foxing but otherwise a nice clean example. All maps present and in excellent condition. Overall condition is Very Good. Hardback. Printed pages: xvii, 409

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        Veteris Testamenti Concordantiae hebraicae atque chaldaicae.

      Lipsiae, Veit, 1896. - Très fort vol. in-4 (34x26, ép. 11 cm) reliure moderne plein chagrin fauve, dos à 6 faux nerfs saillants, bordés de filets à froids qui se prolongent en fleuron aux bords des plats, auteur et titre doré, filet à froid encadrant les plats, roulette à froid bordant les contreplats, tranches mouchetées, couv. conservées, XIV-1532 pp. à 4 colonnes. Première édition. Taches claires au plat sup. et au dos, fine tache brune dans la marge de pied des 50 derniers ff., sinon intérieur très frais, très bien relié, bel ex. Continentur cuncta quae in prioribus concordantiis reperiuntur vocabula, lacunis omnibus expletis emendatis cuiusquemodis vitiis lecis ubique denuo excerptis, atque in meliorem formam redactis vocalibus interdum adscriptis. Particulae omnes adhuc nondum collatae. Pronomina omnia hic primum congesta atque enarrata. Nomina propria omnia separatim commemorata. Servato texte Masoretico librorumque sacrorum ordine traditio. Etiq. ex-libris Daniel Cederberg. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Trait d'Union sarl.]
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        [Binding, Fine- Guild of Women Binders, Constance Karslake] Songs of Night and Day

      

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        Meyers Konversations- Lexikon. 5. Aufl. 21 Bde. 1896-1897. Ein Nachschlagewerk des allgemeinen Wissens.

      Erschienen in Leipzig und Wien bei: Bibliographisches Institut, in den Jahren 1896 bis 1901. - Insgesamt mit mehr als 10.500 Abbildungen im Text und auf 1088 Bildertafeln, Karten und Plänen. In den 17 Hauptbänden finden sich 1000.000 Stichworte, 10.5000 Abbildungen, 1088 Tafeln, davon 164 Farbtafeln und 286 Karten, sowie 120 Textbeilagen. Band 18: Ergänzungen, Nachträge und Registerband mit 580 Abbildungen, Karten und Plänen im Text und auf 56 Tafeln, darunter 10 Farbtafeln und 7 Karten und 4 Text Beilagen. Band 19: Erster Jahressupplementband mit 29 Tafeln. Band 20: Zweiter Supplementband und Band 21: Dritter Jahres- Supplementband und Register. Inhalt: Die 21 Bände des Gesamtwerkes bestehen aus 17 Bände von A-Z und 4 Ergänzungsbände. Band 18 enthält neben Ergänzungen und Nachträgen einige sehr interessante Beiträge, u. a. ein Pseudonymen- Verzeichnis, sowie ein alphabetisches Verzeichnis neuerer Romane, außerdem ein viel zu wenig beachtetes, aber aufschlussreiches Haupt- Register von wichtigsten Namen und Gegenständen, die keine selbständigen Artikel bilden, aber in anderen Artikeln erwähnt und beschreiben sind. Der 21. Band oder 4. Ergänzungsband enthält drei Jahres- Supplemente mit einem Gesamtverzeichnis aller der in den Supplementbänden enthaltenen Artikeln und ist eine recht brauchbare Einrichtung, die der späteren 6. Auflage fehlt. Zustand: Einbände leicht berieben und angestaubt, Rücken teilweise leicht eingerissen, Kanten und Ecken etwas bestoßen, Vorsatz bei einigen Bänden fleckig, insgesamt tadellos erhalten, Lithographien komplett, alle Tafeln vorhanden, die Bücher wurden pfleglich behandelt. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 1050 Gr.8°(Groß-Oktav-Format bis 25cm). Dunkelbraune Original- Halblederband mit ganzflächiger, ornamentaler Vergoldung aus der Gründerzeit, dunkelgrünes Bezugsleinen mit Blindprägungen und Lederecken, signierte Ausgabe am unteren Kapital: Bial & Freund, Buchhandlung, Breslau, Wien und Budapest. Fünfte, gänzlich umgearbeitete Auflage. Neuer Abdruck in 21 Bänden, (17 Bde und 4 Supplement- Bände) Siehe Bibliotheca Lexicorum Seite 377 Nr. 429 und Sarkowski: Verlagsgeschichte und Bibliographie Seite 234 a Große Ausgaben Nr. 2.

      [Bookseller: Galerie Antiquariat Schlegl]
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        Maggie

      London: William Heinemann,, 1896. A Child of the Streets. Small octavo. Original dark blue broad-weave cloth over flexible boards, titles to spine gilt, covers ruled in blind with titles and scroll-and-flower motif to front gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Catalogue note from original sale of Lawrence's Cloud Hill library laid in. Spine sunned and rolled a little rubbed and faded overall, short (12 mm) split to cloth on front joint, contents toned, bookseller's blind-stamp to front free endpaper. A good copy. First UK edition. Inscribed by Edward Garnett to T. E. Lawrence (as "T. E. Shaw") and dated 18 September 1933. Garnett was Lawrence's publisher's at Cape and also helped him prepare the Cranwell edition of 1926. Maggie, Crane's first novel, was originally published in New York in 1893. Garnett was influential in introducing Crane's controversial work to a British readership; in a BBC broadcast shortly after Garnett's death in 1937, E. M. Forster praised him for having done "more than any man to discover genius in others, and to bring it to the notice of the public" (Heath, ed. The Creator as Critic and other writings by E. M. Forster, p. 241). T. E. Shaw was the name that Lawrence assumed when he joined the tank corps in 1923; he transferred to the RAF two years later and remained there until February 1935, three months before his death in a motorcycle accident.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        French wood carvings from the national museums : printed in collotype from photographs specially taken from the carvings direct - Complete in 3 Volumes

      London : Batsford 1896 - Each in good condition with the original ties intact. Dust-dulling with some minor wear to the spine bands and panel edges. Remains an uncommonly good example; scans etc. ono request. ; 8vo 8 - 9 tall; Physical description; 3 v. ([8], 8; [6], 8; [6], 10 p., LIV leaves of plates) : ill. ; 47 cm. In portfolios. At head of title: With the sanction of the Science and art department of the Committee of Council on education. Series 1 and 3 include bibliographies. Collotypes incl. sectional drawings by F.A. Crallan. Contents; 1st ser. Late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.--2d ser. Sixteenth century.--3d ser. Seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Subjects; Wood-carving, Medieval - France. Wood-carving, Renaissance - France. Wood-carving, Baroque - France. 4 Kg. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        English Bookbindings in The British Museum. (Together with) Foreign Bookbindings in the British Museum.

      London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1895 & 1896 - 2 volumes, 15 inches tall. Magnificently bound in full crushed morocco and signed 'Tregaskis Caxton Head'. With tall gilt raised bands and neat geometric gilt tooling with fillets and rolls. There are vellum doublures framed within superb gilt tooling. The free endpapers are also vellum. The dentelles, with gilt tooling and calf onlays, are superb. Top edges gilt. Limited to 500 copies. There are 63 tissue guarded chromo-lithographs in each volume by Griggs, chromo-lithographer to Her Majesty Queen Victoria. There is a minor repair to the head of the Foreign volume. The green of the morocco has faded to a rich brown. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: McConnell Fine Books ABA & ILAB]
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        Symbolic Logic.

      

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        The book of Mormon: An account written by the hand of Mormon, upon plates taken from the plates of Nephi ... fifth electrotype edition.

      "Fifth electrotype edition" of Orson Pratt's revised British edition. A leaflet by Elder B.H. Roberts, entitled "Analysis of the Book of Mormon: Suggestions to the Reader," is laid in. Provenance: Front free endpaper with inked gift inscription reading "Compliments of Jos. W. McMurrin / July 19th 1896." Joseph William McMurrin (1858-1932), a Mormon missionary and general authority, served as one of the seven presidents of the First Quorum of Seventy.

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        A MODERN TREATISE ON PRACTICAL COARSE FISH ANGLING: HOW TO CATCH FISH. By Henry Coxon.

      Charles H. Richards. Nottingham. - 1896 1st edition. 8vo paperback (139 x 213mm). Ppiv,60 + 40pp ads. Text engravings, advert to inside front cover. Original card covers titled and illustrated in black. One shilling. Small tear to final page of adverts, owner's name to title-page, light spotting to covers but a very good copy of a very scarce book. Housed in a half-morocco drop-over box. A rare item from the originator of the Coxon Aerial reel. The most extensive chapter is on pike. Short chapters on the other main species of coarse fish, and on trout and grayling. This copy is now housed in a dark green half-morocco drop over box with gilt spine titles and raised bands. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Coch-y-Bonddu Books Ltd]
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        AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS

      

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        Handbuch der klassischen Altertums-Wissenschaft [Altertumswissenschaft] in systematischer Darstellung mit besonderer Rücksicht auf Geschichte und Methodik der einzelnen Disziplinen. In Verbindung mit Gymn.-Rektor Dr. Autenrieth, Prof. Dr. Ad. Bauer, Prof. Dr. Blass, [.] herausgegeben von Dr. Iwan Müller. - Konvolut von 9 Abteilungen in 19 Teilbänden (nicht vollständig). -- Band 1: Einleitende und Hilfsdisziplinen: A. Grundlegung und Geschichte der Philologie; B. Hermeneutik und Kritik; C. Palaeographie; D. Epigraphik; E. Chronologie; F. Metrologie. -- Band 2: Griechische und lateinische Sprachwissenschaft. -- Band 3: Geographie und politische Geschichte des klassischen Altertums mit einer Einleitung über die Geographie und Geschichte des Or

      Nördlingen & München: Verlag der C. H. Beck'schen Buchhandlung 1896-1920. - Bände teils mit Abbildungen im Text. "Begründet wurde das Handbuch der Altertumswissenschaft (HdA, auch HdAW, HbAW oder HAW) als Handbuch der klassischen Altertums-Wissenschaft in systematischer Darstellung 1885 von Iwan von Müller, ab 1913 fortgesetzt von Robert von Pöhlmann, ab 1920 erweitert von Walter Otto und ab 1953 fortgeführt von Hermann Bengtson. Aktuelle Herausgeber sind Hans-Joachim Gehrke und Bernhard Zimmermann. Das Handbuch erscheint unregelmäßig im Verlag C. H. Beck in München. Anders als die zur selben Zeit konzipierte und begonnene Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft (RE) wollte das HdA das Wissen der Zeit über das Altertum im systematischen Zusammenhang darlegen. Jedoch beschränkt sich das Handbuch nicht wie Handbücher im Normalfall auf die Darstellung des aktuellen Wissensstandes; im HdA wurden auch eigene, originäre Forschungsleistungen publiziert. Wie die RE ist das Werk ein Jahrhundertprojekt. Anders als bei dieser wurden viele Bände des Handbuches aktualisiert und auf den neuesten Stand gebracht. Das geschah durch Überarbeitungen oder durch völliges Neuverfassen der Teilbände. Das Handbuch der Altertumswissenschaft erscheint in zwölf Abteilungen, Abteilung elf ist jedoch nicht besetzt." (Quelle: Wikipedia) - Hier vorliegend ein Konvolut von 19 Teilbänden, welche insgesamt 9 Abteilungen umreißen; Bände innerhalb dieser 9 Abteilungen nicht komplett. - Einbände etwas berieben und etwas angestaubt. Leder teils etwas beschabt. Einige Kapitale etwas beschädigt. Vorsätze teilweise leicht leimschattig. Papier etwas gebräunt, stellenweise mit kleineren braunen Flecken. Ganz vereinzelte Anstreichungen in Bleistift. - Band 5.1.1 mit zahlreichen Anstreichungen und Anmerkungen in Bleistift und rotem Fineliner. Bei Band 6 Rücken fast vom Block gelöst; bei Band 7 Rücken vollständig vom Block gelöst sowie handschriftliche Notizen in schwarzer Tinte auf dem fliegenden Vorsatzblatt. Bei Band 8.4.1 Titelblätter etwas knickspurig. Band 8.4.2 mit leichten Feuchtigkeitsspuren; hintere Blätter etwas gewellt. - Insgesamt gut erhaltenes Exemplar des Standardwerkes, welches nur im Konvolut abgegeben wird. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 26640 Gr. 8° (22,5 -25 cm). 16 Halblederbände der Zeit mit goldgeprägten Rückentiteln & 3 Halbleinenbände der Zeit mit goldgeprägten Rückentiteln. [Hardcover / fest gebunden]. Insgesamt 19 Teilbände. Bände 8.3 & 8.4.1: 2. Auflage. Bände 5.1.1 & 8.2.1: 3. Auflage. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Lost Plum-Cake. A tale for tiny boys.

      Oxford & London: Horace Hart "Printed for private Circulation"; Horace Hart, Oxford, for) Macmillan and Co.,, 1896 & 1897. Together with an autograph letter signed from Lewis Carroll to Dorothy Nutcombe Gould, Christ Church, Dec. 23, 1897. 1 page, 12°. 2 volumes, octavo. Original red textured paper boards, titles to front covers gilt, watered silk pastedowns. Housed in custom red linen chemises and a red velvet-lined solander box. Illustrations after E. L. Shute. Spine expertly repaired, lightly rubbed and soiled. Dodgson's own copy of the rare privately printed issue with his manuscript monogram, together with a pre-publication presentation copy of the first trade edition inscribed by him and an autograph letter signed. The trade edition is inscribed by Dodgson: "For Dorothy from Lewis Carroll. Christmas 1897," together with an accompanying autograph letter signed from Lewis Carroll to six-year-old Dorothy Nutcombe Gould, Christ Church, 23 December 1897 (1 page, duodecimo): "My dear Dorothy, here's a lot more plum-cake for you. I hope you won't make yourself ill with it." Dorothy Nutcombe Gould (b. 1891) was the daughter of the actor James Nutcombe Gould, whom Dodgson had seen as Orlando in a production of As You Like It (with his friends Violet and Irene Barnes) in 1888. However, he was only introduced to Nutcombe Gould and three of his daughters in October 1895, and met Dorothy in December of that year. On the day that he sent this letter and book (the last to be published in his lifetime), Dodgson left for Guildford to spend Christmas with his family, where he was taken ill and died on 14 January 1898. Mrs Allen was Dodgson's cousin. He had taken interest in the book, giving advice and suggesting incidents for its expansion for commercial publication. He recruited the illustrator and cover designer and convinced Macmillan to publish the book on condition that he write a preface. The story is composed in words of no more than four letters each. The privately printed copy is the only one known: there is no copy in the British Library, in the British Union Catalogue, nor the Library of Congress.

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        Sketchbook of 19 pages of pencil and pen and ink sketches and captioned cartoons, all signed by initials S B and dated (January to April 1896)

      London, 1896. 1 vols. 5-1/2 x 8 inches. Black pebble-grained cloth, slightly rubbed, faint waterstaining to topmost margin, else very good. 1 vols. 5-1/2 x 8 inches. Original Late Victorian Cartoon Sketchbook. An amateur production, but quite a nice one. The artist, residing at 170 Loughboro Road, Brixton, was heavily influenced by the work of the great comic artist Phil May, and comes quite close to May's spirit and technique, particularly in his depiction of sandwich men with incongruous signs (an ugly man advertises "The Ladies Idol", a hungry one, a remedy for overeating.) Of particular interest is the drawing of an extremely nondescript woman standing in front of a St. James Theatre board advertising "A Woman of No Importance", Wilde's play having opened two years earlier. The drawings, most of them captioned cartoons in the style of Punch, deal with such subjects as music hall comics, Cockneys, female fashions, drunks, sport (a one-eyed, one-legged player is asked "I thought you'd given up football" and replies "I had to for a time, but I'm all right again now"), weddings, street accidents, children, and rich Americans ("I reckon I and the gals are just going to give this hyar London Season fits.") UNIQUE AND DELIGHTFUL.

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        Die Königin Luise in 50 Bildern für Jung und Alt.

      Berlin. Verlag von Paul Kittel ? in der Leipziger Buchbinderei AG vorm. Gustav Fritzsche. 1896 - Folio-Quer ( 32 x 45 cm). Grüner, prächtiger illuminierter Originalganzlederband mit reichhaltigen gold-schwarz geprägten Verzierungen, Rahmen und Titeln. Montierte Büste der Königin auf dem Vorderdeckel . Dreiseitiger Goldschnitt. Das Leder teils berieben und angeschmutzt, die Ecken durchstoßen, der hintere Deckel mit größerer Verfärbung (wohl durch Feuchtigkeit). Schöne barock-ornamentale Vorsatzpapiere. Titelblatt und 50 ( Hier komplett im Gegensatz zu anderen Angeboten! ) Chromotypien auf Tafeln, zusammen 51 Blätter mit allseitigem Goldschnitt. Im Innenbereich im unteren Rand anfangs bis Tafel 15 mit abnehmenden Feuchtrand, wenige weitere Blatt ebenfalls betroffen. Die Kartons teils wenig, teils unschön braunfleckig bis in den Plattenrand reichend, nicht direkt in die Chromotypografien reichend. Einbandgestaltung und Titelblatt von L. Sütterlin. Seltene Vorzugsausgabe in leider eher mäßiger Erhaltung. M08106

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        Photogenic. (4). [Signierte Original-Fotografie / signed original photograph].

       Lotte Jacobi geboren 1896 in Thorn, Westpreußen; gestorben 1990 in Concord, New Hampshire. Deutsche Porträt-, Theater- und Kunstfotografin. Original Gelatinesilberabzug von Lotte Jacobi, auf der Vorderseite signiert, rückseitig mit signiertem (Lotte) und datiertem (10. Juni 68) 24-zeiligem Gruß von Lotte Jacobi an deutsche Freunde. Jacobi schildert ihren Gesundheitszustand und gibt Gesundheitstips. Maße Papier/Abbildung: 13,7 x 10,3 cm. Sehr gutes Exemplar. Original gelatin silver print signed on front side by Lotte Jacobi, verso with signed (Lotte) and dated (10. Juni 68) 24-line greeting by Jacobi to german friends. Measure paper/image: 13,7 x 10,3 cm. Fine condition. Versand D: 4,90 EUR Autograph, Autograf / autograph; Fotokunst / photographic art; Signatur, signiert / signature, signed copy

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        THE CONVALESCENT - Alma-Tadema.

      THE CONVALESCENT [vert.: de herstellende]Staalgravure vervaardigd door Charles Oliver Murray in 1896, naar het schilderij van Lawrence Alma-Tadema (Opus LXXI) (ook bekend als Recovery, Intérieur Pompeien des femmes en Before Dinner). Later met de hand gekleurd. H x B: 52,2 x 34 cm.In deze blik op het leven in een Romeinse villa, een van de geliefde thema"s van Alma-Tadema, zien we (aldus een oude officiële beschrijving): "A fair young girl, recovering from an illness ? enjoying the treatment of convalescense ? is reclining on a couch, and listens lazily, apparently half unconciously, to the reading of an elderly Roman lady, while further to the right a pretty slave blows up a stove in which are cooking utensils. At the back are fluted Ionic columns and a marble stair, and for background we have a peep of the pillared Atrium. The interior is hung with roses in honour of the retrun to health of the daughter of the household.'Maar misschien moet het werk wel anders worden uitgelegd: de liggende jonge vrouw kijkt pips voor zich uit, eigenlijk ziet ze het liefst dat iedereen haar met rust laat. Het geheim van haar ongeluk hangt aan de zuil: een portret van haar geliefde. Ze heeft geen zin bij het feest zal zijn, waarvoor de slaven het atrium versieren.Het is een typisch voorbeeld van Alma-Tadema"s pogingen om het alledaagse leven van het oude Rome opnieuw leven in te blazen. De omgeving is archeologisch gezien accuraat, maar de personen zijn duidelijk 'Negentiende-eeuwers in toga".Prijs: € 1.250,- (incl. lijst).

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        The Writings.

      Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Company / Cambridge, Riverside Press,, 1896. 20 volumes, octavo (213 x 142 mm). Contemporary red half morocco, spines gilt in compartments with titles direct, double rules gilt to marbled sides, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, marbled endpapers. Engraved frontispieces, photogravures, several signed by the artist, including T. de Thulstrup, M. J. Burns, Orson Lowell, Alice Barber Stephens and Malcolm Fraser. Boards lightly marked but overall a bright set in excellent condition. The Autograph Edition. Limited to 350 sets, of which this is number 81.

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        WORKS OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER. From the Ellesmere manuscript of The Canterbury Tales and Professor W. Walter Skeat's editions of the other works [edited by F.S. Ellis, printed on the colophon leaf]

      Hammersmith Kelmscott Press 1896 - One of 425 copies of a total edition of 438. With FINE PROVENANCE, having been owned by George Abrams, "Master of Typefaces", an artist and type designer whose distinctive logotypes spelled out household names like B. Altman and Godiva Chocolates. With 87 wood-engravings designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, cut by W.H. Hooper after drawings by Robert Catterson-Smith, superb wood-engraved title page, fourteen very fine large borders, eighteen different woodcut frames around the illustrations, twenty-six nineteen line woodcut initial letters, and numerous initials, decorative woodcut printer’s device all designed by William Morris and cut by C.E. Keates, Hooper and W. Spelmeyer, with shoulder and side titles. Printed in red and black in Chaucer type, double column, headings to the longer poems in Troy type. Folio (424 x 289 mm), original Holand linen-backed blue paper boards, paper label on the spine, housed in a cloth case. iv, 556pp. A very handsome copy, the text is especially clean, crisp, fresh and bright, the binding with some professional and expert refurbishment. A VERY SPECIAL COPY, WITH PROVENANCE, OF THE FIRST EDITION AND A HANDSOME COPY OF WHAT IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PRINTED BOOK IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. The Kelmscott Chaucer is "the most famous book of the modern private press movement, and the culmination of William Morris's endeavor" (The Artist and the Book). "[F]rom first appearance, the Chaucer gained a name as the finest book since Gutenberg. It has held its place near the head of the polls ever since. The terms which critics used in the eighteen-nineties to welcome it simply show us what an impression Morris's printing made upon late Victorian bookmen" (Colin Franklin, The Private Presses, p. 43). Evidence of the esteem in which the book has been held lies in the fact that after the Second World War, during the rebuilding of Japan and its libraries, a copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer was the first book presented to the Japanese people by the British Government on behalf of the English nation. The Kelmscott Press produced forty-eight books in its brief life. Morris had toyed with the idea of a Shakespeare in three folio volumes; a suggestion for a King James version of the Bible was in his pending file; and preliminary work had begun on editions of Froissart and Malory, both of which would have formed a triumvirate with the Chaucer. But on October 3, 1896, Morris died, and for all intents and purposes the Kelmscott Press died with him, the Froissart and Malory unfinished. The Chaucer, regretfully, remained the only "titan" among Kelmscott books. Morris dedicated his life to poetry and the decorative arts, but he did not exhibit an active interest in the design and production of books until he was fifty-five years old. He died eight years later, but in that brief fragment of time he established a standard and prestige that still make him one of the most powerful and pervasive influences in book design in the English-speaking, English-reading world. This is George Abrams' copy, with his bookplate on the front pastedown. Mr. Abrams and his company, Alphabets Inc., worked with many of the largest advertising and printing agencies. Among his type designs are three known as Abrams Venetian, Abrams Augereau and Abrams Caslon. He created the cover logos for a number of popular magazines, notably the original one for Sports Illustrated in 1954. Others he designed included those for Newsweek (1968), The Saturday Evening Post (1965) and House Beautiful (1949). He was a bibliophile with a large collection of rare books and manuscripts, ranging from incunabula to the Russian avant-garde. He was active in the Grolier Club and the New York Typophiles, and was a fellow of the Pierpont Morgan Library and an honorary fellow of the London Society of Typographic Design. His brother was Harry N. Abrams, founder of the art books publisher by that name. There is earlier provenance of Robert Heysham Sayre, who was vice pr [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Rape of the Lock. A Heroi-Comical Poem in Five Cantos. Embroidered with Nine Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley.

      - Londen, Leonard Smithers, 1896. Original richly gilt blue cloth with design by Beardsley. (2), 48 p. Uncut. Illustrated with a frontispice, six drawings printed on art paper, a headpiece and a tailpiece by Aubrey Beardsley. The binding is fine. The gold is a bit uneven, but it is shimmering brightly. Inside covers partly browned.* The splendorous binding and eight superb illustrations by Beardsley make this book one of the pinnacles of the 1890s. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The World Awheel.

      New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company,, 1896. With Fac-similes of Water Color Paintings by Â… Edited by Volney Streamer. Quarto. Original green half cloth and diaper-textured silver paper floral printed boards, title gilt to the spine, and to the upper board with gilt bicycle device and decorative silver ribbon and wheel devices, top edge gilt. 12 high-quality chromolithographic plates including the frontispiece. A little rubbed and lightly soiled, some professional restoration at the extremities and to the front, closed tear to front free endpaper and half-title also professionally repaired, light browning throughout as usual, overall a very good copy. First and only edition. Extremely uncommon, just 8 copies listed on OCLC, all in North America, no copies traced at auction. Wonderful Gibson Girl-style illustrations on a cycling theme. The twelve images, originally published by the Frederick A. Stokes Company in their Cycling World Calendar, represent bicyclistes of different nationalities; "they are Frenchy in subject, but have much action and good colour, and are strongly drawn" (New York Times), two feature American subjects, both in New York locations, Riverside Drive and Central Park. The original artwork was offered for sale at the Keppel Gallery in 1898. The plates are accompanied by a selection of prose and poetry inspired by the cycling craze. An attractive and highly-presentable copy, pencilled gift inscription to the front free endpaper of Samuel B. Cator, proprietor of the City Book Company, "a place where the Baltimore literati gathered" (Miller, The Scent of Eternity: A Life of Harris Elliott Kirk of Baltimore, p.659). On his death in 1921 the shop closed, and Cator was obituarized as one of "the quaintest, most original, most unworldly and most enjoyable geniuses that ever lived".

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        MONETY TSARSTVOVANII IMPERATRITSY ELISABETY I I IMPERATORA PETRA III. TOM'; I I TOM II

      Undated reprints of the 1896 St. Petersburg originals. Two volumes. Folio [40.5 by 30.5 cm], matching blue quarter leather; blank red spine labels. Printed titles and half titles; portrait plate of Catherine II; decorative title; dedication leaf; iv, (ii), 295, (1) pages; printed titles and half title; 69, (1) pages; well-executed reproductions of the original's 22 superb phototype plates with tissue guards; printed title and half title; portrait plate of Peter III; decorative title; ii, (2), 40, 14 pages; well-executed reproductions of the original's 2 superb phototype plates with tissue guards. Only slight signs of wear. Fine. Well-produced reprints, with photographically reproduced plates that, while unable to truly replicate the outstanding originals, are far superior than halftone plates would be. The complete two volumes on Elizabeth I, also including the section on Peter III, of Grand Duke Georgii Mikhailovich's monumental work, published over a quarter century in a dozen volumes. Gromachevskii wrote that Monety Tsarstvovaniya is a "colossal and classic scientific work which has no equal in the Russian or in the entire foreign field of numismatic literature. Especially important for the coverage of monetary history through the inclusion of a vast wealth of hitherto inaccessible documentation. Each volume contains a well-focused summary covering the technical and fiscal aspects of the coinage it deals with, along with succinct, precise descriptions of the coins." The renowned numismatic researcher and collector Georgii Mikhailovich was born in Tiflis in 1863 and was murdered on January 28, 1919 by the Bolsheviks along with three other Russian Grand Dukes. His tragic end was in contrast to a life of privilege. The Grand Duke began collecting coins as a teenager and, being of exceptional means, soon formed an impressive collection. In Some Rare Coins in My Collection, he first proposed the publication of a corpus of Russian coinage from Peter the Great onwards. A corpus of pre-Petrine coinage had already been proposed by Count Tolstoï a few years earlier. The Grand Duke funded the project and under his direction the various volumes were compiled by Giel, Demmeni and others. Twelve volumes had appeared when the outbreak of war curtailed completion. Though 200 original copies of each volume were printed, the series has suffered heavy attrition over the years. Clain-Stefanelli 11178*. Grierson 193. Gromachevskii 92.

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        Our Mutual Friend.

      London: Chapman and Hall [1896], 1896. CROWN EDITION, in scarce original printed DUST-WRAPPER. Octavo, pp.x; 683; [1], blank. Publisher's russet-coloured buckram blocked in gilt and black, complete with rare paper jacket. With forty illustrations by Martin Stone. One of the author's most famous tales, issued as part of the 'Dickens Crown Edition' which was published between 1896-1899. Internally clean, gilt to spine tarnished else cloth is bright and fresh; fragile jacket with some chips and tears, neatly stabilised to reverse side with archival tape, losses to spine ends and joints, toned to same. A remarkable survival of a nineteenth century dustwrapper on a popular title by a major author. Rare thus. 'Our Mutual Friend,' written in the years 1864–65, is the last completed novel written by Charles Dickens, and concerns money, and what money can make of life. Preceding Dickens' final crime-based work 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood', this novel also features elements of intrigue and suspense; John Harmon, a wealthy young heir, is supposed drowned and in a case of mistaken identity his estate is passed to Boffin, a former servant of his father. John must infiltrate the Boffin household and gain their trust and friendship in order to regain his fortune.

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        Aleutian Indian and English dictionary: common words in the dialects of the Aleut Indian language as spoken by the Oogashik, Egashik, Egegik, Anangashuck and Misremie tribes around the Sulima River and neighboring parts of the Alaska peninsula.

      Lowman & Hanford Stationery and Printing Co., Seattle 1896 - First edition, 16mo, pp. 23; original printed pictorial wrappers, slightly chipped and fragile, but generally well-preserved. Aimed at traders and whalers the lexicon includes monetary terms (all in rubles) native names for individuals and trading companies, and animals (including seals and whales). Not in Vancil; not in Zaunmuller; Wickersham 2590. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Vorlesungen über Gastheorie.

      Johann Ambrosius Barth, Leipzig 1896 - Two volumes. 1896-1898, 8vo (213 x 138 mm). viii, 204; x, 265 [1] pp., including half-titles. Contemporary three-quarter morocco over floral embossed paper, spines gilt with 4 raised bands. Little age-toning to text. A very fine, clean and unmarked set. ---- Stanitz 79; Poggendorff IV, p. 153; DSB II, p. 266-7. FIRST EDITION of both parts. "In 1872, the Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann (1844-1906) derived the transport equation for distribution of velocity among the molecules of a gas. This equation, which is so important in the kinetic theory of gases, had been previously derived by Maxwell, but the form in which Boltzmann derived it led him immediately to the concept of entropy as related to the probability of various velocity distributions among an assembly of gas molecules. This major contribution and many others that Boltzmann made to the kinetic theory of gases were summarized in his masterpiece of theoretical physics, 'Vorlesungen über Gastheorie'. This work can rightly be considered the peak of development achieved in the modern kinetic theory of gases." (Stanitz, Sources of Science & Technology, no. 79). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        In Haunts of Wild Game

      William Blackwood, Edinburgh 1896 - A hunter's wanderings from Khalamba to the Limbombo. 576 pp. Ill. Author is known for his pursuit of leopard, lion & elephant. His book is one of the first to talk about the different haunts of leopards throughout Africa and the different methods of hunting them in various regions. Teeming with hunting stories. In demand and recommended. Fine half leather binding, marbled boards, raised spine bands and original covers and end papers bound in at front and rear. Great reading, long respected book. Also bound in at rear are the first book reviews od this title. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Collected Writings. 15 volumes complete.

      London; A & C Black -97 1896 - Fifteen volumes 8vo, contemporary half tan calf over marbled paper covered boards, the sides and corners blind ruled, the spine with gilt decorated raised bands, two red lettering pieces, the compartments panelled with gilt centres and corners, top edge gilt the other edges untrimmed, marbled endpapers, all volumes have the armorial bookplate of Fleming Crooks on front pastedown, and on the free endpaper opposite that of Archer Ryland. Volume 1 has a tissue-guarded frontispiece. Some occasional pencil marginalia, easily removed; spines and labels very slightly and uniformly faded; else a fine, good-looking, set. Will want extra postage. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Madéfalva-Gyimesbükk Railway Tunnel and Viaduct

      - 3 original, vintage sepia photographs. Each labelled in ink on verso, two dated (1896). One with printed label in Hungarian on recto. Sizes: 180 × 130 mm and 190 × 150 mm. Collection of 3 photographs of the building of Transylvanian Railway Network between Mádéfalva and Gyimesbükk (today: Siculeni - Ghime?-F?get). This part of the network was built between 1895 and 1897. Due to the highland area there are several bridges, viaducts and tunnels on the railroad, one of them is the tunnel at Lóvész (today: Tunelul Ciumani at Livezi), with its lenght of 1223 meter it is still one of the longest railway tunnels in Romania. The photo is shows the entrance of the tunnel while under construction. Two images showing the erection of the piers of the 150 meter long, 22 meter high viaduct and the at Bányavögy (Oravi?a) over the Trotu? River. Stained, slightly faded. Overall in good condition. 3 original, vintage sepia photographs. Each labelled in ink on verso, two dated (1896). One with printed label in Hungarian on recto.

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        The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer now newly imprinted.

      Hammersmith: printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press,, 1896. Large folio (421 x 280 mm). 20th century blue morocco over bevelled boards by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, gilt panelled spine (gilt tooled on the raised bands with a fleur-de-lis motif), single-line gilt border on sides, three-line gilt turn ins. Housed in a morocco trimmed blue cloth, fleece-lined slipcase. Printed in black and red in Chaucer type, the titles of longer poems printed in Troy type. Double columns. With 87 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, 27 nineteen-line woodcut initial words, numerous three-, six-, and ten-line woodcut initial letters, and woodcut printer's device, all designed by William Morris, and cut by C. E. Keates, W. H. Hooper, and W. Spielmeyer. Spine lightly sunned, a few scuffs to slipcase. One of only 425 paper copies, out of a total edition of 438 copies. The most ambitious and magnificent book of the Press, it was four years in the making. Morris designed the watermark for the paper, which was copied from an Italian incunable in Morris's collection and made entirely of linen by Batchelor. It took several requests before Clarendon Press granted permission to use Skeat's new edition of Chaucer. Burne-Jones called the book a pocket cathedral it is so full of design, and the finest book ever printed; if W. M. had done nothing else it would be enough. Burne-Jones devoted all his Sundays for almost three years to the work, and Morris came to talk with him as he drew. As the artist worked he increased the number of proposed illustrations from 48 to 60 to 72 to 87, and Morris accepted each change. The process of adapting the drawings to the woodblock, and engraving them, was entrusted to W. H. Hooper and R. Catterson-Smith, with Burne-Jones closely supervising every detail. Of these lovely pictures, those for the Canterbury Tales, the Romaunt of the Rose, Troilus and Criseyde, and the Legende of Goode Wimmen are better known than those for Chaucer's translation of Boethius, his prayer to the Virgin, the Parlement of Foules, A Treatise on the Astrolabe, and the surrealistic House of Fame. All are equally beautiful, and all contain images which remind one strongly of his paintings. "The Kelmscott Chaucer is not only the most important of the Kelmscott Press's productions; it is also one of the great books of the world. Its splendour can hardly be matched among the books of the time." (Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England).

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        A Yankee at the Court of King Arthur

      Chatto & Windus, 1896 INSCRIBED EDITION of Mark Twain's A YAnkee at the Court of King Arthur. Published in London by Chatto & Windus, dated 1890 but ads in back dated 1896. INSCRIBED by the author on the half-title page. Inscription reads "To Lieut.-Col. Baddley R.A. with pleasantest remembrances of a charming experience in a far country. from The Author. London, New Years, 1897." Book in very good condition, spine slightly faded as well a small part on rear cover at spine, rear spine hinge starts cracking, front and rear upper corners of book bumped, little soiling on covers, book slightly leaning. Book comes in specially made cloth slipcase. We will provide a certificate of authenticity for this item.. Hardcover. Very Good.

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        A child's garden of verses

      London New York : John Lane, The Bodley Head ; Charles Scribner's Sons 1896 - Publisher's ads to the rear.Related item; Referenced by: Gumuchian 5441. Subjects; Children's poetry, Scottish. Children's poetry, English. Children's Poetry. Genre; Children's books - England - 1896. Illustrated. 136 pp. Provenance; Francis Graham Brown's copy with his name printed to the front paste-down. Damp stain extending to 3 sq. cms to the lower outer edge of the back board. Very good copy overall in the original gilt-blocked, decorated cloth. Spine bands and panel edges slightly rubbed and dust-toned only, as with age. Remains quite well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 226914. 1 Kg. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Mucha, Alphonse - Lorenzaccio, Sarah Bernhardt.

      AFFICHE VAN EEN GROOTMEESTERAffiche ontworpen door Alphonse Mucha voor het toneelstuk "Lorenzaccio"' uit 1896 naar het verhaal van Alfred de Musset met Sarah Bernhardt in de hoofdrol. Lithografie. Afm. 100,5 x 38,2 cm.In Lorenzaccio speelde Sarah Bernhardt de tragisch romantische mannelijke held, Lorenzo de Médici, ten tijde van het beleg van Florence door hertog Alexander (16e- eeuw), die in het affiche gesymboliseerd wordt door een vervaarlijke draak die het wapen van de Médici bedreigt. Lorenzo beraamt de moord op Alexander, gesymboliseerd door de dolk die de draak doorboort in het paneel aan de onderkant van het affiche. Sarah Bernardt, nooit bang om een mannenrol uit te voeren, maakte van Lorenzaccio een van de klassieke rollen van haar repertoire.Alphonse Mucha werd geboren in Moravië (huidig Tsjechië) en is onlosmakelijk verbonden met de Art Nouveau, aanvankelijk "le style Mucha" genoemd. Als geen ander wist hij de Slavische ziel met een licht melancholische inslag weer te geven. In 1887 vertrok Mucha naar Parijs. Heel de stad was overweldigd door zijn werken en de affiches werden zelfs van de straten geroofd. De sierlijke lijnen, frisse pastelkleuren en weelderige motieven in zijn illustraties van sensuele vrouwen, werden de iconen van het fin de siècle.Een dergelijke vormgeving, zachte kleuring en verbluffend subtiele tekenkunst was vóór Mucha nog nooit eerder vertoond en gaf richting aan de Art Nouveau. Toch wilde Mucha niet dat zijn werk als "Art Nouveau"' bestempeld werd, in zijn ogen was kunst eeuwig en kon nooit nieuw zijn. Ook in onze tijd is Mucha nog steeds wereld beroemdMet dit schitterende affiche bereikt Mucha"s Art Noveau een hoogtepunt, het samenspel van weloverwogen details maakt het tot een meesterwerk.Prijs: € 4.150,- (incl. lijst, BTW margeregeling).

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        THE JUGGLER AND THE SOUL .

      London: Skeffington & Son, 1896 - Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-219 [220] [note: first leaf is a blank], title page printed in red and black, original decorated blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in red and white, floral patterned endpapers. First edition. A novel mixing the macabre and fantastic in an exploration of the relations between body and soul, life and death; it belongs certainly to the "mad scientist" sub-genre. A scientist has mastered the ability of bringing the dead back to life with blood transfusions. In his laboratory he is assisted by "a gigantic deaf and dumb Negro" and by two trainees, Arthur and Jasper (respectively sympathetic and sinister) who vie for the favor of the fifth player in the story, a lovely young woman, Ninga, daughter of an old friend of the scientist who can no longer take care of her and has sent her to live with the scientist. Ninga chooses Arthur, which arouses the maddened jealousy of Jasper, who murders Arthur, trying to make the opening of his artery look like suicide. But the Negro happens onto the scene and, after chloroforming Jasper, transfuses his blood into the body of the dead Arthur, killing Jasper in the process -- but also transferring his nasty personality into the body of Arthur. In Mathers' THE SIN OF HAGAR, published the same year, the author showed an interest in a similar situation: a wicked old man making occult experiments on an innocent young woman. Bleiler (1978), p. 135. Reginald 09800. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 153. A bright, very good copy of an uncommon book. (#147938) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Unter Mitwirkung von Georg Andresen und Hermann Heller herausgegeben von Wilhelm Hirschfelder (ab Jg. 4: Herausgegeben von Chr. Belger, O. Seyffert und K. Thiemann). Jahrgänge 1-12 u. 14-16 in 14 Bänden.

      Berlin, Verlag von S. Calvary & Co., 1881-1892 u. 1894-1896. - Erstausgabe. - Die ersten drei Jahrgänge erschienen unter dem Titel „Philologische Wochenschrift", ab dem vierten Jahrgang (ab hier auch in etwas kleinerem Format) unter „Berliner Philologische Wochenschrift". - Einbände etw. berieben u. bestoßen. Innendeckeln u. Vorsatzbll. m. Bibl.-Signatur. Titelbll. gestempelt. Etw. gebräunt. - ge Gewicht in Gramm: 20000 4°. Zus. ca. 11.000 S., HLdr.-Bde. d. Zt. m. goldgepr. Rückentiteln u. dreiseitig marmor. Schnitt. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        tenture artistique.

      Bruxelles Librairie spéciale des beaux-arts E. Lyon-Claessen / Salmain 1896. gr-in folio, chromolithograph title and 51 plates, many heightened with silver and/or gold, with 25 accompanying description plates. in fine condition Eugène Plasky architecte d'ameublement. Superb illustrations of drapery and curtain-fabrics; extremely rare

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        Western Mail Football Annual 1896-97

      Western Mail 1896 - Reviews the 1895-6 season for all the South Wales clubs with emphasis on Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Llanelly. Also covers Association Football in the Principality. Paperback. 12mo. 127pp + wrappers (rear wrapper only present). Various photos in text including WJ Bancroft, Owen Badger and AJ Gould. Spine missing and staple bleed to front advert. A fair copy. A very scarce and early Welsh rugby and soccer annual. Not recorded by Jenkins or Seddon.

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        Eigenh. Brief mit U.

      Berlin, 13. IV. 1896. - 1¼ SS. auf Doppelblatt. 8vo. Wohl an den Schriftsteller Friedrich Spielhagen wegen eines Treffens: "Würden Sie vielleicht mir mitteilen wollen, wann ich Sie zuhause antreffen könnte, oder einen dritten Ort zu einem Zusammentreffen bestimmen? Zwischen meiner ersten Inanspruchnahme durch Herrn Direktor Lehmann und Ihrem freundlichen Besuch liegt nämlich eine Korrespondenz, in der sich Herr Lehmann als so höflicher Kavalier erwies, dass ich ihm meine Absage schickte. Ich habe ja noch immer keine Antwort auf Anfragen von Ende Februar. Was für seltsame Formen sind das! [.]".

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        The Works.

      Hammersmith Kelmscott Press 1896 - Folio, edition limited to 425 copies, edited by F.S. Ellis, and W.W. Skeat, printed in red and black, 87 wood-engraved illustrations designed by Edward Burne-Jones, woodcut borders, frames, ornaments and initials throughout, near contemporary blue morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine in seven compartments gilt lettered in second, gilt edges, slipcase, an excellent example. The most splendid book produced by the Kelmscott Press, and one of the finest illustrated books ever produced. William Morris, the 19th-century designer, social reformer and writer, founded the Kelmscott Press towards the end of his life. He wanted to revive the skills of hand printing, which mechanisation had destroyed, and restore the quality achieved by the pioneers of printing in the 15th century. The magnificent Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, published in 1896, is the triumph of the press. Its 87 illustrations are by Edward Burne-Jones, the celebrated Victorian painter, who was a life-long friend of Morris. The Kelmscott Chaucer set a new benchmark for book design at the end of the 19th century. It was also the last great project of Morris' life, bringing together two of his passions. First, his love of medieval literature, which inspired the subjects and style of much of his own writing; Second, his socialist philosophy, which looked back to a time before mechanization and division of labour had destroyed, as he saw it, the personal fulfillment and social function of meaningful work. The book was exceptional in its ambitious number of illustrations and rich decorative borders. "If we live to finish it," Burne-Jones wrote, "it will be like a pocket cathedral – so full of design and I think Morris the greatest master of ornament in the world." Morris and Burne-Jones worked on the book for four years. Early in 1892, two trial pages were set in one of Morris' types, called 'Troy'. The results were not satisfactory, the problem being the type size. A smaller version of the same design was cut, and christened 'Chaucer'. Morris had intended to begin designs for the decorative borders immediately, but illness prevented him from starting until a year later. Meanwhile, Edward Burne-Jones spent every Sunday on the book's 87 illustrations, working long hours in fear that Morris might die before the project was finished. His pencil drawings were painted over in Chinese white and Indian ink by R. Catterson-Smith, whose interpretive role is often overlooked. The black and white designs were then transferred to wooden blocks and engraved by William Harcourt Hooper. On seeing the first copy, Burne-Jones wrote: "When Morris and I were little chaps at Oxford, if such a book had come out then we should have just gone off our heads, but we have made at the end of our days the very thing we would have made then if we could." (British Library Online Gallery). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        [Painting] Watercolor of a plaza in Zacatecas Mexico, showing market area, sellers, peasants milling about in serapes and sombreros, donkeys, fountain.

      1896. Measures 38 x 55cm (15 x 24.3 in.). Fine condition, behind glass, in period frame. Bottom right corner has legend "Zacatecas_ and "J. G. Brunn '96." Brunn was a Kansas City resident who painted during this period. Very little is known of him, but some dozen of his paintings have sold at auction. Excellent condition.

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        With H. M. 9th Lancers During the Indian Mutiny. The Letters of Brevet-Major O. H. S. G. Anson. Edited By His Son Harcourt S. Anson. With A Portrait Frontispiece

      W. H. Allen & Co., Limited, London 1896 - 20cm, viii, 280pp, potrait frontis, gilt titling to buckram covers - mild bump head of front board and smaller bumps, rubbed a little at head and tail of spine. Flyleaf a little creased. Mild foxing to first and final pages. Odd small marks in text, and odd page corner turned. Small name stamp to top of title page. Good plus overall. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Archway Books]
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        [Burne-Jones, Edward- Platino Photograph by Emery of Burne-Jones Original Kelmscott Chaucer Drawing]

      An original platino photograph taken by Emery Walker of Edward Burne-Jones' illustration for the 1896 Kelmscott Chaucer, "The Legend of Didonis," appearing on page 426. Circa 1892-1894. From the original estate of Robert Catterson-Smith, who reworked all of the Burne-Jones original pencil drawings for the book, through a novel and intricate process: making a pale platino print (Emory Walker), applying a thin wash of Chinese white with a little size in it (Catterson-Smith), redrawing the lines with a very sharp pencil followed by inking with a fine round sable brush (Catterson-Smith), making another photograph directly on the wood block (Emery Walker), which Hooper then cut for the final woodblock. This platino photograph print of the original Burne-Jones pencil drawing for the illustration which was then used by Catterson-Smith in the process outlined above. These early platino prints are exceedingly rare. Mounted onto a thick card backing. Size of platino: 135 x 175; Size of image: 125 x 166mm. Slight foxing to outside card, photograph not affected. Near fine. There are two crudely drawn sketches of an arm folded at right angles on the back of the card sheet.

      [Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books]
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