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        Die Judengemeinden des Mittelalters, insbesondere die Judengemeinde der Reichsstadt Ulm. Ein Beitrag zur deutschen Stadte- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte

      Gebruder Nubling, Ulm 1896 - Black textured cloth with gold spine titles; no dust jacket; 7 3/4" - 9 3/4" Tall; tears to lower inch of spine, otherwise very good condition; cover is slightly worn; pages are toned; binding is tight; textblock, in German language, is clean and unmarked; 566 pages [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: A Squared Books (Don Dewhirst)]
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        Birds of Africa, Comprising All the Species Which Occur in the Ethiopian Region. 5 volumes bound into 7

      London: R.H. Porter, 1896 - 1912. Hard Cover. Very Good. Hard Cover. George Ernest Shelley (1840-1910) was a renowned geologist and ornithologist, and a nephew of Percy Bysshe Shelley. This important set describes all of the species included in great detail. Beautifully bound by Sotheran in three quarter red morocco with red cloth covered boards. Each spine has multiple compartments with elaborate gilt decorations featuring small birds. The title, author, volume number, and date are also stamped in gilt on each spine. The bookplate of Captain H.F. Stoneham, author and editor of several ornithology books, is affixed to the front pastedown of each volume. The inner hinges of one volume have been repaired. There is a bump to the top edge of one volume. Minor rubbing, light wear and small markings to hinges, boards, and edges of all volumes. The interiors are very clean overall with occasional spots of foxing - some of which do affect the plates. Includes 57 hand colored plates by Danish naturalist and artist, Henrik Grönvold. A beautiful set NAT/112311 This set may require an extra shipping fee.

      [Bookseller: The Kelmscott Bookshop]
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      London and New York: MacMillan and Co, 1896. ONE OF 500 EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED COPIES. Hardcover. 264 x 194 mm (10 3/8 x 7 5/8"). xx, 436 pp. Introduction by Elizabeth Pennell. ONE OF 500 EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED COPIES. MAGNIFICENT CONTEMPORARY DARK GREEN CRUSHED MOROCCO, EXTRAVAGANTLY GILT, BY BAGGULEY (signed with the firm's ink "Sutherland" patent stamp on verso of front endleaf), covers with borders of multiple plain and decorative gilt rules, lobed inner frame with fleuron cornerpieces, the whole enclosing a large and extremely intricate gilt lozenge, raised bands, spine lavishly gilt in double-ruled compartments, gilt titling and turn-ins, BEAUTIFUL VELLUM DOUBLURES ELABORATELY TOOLED IN A DIAPERED GILT, RED, AND GREEN MOORISH PATTERN, green watered silk endleaves, top edge gilt, other edges rough trimmed. With numerous illustrations in the text and 12 inserted lithographs by Joseph Pennell. With the bookplate of Harold Douthit. The boards with a slight humpback posture (as often with vellum doublures), otherwise IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT, the lovely binding with lustrous morocco, vellum, and gilt, and the text virtually pristine. This is a particularly handsome example of the uncommonly seen "Sutherland" style of binding and a volume with flamboyant design elements appropriate for its contents--Irving's 41 mostly romanticized sketches relating to the Alhambra, the famous Moorish palace located in Granada. Written during Irving's residence in Spain in 1829, "The Alhambra" contains a series of pieces centering around this architectural marvel--once graceful and elegant, but now in decay--the palace providing the author with a vehicle for a romantic consideration of departed grandeur, a theme not readily available to him in America. Although he was born to struggling immigrant parents in New York City, Irving (1783-1859) became a sophisticated citizen of the world, first as a traveller and later as a political appointee, and he was a major figure in the field of American literature during the first half of the 19th century. Patented by the Staffordshire binder George Thomas Bagguley (b. ca. 1860), the wonderfully inventive "Sutherland" bindings (named after the Duchess of Sutherland) are characterized by vellum doublures that are elaborately decorated with gilt and colored tooling. All of these bindings sparkle with interest, but the present one is distinctive in at least two ways: it is a good deal bigger than the typical Bagguley binding, and the decoration on the covers is far more ornate than usual. Established in 1890, the Bagguley firm employed a number of outsiders to design bindings (including Leon V. Solon, Dorothy Talbot, and Charles Connor), and although the bindery operated for only a few years, its output was distinguished. Bagguley himself did not do any binding, but his eminent staff of binders included Louis Genth (chief finisher at Zaehnsdorf from 1859-84) and Thomas E. Caley, who had been apprenticed to Fazakerly of Liverpool and who later worked for the Hampstead Bindery. Joseph Pennell (1857-1926) was a noted American illustrator who produced a number of books in collaboration with his wife, the writer Elizabeth Robins Pennell.

      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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      1896. BOUTET DE MONVEL,M. JOAN OF ARC MANUSCRIPT. Offered here is the original handwritten manuscript for an article on Joan of Arc that appeared in Century Magazine in November of 1896. It was commissioned by them and pre- dates the appearance of the book. The introduction to the article reads: No artist has treated more sympathetically than M. Boutet de Monvel the incidents of the life of Joan of Arc. It was a privilege to see recently, in his studio, the exquisite series of water-color designs in which he has depicted the career of the child-saint and warrior. It is at our request that the artist has undertaken to put into words his impressions of that marvelous career; the result being the brief paper herewith printed. The illustrations are reproductions of some of the original designs, PRINTED IN ADVVANCE OF THEIR PUBLICATION IN FRANCE. The article has been translated for The Century by the American Artist Will H. Low, a friend of Boutet de Monvel and the writer of the article in The Cenutry for June 1894, descriptive of his work." Our offering includes the entire text of the 31 page article and text for 6 picture captions in Boutet de Monvels hand followed by 4 handwritten pages by Will Low translating the lengthy picture captions. The printed article of 12 pages and proof sheets for 4 illustrations in the article come next. This is folowed by first editions of Jeanne D'Arc and Joan of Arc in French and English interleaved so that the same page is viewed in each language facing each other. All of this is bound in a lavish full morocco binding 12 1/2" wide x 9 1/4" high, with elaborate gold tooling, all edges gilt, gilt dentelles and silk endpapers. Each page is individually hinged into the binding and the manuscript pages are edge mounted between 2 leaves such that the front and back are both visible. All is preceded by a 2-color hand lettered title page by Will Low. The provenance is interesting as well. It belonged to Lou Tellegen, a famous silent film and later talking film actor, director and screenwriter. His name is in gilt on the cover of the book. Boutet de Monvel's Joan of Arc is iconic in the world of children's literature, considered by Bader to be the first "modern" picture book. Manuscript material by Boutet de Monvel is rar

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc.]
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        Ueber den Einfluss des atmosphärischen Kohlensäuregehalts auf die Temperatur der Erdoberfläche? [offprint from: K. Svenska Vet.-Akad. Handlingar, 22 1.1]. 1896

      1896 first edition of a landmark work on global warming and the first actual exploration of the "greenhouse effect." Building on Joseph Fourier?s earlier work, Arrhenius here presents his discovery of the absorption of radiation by the atmosphere, thus and providing the first quantitative investigation of the greenhouse effect; in so doing, Arrhenius established the existence of global warming. He concluded that fossil fuel combustion may eventually result in enhanced global warming and proposed a relation between atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and temperature. Arrhenius furthermore found that the average surface temperature of the earth is about 15 degrees centigrade because of the infrared absorption capacity of water vapor and carbon dioxide (the natural greenhouse effect). ?Arrhenius used the infrared observations of the moon by Frank Washington Very and Samuel Pierpont Langley at the Allegheny Observatory in Pittsburgh to calculate the absorption of infrared radiation by atmospheric CO2 and water vapour. Using 'Stefan's law' (better known as the Stefan Boltzmann law, he formulated his greenhouse law. In its original form, Arrhenius' greenhouse law reads as follows: if the quantity of carbonic acid increases in geometric progression, the augmentation of the temperature will increase nearly in arithmetic progression. This simplified expression is still used today: F = ln(C/C0)? (Wikipedia). Original offprint in fine condition.

      [Bookseller: Atticus Rare Books]
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      Stockholm:: P. A. Norstedt & Soner,, 1896. Near Fine. Near Fine in modern marbled paper covers boards. From Bihang Till Svenska Vet,-Akad. Handlingar, Band 22, Afd. I, No. 1 with perforated library stamp p. 102, mild sun spine. 8vo.

      [Bookseller: By The Book, LC ABAA-ILAB]
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      Published by Ernest Nister, 1896 (Circa.). Hardback. Very Good. Illustrated by Hardy, E. Stuart. Very good condition with no wrapper. A Panorama Picture Book of Fairy Stories. Nister book 633. Six stunning three-dimensional stand-up scenes. Large oblong format. Green cloth spine, colour pictorial paper boards. Front cover shows the Babes in the Wood riding on a leaf in the air harnessed to a pair of robins. Green/white floral endpapers. Edges rubbed, corners worn. Covers scuffed & scratched. Vertical crease to front endpaper giving rise to a 1" closed tear at the base of this crease. The Blue Bird story has a closed tear at top edge which is repaired with now yellowed tape (approx 3"). Hinges are lightly pulled. A few pale foxspots present. The dog in the first stand-up scene is missing his wings otherwise all stand-up scenes in excellent condition and unusually complete. An attractive copy of a scarce title. [S]

      [Bookseller: Stella & Rose's Books]
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        The Floure and the Leafe, & the Boke of Cupide, God of Love, or the Cuckow and the Nightingale

      (Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896). Octavo. (ii), 47pp. One of 310 copies. Edited by F. S. Ellis, the London publisher and scholar who was closely associated with William Morris, having published a number of Morris's own works, such as The Earthly Paradise and Völsung Saga. Both early fifteenth-century poems had originally been attributed to Chaucer. A beautiful book, with titles printed in red and two half-page floral initials, used first in the Kelmscott Chaucer. Lower corners very lightly bumped, else fine in original cloth-backed printed blue-gray boards.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        The Floure and the Leafe & the Boke of Cupide, God of Love, or the Cuckow and the Nightingale

      London: Kelmscott Press, 1896. One quarter brown cloth over grey blue boards. Cloth spine expertly rebacked with parts of the original. Two first Letter engravings and engraved Kelmscott logo by Morris. Ownership name to a rear blank page. Small stain to rear panel. Some wear to the corners but a very nice copy nevertheless. RARE.. 1st. Cloth & Boards. VG/No Jacket. Octavo.

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      Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. Limited Edition, one of 300 copies on paper. Vellum Binding. Octavo. 100pp. Printed in red and black in Morris's Golden type; lovely woodcut title page with full border opposite; numerous 3/4 borders along with 6- and 10-line initials throughout; a charming production full bound in limp vellum with silk ties as issued; three of four ties broken; light toning/soiling to the vellum as is common; unfortunately, a small library stamp on the front pastedown and another on p. 3 otherwise internally Near Fine; images available upon request. Peterson A38, Tomkinson 38; Ransom 38.

      [Bookseller: Michael Pyron, Bookseller]
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        The Floure & The Leafe; The Cuckow and the Nightingale

      Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. Hard Cover. Very Good. Hard Cover. 1 of 300 paper copies. Both poems were once attributed to Chaucer, but 'The Floure and the Leafe' is now known to be much later and 'The Cuckow and the Nightingale' is by Sir Thomas Clanyowe. In his Kelmscott Press Bibliography Peterson notes: The first bound copy of this book arrived at Kelmscott House an hour or two before Morris's death. Bound in the original linen backed blue paper covered boards with black title to front cover. There is a light dampstain to the front cover, light browning to edges, minor edgewear, and a few spots of foxing to the rear board. The cloth spine is rubbed with fraying in a few places. The interior remains clean and bright. Printed on Apple paper in Troy type with two large initial letters which were previously used in the Kelmscott Chaucer. The typeface and initials were designed by William Morris. 47 pages. PRI/011513.

      [Bookseller: The Kelmscott Bookshop]
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        The Natives of Sarawak and British North Borneo. Based chiefly on the MSS. of the late Hugh Brooke Low, Sarawak Government Service.

      Truslove & Hanson, London 1896 - With a Preface by Andrew Lang. First edition: 700 copies only. Two volumes. Large 8vo. [I] xxxii, 464pp, numerous plates and illustrations, folding map. [II] iv, 302, ccxl pp, folding plate, numerous plates and illustrations, appendix, bibliography, index, list of subscribers. Original green cloth (light flecking around the edges), title gilt to upper board and spine, top edges gilt. The hinges reinforced professionally with dyed Japanese tissue. A very good clean set. ***Presentation set: tipped-in at the front of the first volume is a manuscript presentation note, dated April 1920, to Dr Alice Latchmore, with the 'united thanks. for pulling Mother through' of G. Kingsley Roth, Alfred B. Roth, and H. Ling Roth (signed by each). *** Please use [Ask Bookseller a Question] option below to confirm availability and get accurate postage quote for this item (the amount quoted is for an 'average' hard-cover book of up to 1kg in weight). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Astrolabe Booksellers (member of ANZAAB)]
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        Laudes Beatae Mariae Virginis

      London: Kelmscott Press, 1896. [2], 34pp. Original quarter cloth and boards, smooth back, title in black to upper cover. Rubbed to extremities, especially to cloth covering tapes to spine, corners bumped and worn, covers very slightly soiled with a couple of small water marks. Internally bright and clean, with the inserted note (distributed after the book's publication) tipped in to rear. The first Kelmscott Press book printed in three colours. Peterson A42. First Edition. Quarter Cloth and Boards. Good+. Folio. Private Press.

      [Bookseller: Temple Rare Books]
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        The Natives of Sarawak and British North Borneo. Based chiefly on the MSS. of the late Hugh Brooke Low, Sarawak Government Service

      London: Truslove & Hanson. 1896. With a Preface by Andrew Lang. First edition: 700 copies only. Two volumes. Large 8vo. [I] xxxii, 464pp, numerous plates and illustrations, folding map. [II] iv, 302, ccxl pp, folding plate, numerous plates and illustrations, appendix, bibliography, index, list of subscribers. Original green cloth (light flecking around the edges), title gilt to upper board and spine, top edges gilt. The hinges reinforced professionally with dyed Japanese tissue. A very good clean set. ***Presentation set: tipped-in at the front of the first volume is a manuscript presentation note, dated April 1920, to Dr Alice Latchmore, with the 'united thanks... for pulling Mother through' of G. Kingsley Roth, Alfred B. Roth, and H. Ling Roth (signed by each). .

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        Sire Degrevaunt

      Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. Limited ed. of 350 copies. Pp.82. Printed in red and black in Chaucer type, wood-engraved frontispiece designed by Edward Burne-Jones, borders and initials by William Morris, original holland-backed boards, uncut. Spine rather worn and frayed, bibliographical details tipped in on ms slip on final blank.. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 20.5 x 14.5cm.

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        Through the Subarctic Forest. A Record of a Canoe Journey from Fort Wrangel to the Pelly Lakes and Down the Yukon River to the Behring Sea

      London: Edward Arnold 1896, 1st Edition. () xiv,1l.,295pp. + 32pp. (publisher's catalogue dated October, 1896). Near fine. Octavo in original pictorial brown cloth. Gilt lettering on spine. Black coated endpapers. Frontispiece. 16 plates. Two folding maps. Very light bumping to ends of spine and corners. An attractive crisp copy. AB 13528. Narrative of a trip in 1892, with a description of the Frances River and Lake route, the course of the Pelly River, the Yukon from the mouth of the Pelly to the Yukon Flats, the Kuskokwim River and the Eskimos along the eastern shore of Bering Sea to Unalaska. Scarce in nice condition..

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      1896. Very Good. KERTESZ, A., ed. THE DIAMINE COLOURS OF THE ANILINE COLOUR WORKS OF LEOPOLD CASSELLA & CO., FRANKFORT-O.-M. THEIR PROPERTIES AND THEIR APPLICATION IN DYEING AND PRINTING. Frankfort: Leopold Cassella & Co., 1895/6. x + 278 pp. + [2] + xv pp. 8vo., brown cloth stamped in gilt and blind, corners and spine worn, joints split and poorly repaired with cloth. Some text page edges are slightly chipped. Literally hundreds of dyed fabric and textile samples, in solids, union cloth, piece-goods and patterned printed cloth. A few of teh folding sample pages are torn at the crease. Overall in very good condition internally.

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        The Writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe

      Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1896. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Very Good. Complete set limited to 250 copys, this being #143. 17 vols in their original bindings. Vol1 SIGNED by the author. Books contain illustrated frontispieces. Books are unread and pages are still uncut. Inside is bright and clean. Externally the spine labels are darkened and some light wear to the spine tails. Each volume is 9" x 6". This is a wonderful collection. Please let me know if you need more pictures. Thanks for looking

      [Bookseller: Princeton rare books and manuscripts]
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        A Shropshire Lad

      London: Kegan Paul,, 1896. Octavo. Original japon backed grey boards, printed paper label to spine. Housed in a marbled slipcase. Boards rubbed and partially tanned, endpapers and margins of contents a little toned, some wear to corners. A very good copy. First edition, first impression, first issue with variant "A" of the spine label. One of fewer than 350 copies in this state: the first edition consisted of 500 copies, of which 150 were exported to the United States. Most of the poems were written in the first five months of 1895, a period coinciding with the arrest, trials and imprisonment of Oscar Wilde. Originally titled Poems by Terence Hearsay, the volume was refused by Macmillan, but published by Kegan Paul in March 1896 at Housman's expense.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      Prag, H.Dominicus, 1896.: 19.Jahrhundert; 19th Century; association; Association Copies; Association Copy; Erstausgabe; german; Inscribed; nineteenth century; Poetry; Rare Books; Signed; Widmungsexemplar. 12°.. Bedruckter Originalkarton nach einem Entwurf von Valery David-Rhonfeld. Gering berieben. Mit handschriftlicher Notiz von Valery David-Rhonfeld "Letztes Weihnachtsgeschenk von René Rilke an Valery-David-Rhonfeld. 1895.-". Ein bedeutendes Exemplar der Literaturgeschichte. Valery David-Rhonfeld hat dieses letzte Weihnachtsgeschenk Rilkes nicht nur angenommen sondern quasi als Reliquie aufbewahrt und Besuchern gelegentlich mit anderen Werken Rilkes gezeigt [siehe: Helena Tomanová-Weissova - Begegnungen in Prag - Begegnung mit Valerie - "Als Kind lebte ich auf einer Insel inmitten der deutschsprachigen Minderheit Prags...Paul Leppin, eine typische Persönlichkeit der Prager Literaturszene, wohnte in unserer Nachbarschaft [...] Paul Leppin, der eben einen Artikel für das Prager Tagblatt geschrieben hatte - über den Besuch bei René M. Rilkes erster Verlobten... Einige Jahre später ermöglichte Paul Leppin auch mir dieses Erlebnis. Valerie David wohnte in der gleichen Gasse wie er in einer kleinen Wohnung im Hochparterre eines Mietshauses [...] Bis heute erinnere ich mich an ...... die beiden kleinen Truhen aus edlem Holz. In diesen Truhen bewahrte die alte Dame Erinnerungen an die Zeit auf, als der blutjunge René die schöne Vally liebte. Die umfangreiche Korrespondenz - über 130 Briefe - hatte sie an Curt Hirschfeld verkauft. Rilke lag auf dem Friedhof von Raron und der Wert seiner Autographen war gestiegen. Aber sicher gab es in den Truhen noch Dinge von denen sich Valerie nicht trennen mochte. Bevor ich Sie besichtigen durfte, erzählte mir das Fräulein Baronin ausführlich von Ihrer Familie.....Es waren die wertvollen Spitzen der alten Dame (Valeries Großmutter) gewesen die die Herausgabe von Rilkes erstem Gedichtband "Leben und Lieder"... ermöglicht hatten. Aber dies erzählte Fräulein von Rhonfeld erst, als sie das Bändchen aus der Truhe holte, zugleich mit der Erstausgabe der "Larenopfer", deren Einband Vally David entworfen hatte...."]. Ja, Valery David-Rhonfeld lebte in der Vergangenheit. Sie musste aus der Ferne erleben wie Rilke zu einem der erfolgreichsten und beliebtesten Lyriker Ihrer Zeit wurde. Sie hat sich entschieden für den Rest Ihres Lebens die erste Verlobte Rilkes zu bleiben. Und das von Ihr aufbewahrte Widmungsexemplar der "Larenopfer" steht für die verlorene erste grosse Liebe aller Heranwachsenden. Für uns, den Betrachter, bleibt dieses Exemplar der "Larenopfer" ein Symbol der Kraft Ihrer verlorenen Liebe; aber auch die Nähe zu Rilkes Geburt als bedeutender Lyriker und Schriftsteller ist für uns hier im Zeitsprung, umweglos erfahrbar.

      [Bookseller: Old Head Books & Collections]
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        MY LADY NICOTINE; A STUDY IN SMOKE, BY J. M. BARRIE. ILLUSTRATED BY M. B. PRENDERGAST. (Presentation Copy from the Publisher to Everett C. Bumpus)

      Boston: Joseph Knight Company. Near Fine. 1896. CLOTHBOUND. 8vo; xiii,276 pages; Remarkably free of any binding wear. Brilliant pictorial front board with gilt lettered title. First American edition. First binding: original illustrated green cloth; top edges gilt; monogram of the Joseph Knight Company at foot of spine. Description : xiii, 276 pages including frontispiece, illustrations. 19 mC. Title-page illustrated in color. With a small graphic bookplate. Ever so slight trace of split of endpaper at the front hinge. Presentation copy: "With compliments of Joseph Knight July 5/96". E. C. Bumpus' calling card on rear pastedown. Bumpus was an important magistrate of the Boston area court system. .

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      London: Vale Press, 1896. ONE OF 310 COPIES. Hardcover. 197 x 130 mm (7 3/4 x 5 1/8"). lxxix pp. Edited by T. Sturge Moore. ONE OF 310 COPIES. EXCEPTIONALLY PRETTY RED MOROCCO, ELEGANTLY GILT, BY STIKEMAN (signed on front pastedown), covers with border comprising a single gilt rule and widely spaced dots, central rectangular panel formed by a pair of leafy vines (tied together with a bow at bottom, rising vertically, and then nearly touching as they turn inward along the top), spine panels and turn-ins similarly decorated, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed, marbled endpapers. In a lined morocco-backed red folding box. Woodcut border, vignette, and initials, all by Charles Ricketts. Ricketts, p. xx. Tomkinson, p. 165. Just a hint of wear to tiny portions of the front joint, but A VERY FINE COPY IN A LOVELY BINDING. This is a finely bound copy of the fifth book issued by the Vale Press and the first in its series of Shakespeare volumes. During the last two decades at the end of the 19th century, Henry Stikeman was generally considered to be the leading binder in America, exhibiting "extraordinary skill . . . in design, inlaying, and tooling." (Maser collection) This binding is more delicate in design, more feminine than typical Stikeman work, and that suits very well the content of the volume. The Vale books, which Cave says were "far truer to the spirit of fifteenth-century printing than Kelmscott work," included nearly 50 titles issued during the eight-year life of the press, and both the impressive output and the press' considerable artistic success can be attributed to the fact that Ricketts was in control of every facet of the operation. Tomkinson observes, "Although the actual printing was done on the premises of the Ballantyne Press, the Vale books were built entirely on Mr. Ricketts' design under his personal supervision on a press set apart for his sole use; the founts, decorations, illustrations (including the engraving on the wood), watermarks, and pagination were all the work of Mr. Ricketts, and it is doubtful if, in the history of printing, books have been made which reflect the invention and work of one man more explicitly than do the Vale books.".

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        The Adventures of the Vegemen and the Brownies

      London: Ernest Squibb, 1896. Stapled binding, worn with chips, some of the spine lacking and rear top corner. Spine detached. Tape to all spine edges, this might be original. Three closed tears to first page of which is 3". 20pp with 10 full page colour illustrations. Colours bright but pages browned, wear to some edges a few pages with a light crease as you would expect with something of this age. An interesting and scarce item. . Paperback. Poor/No Jacket.

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        [Essex House Press] The Trinity Hospital in Mile End; An Object Lesson in National History

      London: Guild & School of Handcraft, Essex House, 1896. Quarto. 36pp. First edition. Illustrated with thirteen plates, several of which are fold-outs. The book was created in an attempt to prevent the demolition of the seventeenth-century Trinity Hospital; in the end, the campaign was successful, and the building was saved. Ashbee's text explains the historic and architectural significance of the building. The illustrations depict architectural details, and two of the plates have hand-colored illustrations of stained glass window designs. Others show a map of the grounds, an aerial view, elevation drawings, and depictions of statues. Charles Robert Ashbee, an architect, designer, and the founder of the Essex House Press, founded the Guild & School of Handcraft in 1888 in order to protect the status of craftsmen and to promote a high standard of work. This book demonstrates the attention to design, type, and detail that would characterize the work of the Essex House Press. Bound in tan wrappers with yapped edges, printed with Ashbee's flower insignia to the front cover. Edges of covers show some fraying, as usual, else a near fine copy of a fragile book. An early and uncommon work by Ashbee.

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        Eine neue Art von Strahlen [About a new kind of rays]

      Wurzburg: Stahel'schen K. Hof- Und Universitats- Buch- Und Kunsthandluch. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Very Good. FIRST PRINTING, RARE OFFPRINT in original wrappers of Rontgen's announcement of the discovery of the X-ray. "Hertz and Lenard had published on the penetrating powers of cathode rays (electrons) and Rontgen thought that there were unsolved problems worth investigation... As a preliminary to viewing the cathode rays on a fluorescent screen, Rontgen completely covered his discharge tube with a black card, and then chanced to notice that such a screen lying on a bench some distance away was glowing brightly. Although others had operated Crookes tubes in laboratories for over thirty years, it was Rontgen who found that X rays are emitted by the part of the glass wall of the tube that is opposite the cathode and that receives the beam of cathode rays. He spent six weeks in absolute concentration, repeating and extending his observations on the properties of the new rays. He found that they travel in straight lines, cannot be refracted or reflected, are not deviated by a magnet, and can travel about two meters in air. He soon discovered the penetrating properties of the rays... The apparent magical nature of the new rays was something of a shock even to Rontgen... On 22 December he brought his wife into the laboratory and made an X-ray photograph of her hand" (Dictionary of Scientific Biography). Rontgen now needed to "substantiate his discovery if he was to claim priority and the credit of the scientific community... He persuaded a friend, the president of the local Physical Medical Society in Wurzberg, to include a handwritten paper, announcing the discovery of his 'new kind of rays', as a very late addition to the society's proceedings. He had priority of publication. Now, to spread the word about his 'X-rays', Rontgen bundled up preprints with copies of his photographs and sent them to the leading physicists of Europe, mailing packages on New Year's Day 1896" (Agar, Science in the 20th Century and Beyond). In 1901 Rontgen won the first Nobel Prize awarded in physics "in recognition of the extraordinary services he has rendered by the discovery of the remarkable rays subsequently named after him." Provenance: The present "preprint" or offprint was received by the noted Swiss physicist Edouard Sarasin (1843-1917), with his signature on the front wrapper. Also with "gratis" stamp from the publisher on front wrapper. First printing, first issue with final blank and without separate title page (as issued). Note: A "Part II" was issued in March 1896 discussing a few improvements and an intensity scale. WITH: A very early illustration of the x-ray printed in the Supplement a la Patrie Suisse on 22 January 1896. Wurzburg: Stahel'schen K. Hof- Und Universitats- Buch- Und Kunsthandluch, 1895. Original wrappers. Faint toning to wrapper edges (as usual), very faint evidence of crease to wrappers. RARE, particularly in such fine condition.

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        The Savoy

      London: Leonard Smithers, January - December 1896. An Illustrated Quarterly. 8 volumes, quarto. Numbers 1 and 2 in the original pink decorated boards, numbers 3-8 in the blue-green illustrated wrappers as issued. Advertisements to the rear of all numbers, and also to the front of number 1; also including, laid in to number 1: the Beardsley-illustrated Christmas card, and a pamphlet advertising Robert B. Douglas's Life and Times of Madame Du Barry; number 2: leaf advertising the second edition of Arthur Symons's Silhouettes; and number 7: leaf announcing the discontinuation of The Savoy and advertising the complete set bound in 3 volumes. Some leaves uncut in numbers 3 and 7. Beardsley illustrations to the covers/wrappers, title pages, plates and in the text throughout the series, illustrated plates also by numerous others throughout. Bookplates of Barry Humphries to numbers 5 and 6. Numbers 1 and 2 rubbed at the edges, spines somewhat chipped and tanned, internally quite clean; numbers 3, 4, 7 and 8 spines worn and wrappers chipped with tape repairs to the edges of numbers 3 and 4 and some wrappers loose, mild marks to wrappers and mild spotting to some leaves, numbers 5 and 6 generally more sound and clean; one the whole a good complete set. All published of Beardsley and Symons's Savoy periodical that spanned the year 1896, Beardsley's "Annus Mirabilis" (R. A. Walker); all first editions and as issued (numbers 1 and 2 in the original decorated pink boards, the others in green/blue wrappers). The Savoy was the brainchild of Leonard Smithers, publisher and "dandified fantastic adventurer" (MacFall), who decided to create a magazine to rival The Yellow Book; he enjoined Aubrey Beardsley (who had just been expelled from The Yellow Book) as art editor, and made the judicious choice for literary editor of poet and essayist Arthur Symons, thus creating a culturally potent double-act. They met in the summer of 1895 to discuss the project, which, though ultimately assigning its demise to having "not conquered the general public" (Editorial Note, number 7), did nonetheless gather together for a year, and publish under an art-for-art's-sake aegis, some of the great writers and artists of the day. The Savoy included literary content by: Aubrey Beardsley, Max Beerbohm, Bliss Carman, Joseph Conrad, Ernest Dowson, Havelock Ellis, Edmund Gosse, Ford Maddox Hueffer, Selwyn Image, Lionel Johnson, Fiona Macleod, Stéphane Mallarmé (trans. George Moore), Joseph Pennell, Ernest Rhys, Olivia Shakespear, George Bernard Shaw, Arthur Symons, Paul Verlaine (trans. A. Symons), Francois Villon (trans. T. Wratislaw), Theodore Wratislaw, and W. B. Yeats; and artistic content by: Aubrey Beardsley, Max Beerbohm, William Blake (the July, August & September issues are half-dedicated to a showcase of Blake's Dante watercolours, each with an essay on Blake by W. B. Yeats), Charles Conder, William F. Horton, Joseph Pennell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, W. Rothenstein, F. Sandys, Charles H. Shannon, Walter Sickert, and J. McNeill Whistler. The content of the final December issue is contributed entirely by Beardsley and Symons (including a translation of Mallarmé's Herodiade, and a memoir of a trip to the Isle of Aran, preceding J. M. Synge's famous trip by two years). Scarce found complete and as issued.

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        Walnut writing box presented to Rev. Thomas Ellis Jones

      by the Beryl St. Baptist Church, Broken Hill, NSW, December 1st 1896. Rev. Jones was a Welsh preacher from St. Asaph, North Wales. He preached at the Welsh Church, Bristol and in the Midlands before migrating to New Zealand, where he spent 5 years at Auckland & Timaru. During this time, he held the position of Grand Chaplain of New Zealand. Jones probably arrived in Broken Hill in 1893 and departed in 1896. One commendation is from the Silver Star L&C No. 2, Broken Hill. Another printed baptismal sermon was preached by E.J. Tuck at South Broken Hill 1893. Other paper items include 4 printed pamphlets; letter from Thomas Cook Ltd, Sydney 1900; mimeographed newsletter for Easter School for Ministers 1887-97; a number of newspaper clippings, a handsome receipt from Pianoforte Organ & Music Warehouse, Hunter St., Newcastle, 1899. The writing desk contains the preacher's correspondence, approximately 50 letters. The 1st correspondence from Australia dates from 1890 from Sandhurst, Victoria, and ends in 1900 with a letter from Grafton, NSW. Most of the letters are letters of commendation for the job Rev. Jones has done. In all, a fascinating collection of papers tracking the life of a travelling minister through S.E. Australia. Housed in a superb Victorian writing box w/ brass inlays, leather writing surface & a number of secret compartments [one of which was used to house these documents]. Fine Australian association piece.

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        Jude the Obscure. With an Etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn and a Map of Wessex.

      London: Osgood, McIlvaine, and Co., 1896 - Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and roundel to upper board gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. With the dust jacket. Housed in a dark green quarter morocco solander box made by The Chelsea Bindery. Contents mildly toned, endpapers lightly browned, patch of cloth lifting on the lower board but an exceptionally nice copy in the frayed and chipped dust jacket with a 36 mm (1½ in) piece missing at the foot of the spine panel costing the publisher's name. Etched frontispiece on series-title verso, map of Wessex at end. First edition, first impression, of Hardy's final novel, published on 1 November 1895. Copies of this edition in dust jacket are scarce: we know of less than ten extant. The page numbering was altered during printing, so that sigs. A-H exist in two distinct states, often found mixed. In the first state page numbers are present on partially blank pages, but this was altered so that numbers were omitted at the chapter endings (in conformity with the later gatherings). This copy is predominantly in early state, with all but two page numbers present in the first eight signatures. Purdy pp. 86–91.

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        A Laodicean; a Story of To-Day, by Thomas Hardy...with an Etching by H. MacBeth-Raeburn and a Map of Wessex

      New York, Harper & Brothers, 1896. 1st American Edition. Description: vii, [1] 499 p. , front. , map, 20 cm. Subjects: Architects--Fiction. Castles--Conservation and restoration--Fiction. Wessex (England) --Fiction. Form/Genre: Love stories. Previous owner's signature. Near fine copy in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Slightest suggestion only of dust-dulling to the spine bands and panel edges. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.

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        The Book of Common Prayer, as issued in the Year 1549, in the Reign of King Edward the Sixth, being The Original Edition of The Prayer Book

      n.p.: Privately Reproduced in facsimile from a Copy of the Original Edition for Mr. G. Moreton, 1896. First printing. Leather_bound. Near Fine. 9 1/2 x 12 inches. Small folio. [372] pages. Small old library stamp to ffep, and inner margin of title page and ffep. Pages otherwise bright and clean and free of marking soiling or staining. Griffiths 1896/5. All page edges uncut. Bound in full modern panelled morocco with renewed endpapers and original endpapers preserved. Binding signed Ipsley Bindery. Spine with five raised bands with rules and blindstamped decoration to each compartment. One compartment with gilt "Common Prayer (1549)." This copy numbered 4 "of the best edition" on the reverse of the title page. A spectacular example of this very scarce work, of which only 500 copies were privately printed. An exact reprint (facsimile) of the first Book of Common Prayer adopted under King Edward.

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        An Outcast of the Islands

      London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1896 First edition, first printing of Conrad's second book. Original green cloth. An excellent copy with bright and unfaded gilt to spine, only a few small spots of slight discoloration to the front cover and a small scuff to the rear cover, else fine. Housed in custom quarter leather box with a folding chemise.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine.

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      Silver, Burdett, Boston 1896 - Minor dust, Author's first book; 45 plates [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Writings [Autograph Edition], The

      1896. The Autograph EditionSigned by the Author and IllustratorsHARTE, Bret. The Writings of Bret Harte. With introductions, glossary, and indexes. Illustrated by photogravures. [In nineteen volumes]. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, [1896]-1903.Autograph Edition. Limited to 350 numbered copies, signed by the author and dated “Septem. 1896.” Nineteen octavo volumes (8 3/8 x 5 5/8 inches; 213 x 142 mm). Photogravure frontispieces, vignette titles, and plates after drawings and paintings by Frederic Remington, James Montgomery Flagg, Alice Barber Stephens, W.L. Taylor, E. Boyd Smith, B. West Clinedinst, Mary Hallock Foote, and others, all on India paper mounted. Descriptive tissue guards. Each volume with at least one plate signed by the illustrator (the frontispiece of Volume V signed by Frederic Remington).Contemporary full dark blue levant morocco. Covers elaborately paneled in gilt within a double gilt fillet border, spines decoratively paneled in gilt, turn-ins ruled in gilt, red crushed levant morocco doublures ruled in gilt and with gilt cornerpieces, red watered silk liners, top edge gilt, others uncut. Minimal fading to spines. A wonderful set.A twentieth volume Stories and Poems, was published twelve years after the first nineteen volumes, in 1915 (see BAL 7408).Bret Harte (1836-1902), “American writer who helped create the local-color school in American fiction. In 1854 Harte left New York for California and went into mining country on a brief trip that legend has expanded into a lengthy participation in, and intimate knowledge of, camp life. In 1857 he was employed by the Northern Californian, a weekly paper. In about 1860 he moved to San Francisco and began to write for the Golden Era, which published the first of his Condensed Novels, brilliant parodies of James Fenimore Cooper, Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, and others. He edited the periodical Californian, for which he engaged Mark Twain to write weekly articles. In 1868…Harte was named editor of the Overland Monthly. For it he wrote “The Luck of Roaring Camp” and “The Outcasts of Poker Flat.” Following The Luck of Roaring Camp, and Other Sketches (1870), he found himself world famous. He furthered his reputation with the poem “Plain Language from Truthful James” (1870), better known as “The Heathen Chinee.” On it he based his best play, Ah Sin (1877), a collaboration with Twain” (Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature).BAL 7384.

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        Mistura Curiosa

      Edinburgh. Maclachlan and Stewart. 1896, 1896. First edition. 4to. Bound in publisher's dark green cloth covered bevelled boards, titled and decorated in gilt to spine and front board. Light edgewear, some slight frayiong to head of spine; bright, clean and handsome. All edges gilt. Internally clean. A bizarre and unusual collection of verses, riddles, songs and fables, some of which it has to be said are markedly racist by today's standards (if not actually intended to be at the time because apparently being a weapons-grade muppet to people who weren't exactly like you in every respect was just good, clean fun), but which were probably the height of comic subtlety in 1896, which leads me to believe I'd sooner chew my own leg off than attend a recital of such gibberish. Subjects other than the fact that black people were vastly amusing to late Victorians covered by this volume include comic Scottish verses, rhymes about golf (the only redeeming feature of said pastime being that the practitioners of it are frequently struck by lightning), curling and the unforgiving and somewhat provocative behaviour of Sweet Nell the Grocer's Daughter. Illustrated throughout with varying degrees of artistic beauty and horrifying crassness by Charles Altamont Doyle. This is a most curious item and in fact criticism of it (not that I'll stop, obviously) is like someone one hundred years in the future finding a Viz annual and a Conservative Party internal memo and deciding therefore that we were all sexually perverse bigoted stereotypes with the charm and appeal of a really bad escalator accident; what they'll think when they get round to reading the Viz annual is anybody's guess. A snapshot of an era, albeit one of those snapshots you wouldn't run back inside a burning building to retrieve.

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        VAN NU EN STRAKS. Tweede reeks. Complete set, 19 nummers. second part. complete

      Brussels/ Antwerp,1896-1901 . Alle (19) nummers gebrocheerd in originele papiercovers, enkele nummers met beschadigde (fragiele) rug of met achtercover los, maar aanwezig! Voorts een goede set. Zeldzaam om compleet te vinden in zijn originele (ongebonden) vorm. Contributions by Emmanuel de Bom, Cyriel Buysse, Prosper van Langendonck, Victor de Meyere, Stijn Streuvels, Herman Teirlinck, August Vermeylen, Karel van de Woestijne and others. Richely decorated by Henry van de Velde, George Lemmen, Théo van Rysselberghe and others. very rare and important itém !!!! n Nu en Straks was, van 1893 tot 1894 en van 1896 tot 1901, het tijdschrift van de Vlaamse jongeren en een typische exponent van het West-Europese fin de siècle. Men wilde wegvluchten van het toenemende provincialisme van die tijd en een meer internationaal gerichte weg inslaan. De redactie zocht aansluiting bij deze Franstalige artistieke bewegingen, zoals Les XX en La Libre Esthétique en poogde ook een Vlaams antwoord te formuleren op de vernieuwende klanken uit Nederland. Men streefde in tegenstelling tot Willem Kloos en de zijnen niet naar individualisme en "l'art pour l'art", maar naar een gemeenschapskunst. Men wilde een avant-gardeorgaan zijn zonder esthetische dogmata. Men keerde zich tegen het realisme en het naturalisme, omdat dit te oppervlakkig werd gevonden. Bij Van Nu en Straks was het van belang dat literatuur "hogere facetten " van het leven weergaf. De eerste reeks (1893-1894) was overwegend gewijd aan literatuur en beeldende kunst. De redactie bestond uit Cyriel Buysse, Emmanuel De Bom, Prosper Van Langendonck en August Vermeylen. Henry Van de Velde, James Ensor, Georges Minne en Jan Toorop zorgden voor de illustraties. Het was voor het eerst dat literatuur niet meer los werd gezien van andere (beeldende) kunsten. In de tweede reeks (1896-1901) kwam er onder meer Karel van de Woestijne bij. Herman Teirlinck debuteerde erin en ook Stijn Streuvels was een trouwe medewerker. Ook Guido Gezelle en Hugo Verriest werden gepubliceerd. August Vermeylen was de grote voortrekker. De tweede reeks was vanwege de financiële situatie soberder van opmaak. In tegenstelling tot de eerste reeks, was er in de tweede reeks nauwelijks inbreng van Nederlandse schrijvers. De tweede reeks wilde aanvankelijk meer ruimte laten voor maatschappelijk geëngageerde artikels. De kunstenaar had naast een artistieke eveneens een maatschappelijke rol te vervullen. De jonge redactieleden van Van Nu en Straks waren, zoals vele jongeren van de gegoede burgerlijke klasse uit die tijd, sterk geïnspireerd door de nieuwe anarchistische ideeën die België bereikten via Franse vertalingen. Het werk van de Russische prins Kropotkin en van Max Stirner waren erg populair. Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis, de grote voorman van de Nederlandse revolutionaire socialisten, leverde maatschappijkritische bijdragen. Ook de eigen redactie bracht anarchistische geschriften voort. Vooral Jacques Dwelshauvers, jeugdvriend van August Vermeylen, die meestal schreef onder het pseudoniem Jacques Mesnil, speelde hierin een belangrijke rol. In 1901 leidden meningsverschillen tot het voorlopig einde van Van Nu en Straks. De directe aanleiding was een novelle van Jacques Mesnil, Wellust. Emmanuel de Bom, die het Franstalige anarchistische werk van Jacques Mesnil vertaald had, was voor plaatsing van het stuk, terwijl Vermeylen en anderen ertegen waren, vanwege de onzedelijkheid. Dit leidde tot een breuk tussen Jacques Mesnil en August Vermeylen. De meeste redactieleden hadden hun jong enthousiasme voor de anarchistische zaak immers verloren en hadden zichzelf ingeschreven in de burgerlijke maatschappij. Niet veel later werd de weg vervolgd en voortgezet met de oprichting van de tijdschriften Vlaanderen, Nieuw Vlaams Tijdschrift en De Boomgaard. In Vlaanderen zorgde Van Nu en Straks in amper tien jaar tijd voor een ware omwenteling in de Vlaamse cultuur en het fungeerde als katalysator voor de vrijzinnige en katholieke bladen die in dezelfde tijd ontstonden, vernieuwd of heropgericht werden.

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        Autograph Letter, signed ("Frederick A. Cook") to the Arctic artist Albert Operti, congratulating him on his recent success [with the Peary expedition to Greenland], and hoping to meet with him to discuss it

      Brooklyn, NY, oct. 4, 1896. 12mo. 1-1/2 pp., in ink, on personal stationery (Frederick A. Cook, M.D., 687 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y.). Slightly soiled, old folds, docketed, presumably by Operti, "ans O/18/96" . A fine Arctic association. Frederick Cook, founding member of both the Arctic Club and the Explorer's Club, and future rival claimant to Robert Peary as discoverer of the North Pole, writes to his old friend Albert Operti. Both Cook and Operti had been with Peary on an Arctic expedition in 1891 (Cook as surgeon, Operti as artist), and Operti had just returned from a second Peary expedition to Greenland, with sketches, notes, paintings, and memorabilia which now form an important part of the collections of the Explorer's Club "My dear Operti, "I am so glad that you succeeded. You must have had a glorious time. Accept my hearty congratulations. "I am anxious to see your hard earned collection and have a peasant chat about our old Eskimo friends in the far North ... "if this is agreeable to you at what time and place, may i have the honor ... "Yours cordially, "Frederick A. Cook"

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        Simplicissimus. 1. Jahrgang. 4. April 1896 - 27. März 1897

      München, 1896 - 1897.. 52 Hefte mit jeweils 4 Bll. Umfang und vielen teils farbigen Abbildungen. Illustr. OLwd. Folio. Der selten gewordene erste Jahrgang der bedeutenden satirischen Zeitschrift! - Etwas bestoßen, insgesamt recht gutes Exemplar!

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        Survey of India. Route Map for the Western Himalayas, Kashmir, Punjab and Northern India, with portions of Afghanistan, Baluchistan &c (including the former Kashmir route map). Compiled originally by Major T.G. Montgomerie. R.E., F.R.S., F.R.G.S. &c

      Calcutta.: Surveyor General of India.. 1896.. Engraved map with outline handcolor, dissected into 32 and mounted on linen, 20 1/2 x 31 inches on sheet 26 1/4 x 33 3/4 inches, folding into cloth-covered boards 7 x 4 3/4 inches. Very light overall soiling and a couple of light spots to the map; penned correction to the price at lower right border; splits to spine cloth, corners of cover a little worn. Published originally in 1874, this is the June 1884 edition of the map "with additions to railways 1896." Scale 1 inch to 32 miles; among features marked are: "Dawk Bungalows", "Bungalows or Resting Houses", "Passes", "Routes that have been traversed", "Routes unsurveyed but derived from information", "Railways Unopened" and Villages. Area covered is from 68 to 84 degress of longitude and from 28 to 38 degrees of latitude, centring on Kashmir or Srinagar. An extremely detailed map of the settlements of the region at the time. Embossed on the rear cover is "Thacker, Spink & Co. Calcutta," "Himalaya Route Map" is embossed in gilt on the spine. .

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        Report Of The Department Of Lands And Survey, New Zealand, For The Year 1895-96

      Wellington: Government Printer. Good with no dust jacket. [1896]. First Edition. Hardcover. Staining and marking to boards. 1/2" loss of cloth at top corner of front board. Some fading and wrinkling to spine cloth. 1 1/4" tear to cloth at head of spine joint. Endpapers replaced. Some foxing to page edges. 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" chip missing at bottom of title page. 1 3/4" tear to margin of Tuhoe Land map. Creasing and 1" tear to North and Middle Island map, showing the state of public surveys. 3" tear to margin of map showing the roads to open Crown Lands for sale. 5" x 5 1/2" chip missing at bottom of pages187-188. 10" x 6" piece missing to the final folding leaf. ; [iv], xix, 192 pages + plates + numerous folding maps (some colour). Red cloth boards with gilt lettering. Page dimensions: 325mm x 205mm. Includes reports on: Improved-farm Settlements; Thermal Springs; Little Barrier And Resolution Islands; Explorations - Route Over Southern Alps, Fox Glacier, Cook's River District, Dusky Sound And Lake Manapouri.; 4to 11" - 13" tall .

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        A Natural History of the Nests and Eggs of British Birds. Complete in 3 volumes

      London:: John C. Nimmo,, 1896.. Fourth edition.. Hardcover. Very Good+. Vol I: xix, (i), 178; Vol II: viii, 155; Vol III: xi, (i), 207: 'with two hundred and forty-eight plates, chiefly coloured by hand' - all present except that of the Cranes in Vol III: not all show nests. Contents pages to Vol III have been carelessly opened, and five edge tears elsewhere have been made good. One or two small soil marks noticed, but contents otherwise very clean. Firm, restored set, with original khaki endpapers and in the original khaki textured cloth, ruled in blind, with a vignette of nest and eggs in gilt on the upper board and in blind on the lower, spine ruled and titled in gilt. A few small patches of discolouration, chiefly to upper joint of Vol III, otherwise bindings clean and bright. [EXTRA Heavy Item]

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        Flores de poetas ilustres de Espana, ordenada por D. Juan Antonio Calderon, anotada por D. Juan Quiros de los Ri?os y D. Francisco Rodriguez Mari?n I y II partes

      E. Rasco. Used - Good. Octavo. Hardcover, 1896. . Ex-library with the usual treatments. Brown buckram rebinding with gilt lettering. 458 and 423 pages. Spanish text. The exteriors are sturdy and serviceable, but these books, with their hand made papers, deserve to be elegantly rebound. Papermakers water marks are visible on several pages. The high quality papers have kept foxing at an absolute minimum. Pages are clean and bright. The library treatments are few. Offered by the Antiquarian, Rare, and Collectible department of Better World Books. Your purchase benefits global literacy programs. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

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        The Shepheardes Calender

      Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. BEAUTIFUL KELMSCOTT PRESS edition, one of only 225 copies on paper (out of a total edition of 231). Elegantly printed in Golden type in red and black and with twelve wood-engraved plates by Arthur J. Gaskin. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. Small quarto. Original linen backed blue gray printed boards. Later slipcase (no slipcase was originally issued). Ownership signature on front endpaper; minor wear to spine, bottom corner of upper cover slightly bumped. Generally an excellent copy of a rare and highly sought-after edition. Peterson A44.

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        The Other House

      London, William Heinemann. 1896, 1896. First Edition. Two Volumes. 8vo. Publisher's light blue cloth, light edgewear and scuffing, bumping to spine and some very light rubbing to extremities. Some darkening to the spine but essentially clean, strong and tight. Shows extremely well. Internally clean and fresh, front inner hinge cracked to gutter. Ink ownership to front pastedowns of both volumes. A very handsome set, printed in a run of only 600 copies, scarce by any account and especially so in this condition. Even more interesting is the fact that this copy is inscribed by James to the half title of volume 1 to a 'Mrs. Hill' in the year of publication. Mrs. Hill in this case was Jane Dalzell Finlay; daughter of the owner of the Northern Whig newspaper and the wife of the editor [Frank Harrison Hill] of the London Daily News. A journalist and prolific correspondant of such arts luminaries as Henry Irving for example Mrs Hill was in addition a literary critic for the Daily News and The Saturday Review. She made the acquaintance of Henry James in 1877 having just composed a review of his 'Daisy Miller', saving her most severe approbation for 'An Internatonal Episode'. Interestingly James wrote a long and detailed letter to Mrs. Hill defending his creation and responding to various points presented in her review. This letter (found in Henry James: A Life in Letters) remains the only letter from James responding to a critic. James and Mrs. Hill continued to correspond and indeed became friends. A few other examples of James' work inscribed to Mrs. Hill exist amongst the darkened stacks of the rare book world, but this is a particularly handsome and scarce example. 'Henry James, O.M. (April 15, 1843(1843-04-15) – February 28, 1916) was a U.S.-born British author. James is one of the key figures of 19th century literary realism. The son of theologian Henry James, Sr., brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, he spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the encounter of America with Europe. His plots centered on personal relationships, the proper exercise of power in such relationships, and other moral questions. His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allowed him to explore the phenomena of consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.'

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        Merck's 1896 Index. An Encyclopedia for the Physician and the Pharmacist

      New York: Merck & Co, 1896. First Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good. [2], [2] (point of view insert), viii pages + 268 leaves. Front pastedown is 1896 calendar, front flyleaf is advertising for leading american journals on general medicine and surgery. Rear flyleaf is blank, rear pastedown highlights awards of the Merck Chemical and Drugs over time (1830-1883). 8vo. Publisher's cloth with blindstamped title and decoration front and rear panels. Gilt spine. Generally sound with hinges just starting. Bright and clean internally, with the exception of the rear flyleaf, which has some staining and at one point had something glued to it (poorly removed, with old tape repair and stain to opposite pastedown endpaper. Usually found beat to death, this is a very nice copy. Many period advertisements throughout. The first edition of this serial was published in 1889 as "Merck's index to fine chemicals and drugs for the materia medica and the arts." We offer here a first printing of the second edition (volume) of this serial, published with the title: "Merck's 1896 index.

      [Bookseller: Kuenzig Books, ABAA/ILAB]
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        The Works

      Philadelphia: George Barrie's Sons,, c.1896. 53 volumes, octavo (205 × 138 mm). Contemporary red half morocco, titles and elaborate decoration to spines in compartments separated by raised bands, red cloth boards, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. With numerous etchings printed in Van Dyke brown on dutch hand-made paper. Light expert repair to joints on one volume, an excellent set. Intaglio edition. Limited to 333 numbered copies. A handsomely bound set of Balzac's works.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Autograph Letter from Winston Churchill to Sir Algernon West, 13 March 1896

      "I read with very great attention the copy of your article on my father's life... There is not one word or one sentence I should wish to add or take away.  I am very sorry that I could not give you any information myself - but, as I told you, my memories are slender & few. My mother and I feel very grateful to you for writing what you have written."  This is a 3-page, 172 word letter written on 13 March 1896 entirely in Churchill's hand to Sir Algernon West regarding West's draft article about Churchill's recently deceased father. The letter intimates Churchill's painfully distant relationship with his father and is signed twice - once in full and then initialed "WSC" at the postscript. The Rt. Hon. Sir Algernon Edward West GCB (1832-1921) was a distinguished civil servant perhaps best known as Private Secretary to Gladstone. Churchill apparently formed an admiring and somewhat confiding relationship with West after Lord Randolph's death. West published "Lord Randolph as an Official" in the October 1896 issue of "Nineteenth Century". Positive testimony from a respected source impacted Churchill. He would quote West's article in his own 1906 biography of his father and access West's private papers while researching his father's life.  Testifying to his personal relationship with West, Churchill added in a postscript that his mother was ill and prevailed on West to "call & see her".  Churchill was 21 years old, just returned from Cuba (his first experience in combat and as a war correspondent), and beginning six months at Aldershot with the 4th Hussars before departure to India.  Lord Randolph had died just a year previous in January 1895 at age 45 following the spectacular collapse of both his health and political career. The Official Biography references Churchill writing to West in October 1896 after he read the published article, but not this letter, in which Churchill provides pre-publication comments on the article, inferentially at West's invitation. Churchill's reference to his "tedious course of signalling at Aldershot" and the "March. 13." date place this letter seven months before West's article was published.  This letter is written on 35A Great Cumberland Place stationery, the address of the Georgian mansion near Hyde Park where Churchill's mother lived from 1895-1900. The letter is written in black ink on 8 x 10 inch laid paper stationery with Lady Randolph's address printed in blue. The stationery was folded vertically, ostensibly for writing, the letter filling three of the four panels. A horizontal crease is presumably the result of posting. The paper is lightly soiled to the exterior panels, particularly at edges and creases, but in very good condition overall, with only fractional tears at the vertical crease ends and a few tiny perforations at the upper left. An apparently cavalier and confused previous researcher wrote "97" with a "?" in pencil, later crossed out in pencil and replaced in red ink with "96?" and the word "yes" presumably confirming this correct date. This writing appears below the printed address and above Churchill's salutation.  We will provide additional images or full transcribed text upon request. Upon publication, West's article prompted further correspondence recorded in the Official Biography. Churchill left England for India in September 1896 and on 8 October Lady Randolph sent West's article to him. On 26 October 1896 Winston replied from Bangalore: "I read with great care Sir A. West's article in the Nineteenth Century and I certainly think it is the best and most valuable writing that has appeared as yet about papa. Reading it gave me a delightful morning's occupation and has made me equally low and despondent this evening. I wrote a long letter to Sir. A. which I addressed to Cumberland Place and which I hope you will have forwarded to the proper address."

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        Six Works of Robert Louis Stevenson

      12 - London - Chatto & Windus, 1896 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A collection of works from the fabulous Scotsman Robert Louis Stevenson in decorative Eton College presentation bindings. 1896 Weir of Hermiston. 1906 Prince Otto. 1908 An Inland Voyage. 1912 In the South Seas. 1912 New Arabian Nights. 1912 The Merry Men. Weir of Hermiston is a Second Edition. An Inland Voyage has the beautiful frontis from Walter Crane. In armorial presentation bindings from Eton College. Condition: In half calf bindings, with cloth boards. Externally, some shelfwear and a little fading, with some marks, mostprominent to Arabian Nights and Weir. The top of the spine of Weir is lifting. The joints of Arabian Nights are starting, and the hinges are slightly strained. The front hinge of Weir is slightly strained. Internally, firmly bound. Arabian Nights is working loose in places. With light browning and occasional spotting, prominent to the first and last few pages. Overall: VERY GOOD. Arabian Nights is Good Only..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        Bracebridge Hall, or, The Humorists: Two Volumes

      New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons. 1896. Heyliger edition. This is number 43 of one hundred copies. English calf decorated with gilt. Top edge gilt. Red suede pastedowns embossed with gilt and red suede endpapers blind stamped with similar decor. Two volumes. Front endpapers loose and laid in, spine a bit faded, else near fine. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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