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        SHAKSPERE'S WORKS; Plays, Comedies, Histories, Tragedies

      London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd, 1896. Half-Leather. 12mo. In six volumes, each play individually paginated, bound in 3/4 dark blue morocco over marbled paper covered boards with matching endpapers, raised bands lettered and decorated in gilt within compartments, top edges gilt. A lovely set (leather) without foxing or chipping to bindings.

      [Bookseller: Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc.]
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        Moko; or Maori Tattooing.

      London: Chapman and Hall, 1896. 4to. xxi, 216 pp. b/w photo frontispiece; halftone and line ills. Robley, a military man, had studied tattooing when stationed in Burma, and was tattooed himself. In the 1860s his regiment went to New Zealand and was engaged in the New Zealand Land Wars. During this time he became fascinated with Maori society and the practice of tattooing. When he retired in the 1880s he wrote two books on his time in New Zealand. This one is a study of Maori tattooing as well as the dried tattooed heads known as Mokomokai, which are covered in considerable detail, complete with illustrations and explanations of techniques for drying heads. Supposedly he had quite a collection of shrunken head himself. Robley's book is a classic, and scarce in the trade. Hocken p. 436, who says, "A full history and the methods of tatu are given, with scores of patterns as examples." This copy is ex library, with perforated library stamp on title page. It is complete, but disbound, in a clamshell box with the original decorated cover laid down on the front of the box.

      [Bookseller: Ten Pound Island Book Co.]
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        Rod and Canoe, Rifle and Snowshoe in Quebec's Adirondacks

      Quebec (City): Printed by Frank Carrel. Daily Telegraph Office, 1896. First edition. Illustrated. 207, [9, ads] pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Original marbled wrappers printed on front cover. splitting in middle of text block, else very good. First edition. Illustrated. 207, [9, ads] pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Includes much on angling for salmon and ouananiche, trout, camping, hunting, folklore. A scarce work by a knowledgeable Quebec chronicler, George Moore Fairchild (1854-1912). (See Lande S-751 for another work). Not in Lande; Bruns F4

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        CATALOGO DE LA LIBRERIA DE P. VINDEL (5 VOL.)

      - 1896-1912 Libreria de P.Vindel, Madrid Tomo Primero: América-Oceania-Miscelánea. Va ilustrado con fotograbados, comentarios, etc. 144+112+211 p. Tomo Segundo. Materia Varia. 378 p. Tomo Tercero: Obras Españolas de los Siglos XII a XVIII. (Contiene 5 cromolitografias, 4 fototipias y 112 reproducciones en facsímil) 577 p. Tomo Cuarto: Tomo I de la Biblioteca Oriental. Comprende 2747 obras relativas a Filipinas, Japón, China y otras partes de Asia y Oceania. Con comentarios y 96 reproducciones en facsímil, 15 de ellas tiradas aparte en excelente papel de hilo. Tomo Quinto: Tomo II de la Biblioteca Oriental. 251 p. 20x14 cm. Enc. piel. Lomo con 4 nervios y 2 tejuelos en cada volumen. Para ver o recibir fotografías de los libros puede ir a nuestra web.

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        HOKOUSAI

      Paris: Bibliotheque Charpentier. Very Good. 1896. First Edition. Hardcover. Clean leather over brown cloth. Ribbed spine has bright gilt title. Color frontispiece: Fac-simile du portrait D'Hokousai, Octogenaire. Text block tight, clean and intact. Pages slightly age toned, mainly edges. Spine edge lightly rubbed. Hokousai was one of the most famous Japanese artists. French text. Art ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 386 pages .

      [Bookseller: Nick Bikoff, Bookseller]
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        The Island of Doctor Moreau

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

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        La Chanson des Yeux Verts. Précédée d'une glose de Paul Redonnel.

      - P., Bibliothèque Artistique & Littéraire, 1896, In-8 étroit, br., couverture illustrée sur les deux plats, 109 pp. Edition originale tirée à 360 exemplaires numérotés, celui-ci est un de 10 numérotés sur Japon avec une aquarelle originale d'Edmond RocherEnrichi d'un double envoi des auteurs à Georges Gosse.Recueil poétique illustré à chaque page de grandes compositions encadrant le texte dans le plus style Art Nouveau .Edmond Rocher, artiste poète vendômois, illustra la plupart de ces livres et fut chef des travaux de l'Ecole Estienne Livres [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Drawings by Sandro Botticelli for Dante's Divinia Commedia reduced facsimiles after the Originals in the Royal Museum berlin and in the Vaticn Library with An Introduction and Commentary by F. Lippmann

      Lawrence and Bullen [and Dodd, Mead, New York], London 1896 - First and Only Edition, Number 118 of 500 copies for England and America. 92 full-page plates and 24 in text illustrations. 80 pages of text. Printed at the Imperial Press, Berlin. Folio. Signature of L.(ouise) S.W. Perkins of Concord Mass. , mentor of Lenora O'Reilly. Bound in three quarters crimson morocco, t.e.g., by Bennett Book Studio, With American Publisher's slip laid in 92 full-page plates and 24 in text illustrations. 80 pages of text. Printed at the Imperial Press, Berlin. Folio First and Only Edition, Number 118 of 500 copies for England and America.

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        Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology, Memoirs Volume 1

      Cambridge: Peabody Museum Press, 1896-1902 iv+[187]-194. Number 1 Prehistoric Ruins of Copan, Honduras: A Preliminary Report of the Explorations by the Musueum 1891-1895. iv-48 pages figures, plates and appendix; Number 2 Cave of Loltun, Yucatan: Report of Explorations of the Museum, 1888-89 and 1890-91. 22 pages with maps, figures and plates; Number 3 The Chultunes of Labna, Yucata, Report of Explorations by the Museum, 1888-89 and 1890-92 20 pages with figures and plates; Number 4 Researches in the Uloa Valley, Honduras, Report on Exploration by the Museum 1896-97 44 pages with color frontispiece, figures, map and plates; Number 5 Caverns of Copan, Honduras, Report of Explorations by the Museum 1896-97 12 pages with map, figures and plate; Number 6 The Hieroglyphic Stairway Ruins of Copan 38 pages with figures and plates; index bound in front. First edition. Folio (14" x 11 1/2") bound in three quarter leather with black label and gilt lettering to spine. First edition.Condition:Binding loose, some rubbing to extremities internally a very good copy.

      [Bookseller: The Book Collector]
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        Ports Chioggia, Malamocco and Lido and the Channels Leading to Venice

      London, 1896. unbound. very good. Sea chart. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 38.75" x 25.5" Shows the northeast coastal region of Italy, with Chioggia and Venice in beautiful detail. Includes soundings in fathoms and lighthouses are denoted with red and yellow hand coloring. Based on Italian surveys from 1886. Minor chipping along bottom edge.

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        Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology, Memoirs Volume 1

      Peabody Museum, Cambridge 1896 - iv+[187]-194. Number 1 Prehistoric Ruins of Copan, Honduras: A Preliminary Report of the Explorations by the Musueum 1891-1895. iv-48 pages figures, plates and appendix; Number 2 Cave of Loltun, Yucatan: Report of Explorations of the Museum, 1888-89 and 1890-91. 22 pages with maps, figures and plates; Number 3 The Chultunes of Labna, Yucata, Report of Explorations by the Museum, 1888-89 and 1890-92 20 pages with figures and plates; Number 4 Researches in the Uloa Valley, Honduras, Report on Exploration by the Museum 1896-97 44 pages with color frontispiece, figures, map and plates; Number 5 Caverns of Copan, Honduras, Report of Explorations by the Museum 1896-97 12 pages with map, figures and plate; Number 6 The Hieroglyphic Stairway Ruins of Copan 38 pages with figures and plates; index bound in front. First edition. Folio (14" x 11 1/2") bound in three quarter leather with black label and gilt lettering to spine. First edition. Condition: Binding loose, some rubbing to extremities internally a very good copy [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: The Book Collector, Inc. ABAA,IOBA,TxBA]
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        Other Poems

      n.p.: Privately printed at New Year, 1896. First edition. 16pp. 1 vols. 12mo (6 3/4 x 4 1/4). Original wrappers, stitched as issued, printed in red, Very good, with envelope. First edition. 16pp. 1 vols. 12mo (6 3/4 x 4 1/4). PRIVATELY PRINTED. This little gathering of ten poems includes four which appeared in the Centenary Edition. It is apparently one of 50 printed as Christmas/New Years keepsakes. Very rare. Inscribed on front wrapper. "To Mackenzie Bell A New Years Card with all the good wishes January 1, 1896" Bell wrote Christina Rossetti's Biography as well as Swinburne's.

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        An Outcast of the Islands. [Together with] Free Rum on the Congo and What It Is Doing There.

      London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1896 - 2 works, octavo. An Outcast of the Islands: original green cloth, titles to spine and top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Housed in green quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Free Rum on the Congo and What It Is Doing There: original red cloth, title to front cover and spine gilt, black rules to front cover, floral endpapers, all edges marbled. Binding a little rubbed and marked, endpapers tanned. A very good copy. First edition, first impression of An Outcast of the Islands, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mr. W. T. Hornaday with the Author's most friendly regards. 22 March, 1896". Hornaday (1854–1937) was an American zoologist and conservationist who is credited with the preservation of a number of species including the North American bison. He helped found the Smithsonian National Zoo and in 1896 was made the director of the New York Zoological Park. Hornaday was the author of ten books, and one of his earliest published works was Free Rum on the Congo and What It Is Doing There (1887), a copy of which accompanies the present item. His work subsequently appeared alongside Conrad's in American literary magazines. How Hornaday and Conrad met is apparently unrecorded but their paths may have first crossed in Malaysia during the 1880s. The inscription is dated two days before Conrad's wedding in London. The publication of the Outcast had been delayed owing to a fire which destroyed the printer's stereo-plates, and the book came out on 4 March 1896. Conrad sent out the first copies on 10 March. Contemporary presentation copies of Conrad's early novels are rare. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling

      London, Methuen, 1896. First Edition. Hard Cover. xv, 230 p.; 19 cm. First English edition. Poems published the year Kipling returned to England after living four years in Vermont. Stewart, J. M., Kipling, 140. This copy is bound in red Oasis leather, elaborately gold-tooled by Worsfold; fine. stock#Lopes003.

      [Bookseller: The Owl at the Bridge]
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        Tokugawa hafu Edo sanjuroku jomon gajo Illustrations of the thirty six gates to Edo during the Tokugawa Bakufu

      

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        Map of the Central Portion of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and of the Yosemite Valley

      San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1896. Undetermined. very good. 1st Edition. Tall, stiff card, printed wrapper. (11.3 X 25.7 cm.) Housed within is a large folding black and white map. (100 X 100 cm.) Both map and folder are in excellent condition. very good Publications of the Sierra Club Number 12. Very scarce. An interesting and large scale map early map of the area. the map was produced in this format as well at mounted on linen between covers and as a separate wall map as well. 1896

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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. This is a very sharp, crisp copy in the original cloth-backed printed blue-gray boards. Bookplate of Pickford Waller on front pastedown. (Peterson A43).

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        Pan. Hrsg. von der Genossenschaft Pan. Redigiert von Wilhelm Bode u. a. Jahrgang 2, Heft 2.

      Berlin Fontane & Co 1896 - Fol. 100 S. Mit 8 Kunstbeilagen, 3 Originalradierungen von Max Klinger, Otto Fischer u. Max Pietschmann, 4 Originallithographien von Otto Greiner, Hans Unger, Karl Mediz u. Georg Lührig u. zahlr. Abb. im Text. Original-Kartonband Eines von 1300 Exemplaren der Normalausgabe. - Unbeschnittenes, vollständiges Exemplar. - Orig.-Umschlag zerschlissen. Bindung aufgelöst. Nur vereinzelt stockfleckig. Gewicht (Gramm): 2000

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        The Works of William Shakespeare. With life, glossary, etc

      Bourne, London 1896 - Pp.xvi,1136; albion edition. Double columns on fine paper. c.1896 Bound with attractive gilt decorations on spine and school emblem stamped and gilt on both boards. A handsome prize binding in full tan calf. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Anah Dunsheath RareBooks ABA ANZAAB ILAB]
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        Les Missels. Imprimes a Venise de 1481 a 1600. Description, Illustration, Bibliographie. Avec cinq planches sur cuivre et 350 gravures, initiales et marques.

      Paris, J. Rothschild, 1896. Later blind gray cloth with original paper cover pasted on front. xxii,350 pp.; ills, figures, plates.; 41x30 cm. "Etudes sur l'Art de la Gravure sur Bois a Venise". Text in French / Français. - (some spotting/ foxing, mainly to covers, edges and endpapers, sl. browned) Although very good, see picture. Limited ed. to 300 copies, This is no. 138 of 290 on 'papier teinte'. Dedicated and signed 'M J Rothschild'.

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        Les Ballades. [Limited Edition with Extra Suite of Plates ]

      Paris: Edouard Pelletan, Editeur, 1896. Limited Edition. Limited edition of 350 numbered copies. This copy is number 119 of 100 copies numbered 106 to 205, printed on vellum paper from the Marsh Mills, watermarked "KTHMA EIE AEL" illustrations by A. Gerardin, with an extra suite of 70 gravures on hand-made Japon or Chine paper engraved by Julien Tinayre bound in at rear. Handsomely bound by V. Champs in ¾ tan morocco over marbled paper covered boards, spine decorated in blind, lettering and top edge gilt, very tiny chip to head, one corner worn through, two small spots to spine. A very nice copy.

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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

      FIRST EDITION OFFPRINT 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). CONDITION & DETAILS: Stockholm: P. A. Norstedt. Original offprint from Bihang till K. Svenska Vet. Akad. Handlingar. 1896. 8vo. (8.5 x 5.5 inches; 213 x 138mm). 102 pages. A flawless copy in fine condition.

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        Cuba española. Reseña historica de la insurreccion cubana en 1895 por Emilio Reverter Delmas

      Alberto Martín, Barcelona 1896 - tela editorial estampada bien conservada con dorados ilustraciones y láminas, los tomos 4 y 5 llevan como subepígrafe Weyler y el tomo 6, Blanco. . 4877 págs.

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        THE WORKS OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER. Now Newly Imprinted.

      Limited edition. One of 425 copies. Publisher's original Holland linen-backed, blue paper covered boards with the original white paper label printed in black to the spine. Folio. (iv), 556pp. Ornamental woodcut title, 14 large borders, 18 different frames round the illustrations and 26 initials designed by William Morris and engraved by C. E. Keates, W. H. Hooper and W. Spielmeyer. With 87 wood-engravings designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, cut by W.H. Hooper after drawings by Robert Catterson-Smith. Shoulder and side titles printed in red and the whole printed in two columns in Chaucer type designed by William Morris, the longer titles of poems printed in Troy type, on Batchelor hand-made paper watermarked: Perch. A superb fine example in entirely original condition. The binding is square and firm showing only light rubbing to the extremities and a couple of small marks to the lower board. The linen spine is a touch darkened as is the original printed paper label to the spine. The contents are exceptionally clean and bright throughout, the pages without tears, spotting or offsetting. Housed in a purpose made (c.1960) blue cloth felt lined case, with titles in gilt to the spine. The case is a little worn to the extremities with a few bumps and dings but remains firm and intact preserving the contents most suitably.A beautiful example of not only the most important book of the Kelmscott Press, but undoubtedly one of the finest books produced in the English language.

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        CRIPPLE CREEK. 1896. VICTOR

      Denver: Phillips & Desjardins, 1896. Chromolithographic broadside, 29 x 38 1/2 inches. Minor marginal chipping, one corner renewed, two closed tears expertly repaired on verso. Very good. An early and exceedingly rare chromolithographic bird's- eye view of Cripple Creek and Victor, Colorado. The image includes a large central view of Cripple Creek, with a smaller view of nearby Victor inset at the bottom. Surrounding the central bird's eye views are twenty smaller views of local mines, including the Portland Gold Mining Co. Mine and the Pike's Peak Mine. The view was printed by the Western Lithograph Co., Denver. Cripple Creek was founded in 1891 and quickly became the center of the mining world in Colorado. In early 1896, two fires burned most of the wooden structures, which were quickly rebuilt in brick, and these newer brick structures can be seen here. By that year, the population of Cripple Creek numbered over 20,000 people and over 200 mines were established in the vicinity. Today, fewer than 1,200 people live in the town, and mining is all but dead there, relative to the industry's heyday depicted in this bird's-eye view. An important depiction of a once-vital hub for the mining industry during the Cripple Creek Gold Rush, which was effectively over less than a decade after this lithograph was printed. Rare, with only two copies in OCLC, at Yale and the History Colorado Center in Denver. Reps records two more, at the Amon Carter Museum and the Library of Congress. REPS, VIEWS AND VIEWMAKERS 478. REPS, CITIES ON STONE, p.92. OCLC 80855495, 16886906.

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        The Duke's Reappearance; The Chap-Book, Vol. VI., No. 3

      Chicago: The Chap-Book, 1896. First US edition. Wraps. Very good. 12mo. Original printed wraps. xx,(97)-144,xxi-xxx pp. Vol. VI., No. 3 of The Chap-Book which contains the first printed appearance in the United States of 'The Duke's Reappearance' and only its second appearance overall, having appeared the previous day in England in The Saturday Review, Christmas Supplement. The Saturday Review was published 14 December, 1896, whereas The Chap-Book was issued December 15, 1896. (See Ray, The Collected Short Stories of Thomas Hardy). The wraps are worn at the spine, with some separation, and lack a small portion of the upper corner on the upper wrap (no loss)., else this is a very good copy. Housed in a contemporary half morocco slipcase, spine in six compartments, gilt.

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        Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. English, French and German Translations Comparatively Arranged in Accordance with the Text of Edward Fitzgerald's Version. With Further Selections, Notes, Biographies, Bibliography and Other Material Collected and Edited by Nathan Haskell Dole

      Boston: Joseph Knight Company, 1896. Variorum Edition de Luxe, no. 64 of 250 copies. Frontispiece portraits. clxxix, 203 pp; vi, [205]-597 pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Full white buckram gilt, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Fine bright copy, partially unopened, in the original publisher's green cloth dust jackets with spine panels in gilt to the design of the spine stamping (jacket spines toned, some superficial soiling to jacket. Variorum Edition de Luxe, no. 64 of 250 copies. Frontispiece portraits. clxxix, 203 pp; vi, [205]-597 pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Variorum Edition in Dust Jackets. Potter 575; Tanselle Book Jackets 96.69

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        Locomotive Cathechism

      Norman Henley 1896 - Maroon cloth with gilt on spine. 1600 locomotive questions answered, concerning the design, construction and repair concerning all sorts of locomotives. Book has many folding diagrams.Corners bumped. Page 15 has a stain along the edge. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Nelson Memorial. Nelson and his Companions in Arms. (Together with) Emma Lady Hamilton.

      London: George Allen, 1896. Liverpool: Edward Howell & London: Simpkin, 1891 - 2 deluxe volumes uniformly bound in half morocco, 11.5 inches tall. Simple yet elegant bindings by Klein with raised bands and gilt titles and top edges, the other edges being untrimmed. The Nelson Memorial is one of only 100 large paper copies on hand made paper of which this is number 14. Illustrated throughout. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer

      Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. First edition. Fine. One of 425 copies printed on paper (13 were on vellum). Bound in the original publisher's holland-backed blue paper boards with paper spine label. A Fine copy. Very slight creasing of the paper spine label and a previous owner's bookplate on the front paste-down, otherwise an exceptionally lovely copy. Elegantly housed in a full blue morocco pull-off case. A sumptuous collection of literature from one of England's greatest early masters. Geoffrey Chaucer is credited with setting the style of Middle English literature. He is often considered England's first "poet laureate" - after he received a reward from Richard II for one of his poems. Although Chaucer is famous chiefly for his medieval-era masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, his works are also thought to have help make the English vernacular a poplar literary language. While famous in their own right, Chaucer's works have also influlenced just about every major luminary of English literature to come after him. Generally accepted as the most magnificent and revered of the fine press books. William Morris' Kelmscott Press reached it's pinacle with the publication of it's Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. The text was based on the Ellesmere manuscript (housed at the Huntington Library). The illustrations were done by Edward Burne-Jones, a prominent artist and designer in his own right and a close friend to Morris. The whole project took over four years to complete, finishing just months before Morris' death. William Morris was perhaps the most prominent designer of the British Arts and Crafts movement, though during his life he also achieved fame for his writings and poetry. He founded the Kelmscott Press in his late 50s, ultimately as way to revive what he believed were the decaying standards of book printing, and to recover the beauty of early, hand printed, incunabula. Fine.

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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. Morris, William. 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. This is a very sharp, crisp copy in the original cloth-backed printed blue-gray boards. Bookplate of Pickford Waller on front pastedown. (Peterson A43).

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        Mucha, Alphonse - Lorenzaccio, Sarah Bernhardt.

      AFFICHE VAN DE 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 M?dici, 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 M?dici 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 Moravi? (huidig Tsjechi?) 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 si?cle.Een dergelijke vormgeving, zachte kleuring en verbluffend subtiele tekenkunst was v??r 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 beroemd.Met dit schitterende affiche bereikt Mucha?s Art Noveau een hoogtepunt, het samenspel van weloverwogen details maakt het tot een meesterwerk.Prijs: ?3.950,- (incl. lijst, BTW margeregeling).

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        Typed letter signed, "W McKinley", with handwritten post-script, to Wm. H. Clark, West Somerville Mass., concerning Clark's Civil War service

      Canton Ohio, 1896. One page. 1 vols. 8vo. The letter, mounted on a backing sheet, shows old folds and frayed edges, not affecting text--the sort of wear it might have received by being carried in one's pocket, and frequently displayed. One page. 1 vols. 8vo. McKinley Writes of His Civil War Service. The letter reads: "My dear Sir: Your kind letter of the 5th inst. is very much appreciated by me. I have examined your discharge paper and have no doubt at all that the signature is mine. Yes, I recollect Major Lewis. He was indeed a noble man. I return to you your discharge paper, thinking you may value it. Yours very truly, W. McKinley". Beneath this, McKinley has penned: "I was A.A.A.G. [Acting Assistant Adjutant General?] on Genl Crooks staff [word unclear] Dept West Va on Feb 10 1865, and I undoubtedly issued the order".McKinley, having served two successful terms as Governor of Ohio, was at the time preparing to attend the Republican Party Convention, which opened at St. Louis a scant week later, on June 16. Thanks to the effective pre-convention efforts of Mark Hanna, McKinley was elected the GOP nominee on the first ballot, and defeated Bryan for the Presidency that November.A brief but intriguing look at one facet of McKinley's war service.

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        Les Ballades. [Limited Edition with Extra Suite of Plates ]

      Paris: Edouard Pelletan, Editeur, 1896. Limited Edition. Limited edition of 350 numbered copies. This copy is number 119 of 100 copies numbered 106 to 205, printed on vellum paper from the Marsh Mills, watermarked "KTHMA EIE AEL" illustrations by A. Gerardin, with an extra suite of 70 gravures on hand-made Japon or Chine paper engraved by Julien Tinayre bound in at rear. Handsomely bound by V. Champs in ¾ tan morocco over marbled paper covered boards, spine decorated in blind, lettering and top edge gilt, very tiny chip to head, one corner worn through, two small spots to spine. A very nice copy.

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        Drawings by Sandro Botticelli for Dante's Divinia Commedia reduced facsimiles after the Originals in the Royal Museum berlin and in the Vaticn Library with An Introduction and Commentary by F. Lippmann

      London: Lawrence and Bullen [and Dodd, Mead, New York], 1896. First and Only Edition, Number 118 of 500 copies for England and America. 92 full-page plates and 24 in text illustrations. 80 pages of text. Printed at the Imperial Press, Berlin. Folio. Bound in three quarters crimson morocco, t.e.g., by Bennett Book Studio, With American Publisher's slip laid in. First and Only Edition, Number 118 of 500 copies for England and America. 92 full-page plates and 24 in text illustrations. 80 pages of text. Printed at the Imperial Press, Berlin. Folio. Signature of L.(ouise) S.W. Perkins of Concord Mass. , mentor of Lenora O'Reilly.

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        A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES. Illustrated by Charles Robinson.

      Original pictorial cloth gilt. Octavo. Untrimmed. First illustrated edition. Fine Art Nouveau bookplate to front pastedown; some spotting to front and rear endpapers; else a very good copy.Usually this book is found with the edges trimmed and gilded; this copy, however, is some centimetre taller and wider, with edges un-gilded and untrimmed. The title was issued as a signed limited edition, so perhaps this copy represents some intermediate state.

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        Jude the Obscure

      London: Osgood, McIlvaine and Co, 1896. 1st Edition . Very Good Plus. 5.75 x 8.25 inches (14.5 x 20.5 cm). First impression. The true first state with page numbers to first two pages and all chapter endings in signatures A to H. Green cloth binding in very clean condition. Minor bumping to corners of boards. Prize bookplate to front pastedown , top page edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. A few occasional light patches of foxing to text, otherwise in very clean condition throughout. The preliminary etching is complete with the tissue guard (some offsetting but no creasing). Map facing final page of text. An exceptional example of the first state and rare thus. Overall condition is Very Good Plus. Hardback. Printed pages: 516

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        ATLAS OF THE CITY OF CHELSEA AND THE TOWNS OF REVERE AND WINTHROP

      , 1896. 1896. [ATLAS]. ATLAS OF THE CITY OF CHELSEA AND THE TOWNS OF REVERE & WINTHROP MASS. Philadelphia: G. W. Bromley and Co., 1896. Folio, 22.5". Contains street index, outline and index map and 22 double-page maps measuring 22.5" by 32". Maps have only minor soiling to margins and occasional pencil annotations (plates 12, 17, 18, 21 and 22). Bound in half leather, now mostly chipping or absent. In need of rebacking, front board detached. As is.

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        Autograph Letter Signed, on personal printed 8vo stationery, Sussex, March 22, ca 1920s

      To a contemporary author and referencing another writer, Doyle writes to "Mrs. Williamson", most likely Alice Muriel Williamson. She was an author and admirer of "Sherlock Holmes" and with her husband, Charles Norris Williamson, editor and writer, were best known for their collaborative novels. Doyle writes, "Just an extra line that I thought Nephele a very beautiful book - with all the sweet sadness of unsatisfied love. I asked the manager to send you one of my books as a present and I enclose a card with can stick in it if you are to [not included]....." He signs, "A. Conan Doyle." Doyle refers to the romantic novel, "Nephelé," published in 1896 by British poet and translator Francis William Bourdillon, [1852-1921] best known for his short poem, '"he Night has a Thousand Eyes," and also remembered for his novel Doyle had just read. Bourdillon also wrote 'Among the Flowers and Other Poems' (1872), and 'Young Maids and Old China' (1888). Fine literary association. Condition: Slight light stain on lower portion and minor soiling on verso of center folds. Else, a very attractive letter, ideal for presentation.

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        Margaret Ogilvy.

      Hodder and Stoughton 1896 - viii, 204, 4p. Author's inscription on end paper. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        On the passage of Electricity through Gases exposed to Röntgen Rays," in The London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, Vol. XLII, 5th Series, July-December 1896, pp. 392-407

      FIRST EDITION of Thomson and Rutherford's 1896 "epoch-making investigation on the ions produced in gases exposed to X-rays" (Science in the Making, Volume 2: 1850-1900, 312). Their collaborative investigation "made important progress in understanding the conduction of electricity through gases by using X-rays to create charged species in various gases. The experiments confirmed Thomson's developing view that conduction in gaseous discharges occurred via charged portions of the molecules and served to show that the process was analogous to that occurring in dilute solutions of electrolytes" (ibid). Röntgen's 1895 discovery of X-rays stimulated global interest not only in the use of X-rays for medical purposes, but for inducing electrical conductivity in gases exposed to them. Thomson had already established that 'Röntgenised' gases showed unexpected conductivity, thus "it was only natural that [Thomson] assisted this time by Rutherford, would undertake similar experimental studies to the ones he had done for over a decade, this time using X-rays, in order to get new ideas for building a definitive theory of electric conduction in gases. The radical novelty was that Thomson and Rutherford managed to put forward a quantitative theory of conduction, as opposed to the only qualitative suggestions of previous theories. With this, they could calculate, for instance, the number of particles into which the molecules of a gas would dissociate or the rate at which a 'Röntgenised' gas would leak (i. e., would cease to be a conductor). "Following Thomson's understanding of the passage of electricity through gases as involving electrified particles, and with the new quantitative methods, Rutherford and Thomson inferred that 'the charged particles in the gas exposed to the Röntgen rays are the centres of an aggregation of a considerable number of [neutral] molecules' (Thomson & Rutherford, 1896, 402). In other words, Thomson [and Rutherford] thought that conduction was due to the movement of aggregations, the size of which seemed to be much larger than the ordinary structure of the gas molecules" (Navarro, History of the Electron, 77). Thomson's next step, of course - and one that would have unexpected consequences, "was to see if his new theory of electric currents in gases was also valid, as he had hoped, for cathode rays, thinking that they might also be aggregates of molecules around a charged atom and, therefore, bigger than atoms" (ibid). Building on his 1896 research with Rutherford, Thomson designed a series of experiments specifically to study the nature of electric discharge in a high-vacuum cathode-ray tube - and in so doing would, in 1897, discover the electron. "Even with today's knowledge, detailed interpretation of the results of this paper is not easy. The charged species were likely to have been atoms and molecules; free electrons (not discovered until later) were probably also present and these would have had a much higher mobility (velocity per unit field) than the value give above. No doubt the gases used were not pure and associations with foreign molecules might have occurred. The important features of the paper, however, reside in the clear demonstration of gaseous ionization by X-rays, the theoretical analysis of the current-voltage characteristics, and the estimates of the degree of ionization and of the velocity of the ions" (Science in the Making, 316). Perhaps most importantly, however, and as Falconer pointed out, the lessons Thomson and Rutherford learned from these experiments were critical to their later work, namely Thomson's discovery of the electron just [a year] later and to nearly all aspects of Rutherford's work. Falconer wrote: "J. J. learnt that a less fundamental approach may be more productive than a fundamental one; and he acquired the basis of a mathematical formulation of ionization theory which he built on extensively… Rutherford gained practical expertise in designing and performing discharge experiments; he learnt how to work in the comparison of orders of magnitude; [and] he learnt ionization theory" (Falconer 1987). CONDITION & DETAILS: (8.5 x 5.5 inches; 213 x 138mm). [vii], 536, [2], 2. Thomson paper: pp. 392-407. The title page is included and the text block is complete, but the binding is missing. The interior is bright and very clean.

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        Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology, Memoirs Volume 1

      Cambridge: Peabody Museum Press, 1896-1902. iv+[187]-194. Number 1 Prehistoric Ruins of Copan, Honduras: A Preliminary Report of the Explorations by the Musueum 1891-1895. iv-48 pages figures, plates and appendix; Number 2 Cave of Loltun, Yucatan: Report of Explorations of the Museum, 1888-89 and 1890-91. 22 pages with maps, figures and plates; Number 3 The Chultunes of Labna, Yucata, Report of Explorations by the Museum, 1888-89 and 1890-92 20 pages with figures and plates; Number 4 Researches in the Uloa Valley, Honduras, Report on Exploration by the Museum 1896-97 44 pages with color frontispiece, figures, map and plates; Number 5 Caverns of Copan, Honduras, Report of Explorations by the Museum 1896-97 12 pages with map, figures and plate; Number 6 The Hieroglyphic Stairway Ruins of Copan 38 pages with figures and plates; index bound in front. First edition. Folio (14" x 11 1/2") bound in three quarter leather with black label and gilt lettering to spine. First edition.Condition:Binding loose, some rubbing to extremities internally a very good copy.

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        LA PHOTOGRAPHIE A TRAVERS LES CORPS OPAQUES PAR LES RAYONS ÉLECTRIQUES, CATHODIQUES ET DE RÖNTGEN

      Paris: C.H. Mendel, 1896. First edition. 12mo., 102 pp., 16 figures, mainly in text, including 2 b&w plates from x-ray photographs and wood engravings. Original illustrated paper wrappers, with light chipping at the spine ends. Pages slightly toned and occasional scattered foxing. Very good. An early illustrated treatise on the uses and practical methods employed with Röntgen or x-ray photography. Not located by Roosens and Salu.

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        The Island of Dr Moreau: A Possibility

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

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        An Evil Motherhood. An Impressionist Novel

      London: Elkin Mathews, 1896. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 8vo. x, 100pp., 20pp list of books in Belles Lettres by publisher Charles Elkin Mathews. Dark blue cloth hardcover with embossed bronze title and drawn spider web on front cover. Cloth binding has some light spotting, light shelf wear, and some wrinkles to cloth joints. Untrimmed page edges. This copy has 2 frontispieces separated by a tissue guard. The first illustration in the book by Aubrey Beardsley is often considered a "self portrait" and is the illustration cited in the description as first edition, second issue. The second illustration by Beardsley is the scarce "Black Coffee" illustration of two ladies at a counter with a cup of coffee in front. The original first edition, first issue of this book had the extremely limited "Black Coffee" illustration. The glossy Black Coffee illustration was produced by the "Swan Electric Engraving Company." Laurence Worms blog "Bookhunter on Safari" March 21st, 2013 writes according to Mark Lasner's Beardsley bibliography (item 94), "Lasner cites other authorities suggesting that just six copies (rather than twelve) were bound up with the earlier frontispiece, describes a genuinely later issue containing both frontispieces, and fills in the rest of the detail.

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