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        The Eastern Question.

      Swan Sonnenschein & Co, London 1897 - First edition of this collection of letters and articles by Karl Marx. Octavo, original cloth, folding map. Edited by Eleanor Marx Aveling and Edward Aveling. In near fine condition with light rubbing. Uncommon in this condition. Marx's theories about society, economics and politics--collectively understood as Marxism--hold that human societies develop through class struggle. In capitalism, this manifests itself in the conflict between the ruling classes (known as the bourgeoisie) that control the means of production and working classes (known as the proletariat) that enable these means by selling their labor power in return for wages. Employing a critical approach known as historical materialism, Marx predicted that, like previous socioeconomic systems, capitalism produced internal tensions which would lead to its self-destruction and replacement by a new system: socialism. For Marx, class antagonisms under capitalism, owing in part to its instability and crisis-prone nature, would eventuate the working class' development of class consciousness, leading to their conquest of political power and eventually the establishment of a classless, communist society constituted by a free association of producers. Marx actively fought for its implementation, arguing that the working class should carry out organised revolutionary action to topple capitalism and bring about socio-economic emancipation. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Les Affiches Étrang?res illustrées. Ouvrage orné de 62 lithographies en couleurs et de cent cinquante reproductions en noir et en couleurs. D\'apr?s les affiches originales des meilleurs artistes

      Paris: G. Boudet, Éditeur 1897 Erstausgabe, Nr. 328 von insgesamt 1000 nummerierten Exemplaren, HLDr. mit LDr.-Ecken, goldgeprägter Rückentitel, gemusterte Deckelbezüge, 206 Seiten mit der angegebenen Zahl von Illustrationen, 24 x 30,5 cm, von außen berieben, Rücken an einer Seite lose, untere Seiten oft fingerfleckig, Seiten leicht gedunkelt, Bindung gelockert, mehrere Lagen lose, allerdings komplett, insgesamt guter Zustand.Plakate Grafik, fin de si?cle, Lithographien, Werbung

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        PLAIN AND LITERAL TRANSLATION OF THE ARABIAN NIGHTS' ENTERTAINMENTS, NOW ENTITLUED [sic] THE BOOK OF THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT. With Introduction, Explanatory Notes on the Manners and Customs of Moslem Men and a Terminal Essay Upon the History of The Nights [with] SUPPLEMENTAL NIGHTS. With Notes Anthropological and Explanatory

      London H.S. Nichols, Ltd. 1897 - 12 volumes. Rare and Most Probably a Unique Presentation of the Illustrated Library Edition. 142 original illustrations, including a portrait of Burton, reproduced from the original pictures in oils specially painted by Albert Letchford with one set of the original 71 illustrations presented as included by the publisher and another set individually hand-coloured. 8vo, splendid, handsome and very finely executed three-quarter gilt-bordered dark red morocco over vellum covered boards, the spine in compartments separated by wide gilt decorated raised bands, the compartments of the spine elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt with beautiful arabesque designs, t.e.g., marbled endpapers. A very handsome and unusually appealing set. The bindings are very stately and attractive and the colouring of the illustrations beautifully accomplished. We know of no other handcoloured copy being offered in recent memory. Some old stains to the edges of some leaves or plates, lower corners of a few volumes with old evidence of damp. Spines, gilt-work, bands all in excellent condition. A VERY RARE AND PROBABLY UNIQUE SET OF THIS HIGHLY IMPORTANT EDITION, THE FIRST TO BE ILLUSTRATED, AND THIS COPY WITH AN ADDED SET OF THE ORIGINAL PLATES SINGULARLY HANDCOLOURED. Nichols’ printing is a scarce and handsome edition, the first to include the illustrations by Letchford. In 1896, two years after their first edition of ARABIAN NIGHTS, the Nichols-Smithers duo commissioned Sir Richard Burton's close friend, Albert Letchford, to paint 65 illustrations for another edition as well as a portrait of Burton, and soon after commissioned for 5 more. Burton and Letchford had met several years before when Letchford was 18 when he was in Florence beginning his art education and had discussed the possibility of illustrating "Nights." "Burton's suggestion of illustrating the "Nights" had appealed greatly to Letchford on account of the unlimited scope such a subject would give to an artist who loved the East and had a boundless imagination." Letchford commenced study of Eastern images for his paintings, though only one of the illustrations was painted in Burton's lifetime. Richard Burton was one of the foremost linguists of his time, an explorer, poet, translator, ethnologist, and archaeologist, among other things. ‘The Thousand Nights and a Night’ is probably the most famous of all his many works. This translation reflected his encyclopedic knowledge of Arabic language, sexual practices and life: "it reveals a profound acquaintance with the vocabulary and customs of the Muslims, with their classical idiom," [Ency Britt] as well as colloquialisms, philosophy, modes of thought and intimate details. In contrast to Victorian mores, Burton was driven to explore what would now be called by literary critics the uncanny/Unheimliche or the unresolvable tensions of human beings. Accordingly, he recorded details of daily life and practices that were considered vulgar at the time. "The Arabian Nights" have been traced back to an ancient Persian masterpiece, the "Hazar Afsanah" or "Thousand Tales." The stories themselves can be dated from between the 8th and the 16th centuries and were for popular entertainment. They include a range of subjects from romance and fantasy, to homosexuality, bestiality, and obscenity. While a number of other English translations predated Burton’s unexpurgated version, perhaps his achieved greatest notoriety due to its copious footnotes and the "Terminal Essay" found in the last volume. They are a compendium of his private reservoir of anthrological and sexual curiosities. His discussions of female sexual education and homosexuality excited intense debate and controversy at the time of publication. Burton’s intellectual influence is far-reaching. His amazing grasp of languages and culture anticipates the globalism of the future. His geographical discoveries not only make him an interesting historical figure but also allowed for future exploration. T [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        L'Aurore. Littéraire, Artistique, Sociale. Year 12, No. 87 (13 January 1898)

      The single most famous issue of the liberal and literary French newspaper, published from 1897 to 1916 under the editorial direction of Ernest Vaughan, and published by Georges Clemenceau, later the Prime Minister of France, with the headline "J'Accuse...! - Lettre au Président de la République" by Émile Zola, prefacing his article on the Dreyfus Affair. Scattered illustrations. Some tears and soiling along creases and folds, minor marginal losses. Tabloid. Paris 1898. The Dreyfus Affair was a political scandal that divided the Third French Republic from 1894 until its resolution in 1906, with the pro-Army primarily Catholic "anti-Dreyfusards" on one side and the pro-republican Dreyfusards on the other. It remains today one of the most notable examples of wrongful conviction, with notable influence coming from the press and public opinion. In December 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly communicating French military secrets to the German Embassy in Paris. In 1896, evidence came to light identifying a different French Army officer, Major Ferdinand Walsin Esterházy, as the true culprit. High-ranking officers suppressed the evidence, and Esterházy was acquitted. Dreyfus was instead accused of additional charges based on falsified documents. Word of the cover-up spread, mainly owing to Zola's story in L'Aurore, and activists subsequently put pressure on the government to reopen the case. Finally, in 1906, Dreyfus was exonerated and reinstated as a major in the French Army.

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        La Nichina

      Mercure de France 1897 - - Mercure de France, Paris 1897, 12x18,5cm, relié. - Edition originale sur papier courant. Reliure en demi chagrin bordeaux, dos lisse orné d'arabesques dorées, date dorée en queue, petites traces de frottements sur les mors, filet doré sur les plats de papier marbré, gardes et contreplats de papier à la cuve, couvertures conservées, tête dorée, reliure de l'époque signée à froid. Précieux envoi autographe signé d'Hugues Rebell à Edouard Ducoté. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] First edition on current paper. Binding in half burgundy burgundy, smooth back decorated with golden arabesques, date golden tail, small traces of friction on the joints, gilt fillet on the plates of marbled paper, guards and contreplats of handmade paper, preserved covers, golden head , binding of the era signed cold. Precious autograph signed by Hugues Rebell to Edouard Ducoté. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
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        Spenser's Faerie Queene. A poem in six books; with the fragment Mutabilitie. Edited by Thomas J. Wise. Pictured by Walter Crane.

      London: George Allen, 1895-1897 - 6 volumes, quarto. Original cream-coloured cloth, gilt lettered spines, front covers lettered in red and with large pictorial gilt stamp, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Some thumbing to covers, a few inner joints cracked but sound, scattered light spotting but a very good set. Double-page illustrated title page to volume I, divisional titles, 88 full page plates, 80 headpieces, 55 tailpieces, by Walter Crane. First and limited Crane edition, one of 1,000 copies. A grand production, printed by the distinguished Chiswick Press on handmade paper, lavishly illustrated by Walter Crane and edited by the book collector and forger T. J. Wise – "of all people" (Percy Muir). Crane's designs encompass both an Art Nouveau and an Arts & Crafts aesthetic – he had, of course, worked with Morris at the Kelmscott Press – and this edition of Spenser's epic was issued at the height of his fame: he had an exhibition of his work touring Europe "and he was delighted to find that German collectors and museums bought his allegorical paintings, which chimed with German symbolist work" (ODNB). It was one of his last substantial commissions. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        KEMBLE'S COONS: A COLLECTION OF SOUTHERN SKETCHES

      R. H. Russell & Son, New York 1897 - Kemble, Edward W. KEMBLE'S COONS: A COLLECTION OF SOUTHERN SKETCHES. New York: R. H. Russell & Son, 1897, (1896). Oblong 4to - 11-15/16" x 8-15/16". Cloth backed pictorial boards with light spotting and corner wear for what is overall a very good, clean copy of this title. Unpaginated, (30pp). This book consists of thitry full page black and white sketches of southern blacks presented in the stereotypical fashion of the time that is shocking to the modern viewer. Internally, this book is in fine condition with no condition problems whatsoever. Overall, this book is in VERY GOOD + condition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        L'Aurore. Littéraire, Artistique, Sociale. Year 12, No. 87 (13 January 1898)

      The single most famous issue of the liberal and literary French newspaper, published from 1897 to 1916 under the editorial direction of Ernest Vaughan, and published by Georges Clemenceau, later the Prime Minister of France, with the headline "J'Accuse...! - Lettre au Président de la République" by Émile Zola, prefacing his article on the Dreyfus Affair. Scattered illustrations. Some tears and soiling along creases and folds, minor marginal losses. Tabloid. Paris 1898. The Dreyfus Affair was a political scandal that divided the Third French Republic from 1894 until its resolution in 1906, with the pro-Army primarily Catholic "anti-Dreyfusards" on one side and the pro-republican Dreyfusards on the other. It remains today one of the most notable examples of wrongful conviction, with notable influence coming from the press and public opinion. In December 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly communicating French military secrets to the German Embassy in Paris. In 1896, evidence came to light identifying a different French Army officer, Major Ferdinand Walsin Esterházy, as the true culprit. High-ranking officers suppressed the evidence, and Esterházy was acquitted. Dreyfus was instead accused of additional charges based on falsified documents. Word of the cover-up spread, mainly owing to Zola's story in L'Aurore, and activists subsequently put pressure on the government to reopen the case. Finally, in 1906, Dreyfus was exonerated and reinstated as a major in the French Army.

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        Albumblatt mit eigenh. U.

      Berlin, 8. V. 1897. - 1 S. auf Doppelblatt. 8vo. "Geehrtes Fräulein | Um Ihren Wunsch zu erfüllen sende ich Ihnen diese Zeile. | Hochachtungsvoll | A. Bebel". - Mit stärkeren Randläsuren.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        Per l'Emo Cardinale Camillo Siciliano di Rende ... Elogio letto da Mons. Orazio Mazzella ... nei solenni funerali celebrati a cura del Municipio di Benevento nella Chiesa della SS. Annunziata il 15 giugno 1897

      Tipografia L. De Martini e Figlio - Benevento, 1897. ITALIANO 0,1 Fascicolo della fine dell'800 in buono stato, coperta illustrata in cartoncino, lacerazione su cima e piede, bordo e punte leggermente sfregati, macchie e fioritura, lievi pieghette, tagli bruniti, pagine in buono stato. Antiporta con ritratto in b. e n., fuori testo. Veste tipografica arricchita da testatina, capolettera e finalino in nero. USATO

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        LIEDER-BUKH: ERSHTER THEYL LIDER BUCH: FIRST BOOK [SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR]

      Nyu York 1897 - 1st Edition. Original Paper Wrappers bound inside period blue boards. 8vo. 88 pages ; 21 cm. Includes the frontis photo of Rosenfeld, often missing. In Yiddish, with English and Yiddish covers. Singerman 5258. Rosenfeld sent this copy through the mail, and his handwritten name and return address, clipped from the package, has been pasted onto the English Cover. Title translates into English as, "Song Book. " Morris Rosenfeld (1862 – 1923) was a Yiddish poet whose work sheds light on the living circumstances of emigrants from Eastern Europe in New York's tailoring workshops. "In 1888 Rosenfeld published his first collection of socialist poems.An excellent orator, Rosenfeld often recited his poems to enthusiastic audiences at socialist and union events, and later at large public readings and concerts. Over the next decades his reputation spread as the 'poet laureate of labor. ' His songs were sung by workers in sweatshops, tenement houses, meetings and concerts. In 1898, Harvard professor of Slavic Studies Leo Wiener translated Rosenfeld's Lider-bukh (The Book of Songs) into English with the title Songs from the Ghetto. The book's publication introduced Rosenfeld to the non-Jewish world and was instrumental in transforming him from an obscure local song writer into an established literary figure. His poems were subsequently translated into many European languages, including German, Hungarian, Polish, Rumanian and Russian. His works, known for their stark, realistic presentation of immigrant and sweatshop life, were the subject of many reviews and articles in literary journals throughout the world.In addition to poetry, Rosenfeld also wrote essays and articles on diverse topics, including current affairs, Jewish nationalism, Yiddish language and culture, labor issues, and nature. A contributor to numerous newspapers and periodicals, he wrote for the Folkstsaytung (New York) , Arbeter fraynd (London) , Arbeter tsaytung (New York) , The Jewish Daily Forward (New York) and the Yidishes Tageblat (New York) , among others. He also edited a humorous satirical weekly, Der ashmeday, and the daily New yorker morgnblat. Rosenfeld died of a stroke in 1923 at age 61. His funeral was attended by over 10, 000 people (YIVO, 2005) . OCLC lists 9 copies worldwide. Wrappers are torn otherwise about Very Good- condition. A rare, attractive copy, with signature, from just before the author’s rise to fame. (AMR-49-49) [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Dan Wyman Books, LLC]
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        Arlo Bates Collection

      1897. . Arlo Bates was an American author, educator and newspaperman. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1876. In 1880 Bates became the editor of the Boston Sunday Courier (1880-1893) and afterward became professor of English at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1900. This collection includes 8 Autographed Signed Letters (ASL), 1 note (signed) and two books (one signed and one with Bates bookplate) dating from 1883 to 1897. 8 ASL (4 signed by Bates) & 1 Note (signed); • ALS (1 p.) to [William] Ticknor, the publisher, on letterhead of the Boston Courier [prior to 1864], re "The Danza" ("is it not $5?") and "Congratulations on the finest blaze of the `Beacon". • ALS (2 pp.) to [Mark Sullivan], n.d., re meeting each other (Tavern Club). • ALS (3 pp.) to "My dear McDowell", 31 March 1893, complaining about lack of royalties for his very popular comedy play, "Love in a Cloud." • ALS (2 pp.) in response to a request by an editor, 6 March 1897, on Massachusetts Institute of Technology letterhead: "It is my principle and my practice not to try to write poetry to order", but since "something of this sort has been in my mind for a long time", so if any poems with "will condescend to complete themselves before May 1, I will send them to you". • 4 ALS (12 pp., 4 pp., 2 pp., 2 pp.) from Henry Holt (American publisher and novelist), 17 May 1883, 26 June 1883, 30 June 1883, and 4 September 1883, re Bates's work, particularly re the publication of his novel, The Pagans. • Note on letterhead of the M.I.T., 189?, "With the compliments of Arlo Bates." 2 Books; (one signed, one with Bates bookplate) • The Philistines (Boston: Ticknor & Co., Boston, 1889), blue cloth with bright blue titles, signed copy (dated Nov. 23 '88) with inscription • The Pagans (New York: Henry Holt, 1884), decorative green cloth, American Novel Series, with Bates's bookplate pasted on light grey card and this pasted on the front fly leaf, opposite the name of Alice C. Murphy. This collection is on consignment with LDRB.

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        Collection Auguste Dutuit. Bronze, Antiques, or et argentm ivoires, verres et sculptures en pierre.

      Paris, La Société typographique de Chateaudun, 1897.. grand in-8. IV. 112 pages. 1 feuillet. 124 planches numérotées CXXIV. (Planche XXVIIbis, pas de planche XCVI). (26x17,5cm). Pleine percaline verte de l'époque. Ornement à froid et titrage en lettres dorées sur le dos et le plat supérieur. Non rogné, en partie non coupé. Rare édition originale. L'un des 150 exemplaires numérotés à la presse, sur papier de Hollande, volume resté hors-commerce. Titre en rouge et noir. Magnifique illustration d'après des photographies prises par Auguste Dutuit lui même de 124 objets de sa collection. Très bon exemplaire, non rogné et en partie non coupé.

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        The naturalist in Australia.

      London: Chapman & Hall, 1897. - Large quarto,302 pp.,photographs, three chromolithographs including one of the Frill-necked Lizard. Publisher's handsome illustrated green cloth and top edge gilt, some some marks, hinges cracked, bookplate, a very good copy of a book often found in poor condition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Andrew Isles Natural History Books]
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        Bäume und Sträucher des Waldes in botanischer und forstwirthschaftlicher Beziehung.

      Wien u. Olmütz, Hölzel [1897/1899].. 3 Bde. (komplett!) gr.-4°. 4 Bll., 200 S.; VII, 148 S.; VIII, 140 S., Mit insges. 342 Textabb. u. 60 chromolithogr. Taf. nach Aquarellen v. W. Liepoldt. OLn. Mit Goldpräg. Mit Gold- u. Schwarzprägung. I. Abtheilung. I. Allgemeiner Theil. II. Specieller Theil: Die Nadelhölzer. II. Abtheilung. Die Laubhölzer. Erster Theil: Die Kätzchenträger. III. Abtheilung. Die Laubhölzer. Zweiter Theil: Die nicht-Kätzchen tragenden Laubhölzer. - "Dieser [Liepoldt] ist der jüngste in der Reihe bedeutender Pflanzenmaler, die Österreich noch im späten 19. Jahrhundert aufzuweisen hat. Seine letzte Arbeit, die Figuren zu dem dendrologischen Werk von Hempel und Wilhelm, ist auch die letzte von Rang, die hier erschienen ist" (Nissen I, S. 192).

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        Palästina und Syrien. Handbuch für Reisende. Mit 19 Karten, 48 Plänen und 1 Panorama von Jerusalem.

      Leipzig, Baedeker. 1897 - CXVIII + 462 S. OLwd. 4. verb. u. verm. Aufl. Mit allen Karten und Plänen. Hinrichsen D 481. - Nahezu tadelloses Expl. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Rise of the Leaguers from 1863-1897. A History of The Clubs Comprising the First Division of the Football League

      Sporting Chronicle 1897 - The first book to offer a history of the major clubs of the football league, each chapter with a line illustration of a notable player or personality. 12mo. 159p + ads. Original printed wrapper, soiled and rubbed but complete with spine holding up well. Internally, some pages soiled and lightly stained, small scrape to title page and photo of the Aston Villa team facing it. A frail book that was cheaply printed but one of the most important of the early football books and very scarce. From our large stock of football books and publications. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Art et Nature. Études brèves sur quelques artistes d'hier et d'aujourd'hui.

      Boudet ; Tallandier (1897), Paris - Grand in-4, plein maroquin vert, filets et motifs de feuillage en encadrement des plats, liane dorée remontant le long du dos avec des fleurs mosaïquées, pièce de titre de maroquin vert. Couverture dessinée et lithographiée par Georges Callot, tirée en sanguine et en vert. Texte entièrement encadré d'un filet rouge.L'illustration comprend 35 superbes planches hors texte par ou d'après les meilleurs artistes du XIXe siècle : Eaux-fortes originales de Besnard, Cazin, Renoir (vernis mou), Renouard et Roll, pointe-sèche originale de Pissarro, lithographies originales de Georges Callot, Boudin, Forain, Lebourg, Puvis de Chavannes, Raffaëlli, Sisley. Eaux-fortes de Boulard fils, Bracquemond, Courtry, Desmoulins, Duvivier, Kratké, Leterrier, A. Masson, Mongin, Rajon, Veyrassat, Vion d?après Corot, Daubigny, Decamps, Delacroix, Diaz, Jules Dupré, Meissonier, Millet, Gustave Moreau, Ch. Jacque, Roybet, Rousseau, Ribot, Troyon et Ziem. Un des 500 exemplaires sur vélin du Marais (après 25 Japon). Exemplaire portant un envoi amical de l?auteur à Raymond Poincaré (les deux ont été avocats avant de se tourner, l?un vers le journalisme et la critique d?art, l?autre vers la politique). Edition originale de ce magnifique ouvrage d'art, le portrait d?une génération d'artiste. Splendide exemplaire. Langue : Français [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        A Kempis [ The Imitation of Christ ]

      Printed on Japan vellum, large 8vo, full crushed brown morocco with elaborate gilt tooled ruling, stipple pattern and floral motifs repeated on both covers, binding signed "signed Hatchards 197 Picadilly", Arthur L. Humphreys, London, 1897, 266 pp. Very good copy of this fine edition by the famous london bookseller Arthur Humphreys, in its luxury editors binding (some brown spots on binding, perfect copy otherwise). A copy together sober and magnificent. Anglais

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        Wanderings in Burma

      London , 1897. Paperback. UsedGood. Wanderings in Burma Some dust/dirt on page edges from long-term storage.

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        A Kempis [ The Imitation of Christ ]

      Arthur L. Humphreys 1897 - Printed on Japan vellum, large 8vo, full crushed brown morocco with elaborate gilt tooled ruling, stipple pattern and floral motifs repeated on both covers, binding signed "signed Hatchards 197 Picadilly", Arthur L. Humphreys, London, 1897, 266 pp. Very good copy of this fine edition by the famous london bookseller Arthur Humphreys, in its luxury editors binding (some brown spots on binding, perfect copy otherwise). A copy together sober and magnificent. Langue: Anglais [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        The Secret Rose

      London: Lawrence & Bullen, Limited, 1897. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, first printing, first issue with "Lawrence & Bullen" at base of spine. Near Fine with elaborate gilt design by Althea Gyles incredibly vibrant, slightly tarnished at the edges on the front cover yet still retaining so much of it's original beauty and luster. Light rubbing to cloth at points and rear cover, ding to edge of rear board. Pages lightly toned with an occasional small blemish. A shining and bright example of a beautifully designed book, which tragically is all too often found heavily rubbed and worn. While lesser copies are abundant, one would be hard-pressed to find a nicer copy.

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        Sonnets.

      Boston: The University Press, issued by Copeland & Day,, 1897. Octavo (192 x 145 mm). Finely bound by the Cuneo Bindery in near-contemporary red crushed morocco, decorative spine in gilt and black, triple gilt fillets to both covers, front cover with additional dotted border and gilt and black cornerpieces, gilt-stamped "S" enclosed within a gilt and black circular border to front cover, top edge gilt. In a custom red slipcase. Woodcut title page and initials designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue. Bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Light offsets to endpapers. A fine copy. First edition, one of 750 copies from a total edition of 800 (50 had rubricated initials). A finely printed edition in an exquisite binding designed and finished by Leonard Mounteney.

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        Novels in the Peacock Series illustrated by Hugh Thomson and Charles E Brock

      6 volumes in 5. Frontispieces and illustrations by Hugh Thomson and Charles E. Brock, 'Northanger Abbey and Persuasion' the first Macmillan edition, 1897, the other volumes the 1898 reprint, 8vo., original publisher's red cloth, richly gilt ahfter designs by A.A. Turbayne, yellow peacock endpapers, a.e.g. Macmillan & Co., London.

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        GREECE (NORTHERN) / FIRST BALKAN WAR (1912-3): KRIEGSSHAUPLATZ / CARTE DE L'ÉPIRE ET DE LA THESSALIE / DIE GRIECHISCH-TÜRKISCHEN GRENZGEBIETE MIT ANGABE DER GRIECHISCHEN SPRACHGRENZE.

      Berlin: Dietrich Reimer (Ernst Vohsen), . 1897 - Chromolithograph with contemporary manuscript additions in red and black pen (Good, some wear along original vertical centerfold, lacking original card covers), 59 x 94 cm (23 x 37 inches). A unique example of Heinrich Kiepert’s very rare map of Thessaly and Epirus, the era’s best general map of the region straddling the Greek-Ottoman border, featuring manuscript additions detailing Greek troop movements against Ottoman positions during the First Balkan War (1912-3). - This is a unique example of the era’s finest general map of Northwestern Greece, featuring manuscript annotations relating to Greece troop movements against the Ottomans during the First Balkan War (1912-3). The map embraces the traditional regions of Epirus and Thessaly, which are today largely within Greece, with a small part being in Albania. It is by far and away the most accurate map of the region produced to the time, having been made by Heinrich Kiepert, the period’s foremost authority on the geography of the Ottoman Empire. Between 1832, when the Kingdom of Greece obtained its independence (but controlling only a minority part of today’s Greece), through to 1912-3, the region depicted was major flashpoint in geopolitics, along the fault line between Greece and the Ottoman Empire. The First Balkan War was a watershed moment in the history of modern Greece, in that the Greek people assumed sovereignty over of their northern lands for the first time in many centuries. The map’s scope extends from Corfu, in the northwest, to Thessaloniki, in the northeast, and from Preveza, in the southwest, over to the northern tip of Evia, in the southeast. It demarcates the borders between Greece (outlined and shaded in Pink) with the Ottoman Empire, as they existed prior to 1913. The depiction of the region’s varied topography is impressively accurate, although some especially remote areas of the interior remained little known; for instance, some tracts in the north are labeled ‘Terrains inexplorés’. Generally, however, all major physical features are labeled, as are cities, towns, villages, roads and railways. Additionally, as described on the legend (lower left), the routes of major foreign travellers who explored the region are marked. In line with Kiepert’s fascination with languages, most of the places on the map are labeled with both their Greek and Turkish names (transliterated into the Latin alphabet). Kiepert issued the first edition of the present map in 1871, with updated editions being issued in 1875, 1878, 1880 and 1897. The present 1897 edition was made during the tense years leading up to the First Balkan War, when the ‘Balkan League’ of Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria defeated the Turks in a short, sharp, conflict, taking almost all of the Ottoman’s European territories, dividing them up amongst themselves. Greece thus acquired most of the Ottoman territories depicted on the present map. Notably, the present 1897 edition represented the best general map of the region available during the war, and examples are known to have been employed by the belligerents as strategic aids. SEE OUR WEB PAGE FOR LONGER DESCRIPTION.

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        Traumgekrönt. Neue Gedichte von René Maria Rilke. Mit zahlr. teils figürlichen Vignetten.

      Lpz P Friesenhahn 1897 - Kl.-8°. 64(4) S. OBrosch. (leicht gebräunt u. Rücken mit kl. Läsuren). Erste Ausgabe. Ritzer E 53. Hünich S. 23. Wilp./G. 4. Engel 193 ff. - Ein eigenständiger Gedichtband mit meist neuen Gedichten des Jahres 1896 unterbricht hier die Reihe der "Wegwarten". Die 300 Mark, die der Verleger Friesenhahn für die Veröffentlichung verlangte, wird zur Hälfte von Richard Zoozmann bezahlt, dem denn auch die gedruckte Widmung gilt und von dessen "Episoden" auch ein Motto vorangestellt ist. In der Forschung wird diesen frühen 50 Gedichten wenig Beachtung geschenkt und eher der romantische Charakter festgestellt. Engel findet aber über diese Schaffensphase hinaus bei genauer Lektüre hier die Anfänge einer mühsam erarbeiteten eigenen Motivik, immer noch jedoch basierend auf Sehnsucht, Nacht, Traum, Liebe und Einsamkeit. - Schmutztitel mit gelöschtem Besitzvermerk, ansonsten sauberes Exemplar dieses sehr seltenen Bändchens. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Third Violet

      New York: D Appleton and Company, 1897 203 pages. Duodecimo (7 1/2" x 5 1/4") bound in original tan buckram with red and black lettering to spine and cover with red ornaments to both. (Stallman: 13) first edition.Stephen Crane (November 1, 1871 - June 5, 1900) was an American author. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation. At the time of his death, Crane was considered an important figure in American literature. After he was nearly forgotten for two decades, critics revived interest in his life and work. Crane's writing is characterized by vivid intensity, distinctive dialects, and irony. Common themes involve fear, spiritual crises and social isolation. Although recognized primarily for The Red Badge of Courage, which has become an American classic, Crane is also known for his poetry, journalism, and short stories such as "The Open Boat", "The Blue Hotel", "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky", and The Monster. His writing made a deep impression on 20th-century writers, most prominent among them Ernest Hemingway, and is thought to have inspired the Modernists and the Imagists.Condition:Corners gently bumped, lightly soiled, spine age darkened else a very good copy.

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        Da Cecilia Metella a Ponte Salario 1896 - 1897. Note della Baronessa di Munchausen. Fotografie di Pietro Sbisà. Prefazione di Gabriele d'Annunzio.

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

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        Sonnets.

      Boston: The University Press, issued by Copeland & Day, 1897 - Octavo (192 x 145 mm). Finely bound by the Cuneo Bindery in near-contemporary red crushed morocco, decorative spine in gilt and black, triple gilt fillets to both covers, front cover with additional dotted border and gilt and black cornerpieces, gilt-stamped "S" enclosed within a gilt and black circular border to front cover, top edge gilt. In a custom red slipcase. Bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Light offsets to endpapers. A fine copy. Woodcut title page and initials designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue. First edition, one of 750 copies from a total edition of 800 (50 had rubricated initials). A finely printed edition in an exquisite binding designed and finished by Leonard Mounteney. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The Children of the Sea: A Tale of the Forecastle.

      - New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1897. 8vo., [iv], 217 pp., title-page printed in red and black within a double-ruled border, with a hedera. Original pictorial light-blue cloth with lettering in gilt, and backstrip with lettering in gilt. Boards a bit rubbed around the edge, faint foxing to outer margins, small chip to the top-edge of the last leaf of text; very good. First edition, first printing, in original cloth. With "Island" for "Islands" on the title-page, and the headline and page number not printed on p. 58. Only 1000 copies of this edition were printed (including those issued with the 1898 title-page), this tale would thereafter be published with the title The Nigger of the Narcissus, which was the title originally offered by the author, but changed by the publishers who argued that the American public would not be interested in a book about a Black man. The original title was restored for all subsequent editions, making this variant-titled edition one of the more sought after of Conrad's works. Cagle A3b; Keating 9; Smith 3; Wise 4. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Réception du Dr F Nansen dans la Grande Salle des Fétes du Trocadéro le Vendredi 26 Mars 1897

      Broadside map printed halftone in blue and black. Printed area measuring 295 by 265mm plus generous margins. Old folds, with a bit of soiling and creasing, largely confined to margins. Paris, Sociéte de Géographie,

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        A Soldier of Manhattan

      D. Appleton and Company, New York 1897 - A Soldier of Manhattan by Joseph Altsheler. First edition in ¾ leather with marbled paper. Publisher: D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1897. First edition with the same publishing date on both the title-page and copyright page. Binding is in near fine condition. Contents clean. 316 pages. Protected by Mylar. Inventory #C-021. Price: $500. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        NCOPP' A CLINICA

      LUIGI PIERRO, 1897. ITALIANO 0,35 Collezione di poesie con copertina con fioritura, in zona inferiore, al dorso ed ai tagli. Pagine lisce, bianche, con presenza di note manoscritte con stilografica su tutti i margini superiori e sulla carta di guardia, esculsi occhiello e frontespizio. Evidenza di firma e nota manoscritte alla carta di guardia. USATO

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        Handbuch der Gynäkologie. 3 in 5 Bdn. (all publ.).

      Wiesbaden, Verlag von J.F. Bergmann, 1897-1899, 8, VIII, 628 VI, 812 VI, 512 V, VII, 1087 pp., zahlreiche Abbildungen im Text und auf Tafeln, 5 orig. Halblederbände feines Exemplar. Erste Auflage! "Wir schließen uns eng an das Handbuch der Gynäkologie von Billroth und Lücke an, wir tun das um so mehr, als wir nur mit den größten Anerkennung auf das frühere Werk zurückblicken können, und betonen müssen, das viele Fortschritte in der Gynäkologie dadurch gezeitigt wurden, daß damals von autoritativer Seite das wirklich erreichte bestimmt ward .. " Vorwort, J. VeitErster Band: Löhlein, H.: Asepsis und Antisepsis in der Gynäkologie (pp.1-64, 17 Abb.). Küstner, O.: Lage- und Bewegungs-Anomalien des Uterus und seiner Nachbarorgane (pp.65-230, 68 Abb.). Veit, J.: Erkrankungen der Vagina (pp.231-424, 9 Abb.). Bumm, E.: Die gonorrhoischen Erkrankungen der weiblichen Harn- und Geschlechtsorgane (pp.425-518, 5 Abb.). Nagel, W.: Entwicklung und Entwicklungsfehler der weiblichen Genitalien (pp.519-628, 36 Abb.).Zweiter Band: Fritsch, H.: Die Krankheiten der weiblichen Blase (pp.1-168, 50 Abb.). Viertel, F.: Physikalische Untersuchungsmethoden der Blase (pp.171-248, 40 Abb.). Döderlein, A.: Die Entzündungen der Gebärmutter (pp.249-390, 24 Abb., 1 Taf.) Die Artophia uteri (pp.391-404). Die Myome des Uterus: Gebhard, C.: Anatomie und Histologie des Uterus (pp.405-446, 31. Abb.). Veit, J.: Ätiologie, Symptomatologie, Diagnostik, Prognose der Myome (pp.447-500). Schaeffer, R.: Die elektrische Behandlung der Myome (pp.501-562, 6 Abb.). Veit, J.: Die palliative Behandlung und die vaginalen Operationen der Uterusmyome (pp.563-606). Olshausen, R.: Die abdominalen Myom-Operationen (pp.607-764, 15 Abb., 2 Taf.) Myom und Schwangerschaft (pp.765-814, 4 Abb.).Dritter Band, I. Hälfte: Gebbard, K.: Die Menstruation (pp.1-110, 5 Abb. auf 1 Taf., 1 Fig. im Text). Veit, J.: Die Erkrankungen der Vulva (pp.111-238, 36 Abb.). Pfannenstiel, J.: Die Erkrankungen der Ovarien (pp.239-512, 78 Abb.).Dritter Band, II. Hälfte, 1. Abt.: Rosthorn, A.v.: Die Krankheiten des Beckenbindegewebes (pp.1-194, 37 Abb., Taf. A-G u. I-VIII). Carcinoma uteri: Winter, G.: Anatomie des Carcinoma uteri (pp.195-254, 34 Abb.). Frommel, R.: Ätiologie, Symptomatologie, Diagnose und Radikalbehandlung der Uteruscarcinome (pp.255-460). Gessner, A.: Palliative Behandlung des inoperablen Carcinoms (pp.461-488). Sarwey, O.: Carcinom und Schwangerschaft (pp.489-534).Veit, J.: Das Deciduoma malignum (pp.535-596, 17 Abb.).Dritter Band, II. Hälfte, 2. Abt.: Winternitz, E.: Die Hämatocele (pp.597-642). Kleinhans, F. & Veit, J.: Die Erkrankungen der Tube: I.: Ätiologie und pathologische Anatomie von F. Kleinhans (pp.643- 752, 51 Abb., 3 Taf.) II. Symptome, Diagnose, Prognose und Therapie von J. Veit (pp.753-834). Döderlein, A.: Allgemeine Peritonitis (pp.835-866). Geßner, A.: Das Sarcoma uteri (pp.867-1016, 15 Abb.) Endothelioma uteri (pp.1017-1024). Nachtrag zu dem Abschnitt "Erkrankungen des Beckenbindegewebes". Von A. v. Roshorn (pp.1025-1028). Register zu Band I-III (pp.1029-1087).

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        Shinsen daisho hinagata taizen

      1897. ISHII, Usaburo and Kojiro IZUMI. Shinsen daisho hinagata taizen.6 volumes. [18]; [18]; [20], [18], [21]; [20] ff. Illustrated throughout with woodcuts including two fold-out plates. 8vo., 221 x 154 mm, bound in original embossed wrappers and paper labels in a new blue cloth folding box. Osaka: Seikado, 1897.An excellent copy of this work which in English translates to "Complete Patterns for Master Craftsmen". This is the first edition, and it was subsequently reprinted in 1910. The book is an important document of the late nineteenth century Japanese struggle between the desire to modernize and that of maintaining tradition. This work bridges the contrast between the conservative return to ancient temple forms and the interest in western forms.The first four volumes cover traditional Japanese design, structure and carpentry and the last two volumes introduce western building designs and, in the details, western building methods. Nuts, bolts and metal brackets replace traditional carpentry, and forms in masonry are described. In the last volume are a series of profiles of mouldings, architectural hardware and fairly elaborate gates, fences and entries in western styles. Interestingly enough, the Imperial Palace, completed in 1888, was not built to the designs of any of the western or western trained architects who submitted designs; but was built by the Imperial Carpenter, who went on to teach many of these young, new architects then, in turn, responsible for the resurgence of Japanese historicism. All this despite the Emperor's push for modernity for the country. A very good set, with one of the paper labels missing and another slightly damaged.

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        Les Affiches Étrangères illustrées. Ouvrage orné de 62 lithographies en couleurs et de cent cinquante reproductions en noir et en couleurs. D'après les affiches originales des meilleurs artistes

      Paris: G. Boudet, Éditeur 1897 - Erstausgabe, Nr. 328 von insgesamt 1000 nummerierten Exemplaren, HLDr. mit LDr.-Ecken, goldgeprägter Rückentitel, gemusterte Deckelbezüge, 206 Seiten mit der angegebenen Zahl von Illustrationen, 24 x 30,5 cm, von außen berieben, Rücken an einer Seite lose, untere Seiten oft fingerfleckig, Seiten leicht gedunkelt, Bindung gelockert, mehrere Lagen lose, allerdings komplett, insgesamt guter Zustand. Book Language/s: fr [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        NATURGESCHICHTE DER VOGEL (VOEGEL) MITTELEUROPAS.

      Gera-Untermhaus, Fr. Eugen Kohler 1897-1905 - 11 volumes folio 15x12 inches. Text bound in 8 volumes and plates bound separately in three volumes - all in period morocco backed buckram, a bit rubbed. ILLUSTRATED WITH 449 PLATES- 439 BEING STUNNING COLOURED CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS OF BIRDS (some of eggs). Complete. A monumental work on European birds bringing together the art of the chromolithographer and the ornithologist in one opus. Internally a very good copy. Reference Fine Bird Books 96. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Romances of Alexander Dumas Illustrated Library Edition

      Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1897 Set of Alexander Dumas' romances, which includes The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, The Companions of Jehu, The War of Women, La Comtesse de Charny, Memoirs of a Physician, Twenty Years After, Black, The Chevalier D'Harmental, Chevalier De Maison Rouge, The Regent's Daughter, Chauvelin's Will and Velvet Necklace, The Black Tulip, The Horoscope, The Two Dianas, The Forty-Five, The Queen's Necklace, Marguerite de Valois, Ascanio, Agénor de Mauleon, Vicomte de Bragelonne, The Whites and the Blues, Ange Pitou, La Dame de Monsoreau, The She Wolves of Machecoul, The Duke's Page, Olympe de Cleves, The Ball of Snow and Sultanetta, The Brigand and Blanche de Beaulieu, and Sylvandire. First impression was of 1000 copies, this set of 60 volumes being number 541.

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        Kollwitz, Käthe. - Ein Weberaufstand. - Blatt V. - "Sturm".

      - Radierung / Strichätzung & Schmirgel, in Schwarz, auf gelblichem Kupferdruckpapier, 1897. Von Käthe Kollwitz. 23,2 x 29,5 cm (Darstellung) / 24,4 x 30,6 cm (Platte) / 33 x 40 cm (Blatt). Klipstein 33 V a (von b). Ohne die gestochene Schrift der 3. und 4. Auflagen in der Platte. Blindstempel Van der Becke. - Von der originalen Platte ab 1931 für Van der Becke gedruckt. - Ohne Mängel. Sehr gut erhalten. Käthe Kollwitz (1867 Königsberg / Kaliningrad - 1945 Moritzburg). Deutsche Grafikerin und Bildhauerin, eine der wichtigsten Künstlerinnen des 20. Jh. 1881-86 Unterricht in Königsberg bei dem Maler Gustav Naujok und dem Kupferstecher Rudolf Mauer, 1987 bei dem Maler Emil Neide. 1888-90 Studium an der Münchner Künstlerinnenschule bei Ludwig Herterich. 1891 Umzug nach Berlin, wo ihr 1898 der künstlerische Durchbruch gelingt. 1898-1903 Lehrauftrag an der Berliner Künstlerinnenschule für Radieren und Zeichnen. 1901-13 Mitglied der 'Berliner Secession'. 1907 Villa-Romana-Preis und Reise nach Florenz. 1913 wechselt sie zur 'Freien Secession'. 1913-23 Mitbegründerin und erste Vorsitzende des Frauenkunstverbandes. 1919 als erste Frau Mitglied der Preußischen Akademie der Künste; Ernennung zur Professorin. 1929 Orden 'Pour le Mérite' für Wissenschaften und Künste. 1933 von den Nationalsozialisten erzwungener Austritt aus der Preußischen Akademie der Künste. Ab 1935 inoffizielles Ausstellungsverbot. 1943 wird ihre Wohnung in Berlin bei einem Bombenangriff zerstört. 1944 zog sie auf Einladung von Prinz Ernst Heinrich von Sachsen nach Moritzburg, wo sie wenige Tage vor Kriegsende starb. Sprache: Deutsch

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        Der Tempel Ta-chueh-sy (Tempel der grossen Erkennens) bei Peking. Da Jue Si Temple of Peking. Ta Chueh Si

      Berlin: A. ASher & Co., 1897 - First edition, first printing. Quarto, 32*24.6cm, viii, 36p, plus 12 plates printed on rectos only. 87 text illustrations, 8 plates of architectural plans, 4 plates of photogravures. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        THE INVISIBLE MAN

      London: C. Arthur Pearson, 1897. FIRST EDITION. This is a major book by one of the most significant British authors at work during the final years of the 19th century and the first part of the 20th. The prolific and durable Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) is most famous for his imaginative fiction from the 1890s, works like the present volume, along with "The Time Machine" (1895), "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1896), "War of the Worlds" (1898) and "When the Sleeper Awakes" (1899), all of which helped to establish Wells as a master of science fiction. By the time Wells died, he had published more than 100 books and earned his fame not only as a writer, but also as a minor prophet who accurately predicted war planes, tanks, the atomic bomb, and World War II. The present "scientific romance" is a retelling of Plato's "Ring of Gyges" parable, which asked if any reasonable man would still act morally if granted the power of invisibility. A rogue scientist has made himself invisible, but finds the life of the unseen more difficult than expected. He soon turns to crime, and plans a "Reign of Terror" before being brought to justice by a quick-thinking doctor. DNB notes that Wells "stands midway between the older traditions of the learned satire, the utopia, and the marvelous voyage, and the 20th-century growth of mass-entertainment technological fantasy." This fragile item is difficult to find in pleasing condition.. 200 x 133 mm. (7 1/2 x 4 7/8"). viii, 245, [1] pp., [1] leaf (ads). FIRST EDITION. Publisher's red cloth. Cloth lightly soiled, spine slightly and uniformly sunned and with faint vertical crease, paper along rear hinge separating (but board still firmly attached), leaves not bright because of inferior paper quality; an inexpensively made book, so, in relative terms, a very decent copy, without many signs of use and with nothing approaching a fatal condition issue. This is a major book by one of the most significant British authors at work during the final years of the 19th century and the first part of the 20th. The prolific and durable Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) is most famous for his imaginative fiction from the 1890s, works like the present volume, along with "The Time Machine" (1895), "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1896), "War of the Worlds" (1898) and "When the Sleeper Awakes" (1899), all of which helped to establish Wells as a master of science fiction. By the time Wells died, he had published more than 100 books and earned his fame not only as a writer, but also as a minor prophet who accurately predicted war planes, tanks, the atomic bomb, and World War II. The present "scientific romance" is a retelling of Plato's "Ring of Gyges" parable, which asked if any reasonable man would still act morally if granted the power of invisibility. A rogue scientist has made himself invisible, but finds the life of the unseen more difficult than expected. He soon turns to crime, and plans a "Reign of Terror" before being brought to justice by a quick-thinking doctor. DNB notes that Wells "stands midway between the older traditions of the learned satire, the utopia, and the marvelous voyage, and the 20th-century growth of mass-entertainment technological fantasy." This fragile item is difficult to find in pleasing condition.

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        Papers and Notes on the Genesis and Matrix of the Diamond … Edited From His Unpublished MSS. by T.G. Bonney.

      - London, Longmans, Green and Co., 1897. 8vo. Original cloth, spine lettered in gilt; pp. xvi, 72, 31 (advertisements), two plates after photographs, retaining tissue guards, illustrations to the text; apart from light offsetting from endpapers a very good copy. First edition, very rare. The late Lewis had been a scientific practitioner in the diamond fields of Kimberley. This is his legacy, a considerable amount of researchand analysis. Provenane: De Beers, with their stamp and shelfmark number on front free endpaper. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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