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        A Devotee: An Episode in the Life of a Butterfly

      London: Edward Arnold. 1897. First. First edition. Octavo. pp. [1-9] 10-211 [212-224 (publisher's advertisements)]. Publisher's blue-grey cloth blocked on the front cover with a decorative design in black, lettered on the spine in gold. Author's presentation copy (to her brother?) inscribed on a paper slip neatly laid-down on the front free endpaper: "With Mary's Love, March 10th '97." Corners lightly bumped, a bright, fine copy. Both Sadleir and Wolff go out of their way to praise Cholmondeley and this work in particular. Sadleir: "She is an excellent example of the not-so-long-ago front-rank novelist, whose books in good condition are extraordinarily difficult to find." Wolf: "A very interesting story psychologically, Freudian case-history observed with clinical detachment." A beautiful presentation copy. Sadleir 549; Wolff 1211. .

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      1897. Original photograph album. String-tied Boards. Very Good. This album contains 24 albumen print photographs with handwritten captions, mounted one per leaf, with tissue guards, in a string-tied album made by the Captain's wife, Emma Curtis Nickels. Green paper boards, 5.75" x 7.25". The photographs vary in size from 4.5" x 3.5" to 3.25" x 3.25" The 24 views of Hawaii include: vacant shore with Diamond Head in background; clock tower and statue of King Kamehameha adorning the Aliiolani Hale Government Building; the Executive Building, Lolani Palace, including the gardens; Kapiolani Park, dedicated as the first Hawaiian public space in 1877; a woman [Emma?] in 19th-c. dress "At the Pali"; men climbing the Lava Bed Bunch Bowl; women frolicking in the surf; entrance to the Whitney residence; P.S.M. Steamer "China"; Moana Hotel also known as the First Lady of Waiki-ki, built late in the 19th century and opened in 1901--after this photograph was taken; Arlington Hotel, the estate of Bernice Bishop until she died in 1884; &c. Laid in are two earlier cabinet-card photographs of Captain Nickels and his wife, circa 1872, measuring 6.5" x 4.25", made and mounted in New Orleans by W.W. Washburn. Captain Nickels, a Boston commander of high repute and much experience, was master of the clipper ship "Flying Fish" and captain of the "May Flint."

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        Arabian Sea - Maskat To Karáchi Compiled from the Surveys of Captains G.B. Brucks, S.B. Haines, T.G. Carless, A. Grieve, C.G. Constable, & A.W. Chitty, Late I.N. . Lieut. A.W. Stiffe, Late I.N. 1874 . - Engraved by Edwd. Weller. - Large corrections August 1890, April 1897':.

      - Lithographie v. Edward Weller b. Admiralty (Hydrographic Office) in London, dat. 1874, 65,5 x 104 Tooley's Dic. of Mapm. Rev. Ed. Q - Z, S. 345f. - Zeigt die Küste von Oman, mit dem Arabischen Meer bis Karachi in Pakistan. - Über der Karte Insetkarten von der Chabahar Bay, Jiwani Bay (Gwatar Bay) und Gwadar Bay (Paddi Zirr). - Oben rechts Titelkartusche. Seekarte. (Bilder zum Artikel auf meiner Homepage, oder bei Anfrage - pictures on my homepage or after request)

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        Cuba In War Time

      R. H. Russell, New York 1897 - Brown paper-covered boards, titles and decoration printed in black and red on upper board and spine, t.e.g., in the publisher's matching printed paper dust-wrapper; pp. 143, frontis, and 23 b/w plates, four from photos by the author, the others from original drawings by Remington. But for a touch of rubbing at the spine tail and corners, book is fine, without flaw, with an attractive previous owner's bookplate on the front pastedown; jacket also very attractive, with some expert paper repair at the corners and spine ends. Jacket not noted in BAL, nor in Dykes. BAL 4524, Dykes 504 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      Paris, Edouard Pelletan, 1897. In-8 gr. (mm. 282x190), bella legatura in mz. marocch. mod. con grandi angoli, decoraz. e tit. oro al dorso, conserv. cop. orig., pp. 135 (di diverso formato), tit. in rosso e nero, molto ben illustrato nel t. e f.t. da 44 composizioni di Daniel Vierge, inc. su legno da Florian, di cui: un ritratto dell?'A., 3 testate, 3 finali e 13 tavv. f.t.; tutte le illustrazioni hanno una ?"suite?", posta al fine. Cfr. Carteret,IV, p. 100: ?"Un des beaux livres de Vierge, très coté?" - Benezit,XIV, p. 222 cita anche l?'illustrazione di quest?'opera e precisa: ?"Daniel Vierge, pseudonyme de Urrabieta Ortiz y Vierge (1851-1904), espagnol, aquarelliste, graveur, illustrateur, depuis 1870 actif en France?". Pregevole edizione di complessivi 400 esempl. numerati. Il ns., 35, fa parte della tirat. di 100 ?"sur vélin avec suite?". Ben conservato.

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        Sitzender türkischer Soldat, eine Pfeife rauchend.

      - Aquarell, über Bleistift, auf Velin, links unten signiert „Cham". 19,1:13,1 cm. Ecken schräg geschnitten. Der aus adeliger Familie stammende Zeichner und Lithograph Noé absolvierte seine künstlerische Ausbildung bei dem Historienmaler P. Delaroche (1897-1856) und bei dem besonders für seine Darstellungen aus dem Soldatenleben und seine Karikaturen bekannten N.-T. Charlet (1792-1845). Anschließend widmete er sich zunächst der grotesken Zeichnung. Ab 1840 nahm er das Pseudonym „Cham" an. 1842 kamen seine ersten Karikaturen heraus. Nachfolgend hielt er hauptsächlich die politischen und auch alltäglichen Ereignisse des Tages parodierend fest, die er für Almanache, besonders für den „Almanac prophétique" und für das Musée Philipon anfertigte. 1854-1873 war er vor allem für die satirische Zeitschrift „Charivari", für die auch H. Daumier (1808-1879) arbeitete, tätig. Auch die englischen Zeitungen „Punsch" und „Illustrated News" veröffentlichten seine Zeichnungen. Ab 1860 schrieb er auch Komödien, die ihm im Gegensatz zu seinen Karikaturen jedoch wenig Erfolg einbrachten.

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        Bird's-Eye View of the Borough of Brooklyn

      Brooklyn.: Brooklyn Daily Eagle.. 1897.. Bird's eye view map / poster, sheet 23 3/4 x 36 1/2 inches. Professionally mounted on linen: map was folded with fold splits and one tear at upper edge, all now visible only on close examination. A panoramic view looking from the northwest with the Navy Yard and downtown Brooklyn in the foreground, reaching as far as Seagate and Coney Island at the right horizon. The Post Office and Eagle Building are named, along with various parks and cemeteries. The smoke stacks and church steeples together with the masted ships at the docks contrast with the extensive unpopulated areas to paint a picture of a vibrant and growing community. Signed by the artist George Welch in lower image. .

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        The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte

      The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould. 1897 London (Methuen & Co.)A very attractive, rarely seen set (extra illustrated) on one of the most important and controversial figures in French History.London (Methuen & Co.) 1897 printing of "The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould.  This is a very special "Extra Illustrated" edition of this two volume set.  Each volume is hardcover with 624 total pages between the two volumes.  Each volume measures 12-3/8" tall by 8-1/2" wide.Both Vols originaly bound by Bayntun-Riviere, have been expertly rebacked with original spines laid down & nicley refurbished.In addition to the many text illustrations found in this two volume edition of Sabine Baring-Gould's "Life of Napoleon Bonaparte", this special morocco leather bound set has many added engravings. Volume One has approximately 75 added illustrations, most of them engravings including some hand colored. Volume Two also has approximately 75 added illustrations, most of them also engravings including some also hand colored.Cover is a nice full morocco accented with designs including the Napoleonic initial "N", Napoleonic Eagles, and Napoleonic Bees."Napoléon Bonaparte (born Napoleone di Buonaparte; 15 August 1769 ?" 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814, and again in 1815. Napoleon dominated European affairs for nearly two decades while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. He won several of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, rapidly conquering most of continental Europe before his ultimate defeat in 1815. One of the greatest commanders in history, his campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide and he remains one of the most celebrated and controversial political figures in Western history.  In civil affairs, Napoleon implemented several liberal reforms across Europe, including the abolition of feudalism, the establishment of legal equality and religious toleration, and the legalization of divorce. His lasting legal achievement, the Napoleonic Code, has been adopted by dozens of nations around the world.Napoleon was born on the island of Corsica to a relatively modest family of noble Italian ancestry. From 1789, Napoleon supported the Revolution and tried to spread its ideals to Corsica, but he was banished from the island in 1793. In 1795, he saved the French government from collapse by firing on the Parisian mobs with cannons, an event known as the 13 Vendémiaire. The Directory then appointed him as General of the Army of Italy at age 26. After marrying Joséphine de Beauharnais in March 1796, he started the Italian military campaign and scored a series of decisive victories that made him famous throughout Europe. In 1798 he launched a military expedition to Egypt, conquering the Ottoman province with a critical victory at the Battle of the Pyramids and facilitating the rise of modern Egyptology.The Directory collapsed when Napoleon and his supporters engineered a coup in November 1799. He was installed as First Consul of the Consulate and progressively extended his personal control over France. A victory over the Austrians at the Battle of Marengo in 1800 cemented his political power. The Consulate witnessed a number of achievements for Napoleon, such as the Concordat of 1801 with the Catholic Church and the Treaty of Amiens in 1802. In 1804, the Senate declared him the Emperor of the French, setting the stage for the French Empire. Intractable differences with the British meant by 1805 the French were facing a Third Coalition. Napoleon shattered this coalition with decisive victories in the Ulm Campaign and a historic triumph at the Battle of Austerlitz. The Peace of Pressburg culminated in the elimination of the millennial Holy Roman Empire. In October 1805, however, a combined Franco-Spanish fleet was destroyed at the Battle of Trafalgar, allowing Britain to impose a naval blockade of the French coasts. In retaliation, Napoleon established the Continental System in 1806 to cut off European trade with Britain and the Fourth Coalition took up arms against him. The French initially focused their attack on the Prussians, crushing the latter at the battles of Jena and Auerstedt in October 1806. After knocking out Prussia, Napoleon turned his attention towards the Russians and eventually annihilated them in June 1807 at the Battle of Friedland. Friedland forced the Russians to accept the Treaties of Tilsit in July 1807, often regarded as the high watermark of the French Empire.Napoleon tried to compel Portugal to follow the Continental System by sending an army into Iberia. In 1808, he declared his brother Joseph Bonaparte the King of Spain, which precipitated the outbreak of the Peninsular War, widely noted for its brutal guerrilla warfare. In 1809 the Austrians launched another attack against the French. Napoleon defeated them at the Battle of Wagram, dissolving the Fifth Coalition formed against France. After the Treaty of Schönbrunn in the fall of 1809, he divorced Josephine and married Austrian princess Marie Louise in 1810. By 1811, Napoleon ruled over 70 million people across an empire that had near-total domination in Europe, which had not witnessed this level of political consolidation since the days of the Roman Empire.  He maintained his strategic status through a series of alliances and family appointments to royal households. Napoleon launched a new aristocracy in France while allowing for the return of nobles who had been forced into exile by the Revolution.Escalating tensions over the existence of a Polish State and the Continental System led to renewed enmity with Russia. To enforce his blockade, Napoleon launched an invasion of Russia in 1812 that ended in catastrophic failure for the French. In early 1813, Prussia and Russia joined forces to fight against France, with the Austrians also joining this Sixth Coalition later in the year. In October 1813, a large Allied army defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Leipzig. The next year, the Allies launched an invasion of France and captured Paris, forcing Napoleon to abdicate in April 1814. He was exiled to the island of Elba. The Bourbons were restored to power and the French lost most territories they had conquered since the Revolution. However, Napoleon escaped from Elba in February 1815 and returned to lead the French government, only to find himself at war against another coalition. This new coalition decisively defeated him at the Battle of Waterloo in June. He attempted to flee to the United States, but the British blocked his escape route. He surrendered to British custody and spent the last six years of his life in confinement on the remote island of Saint Helena. His death in 1821, at the age of 51, was received by shock and grief throughout Europe and the New World. In 1840, roughly one million people lined the streets of Paris to witness his remains returning to France, where they still reside at Les Invalides."Books are in poor to very good condition.  Covers, although still extremely attractive, are in poor condition in that the front cover of Volume One and the rear cover of Volume Two are both detached.  The edges of the covers appear to be still in good condition but there is some rubbing wear to the corners.  The areas at the joints where the two covers are detached shows roughness.  In addition, both spine covers are present, but detached from each volume.  A gold border is applied to the pastedowns of each cover with attractive pastel to the paper of the pastedowns and endpapers.  The interior of each volume is another story as they are both in very good or better condition.  Pages are clean and complete but do show some age discoloration to the paper.  Especially, it appears, to the paper used for the extra illustrations as they show brownness around the edges.  However, the illustrations themselves seem to be immune from the discoloration.  Each extra illustration has a tissue paper protector.  This tissue paper also shows discoloration bled from the illustration paper.  Text pages also show age discoloration to a lesser extent but this also appears to be discoloration bled from the pages of the extra illustrations.  Pages have gilt applied to the edges.  Interior binding is still in very good condition as all pages are still well attached.From Wikipedia -"Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould (28 January 1834 ?" 2 January 1924) was an English Anglican priest, hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist and eclectic scholar. His bibliography consists of more than 1240 publications, though this list continues to grow. His family home, Lew Trenchard Manor near Okehampton, Devon, has been preserved as he had it rebuilt and is now a hotel. He is remembered particularly as a writer of hymns, the best-known being "Onward, Christian Soldiers" and "Now the Day Is Over". He also translated the carol "Gabriel's Message" from the Basque language to the English.Sabine Baring-Gould was born in the parish of St Sidwell, Exeter on 28 January 1834.  The eldest son of Edward Baring-Gould and his first wife, Sophia Charlotte (née Bond), he was named after a great-uncle, the Arctic explorer Sir Edward Sabine.  Because the family spent much of his childhood travelling round Europe, most of his education was by private tutors. He only spent about two years in formal schooling, first at King's College School in London (then located in Somerset House) and then, for a few months, at Warwick Grammar School (now Warwick School). Here his time was ended by a bronchial disease of the kind that was to plague him throughout his long life. His father considered his ill-health as a good reason for another European tour.In 1852 he was admitted to Cambridge University, earning the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in 1857, then Master of Arts in 1860 from Clare College, Cambridge.  During 1864, he became the curate at Horbury Bridge, West Riding of Yorkshire. It was while acting as a curate that he met Grace Taylor, the daughter of a mill hand, then aged fourteen. In the next few years they fell in love. His vicar, John Sharp, arranged for Grace to live for two years with relatives in York to learn middle class manners. Baring-Gould, meanwhile, relocated to become perpetual curate at Dalton, near Thirsk. He and Grace were married in 1868 at Wakefield.  Their marriage lasted until her death 48 years later, and the couple had 15 children, all but one of whom lived to adulthood. When he buried his wife in 1916 he had carved on her tombstone the Latin motto Dimidium Animae Meae ("Half my Soul").Baring-Gould became the rector of East Mersea in Essex in 1871 and spent ten years there. In 1872 his father died and he inherited the 3,000 acre (12 km²) family estates of Lew Trenchard in Devon, which included the gift of the living of Lew Trenchard parish. When the living became vacant in 1881, he was able to appoint himself to it, becoming parson as well as squire. He did a great deal of work restoring St Peter's Church, Lew Trenchard, and (from 1883?"1914) thoroughly remodelled his home, Lew Trenchard Manor. Baring-Gould wrote many novels including The Broom-Squire set in the Devil's Punch Bowl (1896), Mehalah and Guavas, the Tinner (1897), a collection of ghost stories, a 16-volume The Lives of the Saints, and the biography of the eccentric poet-vicar of Morwenstow, Robert Stephen Hawker. His folkloric studies resulted in The Book of Were-Wolves (1865), one of the most frequently cited studies of lycanthropy. He habitually wrote while standing, and his desk can be seen in the manor.One of his most enduringly popular works was Curious Myths of the Middle Ages, first published in two parts during 1866 and 1868, and republished in many other editions since then. "Each of the book's twenty-four chapters deals with a particular medieval superstition and its variants and antecedents," writes critic Steven J. Mariconda.  H. P. Lovecraft termed it "that curious body of medieval lore which the late Mr. Baring-Gould so effectively assembled in book form."He wrote much about the Westcountry: his works of this topic include:A Book of the West. 2 vols. I: Devon; II: Cornwall. London : Methuen, 1899 Cornish Characters and Strange Events. London: John Lane, 1909 (reissued in 1925 in 2 vols., First series and Second series) Devonshire Characters and Strange Events.Baring-Gould served as President of the Royal Institution of Cornwall for ten years from 1897."

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        Sitzender türkischer Soldat, eine Pfeife rauchend.

      . Aquarell, über Bleistift, auf Velin, links unten signiert "Cham". 19,1:13,1 cm. Ecken schräg geschnitten.. Der aus adeliger Familie stammende Zeichner und Lithograph Noe absolvierte seine künstlerische Ausbildung bei dem Historienmaler P. Delaroche (1897-1856) und bei dem besonders für seine Darstellungen aus dem Soldatenleben und seine Karikaturen bekannten N.-T. Charlet (1792-1845). Anschließend widmete er sich zunächst der grotesken Zeichnung. Ab 1840 nahm er das Pseudonym "Cham" an. 1842 kamen seine ersten Karikaturen heraus. Nachfolgend hielt er hauptsächlich die politischen und auch alltäglichen Ereignisse des Tages parodierend fest, die er für Almanache, besonders für den "Almanac prophetique" und für das Musee Philipon anfertigte. 1854-1873 war er vor allem für die satirische Zeitschrift "Charivari", für die auch H. Daumier (1808-1879) arbeitete, tätig. Auch die englischen Zeitungen "Punsch" und "Illustrated News" veröffentlichten seine Zeichnungen. Ab 1860 schrieb er auch Komödien, die ihm im Gegensatz zu seinen Karikaturen jedoch wenig Erfolg einbrachten.

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        Picture Ribbons. An Exposition of the Methods and Apparatus Employed in the Manufacture of the Picture Ribbons used in Projecting Lanterns to Give the Appearance of Objects in Motion.

      Washington DC: C. Francis Jenkins, 1897 - Octavo. Original dark red cloth, titles to spine and front board gilt, bevelled boards, patterned endpapers, six leaves of advertisements at rear. Small contemporary sticker to foot of spine reading "290". Extremities gently rubbed, small dent to bottom edge of both boards, a few minor marks to cloth, the occasional spot or light finger mark to contents but overall bright and crisp. An excellent copy. Frontispiece photographic portrait, photographs and diagrams throughout. First edition of the author's book on chronophotography and proto-film reels. Charles Francis Jenkins (1867–1934) was a prolific inventor (over 400 patents were issued to his name) and an important pioneer of cinema and television. He devised a "motion picture projecting box", which, on 6 June 1894, became the first apparatus to project a film in front of an audience, an event which took place at Jenkins's cousin's jewelry shop in Richmond, Virginia. That same year the Lumière Brothers shot "Workers Leaving The Lumière Factory", which is generally considered to be the first film ever made but which was not shown until 28 December 1895. Picture Ribbons is a surprisingly comprehensive work, considering it was written at the infancy of film. As well as presenting Jenkins's projector, the "Phantoscope", the book covers all aspects related to film reels, from manufacturing, photographing and developing, to perforating and splicing. A rare title with exquisite illustrations. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The Dog in Australasia

      Melbourne: George Robertson. 1897. Thick 8vo. xvi, 475pp, 33pp of adverts (12pp at front and 21pp at rear); frontis & 81 b&w plates, 9 other illustrations, tabulated pedigrees on tissue (some folding) at the end of each breed. Collates complete. Rebound in plain red buckram, spine title blocked in black; the extremities a little rubbed. The binding is not recent but the book has more recently been neatly recased; the front hinge and the gutter between the final two leaves are strengthened with Japanese tissue. Edges yellowed and offsetting on endpapers, A good+ clean copy. .

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        Messidor Drame Lyrique en Quatre Actes et Cinq Tableau Poeme de Emile Zola musique de Alfred Bruneau. [Libretto]

      Paris Librairie Charpentier et Fasquelle 1897. Octavo. Quarter red cloth with marbled boards, dark green leather title label gilt to spine, original publisher's green printed wrappers bound in. [i] (half-title), [i] (printer's note), 1f. (title), 2ff. (named cast list including dancers), [9]-69, [i] (blank) pp. Some leaves partially uncut. A presentation copy, with autograph inscription boldly signed "Emile Zola" to "Philippe Gille son ami" to half-title. Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped; wrappers browned at edges. Minor foxing and occasional signs of wear. A very good wide-margined copy overall.. First Edition of the libretto. First performed at the Paris Opera on February 19th 1897, Messidor was the first of Bruneau's operas for which Emile Zola, the famous novelist and close friend of the composer, wrote the libretto. "The issues of class conflict and distasteful social realities dealt with in the Bruneau-Zola collaborations can hardly have endeared the composer to the richer patrons of the Opera. Messidor, for example, the story of a village community starved of water because a wealthy industrialist has diverted a river to purify gold, brought an entirely new, and by no means entirely welcome, level of social realism into establishments traditionally dealing only with the historical, the fictional and the make-believe... Messidor was the first opera to use prose specifically in the service of naturalism... In an important article 'Vers ou prose', originally published in Le Figaro in 1897 and reprinted in his collection of essays Musiques d'hier et de demain, [Bruneau] defended the practice, although he returned to verse librettos in his later, less naturalistic works." Richard Langham Smith in Grove Music Online Philippe Gille (1831-1901), the dedicatee, was a noted French librettist. "Gille collaborated with such experienced librettists as Ludovic Halevy, Adolphe Jaime and H.-J. Creemieux, whose texts were set by composers including Offenbach, Delibes, Dufresne and Massenet." Christopher Smith in Grove Music Online. He wrote his most famous librettos for Massenet's Manon and Delibes's Lakme.

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        Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 5. Auflage, Pracht-Ausgabe, 17 + 1 Bände, Neuer Abdruck, 1897 - 1898.

      Leipzig und Wien, Bibliographisches Institut, 1897 - 1898.. Gänzlich neu bearbeitete und erweiterte Auflage. Grundwerk in 17 Bänden mit 17.800 Seiten. Enthalten sind 100.000 Artikel mit 10.500 Abbildungen, 1.088 Tafeln, davon 164 Farbtafeln, überwiegend Chromolithographien. Es erschien noch ein Ergänzungsband und drei Jahres-Supplementbände. Vollständiges Grundwerk (A - Z) in 17 Bänden und der Ergänzungsband 18 (Ergänzungen und Nachträge - Register), insgesamt somit 18 Bände.Braune Original-Halblederbände mit goldgeprägten Rückentiteln auf rotem und grünem Rückenschild sowie sehr reichen floralen Ornamentprägungen. Buchdeckel mit erhabener floraler Reliefstruktur auf beigem Leinen und mit großen Lederecken. Seitliche Lederflächen und Ecken mit graziler goldener Stempelverzierung bzw. - am Hintzerdeckel - mit reichen Blindprägungen. Dreiseitiger Pfauenbuchschnitt. Reich illustrierte, vergoldete Vorsätze. Gemeinsam mit der 6. Auflage Höhepunkt der Meyer-Werkgeschichte. Es gibt diese 5. Auflage in einer Vielzahl unterschiedlicher, großenteils reichhaltig ornamentierter Ausgaben.. Sehr harmonisches Exemplar ohne Aufhellungen, auch die - sonst sehr aufhellungsempfindlichen - Rückenschilder hier durchweg im originalen Farbton erhalten. Buchrücken - wie nahezu stets bei dieser Ausgabe - partiell leicht berieben, seitliche Lederflächen mit einigen kleinen Beschabungen; Ecken und Kanten partiell etwas bestoßen; die empfindlichen floralen Deckelbezüge in sehr gutem Zustand; der prachtvolle Pfauenschnitt noch sehr gut sichtbar. Wenige Seiten leicht fleckig, Seiten aber ganz überwiegend sauber und fleckenfrei.In toto sehr schönes, harmonisches Exemplar dieser aufwendig gestalteten Prachtausgabe. Weitere Fotos auf der Homepage des Antiquariats (bitte Art.-Nr. auf der Angebotsseite in das Suchfeld eingeben).

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        La Sorcellerie en Poitou. Gilles de Rais

      Paris: Librairie de la tradition nationale (1897). 21pp - Paris: Librairie de la tradition nationale (1897). 21pp. Illustrated essay on the notorious Gilles de Rais by one of the foremost figures of the Decadent movement in literature. Five photographs of the Chateau de Tiffauges and the environs are reproduced in the text, which was delivered by Huysmans as a lecture at the Congrès d'Ethnographie et d'Art populaire in 1896.One of 100 numbered copies, none of which were for sale, this is example #47 inscribed by Huysmans on front endpaper. Very good in wrappers, wrappers browned, spine starting. Uncommon. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night the Illustrated Editiom of the Arabian Nights in 12 Volumes

      London: H. S. Nichols Ltd 1897. 12 volumes, illustrated with 71 b/w plates, gilt decorated covers, some foxing internally and wear and small tears to spines, bookplates on f.e.p. The Library Edition. . Very Good. Decorated Cloth. 1897. Large 8vo..

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        The Spoils of Poynton

      London: William Heinemann, 1897, 1897. FIRST EDITION in book form, colonial sheets bound for home market, matching Supino [48.5.0]. In the original publisher's light blue cloth with nine tulips to upper, with gilt titles to spine and upper, one ad to rear (no catalogue). A truly fine copy. Superb throughout. Forced to leave her home to make way for her son and his uncultured fiancee, Mrs Gereth hatches a subtle plot to remove as many of the house's priceless furnishings as possible. Supino, also Edel and Laurence.

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        Very early applied radiology [Röntgen photographs, X-rays] including the first use of X-rays in authentication of fine art (i.e. painting by Albrecht Dürer).

      . Munich, Friedrich Haller & Söhne, Atelier und Laboratorium mit Röntgen'schen Strahlen, 1897. Loose in folio album. Set of nine extremely early, mint conditioned X-Ray-photographs mounted on six presentation cardboards (three with two photographs each) and with manuscript descriptions; the photographs measuring between 6.6 x 5.6 cm, and 34.4 x 23.6 cm, all housed in contemporary gilt cloth portfolio titled "Album".l A set of very early Röntgen photos; in all, seven anatomical and two art-historical X-rays, as follows: (1) the large-scaled (34.4 x 23.6 cm) negative of a painting ascribed to Albrecht Dürer, named "Der segnende Heiland" (Christ with a crown of thorns). The painting, once owned by Mr. Friedrich Burger, who ran an art gallery in Munich, had first been extensively described by Dr. Oscar Freiherr Lochner von Hüttenbach in a paper in 1894, where Hüttenbach clearly states that the painting should be attributed to Albrecht Dürer. Apparently Mr. Burger still had trouble selling the painting, because in January 1897, he let Friedrich Haller & Söhne try a completely new method of authenticating his painting; by means of X-ray. According to a newspaper article clipped from the "Allgemeine Zeitung", mounted on the backside of the card board, and dated in a contemporary hand "26/I 97" (= January 26th 1897) this X-ray indeed proved that this was a true Dürer, marking the photographs for sale as the first known attempt to verify a painting's authorship by this revolutionary method. The story was considered so important, it was repeated at length in the New York Daily Tribune of 11 April 1897: "A new test for old paintings. The genuineness of an Albrecht Duerer proven by X-Rays. The practical value of Röntgen's famous discovery lies in its revelations of the unseen. While the applications of this instrument of research have hitherto been confined almost entirely to surgical diagnosis, yet there are other important uses to which it can be put..." The X-rays reveal the date 1524, whereas previously the work was thought to date from 1521, and a previously unknown Gothic text. This is the oldest known verification of a piece of fine art by the means of X-rays revealing information about an old masters paintings' history hidden behind layers of paint, varnish, and dirt. The present whereabouts of this painting are unknown. We presume it was lost during WWII, or (less likely) it is hidden away somewhere in a private collection. It was not until the 1920's that X-rays were regularly used in the analysis of old paintings. From the newspaper article we learn something interesting about the rarity of these particular X-ray photographs, too; as it states that only a few copies were sent to a handfull of distinguished people in Europe. "The Queen Regent of Spain having been thus complimented, she sent her specimen to one of the academies of art in Spain, and it was the subject of favorable comment there." (2) the somewhat smaller scaled positive of the former number (21.5 x 15 cm), here the painting is depicted much more clearly with better contrast; (3) a 42-year-old woman's skull; (4) a man's hand, signed in the photographic plate "Armin Flümthal - similar to the first X-Ray in history, depicting either Röntgen's or his wife's hand"; (5) the lower part of the body of a 13-year-old female with malformed legs; (6) a man's foot with a crocked grown fracture; (7) the pelvis of a 17-year-old woman with a deformed pin to fix a fracture; (8) the pelvis of a 12-year-old boy - all of which so far are negative proofs; (9) the large-scaled (life-sized?) positive of #4 above, stating the time of exposure of three minutes (!) All photos in an exceptionally mint condition. All with the atelier's label mounted to the back side. Provenance: the medical doctor, Karl Theodor, Duke in Bavaria (1839-1909), who founded the Augenklinik Herzog Carl Theodor (the Duke Charles Theodore Eye Clinic) in Munich in 1895..

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        Florence: Its History - The Medici - The Humanists - Letters - Arts

      Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates & Co. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. 1897. Cloth. White cloth, titles and extravagant decoration in gilt, t.e.g., in publisher's printed paper dust-wrapper; viii, 476 pages, fold-out colored map of Florence, plus frontis and 29 photogravure plates, all with captioned tissue guards. "New edition." Rubbed corners, cracked front hinge, rear hinge starting, but else bright and sharp; jacket has loss at spine head and panels, but still appealing .

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        The Seven Seas

      New York: D. Appleton and Co.. Fine in Fair dust jacket. 1897. Cloth. Green cloth heavily decorated and titled in gilt, t.e.g., others deckle, in publisher's printed dust-wrapper replicating the binding exactly; vii, 209, [6] (ads). A very early reprint. A bright sharp copy with just a touch of rubbing to the corners and spine tips; jacket is toned and soiled, chipped and torn, spine altogether missing, fair at best, but a scarce wrapper. .

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        The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night the Illustrated Editiom of the Arabian Nights in 12 Volumes

      H. S. Nichols Ltd 1897, London - 12 volumes, illustrated with 71 b/w plates, gilt decorated covers, some foxing internally and wear and small tears to spines, bookplates on f.e.p. The Library Edition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        L'impôt dans les diverses civilisations, I-II. [TWO VOLUMES]

      Paris, L. Larose & Guillaumin, 1897.. Two volumes. Royal octavo. Pp. xxxii, 429; 429-817, (2) appendix, errata. Hardcover, uniformly bound in contemporary quarter calf and marbled boards, spines with raised bands and gilt labels, marbled endpapers. In a very good condition. Excellent set. ~ First edition, first series. Rare. Ernest Fournier de Flaix (1824-1904). Previously the property of the law office of C. A. van der Beek, with nicely illustrated bookplate to each volume.

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        [Arabian Nights] The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night Translated from the Arabic by Captain Sir R F Burton Reprinted from the original edition and edited by Leonard C Smithers Illustrated by a series of 71 original illustrations reproduced from the original pictures in oil specially painted by Albert Letchford

      London: H.S. Nichols Ltd., 1897., 1897. The Library Edition. Printed by the Kamashastra Society for Private Subscribers only. Complete in 12 volumes; large 8vo. (26.5 x 56cm). Publisher's original red half morocco with raised bands, gilt titles and decoration to spines, green cloth boards, top edges gilt, marbled end-papers. Frontispiece portrait and photogravure illustrations with entitled tissue guards. Light foxing, mostly to prelims, specks to edges. Minor rubbing and handling. A sound, very decorative set in a handsome publisher's leather binding. 'The reader has here ... the most complete English edition of The Nights that can ever be published.'

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        The Naturalist in Australia.

      1st Ed. Pub. Chapman & Hall. 1897 - pp.xv,320 plus one page advert. Illustrated with 50 full-page collotype plates, 9 coloured plates by Keulemans and other Artists and over 100 illustrations in the text. Scattered foxing to photographic frontis., o/w. contents beautifully clean and in fine condition. Spine professionally relaid, boards beautifully clean; showing some minor rubbing on corners. End-papers replaced at time of spine relaying. Scarce; even more so in this condition. William Saville-Kent (1845-1908) was an English marine biologist of high regard; a member of both the Zoological Society of London and the Linnean Society. Alongside this super work, he was author of ‘A Manual of the Infusoria (1880-82) and his excellent study, ‘The Great Barrier Reef’ (1893). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Obras completas del Excmo. Señor D. Manuel Josef Quintana

      - Edición de lujo cuidadosamente revisada y anotada con escritos inéditos, documentos históricos y políticos, cartas, apéndices, etc., etc., 3 vols., Madrid, Felipe González Rojas Editor, 20 × 29, I, 1897: 669 p. + 2 h., 4 cromolitografías fuera de texto.- II, 1897: 782 p. + 1 h.- III, 1898: 560 p.- Ilustraciones en color para las portadillas en los 3 vols., enc. en media piel editorial con gofrados, dorados en lomo, cubiertas ornamentadas en estilo postromántico, el vol. 1 con leve deterioro en parte superior del lomo, el vol. 2 con el cuerpo ligeramente desprendido, magnífico ejemplar. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      [Various places. 1897-1926].. Three documents and one sepia-toned photograph. Noticeable wear, creasing, and chipping to the edges of the documents. Some spotting and discoloration to two examples. Remnants of paper backing to verso of one example. Small chip to the top left corner of the photograph, with mild edge wear. Overall good. Although renowned as a marksman, William Frank "Doc" Carver also gained notoriety as the purveyor of the diving horse show, which he started around 1894 in Kansas City. This intimate archive includes the following material related to Carver and his diving horse show: An original 1897 contract between H. Walker of Chicago, Carver's manager, and C. E. Cameron, representative of the Buena Vista County Agricultural Society of Alta, Iowa. The contract stipulates that Walker will "furnish Dr. W. F. Carver, Champion Shot of the World, and two diving horses, Powder Face and Cupid, and give one exhibition each day for three days commencing August 25th, 26th and 27th, at Alta Fair 1897." Both Walker and Cameron have signed the contract at bottom right. The second piece is Carver's retained copy of a furious two-page typed letter to the Omaha WORLD-HERALD, reacting to and seeking to refute the paper's editorial denouncing Carver's show as cruelty to animals. Carver writes eloquently of his concept behind the diving horse shows, that he "commenced the education of the High Diving Horses many years ago upon a new theory, that is, to educate them with sugar and kindness - treat them as companions and friends...." He goes on to refer to the horse diving show as "the most beautiful and sensational act the world has ever known." The third document is a one page typed letter from C. M. Young of the Iowa Humane Society to Carver assuring him that they had investigated the treatment of his horses and found that "no cruelty was practiced on your part or any unnecessary pain caused the animal in the performance. In fact, the horses seemed to be as interested in the exhibition as you were." Additionally, the archive contains an original sepia- toned photograph, 6 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches, featuring Carver in his later years, pictured with his daughter, Lorena Carver, who was the first female rider of diving horses in Carver's show. Overall, a fascinating assortment for the serious collector of one of the finest Wild West showmen.

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        Map of the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming with Full Descriptions of Mineral Resources, Etc.

      E.P. Noll and Company, Custer City, SD 1897 - Large color map [72.5 cm x 79 cm] bound with a 40 page booklet. Duodecimo [19 cm] map and text are bound in red cloth with gilt stamped titles and blind stamped border to the front board. Rubbing and minor wear to the foot of the the boards. Map and booklet are very good. Small black spot at the foot of the rear board. Another small black spot on the rear pastedown. Booklet offers detailed descriptions of the mineral resources of the area. The map is clean and bright. This map is colored by geological makeup and has a legend in the lower left corner. Inset of the Deadwood, Pluma, and Lead mining areas in the upper right hand corner. This work offered practical knowledge to the miner or prospector of the day, produced by E.P. Noll & Company of Philadelphia. Howes S239. Eberstadt 132:259. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Old and New London A Narrative of Its History, Its People, and Its Places [Together with:] Greater London A Narrative of Its History, Its People, and Its Places Illustrated with Numerous Engravings from the most Authentic Sources

      London: Cassell and Company, Limited, 1897-8., 1897. 8 volumes (6 for the Popular Edition of Old and New London, 2 for Greater London) bound in 4 in contemporary half black morocco with gilt titles and gilt lines to spines, black cloth boards, speckled edges. Profusely illustrated with woodcuts. End papers foxed; age toning to page edges. Binding a little rubbed. A sound, attractive and complete set of this popular series.

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        Mother Goose in Prose

      Way and Williams, Chicago 1897 - 265 pp. Title-page in red and black. Illustrated by Maxfield Parrish including 12 black & white plates. (4to) original pictorial cloth with color cover designs by Maxfield Parrish, gilt-lettered spine. First Edition, First Printing. Baum's first children's book and first book of fiction. First printing, with page bearing printer's imprint followed immediately by the rear free endpaper (second printing has two blank leaves preceding the rear endpaper). This is also the first book illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. Bienvenue & Schmidt, p.159. Ends and corners worn, light soiling and wear to cloth, front hinge starting; very good. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Colonel Bogey's Sketch Book, Comprising an Eccentric Collection of Scribbles and Scratches Found in Disused Lockers and Swept Up in the Pavillion, Together with Sundry After-Dinner Sayings of the Colonel

      Longmans, Green and Co, London 1897 - 44 pages, oblong 8.5"x11". Scarce title by an golf author/illustrator perhaps more widely known by his illustrations for Horace Hutchinson's column After Dinner Golf in Country Life magazine. Blue cloth spine rubbed head and tail but without loss; pictorial lithographed boards with white background showing light soiling with minor wear to extremities and corners. Six internal pages have creasing otherwise very clean with no splitting or damage to brown endpapers. Very uncommon, especially in this condition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Century Dictionary And Cyclopedia ~ 10 Volume Set ~ A Work Of Universal Reference In All Departments Of Knowledge With A New Atlas Of The World ~ Together with the Century Dictionary Supplement, 1910, 2 volumes 12 volumes in All.

      The Century Co., NY 1897 - Brown 3/4 leather with gilt title and raised bands on spine, with green cloth boards. Marbled edges and end papers. ; Includes Atlas and Proper Names. Fully Illustrated. Volumes, approx. 7-8 pounds each. Due to weight & size this set will only ship via USPS MEDIA MAIL, in multiple boxes. ; Illustrated; 4to 11" - 13" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        For The Flag. From the French of Jules Verne by Mrs Cashel Hoey

      London: Samson, Low, Marston and Co. 1897., 1897. FIRST UK EDITION. 8vo., illustrated. Publisher's pictorial red cloth, bevelled edges, all edges gilt, patterned endpapers. Some light general wear and handling, slight fading to spine panel, bookplate to pastedown.Spotting to tissue guard and some light spotting to title page. A clean, handsome copy of a scarce Jules Verne title. This English edition is the first illustrated edition, previously issued in America as 'Facing the Flag' but without plates. Technically speaking this is a separate entity from 'Facing the Flag' as it was translated for this edition by Mrs. Cashel Hoey, whereas the US edition was anonymously translated for the unillustrated edition. The tale of an archetypal mad inventor of a guided missile which he puts to piratical use against Atlantic shipping. Myers.

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        The Seven Seas

      New York: D. Appleton and Co.. Fine in Fair dust jacket. 1897. Cloth. Green cloth heavily decorated and titled in gilt, t.e.g., others deckle, in publisher's printed dust-wrapper replicating the binding exactly; vii, 209, [6] (ads). A very early reprint. A bright sharp copy with just a touch of rubbing to the corners and spine tips; jacket is toned and soiled, chipped and torn, spine altogether missing, fair at best, but a scarce wrapper. .

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        The Works of Shakespeare. Including: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, etc. With preface, Glossary, etc, by I. Gollancz

      London: J.M. Dent and Co., 1897., 1897. The Temple Shakespeare, complete in 40 volumes, small octavo, bound in 20 volumes by Bumpus in pink half calf with gilt titles and gilt to faded spines, marbled boards and end papers, top edges gilt. Each work with its own etched frontispiece and decorative red and black title page. Bookplate to paste downs. Light markings to binding, a few head of spines nicked. Internally clean and tight. A handsome set in an old binding.

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        Le Pays de Sauternes et les vins blancs de cantons de Podensac et de Langon. Illustration par Eug. Vergez

      Feret & Fils, Éditeurs - Libraires Associés, Bordeaux - Paris 1897 - With 2 folding coloured maps and 22 views of chateaux. First edition. In original gilt cloth. 70, (2) p. and 2 folding coloured maps. A monograph about white vine producers in Podensac and Langon. Lists the most important owners of the area, with illustrations of their chateaux (Yquem, Guiraud, Raymond-Lafon, Lafon, Rayne-Vigneau, La Tour Blanche, Rabaut, Climens, Mirat, Cantegril, Guiteronde, Ducasse, Camperos, Barreyre, Rolland, Suduiraut, Rochers, Peyron, Respide, Domaine des Tilleuls, Mauves, d'Arricaud). Between pp. 60-72 a list of the publisher's books on viticulture. Significant and scarce book on viticulture of the area. We could trace only one copy in institutional holdings worldwide. Ownership stamp of a Bordeaux vinery on inner pastedown. In fine condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Hedvig Eleonoras Drottningholm. Anteckningar till slottets äldre byggnadshistoria. Ny upplaga illustrerad af Agi Lindegren.

      Stockholm, P. Palmquist, 1897. Folio. (10) + 113 + (7) s. Portrett. 56 plansjer. 1 plan. Eleg. rødt maroquinbd. med rik gulldekor på ryggen. For- og bakperm dekorert med det svenske riksvåpen i gull. Topp gullsnitt, ellers ubeskåret. Indre denteller i gull. Marmorert forsatspapir. Bindet sign. G. Hedberg.. Nr. 175 av 200 numm. eks. Fint eks

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        Shakespeare's Sonnets

      Boston: Copeland and Day, 1897. First edition. Superbly bound Exhibition Binding by Zaehnsdorf in full reddish brown morocco with all-over and intricate gilt floral and sprig design on both covers, copious gilt stippling and ruling forming a wavy geometric pattern, and with the letters "W" and "S" for William Shakespeare interlocking and appearing in repeating fashion; similar motif on spine. Gilt dentelles, marbled endsheets. With Zaehnsdorf Exhibition Binding seal stamped in rear pastedown. Type and decorations throughout designed by Bertram Grosvenorr Goodhue. A lovely binding and book. Very small string mark to one edge, very slight edge rubbing, else near fine.

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      Prague: F. Simacek, 1897. Signed by the illustrator, Alphonse (Alfons) Mucha. Brown embossed cloth binding, with gilt stamping and attached metal ornaments at front corners. In Very Good+ condition. Lacking the front free end paper. Title page shows a hand-numbered postage-like stamp, and an erased rubber stamp (perhaps from an institution). Pages show toning and light occasional smudging. A beautifully bound book, signed by Czech Art Nouveau artist, Alphonse Mucha.

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        'Captains Courageous'. A Story of the Grand Banks

      Macmillan, London 1897, 1897. FIRST EDITION. Octavo. With illustrations (frontispiece and 20 plates). Publishers' original royal blue cloth, pictorially stamped in gilt, black endpapers, a.e.g. Some foxing, inner joints just starting, cloth is fresh, gilt brilliant. A crisp, fine copy, housed in a protective quarter leather case. Classic seafaring adventure story. Stewart. BBA sale 634 [Literature].

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        The Mollusca of the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, and North Arabian Sea.

      London, 1897-1916.. 3 vols.: I. Persian Gulf Mollusca / The Mollusca of the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and North Arabian Sea. II. Persian Gulf papers - Index / The Mollusca of the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, and Arabian Sea, as evidenced mainly through the collections of Mr. F. W. Townsend, 1893-1906; with descriptions of new species. III. Mollusca of Bombay Madras Andamans etc. / Papers on the Mollusca of Bombay: Karachi: Aden: Madras: Torres Straits: Andamans: etc. Also on Conus: Cypraea: Harpa: etc. 50 original works by Melvill and 11 by other authors, all on shells or brachiopods from the western Indian Ocean.. The British malacologist J. C. Melville (1845-1929), son of the like-named Under-Secretary of State for India and grandson of the last secretary of the East India Company, James Cosmo Melvill (1845-1929) described more than 1,000 new molluscs between 1881 and 1928. "Perhaps Melvill is best remembered for his Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and Arabian Sea work, for by himself or with co-authors he described nearly 600 new species or varieties from that region" (A. Trew). The present three-volume set deals exactly with that material, mostly collected by F. W. Townsend, captain of the Cable-Ship "Patrick Stewart", when inspecting the Eastern Telegraph Company's cables at the bottom of the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. Townsend sent the shells that were found on the cables first to G. B. Sowerby, later directly to Melvill, and all were described by the latter, usually together with the Assistent Keeper of Zoology at the Manchester Museum, Robert Standen (1854-1925). In contrast to many contemporaries, Melvill took great care in illustrating his new species. The three "Melvill papers" volumes are titled on spine and title pages as cited above. The compiler of these three volumes has added, in neat handwriting, the titles, for each volume a list of the contents by title, a consecutive page numbering and an index to all the new and illustrated species and genera. It is unknown who compiled these volumes, though it could have been John Read le Brockton Tomlin, "a protege of J. C. Melvill [...] Tomlin added to the collection considerably and also collected a unique library of molluscan books and reprints" (Trew). In all there are 50 original works by Melvill, and 11 by other authors (e.g. E. A. Smith, R. Standen, and G. B. Sowerby III) but also dealing with shells or brachiopods from the western Indian Ocean, often relating directly to Melvill papers. One is F. W. Townsend "Notes on shell collecting in the northern parts of the Arabian Sea, including the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf in the years 1890-1914". The vast majority are original offprints; some, mostly smaller papers were taken from magazines and carefully mounted on blank paper. Each of the offprints itself is a rarity, and a collection like this one is absolutely unique. - A. Trew, Melvill's new molluscan names. Vol I: 1897(b); 1897(g); 1898(k); 1899(j), 1899(k); 1903(c); 1903(e), 1903(f), 1904(a); 1904(b); 1904(c), 1904(d); 1904(e); 1904(f); 1904(g); 1904(h); 1905(a); 1906(a); 1906(b); 1906(c); 1906(d); 1910(c); 1910(d); 1912(b); 1917(a); 1917(d); 1917(f); 1918(c). - Vol. II: 1901(d); 1907(e); 1928. - Vol. III: 1886; 1893(e); 1893(f); 1894(b), 1895(a); 1895(c); 1896(b); 1897(h); 1898(a), 1898(c); 1898(i); 1899(a); 1899(g), 1899(h); 1900(b); 1901(e); 1903(a); 1905(b); 1916(a).

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      Archibald Constable and Company, London 1897 - First Edition, third issue with Shoulder of Shasta ad on p. 392 and the catalogue inserted in the back of the book. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's yellow cloth with some wear to the spine and discoloration to the panels. The binding of the book is tight with light rubbing and foxing to the endpapers. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a very good copy of this scarce first edition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Beetle

      London, Skeffington. 1897, 1897. First Edition. 8vo. Publisher's dark red cloth titled in gilt to spine and front board. Decorated in green and black with a striking egyptian eye motif and, naturally enough, a large beetle to the front board. Faded to spine, bumped to spine ends, minor edgewear, a strong, handsome copy of a scarce book. Internally clean, patterned endpapers, frontis. with tissue guard, front inner paper-joint cracked. This copy bears the ownership inscription of the publisher Harold E. Skeffington, dated September 1897, to the half title. One of the best selling novels of the late nineteenth century; The Beetle remained in print for over 60 years, effortlessly outselling its now far better known competition, a certain Dracula being amongst them. Subsequent literary endeavours by people like Boothby and Rohmer clearly owe a lot to Marsh's really rather high calibre tale of evil oriental interlopers with insidious powers and sinister intentions. A handsome association copy of an important book.

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        The Pierrot of the Minute

      London: Leonard Smithers,, 1897. A Dramatic Phantasy in One Act. Large octavo (pp. 43). Original green cloth over bevelled boards, gilt lettered spine and front cover, pictorial gilt stamps from designs by Beardsley on front and back covers, top edges gilt. Title page printed in red & black; frontispiece, initial letter, vignette and cul-de-lampe by Beardsley. Binding a little shaken and rubbed (more noticeably at the extremities), short closed-tear at head of frontispiece (not affecting illustration) with old tape repair mark on verso. First edition, one of only 300 copies printed on paper, a further 30 were printed on Japanese vellum. Pierrot of the Minute brought together three of the major figures of fin de siécle London: the poet Ernest Dowson, considered by T. S. Eliot to be the most gifted and technically perfect of his age, the publisher Leonard Smithers, and the illustrator Aubrey Beardsley. It is one of Beardsley's last books. He described it as "delightful" and "well he might, for... in its design, paper, bindings, and, of course, with Beardsley's wonderful pictures and cover design, make it one of the finest of all the "Smithers books" (James G. Nelson, Publisher to the Decadents: Leonard Smithers in the careers of Beardsley, Wilde, Dowson, 2000, p. 157).

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        THE WELL-BELOVED (First American Edition IN ORIGINAL 1897 DUST JACKET)

      Harper & Brothers 1897 - Hardy, Thomas. THE WELL-BELOVED: A sketch of a temperament. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1897. First American Edition. Original green publisher's cloth, gilt. Etched Frontispiece with tissue guard, and a map, both featuring Hardy's fictional Wessex. A Fine, bright copy with only the most minor of blemishes in an ORIGINAL 1897 DUST JACKET (slightly stained and a little browned, expert paper restoration to the verso). THE WELL-BELOVED, Thomas Hardy's 14th and last novel, is a fantasy which tells the story of sculptor Jocelyn Pierston and his love for three generations of women. Although one of Hardy's minor works, it is unfairly underrated. The theme of man's universal experience of pursuing unattainable perfection in a mate is pure Hardy at its core. Any 19th Century DJ on a Thomas Hardy first edition is exceedingly rare, we know of only a handful. Purdy (p. 96). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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