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        Periplus. An Essay on the Early History of Charts and Sailing-Directions

      Stockholm: P A Nordestedt and Söner. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket as issued. Minor wear and scuffing to leather along spine and corners. Bookplate of Cruising Association to fep and Association library blindstamps within; gilt Association stamp to leather binding. Marbled endpapers. 1897. First Edition. Brown hardback half-leather cover on brown cloth boards. 420mm x 330mm (17" x 13"). 208pp + 60 plates. 60 full page maps - two double page and in colour; one hundred additional maps. .

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        On Human Nature

      London & New York: Swan Sonnenschein & Co.,, 1897. Essays (partly posthumous) in Ethics and Politics. Selected and translated by T. Bailey Saunders. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt and to front board black, publisher's device to front board black, cream endpapers. Spine slightly rolled and faded, spine cracked but holding, spine ends rubbed, front hinge starting, edges lightly foxed. A very good copy. First edition of this collection of essays drawn from chapters in Schopenhauer's Parerga and his posthumous writings.

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        L'Aristénète français -

      Conquet 1897 -, Paris - 2 volumes. In-16 Tome 1: 209 pp. Tome 2: 229 pp. Reliure demi-maroquin rouge à coins. Dos lisse joliment décoré de mosaïques dorées. Couverture conservée. Reliure signée CARAYON. Intérieur très rpopre. Edition illustrée de 50 compositions par DURAND gravées à l'eau-forte par Champollion. Excellent état. TIRAGE LIMITE à 150 exemplaires seulement. Celui-ci un des 135 sur Vélin de Hollande avec un double état des gravures. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        AN AFRICAN MILLIONAIRE. EPISODES IN THE LIFE OF THE ILLUSTRIOUS COLONEL CLAY

      Grant Richards, 1897. - First edition. First printing. 8vo. Original dark green cloth with gold gilt titles and illustration to front cover and spine, illustrated, top edges gilt. Minor rubbing to the spine ends and corners, else very good in pictorial gilt stamped front cover. Queen's Quorum 21 says, "The "illustrious" Colonel Clay has been shamefully neglected. The Adam of yeggmen preceded the infinitely celebrated Raffles by two years.long enough to entitle the Colonel to top honors as the first great short-story thief on the criminal literary scene. The rare first edition of his fancy filching and fleecing shows an illustration in gold-leaf, on the front cover, of a Pied Piper followed not by children but by winged money-bags." A superb copy of a rare book. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Book of Verses, A

      1897. A Fine Late Nineteenth Century 'Exhibition' Binding by Zaehnsdorf[ZAEHNSDORF, binder]. HENLEY, William Ernest. A Book of Verses. London: David Nutt, 1897. Later edition (first published in 1888). Small octavo (6 9/16 x 4 1/16 inches; 167 x 104 mm.). [v-xvi], 175, [1, blank] pp. Title-page with etched vignette. Bound by Zaehnsdorf ca. 1897, stamp -signed on verso of front endpaper and with the Zaehnsdorf 'exhibition' stamp in blind on rear paste-down. Full red crushed levant morocco, covers with triple gilt-ruled border enclosing a symmetrical pattern of gilt flowers (twenty-eight on each cover), the flowers on stems with azured leaves and a delicate gilt-dotted element below each. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled in gilt in a similar pattern, lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt board-edges, decorative gilt turn-ins, red silk liners and endleaves, all edges gilt.This beautiful little 'Exhibition' binding by Zaehnsdorf surounds a very nicely printed edition of verses, originally issued in 1888, by poet, playwright, essayist, and critic W.E. Henley (1849-1903). An admirer of both English and French Renaissance prose, Henley wrote poems in an elegant and complex style. As editor of the 'National Observer' from 1891-1894, he introduced to the public a group of soon-to-be-famous young writers, including Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells, and William Butler Yeats.The book contains four collections of poetry: In Hospital: Rhymes and Rythms; Life and Death (Echoes); and Bric-A-Brac. Henley's poem sequence ?"In Hospital?" sets the pattern for most of his subsequent work. Presenting a rather new idea for a series of poems, he attempts the unhackneyed in his treatment. The volume chronicles his hospital experience from his moment of entry to his exit, and he gives brief sketches of most of the other people in the hospital at that time. He begins with ?"Enter Patient,?" continues with ?"Waiting?" for the operation, then the ?"Operation?" itself, and with his other experiences until he is ?"Discharged.?" He also sketches the nurses, the surgeons, and various other people confined as patients. These poems are essentially topical, but in some instances his language is realistic and powerful enough to convey his themes with vividness. The probe used on him while he is waiting for the operation feels like a crowbar, and life he believes is a blunder. The nurses almost come alive, and ?"Kate the scrubber?" is magnificently portrayed in her macabre ballet performance before the patients.?"Bric-A-Brac,?" written between 1877 and 1888, continues to a certain extent Henley?'s experimentation in form and subject matter. Most of the works are entitled the ?"Ballade?" of one thing or another, as ?"Ballade of Youth and Age,?" and end with an ?"Envoy,?" but these efforts at archaism are generally unsuccessful. Far more noteworthy are such efforts at realism as ?"In Fisherrow.?" The sentiment in the poem is embarrassing rather than poignant, but the realistic picture of the ugly old woman selling fish is vividly presented. Fifty years old, she has a bronzed and shriveled face and neck; her feet are large, her legs bowed and spare and strong; and as she walks along imploring would-be purchasers to buy her fish she has the ?"spirit of traffic?" ever in her eye.

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        Walter Sherwood's Probation

      Henry T. Coates 1897 - A rare first edition, first state, with 1897 on the title page and no ads in the rear. Very good condition. Owner's signature on interior page. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Das Internationale Schachturnier des Schaclubs Nurnberg im Juli - August 1896

      Verlag von Veit & Co, Leipzig 1897 - iv+294pp with frontispiece, diagrams and tables. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 3/4") bound in three quarter leather with marbled boards and gilt lettering to spine. (Linde-Niemeijeriana:5244) 1st edition. After the German Championship at Leipzig in 1894, the committee of the Nuremberg Chess Club, of which Tarrach was a member, had lobbied heavily to obtain the next championship in 1896. After St Petersburg in it seemed to Tarrasch that his home ground was a perfect setting for restoring him to chess supremacy, so the club set out to attract the best players available including the four contestants at St Petersburg. Interest was high and thirty-nine masters sent in their entries. Twenty were chosen, but at the last minute two of these - Berthold Englisch, the veteran German master, and Amos Burn, the English master - had to withdraw. But to the remaining eighteen, in order that every player might enjoy a day off, the committee, on the recommendation of Moroczy then entering his first master tournament, added the young Budapest player Rudolph Charousek, who, although he was not yet able to contend for a prize, certainly had his moments. Also among the contestants was the veteran Simon Winawer, who had submitted his entry at Hastings but had requested to be allowed to play under an assumed name? His request was denied, but one wonders if he was being hounded by creditors and what disguise he would have assumed to avoid them! Other additions to the field were the nominal U S Champion, Jackson W Schowalter and two German veterans, Schallopp and Porges. Of the absent only Burn was missed. A tournament misfortune was Teichmann's illness which ruined his chances in the early rounds. While he scored only two points in the first 16 rounds, he doubled that score in the last three! There was one other temporary fly in the ointment. Because of their great effort to make the championship tournament a success, the Nuremberg committee did not want to assume responsibility for holding the Hauptturnier and the other minor tournaments, which were customarily the adjunct to the biennial championships. This intramural squabble led to the angry departure of Max Lange and other leaders of the association to Eisenach, where they held a "rump" of minor tournaments. Condition: Exlibris from the Brooklyn Public library with stamps to head and heel page ends. Rebound in 3/4 leather with marbled boards. Archival repair to title page edge, else a very good copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Sign of Four. New Edition.

      Newnes 1897 8vo., original pictorial cloth blocked in gilt and black, gilt back, very neatly rebacked with old backstrip laid down, patterned endpapers, a very good, bright, clean copy. With 24pp publisher's catalogue bound in at end, and the nineteenth century trade ticket of Milne of Aberdeen on front paste - down.This fine tale, the second of the Sherlock Holmes 'long' stories, was first published Iin book form in 1890. Astonishingly, this edition appears not to have been recorded by De Waal. SCARCE, ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONDITION.

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        Ensayo histórico sobre la Revolución de Paraguay y el Gobierno Dictatorio del Doctor Francia [José Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia y Velasco, 1766-1840] Por Rengger y Lompchamp (sic), Doctores en Medicina y miembros de la Sociedad Helvética de Ciencias Naturales

      Asunción, Imprenta de «La Democracia», 1897. 4to.; XV pp., 128 pp. Cubiertas originales salvadas en encuadernación moderna en media tela. Los autores del presente libro, cuya primera edición apareció en París en 1828, realizaron su periplo americano en 1818 motivados por sus estudios naturalistas y en la confianza de que la paz y la tranquilidad ls acompañarían en su viaje. Tras cincuenta dias de navegación por el Paraná llegaron a Asunción, donde vivieron los seis años siguientes, durante los cuales tuvieron la valiosa experiencia de ser testigos principales de la peculiar Dictadura del Doctor Francia que dirigió los destinos del Paraguay entre 1814 y 1840. En 1825 tuvieron que abandonar las tierras guaraníes acusados de conspirar contra el Gobierno y retirarse a Buenos Aires, donde fueron asiduamente consultados sobre el «Paraguay lúgubre del Dictador Francia», lo que les indujo a publicar la presente obra a su regreso definitivo a Paris.

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        Bibliographica. Papers on Book Their History and Art

      London 1895-1897: Kegan Paul, London 1895-1897 - Very Good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. viii, 512p, viii, 503p, viii, 511p. 12 parts in 3 volumes. A magnificent series of papers on books, their history and art, written by the principal bibliographicals of the day. Printed on thick paper and limited to 850 copies with numerous illustrations whereof some in color. Contributors include William Morris, Alfred Pollard, Falconer Madan, Cyril Davenport, E. Gordon Duff and Octave Uzanne. Bound by Gustav Hedberg in quarter red morocco over marbelised boards and endpapers. Original covers bound in. From the library of the Swedish collector Thore Virgin with his emblem on the boards and bookplate dated 1911 and his stamp 'Bibliotheca Quarnforsiana' on the front blank. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Atlas der Alpenflora - Handbuch zum Atlas der Alpenflora EDITION ORIGINALE

      Graz |& München: Verlag des Deutschen und Oesterreichischen Alpenvereines, 1897. Fine. Verlag des Deutschen und Oesterreichischen Alpenvereines, Graz & München 1897-1899, 12,5x19cm, 6 volumes reliures de l'éditeur. - Originale.bindings Edition Editor "cartonnage" mint, smooth back, guards and contreplats patterned paper illustrated floraux.Ouvrage 500 chromolithographies.spine slightly warped, otherwise nice and rare set. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale. Reliures de l'éditeur en plein cartonnage menthe, dos lisse, gardes et contreplats de papier à motifs floraux. Ouvrage illustré de 500 chromolithographies. Dos légèrement gauchis, sinon agréable et rare ensemble.

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        SONNETS FROM THE PORTUGUESE

      Vale Press, London 1897 - 152 x 121 mm (6 x 4 3/4"). 46 pp., [1] leaf. ONE OF 300 COPIES on paper (and eight on vellum). Pleasing blue-gray crushed morocco by Zaehnsdorf (stamp-signed on front turn-in and with the firm's oval exhibition stamp on rear pastedown), covers with delicate gilt frame of swirling tendrils bearing azured leaves, flat spine with gilt tendrils and titling, turn-ins with multiple plain and decorative rules, crimson watered silk endleaves, top edge gilt. With two large woodcut white-vine initials by Charles Ricketts, printed in red. Ransom, p. 435; Tomkinson, p. 166. Spine evenly sunned, small dark stain (a half inch in diameter) at middle of fore-edge of book block (just barely extending onto the margin of most pages), otherwise fine, the binding unworn and the text fresh and clean. This is an appealing edition of Barrett Browning's remarkable love poems in a pretty, feminine binding. It is the 14th work from the press that was founded--and closely supervised by--Charles Ricketts, who was perhaps the most significant figure in the private press movement after William Morris. From 1896-1903, Ricketts ran the Vale Press, which produced books that in Cave's words were "far truer to the spirit of fifteenth-century printing than Kelmscott work." The Press issued nearly 50 titles, and both its impressive output and considerable artistic success can be attributed to the fact that Ricketts, who was remarkably skilled as a designer, painter, and illustrator, was in control of every facet of the operation. Tomkinson observes that "although the actual printing was done on the premises of the Ballantyne Press, the Vale books were built entirely on Mr. Ricketts' design under his personal supervision on a press set apart for his sole use; the founts, decorations, illustrations (including the engraving on the wood), watermarks, and pagination were all the work of Mr. Ricketts, and it is doubtful if, in the history of printing, books have been made which reflect the invention and work of one man more explicitly than do the Vale books." One of the most famous female poets in English literature, Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61) is best remembered for the present "Sonnets from the Portuguese," including her famous Sonnet 43, beginning, "How do I love thee." These sonnets depict the author's unleashed emotions during her celebrated love affair with fellow poet Robert Browning, a romance that led to their elopement and marriage in 1846. Alternating between joy and melancholy, the poems are still beloved today for their lyrical and emotive powers. The delicate tooling here is typical of the work of the Zaehnsdorf bindery, and the oval stamp on the rear pastedown is a special sign of the firm's satisfaction with the binder's level of achievement. ONE OF 300 COPIES on paper (and eight on vellum). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        La nouvelle bibliopolis : Voyage d’un novateur au pays des Néo-icono-bibliomanes.

      Henri Floury 1897 - Paris, chez Henri Floury, 1897. In-12, XX-254 pages plus table des chapitres et achevé d’imprimer. Reliure époque demi chagrin vert foncé, dos à nerfs avec frise dorée, fleurons et titre or. Lithographies en couleurs (8 hors texte) et marges décoratives de H. P. DILLON. Frontispice gravé à l’eau-forte par Manesse d’après Félicien ROPS. Tirage limité à 600 exemplaires, un des 500 sur papier vélin satiné de Rives (N° 305). Bel exemplaire. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        SOME GERMAN WOODCUTS OF THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY

      Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897. ONE OF 225 COPIES on paper (and eight on vellum) n. Hardcover. A Sought-After Kelmscott Title, our Copy with a Very Special Eragny Connection. 295 x 216 mm (11 1/2 x 8 1/2"). xi, [i] pp., 23 leaves (printed on recto only), 24-36 pp. ONE OF 225 COPIES on paper (and eight on vellum). Original holland-backed blue paper boards, untrimmed edges. WITH 35 REPRODUCTIONS OF WOODCUTS printed on 23 leaves, one six-line woodcut initial. Front pastedown with the ex libris and wood-engraved bookplate (designed by Lucian Pissarro) of Joseph Manuel Andreini. Printed in red and black in Golden type. Peterson A-49; Sparling 49; Tomkinson, p. 121; Clark Library "Kelmscott and Doves," pp. 58-59. A bit of distress to cloth at spine ends, corners mildly bumped and worn, perhaps a hint of fading at board edges, but all of these defects minor, and otherwise A VERY FINE COPY of a fragile book, remarkably clean, fresh, and bright internally, with deep impressions of the type. Compiled and edited by the secretary of the Kelmscott Press, Sydney Cockerell, this work contains 35 reproductions of German woodcuts from books that were in the library of William Morris. The volume was immediately popular, quickly sold out, and has been sought after ever since. One of the most distinguished persons in the world of books during his lifetime, Sir Sydney Cockerell (1867-1962) took it upon himself to become archivist of the Kelmscott Press, and he was Morris' literary executor and supervised the Press after the death of Morris. In addition, he was older brother to the famous bookbinder Douglas Cockerell, and later was in partnership with the process-engraver Sir Emery Walker, who worked in collaboration with Cobden-Sanderson at the Doves Press. In 1907 he married Florence Kingsford, a talented artist, bookbinder, and illuminator whose work on the Ashendene "Song of Songs" is justly celebrated. And as a member of the select Roxburghe Club for bibliophiles, he published a number of monographs for its membership. In 1908 he became the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge, an appointment that lasted 29 years and that transformed the once dreary gallery into one that became world famous. Our copy once belonged to New York banker and bibliophile Joseph Manuel Andreini (1850-1932), a member of the Grolier Club and the Rowfant Club who was especially fond of books from the Eragny Press, and who became good friends with the Pissarros. His bookplate depicting a pensive shepherdess and her flock is one of six known to have been designed by Lucien. In her catalogue note to "Illustrating the Good Life," the Grolier Club's 2007 exhibition of the Pissarros and the Eragny Press, Alice Beckwith called Andreini's bookplate "a miniature masterpiece of pastoral peace."

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        The Life of Nelson, the Embodiment of the Sea Power of Great Britain

      London: Sampson Low, Marston, & Company, Limited,, 1897. 2 volumes, octavo (220 x 144 mm). Later dark blue half morocco by Morrell, gilt panelled spines with centre-tooled gilt nautical motifs, blue cloth sides, top edges gilt, pale blue endpapers. Photogravure portrait frontispiece to each and 17 other similar plates, mostly portraits, 21 maps and battle plans, 2 folding. Bookplates (on front pastedowns) of William S. Covington; a little rubbing to corners otherwise an excellent copy. First edition, first impression of the UK edition, from American sheets with a cancel title. Mahan, described by John Keegan as "the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century" and recognised as "the Evangelist of Sea Power", proposes Nelson as the British embodiment thereof in this well-researched and well-written biography. An attractively and suitably bound set.

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        The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. The Illustrated Library Edition. 12 volume set

      London H S Nichols 1897. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket. Fine binding. Marbled endpapers. Teg - remaining edges uncut The Illustrated Library Edition Red morrocco hardback half-leather cover on green cloth 260mm x 170mm (10" x 7"). [5000pp.]. 71 original tissue-guarded original illustrations by Albert Letchford. This edition comprises the original sixteen books ie. the entire work. It was published privately by the Kama Shastra Society as much of the material was deemed inappropriate at the time due to its sexual nature. N.B.: Heavy set - please ask for shipping quote stating country of destination.

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        The Invisible Man A Grotesque Romance

      London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited,, 1897. Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine and front board gilt, pictorial design to front board black. Faint inkstamp to front free endpaper. Spine rolled and faded, tips bumped, front hinge cracked and barely holding, rear hinge starting, endpapers lightly foxed, internally toned. First edition in book form of one of the best known of Wells's early pioneer works of science fiction.

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        Farthest North. The Norwegian Polar Expeditition, 1893-1896. Being the record of a voyage of exploration of the ship Fra, 1893-96 and of a fifteen months' sleigh journey by Dr. Nansen and Lieut. Johansen with an appendix by Otto Sverdrup, Captain of the Fram. About one hundred and twenty full page and numerous text illustrations. Sixteen coloured plates in facsimile from Dr. Nansen's own sketches, etched portrait, photogravures and maps.

      Westminster, Archibald Constable and Company, 1897.. First Edition. 24 cm x 16 cm. Volume I: XIII, 510 pages / Volume II: XIII, 665 pages. Original Hardcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.. Fridtjof Nansen (10 October 1861 - 13 May 1930) was a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. In his youth a champion skier and ice skater, he led the team that made the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888, cross-country skiing on the island, and won international fame after reaching a record northern latitude of 86°14' during his North Pole expedition of 1893-96. Although he retired from exploration after his return to Norway, his techniques of polar travel and his innovations in equipment and clothing influenced a generation of subsequent Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Nansen studied zoology at the Royal Frederick University in Christiania (renamed Oslo in 1925), and later worked as a curator at the Bergen Museum where his research on the central nervous system of lower marine creatures earned him a doctorate and helped establish modern theories of neurology. After 1896 his main scientific interest switched to oceanography; in the course of his research he made many scientific cruises, mainly in the North Atlantic, and contributed to the development of modern oceanographic equipment. As one of his country's leading citizens, in 1905 Nansen spoke out for the ending of Norway's union with Sweden, and was instrumental in persuading Prince Carl of Denmark to accept the throne of the newly independent Norway. Between 1906 and 1908 he served as the Norwegian representative in London, where he helped negotiate the Integrity Treaty that guaranteed Norway's independent status. In the final decade of his life, Nansen devoted himself primarily to the League of Nations, following his appointment in 1921 as the League's High Commissioner for Refugees. In 1922 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on behalf of the displaced victims of the First World War and related conflicts. Among the initiatives he introduced was the "Nansen passport" for stateless persons, a certificate recognised by more than 50 countries. He worked on behalf of refugees until his sudden death in 1930, after which the League established the Nansen International Office for Refugees to ensure that his work continued. This office received the Nobel Peace Prize for 1938. Nansen was honoured by many nations, and his name is commemorated in numerous geographical features, particularly in the polar regions. (Wikipedia)

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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. - 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.' [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        SOME GERMAN WOODCUTS OF THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY.

      Hammersmith, Kelmscott Press, 1897.Thirty - five reproductions from printed books in the library of William Morris, 1897. Slim 4to, approximately 300 x 215 mm, 12 x 8½ inches, pages: xi, 23 leaves illustrating woodcuts with some text, printed and numbered on rectos only, then pages 24 - 36 and last leaf with colophon, Kelmscott monogram. Printed in red and black in Golden type, bound in plain dark blue cloth of the period, cut out paper title mounted on upper cover, edges untrimmed. Binding a little rubbed and scratched with a few small indentations to upper cover, head of spine bumped, first page of the woodcuts has a shallow crease to lower corner, a few other light creases to margins of pages with woodcuts, not affecting images, edges of pages have slight rippling, pale age - browning to endpapers, otherwise a clean crisp copy. NOT IN THE ORIGINAL KELMSCOTT BINDING. Of these thirty - five reproductions twenty - nine were all that were done of a series chosen by Mr. Morris to illustrate a catalogue of his library, and the other six were prepared by him for an article in the 4th number of Bibliographica, part of which is reprinted as an introduction to the book. The process blocks (with one exception) were made by Walker & Boutall, and are of the same size as the original cuts. Limited edition of 225 copies plus 8 vellum copies, the limitation not printed in the book. See Willan Peterson, A Bibliography of the Kelmscott Press, pages 131 - 134, No. A49. The binding is of the time and the paper label looks like paper and type used by the Kelmscott Press. According to Peterson the book sold out and many customers were disappointed so it could have been a rejected copy due to a crease in the margin of the first illustration? Obviously this is speculation. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Picturesque Burma, Past & Present

      White Lotus, London 1897 - Picturesque Burma, Past & Present [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Fine large original lithograph by Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904)

      Paris. Berlioz is seated, holding what appears to be a musical score; a muse (?Diana) crowns Berlioz with a laurel wreath while holding her bow, a winged angel blows a trumpet, and a third female figure appears to be holding a lyre. Signed by the artist in the stone. Two small printed sketches (remarques) of Berlioz's head to lower right corner of mount. Printed on beige chine-appliqué. 510 x 385 mm. Laid down. Some light foxing to margins of mount; remnants of mounting paper to edges of verso. . Limited to 100 copies published in L'Album d'Estampes Originales de la Galerie Vollard in 1897. Hédiard 132 ii/ii. A fine impression of this rare and attractive lithograph.

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        Cuba In War Time

      New York: R. H. Russell. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1897. First Edition. Cloth. 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; jacket also very attractive, with only a little chipping at the spine ends and corners, one puncture to the rear flap. In a custom made clamshell box, fine, with morocco spine label, gilt. Jacket not noted in BAL, nor in Dykes. BAL 4524, Dykes 504 .

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        The PICKWICK PAPERS India Proofs. Printed from the thirty-two Original Steel Plates Engraved by T. Onwhyn (Who signed also under the pseudonyms "Peter Palette" and "Sam Weller")

      George Allen, London 1897 - One printed bifolium, with t.p. & List of Illustrations. 32 plates by Onwhyn. 14 tissue guards (usually foxed, with creases). Folio. 12" x 9" Extremity wear to cloth portfolio, which lacks ribbon ties & has one 1" spot on the front joint where the cloth beginning to fray. Interior hinge paper starting. Very Good. Some plates show modest foxing, others quite clean. VG - Nr Fine. Green cloth portfolio, with gilt stamped title lettering to front cover 1st edition thus (Gimbel H1125), being a reissue of the original plates published in 1837. Limited to 250 cc. Cf. Kitton, Dickens and His Illustrators, pp. 234-235. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Dracula

      Westminster: Archibald Constable and Company,, 1897. Octavo. Original yellow cloth, titles to both boards and spine in red within a one-line red rule border, all edges untrimmed. Housed in a yellow full morocco solander box made by the Chelsea Bindery with the titles to spine and front in red in imitation of the original. Some minor spotting to the terminal leaves, endpapers lightly browned as always, ownership stamp to front endpapers, pencil signature to first leaf, boards unusually fresh, spine typically rather faded and a little soiled but certainly retaining a deal of the original coloration. A superior copy indeed of the correct first printing. First edition, first impression, printed on thicker paper stock, without the advert for The Shoulder of Shasta which appears in later impressions on the verso of the final integral leaf [392], and without the 8pp of adverts inserted in later issues. This is the combination of states found in early authorial presentation copies and review copies sent out by Constable.

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        Fleth" (Frau in der Bauernstube). Blatt aus der Folge >Aus Worpswede<. Original Farb-Aquatintaradierung, Abzug vor der Schrift/Probedruck. Unten mittig mit Bleistift am Papierrand von Fritz Mackensen signiert.

      1897 - [1897], ca. 24 x 39,5 cm (Plattengrösse). Erschien danach in: Aus Worpswede 2. Neue Folge Berlin, Verlag Fischer und Franke im Jahr 1897. Unter neuem, säurefreien Passepartout montiert. Schöner Druck. Vgl. HDO 73202-5. Sprache: Deutsch Unter neuem, säurefreien Passepartout montiert.

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        Müller, Richard . - "Bogenschütze".

      . Radierung / Strichätzung & Kaltnadel, mit Plattenton, auf kaiserlich Japan, 1897. Von Richard Müller. 27,1 x 41,0 cm (Darstellung / Einfassungslinie) / 27,8 x 41,7 cm (Platte) / 46,5 x 64,5 cm (Blatt). Günther 22. In der Platte links unten gestochene Signatur. In der Darstellung Monogramm und Jahr. Dazu Verleger- und Druckeradressen sowie Stempel vom Deutschen Kunstverleger-Verein. - Laut WVZ von Rolf Günther eine der schönsten Radierungen des Frühwerks. - Im Rand unten links leicht beschnittene ältere Beschriftung in Bleistift. Insgesamt gut erhalten. Richard Müller (1874 Tschirnitz / Eger - 1954 Dresden). Bekannter Maler und Grafiker in Dresden. Lernte an der Zeichenschule der Porzellanmanufaktur Meißen, ging 1890 an die Akademie in Dresden, wo er bei Leon Pohle, Ernst Moritz Geyger und Leonhard Gey studierte. Wurde von Max Klinger für die Radierkunst begeistert. War 1900 von bis 1935 Professor für Zeichnung an der Dresdner Akademie, ab 1933 Rektor ebenda. Zu seinen Schülern zählten George Grosz, Richard Scheibe und Max Ackermann..

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        The Royal Navy

      London: Sampson, Low, Marston and Company,, 1897 - 1903. A History from the Earliest Times to the Present. Twenty-Five Photogravures and Hundreds of Full Page and Other Illustrations, Maps Charts, etc. 7 volumes, octavo, (205 x 270 mm). Recent blue morocco, gilt titles and decoration to spine separated by raised bands, roll to boards gilt, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Illustrated throughout with the inclusion of many photogravures and hundreds of full page and other illustrations including maps and charts etc. Some occasional light foxing, an excellent set. First edition, first issue. Edited by Sir William Laird Clowes with the assistance of, among others, then President Theodore Roosevelt and Captain A. T. Mahan. Roosevelt contributed the article on the war with the United States , 1812-1815 in Volume VI.

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        LA GALLEGA, NAVE CAPITANA DE COLON EN EL PRIMER VIAJE DE DESCUBRIMIENTOS

      IMP. DE LA VIUDA DE J.A. ANTUNEZ, PONTEVEDRA 1897 - Ed. Imp. de la Viuda de J.A. Antunez, 1897. Pontevedra. 1ª Edicion, Dedicatoria autografa del autor. IV pag + 199 p. 21 cm. Ejemplar encuadernado en Tapa dura con lomo en tela con dorados. Excelente estado de conservacion. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; 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. - 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. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Farthest North. The Norwegian Polar Expeditition, 1893-1896 Being the record of a voyage of exploration of the ship Fra, 1893-96 and of a fifteen months&#39; sleigh journey by Dr. Nansen and Lieut. Johansen with an appendix by Otto Sverdrup, Captain of the Fram. About one hundred and twenty full page and numerous

      Westminster, : Archibald Constable and Company. First Edition.. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.. First Edition. Westminster, Archibald Constable and Company, 1897. 24 cm x 16 cm. Volume I: XIII, 510 pages / Volume II: XIII, 665 pages. Original Hardcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Fridtjof Nansen (10 October 1861 - 13 May 1930) was a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. In his youth a champion skier and ice skater, he led the team that made the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888, cross-country skiing on the island, and won international fame after reaching a record northern latitude of 86°14' during his North Pole expedition of 1893-96. Although he retired from exploration after his return to Norway, his techniques of polar travel and his innovations in equipment and clothing influenced a generation of subsequent Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Nansen studied zoology at the Royal Frederick University in Christiania (renamed Oslo in 1925), and later worked as a curator at the Bergen Museum where his research on the central nervous system of lower marine creatures earned him a doctorate and helped establish modern theories of neurology. After 1896 his main scientific interest switched to oceanography; in the course of his research he made many scientific cruises, mainly in the North Atlantic, and contributed to the development of modern oceanographic equipment. As one of his country's leading citizens, in 1905 Nansen spoke out for the ending of Norway's union with Sweden, and was instrumental in persuading Prince Carl of Denmark to accept the throne of the newly independent Norway. Between 1906 and 1908 he served as the Norwegian representative in London, where he helped negotiate the Integrity Treaty that guaranteed Norway's independent status. In the final decade of his life, Nansen devoted himself primarily to the League of Nations, following his appointment in 1921 as the League's High Commissioner for Refugees. In 1922 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on behalf of the displaced victims of the First World War and related conflicts. Among the initiatives he introduced was the "Nansen passport" for stateless persons, a certificate recognised by more than 50 countries. He worked on behalf of refugees until his sudden death in 1930, after which the League established the Nansen International Office for Refugees to ensure that his work continued. This office received the Nobel Peace Prize for 1938. Nansen was honoured by many nations, and his name is commemorated in numerous geographical features, particularly in the polar regions. (Wikipedia)

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        A Memoir by His Son

      London: Macmillan and Co. 1897., 1897. First Edition. Octavo, two volumes, pp. xxii, 516, pp. vii, 551. Finely bound by Zaehnsdorf in full tan calf, gilt titles set on red and green squares to spine, extra gilt to spine, gilt margins to the boards. Marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Numerous tipped in plates, some lacking tissue guards. An autographed letter signed on paper embossed with Farringford, Isle of Wight pasted to the second blank of the first volume. The bookplate of J. Hodges is pasted to the front pastedown of both volumes. Some nicking to the leather at the the bottom of the rear board of volume one. Overall a fine copy in a very smart contemporary binding

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        Periplus. An Essay on the Early History of Charts and Sailing-Directions

      Stockholm: P A Nordestedt and Söner. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket as issued. Minor wear and scuffing to leather along spine and corners. Bookplate of Cruising Association to fep and Association library blindstamps within; gilt Association stamp to leather binding. Marbled endpapers. 1897. First Edition. Brown hardback half-leather cover on brown cloth boards. 420mm x 330mm (17" x 13"). 208pp + 60 plates. 60 full page maps - two double page and in colour; one hundred additional maps. .

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        Love is Enough, or the Freeing of Pharamond: A Morality

      Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897 One of 300 copies on handmade paper out of a total of 308 copies. Full limp vellum with gilt spine, green silk ties, some torn. Quarto. With lovely two-page decorative woodcut border, plus numerous partial-page borders throughout. Two full-page illustrations by Si Edward Burne-Jones, the frontispiece, and an illustration opposite p. 90. (The colophon notes: "The picture on the opposite page was not designed for this edition of Love is Enough, but for an edition projected about twenty-five years ago, which was never carried out.) Decorative woodcut initials, mostly in blue; titles and speaker's names in red. This is one of only two Kelmscott books to be printed in three colors. Printed in Troy and Chaucer types. Front cover a bit rubbed, attractive woodcut bookplate. A very good copy, crisp and clean.

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        The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. The Illustrated Library Edition. 12 volume set

      London: H S Nichols. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket. Fine binding. Marbled endpapers. Teg - remaining edges uncut. 1897. The Illustrated Library Edition. Red morrocco hardback half-leather cover on green cloth. 260mm x 170mm (10" x 7"). [5000pp.]. 71 original tissue-guarded original illustrations by Albert Letchford. This edition comprises the original sixteen books ie. the entire work. It was published privately by the Kama Shastra Society as much of the material was deemed inappropriate at the time due to its sexual nature. N.B.: Heavy set - please ask for shipping quote stating country of destination. .

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        Following the Equator, and The Innocents Abroad

      American Publishing Company, Connecticutt 1897 - Four volumes, two for each book, uniformly bound in three quarter dark maroon/brown morocco over marbled boards, raised bands and gilt titles on spine. Each volume very good or better, contents very fresh and clean with slightly toned pages. Boards with some rubbing to extremities, one volume with a small chip at the top of the spine. The "Equator" volumes are about a quarter of an inch taller than "Innocents". [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        A pair of letters from Frank Lloyd Wrights' wife Olgivanna to Lewis Mumford featuring a touching letter following the architect's death in 1959: " your words are good . I wish there were more of them to Frank himself when he was alive - he felt badly over your relationship."

      Various, Various. Various. "An archive of four pieces, including a pair of Autograph Letters Signed by Wright's third wife, Olgivanna Lloyd Wright (1897-1985), June 20, 1955, and May 9, 1955 to Lewis Mumford; an original invitation to the 1928 wedding of Olgivanna and Frank Lloyd Wright, together with an original 1927 telegram from Wright to Robert M. Lovett, editor of the New Republic inviting him to visit Taliesin. Light marginal losses and toning to telegram, balance of archive in overall fine condition.Of great interest is the 1959 letter from Olgivanna to Lewis Mumford thanking him for his condolences following Frank Lloyd Wright's death on April 9, 1959. On April 15, 1959, Mumford wrote: ""What can I say by way of love and sympathy at this moment that you do not already know in your heart? Your loss is our loss: yet the two are incommensurable. The great period of Frank's life was that which followed his marriage with you: all that led up to this, however magnificent, was still preparatory. Be consoled by the thought of all that you did that helped to make those years to fecund and memorable. Let this left you in your grief, as it lifts us who have no claim to such intimacy. Last Monday?"I am writing you from the University of Pennsylvania?"I was scheduled to give a lecture on Modern Architecture: instead I spoke for almost two hours on Frank. The students, on the day the sad news came over the radio, had flown a black streamer from the flagpole of the School of Fine Arts: and they turned out, as never before, to do honor to him at the lecture. He filled their thoughts, one of them told me, all that night...""(Pfeiffer, Wojtowicz, eds., Frank Lloyd Wright & Lewis Mumford: Thirty Years of Correspondence, 2001, 282).On May 9, Olgivanna finally found time to respond to Mumford, writing on her own distinctive letterhead: ""Dear Lewis Thank you for your letter - your words are good . I wish there were more of them to Frank himself when he was alive - he felt badly over your relationship. It is sad that so often death opens the eyes of the living- With affection to you and Sophia.""The archive also includes an additional letter from Olgivanna, addressed to Mumford on June 20, 1955: ""Frank and I missed having you, Sophia and Alison with us at Taliesin and we were very sorry to hear of the illness which kept you from coming. Sophia's strong nature should help her overcome the virus sooner than the doctors predict. They are not always right! Frank was happy to have your beautiful letter on his birthday. We are both looking forward to your new book, and we are especially pleased that 'Sticks and Stones' is to appear again. it was the basis of your friendship with Frank because it came at the time when he needed support and you were among the first to give it to him. The book on which I have been working is coming out in October. it is a series of philosophic essays?"the result of my search, study and experiences in the realm of ideas. I hope that you and Sophia will find yourselves in harmony with what I have written. Anyway we always yearn that those we care for will understand us."" The archive also includes a magnificent original proof invitation announcing his impending nuptials to Olgivanna, held in Rancho Santa Fe, California on August 25, 1928 in an unusual format: a 4.5"" x 5.5"" sepia photograph of a hand-written invitation in Wright's distinctive style featuring a baby picture of Olgivanna (originally ""OLGA IVANOVA"") lying just above a red, hand-colored polygon, lundoubtedly rendered by Wright. The collection also includes a telegram from Wright, transmitted on October 21, 1927 to Robert M. Lovett, editor of the New Republic, written in his typical, irreverent style: ""CIRCUMSTANCES LEAVE ME ALONE AND LONESOME FOR SEVERAL WEEKS COME UP WITH LEWIS MUMFORD AND BRING YOUR WIVES AND CHILDREN FOR A WEEK OR TWO AND DO YOUR WORK HERE BEAUTY OF COUNTRYSIDE AND HOME INTOXICATING EXPENSE OF TRIP NO MORE THAN A FEW EVENING IN NEWYORK FORGET THE NEW REPUBLIC. FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT.""Provenance: Lewis Mumford. The text of all of these communications have been published in Pfeiffer, Wojtowicz, eds., Frank Lloyd Wright & Lewis Mumford: Thirty Years of Correspondence, 2001. Lewis Mumford and Frank Lloyd Wright first began corresponding in the 1920s, after Mumford had contributed an essay to the Dutch journal Wendingen in 1925 in which he discussed Wright's work as a continuation of a line of innovation begun by H. H. Richardson and Louis Sullivan as well as placing Wright in contrast to the European modernists like Le Corbusier. Mumford also characterized Wright's work as an ideal of form and expression ideally suited to the American landscape. An article along similar lines authored by Mumford for The American Mercury, elected a response from Wright in August 1926, in which the architect questioned the depth Mumford's understanding of his work. A set of exchanges culminated in their first meeting, a luncheon at the Plaza Hotel in New York, during the winter of 1926-1927 that would being a long and productive dialogue and friendship.This friendship, born of mutual respect and a love of argument, came under enormous strain in the years leading up the Second World War. Mumford, a liberal Democrat, viewed the rise of Nazism and Fascism anxiously?"as he detailed in numerous articles and two full-length works: Men must Act (1939) and Faith For Living (1940) . Wright held a different view. His general distrust of empire compelled Wright to take a stand against American involvement in the escalating European conflict that stuck many as merely isolationist?"a charge that the architect roundly rejected.The final straw for Mumford came in a broadsheet published by Wright: A Taliesin Square-Paper, subtitled as ""A nonpolitical voice from our democratic minority""), which declared ""HITLER IS WINNING THIS WAR WITHOUT A NAVY. We are facing a new kind of warfare that the British Empire, owing to traditional faith in a great navy, cannot learn in time even if we furnished the equipment... Our frontier is no longer England, nor in any sense, it is European. Our frontier is our own shores."" An infuriated Mumford shot back to Wright: ""You dishonor all the generous impulses you once ennobled... Be silent! lest you bring upon yourself some greater shame."" To this, Wright retorted: ""There is no good Empire, there never was a just war."" True to his principles, Wright remained steadfastly opposed to the Second World War, and war in general. Escalating the feud, Mumford published his response to Wright in the interventionist journal, the New Leader. The two did not speak for over a decade. The postwar period saw a thaw in their relationship, and Mumford remained a great admirer of Wright's work, despite their personal and philosophical differences. And Wright, despite Mumford's public shaming of the architect in print, continued sending New Year's greetings, unanswered by Mumford. However in the spring of 1951, Wright forwarded Mumford a copy of Sixty Years of Living Architecture, inscribed: ""In spite of all, your old F. Ll. W.""The gesture moved Mumford to respond and the two began the process of reconciliation. (Pfeiffer, 22-26)"

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        Sonnets by E. B. B.

      Hacon & Ricketts, London 1897 - 12mo. Original gray paper covered boards, paper labels on cover and spine. Printed in red and black initials and ruling designed by Charles Ricketts. A scarce Vale Press title. Inscribed by contemporary owner, "A Happy Xmas, 1897, E.H." Exceptional copy with minor fading to outer covers, near fine. Housed in attractive blue folding case with marbled paper on the interior. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        An almanac of twelve sports

      William Heinemann 1897 - A gift-book collection of 12 leaves of coloured plates with poetry by Rudyard Kipling. The publishing date is written as `1898` on the title page, however, in order to get more sales the publishers released the book just before Christmas in 1897. Therefore there is an inscription by the ex-owner reading `Christmas 1897`. Small stains and browning on title page and throughout text. Due to the lack of tissue guards when the book was first published the prints and text have left imprints on the facing pages. Small red stains to cover. Bumping and wear at edges. Otherwise in very nice condition. Text in English. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Log of the Venetia on a voyage from Cowes to the East Indies

      Privately printed, London 1897 - First Edition. [iv], 176 pp. 4to. The Venetia was owned by Lord Ashburton. On board with him was Lady Ashburton, the Earl of Crawford, Walter Lindsay, Mrs and Mrs North and Dr Harrison. They were attended by a crew of 37. This lavish souvenir was produced by Zaehnsdorf. Full vellum, black morocco label to spine, gilt [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Periplus. An Essay on the Early History of Charts and Sailing-Directions

      P A Nordestedt and Söner, Stockholm 1897 - 208pp + 60 plates. 60 full page maps - two double page and in colour; one hundred additional maps. Language: eng VG : in very good condition without dust jacket as issued. Minor wear and scuffing to leather along spine and corners. Bookplate of Cruising Association to fep and Association library blindstamps within; gilt Association stamp to leather binding. Marbled endpapers Brown hardback half-leather cover on brown cloth boards [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Pudd'nhead Wilson

      American Publishing Company, 1897Email us via the Bailey Books seller homepage for a technical description and additional photos. Response within 24 hours. We provide swift and professional service.

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        Collection of 66 autograph letters signed to the French composer Fernand Halphen and Madame Georges Halphen

      Approximately 145 pp.) + 1 concert program. Varying sizes, including 12mo, 8vo, and 4to. 54 letters dated or postmarked 1897-1904; 12 undated. Most written in black ink; several in pencil and green ink. On letterhead, personalized stationery, etc. and including telegrams, postcards, and cartes de visite, many with original autograph envelopes. In French. A rare and unusually comprehensive collection of letters to Fernand Halphen, Risler's old classmate at the Paris Conservatoire, and Halphen's mother. Written during a crucial period in Risler's life, the letters chronicle his sojourns to Germany, where he spent two summers as stage manager and singing coach at Bayreuth; his increasingly busy piano career; and several major life-events, including the deaths of his father and aunt, and his and Halphen's marriages. They also record Risler's diverse musical tastes - from his effusive, youthful veneration of Liszt and Wagner, and his delight in the piano works of fellow Frenchman Gabriel Fauré, to his ever more profound admiration for the late piano sonatas of Beethoven. Finally, the letters mention several noted musicians with whom Risler interacted, studied, or became friends, including Jules Massenet, Théodore Dubois, Ernest Guiraud, Reynaldo Hahn, and Arthur Sullivan. With several musical quotations from the works of Wagner, Ambroise Thomas, and others, and one pencil sketch. Occasional autograph corrections. Together with a program for two piano recitals at Prince's Hall, London on May 17 and 23, 1894(?) featuring works of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and Schubert. "The last sonatas of Beethoven have occupied me for a month. I could never study them deeply in Paris where the time and frame of mind are totally lacking for such work, if one can call the study of this splendour work... They are unknown, or superficially known by artists in Paris, where, when they speak of Beethoven, they always imply the works as far as the second period. They are much too hasty to understand the rest..." (July 18, 1893); "... tell Fauré that I've read and re-read his last Valse Caprice with unique pleasure. Has he ever written something as exquisite and fine? And what pianistic writing. It is the aristocracy of finesse!... (1893); "I'm reading the Wagner-Liszt correspondence... [which reveals] "two heroic characters..." [and the] "final triumph of genius, of the will, of the resignation to suffering, to martyrdom, and most of all, of love...(July 16, 1894); "... I was very saddened not to see you named at the fugue competition... Unfortunately, the world is so cruel!! Instead let's immerse ourselves in the study and contemplation of Parsifal and Die Meistersinger... which sometimes makes me fall into moments of ecstasy, when I truly forget what's around me... " (undated). Occasional light wear, soiling, and smudging; creased at folds; several letters with minor tearing, small perforations, or slight loss at edges, just minimally affecting text. In good to very good condition overall. . Risler was a French pianist, teacher and conductor of Alsatian and German descent. "He entered the Paris Conservatoire in the preparatory piano class of Emile Decombes, and subsequently studied there with Diémer, winning a premier prix in 1889. Following further instruction in music theory, he went to Germany and had lessons from the Liszt pupils Bernhard von Stavenhagen, Klindworth and, most significantly, D'Albert... His international career dated from 1894, when he gave two recitals in London. Although championing the piano music of his contemporaries (he is the dedicatee of the Dukas Piano Sonata), Risler became renowned as a Beethoven player, giving his first cycle of the complete sonatas in Paris in 1905. His one-composer recitals also included performances of both books of Bach's ‘48Â’, as well as a Chopin series. Risler made a piano version of Richard Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel and he also performed the Liszt transcription of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. He taught for some years at the Paris Conservatoire, numbering Jacques Février, Pierre Luboschutz and Marcel Gaveau among his pupils... Revered by his colleagues, he achieved a status as an interpreter of Beethoven that has remained unmatched by any other French pianist." James Methuen-Campbell in Grove Music Online. Fernand Halphen (1872-1917) was a French composer. He studied with Gabriel Fauré before entering the Paris Conservatoire, where he took Ernest Guiraud's composition course. Upon Giraud's death in 1892, he studied with Massenet. In 1895, he won first prize for fugue, and in 1896 second place for the Prix de Rome. His compositions include several symphonies, a suite for orchestra, a ballet, a sonata for violin and piano, and mélodies.

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