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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, Atélier 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

      Henry T. Coates & Co, Philadelphia 1897 - 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 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Seven Seas

      D. Appleton and Co., New York 1897 - 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. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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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]

      [Bookseller: Stephen Foster - ABA ILAB & PBFA]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Librarium of The Hague]
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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.'

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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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]

      [Bookseller: C. Arden Bookseller]
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        The Cape Crowned Crane

      A Monograph of Cranes, Leiden and London 1897 - G.F. Westerman, the Director and Founder of the Zoological Garden of Amsterdam, commissioned Heinrich Leutemann to begin a work on a monograph that showcased the cranes residing at the zoo. Most of the illustrations of cranes were drawn from life by Leutemann on location at the Zoological Garden. The completed monograph contained seven additional drawings done by J.G. Keulemans, as well as text written by F.E. Blaauw. Each beautifully hand colored image is accompanied by both the English and Latin name, as well as other common names for the bird, a full description of plumage at both immature and adult stages, and a discussion of habits.

      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries of Philadelphia, PA]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Caldeandrín Ediciones]
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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.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Antiquarian Golf]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Naturgeschichte der Vögel Mitteleuropas (zwölf Bände cplt.)

      Gera-Untermhaus Fr Eugen Köhler 2 Auflage (richtigerweise 3 Auflage) -1905 Band 1: XLVI 253 32 Seiten; Band 2: IV 339 28 Seiten; Band 3: VI 393 48 Seiten; Band 4: VI 432 49 Seiten; Band 5: IV 334 75 Seiten; Band 6: 337 32 Seiten; Band 7: 207 20 Seiten; Band 8: 276 28 Seiten; Band 9: 400 34 Seiten; Band 10: 307 29 Seiten; Band 11: VI 343 42 Seiten; Band 12: 274 26 Seiten 40 cm x 30 cm Halbleder gebunden Lagen drahtgeklammert Lederecken goldgeprägt marmorierter Schnitt rundum 1897 - bestens erhaltene Bände, jeweils zwei private Stempel auf den Titelblättern. Inhalt: 1. Band Drosseln; 2. Band Grasmücken, Timalien, Meisen und Baumläufer; 3. Band Lerchen, Stelzen, Waldsänger und Finkenvögel; 4. Band Stärlinge, Stare, Pirole, Rabenvögel, Würger, Fliegenfänger, Schwalbenvögel, Segler, Tagschläfer, Spechte, Bienenfresser, Elsvögel, Racken, Hopfe, Kuckucke; 5. Band Raubvögel; 6. Band Taubenvögel, Hühnervögel, Reiher, Flamingos und Störche; 7. Band Ibisse, Flughühner, Trappen, Kraniche, Rallen; 8. Band Regenpfeifer, Stelzenläufer, Wassertreter, Strandläufer; 9. Band Wassenläufer, Schnepfen, Schwäne, Gäne, Gänse; 10. Band Enten; 11. Band Pelikane, Fregattvögel, Tölpel, Fluss-Scharben, Tropikvögel, Möven; 12. Band Sturmvögel, Steissfüsse, Seetaucher, Flügeltaucher. Auf Wunsch können weitere Fotografien zugeschickt werden. Die Erscheinungsjahre: Band I 1905, II 1897, III 1900, IV 1901, V 1899, VI 1897, VII 1899, VIII; IX und X 1902, XI und XII 1903, mit 449 Tafeln, davon 439 Chromolithographien 1050 gr.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Bernhard]
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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 green/brown cloth, bevelled edges, all edges gilt, patterned endpapers. Some light general wear and handling, prize label to pastedown. A clean, near fine 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. The tale of an archetypal mad inventor of a guided missile which he puts to piratical use against Atlantic shipping. Myers.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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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. .

      [Bookseller: Books Tell You Why]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Földvári Books]
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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

      [Bookseller: Ruuds Antikvariat]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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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].

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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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).

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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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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        Following the Equator

      American Publishing Company, 1897. Hardcover. Very Good. American Publishing Company, Hartford, CT 1897. First Edition / First Printing / First State. Dated 1897 with no additional printings. Only one publisher listed on the title page. Original cloth boards. {ref: BAL 3451}. Book Condition: Very Good+, tight spine, shelf wear. Light age toning, a few light spots, foxing at the endpaper.

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