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        The Invisible Man

      C. Arthur Pearson Ltd 1897 - FIRST EDITION of H.G. Wells' The invisible Man. Published in London by C. Arthur Pearson Ltd in 1897. First Edition, first issue with misnumbered first page (2 instead of 1). Hardback. Book very good, slightly soiled and worn, previous owner's name and date on front paste-down, small tear at top of front free end paper, front inside hinge starting to crack, rear free end paper loose, crack at rear inside hinge. Book comes in specially made cloth slipcase. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Invisible Man. A Grotesque Romance

      original pictorial cloth, spine bumped sunned and dulled, advertisement leaf, joints cracked, leaves lightly tanned as usual, good. a scientist discovers a means to make himself invisible. The tremendous powers he thus acquires are, nevertheless, counterbalanced by unexpected disabilities; first edition; 245 pages; keywords: fiction; Wells 11 - C Arthur Pearson Ltd 1897

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        Japan: described and illustrated by the Japanese

      Boston, J. B. Millet Company 1897 .. “Shogun Edition”- Copy E of 25 – with original aquarelle. In its original silk binding. Cover reattached (a bit clumsily at the back). Titlepage partly discold facing the passepartout. Pastedowns and the first 2 lvs. a bit foxed. Internally clean and fresh. 6 Albumen prints coloured by hand (19 x 25 cms., partly by Kimbei) & another 19 measuring ca. 13 x 9 cms. 1 chromplithographic, 1 Colourcollotype and one aquarell signed: "Keibun“. Volume X. The Shogun (Imperial Edition) consisted of 25 copies only. The standard edition was printed in 750 copies. CERTAINLY RARE.

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        Rabelais et l'oeuvre de Jules Garnier

      Paris, E. Bernard & Cie 1897 - 2 vol. grand in-4°, demi-chagrin rouge, dos lisse richement orné, têtes dorées, pagination continue (120 pp. + 180 pp.) Oeuvres complètes de Rabelais, illustrées de 160 planches couleurs hors texte de JULES GARNIER (1847-1889)

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        Dry Fly Entomology: a brief description of leading types of natural insects - with the 100 best patterns of floating flies and the various methods of dressing them

      London: Vinton & Co, 1897 - Frederic M. Halford (1844-1914), author and angler of the late Victorian and early Edwardian eras whose writings and systematic approach to the dry fly profoundly influenced fly-fishing around the world. His books, beginning with Floating Flies (1886) and Dry-Fly Fishing in Theory and Practice (1889), and culminating with Dry-Fly Entomology (1897), made a legendary figure of the somewhat reserved Halford and shaped the sport for decades. As Tony Hayter's recent biography demonstrates, Halford's life and writings remain of perennial interest Edition De Luxe, no. 60 of 100 copies, numbered and signed by the author on the title page of each volume. 2 vols., 4to. With 18 wood engraved and 10 hand-colored etched plates, plus numerous illustrations in text; Vol. II contains 100 flies in 12 recessed card mounts. Full green crushed morocco gilt, t.e.g., others uncut. Covers time-darkened and, as usual, spines uniformly faded to brown; second volume rebacked, else a fine set with the flies in perfect condition. With an inserted fly at no. 54, with the manuscript notation "one of the flies tied by Halford in 1903". Westwood & Satchell Supplement, p. 246; Gee p. 92; cf. Hayter, F. M. Halford and the Dry-Fly Revolution (2002) [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Engravings Priced Cataloguesfor Season 1896 & 1897

      mp; 1897, 1896 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A collection of catalogues for sales of engravings sold by auction byChristie, Manson and Woods bound chronologically from parts. Dating between December 22, 1896 and July 23, 1897. 23 catalogues in allIncluding an auction ofA Valuable Collection of ModernEngravings of the Early English School,the property of a GentlemanComprising Fine Proofs in Mezzotint and Colours, after Morland, Wheatley, Hoppner and Others et al, amongst others. Annotated extensively in ink throughout, possibly by auction house or a collector at a record of the auctions and with prices realised to blank margins. Numbers in crayon to some pages, possibly for pagination purposes. Condition: Bound in paper wraps with title in ink to front and with date to spine. Externally, sound but with some edgewear, rubbing, handling marks and ink and ink stain. Text block detached frompaper wraps. Internally, binding loose with some pages detached or almost detached. Bright and generally clean throughout butwithhandling marks. Age toning to half titles. Overall: GOOD ONLY due to binding.

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      W. B. Conkey Company, Chicago 1897 - A fine copy with a crease to the lower right corner. Yellow wrappers. A very clean and bright copy, pages are very clean and white. Exceptional condition for this rare item. Portraits of ballplayers. Game statistics. = We ship all books with Delivery Confirmation. = We have been selling Used Books for over 29 years. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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      London & New York: John Lane The Bodley Head,. 1897. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi [vii] viii [1] 2-163 [164] + 12-page publisher's catalogue dated 1897 inserted at rear,. original tan cloth, front, spine and rear panels stamped in brown, all edges untrimmed.. Slight spine lean, a nearly fine copy. A very scarce book. (#132020). First edition. Appears to be the author's third work of fiction, preceded by THE INTENDED: A NOVEL (1894) and PIERROT! A STORY (1896). "Excellent supernatural novella concerning gender, curses, reincarnation and fate. A curse hangs over the Wilder family, springing from a crime of passion committed centuries earlier when Gerald Wilder murdered his beloved Beatrice Sinclair, then himself. The fulfillment of the curse, the accidental killing of every male Wilder heir by a Sinclair, is always presaged by the sound of a spectral trumpet. Now, behind the walled-in massive Yorkshire estate, current family head James is determined to break the curse by uniting in marriage his eldest son, Gerald, with the last remaining Sinclair female, Beatrice. He finds her, down on her luck and walking the streets, rescues her and sends her up to the estate. Ancestral memories stir in her as she approaches it, but they are the memories of a man. Another wrinkle in the fabric of prospective matrimonial bliss is that, in another effort to break the curse, James has dressed, named and raised his son Gerald, 16, as a girl. Only he and the old butler know the truth about his identity. The other staff know him as Geraldine. Geraldine has never been outside the walls of the estate and, in fact, is quite hazy on the whole concept of 'male' and 'female.' Into this world Beatrice arrives and promptly falls in love with Geraldine. It becomes evident that 'Geraldine' is the reincarnation of the original Beatrice Sinclair, while the current Beatrice is the reincarnation of the original Gerald Wilder. In these reversed roles, they fall in love again. Beatrice, falling increasingly under the spell of the original Gerald Wilder, comes to see that she should leave immediately, breaking her and Geraldine's heart, in order to expiate the crime. Then she decides that the only way to end the curse is to re-enact (or, technically, reverse) the original crime. Wandering in the attic one day, she finds the original Gerald's costume, with sword and trumpet. Seized by a kind of battle lust, she puts these on and sounds the trumpet. Going downstairs, she finds Geraldine, weak with passion for her. She goes to get some wine to revive her but mistakenly brings back the opium drink to which Geraldine has become addicted. He drinks this and dies, and, a few months later, the broken-hearted, tubercular Beatrice dies. The curse has triumphed again. Stacpoole gets across the feeling of youthful passion. By pairing the idea of reincarnation with that of the ancestral curse, he makes the former more believable for a Western reader, and offsets the danger of predictability by means of the double gender reversal. A first-rate tale." - Robert T. Eldridge. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 204. Bleiler (1978), p. 184. Reginald 13531. Wolff 6502. No copy in the Norman Colbeck collection which had 32 of Stacpoole's books.

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        Chartularium Universitatis Parisiensis sub Auspiciis Consilii Generalis Facultatum Parisiensium; Tomus I - Tomus IV (Volumes 1-4)

      Ex Typis Fratrum Delalain 1897 - Published between 1889 & 1897; Volumes 1-4; burgundy boards with gold spine titles; no jacket; library rebound; few markings on boards of Volumes 1-3, more markings on boards of Volume 4; some wear to edges of boards and spine; ex-library with minimal markings; pages are toned at the edges; binding is fairly tight; Latin text; Folio - over 12" to 15" tall; Additional shipping charges will be requested for International and expedited orders. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Flora of Berkshire Being a Topographical and Historical Account of the Flowering Plants and Ferns Found in the County

      Oxford - The Clarendon Press, 1897 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. %0D%0AA natural history of The Flora of Berkshire by George Claridge Druce. %0D%0ASheriff of the City of Oxford, Curator of the Fielding Herbarium, Author of 'The Flora of Oxfordshire,' 'The Flora of Northamptonshire,' etc. %0D%0AWith short biographical notices of the botanists who have contributed to Berkshire botany durig the last three centuries. %0D%0ACondition: %0D%0AIn a navy blue cloth binding with gilt lettering to the spine. Externally, generally smart, lightly rubbed in places. There is some minor bumping to the top and tail of the spine. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are generally bright and clean. There is a closed tear to the title-page. Overall: GOOD. %0D%0A%0D%0A.

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      1897 - Livre ancien Paris-Magnier-1897-in-8 plein maroquin aubergine signé CARAYON dos mosaiqué triple filet sur les plats Tête dorée.1è édition illustrée tirée à 300ex. un des 50ex. sur vélin avec double suite.Compositions de François Thevenot. Exemplaire comprenant l'aquarelle originale de la couverture (voir photo).Quelques taches de rousseur. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      Paris Dalloz 1897 et ss. - , 48 vol., très belle reliure homogène en demi-chagrin grenat, pièce de titre & tomaison sur pièce en basane olive, roulettes de tête et de queue, double filet et roulettes de nerf dorés.

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      La Jurisprudence Générale 1897 - RO40153588: 18 tomes. Texte sur 2 colonnes. Auteur, titre, tomaison et date dorés sur les dos. Bords des plats frottés. Tome 3 manquant. En matière de droit civil, commercial, criminel, administratif, de droit des gens et de droit public. Avec le concours de M. C. Koehler. Diu tome I: A-Bor, au tome 19: Vente-Zone. In-4 Relié demi-cuir. Etat d'usage. Couv. légèrement passée. Dos très frotté. Intérieur acceptable Classification Dewey : 348-Lois, règlement, jurisprudence [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Collected Works

      Ellis and Elvey, London,, 1897. Edited with preface and notes by William M. Rossetti in two volumes. 2 volumes, octavo. Publisher's deluxe binding of full green morocco, spine lettered gilt in two compartments, covers and remaining spine compartments blocked in gilt to Rossetti's design, blue floral endpapers echoing the cover design, top edges gilt. Spine of vol. I slightly sunned, a fine set. A handsome copy in the preferred morocco binding, the gilt blocking reusing Rossetti's famous designs for his own collections of 1870 and 1881. This edition was first published by Ellis and Scrutton, 1886.

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        Traité général de la cuisine maigre

      Paris, Bibliothèque de l'art culinaire 1897 - In-8°, demi-chagrin brun, plats de percaline brune, filets d'encadrement à froid, dos à nerfs orné, 318 pp EDITION ORIGINALE de ce très rare traité (potages, entrées et relevés, entremets de légumes, sauces, entremets sucrés, hors-d'oeuvre et savoureux) Portraits photographiques de l'auteur en frontispices; 50 illustrations de FROMENT Préface par CHATILLON-PLESSIS. Tache rouge en bas du frontispice, sinon bel exemplaire.

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        CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS A Story of the Grand Banks

      Pearson's Magazine 1896 to 1897, London, - Slim 8vo, 85 pp. Written when Kipling was but 31, and not long married to the sister of his American agent, this is his only book to be set entirely in America. This unique item contains the December, 1896; and the January to April, 1897 parts of Pearson's Magazine which constituted the first appearance in print of Kipling's famous novella. The first book publication was by Macmillan (London), later in 1897, with 21 illustrations by I. W. Taber. The first American book publication was also in 1897 by The Century Co. (New York City). This true first printing also contains 16 illustrations by I. W. Taber, as well as an additional 21 illustrations by Fred T. Jane (the founder of "Jane's Fighting Ships "), and two by Swain. The five parts are bound without any preliminary leaves, containing 85 pages from the magazine. The binding is by Sandorski and Sutcliffe, of London. The spine is in compartments with delicate gilt lettering and the date 1896-7 at bottom. The leather of the front board is a bit spotted, more so near the top than elsewhere, and the top of the hinge is rubbed. The boards are also slightly bumped. The front free endpaper shows the remains of stamp hinges where the former owner has hinged his bookplate and some auction notices of this book. There are four small spots to the rear endpaper, of no particular consequence. The contents are generally clean, if slightly edge-worn. Overall, the book is in very good condition, in a most attractive binding. Martindell 68. Handsomely bound in 3/4 reddish-brown niger morocco, t.e.g. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        The Ancient Volcanoes Of Great Britain

      London: MacMillan. VG+/NONE. 1897. 1st Edition. Hardcover; 1st Printing. 1st edition/1st printing. Contains 7 foldout maps with subject areas in color, plus 175 B&W illustrations in Volume I and 208 B&W illustrations in Volume II. The foldout maps are, in Volume I: 1) Map of the Silurian Volcanic Districts of North Wales (10" x 9-5/8"); 2) Map of the Volcanic Districts of the Lower Old Red Sandstone of 'Lake Caledonia' in Central Scotland & North East Ireland (10-1/16" x 30"); 3) Map of the Carboniferus Volcanoes of Scotland (13-1/2" x 17-3/4"); 4) Map of the Volcanic Districts of the British Isles (30" x 21"); and in Volume II, 5) Map of the Permian Volcanic Districts of Scotland (15-5/8" x 12-3/4"); 6) Map of the Tertiary Volcanic Region of the Inner Hebrides (10-1/16" x 13-1/2"); and 7) Map of the Tertiary Volcanic District of North East Ireland (13" x 8-1/2"). All the foldout maps are in excellent condition with some areas of very slight age darkening to the paper, with map 4 having a very short, closed edge tear with no loss of material, and map 2 having 1 small upper edge fold nick not interferring with the map itself (in the border). Volume I has 477 pages plus ads; Volume II has 492 pages plus ads. Dark green cloth bindings with gilt lettering. The volumes are 10-1/4" tall x 7" wide. Some minor edge/corner/spine end wear to the binding and bumping to corners but very sturdily bound, straight spines, and the binding cloth and text pages are clean with just occasional small and very faint foxing spots to text pages. Quite scarce to find this set in good condition and 'not' an ex-library. Sir Archibald Geikie was born at Edinburgh in 1835, and his interest in science was furthered in the direction of geology when he and his friends discovered fossils at Burdiehouse quarries. He became part of the Geological Survey connected to the University of Edinburgh in 1854, and he supplemented his official work with field study during vacation periods. Geikie became head of the Geological Survey of Great Britain in 1881, and he held this position until his retirment in 1901. Geikie was primarily interested in geomorphology, and became the foremost advocate of the theory of land surface erosion through fluvial action, weathering agents and ice action during repeated ice ages. This replaced the predominant theory, that landmasses were subject to submarine sculpture before uplift. He also studied past volcanic action, and made the first attempt to group Scotland's sequence of eruptions chronologically. Studies of Scotland's Old Red Sandstone strata led to the first recognition of the widespread unconformity between the upper and lower group. Geikie was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1861 and Fellow of the Royal Society, London, in 1865. He was President of the Geological Society of London, 1891-1892 and 1906-1908, and was awarded their Wollaston Medal in 1895. He was awarded the Royal Society's Royal Medal in 1896 and served as their president from 1908-1913. He was knighted in 1891, created Knight Commander of the Bath in 1907 and received the Order of Merit in 1913. Sir Geikie was one of the forefathers of modern geologic theory. ; Vol. 2 .

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        American Women. Fifteen Hundred Biographies with Over 1,400 Portraits. A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of the Lives and Achievements of American Women During the Nineteenth Century [Two Volumes].

      Mast, Crowell & Kirkpatrick (1897), New York - 824 pp. Sm. 4to. Decorated paper wrappers. Illus. with b/w photos. "Newly revised, with the addition of a classified index; also many new biographies and recent portraits together with a number of full page illustrations." The second, largest, and finest of these biographical compendiums, formerly published in 1893 as "A Woman of the Century." Frances Willard (1839-98) was president of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and a leading advocate of social reform in Victorian America. "As one of the foremost women of the late 19th c. Willard united the divergent strains of Victorian reform, setting the stage for the women's involvement in the Progressive reforms of the twentieth century that culminated in women's suffrage and prohibition," (Weber, American Woman's History, p. 663). Mary Livermore (1820-1905) worked for the Sanitary Commission during the Civil War and was later instrumental in founding the American Woman Suffrage Association, serving as its vice president and editor of its journal. Wrappers rubbed, spines worn especially at the joints, title pages reattached with some tearing still present, volume 1 with repair to inner margin of endpapers and a small marginal dampstain to the fore-edge of the first five leaves, all edges a bit darkened, but binding solid, contents very good. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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      W. J. Jefferson Printing & Publishing Co. 1897 - THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY BEING A REVIEW OF THE WORLD'S CHAMPIONSHIP CONTEST BETWEEN ROBERT FITZSIMMONS AND JAMES J CORBETT AT CARSON CITY, NEV. MARCH 17TH 1897, W. J. Jefferson Printing & Publishing Co., N.d. (but 1897), first edition, 52 numbered pages, some modest wear and tear and chipping to the somewhat color faded front and rear covers restored by a professional paper conservationist), else a tight vg copy in pictorial wraps as issued with just about fine interior consisting of a pink paper stock text block as issued. A detailed account of the boxers and their boxing history, the Articles of Agreement, pre-fight events and round by round commentary by the referee (Siler) and Houseman. This fight is of course acknowledged as amongst the greatest fights in the recorded history of the sport and was the second ever heavyweight championship fight, Corbett defeating Sullivan 5 years earlier in New Orleans. It was also the first championship fight ever filmed, in this case by the Edison Picture Company and memorialized not only by Corbetts own "long count" accusation, but also by Fitzsimmons famous Solar Plexus Punch which won the match for him in the 14th round. The OCLC reveals only 3 copies while no copies have been reported among the major auction houses in the last 35 years. Among the "Holy Grails" of those collecting important boxing titles. [Attributes: First Edition]

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      1897 - Materia: Antigua revista de arte con grabados. Publicación: París; Imprimerie Georges Petit, 1897 - 1913 Descripción: (31 x 24 cm.). 34 vols. 2 por año. Unas 500 p., por volumen numerosos grabados fuera de texto. Encuadernación de lujo en holandesa puntas de época, nervios y dorados en el lomo. Estado de conservación: Muy buen ejemplar PBSS1

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        The Hoax Art Album . containing over one hundred amusing and interesting picture puns

      Cartwright & Rattray [1897], London & Manchester - This extremely interesting book would have been the centre of attention for Victorian parlour games, long before TV and even radio was there for entertainment. At the top of each of the 22 pages of puzzles there is a cryptic title for you to decipher - some a bit cheeky and some quite difficult. Below the title there are 4-6 flaps, each with a clue, and you lift the flap for a picture [coloured wood engraving] that illustrates the answer. Some quite naughty, some obscure and some just down right witty and funny. If all else fails and you can't work out the answer there is a flap in the centre of the page under which are the answers to all of the riddles on the page. There is also one page with the 'Young Ladies Alphabet' and another with a rhyme called 'Ten Points in a Good Wife'. This copy has been signed by the author on a prelim page. All together a witty and cleverly composed book that is quite a rarity and a splendid glimpse into a completely different world. 31.5 x 27 cm. Dark blue cloth binding with blind embossed titling. Coloured engravings with gilt ornamentation to all pages. Re-bound with the original cloth overlaid. Replacement end papers. Remants of a damp stain to both boards. Generally clean contents with a little damp along the lower edge of pages - this does not go past the outer gilt border of the pages. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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      New York: Century Co., 1897.. Olive cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt, with pictorial vignette, t.e.g.. Frontis and illustrations by C.M. Relyea. Cloth sunned and a bit spotted, two small tape tab marks in gutter of half-title, rear inner hinge cracking, repair at gutter between front free endsheet and preliminary blank; a sound copy, in bit worn and sunned cloth case and chemise. Gilt morocco bookplates of Walter Chrysler and Paul E. Bechet. First edition. Inscribed by Riley on the preliminary blank: "For -- / Sir Henry Irving, / With greetings and esteem / -- James Whitcomb Riley. / Indianapolis, USA -- / Dec. 2 1897 / ...... / He loves his work -- he loves his friends -- / June, Winter, Fall, and Spring -- / His lovin' -- fact is -- never ends; / He loves jes ever'thing. / [Rubáiyat of Doc Sifers]." Actor/Manager Irving (a.k.a. John Henry Brodribb), and his personal assistant Bram Stoker, became good friends with Riley, and they were in frequent contact when Riley visited London and when one of Irving's tours found them in Indianapolis. Stoker records their friendship in PERSONAL REMINISCENCES OF HENRY IRVING, p.112. Stoker's own presentation copies from Riley were sold at the posthumous sale of his library and manuscripts at Sotheby's (London) on 8 July 1913, and realized more than 10% of the gross proceeds. BAL 16625. RUSSO, pp.69-70.

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        A History Of The Derbyshire County Cricket Club

      Derby: for the Club, printed by Bacon & Hudson 1897 - A season-by-season account of the matches and events concerning the Derbyshire Cricket Club during the period 1871 to 1896. First Edition. Small 8vo. 338pp + 20pp of adverts at the rear. Portrait frontis. Original cloth-backed printed boards, with pinkish discolouration to upper board, light spotting, and two small pieces of cover paper chipped away at the outside edge and by the hinge. Former owner's neat ink inscription to first advert page. Another edition was published in 1899 by the Derby Daily Telegraph carrying approximately 50 more pages. Scarce. [Padwick, 1853]

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        Derbyshire Cricket Guide For Season 1897

      Derby: printed by Bacon & Hudson 1897 - Compiled and edited by LG Wright and WJ Piper. From 1885 until 1893 this handbook was known as the Derbyshire Cricket Annual and edited by E. Elliott & T. Thornhill. In 1896, after two blank years, it re-emerged as the Derbyshire Cricket Guide under which title it ran until 1939, although no copies were issued during 1915-18. This is the second year of issue. 24mo. 190pp + [6] 2 portrait plates (William Storer & George Davidson). Original pale brown printed paper wrapper, very rubbed with small pieces missing from front and back, spine taped.  [Padwick 1852]

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        Tap-Truyen (récits à la bouche), contes et légendes annamites,

      P., Mendel 1897, - in-8, 198 pp., illustré de 22 illustrations à pleine page comprises dans la pagination, plié et broché à la chinoise, couverture illustrée en couleurs. Tirage total à 500 exemplaires, tous numérotés. Ouvrage imprimé sur papier bleu, rose et jaune. Recueil de 22 contes, parmi lesquels "Le fumeur d'opium", très joliement illustrés dans le style chinois. D'Enjoy avait déjà publié des études sur la législation civile annamite. Trace de pli angulaire au premier plat de couverture.

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        Sabre And Bayonet : Stories of Heroism and Military Adventure : Collected and Edited

      Dillingham, New York 1897 - Very Good+ in the publisher's full burgundy cloth. Both the spine and the front panel are stamped in gilt (still brilliant). Octavo. 361pps., with numerous black-and-white illustrations -- 20 of them full-page. There is mild bumping to the tips and light touches of soiling to the cloth. Also, the page-edges are slightly browned. Modest reading wear, including the (very) sporadic smudge, fox-mark, or creased page-corner. This item has been recently restored: it has new inner hinges (the endpapers are original), a tightened spine, and new endcaps (where there had previously been a bit of fraying to the cloth. It is overall, then, quite clean and the binding tight with all pages intact. This is an association copy, inscribed in a fine, calligraphic hand to 'Dr. Cyrus Townsend Brady with compliments of T. F. Rodenbough, New York, April 6/'03.' It is also inscribed in an only slightly less stylish hand 'with the compliments of the old sergeant, Jno. H. Cook.' Brady would, of course, go on to become a successful and highly-published author of historical and biographical titles (his career barely begun at the time of this signing); his works included 'Recollections of a Missionary in the Great West,' 'Commodore Paul Jones,' 'In the Wasp's Nest,' 'Sir Henry Morgan, Bucaneer,' 'Arizona,' and 'Indian Fights and Fighters.' He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1883 and had spent several years in the West, seeking adventure, and working for the Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific railroads. He later became an ordained deacon in the Episcopal church before resigning to engage in his literary pursuits. The two signers of the book, the author, Rodenbough, and Cook, were both recipients of the Medal of Honor for feats of heroism during the Civil War. Rodenbough, a horseman, served with the 2nd U.S. Cavalry, the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry, and the 3rd Pennsylvania Provisional Cavalry; he received his citation for actions at Trevilian Station, Virginia. Cook -- on whom a chapter (including a couple of sketches) is devoted in this book -- was a member of Company A, 119th Illinois Infantry; he received his Medal 'for conspicuous bravery at the battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, April 9th, 1864.' A very nice copy of an elusive book -- a collection of true stories concerning the Civil War and the Wild West -- rendered one-of-a-kind with the inscriptions. Rodenbough published a number of Civil War titles and is, perhaps, best known among collectors for his 'From Everglade To Canon With the Second Dragoons' (1875), a classic piece of nineteenth century American military history. Purchase with confidence: all books, gradings, and descriptions are rendered the care of a genuine bibliophile. Satisfaction guaranteed or all costs you've incurred will be promptly refunded. Thanks for your interest in Nooks Of Books. To assist with your decision, photos, comprehensive, can be emailed upon request. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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

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

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        Napoleon's Opera Glass

      Elkin Matthews, London 1897 - COSWAY STYLE BINDING. MADE FOR CHARLES E. LAURIAT CO. BOSTON. SIGNED BINDING BY W. ROOT AND SON. Full blue crushed morocco. A colored upper torso hand painting under glass, of a young Napoleon wearing his ermine cape to the front board. Double gilt ruled lines, with decorative design. Gilt crowns and the letter "N" as well in gilt to the corners. Eagle and crown in gilt in the middle of the rear board. Five raised bands in gilt to the spine. Gilt title and borders, royal bees and eagles to the compartments. "EXTRA ILLUSTRATED." Gilt inner dentelles and royal bees to the inside corners of the boards. Water silked dark blue paste downs and end papers. All page edges in gilt. Half title. The frontispiece is an outstanding chromolithograph of Napoleon in his royal military dress. Numerous black and white full page engravings of personalities of the times. Each engraving protected by a fine paper sheet. (not tissue). I don't know whether this book should be classified as well as a work of art. One of the finest books I have ever had the privilege of owning. Rare and extremely desirable. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        The Novels of Charles Lever

      Downey and Co., London 1897 - Thirty-seven volumes complete. Uniform full calf by Zaehnsdorf, raised bands, spines in six panels, morocco author label to second panel, title label to fourth and volume label to sixth, remaining panels gilt with central flower inside a roundel and flowery stem corner pieces, covers with triple fillet border with shamrock corner pieces, gilt rule to edges and gilt inner dentelles, a.e.g. with marbled endpapers. Slightly rubbed to extremities, a couple of volumes with scrapes and knocks, occasional discolouring to leather, one or two small bumps. Internally occasional very minor spotting but generally bright and clean. Previous owners bookplate to front pastedowns. With black and white and colour plates throughout, by Phiz and Cruikshank. Volume one has an autograph letter signed by Lever tipped in before the general title. Limited de Luxe edition, one hundred copies, this being number thirty-eight 8vo [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        The Arabian Nights The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night

      H.S. Nichols, Ltd., London 1897 - 12 Volumes; top edge gilt; 5 raised bands; gilt-lettering on spine; marbled endpapers; deckled edges ; Vol. 1/12/2013; 8vo 1/2 grained morocco cloth-covered boards [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night

      H S Nichols 1897 - Translated from the Arabic by Captain Sir R F Burton. Reprinted from the original edition and edited by Leonard C Smithers, and illustrated by a series of seventy original illustrations [71, including the portrait of Burton] reproduced from the original pictures in oils specially painted by Albert Letchford. 12 volumes, 253 x 160mm, black cloth, lettered bilingually in gilt on spine, in Arabic on lower cover, lettered & blocked in gilt with richly elaborate geometric design in Islamic style, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Pp.xxxii, 416, 11 plates + facsimile title-page from the Benares edition of 1885; viii, 432, 6 plates; x, 444, 9 plates; x, 420, 6 plates; viii, 400, 8 plates; [viii] 408, 6 plates; viii, 406 + final blank leaf, 7 plates; xii, 424, 4 plates + facsimile title; xiv, 444, 4 plates + facsimile title; xx, 480, 4 plates + facsimile title; x, 496, 3 plates; xxiv, 400, 3 plates + facsimile title. All plates have captioned tissue guards. Some dampstaining in volumes 1, 4 & 12. TOGETHER WITH the specially commissioned black cloth-bound portfolio of Albert Letchford's illustrations: 'Choice Edition de Luxe', large size, printed on Plate Paper, proofs before letters. No.31 of 250 sets [numbered 31 to 280]. Nichols 1897. Folio, 555 x 440mm, pp.[vi] [71] + corresponding captioned guards. Bookplate with owner's presentation inscription. First few leaves waterstained, with creasing at inner margins, box lacking ties, bruised at head & tail of spine, printed label a little soiled, otherwise very good. Very scarce with the portfolio.

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        Catching's compendium of practical dentistry [volumes for 1892, 1894, 1896]

      Atlanta, GA : Constitution Publishing Company, 1893 ; C. P. Byrd, 1895 ; Franklin Printing and Publishing Company, 1897. - 3 rare volumes of Catching's Compendium of Practical Dentistry, published annually during the years 1891-1896, excepting the year 1893. Includes the volumes for the years 1892, 1894, and 1896. ; Benjamin Holliday Catching (1848-1899) was born in Georgetown, Copiah County, Mississippi, graduated from the Dental College in Baltimore, Maryland and later relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in 1880. "His first considerable writing was done for the Southern Dental Journal, which he founded, and which he edited for eight years. Following that, he began the issuance of Catching's Compendium, an annual compilation of practical dental hints culled from the dental literature of each year. Five numbers of this were issued. Later on, in connection with Drs. Johnson, Atkinson, Chappell, and others, he edited the American Dental Weekly. He was a member of the Georgia State Society and the National Dental Association. He was an ex-member of the Georgia State Board of Dental Examiners and ex-President of the Southern Dental Association."--The Indiana Dental Journal, February 1900 ; LC: RK57; NLM: W1 ; 282 p. (1892), 306 p. (1894), 378 p. (1896) ; OCLC: 24434295 (1896) ; OCLC: 6077343 (Series) ; presentation copies given in 1959 to John Pyron from Louise Catching Brogdon ; Louise Catching Brogdon, daughter of Dr. B H Catching, married John Swift Brogdon, chemist from Suwanee, Georgia in 1917. "She graduated from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, stood first in her classes and is very pious. She taught in Atlanta; traveled several months in Europe with her sister, Nannie, and others. She taught only higher mathematics. He is well educated and is a managing chemist. "--From "The Catchings and Holliday families, and various related families, in Virgina [sic], Georgia, Mississippi and other southern states" ; John Leonard Pyron (1916-2005) , who, with degrees from Birmingham Southern University in 1936 and a Masters in Education from the University of Florida, taught in Florida high schools from 1936-1946, until he attended Emory University and received a degree in dentistry in 1948. In 1998, Emory recognized him for 50 continuous years of service in dentistry. ; black cloth with blind-stamped tooling, with lettering in gold ; 1892 copy somewhat worn, G, while 1894 and 1896 copies are VG ; Contents: (1892) Operative dentistry -- Prosthetic dentistry -- Crown and bridge work -- Orthodontia -- Dental medicine -- Oral surgery -- Miscellaneous; Treating putrescent pulps and filling roots / A W Harlan -- Destroying pulps and filling roots of molars / W C Barrett -- Improved gutta-percha fillings / W Storer How -- -- Crown and bridge work / F A Peeso -- Inlays, gold and porcelain / G I V Brown -- Hacker bridge / Grant Mitchell -- Protruding upper and intruding lower incisors / Norman W Kingsley -- Jack and traction screw / C S Case -- Protrusion of the inferior maxilla / E Henry Neall -- Angle regulating appliance / E H Angle -- Cocaine anesthesia / E L Clifford -- Pulpitis / I A Freeman -- Toothache / A V Elliott -- Replanting, transplanting and implanting teeth / Theo. F Chupein -- (1894) Amalgam fillings / C E Kells -- Restoration fillings in incisors: the axiliary dovetail / I C St. John -- -- Plaster impressions of the upper jaw / J W White -- Aluminum swaged plates / G D Sitherwood -- Vulcanizing, flasking and finishing rubber plates / George B Snow -- Bridge lower centrals with inclining cuspids / A E Matteson -- The Knight combination crown / H A Knight -- Hollow gold dummies for bridge work / George Evans -- The scallop wire plate / J N Farrar -- Enlarging the upper dental arch / J N Farrar -- Some diseases of the gums / D M Sabater -- Restoration of a nose with porcelain / A G Smith -- Orthopedic treatment of saddle-nose / M Ayrapaa -- Refining gold / Joseph D Hodgen -- (1896) Partial bite-plate / W Storer How -- Flasking and vulcanizing / W S How -- Plate making / L P Haskell -- Essentials of soldering / H J Goslee, etc ; VG [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Richard Cosway R.A. and his Wife and Pupils. (Limited Edition).

      George Bell & Sons, London 1897 - Limited edition.A MAGNIFICENT modern full straight grained calf leather binding.Four raised bands with decorative gilt design,title and author's name.All page edges are gilt.New marbled end papers and paste downs.Glossy paper.Half title. Publisher's notice that this book is ONE OF 350 LARGE PAPER COPIES and no more to be printed.The back page of the frontispiece is moderately foxed.Sixty-three pages of black and white illustrations some of which have more than one illustration per page.Tissue guards are age toned.Errata.Appendices.Index.A RARE BOOK. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Odyssey of Homer done into English Verse by William Morris

      London: Longmans Green 1897 - First edition. Good HB in black cloth boards with paper title-label on spine. Some surface-wear to the covers, and bottom edge and ends of spine are a bit worn. Slight foxing to endpapers only. Prize bookplate dated 1897 on fep. Pages uncut, most unopened (the prize-winner never got past Book I!). 450pp on laid paper. Pages clean & tight. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      Westminster Archibald Constable and Company 1897 - First Edition of Dracula in Original Cloth STOKER, Bram. Dracula. Westminster: Archibald Constable and Company, [June] 1897. First edition, later issue (probably third, circa Dec. 1897). Octavo (7 9/16 x 5 inches; 192 x 128 mm). [i-vii], viii-ix,[x], [1]2-390,[1, blank], [1,ad "Shasta"] 1-16 (catalogue). Original publisher's yellow cloth, bordered and lettered in red on boards and spine. Boards lightly soiled, red-stamping faded. Spine darkend and soiled. Head and tail of the spine chipped and frayed. Inner hinged starting. Some toning and foxing, primarily to endpapers and preliminaries. A marginal tear to page 53, not affecting text. Previous owner’s old ink signature dated 1898 on front free endpaper. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown. Some pages of ads unopened, with some pages of ads opened roughly. Still, a very good copy of the first issue of this classic, which is scarce in any condition. Housed in quarter black morocco clamshell case. The bibliographical research on this very important title is surprisingly meager, but the following sequence is agreed upon among the most experienced dealers who have handled many copies of the book: first issue without the Shoulder of Shasta ad on p. [392]; second issue with this ad but no catalogue inserted at back; third issue with Shoulder of Shasta ad on p. [392] and the catalogue seen here (with no general date but clearly from 1897 [see bottom of page 7]); and fourth issue with inserted catalogue dated 1898. Variances in paper stock are not issue points. Dalby 10 (a). HBS 65726. $7,500 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      Grosset & Dunlap; 1897 reprint; - red cloth hardback with black lettering to front cover and on spine. Colorful dust jacket has eyes overlooking reclining woman. The front fore edge is frayed. The corner extremities of dust jacket. Undated by likely printed around 1930. Also, pic of Bela Lugosi on rear cover, who played Dracula. Front cover has eyes peering from darkness on a woman laying in bed exposed looking provocative which was very risque for the 1920's. This copyright date says 1897 however this is a 1931 GROSSET, DUNLAP EDITION. FULL LENGTH PICTURE OF Lugosi on rear of dust jacket who starred in movie Dracula released in 1931. DATE PUBLISHED: 1897 reprint; EDITION: 354 pp; [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Gilles de Rais La sorcellerie en Poitou

      Paris, Librairie de la Tradition Nationale 1897 - Livre d'occasion 23,8 x 16 cm, broché, couverture beige imprimée en noir, 21 pp., 1 f. blanc. Gilles de Rais, maréchal ayant livré bataille aux côtés de Jeanne d’Arc mais aussi serial killer notoire qui s’en prenait aux enfants de paysans, celui qu’on surnomma aussi « Barbe Bleue », et qui fût décrit comme un monstre violeur d’enfants, est ici d’une certaine manière réhabilité par l’auteur d’« À Rebours » qui en fait un fin lettré, mystique, alchimiste, sataniste à ses heures. Dans « Là-bas », Huysmans parle de Gilles de Rais comme d’un « Des Esseintes du quinzième siècle ». Condition : Edition originale de cette plaquette hors commerce dont le tirage fut limité à 100 exemplaires (pas de grands papiers) retranscrivant la conférence consacrée à Gilles de Rais prononcée au Congrès d'Ethnographie et d'Art populaire, à Niort, le 6 juin 1896. Parfait état. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Gilles de Rais (La sorcellerie en Poitou).

      Lib. de la tradition nationale 1897 - - Lib. de la tradition nationale, Paris 1897, 16x24,5cm, relié. - Edition originale imprimée à 100 exemplaires. Reliure à la bradel en demi chagrin bordeaux, dos lisse, date dorée en queue, plats de papier marbré, couvertures conservées, tête dorée, étiquette de description de libraire encollée en tête d'une garde. Agréable et rare exemplaire. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Confederate soldier in the Civil War, 1861-1865

      Prentice Press (Courier-Journal Job Print. Co.), Louisville, KY 1897 - 480 p. illus., plates (1 col.) ports. col. front. Originally published, 1895. Prefaced by a eulogy by Major-General Fitzhugh Lee. The foundation and formation of the Confederacy and the secession of the Southern States and prominent parts taken by Hon. Jefferson Davis, Hon. Alexander H. Stephens, and others. Campaigns, battles, sieges, charges, skirmishes, etc. By General Robert E. Lee, Generals Albert Sidney Johnston, Joseph E. Johnston, and others. The Confederate States Navy, from its first organization to the end of the war. Naval engagements, blockade running, operations of cruisers, torpedo service, etc. By Admiral Franklin Buchanan, Rear Admiral Raphael Semmes, etc. Cloth edges worn and chipped. A few small closed tears to frontis and a bit of insect damage to ffep. [Rare Book Case] [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        STELLA'S STORY - A Venetian Tale 1897 Illustrated

      J. S. VIRTUE AND CO, London 1897 - TITLE: STELLA'S STORY - A Venetian Tale 1897 Illustrated AUTHOR: DARLEY DALE PUBLISHER - (LOCATION) /COPYRIGHT: J. S. VIRTUE AND CO., LONDON 1897 EDITION: First Edition assumed with only one date found CATEGORY: Love, Rare BINDING/COVER: Hardback without dust jacket COLOR: Blue BACKGROUND/DESCRIPTION: WITH EIGHT ILLUSTRATIONS By PAUL WOODROFFE. First Edition assumed. J. S. VIRTUE AND CO., LONDON 1897. THERE ARE NO OTHER COPIES OF THIS BOOK FOUND FOR SALE ON THE INTERNET AT THIS TIME!!!! CONDITION: The book is without a dust jacket as issued. The outside has a used look about it, there is a heavy soil look from many uses of the book possibly, still okay. THE FRONTISPIECE MAY BE MISSING. There is an old style signature written on the front endpaper. Book is without marks or writings, pages are clean, and book is tight and sturdy. SIZE: 5 ½ x 8 ½ (approximately) PAGES: 248 pages. Book is in used over the years condition. THERE ARE NO OTHER COPIES OF THIS BOOK FOUND FOR SALE ON THE INTERNET AT THIS TIME!!!! COMPETITIVE PRICING! Once paid books will ship immediately without email notification to customer (it's on the way), you are welcomed to email about shipment date! REFUNDS: All ViewFair books, prints, and manuscript items are 100% refundable up to 10 business days after item is received. InvCode E H V VIEWFAIR BOOKS: 004614 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Encyclopaedia of Sport Volume I & 2

      Lawrence and Bullen, Ltd 1897 - Lawrence and Bullen, Ltd., 1897 Volume I + 1898 Volume II, Hardcover, 7 1/2 x 11 inches, 632 + 655 pages, 2 Volume Set, Condition very good [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Love is Enough, or The Freeing of Pharamond: A Morality.

      Hammersmith: Sold by the Trustees of the late William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. 1897 - Limited edition of 300 copies on paper (of a total of 308). 11 5/8 in. x 8 1/2 in., 91 pp., typographic title, Burne-Jones frontispiece, including the final Burne-Jones illustration facing p. 90. With the two full-page illustrations by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, engraved on wood by W. H. Hooper. With woodcut initials and borders, printing in red, blue and black using the Troy & the Chaucer types. Bound in the original full limp vellum, with gilt titling on the spine, and with well-preserved brown silk ties. Housed in a brown morocco-backed slipcase with five raised bands, gilt titling on the spine, brown cloth sides and matching chemise, and a cloth identification label on lower edge of slipcase. The front paste-down shows the bookplate of book & art collector, John Quinn (1870-1924), which was designed by Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957 ). A copy in exceptional condition. "Love is Enough" is considered by many to be the greatest Kelmscott book after "Chaucer." [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Water of the Wondrous Isles, The

      Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897. - The Last Work Written and Designed by William Morris[KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. The Water of the Wondrous Isles. [Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897].One of 250 paper copies of an edition of 256. Large quarto. [2], 340, [1] pp. Embellished with decorative woodcut borders, ornaments, and initials all designed by William Morris, except for two large initial words Whilom & Empty, which were completed from his unfinished designs by R. Catterson-Smith. Full limp vellum. Spine lettered in gilt. Original rose silk ties. Armorial bookplate on front pastedown. A fine copy. Housed in a gray cloth slipcase."The borders and ornaments were designed entirely by William Morris, except the initial words Whilom/ & Empty, which were completed from his unfinished designs by R. Catterson-Smith" (Colophon)."Morris ‘began [his] new romance in verse’ on 4 February 1895, but on 8 February ‘after seeing B[urne]-J[ones] W.M. decided to write the new romance in prose & verse, & began to rewrite it’ (Cockerell diary). Eventually Morris wrote it in prose alone In Cockerell’s diary we catch glimpses of the dying Morris attempting in vain to complete the design of the initial word ‘Empty’" (Peterson).Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 54-55. Peterson A45. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 330, no. 45. Sparling 45. Tomkinson, p. 120, no. 45.

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        The Sundering Flood.

      Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897 - Octavo (204 × 139 mm). Original cream cloth-backed blue boards, white paper label to spine and titles to upper board in black. Ownership inscription ("G. Colquhoun") to front free endpaper, small nicks to extremities, label faintly frayed. Otherwise a marvellous copy in excellent condition. Border 10; half and three-quarter borders; 3-, 6- and 12-line initials; chapter titles and shoulder notes in red; line-block map (on front pastedown) drawn by H. Cribb, Chaucer type. First edition, first impression. One of 300 paper copies. Described on the colophon as "the last romance written by William Morris", the book was published posthumously after Morris had dictated the ending to his friend Sydney Cockerell from his deathbed. A beautifully preserved document of Morris's peculiar fin-de-siècle mediaevalism, though at the same time celebrated as an important precursor for the modern fantasy genre. Peterson A51. [Attributes: First Edition]

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