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        Japan. Described and Illustrated By the Japanese. Written By Eminent Japanese Authorities and Scholars. With and Essay on Japanese Art By Kakuzo Okakura [10 Volumes Edition De Luxe]

      Boston, Mass.: J.B. Millet Company, 1897. 10 volumes Edition de Luxe, each volume or section numbered #104 of a numbered edition limited to 750 copies. An outstanding production with each folio volume (approx. 39.5 cm) bound in different coloured silk crepe "made by hand in Tokyo and printed there by the Xylography process [woodcut] under the supervision of K. Ogawa of Tokyo." Japanese binding secured with silk tassels and cords made by S. Iida of Kyoto. Title-page of vol. 1 contains a small woodcut on Chine-colle and mounted. The frontispiece of each volume is a colour flower Collotype print made in Tokyo by K. Ogawa mounted and matted, the final print in each volume illustrating the lecture on Japanese art by K. Okakura, is an art reproduction plate by the Xylograph [woodcut] process, hand-coloured, mounted and matted. Each volume contains 20 hand-coloured albumen photos mounted in the text, and 6 full-page hand-coloured albumen photos mounted and matted. Each volume contains the loosely inserted notice from the publisher: "Caution. Do Not Cut the Leaves of this book, as it is bound in Japanese style. J.B. Millet Colmpany, Publishers, Boston, Mass." 9 of 10 original shipping cartons and original plain publisher's wrappers. Contents include: Vol. 1: "The Empire; Its Size, Buildings, Cities and Scenery." Vol. 2: "The Early Japanese and Their History." Vol. 3: "Establishment of the Tokugawa Dynasty and Japan's Relations with the Orient in the Early Ages of the Christian Era." Vol. 4: "Mediaeval Japan." Vol. 5: "Yoshitsune, Genghis and the Mongol Invasion." Vol. 6: "Religion and Rites." Vol. 7: "Festivals." Vol. 8: "Chapter XII. Observations and Pastimes (continued)." Vol. 9: "Japan's Commercial and Political Intercourse with Foreign Countries." Vol. 10: "The Attitude of Japan Toward Foreign Residents-Japanese Finance, concluded." Previous owner's ink signature to front pastedown of vol. 2, and dedication page of vol. 7, slight musty odor, covers very slightly shelf scuffed, else a truly magnificent production. "In order that this publication may express exclusively Japanese ideas, the publishers have imported all the material needed for illustrating and binding the work. ... The photographs are all made and colored by hand in Japan, over three hundred and fifty native artists having been specially engaged for this purpose. ... All the Japanese contributors, artists, photographers and manufacturers who have been engaged in the production of this work have manifested a sincere and patriotic determination to do the best that can be done by them in each department, so that this "ambassador extraordinary" sent by the Japanese to the American people may be worthy of its high office. They feel that it is a privilege to be thus enabled to come in direct communication with American readers, and some of the contributors holding high official positions under the Imperial government have worked 'con amore', declining compensation." - from the Intro. by Arthur J. Mundy. . Limited, First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine. Folio.

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        Famous Footballers

      London, Hudson & Kearns, n.d. , [1897] . Folio, ?publisher's black skiver-backed, matching sand-grained cloth, title and footballer device gilt to the upper board. 224 full-page half-tone illustrations from photographs, facsimile signatures to the individual portraits. Mild shelf-wear, else very good copy indeed. First edition. Originally issued in 12-page weekly parts, or as single sheets in the News of the World, this is the first book issue, bound without a title page, but in what appears to be a publisher's binding. One of the first serious "fan" publications for the burgeoning sports, edited on the "association" side by Charlie Alcock, one of the early codifiers and administrators of the game, Secretary of the FA, instigator of the FA Cup, and the first man ever to be ruled offside; and the Rugby editor George Rowland Hill, for 23 years the Honorary Secretary of the RFU, and the man who proposed the split between Union and League. Contains individual and team portraits of the greatest exponents of both the Rugby and Association codes, in the days when football was football and a moustache was essential. Team portraits include Southampton St. Mary's, Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday, Corinthians, Harlequins and The Royal Arsenal. Amongst the individuals featured are the sporting prodigy C.B. Fry, described by John Arlott as "… probably the most variously gifted Englishman of any age," and Arthur Wharton, the first black professional football player in the world.

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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. 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) . 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

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        Water of the Wondrous Isles, The

      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.

      [Bookseller: David Brass Rare Books, Inc.]
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        Pretty Polly, A Novel Panorama Picture Book

      London: Ernest Nister, 1897. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Helen Maguire, E. S. Hardy et al. Contains 4 double page chromolithograph pop-ups, each with three levels, together with a selection of short fairy stories and poems, all illustrated with sepia line drawings. This is the usual superb Nister quality printing from Bavaria, Germany. The pop-ups show [1] cats in and around Polly Parrot's cage, [2] Cinderella's carriage, [3] children and their dogs playing in the water at the sea side, [4] a group of children, watched by their dog and cat, playing Oranges and Lemons. Rather oddly the title page states that there is an Introduction by F. E. Weatherly, however this is incorrect, there is no introduction and the first entry is by L.L. Weedon. Hunt p. 296/331. Montanaro p. 252. [28pp] 245x200mm. Pictorial paper covered boards over red cloth backstrip. Corners worn. Original, intact, end papers. Closed, 2cm tear to page edge. Tan and mild spotting to some page edges. Pop-ups all complete, working and undamaged.

      [Bookseller: The Little Book Store]
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        Periplus, an Essay on the early History of Charts and Sailing Directions

      Stockholm,, 1897.. Large folio, with 60 large maps, mostly double-page, two of them coloured, and a further 100 maps of smaller size in the text; marginal tear to one map, a very good copy in later half calf preserving original calf spine (rubbed) over the original brown cloth sides lettered and decorated in gilt on the front cover. Original edition: separately published but a deliberate continuation to the Facsimile-Atlas (previous item), this is a detailed study of manuscript maps from ancient times to about 1650. This is a most important reference for medieval mappae-mundi as well as portolan charts and similar early forms of mapping sometimes difficult for the modern eye. Like the author's earlier work this is an absolutely indispensable work of reference. "The scholar who has long desired to get a clear general notion concerning the wide field of maps only existent in MS. designs, but ranging from the early centuries of our era down to the sixteenth or even seventeenth century, may assuredly congratulate himself on the good luck which has thrown the work into the hands of Nordenski?ld... As contrasted with the results of Nordenski?ld's labour, the Atlases of Jomard and Santarem fade into comparative insignificance...' (Bernard Quaritch in 1899).Penrose, p.353; Phillips, 258; Ristow and LeGear, 44.

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        The Lark. Books I and II, Nos. 1-24, 1895-1897. Complete

      San Francisco: William Doxey, 1897. Hardcover. Very Good. Two Volumes. Illustrated cloth. Spine tips and corners a bit bumped and just beginning to fray; paper is age-toned (as expected), with many pages still unopened. A nice set of the complete run.

      [Bookseller: Sanctuary Books]
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        l'Animal dans la décoration

      Paris, Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts (E. Lévy, ed.), [1897]. Folio. (45.9 x 33.7 cm). Half title, title (in two colours). iv pp., 60 fine lithographed plates, some heightened with silver and gold. Ten original printed wrappers preserved. Contained in later marbled quarter cloth portfolio. * Rare complete set - originally published in ten livraisons - of one of the most influential works in the Art Nouveau movement by the French illustrator Maurice Pillard Verneuil (1869-1942). The plates show a spectacular mix between realism, with the animals portrayed accurately and in great detail, and romanticism: the selection of individual animals, the composition of the plates, the use of colour - it all adds up to a power of imagination that left a strong impression on turn-of-the-century free and applied art. Many plates show reptiles, others deer, swans, sea horses, butterflies, hares, peacocks, etc., etc. Single plates are known to fetch Euro 200 or more. The plates are all in a very good condition, free of spotting, only some very marginal light age-toning. A few have a short marginal tear, never anywhere near the printed image. Original wrappers have been preserved and are all in two parts. One with a clean tear and one is missing a large piece of its front. Only four complete copies appeared at auction over the last 40 years and it is especially rare to have the original wrappers still included. Benezit, 8, p. 534.

      [Bookseller: Dieter Schierenberg bv]
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        Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

      HENRY ALTEMUS, 1897 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Hardcover, Copyright: 1897 OR 1898) THIS IS A RARE 1897/1898 PRINTING. THE PUBLISHER WAS HENRY ALTEMUS. (LATER PRINTINGS HAD "HENRY ALTEMUS COMPANY" WHICH WOULD THEN MEAN 1902 TO 1923 PRINTING, DESPITE HAVING AN 1897 COPYRIGHT). ACCORDING TO HENRY ALTEMUS WEBSITE'S STATEMENT ON DATING THESE BOOKS , THIS BOOK ALSO HAS REFERENCE TO ADVERTISING "FLOWER FABLES" WHICH IMPLIES AN 1897/1898 PRINTING. Condition: Poor. Book board taped around the edges and spine. Binding loose. Shelf and edge wear. Rubbing and fading to boards. Browning, foxing and/or tanning to some pages. Some pages taped at center. Spots on cover and on pages. Owner's name written inside book and there may be other writing marks. 183 pages. + 4 pages of advertising.See Pictures.Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Copyright 1897 by Henry Altemus. It features one full-color chromolithographs, It is also filled with 42 illustrations by the original "Alice" artist, Sir John Tenniel. It is a work of children's literature by the English mathematician and author, Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, written under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.

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        The Water of the Wondrous Isles

      Kelmscott Press 1897. First Edition. Softcover. Fine/No Jacket. Truly Exceptional copy in the original limp vellum. Very clean and straight. Original silk ties. Art Deco Bookplate of William Malin Roscoe to pastedown, printed in red and black, wood engraved title, gilt titling to spine. The only minor imperfection is slight spotting to fore-edge, else a superb all round copy of the last Morris Kelmscott masterpieces.

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        SYR YSAMBRACE

      Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897. ONE OF 350 COPIES on paper. (An additional eight were printed on vellum.). Hardcover. 210 x 140 mm (8 1/4 x 5 1/2"). 2 p.l., 41, [1] pp. Edited by F. S. Ellis. ONE OF 350 COPIES on paper. (An additional eight were printed on vellum.). VERY ATTRACTIVE CONTEMPORARY PIGSKIN blind-tooled in a Medieval panel design, covers with frames formed by multiple rules, diapered central panel, upper cover with title, press, and date stamped into upper and lower corners, lower cover with binder';s(?) pictorial stamp in lower right corner (showing a standing figure with the scales of justice hanging from his outstretched arms), raised bands, spine panels scored with multiple horizontal lines, blindstamped titling at top and bottom of backstrip, all edges gilt. Wood engraved frontispiece by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, decorative woodcut initials, device in colophon, and wide decorative border on first opening of text. Peterson A-48; Sparling 48; Tomkinson, pp. 120-21. Head and tail of boards with minor scuffing, a hint of rubbing along joints, otherwise AN ESPECIALLY FINE COPY, PRISTINE INTERNALLY, in a handsome gothic-style binding that perfectly complements the contents. According to Sparling, the present volume "was always a favourite with Morris." Subjects from the book were considered important enough to be chosen by Burne-Jones to be painted on the walls of the Red House, Upton, Bexley Heath. In editing the text of this Medieval romance, Ellis used the manuscript in the library of Lincoln Cathedral to augment and correct the printed version by J. O. Halliwell, which itself was based upon the Cambridge manuscript. We have never encountered the binder's stamp seen here, nor, for that matter, have we seen very many pleasing modern pigskin bindings like this one.

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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. 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. Ownership inscription ("G. Colquhoun") to front free endpaper, small nicks to extremities, label faintly frayed. Otherwise a marvellous copy in excellent condition. 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.

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        The Water of the Wondrous Isles

      Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897. Hard Cover. Fine. Hard Cover. 1 of 250 paper copies. Six copies were printed on vellum. This work was published in April 1897, several months after the death of William Morris. It is one of four romances he wrote in his final years. He died while the book was still in proofs, and his daughter May helped in its completion. This copy has been beautifully rebound in modern fine black leather. The front cover has gold ruling along the edges, a red-tooled leather border within it, and a yellow and black leather border inside the red. The title and author are stamped in gilt on the front cover along with a small ornament. Marbled endpapers. The interior pages are in fine condition with light browning to fore-edge. Printed on Flower paper, with the text in Chaucer type, and the colophon and transitional passages in Troy type [Peterson A45]. The text is printed in black, with red chapter and shoulder titles in red. Morris designed the beautiful borders and initials. In fine condition. 340 pages plus colophon. MOR/082211.

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        Syr Ysambrace / Sir Isambras

      Middlesex, UK: Kelmscott Press. 1897. Hardcover. Near Fine. 1897. Hardcover, 8vo., original linen backed blue boards. 41 pp. Printed in black and red in Chaucer type. Frontis woodcut after Edward Burne- Jones. Minor rubbing along the spine. Previous owner's small signature in ink on the fly leaf, and a small inked price on the front pastedown. Clean contents. Limited to 350 copies on paper. Peterson A48. Last auctioned in 2013 at Bloomsbury for 1,220 GBP (1,860 USD). Digital images available upon request.

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        The Invisible Man

      London: C. Arthur Pearson,, 1897. A Grotesque Romance. Octavo. Publisher's red cloth, with gilt title to spine and front boards, pictorial centre piece in black to front board. Housed in red quarter morocco solander box by The Chelsea Bindery. Signed and dated "October 2nd 1914 / H. G. Wells" on the title page. Spine and top edge darkened, head and tail of spine minimally bumped, marginal browning throughout, hinges skilfully restored, a decent copy of a vulnerable book. First edition of one of Wells's most famous science fiction tales. Although the first edition only sold well for a single month, the title secured Wells financially for life, bringing him not only a constant flow of royalty cheques, but money from the Hollywood film adaptation of 1933 starring Claude Rains. It was Wells's only book publication by Pearson – fortunately, as Pearson's books are today known for their poor quality of bindings and paper employed. As a result we have never seen a truly fine copy of The Invisible Man; inscribed copies in such exceptionally good condition are extremely rare.

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        Certain Personal Matters (First Edition, inscribed by Wells to his father)

      London: Lawrence Bullen, 1897. First Edition. First Edition. and correct first, preceding the colonial edition published just after by Heinemann. Catalog in the rear dated 1897, as called for. Inscribed by Wells to his father on the half-title page: "Joseph Wells / from his unworthy son." A significant inscription, not only in terms of the recipient, but the content. Wells was a failure in a variety of apprenticeships as a young man before finally finding success as a writer, and like his mother, had a difficult relationship with his father. Certain Personal Matters is a collection of essays by Wells, some humorous and some autobiographical, that for the most part originally appeared in British periodicals such as Pall Mall, New Budget, and The Saturday Review. Very Good plus in original cloth-covered boards, slightly cocked, a couple of corners bumped, with some slight fading to the spine cloth. Gilt rule and titles on the front board and spine quite clean and bright. A very nice copy overall, and a superb association.

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        The Invisible Man. A Grotesque Romance

      London: C. Arthur Pearson, Ltd, 1897. First Edition. Demi-octavo (19cm); publisher's pictorial red cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spine and front cover; pictorial device in black on front cover; [i[vi],vii-viii, 2[i.e. 1]-245, 2pp. publisher's ads. First page of text misnumbered as "2". Clean, tight copy with just minimal rubbing to the original cloth binding. Faint evidence of old mend to upper 1/2" of front hinge (internal); printed bookplate of Alphonse Courlander to front pastedown; text and endpapers slightly tanned, with a tiny chip to edge of rear pastedown -- in all, a well-preserved, Very Good+ copy. & & Wells's masterpiece, the wellspring of a modern archetype and a high-spot of the "mad scientist" genre. As importantly, one of the best and most subtle critiques of free-market capitalism ever written, a brilliant satire by a lifetime Fabian socialist. BLEILER (Checklist 1972) p.281. BLEILER (Science Fiction, The Early Years) 2330.

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        THE INVISIBLE MAN

      1897. London: C. Arthur Pearson, 1897. 2 pp undated ads. Original red cloth with invisible man in black. First Edition of Wells's classic tale (he later pointed out that the title is a misnomer: the protagonist is actually The Transparent Man). As with THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU, this is a grim tale about a mad scientist who degenerates into a homicidal maniac, possessed by the illusion of omnipotence. As Smith points out, THE INVISIBLE MAN sold well for a month, after which sales collapsed entirely; yet it kept royalty checks coming Wells's way for the rest of his life. Wells also made a lot of money from this book in Hollywood (starring Claude Rains in 1933); actually there had been an earlier version, titled "The Invisible Thief," produced by Pathé in 1909, of which today only a few fuzzy stills survive.~THE INVISIBLE MAN was Wells's only book published by Pearson -- fortunately, as Pearson's books are notorious for the poor quality of bindings and paper employed (resulting in browned page margins); as a result, we have never seen a truly fine copy of THE INVISIBLE MAN. This copy is near-fine with the spine a little faded (as always), and one endpaper a bit cracked (again as usual, as the cheap paper is so brittle); there is essentially no external wear at all. Wells Soc. 11; Hammond B4; Currey p. 520.

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        The Invisible Man

      London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited,, 1897. A Grotesque Romance. Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt, pictorial design to upper board in black. Spine a little faded, extremities rubbed, lower corners bumped, hinges cracked, endpapers and margins of contents tanned. A very good copy. First edition. With the bookplate of the American mystery writer and journalist Fulton Ousler, the author of The Greatest Story Ever Told, the basis for the 1965 film starring Max von Sydow and Charlton Heston.

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        The Invisible Man, First Printing, 1897

      London: C. Arthur Pearson. 1897. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good. First printing. 1897. Original red pictorial cloth, gilt titled, 245 pp., 2 pp. ads. Very good, spine slightly sun mellowed and discolored, very minor rubbing to spine ends, rear board has an even three-quarters inch of sun-mellowing at the spine, outer joints a bit lightened, contents very good, general light tanning to text and endpapers, some light foxing to endpapers, inner hinges of the endpapers have clearly been the object of some expert restoration -- they are tight but were previously cracked. In all, a nice very good copy of a rare book, one of his masterpieces!

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        Spenser's Faerie Queene

      London: George Allen, The Chiswick Press, 1897. First edition. Quartos. Six Volumes. Original white cloth with gilt cover illustrations, red letter on cover, gilt lettering on spine. One of 1000 Copies, bound from parts as issued by publisher. Engraved head and tailpieces, elaborate title-pages and 85 superb full page woodcut illustrations, all by WALTER CRANE, in what has been said to be his most ambitious project in book illustration. Finely printed on unbleached Arnold handmade paper. A superb set, near fine internally with virtually no signs of wear. Externally, spines slightly sunned, one volume has puncture on spine (about 1 inch) and sl. wear to foot of spine. A supremely attractive and sought-after collection of the very best art of Walter Crane.

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        Through Unknown African Countries: The First Expedition from Somaliland to Lake Lamu

      New York: Edward Arnold, 1897. Hard Cover. Very Good. Hard Cover. SIGNED BY AUTHOR WITH TWO IMPORTANT LETTERS LAID IN. First Edition of Donaldson Smith's enthralling narrative describing his journey in 1894-95 through previously unexplored areas of Africa, ranging from the Gulf of Aden to the Indian Ocean. Donaldson Smith, an American doctor and amateur big game hunter undertook the trip to explore, to gather geological and natural specimens, and to shoot animals. He was accompanied by an English taxidermist, Edward Dodson, and his friend Fred Gillett. They were attended by a contingent of native men and animals. The book recounts their experiences in great detail, and is filled with black and white illustrations, some being photographs, from the journey. They include full page depictions of shootings and encounters with various tribes; and partial page pictures of animals, birds, and native artifacts; There are sic partially colored maps, five of which fold out. The maps are in pristine condition despite the fragility of the paper on which they are printed. Following the text are several appendices with notes on the several collections that were brought back. Donaldson Smith's signature is written on the front free end page. Laid in are two important and interesting letters about his journey. Both are written to "Tony" who may have been a fellow physician since Donaldson Smith thanks him for medications he received from him and took on the trip. The first letter was written March 22, 1900 from Africa while on his way back to England. He tells Tony that the medicines were a godsend and that all of the peronnel of his caravan arrived out of the Nile without any sickness except for two Indians who hid themselves and were never found. He continues "It will take me over three months to reach the coast but my travelling in the future will be in safe country with everything known ahead - very different from exploring. So I can breath a sigh of relief that my journey has been a successful 'tho hard one."He says that his collections were all safe, and included 18 elephants with very large tusks and lots of other sport. He talks about the arrangements made for transporting his collections out of Africa and the routes he is taking as he makes his way back. The second 4 page letter is written in London and is dated June 23, '00. It begins "Just back in London with a pleasant feeling that - I have done all I wanted in Africa, & no devils...around to pester the life out of me. I did have a rough time of it - but of the hardest parts [sic] of the show was getting in! I had finally to pick up what riffraff I could & make a bolt - from Hargeisa across the Hand." After another paragraph expressing relief that he made it back with everything accomplished, he then discusses his problems in dealing with the Royal Geological Society. He had a row with them because of the way they had treated his maps. He also took offense at the remarks of the President at his annual address where he said "his great desire was to see the country between the N. end of L. Rudolf & the Nile explored by Englishmen"! Donaldson Smith says that he feels much like taking all his results to American. "If I do so I know the President of the R.G.S. will injure me all he can...He says if he gives his results to the Society, he stands an excellent chance of the Gold Medal. He continues on to discuss the situation, and then closes the letter by sending his best to various friends. A subsequent New York Times article about the R.G.S. award ceremony states that Donaldson Smith received the Patron's medal, not the Gold. Responding to a toast in his honor, he said that he wasa glad if he had done anything to help friendly relations between the United States and Great Britain. Bound in orginal black cloth with gilt ruling and elephant illustration to front board along with author and title. Gilt title and author also on spine. In very good condition with corner that are bumped, and bottom edges are chipped and have some discoloring. Some tenderness to hinges but otherwise tight. Interior is in near fine condition with pages and illustrations that are bright and clean. 472 pages plus 4 pages of ads. TRAV/011011.

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        The First Crossing of Spitsbergen

      VG+. Being an account of an inland journey of exploration and survey, with descriptions of several mountain ascents, of boat expeditions in Ice Fjord, of a voyage to North-East-Land, the Seven Islands, down Hinloopen Strait, nearly to Wiches Land, and into most of the fjords of Spitsbergen, and of an almost complete circumnavigation of the main island. & & London, J. M. Dent & Co., 1897. First Edition, 4to, [xii], 371pp., with 7 coloured plate, 56 plates, some 44 other illustrations and 2 folding maps, original two-tone cloth with beveled boards, gilt titles, top edges gilt : light foxing to the preliminary leaves and intermittent pronounced foxing throughout, internal hinges strong and showing beginning signs of cracking, exterior with bright gilt and in Very Good+ condition. No prior ownership labels. A complete and attractive copy.& & "The author spent the summer of 1896 and 1897 exploring the interior of West Spitsbergen. This volume is an account of the first season's voyage to the island, and the trips there during which Conway, Gregory, Trevor-Battye, Garwood, and H.E. Conway crossed overland from Advent Bay to Bell Sound, thence northward to Sassen Bay, and from there to Agardh Bay on the east coast and returned to Advent Bay. They made in all 13 mountain ascents, produced a survey sketch of about 600 square miles of central West Spitsbergen, almost completed a circumnavigation of the main island, and made valuable geologic and natural history collections" „ Arctic Bibliography 3378&

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        Thirty Strange Stories

      Edward Arnold, 1897. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Green cloth, black lettering, dark green and gilt design. Top edge gilt, deckled fore and bottom edges. The volume has mild edge wear, a gently toned spine, and occasional soiling to the front and rear panels. The gilt coloring on the front panel is quite vivid. The interior is free from markings. Altogether, a very good copy. First printing, no English equivalent.

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        The Plattner Story and Others

      London: Methuen & Co, 1897. Hard Cover. Very Good +. Hard Cover. FIRST EDITION. A beautiful copy of this uncommon book, a compilation of 17 short stories written when Wells was just 31 years old. H.G. Wells (1866-1946) is of course now best known for his works of science fiction, but he was a prolific writer in many genres, both fiction and non-fiction. This volume is bound in the original red cloth boards, with gilt title and author to spine and front cover. Except for light bumping and darkening to spine, the book is in very good plus condition. Interior is clean and bright with untrimmed page edges. There is slight pulling away of front free endpapers at the front hinge, otherwise quite tight. 301 pages plus 40 page publisher';s catalogue dated March 1897. LIT/090508.

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        THE BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA

      Published by The Natural Science Association Of America, 1897. Hardback. Very Good. Very good condition with no wrapper. Re-issue. 119 artistic colored plates (lithographs) representing the different species and varieties drawn and colored from nature including a copious text giving a popular account of their habits and characteristics, based on observations made in the field by the most eminent writers on ornithology prefaced by a systematic table and index to page, plate and figure. Very large format. Full red morocco binding with gilt title to front and spine. All edges gilt. 182 pages plus index. Spine faded, edges rubbed, a few scuff marks to front & rear board. Corners worn. Front joint between title page and frontis pulled. Some scattered foxing. A few closed margin tears. Some grubby margin marks (fingering). All plates present and beautifully bright. [S]

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        IN HIS STEPS: 'What Would Jesus Do?' 1897 Edition. Origination of the famous phrase!

      Our Home And Our Homeless, Chicago 1897 - (Religion) SHELDON, Charles. IN HIS STEPS 'What Would Jesus Do?' Chicago: Our Home And Our Homeless, 1897. Hardcover. This book is an unrecorded printing of the First Edition which was published in the same year! First use of the phrase, 'What Would Jesus Do,' which of course, became a famous slogan and cottage industry. Extremely rare! We found zero for sale. Toning. Book has a lean. Binding shows beginning of cracking at back board. Rubbing and wear to boards. Very Good. Duodecimo. $3000.00 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Yeoman's In The Fork]
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        Following the Equator

      The American Publishing Company, 1897. Hardcover. Near Fine. The American Publishing Company, Hartford, CT 1897. First Edition / First Printing / First Issue. Original blue cloth binding. Illustrated front board. Gold gilt lettering at the front board and at the spine. The First Issue with the title page showing only one publisher, The American Publishing Company. Page 161 has the signature mark 11 at the bottom of the page. {ref: BAL 3451}. Illustrated frontispiece of Mark Twain. 193 illustrations. Book Condition: Near Fine+, clean boards and spine, book is tight and square, light shelf wear, clean endpaper and pages, tight spine.

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        Royal Agricultural Show of 1897

      Sydney,: N.S.W. Government Printer, 1897.. Five-panel panoramic photograph, highlighted by hand, laid down on canvas, 390 x 3490 mm.; some wear and staining to canvas backing, very lightly cracked at one joint, but overall in very good condition. A rare very large panoramic photograph of the Royal Agricultural Show of 1897.The image is taken during the grand parade with the scoreboard in the background revealing details such as the fact that the Tattersalls Plate was due to be run at 2.30 pm, and the "Best Boy" rider to follow at 3. It is such extraordinary detail, displaying all of the activity and bustle of the show as well as the great splendour of the Moore Park grounds, that gives the image its real charm. In the background, for instance, the Cinematographe appears to be doing a good trade, while the hoardings and billboards are full of familiar names from the period, including Fry's Cocoa, Tooths Ale, and the omnipresent Anthony Horderns (Samuel Hordern himself, as the printed list of office holders attests, was a vice-president of the RAS).The society which would become the Sydney Royal Agricultural Society commenced operations in 1822, when a group of leading citizens including Samuel Marsden and John Piper decided to further 'the quality of Australia's primary production by means of contests and competitions'. Their first show was held in Parramatta the following year, but by 1836 waning support led to the Society lapsing. It was not until they reformed in 1857 that the group really gained momentum, with exhibitions held at Parramatta until 1868, followed by a 13-year stint at Prince Alfred Park. Finally in 1880, with funds in disarray, the Society accepted government support, and was able to move to the famous venue at Moore Park, home of the show from 1882 through to 1998.This image was taken in 1897, the culmination of a decade of great expansion for the show. In 1891, Queen Victoria granted the Society permission for the use of the "Royal" prefix. Perhaps even more significantly, 1894 also saw the introduction of electric lighting, meaning that the show could open for the first time at night (although the other great innovation, showbags, appears to have not been introduced until around 1900).The site was well-suited to this panoramic style of photography. The rudiments of panoramic photography were experimented with as early as the 1840s, extending on the established success of early panorama and diorama presentations. The invention of the wet-plate collodion process in the 1860s led to giant advances in the field, but it was the 1888 invention of flexible film which revolutionised the process, and led to a distinct vogue for the unusual photographic style.This piece, executed by the Government Printing Office, is uncommon, especially in such fine condition. An even larger version of the photograph featured in the State Library of New South Wales' exhibition and online catalogue, Eye 4 Photography (2005). It is offered complete with a printed listing of the office bearers for the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales and the Metropolitan Exhibition.

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        The Works of Sir Walter Scott

      sp;- London - Adam and Charles Black, 1897 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A complete set of the Victoria Edition Sir Walter Scott's novels. Illustrated with plates to frontispiece to each volume and in a fine binding by Bayntun, Bath with binder's stamp to verso of front free endpaper. In twenty-five volumes complete. With decorative two-colour titles to all volumes. The titles of the volumes are asfollows:Old Mortality; Quentin Durward; Rob Roy; Woodstock or The Cavalier, A Tale of Sixteen-Hundred and Fifty-One; The Black Dwarf and A Legend of Montrose; GuyMannering, or, The Astrologer;Waverley or 'Tis Sixty Years Since; The Bride of Lammermoor; The Heart of Midlothian; The Antiquary; Kenilworth; The Monastery; The Abbot, Being a Sequel to The Monastery; The Fortunes of Nigel; Redgauntlet, A Tale of the Eighteenth Century;The Pirate; The Maid of Perth Or Valentine's Day, Chronicles of the Canongate Second Series; Peveril of the Peak; Count Robert of Paris; The Betrothed, A Tale of the Crusaders and The Chronicles of the Canongate; Anne of Geierstein or, The Maiden of the Mist; Saint Ronan's Well; Ivanhoe, A Romance; The Talisman, A Tale of the Crusaders and The Chronicles of Canongate; and The Surgeon's Daughter and Castle Dangerous. Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet (1771 - 1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet, popular throughout much of the world during his time. Scott was the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers in Europe, Australia, and North America. His novels and poetry are still read, and many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Although Scott had attained celebrity through his poetry, he soon tried his hand at documenting his researches into the oral tradition of the Scottish Borders in prose fiction stories and novels at the time still considered aesthetically inferior to poetry as a mimetic vehicle for portraying historical events. With previous owner's bookplates to front pastedowns. Condition: Uniformly bound in fine half calf binding with cloth covered boards, bound by Bayntun. Externally, in excellent condition with only minor wearto extremities andslight fading to spines. Internally, firmly bound. Bright and generally clean throughoutwith only slight foxing and offsetting and marginal age toning to text block edges. Overall: NEAR FINE.

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        The Story of the Malakand Field Force, An Episode of Frontier War

      This is Churchill's first book, based on his exploits with Sir Bindon Blood's expedition on the Northwest Frontier of India in 1897. While Churchill had previously applied his pen as a published correspondent, this was his first book-length work and he clearly labored over it: "I have discovered a great power of application which I did not think I possessed. For two months I have worked not less than five hours a day." With only a little more than 1,900 copies bound, this first edition of Churchill's first book is both elusive and desirable. Publication was arranged by Churchill's cousin while the author was still in India, resulting in numerous spelling and detail errors. Churchill was incensed by the errors and acted with haste to address them. Hence later states of the first edition bear errata slips. Here is a premium, collector-worthy, unrestored example of the first edition, only printing. Condition is near-fine and is notable for both a clean, bright, and well preserved binding and exceptionally clean contents. The apple green cloth binding remains unfaded with only light soiling and a few tiny blemishes. This book was discovered in an old and ugly but clearly effective slipcase, which seems to have protected the volume over long years from all but the most trivial signs of wear. The gilt remains extremely bright on the spine and shelf presentation is excellent, with just trivial puckering at the spine ends. The contents are quite unusual for the edition, being bright and entirely without spotting. Most impressively, even the text block edges are bright and free of any spotting, with only very light soiling on the untrimmed top edge. The book contains a 13-line errata slip and rear catalogue dated ?3/98?. The protective tissue is present and intact over the folding maps at pages 1 and 146, as well as over the frontispiece. The sole previous ownership mark we find is one inked previous owner's name on the ffep verso. The only interior flaw we find is some superficial cracking of the endpapers at the front gutter; the splits are modest and the binding remains tight.  Copies in such condition are quite scarce. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A1.1.b, Woods/ICS A1(aa), Langworth p.12.

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        The Works. Thistle Edition. Complete in 22 Volumes

      Scribner's NY: Scribner's, 1897. First edition thus. Thistle Edition of the Works, finely printed on watermarked Strathmore bright laid paper. Complete in 22 volumes, as orinally published 1895-1897. Organized into four categories: The Novels and Tales (12 Vols) Letters and Miscellanies (5 Vols) The Travels and Essays (4 Vols) The Ballads and Other Poems (1 vol). Published NY: Scribner's 1895-1897. 8vo., 6" x 8 1/2." Red cloth with gilt titles and elaborate gilt floral design on spines, two-color title page with frontis and caption printed tissue guard in each volume, top edge gilt, deckle edges. Some uniform dulling of the spine gilt, some foxing to front/rear pastedowns and f/ls, bit of spotting to front cover of Virginibus Puerisque, with slight bend to the board, otherwise very good plus - pages clean and bright, bindings tight with no wear. An attractive set.. 1st. Hard. Very Good Plus. 8vo.

      [Bookseller: The Wild Muse]
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        The Gadshill Edition of the Works of Charles Dickens

      London,: Chapman & Hall, 1897-, 1899.. Octavo, 34 volumes, illustrated throughout, a fine set in uniform polished crimson calf by Frost of Bath, ornate gilt spines and black morocco labels. Complete works of Charles Dickens in splendid leather bindings with rich gold ornament.This is the Gadshill edition: a special project of long-established London publishing house of Chapman & Hall. This definitive publication offers the collected works in thirty-four volumes printed from the 1867-8 edition that was carefully corrected by Dickens. Additionally, the Gadshill edition contains informative introductions and notes by Andrew Lang who also contributed a general essay on Dickens as a serial novelist that is included in the final volume.Significantly, this edition faithfully reproduces the engraved illustrations and charming vignettes of the originals, often by famous popular illustrators and caricaturists such as George Cruickshank and Hablot Knight Browne (under the playful pseudonym 'Phiz').

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        SEXUAL INVERSION

      London: Wilson and MacMillan, 1897 [xvi] - 299 pages. Original blue cloth, rebacked with new endpapers. Cover is lightly rubbed on the edges and corners. Inside pages are in very good condition, clean and tight. "Studies in The Psychology of Sex by Havelock Ellis Vol. I" on half-title page, both authors' names on title page. Preface by Ellis dated April 1897. This is the first edition in English of a classic study of homosexuality. It was suppressed before publication as a result of a court order demanded by Symond's family after his death. Future edition made no reference to Symonds, who as a practicing homosexual, or his work. VERY RARE!!! Photo available upon request.

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        The Art Journal. In seven volumes

      03 - London - J. S. Virtue and Co., 1897 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A first edition collection of this beautifully illustrated art journal, in seven volumes from 1897-1903. First Edition. Volume I contains 23 plates; volume II: 16 plates; volume III: 13 plates; volume IV: 13 plates; volume V: 17 plates; volume VI: 19; Volume VII: 17 plates. Each volume contains illustrations in the text throughout. The Art Journal, published in London, was the most important Victorian magazine on art. It was founded in 1839 by Hodgson & Graves underthe title the Art Union Monthly Journal, the first issue of 750 copies appearing 15 February 1839. Hodgson & Graves hired Samuel Carter Hall as editor, assisted by James Dafforne. Hall soon became principal proprietor, but, unable to turn a profit on his own, the London publisher George Virtue purchased into Hall's Art Union Monthly Journal in 1848, retaining Hall as editor. Virtue renamed the periodical The Art Journal in 1849. In 1851, Hall's engravings, 150 pictures from the private collection of the Queen and Prince Albert, were featured in The Art Journal as the 'Great Exhibition of 1851'. Though this feature was popular, the publication remained unprofitable, forcing Hall to sell off his share of the journal to Virtue, while staying on as editor. In 1852, the journal finally turned a profit. As editor, Hall exposed the profits that custom-houses were earning by importing old masters, and showed how paintings are manufactured in England. Simultaneously, The Art Journal became notable for its honest portrayal of fine arts, but its opposition to fake and mis-attributed Old Masters, such as a Raphael or a Titian, affected the market in such works adversely. The early issues of the magazine strongly supported the artists of The Clique and after 1850 it became associated with opposition to the emerging Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB), which Hall considered to be a reactionary movement. Its articles attacked the PRB and its supporter John Ruskin. The most notable essayists included Ralph Nicholson Wornum, Thomas Wright, Frederick William Fairholt, Edward Lewes Cutts, and Llewellynn Jewitt. After Hall's retirement in 1880 the journal changed its position, faced with strong competition from the Magazine of Art and the changing public taste influenced by Impressionism. However, it was unable to retain its position and ceased publication in 1912. Condition: In half morocco bindings with cloth covered boards. Externally, generally smart with some slight rubbing to the extremities and sunning to the spines. Internally, firmly bound although one plate in volume II is detached but present. Some scattered light foxing prominent to the plates. Creasing to the frontispiece tissue-guards of several volumes. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED..

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        WHITE ASTER: A JAPANESE EPIC

      1897. 1. JAPANESE INTEREST. WHITE ASTER: A JAPANESE EPIC together with other poems. Adapted from the German of Dr. Karl Florenz by A. Lloyd. Tokyo: T. Hasegawa (1897). 8vo (5 7/8 x 7 5/8"), silk ties, light crease on first two leaves else Fine in pictorial case with ivory clasps (case is dusty). The text is translated from Inouye's Chinese version of the epic. Bound with frenchfold pages, nearly every page is completely illustrated with hand-colored woodblock prints by Japanese artists Mishima Yunosuke known as Shoso and Arai Shujiro known as Yoshimune. Once of the less common crepe paper books.

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        IN MEMORIAM FREDERICK DOUGLASS

      John C. Yorston & Co. Philadelphia: John C. Yorston & Co., 1897. First Edition. cloth. Covers evenly soiled; contents have an old dampstain in the lower right margin throughout, to varying degrees, but with little detrimental effect. Very Good copy of a scarce book. Quarto (7-1/4" x 10") in the original gray cloth with gilt lettering, top edge gilt others uncut and largely unopened. [2], 350 pages. A scarce memorial volume that "is a record of the spontaneous expression of grief and surprise evoked by the unexpected death of Frederick Douglass" (Preface). Collects Obsequies at both Washington, D.C. and Rochester, N.Y., including one by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (read by Susan B. Anthony), as well as letters with facsimile signatures by Booker T. Washington, Susan B. Anthony, and others. Also includes various preambles and resolutions, poems (including one by Paul Lawrence Dunbar), memorial service addresses and sermons, tributes from the press, reminiscences, and a 12-page biographical sketch.

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        Uve da tavola. Variet?. Coltivazione e commercio. Terza edizione (ma prima !!).

      Subject: (Manuali Hoepli). Milano, Hoepli, 1897, 16mo cart. originale, pp. XVI-278-48 con 57 ill. e 15 tav. (otto delle quali cromolito). In effetti ? questa la rara prima edizione per il titolo, nei Manuali Hoepli. Bellissima copia.

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        Fiori artificiali. Manuale del fiorista.

      Subject: (Manuali Hoepli). Milano, Hoepli, 1897, 16mo leg. orig. cart. tel. con bella cop. ill. col. pp. XVI-278 + 48 (Elenco manuali Hoepli) con 144 fig. n.t. e 1 tav. crom. Prima edizione, assai rara, ottima copia.

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        AUTOGRAPH QUOTE SIGNED (AQS)

      7 Dec. 1897, Tuskegee, AL - A fine quote--"Be too great to be little"--on a 6-1/2" x 8" page removed from an autograph album SIGNED and dated by Washington in Tuskegee. The verso bears an unknown signature as does the top of the page that Washington has signed, but this could be easily removed or matted over. A wonderful display piece. Mild aging of paper. About Fine

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB]
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        KATE GREENAWAY'S ALMANACK FOR 1897.

      Coloured illustrations by Kate Greenaway with full-page frontispiece, pictorial title and illustrations throughout. [36] pages. Original mustard-coloured faux morocco with gilt title and image of a girl carrying sticks; white endpapers; top edge gilt. 10.5 x 7.8 cm. Few light spots; slight rubbing to head of spine; else a fine copy. Schuster and Engen 16(14a).

      [Bookseller: David Miles]
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