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        Sir Walter Raleigh: The Stanhope Essay, 1897

      Oxford: B. H. Blackwell. Near Fine. 1897. Hardcover. Near Fine condition. Robert S. Rait's Copy (Historiographer Royal of Scotland). Housed in a custom made padded slipcase. See Image. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 78 pages .

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        Fragments d?architecture antique. D?après les relevés & [et] restaurations des anciens pensionnaires de l?Académie de France à Rome; I-II. [TWO VOLUMES WITH 200 ORIGINAL PLATES IN FIVE PORTFOLIOS]

      Paris, Librairie Générale de l?Architecture et des Arts Décoratifs, Charles Schmid, (1897)-1905.. Two volumes in five. Folio. Containing a total of 200 single-sheet sepia-print aquatint heliogravure plates. Each plate measures 45 x 32 cm, image size ca. 33 x 25 cm, printed within a plate mark of ca. 36 x 28 cm. In portrait and landscape formats; titled and captioned within the plate mark. - - The First Volume contains 100 plates and pp. 15 of text, comprising of 4 full-sized leaves (45 x 63 cm) folded down to folio with half-title; title displaying a large vignette; Préface; Table explicative des planches. All is placed in the original full cloth orange-red portfolio, with the upper cover, embossed with gold lettering and decorated in blind, detached. Two of the plates are trimmed somewhat shorter and slightly faded. - - The Second Volume comprises of 4 original quarter cloth portfolios with the original work in instalments, total of 100 plates. The first portfolio contains pp. 12 of text, comprising of one double-sized leaf of heavy paper (90 x 63 cm), and one full-sized such leaf (45 x 63 cm) folded down to folio, with half-title; title displaying a large vignette; Avertissement; Table explicative des planches. The original portfolios are uniform, with upper board of each printed with title, repeating title-page, and stamped with the number of instalments included, bit worn and soiled. Some foxing and spotting to few plates, else a very handsome set in generally very good condition. Together, a very good, complete set with all the wonderful plates in excellent condition. - - First edition, first issue, first printing. A complete two-volume set which includes an extremely scarce survivor of a work in instalments. Published by Charles Schmid in 1897, the first volume was followed by a second, published, also by Schmid, on the 7th of December, 1905. It included a note of ?Privilege of copyright in the United states reserved under the act approved March 3, 1905 by Charles Schmid?. A later edition, by Charles Massin, was published in around 1925 - while keeping the privilege line from 1905 and the publication date of December, 1905. (Cf. Union Catalog Hesse; Catalogue Collectif de France; British Library). Thus, the Massin edition contains erroneous data. The Second Volume first appeared in 10 instalment, ?livraisons?, of which practically no survivors are left. The 10 instalments are placed in 4 original, identical portfolios, as follows: Portfolio I: Instalments 1-3, Plates 1-30; Portfolio II: Instalments 4-5, Plates 31-50; Portfolio III: Instalments 6-7, Plates 51-70; Portfolio IV: Instalments 8-10, Plates 71-100. The ?Table explicative des planches? is attributed to Georges Daumet. The wonderful plates were made by the firm Heliogravure Chauvet, and hand-printed by A. Porcabeuf of Paris, on the traditional hand press. Aquatint is one of the most brilliant and faithful monochrome reproductive technique known in the history of printing. It provides reproductions of paintings and of photographs with an accuracy of detail and depth of tone unlikely to be surpassed by any other technique. Among the first to experiment with this method was Fox Talbot (England, during the 1850s), but it was around 1880 that there began the commercial development of this technique. Hector-Jean-Baptiste d?Espouy (1854-1928) was a French painter and architect, professor of ornamental design at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Georges Daumet (1870-1918). KVK locates copies in Union Catalogs Northern Germany and North Rhine-Westphalia, NEBIS Zurich, National Library of the Netherlands, and France National Library.

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        Archive of papers of Gustav von Schubert who wrote the authoritative Biography of German Africa Explorer Heinrich Barth

      1897. Archive of papers of Gustav von Schubert who wrote the authoritative Biography of German Africa Explorer Heinrich Barth. The archive consists of the author's own copy of his book, annotated for a second edition, a newspaper clipping file, correspondence with and royalty statements from his publisher Dietrich Reimer as well as an autograph note by Heinrich Barth, a cabinet card photograph of Schubert in full military dress as well as a carte de visite photograph and photogravure of Heinrich Barth. Schubert was the brother-in-law of Heinrich Barth and had first hand knowledge of Barth's affairs. The review copy of his book 'Heinrich Barth, der Bahnbrecher der Afrikaforschung' was published in 1897 by Dietrich Reimer in Berlin evidences many changes, additions and insertions such as additional illustrations. The newspaper clipping file is contained in a purpose made folder and the clippings deal mainly with the review of the book. Schubert's cabinet photo, which shows him in full ceremonial military dress, measures 15 x 10 cm and the CDV photo of Heinrich Barth is 6 x 10cm. The autograph note in Barth's own hand says (in English): 'The first notice of a southern river due to Mr. Koenig, but he thought that it joined the Bahar-el- Abiath.' The archive is a treasure trove of information and much is very personal in nature due to Barth being related to Schubert. Interesting also is the correspondence with the publisher as well as the list of Presentation copies given which among others includes E. Haeckel, G. Schweinfurth, F. von Richthofen, and R. Virchow. All papers in German. Rare and unique. The lot contained in an archival box for extra protection. Please contact us for a German translation of the above. . Inscribed.

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        The Novels of Charles Lever

      London: Downey and Co., 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, one or two small bumps and scrapes. 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. With A.L.S.. First Thus. Full Calf. Very Good. Illus. by Browne, Hablot K. (Phiz) And Cruikshank, George. 8vo. Limited De Luxe Edition.

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        A Book of Fifty Drawings

      London: Leonard Smithers, 1897.. First Edition. Red/gilt illustrated hardback cloth cover. G : in Good condition without dust jacket. Cover lightly rubbed with some soiling. Some spotting to eps and prelims and first plate. Book-plate of a previous owner on paste-down. Teg. 290mm x 220mm (11" x 9"). 212pp. 50 tissue guarded b/w plates. Includes list of drawings by Aubrey Beardsley.

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        "The Derby 1896. on by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales' Persimmon. J. Watts. up. Second. Mr L. de Rothschild's St. Frusquin T. Loates. Won by a neck, amid the wildest enthusiasm. 11 started"

      Paris, London & New York: Boussod, Valadon & Co., 1897. Photo-lithograph, coloured by hand, on thin paper, mounted, with autograph manuscript title beneath (as above) with further inscription "To Miss B.K. Lambert from G.D. Giles. Aug 21st 1897". 16 3/8 x 23 3/4 inches. 26 x 33 3/4 inches. A rare inscribed copy of Douglas's spirited image of the famous victory of the Prince of Wales's horse Persimmon. Godfrey Giles 'served in the army in Afghanistan and Egypt before leaving with the rank of Major in 1884. He had always sketched during his service career and took up painting seriously on resigning his commission. He studied under Carolus Duran in Paris. Giles worked in London, Newmarket and Edinburgh, where he died in February 1941. He provided illustrations for books and periodicals particularly on racing and polo. His paintings are often on a large scale with plenty of action' (Charles Lane British Racing Prints p.106). Cf. Charles Lane British Racing Prints p.106 (chromolithographic version of the same scene)

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        NIPPON. Archiv zur Beschreibung von Japan und dessen Neben-und Schutzländern Jezo mit den südlichen Kurilen, Sachalin, Korea und den Liukiu-Inseln

      Würzburg und Leipzig: Herausgegeben von seinen Söhnen, 1897. 2 Bände. (XXXV) 421, (IV) 342. Frontisp., 51 und 47 Abbildungen und Figuren. Grosse farbige Faltkarte des Japanischen Reiches. Abteilungen I-VII: Geographische Forschungen und Reisen; Volk und Staat; Mythologie, Geschichte und Archäologie; Kunst und Wissenschaft; Religion; Landwirtschaft & Handel; Neben- und Schutzländer. * Schöne dekorative dunkelrote Einbände (Abbildungen von Kranichen in geometrischen Feldern). Feste Gelenke. Dekorative Vorsätze. SONST TADELLOS (KEINE Eintragungen, Unterstreichung, Stempel)./ RARE EDITION (2 volumes) with almost 100 b/w plates and illustrations, large folding col. map. Decorated gilt covers (flying cranes). FINE CONDITION (NO inscriptions, underlining, library stamps or marks). ** By preference to be paid by BANKTRANSFER in EUROS = FREE registered MAILING ! . Second edition. Decorative Cloth. FINE. 27x19.

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        The Invisible Man - A Grotesque Romance

      London: C. Arthur Pearson, Limited, 1897. viii, 245pp, [3]. Finely rebound in full goatskin by Temple Bookbinders, raised bands, spine in six panels, leather title label to second panel, matching author label to fourth, bands bordered with gilt single fillet, covers with gilt single fillet border, a.e.g., with Yamaguchi endpapers. Externally fine, internally the pages are browned as usual, but otherwise clean. Wells Society 11; Bromley Catalogue 234; Bleiler page 281; Locke, Spectrum of Fantasy I:226. First Edition. Full Goatskin. Very Good. 8vo.

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        The Invisible Man. A Grotesque Romance

      C.Arthur Pearson Limited, London, 1897. The first state of the first edition, with all the correct points. 245pp. Red cloth, gilt lettered and ruled at spine, with gilt titles to upper board and a black illustration. Binding a little cocked, top edge dust marked and cloth faded and a little rubbed at spine. Paper tanned. Binding a little tender. An extremely bright copy. Neat contemporary name inked to front endpaper.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good.

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        [Complete Set of Novels]

      London: Macmillan and Co., 1897 - 1900 Five volumes. A beautiful set of Austen's novels, illustrated by Hugh Thomson, including: "Northanger Abbey and Persuasion" (1897), "Mansfield Park" (1898), "Emma" (1898), "Pride and Prejudice" (1899), and "Sense and Sensibility" (1900). Finely bound by Charles Mudie, each volume with green marbled boards, endpapers, and page edges, with brown leather spines, each of which have five raised bands, gilt lettering, gilt decorations, and the binder's stamp on a front end paper. Each volume with wear to the extremities, slight rubbing to the corners, slight spotting on the endpapers, otherwise fresh pages. "Sense and Sensibility" has some pencil marking and slight loss on pages 155 - 158. Slight crack in the binding at pages 80 - 81 in "Northanger Abbey and Persuasion." Overall, a very attractive set. Each volume contains an individual frontispiece and numerous full page black and white illustrations by the popular illustrator Hugh Thomson. This collection includes the four major novels Austen published during her lifetime, along with "Northanger Abbey" and "Persuasion," which were published together posthumously.. Hard Cover. Near Fine. Illus. by Thomson, Hugh.

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        Liza of Lambeth

      London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1897. First Edition. First Issue (per Ahearn), with brackets around copyright statement on verso of title page. Demi octavo (19cm); publisher's gilt-pictorial green cloth, titled in gilt on spine and front cover; 242pp. + [6]pp. publisher's catalog at rear. Endpapers darkened, as seems to be unavoidable with this book; gentle toning to spine, and a quarter-sized dampstain to rear board. Otherwise a fresh, unshaken copy, Very Good or better. In custom cloth and morocco slipcase and chemise, these also with old dampstaining. & & A generally well-preserved copy of Maugham's uncommon first book. The gilt cover design is by Aubrey Beardsley.

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        TUSCAN SONGS COLLECTED, TRANSLATED, AND ILLUSTRATED [Lbc]

      Boston: Vail-Ballou Co. Good with no dust jacket. 1897. First Edition. Hardcover. Music; Italy; B&W Illustrations; Folio 13" - 23" tal; First Trade Edition with illustrations by Alexander. Folio, original brown-green cloth with fleur-de-lis pattern stamped in blind, gilt lettering, T. E. G. , 108 photogravure plates from original designs by Alexander including calligraphic lyrics and vignettes, tissue guards, volume designed by Bruce Rogers. Scuffed and worn at edges with tears and chipping at spine ends, upper joint splitting, few small splash spots and paper adhesions, sunning at spine and edges, text still quite good with brief aging, some browning at endpapers, early ink gift inscription at front free endpaper, seminary library bookplate at front pastedown, later owner's ink signature on verso of title page; some related items laid in at front. Rogers (Grolier Club) 17. Warde and Haas 8. One of the earliest design efforts by Rogers, apparently just the second title he designed at Riverside Press where he would become one of the finest book creators of his era. Alexander (1837-1917) met John Ruskin in 1882 and showed him her illustrated manuscript of "Roadside Songs of Tuscany". Ruskin purchased the manuscript (and another by Alexander on an Etrurian tomb) , published the second work in 1883, and "Roadside Songs" in 1884-1885. Ruskin remained friends with Alexander until he died ten years later, and "public demand for Francesca's work continued ... 'Tuscan Songs' was an elaborate and profusely illustrated reproduction of her earlier work" - Paul R. Baker. Warde and Haas also mention a limited edition printed on Japanese paper and bound in full vellum. .

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        THIS THEN IS UPLAND PASTURES being some out-door essays dealing with the beautiful things that spring and summer bring. UNIQUE COPY WITH WATERCOLOURS.

      New York, printed by Elbert Hubbard at the Roycroft Printing Shop, 1897. First edition 1897, EDITION LIMITED TO 600 COPIES SIGNED AND NUMBERED, OF WHICH THIS IS No. 501 initialled 'E. H.' by Hubbard. 8vo, 215 x 130 mm, 8½ x 5¼ inches, decorative initials, borders and some tailpiece decorations, text printed red and black, 62 pages, bound in the original publisher's cloth backed boards, gilt lettering to upper cover and spine. This is a SPECIAL COPY ENHANCED BY 15 ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL WATER-COLOURS OF FLOWERS to the lower outer corner of the pages, 1 depicts birds as well, these are signed 'C. S' on the last page and dated 12/6/97 (12/6/1897) In addition 17 initials, 3 borders and 4 tailpieces have been beautifully water-coloured and heightened with gilt. Head and tail of spine and upper cover slightly rubbed, corners slightly worn, page edges very slightly browned, pale foxing to rear endpapers, contents otherwise very nice. A very good copy of a scarce book, made unique by the addition of very skilful water-colouring. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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

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

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        The Self-Made Man in American Life

      Thomas Crowell, 1897. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Signed. Laid in are note cards SIGNED by former President Grover Cleveland and his wife, Frances Cleveland. The volume is bumped and lightly scuffed at the spine ends and corners.

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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 were precursors to modern ethnography. And his understanding and willingness to immerse himself in cultures that are still little understood by those in Western nation-states is enlightening on many levels. Burton’s “Nights” was enthusiastically received and lauded as “masterly, strong, vital, and picturesque,” and as “one of the most important translations to which a great English scholar has ever devoted himself.” However, it was not without its critics, including th Edinburgh Review which wrote, “Probably no European has ever gathered such an appalling collection of degrading customs and statistics of vice.” Burton was ecstatic over the immediate critical and financial success of his translation and became instantaneously famous internationally. Burton wrote of the financial success of his Nights, “ I struggled for forty-seven years. I distinguished myself honourably in every way I possibly could. I never had a compliment nor a ‘thank you’, nor a single farthing. I translated a doubtful book in my old age, and immediately made sixteen thousand guineas. Now that I know the tastes of England, we need never be without money.”

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        The Book of Job as translated from the Original by Rabbi Abraham Elzas, with some Comments on the Poem by Elbert Hubbard

      East Aurora, NY: The Roycroft Shop / Roycrofters. 1897. First printing. Hardcover. Near Fine. 1897 edition, 229 of 350 copies, signed by Hubbard, additionally inscribed 'For Mr. Rosen with the good wishes of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Hubbard, December 25, 1897.' 8vo, linen backed pale gray-green paper-covered boards, 142 pp., with many of the intial larger letters hand illuminated in water colors and with some of the head and tail pieces similarly colored and with an occasional watercolor image. RARE. Condition is very good or better, light aging to covers, bottom corners of boards just slightly rubbed, some offsetting/tanning to rear flyleaf, contents bright and crisp.

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        BRITISH DEER AND THEIR HORNS. LONDON. HENRY SOTHERAN AND CO.1897.

      In folio, leg. coeva. in t.tela bordeaux, titoli impressi in oro sul dorso, ex-libris di biblioteca estinta nel primo foglio di controsguardio, tracce di timbri nel secondo foglio di risguardo; pp.XVIII- 224; bella antiporta in cromolitografia, da un dis. dell'Autore, 10 bellissime fotoincisioni, da dis. di Sydney Steel, E.Roe, J.G.Millais e E.Landserr, tutte protette da veline; numere illustrazioni nel testo, molte a piena pagina, da fotogr. e dis. a tratto di penna, per lo piu' dell'Autore. Ottimo e raro esemplare.Freeman BNHB, 2584. Nissen ZBI, 2818.Una delle piu' belle monografie sul cervo europeo, magnificamente illustrata da pittori naturalisti di notevole bravura.

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        SELECTED POEMS

      Westminster: Archibald Constable and Co., 1897.. Original medium brown polished buckram, lettered in gilt, untrimmed. Upper joint torn toward top, two tasteful bookplates on pastedown, inner hinges cracking; a good copy, in cloth slipcase and chemise. First edition. With the author's presentation inscription on the half-title: "To Mrs. Alfred Lyttleton [sic] from her servant George Meredith." Mrs. Alfred Lyttelton, a novelist and playwright, wrote under the name of "Edith Hamlet." One of the two bookplates is Edith Lyttleton's. COLLIE XLIVa.

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        Farthest North - 1st US Edition

      New York: Harper & Brothers. Near Fine. 1897. 1st US Edition; First Printing. Original Cloth. A bright set of the First US Edition in Nearly Fine condition. A most handsome and collectible documentation of historical significance. All four folded maps present. Arctic Bibliography 11983; The Nobel Laureate's account of his three-year long expedition. In 1893 Fridtjof Nansen set sail for the North Pole in the Fram, a ship specially designed to be frozen into the polar ice cap, withstand its crushing pressures, and so drift North. Given up for dead, he traveled 146 miles farther north than anyone else in the past four hundred years. 120 full page and numerous text illus, 16 colored plates, etched portrait, photogravures, and 4 loose maps in protective pockets. Top edges gilt, two sides un-cut; Vol. 1 & 2 .

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        Autograph Letter Signed

      1897 - ("John Tenniel") 1 page with integral leaf, London, February 9, 1897 on his 10 Portsdown Road, Maida Hill, letterhead to publishers Macmillan & Co. Paper is watermarked "Parkins & Cottos / Hand Made." 6" x 3 3/4". Fine. In part: "I have gone through & signed - The proofs of 'Through the Looking-glass - They are satisfactory - " For the 1897, ninth edition, Carroll made what were his final revisions to the text, adding a new preface. Carroll's diary entry of September 13, 1896 reads: "Yesterday I heard from Tenniel, agreeing to examine proofs of the pictures for the new issue of Alice and Looking-Glass." See Lovett, page 15, item 10, for more details on this printing. Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), born January 27, 1832; died January 14, 1898; pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, English author and mathematician; most famous for "Alice in Wonderland," etc. Tenniel (1820 – 1914) was a British illustrator, graphic humourist and political cartoonist whose work was prominent during the second half of England’s 19th century.

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        The Works of Honore de Balzac

      00 - London - The Caxton Publishing Company, 1897 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. The Caxton Edition of the'Human Comedy'of French novelist and playwright Honore de Balzac. Illustrated throughout with engraved frontispieces and many other plates. Translated by G. B. Ives and others. Honor de Balzac (20 May 1799 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comdie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Buonaparte. Containing:The Poor Relations: Cousin Bette, Pierre Grassou, The Girl With the Golden Eyes, Cousin Pons (three volumes)Splendors and Miseries of Courtesans: The Way that Girls Love, How Much Love Costs Old Men, The End of Bad Roads, and The Last Incarnation of Vautrin (two volumes)History of the Thirteen: Ferragus, Chief of the Devorants, La Duchess de LangeaisThe House of Nuncingen: The Secrets of La Princesse de Cadignan, Sarrasine, Facino Cane, A Man of Business, The Involuntary ComediansThe House of the Cat and Racket: The Dance at Sceaux, The Purse, The VendettaThe Petty Bourgeois (two volumes)Cesar BirotteauThe Civil Service: Gaudissart II, A Prince of BohemiaA Start in Life: Madam Firmiani, The Message, and The Atheist's MassThe Celibates: Pierrette, The Cure de Tours, La Rabouilleuse (in two volumes)Ursule MiroquetOld GoriotMemoirs of Two Young WivesModeste MignonA Double Family: The Peace of the Household, A Study of Woman, Another Study of Woman, The Pretended MistressA Woman of Thirty: The Deserted MistressEugenie GrandetThe Lily of the ValleyAlbert Savarus: A Daughter of EveThe Marriage Contract: La Grenadiere, GobseckHonorine: Colonel Chabert, The InterdictionThe Old Maid (The Cabinet of Antiquities)BeatrixLost Illusions: The Two Poets, The Provincial Great Man in Paris, The Trials of an Inventor (Three volumes)The Deputy From Arcis (two volumes)A Passion in the Desert: An Episode Under the Reign of Terror, A Dark AffairZ. Marcas: The Other Side of Contemporaneous History. First Episode, Madame de la Chanterie. Second Episode, the Novice. The Quest of the AbsoluteAdieu: The Conscript, The Executioner, The Exiles, Louis LambertThe PeasantsGambara: Massimilla Doni, The AccursedThe ChouansThe Magic SkinThe Country DoctorCatherine de MediciThe Village CureJesus Christ in Flanders: Melmoth Converted, The Elixir of Long Life, SeraphitaThe Illustrious Gaudissart: The Muse of the DepartmentThe Unknown Masterpiece: The Maranas, A Seashore Drama, The Red Inn, Master CorneliusLes Contes Drolatiques: Collected in the Abbeys of Touraine and Brought Forth Into the Light (two volumes)Physiology of Marriage: Petty Worries of Conjugal Life (two volumes) Repertory of La Comedie Humaine (two volumes)Previous owner's label of 'Nicholas Wall' to rear pastedowns. Complete in fifty-three volumes. Condition: In green cloth bindings with gilt detailing. Externally, generally smart, though with some bumping, wear to the heads of the spines, and a few marks. Slight loss to the corner of one volume. Internally, generally firmly bound although slightly strained in places. Mosthinges tender, with endpapers and frontispieces working loose (detached in places). Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and mainly clean, with just the odd instance of foxing to the endpapers. Overall: GOOD due to tender hinges..

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        Forty-one Years in India from Subaltern to Commander-in- Chief

      London: Richard Bentley and Son, , 1897. 2 volumes, octavo (214 × 1437mm). Fine dark red full morocco publisher's presentation binding for Field-Marshal Roberts, blocking similar to the one-volume edition with title gilt to the spine, and central to the upper boards together with a "signature" block, all within a thick and thin ruled panel with square bastion corners, Robert's arms in similar panel to the lower boards, all boards with banderolles bearing Roberts' motto "virtute et valore" head and tail, all edges gilt, maroon surface paper endpapers. Vol. I with steel-engraved portrait frontispiece and 7 other portraits, steel-engraved and photogravure, 6 maps and plans, 3 of them folding, vol. II with frontispiece and 10 other plates and portraits, 3 folding maps and a folding panorama. Spines and upper boards just a touch sunned, one or two minor scuffs, some preliminary foxing, but a handsome set in excellent condition. Presentation copy. Thirty-second edition edition. A runaway best-seller, Roberts' memoirs ran to eight editions/impressions in the first month after publication, and to this thirty-second within three years. Inscribed on first binder's blank; "Mrs. Fairley from the Author, Roberts F.M." Loosely inserted autograph note signed by D.E. Peploe, the Scots authoress D.E. Stevenson, explains that the book was presented "to my aunt, Letitia Whiteway Fairley, as a recognition of her work in transcribing the book into Braille". Fairley was also a Roberts, her grandfather Captain Thomas Roberts being the Field-Marshal's uncle, and she was herself born in India. Roberts' is a lively and well-written memoir, the first volume is largely concerned with his services in the Mutiny, and overall "it is noteworthy that Roberts was a Sepoy General, that is he was from the old Indian Army of the East India Company, not one of the Queen's officers. The result … is that he shows love and respect for India and things Indian" (Taylor). A handsomely presented association copy.

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        'Captains Courageous'. A Story of the Grand Banks

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

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        Dracula SIGNED by Bram Stoker 1897 Archibald

      This book is in good condition. There are a couple of signatures in the front, and no bookplates or markings of any other kind. The outside boards are slightly darkened (the spine a little more darkened) and have some wear. There is a small dark spot at the bottom of the spine. The endpapers have some foxing but the rest of the book is clean and free of any foxing. This is an early printing of the first edition printed by Archibald and Constable in 1897. It has 16 pages of ads in the rear, including the ad for the Shoulder of Shasta. Laid into the book is an autographed letter signed by Bram Stoker. It is dated 12.6.98 and is written on stationary from the Lyceum Theatre, where Stoker worked at the time.

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        Dracula: Dracula's Guest and other weird stories

      Archibald Constable and Company, London/ Routledge & Sons, 1897. 1st edition. Hardcover. The greatest vampire novel of them all, published in 1897, together with Stoker's sequel, published in 1914. An early issue of the first printing of Stoker's classic novel, as denoted by the thicker paper used only in the first printing, with no advertisements at the end. This particular presentation is unique on account of the inclusion of the original, yellow front cover at the front of the book, as well as a second original upper wrapper at the rear, both laid down on card and both somewhat rubbed. The book is finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere in full black crushed morocco, the spine with raised bands and a blood-red morocco lettering piece with gilt titling. The rough-cut pages, as issued, are essentially very clean, bar some minor spotting in places and an occasional edge-mend. Patterned endpapers complete this most handsome of productions. Dracula's Guest, the sequel, is in the original blind-red cloth, with bright gilt spine lettering, and, apart from a little spotting to the front text block and the last few leaves, and some browning on the rear endpaper, the pages are all very clean, with a new front endpaper. Excellent pairing of these iconic books.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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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!

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books ABAA-ILAB]
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