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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.

      [Bookseller: Houle Rare Books/Autographs/ABAA/PADA]
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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].

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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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.

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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.

      [Bookseller: Trilby & Co. Books]
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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

      The Natural Science Association Of America 1897 - 1897. 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] [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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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]

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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.

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