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        Plays: Pleasant and Unpleasant

      London: Grant Richards 1898 London: Grant Richards, 1898. First edition. 2 vols., 8vo. Photogravure portrait frontispiece. Original green cloth, t.e.g. Minor soiling, else very good, in a green quarter morocco slipcase with chemise . PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED on the half-title: "Inscribed for James Wells / G. Bernard Shaw / London 10th January 1929."

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        Untitled [Original Painting Depicting Horse and Foal]

      [no date]. () Very good. Original painting, oil on canvas. Image 15.5" X 19.5" (39.4 X 49.5 CM) in 25.5" X 20.5" (64.7 X 52 CM) cloth and gilt painted frame. Some wear to frame, else in fine condition. Signed by Gilroy on the bottom left corner. A lovely and delicate image showing a young foal, it's head hidden beneath it's mothers body. Soft lines and a mix of abstract lines and near photo realism makes for a very beautiful painting. John Thomas Young Gilroy (30 May 1898 – 11 April 1985) was an English artist and illustrator, best known for his advertising posters for Guinness, the Irish stout..

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        Antar. Poème Héroique Arabe des Temps Antéislamiques

      Paris: H. Piazza et Cie, 1898. L’édition d’Art. Fine. Folio.

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        Mogreb-el-Acksa. With a Portrait and a Map.

      London: William Heinemann, 1898 - Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt. Spine browned and rolled, boards rubbed, partially tanned, and marked, hinges cracked. A very good copy. Frontispiece. First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by Joseph Conrad to the wife of Ford Madox Ford (Heuffer), "To Mrs. Elsie Ford M. Heuffer, In the intervals of concocting, with your husband, circumstantial untruths for sale we looked into this truthful book. And as a proof that even when engaged in the most engrossing occupation man can find in this world you were not far from our thoughts we remarked that most likely you would like it. And as the book is mine (honestly come by) I pray you accept this copy from your most humble obedient servant, Jph. Conrad. 3rd December 1898". "In 1898 Edward Garnett had introduced Ford to Joseph Conrad?the writer who had the deepest influence on him. They decided to collaborate on a novel about pirates. It was the beginning of a decade of apprenticeship, intimacy, and frustration. When Romance was published in 1903, the faint praise of reviewers damned the collaborators' high hopes after working on the book on and off for five years" (ODNB). An excellent association copy. From the library of Conrad collector Stanley J. Seeger, with his bookplate.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        The Hawaiian Islands. Paradise of the Pacific [and two other titles]

      Chicago,: Belford, Middlebrook & Co., 1898.. Large oblong quarto, photogravure plates throughout, touch of localised adhesion affects two of the Hawaiian plates, otherwise fine in the publisher's gilt lettered red cloth. Wonderful historical album of Hawaiian views published on the year of annexation with the United States, with 79 photogravure plates including photographs of the Royal family and their residences.The royal photographs include formal portraits of Kalakaua I and Queen Liliuokalani, and also include a full-page plate of the deceased King Kalakaua lying in state in the throne room. Of special interest are three plates of Queen Liliuokalani at a traditional feast with her companions. The Queen's household guard is also illustrated.Other Hawaiian subjects include the Kamehameha school for boys and the Bishop school, Honolulu harbour and township, the Pali mountains, Royal palaces (and the Kings residence at Waikiki), beach scenes with bathers and canoes, US marines on guard, Honolulu prison (including a view of the yard with convicts eating poi). Captain Cooks monument, with detail of the surrounding landscape, is one of the plates included in this book.This book comprises three titles, The American Navy, Cuba and the Wrecked Maine and The Hawaiian Islands. Paradise of the Pacific. All three are here issued as a single volume by Chicago publisher Belford, Middlebrook and Company.Royal Hawaiian hotel,Royal palaceSea birdsBeach scene, and canoesUS marines stationedHonolulu prison and yard scene with convicts eating poiCooks monumentKings residence at WaikikiKamehameha school for boysHousehold guard of queen Lil.Not in Forbes.

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        The Works of Alphonse Daudet, Edition de Luxe, complete in 24 volumes

      Boston: Little, Brown & Co.. 1898. Limited ed. Hardcover. Near Fine. Complete set in 24 volumes. This set is #18 of 100 copies of the Edition de Luxe. Hardcover, 8vos., bound in 3/4 burgundy morocco with marbled boards, top edges gilt, 5 raised bands and ornate floral gilt pattern on spine. Each copy illustrated with tissue-covered plates. Overall a Near Fine set. Most copies Fine, but 5 of them show some minor chipping to the spine ends. Previous owner's signature on the fly leaf of one copy; otherwise contents are clean and unmarked. Strong, sound bindings. Complete set in 24 volumes. This set will require extra postage. Digital images available upon request.

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        Encyclopaedia Britannica, The - Ninth & Tenth Edition - 35 Volumes

      Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1898. Subtitled: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature. 1898 reprint. The Ninth and Tenth Edtition belong together and make the complete set. Brown boards, brown leather corners and spine, gilt titling and decoration on spine, raised bands, marbled textblock edges and end papers, illustrated with handsome black and white plates. Volumes in varying condition. Shipping charges are calculated for a standard parcel under 1 kg. Additional charges will apply for heavier shipments, but not until the customer agrees. Canadian customers, please note that applicable sales taxes will be added. Please contact us with any questions you might have. . Half Leather. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

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        Studies in Brown Humanity. Being Scrawls and Smudges in Sepia, White, and Yellow

      London: Grant Richards, 1898 - Inscribed on the ffep, "Mrs [John P.] Rodger, with all manner of good wishes, from Hugh Clifford. May, 1898." With a 3 page ALS from Clifford laid-in, sending condolences on the death of Ethel's mother, Lady Rodger. Clifford has been too busy as Governor to do private business and asks for a photo of her father (almost certainly John Pickersgill Rodger, the first British Resident of Pahang, 1888-1896) for his office. Clifford (1866- 1941) was a colonial administrator and governor in Malay and West Africa and author of novels and semi-autobiographical short stories. Among his literary acquaintances was Joseph Conrad, who dedicatee Chance to Clifford. "His stories cover the poignant interaction of Europe and Asia, illustrated by the predicament of the political officer alone in an alien and potentially hostile environment or the fatal impact of modernization upon Malays" (ODNB) First edition. 8vo. . Publisher's striped green cloth. Light wear to extremities, very light scattered foxing to text [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The War of the Worlds

      London: William Heinemann, 1898 First edition, first printing. First state, with 16 pages of publisher's advertisements at the end of the text. A near fine copy in the original publisher's gray cloth, with some wear to the spine head and tail, slight offsetting on the spine, a hint of rubbing on the corners, very slight spotting on the endpapers, otherwise clean pages and cloth. An excellent copy, free of any repair or restoration. "The War of the Worlds" is H.G. Well's famous novel about an extraterrestrial invasion of Earth, narrated by an unnamed British protagonist. The book is divided into two parts: "Book One: The Coming of the Martians" and "Book Two: The Earth under the Martians.". 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine.

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        Datos Sobre la Marina de Guerra de las Diferentes Naciones ... Estados Unidos

      Havana: Impr. y Litografía de la Maestranza de Artillería, 1898. Folio. (17 3/4 x 12 inches). Letterpress title (verso blank); contents page (verso blank); 4pp. text (recto only of 4 leaves); 1p. text (a table listing all 34 of the 'Acorazados' or battleships in the US fleet, recto only); 1p. text (a table of the 51 other vessels ['No Acorazados']in the US fleet, recto only). 38 plates (each with a tinted lithographic image of an individual vessel above cross-sectional line images and a letterpress table giving logistical details of the same vessel). Black/dark green half calf over textured green paper-covered boards, the flat spine lettered and simply decorated in gilt. A remarkable and rare large-scale work recalling the era of the Spanish-American War: an interesting piece of American naval history. This volume, printed for the Cuban navy's artillery division, illustrates thirty-eight ships in the United States Naval Fleet in detail. They are presented in two sections, each fronted by a single page table listing the vessels: firstly 18 "Acorazados' or battleships (bound in alpbabetical order); then 20 other vessels 'No Acorazodos' (also in alphabetical order). Each vessel is shown on a single plate and illustrated in pictorial and schematic form, with the fine tinted lithographs being worked up from photographs. On each plate the section most vulnerable to attack is indicated. In the introductory notes, the author explains that the purpose of the volume was to allow Cuba to mount effective counter attacks should she be attacked by the U.S. OCLC records only a single copy of this work OCLC 39900517 (1 copy: US Navy Department Library, Naval History Center)

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        DATOS SOBRE LA MARINA DE GUERRA DE LAS DIFERENTES NACIONES: ESTADOS UNIDOS

      Havana: Impr. y Litografía de la Maestranza de Artillería, 1898.. Letterpress title (verso blank); contents page (verso blank); 4pp. text (recto only of 4 leaves); 1p. text (a table listing all 34 of the "Acorazados" or battleships in the U.S. fleet, recto only); 1p. text (a table of the 51 other vessels ["No Acorazados"] in the U.S. fleet, recto only). Thirty-eight plates (each with a tinted lithographic image of an individual vessel above cross-sectional line images and a letterpress table giving logistical details of the same vessel). Large folio. Black/dark green half calf over textured green paper-covered boards, the flat spine lettered and simply decorated in gilt. Very good. This volume, printed for the Cuban navy's artillery division, illustrates thirty-nine ships in the United States Naval Fleet in detail. Each vessel is illustrated in pictorial and schematic form, with a toned lithograph of each ship and three cross- section views. The U.S.S. Maine, whose sinking in Havana harbor was a precipitating cause of the Spanish-American War, is among the ships illustrated. On each ship, the most vulnerable section is indicated. In the introductory notes, the author indicates that the purpose of this volume is to prepare Cuba for counterattacks to which it may one day be exposed. A large and remarkable volume, and an extremely interesting piece of American naval history. OCLC records only a single copy of this work, at the Naval Historical Center, but also mentions what may be a second copy at Harvard (lacking a titlepage, tentatively dated 1897 and apparently titled BUQUES DE GUERRA DE LA MARINA DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMÉRICA). Quite rare. OCLC 39900517.

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        Lettres à Requien. - Lettres inédites à Sutton Sharpe.

      In La revue de Paris N°10 de la 5ème année & In Le Mercure de France N°318 de la 21ème année 1898 - - In La revue de Paris N°10 de la 5ème année & In Le Mercure de France N°318 de la 21ème année, Paris _1898 &1910, 16,5x25cm & 14x22,5cm, 2 volumes reliés. - Edition originale pour chacun des volumes. Reliures en plein maroquin marron, dos lisses ornés de doubles cartouches dorés, roulettes dorées sur les coiffes, encadrements d'un jeu de dodécuples filets dorés s'entrecroisant sur les plats, doubles filets dorés sur les coupes, encadrements de sextuples filets dorés sur les gardes, contreplats doublés de maroquin havane, gardes de soie moirée marron, gardes suivantes de papier à la cuve, toutes tranches dorées, couvertures conservées, superbes reliures de l'époque signées de M. Lortic. Le premier ouvrage est enrichi de deux dessins originaux à l'encre de Chine de Prosper Mérimée : le premier,signé en bas à droite et légendé, représente le Duc de Brunswick, le second un arbre et un paysage boisé enrichi d'une mention manuscrite en russe "Grâce à Dieu" et "Gloire à Dieu, gloire à vous". Très bel ensemble magnifiquement relié par M. Lortic. . La Librairie Le Feu Follet offre aux clients AbeBooks 10% de réduction ainsi que les frais de port vers la France métropolitaine sur l'ensemble de son catalogue. Prix d'origine : 4370 EUR. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Novels of William Harrison Ainsworth

      London - The Waverley Book Company 1898 - An illustrated set of the novels of William Harrison Ainsworth. William Harrison Ainsworth (4 February 1805 3 January 1882) was an English historical novelist born in Manchester. His Lancashire novels cover altogether 400 years and include The Lancashire Witches, 1848, Mervyn Clitheroe, 1857, and The Leaguer of Lathom. Jack Sheppard, Guy Fawkes, 1841, Old St Paul's, 1841, Windsor Castle, 1843, and The Lancashire Witches are regarded as his most successful novels. He was very popular in his lifetime and his novels sold in large numbers, but his reputation has not lasted well. As John William Cousin argues, he depends for his effects on striking situations and powerful descriptions. Author's copyright edition. Containing:Ovingdean GrangeThe Flitch of BaconGuy FawkesBoscobelWindsor CastleRookwoodAuriolCrichtonJack SheppardThe Lancashire WitchesThe SpendthriftThe Tower of London (in two volumes)The Miser's DaughterMervyn ClitheroeOld St Paul'sThe Star ChamberIllustrated throughout with two hundered and seventy engraved plates, plus many more vignettes, by Hablot K. Browne, John Gilbert and George Cruikshank (collated complete). Condition: In green cloth bindings. Externally, sound, though with some sunning and bumping to the spines, and a few marks to the boards. One spine dulled. Fourteen hinges strained. Internally, binding strained in places. Pages are bright, though with some slight marginal age-toning and the occasional handling mark, as well as some foxing to the endpapers. Overall: GOOD. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Untitled [Unknown Mother and Child]. Original Drawing

      [no date]. () Fine. Original drawing (oil pastel on paper). Drawing measures 40.5 X 30.5 CM (16 X 12"). Housed in a thin wooden frame measuring 60 X 48 CM (23.5 X 19") with white matting (with a grey linear border surrounding the image. Signed Gilroy, Calgary on the bottom left corner. A lovely image of a mother holding her child. The full detail of the mothers face contrasts nicely with the simple lines of their bodies. John Thomas Young Gilroy (30 May 1898 – 11 April 1985) was an English artist and illustrator, best known for his advertising posters for Guinness, the Irish stout..

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        American Statesmen

      Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company,, [1898]. 40 volumes, octavo (186 × 126 mm). Original red half morocco, titles and decoration to spines, red cloth boards, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Each volume with photogravure portrait frontispiece and pictorial half titles. Bookplate to front pastedown of each volume, minor rubbing to spines and extremities, an excellent set. Standard library edition. A collection of 28 biographies of the outstanding statesmen of US history to that date, from Benjamin Franklin via Adams, Washington, Hamilton, Jay, Jefferson, Monroe, Webster, Lincoln, and the rest. Two of the biographies are written by Theodore Roosevelt.

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        Battle Hymn of the Republic Words by Julia Ward Howe Music by Jules JordanTOGETHER WITH:Hazard, Caroline and Jules Jordan. Great Western Land A National Hymn Words by Caroline Hazard Music by Jules Jordan. Providence, R.I.: E. G. Billings, 1894.

      E. G. Billings, Providence, R.I. 1898 - Sheet music for Howe's poem set to music especially composed for it by Jules Jordan andSheet music for Hazard's poem set to music especially composed for it by Jules Jordan. Inscribed by the composer in pencil on the front cover of BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC, "Miss Caroline Hazard / from Jules Jordan"Both self wrappers, printed in black; page size: 10-3/4 inches x 6-7/8 inches; the Howe is 8pp; the Hazard 4pp; each very good with only a bit of dustiness and age toning. Extremely rare, with Brown University holding the only copies cited in RLIN / OCLC of both pieces of sheet music and the Providence Cooperative Library holding only the Stowe "Uncle Tom's Cabin" song. Jules Jordan (1850-1927), the composer of the two songs offered here, was a well-known singer, composer and music director and teacher. He debuted the title role in Berlioz' "Damnation of Faust" in the U.S., served as conductor for over forty years of the Arion Club, the most important musical society of its time in Providence, R.I. He composed one opera that was performed more than once in the 19th century, "Rip Van Winkle" to very good notices. He composed a number of one-act pieces, usually on American themes, and a number were performed by the Boston Festival Orchestra. Jordan met Caroline Hazard (1856- 1945), the fifth president of Wellesley College, early on in his singing career (ca. 1875) when he sang at the Grace Church in Providence. Mrs. Rowland Hazard, mother of Caroline, introduced her son and daughter Caroline and arranged for both to study singing with Jordan. A few years later Caroline and her brother organized the Narragansett Choral Society, hoping Jordan would be the director. He was too busy at that time, but several years later was successfully prevailed upon by Miss Hazard. Their friendship and association lasted many years. Hazard was also a member of the Arion Society for the years Jordan was director. Both Caroline Hazard and Jules Jordan were poets, but Jordan's role was usually that of composer and orchestrator in his collaborations. Caroline Hazardpublished her first book, NARRAGANSETT BALLADS, in 1894. She was appointed President of Wellesley College in 1899. Both these songs are of a patriotic nature, and it should be noted that a 1903 concert of patriotic songs by Jordan was held on July 3, 1903 in Sayles Hall at Brown University and that "Western Land" was performed (program for concert at Brown University). While the music is not what is associated with the "Battle Hymn" it is suited to the verse and has a pleasant tune. Jules Jordan notes in his memoirs an abundance of friends, so the appearance of inscribed copies of his composed songs should be more plentiful than they are. A piece inscribed to one of his collaborators, who was a friend and student, and an important person in the history of education is most desirable. Jordan, Jules. THE HAPPENINGS OF A MUSICAL LIFE (1922). NAW II, pp. 169-170. See an Image. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        JINGLES, JOKES, AND FUNNY FOLKS

      1898. Paperback. Very Good. BINGHAM, Clifton. JINGLES, JOKES, AND FUNNY FOLKS. Illustrated by Louis WAIN. New York: McLoughlin Bros. [1898]. New Chimney Corner Series no. 37 1/2. [32 pp.] Small 4to., color illustrated stapled wrappers. Small 1/2 inch chip to top front corner near spine, 2 1/2 inch closed tear to rear wrapper with no loss. B/w title page and illustrations. Light soil to title page. Wain's anthropomorphized cats and dogs abound, including a baseball playing cat, owls, elephants, and mice. Very good plus.

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        The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts. Including the Rites and Mysteries of Goetic Theurgy, Sorcery, and Infernal Necromancy.

      Privately Printed, London 1898 - Hardcover. Quarto. xvi + 297pp. Original black buckram boards, with silver title and author to spine and upper board. Beveled edges, top edge gilt, rubricated title page, Frontis plate of Edward Kelly, eight other full-page plates, and 188 vignettes, smaller illustrations etc. in text and as decoration. Although not stated, only 500 copies were printed [GilbertA 25a]. As the title suggests it is a study and collection of material from various grimoires, including "The Key of Solomon," "The Lesser Key of Solomon," "The Grimoire of Honorius," "The Fourth Book of Agrippa," "The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage," etc. etc. "The Book of Black Magic and Pacts" was arguably the first major collection of grimoires to be published in the English language. It was also one of the first books on the subject to be studied by Aleister Crowley, and his reading of it set in motion a chain of events that led to him joining the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn." A truly exceptional copy, without doubt the nicest we have ever seen (and this as specialists with decades of experience in the business). The binding is sharp, clean and bright, looking much as it would have at the time of publicaion. Endpapers unevenly toned, and a little light foxing - mainly confined to the preliminaries and edges. A contemporary previous owner's name and address on the front free endpaper has left a ghost across the half-title. There are some light pencil annotations on a few pages (which could be easily and invisibly erased if so desired). Otherwise the pages are crisp and clean, the binding solid and unmarked. A VG + copy of a scarce and important edition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Victorian Statutes. Arranged in Alphabetical and Chronological

      1898. Horwitz, Louis, Compiler. The Victorian Statutes. Arranged in Alphabetical and Chronological Order with Notes and Indexes. Melbourne: Charles F. Maxwell (G. Partridge and Co.) Law Publishers, 1898-99. Nine volumes. Quarto (7-1/2" x 10-1/2"). Original cloth, black-stamped titles to spine. Moderate shelfwear and soiling, most hinges starting or cracked, internally clean. Ex-library. Location labels to spines, annotations to front pastedowns, small stamps to title pages. A solid set. * Only edition. OCLC locates 9 copies. "Since the consolidation of the Statutes in 1890, the additions to the Statute Roll have been as numerous and important as they have been complicated, irritating, and perplexing. When it is considered that nearly five hundred Statutes have been passed, a very large number of them affecting the existing laws, and that these new Acts occupy ten sessional volumes, and necessitate reference throughout, I feel that no apology is needed [for this work, which is modeled] on Chitty's Statutes of Practical Utility.": Volume I Preface [iii]. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British commonwealth 6:26.

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        In Memoriam Beauchamp Colclough Urquhart of Meldrum,

      Aberdeen, Printed at the Aberdeen Journal Office,, 1898 . Captain 1st Battalion Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (Gazetted Major, 5th April, 1898). Killed in Action at the Battle of the Atbara, Soudan, Good Friday, April 8th, 1898. Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, title in gilt to the upper board, top edge gilt, others uncut. Frontispiece and 5 other plates. Free endpapers browned, as usual, some browning else, cloth a little rubbed, but overall very good. First edition. Scarce early memorial volume: COPAC locates the BL, NLS, Durham and Aberdeen copies only; no copies listed on RLIN or OCLC. Urquhart had served in Egypt 1882, and on the Nile Expedition 1884-5. He was killed leading his men forward from the trenches within the zariba. "Truth to say, the enemy were there to kill or be killed. They gave no quarter, and rarely asked for it for themselves, fighting like beasts till death relaxed their thews. A sergeant jumped from the palisade across the five-foot trench underneath, and then pistolled a Dervish who had sprung up in front to spear him. Captain Urquhart, of the Camerons, jumped across about the same moment, and was shot by a rifleman who had lain among the dying waiting an opportunity to slay. Hearing a gun discharged so close behind him, the sergeant wheeled about and shot the Dervish, and one of Urquhart's infuriated men bayonetted the treacherous foe as he fell. Urquhart received a terrible mortal wound through the body. As his men stopped to pick him up he said, 'Never mind me, my lads. Go on Company F'" (from Bennet Burleigh's account in the Daily Telegraph, quoted at length). Black-bordered, mourning carte-de-visite with MS inscription "From Mr. Duff," loosely inserted: this most likely Garden A. Duff who was married to Urquhart's sister.

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        JOHN STODDARD'S LECTURES illustrated and embellished with views of the world's famous places and people, being the identical discourses delivered diring the past eighteen years under the title of the Stoddard Lectures complete in ten volumes .

      Balch Brothers Co., 1898 - 1911., Boston, - Opera in 15 volumi in 8° legati in tela, titolo ai dorsi, sguardie, antiporta al primo volume, frontespizi, 5089 pp. (salvo errori) comprensive di indici (al fondo del volume 10 e dei supplementi). Per una fortunata combinazione un'altra copia della spettacolare raccolta di viaggi dello Stoddard può essere presentata a Lorsignori. Forse il più ampio, completo, ricco repertorio di viaggi in tutti i principali Paesi del mondo. Appassionante ed affascinante, si trovano descritti in essa non solo i luoghi volta a volta visitati da questo eccezionale viaggiatore , bensì gli usi, i costumi, le consuetudini, le bellezze naturali ed artistiche, insomma un panorama totale che può soddisfare il più incontentabile dei palati. Che dire poi della meravigliosa iconografia, ricchissima, ridondante, magica. È semplicemente "stunning", come dicono i figli d'Albione. Splendida in tutto, anche nella conservazione impeccabile (sole mende riscontrate: uno strappo senza mancanze in una pagina del volume 5, macchiette non deturpanti in due pagine del capitolo riguardante la California, un piatto posteriore che ha preso umidità), l'opera è rara a reperirsi, davvero incantevole.

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        With Peary Near the Pole

      C. Arthur Pearson, Limited, London - 1898, 1st Edition. () Very good. 362 +plates,[fold out at rear]. Octavo. Original red cloth. Stamped boards with spine title in gilt. Minor shelf wear to spine crown and foot; front lower corner bent with small, closed gash on upper edge. Bookplate on front pastedown; endpapers slightly browned. Illustrated frontis; 4 plates from photographs and numerous in-text illustrations. Fold out map of Greenland at rear. Arctic bib 777.Translation of Astrup's journey to Greenland with Peary in 1891-92. Eivind Astrup served aboard the SS Kite, which set out from New York to determine if Greenland was an island. Peary was accompanied by his wife, Josephine Diebitsch Peary, the first female to travel on an expedition to the Arctic. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Klondike Official Guide

      Hunter, Rose Company, Toronto 1898 - 208 pp. Cover has shelfwear, half inch tear at top of spine, spine ends and corners bumped, sticker and "V89" on spine in white, library stamp on title page, number 1268 written on copyright page and following preface, no other markings or annotations. Most of text block is stapled, staples have been in some time, binding is shaken. Rebound from original. Illustrated with b&w plates and a section of maps, one map is missing. - Ogilvie wrote this book when the numbers of people interested in the Klondike became apparent. As he had experienced the Yukon as a surveyer he used his notes made on previous visits to prepare this guide. At 50 cents a copy it was one of the cheaper not to mention useful items a stampeder would have needed. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        THE LAND OF LONG AGO A Visit to Fairyland with Humpty Dumpty

      London, Ernest Nister, (1898).. FIRST EDITION (1898), oblong 4to, 265 x 315 mm, 10½ x 12¾ inches, cloth backed cream boards, very pretty chromolitho illustration to upper board (Humpty Dumpty and other nursery rhyme characters portrayed by little children), floral endpapers, no pagination (18 pages). 6 enchanting full page coloured pull-down pop-up pictures with several delicately cut-out pop-up tiers, 1 for each of 6 well known stories: Cinderella trying on the glass slipper; Red Riding Hood on a little wooden bridge giving directions to the wolf; Puss-in-Boots offering the King and Queen a goose etc. Some pop-up illustrations signed 'A.D.' Numerous charming line illustrations in the text by E. Stuart Hardy. Corners slightly worn with tiny chips to surface paper, tail of spine very slightly worn, 1 or 2 very small light scratches to boards, covers very bright, inner paper hinges cracked at front and rear, but binding tight, rear endpaper slightly creased. 1 or 2 slight fingermarks, 2 very small slight ink smudges on 2 facing text pages, no loss, very slight creasing to inner margins of the base of a couple of pop-ups (i.e. the floor which has to be pulled down). Pop-ups otherwise perfect and crisp. A very good plus bright copy, no inscriptions. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Rhopalocera Aethiopica, Die Tagfalter des Aethiopischen Faunengebietes, eine Systematisch-Geographische Studie

      - K.svenska VetenskAkad.Handl., Bandet 31, n° 5, Stockholm. 1898. In-4In-4 Cavalier. Relié toilé. Très bon état. Couv. convenable. Dos satisfaisant. Quelques rousseurs. 561 pages, 6 planches couleurs hors texte très fraiches, 41 figures in-texte, pleine toile vert sapin (? éditeur), couvertures conservées (petit manque en marge des plats), envoi de l'auteur à Emile Seeldrayers sur le 1° plat, coiffes légèrement frottées et petites rayures sans gravité sur les plats de la reliure, ouvrage recherché sur les papillons diurnes africains ! Bridges b0521, Mamet 319, [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Elephant Hunting in East Equatorial Africa; Being an Account of Three Years' Ivory-Hunting Under Mount Kenia and Among the Ndorobo Savages of the Lorogi Mountains, Including a Trip to the North End of Lake Rudolph

      Rowland Ward. Collectible - Good. Octavo. 23cm. Cloth Hardcover. First Edition. 1898. xix + 455pp + (8) ads. With numerous illustrations, including frontispiece. Includes original fold-out map in rear pocket, and original color butterfly plate. Bound in original red cloth with black lettering on the front and gilt lettering on the side. Spine sunned and soiled. Extremities bumped and just beginning to peel. Zebra endpapers. Hinges and textblock are just starting. Small blind-stamped bookseller mark and previous owner name on half-title page. Endpapes and fold-out map show some light to moderate foxing. A scarce but important work in the annals of African big-game hunting; very difficult to find with the original buttefly plate and map. Offered by the Antiquarian, Rare, and Collectible department of Better World Books. Your purchase benefits global literacy programs. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

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        The Works of Lord Byron, a new, revised and enlarged edition with illustrations, complete in 13 volumes: Poetry in 7 vols. plus Letters and Journals in 6 vols

      London: John Murray. 1898. Limited ed. Hardcover. Very Good+. Complete set in 13 volumes (7 volumes of Poetry plus 6 volumes of Letters and Journals). 1898. One of 250 sets. The first volume of 'Poetry' has a handwritten note by the publisher, John Murray, on a front blank page ''No 215, J. M.''; the rest of the volumes are initialed by Murray on the limitation page, but none of the other volumes are numbered. Hardcover, 4tos., quarter blue leather with blue cloth boards, gilt title on spines, gilt coat of arms on front covers, teg, silk bookmarks. Illustrated with tissue-covered plates. Very Good to Near Fine copies. Strong, sound bindings. Spines sunned; light rubbing and wear to the spines, especially at the ends. Occasional foxing to a blank page or blank side of a plate, but the text is clean, bright and unmarked. 13 volume set, all currently housed in protective mylar sleeves. Digital images available upon request.

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        RENAISSANCE IN ITALY Comprising: The Fine Arts; Italian Literature; The Catholic Reaction; The Revival of Learning and The Age of the Despots

      Smith Elder & Co - 1904 1898 - New edition. Seven volumes. 8vo. Bound by Bickers in half brown morocco, raised bands on the spine and gilt lettering and ruling. Top edge gilt. A very good set, with a little rubbing to some joints, but sturdy and attractive. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of four British first edition, first printings in dust jackets

      This is a full set of four British first edition, first printings in first printing dust jackets.  Churchill's monumental biography of his great ancestor, John Churchill, the first Duke, was initially conceived a full 40 years before publication of the fourth and final volume.  Churchill originally considered the idea of the biography in 1898, returning to it in earnest in 1928.  Marlborough ultimately took 10 years of research and writing and is the most substantial published work of Churchill's "wilderness years" in the 1930s.  The final volume was published on the eve of the Second World War in 1938.  The work was very well received, both critically and aesthetically.  The first edition is a physically impressive production.  The books measure 9.25 x 6.25 inches and are roughly 2 inches thick.  Each is bound in plum cloth with beveled edges, the Marlborough coat of arms gilt on the front cover, and a gilt top edge.  Moreover, each volume is profusely illustrated.  Unfortunately, the plum cloth binding in Volumes I-III proved highly susceptible to sun fading.  (A different, more fade-resistant dye was used in Volume IV.)  Without the dust jackets, Volumes I-III are nearly always spine faded and jacketed first editions are now scarce.  Particularly scarce are first printing dust jackets for Volumes I & II.  We caution collectors to be wary of price-clipped dust jackets, as later impression Volume I & II dust jackets state either "2nd Impression" or "3rd Impression" printed next to the price on the lower front flap.  No such problem applies to Volumes III & IV, which each had only a single printing.  This full British first edition, first printing set features all four volumes in very good or better condition, with the accompanying dust jackets in very good minus or better condition.  Of note, all four dust jackets are unclipped, correct first printing examples.  The Volume I dust jacket bears a 1 inch wide x .625 inch deep triangular loss at the upper right hinge, but is otherwise complete, with wear at extremities and wrinkling and toning of the spine.  Both the Volume II & III jackets show some spine toning and wear at the spine heads, with a small chip at both the lower spine and the upper front hinge.  The Volume IV jacket shows both toning and some minor staining to the spine, with a .25 inch loss at the lower spine and two small black ink marks to the lower right corner of the front face.  All four dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers.  All four volumes beneath the jackets feature clean and tight bindings.  The dust jackets have done their job; the usual fading to the bindings is limited to spots at the Volume I spine ends corresponding to dust jacket wear.  The contents of all four volumes are crisp, bright, and tight.  All four volumes feel unread.  We find no previous ownership marks in the set.  Spotting is mostly minor, generally limited to endpapers and page edges and only fore edge spotting to Volume III notable.  The page edges show various degrees of mild age-toning.  Bibliographic reference: Cohen A97.2(I-IV).a, Woods/ICS A40(aa); Langworth p.166.

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        Handy Specimen Book, Specimens Of Type....

      Handy Specimen Book, Specimens Of Type....* Catalog of Printing Machinery and Materials, Wood Goods, Etc. *American Type Founders Company1898 American Type Founders Company , ChicagoHardcover. Size : 7.25 inches tall.. 934 pages.Features * Letter with price changes date May 1, 1898 pasted on the rear endpapers. Rare Book. Black and white.Notes * American Type Founders Company. 1898. Specimens of type, borders & ornaments, brass rules and cuts, etc. : catalogue of printing machinery and materials, wood goods, etc. Chicago: American Type Founders. Scarce: OCLC notes only 3 copies at libraries.CONDITION : VG+Previous owners name and date (Sept 16, 1898) in ink on the front pastedown endpaper. Light wear only. This is the nicest copy of a type specimen book I have ever had. Except for a pencil checkmark, virtually unmarked. Bookseller Ethics 101: All books may be returned in 30 days for a full refund. FREE SHIPPING, USA Only

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        Tales of Unrest

      London: T. Fisher Unwin 1898 London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1898. First English edition. 8vo. . Original green cloth, t.e.g. Unicorn bookplate of Scott Cunningham. Spine ends bumped. Near fine. Smith, pp. 13- 14; Cagle A4c1

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        Lyrical Poems of Shelley

      London: The Vale Press, 1898. 54pp, [2]. Contemporary full morocco, raised bands, spine in six panels, author to first panel, publishers initials to sixth, covers with attractive geometric design, Laurence Hodson's initials to the large central circle, with small roundels and dots to intersections all in gilt, gilt roll to edges and inner edges. Externally near fine, internally bright and clean. From the library of Laurence W. Hodson, with his book label to front pastedown. Binding designed by Charles Ricketts and bound by Zaehnsdorf, with the monogram HR [for Hacon and Ricketts] to the inside of lower cover, limited edition of two hundred and eighteen copies, this being one of only eight printed on vellum. For a similar Ricketts designed binding on the same book, see Maggs 1212 Part II, item 267, where they note that have handled 'only one other copy of this Shelley in a special binding' (theirs not printed on vellum). Watry B19. First Thus. Full Morocco. Very Good+. Illus. by Ricketts, Charles. 16mo. Limited Edition.

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        Cyrano de Bergerac [Presentation Copy] Translated by Howard Thayer Kingsbury: Accepted and Played by Richard Mansfield

      Boston, New York, London: Lamson, Wolffe and Company, 1898. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. First English Edition, inscribed in an elegant hand by the translator on the front fly leaf: “Compliments of Howard Thayer Kingsbury November 1898.” Small 8vo; 241 pp. Publisher's original red cloth lettered and decorated in silver to the spine and upper board, with a frontispiece portrait (tissue guard still place) of the actor Mansfield in costume. A Near Fine copy, the spine slightly faded (though the silver remains bright) and darkened page edges. Very scarce, particularly in this condition. Cyrano de Bergerac was first published in France by Charpentier et Fasquelle in 1898 (following its stage production at the Porte Saint-Martin Theater in Paris on December 28, 1897), and first translated into English by Kingsbury for Lamson, Wolffe the same year. Mansfield was the first actor to play Cyrano in the United States in an English translation.The play is based loosely on the life of Savien de Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655), Rostand’s favorite writer. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.&

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        CYRANO DE BERGERAC : A HEROIC COMEDY FROM THE FRENCH OF EDMOND ROSTAND DONE INTO ENGLISH VERSE BY HOWARD THAYER KINGSBURY

      Boston: Lamson, Wolffe and Co. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1898. First Edition. Hardcover. FINE Binding; 1st Editions; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 241 pages; Nicely full bound in brown pigskin with gilt lettering and borders turned in denteles. Printed on rich laid paper. T E G. Owner's name neatly on an endpaper. Silk marker ribbon. Frontis shows Richard Mansfield as Cyrano. Performed by him at Garden Theater on opening Oct 3, 1898. Contents clean and complete. Binding solid. .

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        CYRANO DE BERGERAC

      New York: William R. Jenkins, 1898 The True First American Edition. A near fine example of this rare [French Language] American publication bound in decorated green cloth over boards. 8vo. [1-6], 7-239 pages preceding the Doubleday English edition. With author & title credits in highly decorative gold lettering on the upper cover above an illustrated black stamped image of Cyrano gazing upward: author, title and publisher credit across the backstrip, teg. fore-edge uncut. With 9 black & white plates. In a sound binding, with extremities only very lightly rubbed. A very nice copy. Rare. Cyrano was first published [1898] by Librairie Charpentier et Fasquelle in Paris. In the United States it was published first in French in the same year by the William R. Jenkins Company & then in a much more broadly distributed English version by the firm of Doubleday, McClure which is most often called erroneously the first US edition. In the same year, Heinemann published the 1st UK edition. Both English language editions are preceded by the sparse Jenkins French printing; the French [American] copies being very far outnumbered by the later English language ones. This is the true First American Printing of Cyrano, in the very nice decorated original binding. Rostand's highlight & basis for two screen efforts; The Jose Ferrer 1950's original & the 1990 remake starring Gerard Depardieu. Ferrer won Best Actor Academy award for his portrayal of Cyrano. The 1990 film was up for five awards, including Oscar nominations for Depardieu & for the Best Foreign Film.. 1st Edition.

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        Cyrano de Bergerac

      New York: William R. Jenkins, 1898. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. First American Edition (in French), preceding both British and American English-language editions. Tall 8vo: [6],7-239,[1]pp, with nine black and white plates, the first, of Rostand, with protective tissue. Publisher's vertically ribbed green cloth lettered in gilt and decorated in gilt and black, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges untrimmed. A better than Near Fine copy, binding sound, pages fresh and bright, plates clean and free of foxing. Cyrano de Bergerac was first published in France by Charpentier et Fasquelle in 1898 (following its stage production at the Porte Saint-Martin Theater in Paris on December 28, 1897), and then, in this edition, in New York. The play is based loosely on the life of Savien de Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655), known for his swashbuckling adventures and large nose, and was meticulously researched, down to the names of the members of the Académie française and the dames précieuses glimpsed before the performance in the first scene. Written in verse, in rhyming couplets of 12 syllables per line, very close to the Alexandrine format. Cyrano introduced the word "panache" into the English language. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.&

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        Cyrano de Bergerac Comedie Heroique en Cinq Actes en Vers Representee a Paris, sur le Theatre de la Porte Saint-Martin le 28 decembre 1897

      Paris: Librairie Charpentier et Fasquelle, 1898. First Edition First Printing . Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. This copy has a gift inscription on the title page "En souvenir des ses amies de pension Noel 1898 **** Wild" where **** a first name we cannot decipher, otherwise it is unmarked. The binding is cocked, there are few small stains on the front. page 121/122 is loose at the top and it is lightly rubbed at the edges. It has a three-quarter binding with green cloth on the spine and corners, marbled boards and gold titles on a black paste down on the spine. It has 225 very lightly toned pages.

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        Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of four British first edition, first printings in dust jackets

      This is a full set of four British first edition, first printings in first printing dust jackets.  Churchill's monumental biography of his great ancestor, John Churchill, the first Duke, was initially conceived a full 40 years before publication of the fourth and final volume.  Churchill originally considered the idea of the biography in 1898, returning to it in earnest in 1928.  Marlborough ultimately took 10 years of research and writing and is the most substantial published work of Churchill's "wilderness years" in the 1930s.  The final volume was published on the eve of the Second World War in 1938.  The work was very well received, both critically and aesthetically.  The first edition is a physically impressive production.  The books measure 9.25 x 6.25 inches and are roughly 2 inches thick.  Each is bound in plum cloth with beveled edges, the Marlborough coat of arms gilt on the front cover, and a gilt top edge.  Moreover, each volume is profusely illustrated.  Unfortunately, the plum cloth binding in Volumes I-III proved highly susceptible to sun fading.  (A different, more fade-resistant dye was used in Volume IV.)  Without the dust jackets, Volumes I-III are nearly always spine faded and jacketed first editions are now scarce.  Particularly scarce are first printing dust jackets for Volumes I & II.  We caution collectors to be wary of price-clipped dust jackets, as later impression Volume I & II dust jackets state either "2nd Impression" or "3rd Impression" printed next to the price on the lower front flap.  No such problem applies to Volumes III & IV, which each had only a single printing.  This full British first edition, first printing set features all four volumes in very good or better condition, with the accompanying dust jackets in very good minus or better condition.  Of note, all four dust jackets are unclipped, correct first printing examples.  The Volume I dust jacket bears a 1 inch wide x .625 inch deep triangular loss at the upper right hinge, but is otherwise complete, with wear at extremities and wrinkling and toning of the spine.  Both the Volume II & III jackets show some spine toning and wear at the spine heads, with a small chip at both the lower spine and the upper front hinge.  The Volume IV jacket shows both toning and some minor staining to the spine, with a .25 inch loss at the lower spine and two small black ink marks to the lower right corner of the front face.  All four dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers.  All four volumes beneath the jackets feature clean and tight bindings.  The dust jackets have done their job; the usual fading to the bindings is limited to spots at the Volume I spine ends corresponding to dust jacket wear.  The contents of all four volumes are crisp, bright, and tight.  All four volumes feel unread.  We find no previous ownership marks in the set.  Spotting is mostly minor, generally limited to endpapers and page edges and only fore edge spotting to Volume III notable.  The page edges show various degrees of mild age-toning.  Bibliographic reference: Cohen A97.2(I-IV).a, Woods/ICS A40(aa); Langworth p.166.

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        SEASIDE FUN. Dean's "Surprise Model" Series No. 3

      London: Dean & Son, 1898. pp.8 plus title page; colour illustrations throughout, with some mechanical/model pictures. Binding, very good, bright victorian glazed boards, a little rubbed on the edges, minimal wear, plain grey cloth to the spine, no fraying and clean. Contents clean and tight, no spotting, title page with some irregular browning to the paper, neat inscription to the front paste down dated 1898, three model/mechanical coloured plates complete and working with cotton pulls, further fine and bright illustrations to text. A very good copy, please see images.. First Edition. Hardback. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. 4to.

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        AN ALMANAC OF TWELVE SPORTS WITH WORDS BY RUDYARD KIPLING.

      London: William Heinemann, 1898. Limited Library edition. Nicholson, Wiliam. Folio, verse and 12 full-page color lithographic plates, original tissue guards. Color illustrated paper over boards with parchment spine. The binding is very slightly age-toned. The endpapers are moderately spotted which have lightly transferred to the opposite leaf only. An unusually fine copy. The Limited Library edition is printed on Japanese vellum.

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        An Almanac of Twelve Sports by William Nicholson: Words by Rudyard Kipling

      London: William Heinemann, 1898. Hard Cover. Very Good. Hard Cover. Signed by William Nicholson. This is the popular edition of Nicholson';s almanac, a classic of early British modernism, with his striking color woodcuts illustrating twelve different sports. They are: hunting, coursing, racing, boating, fishing, cricket, archery, coaching, shooting, golf, boxing, and skating. Kipling provided the text for each sport, which faces the illustration. Signed by Nicholson on front free endpaper and at the bottom of the print for January. Folio in brown paper boards with title, author(s), and hunting illustration to front cover. Boards are chipped along edges and slightly soiled. Linen spine has darkened and has tears along front hinge. The interior pages are in very good condition, with the usual offsetting of the illustrations to the text pages and with age-toning. The illustrations themselves are not affected. Small book seller sticker on rear pastedown. Unpaginated. ART/071111.

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        LONDON TYPES. Quatorzains by W. E. Henley

      William Heniemann. London.,1898. SECOND EDITION, issued in the same month as the first. Large 4to. (13.4 x 11.5 inches). Decorative colour printed front board, lettered and showing the illustration for The Bus Driver, plus twelve full page colour lithographs after the original woodblocks. Brown paper covered boards, printed in colour litho. Plain tan cloth spine. Neat and attractive previous owners bookplate (the celebrated art collectors Robert and Evelyn Benson) on the front paste-down endpaper. Some minor foxing to endpapers and the edges of the boards a little rubed and bumped but overall a very good, bright copy of this beautiful book. :

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        An Almanac of Twelve Sports

      London.: William Heinemann.. 1898.. 12 full page color lithographs, unpaginated, 12 1/2 x 10 inches, two-color pictorial paper covered boards with cloth spine (hardbound). Spine chipped and frayed, hinges cracking, rubbing to edges of cover; the plates are in excellent condition without offset from the text opposite, the one exception regarding condition is the plate for June (Cricket) which is marred by streaks on the trousers of the batter. Twelve color lithographs after woodblock prints by William Nicholson. For each of the twelve months of the year a sport is illustrated while an accompanying verse by Rudyard Kipling provides a commentary on the sport. Includes images of Skating, Boxing, Golf, Shooting, Archery, etc. .

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        The Page

      Hackbridge, Surrey, 1898-1901. Nine small quarto volumes. The complete run of the publication. Includes the first twelve issues from 1898, bound together in a single volume in green cloth boards as issued (they were also published separately); the Special Extra Number from 1898, which was a supplement compiled from the first three issues of the journal; all four Volume 2 issues from 1899 and 1900 along with the Specimen Copy from 1899; The Page Christmas Number from 1900; and issues 1 and 2 from 1901, bound together in wrappers as issued (numbers 3 and 4 were planned but never issued). Lacks the second "Special Number," which was compiled from the first twelve issues. Also a few of the plates are not present, although one of these is the plate of Henry Irving from Volume 1 No. 3; Fletcher and Rood report that no copy has been seen with this plate. The set does contain some of the rarer plates not usually seen. With the exception of the first 12 issues in boards, all issues are bound in brown, tan, or green illustrated wrappers. The Page was a journal of the literary and visual arts edited by Edward Gordon Craig, illustrated throughout with black and white and color artwork by Craig and many other leading artists of the day, including Oliver Bath, James Pryde, Max Beerbohm, and Edward Burne Jones. It printed a variety of works in a number of artistic disciplines, including poetry, prose, and even music along with its poster illustrations, costume designs, portraits, bookplates, and "other curious things." A champion of the work of Walt Whitman, Craig included snippets of the poet's verse in the magazine as well as engraved portraits of Whitman. Craig was the son of Ellen Terry, the famed stage actor, and her bookplate as well as an illustration of her appear in the magazine, as does an advertisement for his sister Edith's costume design business. But the magazine also stands out for the playful sense of humor it mixed in with the serious art. In the Specimen Copy, for example, Craig announces that he is taking orders for gingerbread in honor of traditional gingerbread Horn Books used by children to learn the alphabet. "Our gingerbread will be sold at 1/3 a piece," he writes, "each piece having a fine capital A B C D etc. on it, and . . . an o thrown in (this is for the governess to eat). . . ." A renowned designer in the theater, Craig published The Page at a time when his artistic interests were broadening to include illustration and writing, and the magazine is a product of his involvement in these areas. He would later go on to publish The Mask, a periodical about theater arts. To the book world, he is perhaps most revered for his masterful "black figure" woodcuts for the 1928 Cranach Presse edition of Hamlet. Most issues in this set are in near fine or fine condition, their paper wrappers intact with no tears or defects, save for some edgewear as might be expected for yapped edges extending beyond the text block. The Special Extra Number and the Christmas Number show some additional wear, the former with a two-inch tear at the spine head resulting in some paper loss and the latter with cracks at the hinges and some paper loss at the spine ends. Text block in issue number 1 of bound volume loose, but holding. Aside from these few condition issues, a fine set of a landmark publication by a legend of the stage and the page, rare in its entirety. Prospectus and several announcements laid in. Bookplate.

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