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        The Writings and Speeches

      Boston, Little, Brown, & Company,, 1903. National Edition. Illustrated with Portraits and Plates. 18 volumes, large octavo (240 × 157 mm). Bound in recent blue morocco, spines lettered gilt in two compartments, others with gilt motifs between gilt bands, covers with two-line gilt rules, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, others uncut. Frontispieces, engraved additional titles and 74 plates, portraits, facsimiles, etc. printed on japon paper, all with tissue guards with captions printed in red. A fine set. National Edition, limited to 1050 copies only, of which this is no. 987. A lavish edition preserving the legacy of Daniel Webster (1782–1852), U.S. Senator and Secretary of State. Famed for his ability as an orator, Webster was one of the most important figures in US politics in the first half of the 19th century. In Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, James Stewart's character is astonished to find out he will be sitting in the same seat where Daniel Webster once sat.

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        The Essex House Song Book

      London: Essex House Press, 1903. Unbound, in the original parts, published between 1903-1905. Part One - 'Songs of Praise', vii, [1], i-xxiii, [1], 40pp; Part Two - 'Songs of the Sea', 24pp; Part Three - 'Songs of Loyalty and the Love of the Land', 44pp; Part Four - 'Rounds and Catches', 32pp; Part Five - 'Songs of the Country and the Tilling of the Soil', 52pp; Part Six - 'The Songs of Sport', 28pp; Part Seven - 'Songs of the Tavern and the Vine', 20pp; Part Eight - 'Workshop Songs or Songs of the Craft', 24pp; Part Nine - 'Songs of Comradeship, Love and Courtship', 76pp and Part 10 - 'Miscellany of Song, in Which are Included Songs of the Universities and Songs of Pure Nonsense', 60pp. Unbound in the original green buckram folders, lettered to upper cover in black and numbered to foot of spines. Externally very minor wear, one or two covers lightly foxed. Internally, occasional light foxing, slightly heavier to the divisional title of part three, but generally quite bright and clean. One of two hundred on paper (with another five on vellum), this is number fifty-six. Printed in red and black, with the musical notation by Paul Woodroffe. Uncommon. First Edition. Disbound. Good+. 8vo. Limited Edition.

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        The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster. The works include Biographical Memoir of the Public Life of Webster, by Edward and William Everett, as well as Essays, Speeches, etc

      Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1903., 1903. The National Edition, Limited to 1050 copies of which this No.633. Complete in 18 volumes, large 8vo. A sound and clean set in publisher's original rose cloth with gilt titles to spines, author's signature stamped in gilt to uppers, top edges gilt others untrimmed. Illustrated with portrait and plates with entitled tissue guards. Very light rubbing to extremities. A handsome set of the works of this important Statesman and Lawyer.

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        Happy England

      London: Adam and Charles Black, 1903. rebound in half green leather with vellum over boards; gilt and red decoration to the front board; raised bands and gilt to spine. Gilt to the upper edges. Illustrated throughout with full colour plates with printed tissue guards. Faint shelfwear to the leather; small strip of browning to the upper edge of the front baord.. First Edition. Half Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Helen Allingham. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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      London: A.H. Bullen, 1903.. Green cloth and boards, paper spine label, edges rough-trimmed. Edges and end leaves foxed, lower corner bumped, a couple scratched to label, else very good. First edition, British issue. One of 970 copies, from a total edition of 1490 copies that also included 520 copies with the U.S. imprint. With Lady Gregory's bookplate. Inscribed in the month of publication: "Lady Gregory from her friend WB Yeats May 9, 1903." A collection of Yeats’s essays on art and literature (including those on William Blake) collected from their previous appearances in periodicals, 1895 - 1902. Lady Gregory recorded the circumstances of her first meeting with Yeats, and the birth of a friendship central to modern Irish literary history in 'Our Irish Theatre': "On one of those days at Duras in 1898, Mr. Edward Martyn, my neighbour, came to see the Count (de Basterot), bringing with him Mr.Yeats, whom I did not then know very well, though I cared for his work very much and had already, through his directions, been gathering folk- lore. They had lunch with us, but it was a wet day, and we could not go out. After a while I thought the Count wanted to talk to Mr. Martyn alone; so I took Mr. Yeats to the office where the steward used to come to talk, ­less about business I think than of the Land War or the state of the country, or the last year's deaths and marriages from Kinvara to the headland of Aughanish. We sat there through that wet afternoon, and though I had never been at all interested in theatres, our talk turned on plays. Mr. Martyn had written two, The Heather Field and Maeve. They had been offered to London managers, and now he thought of trying to have them produced in Germany where there seemed to be more room for new drama than in England. I said it was a pity we had no Irish theatre where such plays could be given. Mr. Yeats said that had always been a dream of his, but he had of late thought it an impossible one, for it could not at first pay its way, and there was no money to be found for such a thing in Ireland. We went on talking about it, and things seemed to grow possible as we talked, and before the end of the afternoon we had made our plan. We said we would collect money, or rather ask to have a certain sum of money guaranteed. We would then take a Dublin theatre and give a performance of Mr. Martyn's Heather Field and one of Mr. Yeats's own plays, 'The Countess Cathleen'. I offered the first guarantee of £25." WADE 46.

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        Arthurian Tetrology: The Story of King Arthur; The Story of The Champions; The Story of Sir Launcelot; The Holy Grail

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1903-1910. First editions, first printings.. Hardcover. Fine. Four 4to volumes, all in original mustard-color cloth with spines and upper bards blocked in black, red and gilt., With black and white illustrations by Howard Pyle. This is essentially a near fine set. Volume 2 (The Champions of the Round Table), has light soil on the upper board and s bit of wear to the spine tips; Volume 3 (Sit Launcelot) has an inner hinge neatly and nearly invisibly mended; otherwise the volumes are near fine and bright. Volume one has a 1905 neat ownership name. Pyle's quintessential treatment of King Arthur. "The books are lavishly decorated with Beardsleyesque headpieces, tail pieces, and full-page pen-and-ink drawings featuring enigmatic ladies, neo-Gothic furnishings and complexly patterned dress and armor."--so does Muriel Whitaker describe this set in the Arthurian Encyclopedia. Gaines C-17, 19, 21 & 27.

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        [CAXTON AT HIS PRESS (Original Etching)]

      [Np]. 1903.. Original etching (plate 55 x 31.5 cm, plus ample margins). Formerly carelessly matted and framed. Very slightly toned through former mat diecut, old framing holes along extreme edges of margins, with strip of adhesive residue in right margin not approaching image, else very good. A variant state of Bicknell's fine etching after Howard Pyle's painting of Caxton at his press, identified in an earlier hand as state three. The etching was originally commissioned by the Bibliophile Society as one of five etchings to follow up on their edition of Dibdin's BIBLIOMANIA ..., and in that form was limited to 302 impressions, signed both in the plate by Pyle and Bicknell, and again in pencil by both. This state lacks the obtrusive Bibliophile Society logo in the lower margin, and is signed in pencil only by Bicknell.

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        Das Mineralreich. Mit vielen Text-Illustrationen. 73 Farbentafeln, 14 Lichtdrucktafeln und 4 Kunstdrucktafeln

      Stuttgart: Fritz Lehmann,, 1903. first edition, large quarto, (text) [iv], 440 pp. with figures and small illustrations in text, in later cloth + has all 91 plates (counting the plate on two sheets as one) loose in a cloth folder, most are color and almost all with printed tissue guard sheets including the frontispiece that is confusingly numbered as 87; library book plates and markings including hand stamps at margins of the image side of plates, a few guards tattered or torn but no text lost, the frontis. lacks a tip far from image, complete but good+ only. Photos available upon request.

      [Bookseller: Zubal Books]
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        Das Mineralreich - Band I: Text / Band II: Tafeln, 2 Bände (= alles),

      Stuttgart, Fritz Lehmann, 1903,. Erstausgabe, 4°, IV, 440 S. mit vielen Text-Illustrationen und den losen Tafeln: 73 chromolithographische Farbentafeln, 14 Lichtdrucktafeln und 4 Kunstdrucktafeln, Halbleder-Einband mit goldener Deckel- und Rückenbeschriftung, Rundumrotschnitt, die Tafeln in einer Halbleder-Flügelschatulle in gleicher Ausstattung, Zustand: Textband: oberes Kapital mit 2cmx1cm Fehlstelle, Lederkanten beschabt, ein Rundstempel und eine handschriftliche Nummer auf Vorsatzseite, ein Rundstempel auf Titelseite. Die Schatulle mit den Tafeln: die vordere Rückenkanten oben ca. 10cm, die hintere oben ca. 2 cm angebrochen, Leder stellenweise deutlich beschabt, sonst gut, die Tafeln jeweils rückseitig mit einem Rundstempel, ansonsten komplett und sehr gut erhalten. (spe)

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Orban & Streu]
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        Collection of 46 Salesman's Sample Books (with) Several Extra Copies

      Interesting collection of salesman's samples, used often by door-to-door canvassers who represented publishers' wares; mostly 19th century American and includes: Life of P.T. Barnum; John Sherman's Recollections of forty Years in the House, Senate and Cabinet; Dwight Moody His Life and Labors (2); The Encyclopedia Britannica 10th edition 1903; The Lindberghs the Dramatic Story of a Distinguished Family; T. Dewitt Talmage His Life and Work; Life of Gen. Ben Harrison by Gen. Lew Wallace also Life of Hon. Levi P. Morton; Our Wonderful Progress; Shep's Giant Library; "Billy" Sunday the Man and His Message; The Family Library of British Poetry; Denmark, Norway and Sweden by William Eleroy Curtis; Queenly Women Crowned and Uncrowned; Life and Distinguished Services of Wm. McKinley; The True Story of Our National Calamity of Fire, Flood and Tornado (2); Our Martyr Presidents Lincoln Garfield McKinley; Will Rogers Ambassador of Good Will Prince of Wit and Wisdom (2); Photographs of the Great Spanish-American War (with) copy of the book; Memorial Life of William McKinley; The Illustrious Life and Work of Warren G. Harding; San Francisco's Great Disaster (2); Morris' Story of the Great Earthquake of 1908 and other historic disasters; The Beautiful Life of Jesus; Zell's Encyclopedia (2); The Writings of Mark Twain; What Can a Woman Do; The Blue Coats and How They Lived Fought and Died for the Union; The Great Chicago Theatre Disaster; James G. Blaine A Study of His Life and Career; The Light of the World or Our Savior in Art; 1896 The Great Campaign or Political Struggles of Parties, Leaders and Issues; Sunshine and Shadow in New York; The Life of General U.S. Grant; Moody His Words Work and Workers; Thirty Years in Washington by Mrs. John A. Logan; Forward with Roosevelt; Men and Issues of '92; The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table; The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters; Abraham Lincoln by Stoddard; History of the Spanish-American War; The Home Educator; Christmas Stories for Mother's Darlings; Shepp's Library of Fine Art; The Greater Republic by Morris (U.S.); The War Between Russia and Japan; Mr. World and Miss Church-Member; The Queen of Republics (U.S.); Collier's Encyclopedia prospectus; Mother James' Key to Good Cooking; Crown Jewels or Gems of Literature Art and Music; The Growing World, or Progress of Civilization; The Story of the Philippines by Halstead; History of the Johnstown Flood The History of the San Francisco Disaster and Mount Vesuvius Horror; Bound in one, illustrated with chromos & other illust.: Mother Goose, The Child's Story of Our Country, The Model 20th Century Speaker, The World Encyclopedia (and) Bound in one, illustrated with chromos & other illust.: The New Book of Alphabet and Rhyme; Stories About Children; True Stories of Our Presidents; The Wonderful Story of Christ and His Apostles; The Best Literature of England and America; (and) Bound in one, illustrated with chromos & other illust.: Little Folks' Bible Alphabet; Dainty Work for Dainty People; Child Life in All Nations; The New Century Speaker and Writer; The Young Peoples Bible; Marvelous History of the World's Great Nations (and) Bound in one, illustrated with chromos & other illust.: Funny Stories and Jolly Plays; True Stories of Great Americans; Historical Stories of American Pioneer Life; Famous Authors and the Best Literature of England and America; mostly hardcovers, couple of leather & softcovers, some edge, tips wear and rubbing; couple of the combined-books samples' cloth cases coming apart; all in generally good condition; telling the story of the publishing and business sales techniques for selling books to the public, mostly of 19th century America and an interesting record of the decorative cloth and other bindings available for purchase. . Hard Cover. Good.

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        The African Colony Studies in the Reconstruction

      Edinburgh: William Blackwood & Sons. Fine. 1903. First Edition. Hard Back. First Edition, Fine, Includes two maps; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall .

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        The Persian Problem

      London: Isbister and Company Limited,, 1903. An examination of the rival positions of Russia and Great Britain in Persia with some account of the Persian Gulf and Bagdad Railway. Octavo, original sand buckram, title gilt to spine and upper board, top edge gilt, others uncut. Folding map frontispiece and 2 full-page maps to the text, 2 as plates, 23 plates. A little rubbed and spotted, spine mildly scuffed, endpapers foxed, small inked library stamp and cancellation to the title page, light toning, else very good. First and only edition. Important regional study of the Persian Gulf, published in response to the granting of the Baghdad Railway concession by the Ottoman Government to a German-backed consortium. Assesses the economic, military and political implications of rival claims in the various states of the area. Whigham was a well-connected Scottish author, who emigrated to America and worked as drama critic on the Chicago Tribune, and as a war correspondent at the Spanish-American and Russo-Japanese Wars. A close friend and correspondent of British Persian Gulf opinion-makers Lord Curzon and Sir Percy Cox, Whigham wrote the book, based on his extensive travels in the region, at the request of Lord Curzon, who had "advised. [him] to go to the Gulf [and] instructed his subordinate officials in that part of the world to give me all the assistance in their power." Whigham is probably best remembered as a prominent amateur golfer, winner of the second and third US Amateur Championships, and author of How to play Golf, the first golf instruction manual illustrated from action photographs. Ink ownership stamp of Charles C. Sterrett, an American Presbyterian missionary to the Christian population in the region to the front pastedown.

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        The Novels and Stories of Ivan Turgenieff. The Works include: Memoirs of a Sportsman, The Jew, Virgin Soil, Fathers and Children, Rudin: A Romance, A Nobleman's Nest, The Brigadier, A Reckless Character, Spring Freshets and Other Stories, The Diary of a Superfluous Man, First Love, On the Eve, Smoke, Phantoms and Other Stories.... Translated from the Russian by E. Hapgood. Introduction by Henry james

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1903., 39. Complete in 16 volumes; large 8vo. Finely bound in recent brown half morocco with two maroon title labels and gilt to spines, brown cloth boards, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Frontispiece to each volume. A beautiful set.

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      Dundrum: The Dun Emer Press, 1903.. Linen over boards, paper label on upper cover. Cloth a bit foxed, some cloth bubbling on upper board, some tanning and modest soiling, otherwise very good. First edition. One of 325 copies printed. Inscribed in the month of publication: "Miss Horniman from her friend the writer, August 22nd 1903." Although Wade notes copies were finished in mid-July, formal publication occurred in August, and Yeats later commented to John Quinn that this was "the first book of mine that it is a pleasure to look at - a pleasure whether open or shut." Horniman, the daughter of a wealthy tea merchant, joined the Order of the Golden Dawn in January 1890, the context in which she first met Yeats. Horniman resigned from the Order in February of 1903, and began to devote her time and energy to the Irish Theatre. She designed and made the costumes for the first production of THE KING'S THRESHOLD, and Yeats’s presentation on the aims of the Irish National Dramatic Society that accompanied the first performances of the play in early October 1903 solidified her decision to act as a significant financial backer of the Society. She also served, for a time, as Yeats’s amanuensis. For a substantial account of her connection with him, see pp. 709-713 of LETTERS III. WADE 49. MILLER 1.

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      London: Macmillan and Co., Limited / New York: The Macmillan Company,. 1903. original decorated green cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold, t.e.g.. Cloth lightly rubbed at head and tail of spine panel, corner tips and. along outer joints, some light scattered foxing to front endpapers, a. very good, externally bright and attractive copy. Housed in cloth. folder and quarter maroon morocco slipcase (spine panel a bit rubbed. and nicked). A superb association copy. (#80372). First edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Wells on recto of half title leaf to fellow author Joseph Conrad: "To Joseph Conrad / this mixture / from H. G. Wells." Conrad and Wells, contemporaries and successful authors of fiction whose layered depths have helped it to endure, were friends and, for a time, neighbors on the coast of Kent. The Polish immigrant was particularly grateful for the favorable notice he had received from Wells of his early work, and he dedicated THE SECRET AGENT to Wells. But they had very different backgrounds, temperaments and philosophies. "From early on in the relationship the two men were really working to convert each other -- Conrad to make Wells into a more traditional and less political writer, Wells to make Conrad a Fabian, a socialist, or at least a republican who could use his knowledge of the depths of men to illuminate possible future worlds." - Smith, H. G. Wells: Desperately Mortal, p. 163. The two corresponded, but most of Wells' letters have disappeared, making inscribed material such as this all the more valuable. See Smith, pp. 161- 7, especially 164 (presenting this book) and 167 (analysis of their relationship). A collection of thirteen science fiction and fantasy stories including "Filmer," one of Wells's finest stories, "The Valley of the Spiders," "The Inexperienced Ghost," "The New Accelerator," The Stolen Body," and "A Dream of Armageddon." Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1680. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2336. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 29. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 227. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1967-72. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-248. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 15097. Currey, p. 526. Hammond C5. Wells 23. Wells Society 23.

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        The Fireside Edition of the Complete Works of Charles Dickens. With illustrations by Cruikshank, 'Phiz,' &c. [complete in 22 volumes]

      London : Chapman & Hall, and H. Frowde, 1903-07, 1903. Complete Edition. Description: 22v. illus. ; 19cm. Contents: [v.1] Sketches by Boz. --[v.2] The Pickwick papers. --[v.3] Oliver Twist. --[v.4] Nicholas Nickleby. --[v.5] The old curiosity shop. --[v.6] American notes. Features from Italy. --[v.7] Barnaby Rudge. --[v.8] A child's history of England. --[v.9] Christmas books. --[v.10] Martin Chizzlewit. --[v.11] Hard times. Hunted down. Holiday romance. George Silverman's explanation. --[v.12] A tale of two cities. --[v.13] Dombey and son. --[v.14] David Copperfield. --[v.15] Reprinted pieces. The lamplighter. To be read at dusk. Sunday under three head. --[v.16] Bleak house. --[v.17] Little Dorrit. --[v.18] Great expectations. --[v.19] Christmas stories. --[v.20] Our mutual friend. --[v.21] The uncommerical traveller. --[v.22] Master Humphrey's clock. The mystery of Edwin Drood. Subjects: Dickens, Charles (1812-1870) -- Collected works -- English literature -- 19th century. English literature -- Illustrations -- Illustrated works -- 19th century -- Cruikshank, George, (1792-1878) -- Browne, Hablot Knight (1815-1882). 22 volumes finely bound in gilt-blocked ruby leather. Gilt tooling to spine compartments. Top edges gilt. With red silk ribbons. Varying degrees of light edge wear around the spine extremities. Otherwise this set is in an uncommonly good condition. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Further scans, images etc. and additional bibliographical material available on request.

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        The Works

      London: George Allen,, 1903–12. Edited by E. T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn. 39 volumes, octavo (240 × 162 mm). Contemporary red half morocco, titles and decoration to spines, raised bands, matching cloth boards, plain endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Frontispieces and plates, numerous text illustrations, and facsimiles. Bookplate to front pastedowns, spines a little marked and faded, an excellent set. The definitive Library Edition, limited to 2,062 copies, of which 2,000 were for sale. "The apogee of Ruskin's immediate influence was marked by the decision to publish a monumental Library Edition of his complete works … Although biographically reticent and presenting a liberal version of Ruskin …, this [edition] became the foundation for future Ruskin scholarship" (ODNB).

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        Les Jockeys Camoufles

      Paris: La Belle Edition. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Fine. FIRST EDITION, one of only 300 numbered copies on verge d'Arches (out of a total edition of 343), with five plates by Henri Matisse illustrating three poems by Pierre Reverdy. Often considered Matisse's first illustrated book, Les Jockeys Camoufles actually contains drawings made previously by Matisse between 1903-1917. A beautifully printed book with text in four colors. Les Jockeys Camoufles. Trois Poemes par Monsieur Pierre Reverdy. Agrementes de cinq dessins inedits de Henri Matisse. Paris: La Belle Edition, (1918). Quarto, original wrappers, original glassine. Slight toning to edges of wrappers, small tear to original glassine. In outstanding condition. Rare.

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      1903. Good. CONRAD, Joseph. TYPHOON AND OTHER STORIES. London: William Heinemann, 1903. First edition, first issue. 2 pp. publisher's ads + 304 pp. 8vo., black cloth stamped in gilt. Corners bumped, moderate shelfwear. Spine slightly rolled. Personal armorial bookplate to front pastedown, ink ownership to front flyleaf. Minor occasional foxing. Rear joint slightly tender. Good overall.

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        Typhoon and Other Stories

      London: William Heinemann, 1903 First edition, first issue. Original publisher's dark gray cloth, spine lettered in gilt, gilt design to front cover. 32 page catalog at rear. An excellent copy; a small wrinkle to the head of the spine, mild offsetting and light foxing to endpapers, else a fine copy. Uncommon in this condition.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine.

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      [probably New York, 1903. Probably ONE OF 26 COPIES. Hardcover. 318 x 238 mm (12 1/2 x 9 3/8"). 1 p.l. (title), [89] unnumbered leaves, printed on one side only. Probably ONE OF 26 COPIES. NOTHING SHORT OF SPECTACULAR OLIVE BROWN COSWAY-STYLE MOROCCO BY RIVIERE & SON (stamp-signed on front turn-in) ADORNED WITH A TOTAL OF 14 VERY FINE OVAL MINIATURES PAINTED ON IVORY UNDER GLASS, ALMOST CERTAINLY BY MISS C. B. CURRIE, covers bordered by three plain and decorative gilt rules, upper cover with very large central gilt lozenge formed by flowers, volutes, acanthus leaves, and many small tools, the lozenge containing AT CENTER AN OVAL PORTRAIT MINIATURE OF LONGFELLOW (approximately 72 mm. tall), this SURROUNDED BY SIX OVAL MINIATURES OF SCENES FROM THE POEM (each approximately 58 mm. tall), and AN ADDITIONAL FOUR MINIATURES of the same size set in as cornerpieces, surrounded by gilt flourishes and small tools; lower cover with large triangular gilt centerpiece set with THREE ADDITIONAL MINIATURES, two of them views, the other a larger portrait of Evangeline in her nun's habit; raised bands, spines lavishly gilt in compartments filled with volutes, acanthus leaves, and small tools framing a central flower, gilt turn-ins, vellum endpapers, edges untrimmed. In a suede-lined maroon morocco fitted pull-off case. RICHLY ILLUMINATED THROUGHOUT BY JOHN H. TEARLE, with beautiful foliated initials in colors and burnished gold, most of them having leafy extensions, elaborate head- and tailpieces, and with a manuscript title page featuring a three-quarter border of acanthus leaves, flowers, and berries as well as WITH AN OVAL MINIATURE (approximately 70 mm. across) of a woodland scene (a second similar scene of a country churchyard appearing later in the text decoration). Front pastedown with armorial bookplates of Albert Henry Wiggin and Lynde Selden (see below). A typed key laid in at the front citing the lines of the poem that are depicted in the miniatures. The Magnificent Library of Phoebe A. D. Boyle, #179. Slight (inevitable) humpbacked bowing to boards, paint a bit flaked on title page (and with very minor flaking elsewhere), naturally occurring variations in the grain of the vellum, otherwise A MAGNIFICENT COPY, the colors rich, the gold luminous, and THE BINDING IN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE CONDITION. This is the most elaborate and visually impressive Cosway-style binding we have ever seen, and it was both produced and owned by persons of distinction. The size of the volume allows for a remarkable number of miniatures, a fact that sets it apart from all but a handful of Cosway bindings, which are almost always considerably smaller. Just one of the 14 oval miniatures is the customary portrait of the author traditionally used in Cosway bindings, while all the other miniatures here depict scenes from Longfellow's Acadian epic, including: the young Evangeline tending her cows, three paintings showing the houses and cottages of the Acadians, two scenes of the beautiful wilderness of Canada, a dramatic scene of the village being burned, a priest leading the inhabitants of an Indian village in prayer, a happy family gathered around their grandfather, a dramatic confrontation with Redcoats, a city street with a night watchman, the cemetery where our heroine was laid to rest, and a full-length portrait of Evangeline in the habit of a Sister of Mercy. The paintings are very finely done, and the level of their aesthetic achievement strongly suggests that they are the work of Miss C. B. Currie. The distinctive style of the brush strokes clearly matches that seen in her other work. The ultimate authority on this subject, Stephen Ratcliffe, who knows the binding well, has testified in person that it is without a doubt Currie's work. The earliest Cosway bindings were executed by Currie, who is known to have worked for Sotheran for 30 years until her death in 1940. Most of her early productions, like the present one, were unsigned. The binding work was invariably done, as here, by Riviere. The magnificently decorated vellum interior comprises an appropriate complement to the binding: the text is beautifully enhanced with the fanciful illuminations of John H. Tearle (b. 1868), well known for his work in paint and gold decoration in a vaguely Medieval style. (The conjectural time and place of the production of the text come from ABPC, which records four copies of an illuminated version of "Evangeline" done by Tearle, printed on vellum in New York by De Vinne in 1903, and issued in an edition of 26 copies.) Our copy was in the outstanding collection of fine bindings, vellum printings, and other private press books owned by Phoebe Boyle and sold at Anderson Galleries in 1923; according to that catalogue, this is a "unique copy." Any item from the Boyle collection, which was put together with great taste and discrimination, is universally recognized as desirable beyond its intrinsic merit. The book subsequently passed into the hands of New York financier Albert Henry Wiggin (1868-1951) and his son-in-law, American Express vice-chairman Lynde Selden. Wiggin began to collect bindings and fore-edge paintings in 1945, and soon amassed a collection surpassed only by that of Estelle Doheny. Our copy was offered by J. N. Bartfield at the 2007 San Francisco Book Fair for $95,000 and purchased at that time by the person who sold it to us. Prior to that, the book had not been in the marketplace for many years (ABPC listings since 1975 show no record of its being offered for sale). Given the size, the condition, the visually arresting appearance, the combination of painterly and decorative skills involved in its embellishment, and the distinguished provenance, there could hardly be any Cosway binding (or a great many bindings of any sort) of more interest than this one.

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        RECHERCHES SUR UNE PROPRIETÉ NOUVELLE DE LA MATIÈRE (Matiere). Activité Radiante Spontanée ou Radioactivité de la Matière. Memoirs de L'académie des Sciences de L'Institut de France. Tome quarante-sixieme (46). {Printing and the Mind of Man (PMM) 393]

      Paris:: Typographie de Firmin-Didot, Imprimeurs de L'Institut de France,, 1903. Very Good+. Very Good+ entire volume of the Memoires dedicated completely to this work of Becquerel in the original printed wrappers as issued. Complete with all 13 plates. Mild sun covers, spine. 1" lower spine cover missing. Mild cover edge wear, toning eps. No extraneous writing or marking. Not ex library. [4], 360, [1 Errata], [1], [1 notes on the plates], [1], XIII (13) half-tone plates printed recto only with several illustrations to each plate pp.

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      Portland, ME: Thomas B Mosher, 1903. First edition. One of 600 copies printed on Van Gelder hand-made paper. This copy in a beautiful full Morocco binding by Hatchards of Piccadilly with minor wear along the spine and corners. Signed and dated "Cecil Hayes 1904" on the front end paper. Believed to be Cecil Hayes, the friend and attorney to Lord Alfred Douglas. Lord Douglas is famous (notorious) for his tumultuous relationship with Oscar Wilde and for his father's legal action against Wilde, ultimately resulting in Wilde's imprisonment and then exile. Cecil Hayes represented Lord Alfred Douglas in two important cases, one, as prosecutor, against Arthur Ransome for libel in his book about Oscar Wilde, and the other against Sir Winston Churchill, as defendant, where Churchill accused Douglas of libel. A beautiful book, made the more interesting by the association to one of Wilde's circle.

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        The Dawn of Day

      London: T. Fisher Unwin,, 1903. Translated by Johanna Volz. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt, black endpapers, floral cornerpieces to upper board in blind. Spine a little rolled, cloth rubbed with some creasing and bubbling, minor wear to corners. First English language edition, first impression, originally published in Germany in 1881. "Continuing the positivistic turn of Human, All Too Human, Dawn is the second installment in the free spirit trilogy that culminated in The Joyful Science. One of Nietzsche's 'yes-saying' books, it marks his first significant confrontation with morality and offers glimpses of many of the signature themes in his mature works. Dawn has come to be admired in recent years for its ethical naturalism, psychological observations, and therapeutic insights" (Stanford University Press).

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        The Works

      New York & Pittsburg: The Colonial Company, Limited,, 1903. In Ten Volumes. Newly Collected and Edited, with a Memoir, Critical Introductions and Notes by Edmund Clarence Stedman and George Edward Woodberry. With Over Fifty Full-Page Illustrations. 10 volumes, octavo (214 × 140 mm). Contemporary brown half morocco, brown morocco label, floral decoration to spines with green onlaid pieces and vertical filets and lozenges, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt. Frontispieces and illustrations throughout. Bookplate to front pastedowns, spines a little faded and rubbed, an excellent set. The Autograph edition, one of a limited edition of 150 numbered copies signed by the editors and publisher on the limitation leaf. Editors Edmund Clarence Stedman and George Edward Woodberry were both well-known poets, literary critics, and scholars. Woodberry was also a noted authority on Edgar Allan Poe, and his 1884 biography of the author became the standard text. A very attractive set.

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        The English Bible containing the Old Testament & the New

      Hammersmith: The Doves Press,, 1903–05. Translated out of the original tongues by special command of His Majesty King James the First and now reprinted with the text revised by a collation of its early and other principal editions and edited by the late Rev. F. H. Scrivener M.A. LL.D. for the Syndics of the University Press Cambridge. Five volumes, large quarto (241 × 343 mm). Contemporary full burgundy morocco by Stikeman, gilt-panelled with 13 sets of rules, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated burgundy and navy morocco doublures with red and green morocco onlays, watered silk endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. Housed in custom slipcases. Doves type printed in black with red initial letters by Edward Johnston, on handmade paper. A fine set. First edition thus, one of only 500 sets, the masterpiece of the Doves Press, famous for its austerely dramatic incipit with Johnston's single elongated initial "I".

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      Hammersmith: The Doves Press, 1903. ONE OF 500 COPIES. Hardcover. 337 x 235 mm (13 1/4 x 9 1/4"). Five volumes. ONE OF 500 COPIES. Original flexible vellum by the Doves Bindery (stamp-signed on rear turn-in), gilt titling on spine. In supplied stiff brown buckram dust jackets inside a handsome brown crushed morocco slipcase, designed to look like five leather-bound volumes on the shelf. Elegant initial letters in red throughout by Edward Johnston, including an "I" running the length of the page to open Genesis (with "In the beginning"). Printed in red and black. Tidcombe DP-6; Herbert 2139; Rumball-Petre 150; Tomkinson, p. 54; "A Century for the Century" 4. The expected minor marginal foxing to three or four quires (only) in the first two volumes and a couple of leaves in the fifth, the usual variation in color of the vellum because of grain (covers of volume III with an overall grayness, but this a natural occurrence and not offensive), just trivial soiling to the vellum, otherwise a very fine copy, showing virtually no signs of use, the text unusually clean, bright, and fresh, and the bindings generally well preserved in their attractive case. This is the only folio Cobden-Sanderson printed, is one of the most beautiful of all modern books, and (with the Ashendene Dante and the Kelmscott Chaucer) is considered one of the three ideal books of modern typography. Its publisher expressed hope in his journal that this impressive production might serve "plainly, monumentally, for a nation's masterpiece, for a nation's guidance, consolation and hope." It is one of the few English books of the 20th century that could qualify for such lofty service. The fine calligraphic initials here by Edward Johnston, as in the splendid opening to Genesis, are a perfect example of the consonant combination of calligraphy and typography. Herbert says that the present work is "regarded as the most beautifully printed Bible of the century," and Rumball-Petre says it is "one of the typographical masterpieces of all time." According to Tidcombe, the foxing-like discoloration to the leaves, especially in volume I, was "the one real disaster to occur at the Doves Press," and was the result of what Cobden-Sanderson described as "a misadventure in the drying of the sheets." In a letter to a customer who had inquired about the stains, he wrote, "I am grieved that it is as it is, & that there should be a flaw where perfection was aimed at. I can only pray that the flaw may be accepted as part & parcel of our general infirmity and be forgiven." (Fortunately, the foxing is a great deal less serious than usual in our copy, generally affecting the tail margins only, and happily the very striking opening page of Genesis, so often afflicted with foxing, is spotless.).

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        The Works of Maxim Gorky in Nine Volumes. Volume I: Tales [Rasskazy]; Volume II: Tales [Rasskazy]; Volume III: Tales [Rasskazy]; Volume IV: Tales Containing Foma Gordeyev and Twenty-Six Men and a Girl [Dvadtsat Shest I Odna]; Volume V: Tales Containing Threesome and Song of the Thunderbird; Volume VI: Plays Containing The Philistines [Meshane] and At The Bottom [Na Dne]; Volume VII: Plays Containing Summerfolk [Dachniki] and Children of the Sun [Deti Solntsa]; Volume VIII: Plays Containing Barbarian's Scenes of a City in Four Acts [Varvary] and Enemies Scenes in Three Acts [Vraghi]; Volume IX: Tales Containing Man [Chelovek] and Prison [Turma] and Bukoyemov Karp Ivanovich and A Tales of Filipp Vasilievich [Rasskaz Filippa Vasilievicha] and A Confession [Ispoved] [9 Volumes]

      Published St. Petersburg, Avenue Nevsky, 92 Edition Company Znanie Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Editions 1903-1910. [Nine Volumes]. St. Petersburg 1903-1910. Uniform matching hard back binding in quarter navy calf, slate blue cloth covers, gilt title, author lettering [in Cyrillic] and volume number to the spines, marble paper end papers. 8vo. 8½'' x 6''. Contains [xvi] 306; [xii] 389; [x] 312; [vi] 398; [x] 386; [viii] 286; [viii] 298; [vi] 239; [x] 322 printed pages written in Cyrillic Russian text, each title page is priced a 1 rouble and has a small discreet University of Keele embossed stamp to the bottom, Keele library bookplate and bar code to each front paste down, volume I has a 30 mm piece missing to the top of the spine, a little rubbing to the spine edges, margin paper slightly browned. Member of the P.B.F.A.

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        Miniature Painters British and Foreign with some account of those who practised in America in the Eighteenth Century

      Dickensons and E.P. Dutton, London and New York 1903 - First edition. Two volumes. Folios. Volume One: Frontispiece with two hand-colored miniatures, and 148 photogravures on 77 plates; Volume Two: hand-colored frontispiece miniature of Napoleon, 71 photogravures on 44 plates. Full publisher's vellum with overlapping flaps, titled in black and red. Modest soiling and slight wear at the spine folds, else near fine. Invoice laid in to noted collector Richard Manney dated 1978. Copy number 5 of 175 numbered copies constituting the "Edition de Luxe," Signed by the author. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Miniature painters, British and foreign with some account of those who practised in America in the eighteenth century. Illustrated by numerous examples selected from celebrated collections. (Edition de luxe, in 2 vols.).

      Ldn., Dickinsons, 1903. - 2 vols. Folio. XII+137;VIII+178 pp. With 220 portraits on 123 plts. (incl. 3 col. portraits on 2 frontisp.). List of illustrations and of owners, cat., index. Hardcover. Or. full vellum with black & red lettering on fronts & spines, gilt top edges, marbled endpapers). VG/--. (Small damage in rear cover of vol. II). * #158 of 175 copies of the Edition de Luxe, signed by the author. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Miniature Painters British & Foreign

      London & New York - Dickinsons and E. P. Dutton & Co. 1903 - A good copy of Foster'sAn uncommon and importantpair of books on miniature painters. Bound in quarter cloth and the publishers original paper covered boards. First editions. Limited edition. Number 261 of 570. Author's edition. Two volumes collated complete. With Ansell and Lardge's booksellers and binders label on the front pastedown. Joshua James Foster (1847-1923) was an arts historian. Condition: The binding is tight and firm. The inner hinges are slightly strained as common with a book of this large size and weight. There is mild wear to the extremities, including mild bumping. Internally the pages are generally bright with the occasional handling mark and mild intermittent spots. Thereare ink stamps and inscription on the half titles only. Overall the condition is very good. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Dickydidos - The Story of Two Little People and a Dog

      Grant Richards, London 1903 - 22 full page chromolithograph plates plus chromo frontispiece. Exceptional illustrations and an extremely rare children's book. Plates are very large, folio (c, 32 x 25 cm.) in a clear, almost naive style. Chromolithography by Thos. N. Storer, Nottingham. Kidd was an artist at the beginning of the 20th century but he was not that prolific - the British Library only has three books illustrated by him. 94 pages - layout with plate facing text and then blank pages in between. Specific condition: Binding: The spine has been replaced with a new backstrip and the original end papers largely retained. Corners worn and paper cover has been rubbed off in two places on rear cover. Generally grubby on the outside. Interior: A few minor tears repaired with archival tape and the occasional grubby mark, othewise very good. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Der Tanz Der Zukunft. (The Dance of the Future.) Übersetzt und Eingeleitet von Karl Federn.

      Leipzig: Eugen Diederichs, 1903 - Octavo. Original cream wrappers printed in blue. Housed in a blue cloth folding case. Wrappers toned and rubbed, some wear at ends of spine, lower corner of wrappers and early leaves of contents a little creased and dulled. A very good copy of this fragile production. Portrait frontispiece and a single double-sided plate. The rare first edition of Duncan's 1903 Berlin address that became the manifesto of modern dance, and was a volley of modernist feminism fired across the bow of the traditional art world. Coupling Nietzchean philosophy with Greek classicism, Duncan theorised a completely new form of dance that originated in the body itself – the solar plexus – and was free and natural like the dance of the ancient Greeks. She decried the staidness of ballet as "deforming the beautiful woman's body" and argued that, "The dancer of the future will be one whose body and soul have grown so harmoniously together that the natural language of that soul will have become the movement of the body She will dance not in the form of a nymph, nor fairy, nor coquette but in the form of a woman in its greatest and purest expression. She will realise the mission of woman's body and the holiness of all its parts. She will dance the changing life of nature, showing how each part is transformed into the other. From all parts of her body shall shine radiant intelligence, bringing to the world the message of the thoughts and aspirations of thousands of women. She shall dance the freedom of women ". Though OCLC records about 35 copies in institutional holdings, this book is rare on the market and we can locate no records of it appearing at auction. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Upper Coquetdale Its History, Traditions, Folklores and Scenery

      Newcastle upon Tyne: Robert Redpath, 1903.. Limited "Edition de Luxe" of [147/200]. Quarter-calf cover over green boards. G : in Good condition without dust jacket. Boards fragile with external hinges strengthened. Covers rubbed. One page with tape repair to closed running tear. x, 498pp (plus index) :: Tissue-guarded frontispiece ('Cragside' - see illustration) plus 21 full-page engraved plates :: 285mm x 220mm (11" x 9")

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        EXPLORATIONS AND ADVENTURES IN EQUATORIAL AFRICA. With Accounts of the Manners and Customs of the People, and of the Chace of the Gorilla, Crocodile, Leopard, Elephant, Hippopotamus, and Other Animals

      Paul Belloni du Chaillu (1830s-1903) was a French-American traveller and anthropologist. He was sent in 1855 by the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia to explore Africa, where he remained until 1859. On this expedition he observed many gorillas, and laid claim to the title of the first white person to see gorillas.  Here is the first edition.  This copy is bound in contemporary full leather with brown leather spine and corners over brown pebble grain leather boards with marbled page edges and endpapers.  With 73 black and white illustrations, including a folding frontispiece of a gorilla (the first ever of the animal) and a folding map at the rear.  Condition is good plus - sound but showing general wear to the corners, hinges, and spine.  The hinges tender but holding.  The contents are very good indeed - clean and bright with minor spotting confined to prelims.  The map and all illustrations are present.  It was on this expedition that Du Chaillu confirmed the existence of that "monstrous and ferocious ape, the gorilla." His work is one of the seminal pieces of early Central African exploration.  Du Chaillu's travels to Equatorial Africa were to an area previously unexplored by Europeans - the wooded region bordering the Equator, in the interior of Western Africa. It was on this journey that he was able to observe the habits of several remarkable species of animals found nowhere else and heretofore unknown. These included the gorilla, and Du Chaillu's famous engraving was the first published illustration of this remarkable animal.

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        The Nuts of Knowledge. Limited Edition. Dun Emer Press

      Dublin: The Dun Emer Press/Elizabeth Corbet Yeats, 1903.. Limited Edition [of 200]. Quarter cloth spine on grey papered boards. G : in good condition without dust jacket in clear protective cover. Cloth spine age-darkened. Ink previous owner's inscription to rear pastedown and two bookplates (one heraldic) to front pastedown and fep. Endpapers browned. 220mm x 160mm (9" x 6"). 34pp. Second book of the Dun Emer Press.

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        The Wallace Collection: Paintings and Objets D'Art Introduction to Objets by Lady Dilke

      Goupil & Co London: Goupil & Co, 1902-1903. First edition. Hardcover. Three quarter black morocco and marbled boards. Teg. Very good. 4 vols/No Dust Jacket. Folio, 39 x 32 cm. Limited editions -- [Painting] copy 18 of 250, [Objets] copy 18 of 200. Painting volumes with 100 reproductions, most in two states, including mounted india-proof photogravures. Illustrations present Italian School, Dutch School, Flemish School, Spanish School, French Schools 17th-19th Centuries and British Art. Catalogue of Paintings & Water-Coulor Drawings at Hertford House. Objets volumes with reproductions, most in two states including mounted india-proof photogravures. Table of Contents: Illustrations in the text and Index to Full-Page Plates (Views of the Galleries, Sculpture, Painting, Decorative Arts). The Museum opened to the public in 1900, A condition of the bequest was that no object ever leave the collection, even for loan exhibitions. Original wrappers bound-in, dampstains to first and last few leaves, some marginal toning not affecting images, the Painting volumes lack small portions at lower backstrip, marbled endpapers. Very heavy set will require additional postage.

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        Nouvelle Iconographie de la Salpêtrière tome XVI

      Masson 1903 20 figures in-texte et LXXII planches hors-texte en héliogravure. Grand et fort in-octavo relié demi-chagrin éditeur grenat, titre et tomaison doré et gravé - Patronage scientifique : J. Babinski - Gilbert Ballet - E. Brissaud - Dejerine - E. Dupré - A. Fournier - Grasset - Joffroy - Pierre Marie - Albert Pitres - Raymond - Emmanuel Régis - Jules Seglas - 72 planches hors-texte et 20 figures in-texte - articles de : Appert - Levi Bianchini - R. Blanchard - Brissaud - Bruandet - Calmette - Cayla - Chomel - Claparède - F. Curioni - G. Deny - Maurice Dide - Ducrest de Villeneuve - Durante - Feindel - Genevrier - Guillain - Pierre Marie - Halbron - Haskovec - Jean Heitz - Hoche - Hudovernig - Popovitz - Pierre Janet - F. Raymond - Klippel - E. Rabaud - Lagnel-Lavastine - Lannois - Lejars - Launois - L. Marchand - Le Play - Mariani - Auguste Marie - Masoin - Henry Meige - Pagès - M. Patel - Pehu - Popovitz - Porot - Rabaud - Raymond - Richon - Roy - F. Rudler - Sarrazès - J. Sicard - Soukhanoff - Spillmann - Wedensky - Tables des auteurs, des planches et des matières. 434 pp. Très bel exemplaire en parfait état, sinon les coins et les coupes très légèrement émoussés, il est très rare de trouver ces volumes dans un tel état de fraicheur, ils ont tendance en vertu de leur épaisseur à se fendre au millieu au fil des lectures et à perdre leurs feuillets. FIRST EDITION - VERY PERFECT COPY. 434 [1] pages Très bon couverture rigide Edition originale

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        The Nuts of Knowledge. Limited Edition. Dun Emer Press

      G : in good condition without dust jacket in clear protective cover. Cloth spine age-darkened. Ink previous owner's inscription to rear pastedown and two bookplates (one heraldic) to front pastedown and fep. Endpapers browned Limited Edition [of 200] Quarter cloth spine on grey papered boards 220mm x 160mm (9" x 6"). 34pp. Second book of the Dun Emer Press.

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        Skazka ob Ivane Tsareviche, zhar - ptitse i o serom volke.

      St. Petersburg, Ekspedizija Sagotowlenija Gosudarstwennych Bumag, (1903). 1903 In-4° (327x258mm), pp. 12, magnifica brossura editoriale illustrata a colori da Bilibin con scene ispirate al materiale folklorico e leggendario delle tradizioni russe. Vignetta policroma al centro della brossura di tergo con un fregio arabescato e due pavoni disposti lateralmente. Un capolettera ornato a colori, bordure monocrome disegnate dallo stesso Bilibin incornicianti il testo e 8 tavv. in litografia a colori dello stesso Bilibin, di cui 3 a pagina intera, una apposta a guisa di testatina e una a guisa di finalino. Testo in cirillico. Bell'esemplare. Edizione originale di questo magnifico illustrato per l'infanzia russo del primo Novecento, splendida visualizzazione della fiaba del Principe Ivan. Ivan Bilibin (San Pietroburgo, 1876-ivi, durante l'assedio di Leningrado, 1942), che collaborò anche ai Ballets Russes, fu illustratore instantemente ispirato dal folklore slavo in numerosi e felicissimi libri per l'infanzia. Palpabile è pure l'influenza delle xilografie giapponesi, come nelle marine, che risentono di Hokusai ("L'onda al largo di Kanagawa").

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        Nimrod's Hunting Tours. Deluxe Limited Edition

      London: Kegan Paul, Tench, Trubner & Co Ltd, 1903.. Limited Edition [35/50]. Quarter-vellum on card boards. G+ : in Good plus condition without dust jacket. Endpapers browned. Ink inscription to front pastedown. Minor wear and marking to boards. Teg, remaining edges uncut. xxiii, 396pp :: Colour and b/w full page plates with 18 duplicate hand-coloured plates, all with captioned tissue-guards :: 320mm x 240mm (13" x 9") :: '..Interspersed with characteristic anecdotes, sayings, and doings of sporting men, including notices of the principal crack riders of England, to which are added Nimrod's letters on riding to hounds, with analytical contents and general index of names'

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        Historical Memoranda of Breconshire

      Brecon: Ellis Owen, 1903 A Collection of Papers from various sources relating to the history of the county, 2 Volumes bound into 1. In rather half brown cloth with blue speckled boards, edges rubbed very slightly. Spine has title in ink by hand. Internally someone has traced the title onto the fep in red ink, pages have 2 holes at inside edge as though meant for 2 ring binder - both volumes. Vol 1, 1903, [4], [4], 5-203 pp, [1]. Vol 2, 1904, [5], (vi), 204 pp, [1], special note on the River Usk and the Canal, BOUND with 80 pp, The Great Forest of Brecknock, The Waun Tinker Lawsuit, The Limestone quarries etc. Very scarce. (see Forest of Brecknock by same author)Lloyd, municipal reformer and antiquary, published Historical Memoranda of Breconshire in two volumes in 1903 and 1904, and The Great Forest of Breconshire in 1905. Lloyd collated the papers of Henry Maybery, the Brecon attorney engaged by several of the early south Welsh ironmasters, and published The Early History of the Old South Wales Ironworks in 1906. See ODNB for a full Bio.

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        Études su la Nature Humaine. Essai de philosophie optimiste.

      Paris, Masson et Cie, 1903. 8vo. Nice contemporary half calf with four raised bands and gilt lettering to spine. Light miscolouring to spine. A nice and clean copy. (8), 399 pp.. First edition of the groundbreaking work, in which Metchikoff coins "gerontology" and establishes the field, which today is considered more important than ever, namely the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging.Earlier on, Metchnikoff had made pioneering studies in immunology, and these led him on to the problems of biological ageing. His first work on the subject is the present, in which he coins the term "gerontology" and advances the idea that senile changes result from the toxins produced by bacteria in the intestine. In order to prevent these "unhealthy fermentations", Metchnikoff advocates the inclusion of sour milk on one's diet. As his ideas of "right living" were so closely connected with the consummation of large amounts of fermented milk or yoghurt made with a Bulgarian bacillus, his name actually came to be associated with a popular commercial preparation of yogurt (although he received no royalties). His studies into the potential life-lengthening properties of lactic acid bacteria, inspired Japanese scientist Minoru Shirota to begin investigating the causal relationship between bacteria and good intestinal health, which eventually led to the worldwide marketing of Kefir and other fermented milk drinks or probiotics, still extremely popular today.Apart from the consummation of yoghurt, Metchnikoff warned of eating uncooked foods, claiming that the bacteria present on them could cause cancer. Metchnikoff claimed he even plunged bananas into boiling water after unpeeling them and passed his silverware through flames before using it."In his "Nature of Man" Metchnikoff argued that when diseases have been suppressed and life has been hygienically regulated, death would come only with extreme old age. Death would then be natural, accepted gratefully, and robbed of its terrors." (D.S.B. IX: 334-35).He continued writing on ageing and death until 1910. In 1908 he shared the Nobel Prize for medicine with Ehrlich for his work on immunity

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        Grundbegriffe der Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung.Berlin: Julius Springer, 1933. First edition.

      An exceptionally fine copy of this milestone in which Kolmogorov laid out the modern foundation of probability theory. Landmark Writtings in Western Mathematics, no 75. <br/><br/> "The <i>Grundbegriffe der Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung</i> ('Fundamental concepts of probability') by Andrei Kolmogorov (1903-1987) is the book that has become the symbol of modern measure-theoretic probability theory, its year of appearance 1933 being seen as a turning point that made earlier studies redundant. The idea of a measure-theoretic foundation of probability was almost as old as measure theory itself, and it had been repeatedly presented and used in the literature prior to 1933. Therefore, the mere idea was not the reason for the acceptance of Kolmogorov's measure-theoretic approach, but rather what he achieved by its use. The two essential mathematical novelties of the <i>Grundbegriffe</i> were the theory of conditional probabilities when the condition has probability zero, and the general theory of random or stochastic processes." (Jan von Plato in Landmark Writtings). "Kolmogorov was one of the twentieth century's greatest mathematicians ... [His] most famous contributions are to the foundations of probability theory. From the mid-seventeenth century, probability had been explored in a somewhat unsystematic fashion. By bringing to bear on the topic the apparatus of measure theory, Kolmogorov's principal work in probability theory, <i>Grundbegriffe der Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung</i> (1933; Foundations of the Theory of Probability, 1956), established probability theory as a core area of rigorous mathematics. In so doing he transformed one-half of David Hilbert's sixth problem: 'To treat in the same manner, by means of axioms, those physical sciences in which mathematics plays an important part; in the first rank are the theory of probability and mechanics.' Besides its foundational importance, the monograph presented a framework for the theory of stochastic processes and, building on a result of Otton Nikodym, it gave a general treatment of conditional probabilities and expectations." (DSB).. 8vo (243 x 165 mm), original printed wrappers, pp [i-iii] iv [2:index] [1] 2-62. A very fine and fresh copy, completely unmarked. Very rare in such fine condition

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        The Golliwogg's Circus

      London: Longmans Green and Co, 1903.. First Edition. Illustrated board cover with red cloth spine. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket. Minor marks to cover. No inner inscriptions or marks. 64pp :: 30 full-page colour illustrations :: 220mm x 280mm (9" x 11") :: In the name of political correctness, Upton's wonderful golliwog - heroic, gentle, gallant and resourceful - has been lumped together with stereotypes and condemned out of hand. In fact, when picture books were filled with images of white-skinned, golden-haired, blue-eyed children, Upton was the first to use an Afro-Caribbean character as the main protagonist

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        La légende de Soeur Béatrix

      Librairie A. Rouquette Paris: Librairie A. Rouquette, 1903. Binding as above. One small nick on the front leather near the spine, and board extremities (paper and leather) lightly rubbed. The publisher's embossed authentication stamp below the limitation statement. Text clean, unblemished. => Simply, excellent.. 4to (25 cm, 9.84"). [2] ff., 67, [1] pp.; [68] ff. Beautiful and scarce. This is signed => no. 1 of an edition of 150 on Japan paper (there were also 10 on "papier vélin" re-imposed in 4s) color printed and with watercoloring after the original by Henri Caruchet, the coloring executed under his direction by artists at the atelier of A. Charpentier et Fils. The title-page is printed in red and black, with Soeur Béatrix's face in a central medallion of blue, grey, and white.This volume for connoisseurs offers two distinct parts: first, the text printed and all the illustrations present as fully colored, delicately washed in shades of pink, blue, purple, grey, white, and earth tones; and second, a set of the illustrations in proofs uncolored and without text. Most of the illustrations in both suites are => initialed by Caruchet.Jean Emmanuel Charles Nodier (1780&#150;1844) was a French author and librarian, appointed to the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal in 1824. His literary style => much influenced the Romantics, including Victor Hugo and Alfred de Musset. This legend, first published in La Revue de Paris (1838), is representative of his fantastical oeuvre. It was later adapted into a French opera (Béatrice, 1914) and a film (1923).Signed Binding: Crushed half milk chocolate morocco over marbled paper boards signed "V. Champs," gilt author, title, and date to spine; patterned marbled endpapers (different from the covers). Original gilt and hand-colored stiff cream wrappers bound in, showing Béatrix full-figure on the front, her hands extended outward beneath the gilt title.Provenance: An initialed ink inscription beneath the Justification du tirage states this copy was "Offert à Madame Conquet" &#151; who must have been related to => M.L. Conquet, "the great Paris publisher of works of the romantic school," whose publications were famous for being very limited editions and for the "high artistic quality of their illustrations" ("Books and Authors," The New York Times, 26 March 1898).

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        Kratskog. Historier og skitser.

      Kbh. 1903. 8vo. (8) + 289 + (1) s.. Originalt grønt helshirtingbind. Et pent og friskt eksemplar

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        The Complete Writings (with) The Journals

      Riverside Press Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1903-04. Twelve octavo volumes. Autograph Centenary Edition. One of 600 copies signed by the publisher, and with an autograph manuscript leaf by Emerson bound-in. The original leaf, which has been expertly and invisibly repaired along the crease, is from "Man The Reformer", a lecture read before the Mechanics Apprentices' Library Association January 25th, 1841. Together with The Journals. Cambridge, Riverside Press, 1909-14.Ten octavo volumes. Large paper edition. One of 600 copies. A touch of sunning to several volumes, else both are fine sets in brown buckram cloth with paper spine labels.

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