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        The National Sports of Great Britain. With Descriptions in English and French. A New edition

      New York: D Appleton & Co. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket. Some rubbing and scuffing to leather cover. Top and tail of spine frayed. Top of spine with horizontal tear. Uncut pages. Teg. Slight foxed in places throughout the book on pages with text. Small section of worming at top of page from contents page through to the end of the preface which does not impinge on the text. All plates clean with tissue guards. Small tear to two of the endpapers (not affecting text or plates). 1904. Reprint. Red half leather cover with red boards. 100pp + plates :: 50 full colour plates :: 490mm x 310mm (19" x 12") :: 50 full-page engraved hand-coloured plates on subjects including hawking, hunting, horse-racing, shooting, fishing, baiting, and combating animals .

      [Bookseller: Barter Books Ltd]
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        Royal and Historic Gloves and Shoes

      London: Methuen & Co., 1904 One of the most extraordinary compilations of accessories ever published. With a pair of Shakespeare's gloves and also those of Henry VIII, also his gauntlet and hawking glove. Queen Elizabeth's gloves and buskins are here too, as well as a profusion of fascinating period wear, mostly English, a few Spanish pieces ( and a pair of American moccasins makes an appearance). Well written text + 46 plates of gloves and 32 plates of shoes, black and white and some color. Many plates show several pieces. This is a very good copy in red cloth with gilt titles and front cover device of a medieval shoe, with the gilt still bright. The right edge of the back cover, toward the top, has been abraded a bit. Very clean inside just a few tiny brown spots here and there. 13" high X 10" wide, 110 pages. A great copy.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good.

      [Bookseller: Design Books]
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        The Moon a Summary of the Existing Knowledge of Our Satellite, with a Complete Photographic Atlas

      New York: Doubleday,Page & Company 1904, 1st Edition. () viii,(4),103pp. Near fine. Square Quarto. Original blue decorated boards. White lettering and tipped on image of a full moon on the front board. Frontispiece of the moon. 11 general plates. 16 Lunar plates consisting of 5 images each on separate plates. 4 Quadrant maps. 8 figures. A very attractive clean copy of a heavy book. Very scarce. Pickering, an American astronomer of much ability produced this photographic atlas of the moon and was the standard of the day..

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books]
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        [Title Page] Our Village

      1904. Original pen-and-ink watercolour illustration on card (314 × 215 mm), in a wash-line mount. Margins toned and marked, but in very good condition. The original illustration, signed by the artist, for the title page of Mary Russell Mitford's "Our Village", which comprised a series of sketches of country life. Brock's illustrations form part of the "Series of English Idylls" published by J. M. Dent & Co.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Land of Oz

      The Reilly & Britton, 1904 This is the first edition, first printing, 3rd state. This is the first edition with the following state points. Date of 1904 on title page, with published July 1904 on the copyright page. Red cloth binding with silver lettering, title Marvelous omitted from cover. With 16 color illustrations. The book is in good condition for being almost a 100 year old children's book. HInges worn to some degree but covers still holding tight. Covers remain nice and bright. Very little if any degree of rubbing. Smudge mark to back cover. Pages are clean and all color plates are present. No childrens cray on marks or pencil. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 287 pages

      [Bookseller: Jans Collectables]
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        Links of Love, A Story of the Riviera

      John Long, London, England 1904 - cupid carrying golf clubs. Three pages roughly opened with some loss to edges not affecting the text, chip to lower ffep and a slightly bumped upper cover corner, else very good. A very, very scarce golf title. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquarian Golf]
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        The Works of Benjamin Disraeil, Earl of Beaconsfield - 20 vols

      London: M. Walter Dunne, 1904. The Primrose edition, #488/999 sets, with the limitation page designed by Dwiggins and SIGNED by editor Robert Arnot in vol. 1. A very handsome set, in full-leather "Saint Dunstan binding" (stamped thus on spines). This is an elaborately decorated style of binding, variously attributed to Samuel Mearn, of Charles II's court, or to Louis Douceur, of Louis XV's court. The leather is of various colors but the decorations on the spines are identical; decorations on the covers vary from novel to novel, and most have 2 or 3 colors, in imitation of leather inlay (which this is not). Overall rated vg-; each volume has a light scar on the front pastedown from a removed bookplate, and the front hinges of #s 1, 4, 13 & 19 are starting. #s 5 & 6 are lightly chipped at the bottom of the spines, and #12 at the top. #s 6, 7 and 15 have sm. scars on the spines (not easily visible). #16 has a very light splatter stain. #19 has a sratch on the rear board. All plates are present, and represent some very fine work; in addition to the inimitable Dwiggins, there are many plates by the great Herman Rountree, and additional contributions by Frederick Morgan, Francis Vaux Wilson, and George Alfred Williams. This set will definitely cost extra to ship, as we will take special care in wrapping these delicate volumes, and it will probably require several boxes... Signed. Hard Cover. Illus. by Clare Victor Dwiggins et al..

      [Bookseller: Page One, Too; Antiquarian Books]
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        Mr. Churchill on the Aliens Bill

      Here is the extremely rare 1904 leaflet publication of Churchill's letter in opposition to the Aliens Bill. Churchill's letter of 30 May 1904 was printed in the Manchester Guardian and published soon after by the Liberal Publication Department as this single-sheet, double-sided "Leaflet No. 2006". The fight against the Aliens Bill was an important one for Churchill - providing opportunity for his first speech from the Liberal Opposition benches, burnishing his Liberal credentials as a champion of the disenfranchised, and ultimately scoring a political victory against the Conservative Party he had so recently abandoned when the Aliens Bill was defeated. The Aliens Bill of 1904 was a thinly disguised effort at anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant electioneering by the Conservative British Government. "A series of pogroms in Tsarist Russia over the previous twenty-five years had brought to England a large and increasing number of Jews, most of them poor, ill-educated and unskilled." (Sir Martin Gilbert, Volume II, p.81) The Aliens Bill proposed giving the Home Secretary considerable powers of discretion and control in order to check the number of aliens. The young Churchill had recently left his father's Conservative Party and crossed the aisle to become a Liberal, earning a reputation as both a brash young radical and a traitor to his class. Churchill took a strong stand against the bill with the commanding mix of withering rhetoric and logical deconstruction that would become his trademark: "To judge by the talk there has been, one would have imagined we were being overrun by the swarming invasion and 'ousted' from our island." And yet "all the aliens of Great Britain do not amount to a one-hundred-and-fortieth part of the total population." (Letter of 30 May 1904, Vol. II, p.82) Churchill took the bill to task for being both unworkable in application and unjust in intent: "The simple immigrant, the political refugee, the helpless and the poor - these are the folk who will be caught in the trammels of the bill." And before appealing to the better nature of "English working men" Churchill clearly stated the political impetus and cultural prejudice underpinning the Aliens Bill: "It is expected to appeal to insular prejudice against foreigners, to racial prejudice against Jews, and to Labour prejudice against competition; and it will no doubt supply a variety of rhetorical phrases for the approaching election." Procedural debate about the Bill in June gave Churchill the opportunity to make his first speech from the Opposition benches. Serving on the Committee tasked with the Bill, Churchill took every opportunity to attack. The Government abandoned the Bill on July 7. Of the very few original leaflets that survive, most are bound within the Liberal Publications Department annual compendiums. This leaflet is instead finely bound by itself. The leaflet itself is in truly fine condition, crisp, clean, and bright with no wear, soiling, or flaws to report. It is bound in half crimson polished leather over marbled paper boards, with gilt spine lettering and double black rules at the transitions. To give the binding thickness, two blank leaves precede the leaflet and eleven blank leaves follow. Condition of the binding is near fine, with only fractional wear at the spine ends and corners. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A13, Woods A7.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        Histoire d?un Merle Blanc

      Paris: L. Carteret, 1904. The first few leaves and edges foxed of the volume of plates, else a very fine set. Tall octavo (text volume) and folio (volume of plates).

      [Bookseller: Randall House Rare Books]
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        With Louis Wain to Fairyland

      London: Raphael Tuck & Sons. Fair with no dust jacket. [1904]. First Edition. Hardcover. Boards rubbed. Edges of boards worn. Spine reinforced with cloth tape. Gutters between most of the leaves reinforced with cloth tape. Leaves browned. Small tears and chips to brittle margins of most leaves. A couple of 1 1/2" tears in the "Robin Hood" plates. ; [36] pages. 12 splendid full page chromolithograph illustrations featuring cats in fairy tale roles. Chromolithograph illustrations on front and rear boards. Page dimensions: 330 x 247mm. Contemporary gift inscription: "'Eric' From Granny Palmer April 22nd 1905 Wellington, N.Z." The 13 stories include: Bluebeard; Cinderella; Robin Hood; The Sleeping Beauty; Robinson Crusoe; Jack the Giant-Killer. ; Folio .

      [Bookseller: Renaissance Books]
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      Villa de Quarto, Florence. 12 April 1904.. 1 2/3 pages, on two panels of a folded octavo sheet of hotel stationary. Old folds for mailing, paper faintly tanned, very good. A poignant letter, written by Clemens from Florence, where he was situated in an attempt to find a climate more favorable for his wife, Olivia, then critically ill. He responds to a "Mrs. Graham," in gratitude for her charming letter, which arrived "just in time to do a kind of miracle: that is, add a grace to this April morning, a thing difficult to the verge of impossibility; for the foliage & the flowers are looking their ... richest ... in the flooding sunshine, & far-away Florence, glistening vaguely through her enchanted veil, is a dream!" On the second panel of the lettersheet, the mood emphatically changes: "The Obverse - minutes later. The physicians have come to hold a consultation; for our house is a hospital these 5 months, & the sunshine is all outside of it, there is none within." Signed: "Sincerely Yours, S.L. Clemens." In June, Olivia Clemens died in Florence of heart failure.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        The Russo-Japanese War. Fully Illustrated. KINKODO EDITION COMPLETE IN ORIGINAL CLOTH

      Kinkodo-Shoseki-Kabushiki-Kaisha [Kinkodo Publishing Co], Tokyo, 1904[-05]. 10 parts in 3 vols., roy. 8vo., First Edition, text in English, with very numerous chromolithographed and tinted plates (original tissue guards present where called for), many large folding maps on japon, and some hundreds of monochrome photographs (a number full-page), and maps in the text; original salmon cloth, backs lettered and tooled in gilt, red sprinkled edges, ORIGINAL WRAPPERS PRESERVED, covers very lightly dust-soiled, joints lightly rubbed (but all bindings wholly sound), short pull and split in backstrip of third volume else a very good, bright, internally fine set. This magnificent record of one of the earliest major international conflicts of the twentieth century is remarkable on several counts. In essence an early partwork, it was compiled and issued whilst the war was still in progress, enabling its readers to follow the course and consequences of the fighting in a manner previously unparalleled. Certainly it is unique is the comprehensiveness and detail of its coverage, and in the variety and extent of its illustrations, the two together constituting a truly massive documentary resource. COMPLETE SETS OF THIS NOTABLE WORK ARE RARE, THE MORE SO IN ORIGINAL CLOTH IN THIS CONDITION. Wenckstern II,140. . Catalogs: military: russo-japanese war.

      [Bookseller: Island Books [formerly of Devon]]
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        The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha - [Complete in 14 Volumes]

      Boston, R. H. Hinkley Company, 1904. 1st edition in this form, limited. Limitation not stated but presumed, 1 of 2000. Tissue-guarded plates with descriptive letterpress. Publisher's device to title-page. Subjects: Bible. N. T. - Commentaries and literature. Subjects: Bible. O. T. - Commentaries and literature. Bible studies. A fine set of 14 volumes in the original cloth, with printed-title labels to the spines. Slight wear to one of the labels only. All remain particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. An excellent collection.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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      Boston: R. H. Hinkley Co,. Very Good- with no dust jacket. 1904. 1st Thus. Hardcover. Fiine Binding; RELIGION; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; Gravures; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; aproc 4500 pages; Leather spines over black beveled wooden boards. Contents clean with some browning to untrimmed edges of the text. Limited edition of 488 of which this is no 476 as noted on limitation page in red. .

      [Bookseller: poor mans books]
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        Photograms of the Year 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908. FIVE VOLUMES.

      London: Dawbarn and Ward, 1904-08.. 8vo. (10 x 7 inches). Illustrated. Five volumes uniformly bound. Maroon half calf, maroon cloth, raised bands to spine, title in black compartment, gilt. Bound without advertisements but with indices. The pagination for each volume is 1904: 176 + 22. 1905: 160 + 18. 1906: 164 + 16. 1907: pp.160 + 16. 1908: 160 + 16. There is a little occasional spotting to some free endpapers. The calf on one edge of the volume for 1908 is slightly sunned. Otherwise this is a handsome set, scarcely used. This set weighs 4.5 kilos wrapped, requiring extra postage.

      [Bookseller: John Taylor Books PBFA]
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      Tokyo: K. Ogawa, 1904. First edition. Folding map, and numerous black and white images from photographs with facing descriptions in English on the opposite page, each with shorter captions beneath in Japanese. Oblong folio, original decorated purple silk-covered boards with titles and decorations in gold embroidery, fine silk-backed endpapers decorated with gold, bound at the spine with white ribbon in Japanese style. 177 ff (unpaginated) Internally a very handsome copy with only very minor age toning, the binding with some repair and restoration and showing some wear. Title-page with a bit of wear, the plates all in very pleasing condition. VERY SCARCE and one of the earliest publications of it kind. A fine photographic touring book of Japan produced and published by the era’s leading photographer. Ogawa (1860-1929) was not only the most accomplished Japanese photographer of the period, he was also a printer and publisher. He was a pioneer in photomechanical printing and photography in the Meiji era. In 1882, he moved to Boston where he took courses in portrait photography and the dry plate process. He also studied collotype printing at the Albert Type Company. Returning to Japan in 1882, he opened the first photography studio in Tokyo. Ogawa, in conjunction with the rail authorities, produced these books to promote Western tourism in Japan. Over the course of the following decade he would produce several, but this is among the earliest and is quite scarce.

      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc.]
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      Thomas Shrimpton and Son [1904], Oxford - 16pp. Dated 1878 but omitting Oxford University crest from the front cover, signifying that this is the later 1904 pirated edition (Mason 613). Written whilst Wilde was touring Greece as a student and later submitted for the Newgate prize in 1878. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket as issued

      [Bookseller: Barter Books Ltd]
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        Bunte Verglasungen

      Stuttgart.: Julius Hoffman.. No date. Ca. 1904.. Black and white title page and 21 of 24 color collotype plates (look like lithographs), each approximately 20 x 14 inches, loose in portfolio - paper covered boards with cloth spine and corners. Portfolio rubbed at extremities with occasional spotting; the plates are in excellent condition with minor creasing on the left margin (well outside image) produced by the tight dimensions of the portfolio case (title page considerably creased along left edge). A portfolio featuring stunning large color plates of beautifully designed Art Nouveau stained glass windows. The windows were created by nine different artists (R. Beauclair, M.J. Gradl, G.M. Ellwood, P. Lang, R. Geyling, J. Goller, R. Bacard, R. Waldraff, R. Rochga). Each artist is identified by initials printed at the bottom of the plate; a key to these appears on the verso of the title page. While the visual motif is overwhelmingly Art Nouveau, a number of the panels hint at the Deco stylistics to emerge in upcoming decades. A scarce title held by only two libraries in the United States. .

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        Heimatstimmen - Ein baltisches Jahrbuch. (5 Bände komplett = alles erschienene).,

      Reval: Kluge 1904, 1906, 1908, 1910 und 1912. - 327, 438, 377, 400 und 350 Seiten. Kanten leicht berieben und leicht bestossen, Schnitte und Rücken teils leicht stockfleckig, Seiten leicht nachgedunkelt, in den Innenteilen vereinzelte Stockflecken, sonst gut. - - - Selten! K08-5 Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 3800 21,5*14,5 cm. Halbleinenbände mit goldgepr. Rückentiteln.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat BehnkeBuch]
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        Oh, they will never do for cricket

      1904. Our Village. A country Cricket match. Original pen-and-ink watercolour illustration (356 × 236 mm), in a wash-line mount and gold leaf frame. Margins a little toned. In excellent condition. The original illustration, signed by the artist, for one of the scenes in Mary Russell Mitford's "Our Village", which comprised a series of sketches of country life. Brock's illustrations form part of the "Series of English Idylls" published by J. M. Dent & Co. The scene depicted illustrates the narrator's opinion of the gentleman cricketer, as opposed to "capital hitters" such as the village blacksmith. According to Barclay's World of Cricket, this passage of Mitford's work constitutes "the first major prose on the game.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Gold Bat

      London, A & C Black, 1904, 1904. FIRST EDITION, earliest issue with two pages of terminal ads. but without the 8-page advertisement catalogue Octavo, pp.277, with eight plates illustrated by Whitwell. Publisher's polychrome binding of dark red cloth with pictorial upper and spine, titled in gilt. Internally clean but for light sporadix foxing mainly to prelims but occasionally recurring. Ink ownership to front flyleaf. A very sharp copy indeed with some light wear to extremities and its most noticeable defect being a half centimetre repaired split to the rear spine hinge. A very clean, handsome copy of an early Wodehouse.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        The Russo-Japanese War, Fully Illustrated, I - X. [TEN VOLUMES]

      Tokyo, Kinkodo and Maruya, 1904-05.. Ten volumes bound in three. Complete. Crown quarto, paginated consecutively. Pp. 1418. With fine chromolithograph frontispiece to each of the 10 volumes. Plus over 60 other fine (chromo)lithograph plates, two of which are double-page, all printed on thick paper and protected with tissue guards. Plus five exceptionally fine collotype plates printed on thick paper and protected with tissue-guards. Plus around 180 photo plates, some tinted, one fold-out, all printed on different paper. Plus folding lithograph- or letterpress maps, sketch-maps and naval charts, mostly folding, some large, some in colour, bound- or tipped-in, all present as called for. Profusely illustrated throughout with over 1,300 photo- and line-drawn illustrations, portraits, views, maps, etc. Illustrated initials; illustrated head-piece to each volume. Title-page and contents list to each volume, original pictorial wrappers present in part; old expert repair to marginal tear of one text leaf. Hardcover, uniformly bound in contemporary mahogany half calf and red pebble grain boards, spines with raised band between compartments, direct gilt lettering with title and individual volume number, marbled endpapers, marbled edges, slightly cracked hinge, slight rubbing at places. In fine condition. Handsome set, very well preserved. - - First edition. Fully collated. With an introduction by Wasuke Jikemura. A most remarkable production, scarce in its entirety. Published between 1904 and 1905 by Kinkodo Publishing Corporation of Tokyo, this publication in ten volumes reached subscribers in Germany, Netherlands, India, South Africa, England, France, China, United States, and Australia; a small number of copies, however, did survive. The scope and concept were unique. Combining news, war records, reports, stories, commentaries, and official documents together with historical background, manners and customs of the Japanese people, the Imperial family, daily life, religion, etc., it provides an unparalleled reflection of the period. The ten volumes are accompanied by an extraordinarily rich collection of visual material. It includes an extended portrait gallery of Imperial, military, and political personage; battle scenes; infantry, artillery, and naval operations; transportation; war aftermath; POW; medical corps and wounded evacuation; troops encampment; the winter campaign, etc., mixed with images of civil, daily life, weaving a fantastic tapestry of war and peace iconography. The splendid chromolithograph plates are an entrance for the eyes, and the inclusion of the fine collotype plates adds a touch of elegance to this visual celebration.

      [Bookseller: Librarium of The Hague]
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        My Funny Animal Book

      Unknown, 1904. The First Edition has this extremely rare old Louis Wain book for sale entitled My Funny Animal Book, for which we are unable to trace another copy online.____This book measures a large 10.25 x 8.50 inches and interestingly does not have a publisher listed. The pages consist of thick boards onto which are pasted the Louis Wain illustrations that measure approximately 9.00 x 6.50 inches.____There are a total of 8 Louis Wain illustrations within this very scarce Louis Wain book, and a Louis Wain illustration pasted onto the front board.____It is quite possible that this is a privately printed book by Louis Wain which possibly had a very limited print run and circulation.____The boards are in Very Good condition with slight wear to the front board; the cloth spine is faded with knocks to the top and bottom; and the plain back board is very clean having only slight marks.____The pages/boards are very clean but have old tape removed from the front and back of the book.____These are quite possibly the largest Louis Wain colour illustrations you are likely to encounter in book form, and may only be exceeded by the original Louis Wain watercolours.____This is an exceptionally rare old Louis Wain book that we believe to be one of the rarest of all the Louis Wain books on the market today, and quite possibly unique. This old Louis Wain book will appeal to old Louis Wain book collectors, old Louis Wain postcard collectors, or to anyone who collects old children's illustrated books.. First Edition. Original Decorative Boards. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Louis Wain.

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      Published by Frederick Warne & Co., 1904. 1st edition.. Hardback. Very Good. Illustrated by Potter, Beatrix. Very good condition with no wrapper. Light brown boards, green lettering. 85pp. Spine is darkend. Cover edges show some signs of wear. Front joint is cracked. Name in stamp and small square ink stamp to top of half-title page. Contents are beautifully bright and clean, apart from the odd margin mark. 1st or 2nd printing (They were identical). [S]

      [Bookseller: Stella & Rose's Books]
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        The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

      London: Frederick Warne, 1904. First edition. 12mo, pp. 85, original light brown boards with coloured pictorial onlay on upper cover, as issued, dark green lettering. Backstrip complete although rubbed & darkened, rubbing and marking to boards. text block detached from binding and several leaves detached but present. Small area of front free endpaper adhered to front pastedown- quite possibly restorable. Muffetees mispelt Muffatees on p. 15. Contents clean.

      [Bookseller: Bristow and Garland]
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        A Village Stradivarius

      London: Gay and Bird,, 1904. Small octavo. Original burgundy cloth, titles and design gilt to spine and front board. Cloth mottled, ends and corners lightly rubbed, mild partial toning to endpapers; a very good copy. First separate edition of Wiggin's story, first published in The Village Watchtower in 1895. This copy is affectionately inscribed by the author to E. Nesbit on the front free endpaper, "To. "E. Nesbit" whose work commands my admiration - and my love. Kate-Douglas Wiggin. The Evenning-of-Happy-Meeting, May 16th 1905", and bears Nesbit's attractive illustrated bookplate to the front pastedown. Nesbit and Wiggin were kindred, though transatlantic, spirits, both authors of much-loved children's literature (The Railway Children (1906) and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903) respectively), and both taking a keen and active interest in social and political reform (Nesbit as co-founder of the Fabian Society, Wiggin as a pioneer in children's education), and this lovely association copy charmingly attests to the meeting of two contemporary greats of children's literature.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems

      London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1904. 310pp, original gilt decorated cloth, title in gilt to spine, upper cover with large gilt device and title to foot, lower cover with small gilt device, t.e.g. Spine slightly dulled and rubbed, with a few tiny black dots to head of spine, upper cover lightly faded towards fore-edge. Internally some light browning, mainly to page edges, some light browning to endpapers, previous owners name to ffep, blind stamp to rear endpaper, text and plates generally quite bright and clean. Thirty-nine head-pieces, twenty-eight tail-pieces, two full borders, one part border and twenty-four full page illustrations. Coupe 2.1, LeMire A2.07. First Thus. Hardback. Good. Illus. by King, Jessie M.. 8vo.

      [Bookseller: Temple Rare Books]
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        WHISTLER AS I KNEW HIM (DeLuxe Limited Edition)

      Adam & Charles Black, 1904. hardback. Very Good. hardback, 4to, new buckram backstrip with original skilfully laid down & also preserving original cream decorative panels, original gilt titles, top edge gilt, deckle edges, corners of boards very lightly rubbed at tips, internally a very good copy, Limited DeLuxe edition of 500 copies of which this is numbered 482 and signed by the author, the frontispiece of the Menpes children appears not to have been bound in & all 125 tissue guarded plates are present, binding tight, a very good handsome copy, 153pp of text

      [Bookseller: Pendleburys - the bookshop in the hills]
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      1904. A Tale of the Seaboard. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1904. Original green cloth decorated in orange and black. First American Edition of Conrad's well-known novel involving a South American silver mine, and the corruption and dishonesty fostered by its riches.~Conrad was extending his "Lord Jim" theme: that the man who slowly grows rich can be a victim of the silver, not its conqueror; that wealth is not something gained but a trap for those who relinquish, however momentarily, their sense of themselves... [Karl]~This copy is fine and bright -- and is rather uncommon thus. Cagle A10b.

      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman]
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        THE ELF: A SEQUENCE OF THE SEASONS (4 Volumes, Complete)

      London: James J. Guthrie at the Old Bourne Press, 1904. Limited Edition, numbered 242 of 250 copies. Hard Cover. Near Fine binding. 12mo. A lovely production with poetry and engravings by James Guthrie and printed by him "Under the supervision of W. Herbert Broome". Broome founded the Old Bourne Press and designed the "Myrtle" type -- type which Guthrie continued to use at The Pear Tree Press. .Linen backed with pictorial paper over boards; a remarkably bright set with virtually no wear or soiling; tissue guards laid in throughout; they are occasionally lightly foxed, but the pages are bright and clean; all housed in a cloth clamshell with morocco title label. Near Fine binding.

      [Bookseller: Black Swan Books, Inc.]
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      New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1904. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Red cloth with gilt lettering on the spine; xiii, 485 pages. With an introduction by Henry Cabot Lodge. This copy is SIGNED by the author as President on the front free endpaper: "with best wishes from/Theodore Roosevelt/Sept. 24th 1904." A selection of speeches with special attention "given to the subjects which seem likely in themselves to possess continued importance, and to those speeches which should prove of special interest to the citizen and voter during the present year (1904), as expressions of the methods of thought and of the principles of action of the President." The lower margin of the first and last third of the text has a dampstain not touching the text. The spine of the book is mildly sunned with light spotting.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        The History of the Colony of Massachusets-Bay, from the First Settlement Thereof in 1628 until its Incorporation with the Colony of Plimouth Province of Main, &c. by the Charter of King William and Queen Mary, in 1691, together with The History of the Pr

      Volume I has the SEAL and SIGNATURE of Hutchinson.  Rebound in half leather by Bennett, NY. Marbled boards and endpapers, with gilt lettering on spine, five raised bands.  Top edge gilt (dulled). Volume II chipped at top of spine, with amateur repair. Three top corners worn through to boards.  Staining visible on bottom of side edge of both volumes. First 50 pages of Volume I have some mild staining at the top of the pages, near the spine, and 25 pages at the rear have staining at the top of the spine, darker and longer for the last 10 pages. Volume II has some light staining and bubbling at the bottom of the pages.  Some darkening to pages, with only very light occasional foxing. Solid, tight binding. Volume I has two previous owner names and dates (1904 and 1934). Top right corner of title page of Volume II has a rectangular piece cut away at the top right corner, 1/4 inch by 1 1/2 inch.  Lieutenant-Governor Hutchinson was the last governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Volume I, 566 pages, Volume II, 539 pages.   Title of Volume II:  The History of the Province of Massachusetts-Bay, from the Charter of King William and Queen Mary, in 1691, Until the Year 1750.  Vol. I published in 1764, Vol. II published in 1767.

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      Paris: Librairie Plon, (1904). First ed. Demachy. [First Series] Folio, half-title, (v) consisting of illustrated title page, preface and table of contents, and 48 photogravure plates tipped to a variety of white and colored stock, with printed tissue guards. Stiff wrappers illustrated and printed in colors. The plates are bright and fine, with the exception of the 5 sheets of white stock and the touching tissue guards, which are lightly to moderately foxed, not affecting the image. [Second Series] Folio, half-title, title page and 48 photogravure plates tipped to a variety of white and colored stock, with printed tissue guards. The plates are bright and fine, with the exception of the 7 sheets of white stock and the touching tissue guards, which are lightly to moderately foxed, not affecting the image. The combined first and second series, complete in 96 hand-pulled photogravures. The illustrated wrappers are of gray art paper, printed and decorated in green, black and gray, designed by G. Auriol. The second series' spine has been expertly repaired at its base. Housed in a newly made clamshell box of cloth with paper label, and each series further contained in a cloth chemise with a reproduction of the series' title mounted to the front board. Art Nouveau design by G. Auriol; introduction by Émile Dacier. The photographers in the first series include: C. Job, P. Dubreuil, F. Boissonnas, R. Demachy, G. Rey, C. Puyo, L. Misonne, A. Malle, H. Linck, A. Gilibert, G. Salle, A. Hachette, A. da Chuha, et al. The photographers in the second series include: C. Job, F. Boissonnas, L. Misonne, Mme. G.-A. Barton, A. Turrino, A. Malle, E. Wallon, A. Gilibert, C. Ménard, E. Steichen, A. Keighley, G. Rey, A. Lemoine, et al. Invariably this is only found in the first series, with the second series only appearing once at auction in the past 25 years.

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        Bibliography of the Books Issued by Hacon & Ricketts

      (London: Vale Press, 1904). Octavo. xxxviii pp. One of ten copies printed on vellum. With an elaborate wood-engraved frontispiece by Charles Ricketts, inspired by the design on the sign-board for the old Vale premises. Ricketts has been compared to William Morris as an artist, designer, and printer of the complete book. The bibliography is accompanied by a preface by Ricketts, which was described in the 1904 New York Times Saturday Review of Books as "the most valuable contribution to the study of fine modern printing which has recently appeared." Printed in black and red, in the three founts of type used by the Press: "The Vale," "The Avon," and "The King's." This is the first and last time they are seen together, as they were destroyed after the printing of this volume. With a prospectus laid in. Fine in full vellum with gilt-stamped bands and the title to the spine. Booklabel of noted private press patron and collector Laurence W. Hodson to front pastedown.

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        Autograph Letters, Signed, from Charles Ricketts to Laurence Hodson

      (London: N.p., 1904). (2)pp. + (1)ff; (1)pp; (1)pp. A set of three autograph letters, together with the original envelopes, from Vale Press founder, illustrator, and designer Charles Ricketts to the private press collector and patron Laurence Hodson. The letters chronicle the purchase of six Vale Press books printed on vellum, which were produced by the Press in very limitated quantities and were highly prized. In the first letter, postmarked September 23, 1904, Ricketts informs Hodson that due to the death of one of his vellum subscribers, six Vale Press books printed on vellum are now available for purchase: The Parables, Ecclesiastes, Amber Witch, Julia Donna, Kingis Quair, and David. Ricketts inquires, "Do you know of any deserving Town, or person who would care to have them." Hodson himself was clearly interested: also included with this letter is an invoice for all of the six vellum books mentioned in the letter, dated September 23, sent from Ricketts to Hodson. With characteristic humor, Ricketts closes his letter to Hodson by describing his recent seaside holiday: "We have just returned from the sea to recoup in balmy London, how I dislike being away from one's own den, and what cooking one has to put up with outside London! This is the seventh time we return from Broadstairs vowing we will never return." In the second letter, postmarked September 29, 1904, Ricketts provides an update on Hodson's order, saying that it will be shipped soon. In a postscript added at the top of the letter, Ricketts writes, "This was written on the 23d and not posted as I have to get Shannon in a packing mood in conjunction with brown paper which is not always easy." He adds that he is also reservig a vellum copy of the Vale Press bibliography for Hodson. In the final letter, postmarked October 24, 1904, Ricketts declares that "Shannon and the brown paper have at last come into conjunction and you will receive by parcels post the derelict vellums." He adds, "I should be happy if you could make it convenient to pay for these rather shortly, as our finances are at the lowest possible ebb, we have bought the Piero de Cosimo and are reduced to theoretic banking accounts and the glorious arrogance of possession." Ricketts was a passionate art collector, and he and his partner Charles Shannon collected works by the old masters, Egyptian and Greek antiquities, Japanese prints, and Renaissance art. Letters are creased from being folded to fit into the envelope, else fine.

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      New York: The Grafton Press,. [1904]. original decorated olive-green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and orange.. Several scuffs to front cover, spine stained and stamping mostly. perished, internally sound and clean, a good copy of a rare and. important book. (#143357). First edition. "The only work of Afro-American literature that might be categorized as a literary utopia because of its formal construction is LIGHT AHEAD FOR THE NEGRO ..." - John M. Reilly, "The Utopian Impulse in Early Afro-American Fiction," in ALTERNATIVE FUTURES, vol. 1, issue 3-4 (1978), p. 59. The author, in his brief preface, makes it clear that he is following the school of thought formed by Booker T. Washington rather than that of W. E. B. Dubois, seeking conciliation rather than confrontation. "The author dedicates this work to the thousands of sympathetic and well wishing friends of the Negro race ..." "Johnson has been criticized for his inability to imagine the end of segregation and the consequent mildness of his utopian vision. When contextualized historically and also in light of Johnson's intended white audience, however, LIGHT AHEAD FOR THE NEGRO emerges as an attempt to undermine the ideology of segregation by presenting a practical program of social change that would seem feasible to his contemporaries precisely because it was incomplete." - Fortunati and Trousson, Dictionary of Literary Utopias, pp. 356-7. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 132. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 J-97.

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      NY: Camera Work, 1904. First ed.. Coburn, Alvin Langdon. 4to., 56 pp., 6 hand-pulled photogravures, 1 color half-tone reproduction, 2 b&w half-tones, (18) pp. adverts. Printed wrappers which are detached, chipped, and worn. The top corner at the spine is bumped, The plates are in very good condition. Five photogravures and one duotone by Alvin Langdon Coburn; two halftones by Will A. Cadby; one photogravure by W.B. Post. (reproduced images are by Alvin Langdon Coburn)

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        The Works of Thomas Jefferson, Connoisseur's Federal Edition (11 of 12 Volume Set)

      NY: Putnam, 1904. Connoisseur's Federal Edition, Limited to 600 signed, numbered copies. 11 Volumes of 12 present - missing volume 10. Published NY: Putnam, 1904, first edition. number 297. 8vo., ribbed blue cloth with gilt titles and cover portrait of Jefferson, top edge gilt, printed on bright rag paper. Frontis portrait of Jefferson in each volume, engraved half title on parchment, two-color title pages. A crisp, clean and bright, near fine set.. 1st. Hard. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo.

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        Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The

      1904. first edition. A Fine Tale of Benjamin BunnyFirst Edition, Third Printing POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny. London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co., n.d.First edition, third printing (March 1905). Twelvemo ( 5 7/16 x 4 1/16 in; 138 x 105 mm). 84, [1], [1, printer's imprint] pp. Color frontispiece and twenty-six color plates. Black and white vignette on title-page. Quinby Plate II endpapers as called for.Original tan boards lettered in green with color pictorial label on front cover, ruled and lettered in dark green on front cover and lettered in dark green on spine. A fine copy, as bright and clean as one could hope for.There were three printings of the first edition of The Tale of Benjamin Bunny. The first printing was of 20,0000 copies in September 1904, the second printing was of 10,000 copies in October 1904, and the third printing was of 7,500 copies in March 1905. The first two printings have the date "1904" on the title-page whilst the third printing does not.Quinby 6. Linder, p. 424. V & A 1581.

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        Photo Album of Rhodesia and its Tribute to Great Explorers, Captured only a Few Years after the Matabele Wars, and Prior to the Growth of Tourism

      Rhodesia, circa 1904-1905 Oblong octavo album contains 87 sepia photographs of Victoria Falls and environs, mounted onto windowed cardstock leaves measuring approximately 9,5 x 7cm. Original green cloth album, with minor fraying to extremities, otherwise in very good condition. A group of American travellers, evidently of comfortable means, records in photographs, a journey to Rhodesia, and the town of Livingstone, specifically to witness the grandeur of Victoria Falls, an adventure which was beginning to gain popularity in the late colonial era. One can deduce from the images, that these were some of the earliest tourists to the area. Important monuments are captured, including among others the Paul Kruger monument in Pretoria, and the statue of Cecil Rhodes in Bulawayo, Matabeleland. Such as it does today, evidently the magnificently humbling Victoria Falls etched its impact on these foreign eyes, who choose to include over twenty different views of it and its thundering roll into the first gorge on the Zambezi River. The groups is travelling in a horse-drawn carriage of extraordinary girth and height, requiring the power of 9 horses. Local inhabitants are seen alongside their rudimentary dwellings composed of sticks and mud, sitting most vulnerably in a vast empty desert. Women are seen carrying fruit baskets on their head, however many are donning Western clothing, indicating foreign influence. Four images show locals rowing in a canoe. Also featured is a rare view of the original historic 'Livingstone Hotel,' the original Victoria Falls Hotel which was intended only as temporary quarters for railway employees, and was to be removed after construction of the bridge was complete as no buildings were to remain within sight of the Falls. However once established, it was quickly expanded and proved impossible to close, despite the objections of the Administrator of North Western Rhodesia, Robert Coryndon and the residents and traders of the newly established town of Livingstone. The first structure was built in early 1904 and opened for business on 8 June. By the beginning of 1905, tourist traffic to the Falls had increased considerably and it was necessary to enlarge the accommodation at the hotel. Two locomotive sheds in use on the Beria line were dismantled and sent to the Falls. One was commissioned as accommodation and the other as a dining room. They remained on site until 1917. .

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        HISTORIA DE LA MUY NOBLE, MY LEAL Y CORONADA VILLA DE MEDINA DEL CAMPO. Conforme a Varios Documentos y Notas a Ella Pertinentes.

      1042 Páginas. Imprenta De San Francisco De Sales., Madrid. 1904 - Carece de cubierta original, sustituida por una realizada por antiguo propietario. Perfecto para una nueva encuadernacion.

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        Jiu-Jitsu (Yielding Way).

      A historic specimen, owned by Dr. William Sturgis Bigelow, a close friend of President Roosevelt and the man who first demonstrated jujutsu to the President. Dr. Bigelow arranged for a jujutsu demonstration with Secretary of War, Elihu Root at the White House within the first months of Roosevelt's Presidency. With minimal training in the martial art, he easily threw Root to the ground, much to Roosevelt's delight. Thereafter, Dr. Bigelow sent the President his first proper judogi (jujutsu jackets) and recommended the author as instructor. A room was set aside in the White House and altered to the President's wishes for jujutsu lessons and practice. Roosevelt helped spur the practice of jujutsu in the United States as its earliest, celebrated American enthusiast. Ownership is documented in part by a White House visitor's card signed by Theodore Roosevelt and an intriguing signed letter from Roosevelt to Bigelow on White House stationary, written Feb. 8, 1904, hours before Japan launched the surprise attack that began the Russo-Japanese War. Brief and pungent, it intimates the President's preoccupation with Japan and the Far East and mentions jujitsu in context of a book; "That is a first class book. I wish I could see you and talk over various matters. Poor Japan has more important things to attend to than Jiu Jitsu at present!" COMPLETE TITLE: Jiu-Jitsu (The Yielding Way). A complete course of Jiu-Jitsu and Physical Culture. The Japanese Secret Science Demonstrated by the Ex. Supt. Of Police at Nagasaki, Japan and Instructor of Pres. Roosevelt. A $50.00 Course in Jiu-Jitsu for $1.00. Jiu-jitsu now most often spelled Jujutsu or Ju-Jutsu, or Jujitsu or Ju-jitsu. BIGELOW: lived in Japan (1882-1889); recipient of Order of the Rising Sun; known for Japanese prints and artifacts collection, largely donated to the Boston MFA. Roosevelt frequently stayed with him on visits to and through Boston. PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT: wrote letters on rising in the morning. First Japanese attack in Russo-Japanese War launched at 2:15 PM ET. Japan would preoccupy him 1904-09 and he would state, problems with Japan gave him more concern than, "any of the other rather stormy incidents during my career as President" (Esthus). O'BRIEN: Roosevelt's first jujutsu instructor, known to have provided lessons to the President in March and April of 1902. From TR letter to Bigelow in Dickinson State archives (3/19/1902); "I am having a great time with O'Brien. His system is marvelous, but I am finding difficulty in learning it." O'Brien was among the first Americans to extensively study one of the principal jujutsu styles in Japan. A disciple of Tanaka and Inouye Sensei (Kishoku Inoue), he returned in 1900 from Nagasaki. In 1910, as part of the U.S. Army's modernization effort, he was made a captain and assigned to developing the early H2H hand-to-hand combat program. LETTER: on palest blue, Whitings woven linen paper, one leaf folded twice, folded size-224 x 181 mm, inside and rear blank; heading in black capitals-White House, Washington, top-Personal, foot-Bigelow's Boston address, addressed, Dear Sturgis, dated February 8, 1904, 6 lines, typed in turquoise ink with an added handwritten phrase by Roosevelt and signed by Roosevelt in charcoal ink. Condition: center fold line: rear side with mount residue at corners: fingering, primarily at edges and topmost edge with trace ink spots, fore-edge with trace soiling. CARD: Size-130 x 68 mm, heading in black capitals-White House, Washington, signed by Roosevelt in charcoal ink, rear blank. Condition: ink slightly faded: trace soiling, light stain spot: minute tip wear. BOOK: Publisher's bistre linen boards with sewn binding, upper side with title in black letters and woodcut showing a finger attack to throat (also on page 25 and noted on page 11 as a technique used by Japanese troops in Russo-Japanese War). SIZE: 9.41 x 6.26 inches. Availability: Very Scarce and a worldwide catalog search finds no institutional holdings in book format. Harvard and the New York Public Library have incomplete copies in packet format, (27 packets with 90 card illustrations). CONDITION DETAIL: Pages: front endpaper, light soiling: title page, light wear at upper corner: pp. 1-2, small top corner chip: p. 12, light bottom edge stain: p. 80, slight wear at top inner corner: pp. 82-83: small ink spot in top margin: pp. 99-107, light top tip bend: pp. 108-120, light top tip crease: p. 111, soiling at top and diagonal tan stain line partway across: p.113, light abrasion to bottom corner. Boards: top tip and bottom corner wear including tips slightly bent. Upper side: soiling; Lower side: .5 x 1.5 cm white rectangular spot: trace stains from finger touches. Spine: soiled and lightly indented: crown and foot wear with slight loss at foot and a fray. Binding: excellent. PAGINATION: Confirmed complete, 124 pages; 116 b/w illustrations: [2] leaves with frontispiece author portrait in Japanese dress with sword, and title page with diploma illustration in Chinese, copyright on verso, 118 pp. with 110 b/w illustrations, 104 captioned; pp. 1-9, introductory texts by John F. McDonald and William E. Curtiss, illustrated in margins with 6 small b/w woodcuts showing jujitsu throws, pp. 10-96, jujitsu instruction handbook with 28 lessons with 87 full-page, b/w captioned photos of jujitsu movements including holds, throws and escapes; newspaper extract; Physical Culture section, principally 10 general exercises with 6 full-page illustrations and 10 b/w drawings + [2] pp., children's exercises with 6 photos + [3] pp., illustrated physician handbook ad and blank. ADDITIONAL IMAGES: by request. 

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