The viaLibri website requires cookies to work properly. You can find more information in our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Displayed below are some selected recent viaLibri matches for books published in 1908

        The Life and Writings

      Vincent Parke and Company, New York 1908 - New York: Vincent Parke and Company, 1908. Leathe bound. Ten volumes. Octavo. The Life and Writings of Thomas Paine. Containing a biography by Thomas Clio Rickman and appreciations by Leslie Stephen, Lord Erskine, Paul Desjardins, Robert G. Ingersoll, Elbert Hubbard, and Marillia M. Rickman. Edited and annotated by Daniel Edwin Wheeler.The Grand De Luxe Republic Edition of the Centenary Issue of the writings of Thomas Paine have been printed seventy-five copies which this is number 7 and signed by the editor.Bound in three quarter dark brown morocco, red cloth boards, spine gilt decorations between raised banding, gilt titles, top edge gilt, decorative brown marbled papers. Portrait illustrations frontispiece. A handsome set of an american writerand politician.

      [Bookseller: Imperial Fine Books ABAA, ILAB]
 1.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  


        The Glasgow School of Painters

      James Maclehose and Sons, Glasgow 1908 - 51pp + plates. 54 Reproductions in Photogravure [B/W] by J Craig Annan. With dust jacket Subjects include Joseph Crawhall, Sir James Guthrie, Harrington Mann, T Corsan Morton, Alexander Roche, and J Pittendrigh Macgillivray. Language: eng [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Barter Books Ltd]
 2.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  


        My African Journey

      London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1908. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. This is the British first edition, only printing of My African Journey, Churchill's travelogue on Britain's possessions in East Africa, written while he was serving as Undersecretary of State for the Colonies. This book is notable, among other things, for being the only one of his many books to contain photographs apparently taken by the author. In the summer of 1907 Churchill left England for five months, making his way after working stops in southern Europe to Africa for "a tour of the east African domains." In early November, Churchill would kill a rhinoceros, the basis of the striking illustration on the front cover of the British first edition of his eventual book. By now a seasoned and financially shrewd author, Churchill arranged to profit doubly from the trip, first by serializing articles in Strand Magazine and then by publishing a book based substantially upon them. In November 1908 Hodder and Stoughton published My African Journey as a book, which was a substantial 10,000 words longer than the serialized articles. The British first edition is striking, with a vivid red binding and a prominent front cover bearing a woodcut illustration in blue, grey, and black of Churchill with his bagged white rhinoceros. The red cloth spine proved exceptionally vulnerable to sunning and the lovely books seem to have attracted handling, making wear and soiling the norm. Spotting is also endemic. This copy is in near very good overall condition, structurally sound and complete with cosmetic blemishes. The binding is notably square and tight with nicely rounded spine. The boards are particularly bright and clean with only light wear. What detracts from the external appearance is a soiled and stained spine with a shallow strip loss at the spine head. Nonetheless, spine gilt remains bright. The contents are complete; all illustrations and maps remain intact. Of note, the map at page 2 is tipped in as a folding map. Most first edition copies of My African Journey we have examined feature this as a tipped in map on a single, unfolded page. This folding map is exactly the same in content and scale as maps in other first edition copies, the difference being that blank one inch margins at the top and bottom of this particular map were left untrimmed after printing, and thus it was tipped into this copy with the top two inches folded over. The contents show modest, intermittent spotting and age-toning. The sole previous ownership mark is a decorative bookplate affixed to the recto of the blank sheet preceding the half title. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A27.1, Woods/ICS A12(aa), Langworth p.81.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
 3.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Schwedischen Südpolar-Expedition. 1901-1903.

      Stockholm; Paris; Berlin; London. Lithographisches Institut des Generalstabs; Haar & Steinert, A. Eichler, Succ:r.; A. Asher & Co.; Dulau & Co.1908-1921. Einzige Ausgabe. 6 Bände in 7. (Bände 4.1 u. 4.2) 27,5x22 cm. Moderne, weinrote Leinwand mit goldenem Rückentitel auf schwarzem Grund und fünf Zierbünden. Sehr guter Zustand. Fußkanten tlw. minim. berieben. Innen vereinzelt etwas stockfleckig, Titel gebräunt. Mit 59 Beiträgen verschiedener Wissenschaftler u. Expeditionsteilnehmer, davon 11 auf englisch u. 4 auf französisch, die übrigen auf deutsch. Selten komplett anzutreffen. Bd. 1 (1920): Geographie, Hygiene, Erdmagnetismus Bd. 2 (1910): Meteorologie Bd. 3 (1911): Geologie und Paläontologie Bd. 4.1/2 (1908-21): Botanik Bd. 5 (1908): Zoologie I Bd. 6 (1920): Zoologie II Mit zahlreichen, tlw. farbigen Karten und tlw. farbigen lithographischen Tafeln (u. a. gefaltet). Komplett sehr selten. With 59 articles of different scientists and members of the expeditions, 11 in English, 4 in French and all the others in German. Rarely complete edition. With lots of maps (frequently in colour) and lithographic plates (sometimes folded). Nils Otto Gustaf Nordenskjöld (* 6. Dezember 1869 auf Sjögelö im Kirchenspiel Häsleby, Jönköpings län; † 2. Juni 1928 in Göteborg) war ein schwedischer Geologe an der Universität Uppsala und Polarforscher, der für seine Expedition mit dem Schiff Antarctic unter Kommando von Kapitän Carl Anton Larsenbekannt wurde. Er studierte an der Universität Uppsala und wurde 1894 zum Doktor der Geologie und später Dozent und Hilfsprofessor. 1905 wurde er zum Professor der Geografie und Ethnografie an der Universität Göteborg ernannt. Otto Nordenskjöld war der Neffe Adolf Erik Nordenskjölds, der im selben wissenschaftlichen Bereich tätig war und auch einige Expeditionen unternahm.In den Neunzigerjahren des 19. Jahrhunderts leitete Nordenskjöld mehrere mineralogische Expeditionen in Patagonien, 1898 auch nach Alaska und in das Klondike Gebiet. 1901 brach Nordenskjöld zu seiner Schwedischen Antarktisexpedition auf. Nach Zwischenhalt in Buenos Aires stieß sein Schiff, die Antarctic, bis an die Packeisgrenze vor und ließ dort Nordenskjöld und fünf Männer auf Snow Hill Island zurück, worauf sie nach Norden zurückkehrte und die Expedition im nächsten Frühjahr wieder abholen sollte. Das Schiff blieb allerdings auf dem Rückweg in die Antarktis im Packeis stecken und sank am 12. Februar 1903. Kapitän Carl Anton Larsen brachte sich mit 16 Mannschaftsmitgliedern auf der Pauletinsel in Sicherheit. Gerettet wurden die Männer vom argentinischen Schiff Uruguay (Korvette), im Dezember 1903 kehrte man nach Buenos Aires zurück. Die Expedition wurde als wissenschaftlicher Erfolg angesehen und brachte Nordenskjöld zwar großen Ruhm ein, stürzte ihn privat jedoch in tiefe Schulden. Nordenskjöld erforschte 1909 auch Grönland und kehrte Anfang der Zwanzigerjahre nach Südamerika zurück, um Chile und Peru zu erforschen. Versand D: 6,00 EUR Botanik und Zoologie; Geographie; Geologie; Meteorologie; Paläonthologie; Südpol; Wissenschaft

      [Bookseller: P.u.P. Hassold OHG]
 4.   Check availability:     buchfreund.de     Link/Print  


        Hanschens Skifahrt

      Munich: Georg W. Dietrich, [1908]. First edition. 4to. Original color pictorial paper covered boards, blue cloth spine. Olive green pictorial endpapers. Illustrated title, and first page and thirteen stunning full-page color illustrations by Elsa Beskow as well as half-page line drawings by Beskow throughout. One of Beskow's more alluring illustrated books, full of illusory feeling and interpretation. Housed in superb custom made folding case. A near fine copy.

      [Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books]
 5.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        Lewis Waller as Captain James Wynnegate. Original pencil drawing.

      [1908] 1908 - Pencil on card, signed; signs of adhesive on margins. 27 x 38cm. Mounted on cream card. Published in the Illustrated London News, January 1908. Frank Haviland (not to be confused with cubist painter and friend of Picasso, Frank Burty Haviland) was a regular contributor to the Illustrated London News, largely drawing portraits from the London theatres. William Waller Lewis, 1860-1915, stage name Lewis Waller, was an English actor and stage manager best known for his roles in swashbuckling romances. Despite being an accomplished Shakespearian actor, Waller was often ridiculed for his more puerile roles and the antics of his travelling fan club known as the K.O.W., Keen on Waller. Captain James Wynnegate was the main character in A White Man produced at the Lyric Theatre in early 1908. Written by the American playwright Edwin Milton Royle, the play first appeared at Wallack?s Theatre on Broadway in 1905 under its original title The Squaw Man. The story is a tale of an Englishman who escapes to the Wild West of Montana under the alias Jim Carson. After various scrapes he marries and has a son by the daughter of an Indian Chief; there is no happy ever after. PLEASE NOTE: For customers within the UK and the EU, this item is subject to VAT. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers]
 6.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  


        Brockhaus Konversations - Lexikon.

      Leipzig, F.A. Brockhaus., 1908. Vierzehnte (14.) vollständig neubearbeitete Auflage. Neue Revidierte Jubiläums - Ausgabe. 16 Bände und 1 Supplementband (17 Bde. komplett). ca.16.500 Seiten, mehr als 1000 teils farbige u. teils doppelblattgroße Tafeln (134 Chromolithographien), 322 Karten u. Pläne, 3000 Holzstichillustrationen. Gr.-8°, original Halblederbde.mit grünen Deckeln und Lederecken, zwei roten Rückenlederschildern und reicher Rückenvergoldung (Leopardenfellmuster). Marmorierte Vorsätze und Kopfgoldschnitt. Seemann Bibliotheca Lexicorum Nr.83. Die gesuchte 14. Auflage, mit dem oft fehlenden Supplementband (Bd.17), hier in den sogenannten \"Leopardenfell\" Einbänden. Einer besonders seltenen u. gesuchten Einbandvariante. Komplette Reihe dieser seltenen Prachtausgabe in sehr guter Erhaltung. Versand D: 5,00 EUR Brockhaus, Lexikon, Lexicon,Lexika, Conversationslexikon,Konversationlexikon, Encyklopädie,Enzyklopädie, Luxusausgabe, Luxuseinbände,

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Castellum]
 7.   Check availability:     buchfreund.de     Link/Print  


        Vierzehnte vollständig neubearbeitete Auflage. Neue Revidierte Jubiläums-Ausgabe.

      Leipzig. 1908. Lesk8vo. Originale grønne skinnryggbind med ryggforgylling. 1042 ; 1032 ; 1040 ; 1056 ; 1056 ; 1050 ; 1040 ; 1040 ; 1056 ; 1056 ; 1064 ; 1054 ; 1064 ; 1076 ; 1056 ; 1044 ; 1040 s. Med tallrike illustrasjiner i svart/hvitt samt chromolitografier.. Meget pent sett

      [Bookseller: Damms Antikvariat]
 8.   Check availability:     Antikvariat     Link/Print  


        My African Journey.

      London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1908., 1908. First Edition. Octavo, pp.xiv; 226; [1], catalogue. Elegantly hand-bound in half burgundy oasis morocco leather, spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands, cloth sides, top edge gilt, publisher's original cloth bound in at rear. With sixty-one illustrations from photographs by the author and Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon Wilson, and three maps. Internally clean. A fine copy in an attractive recent leather binding. Woods A12

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
 9.   Check availability:     IOBABooks     Link/Print  


        La campagne de 1815 aux Pays-Bas, d'après les rapports officiels néerlandais. 4 vol.

      Albert Dewit,, Bruxelles, 1908 - Tom : 1. XXXII, 548 p. : Ill. - Tom : 2. VI, 495 p. Tom : 3. XI, 577, Annexes et notes. Tom : 4, - 14 cartes ou plans dépliants. Frontispice aux tomes 1 et 2. - 4 volumes grand in-8, 23,5 cm. Demi-chagrin bordeaux à coins, dos à 5 nerfs, couvertures et dos conservés (reliure moderne du XX siècles). Livre en parfait état. Size: In-8° [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Lettres Slaves - Librairie]
 10.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  


        Opusculos.

      Lisbon, Viuva Bertrand & Cª Successores Carvalho & Cª and Antiga Casa Bertrand?José Bastos & Cª, 1876?1908. - 8°, early-twentieth?century navy blue quarter sheep over marbled boards (slight wear at corners), flat spines gilt in tasteful late romantic pattern, gilt letter, two vertical gilt fillets on covers, marbled endleaves, top edges tinted blue. A few pencil markings in margins. Some slight browning. Overall a fine set. Engraved armorial bookplates of J.[osé] C.[aetano] Mazziotti Salema Garção (1886-1961) of Porto, noted collector and wolfram magnate. Blind stamps of same on title-pages. Signature of Fidelino de Figueiredo in upper outer corner of title-pages of volumes VII through X. *** Important collection. First editions of volumes III, V, VI, IX and X; second editions of volumes II, IV, VII and VIII; third edition of volume I. Volumes I, II, IV, VII, VIIII and X consist of @Questões publicas, tomos 1 through 6; volumes III, V and VI contain @Controversias e estudos históricos, tomos 1 through 3; volume IX is devoted to @Literatura. Volumes I through VI bear the imprint Viuva Bertrand & Cª Successores Carvalho & Cª (dated 1880, 1880, 1876, 1882, 1881 and 1884, respectively; on the versos of the title-pages appears: Coimbra?Imprensa da Universidade, except in the case of volume III, which states on the verso of the title: Lisboa?Imprensa Nacional); volumes VII through X have the imprint of Antiga Casa Bertrand?José Bastos & Cª (volumes VII and VIII undated; volume IX withJosé Bastos & Cª?Typographia de Francisco Luiz Gonçalves, dated 1907; volume X dated 1908).Herculano (1810-1877) is recognized as the greatest Portuguese historian of the nineteenth century, and one of the greatest that country ever produced. A complete volume of Innocêncio (XXI, by Brito da Aranha), is devoted to a bibliography and analysis of his works, which include @Historia da origem e estabelecimento da Inquisição em Portugal, Lisbon 1854-59, and @Historia de Portugal, Lisbon 1846-53. Herculano was a novelist as well as a poet and historian, and is responsible for introducing to Portugal the historical romance in the manner of Sir Walter Scott, which influenced Almeida Garrett and later authors.*** Innocêncio XX, 128?30; also XXI, 649?59. On Herculano see Bernstein, @Alexandre Herculano: Portugal's Historical Novelist; also Edgar Prestage in @Encyclopedia Britannica (11th ed.), XIII, 344?5. On the bookplate, see Avelar Duarte, @Ex-libris portugueses heráldicos 750. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Richard C. Ramer Old and Rare Books]
 11.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  


        THE INEQUALITIES IN THE MOTION OF THE MOON DUE TO THE DIRECT ACTION OF THE PLANETS. An essay which obtained the Adams Prize in the University of Cambridge for the year 1907

      Cambridge at the University Press, 1908.. FIRST EDITION 1908. SIGNED BY F. W. DYSON, ALSO WRITTEN IN HIS HAND: "EXAMINERS FOR THE PRIZE, G.H. Darwin; B. Mathews and F.W. Dyson". Tall slim 8vo, approximately 265 x 175 mm, 10½ x 7 inches, pages: xii, 1-92 plus errata leaf, original publisher's navy blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, blind rules to edges of covers. Slight rubbing to head and tail of spine, corners slightly bumped, evidence of a label having been removed from first pastedown, pale age-browning to pastedowns and endpapers, otherwise a very good copy, no loose pages. "Sir Frank Watson Dyson, KBE, FRS was an English astronomer and Astronomer Royal who is remembered today largely for introducing time signals from Greenwich, England, and for the role he played in proving Einstein's theory of general relativity." Wikipedia. See: Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Volume IV, page 296. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton]
 12.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics. Ed. by James Hastings. With the ass. of John A. Selbie and Louis H. Gray. Vol. 1-12.

      Edinburgh: Clark; New York: Scribner,, 1908-1927.. First Edition. Gr.-8°, 23,5 - 25 cm, O- Half-leather,rot,original buckram, Rückenverg. Blinddruck.Vol 6 etwas wellig, sonst Zustand aller Bände gut bis sehr gut. Stempel: Kilburg, Public-Library. F467 Versand D: 5,00 EUR Religion, religious,prayer, theological,Jesus Christ, Christians, Bible, Holy, Biblical, Old Testament, New Testament, the apostles, the disciples, God, the , The Lord,

      [Bookseller: Versandantiquariat Schmitz]
 13.   Check availability:     buchfreund.de     Link/Print  


        Professor James "Pragmatism". Reprinted from the "Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society," 1908.

      London, Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to His Majesty, St. Martins Lane, 1908. - 8°. SS. (33)-77. OBr. (Umschlag u. Papier gering gebräunt). Erste Ausgabe des Separatabdruckes. Außerordentlich selten!- Lediglich ein Exemplar über KVK nachweisbar via "WorldCat" in "The University of Texas at Austin". "But Moore also recognised that his early criticism of William James pragmatism can be aplied to the logical empiricist position. In connection with James, Moore had observed that where a proposition concerns the past, it may well be that we are in a situation in which a proposition and its negation are both unverifiable because there is now no evidence either way on the matter. But, he argued, it does not follow that we cannot now affirm that either the proposition or its negation is true . in which case it cannot be that thruth is verifiability - contrary both to James pragmatism and to logical empiricism." ((Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). Das Exemplar aus dem Besitz von Ludwig Wittgenstein! Er überließ den Separatabdruck, wie auch andere Gegenstände, Bücher etc., seinem langjährigen Freund Ludwig Hänsel. Wittgenstein und Hänsel lernten einander Anfang 1919 während der Kriegsgefangenschaft bei Cassino kennen. Hänsel besuchte Wittgenstein auch regelmäßig in seinen Schulorten Trattenbach, Puchberg und Otterthal, in denen Wittgenstein von 1920 bis 1926 unterrichtete. Philosophie [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat MEINDL & SULZMANN OG]
 14.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  


        The Life of Tom Morris, with glimpses of St Andrews and its golfing celebrities.

      London: T. Werner Laurie. 1908., 1908. Rare First Edition. Octavo. pp. xvi, 334 [1]. With 27 b/w plates including frontispiece. Index. In publisher's green pictorial cloth; spine expertly rebacked. Somewhat rubbed, with slightly bumped corners. Spine faded to brown. Minor browning and spotting throughout. Good overall. A sound, handsome copy of one of the major books on the history and technique of Golf.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
 15.   Check availability:     IOBABooks     Link/Print  


        3 autograph designs for an inscribed plaque.

      [Vienna, 1908]. - Large 8vo. 3 ff. Pencil and ink on paper. The silver-on-ivory plaque was dedicated by the citizens' association of Vienna's 5th district on the occasion of the 50th birthday of the painter Joseph Sturm. - 1 f. with printed letterhead; the other two on transparent paper. Traces of paperclips; some wrinkling and slight edge defects.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
 16.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  


        E. T. A. Hoffmanns Sämtliche Werke. Historisch-kritische Ausgabe mit Einleitungen, Anmerkungen und Lesarten von Carl Georg von Maassen.

      Georg Müller, München und Leipzig 1908 - Marmoriertes O.-Halbleder mit Lederecken und grünen Deckelbezügen. Mir farbigen Rückenschildern und Stehkantenvergoldung. Band Nr. in Gold geprägt. Gelber Vollfarbschnitt. Jeder Band mit Frontispiz, Bildbeigaben und ausfaltbaren Faksimiles. Bände I,II,III,IV, VI, VII,VIII und IX/X. Alles Erschienene, 1908 - 1928. Ursprünglich waren 15 Bände geplant, Band V ist nie erschienen. Band I auf Seite IV mit folgendem Text: "Dieses Werk wurde im Auftrage vom Georg Müller Verlag in München in einer einmaligen Auflage von 1500 Exemplaren in der Buchdruckerei von Mänicke & Jahn in Rudolstadt hergestellt. Außerdem wurden 100 Exemplare auf echt van Geldern Bütten abgezogen. Jedes Exemplar wurde in der Presse nummeriert. Dieses Exemplar trägt die Nummer 220." Die vorliegende komplette Ausgabe ist selten.; Jahr: 1908; Format: Oktav; Anzahl der Seiten: 507, 374, 447, 342, 405, 403, 465, 228; Auflage: EA; Zustand: 2 (Band 3 mit restauriertem Einriss am Rücken. Alle Bände am Kopf und Schwanz mäßig beschabt. Vorsätze z.T. leicht stockfleckig. Insgesamt von guter Erhaltung.) 6000 gr. 507, 374, 447, 342, 405, 403, 465, 228 pages. Band 3 mit restauriertem Einriss am Rücken. Alle Bände am Kopf und Schwanz mäßig beschabt. Vorsätze z.T. leicht stockfleckig. Insgesamt von guter Erhaltung. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Immanuel, Einzelhandel]
 17.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  


        Sheng shen zhi zhang [complete in nine volumes]

      Shanghai: Mei hua shu guan [American Presbyterian Mission Press], 1908. Nine slender volumes bound with thread in Chinese style, text in Chinese, outer brown paper covering on the wraps of the first volume is edgeworn with lost portions around the periphery (not affecting text); the covering remains intact on the other volumes. Interior pages are toned but otherwise very good. Pages remain supple. Average length per volume is about a dozen double-sided leaves; illustrations scattered throughout include several in color. Introductory prefaces by Wu Fengyi, Jia Naizhen, and Cao Zhenxia explain the significance of the work and its necessity in the Chinese context. There were several editions of this work; no holdings of this 1908 edition found in OCLC as of November 2015. A physiology textbook for schools, introducing western medicine and broader concepts in biology. Porter, trained in medicine and theology at Yale, spent a quarter century in China until fleeing at the outbreak of the Boxer Rebellion in 1900.

      [Bookseller: Bolerium Books Inc., ABAA/ILAB]
 18.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        A collection of 7 autograph letters from the famed baritone (and later tenor) to the noted tenor Leo Slezak (1873-1946).

      - August 6, 1908 2 pp. Oblong octavo. In black ink. On a card with the address "53 Rue de la Faisanderie" embossed at head. With autograph envelope postmarked Deauville, [August] 7l [1908] and Kramsach-Ache[n]rain [?]August, [19]08. In French (with translation). De Reszke has sent two scores to Slezak, in which he has marked the breaks "according to the traditions of the [?Paris] Opera." He (rightly) predicts that his pupil and successor will have a great international career. "I think a lot about your beautiful voice and your very artistic temperament ?- and I am certain that you will have a great success in your international career." Printed address crossed out and replaced with "Deauville - Villa Eole" in de Reszke's autograph. - April 4, 1909 2 pp. Oblong octavo. In black ink. On a card with "53 Rue de la Faisanderie" embossed at head. With autograph envelope postmarked [?]Paris, April 5, [19]09 and Vienna, April 7, [19]09. In Italian (with translation). De Reszke congratulations Slezak on his much deserved triumphs. He will write administrator Henry Higgins (1855- 1928) in order to secure the role of Otello for Slezak in an upcoming production at Covent Garden. He also mentions Marcella Sembrich (1858- 1935), a noted Polish soprano, and the composer Baron Frédéric d'Erlanger (1868-1943). "You can't imagine how happy and proud I am of your triumphs... all that has come [in your career] you merit by the sacrifice you have imposed upon yourself, and the true and hard work that you undertook with so much courage... Sembrich was also very kind to me. I will write immediately to Higgins for the debut in Otello. I'm afraid that d'Erlanger would like you to sing his opera first, but I will explain to Higgins that this would be a mistake on the Direction's part." - February 5, 1911 2 pp. Oblong octavo. In black ink. On card with "53 Rue de la Faisanderie" embossed at head. In Italian (with translation). De Reszke worries about Slezak's relationship with certain members of the Metropolitan Opera Company, including general manager, Giulio Gatti- Casazza (1869-1940), and star tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). De Reszke notes the successes of some of his other students, including the American soprano, Lucille Marcel (1877-1921), whom he notes "is always with W." Marcel had just married the Viennese conductor Felix Weingartner (1863- 1942) in 1910, and it is to him that De Reszke probably refers here. "You are always in my thoughts and I was often telling myself 'who knows if [Giulio] Gatti-Casazza and this whole Italian group will try to harm you?' I see that I was not wrong... I didn't believe that Caruso could scheme at this point... I hope that you will not cause too much bad blood for yourself because it's not worth the pain and [your] health and the first thing... [Lucille] Marcel is always with W. She sang [...?] in Rome with sensational public success." - April 4, 1911 2 pp. Oblong octavo. In black ink. On card with "53 Rue de la Faisanderie" embossed at head. In Italian (with translation). De Reszke looks forward to seeing Slezak again after the latter's season has ended. He then passes judgment on two of the most prominent tenors of the day, his student Johannes Sembach (1881-1944) and Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). "It seems that Caruso has been very ill in the throat and remained for some weeks without singing; it was a punishment for the intrigues... Now I have the tenor [Johannes] Sembach from Dresden, whom the direction sent me for a year; his voice is good, pleasant, be he had no idea how to place the high notes, [and] for that reason he forced in a terrible way." According to the April 10, 1911 issue of Opera News, laryngitis and an "attack of the grip" forced Caruso to cancel engagements at the Metropolitan Opera and in Rome. - [?]June 29, 1911 1 page. On a postal card. Postmarked Deauville Calvados. In black ink. With photograph of the villa "Mon Rêve" in Bénerville to verso. In Italian (with translation). De Reszke will try to secure performances for Slezak. They will soon have the opportunity to meet. "I will write immediately to Warsaw to find out if someone can arrange a series of concerts for you. We will absolutely pass through Vienna towards the 12th or 13th to go to Poland, where I have many affairs to complete. So we will certainly see each other again." A subsequent letter dated September 23, 1911 indicates that De Reszke had, indeed, used his influence to arrange a series of performances for Slezak at the Imperial Theatre in Warsaw. - September 23, 1911 2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. In black ink on lined paper. In Italian (with translation). De Reszke helps Slezak negotiate terms for a series of performances at the Imperial Theater of Warsaw. He mentions the prominent Italian baritone, Mattia Battistini: an Otello featuring Slezak and Battistini (as Otello and Iago, respectively) would be beautiful indeed. "The Direction of the Imperial Theater of Warsaw will be extremely happy to offer you some performances; but there is the practice that the artist or his representative establish a relationship with them [i.e. the Direction]. You write, therefore, that based on my proposition, you offer your services from the 31st to the 11th of December, that you want to sing Aida, Otello, or some other arrangements, and that you ask for a fee that is, naturally, very very minimal, as a dispensation from your usual [fees], but only for the pleasure of making yourself known in Warsaw. [Mattia] Battistini will be there in December. It would be a beautiful Otello to give with you two." - July 16, 1921 3 pp. of a bifolium. Puy-de-Dôme. In black ink on mourning stationery. In French (with translation). A heart-wrenching letter from an old and dejected De Reszke to his favorite pupil. Aside from a slightly elevated arterial pressure, De Reszke is in good health; his singing and his students allow him to forget an "awful reality." He mentions the deaths of several people close to him, including his son; his brother, the great bass Edouard De Reszke; and his student Lucille Marcel, a prominent American soprano and third wife of conductor Felix Weingartner. He is happy about Slezak's frequent singing and "glorious voice," which "always resounds exultantly." "My two brothers and my son dead during this cursed war and I, the only Reszke, the last of my name, remain to sustain my poor wife who, inconsolable, languishes in a lamentable existence divided between tears and morphine." Some signs of wear but in very good condition overall. . Polish baritone, and later tenor, Jean de Reszke (1850-1925) was one of the most famous opera singers of the late nineteenth century. "His beautiful voice, fine musicianship and handsome appearance made him unsurpassed in the French repertory, as well as in the Wagner roles he sang with such distinction." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online. Leo Slezak (1873-1946) was a prominent Austrian-Czech tenor who "combined great warmth and brilliance of tone with clear enunciation and a most delicate use of mezza voce." After a hiatus of nine years, and a period of intensive study with Jean de Reszke, Slezak reappeared at Covent Garden to sing the title role in Verdi's Otello "with robust power and beauty of tone." Indeed, he became one of the most famous Otellos of his generation. Desmond Shawe-Taylor in Grove Music Online.

      [Bookseller: J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians LLC]
 19.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        Den lange Rejse.

      1908 1908 - 6 bd. [Bræen. Skibet. Det tabte Land. Norne-Gæst. Christofer Columbus. Cimbrenes Tog]. Alle orig. udgaver. Kbhvn. 1908-23. Indbundet ubeskåret med de originale for- og bagomslag i smukt privat halvlæder. Bræens omslag lidt nusset, ellers et godt eksemplar med bred margin. * Et af hovedværkerne i det 20ende århundredes danske litteratur.

      [Bookseller: Peter Grosell, Antiquarian Bookseller]
 20.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  


        The Tempest, Act III, Scene 3 (Caliban: "Sounds and sweet airs that give delight & hurt not")

      1908. Watercolor, pencil and ink on paper, signed "Edmund Dulac 08" (lower left), additionally inscribed on verso: "Sounds and sweet airs that give delight & hurt not. Act III Sc. III" and numbered 31. 15 x 9-7/8 in. Matted and framed. Watercolor, pencil and ink on paper, signed "Edmund Dulac 08" (lower left), additionally inscribed on verso: "Sounds and sweet airs that give delight & hurt not. Act III Sc. III" and numbered 31. 15 x 9-7/8 in. A beautiful Dulac watercolor, an idyllic waterside scene for Caliban's "Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not," from Dulac's second major gift book commission. The Dulac Tempest was issued as part of a projected series of Shakespeare illustrated by contemporary artists that was never completed. "Dulac can be considered a perfect illustrator for Shakespeare because of his tendency always to mix in with serious pictures some humorous ones, just as Shakespeare inserted scenes of comic relief between his serious ones ... Dulac shows sensitivity to the nuances of the sea with his beautiful greens and blues and patterns of surf and rocks" (Hughey). Dulac "showed greater human understanding as the illustrations moved beyond stage scenes and became mood pictures or tone poems ... Dulac's greater assurance in The Tempest was manifested in many beautifully observed scenes ... The publication of The Tempest in November 1908 was again timed to coincide with the Leicester Galleries' exhibition of the original watercolours, and both the art and book critics acclaimed his work, particularly his treatment of the sea" (White, Edmund Dulac, p. 36). Provenance: Countess of Lytton. Exhibited: London, Leicester Galleries, 1908. Literature: Shakespeare's Comedy of the Tempest (Hodder & Stoughton, 1908), p. 58; Hughey, Edmund Dulac: His Book Illustrations, no. 19

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
 21.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        La Collection Kelekian Etoffes & Tapis d'Orient & de Venise

      Paris, Librairie centrale des beaux-arts, 1908-01-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Folio, 42 cm. Limited edition. One of 300. 93 of 100 loose plates. Bound in original publishers maroon cloth. Gilt lettering to front board. Good binding and cover. Portfolio format, as issued. Lacking ties. Lacking 2 preliminary leaves, preface by Gaston Migeon and table of contents. Also lacking plates 31, 33, 36, 38, 48, 71 and 75, (colored plates). Additionally, photocopies of various plates present at end, including some of the missing plates. Clean, unmarked pages. The impact of Dikran Garabed Kelekian, art collector and dealer, on the history of collecting during the turn of the century, particularly in the United States, is difficult to overstate. He is described by the art critic Roger Fry as having an "omnivorous acquisitiveness," he is best known for his collections of modern painting and Islamic art. Opening an antiquarian business in Constantinople with his brother in 1892, Kelekian soon garnered a reputation as a knowledgeable collector and dealer specializing in Islamic art, pottery in particular. Textiles, including those from late Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic Egypt, numbered among Kelekian's many interests.

      [Bookseller: SequiturBooks]
 22.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        The Glasgow School of Painters

      Glasgow: James Maclehose and Sons. VG : in very good condition with dust jacket. 1908. [First Edition]. Blue hardback cloth cover. 400mm x 300mm (16" x 12"). 51pp + plates. 54 Reproductions in Photogravure [B/W] by J Craig Annan. Subjects include Joseph Crawhall, Sir James Guthrie, Harrington Mann, T Corsan Morton, Alexander Roche, and J Pittendrigh Macgillivray. .

      [Bookseller: Barter Books Ltd]
 23.   Check availability:     IOBABooks     Link/Print  


        Die Nibelungen. Dem deutschen Volke wiedererzählt von Franz Keim.

      Wien u. Leipzig, Gerlach, o. J. [1908]. Kl.-8°. 67 S. OLwd. EA. Mit acht doppelseitigen, teils goldgehöhten Lithographien. Heller, BW S. 115-122 sowie Nr. 105 R. - Gerlach`s Jugendbücherei, Bd. 22. - Leicht fleckig, leichte Lichtschatten. Im Ganzen schönes Exemplar. - Czeschka, (1878 - 1960), studierte 1894-99 als Schüler Christian Griepenkerls an der Akademie der bildenden Künste in Wien und war 1902-07 Lehrer an der dortigen Kunstgewerbeschule, u.a. von Oskar Kokoschka. Ab 1907-43 lehrte er als Prof. an der Kunstgewerbeschule in Hamburg. Czeschka war Mitglied der Klimtgruppe sowie seit 1907 ständiger Mitarbeiter der Wiener Werkstätten. Er entwarf Schmuck und Lackmalereien, schuf zahlreiche Holzschnitte, arbeitete als Dekorations- und Kostümzeichner für die Bühne und gilt als einer der führenden Druckgraphiker des Wiener Jugenstils. Bekannt wurden u.a. seine Einbandausstattung und die Illustrationen zu Johann Peter Hebels Schatzkästlein und Franz Keims Nibelungen. (DBE) - Hier eines der Hauptwerke der Buchkunst des Wiener Jugendstils: \"... übereinstimmend ist die Wertung als eines der wichtigsten und überzeugendsten Beispiele für die moderne Buchkunst der Jahrhundertwende, in dem das Konzept einer künstlerischen Gesamtgestaltung eines Buches in vollendeter Weise verwirklicht ist ...\" (Heller, S. 188). Versand D: 7,00 EUR Jugendstil, Buchschmuck; Kinderbuch

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Weinek]
 24.   Check availability:     buchfreund.de     Link/Print  


        E. T. A. Hoffmanns Sämtliche Werke. Historisch-kritische Ausgabe mit Einleitungen, Anmerkungen und Lesarten von Carl Georg von Maassen. Neun (von zehn) Bände in acht Bänden. Bände 1 - 4 und 6 - 10 (Band 5 nicht erschienen). Band 1: Fantasiestücke in Callots Manier; Band. 2: Die Elixiere des Teufels, 3. Band: Nachtstücke; 4. Band: Seltsame Leiden eines Theater-Direktors. Klein Zaches genannt Zinnober; 6. Band: Die Serapionsbrüder, 2. Band; Band. 7: Die Serapionsbrüder, 3. Band, - Band. 8: Die Serapionsbrüder 4. Band; Band 9/10: Lebens-Ansichten des Karters Murr. Erster und zweiter Band.

      München und Leipzig: Georg Müller Verlag, 1908 bis 1928. XXVIII, 507 Seiten mit 10 Bildbeigaben und einem Faksimile; XXIII, 374 Seiten mit 6 Bildbeigaben und einer Stammtafel; XXVIII, 447 Seiten mit 9 Bildbeigaben und einem Faksimile; CIII, 342 Seiten mit 15 Bildbeigaben und einer Vignette im Text; LVIII, 403 Seiten mit 9 Bildbeigaben; LII, 403 Seiten mit 10 Bildbeigaben; C, 465 Seiten mit 9 Bildbeigaben, zwei Notenfaksimiles und einer Vignette im Text; (VIII), 228, 226 Seiten mit 7 Bildbeigaben und 1 Faksimile. 21,5 x 14,5 cm, marmorierte Original-Halblederbände mit goldgeprägten Rückentiteln auf grünen und roten Rückenschildern, Bandzählung auf roten Schildern, Deckel mit grünem Papier bezogen, Lederecken, dreiseitiger Gelbschnitt. \"Dieses Werk wurde im Auftrage vom Georg Müller Verlag in München in einer einmaligen Auflage von 1500 Exemplaren in der Buchdruckerei von Mänicke & Jahn in Rudolstadt hergestellt. Außerdem wurden 100 Exemplare auf echt van Geldern Bütten abgezogen. Jedes Exemplar wurde in der Presse nummeriert. Dieses Exemplar trägt die Nummer 553.\" * * * Band 6 mit beiligendem Informations-Zettel: \"Da Band 5 der Hoffmannausgabe die Einleitung zu allen vier Bänden der \'Serapionsbrüder\' (Band 5 - 8) bringen soll, erscheint vorerst Band 6, ihm folgen Band 7 und 8, zuletzt Band 5\" * * Einige Einbände an den Rücken etwas berieben, einige Vorsätze etwas stockfleckig oder mit Namenszug auf hinterem Vorsatz versehen, sonst noch gut erhaltenes Exemplar. Versand D: 5,20 EUR E. T. A. Hoffmann, Märchen, Zaches, Zinnober, Seltsame Leiden eines Theater-Direktors. Georg Müller VerlagCarl Georg von Maassen.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Am Bayerischen Platz]
 25.   Check availability:     buchfreund.de     Link/Print  


        The True History of the Conquest of New Spain. Complete in 4 volumes + map case.

      Hakluyt., London. 1908 - lxv, 396pp, + xvi, 343 + vi, 36, + xii, 395, + xiv, 463, + xxxvi-Haklyt publications catalogue, illustrations in text-some folding + 15 folding maps/plans on 20 folding sheets- most in Vol. 3 but some in pockets to the rear of volumes. First published in 1632 by Friar Alonzo Remon but very unreliable, Genaro Garcia edited to produce an exact transcription, this edition translated from Garcia ed. by Alfred Percival Maudsley. 4 volumes are good with light wear, light knocked corners to 50%, map case cloth torn to top and bottom edges and closure creased but looks fine on the shelf. Insurance required. 5kg. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Parveen Papers]
 26.   Check availability:     IberLibro     Link/Print  


        Sämtliche Werke (9 v. 10 Bänden alles, in 8 Büchern) Historisch-kritische Ausgabe mit Einleitungen, Anmerkungen und Lesarten von Carl Georg von Maassen. Bände 1 - 4 und 6 - 10 (Band 5 nicht erschienen). Band 1: Fantasiestücke in Callots Manier. - Band. 2: Die Elixiere des Teufels. - 3. Band: Nachtstücke. - 4. Band: Seltsame Leiden eines Theater-Direktors; Klein Zaches genannt Zinnober. - 6. Band: Die Serapionsbrüder, 2. Band. - Bd. 7: Die Serapionsbrüder, 3. Band. - Bd. 8: Die Serapionsbrüder 4. Band..Band 9/10: Lebens-Ansichten des Karters Murr. Erster und zweiter Band.

      München, Verlag Georg Müller, 1908. Numerierte Ausgabe. XXVIII, 507 Seiten mit 10 Bildbeigaben und einem Faksimile, XXIII; 374 Seiten mit 6 Bildbeigaben und einer Stammtafel, XXVIII, 447 Seiten mit 9 Bildbeigaben und einem Faksimile, CIII, 342 Seiten mit 15 Bildbeigaben und einer Vignette im Text, LVIII, 403 Seiten mit 9 Bildbeigaben, LII, 403 Seiten mit 10 Bildbeigaben und C, 465 Seiten mit 9 Bildbeigaben, zwei Notenfaksimiles und einer Vignette im Text und 5 Bll., 228, 226 Mit 7 Bildbeigaben und 1. Faksimile. 22 cm, Original-Halbledereinband Band eins mit einer Beschädigung am Aussengelenk (kaum sichtbar), sonst guter frischer Zustand Versand D: 3,00 EUR

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Rump]
 27.   Check availability:     buchfreund.de     Link/Print  


        Ritratto femminile

      Litografia a tre colori, mm 450 x 315. Firmata in basso a destra. Esemplare n. 103 (di 170). Leonor Fini (Buenos Aires 1908 - Parigi 1996), figlia di una triestina e di un argentino, trascorse l'infanzia e la prima giovinezza a Trieste dove ricevette anche le prime nozioni di pittura. Nonostante l'esistenza cosmopolita, rimase sempre legata a Trieste, città dove ritornò spesso. Dopo un soggiorno milanese in cui aderì allo stile Novecento, si trasferì nel 1933 a Parigi dove si dedicò a nuove ricerche artistiche, intrise di suggestioni surrealiste. Numerose le esposizioni nazionali ed internazionali alle quali prese parte. Rif. Bibl. Martelli p. 94 - 95.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Antiquaria LEG Antiqua]
 28.   Check availability:     maremagnum.com     Link/Print  


        A Midsummer Night's Dream

      William Heinemann, London 1908 - 134 numbered pages, plus 40 color illustrations tipped-in on heavy brown paper. 30 black-and-white illustrations scattered throughout the text. About 9-1/2 by 12 inches. Limited to 1000 copies signed by the author. First edition (first printing). A very good copy with no dust jacket as issued. Carefully collated and complete with all illustrations present. Bound in vellum with gilt stamping on cover and spine. Old tide mark along bottom edge of back cover. Illustrations complete and fine. Former bookseller's small sticker on front paste-down paper. Yellow silk ties. Top edge gilt. Signed by the illustrator. A large, heavy book. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Eureka Books, ABAA]
 29.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  


        John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1908 - Original Hardback Wisden Very Good Condition

      1908. Hi, Here we have a very rare 1908 Original Hardback Wisden, in Very Good Condition. The lettering (gilt) is bright and strong to the front and to the spine. The boards are in very good condition too, odd small mark to the spine cloth but pretty much mark free. The hinges are superb, very strong indeed and the pastedowns bright and yellow. Nice white pages and excellent photoplate, a very nice Wisden.

      [Bookseller: Wisdenshop.com]
 30.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        [„Froehliches Osterfest“]. (= Wiener Werkstätte Postkarte, Nr. 157).

      Wien, Wiener Werkstätte, o. J. (um 1908). 14 x 9 cm. Farb. lithogr. Postkarte, im Stein monogrammiert „OK“. Abgebildet bei Traude Hansen, Die Postkarten der Wiener Werkstätte, S. 134 (mit dem Eindruck „Froehliches Osterfest“). - Ungelaufen u. unbeschrieben. - Schönes Exemplar; besonders ohne den Eindruck sehr selten. - Versand D: 12,00 EUR Kokoschka, Froehliches Osterfest, Osterkarten, Ostern, Wiener Werkstätte Postkarte, Postkarten, Ansichtskarte, Kunstkarte, Kunstkarten, Künstlerpostkarte, Künstlerpostkarten, Jugendstil, Wien um 1900

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Wolfgang Friebes]
 31.   Check availability:     buchfreund.de     Link/Print  


        Stilprof.

      Lund, Berlingska Boktryckeri och Stilgjuterie, n.d. (ca. 1890-1908). - 4to. Unpaginated (ca. 600 leaves). Orig. dec. cloth with portrait of Gutenberg on front cover. All leaves printed on one side only. Many double-page, some folding leaves. Title-page and section-titles printed in chromolithography. - Very nice copy. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Manfred Nosbuesch]
 32.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  


        Anne of Green Gables.

      Boston: L.C. Page, 1908. First edition dated "April 1908" on the verso of title page. Octavo, original brown cloth, titles to the spine in gilt and front panel. Mounted pictorial label on front panel. Illustrations by M.A. and W.A.J. Claus. First edition copies are generally found in the more common green cloth bindings. (Peter Parley to Penrod, p. 124) In good condition, showing wear to the edges and cloth, still an unrestored example of the first printing. Housed in a custom half morocco box. Anne (with an "e") has been stealing the hearts of readers generation after generation since it was first published in 1908. At that time, there were not many great female protaganists in novels, but there was a great audience of women readers who fell in love with this bright and extremely imaginative red-headed orphan. The book was an immediate sensation and the series followed. It's one of these most beloved girl books ever written, having sold more than 50 million copies worldwide and translated into at least 20 languages. It has also been adapted into numerous films, television series, and plays. "Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?"

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
 33.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        African Nature Notes and Reminiscences

      Macmillan, London 1908 - 356 pp, ill. Foreword by Theodore Roosevelt. A great hunting book, especially good on lions and lion hunting. One of the few books that Roosevelt took time to write for during his presidency. A fine copy of the first ed. 2nd prtg in original cloth. Book is very scarce in this condition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Trophy Room Books]
 34.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  


        NEWPORT IN THE FIFTIES [manuscript title]

      [Newport, R.I., 1908. Held together in upper left corner with a brass fastener. First leaf very lightly soiled; several small holes, affecting two words of text near bottom. Verso of last leaf with some ink stains. Otherwise quite bright and clean. Very good. This anonymous manuscript was written in 1908, in response to a characterization of old Newport that had appeared in Henry James' THE AMERICAN SCENE in 1907. James wrote of the old inhabitants as a priggish and pretentious lot. The writer, Miss Katherine Prescott Wormely, unearths an old manuscript from the Fifties to disprove James' assertions. She first states her purpose, then quotes at length the offending passages from THE AMERICAN SCENE. Then, relying on the old manuscript, she names two dozen of the old families, describes their origins and accomplishments, and goes into detail about how they passed their time - including the patriotic Civil War contributions of this group, the formation of the "first (known) Woman's Club in America" and a dramatic club. After a description of the scenic highlights of Newport in the Fifties, she demonstrates the intellectual capability of her group by citing several examples of an intricate word game, and by quoting at length several poems, essays, and other literary efforts, including a particularly charming and revealing effort entitled "Unprotected Female of Newport." As of 1908 the author notes, "all (but one) have passed away." But this lone survivor has left us a poignant, charming, and highly detailed picture of the social scene in Newport in the 1850s. Probably a second or later draft, very neatly and legibly executed, but with portions of the text crossed out and corrected, notes appended and some corrections tipped in. A similar manuscript is in the Redwood Library in Newport.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
 35.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        La première Tentation de Saint Antoine (1849-1856). Oeuvre inédite publiée par Louis Bertrand.

      - Paris, Bibliothèque Charpentier, Eugène Fasquelle, 1908. In-12-(4)-XXVII-(1)-303-(1) pp., broché, couverture jaune imprimée, exemplaire non rogné (infimes manques à la couverture, marges jaunies). Edition originale, UN DES 40 exemplaires de tête numérotés sur Hollande, seul grand papier annoncé. Bel exemplaire. * Clouzot (122) mentionne 40 Hollande, 25 Japon et 20 Arches réimposés in-8 pour la société des XX. * Voir photographie(s) / See picture(s). * Membre du SLAM et de la LILA / ILAB Member. La librairie est ouverte du mardi au samedi de 14h à 19h. * Si vous souhaitez passer à la librairie pour un livre, merci de nous prévenir au préalable, l'ensemble du stock visible en ligne n'étant pas immédiatement consultable. * Langue : Français

      [Bookseller: Chez les libraires associés]
 36.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  


        My African Journey

      London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1908. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. This is a finely bound copy of the British first edition, only printing of My African Journey, Churchill's travelogue on Britain's possessions in East Africa, written while he was serving as Undersecretary of State for the Colonies. This copy comes to us from the collection of Oscar-winning actor and director Lord Richard Samuel Attenborough (1923-2014). The binding is three quarter dark red morocco over marbled paper boards with raised, gilt-ruled spine bands, blind rule transitions, head and foot bands, and heavy, laid paper endsheets. This book is notable, among other things, for being the only one of his many books to contain photographs apparently taken by the author. In the summer of 1907 Churchill left England for five months, making his way after working stops in southern Europe to Africa for "a tour of the east African domains." In early November, Churchill would kill a rhinoceros, the basis of the striking illustration on the front cover of the British first edition of his eventual book. By now a seasoned and financially shrewd author, Churchill arranged to profit doubly from the trip, first by serializing articles in Strand Magazine and then by publishing a book based substantially upon them. In November 1908 Hodder and Stoughton published My African Journey as a book, which was a substantial 10,000 words longer than the serialized articles. The British first edition is striking, with a vivid red binding and a prominent front cover bearing a woodcut illustration in blue, grey, and black of Churchill with his bagged white rhinoceros. The red cloth spine proved exceptionally vulnerable to sunning and the lovely books seem to have attracted handling, making wear and soiling the norm. Spotting is also endemic. This finely bound copy is a strikingly attractive alternative to the original binding. The binding shows no sign of fading, wear, soiling, or use other than minor scuffing to the front hinge and upper front fore edge. The contents are complete. The 61 photographs and three maps of this edition were tipped in rather than bound, so copies should always be carefully checked to ensure the presence of all illustrations and maps.  All illustrations and maps are present, as is the tissue cover at the frontispiece. Of note, the map at page 2 is tipped in as a folding map. Many first edition copies of My African Journey we have examined feature this as a tipped in map on a single, unfolded page. This folding map is exactly the same in content and scale as maps in other first edition copies, the difference being that blank one inch margins at the top and bottom of this particular map were left untrimmed after printing, and thus it was tipped into this copy with the top two inches folded over. We find no previous ownership marks. Spotting is modest for the edition, mostly confined to the prelims and page edges. First editions came with an 18-page catalogue list of other Hodder & Stoughton titles. This catalogue list is often discarded when a copy is rebound. In this copy, the publisher?'s rear catalogue is retained. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A27.1, Woods/ICS A12(aa), Langworth p.81.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
 37.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        "HAMMED" A TALE OF THE CRUSADES. ARRANGED FROM THE MEMOIRS OF A WARRIOR-MONK.

      N.p. [Philadelphia]: [Begravia Press], n.d.. [copyright 1908]. original blue-gray pictorial cloth, front panel stamped in black and gold, spine panel stamped in gold.. Cloth spotted and lightly worn at edges, water-staining to top right. corner of last 50 pages or so, not affecting text, a tight, about. very good copy. (#149642). First edition. A remarkable novel, a Gothic extravaganza whose theme is sex in a wide variety of manifestations: rapine, voyeuristic, incestuous, adulterous, pre-marital, polygamous, polyandrous, lesbian, clerical, as well as spoken, written and imagined versions of all these --and those things associated with sex: lust, passion, love, affection, generosity, jealousy and marriage. It is not pornography but a serious novel with an intricate and well-constructed plot; a good feel for the spirit of its medieval setting; a heavy, rhythmic diction; rounded characters; and thematic attitudes that are unusual for its time, if not for this one as well. There are no anatomical close-ups here, nor any of the flouncing diction of Victorian pornography (love weapons and battering rams and copious spending, etc.) The intention is clearly to depict the sexual excitement of the characters rather than to arouse that of the readers. Still, it is evident that any publisher of this book would have been prosecuted for obscenity in the 1920s, not to mention the 1900s, (and with as little just cause as in the case of LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER, which it precedes by 20 years). If this threat were not enough to scare off a commercial publisher, then the book's heavy Gothic sensibility would have sealed its doom. The author's writing ability (within the parameters of chosen aims) is not the problem. The book is, in a sense, both a hundred years behind the times and sixty years ahead of them. The story is set in the 14th century, the first half taking place in Palestine, culminating in the battle of Tiberias, which defeated the Christians and returned Jerusalem to the Muslims. We meet four of the story's main characters here. Hammed is a warrior monk of the Order of St. John, awesome both in physical and moral strength and devoted friend of de Harville, a French knight who has a premonition of his own death. If that happens, he implores Hammed to renounce his vows of celibacy and go to France to marry his widow, Henrietta. To that end, de Harville deliberately arouses the passions of both his wife (in letters, singing the praises of the virile Hammed); and of the celibate Hammed, (in speech, painting word-pictures of his wife's voluptuous charms) until he finally wears down the monk's resistance and extracts his promise that he will bed and wed Henrietta (in that order) if de Harville is killed in battle. In Palestine we also meet the 28-year-old Zuleima, one of Saladin's wives, rescued by Hammed from imminent rape by wanton Christian soldiers, but rebuffed by him when she tries to express her gratitude (and rapidly flowering love) to him in sexual terms; and Maurice, the graceful 16-year-old page of de Harville, who is the first of these three men to sleep with Zuleima, de Harville following him in the same night, and Hammed some days later. Zuleima is in love with all of these men, who are chivalrous beyond anything she has experienced in Saladin's tent. She eventually marries Maurice, their mutual attraction fueled by the mother-son tenderness they perceive in the relationship. Zuleima and Hammed, after a brief and torrid mating, discover that they are brother and sister, long-separated, and forbear any further carnal relations (but without shame for what they've already done). In the climactic battle of Part I (which has some very grisly scenes, including one in which parched soldiers drink the blood of the slain), de Harville is wounded and left for dead; Hammed is captured but pardoned in gratitude for his earlier rescue of Zuleima; and Maurice is taken in as Zuleima's page, secretly promising to marry him and convert to Christianity if given the chance. Part II takes us to France, where Henrietta pines for her absent husband, but takes comfort in the arms of her 16-year-old maid Julie, who is madly in love with Henrietta. Hammed appears and he and Henrietta make good their promise to de Harville, beginning a relationship of super-human devotion and intensity, with the voluptuous Henrietta attached to Hammed, as she puts it, like a vine twining about a mighty oak. Complication and crisis ensue when de Harville re-appears, miraculously recovered from his battle wounds. He first tries to kill Hammed in a fit of jealousy, then begs Henrietta to let him be a second husband to her in a ménage a trois. Scorned and humiliated by her and Hammed, he then arranges to have them thrown into a luxurious underground dungeon where they are separated by a close iron grating that lets them see, speak to and touch each other just enough to arouse appetites that can never be satisfied. Henrietta breaks down and swears that she would sleep with Satan himself if he would break down this barrier, an oath overheard by de Harville, who puts himself forward as a substitute for Satan. The consummation is effected, right there in the dungeon, and de Harville is true to his word. Meanwhile Hammed and Henrietta, softened by their own suffering, see the pain they have unjustly inflicted on de Harville, and the three of them achieve a reconciliation and the installation of the harmonious "tri-union" that de Harville had in mind: he as Henrietta's lawful husband and official lover, Hammed as her secret lover -- and the friend of de Harville, who looks on benignly at their bliss. Other crises ensue, however, which lead to a tragic ending for Hammed and Henrietta, the latter poisoned by the Countess of Clermont, who is furious when her sexual advances are scorned by Hammed. He takes revenge on her by killing her accomplice/lover, the villainous Coeur de Fer, then lashing her to his corpse and throwing them into the dungeon. After falling asleep in this position for what seems like several days, the Countess wakes up ravenously hungry and starts to eat the corpse of Coeur de Fer, but vomits because his flesh has begun to rot. She manages to escape, and attacks de Harville, in bed with young Julie on the eve of their wedding (Henrietta had enjoined these two to wed after her death, just as de Harville had enjoined her and Hammed to wed in the event of his). The Countess fails in her attempt on his life but tells de Harville that Julie is her illegitimate daughter, orphaned by her at the de Harville castle when she was 17 after being seduced by her uncle, the Bishop of Clermont, who at that moment is on his way to the castle with an angry mob, prepared to exorcise what the frightened servants of the castle believed to be the ghost of the Countess. She stabs herself with the knife she had intended for de Harville and Henrietta, and, later, with her dying breath nearly strangles the Bishop. De Harville marries Julie despite her clouded origin and they live contentedly afterwards, as do Zuleima and Maurice. The most extraordinary thing about these torrents of sexual pleasure coursing around the six main characters is that they are presented as innocent, wholesome, beautiful, generous, loving and, in fact, holy: an expression of God-like delight in the crowning expression of God's own loving creation. There is no sniggering or titillating. A foil for this banquet of passion is presented by the Countess, Coeur de Fer and the Bishop, whose copulations are coarse, barren, loveless, and dull: the sexual equivalent of hastily gobbled fast food. The novel has perhaps just enough traces of the fantastic (premonitions, secret poisons, mesmerism, a rationalized ghost, blood drinking and flesh eating, as well as a full-blooded Gothic atmosphere) to gain it admission to a fantasy bibliography. It is certainly a great rarity, with only one copy located by OCLC. The writing is almost always competent, often pleasant, and occasionally delightful. As a sub-species of Gothic, it probably has no close relative. And as a historical document in its approach to sexual matters during this period, the book is just as unusual. (Reading note by Robert Eldridge) A rare self-published book that we could not locate in BL or DLC; OCLC locates two copies only. Not in Smith, American Fiction, 1901- 1925.

      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
 38.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


        My African Journey

      London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1908. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. This is a finely bound copy of the British first edition, only printing of My African Journey, Churchill's travelogue on Britain's possessions in East Africa, written while he was serving as Undersecretary of State for the Colonies. This copy comes to us from the collection of Oscar-winning actor and director Lord Richard Samuel Attenborough (1923-2014). The binding is three quarter dark red morocco over marbled paper boards with raised, gilt-ruled spine bands, blind rule transitions, head and foot bands, and heavy, laid paper endsheets. This book is notable, among other things, for being the only one of his many books to contain photographs apparently taken by the author. In the summer of 1907 Churchill left England for five months, making his way after working stops in southern Europe to Africa for "a tour of the east African domains." In early November, Churchill would kill a rhinoceros, the basis of the striking illustration on the front cover of the British first edition of his eventual book. By now a seasoned and financially shrewd author, Churchill arranged to profit doubly from the trip, first by serializing articles in Strand Magazine and then by publishing a book based substantially upon them. In November 1908 Hodder and Stoughton published My African Journey as a book, which was a substantial 10,000 words longer than the serialized articles. The British first edition is striking, with a vivid red binding and a prominent front cover bearing a woodcut illustration in blue, grey, and black of Churchill with his bagged white rhinoceros. The red cloth spine proved exceptionally vulnerable to sunning and the lovely books seem to have attracted handling, making wear and soiling the norm. Spotting is also endemic. This finely bound copy is a strikingly attractive alternative to the original binding. The binding shows no sign of fading, wear, soiling, or use other than minor scuffing to the front hinge and upper front fore edge. The contents are complete. The 61 photographs and three maps of this edition were tipped in rather than bound, so copies should always be carefully checked to ensure the presence of all illustrations and maps.  All illustrations and maps are present, as is the tissue cover at the frontispiece. Of note, the map at page 2 is tipped in as a folding map. Many first edition copies of My African Journey we have examined feature this as a tipped in map on a single, unfolded page. This folding map is exactly the same in content and scale as maps in other first edition copies, the difference being that blank one inch margins at the top and bottom of this particular map were left untrimmed after printing, and thus it was tipped into this copy with the top two inches folded over. We find no previous ownership marks. Spotting is modest for the edition, mostly confined to the prelims and page edges. First editions came with an 18-page catalogue list of other Hodder & Stoughton titles. This catalogue list is often discarded when a copy is rebound. In this copy, the publisherÂ’s rear catalogue is retained. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A27.1, Woods/ICS A12(aa), Langworth p.81.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
 39.   Check availability:     IOBABooks     Link/Print  

______________________________________________________________________________


      Home     Wants Manager     Library Search     563 Years   Links     Contact      Search Help      Terms of Service      Privacy     


Copyright © 2019 viaLibri™ Limited. All rights reserved.