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        Waverly Novels and Poems

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1912 - 1913. three-quarter brown morocco over brown cloth, gilt lettered spines with raised bands, top edges gilt, pale brown endpapers, bound by Riverside Press. Minimal, trifling rubbing to edges, fine. Quarto. 50 volumes complete Illustrated throughout with photographs and drawings, each volume also with one original photograph as frontispiece and one specially painted coloured frontispiece by twenty most distinguished artists for this edition. Volume I with an autograph letter signed by Sir Walter bound in No. 9 of 375 sets With original introduction to the Waverly Novels by the author, and subsequent forewords, as well as a "General Preface" and each volume containing explanatory notes to the illustrations. The first uniform collection was published by Cadell and Co. in 48 volumes in 1829-1833. .

      [Bookseller: Randall House Rare Books]
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        The Financier.

      New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1912. First editions of the first novel of the author's acclaimed Trilogy of Desire. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some unnecessary tape reinforcement to the verso with some bleedthrough. Rare in the original dust jacket. Frank Cowperwood, a fiercely ambitious businessman, emerges as the very embodiment of greed as he relentlessly seeks satisfaction in wealth, women, and power. As Cowperwood deals and double-deals, betrays and is in turn betrayed, his rise and fall come to represent the American success story stripped down to brutal realities-a struggle for spoils without conscience or pity. Dreiser's 1912 classic remains an unsparing social critique as well as a devastating character study of one of the most unforgettable American businessmen in twentieth-century literature.

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        Wettbewerbs-Entwurf für das Kaiser Franz Josef Stadtmuseum. Kennwort Opus IV

      Vienna: Chwala 1912 - Folio 40.5 x 30.5 cm., wrappers, 12pp. The competition entry by Wagner for the proposed Franz-Josef Museum in Vienna, which would later be called the Vienna Museum. This was a long-standing project with Wagner, when the architect began advocating it with the city administration as early as 1901. Wagner's design, which would have engaged Karlsplatz and included a stunning monument design, gained initial acceptance but ran into political opposition which in the end prevailed. As it happened, the entire project was abandoned in 1921 and it became one of the great ideas for an "Unbuilt Vienna," the former imperial capital now impoverished. This grand announcement runs twelve pages and is illustrated with elevation and perspective drawings and floor plans. Wagner considered it one of his most important projects. Rare: two library copies held in North America. A fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Michael Fagan Fine Art & Rare Books]
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        Photographic History of the Civil War

      1912. MILLER, Francis Trevelyan, editor. The Photographic History of the Civil War. New York: Review of Reviews, 1912. Ten volumes. Quarto, original blue cloth gilt, blue patterned endpapers, top edges gilt, original dust jackets. $7800.Second edition of MillerÂ’s famous and important 10-volume photographic history of the Civil War, containing “thousands of scenes photographed 1861-65, with text by many special authorities,” in original dust jackets.""This mammoth workÂ… a necessary part of any civil war library,"" contains contributions from over 39 eminent individuals, including academicians, President William H. Taft, and veteran officers of both Confederate and Union forces, many of whom wrote from personal experience. A number of the photographs, previously unpublished, are from the collections of private individuals, including the extensive Eldridge Collection of Mathew Brady Civil War photographs, ""easily five times larger than that of any contemporary"" (Everitt). ""Zealous in their work, often regardless of danger, and at all times handicapped by the vexing difficulties of the photographic process of that day,"" Brady and his assistants ""carried their cameras to every scene that promised an interesting picture,"" capturing ""scenes of actual conflict, others of places devastated by gunfire, of troops on the march or in bivouac, and of individual officers and men"" (DAB). Volume X is the third issue (with revised index, marked ""3-Ed."" in bottom margin of page 323). Eicher 771. Nicholson, 516. Books fine, with a bit of expert restoration to spine of Volume I. Attractive, scarce dust jackets with occasional closed tears and edgewear; expert restoration to a few volumes, mostly to spines. Rare in the original dust jackets.

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        Puget Sound and Bainbridge Island, Washington Photo Album

      Very Good. Flexible leather. Large photo album with flexible dark brown leather covers measuring 14 ¼" wide by 11 ¼" tall and 2" thick. Album includes 575 original silver gelatin photographs and Real Photo postcards tipped in with annotations below or on photographs in white ink. Most are in b&w with a few red-color tinted and a few hand-colored photos, and measure from 1"x1" to 5 ¼" x 11 ¼". Also included is one envelope addressed to Harry Mills with two 2 cent revenue stamps. Album covers have moderate wear to all edges, spine and corners. Top and bottom of spine are chipped, and leather at bottom edge is splitting. Photographs are in good condition but many are becoming unglued from leaves. This large photo album was compiled by brother and sister, Harry and Emma Mills, documenting life on the Puget Sound from 1912-1920. Harry Mills was a Seattle office clerk and his sister, Emma was a teacher and librarian in Puyallup. Emma Mill's companion, Cassie Bigelow, is depicted in many of the photos with Emma and Harry. Their fishing, camping and travel adventures take them to Flauntleroy Cove near Seattle; Lester, WA (now a ghost town) to fish at Brush Creek; Long Lake for an Easter trip; Sequalitchew Lake near Tacoma; Rolling Bay, Bainbridge Island by the steamship the Burton; Tulalip on the Puget Sound to visit Tulalip Native Americans; Wright Park in Tacoma, WA in the winter; the Green River to hike and explore; and Towanda and the Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania where the Mill's were originally from. Also of note are the photos and Real Photo postcards of mining and logging camps, such as those taken at Magrom, WA, which includes a photo of three loggers standing by a giant fir they're in the process of falling; also those of the town Index, WA with the Cascade Mountains in the background; and those of the newly opened Columbia River Highway. Most of these RPPCs were taken by noted Vashon Island, WA photographer Oliver Scott Van Olinda, and Lee Picket of the Great Northern Railway. This album is a substantial visual record of life and travel in the Puget Sound during the 1920's. Please call for images of photographs. .

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        Works of Robert Browning

      1912. BROWNING, Robert. The Works of Robert Browning. London: Smith, Elder, 1912. Ten volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter dark blue crushed morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, top edges gilt, uncut and partly unopened. $2500.Limited “Centenary Edition,” number 395 of only 500 sets printed on antique laid paper, handsomely bound by Riviere.Each volume with a different frontispiece portrait of the poet. A complete set of Browning's writings, from “Pauline,” his first published poem, to Asolando, published the day Browning died. Includes ten poems not previously published in a collected edition. A wonderful set to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Browning's birth. Fine condition.

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      Hodder & Stoughton 1912 - 1912. Very good condition with no wrapper. Signed, limited edition (of 750 copies) Large, heavy format. White vellum with all-over gilt Dulac design of clusters of bells to front cover. 28 colour tipped-in colour plates, protected by captioned tissue guards. 10 black ink headpieces on tan backround and Poe's portrait on title page. SIGNED by the artist, this is copy no. 54. Spine and corners bumped. Silk ties missing. Endpapers browned. Contents clean. This copy would make a wonderful gift. [R] [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Artigue, André Paul - Nellie Melba.

      ?L?Oracle?'Ets vervaardigd door André Paul Artigue. In de tijd geaquarelleerd. Uitgegeven in 1912 door Dietrich et Cie. te Brussel. Gesigneerd door de kunstenaar en genummerd 25/100. Afm. (prent) 51 x 33 cm. Artigue (1879 - 1956), zoon van een tekenleraar, had al op jonge leeftijd gevoel voor kunst. Hij wordt aangetrokken door het schilderen, maar zijn liefde gaat in eerste instantie naar de muziek. Hij was daartoe geïnspireerd door de sopraan Nellie Melba (een wereldster[!] in die tijd), die veel in Parijs optrad. Als bariton zingt Artigue in verschillende populaire opéras-comiques en hij zong solo in de fameuse Schola Cantorum te Parijs.Eerste tekenlessen kreeg hij van zijn vader, later volgde Artigue lessen bij Gustave Moreau aan de Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Zijn werk werd tentoongesteld te Parijs en in Noord Amerika. In 1919 keert hij Parijs de rug toe en trekt de provincie in. Hij vestigt zich uiteindelijk in 1921 in Chambery, waar hij succes heeft met zijn schilderingen van landschappen en dorpen. Vermoedelijk is Nellie Melba de mooie vrouw die in deze afbeelding het orakel om een raadgeving vraagt. Prijs: ?950,- (incl. lijst).

      [Bookseller: Inter-Antiquariaat MEFFERDT & DE JONGE]
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        Delightful group of 9 items associated with Penley, (William Sidney, 1852-1912, the first 'Charley's Aunt')

      1912 - 1894 - 1. Large Globe Theatre Souvenir Calendar for 1895 'on attaining her 2nd Birthday', 13 sides 12" x 9½", Raphael Tuck, 21st December 1894. With a cover portrait photograph of 'Charley's Aunt' by T.C. Turner. The months show Penley in character from 8 other plays, then Brandon Thomas (1856-1914, the play's author, who took the part in later revivals), Penley, the full company on stage, and a complete set of facsimile signatures. Inscribed 'Marion Pilcher from Uncle'. (A little worn, holes for ribbon defective). 2, 3 and 4. Cabinet photos by T.C. Turner of Charley's Aunt in costume, Penley in evening dress, and the scene where Jack introduces Charley's Aunt to his fair visitors, the first two inscribed and signed "from your affectionate Uncle". 5. Lady's silver heart-shaped box 2" x 2" x 1" and 6. Gentleman's silver match-box 1¾" x 1½" x ½", both embossed with Charley's Aunt's head and shoulders, both with natural patina, and inscribed 'From Charley's Aunt, 21st December 1895', by Walker & Hall, Sheffield, with Sheffield hallmark, and according to an accompanying note "given to members of the audience". 7. 2 imitation playing cards, with Penley as the Queen, advertising "the FOURTH year of its Run at the Globe Theatre . Still Running all over the Globe". (At one time it was running simultaneously in 48 theatres in 22 languages). 8. Masonic Entertainment Programme (The Lyric Lodge, W.S. Penley W.M.), in the form of a silk banner, 11" x 5", held at the Great Queen Street Theatre (later the Kingsway), of which Penley had been manager 1900-1901, 31st December 1904. 9. Cuttings, including a printed account c. 1886 of Penley's upbringing and career, and his appearance as 'The Private Secretary', a postcard of Broadstairs (his birthplace), an account by Oscar Browning of Penley when he was in the Footlights and at King's Cambridge, and a notice of the Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds, where Charley's Aunt was first performed, 21st December 1892. Browning recalls Penley's fine singing, and how Madame de Staël was similarly impersonated at Christ Church ! Provenance: Penley's niece Marion W. Dawson, née Pilcher; her daughter, Marion E. Dawson. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Examinations of Rivers and Harbors, 1911-1912 (Volumes 1-4)

      Washington: Government Printing Office. 1912. First. First edition. Multiple House Documents (62d Congress, 2d Session, 1911-1912) bound in a four volume set. Thick octavos. Each volume contains numerous folding topographical maps and plates. Complete as issued in the original publisher's cloth. Moderate soiling to the boards, else about near fine. Contains detailed topographical and engineering surveys of important rivers and harbors throughout the country, and including Kauai, Hawaii. Prepared under the direction of the Secretary of War by the US Army Corps of Engineers. A scarce complete set with the folding maps in fine condition. .

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        Zentralorgan der Kommunistischen Allunions-Partei (Bolschewiki) (WKP(B)). Nr. 4, 4. Januar bis Nr. 118, 28. April 1932.

      Kyrillisch. Erstmals erschien die Prawda am 5. Mai 1912 unter der (informellen) Herausgeberschaft von Wjatscheslaw Molotow, den späteren Volkskommissar für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten. Ehem. Bibliotheksexpl., gestempelt. Rand bei einigen einzelnen Ausgaben knapp beschnitten, z.T. mit minimalem Textverlust). Titelseite der Nr. 179 mit größerem Eckausriss (Textverlust). Bei den großformatigen Prawda-Nummern Mitte der 1930er Jahre handelt es sich um seltene Ausgaben, die vor allem in Schaukästen für die interessierte Leseschaft präsentiert wurden.

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        John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1912 - 1912 Original Hardback Wisden, Very Good

      1912. This lot is an 1912 Original Hardback Wisden. 15th Hardback! In Very Good+ Condition. This book is very nice indeed, it has had no restoration, the front board is very nice with shiny, original gilt, the spine cloth is a little bobbly but the gilt is nive and shiny, internally it has strong hinges and very nice pastedowns and pages, with an excellent photoplate and tissue paper. A hard to beat book.

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        Il Bacio - Lionello Balestrieri, ca. 1912.

      IL BACIO - DE KUSEts met aquatint gedrukt in kleur, van de hand van Lionello Balestrieri. Vervaardigd ca. 1912. Met potlood genummerd ?65?'en gesigneerd ?L Balestrieri?'. Afm 44 x 64 cm.Lionello Balestrieri (1872-1958) was van eenvoudige komaf. Hij genoot z?n opleiding aan het Istituto di Belle Arti in Rome en Napels en werd onderwezen door Domenico Morelli en Gioacchino Toma. In 1897 verhuisde hij naar Parijs waar hij in eerste instantie hij z?n brood verdiende als illustrator.Op de Wereldtentoonstelling van 1900 won Balestrieri een gouden medaille en werd benoemd tot voorzitter van de Vereniging van Italiaanse kunstenaars in Parijs.In 1911 ging hij naar Bretagne, waar hij in contact kwam met werk van de postimpressionistische Pont-Aven kunstenaars (waaronder Gaugin), die hem sterk beïnvloedden. Zijn palet wordt lichter van kleur en hij wordt aangetrokken door de overheersende stijl van deze periode, de Art Nouveau. In die tijd moet ook deze Il Bacio tot stand zijn gekomen.Na de eerste wereldoorlog volgden Balestrieri thema?s het Futurisme en nam hij in 1926 met die stroming deel aan de Biënnale van Venetië.Prijs: ?975,- (incl. lijst).

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        (Hrsg.). Thule. Altnordische Dichtung und Prosa. Einleitungsband sowie 24 Bde., zus. 25 Bde. Jena, Diederichs, 1912-30. Mit 8 (2 farb. lithogr.) Karten und einigen Tafeln. Original-Halbpergament-Bände mit schwarzgeprägtem Reihensignet auf dem Vorderdeckel sowie Rückentitel (1 Außengelenk angeplatzt, 1 Rücken leicht eingerissen, Rücken vereinzelt leicht angestaubt).

       1912 Erste Ausgabe.- Umfangreiche vollständige Reihe der Sammlung Thule. Erstmals wurden hier durch den Altgermanisten und Skandinavisten Felix Niedner (1859-1934) die mittelalterlichen isländisch-nordischen Sagaliteraturen, mythologischen Schriften der Edda sowie die poetischen Schriften der Skaldik in deutscher Übersetzung umfassend zusammengestellt.- 1. weißes Blatt jeweils mit handschriftlichem Besitzeintrag. Teils (14 Bände) mit wenigen kleinen marginalen handschriftlichen Anmerkungen.- 2 Innengelenke angeplatzt. Vereinzelt papierbedingt leicht gebräunt.- Beiliegend umfangreiche handschriftliche Sammlung an Stammbäumen zur vorliegenden Reihe. Versand D: 5,00 EUR

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        Peter Pan In Kensington Garden Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

      Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London. 1st thus n.d. (1912) 126 pages. Large format 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall First printing of the large paper and extra-illustrated edition. With 50 tipped-in color plates, plus 12 full page line drawings and illustrations in the text by Arthur Rackham. 4to, original pale green buckram lettered and elaborately decorated in gilt on spine and cover, in the RARE dustjacket. This copy comes with a playbill of a local production of Peter Pan starring Betty Bronson, the actress Barrie plucked from relative obscurity to play Peter in the 1924 silent-film adaptation. Condition: The Book is in VG condition. There is a little sun fading on the cover. The dust jacket has a little edgewear (please see photos.)

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        Livre des Mille Nuits et Une Nuit

      1912. (ARABIAN NIGHTS) MARDRUS, J.C. Le Livre des Mille Nuits et Une Nuit. Traduction Littérale et Complète du Texte Arabe par le Dr. J.C. Mardrus. Paris: Charpentier et Fasquelle, 1912-1919. Sixteen volumes. Octavo, contemporary half brown morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt. $3200.Limited edition of MardrusÂ’ colorful French translation of the Arabian Nights, very handsomely bound.The stories now known collectively as Alf Layla wa-Layla (One Thousand Nights and a Night)-the earliest manuscript of which dates from the 14th century-“have become part of the common heritage of Western and world literature” (Barron, Fantasy and Horror 2-4). Antoine Galland produced the first European translation of the Nights in the early 18th century, in French. His rendition “retained a strong hold on the affections of his countrymen, and it was not until the eve of the 20th century that a retranslation into French was attemptedÂ… MardrusÂ’ translation (which was really more of a loose adaptation) caught the literary mood of the timeÂ… [His] version of the Arabian tales was a belated product of fin-de-siècle taste, a portrait of a fantasy Orient, compounded of opium reveries, jeweled dissipation, lost paradises, melancholy opulence and odalisques pining in gilded cagesÂ… T.E. Lawrence [described] the Mardrus version as ‘Much the best version of the Nights in any language” (Irwin, 36-9). Comprises volumes from several identical limited editions, each limited to 75 sets printed on Holland paper and 25 sets printed on Japanese paper, released by the publisher between 1912 and 1919; this set is printed on Holland paper. Text in French. See Clute & Grant, 51. A beautiful set in fine condition.

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        Peter Pan Portfolio

      1912. (RACKHAM, Arthur). The Peter Pan Portfolio by Arthur Rackham, from Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J. M. Barrie. London: Hodder & Stoughton, [1912]. Elephant folio (measuring 19-1/2 by 21-1/2 inches), original three-quarter vellum laced at spine with later silk ribbon, green cloth boards, publisherÂ’s cardboard box. $18,000.First edition, one of only 500 copies signed by the publisher and the engraver. The only suite of RackhamÂ’s plates to be issued in an oversize portfolio format, with 12 beautiful folio color prints from RackhamÂ’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens mounted on card and matted.Published in 1912 to capitalize on the popularity of the stage production Peter and Wendy, this portfolio contains 12 pictures considered to be RackhamÂ’s personal favorites from the 50 original plates he designed for BarrieÂ’s text. Of RackhamÂ’s designs Barrie wrote, “I like best of all the Serpentine with the fairies, and the Peter in his night-gown sitting in the tree. Next I would [sic] the flying Peters, the fairies going to the ball (as in the ‘tiffÂ’ and the fairy on cobweb)— the fairies sewing the leaves with their sense of fun (the gayest thing this) and your treatment of snow” (Ray). Perhaps BarrieÂ’s comments influenced RackhamÂ’s selection, as this portfolio includes all the images he mentioned. This edition was limited to 500 copies signed by the publishers, engravers and printers, numbered 101-600 (this copy is number 448); copies 1-100 were supposed to be signed on every plate by Rackham, but “Mr. Rackham advises that he signed only about twenty” (Latimore and Haskell, 39). The portfolio brought RackhamÂ’s work great public attention, “and ultimately spawned one fine new piece of music,” DebussyÂ’s “Les Fées Sont dÂ’Exquises Danceuses” (Hamilton, 97). With descriptive tissue guards. Originally issued as a gift book in 1906 with 50 color plates but in a much smaller quarto format. Riall, 113. Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England 329. Plates generally bright and fresh, with occasional light foxing. Interior with expert restoration to title page edges, leaves occasionally remargined at gutter, some mats expertly restored. Vellum with light wear to spine foot, minor bumping to extremities. Expert restoration to scarce original cardboard box. An extremely good copy.

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        RIPOSTES OF EZRA POUND. Whereto Are Appended The Complete Poetical Works Of T. E. Hulme With Prefatory Note.

      London: Stephen Swift and Co. 1912. First edition. First edition. Inscribed presentation copy. PublisherÂ’s original grey cloth with titles in gilt to the upper board. Page edges untrimmed. A very good or better copy, the binding firm with a little bumping to the corners and toning to the spine. The contents are toned to the text block edge (due to the poor quality paper used in production) otherwise clean throughout. As with most authorÂ’s presentation copies of this title the adverts have been removed from the rear (said to have been removed by Pound after the failure of the publisher). Scarce in inscribed state. Inscribed by the author in black ink on the front free endpaper “To/ Frank Rummel / with the authorÂ’s friendship / 1913 / E.P.” The recipient Frank Morse Rummel was the brother of the composer Walter Morse Rummel, who was a friend and collaborator with Pound on Canzoni (1911), Hesternae Rosae (1913), and other works. [Gallup A8a]. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

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        La cité des eaux. Recueil d'épreuves de l'Artiste Charles JOUAS

      1912. 1912, In-folio relié demi maroquin noir à coins, filets à froid sur les plats (reliure de René KIEFFER, avec tampon et étiquette), dos à nerfs, tête dorée, gardes de papier marbré. Suite complète en épreuves d'artiste des 37 gravures avec remarques (petites gravures) des jardins de Versailles, toutes signées de Charles JOUAS. Elles sont toutes montées sur onglets , à grandes marges et ont toutes des remarques différentes dans la partie inférieure des marges. En début d'ouvrage, un dessin original signé en couleurs de Charles JOUAS représentant le Bassin d'Apollon, dans un encadrement à filets rouges et titre manuscrit rouge également. La couverture de l'ouvrage d' Henri de REGNIER a été ajoutée. Exemplaire unique, superbe qulité des gravures. Très bon état

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      1912. First Edition . Signed. WELLS, H.G. Marriage. London: Macmillan, 1912. Octavo, original green blind-stamped cloth, top edge gilt. $2250.First edition of this novel, inscribed by Wells on the front free endpaper, ""R.A.G. from H.G."" Presented to and from the collection of Wells’ close friend and frequent scientific adviser, Sir Richard Arman Gregory.""The marriage in question is that of Marjorie Pope to Richard Trafford, a scientific researcher who dramatically enters her life when his plane crashes on a vicarage lawn. Marjorie's expensive tastes force Trafford to give up pure research and work in industry. Wealthy but unfulfilled, the couple eventually retreat to a hut in Labrador where Trafford is injured by a lynx, but Marjorie nurses him back to health and the two resolve to embark on a new way of life serving human progress. For this big, serious novel Wells had taken [Henry] James' advice and switched to the third person to increase perspective… James told Wells that the story was interesting, but it was the story of Wells' ongoing life and thought that interested him rather than those of the characters"" (Sherborne, 215-16). With eight pages of publisher's advertisements at rear. Hammond A8. Wells 46. Inscribed to noted British scientist and Wells' lifelong friend Sir Richard Arman Gregory. In Wells' first work of fiction, he dedicated the work to Gregory as his ""dearest friend."" The two met while students at the Normal School of Science in South Kensington. They jointly authored a textbook, Honours Physiography, in 1891. Reportedly, Gregory was the one person with whom Wells never quarreled. A professor of astronomy, Gregory also possessed expertise in physics, chemistry and other disciplines; he wrote several textbooks and eventually assumed the editorship of the journal Nature, to which Wells frequently contributed. The author often turned to Gregory, and to the experts Gregory contacted on Wells' behalf, for insight and encouragement when writing his famous ""scientific romances."" After Wells' death, Gregory worked to establish the H.G. Wells Memorial to preserve public attention to his friend's body of work. Throughout his life Gregory was a passionate advocate for science—""It is necessary to believe in the holiness of scientific work,"" he once declared—and ""an optimist about man's future"" (Horrabin, in New Scientist, April 11, 1957).A clean, fresh, about-fine inscribed association copy.

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        Die Baukunst Konstantinopels.

      Berlin, [Wasmuth], 1912. - 2 vols. Elephant folio. 112 pp. 224 text illus. (some in colour), 204 plates (numbered 1-205, nos. 204-205 forming one double-page plate; 7 double-page; 2 coloured), showing photographs, measured drawings, ground plans, etc. Loose as issued in original board portfolio. First editon; rare. An important survey of the architecture of Constantinople, concentrating mainly on religious buildings. The extensive scope covers the major mosques of the Ottomans, as well as Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, Hagios Theodoros and the Byzantine land walls. The plates depict interior and exterior views, architectural details, street scenes, plans, and elevations. A panoramic and comprehensive overview of many centuries of architectural evolution in Istanbul. - Very scare, and virtually impossible to obtain: the last copy at Sothebys sold for

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        De Re Metallica

      1912. First Edition . Signed. (HOOVER, Herbert) AGRICOLA, Georgius. De Re Metallica. Translated from the First Latin Edition of 1556. London: Mining Magazine, 1912. Folio (8-1/2 by 13 inches), original full vellum, uncut. $3800.First edition in English of this lavishly illustrated landmark scientific work, “one of the first technological books of modern times,” translated, with annotations, by the 31st President of the United States, Herbert Hoover, and his wife, inscribed ""To John F. Jackson with the kind regards of Herbert Hoover. Dec. 1950.""Hoover, a mining engineer before entering politics, annotated this edition; his wife, a former Latin teacher, was responsible for the bulk of the translation. Includes a life of Agricola, and an appendix of his works. One of an estimated 1476 copies printed (Norman 21). With reproductions of all 270 woodcut diagrams and illustrations included in the 1556 first Latin edition. Honneyman I, 36. Hoover 28. See Dibner, Heralds of Science 88 (1556 first edition). John Jackson was a linotypist who set several of Hoover's later works.Scattered light marginal dampstaining to text; original vellum bright, much nicer than usually seen. An extremely good copy.

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        Autograph Album kept by Gilbert K. Smith of Bath, (Lillie, 1852-1929, Actress, Mistress of Edward VII, 'The Jersey Lily') and Sarah BERNHARDT (1844-1923, Actress 'The Divine Sarah')

      1912 - of Variety Artistes and Actors, the large oblong 8vo format has encouraged some to fill the page with huge signatures, such as Vesta Tilley (p.3) or 'La Milo' (Pansy Montague, who impersonated marble statues (p.21), or to draw themselves in character, such as Bransby Williams as The Showman with a scrap of dialogue (p.29) or George Robey (p.51), or to add sentiments, such as Marie Lloyd ('You will never need a Rosary if you thread your life with Beads of Love & Kind thoughts', p.79), Chung Ling Soo (the American conjuror William Ellsworth Robinson) signs also in Chinese (p.31), and besides Eugene Stratton (p.7), Chris B. Whittle ('Billy Muggins - 'We all go the same way home', p. 9), Charles Austin Parker (P.C. 'Arry, with a drawing of a policeman), and George Formby senior (p.63) there are some famous actors such as Seymour Hicks (p.19), Lillie de Bathe, who adds ('Mrs Langtry') (p.49), and, at the end, Sarah BERNHARDT, who writes 'Que la Vie vous soit douce Ne crains!' ('May Life be sweet for you, Fear not!'), together over 50 signatures, 5

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        Titanic" Disaster - Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Commerce United States Senate, Sixty-Second Congress, Second Session, Doc. no. 726 Pursuant to S. Res. 283, Directing the Committee on Commerce to Investigate the Causes Leading to the Wreck of the White Star Liner "Titanic"

      Govt. Printing Office, Washington 1912 - Thick 8vo, heavy paper wraps, title on ft. wrap and first page. Gen. mild to moderate soiling to wraps, with a few chips and loss of orig. spine paper bottom quarter of spine, now all professionally repaired. Internally clean with some chipping to a few page edges and corners, not affecting text. Illus. with three map charts. pp.1163. Now in a very lovely dk. tan cloth clam-shell case with a gold embossed brown morocco label on spine and a photocopy of the ft. wrap on the ft. panel of the case. This is the original very scarce full published report of the Congressional hearings immediately following the sinking of the Titanic in the form in which it was first printed. It is the mother lode of Titanic collectibles. It includes the questions and testimony by all witnesses and three fold-out maps showing the position of Titanic with relation to ice and to other ships. Skilfully restored, it can be opened and studied without fear of damage and the fine clam shell case offers additional protection. Original Wraps, clam shell case. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Fine typed letter signed to Mr Macdona, (Sir Ernest Henry, 1874-1922, British Antarctic Explorer)

      1912 - concerning arrangements, presumably for a lecture or talk, "I shall be very pleased to stay with you if it does not put you out, as I must leave by the first train in the morning . perhaps it would be better for me to stay at a hotel close to the station. I will find my own way from Worcester to West Kirby .", 1 side 4to., 9 Regent Street, London SW, headed paper, telegraphic address "Antexpedi, London", 5th November Shackleton had returned from his First Antarctic Expedition in 1909. Although he hadn't achieved the Pole, his expedition was celebrated as the first to climb Mount Erebus, and set the record of having travelled the Farthest South. In this interim period, Scott on his second Expedition in the Terra Nova, was known to have failed to achieve the Pole, with news of Amundsen's triumph in the Spring of 1912. Another German Expedition had commenced in May 1911, but it was not known to have failed until December 1912. Shackleton filled this time will Talks and Lectures, and some unsatisfactory money making enterprises. He was formulating plans, and organising sponsorship for what was to be his Imperial Transantarctic Expedition, of 1914-17.

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        Aux sanctuaires grecs. Paques 1912. XLVIIme croisiere de la "Revue Générale des Sciences".

      Large folio. Original printed wrappers (in colour on the front cover, both after watercolours by Mme. Brouardel); pp. 14, ff. 17-74 (plates with tissue guards), pp. 75-6, title printed in red an blue, with initial leaf with text in red and blue and two photos printed in photogravure, map, 446 snapshots printed in photogravure; apart from tiny marginal spot to title, a fine copy in the slightly worn, original patterned box with cloth ties. Extremely rare sole edition (number 68 of 130 copies) of this luxuriously and privately printed photographic travelogue of a study trip on a ship around Greece, organized by the founder and director of the periodical Revue générale des Sciences, Louis Olivier. The first trip had taken place to celebrate the First Olympic Games of 1896. Most of the tourists were French Grecophiles or former pupils of the École française d'Athènes, altogether a very cultured and educated group. The director of the journey and author of the text was Gustave Fourgères (1863-1927), an archaeology professor specialising in Ancient Greece. This copy was given to M. Poulenc, a member of the tour; we assume that the rarity, both commercially and institutionally (not in COPAC, both KVK and OCLC locate copies in Paris, Lausanne and Geneva) is due to the fact that each of the participants was sent a copy of this work to which several had contributed with their photographic skills. The photos in this impressive volume were not published anywhere else. See Haris Yiakoumis and Isabelle Roy, La croisière des savants, 1896-1912.

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        Weltreise. 2 Bände.

      Leipzig und Wien, Bibliograph. Inst. 1912 - 2. Aufl. XII, 436 S.; VIII, 212 S. Mit zus. 32 Karten, 55 Plänen und 2 Tafeln. OLn. (minimale Gebrauchsspuren). (Meyers Reisebücher).- Hauenstein H 481 und H 482.- 1. Teil: Indien, China und Japan. 2. Teil: Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika.- Minimale Gebrauchsspuren; Band 1 mit hs. Besitzeintrag auf dem Titelblatt. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Grafik *Motiv 3 / 1967* - Aquatintaradierung, signiert und nummeriert.

      Großformatiges Blatt Emil Schumachers (*1912 - 199) mit dem Titel *Komposition 3/1967*. Erschienen in einer Auflage von 120 Exemplaren ( hier das Blatt Nummer 51 ), rechts unten von Schumacher handschriftlich signiert. Bildgröße: 28,5 x 49,5 cm / Blattgröße 53 x 70 cm (Höhe x Breite ). Mit beiliegendem Editionszettel mit bibliographischen Angaben zu Schumacher. Das Blatt im weißen Außenrand etwas fleckig und an einer Stelle etwas stock- bzw. braunfleckig - ansonsten gut erhalten.

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      Toledo, Ohio: Franklin Printing & Engraving Co.. Very Good+. 1912. First Edition. Hardcover. Collateral Lines in Family Groups, Normandy, Great Britain and America Comprising the Ancestors and Descendants of Eltweed Pomeroy from Beaminster County Dorset England 1630. Limited Edition #338 of 400. This book was reissued in a second edition in 1958. This is the very rare limited 1st edition published in 1912. Leather over clean blue cloth with gilt titles. (xvi) , 962pp. Numerous tissue protected illustrations , including color plates of the Armorial Crest of the Pomeroy of Berry and the Pomeroy Achievement Crest. Interior of text is tight, clean & intact. Marbled endpaper. Top edge gilt with deckle page edges. Genealogy ; B/W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 962 pages .

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        Bauernhaus Und Arbeiterwohnung In England. Eine Reisestudie.

      Folio (392 x 289 mm). Publisher's original quarter white leather over decoratively printed portfolio boards with ties; pp. 18, [2], 20 b/w plates reproducing perspective drawings by the author, 37 b/w photo figures and plans within the text, loose as issued; the backstrip expertly repaired with archive tissue. Attractive suite of plates reproducing drawings of the principal houses on the model villages of Bournville and Port the Swiss architect, Hans Eduard von Berlepsch-Valendas (1849-1921), who had studied under Gottfried Semper in Zurich.

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        The Works of.... With introductions by F.G. Kenyon.

      London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1912. Centenary edition. Limited to 276 sets for the US, of which this is number 244. Printed on antique laid paper, with sepia-toned portrait frontispiece in each volume. 10 volumes. Handsomely bound in the 'West End' style in dark blue half morocco, gilt on spine, raised bands, blue cloth boards, top edge gilt others untrimmed, marbled endpapers.Largely unopened; a fine set inside and out.

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        De Paoli e Garrone 1912

      1912. Bella fotografia stampa all'albumina, cm 16x12. Una delle pochissime fotografie di Gozzano che si conoscano. Il poeta è in posa con Garrone e con De Paoli. I due amici guardono verso l'obbiettivo, mentre Gozzano sulla sinistra, appoggiato all'autovettura, volge uno sguardo distratto alla sua destra. è una foto d'insieme significativa: il poeta, il critico, l'amico. La foto fu scattata nel 1912, a un anno dalla consacrazione di Gozzano poeta, anno in cui, aggravatosi il suo stato di salute, decise di compiere un lungo viaggio in India con l'amico Garrone (come Gozzano malato di tisi). La crociera, durata dal 6 febbraio 1912 fino al maggio seguente, non diede a Gozzano il beneficio sperato, ma gli servì a comporre, con l'aiuto della fantasia e di molte letture di argomento esotico, un diario di viaggio , che sarà pubblicato postumo da Treves, nel 1917, con il titolo ''Verso la cuna del mondo'' (i testi erano già apparsi su "La Lettura", "La Stampa" e "La Donna", dal gennaio 1914 all'agosto 1916).

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        The Writings

      London: Smith, Elder, 1912. Full leather. Fine. London: Smith, Elder, 1912. Full leather. Ten volumes. Octavo. The Centenary Edition of Robert Browning Writings. Limited to five hundred twenty-six sets which this is number 168. Handsomely bound in full green morocco with marbled endpapers, top edge glt, fancy dentelles, the spine panels and covers with triple-ruled borders and large fancy gilt corners ornaments, raised bands, gilt title. A one page ALS by Browning declining an invitation, dated July 7, '84.

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        The Night Land.

      London: Eveleigh Nash. 1912. First edition. Octavo, pp. ix, 583, 16 of ads. Publisher's red cloth with blind stamped decoration to front and rear, gilt titles to front and spine. Now housed in a recent Morocco spined fleece lined clamshell box. Occasional light spotting throughout the textblock, area of rough paper to the rear pastedown where a bookplate or similar has been removed. Slight lean to the book. Both front and rear boards show some signs of wear with marking and some bumping to corners. Spine shows quite heavy marking and staining with the gilt faded to white, both front and rear outer joints beginning to go. Overall a very good copy of a rare and marvellous work, arguably Hodgson's greatest (it's not easy train-journey reading, and the linguistic liberties would make Tolkien homicidal, but it is astonishing). The text was highly regarded by many others in the field including the notoriously difficult to impress Mr. H.P.Lovecraft and his cabal.

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        The South Pole

      An Account of the Antarctic Expedition in the Fram 1910-12 FIRST EDITION 1912 two volumes Published by John Murray Very good condition with bright boards and very little foxing

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        Sport In The Eastern Sudan From Souakin To The Blue Nile

      Rowland Ward 1912 - X 285 pages, 5 pages adverts for Roland Ward, original tan cloth, gilt title to upper board light rubbing to head and tail of spine, although the title page calls for a map it was never issued for the 2nd issue. A scarce Rowland Ward publication the book details the author's 9 months safari at a cost of £750.00. Hunting lion, buffalo, hippo, giraffe and variety of plains game. Czech 40

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        Mélanges biologiques : Livre dédié à Charles Richet à l'occasion du vingt-cinquième anniversaire de son professorat par ses amis, ses collègues, ses élèves

      Paris, Imprimerie de la Cour d'Appel 1912 - Petit in-4° broché, couverture rempliée, très nombreuses planches hors-texte, XIV-541 pages. Magnifique exemplaire en état somptueux. Nous ne pouvons citer ici tous les contributeurs, remarquons juste les interventions de Abelous, Albertoni, Arthus, Bardier : sur le mécanisme de l'anaphylaxie, Bardier, André Broca, Jean Camus, Chauveau, Raphael Dubois, G. Fano, Armand Gautier, P. Vn Grtzner, Hamburger, E. Gley, Paul Heger, Heymans, Kossel, Louis Landouzy, Langlois, Louis Lapicque, R. Lépine, Ugo Lombroso, Lussana, Jose Gomez Ocana : Vida de Cervantes, Pavloff, Sherrington, Ernest Solvay, Tigerstedt, Triboulet, Henry de Varigny, Max Verworn, E. Wertheimer, Fernand Widal, Gaston Bonnier, Charles Bouchard, Bourquelot, A. Chauffard, M. Doyon, A. Pinard . [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Susan (In Original Box)

      New York: Hodder and Stoughton, 1912. pictorial cream paper over boards, 1" marginal mended tear to one page, else fine; original box with matching design with light soil and small splits at joints. 26 leaves printed on one side including 12 delicate color plates corresponding with verses about Susan's actions, "Sneers, Smiles, Sniffs, etc..." A beautiful copy, rare in box.. First American Edition. Near Fine/No Jacket. 4to.

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        Sonkolyi Gergely/Délvirágok/A Varchoniták

      Franklin-Társulat, Budapest 1912 - Aranyozott kiadói egész vászonkötés [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        La marche à l'étoile

      Edition printed on Alfa paper.Binding half navy blue morocco, spine with five nerves, marbled paper plates, guards and sky blue contreplats, wrappers and back preserved and bound in (isolated back and slightly faded, stains on boards), gilded head, binding signed P. Goy & C. Vilaine.Signed autograph Albert in London The dispatch of Le Havre.Copy pleasantly established. Sansot & Cie Paris 1912 11,5x18,5cm relié

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      (Vienna): K.K. Hofbibliothek, (1912). 22; (126)pp. A facsimile of Viennese printer Ludwig Bonnoberger's famous prayer book of 1607, presented to a gathering of bibliophiles at the Imperial Court Library in September 1912. Bound in buff cloth with interwoven silver threads. All edges are gilt and gauffered, with two indented circles to each edge. The book is housed in a scooped out compartment at the back of a larger volume of twenty-two pages. This work, bound in olive-green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine, discusses details of Bonnoberger's tiny prayer book and miniature books in general. Text in German. Facsimile volume very fine; larger volume with light rubbing to foot of spine, else fine. Bookplate of noted miniature-book collector Kathryn Rickard. (Welsh 546). (facsimile: 1 3/16 by 7/8; 30x21mm).

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        Ein Dokument zur Erinnerung an die schwere Zeit die am 13.2.1945 über Dresden kam. Reinhardsgrimma 24.9.1950. Mappe mit 10 Aquarellen und farbigen Zeichnungen mit Motiven des zerbombten Dresden. Motive: Dreikönigskirche i.d. Neustadt Der Altmarkt jetzt ein freier Platz Trümmer im Schlosshof Ausgebrannte Kirche Das zertrümmerte Palais der Gräfin Cosel Blick auf Dresden von der Neustadt nach dem Angriff Ein letztes Stück der Frauenkirche Blick vom Turm der Kreuzkirche nach d. Postplatz Die Sofienkirche Das berühmte Haus des Goldschmiedes Dinglinger.

      45,5 x 35 cm Leinen-Mappe, auf Innendeckel beschrieben, signiert und datiert. Richard Pusch (geb. 1912 Dresden, gest. 1997) lebte und arbeitete als freischaffender Künstler in Dresden und später nach der Zerstörung der Stadt in Reinhardtsgrimma (Osterzgebirge). Sein künstlerisches Hauptwerk sind expressive Aquarelle mit vorwiegend landschaftlichen Motiven. Diese Mappe ist eine Aufarbeitung der Eindrücke von der Zerstörung seiner Heimatstadt Dresden, in der Pusch durch die Bombardierung sein Atelier und den größten Teil seines Werkes verlor. Pusch fertigte unmittelbar im Februar 1945 Skizzen und setzte diese fünf Jahre später u.a. in diesen Bildzyklus um.Alle Blätter sind auf Karton montiert und außerhalb der Darstellung von Pusch signiert, datiert und bezeichnet.

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        GÜTER - ADRESSBUCH FÜR PROVINZ WESTPREUSSEN.- Verzeichnis sämtlicher Rittergüter, Güter und größeren Bauernhöfe der Provinz mit Angabe der Guts-Eigenschaft, des Grundsteuer-Reinertrages, der Gesamtfläche ... Angabe der Besitzer, Pächter und Verwalter, der Post-, Telegraphen- und Eisenbahnstationen ... einem alphabetischen Orts- und Personenregister, dem Handbuch der Königlichen Behörden. Nach amtlichen Quellen und auf Grund direkter Angaben bearbeitet von Ernst Seyfert.

      Leipzig (Reichenbach), 1912. 2. Aufl. Gr. 8°. XXX, 253 S. und 17 Blatt Werbung mit 1 farb. Landkarte im Maßstabe 1:1000000. ill. OLn. Rücken teilweise abgeplatzt, Karte mit sauberem Einschnitt, sonst sehr gut erhalten. = Band II. Von musealer Seltenheit und histrorischer Bedeutung. Versand D: 6,00 EUR

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        Grundzüge einer Allgemeinen Theorie der Linearen Integralgleichungen.

      Leipzig & Berlin: B.G. Teubner, 1912. Inscribed to Edmund Landau. A fine copy of Hilbert's classical text with presentation to the eminent number theorist Edmund Landau. Handwritten presentation on front fly leaf: "S.l Kollegen Landau / zu. fr. Er. / aus dem Verf. / Göttingen den 26 Sept. 1912". This is the first book form of Hilbert's groundbreaking work on integral equations (originally published as six papers in the Göttinger Nachrichten, 1904-10) which lead to the development Hilbert spaces. An outstanding presentation from one master to another. 8vo (246 x 167 mm), pp. xxvi, 282, publishers full cloth. Some light wear to upper and lower capitals, else very fine and fresh. With previous owner's signature at top, above presentation (Robert Weinstock - Professor of mathematics at Stanford and author of a popular text book on the calculus of variations). Signed items by Hilbert are rare.

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        British Sports and Sportsmen

      British Sports and Sportsmen, 1912. Two volumes Large thick folio Profusely illustrated with photogravures and black and white photographs full red morocco ruled and lettered in gilt, inner gilt dentelles, raised bands on spine, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt Volume I on Hunting contains 20 articles on nearly every phase of hunting, mostly in Great Britian, plus articles on hunging in the colonies, altogether 643 pages. In addition there are lists of celebrities of the hunting field, an index to hunts, etc. More than 120 photogravures illustrate the volume, plus another 250 illustrations. Volume II is titled Big Game Hunting and Angling. It contains 593 pages, is indexed and has more than 80 full page photogravure plates, and also more than 250 illustrations in the text. This volume deals not only with the subject in England, but also extensively with big game hunting in Germany, Portuguese East Africa, Central Africa, Rhodesia, India, Ceylon, Java, Alaska, British Columbia and Sardinia and includes a chapter on "Fur Trapping in North America". Contributors to this section include such authorities as F. C. Selous, James Sutherland, J. Turner-Turner, C. Radcliffe, C. Phillips-Wooley, J. Stathan and others. Contributions to the section on fishing include Turner-Turner, F. G. Aflalo, R. B. Marston, Frederick Morgan, Cecil Braithwaite and others, on angling in England, salmon and trout fishing in New Zealand, Sporting Fish, salt water fishing for tarpon and other big game fish Some rubbing of edges and spine, slight wear of covers, else fine One of one thousand sets

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        Vie de Mélanie bergère de la Salette écrite par elle-même en 1900 - Son enfance (1831-1846)

      - Mercure de France, Paris 1912, 12x19cm, broché. - First Edition. Autografo Precious firmata dall'autore pittore Georges Rouault: "Niente per la sua arte - Non c'è caricatura". Rinforzato indietro con alcune lacune riempite, un restaurato sulla pagina occhietto in cui figura l'invio di lacrimogeni. La nostra copia viene presentato in una confezione regalo completa marocchino nero, dorso liscio, piatti di carta marmorizzata e agnello interni. Rouault ha incontrato Léon Bloy nel 1904 attraverso una delle sue opere: "Mi hanno detto che il pittore Georges Rouault, allievo di Gustave Moreau, una passione per me. Dopo aver trovato il suo padrone "Poor Woman" ... questo libro ha morso il cuore, inguaribilmente ferito "(Journal of L. Bloy, 16 marzo 1904). Nasce così una duratura amicizia tra i due artisti. Tuttavia, quando nel 1905 Rouault esposto al Salon d'Automne "Real Poulot", basato sul romanzo di reazione di Bloy è violento: "... Questo artista è stato creduto capace sembra serafini di dipingere non concepire che i cartoni animati atroci e vendicatori. Infamia Bourgeois lavora in lui un orrore impatto violento che la sua arte sembra ferito mortalmente. Voleva fare i miei personaggi Poulot "povera donna". A qualsiasi prezzo che voglio questa illustrazione. Fu per questo che non vi è più tragico: due cittadini, maschi e femmine, completi: candido, pacifici, misericordiosi e saggi di mettere la feccia della paura costellazioni cavalli bocca. Ha fatto due assassini piccolo borgo. "Nessuno meglio di Raissa Maritain non sapeva descrivere un'amicizia complessa che unisce il giovane pittore e il vecchio scrittore, analizzando sia" la ragione di fondo per il loro dissenso ", citando una lettera Bloy Rouault 1907:" Voi siete attratti esclusivamente dal brutto. "Come loro" ammirazione ", spiega come" la fede viva di uno e l'altro, (...), elevazione e il rigore del loro artista coscienza Quante volte "." - Scritto it - negli anni che seguirono, non abbiamo noi visto Rouault in Bloy, in piedi, appoggiato al muro, un lieve sorriso sulle labbra chiuse, guardando in lontananza, volto apparentemente impassibile, ma un pallore che sarebbe accentuata quando la questione della pittura moderna è stata discussa. Rouault pallido, ma mantenuto attraverso un silenzio eroico. E ancora, nonostante l'opposizione decisa sullo stesso tema della sua arte, egli rimase fedele a Léon Bloy. Sembrava lui aveva lo stesso sguardo in accuse Bloy, che lo tormentava ciò che di più caro - non per sottoporli a una discussione, ma per metterli alla prova contro la forza dell'istinto che l' ha portato verso l'ignoto ed è stato superare ogni ostacolo. "(" All'alba di nuove amicizie "a New Polling ottobre 1941) Questo è lo stesso Léon Bloy, rispettoso ma fermamente critico della sua giovane amico, che egli dedica questo ritratto di un santo, questa bellezza elegia che non sarà mai in grado di percepire nell'opera di Rouault. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale. Précieux envoi autographe signé de Léon Bloy au peintre Georges Rouault: "Rien pour son art - Il n'y a pas de caricature". Dos renforcé comportant quelques manques comblés, une déchirure restaurée sur la page de faux-titre où figure l'envoi. Notre exemplaire est présenté dans un coffret en plein maroquin noir, dos lisse, plats de papier marbré et intérieur en agneau. Rouault fait la connaissance de Léon Bloy en 1904 par l'intermédiaire d'une de ses oeuvres: « On m'apprend que le peintre Georges Rouault, élève de Gustave Moreau, s'est passionné pour moi. Ayant trouvé chez son maître "La Femme pauvre"..., ce livre l'a mordu au coeur, blessé incurablement » (Journal de L. Bloy, 16 mars 1904). Naît alors une indéfectible amitié entre les deux artistes. Cependant lorsqu'en 1905 Rouault expose au Salon d'Automne "Monsieur et Madame Poulot" inspiré du roman de Bloy, la réaction de celui-ci est violente: « ... Cet artiste qu'on croyait capable de peindre des séraphins, semble ne plus concevoir que d'atroces et vengeresses caricatures. L'infamie bourgeoise opère en lui une si violente répercussion d'horreur que son art paraît blessé à mort. Il a voulu faire mes Poulot personnages de "La Femme Pauvre". À aucun prix je ne veux de cette illustration. Il s'agissait de faire ce qu'il y a de plus tragique : deux bourgeois, mâle et femelle, complets : candides, pacifiques, miséricordieux et sages à mettre l'écume de la peur à la bouche des chevaux des constellations. Il a fait deux assassins de petite banlieue. » Nul mieux que Raïssa Maritain ne sut décrire l'amitié complexe qui unit le jeune peintre et le vieil écrivain, analysant à la fois "la raison profonde de leur dissentiment" en citant une lettre de Bloy à Rouault de 1907 : « Vous êtes attiré par le laid exclusivement. " comme leur "admiration" qu'elle explique par "la vive foi de l'un et de l'autre, (...) l'élévation et la rigueur de leur conscience d'artistes". "Combien de fois - écrit-elle - dans les années qui ont suivi, n'avons-nous pas vu Rouault chez Bloy, debout, appuyé contre le mur, un léger sourire sur ses lèvres closes, le regard au loin, le visage apparemment impassible, mais d'une pâleur qui allait s'accentuant lorsque la question de la peinture moderne était abordée. Rouault pâlissait, mais gardait jusqu'au bout un silence héroïque. Et toujours, malgré cette irréductible opposition sur la question même de son art, il est resté fidèle à Léon Bloy. On eût dit qu'il venait chercher chez Bloy les accusations mêmes qui tourmentaient en lui ce qu'il avait de plus cher, - non pour les soumettre à une discussion quelconque, mais pour éprouver contre elles la force de l'instinct qui l'entraînait vers l'inconnu et qui devait triompher de tout obstacle." ("A l'aube de nouvelles amitiés" in La Nouvelle Relève, octobre 1941)C'est le même Léon Bloy, respectueux mais immuablement critique à l'égard de son jeune ami, qui lui dédicace ce portrait d'une sainte, cette élégie de la beauté qu'il ne saura jamais percevoir dans l'oeuvre de Rouault.

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