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        Russia with Teheran, Port Arthur, and Peking Handbook for Travellers.

      Leipzig: Karl Baedeker Publisher, 1914. Small 8vo., lxiv, 590 pp., 40 color maps including many fold-outs. Full red pebbled cloth, stamped in blind, with gilt title, marbled edges. Backstrip slightly rubbed, tape repair to first fold-out map; otherwise very good. First edition thus. One of the most collectable Baedeker volumes as it functions as a sort of time capsule for pre-Revolution and World War I Russia. The maps and travel plans are meant to aid the traveler so as to make him independent, and thus the captain of his own voyage, immune to the tricks and traps that befall the average tourist, and equipped with up-to-date insider information to thoroughly immerse oneself in the attractions of the country being explored.

      [Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller]
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        Across the Plains in '54. A Story for Young People of Early Emmigration to California. [With:] The Captive Maidens or the Prizes Won. A Sequel to Across the Plains in 54 [sic] And by the Author of "Across the Plains in 54." A Story of the early settlement

      [San Francisco]: Chase & Rae, Printers, [c. 1914]. Two parts in one. 8vo, original printed tan wrappers, in new folding box with Plexiglas lid. [iv], 232 pp. Wrappers smudged, particularly at upper front wrapper; pervasive interior light dampstaining, with some spotting at terminal leaves; but a sound, solid copy of a most uncommon work. "Second Edition, Revised, Corrected and Enlarged by the Author" (as stated on the verso of the first title-page), and the first edition to include The Captive Maidens. The narrative tells of the author's emigration from Missouri to California in 1854, his return home in 1860, and his second overland crossing in 1865, as well as his adventures in California afterward. There seems to be little doubt of the general authenticity of Nott's travels, but he unfortunately recasts them into a fictionalized tale for young readers. Still, his plainspoken sincerity remains effective. Most of the California activity, mining, ranching, Indian-fighting, etc., takes place around Marysville. According to OCLC, the only copy of the first edition, undated and comprising just 76 pages, is at the Bancroft Library; about 15 copies of the second edition are listed. Wright Howes assumes that the first edition was not issued in book form, and he speculates that this second edition was published in 1905 and was almost completely destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and fire of '06. But the book's appearance makes it clear that it was produced considerably later; and the printers, Chase & Rae, seem to have been active only between about 1914 and 1925. Howes & Mintz call for a portrait, but no other authorities or booksellers record it. Almost all citations of this book, in fact, are vague and confused, reflecting its remarkable scarcity. Cowan (II), p. 457. Graff 3045. Howes N-213. Mintz 142. Towneley, p. 113.

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        DUBLINERS

      Richards 1914 - First edition. Original maroon cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper cover. A very good copy, some foxing to page edges and contents, boards mainly bright though there is a vertical crease along the centre of the spine. Joyce's unsurpassed collection of short stories, in which he attempts to 'present Dublin to the world'. The book had a tortuous birth: it was to be Joyce's first published work and appear in 1906, but the publication was abandoned during printing due to disagreements between Joyce and his publishers regarding emendations. In defence of his writing, Joyce said famously in a letter to Richards "It is not my fault that the odour of ashpits and old weeds and offal hangs around my stories. I seriously believe that you will retard the course of civilisation in Ireland by preventing the Irish people from having one good look at themselves in my nicely polished looking-glass." After the publication of Chamber Music in 1907 Joyce offered Dubliners to Elkin Mathews and upon rejection approached the Dublin publishers Maunsel. They printed an edition of 1000 copies in July 1910, but all but a few of the page proofs were burned by the printer because of "objectionable" passages in some of the stories. In 1913 Richards eventually agreed to publish the book in an edition of 1250 copies, 746 of which were bound up and the remaining 504 were sold to B.W.Huebsch to form the American edition. The book was published on 15th June, 1914. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Translated into English verse by Edward Fitzgerald with illustrations photographed from life studies by Adelaide Hanscom and Blanche Cumming

      George G. Harrap & Co. London. nd. [1914] Quarto. Title page in green and black. Unpaginated leaves printed on recto only, each with engraved headpieces and tailpieces. 28 coloured photogravure plates tipped in, with decorative tissue guards. Full original morocco, with peacock feather design to upper board and spine with morocco onlays in green and blue with gilt. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Small surface mark to lower board. Crease to frontispiece lower corner.In late 1903 Adelaide Hanscom began working on a series of photographs to illustrate the text of Fitzgerald's fourth version of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The concept of illustrating a literary work with fine art photographs was new at that time, and The Rubaiyat was one of the very first American books in this genre. She solicited some then well-known California literary figures, including Charles Keeler, Joaquin Miller, George Sterling and George Wharton James, as models for the project. Hanscom's studio was completely destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and fire, and with it all of the negatives for The Rubaiyat. That same year Alfred Stieglitz listed Hanscom as an Associate Member of his Photo-Secession.

      [Bookseller: Paul Haynes Rare Books ABA ILAB]
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        [NEW GUINEA] Portraits of native people of the Markham Valley region, German New Guinea, c 1914

      A group of seven original photographs dating from around 1914, each 115 x 70 mm, five numbered verso in ink in contemporary hand, two with pencil inscriptions in German in contemporary hand: Häuptling von Lae [Chief of Lae] and Eing'ren. Schönheit von Lae [Native beauty of Lae]. Fine condition. These close-up and very candid portraits of native people were taken by an amateur German photographer in the hinterland and area around Lae, on the Huon Gulf at the mouth of the Markham River. The first German Government station was established in this area in 1909, and German mission stations followed in 1910-11.Whether the photographer was a missionary, trader or colonial official is unknown, but the spontaneity of the images and the direct gaze of the subjects makes them a powerful photographic ensemble.

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        Life-Histories of African Game Animals.

      New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1914. First edition. Octavo, 2 volumes, original buckram cloth, frontispieces, plates and maps. Drawings by Philip R. Goodwin. Near fine in the rare original dust jackets with some wear and tear.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books]
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        Notice sur le collège St-Michel de Fribourg. Dessins de F.-L Ritter, professeur.

      Fribourg, imprimerie Saint-Paul, 1914, - gr. in-4to, frontispice (J.-B. Jaccoud) XII + 219 p. ill. + 25 planches + 1 planche dépliante + 2 dessins originales en couleurs, nom ms. sur garde, cartonnage original ill., dos en toile. Exemplaire truffé avec 2 dessins originales en couleurs de F.-L. Ritter . 16x24 cm. et 14x21 cm. (technique mixte, aquarelle -craie).Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Harteveld Rare Books Ltd.]
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        SENSHOKU TAIKAN Some no Bu 1-3

      1914. Good. [DESIGN] TSUJI Sho^kyo^, editor. SENSHOKU TAIKAN Some no Bu 1-3. Kyoto, Taisho 3 [1914]. 9 7/8" X 7 1/8". "Encyclopedia of Dyeing and Weaving, Dyeing Section" 3 volumes. Illustrated designs in color wooblock prints, by the premium art publisher of the 20th century in Japan. A beautiful set in very good impression and colors, The covers are rubbed, else good condition.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        REVUE PRATIQUE D'APOLOGETIQUE - EN 17 VOLUMES (du tome Premier au tome 17eme). de l'année 1905-1906 à 1913-1914.

      BEAUCHESNE GABRIEL ET CIE 1914 - R320085152: 17 volumes de 580 pages environ - Dos demi-basanne rouge bordeaux -titre, année, tomaison et roulettes dorés aux dos - Palts et cotre-plats jaspés - La moitié, environ des volumes, est abimée (plus ou moins ) en coiffe en tete. PARAISSANT LES 1er ET LE 15 DE CHAQUE MOIS - In-8 Relié demi-cuir. Bon état. Couv. convenable. Coiffe en tête abîmée. Intérieur frais Classification Dewey : 230-Christianisme. Théologie chrétienne [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Max Carrados.

      London: Methuen & Co. Ltd,, 1914. Octavo. Titles and foliate decoration gilt to spine and front board. With the dust jacket. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Bookplate of Charles Boddy Fisher. A superb copy, only faintly spotted at the edges, in the somewhat dust-soiled jacket, rubbed and a little creased, with chips to ends and corners, and a split running half way up the front joint. First edition, first impression. The first book in Bramah's series of stories with Max Carrados, "a detective of a totally new and unexpected type, for he is blind; but the alluring peculiarity of his case is that his blindness is more than counterbalanced by an enormously enhanced perception of the other senses" (from the dust jacket). A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone, rare in the jacket.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        DER ABGRUND. BILDER AUS DER DEUTSCHEN DÄMMERUNG IM JAHRE 2106 .

      Dieterich'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung Theodor Weicher, Leipzig 1914 - Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-203 [204: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank], original pictorial lavender cloth with cover illustration in color by Otto von der Wehl, spine panel stamped in black, top edge stained gray, gold coated endpapers. First edition. DER ABGRUND (The Abyss. Pictures from the German Twilight of the Year 2106) is a racist, anti-Semitic, anti-capitalistic, anti-socialist, anti-urban tale of the future in which Germany is menaced by Slavic hordes. Lexikon 1, p. 272. Bloch (2002) 3099. Not in Nagl. A nearly fine copy. (#133469) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Currey, L.W. Inc. ABAA/ILAB]
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        DER ABGRUND BILDER AUS DER DEUTSCHEN DÄMMERUNG IM JAHRE 2106

      Leipzig: Dieterich'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung Theodor Weicher, 1914.. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-203 [204: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank], original pictorial lavender cloth with cover illustration in color by Otto von der Wehl, spine panel stamped in black, top edge stained gray, gold coated endpapers. First edition. DER ABGRUND (The Abyss. Pictures from the German Twilight of the Year 2106) is a racist, anti-Semitic, anti-capitalistic, anti-socialist, anti-urban tale of the future in which Germany is menaced by Slavic hordes. Lexikon 1, p. 272. Bloch (2002) 3099. Not in Nagl. A nearly fine copy. (#133469)

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        In Pursuit Of Spring : With The Scarce Original Dustjacket

      The First UK Printing published by Thomas Nelson & Sons in 1914. The Book is in Very Good+ condition. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and front gilt, illustrated endpapers with top edge gilt. Contemporary ownership inscription to the upper verso of the front end paper. Extremities a little rubbed with the endpapers superficially cracking at the bottom of the front hinge but essentially all sound. A few marks to the cloth. The six plates by Ernest Hazelhurst with printed tissue guards are all present. The scarce paper WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good + condition. Small chips to the corners and spine ends. Three small holes to the rear panel and a few minor marks. One small rubbed area to the front panel. Some tape repairs to the verso. The wrapper looks attractive in the removable Brodart archival cover. Thomas' last and greatest work of prose , a record of his March 1913 bicycle ride from Central London out into the Quantock Hills In Somerset. The book is scarce in itself, but the wrapper is of considerable rarity. The last copy in wrapper recorded at auction was in 1983. Collectible

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        The Screen Club [Founded, & organized and First President King Baggot]

      [New York: The Screen Club, 1914. Illustrated. 1 vols. Tall, thin, 4to. Limp ooze, yapped edges, a.e.g., some wear at edges, and starting to split at inner margin. Illustrated. 1 vols. Tall, thin, 4to. King Baggot was born 1879 in St. Louis and died in LA in 1948. He founded the Screen Club, the first and most prestigious club strictly for film personnel, and became an international star in England with Ivanhoe and in France with Absinthe. He wrote 12 screenplays, director of 41 films from 1912 to 1928 and acted in 269 films from 1909 to 1946 (his best role was in "The Black Cat" of 1934.)With photos of the members of the club and the clubhouse itself in NYC. Life Members included Francis X. Bushman, Carl Laemmle, Adolph Zukor, etc.

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        Autograph statement, signed ("Chauncey M. Depew")

      np, 1914. 1 pp. 8vo. Fine, laid into full brown cloth fold-over chemise. 1 pp. 8vo. Depew (1834-1928) was a lawyer, president of the New York Central Railroad, and a U.S. Senator. Here he looks forward to his 80th birthday, "This long period during which I have met nearly every one in the world worth knowing and in touch with events has been full of things which makes life worth its living - This old world is [a] mighty good place to stay in as long as you can".

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        Three Programs of the Jewish Stage (Jüdische Bühne): Der Batlen; Der Passagier; Das jüdische Herz

      Kowel, Ukraine: Printed by K.u.k. Feldbuchdruckerei der 4. Armee, 1914. First edition. Very good. Three Folios. One broadside and two folded programs with decorative ruling and black lettering on covers. Announcements of three theater productions staged in Kowel, northwestern Ukraine, under the auspices of the 4th Army of the K.u.K Austrian-Hungarian Army, two of them bilingual in German and Yiddish.1. Der Batlen oder eine Scherz-Hochzeit (Slacker or A Hoax Marriage) von N. Rakow. Lebensbild in 4 Akten (5 Bildern) A life in 4 acts (5 scenes), directed by I. Rosenbaum. Broadside (15 3/4 x 5 1/4") with decorative ruling. The program contains the full cast and the story is set in Russia. Synopsis of the play on verso of cover. The performance is arranged by the Jewish Art Association of the City of Kowel. Feldpost 340. Text in German. Broadside folded twice horizontally with minor closed tear at bottom edge.2. Der "Passagier" (The Passenger), drama in one act by R. Adelheim; "Masel-Tow" (Die Verlobungen/The Engagements), comedy in one act by Scholem-Aleichem; Die Agenten (The Agents), farce in one act by Scholem-Aleichem, the leading Yiddish author and playwright of the time. All plays directed by M. Pugacz. Folded broadside (13 x 7") with decorative ruling on cover. The Program contains the full for all three plays. The performance is arrange by the Society of Jewish Friends of the Arts of the City of Kowel. Synopsis of all three plays on verso of front cover. Text in German with full text of program and synopsis in Yiddish on pages three and four.3. "Das jüdische Herz" (The Jewish Heart), a play in 4 acts (8 scenes) by J. Lateiner, directed by M. Pugacz. Contains full cast. Folded Broadside (15 3/4 x 7 1/4") with decorative ruling. The story is set in Rumania. The actors are members of the dramatic section of the Volksküche (People's Kitchen) in Kowel. Synopsis on verso. Text in German with full text of program and synopsis in Hebrew on pages three and four. Folded three times horizontally with light discoloration on front and top of pages two and three.All three programs in very good condition.

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        Das Plakat - Vystava Obrazu - Josefa Ullmanna - Mlada Boleslad - Sokolodna

      Seiten: 210 - 230 Das Plakat - Heft 5 September 1914 - Seiten: 187 - 209.

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        The Anti-Trust Act And The Supreme Court [With Loose Paper Signed By William H Taft]

      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1914. First Edition. Green Cloth. Very Good +/No Jacket. Signed by Author(s). 1st Printing 133 Pp. First Printing With 1914 Date On Title Page And Publisher's Code I-O On Copyright Page.Teg. Interior Immaculate And Fine, Possibly Unread; Covers Almost New But With A Faint Line 1/4" X 5" Of Dampstain On Front Cover, And Very Faint Damp-Staining To Top Edge Of Rear Cover, No Trace Of Damp-Stainig Internally, No Marks Or Names. An Attractive Example. The Book Is Not Signed By Taft, But Comes With A Separate Larger Piece Of Paper With Taft's Original Signature.

      [Bookseller: Arroyo Seco Books]
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        [GAUGUIN] Noa-Noa : Puteshestvie na Taiti

      Moscow : D. IA. Makovskii, 1914. First Russian edition of Noa Noa : voyage à Tahiti. Quarto, original pictorial yellow wrappers, title with vignette illustration, frontispiece plate of Gauguin's self-portrait, 125 pp, 10 full-page black and white plates, one tipped-in illustration and vignette head- and tail-pieces; a fine copy. Text in Russian. The Paris-based Russian art historian and critic Yakov Tugendhold was a champion of Gauguin's work. The rare first Russian edition of the artist's now-famous Tahiti journal was the product of Tugendhold's own initiative, and it includes his essay on Gauguin's life and work. A second edition, more common than the first, was published in 1918.

      [Bookseller: Douglas Stewart Fine Books]
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        Die Burgen des Sisgaus. Im Auftrage der Historischen und Antiquarischen Gesellschaft in Basel und in Verbindung mit mehreren Mitarbeitern herausgegeben.

      Aarau, H.R.Sauerländer. 1909 - 1914. - 4 Bände. 32x23,5 cm. Bd. 1.: XII, 320 S. mit 47 Tafeln, 161 Abbildungen im Text und 22 Stammtafeln; Bd. 2: X, 312 S.mit 45 Tafeln, 171 Abbildungen im Text und 14 Stammtafeln; Bd. 3.: X, 288 S.mit 88 Tafeln, 188 Abbildungen im Text und 17 Stammtafeln; Bd. 4: VIII, 238 S. mit 28 Tafeln, 81 Abbildungen im Text und 7 Stammtafeln. Blaue Originalleinwandbände. Originalausgabe des monumentalen Standardwerks der Burgen- und Geschlechterforschung der Nordwestschweiz. Erschien in 14 Lieferungen. Hier in den Originalleinwandbänden. - Kanten etwas berieben. Titelblätter je mit einem überklebten Besitzerstempel einer Adelsbibliothek. Titel und Vorwort des 4. Bandes verbunden. - Sonst sehr gutes Exemplar. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The Principles of Psychology: American Science Series - Advanced Course

      New York: Henry Holt and Company, (1914). First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, early printing. (Undated title pages, ads facing title page up to 1914's Habit.) xii, 689; vi, 704 pp. Complete in two volumes. Original green cloth with gilt spine lettering, light green endpapers. Very Good with foxing along top edges, edge-rubbing, hint of removed bookplates on paste downs. Faint stain on front cover of second volume. An early printing of philosopher William James' extremely influential text.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        La cerise

      Mercure de France 1914 - - Mercure de France, Paris 1914, 12x18,5cm, relié. - Edition originale, un des 55 exemplaires numérotés sur pur fil, seuls grands papiers. Reliure en demi chagrin bordeaux à bandes, dos à deux nerfs légèrement éclairci, plats de papier marbré, gardes et contreplats de papier saumon, couvertures et dos conservés, tête dorée. Précieux envoi autographe daté et signé d'Alphonse Boudard à Marie-Hélène Simonin, la femme d'Albert : ". avec ma vive amitié cette cerise de derrière les barreaux." [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] First edition, one of the 55 copys numbered on "pur-fil" paper only leading copies. Binding half shagreen maroon stripe, back to two slightly thinned nerves, marbled paper plates, guards and contreplats salmon paper, wrappers and back preserved and bound in, gilded head. Precious autograph signed and dated Boudard Alphonse Marie-Hélène Simonin, Albert's wife: ". with my deep friendship this behind cherry bars." [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Brandenburgische Gläser.

      Berlin, Verlag für Kunstwissenschaft, 1914 - Folio (38 x 30 cm). 154 Seiten, 55 Textabbildungen und 40 Lichtdrucktafeln. Orig.-Leinenband (Einband verblasst und etwas fleckig, Kapitale und Ecken bestoßen bzw. beschabt). *Recht seltenes Standardwerk, erschien in einer kleinen Auflage von 250 numerierten Exemplaren. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 4000 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        [Portrait of a man in traditional Arab garb].Tripoli, 1914. Oil on canvas (51 x 40.5 cm), with artist's name, place and date on the back.

      Attractive painting of a man in traditional Arab garb in Tripoli, by one E.M. Williams from the Royal Academy of Arts.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat FORUM BV]
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        MISS MADELYN MACK, DETECTIVE

      The Page Company, [1914]., Boston - First edition. of this scarce early collection of stories about a female sleuth. Fine copy in the elusive, lightly soiled, white dust jacket with light restoration to the spine ends, corners and extremities. TAD Volume 10, Number 1, page 73 says "A 'solo' mystery volume and a masterpiece. Weir presents a series of short stories in which detective Mack solves crimes in a manner quite ahead of her times. Weir's book is the only one of its period to contain stories woven in the fashion of the golden thirties--a decade in which suspense, mystery, adventure, and deductive reasoning all combined to give us some of the greatest mysteries of all time. There is absolutely nothing dated in Weir's stories--all can be read today with much pleasure. The first tale, "The Man with Nine Lives," is a locked-room mystery in which Madelyn gives her formula for success" solving problems like mathematics, adding, and subtracting given factors until the only correct answer is left, and coupling this technique with understanding of the human motives for crimes. Madelyn is sent a letter from a prominent author who fears someone is trying to murder him as he has been shot from ambush, poisoned, and seven other attempts have been made on his life. The next story, "The Missing Bridegroom," features a dying message. A wealthy bridegroom vanishes, then is found a presumed suicide - till Madelyn investigates. Then follows "Cinderella's Slipper," containing a false alibi clue. The well-liked secretary to a senator is found stabbed to death; a woman's slipper and the dead man's spectacles are Madelyn's only clues. The final two stories are good ones about a vanishing corpse ("The Bullet from Nowhere") and a fingerprint that is not a fingerprint ("The Purple Thumb"). 'Tis a pity Weir wrote nothing further in our genre." [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: BUCKINGHAM BOOKS, ABAA, ILAB, IOBA]
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        EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON Old Tales from the North

      Hodder & Stoughton 1914 - First edition. Number 5 of 500 Deluxe copies SIGNED by Nielsen. Publisher's vellum with gilt lettering and gilt decorative panel with blue border. Top edge gilt and others untrimmed. Silk ties detached. A fine, bright copy in slightly worn original slipcase. Pictorial endpapers illustrated in black silhouettes and gold designs. Twenty-five colour plates mounted on Japon, all perfect, under their captioned tissue guards. There are also a number of black and white drawings, chapter headings and decorative borders. East of the Sun and West of the Moon represents Nielsen's "pièce de resistance" in book illustration. His illustrations are very striking, leaving a lasting impression, and combined with the luxury of the book's production form a breathtaking result. Widely acknowledged as one of the most important and impressive books of the Golden Age of book illustration, this is a great rarity, especially in this wonderful original condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Das Bad. Original-Radierung (1914). Hinter Plexiglas und Passepartout gerahmt. Rahmenmaß: 35,5 x 27 cm. Lichtes Blattmaß: 22 x 15,5 cm; Plattenmaß: 19,7 x 13,8 cm. In der Platte monogrammiert und datiert. Unten links in Bleistift vom Künstler betitelt. Unten rechts in Bleistift signiert.

      - Martin Erich Philipp: Das Bad. Original-Radierung (1914). Hinter Plexiglas und Passepartout gerahmt. Rahmenmaß: 35,5 x 27 cm. Lichtes Blattmaß: 22 x 15,5 cm; Plattenmaß: 19,7 x 13,8 cm. In der Platte monogrammiert und datiert. Unten links in Bleistift vom Künstler betitelt. Unten rechts in Bleistift signiert. Zustand: Die Graphik ist von guter Erhaltung. Dieses gesuchte erotische Motiv wurde am 26.11.2011 im Berliner Auktionshaus Bassenge für 1500 € plus Aufgeld zugeschlagen. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Bibliakos / Dr. Ulf Kruse]
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        Fine postcard photo by T. Cornall, signed and inscribed (Princess, 1876-1940, 2nd daughter of George I of the Hellenes, and wife of Grand Duke George Mikhailovich, grandson of Nicholas I)

      1914 - "Grand Duchess George of Russia", showing her three quarters length seated in a chair in the summer of 1914, 5½" x 3½", Harrogate, no date. c. The Grand Duchess had left her husband and lived quietly in Yorkshire for the duration of the War, which saved her from the horrors of the Revolution.

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        The Spanish Archives of New Mexico Compiled and chronologically arranged with historical, genealogical, geographical, and other annotations, by authority of the State of New Mexico.

      the Torch Press, Cedar Rapids 1914 - 2 vols, lg 8vo, red cloth-covered bds, bright gold embossed titles on spines, teg, sl. bumping and corner wear both volumes, else both bindings look virtually unused, hinges tight; SIGNED and inscribed by author on tipped-in pg. Vol.I after ffep, very light small glue mark on tp just above publisher name, else both volumes internally clean, bright and unmarked, many pages uncut; frontis and many illus in each volume; vol.1: frontis, 19 plates, vol.2: frontis, 21 plates; pp.xxiii,525,vi,683; no dj. The scarce definitive work in almost new condition, and SIGNED by author. Howes T-445, Rittenhouse 590. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        IL MOLISE DALLE ORIGINI AI NOSTRI GIORNI. 1914-1952.

      Pierro / Di Mauro. Prima edizione. Opera completa in quattro volumi. Cm.27,3x18,5. Pg.XVI, 416; XVI, 448; 624; 564. Brossure editoriali leggermente allentate, data essenzialmente la mole dei volumi. Esemplari parzialmente intonsi. Piano dell'Opera: Vol.I: "La Provincia di Molise"; Vol.II: "Il Circondario di Campobasso"; Vol.III: "Il Circondario d'Isernia"; Vol.IV: "Il Corcondario di Larino". Monumentale, fondamentale opera di storia molisana, dovuta al certosino lavoro di ricerca dello studioso Giambattista Masciotta (Casacalenda, 1864-1933). laureato in Scienze agrarie e forestali a Pisa, giornalista, amministratore e poeta. I primi due volumi videro la luce nel 1914 e nel 1915, il terzo e il quarto furono pubblicati postumi nel 1952 su iniziativa dell'Amministrazione Provinciale del Molise. Da segnalare che svariate fonti dell'opera, dall'Autore consultate nell'Archivio di Stato di Napoli, furono distrutte durante l'ultimo conflitto mondiale. Codice libreria 135837.

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        Du dialecte de Tahiti, de celui des îles Marquises, et, en général, de la langue polynésienne.Paris, Firmin Didot frères, 1853. 8vo. Contemporary brown cloth.

      Forbes 1914; O'Reilly & Reitman 5435 & 5631; Schütz, The voices of Eden, pp. 145-146 Rare philological study of the Marquesan and Tahitian languages compared with the broader family of Polynesian languages. In this Volney Prize winning study, the French hydraulics engineer Gaussin, identified a number of important aspects which had eluded past scholars (and would continue to elude some future ones). Of ground-breaking importance, was the manner in which Gaussin showed clearly how the Polynesian k had become a glottal stop in Hawaiian. Unlike his English-speaking colleagues, the Frenchman Gaussin also "accurately perceived glottal stops at the beginning of words" (Schütz).Also included in this book is a transcription and translation of a Tahitian story about the Polynesian sea god Ruahatu.With a library stamp and number on the inside of the back cover. Good copy, partly foxed. Binding worn at the edges, title on the spine faded and the top and bottom of the spine damaged.

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        Johannes Brahms. Vier Bände in 7 Büchern. Mit vielen Notenbeispielen, Faksimiles und Tafeln.

      Wien/Leipzig, Wiener Verlage. 1904 bis 1914. - Mischauflagen (1. und 2. Auflage). Gr.8°. 512, 500, 555, 572 Seiten, unbeschnitten und teils unaufgeschnitten. Jeder Band mit einem Namenregister. Frakturdruck. Interimsbindung: Illustrierter Originalkarton. (Band 1: Ecken/Rückenkanten/Kapitale tlws. berieben/bestossen. Exlibris). - Im übrigen gut erhaltene, ordentliche Exemplar ohne Eintragungen. - Inhalt: 1. Band: 1833 - 1862. 2. Band: I.: 1862 - 1868. II.: 1869 - 1873. 3. Band: I.: 1874 -1881. II.: 1881 - 1885. 4. Band: I.: 1886 -1891. II.: 1891 - 1897. / Mit eingedruckter Widmung: Den treuen Brahms-Freunden Viktor und Olga von Miller zu Aichholz in herzlichster Verehrung.

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        East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

      London: Hodder & Stoughton,, [1914]. Old Tales from the North. Quarto. Original vellum, titles and decoration to spine and front cover gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, gilt and black pictorial endpapers, renewed yellow ties. Housed in a custom blue straight-grain morocco-backed solander box by Zaehnsdorf. Original pen and ink drawing by Nielsen, depicting a prince wearing the artist's characteristic incredibly detailed armour, stood atop a hill and above three trolls, and against a background formed of the titular sun and moon, an illustration which encapsulates some of the key motifs from this collection of Norse tales. Illustrated title page, tipped-in colour frontispiece, 24 colour plates, all with captioned tissue-guards, black and white illustrations to text. Boards very slightly bowed, an excellent, bright copy. Signed limited edition, one of 500 copies, this copy unnumbered. With an original pen and ink drawing by Nielsen on the reverse of the limitation page, initialled in pencil. The richness of the Danish Nielsen's colour images for this lavish illustrated book of Norse pagan mythology was achieved by a four-colour process, in contrast to many of the illustrations prepared by his contemporaries, such as Rackham and Dulac, which characteristically utilised a traditional three-colour process. Extremely rare with an original drawing: we have neither seen or heard of another copy and no other copies traced at auction.

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        East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Old Tales from the North.

      London: Hodder & Stoughton, [1914] - Quarto. Original vellum, titles and decoration to spine and front cover gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, gilt and black pictorial endpapers, renewed yellow ties. Housed in a custom blue straight-grain morocco-backed solander box by Zaehnsdorf. Boards very slightly bowed, an excellent, bright copy. Original pen and ink drawing by Nielsen, depicting a prince wearing the artist's characteristic incredibly detailed armour, stood atop a hill and above three trolls, and against a background formed of the titular sun and moon, an illustration which encapsulates some of the key motifs from this collection of Norse tales. Illustrated title page, tipped-in colour frontispiece, 24 colour plates, all with captioned tissue-guards, black and white illustrations to text. Signed limited edition, one of 500 copies, this copy unnumbered. With an original pen and ink drawing by Nielsen on the reverse of the limitation page, initialled in pencil. The richness of the Danish Nielsen's colour images for this lavish illustrated book of Norse pagan mythology was achieved by a four-colour process, in contrast to many of the illustrations prepared by his contemporaries, such as Rackham and Dulac, which characteristically utilised a traditional three-colour process. Extremely rare with an original drawing: we have neither seen or heard of another copy and no other copies traced at auction. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Crime and Punishment A Novel in Six Parts and an Epilogue

      London / New York: William Heinemann / Macmillan / Ballantyne and Company, 1914. First American Edition Thus. Grey Cloth. Near Fine Book/No Dust Jacket. 493 Pp. Grey Cloth, Gilt. Top Edge Gilt. Silk Bookmark Integral, As Issued. Gilt Lettering On Spine. First Published In Russian As Prestuplenie I Nakazanie, 1866, And Now One Of The Great Classics Of World Literature. This Is The First American Edition Of This Translation By Constance Garnett, The First Translation Direct From The Russian Into English; The First Amerrican Edition Of The Book, Published In October 1886 By Crowell, 456 Pp. Was The American Edition Of The April 1886 Vizetelly Publication In London Of The Translation Into English Of The 1884 French Language Translation From The Russian By Victor Derely. Thus, Ffirst Edition Of This Translation, American Issue As Volume Iv Of Series "The Novels Of Fyodor Dostoevsky", Using First Issue British Sheets, With American Title Page And Binding; Only Three Titles, Not Including This One, On List Of Books In Series Of Novels Of Dostoevsky Translated By Garnett, On Page Facing Title Page; "Printed In England" On Reverse Of Title Page; "A" On First Page Of Text; And Ballantyne Printer's Slug On Last Page. Garnett's Classic But Quite Questionable Translation Has Continued In Print For Over Ninety Years. The Early British And American Issues Are Scarce In Collector's Condition. Binding Is Uniform With Other First American Issues Of Garnett's Translations Of Dostoevsky. Covers Very Clean, Gilt Brilliant, Hinges Tight, Former Owner's Information On Front Endpaper, Old Bookseller's Label Of W. B. Clarke Co., Boston, But Contents Otherwise Immaculate, Color Of Cloth At Corners Professionally Retouched,1/8" X 1/4" Tan Spot At Bottom Of Foredge Of Page Block..

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        Gennem Wahhabiternes land paa kamelryg. Beretning om den af det Kongelige Danske Geografiske Selskab planlagte og bekosterde forskningsrejse i Ost- og Centralarabien 1912.Copenhagen, Gyldendalske boghandel, Nordisk forlag, 1913. 8vo. With a frontispiece showing the author in Arab garb, 88 illustrations in text, most of them reproductions of drawings and photographs by the author, and a folding map loosely inserted in a pocket at the end. Publisher's green cloth.

      Facey, Kuwait by the first photographers, pp. 50-51; "Danish expedition to Arabia", The geographical journal XLIV (1914), pp. 85-86. First and only edition, in the original Danish, of an account of a journey through the Arabian peninsula. Sponsored by the Royal Danish Geographical Society, Barclay Raunkiaer (1889-1915) set out to penetrate the hitherto unexplored deserts of south-east Arabia. Although he came equipped with a modest amount of scientific instruments and a camera, the use of these became almost impossible. The Arabs looked on foreigners with suspicion and Raunkiaer could use his camera only with great risk at certain unwatched moments (p. 12). At the beginning of 1912, he reached the town of Kuwait, where he stayed at the palace of Sheikh Mubarak. Since it was Mubarak's policy to keep Kuwait free of foreign interference, it took some active lobbying of the British envoy to convince the Kuwaitis that Raunkiaer was a harmless traveller. After that, it seems he enjoyed a certain amount of freedom, as numerous photographs testify, including one of pearl fishers and a portrait of Sheikh Mohammed. Raunkiaer was very impressed by the volume of trade in Kuwait, which he considered to be the most important trading centre on the east coast of Arabia.In Kuwait, Raunkiaer became seriously ill, but his tuberculosis was undiagnosed. After a period of rest, he travelled further to Riyadh. As the first western traveller in the city in half a century, Raunkiaer was graciously received by Ibn Saud. After a short stay in Riyadh, Raunkiaer followed a caravan that consisted mostly of 150 pearl-fishers bound for Bahrain. During a stay in Hofuf, where the book ends, Raunkiaer's health became worse and he sailed to Bahrain to recuperate. From there he travelled back to Copenhagen via Bombay. After a few years working for the East Asiatic Company, Raunkiaer died from tuberculosis.Shortly after the appearance of the Danish edition, the book was translated into German. T.E Lawrence, who considered it to be one of the "readable Arabian books", helped facilitate an English translation in 1916, privately printed by the Arab bureau in Cairo. With a dedication by the author to the Danish historian of religion Ditlef Nielsen (1874-1949) and a few annotations in pencil in the final chapter. Binding slightly worn along the edges, with a small stain on the title. Endpapers foxed with the text browned; some small random pen marks at the lower margin of p. 47. The map with a few tears along the folds, most of them expertly repaired; a very good copy.

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        Das Bad. Original-Radierung (1914). Hinter Plexiglas und Passepartout gerahmt. Rahmenmaß: 35,5 x 27 cm. Lichtes Blattmaß: 22 x 15,5 cm Plattenmaß: 19,7 x 13,8 cm. In der Platte monogrammiert und datiert. Unten links in Bleistift vom Künstler betitelt. Unten rechts in Bleistift signiert.

      Martin Erich Philipp: Das Bad. Original-Radierung (1914). Hinter Plexiglas und Passepartout gerahmt. Rahmenmaß: 35,5 x 27 cm. Lichtes Blattmaß: 22 x 15,5 cm Plattenmaß: 19,7 x 13,8 cm. In der Platte monogrammiert und datiert. Unten links in Bleistift vom Künstler betitelt. Unten rechts in Bleistift signiert. Zustand: Die Graphik ist von guter Erhaltung. Dieses gesuchte erotische Motiv wurde am 26.11.2011 im Berliner Auktionshaus Bassenge für 1500 plus Aufgeld zugeschlagen.

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        Südseearbeiten. Gewerbe- und Kunstfleiß, Tauschmittel und "Geld" der Eingeborenen auf Grundlage der Rohstoffe und der geographischen Verbreitung.

      L. Friederichsen & Co., Hamburg, 1914. - EA. Abhandlungen des Hamburgischen Kolonialinstituts. Band XIV. (Reihe B. Völkerkunde, Kulturgeschichte und Sprachen, Band 9.) Mit 584 Abb. auf Tafeln (28 Tafeln s/w, 2 Tafeln farblithografisch). OBroschur, unaufgeschnitten. XII, 605 S. 4°. Broschurumschlag mit kleinen Läsuren, ansonsten ein tadelloses, unbeschnittenes Exemplar. Finsch war ein äußerst vielseitig interessierter und begabter Wissenschaftler auf einigen Gebieten, u.a. sehr genau beobachtender Ethnologe, dem wir zahlreiche der besten und teils einzigen frühen Beschreibungen der Nordküste Neu-Guineas und vor allem ihrer Bewohner verdanken. Die hier vorliegenden 'Südseearbeiten' beziehen sich allerdings auf die Osthälfte Neuguineas sowie den gesamten Inselraum von Mikronesien, Melanesien und Polynesien. Umfassend, ausgezeichnet recherchiertes Werk, sehr selten.

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        Princeton University Photo Album

      - Wonderful Princeton University photo album, put together by Robert Johnson McClintock '17 (same graduating class as F. Scott Fitzgerald, who left early in his Senior year and never graduated). The album, an oblong quarto, roughly spans McClintock's 4 year tenure (1914-1917) at Princeton and captues the construction of --and earliest football games played at-- Palmer Stadium (1914-1997), the Princeton crew rowing on Carnegie Lake, nice shots of the campus itself and interior shots of McClintock's dorm room and his fraternity (probably along fraternity row on Washington St.). Also includes nice vernacular shots of friends and classmates and his family life. The album is solid and well-preserved to boot, with a clean, sturdy leatherette binding and crisp, clear photos (a number of which are captioned in McClintock's hand) thruout. A nice piece of early 20th century Americana. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Ex libris incisi in legno.Torino,Edizioni d'arte E.Celanza,

      1914 - Perfetto esemplare. Venti tavole precedute da uno studio del conte dott.L.A. Rati Opizzoni "Il movimento xilografico italiano moderno".Prefazione di Ettore Cozzani.Edizioni di solo 300 esemplari numerati.Nostro n°273. In-8°grande;16+(2)pp.+20 tavole.Legatura editoriale in cartonato a stampa con dorsetto in tela. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Gennem Wahhabiternes land paa kamelryg. Beretning om den af det Kongelige Danske Geografiske Selskab planlagte og bekosterde forskningsrejse i Ost- og Centralarabien 1912.Copenhagen, Gyldendalske boghandel, Nordisk forlag, 1913. 8vo. With a frontispiece showing the author in Arab garb, 88 illustrations in text, most of them reproductions of drawings and photographs by the author, and a folding map loosely inserted in a pocket at the end. Publisher's green cloth.

      Facey, Kuwait by the first photographers, pp. 50-51; "Danish expedition to Arabia", The geographical journal XLIV (1914), pp. 85-86. First and only edition, in the original Danish, of an account of a journey through the Arabian peninsula. Sponsored by the Royal Danish Geographical Society, Barclay Raunkiaer (1889-1915) set out to penetrate the hitherto unexplored deserts of south-east Arabia. Although he came equipped with a modest amount of scientific instruments and a camera, the use of these became almost impossible. The Arabs looked on foreigners with suspicion and Raunkiaer could use his camera only with great risk at certain unwatched moments (p. 12). At the beginning of 1912, he reached the town of Kuwait, where he stayed at the palace of Sheikh Mubarak. Since it was Mubarak's policy to keep Kuwait free of foreign interference, it took some active lobbying of the British envoy to convince the Kuwaitis that Raunkiaer was a harmless traveller. After that, it seems he enjoyed a certain amount of freedom, as numerous photographs testify, including one of pearl fishers and a portrait of Sheikh Mohammed. Raunkiaer was very impressed by the volume of trade in Kuwait, which he considered to be the most important trading centre on the east coast of Arabia.In Kuwait, Raunkiaer became seriously ill, but his tuberculosis was undiagnosed. After a period of rest, he travelled further to Riyadh. As the first western traveller in the city in half a century, Raunkiaer was graciously received by Ibn Saud. After a short stay in Riyadh, Raunkiaer followed a caravan that consisted mostly of 150 pearl-fishers bound for Bahrain. During a stay in Hofuf, where the book ends, Raunkiaer's health became worse and he sailed to Bahrain to recuperate. From there he travelled back to Copenhagen via Bombay. After a few years working for the East Asiatic Company, Raunkiaer died from tuberculosis.Shortly after the appearance of the Danish edition, the book was translated into German. T.E Lawrence, who considered it to be one of the "readable Arabian books", helped facilitate an English translation in 1916, privately printed by the Arab bureau in Cairo. With a dedication by the author to the Danish historian of religion Ditlef Nielsen (1874-1949) and a few annotations in pencil in the final chapter. Binding slightly worn along the edges, with a small stain on the title. Endpapers foxed with the text browned; some small random pen marks at the lower margin of p. 47. The map with a few tears along the folds, most of them expertly repaired; a very good copy.

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        Du dialecte de Tahiti, de celui des îles Marquises, et, en général, de la langue polynésienne.Paris, Firmin Didot frères, 1853. 8vo. Contemporary brown cloth.

      - Forbes 1914; O’Reilly & Reitman 5435 & 5631; Schütz, The voices of Eden, pp. 145-146 Rare philological study of the Marquesan and Tahitian languages compared with the broader family of Polynesian languages. In this Volney Prize winning study, the French hydraulics engineer Gaussin, identified a number of important aspects which had eluded past scholars (and would continue to elude some future ones). Of ground-breaking importance, was the manner in which Gaussin showed clearly how the Polynesian k had become a glottal stop in Hawaiian. Unlike his English-speaking colleagues, the Frenchman Gaussin also "accurately perceived glottal stops at the beginning of words" (Schütz).Also included in this book is a transcription and translation of a Tahitian story about the Polynesian sea god Ruahatu.With a library stamp and number on the inside of the back cover. Good copy, partly foxed. Binding worn at the edges, title on the spine faded and the top and bottom of the spine damaged.

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        The Times History of The War.

      London: The Times, [1914-20] - 21 volumes, large octavo. Publisher's burgundy cloth, title gilt to the spines, publisher's device to the front boards, edges sprinkled red, cream endpapers. A little rubbed, and some spines a touch faded, lower board of Volume VI, slightly damped, text-block unaffected. Profusely illustrated, numerous plates, many maps, 2 large folding and coloured to volumes II and III, others double- and full-page. First edition, bound from the parts: "When war was declared in August 1914, The Times, under its chief editor Wickham Steed, embarked on an extraordinary project. As well as authoritative daily war reports in the paper itself, a separate weekly supplement would be produced, with 40 extra, illustrated pages of in-depth analysis. The result was The Times History of the War 11,000 pages; 6 million words " (The Times on-line, retrieved 16/06/2017). Volumes. I-XXI were issued in weekly parts from 25 August 1914 to 27 July 1920, each volume is separately indexed, text and illustrations, a general index was published the year after completion. A wonderful visual resource, and an excellent reference for the tenor of contemporary reportage. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Archive - WWI Manuscript Letters, Photographs of British Noble and Bolshevik Sympathizer

      France, 1914. Italy, Russia, France, 1914-1917. Archive of British peer Ralph William Ernest Beckett, 3rd Baron Grimthorpe, at the time serving in France as an officer of the Yorkshire Hussars, comprising 30 manuscript letters, 3 postcards, several receipts, 1 expense journal, and 5 photographs. Letters are all addressed to Beckett and penned by various family and friends, several from his wife, largely pertaining to the First World War and his father's exquisite estate in Italy, and features one letter with excellent content of his sister's Russian connections and participation in the Revolution. Most letters are accompanied by the original covers, most are 8vo. double-leafs. A large portrait photograph of Beckett taken circa 1914, shows him in formal Yorkshire Hussars uniform, the photo measuring 13,5 x 19,5 cm and mounted on thick cardstock. Also including two original photographs of Russian Prince and painter Pierre Troubetzkoy (1864-1936), who was in London in 1914 and who was most certainly affiliated with Ralph's sister the revolutionary enthusiast. The lot in very good condition. Letters from his sister Lucille prove to be especially interesting as she was quite preoccupied with Russia and most enthusiastic to work alongside her Revolutionary Russian friends. In 1917 she was "in the know" of secret plans being conjured by radical youths; she was actively involved in promoting a propaganda magazine in Italy; she was invigorated by the revolutionary campaigns and envisioned her future in Russia endorsing change. Sir Winston Churchill was a guest at the Beckett's Italian villa and provided some good information regarding Italian law when Ralph inherited the historic property from his father, the latter being mentioned in a letter from Ralph's wife in 1917. Photographs of friends or acquaintances are presumably taken at Villa Cimbrone, identified as Captain Shaw-Kennedy [of the Coldstream Guards], Mrs. Menzies, Mr. Bertie Sheriffe, and the Ruissian Prince and artist Pierre Troubetzkoy. Beckett's receipts reveal some of his personal interests and commitments, such as horse racing and fine cigars, as well as the required accoutrements of a colonial mounted infantry. Ralph William Ernest Beckett, 3rd Baron Grimthorpe (1891-1963), was best known as Captain Lord Grimthorpe, and was attached to the Yorkshire Hussars, having joined the regiment on 11 January 1914. With British Expeditionary Force 17th Crops, he was sent to France to fight in the Great War, earning the rank of Lieutenant. He was Lieutenant-Colonel of the Yorkshire Hussars from 1936 and 1940, and also fought in World War II, being mentioned in despatches. He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant of the West Riding of Yorkshire. Having inherited Villa Cimbrone in Italy, in 1917, he made it available to No. 1 Special Force as a rest and relaxation center during the Second World War. Ralph was later a banker and managed the firm Beckett & Co in Leeds, a private bank which issued its own notes, and which would later become part of the Westminster Bank. He also managed the aeronautical firm Airspeed Ltd. A well-known breeder of racehorses, his Fortina won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1947 and Fragrant Mac won the Scottish Grand National in 1952. With the rank of Captain, Ralph Beckett, known as Lord Grinthorpe, participated in Allied campaigns in France with the British Expeditionary Force 17th Corps. There he received letters replete with commentary on the First World War as events unfolded in all parts of the globe, from his wife Mary, sister Lucille, other sympathetic relatives and friends. From the perspective of British nobility, this letter archive presents real imagery pf harsh sufferings and loss inflicted to individuals and communities by a war, oddly juxtaposed against the "sans souci" life of the privileged upper-class. On one hand reporting of bombings and tragedy, on the other pre-occupied with exquisite drapery and furnishings for a grand villa... some occasions sympathetic to those losing family and home, other occasions blind patriotism denying the possibility of national defeat... together the writers create a most unusual and somewhat paradoxical picture of wartime in Europe. His sister Lucille Katherine Beckett wrote him in 1917, from Rome and from Tuscany, four letters and one postcard. One of the letters reveals her connection to Russian Revolutionaries and her personal involvement in the movement. Her correspondence largely discusses matters of their father's estate, in particular the Villa Cimbrone, lawyers in Salerno addressing Italian laws, issues of a cistern to water the gardens, a tennis court, beautiful Chinese furniture, Russian books, and other assets contained within it. She speaks of her Russian connections, likely through her husband Count Otto Czernin von und zu Chudenitz, whom she married in 1903, thus becoming a member of an ancient Bohemian noble family of Czechoslovakia. A scant few references to the war appear in her correspondence, including encouragement for her younger brother Ralph. Lucille further discusses her fascination for Russia, her revolutionary participation in spreading propaganda following the February Revolution (March 1917) and abdication of Tsar Nicholas II, and her zeal for continued involvement in the cause. Excerpts from Lucille's letter dated 25 April 1917: "How splendid the offensive has been in the West, the Boches must be beginning to feel fairly sick, if we go on this way we will have them... they will have to draw back... though judging the way they have been treating the towns of France which they evacuate... it is rather hoped that they will be forced to one for peace before evacuating Belgium... It would be ghastly if they treated Brussels, Liege, Antwerp etc as they are treating French towns. They are perfectly capable of it..." "Heaven knows where I shall live after this war. I think it is a question of Italy or Russia... Russia tempts me tremendously especially now, since the Revolution it's the most interesting country in the world... I have several friends there who are in with all the Revolutionaries, and who will certainly play a prominent rôle, so one would be right in the midst of things and find plenty of work to do." "I simply horrify Aunt Kitty with all this, she says I am a Revolutionary and will come to a bad end, and don't think people ought to accumulate wealth, but in spite of Aunt Kitty's horror..." "I am getting to know some the Italians who are really working and doing something for the country and who are in the midst of the young foreward movement... I hear what they are doing, their plans for the future, and I see Italy from an entirely new point of view." "... I know those Czechs and hear about the Slavs movement and what their aims and ideals are for their nations, both in Poland, Bohemia, and the Balkans, and I've been able to do my small bit in the way of helping. Then I am trying to push a magazine, a sort of artistic and literary one, and I have plans for things that may be done at Ravello, so you see life is deeply interesting." "... I am far too strong and energetic to lead an idle society life... Of course the only regular work I do at present is the Red Cross and Lady Rodd's shop..." End Excerpts. Thirteen (13) letters and two (2) postcards are from his first wife Mary Alice Archdale and contain details of their personal life, including their interest in his late father's Italian residence, Villa Cimbrone at Ravello, now a famous and prestigious hotel. One of her letters mentions Sir Winston Churchill, who is known to have visited the Becketts at their villa. Naturally, she reports on war news, bombings in London, and the like. When writing the earliest letters Mary was still his fiancé, living at Bushey House in the Hertsmere borough of Hertfordshire. She frequently signs, "your devoted and loving Tiny M." or simply M. They couple married on 3 September 1914. [Mary was the daughter of Colonel Mervyn Henry Archdale, Irish soldier, High Sheriff, MP for Fermanagh, Freemason, and inheritor of Castle Archdale. Her mother was Mary de Bathe born into baronetcy.] Excerpts from the letters written by Beckett's wife Mary: "Pemberton seemed a little surprised you had not written or given me verbal instructions as to your intentions with regard to Ravello... having heard at length from Mr. Churchill in the matter of Italian Law which demands you saying whether or no you intend taking Cimbrone with the obligations attached..." "Cowans... here for dinner... unpleasant remarks... 'The Italians will certainly take Trieste... The French will take the Plateau'... However he was most optimistic and fully expecting the Germans to crack up ere long..." "I hear the Nicke de Bathe has given up his job on the staff and went into the Flying Corps to France..." "... they have been suffering in America... it already has been proved of Germany, evil determination to force a war on the world, one which let's hope will teach her a hard lesson and make it impossible to repeat the crime again......" "For the moment the news looks fairly grim. Russia is so depressing... movements in France... moonlight raids are so awful the damage they do, when I went to London on Wednesday ... smashed and shattered houses... also dropped a bomb on Charing X & hospital and the little theatre" "... Cowans is coming over for tea, he goes to Paris I fancy tomorrow to have a jolly with the Duchess of R. [Russia?] who is there for more than one reason I believe..." End Excerpts. [The Mr. Cowans mentioned in the above letters may be General Sir John Stephen Cowans (1862-1921), Quartermaster-General to the Forces, who in 1919 received the highest order of Greece.] Ralph William Ernest Beckett, 3rd Baron Grimthorpe (1891-1963) was the son of British banker and Conservative politician Ernest William Beckett, 2nd Baron Grimthorpe (1856-1917) and his first wife Lucy Tracy Lee (1864-1891). Ernest Beckett sat in the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Whitby from 1885 until 1905 when he inherited the Grimthorpe peerage. He later became a partner in the banking firm of Beckett & Co, of Leeds, owned by his father. He was also a captain in the Yorkshire Hussars Yeomanry Cavalry. Ralph would succeed him at the bank and also join the Yorkshire Hussars regiment. In 1904, Ernest Beckett bought a ruined farmhouse outside Ravello, on the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy. He expanded it and transformed it into a fortified palatial residence with towers, battlements and a mixture of Arabic, Venetian and Gothic details. He called it Villa Cimbrone. Between the house and the cliff edge he redevelopped the garden, high above the Gulf of Salerno. The garden is an eccentric mixture of formal, English rose beds, Moorish tea houses, picturesque grottoes and classical temples. After Earnest Beckett's death in 1917, the villa passed to his son Ralph. Ernest Beckett's daughter Lucy (Lucille Katherine Beckett, 1884-1979) also lived at the villa, where she was a keen gardener and breeder of roses, including the "Rose of Ravello" in the thirties. Ralph made Villa Cimbrone available to No. 1 Special Force as a rest and relaxation center during the Second World War. Many famous visitors came to the villa during the Beckett family's ownership including Sir Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, E. M. Forster, John Maynard Keynes, and Lytton Strachey, D. H. Lawrence, Vita Sackville-West, Edward James, Diana Mosley, Henry Moore, T. S. Eliot, Jean Piaget, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Greta Garbo and her then-lover Leopold Stokowski. The villa was sold in 1960 to the Vuilleumier family, who used it first as a private family home, and for the past few years as a hotel. Around the time of the Second World War the villa began to see decline. Marco Vuilleumier decided to undertake the task of recovering, conserving and protecting the cultural heritage site. It has indeed been restored to its former standing as a prestigious historical site and botanical garden. For centuries an aristocratic residence, Villa Cimbrone is now an exclusive, refined Hotel de Charme overlooking the Bay of Sorrento. The villa is now composed of many salvaged architectural elements from other parts of Italy and elsewhere. Little of the original structure remains visible. The first reliable mentions of Villa Cimbrone can be found around the 11th century, intermingling with those of Ravello's golden era. The origins of its name come from the rocky outcrop on which it stands: this was part of a large estate with lush vegetation covering over eight hectares that was known as "Cimbronium". It initially belonged to the aristocratic Acconciajoco family. In the mid 1300s it passed into the hands of the powerful and wealthy Fuscos, a noble family from Ravello who were related to the Pitti family in Florence and the D'Angiò family from Naples. Ralph's mother is an American heiress Lucy Tracy Lee (1864-1891), who died after birthing him. Known to her friends as Luie. She and Ernest Beckett, 2nd Baron Grimthorpe, married on 4 October 1883. Their marriage was announced in Vanity Fair. They had 3 children: Lucy Katherine Beckett (born 1884), Helen Muriel Beckett (born 1886), and Ralph William Ernest Beckett (born 1891). Luie died after bearing him their son and heir, Ralph William Ernest Beckett. [Ernest also fathered a son, Lancelot, and a daughter, Violet, with Mrs Alice Keppel, the mistress of the Prince of Wales and great-grandmother of the present Duchess of Cornwall. Both children were illegitimate. Ralph therefore, was a half-brother to Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), daughter of royal mistress Alice Keppel.] Ralph's great uncle Edmund Beckett, 1st Baron Grimthorpe, an architect and horologist, designed the clock mechanism of Big Ben. Yorkshire Hussars in the First World War: In May 1916 it was decided that the static nature of the war required a rethink of the cavalry role and that the cavalry regiments were to work as units within a Corps, and that the Corps Commander would control their movements. On 10th May 1916 the Yorkshire Hussars were reunited as a regiment under 17th Corps, at Gouy-en-Ternois. On 1st June there was a new Commanding Officer, Lt-Col W Pepys of 13th Hussars. They later moved to Berles, between Arras and St Pol, where they remained for more than a year. The initial delight at being a united regiment with the prospect of cavalry action began to wear off as winter approached and the new year produced no more hope. In Nov 1916 their Commanding Officer left and was replaced by newly promoted Lt-Col Eley. They spent the winter at Warne and then moved to Berles and Habarcq. Here, on 14th Aug 1917, they were given the sad news that the regiment was to be broken up and used as reinforcements to various infantry battalions. Russian Prince and painter Pietro (Pierre) Troubetzkoy (1864-1936) was from a cosmopolitan family, his father being a politician. Pietro made painting his career, although he also sculpted. He studied under Daniele Ranzoni and Achille Tominetti. He travelled to England as a youth of only eighteen and received commissions from a number of society figures, being elected to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1891. It is testament to his juvenile talent that among these was the English Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone (the portrait is now in the collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh). From England he went to New York and Washington, taking commissions and exhibiting his paintings at all the principle shows. In 1896 Prince Troubetzkoy married American novelist and playwright Amélie Louise Rives, the couple having met at a party hosted by the famous Irish playwright Oscar Wilde. Amelie learned everything she could about her new husband, including his life as a painter of portraits for members of the aristocracy. Together they travelled extensively, and made a trip to London in 1914. They lived in America and also in Europe. In 1914 novel, Amelie published a novel titled "World's End" which was reputed to be the best seller in New York City at the time. Pietro died in Virginia in 1936. Among his more acclaimed commissions were portraits of the American judge, John Marshall Harlan (collection of the Supreme Court of the United States), of Anna Maria Gallina and Giacinto Gallina, of his own brothers Luigi and Paolo, of the Contessa Cassini, Conte Giuseppe della Gherardesca, Miss Bessie Abbott, General George A. Gariestone, Viscountess Castlereagh, Mrs Benjamin Guinness and the acclaimed American artist James Jebusa Shannon (exhibited, Society Portraits, Colnagi and Clarendon Galleries, 1985, no. 65). His style owed something to the work of John Singer Sargent and the present work is typical of the artist's broad handling of paint, with highlights applied with a somewhat dry brush. Today his works are represented in many private collections, and in the Galleria d'Arte moderna in Milan. Pietro's younger brother Paolo became internationally acclaimed as a sculptor. Pietro's father, Prince Troubetskoy, was a Russian diplomat and general, and was sometime Governor of Smolensk. On a diplomatic mission to Italy in the 1860s the Prince met a well known American singer by the name of Ada Winans in Florence, and together they set up home at Ghiffa on Lake Maggiore. He was already married to a Russian at the time, and it was not until 1870 that he divorced his first wife and was able to recognise the three children born of Ada; the eldest of these, who subsequently inherited the title, was Pietro, who was born in Milan in 1864. An interest in botany led the Prince to create spectacular gardens at their home, Villa Ada, where he and his wife entertained many well-known bohemian figures of the day. [Pietro Troubetzkoy's papers are held at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia. The papers of the Rives family 1822-1945 are also held there.] . Very Good. Manuscript.

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