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        ATTILLIO COMELLI costume designs for The maid of the mountains from 1906, 34 original dwrawings in color

      . Original collection of 34 watercolors on size 35x 28cm. with note inscriptions in pencil. not signed. The Maid of the Mountains was one of the three most important musical hits of the London stage during World War I (the other two being a revue entitled The Bing Boys Are Here and the musical Chu Chin Chow, music or scenes from all of these have been included as background in many films set in this period, and they remain intensely evocative of the "Great War" years.[5] Other hit shows of the period were Theodore & Co (1916), The Boy (1917), and Yes, Uncle! (1917). Audiences wanted light and uplifting entertainment during the war, and these shows delivered it.[6] Some of the most popular songs were: "Love Will find a Way", "A Bachelor Gay", "A Paradise for Two", "My life is Love", and "Live for Today". The "romantic" ending, with Teresa finally united to Baldassaré, was personally insisted on by José Collins[1] (in the play as originally written, she ended up with the faithful but less colourful character of Beppo). Beppo and Teresa's duets remain, however, and the role of Baldassaré remains a non-singing part. Attilio Comelli was an important and prolific designer. In Dark's article in Cassell?s Magazine, he remarked that Comelli was renowned for ??the originality and boldness of his enviable colouring?. His designs are to be found in most of the major theatre collections around the world: the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Harry Ransome Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Performing Arts Collection at the Arts Centre in Melbourne.

      [Bookseller: ERIK TONEN BOOKSELLER]
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        The beasts of Tarzan

      Chicago: A.C. McClurg. Very Good+ in Good dust jacket. 1916. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Green cloth cover with gilt stamped lettering on spine and cover and embossed border is rubbed at corners and caps. There is a tiny, 1/8" snag at the top edge of the rear cover. Boards and spine are straight. Binding is tight. Pages clean and appear unread. Book has never been cracked open. B&W frontispiece and illustrations throughout. "Published March, 1916" on copyright page with "W. F. Hall Printing Company, Chicago" at bottom of copyright page. In very rare First Issue dust jacket advertises "Happy Valley" and "My Lady of the Island" on front flap and "Other Things Being Equal" and "Behind the Screen" on rear flap. Publisher's price of $1.30 on spine. Dust jacket corners clipped. DJ spine is sunned so red is now faded to yellow. DJ illustration is clean and still very attractive. DJ is tattered, chipped and torn at edges and is protected by a clear Brodart cover. .

      [Bookseller: New Boston Fine and Rare Books]
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        A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

      London: Egoist Press,, 1916. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles in blind to upper board and to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Some minor browning to endpapers but an exceptionally fresh copy in the restored dust jacket. The bulk of the restoration was to replace the lower 6 cm (2 1/2 inches) of the spine panel and to reassemble the remaining and original panels. the only facsimile work being the publisher's name at on the spine panel. Of the utmost rarity. We have seen just 3 examples of the UK issue of the first edition and know of just a couple more. First edition, English Issue from American sheets. Joyce's first novel was published in America by Huebsch from whom Harriet Shaw Weaver, the proprietor of the Egoist Press, purchased "not more than 750" sets of sheets, issuing them here a year before her own UK printing of 1917. Copies in this condition are very uncommon.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1916. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. 194 x 127 mm (7 5/8 x 5"). 2 p.l., 299, [1] pp. FIRST EDITION. Publisher's blue cloth, blindstamped title on front cover, flat spine with gilt titling. Front pastedown with bookplates of John Kobler and of "Porcaro." Slocum & Cahoon A-11. Very slight chafing to joints and extremities, spine ends just a little curled, otherwise A FINE COPY, the binding especially clean, the spine gilt very bright, and the text virtually pristine. This is an extremely appealing copy of the original printing in book form of Joyce's first novel, a coming-of-age story in which we encounter Stephen Dedalus, one of the century's great characters, later to play a starring role in "Ulysses." Day calls Joyce's autobiographical narrative "the definitive presentation of the 20th century artist in rebellion, breaking from his matrix and becoming himself. Art is a spiritual exaltation, requiring such unstinted devotion that lesser claims must be wholly brushed aside. The artist is presented as the supreme hero, and he is the outsider." The work was first serialized in the "Egoist," and caused such controversy that no English publisher would touch the novel; thus, it was first printed in the United States. While it is not terribly difficult to find first editions of "Portrait," copies as nice as this one are uncommon.

      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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        A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

      New York: B. W. Huebsch,, 1916. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt and to upper board in blind. Cloth lightly rubbed at extremities with a few tiny marks. An excellent copy. First edition, first printing, and a very attractive copy of Joyce's first novel. Due at least in part to the adverse reception of the Egoist serialisation of A Portrait, no English printer would print the book for fear of prosecution under the obscenity laws. It was Huebsch who undertook the true first publication in book form, first published on 29 December 1916. He sent from this print run about 750 sets of sheets for issue in the UK the following February. Although the number of copies issued in America is unknown, it is unlikely to have been large since Huebsch had sold out by March and called for a second printing by April.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        David Thompson's Narrative of His Explorations in Western America 1784-1812

      Toronto: Champlain Society 1916, 1st Edition. (Hardcover) xcviii,582pp. Good to very good. Octavo. Black and white plates, 3 folding colour plates (at end), and folding map in 4 parts in rear pocket. Original red cloth, gilt top edge gilt, others uncut. Covers with minor soiling. Spine a bit faded otherswise a very nice copy. With the bookplate of Richard M. Brown on the front pastedown. Peel 34. Organized in two parts: Part I covers Thompson's experiences and travels in the service of the Hudson Bay Company and North West Company in the country east of the Rockies between 1784 and 1807. Part II covers in detail the years 1807 to 1812. This work is published from the original manuscript owned at the time by the editor and written by Thompson many years after he left the west. Edited By J.B. Tyrrell..

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books]
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        A catechism of the Catholic religion : translated into the Choctaw language

      [Washington, D.C. : National Capital Press, c.1916], 1916. 1st Edition. Description: 200 p. : illus. ; 15 cm. Subjects: Choctaw language -- Texts. Summary: Printed in English and Choctaw on opposite pages. After a few initial pages of prayers, proceeds to the familiar question-and-answer format, addressing issues of baptism, confession, commandments, the last judgment, etc. Translated by William H. Ketcham. Added title page reads: Kiahlik Iksa Nana-Aiyimmika I Katikisma Chahta Anumpa Isht A Toshowa Hoke. Front cover title: Kiahlik Iksa Nana-Aiyimmika I Katikisma. Very good copy in the original title-printed red cloth. Slight dulling and rubbing to spine and panels edges, with some water-staining evident to front panel, endpapers and prelims. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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        Ivory and the Elephant in Art, in Archaeology, and in Science

      Garden City, N. Y. , Doubleday, Page And Company, 1916. 1st Edition. Description: 3 p. L. , v-xxvi, 527, [1] p. Front. , illus. , plates (part fold. ) fold. Maps, fold. Tab. 27 cm. Subjects; Ivory carving. Very good copy in the original paper-labeled, pictorial cloth. Slightest suggestion of dust-dulling with minor wear to the spine lable and the panel edges. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Scans on request.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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        Wheels - An Anthology of Verse

      Oxford, B.H.Blackwell, 1916.: Inscribed; Irish Literature; Rare Books; Signed; Widmung; Widmungsexemplar. 8°.. Original, illustrated Hardcover (half cloth), partly unopened, in very good condition. The boards a little dusty and rubbed. Spectacular copy. Signed by Osbert Sitwell, Edith Sitwell, Sacheverell Sitwell, Helen Rootham. Further inscribed by Helen Rootham: "To Annie with love from Helen".

      [Bookseller: Old Head Books & Collections]
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        Three original blocks from the 1916 Christmas Greeting

      (Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1916). Originally issued as a small four-page greeting on Japanese vellum, this piece is noted as being one of the very few works printed by the Press during World War I. The press ceased production of nearly all but minor works during the war in the interest of propriety. According to Franklin, the text was reproduced from wide-nibbed calligraphy, presumably Graily Hewitt's. The first page of the greeting, printed from the first block, reads, "With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from St. John and Cicely Hornby, Shelly House, Chelsea, 1916." Pages two and three originally included four stanzas of the poem signed by E.E.B., Hornby's old housemaster at Harrow, Bowen. These stanzas appear on the other two blocks included in this set. The greeting is noted in the Bridwell Library record, but was not recorded in the Ashendene Bibliography. Each block bears some oxidation; there is some distortion to the plate mounted to the second block. Overall a nearly fine artifact from one of the Triple Crown of English fine presses.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        Et j'ai voulu la paix

      London: The Egoist,, 1916. Octavo. Single quire wire stitched, self wrappers printed in black. Housed in a red cloth slipcase with chemise made by The Chelsea Bindery. Staple a touch rusty, wrappers somewhat dusty but an excellent copy. With the publisher's emendation to his address printed inside the rear wrap. First edition, sole printing. A book of war poetry of pacifist tendency by a minor but fascinating member of the modernist set. Spire - a French Jew - was an intimate of Pound, at whose suggestion and at whose apartments the party was held where James Joyce and Sylvia Beach first met. In his editorial capacity at The Egoist, Pound would have been instrumental in its publication.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        What Is Coming? A Forecast of Things after the War

      Cassell & Company, London,, 1916. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to upper board in blind and to spine gilt. Page stock browned - endemic to this printing - spine dull, cloth a little bubbled. Very good. First Edition, First Impression. With the author's initialled presentation inscription to the first blank, "AE from HG". The recipient was the Irish poet and activist George William Russell who wrote always under the sobriquet AE. This rather uncommon and poorly produced book collects a series of articles published in two journals between January and June of 1916. Whilst the underlying assumptions presume the defeat of Germany and little is permitted in criticism of the general policies of the wartime government Wells writes far more here than some mere screed of propaganda. The essays were probably composed just prior to the Irish uprising and no mention is made of the events in Dublin that Easter. The two writers were in fact more obviously connected not by their politics but rather by their separate mastery of the mystery story. Both were instrumental in the development of what we now routinely call science fiction.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        MR. BRITLING SEES IT THROUGH (Inscribed By the Author, Both His Sons, and His Wife to Their Nanny)

      London: Cassell, 1916. Wells, H. G. MR. BRITLING SEES IT THROUGH. London: Cassell, (1916, 1917). 17th Printing. Although a later printing, a REMARKABLE PRESENTATION COPY from H. G. Wells & his wife Catherine Wells along with sons F. R. Wells & G. P. Wells (the latter two in H.G. Wells' hand). This was the book presented to Mathilde Meyer, the family's nanny, and she has further annotated the book with notations of the family birthdays, H. G. Wells' honorary degree from London University, and she has pasted several newspaper reviews of MR. BRITLING SEES IT THROUGH on the endpapers and the back flap of the dust jacket. The novel itself was one of the most popular books published during World War One on both sides of the Atlantic; it has often been called one of the great fictional masterpieces in its depiction of life on the home front during the Great War. A remarkable association.. Inscribed By Author. Fine/Near Fine.

      [Bookseller: Lakin & Marley Rare Books ]
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        The Allies' fairy book / with an introduction by Edmund Gosse and illustrations by Arthur Rackham

      London : W. Heinemann ; Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott, [1916], 1916. Limited Edition. Physical description: xxii, 121 p. : illus., plates ; 21 cm. Illustrated (some on end-papers) incl. 12 col. plates mounted on stiff card. Subjects: Folklore -- Fairy tales -- Children's books. Summary: Thirteen fairy tales from a variety of countries including Japan, Yugoslavia, Portugal, and Belgium. Very good copy in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Slight suggestion only of dust-dulling to the spine bands and panel edges. Front hinge repaired. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Limited edition - no.165 of 525 copies - SIGNED by the author.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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      Davenport, Iowa: Palmer School of Chiropractic. Very Good+. 1916. Second Edition. Hardcover. Clean green cloth with bright gilt title on spine. Text block tight, clean and intact. Crisp pages. Two portrait frontispieces. Drawing illustrations. Decorated endpapers. Preface states that Volume #5 was intended to function as an independent text. Author B. J. Palmer, President of the Palmer School of Chiropractic in collaboration with J. H. Craven. Medical ; Drawing Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 428 pages .

      [Bookseller: Nick Bikoff, Bookseller]
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        Marion Morehouse

      Undated. A stylized portrait by Cummings of Marion Morehouse, renowned New York model and Cummings' third wife -- and a frequent subject of the artist's work. Cummings, one of the best-loved American poets of the 20th century, was also a prolific visual artist: he considered writing and painting to be his "twin obsessions," and he exhibited his work in the annual Society of Independent Artists shows from 1916-1927 and was the art editor of the Dial magazine, the pre-eminent Modernist literary journal in the U.S., in the 1920s. In 1933 he published a book of his artwork in a limited edition. Called CIOPW, it took its title from the media he used in his art: charcoal, ink, oil, pencil and watercolors. In his early years he emphasized abstract painting; from the 1930s on he tended toward representational images, albeit with a range of inventive palettes, as this painting shows, and which some have compared to his inventiveness with words and poetic forms and structures. 9" x 11-1/4", oil on cardboard. In fact, this is painted on the underside of the top of a box that held typewriter paper -- a linking of his twin obsessions. Edges a bit chipped, with a couple of creases but very good condition overall. .

      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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        The Great War: A Neutral's Indictment

      London:The Fine Art Society, Ltd.: 1916.. First edition. Folio, original cloth backed marbled boards. Leather spine labels, top edge gilt. 100 tipped in plates. Limited to 1,050 copies, of which 1,000 were for sale. Signed by the author, Louis Raemaekers. In near fine condition with some light rubbing.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        Lithography and Lithographers

      New York: The Macmillan Company,, 1916. Some Chapters in the History of the Art by Elizabeth Robins Pennell Together with Descriptions and Technical Explanations of Modern Artistic Methods by Joseph Pennell. Folio. Original japon, titles to spine and upper board gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Together with the original japon portfolio and the original printed card box, all housed in a black slipcase. Frontispiece and 77 plates, an original lithograph on grey paper. Together with 3 original lithographs by Joseph Pennell housed loosely in a separate portfolio. Binding very lightly rubbed. An excellent copy. First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 58 numbered copies signed by Pennell on a separate limitation leaf and with three original lithographs by Pennell housed loosely in a portfolio. This copy is complete with the scarce original box.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        LITHOGRAPHY AND LITHOGRAPHERS. Some chapters in the history of the art by Elizabeth Robins Pennell, together with descriptions and technical explanations of modern artistic methods by Joseph Pennel, President of the Senefelder Club

      The Macmillan Company. New York.,1916. LIMITED EDITION. 4to. (12.1 x 9.2 inches). Illustrated with 79 mono plates by many fine artists, including; Whistler, Brangwyn, Delacroix, Goya, William Blake, & Toulouse-Lautrec. One of only 58 delux copies issued with an extra vellum bound portfolio, containing three Proof lithographs, and with a seperate colophon leaf, numbered and signed by Joseph Pennell , this number 30. A fine copy of the book and portfolio. Both bound in full white vellum with gilt lettering to the front board. The book volume is also lettered in gilt to the spine. Top edge gilt. Silk ties lacking from the portfolio otherwise both are fine and bright copies due to being housed in the original publishers drop lid box with dark brown lettering to the front cover and spine. The box has rubbing and bumping to the edges and is knocked and loose but essentially complete and has taken its knocks while doing its job of protecting the volumes within. This box is now protected within a black cloth covered slip case with a red morocco label, ruled and lettered in gilt. An uncommonly fine set of this beautifully produced limited edition.:

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster Books]
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        La première aventure céléste [sic] de Mr. Antipyrine. Avec des bois gravés et coloriés par Marcel Janco. (Collection Dada.)

      Zürich (Collection Dada/ Imprimerie J. Heuberger), 1916.. (16)pp. 8 original color linocuts, of which 6 full-page in teal blue and black, and 2 other in black (front cover and cul-de-lampe illustration), printed on uncut fine laid paper. Image size: 170 x 90 mm. (6 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches). Sm. 4to. Orig. grey wraps., with handcut typography on front cover, reproduced from a woodcut design by Janco. Dated 28 July 1916 in the justification, this is the first publication of the Collection Dada and possibly the first Dada imprint; it is also the first book of Tristan Tzara, then nineteen years old. Mr. Antipyrine takes his name from a now forgotten patent medicine which Tzara found helpful for his migraines (and not, as is sometimes said, from a type of fire extinguisher). Its contents contain a selection of his early verse, African chants, and the first Dada manifesto, included by Tzara under his own name rather than that of one of his characters (“Dada est notre intensité.... Dada est l’art sans pantouffles ni parallèle...”). Wraps. lightly worn, with a few nearly indetectible expert mends. An historic early presentation copy, inscribed by both Tzara and Janco on the inner front cover: "Sympathie + affection/ Tristan Tzara/ [flower]/ Zürich I/ Fraumünsterstrasse 21/ Centralhof/ [flower] (the foregoing in turquoise ink, and all but the first line in capitals); "Considération/ Marcel Janco" (in black ink, adjacent). The text also contains, on the recto of f. 7, two autograph corrections in black ink, in the hand of either Janco or Heuberger, the printer. Tzara's address here is at the Pension Altinger, where he shared lodging with Janco, who was then enrolled at the Technische Hochschule. By 1918, Tzara had moved to the Hotel Limmatquai.

      [Bookseller: Ars Libri Ltd]
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      1916. 2. (DULAC,EDMUND)illus. EDMUND DULAC'S FAIRY BOOK: fairy tales of the allied nations. Lond: Hodder & Stoughton, circa 1916. 4to (9 x 11 1/2"), white cloth extensively decorated in gilt, light cover soil and light rubbing to gilt else VG+. LIMITED TO ONLY 350 NUMBERED COPIES SIGNED BY DULAC. 14 fairy tales from around the world are illustrated with 15 very beautiful tipped-in color plates set within gilt rules plus a pictorial title page. Titles include Snegorotchka, Russia; The Buried Moon, England; Bashtchelik, Serbia; The Serpent Prince, Italy; The Hind of the Wood, France; The Fire Bird, Russia; Urashima Taro, Japan; The Story of the Bird Feng, China and more. This is a nice clean copy of a scarce Dulac limited edition with a smaller than usual number of copies in the limitation.

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc.]
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        (Dulac, Edmund) Edmund Dulac's Fairy-Book: Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations

      London: Hodder and Stoughton, (1916). Quarto. (xii), 169pp., + 15 plates. One of 350 copies signed and numbered by the artist, Edmund Dulac. A collection of folk tales from all over the world, compiled by Dulac and illustrated by him with fifteen colorful plates, each designed to match the aesthetic sense of the nation from which the story was derived. Issued as Hodder & Stoughton's Christmas book for 1916, the Fairy-Book was popular in both the United Kingdom and the United States, where the illustrations were part of Dulac's first American exhibition, held at Scott and Fowles Gallery in New York. Bound in the publisher's white cloth, stamped in gilt and blue, with the design of two springing horses surrounded by Celtic-inspired scrollwork. Very good condition, with wear to edges and gilt, slightly darkened spine and page edges, and bowed upper board. Top edge yellow.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        Edmund Dulac's Fairy-Book

      London: Hodder & Stoughton. 1916. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good. First printed, no date (1916), one of 350 copies SIGNED BY DULAC. Quarto, pale gray cloth heavily gilt decorated, with illustrated title page and 15 plates mounted on velin. Very good, lightest general soil to rear board, most minor rubbintg to spine ends, very slight bubbling to front pastedown, plates all collated complete and in great condition.

      [Bookseller: Caliban Books ABAA-ILAB]
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        Howl And Other Poems (SIGNED)

      San Francisco: City Lights Pocket Bookshop, Undated. Fourth printing. Pamphlet. Very Good. 44 pp. Warmly inscribed by Ginsberg to his good friend and fellow Beat poet Harold Norse (1916-2009) on the title page with a quirky drawing by Ginsberg on same. The Pocket Poet Series Number Four. 75c price on back cover. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. Rubbing and surface wear with cup outline on front cover. Slight crease to bottom right corner. A fabulous association copy!

      [Bookseller: Come By Chance Books (IOBA)]
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        The Birds of British Guiana, based on the collections of Frederick McConnell , 2 volumes, complete

      London: Bernard Quaritch, 1916-1921. First edition. Light edge wear to cloth, text and plates are bright and clean with no signs of use; a near fine copy.. Pp. liii, 528, 10 color plates, 16 photo-plates, 1 color folding map, 95 text-figures; pp. xcvi, 615, 10 color plates, 8 photo-plates, 214 text-figures. Contemporary powder blue cloth, gilt-lettered on the spine, lg 8vo. In addition to describing the avifauna of Guiana, volume I also presents a chronicle of the first Roraima expedition by McConnell and volume II provides a description of the second Roraima expedition by John Quelch. This work was issued in a limited edition of 250 numbered copies by Bernard Quaritch, this is no. 221. The fine color plates are by Grönvold. From the private library of ornithologist G.S. Keith with his name stamp on the front endpaper of each volume.

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        Simplicissimus. Begründet von Albert Langen und Th. Th. Heine. XXI. Jahrgang. April 1916 - März 1917

      München, 1916 - 1917.. 2 Bände. Mit vielen teils farbigen Abbildungen. VI, 328 S.; V, SS. 329-680. Illustr. OLwd. mit farbiger Deckelillustration (Bulldogge) von Th. Th. Heine. Folio. Einband von Bd. I etwas fleckig, unteres Rücken von Bd. II bestoßen.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Turszynski]
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        Edmund Dulac's Fairy Book

      London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date [1916]. Quarto, original white publisher's cloth elaborately stamped in gold and blue after a design by Edmund Dulac. [2],* [10], 170. Illustrated with 15 beautiful tipped-in color plates by Dulac. Limited to 350 copies signed by Dulac. Signed limitation leaf in this copy has been excised, perhaps to send to Dulac, who has adorned the reverse side with a beautiful original painting of "The Princess of the Pagodas," signed in ink by Dulac and dated 1920 beneath the image. The cover is in very good to fine condition, and internal contents are very fine but for some light tape residue on blank endleaf front and back. The original gouache painting is set within a disc of gold leaf (3-1/2 inches across) which is lightly abraded (see photograph). & A unique copy of one of Dulac's most famous books. Dulac (1882-1953) is considered (with Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielson, and Charles and Heath Robinson) one of the five major "Golden Age" gift-book illustrators.He studied law for two years while attending classes at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. After winning a prize for his painting he decided to devote himself to art full-time. He twice won the Grand Prix (1901 and 1903) for his paintings, and by 1904 he was off to London for the start of his meteoric career as a book illustrator. His arrival there corresponded with the development of new color printing technology which he was the first to take full advantage of.

      [Bookseller: Truepenny Books, Inc.]
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      1916. Very Good. JOLY, Henri and TOMITA, Kumasaku. JAPANESE ART & HANDICRAFT. An Illustrated Record of the Loan Exhibition Held in Aid of the British Red Cross in October-November, 1915. London, Yamanaka & Co., MCMXVI. Thick heavy folio, 2 parts bound in one, half morocco gilt. The edges are quite worn and corners skinned but it is very good internally and the hinges are appropriately reinforced for this heavy book. prelims. + 213pp. + misc. With 8 color plates, 162 b&w plates, 1,376 items illustrated. Copy 135 of 175 copies printed of this important reference.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        (Clarke, Harry) Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

      Brentano's NY: Brentano's, (1916). Quarto. 320pp. First American edition of Harry Clarke's first illustrated book. Illustrated throughout with twenty-four full-page plates in black & white, as well as numerous vignettes, and with sixteen tipped-in color plates with tissue guards. Clarke's detailed Art Nouveau-inspired illustrations reflect the revival of eighteenth-century aesthetics made popular by Aubrey Beardsley and others. Bound in pictorial gray cloth, with lettering and illustrations in black. Spine toned, some wear to spine ends, and light foxing, not affecting the plates, else a very good copy of a scarce book.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        YOSEMITE TRANSPORTATION CO. SUPREME COURT CASE ILLUSTRATED WITH ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS. Yosemite Transportation Company vs. W. H. Wright and Corinne K. Wright. [Cases: S. F. 8158 & S. F. 8159]. 4 vols

      San Francisco:: James H. Barry Co.,. 1916.. 8vo. 10" x 7". 1st edition. Vol. 1- 185 [2] pp., Vol. 2- 68 [2] pp., Vol. 3- 36 pp., Vol. 4- 21 pp.. Brown printed paper wrappers (Vol. 3 beige) with black lettering to covers of all 4 vols.. Minor shelfwear to each volume, spine cracking on Vol. 1. "Law. Library" and "FILED By GRANT TAYLOR, CLERK" stamps adorn the covers. of each volume, with coinciding dates ranging from "Jan 4 - 1917" to. "Nov 4- 1918". A VG copy.. On July 10, 1910, a driver on the Yosemite Transportation 12 Passenger Stage Coach instructed his passengers to "JUMP" on passing two Indians drawing pack horses. One of his 11 passengers, an artist named Corinne Wright, sustained injuries in the fall. The photo illustrations in Vol. 1 detail the area in which Mrs. Wright was injured. The case, originally heard in the Mariposa County Supreme Court, is appealed to the California Supreme Court in these volumes. . 3 original tipped-in silver gelatin photographs in 1st Volume. Photographs: "Defendant's Ex. 1", "Defendant's Ex. 2", and "Defendant's Ex. 3" of workers near scene of the crime with small notes "Break" with an arrow detailing exact area in which Corinne Wright sustained injuries next to each photo [each photo with a differing perspective].

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      Published by Brentano's Published by Brentano's, 1916. 1st US edition.. Hardback. Very Good. Illustrated by Clarke, Harry. Very good condition with no wrapper. Recent beautiful calf binding with gilt titles and decoration, oval onlay to front cover. Binding by Cottage Bindery, Bath. 16 colour plates plus b/w illustrations. 319 pages, top edge gilt. Covers are very slightly dust(?) stained. Foxing and some fingering to contents but generally clean. Contained in a dark brown slipcase. This copy would make a wonderful gift. [R]

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        Autograph Letter Signed ("Willa Sibert Cather") to Miss Edith Brewster Evans, Green Tree Farm, Clementon, N. J., regarding a copy of APRIL TWILIGHTS which Evans requested

      Red Cloud, Nebraska, november 4, 1916. 12mo. 2 pages on a single folded sheet, in ink, on her "Number Five Bank Street" stationery. Fine, with the original envelope addressed by Cather, and postmarked Nov 5, from Red Cloud . AN IMPORTANT AND REVEALING LETTER CONCERNING APRIL TWILIGHTS. The text reads in full: "My Dear Miss Evans, I have written to a friend who is occupying my apartment in New York, asking her to mail you a copy of the book you are good enough to desire. I bought up all the copies of April Twilights eight years ago, and it is not now on the market. If the book does not reach you, will you be good enough to write me at my N.Y. address, and I will send it to you myself when I return to Banks Street at the end of this month. Very cordially yours, Willa Sibert Cather." [With:] APRIL TWILIGHTS. Richard G. Badger/ The Gorham Press. 1903. FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Original drab boards, printed paper labels on front cover and spine with the recipient's ownership inscription, "Edith B. Evans" written on the front flyleaf. FINE COPY. Also present is the front portion of the wrapping paper used to send the book, addressed in a different hand, presumably that of Edith Lewis, Cather's life partner, to the same New Jersey address, and bearing Cather's Bank Street return address. The sum of these articles gives us a very important insight which is contrary to the conventional wisdom regarding Cather's handling of April Twilights. It is commonly stated that after buying up all the copies in 1908, she destroyed them. This book and letter are proof that she did not destroy all the copies. In fact, 13 years after its publication, she seems to have had enough regard for the work that she was willing to send copies out on request. This is a fascinating and historic letter, which sheds new light on Cather and her first published book. The letter, the mailing envelope, the mailing wrapper for the book and the copy of the book itself which Cather had sent to Miss Evans is a revealing story. They are offered here as a group

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        The World Crisis, 1916-1918, Volumes I & II, immaculate jacketed first editions in the very rare publisher's slipcase

      We are pleased to offer Churchill collectors a spectacular, jacketed U.S. first edition set of the 1916-1918 volumes of Churchill's The World Crisis in the extravagantly rare original publisher's slipcase. The World Crisis is Winston Churchill's epic history of the First World War, in which he played such a critical, controversial, and varied role. Churchill was in a special position to write this history, having served both in the Cabinet and on the Front. First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 until 1915, after the failure in the Dardanelles and the slaughter at Gallipoli, Churchill was scapegoated and forced to resign. He spent political exile as a lieutenant colonel leading a battalion in the trenches. Before war's end, Churchill was exonerated and rejoined the Government, but the stigma would linger. Churchill may have meant for his history of the First World War to clear his name, but his six volume masterwork far exceeds this purpose. The U.S. is the true first edition, as U.S. Volume I publication preceded the British. Both the U.S. and British editions were originally published as six individual books between 1923 and 1931. Today, jacketed first editions are remarkably scarce - jacketed U.S. editions even more so. Perhaps most scarce is the original U.S. publisher's slipcase for the 1916-1918 first editions; Charles Scribner's Sons originally issued the two 1916-1918 volumes as a boxed set. The cardboard slipcase bears three pasted labels. A large, 8.25 x 5.75 inch label printed dark red on ivory on the right side of the slipcase bears an extensive blurb about Churchill and the work. A smaller label on the upper spine of the slipcase, likewise printed dark red on ivory, measures 4 x 3.25 inches and bears the title, author, and publisher. A bright orange label on the lower portion of the slipcase spine measuring 3.75 x 3 inches bears black ink print advertising Churchill's preceding World Crisis volumes. These original slipcases are almost never seen. We know of no other dealer who has offered a slipcased set. Here is an absolutely pristine, as new first edition set of the 1916-1918 volumes in fine dust jackets, housed in the original publisher's slipcase. The books themselves are as-new. The bindings are immaculate and improbably bright, with absolutely no wear or flaws to report. The contents are likewise pristine - unreservedly crisp, bright, and clean. The books are clearly unread and appear in virtually the same condition as when they were issued in 1927. We note only a tiny Boston bookseller sticker on the lower left ffep of each volume. The dust jackets are truly fine examples. Both are unclipped, retaining the "$10.00 Two Volumes" price on the front flap. Both jackets are entirely complete with no losses. Trivial flaws are limited to slight toning to the jacket spines, a hint of wear at the spine ends, and a faint one inch scratch to the Volume II lower spine (but no tear). We have fitted both dust jackets with removable, archival quality clear covers. The original publisher's slipcase has done its job protecting the spectacular books and dust jackets within, but has born some expected age and wear in the process. Nonetheless, the slipcase is entirely complete and still in one piece, with all three publisher's labels fully intact. Six of the eight seams are intact; only the short upper and lower horizontal seams at the back of the slipcase are split. There is wear at the opening edges, fraying at the split upper and lower rear seams, and light overall soiling. The slipcase is original and unrestored, but the seam splits are easily repaired with archival tape, at which point the slipcase will regain structural integrity. This beautiful slipcased set is a rare prize for collectors and about as early in the canon as a Churchill collector seeking jacketed first editions can reasonably expect to go. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.1(III-1&2).a, Woods/ICS A31(aa), Langworth p.104.

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        Die Grundlage der allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie

      Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1916. First edition, first printing, journal issue.. A fine copy in unrestored wrappers, as it originally appeared in the May issue of Annalen der Physik. Grolier/Horblit 26c; Norman 695; PMM 408; Weil 80.<br/><br/> & There are three different issues of this famous paper (which are often confused): <br/><br/>& 1. AUTHOR&#146;S PRESENTATION ISSUE. This was paginated 769-822, and carried no heading above the title of Einstein&#146;s paper; it was issued in light brown printed wrappers, with the upper wrapper headed: <i>A. Einstein. Überrreicht vom Verfasser</i>, and also printed: <i>Seperat-Abdruck aus den Annalen der Physik. Vierte Folge. Band 49. 1916.</i>, between the title and the imprint. This issue was thus printed from the same setting of type as the published number of the journal, but before the editors had settled the final composition of number 7. This issue is the rarest of all and was unknown to Einstein&#146;s bibliographer E. Weil. <br/><br/>& 2. JOURNAL ISSUE. This was paginated [769]-880, with the heading <i>1916. No 7. Annalen der Physik. Vierte Folge. Band 49.</i> above the title of Einstein&#146;s paper, which occupies pages [769]-822; it was in tan printed wrappers dated 11 May 1916, with six pages of advertisements bound in. This is the issue described by Grolier/Horblit 26c, Horblit sale 337, <i>Printing and the Mind of Man</i> 408, and Weil 80. <br/><br/>& 3. PUBLISHED OFFPRINT ISSUE. This was paginated [1]-64 and given the same heading as the journal issue, but otherwise printed from the same setting as the other issues; it was larger than the author&#146;s presentation issue above, and issued in printed wrappers without the presentation heading of the first issue. This was published for separate sale, presumably in or shortly after May 1916; it is the commonest issue on the market. This is the issue described by Honeyman sale 936 and Weil 80a. <br/><br/>& & 8vo (223 x 147 mm), original printed wrappers, some light pencil annotations to the front wrapper, tiny closed tear to the bottom margin, light damp stain to the lower left corner of the front wrapper, spine strip with some relatively light wear, but original (which is often not the case as often wrapper issues are in reality extracts of anual volumes which have been assembled with the wrappers later and then had the spine strip renwed in facsimiles). In all a very fine and unmarked copy in its original state, very rare.

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        Zur Quantentheorie der Strahlung [On the Quantum Theory of Radiation]

      Leipzig: S. Hirzel. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine. First printing in Physikalische Zeitschrift, the first formal journal publication and likely the first obtainable printing (following the very rare 1916 appearance in Mitteilungen der Physikalischen Gesellschaft Zurich) of Einstein&#39;s development of his derivation of Planck&#39;s law and the theoretical basis for the laser. Weil *91 (this printing). "Einstein used Bohr&#39;s model as the foundation for a series of papers in 1916, the most important of which, &#39;On the Quantum Theory of Radiation,&#39; was also formally published in a journal in 1917 [Physikalische Zeitschrift]. Einstein began with a thought experiment in which a chamber is filled with a cloud of atoms. They are being bathed by light (or any form of electromagnetic radiation). Einstein then combined Bohr&#39;s model of the atom with Max Planck&#39;s theory of the quanta. If each change in an electron orbit correspond to the absorption or emission of one light quantum, then--presto!--it resulted in a new and better way to derive Planck&#39;s formula for explaining blackbody radiation. As Einstein boasted to Michele Besso, &#39;A brilliant idea dawned on me about radiation absorption and emission. It will interest you. An astonishingly simple derivation, I should sway the derivation of Planck&#39;s formula. A thoroughly quantized affair.&#39; "Atoms emit radiation in a spontaneous fashion, but Einstein theorized that this process could also be stimulated... This process of stimulated emission would, almost forty years later, be the basis for the invention of the laser, an acronym for &#39;light amplification stimulated by emission of radiation&#39;" (Isaacson, Einstein). IN: Physikalische Zeitschrift, Vol. 18, pp. 121-128. Leipzig: S. Hirzel, 1917. Early three-quarter cloth over contemporary marbled boards, marbled endpapers. Whole volume (1917) offered. Light wear to binding, otherwise fine. Weil *91.

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        Fruit-Gathering [Signed, Jack Palance&#39;s copy]

      London: Macmillan & Co., Limited, 1916. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/very good +. A Very Near Fine copy of the first UK edition, first printing (gentle pushing and light rubbing at spine ends, light bumps and minor rubbing to board corners), in a Very Good + example of the rarely seen dust jacket (spine darkened and with a touch of chipping at each end, small chip to the top of the front panel near the flap fold, some light toning and minor pushing), SIGNED BY RABINDRANATH TAGORE on the title page with decorative accents drawn by him both beside and beneath his signature. [This is the true first edition of these poems printed together in book form, not to be confused with the later issue of the work coupled with Tagore&#39;s "Gitanjali" in "Gitanjali and Fruit-Gathering" (1918). The book does not correspond to any particular volume of Tagore&#39;s Poetry as published in the original Bengali.] This is presumably an unread copy with portions of the gatherings uncut at the top. Rabindranath Tagore won the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West". (Tagore was fluent both in Bengali and in English. A close friend of Gandhi&#39;s -- each man admired the other greatly -- he also was knighted by the British in 1915, and, though he resisted the use of titles and distinguishing classifications, he is named as "Sir" Rabindranath Tagore on this book&#39;s dust jacket and title page, a designation presumably used by the Publisher to increase sales in class-conscious Britain. (Tagore later resigned his knighthood in protest of British policies in India.) Though he supported Indian independence, he urged the Indian people not to view themselves as victims of the British, seeing instead British rule as a "political symptom of our social disease", urging not outright revolution but rather advising the people to engage in self-help and education that would ultimately produce a capable and independent nation. Interestingly, it was Tagore who popularized "Mahatma" (or "Great Soul") as a description of Gandhi.) Significantly, Tagore was the first non-European to win the Prize. A polymath, he wrote novels, essays, short stories, travelogues, and dramas, as well as over two thousand songs for which he wrote both the lyric and the music. The first edition of Fruit-Gathering, offered here, is rather uncommon and copies in the dust jacket are like hen&#39;s teeth. Signed copies of Tagore&#39;s works in English translation also are quite uncommon. Thus, copies of the first edition of Fruit-Gathering in the dust jacket and signed by Rabindranath Tagore, as is offered here, are RARE. [Having an excellent Provenance, this copy belonged to the actor Jack Palance and carries the bookplate from the 2006 sale of his personal property on the rear pastedown.] A Near Fine copy of a quite scarce book, SIGNED BY RABINDRANATH TAGORE. RARE.

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        De boekhandel te Amsterdam, voornamelijk in de 17e eeuw. Biographische en geschiedkundige aanteekeningen.

      's-Grv., Nijhoff, 1914-1916. - 2 dln. VII+1745 pp. Namen- en titellijst, reg. Gebonden. Half linnen met gemarmerde platten. Goed ex. (Ex-libris op binnenzijde vooplatten). Bijdragen tot de Geschiedenis van den Ned.Boekhandel, X.

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        Il dilettante legatore di libri. Con brevi cenni storici. 2a edizione ampliata e corretta.

      Subject: (Manuali Hoepli). Milano, Hoepli, 1916, 16mo leg. orig. cart. cop. ill. (con unghie) pp. XII-258 con 109 fig. n.t. + 27 tav. (2 a col.) in nero f.t. Stato di nuovo.

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        A catechism of the Catholic religion : translated into the Choctaw language

      [Washington, D.C. : National Capital Press, c.1916] - Description: 200 p. : illus. ; 15 cm. Subjects: Choctaw language -- Texts. Summary: Printed in English and Choctaw on opposite pages. After a few initial pages of prayers, proceeds to the familiar question-and-answer format, addressing issues of baptism, confession, commandments, the last judgment, etc. Translated by William H. Ketcham. Added title page reads: Kiahlik Iksa Nana-Aiyimmika I Katikisma Chahta Anumpa Isht A Toshowa Hoke. Front cover title: Kiahlik Iksa Nana-Aiyimmika I Katikisma. Very good copy in the original title-printed red cloth. Slight dulling and rubbing to spine and panels edges, with some water-staining evident to front panel, endpapers and prelims. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. 1 Kg. 200 pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Elves & Fairies

      Lothian 1916 - Original blue cloth with gilt illustration. Worn edges. cover page is missing from the book. It starts with the title page, followed by the copyright page. Page 38 has a tear, which been repaired. Otherwise clean copy. Very rare 1st edition. Illustrated. Please see uploaded pictures. If you have any question please contact us. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        YOSEMITE TRANSPORTATION CO. SUPREME COURT CASE ILLUSTRATED WITH ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS. Yosemite Transportation Company vs. W. H. Wright and Corinne K. Wright. [Cases: S. F. 8158 & S. F. 8159]. 4 vols.

      James H. Barry Co.,, San Francisco: 1916 - 3 original tipped-in silver gelatin photographs in 1st Volume. Photographs: "Defendant's Ex. 1", "Defendant's Ex. 2", and "Defendant's Ex. 3" of workers near scene of the crime with small notes "Break" with an arrow detailing exact area in which Corinne Wright sustained injuries next to each photo [each photo with a differing perspective]. On July 10, 1910, a driver on the Yosemite Transportation 12 Passenger Stage Coach instructed his passengers to "JUMP" on passing two Indians drawing pack horses. One of his 11 passengers, an artist named Corinne Wright, sustained injuries in the fall. The photo illustrations in Vol. 1 detail the area in which Mrs. Wright was injured. The case, originally heard in the Mariposa County Supreme Court, is appealed to the California Supreme Court in these volumes. Minor shelfwear to each volume, spine cracking on Vol. 1. "Law Library" and "FILED By GRANT TAYLOR, CLERK" stamps adorn the covers of each volume, with coinciding dates ranging from "Jan 4 - 1917" to "Nov 4- 1918". A VG copy. Brown printed paper wrappers (Vol. 3 beige) with black lettering to covers of all 4 vols. 8vo. 10" x 7". 1st edition. Vol. 1- 185 [2] pp., Vol. 2- 68 [2] pp., Vol. 3- 36 pp., Vol. 4- 21 pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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      1916. 1. NOVELTY. BOOK OF SOMETHING TO DO * RHYMES & STORIES. NY: United Art Pub. Co. (1916). Oblong FOLIO (14 X 11 1/4"), cloth backed pictORIAL boards, FINE AND UNUSED AND COMPLETE WITH 72 PICTORIAL STAMPS IN THE UNOPENED GLASSENE ENVELOPES! (because the envelopes has never been unsealed, it is possible that the stamps may adhere to each other). The stories include Puss In Boots, Mother Goose Rhymes, Three Bears, Farmyard Friends, Three Little Pigs, Twelve Wild Animals, Peter Rabbit, Jack & The Bean Stalk, Cinderella, Robinson Crusoe and Rip Van Winkle. Interspersed throughout the text are blank rectangles in the center of which the reader is to affix the corresponding 72 color pictorial stamps. It is also wonderfully illustrated by an unknown hand with the black and whites throughout the text. Very rare in any condition but especially so in such nice unused condition.

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        A Gift to the State: the National Stud

      Edinburgh T & A Constable 1916. G: in Good condition without dust jacket. Ex-lib usual stamps. Cover rubbed Limited Edition (Standard edition - 300) Cloth cover with gilt stamping 235pp :: 21 tipped-in plates and numerous woodcuts :: 350mm x 270mm (14" x 11")

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        ART IN AUSTRALIA: FIRST SERIES, Complete in Eleven Issues.

      - Edited by Sydney Ure Smith, Bertram Stevens, & C. Lloyd Jones. Eleven Issues, complete, ranging from 68 to 40 pages (including plates and pictorial advertisements), illustrated throughout in colour and black & white (including numerous hand-tipped plates), decorations and initials printed in various single colours; small cr. 4to; pictorial paper wrappers, occasionally slightly soiled, edges and backstrips generally lightly chipped and/or split (particularly the backstrips of Nos. 4 & 5); hinges occasionally starting, No. 5 lacking upper free endpaper, portion torn from top edge of upper free endpaper and contents page No. 9, a couple of small surface chips to two pages in No. 4, scattered light foxing, slight soiling, and occasional minor wear & tear; Angus & Robertson/Art in Australia, Sydney, 1916-1921. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        The World Crisis, full set of six British first edition, first printings, inscribed by Churchill to a close friend before publication in the third book

      This is a full set of six British first edition, first printings of Churchill's monumental history of the First World War, inscribed and dated in the third book by Churchill (two days before publication) to his "oldest friend" Jack Seely. Inked on the ffep of 1916-1918 Part I in four lines is "Jack Seely / from / Winston S. Churchill / 1.3.27". John Edward Bernard Seely (1868-1947), 1st Baron Mottistone CB, CMG, DSO, PC, TD, was Churchill's close friend, comrade in arms, and political ally for nearly half a century. His life and career remarkably parallel and entwine Churchill's, with a particularly strong bond during the First World War, both in politics and on the Front. As boys, Seely and Churchill both attended Harrow. Both earned distinction in the Boer War and parlayed war records into election to Parliament in the "Khaki election" of 1900. Churchill and Seely quickly became political allies and confidantes. Both left the Conservative party, becoming Liberals in 1904. Both joined the Liberal Government Cabinet in 1908. In 1911 Churchill became First Lord of the Admiralty and in 1912 Seely became Secretary of State for War. Both were forced out of the Cabinet - Seely for the Curragh Incident in 1914 and Churchill for the Dardanelles in 1915 - and both subsequently chose to serve on the Front. While on active service in Europe, the two friends arranged to see one another often and continued to correspond throughout the war. In 1916, Churchill wrote to Seely "Good luck to you my dear - count on me if the moment comes when I am worth anything again." Churchill was the first to be politically rehabilitated, returning to the Cabinet as Minister of Munitions in 1917. Seely would write from Flanders "I am so glad, not only for your sake who at last have an outlet for energies and talents, but even more for all of us who want so badly just what you can give." While Seely continued to serve with gallant distinction, Churchill faithfully advocated for a Ministerial appointment for him. In 1918, after retiring from active military service, Seely campaigned for Churchill in Dundee. When Churchill became Secretary of State for Air and War in 1919, he brought in Seely as Under-Secretary for Air. Though Seely chafed at his failure to secure his own ministry and ultimately resigned in frustration, the friendship endured. Churchill wrote to Seely "I did whatever was in my power wh sincere & old friendship suggested to assist yr return from the military to the political arena. Had greater offices been in my sphere of influence, I wd have found one for you." In 1924, both Seely and Churchill rejoined the Conservative Party. In 1927, when this book was inscribed, Churchill was Chancellor of the Exchequer and Seely Chairman of the National Savings Commission (a post he held from 1926-1943). Two years later, Churchill wrote to Stanley Baldwin urging that Seely be given a peerage; Seely was created Baron Mottistone in 1933. The inscribed 1916-1918 Part I book is in near-fine condition. The binding is square, clean, and tight, with only very light shelf wear and minor wrinkling at the spine ends. The contents are bright and crisp. Spotting is mostly confined to the prelims and page edges, of course including the inscribed ffep. Nonetheless, the inscription is excellent, with no age-spreading or smudging of the ink. The remaining five volumes make this a very nice set indeed with superior spine presentation. The bindings are uniformly clean with bright gilt and only light shelf wear, mostly confined to extremities. The contents are uniformly clean and tight. Light spotting is confined to text block edges and the prelims of two volumes. The Eastern Front and The Aftermath both have a single neat previous owner name inked on the ffep. The 1911-1914 volume bears an inked inscription on the ffep dated 4 May 1923. We find no other ownership marks. Bibliographic reference: A69.2(I-VI).a, Woods/ICS A31(ab), Langworth p.105.

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