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        Le grand printemps *

      Les Cahiers Vaudois, Lausanne (1917). - Broché, couverture décorée d'une vignette. Un brin défraîchi avec petit manque au dos et en pied du dernier plat. Tirage unique et donc sans grand papier de cet ouvrage fragile, comme tous les autres volumes de l'éditeur d'ici d'ailleurs, icelui exceptionnellement dédicacé et signé d'époque par l'auteur à un docteur Vallette qui évidemment n'est pas le fameux peintre (qui a fait de l'écrivain un admirable portrait en frontispice du tirage de tête du "Jean-luc persécuté" . si on l'a ? Suffit de demander !) du canton du Vallette !Les envois sur des ouvrages de ces années de début sont rarissimes.Volume tout nu sur demande, en bon, moyen ou lamentable état.En quatrième de couverture une coquille "L'aaministration des Cahiers Vaudois."[Bringolf 21] Édition originale A. L'un des 450 exemplaires sur volumineux anglais.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Oh 7e Ciel]
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        Death in Good Humour: a Collection of Jokes, epigrams and Witticisms Concerning Death, Culled from Hebrew Literature

      Printed at the A. H. Rosenberg Press, 130 Henry Street, NY NY, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1917 - Text entirely in Hebrew. On very good and thick paper. Newly and attractively bound by master bookbinder. The title page has two ink impressions in the margins of a rubber stamp: Palestine Youngman association. Jaffa Hahistadrut "hatza'ir HaEretz Israeli, Yafo" Printed in a limited edition of 100 copies. Scans available upon request. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Meir Turner]
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      19. Very Good. VAUTIER, P., author & KUMMEL, Otto, editor. JAPANISCHE STICHBLATTER UND SCHWERTZIERATEN Sammlung Georg Oeder Dusseldorf. Oesterheld & Co., Berlin, n.d. [1917 in gilt at the base of the spine]. Small folio, original front cover bound into half red cloth and leather spine, gilt. Profusely illustrated in b&w with images of tsuba, kozuka and other metal- wrought works of art from this extensive collection. The German language text is informative throughout. A vital reference in the field which is very hard to find. Very good overall, the spine is chipped at the bottom. Some edgewear.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        La Jeune Parque

      Editions de la Nouvelle Revue Française, Paris 1917 - Bel in-4°, 24 x 19cm. Tirage sur papier Vergé d'Arches numéroté de 1 à 575, porte le numéro 319. Exemplaire impeccable. Envoi via lettre recommandée possible. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie-Editions du Grand Pont]
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        The Old Huntsman and Other Poems

      Heinemann, 1917. 1st edition. Hardcover. Considering its age, this copy is in excellent condition, absent the wrapper. The pages and endpapers are very clean; the grey paper boards have very few marks; the spine label is intact though very slightly frayed; the errata slip is in place on the contents page. Very nice example of a scarce title, containing 72 poems, the first of Sassoon's great anti-war volumes of poetry, 'with a fidelity to fact and a dramatic quality which are altogether unique'.

      [Bookseller: Shellhouse Books]
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        Towards the Goal. With a Foreword by Theodore Roosevelt

      London: John Murray. 1917, 1917. ROOSEVELT'S COPY, Inscribed by the author. First edition. 8vo. Publisher's pink cloth with paper labels, faded to spine, light edgewear and bumping to spine, very good indeed. Internally clean, occasional trifling spotting. Inscribed by Mrs Ward to President Roosevelt, who wrote the foreword. A passionately written plea to America to join the First World War before it is too late. A fine association. Mary Ward was asked by Theodore Roosevelt to write a series of articles to explain to Americans what was happening in Britain during the War. The United States originally pursued a policy of non-intervention, avoiding conflict while trying to broker a peace. Woodrow Wilson unsuccessfully tried to mediate a settlement and was under pressure from former President Roosevelt who denounced German acts as "piracy". A breakdown in official relations was announced in February 1917, and following a submarine attack on seven US merchant ships, America entered the Great War in April.

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      Newark: The Carteret Book Club, 1917. quarter cloth with marbled paper-covered boards, original cardboard slipcase. 106443|100868|101115|101116/AU. Ruzicka, Rudolph. 4to. quarter cloth with marbled paper-covered boards, original cardboard slipcase. xv, (i), 52, (2) pages, with 5 additional pages of illustrations each with their own half title page. Printed in an edition limited to 200 numbered copies for the Carteret Book Club of Newark, New Jersey, by D.B. Updike of the Merrymount Press. (Smith no.460). Finely illustrated with 17 wood-engravings by Rudolph Ruzicka. Five of these are large color wood-engravings which have been specially printed by Ruzicka and which bear his signature in pencil. Accompanied by an appreciation of the pictorial aspects of Newark, New Jersey, by Walter Eaton. This book was named one of the 100 most beautiful books produced in the 20th century and shown at the Grolier Club for their exhibition entitled A Century for the Century. Bookplate. Light wear to slipcase; book is well preserved.

      [Bookseller: Oak Knoll Books/Oak Knoll Press]
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        Complete Atlas of China Containing Separate Maps of the Eighteen Provinces of China Proper on the Scale of 1:3,000,000 and of the Four Great Dependencies on the Scale of 1:7,500,000 Together with An Index to All the Names on the Maps with the Latitute and Longitude of Each Place. All Railways, Telegraph Stations, Ports, & Protestant Mission Stations Marked

      London.: China Inland Mission.. Second edition. Revised.. 1917.. Map of China with 22 other maps showing eighteen provinces all in colour, some double page and one with fold-out. Original maroon cloth little marked and lightly rubbed at corners, decorative title on upper cover, cover at lower edge trifle wavy where label has been removed, ex-library with library labels on endpapers and small library mark at foot of spine, lower endpaper browned. Quarto. Maps are very good and clean. This atlas gives a very good picture of the field of Protestant missions in China at the beginning of the 20th century. The first edition of this atlas was published in 1908, and due to the production of 4 wall maps between the publication of the two atlases, the China Inland Mission Society worked hard at continually revising and correcting its Chinese maps. This work means that there are quite considerable differences between this edition and the first edition of this atlas. It is clear on reading the 5 page preface how seriously the project to create an Atlas was undertaken and how much work went into the publication. "As not every Missionary Society publishes a map showing its own stations, and as the maps published by some Societies do not show all the places marked in their reports, it has been necessary to correspond with not a few Societies and missionaries to try and locate each place. Even under the circumstances there are two or three places which it has not been possible to locate; but the writer can say that no pains have been spared to make the Atlas as complete as possible and to identify places spelt differently on different maps by different Societies...." From the preface. .

      [Bookseller: Asia Bookroom]
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        A Book of Poems / Al Que Quiere!

      Boston: The Four Seas Company, 1917 - SIGNED by the American composer ELLIOT CARTER on the flyleaf. A remarkable association copy, linking the names of two great American artists First edition. 12mo. . Original pictorial boards (with author's name misspelled "Willams" on spine). Small chip from head, joints starting, stain on lower corner of front cover. A worn copy of this fragile book, with a wonderful provenance, however. Wallace A3 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Companion Volume IV, Parts 1, 2 & 3, January 1917 - November 1922

      These three volumes accompany the fourth volume of Churchill's Official Biography and cover January 1917 to November 1922. Here is a truly fine set - the finest we've offered. All three volumes appear unread, in remarkably clean and bright dust jackets. The red cloth bindings are all immaculate - clean, tight, and square with bright gilt and virtually now wear with the exception of a few tiny corner bumps. The contents of all three volumes are crisp, clean, bright, and tight with no spotting and no inscriptions. The red stained top edges retain strong, vivid color entirely free of any sunning. All three dust jackets are crisp, clean, and retain bright white color. No tears. No losses. There were two prices on the dust jacket flaps - an original introductory price and then a higher price specified after January 31st, 1978. Both prices are unclipped on all three dust jackets. The spine lettering of this edition proved highly vulnerable to sunning, often fading to nearly white. This set retains bright, clear, absolutely perfect spine lettering on all three volumes. The dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Zoller A302d.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

      London: Macmillan and Co., 1917. Complete. 509 pages with 16 color and 7 b/w plates. Captioned tissues protect the colored plates. Many other in-text b/w illustrations throughout. Finely bound by Sangorskil and Sutcliffe in blue crushed levant morocco with five raised bands. Gilt spine lettering and decorations after Rackham. Top edge gilt. Clean pages; some spotting to the protective tissues.. First Edition Thus. Half-Leather. Near Fine. Illus. by Rackham, Arthur. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

      [Bookseller: Read'Em Again Books]
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        A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

      The Egoist Ltd., London 1917. 8vo. (6)+299 pages. Orig. green decorated cloth binding. Near fine-, with slightly bumped corners and very minor wear on the spine ends, which is also slightly bumped. Small stain on the back cover. Otherwise a remarkably well-preserved copy.. As stated on the colophon page, this is the second edition 1917, where the first edition was published in America at B.W. Huebsch, New York in 1916

      [Bookseller: Vangsgaards Antikvariat]
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        HIS LAST BOW. Some reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes.

      John Murray. London. 1917 - FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (7.5 x 5.2 inches). Finely bound in recent full red morocco. Spine with five raised bands, the compartments ruled, lettered and decorated in gilt. Single gilt ruled border on boards. Top edge gilt. A fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster-ABA.]
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      Published by Constable & Co. Ltd., 1917. 1st edition.. Hardback. Very Good. Illustrated by Rackham, Arthur. Very good condition with no wrapper. Adds 40 more stories to the 60 which Rackham already illustrated several years earlier. The violence and grotesqueries have been toned down conveying instead a wealth of humour and charm throughout. 12 colour plates and 43 b/w drawings. Light green cloth, gilt titles and vignette. Pictorial endpapers and title page. 251pp uncut. Cr 4to. Spine and corners bumped. Some grubby marks to covers. Endpapers and tissue-guards are browned. There are some tiny foxspots at page edges but contents otherwise clean. [S]

      [Bookseller: Stella & Rose's Books]
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      New York; Weinberger,. 1917. Original Wraps. 8vo. VI, 109 pages. 23 cm. First edition. Harry Weinberger, attorney for the plaintiffs-in-error. Actively opposed to the first world war, Goldman and Berkman were arrested in July, 1917, and charged with conspiring against the draft. This document encompasses a legal brief calling for the charges to be dropped. Goldman and Berkman defended themselves in the trial however; though they did take up similar points of defense as that laid out by Weinberger in this self-published book. Weinberger (1888-1944) was the son of Hungarian immigrants. He obtained his law degree studying nights at New York University Law School while he worked during the day as a stenographer. He was admitted to the bar in 1908. A staunch believer in civil liberties, Weinberger defended many aliens, immigrants, anarchists, and other radicals, including Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman, whom he believed had been deprived of their rights. He also developed an expertise in copyright law, representing many writers, including Eugene O'Neill. Subjects: World War, 1914-1918 - Draft resisters - United States. Trials (Conspiracy) - United States. Draft - United States. Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940, plaintiff in error -- Trials, litigation, etc. Berkman, Alexander, 1870-1936, plaintiff in error - Trials, litigation, etc. OCLC lists 19 copies. Wraps rebacked with tape, light soiling to wraps, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (KH-1-15) .

      [Bookseller: Dan Wyman Books]
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      1917. Very Good. [JAPANESE TOYS] TAKEDA Shin'ichi. NIHON GANGU-SHU. Kyoto, Unsodo, Taisho 6 [1917]. 25 x 18 cm. 3 vols. The first two plate volumes have patterned paper over board covers, printed paper title labels. Bound orihon folding album style. There are eight pages of prefatory material followed by 78 color woodblock-printed images, some double page - depicting every sort of child's pastime from board games to hobby horses. Volume three is string- bound Japanese style in green paper covers with a printed paper label - the explanatory Japanese text describing the images. A well-printed and colorful overview of traditional toys in Japan. Very good condition, complete.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        Typed Letter Signed

      Washington: np. No Binding. Very Good. TYPED LETTER SIGNED BY FDR as Acting Secretary of the Navy, on Navy Department stationery. An early Roosevelt letter, dated June 5, 1917, to Charles W. Stetson, agreeing to the price offered in exchange for property held by Daniel Carroll for use by the Washington Navy Yard. Signed: "F. DRoosevelt". Washington: June 5, 1917. One quarto page. Ink mark at top corner, some smudges and light folds.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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        HIS LAST BOW. Some reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes

      John Murray. London. 1917. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (7.5 x 5.2 inches). Finely bound in recent full red morocco. Spine with five raised bands, the compartments ruled, lettered and decorated in gilt. Single gilt ruled border on boards. Top edge gilt. A fine copy.

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster Books]
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        PERCIVAL LOWELL (1855-1916)

      1917. Paperback. [Lowell, Percival] AGASSIZ, G. R. PERCIVAL LOWELL (1855-1916). [n.p.] The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, October, 1917. Offprint from the Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 52, No. 13. pp. 845-847. 8vo., green wrappers printed in black, inscribed by the author, Agassiz, at top of front wrapper. Bottom corner creased throughout, not too severely. Brief biographical notice. Rare.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        The Mark Twain Calendar 1917

      Sully and Kleinteich, New York. The Mark Twain Calendar 1917 with original box. Published by Sully and Kleinteich, New York, with arrangements with Harper and Brothers. 7 x 9 ½ inches. With cord for hanging. Calendar in fine condition with the exception of some fading to rear panel. Box in very good plus condition, tear along front right edge at corner and small tear half way up on right side. Box covering is the same image as the front of the calendar. Calendar is printed in black letter with green trim. Each page is a week along with a printed quotation. A very nice scarce item in a rare original box. Inventory #11-296.. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Fine/No Jacket.

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      1917. HOWELLS, William Dean. PHOTOGRAPH AND SIGNED MANUSCRIPT NOTE (1917), MATTED AND FRAMED. [n.p., n.p.] note dated May 6, 1917 to William Dana ORCUTT, author of (among other works) FROM MY LIBRARY WALLS: A KALEIDOSCOPE OF MEMORIES. The aforementioned book is based on articles he wrote for The Christian Science Monitor about literary figures and their writings; this is one of Orcutt's mementos, literally from his library wall. Note measures 5 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches; photograph 8 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches, a sepia toned portrait of Howells seated at a desk, pen in one hand, eyeglasses in another, with papers spread about the desk. Howells, novelist, critic and editor of the Atlantic Monthly from 1871-1881, writes a brief note regarding a former instructor of his sister's and his writings on Jefferson. There is some faint pale spotting to mat and photograph. In a plain black wooden frame, 13 x 16.5 inches. .

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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      1917 - Blois, Emmanuel Rivière, 1917. Grand in-quarto (230 X 285) broché ; 459 pages. Petite fente en queue du dos de la couverture. DEUXIÈME ÉDITION, la plus complète, illustrée de 30 PLANCHES hors-texte imprimées sur papier glacé rose pâle, numérotées mais comprises dans la pagination. Tirage limité à 155 EXEMPLAIRES numérotés (n°68). La première édition, publiée en 1913, ne contenait que 18 planches. Exemplaire broché en BEL ÉTAT. NICE COPY. PICTURES AND MORE DETAILS ON REQUEST. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        His Last Bow. Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes

      London; John Murray, 1917., 1917. FIRST EDITION. 8vo; pp. 305 + 6 ads. Bound in publisher's red cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper. This copy shows a little soiling and use, some dulling to gilt on backstrip, internally clean and free from foxing, pastedown has neat contemporary name with discreet covering sticker applied later. A very good copy indeed. Green and Gibson; A Bibliography of A.Conan Doyle [A40.a]. DeWaal; The World Bibliography of Sherlock Holmes and Dr.Watson [584]. Hardwicke; Complete Guide to Sherlock Holmes (1986). See also Haining (Crime Fiction), Cooper & Pike (Detective Fiction), Steinbrunner & Penzler (Mystery & Detection), Quayle (Det.Fiction), Haycraft (Murder for Pleasure) Queen's Quorum.

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        On the Quantum Theory of Line-Spectra

      Copenhagen: Bianco Lunos. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Very Good. FIRST EDITIONS of all three parts of one of Bohr's most influential works: his groundbreaking paper on the "correspondence principle." On the Quantum Theory of Line-Spectra "was to have been divided into four parts. Part I: On the general theory was finished in November 1917, and was ready from the printer on April 27, 1918. Part II: On the hydrogen spectrum appeared in print on December 30, 1918. Part III: On the elements of higher atomic number was greatly delayed because of the rapid development of the field, by Bohr and others, until it was finally printed in November 1922 together with an Appendix dealing with later work and serving to bring the treatise to a natural conclusion. Part IV, in which the generally theory was to have been applied to the constitution of atoms and molecules, was never completed. "The treatise was published as a Memoir of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (Dan. Vid. Selsk. Skrifter, naturvid.-mat. Afd., 8. Raekke, Bd. IV, Nr. 1 (1918)). This medium of publication, prompted by the size of the treatise, and the unsettled conditions existing in Europe at the time, undoubtedly contributed to the slowness with which Bohr's novel way of treating the problems of quantum theory became known to most physicists. "Bohr's treatise is as comprehensive as the titles of its four parts indicate. It is unified by the fundamental assumption of an analogy between the quantum theory and classical electrodynamics, a point of view which a couple of years later came to be called the 'correspondence principle.'… [T]his principle.. was destined to serve as the principle guide to the progress of the quantum theory in the early twenties, and which later was built into the quantum mechanics" (J.R. Nielsen, The Correspondence Principle). Particle Physics: One Hundred Years of Discoveries: "Bohr's invention of the correspondence principle. Nobel prize to N. Bohr awarded in 1922 'for his investigation of the structure of atoms, and of the radiation emanating from them'". Copenhagen: Bianco Lunos, 1918-1922. Quarto, original wrappers; custom cloth box. Soiling to wrappers of volume I. Faint evidence of stamp on front wrappers of vols. I and II. Text pristine and almost entirely unopened. Rare, particularly with all three parts in original wrappers.

      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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      1917. Good. [AVIATION] Frank Champion. TSUITO KINEN SHASHINCHO. Kochi, Japan: Kochi Shinbunsha, et al., Taisho 6 [1917] Oblong tassle-bound album, 15.3 x 22.6 cm., With extensive descriptive captioning and text and many textual illustrations in collotype of the events around the accidental death of the American Frank Champion during a stunt-flying exhibition outside of Kochi City in July 1917. Champion was a great attraction during his barnstorming trip to Japan and had performed for the Taisho Emperor in Tokyo. Indeed, after his death, the emperor requested and received the aircraft engine from the wreck and mounted it as a memorial in the Palace grounds. Champion (1884-1917) himself was an early pioneer of American aviation. He is given the distinction of being the first aviator from Oklahoma. When WW1 reduced interest in barnstorming in the US, he took his air show to Asia. A very interesting album. For more on Champion, see Save for some warping of the covers, in good condition overall.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        Markens Grøde. I-II i ett bd. 1. utg.

      Kristiania 1917. 278 + 229 s. Nyere skb. m. opph. bånd. Ubeskårne kanter. Begge foromsl. og ett bakomsl. medbundet. Ryggen noe falmet, ellers meget pen

      [Bookseller: Norlis Antikvariat]
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      19. Very Good. VAUTIER, P., author & KUMMEL, Otto, editor. JAPANISCHE STICHBLATTER UND SCHWERTZIERATEN Sammlung Georg Oeder Dusseldorf. Oesterheld & Co., Berlin, n.d. [1917 in gilt at the base of the spine]. Small folio, original front cover bound into half red cloth and leather spine, gilt. Profusely illustrated in b&w with images of tsuba, kozuka and other metal- wrought works of art from this extensive collection. The German language text is informative throughout. A vital reference in the field which is very hard to find. Very good overall, the spine is chipped at the bottom. Some edgewear.

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        Historia del traje desde los tiempos primitivos hasta nuestros días

      - Vestimenta. Indumentaria. Moda. (391(091)) Montaner y Simón. Barcelona. 1917. 32 cm. 2 v.; 240 láminas. Encuadernación en tapa dura de editorial estampada. Traje. Historia . Alguna hoja algo suelta. Cubierta deslucida. 21B [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Son of Kazan.

      London. Cassell and Company. 1917 - Adventure novel. FIRST EDITION: octavo, 295pp. Fine in publisher's bottle green cloth titled in gilt and blind to spine and front board. Bright and clean, negligible edgewear. Slight spotting to page edges and prelims. In a fine dustwrapper designed by Harry Rountree with very minor cosmetic edgewear. A beautiful copy. A stirring tale of wolf dog heroism and romance in the wilderness around Hudson Bay, voyageurs, trappers and canoes abound. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books, ABA ILAB]
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        Rhododendrons In which is set forth an account of all species of the genus Rhododendron (including Azaleas) and the various hybrids . [With:] Rhododendrons and the Various Hybrids. Second Series

      - London, New York, [etc.]: Longmans, Green & Co, 1917-1924. 2 volumes, folio. (16 x 11 7/8 inches). Titles in red and black, half-titles. 114 plates (34 coloured after Archibald Thorburn, Beatrice Parsons, E.F. Brennand, Winifred Walker, Lilian Snelling, 28 uncoloured collotypes, 52 uncoloured half-tone). Publisher's burgundy cloth, upper covers titled in gilt, flat spines lettered in gilt. A fine set of this limited edition monograph, with beautiful illustrations of the most spectacular genus of flowering shrubs. Limited edition of 550 sets. It is clear from the preface to the first volume, that Millais' original intention had been to "consolidate in one volume all that is known of the Genus Rhododendron" (preface). However, the huge increase in the hybridization of the genus, together with some spectacular new discoveries led him to publish the second volume. The text of both volumes remained true to Millais wish that the work should be "of practical use to the gardener" with chapters on "love of gardening and gardens," "hybrid rhododendrons", "rhododendrons for every month" as well as an alphabetical list of all known Rhododenrons with a description and useful notes on their discovery, cultivation, etc. The text is accompanied by some excellent half-tone plates, 28 collotype plates and 34 very fine coloured plates from watercolours by Archibald Thorburn (2), Lilian Snelling (7), Beatrice Parsons (7), Eunice F. Brennand (6) and Winifred Walker (13). Nissen BBI 1369 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Rhododendrons. In which is set forth and Account of all Species of the Genus Rhododendron (Including Azaleas and the Various Hybrids).

      Pub. Longmans, Green and Co. 1917 - 2 volumes. Complete. Contents beautifully clean and in fine condition. Boards lightly rubbed and bumped in places including one knock to bottom edge of front board on Volume 2. Overall a vg. set. With the bookplate of Henry George Charles, Viscount Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood (1882-1947) to the front paste down of both volumes. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        One Young Man

      London - Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, 1917 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A personal exploration of life in the First World War edited by Sir Ernest Hodder-Williams, a true story from the diaries of Reginald Davis. Featuring an inscription and signature from Reginald Davis. Davis has won his spurs. He bears the marks of his service in the Great War with honour and with never a complaint. Explores the life of Davis,under thepseudonymSydney Baxter, aclerk who enlisted in 1914, fought on the Western Front for nearly two years, was severely wounded at the Battle of the Somme, andaccounts his tribulations in getting back to his desk. Printed for private circulation. Condition: In original cloth binding with gilt lettering to the spine. Externally, smart and bright. Internally, firmly bound, bright and clean aside from light spotting to rear endpapers. Overall: NEAR FINE..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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      Pa. Associate Editors 1917 - 1928 DIECI VOLUMI IN- 4°. MEZZA PELLE CON ANGOLI, DORSO A NERVI E DECORAZIONI IN ORO. OPERA CHE COMPRENDE GLI ANNALI DAL 1917 AL 1928. FIRST SERIES COMPLETE. 1° VOL. 443 PP., 2° VOL. 407 PP. , 3° VOL. 418 PP., 4° VOL. 406 PP., 5° VOL. 416 PP., 6° VOL. 495 PP., 7° VOL. 450 PP., 8° VOL. 455 PP., 9° VOL. 424 PP., 10° VOL. 512 PP. IN PERFETTO STATO DI CONSERVAZIONE.

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        Dialogues of Fontenelle

      London: The Egoist Ltd.,, 1917. Octavo. Original yellow card wrappers with black titles to front wrapper. Spine a little creased, and some slight tears to the gutters, but a bright copy in excellent condition. First edition, first impression; 500 copies printed.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Renascence and Other Poems (Author's First Books)

      New York: MItchell Kennerley, 1917. First issue of the author's first book, printed on paper with the Glaslon watermark. A remarkably nice clean copy in the very scare original publisher's short blue printed dust jacket, bound in the black flexible cloth. Some toning to jacket around the edges and spine, no tears or chips. Previous owner's name and stamp. An exceptionally nice copy. Millay's poetry is powerful, dealing with emotion, beauty and passion.. First Edition. Small Octavo.

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      1917 . Muir, John. THE CRUISE OF THE CORWIN. Edited by William Frederic Bade. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1917. 279pp. hand-colored frontis. photo., illus. photos. 550 copies of this large-paper edition were printed. 500 copies are for sale. This is number 507. Presentation copy from the editor. Personal copy of late Major General Royal Lord. Handwritten notation by editor on "Edited by William Frederic Bade" Handwritten inscription on first free "With a bon voyage from all the Bades, big and little, for the happiest of all cruises! So say we all of us.... W.F.B, E.Le.B.B., E.M.B., E.Le B.B. VI, W.G.B." lg. 8vo. Green cloth-covered spine/paper-covered boards. Minor scuffing on spine label, faint signs of soiling on boards, else Fine bright copy $750.00

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        On the Relation between the Expansion and the mean Density of the Universe.Washington: National Academy of Sciences, 1932. First edition.

      The rare offprint of the paper which introduced the 'Einstein-de Sitter' cosmological model, the basis for the discussion of relativistic cosmology over the next several decades. Here Einstein finally banishes the cosmological constant, which he had introduced in 1917 to secure a static universe, but which he subsequently regarded as his 'biggest blunder.'<br/><br/> "In 1932 Einstein and de Sitter proposed that the cosmological constant should be set equal to zero, and they derived a homogeneous and isotropic model that provides the separating case between the closed and open Friedmann models; i.e., Einstein and de Sitter assumed that the spatial curvature of the universe is neither positive nor negative but rather zero. The spatial geometry of the Einstein-de Sitter universe is Euclidean (infinite total volume), but space-time is not globally flat (i.e., not exactly the space-time of special relativity). Time again commences with a big bang and the galaxies recede forever, but the recession rate (Hubble's 'constant') asymptotically coasts to zero as time advances to infinity. Because the geometry of space and the gross evolutionary properties are uniquely defined in the Einstein-de Sitter model, [it has] long considered it the most fitting candidate to describe the actual universe" (Britannica). <br/><br/> "[In] 1932, Einstein collaborated with his friend and former cosmological rival, de Sitter, in suggesting a model of the universe that came to be of considerable importance. Given that the only 'directly observable data' were the expansion of the universe and its present mean density, the two scientists noted that observations did not allow derivation of either the sign or the value of the curvature. Therefore, 'the question arises whether it is possible to represent the observed facts without introducing a curvature at all' ... The historical importance of the model does not lie so much in its being a possible candidate for the real structure of the world as in its simplicity: the model has often been considered as representative of relativistic evolution models and therefore been used in discussions of the validity of this kind of cosmology" (Kragh, p. 35). <br/><br/> It is significant that, although the Einstein-de Sitter model clearly implies that the universe has a finite age (i.e., it began with a 'big bang'), this aspect is not discussed at all in their paper. Einstein found this idea deeply troubling, and de Sitter "denied that a definite age of a few billion years could be ascribed to the universe" (ibid.). <br/><br/> H. Kragh, <i>Cosmology and Controversy</i>, Princeton, 1996.. 8vo (257 x 174 mm), original brown printed wrappers, a very fine copy. Offprint from: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 213-14. Weil 184

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        The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis.London: Cambridge University Press, 1952.

      First edition, very rare offprint issue, and the copy of Robin Gandy, of Turing's last major published work which has been 'hugely influential' (Maini), and 'in every respect ahead of its time' (Copeland). Taking his cue from the zoologist D'Arcy Thompson, who held that the forms of living things are to be explained in terms of the operation of physical forces and mathematical laws, Turing presents here the first mathematical theory of embryology.<br/><br/> Offprints of Turing's papers are extremely rare in institutional holdings, and even more so in commerce. We have located only the copy in the Turing Archive at King's College, Cambridge and that in the Max Newman collection (now at Bletchley Park). The latter copy is the only other copy we are aware of having appeared in commerce.<br/><br/> "Alan Turing's paper, 'The chemical basis of morphogenesis,' has been hugely influential in a number of areas. In this paper, Turing proposed that biological pattern formation arises in response to a chemical pre-pattern which, in turn, is set up by a process now known as <i>diffusion-driven instability</i>. The genius of this work was that he considered a system which was stable in the absence of diffusion and then showed that the addition of diffusion, which is naturally stabilising, actually caused an instability. Thus, it was the <i>integration</i> of the parts that was as crucial to the understanding of embryological development as the parts themselves - patterns emerged or self-organised as a result of the individual parts interacting. To see how far ahead of his time he was, one has to note that it is only now in the post-genomic era of systems biology that the majority of the scientific community has arrived at the conclusion he came to 60 years ago... <br/><br/> "Applications of Turing's work to developmental biology are too numerous to list but include limb development, pigmentation patterning, hair and feather germ formation, tooth morphogenesis, phyllotaxis, hydra patterning and regeneration. Moreover, ideas of self-organization now abound in biology, chemistry and ecology. The stimulus for a lot of this work stems from Turing's original ideas... Although still very controversial, Turing's theory for morphogenesis provided a paradigm shift in our way of thinking" (Philip K. Maini, in <i>Alan Turing: his work and impact</i>, p. 684). <br/><br/> "Alan had thought about embryology all the time, fascinated by the fact that how such growth was determined was something 'nobody has yet made the smallest beginnings at finding out.' There had been little advance since <i>Growth and Form</i> [by D'Arcy Thomspon], the 1917 classic that he had read before the war...<br/><br/> "The greatest puzzle was that of how biological matter could assemble itself into patterns which were so enormous compared to the size of the cells. How could an assemblage of cells 'know' that it must settle into a five-fold symmetry, to make a starfish? How could the Fibonacci pattern of a fir-cone be imposed in its harmonious, regular way upon a growing plant? How could matter take <i>shape</i> or, as biological Greek had it, what was the secret of <i>morphogenesis</i>? Suggestive words like 'morphogenetic field', vague as the Life Force, were employed by biologists to describe the way that embryonic tissue seemed to be endowed with an invisible pattern which subsequently dictated its harmonious development. It had been conjectured that these 'fields' could be described in chemical terms - but there was no theory of how this could be. Polanyi believed that there was <i>no</i> explanation except by a guiding <i>esprit de corps</i>; the inexplicability of embryonic form was one of his many arguments against determinism. Conversely, Alan told Robin [Gandy] that his new ideas were intended to 'defeat the Argument from Design'... <br/><br/> "There were other suggestions in the literature for the nature of the 'morphogenetic field', but at some point Alan decided to accept the idea that it was defined by some variation of chemical concentrations, and to see how far he could get on the basis of that one idea... [The problem was] to discover circumstances in which a mixture of chemical solutions, diffusing and reacting with each other, could settle into a pattern, a pulsating pattern of chemical waves; waves of concentration into which the developing tissue would harden; waves which would encompass millions of cells, organising them into a symmetrical order far greater in scale... <br/><br/> "There was one central, fundamental problem. It was exemplified in the phenomenon of <i>gastrulation</i>... in which a perfect sphere of cells would suddenly develop a groove, determining the head and tail ends of the emergent animal. The problem was this: if the sphere were symmetrical, and the chemical equations were symmetrical, without knowledge of left or right, up or down, where did the <i>decision</i> come from? <br/><br/> "To examine this moment of crisis mathematically, one had to approximate over and over again. He had to ignore the internal structure of the cells, and forget that the cells themselves would be moving and splitting as the patterning process took place... But with these reservations, his approach was to take the model and try it out... The result was applied mathematics <i>par excellence</i>. Just as the simple idea of the Turing machine had sent him into fields beyond the boundaries of Cambridge mathematics, so now this simple idea in physical chemistry took him into a region of new mathematical problems... <br/><br/> "[On 12 February 1951] the Ferranti Mark I computer was delivered at the Manchester department, which by now had a newly built Computing Laboratory to house it. Alan wrote to Mike Woodger back at the [National Physical Laboratory]: 'Our new machine is to start arriving on Monday. I am hoping as one of its first jobs to do something about 'chemical embryology'. In particular I think one can account for the appearance of Fibonacci numbers in connection with fir-cones'. It had been twenty-one years, and the computer had come of age. It was as though all that he had done, and all that the world had done to him, had been to provide him with an electronic universal machine, with which to think about the secret of life" (Hodges, pp. 430-437). <br/><br/> "During the final years of his life Turing was working on what would now be called Artificial Life or A-Life. He used the Ferranti Mark I computer belonging to the Manchester University Computing Machine Laboratory to simulate a chemical mechanism by which the genes of a zygote may determine the anatomical structure of the resulting animal or plant. He described these studies as 'not altogether unconnected' to his work on neural networks, as 'brain structure has to be ... achieved by the genetical embryological mechanism, and this theory that I am now working on may make clearer what restrictions this really implies.' During this period Turing achieved the distinction of being the first to engage in the computer-assisted exploration of non-linear dynamical systems" (Copeland on <br/><br/> Although there are no ownership marks, this offprint is from the working library of Robin Gandy. "[Gandy's] interest in [mathematical logic] commenced through his wartime acquaintance with Alan Turing as far back as 1944. His twin interests in the foundations of science and mathematics were fostered by Turing. These interests moulded a career which always seemed larger than his publication list, although that grew in diversity with the years to include some seminal papers. Initially, he read widely and published little, but around 1960 he started to produce the major results which made him an international figure in the theory of abstract recursion and in effective, descriptive set theory. There were also major conceptual innovations such as the theory of inductive definitions, and a plethora of ingenious intricate proofs in different corners of the subject. He wrote papers on many areas of logic and was much in demand as a reviewer of books on the foundations of mathematics and science. He remained active and productive and was a familiar figure at international conferences until his sad and unexpected death (from an aortic rupture) on November 20th, 1995. <br/><br/> "He was born on September 22nd, 1919, in Peppard, Oxfordshire, where his father, Thomas Gandy, was in general practice. His mother Ida Gandy earned a reputation for a sequence of books based on her early life in Wiltshire. Educated at Abbotsholme, a progressive public school, he went on to join that special elite at King's College, Cambridge, intellectual home of such famous names as E. M. Forster the novelist, J. Maynard Keynes the economist - and Alan Turing. He met Turing at a party in 1940 (Gandy's graduation year) but their early wartime careers were separate. Gandy was commissioned in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and became an expert on military radio and radar, whilst Turing joined the cryptanalysts at Bletchley Park. They were brought together at Hanslope Park in 1944 to work on a speech decipherment system, christened 'Delilah' at Gandy's suggestion because it was intended to be a "deceiver of men". <br/><br/> "Their friendship continued after the war, back at King's College where Turing had resumed his fellowship. Gandy took Part III of the Mathematical Tripos with distinction, then began studying for a PhD under Turing's supervision; his successful thesis on the logical foundation of physics ("On axiomatic systems in mathematics and theories in physics") was presented in 1953 and can now be seen as a bridge between his wartime expertise and later career. When Turing died in 1954 he left his mathematical books and papers to Gandy, who, in 1963, took over from Max Newman the task of editing the papers for publication" (Moschovakis & Yates, pp. 367-8). <br/><br/> B. J. Copeland, <i>The Essential Turing</i>, Clarendon Press, 2004; Andrew Hodges, <i>Alan Turing: The Enigma</i>, 1983; Yiannis Moschovakis & Mike Yates, 'In Memoriam: Robin Oliver Gandy 1919-1995', <i>Bulletin of Symbolic Logic</i>, Vol. 2, 1996, pp. 367-370.. Offprint from: Philosphical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B, pp. 37-72. Large 4to (302 x 233 mm), original light brown printed wrappers

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        EARLY HISTORY Of The CHEROKEES Embracing Aboriginal Customs, Religion, Laws, Folk Lore, and Civilization

      (n. p.):. (1917).. 7" x 5-1/4". 1st edition (Howes S-899). 254, [18] pp (including Index).. Brick red cloth binding with gilt stamped lettering to front board.. Spine cloth sunned. Wear & soiling to binding, which has been. professionally recased. Period pos to eps [dated 1917]. A Good-plus. copy of a book rare on the commercial market.. Frontispiece, 25 b/w inserted plates (including the Cherokee Alphabet) & 6 maps (one double-page).

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        Trial of Lieutenant Malcolm for Murder. Sir John Simon&#39;s Speech for the Defence. [Privately Printed]. VISCOUNT SIMON&#39;S PRESENTATION COPY WITH A.L.s

      Privately Printed for Stevens and Sons by C.F. Roworth, 1917. 8vo., First Edition, with a full-page plan; strongly bound in contemporary red buckram, backstrip lettered in gilt, uncut, ORIGINAL WRAPPERS PRESERVED, a near fine copy. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM SIR JOHN (LATER VISCOUNT) SIMON TO MAJOR A W H JAMES WITH THE FORMER&#39;S SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT WRAPPER. A FINE AND RELEVANT A.L.s FROM SIMON TO JAMES IS MOUNTED ON REAR ENDPAPER. The letter is written from HQ, Royal Flying Corps, where Simon served briefly on Lord Trenchard&#39;s staff during WWI. Major James has noted the context in a neat hand on inner wrapper: &#39;Immediately after the trial John Simon came out to HQ, RFC, France, and was attached under instruction to my squadron, No. 6, at Abeele. I had known Simon when I was at Cambridge, and he and Ernest Burge had a hunting box at Huntingdon. John Simon, whom I got to know very well later, in the same mess at HQ. RFC, and later in the H. of C [House of Commons] was intrigued to meet someone who knew his client, Malcolm, well. John Allsebrook Simon, KC, 1st Viscount Simon (1873-1954) is one of only three British politicians to have served as Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary [under Churchill] and Chancellor of the Exchequer. In the sensational trial of Lieutenant [Douglas] Malcolm of the Royal Artillery for the murder of Anton Baumberg [Count de Borch], Simon led the Defence. After the summing-up by the Judge [Justice McCardie] the Jury retired and after twenty-five minutes&#39; absence returned a verdict of &#39;Not Guilty&#39;. RARE, AND IN THIS CASE CONTEXTUALLY UNIQUE. . Catalogs: crime.

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        Corriere della Sera.

      Subject: (Giornali - 1a guerra mondiale). Milano, 1917, A. 42, dal n 18 (18 gennaio) al n 304 (31 ottobre) e dall'1 al 31 dicembre, fasc. di 4 pag. cad. rilegati in sei volumi m.tela nera.

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        The Curtiss Standard JN-4B Military Tractor Hand Book

      Buffalo. Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation. 1917. Bound in imprinted green cloth over boards. Thin 8vo (5"x8"). The First Edition. Illustrated with diagrams, 3 of which are fold-outs,detailing the specs and assembly instructions for the airplane.Laid-into volume are two Request for Transportation receipts issued by the U.S. War Department and a period Morse Code Pocket Signal Disk. The Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" was one of a series of "JN" biplanes built by the Curtiss Aeroplane Company of Hammondsport, New York, later the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. Although the Curtiss JN series (the common nickname was derived from "JN") was originally produced as a training aircraft for the U.S. Army, the "Jenny" continued post-World War I as a civil aircraft as it became the "backbone of American post-war [civil] aviation.Thousands of surplus Jennys were sold at bargain prices to private owners in the years after the War and became central to the barnstorming era that helped awaken America to civil aviation through much of the 1920s.& & & The Curtiss JN-4 is possibly North America&#39;s most famous World War I aircraft. It was widely used during World War I to train beginning pilots, with an estimated 95% of all trainees having flown a JN-4. The U.S. version was called "Jenny", a derivation from its official designation. It was a twin-seat (student in front of instructor) dual control biplane. Its tractor prop and maneuverability made it ideal for initial pilot training with a 90 horsepower (67 kW) Curtiss OX-5 V8 engine giving a top speed of 75 miles per hour (121 km/h) and a service ceiling of 6,500 feet (2,000 m).& & The JN-4B was powered by an OX-2 piston engine, 76 built for the U.S. Army, nine for the U.S. Navy.& & The Jenny remained in service with the US Army until 1927.& After World War I, thousands were sold on the civilian market, including one to Charles Lindbergh in May 1923 in which he then soloed. Surplus US Army aircraft were sold, some still in their unopened packing crates, for as little as $50, essentially "flooding" the market.With private and commercial flying in North America unhampered by regulations concerning their use, pilots found the Jenny&#39;s slow speed and stability made it ideal for stunt flying and aerobatic displays in the barnstorming era between the world wars, with the nearly identical Standard J-1 aircraft often used alongside it. Some were still flying into the 1930s. Small Blind embossed stamp of the State of California Bureau of Weights and Measures to lower corner of Front Free Endsheet and Title Page. A bit musty, else a Near Fine, bright, crisp copy unblemished by foxing or any other blemish to text or plates.

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      1917. William-fel et Gaston Latouche. . A Paris aux dépens d&#39;un amateur, 1917 Couverture conservée, in 4 (31 x 24 cm), 27 pages. Illustration d&#39;une part d&#39;un frontispice, de 2 hors-texte, de 10 en-têtes, de 10 culs-de-lampe, et d&#39;autre part de 10 illustrations en couleurs hors-texte par William-fel et Gaston Latouche. Reliure contemporaine à la bradel, demi maroquin bleu à coins, plat avec filets, dos à nerfs, fers et titre dorés. Tirage limité à 109 exemplaires: 100 exemplaires numérotés de 1 à 100 tous sur papier Whatman ( 1 exemplaire contient toutes les aquarelles de Gaston Latouche), 9 exemplaires pour les collaborateurs. Exemplaire numéro 34 AVEC UN DESSIN ORIGINAL, LE CUL-DE-LAMPE DE LA POESIE STROPHES, exemplaire sur papier Whatman. Bel ouvrage avec 13 hors-texte en couleurs (10 de Gaston La Touche et 3 de William-fel), ainsi que de 10 culs-de-lampe et entête de William-fel. Un dessin original de William-fel (cul-de-lampe) est relié avec l&#39;ensemble en début d&#39;ouvrage. La Touche (1854-1913) est un peintre, décorateur (Participation à la décoration du restaurant Le Train Bleu à Paris), illustrateur et sculpteur français du XIX° siècle, considéré comme un des grands maîtres du postimpressionnisme. Outre son &#156;uvre composée de dessins, pastels, aquarelles, lithographies et peintures, il illustra entre autres, L&#39;assommoir de Zola, Au Flanc de la vase d&#39;Albert Samain, et bien-sur, Poëmes d&#39;Henri de Régnier. Cet ouvrage comprend 10 poèmes d&#39;Henri de Régnier : Watteau, Strophes, Saisons, Pégase au Satyre, Ode, La Nymphe de la Source, La Lampe, L&#39;heure heureuse, Epigramme vénitienne, L&#39;accueil - Très bon état général, intérieur d&#39;une grande fraicheur mais reliure contemporaine.

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        Lektsii o rabote glavnikh pishchevariteljnikh zhelez. (lectures on the work of the principal digestive glands)

      Moscow, 1917. In Russian. 8vo (19.5 x 13 cm) xvi, 230 p., (1). Contemporary cloth with original wrapper mounted on front.* Second Russian edition of Pavlov&#39;s work on the the digestive glands, one of the most important books in neurobiology. The first edition was published in 1897. Even this second edition is now extremely difficult to find. Old ex-owners signature and private stamp on front cover and title page, paper a bit uniformly age toned, but overall a very good copy. Printing and the Mind of Man no. 385 (for first edition). Dibner 135. Garrison and Morton 1022.

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        The Writings of Kate Douglas Wiggin. The Birds&#39; Christmas Carol, etc

      Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1917., 1917. The Autograph Edition, SIGNED by the Author and LIMITED to 500 copies of which this is number 103. Complete in 11 volumes, bound for the publisher&#39;s by The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., in green half morocco with gilt titles and gilt to spines evenly faded to brown; marbled boards and end papers; top edges gilt others untrimmed. Generously illustrated with full page coloured and black and white plates. Unusually, the Autograph page doesn&#39;t only include the Author&#39;s signature but also a more personal hand written INSCRIPTION too: "Your ownership of this edition means that you must have a certain affection for my work. Thus you make me your friend and debtor. Gratefully Yours." The name of the receiver is hand-written bellow the author&#39;s signature. A charming inscription in a superb set in an old leather binding.

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      New York, D. Appleton & Co.,, 1917. A novel. Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to upper board and spine gilt. Housed in a quarter morocco solander box made by The Chelsea Bindery. Spine severely faded, lettering dull. Very good. First Edition, First Printing. "A.J.H.S. from E.W. Paris August 19 / 17". The recipient was John Hugh-Smith, a close friend of Wharton&#39;s. With corrections to the text by the author on 18 pages (mostly single letters but several much more substantive).

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        He is Keeping the World safe for Democracy: Enlist and help him

      Pennsylvania: Erie Litho. Co.. unbound. very good. Poster. Color lithograph mounted on linen. Image measures 36.25" x 52.75". A stark poster featuring a young sailor with a simple plea for help, circa 1917. Clifford Carleton (1867-1946) was an American artist. Minor creases.

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