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        Geistige Welt : Biographische Sammlung aus dem Gebiete der Künste, Wissenschaften und Literatur.

      Berlin : Adolf Ecksteins Verlag, [Ca. 1920]. Ca. 50 Bildtafeln ; Ca. 150 S. Text mit zahlr. Abb. Ledereinband. Mittelmäßiger Zustand. Ledereinband an Ecken, Kanten und Gelenken stärker berieben oder angestoßen. Goldgeprägte Schrift auf Einband verblasst und mit mehreren kleinen Fehlstellen. Mehrere Seiten und Tafeln lose oder gelöst. Seiten und Tafeln nachgedunkelt. Wenige Seiten und Tafeln leicht fleckig. Wenige Seiten mit Knickspuren. Wenige Seiten und Tafeln mit minimalen Randeinrissen. Eine Tafel brüchig. Genannte Personen [Namen mit *: Bildtafel vorhanden]: Hanns Anker* (kein Text); Zo Atteslander*; Max Adam; Karl [Carl] Bluth*; Eugen Boermel*; Hugo Bock*; Albrecht & Noll; Leni Michels-Fougner*; Lovis Corinth*; Peter Behrens; Georg Wolff; Alfred Elsner*; Felzer & Stahl; Max Fleischer*; Theo von Brockhusen; Ernst Burchardt*; Franz R. Conrad* (Bildtafel brüchig); Alice Frank*; Ernst Friedmann*; Artur Degner*; J. L. Duysen; Hans Gerson*; Daniel Fischer* [& Wolff]; August Gaul; Jean Hamm*; Jac. Hecht*; Christoph Gross; Fritz Gurlitt; Artur Gutknecht-Nebra*; Martin Held* [& Klein]; Meta Cohn-Hendel*; Friedrich Hensel* [& Schuhmann]; Hans Herse*; Fritz Huf*; Willy Jaeckel* [Jäckel]; Jordan & Hartmann; Kosser & Müller; Kimbel & Friederichsen; Leo Freiherr von König*; Josef von Kulas*; Martin Schmer*; Max Lange; Franz Lehmann*; Max Liebermann*; Maria Lühr*; Carl Metzner*; Ernst Oppler*; Paul Paeschke*; J. C. Pfaff; Emil Pottner*; Georg Rahn; Carl Scherres*; Theodor Schinkel*; Gustav Schleicher*; Thea Schleusner*; Oskar Schwalm; Wilhelm Stein; Walter Stremmel* [& Zillmann]; Luis Felipe Usabal y Hernandez*; Ludwig Textor; Joseph Thorak; Franz Triebsch*; Ludwig Fleischmann*; Louis Tuaillon*; J. Albertus Wirth*; Ludwig Wüllner*; Oskar Zill*. Versand D: 4,50 EUR

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat für Fachliteratur]
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        Sous les yeux d'Occident

      First edition of the French translation, one of 118 numbered copies on vergé pur fil Lafuma-Navarre re-imposed in Tellière quarto format, this one specially printed for André Suarès, the tirage de tête.Half navy blue morocco over marbled paper boards by Alix, spine in six compartments, date gilt at foot, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, covers and spine preserved, top edge gilt, ex libris to pastedown.A very good copy nicely bound. Nrf Paris 1920 16,5x21,5cm relié

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        Group of three inscribed works. The Congo: The Chinese Nightingale; The Golden Book of Springfield.

      New York: The Macmillan Company, 1914-1920 - 3 volumes octavo (188 × 123 mm). Uniformly bound in contemporary black hard-grained morocco, titles gilt to spines, low bands, devices to the compartments, gilt panels to the boards, recipient's monogram within a laurel wreath to the front boards, marbled endpapers. Lightly rubbed at the extremities, pale toning of the text-blocks, but overall very good. City flag in colours to the title page of the last-named. The first and last first editions, the second the ?third printing of 1919, first published 1917. All three in bindings for Thomas Rénaud Rutter, and each signed and inscribed by Lindsay on the first blanks, the first to Renaud's mother, Mrs. Louise Warren Rutter, with her bookplate to verso of the front free endpaper facing; the second with "My most fraternal good wishes to Thomas Rutter"; the last "Good wishes and good will to Thomas Rutter" with the first three lines from Lindsay's ambiguous pæan to the city of both his and Rutter's birth, "Magical Springfield": "In this - the city of my discontent/Sometimes there comes a whisper from the grass/ Romance, romance is here", initialled verso of the front free endpaper. Both of these with Rutter's nautically-themed bookplate. Springfield native Thomas Rénaud Rutter, the son of tea importer and engineer J.E.T. Rutter, was a Princeton-educated lawyer who at one time served on the staff of the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army, before becoming an attorney for the American Sugar Refining Co. He retired to California in 1927, sometime commodore of the Newport Beach Yacht Club. All of the inscriptions are dated May 12 1921 in Plainsfiled, NJ, home town of his wife Abbie, née Holstein. A not unattractively, if rather stiffly, bound group of the works of the "Prairie Troubadour", who was famed for his declamatory, performance poetry, with a pleasing Springfield association. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Armor.

      1920Paris. Léon Pichon. 1920. 1 volume in-8, plein maroquin brun, décor géométrique de bandes noires sur les plats avec insertion du titre sur le premier plat, dos lisse avec titre et nom de lauteur, double de moire noire, couvertures conservées. Reliure signée G. Schroeder. 2 ff. bl. ; 58 pp. ; (6) pp. ; 2 ff. bl. Edition illustrée de 46 gravures sur bois originales par Deslignères, dont 1 frontispice. 1 des 25 exemplaires sur japon impérial (n°22), enrichi d'une suite des gravures sur Chine. Ex-libris contrecollé.

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        Poems.

      London: Chatto & Windus,, 1920. With an Introduction by Siegfried Sassoon. Quarto. Original red cloth, printed paper label to spine, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Photogravure portrait frontispiece with tissue guard. Spine slightly faded, a couple of faint marks to covers, some occasional light foxing to contents. An excellent copy. First edition, first impression. This slim volume, promoted and published by Sassoon after Owen's death and backed by Edith Sitwell, contains all Owen's best known poems, including "Dulce et Decorum est", "Insensibility", "Anthem for Doomed Youth", "Futility" and "Strange Meeting".

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        Sample case of woolen swatches

      1920 - (CLOTHING) BRUNER WOOLEN COMPANY. Sample case of woolen swatches. New York: circa 1920. Original hinged black paper-covered cardboard box (28 by 11 by 7-1/2 inches), with embossed fold-down front flap and three compartments containing a total of 269 swatches mounted on style cards. $1800.Original salesman's sample case, with 269 mounted swatches representing bolts of woolen fabric, sold wholesale to tailors all over the country, each swatch printed with the slogan "Our virgin wool guarantee insures superior tailoring and excellent wear."In 1922, the Bruner Woolen Company of New York was said to be the largest woolen goods manufacturer in the world. With its primary mill in Winooski, Vermont and warehouses and display room space in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Cincinnati, Kansas City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle, Bruner Woolens offered "quality woolens especially made for high class tailoring, serges and other fabrics by the yard." "For some years before 1922, four corporations, Detmer Woolen Company, Bruner Woolen Company, Mason & Hanson, and Salzer & Wolf, had carried on in the United States sale of woolens and trimmings to tailors by supplying to the trade samples, mounted on style cards, which in turn were put into boxes with order blanks, envelopes addressed to the vendor and explanatory literature". In 1922 the four corporations conveyed their property, including trade-marks, to a new corporation organized under the name Detmer, Bruner & Mason. This company did not manufacture, but purchased woolens and trimmings in the market and sold them to retail merchants by the same means and in the same manner as the predecessor corporations had done" (Wawak Co. vs. Kaiser). Case moderately worn, cloth hinges holding, damage to only one or two swatches. A scarce example of marketing in the textile industry, in extremely good condition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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        Works

      1920 - TWAIN, Mark. Works. New York: P.F. Collier & Son, circa 1920. Twenty-five volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter black morocco gilt, top edges gilt. $4800.Handsomely bound set of the writings of Mark Twain."High and fine literature is wine," Twain once wrote, "and mine is only water; but everybody likes water." This handsome edition of Twain's complete novels, essays and sketches attests to the enduring popularity and power of his works"" many of which, despite their author's protestation to the contrary, have come to be regarded as among the finest vintage American literature offers. Among other classics, this set includes A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Life on the Mississippi, and the incomparable adventures of both Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. "To understand America, read Mark Twain" (Garry Wills). See BAL 3456. A few printing and paper flaws to about ten leaves in The American Claimant; a few repairs to morocco bindings. A handsome set. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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        "La Bio-Kinétique sous le Ier Empire".

      Aquarelle signée en haut à droite, Légende sous le dessin, (1920), 19.5 x 23.3 cm. Projet d'illustration pour la Bio-Kinétique. Un régiment de grenadiers à pied, sous le Ier Empire, acclame Napoléon, apparaissant devant le soleil (tel Apollon guidant les chevaux du soleil), au matin d'ièna et au soir d'Austerlitz. Certains lèvent leurs hauts bonnets à poils, d'autres leurs fusils ou leur sabres. La légende spirituelle est ainsi titrée : X. La Bio-Kinétique sous le Ier Empire. Le Tondu provoque l'enthousiasme Bio-Kinétique de la Garde. Au matin d'Ièna et au soir d'Austerlitz. André DIGNIMONT (1891-1965) fut étroitement mêlé aux cercles littéraires de son époque et particulièrement à ce que l'on appelle le "milieu" désignant ainsi celui des mauvais garçons, auquel appartenait Carco. Dignimont fut Chevalier de la légion d'honneur et Sociétaire du Salon d'automne, il participa au Saon de l'Araignée (Bénézit, III, 584).

      [Bookseller: Librairie Chrétien]
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        Vues de Paris. Bois en couleurs gravés par Robert Bonfils.

      Paris Louis Rouart 1920 petit in-folio en feuilles Paris, Louis Rouart, sd [ca 1920]. 46 x 32 cm, 2 ff. (justification et liste des planches) - 16 bois en couleurs contrecollés hors texte sous marie-louise, en feuilles sous portefeuille demi-toile bleue à rubans imprimé et illustré. Premier tirage des beaux bois en couleurs de Robert Bonfils. Tirage à 323 exemplaires, celui-ci l'un des 300 tirés sur alfa montés sur vergé d'Arches (n° 70). Portefeuille usagé (mouillure marginale), feuillets de texte brunis, sinon les planches en très bel état. (MONOD, 1681 ; CARTERET, V, 33) Bon ///// La librairie sera fermée du 15 au 26 décembre 2016, passez vos commandes avant ou après ces dates /////

      [Bookseller: Julien Mannoni livres anciens]
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        "Diane, chasseresse".

      1920 1Huile sur panneau de bois, dos renforcé, (1920), 51.5 x 88 cm. Auguste ROUBILLE (1872-1955) humoriste modern-style, réalise des illustrations au parti-pris décoratif. Sociétaire des "Humoristes", il expose aux "Indépendants" et à "L'Araignée" ; il illustre durant 30 ans la couverture de "Fantasio", et collabore à "Le Rire", "La Vie Parisienne", "La Baïonnette", "L'Assiette au beurre"... (Dico Solo, 753-754). L'artiste représente Diane chasseresse, vêtue d'une tunique courte, à cheval, sonnant du cor. Elle mène sa meute à la chasse. Elle porte au front un petit chapeau orné d'une lune, symbole de Diane chasseresse et emblème du prestigieux prix de cavalerie institué en 1843, "Le Prix de Diane", et sacrant la meilleure pouliche de 3 ans. Panneau légèrement convexe, infimes marques.

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        Brief mit eigenh. U. ("als Veranstalter der Vorlesungen Karl Kraus").

      Wien, 9. X. 1920. - ¾ S. auf Doppelblatt. Gr.-8vo. An die Direktion der Konzerthausgesellschaft: "Wir bestätigen unser telefon. Gespräch mit Herrn Generalsekretär, Dr. Botstiber, laut dem die ursprünglich für den 17. X. festgesetzte Vorlesung Karl Kraus im gegenseitigen Einverständnis auf den 21. X. um ½7h Abends verschoben wurde (gleichfalls im mittleren Konzerthaussaal) [.]". - Auf Briefpapier mit gedr. Briefkopf der "Fackel"; im linken Rand gelocht (geringf. Textberührung).

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        Geistige Welt : Biographische Sammlung aus dem Gebiete der Künste, Wissenschaften und Literatur.

      Berlin : Adolf Ecksteins Verlag, [Ca. 1920]. - Ca. 50 Bildtafeln ; Ca. 150 S. Text mit zahlr. Abb. Mittelmäßiger Zustand. Ledereinband an Ecken, Kanten und Gelenken stärker berieben oder angestoßen. Goldgeprägte Schrift auf Einband verblasst und mit mehreren kleinen Fehlstellen. Mehrere Seiten und Tafeln lose oder gelöst. Seiten und Tafeln nachgedunkelt. Wenige Seiten und Tafeln leicht fleckig. Wenige Seiten mit Knickspuren. Wenige Seiten und Tafeln mit minimalen Randeinrissen. Eine Tafel brüchig. Genannte Personen [Namen mit *: Bildtafel vorhanden]: Hanns Anker* (kein Text); Zo Atteslander*; Max Adam; Karl [Carl] Bluth*; Eugen Boermel*; Hugo Bock*; Albrecht & Noll; Leni Michels-Fougner*; Lovis Corinth*; Peter Behrens; Georg Wolff; Alfred Elsner*; Felzer & Stahl; Max Fleischer*; Theo von Brockhusen; Ernst Burchardt*; Franz R. Conrad* (Bildtafel brüchig); Alice Frank*; Ernst Friedmann*; Artur Degner*; J. L. Duysen; Hans Gerson*; Daniel Fischer* [& Wolff]; August Gaul; Jean Hamm*; Jac. Hecht*; Christoph Gross; Fritz Gurlitt; Artur Gutknecht-Nebra*; Martin Held* [& Klein]; Meta Cohn-Hendel*; Friedrich Hensel* [& Schuhmann]; Hans Herse*; Fritz Huf*; Willy Jaeckel* [Jäckel]; Jordan & Hartmann; Kosser & Müller; Kimbel & Friederichsen; Leo Freiherr von König*; Josef von Kulas*; Martin Schmer*; Max Lange; Franz Lehmann*; Max Liebermann*; Maria Lühr*; Carl Metzner*; Ernst Oppler*; Paul Paeschke*; J. C. Pfaff; Emil Pottner*; Georg Rahn; Carl Scherres*; Theodor Schinkel*; Gustav Schleicher*; Thea Schleusner*; Oskar Schwalm; Wilhelm Stein; Walter Stremmel* [& Zillmann]; Luis Felipe Usabal y Hernandez*; Ludwig Textor; Joseph Thorak; Franz Triebsch*; Ludwig Fleischmann*; Louis Tuaillon*; J. Albertus Wirth*; Ludwig Wüllner*; Oskar Zill*. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 3700

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        Codigo Civil dos Estados Unidos do Brasil 26 Volumes

      Officinas Graphicas do "Jornal do Brasil", Rio de Janeiro, 1920. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Comparado, Commentado e Analysado. Lei N. 3.071 de 1º de Janeiro de 1916 emendada pelo Decreto Legislativo n. 3725, de 15 de Janeiro de 1919. Codigo Civil dos Estados Unidos do Brasil comparado com o Direito estrangeiro, os Projectos anteriores não acceitos e o Direito brasileiro anterior á promulgação do Codigo; estudado, em sua genesis, pelo Projecto primitivo que lhe serviu de base, com toda elaboração até a sua promulgação e as ultimas correcções; commentado e analysado de accordo com os principios universalmente acceitos e com as opiniões dos publicistas mais acatados pela maioria dos cultores do Direito. Used / Hardcover

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        Art Deco, honden - Carl Josef Bauer, ca. 1920.

      VREUGDEVOLLE DAME MET HAAR HONDJEEts vervaardigd ca. 1920 door Carl-Josef Bauer. Met potlood genummerd 29/50 en gesigneerd.Bauer (1895 -1964) studeerde aan de Kunst-Akademie in München en stelde tentoon in o.a. de befaamde Glasplalast. Bauer was 10 jaar voorzitter van kunstenaarsvereniging Allotria. Het leeuwendeel van zijn etswerk kwam tot stand tussen 1914 en 1928.Bauer werd met name bekend om zijn naakten en afbeeldingen van beroemde filmsterren zoals Greta Garbo, Dolores del Rio en anderen in typische Art Deco stijl.Prijs: € 950,- (incl. 21% BTW, incl. lijst).

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        An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary. With an index of English words, King List, Geographical List, List of Hieroglyphic Characters, Coptic and Semitic Alphabets etc.

      John Murray, London 1920 - 2 vols; cliv, 1356, dedication page printed in colour. imp. 8vo. HB. Orig. cloth; some foxing to end papers. Vg set. First Edition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        "Handbook for the Guidance of Shipmasters on the Ichang-Chunking Section of the Yangtze River"

      Title: Handbook for the Guidance of Shipmasters on the Ichang-Chunking Section of the Yangtze River. Shanghai: Statistical Department of the Inspectorate General of Customs, 1920. Qto. vii, 91 pages, plus 34 maps and diagrams, the vast majority in colour. With signature to front pastedown (A.O. Theophold?) dated Shanghai 22 June 1920. Publisher's original printed yellow boards. An important, comprehensive, and superbly illustrated primary source river piloting manual, which remains the authoritative foundation for navigating in China today, this is the original work written by the first Yangtze conqueror and British river navigation pioneer Captain Samuel Cornell Plant (1866-1921), Senior River Inspector for the Chinese Maritime Customs, exceptionally skilled navigator, and map maker. Having superlative understanding of steamship performance and design, coupled with expert navigational knowledge and techniques, in the year 1900, commanding the aptly named 'Pioneer,' Captain Plant became the first man to pilot a merchant steamer through the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. Appointed "Senior River Inspector, Upper Yangtze" in 1910, a post which he held until 1919, he was subsequently engaged by the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs to produce this instructional shipmaster's guide. This was the first pilot book for the notoriously deadly stretch of the river. It immediately became an essential tool on every navigator's ship. Featuring place names in Chinese script, and numerous numbered illustrations, the book was equally instrumental to Chinese navigators as it was for foreigners. While Captain Plant's navigational methods and tools are still used today, the maps contained herein are historic as they illustrate the true River Yangtze as it once surged ferociously from Yichang to Chongqing, through the gorges of Qutang, Wuxia, and Xiling, before an immense dam was built to tame her. His detailed descriptions further reveal previous perils of an important river trade route which claimed many human lives and ships - the remains of which lay beneath a tranquil, recently transformed and now voluminous river transporting innumerable unsuspecting tourists. Until Captain Plant arrived with his practical instruction, Chinese junk captains and their crews had relied as much on their gods and superstitious rituals as they did on their own boating skills. Alas, Plant had observed that on average, 1 in 10 junks was badly damaged by the river's hazards, while 1 in 20 was wrecked, all cargo and many hands lost. He also note that less than 20 per cent of the junks that attempted the journey to Chongqing from Yichang in fact reached their destination, and every one of them that did arrive, had survived a harrowing voyage. Finally, and with painstaking attention to all critical factors of navigation, Captain Plant's river navigation guide would provide sound methodology on how a vessel should approach a rapid and follow the axis of its current, how to assess conditions in different seasons, how to back out of the white-water maelstrom if necessary, how to temporarily repair a hull, dealing with fog, rapids, and much more. The volume includes a detailed guided itinerary for the most dangerous section of the river, with 22 maps illustrating hidden reefs, currents, rapids and breakers, shoal beds, river widths, recommended approaches to safely pass hazardous regions, and so forth. Several diagrams further illustrate specific maneuvers. Although the most treacherous hazards of the original raging rivers have been submerged by the Three Gorges Dam completed in 2006, authorities continue to use the navigation system and rules and regulations designed by Captain Plant. His nautical marks - black triangles and balls - are dotted along the banks; his colour-coded buoys, white for the north bank and red for the south, keep the fleet on course. His Shipmaster's Guide and river charts remain the basis on which modern pilot manuals are written. He also later wrote a travel-guide companion to his pilot book, speaking more to tourists. Titled 'Glimpses of the Yangtze,' it was the first guidebook for the Three Gorges and its preface began with suggesting that 'the best way to see the glories and the dangers of this mighty river is to travel in a native boat.' When he retired from the Chinese Maritime Customs Service in 1919, the Chinese government and local civilians built a cottage for Captain Plant and his wife. It was situated at the top of a cliff overlooking the once infamous Hsin Tan rapid (which is now submerged). It then became customary for an up-stream shipmaster to sound his siren after successfully passing through the turbulence, whereupon Plant would wave a handkerchief or his hat from his terrace in acknowledgement. In 1923, to honour Captain Plant, a 30-foot granite obelisk monument was erected on the banks of the Yangtze, in the middle of Xiling Gorge, 1000 kilometres north of Happy Valley where he is buried with his wife. Funds for its construction were collected from the Chinese Maritime Customs Service as well as local boatmen. That it still exists at all is quite remarkable. Built on ground prone to tremors and devastating landslides, it has survived natural disaster, vandalizing Red Guards and the Yangtze dam flood. In 1968 Mao's Red Guards attempted to destroy it with explosives, but failed. They then set to work erasing memories of his existence with hammers and chisels, effecting only negligible damage. At the turn of the twenty-first century, to prevent its immersion by waters set to rise imminently behind the Three Gorges Dam, government archaeologists selected the obelisk as one of the historic relics to be preserved, and thus caused it be moved high above the new water line. Captain Plant was nicknamed "Dragon Dodger" by his expat peers. The Kuomintang government awarded Plant the Order of the Chia-Ho for his outstanding services. Captain Plant is remembered today by some elderly locals as "the foreigner who saved lives on the river" and "the foreigner who made the river safe." His sea chest containing logbooks, photographs, Chinese scrolls and the like, is evidently held by his nephew Michael Gillam, a former British Royal Navy lieutenant commander, who occasionally delivers slideshows and lectures in remembrance of his uncle's uncle good works. Captain Samuel Cornell Plant (1866-1921) was the first man to successfully pilot a merchant steamer on the Upper Yangtze River in 1900, doing so in his purpose-built vessel called the 'Pioneer.' The Upper Yangtze is the section of river stretching through gorges from Yichang to Chongqing. Captain Plant later collaborated with Chinese merchants and the government to create the Sichuan Steam Navigation Company, serving as Captain of SS Shutung and SS Shuhun, and thus providing the first regular merchant steam service on the Upper Yangtze. He is further recognized for his important contributions as Chinese Maritime Customs' First Senior River Inspector on the Upper Yangtze. Plant installed the river's navigational marks, established signaling systems, wrote a manual for shipmasters (presented here), and trained hundreds of foreign and Chinese pilots. Plant began his mariner's life as a young lad of 14 years alongside side his father, joined him on what was to be their first and last voyage together. His father, 'Captain Sam' suffered a heart attack and died on the journey. Young Cornell buried his father upon arrival to India in Madras and continued after his father at sea. In the 1880s, Plant transitioned to river exploration, joining Messrs. Lynch Brothers' Euphrates & Tigris Steam Navigation Co.'s ship 'Khalifa'. At age 25 Plant was offered command of his first vessel, 'Shushan'. Plant explored the three upper rivers and established trade routes. In April 1894, Plant married Alice Sophia Peters in Bushire, Persia. He returned to England in 1896, with Alice who would accompany him in a lifetime of maritime adventures, for 20 years toiling on the dangerous section of the Yangtze River. He was selected by Archibald John Little in 1898 to solve the challenge of steamship navigation on the Upper Yangtze, connecting the cities of Yichang and Chongqing. . In 1900, he became the first to pilot a merchant steamship unaided through that stretch. The outbreak of the Boxer Rebellion put an end to its future commercial passages and the British Navy acquired the vessel for military use, renaming it HMS Kinsha. His services declined by the Royal Navy, Plant offered navigational expertise to the French Navy. Emile Auguste Léon Hourst hired Plant on Olry for exploration from Chongqing to Suifu. Plant contracted his services to the French from 1901 -1909. When the river was low, Plant operated an Upper Yangtze Chinese native craft, guazichuan, "Junie" with his wife and Chinese crew. He bought property on the hills opposite Chongqing in 1905 in the same expatriate community as Little and other foreign merchants and customs officials. Finally, in 1908, Chinese merchants and officials of Chongqing and Chengdu partnered with Plant, and formed the Sichuan Steam Navigation Company with private funds. 'SS Shutung', the company's first ship on the Upper Yangtze run, could travel upriver in five to seven days. The service was such a financial success that a second vessel of twice the carrying capacity, SS Shuhun was introduced in 1914. The Chinese Maritime Customs Service made Captain Plant 'First Senior River Inspector for the Upper Yangtze' and supplied him with an office in Chongqing. For his numerous and momentous accomplishments in this role, the was granted a prestigious Nationalist award. Captain Plant and his wife both died on a voyage to England in 1921. According to a letter written to Plant's brother by Charles J. L. Smith, British consul in Yichang, the couple were taking their two adopted daughters to Britain for their education. Smith wrote, "The two girls were waifs bought by Mrs Plant a number of years ago and brought up by her as servants in her own house. They were too young to marry and therefore Mrs Plant was taking them home with her, intending to bring them back at the conclusion of her furlough, after which she intended to marry them off and give them a small dowry.' After the funeral, the girls were sent back from Hong Kong to the Church of Scotland Mission in Yichang, wrote Smith, under the guardianship of a Mary Emelia Moore. Other sources add that when the girls grew older, they moved to Chengdu, and that Ms Moore fled there from Yichang to seek refuge with the girls during the advance of the Japanese in 1937-38. More, from the South China Morning Post, 2 October 2011: He [Samuel Cornell Plant] was born in August 1866, in Framlingham, Suffolk, to a seafaring family. He served on blue-ocean vessels before being posted to Persia, where he charted the raging rivers of Iraq and Iran, including the Euphrates. There, he met and married his wife, Alice. When they moved to the Middle Kingdom, the couple fell in love with the Yangtze and Plant's pioneering work in the Three Gorges defined him. He had been enticed to China by a Scottish merchant, Archibald Little, during a meeting at the Oriental Club in London in 1899. Little was from a prominent Shanghai expatriate family and perhaps the first to recognize the trade potential of the Sichuan basin. He [Little] had been trying for decades to conquer the Three Gorges rapids without trackers and make Chongqing a viable river port. Little explained to Plant that the trackers were essential but made travel slow and did not guarantee safe passage. Junk captains and their crews relied as much on their gods and rituals as they did on their boating skills, but none delivered, he said. All told, trade was unprofitable. 'Can you help?' Little asked Plant.... Having just conquered the rapid-strewn Karun River, in modern-day Iran, Plant agreed to take up Little's challenge. He travelled first to Clydebank, Scotland, to oversee the building of a boat specially designed for the Yangtze quest and arrived in China later in 1899 to take charge of the 'Pioneer', a side-wheeled, shallow-draft 160-foot steam boat, which had been shipped to the Far East in parts and assembled in Shanghai. In June 1900, Plant gripped the helm at Yichang and pointed the Pioneer's bow in the direction of Chongqing. The voyage took a full three days, spread over a week, of tight turns to avoid rocks in the cascades, the steam turbine engine huffing and puffing, and relentlessly turning the screaming propeller. The Pioneer made it through and, for the first time in the river's long history, Plant succeeded in docking a large vessel at Chongqing without having had to use trackers. With him he brought the age of steam and 19th-century industrial modernity, which he anchored deep inside China's western interior. The Chinese were in awe of his fearless approach to the devouring waters and, with fondness, called him Pu Lan Tian. He was dubbed Dragon Dodger by his expat peers. After accomplishing his mission, Plant set about charting the gorges. He bought a house boat, called Junie, on which he lived with his wife, and from its decks he conducted detailed hydrographic surveys. He designed his own boat, the Shutung, made in England and also shipped out in parts, and with it he ran a Yichang-Chongqing-Yichang passenger and freight service, which took one week to sail up stream and three days down. A map-maker and navigator extraordinaire, he was headhunted by Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs... Appointed 'Senior River Inspector, Upper Yangtze' in 1910, he compiled the Shipmaster's Guide, the first pilot book for that stretch of the river. It became an essential part of a navigator's kit, showing captains in numbered diagrams (for non-English readers) how to approach a rapid and follow the axis of its current, and- crucially- how to back out of the white-water maelstrom if things started to go awry. The book could be found on the bridges of ships and junks for more than half a century, its pages dog-eared and marked with pencil by many a nervous but grateful skipper. Merchants and officials feted the Plants up and down the river and denizens of the Yangtze saluted the captain for having saved the lives of relatives, friends and themselves. In 1921, the Plants decided to visit England for a holiday before returning to Xintan to live out the rest of their lives. In Shanghai, they boarded the Blue Funnel line's SS Teiresias, which was to take them to Europe via various ports. En route to Hong Kong, however, Plant, aged 54, came down with pneumonia. He died at sea on February 26, 1921... Alice also passed away - just two days after the ship docked in Victoria Harbour... They were buried together in Happy Valley. The Order of the Golden Grain (Chia ho) was instituted on 29 July 1912 by President Yuan Shi-kai as an award of Nationalist China, for outstanding civil or military achievement. It was conferred in nine classes. This order was abolished by the Nationalist Government in 1929 and replaced by the Order of the Brilliant Jade.

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        Les mystères de la Kabbale ou l' Harmonie occulte des deux Testaments contenus dans la prophétie d' Ezéchiel et l' Apocalypse de Saint-Jean, d' après le manuscrit autographe d' Eliphas Lévi, 1861

      (Kabbala) ELIPHAS LEVI. Paris, E. Nourry, 1920. Les mystères de la Kabbale ou l' Harmonie occulte des deux Testaments contenus dans la prophétie d' Ezéchiel et l' Apocalypse de Saint-Jean, d' après le manuscrit autographe d' Eliphas Lévi, 1861. In-4° solida legatura in tela con titoli in oro sul dorso, copertine originali conservate, internamente intonso. 261, (3) pp. con 95 illustrazioni n.t. quasi tutte a piena pagina e 12 tavole a colori f.t. Testo e illustrazioni stampati in color bruno contornati da un riquadro. Bell' esemplare di questa opera importante non comune. Dorbon, Bibliotheca esotherica, 1476. Neg.

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        New England Photograph Album featuring the Army's 531st Balloon Company at Boston circa 1921

      Various New England Locations, 1920. Photograph Album. Very Good. The album contains 58 vernacular b/w photographs, most measuring approximately 2.5" x 4.5". Most photographs are in nice shape and held to the page with corner mounts; a few have light corner creases. Album and pages have some minor wear. The highlight of the album is a section with 19 photographs of a post-WWI Army Balloon Company. One of the photographs is annotated on the reverse in pencil, "531st BC." The 531st Balloon Company was a reserve unit located in the Boston area in the early 1920s. Photos include unit members holding an American flag, a balloon being inflated, men climbing into a balloon's basket, a balloon ascending, a balloon in flight and bird's-eye views taken from the balloon. Other sections of the album contain earlier photographs of Groton School (St. John's Chapel, campus grounds, crew practice, a baseball game, etc.), an auto trip (western scenery, very muddy roads, two autos stuck in the mud, etc.), a farm (hay stacks, corn field, cargo truck), and several street scenes (marked New Bedford on the reverse) showing a book and shoe store, hotel, tobacco and fruit store, and millinery. .

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        Glimpses of China. A Series of Vandyck Photogravures illustrating Chinese life and surroundings

      A.S. Watson & Co. Ltd., Shanghai 1920 - No date, but around 1920. Original wrappers, a title page and 30 photogravures tipped on cardboard mounts within printed black lines and with the titles underneath on the mounts. A small photogravure mounted on the front side of the wrappers. The wrappers a bit worn along the spine and with the edges slightly frayed. The title page with scattered light foxing. The Vandyck photogravures in an excellent condition and the mounts overall very clean. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Lettera autografa inviata da Giacomo Puccini all'amico Carlo Clausetti, datata 4 dicembre 1920.

      1920. Lettera autografa ad inchiostro in formato cm.17,5x13,2, compilata solo alla prima e alla quarta facciata rispettivamente su 10 e 4 righe. Nella missiva Puccini comunica all'amico, affettuosamente chiamato "Claudio", che "accludo foglio firmato, attendo fogli Manon e Butt[erfly]: spero arrivino prima di martedì perché parto per Orbetello". Seguono al verso i saluti di rito. Classica grafia del Maestro, con buona firma "G.Puccini". Allegata busta affrancata e viaggiata, con indirizzo del destinatario a Milano, presso la sede di Casa Ricordi in Via Berchet, 2. Carlo Clausetti (Napoli, 1869 - 1943), anch'egli compositore, ereditò dal padre la direzione della succursale napoletana di Casa Ricordi, per poi divenirne direttore artistico nel 1912 e gerente nel 1919 assieme a Renzo Valcarenghi, incarico da lui tenuto fino al 1940. Fu lui a trattare per conto di Puccini l'acquisto di un pianoforte a gran coda "Steinway", celebre marca di cui era rappresentante per l'Italia, un pianoforte su cui Puccini compose gran parte della sua ultima opera incompiuta, "Turandot". Il cimelio è oggi conservato presso la casa natale del musicista a Lucca. E' possibile che la lettera sia in riferimento ad una esecuzione di "Madama Butterfly" del 9 dicembre 1920 al Teatro Carcano. Codice libreria 117289.

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        Carte blanche

      - Editions de La Sirène, Paris 1920, 10,5x18cm, broché. - Prima edizione, quella del 1945 numerata sulla ex alfa Scozia, con 5 unico pareggio Giappone e Corea 50. Unico e spostando inviare l'autore Raymond Radiguet: "mio caro Raymond, in cambio di" guance in fiamme "/ il suo amico Jean / luglio 1920" Spine leggermente sbiadito, come al solito, un po 'foxing marginale. Georges Cres ex libris incollato sopra l'ultima guardia. La nostra copia è presentato in piena camicia cartone verde posteriori navy guardie marocco sentivano menta, anche caso cartonnage, tutto firmato Devauchelle. Copia eccezionale e commovente, la più desiderabile di quanto si possa desiderare. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des 1945 exemplaires numérotés sur alfa d'Ecosse, seul tirage avec 5 Japon et 50 Corée. Précieux et émouvant envoi autographe signé de Jean Cocteau à Raymond Radiguet : " à mon cher Raymond, en échange des "Joues en feu" / son ami Jean / Juillet 1920." Dos légèrement passé comme habituellement, quelques rousseurs marginales.Ex-libris Georges Crès encollé en tête de la dernière garde. Notre exemplaire est présenté sous chemise en plein cartonnage vert, dos de maroquin marine, gardes de feutre menthe, étui de même cartonnage, l'ensemble signé de Devauchelle. Exceptionnel et attendrissant exemplaire, le plus désirable que l'on puisse souhaiter.

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        The Sleeping Beauty

      London: William Heinemann,, [1920]. Told by C. S. Evans. Quarto. Original pictorial paper-covered red cloth, titles to spine in black, green illustrated endpapers. With the dust jacket. Mounted colour plate, 3 double-page silhouette drawings with colour, full-page silhouette drawing with colour, 8 single-page silhouette drawings in black and white and drawings in the text by Rackham. Occasional spotting to pages, a touch of rubbing to boards at lower edges, spine cloth gently faded, in the evenly toned dust jacket with a touch of wear to extremities, small chip to top end of spine with mild spotting to spine. An excellent copy. First trade edition, first impression, in the variant binding with the pink dust jacket with blue silhouette to front panel.

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        Bronzerelief *Paul Lincke* mit Notenzeile und Textzeile.

       Größe des Reliefs 24,5 x 20 cm ( Höhe x Breite ). Gezeigt wird Paul Lincke im Profil nach links. Untenstehend mt Notenzeile aus der Operette *Frau Luna* sowie untenstehendem Text *Schlösser die im Monde liegen*. Das Profilbild unten von Georg Roch signiert. Ohne Gießerstempel und undatiert ( wohl um 1920 entstanden ). Verso mit Aufstellhaken. Von guter Erhaltung - selten - ( Gewicht ca. 1300 Gramm ) ( Pic erhältlich // webimage available ) Versand D: 5,00 EUR Georg Roch, Paul Lincke, Frau Luna, Operette, Operetten, Bronze, Bronzerelief, signiert, Google

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        Typed Letter Signed

      1920 - Typed Letter SIGNED, "Herbert Hoover", 1p., New York City, September 20, 1920, written on personal letterhead to playwright John Drinkwater, then residing in Gloucester, England. The future President accepts Drinkwater's request to dedicate his new book, "Lincoln the World Emancipator", to Hoover. In 1920 Hoover was living in NYC after having failed early in a run for the Republication nomination. He endorsed Warren Harding, despite well founded misgivings, and was rewarded with an appointment as Secretary of Commerce. Excellent condition. "The compliment that you have paid me is most flattering and at the same time the most gratifying that I have ever received." - H. Hoover. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Bert Leston Taylor mini-collection relating to Bliss Carman includes 1 Autograph Manuscript Signed; 1 Book; 1 Ephemera and 1 Autographed Letter Signed by Carman

      1920 - Taylor, Bert Leston was a journalist, doggerel poet, and humorist. He became a journalist at seventeen, a librettist at twenty-one, and a successfully published author at thirty-five. At the height of his literary career, he was a central literary figure of the early 20th century Chicago renaissance as well as one of the most celebrated columnists in the United States 1 Autograph Manuscript Signed: ? AMS - 4 pp., 20 July 1903, being a fair copy of his poem, "Pandean Pipe Dreams" (a spoof of Bliss Carman's poetry - Carman's signature is pasted on the first page of the manuscript) which most likely appeared in the Chicago Tribune. This was later compiled as part of his book, A Line-o'-verse or Two. 1 Book: ? A Line-o'-verse or Two (Chicago: The Reilly & Britton Co., 1911). With a copy of the book, repaired edges otherwise very good condition, with a card signed by Carman pasted on to the front free endpaper. 1 Ephemera: ? 2 lines of verse signed by Carman, 10 February 1907; 1 Autographed Letter Signed: ? ALS from Carman to Mr. Busbee?, 20 January 1920, sending "the lines" and thanking him for the enclosure. Housed in a very handsome light green cloth box with a facsimile of the front cover of A Line-o'-verse or Two on the front of the box. This collection is on consignment with LDRB.

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        La Leçon d'Amour dans un Parc. Illustré de 45 aquarelles de Pierre Brissaud reproduites au pochoir et retouchées à la main.

      P., Aux Editions Lapina, 1920, In-4, br., sous étui éditeur, non coupé, 249 pp. Tirée à 536 exemplaires numérotés, celui-ci est un des 20 sur Vergé Hollande auquel on a ajouté une suite en couleurs et une suite en noir sur Japon et sous chemise souple, marquées alphabétiquement (celui-ci réservé à E. Champion) et une planche refusée en double état.

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        Copy of Map of Tract No. 3743 Also known as New Windsor Square in Los Angeles, California.

      Engineering Service Co. Los Angeles. No date. Ca. 1920. - Black and white plat map broadsheet, 23 x 19 inches, folding to 7 x 11 1/2 inches. A few additional folds; two very short tears and one tiny hole in lower margin; light creasing and tear to upper left edge. Information regarding Windsor Square is dealt with most helpfully at the web site of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society. They write: "The older section of Windsor Square opened in 1913 and New Windsor Square opened in April 1920. The area north of Third Street was marketed by Tracy E. Shoults and Company. This tract was laid out on contour with meandering streets and irregular lots. This new idea residential community was labeled by the marketer as 'A subdivision without mistakes.'" Text accompanying the map itself states that Windsor Square is in "the heart of the Wilshire District and commands an unsurpassed view of the mountains and the sea." Verso of map features "a synopsis of the Restrictions and Conditions created for the improvement and development of Tract No. 3743." and has the signatures of the original purchasers. Text next to the map states "All restrictions applying to this tract will be in force until January 1st, 1970." Later maps (see stock nos. 50369 and 50370) indicate reductions in the size of lots along Plymouth Boulevard and the east side of Beachwood Drive between First Street and Temple St. (Beverly Blvd) reducing by one the number of lots available along these streets. A most attractive map promoting properties in New Windsor Square, clean and bright, in very good condition. WorldCat lists the map, but gives no information on library holdings.

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        A Soldier's Shikar Trips. With photographs of Somaliland by Major Bonham Christie

      London: Grant Richards, 1920 - First edition, 8vo, 213, (1) pp. Portrait frontispiece and 31 plates, later inscription to fly leaf. Original cloth, some minor marks, slight darkening of spine otherwise very good.

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        Bijoux de feuilles".

      1920 - Aquarelle, rehauts de blanc et encre de Chine, signé ducachet de l'artiste en bas à gauche, (1913), 17 x 26.5 cm. Charles MARTIN (Montpellier 1884-Paris 1934) réalise ceses fleurs et ces feuilles stylisées roses et vertes offrent des formes fines, luxueuses et rondes comme des bijoux. Traces d'essai d'aquarelle. Infimes piqûres. Oeuvre originale

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        Drawings of Ruby Lind. (Mrs. Will Dyson). 1887 - 1919.

      Cecil Palmer,, London: 1920 - A scarce title. Ruby Lindsay (1887 - 1919) was Norman and Percy Lindsay's sister, noted for her fluid pen and ink drawings. At an early age she attended the National Gallery School, and later drew for periodicals such as the Bulletin and the Gadfly (1906). She illustrated books and posters, and married Will Dyson, traveling with him to London. In England she continued her work in book illustration, particularly of children's books, and for magazines including Strand Magazine, The London Opinion, and The Sphere. While visiting family in Dublin, having survived the war, she caught and succumbed to the pandemic Spanish flu.This work, available only to subscribers, was produced as a tribute to Ruby. This was the second work published in honor of the artist, following her husband Will Dyson's 'Poems: In Memory of a Wife' (1919). With a full page photographic portrait, and 20 full page illustrations, including 3 in color (Princes Risborough, Fan & Sketch for Fan).4to, (xi), 7-51 pp, 12 pp text & the balance b&w and color illustrations of her work. Quarter white cloth & papered boards marked and rubbed. Libraries Australia ID 11363047. OCLC: 17844947. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        GLINDA OF OZ

      - BAUM,L.FRANK. GLINDA OF OZ. Chicago: Reilly & Lee (1920). 4to, red cloth, pictorial paste-on, 279p. + 1p. ads., slight fading on rear cover else near Fine in DUST WRAPPER (dw soiled with 1 inch pieces out of spine ends and flap corner). 1st edition, 1st state (H-G XIV) with proper ads. This was the last book to be written by Baum, and it was published after his death. Illustrated by J. R. NEILL with 12 color plates plus many black & whites. Nice copy, rare in the dust wrapper. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Heilige Blumen.

      -,, o. O. [Wien], 1920 - OHolzschnitt. o. O. [Wien], -, o. J. [nach 1920]. ca. 69,5 x 30 cm. Mit eighd. Titelei und Signatur. - Die Abbildung zeigt eine Verzerrung, die durch die 'freie Hängung' entstandt. Deutsch

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        Guidance of Shipmasters on the Ichang-Chungking Section of the Yangstze River

      Shanghai: Statistical Department of the Inspectorate General of Customs, 1920. Shanghai: Statistical Department of the Inspectorate General of Customs, 1920. Qto. vii, 91 pages, plus 34 maps and diagrams, the vast majority in colour. With signature to front pastedown (A.O. Theophold?) dated Shanghai 22 June 1920. Publisher's original printed yellow boards. Mild age-toning to boards, otherwise very good condition, internally crisp and bright. An important, comprehensive, and superbly illustrated primary source river piloting manual, which remains the authoritative foundation for navigating in China today, this is the original work written by the first Yangtze conqueror and British river navigation pioneer Captain Samuel Cornell Plant (1866-1921), Senior River Inspector for the Chinese Maritime Customs, exceptionally skilled navigator, and map maker. Having superlative understanding of steamship performance and design, coupled with expert navigational knowledge and techniques, in the year 1900, commanding the aptly named 'Pioneer,' Captain Plant became the first man to pilot a merchant steamer through the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. Appointed "Senior River Inspector, Upper Yangtze" in 1910, a post which he held until 1919, he was subsequently engaged by the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs to produce this instructional shipmaster's guide. This was the first pilot book for the notoriously deadly stretch of the river. It immediately became an essential tool on every navigator's ship. Featuring place names in Chinese script, and numerous numbered illustrations, the book was equally instrumental to Chinese navigators as it was for foreigners. While Captain Plant's navigational methods and tools are still used today, the maps contained herein are historic as they illustrate the true River Yangtze as it once surged ferociously from Yichang to Chongqing, through the gorges of Qutang, Wuxia, and Xiling, before an immense dam was built to tame her. His detailed descriptions further reveal previous perils of an important river trade route which claimed many human lives and ships - the remains of which lay beneath a tranquil, recently transformed and now voluminous river transporting innumerable unsuspecting tourists. Until Captain Plant arrived with his practical instruction, Chinese junk captains and their crews had relied as much on their gods and superstitious rituals as they did on their own boating skills. Alas, Plant had observed that on average, 1 in 10 junks was badly damaged by the river's hazards, while 1 in 20 was wrecked, all cargo and many hands lost. He also note that less than 20 per cent of the junks that attempted the journey to Chongqing from Yichang in fact reached their destination, and every one of them that did arrive, had survived a harrowing voyage. Finally, and with painstaking attention to all critical factors of navigation, Captain Plant's river navigation guide would provide sound methodology on how a vessel should approach a rapid and follow the axis of its current, how to assess conditions in different seasons, how to back out of the white-water maelstrom if necessary, how to temporarily repair a hull, dealing with fog, rapids, and much more. The volume includes a detailed guided itinerary for the most dangerous section of the river, with 22 maps illustrating hidden reefs, currents, rapids and breakers, shoal beds, river widths, recommended approaches to safely pass hazardous regions, and so forth. Several diagrams further illustrate specific manoeuvers. Although the most treacherous hazards of the original raging rivers have been submerged by the Three Gorges Dam completed in 2006, authorities continue to use the navigation system and rules and regulations designed by Captain Plant. His nautical marks - black triangles and balls - are dotted along the banks; his colour-coded buoys, white for the north bank and red for the south, keep the fleet on course. His Shipmaster's Guide and river charts remain the basis on which modern pilot manuals are written. He also later wrote a travel-guide companion to his pilot book, speaking more to tourists. Titled 'Glimpses of the Yangtze,' it was the first guidebook for the Three Gorges and its preface began with suggesting that 'the best way to see the glories and the dangers of this mighty river is to travel in a native boat.' When he retired from the Chinese Maritime Customs Service in 1919, the Chinese government and local civilians built a cottage for Captain Plant and his wife. It was situated at the top of a cliff overlooking the once infamous Hsin Tan rapid (which is now submerged). It then became customary for an up-stream shipmaster to sound his siren after successfully passing through the turbulence, whereupon Plant would wave a handkerchief or his hat from his terrace in acknowledgement. In 1923, to honour Captain Plant, a 30-foot granite obelisk monument was erected on the banks of the Yangtse, in the middle of Xiling Gorge, 1000 kilometres north of Happy Valley where he is buried with his wife. Funds for its construction were collected from the Chinese Maritime Customs Service as well as local boatmen. That it still exists at all is quite remarkable. Built on ground prone to tremors and devastating landslides, it has survived natural disaster, vandalizing Red Guards and the Yangtze dam flood. In 1968 Mao's Red Guards attempted to destroy it with explosives, but failed. They then set to work erasing memories of his existence with hammers and chisels, effecting only negligible damage. At the turn of the twenty-first century, to prevent its immersion by waters set to rise imminently behind the Three Gorges Dam, government archaeologists selected the obelisk as one of the historic relics to be preserved, and thus caused it be moved high above the new water line. Captain Plant was nicknamed "Dragon Dodger" by his expat peers. The Kuomintang government awarded Plant the Order of the Chia-Ho for his outstanding services. Captain Plant is remembered today by some elderly locals as "the foreigner who saved lives on the river" and "the foreigner who made the river safe." His sea chest containing logbooks, photographs, Chinese scrolls and the like, is evidently held by his nephew Michael Gillam, a former British Royal Navy lieutenant commander, who occasionally delivers slideshows and lectures in remembrance of his uncle's uncle good works. Captain Samuel Cornell Plant (1866-1921) was the first man to successfully pilot a merchant steamer on the Upper Yangtze River in 1900, doing so in his purpose-built vessel called the 'Pioneer.' The Upper Yangtze is the section of river stretching through gorges from Yichang to Chongqing. Captain Plant later collaborated with Chinese merchants and the government to create the Sichuan Steam Navigation Company, serving as Captain of SS Shutung and SS Shuhun, and thus providing the first regular merchant steam service on the Upper Yangtze. He is further recognized for his important contributions as Chinese Maritime Customs' First Senior River Inspector on the Upper Yangtze. Plant installed the river's navigational marks, established signaling systems, wrote a manual for shipmasters (presented here), and trained hundreds of foreign and Chinese pilots. Plant began his mariner's life as a young lad of 14 years alongside side his father, joined him on what was to be their first and last voyage together. His father, 'Captain Sam' suffered a heart attack and died on the journey. Young Cornell buried his father upon arrival to India in Madras and continued after his father at sea. In the 1880s Plant transitioned to river exploration, joining Messrs. Lynch Brothers' Euphrates & Tigris Steam Navigation Co.'s ship 'Khalifa'. At age 25 Plant was offered command of his first vessel, 'Shushan'. Plant explored the three upper rivers and established trade routes. In April 1894, Plant married Alice Sophia Peters in Bushire, Persia. He returned to England in 1896, with Alice who would accompany him in a lifetime of maritime adventures, for 20 years toiling on the dangerous section of the Yangtze River. He was selected by Archibald John Little in 1898 to solve the challenge of steamship navigation on the Upper Yangtze, connecting the cities of Yichang and Chongqing. . In 1900, he became the first to pilot a merchant steamship unaided through that stretch. The outbreak of the Boxer Rebellion put an end to its future commercial passages and the British Navy acquired the vessel for military use, renaming it HMS Kinsha. His services declined by the Royal Navy, Plant offered navigational expertise to the French Navy. Emile Auguste Léon Hourst hired Plant on Olry for exploration from Chongqing to Suifu. Plant contracted his services to the French from 1901 -1909. When the river was low, Plant operated an Upper Yangtze Chinese native craft, guazichuan, "Junie" with his wife and Chinese crew. He bought property on the hills opposite Chongqing in 1905 in the same expatriate community as Little and other foreign merchants and customs officials. Finally, in 1908, Chinese merchants and officials of Chongqing and Chengdu partnered with Plant, and formed the Sichuan Steam Navigation Company with private funds. 'SS Shutung', the company's first ship on the Upper Yangtze run, could travel upriver in five to seven days. The service was such a financial success that a second vessel of twice the carrying capacity, SS Shuhun was introduced in 1914. The Chinese Maritime Customs Service made Captain Plant 'First Senior River Inspector for the Upper Yangtze' and supplied him with an office in Chongqing. For his numerous and momentous accomplishments in this role, the was granted a prestigious Nationalist award. Captain Plant and his wife both died on a voyage to England in 1921. According to a letter written to Plant's brother by Charles J. L. Smith, British consul in Yichang, the couple were taking their two adopted daughters to Britain for their education. Smith wrote, "The two girls were waifs bought by Mrs Plant a number of years ago and brought up by her as servants in her own house. They were too young to marry and therefore Mrs Plant was taking them home with her, intending to bring them back at the conclusion of her furlough, after which she intended to marry them off and give them a small dowry.' After the funeral, the girls were sent back from Hong Kong to the Church of Scotland Mission in Yichang, wrote Smith, under the guardianship of a Mary Emelia Moore. Other sources add that when the girls grew older, they moved to Chengdu, and that Ms Moore fled there from Yichang to seek refuge with the girls during the advance of the Japanese in 1937-38. More, from the South China Morning Post, 2 October 2011: He [Samuel Cornell Plant] was born in August 1866, in Framlingham, Suffolk, to a seafaring family. He served on blue-ocean vessels before being posted to Persia, where he charted the raging rivers of Iraq and Iran, including the Euphrates. There, he met and married his wife, Alice. When they moved to the Middle Kingdom, the couple fell in love with the Yangtze and Plant's pioneering work in the Three Gorges defined him. He had been enticed to China by a Scottish merchant, Archibald Little, during a meeting at the Oriental Club in London in 1899. Little was from a prominent Shanghai expatriate family and perhaps the first to recognise the trade potential of the Sichuan basin. He [Little] had been trying for decades to conquer the Three Gorges rapids without trackers and make Chongqing a viable river port. Little explained to Plant that the trackers were essential but made travel slow and did not guarantee safe passage. Junk captains and their crews relied as much on their gods and rituals as they did on their boating skills, but none delivered, he said. All told, trade was unprofitable. 'Can you help?' Little asked Plant.... Having just conquered the rapid-strewn Karun River, in modern-day Iran, Plant agreed to take up Little's challenge. He travelled first to Clydebank, Scotland, to oversee the building of a boat specially designed for the Yangtze quest and arrived in China later in 1899 to take charge of the 'Pioneer', a side-wheeled, shallow-draft 160-foot steam boat, which had been shipped to the Far East in parts and assembled in Shanghai. In June 1900, Plant gripped the helm at Yichang and pointed the Pioneer's bow in the direction of Chongqing. The voyage took a full three days, spread over a week, of tight turns to avoid rocks in the cascades, the steam turbine engine huffing and puffing, and relentlessly turning the screaming propeller. The Pioneer made it through and, for the first time in the river's long history, Plant succeeded in docking a large vessel at Chongqing without having had to use trackers. With him he brought the age of steam and 19th-century industrial modernity, which he anchored deep inside China's western interior. The Chinese were in awe of his fearless approach to the devouring waters and, with fondness, called him Pu Lan Tian. He was dubbed Dragon Dodger by his expat peers. After accomplishing his mission, Plant set about charting the gorges. He bought a house boat, called Junie, on which he lived with his wife, and from its decks he conducted detailed hydrographic surveys. He designed his own boat, the Shutung, made in England and also shipped out in parts, and with it he ran a Yichang-Chongqing-Yichang passenger and freight service, which took one week to sail up stream and three days down. A map-maker and navigator extraordinaire, he was headhunted by Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs... Appointed 'Senior River Inspector, Upper Yangtze' in 1910, he compiled the Shipmaster's Guide, the first pilot book for that stretch of the river. It became an essential part of a navigator's kit, showing captains in numbered diagrams (for non-English readers) how to approach a rapid and follow the axis of its current, and- crucially- how to back out of the white-water maelstrom if things started to go awry. The book could be found on the bridges of ships and junks for more than half a century, its pages dog-eared and marked with pencil by many a nervous but grateful skipper. Merchants and officials feted the Plants up and down the river and denizens of the Yangtze saluted the captain for having saved the lives of relatives, friends and themselves. In 1921, the Plants decided to visit England for a holiday before returning to Xintan to live out the rest of their lives. In Shanghai, they boarded the Blue Funnel line's SS Teiresias, which was to take them to Europe via various ports. En route to Hong Kong, however, Plant, aged 54, came down with pneumonia. He died at sea on February 26, 1921... Alice also passed away - just two days after the ship docked in Victoria Harbou... They were buried together in Happy Valley. The Order of the Golden Grain (Chia ho) was instituted on 29 July 1912 by President Yuan Shi-kai as an award of Nationalist China, for outstanding civil or military achievement. It was conferred in nine classes. This order was abolished by the Nationalist Government in 1929 and replaced by the Order of the Brilliant Jade.. Very Good.

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        ANTILLES CENTRE - AMERIQUE CIE GLE TRANSATLANTIQUE

      Date : 1920 Dimensions : 75x105,5cm Imp : F. Champenois, Paris Condition : entoilée A Affiche originale entoilée en très bon état.

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        BEAULIEU-SUR-MER ENTRE NICE & MONTE-CARLO

      Date : 1920 Dimensions : 75x105cm Imp : Cornille & Serre, Paris Condition : entoilée A Affiche originale entoilée en parfait état.

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        CAGNES SUR MER PLM CITE DES PEINTRES

      Date : 1920 Dimensions : 72x100cm Imprimerie de l'Eclaireur, Nice Condition : entoilée A Affiche originale entoilée en très bon état.

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        LA MOUETTE

      Date : 1920 Dimensions : 80x120cm Imp : PUBLICITE WALL, PARIS Condition : entoilée A Affiche originale entoilée en très bon état.

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        LEFEVRE-UTILE « TAHADAT & KHADIDJA, Colomb Béchar »

      Date : 1920 Dimensions : 52x69,5cm Imp : F. Champenois, Paris Condition : entoilée A Affiche originale entoilée en parfait état.

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        CANNES

      Date : 1920 Dimensions : 120x80cm Imp : DRAEGER Condition : entoilée A Affiche originale entoilée en parfait état.

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        Christos, Madonna a Svatí jak jsem je videl r illuminacích starych Ethiopskych Kodexe

      Ve Stare Risi na Morave: Dobre Dilo, 1920. First edition. Portfolio, (4) pp, 9 leaves, 4 pp. Title-page, tailpiece, contents, colophon, and nine full-page linoleum cuts. 30 x 24 cm. One of 120 copies, this one of a few in which the prints are hand-colored, and signed by Hofman, the prints were inspired by the illustrations in Ethiopian manuscripts. Hofman, painter and architect, was strongly influenced by Cubism.

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