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      1928. 1. (ANDERSON,ANNE)illus. BABY'S RECORD. Londond: George Harrap (1920, 1928). 4to (8 x 10 5/8"), pink moire (silk) stamped in gold and blue, top edge gilt, 63p., FINE AND UNUSED IN PUBLISHER'S PICTORIAL BOX! (box flaps repaired). Issued in a deluxe leather edition in 1920, this is most likely the first cloth edition. A book to record baby's "firsts". The text composed of poems by George Macdonald, William Blake and other notables. Illustrated by Anderson with 6 beautiful color plates plus delicate and lovely line illustrations in text. This is a superb copy of a rare Anne Anderson book.

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc.]
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        Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle

      Cassell and Company. London. 1928 First edition. DW. Small inscription. E/ps. sl. foxed. Wrapper has price neatly reduced on spine and is worn at extremities o/w a very clean and fresh copy. Head and tail of spine sl. crumpled. Near fine in VG+ wrapper.

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      Chicago: A.C. McClurg, 1928. First edition Illustrated by J. Allen St. John. 8vo, publisher’s original green cloth with dark-brown lettering and decorations to the spine and upper cover. 377 pp. A very good and pleasing copy. FIRST EDITION. What other literary character has had so vivid a career as Tarzan? Few people of fictitious lineage have so captured the imagination of the public as Burroughs Jungle Lord. With the exception of Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan has been featured in more motion pictures then any other persona. His legacy continues to this day in movies, satires, comic books, television and in the hearts and imaginations of his countless fans.

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        Arabia of the Wahhabis; together with 'Across Arabia', Royal Geographical Society, 1920

      Constable, 1928. 1st edition. Hardcover. Green cloth, gilt spine lettering, spine very slightly browned, frontispiece, 28 plates, diagrams, large folding colour map at the end, foxing to half-title and to the margins of a few pages, and some minor spotting to the front text block, some pages uncut, tear to the edge of one prelim leaf. Tight, square binding. Philby, one of the great explorers of the early 20th century, here continues the story of his travels in Arabia in 1916-17 when he led a small British diplomatic mission to meet Ibn Saud, the Wahhabi ruler of Nejd. Generally this copy is in very good condition. Accompanying the book is the rare, complete Royal Geographical Society Journal of December 1920, with excellent blue covers and very clean pages, in which is printed Philby's paper of May 1920 in which he recounted his first journey from the Persian Gulf to the Red Sea, with his photographs and a large fold-out colour map. Philby's explorations of Arabia brought him into contact with Wahhabi culture and belief, so this article makes an interesting and valuable precursor to his book eight years later. A unique pairing.

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        Die Vogler = The Bold (Geklibene Werk, 13 = Collected Works 13).

      Vilnius, Poland: Kletskin, 1928. - 8vo. 587 pp. Yiddish. Good in green boards with clear plastic protector. Front hinge and endpaper starting. Pages yellowed with light staining. Frontispiece portrait of author. Translated by Isaac Bashevis Singer. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      Dunod 1928 - RO40199376: 9 tomes. Tomes 6-7-8 illustrés de nombreuses reproductions en noir et blanc et en couleur, dans et hors texte. Manques sur les dos des tomes 1, 2, 4 et 7. Fortes rousseurs sur le texte du tome 1. Pages légèrement jaunies 3e édition. Collection de 9 volumes sur les méthodes d'action que nécessitent les affaires d'après-guerre. Tome 1: Les affaires nouvelles. Tome 2: Les affaires et la méthode scientifique. Tome 3: Les affaires et le personnel. Tome 4: Les affaires et l'art de les traiter. Tome 5: Les affaires par correspondance. Tome 6: Les affaires et l'imprimé. Tome 7: Les affaires et l'annonce. Tome 8: Les affaires et l'affiche. Tome 9: Les affaires et leur lancement. In-8 Broché. Etat d'usage. Couv. légèrement passée. Dos abîmé. Quelques rousseurs Classification Dewey : 658-Gestion des entreprises privées et publiques [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        The Beast With Five Fingers. And Other Stories

      London, J.M. Dent. 1928., 1928. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Bound in recent half black morocco leather titled in gilt to spine. A handsome clean copy of a horror classic in a fine recent binding. A title that has influenced in some way every camp classic of the horror genre from the original Peter Lorre film through to Romero's Dawn of The Dead, Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" and "Waxworks." Bleiler; Checklist of Fantastic Literature [228].

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        Innenräume. Räume und Inneneinrichtungsgegenstände aus der Werkbundausstellung "Die Wohnung", insbesondere aus den Bauten der städtischen Weißenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart

      Stgt., Wedekind & Co. 1928.. 4°. 164 S. Mit zahlr. photogr. Abb. OLn. Rü. erneuert unter Verwend. d. Originals, Vors. etw. stockfl., Besitzstempel u. -eintrag. d. österr. Werkbundes am Vors. EA: Mit Beiträgen u. Abb. von Le Corbusier, Jos. Frank, M. Stam, A. G. Schneck, Marcel Breuer, W. Baumeister, R. Lisker, E. Meyer, W. H. Gipsen, F. Schuster, Mies van der Rohe u.a.

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        The Quantum Postulate and the Recent Development of Atomic Theory

      London: Macmillan, 1928. First edition. A fine copy in original wrappers of this fundamental paper introducing Bohr&#146;s statement of his &#145;complementarity&#146; principle, the basis of what became known as the &#145;Copenhagen interpretation&#146; of quantum mechanics. &#147;From the epistemological point of view, the discovery of the new type of logical relationship that complementarity represents is a major advance that radically changes our whole view of the role and meaning of science. In contrast with the nineteenth-century ideal of a description of the phenomena from which every reference to their observation would be eliminated, we have the much wider and truer prospect of an account of the phenomena in which due regard is paid to the conditions under which they can actually be observed - thereby securing the full objectivity of the description&#148; (DSB).<br/><br/>& & The concept of complementarity started to develop in Bohr&#146;s mind during discussions with Heisenberg in Copenhagen early in 1927, when Heisenberg was preparing for publication his famous paper on the uncertainty principle. In fact, the published version of Heisenberg&#146;s paper contains a note added in proof which mentions &#145;recent investigations by Bohr [that] have led to points of view that permit an essential deepening and refinement of the analysis of the quantum mechanical relationship attempted in this work&#146;. <br/><br/>& & &#147;Bohr presented his ideas on complementarity for the first time at an international congress of physics in Como in the fall of 1927, commemorating the centenary of Volta&#146;s death. On this occasion, he stressed that in the quantum world, contrary to the classical world, an observation of a system can never be made without disturbing the system. But how can we then know the state of the system? The quantum postulate would seem to imply that the classical distinction between the observer and the observed was no longer tenable. How then would it be possible to obtain objective knowledge? Bohr&#146;s reflections on these and related questions led him to introduce the notion of complementarity as denoting the use of complementary but mutually exclusive viewpoints in the description of nature. Two years later, he defined the complementarity principle as &#145;a new mode of description... in the sense that any given application of classical concepts precludes the simultaneous use of other classical concepts which in a different connection are equally necessary for the elucidation of phenomena&#146;... The wave description and the particle description are complementary and thus in conflict. But Bohr argued that the physicist is still able to account unambiguously for his experiments, for it is he who chooses what to measure and thereby destroys the possibility of the realization of the conflicting aspect... <br/><br/>& & &#147;The complementarity principle became the cornerstone of what was later referred to as the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. Pauli even stated that quantum mechanics might be called &#145;complementarity theory&#146;, in an analogy with &#145;relativity theory&#146;. And Peierls later claimed that &#145;when you refer to the Copenhagen interpretation of the mechanics what you really mean is quantum mechanics&#146; ... by the mid-1930s Bohr had been remarkably successful in establishing the Copenhagen view as the dominant philosophy of quantum mechanics.&#148; (H. Kragh, Quantum Generations, 1999, pp. 209-210).& & In: Nature, vol. 121, no. 3050, pp. 580- 590, April 14, 1928, the entire issue offered here in original wrappers, staples removed, light vertical crease to front wrapper, one advertisement page with an advert cut out. In all a very good copy in the rare wrappers. (The paper was published essentially simultaneously in German, Danish, English and French).

      [Bookseller: SOPHIA RARE BOOKS]
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        L&#39;Oeuvre Grave Et Lithographie De Felicien Rops

      Paris: Editions Pellet, 1928. First edition. Original Wraps. Orig. printed tan wrappers. Very good. 5 vols/No Dust Jacket. Rops, Felicien. 11193 entries. 32 x 25 cm. Limited edition, copy 442 of 500. The first volume traces much work from the beginning of his career when he found a satiric newspaper, "Ulenspielgel," his first drawings and lithographs were influenced by Daumier and Gavarni. The French art critic Rene Huyghe said that had Rops been a French native, he would have been as renowned in his lifetime as Daumier. Rops met Baudelaire toward the end of the poet&#39;s life in 1864, and created the frontispiece for Baudelaire&#39;s "Les Epaves," a selection of poems from "Les Fleurs du mal" censored in France, therefore printed in Belgium. Rops experimented with a distinctive printmaking technique called "soft varnish" which resulted in an image very close to drawing, finally mastering the technique after year of experimentation. He was closely associated with the literary movements of Symbolism and Decadence. FREITAG 8360. Clean, reasonably fresh copies, and includes the Supplementary plate volume. Partly unopened, minor soiling to a few covers.

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      Paris Marcel Seheur 1928. 18.9x25.4 cm., 298 pp., édition originale avec des gravures en couleurs et en n/b hors texte et dans le texte par Félicien Rops, préface de Pierre Mac Orlan, relié demi-maroquin rouge à coins, signée par Laurent Peeters - Anvers. Filet doré cernant les plats de pap., dos à 5 nerfs et finnement fleuronnés dorés (décor floral), tête dorée, couverture imprimée d&#39;éditeur.

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        Smoky. The Cowhorse

      New York: Charles Scribner&#39;s Sons 1928, reprint. (Hardcover) xi, 310pp. Very good in poor dust jacket. Octavo. White and grey patterned cloth with black lettering on spine and black lettering and decoration on front cover. Mild bumping to ends of spine and corners with light creaing to spine. Previous owner&#39;s (Rosemary Lick&#39;s) decorative bookplate is affixed to front pastedown. A light stain to the bottom of front endpapers. B.W illustrations throughout. Clean, tight text block with light discolouration to outer edge and long outer edge roughly trimmed. Only the front half of the dust jacket remains, in poor condition with much chipping around edges and some creases. A nice signed copy. Inscribed by Will James "to Rosemary" in 1931. Frazier 16. Will James (June 6, 1892 - September 3, 1942) was an artist and writer of the American West. Illustrated by the author..

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        The New Map of the World

      New York.: Washington Square Book Shop.. 1928.. Color lithographic pictorial map poster, sheet size 31 1/2 x 36 inches. Professionally mounted on linen to stunning effect, minimising original wear (light wear along original folds, little paper loss at two fold intersections now filled and inpainted, couple of tears in image, light wear at sheet edges). Very good condition. A scarce and stunning Art Deco world map, with the "possessions" of ten countries shown in different colors). The cartouche depicts a futuristic city, under the image of an antique printing machine. Above the double hemisphere world map (which is embellished with sea monsters, sailing vessels and images of more recent pivotal events such as Amundsen&#39;s 1911 discovery of the South Pole) are images of ancient civilizations. Beneath the hemispheres to the left are scenes from American history; to the right battles from European history. .

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        Werther. Figures d' Auguste Leroux. Quinze Compositions De Brunelleschi, Gravées Sur Cuivre Par Feltesse. Quinze Compositions De Mahias, Gravées Sur Cuivre Par Raoul Serres.

      Javal et Bourdeaux, Paris 1928 - XXVIII - 141pp. y 16 excelentes láminas, grabados originales al cobre coloreados a mano en acuarela. Todo en muy buen papel de hilo. Y en el segundo volumen, 3 "suites" de 16 láminas cada una, en azul, en negro y en sanguina. Y las 3 láminas para la tricomía. Más 15 composiciones de Brunelleschi, en grabados originales de Feltesse. Un total de 45 láminas en papel Japón Imperial, 15 coloreadas a mano con acuarela, 15 en azul y 15 en sanguina. Y sigue: 15 composiciones de Mahias, en grabados originales de Raoul Serres. Un total de 45 láminas sobre papel Annam, 15 coloreadas a mano con acuarela, 15 en azul y 15 en sanguina. Edición de solo 50 ejemplares. Nuestro ejemplar, excepcionalmente, con una acuarela, a parte, original de Auguste Leroux, firmada. Y una de las planchas originales de cobre. Magnífica encuadernación a plena piel, muy decorada. Lomeras con tejuelos y nervios. Cantos fileteados. Guardas en seda y enmarcadas en piel. Cortes superiores al oro. Bolsillos especiales en las guardas para la acuarela y el cobre. En el primer volumen ambas tapas tienen en mosaico pinturas originales sobre pergamino. Espectacular ejemplar. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Pépa Bonafé

      Paris: Marcel Picard. No Binding. Very Good. 1928 COLOR LITHOGRAPH, one of Carlu&#39;s most celebrated posters. A classic Art Deco poster, showing cubist influences, by Jean Carlu, one of the early twentieth-century&#39;s preeminent poster designers. On his famous image of the comedienne Pépa Bonafé, Carlu explained: "The Pépa Bonafé agent asked me to create a poster but I was not, like Loupot, a posterist of women. I did not feel comfortable. However, by stylizing her profile, I immediately caught the resemblance. Pépa Bonafé did not look her best, but she understood that this poster on walls would be excellent publicity... I combined curves and straight lines so that I could associate the mask of joy with the mask of sadness." Paris: Marcel Picard, 1928. 22 ½ x14 ¾ in, 570x370mm. Linen backed. Clean folds, otherwise fine.

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        Les Joyaux de l&#39;Enluminure à la Bibliothèque Nationale. Avec un Avant-propos du Comte A. de Laborde

      Paris & Bruxelles,: G. Van Oest,, 1928.. [ii, blank], xii, 134, [ii] pp. Folio (27,5 x 36,5 cm.). Contemporary half green grained morocco; spine with 5 raised bands, gilt lettered, in compartments gilt decorated with floral motive; hand made marbled boards and marbled end-papers; top edges gilt; original printed wrapper bound in; preserved in a matching slipcase. With a coloured frontispice and one coloured plate (in chromolithography), and 100 fine plates in helio-engraving. Title printed in red and black. ¶ Henry Martin&#39;s last work. A superb, and finely bound large paper copy, being one of the 25 copies printed on "papier d&#39;Arches à la cuve". There are only a few copies with the second coloured plate. Including a bibliography of Henry Martin&#39;s publications. A very fine faultless &#39;de luxe&#39; copy.

      [Bookseller: Sylco bvba livres anciens - antiquarian ]
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        The Secret Trail A Jimmie Rezaire Story

      London, Methuen 1928, 1928. A Secret Service thriller. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp256. Publisher&#39;s hardcover in dustwrapper. A very good copy with owner name, loss to jacket at base of spine affecting imprint, faded beneath at same, one or two other minor nicks or tears (one taped at rear) spine sunned. A most presentable copy of a scarce spy novel, published in the same year as Somerset Maugham&#39;s Ashenden. Anthony Armstrong was the &#39;A.A.&#39; of Punch Magazine. HUBIN; Crime Fiction IV p.59.

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      1928. Very Good. NORRIS, Frank. THE COLLECTED WORKS. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran, 1928. The Argonaut Manuscript Edition, 1/245 numbered sets, With an "Original Manuscript Page from McTeague [chapter 14] by Frank Norris" in the publisher envelope. Complete in 10 octavo volumes, with portrait frontispiece. The spines are uniformly sunned and there are a few nicks along the edges overall a very good set in white paper boards that have a occasional foxing and light soil stamped in gilt, sides with orange paper bands and corners, t.e.g. This is the best collected edition of Frank Norris.

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        The Argonaut Manuscript Edition of the Writings of Frank Norris

      Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1928. Spines a little browned, a few with some spattering of brown spots, occasional light rubbing of edges, and dust soiling, bookplate a fine set. Octavo.

      [Bookseller: Randall House Rare Books]
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        Storia dei pittori italiani dell&#39;Ottocento. Vol.I: Introduzione generale

      Milano,: L&#39;Esame" Edizioni d&#39;Arte Moderna, 1928,. (Edizione unica in 1000 esemplari numerata in num.arabi). 2,5,pp.660,630, 641 39 tricromiesu tavv.a col.ft. t.pelle, nervi ai dorsi, taglio oro.(esemplare in

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        Malleus Maleficarum. Translated with an Introduction, Bibliography and Notes by the Rev. Montague Summers.

      London: John Rodker, 1928.. FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION. Limited edition of 1275 copies, this copy number 1270, printed on specially made Dutch paper. Large octavo pp. xlv, 278. Finely bound in recent half red morocco leather, retaining original buckram cloth boards with Papal gilt stamp to upper, raised bands with gilt titles and cross centres to spine. Top edge gilt, others trimmed, black endpapers. Title page printed in red and black, text in double columns. Frontispiece portrait of Pope Innocent VIII. An excellent copy of the first title in Rodker's 'The Church and Witchcraft' series and the first translation into English of this notorious witch hunter's handbook, originally published in 1487. Coumont [I4.40]; d'Arch Smith [B16]

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        Amtliches Lehrgedicht der philosophischen Fakulät der Haupt-und-Staats-Universitüt Muri

      Muri: at the University,, 1928. [The Unofficial Didactic Poems of the Philosophy Department of the Great State University at Muri.] Perfect bound with black yarn. White wrappers printed in black. Each leaf is a doubled-over sheet. Housed in a black cloth solander box. Wrappers browned, upper wrapper rubbed and a little creased, dampstain to the lower edges and the top corner of the upper wrapper, contents toned. A very good copy. Second edition, one of a limited edition of 250 numbered copies published on 10 March 1928. The first edition was produced in only one copy on 15 July 1918. The book is dedicated to "Walter Benjamin Rektor der Universität Muri", and although his name does not appear here as an author, it has been established that he and Scholem co-wrote the book. The text is a satirical ABC of philosophy, for instance, "From Plato one learns early on / As the psychologists are taught / That the phenomenologists are / But a love child of the Holy Spirit". In addition to being a rare glimpse of the humour of philosophers, the present work is a delicately ornamented alphabet book that is rarely found in even this condition.

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      1928. Good. EAST ASIA - PHOTOGRAPHY - 20TH CENTURY. FULLER, Raymond, photographer? KOREA, CHINA, PHILIPPINES, SINGAPORE, TAIWAN, SHANGHAI, KHYBER PASS, 65 + PHOTOS PLUS POSTCARDS. Vernacular collection of 65 photographs, gelatin silver prints ranging from 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches to 8 x 10 inches, with some information written or affixed on the reverse of most prints. Photographer appears to be Raymond Fuller of White Plains, NY (later Winterton), and the locations include the Philippines (3), Singapore (2), Shanghai (1), China (21), the Khyber Pass (2), Taiwan - a portrait of a headhunter chieftain and household at Taihoku, undated - (1), Korea (17) plus 3 postcards, 20 unidentified prints, 2 other postcards. The image of Shanghai has a typed note affixed to the reverse indicating it is to accompany a book called "The Bund, Shanghai"; could not locate such a work illustrated by Mr. Fuller. Another photo is marked as illustrating "The City of Beautiful Names", also not found. Some images of China are dated 1919, 1931; some of Korea are dated 1928. Two of the 5 x 7 photos are tinted. Fuller&#39;s name appears on the reverse of many of the photos, but it is not certain if he is the photographer or the owner of the images. It would appear that Fuller authored a magazine article in 1928 in TRAVEL magazine entitled "How China Bears Her Burdens The Shoulders That Carry the New Burdens of Progress - Moving Freight in the World&#39;s Largest Nation - Human Porters & Contemporary Chaos" Some of the photos in this collection have lengthy notes on the back that address this very issue. The record indicates that he was also an amateur naturalist, birdwatcher and bird egg collector. The overall condition of the photos is quite good, as is their quality. An interesting group. A fascinating subject. The Korean and Chinese photos are remarkable.

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      Paris: Shakespeare and Co. 1928., 1928. Tenth Printing. 8vo. Bound in recent full light brown morocco leather titled in gilt to spine and front board. Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. Internally clean, minor spotting due to cheap (or at least rather odd) paper. An attractive and unusual binding on an early Paris edition of what many consider to be the most important novel ever written.

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        The Essayes or Counsels Civil and Morall

      London: The Cresset Press,, 1928. Folio. Original full vellum, titles to spine and upper board gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Printed in red and black. Housed in a red cloth slipcase and chemise. A few tiny spots to boards. An excellent copy. First edition thus, one of 250 copies on Batchelor paper out of a limited edition of 258 numbered copies.

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        Gambado on Horseback

      n.p, n.d, ca. 1928. Image 10 x 11 inches; matted and framed to 17 x 17 inches overall. Pen, crayon and watercolor illustration. . A preliminary study for the plate "The Dray Horse makes a Noble Hunter" for An Academy for Grown Horsemen, by "Geoffrey Gambado" (Sir William H. Bunbury), published by Wm. E. Rudge, Mt. Vernon, NY, 1929. Gordon Ross (1873-1946) was a prolific artist, working mostly in watercolor, from his early days in his native Scotland. As a book artist he tackled everything from Dickens to Shakespeare, including a number of titles for The Limited Editions Club. He is also noted for his sporting work, which included illustrations for The Derrydale Press, Surtees&#39;s Jorrocks Jaunts and Jolities, and several large prints of notable sportsmen, including Sir Thomas Lipton, Hugo Meynell, Peter Beckford, and Surtees himself. The eminent collector A. Edward Newton, who wrote the introduction to the Surtees edition, praised Ross in his book End Papers: "No one now living in Great Britain and doing work in his line can compare with Gordon Ross, now living in New York...He has no living superior; I doubt if he has his equal for the very quality needed to illustrate a humorous classic." A superb draftsman, with a gift for portraiture, Ross&#39;s work has an ingratiating quality of lively elegance; his originals very seldom come on the market

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      New York:: Henry Holt & Co.. (1928). First edition, first issue (one of an estimated 8400 copies without a first edition statement). INSCRIBED, "To Walter King Stone / 1932." Above his inscription, Frost has transcribed the poem "A Cloud Shadow," which did not make it&#39;s first book appearance in print until "A Witness Tree" in 1942. For the book publication, Frost changed the phrase herein, "a poem she thought there was on Spring," to "a poem there used to be on Spring." (We like the first version better.) Stone--a painter, and book and magazine illustrator of the period--sent Frost five paintings. In exchange, Frost inscribed five books with a poem. Copy of Frost&#39;s letter transmitting the five books is included, stating, in part, "I&#39;ve got these pictures up---and I don&#39;t see how you are going to get them back except by process of law or by appeal to something in me that may not exist." The book has minor wear on the corners, otherwise very good, lacking dust jacket. Stone&#39;s attractive bookplate on front pastedown and obituary notice for Frost pasted to rear pastedown.

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        Signing of the Declaration of Independence [A masterpiece in original silk weaving taken from the John Trumbull painting]. [WITH,] THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. A DECLARATION BY THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN GENERAL CONGRESS ASSEMBLED

      Lyons and San Francisco: Wullschleger & Co., Inc. and Taylor and Taylor, 1928 and 1918. The printing of the Declaration here offered with the silk rendering of the Trumbull painting of the signing, was printed by Taylor & Taylor in San Francisco in 1918. First issue of this rare woven silk rendering of John Trumbull&#146;s famous painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. A small number were issued and it is said that most were sent to U.S. Embassies around the world. A copy, framed and glazed, with trial samples was given to the Smithsonian Institution by Mr. Wullschleger and is noted in their report of 1956 (see below). First issue of the Taylor & Taylor printing of the Declaration of Independence. The silk rendering of the painting is 31 inches x 22 inches; the reproduced Declaration of Independence is 22 inches by 16.5 inches and is handsomely matted, the silk is handsomely presented within an antique wooden frame, glazed. The frame similar to the frame described by the Smithsonian Institution in 1956 when Arthur E. Wullschleger gifted his specimen of the weaving (and the loom it was produced on) to the Institution. A very fine copy of each item, beautifully preserved and very rare thus. RARE FIRST ISSUE OF THE FIRST RENDERING INTO SILK, OF THE ICONIC PAINTING BY JOHN TRUMBULL OF THE SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE OFFERED WITH A FINE PRINTING OF THE DECLARATION DONE BY TAYLOR & TAYLOR IN 1918. &#145;This painting, since it&#146;s presentation to the public within the rotunda of the US Capitol, has served as the most popular depiction of that great event in American history. The painting has appeared over the years in numerous printed renditions and was used as an engraving on the U.S. two-dollar bill. The silk rendering is a masteriece of platinum and black metallic silks from the looms of Wullschleger in Lyons, and was designed by A. Travard and woven by Mary Katherine Godard. Copies are housed in a number of collections around the world. Wullschleger was a Swiss emigrant resident of New York and a textile industry entrepreneur. He maintained offices in both New York City and in Lyons, France. He commissioned the creation of this superb Jacquard woven rendition of the original Trumbull painting to honour the firms years in business. And it would rquire the construction of a special building furnished with six Verol Jacquard pattern shedding mechanisms and a continuous three year work effort before completing the project in 1928. It is said, that at the time, patterns of the &#145;Declaration&#146; would be produced as presentation gifts for friends and colleagues in the silk industry and to each American embassy around the world. An example is held by the Smithsonian Institution along with the actual loom that it was woven on.&#146; Surviving examples are presumed to be held in private or institutional collections, and the work is very rare in open marketplace. Concerning the copy in the Smithsonian Institution, note the folllowing from: The United States National Museum Annual Report for the Year Ended June 30, 1956: &#147;Significant specimen donated by Arthur E. Wullschleger is a woven-silk reproduction of Trumbull&#39;s famous painting "The Signing of the Declaration of Independence," made under Mr. Wullschleger&#39;s personal direction by a number of the most skilled weavers in the French silk industry in Lyons. The gift comprises the framed silk Jacquard picture, an excellent example of this type of weaving, and trial samples which preceded the completed picture. &#147; &#147;Lyons had long been a center for production of silk. In 1466 King Louis XI decided to develop a national silk industry in Lyon. In the face of protests by the Lyonnais, he conceded and moved the silk fabrication to Tours, but the industry in Tours stayed relatively marginal. His main objective was to reduce France&#39;s trade deficit with Italy, which caused France to lose 400,000 to 500,000 golden écus a year.[32] It was under Francis I in around 1535 that a royal charter was granted to two merchants, Étienne Turquet and Barthélemy Naris, to develop a silk trade in Lyon. In 1540 the king granted a monopoly on silk production to the city of Lyon. Starting in the 16th century Lyon became the capital of the European silk trade, notably producing many reputable fashions.[33] Gaining confidence, the silks produced in the city little by little began to abandon the original oriental styles and moved towards their own distinctive style, with an emphasis on landscapes. Thousand of workers, the canuts, devoted themselves to the flourishing industry. In the middle of the 17th century over 14,000 looms were in use in Lyon, and the silk industry fed a third of the city&#39;s population. Joseph-Marie Jacquard improved on the designs of Falcon and Vaucanson, introducing the revolutionary Jacquard loom, which allowed a string of punched cards to be processed mechanically in the correct sequence. The punched cards of the Jacquard loom were a direct precursor to the modern computer, in that they gave a (limited) form of programmability. Punched cards themselves were carried over to computers, and were ubiquitous until their obsolescence in the 1970s. The loom was declared public property in 1806, and Jacquard was rewarded with a pension and a royalty on each machine. The Taylor and Taylor printing of THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE has long been considered one of the most beautiful modern presentations and is beautifully formatted in an especially large elephant folio printing.

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      New York: Crosby Gaige, 1928.. Gilt cloth, t.e.g. Trace of faint rubbing at toe of spine, light, neat pencil acquisition note on free endsheet (dated 1929), otherwise a fine copy in custom cloth-covered slipcase. First edition in book form. One of 800 numbered copies, signed by the author, from a total edition of 850. The first owner notes this copy was acquired when "tempted by this at Random House - succumbed!" Random House distributed a portion of the edition. SLOCUM & CAHOON A32.

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        Le Grand Silence Blanc (Roman vécu d&#39;Alaska)

      [Paris]: Éditions Mornay, 1928. Small quarto. (9 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches). Half- title, title and limitation notice printed in brown and black, both within hand-applied borders, the title with a vignette illustration coloured by hand using the pochoir process. 22 half-page illustrations, 19 decorated initials, numerous head- and tail-pieces and ocasional decorations, all after Gagnon, all hand coloured using the pochoir process. Near- contemporary red half morocco by Roger Devauchelle, the flat spine with an overall semi-abstract design made up from chevrons tooled in gilt and blind and gilt lettering, original upper and lower paper wrappers bound in, top edge gilt. Limited edition of 725 copies, this number 440 of 650 copies on Rives paper: a finely bound copy of this important work of Canadian Modern Art A very fine copy of this beautifully-bound work with evocative illustrations from the important Canadian artist Clarence Gagnon. &#39;Le Grand Silence Blanc&#39; is Rouquette&#39;s best-known and most popular novel: first published in 1921, its success ensured that it was much reprinted in both France and Canada and that an English translation was also produced. Of all the published editions, the present limited edition illustrated by Gagnon is the most sought after. The present copy has the distinct advantage of having been bound by one of the best French binders of his generation. The novel takes the form of a series of episodic chapters, each describing events and people encountered by the author on his journey through the Klondike and Alaska during the Goldrush. The work estabishes a strong sense of time and place, and is rich in memorable characters: the wife of the Mountie; a Chinese trader, an Inuit, an Italian pianist, and adventurer and most importantly Tempest, the husky dog to whom the work is dedicated. The illustrations and decorations form a harmonious whole with the text and include some of Gagnon&#39;s best illustrative work. Clarence Gagnon was a painter, illustrator and etcher and is now recognised as one of the major figures in the development of Canadian modern art. The strong colours found in his later large scale original works are echoed in the jewel-like miniature images in the present work: his palette is able to make the best possible use of the vibrant colours achieveable using the pochoir process. Born in Montreal in 1881, Gagnon first studied art at the Art Association of Montreal, starting at the age of 16. By 1904, he was in Paris where he lived and worked, studying briefly at the Academie Julian under Jean-Paul Laurens, and absorbing the French Impressionists love of pure colours. "Back in Canada in 1909, he lived near Montreal in Baie-Saint-Paul, which, in the Charlevois region, became one of his favorite painting locations ... He became an associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1910 and a full member in 1922. From 1911 to 1914 he was variously in Canada, France and Norway, working from sketches begun in Quebec. His subjects included French-Canadian life and anecdotal scenes ... He abandoned etching for landscape painting, and in addition to scenes of Quebec did village scenes and landscapes in France. In 1913, he exhibited scenes of Canada at the Galerie Reitlinger in Paris. Gagnon lived in Paris from 1924 to 1936, where he illustrated Louis Hemon&#39;s story of Canadian frontier life, Marie Chapdelaine, and L. F. Rouquette&#39;s Le Grand Silence Blanc... In 1936, Clarence Gagnon stopped painting, and then devoted himself to the establishment of Ile d&#39;Orléans, a national historical park inspired by ones he had seen in Scandinavia." (Clarence Gagnon, 1881-1942, in American Art Review, December 2006, p. 134-137). Cf. J. Russell Harper Painting In Canada [1966] p.463

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        Furniture Treasury (Mostly of American Origin)

      Framingham, Massachusetts: Old American Company, 1928. In three volumes, each volume signed by Nutting. All periods of American furniture with some foreign examples in America also American hardware and household utensils. Volume III 1933. Being a record of designers, details of designs and structure, with lists of clock makers in America, and a glossary of furniture terms, richly illustrated. Five thousand illustrations with descriptions on the same page. (Ref. #ACC-G128).. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine. Illus. by Donnelly, Ernest John. 8-1/2" x 11" Tall. Collectibles.

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        A Treatise on Mensuration, both in Theory and Practice

      4to, period calf, rebacked preserving original spine strip, raised bands, recent morocco label in period style, illustrated, xxvi, 646, [2] pp. Some wear to covers, slight browning and aging, small sketch on front cover, some notes on subscriber page, signature on front pastedown and end paper; else very good. Perhaps one of the most significant features of this book is that this was Thomas Bewick?s first illustrating assignment. All the diagrams illustrating this work are his handy work. Bewick was an apprentice when he took on the job of illustrating this book, which would help him perfect his technique at wood engraving. This would be the first step in a long career as a book illustrator. The book is signed by C. Pope and Samuel B. Pope, and there is an inscription on the first page of subscribers, dated 1928, that states ?This book is undoubtedly belonged to Christopher Pope of Bristol, who built the blast furnace in Tynycoitre Machen...?

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        The Scarlet Pimpernel [with Inscribed Photo/postcard]

      London: Hodder & Stoughton, n.d. Red cloth stamped in blind, black spine titles. Pp. 320, 8 illustrations. Inscribed and dated on the half-title to the English bookseller, lecturer, broadcaster and author, Frederick Bason: "With kind wishes from the author. Emmuska Orczy, May 18th, 1928." Also included is a loosely inserted photograph [geletin-silver?], with a postcard layout on the verso, and inscribed: "To Frederick Bason, With best wishes, yours sincerely, Emmuska Orczy." Four 2 cm. diagonal slits to front free endpaper now repaired, offsetting to rear endpaper. The primarily yellow dust jacket has darkened at the spine and lower panel, and has a few small nicks at head, tail and corner tips. Mr. Bason has written on the spine in very tiny letters: "Autographed Copy Presented by the Authoress to me. May 1928. Overall, a very nice, collectible copy. . Inscirbed By Author. Association Copy. Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. Small 8vo..

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        The Money Game, How to Play It, a New Instrument of Economic Education ; the First &#39;section&#39; is Textual Outlining the Historic Economic Theories the Game Relates to and Draws Attention To. the Game Itself is Contained in a White Pastedbo

      London ; Toronto : J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1928. 1st Edition. Description: 168 p. ; 22 cm. Angell was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1933. Subjects: Money --Games --Commerce --Economics. Due to the nature of the publication and the popular game bound with it, copies in such good, museum quality condition, are highly uncommon. True first editions are similarly scarce; with six inner trays holding cards and notes Publisher&#39;s navy cloth, fine. Spine brightly gilt titled and with an attractive &#39;dollar&#39; motif in gilt to the front board. A particularly well preserved copy. Complete with 8 pages of press opinions to the front.

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        Marching Spain

      London: Ernest Benn Limited,, 1928. Octavo. Original orange cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Frontispiece and 7 plates. Some light pencil underlining to contents. Lightly rubbed, spotting to edges and partial tanning to endpapers. A very good copy in the lightly rubbed, tanned and foxed jacket with a chip from the head of the spine panel. First edition, first impression the author&#39;s first book. Inscribed by the author on the title page "VS Pritchett, my first book".

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        THE LIVES OF THE NOBLE GRECIANS AND ROMANES. Compared Together by that Grave Learned Philosopher & Historiographer, Plutarke of Ch?ronea: Translated out of Greeke into French by James Aymot,Abbot of Bellozane,Bishop of Auxerre,one of the King

      Printed at The Shakespeare Head Press, Stratford Upon Avon for Houghton Mifflin Company. Boston and New York.,1928 EIGHT VOLUMES. Large 8vo.(9.3 x 6.5 inches). LIMITED EDITION. Number 125 of 500 sets published for America. Mono frontis,with printed tissue guard, in each volume. The text decorated with Lowinsky's engraved head and tail pieces. Finely bound in contemporary half burgundy morocco by the Riverside Press. Spines with raised bands, ruled in blind. Compartments ruled, decorated and lettered in gilt.Light red cloth on boards. Top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Some rubbing and cracking to the surface leather on the hinges of the first volume, but still holding firm and without and spliting to the main leather of the binding, but still an attractive set of early fine quality leather bindings on this beautifully produced edition. Overall a lovely set.:.

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        Malleus Maleficarum. Translated with an Introduction, Bibliography and Notes by the Rev. Montague Summers.

      London: John Rodker, 1928.. FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION. Limited edition being 102 of 1275 copies, printed on specially made Dutch paper. Large octavo (300 x 190mm) pp. xlv, 278. Publisher's red parchment spine with light brown buckram boards. Titles in gilt to spine and Papal insignia in gilt to upper. Edges untrimmed with plain endpapers. Original pale cream dust jacket with titles and blurb printed in blue to upper in the shape of a vase or urn. Frontispiece portrait of Pope Innocent VIII, title page printed in red and black. Text in double columns. A little bumping to the head and foot of the fragile parchment spine, but essentially a fine copy with clean pages. The uncommon dust jacket has had some professional restoration, very sympathetically undertaken using Japanese tissue and careful colouring. An excellent copy of the first title in Rodker's 'The Church and Witchcraft' series and the first translation into English of this notorious witch hunter's handbook, first published in 1487. Coumont [I4.40]; d'Arch Smith [B16]

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        Die Deutsche Währung 1914-1923 : Kulturgeschichte in amtlichen deutschen Reichsbanknoten.,

      Berlin : Album-Verl. Julius Hirsch [um 1928]. - Ecken, Kanten und Deckel berieben, Rücken teils aufgeplatzt (vorderes Gelenk etwa 2,5cm, hinteres Gelenk etwa 5cm), erste und letzte Seite mit Eigentümerstempel eines Vorbesitzers, Seiten teilweise mit leichten Randläsuren, eine mit kleinem Einriss. Mit insgesamt 75 aufgeklebten Banknoten und der ersten Rentenpfennigmarke und beschreibenden Texten. Vorkriegsscheine, Darlehensscheine, Reichsbanknoten mit zum Teil unterschiedlichen Wasserzeichen, eine Rentenpfennigmarke, Original-Staatsanleiheschuld des Deutschen Reiches (Schatzanweisung). Äußerst seltenes Werk. GR061 Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 1200 40 Blatt mit aufgeklebten Banknoten. 30,5*26,5 cm. OHalbleinenalbum mit Schraubenbindung, beide Deckel mit geprägtem Leder überzogen, vorderer Deckel mit goldgeprägtem Reichsadler. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Flygares-Carlens Basta [complete in 24 volumes - Language: Swedish]

      Stockholm : Ahlen & Aklerlunds Verlag [1928-1930] - Description: 24v. frontis (port.) ; 19cm. Summary: 24-volume collection of works by Emilie Flygare-Carlen. Subjects: Swedish fiction -- Swedish literature. Sweden -- Novels -- 19th century. Contents: vol. 1-2, Rosen pa Tistelon : berattelse fran vastra skargarden. --vol. 3-4, En natt vid Bullarsjon. --vol. 5-7, Ett kopmanshus i skargarden. -- vol. 8-9, Ett ar. --vol. 10-12, Enslingen pa Johannisskaret : kustroman. --vol. 13-14, Kyrkoinvigningen i Hammarby. --vol. 15-16, En nyckfull kvinna. --vol. 17-19, Jungfrutornet. --vol. 20, Skjutsgossen : romantiserad berattelse. --vol. 21, Pal Varning : en skargardsynglings aventyr. --vol. 22, Kamrer Lassman. -- vol. 23-24, Fideikommisset. Near fine copies in original cloth. Gilt-blocked labels and tooling to spines. Gilt titles and gilt-stamped motif to the front panel of each volume, with gilt single-line borders. Some light surface staining to boards of vols. 1, 6 and 7. Slightest suggestion only of dust-dulling to the spine bands and panel edges. Previous owner's signature to front free endpapers. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. 10 Kg. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      - Edited with a memoir by Sir Edmund Gosse and decorated by The Dance of Death of Hans Holbein. In two volumes. Pp. [ii]+xxxvi+258(last blank)+590, frontispiece portrait (lightly offset), decorated title pages & headpieces; roy. 8vo; qr. black buckram, printed label on spines (slightly discoloured, edges a trifle chipped), patterned papered boards, corners lightly worn; uncut; free endpapers offset, a little light foxing; Fanfrolico Press, London, 1928. Edition limited to 750 numbered sets. Arnold 23ii. Ransom 17. *With the original 4pp. prospectus (slightly soiled and creased, with bookseller's ink stamp on first page) loosely inserted. Contains Beddoes' letters, as well as his complete poetry and plays. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        [The Woburn Books:]

      London: Elkin Mathews & Marrot,, 1928-9. The Sword of Wood, G. K. Chesterton; The Dewpond, T. F. Powys; A Wedding Morn, Sheila Kaye-Smith; Portrait of the Misses Harlowe, Martin Armstrong; The Apple Disdained, R. H. Mottram; The Man Who Missed the Bus, Stella Benson; Rawdon&#39;s Roof, D. H. Lawrence; The Old Dovecote, David Garnett; The Male Impersonator, E. F. Benson; Alice and the Lost Novel, Sherwood Anderson; Full Circle, Algernon Blackwood; The Linhay on the Downs, Henry Williamson; Fame, May Sinclair; The Goldfish Under the Ice, Christopher Morley; A Ghost in the Isle of Wight, Shane Leslie; The Shout, Robert Graves; Triall by Armes, Joseph Hergesheimer; Some World Far From Ours, Sylvia Townsend Warner. 18 volumes, octavo. Original varicoloured paper covered boards, each printed with titles and designs in complementing colours, with matching endpapers and dust jackets, and printed on untrimmed rag paper leaves. Some minor rubbing and darkening to the edges of boards, and partial tanning to the endpapers, but a superb set in excellent condition, in the lightly rubbed jackets with the occasional mark and a few tanned spines. A complete first edition set of the Woburn Books series, each one of 500 numbered trade copies signed by the author. The Woburn Books are uncommon thus complete and with the jackets; E. F. Benson&#39;s The Male Impersonator being particularly elusive.

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        Drums [N. C. Wyeth, Ltd. Signed]

      New York: Charles Scribner&#39;s Sons, 1928. First edition. Special Deluxe Edition, Limited to 525 Copies (#273), Signed by both James Boyd (author) and N.C. Wyeth on limitation page. Original orange gilt cloth with color pictorial pastedown on front cover. 14 full-page color plates, pictorial endpapers by N.C. Wyeth. This edition has seven pages of letters between Boyd and Wyeth in facsimile concerning the production of the book. Near fine coy of a scarce Wyeth title.

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        The Works Of Pierre Loti

      30 - London - T. Werner Laurie Ltd., 1928 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A smart collection of works from French novelist and naval officer, in their original unclipped dustwrappers. Uniform Library Edition. Collection includes The Marriage of Loti. (Rarahu) first reprint of the first edition, translated by Clara Bell. India fifth reprint of the first edition, translated from the French by George A. F. Inman, and edited by Robert Harborough Sherard. Egypt. (La Mort de Philae) first edition, translated by W. P. Baines. Madame Prune. (La Troisieme Jeunesse de Madame Prune fourth reprint of the first edition, translated by S. R. C. Plimsoll. The Sahara first reprint of the first edition, translated by Marjorie Laurie. Constantinople. (Aziyade) first edition,translated by Marjorie Laurie. Siam, third edition, translated by W. P. Bains. A Tale of the Pyrenees. (Ramuntcho)first edition, translatedby W. P. Baines. A Tale of Brittany. (Mon Frere Yves) first edition, translated by W. P. Baines. Jerusalem first reprint of the first edition,translated by W. P. Baines. The Iceland Fisherman. (Pecheur D&#39;Islande first edition, translated by W. P. Baines. Morocco. (Au Maroc)third edition, translated by W. P. Baines. Lastly a first edition of the biographical account Pierre Loti, the Romance of a Great Writer by Edmund B. D&#39;Auvergne. Each volume features a coloured frontispiece. At his best Pierre Loti was unquestionably the finest descriptive writer of the day. In the delicate exactitude with which he reproduced the impression given to his own alert nerves by unfamiliar forms, colours, sounds and perfumes, he was without a rival. But he was not satisfied with this exterior charm; he desired to blend with it a moral sensibility of the extremest refinement, at once sensual and ethereal. Many of his best books are long sobs of remorseful memory, so personal, so intimate, that an English reader is amazed to find such depth of feeling compatible with the power of minutely and publicly recording what is felt. Pierre Loti remains, in the mechanism of style and cadence, one of the most original and most perfect French writers of the second half of the 19th century. Thirteen volumes of the original fourteen, with only Japan. (Madame Chrysantheme) absent. With Ramsden bookplates to the front pastedown of each volume. Condition: In original cloth bindings with original unclipped dustwrappers. Externally, dustwrappers are sound, with light chipping to extremities, and fading to the spines. One volume has a repair to the spine. Cloth is smart, with very light rubbing to extremities. Internally, firmly bound, bright and clean throughout, aside from some very light off-setting to the endpapers. Overall: NEAR FINE with VERY GOOD INDEEDdustwrappers..

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        The Tower

      London: Macmillan, 1928. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Fine/Fine. Superb First Impression (one of only 2000 copies) of this cornerstone of the Modern Movement, "a peak in English poetry" (Connolly), "the summit of Yeats&#39;s creative achievement. He thought it the best book he had written, and he was right." (ODNB), Small 8vo: vi,110,[2, ads]pp. Publisher&#39;s olive-green cloth, spine and upper cover lettered and elaborately decorated in gilt with one of Thomas Sturge Moore&#39;s most beautiful cover engravings, depicting Ballylee and its reflection; all edges untrimmed; sea-green pictorial dust jacket printed in black, repeating Moore&#39;s cover design and priced 6/-. A very Fine, bright copy, apparently unread, in a virtually flawless jacket marred only by several faint tape ghosts unseen on the verso. Connolly 56a. Wade 158. & The Tower opens with a meditation on aging or, more specifically, on how to escape it. In "Sailing to Byzantium," the poet dreams of leaving Ireland, "no country for old men," to be reincarnated as a singing mechanical bird in a Byzantine court. In "The Tower," Yeats laments his lost love for Maude Gonne, "a strikingly beautiful former débutante, with the height and presence of a Valkyrie" (ONDB), and ruminates on reconciling his youthful spirit with his aging body. The collection also contains his two great sequences on history and violence, &#145;Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen,&#39; inspired by the Bolshevik Revolution, and &#145;Meditations in Time of Civil War,&#39; an account of the chaos that gripped Ireland from 1922 to 1923. The tower of the title was Thoor Ballylee, in County Galway, near Coole, in which Yeats and his family lived during the 1920s, when they weren&#39;t in their Dublin townhouse. This sixteenth-century Norman castle consisted of four floors with just one room on each, connected by a spiral stone stairway built into the seven-foot thickness of the massive outer wall. Each floor had a window overlooking the river which flowed alongside. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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      Privately Printed. Florence, Italy. 1928. FIRST EDITION. LIMITED EDITION. 8vo. (9.1 x 6.6 inches). One of 1000 numbered copies, signed by Lawrence. A bright and clean copy internally with a small previous owners bookplate on the front paste down endpaper. In the original mulberry coloured paper covered boards with white printed paper label to the spine and black Phoenix design on the front board. The label is a little rubbed and darkened and a small piece of the top corner, not affecting the lettering, has come away and been re-glued in place. One small split, without loss, to the bottom 1.5 inches of the front hinge and some minor rubbing to the edges but overall a very good copy of this important book. Printed at the Tipografia Giuntina in Florence for Lawrence, and at his own expense, the book was offered for sale in the spring of 1928 for the price of Two Pounds. The fears of Police raids and the imminent suppression of the book in both England and America saw Lawrence selling the last copies for Four pounds by December that year and ordering another edition, of only 200 copies on common paper, from the printers. The literary merits of Lawrence's novel have been the subject of much debate but, like it or not, the book proved to be a hugely important work in the battle against censorship.

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