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Diary Abroad in 1889 March-September : A tour in England

Diary Abroad in 1889 March-September : A tour in England, France, Spain, Morocco, Algeria,, Tunis, Malta, Sicily, Italy, The Tyrol, Bavaria, and Germany [ Cover title Diary Abroad MDCCCLXXXIX ] WITH letter laid in

Lawton, Grace R. ; Lawton, Harriet M. First Edition. Very irregular pagination, especially in the front matter. Last page numbered 288. The many plates are in addition to pagination. Apparently complete, with no obvious missing material. 9 1/2 x 12 inches. 1/4 cloth over thin paper covered boards with printed illustration on front. Front "board" repaired, endpaper folds reinforced (we suspect this is needed on every copy found given the poor choices for the covers). Also laid in is a letter from J. F. P. Lawton, Secretary of Gorham Mfg Co Solversmiths, Providence, R.I., to "Friend Charlie" noting among other matters the difficulty with getting the book produced, and also the locations where notices had appeared. Finally, Lawton notes to Charlie that after Prentiss (publisher at "The Jeweler" in Chicago) reviews this copy for a notice of publication, that Charlie and his family "as special friends" will get to keep this copy. Letter folded as if for mailing, with several archival tape reinforcements to folds. Boards. In the December 1889 "Preface explanatory" the Lawtons note that Donald Ramsay, the manager of the Heliotype Printing Co. of Boston had charge of the reproduction of the handwritten text, re-done based on the traveller's weekly installments "with ink specially adapted to the process" and "with the additions of such quotations from eminent poetical and prose wroters as would add interest to the work." They further note that the method of reproduction is technically called "direct-transfer (a form of photo-lithography)" and note that the full-plate gelatin prints specifically termed "heliotypes" were excellent examples of "that superb method of illustration". We assume that Harriet and Grace Lawton are likely children of J.F.P. Lawton and his wife but have been unable to confirm this. Rare, with only two copies in OCLC (Providence Athenaeum and University of Delaware). The Providence Athenaeum Travel and Exploration catalogue (Cook: 1988) notes their copy was a gift of J.F.P. Lawton, and that there were only 50 copies produced.

The LIBRARY of HEALTH, and Teacher on the Human Constitution . Vol I.

Alcott, Wm. A. (editor) [ William Alexander Andrus ] First Edition. 384 pages. 8vo. (5 x 7 1/4 inches). Publisher's thin cloth covered boards, with blind-stamped decorations and gilt stamped spine. Minor wear to the extremities, a sound clean copy with mild foxing throughout. Very occasional illustration. The first volume of what appears to be an eventual six volumes of this periodical which ran from 1837-1842. Although a periodical (and self-referred as such throughout), there are no separate mastheads or wrappers in this volume, just 12 "issues" with pages headed "Library of Health" and continuous pagination throughout. On one such page there is evidence of what may have been original wrappers removed (page 41). In addition to the twelve "issues", there is a volume title leaf, advertisement leaf, and 2 leaves of the table of contents, all integral to the pagination. Cloth. In the "Prospective Remarks" (pg. 9-) note that the work was begun as an experiment, "entirely at the risk of the editor" and later "The experiment has now been carried on for two years; with how much or how little ability, it is for others to decide. It is sufficient perhaps for us to say that from a single subscriber, the number has increased to nearly two thousand ; and this, too, without special effort - we mean by the usual means of travelling agents." The content we might refer to as popular medicine, but often drawn from good sources. It also provides localized "news" of what is happening in the Boston area. The editor Alcott was well known and educated. "William Andrus Alcott (August 6, 1798 - March 29, 1859), also known as William Alexander Alcott, was an American educator, educational reformer, physician, and author of 108 books. His works, which include a wide range of topics including educational reform, physical education, school house design, family life, and diet, are still widely cited today." (wikipedia).
The Characters

The Characters, or the Manners of the Age . Made English by several hands. With the Characters of Theophrastus, translated from the Greek. And a prefatory discourse to them, by Monsieur de la Bruyere. To which is added, a Key to his Characters

De la Bruyere, Monsier [1-title page], [1-blank], [12], 1-288, 291-451, [1-blank] + [1-special theophrastus title page dated 1698],[1-blank], [28], [5]-45, [1-blank], [2-contents] pages. Signatures: A-2K^8 2L^8(-L7-8) 8vo. Page misnumberings: 64 as 62, 201 as 021, and 265 as 2. Complete despite pagination irregularities. Some marginal worming in the second section (Theophrastus) affecting a few letters. Recent rebinding with 1/4 faux leather spine over brown cloth with new plain brown endpapers. All edges gilt. Gilt and red leather spine label. Separate title page for Theophrastus (leaf 2G2r) is dated 1698. The contents page for both parts is bound at rear in this example. Occasionally a signature or leaf is more browned than adjacent paper. Cloth. Monsier De La Bruyere (16 August 1645 - 11 May 1696) was a French philosopher and moralist, who was noted for his satire. The Characters is De la Bruyere's best known work, one which earned him many friends and enemies. "The plan of the book is thoroughly original, if that term may be accorded to a novel, and skillful combination of elements exists in it. The treatise of Theophrastus may have furnished the concept, but it gave little more. With the ethical generalizations and social Dutch paintings accompanying his original, La Bruyère combined the peculiarities of the Montaigne Essais, of the Pensées, and Maximes of which Pascal and La Rochefoucauld are the masters respectively, and lastly of that peculiar seventeenth century product, the "portrait" or elaborate literary picture of the personal and mental characteristics of an individual. The result was quite unlike anything that had been seen previously, and, it has not been exactly reproduced since, although the essay of Addison and Steele resembles it very closely, especially in the introduction of fancy portraits. La Bruyère's privileged position at Chantilly provided him with a unique vantage point from which he could witness the hypocrisy and corruption of the court of Louis XIV. As a Christian moralist, he aimed at reforming people's manners and ways by publishing records of his observations of aristocratic foibles and follies, which earned him many enemies at the court. In the titles of his work, and in its extreme desultoriness, La Bruyère reminds the reader of Montaigne, but he aimed too much at sententiousness to attempt even the apparent continuity of the great essayist. The short paragraphs of which his chapters consist are made up of maxims proper, of criticisms literary and ethical, and above all, of the celebrated sketches of individuals baptized with names taken from the plays and romances of the time. These last are the greatest feature of the work, and that which gave it its immediate, if not its enduring, popularity. They are wonderfully piquant, extraordinarily lifelike in a certain sense, and must have given great pleasure or (more frequently) exquisite pain to the apparent subjects, who in many cases were unmistakable and most recognizable." (wiki).
Conversations on Chymistry [ Chemistry ]

Conversations on Chymistry [ Chemistry ], in which The Elements of that Science are familiarly explained and illustrated by Experiments and Plates, from the last London edition: The Second American edition : Enlarged by an APPENDIX consisting of a description, with a plate, and the manner of using the new Hydro-pneumatic Blow-pipe, invented by Mr. Joseph Cloud of the Mint of the United States : Also of Three Disquisitions, one on Dyeing, one on Tanning, and one on Currying

Marcet, Jane ] Second American Edition. xii, 427, [2-publisher's book checklist], [2-ad for "Struggles Through Life" by Harriott - "Now in press"] pages. 7 x 4 1/8 inches. A rough copy. Worn leather, front joint starting at top. Red spine label "CHYMISTRY". Page 419 misnumbered 418. Page 388 notes "End of the London copy" followed by APPENDIX. Plates foxed. Plate 6 torn with old thread stitched make-do repair. Plate XII too closely trimmed with minor loss to illustration (facsimile included). Leather worn, corners soft with some worm boles at spine and turned corners. Front blank flyleaf lacking, tear repair to title page. Probably ex-library or ex-libris copy with old removal markings (old glue residues - two places front pastedown, one rear w/blue paper residue, probably label removed from spine). Both hinges with cords showing but still readable. Several pieces of paper loss lower margin first few pages (no text loss). Inked notation at base of page 176 correcting typo in the text. Last leaf proud of the textblock. Withall, a fair copy. Boards. "Born in London of Swiss parents, Jane Marcet (nee Haldimand, 1769-1858) married Alexander John Gaspard Marcet in 1799. Although published anonymously, this work was quickly recognized to be by Mrs. Marcet. It is written in an easy dialogue style, in which Marcet ("Mrs. B") instructs two young ladies . in the principles and discoveries of modern chemistry.Evidently printed in very small number, the first edition is rare. Most copies were handled by young people and were literally read to pieces." (Neville, referencing the 1806 London edition)." Michael Faraday as a young man working in a bindery happened upon Marcet's work and credited it with establishing his first foundations in chemistry. "So when I questioned Mrs. Marcet's book by such little experiments as I could find to perform, and found it true to the facts as I could understand them, I felt that I had got hold of an ancor in chemical knowledge and clung fast to it. Hence my deep veneration for Mrs. Marcet." (Smith, Old Chemistries, pp. 68-69. quoting from a Faraday letter to de la Rive") Given the blowpipe addition here, Smith also surmises that Joseph Cloud might have been the editor of this edition. This edition is copyrighted Dec. 13, 1808. The earliest advertisement we've seen is Bookseller J.P. and J.W. Skelton who exclaim in their June 21, 1809 Pittsburgh Weekly Gazette advertisement that they just received from Philadelphia "Conversations on Chymistry." "Struggles through Life" by author Harriott is advertised in rear as "Now in Press" and we know was reviewed as early as January 1808. Both lean towards an early 1809 Humphreys publication date. We only note this because there exists a work also dated 1809, with New Haven imprint and a similar title ("Chemistry" rather than "Chymistry") and includes some additional work by Davy. This New Haven work is far more common in our experience, and contains a May 1809 dated catalog in rear. Given this we lean towards the Philadelphia edition (as here) preceding the New Haven work. Rink, E. (A Checklist of Technical Americana), 665. Smith, Old Chemistries. Not in Cole, Bolton, Duveen, or the Neville Collection.
Scheffel's ] Ekkehard

Scheffel’s ] Ekkehard

Joseph Victor von Scheffel ] First Edition. Small portfolio of 12 photographically illustrated cards (4 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches) depicting original artwork, the whole enclosed in a thin red cloth portfolio with three flaps. Portfolio cloth and flap folds repaired. The front and rear of the portfolio are blind stamped, the front also in gilt. Marked with a stamp "F. Bonnet" "St. Louis, MO." on inside flap. Each of the cards has red satining at the very edges all around. Each card has amounted photograph (woodburytype?) roughly 3 1/2 x 5 inches with some variations in size. On each card there is a thin printed double box, above which is printed "SCHEFFEL's EKKEHARD" and below "Stroefer & Kirchner, New York" Inside the border is the title of the image, sometimes with attributions of artists. These images illustrate scenes from "Ekkehard. A tale of the tenth century," Joseph Victor von Scheffel's famous historical romance. (1857, translated into English in 1872). Each card is numbered (1-12) and each identifies the artist. The cards are: 1. Ekkehard Carrying Hadwig Over the Cloister-Sill (A. Liezen-Mayer), 2. Rudimann and Kerhildis (E. Grutzner), 3. Ekkehard and Praxedis (F. Wagner), 4. Reading Virgil (J. Herterich), 5. Audifax and Hadumoth (F. Fluggen), 6. Battle with the Huns (W. Diez),7. Hadumoth Praying (G. max), 8. Hadwig and the Covent-Scholar (J. Fluggen), 9. Relating Heroic Legend (C. Schraudelph), 10. Hadwig and Ekkehard (A. Liezen-Mayer), 11. Ekkehard's Flight (J. Benczur), and 12. Ekkehard's Farewell (A. Liezen Mayer). Joseph Victor von Scheffel (b1826 - d1886) was a German poet and novelist. The firm Stroefer & Kirchner did this sort of work regularly in the 1870s. However, we cannot find this example (or indeed anything Stroefer & Kirchner did related to Ekkehard) in OCLC as of this writing. We did find a German language edition done by another publisher (Friedrich Bruckmann) with similar portfolio design and 16 images. Scarce.
The mariner's chronicle

The mariner’s chronicle, of shipwrecks, fires, famines and other disasters at sea; containing narratives of the most noted calamities and providential deliverances which have resulted from maritime enterprise, both in Europe and America; together with an account of the whale fishery, sketches of nautical life, steam boat disasters, &c. : in two volumes . embellished with sixty engravings [ Volume II ONLY ]

no author ] Volume II (of 2) ONLY. vi, [7]-336 pages. 8vo. Original publisher's boards, with soiled thin cloth spine and thin tan printed paper over chipboard. Two nice engravings on printed paper covers : "Burning of the Prince, a French East Indiaman" and "Loss of the Ramillies in the Atlantic Ocean." Dampstaining throughout including binding. Original paper wrapper (worn). Corners worn, portions of cloth spine worn . Pasted in manuscript note from "Charles M. Taintor" noting he "bot at Greenfield in Sept AD 1837, price 26 cts". A further inked note by (likely the son of Taintor of the same name noting address Wethersfield Connecticut June 27th, AD 1873. Boards. A collection of nautical tales, nicely illustrated with engraved plates. Scarce in the original boards, albeit only one of two volumes. The American Antiquarian Society has only this second volume, with the note "Checklist Amer. imprints; 25519" There was also an 1840 edition by Gaylord in two volumes. We have not investigated the origins of this set of tales - there are many similar title variations around this time found in OCLC. Charles M Taintor Jr. has an interesting bookish sidenote in history. The Connecticut Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly, Volume 5, 1899, in an article titled "An Historic Bible" by Josephine Baker, describes in some detail a bible that Traintor traded for a Peter Parley set. The bible turned out to be a Breeches bible that was brought over on the Mayflower. Taintor didn't know what he had, but an antiquarian by the name of Burr recognized it later for what it was. The article covers it in some detail.
Whirlwind storms with a reply to the objections and strictures of Dr. Hare [ wrapper title ]

Whirlwind storms with a reply to the objections and strictures of Dr. Hare [ wrapper title ]

Redfield, W. C. [ William C. ] 5, [3] pages + 12, [3] pages + 20 pages. Three papers in publisher's original blue printed wrappers. INSCRIBED on front wrapper: "Abraham Jenkins Jr. Esq. with the Respects of W. C. Redfield." Two minor inked manuscript corrections and several marginal penciled notes in an unknown hand. Chipping/some separation to the wrappers at the spine panel. Dampstaining/foxing, thumbed with associated wrapper staining. The papers are: 1) "Observations on the Storm of Dec 15, 1839" Originally printed in the Transactions of the American Philosophical Society as read before the Society Jan 15, 1841 (with pagination of 77-82). Here with (offprint?) pagination 5, [3] pages. 2) "Remarks on the Tornado which visited New-Brunswick in the State of New-Jersey, June 19, 1835 : with a plan and schedule of the prostrations observed on a section of its track." "From the London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine. Revised by the author." Also printed in American repertory of arts, sciences, and manufactures v. 3, no. 2, pages 81-90, 1841. Priority unknown to us. Here with (offprint?) pagination 12, [3] pages. 3) "Reply to Dr. Hare's Objections to the Whirlwind Theory of Storms" Originally printed in the American Journal of Science and Arts, vol. 42, no. 2., 1842. Here with (offprint?) pagination 20 pages. Wraps. This pamphlet gathers three Redfield papers published together with a new printed wrapper. No publisher noted, but presumably privately printed by Redfield for distribution in support of his theories. No date specified but probably late 1842 - early 1843 [One inked correction notes Piddington having three (not two) serial articles which had become four serial articles by end of 1842]. Uncommon inscribed. Fleming's "Meteorology in American, 1800-1870" devotes Chapter 2 to the "American Storm Controversy, 1834-1843." It largely reports on three men - William C. Redfield, James Pollard Espy, and Robert Hare. Redfield, a transportation engineer, "studied storms as an avocation.focused on the whirlwind storms of the Atlantic Ocean.[and who] established a personal data gathering system and corresponded extensively with other scientists." Mostly his theories espoused gravitational forces as the reasons for storms. Espy "emphasized thermally induced vertical convection and the 'steam power' of the cooling and condensing of moist air." Hare's "electrical theory of storms postulated that the atmosphere behaved like a charged Leyden jar." with two electrical oceans of opposite charge - "celestial and terrestrial.". "The American storm controversy set the tone and content of the meteorological agenda for decades to come. The argument over the primum mobile of storms, gravity, caloric, or electricity was not resolved.America was center stage, at least in this particular geophysical science." Interested parties are well advised to read this chapter for more background information. Mr. Redfield was a meteorologist, and also did work as a geologist and naturalist while shepherding various business interests. "His first paper on the "Atlantic Storms" was published in 1831 in the "American Journal of Science," and in 1834 it was followed by his memoir on the" Hurricanes and Storms of the United States and West Indies," which subject he continued later, with numerous papers, descriptions, and tables of particular hurricanes." (Appletons Encyclopedia) Dr. Hare M.D was a chemist and physician who was particularly interested in electro-galvanism. He in 1801 discovered a oxygen/hydrogen blowpipe, and later Hare's colorimeter in addition to other instruments. In an obituary pamphlet from the Philadelphia Ledger (May 17, 1858), "Dr. Hare contributed papers on various subjects to the Transactions of the American Philosophical Society. One was on the Tornado, or Water Spout, with a detailed description of the remarkable storm at New Brunswick, a few years ago. He considered the atmopsherical disturbances, in these cases, to be oweing to an electrified current of air. His views were at variance with those of Colonel Redfield, of New York, with whom he more than once debated the subject."
In Pursuit of Structure : Double Helix 50th anniversary collection : The molecular structure of nucleic acids : the classic papers from Nature

In Pursuit of Structure : Double Helix 50th anniversary collection : The molecular structure of nucleic acids : the classic papers from Nature, 25, April 1953

Campbell, Philip (editor) ; Watson, J. D. ; Crick, F. H. C. ; Wilkins, M. H. F. ; Stokes, A. R. ; Wilson, H. R. ; Franklin, Rosalind E. ; Gosling, R. G. (authors) ; Radda, Prof. Sir George (afterward) Later printing. [2], 737-741, [2] pages. 7 x 9 3/4 inches. Stapled wrappers. With images of Crick, Wilkins, Watson, and Franklin on front cover. Wraps. A re-printing on the 50th edition of the first separate edition of these three major papers, originally printed in St. Albans by Fisher, Knight & Co., 1953. Here supplemented by a two new pieces of content. A one page commentary about the papers by the editor of Nature, Philip Campbell highlighting the history and "sober style" of the papers. And following the reprinted papers, a two page article "Yesterday's research - today's legacy" by Professor Sir George Radda, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council highlighting the impact today. This collection reprint was produced in some quantity, and is a great way for today's public to read the original papers, with a little bit of perspective from the publisher and a major research sponsor. Original copies of the collected papers run into five figures these days, signed copies of individual papers much higher. Seminal work impossible to undervalue when looking at key 21st century advancements in medicine.
Australopithecus Africanus: The Man-ape of South Africa [ The Taung Child ]

Australopithecus Africanus: The Man-ape of South Africa [ The Taung Child ]

Dart, Raymond A. First Separate Edition. [1]-6 pages (last blank). 7 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches. Offprint from Nature, Volume 115, February 7, 1925. Separately paginated (originally 195-199 pages). A worn copy, with browning, creasing and old cellotape repairs (marginal and at the spine). The second example of this offprint that we've seen, apparently issued (?) without the separately printed wrapper found on some publisher offprints. Printed in Great Britain by R. & R. Clark, Limited, Edinburgh. Wraps. An offprint of the first published description of the Taung child, now recognized as a significant link in the evolution of modern humans. Found in a quarry by miners, the skull was sent to Prof. Dart by Josephine Salmons (his first female student) who suspected it's significance. Dart agreed, requested more material, and after further analysis quickly published this paper. Unlike the immediate news splash the "Lucy" fossil evoked in the 1970s, Prof. Dart was largely ignored and criticized for his paper, partly because he wasn't part of the scientific establishment. Much skepticism was aired about whether the fossil belong in the human ancestral chain or was part of the chimpanzee/gorilla line. Many years later Prof. Dart was vindicated and the establishment made clear he had been right: "In 1947, Sir Arthur Keith [ Dart's former mentor ] published in Nature, announcing his support of Dart and Broom's research. He admitted "the evidence submitted by Dr. Robert Broom and Professor Dart was right and I was wrong". Keith admitted that with the new evidence along with the Taung Fossil indicated that this fossil was human-like in posture, dental elements, and its bipedal walk. In early January 1947, at the First Pan-African Congress on Prehistory, Wilfrid Le Gros Clark was the first anthropologist of such stature to call the Taung Child a "hominid": an early human. An anonymous article, published in Nature on 15 February 1947, announced Clark's conclusions to a wider public. On that day, Keith, who had been one of Dart's most virulent critics, composed a letter to the editor of Nature announcing that he supported Clark's analysis: "I was one of those who took the point of view that when the adult form [of Australopithecus] was discovered it would prove to be near akin to the living African anthropoids-the gorilla and the chimpanzee. I am now convinced. that Prof. Dart was right and that I was wrong. The Australopithecinae are in or near the line which culminated in the human form" (wiki) Even with significant advances in technology and science, the discovery is still recognized as significant. Dean Falk, the American evolutionary anthropologist notes in her "The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed our View of Human Evolution, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2001" that this discovery is "the most important anthropological fossil of the twentieth century." An important paper, one under appreciated in the collecting community. Scarce, with only 2 copies of the offprint noted in OCLC (Acc# 26585318). The rarity of the offprint isn't surprising given the article's initial reception in the scientific community.