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A collection of Addresses and sundry lectures delivered at meetings of the Association in the years 1870-1879.

A collection of Addresses and sundry lectures delivered at meetings of the Association in the years 1870-1879.

8vo. Together 39 items, each issued in offprint with separate pagination, bound in contemporary half calf, recently rebacked to style. This collection comprises addresses delivered at the Association s meetings (by Thomas H. Huxley, 1870; William Thomson, 1871; Thomas Andrews, 1876; Allen Thomson, 1877; William Spottiswoode, 1878; G. J. Allman, 1879), as well as those to the various sections: Geology (Archibald Geikie, 1871; Edward Hull, 1874; F. J. Evans, 1876; J. Young, 1876; W. Pengelly, 1877; Clements R. Markham, 1879), Biology (Alfred Russel Wallace, 1876; Alfred Newton, 1876; J. Gwyn Jeffreys, 1877; William Henry Flower, 1878; St. John Mivart, 1879), Ethnology and Anthropology (John Evans, 1870; Francis Galton, 1877; Edward B. Tylor, 1879), Economic Science (George Campbell, 1876; Professor Ingram, 1878; G. Shaw Lefevre, 1879), Chemistry (William Henry Perkin, 1876; Professor Abel, 1877; Maxwell Simpson, 1878), Mathematics and Physics (G. Carey Foster, 1877; G. Johnstone Stoney, 1879), Mechanical Science (Charles W. Merrifield, 1876; Edward Easton, 1878; J. Robinson, 1879), and Anatomy (P. H. Pye-Smith, 1879). Also bound in are the following free-standing works: Report of the Kew Committee, 1870; An Examination of the Belfast Address of the British Association, 1874, from a Scientific Point of View by John Eliot Howard (London, 1875); Catalogue of a Collection of Irish Antiquities exhibited in the Ulster Minor Hall, on the occasion of the Forty-Fourth Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 19th August, 1874 (Belfast: Printed at the Northern Whig Office, 1874); Physical Phenomena connected with the Mines of Cornwall and Devon by Warington Smyth (?1877); Animal Intelligence. An Evening Lecture delivered before the British Association for the Advancement of Science at Dublin, August 16, 1878 by George J. Romanes (London, 1878, original upper wrapper bound in); Science of Course: But what then? A Sermon preached before the President and other members of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, in Upper Chapel, Sheffield, on Sunday, August 24th, 1879, by the Rev. Eli Fay. By Special Request (Sheffield, 1879); British Association. Electricity as a Motive Power: Discourse delivered to the Working Men of Sheffield, August 23rd, 1879. by W. E. Ayrton (Sheffield, 1879).
Timour the Tartar

Timour the Tartar, a Grand Melo-Drama in Two Acts . . . Adapted only for Redington’s Character and Scenes.

Toy Theatre.] Small 8vo. pp. 16; very good in the original printed wrappers (with imprint of, and ads. for, B. Pollock), together with 8 plates of costumes (two laid down on card), and 8 plates of scenes, each approx. 216 x 170mm., each with imprint of J. Redington except Scene no. 6 (imprint of J. K. Green, Walworth), lacking three "Plates of Wings" in generally very good condition. Timour the Tartar, a play by Matthew "Monk" Lewis with music by Matthew King, was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, in May 1811. The drama, which featured live horses at its finale, caricatured Napoleon by its depiction of Timour (also known as Tamerlane, or Tamburlaine), a man of low birth who rose to lead an empire. The present version of the play, accompanied by sheets of characters and scenes, was published for the toy theatre market. Purchasers were able to choose the sheets, colour them, and mount them on card ready for domestic performance. The portraits and scenes depicted on these sheets were generally taken from stage versions, so that these juvenile theatre plates can often offer representations of actual stagings. Redington, a publisher of toy theatre material, died in 1876, and his business was taken over by his son-in-law Benjamin Pollock. The plates in this set are probably due to Redington (i.e. pre-1876), but the booklet may derive from a later period after Pollock had taken over the firm.