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Two Choice and Useful Treatises: The One, Lux Orientalis; or, An Enquiry into the Opinion of the Eastern Sages Concerning the Praeexistence of Souls. Being a Key to Unlock the Grand Mysteries of Providence, in Relation to Mans Sin and Misery. The other, A Discourse of Truth.

GLANVILLE, Joseph [et. al] Second edition. Octavo, Engraved frontispiece by W. Faithorne, [48], 195, [7],171, [7], 173-276, [4, printer's ads] pp. Complete. Contemporary calf with newer black morocco gilt lettered spine label. Joints cracked but holding, uniform light toning throughout. A very good and complete copy in the original binding.Joseph Glanvill FRS (1636 Ð 4 November 1680) was an English writer, philosopher, and clergyman. Not himself a scientist, he has been called "the most skillful apologist of the virtuosi", or in other words the leading propagandist for the approach of the English natural philosophers of the later 17th century. In 1661 he predicted "The time will come, when making use of magnetic waves that permeate the ether,.we shall communicate with [persons on the opposite side of the globe]. He was somewhat allied to the Cambridge Platonists and tried to reconcile the Origen heresy of the pre-existence of the soul to the theology of his time. The first edition was published in 1662. Glanville is probably best know for his work on witchcraft: "He is known also for Saducismus Triumphatus (1681), this enlargement of his Blow at Modern Sadducism (1668) was published after Glanvill's death by Henry More. The work decried scepticism about the existence and supernatural power of witchcraft and contained a collection of seventeenth-century folklore about witches, including one of the earliest descriptions of a witch bottle. Joseph made known the existence of witchcraft. It developed as a compendium (with multiple authorship) from Philosophical Considerations Touching the Being of Witches and Witchcraft (1666), addressed to Robert Hunt, a Justice of the Peace active from the 1650s against witches in Somerset (where Glanvill had his living at Frome)" (Wiki)
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Star of the East. 10 issues.

AUSTRALIA: VEDANTA) AVABAMIA, Sister [editor] First edition. 10 issues (Vol. IV, Nos. 8-12; Vol. V. No. 1; plus three duplicates). Each issue a bifoloum (4 pp.) measuring 9 1/4 x 14 inches. Printed in columns. First page of Vol. V, No. 1 wrinkled, else very good. No copies located by OCLCSister Avabamia (nee Mary Elizabeth Stevenson) was a disciple of Swami Abhedananda, who was one one of Sri RamakrishnaÕs early followers. She became a devotee after hearing Swami Vivekenanda speak in San Francisco around the turn of the century. Sister Avabamia was the leading light for the Vendantic Movement in Australia and New Zealand. In 1910 the Fitzroy City News described her thusly - ÒThe gifted lecturer delivered two lectures every Sunday in the Masonic Hall, and during the week held two meetings. Her work carried conviction of its absolute truthfulness, and her words of wisdom must have been the result of laborious thought. Though a student for 25 years, Sister Avabamia, with native modesty, says her knowledge is only Òlike a spoonful of water in the ocean.Ó She has a fine personality; robed in her renunciation dress, she shows a force of character and a brilliant ability to combat the problems of lifeÉ In the fall of 1911, Sister Avabamia went to Ceylon and India and established some new Vedanta Centers, which the Swamis at Belur Math did not recognize. Inspired by VivekenandaÕs educational ideas, she established two schools in Ceylon, which were eventually taken over by the Ramakrishna Mission. In 1912 she left India and broke away from the Ramakrishna Order. News of her activities for the years 1905-12 appear in the monthly journal she initiated, The Star of the East, later named the Vedanta Universal Messenger, published first in Sydney and then in Melbourne, AustraliaÓ (Stavig; Western Admirers of Ramakrishna and His Disciples).Vivekananda was one of the main representatives of Neo-Vedanta, a modern interpretation of selected aspects of Hinduism in line with western esoteric traditions, especially Transcendentalism, New Thought and Theosophy. His reinterpretation was, and is, very successful, creating a new understanding and appreciation of Hinduism within and outside India, and was the principal reason for the enthusiastic reception of yoga, transcendental meditation and other forms of Indian spiritual self-improvement in the West.
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Abstract of the Title to Raqncho Laguna fe Tache for Laguna Lands, Limited, Fresno County, California.

FRESNO: LAND GRANT) First edition. Narrow quarto (8 1/4 x 14 inches). 235, [1] pp. Illustrated with numerous real estate development maps. Publisher's black cloth with gilt cover lettering. Excellent.Rancho Laguna de Tache was a 48,801-acre Mexican land grant in present-day Fresno County and Kings County, California given in 1846 by Governor Pio Pico to Manuel Castro. The grant is named for the lake of the Tachi band of the Yokut people. The grant extended along the north bank of the Kings River from Kingsburg down river for twenty six miles, and included the present-day Laton, Riverdale and Lanare. This grant is not to be confused with the grant of the same name on the South side of Kings River later claimed by Joseph Yves Limantour. The eleven square league grant was made to Manuel de Jesus Castro (1821-1885) in 1843, although a deed to secure the ownership was not issued until 1846. Castro's father, Simeon Castro, owned Rancho Bolsa Nueva y Moro Cojo. Manuel Castro had been an Army captain under Governor Manuel Micheltorena. Castro had also served as prefect of the Northern District of California. Castro remained in Monterey and sent Ysidor Villa to Rancho Laguna de Tache as foreman.With the cession of California to the United States following the Mexican-American War, the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo provided that the land grants would be honored. As required by the Land Act of 1851, a claim was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1853, and the grant was patented to Manuel Castro in 1866. A claim for two square leagues by Jeremiah Clark was rejected by the Public Land Commission.Jeremiah Clark acquired the entire Rancho Laguna de Tache from Manuel Castro in 1866. Clark built "Grant House" about three miles west of Laton in 1879. In 1880 Clark leased Rancho Laguna de Tache to the Polley Heilbron & Company for a term of 10 years, with an option of purchasing this lands. Clarke's wife, Charlotte, had Clark declared mentally incompetent and, after numerous court cases, prevented Polley Heilbron & Company from purchasing the Rancho. Charlotte F. Clark sold the Rancho to Charles A. Laton, a San Francisco capitalist and Llewellyn A. Nares, an Englishman (for whom the towns Laton and Lanare are named) in 1896. In 1892, the Fresno Canal and Irrigation Company secured and gained control of the Rancho's riparian water claims.
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Printing. Geo. W. Jones, Superior Printer.

PRINTER'S SPECIMEN) First edition and apparently the only known copy. Quarto (9 x 11 1/2 inches). 30 leaves, printed on rectos only. Publisher's sewn color wrappers with the tie located at the top (as issues). Some foxing to front cover but a very good copy of this important piece. This publication was early in Jone's career; one of the sheets is an ad for Printer's World of 1895. His address is listed as 35 St. Bride Street in London. Each sheet is an elaborate presentation of the skill and machinery available at Jone's printing shop. Half-tones, three-color printing, line engravings, wood engravings, zincography, etc. At the bottom of each example is a short self-congratulatory piece of prose by Jones explaining the process used. He often refers to his work as 'high class'. We can find no record of Jones being located at St, Bride St. In the opening blurb we read "Our Work is so appreciated that whilst six years ago we had one machine, now we have twenty."George W. Jones (1860-1942) was an important figure in the private press movement and a highly influential innovative printer. In 1901 he produced the first three-colour book in Britain. He was also an important type designer creating Granjon, Estienne, Georgian and Baskerville for linotype. His printing office ÔAt the Sign of the DolphinÕ was next door to Dr. JohnsonÕs house in Gough Square. From 1921 until his retirement in 1938, he was "printing adviser" to Linotype&Machinery Ltd in Britain. He was director of typography for the British Printer, and reached the acme of his career as Printer to the King and Queen of Belgium. All his typefaces except Venezia are Linotype typefaces.
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Six-page ALS from a Travel Agent in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES) JUDSON & CO. A very legible and interesting letter from G.M. Page to his cousin. Page was the Los Angeles agent for Judson & Co. and the letterhead reads "Judson & CoÕs Select and Popular Personally Conducted Eastern Excursions . 123 West Second Street / Los Angeles, Cal.Ó. The letterhead also gives the addresses of their Chicago, San Francisco and Boston offices. Original fold-lines from having been mailed otherwise in excellent condition.Throughout the 1890s Judson & Co. advertised regular, personal supervised, excursions between Los Angeles and Chicago/Boston over the Denver & Rio Grande RR in through tourist sleeper cars. This 6-page letter, although written to relatives, describes the business. He writes because he finally has the time: ÒToday the opportunity offers for I am in the office alone and as this is the quiet season of the year, I am not much molested by callers for information as to the routes and cost of a trip eastÉ Our excursions over the True Southern Route ended on the first of April, since which I have been traveling for our Comp in Southern California working up business for our route that runs weekly all the year via Ogden, Salt Lake, Pueblo, Kansas City, Chicago, Elmira, NY, Albany, Troy and Boston. This enables me to get home every Saturday evening to stay at home until Monday morning, a great improvement over traveling to Chicago when I did not get home from the time I left last November until April 3rd.Ó He continues on in great detail about 55-60,000 Christian Endeavor conventioneers coming to San Francisco and their impact on Los Angeles and southern California. He was involved in setting up excursions for those travelers back to Boston, several through Arizona. He also writes about agriculture in southern California and irrigation for the citrus crops. Times are improving in California, he says, but Òowing to absence of manufacturing on a large scale, it is not noticeable as quickly as in the East. There is a good deal of enquiry from people in the east for farm and fruit lands out here. There are some splendid farming lands between this and San Diego, and near Escondido, that could be bought at from $25.00 to $35.00 per acre, which I would like to see settled by a Colony of Pennsylvania German Mennonites. I know they would like it out here and the same qualities that make them successful elsewhere would ensure success here. The objection to coming out here would be the distance, but it is not as far as our ancestors from Switzerland went, and it would not take one fourth the time to make the trip. And what a climate we have out there. Never too hot to work you in the sun and always cool and pleasant in the shade, and the nights cool enough to have woolen blankets over you all the year around.Ó He encourages young people to consider coming west because of the climate and cheap land. The writer mentions a brother working at Òthe oil well near EscondidoÓ who intends to attend ÒPomona College, Claremont, about 35 miles from Los AngelesÓ in September. He ends the letter by inviting them to California for the winter, and, ever the excursion salesman, he states, ÒIt would cost only $66.00 for RR fare from Reading for each, and $6.00 for a double berth from Chgo, making $138.00 for 2 each way.ÓThis letter is a fascinating source document, full of late 19th century information about southern California and the attempt to attract tourists and settlers
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Frantisek Drtikol. Fotografie/Svazek 7.

DRTIKOL, Frantisek [photographer] First edition. Quarto (9 5/8 x 11 3/4 inches. Consists of a 12-page explanatory book (stapled self-wrappers) with text in in four languages (including English) and 12 high quality prints of photographs taken by this famed Czech photographer in the years 1912-1934. The whole house in a wallet-style paper portfolio with a photographic portrait of Drtikol on the front. A bit of rubbing to portfolio but contents very clean and fresh. A very presentable copy.Franti ek Drtikol (d. 1961) was a Czech photographer of international fame. He is known for his characteristically epic photographs, often nudes and portraits. "From 1907 to 1910 he had his own studio, until 1935 he operated an important portrait photostudio in Prague on the fourth floor of one of Prague's remarkable buildings, a Baroque corner house at 9 Vodickova, now demolished. Jaroslav Rossler, an important avant-garde photographer, was one of his pupils. Drtikol made many portraits of very important people and nudes which show development from pictorialism and symbolism to modern composite pictures of the nude body with geometric decorations and thrown shadows, where it is possible to find a number of parallels with the avant-garde works of the period. These are reminiscent of Cubism, and at the same time his nudes suggest the kind of movement that was characteristic of the futurism aesthetic.He began using paper cut-outs in a period he called "photopurism". These photographs resembled silhouettes of the human form. Later he gave up photography and concentrated on painting. After the studio was sold Drtikol focused mainly on painting, Buddhist religious and philosophical systems. In the final stage of his photographic work Drtikol created compositions of little carved figures, with elongated shapes, symbolically expressing various themes from Buddhism. In the 1920s and 1930s, he received significant awards at international photo salons. Drtikol has published: ."(Wiki)
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Bob Stanley Playing Cards.

STANLEY, Bob First edition. Limited and signed and dated by the artist. The (lightly pornographic) silkscreened playing cards measure 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches and feature psychedelic images of a pornographic nature. In the original beige cloth clamshell case. Box with some trifling amount of soiling. Robert Stanley was an American artist best known for translating newspaper photographs and other commercial imagery into gritty works on canvas. Robert Stanley or just Bob Stanley, was born in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1932. After attending Columbia University for two years, he received a bachelorÕs degree in English literature in 1953 from Oglethorpe College in Atlanta and studied art at the High Museum of Art there. He was a fixture in the music scene in America, doing posters and paintings of artists involved."Pop was made for Bob, who in 1963 turned from abstract expressionism to polarized two-color canvases based on published photographs--rock, sports, porn. Where the typical Pop deadpan permitted the rationalization that it was satire, Bob left himself no such out--you knew he was smitten by Ringo and the Shirelles, those grinning lovers and that intent woman with her mouth full. There were many other subjects as his technique became more lyrical--trees, trash, friends. But for the past 15 years he did nothing but intensely sexual and unfashionable female nudes. The warmest and deepest of these were hanging at Mitchell Algus when he died November 15." (R. Christgau)
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True Grit. With 24 Original Watercolors by Dave Powell.

POWELL, Dave [artist] PORTIS, Charles Early edition. Octavo. Publisher's blue cloth in original pictorial dust jacket. Slipcased with another copy of the book (no jacket). Fine copies.This is an utterly unique copy. Dave Powell has used the actual book as his canvas and has painted 24 fine watercolor illustrations right over the text. In each case the painting is reflective of the text on which (or near which) it was painted. There are fifteen full page watercolors, including three which cover a two-page spread, and nine smaller vignettes done on the margins or half-pages. The opening watercolor by Powell is of Rooster Cogburn, standing in the scrub with his saddle in one hand and rifle in the other (with eye-patch visible) and on the opposing page Powell has written; "Dear Reader, the words herein are far greater, and carry more medicine, than my indulgences that I attempt, Sincerely, Dave Powell (and with his distinctive star; as do all the larger watercolors)." The next double-page painting is of Tom Chaney murdering Mattie Ross's father in front of a saloon. The vignettes are equally skillful and charming; a gathering or horse heads, Mattie, sleeping on the floor, Rooster, Mattie and LeBoeuf riding down a trail. A fascinating pictorial narrative done by one the the West's great artists, it vividly displays Powell's great affection for this classic of Western fiction. Both film versions were very highly reviewed.A fourth generation Montanan, Dave Powell grew up in an atmosphere of Western art that was to be a decisive influence upon him. The son of artists Ace Powell and Nancy Mclaughlin Powell, Dave was around the trappings of art since he could first walk. The Powell household hummed with art activity as Indians, trappers cowboys and loggers came to visit. Dave became a serious student of art in his mid-teens, and has been a professional artist most of his life. In 1973, he worked with Bob Scriver, helping with mold making and plaster pattern for the heroic size Lewis and Clark sculpture which is now at Fort Benton. Dave has also studied with Ned Jacob and Robert Lougheed. With advice and help from his close friend Joe Beeler, Powell became a member of the Cowboy Artists of America in 2005, just one short year before BeelerÕs untimely death. Because of his vast knowledge of the dress and habits of Western Indians, pioneers and cowboys, Dave is often called upon to provide costume and props, and to give technical advice about authenticity for films and television. productions include "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams", "Silverado" and "Lonesome Dove". Dave has participated in historic reenactments and rides all across the west. He is active still and especially sought after for the historic reliability of his paintings.The Society of American Historical Artists awarded Powell a Gold Medal in sculpting, and he is a recipient of the George Phippin Memorial Award. He apprenticed under Robert Scriver, Ned Jacob, and Robert Lougheed. PowellÕs artwork has been featured at the Western Heritage Sale in Houston TX, the Museum of Native American Culture in Spokane WA, the Society of American Historic Artists in Stamford CT, the Mountain Oyster Club in Tucson AZ, and the C. M. Russell Show of Original Western Art in Great Fall MT. Private collections include John & Nelly Connelly, Tommy Lee Jones, Randy Travis and Denver Pyle.
The Line System of Drawing in Perspective

The Line System of Drawing in Perspective, Simplified by the Goniometricon.

EARL, George First edition. Oblong folio (14 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches). 18 pp. of text and 8 full page plates showing the results possible when using a Goniometricon. Publisher's quarter green cloth over printed boards. Some soiling and rubbing to boards, frontispiece (Westminster Abbey) loose but present (also with a chip to fore-magin). All things considered a very good copy of a scarce book. OCLC only locates four copies with the only copy in America being at the NYPL.An instructional book for the use of Earl's Goniometricon, a convenient and easy device to determine perspective. "There is a contrivance to enable persons unskilled in drawing to find the perspective direction of the vanishing or receding lines of objects. The mode of using the device is thus described by Mr. Earl; Place the instrument between the eye and the object to be outlined, which is done by holding it with the finger and thumb of the left hand, at a point between the top of the arch and the universal joint. It is then fixed in that position at an angle of 60 degrees with the line of vision; a task accomplished by taking a small ivory acorn attached to the instrument by a string, and placing it firmly between the teeth, when the connecting string is stretched to its fullest tension. THis done, the instrument is moved till one of the indicators coincides with the line whose downward or upward direction it is sought to ascertain. That point discovered, that point discovered, the instrument is laid flat on the drawing paper with the horizontal bar parallel with its lower line, and gently moved to the required position, when the line of direction is moved off from the edge of the indicator. The Goniometricon is much used by artists and travellers, and recommended for general use by the Astronomer Royal." (The Year Book of Facts, 1847). Apparently the actual device invented by Earl is no more although the principles he developed were adapted for other devices (e.g. the goniometer).
Battle of Lake Erie: A Discourse Delivered Before the Rhode-Island Historical Society on the Evening of Monday

Battle of Lake Erie: A Discourse Delivered Before the Rhode-Island Historical Society on the Evening of Monday, February 16, 1852.

PARSONS, Usher First edition. Octavo. 36 pp. Publisher's stabbed and sewn printed buff wrappers. Housed in a quarter blue morocco over marbled boards clamshell case with gilt spine lettering and pull-out blue ribbon. Box done by Root of London (gilt signed on inner front of case). Signature of C. F. Cushing to blank margin of title page (likely the contemporary optometrist in Niagara) and some expected spine erosion but the book is clean and solid, including the wrappers. The clamshell case has some rubbing to joints.During the War of 1812 O. H. Perry was assigned Commander of the Erie Fleet. Under him was a Captain Elliott and it was reported that he showed signs of cowardice during an important battle. After the war this issue divided people and there were pro- and anti-Elliott factions. The most famous pro-Elliott authority was James Fenimore Cooper in his book The History of the Navy of the United States wherein Cooper takes a strong pro-Elliott stance. Usher Parsons, a well respected surgeion of the time, also served under Commander Perry in the War and this is his take of the Elliott question. Comes together with an 1847 one-volume edition of Cooper's The History of the Navy of the United States (Philadelphia; Copperthwaite, 1847). It is in the publisher's heavily blind stamped morocco with gilt spine lettering label. The text is clean and fine but there is a piece lacking from the upper spine (not affecting the label). Both of these items are housed in a blue cloth slipcase.
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Nine Original Signed Photographs of Robert Moir Sculptures.

MOIR, Robert [artist] Presented here are nine professional monochrome photographs of sculptures by Robert Moir. 8 1/4 x 10 inches. Each photograph has notations by Moir in pen on the versos. Generally the notes consist of the title of a work, the medium, and his signature and address (at this time it was 400 E. 93rd St. and later on First Ave.). The titles of the works are; Jack G. Norris (plaster bust), Kemp Owyne (limestone), The Moirae (alabaster) and the Seated woman (limestone), Cumulius (plaster), Standing Figure (limestone), Mother and Child (limestone), Pensive Man (granite), Portrait of Dr. M. F. Shapiro. One photograph shows five sculptures but no titles are given; it simply stated Sculpture Center Gallery, November 1951. Except in two instances the photographer is not credited. The exceptions being Pensive Man shot by J. W. Russell and Jack G. Norris by Graphica. Four of the photographs were taken aat the 1951 Sculpture Gallery show. The Mother and Child has glue residue on the rear and with notations that it is in the Permanent Collection at the Whitney and was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art show, 1951-1952, and at the Sculpture Center, 1951. The Mother and Child and the photograph with five subjects both have a small piece of a corner missing, a few light bends. Overall, wonderful tonailty. Housed in a rather luxe portfolio. "Robert B. Moir was born on January 7, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois. He was a student at the Art Institute of Chicago and also exhibited his work there in 1940-41 and 1948. Moir moved to New York to continue his education at Columbia University. He would go on to attend New York University, and the Art Student League of New York. In New York Moir exhibited at the Whitney Museum from 1951-56. Moir exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from 1951-56, in an exhibition entitled ÒAnnual Exhibition of American Sculptors. He exhibited alongside other notable sculptures such as, Alexander Archipenko, Alexander Calder, Chaim Gross, Milton Hebald, Paul Manship, and Harry Rosin. Moir had a one-man show held by the Sculptors Center, New York, in 1951. As well as a one-man show held by the SculptureÕs Guild, Lever House, New York, in 1956. Moir died in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1981." )Papillon Gallery)/
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Grace Lines; The Santa Elena.

CRUISE LINES) This framed item consists of two original photographs of the USS Santa Elena of the Grace Line and one of the Grace Line owner and measures 32 x 17 1/4 inches. The ship photographs both measure 9 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches and both images are of the ship in New York, one with a tugboat pushing it. The photograph of the owner J. P. Grace Sr. [?] is the same size and shows him aboard the ship. Also matted is a small original cloth Grace flag on cloth. Matted, framed and glazed. Two of the image with small cracks that can only be seen up close. Probably assembled to celebrate the launching of the Santa Elena in 1933 and likely hung in the shipping office. Four superb liners were designed by the Gibb brothers (who later designed the SS America) for the Grace Lines inter coastal service from New York to San Francisco and Seattle via the Panama Canal. With the new quartet the Grace Line established the first passenger service between New York and Seattle. Calls were made at Havana, Puerto Colombia, Cartagena, Canal Zone, Punta Arenas, La Libertad, San Jose, Mazatlan, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Victoria. They entered service in 1932, but the service was soon in trouble financially. In 1934, the Santa Lucia was transferred to the New York-South American route, and the Seattle extension was closed. In 1936, the inter coastal service was abandoned altogether, and the three ships on the service began sailings to Caribbean ports. Only the Santa Rosa and Santa Paula survived the war, and returned to the Caribbean route in 1947. Santa Lucia was torpedoed and sunk off Algiers in 1942, serving as USS Leedstown. Santa Elena was torpedoed in the Mediterranean in 1943, and sank whilst under tow.