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The Personal History.of David Copperfield.with illustrations By H. K. Browne (In the Original Monthly parts). Annotated By Bibliographer Thomas Hatton and from His Collection

The Personal History.of David Copperfield.with illustrations By H. K. Browne (In the Original Monthly parts). Annotated By Bibliographer Thomas Hatton and from His Collection

Dickens, Charles Annotated by Dickens bibliographer Thomas Hatton on page 15 of the part XIX/XX Advertiser: "D. C. 19/20;" together with an autograph note concerning part XIX/XX: "20 / plates to end of text." ALL wrappers are correct. ALL Advertisers, slips and ads are present and in accord with the Hatton & Cleaver bibliography, with the following exception: part VIII is lacking the scarce Lett's Diary ad and Part XII is lacking the "Visit to the Exhibition." slip. Twenty (20) monthly parts in 19; octavo, with 40 inserted plates, including the frontis and vignette title. [i-vii]viii[ix]x-xii[xiii]xiv[xv-xvi], [1]2-624. The plates are very good to fine; tissue guards are in place. Most parts have spines expertly renewed. Light soiling to a few wrappers. The text is UNOPENED (therefore unread) in parts VII and X. Subscriber name on front wrap of parts II, VII, VIII and XVIII - bookseller ticket on part IX. Part VII front wrap with small professional repair in lower margin; part VIII rear wrap is remargined and first leaf of Advertiser with small loss at lower gutter. Parts X and XIX/XX with professional corner repair to rear wraps. Internally clean and bright. An outstanding set in every respect and with a pedigree - it is from the famed (Thomas) Hatton and Cleaver collection. Housed in a handsome, green quarter leather slipcase, with chemise and armorial bookplate. Provenance: The Hatton & Cleaver collection, the Heritage Bookshop, Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc. Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 253-272.
  • $9,000
  • $9,000
Spezielle Pathologie und Theorie nach H. M. Romberg im Wintersemester 1853/54 ausgearbeitet von W. Roth. Deutsche Handschrift auf Velin.

Spezielle Pathologie und Theorie nach H. M. Romberg im Wintersemester 1853/54 ausgearbeitet von W. Roth. Deutsche Handschrift auf Velin.

Romberg, M(oritz) H(einrich). (20,5 x 17 cm). (2) 246 (1) S. Pappband der Zeit. Bei dieser sehr umfangreichen, gut lesbaren Vorlesungsmitschrift in recht gleichmäßiger Hand auf klein und dicht beschriebenen Quart-Bögen handelt es sich in mehrfacher Hinsicht um ein interessantes Dokument der Medizingeschichte des mittleren 19. Jahrhunderts. Der Dozent war kein Geringerer als der Leiter der Berliner Charité, Moritz Heinrich Romberg (1795-1873), Begründer der klinischen Neurologie als wissenschaftliche Disziplin und einer der wichtigsten Vertreter der "deutschen neurologischen Schule". Sein umfangreiches "Lehrbuch Nervenkrankheiten des Menschen" war gerade in erweiterter Ausgabe erschienen und hatte überaus weitreichende Wirkung. Seit 1845 lehrte Romberg als ordentlicher Professor für spezielle Pathologie und Therapie in Berlin und hat als solcher die vorliegende Vorlesung abgehalten. Der mitschreibende Student sollte ebenfalls ein bekannter Mediziner werden, August Wilhelm Roth (1833-1892), späterer Militärarzt in preußischem und sächsischem Dienst sowie Hygieniker in Dresden, plädierte als erster für die Errichtung eines Hygienemuseums und war auch schriftstellerisch tätig. Sein Medizinstudium hat er 1851 in Berlin begonnen und 1855 mit einer Promotion über Geschlechtskrankheiten abgeschlossen. - Die vorliegende Mitschrift behandelt in komprimierter Form zuerst die psychischen Erkrankungen und gibt dann einen Überblick über die häufigsten Krankheiten verschiedener innerer Organe. Am Anfang werden Mania, Polymania und Wahnsinn beschrieben, deren Heilung man im Vermeiden von Kontakten sah. Von deren Formen werden unter anderem beschrieben: Monomania (Wahnsinn), Monomania melancholica, Hilaris (Narrheit), Insania moralis (Tollheit), Dipsomania (Trunksucht), Monomania homicida (Mordsucht), Delirium tremens (Säuferwahnsinn), Insania puerperalis etc. Dann werden Ektasien (ab S. 43), der Idiotismus, die Dementia (Blödsinn), darunter auch D. senilis, Logoneurosen des schlafenden Zustandes, Schlafkrankheiten usw. teils ausführlich behandelt. Von den Krankheiten des Blutes ist ab Seite 82 die Rede, zuerst jene der Verdauungsorgane, wie etwa Formen der Stomatitis und der Paroli, dann auch die Noma, Gastritis, Colitis, Dysenteria, Bauchfellentzündung, Hepatitis, Nierenkrankheiten (darunter die Brightsche), Lungenerkrankungen wie Bronchitis und Lungen- und Brustfellentzündung, weiterhin die Herz- und Gefäßerkrankungen, Endocarditis, Venenentzündung, Entzündungen der Organe des Nervensystems (Meningitis spinalis und cerebralis, Encephalitis und Rückenmarksentzündungen), ferner auch einzelne Frauenleiden wie die Metritis. Sehr systematisch wird immer das Krankheitsbild beschrieben, mögliche Symptom-Modifikationen, dann die erforderlichen Behandlungen, eventuelle Komplikationen und die Prognose für den Kranken wie auch die Ursachenforschung (Ätiologie). - Ein Kompendium des zeitgenössischen medizinischen Wissens, aus erster Hand vermittelt durch einen der wegweisenden Forscher dieser Disziplin. - Vereinzelt minimal fleckig. Einband gering bestoßen, sonst gut erhalten. - Beiliegen eine kleine Zeichnung einer Krankentrage und dieselbe Darstellung als Lithographie.
  • $1,602
  • $1,602
Lettre autographe datée et signée adressée à son médecin le docteur Pierre Frumusan : "L'appui que vous donnez à notre lutte pour la correction de tout ce qui entachait le clair visage du communisme

Lettre autographe datée et signée adressée à son médecin le docteur Pierre Frumusan : “L’appui que vous donnez à notre lutte pour la correction de tout ce qui entachait le clair visage du communisme, est infiniment précieux”

THOREZ Maurice - S.n., Paris 25 Octobre 1963, 13,5x21cm, une page recto verso. - Lettre autographe signée de Maurice Thorez (22 lignes à l'encre bleue à en-tête du Parti Communiste Français) adressée à son médecin Pierre Frumusan. Trace de pliure inhérente à la mise sous pli. Maurice Thorez loue l'intervention décisive du camarade Pierre Frumensan dans le combat qui les unit : "C'est une dure bataille mais les résultats en sont déjà sensibles dans tous les domaines." et se réjouit également de sa santé meilleure : "Vous voyez que j'écris désormais de la main gauche. C'est plus que je ne l'avais espéré un certain temps ! " Le 23 janvier 1953, Pierre frumusan signa avec neuf autres médecins communistes : Yves Cachin, Jean Dalsace, Hector Descomps, Henri Chrétien dit Baussary, Paul Hertzog, H.F. Klotz, Victor Lafitte, Raymond Leibovici et Jeanne Lévy, une déclaration contre « Un groupe de médecins terroristes » qui venait « d'être découverts en Union soviétique. [.] Ils ont été démasqués comme des agents de renseignements américains ; certains d'entre eux avaient été recrutés par l'intermédiaire du Joint, organisation sioniste internationale. » Ce texte paraissait le 27 janvier dans l'Humanité. Le 6 mars 1953, l'Humanité annonça « Staline est mort », puis le 6 avril 1953, en page une « Les médecins inculpés ont été arrêtés à tort. Ils sont pleinement réhabilités. Poursuite contre les responsables des irrégularités de l'instruction. Pierre Frumusan fut également l'un des 5 médecins qui soigna Maurice Thorez. [ENGLISH DESCRIPTION ON DEMAND]
  • $323
The Memorable Year: -of the War in China

The Memorable Year: -of the War in China, the Opening Up of the Resources of Siam; the Projected Movement Upon Cochin-China; and the Monetary Crisis in Europe and America. By a Corresponding Member of the American Geographical and Statistical Society, Etc

Gideon NYE (1812-1888). Large 8°, [24 pp.] with title, verses, preface, index, 4 blank pages, starting with p. 9 on second text page (complete), 360 pp., pp. A-D between pp. 339-340, contemporary half dark brown calf with gold tooling and lettering on the spine and marbled paper boards, a presentation copy with a dedication by the author in black ink on the first blank page and a later owner's signature in pencil in the upper part "A. Salles, Paris, Oct. 1903" (pp. 318-319 with a tear in the upper white margin, small worm holes in the inner upper corner of the first part, minor sporadic staining, binding slightly rubbed on the corners and in the upper and lower part of the spine, but overall in a good condition) MACAO IMPRINT: A rare book on the events in China, Cochin China, and India, authored by an American diplomat Gideon Nye in Macao, in 1858, and written in a modern style, where the author seeks connections between global events and is not discussing them in isolation. With a dedication by the author to John Gray, the Archdeacon of Hong Kong - Gideon Nye (1812-1888) was an American diplomat, writer and art collector, who arrived to China in 1831 from his native Massachusetts. He lived in Guangzhou and Macao until his death in 1888 and in almost six decades in China, Nye, a corresponding member of the American Geographical Society and an American Vice Consul, authored several books on the region, political events, such as the events which leading up to the First and Second Opium Wars, tea trade and art. A contemporary report describes Gideon Nye as "Nestor of foreign residents in China, publicist, philanthropist and patriot." Chinese Recorder and Missionary Journal, Vol. 19, 1888, p. 525). In this book, printed in Macao in 1858 and addressed to American readers, Nye describes a series of contemporary events, related to China, Cochin China, and India and connects them into a group of global events. The book is dedicated in manuscript on the first blank page by the author to John Gray (1823 1890), the Archdeacon of Hong Kong (1868-1878), and a consular chaplain at Canton (Guangzhou, 186778) and a commissary of the Diocese of Victoria, Hong Kong: To the Venerate Archdeacon Gray with Mr. Nye's Compl[iment]s. Canton 12th March 1870. We could trace about half a dozen institutional examples on Worldcat, the other appear to be microfilms (Harvard Law School Library, Phillips Library (Peabody Essex Museum), University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, The Claremont Colleges, Library of Congress, American Antiquarian Society, The British Library (or microfilm?), Yale University Library (or microfilm?)). References: OCLC 681653924 (also microfilm), 504088286.
  • $4,256
  • $4,256
Phonurgia Nova sive Conjugium Mechanico-physicum Artis & Natvræ Paranympha Phonosophia

Phonurgia Nova sive Conjugium Mechanico-physicum Artis & Natvræ Paranympha Phonosophia

KIRCHER, Athanasius 1601-1680 Folio. Full ivory vellum with single gilt rule to edges, titling in manuscript to spine, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto license granted by the Society of Jesus with printed date of Rome, 1 December 1672, verso blank), 3ff. (dedication to Emperor Leopold I), 8ff. ("Exegesis," testimonials, preface, etc.), 6ff. ("Index Argumentorum"), 229, [i] (blank) pp. + 3ff. ("Epistola P. Francisci Eschinardi Soc. Jesv. Ad P. Athanasium Kircherum"), [i] ("Explicatio Terminorum"), [9] pp. ("Index Rerum et Verborum"). With fine engraved pictorial vignette to title incorporating an angel blowing a trumpet above a cityscape within decorative border; decorative and historiated woodcut initials; woodcut head- and tailpieces; 2 full-page engraved plates and numerous smaller finely engraved illustrations; occasional typeset musical examples; and numerous woodcut diagrams and illustration throughout, including of musical instruments. Considerable worming throughout, primarily to lower portions of leaves, often affecting text, most heavily to first approximately 40 and final approximately 60 pp.; small contemporary label with manuscript shelfmark to lower outer corner of front pastedown. Binding somewhat worn, rubbed, bumped, and soiled, with numerous small wormholes and remnants of early dark red leather ties; gilt rule faded; pastedowns worn and wormed; free endpapers lacking. Lacking frontispiece and portrait of Leopold I. First Edition. Damschroder and Williams p. 140. Matthews pp. 60-61. Gregory-Bartlett I, p. 136. Hirsch I, 267. Cortot p. 100. RISM Êcrits, p. 450. Phonurgia Nova (New Science of Sound Production) is the first book devoted entirely to the science of acoustics. It offers an extensive treatment of the properties of sound as they relate to both architecture and to musical instruments. The work is divided into two books: the first, Phonosophia anacamptica, examines echos, sound waves, various tubes both cylindrical and conical used to pick up and amplify sound, Kircher's own inventions including speaking statues, musical instruments with internal mechanisms that generate harmonies, and what is purported to be the earliest description of the aeolian harp; the second, Phonosophia nova, addresses the influence of music on the human mind and the therapeutic use of music, and includes an interesting and detailed account of tarantism, a form of hysteric behavior characterized by an extreme impulse to dance, widely believed in 15th-17th century southern Italy to be caused by the bite of a tarantula. Wikipedia Kircher was a highly important music theorist of the Baroque period. "Among seventeenth-century writers on music none possessed quite the breadth of erudition demonstrated by Athanasius Kircher . None of his treatises has stood the test of time better than Musurgia universalis (1650), an enormous volume replete with multifarious information. . tThe propagation of sound is given a prominent position: numerous illustrations involving room acoustics, echoes, and the construction of a megaphone reveal the workings of a fertile imagination, if not a perfect understanding of the subject. These acoustical materials were augmented and reissued as Phonurgia nova in 1673 to prove that he had invented the megaphone, instead of Sir Samuel Morland, who also laid claim to that distinction." Damschroder and Williams pp. 139-140.
  • $2,070
  • $2,070
Wetton's Guide-Book to Northampton

Wetton’s Guide-Book to Northampton, and its Vicinity; with a Historical and Descriptive Account of the Town and Neighbourhood

[PRETTY (Edward)] Engraved frontispiece, nine plates, folding map, title page vignette and 13 woodcuts in the text. 8vo. [198 x 112 x 21 mm]. vi, [iv], 256 pp. Bound in the original purple cloth, the covers with a blind blocked border and the front blocked in gilt, yellow endleaves. (A little faded and slightly bumped). Previously published in 1847. A very good copy. With the bookseller's label of Dorman of Northampton and bookplate of Lady Davy. Jane Kerr (1780-1855) married Shuckburgh Ashley Apreece in 1799 but he died in 1807. His widow then made her mark on society, as her distant cousin Walter Scott said, by taking "the blue line, and by great tact and management actually established herself as a leader of literary fashiom". In 1811 she moved from Edinburgh to London and was hotly pursued by Humphrey Davy. They married in 1812, three days after Davy received a knighthood. Her wealth enabled him to retire from routine work and devote himself to chemical researches. The marriage "was not a happy or comfortable union, each party having been rather too accustomed to adulation" (ODNB), but they were together when Sir Humphrey died in Geneva in 1829. Lady Davy continued to travel and entertain and Scott wrote of her "as a lion-catcher, I would put her against the world". She was buried at St. Sepulchre's Church in Northampton.
  • $333
Correspondence . relating to the slave trade. [In some volumes: "relative to the slave trade"

Correspondence . relating to the slave trade. [In some volumes: “relative to the slave trade”, “on the slave trade” or “respecting the slave trade”].London, William Clowes (1837-1845); T. R. Harrison (1848-1872); 1837-1872. With:(1) Class B (further series). Correspondence with foreign powers regarding the slave trade. 1837.(2) Class C. Correspondence with foreign powers, parties to the conventions between Great Britain and France upon de slave trade. May 1838 – February 1839.(3) Idem. June – December 1839.(4) Idem. May – December 1840.(5) Class D. Correspondence with foreign powers, not parties to conventions, giving right of search of vessels suspected of the slave trade. May 1838 – February 1839.(6) Idem. February – May 1839.(7) Idem. January – May 1840.(8) Idem. May – December 1840.(9) Class C. Correspondence on the slave trade, with foreign powers parties to conventions under which vessels are to be tried by the tribunals of the nation to which they belong. January – December 1941

[CORRESPONDENCE - SLAVERY AND SLAVE TRADE]. Rare collection of 14 volumes containing transcriptions of British diplomatic correspondence with other countries relating to the slave trade in the 19th century, printed for the British government. Although slavery in the British Empire was abolished in 1807, enslaved people in the colonies were not freed until 1838. In the present volumes, which mostly date from 1837-1846, directly after slavery was abolished in most British colonies, the British government urges other countries to help put a halt to the now illegal slave trade. The present collection contains the correspondence between Britain and numerous countries in Europe, the Americas and North Africa, especially France, Spain, the United States and Austria. The letters describe the ships carrying enslaved people in detail, also mentioning their ports of call, so they could be more easily found and stopped. Of particular interest are the transcriptions of slave trade acts from various countries as well as the treaties between France and chiefs in African colonies, which are difficult to find in print anywhere else.The letters reveal the profound change in attitude towards slavery in the middle of the 19th century. The tone of the correspondence with countries that were quick in abolishing slavery, like Denmark, is very different than that of the countries that were much slower, like the Netherlands and various countries in Latin America. However, the letters especially make clear how difficult it must have been to find and stop the ships that were illegally carrying enslaved people. The owners of the vessels often hid their illegal practices behind obscure transactions and renamings, which made finding them arduous and sometimes dangerous. It was the task of British commissioners and naval officers to try to uncover the network behind the Atlantic slave traders and bring them to justice. By collaborating with other countries, the courts succeeded in the condemnation of over 600 vessels engaged in the slave trade and the liberation of nearly 80,000 enslaved people.Ad 11 with blue library stamp on the title-page ("Bibliothèque du palais de la paix"). All volumes in good to very good condition, some very slight browning and foxing, some marginal notes in most volumes.
  • $9,520
  • $9,520
[Manilla]. Plan De La Baye et Ville de Manille

[Manilla]. Plan De La Baye et Ville de Manille, Capitale des Isles Philippines, Située en L’Isle Luçon, par 14. D.gré 39.m de Latitude Septentrionale, & par 118 D.gré 33.m de Longitude Méridien de l’Observatoire de Paris.

APRÈS DE MANNEVILLETTE, Jean-Baptiste-Nicolas-Denis d' (1707-1780). Original copper-engraved sea chart of Manilla (57.5 x 41.5 cm overall) printed on heavy paper. The chart extends from the North coast of Mindoro Island to north of Pointe de Capones, centered on Manilla Bay and Subec Bay. It is based on the most progressive sources available to the French Navy. European interest in Manila Bay, and the Philippines in general, was heightened upon hearing news of British Admiral George Anson's capture of a Spanish Manila Galleon off of Cabo Espiritu Santo, in 1743. A few isolated spots, generally a very good clean copy. The present chart was drafted by French sailor and hydrographer Jean-Batiste de Mannevillette (1707-80). Mannevillette apprenticed under the great royal cartographer Guillaume De L'Isle. He then joined the maritime service of the Compagnie des Indes, eventually attaining the rank of captain. Upon his return to Paris, Mannevillette was appointed as director of the Dépôt des Cartes et Plans de la Navigation des Indes. In 1745, he published the first edition of his sea atlas of Asian waters, Le Neptune Oriental, regarded as a major achievement and a library indispensable to navigators. The high quality of Mannevillette's charts won him the acclaim of both mariners and academics alike, and he was admitted as a fellow of the Academy of Sciences. He published a second, heavily revised, edition of the Neptune Oriental in 1775., from which the present chart derives.
  • $1,655
  • $1,655
Dunkirk to Berlin. June 1940 - July 1945. A map of the Historic Wartime Journeys undertaken by The Right Hon. Sir Winston Churchill

Dunkirk to Berlin. June 1940 – July 1945. A map of the Historic Wartime Journeys undertaken by The Right Hon. Sir Winston Churchill, K.G., O.M., C.H. In Defence of the British Commonwealth and Empire.

(CHURCHILL, Winston); HUNT, Frank A. Devine. Original colour printed map (91 x 117 cm) of the "historic wartime journeys undertaken by the Right Hon. Winston Churchill.in defence of the British Commonwelath and Empire. Folds into original card slipcase (22 x 15 cm) with pictorial front-cover". "Issued to World Book Members in April 1956" printed to back of case. Some crude tape repairs to slip-case, map in excellent condition. The routes of Churchill's wartime trips abroad are shown, noted the conferences he attended and Churchill's mode of transport. Colourful vignette portraits of the planes and ships Churchill used appear at the foot of the map and include HMS Duke of York, HMS Renown, HMT Queen Mary, and the airplanes "Commando" and "Berwick." Churchill's popular six-volume memoir The Second World War, originally published between 1948 and 1954, was reissued in a cheaper edition by the Reprint Society between 1950 and 1956 for its World Books book club. "Upon publication of the sixth and final volume of the Reprint Society edition in April 1956, the publisher issued World Books members a folded slipcased 'Map of the Historic Wartime Journeys undertaken by The Right Hon. Sir Winston Churchill, K.G., O.M., C.H. in Defence of the British Commonwealth and Empire' to commemorate the 'completion of the Reprint Society edition of the Churchill war memoirs'" (Cohen A240.6(VI).a).
  • $993
EXCURSIONS

EXCURSIONS

Thoreau, Henry D[avid] Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1863. 1 preliminary page undated ads. Original blind-stamped blue-green cloth with gilt-decorated spine. First Edition, first and only printing that was dated 1863, which consisted of just 1558 copies (1500 of which were bound up) -- priced at $1.00. This posthumous collection of naturalist essays (including "A Winter Walk," "Autumnal Tints" and "Night and Moonlight") was Thoreau's third book, preceded only by A WEEK ON THE CONCORD AND MERRIMACK RIVERS (1849) and WALDEN (1854). When Thoreau died of tuberculosis in May 1862 (at the age of 44), nothing of his had been published during the eight years since WALDEN. The editor of this book was the author's sister, Sophia Thoreau; the 26-page "Biographical Sketch" of Thoreau was by his friend and neighbor Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ticknor & Fields wished to pay a royalty of 10¢ but Thoreau's sister. preferred 15¢. According to the T&F cost books the matter was settled by paying her 12½¢ per copy [Borst]. This copy is in the zigzag or "sawtooth" grain cloth (Blanck's "TR" grain, horizontal); others are in pebbled cloth, or in cloth with a triangular pattern (no priority; the gilt and blind-stamping on all three types of cloth is identical). This is a near-fine copy (rubbed through at the ends of the rear joint, a common complaint since the spine is wider than the rest of the book); the spine gilt is oxidized to a copper hue, and there is an early signature on the title page. The original brown endpapers are clean and intact. The engraved frontispiece portrait of Thoreau -- the first publication of his likeness anywhere -- is clean and sharp; as always, in spite of the presence of the original frontispiece tissue, it has lightly offset onto the title page. Borst A3.1.a; Blanck 20111.
  • $1,350
  • $1,350
THE STORY OF A FIERCE BAD RABBIT

THE STORY OF A FIERCE BAD RABBIT

Potter, Beatrix London and New York: Frederick Warne & Co., (1906). [Title and copyright pages constitute the inside panels of the wallet.] Original light grey-green concertina-wallet style booklet with cover pictorial onlay. First Edition of Beatrix Potter's ninth tale, one with a fair amount of violence (as the "fierce bad rabbit" winds up losing his tail and whiskers). This is one of only two titles that first appeared in this concertina-wallet format (the other, THE STORY OF MISS MOPPET, likewise came out in 1906; actually there was to have been a third, THE SLY OLD CAT, but it was never published as such, because the booksellers objected to this fragile format). A FIERCE BAD RABBIT was ultimately published in small-book format in 1916 (and thereafter). There were two printings in this wallet format, one in November and one in December: both read "London & New York" on the "title page," but on the rear cover, some read that same way while others (including this copy) read "New York & London -- presumably for the American market, and believed to be the later of the two. Condition is very good plus: although there is (typical) damage to the slot, the tab is intact; there is less wear than usual at the exterior edges, and also at the page hinges (which are particularly vulnerable, as they are 360-degree hinges to be turned by young children). A little girl practiced her signature on the copyright page (inside front cover). Quinby 12; Linder pp. 183-184 & 426. Housed in a handsome cloth case lettered in gilt.
  • $775
THE TROLL GARDEN

THE TROLL GARDEN

Cather, Willa Sibert [from the dedicatee.] New York: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1905. Original blind-stamped red cloth. First Edition, first binding state, of Willa Cather's first volume of prose. It was her second book -- a collection of seven short stories; two years earlier had been published her first book, a volume of verse titled APRIL TWILIGHTS. Soon after THE TROLL GARDEN was published, she joined the staff of the publisher's magazine, McClure's; there, with Sam McClure and Ida Tarbell, she was part of the groundbreaking group of investigative reform journalists who teamed up so effectively with Theodore Roosevelt (read about them in Doris Kearns Goodwin's recent BULLY PULPIT). Cather would leave the magazine in 1912 to pursue creative writing full-time, publishing ALEXANDER'S BRIDGE that year and then breaking out with O PIONEERS! in 1913 -- finally turning to writing about the Nebraska in which she had grown up. This copy is in the first binding state, vertically-ribbed cloth with a blind-stamped binding design by William Jordan (initialed at lower left) -- with "McClure Phillips & Co." at the foot of the spine. (That firm was dissolved in 1906 and the unsold sheets were bought up by Doubleday Page, who then issued them (including the original title page) in coarse mesh cloth with their name at the foot of the spine.) The number of copies printed is now unknown, but this is an uncommon book, especially in decent condition. This is a near-fine copy, with very minor wear at the corners, and discreet strengthening of the inner hinges. Crane A4a. Provenance: On the front free endpaper is the inscription "From Isabelle McClung, Nantucket | August 1st 1907." The dedicatee of this book, McClung (1877-1938) was "the first person to reciprocate Cather's romantic affections" [Cather site]: they met in 1899, they moved into McClung's family home in Pittsburgh in 1901, and they traveled together in Europe in 1902. The final "le" of "Isabelle" appears to have been added, which leads us to assume that this inscription was written by the unnamed recipient, not by McClung herself.
  • $875
ANNA KARÉNINA. In Eight Parts

ANNA KARÉNINA. In Eight Parts

[Tolstoy, Leo] [a handsome copy] By Count Lyof N. Tolstoï. Translated by Nathan Haskell Dole. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Company, n.d.[c1886]. 4 pp undated ads. Original dark blue cloth stamped in gilt. First American Edition (and first edition in the English language) -- early (though not quite the first) issue. This is Tolstoy's great tragedy of a woman's faith in romantic love -- it and the earlier WAR AND PEACE are considered Tolstoy's two masterpieces. The original publication in eight parts in Russian came out serially in The Russian Messenger, between 1873 and 1877, and then in book form in 1878. Considered one of the great novels of world literature, Anna Karenina has been filmed numerous times -- beginning in 1911 (which has not survived), through 2012 (screenplay by Tom Stoppard, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law). The American pirate publisher Crowell never put a publication date on his title pages, so the only date on any copy is the copyright date of 1886. Copies bearing only that copyright date were issued over a number of years -- with variations in cloth color, endpapers (leafy-floral or plain), the presence or absence of a list of books opposite the title page, the presence or absence of Crowell's monogram (and varying NYC street addresses for Crowell) on the title page, the presence or absence of the Boston printer's imprint, and the presence or absence of (undated) ads. This copy is in dark blue diaper-grain cloth, it has green-on-white leaf-and-bird-patterned endpapers, it has the preliminary list of Tolstoy titles, it has Crowell's monogram on the title page (where his address is given as 13 Astor Place, where Crowell was ensconced (at Clinton Hall) from 1881 until 1893, when the firm moved to East 14th Street). It has the printer's imprint on the copyright page, and it has the four pages of undated ads leading off with ANNA KARÉNINA. There has been no comprehensive analysis of these issue points, so NO copy should be described definitively as "first issue." A front flyleaf bears a woman's signature dated Christmas 1888, and the 17 Tolstoy/Crowell titles (on the preliminary list) were all first published by Crowell during the years 1885-1888; notably absent is WAR AND PEACE, which Crowell did not publish until 1889. Given the lack of certainty regarding issue points, we consider a copy's condition to be paramount in importance -- and this is a bright, just-about-fine copy, with scarcely any soil or wear, with the gilt still bright, and with the endpapers clean and intact.
  • $1,850
  • $1,850
THE VALLEY OF FEAR

THE VALLEY OF FEAR

Doyle, A. Conan With a Frontispiece by Frank Wiles. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1915. 6 pp undated ads. Original red cloth. First English Edition of this Sherlock tale sited half in an English manor house and half in the coal mining villages of Pennsylvania. As Doyle later recollected, the story had its origin "through my reading a graphic account of the Molly Maguire outrages in the coalfields of Pennsylvania, when a young detective from Pinkerton's Agency acted exactly as the hero is represented as doing." The American edition, which consisted of more than four times as many copies, was published about three months earlier. This was Sherlock Holmes's first appearance in ten years, following his RETURN in 1905. This was also the last of the four book-length Sherlock Holmes adventures -- the others having been A STUDY IN SCARLET, THE SIGN OF FOUR and THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. As veteran Doyle collectors know, the later Sherlockian titles (such as THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, this one, HIS LAST BOW and THE CASE-BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES) are scarcer than the earlier ones such as THE ADVENTURES, THE MEMOIRS, and THE HOUND. This is a near-fine copy, with scarcely any wear at all. The red cloth spine is a little darkened, and the thick wove paper does have a bit of the usual foxing, but this book seldom turns up in any better condition; the original endpapers are intact (the front one bears a June 1915 signature -- the month of publication). Green & Gibson A39a.
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Carnaval 1929.

Carnaval 1929.

[PARIS CARNIVAL]. Folio (315 x 218 mm), 20 numbered plates with more than 500 individual elements in full colour; a few marks, central crease throughout; a very good copy in the original orange paper wrappers.Fancy dress French style, a showcase of products available wholesale for the 1929 Carnival, from a costume merchant. Typically available by the dozen and the gross, though the most luxury items are available individually, made variously in cardboard, wax or linen, and beginning with simple dominos, the catalogue also includes full costumes for popular figures, including clowns, cowboys and toreadors. A section of masks for children includes a selection of animal heads as well as human faces; adult full-face masks are subdivided into multiple sections, including caricatures, grotesques, and masks with hairpieces and accessories. Half-face masks, as well as a sizeable selection of false noses and hairpieces, novelty hats, accessories (including lanterns and toy monkeys) are also available. Colin-maillard (blind man's buff) heads, which render the wearer wholly blind for entertainment purposes, have their own page. The catalogue concludes with a selection of Christmas decorations, while the inside back cover advertises further productions, including garlands, banners, flags and lanterns. A rare survival from the heyday of interwar merriment, when people were enthusiastic in their pursuit of everything lively and colourful to vanquish the recent memories of war. Predating the era of political correctness, the faces featured are from across the ethnographical spectrum, featuring stereotypical depictions of many races. Language: French
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Americae pars quinta.

Americae pars quinta.

BENZONI, Girolamo; BRY, Theodor De. FIRST EDITION. Folio, pp [2] 72, ff. [1] 22. Two parts in one, separate t-p to each. Double page map of New Spain, lightly trimmed at foot, strengthened, 22 engravings by De Bry of European treatment of native Americans, in good impression. Plate 13 overlaps with text. T-ps within elaborate woodcut borders depicting the conquest of the New World, historiated initials, and ornaments throughout, 'Hia' engraved above fifth line of title. Pretty later hand colouring to first t-p, portrait of Christopher Columbus and first historiated large initial. Age browning, particularly to final leaves, poor paper, a few edges frayed. A good, well-margined copy in modern green quarter-calf over plain boards, a.e.g. The second or 'counterfeit' issue of the first edition of the fifth part of Theodore De Bry's 8-part series on the discovery of America, complete with map of New Spain, a territory covering the southwestern portion of North America, and extensive engravings based on eyewitness accounts, accompanying text from Girolamo Benzoni's second book of his 'Novae Novi Orbis Historiae'. We only know of 'two editions of the fifth part of the Great Voyages'; the second can be identified by the 'Hia' abbreviation on the t-p, by the 13 lines on the first page of the preface, instead of 11 and various typographical differences, including a smaller font the notes being in italics and the plates being numbered with Arabic figures instead of Roman numerals. It contains a three-part narrative spanning the years 1541-56, the work provided detailed descriptions of the native landscape, alongside accounts of Spanish exploits, including their methods of conquest and government. The present argumentum reveals the second book's focus on Spanish ventures into the American continent and the maltreatment of the local people, ultimately contributing to the propagation of the Spanish Black Legend. The 21 chapters of text discuss the enslavement of the local population, import of slaves from Africa, encounters with pirates, local customs including the preparation of food, sleeping habits, dances and architecture, and responses to Spanish occupation. This is followed by a series of spirited engravings by De Bry, accompanied by descriptions, each one corresponding to a chapter of the text. More often than not, the Spanish conquistadors are presented committing acts of gross violence against the defenceless natives. The scenes are graphic in their portrayal, placing the harsh criticism of the Spanish into more visual terms. While De Bry never personally left Europe, Benzoni set out for the Americas in 1541, at the age of 22, acquiring a great deal of wealth on his trip, before losing it in a shipwreck and waiting several months in Cuba for a ship back to Spain, arriving in Sanlucar in September 1556. During his travels, he visited the West Indies, Venezuela, Hispaniola, Colombia, Central America and Peru. No trace of him survives beyond his dedication for the 1572 edition of the text. USTC: 611196; Adams: B 2995; BM Catalogue (Dutch): p160; Sabin: Vol V p.38; Alden: 595/8; not in Cox
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Petri Mocenici Imperatoris gestorum

Petri Mocenici Imperatoris gestorum

CIPPICO, Coriolano. FIRST EDITION. 4to. a-g5, 54 unnumbered leaves. Roman letter, fine woodcut initials throughout, striking border with vine motif to a2. Some contemporary marginalia of place names in the Aegean, later inscription of Joseph Busera of Fabriano to recto of ffep. and dedicatory inscription to verso 'Bibliothecae Cathidialis Fabrianensis ex Dono Francis Prioris Busera A.D. 1766'. Pencil note of George Dunn sale at Sotheby's dated 23rd November 1917 to ffep. Marbled pastedowns with book plates of George Dunn, C. S. Ascherson and George Abrams. Light age yellowing, very light staining. A very good, very clean, well margined copy in 17th C vellum, spine wormed, a.e.r. In folding box. A handsome, crisp, large copy of a first-hand account of an early Venetian military expedition against the Ottomans, following the disastrous defeat at Negroponte on the island of Euboea, in a rivalry that would last until the 18th C, helping shape the religious and political landscape of modern Europe. The fall of the Byzantine Empire and Mehmet II's capture of Constantinople in 1453 initiated frequent clashes between East and the West, as they fought for supremacy over the Mediterranean. Cippico was a Dalmatian nobleman, humanist, and military commander from Trogir, in Dalmatia, who accompanied the future doge Pietro Mocenigo on campaign while he served as a galley captain between 1470-1474. He records the fleet's exploits in three books, beginning with the Venetian council's decision to face the Turks, following the deposition of Nicolo Canal, describing their travels through the Aegean with Thucydidean flair. The marginalia reveal particular interest in the various settlements mentioned, including Chius, Pergamus, Knidos, Samos, Atalia and Smyrna, all of which were highly significant in Antiquity and remained of great contemporary strategic importance. The author notes the Classical significance of these sites and highlights some of ancient ruins at Delos, recording the Greek inscription on a colossal statue, and marvelling at a monument to Homer in Smyrna. In highlighting the strong Western heritage of these sites, Cippico presents a more justified causa belli. Then next two books focus on Venetian attacks along the Turkish coastline, including the suppression of a political coup in Cyprus using the entire Venetian fleet, victory at the siege of Scutari, which had been surrounded by Ottoman troops in 1474, as well as the rescue of Catarina Corner, Queen of Cyprus. Cippico reveals the fleet's movements, specific naval manoeuvres and battle detail, and correspondence between Venetian and Ottoman forces. A detailed glimpse into Venetian war machine and the most serene republic's foreign policy in the late 15th C. USTC: 996107; Goff: C378; Essling 254; BMC: V 244; Blackmer Cat. p.235.
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