Including Round the World- Letters from Japan, China, India, and Egypt by Wm. Perry Fogg, illustrated with original albumen photographs, privately printed in 1872; an unpublished English translation of the I Ching with correspondence between Paul Reps, an early Californian advocate of Zen Buddhism; Wilfrid Lay; Carroll Brent Chilton; with a transcribed letter by Carl Jung, 1935-1960; an album of 19th c. Chinese pith paintings of the Tea Industry in the Youqua Cantonese School; two extraordinary Maurice Sendak association copies, decorated & inscribed to the sister of Sendak’s first girlfriend- Kenny’s Window & A Hole Is to Dig, with a picture of Sendak dancing; a surreptitious account of Anson’s A Voyage Round the World, published in 1744, pre-dating the official account by four years; a run of 62 Falkland Islands Annual Reports, from 1890-1973, along with Boyson’s scarce 1924 work The Falkland Islands; William Darton’s 1811 world map puzzle for children showing the Tracks of James Cook’s three voyages, in the original box; Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing, first edition, early issue in original cloth; magnificent double-page Pineapple prints with European scenes from Volckamer’s Nuremberische Hesperides, 1714.
98 items including books, maps, prints, photographs & ephemera.
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A Voyage to the South Seas and to Many Other Parts of the World Performed from the Month of September 1740, to June 1744, by Commodore Anson, ... By an Officer of the Squadron.
London: R. Walker, 1744.
One of the two surreptitious accounts of the Anson voyage, published in 1744, while the official first edition was published in 1748. This volume is a variant of OCLC 12097186, and includes the frontispiece portrait of Anson and one folding plate titled "A View of the Engagement Between Angria the Pyrate ... and the English East India Fleet". Hill calls for 5 folding plates, but this was obviously bound with the frontis & one folding plate, which conforms to the very early bookseller's catalog description loosely inserted at the front cover. Large 12mo, frontispiece portrait, x, 11 - 408pp, 54pp appendix, folding plate. Contemporary dark brown calf. Raised bands at spine, with remnants of shelf tickets at the head and tail of spine, front hinge starting but sound. Internally a little dusty, with short split at first fold of folding plate. Very good condition.
Gen. Tom Thumb's Three Years' Tour Around the World [with] Broadside 'Gen. Tom Thumb and his Charming Little Wife at Town Hall Framingham, Positively for One Day Only!, July 18th' with note on verso, "I Bot (sic) this Tom Thumb Book from him personally - July 18, 1879 W. Webster Brown"
New York: S. Booth, Printer, 1872, 1879.
"Never! Never will I go to Australia! Why, it is upon the other side of the globe; they send convicts there!" exclaimed General Tom Thumb". The story of the world tour of the highly successful little person who was P. T. Barnum's star attraction, and whose real name was Charles Sherwood Stratton (1838 – 1883). With chapters on visits to Japan, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Australia, India, and the Middle East. Chapters VII and VIII including "Description of Australia, Appearance at the Theatre Royal, Description of Van Dieman's Land, Journey Overland to Adelaide, South Australia, Alone on the Desert, Kangaroo, ..., H. R. H. the Duke of Edinburgh". With in text illustration of aborigines and "Native Corrobbery or Assemblage, South Australia". Unusual, not listed in Ferguson, but located in 3 Australian libraries Trove #11062473, at the National Library, Monash & Randwick. 12mo, frontispiece, 144pp, b&w ills throughout. Tan/yellow paper wraps, engraved illustrated front cover; engraved illustration at rear cover 'Residence of Gen. Tom Thumb, at Bridgeport, Ct.' In immaculate condition, with a very short closed tear top of front cover; internally very bright and clean. Scarce. [with] Broadside with handwritten note on verso, indicating that W. Webster Brown attended the one day appearance of Gen. Tom Thumb and his wife at the Framingham Town Hall, where Brown bought the above book from Tom Thumb on July 18, 1879. The broadside advertises "the smallest married persons in existence" with an engraved illustration of the couple standing next to a chair. Also appearing on the same date was Major Newell, "the Skatorial Phenomenon and Comic Genius", illustrated with three figures. A third act is advertised as "the Mischievous Monkey" with a notice from the press quoted as follows: "The General's personation (sic) of the Landlord was very comical, and Mrs. Stratton (Mrs. Gen. Tom Thumb) in the character of Miss Virginia Small elicited frequent applause. The General verdict was "She is a darling". Mr. Sylvester Bleeker, as Mr. John Smith, a fussy bank inspector, treated us to some good sterling acting. .... Major Newell, as the Monkey, exhibited all the antics of that animal in a most wonderful manner." 5 1/8 x 14 1/2". With several horizontal folds, otherwise exceptionally bright and clean. Fine.
A remarkable and lively travel account around the world, focusing on Japan, China & India, illustrated with original unmounted albumen photographs. Fogg traveled by train from Cleveland to San Francisco, via Salt Lake City, where he interviewed Brigham Young and describes the Mormon sights. He took a Pacific Mail Steamer from San Francisco to Japan. He describes Japan in some detail and is largely impressed by what he sees; he then visits China (including Hong Kong), Singapore, Malacca and Penang. He travels on to India before traveling from Bombay to Suez, and thence via the newly completed canal to Cairo and the Pyramids. The resemblance between the author's name and journey is remarkably similar to the fictional "Phineas Fogg" of Jules Verne's "Round the World in 80 Days", published the same year. The text is printed in a single column format, likely to have been printed on a proofing press for the newspaper articles that were first printed in the "Cleveland Leader". OCLC 510794; Smith F45; not recorded in Flake, or "The Truthful Lens". The book is rare. In the preface, Fogg states that they were printed in a small number for private distribution. There is an errata page correcting a fair sprinkling of errors - a previous owner has carefully corrected them in the text as per the errata page. On the few occasions the book has been recorded, it has been with a varying number of plates, but never as many as this copy. In 2005, it sold at Christie's for over $5000 us with 28 plates. The original photographs include: Frontispiece portrait of the author signed "With Kind Regards, W. Perry Fogg"; Salt Lake City; Brigham Young; Mt. Starr King YoSemite (sic); Japanese Village; Betto or Groom; Group of Japanese Officers; Bronze Statue of Buddha; The Original "Grecian Bend" (Japanese women in kimonos); Mother and Child; Moats round the Tycoon's Palace - Yedo; Hong Kong Harbor; Queens Street - Hong Kong; Vue d'Macao; Singapore; Penang; First Cataract of the Nile; Mosque of Mohamet Ali - Cairo; Palace of the Viceroy - Alexandria; The Great Pyramid and Sphynx (sic). The reproductions of prints include: Bridge Scene in Yedo - From a Native Sketch; The Ghauts, Benares; Lucknow - Bridge of Boats; Cawnpore Memorial; Kaiser Bagh or King's Palace, Lucknow; The Taj; The Jumna Musjid, from the North; The Kootub Minar; Street Scene in Cairo; Scene on the Quay at Alexandria or the Arrival of a Steamer. 8vo, ,-237pp, 30 unmounted albumen photographs (including the frontispiece). All edges marbled. Original three-quarter morocco and cloth, gilt globe on front board, spine lettered in gilt. Covers rubbed and worn. Frontispiece, title page, and through to p.22 with a very faint wedge-shaped watermark in the inner lower margin. Signed by the author on the frontispiece. Overall a very clean copy, the photographs very dark and sharp.
Social Contrasts Portrayed in a Series of Twenty Two Coloured Lithographic Plates From Pen and Ink Sketches.
London: William Oliver , 1865.
A moralistic social commentary on the status or plight of women in various London settings. Most pages feature side by side illustrations of women lithographs with the wealthy woman on one side and the poor on the other, such as "In Luck" and "Out of Luck", "Going to the Well, Gone to the Bad". With full page plates for Boxing Day 10 a.m. and Boxing Day, 10 p.m., showing young girls on stage, behind the scenery, while the other shows lovely ballerinas on stage in costume. Oblong 4to,  leaves,  leaves of lithographic plates, highlighted with gum arabic. Maroon gilt stamped covers, with decorative gilt title in oval center panel at front board, no title at spine. Covers very lightly rubbed at edges, new end papers. A very bright copy, inside and out. OCLC: 27839032 cites 5 copies.
A series of 12 original gouaches on pith paper, mounted on wove paper album pages with blue silk ribbon. The pictures illustrate all phases of the tea industry - planting, harvesting, processing, sorting, labeling the tea chests, selling and drinking. Pith painting albums were popular as inexpensive and easily transported souvenirs in the period following the growth in the China Trade in the first quarter of the 19th century. Because many pictures were sold in albums and hence protected from the light, they retain their bright colors to this day. Botanicals and landscapes were common - occupationals, such as this one, somewhat less so. They were also quite fragile. Crossman states, "The other paper commonly used for watercolors and gouaches, after 1800, was pith... The pith paper is a very fragile medium to work on and many of those watercolors which have survived are cracked and broken... Watercolors in sets of between 12 and 36 pictures, showing the growing, processing, and shipping of tea... were popular from the middle of the 18th century through the 19th." Crossman, "The China Trade," pp 95-97. Overall, the paintings in this album are in excellent condition, some with some minor cracking in the lower margin. Oblong 8vo album measuring 8.5 x 11.5", the images measuring 6.75 x 9.75". Original red brocade silk covered boards & silk ties, binding expertly tightened, corner of back board mended. Very good overall.
A charming color illustrated advertising card for a Parisian chocolate maker showing two young western children, the boy dressed like a young explorer & the little girl in bright red dress, making their way through the bush with the help of an aborigine. The verso of the card with the logo of the company and text advertising chocolate below. In French. Slightly toned esp right side verso of card. Chromolithograph advertising card, 2 1/2" x 4". Very good condition.
Advertising Card for Arbuckle's Ariosa Coffee - Whallabee (Number 46 in series).
New York, New York: 1890.
Number 46 in a series of animal cards included with packages of Arbuckle's. With a color illustration of kangaroo with joey in pouch in foreground, another crouching in the grass in the background at the right. With text printed at verso; coffee advertising to the left and an explanation of the specific animal to the right. Verso of card lightly toned. 3 by 5". Very good condition.
Receipts for wine and beer from Perth, Australia merchants 'H. Sherwood & Co., Wine & Spirit Merchants' and 'D. Nathan & Co., Bottle and Case Merchant'.
Perth, Australia: 1899 - 1900.
Three receipts associated with West Australian brewing supplies & wine merchants from the turn of the 19th century. There are two receipts from D. Nathan & Co, Bottle and Case Merchant, supplying beer bottles and chums to Messrs. Sherwood, addressed from their Fitzgerald and James Streets location in West Perth in 1899 (8 1/4 x 6", a little dusty & corner ruffled, stamp duty paid with a one penny red swan stamp.) The third receipt is from H. Sherwood "Agents & Bottlers of the Famous Bunbury Beer", to D. Nathan & Co, supplying them with beer, dated 6 June 1900 with an Esplanade address, and signed R. Nathan; with a one penny red swan tax stamp. 5 1/4 x 6 1/2". A little ruffled and dusty, good overall.
The Eastern Extension Australasia and China Telegraph Company, Limited, Report and Accounts of the Directors.
London: William Brown & Co., 1890.
The six-month "Report and Accounts of the Directors for the Half-year ended st December, 1889, to be Submitted to the thirty-third Ordinary General Meeting, 23rd April, 1890. Documents submitted include the statements of account, gross receipts, expenses, dividends, debentures, subsidy agreement with the Government of the Straits Settlements, status of cable interruptions between Australia and New Zealand, and renewing a 650 mile portion of the Madras-Penang Cable. With a list of Directors on the front cover. With direct communication between Australia and the rest of the world via telegraph which became possible by 1872, Australia's economic, social and political future exploded with promise. No longer relying on a system of communication which sometimes required a year or more for news to be delivered, Australia could establish itself on a par with other nations. In 1873 three British companies, the British India Extension Telegraph Company, the British Australian Telegraph Company and the China Submarine Telegraph Company combined to form the Eastern Extension; its first major cable project was laid between Australia and New Zealand in 1876. The company maintained its monopoly on international cables within Australia until 1902. Specific Australian cables listed in this report under 'General Reserve Fund' include the Java-Australian Cables, Victoria-Tasmania Duplicate Cable, and the Western Australian Cable (p6). The expenses of the S. S. "Sherard Osborn" in connection with repairs to the Western Australian Cable are listed (p7). 8vo booklet, 13pp, staplebound. One vertical fold; right side of back cover slt dusty. Very good condition.
A scarce work, a large format picture book that advertises many of the acts and characters in Barnum's circus in the manner of a children's story, including many of his most famous "Curiosities" including the giant "Captain Cook", Chang the Chinese Giant and Che-mah, the Chinese Dwarf. With a signed inscription dated 15 Dec 1888 from Barnum loosely inserted. The story weaves in the various aspects of Barnum's circus acts, curiosities and menageries. This includes "wild Australians'; "They were throwing boomerangs, or curved sticks of wood, which, if they struck nothing, returned to the hand of the thrower. 'It would save a deal of scamper and looking if a fellow's ball would do that,' said Tom' ". Animal illustrations include walrus, kangaroos & lyrebirds. In the section entitled "Among the Curiosities" are illustrated several of the famous characters of Barnum's circuses. The giant named 'Captain Cook' is illustrated, as well as Chang the Chinese giant, whose name was Zhan Shichai (1840s - 1893). Chang toured England, Australia & the US as a circus curiosity. He is holding in his hand Che-mah, the Chinese dwarf who was born at Ningpo on the island of Chu-Sang in 1838, and measured 28". Blue quarter-bound cloth & lithographed pictorial boards. Illustrated with 18 full-page, full-color chromolithographs and three full-color, double page chromolithographs, in addition to many b&w lithographed illustrations. Spine tips with slight loss, corners a little rubbed, one page with 2 small marginal tears repaired otherwise extremely bright and clean. 4to, 12.5 x 10.5", unpaginated. Inscription with vertical tear archivally repaired.
The Book of Remarkable Trials and Notorious Characters. From "Half-Hanged Smith," 1700- To Oxford Who Shot at the Queen, 1840.
London: John Camden Hotten, (187?).
An account of famous trials and litigation, including several famed Australian transportees, as well as an unusual case of convicts murdering Australian Aborigines. Mutiny on the Bounty (4pp, p270); James Hardy Vaux (36pp, 1 illustration, p. 323); Thurtell & Hunt (34pp, 1 illustration, p. 415); and Charles Kinnaiston, executed for murder of Australian Aborigines, (3pp, 1 illus, p. 525). There are also several accounts of witchcraft, including Mary Bateman, the Yorkshire Witch, and Witchcraft in the 16th & 17th centuries. Copy belonging to Frederick Franklin Schrader, a well-known German-American, signed by him with his bookplate, and the stamp of the Woolworth & Colts Circulating Library, St. Joseph, Missouri. Schrader, author, journalist and politician, held the following positions: managing editor of the Denver Republican, 1879–1881; of the St. Joseph Herald, 1882–1884; manager of Tootle's Opera House of St. Joseph, 1884–1886; Pope's Theatre of St. Louis, 1886–1887; secretary of the Board of Trade of St. Joseph, 1887–1891; Washington correspondent of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 1891–1894; assistant and acting secretary, Republican Congressional Committee, 1896–1900; author of Republican Text Book, 1898; political writer Washington Post, 1894–1896, and then dramatic editor, 1901–1906; correspondent for the Kansas City Journal after 1896; on the literary staff of David Belasco, 1906–1909; dramatic editor of the New York Globe, 1909–1910; editor of the New York Dramatic Mirror; president of a publishing company, 19 August 1912 to 9 September 1916; co-founder with George S. Viereck of The Fatherland, August 1914; and for some time associate editor and later editor of Issues and Events. (Wikipedia). He was the author of several books & plays. Thick 8vo, 545pp, 37 (of 38) plates by Phiz, an unusual illustrating choice for this fine illustrator of Dickens. Bound by Schrader in half black calf, gilt rules and title with his name on the spine, marbled boards somewhat rubbed. Couple of pages with short repaired tears, some sml. stains on some plates o/w pleasant.
English-Chamorro Dialogues. Inadingan Siha Gi Fino Engles Yan Fino Haya.
Hong Kong: Nazareth Press, 19.
A book of phrases in translation between English and Chamorro, the official language of Guam and the Marianas Islands, done by the Capuchin Missionary, Roman Maria de Bera. OCLC: 15541908 cites only 5 copies worldwide. Oblong sml. 8vo, 7 3/4 x 6", (2), 81pp. A sample translation of a letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, dated Monticello, Feb. 2, 1825 on pp 79-80. Black boards, gilt title on front cover, marbled endpapers. Sml. white mark on back board o/w very good. Hardcover. Libraries Australia ID 12441057 of this edition, at SLNSW and Univ. of Melbourne.
Bertha Goes Whaling, personal memoirs of a voyage aboard a Whaling Bark 'The Islander'.
Falmouth, Mass: Privately published, 1963.
The story, told by the author "in her 96th year" of her voyage as a five year old, accompanying her father, Captain John C. Hamblin, on 'The Whaler' out of New Bedford, in 1871 bound for the Indian Ocean. In 1873 the ship reached Tasmania, where the author describes the "wonderful road made by convicts" and the wild roses in bloom across the island. In Australia the family stayed with a missionary family by the name of Tassell, who "had Sunday School for the natives". 8vo, 15pp, b&w frontis portrait, b&w ills. Gray paper wraps with title in black at front cover. Staplebound, faint marginal foxing at wrappers. Very good condition. Not recorded on Trove; OCLC: 30445278 cites 5 copies.
The Dangerous Voyage Performed By Captain Bligh, with a part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Bounty, in an open boat, Over Twelve Hundred Leagues of the Ocean; in the year 1789. To Which is added, an Account of the Sufferings and Fate of the Remainder of the Crew of said Ship.
Dublin: R. Napper, 140 Capel-St., 1824.
An anonymous chapbook account of the mutiny on the Bounty and in particular, Bligh's historic open boat voyage from the Pacific to Batavia via the Torres Strait. The work is uncommon, although it was 1st published in 1817, it is rare in any edition, this one in Dublin. According to the Kroepelien catalogue, this is a new and revised edition, not only because the entire appendix is omitted, but also because the 'compilation dealing with Bligh's voyage has been considerably extended'. Ferguson records only four copies in Australian collections. Ferguson, 936; Kroepelien, 103; Spence, 'Bligh', p. 6; Hill, 138 (1822 edition). 12mo, 175pp, woodcut frontispiece of the Bounty launch in high seas, a trifle thumbed at the beginning, text block in very good condition. Original full calf somewhat rubbed, hinges starting but secure. A pleasant period copy of a hard-to-find Bligh gem.
Mr. Claverley's work was published in Cambridge, London & New York between 1872 & 1903. Although there are several contemporary reviews of the work in Australian newspapers in 1873, library holdings in Australia do not list this Melbourne edition on Trove. Sml. 8vo, iv, 78pp, 12 pp publishers advertisements dated August 1873. The advertisements list works by Mark Twain (5); Henry Kendall, Leaves from Australian Forests; Bret Harte (6); James Bonwick (2), amongst others. Original colored wrappers. back wrapper advertising Holiday Peak by Marcus Clarke; False and other Australian Sketches by J.M. Conroy, two titles by Bret Harte, Luck of Roaring Camp and That Heathen Chinee, and two titles by Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad and The Innocents at Home. Spine ruffled with some loss, front hinge strengthened archivally, internally very good. Paperback.
Chinese Painting with the Original Paintings & Discourses on Chinese Art.
Hong Kong: Kao Ling-Mei, 1961.
A folio volume with full page color plates of one of the best known and most prolific Chinese artists of the twentieth century, known as Zhang Daqian, 1899 - 1983 (original name Zhang Yuan). Zhang Daqian's lotus paintings and landscapes are especially noteworthy. Zhang and his brother studied painting as children, and traveled to Japan to study textile dyeing techniques. Zhang studied traditional painting in Shanghai, and began to meticulously copy ancient masters' works. He later studied ancient Buddhist wall paintings, enriching his own understanding of religious imagery. Contents of this folio include: on the art of painting; on painting plum blossoms, orchids, chrysanthemums, bamboo, flowers & plants; flowers and plants in the Mo Ku style, peonies in the elaborate style; on landscapes; on copying old masters; snow scenes; on nature, feeling and attitude; paper and ink; brush and water; birds, fish, animals, humans, classical ladies; painting eyes; of inscriptions, seals and mounting. Over time, Zhang became a highly skilled forger; one of his forgeries was acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1957. In a recent Museum exhibition, titled "Zhang Daqian Painter, Collector, Forger" (Dec. 2007 - Sept. 2008), Zhang is described as follows, "As a painter, he was known for his singular ability to mix traditional techniques and styles with contemporary ideas and currents. As a collector, he accumulated important examples from all genres of Chinese painting and left behind copious seals and inscriptions. As a forger, Zhang so mastered the art of deception that his fakes were purchased unwittingly by nearly every major art museum in the United States.... Of particular interest is a master forgery acquired by the Museum in 1957 as an authentic work of the tenth century. The painting, which was allegedly a landscape by the Five Dynasties period master Guan Tong, is one of Zhang’s most ambitious forgeries and serves to illustrate both his skill and his audacity." Folio, 114pp, 74 plates. Blue cloth covers, traditional binding with title in Chinese on cream silk at front cover, gilt illustration of two figures at lower right, and red stamp. Housed in a gold and black patterned silk fabric covered slipcase with title label laid down at front cover in English and at rear cover in Chinese; with loop and peg fasteners. Slipcase very gently rubbed at corners, o/w very good. The folio and plates in fine condition. Very good condition.
Macau, Oldest Foreign Colony in Far East Founded in 1557.
Hong Kong: Hongkong Printing Press, Ltd, 1949.
Travel brochure with large folding color map labeled in Portuguese, framed by 36 b&w photographs of major sites. 4 1/8 x 9 1/2" folded, unfolded 24 x 18 3/4". Illustrated covers, with color illustration of St. Paul's Cathedral and title in red. Very lightly toned lower portion front cover, o/w very good.
Temple Hill Cut-Outs, Chefoo China. Filial Sons of China.
Chefoo, China: Self-help Dept., Women's Bible School, Presbyterian Mission, Ca. 1930.
Oblong 8vo, with eight leaves, each with an original black paper cut-out depicting a scene from Chinese folklore, including the following: Lao Lai Dzi, the Tactful; Meng Dzung; Shun Dih (this cut-out depicts an elephant plowing a field); Djang Si; Wong Poh; Wong Siang; and Wu Meng. The American Presbyterian Mission Report of the Chefoo Station for the Year ending June 30, 1939 describes this work being undertaken by students at the Ai Dao Bible School: " Travel being so difficult because of cold weather and torn-up roads, the winter vacation was shortened to two weeks. Although the students rested from studies, they worked hard all day making cut-outs to earn money for the coming term". Each cut-out comes a glassine page with the title in Chinese and English, and an explanation of the design. With a page laid in at the front from the Self-help Dept. of the Women's Bible School, Presbyterian Mission, describing the painstaking process of making the cut-outs, and that some of the cut-outs were "Christianized ... by using their skill to cut out Wisemen and camels, or the Shepherds on the hills of Bethlehem for our Christmas cards". String bound brocade cloth covers, showing a small house, boat on lake and mountains. Fine.
Temple Hill Cut-Outs, Chefoo China. Myths and Folklore.
Chefoo, China: Self-help Dept., Women's Bible School, Presbyterian Mission, Ca. 1930.
8vo, with eight leaves including the title page, each with an original black paper cut-out depicting a scene from Chinese folklore, including the following: The Herd Boy and the Weaving Maiden; How Molo Stole the Lovely Rose-Red; Sky O'Dawn; The Lady of the Moon; Politeness Pays; The Spirit Bird; and The Theft of the Dragon Pearl. The last cut-out, with the Dragon Pearl depicts a wonderfully curving dragon asleep underwater as a young boy steals a pearl. Other creatures depicted include a dragon at the title page, geese, tiger, and ox. The American Presbyterian Mission Report of the Chefoo Station for the Year ending June 30, 1939 describes this work being undertaken by students at the Ai Dao Bible School: " Travel being so difficult because of cold weather and torn-up roads, the winter vacation was shortened to two weeks. Although the students rested from studies, they worked hard all day making cut-outs to earn money for the coming term". Each cut-out comes a glassine page with the title in Chinese and English, and an explanation of the design. With a page laid in at the front from the Self-help Dept. of the Women's Bible School, Presbyterian Mission, describing the painstaking process of making the cut-outs, and that some of the cut-outs were "Christianized ... by using their skill to cut out Wisemen and camels, or the Shepherds on the hills of Bethlehem for our Christmas cards". String bound brocade cloth covers, showing a village scene with woman feeding chickens next to small stream. Fine.
Temple Hill Cut-Outs, Chefoo China. Our Guests.
Chefoo, China: Self-help Dept., Women's Bible School, Presbyterian Mission, Ca. 1930.
8vo, with eleven leaves including the title page, each with an original black paper cut-out depicting a Chinese garden scene, each with lovely ornate cut out plants and trees. With amazingly detailed elements, such as a tiny rickshaw with the passenger holding an umbrella aloft, a lovely grove of bamboo, twisted pine trees, a sedan chair with four porters, and a man fishing from a river bank with cherry tree. The American Presbyterian Mission Report of the Chefoo Station for the Year ending June 30, 1939 describes this work being undertaken by students at the Ai Dao Bible School: " Travel being so difficult because of cold weather and torn-up roads, the winter vacation was shortened to two weeks. Although the students rested from studies, they worked hard all day making cut-outs to earn money for the coming term". Each cut-out comes a glassine page with the title in Chinese and English, and an explanation of the design. With a page laid in at the front from the Self-help Dept. of the Women's Bible School, Presbyterian Mission, describing the painstaking process of making the cut-outs, and that some of the cut-outs were "Christianized ... by using their skill to cut out Wisemen and camels, or the Shepherds on the hills of Bethlehem for our Christmas cards". String bound brocade cloth covers in tan with black cloud pattern and circular dragon motif. Fine.
Shanghai silk mill advertisement with text in French and English, illustrated with woodcut of horse with wonderfully long mane, for "Gold Horse Chop". Chinese silk production for foreign markets had benefited from the near collapse of the European silk industry caused by the silkworm disease pebrine during the 1850s and 1860s. The text reads: "Filatures and croisee produced from the above mentioned Firm's premises and bearing this chop ticket, can be taken with perfect security inasmuch as entire freedom from any adulteration is concerned. The silk will be carefully graded into numbers from one to four; the selection commencing with size and cleanliness." Below this text is a table with Gold Horse Chop numbered from 1 to 4, with Chinese characters to the right. Text and border printed in red; illustration of horse in black. Image size: 7 x 8 1/2". Paper size: 8 3/4 x 10 1/2". Original folds. Very good condition.
6 original watercolor illustrations on card stock with figures of Chinese couples in various erotic poses, cut out and applied to the card. They appear in a variety of settings, mostly interiors, but also with a walled garden scene. These illustrations were often given as gifts to newly wed couples as instruction guides, and emphasized the importance of different positions and techniques. Chinese art has a long tradition of erotic art beginning roughly in the 10th century and reaching its peak during the late Ming Dynasty (17th century). Since sexual intercourse was considered to be the foundation for a good marriage, and central to mental and physical health, pillow books provided instruction on how to keep a spouse satisfied. The beauty of the act is reflected in the names describing the genitalia ("Golden Lotus", "Open Peony Blossom", "Heavenly Dragon Pillar", "Jade Stalk") and the different positions ("Posture of the Bee Stirring the Honey", and "Posture of the Erring Bird Returning to the Forest"). These are charming intimate scenes in which the couples are depicted in genteelly furnished chambers, with art on the walls, ornately carved beds, and flowering potted plants. The genitalia are not exaggerated, as they are in the shunga of Japan, and the male and female bodies, aside from the genitalia, are drawn with similar physiques. By the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) cultural attitudes toward sex began to shift, and by the Qing Dynasty (1645 - 1912) conservative attitudes toward sex and its depiction brought by Christian missionaries took over. Many important works of art were destroyed, including all but one copy of the illustrated erotic novel of Li Yu, 'The Carnal Prayer Mat' which is currently at Tokyo University. 4 x 6". Very good condition.
Topic headings include: Whither China?, We Must Establish a new China, China's Historical Characteristics, Politics of New Democracy, Economy of New Democracy, Refutation of the Theory of Bourgeois Dictatorship, Refutation of "Left" Doctrinairism, Refutation of the Obstinate Elements, The Old and the New San Min Chu I, The Culture of New Democracy, The Historical Characteristics of China's Cultural Revolution... 16mo, 72pp, portrait of Mao inside front cover. Stiff paper wraps, title in red on tan front cover, with map of China in red. Staplebound. Covers a bit rubbed; internally, underlining in red pencil. Very good condition.
The author was appointed Protestant missionary to China in 1859; he sailed to Canton China in 1860 and served there for 5 years. His wife's illness required their return to the US, where Condit served at a mission to the Chinese in California, working with Chinese immigrants in San Francisco. With descriptions of the topography, products, condition of women, history of missions in China, the mission school system and the medical work of missions. OCLC: 245537432 3rd edition; OCLC: 16576106 for the 4th edition; oddly, the 1st and this, the 2nd editions are not listed. 16mo, 62pp, ills in text. Tan paper wraps, red and black map of China at front cover, with Chinese characters. Staple bound. Very good condition.
Booklet Number 7 in series published by the Chicago Tribune Publications, "an eyewitness account of China's suffering during the Revolution -- firing squads, looting torture, war against children, savagery in its most terrible aspects." Written by the Tribune's Peking correspondent, an eye witness account from Chinese civilian sources of the fighting in 1927 - 1928 which "led up to the expulsion of Chang Tso-lin and his Manchurians form Peking and China proper". With in text illustrations, and 12 b&w photographs by or of Dailey. "Written in Tientsin, Chin, 1928". 8vo, 24pp, map, b&w ills. Bold red and black illustration of Chinese warrior at front cover, advertising for the Chicago Tribune and its reporters, including "Dailey was dumped into the Yangtze by river pirates". OCLC: 342668 cites one copy at Columbia. Covers slt marked. Very good condition.
The World, Neatly Dissected. (Showing tracks of all three of Captain James Cook's voyages).
London: William Darton, Junr. 58 Holborn Hill, 1811.
A charming cartographic object, consisting of an original hand colored double hemisphere jigsaw puzzle map of the world in its original box with original labels, showing the routes and discoveries of all three of the voyages of Captain James Cook. The double hemisphere illustrates very effectively the thousands of miles covered by Captain James Cook sailed over the course of his three voyages to uncharted parts of the globe. Cook's "Tracks" in both hemispheres are shown, with dates, from 1768 through 1779. The South Pole is marked, but without an indication of a land mass. Australia is shown as "New Holland", with "Diemen's Land" attached to the continent, and New South Wales extending the entire length of the east coast. New Zealand's North and South Islands are both indicated in detail. Cook's third voyage was organized to seek the Northwest Passage; the map shows "Behring's St." The third voyage ended with his death in Hawaii; this is noted on the puzzle, "Owhyhee I, where Capt. Cook was killed 1779". Dissected maps, invented by John Spilsbury in eighteenth century London for teaching geography to children, were printed from copper plates, then mounted on thin sheets of mahogany and cut in to pieces, in this case 28. This dissected map was carefully made; the back of each puzzle piece has paper laid down to prevent the piece of wood from warping. With the original wooden box, with three labels altogether: two printed labels on the sliding top; the top label reads Warranted Perfect, William Darton, Inc., and the center label "The World, neatly Dissected". The other label, on the front of the box "The World, From the Best Authorities, 1811". The box, a lovely dark brown mahogany, measures 6 inches wide by eight inches tall, by 1 7/8" deep. Tiny loss of paper at a few edges of puzzle pieces, slight surface soiling from handling, otherwise very good condition.
British (Terra Nova) Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913, Report on the Maps and Surveys.
London: Harrison and Sons, Ltd, 1923.
The map portfolio from Scott's "Terra Nova" expedition. The text describes the overview of the expedition, the surveying instruments, the surveys around Cape Evans, and describes the accompanying maps with profile sketches of landmarks, some by Edward A. Wilson. It offers some advice for survey work in the future, and a possibility of a triangulation survey of the Victoria Land coast. The maps consist of: Map A. General Map of Antarctic, printed in light color with expedition route and the drift routes of expedition vessels up to and including the Endurance. This is a polar projection that includes the southern tips of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America. Routes printed in blue. 1. Map of the Ross Sea Sector of the Antarctic, expedition ship routes in blue. 2. The Great Ice Barrier and King Edward Land. Cape Crozier to Cape Colbeck, with inset of Junction of Barrier with Ross Island. Expedition routes in blue & red. 3. Map to Illustrate Pole Journey. With inset of Beardmore Glacier. A large map printed in black and blue. 4. Map of McMurdo Sound Region, Ross Sea. With inset of Areas Surveyed on the Ground, from a Distance, and Inadequate Data. Printed in black, blue and brown, in a large format. 5. Map of Ross Island - West Coast. With an inset of Summit of Erebus, Dec. 1912. Printed in black, blue and brown. 6. Map of Granite Harbour, extends inland to Mount Gran and Mount Doorly. Large format printed in black and blue. 7. The Ferrar - Koettlitz District, McMurdo Sound. With Mount Huggins in the south. Printed in black and blue. 8. Map of Cape Evens [Winter Quarters]. Small format printed in black that includes Inaccessible Island. 9. Map of the Cape Royds District, Ross Island. Smaller format printed in black and blue. 10. Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island. Small format printed in black. 11. Erebus Bay, Ross Island. Small format printed in black and blue. 12. Map of Inner Harbour, Granite Harbour, plus plane table map of Cuff Cape, Granite Harbour, plus plane table map of Devil's Punch Bowl, Granite Harbour. Plus Panorama Sketch of Glacier Tongue from Point 1600 on Discovery Bluff. 13. Map of Robertson Bay and Cape Adare, with inset Ridley Beach, Cape Adare. Large format, printed in black and blue. 14. Map of Terra Nova Bay. Smaller format, printed in black. The larger maps measure approximately 20 x 30"; the smaller approximately 12 x 15". All maps in very good condition with some small cracks at center folds. Red buckram cover with gilt title on spine. In Antarctica, 1772-1922, Rosove writes "this is the second large collection of scientific works emanating from Scott's Terra Nova expeditions of 1910-13. The series consists of twelve works published in thirteen volumes dating from 1919 to 1924, covering several disciplines in the physical sciences... All were prepared under the direction of Col. H. G. Lyons, F.R.S." Rosove also says of this particular volume "2 plate leaves, 21 figures in text (mostly coastal profiles), 15 large folding maps in pocket. AB-USN 17.217, Spence 357". Large folio, 94 pp, b&w illustrations, 15 maps (complete) inside the back cover. Very lightly sunned on spine. Rosove 293.10. Large folio, 94 pp, b&w illustrations. Near fine .
The Falkland Islands... with Notes on the Natural History by Rupert Vallentin.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1924.
A very bright copy of a scarce work. Tall 8vo, 414pp, frontis & 23 plates & 1 folding map. Blue gilt cloth, edges very lightly rubbed, a very bright copy. Spence 169. With the bookplate of the Stefansson collection, Dartmouth.
Falkland Islands Annual Report. 1890 - 1938; 1947 - 1973.
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1890 - 1973.
A run of 62 annual reports on the state and condition of the Falkland Islands. OCLC records only 12 holdings of the 1891 - 1930 section (OCLC 5739934). In actual fact the report was first issued for the year 1888, but no records are recorded on OCLC. 8vo, each report 10 to 20pp. From 1928 to 1938, which are hand stitched, with black and white maps at the back of the volume. From 1947 to 1973 there was a color printed fold out map issued with each volume; these are bound in a stiff wrapper. Many in this time period were bi-annual. Some library stamps on the later numbers, o/w very good condition.
Robert Merry's Museum; articles on Australia; Armenia, Japan, Great Exhibition, Ballooning.
New York: S. T. Allen & Co., 1851-2.
Four volumes of this unusual children's periodical, vols XXI thru XXIV, bound in 2 vols. Content includes an illustration of Sydney with a description "This is the chief town in the great island of New Holland. It has 40,000 inhabitants, is lighted at night by gas...It has risen into importance within the last fifty years. Many of its inhabitants were sent from England for their crimes." ; "The kangaroo", with a page of description; "Confucius" illustrated with a page of description; 6pp on Armenia with 2 illustrations; 5pp on Japan with 2 illustrations; the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace, Buddhism in Tibet, and a long serialized article about children ballooning around the world. Original brown blind & gilt stamped cloth a little rubbed at extremes, spine tips ruffled otherwise very bright. 8vo, 1851, 190pp (&) frontis, (2), 188pp. 1852, 192pp (&) 198pp, this volume a little foxed. All with their title pages and illustrated by woodcut illustrations throughout.
Supplement to the Pictorial Geography of the World, for 1841 and 1842.
Boston: C. D. Strong, 1845.
OCLC: 191226676 citing only 5 libraries: "The supplement to the Pictorial geography is designed as a periodical exhibition of the changes that take place from time to time in the geographical condition of the world."--Advertisement, verso of title page. Goodrich was the Connecticut children's author who wrote under the name of Peter Parley. The population of the US is broken down by State, county, and county seat. Significant content on Mexico, Egypt, Russia, Syria, Persia (Iran), Burma (Birman Empire), China & Japan. There is a little Australian & Antarctic content -mostly population updates & description of New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land and South Australia. There is a 4 paragraph description of Capt. James Clark Ross' departure from England in 1839 on the Erebus and Terror to explore the Antarctic, and the discovery of South Victoria Land. 8vo, 104pp. Self wrappers, string bound. With elaborate engraved border on front cover, with illustrations of peoples, animals and famous sites of the world. Covers dusty, slightly chipped.
Chess Made Easy: or, the Games of Gioachino Greco, the Calabrian; with Additional Games and Openings, Illustrated with Remarks and General Rules...
London: J. and P. Knapton and W. Sandby, 1750.
Second edition of a compilation of the games of one of the strongest players of the 17th century, who died at the young age of 34. Rare; very few copies have appeared at auction in the last 20 years. First published in English in 1656 as "The Royall Game of Chesse-play..." by Giochino Greco (1600- c.1634), also known as Il Calabrese. 12mo, 4 3/4 x 3", engraved frontispiece by I.S. Miller after C. D. Moor, a charming interior view of a chess game, and a plate of a chess board. Pp xxiii, , 212, errata on pp xxiii & the next leaf. Bound in full period brown calf, raised bands, gilt rules on boards and spine. Spine head a bit worn, a small gouge on the lower front board, a little bumped but pleasantly so, text block very bright. ESTC T128171; OCLC: 8480995 & OCLC: 265027616; Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana 396; BMC 10:1186.227; Delucia, Chess Library p. 46. Very good overall.
One issue of "The Friend", published by Samuel C. Damon (1815 - 1885), a Congregational missionary who went to Hawaii under the auspices of the American Seaman's Friend Society; he served as the pastor of the Bethel Church, was founder of the Honolulu Sailor's Home, and editor and publisher of The Friend, the monthly newspaper for seamen. New Series, Vol. IV, No. 3; Old Series, Vol. XII. Single issue, with articles including the following: the establishment of a Sailors Home; the recent events of the Crimean War, with article titled The War: the Battle of Inkermann, Effects of the War upon England; Journal of Events at Sebastopol, from Nov. 23d to Dec 13th. Also report on the Hawaiian Tract Society; an historical sketch of 'Governor Adams', (Hawaiian name Kuakini, who was the first recorded Royal Governor of Hawaii island, serving from 1820 until his death in 1844); reports of ship wrecks; Custom House statistics; poetry; and Marine Journal, listing arrivals and "cleared" vessels from the ports of Honolulu & Lahaina. Pages 19 - 24. Tidemark runs across the paper. Very good condition.
Handsome foredge view of Sydney Cove from Port Macquarie, after a view by Terry. Fort Macquarie, now known as Fort Dennison, is situated at the extreme eastern entrance of Sydney Cove. It is a fine view with the stonework and cannons of the fort in the foreground, tall ships in the harbor and flourishing town of Sydney on the opposite bank. Terry prepared this view for Sands & Kenny's "Landscape Scenery...", first published in 1855. The date of the foredge painting is unknown, but many of these were done in London in the 20th century. 8vo, xiv (2) 266pp, engraved titlepage, all edges gilt. Ferguson 1268. Green gilt calf binding, gilt ruled & decorated boards with a harp design in the corers, spine in five compartments, gilt decorated, inner gilt dentelles, spine bit faded & corners rubbed.
One page hand written letter signed 'John Bowring', to a W. Dixon, possibly the English author and editor William Hepworth Dixon, referring to Bowring's friendship with Louis Philippe, the king of France, and General Dumouriez. The complete text: "My Dear Sir, You may perhaps not deem this (ornate) contribution to history which I enclose unacceptable. I was very intimate with L. P. having been introduced to him by the only man whom I remember to have had any real influence over him, (one) General Dumouriez." Bowring was an accomplished linguist, writer, translator and diplomat. Bowring served as the fourth governor of Hong Kong from 1854 to 1859, and became involved in several incidents, including the Arrow Incident and the attacks on Canton which precipitated the Second Opium War. Even though there were standing instructions from the home government to avoid armed conflict with China, Bowring waited only until naval forces that had been involved in the Crimean War were available, and then ordered British gunboats under Rear Admiral Sir Michael Seymour to "punish" Canton. Bowring and Seymour were commended for their actions by Lord Clarendon, the Foreign Secretary. The war served as a pretext for advancing British and foreign interests in China such as the loosening of trade restrictions and the continuation of the opium trade. Bowring was a prolific author, writing accounts of his missions, works on poetry, and political & economic treatises. In his 'Autobiographical Recollections', Bowring writes of Louis Philippe and Dumouriez: "I was then intimate with the Duke of Orleans, who was in disgrace at Court. He had been denied the privilege of sitting in the Chamber of Peers, no higher title than Serene Highness was conceded to him, and it was believed that he was the centre of a hundred conspiracies to overturn the government. It was supposed, as I had travelled much, and had had much intercourse with the liberals of Europe, that I was a secret agent, as I undoubtedly was a personal friend of Louis Philippe, to whom I had been originally introduced by General Dumouriez ..." Charles-Francois du Perier Dumouriez (1739 –1823) was a French general who distinguished himself in the French Revolution, but ultimately defected to the Austrians, having been defeated by them at Neerwinden in 1793, and having fallen under suspicion of the French Directory. He is said to have fled from France on the horse of the future King Louis Philippe. 5 1/4 x 8in., cream paper, with 'Claremont, Exeter', the family estate's embossed stamp at top. Written and signed clearly in black ink, dated 20 May 1867. A bit ruffled at edges, closed short tear, old folds o/w very good. Very good condition.
The Companies' steamers carry His Majesty's Mails between Hong Kong and Canton, also between Macao and Hong Kong, between Canton and Macao, and between Wuchow and Canton, under contract with the Portuguese Government and the Chinese Government... With b&w photographs, including Canton steamers, Canton harbor, street scene "in the native city", the English Bridge, Shameen, and street scene of barbers. The last page lists First Class Fares and Charges for Hong Kong to Canton by steamer including services of a guide, and sight seeing listed at $21.00 per person. Illustrated plum paper wraps, with green and black illustration of Chinese water carrier in foreground, junks in the distance, at front cover. Very good condition.
China for the West. Chinese Porcelain and other Decorative Arts for Export illustrated from the Mottahedeh Collection.
London: Sotheby, 1978.
The stunning Mottahedeh collection, the largest privately held collection of Chinese export porcelain, amassed over a 50 year period by Mildred Mottahedeh (1908 - 2000). Inscribed and signed by the authors on the ffep of Volume I and signed on the title page. Two volumes, large 4to, 350pp; pp 359 - 704, profusely illustrated, including over 100 color plates. Top edges gilt. Dark blue gilt cloth, with gilt decorations at front cover. Pictorial dust jackets, in pristine condition in the original gray decorated slipcase. Very good condition.
Indian Series of One Anna Maps, Printed in Colours: India.
Lucknow: American Methodist Mission Press, Ca. 1880.
Folding color map of colonial India, with a handsome b&w lithograph of Government House, Calcutta, with huge procession with elephants parading past the front of the building adorning the cover. Color map with legend at lower left "Reference to the Divisions of India" showing Bengal Presidency, Madras Presidency, Bombay Presidency, and Ceylon. These Presidencies, which by 1858 became Provinces, were the principal trading settlements established by the (British) East India Company, each administered by a Governor. With "British Burmah" to the west. Back cover with advertisements for Indian Series of School maps, Indian Series of English Copy Books, English Dictionaries, and Scholastic Exercise Books. Folded, 6 1/2 x 10". Unfolded, 13 x 13". Short split at lower portion of central fold. Very good condition.
Java, the Ideal Tourist Resort. Official Tourist Bureau (Under Government Control) Weltevreden (Batavia).
Amsterdam: J. H. de Bussy.
Tourist brochure with many photographs of Java during its time as the capital of the Dutch East Indies. With an interesting take on colonial life: "Those interested in political problems that result from colonial possessions can study here in full operation one of the most successful systems that human ingenuity has yet devised, the Dutch residents governing a subject race through the instrumentality of native regents." With photographs of Weltevreden, Tandjong Priok, fish market Batavia, rice fields, Tjikapoendoeng River near Bandoeng, Angklong players, big game hunting, Garoet, Boroboedoer, many photographs of indigenous people, Tosari, Malang, Amoerang, Mount Welirang, Sampit Temple, and the Idjen Plateau. Red gilt illustrated leather or imitation leather covers, with palm trees and volcanoes at front cover. Large 12mo, gilt floral patterned end papers, 43pp, 40 photos, all edges gilt. Very good condition.
The Sorrows of Slavery, A Poem. Containing a Faithful Statement of Facts Respecting the African Slave Trade.
London: Printed for J. Murray, 1789.
Scarce anti-slavery poem by the Reverend John Jamieson (1759 - 1838), Scottish minister of religion, lexicographer and antiquary; part of the burgeoning abolitionist movement evolving in Scotland. Dedicated to Lord Gardenston, Chairman of the Society in Scotland, for the Abolition of the Slave Trade. The poem is divided into three parts: "the first containing a description of the methods used to procure slaves on the Guinea Coast; the second, of their treatment on the Middle Passage; and the third, of their situation in the West Indies". The poem was written during an important stage in the development of the abolitionist movement in Great Britain and Scotland. Two important cases were argued during this time period, the first of which was the Somerset (sometimes called Sommersett case), which helped launch the British abolitionist movement. In a 1772 case a slave named James Somerset who belonged to an English man who had purchased him in a British crown colony (Boston), and brought him back to England, from where the owner wished to sell him to a plantation in another British colony because Somerset had run away. Lord Mansfield, Chief Justice of the King's bench, ruled that 'no master ever was allowed here (England) to take a slave by force to be sold abroad because he deserted from his service...therefore the man must be discharged'. Another case took place just ten years prior to the publishing of this poem. In 1778, an enslaved African (Joseph Knight) who had been brought to Scotland by his owner successfully brought a "freedom suit" which was upheld by the Court of Session of Scotland, which ruled that chattel slavery was not recognised under Scottish law (Knight v. Wedderburn): 'the dominion assumed over this Negro, under the law of Jamaica, being unjust, could not be supported in this country to any extent: That, therefore, the defender had no right to the Negro's service for any space of time, nor to send him out of the country against his consent: That the Negro was likewise protected under the act 1701, c.6. from being sent out of the country against his consent.' 16mo, 80pp. Disbound from a previously bound collection of pamphlets. Sabin no. 35740. OCLC: 228754279
Grammaire et Dictionnaire de la Langue Maorie, Dialecte Tahitien.
St Germain-en-Laye: L. Toinon, Ca. 1861.
An early French-Tahitian dictionary, by the first bishop of Tahiti, Monsignor Florentin-Etienne Jaussen (1815 - 1891). Jaussen left France for the Pacific in 1849; he attempted to counteract European exploitation of the region, and became an expert in the Tahitian language, with the goal of saving it from extinction. In 1860 he wrote 'Dictionnaire de la langue tahitienne' [Alphabet de Tahiti pour enseigner aux enfants a lire l'ecriture. O'Reilly, 5960]. Throughout the 1860s Jaussen worked to stop the Peruvian slave raids on Easter Island; he also was the first non Easter Islander to collect and try to decipher rongorongo, which appears to be a unique language written in glyphs. With two inscriptions at the ffep, one dated 1888, the other, with a Tahitian and French inscription, dated 1890. The Tahitian and French inscription of 1890 begins with "arii mearau" with "Bora bora" written below. This is possibly the owner's name; there are notes in the margins of the French-Tahitien dictionary in the same hand. There is a Tahitian princess listed in a genealogy of the Pomare Dynasty of Tahiti, called H.R.H. Princess Ari'i-'otare Teari'i-maevarua II, whose name bears similarity to the one here. 16mo, three parts in one volume: 56pp, 96pp, 78pp, bound without the original paper wrappers. Quarter brown cloth with red and black mottled board, rubbed at edges, slt. foxed. Held in the Turnbull Library; Leipzig & Hamburg. OCLC: 254636896. Hardcover. Very good condition.
Early map of Queensland showing the routes of explorers Kennedy, Mitchell, Gilbert, and McKinlay. Kennedy, the Assistant Surveyor of New South Wales, made three expeditions, shown here, aimed at finding an overland route to the Gulf of Carpentaria, including his last expedition of 1848 in which Kennedy was killed by aborigines near Cape York. Printed color, 7 3/4 x 10" & margin. Very good condition.
Charming children's picture blocks in the original box. The chromolithographic illustrations mounted on wooden blocks, depicting various animals, including a kangaroo. Each animal block has descriptive text on the verso. The text for the kangaroo reads, "The Kangaroo comes from Australia. By the help of its tail and enormous hind legs it is able to escape by terrific bounds when pursued". With six columns and four rows, for a total of 24 animal blocks. The illustration of the dog is the German spitz; other animals include the antelope, camel, bison, duck, elephant, flamingo, goat, hippo, ibis, jaguar, lion, monkey, newt, ostrich, porcupine, quail, rhino, tiger, underwing moth, vulture, wolf and zebra. In the original box, with chromolithographic illustration of lions in front of a cave, and 'Germany' stamped at the lower right corner. Edges of box slightly rubbed, a few splits. Very good condition.
Possibly the first Australian book for children with moving parts [Muir, 761]. A Peter Huston play book, with bright and funny illustrations with moving animal parts. The moving animal illustrations include Percy the Platypus, Jenny the Jackass, Kim the Kangaroo and Billy the Koala Bear. Also with illustrations and text on Willie the Wombat, Lennie the Lyrebird, Polly the Possum, and Benny the Bandicoot. Oblong 8vo, 20pp, color ills. Color illustrated hard boards, with cover illustration of Bobbie riding on the back of a kangaroo, with koala running alongside. Trove cites 5 copies. Orig. brown cloth spine with no title. Odd staple binding right through the cloth. Boards a trifle rubbed, some pages a tiny bit thumbed o/w very good. Muir, 761. Printed by Deaton & Spencer Pty Ltd. Very good overall.
Canal Aux Cygnes Noirs dans l'Isle Rottenest. Swarte Swaane Drift oo't Eiland Rottenest.
One of the earliest depictions of Western Australia by a European, after Van Keulen's well-known view "Swartte Swaane drift opo het Eyland Rottenest" published in Francois Valentyn's "Oud en nieuw Oost-Indien" in 1724-6. This copper engraving is after a drawing by Jacobus van der Schley, published somewhat later in 1747 in "Historische beschrijvingen der Reizen" 1747. The print depicts two sailing ships & two long boats preparing to row up the Swan River, and the island discovered by the skipper de Vlamingh of the Dutch East India Company in 1696, and named Rat's Nest (Rottnest). With the S shaped river in the distance dotted with black swans. Copper engraving, 5 1/2 x 8" with large margins. See Landwehr, 266-7. Fine condition. Very good condition.
Anna Bay Estate, New Castle & Port Sydney. For Private Sale by Realty Realizations Ltd. Agents for Vendor, No. 1 Tudor St. cor. of Hunter St. West, Newcastle & 82 Pitt Street, Sydney.
The poster advertises the sale of an estate "right at the end of the great 18 mile Stockton Beach between Newcastle & Port Stephens". Includes an inset map that shows the area of the coast between Newcastle and Port Stephens, with Stockton Beach between them. Black printing on cream paper, with reserved & sold lots highlighted in red. With three contemporary prices marked in pen at the top, and with X's on the map indicating their location (Lots 434 - 436 along Point Road). For private sale by Realty Realizations, Ltd., with the terms "10% deposit, balance by 60 monthly payments. Interest 5% or otherwise to suit purchasers". 20 x 30". Sml. perforations at center folds, o/w very good.
Australia For the Tourist. Issued under the Authority of the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia, by the Commonwealth Immigration Office.
Melbourne: H. J. Green, Government Printer, 1923.
Tourist brochure with wonderful woodcut illustrated covers by Ernest Daryl Lindsay, showing a couple at an overlook, surveying a stupendous view out over the Blue Mountains, and signed 'Daryl Lindsay' at the lower right. Every Australian state is pictured, with an emphasis on tourist activities including hunting and fishing; sailing, golf and a fair amount on the skiing area at Mt. Kosciusko. Ernest Daryl Lindsay (1889 - 1976) was an Australian artist of the renowned Lindsay family of artists including his siblings Percy, Ruby, Lionel and Norman. Daryl's wife was a novelist and the author of 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'. Tall 8vo, illustrated title page, 123pp, b&w ills, ads . Illustrated paper wraps with titles in red and tan on green ground. With the notation C. 13066 on the title page. Very good condition.
The Hasheesh Eater: Being Passages From the Life of a Pythogorean.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1857.
The author's best known work, an account of his hashish consumption and insights as a young student at Union College. Sml 8vo, blue gilt cloth with gilt title at spine. First edition of the author's first book. With previous owner bookplate inside front cover and "Company C 10th Infantry, No. 24", on small label inside rear cover. Lacks ffep. Original blue gilt cloth with gilt title on spine, a bit marked and rubbed with creases restored on the back board with nice gilt title at spine. A little light foxing. Overall a good, sound copy.
The History and Song of the Lyre Bird, Australia's Greatest Songster.
Melbourne: Herschells Pty Ltd, 1932.
An unusual 78 rpm record for what is claimed to be "...the first record of the Lyre Bird ever made in the native haunts of Australia's premier songster". Recorded by Herschells Pty Ltd. Sound Picture Producers Melbourne in the Sherbrooke Forest, Victoria, Australia under the supervision of Mr. Ray Littlejohns, member of Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union. Dialogue by Mr. Alfred L. Samuel. Record in fine condition in very good printed yellow/orange jacket, illustrated with a drawing of a lyrebird. From the wrapper -"His mimicry is almost uncanny and in addition to his wonderful repertoire you will hear above the roar of the wind in the forest, perfect imitations of - the Butcher Bird, the Kookaburra, the Australian Thrush, the Whip Bird, the chuckle of a flock of Crimson Parrots, the Pilot bird, the Black Cockatoo, the Honeyeater... You will also distinguish what appears to sound like a man hammering a fence, a water pump in action, a Dog barking the warning cry of a White Cockatoo, the chuckle of a domestic Fowl and a man whistling for his Dog." From the library of Theodora Cope, one of the founders of the Cornell Ornithology Laboratory, who photographed birds throughout the Southern Hemisphere with her father Francis Cope in the late 1920s. Jacket with some corner bends otherwise very good.
A large lithograph portrait of the famous naturalist, who traveled with Matthew Flinders collecting plant specimens and seeds. Robert Brown (1773-1858), was a Scottish botanist best known for his description of the natural continuous motion of minute particles in solution, which came to be called Brownian movement. In addition, he recognized the fundamental distinction between the conifers and their allies (gymnosperms) and the flowering plants (angiosperms), recognized and named the nucleus as a constant constituent of living cells in most plants, and improved the natural classification of plants by establishing and defining new families and genera. He also contributed substantially to knowledge of plant morphology, embryology, and geography, in particular by his original work on the flora of Australia... A visit to London in 1798 brought Brown to the notice of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society. Banks recommended Brown to the Admiralty for the post of naturalist aboard a ship (the Investigator) for a surveying voyage along the northern and southern coasts of Australia under the command of Matthew Flinders...Brown sailed with the expedition in July 1801. The Investigator reached King George’s Sound, Western Australia, an area of great floral richness and diversity, in December 1801. Until June 1803, and while the ship circumnavigated Australia, Brown made extensive plant collections. Returning to England in October 1805, Brown devoted his time to classifying the approximately 3,900 species he had gathered, almost all of which were new to science. [Encyclopedia Britannica]. Does not appear to be recorded in Trove or the British Museum. It appears to be a Swedish publication- Gjothstrom & Magnusson are recorded somewhat in the Swedish National Library. Image 8 1/4 x 12" including caption, with 1" margins beyond that. A bit foxed in the margins, but not unpleasantly so and otherwise very good. Brown appears as a man about 40 years old, sitting in a chair facing the artist with a direct regard, holding a magnifier, his right arm resting on a table on which is placed drawings of plant specimens. A very rare print of the man who first collected plant specimens in Western Australia.
Share certificate No. 971, 100 shares of this company, located Western Australia, dated 11 June, 1901. Signed by Alexander Matheson, who was active in political reform of the gold fields. He became president of the Eastern Gold fields Reform League, which eventually forced Western Australian government into Federation. He was an investor in the city of Perth, a member of the Federal Council of Australasia, and was elected to the Australian Senate as a Free Trade Senator for Western Australia. Certificate for 100 shares, numbers 145730 to 145829, made out to Charles Taylor of Ashe Grange, Whitchurch. Certificate decorated with elaborate motif at left side, blind embossed stamp at lower right; paper 12 3/4 x 10". With vertical folds, very good condition.
4to pamphlet with color cover, 14pp text with b&w illustrations, including 6 handsome full-page color illustrations of exotic hunting, the intended audience to be boys. Includes hunting buffalo in the American West with illustration of Buffalo Bill and Native Americans hunting on horse back; kangaroo in Australia;polar bears in the Arctic, Indians hunting wild horses in Texas; ducks on the Chesapeake; lions in Algeria; tigers in India and others. Glossy covers showing the polar bear hunting in the Arctic. Covers slt. worn, with a bit of rubbing and faint creasing, but acceptably so. No underlining or coloring in text. Overall a nice copy.
Signature of Sir John Carstairs McNeil (18-1904), awarded a Victorian Cross for bravery in the Maori wars, New Zealand, 1864.
John Carstairs McNeill was Lt Col., 107th Regiment, Ohaupo, (30 March 1864) during the Maori wars. This is a clipped signature on the bottom half of a letter, including the signature, the name H. I. Rolls Esq., and words on the verso pertaining to seating for Lady McNeill at a lecture given by an unnamed preacher. 5 1/4 x 3 1/4". Very good condition.
Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board -- Proposals for General Scheme.
Melbourne: Sands & MacDougall, 1923.
Map of Melbourne, with proposed electric tramways & Victorian Railways electric tramways. Melbourne, committed to efficient public transportation, has the largest urban tramway network in the world, in operation since 1884 (a horse tram line in Fairfield) and outperforming cities from St. Petersburg to Vienna. The 1920s and 1930s were the golden era of trams in Melbourne, with heavily used but well maintained cars; a conductor earned a higher salary than a policeman or teacher. Map showing proposed route of Melbourne electric tramway in green, with existing Victorian Railways Electric Tramways routes as well as alternative or additional routes, and tramways to be abandoned. The map extends from Edward St. in the north, Hampshire Rd. in the east, Edgar Rd. in the west, and Bluff Rd. in the south. When the 30 year monopoly for the entire cable tram network of Melbourne, which was controlled by the Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Co., expired in 1916, the operation of the cable system was taken over by the state government. The Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board (MMTB) was formed in 1918. A few chips at left edge, a few small splits at center fold. Three horizontal folds. 18 1/2 x 21". OCLC: 2245534 cites one copy at the SLV. Very good overall.
Rare pamphlet (1 copy cited on OCLC at SLNSW), a conversion tale published by the largest mission to the Jews in America, the Chicago Hebrew Mission, founded in the 1880s and dedicated to "bringing the Gospel to Jewish people". This story concerns a Jewish woman of New South Wales who is turned out by her parents for wanting to marry a Christian, and is then taken in by Dr. Robinson, "a dear old Presbyterian minister", eventually ending up at the 'Rescue Mission' where she is placed in "charge of forty of the worst women that were ever inside or outside of jail; poor, wretched outcast sisters of the night". She then locks herself in a cell with one of the wretches and evangelizes all night long until the woman accepts Jesus as the Messiah. 12mo, 16pp, staplebound. List of publications at back cover. 3 1/4 x 5 3/4". OCLC: 648700866 LibAus ID 45812342 cites only the SLNSW copy. Good condition.
The American Universal Geography, or, a View of the Present State of all the Empires, Kingdoms, States, and Republics in the Known World, and of the United States of America in Particular. In Two Parts.
Boston: Printed by Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer Andrews, Newbury Street, 1796.
Third edition, corrected and amended; the Introduction revised and amended by Samuel Webber. 2 vols. Vol I: 808pp; Vol. II: 692pp. With 27 maps by Amos Doolittle, including many very early maps of individual states in the United States including New Hampshire and Vermont/ Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick; Massachusetts; Rhode Island and Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Delaware and Maryland; North Western Territory; Virginia; Kentucky and Tennessee; North and South Carolina & Georgia. Also "The map of the World" (frontis piece to Part I), North America; Chart of the World, and maps around the world, as well as 1 plate, "Artificial Sphere". Modern binding, half tan leather and green gilt cloth, with gilt title at spines. Map of World strengthened on the verso. "J. Vanderbilt" signature at rear free end paper of Volume I. Scattered foxing throughout, including to folding maps. Good +.
Annual Report on British New Guinea, from 1st July 1895 to 30th June 1896, with appendices.
Brisbane: Victoria State Parliamentary Report, 1896.
Largely reports on river exploration of New Guinea, most by Wm. Macgregor, the administrator of the territory, while on board the S.S. "Merrie England". One section on missions, and an 20pp appendix on native dialects. (xxxvi), 120pp, 3 maps (1 folding). Printed self wrps, stapled, front cover detached. Very good overall.
Brochure for the national park established in 1894 and just one hour from Sydney, with walking trails offering panoramic views and walking tracks where one can hear whipbirds and golden whistlers among the fragrant red and white boronia. Oblong 8vo, 8 leaves, many photographic illustrations, including a double spread panoramic view of Bobbin Head showing Orchard Park and the Head Waters of Cowan, Kuring-gai Chase. Illustrated paper wraps; ills printed in blue and green. Staplebound, a few folds. Very good condition.
La Nouvelle Zelande, Histoire, Geologie, Climat, Gouvernement, Institutions, Agriculture, etc. etc. Avec Cartes et Planches [with] La Nouvelle Zelande Au Point de vue Economique de la Belgique.
Anvers: Imprimerie Veuve de Backer, 1883, 1884.
An analysis of the resources of New Zealand as an optimal emigration destination for Belgians. Includes information on gold rush of 1860s which prompted large numbers of migrants from Great Britain and Ireland. Blue paper wrappers, title in black at front cover, with coat of arms of the Royal Geographical Society of Anvers at front cover; no title at spine. Spine split. 8vo, 245pp, Appendix, 4 color lithograph maps (3 of them folding). Covers marked; internally, unopened. With the 1884 report (Conference Donnee a la Societe Commerciale, Industrielle et Maritime d'Anvers Le 28 Janvier 1884), blue paper wrappers, title in black at front cover; no title at spine. 8vo, 44pp. Covers bright and clean. Very good condition.
A fascinating record of the operations of one of the most productive New Zealand gold mines, located in the Coromandel Peninsula of the North Island. This district was one of the great gold districts of the world, after the discoveries there in 1878 by prospectors McCombie and Lee, followed by Nicholl, who named the first claim "Martha". The Martha Mine became one of the world's most important silver and gold mines, making Waihi, during the time period of the correspondence in the binder, one of the fastest growing towns in the area. The Grand Junction mine, which opened in 1890, was located both to the east and west of the Martha Mine, and was the second most important mine in the area. In 1912, the Waihi mines were the site of serious union unrest, when the miners' strike led to violence and the death of a unionist, an event still remembered in the town. The 1912 strike is considered to be the most important industrial action in the country's labor movement. About 10% of the New Zealand police force was sent to the town, strike leaders were arrested and thrown in jail, and the company eventually opened the mines with non union workers. On "Black Tuesday", November 12, 1912, the miners' hall was stormed, Fred Evans (an Australian born stationary engine driver) was killed, and strikers and their families were hunted down by armed mobs. Evans is known as a martyr in the history of the labor movement in New Zealand. Correspondence binder from the Grand Junction mine, signed by the general manager, F. C. Brown (he came from the Komata Reefs & took over operations in 1906), to a variety of recipients in Auckland, Wellington, Kalgoorlie, Sydney, Western Australia, New York, Melbourne, London, and San Francisco. With 494 pages of copies of letters, and an Index of correspondents at the front. The first letter is dated 22nd Oct. 1908, and the last is 4 Feb. 1910. Many letters of a technical nature, quite a few with hand drawn diagrams of mining equipment. Three quarter leather and blue cloth. Covers quite rubbed; red paper spine label titled "Letter Book", chipped. Internally very good. Very good condition.
New Zealand tourism item, Vol 1., No. 4. With a story on Deep sea Angler's big fight and Taupo trout. Also with photos of panning for gold, and an article on the funding for the Tongariro Railway Company. With 15 large b&w photographs and 2 b&w maps ('New Zealand's Territory' and 'Chart Showing Tourist Routes to New Zealand'). 4to, 17pp, staple bound. Printed paper wrappers, rear cover with list of New Zealand agencies abroad. Covers slt dusty. Very good overall.
Union Royal Mail Line of New Zealand: Union Royal Mail Line via San Francisco.
Wellington, New Zealand: Coulls, Somerville, Wilkie Ltd, 1928.
Passenger list in a brochure for the Union Royal Mail Line, with a color illustration of the steam ship Maunganni, and a tropical island illustration above. 14pp brochure, last page for 'Memoranda'; with a United States color map printed on the inside back cover and a color map of the world printed on the inside of the front cover, with the ships' routes shown in red and blue between Australia, New Zealand, south Pacific islands, and the west coast of the US and Canada. Staples rusted, strengthened with archival tape. Very good condition.
Notes on Nursing. What It Is and What It Is Not.
London: Harrison, 59, Pall Mall, Bookseller to the Queen, (1860).
First edition, first or second issue.
A first edition, early issue of one of Nightingale's pioneering nursing tomes. 8vo, ,6-79,pp (blank). Original brown pebbled cloth (Skretkowicz State 1),title gilt on front board, expertly rebacked. With advertisements on the yellow endpapers for "Burke's Peerage" for 1860, but without the notice, "The right of translation is reserved" on title, with most of the first uncorrected points, an early issue in any case, in original cloth, of a book which was published right from the beginning with so many variations of binding and sheets that " attempting to establish with certainty any specific `issue' of `Notes on Nursing' beyond the first is utterly impractical." (Skretkowicz). Bishop & Goldie, p.17; Garrison & Morton 1612; Norman 1602. Nightingale (1829-1910) is considered the founder of modern nursing. She came to note by nursing in the Crimean War, where she established strict sanitary conditions for the first time. She established her Nightingale School for Nurses, which opened in 1860, on her return to the UK. Her nursing standards established nursing as a modern trained profession. "Florence Nightingale's 79-page monograph reflects the intelligence, efficiency, and administrative talent of the woman who inaugurated the professional training of nurses in England and, indirectly, in the United States. The need for radical reform in the care of the sick was made evident to Miss Nightingale. through service in the barracks hospital in Scutari during the Crimean War. So effectively did she cut through ancient regulations in establishing a clean and efficiently run army hospital that, on her return to England, she was asked to establish a training school for nurses. Notes on Nursing was written with simplicity and direct common sense, enlivened by occasional sharp wit. Notes on Nursing is one of the seminal books of the modern world" (Lilly, 215).
Piloting Directions for the East and West Coasts of South America, from the River Plate to Panama, &c., also for the South Shetland, Falkland, Galapagos, and other Islands in the South Atlantic and Pacific oceans ...
London: J.W. Norie and Co., 1825.
A very early sailing pilot to include the sub-Antarctic islands; the South Shetlands, Powell's Group, Sandwich Land; (South) Georgia, the Falklands & Bouvets Island. Not in Spence or Rosove. John William Norie controlled the sea chart publishing business in Great Britain at the time the Antarctic was first being discovered. He had joined the prominent firm of William Heather in 1797 at age 25, and became the proprietor on Heather's retirement. Continuation of title - Compiled from the surveys, observations, and remarks of Frezier, Anson, Cook, Perouse, Malespina, Vancouver, Colnett, and Basil Hall ... Written to accompany the New South American pilot, by J.W. Norie ... 8vo, iv, 64pp. Original blue paper wrappers with title label on front cover. Wrappers dusty; chipped on spine and corners, 2 tiny embossed library stamps and withdrawn stamp on title, bright and clean internally. OCLC: 41208785 8 copies in total listed under several OCLC numbers. Very scarce in the market.
Recollections of a Happy Life, Being the Autobiography of Marianne North Volumes I & II [with matching binding] Some Further Recollections of a Happy Life, Selected from the Journals of Marianne North Chiefly Between the Years 1859 and 1869, Volume III.
London: Macmillan, 1893.
The recollections of the Victorian botanical artist and world traveller Marianne North (1830 - 1890) who, unusually for her time, travelled unaccompanied and funded her own expeditions, producing a huge number of spectacular oil paintings of plants in their native settings, now housed in a building she financed at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. At the suggestion of Charles Darwin, she made an expedition to New Zealand and Australia. An exceptionally bright and crisp set, a presentation set of the amended 1893 edition, from James Henry Fleming, internationally recognized Canadian ornithologist who became president of the American Ornithologists' Union, to the noted American zoologist and biologist Joseph Grinnell. 3 volumes, 8vo, viii, 351pp; 343pp; viii, 6pp. Bright green gilt cloth, with gilt illustration of 'Nepenthes Northiana' at front covers of first two volumes, and 'Papyrus Cyane'. Very good condition.
Records the past history and present condition of mines in Japan, with emphasis on gold, copper and coal mines, with a section on oil fields as well. 8vo, iv, (2), 322pp, with a title page in Japanese at the end, 7 illus, 3 maps, diagrams & tables. With a large folding color map of the mining districts of Japan (with a 6" closed tear repaired). OCLC: 2921808. Published by the Bureau of Mines, The Department of Agriculture and Commerce of Japan. 1909. Orig. gray & gilt cloth over boards, sml. mark front board, rubbed at extremes but a very bright copy. Uncommon.
The first printed map specifically devoted to the Pacific Ocean. Ortelius's atlas, "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" was "the first true atlas in the modern sense of the term, being a set of uniformly produced and methodically organized maps of all parts of the world based strictly on current knowledge...first published in 1570, it was commercially successful and continued to be updated and enlarged through its final editions of 1612... Most of the atlas' significant maps were not present in its original form, however, but were added during the course of its forty-two year evolution, demonstrating that Ortelius also possessed the courage and initiative to use fresh data to chart regions which were still poorly understood. A prime example of this is his map of the Pacific, which was engraved in 1589 and first included in the atlas in 1590. This is the first printed map specifically devoted to the Pacific Ocean." Suarez, "Shedding the Veil", p. 110-111. Ortelius radically revised the northwest coast of America, the California peninsula and the contour of the west coast of South America. He differentiates between "North" and "South" America. The name "Califormia" (sic) appears, though designating only the peninsular region. New Guinea is now boldly depicted as an island, and the large islands off its' coast are the Solomons. The Antarctic land mass has not yet been discovered, but is theorized. The map shows a large land mass rising from the bottom edge, entitled "Terra Australis, Sive Magellanica, Non-dum Detecta." At the extreme right corner, opposite the tip of S. America is "Tierra del Fuego", listing the names of C. di S. Thomas, C. de Camaron, C. del bon defseo, C. Defseado on its coast. Copper plate engraving with early hand color, 34.5 x 49.5 cms. Beautifully restored. Overall a very nice copy of a highly important of the first chart of the Pacific Ocean. Burden, The Mapping of North America, 74.
Southern Cross Cruises. From Manila to Visayan Islands, Sulu Seas, Moro Land.
Philippine Tourist Association, (1935).
Travel brochure for steam ship tours of the Philippines, listing the following vessels: Express Steamer Bohol, Express Steamer Mactan, Express Motor vessel Rizal, Express Steamer Kinau, and a full page of photographs for the Luxurious Express S. S. Mayon. Full page advertisement for Iloilo Negros Air Express Company stating they have been in business for three years; having been founded in 1932 this dates this brochure to roughly 1935. Illustrated throughout with maps, photographs of Philippine Islands and pictures of Compania Martima ships. Text & interior photos printed in blue. 12pp in triple fold; folded 9x4", 11 1/2 x9 opened. Attractive printed wrappers, cover in yellow, blue & black.
China-Trade Porcelain. An Account of Its Historical Background, Manufacture, and Decoration and a Study of the Helena Woolworth McCann Collection.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1956.
The McCann Collection of porcelain consists of approximately 4,000 pieces, made to order in China for American and European clients from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. 4to, 234pp, profusely illustrated. Blue and gray gilt stamped cloth. Title in gilt at blue cloth spine. Spine sunned. Internally, very good. Very good condition.
Extremely scarce brochure outside Australia, of the Mackay District of Queensland. One of the first Europeans to travel through the Mackay region was Captain Cook, who reached the Mackay coast on 1 June 1770 and named several local landmarks, including Cape Palmerston, Slade Point and Cape Hillsborough. It was during this trip that Sir Joseph Banks recorded seeing aborigines. The City of Mackay was later founded on Yuibera traditional lands. Mackay is named the "sugaropolis" of Queensland because its region produces more than a third of Australia's cane sugar. Tall 8vo, 22pp, plus  pp. of train schedules and advertisements for local stores, large folding map at rear of railways in the Mackay district (15 x 18"), printed map inside front cover, color frontispiece, numerous halftones, including folding panorama plate of Whitsunday Passage (small closed tear in margin, not affecting image). The folding map at rear showing railways and tram lines in the Mackay District. Printed pictorial wrappers with color illustration of train in Queensland landscape, rear cover with photograph printed in blue of interior of parlor car. OCLC shows two German holdings, one U.S. [Stanford] and 11 Australian libraries. Very good condition.
Handwritten presentation to Charles Wellock, embarked on the good ship "Scottish Prince" bound for Townsville, Queensland, Sept. 4th 1878.
Printed in gold & blue on sepia background. Extremely scarce ephemera, an early Townsville association. The early emigrant ships arriving in Townsville from 1877-1881 had distinctly Scottish names - Scottish Knight, Scottish Bard, Sir William Wallace, Scottish Prince & Scottish Hero. With a penciled message on the back, "these few lines to you asking it will find you quite well and tell Elizabeth to be a good girl..." . 5x7 1/2", a bit browned overall, 2 tiny margin tears repaired archivally.
Typescript copy of Wilfrid Lay's 1935 English translation of "The Book of Changes" (I Ching), with correspondence between Paul Reps, Wilfrid Lay, Carroll Brent Chilton; with a transcribed letter from Carl Gustav Jung.
1935 - 1960.
An extraordinary album of translation of the "I Ching" by Paul Reps, a Californian advocate Zen Buddhism, healthful lifestyles including yoga and a macrobiotic diet, along with correspondence with Wilfred Lay (an early translator of the I Ching); correspondence with Caroll Brent Chilton, the founder of the "I King Institute" in NY, including a transcription of a letter to Chilton from Carl Jung; correspondence to "John" possibly John Lilly (1915 - 2001), an American physician, psychoanalyst, philosopher and writer who researched the nature of consciousness & LSD, from Ngawang Sonam Tenzin, an English tutor to his High Holiness the Sakya Lama (according to the writer he is the "second to the Dalai Lama"). One of the important early translations of the "I Ching" was done by Richard Wilhelm (1873 - 1930). Although he initially went to China as a German missionary, it was he who was converted to a Chinese world view over the course of his 20+ years there. He translated the "I Ching" from Chinese to German over a 10 year period with Lao Nai-Hsuan - the work was recognized by both Confucians and Taoists as a foundational work. Eventually it was accepted by Western academics, mostly through the relationship Wilhelm established with Carl Jung at the School of Wisdom in Germany. Caroll Brent Chilton, an American, was the founder of the I King Institute, "An East-West Missionary Service for Wisdom, and World-Peace through Music", at 96 Fifth Avenue, New York. Chilton was in contact with Dr. Hellmut Wilhelm (son of Richard Wilhelm), Erwin Rouselle of the China Institute (Frankfurt, Germany), Rudolf von Delius, Havelock Ellis, and Arthur Waley and Carl Jung. In a typed letter transcribed from an original from Jung to Chilton, dated October 25th, 1935, Jung is enthusiastic about the I Ging, but very concerned about the way it should be introduced to the west: "... an institute that hands out the wisdom is the quintessence of horror to me. I know enough of them in Europe and America. ... If you want to avoid the disastrous prejudices of the western mind you have to introduce the matter under the cloak of science. Thus I should advise you (the) apply for an introductory word rather to Prof. Rouselle (who) is a competent Chinese scholar, while I'm nothing but a psychologist and the world doesn't see what (psychology) has to do with the I Ging ---- I hope you don't mind my very frank statements, but I'm a jealous lover of the I Ging and I know that such things thrive the best when they are not technicalised. Faithfully yours, (signed) C. G. Jung". (8 1/2 x 11"). Chiton's notes at the margins. Possibly a translation from Jung's letter by Chilton. The signature does not appear to be Jung's, but is signed 'C.G. Jung' in another hand. From roughly 1914 - 1930, Carl Jung was developing a new way of looking at psychology; his private exploration was recorded in a personal album, just recently published, known as the "Red Book" and exhibited for the first time at the Rubin Museum, New York. The Red Book is illustrated with Jung's own artwork and reflects his deep interest in Tibetan Buddhism. Two interesting 1960s letters are addressed to "John" possibly John Lilly (1915 - 2001), an American physician, psychoanalyst, psychonaut, philosopher and writer who was a pioneer researcher into the nature of consciousness, sometimes employing psychedelic drugs. The first letter is from Tibet, from a westerner serving as English tutor to his High Holiness the Sakya Lama (according to the writer he is the "second to the Dalai Lama") and signed Ngawang Sonam Tenzin, dated 24-1-65, with a red seal of Dolma Potang. In one paragraph the writer refers to John's LSD experience: "Can you tell me, John, after one year or so of making the LSD experience your own, or vice versa, what it is like? Having missed that particular path for one slightly more prosaic, I am rather interested". The writer states that he will be there for two months longer and that there is "the possibility of an expedition to retrieve the Sakya treasure, which is in safekeeping with the King of Mustang. It includes a life-sized golden Buddha..." The second letter, dated 3. Mar. 1965, Mussoorie; it lists the Founder Lamas of the Sakya sect, requests aid and refers to his Holiness "great wish to journey to the West, America in particular". On the verso is a handwritten note to a "Milleu" stating that the letter is interesting for its description of the Sakya dynasty. As Reps was based in California, he was likely to have known Lilly, who was also based there. Other tipped-in items include: letters to Dr. Lay from "Reps" dated September and October 1937; several pages of numeric diagrams both hand drawn and typed, by Reps; letters from the "I King Institute" to Saladin Reps signed by Carroll B Chilton; a letter addressed to "Dear Eager Heart", signed Boum Sahib; a 1935 letter to Reps in German on China-Institut Frankfurt letterhead, signed Erwin Rouselle; another on the Frankfurt letterhead in English to Mr. Reps, dated September 21, 1937, signed Erwin Rouselle; a page of clippings showing swastikas in nature and in various cultures. The manuscript includes a card laid in entitled "Yarrow Stick Procedure" (p145). Paul Reps (1895 - 1990) was an American poet and artist who lived in Asia and whose work was influenced by Zen Buddhism. Author of 'Zen Flesh, Zen Bones', and volumes of poetry he was an early advocate of the healthful lifestyle including yoga and macrobiotic diet. [An early advertisement in American Fabrics, 1963, entitled "New re-discovered rejuvenation and longevity can be yours now through a secret 5,000 years old". By Paul Reps", which presciently advocates eating brown rice, no sugar, sea salt, and vegetables.] Thick 4to album, 705 hand-numbered pages, with the name Paul Reps [Bound Nov 15, 1948], handwritten at ffep, and the handwritten title "The Book of Changes, Return to Saladin Reps, 1925 Parkdale Place, Montrose, California. This file consists of personal letters, study letters, Yih King, or book of changes". The manuscript is profusely illustrated by hand. The album in very good condition; the lower corner of page 704 of the manuscript torn, but included. The lower corner of the last page torn, but losing only the last words of four lines of text. Very good condition.
Voyage of the United States Frigate Potomac, under the Command of Commodore John Downes, during the Circumnavigation of the Globe, in the years 18, 1832, 1833, and 1834...
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1835.
This account was written as a defense for an attack on the Malays by the "Potomac" on the island of Sumatra (now Indonesia) in February 1832. Reynolds described the journey aboard the Potomac from Valparaiso, to Rio de Janeiro, the Falkland Islands, Canton, Macao, Hawaii, Tahiti, the Galapagos, Lima and Capetown among others. Not in Spence but should be; Sabin 70434; Hill 252; Borba da Moraes II pp. 202-3. Tall 8vo, 560pp, 30pp ads undated. Folding frontis & 8 plates, some folding, 1 folding map. Scattered foxing throughout, as usual, heavy in some places, but the plates are remarkably clean, with some lt. foxing on the chart of Lima. Text has settled in the boards, the bottom foredge now meeting the bookshelf. Original brown cloth with a raised abstract reminiscent of a Greek key design. Rebacked with the original spine laid on, slightly dulled.
Alle de ontleed- genees- en heelkundige werken.
Amsterdam: Janssoons van Waesberge, 1744.
The scarce first Dutch edition of the work of the Amsterdam anatomist, physician and professor Frederik Ruysch (1638 - 17), which followed the first edition in Latin of 1737. The three volumes are extensively illustrated with highly detailed anatomical engravings based on the work of this pioneer in the preservation of human tissue. Volume II includes the astonishing tableaux in large folding plates which incorporate human fetal skeletons. As the paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould in 'Finders, Keepers: Eight Collectors' (London, 1992) explains, "Ruysch made about a dozen tableaux, constructed of human fetal skeletons with backgrounds of other body parts, on allegorical themes of death and the transiency of life... One fetal skeleton holding a string of pearls in its hand proclaims, 'Why should I long for the things of this world?'. Another, playing a violin with a bow made of a dried artery, sings, 'Ah fate, ah bitter fate." One of Ruysch's plates is featured in a January 2013 exhibition at the Grolier Club, New York, "Rooms of Wonder, From Wunderkammer to Museum, 1599-1899" which focuses on the origins and evolution of the modern museum. (At the Grolier Club December 5, 2012–Feb. 2, 2013, Ground Floor Gallery). Ruysch, a multi-talented physician and scientist of the Enlightenment is renowned for his pioneering techniques in preserving human tissue and for his cabinet of curiosities (wunderkammer). He was also a professor of anatomy, a supporter of the work of midwives, an inspiration to Peter the Great of Russia, and the artistic creator of exotic arrangements of natural history assemblages. In 1667 Ruysch, a graduate of the university at Leiden, began teaching anatomy to the surgeons of Amsterdam. He developed a highly effective method of preserving tissue using his own secret formula. In 1668 he was appointed a city obstetrician and worked to improve the standard of training of midwives, convincing the City Council to require midwives to study anatomy and to pass an examination. Between 1665 and 1717 Ruysch preserved over 2,000 samples of human tissue, sometimes assisted by his still life artist daughter Rachel in the artistic presentation of the items on display. Peter the Great, Czar of Russia was so inspired by Ruysch's cabinet that he purchased the entire collection in 1717 for a very large sum. This collection, along with the collection of another Amsterdam scientist named Seba became the backbone of the first public museum in Russia, the Kunstkammer of St. Petersburg. Thanks to Ruysch's skills in preserving tissue many of his specimens exist to this day in good condition. Tall 4to, three volumes, complete: frontispiece, , 1280pp. Index by Bavius Baarda, Amsterdam 1739, 184pp. Volume I: engraved frontispiece showing Ruysch's cabinet, engraved portrait of Ruysch, 7 engraved in-text illustrations, 2 woodcut illustrations, 133 engraved folding plates. Three quarter brown leather and tan boards. Gilt titles at red leather spine labels, gilt volume numbers on dark green spine labels; raised bands, six compartments. Boards gently rubbed. Internally, owner stamps at ffep, and bookseller label inside front board. Very bright and clean, plates in immaculate condition. Very good condition.
First book written and illustrated by Sendak, very scarce, this copy in a rare dust jacket, priced at $2.00. Copy inscribed to June Shagaloff, friend of Sendak's in the 1950s and the sister of Bunny Shagaloff, Sendak's female love interest. Bunny was invited to meet Sendak's parents, buying a yellow spring coat for the dinner. Inscribed on the front free endpaper "For June on her birthday - with much affection, Maurice", with a drawing of a boy holding a birthday cake. June Shagaloff Alexander is a community activist. In 1950, she joined the NAACP Legal Department, later the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, headed by Thurgood Marshall, who would later become a Justice on the United States Supreme Court. She helped develop the social research which was critical in "Brown vs. the Board of Education" and worked to end discrimination in the United States. She retired from the NAACP in 1972. (Wikipedia). 8vo, [62pp], original pictorial tan cloth, title in black, tan buckram spine (a little etched on front upper spine panel), slightly bowed. Dust jacket tanned, with a large portion of the spine lacking but front and back panel largely intact. Endpapers a little foxed. An intriguing association - before Sendak clarified his sexual orientation.
A Hole Is To Dig. A First Book of First Definitions.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1952.
First edition, first issue.
A unique inscribed copy, illustrated with photos of the dedicatee and Sendak dancing. With 'Grr-r-r" on p. 23, in a price clipped dust jacket. Charmingly illustrated & inscribed by Sendak to June Shagaloff, and illustrated by 2 miniature photographs, one a portrait of June and one of Sendak & June dancing. In a riff on the book's format, the back free endpaper is titled in red "A June-bug is to love". Above the photo of June & Maurice dancing, Sendak has drawn a small caption "End Lunch Counter Discrimination", a reference to June's activism with the NAACP. At the inside margin, Sendak has drawn a small girl, along with "Goodby Grr-r-r", and name "from Sassie Petellin 1960". At the time of the inscription, Sendak was dating June's sister, Bunny Shagaloff. June Shagaloff Alexander is a community activist. In 1950, she joined the NAACP Legal Department, later the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, headed by Thurgood Marshall, who would later become a Justice on the United States Supreme Court. She helped develop the social research which was critical in "Brown vs. the Board of Education" and worked to end discrimination in the United States. She retired from the NAACP in 1972. (Wikipedia). 5 3/8 x 6 3/4" [48pp]. Green pictorial papered boards, black cloth spine, very good condition. The dust jacket is a little foxed , dusty & rubbed at edges. An intriguing association - before Sendak clarified his sexual orientation.
A boldly graphic collection of Japanese wood block matchbox labels and labels for other products, bound in the original brown paper wrappers bound with silk cord and in its original full color illustrated envelope. Each label is a tiny gem of graphic design, measuring 2 1/8 x 1 3/8", and printed in various intense colors. Many of the labels are in English with the trade mark name of the manufacturer; some are in Japanese, Chinese, German and Dutch. They include several advertisements for Australian companies, including The Swan Brewery Co. Ltd of Perth, whose label shows a black swan against a red ground, with the name of the brewery on a green banner, and advertising ales and stouts; Humber Bicycle, the Australian Cycle Agency, 229 Elizabeth St., Melbourne; Sandhurst Pioneer Cooperative Co. Ltd, Grocers Wine & Spirit Merchants, Importers of China Glass & Earthenware; Brownell Bros. The Leading House for Drapery, Clothing, Carpets, Etc. Hobart; Bush's Grocery Store & Tea Ware House Corner of Williamson & Myers Sts Bendigo Noted for Bush's Blended Teas; Fine Old Loch Shiel Whiskey McKinnen & Bannister Glasgow. Sole Agent for Victoria J.W. King Daylesford. The labels were printed for a wide variety of countries- on for the Colombo (Sri Lanka) Apothcaries (sic) states their wines & cigars "Can Not be Beaten in Quality or Cheapness"; The Hawaiian Best Safety Match; other labels for companies in Germany, Singapore, Paris, Calcutta, China, Vietnam and of course Japan. They are printed in black on colored paper, as well as two color & more, with red, orange, yellow, blue & green ink. They employ a fantastic variety of images from spiders, lions, dragons, elephants, people, bats, tigers, walrus, giraffe, horses, trains, dice, dogs, monkies, cranes, horse drawn buggy, camels, bees, fish, crabs, Native Americans, peacocks, water buffalo & geisha. There are no patriotic Japanese illustrations. Products other than safety matches include: Hirano Natural Mineral Water, Brooke's Soap, Hercules Tea, Brownell Brothers Drapery, and Frossard's Cigars. The subject matter of the labels includes Geisha, animals, children, flowers, birds, circus scenes, dragons, and allegorical figures, while there are no patriotic Japanese illustrations. 8vo, 50 pages, unpaginated, each page of the catalog with two columns and five rows of labels tipped in, for a total of 500. With a label laid down on front cover, with woman on horseback and acrobat balancing on a ball, with the text "Manufactured by Shyosei & Co. Japan". The colorful mailing envelope is illustrated in full color, with a montage of different images, including a man and woman in traditional garb; other partially visible images are the masts of a ship, and cherry blossoms. Titles in Japanese; verso with handwritten Japanese characters. Catalog in excellent condition, label a little water flecked, rubbed at edges with some minor insect holes. The date of 1910 is arrived at by a review of the subject matter & printing methods employed. They are post Sino-Russian war _______ due to the absence of Japanese patriotic labels, and later match labels tended to be almost entirely red. A fascinating collection. Very good overall.
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
Philadelphia: Thomas Dobson, 1796.
A new edition.
The second American edition of this fundamental work in economics by the Scottish philosopher and economist, Adam Smith. In three volumes, belonging to Hamilton Fish (1808 - 1893) a great statesman of New York. Fish is admired for his reforms while serving as Secretary of State under President U. S. Grant; he also served as the governor of New York and as a senator. All three volumes signed by Fish inside the front cover, and dated 1827 (also signed on title page of Volumes 1 & 3). Also with the signatures of Anthony Bleeker (1770 - 1827) author, lawyer, one of the founders of the New York Historical Society, and a member of the prominent Bleeker family for whom Bleeker Street in New York City is named. 12mo, 412pp; 430pp; 387pp, Index. Full tan morocco, gilt titles on red spine compartments. Covers and spines rubbed; spine ends a bit chipped, head of spine volume 3 a bit tender. Internally, very good. Evans, 196. Kress, B.3288. ESTC W13002. Very good condition.
A salesman's order book. "Containing Samples of the Portraits, Diagrams, Maps and Other Illustrations, the Prospectus, and Conditions of Subscription, and Full Plan of the Work." A history of the Civil War while it was in progress; this is a salesman's copy, with possibly fictitious place names such as "Jugtown" and "Podunk" and delivery date of "yesterday" entered in the subscription pages at the back of the volume. Four full page frontis portraits of Lincoln, Farragut, Sherman and Grant precede the title page. Other full and quarter page portraits of Union and Confederate generals, including Ericsson, Halleck, McClellan, Davis, Stonewall Jackson, etc. Includes portraits, maps, plans, illustrations of weapons, illustrations and diagrams of battles, insignias, ads (3). A rare order book for the Storke two volume set. 8vo, unpaginated, all edges marbled. Original dark brown blind stamped gilt cloth. Gilt title at front cover slt rubbed, spine ends rubbed, sml section cloth at center of spine carefully laid down. Internally, partially removed library sticker inside front cover, o/w very good. OCLC: 32257604
Illustrated broadside for decorated children's plates manufactured by the Geo. F. Bassett & Co., New York, with kangaroo plate.
New York: Ca. 1870.
Full color lithographed catalog page of the New York porcelain importer George F Bassett & Company, showing 8 plates with in an "Wild Animal" series, decorated with graphics of animals and the alphabet, including one of the kangaroo. The company was founded in 1874; it had a factory in Limoges, France and imported porcelain from Bohemian and Czechoslovakian factories. The plates are decorated primarily in brown and green- animals include tiger, leopard, stag, elephant, bear, camel & lion. 9 1/4 x 15 3/4". Closed tear lower border, lower left margin in the corner missing, not affecting illustrated area. Very unusual. Very good condition.
Chromolithographic trade card with title at bottom: "Les grands ports du monde", Melbourne (Australie). A rather fanciful view down a broad avenue toward the Port Phillip harbor and the Yarra, with sailing ships visible in the distance. With an Australian flag with 5 stars at the upper left. With the text on verso concerning the city and the discovery of gold, "La ville grandit rapidement et la decouverte des mines d'or de Ballarat, de Clunes, etc., y amena des milliers d'immigrants". (trans. The city grew rapidly, and the discovery of gold at Ballarat and Clunes attracted thousands of immigrants). 4 1/2 x 3 1/4".
French trade card with globe showing Australia marked as 'Oceanie' for French clothing merchant Maison de la Belle Jardiniere.
Trade card with chromolithographic illustration of a South Pacific aboriginal woman holding a bowl of fruit and standing on the globe with Australia marked 'Oceanie' . With another figure to the right, possibly a Maori, holding a cage with parrot. Advertising text on verso. Slightly toned on verso. 3 x 4 1/4". Very good condition.
Trade card for the renowned Dutch chocolate maker Van Houten, which invented a treatment of cocoa to remove the bitter taste, known as "Dutch process" chocolate. The inventions of Van Houten led to the mass production and world wide distribution of chocolate which took place in the nineteenth century. The front of the card with color map of Australia showing Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Verso with a dark green Art Deco border and Art Deco text font, with data on Australia. Population is listed as 4,006,000. Below this is the heading "The six British Colonies united to form a Federation are": West Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania. The square miles and population are given for each of these colonies, as well as the capital of each and its population. The number of Aborigines is listed at 230,000. 3 7/8 x 3 3/8". Corners very gently rubbed. Very good condition.
The World's Great Conqueror of Pain. All Australia Uses St. Jacobs Oil; All American Uses St. Jacobs Oil; All England uses St. Jacobs Oil.
A large, three dimensional trade card for one of the most popular quack remedies of the 1880s, St. Jacob's Oil was touted as being prepared by German monks of the Black Forest, while actually being made in the US and distributed by suppliers in Maryland, Ohio and New York. It contained 2% Aconite (monkshood, a poisonous root) in a tincture of alcohol, ether and turpentine, and was sold as an "anti-neuralgic". This unusual trade card is a pyramid-shaped point of sale advertising display featuring chromolithographs of Australian, American and British beauties in oval frames, with city scenes in the background. Each scene features a statue of St. Jacob in a hooded robe, holding up a bottle of oil & standing on a pediment very much resembling the one for the Statue of Liberty; the Australian scene has St. Jacob atop the Exhibition Hall in Melbourne; and on a pedestal to the right of the Houses of Parliament in the English scene. When assembled, the display forms a pyramid 7" tall and 7 1/2 " wide at the base. With instructions printed on verso for assembling the display. Each attractive young woman printed in full color with gold border; the scenes are printed monotone in blue, red or green. Gently rubbed at edges, short split at fold between American and English panels, slt. crease in lower left corner of the Australian panel. Extremely unusual. Very good condition.
A French trade card with color embossed illustration of a kangaroo in an unusual forward-leaning pose, with a sort of despairing look on his face, and the title 'Kangurou' printed below his tail. With French text on verso. No French company identified. 4 3/4 x 3 1/4".
With a hand written excerpt by the noted Australian children's author, at the front free end paper: "Wandinong had risen up just where the Burragong Creek died away in water holes and weather-dependent little streams. Even the four-year-olds could tell you of the past splendour of the district, and, pointing to the tree-tops or little ridges of distant purple, would indicate which way once had lain the glory that was Lambing Flat, and the grandeur that was the gully called Tipperary." Below this excerpt is "Sincerely Ethel Curlewis, Ethel Turner. Date of publication 1898". Ethel Turner married Herbert Curlewis in 1896 and has signed here both her names. 8vo, 286 pp, frontispiece, 18 ills. by Harold Copping, Frances Ewan and others, 2pp advertisement. Blue gilt pic. cloth slt rubbed at spine ends. Slight crimp at early pages from paper clip. Children's stories, including the title story and 10 others. Not dated. Muir 7530 secondary copy held by Muir KMM, Ward Lock & Co. Limited.
A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Containing a Complete Account of the Wonderful and Thrilling Account of the Intrepid Subterranean Explorers, Prof. von Hardwigg, his Nephew Harry, and their Icelandic Guide, Hans Bjelke.
New York: Scribner, Armstrong & Co, No date but .
Deluxe edition, sold by subscription only.
This "scientific romance" marks the beginning of science fiction as a genre. Jules Verne was inspired by Charles Lyell's Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man (1863), and the trend away from a literal biblical account of the history of the Earth. "Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth". This is the deluxe edition, sold by subscription only, printed on heavier paper, with a superb gilt decorated pictorial binding, amongst THE SCARCEST AND MOST DESIRABLE of editions, with the terra cotta cloth and beveled edge binding. Published with 52 illustrations by Edouard Riou. 8vo, frontispiece, 413pp, ads (6pp ads undated), all edges gilt. Gilt and black stamped pictorial covers, with gilt scene of men on raft at front cover, gilt illustration of men in crystal cave, and "Scribner, Armstrong & Co." at lower spine [first state (with "Scribner, Armstrong & Co." at the spine foot, rather than the later "Scribners"]. Covers gently rubbed at corners and spine ends. Internally, inner hinge section of front end paper improperly adhered, now flattened; inner hinge repaired; two small chips in margins (p177 & 291); one signature slightly loose (p242), some faint smudges at margins of some pages. Restoration to spine. Overall, a decent copy. The 1st edition was published in French in 1864 'Voyage au Centre de la Terre'; the 1st English edition appeared in 1872; Scribner Armstrong's 1st US edition came out in November 1873, though dated 1874; and late in 1874 Scribner Armstrong published this deluxe edition. Very good.
A rare double-size folding plate of a pineapple from Volckamer's work on exotic citrus fruit, published from 1708 to 1714. Tab I is one of 4 double-size plates of pineapples, this pineapple depicted springing from its foliage, brown with striking red-tipped highlights. Copper engraving with later hand color, 12 1/2 x 18 1/4" with a small 1/4" margin on top margin, with the others larger. The print includes a hummingbird and 2 large bugs with a small tropical scene in the bottom margin. Delsenbach, fecit. Margin added lower left, slt. into the rule at the plate margin with a 1/2" tear expertly repaired. Volckamer's elegant prints of then-exotic citrus are pictured in a large scale, seeming to "float" in the skies above landscape scenes below. The locations are purported to be in Nuremberg and northern Italy, but some are strikingly tropical in aspect. Dunthorne # 323.
A rare double-size folding plate of a pineapple from Volckamer's work on exotic citrus fruit, published from 1708 to 1714. Tab II is one of 4 double-size plates of pineapples, the pineapple depicted in monumental proportions in the foreground of the sky, with a tarantula in the top right corner, with a Dutch-inspired harbor scene, springing from its foliage, brown with striking red-tipped highlights. Copper engraving with later hand color, 13 3/8 x 16 3/16" with a 1/2" or more margin. Jos. A Montalegre, fecit. Margin added lower left. Volckamer's elegant prints of then-exotic citrus are pictured in a large scale, seeming to "float" in the skies above landscape scenes below. The locations are purported to be in Nuremberg and northern Italy, but some are strikingly tropical in aspect. Dunthorne # 323.
A rare double-size folding plate of a pineapple from Volckamer's work on exotic citrus fruit, published from 1708 to 1714. Tab III is one of 4 double-size plates of pineapples, the golden orange pineapple depicted in the center of the print springing full grown from it's foliage, with a tropical scene at the bottom margin, including a group of two natives, one carrying a large water jug on his head. A slightly less exuberant depiction than its companion prints. Copper engraving with later hand color, 9 3/16 x 14 5/16" with large borders. Jos. A Montalegre, fecit. Margin added lower left. Volckamer's elegant prints of then-exotic citrus are pictured in a large scale, seeming to "float" in the skies above landscape scenes below. The locations are purported to be in Nuremberg and northern Italy, but some are strikingly tropical in aspect. Dunthorne # 323.
A rare double-size folding plate of a pineapple from Volckamer's work on exotic citrus fruit, published from 1708 to 1714. Tab IV is one of 4 double-size plates of pineapples, the split pineapple appearing as a sun floating above a harbor scene with a dozen ships in the harbor. Slt. damage at fold with two small repaired pin holes (binding sewing). Copper engraving with later hand color, 13 1/4 x 14 7/8" with a 1/2" or more margin. Jos. A Montalegre, fecit. Margin added lower left. Volckamer's elegant prints of then-exotic citrus are pictured in a large scale, seeming to "float" in the skies above landscape scenes below. The locations are purported to be in Nuremberg and northern Italy, which is conceivable in this print - other views appear to be more tropical. Dunthorne # 323.
Round the world with Train. A Typhoon. Being the confessions of a private secretary concerning a tour of the world in sixty-seven days.
Boston & Tacoma: The Round the World Publishing Company, 1891.
An account of the round the world trip of George Francis Train, written and photographed by his private secretary, Samuel W. Wall. Train, [1829-1904], was a US Presidential hopeful who traveled extensively, and on this trip, especially in Asia. The trip begins in Tacoma Washington, crossing the Pacific with stops in Yokohama, Kobe, Nagasaki, Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo, Aden, Suez, Port Said, Brindisi,a dash through Europe, the Channel crossing, a dash through England to Holyhead to Ireland, crossing the Atlantic, then stops at New York, then the train ride across the continent, finishing in Tacoma. The author used a Kodak camera to illustrate the trip, and each of the many pages of photographs is illustrated by three round views. Japan has 22 pp of photographs, for a total of 66 views. There follow 15pp of text on Japan, illustrated with charming engravings by the author. This pattern is followed throughout the book, including Hong Kong (10pp photographs, mostly illustrating the capture of Hong Kong; 8pp text), Singapore (7pp photographs, 7pp text); Ceylon (7pp photographs incl. the capitulation of Colombo, 5pp text); and so on including the Suez, Brindisi, Italy, train views of Eastern Italy & France, crossing the Channel, a bit of London, and a selection of views of the American continent along the train line. Train was a larger than life personality. He was active in Victoria, Australia during the formative years of 1853-55, having been sent to Melbourne in 1853 to establish a subsidiary of his family's Boston shipping business, Caldwell Train & Co. He became very prominent, preaching progress, importing buggies and helping to set up Cobb & Co. He also encouraged a federal government a la American style. A few copies are held in institutions, but surprisingly few. OCLC: 14020606 cites a later 1893 edition in one copy, at Penn State. However, the 1st appears on the public WorldCat site at NYPL, Brown, Buffalo Public Library, Main State & Univ. of South Carolina - surprisingly few. Oblong 8vo, 16.5 x cm, prelims, 2 p. ill., 2pp map illustrating the route of the voyage. Pen drawings by G.H. Blair throughout. Brown pictorial cloth stamped in black and gilt, gilt title on spine. Inside paper hinges cracked but holding. Very good overall.
Publication #11. 8vo, 12pp, orig. pp self wrps. Flinders was the first to circumnavigate Australia and gave it its' name. Very good condition.
Leaves of Grass. Facsimile edition of the 1855 text.
Portland, Maine: Thomas Bird Mosher & William Francis Gable, 1919.
4to, frontispiece, xii, 95pp. One of 250 copies. Green gilt blind stamped cloth, with gilt title at front cover, and gilt title and gilt floral motifs at spine. With pale blue facsimile wrappers bound in, and Whitman memorabilia loosely inserted at title page, including newspaper clipping dated 19 concerning Whitman's print shop in Brooklyn; three catalogue listings. There is an intriguing portrait of an older Whitman in an open neck white shirt loosely inserted. It is an 1888 photoprint portrait by Gutenkunst (Saunders 102), printed in oval, with a hand written caption erroneously dating it as 1855. [LOC, Feinberg/Whitman Collection 2002710174.] Corners lightly bumped, gilt at spine slt dulled, two slight ripples to front cover. Internally, slight toning at title page, from catalogue listings loosely inserted, o/w very good. Very good condition.
An anniversary book for a testimonial dinner, a gathering of 200 or so of Whitman's "troops", celebrating his 70th birthday. According to Traubel, who worked very closely with the author, Whitman was very enthusiastic about the volume, saying "For myself I can say I am impressed beyond words. Here is the history of Leaves of Grass-here is the whole struggle told-the long years-all. I never expected to live to see this-never." Slim 8vo, 74pp, frontispiece. Publisher's maroon gilt cloth, with no title at spine. Spine ends only very slightly rubbed, the tiniest white mark at the base of the front board. Very good overall.
Letter of American trading firm Wilkinson Brothers based in Australia, to Messrs. Fisher & Co., Boston, concerning tobacco shipments.
One page handwritten letter on blue stock, dated 24th December 1855, sent on the "Lightning" via Liverpool, to Messrs. Fisher & Co. Boston, concerning shipments of American tobacco to Australia. This is the period of the Victorian gold rush; possibly the tobacco was destined for the gold fields. The writer names specific brand names such as "Smooth" and "Metropolis", their cost per pound, and their quality. "Smooth" brand "turned out in quality equally as bad as your shipment of the same brand did via "Hamlet". It will probably undergo the necessary process of inspection this week, as did the first lot of "Smooth", when we shall have it surveyed and send you a certificate". The letter also mentions drafts on the Union Bank of Australia. Wilkinson Brothers was successful enough to be housed in 1850 in the same premises in Macquarie Place, Sydney as the American consulate. By 1860 the firm had set up steam sawmills and an "American Warehouse" in Melbourne. With the address on the verso, and three stamps, one for "New York Apr 13, Am Packet"; the second "Australian Packet, Liverpool, Mr24, -55"; and the third "Melbourne, Victoria, Dc 26 1855". Traces of red sealing wax. 9 x 11 1/4". Short split at top fold. Very good condition.
The Narrative of a Commuted Pensioner. By J**** W*********, Late of the LXXVIII Regt., Now Serjeant in Lieut.-Col. Maitland's Batt. of Montreal Volunteers.
Montreal: Printed for the author, by J. Starke, 1838.
A rare account of a Scottish soldier's military service during the Napoleonic Wars and specifically the attack of his British battalion on the island of Java which resulted in the capture of Cornelius. Beginning with his enlistment in the Edinburgh Militia and his service in India, with detailed description of life there and elsewhere, including Bombay, Tannah, Goa, Madras, Malacca, Batavia, Cornelius, and Sourabaya in Indonesia. Williamson gives a detailed description of the 1811 successful attack (in which he was wounded in the attack on 'Fort Cornelius'), of the British against the "French tyranny" on the Dutch East Indies island of Java. The French forces were composed of French, Dutch and Malays, of which only the French were held captive, while the Dutch and Malays were allowed to return to their homes. The author received two pension payments, totaling 14 pounds, with a third installment promised, but never given, for his "prize money for the taking of Java", (p263). In 1832 Williamson commuted his pension, receiving a sum of 30 pounds from the government; he had the choice of moving to either Canada or Australia, and chose Canada, where he settled in Montreal (p. 265). He deemed his land grant useless, and returned to Montreal to soldier, joining Lieut. Colonel Maitland's Battalion of Volunteers in the Upper Canada Rebellion. The Rebellion was crushed and many of the American instigators, such as Benjamin Wait, Samuel Snow and James Hardy Vaux, were transported to Tasmania. The Montreal Herald reported on Williamson's writing of his Narrative as follows: "obligated while here to work at his trade for his daily subsistence, he contrived to find leisure to set forth into the literary world the above mentioned work, which was extremely creditable to him, and would have been creditable to anybody; for while interesting events and descriptions in tolerable number are dispersed through the work, light incidents are told in such a palatable way, and with such an easy grace and often so archly, as to make the perusal of the volume a very agreeable relaxation." The narrative is chatty and compelling, with portraits of many of the people he encountered, especially on Goa, and specifics about people he fought alongside in battles. There is an interesting account of his recovery from malarial-type illness after visiting Malacca. 18 of the sailors died of the disease; "I was also attacked by it, and when the fist symptoms appeared, I adopted the plan of one of the sailors on board Captain Cook's ship when at the Island of Java, that is to say, I got nearly drunk. Having procured a bottle of arrack from the ship's steward, I made up and slung my hammock, drunk nearly the whole bottle of spirits, and got under the blankets."' He was recovered the next day, which astonished the ship's doctor, and then visited by the commanding officer. He repeated his remedy had been got "in reading Captain Cook's voyages..." and "the one devil drives out the other." He was examined by the whole medical staff, and the new regimen for sailors was double allowance of arrack with an addition of half a pint of shrub. This no doubt made him a popular man. Williamson also describes in detail the lives of his fellow soldiers, love stories, the plight of widows and children after the death a soldier, celebrations for the King's Birthday, games of cricket, drinking arrack, details of "an army on the march in India" with its many followers including jugglers, fortune tellers and thieves. The volume is "Dedicated to the British Army and Royal Volunteers in the Canadas". 8vo, , 320pp. Contemporary blue papered boards, corners a little bumped & rubbed with some minor marking. Blind library stamp on the dedication page, and a label has been removed from the inside front board. Rebacked with tan linen matching the original spine, retaining most of paper label laid down. Sabin 104461, TPL 2237, Lande 2307; Dionne 343; OCLC cites only 2 copies, at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal (OCLC:757184098) & the Library of the Canadian Parliament (OCLC:797037655). Not held in book form in Australian institutions according to Trove; does not appear to be held in the National libraries of Indonesia, Scotland or Portugal. Very good condition.
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