The Magician's handbook
A Complete Encyclopaedia of the Magic Art for Professional and Amateur Entertainers.
Publisher: Marshall & Brookes and Dawbarn & Ward, 1901 first edition. Bound in the publisher's green cloth with titles in black on the spine and top board and vignette of magician on top board. Advertising endpapers.
The book is in good condition with a rubbed and soiled binding. Stamped number and ownership stamps of R.C Ritson on the front endpapers, and repeated similar ownership stamps throughout the book. Light scattered foxing to the endpapers, frontispiece and title page, and occasional light marks throughout. Mainly clean.
Selbit was a stage magician himself, first to perform the 'Sawing the Lady in half' trick before an audience. This lovely book contains sections entitled The Art of Juggling, New Miscellaneous magical effects; The Tricks and Illusions of Modern Magicians with photographs and memoirs of the contributors; Tricks and Illusions; and New Illusions and Black Magic. One of the 'Modern Magicians' is W.C Fields, who began his career as a comedy juggler.
The book is illustrated throughout with line drawings and photographs of various performers.
This first edition is quite uncommon.
22 cm, 8.5 inches, tall, viii, 188 pages, plus 10 pages of advertisements.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The History of The Ingenious Gentleman
Don Quixote of La Mancha
Translated from the Spanish by P.A. Motteux
Illustrated by Adolphe Lalauze
Publisher: William Paterson, 1879, 1880, 1882, 1884, first editions thus. Four volumes uniformly bound in half green leather (probably 20th century bindings) with raised bands and gilt titles to the spines, marbled boards, all edges gilt. Illustrated with 37 beautiful etchings.
The books are in very good condition. The leather of the spines is worn and bumped in places, and the front hinge of Vol. 3 has a short crack at the top, while Vol. 4 has short cracks at the top of the front hing and at the bottom of the back hinge. All boards are securely attached. Vol. 1 has occasional isolated spots. Vol. 2 has foxed frontispiece and title pages, otherwise a very occasional light isolated spot, last page lightly toned. Vol. 3 has a missing tissue guard for the frontispiece, and final page lightly toned. Vol. 4 has foxing to the frontispiece and title page and the other plates and their facing pages are lightly toned due to the tissue guards, final page lightly toned. Occasionally in all the volumes there is some light offsetting from the plates in spite of the tissue guards. The books are all tightly bound with bright gilt edges and, except for the noted instances, are clean and bright, and all tightly bound.
A beautiful set with very fine illustrations.
23.5cm, 9.25 inches, tall. Vol. 1, xlii, 445 pages; Vol. 2, viii, 484 pages; Vol. 3, x, 512 pages, Vol. 4, ix, 508 pages.
An Introduction to Heraldry
Containing the Rudiments of the Science in General and Other Necessary Particulars Connected with the Subject
Publisher: T. Egerton, 1810, first edition. Bound in half brown leather over marbled boards. Good plus condition, with new spine leather, with the original gilt titles laid on, corners bumped, some marks and scuffs to the original marbled paper on the boards. One owner name in pencil on the front free endpaper 'E. Sabin, Wardington', and a small area of worming to the lower corner running from the endpapers to page 14, diminishing as it goes. The plates bound in at the end of the book have a light water stain, and occasional light foxing. The text block has an occasional light mark, and a couple of instances of a small marginal mark in pencil, otherwise clean and bright and tightly bound.
The book is illustrated with a folding table 'Paradigm of the Tinctures', and 12 engraved plates, as called for.
22 cm, 8.7 inches, tall, 158 pages, plus plates.
Sir David Brewster
The History of Free Masonry
Drawn From Authentic Sources of Information;
With an Account Of The
Grand Lodge of Scotland,
From its Institution in 1763, to the Present Time,
Compiled from the Records;
And an Appendix of Original Papers
Publisher: Alexander Lawrie, 1804, first edition. Bound in half leather over marbled boards. Good plus condition, with a new spine and the original title label laid on. Marbled paper scuffed, board edges rubbed, board corners bumped and worn. One owner name on the front endpaper, and another on the title page. Some pages lightly age-toned, occasional light foxing and other isolated marks, some light pencil marks, tightly bound and mainly clean.
A very interesting early history of freemasonry from its origins, claimed to be in ancient Egypt, to the early 19th century, followed by a detailed History of the Grand Lodge in Scotland. An uncommon book.
21.5cm, 8.5 inches, tall, xx, pages 1-340 (actually 342 pages, as page numbers 146 and 147 occur twice through printer's error. The pages are misnumbered, not duplicated.)
Sleight of Hand:
A Practical Manual of Legerdemain
For Amateurs and Others.
Second, and Greatly Enlarged, Edition
Publisher: L. Upcott Gill, 1885, second, enlarged edition. Bound in the publisher's blue-green cloth with titles and vingettes on the spine and top board, floral endpapers.
The book is in very good condition with corners and spine ends bumped and a little rubbing to the cloth over the hinges. One owner name on the ffep, dated 1888. Final text page excised, replaced in facsimile. On the recto of the back free endpaper is a small pencil drawing of a bundled up child drinking from a beaker. Occasional light foxing, mainly clean and bright.
Illustrated with engravings within the text
20.3cm, 8 inches, tall, 408 pages, plus a 16 page publisher's catalogue, plus a further 8 pages of advertisements
Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World
by Lemuel Gulliver
First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships.
Illustrated with Upwards of Four Hundred Wood-Engravings
From Designs by Grandville.
With Copious Notes, A Life of the Author and an Essay on Satirical Fiction by W.C. Taylor
Publisher: Hayward and Moore, 1840, first printing of this edition. Bound in half maroon leather over decorative paper covered boards with endpapers matching. All edges gilt. Titles and decorations in gilt on the spine. Very good condition, professionally repaired some time ago, with the original spine leather laid onto the new spine, and the old marbled papers replaced with decorative paper, and a window cut out of the front pastedown to show the heraldic bookplate of William Robertson. The arms on the bookplate are those of the Robertsons of Kindeace, with three wolves on the shield and a wild man in chains below, symbolic of acts undertaken by the clan. The text block is very slightly uneven, but tightly bound. Occasional light marks here and there throughout, but mainly clean.
This is a beautiful illustrated edition of Gulliver's Travels, with hundreds of wood engravings within the text throughout.
Large octavo, 23.5 cm, 9.25 inches, tall, 16 pp prelims, lx pp biography and essay, 508 pages, complete (page 487 is mis-numbered 488).
Washington Irving/Arthur Rackham
Rip Van Winkle
Publisher: William Heinemann, 1905, first trade edition, second impression, two months after the first. Publisher's green cloth gilt, all edges dark green. Very good condition with lightly bumped corners and head and foot of spine, and a repaired pull to the top of the spine. One owner bookplate on the endpaper. Half title and last two pages of text foxed, lighter foxing to the titles page and scattered variable foxing throughout the text pages. Some slight scattered foxing to a few tissue guards, not affecting the plates. Plates all present and bright and clean, in very good condition.
The book is illustrated with a frontispiece and 50 other tipped in plates, all mounted on dark green card stock, all with captioned tissue guards.
25.7 cm, 10 inches, tall, viii, 62 text pages, plates bound in after the text.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Through the Looking-Glass
And What Alice Found There
With Ninety-Two Illustrations by John Tenniel Including Sixteen in Colour
Publisher: Macmillan & Co, 1911, the first edition with colour versions of the Tenniel illustrations. bound in the publisher's red cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and vignette of the White Rabbit on the top board. All edges green.
The book is in good condition, with a slightly lightened spine and board edges, bumped corners and head and foot of the spine. Page edges a little rubbed, and the text block very slightly uneven. Internally, the front endpaper is cracked along the hinge, not affecting the binding, and there are occasional light handling marks here and there throughout, but the book is mainly clean and bright, and tight in its binding.
Illustrated throughout by Tenniel, with 16 plates of colour versions of some of the original illustrations.
Includes An Easter Greeting and Christmas Greetings.
21 cm, 8.25 inches, tall, x, 292 pages.
The Iliad and Odyssey of Homer
Translated from the Greek
Containing The Iliad
Publisher: Alex. Donaldson, Edinburgh, 1763. Bound in contemporary full leather with titles on red leather spine label and decorations in gilt on the spine. Lovely 18th century marbled paper endpapers. All edges marbled. Portrait frontispiece. Volume one of a two-volume set, this volume containing the whole of the Iliad.
The book is in very good condition, with losses to the head and foot of the spine, and the gilt decorations on the spine being rubbed, but titles bright. The front hinge has short cracks top and bottom, but the board is firmly attached. one owner name on the verso of the frontispiece, dated 1869. A very occasional small spot to pages, otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding. A very nice copy of an uncommon edition.
18 cm, 7 inches, tall, 484 pages.
The Pictorial Gallery of English Race Horses
Portraits of all the Winners of the Derby,
Oaks and St. Leger Stakes, During the Last Twenty Years
And a History of the Principal Operations of the Turf
Publisher: Henry G. Bohn, 1850 first edition. bound in half leather over marbled boards. Very good condition, with the spine leather replaced, bumped corners and board edges, light scuffing to hte marbled paper. One gift inscription on the endpaper to John Tattersall Brewer, possibly a descendant of the author. Occasional light marks to pages and plates, a very few pages adjacent to plats with light offsetting and scattered foxing. A very few plates have a small triangle of light waterstain to the lower corner of their fore edges, and one plate has a small loss to the same area. Two plates have repair to their attachments. One plate and one leaf of text, Mr Thornhill and pp15-16, have been misbound between pages 246 and 247. Page 386 is misnumbered 336. Mainly clean and in very good condition.
The book is illustrated with ninety-one engravings, 71 of these being plates, mainly portraits of racehorses, but also a few of characters of the turf, and the rest engravings within the text. Ninety of these engravings are listed in the List of Illustrations, while the final plate 'Rhedycinal Winner of the Oaks 1850' is not listed, and in the accompanying text the horse is actually named as Rhedycina. Presumably this plate and its entry were last minute additions, since the race occurred in the year of publication.
Each portrait is accompanied with text, in which the races and events of the day are described.Large octavo, 25.3 cm tall (10 inches), viii, 386 pages.
The Chain of Life
Publisher: John Bale, Sons & Danielsson Ltd., 1934 first edition, first printing. Bound in green cloth, with titles on the spine and top board in gilt. The book is in very good condition, with dulled gilt, lightly bumped corners, and a very occasional small isolated spot to pages and three leaves with creased corners. Endpapers tanned and one owner inscription on the ffep, otherwise clean and bright.
This book concerns the author's study of Abrams' work on radiesthesia, and his own modifications of the Abrams method. Illustrated with some diagrams.
Octavo, 21.9 cm , a little over 8.5 inches, tall, xiii, 215 pages, plus 2 pages publisher's advertisements.
Charlotte M. Yonge
The Instructive Picture Book
Lessons From The Vegetable World
The Author of 'The Heir of Redclyffe'
Illustrated with 31 coloured Plates
Publisher: Edmonston & Douglas, 1863, Third edition carefully revised. Pictorial paper-covered boards with spine and corners of maroon cloth finely embossed with a foliate design. The book is in good plus condition, with the boards darkened and worn around the edges. There is light scattered foxing the the title page and first few text pages, and an occasional spot here and there throughout. The book is mainly clean. 22 text pages printed in two columns are followed by 31 spectacular double-page hand coloured plates. The plates have occasional light marks, slight toning of the edges, and some old paper tape repairs to the folds. Two plates have long closed tears which have also been repaired with paper tape on the reverse. The hand colouring of these plates is beautifully done.
33 cm tall by 21.5 cm wide (13 by 8.5 inches). Complete.
F. Edward Hulme
Familiar Wild Flowers
Figured and Described by
F. Edward Hulme
Publisher: Cassell, Petter & Galpin (Series 3) and Cassell & Company Limited, undated, but series 3 will be before 1888 when the company changed its name, and the others will date from c.1890. Bound in the publisher's green cloth with all edges gilt. Blind stamped decoration on the bottom boards, heavily decorated in gilt and black on the spines and top boards, with a hand painted colour vignette of a flower on each top board. Beautiful bindings in very good condition, nice and square and with bright gilt. Internally the books are also in very good condition, with occasional light scattered foxing, and toning to two title pages and slight edge toning to pages which lie against plates. In series 3 the last plate has two repaired tears, a small chip from the fore-edge and a small nick from the tissue guard. Series one has a chipped frontispiece, mounted onto a new acid free paper backing, and without its tissue guard. All other plates are in very good condition. Some slight foxing to tissue guards.
40 beautiful plates in each volume (a total of 200 plates). Each flower has a four page description with two very attractive engravings within the text.
Octavo, 19.5cm, 7.75 inches, tall, xvi prelims in each volume followed by 160pages in each volume, except for series 5 which has 8 extra pages of index for all the volumes. Each book also has four pages of publisher's advertisements at the end. Plus 40 tissue-guarded plates in each volume.
Arthur Edward Waite
The Occult Sciences
A Compendium of Transcendental Doctrine and Experiment
An Account of Magical Practices; Of Secret Sciences in Connection with Magic; Of the Professors of Magical Arts; And of Modern Spiritualism, Mesmerism and Theosophy
Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co. Ltd, 1891 first edition. Bound in the publisher's brown cloth with titles in gilt on the spine, top board outlined in orange with vignette of occult symbol in orange, black endpapers.
The book is in very good condition, with mottled boards, bumping to the head and foot of the spine, and a repaired tear to the top of the rear hinge and spine. There is the heraldic bookplate of Rev. F.F. Carmichael (Canon of Christ Church and Chaplain of Magdalen, Dublin) to the front endpaper. Light mark to the closed fore-edges. There are a very few instances of underlining and marginalia, mainly in pencil, but otherwise the book is clean and bright.
In three parts: Magical Practices - White Magic (Angels, Elemental Spirits), Black Magic (demons), Necromancy; Secret Sciences in Connection with Magic - Alchemy, Elixir of Life, Crystallomancy, Talismans, Divination, the Divining Rod, Astrology, Kabbalism; Professors of Magical Art - Mystics, Rosicrucians, Freemasons; Modern Phenomena - Mesmerism, Modern Spiritualism, Theosophy.
Octavo, 19.7cm tall (7.75 inches), viii, 296 pages, including 4 pages of publisher's advertisements.
The Book of Shops
Verses by Edward Verrall Lucas
Illustrated by Francis D. Bedford
Publisher: Grant Richards, undated but 1899, first edition. Large format bound in pictorial paper covered boards with brown cloth spine. Titles on spine in gilt.
The book is in good plus condition, with worn boards, gilt on spine slightly rubbed, fresh endpapers. The half title has handling marks and a worn fore-edge which has been reinforced on the verso with Japanese tissue.The title page has creases and several repaired short closed tears. In the rest of the book there are occasional light handling marks, otherwise clean.
The book is illustrated on the half title, title and contents pages, and has 24 full colour plates, each with accompanying verse with decorative line-drawn borders.
A very beautiful book, and rare in the first edition.
23 cm tall by 31.5 cm wide (9 by 12.5 inches). Complete.
The Tale of a Tub
For the Universal Improvement of Mankind
to Which is Added
An Account of a Battle
Between the Ancient and Modern Books
In St. James's Library
Publisher: Thomas Tegg, 1811, first edition thus. Bound in later half leather by Bayntun with titles in gilt on a red spine label, and decorations in gilt on the spine, marbled boards, all edges gilt.
The book is in very good condition, with a little rubbing to the binding, one bookplate on the front endpaper, and signs of removal of another on the back endpaper. The plates are all present and in very good condition; the frontispiece is slightly toned and lightly spotted and the other plates have a few isolated spots, but are mainly clean (see photos). The text block is tightly bound and, except for a very occasional light spot, is clean and bright.
A very attractive copy of Swift's masterly satire.
Octavo, 19.7cm tall (7.75 inches), 322 pages.
Ceremonies of a Japanese Marriage
Publisher: Tamamura, photographer, c.1906. Bound in a Japanese binding of grey-green silk covered boards tied with brick red silk ribbons. The binding has some wear and losses, but is basically sound. The title page of the book has hand-painted images of a crane and a turtle, both symbols of longevity. There follow 19 hand coloured plates, each with a tissue guard. There is occasional light creasing to the tissue guards, and an occasional light mark to the plates, but the book is mainly clean and bright.
This book was issued a number of times, but this is an early issue. Later issues, after 1916, have an extra plate. That the book was produced for the foreign market is evident not only in the English captions to the plates, but also in the fact that the book reads in the Western direction, not the Japanese.
A very nice copy of a delightful book.
18.3cm tall by 25.7cm wide (a little more than 7 by 10 inches). Title page, 19 plates, colophon.
Sir John Floyer, Knight
The Sibylline Oracles
Translated from the Best Greek Copies
And Compar'd With The
Daniel and the Revelations,
With so much History as plainly shews, That many of the Sibyls Predictions are exactly fulfill'd
Answers to the Objections
usually made against them.
Publisher: J. Nicholson, 1713, first edition. Bound in full contemorary leather with titles onin gilt on spine label, gilt borders to boards. Very good condition, with front hinge partialy cracked and rear hinge cracked, with some small losses to the leather in consequence, but both boards still firmly attached. Corners bumped. Text block clean and tightly bound. On the front endpapers there is a long inscription concerning the number of the Beast and the Antichrist in the Book of Revelation, in an 18th century hand. On the rear endpaper in an owner name "W. White, Coll Mer Oxon" (Merton College, Oxford)
The Sibilline Oracles are of Judaeo-Christian origin, mixing Greek and Roman Mythology with Judaeo-Christian mythology, and may contain fragments of the Roman Sibylline Books. They are certainly very concerned with the prophecies in the Book of Revelation.
Octavo, 17.7cm, 7 inches tall, title, 6 pages dedication, xxiv, 336 pages, complete.
Rev. Joseph Young
Or, The Scripture Doctrine of Devils
Publisher: Thomas Grant, Edinburgh, 1856, first edition. Bound in the original brown cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and blindstamped decorations of vines on both boards. Very good condition, rebacked with original spine cloth laid on, new front endpaper. Boards slightly rubbed, bumped corners,a very few light marks to text, but mainly nice and clean, and tightly bound.
In this book, Joseph Young lays out the truth of the existence of devils and Satan, and argues against the views of disbelievers. He goes on to discuss the influences and affects of devils or demons, their nature, mesmerism and other related topics.
Octavo, 18cm, 7 inches, tall, xviii prelims, pages then numbered from 13 to 460. In spite of this pagination, no pages are missing. Very rare.
Description of Edwin Smith's Model of Jerusalem, As It Is
The Holy Scriptures
And The Fulfilment
Printed by J. Blurton, Sheffield, 1847, first edition. Bound in cloth covered card wraps with title label on the top cover. The book is in very good condition, probably recased in its original covers, but not recently. The binding has a little fraying around the spine, a few spots, and the title label is creased. There is a little edge wear to the illustration and key to the model, and an occasional isolated foxing spot here and there, otherwise clean.
An extra folding map of Jerusalem has been bound in, 'Jerusalem and its Environs', published 1825 by L.B. Seeley & Son, and this map has been reinforced with a tissue backing.
This is a very rare survival. Edwin Smith was a Sheffield sculptor who produced three dimensional plaster models of Jerusalem with detailed depictions of the various buildings and the surrounding topography. This book is essentially an advertisement for these models, or was perhaps provided with the models as it contains a map with the key to the model and descriptions of the noted buildings and locations. This section is presented as a 17 page general description of Jerusalem, qutie detailed, and is followed by engravings of the models in different sizes with different cases, and their prices. After this there are three pages of testimonies to the fidelity of the model, then 'Thoughts on Edwin Smith's Model Of Jerusalem', 6 pages by Charlotte Elizabeth, (Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, who wrote as Charlotte Elizabeth and died in 1846. A Cabinet Wax Bust of this lady by Edwin Smith is also advertised in the book, modelled from sittings in 1846, just before her death.) The rest of the book is advertisements and newspaper reviews of the Model of Jerusalem.
Few of these models survive today because of their essential fragility, and this book is equally scarce, providing a small but intimate window into an aspect of the early Victorian world, and a portrait of Jerusalem at that time.
17.5 cm tall (almost 7 inches), 2 maps, 44 pages, complete.
T. Glen Hamilton
Intention and Survival
Psychical Research Studies and the Bearing
of Intentional Actions by Trance
Personalities on the Problem of
Publisher: The Macmillan Company of Canada Limited, 1942 first edition. Bound in the publisher's purple cloth with titles in silver on the spine and top board. Very good condition, with the bookseller's label of the Marylebone Spiritualist Association on the front endpaper, a very few tiny marks, clean bright tight and square in its binding.
A very interesting book on trance manifestations, mainly of the ectoplasmic kind, called 'teleplasm' in this book. The book is illustrated with a series of photographs of mediums exuding 'teleplasm', sometimes in the form of portraits (including several of Arthur Conan Doyle), the whole presented as a scientific investigation, down to plans of the seance room and locations of the cameras. 38 illustrations and 2 diagrams, some full-page plates and others within the text.
Octavo, 21.5 cm , 8.5 inches, tall, xiv, contents, List of Illustrations, 292 pages.
A Poem in Twelve Books.
The Fourth Edition
With Notes of Various Authors
by Thomas Newton, D.D.
Printed for C. Hitch and L. Hawes, J Hodges, J. and R. Tonson, B. Dod, E. Wicksted, J. Ward, M. and T. Longman, J. Richardson, J. Brindley, A. and C. Corbet, and E. Dilly, 1757. Two volumes in very good restored bindings. The books have been re-backed in dark brown leather, with the original title labels laid on (that of Volume One having lost the middle third). The board corners have been repaired. Volume Two has some worming in the lower page margin, travelling from the endpapers to page 67, rapidly diminishing to a single hole. The first few leaves have had this hole patched with Japanese tissue to stablise the pages. The front endpapers have 18th century ownership inscriptions. There is some very light scattered foxing in the books, but otherwise they are mainly clean and bright.
Octavos, 21.5 cm tall (8.5 inches). Volume One: 10 page Dedication, 11 page Preface, Life of Milton, lxxxv pages, 2 pages poem on Milton in Latin by Samuel Barrow, 3 pages Poem, On Paradise Lost by Andrew Marvell, one page 'The Verse', 21 pages 'A Critique upon the Paradise Lost' by Mr. Addison, 510 pages, the first six books of Paradise Lost, Frontis piece and six other plates, one at the beginning of each book.
Volume Two: 447 pages, the final six books of Paradise Lost, blank, pages 448 to 463 Postscript, blank, 191 page index, plus one page publisher's advertisement. Six plates.