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George Tattersall

The Pictorial Gallery of English Race Horses
Containing
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.

£350

 

Guyon Richards

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.

£350

 

Charlotte M. Yonge

The Instructive Picture Book
Or
Lessons From The Vegetable World

by
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.

£200

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.
 
£185

 



Arthur Edward Waite

The Occult Sciences

A Compendium of Transcendental Doctrine and Experiment
Embracing
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.

£600

 

 

E.V. Lucas

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.

£300

Jonathan Swift

The Tale of a Tub

Written
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.

£200

 

Tamamura
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.

£150



Sir John Floyer, Knight

The Sibylline Oracles

Translated from the Best Greek Copies
And Compar'd With The
Sacred Prophecies
Especially with
Daniel and the Revelations,
And
With so much History as plainly shews, That many of the Sibyls Predictions are exactly fulfill'd
With
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.

£500

Rev. Joseph Young

Demonology:
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.

£220

Description of Edwin Smith's Model of Jerusalem, As It Is

Illustrative of
The Holy Scriptures
And The Fulfilment
Of Prophecy

 
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.

£275


T. Glen Hamilton

Intention and Survival

Psychical Research Studies and the Bearing
of Intentional Actions by Trance
Personalities on the Problem of
Human Survival
 

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.

£75

 

John Milton

Paradise Lost

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.

£250