Arthur P. Luff
Text-Book of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Publisher: Longmans, Green & Co., 1895, first edition. Two volumes bound in dark brown cloth with titles in gilt on the spines. The books are in very good condition, with light rubbing to the cloth. Small labels of Henry Kimpton, Medical Bookseller, on the endpapers, light scattered foxing to the closed page edges, and intermittently throughout volume one, less frequent in volume two. Both text blocks slightly uneven, but no pages are loose. Owner name in each volume, about two or three small pencil annotations. Illustrated with a full-colour frontispiece of Blood Spectra and twelve monochrome plates of poisonous plants in volume one, and with illustrations in the text in both volumes. Rare.
Arthur Pearson Luff (1855-1938) was a British physician and forensic chemist. He is considered one of the founders of 20th century forensic medicine. These books are a fascinating resource for anyone interested in the forensics of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
21.7cm, about 8.1 inches tall, Vol I. xii, 416 pages; Vol. II, viii, illustration index, 360 pages, plus a 16 page publisher's catalogue dated November 1895.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Militiaman At Home and Abroad;
Being The History of a Militia Regiment,
From Its First Training to Its Disembodiment;
With Sketches of the Ionian Islands
Malta , and Gibraltar
With Illustrations by John Leech
Publisher: Smith, Elder & Co., 1857, first edition. Bound in publisher’s red cloth with decorations in blind on both boards, and gilt vignette on top board, corners bumped. Rebacked with dark red leather spine, titles in gilt on red leather label. Blue endpapers.
This is a very lively account of the history of a militia regiment, written from first hand experience. The title page bears a pencilled inscription concerning the author, ‘Emeritus’. It reads “Major Prower of the Wilts Militia served in Corfu in 55/6” (Wiltshire Militia), and this is indeed the identity of the author.
The book is illustrated with two plates by John Leech (as called for). The frontispiece plate has some light foxing, and the second plate has less, mainly along the edges (see photos). The text has a very occasional isolated light mark, one short closed tear and a very little darkening to the top edges of some pages. There are two instances of short pencil marginalia. The endpapers have been reinforced along the hinges. The book is mainly bright and clean, and is tight in its binding. Very good condition. An uncommon book.
Octavo, 20.5 cm tall, viii, 300 pages, plus a 16 page publisher’s catalogue dated June 1857.
Rev. R. Lister-Turner
Rev. the Hon J.B. Clark
Revised Motu Grammar and Vocabulary
Publisher: Edward George Baker, Government Printer, Port Moresby, 1930. Bound with a black cloth spine and black alligator skin textured cloth on the board.
Motu is a language belonging to the Melanesian sub-family of the Austronesian family of languages, and is widely spoken in Papua. From a glide through these pages it seems a wonderful language, filled with words for things for which English speakers would need a sentence, such as Enoapatapata; to squash bananas or other things when moving on them in sleep; of a tree falling on a heap of yams and squashing them.
And many more lovely things.
The book is in very good condition with bumping to the head and foot of the spine, and a nice bright text block that is tightly bound. On the endpaper is the bookplate of Peter Anthony Lanyon-Orgill, and his signature. This gentleman was apparently a teacher and conributor to liguistics in his own dubious way .
‘Peter Lanyon-Orgill's confabulations about his life were of a piece with his confections of vocabularies and the fictive persons who appeared in his works, as Ross Clark showed in a fascinating, devastating and very funny account of Lanyon-Orgill's life. Distressed wood in fake antiques was his analogy for the way that Lanyon-Orgill modified words from existing word-lists. Lanyon-Orgill even made up a fake Hawaiian word-list which contains words for birds such as swallows - introduced to Hawaii long after the word-list was supposed to have been collected.’ Quoted from: http://blogs.usyd.edu.au/elac/2008/08/a_history_of_neglect_and_a_neg_1.html
This book contains a few small annotations made by this interesting character.
25cm tall, 192 pages, scarce.
Biographical Sketches of the
Queens of Great Britain,
From the Norman Conquest to the Reign of Victoria;
or, Royal Book of Beauty.
Illustrated by Twenty-Eight Highly-Finished Portraits on Steel
Publisher: W.F. Rutter & Son, 1865. Bound in full red leather with five raised bands on the spine. Titles and decorations in gilt on the spine, and decorations in gilt and black on the boards. Marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.
The book is in very good condition,with some light scuffing to the leather, light bumping to the board corners, and a couple of small bumps to the fore edge of the top boards. The internal front hinge has been reinforced. Some light scattered foxing, mainly to the first and last few pages, with occasional spots throughout, but mainly clean and bright. Illustrated with fine and lovely engravings each with a guard page. The plates have some foxing, mainly to the borders. The frontispiece of Victoria is the most affected. A lovely, and very heavy, book.
Begins with Matilda of Flanders, Queen of William the Conqueror, and continues up to Queen Victoria. Each Queen has a fairly detailed biography. There are 41 queens represented, 28 of whom are supplied with portraits.
Quarto, 28.2 cm tall (11.2 inches) tall, viii, 516 pages.
Augustus De Morgan
An Essay on Probabilities
and Their Application to
Life Contingencies and Insurance Offices
Publisher: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1838, first edition. Published as part of The Cabinet Cyclopaedia conducted by the Rev. Dionysius Lardner. Bound in the publisher's dark pink cloth with paper title labels to the spine, uncut edges. Very good condition with repaired hinges, sunning of the cloth on the spine and board edges, paper labels drakened. The title and engraved title pages are foxed, as are the back endpapers. There is one owner bookplate to the front endpaper. Most of the pages of the book are actually unopened, only a few pages of the preface and four leaves in the centre of the book have been opened, indicating that this book has not been much read.
Chapters: On the Notion of Probability and its measurement; On Direct Probabilities; On Inverse Probabilities; Use of Tables at the end of this Work; On the Risks of Loss or Gain; On Common Notions with regard to Probability; On Errors of Observation, and Risks of Mistake; On the Application of Probabilities to Life Contingencies; On Annuities and other Money Contingencies; On the Value of Reversions and InsurancesOn the Nature of the contract of Insurance, and on the Risks of Insurance Offices in general; On the Adjustment on the Interests of the different Members in an Insurance Office; Miscellaneous Subjects connected with Insurance, &c.
Appendix: On the Ultimate Chances of Gain or Loss at Play, with a particular Application to the Game of Rouge et Noir; On the Rule for determining the Value of Successive Lives, and of Copyhold Estates; On the Rule for determining the Probabilities of Survivorship; On the average Result of a Number of Observations; On the Method of calculating uniformly decreasing or increasing Annuities On a Question connected with the Valuation of the Assets of an Insurance Office; Table I; Table II.
Numerous tables within the text.
Small octavo, 17.8 cm tall (7 inches), xviii, 306 pages, plus 40 pages of appendices.
The Northamptonshire Home Guard
A History of the services of men and women of Northamptonshire who in the world war of 1939-45 forsook their rest and leisure to rally in defence of the Homeland and defiance of the invader
Zone H.Q. Intelligence and public Relations Officer
A Company, 12th (Northampton) Battalion
Publisher: The Northamptonshire Home Guard, 1949, 1st edition. Bound in light brown cloth with titles on the spine and decorations on the top board in red. A little scuffing of the cloth, tanned free endpapers, otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding. A very nice fresh print of a photograph of the Home Guard taken on November 11th, 1944, laid down on the front pastedown endpaper and captioned with the name of every man in the photograph, makes this an especially nice copy of a somewhat scarce book.
Illustrated throughout in monochrome. Small quarto sized, 25.3cm (10 inches) tall, 318 pages, plus one-page advertisement.
The Book of Birds
Publisher: John W. Parker and Son, 1854, 8th edition. Small format (14cm, 5.5 inches, tall), bound in dark pink cloth with titles on the top board in gilt and decorations blind stamped on both boards. Yellow endpapers. Slight sunning around the spine area, light bumping to the board corners and head and foot of the spine. Occasional light marks to pages, first and last two or three pages lightly toned, otherwise clean. Very good condition.
The book is illustrated throughout with engravings within the text and one full-page frontispiece. An educational book aimed at the young reader, and quite rare in any edition. 160 pages.
Charles St. John
Short Sketches Of The Wild Sports and Natural History Of The Highlands
From The Journals Of Charles St. John Esq.
Publisher: John Murray, 1846, first edition. Bound in half leather over marbled boards. The front hinge is cracked, but held by its cords, and has now been stabilized by a Japanese tissue repair to the inside of the hinge. The back hinge has a short crack at the top of the spine, but is otherwise fine. The marbled paper is a little rubbed and there is a small amount of leather lost at the top of the spine. The spine title labels are absent. Internally the book is clean and bright and tightly bound.
This book provides a very interesting look at the Scottish Highlands in the mid 19th century from the point of view of one man and his gun. He presents a great many detailed observations of the natural world, and though his main purpose is hunting the animals in it, he describes them with great admiration. He also has quite a fondness and admiration for the Scottish poacher.
Small octavo, 17.5cm (almost 7 inches) tall, vi, 281 pages.
The Beckett Country
Publisher: Black Cat Press in association with Faber and Faber, 1986, first edition in dust jacket. Bound in brick red cloth with the titles in gilt on the spine and stamped in blind on the top board. Near fine condition in a very good dust jacket. The book is clean and bright throughout. The dust jacket has on closed tear, visible in the photos, now repaired.
A very interesting book for the Beckett enthusiast, with a wealth of detail about the writer’s life and the land in which he lived. Illustrated throughout with monochrome photographs, many of them period, and some of which are of Samuel Beckett himself in former years.
Large format, 26cm tall by 27 cm wide (10.25 inches by 10.7 inches), xxvi+ 2pp, 402pp.
The Diary of Samuel Pepys
Publisher: Robert Rivière and Sons. Undated but c.1900. Two volumes bound in half orange leather over orange cloth boards, with titles and decorations in gilt on the spines.
This is a very nice set of Pepys’s Diary, with rubbing, bumping and some losses to the leather, a very occasional light foxing spot, but mainly clean and bright and tightly bound. Printed on thin paper, thus getting around 700 pages to the volume without making them wrist-breakers. Illustrated with two portrait frontispieces in photogravure.
Octavos, 18cm, 7 inches, tall, Volume One, viii, index of dates 1 page, 666 pages; Volume Two, index of dates 1 page, 719 pages, including a general index.
The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin
Including an Autobiographical Chapter
Edited by His Son Francis Darwin.
Publisher: John Murray, 1887, second edition. Three volumes bound in the publisher’s green cloth with titles in gilt on the spine. Dark blue endpapers, untrimmed edges.
This is a very good set of this highly informative work. Darwin corresponded with many of the best scientific minds of his time, and the letters are arranged by topic in these volumes. There are personal letters, but much of the correspondence concerns Darwin’s scientific work, and ranges through a wide diversity of topics, including, of course, evolution.
The books are in very good condition, with some small marks to the cloth, bumping to the board corners, and a very slight fading of the spines. There are very occasional isolated foxing spots to the text blocks, and scattered light foxing to the first and last few pages of each volume, and some light foxing of the closed page edges. Each volume has the baronial bookplate of Francis Henry, Lord St. Helier. Each volume has a tissue guarded engraved frontispiece, three portraits of Darwin at different stages of his life. Volumes I and II have another plate each, as called for. The pages of volumes I and III are only partly opened, while those of volume II are all opened. Francis Henry must have found this volume of the most interest. He was a QC and Judge Advocate General, appointed by William Gladstone.
Octavos, 22.6 cm, almost 9 inches, tall. Vol. I., ix, errata slip tipped in, 395 pages, Vol. II, 393 pages, Vol. III, iv, 418 pages.
The Cook and Housewife’s Manual
A Practical System of Modern Domestic Cookery and Family Management;
Containing a Compendium of French Cookery, and of Fashionable Confectionary, Preparations for Invalids, a Selection of Cheap Dishes, and Numerous Useful Miscellaneous Receipts in the Various Branches of Domestic Economy.
To Which is Added
A Comprehensive Treatise on Domestic Brewing.
By Mistress Margaret Dods
Publisher: Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh, and Simpkin, Marshall & Co., London. 1842, seventh edition. Rebound in 20th century quarter dark blue leather with five raised bands and gilt titles and decorations to the spine, dark blue cloth boards, marbled paper endpapers.
This is one of those magnificently comprehensive 19th century manuals which tell the reader all they need to know about running a household and feeding everyone, with instructions on how to provide a full banquet to how to scour a carpet. The long section on French cookery is extended for this edition. There are several woodcuts within the text, illustrating the art of carving meats fish and poultry.
The book is in very good condition, with its attractive later binding very fresh. The first few pages have a water stain along the lower edges, and there are occasional marks throughout the book, testifying to its usefulness.
Octavo, 19.5cm tall (7.75 inches), 491 pages, plus one page of reviews of ‘former editions of this work’.
Tunis et ses Environs
Texte et Dessins D'Apres Nature Par Charles Lallemand
Cent Cinquante Aquarelles Tirées en
Publisher: Maison Quantin, Paris, 1890. This is a magnificent volume bound in full maroon leather with five raised bands to the spine, and gilt decorations on the spine and boards. All edges are gilt and there are marbled endpapers. The book measures 12 ¼ by 9 ¾ inches, (30.5 by 24 cm).
The text contains 150 reproductions of beautiful watercolours by the author, with jewel-like colours. Except for very occasional light marks, and some very light scattered foxing on the preliminary pages, the book is clean and bright, and in very good condition.
The spine has lightened a little, there are a couple of small scuffs and pressure marks on the back board and some light wear to the bottom edges of the boards. The front endpaper has split at the hinge, but the boards are still firmly attached. There are bookplates on the front and rear pastedown endpapers , but no inscriptions.
This is a very fine large volume giving a vivid picture, both textually and visually, of late nineteenth century Tunis.
4to, 9 ¾”- 12 1/2 “ tall
Master Goldsmiths and Silversmiths of Nova Scotia
Supplement and Drawings by Donald Mackay
Publisher: The Antiquarian Club, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1948, 1st edition. Publisher’s dark blue cloth with titles and vignette on the top board. In the original dust jacket.
This is a very interesting book, describing the working lives of ‘old fashioned’ silver and goldsmiths of Nova Scotia, with many monochrome illustrations, and a table of their marks.
The book is in very good condition, with a few pencilled annotations in the margins, otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding, and signed in a gift inscription by Donald Mackay, who produced the supplement and drawings. Harry Piers himself died before the book was finished, and the book was prepared for publication by Una Thomson and A. Matilda Strachan.
The dust jacket is in fair to good condition, being worn and torn with small losses, and now contained in a protective sleeve.
Octavo, 24 cm tall (9.5 inches), 161 pages.
Students and Craftsmen
With Four Hundred and Three Illustrations
Publisher: Seeley, Service & Co. Ltd., 1930, first
edition. This is the limited
edition, number 147 of 370 numbered copies, signed by the author. The book is a quarto, bound in cream buckram with gilt titles on the
spine. Top edges gilt, other edges
uncut, silk bookmark ribbon.
This volume is from the estate of Lord Wardington, who was a
book and map collector, and his bookplate is on the back endpaper. On the front endpaper is the bookplate of S.R. Wycherley (Sydney Renoden
Wycherley), who was an inventor.
The book is in very good condition, with the buckram a
little marked. (There was a fire at the home of Lord Wardington, and his whole
library had to be rescued.) There
is some light foxing to the endpapers, and a couple of light spots on the title
page, but the book is otherwise clean and bright, and the binding tight and
firm. It is fully illustrated, both
in full-page plates and within the text. A
most beautiful volume.
Quarto, 26.5 cm tall, 336 pages.
A Series of Papers On
The Relations of the Sexes
Publisher: Manchester, Labour Press, 1896, first edition. Bound in dark pink pebbled cloth with titles in gilt on the top board and
spine. Uncut edges. The
book is in very good condition, with signs of label removal on the front free
endpaper and both endpapers reinforced at the spine. There is also a circular shadow mark at the base of the spine where a
small label has been removed. There
is an ownership inscription on the verso of the front free endpaper and a small
handwritten library number on the verso of the title page. Here and there through the book are occasional pencilled notes. These are infrequent and the book is mainly clean. On one of the final blank pages is written in pencil a poem,
‘…Enough…’ by Whittier, and a verse by F.W. Faber. The text block is a little uneven, but tightly bound.
This is a rare first edition of this very interesting book on sex and relations
between the sexes. In the era of
increasing sexual emancipation and the ‘New Woman’, Carpenter comes down on
the side of the women and their freedom, and he discusses the way men and
marriage must change to accommodate women as free human beings.
There is also an interesting few pages on Star and Sex Worships.
Octavo, 20cm tall, 168 pages plus 1 page publisher’s
Baker, Sir Samuel W.
The Nile Tributaries of Abyssinia and the Sword Hunters of the Hamran Arabs
Macmillan & Co., 1868, second edition.
Rebound in maroon cloth with gilt titles and new endpapers. 8vo, very good condition, occasional light marks only.
24 plates all present, 2 coloured maps, one folding, also present.
This is the account of fourteen months' exploration of the Nile tributaries, on which Baker was accompanied by his wife.
8vo, 7 ¾ -9 ¾ inches tall
the 'lost years'
Manchester University Press, 1985, first edition. We do not usually deal in paperbacks, but this is a famous
book on a mysterious part of Shakespeare's life,
which has not appeared in hard covers and is
extremely rare as a first edition. The book deals with the years of Shakespeare's life between
1564 and 1592, and suggests that Shakespeare
worked for a while in the household of a wealthy
Roman Catholic landowner in Lancashire.
book is in near fine condition, clean and bright. It formerly belonged to Reginald Alton, lecturer in English
at Pembroke College, Oxford. The book contains a letter from a lecturer
at Somerville College Oxford, identified only as
Katherine, forwarding the book to him and asking
for his opinion on its theses.
The Playgoer and Society
August 1912 – September 1913
This volume of issues of ‘The Playgoer’ is bound in
half-leather with blue cloth-covered boards. Each of the monthly issues is bound in complete with its colour
cover. Each issue is given
over to one play, describing the story of the play and illustrating the
action with numerous still photographs of the production. Each issue reproduces the colour image on the cover again on a
single glossy page within the magazine.
magazines give a very vivid and lively view of stage productions in the
West End of the time. Particularly
interesting issues are concerned with the production of ‘Sleeping
Beauty’, a pantomime complete with harlequinade (of which there is a
coloured photo) and a production of Pinero’s ‘The Schoolmistress’,
which includes Dion Boucicault in the cast. Also included are news and photographs of a charity matinee given
by Harry Lauder, and a play with Gerald Du Maurier in the cast.
The issues also contain articles and reviews of other plays,
theatre abroad, and fashion. There
are, of course, many period advertisements.
is in very good condition. It
has a small amount of damp damage to the lower edges of the boards, which
only affects the very first and last few pages in a minor way. There is an owner inscription on the back of the front free
endpaper. Otherwise the pages
are clean and bright and the binding is tight. This book is an
invaluable resource for anyone interested in theatrical history, costume,
sets, etc. with its wealth of photographs of actual productions.
- over 9¾" - 12" tall
Publisher: Editions Verve, Paris, 1955, first edition. Folio sized book bound in decorated paper-covered boards with no dust jacket as issued. The board design is by Joan Miró.
A very nice copy of this beautiful book. The board corners are bumped and the head of the spine is pulled, causing short tears in the hinges. The back hinge is also cracked just through the surface layer. The binding is still tight and firm. Inside, there is a light touch of foxing on the first few preliminary pages. Otherwise the book is clean and bright, with 114 monochrome photographs by Bresson from 1950-55. Some very fine photography indeed.
37.5 cm tall (14.75 inches). Introduction in French and 114 photographs, complete.
Die Goettliche Komoedie
(The Divine Comedy)
Uebersetzt von Karl Witte
Mit Einer Einleitung von Max Von Boehn
Publisher: Askanischer Verlag, Berlin, 1921, first edition thus. Bound in full vellum with six raised bands on the spine. Titles in black and yellow on the spine and elaborate decorations in black on both the boards. Top edges gilt, other edges uncut. This is a limited edition, and this copy is number 49 of 250.
This is a very beautiful volume. The introduction, which concerns portraits of Dante and illustrations for the Divine Comedy, is illustrated with a great many tipped in plates and others within the text, and includes illustrations by Dore and Flaxman, among many others. The text of the Divine Comedy is in German, and is typeset in a beautiful clear font, with decorated initials. It is also illustrated with numerous wonderful full-page woodcuts, and also smaller woodcuts within the text. This book holds many pleasures even for those who do not read German.
The book is in very good condition, with some darkening to the vellum as is usual, and the top board is slightly bowed. There is a very little light scattered foxing to the first and last few pages, otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding.
Quart sized, 26.5 cm, 10.5 inches, tall, 574 pages (2.4kg in weight).
Sir Frank Colyer
Old Instruments Used For Extracting Teeth
Publisher: Staples Press, 1952, first edition. Bound in publisher’s dark blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and publisher’s shield on the top board, in original dust jacket.
This is a fully illustrated (terrifyingly so) book, with 283 illustrations, a comprehensive reference work on this subject.
The book is in very good condition. The endpapers have light scattered foxing and a presentation inscription. The text block is printed on glossy paper and is clean and bright. The dust jacket has some foxing and three short closed tears. The jacket has its original price of 42 shillings, and it is now supplied with a protective sleeve.
Octavo, 22 cm (8.75 inches) tall, 245 pages.
The Tongue Not Essential to Speech
With Illustrations of the Power of Speech in
The African Confessors
Publisher: John Murray, 1873, first edition. Bound in publisher’s brown cloth over beveled boards, titles in gilt on the spine.
An odd book about many cases of people who have spoken even though their tongues have been removed or mutilated. Some parts of this book are not for the queasy. The book veers from the medical to the religious, cases being presented with all available medical detail, and some referring to reported religious miracles. The general tone of the book seems to suggest that to speak without a tongue is not so miraculous after all.
The book is in very good condition. Both endpapers are split at the hinge, but the binding remains sound. The text block is slightly uneven and from page 203 onwards there is a marginal damp stain, which does not encroach onto the text. Two pages have repaired closed tears. Otherwise the book is clean.
Octavo, 19cm, 7 inches, tall, iv, 232 pages, plus a 4 page publisher’s catalogue dated June 1873.
The Old World House
Publisher: A. & C. Black, 1924, first edition. Two volumes bound with red leather spines over red cloth-covered boards. Tope edges gilt. The spines have five raised bands and gilt titles and decorations. Marbled endpapers. Printed on heavy, glossy paper, each volume have a photogravure frontispiece.
These books are concerned with the furnishing styles of the English country house, and are fully illustrated with monochrome photographs throughout. Loosely included are two old photographs of pieces of furniture, and an article from ‘The Connoisseur’ about snuff boxes.
The books are in very good condition, with slightly bumped corners, and occasional light marks, but mainly clean and bright.
Small quarto, 25.5cm tall (10 inches), Volume One, xii, 307 pages, Volume Two, iii, 371 pages.
Rev. J. L. Sisson
The Elements of Anglo-Saxon Grammar:
To Which Are Added
A Praxis and Vocabulary
Printed by Benjamin Dewhirst, Leeds, and sold by Longman et al, 1819, first edition. Bound in the original pink paper-covered boards, with untrimmed page edges. 12mo.
The book is in good plus condition, lacking most of the backstrip, but being still firmly bound in its boards. The boards are a little age-toned and scuffed. There is one owner name on the front free endpaper, and occasional isolated spot here and there throughout, but mainly clean.
A very nice, and quite rare book.
12mo, 19cm, 7.5 inches, tall, 84 pages.
Americanisms and Briticisms
With other Essays on other Isms
Publisher: Harper and Brothers, New York, 1892, first edition. Bound in publisher’s green cloth with titles and decorations in gilt on the spine and top board. Tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of the author.
Brander Matthews was a writer and Professor of Dramatic Literature, a contemporary and friend of Mark Twain. This book contains some very interesting essays, the first two about the differences between English as spoken and written by the British versus that spoken and written by the Americans. The other essays mainly concentrate on American literature and writers, with some digressions. A very interesting little book.
The book is in very good condition, with a little bumping at the head and foot of the spine and slight age-toning to the pages.
15cm, 6 inches, tall, 190 pages, plus 4 pages of publisher’s advertisements.
A Collection of English Words
Not Generally Used, With Their Significations and Original:
In Two Alphabetical Catalogues:
The One of Such as are Proper to the Northern, the Other to the Southern Counties.
With an Account of the Preparing and Refining Such
Metals and Minerals
As are Gotten in England
By John Ray, Fellow of the Royal Society
To which is appended
Thoresby’s Letter to Ray, 1703
Re-arranged and Edited With Introduction, Notes and Index
By The Rev. Walter W. Skeat, M.A.
Published for the English Dialect Society by Trubner & Co., 1874. Bound in later olive green cloth with titles in gilt on the spine, top edges gilt, other edges uncut.
The larger part of this volume consists of a reprint of John Ray’s work of 1691, which contains an account of metal refining and working in England, and also salt making, followed by the two catalogues of uncommon English words. The volume begins with the Report of the English Dialect Society for the year 1874 and January 1875, detailing work in progress, publications, and a list of members.
This is a very interesting and uncommon volume, in very good condition, with some scattered foxing to the first four leaves and the endpapers, an occasional isolated spot elsewhere, but otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding
Octavo, 23cm tall, (9inches), pages: 1-20, title page, xxix (introduction), 122 pages.
An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in
Volume III: West
The Cantref of Lleyn
Together with the General Survey of the County
Publisher: The Royal Commission on Ancient Monuments in Wales and Monmouthshire, 1964. Green cloth hardback with titles in gilt on the spine and top board, with gilt corn and shield vignette on top board.
This book is a detailed archaeological survey illustrated with maps and plans, some folding, and 68 monochrome photographic plates, many with more than one image.
The book is in very good plus condition, clean and bright and tight in its binding, in a bright dust jacket, which has a small mark on the spine, but is otherwise clean. The book comes in its original box, which has a hole worn in it, but has protected the book perfectly.
Quarto sized, 28cm, 11 inches, tall, cxcii, 68 photographic plates.
All the Year Round
A Weekly Journal
1861-1862, containing Tom Tiddler's Ground
Publisher: Chapman and Hall, Volume VI Form September 28th 1861 to March 8th 1862, first edition. Bound in half green leather over marbled boards with titles in gilt on maroon leather spine labels.
This volume contains the extra Christmas number for 1861, Tom Tiddler’s Ground. This novella is in seven chapters, the introduction and last two chapters by Dickens. The second chapter is by Charles Allston Collins (Wilkie Collins brother, and Dickens’ son-in-law), the third is by Amelia B Edwards, the fourth by Wilkie Collins and the fifth by John Berwick Harwood. Where Tom Tiddler’s Ground was published in later book form, only the three chapters by Dickens appear. Here the reader can find the piece in its original form and judge whether the later editing was justified.
The volume contains many other interesting articles, including two on slavery in America. One of these is an account of how a doctor, rather against his will and to his cost, aided a runaway slave to escape to the Free State of Pennsylvania, and the other is an account of a visit to a slave auction in New Orleans.
There are also articles about the Egyptian Railway, several murders, Lynch Law in the United States, American Cemeteries, Sutee, and many, many others.
This volume is in very good condition, with scuffs to the leather and marbled boards, corners bumped. There are a very few isolated spots to pages, but the book is mainly clean, and is tightly bound.
The book is 24 cm tall (9.5 inches), 572 pages, plus Tom Tiddler’s Ground 48 pages.
Dr. V. Grauvogl, of Nuremburg
Text Book of Homoeopathy
Translated by Geo. E. Shipman, M.D.
At the request of the author
Publishers: Chicago, C.S. Halsey. Western News Co.; New York, Boericke & Tafel; London, S. Compston, 1870, first edition, parts I and II bound as one. Bound in Publisher’s maroon pebbled cloth, rebacked with the original spine cloth laid down. The frontispiece is a genuine photograph of Dr. v. Grauvogl with a facsimile signature.
This is a most dense and comprehensive text book, describing the theory practice of homoeopathy derived from Hahnemann’s Organon and expanded through the experimentation and practice of Dr. v. Grauvogl. A very rare and sought-after textbook.
The book is in very good condition, with repaired spine as described, and with the inside hinges reinforced. There is a little foxing to the title page, and the final two pages and a very few instances of underlining. There is a bookplate on the front pastedown. The book is otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding.
Large octavo, 24cm tall, 9.5 inches, 438 pages, including a list of subscribers from the United States (listed by state), Canada, Italy, England and Ireland.
Lieut. George Shuldham Peard,
Narrative of a Campaign in the Crimea;
Including an Account of the
Battles of Alma, Balaclava and Inkermann.
Publisher: Richard Bentley, 1855, first edition. Bound in publisher’s red cloth with blind-stamped decorations and titles in gilt on the spine. Brick red endpapers.
This is a first-hand account of the Crimean War taken rom the Journal kept by Peard from 18th July, 1854, to the 12th January 1855. the account includes the famous charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava, and a brief mention of Florence Nightingale. There is a great deal of incidental detail in this book, which brings the campaign to life and gives it the depth of reality that a purely historical account of the events often lacks.
This was one of the very first books published about the war by a military participant, and it is also very rare.
The book is in very good condition, with repairs to the head and foot of the spine, bumps and some marks to the cloth, and a circular area of bubbling to the cloth on the back board. The endpapers are split along the hinge, but the binding is tight and firm. There is a splendid Orientalist bookplate on the front pastedown endpaper, and on owner name dated 1855 written in pencil on the title page. Apart from an occasional tiny light mark, the pages are otherwise clean and bright.
Small octavo, 19cm tall (17.5 inches) viii, 248 pages.
Eighteenth Century Architecture
in South Africa
Publisher: A.A. Balkema, Cape Town, 1968 third edtition (first published in 1933. Bound in publisher’s blue buckram with titles in gilt on the spine and the publisher’s monogram on the top board in gilt. In original orange dust jacket.
This is a beautiful volume, illustrated with many line drawings, plans and monochrome photographs within the text, and with 113 full page plates of photographs, elevations, detail plans, floor plans and other architectural drawings.
The book is a large quarto volume, 34 cm tall (13.5cm), in near fine condition, clean and bright and tight in its bonding, in a very good dust jacket which has slight fading along the spine, and some short closed tears and small chips along the edges. The dust jacket is now contained in a protective sleeve.
Pagination; Frontis, titles, xii, blank, map of the Cape Area, pages 1-49, 113 plates, complete.
An Idler In The Wilds
Publisher: John Murray, 1906, first edition. Publisher’s green cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and top board, and decorations in black, green, red and brown on the top board, top edges gilt.
This is a very attractive book about the English countryside in the very first few years of the twentieth century. The author in most interested in the birds, from the sedge warbler and swift tot he kittiwake, skylark, jay and peewit. He describes a countryside now lost to us, rich in birdsong and hardly disturbed at all by human noise. The book is illustrated with 48 monochrome photographic plates of birds, landscapes and some country village scenes. A very charming and relaxing book.
The book is in very good condition, with scattered foxing to the closed fore-edges, and a few occasional foxing spots within, but mainly clean and bright, with one owners inscription on the endpaper, from 1913.
Octavo, 20cm (8 inches) tall, viii, 109 pages.
The Timeless Art of a Japanese Village
Publisher: Kodansha International Limited, Tokyo, 1970, first edition. Publisher’s terracotta buckram with titles in silver on the spine and vignette of a pot in black on the top board. In original dust jacket.
This book is about the tradition of Tamba pottery at the Japanese village of Tachikui. The book is extensively illustrated, with 10 plates in full colour, and many more in monochrome. Not only are the beautiful pots illustrated, but also the process of making them and details of kiln construction. A wonderful book for anyone interested in Japanese pottery.
The book is in near fine condition, clean bright and tight in its binding, in a very good jacket, which has just a touch of darkening, and is now in a protective sleeve.
Large octavo, 26.5 cm tall (10.5 inches), 180 pages.
A. H. Layard
Inscriptions In the Cuneiform Character From Assyrian Monuments
Publisher: Longman & Co., sold in the British Museum, 1851, first edition. Folio size volume bound in half black cloth with green cloth boards.
This large book contains plates of transcriptions from Assyrian monuments at Nimrod, and from other pieces held by the British Museum, and its publication coincides with the decipherment of the writing system.
The plates are very clearly struck and also strangely beautiful (not to mention quite difficult to photograph). The book contains 98 plates. It is in very good condition, rebound with a paper title label on the top board. The top board shows a slight crease in the underlying board. The title page has losses along the edges, which have both old and recent repairs, and it has a number stamped on it. The final four plates have minor damp stains along the lower edge, which only very slightly impinge on the printed area of the plates. The final plate has the largest affected area, and is shown in the photos. The rest of the plates are clean and bright.
Folio, 54.5cm tall, 4 pages preliminaries, 98 plates complete. 3kg in weight.
The Carpenter and Joiner’s Assistant:
Being a Comprehensive Treatise
On the Selection, Preparation, and strength of Materials, and the Mechanical Principles of Framing, With their Application in Carpentry, Joinery and Hand-Railing;
A Complete Treatise on Lines;
Illustrated Glossary of Terms used in Architecture and Building.
An Extensive Series of Plates and Many Hundred Engravings on Wood.
Publisher: Blackie and Son Limited, 1860, first edition. This is a large sized volume, 35 cm tall, bound in quarter black leather with purple cloth boards, all edges marbled. Titles and decorations in gilt on the spine.
There is an engraved title page, showing the Centring for the Ballochmyle Viaduct, Glasgow and South-Western Railway.
With prelims i-xiii, followed by 254 pages of text, numerous illustrations within the text, and with 114 single sided litho plates. The plates show roofs, ceilings, domes, wooden houses, bridges, groins, niches, staircases, joints trusses, steeples and more, and are very beautiful, even to the non-carpenter. Many of the bridges illustrated are railway bridges, and they and other examples are of actual built structures, e.g. the Skew Bridge over the River Don, North of Scotland Railway, and the Outer Gate of the Victoria Dock, Hull, among many others.
Plate XXX (30) has unfortunately lost two thirds of the plate. All the other plates are present and correct, though not always bound in in number order. The binding has some bumps to the leather, and the cloth is somewhat mottled, with a few small areas of loss to that of the top board. There is occasional light foxing to the plates, and occasional marks to text pages, but the book is mainly clean and bright, and it is tight in its binding.
Histoire Des Crimes Du 2 Décembre
Bruxelles, chez tous les Librairies, 1852, edition considérablement augmentée, second edition. The first edition was also published in 1852. Two volumes bound as one, original blue paper wraps bound in, brown leather with five raised bands and gilt titles on the spine, 12mo. Marbled endpapers, ribbon bookmark
After Napoleon III’s coup on the 2nd December 1851, Victor Schoelcher and Victor Hugo were both involved in a rebellion against the coup, which was quickly put down, as were so many others. Victor Hugo and Schoelcher were both forced to flee the country, and Schoelcher wrote this account of the coup from his exile in London.
The first edition was published in London and is octavo with 469 pages. This edition is 12mo with 399 pages in volume one, and 384 pages in volume two. The pocket size would have made it ideal for secret distribution in France.
The book is in very good condition, with light age-toning to the pages, and losses to the original wraps, which have been mounted onto a backing to preserve them. Text in French.
This edition is quite rare. An interesting piece of French history.