A random selection from the weightier non-fiction shelves.

Television. Report of the Royal Commission on Television. Canberra, Govt Printer 1954. Octavo printed wrapper (a bit chipped). vi,251pp. A couple of institution stamps. Au$150

Television coming at last. This was produced in two forms: this and as the usual parliamentary paper.


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SMYTH, H.D. A General Account of the Development of Methods of Using Atomic Energy for Military Purposes Under the Auspices of the United States Government 1940-1945. HMSO, London 1945. Octavo publisher's printed wrapper (browned); iv,144pp. Au$85

First English printing of the Smyth Report. The printing code suggests that the print run was 10,000 copies but these codes can be misleading. Certainly a reprint followed fairly early in 1946.


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Atom Bomb. The International Control of Atomic Energy Scientific information transmitted to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission June 14,1946 - October 14, 1946. Prepared in the office of Mr Bernard M. Baruch .. Department of State, US Government Printing Office [1946]. Octavo printed wrapper (a corner chipped); 195pp. Au$50

The United States and the United Nations Report Series. 5. The international commission began work on the 14th with Baruch's proposals. Naturally the necessary information had to come from the U.S.The six parts, or volumes of reports collected; on background, beneficial uses (a short section - 'it is difficult to extrapolate from present trends' Tolman), bibliography, nuclear power, medical uses and technological control. Everyone, just about, contributed: Tolman, Feynman, Oppenheimer, Urey, Rhoads, E.O. Lawrence, Compton & Jeffries, &c, &c.


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NEWTON, Isaac. Isaac Newton's Papers and Letters on Natural Philosophy and related documents edited .. by I. Bernard Cohen .. Cambridge Univ Press 1958. Octavo, excellent in publisher's cloth and dustwrapper Au$50

'Facsimiles of all of Newton's important scattered papers and letters .. Newton's four letters to Bentley and the Boyle lectures related to them, Halley's comments on the Principia ..' (blurb).


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PEIRCE, Benjamin. Ideality and the Physical Sciences. Boston, Little Brown 1881. Octavo publisher's cloth; 211pp, portrait. With Joseph Gleason's bookplate and so a small number on the back of the title and label removed from rear endpaper, still an excellent copy. Au$75

Six lectures delivered in 1879 and just about Peirce's last work. Three he prepared for publication but the others he preferred to keep until he'd 'worked out more fully the form of the meteoric theory .. and its relation to the nebular theory.' (preface). His son has prepared them for publication and added an appendix.


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POOLE, Austin Lane [ed]. Medieval England. A new edition rewritten and revised. Oxford Univ Press 1958. Two volumes octavo publisher's cloth; 140 plates, 107 illustrations through the text. Au$50

Based upon the 1924 Davis edition but almost completely rewritten and new subjects, such as science, introduced.


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Engineering Research Associates, Inc. High-Speed Computing Devices. McGraw-Hill 1950. Octavo publisher's cloth; 451pp, diagrams through the text. Au$40

Born out of a report to the Navy who wanted an 'investigation and report on the status of development of computing machine components' (foreword) which has become a fairly star-studded (Tomash, Cohen, &c, drawing on the best talent around) up-to-the-minute (or year at least) review of all available mechanisms and methods.


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BUCHNER, Louis. Force and Matter: Empirico-philosophical studies, intelligibly rendered .. edited by J. Frederick Collingwood. London, Trubner 1881. Octavo publisher's cloth; vi,284pp & publisher's list. Au$50

Third English edition with the additional notes from the tenth German incorporated in the text. Buchner wrote an introduction specifically for the English translation.


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HOLLAND, Sir Henry. Essays on Scientific and Other Subjects .. London, Longman &c 1862. Octavo publisher's cloth; 504pp. Au$150

Second edition, hard on the heels of the first, carefully revised with additions demanded by the 'rapid advancement of physical science even in the short interval of two months since the first edition was published' (preface). A good admixture of essays on physical and natural sciences, modern chemistry; meteors, sidereal astronomy, Australia and coral reefs, atomic theory, &c, and an essay on Julius Caesar.


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TARSKI, Alfred. Logic, Semantics, Metamathematics. Papers from 1923 to 1938 ... translated by J.H. Woodger. Oxford Univ Press 1956. Octavo publisher's cloth (dustwrapper panels loosely inserted). Au$50

Tarski was consulted and made some changes for the English translation.


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[PRINGLE-PATTISON] SETH, Andrew. The Development from Kant to Hegel with chapters on the philosophy of religion. London, Williams & Norgate [for the Hibbert Trustees] 1882. Octavo publisher's cloth. A few spots and a little pencilling. Au$75


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BERGSON, Henri. Creative Evolution. Translated by Arthur Mitchell. NY, Henry Holt 1911. Octavo publisher's cloth; 407pp. Au$50

First edition in English.


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STAHLIN, Leonhard. Kant, Lotze and Ritschl. A critical examination ... translated by D.W. Simon. Edinburgh, Clark 1889. Octavo publisher's cloth. A rather good copy. Au$75


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SPENCER, Herbert. The Data of Ethics. London, Williams & Norgate 1879. Octavo publisher's blindstamped cloth. Some neat pencilling, a very good copy. Au$100

First edition.


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SPENCER, Herbert. Facts and Comments. London, Williams & Norgate 1902. Octavo publisher's cloth. Old clipping on front endpaper, a very good copy. Au$100

First edition of his left over essays, published in the certainty that it would be his last volume. A very miscellaneous collection ranging from art to vaccination via gymnastics and euthanasia.


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KIERKEGAARD, Soren Johannes Climacus or, De Omnibus Dubitandum Est and A Sermon. London, Black 1958. Octavo publisher's cloth and dustwrapper. A very good copy. Au$50

First English translation and first publication of A Sermon.


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SARTRE, Jean-Paul. Existentialism and Humanism. Translation .. by Philip Mairet. London, Methuen 1948. Slender octavo, very good in publisher's cloth and slightly frayed dustwrapper. Au$50

First English edition.


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MILL, John Stuart. Nature, The Utility of Religion and Theism. London, Longmans 1874. Octavo publisher's cloth (spine rubbed). Au$30

Second edition.


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SWINTON, John. A Momentous Question. The Respective Attitudes of Labour and Capital. Philadelphia, Keller 1895. Octavo publisher's cloth; 498pp, illustrations. Au$50


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GEORGE, Henry. Protection or Free Trade. An examination of the tariff question with especial regard to the interests of labour. NY, Henry George 1886. Octavo publisher's cloth (a bit rubbed); 359pp. Au$50

First edition.


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POPE, James H. The State: The Rudiments of New Zealand Sociology for the Use of Beginners. Wellington, Govt. Printer 1887. Octavo publisher's cloth (this flecked and a bit nibbled), viii, 327pp. Au$100

First edition. Begun as a primer on economics and government for young Maoris the author discovered subjects such as rent and value demanded more complexity and it became something of a tripartite work - for the young, for those educated at native boarding schools, and the general reader.


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BOUCHARLAT, J.L. Elemens de Mechanique. Paris, Courcier 1815. Octavo uncut in publisher's speckled wrapp, printed label; 323pp, 8 folding plates. Occasional spotting or browning but a remarkably good copy. Au$75

First edition of this well regarded textbook, there were more editions over the next several decades and it was translated and adapted for American military cadets in 1833.


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COMPTON, Arthur H. The Freedom of Man. Yale University Press 1935. Octavo, excellent in publisher's cloth and dustwrapper; xi,153pp. Au$30


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CORSON, E.M. Perturbation Methods in the Quantum Mechanics of n-Electron Systems. London, Blackie & Son 1951. Large octavo, dustwrapper (this torn); 308pp Au$30


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JEVONS, W. Report on Band-Spectra of Diatomic Molecules. Cambridge University Press for The Physical Society 1932. Large octavo publisher's cloth; 308pp, diagrams. Au$30


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AYERS, Gwendoline M. England's First State Hospitals and the Metropolitan Asylums Board 1867-1930. University of California Press 1971. Large octavo publisher's cloth and dustwrapper; 370pp & 8 plates. Au$30


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THURNWALD, Richard. Economics in Primitive Communities. Oxford University Press for The Institute of African Languages and Cultures 1932. Octavo publisher's cloth; 314pp. Au$50

H. Ian Hogbin's copy.


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JANOSSY, L. Cosmic Rays. Oxford University Press 1948. Octavo publisher's cloth; 424pp. Au$30


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TARDIEU, Ambroise. Etude Medico-Legale et Clinique sur l'Empoisonnement .. deuxieme edition, revue et considerablement augmentee. Paris, Bailliere 1875. Octavo quarter morocco (marbled paper sides chipped at edges); xx,1236pp, illustrations in the text. Some spotting. Au$200

First published in 1867 (Garrison-Morton 1745). Professor Tardieu has enlarged and updated, pillaging the literature for case studies. Aptly termed by M. Plantureux as a 'polygraphe de l'horreur et de mauvais gout', Tardieu is here his most respectable and respected.


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SMITH, David Eugene & Yoshio MIKAMI. A History of Japanese Mathematics. Chicago, Open Court 1914. Octavo publisher's cloth; viii,288pp, illustrations & diagrams. An excellent copy. Au$150

First edition of this still essential study.


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SELBIE, W.B. The Psychology of Religion. Oxford Univ Press 1924. Octavo publisher's cloth and dustwrapper (this chipped); 310pp. Au$50


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[Medicine]. Australasian Medical Conference. Transactions of the Ninth Session, held in Sydney, New South Wales, September, 1911. Sydney, Govt Printer 1913. Two volumes octavo publisher's cloth; plates, illustrations, tables. An excellent set. Au$150

A wealth of papers including contributions by Jung ('On the Doctrine of Complexes') and Freud ('On Psycho-Analysis'), this latter at least written specifically for the congress. Were these published anywhere else? and is this the first publication of either in Australia?


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DAVIS, J. Merle. Modern Industry and the African. An enquiry into the effect of the copper mines of central Africa on native society and the work of christian missionaries .. London, Macmillan 1933. Octavo publisher's cloth and dustwrapper (frayed; a small flaw at base of spine); xvi,425pp, 4 folding maps. Scattered spotting. Au$50

'The economic, political, and cultural results of the rapid indiustrialization of the Bantu tribes in Northern Rhodesia and the Belgian Congo' (blurb).


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CLOCHE, Paul. Les Classes, Les Metiers, Le Trafic. Paris 1931. Quarto later cloth (original wrappers bound in); 128pp, 40 heliotype plates, numerous illustrations in text. Au$50

Edition of 1040. La Vie Publique et Privee des Anciens Grecs V.


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LAUDERDALE, James Maitland , Earl of .. An Inquiry into the Nature and Origin of Public Wealth and Into the Means and Causes of its Increase. Edinburgh, Constable 1804. Octavo contemporary half calf (rubbed, label chipped); [4],482pp, folding table. Browned but not a bad copy. Au$900

First edition. A good colonial copy, this bears the inscription of one H. Stewart recording the gift of this book from Henry Johnston at Sydney Barracks 1822. It also has the contemporary inscription of C. Fraser - (Colonial Botanist Charles Fraser?) and a further inscription of Fraser's gifting the book to some undeciphered initals (but not H.S. or H.J.). So, that's four owners in a short time.


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BAINBRIDGE-HOFF, Commander Wm. Examples, Conclusions, and Maxims of Modern Naval Tactics. Portsmouth, Griffin 1885. Octavo half gilt morocco; 136pp & 26 folding plates. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings. Some foxing but a good enough copy. Au$200


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[Medicine]. [Ziemssen]. Von Ziemssen's Handbook of General Therapeutics. London, Smith Elder 1885-87. Seven volumes octavo half gilt morocco (a few a bit rubbed). Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings. Scattered spotting or browning but a rather good set. Au$600

'The first work of the kind published in any language. Each part, written by a German authority .. forms a treatise complete in itself' (preface). Bauer on the Dietary of the Sick; Stange on the Koumiss Cure; Liebermeister on Antipyretic Methods; Jurgensen on Antiphlogistic Methods; Eulenburg on Epidermic, Endermic and Hypodermic Administration of Medicines; Oertel on Respiratory Therapeutics; Weber on the Treatment of Disease by Climate; Leichtenstern on General Balneotherapeutics; Busch on General Orthopaedics, Gymnastics and Massage; Winternitz on Hydrotherapeutics; Erb on Electrotherapeutics; Oertel on Therapeutics of Circulatory Derangements.


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PRESTWICH, Joseph. Geology. Chemical, physical, and stratigraphical. Oxford, Clarendon Press 1886-88. Two volumes largish octavo half gilt morocco; 5 folding colour maps, 3 folding sections, 16 litho plates of fossils, numerous illustrations through the text. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings; scattered spotting but a rather good, handsome pair. Au$250

Prestwich had 'grave objections' to the theory of uniformity advocated by Lyell which, despite rearguard actions for rest of the 19th century, has come to underpin geological thinking. Which is not to say that he was a catastrophist; nor that his work is without value. He does have grave objections though and the general acceptance of Uniformitarianism in England meant that no geological text book expressed the views of the exponents of more rigorous and robust physical forces in geological times.


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WEISMANN, August. Essays Upon Heredity and Kindred Biological Problems. Oxford, Clarendon Press 1889. Octavo half gilt morocco; xii,455pp. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings; an excellent, handsome copy. Au$300

First English edition with some added notes for this translation.


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DAVY, Humphrey. Elements of Agricultural Chemistry, in a course of lectures .. London, by Bulmer for Longman &c 1813. Quarto, uncut in modern half calf; viii,324,lxiv,[4]pp, 10 plates (one folding). Some spotting or browning of plates, a scattering of spots elsewhere but quite a good copy. Au$450

First edition. Several octavo editions followed - the form in which it found its way to the colonies and was soon reprinted in America - but this is the preferred edition.


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HAMILTON, Robert. An Inquiry Concerning the Rise and Progress, the Redemption and Present State, and Management, of the National Debt of Great Britain. The second edition, enlarged. Edinburgh, for Oliphant &c 1814. Octavo later but elderly cloth; viii,272pp. A little browning, a very good copy. Commonwealth Statistician and economist Charles Henry Wicken's copy with his signature on the front fly. Au$150

First published the year before. The work 'on which his fame chiefly rests' showing 'the existing system was not merely useless, but actually harmful' (Palgrave).


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WALKER, Francis A. The Wages Question, a treatise on wages and the wages class. London, Macmillan 1876. Octavo publisher's cloth; iv,428pp. Title browned, one margin torn by careless opening, quite a good copy. Au$50

First English edition apparently using the American sheets with a cancel title (Macmillans bibliographical catalogue list it for 1877). Walker made his reputation as both statistitian and theoretician and this is his first important treatise; an attack on the wages-fund theory, arguing that wages are paid from the product of labour and not from accumulated capital.


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MORE, Hannah. Moral Sketches of Prevailing Opinions and Manners, foreign and domestic; .. sixth edition. London, Cadell & Davies 1820. Octavo straight grain gilt calf (front hinge cracked but firm). Some spotting or browning, mostly towards the ends. Au$600

Warmly inscribed and signed by More to Misses Anna and Henrietta Schimmelpenninck (the daughters of Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck? - she was a friend and something of a protege of More). One of the original blue stockings and abolitionists, Hannah More, when this was published, was in her mid-seventies, had been lecturing the English public for decades, and still had a couple of books to come. Another of her runaway best sellers; first published less than a year before, this was sparked by Miss More's horror at finding that the long awaited peace had not brought the return to proper English values she expected. Instead she finds that the corruption of foreign morality has accelerated; France has been made the 'scene for the education of English, of Protestant children!' If the 'contagious intercourse' is not contained national character will soon be lost; 'the strong and discriminating features of the English heart and mind will be obliterated'.


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ROBERTSON, J.M. [John Mackinnon]. A History of Freethought in the Nineteenth Century. London, Watts 1929. Two volumes octavo publisher's two-tone cloth; 635pp, plates. A very good pair. Au$125

First edition and a pretty luxe production for the usually utilitarian Watts and Rationalist Press.


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TOLSTOY, Leo. What is Art? .. translated by Aylmer Maude. London, Brotherhood Publishing 1898. Three parts quarto disbound (5 of the 6 printed wrapps shabby but present). Au$40

Issued as three extra numbers of The New Order in January, March and May 1898.


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MILL, John Stuart. A System of Logic Ratiocinative and Inductive .. London, Longmans &c 1868. Two volumes octavo publisher's pebble cloth with printed spine labels. A little spotting or browning at the ends, a pretty good set. Au$150

Seventh edition with 'ua few further corrections'.


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PEIRCE, Benjamin Osgood. A collection of 20 mathematical and physical papers. v.p. 1877 - 1904 20 offprints and extracts, varying octavos together in early cloth, wrappers (when issued) preserved. In excellent shape. Au$300

Peirce's papers from 1903 to 1913 were collected and published by Harvard University in 1926 but his earlier papers apparently remain fugitive. A short title list: 1. A New Method of Comparing the Electromotive Forces; 1877. 2. The Determination of the Law of Propogation of Heat; 1877. 3. Preliminary Work on the Determination of the Law of Propogation of Heat [with Edward B. Lefavour]; 1877. 4. Emmissionsspectra der Haloidverbindungen des Quecksilbers; 1879. 5. Electromotorischen Krafte von Gaselementen.; 1879. 6. The Sensitiveness of the Eye to Slight Difference of Color; 1883. 7. The Charging of Condensers by Galvanic Batteries [with R.W. Willson]; 1889. 8. Measurement of the Internal Resistance of Batteries [with R.W. Willson; 1889. 9. Some Theorems Which Connect Together Certain Line and Surface Integrals; 1891. 10. Some Simple Cases of Electric Flow; 1891. 11. The Properties of Batteries; 1894. 12. Thermo-Electric Properties of Platinoid and Manganine; 1894. 13. Electrical Resistance of Certain Poor Conductors; 1894. 14. A Certain Class of Equipotental Surfaces; 1895. 15. Thermal Conductivities of Marble and Slate; 1895. 16. Induction Coefficients of Hard Steel Magnets; 1896. 17. Properties of Seasoned Magnets; 1898. 18. Thermal Conductivities of Certain Poor Conductors - 1 [with R.W. Willson]; 1898. 18. Perception of Horizontal and Vertical Lines; 1899. 19. Thermal Conductivity of Vulcanite; 1899. Some Elementary Theorems Concerning the Steady Flow of Electricity; 1904.


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THOMAS, John Jones. Britannia Antiquissima: or, a key to the philology of history (sacred and profane). Melbourne, Henry Tolman Dwight 1866. Octavo publisher's dark green ribbed cloth blocked in blind; xxii,216pp, various symbols and runes on two lavender tinted plates. A few smudges (most noticably on the title page) and small flaws but quite a good copy. Au$225

Second edition' (which is the only edition recorded by Ferguson) but clearly the 1860 first edition sheets with a cancel title despite a contrary note by the author on the back of that cancel - the errata and acknowledgements give it away. Cimbro-Celtic studies it seems, plotting the Cimmerians of antiquity to their descendants the Cymry, the ancient Welsh. This, with further volumes, was to establish the 'positive facts of an immemorial world .. the originators of mathematical, metaphysical, and astronomical sciences. A mystery to me all this (I'm puzzled by the origins of triclinium: couch or bed, which seems to have its root in three knees), it gets druidical a fair bit and was also a mystery to much of his audience judging by his hurt and plaintive introduction ('a piece of useless learning' and 'nought but Welsh' are two judgements he quotes). He thanks those though who share his zeal in creating a Victorian Classic Literature'. Another three volumes were mapped out but it seems catty to remark on their existence.


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WALLACE, Robert. India in 1887. Edinburgh, Oliver & Boyd 1888. Octavo half gilt red morocco; xxiv,363pp, 71 plates of which the first 47 are photographic (one folding), the rest lithographs (including two colour plates of mangoes), 3 folding maps, illustrations through the text. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings; endpapers spotted, an excellent and handsome copy. Au$150

An agricultural tour, four months long and "over 13,000 miles by rail. Those who know what it is to travel in India during the heat of summer will at least give me credit for sincerity of purpose". Much is devoted to cattle - "there is no subject of greater importance in India" and little written.


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CAIRNES, J.E. Essays in Political Economy. Theoretical and applied. London, Macmillan 1873. Octavo half morocco. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings; a scattering of spots but a rather good copy. Au$350

First edition. The practical essays focus on the problems caused by the gold discoveries in California and Australia; the theoretical on political economy and laissez-faire; with two critical essays on Comte and Bastiat.


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[Japan]. General View of Commerce & Industry in the Empire of Japan. Tokyo, Yamaguchi 1897. Octavo publisher's cloth; [6],318pp, seven double page and two larger folding maps. Parliamentary library gilt crest on the front cover and an inoffensive stamp on the title; a very good copy. Au$350


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[Pacificism]. The Peacemaker. An Australian venture in reconstruction. Vol.9 No.1 [to No.12]. Melbourne, January to December 1947. Thin folio, 12 issues together in contemporary boards carefully titled by hand in yellow; each issue is four pages. Au$200

The editor's own copy, inscribed ìPersonal copy of G. Anthony Bishopî. A complete and not uninteresting year of this uncommon and quite brave paper. Being a declared pacifist through the war years must have taken great courage and it can't have been much easier just after. The first issue begins with an article on pacificism and tribal warfare among the aborigines, there is a fair bit on the proposed rocket range, on conditions in Germany and Japan, the bomb, the Defence Projects Protection Act.


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KRAUS, Karl. Die Dritte Walpurgisnacht. Munich, Kosel 1952. Octavo, very good in publisher's cloth and mildy used dustwrapper. Au$50

First edition.


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GLASSTONE, Samuel [executive editor]. The Effects of Atomic Weapons. Prepared for and in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission under the direction of the Los Alamos scientific laboratory. U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, June 1950. Octavo wrapper; x,456pp, illustrations and diagrams, errata and revision slip. Title a little spotted. Au$30

One of the first attempts to rationalise and quantify what was almost unknowable - and untellable. 'While the predictions of this book cannot be guaranteed to be precise .. they probably represent the most nearly quantitative approach to atomic bomb phenomenology which can be published at this time' (foreword).


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[Sarton]. MONTAGU, M.F. Ashley. Studies and Essays in the History of Science and Learning offered in homage to George Sarton ... NY, Schuman [1946?]. Octavo publisher's cloth; 598pp, plates. Au$50

Essays from Ware on Chinese Grammar to a translation of Vesalius to Neugebauer on Babylonian astronomy to Lenzen on Helmholtz's theory of knowledge.


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[RUSSELL, H.C.]. Description of the Star Camera, at the Sydney Observatory. Sydney, 1892. Slender quarto publisher's red cloth, the front titled and blocked in gilt (edges faded, spine chipped); [2],15pp, one photo plate and eight plates (4 double page; numbered to seven and one unnumbered) of measured drawings. Au$500

Fairly rare. The star camera was the outcome of the 1887 astronomical conference in Paris which won Sydney its place in the great international project of photographically mapping the heavens. The camera, with the exception of the photographic objective and the large tangent screw, was made in Sydney and in 1890 used to make the first photographs of the Milky-Way in southern skies.


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NECKER, [Jacques]. A Treatise on the Administration of the Finances of France. Translated .. by Thomas Mortimer. London, printed at the Logographic Press 1785. Three volumes octavo speckled calf (spines darkened). Inoffensive library stamp on each title; one gathering at the end of volume two rather spotted; occasional light browning elsewhere; a rather good set; with half titles. Au$600

First edition in English, and much scarcer than the French original of the previous year.


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BUXTON, Thomas Fowell. An Inquiry, Whether Crime and Misery are Produced or Prevented, by Our Present System of Prison Discipline. Illustrated by descriptions ... sixth edition. London, for John & Arthur Arch &c. 1818. 12mo, uncut in modern boards; viii,184pp; some spotting or browning but a very acceptable copy. Au$300

Six editions of this inflammatory little book appeared in 1818; all and any are uncommon. Much of its power must be attributed to the fact that the descriptions of all prisons (with the exception of Philadelphia) are first hand, dates and names are specified and that, despite some repugnance, he has not suppressed 'scenes which may be considered as reflecting discredit on those who ought to have prevented them'. The immediate result of this was the Society for the Reformation of Prison Discipline and more indirect influences can be followed through translations into French and Italian over the next few years. Buxton was born, bred and then married into the heart of British philanthropy - his mother was a Quaker do-gooder and he married Hannah Gurney, Elizabeth Fry's sister - and his life was devoted to reform: his first book (this) is on prison reform and his last (1839) on slavery.


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DARWIN, G.H. The Tides and Kindred Phenomena in the Solar System. London, Murray 1901. Octavo publisher's gilt cloth; 20,346pp, 43 illustrations. A rather good, bright copy. Au$100

Second edition with corrections, additions and revisions - not the least being Darwin's change of opinion as to the actual measurement of the moon's attraction on the earth's surface. "A masterpiece of semi-popular scientific exposition" according to James Jeans in the DNB, it is based on his 1897 Lowell Institute lectures and is, in a way, a summary of the theories and investigations that occupied most of his working life. Darwin published his first papers on tides and tidal friction in the 1870's (his method of harmonic analysis was in use for decades in many parts of the world) and over the years his focus widened to encompass the formation of the solar system and of star systems.


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WEBER, Max. General Economic History. London, Allen & Unwin [1927]. Octavo publisher's cloth with a thin faded strip along the bottom edge; rather good in a mildly worn dustwrapper. Au$60

First English edition; using the American sheets.


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WATSON, J.G. Mangrove Forests of the Malay Peninsula. Kuala Lumpur (but Singapore printed), Forestry Department 1929. Quarto printed boards; [10],275pp, 72 photo illustrations, some line drawings and diagrams. A rather good copy. Malayan Forest Records No. 6. Au$100

One of the earliest substantial studies of mangroves; still well regarded and referred to often.


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CARMICHAEL, Robert D. The Theory of Relativity. NY, Wiley 1920. Octavo, very good in publisher's cloth; 112pp. Mathematical Monographs No. 12. Au$125

Second edition, first published in 1913 it is here updated with a substantial new chapter on the general theory. Carmichael is celebrated by having his own numbers (Carmichael numbers of course). These are numbers which either relate or don't relate to Fermat's little theorem (I haven't quite grasped the finer details yet); and while once there were thought to be be very few Carmichael numbers it has been recently shown there are an infinite number of them. Very satisfying to have an infinite amount of your own numbers I would think.


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WEBER, Max. From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology. Translated, edited .. by H.H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills. London, Kegan Paul 1947. Octavo, very good in publisher's cloth & slightly chipped dustwrapper; xii,490pp and publisher's list. With publisher's slip explaining that production delays held the book over until 1948. Au$75

Philosopher John Passmore's copy, with his bookplate and a little neat pencil marginalia. First English edition.


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FREGE, Gottlob. Translations from the Philosophical Writings, edited by Peter Geach and Max Black. Oxford, Blackwell 1952. Octavo, very good in publisher's cloth and torn dustwrapper (a largish piece from the front panel). Au$75

Philosopher John Passmore's copy, with his bookplate.


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SMITH, [Arthur] Bruce. Liberty and Liberalism. A protest against the growing tendency toward undue interference by the state, with individual liberty, private enterprise and the rights of property. Melbourne, Robertson 1887. Octavo publisher's cloth (some wear to extremities, a small hole in the back hinge); xx,683pp. Some spotting, mostly at the ends and edges, a very decent copy. Au$150

First edition; a London edition using the same sheets appeared in the same year. After tracing the "gradual but sure growth of our civil liberties" Smith's object is show the symptoms, "which are gathering thick and fast," of the surrender of the safeguards of that civil liberty. Liberalism, he maintains, is a badly misused term that needs redefining, or a return to its proper meaning. This is not the liberalism of Stuart Mill, it's the libertarianism of Reagan, Thatcher, Bush and Howard. Smith was a professional politician for some forty years, first in New South Wales, then, from 1901 to 1919, as a federal member. He published a savage indictment of trade unions in 1888 (the shearers' strike was "civil war") and went to Federal parliament as a member of the Anti-Socialist Party. He does make the valuable observation that the Australian colonies are an "invaluable laboratory for ... judging the merits of many advanced legislative experiments". Smith, by the way, owned the Isaac Newton 'Principia', one of four known annotated and corrected copies, now in the University of Sydney library.


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BAKER, Richard.T. & Henry G. SMITH. A Research on the Pines of Australia. Sydney, Govt Printer 1910. Largish quarto publisher's cloth; 458pp, hundreds of illustrations, several colour. Rather a good copy. Au$125

The botany, chemistry and economics studied, including such things as the tanning qualities of barks.


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LISTER, Joseph, Baron. The Collected Papers .. . Oxford University Press 1909. Two volumes quarto publisher's cloth (wear to extremities); 17 plates (a couple colour), a few illustrations through the text. Endpapers a bit browned as often, quite a good set. With the bookplate of Rockhampton medico Francis Voss (1860-1940), described in the ADB as a disciple of Lister and notable for being one of the first to bring an x-ray machine to Australia. Au$200

Original and best edition.


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[Johannes van den Bosch]. de KEVERBERG, [Charles Joseph], Baron. De la Colonie de Frederiks-Oord, et des Moyns ... traduction d'un manuscript u General-Major van den Bosch ... avec une preface. Gand, Houdin 1821. Octavo, uncut and unopened in the remains of original plain wrappers (stitching loose); lxxii,110pp and two plates. Au$950

It has been argued that van den Bosch's Benevolent Society and this first paupers' agricultural colony at Frederiksoord (begun in 1818) are less an experiment in utopian idealism than the model for the modern prison farm. Certainly from the two plates (one is a plan and view of a colonist's house, the other a birds-eye view of part of the colony) it looks, from this distance, less than utopian - bleak is the word I'd use. Still, being a Lowlands pauper just after the Napoleonic wars can't have been much of a picnic. Federiksoord was, to be fair, less punitive than the younger colonies at Veenhuizen where inmates were walled in to prevent escape but, looking at the dreary wastelands of Drente sretching out in every direction, it is hard to imagine where to escape to other than the bottle. Van den Bosch's record in introducing forced agriculture to the Dutch East Indies has won him few accolades from post-colonial historians but there is no doubt that his intentions here, while hardly charitable, do share some attributes of social reform with contemporaries like Robert Owen. Baron de Keverberg (Charles Louis Joseph I believe - his younger brother, also Baron, seems to have been named Charles Frederick Joseph; they were both government administrators and active social reformers at the same time but our Baron has the more distinguished history) has added a lengthy preface and notes to his translation of Bosch's manuscript, roughly doubling the work.


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JEVONS, W. Stanley. The State in Relation to Labour. London, Macmillan 1882. Octavo publishers cloth blocked in black (rubbed); x166pp. Au$150

First edition.


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NEWTON, Isaac. The Correspondence of Isaac Newton edited by H.W. Turnbull [& others]. Cambridge University Press for the Royal Society 1959-77. Seven volumes quarto publisher's cloth; plates in each. A very good set. Au$950


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PETTIGREW, J. Bell. Animal Locomotion or, Walking, Swimming, and Flying, with a dissertation on aeronautics. NY, Appleton 1874. Octavo publisher's red cloth blocked in gilt and black (a little flecked); xvi,264pp and publisher's list, numerous wood engraved illustrations. Quite a good copy. International Scientific Series Au$100

First American edition, pretty close on the heels of the London edition.


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[Keely]. MOORE, Mrs [Clara] Bloomfield. Keely and His Discoveries. Aerial Navigation. London, Kegan Paul 1893. Octavo publisher's cloth; xxviii,373pp. Au$250

Inscribed by Moore to her niece and nephew (from Aunt Clara) and with some corrections through the text. Mrs Moore, hyper-rich Boston widow, was Keely's greatest champion and patroness. She bailed him out when the original investors in the Keely Motor Company were either in flight or calling for his imprisonment and bankrolled his experiments for the next couple of decades. Keely's legacy is peculiarly dichotomous, divided between those who honour him for his perserverance in fraudulent invention and those who now see him as the maligned saviour of the planet. If measured just by weight of words then there is little doubt that his Sympathetic Vibratory Physics is the victim of conspiracies of monumental proportions; and among the more curious conspiracies is the 'excised' chapter from the book, apparently taken out some years after publication, but now available on the internet. Books like this are usually memorials but Keely was still alive and hard at work, and remained so until 1898 when a streetcar finished him off. It is reported that Mrs Moore lost faith in Keely a year or two after this book but that is, so far, as unsubstantiated as the report that Keely displayed a working, since vanished, flying machine to the military.


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John Edye Manning. Copies or Extracts of Correspondence relative to the Default of Mr. Manning, late Registrar of the Supreme Court of New South Wales; .. Ordered by the House of Commons to be Printed, 9 August 1845. Foolscap, sewn as issued; 52pp (last page the docket title). A bit of browning and a few spots. Au$150

An archetypal story of Australian business and government. Manning was appointed Registrar of the Supreme Court in 1828 after having spent some nine years on the continent avoiding his creditors. On arrival in Sydney in 1829 he immediately complained about the lack of land grants, decent renumeration and the onerous demand of providing security against his administration of intestate estates. Over the next dozen years he built an empire in shipping and land interests but on going under, to the tune of some £30,000, in the depression of 1841 it was discovered that he taken some £10,000 (at least) in trust money with him. The British government refused to relieve creditors and it was some years before the Legislative Assembly took steps to provide payment. In the meantime Manning retired again to the continent.


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Husserl, Edmund [Martin Heidegger]. Vorlesungen zur Phanomenologie des inneren Zeitbewusstseins herausgegeben von Martin Heidegger. Halle, Niemeyer 1928. Largish octavo publisher's cloth (a small abrasion on the front cover); ppvi,367-496,[2]. Au$150

First edition of Husserl's lectures on inner time edited by his student and successor.


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ALGUE, Rev. Jose. The Cyclones of the Far East. Manila, Bureau of Public Printing 1904. Quarto modern half cloth retaining old boards; 283pp, 54 plates (a couple folding), some illustrations through the text. Title page creased, some flaws, but these are pretty minor; a satisfactory copy. Au$350

Second, revised, edition and first edition in English; a Special Report of the Director of the Philippine Weather Bureau - Algue. First published in Spanish in 1897 as 'The Baguios or Cyclones of the Philippines', Algue has endeavoured to 'extend the usefulness of this work by giving a greater compass to the study of the phenomena' and make it more accessible - by putting it in English. Most of the plates are maps and serious diagrams but for the more superficial of us there are a reasonable number devoted to instruments - namely his own barocyclonometer which was no crank's toy. Algue, like many pioneering meteorologists had been an astronomer by training (a priest by vocation presumably) and became meteorologist by trade who, as head of the Philippine Weather Bureau as founded in 1901, developed the complex scientific bureau that possibly still exists.


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Kant. CHAMBERLAIN, Houston Stewart. Immanuel Kant - a study and a comparison with Goethe, Leonardo da Vinci, Bruno, Plato and Descartes. London, John Lane 1914. Two volumes octavo publisher's cloth (spines a touch faded); eight portraits. Au$250

First edition in English, translated by Lord Redesdale with Chamberlain's approval and assistance. Perhaps one of his more respectable works; it is usually held to exemplify the breadth of his erudition. Online research on Chamberlain brings up so many racist and neo-Nazi websites that I retired from the job feeling sick and anxious.


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WIEBE, Edward. The Paradise of Childhood: A manual for self instruction in Friedrich Froebel's educational principles, and a practical Guide to Kinder-Gartners. Revised edition, containing the text of 'A Handbook for the Kindergarten.' London, Swan Sonnenshein 1889. Quarto publisher's cloth; 84,[2],5-16pp and 76 litho plates numbered to 74 with two bis. Front fly a bit fragile and the paper a bit brown; used but very decent. Au$80

First published in the US in 1869, this was the essential manual for followers of Froebel's principles for the next few decades. This English edition seems a faithful reprint (if not the same sheets) as the Springfield revised edition of late 1887 or early 1888. The plates are mostly patterns for activities, arts and crafts - shapes, drawing, weaving, sewing, etc - in series of increasing complexity.


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LANGLEY, Samuel Pierpont and Charles M. MANLY. Langley Memoir on Mechanical Flight. Washington, The Smithsonian 1911. Solid quarto publisher's cloth; xii,320pp and 101 plates, illustrations and diagrams through the text. A fairly splendid copy. Au$600

Langley's experiments in flight from 1887 to 1903; those up until 1896 written by him, those subsequent written by his assistant Manly.


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INMAN, Thomas. Ancient Faiths Embodied in Ancient Names: or an attempt to trace the religious belief, sacred rites, and holy emblems of certain nations by an interpretation of the names given to children by priestly authority ... London, Trubner 1872 - 73. Two volumes fat octavo publisher's gilt decorated cloth; xviv,792pp; xvi,1028pp, 12 litho plates, illustrations through the text. Au$650

A pretty remarkable copy, both for its condition (which is good) and its original owner, whoever he was. With a two page letter from Inman, dated Sept 1873, regarding this second edition ('you will not have long to wait for vol 2 of 2nd edition'); the reasons to prefer it; his next work; and the lesson on what must have been standard for such scholarly but unprofitable books - 'my first edition made me 800 pounds out of pocket and the second has cost me 600 pounds without, as yet any returns'. Loosley inserted, at frequent intervals, are a decent quantity of related clippings and excerpts from papers, journals and books. Scrupulously gathered from all over the place, they have, happily, caused no browning whatsoever. Inman was a medico and this immense block of amateur scholarship is no piece of theology or mysticism. It is closer to freethought in its aim, but gently: 'although we believe that the absence of all religion currently so-called would be better than that which is dominant in Europe at the present, we do not advocate the total freedom from every form of faith.'


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MULLER, John. Elements of Mathematics ... to which is prefixed, The first principles of algebra ... the third edition improved: with an addition of a New Treatise on Perspective. London, for J. Millan 1765. Octavo contemporary calf (rubbed and a bit worn at the tips, with a chipped ms paper label); xxxvi,312pp and 28 folding plates - 21 plates in the main work and seven in the section on perspective. Title a bit dusty or browned, light browning here and there but a rather good, quite fresh copy. Au$375

This seems to be the definitive or best edition of this standard work. Muller was professor of fortifications at the Royal Military Academy and was a respected, though not remarkable, mathemetican. He was called the 'scholastic father' of the best engineers of later 18th century England (E.G.R. Taylor cites Boswell's Life of Johnson for this epithet).


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SIGWART, Christoph. Logic. Translated by Helen Dendy. London, Sonnenschein 1895. Two volumes octavo publisher's cloth. Signs of use but nothing serious; a pretty good pair. Au$150

First edition in English from the second, revised, German edition. Sigwart 'carefully revised her [Dendy's] manuscript from beginning to end, and co-operated in correcting the proofs'.


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COMTE, Auguste. A General View of Positivism. Translated ... by J.H. Bridges. London, Trubner 1865. Octavo publisher's green cloth; xii,426,[2]pp. A bright, fresh copy with the signature of South Australian vigneron and manufacturer Joseph Crompton; an apposite association given that Crompton was a staunch Unitarian. Au$200

First edition in English - from the second French edition of 1851.


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Prisons - Tasmania. Correspondence on the Subject of Convict Discipline and Transportation ... presented to both houses of Parliament ... May 1848. London, William Cowes 1848. Foolscap publisher's printed wrapper (spine chipped); 144pp and seven folding plans (six with added colouring). A very good copy. Au$650

Much of this is, naturally, concerned with the concerted push by the colonies to end transportation which, in concert with a fair amount of practical detail about the state of the system and planned reforms and reductions, is not without interest. Added are items like the specifications for a new female penitentiary. The real appeal here, though, is the detailed report on the Prisoners' Barracks at Hobart and plans for improvements by its superintendent James Boyd. Described and illustrated in plan and section are the present, and the proposed and improved cells and 'dormitories'; the appalling cells underneath the chapel; and the tread-wheel. The tread-wheel, punishment for refractory prisoners, was some 50 feet long in a room 68 feet long. Up to 150 prisoners at a time were in this room, 'totally inadequate' as Boyd said. Of greater concern was that there was no separation of prisoners either on or off the wheel ('distressing evils') and Boyd proposes (illustrated in three of the plans) dividing the whole - the wheel and the room - into series of stalls and boxes, isolating the prisoners on and off the wheel. This is less stable-like than you may think, the average stable is airy and commodious in comparison. The wheel seems to have been introduced into British prisons in the 1820s and lasted well into the 20th century despite the agitations of reformers throughout that whole time. Photographs of prison wheels at the end of the century show prisoners in stalls so, while I can't claim that Boyd originated the idea, there is no doubt that such plans were put into being throughout the prison system.


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BUBER, Martin. Die Schriften Uber das Dialogische Prinzip. Heidelberg, Schneider 1954. Octavo, rather good in publisher's cloth and mildly used dustwrapper. Au$50

First edition.


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JEVONS, W. Stanley. The Principles of Science: a treatise on logic and scientific method. London, Macmillan 1874. Two volumes octavo contemporary calf (rebacked) with the gilt stamp of Glasgow University on the front boards. Some foxing or browning but quite a good set. Au$1500

First edition and a pretty good association copy, I think. This was a university prize in ethics awarded in 1874 to 'Kentigernus W. McCallum' and signed by Edward Caird. This is, of course, Mungo W. MacCallum who studied with and revered Caird and carried his influence to Sydney, as did other pioneering educators at Sydney University. The influence of Jevons on MacCallum is much less apparent but Caird did decide that a gifted young disciple should read the new work of a contemporary whose views conflicted so much with his own.


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Supreme Court, Sydney, New South Wales ... Report of the Trial The Bank of Australasia v. Thomas Chaplin Breillat, Chairman of the Bank of Australia. Sydney: printed by Kemp and Fairfax 1845. Largish octavo later (but old) cloth, original plain wrappers bound in; 96pp. Some spotting of the outer few pages. With the inscription of legal luminary W.J.V. Windeyer whose ancestor Richard Windeyer was head counsel for the defendant and won plaudits for his closing speech. Au$375

A rare bit of Australian legal and banking history. The Bank of Australia got into trouble in 1843, due to the debt of Hughes and Hosking, and approached their fellow bank for a loan of some quarter of a million pounds to get them out of trouble - and incidentally pay an 8% dividend to their shareholders. They then decided not pay their debt on the basis that the borrowers had no authority to borrow on behalf of the bank. The result is too complicated for me to digest, it's enough to say that the conclusion of this report is modern in terms of narrative but doubtless standard in mercantile law.


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JEVONS, William Stanley. Papers and Correspondence ... edited by R.D. Collison Black. London, Macmillan & the Royal Economic Society 1972-81. Seven volumes octavo publisher's cloth and dustwrappers. Some dustwrappers have been affected by damp but this hasn't got into the books. Au$150

1. Biography and Personal Journal. II - V. Correspondence 1850 - 1882. VI. Lectures on Political Economy 1875 - 1876. VII. Papers on Political Economy [and the general index]. The journal and the early correspondence contain much of local interest of course.


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WALRAS, Leon. Correspondence of Leon Walras and Related Papers. Edited by William Jaffe. Amsterdam, North-Holland 1965. Three volumes stout octavo, very good in publisher's cloth and frayed duswrappers. Au$300

Warmly inscribed and signed by Jaffe to economist and historian Joseph J. Spengler.


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MARSHALL, Alfred. Money Credit & Commerce. London, Macmillan 1929 [1923]. Octavo publisher's cloth (small snag at spine top). Au$80

Third printing maybe, but this was Nobel laureate James Meade's copy with his signature.


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BOWLEY, A.L. The Mathematical Groundwork of Economics. Oxford Univ Press 1924. Octavo publisher's cloth. Au$100

First edition. Economist C.S. Soper's copy.


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CLARK, Colin. The National Income 1924 - 1931. London, Macmillan 1932. Octavo publisher's cloth. Au$80

First edition. Inscribed presentation from the author to the theologian and writer Rev W.R. [Walter Robert] Matthews.


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von HALLE, Ernst. Trusts or Industrial Combinations and Coalitions in the United States. NY, Macmillan 1895. Octavo publisher's cloth. Quite a good copy. Au$125

First edition of this influential and widely circulated book; it was circulating in Japanese by 1900.


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VON NEUMANN, John and Oskar MORGENSTERN. Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. Princeton Univ Press 1947. Octavo publisher's green cloth (a narrow damp stripe to the cloth down the front edge of the board but no incursion into the book). Au$50

Second edition, with some revisions and additions.


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WALKER, Francis A. The Wages Question, a treatise on wages and the wages class. NY, Holt 1876. Octavo publisher's cloth; iv,428pp. and publisher's list. An old library label inside the front cover but no other markings; covers a bit marked, inner hinges cracked but holding. Not too bad a copy. 1877 ownership inscription of H.M Bower (author of 'The Elevation & Procession of the Ceri at Gubbio' etc?). Au$50

First edition. Walker made his reputation as both statistitian and theoretician and this is his first important treatise; an attack on the wages-fund theory, arguing that wages are paid from the product of labour and not from accumulated capital.


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COLLIE, Sir John. Fraud in Medico-Legal Practice. London, Arnold 1932. Octavo publisher's cloth (marked and mild signs of use); xii,276pp, illustrations through the text. Au$75

"This work deals with a dark side of human nature, and does not admit of the display of that sympathy which I trust all genuine cases receive". This is based on his earlier work 'Malingering', a much pithier title, and focuses on working (rather than military) malingerers whom Collie investigated. No friend of the unions or the Compensation Act ('there are no malingerers in countries where there is no Workmen's Compensation Act. In China, for instance, ... his family and his neighbours come to his aid ... and I am told that this arrangement works admirably') Collie was the medical officer or examiner to a number of boards, councils and insurance companies. There are a satisfying number of case studies ranging from the ever popular back pains and hernias to feigned insanity, alleged incontinence and self inflicted injuries.


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SWEDENBORG, Emanuel. The True Christian Religion; containing the universal theology of the new church. London, the Swedenborg Society 1874. Plump octavo publisher's blindstamped cloth. An excellent copy. Au$60


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Prisons. Report with Minutes of Evidence Taken Before the Board of Inquiry Appointed to Inquire Into the General Management of the Gaols, Penal Establishments, and Lockups of the Colony of Queensland. Brisbane, Govt Printer 1887. Foolscap, stitched as issued; lxxxii,307pp and four folding plans. Number scrawled on the title which is browned and the last plate a bit ragged but all there. Au$200

The turning point of the prison system in Queensland, this commission brought new prisons, general reform and the Prisons Act of 1890. The evidence contains a wealth of useful and intriguing detail; the commission examined prisoners, turnkeys, warders, surgeons, police, magistrates, and an architect.


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BASTIAT, Frederic. Harmonies of Political Economy, translated ... with a notice of the life and writings of the author, by Patrick James Stirling. London, Murray 1860. Octavo contemporary half calf (a little rubbed). A few pale and inoffensive small stamps of the Beechworth Library but quite a good copy. Au$350

First edition in English, it first appeared in 1850 - the year of Bastiat's death.


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NORTON, John Bruce. A Letter to Robert Lowe ... on the Condition and Requirements of the Presidency of Madras. Madras, printed by Messrs. Pharoah and Co. 1854. Octavo (original?) marbled cloth (spine and corners worn and chipped with about half an inch missing from the bottom of the spine); x,325pp and errata slip. The binding seems original; it is competent and simply, not quite crudely, lettered and ruled in gilt on the spine. Inside quite a good copy. Au$250

Norton was a Madras lawyer, sometime sheriff and later professor of law and Advocate-General, and this is an extensively documented warning and savaging of the British mishandling of Madras and the appalling state of pretty much everything. 'Woe be to India if the present crisis is allowed to slip by unimproved' he says here and three years later in his 'The Rebellion in India: How to Prevent Another' he, understandably, reminds his readers that he told them so.


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BURMAN, Peter or Pieter. Vectigalia Populi Romani, et Zeus Kataibates sive Jupiter Fulgerator, in Cyrrhestarum Nummis. Leyden, Wishoff 1734. Quarto contemporary vellum decorated in gilt (a bit dusty or marked); extra engraved title by Bleyswyck, [26],346,[12]pp. A touch of browning and some insignificant flaws, rather a good copy. The misbinding of a couple of leaves that occurs in some copies has been fixed here. With the label of P.P.C. Lammens, the first librarian of the University of Ghent and presumably a Haarlem prize binding - each board has the gilt figure of Minerva with the motto 'Vicit Vim Virtus'. Au$325

A pairing of two works separately published earlier by Burman the elder; the first, of more consequence, on Roman taxation; the second on the iconography of Zeus on the coins of Cyrrhus.


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BOSANQUET, Bernard. Logic or the Morphology of Knowledge. Oxford University Press 1911. Two volumes octavo publisher's cloth. Bright, fresh copies. Au$175

Second and final edition with some significant additions and revisions.


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WINDELBAND, Wilhelm & Arnold RUGE [ed]. Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences. Volume I. Logic. Translated by B. Ethel Meyer. London, Macmillan 1913. Octavo publisher's cloth. An excellent, bright copy. Au$85

All published of this proposed modern successor to Hegel's Encyclopaedia. "Certainly they fulfil the promise of the introduction by lack of slavish agreement; thus, if Croce 's opinions about symbolic logic be true, Couturat 's article will not be worth the paper that it is written on, whilst Royce and Enriques will have spent a good part of their lives in futile pursuit". (C.D. Broad's review in Ethics, 1914). The other contributors are Losskij and the two editors.


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SHARP, L. Hey. More Talk on Economics. Glebe [Sydney], printed by Simmons Ltd 1933. Octavo publisher's illustrated boards; 93pp. Some foxing. Au$50

While best remembered now as a Pictorialist photographer Sharp was a lecturer in electrical engineering at Sydney University and with whatever authority that lends he erupted into print in 1930 with a series of pamphlets on economics; this seems to be his last and most extensive work. This is, as he tells us, an attempt to describe a new general theory of economics, so the title was a foolish choice. This actually is a brief explanation of a general theory, not the usual tirade against unions, banks, or monetary policy and if he had sensibly titled it 'A General Theory ...' we may not have heard again from Keynes.


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ZEHNTNER, L. [Leo]. A collection of papers on the pests and diseases of sugar cane in Java: Levenswijze en Bestrijding der Boorders I [... to VI]; De Plantenluizen van het Suikerriet op Java I [... to IX]; Praktische Wenken voor Entomologische Wekzaamheden op Suiker-Ondernemingen; De Mineerlarven van het Suikerriet op Java; De Wevervogels in het Suikerriet op Java; .. etc. Soerabaia [Surabaya], van Ingen 1896-99. 16 papers quarto together in contemporary quarter roan and mottled boards, all wrappers preserved; 18 plates (15 chromolitho - the two plates in the paper on weaver birds are photographic). Offprints from Archief voor de Java-Suikerindustrie. A couple of blotches on the first wrapper but in all fine and fresh. Inscriptions to, and label of, entomologist Alfred Preudhomme de Borre who has added a manuscript table of contents. Au$800

A sidelight perhaps but still interesting is watching the progression of printers of the plates through these papers: those in the early numbers were printed by Trap in Leiden, the middle numbers move to Jena and Vienna, and by the end van Ingen is printing them himself in Surabaya. The peculiarities of sugar growing in Java - crop rotations which demanded rapid harvesting and processing - and a couple of crises led to the most advanced studies and experimental stations in east (whence came these papers) and west Java and, in 1893, the central journal, Archief voor de Java-Suikerindustrie, was established. Zehntner came from Switzerland to Java in 1894 and spent ten years there, working first on sugar cane later on cocoa, before heading off to South America. Preudhomme de Borre had been a golden boy of European entomology; his radical improvements in the Belgian Royal Museum of Natural History became a model for the way museums work worldwide but by the time of these papers he had fallen out with the director and retired to Switzerland.


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Socialism. Socialist Theory Series No.1. Political Economy. Beginner's Course. Sydney, Modern Publishers [193-?]. Octavo publisher's printed wrapper; 48pp including five blank pages for notes. Au$40

Looking curiously like a confectionary box this a catechism in 56 questions and answers. There is a smaller edition of this which I presume is later.


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Queensland. Socialism at Work. How the Queensland Government succeeded in profitably establishing state ventures where the needs of the people ... Brisbane, Govt Printer 1918. Octavo publisher's printed wrapper (chipped and detached); 136pp, photo illustrations. An ok copy. Au$50

The triumphs of the Ryan government, the start of a long run of Labor in power. Surely no government these days could so flagrantly use public resources to advertise their successes in an election year.


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MOORE-BENTLEY, Mrs M.A. An Original Hypothesis of the Origin of Life. n.p. [Sydney 1917? - some copies are inscribed "Copyright by the Author 1917" ]. Octavo publisher's cloth, titled in gilt on the front cover. [4],202pp including 45 illustrations on 10 leaves numbered 192-201, 202 on verso. Printed from typescript with some ms corrections. Ex theological library - as was the last copy I found - but not offensively so. Au$175

Mary Anne Moore-Bentley is perhaps best known as the author of A Woman of Mars, or Australia's Enfranchised Woman (Sydney 1901) which involved a visiting Martian feminist. The complexity of this work precludes me from offering a synopsis; it ranges from the supposition that 'organic life originated from photographic impression' to an investigation of the 'affect of faith upon skin pigment'.An unjustly neglected work? I don't know, but neglected certainly. Mary Ann Moore Bentley, or Mary Ling (her married name), stood for the senate in 1903 - the first year women in New South Wales could vote - and, while she didn't win a seat, she did pretty well for votes. She self published a number of pamphets and polemical books over the years; this is maybe the most ambitious and the oddest.


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JENKINS, C. Francis. Animated pictures. An exposition of the historical development of Chronophotography, its present scientific applications and future possibilities, and of the methods and apparatus employed in the entertainment of large audiences by means of projecting lanterns to give the appearance of objects in motion. Washington, C. Francis Jenkins 1898. Octavo publisher's green cloth; [8],xvi,118 and 20 pages of illustrated adverts including a chromolitho plate; photo plates and illustrations through the text. An unusually nice copy. Au$600

When was the last time you saw a sale advertised in the back of a book? J.B. Colt of New York urges the readers of this book to "speak quick" to secure one of their magic lanterns or stereopticons at greatly reduced rates. I'm off the point I know. Jenkins seems a classic case of passed-over and sour grapes with both film and television. He doesn't even appear in Ceram's 'Archaeology of the Cinema' but historians have made good since then. Here Jenkins is already practicing the aggrieved tone that became more plangent later as he points out that prior to his machine - the Phantoscope - "there was not [another] machine in existence which would give illumination ... on a large screen" and that the machines that have since "sprung up like mushrooms in a night" all owe their existence to him.


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Giichi Akita. [The entry used by Worldcat names him Hodo Akita]. [In Japanese] - Sanpo Jikata Taisei. Tokyo, Kitajima Junshiro &c 1837 (Tenpo 8). Five volumes (25x18cm) publisher's wrappers; 4,156 double folded leaves, numerous woodcut illustrations. A very good set. Au$650

First edition of this manual of land management and surveying, published at a troublesome time in Japanese history: the 1830s brought a movement, fiercely resisted by the authorities, towards the adoption of western science and technology and, relevant to this book in particular, a period of horrendous drought, famine and unrest in rural Japan. Land surveying was primarily concerned with taxation and, before the Meiji reforms, accurate measurement was not only unimportant but unwanted. The extent and value of land was a matter for negotiation. The intricacies of Japanese land surveying in the early modern period demand long learned essays - and after reading a couple I'm none the wiser - but what is clear is that this book is a major work in the history of rural engineering, survey and management. It was also problematic for the authorities: "problems in surveyor education were aggravated by government censorship. Bakufu officials did not want administrative uses of survey techniques discussed in public. Under the guise of 'respect authority; despise the people (kanson minpi),' the mysteries of official practice were not to be released to the public domain." (Brown: A Case of Failed Technology Transfer - Land Survey Technology in Early Modern Japan; 1998). The authorities did suppress or attempt to suppress the Sanpo Jikata Taisei; Brown refers us to the preface of the 1976 reprint of this book for details and I came across another reference that claimed the woodblocks were destroyed. This seems fairly scarce outside Japan; the title is well represented in western libraries but once we discard the 1976 reprint I found only two libraries with originals through Worldcat.


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[HOLCROFT, Thomas]. VINCENT, William. A Plain and Succinct Narrative of the Late Riots and Disturbances in the Cities of London and Westminster ... particulars of the burning of Newgate, the King's Bench, the Fleet ... with an account of the commitment of Lord George Gordon to the Tower, and anecdotes of his life ... by William Vincent, of Gray's Inn. London, printed for Fielding and Walker 1780. Octavo later cloth (spine tips worn); [2],62pp. A little browned at each end, quite a good copy. Au$600

First edition of Thomas Holcroft's pseudonymous account of the Gordon riots, rushed into print within days of the end of the riots and a document central to all students of the riots. Modern scholars seem agreed it was work for hire, no forecast of his later radicalism, and for the most part it does reflect the indignant eye of conservative authority - it was after all written by a supposed lawyer rather than an autodidact shoemaker's son newly making his name as a novelist - but touches of skepticism surface here and there and a few figures get a brief sarcastic tongue-lashing. It also seems agreed that the anecdotes of Gordon pinned on to the end aren't Holcroft's and that he was unhappy with them. It was succesful enough, three editions appeared before the end of the year, and it's known that Dickens owned an annotated copy and used it in Barnaby Rudge but then, anybody interested in the riots has to use it. The text has been reprinted and reproduced often enough but this first edition does appear to be a truly scarce little book.


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RUSKIN, John. John Ruskin on Himself and Things in General. Liverpool, Cope's Tobacco Plant 1893. Octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; [10],64pp, including some adverts. A nice unopened copy. Cope's Smoke Room Booklets No.13. Au$

A wonderful cover image by John Wallace that manages to appoint Ruskin to the racist image cadre, offend economists if anyone cares, and puzzle the rest of us. Why is the slaughtered figure clutching the "Wealth of Nations" sack and carrying the book 'The Dismal Science' black? After posing the same question David Levy and Sandra Peart in 'The Secret History of the Dismal Science' lead us straight to Carlyle and the paragraph in which he coined the term: "Exeter Hall Philanthropy and the Dismal Science, led by any sacred cause of Black Emancipation, or the like, to fall in love and make a wedding of it, ówill give birth to progenies and prodigies; dark extensive moon-calves, unnameable abortions, wide-coiled monstrosities". This seems to me to call for unnatural erudition on the part of the average commercial illustrator but Wallace wasn't average. The booklet itself offended Ruskin or his publishers but it wasn't the cover, it was the unauthorised printing of his words that angered them and they mounted a successful case against the Cope Brothers for breach of copyright. If Ruskin was still aware of anything much by then certainly he would have been unhappy with tobacco merchants co-opting him, devoutly anti-tobacco as he was, for marketing.


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KANT, Immanuel. Metaphysical Works of the celebrated Immanuel Kant, translated from the German, with a Sketch of his Life and Writings, by John Richardson ... Containing 1. Logic. 2. Prolegomena to Future Metaphysics. 3. Enquiry into the Proofs for the Existence of God, and into the Theodicy, now first published. London 1836 [but each printed for Simpkin & Marshall in 1819]. Octavo modern half calf; two engraved portraits (one for the first, the other for the third work), collective title and title for each work. A little browning here and there, a rather good, fresh copy. Au$1850

First English edition of the third work and re-issues of the original 1819 sheets of the first two. The Enquiry was also printed in 1819 but never published for some reason. Lack of interest easily explains the existence of unsold sheets being gathered together for sale (by Pickering?) in 1836 but not why the Enquiry was killed before birth. The title pages for Logic and Prolegomena each carry the 1819 Simpkin Marhsall imprint but are on different paper to the text - are these reprints made in 1836? Richardson was an old Kantian, he published the first translations of Kant into English in 1798 and apparently corresponded with Kant but otherwise remains in the shadows from what I can discern.


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HUNTER, W.W. [William Wilson]. The Imperial Gazetteer of India. London, Trubner 1881. Nine volumes octavo contemporary half morocco (a bit scuffed); each volume with a folding map mounted on linen. Parliamentary library gilt crest on spines and front boards, no other marking. Some wrinkling of paper in volume five but no staining, a bit of foxing, not much; in all a rather good and handsome set. Au$1500

First edition of this monument of persistence. "For the first time in the history of our rule, an opportunity has fallen to me of finding out the truth about the Indian people, and of honestly telling it" (preface).


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FERNE, John. The Blazon Of Gentrie: Devided into two parts. The first named The Glorie of Generositie. The second, Lacyes Nobilitie ... discourses of Armes and of Gentry. Wherein is treated of the beginning, parts and degrees of gentlenesse, with her lawes: of the bearing, and blazon of cote-armors: of the lawes of armes, and of combats. London, printed by John Windet for Andrew Maunsell 1586. Small quarto contemporary calf ruled in blind with a device stamped into each board (rebacked, corners worn); [20],341,[3],130pp, woodcuts through the text. Contemporary signature of John Leche on the title, probably one of the seven thousand John Leches of Carden who passed the name father to son since just after the big bang. Ours may be John Leche X of Carden Hall. A few gentlemanly annotations in Latin in the margins and inside the back cover. Someone pencilled "a tall copy" on the front endpaper and indeed there is close to a half inch spare above the headlines. Au$1750

First edition of this stanchion of English ideas of class, lineage and heredity and the innate nobility of the Gentleman. Indeed the argument is put forward that Jesus had the right to a coat of arms through his mother and that many of the apostles were "Gentlemen of bloud" (p97-8).


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BROWN, Ernest W. The Inequalities in the Motion of the Moon Due to the Direct Action of the Planets. An essay which obtained the Adams Prize in the University of Cambridge for the year 1907. Cambridge University Press 1908. Large octavo, very good in somewhat marked publisher's cloth; xii,92pp and errata leaf. Au$125

First edition and quite scarce. "The remaining parts of the lunar theory, and, more especially, the planetary perturbations in the moon's motion are among the most difficult subjects in celestial mechanics. Brown's most original work was in this field." (Schlesinger & Brouwer). It's a bit off the point but this extract from a letter on teaching by Professor W. Edwards Deming of New York University caught my attention: "No luster of personality can atone for teaching error instead of truth. One of the finest teachers that I ever knew could hold 300 students spellbound, teaching what is wrong. The two poorest teachers that I ever had ... were Professor Ernest Brown in mathematics at Yale and Sir Ronald Fisher at University College in London. Sir Ernest will be known for centuries for his work in lunar theory ... People came from all over the world to listen to their impossible teaching, and to learn from them, and learn they did".


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