Urine. Carlo Magnani-Riccoti. Il Sindaco della Citta di Novara - Manifesto. Novara, Miglio 1862. Broadside 56x39cm tipped on card. Old folds, a nice copy. Au$200

Magnani-Roccoti, first mayor of modern Novara, warns the citizens of Novara that the piss sodden streets of the city will be tolerated no more and that police will prosecute with utmost rigour anyone sploshing urine around the place. I wonder whether the urine issue was related to the recent invention of a beverage by Signor Campari of Novara. And I wonder why the existence of a manifesto against piss strikes me as irresistible.


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[Eglinton]. FARMER, John S. 'Twixt Two Worlds: a narrative of the life and work of William Eglinton. London, Psychological Press 1886. Quarto publisher's green cloth blocked in red & black (recased and rebacked with the original spine preserved, this rubbed and with a little loss at the tips); [4],196pp, etched portrait by Tissot & 8 colour litho plates, illustrations through the text. Scattered spotting, mostly at the ends and a thoroughly decent copy. Au$600

Some of the colour plates, which are by the bird painter Keulemans, are as astonishing and beautiful as any exercise in lithography ever done and I wonder whether Barnett Freedman owned a copy of this. Wentworth (84 & 76 note) wrongly attributes the plates and many of the text illustrations as well as the portrait to Tissot (as did I until my attention was drawn to chapter XVII).
Eglinton was one of the most successful and polished mediums of the day, specialising in spirit writing but not adverse to the odd materialization. Tissot apparently became involved after the death of his mistress Mrs Newton and we are given an account of the seance where she appeared, kissed him and shook hands.


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PICKERING, Arthur J. The Cradle and Home of the Hosiery Trade. Hinckley, Pickering 1940. Quarto publisher's cloth backed illustrated boards; 136pp, 18 plates and numerous illustrated adverts,numerous illustrations through the text. A very good copy. Au$50

A history of the three hundred years of the hosiery industry in Hinckley, which, as a note for colonials and Americans points out, is in the heart of England.


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SPOTSWOOD, Christopher. The Voyage of Will Rogers to the South Pole. Edited by Christopher Spotswood. Launceston, printed at the Examiner and Tasmanian Office 1888. Slender octavo publisher's limp green cloth titled in black on the front (mild flecking of the cloth); 40pp. Au$1200

A difficult little book to find these days. Spotswood was the recently retired Bench Clerk of the Launceston court so a newspaper search for him will bring copious, tedious, amounts of court cases in progress but little personal outside a friendly brief notice of this book in the Launceston Examiner and a death notice in April 1890. Little to suggest a propensity to get lost in the Antarctic - dragged by a harpooned whale - where he spots what sounds like a snow kangaroo and finds an idyllic civilisation that seems more Presbyterian than anything else: hard work and a modest demeanour is the go.


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WHITE, Caroline Earl. Love in the Tropics. A romance of the south seas. Philadelphia, Lippincott 1890. Octavo publisher's decorated cloth (spine a bit dull and rubbed). What looks like a smear on the front cover is part of the design. Au$85

Only edition. A Pacific thriller that sees a shipwrecked sailor cast ashore on an imagined island somewhere near Tonga where love, treachery and murder are almost overshadowed by the man eating Kaukevara Tree.


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PRATT, Ambrose. The Living Mummy. NY, Stokes 1910. Octavo publisher's illustrated cloth blocked in yellow, green and grey (spine ends worn, a couple of surface scratches on the boards); four colour plates by Louis Fancher. A bit used but not a bad copy. Au$300

First American edition which I believe is the proper first edition. "It fairly out-Poes Poe in the region of weird impossibilities" (New York Times).


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WILKINS, W.A. The Cleverdale Mystery; or, the machine and its wheels. NY, Fords, Howard & Hulbert 1882. Octavo publisher's illustrated brown cloth blocked in black and gilt; part of the back fly torn away but still a remarkably good copy. Au$75

First (only?) edition of this melodramatic thriller of politics, murder and dastardly deeds set in the sub-Adirondack playground of Lake George. Wilkins, editor of the local Whitehall Times, also published a play of this in the same year.


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Parramatta. Parramatta and District Historical Society. Journal and Proceedings (with notes). Vol. I to Vol IV. [all published]. Parramatta, Cumberland Argus 1918 - 1935. Four volumes octavo publisher's printed wrappers. A few spots, stains from the staples on the covers of the last number, a pretty good set. sold


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LACROUX, J. Constructions en Briques. La Brique Ordinaire, au point de vue decoratif. Paris, Ducher, 1878 & Daly, n.d. Two volumes folio later quarter crimson morocco; [8],43; [2,2]pp, 155 chromolitho plates, illustrations in the text. Occasional browning, a handsome copy. Au$2500

The greatest of the brick books, one of the monuments of chromolithography, and a useful pattern book. With almost every conceivable pattern type in multi-coloured brick, and their application in various projects - enclosure walls, factory chimneys, stables, a pigeon house, an orangerie, town houses and country villas. Most are in scaled plans and elevations, some with perspective views, all with locations and architects named.
The second volume (printed by Lemercier, the first is by Monrocq) mostly contains large Parisian houses or villas, again with plans, sections (often indicating styles of furnishing), elevations and perspective views, all identified.


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MORRELL, J.C. Town Planning. Report to the Honorable the Minister of Public Works. Melbourne, Govt Printer 1915. Foolscap modern cloth; 82pp, numerous photo illustrations, plans &c numbered to 83 (there are several bis). An excellent copy. sold

One of the handful of essential early documents of town planning in Australia and scarce. A report from investigations made in England, Scotland and the United States into advances in planning and slum clearances. It is well illustrated with examples of better known and more obscure projects (Kansas City, Denver, Pasadena, Torrance &c), and finally returns to Melbourne, its problems and possible solutions.


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FOWLER, O.S. A Home for All or The Gravel Wall and Octagon Mode of Building ... adapted to rich and poor. NY, Wells [186-?]. Octavo blindstamped cloth (spine faded); vi,192,[4 catal]pp, 33 illustrations in the text. Quite a good copy. sold

A late printing of the revised edition (it was first published in 1849 and revised in 1853). The publisher has done away with the three frontispiece plates and the gold blocked house on the front cover, bringing it within reach of the poorer classes - the very people who need the comfortable and healthy home that Fowler advocates.
Fowler was the American phrenologist and hence no stranger to seemingly rational persuasion; that many of his points were rational may have persuaded the few thousand home builders that decided to build from his book. It is now difficult to tell how many of the poorer classes benefited by the extra space, light and ventilation that Fowler extolled; naturally the surviving examples are mostly quite substantial, built by well-off enthusiasts. Fowler's 'gravel wall' construction is more or less a concrete which, if not done right, deteriorated quite quickly - as did Fowler's own house. Many of the surviving houses are not Fowler's ideal - most are brick or timber.


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CRESWELL, K.A.C. The Muslim Architecture of Egypt. II: Ayyubids and Early Bahrite Mamluks A.D. 1171 - 1326. Oxford Univ Press, 1959. Hefty folio (46x36cm) publisher's cloth and torn but complete dustwrapper; photo plates, floor plans and elevations (some folding). A rather good copy. Edition of 550 copies. Au$1500

Creswell managed to finish four volumes of his lifetime work, recording the Islamic architecture of Egypt. The earliest period was covered in his two volume Early Muslim Architecture (1932-40, with a revised edition of volume I in 1969 - a new work in itself really); the next couple of hundred years in Muslim Architecture of Egypt I (1952) and this.
In volume 8 of the annual Muqarnas (1991), which is devoted to Creswell, there is a photo of an elderly Creswell carrying two volumes of his work - this and the 1952 volume - plus a copy of his bibliography. This is as much a rooster-like display of strength and vigour as a boast of scholarly achievement. After all, no-one less than Olympian could carry all his books.
In the same annual is a review by Julian Raby of the reviewers of Creswell. At times I thought I was reading a Beerbohm parody with added footnotes by Flann O'Brien.


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RIDDELL, Robert. The Carpenter and Joiner, Stair Builder and Hand-Railer. London, Jack (successors to Fullarton) [c187-?]. Largish quarto half calf (rebacked); 124pp, 58 plates (one folding, plus the added tinted litho "Dignity of Mechanics Arts") & four cardboard models slotted for movement. Au$250

A reworking of an American work and one of the most ubiquitous carpentry books of the period but getting hard to find in good shape.


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Grey. STUART, Alexander. Sir George Grey: His Friends and Foes. A political satire. Christchurch, printed by the Lyttleton Times 1882. Octavo publisher's printed wrapper; 12pp. An unimportant vertical fold, a pretty good copy. Au$95

By 1882 Grey was past being a colonial autocrat, past his spell as Premier, 1877 to 79, but could still inspire friends and foes to extravagant tirades. Stuart was a friend, the victim of the knife here is Grey's successor as Premier, John Hall.


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[Exhibition - Sydney 1879]. Sydney International Exhibition 1879. Official Catalogue of the British Section. London, J.M. Johnson [1879]. Octavo publisher's cloth; xlii,[2],316,viii[advert]pp, numerous wood engravings through the text. A rather good copy. Au$350

A presentation copy, so titled on the front cover and inside inscribed by the compiler, Edmund Johnson, to J.W. Willis-Bund. The title page is headed 'Under Revision' which suggests an early version of the catalogue but they may all be: the last copy through here was also a presentation copy with the same heading and the copy before that was so long ago it may as well have been catalogued in cuneiform for all the information it gives me now.


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Anti-Semitic anti-communism. 'Mars-Trick'. Pourquoi les Nationaux ne Peuvent Souhaiter le Succes des Communistes. Paris, printed by Mazeyrie [1941]. Octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; 16pp including cover, cartoon illustrations throughout by "Pelan". Cover and a couple of illustrations neatly enhanced with some color shading. Au$125

I learn from this that the real danger to France - to us all, I guess - from communism is not so much traitorous red thugs, nor even the masons, but the hideous Jews (juif hideux) pulling their strings. There is not a mention of Germany here but a call for Europe at peace: do not listen to hypocritical English radio and the Gaullistes. Remember who is behind them.


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Anti-Communism. Le Communisme c'est la Vie Triste, Morne, Grise. n.p. [France 194-?]. Octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; 8pp including wrapper. Illustrated throughout. Au$175

A fine graphic warning about the perils of believing the patriotic bilge of French communists during the occupation.


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MULLER-BRANDEBOURG. (Hermann Muller-Brandenburg). L'ouevre du Service du Travail allemand. Bruxelles (Berlin printed) 1940. Octavo publisher's printed wrapper; 32pp, four photo plates and a folding map. No.4 from the series La Force Economique du Reich. The author's name is spelled Brandebourg on the title and Brandenburg on the cover. Au$65

The labour or work service in Germany seems still to be a topic that the French don't want to touch. Those who, later in the war, were conscripted rather than volunteers fared no better in the eyes of a public determined to perpetuate the myth that every French citizen was a member of the resistance. Apart from a few too obvious bad apples quickly executed and any number of helpless women who had their heads shaved. Here the work service in place in Germany since 1933 is explained to the newly conquered of western Europe.


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[Friedrich Grimm]. Un Journaliste Allemand Vous Parle. Par le Dr Friedrich. Paris, Editions le Pont [1941]. Octavo publisher's printed wrapper; 64pp. Au$75

Grimm was a despicable specimen of Nazi upper middle management. A lawyer who had a good career among the right wing nationalists and anti-labour industrialists before the first world war, he had an even better career after the war working for the overturn of the Versailles treaty and defending the murders of republicans and traitors by right wing killers. The treaty of Versailles was of course engineered by a conspiracy of world Jewry - he and his friend and idol Hitler agreed on this - and, a virulent anti-Semite, he was a busy propagandist and legal aide for the Nazi party, rewarded with a plum position in occupied France.
After the war he wormed his way out of any serious punishment and by 1949 was again practicing as a lawyer, working for amnesty for Nazis and defending several who were charged with war crimes. His writing continued at a more fringe level - he was an early champion of holocaust denial and founding member of various neo-Nazi groups. Perhaps he should be admired for his persistence?
This particular bit of journalism is the first of an occasional series collecting talks made on French radio. Here they date between April and July 1941 and clear up misunderstandings of 'Mein Kampf', true and false socialism - represented by Germany and the USSR - and other difficulties in the way of entente.


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Faraday. TYNDALL, John. Faraday as a Discoverer. London, Longmans 1868. Octavo publisher's cloth; 2 portraits after photos. Some scattered spots, one line underlined, a rather good copy. Au$75

A professional memoir of Faraday from his friend, colleague and successor at the Royal Institute.


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Kipling. Takeo Takei. ジャングルブック [Janguru Bukku]. Tokyo, Kobunsha 1928 [Showa 3]. Octavo, cloth backed publisher's illustrated card wrapper; illustrated title and endpapers, one colour plate and numerous b/w illustrations and diagrams through the text. A used copy, with smudges and marks. Not bad for these school texts that usually survive in revolting condition.
Shogakusei Zenshu no.49. Cover, endpapers and title page by Takeo Takei Au$50

The Shogakusei Zenshu, or Complete Works for Elementary Schools, runs to some 88 volumes of educational texts and literature - much of this in translation; few of them seem elementary. Here is Kipling's Jungle Book translated by Kikuchi Kan. The illustrations inside by Unno Seiko are not anything to write home about.


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Shogakusei Zenshu. Okano Sakae [cover design]. 算術の話 [Sanjutsu no Hanashi]. Tokyo, Kobunsha 1928 [Showa 3]. Octavo, cloth backed publisher's illustrated card wrapper; illustrated title in red, one colour plate and numerous b/w illustrations and diagrams through the text. Browning and signs of use; a pretty good copy.
Shogakusei Zenshu no.73. Au$150

The Shogakusei Zenshu, or Complete Works for Elementary Schools, runs to some 88 volumes of educational texts and literature - much of this in translation; few of them seem elementary. This one is arithmetic. I believe that if my maths texts looked like this my education would have been much more rewarding.
This masterpiece of a cover is by Okano Sakae, one of the generation of artists who came through the western painting department of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts at the beginning of the century, later a pupil of Kuroda Seiki, and collaborator with fellow Hakubakai students on the five volume Nihon Meisho Shasei Kiko.


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

First edition in English, the original appeared in 1907. By 1910 Bergson was an international star but his major work still wasn't in English. William James gets the credit for starting this translation on its way and the "illumination of much that was dark to me" (Mitchell) while Bergson himself revised the work.
The list of philosophers who followed or at least admired Bergson is impressive but the list of philosophers who spent a lot of time and effort discrediting him is stellar - a pantheon of later 20th century philosophy.


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Kinoshita Circus. 木下大サーカス団 [Kinoshita Dai Sakasu Dan]. n.p. [194-?]. Colour lithograph poster 76x52cm. Au$300

The advertising tax stamp - lower right - dates this between 1942 and 1946; so I'm told. As does the replacement of lions and elephants with a goat. The Kinoshita circus started with the 20th century and is now one of the world's biggest.


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Sugoroku. さいけん双六 [Saiken Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Fujimoto Corporation 1925 (Taisho 14). Colour broadside 78x53cm. Used, rumpled and a couple of short marginal tears repaired but very decent. Au$300

A graphic serenade to the virtues of thrift, saving and buying bonds, this was produced by the broking firm Fujimoto for their customers and is labelled 'Not For Sale'. Luckily for the artist and for us some cautionary vices were allowed to spice up a staid game: wine, women and the ponies.


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Soap. 美活石鹸 [Bikatsu Sekken]. [Osaka? c1930?]. Colour lithograph poster 108x35cm. A couple of short tears in the bottom margin repaired, a nice bright copy with metal strip and hanging loop at the top. Au$250

I have the feeling that the dancer originally cast to dance the pas de deux with this bar of Bikatsu soap was unable to appear and a frightened understudy from the corps was stuffed into the prima ballerina's costume and pushed out on stage at the last minute.


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Fujiwara Ritsuta. 空界征服双六 [Sorakai Seifuku Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Shonen 1918 (Taisho 7). Colour broadside 79x55cm. A nice copy. Au$600

A delight - the rigours of flying school explained with the careful attention to truth and detail of a Heath Robinson. This was the new year gift from the magazine Shonen.


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VON BRAUN, Werner & Frederick I. ORDWAY III. History of Rocketry & Space Travel. NY, Crowell 1966. Quarto illustrated & embossed 'mission leather'; 244pp, heaps of illustrations. Au$50

The 'Limited Edition' - so stated on the spine and nowhere else that I can find, and probably limited to no more than twenty or thirty thousand copies. The deluxe binding of illustrated mission leather is truly a work to behold and the binder, Brown and Bigelow (a division of Standard Packaging), have inserted a small brochure on the centuries old tradition of mission leather without mentioning that it is the leather equivalent of masonite.
This copy has the discreet gilt stamp 'E.G. Person' on front cover. Does that make this a sample copy? is there someone actually called E.G. Person? Once we get inside it actually is a well researched, worthwhile and useful history.


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Catalogue - medical and dental equipment. Kawai Shoten, Tokyo. Caialogue [sic] 醫療器械圖譜 (?) No. 5. [Iryokikkai Zufu?]. Tokyo, Kawai Shoten 1917 (Taisho 6). 22x15cm publisher's printed wrapper (covers somewhat shabby & ragged); [4],200pp, illustrated throughout. A used but decent copy. Au$200

An extensive catalogue of medical and dental equipment and all the necessary ancillaries - furniture, laboratory equipment, a few artificial limbs, and so on. This is Kawai's fifth catalogue but I can't find a record of any of them.


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HOLLAND, Sir Henry. Essays on Scientific and Other Subjects ... London, Longman &c 1862. Octavo publisher's cloth (spine a bit worn); 504pp. Au$75

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.
Holland, physician to the stars and travel writer, may be more remarkable for who he knew - everyone - than what he knew - a bit about of a lot of things. This wide ranging curiosity is, after all, a mark of charm.


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Exhibition - Tokyo 1933. 萬国婦人子供博覧会見物 [Manko Fujin Kodomo Hakurankai Kenbutsu]. Tokyo 1933. Colour printed brochure folding out from 16x10cm to 16x87cm; colour illustrations on one side, red and black on the other. sold

A charming guide to the women and children's exhibition held from March to May in Ueno. Men, or at least fathers, were allowed to come too. Among the attractions was the Hagenbeck Circus.


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Hikifuda. Hikifuda of a woman driving a motor car. n.p. [1912]. Colour woodcut 53x37cm. Old folds, rumpling and a couple of small repairs. Au$800

A while ago I offered a 1914 printed hikifuda something like this and asked whether anyone had seen an earlier picture of a Japanese woman driving a car? Now the answer is: I have. Cars and planes were the password for modernity through the Taisho, especially in advertising like this, but sleek women were driven by sleek husbands or chauffeurs.
This is radical stuff. It's not until well into the twenties that women behind the wheel became common. Common but not really acceptable. Cars were driven by Mogas - modern girls - louche young women with bobbed hair and short skirts: flappers. The history of early Japanese women motorists, in English, is blank. Can some expert out there help?
These hikifuda - small posters or handbills - were usually produced by publisher's with the text panel blank. The customer, usually a retailer, had their own details over printed. In this case it was Tamachi Taya of Kaneko-mura. The handy calendar is for 1913.


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Utagawa Kunimasa. 東京名所 ... 銀座通商店図 [Tokyo Meisho ... Ginza Tsusho Tenzu]. Tokyo, Matsunari Yasutaro 1895 (Meiji 28). Colour woodcut 36x25cm. Signs on the back that it was likely once in an album. sold

A view of the Ginza shops according to the title but they are just a modern backdrop to the cyclist - an unusual enough sight to draw everyone's attention and spook the horses. 1895 seems late for a bicycle to be such a surprise; perhaps it was a novelty for the Ginza.


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Okamoto Ippei. 山と海 [Yama to Umi] (Mountain & Sea). Osaka, Asahi Shimbun 1926 [Taisho 15]. Quarto publisher's colour illustrated wrapper; 40pp, b/w illustrations throughout. Mild signs of use, natural browning of the paper; a pretty good copy. sold

A comic commentary on the Japanese out and about on holiday and I suspect many other things beyond me. There is a cast of recurring characters and it's evident from the cover that class wars are at play - there is a drawing inside of a plutocrat mugging a beggar - but there's a lot going on in these busy pages that are fun to look at but incomprehensible to me.
If you look up Okamoto Ippei in non-Japanese places now you will find so many entries telling us how unjustly neglected and forgotten he is in the history of comics and manga that we know his place is assured. Ippei was the king of newspaper cartooning as Rakuten ruled the magazines in Taisho and early Showa Japan. It was Ippei that brought the American comic strip to Japan and heads, with Rakuten, the lists of idols and inspiration of many modern manga artists; hardly forgotten.


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Documenti del Processo di Lesa Maesta Istruito nel Tribunale di Prima Istanza di Firenze nelli anni 1849 - 1850. [with] Atti dell' Autorita Giudiciale nel Processo di Lesa Maesta ... Firenze. Firenze, Carcere 1850; 1851. Quarto, together in half calf (worn but solid enough); 998; 197pp. Quite fresh inside. Au$100

A formidable compilation of documents regarding Florentine doings during the brief republican interruption and restoration of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in 1849.
I dragged this off the shelf this afternoon to see what it was and found tucked inside a sheet of notes including NUC locations. This means that I started and never finished cataloguing this book more than twenty years ago, back in the days when I would trudge across to Sydney University to use their reference library. I can't make sense of my notes now and I'm even less interested than I was then.


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Some books that have been on my shelves longer than many murderers spend in prison, now priced at cost or less, plead for clemency.


REED, Sir Edward J. Japan: its history, traditions, and religions. With the narrative of a visit in 1879. London, Murray 1880. Two volumes half gilt morocco (a touch of wear to one spine top); folding map, 16 plates, illustrations through the text. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings; some foxing of endpapers and plates but a good and handsome pair. Au$375

The tour of a naval architect, on the invitation of the minister of the marine; disappointingly light on his own subject but probably a relief to the reader only interested in Japan.


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TEMPLE, Sir Richard. Oriental Experience: a selection of essays and addresses .. London, Murray 1883. Octavo half morocco; xx,518pp, folding plate, 5 folding maps (these mounted on linen when bound), illustrations through the text. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front cover and incorporated into the spine, no other markings; some dust has crept in around the folding maps causing spotting or browning on facing pages but a rather good and handsome copy. Au$200

A not uninteresting miscellany by a former governor and finance minister of India: 21 addresses and papers, 11 on India, most of the others on the "progress of survey and exploration throughout Asia by European and American travellers". Those on political, social and economic subjects include religious missions in the east, political economy of India, forestry, monetary practice, pan Islamism, the Mahrattas, the temperance movement among the British in India.


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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; a handsome copy. Au$90

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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LOCKYER, J. Norman. Contributions to Solar Physics. London, Macmillan 1874. plump octavo half calf (a little rubbed); xxiv,676pp, 7 plates (5 colour or tinted lithographs, the two folding plates mounted on linen at the time of binding), numerous illustrations through the text. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings; some spotting or browning but a pretty good copy. Au$400


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JEFFERIES, Richard. The Life of the Fields. London, Chatto 1884. Octavo half gilt morocco (corners a little rubbed). Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings. A very good and handsome copy. Au$40

First edition.


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WRIGHT, G. Frederick. The Ice Age in North America and its bearings on the antiquity of man. NY, Appleton, London, Kegan Paul 1889. Octavo half gilt morocco; xviii,622pp, frontis, 3 folding maps (these mounted on linen at the time of binding), numerous illustrations. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings. A few scattered spots, a very good and rather handsome copy. sold

First edition. "Really a treatise on the whole subject of the Glacial period; for, with the vast field open for investigation on this continent and the amount of attention recently given to its exploration, North America is now by far the most favourable place from which to approach the study of ice-action and ice periods." (preface).


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THOMPSON, Sir H. Modern Cremation. Its history and practice .. recently improved arrangements made by the Cremation Society of England. London, Kegan Paul 1889. Octavo half gilt morocco; viii,95pp & publisher's list, frontispiece. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings. Some foxing at the ends, one signature sprung but a handsome enough copy. Au$75

First edition, a second appeared in 1891. By the funereal reformer, founder and president of the Society. Cremation, for the modern westerner, is a materialistic, utilitarian question. Public health is the main spur for the cremationist and the spiritual barely touched upon - the body is being desanctified; which may or may not explain why Italy was the pioneer of modern cremation. There the subject was first raised in the 1860's and by the mid 1880's several hundred people had been burnt. In England Thompson caused the first storm with an article in the Contemporary Review in 1874, the year his Society was founded. The first human cremations to occur in England, and test the law, were private affairs in privately built crematoria and it is only now (ie 1889) that laws and codes were being formulated.


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BEAN, Robert Bennett. The Racial Anatomy of the Philippine Islanders introducing new methods of anthropology .. with a classification of human ears and a scheme for the heredity of anatomical characters in man. Philadelphia &c, Lippincott 1910. Octavo publisher's cloth; 236pp, photo illustrations, diagrams in the text. Ex Parliamentary Library with their gilt crest on front board and stamp on the title but a rather good copy. Au$75

This is Bean's first book - he had published a few papers before this - drawn from three years in the Philippines. Bean and his work is still labelled as 'distinguished'. He certainly wasn't the only anthropologist of his generation to focus on measuring the heads of the darker races - which he did for decades after this - but nowhere can I find an incredulous note that this book proposes the classification of race by ears.


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MICHIE, Christopher Young. The Larch: a practical treatise on its culture and general management. Edinburgh, Blackwood 1882. Octavo half gilt morocco; xii,284pp, 4 plates (three of these are photographs in an unnamed process), folding table. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings, a few spots, a very good copy. sold

First edition and as far as the author is aware the first book on Larches by a practicing forester.


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SIEMENS, C. William. On the Conservation of Solar Energy. A collection of papers and discussions. London, Macmillan 1883. Octavo half morocco; xx,111pp, one plate and a few illustrations and diagrams. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings; some foxing but a good copy. Au$200

One of Siemens' few purely theoretical works, and just about his last (he died late in 1883). His theory was expounded to the Royal Society in 1882 and immediately sparked discussion and argument. Here he prints an augmented version of his own paper, the responses and comments of others and his responses to them. Among the appended papers is his on the electric furnace - one of his developments that was not put to practical purpose until much later.


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Electricity. The Practical Applications of Electricity. A series of lectures delivered at the Institution of Civil Engineers .. 1882-83. London, the Institution 1884. Octavo half morocco; vi,181pp, folding map and folding plate of an electric railway carriage. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings; some foxing at the very ends. Au$60

Preece on telegraphy; Bramwell on telephones, Siemens on transmission and storage of power, Hopkinson on electric lighting, Abel on explosive purposes and Sir William Thomson on units of measurement.


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THORBURN, W. Stewart. A Guide to the Coins of Great Britain & Ireland, in gold, silver, and copper .. London, Upcott Gill 1884. Octavo half gilt red morocco (spine top a bit worn); xviii,159pp, 18 plates (many in gold and silver, some illustrations in the text. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings. Spotting at the ends, a decent enough copy. Au$30

The original edition.


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TELFER, J. Buchan. The Crimea and Transcaucasia. Being the narrative of a journey in the Kouban, in Gouria, Georgia, Armenia, Ossety .. and in the Tauric Range. London, King 1876. Two volumes octavo half red gilt morocco; 2 folding maps, numerous wood engraved illustrations. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine; no other markings. A stain in the bottom corner of the first frontispiece, maps a little browned (mounted on linen when bound which is a bonus), a pretty good, rather handsome set. Au$300


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SODDY, Frederick. The Interpretation of Radium. London, Murray 1909. Octavo publisher's decorated cloth; xviii,256pp, 31 illustrations & diagrams. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and a couple of inoffensive stamps. A bright copy. Au$50

First edition. One of the Progressive Science Series. Based on a series of popular lectures given in 1908 this is Soddy's (Rutherford's associate, Nobel Prize winner and later economic crank) attempt to embody an up-to-date account of radioactivity of use to the lay reader and scientist. He has added discoveries made since the lectures and given some account of his own recent successes.


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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 and handsome copy. Au$275

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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Medicine. Nostrums and Quackery. Articles on the nostrum evil and quackery reprinted, with additions and modifications, from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Chicago, American Medical Association 1912. Octavo publisher's cloth; 708pp, numerous illustrations. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board, a couple of inoffensive stamps; a rather good copy. Au$75

Second edition, less than a year later and much larger than the first, and a goldmine of fraudulent, worthless and dangerous cures and their advertising. The American Medical Association has a fiercer approach than the similar books produced by its British counterpart - pretty much following national characteristics. The British book is laconic and offers few opinions, letting the "juxtaposition of the claims made and the facts shown by analysis" speak for themselves, while in the American book "evil" appears five times in the first two paragraphs of the preface.


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PALMER, William. Egyptian Chronicles, with a harmony of sacred and Egyptian chronology, and an appendix of Babylonian and Assyrian antiquities. London, Longmans &c 1861. Two volumes octavo half calf (rubbed); 1053pp, colour frontispieces. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest incorporated into the spines, no other markings; occasional browning or spotting but rather good copies. Au$100


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[DILKE, Sir Charles Wentworth]. The Fall of Prince Florestan of Monaco. By himself. London, Macmillan 1874. Octavo half calf (a small chip from the spine); [4],79pp, map and one plate. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings; scattered spots but a good enough copy. Au$35

First edition and something of a hit - printed in March there were three more printings by July. A light hearted satire charting the fate of a radical Cambridge educated prince attempting to apply liberal reform; and meant to satirise the British public's view of Dilke and his republican leanings. Offered anonymously to Macmillan, apparently they first refused it because it had too many slighting references to Dilke himself. When published it was taken by many to be an attack on Dilke by Matthew Arnold.


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[Medicine]. [Ziemssen]. Von Ziemssen's Handbook of General Therapeutics. London, Smith Elder 1885-87. Seven volumes octavo half gilt morocco (some wear but solid). 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$250

"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$160

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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SHIELD, William. Principles and Practice of Harbour Construction. London, Longmans 1895. Octavo publisher's cloth; xiv,299pp, 97 illustrations & plans. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front and stamp on the title, some spotting at the very ends but quite a good copy. Au$50

Longmans Civil Engineering series.


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WALDSTEIN, Charles. Essays on the Art of Pheidias. Cambridge Univ Press 1885 Large octavo half morocco (a touch of wear to the spine top); xvi,431pp, 16 plates, 25 illustrations through the text. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings; spotting of the outer couple of pages and at the edges of a few plates but a handsome copy. Au$75

Waldstein championed classical archaeology as an independent branch of study, demanding its own aims and method - rather than just a maid-servant to classical literature and allied fields - and played a large part in the establishment of a department of classical archaeology at Cambridge University. His essays here seek to define a science and expound method by illustrating, in a series of separate investigations, his own discoveries.


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GUILLEMIN, Amedee. The Applications of Physical Forces. Translated ... by Mrs Norman Lockyer, and edited, with additions and notes by J. Norman Lockyer. London, Macmillan 1877. Large octavo half morocco (a bit scuffed); xxxii,741pp, numerous illustrations (4 colour plates). Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings; some foxing of outer few pages and plates but quite a good copy. Au$75

An appealing introduction to the applied sciences with (among many others) chapters on fire engines, atmospheric railways, ballooning, speaking trumpets, musical instruments, mirrors and reflecting instruments, lighthouses, the microscope, the telescope, stereoscope, photography (and the printing processes from photography), steam power, locomotives, the compass, telegraphy, electric clocks, electric lighting and so on. Three of the colour plates are microscopic details, the other is a dashing plate of fire-fighting.


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GRAY, Francis C. [Calley]. Prison Discipline in America. London, Murray 1848. Octavo half morocco; 203pp. Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, old manuscript shelf ticket, no other markings; some spotting of outer few pages but quite a good copy. Au$105

English edition using the Boston sheets with a new title inserted. One of the first handful of American prison reformers, Gray focussed on the instances of insanity, particularly caused by solitary confinement, based largely on two of the most progressive of American prisons - Philadelphia and Charlestown. He also canvassed European and English opinion, experience and reform. Gray was an example of the ideal Boston gentleman; lawyer by profession, humanitarian by leaning, he was also a pioneer photographer, art collector and member of just about every cultured and learned association there was.


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