Ship's Paper. H.C. Ship Thomas Grenville. Leaf From my Log Book [and] Saturday Nights Gazette - Saturday 18th July 1829. No. 00001. [to No. 0006 - August 22 1829]. n.p. Foolscap folio contemporary calf decorated in gilt and blind (a bit scuffed); 6 & 107pp. Printed from manuscript by some duplicating or lithographic process on Edmonds watermarked paper dated 1827. Trimmed a bit close when bound; a handsome object. sold

The complete run of the East India Company ship paper on a voyage to Madras prefaced by the 'Leaf from my Log Book' which is a six page review of the shipboard performances of 'She Stoops to Conquer' and 'Raising the Wind'. The most famous early 19th century ship newspaper is that produced on Parry's 1819-1820 arctic expedition and I can't find records of anything much produced between that and the 1840s. There must have been plenty, before and after Parry, but they weren't momentous enough to be saved as carefully. Whoever produced this quite luxurious compilation obviously thought there was something worth saving.


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The Future in Space. US Information Service [1959]. Oblong quarto publisher's illustrated wrapper; 20pp, illustrated throughout. sold

Brave new future stuff in the wake of the geophysical year advances: the X-15 manned space aircraft, the ideal spaceman, the trip to Mars.


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Space The New Frontier. NASA [1959]. Oblong quarto publisher's illustrated wrapper (a touch used); 32pp, illustrations throughout. sold

From the recently formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration, with their creed, the story so far and future explorations. As often at this period the nuclear powered rocket is not far off.


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Tsurumine Shigenobu; Sadahide; &c. 米利幹新誌 [variously Meriken Shinshi; Merikan Shinshi; or Merika Shinshi]. Kasugaro 1855 [Ansei 2]. Five volumes 25x18cm, publisher's illustrated wrappers; three double page coloured maps, 22 double page and two single page illustrations. Signs of use and some minor flaws: covers rubbed and one bit of stitching broken; some grubby finger marks in bottom corners; an insignificant bit of worming to the last three leaves. A pretty damn good copy of a book usually reduced to waste paper by use. Au$6500

Usually called the first Japanese book devoted to America, this was celebrated by past generations of Americans as a quaint and amusing example of all the things the Japanese got wrong about America - specially the illustrations which are attributed to Sadahide. Even Hillier (Art of the Japanese Book), who wrote up this and Sadahide's book on Yokahama with warm appreciation, only got part of the way to explaining why this book is so good.
Now I'm sure Sadahide did not do all the illustrations but the best of the illustrations are the work of a master with few rivals anywhere in the world. It makes no sense for him to do two views of different Columbuses and Isabellas, one pedestrian the other a twin portrait that tells something like a love story: two handsome young people suffused with mutual admiration and understanding.
There's no doubt Sadahide used European engravings for style but there is nothing slavish here. I've looked at heaps of paintings and engravings of Columbus and Isabella, looking for a model, and found nothing like this, nothing more convincing in historical terms and certainly nothing with the life of this. Sadahide was no amateur, few could draw with his precision and accuracy when called for, and he knew that what these illustrations of unknown people in an unknown land needed was imagination, action, excitement and intrigue. Look at stolid western engravings of unknown Japan, look at lifeless staged scenes by Spanish and American history painters of the famous occasions here and tell me which world you'd rather live in.
These illustrations are often reproduced but the book is not so easy to find, not complete in decent condition; worldcat finds only four copies outside Japan and a run through other catalogues finds not many more inside Japan or out.

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MUNRO, Robert. Palaeolithic Man and Terramara Settlements in Europe. Edinburgh, Oliver & Boyd 1912. Largish octavo publisher's cloth; xxiv,507pp, 75 plates & 174 illustrations through the text. Au$75


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DAGLESS, Thomas. The Light in Dends Wood and Other Stories. London, Greening & Co 1903. Octavo publisher's illustrated cloth blocked in black and white. Marks and splodges, a well read but decent copy. Au$485

Only edition. This would be a long forgotten book but for trumping Amanda M'Kittrick Ros, beating her Irene Iddesleigh for first place in the prestigious 'Fifty Worst Books' gathered by Harry Graham for a select circle that consisted of himself, E.V. Lucas, Anthony Hope, Barry Pain, Edmund Gosse, Belloc and Frank Richardson. Graham had copies of maybe the first five titles specially bound. I still don't what volumes three and four are.
It's taken me fifteen or so years to find a copy of this and learn whether it deserves to be volume one - ahead of Irene Iddesleigh as volume two. No. It doesn't. The title story has a decent premise - half caste Anglo-Zulu youth in England unknowingly falls in love with the woman that spurned his father and drove him off to Africa. Then it gets complicated and Dagless seems unable to remember, paragraph to paragraph, whether he's writing a horror story or a crime mystery and who his main characters are. It's near senseless but it's no Amanda Ros.
All four stories are consistent in that you finish them wondering what the hell happened. The other three have plenty of inter-racial lust, murder and maniacs. Don't forget the voluptuous mummy and the vampire apes.


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CARLING, John R. The Weird Picture. Boston, Little Brown 1905. Octavo publisher's illustrated cloth; four plates by Cyrus Cuneo. A very good copy. Au$150

First American edition, contemporaneous with the English. Not, definitely not, to be judged by its cover, this is a spendid conglomeration of mystery, neo-gothic horror, madness, murder and art.


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BRUHN, Ada. Oltos and early red-figure vase painting. Copenhagen, Arnold Busck 1943. Quarto publisher's printed wrapper; 128pp, 54 photo illustrations. Au$60


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SHAW, Simeon. The Chemistry of the Several Natural and Artificial Heterogenous Compounds, Used in Manufacturing Porcelain, Glass, and Pottery. London, printed for the author 1837. Stout octavo later quarter calf (maybe mid 20th century); xliv, 685pp, addenda leaf, portrait; bound with blank leaves at the end of each section. Repairs in the gutter of the title and two leaves of subscribers; the portrait foxed, minor flaws and a perfectly decent copy. Au$675

From a notice seen in another copy of this we know that 250 copies were printed; it's quite rare. Fundamental in the progress of ceramics from a secretive art to a scientific industry, the list of subscribers gives some indication of the expectation that the industry had for the results of Shaw's researches: it starts with Spode and Copeland and runs through an impressive roll of manufacturers, colourers, and merchants.


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KEYNES, John Maynard. The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money. London, Macmillan 1936. Octavo publisher's cloth. Minor signs of use, quite good. Au$75

Second impression, March 1936.


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PUTTICK, A.A. [Athol Alfred?]. Television. A simple story which provides a peep into the treasure trove of Television. [cover title: Television Without Tears]. Melbourne, Ruskin Press [1943?]. Small octavo publisher's plain light card wrapper and illustrated dustwrapper (minor damage at the ends of the dustwrapper spine); 69pp, frontispiece and illustrations throughout. Au$900

This scarce, perhaps even rare, little book is the first Australian book on television. There is a bit of an argument that may be made here: in 1928 a geologist published a pamphlet on radium which apparently discussed such things as television and gamma rays as possible future uses of radium. That's not the same thing but I would like a copy if anyone has one.
J.A. Kline's preface notes that war had put a hold on the development of television in Australia - by 'put a hold' we mean nothing had been done - and Puttick canvases the financial problems faced by a small population in a large country. An optimistic, perhaps foolishly optimistic, book to put out in the middle of the war, presumably it was ignored and Puttick never returned to it. I can't find that he published anything else but I came across a reference to an A.A. Puttick playing a part in aircraft design in the mid fifties. He worked in technical education and died in 1965.


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MYERS, Charles. A Text Book of Experimental Psychology, with laboratory exercises. Second edition. Cambridge University Press 1911. Two volumes octavo publisher's cloth, xiv, 344;107pp, 1 colour plate, b/w illustrations. Au$50

First published in 1909 it is here thoroughly revised with considerable additions and a new chapter on thought and volition. Myers pioneered experimental psychology at Cambridge and this was long considered the best book on the subject in any language.


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Great Barrier Reef Committee. Reports of the Great Barrier Reef Committee. Vol. I. [... to Vol.VI., Part 3]. Brisbane 1925 - 56. Bound in 3 volumes octavo cloth, all original wrappers preserved; folding maps, photo illustrations &c throughout. A very good set. sold

All published. This was Geoffrey Ingleton's set and has his note explaining that in 1961 the editor admitted defeat - nothing had been published since 1956 - and publication was suspended. Modern science, in the form of contributions by numerous experts, applied to the investigation of all aspects of the reef and nearby mainland - geology, physiography, oceanography, zoology, botany and economics. There are three major, essential works on the reef - Saville Kent's book, the reports of the Barrier Reef Expedition (which are hard to find complete) and this, which seems downright rare.


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[Walckenaer, Charles Athanase]. Academie Royale des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. Rapports sur les Recherches Geographiques, Historiques, Archaeologiques, a entreprendre dans l'Afrique Septentrionale. [Paris, Imprimerie Royale, October 1838]. Quarto early or original plain wrapper; [4],83pp. Spots on a preliminary leaf but an excellent, fresh copy. Au$90

Two reports by Charles Walckenaer and colleagues (the first made in 1833, the second in 1838) at the instigation of the Minister of War following the French incursion into Algeria. They are, more or less, the outlines of the scholarly campaign to be undertaken into North Africa's antiquities.


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MAFFEI, [Scipione]. A Compleat History of the Ancient Amphitheatres. More peculiarly regarding the architecture of those buildings, and in particular that of Verona ... made English ... by Alexander Gordon. London, for Harmen Noorthouck 1730. Octavo contemporary calf (spine worn, hinges cracked but holding); xvi,423pp, 15 engraved plates (9 folding). Occasional light browning, rather good. Au$500

First English edition, a second appeared some five years later; from the Italian of 1728. Designed to be part of Maffei's Verona Illustrata (which followed later) particular point is made of the decision to publish in octavo rather than a "pompous" folio - part of which is its purpose as a guide to be used on the spot.
Also emphasized is Maffei's hands on approach, excavating and measuring himself. He gently censures (in "a handsome manner") the errors of Lipsius and Fontana but much less gently reproves the "destroyers of ancient monuments", exposing their names to "the perpetual Reproach of Mankind".
Maffei's re-evaluation of the architecture and rewriting of the history of amphitheatres was generally well received but his discovery of the entablature of the Tuscan order in the amphitheatre at Verona sparked a sharp rebuke from at least one architect - Matteo Lucchese - who published a scornful reply to this book in 1730. While Maffei's desire to record and preserve was noble - and quite a new phenomenon - he couldn't help a little optimistic re-creation.


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HUME, Fergus. The Dwarf's Chamber. London, Ward Lock [189-?]. Octavo publisher's colour illustrated glazed boards with cloth spine (this a touch faded); illustrations by Percy F.S. Spence and others. The title page - on cheaper paper - a bit browned, a bit of a lean, a little wear to corners and edges, a rather good copy. Au$185

A re-issue of the original 1896 sheets with a cancel title page and part of the appealing Ward Lock 2/- Copyright Novels series. This is sort of intriguing as an exercise in marketing. The "other stories" - ie The Dwarf's Chamber and Other Stories as it was first titled - have been dumped; from the title, not the book. Perhaps a glut of short story collections on the market?
The Dwarf's Chamber is the longest by far piece in the book but there are some other useful titles in there: Dead Man's Diamonds - too many diamonds in the thriller market ... Tale of the Turquoise Skull - too obvious a short story ... the Green-Eyed God and the Stockbroker - again too obvious as is the Ivory Leg and the Twenty-Four Diamonds - and there's diamonds again.


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TURNER, Edgar. The Lady and the Burglar, a fantastic romance. London, Ward Lock [1905]. Octavo mauve cloth blocked in blind, white and gilt (tips a little rubbed); frontispiece. Quite a good copy. Au$100

First edition of this ridiculous but readable thriller with a semi-gentleman and up-to-date burglar - he and his team rode bicycles, a show-girl, and a race to find her buried diamonds.


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De BERENGER, Lt. Col. Baron [Charles Random]. Helps and Hints How to Protect Life and Property. With instructions in rifle and pistol shooting. &c. London, for the Proprietor by Hurst 1835. Octavo publisher's green grained cloth (rebacked with the original spine preserved); viii,286,[2]pp, two folding lithograph views, eight etched plates by George or Robert Cruikshank, wood engravings through the text. A leaf torn without loss, a little browning of the lithographs, the rebacking perhaps a bit thorough but a rather good copy in a modern cloth slipcase. Au$450

How not to leave a bank; how to deal with footpads, whether on foot or in a carriage; and countless other useful tips on how to survive in London, on the highway and in the country (''eject out of a room, how to, anyone with certainty'' surely works in town or country). The last 30 some pages, which includes the etchings and lithographs, is an advertisement for de Berenger's Stadium, or British National Arena which covered 24 acres of Chelsea.
The Baron de Berenger, or Charles Random, who has been described variously as an inventor, sharpshooter, print colourer and stockmarket fraud, set up his Stadium in 1831 and held modern Olympics there in 1832 and 1838. He certainly had no claim to the rank of Lt. Colonel but there is some uncertainty about his claim to his title; it may have some validity.
The Cruikshank brothers seem to have had a closer relationship with Berenger than mere hired illustrators: Arthur G. Credland, in an article on Berenger in 'Arms & Armour' (2006), speculates that through their keen interest in archery and shooting that one, or both of them, taught at the Stadium and he recounts a less than illustrious heritage for Berenger transmitted via the Cruikshanks.


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HOLDSWORTH, [Edward]. Remarks and Dissertations on Virgil; with some other classical observations; ... with several notes, and additional remarks, by Mr Spence. London, for Dodsley 1768. Quarto gilt calf (hinges cracked but firm enough); vi,620pp, 12 plates (four being folding maps or plans), a couple of other illustrations through the text. Some light browning and offsetting, a handsome copy. Au$450

Holdsworth was of the modern school of classical scholarship, reading Virgil on the spot that it was written and was regarded as the leading Virgilian (Virgiliast?) of his age. After declining a fellowship at Oxford for political reasons he spent much of his life as a tutor for friends and their children -a grand tour guide - allowing him extended travels and studies in Italy; he contributed to James Russel's archaeological letters of a young painter (1748 & 50).
These studies are published posthumously, he never recovered from a fever caught crawling in a drain made by Claudius and he died in 1746. Some plates and plans are of the amphitheatre and temple of Augustus at Pola.


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VAN GOGH, Vincent. The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh with reproductions of all the drawings ... NY Graphic Soc [1958]. Three volumes octavo publisher's gilt cloth (spines a bit faded), partly broken slipcase; tipped colour or tinted illustrations throughout. Au$250

Cary Grant's set with his clunky bookplates. Original and best printing.


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Bathurst. Bathurst Guide, embracing particulars descriptive of the Rise and Progress of the City and its Public Institutions ... published by the Bathurst Progress Committee. Sydney, Sands 1893. Large octavo publisher's half roan & cloth (tips worn); [1],50pp (including adverts) & 20 photo plates; printed in red & black. sold

Quite early and a handsome piece of self promotion as befits a provincial centre of substance; a forerunner to the rash of local histories that began with the jubilees around and soon after the turn of the century.


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Chinese in Australia. Correspondence Relating to Chinese Immigration into the Australasian Colonies, with a return of acts passed by the legislatures of those colonies and of Canada and British Columbia on the subject. London, HMSO 1888. Foolscap, very good in a modern wrapper; x,87pp. Au$400

An essential Yellow Peril document gathering details of policy, procedure and personality during a particularly active, perhaps turbulent, period of antagonism and legislation. Collected here are official dispatches and unofficial enclosures, news from all parts of the world and protests from the Chinese.
Much of the proud tradition of strict quarantine in Australia has its origin in intercolonial co-operation in declaring ports of embarkation for Chinese immigrants as Infected Places. Prior to this attempts to establish a national quarantine policy had little success.


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Teruha toiletry poster. 白麗水 [Hakuresui or Hakureisui]. A shop poster for Hakuresui toiletry to whiten the skin and remove blemishes. Osaka, Takegaki Shokai c1910. Colour lithograph 53x38cm. An excellent copy. Au$1,500

Among the myriad images that use race superiority and fear to sell goods - particularly soaps, toiletries and cosmetics - this is the weirdest and most hypnotic that I've ever seen. The weirdness intensifies if you know that the model is Teruha, maybe Japan's most famous geisha and pin-up girl at the end of the Meiji and through the Taisho period.
Born Tatsuko Takaoka, in this poster she is about 14 and has possibly graduated from her apprentice name, Chiyoha. Sold by her father at 12, her virginity was soon sold to the president of the Osaka stock exchange and by the time she was 14 she had been engaged to one wealthy business man, promised to another and had a secret affair with an actor. The extended left pinkie finger must be a joke about her misguided sacrifice to love which earnt her yet another name: the Nine Fingered Geisha.
Before and after - or with and without - comparisons were nothing new in Japanese advertising. Neither were celebrities: courtesan prints sold patent medicines long before the Americans arrived and Bismarck adorned adverts for a patent syphilis cure that did for medicine what Bismarck did for Germany.
Darkie - coon, nigger, whatever you want to call it - advertising images were obviously not unknown but neither can they have been familiar enough to be taken for granted and reproduced to the American and British formula in the way that the jazz age negro became a standard pattern to be played with by artists and designers in Japan as everywhere else. There is more than hint of a jovial tengu, spirit or minor god here, but for that suit.


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Jorn Utzon. Zodiac 14. Milan 1965. Quarto publisher's illustrated wrapper (corners a little bumped) and mildly damaged card slipcase; 216pp and illustrated adverts; numerous photo illustrations, plans &c. Au$150

Zodiac 14 can be called the Utzon Number. Though he doesn't fill the issue he does dominate it with Giedion's 'Jorn Utzon and the Third Generation' and his own descriptions of the Sydney Opera House, the Silkeborg Museum and the Zurich Theatre. Elements of the Opera House, like the plywood interior of the auditorium, the corridors and the glass walls, which were tentative or unresolved in the 'Yellow Book' are explained in detail here, Utzon's last publication while still architect for the Opera House.


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JULIAN, H. Forbes & Edgar SMART. Cyaniding Gold and Silver Ores. A practical treatise. .. London, Griffin 1904. Octavo publisher's cloth; xx,405pp & publisher's list; numerous illustrations, diagrams & plans (35 folding). Some foxing, mostly at ends and edges. Au$75

A hefty enough work, largely based on South African experience with due note of Australia and America.


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ROCK, Gilbert. [ie John Alexander Barr]. Colonists. Illustrating goldfields and city life in Australia between 1851 and 1870. Dunedin, Wilkie & Co 1888. Octavo publisher's printed wrapper; 152pp. Staple stains and minor signs of use; a rather good copy. Au$1350

First edition of this rare thriller; a lousy title but replete with murder, revenge, conspiracy ... and I'm only reading from the chapter titles. The misleading title no doubt helped this being well represented in Australian libraries and led to Ferguson recording it, cementing its rarity now. This was issued in London as 'The Mystery of Golden Gully' which barely exists in libraries. Gilbert Rock was missed by Loder.
Barr published a few novels all in a rush, including two thrillers under the name Gilbert Rock and his lost race thriller Mihawhenua under the name Brock but his own story is perhaps more exciting. A Dunedin lawyer, he petitioned in 1888 for a protective tax on all imported literature, assuring the government that he was "prepared to supply the colonial market with literature if inducement offers." All his known novels then appeared by November.
Soon after he did 'the Pacific Slope' (a great term I hadn't heard before), abandoning his family and absconding with many thousands of his clients' pounds either lost or in his pocket. Here Barr vanishes from view except for a startling piece in the Auckland Star of October 1 1894 in which is mentioned a letter just received by Sir George Grey from the author of Mihawhenua with a return address but an indecipherable signature. No-one could decipher the signature so Grey's secretary cut the signature from the letter and pasted it onto the reply. No connection was made between the author of Mihawhenua and the missing lawyer.
A final glimpse is a London death notice in 1907 which identifies him as a former solicitor of Dunedin and tells us he has been living in England with his wife and family for five or six years. I think it was the same family.
The dedication, to the colonial press in "grateful acknowledgment", of his thriller, 'By Passion Driven', was declined on conscientious grounds by the Christchurch Telegraph who said, "What object Mr Gilbert Rock could have had we do not know". Perhaps his dedication was for The Daily Telegraph who described his 'Colonists' as "not a badly told story."


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Atom Bomb. A Report on the International Control of Atomic Energy. Prepared for the Secretary of State's Committee .. Washington, Govt Printer March 1946. Octavo publisher's printed wrapper; xiv,61pp. Au$50

The Acheson-Lilienthal Report. A confident and hopeful report prepared by a board of consultants: Barnard, Oppenheimer, Thomas, Winne and Lilienthal, intended as a working paper for policy-makers. Their proposal was for an international Atomic Development Authority conducting all "intrinsically dangerous operations in the nuclear field" with individual nations free to conduct under license all safe operations.


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Catalogue - hearses. Merts & Riddle, Ravenna, Ohio. Merts & Riddle, Coach and Hearse Builders. Ravenna, printed by S.D. Harris [188-?]. Oblong octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; 50pp, full page wood engraved illustrations throughout. A remarkably good copy. Au$250

Ravenna was clearly a hearse town in the later 19th and early 20th centuries. Merts and Riddle bought their employer's coach building company in 1861 and expanded into hearses a decade or so later. When Merts left in 1891 the company became Riddle Coach & Hearse Co.
This is the earliest catalogue - dated "1880 or so" - in the collection of Thomas Riddle, descendant and company historian. The catalogues at the Huntington with a conjectured date of 1875 aren't. Romaine did not see any Merts & Riddle catalogues.


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BOUCHARLAT, J.L. Elemens de Mechanique. Paris, Courcier 1815. Octavo uncut in publisher's speckled wrapper, 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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SHAW, Eyre M. Fire Protection. A complete manual of the organization, machinery, discipline, and general working, of the fire brigade of London. London, Charles and Edwin Layton 1876. Octavo publisher's cloth; xiii,332pp and an illustrated 64 page "Appendix of Manufacturers' and other Advertisements, having reference to Fire Protection", numerous illustrations and diagrams, a plate and a double page map. Some foxing at the ends but a rather good copy. Au$800

First edition. Essential in fire fighting history. As far as Shaw was concerned, this was the first attempt in any language "approaching to a complete or comprehensive scheme" to embody the essential principles and practice of fire fighting. In other countries printed manuals "of some kind or another have been in use for many years .. but they are meagre in the extreme and .. altogether useless for the instruction of fire brigades charged with the protection of great commercial cities".
Shaw was of course responsible for the modern London fire department, in turn the model for fire departments around the world.


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HAWKE, HARRIS & GORDON [ed]. The Memorial Biography of Dr. W.G. Grace. London, Constable 1919. Octavo blue cloth blocked in red and yellow; xvi,388pp, 14 plates (one colour). Endpapers browned, occasional light browning, quite a good copy. Au$60

Contributions by a number of his colleagues and contemporaries.


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HERBERTS, K. Oriental Lacquer. Art and Technique. Thames & Hudson 1962. thick quarto publisher's cloth and dustwrapper; 515pp, 324 plates, (104 tipped colour), other illustrations & map. Au$100

The standard work, the annotated plates are followed by an essay on interpretation, illustrated dictionary of techniques, index of Japanese lacquermasters, a note on names by Speiser, bibliography and chronology.


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SUASSO, Antonio [i.e. Antonio Lopez Suasso Diaz de Fonseca]. The Theory of Infantry Movements. London, W. Sams 1825. Three volumes octavo, uncut in original boards (backstrips gone but solid and neat enough). Scattered foxing or browning but in all quite good. Au$175

First edition; a new edition appeared some twenty years later. Despite the continental glamour of his name Suasso was an officer in the British army at this time - he retired as a captain in 1829 - though he was no Englishman; he was born in Amsterdam of Spanish or Portugese Jewish lineage.
If you are one of the thousands, maybe millions, wondering why the British infantry deployed in two lines rather than three I'm told Suasso is the man to see.


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TORRENS, Major-General Sir Henry. Field Exercise and Evolutions of the Army. London, Clowes 1824. Octavo half calf (spine ends worn); xvi,335pp, 12 folding plates (one with a fold repaired). Some light browning, still an appealing copy. Au$100

As improvements suggested by practical experience during the late war have been adopted in a desultory and disunited way, advantage has been taken of a period of peace - it has its uses - to re-establish uniformity.


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Mersey Tunnel. The Story of the Mersey Tunnel officially named Queensway. Liverpool, Birchall for the Mersey Tunnel Joint Committee [1934]. Largish quarto illustrated wrapper (a bit used); 110pp including several adverts, numerous photo illustrations, some plans &c, and a quadruple page folding birds-eye plan. Au$50

A commemorative and naturally self-congratulative account which could do with a few less portraits but still, it has satisfactory detail as far as the engineering, construction and architecture goes. The - maybe Babylonian? - ventilation stations, entrances, pylons and lighting columns by Rowse are quite smart.


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SEELEY, J.R. The Growth of British Policy. An Historical Essay. Cambridge University Press 1895. Two volumes octavo publisher's cloth; xxiv,436 & 400pp. Au$30

Just posthumous, the book was in type when he died at the beginning of the year and mostly revised.


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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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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. sold

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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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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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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