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FAWCETT, Edgar. Solarion. A romance. in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, September 1889. Largish octavo publisher's printed wrappers (some neat repairs); frontispiece portrait, title page and pp297-369 along with the rest of the issue and advertisements at each end. The wrappers a bit chipped, the contents fresh and bright. Au$600
Only edition of this sci-fi thriller, published as No.261 of Lippincott's Complete Novels, until recent digitally generated printings. Lippincott included a title page and frontispiece so that this could be bound on its own. Lippincott did experiment with separate issues of titles in wrappers and anthologies of a handful of titles based around one winner, like Oscar Wilde, Conan Doyle or Kipling, but I can't find any evidence that Solarion ever re-appeared separately or together with others.
Fawcett's short novel is a freakish parable that owes much to Frankenstein - about reckless science that does not pervert the human mind and soul but in a way surpasses it. The consequences are still dire of course. The created monster here is Solarion, a dog who is smarter and ethically more developed than his creator. Things go bad when they both end up in love with the same woman.
The dog is smarter but not all that smart.
Catalogue - Hardware. The Penn Hardware Company, Reading, PA. Illustrated Catalogue of General Hardware Manufactured by the Penn Hardware Company ... 1883. Reading, printed by Coleman. Quarto publisher's cloth (spine tips a little worn); x,143pp, wood engraved illustrations throughout. A rather good copy. Au$375
Builder's hardware and household goods handsomely illustrated, often at full size. The household goods include some lamps, inkstands and a couple of toy savings banks.
HAFFNER, Jean Jacques. Compositions de Jardins. Paris, Vincent-Freal 1931. Quarto by size, loose as issued in publisher's cloth-backed printed boards; 30pp and 44 plates. Text in French and English. Signs of use but nothing too objectionable. Au$600
An uncommon book on an uncommon subject: modernist garden design or, as the author puts it, "a new era garden for a new era architecture". Haffner, Professor of Architecture at Harvard, applied principles of house design to the garden and insists that these designs are not to be adapted to period houses - they "belong to our present era of architecture". The handsome plates are plans, elevations and perspectives (mostly birds-eye) from Haffner's drawings.
HOWARD, Thomas. On the Loss of the Teeth; and on the best means of restoring them. London, Simpkin & Marshall 1859. Small slender octavo publisher's blindstamped cloth; 62,pp and a charming frontispiece printed in blue with a before and after overlay. An over possessive medico's bookplate and blindstamp on the front endpapers, rather a good copy. Au$200
A successful little book it seems, there were several printings between 1852 and 1862 (the publishers claim 27 by 1857). Howard, surgeon dentist to the Archbishop of Canterbury, at first seems to approve of artificial teeth made of hippo tusk but later points out that they don't last long. There are similar problems with ivory, gold and natural teeth (recycled from other mouths) which understandably disturb persons of "extreme sensibility and delicacy of feeling". He has, though, invented a "new description of composition teeth" which are "perfectly incorruptible" - their "durability is unbounded".
By 1863 Howard had moved from Hanover Square to Fleet Street and extended his hours from 11 till 4 to 10 till 5. Whether this means a thriving business or desperate decline I can't tell.
LEIGH, Evan. The Science of Modern Cotton Spinning: embracing mill architecture; machinery for cotton ginning, opening ... preparing and spinning, with all the latest improvements; also articles on steam and water power ... gearing and American system of belting compared ... boiler explosions, &c; ... Manchester, Palmer & Howe &c 1875. Two volumes largish quarto publisher's gilt decorated cloth (spines faded and rubbed); viii,152, & x,153-320pp and 41 plates, plans, elevations and measured drawings (one chromolitho and several double page), illustrations through the text. Inner front hinge of volume one strengthened with paper (neat enough); the rubbed spines are a bit of a puzzle because the contents show few signs of ever being used. A rather good set. Au$750
Third edition, it was first issued in parts in 1871-72 and two more editions followed this; all seem unchanged. A handsome and authoritive work. Leigh was by this time a grand old man of engineering and invention with "almost half a century's personal experience". He uses the recent India Mill at Darwen designed by Ernest Bates (the 300 foot chimney comes straight from Rawlinson) as an example of a "first class type" and one of the "noblest specimens of mill architecture".
FERGUSON, John Alexander. Bibliography of Australia. Canberra, National Library 1976-86. Eight volumes octavo cloth. A good set including the addenda volume. Au$100
Reprints, except for the addenda, of the essential starting point for all things Australian up to 1900.
HILDBURGH, W.L. Medieval Spanish Enamels and their Relation to the Origin and the Development of Copper Champleve Enamels of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries. Oxford Univ Press 1936. Quarto, excellent in publisher's cloth and dustwrapper; xiv,146pp and 24 plates. Au$175
BROWN, W. Norman. The Story of Kalaka. Texts, history, legends and miniature paintings of the Svetambara Jain hagiographical work the Kalakacaryakatha. Washington, Freer Gallery 1933. Large quarto publisher's printed stiff wrapper; viii,149pp and 15 plates (seven heliotypes, five of these colour). A nice copy. Freer Gallery of Art Oriental Studies No. 1. Au$125
[in Russian] Lapti - Laptishchi. Moscow, Knebel [1914?]. Quarto by size (300x225mm) colour illustrated stiff wrapper; 12pp including covers, each opening with a full page colour illustration and a smaller colour illustration with the facing text. Au$300
An attractive, very Russian of course - colourful, charming and cruel - version of the tale of the wily fox and her victims. The artist eludes me; the binder has trimmed away part of the artist's signature on the front cover and no record for this that I can trace identifies the artist.
TAUT, Bruno. Houses and People of Japan. London, Gifford 1937. Quarto publisher's coarse cloth and dustwrapper (the spine of the dustwrapper fragmented but essentially complete); ,xiv,318pp, 535 illustrations, some tipped colour plates. An excellent copy. Au$950
First edition, English issue. It appeared with the Sanseido imprint or this Gifford imprint, though usually we see the Gifford issue dated 1938. The dustwrapper is Sanseido's. An unusually good copy of a book that didn't wear well.
Papers on Mechanics, published by the Society of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. Vol. I. 1810 - 1843. London c1811-43. Thick octavo publisher's cloth backed boards (neatly recased), printed paper spine label; title and contents leaves, some 680 pages and 115 engraved plates (some double page or folding). Spotting of some plates but a rather good copy. Au$750
"Only one hundred copies selected" according to the title page. This bit of economic housekeeping on the part of the society, using up their stock of journals, gives us a handy compendium of 120 papers on a plethora of subjects, from the odd and mundane to some quite important advances in subects like life-saving and safety, scientific instruments and timekeepers, shipbuilding, fire escapes, and all manner of machines.
Despite the title's claim the papers stop in the early 1820's. Other compilations were produce: one on chemistry, one on trade and the colonies, and maybe one on manufactures and one on agriculture (the descriptions I can find for these are unclear) but all seem to be rare.
POIREL, M. [Leopold-Victor]. Memoire sur les Travaux a la Mer, comprenant l'historique des ouvrages executes au Port d'Alger ... Paris, Carilian-Goeury & Dalmont 1841. Two volumes quarto publisher's printed wrappers; I; text; xii,152pp, II; plates: pp and 18 double page engraved plates. General foxing of the text, much less so of the plates; spines chipped and front wrappers detaching but a respectable pair in a modern cloth drop-back box. Au$750
Poirel was the port engineer in Algiers and here describes the rebuilding of the harbour breakwaters which pioneered the use of cast concrete blocks made on site. With full and satisfying details of the project and the casting and placement of the blocks.
Poirel is also known, and perhaps should be better known, for making possible Delacroix's admittance into a harem - commemorated in his 'Women of Algiers in their Apartment'.
YOUNG, Thomas. An Account of Some Recent Discoveries in Hieroglyphical Literature, and Egyptian Antiquities. Including the author's original alphabet, as extended by Mr. Champollion ... London, Murray 1823. Octavo uncut in modern quarter cloth & boards; xvi,160,[2,4 adverts]pp, illustrations of hieroglyphs through the text. Some light spotting or browning. Au$1100
Tart and a little peevish, not without cause, but not an ungenerous book. This is an I-told-you-so book, and we should perhaps be thankful for Champollion's reticence about credit due to Young for his translation of the 'demotic' text of the Rosetta stone and his deduction that hieroglyphs were a phonetic alphabet. That ostensibly forced from Young this full account of his researches, discoveries and their consequent acceptance and use by Champollion.
Young is peevish in his determination to retain the term 'enchorial' rather than Champollion's 'demotic' on the grounds of precedence; he is not gentle when describing the errors of his predecessors and contemporaries; and he relishes the over-reaching cupidity of Drovetti, the French Consul at Alexandria who, upon realizing that he owns an inscription greatly desired by Young, holds out for too much for too long, by which time new discoveries make his treasure obsolete. But Young is equally generous in his praise of many of his fellow scholars and, however much it seems to grate at times, gives full recognition to Champollion - given that we understand how much Champollion's successes rest upon Young's original ingenuity. He excuses his foray into the hieroglyphic world as his "Jubilee Year" - time and effort honorably earned from his scientific and medical work and reminds us that his remarkable work in one field should not dim the brilliance of his efforts in the other.
Not all of this book is dredging up old news. He descibes and translates some texts lent to him by George Grey which provided some remarkable discoveries, making this book "the last milestone in Young's distinguished Egyptological career" (Iversen).
織文圖會 - 御幸 [Shokumon Zue - Miyuki]. Tokyo, Yoshikawa 1901. Two volumes, small quarto by size, publishers patterned wrappers with printed labels; 23 and 26 double folded leaves, being a leaf of text in each, 44 and 50 pages of coloured woodblock prints, each page with one or two designs. Au$300
Something of a masterpiece of woodblock printing, but not for the usual reasons. These are designs for woven rather than printed patterns, and in many cases one needs to hold the plate at the right angle to see that a design, or the particular texture of a cloth, has been overprinted, embossed or burnished into what seems a monochromatic square.
Part of a fairly large series, the Kojitsu Sosho or Library of Ancient Customs, these two cover textile designs for costumes for imperial visits.
TRELOAR, W.P. The Prince of Palms. London, Sampson Low &c . Elegantly slender octavo publisher's dark green cloth, front cover decorated & titled in gilt (a touch flecked); 50pp, colour frontispiece., wood engraved illustrations through the text, some full page. A rather good copy of this appealing book. Inscribed and signed by Treloar. Au$250
Treloar's father had published a pamphlet with the same title "about forty years ago" (in 1852 actually) with the object of publicising his new industry of cocoa-nut fibre mats and matting. The Treloars have done pretty well with coconuts as W.P. is Sir William Treloar Bart. The view of acres of their works at Southwark illustrates well enough the extent of their success and he has in turn published this paean to the enriching nut, updating and giving an account of the industry around the world.
[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.
[Guiton, N. (aine)]. Traite Complet du Jeu de Trictrac ... contenant les principes et regles de ce jeu, avec des tables de calculs qui ne se trouvent dans aucun des traites connus. Paris, Michaud 1816. Octavo, untrimmed and unpressed in publisher's mottled wrapper with printed spine label (piece torn from the front edge of the back wrapper); ,311pp, woodcut figures through the text. Some spotting but an impressive survival in absolutely original form. Au$300
First edition and quite scarce; the second, which appeared in 1822, seems a bit easier to find. Despite appearances trictrac is not backgammon. I'm told that it is not a racing game but a game of probabilities. In vogue with the French aristocracy during the 17th and 18th centuries, there seems to have been a lull in books between the revolution and this work (coincident with the Bourbon restoration). Guiton's introduction has no political references though, merely stating that the most modern work (possibly Falavel's book of 1776?) is often erroneous and otherwise superficial.
It is an appealing notion that until quite recently the most extensive writing in English on trictrac was in Willard Fiske's 'Chess in Iceland' (1905).
THOMPSON, Sir H. Modern Cremation. Its history and practice .. recently improved arrangements made by the Cremation Society of England. Second edition revised and greatly enlarged. London, Kegan Paul 1891. Octavo publisher's cloth; xii,163pp and publisher's catalogue; frontispiece and 11 illustrations (five being full page plans or elevations). A nice copy. Au$225
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 (his improvements to this edition include reprinting this 1874 paper and a subsequent answer to the critics). The first human cremations to occur in England, and test the law, were private affairs in privately built crematoria and this book was first published two years earlier as laws and codes were being formulated.
This edition includes instructions for arranging cremation at the Society's crematorium (the only one in use in England) near Woking and descriptions of the crematorium, the furnace, and offers suggestions for cinerary urns. The frontispiece is the architect's rendering of their chapel and crematoria, a fine bit of 13th century English church architecture, unremarkable in any tasteful parish except for the 13th century industrial chimney sprouting from the middle of the building.
HUNT, Robert. Researches on Light in its Chemical Relations; embracing a consideration of all the photographic processes. London, Longman &c, 1854. Octavo publisher's blindstamped cloth (a touch faded); xx,396pp, folding frontispiece with some hand colouring, some diagrams through the text. Title a little browned by a note (see below); a very good copy. Au$750
Second edition, largely rewritten to encompass the progress made in photography since the original edition, ten years earlier - and to claim his proper place as an original experimenter. Hunt's preface includes a defence against the label of 'compilation' visited on the first edition - his experiments began before the publication of the processes of Daguerre or Fox Talbot and have continued "at no small cost, and with a large expenditure of thought".
The loosely inserted note alluded to is to William Benson from a Furnivall (probably not Frederick James) offering him the long term loan of this book - though it probably wouldn't be needed for his forthcoming 'excellent' book on colour. This is probably Benson's Principles of the Science of Colour; 1868.
BALFOUR, Francis M. A Treatise on Comparative Embryology. London, Macmillan 1880-81. Two volumes octavo publisher's cloth; xii,492,xxii & xii,654,xxiipp, numerous illustrations. Some foxing at the ends and of the edges but a rather good set. Au$500
First edition of this quite important book, variously called the foundation of modern embryology, or evolutionary embryology, the first successful complete comparative embryology, remarkable for the original research it contains, and so on. Unfortunately all this did not do much for the still young Balfour: having made his reputation with this work, and having Cambridge create a new chair especially for him, he promptly contracted typhoid, went off to Switzerland to recuperate and died on Mont Blanc.
LOCKYER, Norman. The Sun's Place in Nature. London, Macmillan 1897. Octavo, excellent in publisher's cloth; 360pp, 82 illustrations. Au$300
The last of Lockyer's major books on the sun, all of which are fundamental in the history of astrophysics. While his intention is to record the most recent researches and conclusions (many of them "entirely novel .. very close criticism was to be expected, and, indeed to be hoped for"), he does lace a fair amount of history through the book. This includes accounts of his discovery of helium in 1868, subsequent researches by himself and others, and Ramsay's discovery of terrestrial helium in 1895. Later chapters focus on the classification of stars, new laboratory work and the rival hypotheses of himself and Vogel.
Grosseteste. CROMBIE, A.C. Robert Grosseteste and the Origins of Experimental Science 1100 - 1700. Oxford Univ Press 1953. Octavo, very good in publisher's cloth; x,369pp, 16 plates. Au$100
BILLET, [Felix]. Traite d'Optique Physique. Paris, Mallet-Bachelier 1858-59. Two volumes octavo half gilt morocco (corners a touch worn); 14 folding plates. A crisp, handsome set. Au$350
Celebrated - perhaps that's too strong a word - for his bilentilles de Billet, or split lens, Billet's work on polarisation, refraction and interference is of the kind often described as magisterial. This usually means solid, well regarded and free of lunatic theories. More engaging perhaps was his apparatus that made visible multiple rainbows.
[BOURNE, F.S.A.] Report on the Trade of Central and Southern China. London, HMSO 1898. Octavo printed wrapper; 99pp, two folding maps and a folding chart. Au$300
Not, as you might expect, a dry compilation of facts and figures (though there are plenty there), but the report of a commercial mission undertaken in 1896 and 97, and so full of first hand observation and anecdote, and not without adventure. The descriptions of trade, industries and manufactures are of interest and include, naturally, silk and opium but the underlying concern is domination, English domination of the China trade, and the means to achieve it.
BAKER, Richard T. The Australian Flora in Applied Art. Part I The Waratah. Sydney, Tech Museum 1915. Small quarto, very good in publisher's cloth; numerous colour & b/w illustrations. Au$250
Part I is all published and apparently all Baker ever planned to publish. The book was part of his fervid campaign to have the Waratah made the national flower, and his chance to champion the designs of Lucien Henry which he had recovered from under a tub in a Surry Hills washhouse. It is a pity he never continued the series but he has produced probably Australia's most attractive book on applied arts. Lucien Henry's own pattern book remains unpublished, few of his realised designs survive .. this is about as close as we get.
Bridges. Dredge and Stephenson, Civil Engineers, London. Description of Suspension Bridges on Dredge's Patent Taper Principle, with diagrams: ... appended several scientific papers and opinions ... in support of this important invention. Manufactured by Messrs Charles D. Young and Company. Edinburgh, printed by W. Burness 1851. Quarto publisher's printed green wrapper (frayed); 25pp, largish folding tinted lithograph; wood engravings through the text. An attractive copy. Au$750
An appealing and rare trade puff. The frontispiece is a captivating tinted lithograph view of a Dredge bridge in an idyllic setting, with leisurely boaters and fishers on unruffled waters as the sun sets behind a hill. And though a heavily laden old woman trudges across the bridge she seems as sturdy, unbowed and as calm as the bridge itself.
The success of James Dredge's patented suspension bridge was due to the suspension chain tapering in toward the centre of the bridge and the suspension rods being set obliquely towards the centre rather than being vertical. It had to overcome 'unusual opposition and prejudice' but by 1851 several had been built - in England, Ireland, India and Jamaica - and a handul of these survive.
By arrangement with Dredge and Stephenson, Young and Company would now manufacture the bridges and the engineers would design and supervise construction. Much of this pamphlet is devoted to reprinting various papers - a couple by Dredge - examining, explaining and praising the design.
Catalogue - Fashion &c.. Grands Magasins de la Paix. Paris. Catalogue des Grands Magasins de la Paix. Premier Maison du Monde. Saison d'Hiver 1871-1872. Paris, the company 1871. Large octavo printed wrapper (a bit chipped); 64pp, woodcut illustrations. Some minor signs of use. Au$200
Illustrated are some smart false collars (for men), some specimen embroidered initials and a range of metal beds - from the ornate and grand to portable, and some bassinettes and cots.
[Catalogue - Bicycles]. R. Hildebrand. Zurich. 1912. Cycles. Record und Corso. Zurich, the company 1912. folio illustrated wrapper (a bit chipped); 144pp, numerous illustrations throughout. A pretty good copy, with an order form, envelope and card loosely inserted. Au$300
A handsome and generously scaled catalogue with bicycles, parts, tools and accessories of all types. There is also a quantity of goods likely to be of use to the outdoors type - rucksacks, guns, spirit stoves, first aid kids and so on; possibly the guitars, harmonicas and piano accordians. But as well there are goods that have no apparent relationship: hair clippers, scales, sewing machines, some very ugly clocks.
HIGHAM, Charles Frederick. Looking Forward. Mass education through publicity. London, Nisbet 1920. Octavo; ,183pp. Some browning or spotting towards each end. A fetching copy in a luxurious Zaehnsdorf binding of green straight grain calf, spine elaborately gilt with red labels and small red onlays in each panel. Au$350
Higham's own copy, specially bound for him. I wasn't certain of this until I came across another of his books in an identical binding.
A pioneering bit of brave new world stuff; frightening for the enthusiasm with which governments have embraced Higham's messages of advertising for political purpose - the common good. The possibilities Higham outlines for the cinema are now more fully realised with television and some of his proposals now seem naive (as do the possibly disingenuous declarations of trustworthy government) but the embryo of current thought is well formed here and was being developed speedily - passages from this book are in the papers of General Ffoulkes, copied while he was Director of Irish Propaganda during the Anglo-Irish war of 1921.
McCULLOCH, J.R. The Principles of Political Economy: with a sketch of the rise and progress of the science. Edinburgh, Tait 1825. Octavo contemporary half calf. Some occasional light browning, a splodge in one margin and an insignificant stain on the edge of the last couple of pages. A very good copy. Au$1800
First edition. On the title in pencil is 'Lord Overstone', there is some pencilling inside and penned at the end of the text is the opening passage by Shelley on the labour of man being the only real wealth; dated 1850, the year Samuel Loyd became Baron Overstone. Overstone (a friend and eventual owner of McCulloch's library) was a banker and liberal politician, one of the richest men in England and one of the most influential in terms of finance and currency. McCulloch edited a series of tracts for Overstone in 1856 and 57 and in 1858 edited a collection of Overstone's own tracts.
THOMSON, J.J. The Electron in Chemistry. Philadelphia, Franklin Institute 1923. Octavo publisher's cloth; 144pp, figures through the text. Au$50
Five lectures delivered at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia. "In these lectures he proposes a model of the atom in which the stability of the electrons is obtained by a different method from that ... which he had employed earlier. He had probably never been very well satisfied with this hypothesis." (Rayleigh; J.J. Thomson, 1942).
PAULHAN, F. The Laws of Feeling. Translated by C. K. Ogden London, Kegan Paul &c 1930. Octavo quarter calf; xiv,213pp. Au$80
The translator and editor, C.K. Ogden's advance copy, with his inscription and a few corrections to the text. One of the International Library of Psychology, Philosophy and Scientific Method series.
"Paulhan apparently did not try very hard to apply his theory to particular emotions. He considered this to be an elementary exercise. Unfortunately, I cannot agree with him on this point: I have found this 'exercise' to be formidably difficult." (Goertz; The Structure of Intelligence, 1993).
[Werkbund]. PFLEIDERER, Wolfgang [ed]. Die Form Ohne Ornament. Werkbundaustellung 1924. Stuttgart, Deutsche Verlags 1925. Quarto, excellent in publisher's cloth and dustwrapper; viii,22pp, photo illustrations on 89 plates and adverts. Au$300
Third and fourth thousand. The Werkbund displayed for 1924: from soap to gravestones, cutlery to satchels.
市川家秘伝隈取図巻 [Ichikawake Hiden Kumadori Zukan - ie Drawings of Kumadori Secrets of the Ichikawa Family]. Tokyo, Ishikawa Shoten 1918. Oblong quarto (190x260mm) pattern cloth with ribbon ties (the covers a little marked and used) in a later chitsu case; four leaves of text and 39 colour plates (woodcut and possibly stencil coloured, two with gold) with calligraphic captions. Au$1300
Kumadori is the painted face of Kabuki and this is a series of exquisitely coloured and dramatically stylised faces of characters, full face and in profile. Ichikawa Danjuro I was said to be the originator of Kumadori in the 17th century and an unbroken succession to Ichikawa Danjuro IX (who died in 1903) kept alive and added to the characters.
BAINES, Thomas. History of the Commerce and Town of Liverpool, and of the rise of manufacturing industry in the adjoining counties. London, Longman & Liverpool, the Author 1852. Fat octavo contemporary diced calf (rubbed); xvi,844,12,13pp, litho frontispiece and 3 folding plans (one with a piece torn from a corner). Au$750
The author's copy. Only edition and, with this copy, as close as we will get to a planned second edition in 1881. On front blanks Baines has written the preface for the second edition, the title has been marked up for a second edition and much of the text annotated and corrected. All this is in shaky but not infirm pencil and the annotations, extensive in the earlier pages, diminish and peter out at page 288 (the end of chapter nine). Baines died in October 1881, aged about 75 - this was clearly his last and too ambitious project.
[Tiepolo]. MORASSI, Antonio. A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings of G.B. Tiepolo, including pictures by his pupils and followers wrongly attributed to him. Phaidon 1962. Quarto, very good in slightly marked and frayed dustwrapper; 239pp, 429 illustrations. Au$150
SODDY, Fredk [Frederick]. Radio-Activity: an elementary treatise, from the standpoint of the disintegration theory. London, The Electrician 1904. Octavo publisher's cloth; xii,214pp & publisher's list, illustrations and diagrams through the text. Owner's stamp on an endpaper, a couple of spots; a very good copy. Au$350
First edition. Soddy's work with Rutherford resulted in the formulation of the theory of atomic disintegration, demonstrated later with Ramsay. In 1921 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry (Einstein won for physics in the same year) for his work on isotopes but he had already given up, some years before, serious work in the field and he devoted much of the rest of his life to cranky economic, social and political polemic.
Soddy always ran second. Rutherford's 'Radio-Activity' was finished a little earlier; is considered the first text-book on the subject; was published by Cambridge University rather than The Electrician andwent into a second edition the next year while this never did; and so it went on. But this may have less to do with his crankiness than his innate nature and there is no sign of it yet here. In this he is graceful and grateful to his predecessors and teachers.
[Disney]. Walt Disney's Bongo. Sydney, Ayre & James [c1948?]. Slender square quarto publisher's cloth backed colour illustrated boards; pp, colour illustrations throughout. An excellent copy. Au$140
A publisher's file copy with inoffensive stamp and ink number on the front board.
TERESHKOVA, Valentina. Speech ... at the World Congress of Women. n.p. n.d. [June 25 1963?] Octavo printed wrapper; 7,[1 blank]pp. Au$250
This must be rare. The speech given by the first woman in space soon after her return - she landed on the 19th and attended the Congress on the 25th of June. The pamphlet is a very plain production - reproduced from typescript - and was doubtless quickly produced and handed out at the Congress. The translation is no more sophisticated than the speech itself - probably most remarkable for the number of exclamation marks - and it does seem probable that it was prepared in advance.
CIPRIANI, Gio. Batt. [Giovanni Battista]. Scelta di Ornati Antichi e Moderni. Disegnati ed incisi .. Rome, con permesso 1801. Quarto half vellum (spine label missing, apparently recased at some time); etched title and 61 etched plates with numerous designs. Some spotting or browning but nothing too serious. Au$1250
Immediately attractive and subtly so - partly because this just looks like a rare book. It is a fairly rare book and it is an attractive book of ornamental details for walls and ceilings; most are friezes, there are four urns and a few larger designs.
This is not the Cipriani who came to London in 1755 and did the architectural details, just the sort of thing illustrated here, for a number of public and private buildings. Ignore anything different I may have said. This is the younger architect and engraver who worked in Rome from the 1790s until about 1830.
SPURZHEIM, J.G. A View of the Elementary Principles of Education, founded on the study of the nature of man. Edinburgh, for Constable 1821. Octavo slightly later half calf (rubbed); 360pp. Scattered spots or browning. Au$750
Abram Combe's copy inscribed with his name and address; the writing of his name looks like George Combe's hand. His brothers George (who revised and had published this book) and Andrew, were the most ardent disciples and prominent expositers of Spurzheim's doctrines but Abram (who seems the most interesting of them) is best known as a disciple of Robert Owen; he ruined himself building an Owenite community in Lanarkshire and died in 1827.
There are probably as many phrenologists as quakers among the social reformers of the 19th century and many of them, despite modern views of phrenology, can still be regarded as progressives in the best sense. Spurzheim himself though has a mixed record. Many of his ideas of reform will now be viewed with abhorrence as the foundation of social engineering in the worst sense. And he will be considered no friend of women - here he responds sternly to Mary Wollstonecraft, points out her fundamental error in regarding herself as emblematic of women, and outlines an approach to education that accounts for both the individual and irreconcilable differences between the sexes.
HOWLEY, James P. The Beothucks or Red Indians. The aboriginal inhabitants of Newfoundland. Cambridge University Press 1915 Quarto, rather good in publisher's cloth; xx 348pp, numerous illustrations on 46 plates, illustrations through the text. Au$300
LAFITTE, J.P. [Jean Baptiste Pierre]. The Red Doctor. Translated from the French ... by Huon d'Aramis. Philadelphia, Lippincott 1866. Octavo publishers patterned cloth. Some natural browning and some splodges; a rather good copy. Au$275
First edition in English of this proper sensation novel. It begins with a "frantic and horrible" murder and impersonation in chapter one and picks up speed after that. It is a novel about Mesmer of course, what else could it be after that introduction. The best description is a contemporary review found by Robert Eldridge: "This singular farrago of mystery, murder, and mesmerism belongs to the sensation school of modern French fiction ... it contains an abundance of highly-wrought and exciting passages, which, in spite of their violation of truth, probability, or even possibility, absorb the reader's attention until, to his surprise, he finds himself at the very last page." (The Nation, Sept 20 1866).
Huon d'Aramis, translator of at least one other French book, must be a pseudonym but whose I don't know.
Russo-Japanese War. The Sinking of the Rurik, Russian cruiser, under heavy attacking by Our 2nd squadron off Ulsan, 14th August, 1904. Tokyo, September 1904. Colour lithograph 40x56cm. Some creases and a couple of marginal tears repaired. Au$150
A vivid and satisfying print that carries the great Japanese tradition of exploding ship woodcuts into lithography, pretty much the last gasp of the senso-e - war prints - as news and art for the population. The woodcuts produced during the Russo-Japanese war showed a dramatic decline both in number and quality compared with those of the Sino-Japanese war ten years earlier. Lithographs were often half hearted and photographs, drab and fuzzy as they were when printed, were taking over. Luckily we have here a publisher and artist still willing to sacrifice documentary veracity for the sake of art and excitement.
BAEDEKER, Karl [ed]. Egypt. Handbook for Travellers. Fourth remodelled edition. Leipsic, Baedeker 1898. Small octavo publisher's flexible cloth (a little faded); cciv,395pp, 22 maps and 55 plans (some folding), 66 illustrations. A rather good copy showing no real signs of use. With Scribner's price list for Baedekers pasted inside the front cover. Au$150
This edition is the first which stitches together the two separate guides to lower and upper Egypt. All has been brought up to date of course.
Sugoroku. 滑稽海路名所双六 [Kokkei Kairo Meisho Sugoroku]. Osaka Shosen Kabushikigaisha 1911 (Meiji 44). Colour broadside 39x54cm. Used, with some small holes, short tears and splodges. Au$750
A rare game by a fine artist I haven't yet identified, published by the shipping company Osaka Mercantile Company and clearly marked not for sale. It is a comic tour of Japan by two archetypes: tall, thin, neat and modern; short, bald and traditionally scruffy.
The name Okamoto Shozo appears in the colophon but is not, I think, the artist. This is someone good.
Flags. Drawings of the Flags in Use at the Present Time by Various Nations. Admiralty. London, HMSO 1916. Stout quarto later half morocco; 40pp, extra colour litho title, two unnumbered and 201 of 203(?) colour litho plates numbered to 200 with three bis. Two of the original plates have been removed but this has been extended with the insertion of another 145 colour litho plates of varying sizes and one handpainted plate. Signs of use of course but the flaws are negligible really. Au$1850
A splendid copy of a book scarce enough in any form - it was produced for the public service - this copy has been scrupulously kept up to date for a decade with the insertion of the additional plates as they were issued and numerous notes in manuscript, duplicated typescript and print recording official errata and updates. These date from 1916 to 1925.
A note preserved at the front records that this belonged to L.E. Forsyth of E.H. Brett & Sons of Balmain East (in Sydney), "flag manufacturer - specializes in printing (in lieu of painting) of colonial & foreign badges on flags". Brett & Sons began as sailmakers and expanded into various canvas and textile related fields as the century went on.
LEE, Henry. The White Whale. London, R.K. Burt Printers . Octavo publisher's printed wrapper; 16pp. A nice copy. Au$100
Something of a news flash, this is a description of the Beluga whale and, more interesting, a description of the bringing of the first live White Whale to England to go on show at the Royal Westminster Aquarium as part of one of Farini's extravaganzas. This creature lived for four days, whereupon the eels that had been supplied as food began to eat it. Whereupon Signor Farini (William Hunt) declared that he "will bring a dozen White Whales here if I want them". And so another four were caught and shipped - three of which survived the trip - arriving two days before Lee went to print with this pamphlet.
Lee was the naturalist to the Brighton Aquarium, opened in 1872, one of the first public aquariums in Britain.
Hikifuda. 名取川醤油発売元 [Natori-gawa Shoyu Hatsubai-Moto]. n.p. [190-?]. Colour lithograph 52x39cm. A bit creased or rumpled with a couple of closed marginal tears; a pretty good copy. Au$250
I presumed this exquisite modern young woman was advertising kimono silk and perhaps she does in other examples of this advertising handbill cum poster. These things were usually produced with a blank space for a business to print, sometimes write in, their products and details. Here, she is advertising a Natori-gawa soy sauce distributor in Kyoto. Natori-gawa is the river near Sendai in north east Honshu.
MORESBY, John. Autograph letter to the commander, officers and ship's company of H.M.S. Moresby. n.p. June 8, 1916. One page on foolscap, folded. A couple of small holes in a fold. Au$350
The aged explorer of New Guinea and retired Admiral writes congratulating the ship's company on their valiant fight in the North Sea and lamenting that he is too infirm to properly respond to the honour they have conferred on him. He is "laid up in port, my anchor catted and fished, Blue Peter flying" but the hull splinters and torn flag presented to him will "be more to him than all other things he could desire, and to my descendants the most valuable heirloom I could possibly hand down." The Moresby took part in the Battle of Jutland under commander Roger Alison.
HUNTER, A. [Alexander] Georgical Essays. York, printed by Wilson and Spence &c 1803. Four volumes octavo contemporary dark green half calf; nine folding plates and a folding table. Title (and title only) in volume II very spotted - a problem I've seen reported in other copies - as are a couple of gatherings in volume III; still a fresh and elegant set. Au$500
Now here's an object lesson in the value of first hand information. Hunter is quite clear in his preface: "About the year 1770, a few gentlemen formed themselves into a society at York [with] the title of the York Agricultural Society ... and [they] agreed that such papers as were thought to possess distinguished merit, should be published in a work bearing the title of Georgical Essays. In about twelve months ... the first volume made its appearance [but] ... the publication was discontinued, so that only one volume exists"'
A slender work titled Georgical Essays appeared in 1769 - not so far off - but then it was reworked and four separate volumes (all still slender it must be said) were issued from 1770 to 1772. Then they were gathered into a single volume in 1777 with an additional essay, which was also issued separately. For factual detail never believe the horse's mouth.
Hunter is equally sure here at the end of volume IV that the work was finished but he just couldn't help himself, adding two more volumes the following year. I suspect that only infirmity (he was by then 75 and died in 1809) kept him from continuing ad infinitum. Hunter wrote much but not all of this and many familiar names appear (Linnaeus being one). It is actually, as Hunter intended, in "one focus, all that is widely diffused through numberless volumes of Agricultural information". The title may be classical and gentlemenly but the articles within show no reluctance to get down into the muck and manure.
Japanese advertising. An album of labels, mostly for silk and or kimono textiles which date from the Taisho (1911-25) through to about 1960. n.p. c1910-1960. Embossed and partly tinted album titled 'All Samples 2598'; 25x38cm; with three preliminary colour printed sheets with collages of labels and a printed leaf of text - a metric table - at the end; some 430 labels mounted on 50 leaves. Signs of use and some labels coming adrift but all is bright and vivid. Au$900
A pretty good collection spanning about half a century, most prewar. Whether or not it is the printer's collection I don't know. There is a rubber stamp inside the front cover but it is not distinct enough for this illiterate to decipher. What is clear is that these are fresh, unused labels. They have not been soaked off packets, wrappers and boxes by some keen amateur. At the beginning are some woodcuts, a few on crepe paper, some with extra embossing. The earlier ones are on heavy paper or something approaching card. There are a handful of fabric labels on one leaf.
DEFOE, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, ... Translated into the New Zealand Language under the direction of the Government. He Korero Tipuna Pakeha No Mua, Ko Ropitini Kuruho, Tona Ingoa. Wellington, printed at the Independant Office 1852. Octavo, contemporary cloth with the original printed wrappers bound in; ,157pp and four lithograph plates by T.S. Ralph. Separate title pages in Maori and English. Neatly annotated with paragraphs marked with red dots, sections numbered in pencil and some authoritive looking corrections to the text. An attractive copy. Au$1,750
I gather from the preface that it was decided that Robinson Crusoe so accords with Maori narrative that it is likely "to be within their comprehension." It should have been a welcome respite from all the scripture offered by the missionaries but according to 'Books in Maori' fiction was not valued. I think it was while before anything so frivolous was offered again.
An early entrant for secular literature in any Pacific language, it is an abridgement, translated by H. Tacy Kemp. I'm told there are some small but not insignificant changes to passages about Crusoe and Friday.
LANDTMAN, Gunnar. Ethnographical Collection from the Kiwai District of British New Guinea in the National Museum of Finland ... a descriptive survey of the material culture of the Kiwai people. Helsinki, Antell Collection 1933. Largish quarto publisher's printed wrapper; 146pp, numerous photo illustrations and line drawings. A rather good copy. Au$225
The collection was gathered by Landtman in Papua from 1910 to 1912.
TE RANGI HIROA (P.H. BUCK). The Material Culture of the Cook Islands (Aitutaki). New Plymouth, Board of Maori Ethnological Research 1927. Octavo very good in publisher's decorated red cloth blocked in black and white; xxvi,384pp, colour frontispiece, map and 317 illustrations and photo illustrations. Au$275
[Paint]. Thos. Parsons & Sons Ltd. London. A Tint Book Of Historical Colours. Suitable For Decorative Work. [cover title; the title page merely reads "Historical Colours"]. London 1954. Large octavo publisher's patterned cloth; 74pp, 136 mounted colour chips. Mildly used. Au$225
Fifth edition - six editions apparently appeared between 1934 and 1961 but (you won't hear me say this when I have a first edition to sell) there isn't any difference in quality or content between them. An interesting, useful sample book of ostensibly historic colours, from the Egyptians on, matched as closely as possible by the paint manufactures. It includes oriental, Etruscan, Pompeian, Moorish, Wedgwood, Aubusson, Adam Brothers and many more types and periods.
Secession. A New State. Proposed Separation of Northern New South Wales. A statement ... by the committe appointed at a public meeting held in Grafton, in January, 1915. Grafton, Argus Print . Octavo publisher's printed wrapper; 24pp. Used, with some small chips from the wrapper and a vertical fold. Inscribed with complements by J.R. Kelly, presumably a secessonist. Au$125
Attempts by the northerners to get out of what was an unfair relationship between the district above 30 degrees north and the centre of power and spending, too far away down south, date back to the mid 1850s and resurfaced several times. Earlier secessionist attempted to join Queensland; from the time of this pamphlet through the twenties the push was for a new state.
Trove finds only the NL copy.
Saito Shozo. 日本好色燐票史 [Nihon Koshoku Rinpyoshi]. Tokyo, Seienso 1948. Octavo, publisher's cloth backed illustrated boards with mounted engraved metal title on the front and box with title label (box faded, with wear but complete and intact; ,46pp with 73 mounted colour illustrations, one initialled in pencil. Edition of 300 copies, signed by Saito. Au$650
A delightful book: a history of erotic Japanese matchbox labels. The Japanese took to matchbox labels like nobody's business and in the twenties and thirties, when these date from, every bar, cafe and nightspot, salubrious or not, had their own design. One of the volumes of the Gendai Shogyo Bijutsu Zenshu - The Complete Commercial Artist - is largely devoted to matchbox labels; every designer considered them worthy.
Some of the illustrations here are process; most seem to be woodcuts or lithographs.
Kon Wajiro & Yoshida Kenkichi. 考現学採集 (モデルノロヂオ). [Kogengaku Saishu (Moderunorojio). Tokyo, Shun'yudo 1931 (Showa 6). Quarto publisher's cloth blocked in red and white (spine a touch darkened and rubbed), shabby but solid illustrated slipcase; ,323pp, photo illustrations, hundreds of line drawings and diagrams (one with colours added), endpaper map. Au$1,100
First edition of the companion to the 'Modernologio' of the previous year - the gospel of Modernology. Kon and Yoshida here collect the data to extend their extraordinary encyclopaedia of the people of modern Tokyo. Their thesis was that those who do the planning, designing and building know nothing of what people actually do, what they own and how they use those things - how they live and who they are.
I can't imagine anything you might ever think about and a lot you would never think about that isn't collected here. How you walk, where you walk, what you carry, how you carry it, where you dance, how you dance, how you sit, what is on your shelves, in your cupboards ...