Japanese trade catalogues. A bundle of 15 Japanese trade catalogues of the 1920s and early 30s. Osaka, Tokyo &c. c1922-1932. Various sizes from wrappered quarto to folding leaflet. Signs of use here and there; in all, rather good. Au$325

A useful array for both the aficionado of and the newcomer to Japanese trade catalogues. As they all came from one person, they probably have a connecting theme that amounted to a purpose. Two are for pressed metal ceilings (one is rather handsome and substantial); two are for shop fittings; one is a coloured folding leaflet for paper lanterns; one is for surveyors' instruments; one is for safes; one is for roof tiles; one large folding brochure displays complete kitchen fittings; one is carved mouldings and beading for cabinet fittings; one quite good catalogue is of builder's and cabinet maker's hardware; one is for tents and marquees; one is for spray equipment; one - the dullest - seems to be from a timber miller; and the largest has tools and household hardware items. The earliest date I've found is 1922, the latest 1932.


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Catalogue - artificial legs. Juenin-Hanger, Paris. Jambes Artificielles en Duralumin. Paris [193-?]. 20x18cm; two sheets of light card which form 12 gatefold pages, seven illustrated, five are covers and text. Rather good. Au$100

Just another false leg catalogue? Au contraire. Apart from the smart production this is the first time I've seen aspirational advertising applied to artificial limbs. What is that a gentleman does? Riding, sailing, flying, driving, mountain climbing ... Juenin-Hanger has a handsome duralumin leg just right for you. An active gentleman will presumably have the full range, maybe in a fitted case in the trunk of his Hispano-Suiza, ready for whatever the day might bring.


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Japanese Israelites. The Mystery of Japan. A startling French theory. ("St. James Budget"). Sydney, Christian World Print [1904?]. One sheet folded to form four pages octavo. Mildly used. Au$25

Another lost tribes of Israel discovery - this time they found their way to Japan. This attracted a fair bit of attention here and appeared in several provincial newspapers but I find no record of this separate printing.


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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. Natural browning of the paper; a rather good copy. Au$100

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.
Ippei, radical and scallywag, 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 he heads, with Rakuten, the lists of idols and inspiration of many modern manga artists.


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LISLET GEOFFROY, [Jean Baptiste] . Memoir and Notice Explanatory of a Chart of Madagascar and the North-Eastern Archipelago of Mauritius ... London, John Murray 1819. Quarto, uncut and mostly unopened in original boards (front cover detached and spine mostly chipped away); [6],57pp, large folding map. The map - on thick paper - is a bit misfolded with some short marginal separations and there is a mild tide mark in the gutter of the text but still an acceptable copy. Parallel French and English text. Au$750

Prepared by request of Governor Robert Farquhar after Britain grabbed Mauritius from France. In the substantial biographical notice of Lislet Geoffroy, published shortly after his death in the Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal of 1837, the first thing we learn about him is that he was a "mulatto of the first degree". The journal quickly redeems itself in modern eyes by telling us that he overcame the cupidity and prejudice of colonists and the "influence of custom".


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City Bank of Sydney. Jubilee Souvenir - the City Bank of Sydney 1863 - 1913. Sydney, Websdale, Shoosmith 1913. Quarto publisher's crocodile cloth (faded, spine top a little worn); 94pp, numerous illustrations. Mild signs of use, pretty good. Au$250

The City Bank of Sydney did not live - in name at least - much beyond their jubilee. In 1916 it was absorbed by the Australian Bank of Commerce. Despite the name the city bank had regional branches all over the state. Grand or humble depending on town and the times, these are illustrated.


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LEE, Henry. The White Whale. London, R.K. Burt Printers [1878]. 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.


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COULTER, Joseph. Randwick Asylum. An Historical Review of the Society for the Relief of Destitute Children from the year 1852 up to ... 1915 ... Sydney, 1916 [colophon dated 1917]. Quarto publisher's cloth (spine rubbed); xiv,144pp and four leaves of facsimile documents, photo illustrations throughout. Au$150

1916 marked the end of the Randwick Asylum. The surviving buildings are now part of the Prince of Wales Hospital and the children who didn't survive the asylum and were buried there are now part of a memorial garden.


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Asano Kaoru. 新東京名所巡り競争双六 [Shin Tokyo Meisho Meguri Kyoso Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Kodansha 1925 (Taisho 14). Colour broadside 54x79cm. A few small holes in folds; quite good with the playing pieces in the margin. Au$200

This fun tour around Tokyo was the new year gift from the brand new Kingu magazine. It begins at the railway station and ends not far away at the imperial palace but there is plenty to see on the way. Following the north east route will take you past the Women's University and - more important - Kingu's headquarters.


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Greyhounds. The Leader Coursing Register for Season 1877 ... all coursing meetings held in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and New Zealand ... pedigrees ... compiled by "Cumloden". Melbourne, The Leader Office 1877. Octavo publisher's cloth; xx,198 and 16 pages of adverts. Cloth a bit faded and marked but a good copy, fresh inside. Au$90

The first and apparently only annual.


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HILBERT, D. and W. ACKERMANN. Grunzuge der Theoretischen Logik. Berlin, Springer 1928. Octavo publisher's yellow cloth blocked in black. A rather good copy. Au$50

First edition


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

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


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BOTHA, Paul M. From Boer to Boer to Englishman. Captetown, Juta 1900. Octavo publisher's printed wrapper; 30,[2]pp. Vertical folds (rather than creases) - this looks exactly like it was rolled up and put in a pocket and flattened a bit. Still not a bad copy. Au$50

Published in Dutch and in English - translated by Botha's son C.L. - at the same time. This has the pencil inscription "Boyes c/ [W.A.F?]" on the front cover. Since it turned up in Tasmania I think it's more likely this belonged to Alexander Boyes of the Second Tasmanian Bushmen than to the British General Boyes of the 17th Brigade. Alexander Boyes was later owner of Clarendon, described by the National Trust as Australia's grandest rural colonial estate.


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VECKENSTEDT, Edm. Geschichte der griechischen Farbenlehre. Das farbenunterscheidungsvermogen. Die farbenzeichnungen der griechischen epiker von Homer bis Quintus Smyrnaus. Paderborn, Schoningh 1888. Octavo contemporary half cloth; xvi,204pp. Title a bit browned. Au$90

How many studies of classical Greek colour theory are there? Are there any better than this? Veckenstedt fell foul of the folk lore authorities, being charged with wholesale, and sloppy, manufacture of Zhamaite foklore in his 1883 collection but I know of no questions being raised about the value of this book.


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Poster. サトー式中耕除草機 [Shiki chukojosoki?]. [193-?]. Colour lithograph 79x35cm. A nice copy. Au$100

Among all the tools of advertising past and present it's easy enough to pick out themes: sex, fear, envy ... but every now and then we are stopped in our tracks. No matter what the period, what the country, what the culture, what the product, all we can do is ask, "What the hell were they thinking?"
I'd be tempted to think that the artist was channeling Victor Mature at his most repellent and date this to the mid fifties but that is the Japanese empire at his feet. This is pre-war. The device - beautifully rendered - is a weeding tool. The figure ... what can I say?


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Catalogue - musical instruments. Beare & Son. London. Beare & Son 1927 Nett Wholesale Export Catalogue. London, Beare 1927. Quarto old binders cloth (rubbed); 162pp, illustrated throughout including 10 colour plates of violins. Library marks in side front cover, used but solid and decent. Au$200

Beare & Son still exist as dealers in stringed instruments but in their heyday - like 1927 - they flooded the dominions with low to medium price instruments of every kind. Many were made for Beare under various house brands or their own, so for those wondering about that ancient Francois Barzoni violin this catalogue will tell you that it was made for Beare by some anonymous maker in the 1920s.
Their range covers accordeons to zither banjos, fittings and accessories and includes quite a few jazz instruments.


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Richard Burton. PENZLER, Norman M. An Annotated Bibliography of Sir Richard Francis Burton. London, Philpot 1923. Large octavo publisher's cloth (marked); 351pp, 24 plates. Au$200

Edition of 500 copies, signed by Penzler.


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Hayashi Tadaishi. 世界早廻飛行競争双六 [Sekai Haya Mawari Hiko Kyoso Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Nihon Shonen 1928 (Showa 3). Colour broadsheet 55x76. On the back is another game - a warship battle seemingly taking place among coral atolls - printed in blue. Trimmed a bit close on one side. Au$375

A flying race around the world - so the title tells us. Maybe, if you consider the northern hemisphere the whole world. This was the new year gift from the boys' magazine Nihon Shonen.


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Itagaki Takaho. 新しき芸術の獲得 [Atarashiki Geijutsu no Kakutoku]. Tokyo, Tenjinsha 1930. 10x15cm publisher's illustrated wrapper (a couple of small chips); 246pp, photo illustrations on 16 plates. Occasional light browning, rather good. Au$675

First edition of this essay on the machine and new architecture and design, by the champion of modernism in Japan. This was a theme Itagaki pursued through a few books between 1929 and 1933.


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Isaac Newton. Kawanabe Kyosai & Nakagane Masahira. [Sekai Fuzoku Orai - gai hen]. Tokyo, 1873 (Meiji 6). 230x155mm publisher's wrapper (a bit used); two full page colour woodblock prints by Kyosai. Minor signs of use, pretty good. Au$750

Could there be a better portrait of Isaac Newton? I doubt it. Where else have you seen the fierce intellect and the majestic dignity of the warrior king of science so well embodied? In one piercing moment he has seen into the secret heart of all things, made his ruling and brought order to an unruly universe. Having decreed how that apple had moved through space and where it now rests he defies it to move again.
The other picture is of the young James Watt making his first steam powered discoveries. The myth of child Watt and the kettle seems to date from 1839 with Arago's Eloge of James Watt and in picture a few years later; the earliest I found is an 1844 wood engraving in Jerrold's Illuminated Magazine illustrating a fanciful retelling by Angus Reach. Kyosai's picture is closer in form to Buss's 1845 painting than Marcus Stone's 1863 reworking of the story but it is clear that he has worked - as with Newton and the apple - from the story rather than any pictorial model.
OCLC finds only the Diet Library copy of this but Waseda University has a sadly chewed copy they illustrate online.

Included with this is a companion but separate work Sekai Fuzuko Orai hatsu hen. This has no title label and has some pretty insignifcant worming at the beginning; with two full page woodcuts.


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Tokiwa Toyoko. 危険な毒花 [Kiken na Dokubana (sometimes transliterated as Kiken na Adabana] Tokyo, Mikasa Shobo 1957. 19x13cm publisher's boards and dustwrapper with wrap around and original cellophane; photo illustrations throughout. A touch of browning, a rather good copy. Au$750

First edition of this photographic study of women at the sharp edge of Americanised Japan: Yokohama. It is captivating - from front cover to back - without being in the slightest bit charming. Tokiwa is unequivocal from the start. The front cover sets what this book is: a Japanese woman photographing Japanese women being degraded.
Tokiwa had good reason to be unimpressed with Americans - her father was killed in the fire bombing of Tokyo - but the soldiers and sailors who appear here are no more despicable than the Japanese men swarming around nude photographic sessions in part three and in that last photo - also the first, on the front cover - the woman is being dragged by a man, any man. Degredation is a system. The title of this can be translated as 'dangerous poison flower' - a prostitute - but it's the women here who have been poisoned.


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Printing Specimens. W. & A.K. Johnston. W. & A.K. Johnstons' [sic] Specimen Book of School Wall Maps & Illustrations, terrestrial and celestial globes, school & scientific atlases. Edinburgh, Johnston [189-?]. Slender quarto 30x22cm publisher's decorated cloth; 32pp, illustrated in colour throughout. Bumps and creases in the covers, less so inside; still a good, quite fresh copy. Au$325

Full size details with prices from their range of educational wall maps and prints, atlases and globes. These varnished, cloth mounted plates and maps on rollers were ubiquitous in schools all over the English speaking world - except maybe in midwest America where home grown products had the edge.
The title page features an impressive battery of medals won at exhibitions from Melbourne to Bermuda between 1851 and 1892. Worldcat finds one of these at the National Library of Scotland, I can't find one anywhere else.


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REISNER, G.A. [George Andrew]. Models of Ships and Boats. Cairo, Institut Francaise d'Archeologie 1913. Largish quarto later quarter cloth with the front wrapper mounted; xxviii,171pp, 33 photo plates, 389 illustrations through the text. A rather good copy. Catalogue General des Antiquites Egyptiennes du Musee du Caire 4798-4976 et 5034-5200. Au$400

An exemplary study of the boat models found in Egyptian tombs, in turn the starting point in any investigation into the design and construction of real boats and ships in ancient Egypt. Reisner was at the forefront of the new generation of American archeologists. According to the Dictionary of Art Historians he "devised his own method of documentation, more elaborate than that of Sir Flinders Petrie [and] his method became the most methodical used in Egyptian excavations". He "died, almost idyllically, in his sleep at the Giza site, in the shadow of the great Pyramid" in 1942.


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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.

* Click on the picture to see more in the gallery.


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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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[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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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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