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The Tasmanian femme farrago
Amy Bock. [ROBSON, R.W.] The Adventures of Amy Bock. The sensational exploits of a clever adventuress, who recently concluded a career of over 20 years of crime by masquerading as a man, and marrying a Port Molyneux girl. Dunedin, printed at the Otago Daily Times Office, 1909. Octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; 40pp including wrapper, plus ten full page plates. Rather good. With a contemporary post card of Amy/Percy sent by Edie to Fluffy, giving news of the upcoming Thornbury Ball. Au$650
Only edition and source of most of what we know about Amy Bock. Robson tells us that she was born in Sale, in Victoria, in 1861 or 1864 but Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand dates her to an 1859 Hobart birth, moving to Sale in 1867. Her father, according to Bock, was distinguised only by a gloomy countenance while her mother was truly mad and died in the loony bin.
After early brushes with the law she moved to New Zealand in 1884 or 85. Until she arrived in Nugget Bay - down towards the bottom of New Zealand - at the beginning of 1909 as Percy Redwood and proceeded to marry Agnes Ottaway, her career as a fraudster was more sad than remarkable. She did two years for this particular crime and, again according to the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, was last seen in court in October 1931.
What I can't find is what happened to Agnes. Apparently her grave is in Nugget Bay so she stayed there but this whole thing seems to be a story half told.
Trove finds two copies, in the Mitchell and the University of Melbourne; worldcat finds no other copies outside New Zealand.
HITLER, Adolf. Mein Kampf. Unexpurgated Edition - profusely illustrated. Hutchinson & Hurst & Blackett [1939-40]. 18 parts quarto printed wrappers (three colours for the first seven parts cheapening to two for the rest); numerous ills throughout. The first part a bit ragged, the rest rather good. Au$500
Mein Kampf in weekly sixpenny parts begun soon after the outbreak of war - November by the adverts in the first part - with royalties going to the Red Cross. The translation is Murphy's and a range of binding cases was available on completion.
ROUSSEAU, Jean Jacques. Du Contrat Social, ou Principes du Droit Politique. Paris, Cazin 1791. 12mo (in sixes) contemporary red gilt morocco. A very pretty copy. Au$400
Proof, if any was needed, that the overthrow of the aristocracy had nothing to do with aristocratic taste in France.
Constitution Francaise, Presentee au Roi par l'Assemblee Nationale, le 3 Septembre 1791. Dijon, Causse 1791. Smallish octavo contemporary calf (spine tips worn); ,83pp. An attractive copy with a label of the device of the republic (liberte, egalite, fraternite) inside the front cover. Au$325
One of however many provincial printings of the new constitution that blossomed throughout France within hours or days - I suggest that precedence could best be plotted by studying travel times from Paris - and the first of at least two Dijon printings: this contains the acceptance of the king on the 13th and 14th of September, another printing includes the reply to the king from the president of the assembly.
BUXTON, Thomas Fowell. An Inquiry, Whether Crime and Misery are Produced or Prevented, by Our Present System of Prison Discipline. Illustrated by descriptions ... sixth edition. London, for John & Arthur Arch &c. 1818. 12mo, uncut in original boards (spine chipped); viii,184pp, 4pp publisher's adverts. A little browning, a few spots; quite a good copy with the bookplate of Robert Dundas, Viscount Melville, administrator, politician, statesman &c who gave his name to several spots around the world including two in Australia. Au$350
Six editions of this inflammatory little book appeared in 1818, this being the last of course. Much of its power comes from the fact that the descriptions of all prisons with the exception of Philadelphia are first hand - dates and names are specified - and that, despite some repugnance, he has not suppressed "scenes which may be considered as reflecting discredit on those who ought to have prevented them".
The immediate result of this was the Society for the Reformation of Prison Discipline and more indirect influences can be followed through translations into European languages over the next few years.
Buxton was born, bred and then married into the heart of British philanthropy - his mother was a Quaker do-gooder and he married Hannah Gurney, Elizabeth Fry's sister - and his life was devoted to reform: this is his first book and his last (1839) is on slavery.
Sasaki Hayashi. 少年活動双六 [Shonen Katsudo Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Shonen Sekaidai 1916 (Taisho 5). Colour broadside, 54x79cm. Rumpled and used with an old repair in the centre but no loss. Decent enough. Au$250
This was the new gift for 1916 from the magazine Boy's World: a romping game of sport and adventure with an international touch. British and American boys have gracefully, joyously, acknowledged our young Japanese hero as the champion.
Kawabata Ryushi. 少年未来旅行双六 [Shonen Mirai Ryoko Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Nihon Shonen 1918 (Taisho 7). Colour broadside 78x54cm. Some smudges, a short tear in one fold; used but a very decent copy Au$650
The New Year gift from the boy's magazine Nihon Shonen. A view of travel in the future, this is among my favourites of the travel adventure sugoroku and hard to find in anything like one piece. Doubtless it was a favourite with many others too.
Kawabata did several of the best, most captivating, sugoroku of the period. His career took a curious turn during a 1913 stay in America to study western painting. Apparently he was so impressed with the Japanese art he saw in Boston he switched to being a Nihonga painter. Still, he remained being an illustrator for magazines for quite some time. As did most of the early to mid 20th century artists now revered.
Okamoto Ippei. 主婦之友 - 漫画双六 [Shufunotomo - Manga Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Shufunotomosha 1929 (Showa 4). Broadside 64x94cm; colour printed. Several repairs to separated folds but all there. Au$300
A splendid large and lively sugoroku - racing game - by the illustrator/cartoonist whose place in modern manga history is still being argued.
Issued as a New Year supplement to the magazine The Housewife's Friend, the game is an intriguing melange, to me, of the modern and traditional, whether in conflict or harmony or all round mocked I don't know. The winning post - the joyful family of plump plutocrats with both husband and wife looking remarkably like lucky gods - is the dream of the modern young woman being hatched from an egg in the upper right but she is not the starting point of the game. There seems to be several starting points. Did any young western woman ever dream of being rich and fat?
Okamoto Ippei began as a newspaper cartoonist for the Asahi Shimbun in 1912, travelled to the US in the twenties and brought back an enthusiasm for American comic strips which quickly spread through Japan. A prolific artist naturally, he has a long bibliography and much of it is found in scatterings in western libraries but I know of only one with a copy of this.
SCOTT, H.H. A Monograph of Nototherium Tasmanicum. Hobart, Govt Printer 1915. Quarto, excellent in printed boards; 22 plates, folding table. Department of Mines Geological Survey 4; with Scott's 'Some Notes on the Humeri of Wombats' (Launceston Museum 1915; 4to wrapp,pp, 4 plates) loosely inserted. Au$165
A signed presentation. Scott collects earlier papers and adds an "exhaustive analysis of the skeleton as a whole". Is this then the definitive monograph on the extinct giant marsupial?
ROBERTSON, E. Graeme. Ornamental Cast Iron in Melbourne. Melbourne, Georgian House 1967. Quarto publisher's cloth and dustwrapper; 229pp, some 300 illustrations. Au$50
Silk. A Treatise on the Origin, Progressive Improvement, and Present State of the Silk Manufacture. London, Longman &c 1831. Small octavo contemporary polished green calf decorated in gilt & blind; extra engraved title, 39 illustrations through the text. Stamp at the foot of the title but a good and particularly pretty copy. Au$100
One of the more uncommon and interesting of Lardner's voluminous Cabinet of Useful Knowledge.
COPPIN, George. The Coppin Portfolio. Melbourne, Waddington & Co [1881?]. Cloth portfolio (178x120mm) decorated and titled in gilt on the front (cloth flecked); containing 7 photographs mounted on Waddington's printed cards, being a straight portrait and six of Coppin in costume as his favourite and most successful characters. Each titled and signed by Coppin. Au$3200
This must be about the best possible copy of this quite rare little portfolio, marking as it does not only Coppin's departure from the stage but the passing of the baton from the greatest of Australia's first generation of actor-managers to the greatest of the next (and subsequent) generations. The portfolio is inscribed with Coppin's compliments and thanks to Mrs J.C. Williamson at the Matinee Testimonial for Coppin at the Theatre Royal on Dec 10th 1881. The small playbill for this has been mounted inside the back board and Coppin's own bookplate, dated 1860, is also pasted in.
Coppin brought the Williamsons, J.C. and the missus Maggie Moore, to Australia in 1874 with their hit play 'Struck Oil' and in September 1881, with Coppin more serious about retirement, Williamson took over the lease of the Theatre Royal. Coppin then began his series of farewell performances, the most important of which were his dozen farewells to Melbourne culminating in this testimonial in which Mr. and Mrs. Williamson appeared in the 'celebrated farce, The Fool of the Family'.
I have only sighted a couple of these portfolios the photographer Waddington produced as part of the rapturous celebration and both were inscribed and signed. The only library I can find in Australia that has a copy (University of Melbourne) has a presentation copy, dated two days earlier. The State Library of Victoria doesn't seem to have one but they do have all seven photos on Waddington cards, three of which are inscribed in the same way as these. Whether these portfolios were ever for sale I don't know, but in any case while some of the images in them are well known, the complete portfolios have pretty well vanished.
POUCHET, Georges. The Plurality of the Human Race: translated and edited ... by Hugh J.C. Beavan. Longman, for the Anthropological Society 1864. Octavo publisher's cloth. A very good copy. Au$200
Pouchet did little to advance his father's belated theories of spontaneous generation but his theories of separate species of humanity were perfectly timed. His intention seems less to be to establish racial supremacy, unlike Gobineau and most of the American polygenesists - being French he probably saw no need to press an already ineffaceable advantage - than to cudgel Christianity.
This English translation is invaluable for having been prepared by a horrified Englishman of the upright and conscientious type; the best type. Having been charged with the task Beavan has dutifully prepared it for presentation to the English public despite his raging disapproval: "when Author and Editor differ so considerably ... such very peculiar ideas ... I am sorry to find in it opinions with which I cannot at all agree ... science is strained in an unnatural manner .. entirely unproved ... much to be regretted ... Author and Editor are in entire disagreement ... better left unsaid ..." come from his quite short preface. Still, he has been unable to restrain himself from peppering the book with angry footnotes..
GALTON, Francis. Inquiries into Human Faculty and its Development. London, Macmillan 1883. Octavo half gilt morocco; xiv,387pp, mounted photo frontispiece & 4 plates (one folding colour). Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings; occasional spotting but a rather good, handsome copy. Au$500
First edition. The improvement of the human race; Galton introduces us to eugenics (his word apparently used here for the first time), an idea that, under various names and guises, comes back to threaten us at regular intervals. Possibly more disastrous for us now, though, is his confident claim to have built a proven method of obtaining statistical insight into mental processes through the questionnaire.
The book itself is a happy jumble, a reflection of a mind endlessly curious and ingenious in rationalising the ridiculous and delusionary and marshalling them into place in statistical tables. In Galton's hands this is provoking and entertaining.
GASPAR, Camille. The Breviary of the Mayer van den Bergh Museum at Antwerp. Brussels, Weckesser; NY, Stechert 1932. Quarto, loose as issued in publishers' printed card portfolio; 82pp and 73 colour plates. Au$100
Edition of 300 copies in English.
E. Pugh & Co., Wednesbury. [Illustrated Price List of Cast-Iron Hollow-Ware - E. Pugh & Co.]. The company, before 1891. Octavo publisher's green cloth; [vi]pp, and 71 leaves printed on one side (numbered to 88 with some gaps in the numbering but complete as issued), numerous illustrations throughout. Mounted onto the title is a 64 page revised price list to amend all catalogues issued before January 1891. A note about their enamelling is dated 1884. Au$300
Enamelled and tinned ware: pots, pans, kettles, sifters, coffee mills, spittoons (plain and Turkish), and stable ware.
Kimura Tokaturo. 冠帽圖會 [Kanbo Enkai]. Tokyo, Yoshikawa 1899. folio (370x260mm) printed boards (marked & smudged); accordian folding giving eight double page openings; the first text, the rest coloured woodcuts ranging from two to seven illustrations per opening. One fold separated. Au$300
A particularly lovely book - illustrations of ceremonial crowns and hats of varying elaboration by the artist Kimura Tokaturo. Some of the caps which first appear to be simple monochrome shapes have actually been subtly overprinted, capturing their texture.
The Kojitsu Sosho - Library of Ancient Customs - was an ambitious project - only god and Japanese bibliographers know how many volumes it ran to during the later Meiji period. Produced in all sorts of sizes and shapes, each captured and preserved in traditional form some part of classical, often aristocratic, culture.
The timing of this is no accident. The paired threats to Japanese tradition - from the inroads made by western modernity and the bulk souveniring of art treasures by those westerners - resulted in an industrious revival of historic, nostalgic, nationalism. Again with twin motives: some art was reproduced for the western punters and some for home consumption.
I'm not sure where the Kojitsu Sosho fits best but of the albums I've seen, this is maybe my favourite.
[VENABLES, Robert]. The Experienc'd Angler: or, Angling Improv'd. Being a general discourse ... third edition much enlarged. London, for Richard Marriot 1668. Small octavo sheep (rebacked and recornered); ,96,pp, extra engraved title and 10 engravings through the text. Some worming at the end - of no great consequence. With the preliminary blank A1. Au$2000
One of the trio of Anglers; it was for a while, later in the century, included with Walton and Cotton but then slipped into relative obscurity. Venables' little fishing book seems to be about the only gentle, even warmhearted, product of an otherwise unhappy, troublesome and mean-spirited man. At least once here he preaches charity to the "sick and indigent" which he does not seem to have been able to extend to his own daughter and grandson.
The first edition appeared in 1662, the second edition seems to have vanished altogether and this third is quite changed from the first. At the end, in a contemporary hand, is a short recipe for bait.
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$1250
Uncommon and 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.
Commercial Art. An album or sample book of Japanese packaging, labels, brochures and suchlike. c.1960-70. Oblong quarto by size (185x260mm); 81 double folded leaves fastened together with a pin system, of which 59 leaves are crowded, both sides, with mounted labels, packaging, brochures, leaflets, etc. Au$350
Quite recent but nonetheless an attractive gathering of Japanese commercial graphics and printing of the sixties and maybe early seventies; the only dated piece is for Expo 70.
The album itself has been made up by someone in the trade: the double folded leaves are all from multiple copies of the blank back side of a magazine cover or poster - it features a Japanese baseball player by the look of it - but this is as close as I can get to claiming that this is a sample book put together by the printer of its contents. The materials range from the cardboard of packaging to cellophane to rice paper, just as the styles range from classical subtlety to the raucus and crass.
FLADER, Louis [ed]. Achievement in Photo-Engraving and Letter Press Printing, 1927. Chicago, American Photo-Engravers Association 1927. Thick quarto moulded mock leather; hundreds of plates in colour and black and white, some embossed, on a variety of papers. Signs of use but nothing drastic. Au$350
American commercial printing and graphic art at its peak; a self composed hymn to photo-engraving, which gave birth to advertising art according to the prefatory note. And much like virgin mothers, photo-engraving was soon to be ancient history.
Richard of Wallingford: An Edition of His Writings with Introductions, English Translation and Commentary by J.D. North. Oxford Univ Press 1976. Three volumes octavo, very good in publisher's cloth and dustwrappers; 24 plates, other illustrations & diagrams. Au$400
The first critical edition - "indeed the first complete edition ... of any medieval European astronomer" - of the 14th century mathematican and astronomer, with his texts on the construction of his astronomical clock; the "first important work on trigonometry to have been written in Europe"; his treatise on the construction and use of the albion; &c.
CORDINER, Rev Charles. Remarkable Ruins, and Romantic Prospects, of North Britain. With ancient monuments, and singular subjects of natural history. [London, Peter Mazell 1788?]. Quarto calf (rebacked with original spine preserved); frontispiece, engraved title and 53 plates engraved by Peter Mazell, each with one or two pages of text. Some light spotting or browning but a handsome copy. Au$375
An appealing melange with melancholy scenes of ruined grandeur rubbing shoulders with engravings of marine worms (all the natural history plates are of marine life). Issued in parts, the plates date between 1784 and 1788. A second volume or series was added a few years later.
HOLME, Charles [ed]. Colour Photography and other recent developments of the art of the camera. London, The Studio 1908. Quarto publisher's printed wrapper (some wear to wrapper spine and back edge); 113 plates (18 tipped colour). A pretty good copy. Au$275
As usual with The Studio, an intelligent survey of the newest developments in photography, with a scattering of now legendary names and a solid selection of then worthy but now obscure photographers.
Some thought has gone into this, the introduction of colour into photography "immediately and profoundly changes the character of the issues involved". These are issues of aesthetics; can the colour photographer lay any claim to "serious artistic regard". So The Studio has made a big step: "never before has it been possible to arraign so representative a series ... the unique image ... has never hitherto been reproduced with so much sensitive and meticulous loyalty".
Catalogue - Pharmaceuticals. McKesson & Robbins, New York. Prices Current of Drugs and Druggists' Articles, chemical and pharmaceutical preparations, proprietry medicines & perfumery, sponges, corks, dyes, paints, etc., etc., etc. New York 1879. Octavo publisher's flush cut limp cloth, front titled in gilt; 224pp, numerous wood engraved illustrations. One section excepted, printed on pink paper. A rather good copy. Au$375
As well as the goods listed in the title this offers scales, glassware, brushes, surgical instruments and English toothbrushes, and still more.
Tobacco Whiffs for the Smoking Carriage. London, Mann Nephews 1874. Slender octavo contemporary half calf (spine quite rubbed), original illustrated front wrapper bound in; 31pp and nine pages of adverts. Au$350
Slender but tightly packed and eminently useful, with clear and concise descriptions of the wares of various tobacco, cigarette and pipe makers and merchants. At the end we learn of the smoking competitions or 'Cloudy Battles' held by tobacconists in London and the provincial cities.
The advertisements are placed, of course, by some tobacconists or pipe makers but the ancillary vices are also here: oysters, condensed milk, guns, and Australian wine, with a full page advert for Auldana Wines.
CUNNINGHAM, E. The Principle of Relativity. Cambridge Univ Press 1914. Octavo, very good in publisher's cloth, spine faded; xiv,221pp. Au$150
First edition. Called the first English book on relativity, which may well be true. Certainly Cunningham was at the forefront of English relativitism for many years - Dirac went to Cambridge hoping to work on relativity under him but by that time - 1923 - Cunningham decided that he had his hands full and was falling behind the latest research and passed him on to Fowler.
SMITH, James & John Wren SUTTON. The Secret of the Sphinx or, the Ring of Moses. London, Philip Wellby 1906. Octavo publisher's cloth blocked in black (a repair to the front hinge). Used but still a very acceptable copy. Au$600
A later issue of the only edition of this still rare Australian occult fantasy in a Rider binding; Rider took over Welby in 1908.
I think this is the only novel by the journalist and Melbourne cultural luminary Smith and the only publication I can find with Sutton's name attached. Sutton was a medium, a self described "magnetopath" in one news item I found. A John Wren Sutton, sculptor, appears in more papers, including being named as co-respondent in a 1908 "painful" divorce case, and the kind note sculptor Sutton received in Smith's 'Cyclopedia of Victoria' leads me to designate them the same person.
The book received fair coverage, as far as reviews are concerned, largely on the strength of Smith's prominence and one notice claimed this as the first of a projected trilogy. Perhaps public indifference put paid to that scheme, perhaps it was the painful divorce case.
Trove now finds three copies of this in Australian libraries and Worldcat adds not many more outside the deposit libraries of Britain.
ROLLINS Jr., William. Midnight Treasure. NY, Coward-McCann 1929. Octavo, very good in publisher's red cloth and dustwrapper (a couple of tiny chips from the bottom of the dustwrapper spine). Au$150
First edition of Rollins' first novel, a murder mystery narrated by a boy but not for kids; the dustwrapper blurb calls him "kin to Huck Finn". I gather Rollins was something of a bohemian rabble-rouser, better known for his labor novels; I picture him leaning against certain Paris and Greenwich Village bars in a seaman's jersey.
CONRAD, Joseph. Suspense. A Napoleonic novel. NY, Doubleday 1925. Octavo, very good in publisher's cloth and dustwrapper (this with some small chips). Au$125
TOLSTOI [or Tolstoy], Count Leo. Ivan the Fool or The Old Devil and the Three Small Devils, also A Lost Opportunity and Polikushka ... translated by Count Norraikow. NY, Webster 1891. Octavo publisher's illustrated pale green cloth blocked in red and black; 172pp, illustrations by Valerian Gribayedoff. Spine a little dull and rubbed but quite a good copy for such a vulnerable binding. Au$175
First edition of this translation; I believe Ivan the Fool had appeared in a translation by Dole but I'm not sure about the other two stories. Norraikow is polite but firm that the translations he has seen, often via French translations, are "far from accurate".
[CAMERON, John?]. Wulla Merrii. The Fire Stick: Incidents in the shearer's strike. A tale of bush life. n.p. [Brisbane 1893?]. Octavo publisher's illustrated boards. A few small knicks, a rather good copy. Au$150
The attribution to Cameron seems fairly well accepted. A virulently anti-union novel so it's no surprise that neither the printer nor author dared put their name on it (both the title and last leaf appear to be cancels - redone without colophon or any other details). Can we presume that fear of retribution also accounts for the fact that so many copies were clearly never circulated until recent decades? Surely it couldn't be the writing, plot, paper thin characters: villainous unionists and cartoon blacks? Plenty of other novels have done well on worse.
Cameron was a pastoralist and politician, a leader of the anti-union movement - they "aimed at nothing short of REVOLUTION" - and a central figure in the strike. A confirmed White Australian he was known to declare, I gather while campaigning for office, that "I have never believed in the principle of one man one vote, and nothing will ever convince me that men should have equal voting rights".
RAY, Frederick A. The Devil Worshipper. Boston, C.M. Clark 1908. Octavo, very good in publisher's illustrated black cloth blocked in gilt and red; colour frontispiece. Au$125
First (only?) edition. Not in Hubin though it should be, while in Bleiler though the only supernatural element is coincidence - a string of concidences that connect the characters, drive the plot and beggar belief. There is a satanic cult but for the most part they could be politely described as ethically disadvantaged. The villain, the central character, worships money. It is money that drives him to kidnapping, blackmail and theft. Much later, once he has plenty of it, a new series of deadly schemes are driven by lust. An oddly old fashioned novel, I would have guessed that it was written a generation earlier except that the climax is the Martinique earthquake of 1902.
[STERNE, Laurence and John Hall STEVENSON]. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy. [and] Yorick's Sentimental Journey Continued .. prefixed, some account of the life and writings of Mr Sterne. London, printed in the year 1769. Octavo contemporary calf (spine top a bit worn, hinge cracking but firm); portrait frontispiece. Some light browning and the odd spot but quite a good copy. Au$250
Possibly the first edition of Stevenson's continuation; three editions of this appeared in 1769 and there is still argument about which was first. A Sentimental Journey appeared the previous year, shortly before Sterne's death, and his intimate friend Stevenson, to much critical condemnation, quickly fulfilled the undoubted obligation to complete the work having heard so much of it related to him. The biographical note is the first of any consequence but, according to Lee, Stevenson promised a full life to Sterne's daughter but "was too indolent .. to carry out the promise". Appended is Sterne's "A Political Romance", written in 1759 but suppressed.
Hawaii - missionaries. William Tappan. Wake Isles of the South. n.p. n.d. [c1822-33?]. Nineteenth century manuscript of the music and lyrics on two conjugate leaves, 102x190mm. Au$125
Tappan wrote the lyrics to be sung at the departure of the missionaries - the Stewarts and Betsey Stockton - to Hawaii in 1822 and William Hauser wrote the music that is printed in the 'Southern Harmony' (1835) and associated with the song now. But the music here is close but not quite identical to that which appeared, unattributed, in 'Spiritual Songs for Social Worship' (1833). Which is also the only printed hymnal I found that includes the last verse in this manuscript, "And thou Obookiah, now sainted above" - referring to Henry Obookiah or Opukahaia, the pioneering Hawaiian convert.
Before we label this as a copy direct from the book I should point out that, apart from small differences in notation, the time signature is different and the verses seem to be arranged differently. This appears to the tenor or treble part written out specifically for performance on some occasion.
LUCAS, Dr T.P. [Thomas Pennington]. Cries From Fiji and Sighings From the South Seas. 'Crush out the British Slave Trade' ... a review of the social, political, and religious relations of the Fijians .. policy of the English Government .. white settlers; the labour traffic. Melbourne, Dunn . Octavo publisher's cloth; 124pp & errata slip. An excellent copy. Au$275
"England is once more a slave-holding nation!" A first hand account of investigations in Fiji and a savage attack on the officialdom of Fiji, the treatment of the Fijians, and the labour trade, with a comparative table of practices between the old slave trade and labour traffic customs.
Lucas, emigre medico, reformer and later crackpot, invented the eponymous pawpaw ointment and wrote a pair of utopian novels, set in a future Brisbane, that I've never seen and would like to find.
ARROWSMITH, James. The Paper-Hanger's Companion: a treatise on paper-hanging; ... directions preparatory ... preventions against the effect of damp on the walls .. various cements and pastes ... panelling and ornamentation of rooms, &c. Philadelphia, Baird 1856. Octavo publisher's blindstamped cloth; 108pp and publisher's list. A couple of minor blotches on the cloth; a rather good copy. Au$125
With an appendix (from p81) on upholstering. I think this first appeared in 1852; there were at least two more printings after this one; all seem unchanged. The 1978 reprint omits the appendix I believe.
BAKER, Richard.T. Cabinet Timbers of Australia. Sydney, Techn. Museum 1913. Oblong quarto publisher's cloth; 186pp. 68 colour plates, hundreds of photo illustrations. One corner a bit bumped but a rather good copy. Au$750
Still the bible of Australian timbers - it supplies colour plates of timber grains, properties and uses, illustrated by examples of cabinet work and interiors.
SMEATON, John. A Narrative of the Building and a Description of the Construction of the Edystone Lighthouse With Stone: ... an appendix, giving some account of the lighthouse on the Spurn Point, built upon a sand. London, printed for the author 1791. Imperial folio, uncut in 19th century cloth (spine top repaired, a bit knocked about but solid and worthy); xiv,198pp; engraving on the title and 23 plates. At the end of the dedication is pasted a printed notice pointing out one correction that should now be made - new information since printing began - and one correction added at the end of the preface should be expunged: the original was correct. Title temperately browned or dusty, a bit of browning and some spots here and there. A pleasing copy with architect A.E. Richardson's bookplate and pencil note that he bought this in Plymouth in 1922. Au$3750
First and best edition, there may be a grander lighthouse book but I can't think what it is. Smeaton privately published this in a small edition using the best paper, designing and constructing it as carefully as his ingenious dovetailed stone building. The book took longer - one plate was engraved in 1762 and the rest were done over some years - and while it was possibly less adventurous and dangerous to make than the lighthouse Smeaton found the writing of it much harder. He apologises for the size of the book and fineness of the paper; he detests the spoiling of fine prints by folding them into a book and blames Whatman for the fineness of the paper: he ordered coarse but Mr Whatman insisted on providing "paper of the best fabric" at the same price as coarse. But still, he remarks, even if the whole of the "small edition in point of number" is sold it won't cover his costs.
Smeaton, rightly, was proved wrong with his doubts about public interest after taking so long to produce his book; the second edition appeared two years later and a third in 1813 but he didn't live to benefit from either.
Bridges. John A. Roebling's Sons Company. Construction of Parallel Wire Cables for Suspension Bridges. Roebling 1925. Quarto publisher's decorated stiff wrapper; pp, numerous photo illustrations. Minor signs of use. Au$135
More interesting than the title suggests thank heavens; much, most of this is a photographic history of the construction of the just completed Bear Mountain - Hudson River Bridge. The longest suspension bridge so far built, it was done quickly and economically thanks to the new methods proudly explained here.
Perret. COLLINS, Peter. Concrete, the Vision of a New Architecture. A study of Auguste Perret and his precursors. London, Faber 1959. Octavo publisher's cloth and mildly chipped dustwrapper; 307pp and numerous illustrations on 104 plates. A very good copy. Au$150
And very good book, hard to find with its dustwrapper. An erudite study of the early architectural history of concrete and the buildings of Perret - a proto-modernist who built, with sometimes startling elegance, forms that would be applauded decades later when constructed by others.
EASTLAKE, Charles L. A History of the Gothic Revival. An attempt to show how the taste for mediaeval architecture .. has since been encouraged and developed. London, Longmans &c 1872. Octavo half crushed morocco by Wood, spine amply gilded; xvi,430pp, 36 wood engraved plates, illustrations in the text. The original cloth from the spine and covers are bound in at the end. Blanks after the marbled endpapers browned but otherwise gleaming; a particularly luxurious copy. Au$500
The essential contemporary survey of gothic revival by one of the biggest of its wigs.
HARTNELL, A.P. Shop Planning and Design. London [194-]. Quarto publisher's cloth, very good in dustwrapper; 87pp, numerous photo illustrations, plans and measured drawings. Au$150
A good and not common book. Consciously wartime ("among the tasks .. are the re-building and re-fashioning of many business houses") but pre-war in the smart modern designs. At the end are photos with accompanying plans of examples of shops and interiors by a number of architects.
Ishii Usaburo. 新撰大匠雛形大全 [Shinsen Taisho Hinagata Taizen]. Osaka, Seikado 1897 [Meiji 30]. Six volumes small quarto by size, publisher's embossed wrappers with title labels; illustrations throughout, a couple folding - all lithographed. Minor signs of use, a title label partly missing, rather good. Inscriptions of, I think, Hattori Chozo at the end of each volume. Au$850
First edition of this excellent builder/architect's pattern book - it was reprinted in 1910 - published just at the time when there was both a cultural argument and a government led reaction against the wholesale importation of western architecture into Japan.
This particular book bridges the confrontation between a nationalistic return to ancient temple forms and the fervour for modernisation. Two thirds of this book is traditional Japanese design, structure and carpentry but the last two volumes introduce western building designs and, in the details, western building methods. Here nuts, bolts and metal brackets replace traditional carpentry and forms in masonry are described. In the last volume are a series of profiles of mouldings, architectural hardware and fairly elaborate gates, fences and entries in western styles.
At this time architecture itself was an innovation - the first generation of trained architects were beginning to replace the craftsman, until then designer and builder. But the Imperial Palace, despite the Emperor's push for modernity for the country, was not built to the designs of any of the western or western trained architects who submitted designs; it was built by the Imperial Carpenter, who went on to teach many of these young, new architects then, in turn, responsible for the resurgence of Japanese historicism.
Chinese in America. Chinese Immigration. Mr Page from the Committee on Education and Labor, Submitted the following Report ... [with] Mr Wills ... Submitted the Following as the Views of the Minority ... [Washington, Government printer] 1882. Octavo disbound, the pair together in modern plain wrapper; 2pp & 6pp. Actually two copies of the Minority Report here - making this near a two for one deal. Au$75
You might think that the dissenting minority here object to the racist invective and punitive measures contained in the Committee report on the Chinese Immigration Bill that the Committee instructs both houses to pass without debate and of course you'd be wrong. A bill excluding the Chinese for a mere ten years will do nothing to stem the pernicious invasion and other measures in the bill weaken even further protection against the evil tide. The minority committee members will however overlook the dismantling or watering down of punishments if the period of exclusion is extended to at least fifteen years.
DARWIN, Charles. La Descendance de l'Homme et la Selection Sexuelle ... traduit ... par J.J. Moulinie. Preface par Carl Vogt. Paris, Reinwald 1872. Two volumes octavo publisher's green cloth; wood engravings through the text. Inoffensive ownership stamp of the weavers Scheurer-Sahler on each title. A hint of browning or spotting. An excellent, fresh set. Au$450
First French edition of the Descent of Man, produced with some gap between the volumes making for different adverts and binding shade. Volume one ends with a publisher's catalogue for February 1872. Volume two announces that the translation of The Expression of Emotions is underway.
Catalogue - beds. A.F. Melendes. Album No. 5 1923. Lits Fer & Cuivre & Cuivre. Clichy la Garenne 1923. Octavo publisher's printed wrapper; 24pp including covers, two-colour illustrations throughout. A couple of short tears, a nice copy. Four page price list for October 1923 loosely inserted. Au$100
A good array of traditional and modern iron and brass beds, the traditional are more successful.
DAVIS, Alec. Package and Print. The development of container and label design. London, Faber 1967. Quarto publisher's cloth and dustwrapper (this a touch frayed); 112pp, 208 photo illustrations, 23 plates (4 colour). Endpapers a little browned. Au$75
TE RANGI HIROA (P.H. BUCK). The Evolution of Maori Clothing. New Plymouth, Board of Maori Ethnological Research 1926. Octavo, excellent in publisher's red cloth blocked in black; 248pp, 44 plates, 150 illustrations through the text. Au$350
Jazz age Japan. 蒼白き薔薇の唄 [Aojiroki Bara no Uta]. Tokyo, Columbia 1929 (Showa 4). 26x19cm, four pages on light card, illustrated cover. Au$40
The music for Song of the Pale Rose, from the 1929 movie Pale Rose, and a good bit of jazz age moga (ie modan garu ie modern girl) design. This is also, by the way, part of another modern craze: this is the score for harmonica.
ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. A Poet's Bazaar. From the Danish ... by Charles Beckwith, Esq. London, Bentley 1846. Three volumes publisher's red cloth decorated in blind (the first volume rebacked with the original pine preserved); frontispiece portrait. Some minor flaws and signs of use (a corner torn from one leaf well away from the text is the worst I can see); a pretty good set from the Andersen collection of biographer and buff Eiler Hoeg with appropriate bookplates. Au$850
First English edition. Travels south and east through Europe to Greece and Constantinople. 1846 was Andersen's breakthrough year in England; three translations of his tales and this appeared. He was deeply unhappy with Mary Howitt, the first into print, but apparently tolerant enough of the rest. Howitt translated from German which is probably why this specifies that Beckwith (Beckwith Lohmeyer in full, an English resident of Copengagen who taught Andersen English) worked from the original.
Schmidt-Rottluff. GROHMANN, Will. Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Stuttgart, Kohlhammer 1956. Quarto, dustwrapper (this a bit used and frayed); 324pp, numerous illustrations (21 tipped colour). Au$100
Catalogue raisonne of the paintings.
Australian Aborigines. Keystone View Company. Stereoscope card: Native Australians Hunting. Keystone [190-?]. Stereo images on printed card (89x178mm); printed description on the back. In fine condition. Au$50
Panama Canal. C.P. Gray, Mapmaker. Gray's Aero View of the Panama Canal. N.Y. 1913. Colour printed and embossed card (14 inches x 5 inches) printed on both sides; in a printed card folder with profile, photo view and explanatory text. Au$50
A charming relief map. This is the second smallest of five available sizes. The largest was a nine foot papier-mache model.
LIOT, W.B. Panama, Nicaragua, and Tehuantepec; or, considerations upon the question of communication between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. London, Simpkin & Marshall 1849. Octavo blindstamped cloth; vi,63pp & errata slip, two very long and handsome folding lithograph panoramas. Foxing but a pretty good copy. Au$1650
Liot first visited Panama in 1845 and the following year produced a report for a proposed transit company in London - which got nowhere. The discovery of gold in California and Mexico has re-ignited interest and this (after five more visits it is still pretty well as first written) is now published. His scheme for a road and or railroad is, as he said, less satisfactory than a canal but he does not see this being practicable for another half century.
BENSON, E.F. Sheaves. Leipzig, Tauchnitz 1908. Two volumes octavo publisher's printed wrappers. Excellent fresh copies. Au$50
Late but fairly outstanding examples of Tauchnitz editions.
JENNINGS, J. Ellis. Color-Vision and Color-Blindness. A practical manual for railroad surgeons. Philadelphia, F.A. Davis 1896. Octavo, excellent in publisher's cloth; x,115pp and publisher's list, colour frontispiece and 21 illustrations through the text. Au$185
First edition and pretty much the ideal copy as it belonged to a railway surgeon who wrote on colour blindness: D. Emmett Welsh - then formulating tests for workers at the Grand Rapids and Indiana Rail Road.
Jennings' intent here is to effect universal reform and adoption of testing - it is astonishing that by 1896 railway companies and other industries where colour blindness could and did cause disaster still ignored the problem - by offering a system of simple and efficient measures.
AMPERE, André-Marie and Jacques BABINET. Darstellung der Neuen Entdeckungen uber die Electricitat und den Magnetismus von Oerstedt, Arago, Ampere, H. Davy, Biot, Erman, Schweigger, de la Rive u.f.w. .. aus dem Franzsischen. Leipzig 1822. Octavo contemporary (or original?) marbled boards (spine quite rubbed but all perfectly solid and very acceptable); ,118pp and two folding plates. A bit of spotting but a very good, fresh copy. Au$1250
First published in the same year in Paris (Expose des Nouvelles Decouvertes sur l'Electricite et le Magnetisme), this seems to be the only contemporary translation of this quite significant little book. Oerstedt made the basic discovery in the relationship between electricity and magnetism in 1820 and Ampere then "not only evolved the complete explanation of all the electro-magnetic phenomena observed before him, but predicted many hitherto unknown" (Mottelay).
NERNST, Walter [Walther]. Theoretical Chemistry from the Standpoint of Avogrado's Rule & Thermodynamics. Translated by Charles Skeele Palmer. London, Macmillan 1895. Octavo publisher's green cloth; xxvi,697pp. Foxing but still a rather good, bright copy; with the stamp of the Cape Explosives Works. Au$200
First English edition, with an appendix edited by Nernst with researches that appeared subsequent to the German original (1893). Inventor of the Nernst lamp, the third law of thermodynamics, an electric piano and German chemical weapons, he also bred fish - which he regarded cosmically responsible according to the laws of thermodynamics.
GUERINI, Vincenzo. A History of Dentistry, from the most ancient times until the end of the eighteenth century. Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger 1909. Large octavo, very good in publisher's green cloth; 20 plates, 104 illustrations through the text. Au$375
Loosely inserted is a cabinet portrait of Guerini by Pesce of Napoli; inscribed and signed to his 'distingue confrere' [the name as yet undeciphered] and dated 1904. The photograph probably predates the inscription by about ten years, Mr Guerini was either thrifty or a bit vain.
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 (a bit scraped) 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.
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 and went 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.
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