[Anonymous] Dante Alighieri / Cockerell, Douglas / North, John William / Ashendene Press Circle / [La Divina Commedia / The Divine Comedy] – “Pictures Illustrating The Pilgrimage of the Divine Poet Through The Realms of Punishment of Penance and Peace” – Illuminated Devotional Manuscript with excerpts of Dante’s Divina Comedia, in the style of medieval illuminated manuscripts. The manuscript is a strictly themed Dante Devotion and is of magical quality if one considers the fantastic, original calligraphy artwork, the composition of the manuscript and the coded meaning to the composer of this manuscript. The Folio – size manuscript is massive and has 216 pages, of which 109 pages are with illuminated, original watercolour-paintings in the style of the medieval masters, sometimes collages with watercolour and original etchings, engravings etc. The miniature paintings are juxtaposed with 105 vintage 19th century photographs of famous Italian Art – pieces that are somehow related to Dante’s world or have an allegorical assoziation. Besides the early photographs other juxtaposed artwork or integrated artwork to the illuminations are: an original watercolour depicting the dying Dante, a sensational, epigonal woodcut in the style of the 16th century, depicting an allegorical Dante-scenario, possibly referring to the Divine Comedy, a small photograph of the famous Michelino Fresco encapsulated in one of the illuminations, an artprint attributed “Burne-Jones”, two lithographs, a large steel-engraving, a smaller steel-engraving. Most of the photographs show allegorical sculpture or art by famous italian artists like Giotto, Carpaccio, Andrea Castagna, Luca delkla Robbia, Bellini, Titian, Dosso Dossi, Orgagna, Andrea del Sarto, Fra Angelico, Paul Veronese, Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo, Bonifazio, Neri dei Bicci, Francesco Traini, Benozo Gozzoli, etc. etc. and other juxtaposed refer in code to Dante’s Divina Comedia or even depict himself in artform. The photographs also include some breathtaking 19th century Albumen prints of Verona, Lake Garda, Mantua and other Italian landscapes. England, [Douglas Cockerell / John William North], no year [c.1910]. Folio (34 cm wide x 42.5 cm high). 216 pages. Hardcover / Binding in full green morocco with lettering and Dante’s head as bronze sculpture per inlet to front cover. Binding by Douglas Cockerell, signed “WHS”, during his directorship of W.H.Smith & Son (1905 – 1914). The manuscript is on excellent paper, watermarked O.W.P. & A.C.L. [O.W. Paper & Arts Co. Ltd., established by English painter John William North (1842-1924) in 1895]. The binding rubbed and with some small damages, in need of some minor restoration but overall still very good. The interior, the paper and the artwork all in excellent condition besides one of the juxtaposed photographs (Filippina Lippo) removed from the manuscript with some residue of the photograph remaining and some of the photographs with some dogears and minimal discoloration. All the original artwork in spectacular and fresh condition. The manuscript is a spectacular find and the quality of its execution is of utmost interest for any lover of rare books, manuscripts and special bindings. The circle of Douglas Cockerell, his involvement in one of the most beautiful books ever printed: the Ashendene Press Dante, as well as Cockerell being the binder of this unique manuscript, the fantastic paper used for the manuscript by one of the idyllist movement’s central figures, John William North, and the wonderful Dante – theme of the manuscript with illuminated poetry from the Divine Comedy and the unique style of collage art, lets us rightfully dream that the anonymous composer of the manuscript was an important or at least peripheral member to either the Arts and Crafts Movement, the Ashendene Press or it was someone who worked in the style of the calligraphy schools that were inspired by William Morris or even earlier epigones like Owen Jones.
[Chiari, Giovanni] Vascellini, Gaetano. Statue di Firenze [incluso: “Catalogo delle Statue del R. Giardino di Boboli colla Notizia dei Loro Autori”, “Catalogo delle Statue nel R. Palazzo de Pitti”, Catalogo delle Statue colla Notizia dei Loro Autori ec.” ec.] Tres Parti (complete) [Tutto dichiarato come prima parte]. Firenze, Presso Giuseppe Volpini Cartolaro, no year [c. 1765]. Octavo. Collation complete. Pagination: Part I (Primo): Frontispiece copper-engraving with Florence in the background, 8 pages of text with introduction by Giovanni Chiari and the catalogue of statues in Boboli Garden, 25 plates each with 4 copper-engravings of Statues in Boboli Garden. Part II (Seconda): Frontispiece copper-engraving with Florence in the background, 8 pages of text with catalogue of Statues in Palazzo Pitti, 41 plates each with 4 copper-engravings of Statues in Pitti Palace. Part III (Terza): Frontispiece copper-engraving with Florence in the background, 8 pages of text with catalogue of Statues [″Catalogo delle Statue colla Notizia del Loro Autori ec. (incl. Michelangelo Buonarotti, Donatello etc.). Original bookblock rebound by Bayntun in Bath in a subtle and charming modern cloth with gilt lettering on new spine-label. Original enpapers preserved. Exception condition of this rare 18th century publication with only very faint signs of foxing. Provenance: Richard Meade, Ballymartle. Rare and beautiful gallery of Florentine statues, with a view of Florence on the frontispieces. All plates created by Gaetano Vascellini (signed in the plate of the three frontispieces). Almost every table contains four copper engravings with copper engravings of Florentine statues; other plates illustrate groups of statues inside an oval. Also included are several full page (oblong) engravings of: 1. The fountain of Neptune (Fontana Nettuno); 2. Cosimo I. de Medici’s procession (entrance) into Siena as a ruler (1557); 3. Coronation scene of Cosimo die Medici in Rome; 4. Creazione al Ducato di Cosimo I. fatole dal Senato Fiorentino; 5. Ratto delle Sabine; 6. Base sulla Piazza di S. Lorenzo di Baccio Bandinelli con basso rilievo esprimente Giovanni de Medici Padre di Cosimo //
Scapula, Johannes Meurs / [Ioannes Meursius / Johannes van Meurs]. Lexicon Græco-Latinum; ex probatis auctoribus locupletatum, cum indicibus, et Graeco et Latino, auctis et correctis; additum auctarium dialectorum, intabulas compendiose dedactarum: accedunt lexicon etymologicum, cum thematibus investigatu difficilioribus et anomalis. Et Joannis Meursii Glossarium contractum, hactenus desideratum; vocabula ex appendice Askeviana, secundum literarum seriem inseruntur. Editio Nova, In Qua, Nunc Primum. Two Volumes in One (complete !). Glasguae (Glasgow), Andreas & Jacobus Duncan, 1816. Quarto (23.5 cm x 28 cm). VIII, 1966, 1018 pages plus 221 pages “Index Graecus”, plus 241 pages Index Latinus, plus 472 pages “Jacob Zuingeri – Graecarum Dialectarum Hypotyposis”. Hardcover / Stunning full leather with gilt lettering and ornament on spine. Unusually excellent condition of this massive binding !! Some minor signs of wear to the very good and firm binding only. Upper and lower spine with some very minor damages. Some pages with some rather unimportant spotting and staining, some of the last few pages with some doogears only. Rare in this firm condition ! From the library of Daniel Conner, with his armorial bookplate / exlibris to pastedown with the Motto “Meen Sucker Reague”. Heavy book, will need some extra shipping costs depending on destination !
Spolasco, Baron [John Smith / John Williams / John William Adolphus Frederick Augustus Smith. [Signed by Baron Spolasco] Narrative of the Wreck of the Steamer Killarney: With Interesting Details Not Yet Published Relative to the Sufferings of Those who Were Left Desolate Upon the Rock in Renny Bay, For the greater part of three days and two entire nights, without Food or shelter, exposed to the fury of a tempestuous sea, which constantly washed over them; accompanied by Mr. Hull’s description of the ingenious contrivance by which they were finally rescued. The work is adorned by a beautiful lithographic representation of the Rock and surrounding scenery. To which is added a vignette portrait of the author, and an introductory dedication to Lady Roberts. By Baron Spolasco, one of the surviving sufferers. Original First Edition [Autographed / Signed / Inscribed Dedication copy]. Cork, Printed by F. Jackson, South Mall, 1838. Octavo. Portrait – Frontispiece of Spolasco, 72 pages including the lithograph of Renny Bay and several pages of statements advertising the cures and abilities of Baron Spolasco in which he was healing local irish people [excerpts from statements of cured people in local newspapers like the Limerick Star, Limerick Chronicle etc. are mentioned]. Early 20th century Hardcover / Half-leather binding by A. Thom & Co. Binders (Cork Bookbindery). With the printed dedication to Lady Roberts by Baron Spolasco, signed by Baron Spolasco in Crayon. Very good condition with some professional repairs to paper-corners. Small, minor damage to lower spine/frontcover. Bookplate of W.R.Westropp Roberts to pastedown. With a handwritten statement by WR Westropp Roberts to the front free endpaper: “″This copy of the Narrative of the wreck of the Steamer Killarney was presented by Baron Spolasco to Lady Roberts. In her efforts to aid the sufferers upon the rock she contracted a chill which proved fatal in the month of October of the year in which the wreck took place. The Parish Register of Tracton, Co. Cork contains, under the heading ‘Burials’, the following Entry: “b. Oct. 1838 Lady Elizabeth Caroline Roberts placed in this family vault at Ballyfoyle”. The book subsequently found its way into the hands of Messrs. Massey, Booksellers, Patrick Street, Cork, from whom I obtained it in the autumn of 1916. The Library Clerk had it bound for me in January 1917. WRWestropp Roberts’. Of utmost rarity !
Sinclair, John. The Statistical Account of Scotland. Drawn up from the Communications of the ministers of the Different Parishes. Collection of five Volumes including Volumes 7 (1793), 8 (1793), 10 (1794), 11 (1794) and 19 (1797). Including the County of Fife, County of Ayr, Syno of Glasgow etc. Original Edition. 5 Volumes. Edinburgh, William Creech, 1793 – 1797. Octavo. Collation: Volume 7: VI, 625 pages / Volume 8: (3), 650 pages / Volume 10: VIII, 637 pages / Volume 11: (4), 627 pages / Volume 19: VI, 631 pages. Illustrated with maps and illustrations ! Modern Hardcover (half cloth with marbled-paper covered boards. New endpapers. Excellent recent Masterbindings). Excellent condition of all five Volumes. Paper and illustrations in wonderful condition.
Carrol, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. With Forty-Two Illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. London, Macmillan & Co., 1959. 12.5 cm x 18.5 cm. 177 pages. Illustrations in black and white. Original Hardcover with illustrated dustjacket. Very good condition with only very minor signs of external wear. The dustjacket with some tears.
[Turgenev, Ivan]. Berlin, Isaiah [translation]. First Love.[Pervaya lyubov]. Introduced by Robert Dessaix. Illustrated by Anna and Elena Balbusso. London, The Folio Society, 2011. 19.5 cm x 25 cm. XIV, 74 pages. Original Hardcover, cloth-bound with gilt decoration and lettering. With slipcase. Excellent condition.
[Shakespeare Garden] Sinclair Rohde, Eleanor. Shakespeare’s Wild Flowers – Fairy Lore, Gardens, Herbs, Gatherers of Simples and Bee Lore. London, The Medici Society, 1935. 8°. XI, 235 pages. Original Hardcover in very good condition with only minor signs of wear. Some traces of foxing to titlepage and edge. Exlibris to pastedown. Rare !
Dulac, Edmund. Edmund Dulac’s Fairy Book. Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations. [Includes: Snegorotchka – A Russian Fairy Tale / The Buried Moon – An English Fairy Tale / White Caroline and Black Caroline – A Flemish Fairy Tale / The Seven Conquerors of the Queen of the Mississippi – A Belgian Fairy Tale / The Serpent Prince – An Italian Fairy Tale / The Hind of the Wood – A French Fairy Tale / Ivan and the Chestnut Horse – A Russian Fairy Tale / The Queen of the Many-Coloured Bedchamber – An Irish Tairy Tale / The Blue Bird – A French Fairy Tale / Bashtchelik (Or, Real Steel): A Serbian Fairy Tale / The Friar and the Boy – An English Fairy Tale / The Green Serpent – A French Fairy Tale / Urashima Taro – A Japanese Fairy Tale / The Fire Bird – A Russian Fairy Tale]. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1916. 4°. Frontispiece, 169 pages plus 15 tipped-in illustrations by Edmund Dulac (including frontispice). Collation complete. Hardcover / Original, illustrated cloth. The binding in very good+ condition. All the illustrations in place and in excellent condition. Original endpapers in excellent condition.
Harte, Bret. Stories in Light and Shadow. Leipzig, Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1899. 17cm. 285 pages. Original hardcover / Beautiful quarter leather with gilt lettering on spine. Very good condition with only very minor signs of external wear. From the reference library of Hans Christian Andersen – Translator Erik Haugaard. With his Exlibris to the pastedown. With the initials of Haugaard’s father or grandfather (A.H. 1899) to the spine and his ownership stamp to the endpaper: A.Chr. Haugaard – Strandvej 201, Hellerup. [Collection of British authors. Tauchnitz edition].
Benson, E. F. (Edward Frederic). The Freaks of Mayfair. With illustrations by George Plank. London, The Folio Society, 2009. 15 x 23 cm. vii, 148 pages. Original Hardcover with protective slip-in case. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear.
Tallis, John / Rapkin, John. (1817 – 1876) Natal and Kaffraria (Eastern Cape of Africa) with Umzimvoobu, Ingali, Umbezana, Umzimkuli, Maritzburg, Durban, Umyoti, Drakenberg, Quathlamba or Drakenberg Range, Upper Tukula, Umzinyati, Zulu Country. With Vignettes and a beautiful, large illustration of the entrace to Port Natal and Port Natal and the town of Durban. London & New York, J & F. Tallis, 1851. Original steel engraving / Vintage map. Drawn and engraved by John Rapkin. Partly hand-coloured. Beautifully Framed. Size of frame with map: 35 cm x 45 cm. Size of the actual map: 27 cm x 37 cm. Excellent condition.
Alderson, Simon / Ball, Ralph / Barber, Edward. Phaidon Design Classics – Volume One / Volume Two / Volume Three. Original Edition. Three Volumes (Complete set). New York, Phaidon Press Limited, 2006. Quarto. 3300 pages with thousands of illustrations. Original Hardcover in special collectors protective Mylar. Excellent, close to new condition. The protective Mylar was especially cut so the volumes can be handled without damage to the aesthetic bindings.
[Emmet, Robert] Landreth, Helen. The Pursuit of Robert Emmet. With plates, including portraits. Dublin, Browne & Nolan, 1949. 14 x 12 cm XXIII, 427 pages. Original Hardcover with dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Rare in this excellent condition. Name and address of preowner on endpaper.
Cambrensis, Giraldus. The first vision of the Topography of Ireland. Translated by John J. O’Meara. Dundalk, Dundalgan Press, 1951. 8º. 121 pages with five illustrations. Original Hardcover with dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear.
Radha, Swami Sivananda. Kundalini Yoga. Yoga for the West. Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, 1992. 5 cm x 9 cm. xxii,357 pages. Original Hardcover with dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear.
Pfeiffer, August. Introductio In Orientem, sive Synopsis Quaestionum Nobiliorum De Origine, Natura, usu et Adminiculis Lingg. (Linguae) Orientalium et Plerarumque Extra Europam: Ebraicae, Chaldaicae, Syriacae, Samaritanae, Punicae, Arabicae, Aethiopicae, Armenicae, Persicae, Turcicae, Copticae, Iberiae, Sinicae, Japonicae, Congensiae, Malaicae &c. First Edition. Jena, Heinrich Christoph Cröker, 1715. Small-8°. 24 nn., 190 Seiten plus14 Seiten Index Literarum et Vocum Ebraicarum / Index Queastionum et rerum / Index Autorum //. Originaler Pappband der Zeit. Sehr guter Zustand der Originalausgabe. Kleine Läsur am Titelblatt (fachmännsich hinterlegt). Vorsatzblatt fehlt.
Curwen, J.C. [John Christian]. Hints on Agricultural Subjects and on the best means of Improving the Condition of the Labouring Classes. Second Edition, Improved and enlarged. London, Printed for J.Johnson, 1809. Large Octavo. Frontispiece, XXIV, 385 pages plus Errata leaf and 2 pages of references to the engravings. Original Hardcover (Interimsbinding). Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. The covers slightly rubbed. Uncut large paper copy. / Includes the name and ownership stamp of W. R. Meade from Ballymartle, near Kinsale (County Cork). Very Rare !!
[Rossetti, Dante Gabriel / Morris, William / Burne – Jones etc.] Welby, T. Earle. The Victorian Romantics 1850-70. The early works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, Burne-Jones, Swinburne, Simeon Solomon and their associates. Limited Edition (One of only 700 printed). London, Gerald Howe Ltd, 1929. 20cm x 25.5cm. X, 161 pages with beautiful Frontispiece by Simeon Salomon and 21 illustrations in total. Original Hardcover. Very good condition with some signs of wear to the binding. Internally very good with a few pencil-marks only.
[Sand, George] Eisler, Benita. Naked in the Marketplace: The Lives of George Sand. Advance Uncorrected Proof. New York, Counterpoint, 2006. 15.5 x 23.5cm. (8), 294 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition, as new.
Wells, H. G. (Herbert George) / Austin Molloy aka Austin Ó Maolaoid. Cogadh na Reann i – The War of the Worlds. Leon Ó Broin d’aistrigh. Baile Átha Cliath, Oifig Díolta Foillseacháin Rialtais, 1934. (8º). 246 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective collector’s mylar. The amazing science – fiction – dustjacket design by Austin Molloy. The Volume itself in excellent, absolutely mint condition. The dustjacket with some minor fraying and rubbing but in very good condition with only minor signs of external wear (tiny abrasion to spine). Very Rare, rather Scarce with the jacket !
London, Jack. Scairt an dúthchais. Niall Ó Domhnaill d’aistrigh go Gaedhilg. [First Gaelic Edition of “The Call of the Wild”]. Baile Átha Cliath, Oifig Díolta Foilseacháin Rialtais, 1932. 19cm. 230 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective collector’s mylar. Dustjacket design by Austin Molloy. The Volume itself in excellent, near mint condition. The dustjacket with some minor fraying and tears but in very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Very Rare !
Conrad, Joseph. An Máirnéalach Dubh – The nigger of the “Narcissus”. Joseph Conrad do scríobh sa Bhéarla bhunaidh; Seosamh Mac Grianna d’aistrigh go Gaedhilg. [First gaelic edition] Baile Átha Cliath, Oifig Díolta Foillseacháin Rialtais, 1933. 19 cm. 217 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective collector’s mylar. Dustjacket Design by Austin Molloy. The Volume itself in excellent condition. The dustjacket with some minor fraying and a closed tear but in very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Very Rare !
Collins, Wilkie. An Ré-Sheod – “The Moonstone”. Ar n-a thionntódh go Gaedhilg do Mhícheál O Gríobhtha. Baile Átha Cliath, Oifig Díolta Foilseacháin Rialtais, 1933. Octavo. 591 pages. Original Hardcover with the very scarce original dustjacket in protective collector’s mylar. Dustjacket Design by Austin Molloy. The Volume itself in excellent condition. The dustjacket with some minor fraying and two closed tears but in very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Very Rare !
Verne, Jules. Cuaird an domhain i gceithre fichid lá – Le Tour du Monde en Quatre Vingt Jours. Tadhg Ó Donnchadha (Torna) d’aistrigh. [First gaelic edition of “Around the World in Eighty Days”]. Baile Átha Cliath, Oifig Díolta Foillseacháin Rialtais, 1938. (8º). 408 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective collector’s mylar. Dustjacket Design by M.A.Keane. The Volume itself in excellent condition. The dustjacket with some minor fraying but in very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Very Rare !
Brontë, Emily. Árda Wuthering – Wuthering Heights. Seán Ó Ciosáin do chuir i nGaedhilg. Baile Átha Cliath, [s.n.], 1933. Octavo. 402 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective collector’s mylar. Dustjacket design by VP (Victor Penney). The Volume itself in excellent condition. The dustjacket with some minor fraying and a closed tear but in very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Very Rare !
[Anonymous – possibly a Mrs. J. S. Stone or Mrs. Church or Miss S.R. Monckton] Victorian Recipes / Food / Cooking / Healing / Medical / Veterinary / Homoeopathy. Victorian Manuscript-Recipe-Diary with more than 250 handwritten manuscript recipes on 121 pages and 32 loosely inserted additional manuscript pages. The diary has 264 pages in total and an Index on page 264. While the majority of the recipes are on food and drink, there are numerous medical recipes, remedies for simple but also serious illnesses either loosely inserted or pasted to the pages numerous printed recipes from newspapers with tips and tricks on preservation of meat, remedies to avoid sea-sickness, “The [Homoeopathic] Treatment of English and Asiatic Cholera” / “Dropsy” [Oedema] / “The Danger of Gas-Baths”, a stern note on “Cocaine and Sleeplessness”, “A Remedy for Diphteria” (Sulphur), “List for arsenic in wall papers” / “Cough Mixtures for Bronchitis” / “Influenza Poison” / Mr.Sidney Bennet for Rheumatism / etc. There is even a description for a double-crochet shawl by a Mrs. Whichcote. All these recipes were collected between roughly 1859 (dated Beef Tea recipe on page 7) and 1880. The wonderfully detailed recipes for food include for example: Gluten Bread free from Starch to diabetic patients / Souffle Potatoes / Irish way of dressing potatoes (p.51) / Ginger Pudding / Savoies Pigeon Pie / Ivory Jelly / To cook a Ham / A German Pastry / Apple Cheese Cakes / etc. etc. (see more recipes below) England, Anonymous, c.1859 – 1904. Octavo. 266 handnumbered pages with 121 pages filled and 32 loosely inserted recipes. Contemporary, very decorative 19th century Hardcover with the original boards but recently professionally rebacked by an english master bookbinder. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. This rare compilation is a true gem and collector’s item and also a well of information for veterinary homoepathic tinctures, old recipes against rheumatism, chilblaines (pages 256 and 257). Neuralgia, Cholera (page 251), Dr.Barry for Diarrhea and Neuralgia etc. etc.
Hazlitt, W.Carew. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine. [With a longer chapter: “The Early Englishman and his Food”] Essays also include: “Royal Fests and Savage Pomp” / “Cookery Books” [including a small bibliography of 38 important cookery publications from before 1850: The Book of Carving by W. de Worde / The Treasury of Commodious Conceits and Hidden Secrets by John Partridge / The Good Housewife’s Jewel by Thomas Dawson / etc. etc. / Also included is a chapter on “Early Receipts” – Select Extracts from an early receipt-book: “To make Dutch-Beef / To make a Ragout of Pigs-Ears / Meat-Pies and Puddings / Sweet Puddings / Cakes (To make Shrewsbury Cakes) / To make Whetstone Cakes / Conserves, Dried and Candied Fruits, Marmalades etc. Another essay is: “Diet of the Yeoman and the Poor” / “Meats and Drinks” / “The Kitchen” – “Etiquette of the Table” / London, Elliot Stock, 1886. Wide Octavo. 271 pages including an Index. Original Hardcover in protective collector’s Mylar. Large paper edition (fine india paper) with extra – wide space next to the text for notes. Deckled Edges. Binding slightly rubbed with a tiny defect to upper spine. Very fine and only minor foxing to some pages. [The Book-Lover’s Library. Edited by Henry B. Wheatley]
Marchant, W.T. In Praise Of Ale – Or, Songs, Ballads, Epigrams, And Anecdotes Relating To Beer, Malt, And Hops – With Some Curious Particulars Concerning Ale-Wives And Brewers Drinking-Clubs And Customs. First Edition. London, George Redway, 1888. Octavo. Manuscript Frontispiece illustration of “the Setting for the Biddless Hauld” drawn and signed by Robert Blair Wilkie, VIII, 632 pages. Original Hardcover / Brown publisher’s cloth with gilt lettering and ornament (Gilted illustration of Hop Grain on the front board] Binding a little shaky but holding. Most pages unopened. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Rare in its original binding. Museum curator and scottish nationalist Robert Blair Wilkie’s personal copy with some interesting handwritten comments and annotations by Robert Blair Wilkie on the first few pages.
Miller, Henry. The Colossus of Maroussi. New York, New Directions, 1958. 10.5 x 18cm. 244 pages. Original softcover. Very good condition other than some signs of external wear, including a small tear to spine joint and a crease to front jacket. From the library of swiss – american – irish poet Chuck Kruger. [A New Directions Paperbook, No. 75].
[Harvey, William] van Bemmel, Willem (after the artist) / Houbraken, J. (engraver). William Harvey M.D. [Amsterdam], J. Houbraken, no year [c.1770]. Original copper engraving portrait of english physician William Harvey, ″ first known physician to describe completely and in detail the systemic circulation and properties of blood”. The vintage engraving shows William Harvey, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly left, in a medallion draped with cloth, also shows a drawing of the cardiovascular system, parts of a plant, and a snake entwined around a stick, suggesting a caduceus. Beautifully Framed. Size of frame with Harvey’s portrait: 32 cm x 38 cm. Size of the actual portrait engraving: 9.5 cm x 15.5 cm. Excellent condition !
[Lodge, John]. (1754 – 1796). West Indies with the Harbour & Fort of Omoa – From the Best Authorities [With Lucayos of Bahama Isles / Caribbee Isles / Virgin Isles / Jamaica / Cuba / Little Antilles / Trinidad / Mexico / Yucatan, Honduras, New Mexico (Rio Bravo), etc.] [London], [Political Magazine / John Bew], c.1780. Original copper engraved Map / Copper engraving. Beautifully Framed. Size of frame with the two maps on both sides: 47 cm x 50 cm Size of actual maps: 32.5 cm x 29 cm. IMPORTANT: This rare map was cut in half and mounted separately on fold-over-pages. In order to show it accurately we had it framed with glass on both sides (see images of front and back). / Mounted on paper. Tiny closed repair to outer margin. Very good condition with only the faintest signs of browning. From a wonderful collection of Maps from an old english library (South Shields) – with tiny library stamps to the mounting paper (The stamps are NOT on the maps).
Peters, De Witt Clinton. The life and adventures of Kit Carson, the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains, from facts narrated by himself. By De Witt C. Peters. With original illustrations drawn by [Arthur] Lumley, engraving by N. Orr & Co. New York, W. R. C. Clark, 1858. 15 cm x 23 cm. 456 pages. Illustrations, including frontispiece, in black and white. Original hardcover professionally repaired and restored with new endpapers but keeping the original brown endpapers as well. Very Good condition but with some signs of external wear. Some foxing. From the reference library of Hans Christian Andersen – Translator Erik Haugaard. With his Exlibris to the pastedown.
Tempsky, Gustav Ferdinand von. Mitla, a Narrative of Incidents and Personal Adventures on a Journey in Mexico, Guatemala and Salvador in the Years 1853 to 1855 with Observations on the Modes of Life in Those Countries. Edited by J.S.Bell. First Edition. London, Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans & Roberts, 1858. Large Octavo. XVI, 436 pages with all illustrations and the large folding map complete ! The illustrations include: 5 coloured chromolithographic plates one of these is a folded, double-page size), 11 woodcuts, large folded map “Route through Mexico, Guatemala & San Salvador” (this 19th century map also shows Upper California, New Mexico and Texas as well as New Orleans with Red River and the Missouri River). Beautiful rebacked contemporary dark green morocco with gilt ornaments to spine and boards. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Only very minor signs of foxing to some of the plates as usual. The text clean. Von Tempsky’s explorations and descriptions of the journey from San Francisco to Mazatlan to Durango to Mexico City to Puebla to Tehuantepec to Guatemala to Santa Catarina to San Salvador with cultural descriptions of the locals and their customs are of great value.