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Uranometria, omnium asterismorum continens schemata, nova methodo delineata, aereis laminis expressa

By BAYER, Johann (1572-1625)

Augsburg: C. Mangus, 1603. Folio. (14 1/8 x 10 inches). Engraved title, 3 preliminary text leaves, plus 51 double-page engraved celestial charts with text recto and verso. Printer's device on verso of final chart. Scattered early manuscript annotations. Expertly bound to style in early mottled calf, spine with raised bands in six compartments, morocco lettering piece in the second, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt First edition of the first accurate star atlas. Earlier star catalogues followed Ptolemy's Almagest in using verbal descriptions to describe the location of stars within the 48 northern constellations of classical astronomy, an awkward system that occasioned constant errors and misapprehensions. Bayer, a lawyer and amateur astronomer, was the first to identify the location of stars within a constellation by the use of Greek letters (with the addition of the Latin alphabet for constellations with more than 24 stars). This simple innovation greatly facilitated the identification of stars with the naked eye, just five or six years before the invention of the telescope. Bayer's stellar nomenclature is still in use today. Bayer used Brahe's recent observations for the northern sky, and included, in chart 49, twelve new southern constellations observed by the Dutch navigator Pieter Dirckzoon Keyzer and reported by Pedro de Medina. To simplify identification of the stars Bayer included in his typographic descriptions both the traditional star numerations within each constellation and the many names for the constellations employed since Ptolemy. While later editions of Bayer appear with regularity on the market, the first edition of 1603 is rare. Only four examples have appeared at auction in the last twenty years, including the Richard Green, the Earls of Macclesfield and the Haskell F. Norman copies. Deborah Warner, The sky explored: celestial cartography 1500-1800 pp. 18-19; Norman 142; Zinner 3951.

$24000.00

Walden; or Life in the Woods

By THOREAU, Henry David (1817-1862)

Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854. 8vo. 357, [1]pp. Title vignette of Thoreau's cabin, engraved plan. Publisher's ads dated April 1854 inserted in the rear. Publisher's blindstamped brown cloth, minor wear at head and tail of spine,spine ruled in blind and lettered in gilt, yellow endpapers Provenance: Village Improvement Society, Tioga PA (early inked stamps on the title, table of contents and endpapers) First edition of the iconic work of American literature: in an unsophisticated original binding and with the earliest issue of the ads. "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" (p. 98). The early ownership to the Tioga Village Improvement Society is interesting. Founded in the early 1890s, the Society was part of a civic beautification movement being enacted across the country, which sought to bring the harmony of nature to growing urban social disorder. BAL 20106; Borst A2.1.a; Grolier American 63; Allen, pp. 8-10.

$9500.00

The Problem of Manflight

By MEANS, James (1853-1920)

Boston: W.B. Clarke & Co, 1894. 8vo. 20pp. Publisher's wrappers An early work on manned flight by a pioneer who influenced the Wright Brothers. A shoe manufacturing industrialist from Dorchester, Massachusetts, Means would become the founder of the Boston Aeronautical Society and the publisher of the 1895-1897 American Aeronautical Manuals, a journal which would have a profound influence on the Wright Brothers. The present work, published seven years before the Wright Brothers flight at Kitty Hawk, reviews the principles of flight, including lift, tacking, angle of descent, etc. and includes an image of Otto Lilienthal's 1893 glider flight on the upper wrapper. Importantly, the work gives the results of Means's own experiments launching unmanned "soaring machines" from the tower of Boston Light. The work concludes with the statement: "Aerial transit will be accomplished because the air is a solid if you hit it hard enough." Means' extensive collection of works on aviation, as well as his correspondence and photographs, are housed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Also at the Museum is the Wright Brothers copy of this pamphlet. Randers-Pehrson & Renstrom 97; Library of Congress, Dream of Flight 111.

$1600.00

Carl Rungius. The Big Game Painter. Fifty Years with Brush and Rifle

By RUNGIUS, Carl; - William J. SCHALDACH

West Hartford, VT: The Countryman Press, 1945. Quarto. Dry point etched frontispiece signed by Rungius. Black and white and tipped-on color illustrations. Publisher's red cloth, upper cover with a central decoration in gilt. Without the slipcase. One of 160 numbered copies signed by Rungius and Schaldach and with an original etching signed by Rungius. Biscotti p. 386.

$4400.00

Henrietta Temple, A Love Story
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Henrietta Temple, A Love Story

By DISRAELI, Benjamin (1804-81)

London: Henry Colburn, 1837. 3 volumes, 8vo. Extra-illustrated with an engraved portrait frontispiece by D'Orsay, with touches of hand coloring, trimmed and mounted on the front blank. Half-title in vol. 1, 2pp. publisher's ads in the rear of vol. 3. Full green morocco by Bedford, covers elaborately tooled in gilt, spines in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and third, the others tooled in gilt, silk endpapers Provenance: Mary Monckton Boyle, Countess of Cork (presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title); Mrs. Prinsep; M.A. Minchen (inserted letter and inscription on the title, see below) First edition: an important presentation copy to Lady Cork, in a lovely binding by Bedford. "[Disraeli] knew Lady Cork well, and is said to have described her accurately as 'Lady Bellair' in 'Henrietta Temple', and it is thought that Dickens drew on her for some of the features of 'Mrs. Leo Hunter' in 'Pickwick'" (DAB). The inserted autograph letter signed by M.A. Minchen details the provenance of this copy: "I am so glad you should have the books, so that they will be so beautifully bound and protected. It was given by D'Israeli to Lady Cork, who after I had sent it to her, gave it to a Mrs. Prinsep, a dear old Lady who was devoted to me. Some time before her death I called on Mrs. L., who gave me the books as a remembrance of old times." "Few Victorian fictions are more seldom seen" (Sadleir). A scare work; the last copy we could trace on the market was the Doheny copy, lacking the half titles, in a half binding and not a presentation copy, selling for $1800 hammer in 1988. Sadleir, 714.

$8500.00

The Plains of Heaven
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The Plains of Heaven

By MARTIN, John (1789-1854, artist). - Charles MOTTRAM (engraver)

London & New York: published by Thomas McLean (London) and Williams, Stevens, Williams & Co. (New York), 1857. Steel-engraved print by Charles Mottram after John Martin, printed in colours and finished by hand. Image size: 37 1/2 x 24 inches. Skillful restoration. The painter of the Apocalypse in lyrical mood. John Martin was born, and spent his early youth in Northumberland in the north of England. His memories of the idyllic landscape of Allendale in the Northern Penines are said to have been the source for this image of Paradise painted late in a life of contrasting fortunes. Martin had enjoyed enormous popularity during the 1820s, but by the 1850s tastes had changed and his "grandiose visions seemed theatrical and outmoded to the mid-Victorians, and Martin died [in 1854] both neglected and forgotten" (Christopher Wood. Victorian Painting [1999], p.20). In an effort to restore his fortunes, Martin had spent the last four years of his life engaged upon a triptych of very large biblical subjects painted in oils: 'The Last Judgment ', 'The Great Day of His Wrath', and 'The Plains of Heaven'. All three were subsequently bequeathed to the Tate Gallery in London, and are now rightly reckoned among his masterpieces. The present beautifully-presented work by Charles Mottram, one of the greatest engravers of his time, ably captures the sense of a limitless landscape that was such a hallmark of all Martin's work. Clusters of angels offer endless praise to the Almighty whilst the souls of the saved look on: all in a setting where unimagined glory is made manifest, where sky and water, cloud and mountain blend and merge.

$3500.00

The Epitome of the Art of Husbandry ... by J. B. Gent
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The Epitome of the Art of Husbandry ... by J. B. Gent

By [BLAGRAVE, Joseph (1610-1682)]

London: Printed for Benjamin Billingsley, 1670. Two parts in one, 8vo. [4], 306, [14]; [8, including engraved additional title to the second part], 59, [5], [2]pp. Publisher's ads in the rear. With the 4pp. Table to the second part bound in following the title (between Aa1 and Aa2). Contemporary calf, covers and spine ruled in blind, early reparis to the upper cover corners. Scarce English 17th century work on husbandry. This work is ascribed to Blagrave, a noted 17th century astrologist and authority on the practice of physic, as it was edited by his nephew Obadiah Blagrave (according to DNB), a London bookseller, who along with Benjamin Billingsley first published the first part of the work in 1669. The second part, titled New Additions to the Art of Husbandry, first appeared in the present first combined edition. Bibliographies make no mention of the engraved additional title to the second part, present here, and no such additional title was evidently issued for the first part until the following edition of 1675. Wing B3116; ESTC R33215; cf. Goldsmiths 2580. Not in Fussell or Henrey.

$2750.00

[Sammelband of 4 pamphlets relating to the sugar trade]
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[Sammelband of 4 pamphlets relating to the sugar trade]

By WEST INDIES

London, 1823. Four works in one volume, 8vo. Collations as below. Contemporary half calf and marbled paper covered boards, flat spine tooled in gilt and blind Sammelband of pamphlets relating to the West Indian sugar trade. Comprising the following: 1) [Larpent, Sir George]. On Protection to West-India Sugar ... Second Edition, Corrected and Enlarged . London: Printed for J.M. Richardson, 1823. 159, [1]pp. Sabin 39068. 2) [Macaulay, Zachariah] East and West India Sugar or, a Refutation of the Claims of the West India Colonists to a Protecting Duty on East India Sugar . London: Printed for Lupton Relfe, 1823. [2], viii, 128pp. Sabin 42951. 3) [Macaulay, Zachariah] A Letter to William W. Whitmore Pointing out some of the Erroneous Statements contained in a Pamphlet by Joseph Marryat entitled "A Reply to the Arguments contained in Various Publications Recommending an Equalisation of the Duties on East and West India Sugars." London: for Lupton Relfe, 1823. [2], 38pp. Sabin 42953. 4) Marryat, Joseph. A Reply to the Arguments recommending an Equalization of the Duties on East & West Indian Sugar ... second edition . London: for J.M. Richardson, 1823. 111, [1]pp. Sabin 44708. A nice group of pamphlets focussing on the equalisation debate; i.e. an abolition argument that sugar growers in the East Indies were at a disadvantage to their counterparts in the West Indies due to the latter's use of slavery.

$1500.00

Eight Etchings 1930-1959
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Eight Etchings 1930-1959

By BISHOP, Isabel (1902-1988)

New York: Sylvan Cole Gallery, 1985. Quarto. (13 1/4 x 10 inches). Portfolio with complete text and 8 etchings, printed by Stephen Sholinsky at Stem Graphics, New York and published by Associated American Artists, New York. Each etching signed by Bishop and numbered I/VII. Publisher's cloth box, upper cover lettered in gilt One of seven artist's proofs, each signed by Bishop. Upon packing up her Union Square studio in 1983, Bishop discovered a small group of original copper printing plates from 1930-1959 which had only been used for one or two proofs and had otherwise not been printed. "Until this printing, only proofs of these images were ever printed. This printing was done on Rives Heavyweight paper by Stephen Sholinsky of Stem Graphics, New York ... The total number of impressions pulled from each plate is 60" (colophon leaf): a regular edition of 50, seven artist's proofs (as the present), a Whitney Proof in the collection of the Whitney Museum of Art, a 'bon a tirer' suite and a printer's proof set. Following production of the work the original copper plates were cancelled. The plates, each signed by Bishop and numbered I/VII, comprise: Sleeping Man (1930), Delayed Departure (1935), Putting on the Jacket (1945), Park Bench (1946), In the Square (1949), Sweet Sixteen (1954), Lunch Break (1956), Girl at the Soda Fountain (1959).

$3500.00

The war-time, daily manuscript diaries of Captain L. H. Bell, the assistant to Admiral Tom Phillips, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff of the Royal Navy
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The war-time, daily manuscript diaries of Captain L. H. Bell, the assistant to Admiral Tom Phillips, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff of the Royal Navy

By WORLD WAR II - Capt. L. H. Bell

London, 1941. 6 volumes, large 8vo. Over 1400pp., written recto and verso within ruled diaries, with some entries written on sheets of paper neatly tipped in. Contemporary cloth Extraordinary war-time diaries of an Admiralty insider. Captain Bell served as the assistant to Admiral Tom Phillips, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, among the most important naval figures of the war. Given his position, Bell was privy to an extraordinary amount of war-time news, intelligence, insight and strategy, which he dutifully records in daily entries. Beginning his diary on 2 September, the day following Germany's invasion of Poland and the day prior to Great Britain's Declaration of War, Bell's diary includes detailed descriptions relating to the Battle of the Atlantic, the evacuation of Dunkirk, the Norwegian Campaign, the Blitz, Nazi movements on the Continent, battles in the Mediterranean and more. A brief selection of quotes: 20 September 1939: "Poles still holding out in Warsaw. Germans mopping up elsewhere & Russians advancing unchecked. More & more opinions being expressed that Russian intervention, though a low down stab in the back for Poland, will not be to Germany's advantage either now or in the future. But no one knows!..." 10 May 1940: "...the Germans have invaded Holland, Belgium, & Luxembourg ... All hell let loose at last & now the war legions to rage in full & utter earnest! ... Chamberlain resigned tonight & Churchill has accepted the job of Prime Minister & will choose his cabinet tomorrow. Not altogether unexpected but I don't trust Churchill's judgment & am very doubtful if the change will be for the good." 27 May 1940: "... God help the BEF! The country has still no conception of the gravity of the situation for in response to French appeals nearly all military news of the past few days has been suppressed. I think it is a mistake - the blow will be the more stunning when it falls." 29 May 1940: "The situation in Flanders & NE France remains grim & grisly ... By 10 pm 56,000 had been recovered but conditions at Dunkerque on the beaches must be indescribable. Practically every boat that floats between Portsmouth & Harwich has been launched to the beach between Dunkerque & Newport ... but the men are proving [?] down into the beach half dead with thirst & famished. There is no water in Dunkerque which has been bombed to bits ..." 10 June 1940: "Roosevelt broadcast at 0015 - the most pro-Ally speech he has yet made & pretty scathing about the Italian stab in the back. He is certainly out to help us all he can short of sending Americans to fight in Europe..." 15 September 1940: "There was a big air raid on London at about 1130. I watched from our window & one spitfire overhead in a clear patch of the blue sky through the clouds ... a large dark twin engined Dornier came spinning through the clouds. It looked as if it would fall into St. James Park lake but eventually I think fell in Victoria St. A black cloud of smoke followed its contact with the earth..." 30 December 1940: "... Last night an attack in London took the form of an intense bombing of the city with incendiaries & raging fires were caused all round St. Pauls. Guildhall has been destroyed & 7 Wren churches. Also many offices & old buildings. Little loss of life, but immense damage..." 10 May 1941: "Several uboats attacked a GB convoy & I think sank 5 ships from it but we bagged one certain U110 & probably another. More uboat attacks - convoys are threatened and are getting out a long way West..." Although the final volume ends somewhat abruptly in July 1941, a postscript by Bell dated 1972 explains that the subsequent two volumes (which included his final months at the Admiralty before becoming Captain of the Fleet under Admiral Phillips aboard the HMS Prince of Wales in October 1941), went down with the battleship when it was sunk on 10 December 1941 off the coast of Malaya. Bell was among the few survivors. Thus, the present six volumes represent his complete war-time diaries. Given his position within the Admiralty, Bell's diaries offer extraordinary insight into Great Britain's war-time decision making, offering first-hand knowledge of events as they unfolded.

$3800.00

Maison Rustique, Or, The Countrey Farme ... Now newly Reviewed, Corrected and Augmented, with divers large Additions
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Maison Rustique, Or, The Countrey Farme ... Now newly Reviewed, Corrected and Augmented, with divers large Additions

By ESTIENNE, Charles (1504-1564) and Jean LIEBAULT (d. 1595); Gervase MARKHAM (1568-1637), editor

London: Printed by Adam Islip for John Bull, 1616. Small folio, bound in sixes. (10 5/8 x 6 3/4 inches). Woodcut illustrations in text, ornamental headpieces and woodcut initials. [18], 732, [22] pp. Page 253 misnumbered, as issued. Early marginal annotations throughout. Contemporary calf, covers bordered in blind and with a central gilt device, expertly rebacked, spine with raised bands in six compartments, lettered in the second, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt First edition of Markham's revised English translation of Charles Estienne and Jean Liebault's important late 16th century work on husbandry, gardening and country living. In this work, Markham, the most prolific English writer on agriculture and farming in the first half of the 17th century, adapts an earlier work by Charles Estienne (aka Charles Stevens, in English). "It was first published in Latin as the Praedium Rusticum in 1554. Charles Estienne himself translated it into French and Liebault brought it out shortly after Estienne's death in 1564. Surflet's first English translation appeared in 1600" (Hunt). This first Markham editiion, based on the Surflet translation, is noted for its additions, as well as its rarity. Fussell refers to this adaptation of Estienne's work as among Markham's most important works on general farming. The text on verso of the title, under the caption The Contents, gives an accurate description of the work: "There is contained in this last Edition, whatsoever can be required for the building, or good ordering, of a Husbandrymans House, or Countrey Farme; as namely, to foresee the changes and alterations of Times; to know the motions and powers of the Sunne and Moone, upon the things about which Husbandry is occupied: as to cure the sicke labouring Man; to cure Beasts and flying Fowles of all sorts; to dresse, plant or make Gardens, as well as for the Kitchen, and Physicke use, as also in Quarters..." The description continues touching on a variety of subjects, including the planting and care of trees, the keeping of bees, the making of wine and beer, on distillation, as well as on hunting and hawking. The illustrations include several full-page woodcut plans for knot gardens (pp. 257-275), a garden labyrinth (p. 276), a tobacco plant (p. 217), plus large woodcuts of a cow (p. 99) and horse (p. 138) with references to various ailments, among others. A complete copy of a scarce book, often found defective. McDonald, p. 90; Bitting, pp 146-47; Fussell, p. 28; Goldsmiths 451; Hunt 202; Kress 353; Arents 123; Poynter 31.1; STC 10549; ESTC S121357.

$5800.00

Cours Complet de Trictrac, avec un abrege du gammon, du jacquet et du garanguet; a la portee de tout le monde et a l'usage des amateurs
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Cours Complet de Trictrac, avec un abrege du gammon, du jacquet et du garanguet; a la portee de tout le monde et a l'usage des amateurs

By [LEPEINTRE, Pierre-Marie-Michel]

Paris: Guillaume et Cie, 1818. 12mo. [2], iv, 170pp. 11 engraved plates. Expertly bound to style in half dark blue morocco and marbled paper covered boards, spine gilt with raised bands.

$150.00

The Novels and other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoï
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The Novels and other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoï

By TOLSTOY, Leo (1828-1910)

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904. 22 volumes, 8vo. (8 x 5 3/8 inches). Frontispiece plates. Full blue crushed morocco, covers elaborately tooled in gilt, spines with raised band in six compartments, lettered direct in the second and third, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, red morocco doublures with wide gilt dentelles, red silk endpapers, top edge gilt, the others uncut Copy number one of twenty-four sets of the deluxe autograph edition, including a full-page autograph manuscript signed by Tolstoy and bound in an elaborate full morocco binding. The autograph manuscript within the present set comprises a lengthy quotation from Tolstoy's short-story Walk in the Light While There Is Light (1893), which aptly summarizes his Christian anarchist and pacifist beliefs: "You are seeking your best advantage, and so are we; the only difference is that we see our advantage in different things. You believe that your well- being consists in riches and honors; we believe in something else. Our belief shows us that our advantage is not in violence, but in submissiveness; not in wrath, but in giving everything away. And we, like plants in the light, cannot help striving in the direction where we see our advantage."

$45000.00

Indian Antiquities: or, Dissertations, relative to the ancient geographical divisions, the pure system of primeval theology, the grand code of civil laws, the original form of government and the various and profound literature of Hindostan
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Indian Antiquities: or, Dissertations, relative to the ancient geographical divisions, the pure system of primeval theology, the grand code of civil laws, the original form of government and the various and profound literature of Hindostan

By MAURICE, Thomas (1754-1824)

London: Printed for the Author and sold by W. Richardson, 1800. 7 volumes, octavo. Folding map, 30 engraved plates (most folding). 7pp. list of subscribers. Some foxing. Contemporary half calf and marbled paper covered boards, minor wear at joints, neat repairs to spines First edition. The plates mostly depict Indian buildings and sculptures, but also include views in Persia, Egypt and Greece. Includes views of Indian pagodas, a Persian fire temple, the sculptures on an ancient mausoleum at Persepolis; Temple at Dindara; Temple of Luxor; great Pagoda of Tanjore; a Mexican temple to the Sun and Moon; Stonehenge; Pantheon (Rome); Temple of Esnay (Egypt); Pagodas of Deogue (India); Peacock Mogul Throne, etc.

$1500.00

[Trade catalogue for John Slater's patented steam kitchen]
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[Trade catalogue for John Slater's patented steam kitchen]

By TRADE CATALOGUE - John Slater

[Birmingham, 1810. Oblong small folio. 16 engraved leaves. With 4 small letterpress explanatory handbills mounted (one on front pastedown, the others on verso of first three plates). Contemporary manuscript annotations, including prices. Contemporary calf-backed marbled paper wrappers Provenance: Elizabeth David (booklabel) Rare early illustrated trade catalogue for steam ovens. James Slater's steam kitchen was primarily used in workhouses, hospitals, or other such high-volume, low-cost kitchens. The cast iron stoves, which also included a roasting oven, heated water to create steam, which was then carried by internal pipes to reservoirs which held custom-built rectangular pots. The letterpress advertisement on verso of the first plate describes the process: "The Patent Steam Kitchen possess the Advantage of cooling in the most delicate manner, either by steam or by water, separately or conjointly, at one and the same time; and when combined with a roaster, and with or without a hot closet, will cook victuals, both roast and boiled, for from ten to fifty persons and upwards, with one small fire only, and that not larger than is necessary for the boiling of one small pot or kettle in the usual mode of cooking. The great savings of fuel bears but a small proportion to its other advantages, as there is a saving of one pound of meat in ten, and a superabundance of rich gravy produced ... [It] forms, in a very small compass, the most compact, clean and best cooking apparatus in the world, for steaming, boiling, roasting, broiling, baking and stewing, in the highest perfection ..." The engravings depict both larger and smaller, portable models, all in various configurations, as well as many of the internal fittings and necessary pots and utensils. Winterthur notes copies with 18 leaves of plates (circa 1810) and 42 leaves of plates (1819). This copy from the library of noted gastronomy writer Elizabeth David, and would appear complete as issued.

$2800.00

A Safe and Easy Remedy proposed for the relief of the Stone and Gravel, the Scurvy, Gout, &c. and for the Destruction of Worms in the Human Body
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A Safe and Easy Remedy proposed for the relief of the Stone and Gravel, the Scurvy, Gout, &c. and for the Destruction of Worms in the Human Body

By MEDICINE - Dr. Nathaniel HULME (1732-1807)

London: Printed by James Phillips, 1778. Small 4to. [8], 38, [2]pp. Expertly bound to style in half period russia and marbled paper covered boards, spine with raised bands, black morocco lettering piece First edition After service as a surgeon's mate in the Royal Navy, Dr. Hulme became the first physician at the General Dispensary for the Relief of the Poor and subsequently became physician to the City of London Lying-in Hospital. In 1774 he was appointed physician to the London Charterhouse and was elected fellow of the Royal Society in 1794. In the present work, Hulme advocates for the multiple benefits, including the cure of scurvy at sea, of salt of tartar (potassium carbonate) together with a weak spirit of Vitriol. ESTC T47015.

$2000.00

Letter signed ("Edward") to architect James Wyatt, concerning repairs and alterations at Kensington Palace, including proposed work on the library
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Letter signed ("Edward") to architect James Wyatt, concerning repairs and alterations at Kensington Palace, including proposed work on the library

By EDWARD Augustus, Duke of Kent (1767-1820)

Kensington Palace, 1809. 6pp., on 3 sheets of paper, each 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches. Each sheet inlaid at a later date. Renovating Kensington Palace. In this lengthy letter, the father of Queen Victoria consults architect James Wyatt concerning repairs to Kensington Palace. Wyatt had been previously employed by Edward to renovate Castle Hill Lodge, but here discusses proposed improvements at Kensington Palace, which were "in a very dilapidated state, & really disgraceful." Among the needed repairs he requests were the walls of the footman's waiting room, the installation of bookcases and other renovation in the library and changes to the garden room.

$1750.00

A Quaint Treatise on "Flees, and the Art of Artyfichall Flee Making" By an Old Man Well Known on the Derbyshire Streams as a First-Class Fly-Fisher a Century Ago
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A Quaint Treatise on "Flees, and the Art of Artyfichall Flee Making" By an Old Man Well Known on the Derbyshire Streams as a First-Class Fly-Fisher a Century Ago

By ALDAM, W. H.

London: John B. Day, 1876. Quarto. 2 chromolithographed plates, 2 completed flies and 23 flies with dressing materials displayed in 22 sunken mounts on six cards. Minor foxing. Publisher's green cloth, elaborately blocked in gilt and black Provenance: Annie Cowdray (bookplate) First edition, second issue. The manuscript upon which Aldam based his text appeared at auction in 1999; the author's name was revealed to be Robert Whitehead, but nothing further of the author is known. Both issues of this scarce work bear the date 1876 on the spine; a very few are recorded with a title page date of 1875, but it appears that no copies were actually sold until the Spring of 1876. Approximately 200 copies were sold over a period of several years. Heckscher 18; Litchfield 49; Gee 84; Kerridge 79; Westwood & Satchell 3; Flyfisher's Journal, Summer 2000, pp.31-36.

$4200.00

The Theory of Moral Sentiments ... The Seventh Edition
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The Theory of Moral Sentiments ... The Seventh Edition

By SMITH, Adam (1723-1790)

London: A. Strahan, T. Cadell [and others], 1792. 2 volumes, 8vo. [iii]-xv, [1], 488; [iii]-viii, 462pp. Lacks half-titles. Expertly bound to style in half russia and period marbled paper covered boards. Eighteenth century edition of Adam Smith's first published work. Adam Smith's first published work (first printed in 1759), would lay the basis for The Wealth of Nations, and establish his reputation as a philosopher of note. ESTC T121726; Alston, III.829; Goldsmiths 15514.

$3750.00

The Art of Making and Colouring Ivorytypes, Photographs, Talbotypes, and Miniature Painting on Ivory & c. together with valuable Receipts never before published
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The Art of Making and Colouring Ivorytypes, Photographs, Talbotypes, and Miniature Painting on Ivory & c. together with valuable Receipts never before published

By COOPER, Peregrine F.

Philadelphia: By the Author, 1863. 12mo. 52pp. With a hand-painted manuscript colour chart mounted on verso of the title and a signed and inscribed photograph of the author bound in following the title. With a letterpress ad for Cooper's Photographic Gallery mounted onto the rear pastedown. Publisher's cloth, covers stamped in blind and titled in gilt, rebacked and with endpapers renewed Rare American manual detailing an unusual hand coloured photographic process. This rare mid-19th-century American technique involved hand colouring salted paper or albumen prints, mounting them to white board and then specially glazing a piece of glass with a wax-based heated mixture and adhering the photograph face down to the glass on the waxed side. The effect is soft and beautiful and has the appearance of a hand-painted ivory miniature. The process was first used in America in the late 1850s by photographer Frederick Wenderoth, which he called the Toovytype. The author of this manual operated from a studio on Chestnut Street, according to his ad on the rear pastedown, and specialized in equestrian pictures, views of buildings, cased portrait images and the colouring of prints and photographs. In addition, the author offered lessons "in painting photographs of all sizes" and sold the present book to aid his students.

$4500.00

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