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LES VOLEURS ET LES DILIGENCES [holograph poem]
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LES VOLEURS ET LES DILIGENCES [holograph poem]

By [Richet, Charles Robert]

[Lebanon], 1920. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. [ca. 1920] Approximately 8 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches. In French. Faintly ruled paper. Early horizontal fold, minor soiling in upper-right corner. Near fine. Unpublished holograph poem by Charles Richet, winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine, composed en route between Chtaura, Lebanon, and Beirut. The poem is a wistful meditation on the passing of the era of “monks and lances,” the “grand-routes de Castille,” and stagecoach robbers – “les voleurs des diligences.” Brigands, once adventure seekers looting carriages, have become shrewd: they have traded their places in the corners of the woods for offices and can now themselves be seen in the stagecoaches, rubbing their hands together. Charles Robert Richet (1850-1935) is best known for his work in experimental physiology, particularly in the areas of neurochemistry, digestion, and anaphylaxis, the latter for which he won the Nobel Prize. His wide-ranging interests, however, extended far beyond medicine and conventional science. He composed poetry and drama throughout his life and was internationally distinguished as a historian, pacifist, aviation pioneer, and researcher of the paranormal (coining the term, “ectoplasm,” in 1894). Underlying all of these pursuits was a lifelong romantic orientation to the world and a deep humanity, as reflected in the poem here. A transcription and basic English translation are available upon request. DSB XI, pp.425-432.

$350.00

A DIRECTORY OF NAMES, PENNANT NUMBERS AND ADDRESSES OF ALL MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SHIP MASTERS' ASSOCIATION OF THE GREAT LAKES. . . APRIL, 1907
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A DIRECTORY OF NAMES, PENNANT NUMBERS AND ADDRESSES OF ALL MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SHIP MASTERS' ASSOCIATION OF THE GREAT LAKES. . . APRIL, 1907

By [Great Lakes Shipping]

Toledo: E. G. Ashley, Grand Financial Secretary, 1907. Hardcover. Near fine. 24 pp. including in-text figures and photographic portraits. Printed in red and black. 12mo. Original flexible black cloth, stamped in gilt. 3/4-inch closed tear in front free endpaper, else near fine. In addition to the directory, the volume includes an "early history" of the association, a "list of vessels of the Great Lakes, American and Canadian, with names and addresses of owners," "other information of a miscellaneous nature of interest in shipping circles in the Great Lakes," and scores of advertisements for marine suppliers in Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Milwaukee, and various other Great Lakes cities. Several of the different companies' advertisements contain wood-engraved or photographic views of their buildings, ships, or machinery. Scarce.

$150.00

THE CAVERNS OF LURAY. REPRINTED FROM THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF A VISIT TO THE LURAY CAVERNS, IN PAGE COUNTY, VIRGINIA, UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, JULY 13TH AND 14TH, 1880
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THE CAVERNS OF LURAY. REPRINTED FROM THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF A VISIT TO THE LURAY CAVERNS, IN PAGE COUNTY, VIRGINIA, UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, JULY 13TH AND 14TH, 1880

By [Shenandoah Valley Railroad]

[Virginia: Luray Cave and Hotel Company and Shenandoah Valley Railroad, 1881]. First Separate Edition. Softcover. Very good. [4],13,[3] pp., including two-page map, three full-page engravings, and illustrated advertisement. Original printed wrappers. Neat five-inch separation of wrapper at spine, very light soiling to wrappers, else near fine. An attractive advertisement for Virginia's Luray Caverns, evidently issued by the Luray Cave and Hotel Company and Shenandoah Valley Railroad for the 1882 tourist season. The pamphlet prints a detailed account of the wonders of the caves by an 1880 Smithsonian expedition, together with a railroad map of the eastern United States leading to Luray, with illustrations of the caverns and the Natural Bridge landmark. A full-page advertisement for the Luray Inn includes a large woodcut view of that institution. OCLC locates no copies. Rare.

$60.00

JEUX OLYMPIQUES AMSTERDAM 1928 ... [cover title: 1928 IXe OLYMPIADE AMSTERDAM]
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JEUX OLYMPIQUES AMSTERDAM 1928 ... [cover title: 1928 IXe OLYMPIADE AMSTERDAM]

By [Olympics]

Haarlem: International Olympic Committee (Printed by Joh. Enschedé en Zonen), 1928. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. Jos Rovers and Jan Wijga. 1928 IXe OLYMPIADE AMSTERDAM [cover title]. [1927 or 1928]. 38,[10] pp. including numerous in-text illustrations, plus wrappers printed recto and verso and [4]-page bifolium laid in containing two color plans. In French. Original pictorial color wrappers. Light wear, corner crease in upper corner of rear wrapper, else near fine. An rare guide to the 1928 Summer Olympic Games in Amsterdam, with striking color lithographic covers. The front cover, by Jos Rovers, prints the IX Olympiade's official poster design featuring a runner near a coliseum, a Greek column, and an Olympic flag. The International Olympic Committee never ultimately received copyright to the image, which may account in part for the scarcity of this publication. The rear cover, designed by Jan Wijga, shows a worker's arm holding up a gear before the Dutch colors, advertising the 1928 Industrial Exposition in Rotterdam. The program's contents include lists of officials and dignitaries, comments by IOC President Comte de Baillet-Latour, a description of the Olympic stadium, and various additional articles, plans, and photographic illustrations. The removable pamphlet includes a color plan of "Amsterdam et ses environs," a folding color plan of Amsterdam proper, and a program for the 1928 Winter Olympics at St. Moritz, which had taken place earlier that year. The guide was produced by Joh. Enschedé and Sons, one of Holland's oldest and most prestigious printing firms. OCLC records one copy, at the International Olympic Committee Library in Switzerland.

$100.00