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    The Diary Of Richard Wagner, 1865-1882: The Brown Book, Presented And Annotated By Joachim Bergfeld by Wagner, Richard, and Bergfeld, Joachim

    New York: Cambridge Univ. Press. Hardcover. 1980. 1st Edition. 8vo 218pp . Very Good in Very Good DJ. Brief ink gift inscription on verso of half title. Slightly rusty dimple from a paperclip on pages 13 to 19. DJ spine top slightly worn . The Brown Book, so-called by Wagner for its calf binding, was a gift from Cosima, and used by him, when apart from her, to record his thoughts and feelings about her, for her later perusal .



    Principles of Physiological Medicine in the Form of Propositions, Embracing Physiology, Pathology, and Therapeutics, with Commentaries of Those Relating to Pathology by Broussais, F. J. V., M. D.(Franois Joseph V. Broussais); Translated from the French by Isaac Hays, M. D

    Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1832. First edition. Hardcover. Good +/No jacket. 594 pages with index. Experiences of a medical doctor with his observations and treatments. Full calf binding. A good bit of wear to cover, spine title block missing, scratches, edge wear, corners and spine ends bumped with chipping of top of spine, leather cracked at front hinge top of spine, handsome bookplate of John W. Andrews of Andrewsia, an estate near Wilmington, Delaware on the front fixed end paper with the signature "John W. Andrews" and the date 1832 on the top of the title page, front hinge a little weak, small hole in front free end paper, considerable foxing of pages, sometimes heavily but not obscuring text, binding tight. John W. Andrews (1814 - 1881) was a gentleman farmer who served in the militia and was a colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War. Average size, measures 5 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches.



    The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants [From the JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY] by Darwin, Charles

    London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, and Williams and Norgate, 1865. (2), 118, 13 woodcuts to text. 8vo. HB. 8vo (219x140mm), recent half calf, marbled boards, gilt title to spine. Occasional pencil marginalia. Fine copy.. Rare first edition offprint issue of Darwin's work on climbing plants. The first edition of this work was published on June 12 1865, and occurs in three forms - all from the same setting of type. The first makes up most of a double part (Nos 33 and 34) of Vol. 9 of the 'Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany'. It was also issued simultaneously as an offprint which occurs in two distinct forms. Both have tipped in title leaves which differ in the note on the source of the original, and the publisher's imprint. The copy offered here is Freeman's first form (834) with the note on the source of the original given as [From the JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY], and the imprint the same as that of the part, except that it has been reset and there is no comma after Roberts. This is the commercial offprint which was offered for sale by the Linnean Society at 4s. The second form of the offprint is assumed to be the author's offprint, of which Freeman had only seen one copy. (Freeman, J. Soc. Biblphy nat. Hist. (1973) 6(4): 293). The two forms of the offprint also differ in the wrapper, however, this copy is bound without the wrapper.The second edition of this work was published in book form by John Murray in 1875 and is a revised and enlarged version of this paper.Freeman 834..



    Le Roman De La Rose by Lorris, Guillaume De & Meung, Jean De, Dit Clo

    Paris: Fournier, J.B. & Didot, P.N.F., 1799 Edition fait sur Celle de Lenglet Dufresnoy, Corrigee aves Soin , Et Enrichie de la Dissertation sur les Auteurs de l' Ouvrage, de l' Analyse, des Variantes et du Glossaire Publies en 1737 par J.B. Lantin de Damery. 5 vols. Engr, Frontispice to Vol. I. (Portrait of Clopinel) and four further full page engraved plates. Vol. I- 435 pp. Vol. II- 410 pp. Vol.III- 365 pp. Vol. IV- 357 pp. Vol. V- 352 pp. Fine contemporary full calf, with at both covers the Crowned, Circular Crest of the Order of the Garter, with a well executed coat of Arms ( not yet researched) within a finely crafted tooled golden line with palmettes and "petits Fers" Richly gilded spines, with contrasting title-pieces and number label, All Edges Gilt. (all five) spines seriously worn, hinges weak, but holding, except for the upper cover of Vol. I, which is loose. (waiting for a nice restoration job by your very own skillfull binder) Fine pink flyleaves/ endpapers. Printed on very fine paper, generous margins. Not listed with Cohen, ( Guide de l'amateur des livres a gravures) nor Boissais/ de la Planque.( Le livre a gravures au XVIIIe Siecle) See; Brunet; III-1175. Apart for the spines a tremendous opportunity ta acquire a "great book" for a modest price.......



    Nouvel Abrege Chronologique de L'Histoire de France. Contenant les Evenemens de notre Histoire, depuis CLOVIS jusqu'à Louis XIV, les Guerres, les Batailles, les sieges, &c. nos Loix, nos Moeurs, nos Usages, &c. by [HENAULT, Charles-Jean-Francois.]

    Paris: Prault et al, 1774-1775. Nouvelle Edition. Leatherbound. Very good. 3 vols.: [viii]; 392; 393-701; 702-984 + 99 p. index. 18 cm full leather binding with red title labels and gilt on spine. marbled endpapers and edges. Board edges rubbed, a few scratches to covers. An occasional spot. Tear in bottom of p. 484. Pages clean. Text unmarked. FRENCH language text. This is the literary work for which French historian Henault is best known. First published in 1744, the "Histoire" comprises the whole history of France from the earliest times to the death of Louis XIV. Probably based on notes taken during history lectures at the Jesuit college from which he graduated, his work was an enormous success, and was translated into several languages, including Chinese. His easy-going style made the history readable while the moral and political reflections he inserted were brief and agreeable according to the tastes of the time.



    Censura Literaria: Containing Titles, Abstracts, and Opinions of Old English Books, With Original Disquisitions, Articles of Biography, and Other Literary Antiquities (10 vols.) by Brydges, S.E

    T. Bentley, London, 1803-1809. Full calf; 10 vols. . Fair/No Jackets. A complete 10-volume set, with some edge wear and some boards detached; bookplate of J.W.H. Brydges (evidently a relative of the compiler). Signatures of two former owners on ffeps.




    Oxford, 1892. First edition thus. Leather_bound. Near Fine condition.. <p>Oxford, 1892. Near Fine. Oxford; London 1892. Beautiful leather bound book with gold stamped lettering on front and spine. light shelf wear and rubbing to spine. inscription to previous owner, gleaming gilt ends, patterened ends with gilt., 4.5"" x 6.5"" approx. Just a wonderful book.</p>



    A Texas Cowboy : or 15 years on the hurricane deck of a spanish pony by Chas. A. Siringo

    Time Life Classics of the Old West. F. 21.5x14.5cm. 2 col plates, facsimile of a work published in Chicago 1885, Gilt edged. Imm. Leather bound, marbled endpapers, silk bookmarker.



    OUTLINES OF HISTORY by Keightley, Thomas

    Published by Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1847 (Circa.). Hardback. Good. Almost very good condition with no wrapper. Full blue calf binding. Gilt titles, decorations and raised bands to spine. Bookplate to front pastedown. Contents near fine. Covers rubbed. School crest in gilt on front and rear covers. [S]



    Masterpieces of Mystery The Grand Masters by Queen, Ellery (Dannay, Frederic; Lee, Manfred B.)

    New York: Davis Publications Inc., 1976. First Edition . Leather Bound. Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. ILLUSTRATED, Fine red leatherette. Bright gilt decoration and titles on covers and spine. (1976), 8vo, 351pp. [1], Masterpieces of Mystery Anthology, 15 Stories. Contributors: Ellery Queen; Vincent Starrett; Rex Stout; Erle Stanley Gardner; John Dickson Carr; George Harmon Coxe; Georges Simenon; Baynard Kendrick; J J Marric; James M Cain; Mignon Good Eberhart; John D MacDonald; Hugh Pentecost; Ross Macdonald; Eric Ambler.



    CHRONICLES OF ENGLAND, FRANCE, SPAIN, and Adjoining Countries - Two Volumes by Froissart, Sir John

    George Routledge and Sons. Hardcover. B009D5V1E2 George Routledge and Sons; New York, 1868. Hardcover. Complete 2 Volume Set. Very Good, 3/4 leather bound, AEG with some blemishes, moderate shelf wear, some wear/loss/abrasions to corners/joints/ spine edges/raised bands, 5 raised bands, 6 compartments, gilt title and Vol. number in 2nd and 3rd compartment, blind stamped illustrations in other compartments, some wear/rub marks to boards/spine, decorative endpapers, lightly sunned pages, minimal discoloration/spotting to front/back matters, binding firm and text block sturdy, very slightly starting hinges, without Dust wrapper. A nice, tidy, unmarked antiquarian set. 8vo[octavo or approx. 6 x 9 inches], (Vol.1) 768pp., (Vol.2) 732pp., indexed, several color plates throughout. We pack securely and ship daily with delivery confirmation on every book. The picture on the listing page is of the actual book for sale. Additional Scan(s) are available for any item, please inquire. . Very Good.



    Masterpieces of Mystery The Golden Age; Part One by Queen, Ellery (Dannay, Frederic; Lee, Manfred B.)

    New York: Davis Publications Inc., 1978. First Edition . Leather Bound. Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. ILLUSTRATED, Fine red leatherette. Bright gilt decoration and titles on covers and spine. (1978), 8vo, 351pp. [1], Masterpieces of Mystery Anthology. 12 Stories. CONTENTS: Introduction / by E. Queen -- Dead man's mirror / by Agatha Christie. -- The hunt ball / by Freeman Willis Crofts. -- The yellow slugs / by H.C. Bailey. -- A perfectly ordinary case of blackmail / by A.A. Milne -- A lesson in crime / by G.D.H and M.I. Cole -- The haunted Policeman / by Dorothy L. Sayers. -- The wood-for-the-trees / by Phillip MacDonald. -- The man who sang in Church / by Edgar Wallace. -- The dollar chasers / by Earl Derr Biggers. -- The green goods man / by Leslie Charteris. -- One hour / by Dashiell Hammett. -- The death of Don Jaun / by Ellery Queen.



    The Larger Catechism of the Westminster Assembly with Proofs from the Scriptures

    Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication Original black 1/4 leather on textured leather boards, with gilt lettering and banding on spine. Rubbing and breakage at top and bottom of spine edges. Back hinge strained. Rear free endpaper missing. Heavy foxing. Two pages have underlining. Previous owner's name on front free endpaper and title page. This book begins at page 167 and continues to page 375, so it is reasonable to assume there is another part to it, although it is not indicated on the title page. 208 pages.



    The Value of Escharotics by Nichols, Perry

    Savannah, Missouri: The Dr. Nichols Sanatorium, 1941. Reprint Edition . Leather Bound. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Very good gold leather/leatherette. Bookmark ribbon. Illustrated endpapers. Faded spine, soiling marks, edge wear. (1941), 8vo, 448pp. "An escharotic is a substance that causes tissue to die and slough off. Examples include acids, alkalis, carbon dioxide, metallic salts or sanguinarine." Wikipedia



    A Dissertation on Rhetoric by Aristotle (translated From The Greek by) Daniel Michael Crimmin, Esq

    London: J. J. Stockdale, 1816. Second edition. Hardcover. Very Good +. London: J. J. Stockdale, 1816. Second edition. Very Good +. Just in wonderful condition for a book that is 200 years old. Leather bound with gilt lettering on ribbed spine. Marble edges. About 2 inch split from top spine and 1 inch from lower spine. Book plate and po signatures, tanning of pages. Binding is tight and secure. For its age in wonderful condition, just a beautiful book to add to your collection. <br/><br/>



    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin The Journal of John Woolman Fruits of Solitude THE HARVARD CLASSICS # 1 by Eliot, Charles W. (ed.)

    New York: P. F. Collier & Son Corporation, 1937. Deluxe Edition . Leather Bound. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. THE HARVARD CLASSICS # 1, DELUXE EDITION, FRONTISPIECE, Very good green leatherette. Some marks edge wear, ink marks fore edge. (1937), 8vo, [6], 395pp. [1], Ben Franklin, his autobiography -- Journal of John Woolman -- Some fruits of solitude, in reflections and maxims part 1 / William Penn -- More fruits of solitude, being the second part of reflections and maxims.




    Published by J. Irving, 1857. 1st edition.. Hardback. Good. Good condition with no wrapper. Three-quarters brown calf binding, gilt title to spine, Purple boards, marbled edges. Folding map. Map torn with no loss else contents very good indeed. Corners worn. [S]



    Madame Jehane Benoit 14 years of Microwave Cooking by Benoit, Jehane

    Saint Lambert, Quebec, Canada: Les Editions Heritage Inc., 1988. Commemorative Edition . Leather Bound. Fine/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. GIFT QUALITY CONDITION "This commemorative edition cookbook is a selection of her finest microwave oven recipes compiled over the 14 years of her association with Panasonic..." Recipes include: Albertan's Favorite Omellette, Bread Boulettes, Duck Hymettus, Green Peas a la Francaise, Helene's Sauce, Hockey Night Seafood, Leg of Veal Roast A la Francaise, Omellette Fermiere, Pheasant A la Normande, Quebec Potato Stuffing, Risi Pisi, Roquebrune Fish Soup, Soubise, Traditional Pea Soup, Sole Duglere, Zucchini St-Raphael, etc. Fine green leatherette. Gilt titles and gilt pictorial medallion decoration. Bookmark Ribbon. (1988), 4to, 384pp.



    Roosevelt - The Lion and the Fox & Roosevelt - The Soldier of Freedom (2 vol.) by James MacGregor Burns

    Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 2002. Hardcover. Near Fine. Blue leather hardcover books in near fine condition, with gilt lettering on covers. Two books sold together for price of 39.95! Extra shipping charges will apply. Books are essentially as new. Questions welcome. We ship internationally from the United States and Canada every week. If buying internationally, please be aware that additional charges may apply for heavier books. We guarantee a safe, quick, and secure transaction. 10+ years in online bookselling experience.



    Sun, Sage & Sand, Volume 2: A Pictorial Journey through the Okanagan, Similkameen, Shuswap, Thompson & the Nicola Regions of British Columbia by Jurome, William Bradley

    Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada: Dacona Graphics Inc., 1988. First Edition . Leather Bound. Near Fine/Very Good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 370 color photographs. Fine brown leatherette. Gilt titles. Very good color pictorial DJ. Light use, one tear, previous owner name inside. (1988), 4to, 152pp. Not in Hale Barman B.C. Local History Bibliography



    The Poetical and Dramatic Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson [Vol. I] by Tennyson, Alfred Lord

    Houghton Mifflin Company. Hardcover. B003FCW0KI Houghton, Mifflin and Company (The Riverside Press); Boston, 1906. Hardcover. Volume 1 Only. Very Good, 3/4 leather bound and gilt ruled, 5 raised bands, 6 compartments, gilt ruled decorative spine with author and title in gilt, marbled endpapers/pastedowns, lightly sunned pages, binding sturdy, light moisture stains to front board/spine/rear board, deckle fore-edge, few uncut pages, TEG with light blemishes/rub marks, light rub marks to board/spine edges/board corners, ribbon marker, without Dust wrapper. A nice, clean and unmarked copy. 8vo[octavo or approx. 6 x 9 inches], 331pp. We pack securely and ship daily with delivery confirmation on every book. The picture on the listing page is of the actual book for sale. Additional Scan(s) are available for any item, please inquire. . Very Good.



    50 Years of Sport 1922 by The Right Hon. Lord Desborough of Taplow KCVO

    Superb 'deluxe' bespoke Moroccan leather bound edition, by Cedric Rivers of Bath, with a beautiful hand painted vellucent insert seal on the front board, of the coat of arms of Eton Harrow and Winchester. Featuring 505 pages of classic black and white photographs depicting various university sports cricket, football, golf and rowing. A smart addition for any gentleman's sporting library.



    Tales And Novels (In Ten Volumes) by Edgeworth, Maria

    London: Henry G. Bohn. Good+ with no dust jacket. 1874. First Edition. Hardcover. Seven volumes with spine labels missing. Ex-Libris bookplate to front pastedown of some volumes. Some rubbing to ends of spine and corners of boards. ; Ten volumes, Edgeworth's Tales. Half-leather boards with gilt lettering on spine. Five raised bands on spine. Green cloth boards. Marbled endpapers. Page dimensions: 162mm x 198mm. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall .



    LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, Commander in Chief of the American Forces...Compiled Under the Inspection of the Hon. Bushrod Washington, From Original Papers Bequeathed to Him by His Deceased Relative. To Which is Prefixed An Introduction, Containing a Compendious View of the Colonies Planted by the English on the Continent of North America. by [Washington, George]; Marshall John

    London: Richard Phillips, 1804-1807. 5 volumes. First edition, the English Issue published at the same time as the American issue. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Washington in Vol. 1, folding view plates in Vols. 2 and 3, a finely engraved vignette tailpiece at the end of Vol. 3, 12 large folding maps of the American colonies in Vols. 1 and 5. Thick 8vo, contemporary tree calf, spines gilt lettered and numbered in two compartments on red and black contrasting morocco lettering labels and decorated in gilt with gilt bands and period central ornamental devices in gilt. A fine and handsome set in the original English calf binding. Some light age evidence to the calf but surprisingly well preserved. Internal hinges are in good order, text blocks sound and tight. An unusually well preserved item. RARE FIRST EDITION IN CONTEMPORARY CALF of one of the great early works on George Washington. The books contain maps of important Revolutionary battles in Virginia, the Carolinas, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey. There is also a fine portrait of Washington and finely engraved view plates. “John Marshall (September 24, 1755 – July 6, 1835) was the Chief Justice of the United States (1801–1835) whose court opinions helped lay the basis for American constitutional law and made the Supreme Court of the United States a coequal branch of government along with the legislative and executive branches. Previously, Marshall had been a leader of the Federalist Party in Virginia and served in the United States House of Representatives from 1799 to 1800. He was Secretary of State under President John Adams from 1800 to 1801. The longest-serving Chief Justice of the United States, Marshall dominated the Court for over three decades and played a significant role in the development of the American legal system. Most notably, he reinforced the principle that federal courts are obligated to exercise judicial review, by disregarding purported laws if they violate the Constitution. Thus, Marshall cemented the position of the American judiciary as an independent and influential branch of government. Furthermore, the Marshall Court made several important decisions relating to federalism, affecting the balance of power between the federal government and the states during the early years of the republic. In particular, he repeatedly confirmed the supremacy of federal law over state law, and supported an expansive reading of the enumerated powers.” ‘Justice Marshall greatly admired George Washington, and between 1804 and 1807 published his influential five-volume biography. The author’s Life of Washington was based on records and papers provided to him by the late president's family. The first volume was reissued in 1824 separately as A History of the American Colonies, and the work reflected Marshall's Federalist principles. His revised and condensed two-volume Life of Washington was published in 1832. Historians have often praised its accuracy and well-reasoned judgments, while noting his frequent paraphrases of published sources such as William Gordon's 1801 history of the Revolution and the British Annual Register. After completing the revision to his biography of Washington, Marshall prepared an abridgment. In 1833 he wrote, "I have at length completed an abridgment of the Life of Washington for the use of schools. I have endeavored to compress it as much as possible. ... After striking out every thing which in my judgment could be properly excluded the volume will contain at least 400 pages." The Abridgment was not published until 1838, three years after Marshall died.’ This biography, here offered in its original five volume, first edition presentation, is still regarded as one of the most important ever penned, and perhaps the only one of real substance written by an extraordinary contemporary utterly active in the birthing of the new nation to which Washington had given the very highest and most noble service during is long life.



    Picturesque Washington: by Moore, Joseph West

    Providence, RI:: J.A. & R.A. Reid. Leather. 308 pp., 4to. Red leather hardcover. A. e. g. A souvenir of the American capital; its scenery, history, traditions, public & social life, w/ graphic descriptions of the Capitol & Congress, the White House, and the govt. depts. together w/ artistic views of Mount Vernon, a map of the city of Washington, & diagrams of the halls of Congress. Some scuffing/rubbing, soiling & edgewear to boards. Some sunning, soiling, edgewear, cocking & shaking to spine but binding holding sturdy; tears to joint top edges. Light scuffing to textblock edges. Sticker residue to ffep. Several hinge-openings scattered to otherwise clean & crisp textblock. . Very Good. 1884..

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