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  • The discovery of Utopia in Australia
    Voyages et Avantures de Jaques Masse by [TYSSOT DE PATOT. Simon (1655-1727?)]
    [TYSSOT DE PATOT. Simon (1655-1727?)]
    Voyages et Avantures de Jaques Masse

    Bordeaux : Chez Jaques L’Aveugle. 1710 [ but not before 1742]. [4th edition]
    12mo, eng. portrait of Jacques Masse, 3 leaves, 508 pps, title-page vignette of a nude woman, old mottled calf, marbled endpapers, recently rebacked and corners renewed, spine fully gilt, red edges, a few ms. marginalia in pencil in the early pages, early signature of “Edward Scudamore M.D., St. George’s Place, C....ty”on verso of front end-paper and of “G.S. Morley” on front fly-leaf, a good sound copy.
    According to Rosenberg this is the fourth (his ‘edition D’) of four editions all dated 1710, the earliest of which was probably issued in The Hague c. 1714-1717. It has all the issue points that he mentions; the…

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    Bordeaux : Chez Jaques L’Aveugle. 1710 [ but not before 1742]. [4th edition]
    12mo, eng. portrait of Jacques Masse, 3 leaves, 508 pps, title-page vignette of a nude woman, old mottled calf, marbled endpapers, recently rebacked and corners renewed, spine fully gilt, red edges, a few ms. marginalia in pencil in the early pages, early signature of “Edward Scudamore M.D., St. George’s Place, C....ty”on verso of front end-paper and of “G.S. Morley” on front fly-leaf, a good sound copy.
    According to Rosenberg this is the fourth (his ‘edition D’) of four editions all dated 1710, the earliest of which was probably issued in The Hague c. 1714-1717. It has all the issue points that he mentions; the nude woman vignette, the imprint spelt “Bordeaux”, *1 missigned *2, A6 missigned H6, and P3 unsigned, and from the watermark he dates it ‘not before 1742’.
    Tyssot de Patot, a firebrand Huguenot free-thinker, sets his imaginary voyag (or as P.D. Gove argues, rather an ‘extraordinary’ voyage; making the distinction between narratives which the authors admit to being fantasy and those which are passed off as genuine voyages), as had Vairesse before him, in Australia drawing for his description of the country on the accounts of real travellers such as Dellon and Lahontan. Here his hero discovers a well-organised Utopia and makes the very prescient observation of the importance of mining and irrigation in that country.
    Reference: Cioranescu 18me 62587 Gove : Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction. p.217
    [Rosenberg: Tyssot de Patot & His Work... pps 86-90]

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  • Pioneers of film and skiing
    FANCK, Arnold (1889-1974) & Hannes SCHNEIDER (1890-1955)
    Wunder des Schneeschuhs. ein System des Richtigen Skilaufens und Seine Anwendung im Alpinen Geländelauf... Mit 242 Einzelbildern und 1100 Kinematographischen Reihenbildern.

    Hamburg : Gebrüder Enoch Verlag, 1926. First Edition, 2nd issue (6-10 Tausend)
    Large 4to, 216, xx pp, 242 photo-illustrations and diagrams in text and 126 photographic sequences, a total of some 1100 images on 42 sheets in a pocket at the rear, publisher’s original decorated blue cloth printed in black, fine copy.
    Arnold Fanck was a German film director and pioneer of the mountain film genre. He is best known for the extraordinary alpine footage he captured in such films as The Holy Mountain (1926), The White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929), Storm over Mont Blanc (1930), Der weisse Rausch (1931), and S.O.S. Eisberg (1933). Fanck was also instrumental in launching the careers of several filmmakers including…

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    Hamburg : Gebrüder Enoch Verlag, 1926. First Edition, 2nd issue (6-10 Tausend)
    Large 4to, 216, xx pp, 242 photo-illustrations and diagrams in text and 126 photographic sequences, a total of some 1100 images on 42 sheets in a pocket at the rear, publisher’s original decorated blue cloth printed in black, fine copy.
    Arnold Fanck was a German film director and pioneer of the mountain film genre. He is best known for the extraordinary alpine footage he captured in such films as The Holy Mountain (1926), The White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929), Storm over Mont Blanc (1930), Der weisse Rausch (1931), and S.O.S. Eisberg (1933). Fanck was also instrumental in launching the careers of several filmmakers including Leni Riefenstahl and cinematographer Sepp Allgeier.
    Johann "Hannes" Schneider was an Austrian Ski instructor from the Arlberg. He developed the Arlberg technique and appeared in Dr. Arnold Fanck's ski film. Der weiße Rausch, filmed in the Arlberg in the winter of 1930/1931, which helped make skiing popular.
    He moved to New Hampshire in 1939 and during the Second World War helped train the 10th Mountain Division of the U. S. Army in which his son Herbert served. Hannes became a member of the US Ski Hall of Fame in 1958.

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  • An unusual painted vellum binding
    Η νέα διαθήκη, Novum Testamentum... auctore Johanne Leusden by BIBLE, New Testament, in Greek
    BIBLE, New Testament, in Greek
    Η νέα διαθήκη, Novum Testamentum... auctore Johanne Leusden

    Leiden : Ex Officina Luchtmanniana. 1765. 12mo, engraved frontispiece, text in Greek except for title page and following 2 pages [Leusden’s Preface], bound in 18th cenury vellum stained pink except for a central panel , the crucifixion surrounded by flowers and leaves tooled in gilt on each cover painted in red and green, spine label stained in blue, decorative printed endpapers, a.e.g., a little loss of red paint to covers, but a pretty and unusual binding.

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