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  • A landmark of early American technology
    The Young Mill-Wright and Miller’s Guide. In Five Parts. Part 1. Mechanics and Hydraulics... Part 11. Rules for applying the Theories to practice... Part 111. Directions for constructing and using all the Author’s patented Improvements in Mills. Part 1V. The Art of manufacturing Mal and Flour... Part V. The Practical Mill-wright... Appendix - Containing Rules for discovering New Improvements... Embellished with Twenty-five Plates. Fourth Edition. by EVANS, Oliver (1755-1819)
    EVANS, Oliver (1755-1819)
    The Young Mill-Wright and Miller’s Guide. In Five Parts. Part 1. Mechanics and Hydraulics... Part 11. Rules for applying the Theories to practice... Part 111. Directions for constructing and using all the Author’s patented Improvements in Mills. Part 1V. The Art of manufacturing Mal and Flour... Part V. The Practical Mill-wright... Appendix - Containing Rules for discovering New Improvements... Embellished with Twenty-five Plates. Fourth Edition.

    Philadelphia : M. Carey and Son, Chest-nut Street. 1821. 8vo, [-]4, B-Z, Aa-Zz, 3A4, 26 engraved plates (numbered 1 to XX1V, XXV11 & XXV1), heavily foxed throughout as usual, cont. sheep, neatly rebacked, old label, corner repaired. A sound copy.
    The fourth edition (first published 1795) of the first book on power grain milling and a landmark of early American technology. Writing in 1935 Bathe says of it “There is to this day, at least one mill owner known to the writer, who has a copy of Oliver Evans’ Mill-wright in his office to which he says quite frankly he refers often, considering it is still in many repects the most practical work for millers ever published”. As…

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    Philadelphia : M. Carey and Son, Chest-nut Street. 1821. 8vo, [-]4, B-Z, Aa-Zz, 3A4, 26 engraved plates (numbered 1 to XX1V, XXV11 & XXV1), heavily foxed throughout as usual, cont. sheep, neatly rebacked, old label, corner repaired. A sound copy.
    The fourth edition (first published 1795) of the first book on power grain milling and a landmark of early American technology. Writing in 1935 Bathe says of it “There is to this day, at least one mill owner known to the writer, who has a copy of Oliver Evans’ Mill-wright in his office to which he says quite frankly he refers often, considering it is still in many repects the most practical work for millers ever published”. As a practical handbook it is hardly surprising that copies, where they have survived, are usually in poor condition.
    Reference: Bathe, G. & D. : Oliver Evans. A Chronicle of Early American Engineering. 1935 p.47

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  • The most comprehensive herbal of the age
    Theatrum Botanicum: The Theater of Plants. or, An Herball of Large Extent: Containing therein a more ample and exact History and declaration of the Physicall Herbs and Plants that are in other Authours, encreased by the accesse of many hundreds of new, rare and strange Plants from all parts of the world.... Collected by the many yeares travaile, industry, and experience in this subject, by John Parkinson Apothecary of London, and the Kings Herbarist... by PARKINSON, John (1567-1650)
    PARKINSON, John (1567-1650)
    Theatrum Botanicum: The Theater of Plants. or, An Herball of Large Extent: Containing therein a more ample and exact History and declaration of the Physicall Herbs and Plants that are in other Authours, encreased by the accesse of many hundreds of new, rare and strange Plants from all parts of the world.... Collected by the many yeares travaile, industry, and experience in this subject, by John Parkinson Apothecary of London, and the Kings Herbarist...

    London : Printed by Tho. Cotes. 1640. Sole Edition
    Folio, eng. title, title-page (1 leaf), To the Reader (1 leaf), Dedication (1 leaf, verso blank), laudatory epistles and poems (5 lls), Contents (1 leaf verso blank), Text, pps 1-1755 (with errors), Errata (1 leaf verso blank), complete. Engraved title and the occasional woodcut in the first half of the book coloured by an early hand, tear in last leaf of The Table repaired without loss, a little minor staining but generally a good clean copy with ample margins, 19th century half black morocco, marbled boards, a very sound copy.
    Provenance. Signature of “Eliz Smyth of Hartfild(?) 1686” at head of eng. title and signature of “George Smyth”…

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    London : Printed by Tho. Cotes. 1640. Sole Edition
    Folio, eng. title, title-page (1 leaf), To the Reader (1 leaf), Dedication (1 leaf, verso blank), laudatory epistles and poems (5 lls), Contents (1 leaf verso blank), Text, pps 1-1755 (with errors), Errata (1 leaf verso blank), complete. Engraved title and the occasional woodcut in the first half of the book coloured by an early hand, tear in last leaf of The Table repaired without loss, a little minor staining but generally a good clean copy with ample margins, 19th century half black morocco, marbled boards, a very sound copy.
    Provenance. Signature of “Eliz Smyth of Hartfild(?) 1686” at head of eng. title and signature of “George Smyth” on verso. Faint, small stamp of “Charles Lakin” of Leicester
    on foremargin of eng. title. Bookplate of The Horticultural Society of New York on front pastedown.

    The author, a London pharmacist, received the title of Royal Apothecary from James I. Later Charles I appointed him as his chief botanist (“Botanicus Regius Primarius”). He had a private garden in Long Acre (Theatrum p.609) in which he grew many rarities. Work on his herbal, which was delayed for a number of years by the success of Johnson’s edition of Gerarde, was greatly helped by the unpublished notes of the French botanist, Matthias L’Obel, who had lived in North London for the last years of his life. The result was an enormous folio work containing descriptions of nearly 4,000 plants (almost 1,000 more than the 1636 Gerarde) including some twenty-eight species not previously recorded in Britain. The most important of these were the strawberry tree from Ireland and the lady’s slipper orchid found in Lancashire.

    Reference: STC 19302 Henrey 286 Hunt Bot. Cat. 235 Nissen 1490

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  • The dramatic moment in the best known legend in American literature
    “They Crowded round him, eyeing him from Head to Foot with Great Curiosity” by RACKHAM, Arthur (1867-1939) illustrator and Washington IRVING (1783-1859)
    RACKHAM, Arthur (1867-1939) illustrator and Washington IRVING (1783-1859)
    “They Crowded round him, eyeing him from Head to Foot with Great Curiosity”

    1960. Original watercolour drawing (330 x 270 mm) of Rip Van Winkle, on his return from his twenty years asleep in the Catskills, surrounded by curious villagers outside the General Washington Inn (formerly the King George III Inn!), signed bottom left “Arthur Rackham ‘05” Framed and glazed in the original Leicester Galleries frame with their ticket on the back. (see below)
    “But the first work that greatly advanced his fame in the years immediately following his marriage was his edition of Rip Van Winkle...This lovely book decisively established Rackham as the leading decorative illustrator of the Edwardian period...” [Hudson p.57] An innovation which produced enormous advance publicity for the publishers was the exhibition of the original drawings at The…

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    1960. Original watercolour drawing (330 x 270 mm) of Rip Van Winkle, on his return from his twenty years asleep in the Catskills, surrounded by curious villagers outside the General Washington Inn (formerly the King George III Inn!), signed bottom left “Arthur Rackham ‘05” Framed and glazed in the original Leicester Galleries frame with their ticket on the back. (see below)
    “But the first work that greatly advanced his fame in the years immediately following his marriage was his edition of Rip Van Winkle...This lovely book decisively established Rackham as the leading decorative illustrator of the Edwardian period...” [Hudson p.57] An innovation which produced enormous advance publicity for the publishers was the exhibition of the original drawings at The Leicester Galleries; the deluxe edition of the book was fully subscribed before the exhibition closed.
    This is much more than just a very fine Rackham watercolour; it is an iconic moment in one of the great stories of world literature. Rip van Winkle is known throughout the English-speaking world and beyond as the man who slept for twenty years. One day, to escape his nagging wife he wanders off into his native Catskill mountains in New York State and falls asleep. He awakes to discover shocking changes. His musket is rotting and rusty, his beard is a foot long, and his dog is nowhere to be found. Van Winkle returns to his village where he recognizes no one. He discovers that his wife has died and that his close friends have fallen in a war or moved away. He gets into trouble when he proclaims himself a loyal subject of King George III, not aware that the American Revolution has taken place. King George's portrait in the inn has been replaced with one of George Washington. And here he is, a bewildered Rip, sleep still in his eyes, outside what is now the General Washington Inn surrounded by villagers he doesn’t recognise.
    Reference: Hudson, Derek : Arthur Rackham His Life and Work. N.Y. 1960

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  • Thomas Bewick
    BORDEN, John W. and Janet S KRUEGER
    Thomas Bewick & the Fables of Aesop. Biographical Sketch by John W. Borden. History of the Fables by Janet S. Krueger. With an original leaf from the first edition (1818) of The Fables of Aesop and a new impression of one of Bewick’s original wood engravings.

    San Francisco: The Book Club of California 1983. Limited Edition of 518 copies
    4to, 58, [4] pp, with an original leaf tipped in on page 11, orig. brown paper bds, printed label on spine, plain cream d/wrapper with slight stain to rear, 4-page prospectus laid in loose.
    Publication number 175 of The Book Club of California.

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  • Thoughts on National Defence. By Rear-Admiral Bowles. Second Edition. Corrected and Enlarged. by BOWLES, William (1780-1869) Vice-Admiral
    BOWLES, William (1780-1869) Vice-Admiral
    Thoughts on National Defence. By Rear-Admiral Bowles. Second Edition. Corrected and Enlarged.

    London : James Ridgeway, Piccadilly. 1852. 8vo, xiv, [2], 80 pp, uncut, stab-stitched without wrappers as issued, a little dust-soiled
    On the state of the British navy and its preparedness for war.

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  • Presented in Chelsea
    PALAMAS, Kōstēs (1859-1943)
    Three poems. Translated by Theodore Ph. Stephanides and George C. Katsimbalis.

    London. 1969. Printed for private circulation?
    Roy. 8vo, 38, [2] pp, printed paper wrappers, very small faint stain to front cover, inscribed on front free endpaper “With best wishes, Theodore Stephanides. Chelsea 1970”

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  • Advance copy for review with TLs to Tom Driberg from the author
    To the Chapel Perilous by MITCHISON, Naomi Mary Margaret, baroness, CBE (1897-1999)
    MITCHISON, Naomi Mary Margaret, baroness, CBE (1897-1999)
    To the Chapel Perilous

    London : George Allen & Unwin Ltd Ruskin House Museum Street [1955]. First Edition
    Small 8vo, 172, [4] pp, publisher’s cloth, dust jacket very slightly frayed at top edge and a little dusty,preserved in a detachable mylar sleeve, Tom Driberg’s copy sent for review ( Publication date “September 8th”) with a typed post-card addressed to Driberg and signed “Yrs Naomi” postmarked “Campbelltown 12 April 1955” laid in loose.

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  • Tom and Jerry in France; or Vive La Bagatelle. A Musical Entertainment in Three Acts, as Performed at The Royal Coburg Theatre. by [ pseudo-EGAN] [MACFARREN, George 1788-1843]
    [ pseudo-EGAN] [MACFARREN, George 1788-1843]
    Tom and Jerry in France; or Vive La Bagatelle. A Musical Entertainment in Three Acts, as Performed at The Royal Coburg Theatre.

    London: Printed for J. Lowndes, 36, Bow Street, Covent-Garden. (1842?). 8vo, title-page, 44, [2]pp, stab-stitched in original printed wrappers, uncut and mostly unopened, wrappers somewhat ragged, the front one with an internal tear not affecting legibility, some dustsoiling at edges, preserved in a cloth folder and 1/4 morocco slip-case.
    At the end is added “ Jemmy Green’s Tour, A Comic Song, (Written by D.W.Jerrold,) Sung by Mr. Wilkinson” on 2 pages. The attribution to Macfarren is taken from the microform copy at Cambridge; the suggested date from the BL catalogue.
    Reference: COPAC locates BL only

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  • Not in Kress, Goldsmiths’, BMC or Brunet
    SOUCHET, [Etienne?]
    Traité de l’Usure, servant de Réponse a une Lettre sur ce sujet, publiée en 1770, sous le nom de M. Prost de Royer, Procureur-General de la ville de Lyon; au Traité anonyme sur le même sujet, imprimé à Cologne en 1769...

    Paris: Au Bureau de l’Abonnement Littéraire... Chez Durand... Chez Bastien... 1778. 12mo, a6, A-K12, L6, xii, 249, [3] pp, cont. mottled calf, sound.
    The “Lettre” to which this is an answer seems to have been Antoine François Prost de Royer’s “Lettre à monsieur l’archevêque de Lyon.....” n.p. 1770, [Kress 6749], but we find no record of the present work in either, Kress, Goldsmiths’, BMC or Brunet.

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  • Travelling Sketches... [Reprinted from the Pall Mall Gazette]. by TROLLOPE, Anthony (1815-82)
    TROLLOPE, Anthony (1815-82)
    Travelling Sketches... [Reprinted from the Pall Mall Gazette].

    London: Chapman & Hall, 1866. First Edition in book form.
    8vo., original scarlet cloth, title blocked in gold on front cover, gilt line at head and foot of spine, t.e. uncut, spine faded otherwise a fine copy. Bookseller’s ticket of Edward Baker of Birmingham.
    As with the other two collections of Trollope’s Pall Mall articles, Travelling Sketches was bound up over a period of years. The publisher’s catalogue dated 1. February 1866, bound in the earliest copies, is not included in the present one.
    Reference: Sadleir Trollope no23

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  • Tunnicliffe’s Countryside by NIALL, Ian
    NIALL, Ian
    Tunnicliffe’s Countryside

    London: Clive Holloway Books. [1983]. First Edition
    Large 4to, 216pp, profusely illustrated throughout the text in colour and black-and-white, original publisher’s cloth, dust wrapper.First Edition
    Folio, 160pp, 16 coloured and numerous black-and-white illustrations in the text, original publisher’s cloth, dust wrapper, a fine copy.

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  • ROWE, Nicholas (1674-1718)
    Ulysses: A Tragedy. As it is Acted at the Queen’s Theatre in the Haymarket. By Her Magesty’s Sworn Servants.

    London : Printed for Jacob Tonson, within Grays-Inn Gate next Grays-Inn Lane. 1706. First Edition
    Small 4to, [-]2, A-I4; [xii], 64pp, (with hf-title) sig. I2 shaved at foot not affecting legibility, browned throughout, modern 1/4 red morocco, marbled bds.
    Reference: ESTC T55545

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  • The author singing his own compositions
    Ulysses come Back - Outline-sketch of a musical based upon the last three love-affairs of Ulysses the Greek adventurer of mythology, adapted rather light heartedly from Homer. by DURRELL, Lawrence (1912-1990)
    DURRELL, Lawrence (1912-1990)
    Ulysses come Back - Outline-sketch of a musical based upon the last three love-affairs of Ulysses the Greek adventurer of mythology, adapted rather light heartedly from Homer.

    London : Turret Books Publishers, 1b Kensington Church Walk, W8. 1970. Limited Edition no. 33 of 99 copies signed by the author
    Cr. 8vo, 10 leaves, stapled in one gathering, accompanied by a 12-inch long playing record containing six songs, three of them performed by Durrell to his own piano accompaniment

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  • Verses on Various Occasions by [NEWMAN, John Henry Cardinal (1801-90)]
    [NEWMAN, John Henry Cardinal (1801-90)]
    Verses on Various Occasions

    London : Burns, Oates & Co.... 1868. First Edition
    Cr. 8vo, [A]8, B-Z8, Aa8, cont. half morocco, marbled bds, t.e.g. others uncut, spine worn.
    The author’s first published collection of verse; it includes his best known poem, The Dream of Gerontius”
    Reference: Hayward 281

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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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  • Wheels at Speed... Foreword by Henry Maxwell by CHAKRABONGSE, Prince Chula (1908-63)
    CHAKRABONGSE, Prince Chula (1908-63)
    Wheels at Speed... Foreword by Henry Maxwell

    London: G.T.Foulis & Co. Ltd. 7 Milford Land, Strand, W.C.2. 1946. 3rd Edition
    8vo, 112 pp, 57 photogrphic ills., original cloth, dust wrapper a little dust-stained, protected in a mylar sleeve, a good copy.
    First printed for private circulation in 1936.

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  • Brooklands
    Wheels Take Wings... Foreword by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales by BRADLEY, Arthur Percy and Michael BURN
    BRADLEY, Arthur Percy and Michael BURN
    Wheels Take Wings... Foreword by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales

    London: G.T.Foulis & Co., Ltd. 7, Milford Lane, Strand, W.C.2 n.d. [1933]. First Edition
    8vo, portrait frontispiece, [viii], 247 pp, 15 full-page illustrations orininal cloth, good.
    The early history of Brooklands race track.

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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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