Browse

  • An iconic feat of Victorian engineering
    UNIQUE ARCHIVE OF SOME 200 LARGE ROLLED PLANS, BLUEPRINTS AND TECHNICAL DRAWINGS by [ENGINEERING]. MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL.
    [ENGINEERING]. MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL.
    UNIQUE ARCHIVE OF SOME 200 LARGE ROLLED PLANS, BLUEPRINTS AND TECHNICAL DRAWINGS executed by a number of different leading engineering companies and relating to the construction of grain elevators, and general improvements and maintenance of the locks along the Ship Canal, with specific reference to Ellesmere Port, Stanlow Oil Dock, Barton Lock, and Salford Docks. Various places of publication including Cheadle Heath, Openshaw, Manchester, Gateshead-on-Tyne, and Walton-on-Thames, various dates including 1914, 1915, 1924, 1928, 1932 and 1949.

    1900. Collection of some 200 tightly rolled documents of varying sizes, many on draft linen, and also including blue-prints, and drawings on translucent draft paper, a number partially coloured; all exhibiting signs of use and wear, with some considerable dust-soiling to some edges, the majority creased and many with quite considerable wear to extremities - with some loss in a few places; nevertheless a striking and unusual collection. A fascinating collection, comprising technical drawings, plans and blueprints issued by a number of leading engineering firms, and relating to both recent constructions, and presumably to the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of various buildings and lock systems along the Manchester Ship Canal. Spanning a period between 1914 and 1949, the collection focuses…

    (more)

    1900. Collection of some 200 tightly rolled documents of varying sizes, many on draft linen, and also including blue-prints, and drawings on translucent draft paper, a number partially coloured; all exhibiting signs of use and wear, with some considerable dust-soiling to some edges, the majority creased and many with quite considerable wear to extremities - with some loss in a few places; nevertheless a striking and unusual collection. A fascinating collection, comprising technical drawings, plans and blueprints issued by a number of leading engineering firms, and relating to both recent constructions, and presumably to the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of various buildings and lock systems along the Manchester Ship Canal. Spanning a period between 1914 and 1949, the collection focuses in particular upon Eastham Locks and Gates, Ellesmere Port, Stanlow Oil Docks, Barton Lock and Salford Docks, and provides an unusual and visual insight into the workings of this iconic feat of Victorian engineering.
    The moves which led to the formation of the Manchester Ship Canal Company and to the construction of the canal itself began to take practical shape in 1882, at a time when the commercial supremacy of Manchester appeared to be declining. It was thought that this decline was due in large part to the heavy cost of transit within the region, which led to the agitation for the building of a ship canal. The proposal encountered opposition from the railways and from powerful corporate interests in Liverpool and it was 1887 before work could begin. The task occupied six years and might never have been completed had not the city fathers come to the financial rescue of the promoters, lending them £3 millions in 1891 and a further £2 millions in 1893. The canal was opened to traffic in 1894, and was the largest river navigation canal in the world, and enabled the newly created Port of Manchester to become Britain’s third busiest port despite the city being 40 miles inland, and was to play a vital role in the economic success of the city during the twentieth century.
    Of particular interest, the collection includes a number of drawings and plans done by the noted engineering firm of Henry Simon Ltd of Cheadle Heath. The entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry Simon was born in Germany, before moving to Manchester in 1860. A noted engineer, his fame rests in having pioneered an innovative flour milling process, and by 1892 his company had built 400 mills in various countries. Though he died in 1899 by that time the firm was the largest flour mill engineering business in the world. The various plans found here refer to the firms construction in 1915 of the famous large Grain Elevator Number 2, and which upon completion was capable of storing 40,000 tons of grain. Bordered on one side by an offshoot of the Manchester Ship Canal - the Bridgewater Canal, and an extensive railway system on the other, the huge 168ft high grain elevator became a notable landmark. Thus we have plans for ‘Sweep Ups and Dust Exhaust B & C on elevators’, ‘Arrangement of Dust Exhaust, Motor Ventilating plants and basement, South End (and North End)’, to name but a couple. Related to the grain elevator, another plan shows the ‘Arrangement of Fan Drives for Exhaust & Weigher Hoppers’ at Ellesmere Port (by Henry Simon, 1928) - the weigher being a method of automatically controlling the filling and emptying of produce in silos and hoppers.
    Focused almost entirely upon mechanical engineering, the collection highlights the internal design and workings of buildings at various key locations along the route. The Stanlow Oil Dock was opened in 1922, and various plans included in the collection relate to this - including one showing the ‘Arrangement of Pipes and Shafts at South Shaft’, with another highlighting a proposed sub-station there. Plans for the fenders for the lower gates, and giving details of the gate platforms and brackets are found referring to Barton Lock. Another illustrates a coal converter at Ellesmere Port.
    Whilst inevitable that local engineering firms would have a close connection with the canal, the collection also reveals that firms from further afield provided vital technical assistance, including Hackbridge Electric Construction Co. Ltd of Walton-on-Thames, and Clarke, Chapman & Co. Ltd, Electrical Engineers from Gateshead-on-Tyne. Other firms of note include the British Oil Storage Company, the Vaughan Crane Co. Ltd (providing plans and blueprints for a 3/4 Ton Spur Geared Trans Block), and Sir W. H. Bailey & Co., Ltd. A number also have the stamp of the Engineering Office. Whether this refers to a Ship Canal Head Office we are unsure, and indeed we are uncertain as to where this collection originally hails from, other than that we believed it was sold at Tennants Auctioneers several years ago, and subsequently purchased in Haydock. Though obviously including plans for as yet constructed buildings, our assumption is that these technical drawings have been amassed to assist with the general maintenance and upkeep of the many industrialized and mechanized buildings that played such an integral role in the life and success of the canal. A striking and highly visual insight into the building, improvement and maintenance of this iconic feat of Victorian engineering.

    (less)
    View basket More details Price: £750.00
  • PHANTOM DES MENSCHENHIRNS: by FICK, Ludwig.
    FICK, Ludwig.
    PHANTOM DES MENSCHENHIRNS: Als Supplement zu jedem anatomischen Atlas. Sechste verbesserte, vermehrte und mit Text versehene Auflage. Phantom I. Geschlossen die Aussenseite, aufgeschlagen die innere Höhlenbildung des gerhirns darstellend. Phantom II. Einen horizontaldurchschnitt des gehirns zur demonstration des faserlaufes darstellend. Marburg, N. G. Elwert’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung.

    1891. Oblong 4to (148 x 212mm), pp. 16; with two loosely chromolithograph depiction's of the human brain printed on thin card, one made up of five sections stapled together to form moveable flaps; text a little browned, stitched as issued; A rare later and revised edition, of this delicate German ephemeral item, presenting the anatomy of the brain in ‘3D’, and intended to supplement ‘any atlas’. Fick was a professor of anatomy at Marburg University, and first produced this small portable and practical atlas in 1855, which was to go through a number of editions, Fick seeming to revise and update the work. This sixth edition appeared in the same year as the fifth. A seventh, and seemingly final edition,…

    (more)

    1891. Oblong 4to (148 x 212mm), pp. 16; with two loosely chromolithograph depiction's of the human brain printed on thin card, one made up of five sections stapled together to form moveable flaps; text a little browned, stitched as issued; A rare later and revised edition, of this delicate German ephemeral item, presenting the anatomy of the brain in ‘3D’, and intended to supplement ‘any atlas’. Fick was a professor of anatomy at Marburg University, and first produced this small portable and practical atlas in 1855, which was to go through a number of editions, Fick seeming to revise and update the work. This sixth edition appeared in the same year as the fifth. A seventh, and seemingly final edition, was produced in 1900.
    Housed within the original printed paper-wrap ‘envelope’, Fick provides a brief accompanying pamphlet (here pp. 16 and expanded from earlier editions), together with two chromolithograph diagrams revealing the internal neural anatomy.
    All examples are scarce, due to the fragile nature of the design, though it proved popular and went through at least seven editions between 1855 and 1900. COPAC locates a single copy of this edition (Cambridge), and the same of the first dated 1855 (British Library). No work by Fick is recorded in the Wellcome Collection, nor in Courville. Unknown to Haymaker & Schiller & McHenry.

    (less)

    Condition: retained within the original tan folded printed wrappers, to from an envelope, with neat tape repairs along joints, with further evidence of external repairs, coves a little soiled with light wear to extremities.

    View basket More details Price: £225.00
  • THE NATURAL METHOD OF HEALING. by [FLAP BOOKS]. BILZ, Friedrich Edouard.
    [FLAP BOOKS]. BILZ, Friedrich Edouard.
    THE NATURAL METHOD OF HEALING. A new and complete guide to Health by F. E. Bilz. Founder and Proprietor of the Bilz Sanatorium at Radebeul, Dresden, Germany. Translated from the latest German Edition. Upwards of 850,000 copies sold. With a portrait of the author and more than 700 illustrations, numerous coloured plates and several coloured folding models of the human body and its organs. All rights reserved. F. E. Bilz. Leipzig - London - Paris. [n.d. but ca. 1900].

    1901. Two volumes, large 8vo; pp. [iv], 736, [ii], 737-1050; [ii], 1051-1653, [3] blank, [ii] part title-page ‘Modes of Treatment’, [1657]-1760, [ii],1761-1776, [ii], 1777-1840, [ii], 1841-2074; with folding male mannikin with flaps together with accompanying folding explanatory leaf at front of Vol I, and folding female mannikin with flaps together with explanatory leaf in Vol II, folding leaf at rear of Vol I containing 7 illustrations with flaps on the anatomy of the nose, ear, eye, larynx, lungs, heart, and head, with folding frontispiece ’Distinguished exponents and protectors of the Natural Healing Method’, double-page chromolithograph showing Bilz’ Sanatorium embellised in gilt, and sepia lithograph portrait of the author, and with a further 30 chromolithograph plates (one double-page), and copious text…

    (more)

    1901. Two volumes, large 8vo; pp. [iv], 736, [ii], 737-1050; [ii], 1051-1653, [3] blank, [ii] part title-page ‘Modes of Treatment’, [1657]-1760, [ii],1761-1776, [ii], 1777-1840, [ii], 1841-2074; with folding male mannikin with flaps together with accompanying folding explanatory leaf at front of Vol I, and folding female mannikin with flaps together with explanatory leaf in Vol II, folding leaf at rear of Vol I containing 7 illustrations with flaps on the anatomy of the nose, ear, eye, larynx, lungs, heart, and head, with folding frontispiece ’Distinguished exponents and protectors of the Natural Healing Method’, double-page chromolithograph showing Bilz’ Sanatorium embellised in gilt, and sepia lithograph portrait of the author, and with a further 30 chromolithograph plates (one double-page), and copious text illustrations; double-page frontispiece somewhat browned with long vertical tape repair, and chipping to outer edge, portrait and first few leaves of Vol II also with edgewear and chipping; printed on rather poor paper quality thus browned and somewhat foxed and soiled throughout, with some marginal browning to the plates; with later signature dated 1905 on half-titles; A later English edition, testimony to its enduring popularity, of Bilz’ ‘Das neue Naturheilverfahren’ (first English 1898), and which was eventually translated into 12 languages. A striking piece of late Victorian bookmaking, and illustrative of the rise in popular medical publishing, the work is copiously illustrated including a number of ‘flap’ illustrations, together with chromolithographs depicting everything from poisonous mushrooms and medicinal herbs to gymnastics and swimming. Though in the present copy repaired, the set also includes the striking double-page chromolithograph depiction of Bilz’ Sanatorium, seemingly not always present, together with an interesting folding plate highlighting a number of leading exponents of the ‘Natural Method of Healing’. The second volume includes quite detailed discussions of the facilities available at the Sanatorium. A note has been added at the bottom of the depiction of the Sanatorium stating ‘High award at the Jubilee Exhibition, Vienna, 1898’.

    (less)

    Condition: in the original decorative brown publishers cloth, embossed and stamped in black and gilt, though rather faded, head and tail of spines and extremities lightly rubbed and worn, some cockling.

    View basket More details Price: £275.00
  • LA NOUVELLE MÉDICATION NATURELLE. by [FLAP BOOKS]. BILZ, Friedrich Edouard.
    [FLAP BOOKS]. BILZ, Friedrich Edouard.
    LA NOUVELLE MÉDICATION NATURELLE. Traité et aide-mémoire médication et d’hygiène naturelles. Ouvrage couronné. 850,000 exemplaires ont été vendus à l’étranger. 1 fort volume gr. in 8o de plus de 2000 pages. Avec 723 figures dans le texte, un grand nombre de planches en couleurs et plusieurs modèles démontables du corps humain et de ses organes. Paris, F. E. Bilz, Libraire-Editeur. 17, rue d’Hauteville, 17.

    1900. Two volumes, large 8vo; pp. [ii], iv, 48, [ii] explanatory leaf, 49-672, [ii] explanatory leaf, 673-1040; Vol II. pp. [ii], 1041-1584, [ii] explanatory leaf, 1585-1683, [i] blank, [ii] sectional title on thicker paper ‘Formes d’application de la médication naturelle’, [1685]-1712, [ii] explanatory leaf, 1713-1744, [ii] explanatory leaf, 1745-1808, [ii] explanatory leaf, 1809-1872, [ii] explanatory leaf, 1873-1904, [ii] explanatory leaf, 1905-2080; Vol I with multi-layered folding male mannikin with flaps together with accompanying folding explanatory leaf of text at beginning, a folding leaf containing 7 ‘flap’ anatomical illustrations of the nose, ear, eye, larynx, lungs, heart at the rear, a folding lithograph plate showing portraits of eminent holistic physicians, a double-page frontispiece chromolithograph of the Sanatorium embellished in gilt, and…

    (more)

    1900. Two volumes, large 8vo; pp. [ii], iv, 48, [ii] explanatory leaf, 49-672, [ii] explanatory leaf, 673-1040; Vol II. pp. [ii], 1041-1584, [ii] explanatory leaf, 1585-1683, [i] blank, [ii] sectional title on thicker paper ‘Formes d’application de la médication naturelle’, [1685]-1712, [ii] explanatory leaf, 1713-1744, [ii] explanatory leaf, 1745-1808, [ii] explanatory leaf, 1809-1872, [ii] explanatory leaf, 1873-1904, [ii] explanatory leaf, 1905-2080; Vol I with multi-layered folding male mannikin with flaps together with accompanying folding explanatory leaf of text at beginning, a folding leaf containing 7 ‘flap’ anatomical illustrations of the nose, ear, eye, larynx, lungs, heart at the rear, a folding lithograph plate showing portraits of eminent holistic physicians, a double-page frontispiece chromolithograph of the Sanatorium embellished in gilt, and sepia lithograph frontispiece portrait of Bilz, Vol II with a multi-layered folding female mannikin with accompanying folding explanatory leaf at front and single chromolithograph plate with flaps depicting a foetus in the womb at rear, with 30 chromolithograph plates throughout the text, together with copious text diagrams and engravings; paper somewhat browned throughout due to quality, with a few small marginal nicks, sectional title-page in Vol II worn and chipped along fore-edge; A variant French edition, testimony to its enduring popularity, of Bilz’ ‘Das neue Naturheilverfahren’ (first German ca. 1888, first English 1898), and which was eventually translated into 12 languages. This French edition has a variant double-page frontispiece depiction of the Sanatorium to that found in the English edition, as well as containing variant plates, although the text is largely the same. Another French issue under the variant title of ‘La Santé à la portée de tous’ was published at a similar time - again with variant plates. A testimony, perhaps, to the entrepreneurial Bilz’ taking full advantage of the advances in popular publishing, and the demand for comprehensive domestic medical guides.

    (less)

    Condition: neatly recased in the original decorative brown publishers cloth, embossed and stamped in black and gilt, though rather faded, head and tail of spines and joints rubbed and worn, covers a little soiled and spotted.

    View basket More details Price: £275.00
  • HYPNOTISM by FOVEAU DE COURMELLES, Francois Victor [translator, Laura ENSOR.]
    FOVEAU DE COURMELLES, Francois Victor [translator, Laura ENSOR.]
    HYPNOTISM Translated by Laura Ensor. Illustrated with 42 vignettes by Laurent-Gsell. London: George Routledge and Sons, Limited ... Glasgow, Manchester and New York.

    1891. 8vo, pp.xii, 321, [1] blank, [2] advertisements for works by Alphonse Daudet; with 42 engraved vignettes; paper a little browned and spotted throughout due to quality, rear endpaper partially detached, both somewhat foxed and browend; First London edition, (first published as L’Hypnotisme’ in the previous year, with a Philadelphia imprint also in 1891) of this vigorous defence of hypnotism, by the physician-hypnotist and one of the pioneers of electrotherapy and radiography, Victor Foveau de Courmelles (1862-1943), and who only two years previously had been Vice-President of the International Magnetic Congress for the Study and Application of Human Magnestism to the Relief and Care of the Sick, held between 21-26 October 1889 in Paris. Courmelles asserts that a more widespread…

    (more)

    1891. 8vo, pp.xii, 321, [1] blank, [2] advertisements for works by Alphonse Daudet; with 42 engraved vignettes; paper a little browned and spotted throughout due to quality, rear endpaper partially detached, both somewhat foxed and browend; First London edition, (first published as L’Hypnotisme’ in the previous year, with a Philadelphia imprint also in 1891) of this vigorous defence of hypnotism, by the physician-hypnotist and one of the pioneers of electrotherapy and radiography, Victor Foveau de Courmelles (1862-1943), and who only two years previously had been Vice-President of the International Magnetic Congress for the Study and Application of Human Magnestism to the Relief and Care of the Sick, held between 21-26 October 1889 in Paris. Courmelles asserts that a more widespread adoption of artificially induced sleep would be great medical benefit, and indeed in his preface cites the case of a young woman, who during an ‘acute attack of nervous suffocation’ was subjected to the trauma of a tracheotomy: ‘had he simply induced artificial sleep, her breathing would at once have resumed its normal condition’ (p. viii). Amongst the striking illustrations we are shown 'Mesmer's Tub', 'Puysegur's Tree' and numerous hypnotic subjects in various states including one full page image of woman with rigid catalepsy between two chairs.

    (less)

    Condition: original pictorial blue publisher’s cloth, title in gilt on upper cover and spine, with vignette on upper cover of a woman being hypnotised, with floral endpapers, inner hinges starting, head and tail of spine bumped and lightly worn, spine sunned and a little creased, both joints nicked and worn, covers foxed and soiled.

    View basket More details Price: £80.00
  • ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité’ - ‘Military service demands the free exercise of all organs’
    TABLEAU DES INFIRMITÉS by [FRENCH REVOLUTION MANUSCRIPT]. [MILITARY MEDICINE].
    [FRENCH REVOLUTION MANUSCRIPT]. [MILITARY MEDICINE].
    TABLEAU DES INFIRMITÉS qui nécessitent la Réforme, et doivent empêcher l'admission au Service Militaire. Hôpitaux Militaire. Conseil de Santé. Le Gouvernement est Révolutionnaire jusqu’à la Loix. Paris, le 15 Brumaire de l’An 2 dela République une et indivisible. Le Conseil de Santé au Ministre de la Guerre. [Arrêté dated 16 Brumaire on penultimate verso, and signed by leading members of the Council of Health including Parmentier, Daignan, Dubois, and Herteloupe].

    [November 1793]. Small folio, 320 x 210mm, ff. [4]; written in neat calligraphy in brown ink; paper a little dust-soiled with some light spotting and browning, with evidence of previous horizontal folds; loosely ‘stitched’ together with two blue silk ties at head and tail, with evidence of previous stab marks, spine of outer cover split but holding; A beautifully handwritten ‘Arrêté’ issued by the Health Council of Military Hospitals, in the early days of the ‘Reign of Terror’, and bearing the signatures of a number of leading French surgeons and physicians of the day, notably Antoine Parmentier (1737-1813), Antoine Dubois (1756-1837), Guillaume Daignan (1732-1812) and Nicolas Herteloup (1750-1812).
    The table, divided into seventeen categories, stipulates a number of infirmities…

    (more)

    [November 1793]. Small folio, 320 x 210mm, ff. [4]; written in neat calligraphy in brown ink; paper a little dust-soiled with some light spotting and browning, with evidence of previous horizontal folds; loosely ‘stitched’ together with two blue silk ties at head and tail, with evidence of previous stab marks, spine of outer cover split but holding; A beautifully handwritten ‘Arrêté’ issued by the Health Council of Military Hospitals, in the early days of the ‘Reign of Terror’, and bearing the signatures of a number of leading French surgeons and physicians of the day, notably Antoine Parmentier (1737-1813), Antoine Dubois (1756-1837), Guillaume Daignan (1732-1812) and Nicolas Herteloup (1750-1812).
    The table, divided into seventeen categories, stipulates a number of infirmities and conditions which would prevent admission to military service, and provides a glimpse at the mindset of the tough and uncompromising new civil regime . "Le service militaire exige le libre exercice de tous les organes. Le soldat qui en a quelqu'un de vicié peine, la peine produit la douleur, la douleur les maladies, les maladies affligent l'humanité, affaiblissent les Armées, ruinent le Trésor public. Une administration civique doit obvier à ces inconvénients." A fascinating document of great historical interest.

    (less)
    View basket More details Price: £675.00
  • Deformations of the pelvis
    EIN DURCH FRACTUR SCHRÄGES BECKEN by FRITSCH, Heinrich.
    FRITSCH, Heinrich.
    EIN DURCH FRACTUR SCHRÄGES BECKEN Mit 2 tafeln abbildungen. Halle, Max Niemeyer,

    1879. Small folio, pp. 12, [2]; with two chromolithograph plates, comprising seven figures; text and plates a little foxed and spotted; First edition of this uncommon and attractively illustrated treatise on deformations of the pelvis by the obstetrician and gynaecologist Heinrich Fritsch, at the time of writing Extraordinary Professor at Halle University (1844-1915). Some of his early training had been spent at the obstetrical clinic of Robert Michel von Olshausen (1835-1915), to whom he dedicates the present work. He subsequently became a full professor and director of the obstetrical clinic in Breslau in 1883, later taking up a position in Bonn. Fritsch was an excellent physician and operator whose work concerns all fields of obstetrics and gynaecology. As a highly…

    (more)

    1879. Small folio, pp. 12, [2]; with two chromolithograph plates, comprising seven figures; text and plates a little foxed and spotted; First edition of this uncommon and attractively illustrated treatise on deformations of the pelvis by the obstetrician and gynaecologist Heinrich Fritsch, at the time of writing Extraordinary Professor at Halle University (1844-1915). Some of his early training had been spent at the obstetrical clinic of Robert Michel von Olshausen (1835-1915), to whom he dedicates the present work. He subsequently became a full professor and director of the obstetrical clinic in Breslau in 1883, later taking up a position in Bonn. Fritsch was an excellent physician and operator whose work concerns all fields of obstetrics and gynaecology. As a highly regarded clinical teacher he is credited with having educated a generation of acclaimed obstetricians and gynaecologists, including Hermann Johannes Pfannenstiel (1862-1909), Erwin Kehrer (born 1874), and Walter Stoeckel (1871-1961). In 1894 he provided an early description of "Asherman's syndrome", and his name is associated with "Fritsch's manipulation", an obstetric compression technique used for controlling bleeding. In 1877, with Hermann Fehling (1847-1925), he founded the gynaecological journal Zentralblatt für Gynäkologie.
    In the present treatise, Fritsch makes frequent reference to the work of Carl Litzmann, who also wrote a number of works on the female pelvis and its anomalies, notably Die formen des beckens in 1861. OCLC locates one copy at Chicago only.

    (less)

    Condition: bound in later brown publisher’s cloth, spine lettered in gilt, retaining the original brown printed wrappers bounds in, inner hinge starting, spine and upper covers a little stained and soiled, with some minor surface scratching and wear to extremities.

    View basket More details Price: £385.00
  • Funeral customs
    DES TOMBEAUX, by GIRARD, Joseph de.
    GIRARD, Joseph de.
    DES TOMBEAUX, ou de l’influence des Institutions Funèbres sur les moeurs. A Paris, chez F. Buisson, Imp.-Lib. rue Hautefeuille, no. 20. An IX

    (1801). 12mo, pp. [viii] including first blank, 192, [2] errata and blank; errata leaf laid down with repair at lower gutter (no loss of text), title-page a little browned with minor abrasion causing loss of a couple of letters, text lightly browned; First edition of this thoughtful essay on tombs and the influence of funeral institutions over manners and morals, providing a comparative study of funeral rites and ceremonies, including discussion of China, Canada, Tahiti and Guyana.
    Girard’s work was one of a number compositions entered for a competition set by the L’Institut National. As with so many areas of public life in the aftermath of the Revolution, there was a growing widespread concern over a lack of respect…

    (more)

    (1801). 12mo, pp. [viii] including first blank, 192, [2] errata and blank; errata leaf laid down with repair at lower gutter (no loss of text), title-page a little browned with minor abrasion causing loss of a couple of letters, text lightly browned; First edition of this thoughtful essay on tombs and the influence of funeral institutions over manners and morals, providing a comparative study of funeral rites and ceremonies, including discussion of China, Canada, Tahiti and Guyana.
    Girard’s work was one of a number compositions entered for a competition set by the L’Institut National. As with so many areas of public life in the aftermath of the Revolution, there was a growing widespread concern over a lack of respect for the dead and their burial, the preceding decade having borne witness to a prevalence of what were considered by many to be indecent and at times almost inhumane modes of interment. Girard therefore presents his ideas and plan for ‘d’Institutions funèbres simple et moral, et j'y mêlai toutes les idées consolantes qui peuvent adoucir la dernière et douloureuse séparation’ (p. 4), in which he looks at such issues as ‘proclamation des décès, l’inscription sur les tables funéraires et l’eloge des morts’. OCLC locates copies at UCLA, Princeton, Harvard, Louisiana State and NYPL.

    (less)

    Condition: in nineteenth century green morocco backed marbled boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, head of spine nicked slightly at upper joint, lower joint starting, extremities lightly rubbed and bumped.

    View basket More details Price: £275.00
  • [DROP-HEAD TITLE]. PARESIS by GIVENS, Amos J.
    GIVENS, Amos J.
    [DROP-HEAD TITLE]. PARESIS Stamford, Connecticut: [n. p.], [ca. 1891-1900?].

    1900. 8vo, pp. [8]; evidence of previous horizontal folds, with some marginal dust-soiling, notably along fore-edge, small marginal tears at edges old old folds; On the grim symptoms of neurosyphilis and general paresis of the insane and the treatments afforded by the alienist Amos J Givens (1864-1919) at his sanatarium in Stamford. Atwater notes that Givens was an 1886 graduate of the Eclectic Medical Institute in Cincinnati; the NY Time obituary for Givens supplies the date of 1891 as the year he founded his popular sanatarium. OCLC locates copies at the National Library of Medicine, Yale, the New York Academy of Medicine and the College of Physicians.

    Condition: stapled as issued in the original pictorial wrappers, rear cover with illustration of Dr. Givens’ Sanitarium, Stamford, Conn; a little dog-eared, but a good copy.

    View basket More details Price: £80.00
  • IN THE SHADOW OF MAN by GOODALL, Jane.
    GOODALL, Jane.
    IN THE SHADOW OF MAN London: Collins.

    1971. 8vo, pp. 256; First edition of this important and early work by the noted primatologist and conservationist, Jane Goodall. ‘…of all living creatures today only man, with his superior brain, superior intellect, overshadows the chimpanzee. Only man casts his shadow of doom over the freedom of the chimpanzee in the forests with his guns and his spreading settlements and cultivation.’ (p.3) A unique blend of formal science and informal psychology, Goodall writes with great personality and humour, as she explores the sociological and philosophical relationship between man and chimps. Both an extremely important piece of scientific research and a fascinating tale, Goodall relates her time in Gombe from 1960 to 1970. Filled with stunning photography, the book provides significant…

    (more)

    1971. 8vo, pp. 256; First edition of this important and early work by the noted primatologist and conservationist, Jane Goodall. ‘…of all living creatures today only man, with his superior brain, superior intellect, overshadows the chimpanzee. Only man casts his shadow of doom over the freedom of the chimpanzee in the forests with his guns and his spreading settlements and cultivation.’ (p.3) A unique blend of formal science and informal psychology, Goodall writes with great personality and humour, as she explores the sociological and philosophical relationship between man and chimps. Both an extremely important piece of scientific research and a fascinating tale, Goodall relates her time in Gombe from 1960 to 1970. Filled with stunning photography, the book provides significant scientific observation, including the revolutionary discovery of chimpanzee tool use.
    In 1977, Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute, which supports projects ranging from agroforestry to micro-lending to primate research. Roots and Shoots, a program the institute started in 1991, focuses on environmental education, encouraging young people around the world to make sustainable choices. Today, as she has for decades, Goodall travels some 300 days a year, speaking as an advocate for the environment and as a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Her message, though one of warning that humanity and the planet on which we depend are at a crossroads, is also flecked with hope that all is not lost.

    (less)

    Condition: in the original green cloth, preserving the original pictorial dust-jacket.

    View basket More details Price: £50.00
  • THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF MASSAGE by GOODALL-COPESTAKE, Beatrice M.
    GOODALL-COPESTAKE, Beatrice M.
    THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF MASSAGE and Medical Gymnastics. Fifth edition. With 118 Illustrations (including 22 plates). London, H. K. Lewis & Co., Ltd. 1933.

    1933. 8vo, pp. xx, 332; with 22 inserted plates, of which 20 are half-tone or x-ray illustrations, with two further diagrammatic plates (one in red and black), further copious half-tone illustrations and diagrams set within the text, totalling 118 illustrations; some occasional light soiling and marking, half-title and verso of final leaf a little browned; gutters slightly exposed in a couple of places; six pages of loosely inserted pencil notes with illustrations in a contemporary hand; evidence of previous book-label on front free endpaper with signs of abrasion; Fifth, enlarged edition, of a seemingly less well-known but important and popular contribution to the corpus of literature devoted to medical gymnastics and massage, and first published in 1917. As Goodall-Copestake notes…

    (more)

    1933. 8vo, pp. xx, 332; with 22 inserted plates, of which 20 are half-tone or x-ray illustrations, with two further diagrammatic plates (one in red and black), further copious half-tone illustrations and diagrams set within the text, totalling 118 illustrations; some occasional light soiling and marking, half-title and verso of final leaf a little browned; gutters slightly exposed in a couple of places; six pages of loosely inserted pencil notes with illustrations in a contemporary hand; evidence of previous book-label on front free endpaper with signs of abrasion; Fifth, enlarged edition, of a seemingly less well-known but important and popular contribution to the corpus of literature devoted to medical gymnastics and massage, and first published in 1917. As Goodall-Copestake notes in her preface ‘this book was first compiled during the Great War. The writer’s object then was to place a simple text-book in the hands of those qualifying themselves in the science and art of massage, in order that they might take their part in the relief of suffering at that time. Since then the progress of physical medicine in all its branches has gone forward every year, and it is necessary for the student to quality himself and herself more fully, the requirements of examiners being much greater than they were formerly’ (p. vii).
    The work contains extensive chapters on the history of massage; tips for beginners wishing to be a ‘medical gymnast’ (i.e. massage therapist); details of massage manipulations and their physiological effects on the skin, muscles, circulation, lymph flow, nervous system, and metabolism; practical massage on all parts of the body from head to toe and heart to colon; and the use of massage for the re-education of muscles. The chapters on kinesiology, gymnastics, movement and exercises are generally based up on Pehr Henrik Ling’s famous Swedish system of gymnastics. Also included is a chapter on curvatures of the spine which are matched with dedicated exercise programmes which, with their emphasis on breathing and movement, are reminiscent of therapies used today, as well as the contemporaneous developments in schools of exercise such as yoga and Pilates.
    The second part deals with ‘surgical conditions treated by massage and movements’ such as inflammation and wound healing, fractures, dislocations and deformities of the musculo-skeletal structures. The third part is dedicated to ‘medical conditions’ and their treatment with massage, from alimentary problems, diabetes and obesity, respiratory, neurological and circulatory diseases, to headaches, insomnia, and pregnancy. The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs, X-rays, half-tone illustrations and diagrams. Many of the pathological conditions shown in the images, such as rickets and scoliosis, are interesting from both a historical and medical point of view.
    The first edition of The Theory and Practice of Massage and Medical Gymnastics was well reviewed in the Glasgow Medical Journal (No 89, 1918, p. 310) and the British Medical Journal (No 1, 1918, p. 430): ‘a sound and comprehensive handbook’, which ‘– as far as it is possible to do so in a book – also introduces the nurse and massage-pupil to the rudimentary knowledge of those conditions in the treatment of which she may be required to help the physician or surgeon’. A series of further editions followed (1919, 1920, 1926, and this in 1933), each with more illustrations and additions: the second edition added a chapter on the ‘after-treatment of war injuries’ (1919, p. vii), while the preface to this fifth edition notes that it has been ‘enlarged by the addition of notes on Kinesiology and also a fuller description of Remedial Exercises’ as taught by Dr Johan Arvedson, with additional illustrations for these exercises as well as depiction's’ of deformities. It is interesting to note that the chapter on rheumatic conditions was also rewritten for this edition, as Goodall-Copestake is known for one of the earliest detailed accounts of physical therapy in the treatment of rheumatism. A sixth edition was published in 1942, when the focus of attention for practitioners was once again those wounded in battle, and it contains a new chapter on war injuries including a section on the treatment of amputation stumps.
    Beatrice Mary Goodall-Copestake (1877 - ?) was the other of ‘Massage as a Career for Women’ (1919) and was named an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 1949.

    (less)

    Condition: bound in the original green publisher’s cloth, boards ruled in blind, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, head and tail of spine lightly rubbed and bumped with minor nicks at tail, rear cover lightly creased; with ownership signature of Joan Chadwick-Smith on front free endpaper; a good copy.

    View basket More details Price: £75.00
  • A medical fact-finding tour of Italy and Switzerland - including a depiction of a restrained patient in an asylum
    LETTRES MÉDICALES SUR L’ITALIE by GUISLAIN, Joseph.
    GUISLAIN, Joseph.
    LETTRES MÉDICALES SUR L’ITALIE Avec quelques renseignements sur la Suisse; résume d’un voyage fait en 1838. Avec trente-deux planches. Gand, de L’Imprimerie et F. et E. Gyselynck, Éditeurs ...

    1840. 8vo, pp. ii, 343, [i], errata; with 32 lithographs on 31 leaves, two folding; faint dampstain affecting the upper margins of each of the plates, though predominantly unobtrusive and never touching image; text clean and crisp; with library stamps on recto and verso of title-page, and library label on front paste down; First edition of this attractively illustrated travel account of the journey made by Dr. Joseph Guislain in 1838 through Italy and Switzerland, effectively a medical fact-finding tour. Written as a series of letters addressed to his fellow members of the Society of Medicine of Gand, the work is divided into two parts, the first parts dealing with ‘la constitution morbide de l'Italie’, ‘les conditions morales de l'Italie’…

    (more)

    1840. 8vo, pp. ii, 343, [i], errata; with 32 lithographs on 31 leaves, two folding; faint dampstain affecting the upper margins of each of the plates, though predominantly unobtrusive and never touching image; text clean and crisp; with library stamps on recto and verso of title-page, and library label on front paste down; First edition of this attractively illustrated travel account of the journey made by Dr. Joseph Guislain in 1838 through Italy and Switzerland, effectively a medical fact-finding tour. Written as a series of letters addressed to his fellow members of the Society of Medicine of Gand, the work is divided into two parts, the first parts dealing with ‘la constitution morbide de l'Italie’, ‘les conditions morales de l'Italie’ as well as ‘les travaux médicaux en Italie’. In the second part, Guislain describes in more detail ‘les hôpitaux, établissements de charité et institutions scientifiques de l'Italie’ which he had visited in Turin, Genoua, Pisa, Florence, Sienna, Naples, Rome, Venice, Milano, Lausanne, Berne and Zurich. The work is attractively illustrated with a number of lithographs, which depict a number of hospital façades, plans, architectural details, instruments, and even methods of treatment, including a striking image of a mentally ill patient horizontally restrained and strapped to a mattress. Waller 3866; OCLC locates copies at Iowa, Chicago, UCSF, Harvard, NLM, Washington, and the College of Physicians.

    (less)

    Condition: in contemporary marbled boards, spine in black with red paper label lettered in gilt, label very slightly nicked, head and tail of spine, and upper joint a little rubbed and worn, corners a little worn; a good copy.

    View basket More details Price: £585.00
  • FORM LETTER ON HEADED PAPER by [HERNIAS]. BROOKS RUPTURE APPLIANCE CO.,
    [HERNIAS]. BROOKS RUPTURE APPLIANCE CO.,
    FORM LETTER ON HEADED PAPER Together with accompanying order form and ‘Rules for Measuring for Inguinal and Scrotal Appliances’. Brooks Rupture Appliance Co., 508 East State Street, Home Office & Factory, Marshall, Michigan. 1907.

    1907. Together two sheets, larger 4to typed form letter on headed paper including two half tone illustrations 280 x 215mm, with 8vo sheet 218 x 140mm, printed on both sides with small woodcut illustrations; both documents with evidence of previous folds, two small nicks at head of form letter with slight loss, with a small dampstain, with two small tears at outer margins along one fold of the ‘Rules’; paper a little browned. A forceful advertising letter, together with an accompanying measurement and order form, from the Brooks Rupture Appliance Co., Addressed to one Mr. Glidden, the letter begins: ‘We have written you several times trying to persuade you to buy one of our celebrated rupture appliances, and are unable…

    (more)

    1907. Together two sheets, larger 4to typed form letter on headed paper including two half tone illustrations 280 x 215mm, with 8vo sheet 218 x 140mm, printed on both sides with small woodcut illustrations; both documents with evidence of previous folds, two small nicks at head of form letter with slight loss, with a small dampstain, with two small tears at outer margins along one fold of the ‘Rules’; paper a little browned. A forceful advertising letter, together with an accompanying measurement and order form, from the Brooks Rupture Appliance Co., Addressed to one Mr. Glidden, the letter begins: ‘We have written you several times trying to persuade you to buy one of our celebrated rupture appliances, and are unable to understand why you have not ordered; you certainly were not satisfied with what you were wearing, or you would not have written us .... Our appliance is the best thing in the world for rupture, and is making more cures and producing more solid comfort than all the common trusses in existence’. Atwater S. 177.2 for a small 24 pp promotional pamphlet.

    (less)
    View basket More details Price: £55.00
  • SARATOGA SPRINGS WATER CURE by [HYDROPATHY]. BEDORTHA. Norman.
    [HYDROPATHY]. BEDORTHA. Norman.
    SARATOGA SPRINGS WATER CURE and Hygeienic [sic] Institute. [n.p but possibly Albany, n.d. but ca. 1855].

    1855. Single sheet, 200 x 130mm; printed on recto only, some evidence of previous folds, verso a little browned and soiled; a good example. An appealing leaflet promoting the recently established Saratoga Springs Hygienic Institute, ‘now commencing its third year of successful operations’. Norman Bedortha had previously worked with the Joel Shaw at his Lebanon Springs, and in 1849 became one of fifteen hydropathic physicians who founded the American Hydropathic Society. After a brief spell in Troy, New York, Bedortha established his own water cure in Saratoga Springs in 1852, opposite the famous Congress Spring. ‘The Saratoga Water Cure burned to the ground on 4 July 1864, when a carelessly thrown firecracker ignited a curtain. It was rebuilt in 1871…

    (more)

    1855. Single sheet, 200 x 130mm; printed on recto only, some evidence of previous folds, verso a little browned and soiled; a good example. An appealing leaflet promoting the recently established Saratoga Springs Hygienic Institute, ‘now commencing its third year of successful operations’. Norman Bedortha had previously worked with the Joel Shaw at his Lebanon Springs, and in 1849 became one of fifteen hydropathic physicians who founded the American Hydropathic Society. After a brief spell in Troy, New York, Bedortha established his own water cure in Saratoga Springs in 1852, opposite the famous Congress Spring. ‘The Saratoga Water Cure burned to the ground on 4 July 1864, when a carelessly thrown firecracker ignited a curtain. It was rebuilt in 1871 by Bedortha with B. T. Bedortha ... probably his son’ (Atwater 272). The water cure provided separate baths for ladies and gentlemen, and also boasted a large gymnastic hall. ‘These arrangements, with the natural advantages of the place, make this one of the most delightful places in the world for such an Institution’. The leaflet also notes that Dr. Robert Hamilton is now in residence to treat female diseases. See Atwater 272 and 273 for copies of his published work ‘Practical Medication’ of 1860 and 1866, printed in Albany; OCLC locates that Rochester also hold another printed leaf, ‘Dr. N. Bedortha's bath directions’ ca. 1857 and filled out with the name of a patient.

    (less)
    View basket More details Price: £85.00
  • MONTPELLIER PUMP ROOM by [HYDROPATHY]. CHELTENHAM SPA.
    [HYDROPATHY]. CHELTENHAM SPA.
    MONTPELLIER PUMP ROOM Harttwieg fec. Harttwieg & Schonberg Lith. [n.d. but post 1825, and probably ca. 1830s].

    1830. Lithograph trade card, 95 x 121mm, with attractive lithograph vignette of the pump room, with verses below; slightly soiled and spotted, with some minor edgewear and slight abrasions on verso, with evidence of previous label; a most appealing example. A most attractive lithograph promotional souvenir, giving a view of the Montpellier Pump Room at Cheltenham Spa in Gloucestershire. In the early 18th century, salt water springs had accidentally been discovered at Cheltenham and the spring was developed into a well by the entrepreneurial owner Henry Skillicorne. At the time, the benefits of salt water bathing as a new cure for ill health was being recognised and recommended by Georgian physicians, and it soon became a noted tourist destination for…

    (more)

    1830. Lithograph trade card, 95 x 121mm, with attractive lithograph vignette of the pump room, with verses below; slightly soiled and spotted, with some minor edgewear and slight abrasions on verso, with evidence of previous label; a most appealing example. A most attractive lithograph promotional souvenir, giving a view of the Montpellier Pump Room at Cheltenham Spa in Gloucestershire. In the early 18th century, salt water springs had accidentally been discovered at Cheltenham and the spring was developed into a well by the entrepreneurial owner Henry Skillicorne. At the time, the benefits of salt water bathing as a new cure for ill health was being recognised and recommended by Georgian physicians, and it soon became a noted tourist destination for the great and the good, including such visitors as Handel, Johnson, and of course George III and his family, whose visit in 1788 really made Cheltenham fashionable.
    To meet the growing demand, new wells were opened and rival spas established. In 1801 Henry Thompson, a London financier, bought a large estate and in 1809 opened the Montpellier Spa, originally a wooden structure, but later replaced by a far grander building, designed by the architect, artist and founding member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, John Buonarotti Papworth (1775-1847), whose classically designed building included a copper domed rotunda inspired by the Pantheon, and which can be seen in the present image. This was opened in around 1825, Papworth also redesigning the grounds for the Montpelier estate.
    It seems probable that the card is the work of the British printmaker Christian Harttwieg, the Fitzwilliam Museum Collections recording a small valentine card of a similar style and which also includes verses within small oval medallions. That example includes the imprint ‘Harttwieg scr. & lith. 108 Hatton Garden’. The Yale Centre for British Art also notes a lithograph panorama of Gravesend from Windmill Hill, and which is signed by S. Schonberg, engraver, and which they date to 1830.

    (less)
    View basket More details Price: £150.00
  • REGOLAMENTO PEI BAGNI DELLA PORRETTA by [HYDROTHERAPY]. [ALBANI, Guiseppe, editor].
    [HYDROTHERAPY]. [ALBANI, Guiseppe, editor].
    REGOLAMENTO PEI BAGNI DELLA PORRETTA Bologna Tipographia Governatia Cassi,

    1827. 8vo, pp. 18, [2] blanks; with small appealing woodcut title-page vignette; some light creasing, otherwise clean and crisp; Scarce printed tariff and regulations for the noted thermal baths of Porretta in the Province of Bologna, famed for their sulphurous waters and in particular for the treatment of respiratory diseases.
    The tail of p. 16 is dated ‘Bologna li 15. Giugno 1827, G. Card. Albani’, identified on ICCU as Giuseppe Albani (1750-1834), who was legate of Bologna. Not on OCLC; one copy on ICCU in Bologna.

    Condition: stitched as issued in the original plain wrappers, with small paper label on upper cover with the number ‘24’ in ink, covers a little soiled, evidence of previous folds; an appealing copy.

    View basket More details Price: £250.00
  • From a patient ‘on the mend’ to his Doctor and fellow ‘regulars’
    SCHOENBRUNN by [HYDROTHERAPY.] [AMUSING ENGRAVED BROADSIDE ILLUSTRATED IN WATERCOLOUR.]
    [HYDROTHERAPY.] [AMUSING ENGRAVED BROADSIDE ILLUSTRATED IN WATERCOLOUR.]
    SCHOENBRUNN Au Docteur Hegglin et aux habitants de Schoenbrunn. Souvenir d’un retapé. 1880-1885. [n.p., n.d. but ca. 1890s-1900].

    1880. Single sheet of thick artist paper, 315 x 245mm, with central oval view of Bad Schoenbrunn done in watercolour, surrounded by a series of satirical black and white silhouette sketches and vignettes seemingly engraved, though possibly executed in pen and ink; print mounted on card 435 x 345mm; small correction made to the lower central silhouette, with what appears to be a very small photograph image of the head of Peter Joseph Hegglin, pasted on to replace original image; some light spotting and browning, otherwise very striking. An enchanting and unique ‘souvenir’ from the famous health resort of Bad Schönbrunn in Menzingen. Sadly anonymous, and seemingly executed at the turn of the century, the striking broadside comprises an appealing…

    (more)

    1880. Single sheet of thick artist paper, 315 x 245mm, with central oval view of Bad Schoenbrunn done in watercolour, surrounded by a series of satirical black and white silhouette sketches and vignettes seemingly engraved, though possibly executed in pen and ink; print mounted on card 435 x 345mm; small correction made to the lower central silhouette, with what appears to be a very small photograph image of the head of Peter Joseph Hegglin, pasted on to replace original image; some light spotting and browning, otherwise very striking. An enchanting and unique ‘souvenir’ from the famous health resort of Bad Schönbrunn in Menzingen. Sadly anonymous, and seemingly executed at the turn of the century, the striking broadside comprises an appealing central watercolour vignette of the Spa buildings, set against an idyllic background of rolling hills, woodland and distant snow-capped mountains. This vignette is surrounded by a series of black and white silhouette vignettes, seemingly engraved, though resembling pen and ink drawings. Through this series of enchanting scenes, we are shown a number of the diversions, healthy activities, and treatments, on offer at the Spa. Those at the head of the broadside represent some of the outdoor and leisure activities available to patrons, including gentle walks in the countryside, a game of skittles, three men enjoying a game of billiards, musical soirees, painting, and nature watching. The silhouettes below the central oval focus more upon the treatments, a rather startled looking figure enduring various cold showers, towel wraps, and cold water hosing.
    Two figures can be seen at the tail of the image - one seemingly taking the pulse of the other, as he is holding a pocket watch in his hand. Above the two figures flies a wreath-bearing dove. Of added appeal, the head of the ‘doctor’ has been replaced with what appears to be a very small original photograph image. We presume this to be that of Peter Joseph Hegglin (1832-1893) himself, the founder of the Spa in 1857, although it could also be his son Joseph Hegglin-Kerckhoffs (1862-1920) who appears to have taken over the running of the establishment. It eventually closed in 1926.
    Sadly anonymous, the impression is that this wonderful ‘souvenir’ has been created by a previous patient ‘now on the mend’, and who has perhaps had a small number of these engravings published to give as gifts to his fellow patients and the good Doctor. A unique and most charming depiction.
    Two further attractive watercolour depiction's of the Spa are included with this image.

    (less)
    View basket More details Price: £1,500.00
  • ‘There’s a little lady who has captured every heart’
    AMY by [JOHNSON, Amy]. GILBERT, Joseph George (words) and Horatio NICHOLLS (Music).
    [JOHNSON, Amy]. GILBERT, Joseph George (words) and Horatio NICHOLLS (Music).
    AMY Specially composed for the home-coming of the heroine of the England-Australia Flight 1930. Miss Amy Johnson. Words by Jos.. Geo. Gilbert, Music by Horatio Nicholls, Photo by Vaughan [Kay] & Freeman [Pearl]. [London, Copyright in all Countries, MCMXXX, by The Laurence Wright Music Co., Denmark Street, London, W.C.2.]

    1930. Single folded sheet, large 4to, pp. [4]; music score on pp. 2-3, with vertical column of advertisement down central fold; paper somewhat browned and soiled; advertisement on p. [4]; with photographic depiction of the aviator with her plane on upper cover, front lower corner folded over and with a tiny nick, small tear at the top edge without loss, very faint retailer’s stamp on the front cover. An appealing ephemeral item: an arrangement ‘for “Banjulele” Banjo and Ukele’ of a song written by Gilbert and Nicholls commemorating the ‘daring deeds’ of Amy Johnson (1903-1941).
    Born in Kingston upon Hull, Johnson graduated from Sheffield University with a degree in Economics, before moving to London where she trained at the…

    (more)

    1930. Single folded sheet, large 4to, pp. [4]; music score on pp. 2-3, with vertical column of advertisement down central fold; paper somewhat browned and soiled; advertisement on p. [4]; with photographic depiction of the aviator with her plane on upper cover, front lower corner folded over and with a tiny nick, small tear at the top edge without loss, very faint retailer’s stamp on the front cover. An appealing ephemeral item: an arrangement ‘for “Banjulele” Banjo and Ukele’ of a song written by Gilbert and Nicholls commemorating the ‘daring deeds’ of Amy Johnson (1903-1941).
    Born in Kingston upon Hull, Johnson graduated from Sheffield University with a degree in Economics, before moving to London where she trained at the London Aeroplane Club and obtained her pilot’s licence in 1929. The following year she undertook the first woman’s solo flight from England to Australia in the second-hand de Havilland ‘Gypsy Moth’ that she bought with funds from her father and Lord Wakefield. She named it ‘Jason’ after the trademark of her father’s business, and the celebrated plane is featured prominently on the front cover of this song sheet. She flew from Croydon Airport on May 5th., and arrived at Darwin, Northern Territory on May 24th. The aeroplane is now in the Science Museum.
    Whilst celebrating her considerable achievements, the song can by no means be considered to be a classic of lyricism and musicality, and the verses jar somewhat with modern sensibilities. ‘You deserve a lot of credit for your daring deeds ... You are just the kind of person that the country needs ... Yesterday you were a non-entity, Now your name will go down to posterity, Amy, wonderful Amy, how can you blame me for loving you?’
    In 1940 Amy Johnson joined the Air Transport Auxiliary and in January 1941, in poor weather conditions, had to bail out whilst on a ferrying mission, over the Thames. Her parachute was spotted by the ferry HMS Haslemere, whose commander, Walter Fletcher, dived in to rescue her but both died and Amy Johnson’s body was never recovered. In 1999, a member of an anti-aircraft crew claimed that they had shot down the plane as Johnson had failed to give the correct identification code. To further compound the enigma, there have been claims that a third, unidentified, person died in the accident. He had been a passenger on the plane but as the reason for the flight is still covered by the secrecy laws, this remains unverified.

    (less)
    View basket More details Price: £85.00
  • Including the scarce and innovative ‘Human Industrial Palace’ chart
    DAS LEBEN DES MENSCHEN by KAHN, Fritz.
    KAHN, Fritz.
    DAS LEBEN DES MENSCHEN Eine volkstümliche Anatomie, Biologie, Physiologie und Entwicklungsgeschichte des Menschen. Band 1 - [Band V]. Stuttgart, Kosmos, Gesellschaft der Naturfreunde, Geschäftstelle: Franckh’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1922, [1924, 1926, 1929,

    1931]. Five volumes, 4to; I. pp. viii, 272, with 20 plates on ten leaves (one coloured); II. pp. vi, 364, with 36 plates on 18 leaves (of which 4 coloured), with three advertisements loosely inserted; III. pp. vi, 364, with 35 plates on 23 leaves (of which one double-page, and 20 coloured), and with slip pasted in at p. 111, plate XII somewhat browned; IV. pp. viii, 335, [1] with 33 plates on 20 leaves (of which one double-page, three folding, and 12 coloured), with one advertisement slipped in; V. pp. viii, 267, [1], with 23 plates on 15 leaves (of which 13 coloured, and one with an overlay), with two advertisements loosely inserted, and with large folding chromolithograph plate…

    (more)

    1931]. Five volumes, 4to; I. pp. viii, 272, with 20 plates on ten leaves (one coloured); II. pp. vi, 364, with 36 plates on 18 leaves (of which 4 coloured), with three advertisements loosely inserted; III. pp. vi, 364, with 35 plates on 23 leaves (of which one double-page, and 20 coloured), and with slip pasted in at p. 111, plate XII somewhat browned; IV. pp. viii, 335, [1] with 33 plates on 20 leaves (of which one double-page, three folding, and 12 coloured), with one advertisement slipped in; V. pp. viii, 267, [1], with 23 plates on 15 leaves (of which 13 coloured, and one with an overlay), with two advertisements loosely inserted, and with large folding chromolithograph plate printed by Fricke & Co., ‘Des Mensch als Industriepalast’ 98 x 49cms, housed within pocket at rear, together with accompanying 12pp pamphlet ‘Des Mensch als Industriepalast’, and a further folding plate ‘Stammbaum des Menschen’, and a pair of 3-D glasses to be used with plates IX and X; some occasional light foxing and browning through all volumes due to paper quality, with some occasional light marginal dampstaining, but otherwise generally clean and crisp; A fine set, all in first edition, of this copiously illustrated five volume work on the inner workings of the human body, published over a decade by the noted German gynaecologist and science author Fritz Kahn (1888-1968), and unusually retaining the original famous anatomical wall chart, ‘Der Mensch als Industriepalast’ or the ‘Human Industrial Palace’, as well as the pair of 3D glasses to be used with plates IX and X in the final volume.
    Kahn developed a sophisticated graphic analogy between anatomy and machinery. His modernist visualization of the digestive and respiratory system as “industrial palace”, really a chemical plant, was conceived at the height of Weimar Germany’s rapid and advanced industrialisation, in conjunction with the artistic experimentation of the Bauhaus and Dada movements. The resulting illustrative style remains as evocative today as it was nearly a century ago. ‘Das Leben des Menschen’ or ‘The Life of Man’, was published between 1922 and 1931, using ‘visual metaphors drawn from industrial society - assembly lines, internal combustion engines, refineries, dynamos, telephones, etc. The body in Kahn’s work was “modern” and productive, a theme visually emphasized through his use of modernist art styles. Though his books sold well, his Jewishness and public advocacy of progressive reform made him a target for Nazi attacks’ (Sappol, Dream Anatomy, p. 144). “Prolonged by the inflation crisis of 1923 and the economic depression at the end of the 1920s, but also by the difficulties of containing the increasingly extensive material in the initially planned volumes, the book finally amounted to more than 1,600 pages, with the last of its fifty binders issued and distributed in 1931, a decade after the start of the project. More than a thousand illustrations were included in the five volumes, and almost 150 colour plates” (Borck, "Communicating the Modern Body", Canadian Journal of Communications). Kahn continued to publish, relocating to Palestine and Paris before escaping to the USA with the help of Albert Einstein.
    ‘In 1951, an example of [Kahn’s] poster was selected by Barbara Jones to feature in her exhibition of popular art at the Whitechapel entitled ‘Black Eyes and Lemonade’. Eduardo Paolozzi is understood to have visited the exhibition and viewed Kahn’s print. Paolozzi later produced the series “Secrets of Life - the Human Machine and How it works” which was inspired by the graphic works of Fritz Kahn’ (Christies Sale 9935, lot 132, 2013). It was presumably at this stage that it came to the attention of Adam Rouilly & Company, the famous London manufacturers of medical teaching aids, and who published their own version of the chart. It was to later inspire in 2006 the German artist Henning Lederer to create an interactive and animated installation based upon the poster.
    The first three volumes went through a number of editions, Kahn taking the opportunity to revise the works as subsequent volumes were published, amending some of the images included. Having previously now held a couple of sets, it would appear that even the later editions also include some variations, predominantly in the number of coloured images included - suggesting once again constant revision by Kahn.
    A copy of the famous image made $3750 in the Dean Edell Anatomy as Art sale, (Christies, October 5th, 2007, lot 224). Another realised £3750 at the Out of the Ordinary Sale (CSK September 5th, 2013, lot 132). The imprints also display some variants, with the present example reading: ‘Aus Kahn, Das Leben des Menschen/Franckh’sche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart/Offsetdruckerei Fricke & Co. Stuttgart’ (the Edell example read ‘Beitrage zu Kahn, Das Leben des Menschen/Franck’schen Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart).

    (less)

    Condition: an appealing set in the original blue publisher’s cloth, with title in blind on upper cover, and spines lettered in gilt, spines all slightly sunned, with some light rubbed to head and tails of spines and to joints (more noticeably Vols I. & II.), covers all a little sunned and foxed, extremities lightly rubbed.

    View basket More details Price: £3,000.00
  • Scarce and unusual compact presentation of factors and primes
    FACTOREN UND PRIMZAHLENTAFEL by KRAUSE, Karl Christian.
    KRAUSE, Karl Christian.
    FACTOREN UND PRIMZAHLENTAFEL von 1 bis 100000 neuberechnet und zweckmässig eingerichtet nebst einer Gebrauchsanleitung und Abhandlung der Lehre von Factoren und Primzahlen. Für Mathematiker, Rchenlehrer und Kaufleute. Jena und Leipzig bei Christian Ernst Gabler.

    1804. Small folio, pp. [iv], 22, 28; pp. 21-22 bound upside down; title-page with light dampstain, with some light browning and soiling throughout, but generally clean and crisp; old library stamp on verso of title-page, crossed out with crayon and which has caused a small paper tear; Scarce and attractively printed work of factors and prime numbers, published by the noted educator and philosopher Karl Christian Krause (1781-1832). In this, one of his first works, Krause presents a table of 22 pages showing all products

    (more)

    1804. Small folio, pp. [iv], 22, 28; pp. 21-22 bound upside down; title-page with light dampstain, with some light browning and soiling throughout, but generally clean and crisp; old library stamp on verso of title-page, crossed out with crayon and which has caused a small paper tear; Scarce and attractively printed work of factors and prime numbers, published by the noted educator and philosopher Karl Christian Krause (1781-1832). In this, one of his first works, Krause presents a table of 22 pages showing all products <100 000 of two primes, a table of primes <100 000 with letters for 01, 03, ..., 99, and (pp. 25-28) a factor table to 10000 by use of letters for numbers <100.
    ‘In his introduction, Krause mentions the tables of Lambert [10] and Felkel [2,3,4,5], and he understands the objections towards the use of letters for numbers which was favoured by Felkel. He nevertheless decided to provide his two short tables, in order to show that letters can be used more conveniently than in Felkel’s table. The main tables in Krause’s book, however, do not use letters. Krause wrote that his tables were computed (neuberechnet), and presumably not copied, although he certainly compared his tables with earlier ones.’ (Roegel, A reconstruction of Krause’s table of factors, p. 3).
    Krause studied philosophy and mathematics at the University of Jena under Fichte and Schelling. He later went to Berlin, Göttingen (where he was one of Schopenhauer’s teachers), and Munich. One of the early natural philosophers, his “Krausismo” philosophical system influenced the theories of Kant and Hegel, and during the 19th century he was regarded as one of the most important of the German philosophers, his system attracting particular attention in France and Spain. Scarce: Seemingly no copies in the US, with KVK locating copies in Berlin, Coburg, Augsburg and University College, London: a number of digital copies listed in Germany.

    (less)

    Condition: in contemporary tan paste-paper boards, paper label on spine lettered in black, label slightly chipped, head and tail of spine a little worn, with further light scuffing and wear to spine and covers, some light spotting and soiling, extremities a little bumped and worn; still a good copy.

    View basket More details Price: £685.00