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  • THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OF PETERBURGH by GUNTON, Simon.
    GUNTON, Simon.
    THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OF PETERBURGH wherein the most remarkable things concerning that place, from the first foundation thereof: with other passages of history, not unworthy publick view, are represented. Illustrated with sculptures. And set forth by Symon Patrick, D.D. now Dean of the same. London: Printed for Richard Chiswell, at the Rose and Crown in S. Paul’s Church-Yard,

    1686. Folio, pp. [8], 348; with woodcut initials and decorations, a woodcut on p. 280, an engraving printed in text on p. 243, and four plates (two engraved, two etched and signed ‘Daniell King sculp’); with contemporary or early annotation and underlining on p. 73; some light marginal browning and soiling, but otherwise clean and crisp. First edition. The standard antiquarian history of Peterborough Cathedral, of particular interest for the transcript of the library catalogue. Dunton introduces this saying ‘I shall here present an Ancient Catalogue of a Library in this Monastery, which, having no Date annexed to it, must be left to conjecture when it might be taken. The Marginal Illustrations [i.e. notes] I have taken out of Bellarmine,…

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    1686. Folio, pp. [8], 348; with woodcut initials and decorations, a woodcut on p. 280, an engraving printed in text on p. 243, and four plates (two engraved, two etched and signed ‘Daniell King sculp’); with contemporary or early annotation and underlining on p. 73; some light marginal browning and soiling, but otherwise clean and crisp. First edition. The standard antiquarian history of Peterborough Cathedral, of particular interest for the transcript of the library catalogue. Dunton introduces this saying ‘I shall here present an Ancient Catalogue of a Library in this Monastery, which, having no Date annexed to it, must be left to conjecture when it might be taken. The Marginal Illustrations [i.e. notes] I have taken out of Bellarmine, Pitsu, Trithemius, and affixed them thereunto.’ The catalogue, which occupies 50 pages from p. 173, is headed ‘Matricularium Librariae Monasterii Burgi Sancti Petri pauci libris non examinatis.’ There are 348 volumes (shelf marks (A–Z, A2–Z2 ... A15–Z15, A16–C16) each containing up to half a dozen or more titles so there must be about 2000 titles. Gunton’s marginal notes are in English and give biographical information about authors as well as occasional bibliographical details of later printed editions. Its a fascinating list, discussed in detail by M. R. James who calls it ‘a thoroughly abnormal catalogue’ in his work on the reconstruction of the library.
    The fine etchings by Hollar’s pupil Daniel King (c. 1610–1664) were originally published in William Dugdale’s Monasticon Anglicanum (London: Richard Hodgkinson, 1655). ESTC R5107; Wing G2246; M. R. James, Lists of Manuscripts Formerly in the Peterborough Abbey Library (Cambridge 1929, reprinted 2010).

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    Condition: large paper copy in contemporary mottled calf, spine in gilt with orange lettering piece, blind and gilt ruled sides, all edges red, head and tail of spine chipped, spine worn with weak joints and cords, though holding; with contemporary or early inscription on title ‘Le Capitaine Bernard’, with armorial bookplate (18th century?) on verso of title with name erased, and modern booklabel of Clive Leslie George, with some pencil notes presumably in his hand.

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  • STEREOGRAPHY, by HAMILTON, John.
    HAMILTON, John.
    STEREOGRAPHY, or, a compleat body of perspective in all its branches. In all its branches. Teaching to describe, by mathematical rules, the appearances of lines, plain figures, and solid bodies, rectilinear, curvilinear, and mixed, in all manner of positions. Together with their projections or shadows, and their reflections by polished planes. The whole performed by uniform, easy, and general methods, for the most part entirely new. In seven books. In two volumes Vol I. [Vol II.] London: Printed for the author, by W. Bowyer ... and sold by S. Austen ...

    1738. Two volumes, folio 430 x 270mm, text and plates; I. pp. [18], 400, [38] (last page blank), title-page printed in red and black, with engraved vignette by Mynde at head of dedication, and woodcut initials and tailpieces; II. pp. [ii] title-page printed in red and black, and 130 full page engraved plates by James Mynde printed on full sheets and bound as bifolia so that each plate preceded by a blank leaf; text volume title-page somewhat browned and soiled, the second leaf of the table of contents Aa2 crumpled and torn at head with loss of a few words, text somewhat browned throughout being on different paper stock to plate volume, with some dampstaining to inner and outer margins…

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    1738. Two volumes, folio 430 x 270mm, text and plates; I. pp. [18], 400, [38] (last page blank), title-page printed in red and black, with engraved vignette by Mynde at head of dedication, and woodcut initials and tailpieces; II. pp. [ii] title-page printed in red and black, and 130 full page engraved plates by James Mynde printed on full sheets and bound as bifolia so that each plate preceded by a blank leaf; text volume title-page somewhat browned and soiled, the second leaf of the table of contents Aa2 crumpled and torn at head with loss of a few words, text somewhat browned throughout being on different paper stock to plate volume, with some dampstaining to inner and outer margins throughout, and with some dampstaining to plates, extending over the engraved surface in a few places; First edition of this important treatise on perspective, inspired by Brook Taylor’s Linear perspective (1715) but taking the subject much further in its mathematical analysis. Though not a professional mathematician, Hamilton advanced the mathematical basis of perspective which had been played down by Taylor in addressing his short treatise to artists rather than mathematicians. ‘Hamilton combined his presentation of perspective with a study of projections of conic sections and harmonic division. By including these objects he produced a work that more than any other pre-1800 book on perspective belongs to the prehistory of projective geometry.’ (Andersen p. 542). ‘Hamilton aimed at much more than Taylor, namely at a complete study of projections following - as he himself claimed - the line which Philippe de la Hire laid down in his work on conic sections. Hamilton spent 400 pages on his project and took up many interesting themes as projections of conic sections and of sets of harmonic points. He also investigated what could be called the curve of foreshortening ... Hamilton addressed his book to readers with some mathematical knowledge, and for them he wrote a book which is remarkable because it unifies some of the continental ideas concerning synthetic geometry with Taylor’s approach of perspective’ (Anderson, Brook Taylor’s work on Linear Perpsective, p. 54). It is only in the last section that Hamilton addresses topics in practical perspective. Hamilton influenced Kirby and Malton and some of his ideas can be found in Lambert’s work, though Andersen does not think that Lambert was familiar with Hamilton’s work (Andersen p. 547).
    Little is known of Hamilton’s life. He was a fellow of the Royal Society and may have begun a career in the law, but in his dedication he thanks Joseph Jekyll for placing him ‘in a more easy Station in Life’. This not only allowed him to finish his book, but also to publish it on a lavish scale, employing the best printer and the best engraver of the time. The engraver, James Mynde (1702–1771) had quite recently made a name for himself engraving most of the celestial charts for Flamsteed’s Atlas coelestis (1729). The plates in the present work are however largely diagrammatic and hardly required Mynde’s skill. The extravagance of the printing is also shown by the fact that each plate is printed on the right hand side of a full sheet of paper, so that as bound in this copy in a separate volume, a blank leaf occurs between each plate. They were intended to be bound as throwouts interspersed in the text when the book is bound in two volumes, breaking after p. 208.
    Hamilton issued 750 copies of a prospectus for the book on 9 August 1738, but the list of subscribers shows that he managed to garner only 79 names. He nonetheless went ahead with a grossly ambitious print-run of 750 copies. In 1749, two years after Hamilton’s death, the book was re-issued with a new titlepage.
    This copy of the original 1738 issue with wrappers lined with printer’s waste from a French publication of 1788 suggests that it comes from stock shipped to France before it was re-issued in London. Out of the print run of 750 copies, 22 are now recorded in ESTC, a low survival rate for a folio; it is possible that a large part of the edition was pulped. ESTC T102273; Boyer Ledgers 2586; Kirsti Andersen, The geometry of an art: the history of the mathematical theory of perspective from Alberti to Monge (New York, 2007), 541–547; copies located at Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Columbia, Honnold, Johns Hopkins, LC, Chicago, Michigan, Texas, Yale Centre for British Art, Princeton, the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, the V & A, London, St Andrews and the BnF.

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    Condition: uncut, in contemporary bright blue pastepaper wrappers, lined with printer’s waste from Soyecourt, Plaidoyer pour le marquis de Soyecourt (Paris, 1788) and and unidentified Chinese grammar in French with Chinese characters, spines considerably frayed and worn, with back of plate volume broken, with some creasing and light soiling to covers; preserved in a blue cloth slipcase; despite the faults, a good unsophisticated copy.

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  • 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…

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    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.

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  • Mechanical Piano Concert
    GRAND SPIRAL CYLINDER, by HERZ, Henri.
    HERZ, Henri.
    GRAND SPIRAL CYLINDER, performing a Divertissement brilliant, by Herz. 1. Cylinder performing 8 Operative Airs, which are changed through the medium of the Patent Dials ... 2. Cylinder performing 5 Quadrilles and 3 Waltzes ... Cheltenham: G. P. Johnson, printer and engraver

    [ca. 1840-45]. Single sheet, 23 cm x 13 cm, printed on silk on one side; A celebrated pianist, composer and inventor, Henri Herz (1803-1888), Austrian by birth but French by nationality and domicile, travelled world-wide, including tours in Europe, Russia, Mexico, South America, and the United States. In 1839 he founded his own piano factory where he made many important developments in piano design.
    This luxuriously produced announcement, printed on silk, seems to be for a performance by some sort of mechanical musical instrument, using cylinders which were "changed through the medium of the patent dials." According to the flier, the two cylinders were capable of performing "8 operatic airs," and "5 quadrilles and 3 waltzes." We have so…

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    [ca. 1840-45]. Single sheet, 23 cm x 13 cm, printed on silk on one side; A celebrated pianist, composer and inventor, Henri Herz (1803-1888), Austrian by birth but French by nationality and domicile, travelled world-wide, including tours in Europe, Russia, Mexico, South America, and the United States. In 1839 he founded his own piano factory where he made many important developments in piano design.
    This luxuriously produced announcement, printed on silk, seems to be for a performance by some sort of mechanical musical instrument, using cylinders which were "changed through the medium of the patent dials." According to the flier, the two cylinders were capable of performing "8 operatic airs," and "5 quadrilles and 3 waltzes." We have so far been able to identify the machine in question, although Herz made improvements, and patented designs for various sostenente (or sostinente) pianos - the name given to keyboard instruments on which the duration of sounds is artificially lengthened by methods such as compressed air, the quick striking of hammers, free sounding reeds, or by other clockwork or mechanical devices. The first known example was invented by Henry Robert Mott of Brighton in 1817. Herz worked upon sostenente piano mechanisms using both compressed air (obtained by means of bellows moved by pedals or a motor and which is directed upon already vibrating strings in order to prolong the vibration), notably his ‘pianoeolique’, as well as a ‘melopiano’, a method of sustaining tones through the repeated and quick striking of hammers. Fast rotating cylinders were one way of achieving this.
    This appealing silk promotional flier has been printed by the artist and engraver George Phillips Johnson (1807?-1848).

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    Condition: some very minor fraying to edges, and very slightly darkened, but otherwise in fine condition.

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  • LES FEMMES DU TEMPS PASSÉ by HOUSSAYE, Arsène.
    HOUSSAYE, Arsène.
    LES FEMMES DU TEMPS PASSÉ Paris, Morizon, Libraire-Éditeur ...

    1863. Large 8vo, pp. [iv], 440; with 20 steel engraved portraits, each retaining original tissue guards (all now somewhat browned); some occasional foxing throughout; retaining original two-colour silk marker; First edition, and a beautifully bound copy, of this work celebrating the life of twenty famous 18th century women, accompanied by steel engraved reproductions of their contemporary portraits by noted artists such as Largillière, Nattier, La Tour and Mme Lebrun. Amongst those featured include Madame de Pompadour, Madame du Chastelet, and of course Marie-Antoinette.
    Arsène Houssay (1815-1896) was a noted French novelist and man of letters, who wrote a number of works on history and art criticism.
    The present copy has been most attractively bound in mosaic red morocco…

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    1863. Large 8vo, pp. [iv], 440; with 20 steel engraved portraits, each retaining original tissue guards (all now somewhat browned); some occasional foxing throughout; retaining original two-colour silk marker; First edition, and a beautifully bound copy, of this work celebrating the life of twenty famous 18th century women, accompanied by steel engraved reproductions of their contemporary portraits by noted artists such as Largillière, Nattier, La Tour and Mme Lebrun. Amongst those featured include Madame de Pompadour, Madame du Chastelet, and of course Marie-Antoinette.
    Arsène Houssay (1815-1896) was a noted French novelist and man of letters, who wrote a number of works on history and art criticism.
    The present copy has been most attractively bound in mosaic red morocco by Jean-Baptiste Tinot. Vicaire, IV, 194.

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    Condition: a lovely wide-margined copy, bound in full red morocco and signed by Tinot, spine with elaborate mosaic gilt tooling, covers ruled in gilt with green morocco detailing, inner gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, covers a little soiled and scuffed, with minor wear to extremities and corners.

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  • 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…

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    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.

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  • 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…

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    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

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    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.

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  • ‘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…

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    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.

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  • 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…

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    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).

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    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.

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  • 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

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    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.

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    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.

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  • SEX AND MARRIAGE by LAMBERT, Richard J.
    LAMBERT, Richard J.
    SEX AND MARRIAGE Franklin Publishing Company. 800 North Clark Street, Chicago. [Copyright, 1932 by Franklin Publishing Company ... Third printing, January

    1937.]. 8vo, pp. 253, [3] advertisements; with a number of diagrams within text; paper a little browned, with some offsetting to pp. 92-3 due to loosely inserted newspaper clipping; Third printing (first 1932) of this frank introduction to reproductive health, at a time when the Comstock Laws banned distribution of any printed material on sexuality and birth control. From 1873-1957, Comstock Laws restricted the distribution of printed material with sexual content ranging from reproductive healthcare to pornography. Despite the prohibitions, Dr. Richard Lambert published this detailed work, together with two much slimmer ‘under-the-counter’ pamphlets, to prepare both men and women for married life.

    Condition: uncut in the original blue publisher’s cloth, upper cover and spine lettered in blind and orange, head and tail of spine bumped and lightly rubbed, corners a little worn, retaining the original orange printed dust-jacket, head and tail of spine with significant chips and loss, further nicks to extremities and corners worn.

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  • ESSAI HISTORIQUE SUR LA BIBLIOTHEQUE DU ROI by [LE PRINCE, Nicolas Thomas.]
    [LE PRINCE, Nicolas Thomas.]
    ESSAI HISTORIQUE SUR LA BIBLIOTHEQUE DU ROI et sur chacun des dépôts qui le composent, avec la description des bâtimens, & des objets les plus curieux à voir dans ces différens dépôts ... A Paris, Chez Belin, Libraire, rue Saint-Jacques. Et se trouve à l Bibliotheque du Roi, chez le Suisse de la Porte-Royale, rue de Richelieu,

    1782. 12mo, pp. xxi, [3], 372; some occasional light marginal browning; with the nineteenth-century signature of J. Coley at head of front free endleaf, and five line manuscript quote from Peignot below; First edition of this guide to the Royal Library of printed books and manuscripts and its departments, the Cabinets des Estampes, Titres & Généalogies and Médailles & Antiques. The history, arrangement and principal holdings in each department (books, manuscripts, prints, patents of nobility, genealogies, medieval historical documents etc) are described in some detail, with certain items of importance, beauty and rarity given particular attention. Notes are also included on other Parisian libraries: ecclesiastical, public and private. The principal librarians and other personnel in 1781 are listed at the…

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    1782. 12mo, pp. xxi, [3], 372; some occasional light marginal browning; with the nineteenth-century signature of J. Coley at head of front free endleaf, and five line manuscript quote from Peignot below; First edition of this guide to the Royal Library of printed books and manuscripts and its departments, the Cabinets des Estampes, Titres & Généalogies and Médailles & Antiques. The history, arrangement and principal holdings in each department (books, manuscripts, prints, patents of nobility, genealogies, medieval historical documents etc) are described in some detail, with certain items of importance, beauty and rarity given particular attention. Notes are also included on other Parisian libraries: ecclesiastical, public and private. The principal librarians and other personnel in 1781 are listed at the beginning, from the chief librarian, Bignon, to the engraver, St Aubin, the copperplate printer, Lercullier, and the binder Durand. The final section, ‘Bibliotheque publiques et parliculieres de Paris’, occupies pages 337–364.
    An early owner has copied out Peignot’s note: ‘Ce petit volume n’est plus dans le commerce; on le consulte avec intérêt; il meriteroit bien d’être réimprimé avec les corrections et les augmentations indispensables’. A new edition was published in 1856 and Brunet noted in 1878, ‘Ce petit volume intéressant est devenu assez rare pour qu’un librarire ait cru devoir le réimprimer’. The first edition is nonetheless widely held in libraries today. Peignot, Répertoire bibliographique universel (1812) p. 64; Brunet, Supplément (1878) I, p. 838; Cioranescu 39395.

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    Condition: contemporary mottled sheep, with marbled endpapers and edges, head and tail of spine worn and chipped exposing headbands, spine cracked, covers heavily rubbed, corners worn; from the collection of Giles Barber (1930-2012) though with no marks of provenance.

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  • TRAITÉ DE CHIRURGIE D'URGENCE by LEJARS, Felix.
    LEJARS, Felix.
    TRAITÉ DE CHIRURGIE D'URGENCE 482 figures dont 193 dessinées d'après par le Dr E. Daleine et 103 photographies originales.

    Paris, Masson et Cie, Éditeurs Libraires de L'Académie de Médecine …, 1899. Large 8vo, pp. vi, 751; with numerous diagrams and half-tone illustrations; a little minor soiling, but otherwise clean and crisp; Uncommon first edition of this detailed and comprehensive guide to emergency surgery, for both surgeons and general practitioners alike. Deliberately devoid of theoretical discussion, Lejars instead provides clear and practical advice on the various emergency procedures, and instruments to be used, the whole work copiously illustrated to aid the practitioner. The work proved extremely popular, going through several editions, and indeed Lejars became a renowned surgeon during the first World War. Orr 832 (1909 sixth edition); OCLC: records only four US locations at the National Library of Medicine, Harvard, New York Academy of Medicine, the College of Physicians and Oxford.

    Condition: in contemporary grey publisher's cloth, lettered and ruled in black and gilt, with red skivver label on spine (chipped with some loss), a little shaken but holding, extremities a little rubbed, worn and bumped; still a good copy.

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  • Rare atlas of forensic medicine and poisoning
    ATLAS DER GERICHTLICHEN MEDICIN by LESSER, Adolphe.
    LESSER, Adolphe.
    ATLAS DER GERICHTLICHEN MEDICIN Erste Abtheilung Vergiftungen. Erste Lieferung Sechs colorirte tafeln mit erläuterndem text [-zweite lieferung]. Berlin, Verlag von August Hirschwald. NW Unter den Linden, No. 68. 1883. [together with]. ATLAS DER GERICHTLICHEN MEDICIN. Zweite Abtheilung [zweite lieferung ONLY], Breslau, Schlesische Buchdruckerei, Kunst-und Verlags-Anstalt vormals S. Schottlaender. 1892.

    1883. Three vols (of four), two small and one large folio; pp. [ii] part title, [ii] preface, 155, [1], with stub remains of plates visible, which have been excised, then linen backed and loosely inserted into the larger folio for ease of use; all eighteen chromolithograph plates for Part I on poisonings present; pp. [ii] [iii]-vi index of all eighteen plates, [111]-213, [1] blank, and containing the detailed descriptions of plates 10-18, and which are bound at the rear of the volume, thus only 9 of the 18 double-page chromolithograph plates present (a number retaining the original tissue guards) and missing the first part of this second part on general forensics; text volumes a little browned, the loosely inserted poisoning…

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    1883. Three vols (of four), two small and one large folio; pp. [ii] part title, [ii] preface, 155, [1], with stub remains of plates visible, which have been excised, then linen backed and loosely inserted into the larger folio for ease of use; all eighteen chromolithograph plates for Part I on poisonings present; pp. [ii] [iii]-vi index of all eighteen plates, [111]-213, [1] blank, and containing the detailed descriptions of plates 10-18, and which are bound at the rear of the volume, thus only 9 of the 18 double-page chromolithograph plates present (a number retaining the original tissue guards) and missing the first part of this second part on general forensics; text volumes a little browned, the loosely inserted poisoning plates somewhat browned in places, and slightly dog-eared through handling (plate I most noticeably affected), the general forensic plates also a little browned and soiled; with small library stamps on title-pages; Rare first edition, though sadly without the first volume of part two, of this noted atlas of forensic medicine and medical jurisprudence by the noted forensic scientist Adolphe Lesser (1851-1926).
    Whilst not wishing to downplay that fact that the present copy is incomplete, it nevertheless provides an insight into the publication of such works, and how copies where then put to use and indeed bound, by their respective owners. Lesser originally published this striking work in fascicles, beginning in 1883, and with the first part on poisoning completed in 1884. In the copy offered here, the Pathological Institute of Leipzig had included in the binding the first part title, noting only ‘sechs colorirte tafeln’, but have bound all of the text on poisonings into one volume. No further part titles have been included. As revealed by the stubs at the rear of the volume, the vivid double-page chromolithograph plates, for which the work is renowned, have been excised, and have all been linen-backed and housed within a larger folio portfolio, to allow for easier use by the students.
    The second companion work was itself also divided into two sections, and published between 1890-1892, and was devoted to more general forensics and traumatic injuries. It too was illustrated with a further 18 fine chromolithographs depicting such injuries as skull and bone fractures, the impact of gunshot wounds, burns, injuries caused by stabbings', and cases of infanticide. Sadly the first section is not present in the set offered here, having somehow become separated, though. The Pathological institute have retained the plates in the text volume, reflecting possibly either a change in teaching policy, or perhaps that it was the section on poisoning which was considered to be of particular educational merit to warrant an larger and more portable dissemination.
    Designed primarily for forensic physicians, the text provides detailed explanations of the double-page chromolithograph plates. Some twenty types of poisonings are described and illustrated. According to Paul Brouardel (1837-1906), who wrote the preface to the French edition of the poisoning section published in 1890, the importance of the book lay in the fact that Lesser was a professor and expert close to the courts of Breslau, and "has endeavoured to provide multiple reproductions of the same intoxication". Virchow, in his preface to this first edition, praises the work for its accuracy, saying that few works of anatomical and pathological illustration could rival the work.
    Adolf Lesser (1851-), graduated from Berlin University in 1875. Between 1877 and 1884 he was assistant at the Berlin Pharmacological Institute, and worked at Klinnsmann’s lunatic asylum between 1879-1886. In 1881 he became privat-docent in pharmacology at the university. In 1886 he was appointed physician-in-chief to the board of health of Breslau, subsequently appointed assistant professor at Breslau University in 1887. In addition to the present notable work, Lesser contributed essays to numerous medical journals, and also contributed to Neisser’s ‘Stereoskopischer Medizinischer Atlas’.
    All editions are uncommon. Rare: Goldschmid, 213 for the German edition; OCLC locates complete copies of this work at Berkeley, UCLA and the College of Physicians, Philadelphia, and at the Wellcome, Cambridge, BL, Oxford, Edinburgh and Birmingham.

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    Condition: the two text volumes bound in plum morocco over marbled boards, spines lettered and tooled in gilt, head and tail of spines chipped and worn, joints and morocco corners quite scuffed and worn, extremities a little bumped, with small white paper accession labels at head of each upper cover, the larger folio in plum cloth backed marbled boards, with paper label lettered in manuscript on upper cover, and with small white paper accession label at head, without the cloth ties, head and tail of spine nicked and worn, corners bumped and worn; deaccessed and with a number of library stamps of the Pathological Institute, Leipzig.

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  • COMPENDIUM OF THE LIGAMENTS; by M’NAB. [MACNAB], Alexander.
    M’NAB. [MACNAB], Alexander.
    COMPENDIUM OF THE LIGAMENTS; Illustrated by woodcuts. With the articular cartilages, interarticular or moveable fibro-cartilages, synovial membranes, and bursæ mucosæ of the joints; The mode of union, and the bones entering into the formation of each; and an outline of the dislocations, fractures, physiology, and pathology. London: Published by Henry Renshaw, Medical bookseller, 356, Strand, near King’s College. 1835.

    1835. Small 8vo, pp. viii, 86, with a number of small woodcuts; title page a little soiled with some light paper abrasion at upper margin, lightly browned throughout, particularly at margins; First edition of this uncommon introduction to the fibrous structures in particular, by Alexander M’Nab, Jun ‘Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, London’. According to the preface, Macnab has drawn upon more ‘voluminous works’, and hopes that his abridged compilation will provide a more accessible work for those ‘unable to conveniently to peruse more elaborate productions’. The woodcuts are apparently by ‘Mr Berryman’, and although as far as we can tell, Macnab makes no direction citation from other works, he does refer to case histories as described by…

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    1835. Small 8vo, pp. viii, 86, with a number of small woodcuts; title page a little soiled with some light paper abrasion at upper margin, lightly browned throughout, particularly at margins; First edition of this uncommon introduction to the fibrous structures in particular, by Alexander M’Nab, Jun ‘Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, London’. According to the preface, Macnab has drawn upon more ‘voluminous works’, and hopes that his abridged compilation will provide a more accessible work for those ‘unable to conveniently to peruse more elaborate productions’. The woodcuts are apparently by ‘Mr Berryman’, and although as far as we can tell, Macnab makes no direction citation from other works, he does refer to case histories as described by physicians both in England, Europe and America, including ‘Dr. Kirkbride, resident physician of the Pennsylvania Hospital’, (p. 22) ‘Dr. Warren of Boston’ (p. 23), Dupuytren (p. 23), Bichat (p. 56) Delpech (p. 65) and ‘Mr. Hunter’ (p. 62) as well as a number of cases highlighted in the Medical Gazette. OCLC locates copies at the British Library, Cambridge, Oxford, Aberdeen, the NLM and the College of Physicians.

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    Condition: uncut in the original green pebble-grained cloth, with printed paper label on upper cover (somewhat soiled), and remains of paper label along spine, joints and head and tail of spine neatly repaired.

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  • DESCRIPTION DES MOEURS, USAGES ET COUTUMES DE TOUS LES PEUPLES DU MONDE, by [MANNERS AND CUSTOMS.]
    [MANNERS AND CUSTOMS.]
    DESCRIPTION DES MOEURS, USAGES ET COUTUMES DE TOUS LES PEUPLES DU MONDE, contenant une foule d'Anecdotes sur les Sauvages d'Afrique, d'Amérique, les Anthropophages, hommes de Cuivre, Hottentots, Caraïbes, Patagons, habitans des Terres de Feu, Samoïédes et autres; sur les animaux monstrueux, amphibies, et autres prodiges de l'univers. Seconde Édition, entièrement refondue, augmentée de divers extraits de Voyages, et adaptée a l’usage de la jeunesse; accompagnée de douze jolies gravures en couleur. Tome premier [-Tome Second.] A Paris, Chez Salmon, Libraire ...

    1825. Two volumes, 12mo; pp. vi, 248, with five hand-coloured engraved plates; pp. 250 (though 248 as no pp. 156-7 through pagination error), with seven uncoloured engraved plates; some light foxing and spotting throughout, with some occasional marginal tears, lower corner of p. 141 in Vol. I torn with loss; Second expanded edition (first 1821) in the original printed wrappers, of this attractively illustrated work for young children, introducing them to the manners, customs, wonders, and curiosities of the nations of the world - an uncommon contribution to what was an extremely popular genre at the beginning of the 19th century, which saw many such elementary illustrated works introducing readers to the geographical world.
    Very much of its time,…

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    1825. Two volumes, 12mo; pp. vi, 248, with five hand-coloured engraved plates; pp. 250 (though 248 as no pp. 156-7 through pagination error), with seven uncoloured engraved plates; some light foxing and spotting throughout, with some occasional marginal tears, lower corner of p. 141 in Vol. I torn with loss; Second expanded edition (first 1821) in the original printed wrappers, of this attractively illustrated work for young children, introducing them to the manners, customs, wonders, and curiosities of the nations of the world - an uncommon contribution to what was an extremely popular genre at the beginning of the 19th century, which saw many such elementary illustrated works introducing readers to the geographical world.
    Very much of its time, the racial stereotyping and fascination with foreign civilisations makes for somewhat uncomfortable reading today, but nevertheless highlights early 19th European perceptions of the world. Tome I deals with Europe and the Far East, and includes five hand-coloured plates. Tome II, in this instance uncoloured, points the reader towards Asia, Africa, and with a detailed section on North and South America, and including depictions’ of Native Americans, Native Canadians, and Native Californians.
    The work first appeared in 1821, and according to the copy at the BnF was ascribed on the title-page ‘Par P.C.’ - though they give no suggestion as to the author’s identity. Of interest, the imprint for the 1821 edition was ‘Chez Lécrivain’. No initials are given in this second, revised edition, here published by Salmon. The BnF also hold another variant copy, undated and with the publisher imprint of Roret, but bearing the same collation. Not in Gumunchian.

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    Condition: in the original green printed paper wrappers, with waste-paper pastedowns, head and tail of both spines lightly worn with slight loss, upper joint of Vol. 1 split and a little fragile but holding, with further light cracking to spine, some light spotting and soiling to covers, extremities a little dog-eared, but overall an appealing, unsophisticated copy.

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  • Mid 18th century French sailor’s personal service book
    ‘LIVRET POUR LES MATELOTS’ by [MARITIME REGISTRATION.]
    [MARITIME REGISTRATION.]
    ‘LIVRET POUR LES MATELOTS’ title taken from upper wrapper. n.p. but France, [n.d. but ca.

    1788.]. Small 8vo, pp. 72, [14] blank; pre-printed service or record book to be completed; title-page filled in in a contemporary hand in brown ink, otherwise unused, aside from some doodling on p. 46-7, 66-7, and in pencil on p. 71-72, with the first four final blank leaves ruled in pencil to form a grid, and which has been used; A scarce survivor, a pre-printed personal service record book belonging to Jean-Bernard Bouën, born in Verdun in 1767, and who became a classified or registered ‘gens de mer’ on in 1787.
    During the 17th century, several seafaring nations used forced recruitment or impressment (better known as ‘press-ganging’) to crew their Royal warships. Although the British Royal Navy continued to impress…

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    1788.]. Small 8vo, pp. 72, [14] blank; pre-printed service or record book to be completed; title-page filled in in a contemporary hand in brown ink, otherwise unused, aside from some doodling on p. 46-7, 66-7, and in pencil on p. 71-72, with the first four final blank leaves ruled in pencil to form a grid, and which has been used; A scarce survivor, a pre-printed personal service record book belonging to Jean-Bernard Bouën, born in Verdun in 1767, and who became a classified or registered ‘gens de mer’ on in 1787.
    During the 17th century, several seafaring nations used forced recruitment or impressment (better known as ‘press-ganging’) to crew their Royal warships. Although the British Royal Navy continued to impress many merchant sailors well into the 19th century, in 1669-70 France created a system of maritime registration or ‘L’Institution du service des classes’, under the auspices of Louis XIV’s minister of finances Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683), thus becoming the first of the great naval powers to establish a permanent force of regular navy personnel. All men 18 years and above, who lived in or near coastal towns, and who were employed as fishermen, merchant crewmen and officers, were required to register on the rôle des gens de mer, and were divided into ‘classes’, each of which was required to serve a year in the King’s Navy every three, four or five years depending on the size of the district. This ‘inscription maritime’ was a broad, comprehensive code, which established standards of recruitment, pay, and benefits which in theory helped to build confidence and unity among newly enlisted sailors. ‘The navy maintained seamen not needed to commission warships during their year of service, theoretically, on half-pay: however, they were forbidden to sign on merchant ships. The Crown gave “classed” men various privileges in return for this perpetual commitment: exemption from certain taxes ... and eligibility to receive money from the Caisse des invalides, a royal fund for invalid seamen or the families of those lost at sea.’ (Cormack, p. 23). Each coastal province was overseen by a class commissionaire, who kept a record of whether they were officers, sailors, or seafarers, together with names, age, address, qualities and description of the registrant, as well as keeping a record of any dependants. As Cormack goes on to discuss however, although this ‘class system’ was intended to place all of the maritime population at the navy’s disposal, it was constantly unable to supply crews needed for the commissioning of warships throughout the 18th century. He cites a number of possible reasons for this. Many preferred to work for privateers, whilst the mortality rate for sailors on long voyages was also high. The French navy was also frequently unable to pay its crews, and so consequently, many seamen did all that they could to resist conscription or to desert. The system was eventually reformed after the French Revolution in 1795, although some form of maritime inscription lasted until 1965.
    The survival of such personal record books, by their very nature, appears to be unusual, no doubt potentially exposed to all weathers and conditions. Pierre Loti, in his work Le Matelot of 1893, includes a paragraph referring to a similar notebook: ‘Le livret de marin de mon frère Yves ressemble à tous les autres livrets de tous les autres marins. Il est recouvert d'un papier parchemin de couleur jaune, et, comme il a beaucoup voyagé sur la mer, dans différents caissons de navires, il manque absolument de fraîcheur’.
    The booklet is divided into three sections. The first template page provides space for the owner to give their own details. This is followed by the ‘Instruction sur les devoirs des gens classés, leurs exemptions & privilèges’, according to recent reforms set into law on October 31st 1784. The remainder of the note book provides space to detail the owner’s various assignments, commissions on Royal vessels, and on other authorised voyages and navigation's.
    For whatever reason, Bouën has filled in very little of his notebook, aside from his own personal details, and what appears to be the name of a vessel on p. 66. A number of the blank leaves at the end have been used, completed in pencil to form a grid of some sort, and which we have failed to decipher - although some look suspiciously like the doodling of a young child. Having signed up only two years before the start of the Revolution, it seems quite possible that larger events overtook him. Nevertheless, a scarce and appealing example from the last days of the Ancien Regime. See Cormack, Revolution and Political Conflict in the French Navy, 1789-1794, p. 23.

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    Condition: contemporary stiff vellum with closing fore-edge envelope flap, retaining part of the closing cord, title in manuscript (?) in black on upper cover, with small royal arms in black at centre of rear cover, some small wormholes evident in spine, covers somewhat soiled, with small loss of vellum to envelope flap edge; a little dog-eared but an unusual survivor.

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  • THE LADIES' ASSISTANT FOR REGULATING AND SUPPLYING THE TABLE; by MASON, Charlotte.
    MASON, Charlotte.
    THE LADIES' ASSISTANT FOR REGULATING AND SUPPLYING THE TABLE; being a Complete System of Cookery, &c ... Originally published form the Manuscript Collection of Mrs. Charlotte Mason ... Sixth Edition, enlarged, corrected, and improved to the present time ... London: Printed for J. Walter ...

    1787. 8vo, pp. [xx], 484, [20] index and final verso publisher’s advertisement; a number of small paper flaws and marginal tears, notably at T8, Aa5, Aa8, Bb4, Ff8 (with loss of outer corner just touching text), and Bb6; somewhat foxed throughout, with quite prominent staining affecting upper margins sporadically throughout; Later edition of this popular work, first published in 1773. Charlotte Mason was ‘a professional housekeeper, who had upwards of thirty years experience in families of the first fashion’. According to the preface for the first edition which is reprinted here, the book was the first ‘that contained any instructions for Regulating a Table’, and the present sixth edition includes a further encyclopaedic 117 pages of bills of fare.
    The…

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    1787. 8vo, pp. [xx], 484, [20] index and final verso publisher’s advertisement; a number of small paper flaws and marginal tears, notably at T8, Aa5, Aa8, Bb4, Ff8 (with loss of outer corner just touching text), and Bb6; somewhat foxed throughout, with quite prominent staining affecting upper margins sporadically throughout; Later edition of this popular work, first published in 1773. Charlotte Mason was ‘a professional housekeeper, who had upwards of thirty years experience in families of the first fashion’. According to the preface for the first edition which is reprinted here, the book was the first ‘that contained any instructions for Regulating a Table’, and the present sixth edition includes a further encyclopaedic 117 pages of bills of fare.
    The recipes are designed ‘for a servant ... that ... if she has a common genius and a good palate, she may be made capable of any cook’s place’. They include, for example, how to prepare a Pig Matelote: ‘Having gutted and scalded your pig, cut off the head and pettitoes, and cut your pig into four quarters; put them with the head and toes into cold water ...’. A. W. Oxford remarks that The Ladies Assistant ‘seems an excellent and well-prepared book, but few people would care for Viper-Broth’. It does, however, include one of the earliest curry recipes calling for 'curree powder', and also one of the first descriptions on how to make a sandwich. The first edition of the work was favourably reviewed in both The Critical Review and The Monthly Review in 1775, and the revised second edition, to which Mrs. Mason affixed her name, was also mentioned, with The Critical Review saying that it was "considerably enlarged.and forms a very complete system of cookery."
    Most editions of The Lady's Assistant are uncommon, and forms a valuable sourcebook for later 18th century English recipes. ESTC N19313; Maclean 95; Oxford 107; Vicaire 572; this edition not in Cagle.

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    Condition: in recent quarter calf over marbled boards with new endpapers, spine in compartments with raised bands, ruled in gilt with green morocco label.

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