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  • VON DER BERGKRANKHEITEN DREY BÜCHER, by PARACELSUS.
    PARACELSUS.
    VON DER BERGKRANKHEITEN DREY BÜCHER, [in]. FÜNFFER THEIL DER BÜCHER UND SCHRIFFTEN des Edlen Hochgelehrten und Bewehrten Philosophi und Medici, Philippi Theophrasti Bombast von Hohenheim Paracelsi genannt: Jetzt auffs neue auß den originialien und Theophrasti eigner handschrifft ... durch Johannem Huserum Brisgoium. Getruckt zu Basel durch Conrad Waldkirch.

    1589. Two parts in one volume, 4to, pp. [viii] including frontispiece portrait coloured in a contemporary hand, 332; Appendix, 176, [iv], 179-228, [50]; title printed in red and black; with woodcut initials, mostly in Gothic letter with a few passages in Roman or Italic, fore-edge of title-page reinforced and strengthened, and portrait leaf also repaired (where stamp previously excised?) and reinforced with Japanese paper, lightly browned throughout with some occasional faint marginal dampstaining, small worm trail from pp. 189 of Part II through to the end, touching letters but without significant loss, some unobtrusive marginal annotations in blue and red throughout with some neat mss pagination corrections in a couple of places; Second corrected and improved edition of Paracelsus’s book…

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    1589. Two parts in one volume, 4to, pp. [viii] including frontispiece portrait coloured in a contemporary hand, 332; Appendix, 176, [iv], 179-228, [50]; title printed in red and black; with woodcut initials, mostly in Gothic letter with a few passages in Roman or Italic, fore-edge of title-page reinforced and strengthened, and portrait leaf also repaired (where stamp previously excised?) and reinforced with Japanese paper, lightly browned throughout with some occasional faint marginal dampstaining, small worm trail from pp. 189 of Part II through to the end, touching letters but without significant loss, some unobtrusive marginal annotations in blue and red throughout with some neat mss pagination corrections in a couple of places; Second corrected and improved edition of Paracelsus’s book on the diseases of miners (first 1567), and the first monograph on the diseases of an occupation group. The present edition is found within the fifth volume of the Basel publisher Johann Huser’s German quarto edition of the collected medical and philosophical works, published in ten volumes between 1589-1591, and considered by many to be the definitive edition. Huser did not confine himself to including the early printed copies only, but collected all the manuscripts which he could procure, and used them in forming his text. As a result the collection includes many non-genuine writings. According to Sudhof, Huser corrected and enlarged the work on miner’s diseases, adding two chapters taken from original manuscripts.
    'The year 1533 found [Paracelsus] in the land of Appenzell -- a poor lay preacher and healer among poor Swiss peasants. In the same year he visited the mining districts of Hall and Schwaz. Here his work on the Miners' diseases was conceived and written -- the first treatise in medical literature recognising and systematically dealing with an occupational disease' (Pagel, p. 26). The first section covers miners' diseases, mainly pulmonary affections such as silicosis and tuberculosis which Paracelsus was the first to identify as occupational hazards. The second book describes the diseases of smelters and metallurgists, and the third diseases caused by mercury. 'The treatise on miners' diseases, the result of his observations in Fugger's mines in Tyrol, containing descriptions of miners' phthisis and the effects of choke-damp, was one of the few original contributions of the time to clinical medicine.' (Garrison, History of medicine, p. 407). Although written around 1533 the book remained unpublished until the 1567 posthumous printing, edited by Samuel Architectus. For the next one hundred and fifty years after the appearance of this work every writer on this subject referred to Paracelsus.
    No other complete edition of Paracelsus’ works in their original form was attempted until Sudhoff’s edition (1922-1933). The volume of surgical writings prepared by Huser was published in 1605 after his death. The second collected German edition is in four volumes folio, 1603-1605. Complete sets of the collected works are rare on the market and Pagel notes that the Huser quarto was ‘now difficult to obtain’, and indeed many copies are imperfect. Sudhoff 220 and 222a; VD16 ZV12161; Durling 3476 for the first edition, and 3514 for the collected edition (incomplete); Heirs 212; Waller 7124; Wellcome 4762; Garrison--Morton 2118.1 (1567); see Walter Pagel, Paracelsus. An Introduction to Philosophical Medicine in the Era of the Renaissance (2nd edition, Basle etc, 1982), pp. 26 and 102, n. 268; for a long and detailed account of the book and its importance, George Rosen, The History of Miners' Diseases (New York, 1943), pp. 64--8; Koelsch, Paracelsus Von der Bergsucht, (1925).

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    Condition: recased in contemporary vellum boards seemingly taken from another book (ré-emboîtage), with later endpapers, remains of library stamp on title-page, covers browned and stained, remains of previous ties; despite faults, a good, crisp copy.

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  • BEDTIME TALES by PARKES, Constance.
    PARKES, Constance.
    BEDTIME TALES Illustrations by Ruby Court. [Printed by Rollaprint (Halesowen) Ltd.] [No publisher or date. ca. 1940?].

    8vo, pp. [28]; each ‘tale’ with an appealing illustrations; a clean copy in stapled original pale green wrappers (printed in black), covers lightly sunned and foxed. A rare and appealing provincial printing, containing short tales for children entitled: The Lady and the Bumble Bee; The Little Donkeys; Squeaky; The Magic Bus; The Church Mouse; Simon’s Toys; The Crystal Fairies; The Dewdrop; The Beech Leaf; The White carnation; Balloon Land; and The Piglet - all with charming illustrations by Ruby Court. Not located on either OCLC or COPAC.

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  • Chromolithograph Memento Mori - a macabre sales pitch
    THE ANTIKAMNIA CALENDAR FOR 1900. by [PATENT MEDICINE]. ANTIKAMNIA CHEMICAL CO.,
    [PATENT MEDICINE]. ANTIKAMNIA CHEMICAL CO.,
    THE ANTIKAMNIA CALENDAR FOR 1900. Copyright 1899 by Antikamnia Chemical Co., St Louis, U.S.A. Forbes Boston.

    1900. Calendar, 252 x 175 mm, comprised of six chromolithographs on card printed by Forbes of Boston, with printed advertisements on each verso; a few minor surface abrasions and some light browning and soiling, otherwise bright and fresh, retaining the original hanging cord ties at head; a good example. A wonderfully macabre promotional device, issued by the Antikamnia Chemical Company, the renowned Missouri firm, to promote their pain medication (Antikamnia = ‘opposed to Pain’).
    The striking chromolithographs are the work of Dr Louis Crusius (1862-1898), after his own original water-colour drawings. Born in Wisconsin Crusius was the oldest of nine children, and at fifteen he became a printer’s apprentice in the newspaper office of his father who published the local…

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    1900. Calendar, 252 x 175 mm, comprised of six chromolithographs on card printed by Forbes of Boston, with printed advertisements on each verso; a few minor surface abrasions and some light browning and soiling, otherwise bright and fresh, retaining the original hanging cord ties at head; a good example. A wonderfully macabre promotional device, issued by the Antikamnia Chemical Company, the renowned Missouri firm, to promote their pain medication (Antikamnia = ‘opposed to Pain’).
    The striking chromolithographs are the work of Dr Louis Crusius (1862-1898), after his own original water-colour drawings. Born in Wisconsin Crusius was the oldest of nine children, and at fifteen he became a printer’s apprentice in the newspaper office of his father who published the local German daily. From there he spent some time in Texas to work in the drugstore of his uncle, a physician and pharmacist. In the early 1880s he moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he graduated from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1882. For a time, he was part owner of the drugstore of Scheel and Crusius at the corner of 14th Street and Clark Avenue, with Gustav Scheel, his brother-in-law. ‘The show-windows of his drug store always displayed six or eight of his comic water-colour sketches. None of these remained more than a week of so, being replaced by newer creations. The partnership continued until he graduated from the St. Louis College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1890 and entered the practice of medicine. He was lecturer and professor in histology at the Marion Sims Medical College, a precursor to the St. Louis University Medical Department. In 1893, he published ‘The Funny Bone’, a compilation of jokes and 150 cuts from his comic drawings, and he continued to produce original artworks, many of which he gave away, but he sold a number of them to the Antikamnia Company, and which they used for advertising purposes, as so vividly highlighted here. His ‘skeletons’ were used to illustrated a series of calendars between 1897-1901, all promoting their pain and fever reducing tablets. Like Dr. Crusius, the company’s founders were graduates of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and the calendars were produced as a limited edition, sent to doctors and the medical fraternity upon request, and the images soon gained both Crusius and the company considerable notoriety.
    The analgesic compound, which was never patented, was marketed as a 'proudly ethical drug' and used to treat headaches, fever, stomach aches, nervousness, insomnia and 'the blues'. It was claimed to be a new synthetic coal-tar derivative but in fact contained almost 50% acetanilid, which was sometimes mixed with codeine or quinine. The toxic effects of acetanilid were exposed in a 1907 California State Journal of Medicine article, 'Poisoning by Antikamnia', and the company was prosecuted by the government in 1914 for violating the disclosure terms of the Food and Drug Act of 1906.
    Sadly Crusius had died in the previous year that the present calendar was conceived, at the age of 35 from a renal cell carcinoma. A final issue was produced in 1901.

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  • With 107 Coloured Film Samples
    LE FILM VIERGE PATHÉ. by [PATHÉ FILM.] [DIDIÉE, Louis].
    [PATHÉ FILM.] [DIDIÉE, Louis].
    LE FILM VIERGE PATHÉ. Manuel de Développement et de Tirage. Édite par les Établissements Pathé-Cinema … Paris,

    1926. 8vo, pp. xii, 155, [1] blank, with an initial blank; title-page printed in red and orange, text printed on a pale yellow ground; with numerous photographic illustrations and diagrams in the text, and six tables on three folding card mounts with a total 107 small samples of developed film (some slight oxidation to a number of examples, but overall in good condition); small tear at tail of p. 100 & 105, with some soiling to outer margin of p. 60, and some light marginal browning throughout; First edition of this important primary source book in the history of early cinema and film production. Published by Pathé, this extensive technical manual on the development of Pathé film for motion pictures…

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    1926. 8vo, pp. xii, 155, [1] blank, with an initial blank; title-page printed in red and orange, text printed on a pale yellow ground; with numerous photographic illustrations and diagrams in the text, and six tables on three folding card mounts with a total 107 small samples of developed film (some slight oxidation to a number of examples, but overall in good condition); small tear at tail of p. 100 & 105, with some soiling to outer margin of p. 60, and some light marginal browning throughout; First edition of this important primary source book in the history of early cinema and film production. Published by Pathé, this extensive technical manual on the development of Pathé film for motion pictures was one of a small number of such manuals published during the 1920s by the leading producers of film stock, and contains not only technical information on the colouring systems used at the time by the motion picture industry, but is notable for including sets of illustrations made of actual pieces of original nitrate film. ‘These books, together with a handful of other primary sources, constitute the basis of our knowledge of a relatively neglected topic in the study of early cinema: the effects achieved by colouring film stock’ (Paolo Chechi Usai, 'The Color of Nitrate' p. 22, in Richard Abel, ed., Silent Film, 1996).
    Four basic methods of producing coloured films existed before the introduction of technicolour. These were: hand colouring (the earliest and most basic), stencil-colouring (pathécolor was a refined version), tinting (staining the film uniformly) and toning (redeveloping in a chemical bath to tint the darker, developed portions of the film only). All are illustrated here, as is the combined use of tinting and toning; 'only a relatively small section of the Pathé text deals with film coloring, but the three foldout cardboard tables of illustrations with 107 individual nitrate frames are the most complete ever published' (Paolo Chechi Usai, 'The Color of Nitrate' in Richard Abel, ed., Silent Film, 1996). Samples show the influence of under- and over-exposure; the effect of temperature on development; films with a coloured base and/or chemically toned; mordanting (for intensification); pathécolor, etc. Also included are samples of the 9.5mm home-cinema film introduced by Pathé in 1922 as Pathé-Baby. The text includes details on the use of Pathé machinery and the chemical recipes for development.

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    Condition: a good copy in contemporary quarter maroon morocco and marbled boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, tail of spine slightly nicked with minor loss, with small hole at tail of lower joint, extremities a little rubbed and bumped.

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  • PRIX COURANT by [PHARMACEUTICAL CATALOGUE.] FLACH, Henry.
    [PHARMACEUTICAL CATALOGUE.] FLACH, Henry.
    PRIX COURANT Illustre sauf variations de la Grande Pharmacie Henry Flach, 6 & 8 Rue de la Cossonnerie, Paris. Paris, Henry Flach. 1913.

    1913. 4to, pp. 64; with numerous illustrations; upper corner of p. 15 torn with loss of page number and shaving a couple of letters An attractive descriptive and illustrated price list of chemical and pharmaceutical products and appliances, including a wide selection of pills, pastilles, capsules, lotions, oils, soaps, perfumes, laxatives, purgatives, and indigestion remedies to name but a few. The catalogue includes between p. 51-58 a list of common ailments, complaints and injuries, noting symptoms and suggesting remedies and cures - all available through Flach of course. Not on OCLC.

    Condition: in the original illustrated wrappers.

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  • The Swedish State depicted in tabular form
    TABLÅ ÖFVER SVENSKA STATENS ORGANISATION by [POLITICAL EDUCATION]. TJÄDER, C.J.
    [POLITICAL EDUCATION]. TJÄDER, C.J.
    TABLÅ ÖFVER SVENSKA STATENS ORGANISATION med text upprättad och utgifven år 1871. [Tryckt hos Schlachter & Seedorff, Stockholm, n.d but ca 1871?].

    1871. Large folding printed table, approximately 570 x 850mm; slightly creased and soiled, with a number of tears along folds neatly repaired; mounted and contained within the original 8vo cloth backed printed green boards, covers a little spotted and soiled, with contemporary signature at head; an appealing and striking example. A rare large broadside, presumably intended to be publicly displayed in a class room or lecture hall, and illustrating the organisation of the Swedish state towards the end of the 19th century. The detailed broadside highlights the structure of the state, divided between the King, the Parliament, and the Government, noting the various ministerial departments.
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    1871. Large folding printed table, approximately 570 x 850mm; slightly creased and soiled, with a number of tears along folds neatly repaired; mounted and contained within the original 8vo cloth backed printed green boards, covers a little spotted and soiled, with contemporary signature at head; an appealing and striking example. A rare large broadside, presumably intended to be publicly displayed in a class room or lecture hall, and illustrating the organisation of the Swedish state towards the end of the 19th century. The detailed broadside highlights the structure of the state, divided between the King, the Parliament, and the Government, noting the various ministerial departments.
    An unusual and striking representation of the political structure of the 19th century European state. We have so far located only one copy at the National Library of Sweden.

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  • A SERIES OF PARTICULAR AND USEFUL OBSERVATIONS, by PRICE, Francis.
    PRICE, Francis.
    A SERIES OF PARTICULAR AND USEFUL OBSERVATIONS, made with great diligence and care, upon that admirable structure, the cathedral-church of Salisbury. London: printed by C. and J. Ackers, in St. John's Street; and sold by R. Baldwin, at the Roe in Pater-Noster-Row,

    1753. 4to, pp. [14], v, [1] blank, 78, [2], advertisement on final leaf for the second edition of Price’s ‘The British Carpenter’, verso blank; with woodcut headpieces and initials, and 14 engraved plates, an unnumbered plate at p. 1, signed ‘F. Price delin. 1753. P. Fourdrinier Sculp’' and Plates 1–13 by Foudrinier after Price, variously dated 1738, 1746, 1747 and 1748 (the first folding); lightly browned throughout, final blank leaf detached, fore-edge a little frayed; First edition of this attractively illustrated analysis of the architecture of Salisbury Cathedral, regarded as being ‘the first serious architectural study of a Gothic building. It is the result of a general survey that he began in 1738 after being appointed clerk of works to…

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    1753. 4to, pp. [14], v, [1] blank, 78, [2], advertisement on final leaf for the second edition of Price’s ‘The British Carpenter’, verso blank; with woodcut headpieces and initials, and 14 engraved plates, an unnumbered plate at p. 1, signed ‘F. Price delin. 1753. P. Fourdrinier Sculp’' and Plates 1–13 by Foudrinier after Price, variously dated 1738, 1746, 1747 and 1748 (the first folding); lightly browned throughout, final blank leaf detached, fore-edge a little frayed; First edition of this attractively illustrated analysis of the architecture of Salisbury Cathedral, regarded as being ‘the first serious architectural study of a Gothic building. It is the result of a general survey that he began in 1738 after being appointed clerk of works to the cathedral. From his investigations he was able not only to carry out necessary repairs but, more interesting, to date parts of the vaulting, to note and explain various structural peculiarities, to prove that the tower and spire were not originally intended, and thereby, to make a significant contribution to the building's history.’ (Harris, p. 375).
    Price (ca. 1704-1753) was Surveyor at Salisbury Cathedral from 1737 until his death, and the work was the result of a major survy undertaken by him at the request of Bishop Sherlock (to whom the book is dedicated), and, as such, it forms the basis of many subsequent accounts. Price says in his preface that he first became acquainted with the building 16 years earlier and it was only published 3 months before his death. The fine plates after Price’s drawings show the dates of the surveys, 1738, 1746, 1747 and 1748, and include elevations as well as constructional details that would have been useful to the many craftsmen whose names appear in the list of 294 subscribers. They were indeed part of Price’s intended audience, the title page announcing that the book was ‘calculated for the Use and Amusement of Gentlemen, and other curious Persons, as well as for the assistance of such Artists as may be employed in Buildings of the like Kinds …’. This was very much the combined audience also intended for his Treatise on carpentry (1733) meant to be ‘intelligible to Carpenters’ and ‘of use to the ingenious Theorist of Building’. The advertisement leaf at the end (present here but lacking in the RIBA copy) is for a new edition of the Treatise, now named the British carpenter.
    An enlarged edition was published as A description of that admirable structure, the cathedral church of Salisbury (1774). ESTC T93633; Harris, British architectural books and writers, 705; RIBA 2614.

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    Condition: in contemporary sprinkled sheep, head and tail of spine chipped exposing caps, joints split and fragile, but cords holding, covers scuffed and scratched, extremities rubbed, corners worn and bumped.

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  • Commemorating Senefelder to raise funds for victims of the Andalusian Earthquake
    [DROP HEAD TITLE.] SENEFELDER O SUBLIME INVENTOR DO ARTE LITHOGRAPHICA, by [PRINTING HISTORY - LITHOGRAPHY.]
    [PRINTING HISTORY - LITHOGRAPHY.]
    [DROP HEAD TITLE.] SENEFELDER O SUBLIME INVENTOR DO ARTE LITHOGRAPHICA, nasceu em Praga, no anno de 1772. Tendo recebido uma educação esmirada e ficando orphão ... n.p. but possibly Lisbon, n.d. but believed to be ca.

    1885. Large 8vo, ff. [6] including wrappers; in lithograph throughout reproducing a manuscript text in facsimile; with small vignette of Senefelder in red on upper wrapper, full page lithograph in red entitled ‘Estudo a pincel’ (brush study), a double page lithograph of Granada, full page lithograph in blue on rear wrapper of entitled ‘Orapar dos jornaes’ (Newspaper Seller), and with further vignettes incorporated into three page borders; lightly browned and soiled throughout due to paper quality; A scarce and appealing pamphlet, seemingly privately printed, and executed entirely in lithograph: we have so far been unable to locate any other copies or mentions of it. It is our belief, however, that it was one of a small number of similar items…

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    1885. Large 8vo, ff. [6] including wrappers; in lithograph throughout reproducing a manuscript text in facsimile; with small vignette of Senefelder in red on upper wrapper, full page lithograph in red entitled ‘Estudo a pincel’ (brush study), a double page lithograph of Granada, full page lithograph in blue on rear wrapper of entitled ‘Orapar dos jornaes’ (Newspaper Seller), and with further vignettes incorporated into three page borders; lightly browned and soiled throughout due to paper quality; A scarce and appealing pamphlet, seemingly privately printed, and executed entirely in lithograph: we have so far been unable to locate any other copies or mentions of it. It is our belief, however, that it was one of a small number of similar items produced by various leading Portuguese lithographers in order to raise funds for victims of the devastating Andalusian earthquake which had killed over 1200 near Granada on December 25th 1884.
    Although the present example has so far been unlocated, the Portuguese National Library record a collaborative work on the same theme ‘Senefelder: numero unico collaborado pelos lithographos da Imprensa Nacional e offerecido á Commissão executiva da imprensa em auxilio dos povos da Andaluzia’ published by the ‘Imprensa Nacional’ in Lisbon in 1885. For this title, five lithographers of the Imprensa, David Corarri, Zephirino Brandão, José Miguel dos Santos, Cypriano Jardim, and João Augusto Barata, jointly produced a work commemorating the work work of Alois Senefelder (1771-1834) to raise funds for the earthquake victims. At the time, chromolithography was still relatively uncommon in Portugal.
    The present anonymous example certainly follows the same theme, the text being in the form of a lithographic reproduction of a cursive hand in Portuguese and accompanied by a number of vignettes and illustrations. The text begins with a section in praise of Senefelder, explaining the impetus for his creation of lithography and the process by which it was created. The rest of the text is devoted to the region of Granada, the anonymous author quoting a poem by Rodrigues Cordeiro of 1856, before then providing details of the recent disaster in Andalusia. The author concludes by applauding the ‘brilliant idea’ of the ‘members of the journalists’ association’ for having organised a fund raising initiative to help assist those families and children struggling in the face of such misery.
    The work includes printed borders of various designs on 7 pages, full-page illustrations on ff. 2v (a landscape, in red entitled ‘Estudo a pincel’ or brush study) and on ff. 6v (Orapar dos jornaes - a distributor of newsletters, in purple), a double-page illustration on ff. 3v-4r (Granada, in green), and smaller images on ff. 1r (Senefelder) and 4v (an allegory, in green).
    As to whether the present example was intended to be part of the collaborative work, and is by one of the lithographers cited by the Portuguese National Library we have so far been unable to establish. Our belief is that it is a separately produced work, although inspired by the wider initiative. An interesting piece of printing history. Not located in Porbase, although the Bibliotheca Nacional de Portugal cite a similar item; not on OCLC, COPAC or Watsonline (Thomas J Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art).

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    Condition: unbound in the original printed wrappers, spine expertly repaired, with some minor edge wear; a good copy of a scarce and ephemeral item.

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  • WHAT TO DO IF IT’S CATCHING by [PUBLIC HEALTH].
    [PUBLIC HEALTH].
    WHAT TO DO IF IT’S CATCHING Published by Newton Chambers and Co Ltd, near Sheffield. [no date circa, 1930].

    1930. 8vo, pp. 62; with numerous illustrations; some light marginal dampstaining throughout; with loosely inserted attractive coloured compliments slip from the publisher, and a pictorial bookmark on Throat & Nose Hygiene; An appealing and evocative public health pamphlet from the early 1930s. Published by Newton, Chambers & Co., Limited, based near Sheffield, and costing 1 shilling, the work was also at some point freely distributed to readers of various local newspapers. Full of practical advice, as well as sections on the laws relating to infectious diseases, and first aid, the work is copiously illustrated, and also contains a number of strategically placed advertisements for Izal Solution

    Condition: stapled as issued in the original cream wrappers, printed in green and black, staples a little rusted, covers somewhat dampstained and soiled.

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  • ANLEITUNG ZUM GEBRAUCHE DER GANZ NEUERFUNDENEN ... by [PUBLISHING HISTORY]. [MANUSCRIPT PROOF COPY.] DOBNER, Johann.
    [PUBLISHING HISTORY]. [MANUSCRIPT PROOF COPY.] DOBNER, Johann.
    ANLEITUNG ZUM GEBRAUCHE DER GANZ NEUERFUNDENEN ... Berechnungs-ab und Aufstragsaparate von Spiegelglas ... Mit drei lithographierten tafeln, und vier tabellen, Malczka,

    1842. Bound manuscript in German, 4to; pp. [ii], xii, 128; with three folding illustrations and two double-sided folding tables; some occasional light browning and soiling, but otherwise clean and crisp; A unique and finely written author’s fair copy, ready, and intended for printing as is shown by the note on the title page which refers to the plates as lithographs. The work was published in the same year (we have located only two copies), and it describes in detail a sophisticated surveyor’s table which, through a mirror system and sliding rules, enables topographical features to be directly plotted and reduced or enlarged to any desired scale. This ingenious device, was available for purchase from Dobner himself, and indeed he subsequently…

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    1842. Bound manuscript in German, 4to; pp. [ii], xii, 128; with three folding illustrations and two double-sided folding tables; some occasional light browning and soiling, but otherwise clean and crisp; A unique and finely written author’s fair copy, ready, and intended for printing as is shown by the note on the title page which refers to the plates as lithographs. The work was published in the same year (we have located only two copies), and it describes in detail a sophisticated surveyor’s table which, through a mirror system and sliding rules, enables topographical features to be directly plotted and reduced or enlarged to any desired scale. This ingenious device, was available for purchase from Dobner himself, and indeed he subsequently patented his invention (a photo-copy of the abridgement is included with the work), and which was duly recorded in the 1844 ‘Sammlung der Gesetze für das Erzherzogthum Oesterreich unter der Ens’ (Collections of laws for the Archduchy of Austria)’ (Vol. 53, pp. 460-461). According to the patent specification, the instrument was designed for copying, enlarging or reducing maps, plans or charts, with greater accuracy than with the use of a pantograph, and would enable the user to produce a permanent record of a surveyed area, and can be used without having to puncture existing maps with a compass. A contemporary review in the Oekonomische Neuigkeiten und Verhandlungen, whilst deploring the clunkiness of the author’s writing style, which he attributes to Dobner’s Hungarian origin, nevertheless recommends the benefits of the invention.
    In his preface, Dobner cites the work of Georg Winckler of Mariabrunn, who in 1809 devised and publicised his ‘Spiegel-lineals’ instrument, and which may well have inspired Dobner to create his own direct plotting topographical instrument, with the aim of reducing the need for manual drawing and calculation when surveying.
    The work is dedicated to Anton Karl, Count Pallfy von Erdol (1793-1879), a member of a notable Austro-Hungarian family, with estates at Malaczka. Dobner describes himself on the title page as an ‘Engineer’, and indeed the ‘Sammlung’ notes that Dobner, a noble from ‘Dettendorf und Rantenhof’ was engineer to the Pallfy family. We have been able to find little further biographical information about him, but it seems possible that he was born János Dobner de Rantenhof et Dettendorf in Győr in Hungary 1807, only 70 miles from Malaczka. OCLC locates only one copy at Frankfurt at the Johann Christian Senckenberg University Library, with KVK locating one further copy at the Austrian National Library (available online).

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    Condition: in contemporary green publisher’s decorative moired cloth, spine lettered in gilt, light wear to head and tail of spine with minor loss, covers very slightly soiled and scratched; a most attractive copy.

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  • OBSERVATIONS DE L'ÉLECTRICITÉ ATMOSPHÉRIQUE by RAMSTEDT, Eva.
    RAMSTEDT, Eva.
    OBSERVATIONS DE L'ÉLECTRICITÉ ATMOSPHÉRIQUE à Strömsund. Avec 4 figures dans le texte. Stockholm Almqvist & Wiksells Boktryckeri A. B. Berlin ... London ... Paris ... 1919. [together with:] SUR LA DIFFUSION DE L’ÉMANATION DU RADIUM DANS L’EAU Avec 2 figures dans le texte. Stockholm Almqvist & Wiksells Boktryckeri A. B. Berlin ... London ... Paris ... 1919. [together with:] [DROP HEAD TITLE.] ASTONS UNDERSÖKNINGAR ÖVER GRUNDÄMNENS MASS-SPEKTRA. n.p. but Stockholm, and n.d but 1920-1.

    1921. Together three offprints: 1. Large 4to, pp. 14; with four small text figures and graphs within text; light dampstain affecting fore-edge throughout, with horizontal fold caused by previous folding and which has led to some creasing along gutter, and small tear at upper margin of p. 6 due to rough opening; II. pp. 14, [2] blank; with two figures in text; light dampstaining to fore-edge; III. pp. 10, [1] blank, with two figures within the text; faint dampstain at gutter; Three scarce offprints, two of which are presentation copies to the renown Swedish professor of geology Helge Mattias Bäckström (1865-1932), by the noted, though little-known Swedish physicist Eva Ramstedt (1879-1974).
    I. A presentation offprint highlighting her findings and observations…

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    1921. Together three offprints: 1. Large 4to, pp. 14; with four small text figures and graphs within text; light dampstain affecting fore-edge throughout, with horizontal fold caused by previous folding and which has led to some creasing along gutter, and small tear at upper margin of p. 6 due to rough opening; II. pp. 14, [2] blank; with two figures in text; light dampstaining to fore-edge; III. pp. 10, [1] blank, with two figures within the text; faint dampstain at gutter; Three scarce offprints, two of which are presentation copies to the renown Swedish professor of geology Helge Mattias Bäckström (1865-1932), by the noted, though little-known Swedish physicist Eva Ramstedt (1879-1974).
    I. A presentation offprint highlighting her findings and observations on atmospheric electricity conducted whilst on the International expedition to study the 1914 total solar eclipse observed across many parts of northern Europe between August 20th and 21st. Her observations were part of a larger report ‘L'éclipse totale de soleil des 20-21 août 1914’ and appeared in Part V, No 1. Extensive preparations were made by various Scientific societies across Europe to observe the total eclipse of the sun, the track of which extended across Norway and Sweden, and across Russia from Riga through Minsk and Kiev to the Crimea. In addition to Swedish and Russian astronomers and scientists there were four British official expeditions and observers from Argentina, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the US. Plans were severely curtailed, however, with the outbreak of war at the beginning of August, and which restricted in particular the movement of those expeditions hoping to view the eclipse near Kiev and Theodosia. For those fortunate to reach Sweden, and in particular Hernossand and Stromsund, conditions were particularly conducive for research and observation.
    II. Presentation offprint, of this paper ‘On the diffusion of radium emission in water’, which first appeared in ‘Meddelanden från K. Vetenskapsakademiens NobelInstitut Band 5. No 5’, and reflecting her continued interest in the study of radioactivity, developed whilst a student at Marie Curie’s Radium Institute. Indeed between 1915 and 1932 she was associate professor in radiology at Stockholm University College.
    III. Offprint, originally published in Tidskrift för elementär matematik, fysik och kemi, 4 (pp. 176-185), and discussing Francis William Aston’s pioneering work on mass spectrometry to identify different isotopes. Continuing on from research begun together with his professor J. J. Thomson, Aston built the first full functional mass spectrometer at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge in 1919.
    ‘Eva Ramstedt grew up in a prominent and cultured family. She was educated in Stockholm ... then at Uppsala University, where she presented a dissertation on behaviour of fluids. She studied radium decay products at Marie Curie’s laboratory during 1910-1911, finding that the behaviour of the solid products depended on the surface upon which they were collected, and that the solubility of radium emanation (radon) varied with the solvent used and the temperament. Also working at the Radium Institute was the Norwegian chemist Ellen Gleditsch, with whom Ramstedt later coauthored several works. Ramstedt returned to Sweden and worked at the Nobel Institute under Svanta Arrhenius, published ‘On the activity of the undissosociated molecule in ester catalysis’. She also measured atmospheric electricity while on an expedition to study the 1914 solar eclipse’ (Ogilvie II, p. 1071). As Rayner-Canham notes, ‘Just as Gleditsch was known only in her native Norway, so Eva Julia Augusta Ramstedt remains unknown outside Sweden ... Ramstedt was chair of the International Federation of University Women from 1920 until 1946 and vice-chair of the corresponding Swedish organisation from 1920-1939. In recognition of her contributions to the study of radioactivity, the University of Stockholm awarded her a DSC in 1942’ (Rayner-Canham, A Devotion to their Science, Pioneer Women in Radioactivity, p. 125-6). Ogilvie II. p. 1071; Rayner-Canmer p. 125-6; OCLC locates copies at the National Library of Sweden and Berlin only.

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    Condition: I. stitched as issued in the original green wrappers, light dampstain to upper fore-edge, light browning and soiling along previous horizontal fold, with small tear to spine, fore-edge a little nicked and furled; a presentation copy signed on the upper wrapper to ‘Herr H. Bäckström’, believed to be the Swedish Professor of Geology at Stockholm University Helge Mattias Bäckström (1865-1932); II. stitched as issued in the original grey printed wrappers, light dampstain along fore-edge with some minor marginal nicking, and with presentation inscription on upper wrapper to ‘Herr H. Bäckström’; III. stapled in plain cream wrappers, a little creased, with faint dampstain at tail.

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  • DESCRIZIONE ANATOMICA DI UNA NUOVA LUSSAZIONE TRAUMATICA by RIZZOLI, Francesco
    RIZZOLI, Francesco
    DESCRIZIONE ANATOMICA DI UNA NUOVA LUSSAZIONE TRAUMATICA dell’Avambraccio sull’ omero. Memoria del Commendator ... (Estratta dalla Serie II. Vol. II delle Mem. dell’Accad. delle Scienze dell’Istituto di Bologna). Bologna, Tipi Gamberini e Parmeggiani.

    1863. Large 4to, pp. 17, [1] blank; with four large folding lithograph plates; title-page and plates a little foxed, with some minor dust-soiling; A detailed offprint of a paper discussing a traumatic dislocation of the humerus, accompanied by four fine lithographs, by Francesco Rizzoli (1809-80), professor of surgery and obstetrics at Bologna, and considered ‘the father of Italian orthopedics’ (Castiglioni, p. 716). It was first presented before the Bologna Institute of Sciences and printed in their Memoirs. ‘Italy has contributed illustrious figures to orthopaedic surgery. F. Rizzoli of Bologna, one of the first to recognize the need for the systematic study of diseases of motor apparatus, founded the institute which now bears his name, from which have come many valuable…

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    1863. Large 4to, pp. 17, [1] blank; with four large folding lithograph plates; title-page and plates a little foxed, with some minor dust-soiling; A detailed offprint of a paper discussing a traumatic dislocation of the humerus, accompanied by four fine lithographs, by Francesco Rizzoli (1809-80), professor of surgery and obstetrics at Bologna, and considered ‘the father of Italian orthopedics’ (Castiglioni, p. 716). It was first presented before the Bologna Institute of Sciences and printed in their Memoirs. ‘Italy has contributed illustrious figures to orthopaedic surgery. F. Rizzoli of Bologna, one of the first to recognize the need for the systematic study of diseases of motor apparatus, founded the institute which now bears his name, from which have come many valuable studies’ (ibid, p. 878). An outstanding operative surgeon, ‘he introduced a compressor for aneurysms, a tracheotomy, cystotomy, lithotrite, enterotome, osteoclast and performed acupressure as early as 1854’ (GM 5610 for his two volume Collezione della memorie chirurgische ed ostetriche, 1869, in which the present account was considered worthy and important enough for consideration in Vol I). A contemporary of, and indeed relation by marriage to, Paolo Baroni, Rizzoli was an integral part of a thriving scientific and medical community in Bologna, and which was at the heart of much medical advancement in Italy at the time. Not on OCLC, with ICCU locating only two copies in Italy.

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    Condition: stitched as issued in the original plain wrappers, head and tail of spine chipped, covers a little foxed and soiled, extremities a little furled with a couple of small nicks.

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  • Using her innovative pictorial system
    HISTOIRE ANCIENNE MNéMONIQUE by SAINT-OUEN Mme Laure Boen de.
    SAINT-OUEN Mme Laure Boen de.
    HISTOIRE ANCIENNE MNéMONIQUE avec des emblêmes et portraits. Méthode nouvelle pour apprendre l'histoire d'une manière prompte et ineffaçable. Paris, Hachette, .... Nancy, Vidart ...1837.

    1837. 12mo, pp. 264; with 26 finely engraved plates (including 3 folding plates and one folding letterpress table, and one double-page table printed vertically within text); some light marginal foxing and browning throughout, with some occasional ink markings; first folding engraved ‘key’ table cropped close at head and tail and a little creased, two small nicks at tail of the folding map, touching image border but with no loss and fore-edge protuding slightly and a little furled; with old binder’s label at tail of front pastedown; Scarce first edition of this attractive mnemonical treatise by the noted educationalist and author of several historical works, Mme Laure Boen de Saint-Ouen (1799-1838), in this instance providing a new and effective method of…

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    1837. 12mo, pp. 264; with 26 finely engraved plates (including 3 folding plates and one folding letterpress table, and one double-page table printed vertically within text); some light marginal foxing and browning throughout, with some occasional ink markings; first folding engraved ‘key’ table cropped close at head and tail and a little creased, two small nicks at tail of the folding map, touching image border but with no loss and fore-edge protuding slightly and a little furled; with old binder’s label at tail of front pastedown; Scarce first edition of this attractive mnemonical treatise by the noted educationalist and author of several historical works, Mme Laure Boen de Saint-Ouen (1799-1838), in this instance providing a new and effective method of teaching ancient history.
    Saint-Ouen had first employed her eye-catching pictorial system in 1822 in her ‘Tableaux mnémoniques de l’histoire de France’, using small emblems designed to represent significant events: for example a small upright chariot or ship signified a victory in battle, whilst an upside down equivalent depicted a loss. A sword represented an assassination, in contrast to an hour-glass signifying a natural death. Such was the success and positive reception to her 1822 work and this new and effective method of teaching history, that Saint-Ouen published a number of similar works, notably an extensive history of England (1825), as well as a history celebrating the life of Napoleon (1833).
    In the present work, the first plate provides the key, with the second presenting the reader with a map of antiquity, together with a folding table providing a comparative chronology. The attractive plates that follow each include a medallion portrait of a significant personage from ancient history, together with an accompanying ‘mnemonic medallion’ comprising a combination of emblems symbolizing the events of their life. Throughout the work, Mme Saint-Ouen poses a number of exercises and questions to test the student.
    Her novel method was described by contemporary reviewers as being ‘well-conceived and well executed’ and did much to revolutionise the way that history was taught in French elementary schools. Her initial plans to publish a series of European histories to include studies of Germany, Russia, and Spain, were curtailed by her untimely death. Querard, La Littérature Française Contemporaine, VI p. 285; OCLC locates copies at UCLA, Toronto, the Western University, and BnF.

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    Condition: in contemporary calf, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, spine slightly sunned, covers slightly scratched, extremities lightly rubbed and worn; an appealing copy.

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  • Dissertatio de canalibus et catarractis by SCHENSTRÖM, Magnus [resp.] and Eric Michael FANT, [praese.]
    SCHENSTRÖM, Magnus [resp.] and Eric Michael FANT, [praese.]
    Dissertatio de canalibus et catarractis in Svecia generatim, speciatim vero Strömsholmensibus, Upsaliæ, Litteris Joh. Fr. Edman, Reg. Acad. Typogr. 1797. [together with:] AFHANDLING OM STROMSHOLMS CANAL OCH SLUSSWÄRK. Uppsala, Johan Fredrik Edman, 1797.

    1797. Two works in one volume, 4to; [vi], [3]-8; pp. [ii], 36, [4]; with woodcut printers device on title, and woodcut head-piece, folding letterpress table and extremely large folding hand-coloured engraved map, 25 x 150cms and signed ‘E. Akerland’; title-page of Dissertatio a little foxed with further light foxing; Afhandling lightly foxed and soiled, with dampstain affecting the upper corners between pp. 13-29; folding map neatly remounted on new stub; A bound volume containing both Schenström’s Latin dissertation ‘Dissertatio de canalibus et catarractis in Svecia generatim, speciatim vero Strömshomensibus’, together with the much expanded Swedish translation of the same year, and which graphically illustrates this feat of Swedish canal building engineering through the the finely engraved and extensive folding map,…

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    1797. Two works in one volume, 4to; [vi], [3]-8; pp. [ii], 36, [4]; with woodcut printers device on title, and woodcut head-piece, folding letterpress table and extremely large folding hand-coloured engraved map, 25 x 150cms and signed ‘E. Akerland’; title-page of Dissertatio a little foxed with further light foxing; Afhandling lightly foxed and soiled, with dampstain affecting the upper corners between pp. 13-29; folding map neatly remounted on new stub; A bound volume containing both Schenström’s Latin dissertation ‘Dissertatio de canalibus et catarractis in Svecia generatim, speciatim vero Strömshomensibus’, together with the much expanded Swedish translation of the same year, and which graphically illustrates this feat of Swedish canal building engineering through the the finely engraved and extensive folding map, nearly one and a half metres long, and which shows the entire stretch of the structure.
    Work on the 62 mile long canal, intended to facilitate the transport of iron bar produced by the numerous steel works along the waterway, began in 1772 and was based upon plans by Johan Ullström. He was commissioned by the State mining authority (the Bergskollegium) to plan its construction, and concluded that he could use and connect existing lakes and waterways from Norra Barken and Smedjebacken to lake Mälaren in the south, meaning that a section of only 10km would have to be excavated manually. The overall difference in height of the water level over the length of the canal is 100 metres, requiring boats to pass through 26 locks. Indeed the rise or fall at Hallstahammer is 50 metres.
    Initially estimated to take six years, the project actually took eighteen years to complete, largely due to the lack of investors. It was finally opened in 1795, and for many years was one of the principal freight shipping waterways in Sweden, though eventually superseded by the building of the StockholmWästeras-Bergslagen railway, with the last cargo to be shipped by canal in 1948. OCLC locates copies at Harvard Business School, the National Library of Sweden, the Danish National Library, the Berlin Staatsbibliothek, and with the New York Public Library noting a bound copy both the Latin and Swedish works.

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    Condition: in modern marbled boards, with red morocco label on upper cover lettered in gilt, spine a little sunned, with light rubbing to extremities; a good copy.

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  • Sex Education ‘All part of a Giant Communist Conspiracy’
    IS THE SCHOOL HOUSE THE PROPER PLACE TO TEACH RAW SEX? by [SEX EDUCATION.] DRAKE, Dr Gordon V.
    [SEX EDUCATION.] DRAKE, Dr Gordon V.
    IS THE SCHOOL HOUSE THE PROPER PLACE TO TEACH RAW SEX? Copyright 1968 by the Christian Crusade Publication ... Tulsa, Oklahoma 74102 ... 1968. [offered together with:] [BROADSIDE]. IS THE SCHOOL HOUSE THE PROPER PLACE TO TEACH RAW SEX?. The Informer. “Better Informed People Make a Better Country” P. O. Box 192 South Hill, Va. 23970. 50 Copies - $1.00. [n.d. but

    ca. 1968?.]. Offered together, 8vo pamphlet with tall broadside; 8vo, pp. 40; stapled as issued in the original printed wrappers in red and black; tall broadside, 354 x 215mm; printed in blue typescript on both sides; first side a little browned and sunned, more prominently along left margin, less prominent marginal browning on verso; good examples. Offered together, both the pamphlet and an accompanying broadsheet, of what was a controversial campaign denouncing sex education in schools as an anti-Christian Communist conspiracy. Written by Gordon V. Drake, the pamphlet was originally distributed as part of a direct mail campaign to drum up support to lobby against sex education in schools, and is considered to be one of the most widely circulated…

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    ca. 1968?.]. Offered together, 8vo pamphlet with tall broadside; 8vo, pp. 40; stapled as issued in the original printed wrappers in red and black; tall broadside, 354 x 215mm; printed in blue typescript on both sides; first side a little browned and sunned, more prominently along left margin, less prominent marginal browning on verso; good examples. Offered together, both the pamphlet and an accompanying broadsheet, of what was a controversial campaign denouncing sex education in schools as an anti-Christian Communist conspiracy. Written by Gordon V. Drake, the pamphlet was originally distributed as part of a direct mail campaign to drum up support to lobby against sex education in schools, and is considered to be one of the most widely circulated attacks on sex education in the 1960s. Apparently described by Time Magazine as ‘an angry little pamphlet’ (Time, July 25, 1969), the accompanying broadside also spares no punches. ‘And don’t kid yourself...it is a fact, that this over-all scheme to demoralize youth, repudiate the so-called ‘antiquated morals’ of Christianity, drive a cleavage between student and parents, and introduce to curious youth the abnormal in sex, is All part of a giant communist conspiracy’.
    The broadside, as with the pamphlet, targets in particular the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), and Dr. Mary Calderone, its National Director. A number of other physicians are cited, accused of being Communist sympathisers, namely Dr. Isadore Rubin of New York, and Elizabeth D. Koontz, President of the National Education Association. Schools in Anaheim, California, and in Jefferson County, Colorado, are single-out for criticism, as is Sweden - where sex education has been compulsory since 1956. ‘Today, the “venereal diseases” are running rampant through the school’.

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  • C. H. BAILEY’S HANDY BOOK OF ILLUSTRATIONS. by [SHIP BUILDING]. BAILEY, C.H.
    [SHIP BUILDING]. BAILEY, C.H.
    C. H. BAILEY’S HANDY BOOK OF ILLUSTRATIONS. Sole Proprietor, Tyne Engine Works, Newport, Mon., & Barry Docks. [n.d. but

    ca. 1920s?]. Small 18mo, pp. 66, [4], with two half tone illustrations and numerous line drawings; with advertisements on front and rear inside covers; a little browned; An appealing and uncommon manual of engineering, issued by the noted firm of C.H. Bailey, based in Newport in Wales. This small illustrated pocket guide, was one of a number of educational works published by the company in the early part of the 20th century, including C. H. Bailey’s Handy book of constants’(1906), and their more extensive Book of Useful Information’(1906). Some of the illustrations found in that work have been reprinted here.
    Founded in the 1880s, the company was incorporated in May 1923 as C.H. Bailey, Graham and Co. Just prior…

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    ca. 1920s?]. Small 18mo, pp. 66, [4], with two half tone illustrations and numerous line drawings; with advertisements on front and rear inside covers; a little browned; An appealing and uncommon manual of engineering, issued by the noted firm of C.H. Bailey, based in Newport in Wales. This small illustrated pocket guide, was one of a number of educational works published by the company in the early part of the 20th century, including C. H. Bailey’s Handy book of constants’(1906), and their more extensive Book of Useful Information’(1906). Some of the illustrations found in that work have been reprinted here.
    Founded in the 1880s, the company was incorporated in May 1923 as C.H. Bailey, Graham and Co. Just prior to the start of World War II, it became C.H. Bailey Ltd. Almost 50 years later, the company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Until the early 1960s, the company was engaged primarily in owning and operating dry docks, ship repairing and heavy engineering. While the company’s first dry dock operations were in Newport, it also operated in Barry, Cardiff, Swansea, Port Talbot, on the Mersey, and in Bristol and Malta. OCLC locates one copy at the National Maritime Museum.

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    Condition: in the original green limp cloth, covers printed in black; a good copy.

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  • NACHTLICHTE by [SLEEP AID.] [NIGHT LIGHTS].
    [SLEEP AID.] [NIGHT LIGHTS].
    NACHTLICHTE Night Lights. Lumini de nette. Veilleuses. Mariposas. v. Joh. Leonh. Backofen. [Bayrlische Land Industrie Gewerbe u. Kunst Ausstellung. Nürnberg, n.d. but ca. 1882].

    1882. Attractive oval softwood box, with attractive printed label on lid, box containing ca. 100 small multicoloured coated discs threaded onto small wax wicks, with some spare wax; aside from some slight staining label and underside of box, and small nick in lid a fine example. No doubt an extremely scarce ephemeral survivor. This appealing box, seemingly an almost full compliment, contains a number of small night lights, manufactured by the Nuremberg firm of Joh. Leonh. Backofen. The small and extremely decorative paper discs, have been coated, and possibly scented, and are each threaded onto a small strip of wax, and would be lit to provide comfort, and possibly to fill the air with soothing fragrances, to help sleep. (more)

    1882. Attractive oval softwood box, with attractive printed label on lid, box containing ca. 100 small multicoloured coated discs threaded onto small wax wicks, with some spare wax; aside from some slight staining label and underside of box, and small nick in lid a fine example. No doubt an extremely scarce ephemeral survivor. This appealing box, seemingly an almost full compliment, contains a number of small night lights, manufactured by the Nuremberg firm of Joh. Leonh. Backofen. The small and extremely decorative paper discs, have been coated, and possibly scented, and are each threaded onto a small strip of wax, and would be lit to provide comfort, and possibly to fill the air with soothing fragrances, to help sleep.
    Johann Leonhard Backofen is listed in the 1870 Nürnberg-Fürther Industrie-Almanach as a nightlight manufacturer, with the 1905 Zeitscrift für angewandte Chemie referring to ‘Saturn für Nachtlichte’ made by Backofen.

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  • FREE CUTTING by SMITH, Millicent A.
    SMITH, Millicent A.
    FREE CUTTING or drawing and story telling with the scissors, correlated with nature study, geography, conversational lessons, etc. With fourteen additional plates of designs, illustrating geometrical paper cutting and dressing: being a systematic course of the art of paper cutting made serviceable to the school and home. Illustrated by sixty-three full size plates and notes on lessons. London: O. Newman & Co., 84, Newman Street, Oxford Street, and 101, Regent Street, W. Dublin: 88, Talbot Street. (All rights Reserved).

    [1906.]. Small oblong 8vo, pp. xi, [i], [32] plates I-XVI printed on rectos only, 33-117, [3] blank, plates XVII-LXIV interspersed with instructional text (no plates LII or LV, seemingly omitted in error); 37 plates in black and white, 17 are chromolithograph; some light foxing and marginal browning throughout; ex-libris with library stamp on half title and front free endpaper First edition of this scarce and most appealing work for nursery-age children. ‘A pair of scissors and bits of paper are to be found in any nursery. Let children have scissors of their own (with rounded ends) so soon as they are able to handle them at all, which should be when they are between four and five years old. To…

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    [1906.]. Small oblong 8vo, pp. xi, [i], [32] plates I-XVI printed on rectos only, 33-117, [3] blank, plates XVII-LXIV interspersed with instructional text (no plates LII or LV, seemingly omitted in error); 37 plates in black and white, 17 are chromolithograph; some light foxing and marginal browning throughout; ex-libris with library stamp on half title and front free endpaper First edition of this scarce and most appealing work for nursery-age children. ‘A pair of scissors and bits of paper are to be found in any nursery. Let children have scissors of their own (with rounded ends) so soon as they are able to handle them at all, which should be when they are between four and five years old. To guard against misuse, a short lesson on the proper use of scissors should precede the handling over of the scissors to the child. Free cutting is very popular with little children. Every youngster delights in using a pair of scissors - alas! sometimes on material, etc., intended for other purposes. This longing to cut it directed into the right channel may be made a source of valuable training for the child’ (p. v).
    The work appears to have been commissioned by the publisher O. Newmann & Co., who advertise a number of further educational works and teaching boxes, with a further list of materials cited all of which were available for purchase from the firm.
    The introduction is dated on p. xi, ‘Salford, April 1906. A similar work was published in Leeds in 1903 by Hannah Dean ‘Free-Cutting. A natural, varied, & interesting occupation for infants’. COPAC locates one copy only at Liverpool University, no copy on OCLC.

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    Condition: in the original red pictorial cloth, inner hinge starting, book block slightly shaken, covers stained and soiled, joints and extremities rubbed and somewhat worn; a sound copy of a scarce book.

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  • DIE FRAUENKLEIDUNG UND IHRE NATÜRLICHE ENTWICKLUNG by STRATZ, Carl Heinrich.
    STRATZ, Carl Heinrich.
    DIE FRAUENKLEIDUNG UND IHRE NATÜRLICHE ENTWICKLUNG Dritte, völlig umgearbeitete Auflage. Mit 269 textabbildungen und 1 tafel. Verlag von Ferdinand Enke. Stuttgart, 1904.

    1904. Large 8vo, pp. xvi, 403, 20 publisher’s advertisements; with colour frontispiece, two colour maps, 269 figures in the text some of which are coloured; small nick at head of p. 382; gutter exposed at p, 2 and at p. [vi] of the advertisements; Third edition (first 1900) of this ethnological study on female clothing and dress, by the controversial German physician Carl Heinrich Stratz (1858-1924).
    Stratz came to prominence with his work of 1897, ‘Die frauen auf Java’, considered now to be a controversial and complex work. The result of a five year stay on the island of Java, his gynaecological work of 1897 has subsequently come under critical review by academics, as an example of several works…

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    1904. Large 8vo, pp. xvi, 403, 20 publisher’s advertisements; with colour frontispiece, two colour maps, 269 figures in the text some of which are coloured; small nick at head of p. 382; gutter exposed at p, 2 and at p. [vi] of the advertisements; Third edition (first 1900) of this ethnological study on female clothing and dress, by the controversial German physician Carl Heinrich Stratz (1858-1924).
    Stratz came to prominence with his work of 1897, ‘Die frauen auf Java’, considered now to be a controversial and complex work. The result of a five year stay on the island of Java, his gynaecological work of 1897 has subsequently come under critical review by academics, as an example of several works at the turn of the century termed as ‘pornographic racial taxonomy’. It was to be the first of several ethnological works published by Stratz, and once again several of the photographs seen in the present work depict naked or semi-naked women, often fully exposed. Contained as they were within a strictly scientific study, contemporary readers were reassured the images could be viewed without fear of censure - though not a view shared by readers today. This fascination with native and ‘exotic’ races was also studied in his publication of 1901 of Die Rassenschönheit des Weibes, in which he evaluated scientifically various ethnic groups for their beauty, to eventually find that none could measure up against the standard of white, feminine beauty, and which has again become the main focus of academic criticism and censure.

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    Condition: in the original decorated green cloth, spine a little foxed, with some soiling to margins of covers, book block a little shaken; a good copy.

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  • CAHIER D'ARITHMÉTIQUE FAIT PAR ANTOINE PAULET by [STUDENT ARITHMETIC]. PAULET, Antoine, student. M. REUMON, professor
    [STUDENT ARITHMETIC]. PAULET, Antoine, student. M. REUMON, professor
    CAHIER D'ARITHMÉTIQUE FAIT PAR ANTOINE PAULET elève de M. Reumon. Nîmes le 1er Avril 1808 [half-title:] Arithmétique de Antoine Paulet fait l’an 1807.

    1808. 4to, 234 x 180mm, bound French manuscript on heavy paper, neatly penned in a single formal and legible hand, pp. [iv], 203 (with 122 omitted, 186 repeated, 193 repeated three times), followed by 21 pages with ruled borders but without text but several leaves cut out; followed by 18 blank leaves; with calligraphic title-page and headings, ruled page borders, and one elaborate calligraphic tail-piece flourish; some occasional ink smudges, some light browning and occasional soiling, with some ink burn seemingly affecting a few of the inner ruled borders which now appeared to be ‘sliced’, but otherwise clean and crisp; An elegantly written elementary course in arithmetic undertaken by Antoine Paulet of a Nîmes, under the tutorship of the provincial…

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    1808. 4to, 234 x 180mm, bound French manuscript on heavy paper, neatly penned in a single formal and legible hand, pp. [iv], 203 (with 122 omitted, 186 repeated, 193 repeated three times), followed by 21 pages with ruled borders but without text but several leaves cut out; followed by 18 blank leaves; with calligraphic title-page and headings, ruled page borders, and one elaborate calligraphic tail-piece flourish; some occasional ink smudges, some light browning and occasional soiling, with some ink burn seemingly affecting a few of the inner ruled borders which now appeared to be ‘sliced’, but otherwise clean and crisp; An elegantly written elementary course in arithmetic undertaken by Antoine Paulet of a Nîmes, under the tutorship of the provincial French master, one M. Reumon. The usual topics are covered, including the basic arithmetical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, the rule of three, some accountancy and business methods, ending with ‘Regle de compagnie’ (fellowship). The manuscript is well organised into sections, often with a brief introduction to the mathematical process or problem, followed by examples and exercises. The blank pages with ruled borders at the end, however, suggest that Paulet failed to finish writing out his lessons.
    Cyphering was the main approach to teaching and learning mathematics, and in particular arithmetic, in the 18th and 19th century. Printed books were rarely used, and teachers had manuscript sum books, which they used as teaching aids and which the students copied, often embellished with calligraphic flourishes, ink and wash sketches etc. Whilst attractively and elegantly penned, Paulet has refrained from any additional embellishments in the present volume.

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    Condition: in contemporary vellum boards, with remains of blue silk ties, covers a little spotted and soiled, extremities lightly bumped.

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