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  • CATALOGUE GÉNÉRAL by [SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS]. RAINAL FRÈRES.
    [SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS]. RAINAL FRÈRES.
    CATALOGUE GÉNÉRAL Léon & Jules Rainal Frères. 23, Rue Blondel, 236-238 Rue St-Denis, Paris. Médaille d’Or, Paris 1900. Fournisseurs des Hopitaux Civils et Militaires et de la Faculté de Médecine de Paris. 1905.

    1905. Large 8vo, pp. [iv], 426, [2] imprint; catalogue copiously illustrated throughout, with prices given; some light foxing and soiling; a few gutters exposed in places, but holding firm; A wonderful priced trade catalogue from the turn of the twentieth century, promoting a myriad of medical and surgical equipment as manufactured by the prize-winning instrument makers, the Rainal brothers, Léon and Jules, renowned in particular for making orthopaedic devices and corsets. The catalogue is divided into 29 sections covering a wide range of medical specialities, though it is the sections highlighting their numerous orthopaedic devices that are particularly striking - and in some cases slightly terrifying! The catalogue begins with a section on ‘bandages herniarires’, with detailed sections on physiological…

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    1905. Large 8vo, pp. [iv], 426, [2] imprint; catalogue copiously illustrated throughout, with prices given; some light foxing and soiling; a few gutters exposed in places, but holding firm; A wonderful priced trade catalogue from the turn of the twentieth century, promoting a myriad of medical and surgical equipment as manufactured by the prize-winning instrument makers, the Rainal brothers, Léon and Jules, renowned in particular for making orthopaedic devices and corsets. The catalogue is divided into 29 sections covering a wide range of medical specialities, though it is the sections highlighting their numerous orthopaedic devices that are particularly striking - and in some cases slightly terrifying! The catalogue begins with a section on ‘bandages herniarires’, with detailed sections on physiological corsets, ‘mécanothérapie’, ‘ankylose’, ‘prosthèse’, ‘appareils pour malades et blessés’, equipment for the care of babies, including incubators, and concluding with a range of ENT instruments.
    In 1899 the brothers published Le Bandage herniaire, a comprehensive account of the treatment of hernias, providing both an historical and present day discussion on the use of surgical trusses, including their own observations carried out over twenty-five years of private practice.

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    Condition: in the original printed green card wrappers, book block a little shaken, head and tail of spine worn with slight loss, upper joint cracked but holding, with lower joint cracked at head, spine a little sunned, covers slightly creased and spotted, extremities a little dog-eared; still a good copy.

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  • STAINLESS STEEL SURGEONS NEEDLES. by [SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS - SALESMAN’S SAMPLE WALLET]. ANCHOR BRAND.
    [SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS - SALESMAN’S SAMPLE WALLET]. ANCHOR BRAND.
    STAINLESS STEEL SURGEONS NEEDLES. Black morocco folding wallet containing sample needles. [n.p, and n.d. but ca. 1930s].

    1930. Black morocco folding medical wallet, which unfolds to reveal five ‘sheets’ of different needles all held in place by cotton, with the brand name at the head of each sheet; 163 of the 165 needles found in the present set; some slight signs of oxidisation; a layer of protective felt attached which interleaves the folding sheets; retaining the original snap closure clasp; An appealing, near complete, set of surgeon’s needles made by the noted instrument makers Anchor. The set consists of all but two of the 165 surgical needles of various size and type, held in place on five folding sheets. Presumably a tradesman’s sample case, prices are given per dozen for the various types, which include the half…

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    1930. Black morocco folding medical wallet, which unfolds to reveal five ‘sheets’ of different needles all held in place by cotton, with the brand name at the head of each sheet; 163 of the 165 needles found in the present set; some slight signs of oxidisation; a layer of protective felt attached which interleaves the folding sheets; retaining the original snap closure clasp; An appealing, near complete, set of surgeon’s needles made by the noted instrument makers Anchor. The set consists of all but two of the 165 surgical needles of various size and type, held in place on five folding sheets. Presumably a tradesman’s sample case, prices are given per dozen for the various types, which include the half curve, Mayo intestinal needles, Keith abdominal needles, fistula needles, Martin’s uterine, hernia and kidney needles as well as cervix needles.
    The American firm of Anchor have been manufacturing surgical products and instruments since 1925, and remain in business today.

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    Condition: upper side of wallet embossed in blind and silver ‘Stainless Steel Surgeon’s Needles, Anchor Brand’, and with the name of ‘Jonnie Walker’ embossed in gilt on opening flap; extremities lightly rubbed and worn; overall a very good example, despite faults.

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  • Almost entirely engraved throughout
    LA SCIENCE DE L'ARPENTEUR DANS TOUTE SON ÉTENDUË, by [SURVEYING.] DUPAIN DE MONTESSON, Louis Charles.
    [SURVEYING.] DUPAIN DE MONTESSON, Louis Charles.
    LA SCIENCE DE L'ARPENTEUR DANS TOUTE SON ÉTENDUË, Troisiéme édition corrigée et augmentée du Spectacle de la Campagne exprimé par des couleurs sur les plans et sur les cartes. A A Paris Chez Goeury, Librarie pour les Mathématiques et l’Architecture, Quai des Augustins, No. 47. An XI -

    1803. 8vo, two parts in one volume; pp. [vi] engraved title-page, preface and table, [ii] ‘Avis du libraire’ letterpress leaf, 1-88 engraved text, 89-92 ‘Instruction sur les nouvelles mesures’ cancel leaves printed in letterpress, [2] letterpress table ; ‘Le Spectacle de la Campagne’, pp. [ii], 54 engraved text throughout; first part with three small engravings within text at p. 17, 61, 86, with full page frontispiece engraving on verso of the title-page and facing the dedication to the Prince of Condé, two further engravings (recto and verso) at p. 88, and with 8 folding engraved plates containing several figures; second work with engraved vignette on title-page and one folding engraved plate (uncoloured); with loosely inserted double-sided leaf of manuscript tables…

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    1803. 8vo, two parts in one volume; pp. [vi] engraved title-page, preface and table, [ii] ‘Avis du libraire’ letterpress leaf, 1-88 engraved text, 89-92 ‘Instruction sur les nouvelles mesures’ cancel leaves printed in letterpress, [2] letterpress table ; ‘Le Spectacle de la Campagne’, pp. [ii], 54 engraved text throughout; first part with three small engravings within text at p. 17, 61, 86, with full page frontispiece engraving on verso of the title-page and facing the dedication to the Prince of Condé, two further engravings (recto and verso) at p. 88, and with 8 folding engraved plates containing several figures; second work with engraved vignette on title-page and one folding engraved plate (uncoloured); with loosely inserted double-sided leaf of manuscript tables and neat marginal annotations in ink on title-page and at p. 79; first title-page, preface and first few leaves lightly dampstaining, with further dampstaining affecting the upper margins until p. 21, further occasional light dampstaining and some minor spotting and soiling throughout, final plate with brown stain at gutter though not adversely affecting image; An attractive copy of this scarce handbook on surveying, by the geometer, military topographer and tactician, Louis Charles Dupain de Montesson (c.1720 -1790).
    Entirely engraved throughout in an attractive italic cursive hand, together with a number of charming illustrations, this practical and popular manual was first published in 1766, originally etched with 13 charming illustrations, with a new edition appearing in 1775 now including ‘Le Spectacle de la Campagne’, and the third edition first printed in 1777. The present copy appears to be the third issue of the third edition, the second issue having appeared in 1800. The variants in this 1803 issue are found within the letterpress inclusions: the ‘Avis du Libraire’ is a cancel with the publisher’s advertisements revised; similarly the letterpress ‘Instructions sur les nouvelles mesures’ found at pp.89-92 and dealing with the metric system recently introduced, have been revised and reset for this issue. Otherwise, the engraved text for both sections, and the engravings, remain unchanged.
    The work includes a frontispiece, three full-page engravings, four small etchings (that at p. 61 and on the ‘Spectacle’ title-page are signed Chevalier and dated 1776), and nine folding engraved plates - one of which relates to ‘Le Spectacle de la Campagne’. A number of the images show surveyors at work, or rustic scenes. The two full-page engravings found at p. 88 appear to show the surveyor having put aside his instruments and relaxing, the first showing him dancing with the farmer’s young daughter, and the second leaning against a tree and reading a book.
    Dupain de Montesson was active during the various military campaigns of Louis XV, the role of military topographers having become increasingly important during the later half of the 18th century. It was their job to reconnoitre and survey the land in advance of the army, checking out possible battlefields, noting enemy fortifications and natural obstacles, and planning suitable marching routes for the army. The teacher of the Duc of Berry, he was the author of other works on military architecture, perspective and mathematics, including a useful manual on shadows for artists and draughtsman, ‘Le science des ombres’ (1750), a number of which were translated. OCLC locates copies for this issue at UCLA, Texas, Cambridge, Oxford and the BnF.

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    Condition: uncut in later red morocco backed marbled boards to style, spine attractively tooled and lettered in gilt, with vellum corners; an attractive copy.

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  • ECONOMY OF COAL IN HOUSE FIRES. by TEALE, Thomas Pridgin.
    TEALE, Thomas Pridgin.
    ECONOMY OF COAL IN HOUSE FIRES. or How to convert an ordinary fire-grate into a slow combustion stove at a small cost. Illustrated. Price, Two shillings and sixpence. London: J. & A. Churchill, New Burlington Street. Charles Goodall, Cookridge Street, and Boar Lane, Leeds.

    1883. 8vo, pp. 47, [1] blank, [2] publisher’s advertisement and blank, including 10 full page plates (some partially coloured in red); some occasional light foxing and marginal browning, with neat repair to gutter of p. 33; with contemporary newspaper review pasted on to front paste down, and contemporary manuscript note giving an ‘epitome of a paper given by Teale’; First edition of this instructive work by the noted surgeon to the General Infirmary at Leeds, and renowned domestic sanitarian Thomas Pridgin Teale, junior (1831 - 1923). According to the preface, Economy of Coal is an expansion of ‘a lecture delivered on November 22nd, 1882, before the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society’ and was published ‘in the hope that it may…

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    1883. 8vo, pp. 47, [1] blank, [2] publisher’s advertisement and blank, including 10 full page plates (some partially coloured in red); some occasional light foxing and marginal browning, with neat repair to gutter of p. 33; with contemporary newspaper review pasted on to front paste down, and contemporary manuscript note giving an ‘epitome of a paper given by Teale’; First edition of this instructive work by the noted surgeon to the General Infirmary at Leeds, and renowned domestic sanitarian Thomas Pridgin Teale, junior (1831 - 1923). According to the preface, Economy of Coal is an expansion of ‘a lecture delivered on November 22nd, 1882, before the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society’ and was published ‘in the hope that it may contribute to the diminution of soot and smoke throughout the Kingdom, and so further one great aim of the sanitary reformers, the improvement of the atmosphere of towns; that it may effect a large reduction in the amount of cinders and ashes, and so lessen municipal rates; that it may enhance the comfort of the sick room by rendering a fire more free from noise and dust and more lasting; and that it may induce many persons, including the delicate, the invalid, and the hard worked family doctor, to look upon a fire in the bedroom, not as a superfluous extravagance, but as a much needed comfort, nay, as a profitable investment towards the maintenance of health’ (Preface).
    Teale describes his new device for controlling the draft of a fireplace from below, the “Economiser” in full, showing how effective it is in contrast to ordinary fireplaces, which he illustrates with graphic captions. It soon became standard and was known as the “Teale Grate”, and was ‘the result of several years' experience and of a number of experiments to determine the best means of obtaining an open fireplace with slow combustion and a maximum of heating power. It abolished the old iron grate, placed high up in the fireplace, with black bars for winter and polished steel bars for summer use. The idea, however, was not wholly new, as Teale discovered to his great delight one day when, visiting Hatfield House, he found the principles he advocated were embodied there in grates of the sixteenth century’ (Plarrs Lives Online - Royal College of Surgeons).
    By 1890, the Teale Fireplace Company had been established in Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, with works in Kelsall Street, run by Lionel Teale, presumably the son of the inventor, and Richard Somers. It manufactured every kind of heating apparatus.

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    Condition: in the original burnt sienna publisher’s cloth, neatly recased, upper cover ruled and decorated in black, head and tail of spine a little rubbed, spine and upper cover somewhat soiled and darkened, a good copy.

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  • Early home cinema - Cinderella rendered in transparent colour
    ATTRACTIVE SET OF 12 TISSUE STEREOGRAPHS OR FRENCH TISSUES, by [THEATRICAL STEREOGRAPHS.] [BLOCK, Adolphe, photographer.]
    [THEATRICAL STEREOGRAPHS.] [BLOCK, Adolphe, photographer.]
    ATTRACTIVE SET OF 12 TISSUE STEREOGRAPHS OR FRENCH TISSUES, Illustrating a production of Cinderella: Cendrillon Féerie. Les Théatres de Paris. 12 Scènes Vues Au Stéréoscope. B. K. Editeur, Paris, [Photographies en tous genres vuews de tous les pays, A. Block, Edit, Paris]. [n.d. but ca.

    1889.]. Boxed set containing 12 albumen print stereographs, backed with hand-coloured paper sheets, creating a transparency effect, each paired image set within a thick card frames, laid down with ornately decorated pink glazed paper; a number of cards perforated with pin-pricks to allow for lighting effects, one set with more prominent deliberate tissue excision; A rare and most attractive set, retaining the original printed box, of this stereoscopic adaptation of Cinderella. A fine example of tissue stereographs, or French Tissues as they were more commonly known, this technique was a creative twist on the more typical albumen stereoviews, and became a popular novelty during the late 1850s and which draw inspiration from the transparency tricks of earlier peep shows. (more)

    1889.]. Boxed set containing 12 albumen print stereographs, backed with hand-coloured paper sheets, creating a transparency effect, each paired image set within a thick card frames, laid down with ornately decorated pink glazed paper; a number of cards perforated with pin-pricks to allow for lighting effects, one set with more prominent deliberate tissue excision; A rare and most attractive set, retaining the original printed box, of this stereoscopic adaptation of Cinderella. A fine example of tissue stereographs, or French Tissues as they were more commonly known, this technique was a creative twist on the more typical albumen stereoviews, and became a popular novelty during the late 1850s and which draw inspiration from the transparency tricks of earlier peep shows.
    The set consists of 12 stereo-albumen prints (of paired images) taken from a wet collodian negative. The verso of each photograph has been delicately enhanced with a thin layer of hand-coloured tissue sheets, with a further thin layer of tissue then laid down to control the backlighting, and thus creating drama and depth of field. When viewed without a light source, the images appear flat and uninteresting, but once placed in front of a light they create atmospheric and enchanting scenes. As was typical of the genre, the thick card frame is elaborately decorated, and printed with the series title, and the name of the publisher, in this case B. K. of Paris - who produced a number of such works. Additional lighting effects could be created with the addition of pin-holes, and indeed one card in the present set has had some of the tissue neatly excised to create a beam of light, with others including pin-pricks.
    The present most appealing example is part of the collection series ‘Les Théatres de Paris’, and presents a theatrical production of the famous fairy-story ‘Cinderella’, very much in vogue during the 19th century, and which formed the basis for a number of ballets, operas, and theatrical productions. We believe these photographs to be drawn from the 1866 production ‘ Cendrillon ou la Pantoufle merveilleuse, grande féerie en cinq actes et trente tableaux par MM. Clairville, Albert Monnier et Ernest Blum, musique nouvelle de M.Victor Chéri’, and performed at the Théâtre impérial du Châtelet.
    The publisher ‘B.K.’ is in fact the photographer Adolphe Block (1829-1918), actor, studio photographer, and publisher, who from 1863 became known for his stereoscopic views. The inside lid of the box retains a printed catalogue, though somewhat scratched and partially erased, which lists other sets available for purchase, and includes reference to a set of views of the 1889 exhibition, which suggests this to be a later issue of the set. One set located at Harvard, which may be earlier, with variant title ‘Cendrillon Féerie du Théâtres Impérial du Châtelet’.

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    Condition: housed within the original blue card box with wallet lid, with chromolithograph label mounted on upper cover, extremities lightly rubbed and worn; box a little delicate, but otherwise very good.

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  • “THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT” by [TRADE CATALOGUE.] HEIDRITTER LUMBER CO.,
    [TRADE CATALOGUE.] HEIDRITTER LUMBER CO.,
    “THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT” or the cost of hardwood versus softwood. The Actual Experience of a Home Builder. [The Heidritter Lumber Co. Elizabeth, New Jersey.] n.p. but presumably New Jersey, n.d. but ca. 1920-

    1940.]. Oblong 4to, 192 x 270mm; pp. 16; text printed in red and black; illustrated throughout including some chromolithograph; some light browning and soiling, with faint hint of previous dampstaining though insignificant; A scarce and striking trade catalogue issued by the New Jersey Heidritter Lumber Company and which extols the virtues of using hardwood over softwood in the construction of a house. The embossed upper cover proclaims ‘400% profit on “The House that Jack Built”’, and states that though hardwood may initially be more expensive, that the long term rewards will be significant. In particular it focuses upon the use of ‘Wisconsin Birch - the American Mahogany’. The catalogue also includes "Korelock" doors, patented in 1923, and manufactured by the…

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    1940.]. Oblong 4to, 192 x 270mm; pp. 16; text printed in red and black; illustrated throughout including some chromolithograph; some light browning and soiling, with faint hint of previous dampstaining though insignificant; A scarce and striking trade catalogue issued by the New Jersey Heidritter Lumber Company and which extols the virtues of using hardwood over softwood in the construction of a house. The embossed upper cover proclaims ‘400% profit on “The House that Jack Built”’, and states that though hardwood may initially be more expensive, that the long term rewards will be significant. In particular it focuses upon the use of ‘Wisconsin Birch - the American Mahogany’. The catalogue also includes "Korelock" doors, patented in 1923, and manufactured by the Paine Lumber Company of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Heidritter Co., at one time operated seven saw mills and owned over two hundred and twenty-five square miles of timber lands at Quebec, Canada. This trade catalogue is seemingly unrecorded.

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    Condition: stapled as issued in the original brown card wrappers, embossed and printed in red and green, upper wrapper with window, staples slightly rusted, covers a little soiled and creased, with small tear at tail of upper cover; a good copy.

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  • LE CALCUL AMUSANT. by TRIM, (RATISBONNE, Louis, pseudonym).
    TRIM, (RATISBONNE, Louis, pseudonym).
    LE CALCUL AMUSANT. La Table de Pythagore Servie aux petits enfants par Trim et ornée par Bertall. [colophon: Coulommiers. Imprimerie Paul Brodard]. [imprint from upper cover], Paris, Librairie Hachette et Cie. Boulevard Saint-Germain, 79, (n.d. but ca. 1862).

    1862. 4to, ff. [1] title-page, 22; each leaf incorporating hand-coloured engraved illustrations; some occasional minor browning and dust-soiling; final endpaper a little creased with small nick at lower edge; First edition (variant issue) of this most attractive mnemonical work, introducing the young reader to the basics of counting and multiplication, through the use of a series of appealing illustrations and rhyming couplets. ‘Le roi Holopherne et Judith, Six foix huit font quarante-huit’.
    Louis Ratisbonne (1827-1900) was born in Strasbourg. During an extensive literary career, he collaborated on the Journal des débats from 1853 to 1876, became librarian of the Palais de Fontainebleau in 1871, of the Bibliothèque du Luxembourg in 1873, and then of the Senate in 1876. His most…

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    1862. 4to, ff. [1] title-page, 22; each leaf incorporating hand-coloured engraved illustrations; some occasional minor browning and dust-soiling; final endpaper a little creased with small nick at lower edge; First edition (variant issue) of this most attractive mnemonical work, introducing the young reader to the basics of counting and multiplication, through the use of a series of appealing illustrations and rhyming couplets. ‘Le roi Holopherne et Judith, Six foix huit font quarante-huit’.
    Louis Ratisbonne (1827-1900) was born in Strasbourg. During an extensive literary career, he collaborated on the Journal des débats from 1853 to 1876, became librarian of the Palais de Fontainebleau in 1871, of the Bibliothèque du Luxembourg in 1873, and then of the Senate in 1876. His most important work was a verse translation of the Divine Comedy, which was recognised by the L’Académie française. In the work of children’s literature, his fame rests under his pseudonym of ‘Trim’, Ratisbonne penning a series of popular and attractively illustrated instructional albums for young children, all published by Hachette. OCLC locates copies at Princeton, the University of Southern Mississippi, the British Library, the BnF and the National Library of Spain; tall appear to have a variant colophon: that of Charles Lahure et Cie, and the date is taken from a BnF copy of the same title.

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    Condition: in the original blue cloth backed pictorial boards, hand-coloured, head and tail of spine very lightly rubbed, some minor soiling to covers.

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  • A GEOGRAPHICAL PRESENT; by VENNING, Mary Anne.
    VENNING, Mary Anne.
    A GEOGRAPHICAL PRESENT; being descriptions of the principal countries of the world. With representations of the various Inhabitants in their respective costumes, beautifully coloured. Third Edition. London: Printed for Harvey and Darton, Gracechurch-Street.

    1820. 12mo, pp. 144; with 60 charming engraved plates of costumes, hand-coloured; lacking front free endpaper; some light marginal browning and occasional light foxing and soiling, one plate with small nick in fore-edge, otherwise clean and crisp; with contemporary ownership signature on recto of frontispiece dated 1849; An attractive hand-coloured copy, and in a later Bayntun binding, of the third edition (first 1817), of this the most successful geographical primer by Mary Anne Venning. The work ‘skilfully blends quantitative statistics about manufactures and major rivers with qualitative judgements about national greatness. This combination propelled the text into two more editions in 1818 and 1820, and it was later published in America (in 1829, 1830, and 1831) as three separate volumes…

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    1820. 12mo, pp. 144; with 60 charming engraved plates of costumes, hand-coloured; lacking front free endpaper; some light marginal browning and occasional light foxing and soiling, one plate with small nick in fore-edge, otherwise clean and crisp; with contemporary ownership signature on recto of frontispiece dated 1849; An attractive hand-coloured copy, and in a later Bayntun binding, of the third edition (first 1817), of this the most successful geographical primer by Mary Anne Venning. The work ‘skilfully blends quantitative statistics about manufactures and major rivers with qualitative judgements about national greatness. This combination propelled the text into two more editions in 1818 and 1820, and it was later published in America (in 1829, 1830, and 1831) as three separate volumes on Europe, Asia, and Africa by children’s publisher William Burgess ... Venning’s ideas had a broad circulation, launching her career as a scientific writer and establishing her authority as an educator of the young’ (Norcia, p. 34). Darton: G975 (3); Lipperheide, 480; Osborne, I, p. 193 (first edition); see Megan Norcia, X Marks the Spot: Women Writers Map the Empire for British Children, 1790-1895 ff. 33 for a detailed discussion of the work

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    Condition: later 19th century binding by Bayntun’s of Bath, in full red morocco, with gilt floral border, spine in compartments with raised bands, lettered and tooled in gilt, all edges gilt, head and tail of spine and joints rubbed; with small ownership label on rear pastedown ‘AHA’.

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  • Important early 13th century Chinese Forensic Medicine disseminated to the West
    GERICHTLICHE MEDIZIN DER CHINESEN by WANG-IN-HOAI, C.F.M. de GRIJS, and Henry BREITENSTEIN (translator).
    WANG-IN-HOAI, C.F.M. de GRIJS, and Henry BREITENSTEIN (translator).
    GERICHTLICHE MEDIZIN DER CHINESEN von Wang-in-Hoai. Nach der holländischen Übersetzung des Herrn C. F. M. de Grys herausgegeben von Dr. H. Breitenstein (Verfassser des werkes ‘21 Jahre in Indien’. Leipzig, Th. Grieben’s Verlag (L. Fernau).

    1908. 8vo, pp. viii, 174, [2] advertisement and blank; some very occasional light marginal browning, gutter cracked t p. 81 and 113 but holding firm; First German edition. A fascination example of how noted and pioneering Chinese medical texts were gradually disseminated for a European audience. The present work by the noted military physician Dr Henry Breitenstein (1848-1930), is a translation of a Dutch work of 1863 by the renowned diplomat, pharmacologist, and sinologist Dr. C. F. M. de Grijs (or de Grys - 1832-1902).
    Though now somewhat forgotten, de Grijs had sailed to China in 1857 on a consular mission, assigned with the task of collecting and identifying Chinese flora and fauna in the Amoy region. Many of…

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    1908. 8vo, pp. viii, 174, [2] advertisement and blank; some very occasional light marginal browning, gutter cracked t p. 81 and 113 but holding firm; First German edition. A fascination example of how noted and pioneering Chinese medical texts were gradually disseminated for a European audience. The present work by the noted military physician Dr Henry Breitenstein (1848-1930), is a translation of a Dutch work of 1863 by the renowned diplomat, pharmacologist, and sinologist Dr. C. F. M. de Grijs (or de Grys - 1832-1902).
    Though now somewhat forgotten, de Grijs had sailed to China in 1857 on a consular mission, assigned with the task of collecting and identifying Chinese flora and fauna in the Amoy region. Many of his papers are now preserved at Leiden University, and he contributed a number of scientific and botanical papers, including articles on Chinese dyes, and publishing an early and important Dutch-Chinese dictionary.
    One of his most important contributions, however, was his 1863 translation of the Xiyuan Lu (or Se yuen luh), an early handbook on forensic medicine dating from the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), 300 years before anything comparable appeared in Europe, according to de Grijs in his introduction. First published in around 1247, it was reprinted in the 15th century and from that time came into general use in the courts of justice as a guide to the duties of coroner, and thus forms an interesting and early record of the theoretical condition of jurisprudence at that time. De Grijs’ translation was published by the Batavian Society of Arts and Sciences in 1863 as Geregtelijke geneeskund, uit het Chineesch vertaald (Forensic Medicine, translated from the Chinese). ‘De Grijs used an edition from 1830 with the title Xiyuan lu jizheng huizuan ... In his introduction, De Grijs wrote: “This work is written in a clear style and the main difficulty in translating is to find European synonyms for the Chinese names of plants, animals, stones, medicines, parts of the body, etc.“. He then gave a list of European and Chinese works he had consulted ending: “To what extent I have succeeded in finding the correct European names is up to experts to judge”’ (Kuiper, p 192). A number of consistent misspellings were made however, apparently due to misinterpretations of De Grijs’ handwriting. Dr Henry Breitenstein, himself a military physician, here presents a German translation of that work of 1863, making no corrections, but with the addition of a number of notes. Of interest, Kuiper suggests that Breitenstein felt the work to be of more importance as a guide to Chinese manners and customs, than as a technical handbook of forensic medicine. Modern scholars, however, have come to highly appreciate the handbook. An English translation was first made in 1855 by William Harland and published in Hong Kong as ‘Records of the Washing away of Injuries’. A scholarly edition was published in 1981 by Brian E. McKnight. See Wylie - Notes on Chinese Literature, Introduction no. 70. and p. 75; Kuiper, The Early Dutch Sinologists (1854-1900), pp. 192-3; Otterspeer, Leiden Oriental Connections: 1850-1940, p. 343; see Brian McKnight, The Washing Away of Wrongs, Forensic Medicine in Thirteenth Century China, Science, Medicine & Technology in East Asia, 1 (Ann Arbor .. 1980).

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    Condition: uncut in the original brown printed card wrappers, old tape repair to front inside cover, head of spine cracked and nicked with evidence of old repair, a couple of small marginal nicks, covers a little creased.

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  • An Encyclopedia of Arts and Sciences - with full length portrait of William Harvey
    EIGHTEEN BOOKS OF THE SECRETS OF ART AND NATURE, by WECKER, Johann Jacob.
    WECKER, Johann Jacob.
    EIGHTEEN BOOKS OF THE SECRETS OF ART AND NATURE, being the summe and substance of Naturall philosophy, methodically digested. First designed by John Wecker Dr in Physick, and now much augmented and inlarged by Dr. R. Read. A like work never before in the English tongue. London: printed for Simon Miller at the Starre in St. Pauls Church-yard,

    1660. Folio, pp. [8] 346 (i.e. 336, 229–238 omitted) [12], of which index on pp. [1]–[8] and advertisements on [9]–[11], last page blank; woodcut printer’s device on title, woodcut head and tailpieces and initials, and numerous woodcut diagrams in the text; etched title-page incorporating 5 busts and 2 full length portraits, signed ‘Ric: Gaywood sculp’; paper slightly discoloured, with some occasional light spotting and soiling; First edition (reissued in the following year with a cancel title-page). A translation by William Rowland of Wecker’s De secreti libri xvii, edited and augmented by ‘Dr R. Read’ or ‘Reade’.
    Based on Wecker’s De secreti libri xvii, first published in 1582 and by now a brand name for the genre, this was conceived as…

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    1660. Folio, pp. [8] 346 (i.e. 336, 229–238 omitted) [12], of which index on pp. [1]–[8] and advertisements on [9]–[11], last page blank; woodcut printer’s device on title, woodcut head and tailpieces and initials, and numerous woodcut diagrams in the text; etched title-page incorporating 5 busts and 2 full length portraits, signed ‘Ric: Gaywood sculp’; paper slightly discoloured, with some occasional light spotting and soiling; First edition (reissued in the following year with a cancel title-page). A translation by William Rowland of Wecker’s De secreti libri xvii, edited and augmented by ‘Dr R. Read’ or ‘Reade’.
    Based on Wecker’s De secreti libri xvii, first published in 1582 and by now a brand name for the genre, this was conceived as ‘an Encyclopaedia of Arts and Sciences, interwoven with facetious Conceits to recreate the fancy’. The compiler, Dr R. Read or Reade, whose portrait is incorporated in the engraved title, has not been identified. He gives a long list of ‘Authors made use of in this Treatise’ which adds, Culpeper, Digby, Galileo, Harvey, Hobbs, Lady Howard and Platt to those used by Wecker. He sneaks in his own name between Rondolet and Rhasis. Every imaginable topic of natural science, natural magic, arts, trades, sports and pastimes is included, each secret attributed to an authority – from which it is clear that the list of authors is incomplete.
    The fine etched title-page is by Hollar’s pupil Richard Gaywood (c. 1630–1680) and incorporates full length portraits of Harvey and Bacon, and busts of Alexis of Piedmont, Albertus Magnus, Dr Read, Wecker and Lull. Gaywood was one of the most prolific etchers of his generation, active between 1644 and 1668, taking over from Hollar as the principal supplier of etched, as opposed to engraved portraits, and a collaborator with Francis Barlow. Johnson, Catalogue of Engraved and Etched English Title-pages records 14 of his title-pages (mistakenly giving his name as Robert) but overlooks this one.
    Harvey sat for a portrait in 1648 or 9, possibly to Hollar, which Evelyn records was ‘etcht by a friend of mine’. It was intended as a frontispiece to Harvey’s De generatione animalium (1651), but not used there, and shows Harvey as a rather sad old man. The etching is generally attributed to Gaywood, as is the engraved title to De generatione animalium. When he came to incorporate Harvey in the title-page here, where Harvey and Bacon hold back the curtains to reveal the words ‘secrets of art and nature’, Gaywood gives Harvey the same cloak with buttoned sleeves, but he is a more dapper figure in knee breeches showing a shapely leg. Gaywood made several portraits of Harvey, the earliest in about 1649, and the oil portrait in the National Portrait Gallery is after one his etchings.
    In 1884 Ferguson said the book was ‘far from being common’ and that his copy was ‘like all these books rather the worse for wear’. This is a rare copy in an excellent state, unrestored in its original blind ruled binding. Wing W1236; ESTC R12839; Ferguson 3, pp. 39–40 and supt. 3, p. 35; Krivatsy 12628; for Gaywood see Antony Griffiths, The print in Stuart Britain (1998), p. 169; for Gaywood’s earlier portrait of Harvey see Geoffrey Keynes, Life of William Harvey (1978), pp. 333–4 and plate XXVIII.

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    Condition: contemporary blind ruled unlettered sheep, with early paper shelf labels on spine, head of spine nicked, upper joint cracked and split at head and tail, lower joint split at head, spine somewhat rubbed, with further light wear and scuffing to covers and extremities; from the library of the Earls of Macclesfield with South Library bookplate on front paste-down, and embossed crest on prelims.

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  • LETTER-BAGS. by [WORD GAME]. [DRURY, MISS M. I., MISS O. H. DRURY, and Alexander MILLAR].
    [WORD GAME]. [DRURY, MISS M. I., MISS O. H. DRURY, and Alexander MILLAR].
    LETTER-BAGS. Regd. A word-making game for any number of players on an Entirely New Principle. “As Fascinating as Bridge”. Invented by the late Alexander Millar. [n.d. but ca.

    1920s?]. Consisting of one lidded card box 115 x 160m, containing within four separate lidded boxes 75 x 55mm; complete, each box containing a set of 90 different coloured lettered squares in white, blue, pink and yellow (of which five are blank in each set); upper lid of each with printed text giving the numbers of individual letters; sets bright and clean; some light soiling to boxes; seemingly without the original blue cloth ‘caller’s bag’ usually missing; A lovely bright set of this appealing game, similar in vein to scrabble, and seemingly the brainchild of two entrepreneurial sisters in Dublin. The game consists of a box containing four separate boxes, each of which contains 85 small square cards with letters…

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    1920s?]. Consisting of one lidded card box 115 x 160m, containing within four separate lidded boxes 75 x 55mm; complete, each box containing a set of 90 different coloured lettered squares in white, blue, pink and yellow (of which five are blank in each set); upper lid of each with printed text giving the numbers of individual letters; sets bright and clean; some light soiling to boxes; seemingly without the original blue cloth ‘caller’s bag’ usually missing; A lovely bright set of this appealing game, similar in vein to scrabble, and seemingly the brainchild of two entrepreneurial sisters in Dublin. The game consists of a box containing four separate boxes, each of which contains 85 small square cards with letters of the alphabet printed on both sides, together with a further 5 blank cards ‘to replace lost letters’. The four sets are printed in different colours: white, blue, pink and yellow.
    The present set retains the original instruction leaf: ‘The object of the game is to form as many and as long words as possible out of each of the sets of letters supplied ... each set contains 85 letters, the proportional quantities of each letter being the same as used by printers. Each set is kept in a small box or bag, with a larger bag for the “Caller”’. Each player takes a set, except for the “Caller”, who keeps his set n a bag ‘from which he draws them one by one at random’. As each letter is called, the player takes the corresponding letter from his set, and places them ‘in not more than six vertical or horizontal columns, endeavouring to arrange them so as to form complete words, reading vertically downwards or horizontally across’.
    According to the main lid, the game was ‘invented by the late Alexander Millar’, but as the instruction leaf reveals, and as previous examples handled have revealed, the marketing and distribution of the game appears to have been undertaken by two sisters. For this present example, the printed note states that the game could only be obtained from ‘Miss M. I. Drury’ of 2 Royal Terrace, Kingstown, Co. Dublin. An old address of ‘Farnagh, York Road’ has been crossed out in brown ink. Previous examples handled have had printed instructions noting that copies were available from ‘Miss O. H. Drury, Farnagh,, Kingstown, Dublin’. Our assumption is that this is a later version, and that for some reason Miss O. H. Drury was no longer involved in the enterprise. The existence of what we believe to be earlier sets suggests therefore that the game proved relatively popular. The price of the sets appears to have changed over time, varying from ‘Price 1/8 per set. Postage Extra. 1 set 4d., 2 sets 5d., etc’, through ‘2/6 set post free’, to the present set available for ‘3/6 per set, post free’. Other sets located in the Ballam Collection and at the National Trust Museum of Childhood. Only the Ballam collection set appears to retain the original blue callers’ bag. Sets located at the National Trust Museum of Childhood, in the Ballam Collection at the Bodleian, and in the Osborne Collection at Toronto.

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    Condition: in the original white box, upper lid printed, box lightly soiled and stained, small abrasion on base, light bumping to extremities; a good bright example.

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    A NEW PLAN OF WRITING COPIES, by WRIFFORD, Allison.
    WRIFFORD, Allison.
    A NEW PLAN OF WRITING COPIES, with accompanying explanations and remarks, written, designed, and systematically arranged by A. Wrifford ... Engraved for the author, by D. Fairman, and printed by W. Hooker – and for sale by the various booksellers throughout the United States. Boston: W. Hooker for the author,

    1810. Small oblong 8vo, pp. 8; with 6 leaves of engraved writing samples; some light browning and staining, leave edges a little frayed; Apparently the first edition of this attractive penmanship copybook. Abel ‘Allison’ Wrifford (ca. 1780- 1844) was born at Hopkinton, Hillsborough, New Hampshire in 1779 and died there in 1844. He was teaching penmanship from at least 1809, the year before his New plan of writing copies was first published at Boston. He moved to Concord in 1831 and taught there and in the vicinity for several years (www.myrootsplace.com).
    Although he says the method of teaching is his own, Wrifford acknowledges that the elementary principles are taken from John Jenkins’ The art of writing, 1793. Jenkins’ work,…

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    1810. Small oblong 8vo, pp. 8; with 6 leaves of engraved writing samples; some light browning and staining, leave edges a little frayed; Apparently the first edition of this attractive penmanship copybook. Abel ‘Allison’ Wrifford (ca. 1780- 1844) was born at Hopkinton, Hillsborough, New Hampshire in 1779 and died there in 1844. He was teaching penmanship from at least 1809, the year before his New plan of writing copies was first published at Boston. He moved to Concord in 1831 and taught there and in the vicinity for several years (www.myrootsplace.com).
    Although he says the method of teaching is his own, Wrifford acknowledges that the elementary principles are taken from John Jenkins’ The art of writing, 1793. Jenkins’ work, first published in Boston in 1791, was the first original American handwriting manual and was quickly copied or imitated, first by Henry Dean’s Improved analytical guide (Salem, 1805), then by James Carver’s New and easy introduction (Philadelphia, 1809). In later editions, Wrifford dropped his acknowledgement to Jenkins. What is odd about his citation of the 1793 edition of Jenkins is that no such edition survives (the 1813 edition is always referred to as the second), so Wrifford is either mistaken about the date, or he is referring to an edition which is now lost.
    Further editions of Wrifford’s work appeared in 1812 and 1813. Shaw & Shoemaker, 22109; Nash, American Penmanship, 38; not in Bonacini or Berlin; R. Williams, ‘Without a borrowed hand: the beginnings of American penmanship’ Society of Scribes Journal (2000), 3–11; OCLC locates copies at Columbia, Yale, Chicago, Indiana, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Minnesota, Dartmouth College, Princeton, the American Antiquarian Society, the Huntington, and the British Library.

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    Condition: stab stitched in the original sugar paper wrappers with printed title label on upper cover.

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