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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).
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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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  • HISTOIRE DES PHILOSOPHES MODERNES by SAVERIEN, Alexandre.
    SAVERIEN, Alexandre.
    HISTOIRE DES PHILOSOPHES MODERNES Avec leur portrait gravé dans le goût du crayon d’après les planches in 40 dessin par les plus gds peintres. I. Partie [-Tom VIII. Histoire des Naturalistes]. Contenant les Metaphisiciens. A Paris, de l’Imprimerie de l’Academie ... Avec Aprobation et Privilege du Roy.

    1760-1773. Eight volumes, 8vo; I. pp. lvii, [3], 360, with engraved title-page and frontispiece and 10 engraved portraits; II. pp. lix, [1], 366, engraved title-page, frontispiece and 11 portraits; III. [ii], [lxxvi], 377, [1], engraved title-page, sepia frontispiece and seven portraits; IV. pp. lxxx, 309, [1], with engraved title-page, frontispiece and seven portraits; V. pp. [ii], lxxxviii], 273, [1], engraved title-page, pen and ink frontispiece and ten engraved plates; VI. pp. [ii], [ii], 398, with engraved title-page, frontispiece and eight engraved plates; VII. pp. [ii], lxvi, 300, engraved title-page, frontispiece and nine engraved portraits; VIII. pp. [ii], [v]-lxxxii, [ii], 258, engraved title-page, frontispiece and 10 engraved plates; in all 16 engraved title-pages and frontispieces and 72 portraits and allegorical plates,…

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    1760-1773. Eight volumes, 8vo; I. pp. lvii, [3], 360, with engraved title-page and frontispiece and 10 engraved portraits; II. pp. lix, [1], 366, engraved title-page, frontispiece and 11 portraits; III. [ii], [lxxvi], 377, [1], engraved title-page, sepia frontispiece and seven portraits; IV. pp. lxxx, 309, [1], with engraved title-page, frontispiece and seven portraits; V. pp. [ii], lxxxviii], 273, [1], engraved title-page, pen and ink frontispiece and ten engraved plates; VI. pp. [ii], [ii], 398, with engraved title-page, frontispiece and eight engraved plates; VII. pp. [ii], lxvi, 300, engraved title-page, frontispiece and nine engraved portraits; VIII. pp. [ii], [v]-lxxxii, [ii], 258, engraved title-page, frontispiece and 10 engraved plates; in all 16 engraved title-pages and frontispieces and 72 portraits and allegorical plates, nearly all soft-ground etched engravings in the style of chalk using the crayon method; some occasional light foxing and soiling, with sporadic light marginal dampstaining, but otherwise clean and crisp; An attractive set of this striking illustrated biographical compendium of noted scientists and philosophers from the 16th to the 18th centuries. First published in 1760, a second edition appeared in 1769, before this, seemingly the third edition. Saverien drew upon the rich source of academic éloges available to compile his work, and though perhaps largely anecdotal, the underlying plan of the work was significant and original. The biographies are grouped by class, beginning with metaphysicians and philosophers, moralists and legislaturists, before turning his attention to the exact and natural sciences, including chemists, astronomers, natural philosophers, naturalists, mathematicians, geometers, algebraists, opticians, and mechanicians. Each volume is prefaced with a ‘preliminary discourse’ giving an overview of the history of the discipline, and in so doing Saverien inaugurated a style combining historical narrative with biography, which was to influence successive works.
    The remarkable feature of the work, however, lies in the illustrations, which are the work of the French engraver and printmaker Jean Charles François (1717-1769). As seen here, François was the innovator of the crayon method in 1757 through which the engravings imitate chalk drawings, a process which is described in a letter addressed to Saverien in Vol. I (p. 347 ). Though two colleagues, Gilles Demateau and Louis Bonnet, both claimed to have made the discovery, it was François who was officially acknowledged by the French Royal Academy, given a Royal Pension and the title ‘graveur du Roi’. The work includes a number of attractive allegorical plates in addition to the portraits, after artists including Boucher and Eisen.
    Seemingly a slightly complicated publication bibliographically, it also appeared in various formats, including eight parts in four 4to volumes, and sometimes four volumes bound in two. The number of plates also seems to vary. At least, copies should have eight frontispieces and 67 portraits. The present copy is one that has the attraction of having additional engraved title-pages, as well as 52 portraits and 20 allegorical figures (substituted for portraits, and in four cases additional to the portraits). In more luxurious copies, the plates are all in red and sepia, though here predominantly plain. Amongst the luminaries includes are Hobbes, Locke, Clarke, Grotius, Wollaston, Bacon, Gassendi, Descartes, Newton, Leibnitz, Halley, Copernicus, Brahe, Galileo, Kepler, Huygens, Boyle, Hartsoeker, Paracelsus, Boerhaave, Gesner, Hales and Reaumur.
    Saverien (1720-1805), wrote several books on marine science, and is noted for having invented two machines for determining the speed of a ship. He also edited the French edition of Maclaurin’s Traité des Fluxions (1749). As is reflected by the present work, he was also the author of several historical works on the exact and natural sciences, which reflected a deep knowledge of the history of science and philosophy. He published a separate five volume biographical work ‘Historie des Philosophes anciens jusqu’à la renaissance des letters (1770-1773). Cohen de Ricci 942; Brunet V, 154; for a detailed discussion of the work see Ribard, 'Raconter, vivre, penser: histoire(s) de philosophes, 1650-1766', ff. 357.

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    Condition: in contemporary marbled calf, spines in compartments with raised bands, attractively tooled in gilt, with two morocco labels lettered in gilt, head-bands exposed on volumes VI and VIII, with light wear to the heads of all spines with some minor nicking, minor soiling to covers, extremities lightly bumped and rubbed; an attractive, clean, fresh set.

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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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  • 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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  • Girls behaving badly
    PRINTED SUMMONS TO 'LUCY KIRKLAND OF WETLAND ROCKS NEAR LEEK, by [SOCIAL HISTORY.] [LEGAL SUMMONS.]
    [SOCIAL HISTORY.] [LEGAL SUMMONS.]
    PRINTED SUMMONS TO 'LUCY KIRKLAND OF WETLAND ROCKS NEAR LEEK, in the county of Stafford for being drunk and riotous. Partially completed in manuscript by the local Constable Frederick Howard, with further indecipherable signature by a Justice of the Peace, and dated 15th June 1874, Leek.

    1875. Single sheet, 240 x 195, printed on recto and verso on blue paper stock, and partially completed in manuscript seemingly in a couple of hands; margins a little dust-soiled and stained, and with evidence of previous horizontal folds. An interesting social history document: a legal summons issued by the County Court of Staffordshire to one ‘Lucy Kirkland of Wetley Rocks near Leek’, in response to an accusation made by Mrs Mary Ann Turner that on June 5th 1875 she was ‘drunk and while so drunk were then and there guilty of riotous behaviour’. Mrs Kirkland it therefore charged to appear before magistrates at the Court House in Leek. The template document appears to have been completed by the Constable…

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    1875. Single sheet, 240 x 195, printed on recto and verso on blue paper stock, and partially completed in manuscript seemingly in a couple of hands; margins a little dust-soiled and stained, and with evidence of previous horizontal folds. An interesting social history document: a legal summons issued by the County Court of Staffordshire to one ‘Lucy Kirkland of Wetley Rocks near Leek’, in response to an accusation made by Mrs Mary Ann Turner that on June 5th 1875 she was ‘drunk and while so drunk were then and there guilty of riotous behaviour’. Mrs Kirkland it therefore charged to appear before magistrates at the Court House in Leek. The template document appears to have been completed by the Constable Frederick Howard, with his signed deposition that he has served the writ. A further note on the verso states that the case was adjourned. There is a further signature which is unfortunately illegible, but is presumably that of the Justice of the Peace.

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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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  • MOST ATTRACTIVE FRENCH CALLIGRAPHIC MANUSCRIPT EXERCISE BOOK, ‘OEUVRES DIVERSES’, by [STUDENT ARITHMETIC.] CHÊNE, Eugène.
    [STUDENT ARITHMETIC.] CHÊNE, Eugène.
    MOST ATTRACTIVE FRENCH CALLIGRAPHIC MANUSCRIPT EXERCISE BOOK, ‘OEUVRES DIVERSES’, Par Eugène Chëne, élève de M. Deschamps, Instituteur à Campeaux.

    1850. Folio, bound manuscript in a single calligraphic hand in a variety of colours; pp. [iv] half-title with calligraphic flourish and title-page penned in landscape and elaborately hand-coloured, 1-190, 191 part title ‘Actes Divers’ elaborately and colourfully penned in landscape, 192 blank, 193-252, 253 part title ‘Procès verbaux’ elaborately and colourfully penned in landscape, 254 blank, 255-290, 291 part title ‘Actes Civils’ elaborately and colourfully penned in landscape, 292-323, 324 blank, [4] blank; with a number of small neat line illustrations and diagrams; text in a single hand predominantly in brown ink, ornately embellished with colourful calligraphic headlines and flourishes in light green, golden yellow, various shades of blue, pink, red, orange, purple and brown; some light marginal browning and…

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    1850. Folio, bound manuscript in a single calligraphic hand in a variety of colours; pp. [iv] half-title with calligraphic flourish and title-page penned in landscape and elaborately hand-coloured, 1-190, 191 part title ‘Actes Divers’ elaborately and colourfully penned in landscape, 192 blank, 193-252, 253 part title ‘Procès verbaux’ elaborately and colourfully penned in landscape, 254 blank, 255-290, 291 part title ‘Actes Civils’ elaborately and colourfully penned in landscape, 292-323, 324 blank, [4] blank; with a number of small neat line illustrations and diagrams; text in a single hand predominantly in brown ink, ornately embellished with colourful calligraphic headlines and flourishes in light green, golden yellow, various shades of blue, pink, red, orange, purple and brown; some light marginal browning and foxing throughout, with some ink bleed through due to liberal application, half title slightly creased; retaining remains of original pink silk page marker; A most attractively executed calligraphy exercise book, the work of Eugène Chênè (born we are told in Campeaux in 1836), and a student of M. Deschamps, a teacher in Campeaux, the French commune located in the department of Calvados. The striking title-page sets the tone, Eugène elegantly and colourfully penning the title in landscape, and employing a number of calligraphic styles for the lettering. We believe his instructor to be a M. Pierre Deschamps, who between 1846-1865 taught in five towns in Calvados, though according to the biographical record for his son Leon (1849-1927), was forced to leave his post in Champeaux in 1850 having fallen foul of the Catholic authorities in the area.
    This extensive manuscript is divided into various sections dealing in turn with the general principles of arithmetic (covering addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, fractions, simple and compound interest etc); geometry, a section highlighting miscellaneous legal documents (receipts, leases etc); a section of templates or ‘procés verbal’ on filing minutes or reports; and concluding with a section on civil acts (registering births, marriages, deaths etc). It would appear that Pierre Deschamps was also acting as an agent for an insurance company, and this may explain his focus upon legal and business matters. From the subject matter of some of the sample templates included, one would imagine that the 14 year old Chênè was being prepared for a legal apprenticeship perhaps, some of the ‘procés verbal’ dealing with how to record the statement of an individual caught ‘en flagrant de lit’, a statement recording a disgrace, and how to report an accident involving a carrier. A most appealing and striking example.

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    Condition: in contemporary calf backed green marbled boards, spine lightly scuffed and rubbed, covers a little scratched, extremities lightly rubbed; a most attractive example.

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  • EXTENSIVE AND MOST ATTRACTIVE MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK ‘CAHIER L’ARITHMÉTIQUE’ by [STUDENT ARITHMETIC.] JOLY, Théophile.
    [STUDENT ARITHMETIC.] JOLY, Théophile.
    EXTENSIVE AND MOST ATTRACTIVE MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK ‘CAHIER L’ARITHMÉTIQUE’ appartient a moi, Théophile Joly. [title repeated on final leaf Cahier, d’arithmétique, appartenant à Théophile Joly ? & [sic] with imprint on inside rear cover Fait a Lonzac, le premier Avril Dix Huit Cent Cinquante Un].

    1851. Large Folio, 450 x 295mm, bound manuscript in a single calligraphic hand in a variety of colours, ff. 158; with watercolour illustration mounted on front paste-down (presumably a self portrait of Joly in local Saintongeois costume), with numerous section headings stencilled in black and block lettering (a number misspelt and with corrections), the first leaf heading surrounded by ornate garland in green, brown and ochre, with the copious calculations throughout embellished with underlining in green, brown or ochre; with neat pen illustrations depicting a number of instruments on ff. 113; lightly foxed and soiled throughout, with a few ink smudges, one or two minor marginal nicks and losses but nothing significant; A charming, unsophisticated, and one of the most…

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    1851. Large Folio, 450 x 295mm, bound manuscript in a single calligraphic hand in a variety of colours, ff. 158; with watercolour illustration mounted on front paste-down (presumably a self portrait of Joly in local Saintongeois costume), with numerous section headings stencilled in black and block lettering (a number misspelt and with corrections), the first leaf heading surrounded by ornate garland in green, brown and ochre, with the copious calculations throughout embellished with underlining in green, brown or ochre; with neat pen illustrations depicting a number of instruments on ff. 113; lightly foxed and soiled throughout, with a few ink smudges, one or two minor marginal nicks and losses but nothing significant; A charming, unsophisticated, and one of the most substantial manuscript exercise books we have handled, and the work of the young student Théophile Joly, from Lonzac, a commune of Haute Saintonge in the Southwestern department of Charente-Maritime.
    Joly’s notebook is an appealing example of a cyphering book, i.e. a manuscript written either by a student or teacher and with a particular focus upon mathematical content. Printed books were rarely used, and teachers would compile manuscript sum books to be used as teaching aids, and from which the students copied, often embellished with calligraphic headings and flourishes, ink and wash sketches and diagrams, etc. The content often followed a prescribed pattern, containing rules, cases, problems, and solutions to exercises associated with a well-defined progression of mathematical (usually arithmetic) topics.
    The present example very much follows this traditional format, though Joly refrains from overly embellishing his course-work - perhaps being of a less artistic temperament, or perhaps reflecting a more rigourous approach to learning instilled by his tutor. His headings are seemingly stencilled in black block lettering - several of which have been misspelt and which have then been corrected. Clearly worked quite hard, the volume contains very few introductions to the arithmetical processes under discussion, but instead is focused almost entirely upon the problems to be solved together with the calculations. Few illustrations are included, although one or two small diagrams are to be found, but a full page illustrations depicting ‘les instruments de la géometrie’ is found on ff. 113. Perhaps compiled in preparation for a trade or mercantile apprenticeship, the arithmetic processes and examples are derived from, or relate to, various professions, including banking, land surveying, brewing, notaries, and as such throws a fascinating light upon contemporary educational priorities of the time.
    Joly has clearly given way to a few moments of light-relief however. An appealing water-colour depiction of a young man in local costume has been pasted onto the inside front cover - and which may well be a self-portrait. Furthermore, in a moment of boredom perhaps, at the tail of ff. 22 we find what appear to be five ‘brass rubbings’ depicting the faces of a 2 and 5 franc coin, and which are dated 1838 and 1839. He frequently signs his name throughout the work as well. Seemingly also self-bound, though perhaps a less sophisticated example than some previously handled, Joly’s notebook is in many ways all the more charming for this ‘home-made’ feel!

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    Condition: seemingly self-bound and stitched in contemporary paste-paper card wrappers, with title in manuscript on upper cover, evidence of previous tear on upper cover neatly repaired, some small loss along spine at stitching points, covers a little soiled with dampstaining at head of rear cover; overall a little dog-eared, but nevertheless charming for its unsophistication.

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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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  • 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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  • Pocket-Sized guide
    COMPENDIUM GEOMETRIÆ PRACTICÆ, by [SURVEYING.] MEYER, Jakob.
    [SURVEYING.] MEYER, Jakob.
    COMPENDIUM GEOMETRIÆ PRACTICÆ, sive, Planimetria, kurtzer bericht, Vom Feldmessen und Feld-theilen. Basel. In verlag Joh. Phil. Richters sel. Erben.

    1712. Oblong 16mo, (80 x 100mm) pp. [ii] engraved title-page, [xvi], 250, [2] errata and blank; with one folding throw out wood-engraved plate (a little foxed and creased), with a number of small wood-engraved diagrams and tables within the text; engraved title-page a little browned with slight staining at gutter, lightly browned throughout with some light dampstaining affecting lower corner between pp. 56-154; Uncommon third edition (first 1663) of this appealing pocket sized elementary textbook on practical geometry and field measurements, and the work of the noted mathematician, surveyor, and cartographer, Jakob Meyer (1614-1676). As head of urban construction in Basel, he mapped the topography of much of the canton. ‘This is a pocket-sized work explaining the rudiments of geometry…

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    1712. Oblong 16mo, (80 x 100mm) pp. [ii] engraved title-page, [xvi], 250, [2] errata and blank; with one folding throw out wood-engraved plate (a little foxed and creased), with a number of small wood-engraved diagrams and tables within the text; engraved title-page a little browned with slight staining at gutter, lightly browned throughout with some light dampstaining affecting lower corner between pp. 56-154; Uncommon third edition (first 1663) of this appealing pocket sized elementary textbook on practical geometry and field measurements, and the work of the noted mathematician, surveyor, and cartographer, Jakob Meyer (1614-1676). As head of urban construction in Basel, he mapped the topography of much of the canton. ‘This is a pocket-sized work explaining the rudiments of geometry as applied to surveying. The work is quite practical, with very irregular fields being used as example problems. The work begins with elementary instruction as to the size of a man’s pace, surveyor’s chain, etc’ (Tomash & Williams, M 96). ‘It is written by practitioners for practitioners without any claim to new results’ (HAB, Maß, Zahl Und Gewicht, 6.12).
    This was one of a series of small portable hand-books on arithmetic and geometry published over a number of years by Jakob, and then later by his son Georg Friedrich Meyer (1645-1693), and including ‘Compendium Arithmeticae Germanicae’ (1651); ‘Arithmetica Decimalis’ (1669); ‘Arithmetica Practica’ (1665); ‘Geometria Theoretica’ (1657); ‘Stereometria’ (1675); and ‘Doctrina Triangulorum’ (1678). Tomash and Williams, M96; Honeyman 2224 (1663); Hoock & Jeannin, Ars mercatoria: Handbücher und Traktate für den gebrauch des kaufmanns, 1470-1820 II/M22.4 (1663); VD17 23:289824P (1663); see the Herzog August Bibliothek catalogue Maß, Zahl Und Gewicht: Mathematik Als Schluessel Zum Verstaendnis Und Zur Beherrschung Der Welt 6.12, p. 140 (first edition); OCLC locates copies of this third edition at Iowa State, Amsterdam, Munich and Basel, with copies of the first edition at Michigan, Brown, UCL, and various German Institutions, with the 1684 edition at the BL and UCL.

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    Condition: in contemporary vellum, faint numbering in ms at tail of spine, small nick to upper rear joint, covers a little sprung, and somewhat soiled and lightly dampstained, with contemporary ownership signature in ink dated May 1740 on front free endpaper, and in red crayon on rear endpaper; an appealing copy.

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  • CONGENITAL MALFORMATIONS OF THE HEART by TAUSSIG, Helen B.
    TAUSSIG, Helen B.
    CONGENITAL MALFORMATIONS OF THE HEART New York. The Commonwealth Fund. [London, Geoffrey Cumberlege, Oxford University Press]

    1947. Large 8vo, pp. xxxvi, 618; copiously illustrated without, with 177 text figures and half tones (including 3 full page coloured figures 142, 148 and 149 on two leaves), and coloured plates numbered 1-46 on 36 leaves; generally clean and crisp, with slight kink in upper margins of pp. 491-516; First edition of this landmark work, considered to be the foundation for pediatric cardiology, and for which the author received the 1954 Albert Lasker Award for outstanding contribution to medicine. Describing the diagnosis and cure of innumerable congenital malformations, the book had an immediate and vast influence on pediatric cardiology worldwide. Helen Brooke Taussig (1898-1986) ‘conceived the idea of anastomosing the subclavian artery to the pulmonary circulation to improve the…

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    1947. Large 8vo, pp. xxxvi, 618; copiously illustrated without, with 177 text figures and half tones (including 3 full page coloured figures 142, 148 and 149 on two leaves), and coloured plates numbered 1-46 on 36 leaves; generally clean and crisp, with slight kink in upper margins of pp. 491-516; First edition of this landmark work, considered to be the foundation for pediatric cardiology, and for which the author received the 1954 Albert Lasker Award for outstanding contribution to medicine. Describing the diagnosis and cure of innumerable congenital malformations, the book had an immediate and vast influence on pediatric cardiology worldwide. Helen Brooke Taussig (1898-1986) ‘conceived the idea of anastomosing the subclavian artery to the pulmonary circulation to improve the blood supply of the lungs; the operation was carried out by Alfred Blalock in 1944, and is now know as the Blalock-Taussig operation’ (Bedford, 821).
    ‘As a pediatric cardiologist, she carefully observed her patients, listened to their hearts, studied their x-rays and fluoroscopies and, when they died, examined their hearts at autopsy. Her precise records and correlation of observations made possible accurate diagnosis and understanding of pathological cardiac physiology resulting from congenital malformations. Her studies led her to design an operation to solve a problem of post-birth anoxia, the Blalock-Taussig procedure, known as “the blue baby operation” that has saved countless infants from death’ (Grolier, p. 141)
    ‘To arrive at her great achievements, Helen Taussig had much to overcome - the early death of her mother, dyslexia, severe hearing impairment and the discrimination of much of the medical establishment’ (ibid). The daughter of Frank W. Taussig, the eminent Harvard professor of economics, Helen overcame severe dyslexia to matriculate as one of the first students in which is now Radcliffe College ‘but seeking broader social and educational experience, she transferred to the University of Berkeley, California and graduated in 1921. Determined to study medicine, she was forced, like so many others, to travel the long way round to fulfil her goal ... Since Harvard Medical School would not accept a women (first doing so only in 1945) she applied to Harvard School of Public Health, which allowed her to attend classes but would not award her a degree. She was also allowed to study histology at the Harvard Medical School but with a caveat: she was kept in a room by herself so as ‘to not contaminate’ the male students. She finally found a sympathetic mentor in Alexander Begg, professor of anatomy at Boston University, who led her to study isolated heart muscle contractions. This resulted in her first publication and set the stage for her life’s work in cardiology ... Even with her major publication, Harvard Medical School would not permit her to matriculate, so she applied to The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, admitted as a function of the legacy of Mary Elizabeth Garrett and the Women’s Fund Committee that stipulated that women be accepted on the same terms as men, and she graduated from Hopkins in 1927’ (ibid).
    In 1959 she became Hopkins’ first woman full professor in clinical medicine. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and was elected the first female president of the American Heart Association in 1965. It was Taussig who was instrumental in recognising the link between thalidomide and the rise in cases of congenital malformations, and helped to end its use in the US. She died in a car accident in 1986. Bedford, Evan Bedford Library of Cardiology, 821; Garrison-Morton 2878; Grolier, Extraordinary Women, pp 141-145, and item 136; Ogilvie, II. pp. 1265-7.

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    Condition: in the original grey publisher’s cloth, spine ruled and lettered in black and gilt, head and tail of spine lightly worn, joints, surfaces and extremities lightly scuffed, rubbed and bumped.

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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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