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David Mason Books eList #43
 

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19th Century English Literature Catalogue.

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Just Issued

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A. The TRUE and GENUIN ELEGY OF Matthew Gun Bookseller
Printed by Will Rueter at the Aliquando Press in 2014. 1 of 125 copies. 15" x 10 1/2". Printed on Hahnemuble white mould paper in Garamond, ATF Baskerville and XIV Century Roman. This is a reprint of an early 18th-century broadside. The original is held by the British Library and we have been unable to locate another copy. We felt this reprint to be a timely one given the precarious state of the book trade these days; Gun’s lament resonates strongly. A fine work by one of Canada’s foremost designers and private printers.
$50.00

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1. (ADVERTISING) Barker's Komic Picture Souvenir. Part 1.
Philadelphia: Barker, Moore & Mein Medicine Co., n.d. (ca. 190-). "Revised Edition in 4 Parts", part 1 only. Oblong 8vo., pictorial paper wrappers in colour with cloth spine, unpaginated (44pp). Illustrations throughout. Cheap paper browned, wear to edges some rubbing to covers, light staining inside front cover, about very good. Early 19th century adverting booklet promoting the profound advantages of using Barker's Horse, Cattle and Poultry Medicinal Power and, for humans, Barker's Nerve and Bone Liniment. Part 1 of 4.
$150.00


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2. (AMERICANA) DREW, Samuel. The Life Of The Rev. Thomas Coke ... including details of his various travels and extraordinary missionary exertions in England, Ireland, America and the West-Indies...
New York: Published by J. Soule and T. Mason for the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States, 1818. First U.S. edition. Tall 8vo., full contemporary calf, gilt compartments, leather label, xix, 391pp. With a frontis-portrait. Small nick in the head of the spine, hinges rubbed but still a very nice copy. Life of Thomas Coke [1747-1814] the first superintendent of the Methodist Church in America and "the father of Methodist Missions." Sabin 20932, Shaw & Shoemaker 43887.
$350.00


   

Earliest First-Hand Narrative of Lewis & Clark Expedition

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3. (AMERICANA) GASS, Patrick. Journal of the Voyages and Travels of a Corps of Discovery, Under the command of Capt. Lewis and Capt. Clarke of the army of the United States, from the mouth of the River Missouri through the interior parts of North America to the Pacific Ocean, During the Years 1804, 1805, and 1806...
Philadelphia: Printed For Mathew Carey.... 1811. Third edition. (first published in 1807). Tall 12mo., full contemporary calf, leather spine label, (x), (11)-262pp. With six plates including the frontispiece. Pages browned with some foxing, corner torn from rear free e/paper, binding rubbed with one inch piece chipped off the top of the spine but still a very good copy. Howes G77, Sabin 26741, Shaw & Shoemaker 22891. First published in 1807 this is the "earliest first-hand narrative of the Lewis and Clark expedition, preceding the official account seven years." (Howes).
$7,000.00


   

SIGNED BY Maya Angelou

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4. ANGELOU, Maya. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.
New York: Random House, (1969). Reprint. With a bookplate signed by the author on the front e/paper. Ownership signatures otherwise a nice copy in an about fine dustwrapper.
$250.00


   

First Trade Edition - 1836
 

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5. (ARCTIC) BACK, Captain [George]. Narrative Of The Arctic Land Expedition To The Mouth Of The Great Fish River, And Along The Shores Of The Arctic Ocean, In The Years 1833, 1834, And 1835; By... Illustrated by A Map And Plates.
London: John Murray, 1836. First trade edition. (There was also a large paper edition published the same year). Tall 8vo., original brown cloth, gilt title on the spine, x, (2), (1)-663, (1), 8pp. ads, 4pp. ads. dated "May 1836." With 16 fullpage plates including the frontis. With a large folding map at the rear. Some browning and foxing to approximately half of the plates, bookplate, spine slightly faded with a bit of rubbing to the spine ends but o/w an near fine, unworn copy. "Back was disquieted by rumours about John Ross, who had not been heard of since he had set out on an attempt at a northwest passage in 1829. Back returned to England at once and offered to command a search. He learned that Dr Richardson had already submitted a plan for reaching Ross by way of the Thlew-ee-choh or Great Fish River (Back River), a river known only by Indian report, which was supposed to rise somewhere near Great Slave Lake and flow northwest into the Arctic Ocean. Richardson had received insufficient support and stepped down. Back adopted the same plan and raised enough support from the government, the HBC, and public subscription to go ahead with the expedition under the direction of the Colonial Office. Taking with him Dr Richard King as naturalist, Back left Liverpool by packet for New York on 17 Feb. 1833. In June he was at Fort Alexander on Lake Winnipeg, where George Simpson, now governor of all the HBC’s activities overseas, greeted him cordially, apparently having forgotten their brush in 1821. (more)
$2,500.00


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6. (ARCTIC) M'KEEVOR, Thomas. A Voyage To Hudson's Bay, During The Summer Of 1812. Containing A Particular Account Of The Icebergs And Other Phenomena Which Present Themselves In Those Regions . Also, A Description Of The Esquimeaux And North American Indians, Their Manners, Customs, Dress, Language, &c. &c. &c
London: Printed For Sir Richard Phillips And Co., 1819. Reprint of the first edition (TPL) the same year with the only difference being the "AND CO" in the imprint and different pagination. Tall 8vo., contemporary calf spine, marble boards, 78pp. With a six engraved plates (including the frontispiece). Some light rubbing o/w an about fine copy.  M'Keevor was a medical advisor on Selkirk's expedition of 1812 and records the customs of Inuit natives and Arctic geography and fauna. TPL 911, Sabin 43396, Arctic Bib 10643.
$750.00


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7. (ARCTIC) SCORESBY-JACKSON, R.E. The Life of William Scoresby, M.A,. D.D., F.R.S.S.L. & E., Corresponding Member of the Institute of France, Etc. By His Nephew, ...
London: T. Nelson And Sons, 1861. First edition. 8vo., full contemporary green calf, raised bands, gilt compartments, leather spine label, single gilt stamp decoration on the boards, ix, (x blank), (1)-406pp. With an additional engraved titlepage, frontis portrait, 5 tinted plates (including two charts), and a folding map. Some light foxing to the frontis and engraved titlepage, some light rubbing but in fact a near fine copy.
$750.00


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8. (BELLOC, Hilaire). A Moral Alphabet. In Words of From One to Seven Syllables. By H.B. and B.T.B. (pseud).
London: Edward Arnold, 1899. First edition. Square 8vo., cloth backed pictorial paper boards, 63, (1)p. ads. With illustrations by Basil T. Blackwood (B.T.B.) Bookplate, some soiling otherwise near fine.
$250.00


   

Canadian Literature

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9. LEE, Dennis. Kingdom of Absence.
Toronto: House of Ananse (sic), (1967). First edition of the author's first book. Original wrappers. Fine. First publication from House of Anansi, only titled published with the spelling Ananse.
$125.00

 

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10. SUTHERLAND, John. Other Canadians An Anthology Of The New Poetry In Canada 1949-1946.
(Montreal: First Statement Press, 1947?). First edition. 8vo., original wrappers, 113pp. Slight tanning to pages, some darkening along spine, some wear to extremities, otherwise near fine.
$185.00

 

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11. (From the Library of JAY MACPHERSON) NEW PROVINCES. Poems of Several Authors.
Toronto: Macmillan, 1936. First edition. With a presentation to Canadian poet Jay Macpherson from F.R. Scott reading "To Jay Mcpherson (sic) one of the 'community' from Frank Scott." Fading to the foot of the spine o/w fine in d/w slightly darkened on the spine with a touch of wear to the tips of the spine, some discolouration, better than very good but not quite near fine. Contains poems by six Canadian poets; Robert Finch, Leo Kennedy, A.M. Klein, E.J. Pratt, F.R. Scott, and A.J.M. Smith.
$750.00

 

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12. (From the Library of JAY MACPHERSON) ATWOOD, Margaret. The Animals In That Country.
Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1968. First edition, paper issue. With an inscription from Atwood to friend and fellow Canadian poet, Jay Macpherson. Small crease front cover bottom right otherwise fine.
$500.00

 

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13. (From the Library of JAY MACPHERSON) DUDEK, Louis. En Mexico. Drawings by Zygmunt Turkiewicz.
Toronto: Contact Press, (1958). First edition. With a presentation inscription from the author to fellow Canadian poet Jay Macpherson. Tall square 8vo., original lavender wrappers. Spine and perimeters of wrappers lightly sunned as usual, bit of creasing to lower edge of the wrappers o/w a near fine copy of a delicate book. There was no issue in cloth. 
$450.00

 

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14. (From the Library of JAY MACPHERSON) TURNBULL, Gael.  A Libation.
Glasgow: Cameo Series/The Poet, nd. (1957). With a presentation inscription in the form of a holography poem (two stanzas) by Turnbull to fellow Canadian poet Jay Macpherson. Turnbull has written the poem in ink, addressed it “To Jay” and signed it “from Gael summer 1957.” Turnbull has also made a holograph correction in ink to the last line of the final poem in the book, crossing out part of the line and rewriting differently. Tall 12mo., original pink paper wrappers printed in red, (12)pp. Wrappers sunned on the spine and on the edges of the wrappers but o/w a fine copy of a scarce edition.
$425.00


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15. (CANADIANA) MICHELANT, H. and A. Rame. Relation Originalé Du Voyage Du Jacques Cartier Au Canada En 1534 Documents Inédits Sur Jacques Cartier Et Le Canada...
Paris: Librarie Tross, 1867. 8vo., contemporary  leather spine, marble boards, (viii), 76, 54, (2)pp.ads. With two full page plates, and two small portraits of Cartier (one on each titlepage). An about fine copy. Sabin 11142.
$750.00


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16. (CANADIANA) HALL, Francis. (Lt). Travels In Canada, And The United States, In 1816 and 1817.
London: Printed by Strahan and Spottiswoode, For Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme And Brown, 1819. Second edition, with a new preface. 8vo., recently rebound with a dark brown calf spine, marble boards, single gilt decoration in the compartments, xii, 421pp. With a folding map at the front. A fine copy. TPL 1096 (first edition), Sabin 29769, Howes H-62.
$600.00


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17. (CANADIANA - Art) BROOKER, Bertram (edited by). Yearbook of the Arts in Canada. 1936.
Toronto: Macmillan Co. of Canada, (c. 1936). First edition. Small 4to., cloth, (256)pp. With illustrations. Small faded spot at top of spine, bookplates, otherwise fine in dustwrapper that has small chip to top of spine and light wear to extremities, but is still very nice dustwrapper.
$225.00


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18. (CANADIANA - Ephemera) Shipping Label - Robson Leather Company Limited. Oshawa Canada. Established 1865.
Oshawa: Robson Leather, no date (ca. 1910-20s?). 12" x 6", single sided glossy paper label. Fine. Robson Leather founded in 1865, in 1963 they merged with James Lang Leather of Kitchener to form Robson-Lang Leather.
$75.00


   

First Edition "Pop-Up" Pinocchio

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19. (CHILDREN'S) (PINOCCHIO). The "Pop-Up" Pinocchio. Being The Life And Adventures Of A Wooden Puppet Who Finally Became A Real Boy With "Pop-Up" Illustrations In Colour by Harold Lentz.
New York: Blue Ribbon Books, (1932). First of this edition. Tall square 8vo., original pictorial paper boards, 96pp. With four pop-up illustrations in colour and numerous black and white illustrations in the text. This copy has been professionally rebacked with the original spine laid down; the rebacking makes the spine a bit stiff, the chimney is missing from the roof in one of the pop-up illustrations otherwise a very good copy.
$750.00


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20. (CHILDREN'S) AIKIN, Dr. and Mrs. Barbauld. Evenings at Home, or the Juvenile Budget Opened, Consisting of a Variety of Miscellaneous Pieces for the Instruction and Amusement of Young Persons.
London: S. Cornish, 1837. 12mo., original cloth, 466pp. With hand coloured frontis. This copy has been professionally rebacked with the original spine laid down, minor soiling to covers, otherwise near fine.
$250.00


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21. CRUIKSHANK, George. Second Edition of a Discovery Concerning Ghosts: With A Rap at the "Spirit -Rappers" by... Illustrated with Cuts. To Which is Added A Few Parting Raps at the "Rappers" and Questions, Suggestions and Advice to the Davenport Brothers.
London: Published by Routledge, Warne and Routledge, 1864. Second edition. Tall 8vo., original brown printed wrappers, (4), 60pp. Discreet name on titlepage, 1" piece chipped away at the foot of the spine otherwise near fine. 
$400.00


   

Daimler Automobile Showroom Catalogue - 1913

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22. (DAIMLER COMPANY). 1913 Daimler Automobile Catalogue.
(Coventry): Daimler Company, nd (1913 stated on the General Notes page). Oblong 4to., wine cloth, 35pp. With illustrations. The bound-in pages have been three-hole punched; the first page, with the heading "ADVERTISEMENT," has been tipped on (it is numbered “TWO” on verso with the rest of the pages continuing correctly in sequence). Most Daimler catalogues we have seen have paper wrappers, however this copy has a cloth binding with “Daimler” in gilt on the front. There are 12 automobiles featured (with two pages dedicated each) along with two pages of "Sundries and Accessories" and a "List of Daimler Patrons," which includes The King, The Queen, The Emperor of Russia, The Emperor of Japan and numerous Dukes, Earls and Lords. A nice copy of a scarce, early automobile catalogue.
$300.00


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23. DOYLE. A. Conan. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
London: George Newnes, Ltd., n.d. (ca. 190-?). 8vo., pictorial paper wrappers, 128pp. With a price of "6D" on the upper wrapper. Cheap paper browned as usual with these inexpensively produced issues otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.  
SOLD


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24. DUNBAR, Paul L. Folks From Dixie. With Illustrations by E. W. Kemble.
Toronto: George N. Morang, 1898. First Canadian edition (from the sheets of the Dodd, Mead edition). 8vo., original rust cloth with a square pictorial paper panel on the upper cover, (10), 263pp. With illustrations. Some light rubbing to the spine but otherwise a near fine copy. BAL 4921 for the Dodd, Mead edition.
$450.00


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25. (FINE ARTS) DOBSON, Austin. Thomas Bewick And His Pupils.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1884. First edition. Square 8vo., rebound in cont. three quarter brown morocco, cloth, raised bands, gilt compartments, A.E.G. by Kelly & Sons, xviii, 232pp. With illustrations. Very slight rubbing to outer front hinge o/w a near fine copy of an attractive book.
$350.00


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25. (FINE BINDING) MAUROIS, Andre. Les Discours du Docteur O'Grady. Illustrations en Couleurs de R. Moritz.
(Paris): Editions Kra, (1929). One of 1000 copies. 8vo., half morocco, gilt titles on spine, four elaborate decorations on spine, 214pp. With colour illustrations in the text. A fine copy with lovely colour illustrations by Raymond Moritz.
$850.00


   

Early Harlequin Paperback Edition

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26. (HARLEQUIN BOOKS). The Pocket Purity Cook Book.
(Toronto): Harlequin, 1950. Paperback. No. 51 on spine. Better than very good but not quite near fine. 
$150.00


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27. (INDIA). SASTRI, Hirananda. A Guide to Elephanta.
Delhi: Manager of Publications, 1934. Tall 8vo., original blue cloth, 70pp. With illustrations and foldout plan of the main cave, and foldout map of the Island of Elephanta. Very good. A guide to Elephanta and its caves and monuments.
$125.00


   

Signed Limited Edition
 

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28. MacKENZIE, Compton. The House of Coalport 1750-1950.
London: Collins, 1951. First edition. 1 of 150 copies signed by the author. 8vo., leather, (128)pp. With illustrations. Fine in slipcase as issued.
$150.00


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29. MASON, A.E.W. (Alfred Edward Woodley). The Philanderers. 
London and New York: Macmillan, 1897. First edition. With a presentation inscription from Mason to mystery writer Dennis Wheatley. 8vo., rebound in brown half morocco, marble boards, raised bands, single gilt decoration in compartments, 232pp. With the original upper cover and spine bound in at rear. Bookplate of Dennis Wheatley o/w a fine copy. In a slipcase.
$475.00


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30. (MILITARY) EXAMINER'S GUIDE FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINING IN THE ARMY.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1918. From the library of Dr. C.B. Farrar with his bookplate and signature. Tall 8vo., cloth, 198pp. About fine.
SOLD


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31. (MILITARY) SMITH, GOLDWIN. In the Court of History. An Apology for Canadians who were opposed to the South African War.
Toronto: William Tyrrell & Co., 1902. First edition. Small 8vo., original wrappers, 71pp. Small chip to upper wrapper at bottom, darkening to the first few pages bottom right corner, and slight offsetting to the copyright and preface page, still a very nice copy of a scarce item. Smith was one of the few British subjects to voice his objections to the Second Boer War (1899-1902). 
$125.00


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32. (philosophy) BEKKER, Balthasar. Le Monde Enchante Ou Examen des communs sentimens touchant les Espirts, leur nature, leur pouvoir, leur admistration, & leurs operations...
Amsterdam: Chez Pierre Rotterdam, 1694. In four volumes. First French edition. From the library of Dr. C.B. Farrar with his bookplate. 12mo., full contemporary calf, raised bands, gilt compartments, inner dentelles gilt, A.E.G. With a portrait of the author in volume one and five plates in volume four. Bookplate o/w a fine copy. Balthasar Bekker [1634-1698] Dutch divine and author of philosophical and theological works. "Opposing superstition, he was a key figure at the end of the witchcraft persecutions in early modern Europe. " An enthusiastic disciple of Descarte, Bekkers works on philosophy and religion expressed a freedom of thought that aroused considerable hostility. His best known work, the above title first published as 'Die Betooverde Wereld" (1691), translated into French in 1694 and English in 1695 attacked the belief in sorcery and possession by the devil, whose very existence he questioned. The book created a sensation and led to Bekker's deposition from the ministry. He was tried for blasphemy, maligning the public Church and spreading atheistic ideas about Scripture.
$2,000.00


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33. POUND, Ezra. The Letters Of Ezra Pound 1907-1941. Edited by D.D. Paige.
London: Faber and Faber, (1951). First edition. 8vo., cloth, 464pp. A fine copy in dustwrapper which is faded on the spine but otherwise near fine.
$200.00


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34. (QUEEN MARGOT) WILLIAMS, H. Noel. Queen Margot Wife of Henry of Navarre.
London & New York: Harper and Brothers, 1907. First edition. Small 4to., dark green half morocco, cloth, raised bands, gilt compartments, T.E.G. by Hatchards, xviii, (409)pp. With 16 illustrations in photogravure. A fine, attractive copy. Marguerite de Valois (1553-1615). As a young woman Marguerite, "became famous for her beauty, her learning and the looseness of her conduct." After a liasion with the Duke of Guise, she married Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV). "Both husband and wife were extreme examples of the licentious manners of the time." Margot established her own residence at the Castle of Usson in Auvergne and their marriage was dissolved by the Pope. However, Margot retained her title and still consulted with Henry on important matters and spent time with his new wife, Marie De Medici. "She exhibited for the rest of her life, the strange Volois mixture of licentiousness, pious exercise, and the cultivation of art and letters... At no epoch in French history have women played a more prominent part than in the 16th century. Their influence pervaded religion, politics, literature and the arts." (Ency. Brit.) 
$350.00


   

From the "Popular Plays and Screen Library" series
 

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35. SCHROCK, Raymond L. The Calgary Stampede. A story of the Canadian Plains Based on the Motion Picture Story... Starring Hoot Gibson.
New York: Jacobsen-Hodgkinson Corporation, (1925). "Popular Plays and Screen Library." 8vo., original pictorial wrappers, 137pp. With illustrations from the film. Dampstain on edge of first 18pages, cheap paper browned, chipping to the spine ends, a very good copy of this delicate and scarce item.
$150.00


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36. (SCIENCE) OSLER, William. Counsels And Ideals From The Writings of William Osler.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1905. First edition. 8vo., original maroon cloth, 277pp. Name on the title o/w a near fine copy.
$200.00


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37. (SCIENCE - Mathematics) MONTUCLA, Jean Etienne. Histoire des Mathematiques, Dans laquelle on rend compte de leurs progres depuis leur origine jusqu'a nos jours; ou l'on explose le tableau & le developpement des principales decouvertes, les contestations qu'elles ont fair naitre & les principaux traits de la vie mathematiciens les plus celebres.
Paris: Ch. Ant. Jombert, 1758. In two volumes. First edition. With the bookplate of Stillman Drake. 4to., cont. paper spines, marble boards, xxxvi, 638; 1, 680pp. With 15 plates, mostly folding. Lacking the blank at rear of volume one, spines almost completely chipped away, upper cover of volume one holding by cords only, o/w a very nice, clean copy. Jean Etienne Montucla [1725-1799] French mathematician. This is Montucla's major work. The first volume covers the history of mathematics from ancient times to 1700, while the second volumes is entirely devoted to 17th century mathematics. This work was described as "....the first attempt of a history of mathematical ideas and problems..." Montucla had intended to produce a third volume but abandoned this idea.
$1,500.00


   

"Father of Military Medicine"
 

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38. (SCIENCE - Medicine) PRINGLE, John. Observations On The Diseases of the Army.
London: Printed for A. Millar; D. Wilson; and T. Durham,......1761. Third edition, enlarged. Tall 8vo., full contemporary calf, raised bands, leather spine label, (xxviii), 435, (35)pp. index, 1 page errata. With an engraved vignette on the titlepage. Contemporary signature on the titlepage has been crossed out and rewritten, some browning and light foxing throughout with a dampstain on pp. 400-429, some rubbing with small chip to label, but this is certainly a very good copy of this important work. John Pringle [1707-1782] Scottish physician regarded as the “father of military medicine.” “Pringle served as Physician-General of the British Army from 1744 to 1752, and was also president of the Royal Society. In this book, first published in 1752, he outlined outlined the basic principles of military sanitation and stressed the proper ventilation of military quarters regardless of their location. The preface of the book contains a brief account of the concept of neutrality for military hospitals on the field of battle. This idea was later embodied in the provisions of the Geneva Conventions. In an appendix to the book, Pringle includes a paper on septic and aspetic substances in which he recognizes the value of antisepsis and describes the effect of various chemicals in checking putrefaction. “ (Heirs of Hippocrates 553 citing the edition of 1768).
$850.00


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39. (SCIENCE - Psychiatry) ABRAHAM, Karl. Psychoanalytische Studien zur Charakterbildung.
Leipzig: Internationaler Psychoanalytischer Verlag, 1925. Internationale Psychoanalytische Bibliothek Nr. XVI. 8vo., original paper boards, 54pp. Head of the spine chipped, and a couple of holes in the upper spine gutter but certainly very good.
$150.00


   

First Edition Sigmund Freud - 1930
 

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40. (SCIENCE - Psychiatry) FREUD, Sigm. Das Unbehagen In Der Kultur.
Wien: Internationaler Psychoanalytischer Verlag, 1930. First edition. 8vo., original printed yellow wrappers, 136pp. Perimeter of the covers and the spine darkened with a small chip at the foot of the spine but still a better than very good copy.
$400.00


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41. (SCIENCE - Psychiatry) GRODDECK, Georg. Psychische Bedingtheit und psychoanalytische behandlung organischer Leiden.
Leipzig: Verlag von S. Hirzel, 1917. Tall 8vo., original wrappers, 30pp. Wrappers faded around the perimeter of the wrappers otherwise fine.
$200.00


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42. (SCIENCE - Psychiatry) JAMES, William. The Principles of Psychology.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1890. In two volumes. First edition, third issue. Tall 8vo., original brown cloth, xii, (690); vi, 704, 8pp.ads. Name on e/paper, some notes in pencil in the text, minor rubbing to the spine ends but o/w a near fine set.
$850.00


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43. (SCOTLAND) (ALEXANDER, William).  Notes And Sketches Illustrative of Northern Rural Life In The Eighteenth Century.
Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1877. First edition. 8vo., original decorated paper boards, viii, 221, (2)pp. Wear along spine gutters o/w a very good copy. 
$125.00


   

Signed Limited Edition

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44. SITWELL, Osbert. Demos the Emperor. A Secular Oratorio.
London: Macmillan & Co., 1949. One of five hundred signed by the Author. Tall 8vo., wrappers, (19)pp. Some wear along the top, small tear top of spine, otherwise near fine.
$125.00


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45. SOKOLOFF, Boris. The Crime of Dr. Garine... With An Introduction by Theodore Dreiser. Woodcuts by Roger Van Gindertael.
New York: Covici Friede, 1928. First U.S. edition. 8vo., cloth, 144pp. Bookplate otherwise fine in a dustwrapper with tape to the spine ends, front flap about 2/3 separated, still a nice dustwrapper.
$225.00


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46. (SOUTH PACIFIC) SCOTT, Peter. Travel Diaries of a Naturalist. Australia New Zealand, New Guinea, Africa, The Galapagos Islands, Antarctica and the Falkland Island. Edited by Mirand Weston-Smith. Photographs by Philippa Scott.
London: Collins, (1983). First edition. Signed by Scott and photographer Philippa Scott. Sm. 4to., cloth, 287pp. Illustrations. Fine in dustwrapper with some rubbing.
$65.00


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47. (SWITZERLAND) COCKBURN, Major (James Pattison). Swiss Scenery From Drawings By...
London: Published By Rodwell & Martin, 1820. First edition. 4to., recently rebound with a dark brown calf spine, marble boards, raised bands, gilt decoration in the compartments, leather spine label, vii, 200pp. With 60 engraved plates and an engraved titlepage. Titlepage a bit ragged around edges, some repairs to the last leaf (no loss to text, repairs are in the margins only), occasional foxing but still a near fine copy. James Pattison Cockburn [1779-1847] army officer and water-colourist..... According to German composer Louis Spohr, to whom he showed more than 200 landscapes of Naples and its surroundings, Cockburn had “extraordinary skill in catching charming views in a matter of minutes.” He was becoming an indefatigable sketcher. In the period 1816–22 he produced drawings in sepia as he moved from place to place in the Alps and elsewhere in Italy and Switzerland: vast panoramas and mountain passes figured alongside scenes of streets and market places. The wealth of pictures is explained not only by Cockburn’s mastery of technical means but also, according to Spohr, by his use of “a machine that projected the landscape, in reduced scale, on paper.” Although it is not certain that Spohr was referring to a camera lucida, the sharpness of the images in several sketches done at the time he made his remark in some measure substantiates this hypothesis...." In the 1820's Cockburn was posted to Upper and Lower Canada and "during these years of peace Cockburn had ample leisure to sketch Quebec and its environs as well as scenes in Upper and Lower Canada where his tours of inspection took him." (DCB)
$2,500.00


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48. WAIN, John. Poems for the Zodiac.
London: Pisces Press, 1980. In 12 pamphlets. One of 100 sets with each pamphlet numbered and signed by the author. 8vo., paper folder with paper spine label and ribbon tie containing 12 pamphlets with printed paper wrappers, no pagination (each vol. 4pp). Each poem is accompanied by a woodcut by Brenda Stones from a "French Book of Hours of the fifteenth century". Name on folder, small label mark on folder, otherwise fine. Scarce.
$150.00


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49. (WEYER, Johann.) Johannes Weiri. Opera Omina. Auorum Contenta Versa Pagina Exhibet. Editio Nova & Hactenus Desiderata. Accedunt Indices Rerum & Verborum Copiosissimi. 
Amsterdam: Van Den Derge, 1660. First edition. 4to., full contemporary vellum, title in black ink on the spine, (44), 1002, (60)pp. Containing five works, including De Praestigiis Daemonum," "Liber Apologeticus" and (with separate titlepages ) "De Lamiis Liber," (p.667); "De Irae Morbo" (p.771) and "Weiri Medicarum Obervationum....liber II." (p.877). Leaf *4 is in facsimile and is mounted. The facsimile is of the recto only (*4r) therefore the portrait of the author which is printed on the verso of the original leaf is lacking in this copy, bookplate, binding somewhat soiled with some brown staining to rear board, boards a bit sprung o/w a near fine copy of this important work. Johann Meyer [1515-1588] physician and demonologist. Weyer studied medicine at Orleans and the University of Paris, where he received his doctor's degree in 1537. In years following he railed against the pretensions of the Inquisition and its guide book, The Malleus Maleficarum. His conflict with the Church caused him to seek the protection as physician to Duke William V of Julich-Cleve-Berg. In his major work De Praestigiis Daemonum et Incantationibus ac Veneficiis (1563) Meyer denounced witch hunters for extracting confessions under torture, noting that extreme hardship would force even the most innocent to confess. Weyer offered a voice of reason, claiming mental disease rather than demonic possession. His works, published as the above Opera Omnia in 1660 was immediately placed on the Index Librorum Prohitorum by the Church.
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$4,750.00

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50. YEATS, W.B. Poems.
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1904. Fourth edition. (incorporating the revisions of the third edition of 1901, and with an additional bibliographic note dated “May 1904.” Tall 8vo., orig. blue cloth with elaborate gilt decoration on the upper cover and spine and a small gilt decoration on the rear cover, binding design by Althea Giles, (xiv), (302)pp. A fine copy. Wade 19.
$650.00


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