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Past Feelings Renovated; Or

Past Feelings Renovated; Or, Ideas Occasioned by the Perusal of Dr Hibbert’s ‘Philosophy of Apparitions’, written with the View of Counteracting any Sentiments Approaching Materialism, which that work, however Unintentional on the Part of the Author, May have a Tendency to Produce

ANONYMOUS] [Supernatural occurence / mysticism] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 12cm), ppxi; 323. Early two-tone cloth, manuscript label to spine. Contents clean, occasional fold to corners, vintage catalogue description affixed to pastedown, minor rubbing and soiling to covers. A very good copy. Relating to Samuel Hibbert-Ware (1782-1848), antiquary and geologist, whose paper ‘Spectral Illusions’ was read before the Royal Society of Edinburgh, later expanded in book-form as ‘Sketches of the Philosophy of Apparitions’ (1824), a popular book of spiritualism which ran to a second edition in 1925. This attention provoked an anonymous reply (the present volume) in 1828, which aimed to ‘counteract any sentiments approaching materialism’ aroused by Hibbert’s essay. With an Appendix ‘Singular Narration extracted from a Recent Publication entitled "Foreign Scenes and Travelling Recreations" by John Howison, Esquire, of the Honourable East India Company’s Service.’ John Howison (1797-1859) was a maritime trader and surgeon, author of ‘Tales of the Colonies’ (1830) being a collection of gothic tales set in the West Indies. He became a member of the Bombay branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, serving as Vice-President in 1832. The present publisher George B Whittaker, together with Oliver & Boyd, issued Howison’s highly successful ‘Sketches of Upper Canada’ (1821); there is a distinct possibility that Howison is the uncredited author of the current work.
A Chronicle of England

A Chronicle of England, B.C. 55 – A.D. 1485. Written and Illustrated by James E. Doyle, The Designs Engraved and Printed in Colours by Edmund Evans

DOYLE, James E. (1822-1892), [EVANS, Edmund, engraver] [British History] FINE COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS, FIRST EDITION. Quarto (28 x 22cm), pp.[4]; viii; 462; [2]. With 81 wood engravings printed in colour depicting medieval pageantry. Contemporary red full morocco by Hayes of Oxford with raised bands, gilt titles to spine, and extensive gilt decoration to spine and panelled boards. All edges gilt; marbled endpapers. Blue ink ownership stamp to flyleaf. Spotting to preliminaries. Rubbing and bumping to board edges. Spine sunned with some loss of gilt. Very good. One of the finest examples of Victorian colour printing by the master printer-engraver Edmund Evans. As gifted draughtsman and expert on heraldry, Doyle supplied the illustrations. In order to reproduce the details and vivid colours of the originals, the wood engravings executed by Evans required printing in as many as ten separate colours by hand. "No one throughout the nineteenth century could mix such bright and clear inks as Evans. These small illustrations rival anything that even Baxter ever did" (McLean). Added to the challenge of printing multiple colours, Evans decided to insert the pictures within the text at the appropriate points, making it "a landmark as the first printed book with original work printed in colour expressly designed for the original text." (Muir). In Evan’s view, his Chronicle of England was "the most carefully executed book he had ever printed". (Hardie). It was also the last he printed by hand. James Doyle was an illustrator and antiquary, as well as the uncle of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes.
Kennedy's Messages 1963. Edited

Kennedy’s Messages 1963. Edited, with a Foreword by Edwin Reischauer

KENNEDY, Senator John F. (1917-1963) [Politics] FIRST EDITION. Quarto (26 x 19cm), pp.155. With three black and white photographic plates [JFK, 88th Congress and Ambassador Reischauer]. Text in English, followed by Japanese, each segment with separate title-page printed on green card. Bound in dark blue silk, blocked in silver-gilt to spine and upper. Contents very clean, Japanese ink chop and inscription to endpapers, spine sunned, gilt rubbed from same. Generally near fine. An especially rare publication, with no copies appearing in global library searches. This collection of Kennedy’s speeches was published on 15th November, exactly one week before the President’s assassination. The speeches were assembled to appeal to the Japanese market by Edwin Oldfather Reischauer (1910-1990), the eminent Japanologist, respected American educator, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan (1961-66) who was personally appointed by Kennedy. Having seen diplomatic ties with the US suspended for a decade after the Pearl Harbor attack, Japan was again building trade and relations with America under their dynamic young President. Speeches selected here would add to his appeal in the East, including subjects such as Foreign Aid, The World Food Congress, The Free World Defense Program and The Reduction of Balance of Payments Defecit. Reischauer founded the Japan Institute at Harvard University and was honoured by the opening of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at John Hopkins University. Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone said of him "I know of no other man who has so thoroughly understood Japan"