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DESCENT OF MAN And Selection in Relation to Sex

DESCENT OF MAN And Selection in Relation to Sex

Darwin Charles 2 volumes. First edition, first issue of Volume II and First edition, second issue of Volume I. Illustrated with numerous figures and drawings throughout the text. 8vo, beautifully bound in fine full dark forest green morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe of England. The covers handsomely decorated with double gilt fillet lines surrounding gilt stippled inner framework with delicate tooled cornerpieces gilt, the spines with fine gilt panel designs incorporated central gilt devices between raised bands gilt stopped, two compartments lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, turnovers richly gilt decorated, marbled endleaves. viii, 423; viii, 405, index pp. A truly handsome and beautiful copy. Exquisitely preserved, near as mint, unusually clean and an unusually handsome copy. The bindings are beautiful, very bright and clean and very sound, the hinges are tight and strong with no repairs or reinforcement. VERY SCARCE AND EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. A REMARKABLY PRESERVED COPY. UNUSUALLY FINE AND AS PRISTINE. FIRST APPEARANCE in any of Darwin’s works of the word ‘evolution’. Besides "Origin", this is the author’s most important work. "Dawrin wrote, in the preface to the second edition, of ‘the fiery ordeal through which this book has passed.’ He had avoided the logical outcome of the general theory of evolution, bringing man into the scheme, for twelve years, and in fact it had, by that time, been so much accepted that the clamour of the opposition was not strident. He had also been preceded in 1862 by Huxley’s MAN’S PLACE IN NATURE. The word ‘evolution’ occurs, for the first time in any of Darwin’s works, on page 2 of the first volume. The last chapter is about sexual selection in relation to man, and it ends with the famous peroration about man’s lowly origin, the wording of which differs slightly in the first edition from that which is usually quoted" (Freeman, p. 129). "The book, in its first edition, contains two parts, the descent of man itself, and the selection in relation to sex." Freeman, p. 128. " In the ORIGIN Darwin had avoided discussing the place occupied by Homo sapiens in the scheme of natural selection, stating only that ‘light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history.’ Twelve years later he made good his promise with THE DESCENT OF MAN" (Norman 599). First Issue: Volume II with the errata on verso of title and Darwin’s note on "a serious and unfortunate error" (p. [ix]).
BIBLIA LATINA [Gutenberg Bible Facsimile

BIBLIA LATINA [Gutenberg Bible Facsimile, the Best and First Facsimile of the Gutenberg 42-line Bible]

Bible, Gutenberg Bible] [Incunabula] 2 volumes. LIMITED FIRST EDITION AND THE FIRST FACSIMILE OF THE GUTENBERG BIBLE, one of only 300 sets printed. An exact reproduction of the original Gutenberg 42-line Bible at the Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulture, with 100 illuminated miniatures burnished in gold and decorated with marginal flora and fauna in a great number of colours, rubricated in red and with chapter initials in red and blue. One of the most beautiful copies of the Gutenberg Bible extant. Large folio, in the exceptionally well produced deluxe full blind-stamped vellum over wooden boards in the style of one of the finest German bindings of the period, the binding derived from a superb binding of 1460 on the Hessisch Landesbibliothek Fulda copy and featuring beautiful circular images including a lutenist and complex knot device. [1282] pp. A very fine and very beautiful copy of this rare masterpiece. A wonderful survival in superior condition. FIRST PRINTING OF THE FIRST AND MOST BEAUTIFULLY PRODUCED FACSIMILE OF THE GUTENBERG BIBLE, THE FINEST GUTENBERG FACSIMILE. NOW VERY SCARCE INDEED. It was produced from the richly illuminated vellum copy in the Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbeitz Berlin. This magnificent facsimile thus reproduces one of the most beautiful copies known; one especially treasured for its wealth of miniatures illuminated in gold. The rubrication is from one of only two copies known to contain Gutenberg’s own instructions to the scribe. The binding is reproduced from a superb German binding of 1460. The Gutenberg Bible may be described without the slightest exaggeration not only as the earliest but also the greatest printed book in the world. It is the first book from the printing press, having been preceded only by a few trial pieces, single leaves, almanacs and grammatical booklets of which merely stray fragments remain. It is, as well, one of the most beautiful books ever printed. The quiet dignity of those twelve-hundred or so pages of bold, stately type, the deep black ink, the broadness of the margins, the glossy crispness of the paper, may have been equalled, but they have never been surpassed; and in its very cradle, the printer’s art, thanks to the Gutenberg Bible, shines forth indeed as an art as much and more than as a craft. Last but not least, the Gutenberg Bible is the first printed edition of the Book of Books. The mere fact that in the Rhine valley in 1455 the first book to be printed should have been the Bible tells its own story. "While Gutenberg and Fust were actually at work, the fall of Constantinople in 1453 announced the end of an old world and the dawn of modern thought. Did Gutenberg realize that by setting the Holy Text in type he was heralding one of the greatest movements of human thought in the history of the civilized world?" (S.De Ricci). Hundreds of volumes, indeed whole libraries have been written about the invention of printing and about Gutenberg—of the struggle to design letters, to discover a metal that would hold clear cut edges and stand pressure; to find paper and a formula for ink that could be applied to it by type, to perfect a press that would bring uniform contact, etc. The Bible is not only the oldest printed book–the most reprinted book–the most translated book.it is, quite properly, the most sought-after of books by bibliophiles, and the most expensive. The last public sale, of a single volume of the two which had originally been issued (the Old Testament and the New Testament) exceeded $5,250,000. The present offering is a superb example and a rare opportunity to acquire an example in facsimile of one of the greatest copies of the greatest printed book in the history of humankind.


Lawrence, T.E.]; Hart, Capt. Liddell Storrs, Sir Ronald First Edition and One of Only 12 copies printed for Sir Ronald Storrs, signed by both Sir Ronald and Captain Liddell Hart, and with a presentation inscription from Storrs to his friend Roper. 4to, set in 18 pt. Centaur type with Arrighi Italica and printed on a hand press, one of only 12 copies printed for Sir Ronald Storrs on Barcham Green "Medway" hand made paper and bound by Sangorski and Sutfcliffe in fine tan buckram over Japanese paper covered boards. In the original slipcase. [2], [36], [1] pp. A very fine copy, crisp, clean, tight and very well preserved. FIRST EDITION OF THIS ELEGANT WORK, AND ONE OF ONLY 12 COPIES PRINTED FOR SIR RONALD STORRS. These truly elegant speeches, now printed so beautifully by the Corvinus Press and bound in such a pleasing and handsome way by Sangorski & Sutcliffe were made at a luncheon given in memory of Lawrence about a month after his death. Lord Lloyd was in the chair. The words that these masters of the language spoke are still so moving today that a fair example provides the best proof of the regard in which T.E. Lawrence was held by his contemporaries, his colleagues and his time. By Captain Liddell Hart, from LAWRENCE. "The Artist in War and Letters" and printed herein: "The opportunity has gone–with the man. But nothing that he might have done is equal to what he may do, as a legendary figure. Legends are more potent than emperors or dictators. Others who worked with him are outstanding men: he would have been the first to wish their merits due recognition. Legend has made his fame as 100 to 1. Such magnification, which happens to a few men in each generation, is not true to reality.But magnification is the way of legend. And the difference in this case is that, for once, legend had a really substantial basis.For he was a message to mankind in freedom from possessiveness. In freedom from competitiveness. In freeing oneself from ambition, especially from the lust of power. His power sprang from knowledge and understanding, not from position. His influence was free from domination. His influence is likely to grow; because it is a spiritual message transmitting a spiritual force. The man was great; the message was greater." And by Sir Ronald Storrs, from LAWRENCE "Himself" as printed here: "Some think he intended to resume action, for his country. Others, that he would have created at least one more great work, for like Plato he felt deeply that what gives life its value is the sight, however revealed, of Eternal Beauty. In this he is with the great Elizabethans.with the great Victorians.whose whole lives, free from fear and gain–those old perverters of mankind–are a protest against the guaranteed, the pensioned, the standardised and the safety-first existence. Lawrence, unaccountable, unpredictable, seemed to be a phantasm of the living as now he is of the dead; and it was somehow unreal to be watching beside him in his cerements, so strangely resembling the Abaya, the Kuffiya and the Aigal of an Arab Chief, as he lay in his last, littlest room, very grave and strong and noble. Suddenly, in a flash as by a bolt from the cloudless serene he has been rapt into Eternity; and we may well believe that his adventurous spirit leapt gladly to the call, as the trumpet sounded for him on the other side." ‘The Corvinus Press was a private press established by George Lionel Seymour Dawson-Damer, Viscount Carlow in early 1936. Carlow ran the Press with the help of a press-man (latterly Arthur Harry Cardew) and secretary. He was friendly with many of the leading literary figures of the age, some of whom allowed him to print their works at his Press. Corvinus published new work by T. E. Lawrence, James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, Edmund Blunden, Stefan Zweig and others. Carlow was interested in contemporary European typography, and bought new types from the Bauer typefoundry at Frankfurt am Main and other European founders, which he often used in an experimental way at the Corvinus Press. His taste in binding was also individual, and he generally produced a few special copies of each book which he had bound by one of the leading craft bookbinders of the age.’ Wiki Sir Ronald Storrs served his nation in the British Foreign and Colonial Office. He served as Oriental Secretary in Cairo, Military Governor of Jerusalem, Governor of Cyprus, and Governor of Northern Rhodesia. He was part of the Arab bureau formed in Cairo in December 1915, to which T. E. Lawrence was attached in January 1916, and a shared interest in classics led to a lasting friendship between the two men (Storrs was the principal pallbearer at Lawrence’s funeral in 1935). On 10 June 1916 Hussein raised the Arab revolt, but the momentum seemed uncertain and in October 1916 Storrs secured permission to take Lawrence as a companion on a mission to Jiddah to reorganize it.In SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM Lawrence wrote of Storrs as being the most brilliant Englishman in the Middle East and described his love of music, literature, sculpture, and painting, but also suggested his limitations:"His shadow would have covered our work and British policy in the East like a cloak, had he been able to deny himself the world, and to prepare his mind and body with the sternness of an athlete for a great fight." At the end of 1917 he was appointed military governor of Jerusalem and served in that capacity until 1920 when he became civil governor of Jerusalem and Judea (1920-1926). Above all, he believed in fairness, and in that he was the model British civil servant. This attitude is evidenced as late as 1940 when he wrote in his updated account of Zionism, "Lawrence of Arabia: Zionism and Palestine", of the need to see that ‘both halves of the mandate are faithfully and practicably maintained’. Captain B. H. Liddell Hart, was a British soldier, military historian and military theorist. At the outbreak of WW I he volunteered for service and soon became an officer in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry serving with th

HISTORY OF THE RISE, PROGRESS AND TERMINATION OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Interspersed with Biographical, Political, and Moral Observations.

American Revolution]; Warren Mrs. Mercy 3 volumes. The Very Scarce First Edition. 8vo, bound in contemporary style full mottled calf, the spines with gilt ruled flat bands, gilt volume numbers and red morocco gilt lettered and ruled labels. xii, 447; vii, 412; vi, 475 pp., includes index. An especially handsome and fine set of this scarce work, the text largely spared of the spotting and toning that plagues American books of this period, the paper for the most part quite clean and fresh, the spotting and toning present being very mild and quite light, a touch heavier at the prelims and in Vol. III but still quite unobtrusive, Vol. I title-page at some time neatly repaired with only a bit of loss to the original paper in the top inner corner, the bindings are handsome and proper and in very fine condition. VERY SCARCE, AND RARE IN THIS CONDITION, AND A HIGHLY IMPORTANT FIRSTHAND HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. The author was a leading female-revolutionary who counted among her personal acquaintances George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Patrick Henry, and most especially John Adams, her literary mentor in the years leading to the Revolution. Her husband, James Warren, among other important positions served as Paymaster General of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Her three volume history covers the whole Revolutionary period, from the Stamp Act to the ratification of the Constitution. Rather than being a dry chronology of dates, events and military maneuvers, Warren’s book is written in a casual style. It is especially noteworthy for the personal insights and discussions of the people (so many of which she knew personally) involved; their characters, views, and contributions. The book contains views about the Revolution that at the time were still-controversial, such as her idea that the Battle of Yorktown, the final battle of the Revolution, was really not a battle at all. Roughly one third of the book concerns events after Yorktown. Warren had originally opposed the new Constitution in 1787 as an Anti-Federalist but by the time of this writing firmly supported it. She was now deeply intrenched in the camp of Jefferson’s Republican party, an unpopular stance in her home of Massachusetts. When this work was first published then-President Jefferson ordered subscriptions for himself and each of his cabinet members, and noted his "anticipation of her truthful account of the last thirty years that will furnish a more instructive lesson to mankind than any equal period known in history." The book’s sharp comments on John Adams, the man who had once said Warren’s "poetical pen has no equal that I know of in this country", led to a breach in their friendship which lasted until 1812 and was never fully healed. Lastly, Howes calls this the "first important historical work by an American woman."
ARNOLD'S LETTERS. On His Expedition to Canada in 1775 [and] ACCOUNT OF ARNOLD'S EXPEDITION; Compiled by William Allen

ARNOLD’S LETTERS. On His Expedition to Canada in 1775 [and] ACCOUNT OF ARNOLD’S EXPEDITION; Compiled by William Allen

American Revolution]; [Arnold Benedict] Articles XIII and XIV extracted from the Maine Historical Society Collections Vol. 1, pp 341-416, each article complete. With fine New England provenance having been extra illustrated by, bound for, and with the morocco bookplate of Frank C. Deering and the noteworthy ‘Frank C. Deering Collection of Americana’ EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED, a unique set with the addition of a great many fine illustrations added by the noted Americana collector, from numerous sources and including engravings, plates, maps, and portraits, most being professionally tipped onto plates of fine quality paper and expertly bound in. 8vo, in a signed binding for Deering by the Rose Bindery of Boston of full burgundy crushed morocco, the spine with raised bands ruled in blind and gilt letting in two compartments, the wide turn-ins with a handsome multi-ruled gilt framework around fine brown endpapers, the upper inside board with Deering’s red morocco and gilt Ex-Libris. [341]-416pp. A very handsome and well preserved collection well presented, the fine morocco binding is essentially pristine and perfect, the text fine but for some light occasional foxing. A UNIQUE COPY AND A HANDSOME COLLECTION ON BENEDICT ARNOLD WONDERFULLY AUGMENTED BY FINE ENGRAVED ILLUSTRATIONS. The original letters from Arnold while on his celebrated expedition to Quebec in 1775 also includes Montresor’s Journal. Early in the American Revolutionary War, Colonel Benedict Arnold led a force of 1,100 Continental Army troops on an expedition from Cambridge in the Province of Massachusetts Bay to the gates of Quebec City. The expedition was part of a two-pronged invasion of the British Province of Quebec, and passed through the wilderness of what is now Maine. This expedition made Arnold one of the first great American heroes of the Revolution, but his name would become a byword for treason and betrayal when in 1780 he led the British army in battle against the very men whom he had once commanded.
VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD. Performed in the Years 1785

VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD. Performed in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, 1788, Abridged From the Original French Journal of M. De La Peyrouse. To Which Are Added, A VOYAGE FROM MANILLA TO CALIFORNIA, By Don Antonio Maurelle; and an Abstract of the VOYAGES AND DISCOVERIES OF THE LATE CAPT. G. VANCOUVER

La Pérouse] Peyrouse, M. De La; Maurelle, Don Antonio; Vancouver Capt. G First American edition. With a several page table of Latitudes, woodcut initials. 12mo, bound to correct period style in full mottled calf, the spine with gilt ruled bands and a single red morocco label gilt lettered. vi, 333pp. A solid and attractively bound copy, internally with some general toning and foxing, evidence of long-ago damp to some pages. FIRST EDITION, AMERICAN ISSUE OF ONE OF THE EARLIEST BOOKS ON PACIFIC OCEAN VOYAGES TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE UNITED STATES. Now rather scarce, it was intended to be a lower cost abridged alternative to the original works here collected and published earlier in Europe. La Pérouse was appointed in 1785 by Louis XVI to lead an expedition around the world. Many countries were initiating voyages of scientific explorations at that time. Among his 114 man crew were ten scientists, an astronomer and mathematician, a geologist, a botanist, a physicist, three naturalists, and three illustrators. Indeed even both chaplains were scientifically schooled. Among the places visited were Easter Island, Hawaii, Alaska, California, East Asia, Japan, Russia and Australia. Mourelle was a Galician naval officer and explorer serving the Spanish crown. His journal was somehow taken clandestinely to London where it was translated and published. Captain James Cook made use of the information in Mourelle’s journal during his travels in the Pacific Northwest. George Vancouver explored and charted North America’s northwestern Pacific Coast regions, including the coasts of contemporary British Columbia, Canada and Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. He also explored the Hawaiian Islands and the southwest coast of Australia.

LIFE, REMARKABLE ADVENTURES AND PYRACIES OF CAPTAIN SINGLETON: Containing an Account of His Being Set on Shore in the Island of Madagascar, His Settlement There, with a Description of the Place and Inhabitants; of His Passage from Thence, in a Paraguay, to the Main Land of Africa, with an Account of the Customs and Manners of the People: His Great Deliverances from the Barbarous Natives and Wild Beasts: of His Meeting with an Englishman, a Citizen of London, Among the Indians, the Great Riches He Acquired, and His Voyage Home to England. Also the Captain’s Return to Sea, with an Account of His Many Adventures and Pyracies with the Famous Captain Avery and Others

Pirates, Piracy, Defoe Daniel]; "Singleton, Capt. Bob" The third edition of this work by Daniel Defoe. 8vo, bound in contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, the spine with compartments separated by gilt ruled bands and a single black morocco label gilt lettered and tooled. 299, [1] pp. A handsome and very well preserved copy, quite rare in a contemporary binding. The text is solid and quite fresh with only some minor evidence of age, the binding is in very pleasing condition with light and honest age mellowing. VERY SCARCE, ALL EARLY EDITIONS OF DEFOE’S ANONYMOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK ARE SCARCE. CAPTAIN SINGLETON is a fine work of adventure in the tradition of Esquemeling and presents a hero quite different from the title character in ROBINSON CRUSOE. Singleton is believed to have been partly inspired by the exploits of the English pirate Henry Every. There are both adventures on land and at sea in this one volume. The first half of the novel includes a remarkable overland trek across Africa after Singleton is stranded in Madagascar, and the second half is almost entirely at sea, involving piratical heists in the East Indies. Eventually, ‘Captain Bob’ returns to England with his spoils, disguised as an Armenian. Singleton’s adventurous life begins with his abduction and sale as a young boy into slavery. Some believe this was meant to be a commentary on the institution of slavery itself. Defoe speaks of the ‘Plantation’ within the novel, calling it ‘a site of unfree, hard labor’, suggesting comparisons to slavery in the North American colonies and the Caribbean.


Sterne Laurence] Mr. Yorick 2 volumes. The very scarce First Edition, this copy with the EXTREMELY RARE Author’s "Advertisement" leaf following the title-page of Vol. I. As Sterne died in March of the year of publication this leaf was included in only the very earliest copies. This copy also includes the very scarce list of subscribers. With a copper engraving of Sterne’s family arms. Small 8vo, in full antique chocolate morocco, the boards bordered in gilt, the spines with gilt ruled raised bands creating compartments with a single gilt floral central tool, two compartments gilt lettered, board edges gilt, gilt tooled turn-ins, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. xx, 203; (2), 208 pp. Internally fine and very fresh copies of the scarce first edition, the handsome bindings at some time restored at the hinges, a quite solid and attractive set. RARE FIRST EDITION OF THIS FAMOUS WORK BY LAURENCE STERNE. This copy with the very rare Advertisement leaf and list of subscribers. Rothschild variant state with "vous" on page 150 of Volume I; and Volume II with pages 34 and 35 misnumbered and with "who have" on page 133 (no priority established). Sterne travelled through France and Italy as far south as Naples, and after returning determined to describe his travels from a sentimental point of view. The novel can be seen as an epilogue to the possibly unfinished work The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, and also as an answer to Tobias Smollett’s decidedly unsentimental Travels through France and Italy. Sterne had met Smollett during his travels in Europe, and strongly objected to his spleen, acerbity and quarrelsomeness. He modeled the character of Smelfungus on him. The novel was extremely popular and influential and helped establish travel writing as the dominant genre of the second half of the 18th century. Accourding to Drabble; "[Sterne] is generally acknowledged as an innovator of the highest originality, and has been seen as the chief begetter of a long line of writers interested in the stream-of-consciousness ."

ATLAS CÉLESTE DE FLAMSTÉED, Publiée en 1776, par J. Fortin, Ingénieur-Mécanicien pour les Globes & Sphères

Celestial Atlas] [Flamsteed, John / Fortin, Jean ed.] Stated third edition of this atlas made up of 30 double maps mounted on guards. An impressive star atlas with two maps of the skies of the hemispheres and 28 celestial maps with figures, showing a total of 2,935 stars. Key to the size of the stars on each plate. Small 4to. (16 x 22 cm.), bound in contemporary half sheep over speckled boards, the spine with a black morocco title label gilt lettered and ruled. The binding skillfully refurbished at some time. 47 pp. A beautiful atlas of the stars in a fine state of preservation, a touch of mild age mellowing and a few occasion small marginal spots. A VERY ATTRACTIVE CELESTIAL ATLAS. The Flamsteed Atlas was first published in London in 1729 as a folio, Fortin (a cartographer) reduced the plates, adding the positions of the principal stars and a description of the major celestial figures. Though stated the third edition is actually the second in the French language. There are some very considerable differences between Flamsteed’s original Atlas and the two Fortin editions. There was some artistic retouching to illustrations and the names of the constellations are in French rather than Latin. Most significantly perhaps is that this Atlas included some nebulae and stars discovered after the death of Flamsteed. Mechain and Lalande were involved in the production.

SECRET DESPATCHES FROM ARABIA, Published by Permission of the Foreign Office. Foreward by A. W. Lawrence

Lawrence T. E First Edition and One of a Very Rare Number of Special Copies, only 30 specially bound and with collotype reproductions of chapters of Lawrence’s original manuscript of Seven Pillars of Wisdom. With a copy of the prospectus announcing the 30 special copies. Portrait frontispiece after a photo of Lawrence, and with collotype reproductions of a number of the original manuscript chapters to Seven Pillars of Wisdom. 4to, very handsomely bound for the Golden Cockerel Press in full white pigskin by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, the spine lettered in gilt, turnovers gilt ruled, t.e.g., others uncut, in the plastic protective sleeve and slipcase. 173, [1, colophon, 7 manuscript facsimiles] pp. A fine copy, fresh and clean throughout, the white pigskin binding still in excellent condition, with just a bit of dustiness. ONE OF ONLY 30 COPIES ISSUED AND SPECIALLY BOUND WITH IMPORTANT INCLUSIONS OF THIS VERY SCARCE FIRST EDITION. ‘The contents of this volume were included in the confidential paper called ‘The Arab Bulletin’ which was issued at Cairo from 6th June, 1916, to 6th December, 1918. Lawrence is known to have been responsible for at least ten items before leaving the Foreign Office to participate in the Arab revolt, and one anonymous report, upon negotiations at the fall of Kut, is also plainly his work (it has been published by David Garnett, ‘The Letters of T.E. Lawrence’, page 208). The present volume includes all material ascribed to T.E. Lawrence, either by the text of the ‘Arab Bulletin’ or by his own marginal notes, after the time of his first visit to the Hejaz. His manuscript notes have been reproduced in italics inside square brackets.’(From the Intro by A.W. Lawrence) For the 30 copies, a special prospectus was issued to announce the purpose and content of those copies. A copy of that prospectus is included here. It reads as follows: "The Golden Cockerel Press has much pleasure in announcing to subscribers of the thirty special copies of SECRET DESPATCHES that, subsequent to the issue of the prospectus of this book, it became possible, through the consent of Mr. A.W. Lawrence and of the Bodleian Library to improve these special copies by substituting for the reproduction of one of the despatches, as announced, facsimile reproductions of some previously unpublished chapters from the manuscript of THE SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM, which give a fuller account of episodes described in SECRET DISPATCHES than is found either in them or in the public edition of THE SEVEN PILLARS." A very rare and important book.

PULPIT OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: Or, the Political Sermons of the Period of 1776. With a Historical Introduction, Notes and Illustrations

American Revolution]; Thornton John Wingate Rare First Edition. With an engraved portrait of Jonathan Mayhew as frontispiece, an engraved plate, "An Attempt to Land a Bishop in America" reproduced from a contemporary source and 9 facsimiles of 18th century titlepages to various sermons. 8vo, publisher’s original pebbled brown cloth, the boards framed in blind with central blind-tooled publisher’s marks, the spine lettered in copper, with deep chocolate brown coated endpapers. xxxviii, 39-537, [2 ads] pp. An exceptional copy, very fine indeed, for a book of the period pristine and better than one could hope for, the text spotless and especially clean, the cloth also pristine with just little dulling to the copper gilding on the spine panel. FIRST EDITION, IN A REMARKABLE STATE OF PRESERVATION ABSOLUTELY RARE IN THIS CONDITION, Thornton’s collection oF Revolutionary era sermons is very scarce ON any account AND FINDING A FINER COPY IS HARDLY IMAGINABLE. In this collection of sermons Thornton brings to light "the true alliance between Politics and Religion" at a time when America was stressed by the greatest moral issue in its history, one bringing the republic to the brink of Civil War. A great service to history is done as he here reprints nine important 18th century sermons expressing "the voices of the Father’s of the American Republic, how they evoked God in their civil assemblies, called upon their religious leaders for counsel from the Bible and recognized its precepts as a law for public conduct." – Preface. The sermons presented here are: Dr. Mayhew’s Sermon of January 1750; Dr. Chauncy’s Thanksgiving Sermon on the Repeal of the Stamp Act, 1766; Mr. Cook’s Election Sermon, 1770; Mr. Gordon’s Thanksgiving Sermon, 1774; Dr. Langdon’s Election Sermon at Watertown, 1775; Mr. West’s Election Sermon, 1776; Mr. Payson’s Election Sermon, 1778; Mr. Howard’s Election Sermon, 1780; and, Dr. Styles’ Election Sermon, 1783.

HISTORY OF THE PIRATES WHO INFESTED THE CHINA SEA, From 1807 to 1810. Translated From the Chinese Original, With Notes and Illustrations

Pirates, Piracy]; Yung-lun Yüan; Neumann Charles Fried. [Translator] First edition in English and a scarce work on piracy in China, extracted complete from Neumann’s ‘Translations from the Chinese and Armenian’ which contained other works not related to piracy. With a the leaf of Chinese calligraphy as frontispiece, pronunciation marks and symbols throughout. 8vo, bound in later red cloth, the spine lettered and ruled in gilt. xlvii, 128 pp. A very well preserved copy, the text-block in fine condition, the binding with a little bit of age-wear, the front inner hinge slightly open though still holding firmly. FIRST EDITION OF THIS VERY SCARCE EARLY TRANSLATION FROM THE CHINESE AND A RARE LOOK AT PIRACY IN THE CHINA SEA. The author is a certain Yung-lun Yüan, a native of the market town Shun tih, south of Canton, the account was published in Canton in 1830. It is an account of the "extraordinary disturbances caused by pirates" beginning in 1807. Piracy on the coast of China inflicted chaos and serious economic damage, with huge mobs of bandits attacking coastal villages which had little defense. The pirates were also wreaking havoc at sea, making trade and commerce high risk activities. Yung-lun Yüan’s account of this period is a very colourful depiction of the pirate scourge; interwoven with narratives of the pirates themselves as well as the courageous civilians who resisted them.


Design and Architecture]; Jones Inigo, et al First Edition, and absolutely one of Ware’s first significant productions. With a handsome engraved title, notes and contents and 53 fine engraved plates on 48 sheets, 6 of which are folding. 4to, in full antique mottled calf, the spine with raised bands double-ruled in gilt and with gilt lettering on a gilt tooled brown morocco label, the board edges gilt ruled. 5 pp., + 53 plates. A very handsome copy, quite fine and pleasing, the plates all crisp and clean with some light toning at the edges as would be expected, the binding in fine condition as well. VERY SCARCE FIRST EDITION. ISAAC WARE’S EARLIEST CONTRIBUTIONS TO ARCHITECTURAL PRINTING AND DESIGN. The plates were engraved by Fourdrinier from Ware’s renderings on the works of three architects, Inigo Jones, William Kent and Lord Burlington. According to the verso of the title-page, "Most of these designs are already executed, and the rest are at Burlington House." The renderings are an elegant depiction of moldings, ceilings, fireplaces, chimneys, garden ornaments, staircases, etc., and notably Burlington’s design of the entrance to Chiswick House. This work predates by several years the work that is arguably Ware’s greatest accomplishment, his English translation of Palladio’s FOUR BOOKS OF ARCHITECTURE. The format of the present work, easily usable by professionals in the field and by a large field of working craftsmen, was no doubt influenced heavily by Burlington.

AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY; Or, an Historical Account of Those Persons Who Have Been Distinguished In America, as Adventurers, Statesmen Philosophers, Divines, Warriors, Authors, and Other Remarkable Characters. Comprehending a Recital of the Events Connected with Their Lives and Actions

American History]; Belknap Jeremy 2 volumes. First edition. 8vo, handsomely bound in full contemporary style mottled calf, the spines with gilt ruled bands, gilt volume numbers and dates and a gilt ruled and lettered red morocco label. One antique morocco label from an older binding is preserved on the front pastedown to Vol. I along with a presentation plate from the Hon. John Lowell Esq., indicating fine New England provenance. 416, 476 pp. A very nice set, the fine and attractive bindings in excellent condition, the text solid and for the most part very clean with just some occasional spotting or toning, a handful of leaves in volume toned and spotted more heavily, original prelims a bit edge worn. SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF THIS EARLY AND VERY RESPECTABLE ATTEMPT AT A BIOGRAPHY OF AMERICAN HISTORY BY THE MAN REGARDED AS THE FIRST MODERN AMERICAN HISTORIAN, and the one named by Alexis de Tocqueville as America’s best native historian. Though he is now best remembered for his History of New Hampshire, his rigor in research, annotation, and reporting is well displayed in this collection of biographical entries researched for nearly two full decades and published over the course of four years. In his efforts in creating this American Biography he begin corresponding with many of the leading men of letters, politics, and religion throughout country, which brought him to the attention of many intellectual associations. From these connections Belknap was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1784. In 1785 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Belknap’s biographical selections go back as early as the 11th century. Notable names include Columbus, Cabot, John Smith, De Soto, Raleigh, Hudson, Carver, Standish, Winthop, and Penn. Thirty-one biographies are giving in total, along with a detailed chronology of discoveries in the Americas by Europeans from the year 1001 to 1620.
CANTERBURY TALES Edited by Walter Skeat

CANTERBURY TALES Edited by Walter Skeat, M.A.

Golden Cockerel Press] Chaucer Geoffrey 4 volumes. Limited to 485 copies on Batchelor handmade paper, out of total edition of 500 copies, this is no. 92. Illustrated by Eric Gill with one full-page illustration, twenty-nine half-page illustrations, numerous decorative borders, tailpieces and line-fillers, and sixty-one initial letters printed in red and blue, all wood engraved by Gill. Folio, in the fine original bindings for the publisher by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in quarter niger morocco over patterned paper-covered boards. The spines with blind ruled raised bands and gilt lettering in two compartments, t.e.g., others uncut. Housed in a cloth slipcase. A beautiful set of this fine and impressive work, the original bindings very handsome and attractive with corners just a little bumped and with very light rubbing to edges in a few places, internally pristine. FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE GREATEST BOOKS DESIGNED AND ISSUED BY GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS AND ONE OF THE GREAT BOOKS OF THE ENTIRE PRIVATE PRESS MOVEMENT. The volumes were printed by Robert and Moira Gibbings. The whole of the collaborative effort, the Gibbings, Eric Gill and the binding firm Sangorski and Sutcliffe is quite remarkable; "author, artist and printer have shared one concept and expressed it" Colin Franklin. One should also not be some overtaken with the design that one overlooks the substance; the Canterbury Tales is a foundational work of English literature. The text here is that of the Reverend Walter Skeat, still considered to be one of the best renditions available.
ENGLISH BIBLE containing the Old Testament and the New translated out of the original tongues by Special Command of His Majesty King James the First and now reprinted with the text revised by a collation of its early and other principal editions and edited by the late Rev. F. H. Scrivener.

ENGLISH BIBLE containing the Old Testament and the New translated out of the original tongues by Special Command of His Majesty King James the First and now reprinted with the text revised by a collation of its early and other principal editions and edited by the late Rev. F. H. Scrivener.

Doves Press] [The Holy Bible; Fine Press] 5 volumes. Limited edition of 500 copies printed on fine white paper with characteristic Doves Press watermark. With fine calligraphic initial letters executed in hand in red ink by Edward Johnstone. Each volume with title and colophon. Large 4to, bound by the Doves Bindery in original limp vellum, the spines lettered and numbered in gilt. Housed in a two piece morocco edged blue slipcase. 394; 518; (2), 15-391; (2), 15-301; 307 pp. A beautiful and very fine set, a very few gatherings lightly spotted as is usual. The vellum bindings in very beautiful condition, the leaves crisp and bright and clean. FIRST EDITION OF THE GREATEST BOOK OF THE DOVES PRESS, HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND VERY SCARCE. Considered the major book of this Press, the opening page to Genesis is critically acclaimed as one of the finest pages printed, certainly of modern production. Roderick Cave, in his THE PRIVATE PRESSES, has said, "Johnston’s masterly calligraphic initials.were a perfect example of how to marry calligraphy and typography, and [the pressman] J. H. Mason’s setting was full of those almost invisible refinements that only another printer can recognize" (p. 122). Ransom described the distinctive red initials by Edward Johnston as "a pattern for all time of complexity reduced to the minimum of simplicity." THE HOLY BIBLE was an all-together perfect choice to be the masterwork of this press. To again quote Roderick Cave, "[T]he Doves Press was a religious activity; its discipline one of prayer rather than of chorus girl.Books could reduce God to a page of visible type, as sunlight on a still morning showed the river in His form; and that was the reason for making a book with immense care, and making it beautiful." Thus the greatest of all books became the most splendid offered in the press’ wonderfully elegant format of clean, pure and understated simplicity.


Walton, Izaak; Fishing and Angling]; Crawhall Joseph First Edition and one of only 100 Large-Paper Copies of a total edition of only 600 copies. SIGNED BY THE PUBLISHER AND SPECIALLY BOUND, MOST PROBABLY FOR PRESENTATION. With a profusion of hand-colored woodcut plates after Joseph Crawhall, in chapbook style, and with bound-in cloth pockets labeled in black. 8vo, in very beautiful contemporary full red-orange calf, likely a binding for presentation purposes, the boards are elaborately decorated with a very wide and exquisitly detailed borders of stylized thistles, the spine with central gilt tooling gilt, depicting fish and tackle bags within double-gilt ruled compartments separated by gilt ruled raised bands, two compartments with gilt lettering, board edges and turn-ins gilt tooled in floral motif, page edges untrimmed, green endpapers. 112, [8], pp. A very handsome copy of an especially elusive book, lavishly bound, likely a presentation copy and unique thus, the binding well preserved and sturdy with some light evidence of age or use, some general mellowing, the text retains the original pockets and black leaves, all as pristine. A bit of mild offsetting from the cloth pockets. FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF CRAWHALL’S FINEST PRODUCTIONS IN ITS BEST AND MOST LIMITED FORMAT. This abridged edition of THE COMPLEAT ANGLER contains 36 songs and poems taken from the text of the fifth edition. The prospectus promises that this collection will ‘rank amongst the quaintest and most covetable,’ and we have to agree. The book includes small cloth pockets for the owner’s own use. They have whimsicle labels such as "Fysshe Tales I believe" (a very small one) and (the much larger) "Fysshe Tales I don’t believe". Also for the owner’s personal use are 24 blank ruled leaves entitled ‘Fysshe Stories’ bound in at the rear for the owner to write in his own stories. These leaves are un-used.

ATLAS OF PLATES, ILLUSTRATING THE GEOLOGY OF THE STATE OF MAINE, Accompanying the First Report on the Geology of That State.]

Maine, Geology, Engraved Geological Views]; Jackson Charles T. FIRST EDITION of Jackson’s VERY RARE Atlas for the Geology of the State of Maine with 24 Exquisite Lithographed Plates. Twenty-Four very fine lithographed plates, this is the second state of the Atlas as identified by Sprague, with all plates numbered with Roman numerals and three plates having been hand colored. Oblong Folio (plate size 11" by 8.75"), now very handsomely bound in three-quarter black calf over marbled paper covered boards, the spine with gilt ruled bands, the upper cover with a paste-down title label. This volume now with a fine custom protective dustjacket of heavy white paper with the title label printed on the upper cover in black. 24 plates. The very scarce original plates now beautifully and professionally conserved, all have bright, clean impressions. There are small, light remnants of staining on a few of the plates and a few very minor occasional spots, the presentation and binding as pristine. FIRST EDITION OF JACKSON’S RARE ATLAS FOR THE GEOLOGY OF MAINE WITH 24 EXQUISITE LITHOGRAPHED PLATES, THREE OF WHICH HAND-COLOURED. An important and scarce Maine and geology item, the plates accompanied Jackson’s ‘First Report on the Geology of the State of Maine’. The 24 lithographed plates provide some of the finest early images of the State of Maine, and includes very early published views of well-known Maine locales and landmarks; such as Mount Ktaadn, Mount Desert, West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, Camden & The Kennebec [i.e., Penobscot] Bay and Pulpit Rock. All but one of the original drawings were done by Franz Graeter, a German artist who was a member of Jackson’s field party. The images were then lithographed by Thomas Moore (successor to Pendleton) in Boston. THE ATLAS OF PLATES IS RARE, we know of no other example on the market in recent years and only one single example (in 2001) appears in the ABPC online auction records, which go back to 1975. Worldcat list only 18.


Piracy, Pirates]; La Croix Berrouse, & Baker First facsimile edition, nearly as rare as the first edition printed from the original at the Foul Anchor Archives, Vale Place, Rye, N.Y. PRESENTATION COPY. The 8 page original pamphlet and its woodcut decorated wrapper finely reproduced in exact detail. 8vo, the pamphlet with wrapper bound in black cloth lettered in gilt on the upper cover. 8 pp. A pristine copy, the front hinge stressed due to the way the pamphlet is attached to the binding but otherwise appearing as mint. FIRST OF THE EDITION, THE SCARCE REPRODUCTION OF A NOTORIOUSLY RARE PIRACY BOOK, THE EXECUTION AND CONFESSIONS OF Joseph Baker (alias Boulanger), Peter La Croix, and Joseph Berrouse, for piracy. The three were convicted of murder and piracy committed on the high seas while on board the schooner Eliza underCaptain Wm. Wheland, during a voyage from Philadelphia bound for St. Thomas. The three Canadian pirates siezed the ship, but it was recaptured by Captain Wheland, the only person who survived the barbarity. The three signed aboard in Philadelphia, but soon after leaving port they seized control of the ship, attacking the first mate during night watch and throwing him overboard. As none of the pirates were able to navigate the ship, they kept Wheland alive so he could sail them to the "Spanish Main" where they would rendezvous with other pirates. But Wheland managed to surprise his captors, locking LaCroix and Berrouse in the ship’s hold when they were counting their ill-gotten-gains. Then, sneaking up on Baker while he was at the wheel, Wheland chased him up the mainmast and forced him to lash himself to the mast.


Eiffel Gustave First Edition, AUTHOR’S SIGNED MANUSCRIPT PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION TO THE FRONT COVER. Certainly the copy presented by Eiffel to the Société des Ingénieurs Civils de France Bibliotheque. Illustrated with meterological graphs and diagrams, including one folding plate. 4to [24×15.5 cm], in the original printed blue paper wrappers, lettered on the upper cover in black. With provenance of the Société des Ingénieurs Civils Bibliotheque. 43 pp. A very fine PRESENTATION copy, excellently preserved, with the Société des Ingénieurs Civils de France Bibliotheque stamps in red on the front wrapper half-title. FIRST EDITION, OFF-PRINT OF THIS STUDY PRESENTED AT THE CONFERENCE OF THE SOCIETE ASTRONOMIQUE DE FRANCE. METEOROLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS FROM THE MOST FAMOUS CIVIL ENGINEER OF THE 19TH CENTURY; BEST KNOWN FOR DESIGNING AND ENGINEERING THE EIFFEL TOWER IN PARIS AND FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DESIGN AND ENGINEERING OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IN NEW YORK. After his retirement from engineering, Eiffel focused on research into meteorology and aerodynamics, making significant contributions in both fields. Eiffel’s interest in these areas was a consequence of the problems he had encountered with the effects of wind forces on many of the structures he had built. Eiffel had placed meteorological equipment within his famous tower as early as 1889, and had weather stations at various other locations throughout France, including at his home in Sèvres. He compiled a complete set of meteorological readings from a total of 25 different lo

LONDON ANGLER’S BOOK, OR WALTONIAN CHRONICLE, Containing Much Original Information to Anglers Generally Combined With Numerous Amusing Songs and Anecdotes of Fish and Fishing, Never Before Published. Together with an Entirely New Description of the Thames, from London Bridge to Staines, the Lea from the Thames to Hertford, the Wandle, the Mole, the Wey, the Colne, the Brent, the Roding; and Every River and Stream within 20 Miles of London, Worth Fishing in

Baddeley John First edition. With an engraved frontispiece and two engraved plates of fishing tackle at the end. 12mo, bound in very handsome three-quarter calf over marbled boards to period style, the spine with gilt ruled bands and gilt lettering, edges untrimmed. vi, 185, vi, 2 pp. A very handsome copy of a scarce book typically found well worn, the text-block just lightly mellowed, the handsome binding is in very fine condition. FIRST EDITION OF THIS SCARCE TREATISE ON LONDON ANGLING BY THE FOUNDER OF THE ‘TRUE WALTONIAN SOCIETY’. The author, a keen and enthusiastic amateur fisherman, lovingly explores all the rivers and streams of the area. He not only describes the various species of fish worth fishing for, and even provides us with a little song about each of them. A section of the book is devoted to what the author calls "the best part of the sport"— fly fishing. A classic English sporting book that gives far more than a tip-of-the-hat to Isaac Walton’s 17th century masterpiece.

HYPNEROTOMACHIA POLIPHILI] LE SONGE DE POLIPHILE. OU HYPNERTOMACHIE de Frère Francesco Colonna, Littéralament traduit pour la première fois, avec une Introduction et des Notes par Claudius Popelin.

Colonna Francesco 2 volumes. FIRST PRINTING OF THIS IMPORTANT LIMITED EDITION, one of only 400 copies on Hollande paper of a total edition of only 410. With a great profusion of illustrations throughout the text being woodcuts after those first issued in the original first edition of 1499 now re-engraved by A. Prunaire. Large 8vo, very handsomely bound in contemporary three-quarter brown morocco over marbled boards, the spines with wide raised bands ruled in blind, two compartments with gilt lettering, marbled endpapers. ccxxxvii, 379; 458 pp. A very handsome set, the bindings very attractive and in fine shape with just a little rubbing at the extremities, the text all fine but for the lightest of spotting to which the Hollande paper is prone, in this case it is very minor. A VERY SCARCE AND BEAUTIFUL EDITION OF COLONNA’S GREAT ROMANCE, THE DREAM OF POLIPHILI, THE MOST MAGNIFICENT AND SERENELY BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE. With scholarly notes and a long and very fine introduction and translation Claude Popelin. One of the great works of the early Renaissance, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili presents a mysterious arcane allegory in which the main protagonist, Poliphilo pursues his love, Polia, through a dreamlike landscape. In the end, he is reconciled with her by the "Fountain of Venus". The original edition, published in 1499, has long been sought after as one of the most beautiful incunabula printed. Here we see that tradition of the printer’s craftsmanship brought to the modern period with woodcuts skillfully copied from French editions dating back to 1546. The illustrations were so striking for their time that the HYPNEROTOMACHIA served as a sort of pattern-book, influencing book illustration styles all over Europe. For some time, attribution of the illustrations was made to Giovanni Bellini (ca. 1430-1516) or to Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520) but it is a fact of course, that present scholarship can only conjecture as to the true artist. "[A]rtists.craftsmen.decorators got hold of this incomparable album of compositins in the antique taste. In the countries beyond the Alps its repercussions are even more clearly traceable than in Italy itself, where a greater variety of other sources for the study of clasical forms were to be found. In the north an astonishing proportion of all Renaissance ornament and accessory design can clearly be proved to derive from Colonna’s POLIPHILO" (E.P. Goldschmidt, ‘The Printed Bookof the Renaissance, 1950, 52). The text, attributed to "Franciscus Columna" is based on the fact that the woodcut initials form an acrostic of his name, is a blending of the courtly romance of the Middle Ages with the revival of classical culture. It has recently been argued that the hidden autor was not the traditional candidate but rather the Servite friar Eliseo da Treviso (fl. 145-1506): see two articles by Piero Scapecchi in "Accademie e bibloteche d’Italia, 1983: 286sqq. and 1985: 68 sqq. This revised opinion is not strongly grounded however. Collona’s authorship is implied by several contemporary evidences. The aforementioned acrostic (POLIAM FRATER FRANCISVS COLCMNA PERAMAVIT), the unique setting of the first sheet (?l.4) of HYPNEROTOMACHIA preserved in a Berlin copy (presumably a rare cancellandum) contains Italian verse by on Matteo Visconti of Brescia refering more openly to ".Francisco alta columna l Per cui phama imortal de voi [scil. Polia, and Visconti’s own loved one Laurea] rissona." Finally, an act of the Dominican order; of 5 June 1501,instructed that Francesco Colonna should be compelled to repay expenses which the Provincial of the Order had incurred "on account of the printed book." In search of his lost love, Polia, Polifilo is carried through a dream-world of pyramids and obelisks, ruined temples, bacchanalian festivals, and other classical scenes before finding her and attaining enlightenment at the temple of Venus. It "teaches that all human existence is no more than a dream, and along the way records many things most worthy of knowledge." George Painter, in his fascinating essay, gives an appropriate context to the book: "Gutenberg’s Forty-two-Line Bible of 1455 and the HYPNEROTOMACHIA of 1499 confront one another from opposite ends of the incunable period with equal and contrasting pre-eminence. The Gutenberg Bible is somberly and sternly German, gothic, Christian, and medieval; the HYPNEROTOMACHIA is radiantly and graciously Italian, classic, pagan, and renascent. These are the two supreme masterpieces of the art of printing, and stand at the two poles of human endeavour and desire." The text, attributed to "Franciscus Colonna", is a blending of the courtly romance of the Middle Ages with the revival of classical culture. In search of his lost love, Polia, Polifilo is carried through a dream-world of pyramids and obelisks, ruined temples, bacchanalian festivals, and other classical scenes before finding her and attaining enlightenment at the temple of Venus. It "teaches that all human existence is no more than a dream, and along the way records many things most worthy of knowledge."

ARTHUR RACKHAM FAIRY BOOK. A Book of Old Favourites With New Illustrations

Rackham illus.] First Edition, Limited to only 450 copies for sale, specially bound in vellum gilt and signed by Arthur Rackham. With 8 color plates and 60 line drawings in the text. 8vo, publisher’s original full polished vellum lettered and pictorially decorated in gilt on the spine, the upper cover with triple gilt fillet lines enclosing centrally located lettering in gilt, in the publisher’s original slipcase with number of the book and slipcase coinciding, and with the artist’s original illustrated endpapers. THIS COPY, THE ONLY ONE WE KNOW OF AVAILABLE IN COMMERCE WITH THE PUBLISHER’S ORIGINAL CELLO DUSTJACKET WITH PAPER TURNOVERS STILL COMPLETE AND IN PLACE. 287 pp. A superb copy. As pristine and essentially mint, largely unopened, the slipcase only with a touch of age or evidence of shelving. "‘Old tales with new illustrations.’ That is how this book was described on its original appearance in 1933. It has been frequently reprinted since, but Arthur Rackham’s illustrations are still new and freshly attractive to those picking up the volume for the first time. "Whether in colour, black-and-white drawing or silhouette impression, Mr. Rackham’s work delights lovers of the old tales, which he obviously understood so well to interpret them pictorially as he has done. The 23 stories in the book are the most famous and beloved of the tales told in the nursery through successive generations."-publisher Hudson groups this book with Rackham’s HANS ANDERSEN, saying that "when we compare these two books with Rackham’s achievement in his Edwardian prime, the most remarkable thing to note is that he was maintaining such a consistent standard of excellence at the age of sixty-five" (p. 134). This collection includes such classic stories as "Hop-O’-My-Thumb," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Sindbad the Sailor," "The Princess and the Pea," and others from various sources. Although Rackham illustrated many of these tales in previous books, all the illustrations in this volume are new.


Churchill Winston 4 volumes. First editions. Numerous maps. 8vo, original crimson cloth lettered in gilt on the spines, in bright, pictorial dustjackets. xxi, 395; xi, 325; xi, 312; xi, 304. Index in each volume. A fine and handsome, clean and bright set, especially well preserved with just a little age mellowing. IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION. By the beginning of World War II, Churchill had already penned half a million words of this manuscript. Lying dormant through almost six years of war followed by an even longer period in which Churchill wrote his war memoirs, this work finally was brought to fruition in 1956. The first two volumes of this set were published in April and November 1956 respectively, the third in October 1957, and the last in March 1958. Whereas the first two volumes sold briskly, the final two were less successful and were not reprinted for years. Sir Winston Churchill ranks among the greatest men of history. He was born in 1874, a descendent of the great Duke of Marlborough. After an education at Harrow and Sandhurst he entered the army in 1895 and embarked on one of the most varied and distinguished careers of the century. He acted as a correspondent for the Morning Post during the Boer War and his dramatic escape from prison in Pretoria brought him to public attention. He embarked on his political career in 1900 by entering Parliament. While there he held many major offices of state: Home Secretary, Secretary of State for War, First Lord of the Admiralty in which he oversaw naval operations for the First World War, Colonial Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and eventually in 1940, Prime Minister. The latter office he would hold throughout World War Two and again from 1951 to 1955. He was a prolific writer, always submerged in simultaneous multi-facted projects. He finished both A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING PEOPLES and his other great multi-volume work THE SECOND WORLD WAR during the same period as he was perfecting his style of painting and writing PAINTING AS A PASTIME. His death in 1965 sent the whole world into mourning and his funeral was on of the most moving public events of the century.

THROUGH MASAI LAND: A Journey of Exploration Among the Snow-clad Volcanic Mountains and Strange Tribes of eastern Equatorial Africa. Being the Narrative of the Royal Geographical Society’s Expedition to Mount Kenia and Lake Victoria Nyanza, 1883-1884.

Thomson Joseph First Edition, Fourth Issuance, formatted exactly as the first issue in the same year, but with a slug marked "Fourth Edition" added to the title-page. With over 60 wood engravings on full-page plates and throughout the text, and two large folding maps printed in colours with one map showing the Masai Country and the course of the expedition from Mombasa, to Mt. Kenia and on to the Victoria Nyanza and the other the geology of the country between Mombasa and the Victoria Nyanza. Thick 8vo, publisher’s handsome original dark green cloth, lettered in gilt and banded in black on the spine and lettered and pictorially stamped and decorated in black and gilt on the upper cover. xii, 583 pp. An unusually fine, clean and handsome copy, unusually well preserved for this classic and scarce title which is notorious for being rarely seen in collector’s condition. There has been no restoration to the book. A beautiful rarity as such. VERY SCARCE AND IMPORTANT AFRICANA. COPIES IN SUCH ESPECIALLY FINE CONDITON ARE VERY ELUSIVE AND HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER. Utilizing his persuasive ways and prowess as an explorer to good advantage, Thomson braved the fierce Masai and traveled through previously untrodden territory in present-day Kenya. The results of this expedition were so significant that he was awarded the founder’s Medal of the R.G.S. ‘Joseph Thomson (1858-1895; Thomson’s Gazelle) was one of the most colourful and prudent of 19th century African explorers. Born at Penpont (Dumfries and Galloway), Thomson studied at the University of Edinburgh. He joined the Royal Geographical Society expedition to Lake Nyasa (Malawi) in 1878 and because of his keen intellect and surveying ability he was placed second in command on his very first exploration. The leader, Keith Johnson, succumbed to malaria very early in the expedition and Thomson was placed in charge. Keenly aware of his own inexperience and inadequacy in leading the expedition, he asked himself, "should we simply turn back?" – "No! "I feel I must go forward, whatever might be my destiny." At the tender age of 20 then, he "inherited" an expedition that traversed from the East Coast of Africa all the way to Tanganyika, exploring routes through Kenya and present day Tanzania (1879-84) and first spotted Thomson’s Gazelle, which is named after him. He ended up succeeding on the charge for the journey and thereafter made many more explorations on behalf of the Royal Geographic Society exploring Nigeria (1885) and Morocco (1888). . He prided himself on accomplishing notable extended journeys with no bloodshed. Informal in command and full of good cheer, Thomson was a prudent traveler known for long remembered quotations. His personal motto was: "He who goes slowly, goes safely; he who goes safely, goes far."’ But it was because of the diseases which he contracted on his travels that he died at only 37 years of age, having already proven himself to be one of the most important of all early explorers of the great African continent. This important work of Africana is rarely found in original format and state.

WORKS OF THE FAMOUS NICOLAS MACHIAVEL, Citizen and Secretary of Florence. Written Originally in Italian, and from thence newly and faithfully Translated into English [by Henry Nevile]

Machiavelli Niccolo The Third Edition of the First English translation of the Collected Works. From the first ediiton, with the copyright printed "Licensed Febr. 2 1674" on the verso of the main title. With fine woodcut initials and ornaments throughout. Six parts, Folio [12 1/4" x 7 3/4"], bound in full contemporary polished calf, the covers with double gilt fillet border rules, the spine with blind ruled raised bands separating the compartments. [24], 189, [v], 199-262, 265-267, [v], 267-314, 317-431, [5], 433-543, [1 blank] pp. Further errors in pagination by the printer: 169-170 misnumbered as 179-180, 175-176 as 185-186, 235 as 234, and 429 as 249. The text is complete and the book collates correct, with four separate dated title pages; final two parts with caption titles. Printed marginalia. A handsome copy, generally tight and clean with only minor evidence of age, an excellent survival. Binding with restoration to the spine panel expertly and sympathetically restored in a sympathetic and unobtrusive manner, three final leaves clipped at the lower outer corner not affecting the text, two leaves refurbished in the lower outer corner, title-page remargined at the gutter. RARE EARLY PRINTING OF THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE COMPLETE WORKS OF MACHIAVELLI INTO ENGLISH. This first English translation of the author’s complete works includes: 1. The Florentine History. 2. The Prince, Together with The Original of the Guelf and Ghibilin, Life of Castruccio Castracani, Murther of Vitelli, &c. by Duke Valentino, State of France, State of Germany. 3. The Discourses upon the First Decade of Titus Livius. 4. The Art of War. 5. The Marriage of Belphegor. 6. Nicholas Machiavel’s letter to Zanobius Buondelmontius, in vindication of himself and his writings [preceded by the publisher’s preface to the reader]. Between 1498 and 1512 Machiavelli served in the Chancery of the Florentine Republic and was engaged in public duties and diplomatic missions all over Italy and as far away as France and Germany. In 1502 he made a visit to Cesare Borgia, who was then attempting to strengthen his army by removing its disaffected captains. Machiavelli developed an admiration for the methods of the prince, who was both bold and prudent, cruel, self-reliant, and distrustful of others. When the Soderini government, whom Machiavelli, served, fell and Machiavelli fell into disgrace, he found plenty of time in which to organize his thoughts on the subject and compose his greatest work, THE PRINCE. THE PRINCE exerted a far reaching influence across disciplines and across nations. A manuscript copy found its way to England with Henry VIII’s agent Thomas Cromwell and its influence was great. The works of Shakespeare and Marlowe abound with references to the author. But the first printing and translation in English was not until 1640 when the Episcopal censorship broke down" (100 Banned Books, 128). By 1643, censorship in England was again fully in force (the protest of which was the subject of Milton’s AREOPAGITICA) and it would be over twenty years before the next issuance of THE PRINCE in English. Cromwell "adapted its principles to the government." (Books that Changed the World, 26) Napoleon annotated a copy, Louis XIV, Henry III and Henry IV of France all read and used the work as did Frederick II. Voltaire wrote a great commentary upon it. "(Thus,) THE PRINCE is far more than a book of directions to any one of the many Italian princes. Machiavelli had profited by his journeys to France and Germany to make the most able analyses (in his reports to his government) of a national government, and he now wrote for the guidance of the ruler by whom alone Italy, desperately divided, could be restored to political health. Hitherto political speculation had tended to be a rhetorical exercise based on the implicit assumption of Church or Empire. Machiavelli founded the science of modern politics on the study of mankind. Politics was a science to be divorced entirely from ethics, and nothing must stand in the way of its machinery. His concept of the qualities demanded from a ruler and the absolute need of a national militia came to fruition in the monarchies of the seventeenth century and their national armies" (PMM 63). Machiavelli founded the science of modern politics on the study of mankind.Politics was a science to be divorced entirely from ethics, and nothing must stand in the way of its machinery.His concept of the qualities demanded from a ruler and the absolute need of a national militia came to fruition in the monarchies of the seventeenth century and their national armies" (PMM 63).

TRAVELS IN ARABIA DESERTA, With an Introduction by T. E. Lawrence

Doughty Charles M 2 volumes. Scarce First American Edition, made from the sheets of the First Issue of the 1936 "New and Definitive Edition" with the introduction by T. E. Lawrence. Portrait frontispiece in first volume, both profusely illustrated with maps, plans, and collotype plates, some folding, and including large folding maps at the inside of the rear covers of both volumes. 4to, publisher’s original gray polished buckram with spines lettered in gilt on blue, in the very scarce protective clear dustjackets, in the publisher’s original slipcase. 674; 696 pp. An unusually fine and handsome se as pristine and near as mint, internally especially clean and fresh, the cloth and gilt especially bright, the jackets in excellent condition, the slipcase with some wear. FIRST OF THIS VERY IMPORTANT EDITION AND ONE OF THE GREATEST WORKS OF TRAVEL EVER WRITTEN IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. ARABIA DESERTA is perhaps one of the best-known classics of exploration and travel. Few writers of any genre have worked such magic or mischief on the English language as Doughty. He disapproved of Victorian style, and mingled his own with Chaucerian and Elizabethan English and Arabic. But whatever the style, the result is quite possibly the finest book on Arabia ever written. We will let another Arabist, Lawrence, speak on Doughty’s behalf: "I have talked the book over with many travellers, and we are agreed that here you have all the desert, its hills and plains, the lava fields, the villages, the tents, the men and animals. They are told of to the life, with words and phrases fitted to them so perfectly that one cannot dissociate them in memory. It is the true Arabia, the land with its smells and dirt, as well as its nobility and freedom. There is no sentiment, nothing merely picturesque, that most common failing of oriental travel-books. Doughty’s completeness is devastating. There is nothing we would take away, little we could add. He took all Arabia for his province, and has left to his successors only the poor part of specialists. We may write books on parts of the desert or some of the history of it; but there can never be another picture of the whole, in our time, because here it is all said." (- from the Introduction). One of the great books of exploration, T.E. Lawrence considered Doughty to be the "Master Arabian." Captain Sir Richard F. Burton, himself no stranger to Arabia and its hardships for the Occidental traveler, was left reeling by the extremities that Doughty had gone throgh, and commented that the book was "a twice-told tale writ large.which, despite its affectations and eccentricities, its prejudices and misjudgments, is right well told."


Cambridge, England; Matthison, William, Illus.]; Tuker M.A.R First edition. With 77 very fine colourplates from the paintings of William Matthison and a folding map. Large 8vo, in the original beautifully decorated blue cloth, the upper cover and spine with a motif featuring lamps of wisdom, harps, pens, globes and other symbols of learning in gilt, light blue and maroon, and with lettering in gilt, t.e.g. xx, 396 pp. A clean, handsome and appealing copy, the cloth bright and attractive with only light evidence of age, primarily at the tips, the text clean and free of foxing but for a light hint at the prelims or fore-edges as usual, previous owner’s name and scribble at the front end-leaves. FIRST EDITION WITH SEVENTY-SEVEN FINE COLOUR PAINTINGS OF CAMBRIDGE, THE UNIVERSITY, ITS COLLEGES AND ENVIRONS. Matthison includes views of buildings, landmarks, courts, bridges, gates and halls. Though the colourplates steal most of one’s attention it should be noted that Tuker’s text is extremely well researched and covers the origins of the university, the colleges, degree-giving, social and collegiate life, university men and more. The author states in his preface that he believes this to the first time that a chapter on the woman’s colleges has anywhere appeared and is certain it’s the first time such a chapter is part of an account of the University. William Matthison was a popular commercial artist whose paintings graced many books and travel offerings.

MATHEMATICAL COLLECTIONS AND TRANSLATIONS IN TWO TOMES BY THOMAS SALUSBURY. LONDON, 1661 AND 1665 In Facsimile with an Analytical and Bio-Bibliographiccal Introduction by Stillman Drake: [MATHEMATICAL COLLECTIONS AND TRANSLATIONS IN TWO PARTS. From the Original Copies of Galileus, and other Famous Modern Authors.The Names of the Particular Treatises Follow in the Ensuing Page. [The First Tome in Two Parts. The First Part; Containing, I. Galileus Galileus His SYSTEM OF THE WORLD. II. Galileus His EPISTLE to the GRAND DUTCHESSE MOTHER, concerning the Authority of Holy Scripture in Philosophical Controversies. III Johannes Keplerus His Reconcilings of Texts of Sacred Scriptures that seem to oppose the Doctrine of the Earth’s Mobility., &c.Part the Second. I, Benedictus Castellus.His Discourse of the Mensuraion of Running Waters: The First Book. II. His Letter to Galileus.III. His Geomerical Demonstrations.IV. His Discourse.The Second Book.&c.]; [The Second Tome.in Two Parts. The First Par

Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler]; Salusbury Thomas; 2 volumes, each in two parts. First Edition of the facsimile, which includes the first translations of works by Galileo including his great DIALOGO and his extremely rare and important Letter to Madame Christina, the NOV ANTIQUA as well as an important work by Kepler on the planet Mars. Handsomely decorated with illustrated plates, text illustrations, diagrams, tables and ornaments. Folio, handsomely bound in full polished calf to original period style, the spines with raised bands, black morocco lettering labels gilt, numbered in gilt in compartments of the spines. Housed in the original slipcase. [6], 503, [24], [1], [14], 118, [5]; [4], 517 pp A pristine, as mint copy of this fine facsimile of the first translations and printings in English of a number of highly important and cornerstone works of science. A very fresh and clean set. The slipcase with a bit of wear. FIRST EDITION OF THIS EXCELLENT FACSIMILE PRINTING OF THE EXTREMELY RARE FIRST EDITION WHICH INCLUDES THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS OF HIGHLY IMPORTANT WORKS BY GALILEO (THE DIALOGO AND NOV ANTIQUA AND OTHER WORKS) AND BY KEPLER, CASTELLUS, TARTALIA AND OTHERS . THE MAJOR WORK IN ENGLISH ONTHE STATE OF 17TH CENTURY PHYSICS PRIOR TO THE NEWTONIAN REVOLUTION, PRESENTING CONTINENTAL AUTHORS PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED IN ENGLISH. The work was originally published in two volumes but the second volume is almost never found, the majority of them having been destroyed in the fire of London in 1666. However, the first volume is quite rich on its own with works of historical magnitude. First and foremost, Salusbury’s collection of translations contains the first English translation of Galileo’s work SYSTEME OF THE WORLD IN FOUR DIALOGUES, or the DIALOGO SOPRA I DUE MASSIMI SISTEMI DEL MONDO in Italian. This work examines the two "Grand Systems" of Ptolemy and Copernicus. This was Galileo’s revolutionary treatise that disproved Ptolemy’s geocentric view of the universe and defended Copernicus’ heliocentric view, a paper that would eventually lead him to a forced recanting of his "heretical" ideas in front of the Inquisitors in Rome in 1633. The DIALOGO itself takes the form of an open discussion between three friends—a radical, a conservative, and an agnostic—and forms a "masterly polemic for the new science." "It displays all the great discoveries in the heavens which the ancients had ignored; it inveighs against the sterility, willfulness and ignorance of those who defend their systems; it revels in the simplicity of Copernican thought and, above all, it teaches that the movement of the earth makes sense in philosophy, that is, in physics. Astronomy and the science of motion, rightly understood, says Galileo, are hand in glove. There is no need to fear that the earth’s rotation will cause it to fly to pieces." In addition, included here is Galileo’s great work NOV ANTIQUA, A HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND FAMOUS RARITY, AND ONE OF THE GREATEST ARGUMENTS FOR THE FREEDOM OF THOUGHT THAT HAS EVER BEEN PENNED. It was published originally by Matthias Bernegger after a manuscript, most probably without Galileo’s consent, who by that time was under permanent house arrest. The NOV-ANTIQUA’was so rigidly suppressed that only a few copies are supposed to have escaped destruction’ . It is one of Galileo’s rarest books and is now considered a legendary rarity. ‘The earliest encounters between Galileo and the Church began some short while after the publication of the SIDEREUS NUNCIUS (1610), when Galileo’s great telescopic discoveries had gained him and the Copernican cosmology a certain amount of fame as well as some hostility. In 1614-1615, complaints are raised in Florentine circles about the incompatibility of the new discoveries with certain verses from the Scriptures. The rumors reached Galileo through a letter from his disciple, the monk Benedetto Castelli. In reply, Galileo writes a letter to Castelli, expressing his ideas about the relationship of knowledge aiming at an understanding of the universe to knowledge connected with the attainment of salvation.Following this exchange Galileo reformulates his ideas in the famous LETTER TO THE GRAND DUCHESS CHRISTINA. The letter passes from hand to hand in circles sympathetic to the Galilean discoveries. Consequently, Galileo’s name is twice denounced to the Inquisition.’ (Felday, GALILEO AND THE CHURCH p. 14) ‘Galileo’s overt and increasing support for the Copernican theory produced a growing opposition not only among the physics professors but also among some priests, preachers, and professors of theology. In late 1613, theological objections to the theory were voiced at the dinner table of the Grand Duke of Tuscany that the devout and influential Grand Duchess Christina found very disturbing. Galileo was perfectly willing to take on the professors of theology as well as the physics professors and began to write on the relations between science and scripture’.This letter to the Grand Duchess Christina is Galileo’s response to the above mentioned conversation, the substance of which was reported to him by Father Castelli, professor of mathematics at Pisa, who had been present.’ ‘Let us grant then that theology is conversant with the loftiest divine contemplation and occupies the regal throne among the sciences by this dignity. But acquiring the highest authority in this way, if she does not descend to the lower and humbler speculations of the subordinate sciences and has no regard for them because they are not concerned with blesedness, than her professors should not arrogate to themselves the authority to decide on controversies in professions which they have neither studied nor practised. Why, this would be as if an absolute despot, being neither a physician nor an architect, but knowing himself free to command, should undertake to administer medicines and erect buildings according to his whim – at grave peril of his poor patients’ lives, and the speedy collapse of his edifices’ (NOV-ANTIQUA) Also co

IN THE FORBIDDEN LAND: An Account of a Journey Into Tibet, Capture by the Tibetan Lamas and Soldiers, Imprisonment, Torture and Ultimate Release brought about by Dr. Wilson and the Political Peshkar Karak Sing-Pal; With the Government Enquiry and Report and Other Official Documents By J. Larkin, Esq., Deputed By the Government of India.

Savage-Landor A. Henry 2 volumes. First Edition, American issue. 8 colour plates, 50 full page illustrations, over 150 illustrations in text, folding map at rear and photogravure frontispieces. 8vo, publisher’s original green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine, a variant binding, t.e.g. xvi,307; xii, 250 pp. A pleasing set in original condition, the bindings handsome with a bit of light age wear or evidence of use. Internally fresh and clean and bright and in quite excellent order, inner hinges lightly shaken. FIRST EDITION, NOW SCARCE. This has become, like the author’s other books, quite difficult to obtain these days, especially in two volumes. His books were so popular that the original two-volume format generally sold out quickly, so the book was reprinted again and again in a one volume format, making the latter more commonly found and the former much more scarce. These books relate Savage-Landor’s travels into Central Asia and Tibet, his attempt to reach Lhasa, his detainment by Tibetan lamas and military, and are profusely illustrated with early photographs and drawings of a time and place long since vanished. To quote a contemporary reviewer from the GUARDIAN: "‘Life,’" according to Mr. Savage-Landor, has ‘barely a dull moment,’ and the gloomiest of us will admit that this is at least true of that part of life which may be devoted to the reading of his latest book."

MOBY DICK, or The Whale

Kent, illus.] Melville Herman 3 volumes. First edition, special issue, limited to 1000 copies only. Beautifully designed and illustrated by Rockwell Kent throughout, with 280 woodcut illustrations by the artist. 4to, publisher’s original full black cloth lettered and decorated in silver after Kent’s designs on spines and upper covers. Each volume also includes its rarely seen original dustjacket of cello with paper tunovers. This set in the publisher’s specially made aluminum slipcase which still houses the books very protectively. xxvii, 279; vi, 284; vii, 282 pp. With 280 woodcut illustrations by Rockwell Kent An especially fine and handsome set, one of the best we’ve seen, the spines still extremely bright and clean, the original cello dustjackets still whole and well preserved, A largely unopened set, as pristine. FIRST OF THE EDITION AND A SUPERB SET OF THIS AMERICAN ARTISTIC AND LITERARY MASTERPIECE. This wonderfully rendered Moby Dick, perhaps the most famous illustrated edition, was wholly designed by Rockwell Kent under the supervision of William A. Kitteredge. This limited edition, has become highly desirable to collectors as it represents one of the great American illustrated books of the twentieth century. "As Queequeg and I are now fairly embarked in this business of whaling," Melville’s narrator begins, "and as this business of whaling has somehow come to be regarded among landsmen as a rather unpoetical and disreputable pursuit; therefore, I am all anxiety to convince ye, ye landsmen, of the injustice hereby done to us hunters of whales." Melville points out the historical accomplishments of whalers ("Often, adventures which Vancouver dedicates three chapters to, these men accounted unworthy of being set down in the ship’s common log") and the traditional homage paid to whales ("In one of the mighty triumphs given to a Roman general upon his entering the world’s capital, the bones of a whale, brought all the way from the Syrian Coast, were the most conspicuous object in the cymballed procession"), and in general does a fine job of vindicating his profession. "Oh, the rare old Whale, mid storm and gale In his ocean home will be A giant in might, where might is right, And king of the boundless sea." Rockwell Kent’s vivid and artistic illustrations make this one of the most attractive editions of Melville’s classic American novel. The end-product speaks for itself and this truly handsome book has become a classic in it own right. Fantastically rendered, it ranks among the finest of illustrated novels.

LE MORTE D’ARTHUR.Introduction by Prof. Rhys and a note on Aubrey Beardsley by Aymer Vallance

Beardsley, illus.] Malory Thomas Third and most complete edition, limited to 1600 copies, with 10 extra illustrations not included in the two first printings. 22 full page and double-page illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley including the fine frontispiece, the Merlin drawing and the design for the original cover, also with numerous designs and illustrations throughout the text, as well as a profusion of decorated initials and chapter headings. Thick, large 4to, publisher’s original black polished cloth with spine and covers beautifully and fully decorated in gilt after designs by Beardsley. lv, 538 pp. A very handsome, superior copy, beautifully preserved, the cloth bright with strong gilt and no fading. The textblock very clean and crisp, the hinges tight and strong, corners sharp, only the most minute bit of age evidence along the tips or extremities. Light spotting to the edges of the first few leaves. FIRST OF THE EDITION AND AN IMPORTANT PRINTING OF THIS VERY BEAUTIFUL BOOK, and this a very desirable and strong copy. The third edition contains an extra 10 illustrations added in the text, the first edition to do so, as well as the original binding design (which was never used) and a full size facsimile of the Merlin drawing, previously used on a smaller scale. The text is that of Caxton’s printed for the first time in 1485 at Westminster in London. This book represents Aubrey Beardsley’s first commissioned work, undertaken when he was not yet twenty. While working at an insurance office in London, Beardsley frequently visited the Jones and Evans bookshop in Cheapside, where he got to know Frederick Evans. Mr. Evans allowed the artist to trade drawings for books on occasion, and it was Evans who suggested to J. M. Dent that Beardsley should be the artist for Mr. Dent’s new edition of the Arthurian tales. A suggestion well made and one to which 20th century printing owes much. The commission, which came in 1892 was to "design and illustrate an ambitious edition of Malory’s ‘Le Morte d’Arthur’ which was intended to rival the Kelmscott Press books on their own ground.(E)lements beside the pale remnants of Pre-Raphaelitism were at work fertilizing (Beardsley’s) developing talent, and what was seen by its devisers as an emulation of Morris and Burne-Jones turned out in the execution more like a parody of them–a parody which annoyed Morris to the point at which he contemplated legal action. It may well not have been a deliberate parody: it is simply that already, willy-nilly, the ‘strong medieval decorative feeling’ of Morris was mixed, as Walter Crane noted, ‘with a curious weird Japanese-like spirit of diablerie and grotesque, as of an opium dream’." Beardsley’s life was short, he died of tuberculosis at the age of 26. In those few years he managed however to leave a great and lasting artistic legacy and a fascinating personal history as well.