Search results for: 'the human hand'
WOLFF, Charlotte. The Human Hand.
New York : 1943First US edition, first printing. This work provides an academic expansion of Wolff's 1936 work Studies in Hand Reading, in which she examined the possibility of "a close correlation between the detailed configuration of the hand and the outstanding traits forming the personality complex of the owner of the hands" (Schultz, p. 479). Wolff,... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 131433
FAIRFAX-ROSS, Thomas. Well-compiled, and handsomely presented personal photograph and ephemera album covering service in World War I, at the Supreme War Council, Versailles, and at Chanak, 1922.
1908-24Fine narrative album recording the career, from school days to marriage, of Thomas Fairfax-Ross (1896-1960), with particular attention paid to his military career which took him from the Western Front to Chanak, via Versailles. The album opens, perhaps rather portentously, with a card embossed with the Royal arms, mounted recto on the front free endpaper... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 132252
[WHEELER, Anna, &] THOMPSON, William. Appeal of One Half the Human Race, Women, Against the Pretensions of the Other Half, Men,
London : 1825First edition of one of the most important works in the history of feminism and "one of the classics of early nineteenth-century feminist literature" (ODNB). "No book published before his time on this subject, even the famous work of Mary Wollstonecraft, is at once so broad and comprehensive and so direct and practical as Thompson's Appeal" (Richard... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 102519
SITWELL, Osbert. Left Hand, Right Hand! An Autobiography. [Together with a first edition of Passage to India.]
London : 1945-1950First editions, presentation copies, each volume inscribed and signed by Sitwell to E. M. Forster on the half-title, each beginning "For Morgan" and dated, vol. I with the additional epithet "With affection and admiration" and vol. III "whose only fault is his invisibility". Each volume bears Forster's booklabel to the front pastedown. In a 1954 letter... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 112546
MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. Of Human Bondage.
New York : 1936First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, the copy of the publisher Nelson Doubleday, number 1 of 751 copies signed by the illustrator and the author, specially bound. An excellent association copy: Doubleday had inherited Maugham as an author when his company merged with Maugham's former publisher, George H. Doran, in 1926. Maugham became a... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 116986
MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. Of Human Bondage.
New York : 1936First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 706 of 751 copies signed by the author and illustrator; handsomely bound in a fine leather binding by the Lakeside Press, retaining the original slipcase, rather than in the usual brown cloth. Of Human Bondage was first published in 1915 and Maugham contributed a new foreword for this illustrated... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 134394
MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. Of Human Bondage.
New York : 1936First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 96 of 751 copies signed by the author and illustrator. Of Human Bondage was first published in 1915 and Maugham contributed a new foreword for this handsome illustrated edition. Randolph Schwabe (1885-1948) "was a draughtsmen, painter and etcher who was the Slade Professor of Fine Art at University... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 125329
[BERKELEY, George.] Siris: A Chain of Philosophical Reflexions and Inquiries Concerning the Virtues of Tar Water,
Dublin : 1744First edition, presentation copy with "From the Author" written in a contemporary hand on the front free endpaper, and from the library of the Bloomsbury Group member Lytton Strachey, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Strachey's library contained various works by 18th-century philosophers, reflecting his own interest in philosophy and the intense... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 135077
BLAKE, William. The Gates of Paradise.
Clairvaux : 1968First facsimile edition, number 40 of 50 special copies with an additional volume (containing an original negative - here showing The Earth engraving - a copperplate, and collotypes without plate-mark) and the first three bound in full morocco, from a total edition of 726 copies. The engravings for Blake's visionary allegory of human life and death... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 115013
HOME, Henry, Lord Kames. Sketches of the History of Man.
Edinburgh : 1788A handsome set of the third edition of Home's History, first published in two folio volumes in 1774. Lord Kame Henry Home (1696-1782) was a Scottish jurist and philosopher, whose works proved a major influence on Scottish Enlightenment thought. Home outlines a theory of history in four stages, from hunting, to shepherding, to agriculture, to commerce.... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 125036
TUPINIER, Jean Marguerite, Baron. Observations on the Dimensions of the Ships of the Line and Frigates in the French Navy.
London : 1830First edition in English of a French study which first appeared in the Annales Maritimes in 1822, "it was also printed by order of the French Government at the Royal press, for distribution among its own functionaries" (translator's preface). In emulation of this principle of limited distribution, a note verso of the title reads, "It is requested that... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 102411
(MANDELA, Nelson.) MATTHIESSEN, Peter. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse.
New York : 1983First edition, first printing. Presentation copy for Nelson Mandela, inscribed on the half-title recto by the author "For Nelson Mandela with greatest respect, and thanks, and kindest regards. Peter Matthiessen. August 1990", and additionally inscribed by a leading member of the Leonard Peltier defence committee: "Nelson Mandela, in this lifetime, on... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 132382
(POETRY.) The Vision of Hades,
London : 1825First complete edition, publishing the Vision of Noös for the first time, paired with the Vision of Hades, first published in 1820 and here in its second appearance. This copy has various pencilled emendations in the Vision of Noös, all stylistic rather than correcting errata, and consequently almost certainly in the hand... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 138867
SHALER, Sophia Penn. The Masters of Fate.
New York : 1906First edition, first printing. The work recounts the achievements of physically infirm individuals, accounting how, through force of will, they overcome their limitations and master their fate. The author aims, through example, to offer to disabled individuals models of willpower and achievement. The book serves as a strong defence of the value of the... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 124446
(FERGUSON, Adam.) AMOH, Yasuo, LINGLEY, Darren & Hiroko AOKI, Eds. Adam Ferguson and the American Revolution.
Tokyo : 2015First edition thus, a transcript of the proceedings of the Carlisle Peace Commission, a group including Adam Ferguson, sent to America in April 1778 by the British Government in order to put an end to the American Revolutionary War. The transcript is made from one of three known copies, that belonging to Edinburgh University Library, which is labelled... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 100189
(MILITARY) Polozheniye o pereformirovanii armeyskoy kavalerii [Regulations on the Reformation of the Cavalry].
St. Petersburg : 1833First and only edition, genuinely scarce, a single copy traced to the Russian Presidential Library. A handsomely presented volume, a contribution towards Nicholas I's efforts at far-reaching reform of the army, a volume which would have had minimal distribution among those directly involved in the administration. This copy identified, by the gilt-stamped... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 133891
[BRASSEY, Sir Thomas.] In the "Sunbeam" R.Y.S.
[London] : First and sole edition of this scarce pamphlet, Copac citing just two locations among British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Cambridge), OCLC adds only San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park; Brassey's compliments slip (dated June 1914) loosely inserted.
Brassey (1836-1918) concludes his breezy narrative with a chapter giving his... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 128616
WOOLF, Virginia. "Is Fiction an Art?" Hand-corrected typescript review of Aspects of Fiction by E. M. Forster.
52 Tavistock Square, London : October 1927Original typescript draft with autograph corrections by Woolf of one of her most defining essays, by descent from the editor responsible for bringing the essay to publication, Geoffrey Parsons (1879-1956). Published in the New York Herald Tribune on Sunday, 16 October 1927, Woolf's review of E. M. Forster's Aspects of Fiction appeared on the first page... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 130267
ACKERMANN, Rudolph. The Microcosm of London.
London : [1808-10]First edition, early issue with a number of the plates in their first state. "Ackermann's The Microcosm of London... is a book of major importance. The architectural drawings were by Augustus Charles Pugin, a French refugee who came to London in about 1798, 'driven from his country either by the horrors of the French Revolution or by private reasons... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 62650
SMITH, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
London : 1786Fourth edition of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM), in a fine contemporary binding by one of Scotland's best-known binders of the period, William Scott of Edinburgh, using tools from the workshop of James Scott. "The great majority of the tools used by James Scott are not found in use by any other binders of his time;... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 132767
ASCHAM, Roger. The Scholemaster
London : 1570First edition of the most important Tudor work on education. Known for his beautiful handwriting, Roger Ascham (1514/15-1568) was appointed tutor to Princess Elizabeth in 1548, Latin Secretary to Queen Mary in 1553 and private tutor to Queen Elizabeth in 1558. The Scholemaster was written at the suggestion of Sir Richard Sackville following a debate... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 114919
TUSI, Muhammad al-. Aja'ib al-Makhluqat [On the Wonders of Creation].
Turkey : 1704Though al-Qazwini's famous cosmology, 'Aja'ib al-Makhluqat, or "Wonders of Creation", was widely copied in Iran, India and the Ottoman Empire, copies of Muhammad al-Tusi's work of the same name are much rarer. Including the present manuscript, only seven manuscripts of this work are recorded (see Karin Rührdanz, "An Ottoman Illustrated Version of Muhammad... Learn More£200,000.00
Stock Code: 138655
DALZELL, Arthur, 13th earl of Carnwath (ed). Loyal Rulers and Leaders of the East.
London : 1922First and only edition, relatively uncommon, just a dozen copies on OCLC. Handsomely produced tribute to the contributions made by the rulers of South Asia to the war effort. Includes brief sections on Ceylon and Malaya. "The services rendered to civilisation through the ages by Eastern peoples have been incalculable, and not least among these services... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 127568
NOTT, Kathleen. Poems from the North.
Aldington, Kent : 1956First edition, first impression, of the author's second poetry collection, following Landscapes and Departures (1947). Presentation copy from the author to the biologist and historian of science Jacob Bronowski, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To J. Bronowski from Kathleen Nott". Nott herself was a committed humanist and rationalist. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 105748
REED, Lear B. Human Wolves:
Kansas City, MO : 1941First edition, this copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Bill Rogers, sincerely Lear B. Reed". Remarkable memoir by a former FBI agent detailing his years struggling against corrupt politicians and the mob, fighting prostitution, drug trafficking, and political subversion; "Mr. Reed combined in his person the formidable characteristics... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 114049
WELCH, Denton. A Lunch Appointment.
[North Pomfret, Vt.] : First edition, number XIII of twenty copies signed by Edmund White and containing an original signed etching by Pierre Le-Tan, preserved in a folder at the end. "This previously unpublished essay is an account of the author's first meeting with his mentor, Edith Sitwell and captures his minutely observed insights into human behaviour and aesthetics... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 88946
NICHOLS, Robert. Ardours and Endurances
New York : First US edition, first printing, fulsomely inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper with an eight-line poetic quotation from "The Full Heart" (printed p. 65). From the library of Lois Walcott Kellogg (1894-1944), wealthy heiress to the Charles P. Kellogg manufacturing fortune through her mother Emma Lois Kellogg, and daughter of Supreme Court... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 117876
BRITISH SPORTS AND SPORTSMEN. [THRUSTON, E. H.] British Sports and Sportsmen. Commerce and Industry.
London : Limited edition; number 68 of 1,000 copies. A very handsome copy indeed: "Commerce and Industry are to-day, and in all probability for more than a generation to come will be, the principal phases of human activity. To arrive at a full understanding of the magnitude and power of these factors is the best protection for those who do not desire to become... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 86982
[VOLTAIRE.] Le Siecle de Louis XIV.
Berlin : 1751First edition, with a fine Bloomsbury Group provenance, presented by Lytton Strachey to Frances Marshall later Frances Partridge upon marriage, with a notation of the presentation in the latter's hand "Frances Marshall from Lytton 1931" in pencil on the front free endpaper. At the time of the presentation, Frances was the lover of Ralph Partridge,... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 131267
FAULKNER, William. Pylon.
New York : 1935First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author and Phoebe Omlie, who inspired one of the characters in the novel on the front free endpaper, "To a little 'big girl' in the south from Phoebe Omlie signed in her own hand and William Faulkner. Miss Stella Aiken. Oxford, Miss, April 29, 1935". Phoebe Omlie was a female aviation... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 124226
(LENINGRAD.) Miliärgeographische Angaben über das Europäische Rußland. Gebiet Leningrad.
Berlin : 1941First edition, extremely uncommon "invasion" handbook produced by the Nazi General Staff cartographical department. OCLC locates just two apparently complete sets - BL and Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - and two copies of the text volume alone, both in Germany, and a scatter of the maps in German institutions. Issued just three months before the beginning... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 85225
(SCOTT, Walter.) REMY, Nicholas. Daemonolatreiae libri tres,
Lyon : 1595Rare first edition of this seminal work on the worship of demons, Sir Walter Scott's copy, with his ownership inscription on the title page and his library shelf mark on the front free endpaper: "Abbotsford Library O13". Scott's fascination with witchcraft led him to spend years gathering "perhaps the most curious library of diablerie that man ever... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 123052
DUNANT, Jean Henry. Un souvenir de Solferino.
Geneva : 1862First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a blank before the half-title: "Monsieur Albert Dunant de la part de l'auteur", apparently in a secretarial hand. An excellent familial association: Albert Dunant was a state councillor for the canton of Geneva; this copy also carries his attractive etched bookplate and official autograph... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 110889
JOHN OF SALISBURY. Policraticus de nugis curialium et vestigijs philosophorum continens libros octo.
Lyon : 1513Second edition, first published in Brussels c. 1480, of John of Salisbury's Policraticus. Subtitled De nugis curialium et vestigiis philosophorum (Concerning the Frivolities of Courtiers and the Traditions of the Philosophers), it has been called "the first medieval treatise on political thought" (David Knowles in The Encyclopaedia of Philosophy).... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 101888
GEORGE, Henry. Our Land and Land Policy, National and State.
San Francisco : 1871First edition of Henry George's first book, a vigorous remonstrance against indiscriminate land concession to corporate bodies, in which he "outlined the basic idea to which he devoted the rest of his life: that society's 'fundamental mistake is in treating land as private property'. Human labour can create wealth, he argued, only when it is applied... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136978
WITTGENSTEIN, Ludwig. Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.
London : 1922First edition in English, first issue, without the publisher's catalogue found in later issues. This also marked the first edition in book form, following initial publication in German the previous year in the journal Annalen der Naturphilosophie. That publication - under the title Logisch-Philosophische Abhandlung - was plagued with... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 138733
CHEKHOV, Anton Pavlovich. Ostrov Sakhalin. Iz putevykh zametok.
Moscow : 1895First edition in book form of Chekhov's first-hand investigative report on the much-contested north Pacific island. Chekhov visited Sakhalin in 1890, and his account was first serialized in the popular journal Russkaya Mysl (Russian Thought) in 1893-94. This book version includes four additional chapters; Chekhov also revised and corrected the previous... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 132594
MONCADA, Sancho de. Restauracion politica de España, primera parte, de eos publicos Al rey Don Filipe Tercero nuestro señor.
Madrid : 1619Very rare first edition; each discourse with a special title-page and continuous pagination and signatures, except for the seventh (in two parts) and eighth which have separate pagination and signatures. Moncada's importance as a political economist was assured by this work, which was probably presented to Philip III in 1618. In it, Moncada, who was... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 111853
GIRARDOT, Alexandre Antoine. Two albums compiled from an artist's sketchbooks recording nearly 40 years of life in Algeria.
Algeria : 1830-67Alexandre Antoine Girardot (1815-c.1877) has left but few traces of what must have been an unusual and adventurous life. Born in Paris in February 1815, he enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts on 6 October 1836. A student of Blondel, he exhibited regularly at the Salon between 1841 and 1848, submitting views of Algeria and other "oriental" subjects.... Learn More£95,000.00
Stock Code: 110595
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Three typescript articles:
[late 1930s]There has been considerable recent interest in Churchill's essay "Are We Alone in the Universe?" In an article for Nature, astrophysicist Mario Livio describes his visit to the US National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, when "director Timothy Riley thrust a typewritten essay by Churchill into my hands. In the 11-page article, 'Are We Alone in... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 121591
BLACKBURN, Helen. Women's Suffrage:
London : 1902First edition, first impression, of this "invaluable history of the Victorian women's suffrage campaign, its antecedents, organizational development, and personalities" (ODNB); this copy with an interesting line of provenance, having been previously owned by women's rights campaigner Agnes Geraldine, Lady Grove (1863-1926), the suffragette Frances Mary... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 137501
ESQUIROL, Jean-Étienne Dominique. Des maladies mentales considérées sous les rapports médical, hygiénique et médico-légal.
Paris : 1838First edition of "the first modern textbook of psychiatry" (Norman); this copy of especial interest as including, bound into the first volume, a fine original pencil drawing (dated 1836) of a psychiatric patient, ascribed by a later hand to the engraver Ambroise Tardieu, along with a suite of 19 proof engravings. Tardieu appears to have been responsible... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 128843
HAYTER, Charles, Lieut.-Col. & Captain Harvey Kelly. Manual of Packing and Loading Drill;
Bombay & Calcutta : 1883First and only edition. Rare. OCLC locates the BL copy solely, apparently a copy in the National Library of India, together with an otherwise unrecorded edition of 1886; but no copy traced at auction. A remarkable photographically illustrated handbook for transport officers serving in India at the turn of the century. "In issuing a Manual on Transport... Learn More£8,250.00
Stock Code: 115295
RACKHAM, Arthur. Original watercolour for A Midsummer Night's Dream ("-down topples she").
1908An original watercolour by Rackham for the 1908 edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream, signed and dated by the artist at the upper right-hand corner, with his caption outside the margin on the bottom left. The illustration, captioned "-down topples she", depicts a section of Act II, Scene 1, in which Puck recounts a trick he plays on human-folk, disguising... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 130494
VIANA, Francisco Xavier de. Diario del viage explorador de las corbetas españolas "Descubierta" y "Atrevida" en los años de 1789 a 1794.
Cerrito de la Victoria [Montevideo] : 1849First and only edition of one of the rarest Pacific voyages, the great Spanish scientific expedition under the Italian-born Alessandro Malaspina, 1789 to 1794, throughout the Pacific, exploring and mapping much of the west coast of the Americas from Cape Horn to the Gulf of Alaska, then across to the Philippines, with stops in Australia and New Zealand.... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 113859
BOWDEN, B. V. (ed.) Faster Than Thought.
London : 1953First edition, first impression, of "the most widely read early English introduction to electronic computing" (Origins of Cyberspace), a collection of 24 essays by leading experts in the field, including a chapter on computer chess that was one of Alan Turing's final published pieces. The author, Bertram Vivian Bowden (1910-1989) was educated as a physicist... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 118824
MEAD, Margaret. Coming of Age in Samoa.
New York : 1928First edition, first printing, of Mead's first and pioneering book which launched her career as an internationally recognised anthropologist. Based on Mead's immersive field work in American Samoa in 1925, Coming of Age in Samoa is one of the most widely read anthropology books ever published. Its unwavering influence during the following decades... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 118644
(SCHINDLER, Oskar.) GROSSMANN, Kurt R (ed.) Die unbesungenen Helden.
Berlin : 1957First edition, first printing, of the only autobiographical account of Oskar Schindler's wartime work to be published, this copy an extraordinarily poignant association, inscribed to his wife: "Meiner lieben Mily in Erinnerung Ihrer mutigen Zeit. Weihnachten 1957 Frankfurt/Main" ("To my dear Mily in remembrance of her courageous time. Christmas 1957,... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 135953
[VIANA, Francisco Javier de.] Diario del viage explorador de las corbetas españolas "Descubierta" y "Atrevida" en los años de 1789 à 1794.
[Montevideo] : 1849First and only edition of the first published account of "Spain's greatest scientific voyage of exploration to the South Seas in the eighteenth century" (Hill). Rare: 20 copies in libraries world-wide (none in the United Kingdom) but just a handful of copies traced at auction. Lada-Mocarski considered that "Viana's diary is of immense value. It is the... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 111448
(BALLETS RUSSES.) Collection of eight souvenir programmes.
Paris & New York : 1911-1939Attractive and highly desirable collection of uncommon and superbly produced souvenir programmes and commemorative publications offering an excellent panorama of the two decades of the Ballets Russes.
Souvenir programme: Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt Mai-Juin 1911. Grande Saison Russe: Opéras et Ballets. Organisée par "L'Association pour la Propagation... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 118426
BUDÉ, Guillaume. Commentarii linguae Graecae.
[Paris] : 1529First edition of Budé's formative Commentaries on the Greek Language, "a collection of lexicographical, philological, and historical notes, which formed the basis for the study of the Greek language in France. A monument of the new learning, it was several times reprinted, and gave Budé the reputation which is now commemorated in the modern... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 124885
KAHN, Fritz. Der Mensch als Industriepalast.
Stuttgart : The original poster, "Man as Industrial Palace", the most famous illustration from Kahn's modernist magnum opus, Das Leben des Menschen (1922-33). With the variant imprint "aus Kahn", instead of "Beilage zu Kahn" (no priority established) and the additional following line "Offsetdruckerei Fricke & Co. Stuttgart" below.
Kahn, a German gynaecologist,... Learn More£2,850.00
Stock Code: 131934
PICART, Bernard, & Jean Frederic Bernard. Ceremonies et Coutumes Religieuses de tous les Peuples du Monde,
Amsterdam : 1723-39Mixed early editions of one of the great books of the 18th century, a work that "marked a major turning point in European attitudes toward religious belief" (Hunt, Jacob & Mijnhardt, The Book that Changed Europe: Picart & Bernard's Religious Ceremonies of the World, Harvard UP 2010, p. 1). Originally published between 1723 and 1737, the monumental Ceremonies... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 120466
TARAFA, Francisco. De origine, ac rebus gestis Regum Hispaniae liber,
Antwerp : 1553Scarce first edition of a chronicle of the rulers of Spain from Tubal, son of Noah, to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. From the library of the Fugger banking library of Augsburg, in a characteristic binding with later shelf mark on front free endpaper. New World discoveries are referred to on pages 182 and 196 (Columbus); the persecution of Jews in Catalonia... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 87485