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Alister Mathews, 12, Eaton Road, Branksome Park, Poole (Dorset). 3 [[left column]] HISTORY, FOOD, TRAVEL. 33. Relief of Khartoum: A fascinating group of £18 autograph letters written to Sir Charles Wilson who was chief intelligence officer to this ill-fated expedition. The first letter is from Colonel Stewart, who later joined Gordon and was killed trying to join up with the relieving force. It is dated 17 Jan 1884: "Enclosed a Memo I have written on the Soodan ... Our Ministers appear to stand shivering on the brink afraid to take the responsibility of ordering the retreat of the garrison for fear they should be polished off on the homeward march." Next Field-Marshal Wolseley writes on 25 Aug '84, discussing the possibility of Wilson joining the expedition: "... it would not do I suppose to employ you unless you were prepared to carry out any policy the Govt. might decide upon ... I presume there would be no restriction put upon the advice ... you might feel it necessary to give the G.O.C. for the consideration of the Cabinet." On 30 Jan '85 (four days after the fall of Khartoum) the Duke of Cambridge as C-in-C congratulates Wilson on "the brilliant success of the column" of which Sir Charles had taken command after his superior had been wounded. Lastly there is a letter dated 24 July '85 from the Viceroy of India, Lord Dufferin, commiserating on the treatment Wilson had received at the hands of "that blackguard newspaper reporter ... Nobody for a moment believes that you ... could have done any more than you did ... you were sent ... merely to communicate with Gordon, and there was no question of your rescuing him. Had he been alive ... he certainly would not have consented to have gone back with you." Dufferin goes on the write about the Amir, who has been behaving pretty well but "Russia has been contriving a plan for dethroning him and substituting a man of their own ..." In all, 16 pp., 8vo. 34. The Good Old Times , the romance of humble £3 life in England, by F.W. Hackwood. Unwin 1910. 8vo, orig. cloth, t.e.g., uncut. Names on fly-leaf & title-page, but a clean copy. 416 pp., numerous reproductions. Thralls, villeins, serfs, mendicants, vagrants, outlaws, lepers, peasant's revolt, enclosure of common lands, after the dissolution, after the reformation, spitals, bedlams, almshouses, gipsies, itinerant traders , literature of the begging cult, whipping of vagrants, first general poor law, workhouse, bumbledom, allowances, apprentices, foundlings, poor prisoners, negro slaves in England, rustics, tramps, slums etc. 35. Good Food. "La Gastronomie," numéro spécial £4 du Crapouillot, julliet 1932." Mine is number 52 of the 80 numbered copies (on specially good paper), 4to, orig. wrappers, coloured reproduction on cover, 72 pp., including numerous reproductions. 36. Good Wine. Companion-publication to the above, £3 "Le vins de France," August 1931. Mine is number 160 of the 200 copies of special paper. Coloured reproduction on cover + large folding colourplate + numerous reproductions. 80pp. 37. A Butler's Recipe Book 1719. Edited by £2 10s P. James, with wood-engravings by Reynolds Stone & an introduction by A. Heath. Cambridge U.P. 1935. 12mo, orig. pink bds., blue cloth spine 38. Horseless Carriage, the motor-car in England, £2 by L. T. C. Rolt. Constable (1950). 1st edn., 8vo, orig. cl., numerous illus. 39. (Image-Dressing) An entertainment for Lady- £3 Dayes, Eikonokosmesis, or dressing of images. Kensington, Cayme Press 1925. Sm. 4to, orig. boards & d/w. 1 of 650 copies. A most curious work on the dressing of images of the Blessed Virgin. See item 56. 40. Six Great Teachers of morality (Buddha, £3 5s Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Confucius & Socrates) a source-book of readings to promote spiritual unity, by L. Faucett, ed. by Maki & Watanabe. Tokyo, Shinozaki Shorin 1958. 8vo, orig. cloth, boxed, new copy. The illustrations include many reproductions of western old master drawings. 551 pp. 41. Afghanistan-China "etc." D. Shipton, £2 15s "The Antique Land." Brun (1950), 8vo, full red morocco gilt, t.e.g., one of 150 numbered copies. Map end-papers. Describes the wild & interesting country between Kashgar & Urumchi. Numerous illustrations 42. Castile and Andalucia, by Lady Louisa Tenison £5 Bentley 1853. Large 8vo, orig. red cloth gilt, rebacked (height of page 282 mm.) Twenty-four superb lithographs (one folding) of views, + text woodcuts. Illustration & text in the freshest possible state. Some of the lithographs were printed in pale colors. All are decorative 43. Dahcotah: or life & legends of the Sioux around £12 Fort Snelling by Mrs. Mary Eastman. New York, J. Wiley 1849. 8vo, orig. green cloth, Indian gilt on cover, lacks backstrip, front hinge cracked, clean within. SABIN 21685. Four tinted lithographs by Eastman, lithographed by Ackermann of New York. A few small text-illustrations From Herbert S. Auerbach collection. BIRDS & FLOWERS, ETC. 44. The Flower Book, reproduction (in exact £35 colours) of 38 watercolour designs by E. Burne-Jones. H. Piazza for hte Fine Art Society, London 1905. Folio, full brown crushed morocco, richly gilt & with green floral inlays, g.e. One of 300 numbered copies. The 38 colour-reproductions are not of actual flowers, but of persons suggests b the names of old-fashioned flowers such as adder's tongue, golden cup, wall tryst, marvel of the world, Helen's tears etc. Each is circular, 6 1/2 inches in diameter (165 mm.). Bookplate of Lord Battersea (engraved by C.W. Sherborn 1893). the lovely book is preserved within its fleece-lined cloth case. 45. Flowers & their kindred thoughts, by Bacon & £4 10s Owen Jones. Large 8vo, orig. pale leather with ivy pattern blind-stamped. (1848), See Lewis, "The story of picture printing," pages 146-147. This is the first book of its kind, the colourplates in chromolithography. This is a special copy, with beautiful calligraphic dedication to Henrietta Brown from C. H. & M. F. Bateman (C. I. Bateman drew the plates on stone). The bold colourplates are more decorative. Spine & hinges repaired, the leaves are not loose. See R. McLean, "Victorian Book Design," page 67. [[right column]] 46. Butterflies in their floral hones, with butterfly £5 10s fables, indited by a dreamer in the woods. Paul Jerrard (c. 1850) Large 8vo, imitation tortoise-shell binding, the front cover gilt, g.e., the leaves loose. Text printed in red & gold. TEN SUPERB COLOURPLATES of butterflies & flowers (incl. the presentation plate). 47. A Ninth Century Poet. Hortulus of the little £2 garden, a 9th cent. poem by Walafrid Strabo (for the 1st time done into English verse, from Latin, by Stanton Lambert). Thin 4to, orig. bds., cloth spine, 2 corners rubbed; Printed at Stanton Press 1923 (1 of 132 copies): finely printed in red & black, on handmade paper, small woodcuts. Strabo became abbot of Reichenau in Swabia (died A.D. 849) 48. Brook's family herbal . . . Brit. & foreign plants £2 useful to man either as food, medicine or in the arts & manufactures . . . incl. family dispensatory . . . forms of compounding medicines. (Circa 1885). 382 pp., many small colourplates. Sm. 8vo, orig. green cloth cilt. 49. Farmer's Almanack for 1867, publ. by J. £2 10s Thorley (of cattle-food fame), sm. 8vo, orig. colored wrappers: at the head of each month's calendar is a particularly pretty rustic scene with suitable farming activity, printed in colours. Orig. colourprinted wrappers. 92 pages, a fine copy of this exceedingly rare ephemeral farming item, (published at 6d). 50. Cactus Culture for amateurs, by W. Watson. £2 10s Upcott Gill 1889. 8vo, orig. green cloth, 246 pp., 90 illus. Names & addresses of 12 dealers in cactus in Europe & U.S.A. A rare early work. 51. Here's Flowers, an anthology of flower poems; £3 15s complied by J. Rutter with an introduction by Walter De La Mare & wood-engravings by J. O'Connor. Golden Cockerel Press 1937. 8vo, blue morocco spine, marbled boards, one of 200 copies on hand-made paper. Pertelote 124 ("one of the happiest & gayest of our smaller books"). It is possible the only G.C. book with the publisher's name mis-spelled in the colophon: it is certainly on the finest of anthologies. 52. Thyme & Bergamot by C. Sandeman: £2 10s printed on handpress on hand-made paper by the Dropmore Press. 1947. 4to, blue buckram gilt, d/w, new. 1 of 550 copies. A rhapsody by one whose passion in life is travelling (especially in the Andes) in search of rare plants. 53. A Book of Roses, 16 colourplates after Redouté's 30s origionals, text by J. Ramsbottom. King Penguin (1939), orig. boards, very rare after nearly 1/4 of a century. 54. Birds, the charm of: by Viscount Grey of Fallodon. £5 H. & Stoughton (n.d.). Large 8vo, orig. white buckram gilt. 1 of 250 copies, signed by the author, with splendid though small wood-engravings by ROBERT GIBBINGS. 55. Beautiful Birds described, ed. from the MS. of £6 J. Cotton, by R. Tyas. Houlston & Write 1868. THREE volumes sm. 8vo, orig. green cloth gilt, g.e., very fine. THIRTY-SIX brilliant colourplates (heightened with gum.) This is a superbly fresh copy. A FEW EARLIER ITEMS. 56. Atlas Marianus, sive De Imginibus Deiparae, £24 per orbem christianum miraculosis auctore Guilielmo GUMPPENBERG. Munich, L. Straub 1657. Thick 12mo, modern crimson morocco, origional gilding on the edges of the leaves. Third edition of a scarce little book on the dressed images of the Virgin all over Europe including Poland & Lithuania. There are numerous full-page engravings: pages 11-14 & 99/100 slightly defective, with loss of a few words. Over 400 pp., divided into two books. 5 original blank leaves (one at beginning.) See item 39. 57. Caeremoniale episcoporum iussu Clementis £21 VIII . . . reformatum omnibus eclesiis . . . perutile ac necessarium . . . Paris 1633. Folio, old sheepskin gilt, rebacked, new end-leaves, g.e. Superb engraved title-page by M. can Lochom, numerous half-page engravings, engraved floral initials 50mm. square. Text is large-type, double columns, printed in red & black. 366 pp. At end is the musical "de tono confessionis recitandae per diaconum post sermonem." 58. Cartari. Les images de dieux contenant leurs £7 10s pourtraits, coustumes & cérémonies de la religion de payens, trad. par A. du Verdier. Lyon, Paul Frellon 1610. Thick 8vo, orig. limp parchment. Finely engraved title page by L. Gaultier, slightly shaved, backed. Numerous full-page woodcuts, one leaf of text lacks 2 words, a clear stain on many leaves but a sound copy. 59. Engraved Book. La Sainte Messe . . . actions £24 du prêtre, les mistères de la passion . . . avec les oraisons. Paris, Pierre Landry c. 1680. Sm. 8vo, orig. crushed morocco, small fleur-de-lis in each corner & 24 smaller ones on plain spine (raised bands): edges of the leaves are gilt. 35 plates with engraved text on the facing page. Remarkably-fine coloured Dutch end-papers. 60. Early Newspaper. "The Patrician," Numbers 1 £4 to the 23 incl., 11 Oct. 1845 to 14 Mar. 1846. London. Folio. Bound in boards, calf spine (spine worn, but sound). Nice clean copies of this interesting general paper. 368 pages. Numerous advertisements; law, church, army, arts & literature, English & foreign news, shipping, overland mail from India, etc. Richard Almack's ink signature inside front cover. 61. Ordinum Religosorum in ecclesia militanti £10 catalogus (Catalogo degli ordini religiosi della chiesa militante . . . parte terza. . . dal Filippo Bonanni). Rome, G. Placho, 1710. 4to, orig. parchment boards. Text in adjoining columns in Latin & Italian. 75 fine full-page engravings of male & female religious orders incl. the English & Irish colleges. This 3rd part is complete in itself. Colas number 370. 62. (A Very Rare Novel) "The Widow of the £10 Wood" (by Benjamin Victor, theatrical manager & writer, who died in 1778). London, C. Corbett, 1755. First Edn. Sm. 8vo, orig. sprinkled calf, contemp. MS. label on spine, complete with half-title: at the end is the publisher's advertisement for the state-lottery, for which he sold tickers (last line of the advertisement cut by binder). This is an important Staffordshire item. The story is founded upon fact: the heroine was born Ann Northey: she first married John Whitby of Great Honeywood, Staffs: her second husband The Supplement starts at item 348.
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