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  • From The Earth to The Moon – Direct in 97 Hours 20 Minutes – Jules Verne

    From The Earth to The Moon – Direct in 97 Hours 20 Minutes – Jules Verne

    An early English translation published by Sampson Low, Marston et al, London in 1886.

    Translated from the French by Louis Mercier and Eleanor King. Described as the “Author’s Illustrated Edition”.

    Octavo, 160 pages plus 32 pages Publisher’s Catalogue. Seven full page illustrations. Original red cloth covered binding with black embossed decoration. Gilt title to front and nice decorative embossed image with gilt moon and red “spaceship”. All page edges gilt, very good condition with unusually clean and bright covers.

    Post American Civil War the Baltimore Gun Club had time on their hands. They decided to design and build an enormous gun (a Columbaid) to land three men (the President, his rival and a French Poet) on the Moon. A hugely influential book. Interesting that the section dealing with the calculations has some scientific merit … we like it.

    Early Jules Verne – nicely presented

    $160.00

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  • La Vita Nuova (The New Life) – Dante – Translated by Dante Gabriel Rosetti – Special Print & Binding c1916

    La Vita Nuova (The New Life) – Dante – Translated by Dante Gabriel Rosetti – Special Print & Binding c1916

    In the early part of the 20thC, George Harrap of London and Brentanos of New York republished Rossetti’s translation of La Vita Nuova. It was produced to several standards circa 1916 and this example we believe is the finest in terms of extravagance of printing and binding.

    La Vita Nuova was written by Dante Alighieri in a ten-year period to 1293 and published in 1295. The general theme is courtly love, embodied in the relationship between Dante and Beatrice. The work is a prosimetrum or collection of liked prose and poetry. It was originally published in the Tuscan vernacular and not Latin, a move that did much to establish the Italian language. The work has been often quoted and is suspected to be “the book of poems” referenced in Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up in Blue”.

    It was first translated into English by Garrow in 1848. Two years later Rossetti published his translation and added Dante to his name so much was his admiration for the great man.

    The book is small quarto (25cm by 20cm) 166 pages, bound in deeply tooled full leather with brass protectors to each corner. Top edge gilt Decorated end papers. Richly decorated by Evelyn Paul with gilt highlights. Contains added music by Alfred Mercer. Carries the bookplate of J.N. Vander Ley. Some spotting to the uncut page edges, otherwise a very good copy.

    Dante on Love by Rossetti – Beautiful Book

    $290.00

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  • Victory – Conrad

    Victory – Conrad

    Early highly acclaimed novel by Conrad. A physiological drama with love, betrayal, death and more in the East Indies. Some say based on the Tempest. Much adapted for film and theatre. A must for coal miners everywhere!

    This is the pre WWII Modern Library edition … probably our favourite of all time … just beautiful in the hand and to read.

    Fast moving dramatic … and the special narrative that is Conrad.

    $60.00

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  • The Jason Voyage  – the Quest for the Golden Fleece – Tim Severin

    The Jason Voyage – the Quest for the Golden Fleece – Tim Severin

    Published by Guild Publishing, London 1985. Octavo, 263 pages well illustrated and with charts etc. A very good near fine copy.

    13th century BC and Jason sets sail in his galley to find the Golden Fleece. Legend or fact? From Greece across the Aegean through the Dardanelles and Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus and up along the Black Sea all the way to Colchis were Jason found the “fleece”’ and his bride Medea.

    Tim Severin had already tested the legend of St Brendan who sailed a leather boat from Ireland to America. And repeated the voyages of Sinbad. For Jason he built a twenty-oar galley and repeated the 1,500 mile voyage … a few volunteer oarsmen were required! Superb mytho-archaeology [our word]

    Tim Severin put it all into Jason and proved the possibility

    $25.00

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  • Il Pentamerone; or, The Tale of Tales – Basile – Translated Sir Richard Burton KCMG – First and Limited Edition – 1893

    Il Pentamerone; or, The Tale of Tales – Basile – Translated Sir Richard Burton KCMG – First and Limited Edition – 1893

    Being a Translation by the Late Sir Richard Burton, K.C.M.G., of Il Pentamerone;OveroLo Cuntode Li Cunte, Trattenemiento de Li Peccerille, of Giovanni Battista Basile, Count of Torne (Gian Alessio Abbattutis).

    First edition in two volumes published by Henry and Co, London 1893. Published posthumously by his devoted wife Lady Burton.

    A limited edition of 1,500 copies. Two volumes, octavo, 282 pages, [283]-562 pages. Original dark blue (near black) buckram cloth, gilt lettered. Minor rubbing to spine ends. Overall a very good clean set of a sought after Burton work.

    The stories in the Pentamerone were collected by Basile and published posthumously by his sister Adriana in Naples in 1634 and 1636 under the pseudonym Abbatutis. The stories were later adapted by a number of authors including the Brothers Grimm who acknowledged the use of stories in the Pentamerone in Cinderella, Rapunzel, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretel.

    Basile recorded the stories in Neapolitan and is regarded as the first writer to record the Neapolitan intonations. The style is heavily Baroque with many metaphorical expressions.

    The term Pentameone comes from the Greek “pente” or five and “hemera” day. The work is set within a “frame story” with fifty separate tales being told over the course of five days … referencing Baccaccio’s Decameron of 1353 which has a ten day structure.

    Beautiful stories translated by the genius that was Sir Richard Burton. Limited first edition.

    $240.00

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  • The Bronte Sisters Complete Works – Complete In Twelve Volumes – Finely Bound by Dent London -1893

    The Bronte Sisters Complete Works – Complete In Twelve Volumes – Finely Bound by Dent London -1893

    Published by J. M. Dent of London, 1893 a first in this form. The complete works of the three Bronte Sisters … Charlotte, Emily and Anne.

    Beautifully bound in three quarter leather with floral papered boards, raised bands and six compartments to the spine with bright gilt detail and titles. Top edge nicely gilt. A little scuffing to the rear board on one volume and the odd inoffensive mark. Internally bright and clean no marks or foxing. A very good if not better set.

    Nicely illustrated with three images in each volume engraved by B.S. Greig.

    Comprising Jane Eyre (2 volumes); Wuthering Heights including Agnes Grey (2 volumes);Tenant of Wildfell Hall (2 volumes); Villete (2 volumes); Shirley (2 Volumes) The Professor (1 volume) and Poems (1 volume)

    The sisters hardly require introduction, surely the greatest ever literary family. They lived in Haworth in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Charlotte (1816-1855) was the first to be successful with Jane Eyre; then Emily (1818-1848) with Wuthering Heights both using male nom de plume as was then fashionable. Younger sister Anne (1820-1849) took longer to be recognised before The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was seen for the literary treasure that it is.

    Bronte Sisters Complete 1893 Edition in Fine Bindings. 125 years old.

    $890.00

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