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  • The Pagan Trinity – Beatrice Irwin – First Edition 1912 – Presentation Copy to “Cheiro”

    The Pagan Trinity – Beatrice Irwin – First Edition 1912 – Presentation Copy to “Cheiro”

    An unusual book of poetry dedicated to French artist sculptor Auguste Rodin. The opening poem inspired by Rodin…” The Hand of God”

    Presentation copy inscribed boldly “To Count Louis Hamon with best regards from Beatrice Irwin Feb 15 /12” … the recipient was also known as Cheiro, a famous cheiromancer (palmist) and author of sought after works on that subject.

    A first edition published by John Lane, The Bodley Head, London in 1912. Octavo, 144 pages half vellum binding with nice marbled paper covered boards, top edge gilt. A nice copy with the super dedication.

    A volume of mystical verse reflecting the poet / actress’s interest in colour – music – poetry relationships, then very fashionable in Europe, America, and Russia through the works of Alexander Scriabin. Irwin Beatrice also know as Lady Rosslyn a spiritualist and followed of the Baha’i faith. Virginia Woolf described the style as neo-Paganism and of significance. Her theatrical career was extensive and included a season in Australia in 1907 when she played in Brewster’s Millions in Sydney and Melbourne. Her views on colour were sophisticated and well known … she influenced Australian artists in that regard including Roy de Maistre.

    The book is arranged in under the following descriptions … Plastic poems; Colour poems; Tone Poems; The Music of Japan and Songs of the Elements. We like it.

    Cheiro, or Count Hamon was born William John Warner in Ireland in 1866. He became an internationally renown clairvoyant, palmist, numerologist … anything occult. He read for so many of the famous including Mark Twain, Sarah Bernhardt, Eddison etc. To read about some of his predictions will surprise. It is no surprise however that he had a connection with the mystical Beatrice Irwin.

    Mystical poetry by the colourful Beatrice Irwin – Cheiro’s copy nicely inscribed.

    $160.00

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  • The Peculiar Use and Signification of Certain Words in the Latin Tongue: or, a Collection of Observations, wherein the Elegant, and Commonly Unobserv’d Sense of very near Nine Hundred Common Latin Words. William Willymott – 1713

    A scholarly book from the early eighteenth century. One that could give any reader a leg forward in the intellectual stakes.

    Published by R Bonwick printed at the Cambridge University Press in 1713. A second edition. Scarce.

    Octavo, 4, 374 pages bound in original full panelled sheep, spine with raised bands, chips to ends. Some long gone worming to the margin of a few of the last leaves, otherwise a pretty good copy.

    We have no date of birth but William Willymott die in 1737. He was born at Royston, Cambridgeshire and educated at Eton and then Kings College, Cambridge were he graduated B.A,; M.A. and L.L.D. by 1707. He was made a Fellow. He became an usher at Eton and then found Isleworth Private School .. he was suspected as having an attachment to the Pretender which hampered his career. He considered law but changed his mind and took orders … the rectory Milton near Cambridge. He died at the Swann Inn at Bedford … not a bad pub.

    Overcome your Latin deficiencies with Willymott – 1713

    $240.00

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  • Islands in the Stream – Ernest Hemingway  – First Edition 1970

    Islands in the Stream – Ernest Hemingway – First Edition 1970

    This is the first UK edition published by Collins, London in 1970.

    Large octavo, 398 pages with end paper maps. Very good if not better condition.

    A major novel left among Hemingway’s writings at the time of death. Mary Hemingway said “The book is all Ernest’s. We have added nothing to it” … we believe her …

    Hemingway’s Last Novel and a good one!

    $60.00

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  • Ernest Hemingway – A Comprehensive Bibliography – Compiled and described by Audre Hanneman.

    Ernest Hemingway – A Comprehensive Bibliography – Compiled and described by Audre Hanneman.

    The definitive work published by Princeton University Press in 1967. Significant involvement from Scribner’s as one would expect.

    Large octavo, 568 pages. Complete dust jacket with a couple of small spots, very clean inside a very good copy of a book more often found ex public library.

    Following a Forward by Charles Scribner Jnr an a useful Preface by the compiler we have Part I … which comprises a Chronological List of Hemingway’s books then the main game .. Books and Pamphlets (American and English [mainly Cape] Editions). Here we have the full description of each work and progressive edition.

    Following that … Contributions and First Appearances in Books and Pamphlets; Contributions to Newspapers and Periodicals; Translations; Anthologies and Library Holding (Letters, Ephemera etc)

    Part Ii provided information on books and articles about Hemingway an Part III, really and appendix of references to previous notes.

    This is certainly the “go to” reference … it is before Islands in the Stream and we can see one or two omissions and small errors. But don’t be put off.

    Ernest Hemingway – the reference for collectors an admirers.

    $70.00

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  • The Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley  … including Materials Never Before Printed in any Edition of the Poems.  Edited with textual notes by Thomas Hutchinson. 1912

    The Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley … including Materials Never Before Printed in any Edition of the Poems. Edited with textual notes by Thomas Hutchinson. 1912

    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) a romantic Poet and considered by most authorities England’s greatest ever lyric poet. This is possibly the best book on Shelley’s extensive works … we think so.

    Thick octavo, 912 pages published by Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press, London in 1912.

    Delightful impressed frontispiece image of Shelley by Sir Emery Walker (1851-1933). Walker was a friend of William Morris and it was Walker’s collection of medieval type that inspired Morris to form the Kelmscott Press. Walker later formed his own distinguished Doves Press.

    Impressively bound in full green calf, five raised bands to spine with full rich gilt ornament to compartments, red leather title label. Gilt design around front and back boards, gilt knurling to board edges Quality matching marbled end papers with design continuing to page edges. Gilt “Saltburn High School” emblem to front and prize label on front paste down. Carries the binder / retailer label of James Galt of Manchester. Ayrshire born Galt founded the Manchester educational supplier in 1836.

    The book starts with an excellent Preface by Hutchinson outlining his approach, sources, thoroughness etc. Followed by the Preface by Mary Shelley to each of her own much earlier editions of the great man’s work, including the Posthumous Poems.

    A special book of Shelley’s works … would make a super gift …

    $160.00

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  • Poems to Pavlova – Tulloch Cull – First Edition 1913

    Poems to Pavlova – Tulloch Cull – First Edition 1913

    A first edition of this poetic homage to the great ballerina Anna Pavlova.

    Published by Herbert Jenkins, London in 1913. Square octavo, 62 pages after preliminaries with 8 plates from period photographs. Original decorative green cloth covered boards, all in very good condition.

    Russian born Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) hardly requires introduction. Principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes … forever to be remembered as the dying swan.

    Her name was pronounced Pa … vlova unfortunately the pudding designed in her honour Pav … lova has corrupted our understanding. Invented (the pudding) during her tour of Australia in the 1920’s … disputed by Kiwis across the Ditch who believe it was first made in Wellington.

    Anna Pavlova … much more than a meringue with fruit!

    $60.00

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