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  • Epitolae Medicanales Variis Occasionibus Conscriptae – Ricardo Carr – 1691

    Epitolae Medicanales Variis Occasionibus Conscriptae – Ricardo Carr – 1691

    A first edition of this scarce 17th Century collection of medical instruction by Richard Carr MD published by Anson Stafford, London in 1691.

    Small octavo, 12, 200,6 pages, bound in full period leather, some wear, cracked hinges holding well, very clean inside, a very good copy of a rare medical work.

    Richard Carr was born in Lincolnshire, educated at Louth Grammar School and then Magdalene College, Cambridge. He entered Cambridge, shortly after Newton, as a sizar in 1667, graduated BA in 1670 and MA in 1674. He then became Master of the Saffron Walden Grammar. In 1683 he went to Leyden to study Physic and then back to Cambridge for his MD in 1686. He was created a Fellow of the College of Physicians by James II Charter, admitted in 1687.

    {Note a “sizar” was a special arrangement at Cambridge whereby food lodgings etc could be obtained for free by the sizar completing some lowly task such as serving food to others etc … Newton was also a form of sizar called a subsizer]

    This book is his main recognised work; it is dedicated to the College of Physicians.

    The book contains eighteen “epistles” written in a readable popular style as if addressed to patients rather than physicians. They are in Latin. The first epistle deals with the use of sneezing powders, the second smoking tobacco and numerous others relate to dietetics including a strong suggestion that it is most healthy to get blind drunk once a month. The virtues of the Tonbridge and Bath waters are discussed as well as the remedial effects of a trip to Montpellier for phthisis. He reflects on the “struma” and notes that King Charles II touched over ninety two thousand people between 1660 and 1682 and respectfully doubts they all got well. His third epistle deals with the coffee-houses … not a modern phenomena … referring to coffee, thee, twist (a mixture of both), salvia and chocolate.

    Wise Medical Advice from Cambridge Physician Richard Carr – 1691


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  • An Essay on the Ancient and Modern Use of Armories; Shewing Their Origin, Definition, and Division of them into their several Species. The Method of Composing them, and Marshalling many Coats together in one Shield. Alexander Nisbet – First Edition 1718

    Title continues … Illustrated by many Examples and Sculptures of the Armorial Ensigns of Noble Families in this and other Nations … To which is added, An Index explaining the Terms of Blazon made use of in this Essay.

    First Edition and scarce. Printed by William Adams Jnr for James MackEuen (to be sold at his shop), Edinburgh 1718.

    Small quarto, 224 pages preceded by introductions and subscribers list an followed by seven folding plates of multiple images of arms, and the aforementioned Index of Terms. Contains a detailed account of the reigns of British Royalty and the origins of their arms. Bound in original full panelled calf, light browning and signs of old worming in some margins.

    Scottish historian Alexander Nisbet’s works on heraldry are considered the best on the subject.

    Nisbet the Authority and an early First Edition of his “Essay on Heraldry”



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  • Unexplored New Guinea Wilfred Beaver – First Edition 1920

    Unexplored New Guinea Wilfred Beaver – First Edition 1920

    A scarce first edition… a record of the travels, adventures and experiences of a resident magistrate amongst the headhunting savages and cannibals of the unexplored interior of New Guinea.

    Beaver was twenty-seven years resident magistrate in the Western District.

    Published by Seeley, Service & Co, London in 1920. Thick octavo, 320 pages. Nicely illustrated with 34 photographs taken by the author and 4 maps. With a focus on the extreme West – the Fly River, Kiwai Island, The Girara Tribes, The Bamu, Gama and Turama. Much on religious beliefs and practices. A very good copy.

    Another rare PNG book at Voyager – Beaver up the Fly


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  • Among Papuan Headhunters – E Baxter Riley – First Edition 1925

    Among Papuan Headhunters – E Baxter Riley – First Edition 1925

    A very good copy of Riley’s Papuan classic about the people of the Fly River.

    The long subtitle says it all – “An account of the manners and customs of the old Fly River head-hunters, with a description of the secrets of the initiation ceremonies divulged by those who have passed through all the different orders of the craft, by one who has spent many years in their midst.”

    Published by Seeley, Service & Co, London. Thick octavo, 316 pages. Extremely well written in depth with very good photographic images … the head being treated perhaps the most confronting. 50 illustrations and 2 maps one folding. A hint of an old embossed stamp on title, the odd superfluous mark, otherwise a really nice copy.

    Edward Baxter Riley (1868-1929) was put in charge of the Fly River Mission on the island of Daru in 1901. This followed the death of the great James Chalmers who was killed and devoured in the region. Riley, originally a pharmacist became an expert in Papuan languages, particularly Kiwai and, has since been highly regarded for the work put into this classic anthropological account.

    Scarce essential Fly River extensive work


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  • The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido for the Suppression of Piracy with Extracts from the Journal of James Brooke, Esq of Sarawak – 2 Volumes 1847

    The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido for the Suppression of Piracy with Extracts from the Journal of James Brooke, Esq of Sarawak – 2 Volumes 1847

    A third edition (which includes the extra chapter) set of this Borneo classic published by Chapman and Hall, London in 1847 the year after the first.

    It is the second half of the title that explains the importance of these volumes. Brooke had suggested the first part as the principal title maybe to underplay his hand.

    James Brooke (1803-1868) was an extraordinary individual born into a colonial family and generally describe as soldier and adventurer. He was given the Raj of Sarawak in Borneo, by the Sultan of Brunei, as a reward for quelling an uprising and driving pirates from the region. He ruled with an iron fist from 1842-1868. There is much more to his story than can be written here … he knew Alfred Russell Wallace and influenced his decision to conduct extensive natural history researches in the region culminating in the evolutionary evidence named the Wallace Line.

    James Brooke is behind the character in Joseph Conrad’s “Lord Jim” an the “White Rajah” of Nicholas Monsarrat. Charles Kingsley depicted “Westward Ho” to the man and Errol Flynn planned to star as Brooke in a film written by himself although it was never made.

    The author of this work, Captain Henry Keppel had sailed the Dido to Borneo in 1843. His crew became heavily involved in resisting attacks by Lanoon pirates.

    Two octavo, volumes, 429 and 315 pages. Bound in original blue/green ribbed cloth, neatly and firmly re-backed with most of the original spine re-laid. Nicely illustrated with 11 plates, 6 maps and a chart.

    This third edition has an additional chapter comprising recent intelligence by Walter K. Kelly

    The Dido in and Around Borneo and the Journals of Adventure and first Sultan of Sarawak – James Brooke.


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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 …


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