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  • The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex – Charles Darwin – 1890

    The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex – Charles Darwin – 1890

    A very good second revised and augmented edition, published by John Murray, 50 Albermarle Street, London, 1890.

    The desired original “Murray”’ green cloth binding as issued with blind stamped borders and gilt titles and banding to spine. Octavo, 693 pages with 78 illustrations. Very clean binding, tight and whilst a little age to page edges a very good copy of desirable edition.

    Darwin’s classic work on comparative anatomy. By comparing the physiological and psychological aspects of man and ape, he fills in what had been merely suggested in the Origin: that man’s ancestor, if still alive today, would be classified among the primates and on a lower scale than the apes.

    The last chapter is an added essay on sexual selection, the superior chances of mating that some individuals of one sex have over their rivals. The essay ends with the famous and often misquoted statement, “Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.”

    It was in this book (page 2) that Darwin used the word “evolution” for the first time.

    The Descent of Man Companion to The Origin of Species….

    $490.00

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  • Gold Mining in Queensland – Four Hand Coloured Magic Lantern Slides – 1890’s

    Gold Mining in Queensland – Four Hand Coloured Magic Lantern Slides – 1890’s

    Four rare original magic lantern slide issued by George Washington Wilson (G.W.W.) in the late 1890’s. Hand coloured to a high standard.

    Original 3.5 inch square, standard size, lantern slide. Original label from G.W.W.. Fine quality image – no damage except the odd ageing to the securing tape, easily replaced.

    G.W.W. sent their top photographer, Fred Hardie, to Australia in the 1890’s to take images for their business in magic lantern slides. Hardie travelled from South Australia to Cairns, Queensland mainly by train but occasionally by horse and trap. Very active at the time. G.W.W. went out of business just before WWI, through competition and a waning in interest in the product. The slides produced are quite scarce, and rarely seen coloured. The bulk of the G.W.W. catalogue eventually ended up at Aberdeen University.

    The slides comprise:

    Alluvial Gold Diggings – Cradle at Work – Aberdeen Reference 30591; Alluvial Gold Digging Queensland – Good Prospect – Reference 30592; Sinking in a Payable Reef – Reference 30593 and Gold Digging – The Whim – Reference 30595. Note we have an uncoloured slide of 30594 The Whip which is being sold separately.

    Rare Hand Coloured Images of Queensland Gold Mining Activity.

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $390.00

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  • Petronius – The Satyricon – Private Press – Norman Lindsay Illustrated – 1910

    A Revised Latin Text of the Satyricon with the Earliest English Translation (1694) Now First Reprinted with an Introduction together with One Hundred Illustrations by Norman Lindsay

    Published privately by Ralph Straus, London 1910. Folio, (33cm by 26cm), 303 pages, 100 leaves of plates.

    First English translation side by side with the Latin on alternating pages. The Satyricon, Satyricon liber (The Book of Satylike Adventures) a work of fiction by Gaius Petronius. It is and example of Menippean satire.

    Gaius Petronius Arbiter (27AD-66AD) was born in Marseille. He became a Roman Courtier in the reign of Nero. He is well mentioned by Tacitus, Plutarch and Pliny the Elder who regarded him as a “judge of elegance”. Petronius became a member of the Senatorial Class who devoted their lives to pleasure … he was essentially a fashion advisor to Nero. Sleeping by day he devoted night time to amusement … he had a reputation of being very good at it!

    In the Satyricon, Petronius uses a new style of writing in that each of the characters are well and openly described. Previously, such literature focused mainly on the plot. There is no holding back in terms of moral issues, and it is thought that the main character Trimalchio (who is on the naughty side) is a cameo of Nero.

    Petronius fell out of favour and committed suicide in a rather strange manner.

    Goings on in the Days of Nero – with numerous Norman Lindsay Illustrations.

    $390.00

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  • A Treatise on Land-Surveying – Thomas Dix of Oundle – 1799

    A Treatise on Land-Surveying – Thomas Dix of Oundle – 1799

    Printed by Baldwin, New Bridge Street, London and sold by Seeley at Ave-Maria-lane and Seeley Buckingham and the Author at Oundle.

    Octavo, 182 pages illustrated with 180 diagrams and nine of ten copper plates, five of which are large and folding. There are ten plates noted in the last but the last was a separately stitched facsimile field book which is invariably missing.

    The author Thomas Dix was a teacher at the Northampton School of Oundle. Dix dedicates the work the Worshipful Company of Grocers and so he should. The school was formed in 1556 when Sir William Laxton, Lord Mayor of London and Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers endowed a “Free Grammar School”. Under the terms of his will, the Grocers have been supporting the school ever since. Of the 108 livery companies in London they are number two … established in 1515 and originally known as the Guild of Pepperers who go back to 1100.

    The advertisements to the book suggest this is a second edition … more complete. The author does not pretend to any new Discovery; his aim is the deficiency of a Book … to instruct Boys in the first rudiments of Land-surveying by the Chain and Cross only.

    Bound in full leather, gold lines to spine but no sign of ever having a title label. Gilt knurling to board edges, joints split but holding quite well. Internally very clean and the fold out engravings are in pretty good condition. Everything a young chap need to survey the family estate.

    The book went through a number of later editions well into the 1820’s. This is the earliest copy we have found.

    Methodical training in Surveying 1799 – Nice plates.

    $190.00

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  • Lawrence of Arabia – The Journal of the T.E. Lawrence Society – Long Unbroken Run of 46 Issues – Bound and in Fine Condition.

    Lawrence of Arabia – The Journal of the T.E. Lawrence Society – Long Unbroken Run of 46 Issues – Bound and in Fine Condition.

    Published at Oxford by the Society a continuous run from 1991 to 2014.

    Octavo, 46 issues (Over 4,000 pages) plus the index volume. Bound in eight volumes, blue cloth covered boards. Volume 1, Number 1 Spring 1991 to Volume XXIII, Number 2 2013/14. Retaining the original card covers on every issue. Not a mark on them, fine condition. A heavy set which may require an Overseas postage supplement

    We will be adding a listing of the journal contents. This is the first bound volume only ..

    Vol 1/1
    1. A.W. Lawrence 1990-1901 (T.E. younger brother had just died)
    2. Eleven Hundred Miles on the Lawrence Trail
    3. Lawrence as an Archaeologist
    4. T.E. Lawrence and the Bodleian
    5. Mecca’s Revolt against the Turk
    6. Interview with Colonel Lawrence
    7. An Appeal from Damascus: the Mohammed Abdulla Bassam Affair
    8. Notes on the Introduction to the Royal Air Force of High-Speed Craft
    9. A Lawrence Diary, “Oriental Assembly”
    10. An Introduction to the BBC 1962 Documentary: T.E. Lawrence 1888-1935
    11. Documentary Proof of Wishful Thinking
    Vol 1/2
    11. Off and On The Tracks to Atwi
    12. T.E. Lawrence and Frederick Manning
    13. Lawrence and his Brough Superiors
    Vol2/1
    14. Arabian Nights and Days: Part I
    15. Ramping
    16. T.E. Lawrence and Rupert de la Bere
    17. T.E. Shaw and the British Power Boat Company
    18. Tale of an “Arabian Knight”: The T.E. Lawrence Effigy
    Vol 2/2
    19. More Travels on the Lawrence Trail
    20. Arabian Nights and Days: Part II
    21. The Mint Illustrated
    22. Amendments to the Authorised Biography
    23. T.E. Lawrence Materials at Oxford.
    Vol 3/1
    24. Seven Essays
    25. Summary of the Hejaz Revolt
    26. T.E. Lawrence at Clouds Hill
    27. T.E. Lawrence and the Visual Arts
    28. Notes on the American Issues of Revolt in the Desert
    29. Notes on Editing the Oxford Seven Pillars
    Vol 3/2
    30. Sherif Feisal
    31. Great Britain and the Arabs up to the Armistice of 30 October 1918
    32. Two views of T.E. Lawrence
    33. Lawrence of Arabia in a New Disguise
    34. T.E. Lawrence and the translating of the Odyssey
    35. Motor-Boats for the R.A.F.
    36. Voyage of an R.A.F. Motor-Boat

    T.E. Lawrence – The Journal of the Society – The man would have been impressed.

    $590.00

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  • From Fetish to God in Ancient Egypt – Wallis Budge – First Edition 1934

    From Fetish to God in Ancient Egypt – Wallis Budge – First Edition 1934

    First edition published by Oxford University Press in 1934. Large octavo, 545 pages with 240 illustrations. Decorated cloth covered boards and with most of the rare dust jacket, with repaired separation to rear corner and large chip to base of spine. The book rarely appears with its jacket. A very good copy. A substantial book.

    A history of the progress of Egyptian religious beliefs and related mythology during ancient times.

    Chapter subjects include … The Religions of Ancient Egypt; Predynastic Cults – Animism – Fetishism – Gods and Goddesses of Fetish Origin etc ; Magic the Foundation of Egyptian Religions; Magical Rituals and Spells; The Magician – His Powers and Works; The Family of Gebb and Nut; Hathor and the Hathor-Goddesses; Gods – Stellar, Borrowed and Foreign; Osiris the Rival of Ra; The Judgement of the Dead; Life Beyond the Grave etc etc

    Wallis Budge (1857-1934) one of a group of top Egyptologists to be associated with the British Museum. Born into poor circumstances he made London and the British Museum as a young man. He was so well liked and he was sponsored through Cambridge by Gladstone and Smith (of W.H. Smith fame). He studied the work of Layard, knew Alfred Sayce well (see out original letter by Sayce), learned from Assyriologist George Smith (Voyager hero). It was not long until he was in charge of building the collection which he did in a grand scale. His most distinguished acquisition maybe the Papyrus of Ani “Book of the Dead”. He wrote many books on his subject. This his final and enduring work.

    Budge – a lifetime devoted to Egyptology.

    $220.00

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