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1. Wrestling With the Angel; A Time For Sowing; The Cradle & the Egg (ASSOCIATION COPY)


first edition octavo black cloth boards with red lettering to spine, 120pp, VG+ (light tanning primarily to eps) in VG d/w ( suntanning to spine, light wear to extremities, small closed tear to tail of spine) ASSOCIATION COPY, warmly INSCRIBED, SIGNED (initials) and DATED march 1965 by Frank Sargeson to Janet Frame. Sargeson was a huge influence on Frame, and the title of this book by him was used as the title for the biography of Frame written by Michael King. A UNIQUE and important piece of New Zealand Literary history

PUBLISHER: caxton press 1964

KEYWORDS: new zealand literature drama modern first edition frank sargeson signed janet frame


2. Essai Sur Les Cryptogames des Ecorces Exotiques Officinales, Precede D'Une Methode Lichenographique, et D'Un Genera, Avec des Considerations Sur la Reproduction des Agames

FEE, Par A.- L. A.

COMPLETE ORIGINAL 1824 FIRST EDITION TOGETHER WITH MATCHING 1837 SUPPLEMENTAL VOLUME, quarto, leather quarter bound marbled boards (rebound), gilt lettering & raised bands to spines, marbled eps, coloured plates with tissue guards to prelims, civ + 167pp + colourd plates with tissue guards to rear (178pp + plates to rear of supplemental volume), VG (moderate sun fading to spines, light scuffing to board edges, moderate age appropriate tanning & foxing to page edges, owner's name in ink to eps of both vols, light cracking to gutters of prelims, sporadic closed tearing to verso of half title page of supplmental vol with subtle tape repairs, moderate water staining to bottom corners of first 24 pgs of supp vol, pg xxxv of intro completely loose with pgs xxxvi & xxxvii of intro completely missing, age appropriate foxing & tanning to pages throughout both vols)

PUBLISHER: Firmin Didot Pere et Fils 1824

KEYWORDS: TEXT IN FRENCH first edition lichens cryptogams botany hidden reproduction spore plants thallus thallophytes illustrated supplement essays literature lichenography


3. The Franco-German War, 1870-1871 [5 volume set with 5 volumes of maps]

CLARKE, CAPTAIN F. C. H. (transl.)

5x VOLUME SET, WITH A FURTHER 5x VOLUMES OF MAPS (10x VOUMES TOTAL, VERY HEAVY); DESCRIPTION: super octavo red cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine (with part 1 vol's 1 & 2, and part 2 vol. 1 only, rebound in library bindings, red cloth also); DETAILS: First Part (2 vol's): History of the War to the Downfall of the Empire, comprising vol. 1: From the Outbreak of Hostilities to the Battle of Gravelotte, viii+439pp+143pp appendices, illus.; vol. 2: From the Battle of Gravelotte to the Downfall of the Empire, vi+543pp+120pp appendices, illus. / Second Part (3 vol's): History of the War against the Republic, comprising: vol. 1: From the Investment of Paris to the Re-Occupation of Orleans by the Germans, viii+390pp+182pp appendices, illus.; vol. 2: Events in Northern France From the End of November, in the North-West from the Beginning of December..., viii+390pp+232pp appendices, illus.; vol. 3: Twentieth Section: General Retrospect of the War From The Beginning of... / Events in South-East France From the Middle of Janurary to.... ix+248pp+111pp+4pp appendices; 5x map volumes comprise copious large fold-out maps in draw-cases accompanying each main vol. of the text, with the map volumes to part 1 (vol's 1 & 2) and part 2 vol 1. only being library rebinds (brown leather, raised bands), the rest in red cloth with gilt lettering and gilt arms to front; CONDITION: VG to VG+: tidy ex-library, usual stamps and markings; light scuffing to boards, light tanning soiling and occasional light foxing within, with the occasional vol. with heavier scuffing rubbing and sl. chipping, also occasional minor tears within, part 1 vol. 2 has two pages of appendices loose; part 2 vol. 2 has heavier chipping and scuffing to spine and v. minor crack to front hinge; part 2 vol's 1 & 2 have rear flyleaf cut - a tidy set overall; HEAVY, EXPECT COMMENSURATE SHIPPING

PUBLISHER: Her Majesty's Stationary Office 1874, 1876, 1880, 1883, 1884

KEYWORDS: franco-prussian franco prussian war napoleon 2nd second empire paris commune france prussia german germany unification moltke military history war european europe map maps her majesty's stationary office official translation french


4. Culpeper's English Physician; and Complete Herbal / A Key to Physic, and the Occult Sciences.


Culpeper's Herbal (replete with hand-coloured full page plates), BOUND WITH "A Key to Physic, and the Occult Sciences...". A testimony to the art of restorative binding, this book arrived with us without boards or spine. We consigned it to the care of Michael O' Brien (now of Oamaru) who gave the book an appropriately aged re-binding using contemporary endpapers and materials. WELL WORTH REQUESTING PHOTOS IF INTERESTED. Weighing just under 3.5 kgs, this will require extra shipping. Imperial octavo, frontispieces, xvi + 256pp/395pp, gilt lettering to title plates on spine, ex-libris plate to verso of frontis., occasional handwritten notes in ink (possibly from original owner)

PUBLISHER: Champante and Whitrow c.1790

KEYWORDS: herbal herbs medicine health history Culpeper Culpepper physician occult medical illustrated plants properties dispensing dispensory occult occultism esoteric esotericism angel angels spirits spirituality


5. The Metamorphosis

KAFKA, FRANZ & LLOYD, A. L. (transl.)

FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, octavo quarter bound grey heavy card boards, blue cloth to spine with black lettering, 74pp, VG+ (light scuffing to boards, prev. owner's details in ink to front pastedown and in pencil to fep., light tanning and occasional sl. soiling within)

PUBLISHER: Parton Press 1937

KEYWORDS: modern first edition translation german literature kafka franz


6. The Birthday Party


SIGNED, FIRST EDITION, with Pinter's With Compliments card loosley enclosed; octavo black illus. stapled light card wrappers, 57pp, VG+ (light scuffing to wrappers, light soiling to wrappers and within, light tanning within, some light pen annotations to advert. at rear only)

PUBLISHER: Encore Publishing Co. 1959

KEYWORDS: signed modern first edition british drama stage theatre play birthday party harold pinter


7. Voyages of Discovery in the Arctic and Antarctic Seas, and Round the World; being Personal Narratives of Attempts to reach the North and South Poles; and of an Open-Boat Expedition up the Wellington Channel in search of Sir John Franklin and Her Maje


Two-volume set, superb original bindings, quarto, royal blue buckram boards with gilt lettering to spine & front board, black penguin & polar bear motif to spine, black nautical scenes & anchor chains to front boards, yellow eps, frontispiece with tissue guard + xx + map + 432pp (vol.1), frontispiece + xii + 412pp (vol.2), illus, VG (some browning to spines, some bruising & fraying to spine extrems, white stain to vol.2 front board, some browning & foxing to page edges, front pastedowns damaged by removal of labels, owner's name & address in ink to front pastedowns & to title pages, heavy browning to prelims & terminals, some foxing)

PUBLISHER: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle et al 1884

KEYWORDS: Antarctic Arctic travel exploration North Pole South Pole


8. Pamphlets; (1) Letter to the Right Hon. The Earl of Chichester President of the Church Missionary Society, In Vindication of the Character of Archdeacon Henry Williams and Other Missionaries of the Church Missionary Society in New Zealand (1850); (2)


Three quarter leather over buckram boards, Eleven pamphlets bound into one book sans original covers. Pagination: 80pp; 27pp; 28pp; vi + 54pp; 31pp; 12pp; 42pp + vi; vii + 44pp16pp; xii + 194pp; 52pp. VG some wear and scuffing to external edges and spine, moderate tanning and foxing, damage to page 79 of first title but without loss of text. Overall a sound, clean, tidy and desirable volume with All titles SCARCE TO RARE

PUBLISHER: williamson and wilson; southern cross; richardson and sansom; et al 1850 - 1865

KEYWORDS: new zealand history governement james busby maori land


9. Isadora of Milan


First edition 5 volume set contemporary quarterbound brown leather with marbled boards and gilt spine 202pp+2pp adverts, 204pp, 211pp, 202pp +2pp adverts, 212pp (final volume includes 2pp addenda by editor, claiming authorship for one Walter, Lord St Aubin) Very Good (rubbing and mild fading to spines, with labels clear and intact, small tears to heads and tails, moderate rubbing and wear to extremities, mild to moderate foxing and occassional very light page creasing throughout, two previous owners names on all title pages) A nice, relatively tidy and complete set of a VERY RARE classic of English Gothic Fiction by an unknown author (despite the various names given, it is not even known if the author was a man or a woman)

PUBLISHER: Henry Colburn New Bond Street 1811

KEYWORDS: first edition literature classic gothic english


10. Ledetraad Til Nordisk Old Kyndighed


TEXT IN DANISH, true first edition, a benchmark book - established modern archaeological practice, & presented the concept of the three ages of man - Stone, Bronze and Iron. Octavo, half bound, mottled yellowisih boards with gilt lettering & gilt decorative tooling to brown leather spine with raised bands, ii + 100pp, illus, VG (lower 5cm portion of spine missing, some chaffing to spine & board edges & corners, some tanning, light dampstain to aprox one-third of page fore-edges)

PUBLISHER: Published in Copenhagen 1836

KEYWORDS: Christian Juren Thomsen TEXT IN DANISH Denmark archaeology Stone Iron Bronze Ages of man true first edition


11. Madman's Island


Very rare, first edition of author's first book, was a bit of a disaster, rewritten in the 1930s as a non-fiction title, octavo, red cloth boards with black lettering to spine & front board, frontispiece, 228pp, illus, VG- (lacks rear ep, heavy fading & chaffing to spine, moderately heavy fading & staining to boards, some damp staining to rear board fore-edge, red ink staining from boards to edges of first three pages, 5cm closed tear repaired with archival tape to fep upper corner, light tanning to page edges, occasional foxing spots) Both plates present.

PUBLISHER: Cornstalk Publishing Co1927

KEYWORDS: Ion L Idriess Australian literature adventure ficiton


12. A History of the Families of Adams and Peers / A Genealogical History of the Family of Peers of Alveston in Warwickshire [2 vols.bound as 1]


first edition author's copy [Maxwell Richard William Peers Adams] [possibly a proof copy] 195pp [hand-numbered with many pp hand-written] ills.[b/w original photos mounted on prelims.] VG (full black leather w.gilt ruled borders,raised/gilt bands to spine,mod.rubbed and soiled,sl.wear to extrems.,marbled eps w.author/owner's armorial bookplate to front pastedown,content edges sl.soiled,many pages handwritten with [author's ?] annotations,many related pieces of ephemera loosely inserted incl.contemporary newspaper clippings,many blank pp bound in) a unique copy of what may well be the author's [Maxwell Richard William Peers Adams] bound proof copy - scans available on request

PUBLISHER: traill calcutta 1891 / simla [np] 1892

KEYWORDS: history biography peers adams alveston warwickshire proof copy genealogy


13. An Arctic Voyage to Baffin's Bay and Lancaster Sound, in Search of Friends with Sir John Franklin


first edition rebind viii+152pp [b/w frontis.w.folding map at rear] VERY GOOD (marbled paper boards w.half leather,gilt-on-burgundy title label to spine along w.gilt bands,rubbed and soiled,chipping and wear to extrems.w.surface scuffing to boards,5mm loss to head of spine,white paper label to front pastedown,sl.paper separation at fep gutter,prelims.sl.foxed,b/w frontis.very tidy but sl.separating from gutter,some v.sl.foxing to marbled content edges,folding map at rear is complete but creased and w.some chipping and wear to margins) generally a v.tidy tight copy of this scarce title - scans available on request

PUBLISHER: john van voorst london 1850

KEYWORDS: arctic polar exploration voyage travel goodsir franklin baffins bay


14. The Story of the Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke


first edition numbered/limited and signed by translator [#2 of 3] 24pp VERY GOOD (patterned paper boards w.blue cloth spine and corners,mod.rubbed and stained,splits to upper hinge,mod.wear and chipping to extrems.,bookplate of Castello di Duino to front pastedown,small number label to ffep,prelims.and untrimmed content edges sl.foxed,translator's sign.and date to numbered colophon at rear) three typed copies of this edition were made - this copy belonged to His Highness, The Prince of Thurn and Taxis - bookplate of Castello di Duino, near Trieste, a residence of the Princes von Thurn and Taxis, the inspiration for Rilke's Duino elegies, conceived while he was visiting Princess Maria von Thurn and Taxis, one of his major patrons - scans available on request

PUBLISHER: privately printed osnabruck 1927

KEYWORDS: literature rainer maria rilke morse


15. The Ancient History of the Maori, His Mythology and Traditions (Horo-Uta or Taki-Tumu Migration) & White's Ancient History of the Maori (7 Volumes)


SIX VOLUMES OF TEXT & ONE VOLUME (NOT MATCHING BINDING) OF PLATES- SEVEN VOLUMES IN ALL, octavo, red buckram boards- plain black buckram boards to vol 7, gilt lettering to spines, black rule to spine & front boards, black maori facial motifs to front boards, frontispieces, ix-xii + 123-265pp + vol 7 unpaginated + 70pp Te Reo to vol 6, folding mythology chart to vol 1, VG (moderate chipping & discolouration to spines/extrems, moderate tanning & light foxing to page edges & eps, 15cm closed tear to folding chart, notations in pencil to terminals of vol 3, prelims to vol 4 loose but present, heavy cracking to gutters of prelims to vol 6, ex-libris plate to front pastedown of vol 7, various previous owners' names in ink to pgs throughout)

PUBLISHER: George Didsbury (Gov't Printer) 1887-1891

KEYWORDS: New Zealand maori ancient history culture mythology customs traditions te reo portraits


16. The History of New South Wales, from its First Discovery to the Present Time


First edition first issue (lacks author's name), professionally rebacked in leather, octavo, full leather boards with gilt lettering to spine, marbled eps, frontispiece, folding map, chart at p41, plate at p109 (lacks one plate), 624pp, VG (library stickers to spine & front pastedown, small library stamps throughout, moderately heavy scuffing & scratching to boards & spine, pale green line across spine (paint?), tastefully reinforced gutters, slight surface loss to board corners & edges, light-moderate foxing & tanning to pages, light foxing & creasing & faint library stamp to flding map, moderate tanning & soiling to page edges, heavy creasing to rear ep. Binding firm)

PUBLISHER: Mackenzie and Dent 1811

KEYWORDS: New South Wales Australia history Van Dieman's Land Norfolk Island


17. Here Then is that Helpful as well as Ennobling Discourse entitled The Essay on Friendship


RARE thus, illuminated by hand by Grace Fournier on first page & colophon page, a lovely production, quarto, half bound with dark brown leather & marbled paper, gilt lettering & gilt decorative rule between five raised bands to dark brown leather spine, teg, deckle fore & lower page edges, marbled eps, 37pp, VG (wear to spine sides & spine extrems, 6cm split to lower spine side, some chaffing & bruising to board edges & corners, some browning to page edges, light soiling to boards_)

PUBLISHER: Roycrofters 1903

KEYWORDS: Henry Thoreau philosophy friendship essay literature


18. Sigmar Polke: Musik Ungeklarter Herkunft (Music from an Unknown Source)


Scarce, booklet with English translation loosely enclosed, folio, white light card covers, 139pp ,illus, nr fine (v v slight browning to page edges) in d/w with full-size flaps, VG+ (slight rubbing to edges, v v slight creasing to corners & spine extrems), booklet is VG+ (v light rubbing & soiling to covers)

PUBLISHER: Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen 1997

KEYWORDS: Sigmar Polke Bice Curiger Fiona Elliott text in German and English German art artist biography painting art exhibition scarce


19. Scottish Arms, Being a Collection of Armorial Bearings A.D. 1370-1678


rare and handsome two volume set, elephant folio, limited numbered edition (#12 of 60 large paper copies signed by publisher William Paterson), half-bound blue leather/blue cloth with red label, gilt lettering and rule, and five raised bands to spine, gilt upper edges, (volume I) xxv + 126 chromolithographic plates, (volume II) 425pp, both volumes VG+ (wear and rubbing to extremities, light soiling to boards, light foxing and soiling to some pages, small hole to front board and scratch across rear board of volume I, small stains to front board and small hole to rear board of volume II) THIS ITEM IS VERY HEAVY AND POSTAGE WILL ACCORDINGLY BE EXPENSIVE

PUBLISHER: William Paterson 1881

KEYWORDS: robert riddle stodart scotland scottish arms history armorial bearings heraldry genealogy family


20. Recherches sur le Culte Public et les Mysteres de Mithra en Orient et en Occident: texte + planches (Research on Public Worship and the Mysteries of Mithra in the East and West, two volumes - text + plates)


TEXT IN FRENCH, rare, 2 volume set, quarto + large folio, half bound, pink cloth boards with gilt lettering to leather spine, gilt tooling to raised bands on spine, t.e.g., grey eps, viii +692pp (text), 26 + cii plates (plates), front board of plates volume is detached (but present) otherwise set is VG- (moderate fading & soiling to boards, moderate rubbing & staining to leather, moderate foxing - heavier towards prelims & terminals - some plates have significant foxing while others are clean, moderately heavy tanning to page edges prelims & terminals, bruising & surface loss to board corners of plates volume, owner's ex libris label & small newpaper clipping of book ad to front pastedown of text volume)

PUBLISHER: A L'Imprimerie Imperiale 1867

KEYWORDS: Mithra Mithraism religion spirituality ancient history text in French

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