Orme, Robert. Historical fragments of the Mogul empire, of the... Morattoes, and of the English concerns in Indostan; from the year MDCLIX, origin of the [...] company's trade at Broach and Surat, and a general idea of the government and people of Indostan. London, (Luke Hansard for) F. Wingrave, 1805. London, (Luke Hansard for) F. Wingrave, 1805. Large 4to. (2), LXVII, (1), 472, (32) pp. With engr. portrait frontispiece and 3 maps (2 folding). Modern marbled half calf with giltstamped label to gilt spine.

EUR 2,500.00

Second, enlarged edition (first published in 1782). Newly added in this edition are an account of the "origin of the English establishment and of the East India Company’s trade at Broach and Surat", "A General Idea of the Government and People of Indostan", which Orme began writing in 1752, and an account of the life and writings of the author. Much of Orme’s life was spent in the employ of the East India Company, as a writer, a member of the council at Madras, commissary and accountant-general, and later as historiographer. - Slightly brownstained, otherwise in good condition.
¶ Cox I, 300.

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Chinese Pharmacopia of Herbal Medicines

[Pharmacology]. A collection of 82 wooden boards carved on... both sides with 820 "labels", five to each side, for herbal remedies used by a dispensing pharmacologist. Provincial southern China, 19th century. 12,5 x 35 cm. Some occasional light worming, some slight damage affecting the text of 3 boards. Contained in a Chinese leather travelling trunk.

EUR 25,000.00

Using imperial measures - metric was not used until after the Revolution of 1911 - these receipts are headed with either the title Chung the Celestial at Chuan-Tuan, or Military General the Protector of the People at Chu-Ling-Shan. There are 'labels' for men, women and children, giving the ingredients and name of the remedy pills, potions or powders to "restore youth" and similar purposes. Chinese medicine is of great antiquity and devoid of any outside influence. Legend has it that the Yellow Emperor, Huang Ti, wrote the first treatise on Chinese medicine in 300 BC. In its present form, the Nei Ching, on which most Chinese medical literature is founded, it is thought to date from the third century AD. The Nei Ching holds that "the blood current flows continously in a circle and never stops", anticipating Harvey by centuries. The Chinese materia medica has always been extensive and consists of vegetable, animal, including human, and mineral remedies. There were famous herbals from ancient times, but these ca. 1000 were collected by Li Shih-Chen in the Pen-ts'ao Kang-mu or Great Pharmacopoeia of the 16th Century. It was revised and reprinted many times in 52 volumes and is still authorative. The use of drugs is to restore the harmony of the Ying and Yang, related to the five organs, five planets, and five colours. Western influences did not occur until the 19th century, but today, with the revival of Taoist temples for healing which began to be tolerated again in the 1970s, and the profusion Chinese chemists, acupuncturists and hydrotherapists in the west, the Chinese can be said to have redressed the balance. The troubled history of the 20th century in China has made the survival of such ephemeral documents, and in such quantity, quite remarkable.

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The first book illustrated with photographs to depict Chinese subjects

[Photograph album]. Album chinois. N. p. o. d. (but before 1857). N. p. o. d. (but before 1857). 4to. Lithographic title page, 41 albumen prints with captions pasted below the images. Contemporary black buckram with gilt cover title and blindstamped borders. All edges gilt.

EUR 25,000.00

The first book illustrated with photographs to depict Chinese subjects. An important document for the re-emergence of the Jesuit missions in China in 19th century. The album is composed of 41 albumen prints, 17 of which reproduce original photographic portraits taken by the missionaries: eight portraits of Jesuits and eight portraits of striking Chinese types (the others being reproductions of engravings or paintings illustrating the Chinese history). Only two copies are referenced by World Cat (BnF and Getty). The BnF dates their copy "between 1850 and 1870", but another copy is known to have been in the library of a collector who died in 1857. One of the portraits in the set, that of Father Borgniet, who was bishop of Shanghai between 1856 and 1862 and who appears here as bishop, permits us to date this publication even more precisely between 1856 and 1857. - Occasional insignificant foxing to backing paper, but very well preserved altogether.
¶ Not in Parr/Badger, The Photobook I.

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A revolutionary poem by the man who wrote The Internationale

Pottier, Eugène, French revolutionary, socialist, and poet (1816-1887). Le Fumier. Autograph poem signed ("E Pottier"). No place or date. 8vo. 2 pp. (55 lines).

EUR 40,000.00

Revolutionary song after the melody of "La Meunière du moulin à vent": "Peuple au bras nu, bon laboureuer, | Un jour ta charrue, | Avec le soc de la terreur, | Dépava la rue. | Si dans les mains de ton fermier, | Ton sol n'est plus qu'un vil bourbier, | Pense | `la semence | Il faut du fumier [...]". - Pottier was elected a member of the Paris municipal council - the Paris Commune, in March 1871. Following the Commune's defeat, in June 1871 he wrote the poem L'Internationale, which became the International Workingmen's Association anthem during its last years (1871–1876), and has been used by most socialist and leftist political internationals since.

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Score of Madame Butterfly signed by Puccini

Puccini, Giacomo, (1858-1924). The score of Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, signed... and inscribed by the composer. Ricordi, Milan, 1906. Ricordi, Milan, 1906. Signed and inscribed in violet ink above his handsome frontispiece portrait ("A Madame Lucille Avrillon Giacomo Puccini 27.11.06."), 48 pp. 4to. 275 x 200 mm. Original boards with attractive Japanese emblems on front and back covers, endpapers, spine and half-title.

EUR 3,500.00

First French edition with text in French - Butterfly had had its premiere in Milan in February 1904; at first unsuccessful, partly because the audience was unwilling to accept the contemporary dress worn by the Western characters, it succeeded triumphantly in a revised version three months later. It was based on a play by David Belasco which Puccini had seen in London. - Some soiling to pictorial boards, endpaper and first signature present but detached form text-block, old repair to tear at lower margin of p. 40. Still, acceptable with a nice inscription.
¶ Hopkinson 6D.

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First edition of Chinese series of enormous prints celebrating the Emperor's conquests in Sichuan

Qianlong, Emperor of China. [Pingding Xiyu zhantu]. Suite of engravings representing the... military campaigns at the conquest of Jinchuan. [Beijing, Wu Ying Ting Press], 1778-1785. [Beijing, Wu Ying Ting Press], 1778-1785. Suite of 13 (out of 16) large copper-engraved plates (each measuring 505 x 864 mm approx.), laid down on slightly larger sheets with painted brown borders, with a printed poem in Chinese within each plate (based on Qianlong Emperor’s own personal commentary on the battles). Later morocco-backed and cornered marbled boards, cloth ties.

EUR 480,000.00

Chinese issue, following the Paris printing of 1755-59. The “Battle Copper Prints” are a series of prints from copper engravings dating from the second half of the 18th century. They were commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor of the Qing dynasty, who ruled from 1735 to 1796. They depict his 1772-76 military campaigns, led by General A-Kuei, against the Jinchuan tribes in China’s inner provinces and along the country’s frontiers in the ethnically Tibetan mountain regions of Szechuan. The master illustrations for the engravings were large paintings executed by European missionary artists employed at that time at the court in Beijing. They included the Jesuits Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), Jean-Denis Attiret (1702-68), and Ignaz Sichelbarth (1708-80), as well as the Augustinian missionary Giovanni Damasceno Sallusti (d. 1781). The engravings of the first set of 16 paintings were not produced in China but in Paris, at that time home to the best European artisans working in this technique. The Emperor even decreed that the work must emulate the style of the Augsburg engraver Georg Philipp Rugendas (1666-1742), whose work he knew. Small-scale copies of the paintings by Castiglione and his Beijing colleagues were sent to Paris to be transferred onto copperplates, printed, and then sent back to China, along with the plates and prints. Later sets of engravings were executed in Beijing by Chinese apprentices of the Jesuits and differ markedly in style and elaborateness from those of the Paris series. - In the history of Chinese art, copper-print engraving remained an episode. Qianlong's "Battle Copper Prints" were just one of the means the Manchu emperor employed to document his campaigns of military expansion and suppression of regional unrest. They served to glorify his rule and to exert ideological control over Chinese historiography. Seen in their political context, they represent a distinct and exceptional pictorial genre and are telling examples of the self-dramatization of imperial state power. Later campaigns of Qianlong which were similarly commemorated include Taiwan (1786-88), Annam or Vietnam (1788), Gurkhas invasion of Tiber (1790), and Yunnan, Guizhou and Hunan (1795-1796). - The striking plates comprising this set appear to be examples of the Chinese versions printed later, with Chinese text within the plates and technical and stylistic differences which differ greatly from the earlier Paris "westernized" versions executed under the supervision of the accomplished Charles-Nicolas Cochin (1715-90). Such a large complement from this suite of sixteen from the Chinese printing is extremely rare: while copies of the earlier Paris printing have appeared on the market (a complete set sold at Christie’s Paris, on 29 Oct. 2012), we have been unable to trace a comparable copy of the Chinese issue. The Getty Research Institute owns a suite depicting one of Qianlong’s last print commissions, produced nearly 30 years after the first series, the "Ping ding Kuoerke zhan tu" ("Pictures of the Campaigns against the Gurkhas"), which likewise stands out as a highly unusual example of Chinese images executed with European graphic techniques. The Getty’s suite is the only complete set in American public collections of this later work. The Taipei Palace Museum has a complete set of this series with the Chinese text apparently of the same issue. - In perfect condition. From the collection of Jean R. Perrette.
¶ Shiqu Baoji, Imperial Catalogue. Chuang Chi-fa, Taipei Palace Museum - Ten Military Campaigns of Qianlong Emperor. W. Fuchs, in: Monumenta Serica, 4 (1939-40), p. 122. Paul Pelliot, "Les 'Conquêtes de l'Empereur de la Chine'", in: Toung pao 20 (1921), pp. 183-274. S. L. Shaw, Imperial printing, p. 22. Takata Tokio, "Qianlong Emperor's Copperplate Engravings of the 'Conquest of Western Regions'", in: The Memoirs of the Tokyo Bunko 70 (2012).

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On philosophy and natural science: the most extensive Schopenhauer manuscript to appear on the market for over a decade

Schopenhauer, Arthur, philosopher (1788-1860). Autograph manuscript. No place or date. Folio. 12 pp. on 3 bifolia, numbered 140-142. Numerous corrections, deletions, and insertions.

EUR 225,000.00

The ms. discusses cosmogony and the movement of the planets, mentioning the contributions made by Immanuel Kant and especially Laplace, as well as Keplers' Laws, then expanding these considerations to the level of metaphysics. The working manuscript for vol. 2, chapter 6 ("Zur Philosophie und Wissenschaft der Natur") of Schopenhauer's collection of philosophical reflections, "Parerga und Paralipomena" ("Appendices and Omissions") - the philosopher's final work, published in 1851. The "Paralipomena" volume, from which this is taken, contains short ruminations arranged by topic under 31 subheadings. In view of the less-than-enthusiastic reception of the philosopher's earlier publications, publishers were reluctant to commit to this work; it was only after significant difficulty (and through the persuasion of the philosopher's disciple Julius Frauenstädt) that Hayn of Berlin consented to publish the two volumes in a print run of 750 copies - with a honorarium of only ten copies for the author. The subject matter and stylistic arrangement of the "Paralipomena" were significant influences on the work of philosopher and psychologist Paul Ree, and through him most notably on the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, whose later work explores - following Schopenhauer - the relation of man to himself, the universe, the state, and women through the art of aphorism. - In the present ms. Schopenhauer writes: "The truth of cosmogony, however, is based not only on the space-relationship upon which Laplace insisted, namely, that 45 celestial bodies circle in a uniform direction and at the same time rotate likewise; more firmly still is it rooted in the time-relationship, expressed by the first and third Law of Kepler [...] These thoughts on cosmogony give rise to two metaphysical reflections [...] Even such a far-reaching physical explanation of the world's creation can never satisfy the desire for a metaphysical one, or indeed take its place. On the contrary! The closer you come to tracking down a phenomenon, the more clearly it appears that it is precisely that: a mere phenomenon, an apparition, and not at all the essence of the thing in itself [...]" (transl.). - The present text begins with the final paragraph of § 85. It corresponds with the printed text in the Sämtliche Werke, ed. by A. Hübscher, vol. 6, p. 142, line 4 up to p. 150, line 19, with the exception of two sections not yet present in this draft (p. 146, lines 11-16, and p. 146, lines 32-page 147, line 7). Most of the parts which Schopenhauer deleted are published in vol. 7, pp. 138-130 and p. 138. - Slight edge damage. Provenance: On loan to the Dresden State Library until 1945; later in a foreign private collection. Sold at Stargardt's auction on Oct. 4, 1989. Schopenhauer manuscripts are of the utmost rarity: auction records since 1975 list only five other autograph manuscripts, only one of which was of comparable length.

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Dedication manuscript for the Queen of Sardinia

Sebastiani, Giovanni, composer (1818-1899). Autograph musical manuscripts signed. No place, 1839. No place, 1839. Oblong 4to (306 x 232 und 290 x 222 mm). 2 vols. (30) and (50) pp. Contemoprary red morocco, covers and spines richly gilt, giltstamped cover monogram (crowned).

EUR 6,500.00

A clean and well-executed fair copy of two cantatas and a romance: "Viva Cristina", "Nel mirare", and "Pria che autunno", splendidly bound for the Queen of Sardinia. Each piece signed at the end ("Originali di Giovanni Sebastiani") and dedicated to Maria Christina of Naples and Sicily (1779-1849), the daughter of Maria Carolina and King Ferdinand I of Naples and Sicily and wife (since 1807) of Charles Felix, who ruled Sardinia as king from 1821 to 1831. The first piece was performed in Rome by students of the Ospizio di San Michele; the second, the "Romanza", is also dedicated to the Duchess of Berry, Maria Christina's niece, who had spent her holidays with the royal family. Like the second piece, the third (bound separately) was penned during Maria Christina's holiday in the Villa Rufinella (also known as Villa Tuscolana) in Frascati. - The composer Sebastiani, a native of Frascati, had studied at the Ospizio di San Michele in Rome and passed away in 1899, aged eighty years (as his obituary in "Le Ménestrel" of 2 April 1899 informs us).

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[Shanghai and the Xinhai Revolution]. Photograph album. Shanghai, early 20th century. Oblong folio (362 x 274 mm). Contemporary block-bound silk album of 111 photographs. Various sizes; largest 212 x 155 mm.

EUR 25,000.00

A photograph album comprising 111 personal photographs of Shanghai, including several images of battleships, various English-language shop signs for local businesses (such as "Hsing Loong Carpenter Mason and Painter"), and 12 photographs showing the burial procession of the mother of Shanghai business man Pau Ching Po. Also, there are several photographs of the 1911 Xinhai Revolution in Shanghai: in November 1911, Shanghai citizens organised a rebellion and captured the city, establishing the Shanghai military on 8 November that same year. The photographs offered here depict the uprising in the streets as well as scenes of destroyed homes and weapons used when taking the city. The revolution resulted in the overthrow of the last imperial monarchy in China and the establishment of the Republic of China in 1912. - Also includes images of the German Theatre at the Lyceum, founded in 1930 as an amateur dramatics society, a photograph of the Prince Adalbert of Prussia (1884-1948) at the Club Concordia in 1904 laying the foundation stone to the new German Club in Shanghai, and three photographs of the wedding of Wilhelm Knappe (1855-1910), the German Consul General in Shanghai from 1899 to 1906. - Very well preserved. Provenance: From the collection of Johannes Gottfried William Schröder (1870-1942). Born in India, the brother of the German poet Rudolf Alexander Schröder grew up in Bremen, trained as a merchant and visited India, China, Japan, and America. He established his own business in Shanghai in 1906. His intimate knowledge of East Asia led him to embrace the philosophy of anthroposophy.

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[Shanghai, Huangpu River, Moganshan, Hangzhou]. Photograph album. Shanghai, Huangpu River, Moganshan, Hangzhou, ca. 1900. Shanghai, Huangpu River, Moganshan, Hangzhou, ca. 1900. Oblong folio (363 x 274 mm). Contemporary block-bound silk album of 167 photographs. Various sizes; largest 297 x 218 mm.

EUR 22,000.00

A photograph album comprising 167 images of the life of a German merchant family in China around the turn of the century. Includes several views of the interior of the Schröders' art-deco residence in Shanghai and of their Chinese domestic workers dressed in late Qing costumes with house puppies and pet monkey, with several portraits of Schröder's wife, showing her feeding the chicken in the courtyard or seated on a horse carriage in the streets of Shanghai, many photographs were taken during the Schröder family's extensive travels in and around Shanghai, for example along the Huangpu River to the mountain retreat in Moganshan and to Hangzhou, showing not only scenic views but also the life of locals they met en route. - Extremeties somewhat rubbed with slight flaws to slik, but still well preserved. Provenance: From the collection of Johannes Gottfried William Schröder (1870-1942). Born in India, the brother of the German poet Rudolf Alexander Schröder grew up in Bremen, trained as a merchant and visited India, China, Japan, and America. He established his own business in Shanghai in 1906. His intimate knowledge of East Asia led him to embrace the philosophy of anthroposophy.

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Inscribed by Ai-Ling Soon

[Soong Sisters]. Macon Cook Book. A Collection of Recipes. Tested... principally by members of Benson-Cobb Chapter, Wesleyan College Alumnae, Macon, Georgia. Macon, GA, J. W. Burke Company, 1909. Macon, GA, J. W. Burke Company, 1909. 8vo. 284, (22) pp., interleaved and with numerous blank verso pages as issued. Publisher's original giltstamped burgundy cloth.

EUR 6,500.00

First edition, signed and dated on the flyleaf by Ai-ling Soon in the year of publication: "E-Ling Soon '09, Wesleyan College". Ai-ling Soong was the eldest of the three Soong sisters, the most famous women in China in the first half of the 20th century. Their father, himself educated at Vanderbilt and Duke, sent all three of his daughters to Wesleyan College, the liberal arts women's college in Macon, Georgia. Upon graduation in 1909, Ai-ling returned to China and became secretary to Sun Yat-sen, a close friend of their father's. When she left that position, her younger sister Ching-ling Soong took the job, eventually marrying Sun Yat-sen, who was to become the first president and founding father of the Republic of China. While Mei-ling, the youngest sister, married Chiang Kai-shek, commander of the Chinese armies and later himself President, Ai-ling was to marry H. H. Kung, the Finance Minister and the wealthiest man in China. The sisters were the subject of a widely-read 1941 book, as well as of a 1997 film. - The community cookbook, containing "five hundred good old Southern recipes", soon became so identified with the region as to be named "Macon's Official Souvenir" by the Macon City Council in 1912. Among the recipes - many attributed - are Okra Soup, Oyster Loaf, Belted Smelts, Spoon Pone, Corn Dodger, Rice Waffles, and Chicken Gumbo; there are also instruictions on how servants ought to present and remove dishes. - Slight edge toning to text block; insignificant rubbing to binding. This copy lacks the cancel leaf 270a which was inserted into the index after printing in order to include the "Desserts" section, which had been inadvertently dropped by the printer: likely, the present copy was distributed before the error was caught.
¶ Bittner 575. Cook 53. Brown 508. Not in Cagle.

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To his daughter Svetlana

Stalin (Dzhugashvili), Josef, Russian dictator (1878-1953). Autograph letter signed. No place, 18. X. 1935. No place, 18. X. 1935. 8vo. 2 ff. in red crayon.

EUR 185,000.00

In Russian, to his nine-year-old daughter Svetlana: "Hello, little lady of the house! I am sending you pomegranates, tangerines, and candied fruit. Eat - and enjoy, my little lady of the house. There's nothing for Vasja because he is still doing poorly at school and keeps making empty promises. Explain to him that I do not trust long-winded promises and shall believe him only when he really applies himself and delivers a performance that can be called at least middle-rate. I report, dear lady of the house, that I spent a day in Tbilisi. I was visiting [my] mother and said many greetings from you and from Vasja. She is tolerably well and sends you many kisses. That's all for now. Kisses. I shall be seeing you soon. / Secretary to Svetlana - poor paterfamilias, J. Stalin". Svetlana Iosifovna (Stalina) Alliluyeva, born in Moscow in 1926, died in Richland Center, Wisconsin, USA, in 2011. - Traces of horizontal folds; very well preserved. Includes: portrait photograph of Stalin (vintage). Probably Moscow, ca. 1935. Albumen print, 209 x 269 mm, mounted on backing cardboard (298 x 400 mm). A large head-and-shoulders portrait, likely taken shortly before the beginning of the Great Purges. With a few unobtrusive scuff marks; backing cardboard smudged and stained. Russian lab label on reverse: "Foto-Laboratorija, U.P.P. Leningradskogo Otdelenija, Muzfonda SSSR, Leningrad. Lenoblgorlit No. 1094". Rare.

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Stendhal (i. e. Beyle, Marie-Henri), French writer (1783-1842). Autograph letter signed ("H. Beyle"). [Paris], "a Mercredi matin [21 March 1827]. [Paris], "a Mercredi matin [21 March 1827]. 8vo. 4 pp. on bifolium.

EUR 12,000.00

Important letter in French, to Sophie Duvaucel, about Manzoni's "Promessi Sposi" ("The Betrothed"). Stendhal is to receive the third volume of the novel from General La Fayette: "There is a problem, it does not exist, or at least M. Manzoni only published the first half of this third volume. He thinks his novel is boring and it is said that he will not finish it. […] Mr. Ugoni from Brescia is the man in Paris who could most probably purchase the first half of the third volume for you. Mr. Fauriel, the only scholar in Paris who is not pedadantic, the old friend of Mme de Condorcet, is a close friend of Mr. Mazoni and has 'Gli Sposi' translated for a Mr. Trognon. This Mr. Trognon is the brother of the tutor of Monseigneur the Count of Beaujoulais or the Prince of Joinville, or it is the tutor himself. The princes live at the royal palace. Mr. Fauriel visits Mlle Clarke, where Mme Alexander could speak to him […]" (transl.). Though Stendhal made references to Manzoni's novel in Rome, Naples and Florence, its success probably displeased him. In his "Mélanges de littérature", Stendhal characterizes Manzoni as "excessively devout" and writes that "The Betrothed" are "overly praised", although he recognizes the book shows the existence of "Bravi" during the Spanish Government. - Sophie Duvaucel (1789-1867), daughter-in-law of Georges Cuvier, was one of the most endearing figures of the group of the "Jardin des Plantes". She assisted the naturalist in his works.

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Strauß, Johann (fils), Austrian composer (1825-1899). Autograph letter signed. Hamburg, "Hôtel Hamburgerhof", 4. IV. [1886]. Hamburg, "Hôtel Hamburgerhof", 4. IV. [1886]. 8vo. 3 pp. on bifolium.

EUR 4,500.00

Apparently to the German writer Ludwig Ganghofer, from whom he might want to set a work to music after finishing an operetta which had been offered to him by the composers Adalbert Goldschmidt and Josef Priester. - On headed paper showing a couloured vignette of the opening bars of a couplet from his operetta "Das Spitzentuch der Königin" ("The Queen's Lace Handkerchief"). - In fine condition.

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Tolstoy expresses his belief in non-violence during the Russian-Japanese conflict

Tolstoy, Leo, Russian novelist (1828-1910). Autograph letter signed. No place, 11/24 Feb. 1904. No place, 11/24 Feb. 1904. 1 p. on bifolium. 8vo.

EUR 35,000.00

Written in English to the Philadelphia newspaper, "The North American". Nine months have passed since the beginning of the war, and Tolstoy, an advocate of non-violence, was one of the world's leading voices. His opinions were of great interest to his readers, and the present letter is an answer to the newspaper's query: "I am neither for Russia nor Japan, but for laboring people of both, deceived by governments and obliged to fight against their welfare, conscience and religion". - Some damage to edges and foldings.
¶ Quoted (with departures) in: H. Troyat, Tolstoy (New York 1967), p. 615.

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With the first European edition of Abulfeda

Ulugh Beg ibn Shahrukh / Greaves, John (ed.). Epochae celebriores, astronomis, historicis, chronologis, Chataiorum, Syro-Graecorum Arabum,... Persarum Chorasmiorum, usitatae [...]. London, James Flesher for Cornelius Bee, 1650. London, James Flesher for Cornelius Bee, 1650. 4to. 1st blank leaf, (6), (1), 104, (1), (46) pp., final blank f. Includes letterpress tables (several folding). (Issued with) II: Abu al-Fida Isma`il ibn `Ali. Chorasmiae, et Mawaralnahrae, hoc est, regionum extra fluvium Oxum descriptio, ex tabulis Abulfedae Ismaelis, principis Hamah. London, 1650. (15), 64, (1) pp. Title page printed in red and black. Contemp. English calf with rebacked spine, preserving original giltstamped red spine label.

EUR 15,000.00

Editio princeps of both works contained. Ulugh Beg (1394-1449), the "Great Prince", born as Muhammad Taragay, was raised at the court of his grandfather, Tamerlane. From 1409 onwards he ruled Mawara'annahr from Samarkand, where he had a three-story observatory built. One of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia, Samarkand prospered from its location on the trade route between China and the Mediterranean (Silk Road). - "An important result of the scientific work of Ulugh Beg and his school was the astronomical tables called the 'Zij'" (DSB). The present work offers the calendrical and chronological section of his tables. It was through the works of the Oxford mathematician and oriental scholar John Greaves (1602-52), formerly professor of astronomy, who edited the volume, that Newton became acquainted with the works of Ulugh Beg. The second part of the volume offers the first European edition and translation of any text by the important Arab historian Abu al-Fida (Abulfeda, 1273-1331), ruler of Hamah among the Mamluks: his geography of present-day Usbekistan. - Some browning and spotting throughout; old library stamp "chiesa libera" to title and dedication. Binding rubbed; extremeties rather severely bumped; spine rebacked.
¶ Wing U-24; I-1073. OCLC 7097287; 4383686. DNB XXIII, 38. - GAL II, 46; Schnurrer, p. 122, no. 159; Fück 86; Zenker I, 984 (Abulfeda only). Cf. DSB XIII, 535ff. GAL II, 212f.; S II, 298; M. H. Fikri, Treasures from the Arab Scientific Legacy in Europe, nos. 52f. (later eds. of Ulugh Beg only).

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Signed by the composer at the first French performance

Verdi, Giuseppe. Aida. Grand opéra en quatre actes. Paroles françaises... de MM. Du Locle & Nuitter. Paris, Léon Escudier, [1880]. Paris, Léon Escudier, [1880]. Large 8vo. Title page, (1) f. dramatis personae and table of contents, 307 pp., with 6 additional pp. bound after p. 124. Plate number 3603. Contemporary half morocco with giltstamped spine title. Marbled endpapers.

EUR 15,000.00

First French edition: a precious copy signed by the composer during the first performance in French. The signature "G. Verdi" is in the upper right corner of the table of contents beneath the stamp "Souvenir of 22 March 1880". Verdi undoubtedly offered his closest collaborators copies of the score on the occasion of the French staging of the opera, directed by the composer himself at the Palais Garnier in the presence of the entire Parisian world of art, literature, finance, and government. - "Aida" was composed for the inauguration celebration of the Suez Canal, based on a libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, and was first staged at the Cairo Opera House (in Italian) on Christmas Eve, 1871. The editorial history of the score is a complex one: the work was first published in Italian by Ricordi in 1872 and then reissued the same year in France (again in Italian) by Léon Escudier, who immediately produced several adaptations and instrumental or vocal arrangements (in French). The French première (in Italian) took place in 1876. On the occasion of the performance in 1880, Verdi gave more prominence to the ballet parts, and Escudier published six pages of additional music, printed and numbered separately and inserted between pages 124 and 125 of the original score. With this addition, also present in this copy, "Aida" reached its definitive form. - First and last pages somewhat foxed, extremeties slightly rubbed, otherwise in fine condition. From the collection of Pierre Bergé with his bookplate on the front pastedown.
¶ Hopkinson, A Bibliography of the Works of Giuseppe Verdi (New York 1978) II, no 62 B (d).

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Warhol, Andy, American Pop Artist (1928-1987). Coca cola can, signed. [Stuttgart, 14 Feb. 1980]. [Stuttgart, 14 Feb. 1980]. 0.33 litres. Stored in custom-made tube.

EUR 2,500.00

Signed by Andy Warhol during a visit to Stuttgart in February 1980: a charming counterpart to the famous "Campbell's Soup Cans" he created in 1962. - Includes a brief contemporary description and a contemporary inscribed sheet of paper which accompanied the can as a gift in 1980.

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Two of the earliest panaromic views of China's main ports

[Xiamen]. Two panoramic views of Xiamen (Amoy) Island. No place, circa 1870. No place, circa 1870. 2 panoramas, each composed of four consecutive albumen prints. 1100 x 210 mm.

EUR 12,500.00

Two of the earliest panoramic views of Xiamen, formerly romanized as Amoy. Xiamen Island was considered to possess one of the world's great natural harbors in Yundang Bay, and its served as China's main port for exporting tea. It was one of five Chinese Treaty ports agreed on by the Treaty of Nanjing in 1842. Under Deng Xiaoping Xiamen became one of the original four special economic zones opened to foreign investment and trade in the early 1980s. - Slightly foxed and browned. Rare.

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Diplomatic gift from the Prince Regent of China

Zaifeng (Prince Chun II), Manchu prince and regent of the late Qing dynasty (1883-1951). Calling card. [Berlin/Potsdam, Sept. 1901]. [Berlin/Potsdam, Sept. 1901]. 255 x 120 mm.

EUR 6,500.00

Presented by Prince Chun as a gift to Anna von Elbe (neé Richthofen), the sister of the German Foreign Secretary Oswald von Richthofen, when he was sent to Germany as a Special Ambassador to offer his regrets for the murder of the German diplomat Clemens von Ketteler during the Boxer Rebellion.

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