• # 23362

    [DESCARTES]. HART, Kevin

    Losing the power to say “I” : an essay celebrating the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of René Descartes.

    Melbourne : Art School Press, 1996. Limited edition of 100 copies, numbered, signed and dated by the author (no. 5). Octavo, olive cloth boards with pictorial onlay (portrait of Descartes), title page printed in red and black with vignette portrait of Descartes (identical to onlay on upper board), 37 pp, a fine copy.

  • # 22613

    MORRIS, William

    [WILLIAM MORRIS] Monopoly ; or, how labour is robbed.

    The Socialist Platform [Journal of the Socialist League] – No. 7. London : Office of “The Commonweal”, 273 Hackney Road N.E., 1891. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (detached, rusted staple, mild spotting), 15 pp one full page of illustrations; contents clean. A socio-political pamphlet produced by the English textile designer, artist and writer William Morris (1834-1896), co-founder …

  • # 20028

    CAGE, John

    Diary: how to improve the world (you will only make matters worse)

    Los Angeles : Siglio, 2015. Octavo, publisher’s deep orange paper over boards, with embossed title in several colours, 173 pp, text throughout in many different fonts and colours; internally very clean, a fine copy. “It is a mosaic of ideas, statements, words, and stories. It is also a diary. For each day, I determined by …

  • # 19999

    NICHOLS, Dale

    A philosophy of esthetics

    Chicago : The Black Cat Press, 1938. First edition. Quarto, publisher’s blue cloth over boards (slight marks to boards, laid in print with wear to edges), xi, iii , 82, 2 pp, with engravings by Collins, Miller & Hutchings, colour, duotone, and black and white plates; print by the author laid in, internally very clean, a …

  • # 22302

    RAYMOND OF SABUNDE (c.1385-1436)

    Theologia naturalis sive Liber creatura[rum] specialiter de homine [et] de natura eius in qua[n]tum homo. :[et] de his qu[a] sunt ei necessaria ad cognoscendu[m] seip[su]m [et] Deu[m] [et] om[n]e debitu[m] ad q[uo]d ho[mo] tenet[ur] et obligatur tam Deo q[uam] p[ro]ximo.

    Impressus Nurembergae : Per Anthoniu[m] koberger [sic] inibi co[n]cluem, 1502. Folio (290 x 210 mm), contemporary sheep over wooden boards (lacking clasps), elabotrate blind-tooling to both boards, upper board including a panel containing abbreviated title, below it a remnant contemporary paper label with manuscript in red and black; A-Q8 R6; title with early (unidentified) ownership …

  • # 20195

    SMITH, Arthur H. (Henderson) (1845-1932)

    Chinese characteristics

    Shanghai : Printed and published at the “North China Herald” office, 1890. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth covered boards (rubbed and lightly marked), upper board with gilt pictorial device and yellow lettering and decoration, spine lettered in gilt, front hinge cracked, patterned endpapers, half-title inscribed by the original owner, an American Protestant medical missionary: …

  • # 19524

    CICERO, Marcus Tullius (106 - 43 B.C.)

    M. Tulli Ciceronis Orationes

    ex recensione Ioannis Georgi Graevii cum ejusdem animadversionibus, et notis integris Francisci Hottomanni, Dionysii Lambini, Fulvii Ursinii, Pauli Manutii ac selectis aliorum. Amstelodami [Amsterdam] : P. & I. Blaeu, 1699. Octavo, six volumes, full plain vellum, manuscript titles to spines, bookplate to pastedowns, various pagination, copperplate frontispiece to volume 1, ornamental headpieces and initials; a fine …

  • # 19427

    KANGXI, Emperor of China (1654-1722); MILNE, William (1785-1822) (translator)

    The sacred edict, containing sixteen maxims of the Emperor Kang-hi,

    amplified by his son, the Emperor Yoong-ching; together with a paraphrase on the whole, by a Mandarin. Translated from the Chinese original, and illustrated with notes, by the Rev. William Milne, Protestant Missionary at Malacca. Shanghai : American Presbyterian Mission Press, 1870. Second edition. Octavo, half morocco over marbled papered boards (heavily rubbed, upper board with …

  • # 19668

    CAREFOOTE, Pearce J.

    Flickering of the flame. Print and the Reformation

    Toronto : Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 2017. Narrow folio, illustrated wrappers, pp. 172, illustrated. Exhibition catalogue. ‘Among the highlights of this exhibition will be late Medieval vernacular texts, popular among the Humanists; early pamphlets by Luther and his associates; classics of the Continental Reformation, such as Calvin’s definitive 1559 edition of the Institutes; a …

  • # 19523

    RUSKIN, John (1819-1900)

    The works.

    New York : Merrill and Baker, [c.1920]. Twenty-six volumes, octavo (194 x 127 mm). Contemporary half tan calf over marbled papered boards, gilt-lettered contrasting morocco title labels to spines (slightly sunned), a couple of bumps to heads of spines, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers with bookplate of American lawyer and author Henry Waters Taft, black …

  • # 18820

    RUSKIN, John (1819-1900)

    Sesame and lilies

    Kent : George Allen, 1886. Seventh edition. Octavo, original binding of half morocco over marbled paper boards, spine with raised bands, gilt lettering and ornament, marbled endpapers, marbled edges; pp. xi, 180, pages 76-79 printed in red, original owner’s pencilled notes to final blank; a fine copy. The work is comprised of two lectures delivered …

  • # 19077

    Thoughts on the business of life (signed copy)

    New York : B. C. Forbes Publishing Company, 1939. Third printing. Octavo, cloth, pp. 182. Signed by Forbes on the half title. Forbes was the founder of Forbes Magazine.

  • # 19525

    RUSKIN, John.

    The art of England.

    Lectures given in Oxford, during his second tenure of the Slade Professorship. London : George Allen, 1887. Second edition. Quarto, finely bound by Zaehnsdorf in half crushed morocco over marbled boards, spine in compartments lettered in gilt with gilt ornamentation, marbled endpapers, pp. [vi]; 292, a fine copy. Lectures on Rossetti and Holman Hunt; Burne-Jones …

  • # 17115

    SINCLAIRE, F. (Frederick)

    Annotations. (Presentation copy)

    Melbourne: G. Jervis Manton, 1920. Series: “Fellowship” publications, no. 4. Duodecimo, papered boards with printed title label (light foxing), a presentation copy inscribed on the front free-endpaper for Melbourne watchmaker and jeweller Joseph Lowy and his wife, using their nicknames: ‘To Mushka and Pat Lowy, 1924’, and with a frivolous rhyme in German (a private joke) below; 48 pp; …

  • # 18866

    RUSKIN, John (1819-1900)

    On the old road : a collection of miscellaneous essays and articles on art and literature, published 1834-1885.

    Orpington : George Allen, 1899. Three volumes, octavo, original bindings of half morocco over marbled papered boards, spines with raised bands, gilt lettering and ornament (a little scuffed at head of volume 2), top-edges gilt; pp. viii, 448; 422; 452 (including indexes); clean throughout, a fine set. A large collection of Ruskin’s writings on art, …

  • # 18358

    WEBER, Johann Adam (1611-1686)

    [BINDING] Discursus curiosi et fructuosi, ad praecipuas totius litteraturae humanae scientias illustrandas accomodati, …

    [Salzburg : J.B. Mayr, 1690?]. Octavo, contemporary binding of painted vellum, gilt ornamentation, upper panel with central image of a statue of the Madonna and Child and legend ‘Monastery Ettalensis Fundatrix’ (Ettal Abbey, or Kloster Ettal, is a Benedictine monastery situated near Oberammergau in Bavaria, founded in 1330; the statue of the Madonna and Child is said to …