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The Curious Lore of Precious Stones - Being a Description of their Sentiments and Folk Lore, Superstitions, Symbolism, Mysticism, Use in Medicine, Protection, Prevention, Religion, and Divination, Crystal Gazing, Birth-Stones, Lucky Stones and Talismans. - George Frederick Kunz

1913 - J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia & London - First Edition
A sumptuously bound definitive study of the history and folklore of gems. Profusely illustrated with six colour plates, 57 doubletone plates and 24 line cuts in text.

Kunz was the legendary gem scholar, gemologist, and gem buyer for Tiffany & Co at the turn of the century, named vice president of Tiffany & Co. at the age of 23. This is the definitive study of the magical abilities and strange characteristics of precious stones. Wide range of sources — Greek, Latin documents, medieval lapidaries, Eddas, Egyptian writings, Oriental gem books, the Bible — reveal magic, occult, medicinal and religious uses of dozens of gems. Kunzite, a pink gemstone found in Afghanistan is named after him.
 
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Memoirs of Mrs. Fitzherbert - Charles Langdale

1856 - Richard Bentley, London - First Edition
Extra-illustrated with an additional 37 plates, combined with the original 38 plates of which 10 are colour.

Maria Fitzherbert (1756–1837) was already twice widowed when the young Prince of Wales began his pursuit of her in 1784. Initially refusing his offer of marriage, she eventually accepted it and the couple were wed in secret the following year. Though legitimate in her eyes, the union was invalid under the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, and controversial because of her Catholicism. A posthumous attack on her faith and morals, penned by Lord Holland in his Memoirs of the Whig Party, provoked her close friend Charles Langdale (1787–1868) into publishing this defence in 1856. A champion of Catholic emancipation, Langdale was one of the first Catholics elected to Parliament. These memoirs are based on Maria Fitzherbert's own recollections, recounted to Langdale's brother, Lord Stourton. They reveal the values and beliefs of an exceptional woman who occupied a unique and precarious position within British high society.
 
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Verses Written in India - Sir Alfred Lyall

1889 - Kegan Paul, London - First Edition
‘Here, in this mystical India, the deities hover and swarm,
Like the wild bees heard in the tree-tops, or the gusts of a gathering storm...’

A collection of twenty-four sentimental verses by Sir Alfred Lyall, and signed from him on the front free endpaper, elegantly bound by Rivière & Son.

Sir Alfred Lyall (1796-1865) was a British civil servant, philosopher, editor, clergyman and traveller. He first arrived in Calcutta in 1856, and served a long career in the Indian Civil Service.
 
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The Moon And Sixpence - William Somerset Maugham

1919 - George H. Doran, New York - First American Edition
A finely bound work, inspired by the turbulent life of the painter, Paul Gauguin, The Moon And Sixpence examines the nature of creative genius.  
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A Literary History of Scotland - John Hepburn Millar

1903 - T. Fisher Unwin, London - Number 6 of 25 copies.
A finely bound limited edition of this detailed work. Over 700 pages with chapters covering Scottish poetry, prose, reviews, histories and novels.

‘Miller’s scholarly
A Literary History of Scotland was for many years the standard work on Scottish Literature and remains a useful work of reference. In it he maintained his attack on the then fashionable Kailyard writers (late 19th-century movement in Scottish fiction characterised by a sentimental idealisation of humble village life), whom he had first criticised in the April 1895 issue of The New Review.’ - Famous Scots 
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Voyage of His Majesty’s Ship Alceste along the Coast of Corea to The Island of Lew Chew (Okinawa) with an account of her subsequent shipwreck. - John M’Leod (McLeod)

1818 - John Murray, London - Second Edition (First published in 1817)
The voyage was undertaken while Lord Amherst’s embassy, which the naval expedition had brought out, was in China on its abortive mission to the imperial court at Beijing. Includes descriptions of the Ryukus (then a Chinese protectorate) and Canton (Guangzhou). McLeod, the ship’s surgeon, wrote his Narrative during his return voyage in 1817 aboard the hired ship Caesar [Lowendahl], after the Alceste struck a submerged reef off the coast of Sumatra.

The second edition, with five hand-coloured aquatint plates (as opposed to the four aquatint plates of the first edition). The illustrations include an engraved portrait of Capt. Murray Maxwell by T. Wageman and five hand-coloured aquatint plates by J. Clarke after Lieut. Dwarris and McLeod depicting
Islanders of Sir James Hall's Group, a Corean Chief and Attendants, a Lewchewan Chief and Attendants, the Garden of the Temple at Lewchew and Fort Maxwell (not in the first edition). 
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Five Children And It - E. Nesbit

1902 - T. Fisher Unwin, London - First Edition
A magical tale, illustrated by H. R. Millar with forty-six black and white plates.

Cyril, Athena, Robert, Jane, and baby brother, Lamb, are exploring the land around the house their parents have rented for the summer when they find the sandpit. They decide to dig a hole straight through to Australia. Their plan is interrupted when Athena discovers a magical creature hiding in the sand. It is a Psammead, and it can grant wishes.
 
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The Course of Time: A Poem, in Ten Books - Robert Pollok

1833 - William Blackwood, Edinburgh - Twelfth Edition
‘Sweet tears! the awful language, eloquent
Of infinite affection, far too big
For words’

A beautifully bound copy of Scottish poet Robert Pollok’s much admired epic poem, first published to great acclaim in 1827. Often compared to Milton’s
Paradise Lost, the poem explores grand themes, such as biblical ideas of the apocalypse to Scottish Romantic philosophy. Pollok’s work was an immediate success, and subsequently twenty-five editions were printed over the course of fifty years, with more than 60,000 copies sold. 
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