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Audubon's Birds of America, the original large
folio edition, Plates 1 to 218, 220 to 223, 226 to 248, 251 to 260, 262, 264 to 268, 270 to 272, 274 to 287, 289 to 292, 294 to 296, 299 and 300;-in all 287 magnificent plates, all finely coloured, £60. 1827, ete,
The above comprises nearly three-quarters of the entire work.
Audubon's Ornithological Biography,
5 vols, roy. 8vo. hf. calf neat, £10.
Edin. 1831-39 This is the Text to the “Birds of America : " the first volume contains a presentation in the autograph of the Author.
The most sumptuous of ornithological works, in which the birds are represented in their wild state amid various scenes, or resting and feeding on the trees and plants common to their babits, presenting not only a variety of land and marine views, but also of flowers, fruit and other productions of different climates and seasons. Eagles and other large birds are represented in their natural size and even in groups. Amongst the magnificent publications respecting Ornithology, none exceeds this for finish of engraving or exactitude of colouring, and nothing can compare with it in size, everything combining exactness of detail with a living and animated representation of general forms. The original cost of this truly superb work was £253. 16s, and complete copies are, at the present time, almost unobtainable at any price.
Bible Myths, and their Parallels
Parallels in other RELIGIONS : being a comparison of the Old and New Testament Myths and Miracles, with those of Heathen Nations of Antiquity ; considering also their origin and meaning, 1 vol. 8vo. 600 pp. with numerous illustrations, cloth, 168
New York, J. W. Bouton, 1882 A summary of all the heterodox opinions about the
Bible based upon such writers as Higgins, Inman, Bishop Colenso, Darwin, Hume, Josephus, Tylor, Volney, etc.
A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PRINTING,
WITH NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS.
1880 Only 250 copies printed and nearly out of print, foolscap 4to., xii and 450 pp., with 116 cuts of Printers' Marks, Facsimiles of Block-Prints, etc.
half morocco, price £2, 128 6d. The Compilers have limited the signification of the word “Printing" by rejecting photographie printing, calico printing, telegraphic printing, &c., as irrelevant processes which are not utilised for literary purposes. In fact, the works cited are those treating of typographic, lithographic, copperplate printing, &c., with the cognate arts of type-found'ng, stereotyping, electrotyping, and wood-engraving.
The several books cited are arranged in Alphabetical order under the names of the writers, in every case wherein the anthorship is noted on the title-page or was known to the Compilers; the dames in the latter case being inserted in brackets. Anonymous works are placed according to the wording of the title, the first noun in such cases determining the alphabetical position in this Bibliography. Every system of arrangement is open to objection; but it is hoped that the one adopted will best facilitate reference to any beok required, and therefore will prove more convenient than the chronological method ; but in several cases wherein it is interesting to mark the evolution of a subject during successive years, an historical note has been given for the
purpose. The article on “Koster," for instance, summarises the theories of various authors who have written on the subject of the “Haarlem Legend." Investigation, it is hoped, has been rendered easier by the employment of cross references.
These pages have been illustrated by a large number of interesting cuts, derived from various sources. Most of those representing the printers' devices were engraved with his own hand by Mr. J. PH, BERJEAU, and originally published in his little volume on “ Printers' Marks," and in his Bookworm. Both of these works being out of print and almost unattainable, the blocks were required, and they are here given in order, under the names of the printers who used them. Indeed, these pages are enriched with probably the largest and most representative collection of delineations of typographical monuments, and of portraits of notabilities, that has ever bcen presented in one work.
Special attention is drawn to the many original Biographical Notices that are given of English and Foreign printers ; these have been obtained under exceptionally favourable circumstances. See, for instance, in Volume I., the articles on BEWICK, BOWYER, BULMER, CASLON, CAXTON, Didot, ENGELMANN, ENSCHEDÉ, FIGGINS, FRANKLIN, GUTENBERO, HANDSARD, Koster, LEEU, and others. Highly Important Work on Oriental Magic, Literature and Religions, nearly 1400 pp, cloth,
2 stout vols. 8vo. 368.
Blavatsky (H. F.) Isis Unveiled : A Master Key to
the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology “ Isis Unveiled," written by MADAME H. P. BLAVATSKY, and published by J. W. Bouton, New York, is one of the most remarkable works, for originality of thought, thoroughness of research, depth of philosophic exposition, and variety and extent of learning, that has appeared for very many years. It purports to be “A Master-key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology.” The print, paper, engravings, and binding show the taste and care for which its publisher is distinguished, and the author, besides writing a work of high merit, took great pains to make it a work of reference also, by supplying one of the best indexes that we have seen for a long time, occupying fifty-two pages."- Philadelphia Press, October 9, 1877.
No subject of investigation is more attractive and less understood than the Religious Philosophy of the Orientals. The religious and scientific wealth of the oldest peoples on the earth has been so jealously guarded from inquisitive foreigners by mysteries and jargon, that the many have denied the existence of anything worth seeking; and the few so discouraged by the obstacles in the road that, for the most part, they have been compelled to abandon the search.
It is with unfeigned pleasure, therefore, that Mr. BOUTON announces the early appearance of a work which will remove many doubts and perplexities, and place in the hands of the intelligent what may serve as a key to the immense storehouses of Oriental learning
The author, Mme. BLAVATSKY, enters the field well equipped. A native of Asia-her childhood passed among the Calmucks, Tartars, Persians and other Eastern peoples ; her maturity among Hindus, Cingalese, Thibetans, and Egyptians-Oriental traditions, languages, literature and mythology, have long been her chief study and occupation. The immense fund of information stored up during years of thoughtful study and of observant travel in all lands, enable her to throw more light upon the esoteric philosophy of Eastern nations than, perhaps, any other writer who has contributed to the literature of this important subject.
The work is divided into two volumes: one devoted to Science, one to Religion.
The author is most careful in stating facts and opinions, always presenting quotations of undeniable authenticity. Numerous translated extracts from the Kabala, the Hermes, the Vedas, etc., are interspersed through the work, bearing at times upon themes treated by high authorities, whom she is often obliged to criticise. Among the subjects dilated upon, the review of Platonism, the discussion of the Genesis of Humanity, the Submerged Continents, the conflicting theories upon the Emigrations of Peoples, the relation of Myths of India, Persia, Scandinavia, Mexico, Peru, and other nations, to modern science and dogma, may be mentioned to give a faint idea of the scope of the work. Startling revelations respecting many physical and psychological phenomena heretofore wrapped in mystery and doubt, frequently occur, at once instructing and amusing the reader. It will be remembered with what avidity the public received and devoured a narrative of the acts of the Thugs unearthed by the English authorities in India some years ago. Our author describes, in a charming manner, the marvellous performances of Fakirs, Magicians, and Sheiks, whose "juggling tricks” delude the senses, and force upon the unwilling mind the conviction that the sources of this bewildering magic must not be sought in mere mechanical legerdemain.
To the scholar and the specialist, to the philologist and the archæologist, this work will be a most valuable acquisition, aiding them in their labours and giving to them the only clue to the labyrinth of confusion in which they are involved. To the general reader it will be especially attractive because of its fascinating style and pleasing arrangement, presenting a constant variety of racy anecdote, pithy thought, sound scholarship, and vivid description. Mme. BLAVATSKY possesses the happy gift of versatility in an eminent degree, and her style is varied to suit her theme with a graceful ease refreshing to the reader, who is led without weariness from page to page. The author has accomplished her task with ability, and has conferred upon all a precious boon, whose benefit the scientist as well as the religionist, the specialist as well as the general reader, will not be slow to recognize.
" In regard to the Oriental societies, I am under deep obligations to H. P. Blavatsky, the learned author of Isis Unveiled,' published last year by Mr. Quaritch, of London, a work that should be in all Masonic libraries. This erudite lady' is secretary of the Eastern Society of Theosopbists, consisting of thrice three degrees." — The Rosicrucian and Masonic Record, July, 1879. Block-Books:
HOLY CROSS: Geschiedenis van het heylighe Cruys; or the History
of the Holy Cross, reproduced in facsimile from the original edition printed by J. Veldener in 1483, text and engravings by J. Ph. Berjeau, sm. 4to. (published at £1. 58), bds. 20s
1863 Introduction, 12 pp. History of the Holy Cross, text (in modern type) with illustrative extracts from the Golden Legend and ancient French MSS. 60 pp. The facsimile, 64 woodcuts on 33 leaves, with text at foot.
M. Berjeau has now put within the reach of every man a book which reproduces a very curious specimen of the earliest art together with a great deal of really valuable literary information connected with it. The illustrations are reproduced with the utmost care and accuracy from the mediæval original, of which only three copies are known to exist in the world. . . Besides the illustrations, however, the volume before us contains an exceedingly curious and interesting relic of mediæval poetry : it is the legendary “History of the Holy Cross" in Dutch verses of four lines each engraving. These verses are reproduced in facsimile below each print; but, besides this, they are printed in clear type, as an Introduction, and with each of them the extract from the Golden Legend, in Latin, referring to the same subject-Caxton's Golden Legend, in English, and the French version from a MS. in the British Museum of the thirteenth century. This is followed by an English version, executed with a wish to reproduce a quaint and homely style of the original, as far as this is consistent with the reverence which the nature of the subject demands. Lastly, this is followed by a French version, and both of these are done very well.- The Weekly
Xylographie et de la Typographie réunies, reproduit en facsimile
1861 Title and Introduction, 72 pp. The Speculum in modern type, 33 pp. The Speculum, in facsimile, 63 leaves printed on one side, and including 116 distinct designs, on Dutch-made paper of precisely the same texture and tint as the original. Only 155 copies were printed, and the book is now out of print.
This block-book, supposed to have been executed about 1435, is of the greatest interest in the history of the origin of typography, as well as of popular education. It is a Pictorial Scripture History, that is to say a picture of a certain subject from the Old or New Testament is given, with a more or less brief account in black letter underneath it, of the personages or scenes intended. Each page has a double subject. As regards the drawing we hold it to be, though rude, very artistic. There is a decided character and an expression in the figures that are almost worthy of Albert Dürer. Nothing is feeble, though much is quaint. The draperies are simple and effective, and there is no crowding of figures, but a judicious grouping of from two to five personages in each, with backgrounds of trees, hills or houses, as in the works of the early Masters.-See Home and Foreign Review, April, 1863.
Branca (Gaetano) Storia dei Viaggiatori Italiani, 12mo. pp. viii
and 500, with a facsimile of three fourteenth and fifteenth-century worldmaps, sd. 28 6d
Torino, 1873 A well-executed résumé of the labours and discoveries of Italian travellers, beginning with Marco Polo and other Venetians in the thirteenth century, and ending with the year 1868. British Museum Publications :
Natural History. BOULENGER (G. A.) Catalogue of the BATRACHIA GRADIENTIA s.
Caudata and Batrachia Apoda in the British Museum, second edition, 8vo. pp. vii and 127, 9 plates, cloth, 9s
- 1882 (1883) This and the former volume, “ Catalogue of the Batrachia Salientia,” 1882, form the complete Catalogue of Batrachians, If compared with the first edition, published nearly thirty years ago, it will afford another proof that the collection in the British Musenin has held pace with the progress made by science in the intervening period.--Sec Preface. BOULENGER (G. A.) Catalogue of the BATRACHIA Salientia s. Ecaudata in
the collection of the British Museum, 8vo. pp. 519, 30 plates and numerous woodcuts, cloth, 308
1882 CATALOGUE of the BIRDS in the British Museum, Vol. VII: Catalogue of
the PASSERIFORMES or Perching Birds (continued), by R. Bowdler SHARPE, 8vo. pp. xvi and 698, 15 COLOURED plates, cloth, 265 1883
Contents :-CICHLOMORPHÆ, part IV, containing the concluding portion of the Family TIMELIIDA (Babbling Thrushes). CATALOGUE of the BIRDS, Vol. VIII: Catalogue of the PASSERIFORMES
(continued), by Hans GADOW, 8vo. pp. viii and 386, 9 COLOURED plates, cloth, 17s
1883 Contents :--CicuILONORPHÆ, part V, containing the Families ParIDÆ and LANIDÆ (Titmice and Shrikes), and CERTHIOMORPHE (Creepers and Nuthatches). Jones (Prof. T. Rupert) Catalogue of the Fossil FORAMINIFERA, 8vo. pp. xxiv and 100, cloth, 58
1882 " In addition to the lists of genera and species, much valuable information bas been added by the author as to the classification and distribution of the Foraminifera, both in time and space ; a short account is also given of the structure and mode of growth of existing forms."-Henry Woodward.
Antiquities. ASSYRIAN ANTIQUITIES, Guide to the Kouyunjik Gallery, 12mo. pp. 190, 4 autotype plates, sd. ls 6d
1883 COLLECTION (The) of Ancient GREEK INSCRIPTIONS in the British
Museum, part. II, edited by C. T. NEWTON, folio, plates, bds. 20s 1883
The first part, published in 1874, contains the Inscriptions found in Attika. The second part, now published, contains those from the Peloponnese, Northern Greece, Macedonia, Thrace, the Kimmerian Bosporos and the Islands of the Greek Archipelago. The third part will contain the Inscriptions from Prienė, Ephesos and Iasos. DESCRIPTION of the Collection of Ancient Marbles in the BRITISH MUSEUM, by Taylor Combe, E. Hawkins, and C. R. Cockerell, comprising the Townley Collection, the Elgin Collection, and the Phigalian Marbles, 10 parts or vols. 1812-45-Description of the Collection of ANCIENT TERRA Cottas in the British Museum, 1810-together il vols. in 6, royal 4to. LARGE PAPER, over 200 proof plates (published in boards at £33. 158 6d), in whole russia extra, gilt edges, £25.
1810-45 From the library of Sir Robert Peel. This is one of the fincst works ever published on Ancient Sculpture. The binding of the first volume is cracked.
BRITISH MUSEUM PUBLICATIONS—continued.
Manuscripts. CODEX ALEXANDRINUS, Facsimile of the; Old Testament, Vol. II,
Hosea—4, Maccabees, in Greek, folio, in absolute facsimile, produced by order of the Trustees of the British Museum, 237 leaves of stout cardboard, printed in photo-lithography, back and front, in portfolio, £9. 1883
Copies of the First Volume (comprising Genesis to Chronicles), price £9. ; and of the volume containing the facsimile of the New Testament and Clementine Epistles, price £7, are still on sale. CATALOGUE of ANCIENT MANUSCRIPTS in the British Museum, part I:
GREEK (by E. M. Thompson and O. F. Warner), royal folio, 20 large autotype facsimiles, bds. £1.
1881 " The Catalogue of Ancient Manuscripts iu the British Museum is intended to give a detailed account, with facsimiles, of works in Greek and Latin contained in papyri and codices, generally fo a date earlier than the close of the ninth century. The present division is arranged in two sections. In the first are comprised classical and other secular writers ; in the second biblical, liturgical, and theological MSS... the unique character and wide interest of some entitle thein to the minute description which has been attempted in the following pages. The classical section is incomparably rich in early remains of the Iliad, comprising the two papyri of Harris and Bankes and the palimpsest fragments from the Nitrian Desert. Of still greater critical value are the papyri containing the orations of Hyperides, of which all the extant remains are now collected within the walls of the Museum. Among the biblical MSS. the Codex Alexandrinus holds the first place, etc.”—E. M. Thompson. CATALOGUE of the PERSIAN MANUSCRIPTS in the British Museum, by Charles Rieu, Vol. III (and last), royal 4to. cloth, 258
1883 The first two volumes can be supplied at 25s each. GAYANGOS (Pascual de) Catalogue of the MANUSCRIPTS in the SPANISH Language in the British Museum, Vol. III, royal 8vo. pp. 819, cloth, 158
1881 SELECT PAPYRI in the HIERATIC character in the British Museum, 4 parts complete, folio, 187 plates of facsimiles, scarce, £3. 10s 1841-60 The first part is out of print; the other three are published at £4, 128 6d.
Numismatics. CATALOGUE of the GREEK COINS in the British Museum (Vols. VI and VII), 8vo. cloth :Vol. VI, THESSALY to AETOLIA, by P. GARDNER and R. S. Poole, 32 plates, representing about 500 coins, 158
1883 Vol. VII, THE PTOLEMIES, Kings of Egypt, by R. S. POOLE, 32 plates, about 250 figures, 158
1883 “The seventh volume of Mr. Stanley Lane Puole's Catalogue of Oriental Coins in the British Museum will be published immediately. It describes the coinage of Timur (Tamerlane) and his successors in Transoxiana and Khorasan, and the subsequent dynusties of Sheybanids, Astrakanids, and Mangits, who ruled Bokhara from the downfall of the house of Timur to the present day. Descriptions of the coinage of the Khans of Khokand and Khiva, of the Atalik Ghazy of Kashgar, and of the Enirs of Budlis are appended. The Introduction deals with the difficult subject of the geographical limits of the Bokhara khanate, sketches the bistory of the dynasties who ruled over it from Timur to the Russian conquest, illustrates the relations of the different princes by ten genealogical tables, and analyses the character and peculiarities of the coins described, with the useful addition of a sketch-map of mint-places. Vol. VIII, describiug the coins of the Turks, is in the press.”—The Academy, April 22, 1882. SYNOPSIS of Contents : Department of Coins and MEDALS. Head (B. V.)
Guide to the principal Gold and Silver Coins of the Ancients, B.C. 700 to