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Now ready Vols. I. and II. of The Memorial Edition of the Works of
THOMAS BEWICK, in five volumes, royal 8vo. The appearance of this edition, first announced in 1882, has been unavoidedly
delayed by the deaths, successively, of Mr. ROBERT WARD, the printer, and Miss ISABELLA BEWICK, Bewick's only surviving daughter. The original blocks, which were sold recently, have been purchased by Mr. Ward's sons and successors, who will now proceed with the work. Paper expressly prepared for the reception of woodcuts will be used ; and all the modern improvements of typography will be enlisted in order to secure brilliant
and effective impressions. The set will consist of 5 volumes, royal 8vo. :-Vols. I. II. History of British Birds ; Land Birds and Water Birds, with the woodcuts of the Supplements incorporated
2 vols. Vol. III, History of Quadrupeds
1 vol. Vol. IV. Æsop's Fables
1 vol. Vol. V. Memoir of Thomas Bewick, written by himself, with numerous woodcuts prepared for a projected History of British Fishes
1 vol. The last volume will be prefaced and annotated by Mr. AUSTIN DOBson, in whose hands Bewick's papers and correspondence, together with the
original MS. of the "Memoir,'' have been placed by the late Miss Isabella Bewick's Executors. The “ Memoir,” which was edited by Miss Jane Bewick in
1862, will now be printed more completely. This edition will be issued to Subscribers only; and is limited to 750 copies.
No volume will be sold separately. The name of Bewick is, and has been, a household-word in English Homes since the beginning of the present century.
Next to the Bible and the Common Prayer, no books have been handled with greater veneration than those illustrated with woodents by Bewick. His Birds, Quadrupeds, and Fables have been affectionately studied and admired by four generations of
English men and women. As the original editions have become very scarce and very dear this new
MEMORIAL EDITION—the first one in a collective form-will, at a comparatively moderate cost, give to the present generation a delightful opportunity of enjoying the artistic truth and vigour of Bewick’s famous
cuts in all their original beauty. Intending Subscribers can either pay the price of £2. 108 per volume as each
volume is delivered, or secure the complete work on more advantageous mention the party of boys playing at soldiers yards and cottages, as in the wild coast scenery among graves, and mounted on a row of up- | with the flocks of sea birds wheeling round the right tombstones for horses ; while for quaint rocks. In one of these subjects there stands humour, extracted from a very simple source, a ruined church, towards which the sea has may be noticed a procession of geese which encroached, the rising tide threatening to have just waddled through a stream, while submerge a tombstone raised to perpetuate the their line of march is continued by a row of memory, &c. Bewick resembles Hogarth in stepping-stones. The student of landscape this, that his illustrations of the stories of can never consult the works of Bewick without others are not to be compared with his own improvement.' The backgrounds to the figures inventions. His feeling for the beauties of of his Quadrupeds and his Birds, and his nature as they were impressed on him directly, vignettes, have a charm of nature quite his own. and not at second-hand, is akin to the feelings He gives us, in these, every season of the year; of Burns, and his own designs remind me, and his trees, whether in the clothing of sum therefore, much more of Burns than the few mer, or in the nakedness of winter, are the which he made from the poet."-Leslie's Hand trees of an artist bred in the country. He is Book for Young Painters. equally true in his little home scenes, his farm
terms by prepaying the sum of Ten Guineas. “ While speaking of the English school, nature, and though often representing the I must not omit to notice a truly original most ordinary objects, yet never, in a single original genius, who, though not a painter, was instance, degenerating into common-place. an artist of the highest order in his way- The charming vignettes that ornament these Thomas Bewick, the admirable designer and
en- books abound in incidents from real life graver on wood. His works, indeed, are of the diversified by genuine humour, as well as by smallest dimensions, but this makes it only the the truest pathos-of which the single figure more surprising that so much interest could be of a shipwrecked sailor saying his prayers on comprised within such little spaces. The wood- a rock, with the waves rising round him, is an cuts that illustrate bis books of natural history instance. There is often in these little things may be studied with advantage by the most a deep meaning that places his art on a level ambitious votary of the highest classes of art with styles which the world is apt to consider -filled as they are by the truest feeling for as greatly above it, in proof of which I would
CRITICAL NOTICES OF THE FIRST VOLUME. “ The first volume of the splendid Memorial | will be so soon completed. I accordingly send Edition of the Works of Thomas Bewick, has you my full subscription. I have safely rejust been issued to the subscribers, by Mr. B. ceived Vol. I, and find it highly satisfactory. Quaritch. It will be remembered, that the book
I am, my dear Sir, was first announced in 1882, that the publication
Yours truly, was delayed through the deaths of Miss Isabella
J. R. JOLY Bewick and Mr. Robert Ward, the printer. The last volume—the fifth-will be prefaced
DURHAM. and annotated by MR. AUSTIN DOBSON. No
4th August, 1885. single volume will be sold, and the edition is
BEWICK. limited to 750 copies. Judging from its
Dear Sir,- The 1st Vol. of the Memorial appearance, we should say that this re-issue Edition reached me yesterday, and has given will form one of the most valuable books that me unmixed satisfaction. The Wards have have been issued by subscription.” — The done their work splendidly, Publishers' Circular, August 1st, 1885.
Yours truly, “Messrs. Ward & Sons, printers, of New Mr. QuARITCH, London. J. W. BARNES. castle-on-Tyne, have achieved a triumph in the manner they have reprinted the orignal
KNAPTON Hall, woodcuts in their Memorial Edition of Bewick's
RILLINGTON, YORK. Works.
July 29th, 1885. Vol. I, • The Land Birds,' is now before the Public ; Vols. II-V, completing
Dear Sir,-Enclose Invoice with P. O. Order the work, are promised within twelve months.
for 1st Vol. of Bewick, which came the other The entire edition of 750 copies has been
day ; I am very pleased with it, and is very secured by Mr. Quaritch."-The Academy
neatly got up; also, kindly receipt and return August 8th, 1885.
From yours faithfully. 38, RATHMINES Road, Dublin,
EDWARD TINDALL, 30th July, 1885. L To Mr. BERNARD QUARITCH, My dear Sir,-I am glad to find the Bewick | London.
BERNARD QUARITCH, Responsible Publisher. London, 15 Piccadilly, August, 1885. Bewick. A MEMOIR OF THOMAS BEWICK, written by himself
8vo. xx, 344 pp. embellished by 52 wood engravings, designed and engraved by the author for a work on BRITISH FISHES, never before published, cloth, 158
Newcastle-on-Tyne, 1862 Binns (R.W.) Century of Pottery in the City
of Worcester, being the History of the Royal Porcelain Works, from 1751. 1851; to which is added a short account of the Celtic, Roman and Mediæval Pottery of Worcestershire; SECOND EDITION, with 109 plates and woodcuts, hf. morocco, £2. 128 6d
1977 - the same, 4to. LARGE PAPER, with 12 extra photographic plates, only 12 copies printed for sale, £7. 78
Bhagavad-Gita (The); or a Discourse between
Krishna and Arjuna on Divine Matter, a Sanskrit philosophical poem, translated with notes, and an introduction on Sanskrit Philosophy, by J. Cockburn Thomson, square small 8vo. original unabridgeá edition, pp. cxix and 155, cloth, 7s 6d
Hertford, 1855 The Bhagavad Gita, which was written probably some time before the birth of Christ, and was inserted in the great epic poem Mahabharata, is not only a poem but also the greatest philosophical work which India has produced. It belongs to the Sankhya system-the most important of Hindu schools of philosophy-and is Pantheistic in its character. When we consider that the busy intellect of mankind has been engaged upon metaphysical inquiries for thousands of years, and that no advance has been made in real discovery, the teaching of the Bhagavad Gita is as valuable now as it ever has been, and offers a study as attractive as any other which exists for the student of the History of Religions.
The introduction by Mr. Thomson, which gives with admirable condensation an analysis of the doctrines of all the Hindu systems of Philosophy, has long been acknowledged to be a masterpiece.
Bibliography (Early Dutch): Holtrop (J. W.)
MONUMENS TYPOGRAPHIQUES des PAYS-BAS au XVe SIÈCLE, Collection de Facsimile d'après les originaux conservés à la Bibliothèque Royale de la Haye et ailleurs, 21 parts, complete in 1 vol. atlas 4to. hf, bd. £6. 10s
1857-68 The same, hf. bd. red morocco, gilt top, uncut, £7. 10s
1857-68 Only 200 copies printed. Indispensable to the Student of the History of Printing. BIRCH (Walter de Gray) and Henry JENNER, Early
Drawings and Illuminations: an introduction to the study of illustrated MSS. with a Dictionary of subjects in the BRITISH MUSEUM, 8vo. with 12 photographic facsimiles from pictures in old Greek, English, French, Italian, German, and Flemish MSS. (pub. 16s), cloth, 5s
1879 An Index to the Iconography of the MSS. in the British Museum ; extremely useful for students and artists. Any one who desires to know how any given subject or conception was treated in the Middle Ages (A.D. 400— 1500), or where the portrait of any historical or celebrated personage of those times may be found; or, what was the authentic form of any utensil, article of costume, weapon or piece of armour in any of the centuries comprised therein, ~bas only to look into this DICTIONARY to find an INSTANT REFERENCE to what he wants. BIRCH (Walter de Gray) History, Art, and Palæography of the
Manuscript commonly styled the UTRECHT PSALTER, 8vo. 3 facsimile plates in autotype (pub. 12s), cl. gilt, 2s 6d 1876
A work of far greater value than the title would indicate to a cursory observer. An account of the development of Palæographical knowledge, and rules for its proper application in general, are combined with a special study of a MS. of unique importance, which from the peculiar character of its writing, the beautiful designs for pictures which it contains, and the fact that it exhibits the Athanasian Creed in an older text than any hitherto known, is especially valuable to the student of the history of Christianity, and to him who would investigate the science of Palæography and the history of Art.
(cum Pentateucho Samaritano, Chaldaicum, Græcum, versionesque
1657-69 With the book-plate of “Sr. Robert Clayton of the City of London, Knight, Alderman and Mayor thereof, Ano. 1679.” I ask mournfully how many Lord Mayors of London since Sir Robert Clayton's tenure of office have been book-collectors? O tempora ! For a long account of this great work, see my Catalogue of Bibles, page 911.
A magnificently illustrated copy of the HOLY BIBLE, Baskerville's splendid edition, folio,
ruled with red lines, bound in 4 vols. AND ILLUSTRATED WITI 830 ENGRAVINGS, fine impressions, some proofs, with ornamental titles of architectural design, drawn in Indian ink, russia extra, gilt edges, the sides tooled in the Harleian style, by Clarke and Bedford (from the Library of Alexander Barker, Esq.), £84,
Cambridge, 1763 The illustrations consist of MORTIER'S Series, twelve maps and two plates on a page by PICART and others, fine impressions
“AVANT LES CLOUS," i.e. before the damage to the last plate of the Apocalypse, late imprez
sions of which bear the mark of the plate having been mended with nails, over 400 plates. Picart, HOUBRAKEN and Hoet's fine series, 200 plates, some double, brilliant impressions. VISSCHER (J. C.) Engravings after RUBENS, TINTORET, Nic. de Bruyn, Martin de Vos,
Jordaens, Bloemant, Heemskirck, Diepenbeeck, etc. 90 plates, nearly all of large size, ruled
with red lines, a fine set. MACKLIN's Series, after STOTHARD, Opie, Loutherbourg, Westall, Smirke, Hoppner, West, &c.
engraved by BARTOLOZZI, Sharp, Fittler, 75 plates. CASTIGLIONE (G. B.) designs engraved by Coypel, also Prints after RAPHAEL, C. MARATTI,
Fra Bartolomeo, Dürer, Le Sueur, Le Brun, G. Poussin, Sadeler, &c.
The whole of the prints have been selected with great care, and the inlaying of them has boen so beautifully done, as almost to defy detection.
This magnificent set of books is offered at considerably less than the original cost. BIBLIA LATINA. Insigne veteris nouiqz testamenti opus. cum
canonibo euangelistar qz concordantijs, large folio, finely painted initials, a border to the first page, very large copy with rough leaves, slightly water-stained, UNIQUE COPY, containing ten preliminary leaves of Chronological and Genealogical Tables, with woodcuts, not known to exist elsewhere, in the original oak boards, covered in stamped pigskin, with brass bosses and clasps, £100.
In regia ciuitate Nurnbergn. p. Antonium Coburger, 1477 Besides the cartouches for names and the arabesque border, there are FORTY-ONE WOODCUTS in the unique preliminary leaves mentioned above. One of the designs is a plan or picture of Jerusalem and its suburbs, which occupies the entire length of a page. There is also a woodcut (coloured, like most of them, by a contemporary hand) of the Rainbow, which had probably never been depicted before.
Bible Myths, and their 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, 188
New York, J. W. Bouton, 1882 A summary of all the heterodox opinions fabout the Bible based upon such writers as Higgins, Inman, Bishop Colenso, Darwin, Hume, Josephus, Tylor, Volney, etc. Highly Important Work on Oriental Magic, Literature and Religions, nearly 1400 pp. cloth,
2 stout vols. 8vo. £2, 2s. BLAVATSKY (H. P.) Corresponding Secretary of the Theosophical
Society. 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.
The author, Mme. BLAVATSKY, enters the field well equipped. A native of Asia—her childhood passed among the Calmucks, Tatars, 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 andeniable 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 anthorities, whom she is often obliged to criticize. 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 versality 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 withability, 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 Theo sophists, consisting of thrice three degrees.”—The Rosicrucian and Masonic Record, July, 1879.