Practical Observations on Insanity
Cox was one of the first medical graduates to specialise in the treatment of the insane. Throughout his career he advocated for more humane treatment of lunatics and maniacs. In this work he introduces his swinging technique, based on a design by Erasmus Darwin, of spinning a patient’s body round a vertical axis in a specially designed chair which would produce nausea, vomiting, and convulsions, but would ultimately lead to a restful slumber, which he believed to be a positive outcome for the maniacal. This copy warmly inscribed by Cox.View More
Rackham, Arthur [Charles Dickens]. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
[Signed Deluxe Edition]. ill. Arthur Rackham. London: William Heinemann, 1915. First (Deluxe). 4to. original decorated full vellum gilt, teg, rest uncut (some toning and spotting, lacks silk ties, tiny chip at headcap, else clean & bright throughout); pp. xvi (last blank)], 148 (last colophon), with frontispiece and 11 other colour tipped-in plates (tissue-guarded) + black and white drawings in text. A very good copy. No. 369 of a limited edition of 525 copies signed by the artist. 'Arthur Rackham'.
Neilson, John Shaw, Collected Poems.
Melbourne, Lothian, 1934. Quarto, frontispiece, and two plates (not included in the standard edition), bright original maroon buckram with chipped dustwrapper, top edge gilt, other edges uncut. Special large paper edition limited to 55 copies (signed and numbered by the publisher), and signed by the author with the penultimate stanza of 'Song Be Delicate' in the author's holograph. Rare with dustwrapper.
MASON, Major George Henry (attributed). THE PUNISHMENTS OF CHINA, Illustrated by Twenty-two Engravings with Explanations in English and French.
London, printed for William Miller by S. Gosnell, 1808 [later issue]. Folio, with 22 fine handcoloured stipple engraved plates by J. Dadley, bound with new endpapers in early straight grain morocco, the boards within elaborate embossed and gilt frames, the backstrip preserving remnants of the original lettering, all edges gilt. As often, this is a later issue with some plates watermarked in 1817. Mason's time as a British army officer in Canton in 1789 gave him the opportunity to illustrate local customs and costumes, and he also provided the text for each plate. See Abbey Travel, 532.
T.F. Dale (Editor): Polo at Home and Abroad.
With colour illustrations reproduced from the original watercolour drawings by G.D. Armour. Subscribers edition, limited to 150 numbered copies.
C1532 (1540) Nova, et Integra Universi Orbis Descriptio.
Oronce Fine's famous double cordiform map of the world is acknowledged as being one of the most striking and influential world maps published in the c.16th. The present example is state 4 of the map identified by the inclusion of the date M.D. XL (1540) in Roman numerals within the lower panel. In all there are 6 states of the map, dated 1532, 1536, 1540, 1541 and 1555. All states are rare and as noted by Shirley, most examples are trimmed, making this example especially desirable.View More
Handbook of Australian Fungi
The first monograph on Australian fungi by English botanist and mycologist Mordecai Cubitt Cooke (1825-1914). Containing descriptions of 2079 species of macrofungi, microfungi, and slime moulds (or myxomycetes), of which 377 figures are illustrated across 36 plates.View More
COOK, James - HODGES, William. Original drawing with watercolour highlights of HMS Resolution.
A lovingly preserved relic from Cook’s second expedition, a delicately rendered drawing of HMS Resolution under sail sketched from astern, the White Ensign clearly visible, also a streamer flying from the main mast and a jack at the bow. It is attributed to William Hodges, who accompanied Cook as draughtsman. From the collection of Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Grindall (1750–1820); thence by descent.
Zoological sketches.Made for the Zoological society of London, from animals in their vivarium, in the Regent’s park.
London : Henry Graves and Company, Printsellers to Her Majesty, 1861 [actually 1856] - 67. Two volumes with 100 fine lithographed plates by Joseph Wolf. Zoological sketches is unequivocally one of the high points of nineteenth-century natural history illustration. The work features numerous Australian birds and animals. "WITHOUT EXCEPTION, THE BEST ALL-ROUND ANIMAL PAINTER THAT EVER LIVED" (Sir Edwin Landseer).View More
Hayek, F. A. [Friedrich August von]. The Road to Serfdom.
London: George Routledge & Sons, 1944. First Edition. 8vo. original cloth gilt in duswrapper; pp. viii, 184. A very good copy. Inspired by the writings of the 19th-century French classical thinker Alexis de Tocqueville on the "road to servitude". Hayek "[warns] of the danger of tyranny that inevitably results from government control of economic decision-making through central planning". A highly influential book amongst post-war conservative thinkers. Initially produced in a small print run, leading Hayek himself to describe it as "that unobtainable book".