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Date of the auction: 24.06.2021

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Aeschylus Tragedies 1557

[8], 395, [2] pp. With printer's woodcut device on title page, original final blank leaf present. French Royal Greek type throughout. (4to) 21x15 cm (8½x6"), 17th century speckled calf, paneled in blind, gilt-stamped arms on both boards, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, speckled edges

Lot #: 1

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Tragedies of Aeschylus 1st English trans. 1777

xxviii, [6], 519, [1] pp. With 2 title pages, half-title and list of subscribers. Translated by R. Potter. 26.5x19.5 cm (11x8"), period speckled calf rebacked with newer calf, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt. First Edition. First edition of the first complete English translation of

Lot #: 2

Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Signed by F. Leigh Hunt, 1/300

Original blue cloth with title stamped in gilt on front cover. No. 176 of an edition limited to 300 copies. First Edition. Signed by F. Leigh Gardner at limitation, as issued

Lot #: 3

Estimate: US$200 - US$300

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Occult mysteries on Greek vases, 1839 folio

Title leaf, preface/plate list leaf + 12 engraved plates. 72.5x61 cm (28½x24"), original printed wrappers. First Edition. Rare work on illustrations of the ancient Greek mysteries as found depicted on ancient pottery. Only one example sold at auction since at least 1975, according to American Book

Lot #: 4

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Finely bound by Philip Smith in 1954

A unique copy of Gurdjieff’s masterwork, finely bound by Philip Smith in green full morocco inlaid in relief with an angel amid a starry firmament. Presented in cloth-covered, felt-lined box with folding lid. Second Impression. A stunning binding from 1954 at the Royal College of Art

Lot #: 5

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Thomas Taylor translates Iamblichus, 1895

Translated from the Greek by Thomas Taylor. Blue cloth with paper spine label. Second Edition. An important work on the ancient Mysteries by Thomas Taylor, the great English translator of Neoplatonism

Lot #: 6

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Rare printings of major alchemical works

2 volumes. Illustrated. Large folios, wrappers. The first work is a reproduction of the original suite of engravings comprising the Mutus Liber, one of the major books on alchemy and Hermetic philosophy, first published in La Rochelle in 1677. The printed text is an original 20th century commentary

Lot #: 7

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Alessandro Alessandri's Genialium Dirrum, 1673

6 volumes in 2. [28], 1207; 756, [124] pp. Text in Latin. With additional woodcut title pages in each volume, plus title page devices and floriated initials. (8vo) 19.5x11.2 cm (7¾x4½"), rebound in cloth with original period leather covers and spine strip laid down, ruled and lettered in gilt; all

Lot #: 8

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Confederate Brigadier General's Children's book

39 pp. Illustrated by Bessie Alexander Ficklen. (Oblong 8vo) 17.5x24.5 cm (7x9¾"), cloth backed paper boards. Scarce children's book by Edward Porter Alexander, a former Confederate Army Brigadier General. Illustrated by his daughter, an art student in New Orleans at the time. 10 copies held in

Lot #: 9

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Alison's History of the French Revolution

20 volumes. With engraved frontispiece portrait of author's bust in volume one. 17.7x11 cm (7x4¼"), period quarter calf with marbled boards, raised bands, morocco spine labels lettered in gilt; all edges marbled, marbled endpapers. Seventh Edition. Usually regarded as Alison's chief historical work

Lot #: 10

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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First Burton Translation of the Arabian Nights

16 volumes together. 10 volumes of The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. with 6 additional volumes of Supplemental Nights. Original cloth stamped in gilt; Supplemental nights stamped in silver. First Burton Edition. Burton's famous translation of the Arabian Nights Entertainments. Armorial

Lot #: 11

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$9,000

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Peking Studies, photos by Ellen Catleen 1934

87 pp. With gravure illustrations, some with color, from photographs by Ellen Catleen [Ellen Kolban Thorbecke]; vignette sketches & drawings by F.H. Schiff, including a color pictorial plan of Peking. 37.5x26 cm (14¾x10¼"), tan and red cloth, photographic cover label. First Edition. Ellen Catleen

Lot #: 12

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Rare Chinese weekly, 1914

[41]-80 pp. Vol. CXII, No. 2. Tabloid newspaper format, in 4 columns. 42x29 cm (16½x11½"). Rare weekly newspaper published in Shanghai at the start of the conflict in Europe that was to grow into World War I and exert a profound influence on colonial influence and control in the far east. There is

Lot #: 13

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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China Postal Atlas 1933

5 unnumbered leaves, Chinese and English foreword and title, double-page index map and 29 chromolithograph maps of which 24 double-page and six with extra-folding parts, 12 pp. Chinese index, 3,(1) pp. English index. (Folio) 61.5x37 cm (24x15") publisher's green cloth with gilt stamped title (French

Lot #: 14

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Basic teachings of Confucianism

378 pp. Printed on double leaves. Text in Chinese & English. 20x12.5 cm (8x5"), black cloth, spine lettered in gilt in Chinese characters. The four major texts of Confucian philosophy, written before 300 B.C., in the original Chinese and English translation by James Legge, with commentary. With

Lot #: 15

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Gems of Chinese Literature, 1884

xv, [1], 254 + [2] ad pp. 19x12.3 cm (7½x4¾"), original cloth decorated in gilt & black. First Edition. Ownership signature on front endpaper verso dated 1884

Lot #: 16

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Legge's translation of Works of Mencius, 1861

viii, 126, [2], 497 pp. In Chinese & English. 24.5x15.5 cm (9¾x6¼"), original half leather & cloth, spine lettered in gilt. The first edition of James Legge's translation of the works of Chinese Confucian philosopher Mencius (3rd-4th century B.C.), issued as Vol. II of Legge's Chinese Classics (5

Lot #: 17

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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China's foremost actor, noted for female roles

xii, 132 pp. Numerous plates from photographs & other sources, some folding, many of the actor (and these all have a reddish tint). 26x18.4 cm (10¼x7¼"), original wrappers with lettering and decoration in red, gold and silver. Mei Lan-Fang was one of the most famous Peking opera artists in modern

Lot #: 18

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Record of foreigners in China in 1870s

2 issues. Weekly. Vol. VII, No. 239, Nov. 29, 1871 (pp.911-930) & Vol. X, No 321, June 28, 1873 (pp. 561-560, [6]). English, in 3 columns. 33x21.3 cm (13x8½"), disbound from larger volume[s]. Two complete issues of the important source, which billed itself as "Impartial, not neutral." The

Lot #: 19

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Osvald Sire on the art of China

2 volumes. 464; 696 pp. With numerous plates & text illustrations from photographs of artifacts, sculpture, paintings, prints, and other objects. 28x18 cm (11x7"), original half niger morocco & batik boards, top edges gilt. First Edition. The great Finnish-born Swedish art historian examines the art

Lot #: 20

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Chinese Characteristics by Arthur Smith, 1890

[4], 427, ii pp. 21.8x15 cm (8½x6"), original blue cloth stamped in gilt. First Edition. Ownership inscription on front endpaper of Ruth Marie Sites, Foochow China, Apr. 16, 1891. Bookseller's rubberstamp on front pastedown

Lot #: 21

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Proverbs of China, 1902 Shanghai printing

[2], vii, [1], 374, xxix, [1] pp. In English with interspersed Chinese characters. 23x14.5 cm (9x5¾"), original cloth. New and Revised Edition. Ownership signature on front endpaper

Lot #: 22

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Two China Year Books, 1924 & 1932

(8vo) blue cloth. An amazing amount of information is presented, on shipping, communication, medical events, currency regulations, Sino-Russian relations, opium use, manufacturing, education, the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, and much more. There are many tables, some folding. Each of the books

Lot #: 23

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Brinkley's Oriental Series: Japan & China, 1/1000

12 volumes. Illustrated, each with a color frontispiece and numerous full page plates in color or black & white, from photographs, etc. (8vo) original green cloth, gilt and white circular device on front covers, top edges gilt. No. 101of 1000 sets of the Library Edition. Vols. I to VI, Japan, Its

Lot #: 24

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Carvings & "things Buddhistic" on auction block

80 pp. With 26 plate from photographs of objects. 19.2x13 cm (7½x5¼"), original decorative wrappers. Very scarce auction catalogue for the sale held at Willis's Rooms, King Street, St. James Square, May 20-22, 1903. There were 303 lots in all. OCLC lists six copies, one in the U.S., one in the U.K

Lot #: 25

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Shipper's Guide from Japan to the World, 1928

Various pagination sequences. Profusely illustrated from photographs & other sources, some color; numerous advertisements. 25.8x18.5 cm (10¼x7¼"), original cloth stamped in gilt & colors. Substantial and significant "Shipper's & Traveller's Guide to all the Principal Ports of the World" at the end

Lot #: 26

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Art of Japanese tray landscapes, 1937

Unpaginated, printed on double leaves of Chinese hand-made paper. Illustrated in color. 18.4x24.2 cm (7¼x9½"), linen with string tie, pictorial cover label. No. 207 of 500 copies. First Edition. Signed by the author on the limitation page, as issued. Charming work on the art of tray landscapes

Lot #: 27

Estimate: US$200 - US$300

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Japanese guide to East Asia, 5 vols., 1913-17

5 volumes. With numerous maps, most folding and in color, some in rear endpaper pockets; plates and text illustrations from photographs. 15.8x10.5 cm (6¼x4¼"), original red cloth lettered in gilt. First Edition. Complete set of this important guide to East Asia, reflecting the economic growth and

Lot #: 28

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum 10th Edition 1676

[2], [xiv], 340; [iv] 32 pp. Engraved title page. (Folio) 11½x7¼, modern full calf, raised bands, gilt spine titles. Tenth Edition. Scarce compilation of the miscellaneous scientific writings and experiments of Francis Bacon, appended with his work "Novum Organum (being translated for the clearer

Lot #: 29

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 24 Jun 2021

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Anna Barbauld's Little Thomas

68 pp. With frontispiece and title engravings plus numerous others throughout the text. 11.5x9.4 cm (4½x3¾"), original saddle-stitched wrappers printed in red. Part of Aunt Mary's Library for Young Children series. One of numerous children's books produced by Barbauld which revolutionized the genre

Lot #: 30

Estimate: US$300 - US$500

Date: 24 Jun 2021