Emanuel, Harry | Diamonds and Precious Stones
First edition, first impression of this delightful book on precious stones. Included in the text are a lovely chromolithographic title page and other lithographic illustrations, chapters on their history and appearance in classical literature and the Bible, their characteristics and values, identification, and technical information on cutting and polishing. A very attractive copy in unusually nice condition.
...Their History, Value and Distinguishing Characteristics. With simple tests for their identification.
London: John Camden Hotten, 1865.
Octavo. Original purple cloth blocked in gilt, purple coated endpapers. 6 page publisher’s ad at rear. Chromolithographic half title, 4 tinted lithographic plates and 1 monochrome lithographic plate, illustrations within the text. Elegant ownership inscription dated 1879 to the verso of the first leaf. Cloth lightly rubbed, spine slightly darkened, some tiny spots on the upper board, occasional light spotting. An excellent copy.
Gibson, Charles R. | Our Good Slave Electricity
First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "With the author's best wishes, December 1916, Chas. R. Gibson".
This charming volume on electricity was described by The Nation as an "exquisitely clear book for childish beginners". It was written by science populariser Charles R. Gibson, best known for his Romance of Modern... series on various subjects in engineering and technology.
Gibson himself was described as "Among writers for boys on science, easily the most skillful... He writes so clearly, simply and charmingly about the most difficult things that his books are quite as entertaining as any ordinary book of adventure. Mr. Gibson has a first-rate scientific mind and considerable scientific attainments. He is never guilty of an inexact phrase, certainly, never an obscure one or a misleading analogy. We could imagine him having a vogue among our young folk comparable with that of Jules Verne" (The Nation).
- London: Seeley, Service & Co., Limited, 1915. Octavo. Original green cloth elaborately blocked in red, black, and gilt. Frontispiece and 7 plates from photographs, 15 engravings within the text. Contemporary ownership signature to the verso of the front free endpaper. Boards a little bumped and rubbed, gilt to spine dulled, some spotting to contents. A very good copy.