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Naturalist on the River Amazons, A Record of Adventures, Habits of Animals,Sketches of Brazilian and Indian Life, and Aspects of Nature under the Equ ator, during Eleven Years of Travel.  First Edition, original cloth., BATES, Henry Walter
1 BATES, Henry Walter Naturalist on the River Amazons, A Record of Adventures, Habits of Animals,Sketches of Brazilian and Indian Life, and Aspects of Nature under the Equ ator, during Eleven Years of Travel. First Edition, original cloth.
John Murray, London, 1863, 1863 
BATES, Henry Walter. The Naturalist on the River Amazons, A Record of Adventures, Habits of Animals, Sketches of Brazilian and Indian Life, and Aspects of Nature under the Equator, during Eleven Years of Travel. IN TWO VOLUMES. London: John Murray, 1863. First Printing. I: Pp. (2),[iii]-viii,(2),[1]-351,(1), frontispiece, folding map at rear, + 4 leaves of black and white plates, including 12 engravings; II: Pp. (2),[iii]-vi,[1]-423,(1), frontispiece, + 3 leaves of plates (1 of which is in facsimile), including 20 engravings. Illustrated. 8vo, original publisher's pebbled green cloth with gilt lettering to spines, all edges stained red.
Henry Walter Bates, b. February 8, 1825, Leicester; d. February 16, 1892, London), was an important mid-century English naturalist, whose main contributions centred around mimicry in the animal kingdom.

"The Naturalist on the River Amazons" was so important and highly regarded upon its publication, that Charles Darwin dubbed it to be among the best books of natural history travel-writing ever publishing in England.

"In the autumn of 1847 Mr. A.[lfred] R.[ussell] Wallace, who has since acquired wide fame in connection with the Darwinian theory of Natural Selection, proposed to me a joint expedition to the river Amazons, for the purpose of exploring the Natural History of its banks; the plan being to make for ourselves a collection of objects, dispose of the duplicates in London to pay expenses, and gather facts, as Mr. Wallace expressed it in one his letters, 'towards solving the problem of the origin of species'. [...] My companion left the country at the end of four years; [...] I remained seven years longer, returning home in July, 1959. [...] The part of the Amazons region where I resided longest being unexplored country to the Naturalist, no less than 8000 of the species here enumerated were new to science."- from the preface.

Spines of original cloth rebacked, new endpapers, plate opposite II-265 "Turtle-Fishing and Adventure with Alligator" missing (but replaced with a facsimile tipped in), repair to fold of folding map at rear of first volume, a couple instances of marginal smudging, else a very good, tidy set. 2,800.00

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2 JESSUP, Lynda, (ed.) McKAY, Ian Antimodernism and Artistic Experience : Policing the Boudaries of Modernity. First Edition, softcover
University of Toronto Press, Toronto / Buffalo / London, 2001, ISBN:0802083544 
JESSUP, Lynda, (ed.). Antimodernism and Artistic Experience : Policing the Boudaries of Modernity. Toronto / Buffalo / London : University of Toronto Press, (2001). First Edition. Pp (4),[v]-xii,(4),[3]-223,(3),+ 66 pp plates. 8vo, illustrated green card covers, lettered in white and red. Of local interest : Chapter 7. "Handicrafts and the Logic of 'Commercial Antimodernism' : The Nova Scotia Case" by Ian McKay, (pp 117-129). "Antimodernism is a term used to describe the international reaction to the onslaught of the modern world that swept across industrialized Western Europe, North America, and Japan in the decades around the turn of the twentieth century. Scholarsin art history, anthropology, political science, history, and feminist med ia studies explore antimodernism as an artistic response to a perceived sense of loss - in particular, the loss of 'authentic' experience. Embracing the 'authentic' as a redemptive antidote to the threat of unheralded economic and social change, antimodernism sought out experience supposedly embodied in pre-industrialized societies - in medieval communities or 'oriental cultures,' in the Primitive, the Traditional, or Folk. In describing the waysin which modern artists used antimodern constructs in formulating their wo rk, the contributors examine the involvement of artists and intellectuals in the reproduction and diffusion of these concepts. In doing so they revealthe interrelation of fine art, decorative art, souvenir or tourist art, an d craft, questioning the ways in which these categories of artistic expression reformulate and naturalise social relations in the field of cultural production. " (Abstract). Contents : Foreword (by Dennis Reid). Antimodernismand artistic experience : an introduction (by Lynda Jessup). Part One : 1. Introduction -- "Around and About Modernity : Some Comments on Themes of P rimitivism and Modernism" by Fred R. Myers; 2. "Performing the Native woman: Primitivism and Mimicry in Early Twentieth-century Visual Culture" by Ru th B. Phillips; 3. "The Colonial Lens : Gauguin, Primitivism, and Photography in the Fin de siècle" by Elizabeth C. Childs;. 4. "Emily Carr and the Traffic in Native Images" by Gerta Moray. Part Two : 5. Introduction -- staging antimodernism in the age of high capitalist nationalism (by Benedict Anderson). 6. "Modernists and Folk on the Lower St. Lawrence : The Problem of Folk Art" by/ Lora Senechal Carney; 7. "Handicrafts and the Logic of 'Commercial Antimodernism' : The Nova Scotia Case" by Ian McKay. 8. "Bushwhackersin the Gallery : Antimodernism and the Group of Seven" by Lynda Jessup. Pa rt Three : 9. Introduction -- "Modernity, Nostalgia, and the Standardization of Time" by Kim Sawchuk; 10. Artisans and Art Nouveau in Fin-de-siècle Belgium : Primitivism and Nostalgia" by Amy Ogata; 11. "Van Gogh in the South: Antimodernism and Exoticism in the Arlesian Paintings by Vojte?ch Jirat- Wasiutynski; 12. "Plays without People : Shadows and Puppets of Modernity in Fin-de-siècle Paris" by Matt K. Matsuda; 13. "Primitivism in Sweden : Dormant Desire or Fictional Identity?" by Michelle Facos. Very good. 28.00

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3 MOMJAN, K.H. Dynamic Twentieth Century. First Printing, softcover
Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1968, 
MOMJAN, K.H. The Dynamic Twentieth Century. Moscow : Progress Publishers, (991968). First Printing. Pp (4),5-[302],(2). Small 8vo, white card covers, lettered in black and red. Contents : In Lieu of an Introduction : This Most Dynamic Century. 1. The Pessimistic Conception of History : The Gloomy View; Philosophical Substanntiation of Pessimism; Running Round in Circles; The Myth of Predestination. 2. Voluntaristic Interpretation of History : "Capitalism Is Only Beginning"; The Cautious Optimists; The Philosophy of Quasi-Optimism; The Search for Economic Arguments; Social Mimicry. 3. The Role of Violence in Social Development : The Dread of Freedom; The Champions of National Inequality; Salvation Through War. 4. Society and the Individual :Devaluation of the Individual; The Society That Has Lost Moral Trust. 5. T he Conception of Appeased Opposites. 6. The Motive Forces of Modern History. 7. The Critics of Socialism About Socialism's Future. 8. The Laws of History Are Irrevocable. Spine browned, some underlining and marks in pen, elsevery good. 20.00

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4 RITCHIE, Charles My Grandfather's House : Scenes of Childhood and Youth.. First Edition in dustjacket
Macmillan of Canada, Toronto, 1987, ISBN:0771595123 
RITCHIE, Charles. My Grandfather's House : Scenes of Childhood and Youth. Toronto : Macmillan of Canada, (1987). First Printing. Pp (12),xiii-xv,(1),1-167,(1). 8vo, violet cloth, silver lettering to spine. Charles Stewart Almon Ritchie, CC (b. September 23, 1906, Halifax, Nova Scotia – d. June 7, 1995, in Ottawa) was a Canadian diplomat and diarist. "Now, in My Grandfather's House, he looks back at some of the characters that peopled his childhood and youth, in the years before his brilliant career in Canadas diplomaticcorps began. In these essays we are introduced to his uncles, Harry "Bimba sh" Stewart and the dashing and doomed Charlie Stewart; to his indomitable mother, with her gift for mimicry and her impatience with pretence; to his mad cousin Gerald; to his Irish nursey governess, Molly Clarke, who had herown brand of courage, to Miss leech-Proctor, the V.A.D. nurse who "walked like a policeman', to Miss Melanson the matron at his school, who took the boy's' education very much to heart; to the newspaper tycoon Lord Beaverbrook; to his college friend Billy Coster, who threw away wealth and a secure future; and to a host of others. With his usual unerring eye and elegant prose, Charles Ritchie brings them all to life again, with affection and wit." The chapters (un-numbered in the book) are: 1. Introduction; 2. My Grandfather's House; 3. Molly Clarke; 4. On Leave; 5. My Uncle's Medals; 6. Irina[Irina Kirsanoff, at the Pension Stucki in Lausanne]; 7. A Bunch of White Lilies [on Miss Melanson, the matron at King's College School. Windsor]; 8.Bimbash; 9. My Cousin Gerald; 10. Billy Coster; 11. Looking for a Job; 12. Juilan Barrington; 13. Fertility Rites; 14. Rumours of War; 15. Envoi. Ver y good in dustjacket. 20.00

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