Large 8vo, pp. 10 with diagrams to the text; a sprinkle of foxing, a single vertical fold; a good copy in original printed wrappers; a few small creases and small tears to bottom of front edge.
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[cover title:] Le Photorama. Nouvel Appareil Photographique Panoramique Réversible.
Very rare first edition of the report on the Lumière brother’s Photorama, for which they had taken out the French patent on December 29, 1900. They describe the photographic apparatus with which a 360-degrree photographic panorama can be taken on a single transparency, and the projector that produces a full and continuous panorama on cylindrical screens of large dimensions.
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WITH OCCULT ANNOTATIONS HILL, John.
The useful Family Herbal, or an Account of all those English Plants, which are remarkable for their Virtues, and of the Drugs, which are produced by Vegetables of other Countries, with their Descriptions, and their Uses, as proved by Experience, illustrated with Figures of the most useful English Plants, with an Introduction … and an Appendix, containing a Proposal for the farther Seeking into the Virtues of English Herbs, and the Manner of Doing it with Ease and Safety … the second Edition.
Second edition, published the year after the first, with contemporary annotations. Apothecary, actor, and prolific writer, John Hill (1714 – 1775) published his Useful Family Herbal in 1754, an otherwise ‘unaccountably unproductive year’ (ODNB). Through a long and varied career he wrote widely on botany and its uses, including the first Linnaean flora of Britain, his Flora Britanica [sic] of 1759.
[HOWARD, John.] AIKIN, John.
A View of the character and public services of the late John Howard, Esq. LL.D. F.R.S.
First edition of this biography of the philanthropist and prison reformer John Howard (1726?–1790), by his friend and editorial assistant John Aikin. ‘This useful biography went through three English editions, and it was also translated into German and French. Its value lies mainly in its factual detail, for it contains letters and other information not subsequently available. Besides this, it is a personal memoir’ (Southwood, p. 11).