Natural History Atlases & Travel; 7th December 1993; Sotheby's London, London, 1993, Illustrated Wraps, , , Very Good
170 pp. 480 lots. Bibliography, Index. Some light bumping to corners. Contents: Natural History, lots 1-105; Naval and Military, lots106-114; Costume, lots 115-120; Architecture, Technology and Transport, lots 121-163; British Isles, lots 164-204; General Atlases, lots 205-219; Europe, lots 220-263; World Mpas, lots 264-284; Portolan Chart, lot 285; Greece, Turkey and the Levant lots 286-311; Palestine and the Middle East, lots 312-331; The Americas, lots 332-344; North America, lots 345-361; South America, lots 362-378; Africa, lots 379-384; Asia, lots 385-404; The Property of The Lord O'Hagen, MEP, lots 405-466; Arctic, lots 467-468; Australasia and the Pacific, lots 469-481.Illus. of Ulisse Aldrovandi, Jean Louis Agassiz, Eugenio Bettoni, Alecandre Bivort (Pomologie), James Bolton, Charles Lucien Bonapart, Georges Cuvier, Francois Marie Daudin, Edward Donovan, Leonhard Fuchs, John Gould, Moses Harris, Robert Hogg and Henry Graves Bull, Hans Joachim Henneberger (Ein Thuer Vogel Fisch und Bloumen Bouch), Theophilus Johnson, Charles Lemaire (Flore des serres et des jardins de l'Europe), Thomas Lord (Lord's Entire New System of Ornithology), Francois Nicolas Martinet (Histoire des Oiseaux), Nozeman, Houttuyn and Sepp (Nederlandische Vogelen), Thomas Pennant (British Zoology), Redoute, Schlegel (Traite de Fauconnerie), Selby, Seligmann (Verzameling van Uitlandsche en Zeldzaame Vogelen), Louis Jean Viellot (Histoire Naturelle de Plus Beaux oiseaux Chanteurs de la Zon Torride), Ralph Stennett, Robert John Thornton (New Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus von Linnaeus and the Temple of Flora).
The Lost Pleiad
NOT in the sky,
Where it was seen
So long in eminence of light serene,—
Nor on the white tops of the glistering wave,
Nor down in mansions of the hidden deep,
Though beautiful in green
And crystal, its great caves of mystery,—
Shall the bright watcher have
Her place, and, as of old, high station keep!
Oh! nevermore, to cheer
The mariner, who holds his course alone
On the Atlantic, through the weary night,
When the stars turn to watchers, and do sleep,
Shall it again appear,
With the sweet-loving certainty of light,
Down shining on the shut eyes of the deep!
The upward-looking shepherd on the hills
Of Chaldea, night-returning with his flocks,
He wonders why his beauty doth not blaze,
Gladding his gaze,—
And, from his dreary watch along the rocks,
Guiding him homeward o’er the perilous ways!
How stands he waiting still, in a sad maze,
Much wondering, while the drowsy silence fills
The sorrowful vault!—how lingers, in the hope that night
May yet renew the expected and sweet light,
So natural to his sight!
Where, at the first, in smiling love she shone,
Brood the once happy circle of bright stars:
How should they dream, until her fate was known,
That they were ever confiscate to death?
That dark oblivion the pure beauty mars,
And, like the earth, its common bloom and breath,
That they should fall from high;
Their lights grow blasted by a touch, and die,
All their concerted springs of harmony
Snapt rudely, and the generous music gone!
Ah! still the strain
Of wailing sweetness fills the saddening sky;
The sister stars, lamenting in their pain
That one of the selectest ones must die,—
Must vanish, when most lovely, from the rest!
Alas! ’t is ever thus the destiny.
Even Rapture’s song hath evermore a tone
Of wailing, as for bliss too quickly gone.
The hope most precious is the soonest lost,
The flower most sweet is first to feel the frost.
Are not all short-lived things the loveliest?
And, like the pale star, shooting down the sky,
Look they not ever brightest, as they fly
From the lone sphere they blest!