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).
Memories of the Future “The Branch Line”
“Yes, sirree, in the dream business there’s no time for sleep. We’re always working. Day and night. A completely dreamed-out pillow is an old dream-producing tool that has served millions of headboards. You have only to touch the down hidden inside and . . . Here—wouldn’t you like to see? The man wiped his hand on his apron then pressed it to one of the pillows. Through the cracks between his fingers, parti-colored smoke curled slowly up into the air in hazy, tenuous shapes. His free hand dove under the apron—and out came the bulging transparent eye of a magnifying glass. “You’ll see better with this.” Squinting through the glass, Quantin now clearly saw seeping out of the pillow images of people, trees, coiling spirals, bodies, and fluttering clothes; the parti-colored air swaying above the man’s fingers formed an open lattice through which a host of worlds flowed and intertwined. The man put away the glass. “There. Now the feathers filling these pouters, what are they? A wing torn into a host of tiny wingednesses, a flight exploded in eiderdown. Once they’ve been sewn into pillows, these tiny wingednesses fight to free themselves and take flight. Without success. They go on struggling until someone’s brain lies down on their atomized flight, and then . . . As for the human brain’s affinity for pillows, it’s entirely natural: they’re related, after all, the pillow and the brain. For what do you have under the crown of your head? A grayish white, porous- plumose pulp wrapped in three pillowcases. (Your scientists call them membranes.) Yes, and I maintain that in the head of any sleeper, there is always one pillow more than he thinks. No point pretending to have less. No, sirree, Off you go!Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky—translated from the Russian by Joanne Turnbull