Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Travel and Natural History; 16 November 2004
Christie's, Kensington, 2004, Wraps, , , Near Fine
112 pp. 490 lots. Natural History lots 1-51; Travel and Maps lots 52-200; Art Architecture and Design lots 202-217; Science and Commerce lots 218-239; Continental Printing lots 240-270, English Printing lots 271-314; Property of the late Valentine Downey lots 315-388a; Modern Literature lots 389-467; Autographs and Manuscripts lots 468-490. Illustrations of Eleazor Albin, Elizabeth Blackwell, George Brookshaw, William Curtis, William Henry Edwards, Henrik Gronvold, Moses Harris, William Lewin, F. M. Stanton, JackGeorge Strutt, Robert John Thornton, Karl Ludwig Willdenow, John Speed, William Daniell, John Powell, Humphry Repton, John Smeaton, William Hincks, Henri Michelot, Alecander Nisbet Paterson, Reverend George Rooke, Michele Marieschi, Nicolas Tassin, James Stuart and Micholas Revett, C. A. Killey, Nicholas Chevalier, John Ovington, Louis Francois Cassas, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, Iraq in War Time [c. 1918], (after) David Roberts, Achille Prisse and Augustus St. John, Edmund Berninger,(after) Robert Ker Porter, (after) Henry Singleton, Thomas Daniell, William Moorcraft and George Trebeck, J. Calvert, Samuel Turner, Robert Greene, Pierre d' Avity, John Hawkesworth-Cook's First Voyage, Jacque Labillardiere, Constance Frederica Gordon Cumming, James Gibbs, Henry Gray, Eugene Gayot, Turquet de Mayerne, Rudolf Ackermann, John Locke, John Milton, Plutarch, William Roscoe, Max Beerbohm, Erskine Childers, Edith Somerville, Yeats, Cuala Press, and more.
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RAIN IN THE WOODS
WHEN on the leaves the rain insists, And every gust brings showers down; When all the woodland smokes with mists, I take the old road out of town Into the hills through which it twists.Madison Cawein [1865-1914]
I find the vale where catnip grows, Where boneset blooms, with wetness bowed; The vale, through which the red creek flows, Turbid with hill-washed clay, and loud As some wild horn a woodsman blows.
Around the root the beetle glides, A living beryl; and the ant, Large, agate-red, a garnet, slides Beneath the rock; and every plant Is roof for some frail thing that hides.
Knotlike upon the gray-barked trees The lichen-colored moths are pressed; And, wedged in hollow blooms, the bees Seem clotted pollen; in its nest The hornet creeps and lies at ease.
The locust, too, that harshly saws The silence of the summer noon; And katydid, that thinly draws Its fine file o’er the bars of moon; And grasshopper that drills each pause:
The mantis, long-clawed, furtive, lean, — Fierce feline of the insect hordes, — And dragon fly, gauze-winged and green, Beneath the grape leaves and the gourds Have housed themselves, and rest unseen.
The butterfly and forest bird Are huddled on the same gnarled bough, From which, like some rain-voweled word That dampness hoarsely utters now, The tree toad’s voice is vaguely heard.
I crouch and listen; and again The woods are filled for me with forms. Weird, elfin shapes in train on train Arise; and now I feel the arms Around me of the wraiths of rain.