News-Antique.com - Mar 15,2016 - LOT 235 - HOWITT, Samuel (1756/7-1822). Original hand painted design for the frontispiece of Wild Sports of the East. Depicting a Tiger resting on a large rock on which are the title, and publisher Edwd Orme 59 Bond Street. Original illustration and calligraphic lettering designed by Samuel Howitt for Edward Orme's publication of Oriental Field Sports which was published in 20 parts for subscribers between June 1805 and January 1807. Drawn on blue sugar paper. On the verso of the drawing is a printed catalogue of most of Orme's publications including an advertisement to invite subscribers for The Wild Sports of the East. (Traces of an old vertical fold, with some loss of pigment, lower corners are torn away in the margins without effecting the image and the verso shows signs that it was originally tipped into an album or printer's guard book). This piece is a rare survivor executed on Edward Orme's printers waste. The original drawings for the plates would have been sold at the time but title pieces and wrapper designs would not usually be sold, but would remain with the publisher. The piece is unsigned, however there is no doubt it is drawn and designed by Howitt for Orme as evidenced by his catalogue on the verso which clearly dates from before the book was issued, and the identical image and lettering were used in the printed edition.
LOT 108 - OLERICH, Henry (1851-1927). A Cityless and Countryless World. An Outline of Practical Co-Operative Individualism. Holstein, Iowa: Published by Gilmore & Olerich, 1893. 8vo. 8 full-page diagrams, one folding (marginal staining and browning). Original red cloth gilt (some staining, fraying to head and foot of spine and corners). FIRST EDITION of this scarce Utopian science fiction novel which is largely narrated by Mr Midith, a Martian visitor to Earth who compares conditions on his own planet, in its advanced state of development, to those "mundane" ones on this. Whilst the work envisages Martian improvements in terms of education, social conditions and equality between the sexes, the living arrangements of Martians, in communal "Big Houses" each 8 storeys high and housing one thousand people built half a mile apart on a flat landscape linked by vast "Motor Lines", chillingly prefigures discredited 20th-century housing models and social engineering. Estimate: £100 - £150
Lot 125 - The Physical and Moral Condition of the Children and Young Persons employed in Mines and Manufactures. Illustrated by Extracts. London: John W. Parker, 1843. 8vo. (Lacks all before title [ie. [?]blank endpaper], blank lower half of final text leaf torn away, touching one letter). Original cloth-backed printed wrappers (some light staining, a few creases). FIRST EDITION of the official report investigating the state of children working in mines and factories in Great Britain, and one of the most important documents in British industrial history. Comprising thousands of pages of oral testimony, sometimes from children as young as five, the reportís findings shocked society and swiftly led to legislation to secure minimum