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         Essay towards the History of Arabia antecedent to the Birth of Mahommed arraged from the Tarikh Tebry and other Authentic Sources.

      London, 1824 - First edition. 4to.248pp. Half green leather, blue boards, gilt titles bumped and worn, raised bands to spine. Price’s essay traces the history of Arabia from the earliest records to the appearance of Mahommed in the sixth century. The author gathered his information from number of remarkable manuscripts, including The Tarikh (or Chronicle of Abi Gaffer Mahommed), The Rouzut-us-Suffa of Mirkhoud, and the Kholauset-ul-akhbaur of Khoudemir. David Price (1762 –1835) was a Welsh orientalist and officer in the East India Company. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Their Majesties King Rheo Rhio, Queen Tamehamalu, Madame Poki, of the Sandwich Islands and suite as they appeared at the Theatre Drury Lane, June 4th 1824

      London, 1824. Some browning at edges, expertly backed with Japanese tissue; very good. Hand-coloured Lithograph, 270 x 340mm., title caption. A rare and enchanting separately issued lithograph showing the Hawaiian royal family at the theatre, Royal Drury Lane, on 4 June 1824. The visit to England of the Hawaiian King and his young wife attracted much popular attention but sadly, a month after their visit to the theatre, both contracted measles, and the twenty-two year old Queen, Kamamalu (transcribed as Tamehamulu at the time) died on 8 July, 1824. The King succumbed shortly afterwards.Only weeks before, King George IV had commanded that the Royal Box should be made available for their visit to the theatre, and the publicity handbills trumpeted the occasion. At the reception attended by 'upwards of 200 persons of first rank and fashion' held for them in May, it was recorded that 'His Majesty was dressed after the European fashion, but the Queen's attire was partly European, and partly in native costume. The Treasurer also was dressed in the full costume of his country.' (The Times, 31 May, 1824). On 31 May 'Their sable Majesties', with their suite, occupied the King's Box at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden'. His Majesty, 'as regards appearance, need hardly give way to any potentate in Europe... Her Majesty the Queen is taller than her Royal spouse: but of good figure, and with a countenance by no means devoid of expression.' (The Times, 1 June, 1824). The following Friday, 4 June, the Royal Party attended the New Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where they watched the opera Rob Roy Macgregor, and Zoroaster, 'A New Grand Egyptian Tale of Enchantment'. By 8 July the Queen was dead, and the King was dying; her coffin lay in state and bore a large brass plaque upon which was engraved in Hawaiian, and in English: TAMEHAMALU Queen of the Sandwich Islands Departed this life in London, on the 8th July 1824 Aged 22 years (The Times, 13 July, 1824). The bodies of the royal pair were carried back to Hawaii on HMS Blonde in 1825.At lower left is the inscription "drawn and engraved from the life by J.W. Gear and at lower right "printed by C. Hullmandel". John William Gear was a portraitist, miniaturist, watercolour painter and lithographer who specialised in theatrical portraits. He regularly exhibited in London from 1821 to 1852 before moving to America. Charles Joseph Hullmandel was born in London in 1789 and ran a lithographic establishment on Great Marlborough Street from about 1819 until his death in 1850. During the first half of the 19th century Hullmandel became one of the most important figures in the development of British lithography. This work illustrates beautifully the sensitive technique he employed that created the effect of soft colour washes. Provenance: From the collection of John McPhee, art historian and connoisseur, Sydney.

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         Maria Colsen - circa 1824 Album, Views of Hastings

      circa 1824 - DescriptionA very fine album of approximately 78 graphite drawings and approximately 3 watercolours mainly of Hastings, but also including Warwick Castle, Basingstoke, North Wales and other English locations. Drawings are inserted at corners to pages with protective tissue paper, some pages have missing drawings. Most drawings are inscribed with locations, and many are signed with initials and dated. The inside cover is inscribed "Maria Colsen / from John Arbott Collection". Drawings measure approximately 8 x 11.5 cm (including an embellished border), pages measure 24.4 x 16 cm, album measures 25 x 17 cm. Signed and dated and inscribed. ConditionCondition is typical for pictures of this age including some discolouration to the borders of the drawings, and light foxing in areas, but pages are protected by tissue paper and so the condition has been kept quite good. Size: Medium (15-30cm) Framed: No Style: Realism Weight: 501.00g [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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         Their Majesties King Rheo Rhio, Queen Tamehamalu, Madame Poki, of the Sandwich Islands and suite as they appeared at the Theatre Drury Lane, June 4th 1824.

      London: 1824. Hand-coloured Lithograph, 270 x 340mm., title caption. A rare and enchanting separately issued lithograph showing the Hawaiian royal family at the theatre, Royal Drury Lane, on 4 June 1824. The visit to England of the Hawaiian King and his young wife attracted much popular attention but sadly, a month after their visit to the theatre, both contracted measles, and the twenty-two year old Queen, Kamamalu (transcribed as Tamehamulu at the time) died on 8 July, 1824. The King succumbed shortly afterwards.Only weeks before, King George IV had commanded that the Royal Box should be made available for their visit to the theatre, and the publicity handbills trumpeted the occasion. At the reception attended by 'upwards of 200 persons of first rank and fashion' held for them in May, it was recorded that 'His Majesty was dressed after the European fashion, but the Queen's attire was partly European, and partly in native costume. The Treasurer also was dressed in the full costume of his country.' (The Times, 31 May, 1824). On 31 May 'Their sable Majesties', with their suite, occupied the King's Box at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden'. His Majesty, 'as regards appearance, need hardly give way to any potentate in Europe... Her Majesty the Queen is taller than her Royal spouse: but of good figure, and with a countenance by no means devoid of expression.' (The Times, 1 June, 1824). The following Friday, 4 June, the Royal Party attended the New Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where they watched the opera Rob Roy Macgregor, and Zoroaster, 'A New Grand Egyptian Tale of Enchantment'. By 8 July the Queen was dead, and the King was dying; her coffin lay in state and bore a large brass plaque upon which was engraved in Hawaiian, and in English: TAMEHAMALU Queen of the Sandwich Islands Departed this life in London, on the 8th July 1824 Aged 22 years (The Times, 13 July, 1824). The bodies of the royal pair were carried back to Hawaii on HMS Blonde in 1825.At lower left is the inscription "drawn and engraved from the life by J.W. Gear and at lower right "printed by C. Hullmandel". John William Gear was a portraitist, miniaturist, watercolour painter and lithographer who specialised in theatrical portraits. He regularly exhibited in London from 1821 to 1852 before moving to America. Charles Joseph Hullmandel was born in London in 1789 and ran a lithographic establishment on Great Marlborough Street from about 1819 until his death in 1850. During the first half of the 19th century Hullmandel became one of the most important figures in the development of British lithography. This work illustrates beautifully the sensitive technique he employed that created the effect of soft colour washes. Provenance: From the collection of John McPhee, art historian and connoisseur, Sydney. Some browning at edges, expertly backed with Japanese tissue; very good.

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         Zeitschrift für psychische Aerzte mit besonderer Berücksichtigung des Magnetismus [bzw. ab 1823] Zeitschrift für die Anthropologie. Jhg. 1821, 1822, 1823 und 1824 [= 4 Jhge., jew. kmpl.]. In Verbindung mit den Herren Beneke, Ennemoser, v. Eschenmayer, Grohmann, Haindorf [u.a. mehr] herausgegeben.

      Leipzig, bei Carl Cnobloch, 1821-1824. - 2 Bll., 224 S.; 2 Bll., 227 S. / 2 Bll., 228 S.; 4 Bll., 242 S. / 1 Bl., 221 S., 1 Bl.; 1 Bl., 222 S., 1 Bl. / 2 Bll., 224 S.; 4 Bll., 240 S. / 3 Bll., S. 1-256; 2 Bll., S. [257]-504 / 3 Bll., S. 1-272, mit 1 Falttaf. (Kupferstich); 3 Bll., S. [273]-512, 2 Bll. / 3 Bll., S. 1-256; 2 Bll., S. [257]-500, 2 Falttaf. (mit 3 Tabellen) / 2 Bll., S. 1-256; 5 Bll., S. [257]-524, 8°, Marmorierte Pappbände d. Zt. mit handschrftl. Rückenschildern u. Farbschnitt (8 Bde., alle gleich) Die ersten beiden Jhge. mit dem Titel "Zeitschrift für psychische Aerzte", der dann zu "Zeitschrift für die Anthropologie" wechselte. Je Jhg. erschienen 4 Vierteljahreshefte, von denen hier jew. 2 in ein Buch gebunden sind. Die Zeitschrift erschien von 1818-1826. Jeder Jhg. mit Register. - Bsp. aus dem Inhalt: (1821) Prof. Grohmann: Beobachtungen über den animalen Magnetismus, u. welches wohl das in demselben vorzüglich bedingto oder bedingende Agens sey; Dr. d'Outrepont: Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Wünschelruthe; Dr. Valentin: Beobachtungen über die Wirkung des glühenden Eisens zur Heilung des Irreseyns; Nasse: Ein Fall von raschem u. häufigem Wechsel von Hellsehen u. Irreseyn; Prof. Ennemoser: Ueber die Bedeutung der Sinne in psychischer Hinsicht; J. Armstrong: Ueber Manie u. Melancholie / (1822) Dr. Romberg: Untersuchungen irrer Personen nach dem Tode; Dr. Beneke: Ueber die Möglichkeit einer Physik der Seele; Core u. Cramer: Ueber den Einfluß der Musik auf die Maus; Dr. Sarlandiere: Vergiftung durch narcotische Pflanzen mit Zufällen der Art des Somnambulismus; Dr. Shirley Palmer: Ueber die Wirkung des durch Quecksilber hervorgebrachten Speichelflusses gegen die Verrücktheit / (1823) Nasse: Ueber die Natur des Menschen in früherer Zeit; Dr. Friedr. Bird: Ueber die religiöse Melancholie; F. Bird: Ueber die relativen Maaßverhältnisse des menschlichen Körpers; Dr. Ulrich: Bemerkungen über die Wunderheilungen des Fürsten Hohenlohe u. des Bauern Martin Michel; Dr. Bergmann: Krystalle im Adernetz der Hirnhöhlen bei einer Blödsinnigen; Prof. Heusinger: Zwei Beobachtungen organischer Fehler des Gehirns bei Personen, die an der Nostalgie gestorben; Prof. Franz von Paul Gruithuisen: Ueber die Thätigkeit der Sinnesorgane in Erregung der Traumbilder; Prof. Windischmann: Ueber Etwas, das der Heilkunst Noth thut / (1824) J. Ennemoser: Die Entwickelungsgeschichte des Menschen in psychischer Hinsicht; Dr. Vogt: Beobachtung eines Falls von tobsüchtigem Wahnsinn mit einer merkwürdigen Schädelveränderung; Dr. Schwarz: Geschichte eines Falls von Idiosomnambulismus; Dr. W. Krimer: Beitrag zur Geschichte der Todes-Ahndungen; Dr. Günther: Ueber das angebliche Vermögen der Somnambulen, ihre Heilmittel zu bestimmen u. die Zukunft zu sehen. - Christian Friedrich Nasse (1778-1851), Psychiater, der lange Jahre als Prof. an der Bonner Univerität lehrte u. der erste deutsche Vertreter der Vivisektion war. Brachte etliche Bücher heraus u. war u.a. auch Mithrsg. des 1817-1824 erschienenen "Archiv für den Thierischen Magnetismus" (neben C. A. v. Eschenmayer, D. G.Kieser u. Chr. G. D. Nees v. Esenbeck). - Einbände etwas bestossen u. berieben; Vorsatzgelenke tls. mit kl. Wurmgängen; alle im Vorsatz mit Besitzerstempel von Heinrich Tränker*, der im ersten Buch auf 14 S. Buntstiftanstreichungen hinterlassen hat; das zweite Buch mit Anstrich im Inhalt u. in der zweiten Hälfte mit schwachem Feuchtigkeitsrand; auch im dritten u. vierten Buch ein Name im Inhalt angestrichen, hier ausserdem ein Blatt mit kl. Löchern (Buchstabenverlust); die Expl. sind tls. etwas braunfleckig, sonst u. gesamt eine gut erhaltene Reihe (*H. Tränker alias Br. Recnartus, 1880-1956, (antiquarischer) Buchhändler u. engagierter Okkultist: Sekretär in der I.T.V.; Mitglied im OTO; Gründer versch. rosenkreuzerischer u. pansophischer Gruppierungen, woraus tlw. die Fraternitas Saturni hervorging; zunächst fasziniert von Aleister Crowley, vom dem er sich dann scharf entzweite).

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         Signature and Portrait

      Czech composer (1824-1884), considered by some the father of Czech music, Smetana is today best remembered for his highly popular opera The Bartered Bride and his symphonic cycle Ma Vlast (My Homeland). Signature cut, matted with a portrait of the composer to a total size of 7.5 x 10.75 inches, signature cut is 3.1 x 1.75 inches (window size). In excellent condition.

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         Repertorio universale e ragionato di Giurisprudenza e quistioni di dritto del Signor Merlin versione italiana di una società di avvocati eseguita nello studio dell' Avvocato Filippo Carrillo

      Presso R. Marotte e Vanspandoch 1824-1835, NAPOLI - ITALIANO Prestigiosa opera in 21 volumi, la nostra mancante dell' ultimo.Tutti tomi con mezza legatura in pelle e cartonato con motivo marmorizzato, titoli oro al dorso. Trattasi della terza edizione successiva a quelle del 1777 e 1784. Versione italiana dell' originale stilato dal Sig. Merlin antico procuratore generale presso la corte di cassazione di Francia. I volumi sono organizzati per ordine alfabetico, il testo è su due colonne. Ogni tomo è provvisto di un indice degli articoli contenuti nel volume. Al primo volume vi è anche un elenco degli associati. Da segnalare che al primo tomo segue il frontespizio una lettera dedicatoria al Signor Marchese D. Donato Tommasi, la dedicatoria è stampata in corsivo a cura di Filippo Carrillo. Minimi segni di usura e del tempo alle estremità del dorso e coperte, lieve fioritura alle pagine.

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         Minnebüchlein, darin steht: wie deutsche Liebe liebt. Eine Morgengabe für Liebende. Erste Hälfte (und Anhang; alles Erschienene). XXIV, 454 S., 1 B. Mit schönem illustr. lithogr. Titel, 4 gestoch. Tafeln und 15 gestoch. Vignetten. Kl.-8° (14x12 cm). Schlichter Pappbd. d. Z. (Rücken aufgehellt, Kanten berieben) mit handschriftl. Rückenschild.

      Berlin, Reimer, 1824. - Reizende Sammlung von mittelalterlichen Liebesgedichten. Selten! Enthält auch viele Erstdrucke deutscher Romantiker und Gedichte von Schiller, Goethe, Uhland, Tieck, Eichendorff u.a. – Nur am Anfang und Ende leicht stockfleckig. Handschriftl. Namenseinträge auf dem Vorsatz. – MNE II 39; Hayn/G. IV 533. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         LIBRUM INSULARUM ARCHIPELAGI. E codicibus Parisinis Regiis nunc primum totum edidit, Praefatione et annotatione instruxit Gabr. Rud. Ludovicus de Sinner, Helveto-Bernas.

      Lipsiae et Berolini, apud G. Reimer, 1824. In-8 p. (mm. 207x117), mz. pelle coeva, dorso a cordoni con tit. oro (abrasioni), pp. 263, con 2 carte geografiche (Corfu e Creta) colorate a mano, ripieg. e f.t. Rara "edizione originale". L'A. (ca.1385-1430), monaco e viaggiatore, apparteneva alla famosa famiglia fiorentina dei Buondelmonti. Il suo fervore per l'antichità greca e soprattutto la sua curiosità di esplorare ed ampliare le sue conoscenze circa l'arcipelago greco, furono i motivi principali che lo indussero a partire per Rodi nel 1414. E nel mondo egeo, dove continuò a viaggiare fra le isole, soggiornò fino alla sua morte. Il "Liber Insularum Archipelagi" è l'opera sua più nota. La struttura è quella di un itinerario diviso in capitoli, ciascuno dei quali è dedicato a un'isola, oltre a capitoli dedicati a Costantinopoli, alla penisola dell'Athos, ecc. e accompagnati da carte dei luoghi descritti. Lo scopo dell'opera è naturalmente geografico e l'A. intendeva fornire con essa un'utile guida per i viaggiatori e, grazie alle carte, anche per i piloti che navigassero in quelle parti. Tuttavia il Bipndelmonti vi aggiunse tutte le notizie storiche e mitologiche che aveva potuto raccogliere su ciascuna isola dalle sue letture e dai contatti con gli abitanti. Il "Liber" fu dedicato a un patrono influente, il Cardinale Giordano Orsini e vennero stese tre redazioni. La primitiva (inviata a Orsini prima del 1420) non ci è pervenuta. Abbiamo invece una seconda con un testo più ampio completata a Rodi nel 1420 ed una terza, in forma più breve, contenente tuttavia vari brani non privi di interesse, assenti nella redazione precedente, completata a Costantinopoli nel 1422. Questo testo abbreviato del 1422 fu pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1824 dallo svizzero Gabriel Rudolf Ludwig von Sinner, basandosi sulla copia di un codice rintracciato a Parigi. Il "Liber" ebbe un successo immenso durante il Rinascimento; la redazione abbreviata del 1422 fu diffusa non solo in Italia e nell'Egeo, ma anche negli altri paesi dell'Europa Occidentale”. Così Diz. Biograf. Italiani,XV, p. 198-200. Con timbri di appartenenza, pesanti arross. alle tavole e lievi su alc. cc., ma buon esemplare.

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         Carl Goebel (1824-1899) - Signed and Framed Watercolour, Nuns at.

      19th Century - DescriptionA beautiful study of two nuns at prayers in an interior. Excellently presented in a period gilt frame. Signed. On wove. ConditionCondition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and some moderate foxing as shown. The frame has some wear and losses which have been repainted - generally the appearance is good. BiographyCarl Goebel the Younger, a landscapist, genre painter, and portraitist, was born son to the history painter Carl Peter Goebel in Vienna in 1824. He received his first training from his grandfather, the Academy professor and sculptor Joseph Klieber, who taught his grandson at the Academy of Fine Arts at a very early age. In 1838 the young Goebel was awarded the Füger Composition Prize when he was only fourteen years old. Subsequently he continued his education with Joseph Mà ssmer, Carl Gsellhofer, and Leopold Kupelwieser. Carl Goebel worked in different countries and at the major courts in Europe. Prince Alexander Schà nburg introduced him to Vienna’s noble society as a portraitist. The art of Josef Danhauser, Peter Fendi, and Johann Matthias Ranftl, in whose studio Goebel worked for some time, proved formative for his future career. His local significance lies in the production of topographical views of Vienna and of animal pictures, hunting scenes, landscapes, and genre scenes inspired by Josef Kriehuber. Starting in the 1850s, the artist undertook study trips to Kiev (1851), Venice, Reggio, and Piacenza (1855), Paris (1860/1861), Hungary and Belgrade, as well as Spain (1864) and North Africa, where he painted not only landscapes, but also genre scenes. From 1855 onwards, Carl Goebel also worked as a portrait lithographer. He died in Vienna in 1899. Size: Large (30-60cm) Framed: Yes Style: Realism Weight: 9000.00g [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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         Cary's Traveller's Companion, or, A Delineation of the Turnpike Roads of England and Wales: Shewing the Immediate Route to Every Market and Borough Town Throughout the Kingdom, Laid Down From the Best Authorities, on a New Set of County Maps

      London: G & J Cary. VG : in very good condition. Upper and lower margins of the county maps have annotated notes in a neat contemporary hand relevant to the county. 1824. Reprint. Modern half calf marbled boards. 190mm x 120mm (7" x 5"). vi, 43 maps, 16pp, + ads. 43 maps hand coloured in outline, including one folding of Yorkshire. ...'To which is added an alphabetical list of all the market towns, with the days on which they are held.' Notes to the Yorkshire map are on the reverse side and not on the map itself. .

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         Signed Cabinet Photo

      Famous Austrian composer (1824-1896), one of the greatest of the 19th century thanks to his magnificent symphonic works. Extremely rare cabinet photo signed by him on verso. Size is 4.25 x 6.75 inches, a photo by A. Huber, Vienna. Some toning over the borders, in overall very good condition - Autographs of Bruckner are extremely rare and hard to find.

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         Cary's Traveller's Companion, or, A Delineation of the Turnpike Roads of England and Wales: Shewing the Immediate Route to Every Market and Borough Town Throughout the Kingdom, Laid Down From the Best Authorities, on a New Set of County Maps

      G & J Cary, London 1824 - vi, 43 maps, 16pp, + ads. 43 maps hand coloured in outline, including one folding of Yorkshire. .'To which is added an alphabetical list of all the market towns, with the days on which they are held.' Notes to the Yorkshire map are on the reverse side and not on the map itself. VG : in very good condition. Upper and lower margins of the county maps have annotated notes in a neat contemporary hand relevant to the county Modern half calf marbled boards [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Les Caractères Suivis des Caractères de Théophraste, traduits du grec par le même

      A Paris, chez Lefèvre, Libraire, 1824.. 2 volumes grand in-8. Portrait. 2 feuillets. 432 pages. 1 feuillet. + 2 feuillets. 408 pages. (24x15,5cm). Cartonnage de l'époque à la Bradel. Dos lisse orné d'une pièce de titre de maroquin rouge et d'une tomaison dorée. Exemplaire non rogné. Usures aux coiffes, coins et mors. Rousseurs. Exemplaire sur papier vélin de cette édition des Caractères, établie d'après celle de 1697, la "meilleure de toutes", selon l'abbé Olivet. Les derniers dénoncent les pratiques de quelques uns de leurs confrères consistant à donner les clés du texte ou à expliquer les périphrases. Quelques rousseurs, mais agréable exemplaire non rogné dans son cartonnage de l'époque.

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         GORGE DE ROYAL, AUVERGNE.

      Englemann 1824 - Lithograph. N.D. Curtis 31. On chine appliqué. Ex coll'n: Lang Verly. Image: 8½ x 13½. Margins: 12 x 20¾. $ 575 31. On chine appliqué. Ex coll'n: Lang Verly. Image: 8½ x 13½. Margins: 12 x 20¾.

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         The Poetic Remains of Some of the Scottish Kings, Now First Collected

      John MUrray, London 1824 - 8vo. vii,(1),208pp. Original drab boards, cloth spine. Engraved frontispiece of James I and a large folding engraving of a charter by him in his own hand. Boards worn at edges, but text block totally uncut (as expected), though there is some light foxing to the first few pages. The cloth spine, if not original, is very early. Someone has printed the title on the spine in black ink. Contains the poetry of James V, Mary, Queen of Scots, Charles Darnley, Charles I and James VI, but the bulk of the text is devoted to James I's 'Quair'. An admirer of Chaucer and Gower, James composed the 'Quair' in the strain used by those poets. In old English, a 'quair' is a book. The poem is an allegory in which heathen deities and canonized saints are conjoined to celebrate the Lady Jane Beaufort, later the poets Queen. Scarce in first edition and not easily obtainable in boards. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Rameses; An Egyptian tale: With historical notes, Of the Era of the Pharaohs

      [Quotation from Bossuet, Histoire Universelle, tome ii.] In three volumes. Printed for G.B. Whittaker, Ave-Maria-Lane; John Upham, Bath; and Charles Upham, Exeter, 1824. 3 Vols., Post 8vo; pp.viii+341+[i (printer's imprint)]; [iv]+321+[i (printer's imprint)]; [iv]+328; publisher's quarter dark green linen, cream boards, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Spines repaired almost invisibly with matching cloth; paper covering of boards worn at some corners, and dusty; old armorial library stamp on each title leaf, but no other signs of library use; marginal stains on pp.101-104 of volume three; some foxing to Notes of volume two, and to a few scattered gatherings towards the end of volume three, apparently indicative of a different paper stock; otherwise, and in general effect, a very nice copy. From the author's Advertisement: "It may seem objectionable to exhibit Egypt as possessing at so early a period of the world knowledge and science in certain branches of learning and art surpassing all that the moderns, with the advantages of the experience and wisdon of ages, can produce. The Notes contain the evidence and authority for such a representation of the wisdom of the Egyptians....The comparison of ancient historians with modern travellers has furnished the materials and groundwork of the tale....The author wished to comprise as large an extent of information respecting the rites, arts, and public monuments of the Egyptians, as possible; and it has been his study to keep within the limits of historic evidence, confirming and illustrating his details by ample notes, which contain such various and important matter from the earliest historians, as must interest even the general reader." The Notes, placed at the end of each volume, comprise some 125pp. The result of the author's concern with historical records is that the story is overwhelmed with descriptive detail, and is not fantasy as with most Egyptian novels of the period, but almost 'lost race', telling of marvels not obviously achievable in terms of the science of the 1820s, though not intended to be science fiction. Minor science fiction elements do, however, occur. In volume two at p.10, for example, we learn that "the lamp of wonderful workmanship burned with the amianthus, which was framed by the skill of Mizraim science to last for ages unconsumed, and contained a potent mixture, indestructible by its perpetual flame", and at pp.123-4 in volume three it is stated that the oldest of the Egyptian records hark back to a time when the year consisted of only 360 days. Well printed apart from the few foxed gatherings on good paper by Thomas Davison at Whitefriars. Not in Sadleir or Locke's Spectra; Wolff, 6925, recording a copy in pale-blue boards and labels: it is also known in similar cream boards. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

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         The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus.

      Chiswick: printed by C. Whittingham, for the translator, and sold by Robert Triphook,, 1824. Translated from the Greek, and demonstrated to be the Invocations which were used in the Eleusinian Mysteries. The Second Edition. With considerable emendations, alterations, and additions. Octavo (183 x 114 mm). Recent tan half calf, beige paper sides, titles in compartments with raised bands and gilt titles, brown speckled edges. With the half-title, and 6pp. publishers advertisements at the rear. Covers lightly scuffed, internally sound and clean, a very good copy. Second edition (edited and expanded since the first edition of 1787, with additional notes) of the Hymns of Orpheus by the influential translator and neoplatonist Thomas Taylor (1758-1835). Taylor was the first to translate into English the complete works of Plato and Aristotle, and also these Orphic fragments. He was such a committed Hellenist that he and his wife are reputed to have conversed only in ancient Greek. Taylor's translations influenced Romantic poets such as Blake, Wordsworth, and Shelley, and the American transcendentalists including Ralph Waldo Emerson. Later in the century, through G. R. S. Mead, the secretary of Helena Blavatsky, the Mystical Hymns of Orpheus came to the attention of the Theosophical Society, which, excited by the connection to the Eleusinian Mysteries, encouraged Bertram Dobell to print a facsimile of this second edition in 1896. The 1787 first edition was reprinted once in 1792. The 18th century impressions are rare indeed, and this expanded second edition is far from common in the trade, with no auction records apparent since 1920.

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         Antique Print-SEA CHART-ENGLAND-DORSET-WIGHT-BOURNEMOUTH-Depot de la Marine-1824

      1824 - Antique print, titled: 'No. 44: Plan de la Cote Meridionale d'Angleterre Depuis la P.te Blackwood de l'Ile de Wight jusqu'a St. Alban's Head.' - Map of the South coast of England, Dorset, from Worth Matravers East to Yarnmouth on the Isle of Wight. This region includes Bournemouth and Christchurch. Depth soundings are given, as well as current directions and speeds, with places along the coast indicated. Description: This map is based on the 1785 map by Mackenzie, published in 1824 by the Depot General de la Marine.Artists and Engravers: Made by 'Jean-Francois-Isidore Caplin' after 'Murdoch Mackensie'. Jean-Francois-Isidore Caplin (born 1779) was a French engraver and watercolourist, born in Paris. The lettering was engraved by Besancon. We have not been able to find more information on this person. Murdoch Mackenzie (1712–1797) was a Scottish hydrographer and cartographer. He is mainly remembered for his survey of the Orkney Islands. Engraving on hand laid paper. Anonymous. Good, given age. Original middle fold, as issued. Some soft creasing along the middle fold. Some faint offsetting where the map was folded on itself. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully. The overall size is ca. 56.6 x 40.5 cm. The image size is ca. 44.3 x 34.6 cm. The overall size is ca. 22.3 x 15.9 inch. The image size is ca. 17.4 x 13.6 inch. Storage location: Overasselt-117

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         Autograph Letter, Signed ("T. Moore") to John Wilson Croker

      1824 - 1 p. pen and ink on paper, docketed Nov. 11, 1824. 8vo. Moore on First Meeting Byron. Moore writes to John Wilson Croker (1780-1857), author, MP and Secretary of the Admiralty. Croker, a frequent contributor to John Murrary's Quarterly Review, is thought responsible for the savage review of Keat's Endymion which Shelley and Byron would blame for the poet's early death.Here Moore refers to John Murray's Notes on Captain Medwin's Conversations of Lord Byron, which corrects errors in Medwin's work. Reading in part, "I am glad to see that Murray has so triumphantly set down the Captain [Medwin] - In a less important way this conversationalist has equally misrepresented me - the whole account of my first acquaintance with Lord Byron being incorrect. Indeed his entire book is a series of lies 'at random strung' upon a slender thread of truth." Moore was sensitive about his aborted duel with Francis Jeffrey following the latter's harsh review of Epistles, Odes, and other Poems (1806) - the duelists were hauled off by the police and newspapers circulated a rumor that the guns were loaded with paper pellets. Byron's reference to the duel in his English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809) incensed Moore, and he in turn challenged Byron to a duel. Byron, who was traveling in the Levant with Hobhouse at the time, was unaware of Moore's anger. Of course the two later became close friends, and Moore's Letters and Journals of Lord Byron (1830) has remained "the mainstay of biographers ever since" (Marchand, Byron: A Portrait, p. 473). The Letters of Thomas Moore (Dowden, ed.), no. 659. Provenance: American Art Association, 6 December 1928 1 p. pen and ink on paper, docketed Nov. 11, 1824. 8vo

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         De l?épilepsie étudiée sous le rapport de son siège et de son influence sur la production de l?aliénation mentale.

      - In-4 de 35 pp.ch. ; demi-chagrin. C?est sous la présidence de Royer-Collard, le 17 juin 1824, que Louis-Florentin Calmeil (1798-1895) soutint sa thèse inaugurale sur l?épilepsie. Selon Semelaigne, Calmeil avait fait sur ce sujet « ? une étude si complète qu?il était arrivé à simuler dans la perfection tous les phénomènes de l?attaque? ». D?ailleurs, toujours selon le même, Calmeil allait jusqu?à s?installer dans les dortoirs de l?hôpital, jour et nuit, pour être au plus près des malades. Thèse très rare. Bel exemplaire.

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         Evils of quarantine laws, and non-existence of pestilential contagion: deduced from the phaenomena of the plague of the Levant, the yellow fever of Spain, and the cholera morbus of Asia.

      London: T. and G. Underwood; Callow and Wilson &c. &c 1824 - 8vo., xxxii + 444pp., wanting the half-title, well bound in relatively recent half calf over cloth boards with the original gilt leather backstrip reused, marbled edges. A very good copy. First edition. Wellcome IV p.15. Charles Maclean (ca. 1765 - ca. 1825), a widely travelled physician (Spain, Turkey, India, the Levant), was for some years lecturer on the diseases of hot climates to the East India Company. He evidently became something of an expert on communicable ('pestilential') diseases and their prevention. Among his publications were On the state of vaccination in 1810> (1810), The results of an investigation respecting epidemic and pestilential diseases> (1817), Suggestions for the prevention and mitigation of epidemic and pestilential diseases> (1817), and Remarks on the British quarantine laws> (1823). He was evidently highly sceptical of the quarantine laws on the basis of his own research which suggested that epidemic diseases were not contagious and therefore that 'the quarantine measures then imposed routinely in most Mediterranean ports against vessels sailing from the Levant had no basis in medical fact'. [Mark Harrison in ODNB]. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Mémoires sur la Guerre de 1809, en Allemagne, avec les opérations particulières des corps d?Italie, de Pologne, de Saxe, de Naples et de Walcheren. 4 vol.

      - Paris, Roret 1824-1826. 8°. 4 Bde. Mit 2 gefalt. TabellenHalbleder der Zeit. mit je 2 goldgepr. Rückenschildchen und reicher Rückenvergoldung. Erste Ausgabe. Edition originale. Etwas berieben und beschabt. Dekoratives und sehr sauberes Exemplar. [Attributes: First Edition]

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         Rothelan; a romance of the English histories. FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. 12mo.

      Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd; London: Geo. B. Whittaker. 1824 Half titles, 6pp ads, vol. III. Uncut in orig. drab boards, sl. browned & chipped paper labels, leading hinge of vol. I cracked & a little weak, sl. vertical split to spine of vol. I, some rubbing to head & tail of spines. Overall a very nice copy in the original boards.Wolff 2400; not in Sadleir.

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         Journal of a Second Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; performed in the Years 1821-22-23, in His Majesty's Ships Fury and Hecla.

      London, John Murray, 1824. 4to. Original blue cloth and lemon-yellow endpapers, rebacked with morocco lettering-piece; pp. [viii], xxx, [1, part-title], 571, [1, errata]; 26 plates, 5 eng. maps, 4 folding maps, 4 folding plates of headlands; loght wear to extremities, occasionally a little spotted, large maps difficult to unfold; else a very good copy; bookplate of Sir Graham Eden Hamond (1779-1862), naval officer, inside front cover. First edition. Parry's expedition departed England in May 1821 for an attempt to find the North West Passage. He sailed though Hudson's Bay - this was the last expedition to use this route - and explored Repulse Bay and Lyon Inlet. After wintering at Winter Island, the ships sailed north to discover Fury and Hecla Strait. At this point the increasing incidence of scurvy persuaded Parry to turn for home. Intriguingly, with the discovery of Fury and Hecla Strait Parry had found the southernmost possible North West Passage, but this route is only passable by modern ships. Parry's account of the expedition includes details of the Eskimos with whom they spent much time (two of the maps reproduce the maps the Eskimo drew for the expedition). Arctic Bibliography 13142.

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         View of the Monte della Libera on Capri

      Incisione in rame, mm 309x463. Bella e rara veduta firmata in lastra a sinistra e titolata in basso. Secondo Heller-Andresen, la stampa appartiene ad una serie di dodici acqueforti di Napoli e dintorni eseguita nel 1824. Secondo stato con il titolo, successivo al primo, che ne è privo.Copper engraving, mm 309x463. Very scarce print. The mountain is on the left, the sea on the right with a small boat sailing on it. According to Heller-Andresen, this belongs to a series of twelve etchings of the countryside round Naples made in 1824. This is the second lettered state; there is a state before title.

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         Tales of a Traveler

      London: Murray, 1824. First Edition. Boards. good. 2 vols. 1st edition, 1st printing of the sequel to The Sketch Book, preceding the American edition. Original blue and brown paper covered boards, original paper labels. Splits, cracks, chips, and dings to both volumes, but sound; else good. An important edition of the major repository of Irving's supernatural stories, ten in all, including "The Adventure of the German Student," which Bleiler proclaims "one of the early masterpieces of horror" and "The Devil and Tom Walker," which, as "one of Irving's best weird tales, takes its rightful place among devil stories popular in the nineteenth century"

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         Journal of a Second Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; performed in the Years 1821-22-23, in His Majesty's Ships Fury and Hecla.

      - London, John Murray, 1824. 4to. Original blue cloth and lemon-yellow endpapers, rebacked with morocco lettering-piece; pp. [viii], xxx, [1, part-title], 571, [1, errata]; 26 plates, 5 eng. maps, 4 folding maps, 4 folding plates of headlands; loght wear to extremities, occasionally a little spotted, large maps difficult to unfold; else a very good copy; bookplate of Sir Graham Eden Hamond (1779â€"1862), naval officer, inside front cover. First edition. Parry's expedition departed England in May 1821 for an attempt to find the North West Passage. He sailed though Hudson's Bay - this was the last expedition to use this route - and explored Repulse Bay and Lyon Inlet. After wintering at Winter Island, the ships sailed north to discover Fury and Hecla Strait. At this point the increasing incidence of scurvy persuaded Parry to turn for home. Intriguingly, with the discovery of Fury and Hecla Strait Parry had found the southernmost possible North West Passage, but this route is only passable by modern ships. Parry's account of the expedition includes details of the Eskimos with whom they spent much time (two of the maps reproduce the maps the Eskimo drew for the expedition). Arctic Bibliography 13142. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         View of the Monte della Libera on Capri

      Germania 1824 - Incisione in rame, mm 309x463. Bella e rara veduta firmata in lastra a sinistra e titolata in basso. Secondo Heller-Andresen, la stampa appartiene ad una serie di dodici acqueforti di Napoli e dintorni eseguita nel 1824. Secondo stato con il titolo, successivo al primo, che ne Ë privo.Copper engraving, mm 309x463. Very scarce print. The mountain is on the left, the sea on the right with a small boat sailing on it. According to Heller-Andresen, this belongs to a series of twelve etchings of the countryside round Naples made in 1824. This is the second lettered state; there is a state before title. vedutistica.

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         Two watercolour sketches of the brig Jane and cutter Beaufoy

      Watercolour and ink. Each measuring approx 200 by 290mm. Captioned in ms beneath each image: "Brig Jane and cutter Beaufoy in the latitude of 74°15' South returning to the Northward 20th February 1823" and "Brig Jane and cutter Beaufoy in latitude of South passing to the Southward through a chain of Ice Islands". Framed and glazed, with a few closed tears.

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         The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus. Translated from the Greek, and demonstrated to be the Invocations which were used in the Eleusinian Mysteries. The Second Edition. With considerable emendations, alterations, and additions.

      Chiswick: printed by C. Whittingham, for the translator, and sold by Robert Triphook, 1824 - Octavo (183 x 114 mm). Recent tan half calf, beige paper sides, titles in compartments with raised bands and gilt titles, brown speckled edges. Covers lightly scuffed, internally sound and clean, a very good copy. With the half-title, and 6pp. publishers advertisements at the rear. Second edition (edited and expanded since the first edition of 1787, with additional notes) of the Hymns of Orpheus by the influential translator and neoplatonist Thomas Taylor (1758-1835). Taylor was the first to translate into English the complete works of Plato and Aristotle, and also these Orphic fragments. He was such a committed Hellenist that he and his wife are reputed to have conversed only in ancient Greek. Taylor's translations influenced Romantic poets such as Blake, Wordsworth, and Shelley, and the American transcendentalists including Ralph Waldo Emerson. Later in the century, through G. R. S. Mead, the secretary of Helena Blavatsky, the Mystical Hymns of Orpheus came to the attention of the Theosophical Society, which, excited by the connection to the Eleusinian Mysteries, encouraged Bertram Dobell to print a facsimile of this second edition in 1896. The 1787 first edition was reprinted once in 1792. The 18th century impressions are rare indeed, and this expanded second edition is far from common in the trade, with no auction records apparent since 1920.

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         A Statistical Account of the British Settlements in Australasia: including the Colonies of New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land:

      1824 - with an enumeration of the advantages which these colonies offer to emigrants, as well as with Reference to each other, as to the United States of America and the Canadas. Third edition, with an Appendix containing the Acts of Parliament, and other Documents relating to these Settlements. Embellished with new maps and a view of Sydney. Third edition. Two volumes. Lithograph frontispiece and two folding maps. 8vo. Later black cloth, slightly shelf worn, some spotting to about 50pp of the first volume. vii, 485, 3pp.ads; (ii), 416pp. London, G. & W.B. Whittaker, [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

      London: John Murray, 1824. 3 vols. 1st edition, 1st printing with the dedication to Dr. Fundgruben intact. The first peek into Persia, the best ever capturing of what it was in that time, fact or fiction, and still the most popular Oriental novel in English. Original boards, sympathetically rebacked with identical gray paper, original paper labels laid down. Vol. I label 70% chipped, vol. III label with a smaller chip, all 3 grubby, name on pastedowns, but very good, scarcer in boards uncut, than Internet clicks on the "I am under 18" button, and not to be compared to rebound sets, or mistaken for its sequel, The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan in England (1828), which is easy to find, even in boards. At a pressing point of British colonial power, the Crown established a mission in Persia with an 1809 treaty of alliance. In 1810 they sent James J. Morier as Secretary of Embassy, and from 1814 to 1816 he served as Chargé d'Affaires. The choice was a brilliant one. Sir James observed without appearing to do so, represented Britain while seeming a fair arbiter, advanced their interests under the pretext of cooperation, made his presence digestible by adopting Qajar Persian customs, stayed quieter than a painting on a wall, and came away with an essential grasp of the culture, and an insight into the regime, not visible even to the natives. He returned home, published reports, and accounts of his travel, and then this novel, which he coyly disconnected from by presenting the picaresque narrative as merely his translation of the coming of age autobiography of one Hajji Baba, a wholly fictional, Candide like, character. In the charade, Hajji Baba tells the tale of his rise from poverty to become the Shah of Persia's emissary to Britain, but when he's recalled in disgrace, and possibly execution, he entrusts the diary of his life to Morier as his chosen facilitator for publication. It's an adventure to be sure, drawing splendid character portraits, and descriptions, but it's a satirical one, ridiculing Persian society as violent, the culture as scandalously dishonest and decadent, and the people as rascals, cowards, fools, and puerile villains. Near fine.

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         Spaziergang über die Alpen. Reisegeschenk für Freunde und Freundinnen schöner Natur.

      Gotha und Erfurt, Hennings?sche Buchhandlung, 1824, - in-8vo, VIII + 261 S. + 6 gestochene Ansichten, durchgehend etwas stockfleckig, Pappband, hs. Titelschild oben am Rücken. Erste Ausgabe einer Reise durch die Schweiz, nach Mailand und zurück (auch Oberitalien, Seen und Savoyen). Die Kupfer v. Darnstedt gestochen zeigen: 1) Das Rüttli oder Grüttli / 2) Der Reichenbach / 3) Der Gemmi / 4) Isola Bella (gefaltet) / 5) Chamounix-Thal (gef.) /6) Das Eismeer auf dem Montanvert (gef.). Das Exemplar der Nationalbibliothek hat auch wie unseres 6 Kupfertafeln. Es ist davon auszugehen, dass Wäber in seiner Bibliographie d. Schweizerischen Landeskunde auf S. 61 irrig 8 Kupfer verzeichnet.Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. Wäber 61 (falsch: mit 8 Kupferstichen ?); Dreyer 810 (mit 6 Tafeln); Perret -; [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Sehr seltene Gesamtansicht von Haidhausen über die Isar mit Kahn. Lehrbrief der Metzger mit Ansicht.

       Kol. Lithographie von Carl August Lebschée, 1824, 35 x 48 cm. Nicht in den einschlägigen Bibliographien. - Im Kahn monogrammiert und datiert \"18 C L 24\". Darunter Lehrbrief für Georg Forster, Metzgersohn aus Haidhausen, für die Zeit vom 12. Februar 1840 - 12. Februar 1843, ausgestellt vom königl. Landgericht Aus am 4. Februar 1843. Das Ganze eingefasst von einer ornamentalen Bordüre mit Insignien des Metzgerhandwerks. - Mit teils hinterlegten Faltspuren. Breitrandig. - Provenienz: Dr. Arthur Model. Versand D: 6,00 EUR BAYERN, Oberbayern

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         GRAMMATICA ITALIANA E FRANCESE ACCRESCIUTA DELLE REGOLE....ESTRATTE DALLA GRAMMATICA DI WAILLY

      Tipografia di Angelo Trani, 1824. ITALIANO 0,33 Nuova edizione diretta dal Maestro di lingua francese Agostino, accresciuta delle regole per la formazione dei tempi, dei verbi e di altre osservazioni necessarie estratte dalla Grammatica di Wailly e purgata da tutti gli errori di stampa, da molte espressioni disusate, accresciuta di massime utilissime, di lettere moderne e d'un breve trattato della poesa Francese. Traccie di fioritura maggiormente evidente in alcune pagine. tagli non rifilati. Copertina logorata ai bordi. Dorso stanco, consumato in area inferiore. USATO

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         Travels in the Republic of Colombia

      London: Printed for C. Knight,, 1824. In the years 1822 and 1823. Translated from the French. Octavo. Original brown paper-backed blue paper sides, titles to printed paper label to spine, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Lithographic frontispiece and large folding map. Wear to extremities, soiling to boards, top edge dust toned, inner hinges cracked but holding, 2 short closed tears to map stub; a very good copy. First edition in English, first published in French in the same year. Gaspard-Théodore Mollien (1796–1872), was a French diplomat and explorer. This work details his voyage from France to North America and then on to the newly independent Columbia where he navigated the Magdalena river. A detailed and practical work which describes the cities, geography and people of the country, Mollien was reviewed at the time as "a vigilant observer" (The Philomathic Journal Vol. II, 1825, p. 479).

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        The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

      London: John Murray, 1824. First Edition. Boards. Near fine. 3 vols. 1st edition, 1st printing with the dedication to Dr. Fundgruben intact. The first peek into Persia, the best ever capturing of what it was in that time, fact or fiction, and still the most popular Oriental novel in English. Original boards, sympathetically rebacked with identical gray paper, original paper labels laid down. Vol. I label 70% chipped, vol. III label with a smaller chip, all 3 grubby, name on pastedowns, but very good, scarcer in boards uncut, than Internet clicks on the "I am under 18" button, and not to be compared to rebound sets, or mistaken for its sequel, The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan in England (1828), which is easy to find, even in boards. At a pressing point of British colonial power, the Crown established a mission in Persia with an 1809 treaty of alliance. In 1810 they sent James J. Morier as Secretary of Embassy, and from 1814 to 1816 he served as Chargé d'Affaires. The choice was a brilliant one. Sir James observed without appearing to do so, represented Britain while seeming a fair arbiter, advanced their interests under the pretext of cooperation, made his presence digestible by adopting Qajar Persian customs, stayed quieter than a painting on a wall, and came away with an essential grasp of the culture, and an insight into the regime, not visible even to the natives. He returned home, published reports, and accounts of his travel, and then this novel, which he coyly disconnected from by presenting the picaresque narrative as merely his translation of the coming of age autobiography of one Hajji Baba, a wholly fictional, Candide like, character. In the charade, Hajji Baba tells the tale of his rise from poverty to become the Shah of Persia's emissary to Britain, but when he's recalled in disgrace, and possibly execution, he entrusts the diary of his life to Morier as his chosen facilitator for publication. It's an adventure to be sure, drawing splendid character portraits, and descriptions, but it's a satirical one, ridiculing Persian society as violent, the culture as scandalously dishonest and decadent, and the people as rascals, cowards, fools, and puerile villains.

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