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        James Buchanan: The United States Needs to Be Governed by the Democratic Party

      "...the perpetuity & prospering of the people of this union depend upon the ascendancy of Democratic principles..." & & Buchanan served as U.S. minister to Russia during Andrew Jackson's administration, then was U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania from 1834-1845. In 1844, he and Lewis Cass challenged former President Van Buren for the Democratic presidential nomination. When it became clear that the convention was deadlocked, Jackson protege James K. Polk was put forth as a "dark horse" candidate, and he ended up as the party's nominee. Recognizing Buchanan's support of the ticket and Pennsylvania's contribution to his election, Polk appointed Buchanan Secretary of State. & & Buchanan remained in office for Polk's full term, and was closely associated with the administration's leading measures, particularly the annexation of Oregon and the Mexican War. It was a foregone conclusion that Buchanan would seek the 1848 nomination. & & Autograph Letter Signed as Secretary of State, marked "Private," Washington, May 20, 1847, to Philadelphia Democrat George Guier (who was apparently not one of his supporters), discussing his political goals and stating his philosophy that the Democrats are the party that most benefits the nation. "I ought long ago to have acknowledged the receipt of your favor of the 30th ultimo...The truth is that business of the Department is so incessant & pressing that I am compelled to neglect my private correspondents. Why did you not write to me on the subject of your son-in-law's appointment as a second lieutenant. I should most cheerfully have sustained his application. Although you and I have not been as good friends as I could desire, yet I have always justly appreciated your services & merits as a Democrat. Of this I could long since have given you proof had I not supposed my motives might have been mistaken. I am now encouraged to drop this hint only by the kind tone of your letter. You subscribed yourself my friend, and as you have never yet been charged with hypocracy, I accept the pledge with all my heart. All I desire of you in this character is that you shall think & speak as kindly of me as I do of you. I have no ambitious aspirations beyond that of a desire to obtain & preserve the good opinion of my fellow citizens. Your friendship for me will not, therefore, cost you much. We shall never quarrel about your Presidential preferences; because I know you will never support any candidate unless he be a good Democrat. A long experience in public life has convinced me that the perpetuity & prospering of the people of this union depend upon the ascendancy of Democratic principles in the administration of their Government. I shall, therefore, be in favor of that man for President, whoever he may be, best calculated to secure this ascendancy. Let us, therefore, shake hands & be good friends hereafter." & & Failing to receive the presidential nomination in 1848 or 1852, Buchanan was appointed minister to Britain by President Franklin Pierce. This meant that he was out of the country from 1853-1856, and did not have to stake out a position on sectional flare-ups over the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the fugitive slave law, and the organization of the Kansas Territory. Having offended no one North or South, he was admirably situated to capture the Democratic nomination in 1856. So in the end, he obtained the prize he so long sought - the presidency - only to find himself at the center of the gargantuan storm of secession and its prelude, through which he was unable to navigate.

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        ?On Scheutz?s calculating machine?, pp. 225-6 in The London, Edinburgh and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, Fourth Series, Vol. 12, No. 78, December 1856.

      First edition in original wraps of a rare and particularly curious paper offering detailed improvements to Scheutz?s fully functional model of Babbage?s Difference Engine by one of Babbage?s ?most vigorous detractors? (  ?The credit of inventing the first computing machines goes to the two Stockholm Based scientists, George and Edvard Scheutz ( ?Inspired in 1834 by Babbage's work, Georg Scheutz (1785-1873) a Swedish printer, publisher, journalist, translator and inventor, set about building a difference engine of his own. At first, he speculated that just one of Babbage's engines 'would suffice the needs of the whole world'? (ibid).  ?Each of its long shafts holds disks, and each disk has wheels with ten teeth that correspond to marks in the disks. A scientist could set the disks with known figures, odd or even, turn a crank, and by reading down on each shaft, find the result of a calculation.?The Scheutzes had no interest in pleasing design. Their device worked well, though, for they had followed to practical completion the concepts of one of the 19th century's most brilliant minds. Inventor and philosopher, Babbage produced a prototype of the original Difference Engine as early as 1822, then kept adding refinements without ever quite finishing it. He enthusiastically endorsed the work of his friends Georg and Edvard Scheutz. But during the years it took them to complete their machine, the inventor's mind was groping toward a mechanical device that would go far beyond calculation. It would actually store the data that it produced, then reuse the information to add more. Babbage described this process as ?the engine eating its own tail? (Park, ?What a difference the Difference Engine made: from Charles Babbage's calculator emerged today's computer,? Smithsonian Magazine, Feb. 1996).During this period George Airy was Astronomer Royal from 1835-1881 and a highly influential advisor to the government whose opinions greatly impacted the fate of Babbage?s engine; this makes it all the more curious that in this paper he offered suggestion to improving the Scheutze model of Babbage?s engine.?The post of Astronomer Royal was the highest office in the civil science in England and carried with it responsibility for the Royal Observatory at Greenwich. Though not part of his official duties, Airy, through diligence and distinguished service, became de facto science adviser to the British Government and his views had a defining influence on the fate of Babbage's engines. In 1842 he advised the Treasury that the engines were 'useless' and that Babbage's project should be abandoned. The Government axed the project shortly after. Airy was not alone in his opposition. Astronomers in Sweden and France also rejected the utility of the machines.?Airy's opposition to the utility of the engines was reasoned and credible but confined to their potential use to practical tabulation, and mainly to practices at the Greenwich Observatory. He seemed immune to the broader mathematical potential of the engines despite his mathematical brilliance at university. Airy is often portrayed as a dull and unimaginative bureaucrat, influential but uninspired. Others see him as the voice of reason. In a published attack in 1851 Babbage accused Airy of rejecting the engines as part of a personal vendetta against him. Airy brushed off the intemperate lunge. In Babbage and Airy we have a visionary and a pragmatist. In the case of the engines, the pragmatist prevailed? ( & DETAILS: First editiopn in original wraps.  Very slight and minor chipping at the head and foot of the spine.  A near fine copy.

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        Les Chouans ou la Bretagne en 1799

      Vimont, Paris 1834 - 2 volumes in-8 (218 x 142 mm), (t. 1 : faux-titre, titre, 393 pp., t. 2 : faux-titre, titre, 364 pp.), demi-veau bleu, dos lisse orné de filets, non rogné (reliure pastiche signée Honnelaître). Deuxième édition, entièrement refondue. L'édition originale est parue en 1829, sous le titre "Le Dernier chouan". Premier ouvrage paru au nom de Balzac. Tampon Cabinet de Lecture de Baugé, à Montmartre, Chaussée des Martyrs. (restauration de papier sur le faux-titre et le titre du tome 1, quelques rares rousseurs). // 2 octavo volumes (218 x 142 mm), (vol. 1 : half-title, title, 393 pp., vol. 2 : half-title, title, 364 pp.), blue half-calf, smooth spine tooled with fillets (pastiche binding signed Honnelaître). Second edition, entirely revised. The first edittion was published in 1829, with the title "Le Dernier chouan". First title published with the name of Balzac. Stamp of Cabinet de Lecture de Baugé, à Montmartre, Chaussée des Martyrs. (restoration of paper on half-title and title of vol. 1, some rare spots).

      [Bookseller: H. PICARD ET FILS, founded 1860]
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        Naw-Kaw or Wood

      Philadelphia: E.C. Biddle, 1834. Hand-coloured lithograph by Lehman and Duval after Charles Bird King's copy of James Otto Lewis' portrait, made at Butte des Morts in 1827. Very good condition. Large margins. Two small repaired tears at bottom edge, about 1/2 inch long. 15 1/8 x 11 1/4 inches. 21 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches. An early impression and fine image from McKenney and Hall's 'Indian Tribes of North America': `One of the most important [works] ever published on the American Indians' (Field),` a landmark in American culture' (Horan) and an invaluable contemporary record of a vanished way of life. Born in Wisconsin, Naw-Kaw was a venerable Winnebago chief who fought for the British in the American Revolution and the War of 1812. A respected and diplomatic peacemaker, he signed several treaties with the settlers after the war. In 1827, he attended the Butte des Morts council in Michigan, which resulted in a treaty establishing territorial boundaries between the warring Winnebago, Chippewa, and Menomonie nations. He is depicted with three Presidential Peace Medals. As indicated, these came in different sizes. At McKenney's invitation, Naw-Kaw, accompanied by the Winnebago agent Major Thomas Forsyth and John Jacob Astor's employee John H. Kinzie, led a delegation of twenty Winnebago chiefs to Washington in 1828. While in the capital, Mckenney took the delegation to his Indian portrait gallery and had Charles Bird King paint their portraits. In order to further placate the uneasy delegation, Forsyth and Kinzie then took them on a tour of the eastern cities, a trip on which Naw-Kaw earned a reputation as a rambunctious hotel guest. McKenney and Hall's 'Indian Tribes of North America' has long been renowned for its faithful portraits of Native Americans. The portraits are largely based on paintings by the artist Charles Bird King, who was employed by the War Department to paint the Indian delegates visiting Washington D.C., forming the basis of the War Department's Indian Gallery. Most of King's original paintings were subsequently destroyed in a fire at the Smithsonian, and their appearance in McKenney and Hall's magnificent work is thus our only record of the likenesses of many of the most prominent Indian leaders of the nineteenth century. Numbered among King's sitters were Sequoyah, Red Jacket, Major Ridge, Cornplanter, and Osceola. After six years as Superintendent of Indian Trade, Thomas McKenney had become concerned for the survival of the Western tribes. He had observed unscrupulous individuals taking advantage of the Native Americans for profit, and his vocal warnings about their future prompted his appointment by President Monroe to the Office of Indian Affairs. As first director, McKenney was to improve the administration of Indian programs in various government offices. His first trip was during the summer of 1826 to the Lake Superior area for a treaty with the Chippewa, opening mineral rights on their land. In 1827, he journeyed west again for a treaty with the Chippewa, Menomine, and Winebago in the present state of Michigan. His journeys provided an unparalleled opportunity to become acquainted with Native American tribes. When President Jackson dismissed him from his government post in 1830, McKenney was able to turn more of his attention to his publishing project. Within a few years, he was joined by James Hall, a lawyer who had written extensively about the west. McKenney and Hall saw their work as a way of preserving an accurate visual record of a rapidly disappearing culture. (Gilreath). Cf. BAL 6934; cf. Bennett p.79; cf. Field 992; cf. Howes M129; cf. Lipperhiede Mc4; cf. Reese, Stamped With A National Character p. 24; Sabin 43410a

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        Discoveries in Asia Minor; Including a Description of the Ruins of Several Ancient Cities, and Especially Antioch of Pisidia. Two Volumes. Complete

      London: Richard Bentley, 1834 In Two Volumes. Complete, 358 pp + 489 pp Large folding map, 10 engraved plates. Condition of this two volume complete set is good antiquarian. The books are handsomely library bound in dark blue buckram with blue spines with gilt. Corners are bumped and a bit rubbed. Interiors have all normal library impedimenta including pockets. Last library blank in 2nd volume is missing. The folding map has a short tear at the connection as well as a small split along the fold at the fore-edge, title page is chipped at fore-edge, foxing near the plates and at front and back but otherwise clean and unmarked. The paper is starting to be brittle and while still whole, some pages show signs of cracking at the gutter, contents page in the 2nd volume has been remounted. Half title is present in Vol. I, not called for in second volume. When the books were rebound for the library the binder apparently had a liberal hand with the glue, resulting in some oxidation stains showing through at the gutter occasionally.This is the hard to find complete first edition of Arundell’s Discoveries in Asia Minor, recounting his travels in Anatolia in 1833, complete with all ten of the called for engravings, as well as the beautiful folding map. Francis Vyvyan Jago Arundell, (1780-1846) was the British chaplain at Izmir/Smyrna between 1822-1834. As soon as he took up residence in Smyrna he started traveling and writing, publishing his first book on Anatolia in 1826. In 1833 he embarked upon a 1,000 mile tour of the most remote regions of Anatolia, through districts which had hitherto not been described by any European. One of his greatest triumphs was finding, identifying and studying the city Antioch of Pisidia, famous as the place where Paul of Tarsus gave his first sermon to the Gentiles(Acts 13:13-52). He gives many archeological details, as well as information on his observations and conversations with the Turks, Greeks, Armenians and other denizens he meets along the way. . 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall.

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        Memoirs of Henry Masers De Latude : Who Was Confined During Thirty-Five Years, in the Different State Prisons of France / Arranged from the Original Documents, by Monsieur Thierry

      Dublin :, London : [Printed For W. F. Wakeman], [Simpkin And Marshall, And R. Groombridge], 1834. 1st English Language Edition. Physical desc. : vi, [2], 364 p ; 17 cm. Subject; Prisoners - France - Personal narratives. First published in France in 1790, and now first translated into English by John William Calcraft [pseud. ]. Finely bound in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with a dark morocco gilt-blocked label. Spine compartments uniformly tooled in gilt. An exceptional copy - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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        Fragmens Psychologiques sur la Folie (1834) bound with Discussion Médico-Légale sur la Folie ou Aliénation Mentale (1826) et Nouvelle Discussion...(1828)

      Crochard, Paris, 1834. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition. Three seminal early works of psychiatry bound together in 1/4 cloth over marbled boards. Leuret was one of the most progressive thinkers and teachers of the early 19th century. Broca and Gratiolet were both students. 426pp, light browning to page edges and occasional mild foxing. & & Georget was less progressive but no less central - he is perhaps most famous for his classification of monomanias and his ideas on physiognomy that led him to commission a series of portraits of mental patients by Gericault (10 were completed, the most famous of which is Portrait of a Kleptomaniac.) Scattered light browning and foxing - 176pp and 101pp.& & Old Yale Library bookplate at front and date issued sheet at rear (isued once) but no other marks. Size: Octavo (8vo). Text is clean and unmarked. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Psychology & Psychiatry; Science & Technology. Inventory No: 039826. .

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        Svenska fornsånger. I-III. En samling af kämpavisor, folk-visor, lekar och dansar, samt barn- och vall-sånger.

      Stockholm, P. A. Norstedt & söner, 1834-42. Tre volymer, XXIII + 1 blank + 424 + (32); XVI + 482 + (48); XXVI + 562. Senare halvklotband, omslagen ej medbundna. Namnteckning

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        Lives of the Necromancers: or, an Account of the Most Eminent Persons in Successive Ages, Who Have Claimed for Themselves, or to Whom has been Imputed by Others, the Exercise of Magical Power

      London: Frederick J. Mason, 1834. Complete with xx introductory pages, 465 text pages, (1) erratta page, and (2) blank pages. Original brown half leather with marbled boards and gilt lettering. Sound binding; front hinge just starting to split. Clean pages; pencil note on page xiii. Minor wear to cover. Godwin's last work. A straight-forward examination of the occult that is loaded with arcane information about necromancers, witchcraft, vampires, magicians, werewolves, and the black arts. It is said to have provided background to his daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley, for her creation of the character, Victor Frankenstein. See Coumont G44.1.. First Edition. Half-Leather. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        Svenska fornsånger.

      En samling af kämpavisor, folk-visor, lekar och dansar, samt barn- och vall-sånger. I-III. Sthlm, P. A. Norstedt & söner, 1834-42. 8:o. XXIII,(1 blank),424,(32) + XVI,482,(48) + XXVI,562 s. Tre samtida mörkröda hfrbd med rikt guldornerade ryggar och sprängda snitt. Pärmarna klädda med mönsterpressad klot. Ryggarna blekta och ryggskinnet ngt nött upptill och vid falsarna. I första delen en lång reva i nedre marginalen och in i texten på s. XXI och en liten solkfläck på s. 149. I del II ett par små pappersförluster i yttermarginalen på s. 247 och i nedre hörnet på s. 271 samt tumavtryck i nedre marginalen på s. 329 och lagerfläckig på s. 449-62. Sista delen lätt lagerfläckig på sina håll och med några fuktränder i övre marginalen på de sista bladen.. De opaginerade sidorna längst bak i första och andra delen utgörs av nottryck. Arwidsson hade sedan 1827 i samarbete med Leonhard Fredrik Rääf planlagt vad som skulle bli "Svenska fornsånger". Men arbetet drog ut på tiden och det dröjde till den 11 maj 1832 innan en prenumerationsanmälan trycktes. I denna uppger Arwidsson att hans arbete ska utgöra "ett slags fortsättning" på Geijers och Afzelius "Svenska folk-visor" och huvudsakligen innehålla L. F. Rääfs och J. Wallmans samlingar, "frukter af långvariga och oförtrutna bemödanden."

      [Bookseller: Mats Rehnström]
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        St. Petersburg

      London: , 1834. Size: 345 × 405 mm. Steel engraving with original outline colour. Mildly toned, minor splits and small tears to margins, otherwise in very good condition. An attractive and detailed town plan of the 'second' Russian city of St. Petersburg situated on the Gulf of Finland. The map is complimented by a inset view of the Isakiefskoi Bridge and public buildings of note. Explanatory note in bottom left corner. Published in London by Charles Knight & Co.

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        Volume 1 of My Sketch Book

      London: George Cruikshank, 1834. First Edition. Full Leather. Very Good. Cruikshank, George. Published 1834-1836. Oblong 4to. [36] leaves of plates. Full green leather Riviere & Son binding that has faded at spine to a dark brown. Five raised bands to spine with gold embossed titling, three lined border to front and rear boards, gilt filet borders, top edge of text block gilded. Bumping to corners. Dark red endpapers have slight discoloration on pastedown where a bookplate was removed, front and rear gutters show evidence of possible moisture at some point although there is no evidence in the text block. Hand colored plates show minor age toning, very clean. Original front and rear wraps of each issue (9 in total) bound in at rear.

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      Oahu: Na Na Misionari, 1834-1837.. 360pp. Separate titlepage on p.57, with continuous pagination. 12mo. Contemporary blue-green cloth boards, rebacked in later calf, spine gilt. Boards rubbed and edgeworn. Bookplate on front pastedown. Foxing. Good. This is the first work printed in Hawaii that includes musical scoring, and a rare Hawaiian hymnal and manual. The first part is comprised of a musical and singing instruction manual, while the final three hundred pages are a hymnal, including some 194 religious hymns in Hawaiian. The first part translates: "The rules of music for hymns and psalms to praise God." The second part translates: "Hawaiian hymns with their music; the second part of the rules of music." Hiram Bingham (1789-1869), who produced this work, was a Congregational missionary in Hawaii from 1820 to 1841. In 1825 he began his translation of the New Testament, and by 1839 he and his associates had translated the entire Bible. "Although dated 1834 this book was so difficult to produce at the Mission Press that it was not completed until three years later. Present day Hawaiian music is based in part on the music taught by the missionaries so this is a particularly interesting example of early printing in the Islands" - Streeter. FORBES 917. BALLOU, BOOKS IN THE NATIVE HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE 129. JUDD 110. STREETER SALE 3759.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        Memoir and poems of Phillis Wheatley, a native African and a slave, dedicated to the friends of the Africans

      Boston: Geo. W. Light, 1834. viii, 103p., frontispiece the classic litho'd portrait (pen in hand, maidenly cap) of Wheatley, text commences with publisher's introduction followed by a memoir by descendant Margaretta Matilda Odell to page 29. First edition teal-blue boards with 1.5x2.7 inch printed terracotta paper label. The no-longer-bright casing is darkened with handling soil, label mildly abraded, generally edgeworn with corners rounded and showing card. Expect irregular chipping along the spine with half-inch loss at the heel and quarter-inch at the head. Front hinge is badly cracked, involving two-inch splits to lower gutters of both frontis and title-page and slightly exposing the threads. The remainder of textblock is sound. Small, smeary stains to frontis, title and contents leaf. A dot of stain affects margins of the "memoir," but Wheatley's text is unmarked. Front free endpaper has pin-holes and an old pencilled note of provenance, the next leaf (verso of frontis) an 1889 ownership signature, Emily Lamb Tuckerman. A handleable copy, in which is laid in an undated but old TLs on [great-grandson of original owners] Eliot Tuckerman's letterhead: "This little book was the property of" &c, about 85 words, accompanied by a very well-preserved newsclipping addressed "To the Editors of the Boston Daily Advertiser" and signed "N.B.S.", which starts off "The recent appearance in print of the poetical writings of Phillis, the negro servant of Mr. John Wheatley of Boston, leads me to present at this time a few facts relating to this remarkable woman, which are not generally known" &c &c, the clipping (which is entire) running to about 1200 words. The provenance letter continues as follows: "This little book was the property of Rosanna Duncan, wife of Thomas Lamb, Sr,, of the shipping firm of James and Thomas Lamb. Thomas Lamb was a Lieutenant in Jackson's Regiment of the Continental Line." The writer of the note, Eliot Tuckerman, was a descendant of Lamb. Thomas was notable for receiving George Washington's spurs when the general noted that Lamb was in need of them.

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        Trento, Sep. 24 1834 JDH.

      Till, Charles, London. 1834 - La bella veduta disegnata da Harding rappresenta una zona inusuale delle città conosciuta come la "Portèla". Rara. Disponibile a colori. Disponibile anche in cornice. L’artista James Duffield Harding fu anche eccellente insegnate e autore di testi scolastici; fu a sua volta allievo di Samuel Prout. Nacque a Deptford nel 1798 e morì nel Surrey, a Barnes, nel 1863. Formato: Litografia di dimensioni 39x28,5 cm. Buono. Lievi bruniture.

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        Storia Della Dalmazia

      Zara: Fratelli Battara, 1834. 3 volumi rilegati in mezza pelle con titoli in oro al dorso. Piatti marmorizzati. Tomo I 1834 pagine 295. Tomo II 1835 pagine 292. Tomo III 1835 pagine 237. Etichette al dorso, firma di antico proprietario sulle prime sguardie.. Prima Edizione. Mezza Pelle. Ottime/Senza Sovraccoperta. 8vo Tra 20 e 25 Cm.

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      Philadelphia: Published by Anthony Finley, 1834.. Title, index leaf, printed table leaf, sixty- two engraved maps, handsomely colored. Folio. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, expertly rebacked, original printed label on front cover. Wear and rubbing at edges and corners. Marginal soiling on titlepage, small chip in lower forecorner of titlepage. Minor offsetting on a few maps in the European section; all American maps very clean. Maps beautifully colored. Overall very good. A handsome American atlas. Despite the grand title, twenty-four of the maps illustrate states, as follow: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Missouri. There are also maps of the United States, Canada, Mexico (then including Texas, California, and the Southwest), the West Indies, and South America, and three hemispheric projections. Fifteen more of the maps are devoted to the countries of Europe, six to Asia, and two to Africa (one of the continent and one of Egypt). All of the maps are nicely executed and carefully colored by hand, showing different counties in the American maps, and provinces elsewhere. The American maps also show post roads. The first appearance of Finley's atlas was in 1824, with sixty maps. PHILLIPS ATLASES 752 (1829 ed).

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        Rome and its Environs from a Trigonometrical Survey

      London: Saunders and Otley, September 1834.. Very large map with hand colouring in red and blue, dissected into 32 sections, and backed on to linen / cloth. Size unfolded = 101 x 74cm. Many of the map labels are in Latin. With Rome towards the centre, the map covers Lake Bracciano (Lacus Sabatinus) to the west, Lake Albano (Albanus) and beyond to the east, Ostia and the coast to the south, and the Montes Simbrivini to the north. William Gell (1777-1836) was an archaeologist noted for his works on Greece, Italy and Troy, and something of a Grand Tourist (Lord Byron wrote of him "Of Dardan tours let dilettanti tell, I leave topography to classic Gell"). The map paper is fresh and white with a few light marks, with the exception of half of one section towards the top right corner, which has tanned more heavily. The linen backing is in decent shape, lightly tanned with a few small holes to the intersections, with one or two sections more heavily tanned. The map is mounted on to a single board covered in brown cloth. This is in good condition with some scuffing, and rubbing to the corners. Overall a very attractive and interesting map. Scarce. Bookseller ref 282. .

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        Dacre: A Novel

      1834. first edition. Lady Lewis’s Only Novel[LEWIS, Lady Maria Theresa Villiers Lister]. Dacre: A Novel. Edited by the Countess of Morley. In Three Volumes. London: Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1834.First edition of Lady Lewis’s only novel. Three twelvemo volumes (7 3/16 x 4 3/8 inches; 183 x 112 mm.). [2], 298; [2], 348; [2], 347, [1, printer’s imprint] pp. Bound without the half-titles and without the publisher’s catalogue called for by Wolff but not Sadleir.Contemporary half black calf, ruled in blind, over marbled boards. Smooth spines decoratively tooled in gilt and blind with two dark green morocco gilt lettering labels. Marbled edges. Light rubbing to extremities. Some light foxing and browning, occasional soiling. Early ink armorial ownership stamp (of Viscount Esher?) on front pastedown of each volume. A very good, fresh copy.First edition of this intriguing and overlooked silver fork novel by the wife of T.H. Lister, whose Granby is perhaps the definitive example of the genre. “In 1830 [T.H. Lister] married Teresa Villiers, whose brother George became Earl of Clarendon. Teresa’s engagement to Henry Fox, son of Lord Holland, had been broken off by his parents’ interference, although Teresa was much admired and was said to be brilliantly clever. Deeply attached to Fox, in the next four years she refused numerous proposals before accepting Henry Lister” (Alison Adburgham, Silver Fork Society, pp. 93-94).Lady Maria Theresa Lewis (1803-1865), “biographer, was only daughter of George Villiers, third son of Thomas Villiers, first earl of Clarendon, by his wife, Theresa Parker, daughter of the first Lord Boringdon. George Frederick William Villiers, fourth earl of Clarendon, the well-known statesman, was her brother, and she was granted the precedence of an earl’s daughter February 1839. She was born on 8 March 1803, and married for the first time, on 6 Nov. 1830, Thomas Henry Lister, who died in 1842. On 26 Oct. 1844 she married her second husband, Sir George Cornewall Lewis, bart. Lady Theresa had a taste for literature. She was descended in the female line from Edward Hyde, the great earl of Clarendon, whose life was written by her first husband, and in 1852 she published in three volumes ‘The Lives of the Friends and Contemporaries of Lord Chancellor Clarendon;’ the book gives biographies of most of the people whose portraits were to be found in the Clarendon gallery at The Grove, Watford, which had descended successively to her father and brother; the lives of Lord Falkland, Lord Capel, and the Marquis of Hertford occupy the greater part of the volumes. Miss Mary Berry was so well impressed with the undertaking that she bequeathed her papers to Sir Thomas Frankland Lewis, Lady Theresa's father-in-law, with the proviso that in the event of his death they were to go to Lady Theresa. Accordingly, in 1865 was published in three volumes ‘Extracts of the Journals and Correspondence of Miss Berry from the year 1783 to 1852,’ edited by Lady Theresa Lewis. The work is judiciously done. Lady Lewis also edited a novel by the Hon. Emily Eden, and dramatised two fairy tales for juvenile performers. She survived her husband two years, and died 9 Nov. 1865, at the principal's lodgings, Brasenose College, Oxford” (D.N.B.).On the title is a thought-provoking epigraph from Benjamin Constant (from his novel Adolphe (1816-1819)?): “Un ouvrage d'imagination ne doit pas avoir un bût moral, mais un résultat moral. Il doit ressembler, à cet égard, à la vie humaine, qui n'a pas un bût, mais qui toujours a un résultat dans lequel la morale trouve nécessairement sa place.”Mrs. Lister’s novel was “edited by” another accomplished lady of the day (and correspondent of Jane Austen’s), Frances Talbot Parker, Countess of Morley.Sadleir 1441. Wolff 4155.

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        Narrative of a Voyage to the Southern Atlantic Ocean in the years 1828, 29, 30, performed in H. M. sloop Chanticleer, under the command of the late Captain Henry Foster, F.R.S. &c. by order of the lords commissioners of the Admiralty. From the Private Journal of W.H.B. Webster, surgeon of the sloop

      London: Richard Bentley, 1834. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. A two volume complete set uniformly bound in original or near contemporary half-leather and marbled boards with gilt lettering to both spines; rubbed and worn, largely along the extremities, with vol. 1 not split but showing a very slight parting just starting measuring a few millimetres at the upper rear joint; backstrip and covers nonetheless sound, holding square and firm; contents slightly age-toned but essentially clean and tight with no loose leaves; showing library bookplates at the pastedowns and very small (i.e., 15mm) library stamps to both title-pages with the same present for most of the plates and again with four or five further such stamps within the leaves of both texts; also showing some scattered feint foxing and browning, but not excessively, with a few plates also lightly spotted; withal, a very good set indeed; size: 8vo (220mm x 140mm); collation: vol. 1: pp. xi, [1], 399, [1], [6] leaves of plates; vol. 2: pp. viii, 398, [1] folded leaf of plates. Sabin 102429. An account of the three-year scientific expedition by the surgeon of the naval sloop Chanticleer. Exploration in the South Atlantic included Cape Horn and Staten Island, as well as the South Shetlands which were charted in detail and claimed for the British Crown. Lieutenant Edward Kendall was landed on Deception Island. An ex-lib set, but very scarce.

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      London - Richard Bentley, 1834 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A scarce first edition of William Harrison Ainsworth's first successful work. Complete in three volumes. Rookwood is a historical and gothic romance that describes a dispute over the legitimate claim for the inheritance of Rookwood Place and the Rookwood family name. It features Dick Turpin as a leading character. William Harrison Ainsworth (4 February 1805 3 January 1882) was an English historical novelist born in Manchester. He trained as a lawyer, but the legal profession held no attraction for him. While completing his legal studies in London he met the publisher John Ebers, at that time manager of the King's Theatre, Haymarket. Ebers introduced Ainsworth to literary and dramatic circles, and to his daughter, who became Ainsworth's wife. Ainsworth briefly tried the publishing business, but soon gave it up and devoted himself to journalism and literature. Condition: Expertly rebacked in half calf bindings with marbled paper covered boards. Externally, generally smart with slight shelfwear and rubbing. Internally, firmly bound with new endpapers. Generally bright with occasional foxing and marks, heavy in places. Overall: VERY GOOD.

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      London: C. E. Sowerby, 1834. A complete set of 39 parts of the first and second supplement volumes (of the first edition of Sowerby's English Botany), all in the original separately dated printed blue wrappers. As such very scarce and important. The parts for supplement I are dated July 1829 to April 1831 and include 100 copper engraved plates - plate nos. 2593 to 2692 of which 12 hand-coloured otherwise uncoloured; the parts for supplement II are dated from June 1831 to Jan 1835 and includes 104 copper engraved plates - plate nos. 2693-2796 of which two folding and only these two partially hand-coloured, otherwise uncoloured. All the original wrappers are very good with slight wear only. Contents clean and tight, folding plates slightly spotted otherwise unmarked, no inscriptions. A very good set of the first two supplements. (Bibliographical note. It is unlikely that many if any other copies have survived in the original parts, at least not in this condition, and therefore this is an historically and bibliographically important collection. It is only comparatively recently that such works were issued in their complete form, historically it was the norm for them to be published in parts over a period of time and then, when complete, for the purchaser to have them bound up. Anthony Gepp writing in the Journal of Botany 1906 vol XLIV, says "...people were so short sighted and so unaware of their duty to posterity that they were accustomed to destroy the paper covers of books at the time of binding and this evil practice prevailed even in the best regulated libraries. The consequence is that it is now extremely difficult to find out the date of publication of any particular part of a work of that period.") . First Edition. Paperback. Very Good. Illus. by Sowerby, James De Carle. Small 4to.

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        Historia Antiqua y de las Conquista Mexico

      5 volumes: Volume 1, ix+584 pages; Volume 2, 603 pages; Volume 3, 527 pages; Volume 4, 694 pages, Volume 5 is the scarce atlas unpagintated with 18 plates and large fold out map. Octavo (9" x 6 1/4"). Bound in half leather with marbled boards. 1st edition. Orozco y Berra entered the College of mines, and in 1834 was graduated as a topographical engineer. He afterward studied jurisprudence in the seminary at Puebla, and was admitted to the bar in 1847. He was sent to the city of Mexico in 1851 to defend a lawsuit for the state, and in the next year appointed director of the national archives. He was secretary of public works from 1857 till the fall of the Liberal government, and in 1860 was professor of geography and history in the military college. On the return of Juarez to Mexico in 1861, Orozco became assistant secretary of public works, and in the next year took charge of the portfolio, and after the abolition of that office he was commissioned to write a memoir on native languages. In May, 1863, he was appointed associate judge of the supreme court, and when the government abandoned the capital before the French army he remained in Mexico to work for a living. He refused a seat in the junta de notables, but later, when many distinguished Liberals thought it their duty to assist the new imperial government, he accepted office. In November, 1865, he became assistant secretary of public works and director of the National museum, and in August, 1866, he was appointed professor of national history in the College of mines. On 25 September of that year he was appointed councilor of state, and in the conference at Orizaba in November he was one of the few frankly to express the opinion that the empire could no longer be maintained. After the capture of the capital by the Republican forces, Orozco was sentenced to four years' imprisonment, but in November of the same year the sentence was commuted. He was pardoned in 1868, and, obtaining through his friends a post in the mint, devoted himself to scientific studies, and was soon an acknowledged authority on ancient Mexican history and hieroglyphics. He became a member of the Royal geographical society of Madrid and numerous foreign and Mexican scientific associations. He was one of the principal editors of Jose M. Andrade's Diccionario Universal de Historia y Geografia Mexicana (7 vols., Mexico, 1853-'5), and chief editor of the appendix to that work (3 vols., 1855-'6). He wrote Noticia historica de la Conjuracion del Marques del Valle, 1565 a 1568 (1853) ; Memoria para la carta hidrografica del valle de Mexico 1864); Geografia de las lenguas y Carta etnografica de Mexico, con apuntes para la immigracidn de las tribus (1865); Memorias para el plano de la ciudad de Mexico (1867) Materiales para una cartografia Mexicana (1871) Historia de la Geografia en Mexico (1876 and 1880); and Historia antigua de Mexico, his most famous work (1880-'1), in four parts Civilization, The Primitive Man, Ancient History, and ConquestCondition:Edges and corners rubbed through, corners bumped and chipped, hinges and spine ends rubbed, page ends chipped. Over all a good to very good copy.

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      London: Richard Bentley. Very Good. 1834. First British Edition/First Printing. Hardcover. Three quarter green leather bound cover has light wear to corners and caps. 4 raised bands with maroon spine label and gilt decor. Marbled boards. Boards and spine are straight. Binding is tight. Pages clean and appear unread. Marbled end pages. Previous owner's signature on white end sheet dated 1868. Engraved frontispiece and engraving on title page. .

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        Andeutungen über Landschaftsgärtnerei, verbunden mit der Beschreibung ihrer praktischen Anwendung in Muskau. Text- und Tafelband

      Stuttgart, Hallberger, 1834.. 6 Bl., 272 S. Mit 45 lithographischen Tafeln (davon 1 doppelblattgroß und 3 mit beweglichen Teilen) von Hermann, Mützel und Tempeltei nach Zeichnungen von Schirmer sowie 4 gestochenen Faltplänen (davon 2 mehrfach gefaltet) von Voss und Bibel. Textband: Späterer Halblederband mit Rückenvergoldung und goldgeprägtem Rückenschild. 21 x 13,5 cm. - Tafelband: Dekorativer Lederband d. Zt. mit ornamentaler Rückenvergoldung, goldgeprägtem Rückentitel sowie gold- und blindgeprägten Deckelfileten. 35 x 49 cm. Ornamentstichsammlung 3389. Goedeke XIV 4, 717, 445. Graesse V 504. Erste Ausgabe des bedeutendsten deutschen romantischen Garten- und Landschaftswerkes. Die prachtvollen Tafeln geben einen wirklichkeitsnahen Eindruck von der großartigen Parkanlage von Muskau (dem Stammsitz der Familie Pückler-Muskau) in der Oberlausitz wieder. Bei der Planung dieser Parkanlage, dem schöpferischen Lebenswerk des Fürsten, nahm dieser häufig den Rat und das Urteil Schinkels in Anspruch. Durch Nummerierungsfehler, Änderungen während des Drucks und beigegebene Tafeln als Ausschnittbogen für die beweglichen Teile, weichen die Angaben über die Anzahl der Tafeln häufig voneinander ab. Vollständig ist der Tafelband jedoch mit 45 Tafeln und 4 Plänen, wobei hier die Tafeln II, XI und XXXIVa mit beweglichen Teilen versehen sind. Diese Teile zeigen durch Alternativentwürfe reizvolle landschaftliche Ausblicke. Die Angabe auf dem Titelblatt "44 Ansichten und 4 Grundpläne" beruht darauf, dass die Tafeln bis XXXXIV nummeriert sind und die doppelt gezählte Tafel XXXIV offenbar erst nach Drucklegung des Werkes eingeschoben wurde. Textband am Vorderdeckel mit breitem Tesastreifen; etwas stock- und braunfleckig. Der schöne Tafelband etwas berieben, die Ecken leicht bestoßen. Tafeln etwas gebräunt und stockfleckig, die ersten beiden Tafeln mit Knickspur. Ein Faltplan lose und stärker stockfleckig. - Komplettes Exemplar mit den empfindlichen und daher meist fehlenden beweglichen Teilen für die Alternativentwürfe.

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        Discoveries in Asia Minor; Including a Description of the Ruins of Several Ancient Cities, and Especially Antioch of Pisidia. Two Volumes. Complete

      London: Richard Bentley, 1834 In Two Volumes. Complete, 358 pp + 489 pp Large folding map, 10 engraved plates. Condition of this two volume complete set is good antiquarian. The books are handsomely library bound in dark blue buckram with blue spines with gilt. Corners are bumped and a bit rubbed. Interiors have all normal library impedimenta including pockets. Last library blank in 2nd volume is missing. The folding map has a short tear at the connection as well as a small split along the fold at the fore-edge, title page is chipped at fore-edge, foxing near the plates and at front and back but otherwise clean and unmarked. The paper is starting to be brittle and while still whole, some pages show signs of cracking at the gutter, contents page in the 2nd volume has been remounted. Half title is present in Vol. I, not called for in second volume. When the books were rebound for the library the binder apparently had a liberal hand with the glue, resulting in some oxidation stains showing through at the gutter occasionally.This is the hard to find complete first edition of Arundell’s Discoveries in Asia Minor, recounting his travels in Anatolia in 1833, complete with all ten of the called for engravings, as well as the beautiful folding map. Francis Vyvyan Jago Arundell, (1780-1846) was the British chaplain at Izmir/Smyrna between 1822-1834. As soon as he took up residence in Smyrna he started traveling and writing, publishing his first book on Anatolia in 1826. In 1833 he embarked upon a 1,000 mile tour of the most remote regions of Anatolia, through districts which had hitherto not been described by any European. One of his greatest triumphs was finding, identifying and studying the city Antioch of Pisidia, famous as the place where Paul of Tarsus gave his first sermon to the Gentiles(Acts 13:13-52). He gives many archeological details, as well as information on his observations and conversations with the Turks, Greeks, Armenians and other denizens he meets along the way. . 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall.

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        South Australia. Outline of the plan of a proposed colony

      London,: Ridgway and Sons, 1834.. Octavo, 80pp., three folding maps with original outline handcolouring, a fine copy polished tan half calf by Aquarius. Rare: 'the establishment of the South Australian Association proposed' (Ferguson). Remarkably, this edition includes detailed accounts by the veterans of the Flinders voyage William Westall and John Aken, whose personal recollections are used to assert that Flinders himself had approved of the idea of a settlement on the southern coast.Although unsigned, the book would certainly have been written under the auspices of Wakefield, who was the driving force behind the South Australian Association, which had been formed in 1834 for the establishment of a free settler colony. 'A previous Society with the same objects was constituted in 1831, when a number of gentlemen formed themselves into a committee for establishing a chartered company. The attempt to obtain the desired charter having failed, these persons were disbanded, and the project abandoned for a time' (Ferguson). Indeed, this book reproduces some material from the 1831 proposal of the South Australian company (see previous item), and also reuses the same three maps; interestingly, the map of "Southern Australia" has been updated to include several added details regarding the course of the Murray River "traced 1000 miles", a reference to Sturt's expedition.This 1834 edition includes significant additional material concerning prospects for Kangaroo Island, including the testimonies of Aken and Westall who accompanied Matthew Flinders aboard the Investigator. These are presented as question and answer sessions, at the conclusion of which Westall and Aken signed their testimonies as true and correct statements (their addresses in London and Wapping are likewise provided). Interestingly, a further description is provided by 'Chevalier Dillon, late a Captain in the Hon. East India Company's Service'. It was Peter Dillon who, in 1826, had discovered the fate of the La PÈrouse expedition; some years previously he traded in Australian waters and recounts a voyage of 1815 to procure salt from Kangaroo Island.This copy includes three maps, a collation which matches that of the copy in the Goldsmiths-Kress catalogue. However, Ferguson lists only two maps for this book, as with the Nan Kivell copy held by the National Library, and the 1962 facsimile only included two maps.Ferguson, 2516.

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        Map of the Colony of New South WalesÖ

      London,: Mitchell & Carmichael, 1834.. Dissected hand-coloured engraved map, backed on linen as issued, 625 x 1340 mm., some toning, but a remarkably handsome large-format map; preserved in the original green cloth slip-case, early manuscript label to front. Very rare: the so-called "Map of the Nineteen Colonies" drawn by Major Mitchell and engraved by John Carmichael in Sydney. This large-format separately-issued map was engraved in the colony by Mitchell, who ignored the standard protocol of forwarding manuscripts to London to have them engraved there, and is 'an exquisite example of the engraver's art' (Butler, Printed, p. 81).An excellent note accompanying the copy of the map in the State Library of New South Wales, which lists the map as one of the more significant in their collection, comments that the "Map of the Nineteen Counties" was compiled 'from 900 surveys, and engraved by Mitchell and Carmichael, costing Mitchell nearly £1200.' A copy of the map was submitted to Colonial Secretary Macleay in February 1834, and the map was then sent to Lord Stanley (the dedicatee, then serving as Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, but later a three-times Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) on 5 May 1834. The Library's catalogue notes that despite being said to have been "republished in London", this may in fact have been a stratagem against piracy of the map by implying an earlier full issue. It was first advertised for sale in Sydney in the Gazette for 14 July 1835.Mitchell had arrived in the Colony in 1827 and became Surveyor-General on the death of Oxley the following year. His work on completing a comprehensive survey of New South Wales was his first major task, and this map is therefore notable not only as the crowning achievement of his early career, but as the first major work to plot his roads west to Bathurst and south towards Goulburn (here shown as "roads planned and marked out by Major Mitchell, and made or in progress by the Gangs under his orders"). In late 1831 and 1832 Mitchell was away on his exploration of New England, but by 1833 criticism of the backwardness of the survey forced Mitchell to complete this map and arrange to have it sent to London.Perhaps as many as 500 copies of the map were printed, but very few survive. The present example is in very fine condition, with good original outline-colour.

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        Flora der Mark Brandenburg und der Niederlausitz. Nebentitel: Versuch einer Naturgeschichte der Mark Brandenburg und der Niederlausitz. Pflanzen (= alles Erschienene). 2. vermehrte und verbesserte Auflage

      Berlin, Lüderitz 1834. 21 cm. 26, 687, (5) Seiten mit 2 lithographierten Tafeln. Festeinband, Halbledereinband der Zeit mit Romantiker-Rückenvergoldung - ADB 30, 48 - Berlin-Bibl. 39 - Pritzel 7933 - Stafleu / Cowan 9839 - Gegenüber der ersten Ausgabe um die Kryptogamen erweitert. "Das Werk hat nicht allein die Kenntnis der märkischen Flora unmittelbar bereichert, es darf auch wegen der kritischen Behandlung der aufgenommenen Pflanzen, namentlich aber wegen des Nutzens, den es durch Heranbildung junger, tüchtiger Kräfte geleistet, als eine hohe Leistung in der floristischen Literatur gelten" (ADB). In der Einleitung gibt der Verfasser praktische Hinweise für das Anlegen eines Herbariums. Die zweite Tafel (Pilze) ist von Johann Friedrich Klotzsch entworfen. Vollständig mit sämtlichen Errata und Nachtrag zum Register. Schönes Exemplar, letztes Blatt schwach stockfleckig. Auf Vorsatz Trockenstempel "AM", bekrönt und Besitzeintrag: A. Graf v. Arnim (Adolf Heinrich Graf von Arnim-Boitzenburg), datiert 1855, am Ende Buchbinderschildchen "A. W. Schmidt's Buchbinderei, Berlin Jäger Str. 12". -

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        An Australian Grammar

      Sydney,: Stephens and Stokes, 1834.. Octavo, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts stamps to title-page and a few other leaves, faded manuscript shelf-marks to title; very good in brown half calf by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Very rare Aboriginal lexicon from the important early Sydney library of the Mechanics' School of Arts.Threlkeld, one of the best regarded of the early missionaries, had spent his early life in the London theatre, before becoming an itinerant preacher. He joined the London Missionary Society and in 1816 sailed with his family to the South Seas, working with John Williams at Raiatea. He arrived in Sydney in 1824, where his proposal to establish an Aboriginal mission was supported by Governor Brisbane. The mission was established the following year at "Reid's Mistake" on Lake Macquarie with a 10,000-acre parcel of land. The excessive expenditure of the mission incurred the wrath of the Reverend Samuel Marsden who successfully sought Threlkeld's dismissal and the abandonment of the mission in 1828.Threlkeld spent the following ten years as a government-paid missionary living and working with the local tribe of Lake Macquarie. He became fluent in the local dialect under the tutelage of Biraban, a local elder, and acted as interpreter for Aborigines on trial in Sydney. In the Sydney Gazette of 1826 Threlkeld's work on the Aboriginal language was highly praised and this published linguistic study of the dialect, as well as his other published reports, are regarded as landmarks in Aboriginal studies.The Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts is the oldest such school in Australia. Founded in 1833, a year before Threlkeld's book was published, this must have been an early acquisition for their famous lending library.Ferguson, 1858.

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        Babbage's Calculating Engine [ running Title ]

      Boston: Lilly, Wait, Colman, and Holden, 1834. Very Good. [2], [263]-545 pages. The Edinburgh Review was issued quarterly in wraps, and we offer here the entire April-July issue from 1834. The Lardner/Babbage article appears on pages 263-327 and includes 5 engravings in the text of calculator dials. Front and rear wraps are lacking, remnants of the spine label and paper remain. Occasional light foxing. The whole housed in a custom cloth clamshell case with gold spine lettering "Charles Babbage Difference Engine No 1 | Boston 1834". This is an apparently scarce Boston imprint for this journal. While institutional runs of this journal are common, with some 550+ holdings at this writing, the Boston imprints are much scarcer with only 5 institutions noting holdings of only partial runs. This may qualify as an early American imprint related to computing, and is undoubtedly the first American printing of this article. The Lardner/Babbage article reviews and comments on the following articles: 'Letter to Sir Humphrey Davy..on the application of Machinery to Calculate and Print Mathematical Tables by Charles Babbage', 'On the Application of Machinery to the Calculation of Astronomical and Mathematical Tables' by Charles Babbage (1822), 'Address to the Astronomical Society by Henry Thomas Colebrooke on presenting the first gold Medal of the Society to Charles Babbage Esq. For the invention of the Calculating Machine' (1822), 'On the determination of the General Term of a new Class of Infinite Series' by Charles Babbage (1824), 'On Errors common to many Tables of Logarithms' by Charles Babbage (1827), 'On a Method of Expressing by Signs the Action of Machinery' by Charles Babbage (1826), and 'Report by the Committee appointed by the Council of the Royal Society to consider the subject referred to in a Communication received by them from the Treasury, respecting Mr. Babbage's Calculating Engine and to report thereupon.'' (1829) Unlike the one paragraph reviews we're used to today, this treatise was an extensive commentary that provides us today with an interesting historical perspective on his work, and provided the public of that time with a more detailed overview and awareness of Babbage's work than they had seen previously. Origins of Cyberspace 51 notes it is 'The most extensive contemporary account of the Difference Engine No. 1, written by Dionysius Lardner, a prolific popularizer of science. ''From the technical detail that it contains, much of which can be directly linked to the drawings of the machine, it is evident that Babbage was directly involved with and played a substantial hand in its preparation'' (Bromley 1989, 24) From this article Georg Scheutz first obtained detailed information about Babbage's Difference Engine, enabling him to design and eventually construct his own calculating machine twenty years later' (Origins of Cyberspace 51 referring to the London edition).

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      1834. Very Good. MANZONI, Alessandro. I PROMESSI SPOSI; OR, THE BETROTHED LOVERS. A Milanese story of the seventeenth century. As translated for The Metropolitan, from the Italian of Alessandro Manzoni, by G. W. Featherstonhaugh. Washington: Stereotyped and Published by Duff Green. 1834. The "Metropolitan Edition." Possibly the first American edition. (There were two American translations printed in 1834; the other was printed at New York by G. Dearborn.) 8vo.: 249 pp. Text printed in double columns. Contemporary binding; black morocco spine with blind-stamped decoration and gilt-stamped title and year, marbled paper boards. Pencil inscription on ffep. and a contemporary pencil ownership on first flyleaf. Text leaves are mostly clean and quite fresh, showing only some occasional light foxing, and having a faint, shallow dampstain at the top- edge and, for the final 25 ff., at the top fore-corner. The binding is worn at perimeters, especially at corners, and rubbed at surfaces. The top fore-corner of the upper board is missing a small patch of paper. Lower joint is tender and is missing a thin strip of leather (1 1/2 x 1/8") at the head. This is an early translation of Manzoni's panoramic love story set in Milan in the seventeenth century. It is his masterpiece which, upon publication (1825-27), elevated him to the front rank of literary fame. It is still regarded by many Italians as their greatest novel. This is an appealing copy whose condition is very good plus. (American Imprints 25502; Kunitz & Colby)

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        The Works of Robert Burns; with His Life, by Allan Cunningham

      London: James Cochrane and Co., 1834., 1834. 8 volumes; small 8vo. A superb set in a later binding by Bayntun in green half morocco with gilt titles and pleasant gilt tooling to spines, marbled boards with gilt rule, marbled end papers; top edges gilt. Engraved portrait frontispiece to vol. 1; engraved frontispiece to all other volumes and engraved title page to all volumes. Marbled boards a little rubbed. A very decorative set.

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        Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia

      London,: Smith, Elder and Co., 1834.. Two volumes, octavo, with a chart and a large folding map (crudely repaired with tape), 13 engraved plates (four of newly-discovered birds with original handcolouring); manuscript presentation dated 1874; a fine and handsome set in contemporary plum calf by Ramage, bookplates of Harold L. Sheard, bound without advertisements. Presentation copy from Sturt's widow: the rare second edition of this account of Sturt's first two expeditions: 'an important book, recounting discoveries of the highest consequence' (Australian Rare Books).A manuscript inscription in both volumes reads: 'Frederick Peake In remembrance of the Author From C.C. Sturt 1874'. Sturt married Charlotte Christiana Greene on 20 September 1834, and she lived until 1887, almost twenty years after Sturt's death. After his death Charlotte was granted a civil list pension of £80 a year, and the queen granted her the title of Lady Sturt. Frederick Peake was a close friend of Charles Sturt, as is evidenced by the correspondence between them printed in the Life of Charles Sturt (1899).Sturt's first expedition set out from Sydney in 1828, with a brief from Governor Darling to follow the course of the Macquarie River. Within the first month he, and his second-in-command Hamilton Hume, had discovered the extent of the Macquarie Marshes. To the north they discovered and named the Darling River, and went on to trace the Bogan and Castlereagh rivers into the Darling, and the Macquarie into the Castlereagh.On his return to Sydney, Sturt pushed for command of an expedition to follow the Darling River to the supposed inland sea, however was instead commissioned to trace the Murrumbidgee River toward the south coast. Travelling along the river by boat, they were swept into a much broader fast-flowing river which they named the Murray, without realising it was the Hume River earlier discovered by Hume and Hovell. Sturt also discovered the junction of the Darling and the Murray, before reaching Lake Alexandrina. The most arduous aspect of the expedition awaited: after the vessel which was supposed to meet them on the south coast failed to materialise, Sturt and his men, with depleted provisions, were forced to row against the current for nearly one thousand miles to Sydney. They arrived in Sydney after many weeks of starvation and gruelling exertion.This is the second edition of Sturt's account of over four thousand miles of exploration over a four-year period. It was written while Sturt was in England, undergoing treatment for the blindness that had struck him during the voyage home. The large folding map of Australia, sometimes missing, is present in this copy (though with an old crude tape repair at two edges).Ferguson, 1853; Wantrup , 118b.

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        The Writings [Works] of George Washington. Being his Correspondence, Addresses, Messages, and other Papers, Official and Private, selected and published from the Original Manuscripts. With A Life of the Author, Notes and Illustrations by Jared Sparks

      Boston: American Stationer's Company (and others), 1834-1837., 39. First Sparks Edition, also The First Collected Edition; large paper copies. 12 volumes. All first issues except vols. 2 and 10 which are second. Finely bound in recent half speckled calf with twin, burgundy and black, title labels and gilt to spines, marbled boards, top edges gilt. Illustrated with engraved portraits, maps, plans and other plates. Very occasional, mostly light foxing. The uncommon large paper edition with untrimmed edges leaving wide margins. Sabin [101765]

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      1834. Very Good. TITSINGH, Isaac. NIPON O DAI ITSI RAN, OU ANNALES DES EMPEREURS DU JAPON, TRADUITES PAR M. ISSAC TITSINGH, avec l'aide de plusieurs interpretes attaches au Comptoir hollandais de Nagasaki; Ouvrage revu, complete et corrige sur l'Original japonais-chinois, accompagne de notes, et precede d'un Apercu de l'Histoire mythologique du Japon, par M. J. Klaproth. Paris: Printed for the Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland; Sold by Parbury, Allen and Co., London, 1834. Quarto. [6],viii,xxxvi,460 pp. 27.4 cm. In a modern brick cloth binding, with a (dulled) gilt-stamped title to spine; it is lightly scuffed on lower board and a little faded on spine. Text is quite clean and crisp. Very good plus. (Cordier 450).

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        [WoO 62]. Autograph musical manuscript of a portion of the composer's oratorio, "Des Heilands letzte Stunden," for choir and piano 4-hands

      4 pp. written on 2 leaves of a bifolium. Oblong folio (ca. 257 x 345 mm.). Notated in ink on 12-stave hand-ruled paper, the pages numbered 115-118 in pencil. A total of 21 measures. Text by Friedrich Rochlitz. With manuscript annotation to upper margin of first page possibly in the hand of Spohr's widow. Unsigned. No date, but 1834. & & Together with:& An additional leaf from the same manuscript containing 2 pages with a manuscript note, most probably in the hand of Spohr's widow, identifying the work, stating that it was composed in Kassel in 1834, and that the present manuscript consists of page 121 [and 122] of the score. Slightly worn; minor fraying to edges; some browning, heavier to first page. In very good condition overall. The additional leaf somewhat browned and separated at center by a neat vertical split. . "Regarded by many contemporaries as worthy of a place beside Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven in the pantheon of the greatest composers, he has, together with Gluck and Cherubini, been allotted a considerably lower status by posterity. Mozart's Figaro and Wagner's Tristan were both composed during Spohr's lifetime; his own work looks, Janus-like, towards both the formalism and clarity of the Classical tradition, and the structural and harmonic experimentation associated with 19th-century Romanticism..." & & "... In the field of oratorio, Spohr made a distinctive contribution to the music of his day. Die letzten Dinge (1825–6) marked an epoch in the history of 19th-century oratorio. In this work he adopted a number of the characteristics developed in his operas; it is notable for its avoidance of closed forms and for its expressiveness, attained through the use of chromatic harmony... and masterly orchestration... Many of the finest musicians of the day were profoundly affected by it." & & "... In 1834–5, inspired by Bach's St Matthew Passion, of which he gave the first Kassel performance in 1883, Spohr composed his Passion oratorio, Des Heilands letzte Stunden, to a text of Friedrich Rochlitz." Clive Brown in Grove online

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      London: Printed by T. Brettell, 1834.. 12pp. plus two wood-engraved views of New York on large folding frontispiece. Dbd. Frontispiece detached. Near fine. In 1801, British artist Robert Burford constructed a rotunda at Leicester Square to exhibit large circular panoramas, helping to set off a popular craze that would last the full first half of the 19th century. The present pamphlet describes Burford's panorama of New York with a brief essay on the city, a sixty-one-point key to the various sites depicted, and a large folding frontispiece plate with the view of the city in two parts. Burford and his brother produced over fifty such panoramas. Scarce. SABIN 54242.

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        Lectures on Political Economy, delivered in Trinity and Michaelmas Terms, 1833

      Dublin: Richard Milliken and Son; London, B. Fellowes, , 1834. Octavo (222 x 140 mm). Original green pebble-grain cloth with paper label to the spine. Contemporary ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Bookplate of the Nobel prize winning economist George Stigler to the front pastedown. Light browning, cloth a little rubbed and soiled, short split to the head of the upper joint and the label slightly chipped at the edges, a very good copy. First edition. Longfield was diverted from his interest in economics by a busy and successful career in law, being transferred from the Whately chair of political economy to that of feudal and English law at Trinity the same year as this publication, and serving as a judge and Irish privy councillor in later years. But it is his brief tenure of the first chair in political economy to be founded in Ireland on which his reputation rests today. It was the American economist E. R. A. Seligman who rescued Longfield from obscurity in 1903, publishing two articles in the Economic Journal, "On some neglected British economists", drawing attention to this, Longfield's first, and his two subsequent publications, Four Lectures on Poor Laws, and Three Lectures on Commerce and one on Absenteeism. "Since then it has come to be recognized by economists throughout the world that in these lectures Longfield produced work of outstanding originality … In 1833 when Longfield gave his first lectures on political economy … the theories of value and distribution developed by David Ricardo and propagated by James Mill dominated the subject. Having shown that he understood these theories better than many contemporary interpreters, Longfield rejected them and presented his own analysis in five lectures. His explanation of value emphasized market prices rather than natural values, stressing utility as of at least equal importance with labour costs in determining value. His theory of distribution was perhaps his most original contribution: in it he put forward a theory of profits as determined by the marginal productivity of physical capital and of wages as determined, not by subsistence, but by the specific productivity of each labourer … indeed he really founded a distinctive 'Trinity College Dublin school of value theory'—but until Seligman wrote they remained completely unknown to economists outside Ireland, and this state of affairs Longfield himself appears never to have sought to alter" (ODNB). In his later years Longfield maintained an interest in economic and social questions, being a founder member of the Dublin Statistical Society and president of the social economy section of the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science.

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        On Wages and Combination

      London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, Paternoster Row, 1834 First edition. Original blue boards, uncut,rebacked in gray paper, printed paper label on front cover. . Octavo. Complete with the errata slip. Library label of Nottingham Free Public Reference Library at head of front cover, and issue label on front pastedown, small rubberstamp on title-page and in the blank margins of four other leaves. Otherwise a very good, clean copy. Presentation copy, , inscribed at the head of the title-page 'The Right Honourable T. Spring Rice, M.P. with the author's compliments'. Having served as MP for Limerick for 12 years, the Whig Thomas Spring Rice (1790?1866) was by now the Member for Cambridge. The following year he began service as Chancellor of the Exchequer (1835?9) in Viscount Melbourne's second premiership. In his biography of Torrens, Lionel Robbins notes that 'this work ... has certainly not received the attention it deserves as the most systematic attempt by a Classical economist to examine the limits within which the power of combination to raise wages may be effective' (Robert Torrens and the evolution of classical economics, 1958, p. 49).

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        La Geografia en Laminas y Mapas

      Barcelona,: por los herederos de D. Agustin Roca, 1834.. Oblong octavo, engraved frontispiece, title and 32 plates; a fine copy in original printed boards, spine renewed. A very good copy of this very rare illustrated Spanish edition of the costumes of the world, after the original French publication La GÈographie en estampes ou múurs et costumes des diffÈrens peuples de la terre (Paris, 1815). The French edition seems to have been republished several times, but this is the only edition of this Spanish translation of which we are aware.Each of the four main sections - Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas - has its own engraved map as a section head, the maps with interesting animals in the surrounds: the American map, for example, is surrounded by a turkey, bear, seal, beaver and a llama. The American section includes a diverse range of nationalities, including Canadians, Greenlanders, Cubans, Californians, and Patagonians, but concludes with an engraving showing Tahitians and Sandwich Islanders, with a note that these island groups are separated from America by an immense ocean, but are nonetheless the most significant in the region.New Holland makes an unusual appearance as the most distant part of Asia, although this is as much to do with convenience as geography. The Asian section begins with the Turks, and meanders its way south-eastward, featuring groups such as the Arabs, Persians, Indians, Chinese, Japanese, Tartars, Georgians, Kamchatkans, and Filipinos, before coming to rest in New Holland. The accompanying note for New Holland is perhaps surprisingly general, but does include facts such as how this "fifth part of the world" is as big as all of Europe, and now has several substantial English settlements, as well as very brief notes on the mineral wealth and animals of the continent.The engraved frontispiece is a tableau featuring a woman surrounded by the instruments of navigation, including a large terrestrial globe, charts, and telescopes; she gestures with her left hand towards a ship, while the names of Cook, La PÈrouse and Bougainville are written on oval-shaped tablets at her feet.Fairfax Murray (Germany); Palau, 101.454.

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        ?The Century of Invention. Anno Domini 2000. Or the March of Aerostation, Steam and Perpetual Motion.?

      London?: ca., 1834. Extremely rare, separately-issued caricature printed on linen satirizing the early nineteenth-century British love affair with transportation. The print imagines the consequences of technological progress in the year 2000. It depicts a wild fantasy overrun with improbable vehicles from the impracticable and obsolete to the quixotic: steam-powered carriages, giant hydrogen balloons, and men sprouting wings. The handkerchief was also offered in sepia (McCormick Collection of Aeronautica, Item 284, no. 60, Princeton University). Fortunately, perhaps, the survival-rate of handkerchiefs is low, and the McCormick impression is the only other copy located. Locomotives and experimental steam engine carriages were both in use by the 1830s. The cartoonist, unaware that the internal combustion engine and the automobile would be invented later that century, lampoons the steam carriage rather than the increasingly reliable train. Only buildings on wheels traverse his "Grand Northern Railway" bridge. One of these, the "Steamo Equestrian Travelling Company," involves no actual horses. Neither does the stag hunt by steam-carriage above the bridge. A crier below advertises a "rare Exhibition" of outmoded transportation: "A Live Horse!!! Supposed to be the very last of the RACE." Even religion has been ameliorated by technology. As the "Zion Chappel" rolls by, a man advertises tomorrow?s sermon: "A CAST IRON PARSON WILL PREACH BY STEAM AT FUDGE CHAPEL." The hubris of these futuristic inventors is clearest in the sky. Balloon travel was no longer considered viable when this print appeared, yet its Londoners float over to Dublin and back before breakfast. A balloon race is also taking place (between the "Out o?Sight Club" and the "United Moonites"). Like the mythical Icarus, who flew too close to the sun, the flying men hunting a flock of birds will probably bring about their own ruin by inadvertently shooting the balloons. This lithograph was sold as a printed handkerchief, a relatively common form of ephemera during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but one which rarely survives. As no publishing information appears on the print, it may well have been a pirated edition. The image is an enlarged, reversed copy of a lithograph by caricaturist C.J. Grant from the Every Body?s Album & Caricature Magazine no. 3, February 1, 1834. He contributed regularly to the magazine, which appeared in thirty-nine sheets every two weeks from 1834-35. Grant also produced numerous separately-issued lithographs in paper formats, but not of the present image. The artist?s considerable body of work has been unjustly overlooked until recently; e.g. his Thieme Becker entry notes only that he cut a single wood engraving for the popular London periodical "Punch." The satirist?s biting wit still shines through today as he gains a proper reception: "Everybody?s album contains some of Grant's finest lithographic work, as well as displaying his imagination at its most fertile". (R.J. Pound, ed., C.J. Grant's political drama: a radical satirist rediscovered, 1998, p 10.). Lithograph printed in red on linen as a handkerchief. (image 15 x 19 1/2 in., (38.0 x 49.5 cm.); sheet 15 1/8 x 21 1/2 (38.4 x 54.8 cm). Some minor spotting. Margins show evidence of thumbtacks used for display.

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        Ayesha, the Maid of Kars. By the Author of "Zohrab," "Haji Baba," &c

      Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanched, 1834. First US edition. Very good. Hardcover. 2 volumes. Tall 8vo. Bound in original boards: drab cloth spines, paper over boards, remnants of printed lettering labels. Expected wear at edges, some soiling, else a very good set. The first American edition of the third of Morier's highly readable novels set in Persia. Rare, and more so in original boards. In a custom clamshell case. For the English edition, see Sadlier, 1796; Wolff 4927.

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      London - T. Cadell, E. Moxon, 1834 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A lovelycopy of Poems by Samuel Rogers,the first edition with theillustrations by Turner. Bound in calfleather with gilt lettering and decoration, blindstampedand raised bands. First Edition. With illustrations based on engravings by Turner and Stothard. With an armorial nameplate forJohn Roland Abbey. Bound by R. Davies, with a bookbinder's label on the front pastedown. Included with this book is a Blackwell's Invoice. This book was sold for 45 in 1991. Samuel Rogers, 1763 1855, was an English poet, during his lifetime one of the most celebrated, although his fame has long since been eclipsed by his Romantic colleagues and friends Wordsworth, Coleridge and Byron. His recollections of these and other friends such as Charles James Fox are key sources for information about London artistic and literary life, with which he was intimate, and which he used his wealth to support. He made his money as a banker and was also an art collector. Joseph Mallord William Turner RA, 1775 1851, was an English Romantic landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting. Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting. Thomas Stothard, 1755 1834, was an English painter and engraver. In 1778 he became a student of the Royal Academy, of which he was elected associate in 1792 and full academician in 1794. In 1812 he was appointed librarian, having served as assistant for two years. The designs by Stothard have been estimated by art historian Ralph Nicholson Wornum to number five thousand, and of these about three thousand have been engraved. Major John Roland Abbey, 1894 1969, was an English book collector and High Sheriff. In 1914, he was commissioned as a regimental officer in the Rifle Brigade. Abbey later rejoined the Rifle Brigade in 1939. Although he left the army in 1943, he was awarded the honorary rank of Major in 1946. After leaving the army he became manager, and later Chairman, of the Kemp Town brewery. In 1945 he was appointed High Sheriff of Sussex, a position he held for a year. His book collecting started in 1929 buying books from various Private presses, eventually gaining complete collections of books from the Kelmscott, Ashendene and Gwasg Gregynog presses. He also collected antiquarian books, starting from the sale of Primrose's collection, eventually holding over 1,300 books. Condition: The binding is generally tight and firm. There is very mild wear to the extremities, including very mild bumping and rubbing. Internally there is very slight browning to the page edges, with scattered spotting. There is an ink inscription on the rear free-endpaper. Overall the condition is very good indeed..

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        Ecritures Ancienne Volume 1 of the Oeuvres De Jean Midolle

      Strasbourg : D'Emil Simon Fils , 1834 This is a very good hardcover copy in the original binding of brown marbled paper boards with an all-over green design. There is a large printed paper label with the title inset in an elaborately lithographed Gothic style frame. Tan paper covered spine of dark green cloth. The edges of the covers have a little wear. Inside there is an elaborately detailed title-page followed by 32 of 40 numbered plates. No evidence of plates being removed, as binding still very tight, but normally with 40 plates. All plates are black & white lithographs showing an amazing variety of typefaces and alphabets. Many are composed out of very imaginatively worked animals, plants, people or inventions forming the letters. A classic of this genre, here an incomplete copy with various faults, such as browning, tiny foxing, and 2 instances of later careful coloring of initials on different plates. Quite rare in the original binding. Large oblong folio, 11" high X 13 1/2" wide. Call or e-mail for digital photos. . Hard Cover. Very Good.

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        Souvenir de la Tarantella Napolitaine

      1834. first edition. Scarce Dance of the TarantulaStep By Hand-Colored Panorama Step[PANORAMA]. DURA, Gaetano. Souvenir de la Tarantella Napolitaine dirigée par Louis Puccinelli Maitre de Danse dessinée par Gaetan Dura. Naples: Gatti et Dura, n.d. [c. 1834]. First edition. Oblong octavo (5 7/16 x 7 1/8 in; 138 x181 mm). Hand-colored frontispiece, engraved title, one plate of music notation, and seventeen hand-colored lithographed plates with captions, in accordion format unfolding to 142 1/2 inches. Contemporary half calf over patterned paper boards. Gilt-rolled spine. Armorial bookplate of Mountgarret. An excellent copy of a scarce work.ABPC records only one complete copy at auction since 1923; an incomplete copy with only ten plates was sold in 1955. OCLC/KVK note only three institutional copies, at Harvard, NYPL, and Austria State Library."Also due to the trend of the illustration of the Neapolitan folklore, but more didactic, it is the lithographic album titled Tarantella. Neapolitan Dance, drawn entirely by Dura [1805-1878], published in Naples in 1833, and lithographed by Gatti in 1834. Dura's [Souvenir de la Tarantella Napolitaine], a very important document for the reconstruction of the Neapolitan tarantella, presents nineteen plates, accompanied by captions that explain, step by step, all the different phases of the dance. The style of the illustrations is basic: two dancers, drawn not without a certain grace and accuracy, move isolated on a white background completely devoid of any decoration or pittoresco. In the mid-1830s Dura became ass'ciated with Gatti, founding a lithographic establishment that soon became one of the most important in Naples. The brand of 'Gatti and Dura' published prints, calendars, atlases, graphic novels and works of popular nature, such as almanacs and miscellanies" (Encyclopedia, L'Enciclopedia Italiana). Cf. Colas 921.

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        The Travellers Guide or Map of the Roads, Canals & Rail Roads of the United States

      Philadelphia:. 1834.. Original outline color map from Tanner's American Traveller guide book extending from the east coast of the United States to Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. Major towns, rivers, turnpike and common roads, rail routes, canals and steamboat routes are shown. With seventeen inset maps of major cities such as Philadelphia, New York, and Washington; and an inset of the Hudson River as far north as Kingston, New York. Image size: 22 1/2 x 18 1/4". Paper size: 23 1/4 x 19 1/4". Very good.

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        Hunchback of Notre Dame, The

      1834. first edition. First American Hunchback Rings Bell In Original BoardsOnly One Copy At Auction Since 1923HUGO, Victor. The Hunchback of Notre Dame. With a Sketch of the Life and Writings of the Author by Frederic Shoberl. In Two Volumes. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea and Blanchard, 1834. First American edition, one of only 1000 copies printed. Two octavo volumes. (7 9/16 x 4 5/8 in; 199 x 118 mm). [2, Opinions on This Work], iv, 243; [iv], 192, [2, blank], [10, as publisher's ads] pp.Publisher's original quarter blue cloth over drab boards. Untrimmed. Light toning and foxing throughout as expected. Contemporary (1835) ink signature on top margin of volume one title-page and volume two contents leaf with some bleed-through onto adjacent leaves. Heavy crease to lower corner of front board of volume one, some other minor edgewear. Remnants of printed paper labels on untouched cloth spines. Original owner's dated (1835) signature to title pages. A very good copy rarely found in original binding. Chemised and housed within an elegantly handsome modern full blue goatskin, gilt decorated, two-spine slipcase by René Patron.Only one copy in the original boards has come to auction since ABPC began to index sales records in 1923. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame [is] a romance of medieval times by Victor Hugo centered on the life of the great Parisian cathedral. The principle characters are Esmeralda, a gypsy dancer in love with with Captain Phoebus; Claude Frollo, the hypocritical archdeacon, whose evil passion for Esmeralda causes him to denounce her as a witch; Quasimodo, the 'Hunchback of Notre Dame,' a deformed bellringer, whose devotion saves Esmeralda for a time when she seeks protection from the mob in the belfry of the cathedral. Esmerelda is finally executed, and Quasimodo throws Frollo from the heights of Notre Dame." (Benét's Reader's Encyclopedia, 493)

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