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      [Philadelphia: F.W. Greenough, 1838]. Printed and coloured at J.T. Bowen’s Lithographic Establishment. A beautifully lithographed colour plate reproduced from the original painting by Charles Bird King after an original by James Otto Lewis. Folio, image size roughly 12 by 8 inches, with captions beneath, printed on a folio sheet of rag paper measuring 20 by 14.5 inches. An original handcoloured PLATE FROM 'One of the most costly and important works ever published on the American Indians' -Field. The lithographs from McKenney and Hall’s HISTORY OF THE INDIAN TRIBES OF NORTH AMERICA are not only amongst the greatest hand-coloured American illustrated plates of the 19th century, but are also an American cultural treasure providing an historical record of the portraits of the chiefs, warriors and women of the various tribes. The lithographs are faithfully produced from original oil paintings either by Charles Bird King painted from life in his studio in Washington or reproduced by King from the watercolours of the famous frontier artist James Otto Lewis as well as a few other artists.

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        Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi. Edited by "Boz"

      London: Richard Bentley, 1838. First edition, first issue with the plate "Last Song" without a border. 2 vols., 8vo. Portrait frontispiece of Grimaldi by W. Greatbatch after a painting by S. Raven and 12 plates by George Cruikshank. Original pink ribbon embossed cloth, spines lightly darkened, some foxing, contemporary ownership inscription on endpapers. Laid in a full crimson morocco dropbox by Stikeman. Eckles, p. 152-3 . With a one page autograph letter, signed ("J. Grimaldi"), tipped-in to vol. I, written May 18, 1837, shortly before his death on the 31st. Grimaldi declines to have his portrait painted, "I have for the present changed my mind relative to having my portrait painted -"

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        Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi

      London: Richard Bentley, 1838 Edited by "Boz". With Illustrations by George Cruikshank. First edition, first issue lacking the grotesque border to the last plate of volume II, 36 pages of advertisements present in volume II. Finely bound in full red gilt stamped leather, with beautiful tooling to spine and board edges. Edges lightly worn and rubbed and the front hinges a bit tender.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.

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      1838. Edited by "Boz." With Illustrations by George Cruikshank. In Two Volumes. London: Richard Bentley, 1838. 36 pp undated Vol II ads. Original pink cloth embossed with flowers, with gilt-decorated spines. First Edition of this early Dickens piece, worked on after OLIVER TWIST and before NICHOLAS NICKLEBY -- during the time leading up to his break with the publisher Bentley. There has been considerable controversy regarding just how much Dickens contributed to this book. We quote from Johnson's biography:~Bentley had acquired a life of the famous clown Grimaldi, long­windedly and clumsily arranged by Thomas Egerton Wilks from autobiographical notes. He [Bentley] proposed that Dickens revise it. Dickens stipulated that his name should appear only as editor, not as author, and demanded a minimum of 300 pounds and a half share of the profits after deduction of expenses, to which Bentley agreed. Dickens did no original writing, except for an introductory and possibly a concluding chapter. His revisions, mostly drastic abridgement, he dictated to his father, who vastly enjoyed his exalted office as amanuensis.~This copy is in the primary binding of pink cloth embossed with a floral design, with a clown in gilt holding the title on each spine. It also has the last plate in Vol II in the first state (without the "grotesque" border that was added around Cruikshank's plate -- the border was re­moved for the subsequent 1846 one-vol­ume edition). Condition is very good: as always the pink spines are a little faded, and there is some wear at the top of each spine; the original pale yellow endpapers are present and uncracked, and foxing of the plates is generally limited to the margins. Not bad at all for these very fragile volumes. Gimbel B64; Carr B599; Eckel pp 140-142; Johnson p. 242.

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      - Voyage of the U.S. exploring squadron, commanded by Captain Charles Wilkes, of the United States Navy, in 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, and 1842: together with explorations and discoveries made by Admiral D'Urville, Captain Ross, and other navigators and travellers; and an account of the expedition to the Dead Sea, under Lieutenant Lynch. Pp. 518(last blank)+[8](advertisements, last blank), 8 plates, engraved vignette title page with tissue guard, 1 full page illustration, 1 full page map; med. 8vo; rebound in modern dark brown textured cloth, the spine lettered in gilt; later endpapers, bookplate on upper pastedown, archival tape repair to small closed tear near bottom fore-corner pp. v/vi, several mainly light marginal water stains, scattered foxing and occasional slight soiling; James M. Alden, Auburn [New York], 1850. Early reprint, published in the same year as the first edition? See F. 10921a; Hill 884. *Chapter ten deals with Australia. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Furniture with Candelabra and Interior Decoration designed by R. Bridgens

      London: William Pickering, 1838 [plates watermarked 1845]. Small folio. (14 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches). Hand-coloured engraved title page, 2pp. letterpress list of plates, 58 hand-coloured engraved, etched and aquatinted plates (one double-page and assigned two numbers in the plate list, 5 by and after Bridgen, 22 by Shaw after Bridgen, and 31 unassigned). Contemporary plum cloth, neatly rebacked in green morocco, silver tooling to the spine and lettering to the spine label, late 19th- century paper label with manuscript title on upper cover, later endpapers. A finely-coloured copy of the second issue, of the first completed edition of this important early Victorian source work for furniture design in the Grecian, Elizabethan and Gothic styles. The first edition of this work is extremely rare and is known currently from the single incomplete copy in the RIBA British Architectural Library. It seems probable that the publication of this first edition, begun in 1825, was abandoned, and it was not until 1838 that the complete suite of plates was first published. The plate list is a little misleading as it runs from 1 to 60, but the work is complete as is: number 1 is the title, the double-page plate is numbered '53,54', the 57 single-page plates are numbered 2 - 52 and 55-60. Bridgens served as a pupil of George Bullock of Liverpool before trying to set up in business in Birmingham in the 1820s. The venture was not a great success, despite executing some interesting and avant-garde neo- Jacobean furniture designs for James Watt of Aston Hall, and Bridgens left England in 1825 for the West Indies. he stayed in Trinidad for seven years before returning to England, and in 1836 published his West Indian Scenery... from Sketches during a residence ... in Trinidad.. The present work followed, and seems to have been Bridgens final published work: the 1845 watermarks in the present example suggest that the complete work enjoyed some success: enough to warrant the publication of this second issue. The work includes furniture, fittings and occasional whole room treatments; the first group of plates are in the Grecian style and although historically interesting to the modern viewer would have been considered outmoded when they were published. The second group were much more modern and illustrate a mixture of original designs by Bridgens in the Elizabethan and Gothic styles, as well as examples of the original furniture, gathered from a number of sources. This section features a number of Bridgens' furniture designs in the Jacobean style for Aston Hall. It is interesting to note that Bridgens worked on these plates with the antiquarian Henry Shaw who went on to publish a number of similar works under his own name. Cf. British Architectural Library Early Printed Books 379 (and cf. 378 for the incomplete 1st edition); cf. Spelman 36:105

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        Four Years in Paraguay: Comprising an Account of that Republic, Under the Dictator Francia. In Two Volumes (with) Vol III. Francia's Reign of Terror. Being a Sequel to Letters on Paraguay

      Lon., 1838, 1839.. b/w frontispieces, folding hand colored map. First edition, with the first edition of the third volume which was printed a year later. Written as a series of letters from two Scottish merchants about the country - including coastal and river navigation - and about the political turmoil that occurred there as General Gaspar Francia ruthlessly carved out an independent Paraguay. “They contain some striking descriptions of the state of the country and of the curious events which were taking place. They were popular works in their day and left a strong impress upon popular opinion.” - Larned 4087. The authors were astute and sophisticated observers (one section is headed “Malthusian Economy”) who actually witnessed most of the events they report on. See also Sabin 71963, 71964. Beautifully bound by Riviere in Half morocco over boards, all edges gilt. A Fine set.

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        An Illustrated Atlas, Geographical Statistical, and Historical, of the United States, and the adjacent countries

      Philadelphia: E. S. Grant, [1838]. Folio. (19 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches). Hand- colored additional title engraved by James Archer, 39 hand-colored copper- engraved maps engraved by G. W. Boynton and others. Expertly bound to style in half brown morocco over contemporary embossed patterned cloth- covered boards, original leather label on the upper cover, marbled endpapers. A fine copy of "one of the first American general atlases to supplement the maps with lengthy geographical descriptions" (Ristow), with detailed maps of the 28 States, and including an excellent early map of the Republic of Texas. Martin and Martin, in their entry on Bradford's map of Texas, also note that "Bradford published a completely new atlas in 1838, in a larger format, and the map of Texas it contained was even more clearly patterned on [Stephen Fuller] Austin's [Map of Texas, published in Philadelphia in 1830]." It was one of the first maps of Texas as a Republic to appear in an atlas. The atlas is made up of a general map of North America, two maps of Canada, a folding map of the United States, 28 maps of States, a map of the Republic of Texas, a map of the islands of the Caribbean and five town-plans of eight U.S. cities (Washington, New Orleans, Louisville and Cincinnati on one sheet, and single sheet plans of Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore). Unlike many atlases of the period, the present work includes extensive text (170pp. in total). Each engraving is accompanied by explanatory articles on the history, economics and geography of the area, as well as a great deal of contemporary statistical information. Howes B701; Ristow, page 271; Sabin 7261; Le Gear L33; cf. Martin & Martin p.125; cf. Phillips Atlases 1381

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        Plantæ Javanicæ rariores, descriptæ iconibusque illustratæ, quas in insula Java, annis 1802-1818, legit et investigavit

      London: printed by Richard Taylor, for William H. Allen & Co., 1838-1852. 4 parts bound in one volume, 4to. (14 1/8 x 10 1/2 inches). Title in Latin, preliminary leaves, indices and postscript in English, text in Latin and English. Folding engraved map of Java by J. and C. Walker after Horsfield with his routes marked in red by hand, 50 engraved plates by J. Curtis and E. Weddell after C. and J. Curtis (47 hand-coloured [6 of these double-page], 3 uncoloured [1 of these double-page]). Plate XXIV trimmed touching image as usual). Contemporary English green half morocco over marbled paper-covered boards, spine expertly rebacked with original spine laid down, the original spine gilt in five compartments with semi-raised bands, lettered in the second and fourth compartments, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. A fine copy of this rare work on the most botanically interesting plants on the island of Java: this is the deluxe hand-coloured issue of this spectacular record of the findings of the first American to carry out scientific research in Southeast Asia This work was published in four parts over an unusually-extended period which has meant that complete copies are now rare. Lowndes notes that parts I-III were published at 5 guineas with the plates uncoloured. The deluxe issue with the plates hand- coloured as here cost 7 guineas. In addition, the present copy also includes an apparently unrecorded dedication leaf (dated 9 April 1852 acknowledging the patronage of the East India Company) which is not called for by any of the bibliographies cited below. Horsfield assembled his herbarium in Java between 1802 and 1819. Born in Pennsylvania, Horsfield first visited Java in 1800 shortly after qualifying as a doctor in Philadelphia. The astonishingly rich flora and fauna captured his imagination, and he returned as an employee of the Dutch East India Company, a post that allowed him to start his researches in 1802. The fall of Holland to the French gave the British an excuse to take over the Dutch overseas territories, and following the British capture of Java in 1811, Horsfield was able to obtain the patronage of the charismatic governor of the region: Sir Stamford Raffles. Horsfield travelled throughout the island observing not only the botanical, but also zoological and geological aspects of its natural history, and mapping it. Ill-health forced him to leave Java in 1819, and he accompanied his collections back to London. On his arrival in Britain, Horsfield handed the herbarium over to Robert Brown who "undertook the examination and arrangement" (prospectus, p. [v]) of the collection. Brown's work eventually showed that the herbarium included 2,196 distinct specimens: the importance of the collection was also recognised and it was therefore decided to publish detailed descriptions of the "more remarkable, new or imperfectly known plants" (prospectus, p. [v]). This work also fell to Brown, but the pressure of his numerous other projects meant that the publication was severely delayed. Brown was able to oversee the production of the beautiful plates, but then, with Horsfield's agreement, the job of writing and overseeing the rest of the work was passed on to Brown's assistant Bennett. He proved to be an admirable substitute and the final part was eventually published fifty years after Horsfield began his collection. Arnold Arboretum p.73; BM (NH) I, p. 135; Brunet III, 340; Great Flower Books p. 74; Lowndes II, p. 1122 (parts I-III only); Nissen BBI 934; Pritzel 613; Stafleu & Cowan 418.

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        SKETCHES Of YOUNG LADIES: In Which These Interesting Members of the Animal Kingdom are Classified. According to Their Several Instincts, Habits and General Characteristics. [bound with] SKETCHES Of YOUNG GENTLEMEN. Dedicated to Young Ladies

      Philadelphia:: Carey, Lea, and Blanchard.. 1838.. 16mo, signed in 8s. 5-5/16" x 3-5/8". 1st edition thus (American Imprints 49619 & 50086). 'From the Latest London Edition". Often termed the 1st US edition, though at this remove it is difficult to determine with certainty, as Wiley et al also issued an 1838 edition (cf. American Imprints 49618 & VanderPoel B473). Not recorded in any of the major Dickens bibliographies noteworthy for US editions (e.g., Edgar & Vail, Gimbel, the McGuire Collection [Sumner & Stillman #36], VanderPoel or Wilkins). Not in the NUC. 112; 109 pp.. Original publisher's brown muslin cloth with printed paper title label to front board.. VG+ (spine sunned/some perimeter chipping to printed title. label/usual sporadic, though unobtrusive, paper staining & browning. throughout).. Somewhat uncommon edition of these works, the latter being Dickens' ripostŽ to Quiz's less-than-PC 'Ladies.'

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        Emigration to New South Wales, with a statement of conditions

      London,: D. Walther,, 1838.. Octavo; stab-sewn as issued, title and last leaf little spotted. First edition of this scarce emigrant tract. Copies of this pamphlet, which offered sound advice to emigrants for the outward voyage, were issued by their prospective colonial employers whose name often appears in the space provided on the title. Whilst this copy does not have the name filled in, that held by the National Library is inscribed with the names Edward, James and William Macarthur.Ferguson, 2486.

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      - RELATIF A LA SUCCESSION D’ESPAGNE SOUS LOUIS XIV. Dressé par les soins de M. le Lieutenant Général Pelet, Pair de France, Directeur Général du Dépòt de la Guerre. Imprimerie Royale. Paris. MDCCCXXXVIII [1838]. In fólio máximo (de 70x55 cm) com circa 188 fólios inumerados. Encadernação da época com lombada e cantos em pele. Ilustrado com quadros de de dos movimentos e dos acampamentos e uma monumental colecção de mapas terrestres das fortificações, campos de batalha e regiões onde decorreram os teatros de operações militares, em litografias de Kaepplin, Gratia, Letrône (Letronne), Ch. Avril, L. Bouffard, e outros gravadores. Atlas da Guerra de 1701 a 1714. Exemplar com mancha de humidade na pasta anterior; mancha de humidade à cabeça dos fólios; e com a falta do primeiro mapa: 'Théatre de la Guerre dans les Pays-Bas'. A Guerra da Sucessão Espanhola (1701-1714) foi travada entre duas alianças de potências europeias que sentiram que a possível unificação da Espanha com a França iria alterar drasticamente o equilíbrio de poder europeu em favor do trono francês. A guerra foi travada principalmente por parte das forças que apoiaram o candidato Bourbon - o fiel espanhol Filipe V, na França, e do Eleitorado da Baviera, que juntos são conhecidos como as Duas Coroas - contra aqueles que apóiam o candidato austríaco - o chamado Grande Aliança entre o Espanhol leal ao arquiduque Carlos, do Sacro Império Romano-Germanico, Grã-Bretanha, a República Holandesa, Portugal e do Ducado de Sabóia. Ele foi marcado pela liderança militar dos generais notáveis, incluindo o duque de Villars, o Duque de Berwick, o duque de Marlborough e do príncipe Eugene de Savoy. Várias batalhas são consideradas clássicas da história da guerra, nomeadamente Blenheim (1704), Ramillies (1706), o que levou as forças e a vitória francesa em Almansa (1707). [FR] Atlas de la guerre de 1701 a` 1714. [EN] The War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714) was fought between two alliances of European powers that felt the possible unification of Spain with France would drastically alter the European balance of power in favour of the French throne. The war was fought primarily by forces supporting the Bourbon candidate – the Spanish loyal to Philip V, France, and the Electorate of Bavaria, together known as the Two Crowns – against those supporting the Austrian candidate – the so-called Grand Alliance among the Spanish loyal to Archduke Charles, the Holy Roman Empire, Great Britain, the Dutch Republic, Portugal and the Duchy of Savoy. It was marked by the military leadership of notable generals including the Duc de Villars, the Duke of Berwick, the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy. Several battles are considered classics in history, notably the Grand Alliance victories at Blenheim (1704) and Ramillies (1706), which drove the French forces from Germany and the Netherlands, or the French victory at Almansa (1707). Location/localizacao: Fólios máximos

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      1838. Very Good. STEPHENSON, John. MEDICAL ZOOLOGY AND MINERALOGY; OR ILLUSTRATIONS AND DESCRIPTIONS OF THE ANIMALS AND MINERALS EMPLOYED IN MEDICINE AND OF THE PREPARATIONS DERIVED FROM THEM: INCLUDING ALSO AN ACCOUNT OF ANIMAL AND MINERAL POISONS: WITH FIGURES COLORED FROM NATURE. London: John Churchill, 1838. Second edition. A complete set of 46 lithographic plates, bright and clean. All but three are hand-colored. They are numbered 1-29, 29A, 30-45. (Although the final plate, number 45 is mistakenly numbered 42.) Plate 29, a folding plate, has short edgetears at creases. Ex-library, with no external marks and all of the usual marks within, but no marks to prints. 8vo., brown three-quarter morocco with marbled boards, slightly rubbed at edges and joints. An early text on the medical uses of plant and animal extracts, intended as a continuation of Stephenson and Churchill's treatise on Medical Botany. The author notes that "the medical reader will find every substance retained in modern practice has been fully and accurately described," and indeed this volume is a wealth of information on animal and minerals, with descriptions of the animal's habitats as well as their Latin, common and local names. The plates, were drawn from specimens held by the British Museum with additional specimens of poisonous snakes by Thomas Bell, another noted naturalist. A wide variety of useful creatures and minerals are depicted and described, including the recently discovered platypus, snakes, parasites and others. The text goes on to describe and illustrate minerals, denoting their chemical makeup and crystalline structures. The work of a meticulous, multi-talented naturalist from a golden age of scientific progress and publishing. A very good copy.

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        American Scoter Duck [Black Scoter] [Pl. 408]

      London: 1838. Hand-coloured engraving with aquatint and etching by R. Havell, 1838, paper watermarked "J. Whatman/1837". 25 3/8 x 37 7/8 inches. From the first edition of "The Birds of America." Audubon here pictures a breeding pair during the winter, in a coastal lagoon perhaps, the orange patch on the male's bill muted when compared to its spring colours. The urgency of the earlier season laid aside, they paddle companionably on the brackish waters, the male's feet visible but slightly magnified by the refraction of the water. "On the 11th of July, 1833, a nest of this bird was found by my young companions in Labrador...I afterwards found a female with seven young ones, of which she took such effectual care that none of them fell into our hands. On several occasions, when they were fatigued by diving, she received them all on her back, and swimming deeply, though very fast, took them to the shore, where the little things lay close among the tall grass and low tangled bushes...This bird usually flies low over the water, although the flight is swift and well sustained. On land it moves more awkwardly than the Eider Duck, but in diving it is perhaps superior to that species. During their stay along our shores, they congregate in vast multitudes...It sometimes happens that during violent gales the Scoter is forced into fresh water rivers, from which, however, it returns to the salt bays, inlets, or outer sandy shallows of the coast, as soon as the weather permits. They are extremely abundant about Boston, New York, and New Jersey shores, and the Chesapeake; but less so to the southwards, until you reach the salt lakes about New Orleans" (J. J. Audubon, The Birds of America, New York & Philadelphia: 1840-1844, vol. VII, pp.54-55). All three Scoter species were once known as "coots," and "this species, solid black with a bright yellow or orange swelling on its beak was known as the "butternose coot...It has a curiously disjunct breeding range in North America, nesting in Alaska and locally in northeastern Canada, but seemingly not in between. However, there are tens of thousands of lakes across northern Canada that have not been scrutinized...The black scoter is better known in winter when it resorts to the coasts -- on the Pacific side from Alaska to Oregon and on the Atlantic coast from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Carolinas and, rarely, the Gulf states" (R. T. & V. M. Peterson, Audubon's Birds of America, London: 1981, no. 81). Susanne M. Low, A Guide to Audubon's Birds of America, New Haven & New York: 2002, p.210.

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        Sandgate [Hythe] Guide

      Published by T. Purday and Son at the Library, Sandgate [Map Published by W. Tiffen, Hythe] Printed by J. Evans, Holborn Hill, London circa 1838. Hard back binding in publisher's original maroon cloth covers, gilt title to the upper panel. 8vo. 7'' x 4½''. Contains [ii] 96 printed pages of text with super monochrome frontispiece of Sandgate drawn from the side of a Martello Tower with just a small group of houses at the bottom of the hill, twin sided Map of the South Eastern Railway 'To Accompany the Itinerary From Dover to London' 4 small vignette illustrations throughout. T. Purday was a small local Bookseller, Stationer, and Postmaster in Sandgate and agents to the London Genuine Tea Company. Minor soiling to the covers and in Very Good clean and sound condition. Member of the P.B.F.A.

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        The Koran, commonly called Al Koran of Mohammed Translated from the Original Arabic: With Explanatory Notes, Taken from the Most Approved Commentators; To which is Prefixed, A Preliminary Discourse

      London: Printed for Charles Daly, 1838. Cloth. Near Fine. 8vo; xiv, [2], 133, 471, [1]pp, with all five plates present and in superb condition: frontispiece of a folding view and plan of the Temple of Mecca; three genealogical tables (2 folding), and a folding map of Arabia and the surrounding countries. Original green cloth, the sides stamped in blind with acanthus leaf designs and borders, the spine lettered in gilt, very expertly rebacked by Fitterer. Provenance: bookplate of Standish McCleary, bearing the motto, "Faciendi Plures Libros Nullus Est Finis," to the front fly leaf. A rare survival (WorldCat lists only six copies), the contents clean and bright, the binding tight and secure with no loose or missing pages. OCLC Number: 505118764. Sale's translation, originally published in 1734, remained the most widely available English rendition for more than 200 years, and is still widely available today, with the recent release of an electronic edition for the Kindle. Sale provided numerous notes and a "Preliminary Discourse" manifesting in-depth knowledge of Eastern habits, manners, traditions, and laws. According to the ODNB, as late as 1921, "Edward Denison Ross claimed that Sale's version had not been superseded by any subsequent translation, and that his discourse still remained the best introduction in any European language to the study of Islam. More than fifty years later Sale's objectivity still guarded him from criticism in Edward Said's Orientalism (1978)." Remarkable, considering that Sale's translation was only the second English version, the first, in 1649, coming from the pen of Alexander Ross, and was not based on the original Arabic (as was Sale's), but was on a French version by André du Ryer, the French consul in Alexandria. Sale's presumed partiality to Islam made his translation controversial, but it found an "appreciative readership among the scholars and philosophers of the British and continental Enlightenment." Edward Gibbon, who knew no oriental languages, used Sale's translation and ‘preliminary discourse’ in compiling the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and Voltaire owned a copy of the original 1734 edition."

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        Seven Printed Legal Documents

      London,: Battye, Fisher & Sudlow, June 1838 - January, 1840.. Seven printed legal documents, all individually stitch-sewn and folded into dockets, some legal marginalia in lead and blue pencil chiefly relating to the property "Copenhagen"; a little dusted and a few tears, but very good. A good set of printed legal documents relating to the sale of Bligh's properties in New South Wales.The sale, as these papers show, was first announced in 1838 for the benefit of his six living children. 'Bligh died intestate as to his estate in New South Wales. Probate was afterwards granted on the application of Charles Hallett, Proctor, and Felix Slade, Attorney. The share of Anne, described as a "lunatic", was vested in trustees for her benefit.' (George Mackaness, The Life of Vice-Admiral Bligh, pp. 340-1).Interestingly, one of the people granted power-of-attorney in Sydney with regards to this sale was Stuart Donaldson, later the first premier of New South Wales (his name is given in the printed text as "Thomas", but struck out with a manuscript correction).The first and most significant record present here is dated 22 June 1838, and gives details of the six children, beginning with William's and Elizabeth's eldest daughter Elizabeth. This also contains details of the five main properties at stake: Copenhagen (1000 acres in the Upper Nelson), his residence Camperdown (240 acres), the property known as Mount Betham (105 acres in Parramatta), and two properties on the Hawkesbury, Simpson's Farm (110 acres) and Tylor's Farm (two separate allotments, 170 acres in total).Also present here are two copies of the 30 November 1839 "Consent to Sale", one copy of the 29 July 1839 Act dealing with the sixth share of 'Ann Campbell Bligh, Spinster, a Lunatic', and three copies of the 24 January 1840 granting of power-of-attorney in New South Wales to Stuart Alexander Donaldson and John William Gosling, both of Sydney. It is distinctly possible that this suite of documents was originally held by someone involved in the processing of "Copenhagen" in particular, as the few manuscript notes in these printed documents deal chiefly with this property.

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        ITALY, A POEM

      London: Edward Moxon, 1838. Hardcover. An Exuberant and Spectacular Riot of Decoration,One of the Most Stunning Bindings We've Ever Had. 298 x 216 mm (11 3/4 x 8 1/2"). viii, 274 pp., [1] leaf (ads). VERY STRIKING DARK GREEN MOROCCO, WITH EXTRAORDINARILY ELABORATE GILT AND INLAID DECORATION, FOR THE GUILD OF WOMEN BINDERS (stamp-signed at bottom of front free endleaf), covers with an exceptionally animated and complex design featuring a central stippled cruciform radiating a controlled riot of gilt tooling and more than 600 inlays of red, moss green, gray, and ochre morocco forming flowering vines and geometrical shapes; raised bands, spine panels each decorated with six inlaid flowers and multiple teardrop tools, second panel with gilt titling; AZURE MOROCCO DOUBLURES with attractive Art Nouveau frame featuring delicate gilt tooling and inlaid dark green sidepieces, light green cornerpieces, and orange dot accents, vellum endleaves with tiny gilt heart at each corner, all edges gilt. In a very fine velvet-lined modern dark green morocco folding box. WITH A TOTAL OF 114 ENGRAVED PLATES consisting mainly of 55 images by Turner and Stothard of views and scenes of Italian life, 54 of these with an additional state, being a proof "before letters," along with one proof plate of an engraved tailpiece, and four proofs on India paper. A Large Paper Copy. Occasional faint foxing to margins and to about one-third of the plates, one plate with old repaired two-inch tear to tail edge, but IN AMAZING CONDITION, the text fresh and bright, the margins immense, the plates richly impressed, and THE UNUSUALLY EXUBERANT BINDING ESPECIALLY LUSTROUS AND ENTIRELY UNWORN. This volume offers an extraordinarily appealing combination of luxury printing, beautiful illustration, and ornate binding that is both historically important and absolutely spectacular. Samuel Rogers (1763-1855), scion of a wealthy banking family, achieved fame with the publication of "The Pleasures of Memory" in 1792, and thereafter, his gracious home in Westminster became a gathering place for the poets and artists of the age. His Italian experiences on a tour during which he met Shelley and Byron in Pisa produced a first version of "Italy" in 1822, with a sequel in 1826, both of which sold poorly. Rogers destroyed the unsold copies, revised the poems, and published them at his own expense in 1830, embellished this time with illustrations, the work of two artists of very different propensities--Stothard, who did demure figure scenes, and Turner, who provided misty landscape vignettes. Our copy is a deluxe Large Paper edition of the illustrated version, with the added bonus of proofs of the plates "before letters"--a feature not included in any of the eight copies that have appeared in ABPC since 1975. (For more on the illustrations, see item #157, below.) The chief story here, of course, is the notably effervescent binding. A previous owner's notes at the front indicate that this volume was sold by Sotheby's in 1904 (as part of the liquidation of Guild bindings after the group was officially disbanded) and later sold by the same auction house on 28 May 1923 as part of the library of I. A. Graham, Esq. of Carfin, Carluke, Lanarkshire. The annotator was the purchaser at that sale, paying the considerable sum of £5, 10 shillings. His notes also indicate that the binding was executed by Hélène Cox, mentioned by Tidcombe as one of the women who did ornate inlaid bindings at the Guild workshop, starting in about 1900. This must be one of the most flamboyant Guild bindings ever produced--and one of the most exhilarating bindings of any kind that we have owned--certainly exceeding those included in Maggs Catalogues 1075 and 1212, and equal to the best of Gwladys Edwards' work pictured in Tidcombe. For more on the Guild of Women Binders, see previous and following entries.

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        Histoire des Republiques Italiennes du Moyen Age / par M. Simonde de Sismondi [complete 8 volumes bound in 4]

      Bruxelles : Societe typographique Belge, 1838-1839, 1838. 5th Edition. Physical description: 8v. in 4 ; 26 cm. Subject: Italy -- History -- Italian Republics -- Middle ages. Language: French. Very good copies bound in contemporary full leather. Gilt-blocked leather labels to spines, with spine compartments uniformly tooled in gilt. Slight dust-dulling and rubbing to the spine bands and panel edges. All edges marble; marbled endpapers. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.

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        The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth

      London: Edward Moxon, 1838-1851. Early Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Eight volumes. Small 8vos. Volumes 1-6 are the New Edition in Six Volumes, published in 1843, 1843, 1838, 1838, 1837 & 1837. Volume 7 (1842) and Volume 8 (1851) are first editions. Uniformly finely bound by Zaehnsdorf in full calf; spines in six compartments, intricately gilt, with red and green lettering labels, gilt; top edges gilt; simple gilt rules on the upper and lower boards; gilt inner dentelles; marbled endpapers. Engraved bookplates on the paste downs of each volume. A near fine set with only a trace of rubbing at the edges.

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        Edwards's Botanical Register: Or, Ornamental Flower-Garden And Shrubbery: Consisting Of Coloured Figures Of Plants And Shrubs Cultivated in British Gardens; Accompanied By Their History, Best Method of Treatment in Cultivation, Propagation, &c Edited by John Lindley. Vols. 1-10

      London: James Ridgeway And Sons, 1838-1842. New Series. Hardcover. Orig. publisher's green cloth. Very good. 10 vols./No Dust Jacket. 26 x 17 cm. Total of 688 hand-colored engraved botanical plates with tissue guards, lacking 26 plates. The young Edwards made some drawings from the plates in the "Flora londinensis" which eventually caught the eye of Curtis who was sufficiently impressed with the work to arrange for Edwards to come to London for further training and instruction. Eventually he made many hundreds of drawings for "The Botanical Magazine," and severed his connection to Curtis only when he started his rival periodical in 1815 described here [see: HENREY, Vol. II, p.306]. NISSEN 2739. Plates very fresh and clean, descriptive data rear of each volume partly unopened, covers decorated in blind, backstrips lettered and decorated in gilt. minimal shelf wear. Glasgow booksellers' label. Vol I lacks [5,22,29,32-33,38,49,58,65]. Vol.2 [13]. Vol. 3 [2,46,50,56]. Vol.5 [37]. Vol.6 [1,42,53,58]. Vol.7 [37.52.67]. Vol.9 [7,13,37]. Vol.10 [16].

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        Robert-Macaire agent d'affaires

      Altkolorierte Lithographie von Honoré Daumier bei Aubert, Paris um 1838. 24.5x22 cm. - Hazard / Delteil 1028 - Kat. Sammlung Horn 70ff. vgl. - Caricaturana No. 39. Robert-Macaire als Geschäftsberater. "Teufel! Mein Lieber, es ist ja rührend wie Sie sich abrackern, um Ihre Schulden zu bezahlen, tilgen Sie sie doch mit einem Schlag! - Wie das? - Na verflixt! Geben Sie mir Ihre Bücher, ich werde sie frisieren, das ist meine Spezialität, wir bilanzieren geringe Passiva und hohe Aktiva, rufen Ihre Gläubiger zusammen, bieten Ihnen fünf Prozent an, zahlbar in 10 Jahren, und in diesen zehn Jahren werden Sie nichts zahlen, dann fangen Sie wieder von vorne an, Ihre Gläubiger werden tot sein, die Schulden vergessen und alles vorbei ..." Robert Macaire im Gespräch mit einem Mann, der mit sorgenvoller Miene vor ihm steht.Die Robert-Macaire-Karikaturen mit Texten von Vincent Philipon erschienen von 1836 bis 1838 im Charivari und waren ein großer Publikumserfolg. Die Serie "zeigt den skrupellosen Schwindel als Prinzip, das in Wahrheit die Gesellschaft regiert." (Slg. Horn). Von den Blättern wurden bereits während des Erscheinens der Serie Sonderdrucke verkauft.Exemplar in schönem Altkolorit auf festem Velin ohne Text auf der Rückseite.

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        Robert-Macaire Libraire

      Altkolorierte Lithographie von Honoré Daumier bei Aubert, Paris um 1838. 28x23 cm. - Hazard / Delteil 1002 - Kat. Sammlung Horn 70ff. vgl. - Caricaturana No. 14. Robert Macaire als Buchhändler. "Meine Damen und Herren, möchte sich jemand hier an diesem freundlichen Ort ohne Arbeit und Mühe ein hübsches Sümmchen verdienen? Wenn jemand bereit ist, soll er meine ABC-Fibeln zum Verkauf nehmen. Das ist eine Spezialität, bei der man weder Buchhändler noch Kenner sein muß, auch lesen muß man nicht können, im Gegenteil! Es genügt bei mir eine kleine Bürgschaft zu hinterlegen ... Je höher desto besser, wie das Sprichwort sagt." Robert Macaire beim Anpreisen seiner Fibeln vor zahlreichem Publikum, sein Gehilfe Bertrand mit einem Werbeschild für die "Société Générale des Abécédaires".Die Robert-Macaire-Karikaturen mit Texten von Vincent Philipon erschienen von 1836 bis 1838 im Charivari und waren ein großer Publikumserfolg. Die Serie "zeigt den skrupellosen Schwindel als Prinzip, das in Wahrheit die Gesellschaft regiert." (Slg. Horn). Von den Blättern wurden bereits während des Erscheinens der Serie Sonderdrucke verkauft.Exemplar in schönem Altkolorit auf festem Velin ohne Text auf der Rückseite. Unten links leichte Bräunung.

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        Robert-Macaire Commis-voyageur

      Altkolorierte Lithographie von Honoré Daumier bei Aubert, Paris um 1838. 25x21 cm. - Hazard / Delteil 1003 - Kat. Sammlung Horn 70ff. vgl. - Caricaturana No. 15. Robert Macaire als Vertreter versucht sehr beredsam einen Bürger, der sich mit abwehrender Geste fortwendet, zum Kauf von Büchern und Bordeaux-Wein zu bewegen.Die Robert-Macaire-Karikaturen mit Texten von Vincent Philipon erschienen von 1836 bis 1838 im Charivari und waren ein großer Publikumserfolg. Die Serie "zeigt den skrupellosen Schwindel als Prinzip, das in Wahrheit die Gesellschaft regiert." (Slg. Horn). Von den Blättern wurden bereits während des Erscheinens der Serie Sonderdrucke verkauft.Exemplar in schönem Altkolorit auf festem Velin ohne Text auf der Rückseite.

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      1838. Acceptable. PRESCOTT, William H. HISTORY OF THE REIGN OF FERDINAND AND ISABELLA, THE CATHOLIC. In Three Volumes. Boston: American Stationers' Company, John B. Russell, 1838. Inscribed first edition from the author to John L. Sibley. The inscription is dated January 26, 1838, shortly after the deposit copy (January 15, 1838). Sibley, librarian of Harvard University (1841-1877), was instrumental in the development of that university's fine collection. A self proclaimed "sturdy beggar," because of his numerous pleas for gifts of books, he quadrupled the number of volumes in the collection and significantly increased the annual income, from $250 to $170,000, during his tenure. (DAB). Three 8vo. volumes. Vol. 1: cxxiv, 411 pp.; Vol. 2: xviii, 509 pp.; Vol. 3: xvi, 531 pp., + 4 pp. publisher's catalog. Frontispiece portrait in each volume, and a genealogical chart in Vol. 1. Publisher's binding of blue H cloth (not in Blanck), with gilt-stamped title within a double-rule rectangle and an armorial device below on spines. Ex library, deaccessioned by Sibley's prep school alma mater. Internally clean and very fresh, despite some negligible marginal soiling. Spines are sunned, with a small discolored spot near the center from removal of a library label, with wear at spinal ends, joints and corners. Front hinge of Volume 1 is just starting. This is an acceptable copy of Prescott's second book, but containing an early inscription, and in an unrecorded binding. (Blanck 16334).

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        Letter addressed to a friend, Sarah signed by William Edward Parry

      London: Sir William Edward PARRY, [1838]. No binding. Very Good+. Autograph Letter signed, dated Admiralty, 1st June [n.d.] (likely between 1836 when Parry was employed at the Admiralty, and 1839, when his wife, Bella, died) addressed to a friend, Sarah. & 32 lines on two 8vo pages, approx. 5x7 inches, hinged on the left with linen onto a larger album page, very good condition.& A friendly letter:& "Dear Sarah, I am charged with Bella's letter to get franked, and I will not let it go without one line from myself to assure you how much we long to see you, and that we have this morning at breakfast, made a regular arrangement for your coming to see us, and we do hope that you will give us that pleasure. We are delightfully situated, close to the Zoological Gardens, and you shall sit up all night, if you like it, to hear the beasts roar & howl! But seriously, we shall depend upon your coming to see us, and I think we can make it agreeable to you for a week, tho' we are not gay people, and cannot promise you public amusements. Believe me, dear Sarah, your affecte. Friend, W. Parry.& & , Sir William Edward Parry [1790 - 1855] was an English rear-admiral and Arctic explorer, who in 1827 attempted one of the earliest expeditions to the North Pole. He reached 82°45 North latitude, setting the record for human exploration farthest North that stood for nearly five decades before being surpassed at 83°20 26 by Albert Hastings Markham in 1875-1876.

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        Mémoire sur les Éthers Composés; Mémoire sur la loi des Substitutions et la Théorie des Types; Recherches sur le Veritable Poids Atomique du Carbone; Relatives a l'Action du Chlore sur l'Alcool loi des Substitutions

      Paris, 1838, 1840. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Unusual to find a collection of of Dumas' work from a scientific journal of the period compiled in one volume. 4to. Blue cloth covered boards with gold embossed titling to spine and titled "Recherches de Chimie Organique". Four extracts from proceedings published by L'Academie des Sciences in Paris. Papers are of two different sizes but have been bound in one uniform binding. The titles are as follows: "Mémoire sur les Éthers Composés" published by L'Academie in 1838, Volume XV, pp 457-494. "Mémoire sur la loi des Substitutions et la Théorie des Types" published by L'Academie in 1840, Volume X, pp 147-207, Dumas dissertation on pp. 149-178. "Recherches sur le Veritable Poids Atomique du Carbone" published by L'Academie in 1840, Volume XI, pp 991-1020, "Reserches de Chimie Organique, Relatives a l'Action du Chlore sur l'Alcool loi des Substitions ou Métalepsie" published by L'Academie in 1838, Volume XV, pp 519-556. Very light toning to paper from age, some pages uncut at head of text block.

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      1838. Cooperstown: H. & E. Phinney, 1838. Original "figured" vertically-ribbed brown cloth with spine label. First Edition, published in Cooperstown New York -- in fact it was "the only contemporary edition," and it was "not printed abroad" [S&B]. This political essay arose largely from the 1837 "Three Mile Point" dispute -- in which local people trespassed on Cooper's property and turned it into a picnic ground. When he "posted" the land, the local people and press organized protests against him. Cooper goes from this local event to an explanation of his attitudes toward American society and politics, with the intertwining of civil, moral, religious and natural laws.~This edition was bound without precedence in a variety of cloth, of which this copy is in the highly unusual "figured" cloth -- vertically-ribbed dark cloth that has a pattern of sea-shells standing out from the surface. Condition is quite remarkably fine: there is scarcely any wear (very light wear on the left edge of the label, just touching the "D"), and scarcely any soil or foxing within. Cooper's nonfiction was printed in much smaller numbers than his fiction, especially publications like this from his home-town. In all, quite a survival. Spiller & Blackburn 25; Blanck 3880.

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        Buenos Ayres and the provinces of the Rio de la Plata: Their present state

      J. Murray, 1838. Very Good. In original cloth, professionally restored. Clean, unmarked pages. A few small stains on cover. Minor foxing. Good binding and cover. Hardcover. Brown cloth, John Murray publisher, London, 1839 printing. Excellent condtion for age. A few small stains on cover. Ships daily. (LAH-RARE)

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      London:: Richard Bentley,. 1838.. 8vo. 1st edition, 1st issue (Eckel, p. 140). 2 volumes.. Original publisher's later-issue brown cloth with elaborate gilt stamping to spine (professionally recased).. Gilt bright. A solid Very Good set.. Frontis & 12 plates by Cruikshank.

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        Oliver Twist [First, Original Cloth]

      London, 1838. Richard Bentley. Original brown cloth with gilt spines. First edition, first issue. with "Fireside Plate" and title-pages attributing the work to "Boz" and not Dickens. Three volumes, edges untrimmed. Original cloth. 24 inserted plates by George Cruikshank. Bindings have been expertly rebacked using most of the original cloth and all of the gilt lettering on the spines has been retained. Internally quite tight with usual dampstaining and light foxing on plates. A presentable copy of one of the great classics in children's literature in the Western Tradition, appropriately priced with noted faults. IN attractive bright orange folding clamshell box.

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        Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz

      London: Richard Bentley, 1838. First Edition. Three octavo volumes. First issue, with "Boz" on title page of all three volumes and "Fireside" plate at p.312 of volume III. 4pp. of publisher's ads at end of volume I. Half-titles present in volumes I & II; lacking in volume 3, where the advertising leaf appears in lieu of half-title. Volume I includes the leaf of instructions for placement of plates (often lacking). 24 inserted leaves of plates by George Cruikshank. Publisher's deep brown cloth, faded to tan on spines; cream yellow endpapers; page edges untrimmed; brief (1/8") mended tear to cloth at crown of volume I; volumes I & III faded at upper extremities of boards; still a clean, complete, and entirely unsophisticated set, texts unmarked with scattered faint foxing; Very Good.& & Attractive, unrestored copy of this Dickens masterwork, noted by Self as "the first English novel to feature a young child as protagonist." Begun as a serial in Bentley's Miscellany, the book was issued prior to the story's completion in the magazine. Later issues replace "Boz" with "Charles Dickens" on title page and replace the "Fireside" illustration, which Dickens disliked, with a graveside scene.

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        Shipwreck of the Stirling Castle

      London,: George Virtue, 1838.. Octavo, with a frontispiece (margins a little frayed at fore-edge with slight marginal loss), six other plates and a map; a good copy in recent polished calf. First edition of this rare account of two famous shipwrecks.The first part of the book is the sensational recounting of the wreck of the Stirling Castle in 1836 off Rockhampton on the Queensland coast, en route from Sydney to Singapore. The captain, James Fraser, his pregnant wife Eliza Anne, crew and passengers took to the ship's boats. After great hardships a handful of survivors including Eliza were rescued, reaching Brisbane in August 1836, three months after the shipwreck. After her rescue Eliza sailed to Sydney where she was fÍted as a heroine, and a considerable fund was raised for her by public subscription. Curtis' account, which he claimed to be based on Eliza's own account and corroborated by two other survivors, was designed to hold maximum appeal for a sensation-hungry public, and is illustrated by fine engravings and a map. With its tale of cannibalism and torture, the wreck has become part of Australian folklore, inspiring two series of paintings by Sidney Nolan and Patrick White's novel A Fringe of Leaves.The second part of the book recounts an equally notorious wreck, that of the Charles Eaton, a ship lost in the Torres Strait on 29 July 1834. The survivors were savagely mistreated by natives, and only the cabin boy John Ireland and the infant William D'Oyly survived to be rescued two years later by Captain Lewis on the schooner Isabella, sent by Governor Bourke to assist the survivors. Murray Island, where the survivors were found, is near the far northern end of the Great Barrier Reef.Ferguson, 2470; Huntress, 249c; not in the catalogue of the Hill collection.

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        Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz

      London: Richard Bentley,, 1838. 3 volumes, octavo. Original reddish brown fine-diaper cloth, spine in compartments with gilt titles, sides each stamped in blind with an arabesque cartouche, yellow coated endpapers. Housed in a brown cloth slipcase with two loose brown cloth-covered boards as dividers. 24 etched plates by George Cruikshank including the "Fireside" plate (facing p.313 in vol.3). Cloth faded at spine and around board edges, gilt a little dulled from spine, ends and corners lightly rubbed, a few minor marks to cloth, single discrete paper strip reinforcement to rear hinge of volume one, leaves generally clean with occasional minor marks, some plates patchily foxed; still overall a good sound set. First edition in cloth; first issue with the Fireside plate. Walter E. Smith explains the bibliographical details in Charles Dickens in the Original Cloth: "when Bentley decided to publish Oliver in book form before its completion in his periodical, Cruikshank had to complete the last few plates in haste. Dickens did not review them until the eve of publication and objected to the Fireside plate ("Rose Maylie and Oliver" [the final plate in vol. III])... Dickens had Cruikshank design a new plate [the Church plate] which retained the same title ... This Church plate was not completed in time for incorporation into the early copies of the book, but it replaced the Fireside plate in later copies... Dickens not only objected to the Fireside plate, but also disliked having "Boz" on the title page. He voiced these objections prior to publication and the plate and title page were changed between November 9 [publication date] and 16.

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        Oliver Twist. Or, The Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz". In Three Volumes

      Richard Bentley, London, 1838., 1838. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with the later removed 'Fireside' plate to vol. 3, and "Boz" cited as author to title pages. 3 volumes; 12mo. Illustrated with 24 plates by Cruikshank. Light foxing, very occasional marking. Original publisher's brown cloth gilt, variant with Bentley's name at base of spine. Worn to extremities, professional and rather old repairs to spines. Old professional respine to volume I. Some staining and soiling to boards, a little chipping, a respectable, durable set. Half titles and ads present where called for. Internally clean, some minor toning and foxing here and there, glazed yellow endpapers, ink ownership to flyleaves. An affordable and strong first issue copy of a classic. Eckel, p.59-62. Podeschi; Gimbel Catalogue [A27], Grolier Exhibition [69], Suzannet Catalogue [39]. BMC No.271, 'The Great Illustrators', Collins; Dickens and Crime (1962).

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        Shipwreck of the the Stirling Castle

      London,: George Virtue,, 1838.. Octavo, with a frontispiece, six plates and a map; a little spotting or light embrowning, tiny bit of worm damage to margin of map, but overall an excellent copy in contemporary calf, skilfully rebacked retaining original spine. First edition of this rare account of two famous shipwrecks. The wreck of the Charles Eaton occupies the second part of the volume, while the larger first part is the sensational recounting of one of the most famous shipwrecks in Australian waters. In 1836 the Stirling Castle, en route from Sydney to Singapore, struck a reef and was wrecked off Rockhampton on the Queensland coast. The captain, James Fraser, his pregnant wife Eliza Anne, crew and passengers took to one of the ship's two boats. After four days Eliza Fraser gave birth to a baby, who quickly died. The other, faster of the two boats mistakenly bypassed Moreton Bay to come ashore at the Tweed River; six of the seamen died, with one survivor later rescued at the Macleay.The second of the lifeboats, leaking badly, landed on the northern tip of Great Sandy Island (later Fraser Island), the largest sand island in the world, sighted by Cook in 1770, and again by Flinders in 1799 and 1802. They traded with the local Aborigines and repaired their boat, but six of the seamen took guns and set out to march south, obliging the remaining four to follow.Accounts of the events that followed vary wildly. Curtis' version, which he claimed to be based on Eliza Fraser's own account and corroborated by two other survivors, no doubt was aimed to hold maximum appeal for a sensation-hungry public. Curtis describes the local Aborigines as cannibals, who stripped the survivors and separated Eliza from her husband. He describes an ordeal during which the survivors were tortured and forced into slavery, during which Captain Fraser was murdered.Other accounts, however, paint a very different picture of events: of Fraser (who was ailing before the voyage began) dying of natural causes, and of the local Butchulla people caring for Eliza Fraser by covering her fair skin to protect her from the harsh sun.Eventually, the survivors were rescued by a search party from Moreton Bay led by Lieutenant Charles Otter assisted by John Graham, a convict who had formerly lived with the Aborigines. The rescue party reached Brisbane on 21 August 1836, three months after the shipwreck.Certainly Eliza Fraser had much to gain by sensationalising her story. After her rescue she sailed to Sydney where she was fÍted as a heroine, and a considerable fund was raised for her by public subscription. On her return to England she published a short but populist account of her ordeal, which was also published in New York.This rare first edition of Curtis' version, which appeared in 1838 - a year after Eliza's - is a far more detailed account, illustrated by fine engravings and a map.Whatever the truth of the matter, the story has become part of Australian folklore. It inspired two series of paintings by Sidney Nolan and Patrick White's novel A Fringe of Leaves. It has also been the subject of a television program and a feature film.The Charles Eaton, whose story is told in the second part of the book, a ship headed for New South Wales with twenty-five child emigrants aboard, was lost in Torres Strait on 29 July 1834. The survivors were savagely mistreated by natives who killed all but the two cabin boys and two child emigrants, the Doyley brothers. Only the cabin boy Ireland and the younger Doyley - he was fourteen months - ultimately survived to be rescued two years later by Captain Lewis on the schooner Isabella, sent by Governor Bourke to assist the survivors. Murray Island, where the survivors were found, is near the far northern end of the Great Barrier Reef. The remainder of the crew and passengers had all been murdered by the islanders.Ferguson, 2470; Huntress, 249c; not in the catalogue of the Hill collection.

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        Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's progress. In Three Volumes

      London, Richard Bentley, 1838., 1838. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE with the publisher's original reddish brown fine diaper cloth binding and arabesque decoration. 3 volumes, 8vo. Illustrated with 24 plates by Cruikshank. Yellow glazed endpapers. With half titles and ads, and with the rare instructions to binder plates list to volume 1; volume 3 has no half title but instead has a Bentley's Standard Library advert, which is correct for early issues. All title pages name 'Boz' as the author. In later issues this was changed to 'Charles Dickens, author of Pickwick Papers'. With the 'Fireside' plate found only in the earliest issues. Expertly recased; owner names to paste down and f.f.e.p. of each volume. All edges uncut. A smart, clean and bright set. Eckel [p59] Cohn [239] Smith [4/ p30]

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        Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress

      London: Richard Bentley,, 1838. In three volumes. 3 volumes, octavo (186 × 116 mm). Early 20th-century orange morocco, spines gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers, double-line rules to boards, rose cornerpieces, and all edges gilt. 3 frontispiece and 21 etched plates by George Cruikshank. With half-titles in vols. I and II, as called for; bound without terminal advert leaf in vol. I. Ownership inscriptions to title pages of volumes I and III. Some marks and spots to bindings and occasionally to contents. An excellent set. First edition, second issue with Boz title-pages and without the Fireside plate. Bentley decided to publish Oliver in book form before serialization was complete, and Cruikshank had to complete the last few plates in a hurry. Dickens did not see them until the eve of publication and disliked the final Fireside plate. Cruikshank designed a replacement, the Church plate, but early copies went out without it. Dickens had also decided that he would no longer be known as "Boz"; again this decision was too late for the earliest copies, those published between 9 and 16 November.

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        OLIVER TWIST; Or, The PARISH BOY'S PROGRESS. Part First, with Twelve Illustrations, from Designs by George Cruikshank

      Philadelphia:: Carey, Lea & Blanchard,. 1838 [1839].. 9-3/8" x 6". 1st edition thus (Gimbel A31; cf Smith AMERICAN 3, pp. 88 - 98). [vi] - xii, 13 - 212 pp. Text double column, and from the 1839 edition.. Recently rebound in quarter-bound brown leather spine with gilt stamped lettering and design, with marbled paper covered boards.. Light chipping and creasing to title page and preliminary pages,. with 1838 title leaf beginning to detach along gutter. Light age. toning and foxing to leaves. Period pos of 'Sarah P DuBois' to top. margin of p. 13. Illustrations in VG+ condition, with the exception. of p. 143, which has evidence of previous tape repair. Binding -. Fine; Text - VG.. Includes two title pages, from the 1838 edition as well as the 1839 edition, with this latter having the Lea & Blanchard imprint. Please note, printed text conforms to the 1839 edition. . 24 inserted plates.

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        Das Kaiserthum Oesterreich in seinen merkwürdigsten Städten, Badeorten, seinen Domen, Kirchen und sonstigen. EA

      - Wien, Carl Gerol & G.G. Lange, 1838., Das Kaiserthum Oesterreich in seinen merkwürdisgten Städten, Badeorten, seinen Domen, Kirchen und sonstigen ausgezeichneten Baudenkmälern alter und neuer Zeit, historisch-topographisch dargestellt von Carl August Schimmer mit 48 Stahlstichen, Erster Band, hrsg. Wien, Carl Gerold & G.G. Lange, Erstauflage, Ppbd. d. Zt., gr 8°, die 48 Ansichten zeigen Innsbruck (2), Carlsbad (7), Frenzensbrunn (3), Salzburg (5), Eger (2), Wien (16), Triest (3), Prag (10), 240 S in altersgem. gutem Zustand, Einband etwas bestossen, tlw. leicht stockfleckig, rare erste Ausgabe mit sehr schönen Stahlstichen!

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        Memoirs and correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez

      London: Richard Bentley,, 1838. From Original Papers in the Possession of the Family. 2 volumes octavo (222 × 132 mm). Original brown combed cloth, title gilt to the spines, panels in blind to the boards, yellow surface-paper endpapers. Engraved portrait frontispiece to each, 4 uncoloured aquatint plates of engagements, and 3 full-page maps in all. Sunned on the spines, and at the board edges, some spotting, light browning, but overall an unusually well-preserved copy. First and only edition, and uncommon thus. In 1767, when he was just ten years old, Saumarez's name was entered into the books of the Sol by his impecunious father, remaining there until he left school and joined the Montreal as a middie three years later. In 1778 his excellent service during the American Revolution earned him the command of the galley Spitfire "in which he was active on the coast of New England until she was burnt to prevent her capture that August" (ODNB). He fought at the Dogger Bank action in 1781, "at the Battle of St. Kitts he captured the French flagship Ville de Paris with the assistance of Kempenfelt. Eleven years later he was knighted for his skill in the taking of the French frigate Réunion of Cherbourg. He commanded the Orion at the battles of St. Vincent and the Nile, being senior captain at the latter" (NMM). In 1801 he defeated a combined French and Spanish squadron at Algeçiras, having shortly before been driven off by the French component alone. Nelson said of Saumarez's conduct, "The promptness with which he refitted, the spirit with which he attacked a superior force, after his recent disaster and the masterly conduct of the action, I do not think were ever surpassed." He commanded the English Baltic fleet sent (1809) to assist the Swedes, was made a peer in 1831, and died in 1838. Saumarez's biographer Sir John Ross, best remembered as an arctic voyager, entered the navy at nine and served with distinction in the French wars. In 1803 he joined the Grampus, under the flag of Saumarez. He continued with Saumarez in different ships, as midshipman or mate, and, after his promotion in 1805, as lieutenant, until 1812. In 1878 he went to explore Baffin Bay and attempt a North-west Passage and published A Voyage of Discovery (1819). He was knighted in 1833 for an expedition on which he discovered the peninsula 'Boothia Felix' and on which his nephew, James Clarke Ross, discovered the magnetic North Pole.

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        Biographical Sketches of General Nathaniel Massie, General Duncan McArthur, Captain Wells, and General Simon Kenton: Who Were Early Settlers in the Western Country

      Cincinnati, OH: E. Morgan and Son, 1838. Leather Bound. Very Good/No Jacket Issued. Original leather-covered boards with some scuffing and wear at extremities. Burgundy title block with faded gold lettering. Inscription on blank endpaper reads, 'Marley Barrett, Chillicothe, Ohio Jany1st, 1898'. This copy had been in the same family since that time until my purchase. There are no other markings. Pages are foxed but quite readable, binding is firm. 267 pages. HOWES "THE AUTHOR KNEW PERSONALLY ALL OF THESE BORDER INDIAN FIGHTERS AND PARTICIPATED IN MANY OF THE EVENTS DESCRIBED". EBERSTADT "THE AUTHOR HAD THE ADVANTAGE OF PERSONAL COMMUNICATION WITH THE FAMILIES AND NEIGHTBORS OF THESE INDIAN FIGHTERS, AND THUS SECURED MANY DETAILS OF THEIR EXPLOITS AMONG THE SAVAGES WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN LOST.' FIELD 1436 (1852 ED.); SABIN 43160; JONES 1283 (1852 ED.) CONTAINS THE CAPTIVITIES OF ANDRES WLLISON IN 1793 AND THAT OF ISRAEL DONALSON IN 1792.

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        Russie / par M. Chopin - [Complete in 2 volumes]

      Paris : Firmin Didot freres, 1838. 1st Edition. Series: L'Univers.. histoire et description de tous les peuples. Physical desc.: 2 v. : ill, maps ; 23cm. Title of t. 2 reads: Russie, par M. Chopin ... la fin de la Russie d'Europe, y compris la Crimee, par M. Cesar Famin; et les provinces russes en Asie, Circassie et Ge´orgie, par M. Cesar Famin. Armenie, par M. Bore. Subject: Russia. Armenia. Language: French. Minor, scattered marginal foxing. Fine copies both bound in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with the title blocked direct in gilt.

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