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        Modes de Paris: Fashion Plates (2 Volumes)

      London: S. & J. Fuller, 1839-1847. First Edition. Three Quarter Vellum. An interesting set that appears to have been compiled by someone interested in fashion. Unknown as to whether these plates were removed from a publication of the day or were issued individually. Either way, a snapshot of the fashion of the time and unusual in a collection that spans seven and a half years. 4to. Three quarter vellum and paper bound set with leather patch titles to spine. Each volume is made up of individual French fashion plates of the latest Parisian styles depicted in hand-colored plates with both clothing for men and women. Plates are extremely bright with light foxing, slight musty smell to each volume. Volume I contains 214 plates that range from 5 September 1839 to 31 March 1844; Volume II 10 November 1844 to 31 March 1847. Volume I is slightly smaller as the plates were trimmed tighter than those that make up Volume II. Very good.

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        RICHELIEU; OR, THE CONSPIRACY: A Play in Five Acts. To which is added, Historical Odes on the Last Days of Elizabeth; Cromwell's Dream; The Death of Nelson. By the Author of the "Lady of Lyons," "Eugene Aram," &c

      London: Published by Saunders and Otley, Conduit Street (Printed by W. Clowes and Sons), 1839. First Edition. Pagination: Half-title, (xii), 144 pp. and illus & letter FINELY BOUND in 3/4 red morocco, 8 3/8" x 5 1/4" ________ EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with 16 plates (10 portraits, 2 hand-colored costumes, and 4 dramatic scenes all realted to the text of the play: Richelieu, Gaston d'Orleans, valet de pied du roi [in color], Marion de Lorme, garde du corps [in color], Louis XIII, Sir Francis Walsingham, Elisabeth I, Joan of Arc riding with Crusaders, Cromwel, Prince Rupert, viewer of a kingly corpse, Horatio Nelson, Battle of the Nile, Cuthbert Collingwood, and the Death of Nelson). ________ MANUSCRIPT: book also contains a very intriguing 4-page ALS from the author with interesting content, and also mentioning the Richelieu play. The letter to B. Webster, Esquire (manager of London's Haymarket Theatre), transcribes as follows: "London | 20th February | 1849. | Dear Sir, | I called at the Hay- | market yesterday with the | hope of seeing you on the | subject alluded to in the | note which I left with your | porter, but was disappointed. | Shall I be more fortunate if | I call on Saturday next, | at one o'clock? I think I | have written a play which | might suit your company, | as at present constituted. | At all events I am certain | I could write one which | would bring the folks to [p.2] see it, if I could obtain | some practical opinion on | the various dramatic visions | I have formed. People acknow- | ledge now that I can write. ["can" is underlined] || I wished also to have | your opinion on a plan | for removing the prohibition | from the Comedy of "Riche- | lieu in Love." It has been | suggested to me to so do up | a Memorial to the Queen, | Prince Albert, and the | new Lord Chamberlain [John Campbell], simul- | taneously, requesting their | interference. The Marquess of Breadalbane is not [p.3] of a country [he was from Scotland] that cherished | so great a respect for | scarlet stockings as Mr | Remble -- and the Queen an- | nounces a desire to favour and revive the Drama -- as | you had the honor of as- | certaining -- at Windsor! | Louis XIV removed the pro- | hibition from the Tartuffe | of Moliere -- and though | I am not Moliere, neither | is our gracious sovereign | the Grand Monarque! She | might perhaps be induced | to imitate so royal an ex- | ample. Your co-operation | would of course be of | great value; but the [p.4] only essential point with | me is to learn whether | it would be unpleasing to | you to be mentioned in | the affair? || If the day and hour I | have named are incon- | venient to you, be so kind | as to name others more | suitable, when I call, and | your will much oblige, | Dear Sir, | Yours very faithfully, | E.L. [E. Lytton]." ________ Bound in 3/4 red morocco over red cloth; spine with five raised bands; gilt across bands and with gilt framed panels; gilt title in 2nd panel, author name in 3rd panel, and "Extra Illustrated" at tail of spine; red cloth endppaers; top page edges gilt; engraved "play writers" bookplate of George Saltonstall Mumford. ________ Most playwrights did not receive much for their efforts, but as Booth writes, "... the only dramatist to do at all well during the 1830s and 1840s was Bulwer-Lytton. Macready gave him £600 for Richelieu at Covent Garden in 1839 (after he had refused to accept any payment for The Lady of Lyons), and Webster £200 more for the rights to represent Richelieu in London (at the Haymarket) for three years. Bulwer-Lytton also received from Webster £600 for The Sea-Captain (1839) and £600 for Money (1840). Except for The Sea-Captain these were all great successes. No other author could command either Bulwer-Lytton's literary prestige or his fees." --Booth, Michael R. "The Social and Literary Xontext." in The Revels History of Drama in English, eds. Clifford Leech and T. W. Craik. London: Methuen, 1975, p. 48 ________ Allingham writes about the play: "Richelieu; or, The Conspiracy, staged at Covent Garden in 1839 with Macready himself in the eponymous role, was faster paced and more tightly plotted than either his first play, The Duchess de la Vallière (Jan.,1837, at Covent Garden) or his second, The Lady of Lyons (Feb., 1838, at Covent Garden). Each of these is constructed around a powerful central character (a proud woman, a socially responsible youth, and a capricious but omniscient sage respectively). The Prospero-like manipulativeness and cunning deception of the protagonist made the male lead of Richelieu irresistible to many of the nineteenth-century British theatre's male stars, especially Sir Henry Irving, who mounted four revivals." --Philip V. Allingham, Contributing Editor, "Edward Bulwer, Successful Dramatist" in Victorian Web; Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario ________ Among some of the more memorable lines from this play are: "You speak / As one who fed on poetry" (Act I. Sc. vi); "Beneath the rule of men entirely great, / The pen is mightier than the sword." (Act. II, Sc ii): "In the lexicon of youth, which fate reserves / For a bright manhood, there is no such word / As 'fail' " (Act. III, Sc.i); "Ambition has no risk' (Act III, Sc. i); and "Our glories float between the earth and heaven / Like clouds which seem pavilions of the sun. (Act V, Sc. iii). ________ Sadleir. XIX Century Fiction, No. 437. ________ ALL IN FINE CONDITION.

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        Real-Encyclopädie der classischen Alterthumswissenschaft in alphabetischer Ordnung. Sechs Bde. (Sieben Abteilungen).

      Stuttgart, 1839 - 52. 8vo. Seven volumes in orig.(?)/ cont. yellow cardboard-bdgs. the last three different from the first four. Bdgs. worn, especially capitals and hinges. Bad repairs to volume one and two. Internally a bit of brownspotting, but fairly good.. First edition of the famous and inevitable "Pauly", -an essential encyclopedic work of the classics. The absolute standard reference work which now comprises 83 volumes. This first edition is not common and gives an unusual insight into the development of this sort of encylcopaedic work as well as into the study of classics in the mid 19th century

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        [Romantisme] Soirées d'hiver

      Paris: Curmer, 1839. relié. Pet. in 8 (12x19,2cm). Edition originale, illustrée de 12 hors-texte sur acier. Plein Maroquin lie de vin d'époque à longs grains. Dos lisse orné de grands fers Romantiques avec date en queue. Plats avec grand encadrement à froid de grecques et filet doré d'encadrement. Tranches dorées. Dentelle intérieure. Gardes de papier blanc moiré. Dos uniformément insolé, devenu brun. Un coin frotté. Plusieurs cahiers brunis. Bel exemplaire néanmoins, en maroquin d'époque. Une des fameuses et belles publications de Curmer, qui venait d'éditer en 1838 l'un des plus célèbres livres romantiques : Paul et Virginie. Littérateur incontournable à partir du milieu du XIXe, La bedollière, autrefois bohème au côté de Baudelaire, qu'il cotoyait au café, donne ici son premier recueil de nouvelles ; il est l'un des modèle du littérateur journaliste (il donnera de nombreux articles dans Les français peints par eux-mêmes) qui fera de l'écriture un métier lucratif. Il est talentueux, possède une belle plume, mais dépourvu de tout génie. - Curmer, Paris _1839, Pet. in 8 (12x19,2cm), 342pp., relié. - Romantisme relié

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        Souvenirs d´un aveugle, Voyage autor du Monde

      Unofficial account by the draughtsman of the expedition led by Freycinet. 1839. Hortet et Ozanne. Four volumes in-8vo (230 mm x 150 mm). 1 [blank] + 2 ff + 400; 2 ff + 423; 2 ff + 399 + 1 ff; 1 [blank] + 2 ff + 451 + 1 ff. Half red morocco gilt, spine flat and lettered in gilt, slightly bumped and worn. Browned as expected, especially on plates and facing folios, some leaves more severe than others, else clean. Second edition. Picturesque unofficial account of the expedition led by Freycinet; by the French artist Arago. The work deals extensively with what the author saw and experienced during his time with the expedition, focusing mainly on the people he met and the costumes of the places where they made port. Arago (1790 ? 1855) was an artist and literate; he travelled from 1817-1820 on the Corvettes L´Uranie and Physicienne, led by Freycinet (one of the most significant French voyages of exploration of the 19th century), as a draughtsman; during those years, he produced the drawings that illustrate this work. The voyage took Arago to the Pacific (visiting Australia, Hawaii, New Zealand) and South America (with a chapter dedicated to his stay in Rio de Janeiro). The first edition of this work was published in 1838, a few months after Arago became blind. Illustrated 60 plates (one bound as frontispiece) and two frontispieces with the portrait of the author made by N. Maurin after the drawings of the artist and represented mainly costumes, city views, combat costumes and physionomy. Sabin, 1866 (not the same edition). Borba de Moraes, 45.

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        The Life of Samuel Johnson. Including a Journal of his Tour to the Hebrides. With numerous Additions and Notes, by the Right Hon. John Wilson Croker. To which are added Two Supplementary Volumes of Johnsoniana, by Hawkins, Piozzi, Murphy, Reynolds, Steevens, etc., ... and Notes by various hands. Also, upwards of 50 Engraved Illustrations

      London: John Murray, 1839., 1839. 10 volumes; small 8vo (H: 7 x L: 11½ inches). Lovely contemporary binding of brown half calf, twin, red and green, title labels to spines with date in gilt at foot; marbled boards and end papers, top edges gilt. Binding with some discolouring and light marking; content slightly toned. A charming set. The engravings are by Edward Francis Finden (1791-1857).

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        The Life of Samuel Johnson, including a Journal of his Tour to the Hebrides. With numerous Additions and Notes, by the Right Hon. John Wilson Crocker. To which are added, Two Supplementary Volumes of Johnsoniana by Hawkins, Piozzi, Murohy, Tyers, Reynolds, Malone, Nichols, Steevens, Cumberland, and others. And Notes by Various Hands

      London: John Murray, 1839., 1839. 10 volumes; small 8vo. Later binding by Ramage in red half morocco with gilt titles to spines, marbled boards, marbled end papers; top edges gilt. With upwards of 50 engraved illustrations. A very attractive set.

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        Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby, The

      1839. first edition. First EditionWholly UntouchedIn The Scarce Publisher's Presentation Binding DICKENS, Charles. The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby. With Illustrations by Phiz. London: Chapman and Hall, 1839. First edition, with thirty of Smith's forty-one first issue text points; first state frontispiece, first state plates with the exception of plates one and two (second state), and plate 31 (forth state). Octavo. xvi, 624 pp. Forty black and white plates, including frontispiece.Publisher's full red-brown pebbled morocco. Four gilt decorated raised bands. Gilt lettered title and "Chas. Dickens" to spine. "London, 1839" stamped in gilt at spine foot. Blindstamped ruled borders and central panel with blindstamped ruled border. Gilt turn ins. All edges gilt. Original pale yellow endpapers. Plates untouched with many toned at perimeters and a few with spotting; unusual as in bound copies the plates are generally found to have been subsequently washed. Rough fore edge to frontispiece. Plate at p. 386 with loss at lower corner. Otherwise excellent copy indeed. Housed in a fleece-lined custom quarter morocco box.While there has been little bibliographical inquiry into leather bound editions of Dickens', our assertion that the volume under notice is in the publisher's presentation binding is based upon strong evidence that, while not conclusive, remains highly compelling and convincing: Patten notes that copies of Nickleby were available in full morocco at a higher price than the cloth binding, this binding's gilt lettering and blindstamped decoration are identical to that of the cloth edition but more to the point, a presentation copy with virtually all binding points found here (though in green morocco) recently fell under the hammer at Sotheby's.Nicholas Nickleby was originally published in twenty numbers, bound in nineteen monthly parts, the last part as a double number from April 1838 through October 1839. The first edition in book form was made up from these parts. "It was the novelist's intention to expose in this story the terrible abuses practiced in the cheap boarding-schools of Yorkshire, and, in order that he realise their true character, he determined to investigate for himself the real facts as to the condition of those notorious seminaries, Accordingly, at the end of January 1838, he and 'Phiz' started on this memorable journey, in bitterly cold weather, and, visiting several schools in the locality, they came into direct contact with the proprietors. One of these was William Shaw, the identical schoolmaster who, some years previously, had been heavily fined for what was represented at the trial as gross maltreatment of his pupils" (Kitton, Dickens and His Illustrators, p. 75). It was Shaw upon whom Dickens based the infamous Squeers. Having made an enemy of his uncle Ralph, Nickolas was sent as an usher to Dotheboys Hall, where Wackford Squeers starved and maltreated forty students under the pretense of education. "The character of Mrs. Nickleby was largely founded upon that of Dickens's mother…[The title character] was founded on Dickens's brother-in-law, Hanry Burnett, a music teacher at Manchester" (Hayward, The Dickens Encyclopedia, p. 115).Phiz, pseudonym of Hablot Knight Browne (1815-1882) "was a skilled and rapid designer, co-operative, witty, and self-effacing, and, in the words of John Harvey, ‘he possessed a talent of real originality, sensitivity, and liveliness, which unfolds with remarkable rapidity and brilliance’ in Dickens's early fiction (Harvey, 103). For the next twenty-three years Browne was Dickens's foremost illustrator and first graphic interpreter. He produced nearly 740 original and duplicate plates, comprising around 570 steel etchings and approximately 170 wrappers and illustrations engraved into boxwood, plus preliminary designs for 866 wood-engravings inserted into the Household Edition (1871–9). Browne illustrated ten of the major novels: Pickwick Papers (1836–7), Nicholas Nickleby (1838–9), The Old Curiosity Shop (1840–41), Barnaby Rudge (1841), Martin Chuzzlewit (1843–4), Dombey and Son (1846–8), David Copperfield (1849–50), Bleak House (1851–3), Little Dorrit (1855–7), and A Tale of Two Cities (1859)." (Oxford DNB Online)."H.K. Browne prepared 39 illustrations for this novel, as well as the cover for the monthly parts, while the portrait frontispiece was engraved by Finden from a painting by Maclise. Because of the the large monthly circulation of the parts, Browne etched as many as four plates, in some cases, of each illustration, and all of them were printed in the initial issue of the parts. Many of the plates from 'Miss Nickleby introduced to her uncle's friends' (page 175) onward contain Arabic or Roman numerals which indicate the order in which they were etched. Most of the numerals are located in the lower right corner, and occasionally in the left. Hatton and Cleaver state that the numeral for Plate 31 ('Mysterious appearance of the gentleman in the small-clothes,' p. 487) appears on the front of the mantleshelf [as here]…The first state of the frontispiece and the first four illustrations contain the imprint of Chapman and Hall. The first state of the frontispiece always appears in the monthly parts; the first four illustrations were issued with and without the imprint in the parts, but the plates without imprints did not appear in the earlier issues of the monthly parts, and may, therefore, be termed 'second states''' (Smith I, 5).An exceptional copy, totally unsophisticated and untouched, in the unusual and scarce publisher's presentation binding.Smith I:5; Eckel p.64; Robert L. Patten, Charles Dickens and his Publishers, p.101. Cf. Sotheby's July 12, 2005 lot 99.

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      Blandade ämnen. N:o. 1. Arbetets ära. Sthlm, Elméns och Granbergs tryckeri, 1839. 8:o. 16 s. + ALMQUIST, C. J. L. Folkskrifter. Blandade ämnen. N:o. 2. Grimstahamns nybygge. Berättelse. Sthlm, Elméns och Granbergs tryckeri, 1839. 8:o. 36 s. + ALMQUIST, C. J. L. Folkskrifter. Blandade ämnen. N.o 3. Ryska minnet i Norrköping eller ryssarnes härjning i Swerige år 1719. Berättelse. Sthlm, Elméns och Granbergs tryckeri, 1839. 8:o. 48 s. + (ALMQUIST, C. J. L.) Folkskrifter. Berättelser ur fäderneslandets historia. N:o 1. Gustaf Vasa i Dalarne. Sthlm, Elméns och Granbergs tryckeri, 1839. 8:o. 26 s. + ALMQUIST, C. J. L. Ladugårds-arrendet. Berättelse. (8) Folkskrifter: blandade ämnen. Sthlm, Elméns och Granbergs tryckeri, 1840. 8:o. 35,(1) s. Grönt hklbd från 1900-talets mitt med sparsamt guldornerad rygg i försiktig tidspastisch och svart titeletikett i skinn (Bonniers bokbinderi). Inlagan lätt lagerfläckig på sina håll. Smärre fuktfläckar i det första arbetet fram till s. 8 och i det andra från titelbladet till s. 17. Bra ex.. Almquistiana 268 för "Arbetets ära" som omtrycktes som tredje boken av "Lifvets hjelp" i "Törnrosens bok", imperialoktavupplagans andra del. Almquistiana 273 för "Grimstahamns nybygge" som förmodligen är andra upplagan. Almquistiana 278 för "Ryska minnet i Norrköping". Jämför Almquistiana 277 för en annan upplaga av "Gustaf Vasa i Dalarne". Setterwall Svensk historisk bibliografi 1094 för "Gustaf Vasa i Dalarne". Almquistiana 279 eller 280 för "Ladugårds-arrendet", detta exemplar har "psalm- och evangelii-/bok" på s. 33. Samtliga arbeten utgivna i Uppsala av W. Lundeqvist. Ruben G:son Berg skriver i "Svenskt biografiskt lexikon" apropå föreliggande Almquistarbeten: "Religiöst social är den vackra förkunnelsen 'Arbetets ära', och i samband med dessa arbeten stå de folkskrifter, varmed han 1838 inledde den svenska allmoge- och hembygdsskildringen. [...] 'Grimstahamns nybygge' och 'Ladugårdsarrendet' äro fyllda av direkt folkuppfostrande tendens, ett slags egnahemsnovellistik sjutti år före egnahemsrörelsens framträde. Dessa skildringar äro icke endast de första utan alltjämt bland de yppersta i sitt slag."

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        Voyage a Surinam. Description des possessions Néerlandaises dans la Guyane. Par P. J. Benoit. Cent dessins pris sur nature par l'auteur

      Brüssel, Soc. des Beaux-Arts 1839. 49 x 34 cm. (4), 76 Seiten mit lithographiertem Frontispiz und 99 Abbildungen auf 49 lithographierten Tafeln von Paulus Lauters und Jean-Bapt. Madou nach Zeichnungen von Benoit, auf China aufgewalzt. Grüner Halbmaroquin-Band der Zeit mit Rückenvergoldung - Sabin 4737 - Nederl. Scheepv. M. 284 - Muller, America 1460 - Koppel vergleiche I, 489 (2. A.) - Erstausgabe. Der Maler und Zeichner Benoit (1782 - 1854) besuchte die holländischen Besitzungen in Westindien, von wo er eine reiche Sammlung von Ansichten zurückbrachte (Thieme / Becker III, 339). Handelt unter anderem über die Entdeckung und Kolonisierung des Landes, Bevölkerung, Handel, Trachten, Religion, Sitten und Bräuche der Eingeborenen, Sklaverei. Die Lithographien von Jean-Bapt. Madou und Paulus Lauters usw. mit Ansichten von Paramaribo, Landschaften, Szenen aus dem Leben der Siedler, Eingeborene und Sklaven, Pflanzen, Tiere, Jagdszenen, Siedlungen der Eingeborenen. Im Text vereinzelt Stockflecken - Sprache / Language: Französisch / French -

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        Om folkväldet i Amerika.

      Öfversättning. 1-6. Stockholm, P. A. Norstedt & söner, 1839-46. 8:o. (4),+ 284; (4),+ 276; (4),+ 295; XIV,+ 277; IV,+ 255; (4),+ 246 s. Lagerfläckig, framförallt i de två första delarna. Något nötta samtida hfrbd med guldornerade ryggar. Sex volymer. Ur Nya Elementarskolans bibliotek, med dess förgyllda ryggstämpel, liksom exlibris "N.E.S. Lärjungarnas boksamling". Carlander I, 95f. Första svenska översättningen. Del 1-3 översatta av E. M. C. Pontin och del 4-6 av F. Eimele, med titeltillägget: "Öfversättning jemte anmärkningar af Fr. Eimele." Det franska originalet, "De la démocratie en Amerique", utkom 1835-40 och fick stor betydelse för den liberala politiska riktningen, i Sverige inte minst för E. G. Geijer. "Lärjungarnas bibliotek" var en särskild avdelning inom biblioteket som skapades 1863, och som innehöll böcker avsedda för utlåning till eleverna, mot en årlig avgift på 1 krona. Till denna användes dels böcker ur skolans eget bibliotek, dels gåvor, specifikt riktade till denna del av biblioteket. Syftet var att erbjuda eleverna både bildande och underhållande läsning under fritiden samt att vara till vägledning för föräldrarna vid inköp av böcker åt deras barn. Detta var troligen landets första för elever avsedda skolbibliotek

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        Om Folkväldet i Amerika. Öfversättning. 6 Dele. [Swedish: On Democracy in America. Translation. 6 Parts].

      Stockholm, Norstedt & Sönner, 1839-46. Small 8vo. Bound in three nice contemporary uniform half calf bindings with gilt and blindstamped spines. A bit of wear to extremities. Old owner's name to first front free end-paper and a Swedish book.plate to inside of front boards. Apart from a damp stain to a few leaves of the third part, and a bit of occasional brownspotting, a nice and clean copy. (4), 284; (4), 276; (4), 295; XIV, 277; (4), 255; (4), 246 pp.. Scarce first edition of the first Swedish translation of Tocqueville's monumental "De la démocratie en Amerique", one of the most important texts in the history of political thought.The original French edition of the work appeared in 1835-1840, and the present Swedish edition is thus very early, the first volume appearing before the last volume of the original edition had appeared. The work greatly influenced liberal thought and politics in Sweden.OCLC locates merely 5 copies: 4 in America and 1 in Sweden

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        De la Démocratie en Amérique. Septiéme édition revue et corrigée.

      4 volumes in 2. Charles Gosselin, Paris 1839-40. 8vo. 358+423 + V+333+363 pages. Engraved , handcoloured folding map in back of part 1. Contemporary full calf bindings with richly gilt spines. Upper spine compartment on volume 1 renewed. 1 titlelabel crackled. Hinges weak and partly broken. Front inner hinge on volume 1 broken. Heraldic bookplate (Lord Napier) on front pastedown of both volumes.. The seventh edition (of volume 1 & 2) of Tocqueville's famous classical observations of American democracy. The first part was first published in 1835, and Tocqueville revised his text through each successive edition, until the ninth edition where the four parts were issued in a complete and final form. In this set, volume 3 is in second edition. Volume 4 in first edition

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      London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1839. 384 pp. + 9 steel-engravings. Bound in full leather with richly tooled boards and gilt spine. All edges gilt. Fore edge painting showing; Scene from the sea (3 ships.). Very fine and clean painting.. Friendship´s offering, A Literay Album and Annual Remembrancer. Spine with little wear to upper part. Frontispiece and last 2 pages slightly loose. Otherwise a sound copy. (Porto kr. 40,- på brevforsendelser i Danmark)

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        The Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman. Illustrated by George Cruikshank.

      London: Charles Tilt 1839.. First edition, second issue, square 12mo, (viii), 9-40 pp. One plate of music and 11 etchings, some light offsetting from the plates onto the text leaves. Original limp green cloth, gilt decoration to upper cover, minor wear to edges otherwise a very good copy. Dickens provided the Introduction and Notes. A couple of cuttings from the Athenæum concerning the authorship are loosely inserted. Cohn 243.

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        Stockholms flora, eller korrt beskrifning af de vid Stockholm i vildt tillstånd förekommande växter.

      Med en inledning, innehållande en öfversigt af Stockholms-traktens natur-beskaffenhet. Förra delen. Jemnte charta öfver Stockholms omgifningar på en mils afstånd. Sthlm, P. A. Norstedt & söner, 1839-40. 8:o. VIII,I-VI,(2 blanka),185,(1 blank,1,1 blank,2),1-423,(1 blank),1-27,(2) s. & 1 utvikbar grav. karta + (WIKSTRÖM JOH. EM. Fem tryckta ark av andra delen av Stockholms flora. Sthlm, 1844?). 8:o. 80 s. Samtida ganska nött hfrbd med guldornerad och blindpressad rygg och grönstänkta snitt. Främre nedre pärmhörnet bräckt. Främre inre falsen delvis sprucken. Kartan med gamla lagningar och limfläckar. Inlagan ställvis lager- och småfläckig med enstaka marginalnoteringar. Små fuktfläckar i övre marginalen i början och en reva i inre marginalen på s. 75 i den andra pagineringsföljden. Andra delen är häftad med ett bevarat främre blankt omslag samt delvis lös i häftningen. Detta arbete är provisoriskt fastsatt vid del I med ett snöre. Pärmens insida med namnteckning, "Segerström".. Krok Svensk botanisk litteratur 13. Akrell Stockholmiana 1002 för del I. Bygdén Landskapet Uplands och Stockholms stad s. 23. Essén Sörmländsk bibliografi s. 50. Lundberg Sveriges ichthyologiska literatur s. 9: "I inledningen p. 109-113 afhandlas Stockholmsnejdens fiskar: 48 arter". Allt som trycktes. Kartan graverades av C. F. Himberg. Av den andra delen trycktes endast dessa fem ark, vilka aldrig såldes i bokhandeln, övriga delar av manuskriptet ligger otryckt i Vetenskapsakademiens samlingar. Den långa växtgeografiska inledningen till del I utgavs även separat under titeln "Öfversigt af Stockholms-traktens natur-beskaffenhet" och har eget impressum daterat 1839. "Stockholms flora" är förmodligen botanikern och innehavaren av bergianska professuren Johan Emanuel Wikströms (1789-1856) viktigaste arbete. Gunnar Eriksson skriver i "Bergianska botanister" att det säkert var Wikströms "förhoppning att floran skulle komma till användning vid Stockholmsläroverken som lärobok och handledning vid botaniska exkursioner och växtinsamlingar." Denna förhoppning grusades av K. F. Thedenius vid samma tid utgav ett särskilt florakompendium avsett för skolbruk. Gunnar Brusewitz skriver i "Resa i tid och rum" om förändringar i den svenska faunan genom historien. "När man läser i de gamla lokalfaunorna och artlistorna, som blev populära kring mitten av 1800-talet, anar man lite av de markanta förändringar, som skedde kring denna tid. Intressant är t.ex. J. E. Wikströms 'Stockholms flora', som kom ut 1840, och som också innehåller ett rikt zoologiskt material."

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        Commentaries on the Law of Agency, as a Branch of Commercial and Maritime Jurisprudence, with Occasional Illustrations from the Civil and Foreign Law. Cohen 1628

      First edition of the first of Story's four Commentaries devoted to commercial law, encompassing in his visionary and expansive analysis both maritime jurisprudence and private international law, with a substantial examination of Roman and civil law. Modern morocco, gilt, margins of title strengthed (not affecting the text), some foxing, else a good copy. Charles C. Little and James Brown, Boston, 1839.

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        DIZIONARIO DI MEDICINA, CHIRURGIA ED IGIENE VETERINARIA. Tradotto sulla seconda edizione di Parigi ed accresciuto di aggiunte e di note da Tommaso Tamberlicchi.

      In-8 p., 5 voll. + Atlante in folio, mz. pelle coeva, fregi e tit. oro al dorso, pp. XXI,593; 723; 614; 809; 781. Dizionario ?utile ai veterinari, agli Ufficiali di Cavalleria, ai possidenti, ai fittajuoli, ai coltivatori, ed a quanti hanno cura del governo degli animali domestici?. L?Atlante (mm. 500x368), "Anatomia chirurgica dei principali animali domestici", opera di Leblanc e Trousseau, pp. (6) - frontesp., introduz. e indice - contiene una importante ed interessantiss. raccolta di 30 + 6 tavole in cui sono figurate: ?1°. L?anatomia delle regioni del cavallo, del bue, dell?ariete, del majale, sulle quali si fannno le più alte operazioni chirurgiche - 2°. I diversi stati dei denti del cavallo, del bue, dell?ariete, del cane, dimostranti la età loro - 3°. Gli strumenti di chirurgia veterinaria?. Le sei addizionali sono dedicate ai vermi e alla dentatura degli animali domestici e ad altri strumenti chirurgici. Le tavole, litografate a colori e in b.n., ciasc. con numer. figg., sono tutte descritte a fronte. Con qualche fiorit. o lieve arross., ma certamente un buon esemplare; atlante ben conservato.

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        Herculanum et Pompéi. recueil Général des Peintures Bronzes, Mosaiques, Etc. Découverts jusquá ce Jour, et reproduits d'apres le Antichita di Ercolano, il Museo Borbonico, et tous les Ouvrages analogues. ASugmenté de Sujets inédits, Gravés au Trait sur Cuivre par H. Roux Ainé, et accompagné d'un Texte explicatif par M.L. Barre. Vol. 1-7 (Peintures: 1.-6. Series - Bronzes: 1.-3. Series + Appendice).

      Paris, Firmin Didot Freres, 1839-40. Royal8vo. 7 cont. hcalf, richly gilt backs. A few browspots, mainly marginal. With 731 engraved plates, all with descriptive text.. First edition of one of the first works depicting the treasures from Herculanum and Pompeji. The last volume as an appendix: "Musee Secrets" is nor present. - Brunet I:666

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        St. Etienne du Mont and The Pantheon, Paris

      [London]: 1839. Lithograph by Shotter Boys. Printed in colours by Charles Hullmandel, deluxe edition, trimmed to the subject as issued, mounted on archival mount. 13 7/8 x 11 3/8 inches. A very fine image from Boys' 'Picturesque Architecture in Paris, Ghent, Antwerp, Rouen &c': ''a work of exceeding beauty' (Abbey) and one of the most important in the history of English colour-printing. This print represents part of what was the first serious challenge to the supremacy in England of the hand-coloured aquatint. The plates in Boys' Picturesque Architecture in Paris, Ghent, Antwerp, Rouen &c 'are produced entirely by means of lithography: they are printed with oil-colours, and come from the press precisely as they now appear.' As detailed in the Descriptive Notice, it was strictly stipulated by the publisher that no colour be added, and goes on to state that previous attempts at chromolithography had suffered from an unnatural flatness 'whereas in these views, the various effects of light and shade, of local colour and general tone, result from graduated tone. The atmospheric appearance of the skies, giving day-light appearance to the out-door scenes, is the best evidence of the purity and relevance of the tints of colour; which...combine solidity with transparency'. Boys fully explored the range of possibilities that the new technique offered: one subject is presented as if it were 'a crayon sketch heightened with colour', others 'a sepia drawing, with touches of colour...a slight sketch in water-colours...a finished oil painting', etc. Abbey waxes lyrical about the work: "A very beautiful [work]...Apart from the brilliance, sensitivity, and...mastery of the drawing on stone there is the great...technical and artistic achievement of Hullmandel in making possible the transmission of such drawings, and in developing the cool, transparent, graduated tints, subtle in colouring...the [work] appears to have made a great impression at the time, King Louis said to have presented the publishers with a diamond ring; and a review in a contemporary magazine, Art Union, said: Our recommendation of it to all who love and can appreciate art cannot be given in terms too strong; it is worthy of the highest possible praise. The Work is of exceeding beauty." (AbbeyTravel I, 33). Cf. Abbey Travel I, 33; cf. E. Beresford Chancellor, Picturesque Architecture in Thomas Shotter Boys, London: Architectural Press, 1928; cf. Friedman 134; Tooley 105.

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        Om Nationaloeconomiens og Beskatningens Grundsætninger. Oversat efter Originalens tredie Udgave af Sophus Fallesen. (On The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation. Translated from the third edition of the original by Sophus Fallesen).

      Kjøbenhavn, Bianco Luno, 1839. 8vo. Nice cont. hcalf w. gilt back. Minor wear to hinges and capitals. Some brownspotting due to the paper-quality. A nice and tight copy. (8), 470 pp.. Rare first Danish edition of the monumental main work by one of the absolutely most influential classical economists, David Ricardo, the systematizer of economics. The Danish translation is translated from the third edition, which appeared in 1821.David Ricardo (1772-1823) was born in London as the son of a Dutch Jew. Initially Ricardo was primarily interested in science and mathematics, but after having read Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations" in 1799, he devoted himself entirely to political economy, and in 1817 he could publish his seminal work "The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation" (see PMM 277). Two years later, in 1819, Ricardo was elected to the Parliament, and became the House's acknowledged expert on economic affairs, -also as such he considerably influenced the opinion towards free trade.There are three classical economists, who must be said to have fundamentally changed political economy, and they are Adam Smith, Thomas Robert Malthus, and David Ricardo, -the three main founders of "modern economic analysis". On the basis of "The Wealth of Nations", classical political economy could be founded by Malthus and Ricardo, -in his "Principles". Ricardo was in doubt as to whether he should publish his later so exceedingly famous work, but was persuaded to do so by his friend James Mill, chief Apostle of the Utalitarians, and so he did in 1817, when the work presented the population of Great Britain with some very unexpected conclusions. Enlarging on the Physiocrats, Ricardo places the interest of the landlord and that of the community in the most violent opposition, -he states: "the interest of the landlord is necessarily opposed to the interest of every other class in the community." On the grounds of this theory, he gathered quite a number of opponents, who considered this the embodiment of injustice and strongly opposed of his theories. "Ricardo, in his paradox to arrest attention, outlined the case for class war. It is one of the issues which John Stuart Mill will be forced to confront, and upon which Marx built his theory and makes his observations." (Catlin, A History of the Political Philosophers, Ldn., 1950, p. 374). In opposition to Smith, Ricardo was not interested in the value as the principle for the equal exchange between differentiated individuals, but in it as the means of building up theories of the relation between wages, profits and rents and their distribution to landlords, capitalists and labourers, -thus developing the famous theory of "labour as measure". Against Malthus he opposes the interest of the agriculturalist as against that of the free-trading manufacturer, -one of his distinctive contributions to economics lies in expounding the monopoly theory of rent. "Ricardo was, in a sense, the first "scientific" economist. Lacking Smith's warmth and sympathy for humanity and for the labourer in particular, Ricardo saw the study of economics as a pure science whose abstractions were capable of quasi-mathematical proof. Although his theorems remain hypothetical, his deductive methods have proved a great use in the elementary analysis of economic problems, currency and banking, it has proved a lasting value." (Printing and the Mind of Man 277).The work is groundbreaking in numerous respects, one of them being that Ricardo here also sets out to establish paper-money, -he actualized this as well as the theory that the banks should convert its stock of gold into standardized gold bars, -this is the reason why the very first gold bars, as we know them, were called "Ricardos"; the first was issued in 1820.The work has been immensely influential throughout Europe, and has had a strong effect on Danish liberal thought and politics

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        Picturesque Architecture in Paris, Ghent, Antwerp, Rouen &c

      1839. first edition. A Very Beautiful Book""A Genuine Triumph""Worthy of the Highest Possible Praise"BOYS, Thomas Shotter. Picturesque Architecture in Paris, Ghent, Antwerp, Rouen &c. Drawn from Nature and on Stone. London: By Thomas Boys, Printseller to the Royal Family, 1839. First edition. Folio (21 1/8 x 14 1/2 in; 536 x 369 mm). [6, as title, Dedication and Descriptive Notice]. Twenty-six "lithotint" (color-printed lithograph) plates (including title page) printed by G. Hullmandel after drawings by Boys, with tissue guards. Publisher's original half red morocco, inner red moire silk panel enclosed by a continuation of the morocco spine with gilt fillets, and a red morocco label in center of silk panel lettered in gilt with title. Original yellow endpapers. Rear board in half red morocco over cloth. A bit of soiling to silk, as expected. Light rubbing. Withal, an internally clean, gorgeous copy. "A very beautiful book, and one that should take preference over its later and more popular rival, the Original Views of London [by Boys, from] 1842...Apart from the brilliance, sensitivity, and technical mastery of the drawing on stone there is the great, and often under-estimated, technical and artistic achievement of Hullmandel in making possible the transmission of such drawings, and in developing the cool, transparent, graduated tints, subtle in colouring, on which the unique effect of the book depends..." (Abbey)."...A genuine Thomas Shotter Boys, a rather neglected artist who merits a far higher place than he was ever awarded in the annals of the English water-colour school...In this book Boys is head and shoulders above them all. His drawing is refined and sensitive, and his colouring cool, simple, and direct" (Hardie)."Our recommendation of it to all who love and can appreciate art cannot be given in terms too strong; it is worthy of the highest possible praise. The Work is of exceeding beauty" (Art Union, 1839)."Apart from the brilliance, sensitivity and technical mastery of the drawing on stone, this volume features Hullmandel's great and often under-estimated technical and artistic achievement in making the transmission of such drawings possible and in devolving the cool, transparent, graduated tints - subtle in colouring - on which the unique effect of the book depends" (Bobins II, 512).Abbey, Travel, 33. Tooley 105. Hardie, pp. 247-249. Bobins

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        EVENING AMUSEMENTS IN ENGLISH GRAMMAR; being a new and purely intellectual mode of instructing and exercising youth in this important science. In three volumes.

      Three volumes each with the same title-page, except for the addition of either, The Grammar, History of Rome, or Key to the History of Rome. 43pp. 70pp. 64pp. Each volume bound in full calf, pressed to appear as shark, and with blind decoration and gilt. 12mo. All edges gilt. Together with two sets of printed cards, 119 of 120, some on coloured papers for playing the various games. All contained in in a slipcase finished similarly to the books and designed to appear as a book. Box a little rubbed and worn, and splitting at base; the books have some light foxing; the wrappers which hold the cards are a little split;. Else an excellent set of this scarce teaching game.From the Preface: 'The Evening Amusements consists of various sets of games, constructed on an Abridgement of The Roman History, expressly written for the purpose; whereby the learner is led, progressively, from the simplest form of expression to the more difficult combination of words in language, and, eventually, to the most difficult passages in Milton.' Rare. OCLC records only a copy in the Osborne Library, lacking three cards. COPAC records a copy held by the Bodleian Library that appears to lack its original case.

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        Trois Grands Quatuors [Subtitle]: pour Deux Violons, Alto et Basse composés et dédiés À Son Altesse Royale Monseigneur Le Prince Royal De Suède... Oeuv. 44. No. I [II and III]. [Parts]

      Breitkopf & Hartel PNs 6022 6023 6024 Leipsic: Breitkopf & Härtel [PNs 6022, 6023, 6024]. [1839]. Folio. Unbound, as issued. I: 13; 11; 11; 9 pp. II: 13; 11; 11; 11 pp. III: 15; 13; 13; 13 pp. With fine decorative titles printed in sepia to each quartet. Staining (mostly marginal) to first few leaves of first quartet, including title, and outer edges of third quartet, otherwise very good copies. . First Editions. Very scarce. Not in Krause. Müller-Reuter I, pp. 131-133. Hoboken 10: 201, 202, 203. "One of the most gifted and versatile prodigies, Mendelssohn stood at the forefront of German music during the 1830s and 40s, as conductor, pianist, organist and, above all, composer. His musical style, fully developed before he was 20, drew upon a variety of influences, including the complex chromatic counterpoint of Bach, the formal clarity and gracefulness of Mozart and the dramatic power of Beethoven and Weber..." "The three quartets op.44, written during the idyllic period of Mendelssohn's honeymoon and first year of marriage, show signs of a Classical tendency." Grove online

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      1839. SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. THE POETICAL WORKS. Edited by Mrs. Shelley. In four volumes. London: Edward Moxon, 1839. First edition. 12mo., red publisher's cloth, spines lettered and decorated in guilt. A few spots of foxing at preliminary pages, a tiny nick at the top of the spine of volume one, but overall a lovely and appealing set in what might be the delux binding housed in a Sandgorski & Sutcliff solander box, with a small crack along the side. Scarce thus.

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        Ikonographische Darstellung der nicht-syphillitischen Hautkrankheiten. Mit darauf bezüglichem systematischem Texte. Unter Mitwirkung (von Friedrich Leberecht) Trüstedt.

      Folio. XV S., 96 S. und 30 farbig lithographierten Tafeln. Halblederband der Zeit mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel und wenig Rückenvergoldung. Hirsch-H. I 432. - Nicht bei Waller. Erste Ausgabe. Mit dem Reihentitel: Ikonographische Encyklopädie der bildlichen Darstellung ... der Medicin ... Erste Abteilung. Schöner, und durch die gewählte Technik der Farblithographie leuchtender Atlas. Effektiv wurden nur die Grundfarben, meist in Sepia gedruckt. Alle anderen Farben wurden später von Hand aquarelliert. Behrend war Oberarzt der Berliner Sittenpolizei. - Alle Tafeln mit einem zusätzlichen weissen Deckblatt. Vereinzelt schwach stockfleckig. Einbandrücken fachgerecht restauriert.

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        Atlas universel des sciences. Adopté par le Conseil Royal de l'Instruction publique pur les établissements universitaires, et par le Grand Chancelier pour les Maisons royales d'Education de la Légion-d'Honneur.

      Folio (42 x 31 cm). 4 Bl., 50 doppeblattgr. Taf. m. kolor. Karten u. farbig hinterlegtem Text. Hldr. d. Zt. m. geprägt. Rückentitel. Prächtiger allumfassender Atlas mit systematisch in Kästen gegliederten Texten sowie meist kolorierten Abb., zum größten Teil Karten, darunter einer ganzs. Weltkrate in 2 Hemisphären, aber auch Stichen aus Mythologie, Geologie, Geometrie, Astronomie, Zoologie, Botanik, Mechanik u.a. - Beispielsweise führt die Tafel von Deutschland zu allen Seiten der kolor. Karte die deutschen Staaten mit kurzen Texten zu Staatsform u. Geschichte auf, enthält eine Tabelle mit den wichtigsten Genealogien, einen Text zur Statistik sowie eine Liste mit berühmten Persönlichkeiten aus Geschichte und Gegenwart. Größere Staaten sind auf eigenen Blättern mit historischer Einführung und Chronologie beschrieben. - Einband etw. berieben. Exlibris auf Innendeckel. Vorsatzbl. verknittert, m. Namen. Die Tafelns sehr sauber und wohlerhalten.

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      Lea and Blanchard Philadelphia:: Lea and Blanchard,. 1839.. 4to. 24 cm x 15.5 cm. 1st edition thus (Edgar & Vail, p. 16; Gimbel A13). 268 pp (double column).. Modern tan half leather, in a period style, with marbled boards & black leather spine label.. Binding - Fine. Text block - VG (usual bit of browning & foxing to. paper, nothing really obtrusive).. This the first US illustrated edition, and the first complete edition (i.e., containing 'The Public Life of Mr Tulrumble' and 'The Pantomime of Life'. . llustrated with 20 plates after George Cruikshank.

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        Monuments Français Inédits pour Servir à l'Histoire des Arts, Depuis le VIe siècle jusqu'au commencement du XVIIe. Choix de Costumes Civils et Militaires, d'Armes, Armures, Instruments de Musique, Meubles de toute espèce, et de Décorations Intérieures et Extérieures des Maisons. Dessinés... par... et accompagnés d'un texte Historique et Descriptif par André Pottier.

      Paris: Chez Mlle Willeman, 1839.. Folio, 2 volumes, with a hand coloured second title in volume I plus 300 fine engraved plates, of which 184 are hand coloured, either entirely or in part, marbled endpapers, bound in later green half morocco, gilt titled spines, some minor wear to extremities otherwise a fine clean set. A magnificent collection originally issued in parts over the previous 3 decades, illustrating over a millennia of French decorative arts, including costume, weaponry, architecture and furniture, with skilful and bright colouring.

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        Storia romana dalla sua origine alla venuta di gesu' cristo

      # Autore: Bartolomeo Pinelli # Titolo: Storia romana dalla sua origine alla venuta di Gesù Cristo - 3 volumi # Editore: Tipi Delle Muse Bologna # Anno di stampa: 1839 (1° volume) - 1843 (2° volume) - 1849 (3° volume) # Pagine: 730 # Formato: cm 46 x 60 # Illustrazioni: Con 110 incisioni in rame a tutta pagina del celebre incisore Bartolomeo Pinelli # Tipo di legatura: Mezzatela con piatti marmorizzati # Note: 1^ edizione - Rarissima opera completa in 3 volumi corredata da 110 tavole originali di metà ottocento Esemplare in buonissime condizioni - Legatura che presenta un leggerissimo allentamento al 1° volume - Le incisioni sono fresche e in ottimo stato

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        British Salmonidae. 2 parts.

      (Edinburgh, 1839-41). Elephant-folio. In the two original half-calf-folders with green leather-spines and pattern-stamped cloth boards; gilt title and author to front boards. Remains of the original green cloth-ties. Some wear to spines, especially at capitals. 12 magnificent hand-coloured plates with one leaf of text for each, the first, 8th and 11th text-leaves with an engraved illustration measuring 22x13,5 cm. (depicting "Stake Nets of the Solway Firth", "Poke Nets of the Solway Firth", and "Young States of S. Truttafrom Mr. Shaw's Ponds" - the last beautifully hand-coloured); all leaves laid in loose, as originally published, and all plates with the original tissue-guards. Plates and text-leaves measuring ab. 64,5 x 49 cm. The exceedingly scarce first printing of this monumental work on British salmon, one of the finest books on fishes ever produced. The work is generally considered the Audubon of salmons; the quality of the plates is considered unsurpassed and the scientific research that lies behind it makes it of the utmost importance to the study of salmons."Jardine was a keen sportsman, expert with rod and gun, and followed his hounds. He was not averse to making deer which strayed from his neighbour's estate onto Jerdine Hall land pay for their trespass. He was also an amateur artist, working in watercolours, and exhibited, as an honorary member, at the Scottish Royal Academy, as well as other art exhibitions in Dumfries. When writing his books, he learned to etch, to draw on wood blocks for wood engraving, to lithograph and to use a variant of lithography called papyrography. One of the finest books of fishes ever printed was Jardine's "The British Salmonidae", for which he did the drawings and etchings himself.Jardine was the foremost ichthyologist in Scotland, perhaps even in the United Kingdom, in the nineteenth century. He was a fine fisherman and fished the Annan, which flowed through his grounds in Dumfriesshire, and the best stretches of the Tweed when he lived for three years at St Boswells, Roxburghshire. One of his aims was to establish his life cycles of the salmon and the sea trout, for which he tagged fish in a specially constructed pool at Jardine Hall, and visited the fisheries at Perth where experiments were carried out. His reputation as a fly fisherman was well known, and he enjoyed many days of sport with other eminent naturalists such as P.J. Selby, John Gould, Richard Parnall, as well as friends and neighbours. His interest in fishing and fisheries led to his appointment as one of the royal commissioners to the Salmon Fisheries Survey of England and Wales in 1860." (Jackson and Davis, "Sir William Jardine. A Life in Natural History", p. X). Jardine was also famous for his huge museum collections, among these a very extensive collection of skins. In the late 1820'ies the collections began to encompass vertebrates other than birds, and it is from this time that his scientific interests in fish began to develop. Although Jardine's interest had always extended beyond the British Isles and he also received many specimens of fish from abroad, his main interest remained British fish, and especially those of the salmon family, which greatly fascinated him. "Some of these were little known, and even in the early nineteenth century were considered rare." (Jackson & Davis, p. 57). From around the beginning of the 1830'ies Jardine was on the lookout for more specimens and further advice, and he began corresponding with the famous Cornish naturalist and ichthyologist, Jonathan Couch. He also began corresponding with other respected scientists and correspondents and with much support from all of these, Jardine devoted more and more of his time and effort to investigating fish, especially the salmon family. In 1834 he began a tour of Sutherland that came to have a significant impact on his studies of the salmon family. He brought Selby with him, and due to their many notes, drawings, and observations, Jardine now had the confidence to present a lecture, in which he revised the scientific status of the Salmonidae discovered on their excursion, to the British Association, which he held in Edinburgh during the late summer of 1834. It is this lecture that established his reputation as an ichthyologist, and it is evident from many sources of the period that he was now much admired within this field. "[w]hen he attended the British Association meeting in Newcastle in August 1838, not only did he chair the Botany and Zoology section, but he also gave a lecture on the Salmonidae of Scotland. By this time he was bringing to fruition a much more ambitious project, with the preparation of the plates for the "Illustrations of British Salmonidae, with Descriptions", which was published in two parts in 1839 and 1841." (Jackson & Davis, p. 60).Jardine had originally planned to work on the project with Selby and had already suggested him this in 1834. Selby supported him throughout the project, but eventually Jardine undertook the work alone. The illustrations of the work were to comprise the salmons of both England and Ireland, and in a letter to T.C. Eyton he indicates many of his thoughts concerning the production as well as his continued interest in fishes around the world; he describes his wish to illustrate the specimens life-size, although that would restrict sales, his and Lizar's frustrations of finding a skilled enough colourist, as well as his view on drawing the fish directly at the edge of the water in order to capture the iridescence and colours of the fish straight away, so that they would not have had time to fade, which they do rapidly after death. Among other things he writes "The sale will of course be limited & one to my list is important. If it will clear its way I shall be satisfied so far as the plates are concerned... but Illustrations of the size which I have chosen are always attended with more expense in the publication than those of a less [?] size. All the drawings have been made at the waters edge, and I am sanguine that the work will be creditable to all both artist and engraver... The 1st number will be out in a very short time it is all prepared except the colouring which we have been annoyed about in the north. We have however now selected Mr. Gould' colourer [Gabriel Bayfield] in London, & from what he has put out in these departments we have considerable reliance." (See Jackson & Davis, p. 61).Thus, the plates were etched by Jardine himself and coloured by Bayfield. The first number of plates were sent to Bayfiled for colouring in July 1838, and the first part of "Illustrations" was advertised as published in August 1839, whereas the second was ready in September 1841. "It is not known how many copies were eventually sold, but Jardine (who had exclusive rights to the publication) hinted in 1844 that "There are only 70 copies coloured" - and indication that few coloured copies were to hand after supplying copies to the subscribers. Lizars had been responsible for producing and distributing the books, but when his establishment in Edinburgh closed, Jardine transferred the stock of uncoloured plates to Jardine Hall. Even in the 1860s there was a demand for copies of the Salmonidae, and also for individual plates, and the faithful Bayfield was asked once more to act as colourist for these. Some indication of the price of the complete work is given by Jardine in a letter to John Gould, asking him to deliver a copy to Pickering in Picadilly and asking him "to take payment for £5 16". Initially prices of £2 12s 6d (coloured) and £1 11s 6d (plain) per part had been suggested, which had risen to £3 3s 0d by August 1839. The first estimates also suggested that an initial run of some 50 copies was sensible until the demand could be gauged, and noted that the cost of colouring each impression was 1s 6d." (Jackson & Davis, p. 62).The work is now considered one of the finest books on fish ever produced, both due to its great artistic value and its "meticulous and painstaiking scientific research" (p. 62); besides its scientific value and scientific importance, it is of the greatest scarcity with no more than 70 copies (at the most) produced, and many fewer that have survived. Nissen 2092; not in Wood;

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