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        Pl. 384 American Swan (Male) The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories

      New York: Audubon, J.J. , 1840-44. Matted in Ivory Rag Board First Royal Octavo Fine condition with bright original hand-coloring Original hand-colored lithograph drawn from nature by J. J. Audubon, FRS, FLS and lithographed, printed and colored by JT Bowen, Philadelphia from The First Royal Octavo Edition of Audubon's The Birds of America (6.5 x 10.25 inches). Includes the text and Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books Certificate of Authenticity. & The Royal Octavo Edition of The Birds of America represents John James Audubon's desire to create a democratic work based his magnum opus, the Double Elephant Folio Edition of The Birds of America. Satisfied with his research, as well as his portrayals of America's birds, Audubon chose to offer a miniature version of The Birds of America. In addition, as a revolutionary entrepreneur Audubon wanted to create another revenue stream for his family. & As is the case with prolific and independent artists, Audubon continued to improve upon a body of work which many viewed as perfection. During the mid 19th century, there were no photomechanical means of reproduction, which meant every composition was then redrawn by hand, with the aid of the Camera Lucida. For this Royal Octavo Edition Audubon and his assistants translated the 435 compositions of the Double Elephant Folio into 500 renewed images. Each bird was hereby presented as single species. Groups of heretofore unrelated birds were separated and divided according to species, and thus now presented either on a new botanical perch or within a renewed landscape. & These Royal Octavo-sized birds were not portrayed life-sized, as they were for the Double Elephant Folio Edition. Each bird was now sized to scale on the Octavo (6.5 x 10.25 inch) page. With this slight alteration, Audubon created a perfected composition, and offered vignetted view of the bird in its natural setting. & For the Royal Octavo Edition, Audubon enlisted America's premier lithographers, JT Bowen and Co. in Philadelphia and Endicott in New York to produce the work. Every one of the compositions was drawn on a limestone tablet, inked, printed and then hand-colored with watercolor. In this format Audubon presented the undocumented birds discovered during his explorations of America's west, but not previously included in the Double Elephant Folio Edition of The Birds of America. & As with the Folio edition, the Royal Octavo Edition was sold by subscription. 100 individual packets of 5 hand-colored lithographs and accompanying text, Audubon's Ornithological Biography, was sent to the subscriber. It was issued the first and fifteenth of each month for four subsequent years. The pagination of the Royal Octavo Edition was organized to be bound in seven volumes. This successful and popular work of American ornithology was produced in an eventual eight editions, the final edition of which was issued in 1870 by George Lockwood, New York. & (Wood, Casey. An Introduction to the Literature of Vertebrate Literature. London: Oxford University Press, 1931. Tyler, Ron. Audubon's Great National Work. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1993. ) &

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        The Walk, Hampstead" or "The Spaniards - Hampstead Heath" (Oil on Canvas)

      1840 Oil on Canvas. According to Tony Hobbs, possibly Scarlett Davis's last work. Condition Report: The painting is in Very good condition. The frame is in good condition. The painting is signed and dated in the lower left hand corner. If you want to receive a HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTO, do not hesitate to ask. For more information about John Scarlett Davis, see: "John Scarlett Davis: a biography" by Tony Hobbs (ISBN 1-904396-15-1). A copy of the book will be given to the buyer of this magnific painting.

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        Gemeinnütziges Hauswirthschafts-Receptbuch oder 1149 Rathschläge, Mittel und Vorschriften für Land- und Gartenbau, Viehzucht und Haushaltung, Fisch-, Vogelfang und Bienenzucht, gegen Insekten- und schädliche Thiere, fpr Wein, Bier und Branntwein, Obstbäume, Baukunst, Malerei, Zeichnen- und Schreibekunst, für Firnisse und Kitte, für Feuer, Wasser und Metalle usw. Neueste umgeänderte und verbesserte Auflage

      Düsseldorf, Wolf um 1840. (2), 10, 307, (3) Seiten Festeinband, Halbledereinband der Zeit - Alphabetisch angeordnetes Handbuch, erschien auch unter dem Titel "Gemeinnütziges Receptbuch für die Haus- und Landwirthschaft". Enthält Rezepte und Anleitungen, z. B.: Ameisen vertilgen, Baumwolle waschen, Bienen überwintern, Bier zu brauen, Bilder reinigen, Blumen und Kräuter aufbewahren, Branntwein zu entfuseln, Bücherwurm vertilgen, Kochen und Braten im Dampf, Fensterkitt, Köder für alle Fische, Flanell waschen, Gemüse vor Nachtfrösten schützen, Hausschwamm vertilgen, Hndekrankheiten, Kanarienvögel vor Krankheiten bewahren, Kupferstiche reinigen, Malen auf Glas, Obstbaumzucht und -pflege, Ratten vertreiben, Salpeter in den Mauern, alte Schriften lesbar machen, Spargel lange gut erhalten, Tabak aufbewahren, Tapeten reinigen, Wasser suchen, Wolle färben, Zinn reinigen usw. Impressum durch Stempel "1839" ergänzt. Einband berieben, innen etwas fleckig bzw. Feuchtigkeitsspuren -

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        La Cryptographie Dévoilee; Ou Art De Traduire Ou De De'chiffrer Toutes Les Ecritures En Quelques Caracteres Et En Quelques Langues Que Ce Soit, Quoique L'On Ne Connaisse Ni Ces Caracteres Ni Ces Langues; Applique Aux Langues Francaise

      Bruxelles, Deprez-Parent, 1840. 1st Edition. Signature to verso of half-title page. Description: xxvii, 331 p. , 1 l. 23 cm. Subjects: Cryptography. Ciphers. A very good copy in the original, decorative gilt-blocked calf spine, with marbled boards. Slightest suggestion only of dust-dulling, with rubbing/scuffing to baords. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.

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        [View of Baltimore, Maryland]

      [Circa 1840]. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches. Titled in shaded red block letters lower center: 'BALTIMORE'. Bearing signature lower right: 'W H Bartlett'. Original canvas and stretcher, in excellent condition. Late 19th-century lightly gilt, beaded and decorated American frame. Provenance: Kennedy Galleries (label); Collection of Edward Eberstadt & Sons. A beautiful and richly coloured painting, offering a romantic image of the city of Baltimore in about 1840 This view of Baltimore, Maryland, and its harbour is based on a steel-engraved print of Baltimore after William Henry Bartlett that was first published in Nathaniel Parker Willis's American Scenery; or land, lake and river illustrations of transatlantic nature (London: 1840, 2 vols.) Baltimore is painted fancifully, with a levantine look found in other American city-scapes by Bartlett (his view of Boston is very similar to this picture), a magnificent white pyramid of shimmering buildings, towers, smokestacks, and statues rising over a quiet harbor, with a few commercial and pleasure craft with sails set. The painting is close in perspective and detail to French marine artist Louis Le Breton's 1840 engraving of Baltimore harbour, which also gives the appearance of a Middle Eastern city. A slightly larger version of the present image of Baltimore is exhibited by the Maryland Historical Society. Bartlett, London-born painter, watercolorist, draftsman, engraver, trained initially under the architect John Britton. His skill as a recorder of both views and architecture was swiftly recognised and from the early 1830s onwards he was travelling abroad almost constantly, recording everything of note and collaborating in the production of a stream of topographical steel-engraved 'view' books. These publications attest to his visits to the Balkans, the Near East and edges of the Orient and of course North America. He visited the Americas four times between 1836 and 1852, travelled extensively in Canada and America, sketching and painting the principal cities and famous scenic vistas. He is perhaps best remembered today for American Scenery and its companion Canadian Scenery (London: 1842, 2 vols.,) containing images drawn during his travels, with text by Nathaniel Parker Willis. Benezit (Grund, 2006), Vol. 1, p.1235; Who was Who in American art? (Madison, Ct.: Soundview Press, 1999), Vol. 1, p.225.

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      London: Edward Moxon, 1840.. Two volumes. Polished tan calf, spines gilt, with gilt labels (small repairs), t.e.g. by Sotheran. Gift inscription (to Emily Vine from her mother dated 1857 on title of each volume); extremities, raised bands and edges rubbed; covers a little worn and soiled, otherwise a good set. From the collection of William E. Self, with his book label in each volume. An excellent association copy, with a presentation inscription on the half- title in volume one: "J.A. Overs / From / Charles Dickens [paraph] / 1st November 1840." John A. Overs (1808-1844), a London cabinet-maker by training, educated himself and pursued his interests in writing. Dickens became his most important literary friend, providing comments on his stories and poems, introducing him to newspaper editors and offering financial assistance when Overs became ill. Overs first wrote to Dickens in January 1839 hoping to have some poetry placed in Bentley's MISCELLANY, and Dickens recommended several pieces to his successor as editor. "Perhaps more importantly, however, Dickens advised Overs on the publication of his EVENINGS OF A WORKING MAN (1844), and wrote the preface to the work. . . . In his preface Dickens is careful to emphasize Overs's autonomy, stating that although he had given advice to the author on this collection of short pieces, he 'never altered them, otherwise than by recommending condensation now and then,' and assuring the reader that the volume's sketches represented Overs's 'genuine work, as they have been his sober and rational amusement'" - DNB. The two men remained close until Overs's death in 1844: "When poor Overs was dying he suddenly asked for a pen and ink and some paper, and made up a little parcel for me which it was his last conscious act to direct. She [Amelia Overs] told me this and gave it me. I opened it last night. It was a copy of his little book in which he had written my name, 'With his devotion.' I thought it simple and affecting of the poor fellow" (Dickens to John Forster [17 Dec. 1844] in the LETTERS OF CHARLES DICKENS, Pilgrim Edition, 4,240).

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        The Poetical of Thomas Moore, collected by himself. Include: Lalla Rookh, Poems on America, Irish Melodies, The Epicurian, etc

      London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1840., 1840. 10 volumes; small 8vo. Contemporary binding by Zaehnsdorf of green half morocco with two red title labels and fine gilt tooling to spines, dark brown cloth boards with gilt rule, all edges gilt. Portrait of the author to volume I, engraved title page and frontispiece to each volume, all engraved by Heath. Markings to cloth boards, corners bumped, spines evenly faded to a rich brown. A very elegant set.

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        Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Naval Architecture:

      Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black,, 1840. Being the Article "Ship-Building" in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Seventh Edition. Quarto (279 × 219 mm) Recent half calf on marbled boards, label to spine, gilt roundels to compartments formed by a foliate roll. 15 plates, 5 double-page, one folding, diagrams to the text. Somewhat foxed and browned, the plates particularly so, these also with a few short edge-splits, but overall very good, and here well-presented. First edition of the separate book issue of Creuze's highly influential article on naval architecture for the Britannica. Creuze trained as a naval architect and became the principal surveyor at Lloyd's, and his extensive collection of works on naval and maritime subjects became, in bequest, the foundation of Lloyd's renowned library. The present survey improved upon Fincham's Introductory Outline of the Practice of Shipbuilding (1821, rev. 1825), providing a history of shipbuilding practice from the Elizabethan period to the science of naval architecture as it stood in 1840. A wonderfully provenanced copy, the half-title is inscribed in pencil, "With the Author's kind Regards," and bears the ownership inscription of "J. W. Watts, 1841." John Watts of Havelock Park, Southsea, was a third generation master shipwright, whose grandfather had worked on Nelson's Victory. Watts was chief assistant to John Fincham, shipwright at Portsmouth dockyard, a famous builder of warships and author of History of Naval Architecture in 1851, in the preparation of which John assisted. On the title page there is the gift inscription from Watts to his son, Philip; "Philip Watts from his father, J. W., 1863." Philip, later Sir Philip Watts, had an even more successful career than his father, playing a major role in British warship development during the naval arms race, holding high posts at the Admiralty and at Chatham, and in 1885 succeeding Sir William White at Armstrong's warship yard at Elswick. Almost all the Japanese ships that fought in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5 were built by Watts, for which the Japanese awarded him the order of the Rising Sun. He returned to the Admiralty in 1902 and worked closely with Fisher, a collaboration which resulted in the development of the dreadnought and battle cruiser classes. It was widely considered at the time that if Sir Philip's fame had rested on no other basis than that of the armament of the dreadnought, his name would be handed down as one of the world's greatest naval designers. Subsequent ownership inscription of "Basil Lubbock, Hamble, 1929." Lubbock was probably the doyen of British maritime authors in the 30s and 40s; in 1919 he founded the Hamble River Sailing Club, and was its commodore for the first 12 years.

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        Maurerpigen. Original Tragedie i fem Akter. Musikken af Secretair Hartmann, R. af D. Orig. udg.

      Kbhvn. 1840. 112 s. Indb. ubeskåret med o.o. i nyere hlvldr. Øverste kapitæl mangler.. Rent ekspl. BFN 393

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        Master Humphrey's Clock. FIRST EDITION. 3 vols.

      Chapman & Hall. 1840-41 Fronts & illus. by George Cattermole & Hablôt Browne. Orig. purple-brown vertically ribbed cloth, decorated in blind & gilt; spines faded and a little rubbed at heads & tails. A good-plus copy. This is the commonest cloth and blocking style with clocks on the front boards in gilt.

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        American Scenery; or, Land, Lake, and River Illustrations of Transatlantic Nature

      London: George Virtue 1840 London: George Virtue, 1840. (BARTLETT, W.H) First edition, state A of volume II with Contents list numbered. 2 vols., 4to. With 120 steel engraved plates by William H. Bartlett, including a full-page map of the Northeastern United States, portrait, and two engraved title pages, tissue guards. In HARPER'S binding of half purple-morocco, gilt spine, a.e.g. (Harper was likely the American distributor); extremities slightly rubbed, vol. II covers soiled, plates with scattered light foxing, mostly marginal, overall a very attractive copy. Sabin 3784; Howes B209; BAL 22755; Abbey, Travel, 651 . Originally published in 30 parts without text, and appearing here for the first time in expanded book form, this is a beautiful series of views, showing principal cities and scenic views, engraved from drawings Bartlett made during a visit to America and Canada, 1837-1838. He stayed with his collaborator, the poet N.P. Willis, and accompanied him on a trip West. A handsome survey of the New World238062

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        I PROMESSI SPOSI - OPERE VARIE. Storia milanese del XVII secolo scoperta e rifatta. Edizione riveduta dall'Autore - Storia della colonna infame.

      In-8 gr. (mm. 266x180), mz. pelle mod. con piatti in cartonato coevo, tit. oro al dorso, pp. 864, testo inquadrato in doppio filetto e illustrato da ca. 450 disegni, eseguiti per la maggior parte da Francesco Gonin e Paolo Riccardi, inc. su legno. "Prima edizione illustrata" dei "Promessi Sposi", voluta dallo stesso Manzoni, e prima edizione del testo riveduto e della "Storia della Colonna Infame". E' l'edizione definitiva che il Manzoni diede dopo la "risciacquatura in Arno". Cfr. Giujusa,I,80: ?La stampa di questa ediz. fu completata nell?agosto del 1842 ed era il risultato di una pubblicazione a dispense iniziatasi nel novembre del ?40? - Parenti,331 - Salveraglio,57 - Cat. Hoepli,218 - Benezit,VI, p. 274 che del Gonin (1808-1889) cita naturalmente l?illustraz. dei ?Promessi Sposi?. Esemplare marginoso, in ottimo stato. Uniano anche: OPERE VARIE. Edizione riveduta dall'Autore. Milano, 1845. In-8 gr., stessa legatura, pp. 864, testo inquadrato in doppio filetto, molto ben illustrato da 10 tavv. a piena pag. (nel t.) disegnate da Focosi e inc. su legno da Ratti, da 11 testatine e 10 capilett., pure in legno. Il vol. contiene: "l'Adelchi - il Discorso sulla Storia Longobardica in Italia - il Conte di Carmagnola - la Lettre sur l'unité de temps et de lieu dans la tragedie - del Romanzo Storico.. - il Dialogo dell'Invenzione - la Lettera a Giacinto Carena sulla Lingua Italiana - le Osservazioni sulla Morale Cattolica - gli Inni Sacri - le Strofe per una Prima Comunione - il Cinque Maggio". "Prima edizione", manca la dispensa aggiuntiva, uscita nel 1860, con il "Marzo 1821" ed il "Proclama di Rimini". Cfr. Salveraglio,9 - Vismara, p. 329 - Cat. Hoepli,214. Esemplare in ottimo stato.

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        Mulatten. Originalt romantisk Drama i fem Akter. Opført første Gang paa den kongelige danske Skueplads den 3die Februar 1840.

      Kjøbenhavn, Paa Forfatterens Forlag, 1840. In the original printed paper binding. A bit of wear to the original printed spine, with a bit of loss of paper, but still exceptionally well preserved. Light brownspotting. With a sweet inscription to the half-tile, utilizing the printed title (i.e. "MULATTEN." - in English "THE MULATTO") there: "Fru Liunge/ med inderlig/ Hengivenhed/ fra MULATTEN.s/ Forfatter." (i.e. "Mrs. Liunge/ with inner/ devotion/ from "THE MULATTO." 's/ author.").. First edition, lovely presentation-copy in the scarce original binding, of Andersen's first succesful play, his anti-slavery drama, which represents the most sensual of all of Andersen's works, making it of the utmost importance to European drama of the 19th century."In the same year [i.e. 1840] Andersen had his first success on the stage, "Mulatten" (1840, The Mulatto), performed at the Royal Theater against the advise of Molbech who attacked its plot for making no sense and its language for being utterly sentimental. Andersen took the topic from a short story by Fanny Reybaud, "Les Épaves" (1838). The setting is Africa, but the play is yet another self-projection in its rendition of the theme of the outcast portrayed in the title-character. The truly significant feature of this play, tightly structured in the manner of Eugène Scribe, was Andersen's bold and sensual portrayal of the reckless, sexual passion of one of the female principal characters, which secures it a unique albeit overlooked position in the history of nineteenth-century European drama." Sven Hakon Rossel, "Hans Christian Andersen: Danish Writer and Citizen of the World", p. 29). Albertine Charlotte Liunge, born Ackermann (1801-74) was married to the editior and writer Andreas Peter Liunge, who is most famously known as the publisher of the famous magazine "Kjøbenhavnsposten" (1827-45), which connected him to all the great Danish authors of his time. Hans Christian Andersen became a close friend of the couple. The present presentation-inscription for Mrs. Liunge is curiously intimate; unfortunately Andersen's journals from the period of the appearance of "The Mulatto" have not been preserved, so we cannot determine what the exact relationship between the two has been at the time

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        Istituzioni Di Architettura Statica E Idraulica

      Caro Batelli Napoli: Caro Batelli, 1840. Hardcover. Contemporary vellum backed boards, tan and black morocco spine labels printed in gilt. Very good. 2 vols./No Dust Jacket. 177 (8) & 286 pages. 30 x 24 cm. Thirty-five plates and thirty-two plates respectively, Vols. 1-2, with twenty-six being fold-outs -- architectonic prospects, public building plans, bridge designs, machinery, embankments, railroad features, and civil and hydraulic engineering (covering early works to 1850). BRUNET Vol. I, p.1695. A few leaves toned, interior contents mostly clean, corners worn, some shelf wear

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        Liber Veritatis; or A Collection of Prints, after the Original Designs of Claude le Lorrain; in the Collection of his Grace the Duke of Devonshire. Executed by Richard Earlom, in the Manner and Taste of the Drawings. To which is added A Descriptive Catalogue of each Print; Together with the Names of those for whom, and the Places for which, the Original Pictures were first Painted, (Taken from the Hand-writing of Claude le Lorrain on the Back of each Drawing) and of the Present Possessors of many of the Original Pictures. 3 Volumes.

      London, Boydell and Co, printed by W. Bulmer and Co, [ab. 1840]. Folio. Bound in three beautiful, uniform, contemporary red half morocco bindings with five raised bands to richly gilt spines. All edges gilt. Book plate to inside of front boards. A bit of light occasional brownspotting. A beautiful, lovely, clean, and fresh set. With all three mezzotint portraits and all 300 mezzotint plates.. A splendid, fully complete, copy of this landmark work in the history of reproduction of master drawings. The work hugely influenced English landscape-painting of the late 18th and 19th cemturies.The first volume of this splendid work was originally published in 1777. Graesse and Brunet seem to state that the first edition, in two volumes, with 200 plates, dates from 1779, and that a third volume, comprising another 100 plates was originally published in 1804. The original plates were used again, and around 1840, the entire collection appears in three volumes. "Il éxiste un nouveau tirage publié par Bohn en 1839 accompagné d'une table des pl. où sont indiqués les noms des presents possesseurs des tables respectifs." (Graesse IV:261). Both furthermore state that the first Italian edition appears in 1815, but that the plates in this are less beautiful than in the English edition.The great French Baroque artist, active in Italy, Claude Lorrain (1600-1682) is primarily known as one of the greatest masters of ideal-landscape painting. His landscapes, inspired by the countryside around Rome, are governed by classical ideals, and they often contain classical ruins and pastoral figures in classical dress. His greatest contribution to the painting style was the poetic rendering of light, which became particularly influential, not only during his own time, but especially in England, from the 18th century and into the middle of the 19th.The "Liber Veritatis" constitutes an artistic masterpiece, in which Lorrain's own drawings of his paintings are rendered into mezzotint etchings of the highest quality by the great artist engraver Richard Earlom, who was specialized in this art. The work, which comprises the three hundred and three magnificent sepia etchings (including the three portraits), is printed by the highly skilled Boydell, contributing to the superb quality of the work. John Constable described Claude Lorrain as "the most perfect landscape painter the world ever saw".Brunet III: 1169Graesse IV:261

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        VARIETIES OF BRIGHTON FOR JUVENILES, Containing numerous copper-plates including portraits of the celebrated Martha Gunn, Phoebe Hessel, &c. Price--6d. Coloured.

      [12] leaves, each printed on one side only, bearing hand-coloured with verse beneath and a smaller hand-coloured vignette beneath that. Original printed green wrappers. 16.6 x 10.7 cm. Spine somewhat insensitively repaired; corners a little worn; else a very good copy of a scarce and highly attractive children's book.

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      A panorama of sixteen panels, each bearing an hand-coloured lithograph with text below in French and English. Original paper-covered boards, with a duplicate of one of the panels mounted on the upper board. Extended: 11.5 x 120 cm. Folded into covers: 13.3 x 9 cm. Rear board replaced; last panel a little creased at edge; else a very good copy of a scarce educational panorama.

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        Costantinopoli effigiata e descritta con una notizia su le celebri sette chiese dell'asia minore, ed altri siti osservabili del levante. opera... nella quale sulla fede di nozioni personalmente attinte in oriente e di esatti recentissimi ragguagli si porge un preciso e compiuto quadro della capitale dell'impero ottomano, della religione, governo ed usanze de' suoi abitanti, e generalmente delle innovazioni politiche cola' di recente introdotte... torino, fontana, 1840.

      Tre volumi di cm. 31: di cui due di testo di pp. xiv, 818 complessive e molte figure xilografiche nel testo + uno di tavole con antiporta figurata e 99 tavole incise in rame, ciscuna delle quali protetta da velina parlante. Solida ed elegante legatura coeva in mezza pelle verde con punte, dorsi lisci con titoli e ricchi fregi in oro. Tagli di testa dorati. Esemplare con qualche leggera fioritura, ma complessivamente genuino, marginoso ed in ottimo stato di conservazione. Timbretto di possesso della biblioteca privata Colonna da cui i volumi provengono. Opera celebre ed assai interessante che ci offre un panorama completo su Costantinopoli all'inizio dell'800. Interessanti capitoli etnografici, storici ma anche su giochi, spettacoli, musica, tradizioni gastronomiche, aspetti naturalistici, ecc.

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        Descrizione di torino. torino, per cura di g. pomba, 1840.

      Cm. 23, pp. xii, 470. Solida legatura coeva in mezza pelle, dorso liscio con fregi e titoli in oro su tassello al dorso. Vignetta al frontespizio con veduta della Chiesa della Gran Madre di Dio (Carlo Gallina inc. su invenzione del Figone). In fine alcune tabelle statistiche e la carta topografica di Torino in litografia (incisa da Angelo Biasioli su disegno di G. B. Maggi). Solo un minimo ritocco alla parte superiore del dorso, esemplare peraltro particolarmente fresco e ben conservato. Marginoso ed a carte candide. Non comune prima edizione di questa descrizione di Torino e dei suoi dintorni, da non confondersi con le ristampe apparse in formato minore o prive della carta topografica. Cfr. Fossati Bellani.

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        ON RIVER ANGLING FOR SALMON AND TROUT: More Particularly as Practised in the Tweed and its Tributaries.

      Softcover. 90, [1 chart], [1] pages. 16mo. 12.5 x 8 cms. Dark staining to original covers, gilt. All edges gilt. Very light spotting to title and contents pages;some water-staining throughout; else a good copy.

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      Comprising varnished composite globe, approximately 4.2 cm's. in diameter, and folding panorama of 28 hand-coloured engraved sections, extending to 1.2 metres. The images are, as usual, peoples of the world, titled in German and English. The quality of the engraving is considerable higher and more elaborate than that usually found; the illustrations are larger and the hand-colouring of superior quality also. Panorama attached to the base of the box; the globe loose inside as issued. Both in the original card box with mounted pastedown to lid. A very handsome copy of a rare variant of a highly desirable educational toy. See Whitton, Paper Toys page 213 (Colour plate 40.) Or Bromer and Edison, Miniature Books, for another variant example.

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        On the chemical action of the rays of the solar spectrum on preparations of silver and other substances, both metallic and non-metallic, and on some photographic processes.

      First Edition, extracted from The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 1840, vol.130, pp. 1-59, and 2 plates (lithograph of Herschel's telescope; stipple engraving of the heat spectrum of the sun), with general title-page to vol 140, (this with small and neat embossed unlinked library name which is also on the plates), large quarto, modern calf backed boards in period style, very good copy, London, [The Royal Society], 1840. * Herschel's classic paper contains the first use of the terms "positive" and "negative" in connection with photography, as well as a detailed account of the use of hyposulfite of soda as a fixative, his observation of the superior light-sensitivity of bromide of silver, a description of his first experiments with photography in solar spectroscopy, his process (anticipating Bayard) for obtaining direct positive proofs on paper, the necessity of using achromatic lenses for correct delineation, etc. Herschel's paper represents "a densely packed comprehensive summary" (Schaaf, p. 94) of the intensive researches in photography that had occupied him during 1839 and 1840, when he and his friend Henry Fox Talbot were striving to steal a march on Daguerre and the French by perfecting the process of making and fixing photographic images on paper that Talbot had begun developing some seven years before (see Schaaf, 'Out of the Shadows', chapters 3-5 for a detailed discussion of Herschel's photographic researches, including excerpts from his unpublished scientific notebooks and his lengthy correspondence with Talbot). This paper marks Herschel's first major contribution to photography; it was preceded only by his "Note on the art of photography or the application of the chemical rays of light to the purpose of pictorial representation" (1839), Gernsheim, History of Photography, pp. 96-98 ("abounds in important statements and observations which had a great bearing on the future of photography"); Gernsheim, Incunabula of British Photographic Literature, 1068. Boni, p. 127. * For this paper John Herschel was awarded the Copley archives winners Prize for 1840. "The object which the author has in view in this memoir is to place on record a number of insulated facts and observations respecting the relations both of white light, and of the differently refrangible rays, to various chemical agents which have offered themselves to his notice in the course of his photographical experiments, suggested by the announcement of M. Daguerre's discovery.....The terms "direct" and "reverse" are also used to express pictures in which objects appear, as regards right and left, the same as in the original, and the contrary....The principal objects of inquiry in the present paper...are the following. First, the means of fixing photographs, the comparative merits of different chemical agents...The means of taking photographic copies and transfers.....The preparation of photographic paper....The chemical analysis of the solar spectrum forms the subjects of the next section in the paper..."(Abstract).

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        Études géométriques sur la théorie des parallèles. Traduit de l'allemand par J. Hoüel ...; suivi d'un extrait de la correspondence de Gauss et de Schumacher.Paris/Bordeaux: Gauthier-Villars/Gounouilhou, 1866. First edition, offprint issue.

      A fine copy, in wrappers, of the rare separate printing of the first translation of Lobachewsky's 'Geometrische Untersuchungen zur Theorie der Parallellinien' (Dibner 115) which was originally published in Berlin 1840 (see Grattan-Guinness: Landmark Writings in Western Mathematics, p.520 - were the later journal printing is sited; Mémoires de la Société des Sciences Physiques et Naturelles de Bordeaux, vol. 4 ,1867, pp.83-128 and Sommerville: Bibliography of Non-Euclidean Geometry, p.29). This translation by Guillaume-Jules Hoüel (1823-1886) played an important role in the acceptance of Lobachewsky's non-Euclidean geometry; "Hoüel's reputation rests primarily on the quality and quantity of his activities in mathematical exposition. His gift for languages was used to evaluate and frequently to expound or translate important foreign mathematical writings. ... Of great importance were his successful efforts to overcome the long-standing failure of mathematicians to appreciate the significance of non-Euclidean geometry. Led by his own research to doubt the necessity of the parallel postulate and by Richard Baltzer to the writings of Lobachevski, Hoüel published in 1866 a translation of one of the latter's essays along with excerpts from the Gauss-Schumacher correspondence. By 1870 he had published translations of the classic writings in this area of János Bolyai, Beltrami, Helmholtz, and Riemann as well as his own proof of the impossibility of proving the parallel postulate" (D.S.B. VI: 522). "The cause of Lobachevskian geometry was, however, furthered by Hoüel, one of its earliest proponents, who in 1866 brought out a French translation of Geometrische Untersuchungen, with appended extracts from the Gauss-Schumacher correspondence. The following year he also published Bolyai's appendix on non-Euclidean geometry, which was translated into Italian by Battaglini in 1867. Hoüel's own Notices sur la vie et les travaux de N. I Lobachevsky appeared in 1870. In the meantime, Lobachevsky's Geometrische Untersuchungen had been translated into Russian by A. V. Letnikov; it was published in 1868 in the newly founded Moscow magazine Matematichesky sbornik" (D.S.B. VIII: 433). In Sotheran's catalogue no. 770 from 1918 this separate printing is noted to be "scarce".. 8vo: 252 x 165 mm. Original printed wrappers, spine strip professionally repaired, some light smudging to wrappers, small corner missing, with the signature of "Ch. Pérez" to the front wrapper [French naturalist Prof. Charles Pérez, 1873 Bordeaux -1952 Paris?]. pp. (2:blank), (2:title), IV, 42, (2:blank). Illustrated with numerous white-in-black woodcuts throughout the text. Pages 35-42 constitute the correspondence of six letters between Gauss and Schumacher dated 1831-1846

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      18. Good. [EHON] Katsushika HOKUSAI. EHON TEIKIN ORAI Zen. Nagoya: Eirakuya Toshiro. N.D. [Probably 1840's - originally published in 1820's]. 22.7 x 15.6 cm. String-bound, Japanese-styel, fukuro toji. Each of the three volumes consists of thirty sheets, making for a total of 90 sheets and nearly 200 Hokusai designs - landscapes, genre scenes, historical vignettes, fish, flowers, etc., etc. This guide to domestic behaviour with its charming illustrations is by no means common. Our copy is bound three volumes in one (as the Eirakuya editions are) with the original covers and printed paper title label. The Eirakuya editions, of which this is an early example, reprinted the volume one, done some 20 years earlier by Eijudo of Edo, but then added two more volumes worth of new material. Our copy is a Forrer F-23a, without the second preface, thus probably dating from the late 1840's. The impressions in the first volume are good only, but are better in volumes two and three, as you would expect from the work's bibliographic history. All in all a remarkable archive of images. The blue-green covers are bit soiled, there is a wormtrack through the first few pages, but overall in good condition.

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        Souvenirs de naples - album di scene popolari napoletane. s.l., s.a. (1840 ca.).

      Album di cm. 16 x 24, con 31 belle tavole in litografia colorata. Leg. del tempo in tela con titoli in oro al dorso. Buona conservazione. Interessante album che raccoglie 31 belle tavole di costumi e scene napoletane verosimilmente provenienti da due o più raccolte nel classico stile di Gatti e Dura. I motivi sono quelli ricorrenti dell'epoca: Calesso di resina; Discesa (e salita) dal Vesuvio; Famiglia di pidocchiosi; La Tarantella, Donne di Sorrento, Capri, Ischia e Procida, La tarantella; Minestrajo e frutajolo, Famiglia di Pulcinella; Acquajolo, Serenata; Carro di vino; Maccaronaro; Venditore d'aranci, ecc.

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        American Scenery ; or, Land, lake and River Illustrations of Transatlantic Nature. From Drawings by W. H. Bartlett, engraved in the first style of the art, by R. Willis, J. Cousen, Willmore, Brandard, Adlard, Richardson, &c. Vol. I-II.

      London, George Virtue, 1840. 4to. Vol. I. IV + 140 s. Portrett. Ekstra illustrert tittelbl. i stålstikk. 65 helsides plansjer i stålstikk. Vol. II. IV + 106 s. Ekstra illustrert tittelbl. i stålstikk. 52 helsides plansjer i stålstikk. Samt. skinnbd. med 5 opph. bind. Ryggdekor i gull. Litt brunplettet. Vol. II. gjennomgående skjold ved øvre marg

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        Märtyrerin Anna. Russische Ikone, 19. Jahrhundert (?). Öltempera auf doppelgesperrter Holztafel. 47 x 38 cm.

      Barfüßige Anna von Sandaty (?) mit Heiligenschein und vor der Brust gekreuzten Armen sitzt frontal zum Betrachter mit gesenktem Blick auf einem Stuhl. Neben ihr ein Lesepult mit einem Buch darauf. Dahinter eine goldgeschnitzte Wand. Oben im grünen Rahmen ein schwarzer Schriftzug in altslawischer Sprache, frei übersetzt: 'Abbildung von der Heiligen Märtyrerin Anna von Sandaty(-Rada)'. Die Ikone stammt wohl aus der russisch-orthodoxen Kirche (erbaut im Jahr 1851) im Dorf Sandaty, Bezirk Rostow am Don, Region Krasnodar.- 'Eine für die Ikonenmalerei mystische Auffassung in akademischer Manier, wobei die Süße der nazarenischen Figurendeutung anklingt' (aus der beiliegenden Expertise von 1978 von Dr. Peter Nitsche, Lübeck).- Einige Kratzer und kleine Abplatzer.- .

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        Sketch of the Analytical Engine invented by Charles Babbage [by L.F. Menabrea, translated, and appended with additional notes, by Augusta Ada, Countess of Lovelace].London: Richard & John Taylor, 1843.

      First edition of "the most important paper in the in the history of digital computing before modern times" (Allan George Bromley). In 1840 Babbage traveled to Torino to present to a group of Italian scientists an account of his Analytical Engine. Babbage's talk, complete with drawings, models and mechanical notations, emphasized the Engine's signal feature: its ability to guide its own operations. It also included the first computer programs though Babbage did not use that word. In attendance at Babbage's lecture was the young Italian mathematician Luigi Federico Menabrea (later Prime Minister of Italy), who prepared from his notes an account of the principles of the Analytical Engine, which he published in French in 1842 (Bibliothèque universelle de Genève). "After the appearance of Menabrea's paper, the daughter of Lord Byron, Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, became interested in preparing an English translation. The resulting collaboration between Byron's celebrity daughter and Babbage is one of the more unusual in the history of science. At Babbage's suggestion, Lady Lovelace added seven explanatory notes to her translation, which run three times the length of the original. Because Babbage never published a detailed description of the Analytical Engine, Ada's translation of Menabrea's paper, with its lengthy explanatory notes, represents the most complete contemporary account in English of the intended design and operation of the first programmable digital computer. Her annotated translation has been called 'the most important paper in the in the history of digital computing before modern times' (Bromley 1982, xv). Babbage considered this paper a complete summary of the mathematical aspects of the machine, proving 'that the whole of the development and operations of Analysis are now capable of being executed by machinery' (Babbage 1889, [7]). As part of his contribution to the project, Babbage supplied Ada with algorithms for the solution of various problems. These he had worked out years ago, except for one involving Bernoulli numbers, which was new. Ada illustrated these algorithms in her notes in the form of charts detailing the stepwise sequence of events as the hypothetical machine would progress through a string of instructions input from punched cards (Swade 2000, 165). These procedures, and the procedures published in the original edition of Menabrea's paper, were the first the first published examples of computer 'programs'." (Hook & Norman: Origins of Cyberspace, p.150).. In: Scientific Memoirs, Selected from the Transactions of Foreign Academies of Science and Learned Societies, Vol. 3, 1843, pp. 666-731 with 1 folding chart. The complete volume, offered here, in a fine contemporary half morocco with raised bands, top-edge gilt, title page inscribed 'Presented by John Woodcock, Esq', deceret blind stamp to title page, a faint damp stain and some slight smudging to title, library stamp to verso of title. 8vo (215 x 139 mm. (6), 734 pp. and 10 plates. In all a very good copy of this scarce volume

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        Dichtungen. Aus dem Russischen übersetzt von Dr. Robert Lippert. 2 Bde. [With the first German translation of "Eugene Onegin"].

      Leipzig, Engelmann, 1840. Bound in a beautiful contemporary half calf binding with gilt ornamentations and blindstamping to spine (a Danish binding from ab. 1840, typical of how Kierkegaard had his bindings made, presumably by one of the book binders that he used). A bit of wear to spine and corners bumped. Stamp from a library in Bergen to title-pages. Internally very clean and fresh. Bound with half-titles and all four leaves of advertisements. A very fine copy. With the old ownership-signature of N.B. Krarup as well as of H.P. Kierkegaard (Søren Kierkegaard's cousin) to front free end-paper. H.P. Kierkegaard has furthermore written that he bought the copy at the auction after Dr. Krarup on the 4th of May 1843.. The scarce first edition of Lippert's famous translation into German of Pushkin's "Poems", which contains several of Pushkin's major poetical works translated into German for the first time, e.g. "Yevgeniy Onegin" (Eugene Onegin), "The Gypsies", "The Fountain of Bakhchisaray", "The Robber Brothers", "Poltava", "Count Nulin", "the Stone Guest", etc.Much of Pushkin's work became known in Germany through the present edition of poems, which is thus in large part responsible for the great role that Pushkin came to play in Germany during the middle and second half of the 19th century.Pushkin is probably the most important and beloved of Russian writers and is generally accepted as the founder of modern Russian literature. What Shakespeare is to the English and Goethe to the Germans, so Puschkin is to the Russians. He is universally accepted as Russia's greatest writer. "Eugene Onegin" is generally considered one of Puschkin's main works and a classic of not only Russian, but world, literature. The work was originally published in Russian in serial form between 1825 and 1832. The first complete edition was published in 1833, and the present first German edition thus appeared seven years later. The first English translation only appeared much later, and it has been so difficult to translate into English that it never came to have the same impact on British literature as it did on German; it remained virtually unknown to the English speaking countries for decades. Vladimir Nabokov, who undertook the translation of the work into English, was forced to make fill 2 full volumes, although it is merely 100 pages long. Although literary critics often refer to the drama "The Stone Guest" (also present here in the first German translation) as one of his absolute masterpieces, it is the verse novel "Eugene Onegin", on which Pushkin worked throughout his life, that he himself considered his magnum opus. The work initiated a tradition of great Russian novels and is one of the most influential works of the 19th century. It is the present edition of Puschkin's Poems that Nietzsche had in his private library

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        50 bilder zu virgils aeneide gestochen unter der leitung von c. frommel. carlsruhe, s.a. (1840).

      Cm. 21 x 14 (ad album) con frontespizio figurato, una cartina geografica, una tavola con il Campus Troiae e 50 incisioni in rame raffiguranti vedute di città prevalentemente italiane. Graziosa legatura orig. in percallina rossa con titoli e fregi in oro. Tagli dorati. Qualche rada fioritura, ma esemplare genuino e ben conservato. Bella raccolta iconografica che illustra il viaggio dell'Eneide e diventa spunto per una galleria vedutistica della nostra penisola.

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