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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.

      [Bookseller: David Miles]
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        DIALOGUES FRANCAIS ANGLAIS.

      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.

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico Benacense]
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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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        THE EARTH AND ITS INHABITANTS.

      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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        Lyon, Vue Prise de la Guillotiere / Vista Tomada desde la Guillotiere

      Paris: V. Turgis, editeur, 10 rue Serpente, circa 1840. Tinted lithograph with original hand colouring. Printed on wove paper. In excellent condition. Image size: 12 3/8 x 17 5/8 inches. 20 3/8 x 27 inches. A picturesque view of Lyon from the Guillotiere after a drawing by the celebrated French painter Nicolas-Marie Joseph Chapuy. Chapuy has chosen to depict Lyon from the Guillotiere neighborhood, with the winding river running through the middle of the image. The docks next to the bridge are scattered with large stones and lumber and many small boats are moored along the banks. The bridge is crowded with pedestrians who make their way across the busy thoroughfare. Domes and spires crowd the horizon, and two large boats hurry down the river. This sweeping view is a wonderful example of Chapuy's considerable talents and picturesque eye, and a beautiful glimpse of Lyon in the early decades of the nineteenth century. Nicolas-Marie Joseph Chapuy was born in Paris in 1790 and in his early life became an officer in the Navy. An accomplished architect and landscape painter, Chapuy is perhaps best known for his stunning lithographs. He exhibited regularly at the Salon and in 1833 won a third class medal for his lithography. He produced a wide array of lithographs which varied in subject from historical scenes to architectural views. Yet it was his landscape prints which received the most praise and garnered him his celebrated reputation. This impressive view of Lyon is a fantastic example of Chapuy's talents. The image includes a numbered key at the bottom of the sheet which lists all the principal buildings and monuments in the image and provides their exact location. Benezit. Dictionnaire Critique et Documentaire Des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Vol. 3, p. 487

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        EHON TEIKIN O^RAI

      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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        Narrative of a voyage to Madiera, Teneriffe. . . Palestine. . . Greece

      William Curry Dublin: William Curry, 1840. No Dust Jacket. Wilde, William Robert Wills (1815-76). Narrative of a voyage to Madeira, Teneriffe, and along the shores of the Mediterranean. . . . 2 vols., 8vo. [4, adverts.], xiv [2], 464; viii, 495pp. Frontispieces, 2 plates, 2 hand-colored maps, text illustrations. Dublin: William Curry jun., 1840. Orig. cloth, rubbed, skillfully recased, retaining original endpapers. Lightly browned, but very good. First Edition. Wilde's first book, based on nine months of travel with one of his patients. Wilde, the father of Oscar Wilde, was the author of Practical Observations on Aural Surgery (1853), which "did more to place British otology on a scientific basis than anything previously published" (G-M 3369); he also founded the Dublin Quarterly Journal of Medical Sciences, and wrote extensively on medicine, natural history, ethnography and Irish antiquities. Two of the plates in the present work illustrate ancient skulls found in a tomb in Jerusalem. DNB.

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