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        Tower of London

      London: Richard Bentley, 1840. full tan calf, with 5 raised bands, red leather spine lables for title & year. AEG, gilt work to boards & inside cover. light rubbing to head & foot of spine, contemporary binding by Vickers & Son. 439pp, 40 full-page steel engravings as well as 58 woodcut illustrations by Cruikshank,.----Ownership signature of " J. Archibald Sinclair", of " 22, Fleet street "- ( due to the very High quality of the binding amd the ownership signature) this book may have belonged in 1840 to the Great-Great Grandfather of Sir John Sinclair, the Great Liberal Leader, who becamed 1st Viscount Thurso.. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Full-Leather. Fine/No DJ. 40 x 145 x 227 ,mm..

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        Travels in the City of the Caliphs, along the Shores of the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean

      London: Henry Colburn,, 1840. Including a Voyage to the Coast of Arabia, and a Tour of the Island of Socotra. 2 volumes ocatvo (213 × 132 mm) Attractive recent dark green half morocco on nineteenth-century marbled boards to style, original red morocco labels, compartments formed by a zig-zag foliate roll, stylised tulip-head lozenge gilt to the compartments, fawn endpapers, edges sprinkled red. Lithographic frontispiece to each, folding map. Boards a little rubbed, hygroscopic tide-mark in the upper margin of the frontispiece to volume I, no encroachment on the image, some archival tissue repairs to minor splits to the folds of the map, light browning to the text-blocks, as usual, overall very good. First edition. A nicely-presented copy of this uncommon, and important account. Secretary to Sir Charles Malcolm, superintendent of the Bombay marine, 1828-9, in 1830 Wellsted "was appointed second-lieutenant of the East India Company's ship Palinurus, then engaged, under Captain Moresby, in making a detailed survey of the Gulf of 'Aqabah and the northern part of the Red Sea. She returned to Bombay early in 1833, and was then sent, under the command of Captain Haines, to survey the southern coast of Arabia, Wellsted being still her second-lieutenant. In January 1834 she crossed over to Socotra, and on the 10th anchored in the Bay of Tamarida. Wellsted spent the following two months travelling in the island … In November 1835 Wellsted had permission to travel in Oman, and went to Muscat with Lieutenant F. Whitelock, also of the Indian navy. The imam gave them every assistance in his power, but their fever and the disturbed state of the country curtailed their plans. None the less, the two reached areas which no European had previously seen and which were not visited again by Europeans for another hundred years." Wellsted seems to have attempted another venture into Oman the next winter, but he arrived at Muscat "in an acute stage of fever. 'In a fit of delirium he discharged both barrels of his gun into his mouth, but the balls, passing upwards, only inflicted two ghastly wounds in the upper jaw'. He was carried to Bombay, and thence returned to Europe on leave. He retired from the service in 1839, 'and dragged on a few years in shattered health and with impaired mental powers, chiefly residing in France'" (ODNB) He died in 1842. "Wellsted was an acute observer and not blinded by prejudice or ignorance in his description of the local people. His accounts of the geography of Oman, particularly the irrigation systems and the way of life in remote mountain tracts, continue to be important as a unique description of the country at an early date."

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        [Illustrations of Cairo]

      [London: Tilt and Bogue, 1840]. Folio. (20 7/8 x 14 1/4 inches). Lithographed throughout: 2 colour title, uncoloured dedication to Edward William Lane, 30 tinted lithographic views on 29 sheets, by T.S. Boys, T. Bourne, J.C. Bourne and L. Haghe, after Owen B. Carter, C. Laver and Hay, printed by Hullmandel, Day & Haghe or M. & N. Hanhart. Without the letterpress title (as in the Abbey copy). Expertly bound to style in half green morocco over period green cloth covered boards, the flat spine in six compartments divided by gilt double fillets, lettered in the second compartment. A fine copy of this great topographical work and worthy precursor to David Roberts. Robert Hay was one of the most fascinating figures in early Egyptian archaeology and exploration. "He was in Egypt as one of the leading members of an archæological expedition between 1826 and 1838. Among his companions were the artists Arundale, Catherwood, J. Bonomi the younger, and E. W. Lane. Besides Egyptian antiquities presented to the British Museum, there are in the department of manuscripts there forty-nine large volumes of archæological and other drawings made during this expedition ... and also part of Hay's own diary ... In 1840 Hay published a folio volume of 'Illustrations of Cairo,' lithographed by J. C. Bourne from drawings by O. B. Carter and others. Some of the original drawings for this work are in the print room at the British Museum" (DNB). Abbey Travel I. 270; Blackmer 794; Gay 2497; Ibrahim-Hilmy I, p.292.

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        Collezione Delle Principali Vedute Di Venezia Disegnate Dai Migliori Artisti

      Presso Giuseppe Kier, Editore Piazza San Marco No. 117, Venezia 1840 - Portfolio of 12 plates + fully illustrated title page; dramatic & vividly hand-colored lithographed & tissue-guarded images of famous architectural & canal scenes in Venice, done circa 1840 by this publisher, using the talents of various artists, including Pietro Chevalier, Pertsch, Ziegler, Cecchini, Borghesi; large format, 16" x 21 1/2" approx. size, overall, including the generous margins; the views include: Piazza S. Marco; Basilica di S. Marco; Interio Della Basilica Di S. Marco; La Piazza Di S. Marco Dalla Torre dell'Orologio; Piazzetta di San Marco; Tempio di S.M. Della Salute; Veduta Presa All'Ingresso Del Gran Canale; Riva Degli Schiavoni; Il Ponte di Rialto; Canal Grande Palazzo Giustiani Grande Albergo L'Europa; Campo Dei S.S. Giovanni E Paolo; Esterno Dell' Arsenale; plates have the original small publishers' blindstamp below the image, in the margin; all in the original green illustrated thin paper-covered boards; the boards illustration echoes the design found as the title page, and is not colored; much wear and rubbing, soiling to boards, top board, front endpaper, title, detached; spine covering perished; old tissue guards with some splits & tears; with the occasional marginal foxing, with one plate having more so at right edge, not in image; final plate with two semi-circle marginal dampstains at top margin, not intruding into the picture; overall, the colors bright, plates clean and in very good condition; a splendid view book of Venice. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        A SERMON OCCASIONED BY THE DEATH OF LIEUTENANT J.A. UNDERWOOD, AND MIDSHIPMAN WILKES HENRY, OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY

      Honolulu: Mission Press, 1840.. [2],26pp. Original printed blue wrappers. Wrappers rubbed and with some stains, small duplicate ink stamp on lower portion of rear wrapper, tiny ding affecting imprint. Light soiling in text. Very good. A nice copy of this sermon, printed to commemorate the deaths of two members of the United States Exploring Expedition. "On July 24, 1840, at Malolo Island in the Fiji Islands, a group from the Vincennes was on shore bartering when they were suddenly attacked by natives. In the affray, Midshipman Wilkes Henry (a nephew of Commander Wilkes) and Lieutenant J.A. Underwood were killed. In retaliation, Commander Wilkes ordered an attack on the village. This tragic event is depicted in George Colvocoresses' FOUR YEARS IN THE GOVERNMENT EXPLORING EXPEDITION (New York, 1855). Following the death, members of the Wilkes Expedition resolved that $2,000 be appropriated for a monument to the men, and further 'that the Rev. Mr. Elliott be requested to furnish a copy of the sermon...for publication, and...to have one thousand copies printed at the Sandwich Islands" - Forbes. FORBES 1201. HASKELL 129.

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        Alphabet: Le Livre D'Or des Petits Enfants

      Paris,: Lebrun et Cie, circa, 1840.. Octavo, illustrations throughout; very good in original boards. 'Le Plus Beau des Alphabets' with a kangaroo.

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        N?m?sis Medicale Illustr?e,

      Paris - Bureau de la Nmsis Mdicale, 1840 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A collection of medical satires written in twenty-five long poems, in rhyming couplets, carefully revised and corrected by the author, with notes following each satire. Illustrated with thirty woodcuts along with many humorous vignettes and caricatures by M. Daumier. First edition. Two volumes bound in one, complete. With a preface by M. Th. Poupin and a note from the author to front. Antoine Francois Hippolyte Fabre was a doctor, journalist, and poet. Fabre studiedmedicine inParis in 1824. Healso taught and edited several prestigious medical journals during his career. Fabre's satire Nmsis Mdicale was acriticismof the French medical system in which he ridicules medical students, and medical examinations, doctors, the competition, charlatans,specialists, midwives, medical responsibility,phrenology, homoeopathy,pharmacists and the French Academy of Sciences and other subjects. Honor Daumier (1808- 1879) was a French printmaker, caricaturist, painter, and sculptor, whose many works offer commentary on social and political life in France in the 19th century. A prolific draftsman who produced over 500 paintings, 4000 lithographs, 1000 wood engravings, 1000 drawings, 100 sculptures he was perhaps best known for his caricatures of political figures and satires on the behaviour of his countrymen, although posthumously the value of his painting has also been recognised. Condition: In a quarter crushed morocco binding with marbled paper covered boards. Externally, generally smart but with slight wear to extremities andslight rubbing to boards. Front hinge strained. Bright but with slight scattered spotting in places and the occasional slight tidemarks and handling mark to pages. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED.

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        Pl. 353 American Avocet (Young in first winter plumage, Adult in the distance) The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories

      New York & Philadelphia: Audubon, J. J. & Chevalier, J.B., 1840-44. Matted in Ivory Rag Board First Royal Octavo Fine condition with bright original hand-coloring A fine original hand-colored lithograph on paper. Sheet size: 6.5 x 10.25 inches. 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 John James Audubon's The Birds of America. Includes the text from Audubon's Ornithological Biography. The Royal Octavo Edition of The Birds of America represents John James Audubon's desire to create a democratic (affordable) 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 North America's native and distinct bird species, J.J. Audubon here rendered a miniature yet unique version of The Birds of America. As is the case with prolific artists, Audubon continued to improve upon a body of work which was viewed as perfection. During the mid-19th century, there were no photomechanical means of reproduction, 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 edition into 500 unique compositions of individual species. Previously documented groups of heretofore unrelated birds were now separated and divided according to species, and portrayed either on a new botanical perch or within a renewed landscape. Unlike the life-sized portraits of the Double Elephant Folio edition each bird was now sized to scale on the octavo-sized plate; approximately 6.5 x 10.25 inches. With this slight alteration, Audubon created a perfected composition, and thus offered a charming vignette view of the bird, or family of birds 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 composition 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 the American 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. One hundred individual packets of five 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 Pictorial Flora; or, British Botany Delineated, in 1500 lithopgraphic drawings of all the species of flowering plants indigenous to Great Britain, illustrating the descriptive works on English botany by Sir J.E. Smith, Lindley, Hooker, Withering, and other authors. By Miss Jackson

      London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1840 First edition. Contemporary green vellum, gilt burgundy spine label, metal clasp and catch. . Octavo. iv, 42 pp. plus 131 lithographed plates, mostly with twelve figures to a page. Also with an appendix, including about 300 extra figures. Binding has a few light spots, light foxing throughout. Still, a very good copy. This exhaustive work was designed to be portable and inexpensive enough to be within the means of young people. Little is known of the author, who was from Litchfield, though Desmond's Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturists states that she was probably the daughter of John Jackson (fl. 1740s-1790s), who with Erasmus Darwin and Sir Brooke Boothby formed the Botanical Society at Lichfield. She is also likely related to Maria Elizabetha Jackson (1755-1829), friend of Maria Edgeworth and author of Botanical Lectures (1804), Sketches of the Physiology of Vegetable Life (1811), and The Florist's Manual (1822), who is often erroneously cited as the author of this work.

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        [Le moyen-âge monumental et archéologique ... vues & détails et plans des monumens les plus remarquables de l'Europe. Depuis le VIe jusqu'au XVIIIe [sic] siècle. Lithog. d'après les dessins de Chapuy. Avec un résumé théorique et des notices spéciales, formant ensemble une histoire de l'architecture de cette époque]

      Introduction by Daniel Ramée. Paris: chez A. Hauser, [1840-]1843. 2 volumes, folio. (17 5/8 x 12 1/4 inches). Text: [1-]62pp., extra- illustrated with a lithographed upper cover on light brown paper, from an original wrapper, bound as an additional title. Plates: 432 lithographic plates only (of 444), after Chapuy and others. (Spotting to about 65 plates). Text: stitched with linen backing; Plates: plates 13-220 unbound as issued, contained (with the text) in a 20th-century green leather- backed cloth portfolio, titled in gilt on the spine; plates 221-444 unbound as issued, contained within a second matching portfolio and slipcase, with an original upper wrapper pasted to inside of each portfolio. A spectacular and very rare visual survey of early European architecture by some of best French lithographers of their time. There is only one copy of this work listed as having sold at auction in the past thirty-five years. Chapuy, an architectural draughtsman, illustrator and lithographer, served as an officer in the French marine engineers before turning to art and illustration full time. From the early 1820s onwards, he contributed to a string of works on individual buildings, and also more wide-ranging surveys. The present work is a culmination and summation of all his earlier work - it offers the largest selection of his work, as well as covering the largest area geographically: from Venice to Granada to the Low Countries to Germany. The title is somewhat misleading, as the selection also includes a substantial number of examples of lithographs by and after other artists, indeed, as a whole, it offers a fair sample of the work of many of the major artist/lithographers working in France at the time, including P. Benoist, J. Peyre, Ficot, Guesdon, A. Bichebois, Jacottet, Bachelier, Cuvillier, etc. The images range from pure architectural plans, to reconstructions based on earlier sources, to contemporary views of the sites, taken from life, and peopled with either their medieval inhabitants or their 19th-century descendants: the best images are truly spectacular. RIBA 618

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        The poetical works of Thomas Moore, collected by himself - [In ten volumes]

      London : Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longmans (1840-1841), 1840. 1st Edition. Physical desc.: 10 v (xxxix,352,xxxi,343,xxiv,355,xlvii,360,xxviii,315,xxvi,322,xxviii,395,xxiv,295,xx,416,ix,170p) : ill, frontispiece, portrait. Notes: Each vol has engraved frontispiece. Each vol has additional engraved title page with engraved vignette. Includes translations from classical Greek. Contents: Contents vol 1: Odes of Anacreon - Juvenile poems. Vol 2: Juvenile poems - Poems relating to America. Vol 3: Corruption and intolerance - The sceptic - Twopenny post-bag - Satirical and humorous poems - Irish melodies. Vol 4: Irish melodies - National airs - Sacred songs. Vol 5: Evenings in Greece - Ballads, songs, miscellaneous poems, etc. etc. - Vol 6: Lalla Rookh - Vol 7: Lalla Rookh - Political and satirical poems - The Fudge family in Paris - Fables for the Holy Alliance - Rhymes on the road - Miscellaneous poems. Vol 8: The loves of the angels - Miscellaneous poems - Satirical and humorous poems. Vol 9: Satirical and humorous poems. The Fudges in England - Miscellaneous. Vol 10: The Epicurean - Alciphron. Index. Genre: Poetry. Poems.Translations. Very good copies all in the original calf over marble boards. Minor, generalized wear to the extremities. Raised bands with the title blocked direct in gilt. Spine compartments uniformly tooled in gilt. An uncommonly good set - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.

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        Careme's French Cookery: Comprising L'Art de la Cuisine Francaise; Le Patissier Royal; Le Cuisinier Parisien by The Late M. Careme

      London, Albemarle Street: John Murray, 1840-01-01. Hardcover. Good. Hardcover bound book. 1840. French Cookery: Comprising L'Art de la Cuisine Française; Le Patissier Royal; Le Cuisinier Parisien by The Late M. CareÌ‚me. A New Edition with 73 illustrative plates. (original) Price Fifteen Shillings. Printed by William Clowes & Sons, Stamford-street. All 73 lithographed folding plates of elaborate dishes present. English translation of three of Careme's major works. Good (4 of 10). The front hinge (the inside portion of the flexible fold where book cover meets the book spine) is split (loose or open) the cover is still attached by the joint (the exterior flexible fold where book cover meets book spine). front fly detached. The paste-on spine title has worn away. Some minor celo-tape to TP & ffly. Minor fray to top spine. [see our images] This edition includes a page of errata, correcting errors of the text which would appear to be identical to the 1st edition. This 1840 printing would appear to be the 2nd printing, as the original was done in 1836, and there was at least a 3rd printing done in 1856. There is a Believe it or Not newspaper clipping and a few handwritten papers laid in. Original dark green-blue boards. The whole has some warp due to the construction of the book - the 73 fold-in plates make the center of the book 146 leaves thicker than the spine or edgepages and thus the book bulges in the middle. Moderate foxing throughout. Textblock firm although not tight. Careme became the major force and most important influence on European cookery of the time, due to the writing of these seminal works and cooking for such Royal personages as George IV of England and Alexander I of Russia. The coal fumes, heat and punishing hours took their toll, and Careme, worn out, died at 48 years of age.. * * * * * * * * * * {FREE Media Mail Shipping! Images available for any item, just ask. Any images shown next to the listing that have our www.aCastleofBooks.com watermark on them are the exact item you will receive, all other images are for reference only. Free delivery confirmation for domestic orders. Books with Author signatures are guaranteed authentic. We understand collectors needs in terms of accurate grading and proper packaging. We stand behind our descriptions 100%. All items will be shipped securely to insure that they arrive in exactly the same condition in which they left. May have small easily erasable pencil markings on first page. Our Packing Slips do not contain any pricing information so you may order items as Gifts or for Dropship without concern. We ship every Monday, Wednesday & Friday morning. All items subject to prior sale. Why the odd prices? We run a percent discount for our Biblio listings, which insures Biblio has our lowest prices online, but does give odd change.}

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        The King of Oude, his Brother, and Attendants

      London: Ackermann and Co., , [1840] . Sketched while of their Visit to England, by a Lady. Small octavo (179 × 142 mm) Original red cloth, elaborate panel in blind, title in gilt to upper board, neatly rebacked in burgundy morocco with title longitudinally in gilt. 8 lithographic plates, hand-coloured and heightened in gum arabic. Boards a little rubbed, some ink spatter to the upper board and worm traces to both boards, short split to title page, archivally repaired, mild, scattered spotting, occasional bleed from the colouring onto the guards, one plate with minor adhesion to the gum-arabic, about very good. First and only edition. Extremely uncommon: BL copy only on COPAC and OCLC; not in Abbey. The plates, which are signed in the stone "HJ", were the work of "a lady, then an invalid" who was "staying in the same hotel in London in which the Prince had taken his residence." She "endeavoured to draw the different costumes with as much accuracy as the transient glances she could obtain of the individuals when passing up and down stairs, or moving to or from their apartments, would permit." The profits from the work were to be given to the Consumption Hospital, Brompton. Iqbal al-Daula Muhsin 'Ali Khan was the son of Shams al-Daula Ahmad 'Ali Khan and grandson of Sa'adat 'Ali Khan, Nawab of Lucknow, 1798-1814. He visited England in 1838 to put forward his claim to the throne of Oudh. The presence of this exotic entourage stirred considerable interest, and the strangely "snatched", paparazzi-like quality of these drawings (the interpreter is shown from behind, and several images show figures on the stairway) seems entirely in keeping. Having failed to persuade the government to reverse the ruling against him, he spent the rest of his life in Turkish Arabia, being a familiar figure in Baghdad. He published his memoirs under the title Iqbal-i-Farang, died in 1887. An attractive, highly allusive, and elusive piece of Victorian Orientalism.

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        The Pathfinder; Or, The Inland Sea By the Author of "The Pioneers," ...

      London: Richard Bentley, 1840. First edition. Hardcover. Near fine. First edition, preceding the US printing. Three volumes. viii,320; (ii),348; (ii),339pp. + printer's imprint on p. (340). Original tan boards. The Preface (pp. [v]-viii, appears to be single inserted leaves, as noted by Blanck, perhaps to correct an improper imposition. Sometime nicely rebacked in blue cloth with new printed spine labels. Armorial bookplate of Sir Gilbert Greenall in each volume. A near fine set. The English edition was advertised as 'just ready' on Sept 21, 1839, and announced for February, 1840; the American edition was deposited in April, 1840. BAL 3891.

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        The Pathfinder; or, The Inland Sea

      Richard Bentley, London, 1840. First Edition. Hardcover. Good Condition. 3 volumes in 1/4 cloth over paper covered boards. Rebacked in black cloth with added endpapers, original spine labels reattached but heavily worn and chipped. Modest wear at corners. Occasional light foxing and age toning, esp. in the gutter, but generally clean and bright internally. A bit of wear and browning to endpapers. With the half title in volume I, but not the others. Published a few months before the American edition. The fourth book published in the Leatherstocking series, though the third chronologically. BAL 3891 Size: Octavo (8vo). 3-volume set (complete). Text is clean and unmarked. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Fiction; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 041595. .

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        HISTOIRE ET DESCRIPTION DES VOIES DE COMMUNICATION AUX ETATS-UNIS ET DES TRAVAUX D'ART QUI EN DÉPENDENT

      Paris: Librairie de Charles Gosselin..., 1840-1841.. Two text volumes plus atlas. Text volumes: xiii,[3],542pp. plus errata; 582,[1],vi-lii pp. Half titles. Large quarto. Contemporary half morocco and boards, spines gilt. Atlas: Nineteen double-page plates and maps (one folding). Large folio. Near uniform contemporary half morocco and cloth. Scattered foxing, slight shelf wear. Very good. A presentation copy, inscribed from the author: "Monsieur le Président Barouche, hommage de l'auteur Michel Chevalier." The recipient's rubber stamp appears on the front free endsheets. "Most elaborate early foreign work on American railroads and canals" - Howes. Chevalier, a noted French economist, was sent by the French government to the U.S. in 1833 to study the issues of overland and water transportation. "Among his contemporaries he enjoyed a reputation equal to that of...de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont. He remains one of the most important French commentators on the United States" - Monaghan. He remained in America for nearly two years and liked much of what he saw. This publication contains descriptions of the various railroads, canals, and major bridges along the eastern seaboard. Also covered are the railroads and canals of the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes regions of Canada. The atlas volume contains maps of the U.S. showing canals and railroads in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland; and technical plans depicting structural details of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad cars, Schuylkill Canal, Cornwall Canal, Patapsco Viaduct, Aqueduct Bridge on the Potomac River at Georgetown, Morris Canal, etc. A handsome and important production. HOWES C358, "aa." BUCK 351. KRESS C.5134. SABIN 12583 (ref). MONAGHAN 425, 427.

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        The World and its Inhabitants or the Travels & Adventures of Reuben Ramble

      London,: Darton & Clark, circa, 1840.. Small quarto, 28pp. including six full-page hand-coloured illustrations, with the inner covers of the stiff card wrappers forming another two illustrated panels; some modest wear to the spine yet a very good copy overall. A wonderful illustrated voyage around the world published for the education of young children. This charming booklet includes a short section of two pages on Australia and New Zealand, with an accompanying map of the region surrounded by four hand-coloured colonial scenes printed upon the rear cover.Reuben Ramble is a pseudonym of the Reverend Samuel Clark (1810-1875), an Anglican minister from a Quaker background. Industrious, intelligent and highly regarded by his peers, Clark became a partner in the Holborn Hill firm of the long-established Darton publishing house from 1836 to 1843 (indeed this booklet is bears the combined imprint of Darton & Clark).The description of Australia by the Reverend Clark primarily concerns the fate of the Australian Aborigines. It combines boilerplate denigration of the Aboriginal condition as 'ignorant and degraded' with pointed criticism of their treatment at the hands of British settlers. He writes 'I am sorry to tell you that they have not treated the natives as they ought to have done, but instead of teaching them, and enabling them to participate in their own advantages, they forcibly took possession of their land, and have destroyed great numbers of them, driving the rest into the worst parts of the country, where they are more degraded and worse off than ever.' While moral sermonising was by no means uncommon in early Victorian juvenile literature, this passage is unusually incisive regarding to the plight of indigenous Australians.Ferguson, 3126b.

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        The Beauties of the Bosphorus

      London:: Virtue,, No date. c.1840.. Presumed first edition.. Hardcover. 4to. (11 x 8.75 inches). pp.164, 4 (adverts). Engraved portrait frontispiece of Miss Pardoe, with tissue guard, engraved title, additional title, frontispiece portrait of Sultan Abdul Medschid Chan, with tissue guard. As called for, 80 engraved plates after W.H. Bartlett, with tissue guards. Publisher's cloth decorated in gilt to spine and front and lower corners, also stamped in blind. A.e.g. Joints and edges rubbed. Owner's name in ink to front free endpaper. Trifle spotting. O/w contents clean and bright. Binding firm and square. A Very Good copy. Heavy book, requiring eye-watering amounts of extra postage overseas.

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        Dizionario Generale Ragionato Della Procedura Civile E Commerciale

      1840. Bioche, [Charles-Jules-Armand]. Goujet, [Charles]. Dizionario Generale Ragionato Della Procedura Civile E Commerciale Contenente 1. L'Insieme Delle Regole Sulla Procedura 2. Il Reassunto Delle Opinioni di Tutti Gli Autori. 3. La Giurisprudenza Piu' Recente Intorno a Tutte le Quistioni. 4. I Modelli De Atti Sopra Ciascun Articolo Delle Codice con la Indicazione del Coste di Essi. Con Aggiunta di una Raccolta di Tutte le Leggi Speciali Che Completano O Emendano Il Codice di Procedura e di una Tavola di Paragone con Gli Articoli del Codice. Edizione Accresciuta dalla Legislatzione e Dalla Giurisprudenza del Belgio. Recato Italiano da una Societa' di Avvocati del Foro Napolitano con Annotazione e Confronto Degli Leggi Nostre con Quelle di Francia. Naples: Tipografia All'Insegna del Salvator Rosa, 1840. Two volumes. Main text in parallel columns. Quarto (10" x 7"). Contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands and gilt titles to spines. Light rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn, interiors notably fresh. A handsome set. * First Italian edition. This comprehensive dictionary devoted to civil procedure and commercial law was originally published in Paris in 1834-35. It went through several editions during the nineteenth century. Versions were produced for France, Belgium and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, which had a legal system founded on the Code Napoleon. 2 copies located in North America, 1 of this edition (at SMU Law School). This edition not in the British Museum Catalogue.

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        A Map of England and Wales.......showing the Principal Roads, Railways, Rivers and Canals.Seats of the Nobility and Gentry, with the Distance of each Town from the General Post Office, London

      London: S. Lewis, circa 1840. Projected from the Triangulation for the Survey made under the Direction of the Honorable Board of Ordnance on a Scale of Five Miles to an Inch, and Corrected to the Present Time. Drawn by R.Creighton. Engraved by J.Dower. A very large hand coloured engraved map of England and Wales overall 70 x 83 inches, in 4 sections, each sheet 35 x 41.5 inches, dissected and mounted on linen. Large calligraphic title, explanation, large engraved view of the General Post Office, table of Dioceses with crests, all within an engraved border. Each of the 4 sheets folding to 8vo (8 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches) and bound full dark green grained calf, elaborate gilt borders to sides, spines with ornamental gilt bands and lettered in gilt "Map of England - Lewis - North West" & "North East", "South West" & "South East". The lower joint of the South East case split, one other joint rubbed, else the bindings fine and attractive. The map fresh and bright. An impressive large map in very good condition. With the private bookplates of the map dealer P. J. Radford on front pastedowns.

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        Suicidio del ex-Presidente de Chile Señor Don José Manuel Balmaceda en la Legacion Argentina, en Santiago de Chile el dia 19 de Setiembre de 1891

      Buenos Aires: Papelería Artística, ca. 1890s. First edition. Broadside. A very good copy, marginal tears at edges, top edge with a repaired tears and one crease; matted to style. 60 x 40 cm. Central engraved portrait of Balmaceda surrounded by text, lower third a black bordered engraving of the death scene. Text includes a reprint of the first article on his death on September 20 from 'La Prensa' and Balmaceda's letter, written just prior to his death, to José E. Uriburu. José Manuel Emiliano Balmaceda Fernández (1840-1891) was the eleventh President of Chile, whose increasing difficulties with the Congress led to his ruling by decree which resulted in the Civil War of 1891. Having lost to the Junta and congressional forces, and with the homes of his supported looted and his officers murdered, in August Balmaceda took refuge in the Argentine legation, and committed suicide the day after his term of office had expired, leaving behind his written political testament. OCLC locates only a single copy at the BN Chile (55334047). Not in COPAC or any European or other Latin American Libraries.

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        Istituzioni Di Architettura Statica E Idraulica

      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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        Master Humphrey's Clock: Master Humphrey's Clock, The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge (Three volume set)

      Chapman & Hall, 1840-1841. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. VGC.Chapman and Hall.Three volumes.Vol I (MDCCCXL,1840), Vol II & Vol III (MDCCCXLI,1841).First impression of the first edition of the original parts of Charles Dickens's famous work 'Master Humphrey's Clock.Master Humphrey's Clock, The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge.The highly rare 'Time' plate present to Volume II (in place of the title page and vignette). Large format hardbacks bound in buckram over cloth boards,with gilt edges to the spines(a couple of small nicks and dent on the edges of the covers and spines) in VGC, no Dj cover as issued.Illustrated with b/w plates.Illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne(Phiz).Nice and clean pages but tainted on the outer edges,some foxing marks,creases,nicks and ink marks on the edges of the pages,small tear on the edge of page 241 in vol II,previous owner's name and date written inside the front endpapers for all 3 volumes,small bookshop sticker inside the edge of the front covers,name written on the edges of the title page in vol I & III.The 3 volume set is in VGC for its age with light shelf wear.1038pp including Preface.A collectable and scarce three volume set.Heavy books(approx 2.8 Kg).Photos available on request.

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        The Tower of London. A historical Romance

      London - Richard Bentley, 1840 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. The Tower of London is a novel by William Harrison Ainsworth serially published in 1840. It is a historical romance that describes the history of Lady Jane Grey from her short-lived time as Queen of England to her execution. Illustrated by George Cruikshank with frontispiece and illustrated half title and engravedplates. Firstedition, bound from parts with stab holes from binding to gutter of pages. William Harrison Ainsworth (1805 - 1882) was an English historical novelist. His first success as a writer came with Rookwood in 1834, which features Dick Turpin as its leading character. A stream of thirty-nine novels followed, the last of which appeared in 1881. George Cruikshank (1792 - 1878) was a British caricaturist and book illustrator, praised as the modern Hogarth during his life. His book illustrations for his friend Charles Dickens, and many other authors, reached an international audience. Condition: In a half crushed morocco binding withmarbled papercovered boards. Externally,generally smart but with slight wear to extremities, and rubbing andmarks to boards. Internally, firmly bound. Bright but with occasional slight scattered foxing and handling marks, with odd slight tidemarks to plates. With the occasionalclosed tear and aprevious repair to closed tear to plate (page 48) and slight marginal loss to title. Overall: GOOD.

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        The Birds of North America.

      The Natural Science Association of America, Folio (12" x 15"), publisher's leather, somewhat crudely rebacked, gilt title on front cover, illustrated with engraved frontispiece and 119 chromolithographed plates with tissue guards, 182, [8] pp. Binding shaken, top cover and spine and front endpapers partially separated from text block, back joint cracked, but still attached, significant wear to covers around extremities, bookplate on front pastedown; contents clean and bright. Published in several editions, the plates are extremely attractive. Studer (1840-1904) was born in New York City, and would become a printer and lithographer. He was also an ornithologist, and seems to have been active in this field in the Columbus, Ohio area after the Civil War. However, it is believed that the plates were based on drawings by Theodore Jasper. The plates while very attractive, are believed to be designed to help with identification. Size of book will require extra postage. library.cornell.edu.

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        Purumama / The Great Cataract of the River Parima

      London: Ackermann & Co., 1840. Hand-coloured lithograph after Charles Bentley. Very good condition apart from some overall light soiling. 11 3/8 x 16 1/8 inches. 13 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches. A magnificent view from Schomburgk's "Twelve Views in the Interior of Guiana" This stunning print is from a series of views of Guiana by Charles Bentley, executed as illustrations for Robert Schomburgk's magnificent work on the region. Considered one of the greatest explorers of his day, Schomburgk's discoveries uncovered a wealth of new species that remain some of our most fascinating and beautiful plants. His contributions to the exploration of Guiana will forever be remembered. Schomburgk's career began when he undertook a trip to study the terrain and plant life of British Guiana under the direction of the Royal Geographical Society. This famous exploration uncovered many new species of orchids and brought to the English shores the celebrated giant water lilies known as Victoria regia and Elizabetha regia. He successfully mapped a division line between British Guiana and Venezuela, which would later come to be known as the Schomburgk line. Following innumerable other geographical and botanical explorations, Schomburgk was appointed British consul at Santo Domingo and later at Bangkok. His work changed the field of geographical study and brought a greater understanding of those far off lands to an eager English public. Bentley's beautiful views perfectly illustrate Schomburgk's insightful observations and fascinating discoveries. Cf. Abbey Travel 720; cf. Tooley 447; cf. Sabin 77796.

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        The Picture Alphabet

      Houndsditch,: Bishop & Co., circa, 1840.. Duodecimo, 12 pp. in total, woodcut illustrations throughout; a charming copy in the original green printed wrappers, just lightly chipped at head of front, folded (not sewn) as issued. A delightful Alphabet, fully illustrated throughout in woodcut.Here are many favourites - the Fox, the Goose, and the Lamb - but where necessary, the publisher's evidently felt capable of stretching their young audience. Not only is K for Kangaroo, but there are more unusual inclusions such as I for Ibex, and even M for Mermaid. Sadly, inspiration only went so far; here, X is for the Letter X.The work also includes a child's ditty, slightly clipped in the original printing: "When school is done, g[o] home loiter not on the wa[y] / Come to school clean and play not by the way.".

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        Mr. de Robert-Macaire restaurateur

      Altkolorierte Lithographie von Honoré Daumier bei Aubert, Paris um 1840. 26x21.5 cm. - Hazard / Delteil 1000 II - Kat. Sammlung Horn 70ff. vgl. - Caricaturana No. 12. "Monsieur de Robert-Macaire als Wirt. - Karotten verwerten wir nur im Ganzen! Die Suppe servieren wir nur vom Wagen und allerorten stehen Tische, über Paris lassen wir gebratene Lerchen regnen ... - Haben Sie schon etwas von diesem schönen Plan in die Tat umgesetzt? - Was heißt hier umgesetzt, zweifelsohne, zweifelsohne! Ich habe meine Aktien umgesetzt." Robert Marcaire mit der Schürze und Mütze eines Wirtes steht, die Hand in großer Geste erhoben, vor einem Herrn in Gehrock mit Stock und Zylinder, Macaires Gehilfe Bertrand im Hintergrund an einer Kochstelle.Die Robert-Macaire-Karikaturen mit Texten von Vincent Philipon erschienen von 1836 bis 1838 im Charivari und waren ein großer Publikumserfolg. Die Serie "zeigt den skrupellosen Schwindel als Prinzip, das in Wahrheit die Gesellschaft regiert." (Slg. Horn). Von den Blättern wurden bereits während des Erscheinens der Serie Sonderdrucke verkauft.Exemplar in schönem Altkolorit auf festem Velin ohne Text auf der Rückseite.

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        Il Duomo di Como

      Acquatinta stampata a colori, mm 293x240. Rara incisione eseguita su disegno di Federico Lose, stampata a Milano da Artaria. Perfetto esemplare.

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        Das Königreich Bayern in seinen alterthümlichen, geschichtlichen, artistischen und malerischen Schönheiten, enthaltend in einer Reihe von Stahlstichen die interessantesten Gegenden, Städte, Kirchen, Klöster, Burgen, Bäder und sonstige Baudenkmale mit begleitendem Texte. Von M. v. Ch rg. Band I von 3 Bänden. In sich komplett.

      Georg Franz, München 1840 - [1. Auflage] Mit 61 Stahlstichen und 5 weiteren Stahlstichen im Anhang. Gr.8°, ca. 24 x 15 cm, 484 S., 56 S., 1 Bl. mit Inhaltsverzeichnis des ersten Bandes (zugleich Verzeichnis der in den ersten 20 Heften enthaltenen 61 Stahlstiche), Halblederband der Zeit. Auf dem Titelblatt wird König Ludwig zitiert: 'Wie's Phantasie nur wünscht, so fügen Gebäude und Bäume hier sich zum reizenden Bild, zaubern zur Wahrheit den Traum.' Widmungsblatt für (Joseph) Utzschneider (1763-1840), 'der durch sein großes und edles Wirken sich bei seinen Zeitgenossen und der Nachwelt ein bleibendes Denkmal erbaut'. Die Tafeln zeigen München, Passau, Fürstenfeld, Würzburg, Bad Kreuth, Burghausen, Alt-Oetting, Nürnberg, Muggendorf u.v.a. Bis auf zwei alle Stahlstiche mit Schutzblatt. Die Tafeln im Randbereich etwas fleckig, nur wenige im Bildbereich etwas fleckig. Lang: deutsch 2100 g. Einband berieben, hinterer Deckel mit Wasserrand, Seiten im Randbereich fleckig, 5 Bl. mit Einriss, 1 Tafel und Schutzblatt stärker fleckig.

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        [PORTRAIT OF MAH-TO-TOH-PA, CHIEF OF THE MANDAN TRIBE OF THE UPPER MISSOURI]

      [New York. ca. 1840].. Watercolor and ink, 14 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches, matted. Minor foxing. Very good. This portrait of the famous chief, Mah-to-toh- pa, was executed by New York artist Nicolino Calyo, based upon the work of George Catlin. Calyo was born in Italy and came to America in the 1830s. He worked as a miniaturist, portrait painter, and panorama artist, most actively from the mid-1830s to the mid-1850s. He is best known for his pen and watercolor images of New York street vendors, tradesmen, and other types of workers, which he generally sold in portfolios (there is an extensive collection of these in the New-York Historical Society). This Indian portrait is in the same style and format as the watercolors of workers. Calyo had an eye for the topical, often based on other sources, such as his panorama of the Mexican War which he exhibited widely in the early 1850s. In the case of this image, Calyo clearly based his portrait on the well-known George Catlin painting of the famous chief, Mah-to- toh-pa of the Mandans. Calyo probably saw the original oil portrait which Catlin exhibited with his Indian Gallery in New York in 1838-39, and this is the likely source for this watercolor. It is also possible that Calyo used the published version of this contained in Catlin's LETTERS AND NOTES..., published in 1841. In either case, Calyo clearly based his charming watercolor on Catlin. A unique Indian portrait by a popular, rather primitive artist, reflecting both public interest in western Indians and the influence of George Catlin. GROCE & WALLACE, p.104.

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        BELGIUM, THE RHINE, ITALY, GREECE, AND THE SHORES AND ISLANDS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN, ILLUSTRATED IN A SERIES OF BEAUTIFULLY-EXECUTED ENGRAVINGS, FROM DRAWINGS ON THE SPOT, BY THOMAS ALLOM ... WITH HISTORICAL, CLASSICAL, AND PICTURESQUE DESCRIPTIONS

      London: Peter Jackson, Late Fisher, Son, & Co, [1840]. First Edition. Hardcover. Spines a little worn and darkened, with chipping to the spine tips of the second volume. Short split to the bottom of the front cover of the first volume with the rear cover partly stained with staining to some of the plates, mostly marginal. Very Good overall with most of the plates clean. Thomas Allom et. al.. Two quarto (8-3/4" x 11") volumes in original gilt-decorated red cloth. Illustratd with 2 engraved title pages and 152 fine steel-engraved plates by Thomas Allom, and other artists. This set is American artist Thomas Sully's copy with his lengthy identical SIGNED INSCRIPTION in each volume to his daughter Blanch in 1868 when she was caring for him in his last years of life. Thomas Sully became a professional painter at age 18 in 1801. He grew up in the South but moved to Philadelphia in 1806 where he remained until his death in 1872. Sully was one of this country's first portrait painters of note, and a few of his paintings, including that of Washington crossing the Delaware, are firmly established icons of American art. Among the famous Americans he painted were John Quincy Adams and Thomas Jefferson. In 1837ñ1838 he was in London to paint Queen Victoria at the request of Philadelphia's St. George's Society. His daughter Blanch assisted him as the Queen's "stand-in," modeling the Queen's costume when she was not available.

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        Herodias syrmatophorus [Australian Egret]

      [London: by the Author, 1840-1869]. Hand-coloured lithograph by J. Gould and H.C.Richter, printed by Hullmandel & Walton. 14 1/2 x 21 3/4 inches. A fine image from John Gould's major ornithological achievement 'The Birds of Australia'. A very fine 'bird-portrait' of an egret at rest on a branch, preening its all important flight feathers. In the background two other individuals are shown in characteristic hunting pose. Gould writes 'This noble species of Egret, the largest of the group inhabiting Australia, is very generally dispersed over all parts of that continent, and is equally to be met with along the rivers and lagoons of the interior as well as in the neighbourhood of the coast'. John Gould, accompanied by his wife Elizabeth, left Britain for Australia in May 1838 for what was to be a two year exploration of the birds and animals of the region. The natural history of the continent had not been studied in any detail before Gould's arrival and the abundant and highly varied bird life was to prove an inspiration to him, and between 1840 and 1869 he published what is his undoubted masterpiece: "The Birds of Australia". Gould wrote of his time in Australia 'The interval spent from my native shores were some of the happiest days of my life... The results of my journey cannot, I think, but be attended with great advantage to science... Independently of a great new number of Birds I succeeded in procuring the nests and eggs of at least two thirds of the species inhabiting that interesting region'. Contemporary praise for the work was fulsome: 'Great as is the excellence of Mr. Gould's former publications, there can be no doubt that the present work exceeds them all, both from an artistic and a scientific point of view'. One hundred and fifty years later there is no need to alter this sentiment. Cf. Fine Bird Books (1990), p.102; cf. Nissen IVB 370; cf. Sauer 9 & 18; cf. Zimmer p.255 & 259.

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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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        The Newgate Calender Improved; Being Memoirs of Notorious Characters, Who have been convicted of offences against the Laws of England, during the Seventeenth Century; and continued to the present time, Chronologically Arranged

      London: Printed for Thomas Kelly 17, Paternoster-Row by W. Clowes, nd (c. 1840). (NEWGATE PRISON) 5 vols., 8vo. Illustrated. Bound in later Ninetenth century three quarter green calf, red leather title labels, marbled boards. A nice set. Bookplates of Charles B. Driscoll and his collection at Wichita City Library

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        Pl. 431 Sandwich Tern (Adult) The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories

      New York & Philadelphia: Audubon, J. J. & Chevalier, J.B., 1840-44. Matted in Ivory Rag Board First Royal Octavo Fine condition with bright original hand-coloring. A fine original hand-colored lithograph on paper. Sheet size: 6.5 x 10.25 inches. 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 John James Audubon's The Birds of America. Includes the text from Audubon's Ornithological Biography. & The Royal Octavo Edition of The Birds of America represents John James Audubon's desire to create a democratic (affordable) 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 North America's native and distinct bird species, J.J. Audubon here rendered a miniature yet unique version of The Birds of America.& As is the case with prolific artists, Audubon continued to improve upon a body of work which was viewed as perfection. During the mid-19th century, there were no photomechanical means of reproduction, 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 edition into 500 unique compositions of individual species. Previously documented groups of heretofore unrelated birds were now separated and divided according to species, and portrayed either on a new botanical perch or within a renewed landscape. & Unlike the life-sized portraits of the Double Elephant Folio edition each bird was now sized to scale on the octavo-sized plate; approximately 6.5 x 10.25 inches. With this slight alteration, Audubon created a perfected composition, and thus offered a charming vignette view of the bird, or family of birds 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 composition 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 the American 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. One hundred individual packets of five 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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        A DESCRIPTION OF THE CANALS AND RAIL ROADS OF THE UNITED STATES, COMPREHENDING NOTICES OF ALL THE WORKS OF INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT THROUGH THE SEVERAL STATES

      New York: T.R. Tanner & J. Diturnell, 1840 Vastly expanded from the 1834 edition. 272 pages of descriptions by state of existing railroads and canals and those planned, with glossary, condensed summary, and index, plus four page publisher's catalogue in the rear. Two foldout maps, a New Map of New York, and a New Map of Pennsylvania, and two foldouts with railroad and canal profiles. Teggart; Hopkins Railway Library, 29b. Howes; USiana [1994] T26. Bound in original dark green cloth with border and design on the covers stamped in blind and title and rule on the spine in gilt. Professionally rebacked with original spine laid on. Tiny fold tear to one of the maps professionally repaired. A few tiny spots of foxing throughout though numerous on the endpapers and initial pages. A very good copy.. First edition, first printing. Hardcover.

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        A New Picture of Philadelphia, or the Stranger's Guide to the City and Adjoining Districts...with a Plan of the City, and Map of its Environs

      Philadelphia: H.S. Tanner, Jr.; New York: T.R. Tanner, 1840. 156pp. plus one folding map: "A Map of Philadelphia and Adjacent Country: 1840." Black and white, 11 x 14¾ inches. 16mo. Gilt-stamped brown cloth covers. Despite the title, there is only one map. It shows the city and its western suburbs in an arc, from Chester in the South, to Norristown in the West, to Andalusia in the north. The map is probably an updated version of the map with the same title published as a separate by Tanner in 1826, which is described by Rumsey (3014): "The non geological version of the Troost map...Tanner published this map in two forms: colored geologically to accompany Tanner's publication of Gerard Troost's Geological Survey of the Environs of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 1826, and...as a [pocket] map of Philadelphia and adjacent country. To Rumsey's description we can add this third format, as an accompaniment to Tanner's 1840 guide to the city of Philadelphia.

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        BRADSHAW'S RAILWAY COMPANION Containing the times of departure, fares &c of the railways in England, and also Hackney carriage fares from the principal railway stations illustrated with maps of the country through which the railways pass and plans of London, Birmingham, Leeds, Li

      Manchester: Printed and published by Bradshaw & Blacklock, 1840. First edition thus. Horizontally ribbed olive green cloth with a paper title label pasted at centre of front coverThe label is gilt with patches of green and says 'Bradshaw's Railway Companion. Price 1s'. Cloth faded.There is a tear to cloth on lower part of front joint (2.5cm). Originally held together by adhesive- so there was no sewing involved, although the maps are all in very good condition and the leaves are clean and all present, the adhesive has since decayed and it is a fragile and somewhat dishevelled copy . (77 x 121 mm), 32 leaves, butterfly folded containing folded map of London (208 x 138 mm)with an early gloss paper finish, double page map of Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester& Leeds, 7 double page maps, hand coloured in outline, of the country through which the railways pass, a folding plan showing profile of the gradients of the London- Birmingham railway(370 x 110cm), and a folding map of the railways of England and Wales(150 x 195mm) Bradshaw's Railway Guides were indispensable companions to UK travellers until they eventually ceased publication in 1961. George Bradshaw first published his railway timetables in 1839 and the name was changed to Bradshaw's Railway Companion in 1840. To keep up with the rapidly expanding rail network and timetable changes at that time George Bradshaw exhorts the reader to keep the publishers informed of any changes in routes or timetable and the guides were reissued every 3 months.& Bradshaw's guides are frequently mentioned by writers throughout literature by authors including Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Daphne du Maurier and according to Bram Stoker, were read by Dracula himself.

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        [American Scenery; or, land, lake, and river illustrations of transatlantic nature]

      [London: George Virtue, 1840]. 2 volumes in 1, folio. (16 15/16 x 11 7/16 inches). Without text (as issued). Steel-engraved portrait frontispiece of Bartlett dated 1839, 1 map of the northeast of America with routes marked in red. 119 plates (including the 2 large vignettes that are used on the additional titles in the regular published work) by R. Wallis and others, after William Bartlett, each a proof before title and imprint on india paper, mounted as issued, each captioned in pencil in the lower margin of the mount. Contemporary red half morocco over marbled paper-covered boards, the spine gilt in six compartments with double raised bands, lettered in gilt in the second compartment, the others with elaborate overall repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Very rare large-paper, deluxe issue of American Scenery, with proof plates before letters printed on India paper. Sabin and Howes both give brief mention to this very rare deluxe folio issue of all the steel-engravings included in the published work, with the latter citing but "a few copies" printed. No copies of this deluxe edition appear in auction records and this is the first copy we have ever seen on the open market. The wide margins and absence of any titling or imprint to the plates allows for an uninterrupted examination of one of the great steel-engraved view books of the 19th century. Bartlett's images create a valuable visual record of North America. Born in London, William Henry Bartlett was apprenticed to the architect and antiquarian, John Britton ... Bartlett studied and copied architectural drawings of the past and present and, with Britton, visited noted ruins in England from which he made detailed sketches to be engraved for some of Britton's own publications. ... One of [Bartlett's] first major assignments was to supply illustrations for Dr. William Beattie's Switzerland illustrated (London, 1836), published by George Virtue ... Bartlett's travels were extensive and continuous, and they led to illustrations for works on Syria, the Holy Land and Asia Minor, the Mediterranean coast, northern Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, the coastal areas of Britain, the Bosphorus, the Danube, the United States, and Canada ... According to Britton and Beattie, Bartlett visited North America four times: 1836-37, 1838, 1841, and 1852. From the summer of 1836 to July 1837 he was in the United States acquiring illustrations ... his travels during 1836-37 began in New York City and took him north to the White Mountains, N.H., west to Niagara Falls, N.Y., and south to Washington, D.C. ... [His] was an art which, reflecting the theories of William Gilpin and Edmund Burke, emphasized the irregular and rough, light and shadow, ruined buildings and vast mountains, wild river reaches and towering crags ... Above all, Bartlett's landscapes were readily identifiable ... As a result, Bartlett's sketches have considerable historical value, for they depict the country and its people as they appeared in 1838 to one with an eye for the picturesque..." (Dictionary of Canadian Biography). Cf. BAL 22755; Howes B209 ("A few copies of the plates, without text, were issued in folio"); Sabin 3784 ("Some proof copies of the plates were printed in folio without letter- press")

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        American Scenery; Or, Land, Lake, and River Illustrations of Transatlantic Nature. [Issued With] Canadian Scenery Illustrated

      London: George Virtue, Publisher 1840-1942, 1st thus. () Near fine. Quarto. Original green printed, morocco backed boards. 2 works in 4 vols in 13 parts. Subscriber's list and publishers adverts. Two engraved portraits of Bartlett. 4 engraved title pages. 2 maps. 234 engraved plates by Wallis after Bartlett. A little mild rubbing to the boards and the odd bit of spotting, mainly to the back of the plates. Overall a very attractive clean set. Sabin 3784, Howes B209, TPL 2424. Although not a rare book, copies in the original parts and in very nice condition are very scarce especially in this combined edition. Many of the sets have been broken up over the years fo the plates..

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books]
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        American Scenery; or, land, lake, and river illustrations of transatlantic nature ... [issued with:] Canadian Scenery Illustrated

      London: George Virtue, 1840-1840-1842-1842. 2 works in 4 volumes in 13 original parts, quarto. (10 9/16 x 8 1/4 inches). 1pp. list of subscribers included in the 8pp. of advertisements at the front of part I, an additional 4pp. of advertisements are bound at the back of the final part. First work: steel-engraved portrait Bartlett, 2 engraved additional titles with integral vignettes, 1 map of the northeast of America with routes marked in red, 117 plates by R. Wallis and others, after William Bartlett. (Some spotting). Second work: steel-engraved portrait of Bartlett, 2 steel-engraved additional titles with integral vignettes, 1 map of Canada. 117 plates by R. Wallis and others, after William Bartlett. Original red roan-backed green glazed paper-covered boards, the upper covers printed with the series title with a large integral wood- engraved vignette (spines rubbed and faded, some with sections lacking, some covers detached). First editions in original parts of American Scenery and Canadian Scenery: a very rare combined parts issue. The two works were issued quarterly to subscribers in the present 13 parts. The American Scenery section ends in part 7, and Canadian Scenery runs from part 7 to the end. The continuous numbering of the parts, the combination of the end of the first work with the start of the second work in part 7, together with the uniform nature of the bindings all indicate the issuance of the two works together. The fascinating text by Willis forms an appropriate context for Bartlett's images, combining to create a valuable visual record of North America. Born in London, William Henry Bartlett "was apprenticed to the architect and antiquarian, John Britton ... Bartlett studied and copied architectural drawings of the past and present and, with Britton, visited noted ruins in England from which he made detailed sketches to be engraved for some of Britton's own publications. ... One of [Bartlett's] first major assignments was to supply illustrations for Dr. William Beattie's Switzerland illustrated (London, 1836), published by George Virtue ... Bartlett's travels were extensive and continuous, and they led to illustrations for works on Syria, the Holy Land and Asia Minor, the Mediterranean coast, northern Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, the coastal areas of Britain, the Bosphorus, the Danube, the United States, and Canada ... According to Britton and Beattie, Bartlett visited North America four times: 1836-37, 1838, 1841, and 1852. From the summer of 1836 to July 1837 he was in the United States acquiring illustrations ... and in the summer and autumn of 1838 he was in the Canadas sketching for Willis's Canadian scenery illustrated (1842 ... his travels during 1836-37 began in New York City and took him north to the White Mountains, N.H., west to Niagara Falls, N.Y., and south to Washington, D.C. ... [His] was an art which, reflecting the theories of William Gilpin and Edmund Burke, emphasized the irregular and rough, light and shadow, ruined buildings and vast mountains, wild river reaches and towering crags ... Above all, Bartlett's landscapes were readily identifiable ... As a result, Bartlett's sketches have considerable historical value, for they depict the country and its people as they appeared in 1838 to one with an eye for the picturesque ..."(Dictionary of Canadian Biography.). American Scenery: BAL 22755; Howes B209; Sabin 3784; Canadian Scenery: cf. Harper Early Artists and Engravers in Canada p.18; TPL 2424

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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        Master Humphrey's Clock: The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge (Two volume set)

      Chapman and Hall, 1840-1841. First impression of the first edition. Hardcover. Very good/No Dj as issued. VGC.Chapman and Hall,Vol I (MDCCCXL,1840), Vol II (MDCCCXLI,1841).First impression of the first edition of the original parts of Charles Dickens's famous work 'Master Humphrey's Clock.Three volumes bound into two.Master Humphrey's Clock: The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge.Large format hardbacks in original green morocco over marbled boards,with ornate gilt tooling to the spines(some dents and nicks on the covers and spines) in VGC, no Dj cover as issued.Illustrated with b/w plates.Illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne.Nice and clean pages with some creases,nicks and ink marks on the edges,small foxing marks inside the front and back covers,name written on the top edges of the title pages,original endpapers and the outer edges of pages marbled.The 2 volume set is in VGC for its age with light shelf wear.426pp including Preface.A collectable and scarce two volume set.Heavy books(approx 2.7 Kg).

      [Bookseller: Alpha 2 Omega Books]
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        American Scenery; or, Land, Lake, and River. Illustrations of Transatlantic Nature

      London: George Virtue, 1840. First editions. Occasional light foxing which is primarily on verso of plates and on tissue guards, else fine. Quarto.

      [Bookseller: Randall House Rare Books]
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        American Scenery; or, land, lake, and river illustrations of transatlantic nature

      London: George Virtue, 1840. 2 volumes in seven original parts, quarto. (10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches). Steel-engraved portrait frontispiece of Bartlett, 2 engraved additional titles with integral vignettes, 1 map of the northeast of America with routes marked in red, 117 plates by R. Wallis and others, after William Bartlett. (Some foxing as usual). With an engraved additional title, 7 plates and pp.1-20 of text from Canadian Scenery in part 7 [see below]. Original red roan-backed green glazed paper- covered boards, the upper covers printed with the series title with a large integral wood-engraved vignette (spines rubbed and faded, some with sections lacking, some covers detached). First edition in parts of American Scenery American Scenery and Canadian Scenery were initially published in a combined thirteen parts, with part 7 containing the final section of the former and the beginning of the latter. The present set of parts 1-7 constitute the American Scenery section of the combined issue. The fascinating text by Willis forms an appropriate context for Bartlett's images, combining to create a valuable visual record of North America. Born in London, William Henry Bartlett "was apprenticed to the architect and antiquarian, John Britton ... Bartlett studied and copied architectural drawings of the past and present and, with Britton, visited noted ruins in England from which he made detailed sketches to be engraved for some of Britton's own publications. ... One of [Bartlett's] first major assignments was to supply illustrations for Dr. William Beattie's Switzerland illustrated (London, 1836), published by George Virtue ... Bartlett's travels were extensive and continuous, and they led to illustrations for works on Syria, the Holy Land and Asia Minor, the Mediterranean coast, northern Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, the coastal areas of Britain, the Bosphorus, the Danube, the United States, and Canada ... According to Britton and Beattie, Bartlett visited North America four times: 1836-37, 1838, 1841, and 1852. From the summer of 1836 to July 1837 he was in the United States acquiring illustrations ... his travels during 1836-37 began in New York City and took him north to the White Mountains, N.H., west to Niagara Falls, N.Y., and south to Washington, D.C. ... [His] was an art which, reflecting the theories of William Gilpin and Edmund Burke, emphasized the irregular and rough, light and shadow, ruined buildings and vast mountains, wild river reaches and towering crags ... Above all, Bartlett's landscapes were readily identifiable ... As a result, Bartlett's sketches have considerable historical value, for they depict the country and its people as they appeared in 1838 to one with an eye for the picturesque ..."(Dictionary of Canadian Biography). BAL 22755; Howes B209 ; Sabin 3784.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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        Autograph Note Signed, in French, small 12mo, n.p., n.d

      Zola writes on his visiting card with printed address, in full, "Dear friend, please send me Mr. Vincent's address (correct spelling?), the army surgeon who is a friend of Daudet's. Cordially, Emile Zola." Zola refers to fellow author Alphonse Daudet (1840-97

      [Bookseller: David Schulson Autographs]
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        Master Humphrey's Clock

      London: Chapman and Hall,, 1840–41. With illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne. 3 volumes, octavo. Original purple vertical-grain ribbed cloth, covers elaborately blindstamped, front covers with ornate clock motif stamped in gilt at centre, spines gilt all over, red speckled edges. 173 illustrations, 25 figurative initials. Bookseller's ticket and contemporary ownership inscription to each front pastedown. Spines rolled and faded, cloth rubbed and marked. A very good set. First edition in book form of Dickens's experiment, unique in his canon, of publishing two novels together, The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge. Both were republished as separate novels on the same day as the third volume here; this format has primacy.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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