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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..

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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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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        AMERICAN SCENERY; OR, LAND, LAKE, AND RIVER ILLUSTRATIONS OF TRANSATLANTIC NATURE

      London: George Virtue, 1840. Two volumes. Intricate gilt covers with corner floral scrolling, central medallion of George Washington with American Indians seating on sides. Eagle at top of medallion, beavers and American flag at bottom. Heavy gilt on spines as well. All edges gilt. Some scuffging at top of front cover to Volume 2. Both volumes collated complete. Steel engravings from drawings by W.H. Bartlett. Portrait frontispiece of Bartlett in Volume 1. Vignette title-pages in both volumes, moderate foxing to both. All plates are protected by tissue-guards. Some plates foxed as well but generally at periphery. Plate at p.30 shows small water stain at bottom near joint not affecting image. Most are very good to fine. In all, there are 119 plates, including the two engraved title-pages, one colored map. See Howes B209, Abbey Travel 651.. First Edition. Full Brown Calf. Light edge and Corner Wear/No Jacket. Quarto.

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

      London: George Virtue, 1840. 2 volumes, quarto. (10 5/8 x 8 3/16 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 old browning and waterstaining). Contemporary black morocco by J.C. Moore of New York, covers ruled in blind, spines lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers. A fine set of one of the great steel-engraved view books of the 19th century, here bound in contemporary full black morocco. 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.

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        Curso de Estudios Elementales de Marina. Tomo I: Tratado de Aritmetica. Tomo II: Tratado de Geometria. Tomo III: Tratado de Cosmografía. Tomo IV: Tratado de Pilotage

      Madrid, en la Imprenta Nacional, 1840 -1837, Imprenta del Ministerio de Comercio, Instruccion y Obras Públicas, 1851 e Imprenta Nacional, 1848. Cuatro tomos en dos volúmenes en 4to.; VIII-116 pp. + X-136 pp. y 5 láminas plegadas + XII-122 pp. y 5 láminas plegadas + XX-174 pp. y 2 estados plegados y cinco láminas plegadas. Encuadernación de época, no uniforme, en media piel.

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        Master Humphrey's clock / by Charles Dickens ; with illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne - [2 volumes bound in 1]

      London : Chapman and Hall, 1840-1841, 1840. 1st Edition. Physical desc.: 2 v in 1 : front., ill. ; 26 cm. Notes: Originally started as a periodical; contains the serial stories of "The old curiosity shop" and "Barnaby Rudge." Subject: Gordon Riots, 1780 - Fiction. England - Social life and customs - 19th century - Fiction. Great Britain - History - 18th century - Fiction.Novels. 19th Century. Finely and sumptuously bound in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with a dark morocco gilt-blocked label. Spine compartments uniformly tooled in gilt. An exceptional copy - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.

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        Master Humphrey's Clock. [The Old Curiosity Shop; Barnaby Rudge] With Illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne

      London: Chapman and Hall, 1840,, 1840. FIRST EDITIONS of Barnaby Rudge, The Old Curiosity Shop, and Master Humphrey's Clock. 3 volumes. Large 8vo. Contemporary half red calf, gilt, over marbled sides. Bookplates and Dickens' centenary stamps affixed to pastedown, neat owner sigature to each volume, foxing to prelims, calf a little bloomed, some darkening /rubbing to spine but essentially a clean, presentable set. Narrator Master Humphrey was a lonely man who lived in London. He keeps old manuscripts in an antique grandfather clock by the chimney-corner, and decides to start a little club, called Master Humphrey's Clock, where the members, including Mr. Pickwick himself, have a penchant for telling strories. In the book, several short tales are recounted, followed by the novels 'The Old Curiosity Shop', which follows the life of the beautiful and virtuous Little Nell and her Grandfather, and 'Barnaby Rudge', Dickens first effort at historical fiction, set during London's non-Popery 'Gordon' Riots (Protestant rallying against the Roman Catholic Relief Act, 1778). Podeschi; Gimbel Catalogue [A51], Grolier Exhibition [100], Slater; Suzannet Catalogue [57]. Collins; Dickens and Crime (1962).

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        The Birds of America, from drawings made in the United States and their territories

      New York & Philadelphia: Audubon and J.B.Chevalier, 1840-1844. 7 volumes, royal octavo. (10 x 6 1/4 inches). Half-titles. 500 hand-coloured lithographed plates after Audubon by W.E. Hitchcock, R. Trembley and others, printed by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia (plates 1-135, 151-500) or George Endicott of New York (plates 136-150), numerous wood-engraved anatomical figures in text. Period crushed purple morocco, gilt lettering and ruling to spines, gilt borders, dentelles and edges, marbled endpapers. (Expert repairs to vol. 7 spine). The first octavo edition of Audubon's Great National Work. This is the first complete edition and the first American edition. The work is one of the "most beautiful, popular, and important natural history books published in America in the nineteenth century... representing the best of pre-Civil War American lithography and giving Audubon the opportunity finally to display his scholarship and genius to a large American audience for the first time" (Ron Tyler). The plates, here accompanied by the text for the first time, were reduced and variously modified from the Havell engravings in the double-elephant folio. Seven new species are figured and seventeen others, previously described in the Ornithological Biography but not illustrated, were also shown for the first time. Audubon may have been prompted to publish the reduced version of his double-elephant folio by the appearance in 1839 of John Kirk Townsend's rival Ornithology of the United States; or, as he writes in the introduction to the present work, he may have succumbed to public demand and his wish that a work similar to his large work should be published but "at such a price, as would enable every student or lover of nature to place it in his Library." The first edition of the octavo work is certainly the most famous and accessible of all the great American colour plate books, and now represents the only realistic opportunity that exists for collectors to own an entire collection of Audubon images in a form that was overseen and approved by the great artist himself. The octavo Birds of America was originally issued in 100 parts, each containing five plates. The whole story of the production of the book, with detailed information about every aspect of the project, is told by Ron Tyler in Audubon's Great National Work (Austin, 1993). The story Tyler tells of the difficulties of production and marketing are revealing of the whole world of colour plate book production in mid-19th-century America. By combining detailed text with careful observations next to his famous images, Audubon proved that he was as good a scientific naturalist as the members of the scientific establishment who had scorned him. Bennett p.5; Fries, Appendix A; Nissen IVB 51; Reese Stamped With A National Character 34; Ripley 13; Ron Tyler Audubon's Great National Work (1993) Appendix I; Sabin 2364; Wood p.208; Zimmer p.22.

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        De la Démocratie en Amérique

      Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1840. 4 volumes in two, octavo. (8 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches). Final blank at the end of part I, vol.I. 1 folding hand-coloured lithographic map bound at the end of the first volume. (Lacking half titles. and final blank to vol.III, the folding map backed onto silk at an early date). Contemporary light brown calf by Robert Seton of Edinburgh, the covers with border made up from fillets in gilt and blind, the spines in six compartments with raised bands, light brown morocco lettering-pieces in the second compartment, dark brown morocco in the third, the first compartment with Northern Light Board gilt stamp, the others uniformly panelled in gilt, marbled endpapers. A fine set containing the final revised text for both parts of Tocqueville's famous classic: the very rare eighth edition of the first part and the third edition of the second. From the time of its first publication, Democracy in America enjoyed the reputation of being the most acute and perceptive discussion of the political and social life of the United States ever published. This set contains the first publication of Tocqueville's text in its final revised form, since he revised each successive edition of part I from the first through the eighth, and did the same with the first three editions of part II. Beginning with the ninth edition of 1842, the work was issued as a complete uniform edition, and there were no further revisions. The origins of the book lie in the observations Alexis de Tocqueville made during a nine month tour of the United States starting in the spring of 1831. He was accompanied by his friend and fellow student, Gustave de Beaumont, and their original goal was to study the penitentiary system of the United States. After visiting prisons in the East, they undertook a tour of the South as far as New Orleans, ascended the Mississippi, visited the Great Lakes and Canada, and returned via New York. After writing their report on prisons, Tocqueville worked on the first part of Democracy in America in 1833-1834, publishing it in Paris in 1835 to great acclaim. The 1840 second part was equally as successful, the book remained in print throughout the 19th century: there were probably more than fifty editions in English and French published before 1900, besides numerous other translations. Remarkably, it has sustained its appeal generation after generation, as new readers find it speaks to their time with a contemporary voice. Whether perceived as a textbook of American political institutions, an investigation of society and culture, a probing of the psyche of the United States, or a study of the actions of modern democratic society, the book has continued to offer insight and provoke thought since its inception. It has also probably provided commentators and politicians with more quotations than any other work. Clark III:111; cf. Howes T-278 & T-279; cf. Sabin 96060 & 96061; Library of Congress, A Passion for Liberty, Alexis de Tocqueville on Democracy & Revolution (Washington, 1989); Nolla De la Démocratie en Amérique (Paris: 1990) II, pp.334-335.

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        The Ingoldsby Legends [Anthony Trollope's copy: Author of The Macdermots of Ballycloran, Nina Balatka, Linda Tressel, Is He Popenjoy?, Harry Heathcote of Gangoil, The Warden, Barchester Towers, Framley Parsonage, The Small House at Allington, The Last Chronicle of Barset, Can You Forgive Her?, Phineas Finn, The Eustace Diamonds, Phineas Redux, The Prime Minister, The Duke's Children, The Claverings, The Way We Live Now]

      London: Richard Bentley, 1840. Hardcover. Very Good. A Very Good copy bound in red leather with a compartmented spine which is lettered and decorated in gilt, with the boards lined and decorated in gilt, and the outer edges of the boards decorated in gilt as well, bulked page edges, pastedowns and facing side of each endpaper marbled (wear to board edges and corners, spine and spine edges rubbed, some splitting at upper and lower joints, but holding well). This is Anthony Trollope's personal copy with his bookplate and shelf label to the front pastedown. Originally published in three separate series (1840/1842/1847), this volume contains a selection of these famed Legends. While a later issue of Legends, this is a very rare copy, having belonged to, and certainly read by, the great Victorian author Anthony Trollope. Books from Trollope's personal library are quite difficult to find. A Very Good copy, Anthony Trollope's own copy. RARE.

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        Northern Hemisphere. Southern Hemisphere

      London: James Wyld, 1840. unbound. very good. Map (diptych). Engraving with hand outline. Each image measures 23" x 23", northern page measures 23" x 26.25", southern page measures 27.5" x 23". Beautifully detailed large scale double hemispheres, showing views from each pole. Some areas near the poles have not yet been fully explored. Unusually, Northern sheet is oriented horizontally while the Southern sheet is oriented vertically. Bottom edge of each plate is cutoff, but is original. Northern sheet has minor acid burn along edges, top edge is a little worn; image is unaffected.

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        THE GEM" (on spine)

      England, ca, 1840. Hardcover. A Sewing Kit Convincingly Disguised as a Book,The Contents, ca. 1840, in Amazing Condition. 121 x 67 mm (4 3/4 x 2 5/8"). A two-piece design: the slide-out inner element with original folding sides and spine of very pretty deep purple embossed morocco, sides with blindstamped central ornament of flowers, volutes, and acanthus leaves, flat spine gilt decorated with titling in a central oval medallion featuring an elaborate floral spray above and below it, interior of hot pink silk moiré with pockets (partly on morocco flaps) containing apparently contemporary(!) sewing materials; this assemblage designed to slide in and out of the original slipcase covered with the same morocco (the slipcase with gilt, rather than embossed, embellishment on the sides, and with marbled edges as if decorating the edges of a bookblock), the whole giving the appearance of a book when the sewing kit, with its faux book spine, is inserted into the slipcase. With a small rectangle of muslin containing nine large needles loosely laid in (probably all original). A hint of rubbing to extremities, but IN VERY FINE CONDITION, complete with all original tools and amazingly well preserved. This is a remarkably charming item designed for the use of the Victorian lady traveller. What appears to be a small book is in fact a sewing kit: the "book" slides out of its slipcase and unfolds to reveal on one side four pockets containing different sizes of small needles, each in its original blue paper folder with the label of "G. R. & Co. Superior Drill'd Ey'd Sharps"; the opposite side has two additional vertical folds which extend for 60 mm. on each end when opened. On this side, three slots for threads (black, brown, and beige) run the length of the unfolded flaps, with thread peeking out at either end. On top of this, bands hold the lady's five sewing tools: a (sharp) pair of scissors, a folding penknife in a mother of pearl case, a pearl-handled stiletto, and two bodkins, one for lace and one for ribbons. Though this clever little case would have resided easily in a lady's reticule, the fine condition of the item suggests that it was more likely a treasured, rather than a used, object.

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        A HAND-COLORED LITHOGRAPH, "ROSES MOUSSEUSES, ROSE JAUNE-SONFRE

      Paris: François Delarue, 1840. Softcover. 546 x 413 mm (21 1/2 x 16 1/4"). Attractively matted. A LOVELY HAND-COLORED LITHOGRAPH OF PINK AND YELLOW ROSES BY GROBON FRÈRES AFTER REDOUTÉ, the image with arched top, done on a thick piece of creamy-white stock, the flowers against a light gray background. A number of tiny, faint freckles of foxing to background, otherwise clean and bright, with strong, pleasing colors. This very charming work is based on the famous rose illustrations by Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840), the Belgian painter and botanist known as the "Raphael of flowers." His talent was such that he weathered the turbulent political times and served as court painter both to Marie Antoinette and to Napoleon's empress, Josephine, for whom he immortalized the blossoms in her famous garden at Malmaison. The lithographers, François Frédéric Grobon (1815-1901/1902) and Anthelme Eugène Grobon (1820-78), were brothers trained in Lyon who produced several collections of botanical prints as well as a book of instruction, "Méthode Grobon frères, études progressives de Fleurs et de Fruits, depuis les premiers éléments jusqu' à la compostion des groupes" (1850), for aspiring artists. The delicate delineation and careful coloring give the roses here an extremely realistic, almost three-dimensional, quality--one is sure the drop of dew on the leaf will fall on one's hand. This print may have been part of the Redouté "Collection de Beaux Bouquets Lithographies" published by Delarue ca. 1845 and listed in "Great Flower Books" on page 131.

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        THE BIRDS OF AMERICA, from Drawings made in the United States and their Territories

      New York / Philadelphia:: J. J. Audubon / J. B. Chevalier,, 1840. First Octavo Edition. Near Fine. SEVEN VOLUMES. Complete Set. First Royal Octavo Edition in uniform late 19th century marbled paper over boards with recent rebacking and recornering in green morocco leather. Spine with five gilt-ruled compartments, three with pictorial elements--two owls and an eagle. The 7 volumes are dated 1840, 1841, 1841, 1842, 1842, 1843 and 1844 respectively. Complete with 500 hand colored lithographic plates. The text and plates are fine. The coloring is very well done, the tones are rich. The volumes were trimmed prior to binding, few plates closely. Overall a very handsome set and the centerpiece of an American Natural History Collection as well as a highly renowned Color Plate work of the 19th century.

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        Pl. 464 Common or Arctic Puffin 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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        Three Years' Residence in Canada, from 1837 to1839. With Notes of a Winter Voyage to New York, and Journey thence to theBritish Possessions: to which is added A Review of the Condition of theCanadian People. By T.R. Preston, Late of the Government Service atToronto.

      London. Richard Bentley. 1840. - 12mo. 19.5cm, the first edition,in 2 volumes bound in One, xii,[errata leaf],285,[2] & vi,307pp., halftitle in volume one, rebound in quarter speckled maroon brown calf, blindruled raised bands, crimson morocco labels, gilt titles, marbled boards,a fine copy, rare. (cgc) Sabin 65378. Story p104. Matthews p98. DionneII-1192. Gagnon I- 2804. Lande 724. T.P.L. 2302. There is no mistaking theelement of pique in the disdainful comments of Canada made by. Preston'sfirst impressions were gained under unfortunate circumstances. He arrivedat Quebec in February 1827, was in Montreal during the riot thatprecipitated the rebellion in that province, and reached Kingston duringthe height of the excitement over the outbreak in Toronto under WilliamLyon Mackenzie. For the rest of his stay he was employed in Toronto. Hisbias appears in his criticism of the stagnant' British colonies ascompared to the vigorous life of the United States, while the emergence ofvigorous qualities among the second generation of Canadians is deprecatedon the ground that young Canadians would be far better employed inagriculture or business than in over-crowding the professions and becomingcompetitors for public employment. It was Preston's view that Torontosociety was pretentious. (Story). His work in the government service inToronto 1837-1839; descriptions of the chief towns, politics, economics,business, public works, land grants, condition of the Indians, settlers,etc.; somewhat impersonal. (Mathews). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry.

      Ca 1840 - A series of 12 original gouaches on pith paper, mounted on wove paper album pages with blue silk ribbon. The pictures illustrate all phases of the tea industry - planting, harvesting, processing, sorting, labeling the tea chests, selling and drinking. Pith painting albums were popular as inexpensive and easily transported souvenirs in the period following the growth in the China Trade in the first quarter of the 19th century. Because many pictures were sold in albums and hence protected from the light, they retain their bright colors to this day. Botanicals and landscapes were common - occupationals, such as this one, somewhat less so. They were also quite fragile. Crossman states, "The other paper commonly used for watercolors and gouaches, after 1800, was pith. The pith paper is a very fragile medium to work on and many of those watercolors which have survived are cracked and broken. Watercolors in sets of between 12 and 36 pictures, showing the growing, processing, and shipping of tea. were popular from the middle of the 18th century through the 19th." Crossman, "The China Trade," pp 95-97. Overall, the paintings in this album are in excellent condition, some with some minor cracking in the lower margin. Oblong 8vo album measuring 8.5 x 11.5", the images measuring 6.75 x 9.75". Red brocade silk covered boards & silk ties, binding expertly tightened, corner of back board mended. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Ingoldsby Legends [Anthony Trollope's copy: Author of The Macdermots of Ballycloran, Nina Balatka, Linda Tressel, Is He Popenjoy?, Harry Heathcote of Gangoil, The Warden, Barchester Towers, Framley Parsonage, The Small House at Allington, The Last Chronicle of Barset, Can You Forgive Her?, Phineas Finn, The Eustace Diamonds, Phineas Redux, The Prime Minister, The Duke's Children, The Claverings, The Way We Live Now]

      London: Richard Bentley, 1840. Hardcover. Very Good. A Very Good copy bound in red leather with a compartmented spine which is lettered and decorated in gilt, with the boards lined and decorated in gilt, and the outer edges of the boards decorated in gilt as well, bulked page edges, pastedowns and facing side of each endpaper marbled (wear to board edges and corners, spine and spine edges rubbed, some splitting at upper and lower joints, but holding well). This is Anthony Trollope's personal copy with his bookplate and shelf label to the front pastedown. Originally published in three separate series (1840/1842/1847), this volume contains a selection of these famed Legends. While a later issue of Legends, this is a very rare copy, having belonged to, and certainly read by, the great Victorian author Anthony Trollope. Books from Trollope's personal library are quite difficult to find. A Very Good copy, Anthony Trollope's own copy. RARE.

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        The Tower of London. A Historical Romance . . . Illustrated by George Cruikshank

      London: Richard Bentley, 1840.. First edition as issued in the twelve monthly parts, January-December, 1840, here handsomely bound.. Fine copy.. Wolff 76; Cohn, Cruikshank, 14; Sadleir (31) had only the cloth issue. 8vo, bound from the original parts issue, black half morocco by Riviere, marbled paper sides, gilt decorated and lettered spine, t.e.g. 40 plates and numerous illustrations in the text by Cruikshank. Bound in the rear are the original wrappers of parts 1, 2 & 12, followed by an eight-page Bentley catalogue and 60 pages of the advertising from five of the parts issues. ¦ The three plates noted by Cohn as being in two states are in the earliest state here, and all the plates are clean and bright. Tipped to the front free endpaper is a pencil sketch of a detail by Cruikshank.

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        The Rhine, Italy, And Greece. 2 Volumes In 1.

      , London, Fisher, [1840].. . In a series of drawings from nature by Colonel Cockburn, Major Irton, Messrs. Bartlett, Leitch, and Wolfensberger. 1st edition. Full contemporary sheep ornamented in gilt on the covers and spine, a.e.g., [1], 90, [2] pp., engraved title page, 71 full-page engraved plates and 2 engraved vignettes. The text and plates are bright, and clean, the covers show minor shelf wear at the head, hinges, and extremities, otherwise a remarkable copy in very good condition.

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        The Shores And Islands Of The Mediterranaean Drawn From Nature.

      , London, Fisher, [1840].. . 1st edition. Contemporary half polished calf and marbled paper boards lettered in gilt, 156 pp., engraved title, one folding map and 64 full-page engraved plates. C. Bentley, Grenville Temple, W.L. Leitch, S. Prout, T. Allom, C. Bentley, S. Prout and J. Salmon are among the contributing artists. Text is clean and bright, light foxing to some of the plates, chipping at the head of the spine and rubbed through at the extremities. Very good condition.

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        The Life and Services of General Lord Harris, G.C.B., During His Campaigns in America, The West Indies, and India

      London: John W. Parker, 1840. First edition. spine faded to green, small vertical tear in cloth on rear joint, else fine. Octavo.

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