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        Herd of Bisons on the Upper Missouri

      Paris, Coblenz and London 1842 - Prince Maximilian and his party left Fort Union on 6 July aboard the 60-foot keelboat Flora and eventually arrived at Fort McKenzie on 9 August 1833. On leaving Fort Union the hunters were again able to find a ready supply of game from which to provide meat for the keelboat passengers. Buffalo appeared near the river on July 10 and several were taken. On 14 July below the mouth of the Milk River near the junction of Porcupine Creek the buffalo appeared again, the present image is based on these incidents and shows the buffalo grazing and coming to the waters edge to drink on the Missouri bottoms, all against a backdrop of the sky turned red and gold by the last rays of the western sunset. Karl Bodmer's images show great versatility and technical virtuosity and give us a uniquely accomplished and detailed picture of a previously little understood (and soon to vanish) way of life. Swiss-born Bodmer was engaged by Prince Maximilian zu Wied-Neuwied (1782-1867) specifically to provide a record of his travels in North America, principally among the Plains Indians. In the company of David Dreidoppel (Prince Maximilian's servant and hunting companion), their travels in North America were to last from 1832 to 1834. Well-armed with information and advice, the party finally left St.Louis, on the most important stage of their travels, aboard the steamer Yellow Stone on April 10 1833. They proceeded up the treacherous Missouri River along the line of forts established by the American Fur Company. At Bellevue they encountered their first Indians, then went on to make contact with the Sioux tribe, learning of and recording their little known ceremonial dances and powerful pride and dignity. Transferring from the Yellow Stone to another steamer, the Assiniboin, they continued to Fort Clark, visiting there the Mandan, Mintari and Crow tribes, then the Assiniboins at Fort Union, the main base of the American Fur Company. On a necessarily much smaller vessel they journeyed through the extraordinary geological scenery of that section of the Missouri to Fort Mackenzie in Montana, establishing a cautious friendship with the fearsome Blackfeet. From this, the westernmost point reached, it was considered too dangerous to continue and the return journey downstream began. The winter brought its own difficulties and discomforts, but Bodmer was still able to execute numerous studies of villages, dances and especially the people, who were often both intrigued and delighted by his work. The portraits are particularly notable for their capturing of individual personalities, as well as forming a primary account of what were to become virtually lost cultures. Graff 4648; Howes M443a; Pilling 2521; Sabin 47014; Wagner-Camp 76:1. Aquatint engraving by Bishop and Himley after Bodmer, proof on india paper mounted, blindstamp. Mount spotted. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Description of an extinct lacertian reptile, Rhynchosaurus articeps (Owen). Inscribed by Owen to Henry Witham

      Cambridge 1842 - Owen, Richard (1804-92). Description of an extinct lacertian reptile, Rhynchosaurus articeps (Owen) . . . Offprint from Transactions of the Cambridge Philosophical Society 7 (1842). [2], 355-369pp. 2 lithographed plates. Cambridge: John W. Parker. 287 x 223 mm. Original plain wrappers, spine worn, some creasing, soiling and chipping. Edges frayed, a few marginal tears in plates not affecting the images, but good to very good overall. Presentation copy, inscribed by Owen to geologist Henry Witham (1779-1844) on the title: "H. T. M. Witham, Esqr. from the Author." Witham's signature on the front wrapper.First Edition, Offprint Issue. Owen, the foremost British paleontologist and comparative anatomist of the nineteenth century, gave in this paper the first description and classification of the fossil reptile Rhynchosaurus articeps, a species of herbivorous beaked lizard that lived during the Middle Triassic Period. Owen presented this copy to Henry Witham, a founder of the Royal Geological Society and the first English person to investigate the internal structure of fossil plants. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        Eigenh. Brief mit U. ("H Herz").

      O. O., 2. XII. 1842. - 2 1/3 SS. auf Doppelblatt. Kl.-4to. An einen Dr. Friedländer, wohl der Philologe, Bibliothekar und Archivar Gottlieb F. Friedländer (1805-1878): "Wenig nur [.] kann ich Ihnen über Leuchsenring sagen - was ich aber so einigermaßen weiß theile ich Ihnen gerne mit. Er lebte still u. war ein Erzieher oder auch nur Lehrer des verstorbenen Königs [i. e. Friedrich Wilhelm III.], er lebte als Litterat [!] u. zwar sehr unbemittelter; später versprach er sich der Tochter bemittelter Eltern, welche die Heirath aber nicht billigten, was das Mädchen sehr unglücklich machte. - Einige Jahre nachher verheirathete er sich mit der Hofdame Baronin von Bielefeld, ging mit ihr nach Paris u. gerieth [!] auch dort bald in so dürftigen [!] Umständen, daß seine zarte, gebildete, feine Frau die geringsten Magddienste selbst verrichten mußte. Der Mann brachte den größten Theil des Tages im Bette zu - seine Thätigkeit war nie bedeutend bei allem Verstand u. Wissen - was beides groß in ihm war. Er starb in Paris, in welchem Alter weiß ich nicht. Näheres können Sie bei Ihrer trefflichen Tante Lewy erfahren, die ihn mehr noch, ja viel mehr, als ich gesehen hat [.] Der andere von Ihnen genannte Namen ist mir völlig unbekannt [.]". - Franz Michael Leuchsenring (geb. 1746) - "(oder, wie er sich auch nannte: Monsieur Liserin), ein Litterat der Genieperiode des 18. Jahrh., insonderheit Typus der empfindsamen Wertherzeit" (Meyers Konversationslexikon, 4. A., Bd. X., S. 731) - war Unterhofmeister beim Erbprinzen von Darmstadt und mit Jacobi, Herder, Goethe - der sein Fastnachtsspiel vom "Pater Brey" auf ihn schrieb - und dem Merckschen Kreis in Darmstadt bekannt. Seit 1782 in Berlin lebend, war er zeitweilig als Lehrer der Philosophie für Kronprinz Friedrich Wilhelm tätig, stand mit Friedrich Nicolai, Johann Erich Biester und Moses Mendelssohn in Verbindung und besuchte die Berliner Mittwochsgesellschaft. Mit seiner Gattin Sophie lebte er zuletzt in Berlin als Jakobiner, wo er 1827 verstarb. Urs Viktor Kamber, dem Herausgeber der "Briefe von und an F. M. Leuchsenring", zufolge war er Mitglied des Illuminatenordens. - "Tante Lewy", d. i. Sarah Levy (geb. Itzig, 1761-1854), führte einen der bedeutendsten Berliner Salons ihrer Zeit.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        Scènes De La Vie Privée Et Publique Des Animaux

      Paris: J.Hetzel Et Paulin, 1842. - 2 Volumes. large 8vo. pp. 4 p.l., 386, [6]; 2 p.l., 390, [6]. with half-titles. 201 wood-engraved plates (incl 2 additional titles), numerous head & tailpieces, initials, & vignettes by Brévière & others after designs by Grandville. contemporary half chagrin (bit rubbed, spines faded, occasional light foxing – first few leaves in each vol. more heavily affected). First Edition. "The moving force behind this book was its publisher P.-J. Hetzel, who himself contributed many chapters under the pseudonym of P.-J. Stahl Through Grandville’s animals, Hetzel and his colleagues offered a witty and telling commentary on contemporary politics and personalities. Bouchot described the result as the best satire on French manners during the middle of the century, recalling "the anger to which it gave rise, the outbursts of laughter it provoked and the lawsuits of which it ran the risk." These allusions pass largely unnoticed today, but Grandville’s animals remain as amusing as ever, thanks to the wit and verve of his compositions. The types and situations he depicts are indeed "of every period and every country." "The final plate shows the artist at the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes. He is sketching the visiting creatures who in turn are peering at cages containing Hetzel, Balzac, Jules Janin, and other authors of the Scènes de la vie privée et publique des animaux. It should be noted that the engravings for this book are by Brévière, the one craftsman whose renderings of his work Grandville refused to criticize." (Ray) Carteret III 553. Ray, The Art Of The French Illustrated Book 1700 to 1914, 194 (citing incorrect number of plates). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Missionary Labours and Scenes in Southern Africa;

      London: John Snow, 1842. . First edition, 8vo, (xvi), 624, (12 advertisement) pp. Frontispiece of the Kuruman Mission, “Printed in Oil Colours by [George] Baxter”, plus a folding map and 20 wood engraved illustrations, some foxing to the plates. Inscribed on a front blank from the Author, dated 1876. Later half morocco by Mansell, t.e.g., gilt banded spine, a couple of minor marks to the boards otherwise very good. Moffat embarked for Africa in 1816 at the age of 21, initially bound for Namaqualand, and over the next two decades established several missions and translated the New Testament (and eventually the whole Bible) into Sechwana, despite the hostile attentions of the Matabele and other African tribes. Following this volume’s publication he returned to Africa, staying there until 1870. “...the father and pioneer of South African mission work...” (DNB). & “...a valuable account of mission work among the Bechuanas...” (Mendelssohn). Mendelssohn II p29.

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        Scènes de la vie privée et publique des animaux.

      J. Hetzel Et Paulin Puis J. Hetzel, Paris 1842 - GRANDVILLE.Scènes de la vie privée et publique des animaux.Paris. J. Hetzel et Paulin puis J. Hetzel. 1842.2 volumes grands in-8 ( 27,5 / 19,5 cm ) . Reliures fin XIXe demi chagrin chocolat. Dos à nerfs jansénistes, têtes dorées. Nombreuses illustrations gravées sur bois d'après Grandville, dont 200 ( sur 201 ) compositions hors-texte.Textes de Balzac, Baude, La Bédollière, Bernard, Janin, Lemoine, Nodier, George Sand. Tome I. 386 pages.Texte et gravures en 1er tirage sauf pour le frontispice en 3eme tirage.Tome II. 390 pages.Texte remanié et gravures en 1er ou 2eme tirage. Très bel exemplaire fort rares rousseurs. Illustrés XIX

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        Scènes de la vie privée et publique des animaux. Etudes des moeurs contemporaines publiées sous la direction de M. P.-L. Stahl.,

      Paris, Hetzel 1842. - 2 vols. 4°. 6 Bll., 386 S., 4 Bll.; 4 Bll, 390 S., 3 Bll. Mit zahlr, tlw. ganaszeit. Holzst. v. J. J. Grandville. OLn. m. Rückengoldpräg. Leicht berieb. EA pp. Sander 312; Rümann 312; Vicaire VII, 405 - Avec la collaboration de Balzac, Louis Baude, Émile de la Bédollière, P. Bernard, Gustave Droz, Benjamin Franklin, Jules Janin, Édouard Lemoine Alfred de Musset, Paul de Musset, Mme. Menessier-Nodier, Charles Nodier, George Sand, Louis Viardot. Gewicht in Gramm: 3000 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Über den glatten Hai des Aristoteles, und über die Verschiedenheiten unter den Haifischen un Rochen in der Entwickelung des Eies. [In: Abhandlungen der Königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin. Aus dem Jahr 1840].

      Berlin, 1842. 4to. Entire volume of "Abhandlungen"... and "Mathamatische Abhandlungen"... 1840 present. Contemporary yellow boards with a vellum-like spine. Handwritten title to spine. A bit of wear and soiling to extremities, and corners bent. Internally fine and clean. Stamp to title-page (Dom-Gymnasium Magdeburg, also stamped out). Pp. (187)- 257 + 6 plates, two of which are folded. Text very nice, bright, and clean, plates with a bit of brownspotting. [Entire volume: (6), XVII, (5), 400 pp. + 10 plates, 4 of which are coloured + (4), 137 pp.].. First printing of this foundational work, which established the acceptance, by the modern world, of Aristotle as the founder of biological science. It is due to the present work that modern encyclopaedias will now conclude that "Aristotle is properly recognized as the originator of the scientific study of life." (SEP). Apart from its importance to the modern view of Aristotle, the present paper was also central to Müller's construction of a natural system of the fishes. For centuries, the authority of Aristotle in matters of science and biology was unrivalled, but with modern science, the advancement of exact knowledge, and modern man's ability to investigate the smallest of details, Aristotle's scientific and zoological works increasingly came to be viewed as not properly belonging to the exact sciences. Many biologists would claim that his observations were fanciful and incorrect, not constituting any real scientific value. This view completely changed with the publication of the present paper, by the renowned zoologist Müller.In his "Historia Animalium", Aristotle had described a phenomenon in a shark, which no modern zoologist believed to be true. Had it been true, our classification among sharks and fish would need to be different, as this fanciful observation would completely alter our view of the shark as such. Müller, in the present treatise, was the first to actually prove Aristotle's observation to be true, thereby altering the modern conception of Aristotle, earning him the respect that he truly deserved as the first scientific biologist and as the originator of the scientific study of life. "Müller placed the Cyclostomata among the fishes. He was thus led to study the sharks... A further product of this investigation was "Über den glatten Hai des Aristoteles" (1842). In "Historia animalium", Aristotle had reported that the embryos of the "so-called smooth shark" are attached to the uterus of the mother by a placenta, as is the case among mammals. Rondelet had described such a shark in 1555 and Steno had observed one in 1673 off the coast of Tuscany, but it had not been referred to in more recent times. Müller was the first who was able to corroborate the earlier testimony.In conjunction with the study of the shark, Müller constructed a natural system of the fishes based on work as painstaking as it was perceptive." (DSB).Johannes Peter Müller (1801-58) was one of the most important physiologists and zoologists of the 19th century. He made a vast number of important discoveries, and his unusual and empirical approach to his subjects made him one of the most influential scientists of the century. "Müller introduced a new era of biological research in Germany and pioneered the use of experimental methods in medicine. He overcame the inclination to natural-philosophical speculation widespread in German universities during his youth, and inculcated respect for careful observation and physiological experimentation. He required of empirical research that it be carried out "with seriousness of purpose and thoughtfulness, with incorruptible love of truth and perseverance." Anatomy and physiology, pathological anatomy and histology, embryology and zoology-in all these fields he made numerous fundamental discoveries. Almost all German scientists who achieved fame after the middle of the nineteenth century considered themselves his students or adopted his methods or views. Their remarks reveal his preeminent position in medical and biological research. Helmholtz, one of his most brilliant students, termed Müller a "man of the first rank" and stated that his acquaintance with him had "definitively altered his intellectual standards"." (DSB)

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        Syria, The Holy Land & Asia Minor Illustrated. In a Series of One Hundred and Twenty Views Drawn from Nature by W. H. Bartlett, William Purser, and Thomas Allom. With Descriptions of the Plates by John Carne, Esq. 3 vols. in 2 (Complete).

      Peter Jackson Late Fisher Son & Co., London 1842 - Large quarto. [6], II, 80, [2], 44, 45-76, [2], 100, [4]pp.Original 3/4 calf over marbled paper covered boards with gold tooling along edges of covers and gilt-tooling and lettering on spines. Marbled endpapers. All edges marbled. frontispiece portrait protected with a tissue-guard. Three additional engraved titles. The author, John Carne, left England in 1821, and spent much time traveling in Israel/Palestine as well as in Constantinople, Greece, the Levant and Egypt. It is one of the few works of that time to include what is present-day Lebanon. The book, with plates by was published some time after Carne returned to England, initially in thirty parts of four plates each. Many of the plates in vol. 3 are after drawings by Thomas Allom who was commissioned by the publishers to complete the illustrations. This work is complete in itself and contains 2 full-page maps and 117 finely steel-engraved plates depicting views throughout Syria and Asia Minor. Each plate is protected with a tissue-guard. Corners of back cover heavily rubbed. Some rubbing on covers, along edges, joints and spines. Slight and sporadic age-toning/foxing throughout. Bindings in overall good-, interior in good to very good condition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Saggio di Magnetismo (and) Manuale Practico di Magnetismo. Animal Magnetism, hypnotism, occult

      No Publisher, Parigi 1842 - Parigi, 1842. (no publisher). Two volumes in one. First Italian Editions. Octavo, 252 pp+[v]+ 260 pp.; pink cloth, green leather spine, blue speckled page edges. In Italian. Later paper spine label. Stamped seal in Italian on title page. Sunning to extremities, dust & edge wear, corners and spine ends bumped, else VG. Still clean and tightly bound, with high-quality paper leaves which remain undamaged and unfoxed but for light foxing through title page only. Very rare copy of Gauthier's scholarly two-volumes-in-one treatment of Animal Magnetism, in hearty condition, sustainable indefinitely with reasonable care. Animal Magnetism was a term created by German physician Franz Anton Mesmer, the "father of hypnotism", for the force which he believed allowed him to hypnotize his patients: an occult substance or invisible fluid emanating not only from the body but permeating the universe, deriving especially from the stars. Gauthier, according to Crabtree, "was one of the more prolific and competent writers on animal magnetism in the nineteenth century. He had an historically oriented approach to the subject, and, in this, his first book (Saggio, the first half), he traces the precursors of animal magnetism in ancient medicine. He also presents a good summary of the theory and practice of animal magnetism in his own day." Of the second part of this volume, the Manuale, Crabtree says: "A practical manual on animal magnetism written by one of the most highly respected practitioners of the day." Ref: Ad 1 Crabtree no 425 (First French Ed. 1840) and ad 2 Crabtee no 432. L-42n [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Entrance to the caves at Beni Hassan

      London 1842 - David Roberts (1796-1864) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and at the age of ten began an apprenticeship under house painter and decorator, Gavin Beugo. From there he went on to theater stage painting throughout the United Kingdom and then devoted himself to becoming an artist. In August 1838, Roberts traveled to Egypt with a plan to produce drawings to be later turned into paintings and lithographs. He was one of the first to have been granted the privilege of freely roaming and entering many sacred areas from the extremity of Nubia to the Mediterranean, and his images were therefore the first exposure that Europeans had to such splendid, distant places. His work is meticulously precise and yet splendidly evocative, with a skillful and rigid adherence to the truth of costume, detail and effect. Roberts set off on his great and hazardous expedition in August, 1838. In the next eleven months, he visited cities and sites throughout Egypt, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and other Near Eastern countries. The result of Roberts's voyage was the three-volume, color-plate book “The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia”. When it was published in England several years after his journey, Roberts's “The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia” drew extraordinary acclaim. His ambitious project gave views of spectacular landscapes and ancient man-made wonders that viewers had never glimpsed, but Roberts did not confine his renderings to architecture and natural terrain alone. Roberts gave equal attention to the costumes and lifestyles of the Near Eastern peoples. In this way these images both instructed and delighted their viewers with superb ethnological descriptions, sweeping panoramic landscapes, and detailed architectural studies. Because of the unparalleled significance of his groundbreaking work, he was honored with the prestigious award of election to the Royal Academy. This superb tinted lithograph with hand-coloring, Entrance to the caves at Beni Hassan, from "The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, Nubia" measures 15" x 17.5" and is in excellent condition with faint staining in the margins. Illustrated in this lithograph are two goat herders outside the walls of Beni Hassan. Beni Hassan is an ancient Egyptian burial site and tombs in Middle Egypt. The realistic illustration of this site shows its deterioration, but its grand size and architecture as well. Inscribed on this lithograph is "Entrance to the Caves of Beni Hassan" and "David Roberts RA. L. Hagh lith".

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        A Critical Inquiry into Antient Armour, as it existed in Europe, particularly in Great Britain, from the Norman Conquest to the Reign of King Charles II

      London: Henry G. Bohn. 1842. Second edition, corrected and enlarged. Three volumes. Folios. Hand-colored lithographic frontispiece plate, 70 hand-colored aquatint plates, 10 uncolored etched plates, and numerous illuminated hand-colored initials. A handsome complete set of Meyrick's important study of arms and armour with beautifully executed hand-colored plates. Ex-library copy rebound in dark red half morocco with spine letters, bookplate, pocket, perforated stamp on the title pages and small ink stamp on the blank versos of most plates. Rubbing to the joints and corners, light soiling to the endleaves, a very good set. .

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        Principales tables de Mr. de Mendoza (pour la très-prompte réduction des distances), revues, corrigées ou refaites avec soin ; et d'ailleurs perfectionnées et complétées sous le rapport de la précision des résultats

      Anner, Brest 1842 - - 1843. In-8 (215 x 170 mm), (2) ff - 454 pp, maroquin vert, dos lisse orné, ex-dono sur le plat supérieur, tranches mouchetées (reliure d'époque). Texte anglais en regard du texte français. Exemplaire offert par le traducteur L. Richard au Vicomte Pernety, Lieutenant Général d'Artillerie, avec dédicace autographe signée sur la page de titre et inscription sur le premier plat. (dos passé, nombreux défauts d'usage et frottements, rousseurs). // Octavo (215 x 170 mm), (2) ff - 454 pp, green morocco, smooth spine tooled, ex-dono on upper cover, sprinkled edges (contemporary binding). English text in front of french text. Copy offered by the translator L. Richard to Vicomte Pernety, Lieutenant Général d'Artillerie, with signed autograph dedication on title page and gilt writting on upper cover. (spine faded, numerous defects of use and rubbings, brownings).

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        Guy's Hospital Reports, 1842, Vol VII,

      Samuel Highley., London 1842 - 500pp + 12 plates. Still tightly bound. Small round rubber stamps of Infirmary on plates & some pages, bookplate of a foundation inside cover otherwise interior in nice clean condition. See my other listings for more vols between the 1840's & 1973. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Manuel du libraire et de l?amateur de livres. 4e édition. 5 tomes en 10 volumes. Tome 1-4: A-ZTome 5: Table en forme de catalogue raisonné.

      chez Silvestre 1842 - 1844, Paris, - demi-chagrin rouge, dos à faux-nerfs, titre doré au dos plats papier marbré, reliures de l?époque, quelques rousseurs.

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        BIBLIOMANIA; OR, BOOK=MADNESS; A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ROMANCE. To Which Are Now Added Preliminary Observations, and a Supplement Including a Key to the Assumed Characters in the Drama

      London Henry G. Bohn 1842 - New and Improved edition. Including the reprint of the 1809 edition and the supplementary matter of 1811. Illustrated throughout with fine, beautiful woodcut engravings, borders, headpieces and initials, printed in red and black, a number of the plates on India paper, mounted. Large, thick 8vo, in a beautiful Zaehnsdorf signed binding dated 1893 of full black morocco, the boards richly adorned in fine Edwardian style. The boards feature a wide frame of gilt vines, flowers and thistles at the corners of elaborate gilt ruled columns, further gilt ruling around this and then at the edges, the turn-ins likewise gilt tooled, the spine with tall gilt stippled raised bands creating compartments decorated much like the covers and with gilt lettering in three of them, fine marbled endpapers and t.e.g. xiv, 618, 62, xxxiv indexes, pp. A very appealing and attractive copy, internally fresh and clean with almost none of the commonly found foxing. The handsome Zaehnsdorf binding with some early expert restoration and minimal general age-evidence at the edges and tips. A GREAT BIBLIOPHILIC CORNERSTONE WORK, WITH MAJOR ADDITIONS. ONE OF THE CORE TEXTS OF BOOK COLLECTING. This new edition, written 30 years after the first, adds "Preliminary observations, and a supplement including a key to the assumed characters in the drama." In his first edition, Dibdin presumed to more substantially treat a subject which had been addressed earlier in 1809 in verse form by Dr. Ferriar. He proposed to Heber, to whom the verse had been addressed, to accept another, but in prose. ‘It was accordingly settled that Dibdin’s performance should be addressed to the same individual, in a small octavo volume, of a moderate price. It was written "calamo currentissimo," within a lunar month, and had the effect of producing much innocent mirth, and exciting a general curiosity after rare and precious volumes. The profits of the sale about covered the expenses of a week’s housekeeping.’ But the book has remained a favorite for two centuries and is now presumed to be a classic part of any collector’s library. A very pleasing copy of this work. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        ZANONI. By the Author of "Night and Morning," "Rienzi," "Pelham," "Eugene Aram," &c

      New-York: Harper & Brothers,. 1842. 12mo, two volumes: pp. [i-iii] iv-xiv [xv-xvi] [13] 14-218 [219: ad] [220: blank]; [1-3] 4-192 + 36-page publisher's catalogue dated "New-York, 1842" inserted at rear of volume two [note: text complete despite gap in pagination], flyleaves at front and rear,. original green cloth, printed paper labels affixed to spine panels.. Endpapers foxed, some minor scattered foxing in the text, a very. nice, attractive copy, and quite scarce in the original cloth.. (#90172). First U.S. edition. "As a Rosicrucian novel drenched in the cabalistic lore of secret societies, ZANONI has very interesting connections with such Gothic works as Karl Grosse's HORRID MYSTERIES (1796) and Godwin's SAINT LEON (1799) ... Grand in conception and saturated at the same time with Gothic melodrama, ZANONI remains a novel of spectacle whose artistic category is peculiarly its own." - Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 2-20. "In 1835, while researching books on astrology and not long before his separation from his wife, Bulwer-Lytton had a dream in which the fabric of a novel came to him. He produced an incomplete version as 'Zicci' (1838 MONTHLY CHRONICLE; in CRITICAL AND MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS 1841) and then reworked it substantially as ZANONI (1842). Bearing some semblance to Charles Maturin's MELMOTH THE WANDERER (1820), this was intended to be an allegory on the human condition, but is too philosophical to work effectively at that level; as a story, however, the tale of an immortal adept and his sacrifice for love became one of the classic works of Victorian supernaturalism. In ZANONI Bulwer-Lytton created the image of the 'dweller on the threshold,' a phrase beloved by writers of weird fiction ever since ... Bulwer-Lytton's work was sensationally popular in his day and had a strong influence on other writers. His occult works, along with those of J. Sheridan Le Fanu, form the basis of modern supernatural fiction." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 149. In 333. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-56. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 304. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 145 (citing the UK edition). Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature, pp. 41-2. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 63. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 119. Bleiler (1978), p. 34. Reginald 09385.

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        Domestic Architecture: Containing A History Of The Science, And The Principles Of Designing Public Edifices, Private Dwelling-Houses, Country Mansions, and Suburban Villas, With Practical Dissertations On Every Branch Of Building, etc.

      George Virtue, London 1842 - 342 pages. 29 x 24 cm. Engraved frontispiece of the author, and sixty-three plates containing perspective views and ground plans, and elevations drawn to scale. Also includes garden and landscape designs, ice house and dog house designs. Glossary of Landscape-Gardening Terms. HITCHCOCK," Early Victorian Architecture," notes "Brown's book is typical of the sort of book builders' draftsmen leaned on in the 40's for ideas. The appearance of another edition of this as late as 1852 indicates that the demand for this sort of material continued through the whole Early Victorian period. ARCHER 24.2 . "A voluminous and authoritative treatise (this title) treated the subject in a comprehensive manner unprecedented in British architectural literature." COLVIN P.147. Minor, intermittent age-toning. Orig. publisher's brown cloth with front cover illustration in gilt, recased with a portion of original spine laid-down. Very good. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Waverley Novels

      Edinburgh and London: Cadell 1842 - 12 volume set, 10 inches tall. In full crushed maroon morocco, with gilt raised bands, titles, dentelles, elegant panels and all edges. As usual the frontispiece and full page engravings are foxed. This is our favourite edition of Scott as it has a very readable text and engraved vignettes throughout. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        THE HOLY LAND, SYRIA, IDUMEA, ARABIA. From Drawings Made On the Spot. With Historical Descriptions, by the Revd George Croly. Lithographed by Louis Hague.

      F. G. Moon. 1842, 1843, 1849, London - The 3 volumes of "The Holy Land" only, without the 3 volumes of "Egypt & Nubia." Without a doubt the greatest view-book of the Holy Land in the 19th century and a monument in publishing history. See Abbey, TRAVEL #385. Oversize folio (24-1/2" x 18-1/2"). 3 volumes bound in 2 (the lithographic title page for Volume 3, bound at back of Volume 2). Unpaginated letterpress descriptive text. Illustrated with 120 tinted lithographic plates, including the frontispiece portrait of Roberts (60 plates are full- page and 60 are half-page), 3 tinted lithographic title pages, and one engraved map. All text & plates are on heavy stock paper mounted on guards. Bound in 19th century half red pebbled morocco, gilt, over red cloth, spines rubbed. A.e.g. Front hinge of Volume 1 starting to crack, but still quite sound. As with many copies, some of the leaves are lightly sprung. A particularly clean copy, with almost no foxing to the plates. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Voyage en Islande et au Groenland. Publié par ordre du Roi sous la direction de M. Paul Gaimard. Atlas Historique. Lithographié d’après les dessins de M. A. Mayer. [Atlas Zoologique, Médical et Géographique].

      Paris, Arthus Bertrand, Éditeur, s. d. 1842 - 3 vol. in-folio [525 x 360 mm] ; page de gd titre avec une vignette-1 front. lith. illustré-1 portrait lith. [Paul Gaimard]-2 ff. non ch. [table explicative des planches]-75 planches h.-t. [1-2-2bis-45-45 bis-73]/page de gd titre avec une vignette-74 planches h.-t. [74-122-122bis-123-123 bis-131-131 bis-139-139 bis-143]/page de gd titre avec une vignette-50 planches litho. dont 35 finement coloriées [6 portraits, 40 pl., 4 plans], demi-veau Empire, dos lisse orné, triples filets or, titre or, palette or en pied, rel. uniforme de l’époque, bel exemplaire très frais. Catalogue Dorbon, Voyages Explorations, 1034. Chadenat, 5061 (collation conforme à notre exemplaire). Howgego, G1, p. 251. Édition originale illustrée de 2 front., 1 port., 149 planches et 50 planches d’histoire naturelle dont 35 finement coloriées. First edition. Very nice copy and scarce. Complet. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Istoria della sollevazione, della guerra e della rivoluzione di Spagna. Arricchita di osservazioni storiche e politiche da D. S. e di note ricavate dalla storia delle campagne e degli assedi degl'Italiani in Spagna del cav. Camillo Vacani.

      s.n.t.,, Milano, 1842 - 5 voll. in-8° (216x141mm), pp. (4), 384; 336; 472; 390; 290, (1); bella legatura coeva m. pelle con titolo e fregi romantici in oro ai dorsi. Complessive 3 tavv. f.t. incise su rame e ripiegate in fine dei primi tre voll.: "Piano di Palamos in Catalogna relativo alle Campagne degli Italiani in Ispagna", una cartografia generale della Spagna inclusiva delle Isole Baleari e con piccola mappa di Madrid entro bordura circolare, "Piano di Peniscola del Re.o di Valenza relativo all'assedio del 1812". Un restauro marginale alla carta generale della Spagna, qualche consueta quanto minima fioritura. Bell'esemplare. Traduzione ottocentesca impressa a Milano dell'Historia del levantamiento, guerra y revolucion de España (Madrid, imprenta de Don Tomás Jordán, 1835 e sgg.), referenziale opera sulla Guerra d'Indipendenza Spagnola del 1808-1814, una delle opere più significative di storiografia militare dei primi decenni del XIX secolo. La Guerra d'indipendenza spagnola (Peninsular War per i britannici) fu il più grande conflitto delle guerre napoleoniche, combattuto nella penisola iberica da una alleanza di Spagna, Portogallo e Regno Unito contro il Primo Impero francese. La guerra ebbe inizio quando l'esercito francese occupò la Spagna nel 1808 e terminò nel 1814 con la sconfitta delle truppe napoleoniche ma con il totale dissesto dell'economia di Spagna e Portogallo, crisi che portò ad un periodo di guerre civili fra liberalismo ed assolutismo protrattosi fino al 1850 e all'indipendenza dalla Spagna delle antiche Colonie spagnole d'America e del Brasile dal Portogallo. Il Toreno (Oviedo, 1786-Parigi, 1843), storico e uomo politico, dopo gli studi a Cuenca e a Madrid, si distinse nel corso del sollevamento asturiano contro Napoleone e fece parte di una deputazione inviata dalle Asturie a Londra. Attivo membro delle Cortes di Cadice come deputato liberale, al ritorno sul trono iberico di Ferdinando VII, dovette riparare a Londra, dove rimase sino al 1833. Rimpatriato, fu nominato Ministro delle Finanze e, dopo la pubblicazione dello statuto del 1835, Presidente del Consiglio, carica in cui rimase poco tempo per l'impopolarità che gli valsero le sue stesse posizioni, giudicate colpevoli di eccesso di moderatismo. Ritiratosi dalla vita politica, prese a vivere tra Parigi e l'Italia attendendo definitivamente agli studi storici, di cui la presente opera è il frutto maggiormente significativo. Palau, 243007 (ediz. originale spagnola). Branca, Bibliografia storica, 2207 (altre edizioni). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Greece Revisited And Sketches In Lower Egypt In 1840. With Thirty-six Hours Of A Campaign In Greece In 1825.

      London: Saunders & Otley, 1842. - 2 Volumes in 1. 8vo. pp. xvi, 313; 1 p.l., [v]-viii, 343. lacking half-title in Vol. II (none required in Vol. I). 3 lithographed plates. An attractive copy in near contemporary full purple morocco, gilt paneled sides, spine richly gilt, gilt inside dentelles, all edges gilt. Inscribed from the Author on verso of frontis. portrait. First Edition. Garston, an 'adventurer' and philhellene, had previously visited Greece in 1825, and an extract from his journal from that period is included at the end of Volume II. During his second visit in 1840, he travelled to Athens from Corfu and went on to Hydra. His account contains long sections on prominent men in public life, temples and monuments, and a description of life in Athens and the islands. He is able to compare his experiences in the country during and after the revolution and laments the damages wrought by the war. The second volume is devoted to Egypt (Alexandria, Cairo), with remarks on mosques and tombs, slave markets, the Pacha's harem, pyramids, &c. Blackmer 652. Ibrahim-Hilmy II p. 253 (mentioning only 2 plates). [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        NARRATIVE OF THE LATE EXPEDITION TO SYRIA, UNDER THE COMMAND OF ADMIRAL THE HON. SIR ROBERT STOPFORD, . Comprising an account of the Capture of Gebail, Tripoli, and Tyre; Storming of Sidon; Battle of Calat-Meidan; Bombardment and Capture of St. Jean D'Acre,.

      Henry Colburn , Publisher, Great Marlborough Street., London 1842 - First edition. 8vo. 2 volumes: viii, (4), 301, (8, publisher's catalogue); v, (3), 312 pp. Lithographed frontispiece portraits, map, plan, and five lithographed or wood-engraved plates. Blackmer sale 850: "Hunter was present on board H.M.S. Dido during various scenes of action in the Anglo-Egyptian war in Syria in 1840. A British-Turkish military force invaded Lebanon in September, 1840, in order to force Mehmet Ali to return Syria to Ottoman rule and to abandon his dangerous attempts to partition the Ottoman Empire." Some light foxing to portraits and ads, but a very good copy. Original blue cloth, stamped in blind, gilt spine titles. (#6312) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Bibliotheca Grenvilliana; or Bibliographical Notices of Rare and Curious Books, Forming Part of the Library of the Right Hon. Thomas Grenville: by John Thomas Payne and Henry Foss.

      London: Printed by William Nicol Shakspeare Press and Chiswick Press -72 1842 - 3 Parts in 4 vols., one of only 30 large paper copies, [iv],6,[2],xxxiii,[i],388; [iv],[389]-846; [ii],4,[2],472,xlii[2]; 6,[2],219,[1]pp., with half-titles, photographic frontispiece in part three, all four volumes are from the library at Woburn Abbey, vols. 1-3 have the bookplate or label of the Duke of Bedford, some light foxing, as usual, uniformly bound by Clarke and Bedford in cont. quarter green goatskin, purple boards (lightly rubbed), small nick to head on vol. one, the fourth vol. has been expertly bound to match the others, smooth spines lettered in gilt, purpose made felt-lined marbled slip-cases. A fine set of the extremely rare large paper edition of this important catalogue. "The Hon. Thomas Grenville (1755-1846), after a brilliant parliamentary career, retired from public life in 1818 and devoted himself entirely to his books. He was a true bibliophile, in the highest sense of the word. When he died he left his books to the British Museum. His 20,000 volumes form the greatest gift of books that any private individual has ever made to the Museum. He had fine books of every description, but he seems to have specialised in early Americana (he was the first collector to buy Columbus and Vespucci letters), Aldines, early Spanish and Italian books (Dante, Petrarch and Ariosto), classics (especially Aesop and Homer), books on Ireland and lastly incunables on vellum, including the Mazarin Bible, the 1457 Psalter and the 1469 Livy, this catalogue, by Payne and Foss, is a lasting monument to his enlightened efforts as a collector." - De Ricci, p.114. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        ILLUSTRATIONS Of MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK In Seventy Plates, Designed and Etched on Steel. By Thomas Sibson. The Old Curiosity Shop. -- Barnaby Rudge.

      Robert Tyas,, London: 1842 - T.p. with wood engraved vignette. 72 steel engravings, with many of the tissue guards still present. Originally published serially, this volume contains the 2 additional plates ["He Came, He Said, To Conquer or To Die" & "The Barber Relating the History of the Deaf Gentleman's Pipe", both found at the end of this book] published via that fashion which were not included in the formally published volume edition, cf. Gimbel H1154. Rubs to marbled paper on boards. Evidence of removed bookplate. Light to moderate foxing. A VG copy. Period brown half sheep with marbled paper boards, eps & edges. Elaborate gilt decorated spine. Joints & tips professionally refurbished. Royal 8vo. 10-1/8" x 6-3/8". 1st edition, BFTP (Gimbel H1153). 8 pp of text. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Péhriska-Rúhpa. A Minatarre or big-bellied Indian

      Paris, Coblenz and London 1842 - A very rare proof before letters. There are two distinct states of this image: one with three small figures in the mid-ground to the right of the main figure, and a second where these figures have been removed A powerful portrait of Péhriska-Rúhpa ('Two Ravens') presents the warrior and chief of the Hidatsa as a figure of great dignity. He adopts an attitude that would have been familiar to all men of power and rank, his worth displayed symbolically in his clothing and adornment. His shirt is trimmed with bands of bright yellow quillwork, elaborately fringed with ermine, locks of human hair and dyed horsehair. He wears a striped woolen breechclout and quilled leggings of deer skin. Around his neck is a necklace of bear claws, fastened to an otter-skin band and spaced with blue and white beads. Symbols of great wealth, these necklaces were made from the foreclaws of grizzly bears, preferably from animals taken in the spring when the claws were large comparatively unworn and showing white tips. A decorated buffalo robe over one shoulder and arm, Péhriska-Rúhpa holds his decorated pipe in the crook of his other arm. This is one of Bodmer's masterpieces of portraiture, and was carried out during the travellers' winter stop-over at Fort Clark in 1833-1834 Karl Bodmer's images show great versatility and technical virtuosity and give us a uniquely accomplished and detailed picture of a previously little understood (and soon to vanish) way of life. Swiss-born Bodmer was engaged by Prince Maximilian zu Wied-Neuwied (1782-1867) specifically to provide a record of his travels in North America, principally among the Plains Indians. In the company of David Dreidoppel (Prince Maximilian's servant and hunting companion), their travels in North America were to last from 1832 to 1834. Well-armed with information and advice, the party finally left St.Louis, on the most important stage of their travels, aboard the steamer Yellow Stone on April 10 1833. They proceeded up the treacherous Missouri River along the line of forts established by the American Fur Company. At Bellevue they encountered their first Indians, then went on to make contact with the Sioux tribe, learning of and recording their little known ceremonial dances and powerful pride and dignity. Transferring from the Yellow Stone to another steamer, the Assiniboin, they continued to Fort Clark, visiting there the Mandan, Mintari and Crow tribes, then the Assiniboins at Fort Union, the main base of the American Fur Company. On a necessarily much smaller vessel they journeyed through the extraordinary geological scenery of that section of the Missouri to Fort Mackenzie in Montana, establishing a cautious friendship with the fearsome Blackfeet. From this, the westernmost point reached, it was considered too dangerous to continue and the return journey downstream began. The winter brought its own difficulties and discomforts, but Bodmer was still able to execute numerous studies of villages, dances and especially the people, who were often both intrigued and delighted by his work. The portraits are particularly notable for their capturing of individual personalities, as well as forming a primary account of what were to become virtually lost cultures. Graff 4648; Howes M443a; Pilling 2521; Sabin 47014; Wagner-Camp 76:1. Aquatint engraving by Paul Legrand after Bodmer, proof before all letters, state with three figures in the background. Some light spotting. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        The Chess Player's Chronicle

      R Hastings, London 1842 - viii+376 pages with diagrams and index. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 3/4") bound in period cloth with blind stamped covers with gilt insignia, and gilt decoration and lettering to spine. Volume III. (Betts: 7-1) First edition. The Chess Player's Chronicle, founded by Howard Staunton and extant from 1841–56 and 1859–62, was the world's first successful English-language magazine devoted exclusively to chess. Various unrelated but identically or similarly named publications were published until 1902. The earliest chess magazine in any language was the French Le Palamède, published in 1836-39 and 1842-47. In 1837 George Walker introduced an English-language magazine, the Philidorian, that was devoted to "chess and other scientific games". Only six issues of it were published, and it "expired in May, 1838". The Chess Player's Chronicle became the first successful English-language chess magazine. In 1840 or 1841 Staunton bought the fortnightly magazine The British Miscellany and Chess Player's Chronicle. In 1841 it became The Chess Player's Chronicle. In 1843, the Chess Player's Chronicle became a shilling monthly magazine. Staunton "made the inclusion of a large number of games by himself and other leading players of the day a special feature" of the magazine. He also used the magazine as a forum for attacking others. Staunton was the owner and editor of the magazine until the early 1850s, when he sold it to R.B. O'Brien. O'Brien became editor of the magazine, but was unable to continue its success and discontinued it in 1856 because of financial losses and his own illness. It reappeared in 1859 under the editorship of Ignatz Kolisch, Zytogorski, and Josef Kling, but survived only until July 1862. Thereafter, a number of magazines appeared with the same or similar name (such as Chess Players' Chronicle) appeared. Arthur Skipworth, assisted by William Wayte and Charles Ranken, wrote The Chess Players' Quarterly Chronicle, which was published in York from February 1868 to December 1871. Skipworth, who had left Bilsdale for Tetford Rectory, Horncastle, and John Wisker became the editors of the new The Chess Players' Chronicle in February 1872. Johann Löwenthal began writing for it in 1873. The magazine ran until 1875. In January 1876, it was succeeded by The Chess Player's Chronicle, whose editor-in-chief was J. Jenkin of Helensburgh. Its editorial staff consisted of Jenkin, Skipworth, Ranken, Wayte, and Andrew Hunter of Glasgow. Billed as a "monthly record of provincial chess", it was published at Glasgow, costing sixpence. Its short run under Jenkin's editorship was marked by xenophobia. The February issue stated that the West End Club had "cleared away the disturbing foreign element which infected the Divan" and referring to Wilhelm Steinitz as "the hot-headed little Austrian". Its third and last issue was published in March. The magazine reappeared in January 1877. It was now under Ranken's editorship, assisted by J. Crum, G. B. Fraser, Skipworth, and Wayte. The first issue apologized for "certain offensive statements and insinuations, seriously affecting the honor of some eminent players", and explained that some members of the present editorial staff had only contributed games and other inoffensive material to it in 1875. Ranken continued to edit the magazine until September 1880. In 1881, the title was enlarged to The Chess Player's Chronicle, and Journal of Indoor and Outdoor Sports, and "the magazine's importance in the chess world was no longer the same". None of these magazines compared in quality with what Staunton had achieved, and the success of the British Chess Magazine, by the turn of the century a superb magazine, put an end to the title in 1902. Condition: Corners bumped, earlier owner's stamp to title, some pencil notations through out, recased with original spine and new end papers, some foxing to back pages else a very good copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        A Description of the Genus Pinus, with directions relative to the cultivation, and remarks on the uses of the several species: also descriptions of many other new species of the family Coniferae. Plates

      James Bohn, London 1842 - Expertly bound to style in half purple morocco over original purple cloth covered boards, flat spine in six compartments, lettered in the second and third, the others with a repeat overall decoration in gilt A fine copy of Lambert's masterpiece: the ultimate edition, including spectacular plates after Ferdinand Bauer. Only a few copies of this edition, published by James Bohn, appear to have been printed and no other copies are listed as having sold at auction in the past twenty-five years. It was the first edition to gather all the plates into a single large-format volume (with a separate octavo text volume not present here) thus eliminating any possibility of problems with the text offsetting onto the image area. The majority of the plates are after Ferdinand Bauer, who with his brother Franz "may well claim to be the greatest of all botanical draughtsmen. Their skill in execution of detail is miraculous, yet they never lost sight of the wood for the trees; everything is understood, balanced, controlled . The splendid illustrations to [the present work] . deeply impressed Goethe . The botanical draughtsman was no longer the mere recorder of floral beauty; he now had the more difficult task of serving both Art and Science" (Great Flower Books, p.37). The earliest edition of this work, with the fewest number of plates, was published in two volumes between 1803 and 1824. It then appeared in various formats with varying numbers of plates until the Bohn issue of 1842. According to Henrey the largest number of plates found is 103 in a 3-volume folio edition published by George White between 1837 and 1842 (although Nissen gives a plate total of 117 for the same edition). The present example has one more plate than the Lindley Library copy described by Henrey. Lambert's work is of primary importance as a record of the genus Pinus, and is often cited in subsequent works. However as Renkema and Ardagh point out, the somewhat haphazard way in which the work was published means that these citations are often contradictory and to gain a full understanding of the information given by Lambert it is essential to have access to not just one but all of the main editions, culminating with the present work. Great Flower Books (1990) p.111; Henrey III, 925; cf. H.W. Renkema & J. Ardagh 'Aylmer Bourke Lambert and his "Description of the genus Pinus"' in Journal Linnaean Society London, Botany (1930) vol.48, pp.439-466; cf. Stafleu & Cowan TL2 4146. (21 1/2 x 14 5/8 inches). 93 hand-coloured engraved plates (including 7 plates of views of trees in landscapes, 86 plates of botanical details,) after Ferdinand Bauer, J. Sowerby, J.T. Hart and others, engraved by Warner, Mackenzie, J. Sowerby, E.S. Weddell, Quiroz and others. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Winter Village of the Minatarres

      London, Paris, Coblenz 1842 - Karl Bodmer Winter Village of the Minatarres from Travels in the Interior of North America London, Paris, Coblenz: 1836-42 Hand-colored aquatint engraving Paper size approximately 17 1/2” x 22 1/2” 26” x 28 1/2” framed Karl Bodmer was a little-known Swiss painter when he was chosen by Prince Maximilian of Prussia to accompany his voyage to America, in order to document in pictorial terms the expedition. With the rest of Maximilian’s company, the two traveled among the Plains Indians from 1832 to 1834, a time when the Plains and the Rockies were still virtually unknown. They arrived in the West before acculturation had begun to change the lives of the Indians, and Bodmer, who was a protegé of the great naturalist von Humbolt, brought a trained ethnologist’s eye to the task. The Bodmer/Maximilian collaboration produced a record of their expedition that is incontestably the finest early graphic study of the Plains tribes. Maximilian and Bodmer journeyed from St. Louis up the Missouri River on the American Fur Company steamboat “Yellowstone,” stopping at a series of forts built by the Fur Company and meeting their first Indians at Bellevue. The travelers continued on another steamboat, “Assiniboin,” to Fort Union, where they met the Crees and Assiniboins. The expedition spent its first winter at Fort Clark, where the Mandans in particular excited Bodmer’s attention, although he was also to draw the Minatarri and Crow peoples. The explorers continued by keelboat to Fort Mackenzie, which proved to be the westernmost point of their journey. After living among and studying the Blackfeet for several weeks, Maximilian decided that it was too dangerous to continue, so the travelers returned southward, reaching St. Louis in May 1834. After the conclusion of the journey, Bodmer spent four years in Paris supervising the production of the aquatints made from his drawings. These prints rank with the finest Western art in any medium, and they are the most complete record of the Plains Indians before the epidemics of the mid-19th century had decimated their numbers, and before the white man’s expansion had taken their lands. In contrast to other artist-explorers of the 19th century, such as George Catlin, Bodmer was well-trained in the classic European tradition. The work that he did in America is considered to be the high point of a distinguished career. Perhaps more significant, the plates made from Bodmer's sketches were the first truly accurate images of the Plains Indians to reach the general public. Because the 1837 smallpox epidemic killed more than half the Blackfeet and almost all the Mandans, Bodmer’s visually striking work, together with prince Maximilian’s detailed studies of these tribes, form the primary accounts of what became virtually lost cultures. These spectacular and atmospheric images are important and beautiful records of the landscape of the American West as it appeared when Bodmer saw it, just before westward expansion took hold and began the indelible transformation of the frontier.

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