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        Incisione in Rame di tutta l'Italia 1844

      Zuccagni & Orlandini Firenze 1844 - Stampe originali in rame "CARTE COROGRAFICHE " dall'Atlante Geografico degli Stati Italiani, delineato sopra le migliori e più moderne mappe per servire di corredo allaCOROGRAFIA FISICA STORICA E STATISTICA DELL'ITALIAa cura di ATTILIO ZUCCAGNI - ORLANDINIVolume I° Firenze 184415 tavole + frontespizio + 2 pagine scritte,infolio grande con scritto di P. Manzoni (Prospetto di tutta l'Italiain 15 fogli ricavata dalle migliori mappe finora pubblicate nella proporzione di 1 a 600.000 per servire di corredo alla corografia dei diversi stati della penisola,cartiglio,segni convenzionali,confini colorati,scale, carta forte retro bianco con ampi margini, quadro d'insieme.misura delle incisioni: carta 1° mm 470 x 610,carta 2°mm470 x 570, carta 3°mm470 x 610, carta 4°mm 440 x 610, carta 5°mm 440 x 570, carta 6°mm 440 x 610, carta 7°mm440 x 610, carta 8°mm 440 x 470, carta 9°mm 440 x 610,carta 10° mm 440 x 610,carta 11° mm 440 x 570,carta 12° mm 440 x 610,carta 13° mm 470 x 610,carta 14° mm 470 x 570,carta 15° mm 470 x 610 -la carta montata misura mm 2260 x 1790.le 15 carte montate nell'insieme formano tutta l'Italia si consiglia un bravo corniciaio di stampe antiche. Lingua: |

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico Imprimatur]
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        1844 - First Ed - Illustrations to the (Murray's) Hand-Book for Travellers on the Continent;

      Charles Jungel, Frankfort 1844 - Illustrations to the Hand-Book for Travellers on the Continent; comprising a Series of maps of the most frequented roads through Switzerland, Savoy and Piedmont as far as Milan, Turin, Chamberry, Nice and Genoa, Marking distinctly all the Towns, Boroughs, Valleys, and Passes, with the BY-ROADS . Plans of Principal towns, Mountains, Valleys and Passes with by-roads. Tips for coins, hotels distances, and other facts to help the traveler. Maps engraved on stone by J. Lehnhardt, and published by Charles Jugel; Frankfort. 1844, 1st edition, 40pp, 10 fold-out plates, original paper-covered boards, text in German and English. Boards soiled and yellowed; spine covering missing; foxing and damp stains; fold-out maps and plans complete. Issued as a Companion to the Murray Hand-Book of the same title (issued 1842) and sold by John Murray in London. Lister describes this issue is his section on "Companions to Handbooks" (#3) and indicates that it has not been seen. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Das Bookman]
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        Hibat Yerushalayim [Love of Jerusalem]

      Jerusalem: Press belonging to Moshe and Yehudit, 1844. Boards. Very Good. First book about Jerusalem published in Jerusalem & first travelogue of the Holy Land published in Jerusalem& & [HOROWITZ, Hayyim] Hibat Yerushalayim.[Love of Jerusalem] Jerusalem: [Published under the regime of the Sultan Abdul Maagid] Press belonging to Moshe and Yehudit, 5604 [1844]. [2 leaves], 60 numbered leaves. Text in Hebrew. Title page illustrated with a wood cut of the Holy City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall. Original marbled boards, leather spine, some wear to covers. Very Good Condition overall.& & FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST BOOK ABOUT JERUSALEM PUBLISHED IN JERUSALEM This book was “written specifically for the edification of the Jews in the Diaspora,” so that they might begin to know what the Holy Land was like and how it was situated in relation to the Bible. A proper travel guide, it includes complete descriptions of Israel and Jerusalem, the holy cities, villages and important gravesites. Careful consideration is given to the physical geography of each region, so that natural elements such as hills and caves, and their place in history, are also included. The commentary is presented from a spiritual, religious viewpoint that emphasizes the sacred significance of each location.& & Sections include: I. Cities and Holy Places along the Mediterranean coast; II. Tsfat and the Upper Galilee; III. Tiberias, Jordan River, the Kinneret; IV. Graves of Simeon bar Yochai and Hillel the Elder; V. Shechem, Grave of Joseph; VI. Jerusalem, Mt. Zion, The City Walls and Gates, The Mount of Olives, Graves of the Kings of Judah; VII. The Temple Mount, Western Wall; VIII. Rachel’s Tomb, Hebron, Machpelah and surrounding villages; IX. Trans Jordan, Syria, Babylonia, Mt. Sinai and Egypt, Holy Places and Famous sites; X.Essay on the Salvation of Israel. & & This book represents the first attempt by the residents of Jerusalem to convey to diaspora Jewry the significance of Jerusalem and its holy places and to link the global Jewish community spiritually and physically to the Land of Israel. A highly important historic work.& & Shoshana Halevi, Hebrew Books Published in Jerusalem, 22.&

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        Narrative of the Voyages and Services of the Nemesis, from 1840 to 1843;

      London: Henry Colburn,, 1844. and of the Combined Naval and Military Operations in China: comprising a Complete Account of the Colony of Hong Kong, and Remarks on the Character and Habits of the Chinese. 2 volumes octavo. Original brown blind-stamped combed cloth, title gilt to the spines, pale cream surface-paper endpapers. Engraved frontispiece to each and 4 other plates in all. 3 folding maps, one of them lithographed, illustrations to the text including the Chinese caricatures of English troops noted by Lust. A little rubbed, spines sunned and plates foxed and with off-setting as always, but the hinges and the cloth sound, and the text largely clean and bright, a very good copy indeed. First edition. Account of the record-breaking voyage of the first iron battleship, and of her services during the First Opium War, of importance in both the history of ship-building and that of the exploitation of Asia. Hall had served with Basil Hall on the Lyra's voyage to China and Korea carrying Lord Amherst's embassy. He subsequently saw service off West Africa, in the West Indies and Mediterranean, before being employed in America on steamboats on the Hudson and the Delaware. "In 1839 John Laird, the Birkenhead shipbuilder and advocate of iron ships, built, in secrecy, on speculation, the first iron warship, the paddle-steamer Nemesis. Laird, as owner, appointed Hall to command her, and in 1840 sent her as a private armed steamer to the First Opium War. Her voyage out was the longest yet by a steam-assisted vessel, and she reached China in January 1841. She served with the East India Company's Bengal marine, and was bought by the company in 1841. She had a prominent, successful, and well-publicized role in the war, including assisting at the capture of Chuenpe (Chuanbi) Fort on the Canton River in January 1841. Hall, by his energy and his skilful handling of the Nemesis, won mention in dispatches and the commendation of the naval officers under whom he served" (ODNB) By an order of council Hall's time on the Nemesis was treated as Naval service and in June 1843 he was promoted commander. His report to the Admiralty "had considerable influence on the decision to use iron ships from 1844 or 1845." An unusually well-preserved copy of this important account.

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        Franciscus Columna

      Techner & Paulin, Paris 1844 - Franciscus Columna ~ Nodier Charles ~ A Paris, Techener, Paulin, 1844 ~ In-12 , 106 pp. Dernière nouvelle de Ch. Nodier extraite du Bulletin de l'Ami des Arts, et précédée d'une notice par Jules Janin. Portrait lithographié de l'auteur monté sur Chine en frontispice. Le thème de la bibliophilie est présent au coeœur même du récit Franciscus Columna, lequel, situé à la Renaissance, joue de la fascination pour le livre rare ou perdu [Cette nouvelle curieuse reprend l' histoire de l' auteur du " Songe de Poliphile" ( Hyperotomachia )] . Nerval devait clamer son admiration pour cette nouvelle, qui à ses yeux confirmait que Nodier était jusqu'au bout demeuré "l'un des plus fidèles apôtres de l'amour pur". Rare [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Oregon Flying Squirrel

      J.J. Audubon, New York 1844 - "As long as our civilization lasts, America will be in debt to this genius." (Roger Tory Peterson). A fine image of the Oregon Flying Squirrel from the greatest illustrated natural history work to be produced in America during the nineteenth century. This very fine plate is from the folio edition of John James Audubon's The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America , produced entirely in the United States. The work was to be John James Audubon's last, and by 1846 he had to hand over the drawing of the final 50 or so plates to his sons. The final parts of this work of national importance were published after his death in 1851, but the images remain as a final fitting memorial to the greatest American wildlife artist who ever lived. The production of the Quadrupeds was begun by John James Audubon and his sons at about the same as the commercially-successful octavo edition of The Birds of America . Unlike the double-elephant folio, the Quadrupeds was produced entirely in the United States. William Reese notes that "By 1843 the Audubon family business was a well-oiled machine, involving John James, his two sons, Victor and John Woodhouse, and various in-laws and friends. The octavo Birds was still in production when J.T. Bowen began to produce the plates for the elephant folio edition of the Quadrupeds , the largest successful color plate book project of 19th-century America. It took the family five years to publish 150 plates in thirty parts. The massive project was a commercial success, thanks to the close management of Victor. There were about three hundred subscribers." ( Stamped with a National Character pp.58-59) Cf. Bennett, p. 5; cf. Reese Stamped With A National Character 36; cf. Sabin 2367; cf. Wood, p. 209. Lithograph, coloured by hand, by J. T. Bowen of Philadelphia.

      [Bookseller: Donald A. Heald Rare Books (ABAA)]
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        Das Grossherzogthum Baden in malerischen Original-Ansichten in Stahl gest. von Joh. Poppel und andern. Begleitet von einem historisch topographischen Text.

      Darmstadt, Lange 1844 - 1850.. Mit gest. Titel mit Ansicht und 154 (von 158) gest. Ansichten. LXXVI, 456, 16 S. HLdr. d. Zt. mit goldgepr. Rückentitel. Gr.-8°.. Es fehlen 4 der 154 im Tafelverzeichnis genannten Ansichten; mit dem Anhang "Frankfurt" mit 4 weiteren Stahlstichen. - Etwas bestoßen. Wie üblich tls. gebräunt bzw. braunfleckig.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Uwe Turszynski]
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        Horace Greeley on Publication of a Letter by Abolitionist Cassius Clay

      New York 1844 - Autograph Letter Signed in full and with initials, to Ephraim George Squier [ed. of Hartford Whig Daily Journal], New York, March 26, 1844. 1 p. ".take care that every Abolitionist reads this letter this week." Partial Transcript". I write to you as most likely to be at home; if Mr. Trumbull or Mr. Stuart were sure to be in Hartford I would write to them. My business is general and important. I have just received a Letter from Cassius M. Clay which is calculated to excite a powerful influence on your Election [Henry Clay's 1844 presidential bid]. You will all publish it of course, but that is not all. You must have it published instantly in all your Religious and the Abolition journals. Do not stand for expense but have it published in the Orthodox journals and the Chr. Freemen, with my heading if possible. Be energetic - be wise. See our efficient friends instantly, and take care that every Abolitionist reads this letter this week. Yours, Horace Greeley P.S. I shall speak in New Milford on Thursday afternoon, in Danbury that evening, and in New Haven Friday evening. If I had any way to be home Sunday morning, I would speak in your place Saturday evening, but that must be given up. I have a sick wife, a young baby, a very arduous newspaper duty, and an awful correspondence, and must be here Sunday.With autograph address leaf that includes the message: "In haste / H.G."Horace Greeley (1811-1872) was a noted reformer, New York journalist, and editor of the New York Tribune. His main concern was the abolition of slavery. In 1872 he ran unsuccessfully for president against Ulysses S. Grant on both the Democratic and Liberal Republican tickets.

      [Bookseller: Seth Kaller Inc.]
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        Cours de Droit français suivant le Code Civil. Quatrième édition revue et corrigée, augmentée de l?analyse de la jurisprudence nouvelle et des lois récentes qui ont trait au droit civil. 22 volumes, (tome 22, table des matières).

      G. Thorel - E. Guilbert, Paris, 1844 - demi-basane noire, titre et tomaisons dorés au dos, plats papier marbré, reliure de l?époque, quelques rousseurs, coiffe du tome 12 endommagée, bon état dans l?ensemble.

      [Bookseller: Bouquinerie du Varis]
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        Pictorial Notices: Consisting Of A Memoir of Sir Anthony Van Dyck, With A Descriptive Catalogue Of The Etchings Executed By Him: and A Variety Of Interesting Particulars Relating To Other Artists Patronized By Charles I. Collected From Original Documents

      London: James Carpenter, 1844. - 4to. pp. viii, 197. 2 etched portraits (incl. frontis.). 1 facsimile letter. Extra-illustrated with 1 lithographed & 43 etched & engraved 17th-19 century portraits by Bannerman, Voestermans, Cloüet, de Jode, Cooper, Van Voerst, Lombart, Bolswert, Neess, Delphinus, Hendrix, Du Pont, Hondius, Galle, Van Caukerck, &c. after Van Dyck of various sizes & from various sources (some inlaid to size; some folded). 19th century gilt-paneled calf, a.e.g., rebacked (dampstaining to lower inner corner of a few plates). First Edition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: D & E LAKE LTD. (ABAC/ILAB)]
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        John Gower

      England 1844 - (Note: This is not a book or print, it is a sculpture. Therefore, extra shipping charges will apply, please inquire.) Patinated bronze small statue of John Gower (c. 1330-1408), a major British poet of the Middle Ages. He is shown standing in full figure in a long robe, pointing to a page in an open book. The figure stands on a rectangular bronze plinth inscribed "Gower," as issued. Edward Richardson perhaps based the face and robe of the statue on the effigy of Gower at his tomb at Southwark Cathedral. Richardson¿s sculpture reflects the growing popular interest among 19th century Britons in medieval arts and culture, as part of the Gothic Revival. John Gower was a poet and close friend and contemporary of Geoffrey Chaucer. Gower¿s major works included Vox Clamantis in Latin, Mirour de l'Omme in French, and Confessio Amantis in English, the latter written at the command of King Richard II, who wanted more books to be written in English. Gower also achieved a reputation beyond England, and Confessio Amantis was translated into Portuguese and Spanish in the early 15th century. After his death, 15th century poets considered Gower, along with Chaucer and John Lydgate, as the founders of the English poetic tradition. Shakespeare drew upon his works and included him as a character in Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Edward Richardson was a British sculptor known for his portrait busts. He exhibited in London from 1829 to 1866, notably at the Royal Academy from 1835. In later years he was in demand for commissioned monumental works, mostly in relief, including military memorials such as the monument in Canterbury Cathedral to the 16th Queen's Lancers at Sutlej (1848) and the monument to the Battle of Boomplaats at the Cape Town Cathedral in South Africa (1852). Richardson also restored the effigies of the Knights Templars in the Temple Church, and the effigy of the Earl of Powis at Welshpool. He was an active member of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society. Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light wear, minor abrasions, scratches, natural oxidation to original patinated finish. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: George Glazer Gallery]
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        Forest Scene on the Lehigh (Pennsylvania)

      Paris, Coblenz and London 1844 - This peaceful view is from a drawing made on 27 July 1832 on the Lehigh River close to the town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Bodmer and Prince Maximilian had met Lewis Saynisch, a German doctor, who accompanied them on several of their explorations of the area on the evening of their arrival in the town. On the afternoon of the 27th they visited his house to inspect his collection of scientific books. Later the three took a stroll along the Lehigh River past Moncasa Creek where Bodmer made a number of sketches, ably capturing the lyrical magic of the area. Karl Bodmer's paintings 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. Hand-coloured aquatint engraving by Salathé after Bodmer, blindstamp. Matted, framed and glazed. In good condition. Visible sheet size: 14 7/8 x 21 1/8 inches.

      [Bookseller: Donald A. Heald Rare Books (ABAA)]
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        Martin Chuzzlewit

      London: Chapman and Hall,, 1844. With Illustrations by Phiz. 2 volumes, octavo (220 × 135 mm). Early 20th-century green half morocco, spines gilt in compartments, marbled sides and endpapers, top edges gilt. Frontispiece, engraved title, and 38 plates by Phiz. Extra-illustrated with numerous engravings from later editions. First book edition, copiously extra-illustrated and attractively bound.

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        The life & adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit / by Charles Dickens ; with illustrations by Phiz

      London : Chapman & Hall 1844 - Physical description: xiv, 624p. Illus. , plates, frontis. ; 22cm. Subjects: British - Travel - United States - Fiction. United States - Description and travel - Fiction. England - Social life and customs - 19th century - Fiction. Notes: Errata facing p. Xiv. Referenced by: Sterling Library, I, 262. Physical description: xiv, 624p. Illus. , plates, frontis. ; 22cm. Subjects: British - Travel - United States - Fiction. United States - Description and travel - Fiction. England - Social life and customs - 19th century - Fiction. Notes: Errata facing p. Xiv. Referenced by: Sterling Library, I, 262. 2 Kg. 624 pp.

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      London: Chapman and Hall, 1844. First edition, issue with "£100" on the signpost in the engraved frontispiece and the 10 line errata. With frontispiece and 39 engravings after illustrations by 'Phiz'. 8vo, handsomely bound in fine 3/4 green period antique morocco over patterned boards, the spine with raised bands gilt decorated and ruled in blind, lettered in gilt on a red morocco label bordered in gilt, a.e.m. xiv, errata, 624 pp. A handsome and appealing copy in a fine state of preservation. The frontispiece and vignette title-page only lightly mellowed and some plates with a bit of the edge-spotting typically encountered, but a copy very clean and fresh otherwise and generally quite free of the great browning associated with the engravings in copies of Dickens’ first edition novels. FINE AND SCARCE FIRST EDITION. Some critics have stated that this novel is Dickens at his best, with the character Pecksniff being one of Dicken's most brilliant contributions to English literature. Critics generally agree that while MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT is somewhat roughly put together in its artistic structure, it more than makes up for it in its brilliant character development and descriptive prose that reveal Dickens’ talents at their finest. “In [the book] he displays the fulness of his preservative power, the ripeness of his humour, the richest flow of his satiric vivacity, and the culmination of his melodramatic vigour.” Some declare that the character of Pecksniff to be one of Dickens' most brilliant contributions to English literature; Gissing calls him and Mrs. Gamp “masterpieces of genius in its happiest mood.”

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        The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

      London: Chapman and Hall. 1844. First. First edition, second state with the frontispiece engraving corrected. Bound by Nelson of Glasgow in half green morocco and green cloth. Ruled and titled, and all edges gilt. Spine slightly darkened, else a sound, near fine copy with clean plates with just the slightest of tanning. .

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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      Published by Harper & Brothers,, New York: 1844 - Chuzzlewit with 14 inserted plates after Phiz. Gilt bright. Square & tight. Usual light foxing. Period pos of "P J A Harper" [from the Harper firm] to the ffep. A superior VG+ - NF copy, with a nice provenance. Original publisher's brown cloth binding with gilt stamped title lettering to spine. 8vo, signed in 4s. 9-1/8" x 5-3/4". 2nd US edition (Edgar & Vail, p. 22; Gimbel A74; Wilkins, p.24). Association copy. This book edition not in the VanderPoel catalogue. [8], 312 pp. Advert leaf precedes t.p. Text double column). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Martin Chuzzlewit

      London: Chapman and Hall,, 1844. With Illustrations by Phiz. Octavo (213 × 130 mm). Late nineteenth-century brown half calf, spine elaborately gilt in compartments, marbled sides, edges, and endpapers. Engraved frontispiece and half-title, and 38 plates Binding a little rubbed, plates foxed. First edition, second issue, bound from parts, with the corrected pound sign on the half-title.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Trattato dell'Arte della Pittura, Scultura ed Architettura. diviso in Sette Libri.

      Saverio del Monte,, Roma, 1844 - Tre volumi di cm. 22, pp. xviii (2) 424; 528; 379 (1). Solida legatura del tempo in mezza pergamena con piccole punte. Dorsi lisci con fregi in oro e titoli su doppio tassello bicolore. Solo qualche lieve fioritura, peraltro esemplare fresco ed in eccellente stato di conservazione, impreziosito da una legatura assai decorativa. Ottima edizione di quello che si deve considerare il più ampio e celebre trattato del manierismo, pubblicato originariamente a Milano nel 1584. Possiede inoltre un notevole interesse storico per le numerose e diffuse notizie sulla vita artistica milanese del periodo precedente. Si possono citare le notizie su Gaudenzio Ferrari e sui più antichi pittori e prospettici milanesi come Foppa, Zenale, Bramantino di cui l'autore possedeva scritti originali (oggi perduti) dei quali ci da dei compendi. Cfr. Schlosser Magnino, pp. 395 e segg. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico Benacense]
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        The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

      Chapman & Hall, London 1844 - London: Chapman & Hall, 1844. First Edition [in book form; published serially by "Boz" from 1843 to 1844, then by Chapman in this form in 1844]. Half brown morocco and marbled boards, spine titled and decorated in gilt, marbled page edges. xiv, (errata sheet), 624 pp. Illustrated with 40 plates designed & etched on steel by Hablot K. Browne (Phiz), including frontispiece & added title. Smith Vol. I, 7 - The vignette title with "£100" sign on signpost, the first numeral somewhat thickened ( Smith says all three states of the plate were simultaneous and used interchangeably). Binding a bit rubbed; hinges cracked but firmly bound; ownership inscription on flyleaf, "John Parris 1847.", inked, with creasing and sticker residue to same leaf, plates foxed and soiled, one plate remounted, light to moderate foxing to pages. Bright and handsome. Dickens' "adventure" classic and without doubt his most exciting novel, and one he loved well himself, in which the Ironic Wit sets forth a plot now beloved to novelists and moviemakers alike - the rich old dude who doesn't trust any of his money-grubbing kin, and must find a way to select the proper heir. Incomparably complemented by the Phiz illustrations. Handsome and strong copy of a classic, elegantly bound. L-31n [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. With Illustrations by Phiz.

      London: Chapman and Hall, 1844 - Octavo (129 × 201 mm). Contemporary purple half morocco, purple cloth sides, raised bands, gilt to compartments, brown endpapers, marbled edges. Boards rubbed and faded, minor foxing to the first few pages; an excellent copy. 40 engraved plates. First edition, first issue, bound from parts. With the issue points listed by Smith. With the £100 title plate, not transposed. The transposed plate is often referred to as a first issue point, though Hatton and Cleaver contend this, stating that "It is merely one of the five cases in Chuzzlewit of triplicated steels, one of them reading '100£' and the other two '£100.' . all three of them in use during the issue in parts." Smith I, 7; Hatton and Cleaver pp. 183-212.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Parley's Illuminated Library

      London - Parley's Illuminated Library, 1844 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A collection of short stories from various authors. Illustrated throughout with numerous engraved vignettes. Containing a plagurised version of Dickens's A Christmas Carol, entitled, A Christmas Ghost Story. Dickens took out a court injunction to stop further publication of this story, and so Parley reproduced it later as A Genuine Ghost Story (Not by Charles Dickens) which is also included in this volume. Including stories such as The Hutted Knoll, The Marchioness de Ganges, and Rivondi. Condition: In a half-morocco binding with marbled boards. Externally, sound, though rubbed. Internally, generally firmly bound although strained in places. Ink inscription to front endpaper, and ink signature to engraved title page. Title page missing. Pages are quite bright, though with a few instances of foxing and some handling marks. Overall: GOOD..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        Chambers's Edinburgh Journal: 10 Consecutive Volumes (Nos. 1-20)

      Edinburgh: W & R Chambers -1853 1844 - 10 matching hb volumes in black leather with marbled boards & paged edges, gilt titles to spines, brown endpapers & no inscriptions. All original, clean tight & bright, 7 x 10" (Jan 1844 to June 1853) **Very heavy - please contact bookseller for P&P costs**

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        The Danube: Its History, Scenery, and Topography.

      Virtue & Co., London & New York 1844 - "THERE IS A CHARM IN THE VERY NAME OF THE DANUBE" Original full tan calf leather, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, spine label, all edges gilt, gilt fillet on boards, early edition of this handsome illustrated decscription of the Danube River region, with vignette title page, frontispiece portrait, map, 81 full-page steel engravings, and in-text woodcut engravings by W. H. Bartlett. Bartlett was one of the most accomplished and popular European traveler-artists of the 19th century. Here he collaborated with William Beattie, whose text accompanies Bartlett's illustrations of sights and scenes along the Danube. First published in 1840. Light marginal dampstaining to frontispiece and engraved title page, otherwise interior very clean. The original binding is most handsome. A lovely copy. Photos available upon request. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Bibliographie du Maine, précédée de la Description Topographique et Hydrographique du Diocèse du Mans, Sarthe et Mayenne.

      Pesche, Libraire, Rue Marchande, Le Mans (Sarthe). Imprimerie Fleuriot au Mans. M DCCC XLIV - 1844 - Relié en demi chagrin marron, dos lisse orné de filets et fers dorés (dos insolé), auteur et titre en doré, reliure postérieure, in-8, 21x13, 3ème édition revue avec soin, corrigée, augmentée d'un grand nombre de nouveaux articles, et suivie de la Bibliographie du Maine, VIII+528 pages (la 1ère édition de 1831 contient 119 pages - la 2ème édition de 1838 contient VIII+140 pages), beau papier absolument exempt de rousseurs, bel exemplaire bien relié et bien conservé. Bibliographie du Maine, précédée de la Description Topographique et Hydrographique du Diocèse du Mans, Sarthe et Mayenne. I. Diocèse du Mans (Sarthe & Mayenne) - 192 pages. II. Biographie du Maine, ou Bibliothèque des Auteurs nés dans l'Ancien Diocèse du Mans, ou dans les Départements de la Sarthe et de la Mayenne, et des Écrivains Étrangers dont les Ouvrages intéressent l'Histoire du Pays (Maine) - 336 pages. Narcisse Henri François Desportes, né à Champrond (Sarthe) en 1776 et mort en 1856, est un botaniste et bibliographe français. Auditeur de Lamarck au Muséum national d'histoire naturelle de Paris, il devient conservateur du Musée d'histoire naturelle du Mans. Il est l'auteur de plusieurs ouvrages touchant à la bibliographie de sa région d'origine. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Catéchisme du carnaval ou l'art de se dire des gros mots sans se fâcher ni fâcher personne, répertoire de gaité à l'usage des amis de la joie, par le secrétaire perpétuel de l'académie des badouillards, flambards, chicards, braillards et autres sociétés.

      Paris Renaud B., éditeur 1844 - Plaquette in-18 relié demi-percaline verte, pièce de titre, 107 pp., une planche dépliante en frontispice, 59 vignettes gravées dans le texte, bois originaux de Daumier et Gavarni. L'ordonnance du 10 février 1830 interdit la vente du catéchisme poissard (recueil de petits textes et d'expressions colorées, parfois vulgaires, mais toujours inventives et souvent argotiques), durant le 19° siècle ce dernier sera publié de nombreuses fois, le catalogue de la B.N. recense des éditions en 1835, 1840, 1842, 1847, 1861, 1868, 1870 sous les titres suivants : Catéchisme poissard., la trompette du carnaval., nouveau catéchisme poissard., notre édition portant le titre ci-dessus est en deux exemplaires à la BNF : 1844 et 1851. Nisard lorsqu'il publie en 1864 l'histoire des livres populaires ou de la littérature du colportage, cite une édition sans date. L'exemplaire que cite Quérard page 306 de son 'Les supercheries littéraires dévoilées' comporte le même nombre de page que le nôtre. Par contre aucune mention n'est faite d'illustrateur dans les bibliographies consultées. Certaines font état de la présence d'un frontispice dépliant, ou d'illustrations, mais personne ne cite Gavarni ou Daumier. Très rare édition de ce catéchisme sous un titre cachant à peine un ouvrage interdit de publication. L'introduction de notre ouvrage environ 30 pages fait la part belle aux sociétés carnavalesques, à leurs histoires récentes. On y trouve également les 17 articles de la charte des Badouaillards. Quelques rousseurs, très bon état. Gavarni,Daumier [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Artist proof for A Monograph of the Odontophorinae, or Partridges of America.

      - John and Elizabeth Gould Artist proof for A Monograph of the Odontophorinae, or Partridges of America. London, circa 1844-50. London, circa 1837-38. 25” x 28 3/4” framed Professionally framed with all archival materials, uv plexiglass John Gould was without question the most prolific ornithological publishers of the 19th century, and the only one to rival John James Audubon in ambition and quality. The 19th century was a time of intense fascination with discoveries in natural history, especially regarding knowledge of the wildlife of exotic lands. Gould shared the romantic enthusiasm of his time for such subjects, as well as the popular impulse to catalogue exotic wildlife. He combined his passion for natural history with outstanding scientific, artistic, and entrepreneurial talents. Drawing on these abilities, he embarked on a series of projects that would eventually make him the leading publisher of ornithological illustrations in Victorian Britain. Gould’s unparalleled career spanned five decades, and he produced a monumental series of books of birds throughout the world. From the time he took up taxidermy in his early teens, Gould was devoted to recording bird life, either as he observed it personally or as it was reported to him by other ornithologists. He procured the scientific information through extensive correspondence, travel, and field research. The preparatory drawings that he produced were passed on for completion to skilled illustrators, most notably his wife Elizabeth, who rarely took open credit for her stunning illustrations. The plates which resulted from their partnership were a splendid fusion of art and science, with a scope than remains unsurpassed. Stunning and at the same time highly accurate, these illustrations linked beauty to science, and science to beauty, in and an unprecedented manner. Nowhere is the artistic mastery of the Goulds more evident than in their original color proofs for the “Partridges of America,” in which the process of refinement and perfection is at its peak. These proofs, which bear not only the coloring and corrections, but many notations by the Goulds, were the final preparation stages for his fourth monograph, in which they considerably enlarged the recorded species of the American partridge family. As he noted in his preface to the book, Gould was inspired to undertake this study “by the sight of several living examples of the beautiful Callipepla Californica, brought home and presented to the Zoological Society of London by Captain Beechey in 1830.” In his colorful illustrations, the artist conveyed the beauty he perceived in birds that were often considered awkward, and he wrote that “the graceful actions and elegant deportment of these birds inspired me.” Gould’s research took him to collections in Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Leipzig, Berlin, Hanover, Amsterdam and Leiden, and he was subsequently able to more than triple the number of recorded species of this genus. These are remarkable and unique works by these unparalleled ornithological artists.

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        Complete Angler, The

      London: D. Bogue, 1844. - An Unique CopyWith Four Original Signed Watercolor Designs by John AbsolonUsed for the Engravings Within the BookWALTON, Sir Isaac. The Complete Angler. Or, The Contemplative Man's Recreation, of Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton. Edited by John Major.London: D. Bogue, 1844. Sixth (titled fourth) John Major edition, a unique copy, with four signed watercolors by John Absolon, original designs used by engraver J.T. Willmore for the corresponding engravings in the text. Quarto (11 x 8 1/4 in; 279 x 210 mm), each octavo leaf mounted onto large, window-paned sheets to match the size of the original art. Twelve steel engravings, nine of which are after designs by John Absolon and new to this edition. Seventy-four woodcuts by John and Mason Jackson. Early twentieth century binding by Riviere & Son (stamp-signed) in full forest green Levant morocco. Triple gilt-ruled borders. Gilt-ruled raised bands, elaborately gilt decorated compartments, gilt-rolled edges, wide gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. From the renowned collection of John T. Spaulding, with his small, distinctive bookplate. A fine copy. John Absolon (1815 - 1895) was a painter of landscape, seascape and genre in both oil and watercolor, and a book illustrator. He began his career as a painter of theatrical scenery at Covent Garden. His first exhibition was at the Royal Society of British Artists in 1832 at the age of 17. He went to Paris in 1835, and on his return in 1838 became a member of the National Watercolour Society, of which he later became Treasurer. He exhibited mainly at the NWS, but also at the Royal Academy, and British Institution and Royal Society of British Artists. Hardie praised his watercolors for their "fresh and breezy manner."John T. Spaulding was Boston's principal collector of nineteenth century paintings during the first third of the twentieth century, parts of his huge collection exhibited at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts in 1932; later bequested to that institution."Indeed, my good scholar, we may say of angling, as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries, ‘Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did’; and so, if I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling" (The Compleat Angler).Izaak Walton (1593-1683), "English biographer, who is best known for The Compleat Angler (1653), a classic guide to the joys of fishing with over 300 new printings. It combines practical information about angling with folklore. The story of three friends, traveling through the English countryside, is enlivened by occasional songs, ballads, quotations from several writers, and glimpses of an idyllic and now lost rural life The Compleat Angler was a combination of manual and meditation.Walton drew his work on Nicholas Breton's (c. 1545-1626) fishing idyll Wits Trenchmour (1597). The second edition was largely rewritten and in the fifth edition Walton wrote about fly-fishing on the river Dove, a subject the author himself knew little about. The last [i.e., fifth] edition was published in 1676 and included additional material by Charles Cotton (Instructions how to Angle for a Trout or Grayling in a Clear Stream) and Colonel Robert Venables's The Experienced Angler, or Angling Improved. Walton called this work The Universal Angler. He had taught Cotton but never met Venables" ("Izaak Walton (1593-1683)" at Pegasos—A Literature Related Resource Site).Coigney 56. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF HERALDRY. Or General Armory of England, Scotland, and Ireland, comprising A registry of all Armorial Bearings from the earliest to the present time, including the late Grants by the College of Arms. By John Burke, Esq. Author of the Peerage and Baronetage, History of the Commoners, Etc. And John Bernard Burke, Esq. Of the Middle Temple, Barrister at Law. Third edition, with a supplement.

      Henry G. Bohn. London. 1844 - THIRD EDITION. Thick 4to. (10 x 6.4 inches). Decorative full colour chromolithographic extra title page. One page with small neat note to the margin, otherwise a very good copy in a fine early leather binding by J. Duthie of Leeds. Full red morocco. Spine with raised bands, each decorated in gilt. Compartments double ruled, fully decorated and lettered in gilt. Boards with blind stamped panels of crosses and Fleur-de-lys within a decorated oblong panel. Both boards with decorative and ruled gilt borders. Front board has a gilt decoration, named, placed (Leeds) and dated 1850 to the centre. Board edges decorated in gilt. Marbled endpapers and gilt inner dentelles. All edges gilt. Some light rubbing top the extremities but overall a beautiful fine binding in very good condition.

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        Peintures de l?Eglise de St-Savin Département de La Vienne. Texte par M. P. Mérimée. Dessins par M. Gérard-Séguin, lithographiés en couleur par Engelmann.3e Série - Archéologie. 1 volume de texte et 4 livraisons pour l?atlas.

      Imprimerie Royale, Paris, 1844 - 119pages, lithographies couleurs, et une planche de titre, Couvertures d?origine, bords des couvertures des planches déchirés, aucune rousseurs.Les 20 premières lithos sont d?après Seguin, les 22 suivantes d?après Viollet-le-Duc. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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      St. Louis: Printed by Ustick & Davies, . 1844 - v,[1],[5]-304,36pp. plus errata. Original black ribbed cloth, expertly rebacked with original backstrip laid down. Titlepage reinserted, lower blank margin a bit trimmed. Overall just about very good. In a half morocco box. Second edition, but the first edition to contain Westbrook's important appendix, which makes a large contribution to the history of the events which led to the Smiths' assassinations. Hunt felt the Mormons had slandered the citizens of Missouri by making charges against them in Mormon accounts of their difficulties in the state. Hunt casts a cold eye on the origins of THE BOOK OF MORMON, the Mormon Church, and the activities of the sect from its inception to their present state. The errata leaf cited by Howes and present in the Graff copy is also present in this copy, though lacking from others we have seen. HOWES H805, "b." MISSOURI IMPRINTS 408. GRAFF 2013. FLAKE 4142. WOODWARD 101.

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        An Address Delivered in the Court-House in Concord, Massachusetts, on 1st August, 1844, on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies

      James Munroe and Company, Boston 1844 - FIRST EDITION. Publisher's original brown wraps. There is some minor chipping to the wrappers at the edges, and a couple of two-inch-long closed slits at the top and bottom of the inner margin of the front wrap, else this is a very good copy. BAL 5199. Myerson 17.1.a.

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        Commerce of the Prairies: or the Journal of a Santa Fe Trader, during eight expeditions across the Great Western Prairies, and a residence of nearly nine years in Northern Mexico.

      New York: Henry G. Langley, 1844. - 2 volumes. 12mo., (7 ¾ x 4 7/8 inches). Fine folding engraved "Map of the Indian Territory Northern Texas and New Mexico showing the Great Western Prairies" (professionally repaired tear), full-page engraved "Map of the Interior of Northern Mexico," engraved frontispiece in each volume, 4 engraved plates (some spotting). Original publisher's brown cloth, decorated in gilt and in blind, the smooth spine lettered in gilt with the image of a Native American (rebacked, preserving much of the original spine, a bit rubbed). Provenance: Contemporary manuscript ownership inscription in each volume of Henry Washington Benham (1813-1884) dated June 11, 1848, Saltillo, Mexico. A HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT ASSOCIATION COPY First edition, first issue, with New York as the only place of publication. Wheat calls the folding map, which is one of the first to show the Staked Plains of Texas, "a cartographic landmark" (Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West II). Lauded as "one of the classics of bedrock Americana" (Dobie, p. 76), "Commerce of the Prairies" details Gregg's journey from Missouri across the prairies, carefully noting the geography and geology of the Southwest as well as important insights into the culture of the Native Americans living in Texas and New Mexico at the time. Henry Washington Benham fought in the Mexican-American War and served as a Union officer in the Civil War. Benham was an author and cartographer in his own right, using his knowledge of geography to help General Taylor win the Battle of Buena Vista. This is a VERY IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY. At the beginning of the Mexican-American War, "the U.S. army did not have a reliable map of northern Mexico" (Saxon, p. 135). In fact, Gregg's map of Northern Texas and the Indian Territory was one of only three maps of the region available at the time. "Benham was placed in charge of the supply trains used to ferry men and supplies from Camargo to Monterrey and ultimately to Taylor's encampment. It took each train a week to make the trip, and the trains each included forty to sixty wagons. Benham brought the last train in before the Battle of Buena Vista. One of Benham's passengers on the final leg of the journey was Josiah Gregg, famous mountain man, author of the popular book 'Commerce of the Prairies,' and eyewitness to the battle that would later occur" (Saxon, pp. 133-134). Gregg greatly assisted Benham in the creation of his important map "Reconnaissance of the Route from Monterey to Saltillo and Mazapil." This copy of Gregg's book is inscribed with the location "Saltillo," dated 1848, only one year after Benham created his influential map. "The latitudes and elevations Benham used on the map were furnished by Josiah Gregg from his notes. Gregg accompanied Benham to the Saltillo area and was an eyewitness to the Battle of Buena Vista [T]his map had little field application. Rather Benham produced the map to satisfy the chief engineer's and Washington's craving for detailed information on Mexico" (Saxon, p. 146). "A cornerstone of all studies on the Santa Fe Trail in the early period, describing the origin and development of the trade, Gregg's own experiences, and useful statistics for 1822-43" (Rittenhouse). J. Frank Dobie, "Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest: With a Few Observations." Gerald D. Saxon, "Henry Washington Benham: A U.S. Army Engineer's View of the U.S.-Mexican War," in "Mapping and Empire: Soldier-Engineers on the Southwestern Frontier" (Dennis Reinhartz and Gerald D. Saxon, editors). Wagner- Camp 108:1; Graff 1659; Howes G-401; Rittenhouse 225; Streeter Sale I:378; Streeter, Texas 1502; Sabin 28712. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Megan Scauri, M.A., M.L.S., in the Rare Book Department. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        LETTRE AUTOGRAPHE signée "Cte X. de Maistre", localisée et datée "Saint-Pétersbourg, 18 juillet 1844".

      - Deux pages (135 X 215) sur un feuillet double. Son correspondant sera vraisemblablement surpris de recevoir seulement en 1844 la réponse à sa lettre de juillet 1843 : " [.]. J'ai d'autant plus à coeur de vous expliquer ce retard que vous avez pu le croire volontaire ce qui me seroit très pénible [.]. J'ai trouvé votre lettre encore cachetée [.]. Je vois qu'elle n'a pu me parvenir que dans le mois d'aoust 1843 pendant que j'étois sous le poids d'une maladie dangereuse et hors d'état de pouvoir la lire ; d'autres lettres reçues à la même époque m'ont été remises après ma convalescence, celle-là seule s'étoit égarée par un hasard que je ne m'explique pas. [.] Votre aimable lettre quoique de vieille date m'a fait le plus grand plaisir et je vous remercie du fond de mon coeur des bons sentiments qu'elle contient pour moi [.]." Lorsque la Révolution française éclate, le comte Xavier de Maistre, frère de Joseph, refuse de servir la France et s'installe en Russie à Saint-Pétersbourg. Il s'y maria en 1817 et s'y établit définitivement. PICTURES AND MORE DETAILS ON REQUEST.

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        COLLECTION DES TYPES DE TOUS LES CORPS ET DES UNIFORMES MILITAIRES DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE ET DE L'EMPIRE. 50 PLANCHES coloriées comprenant les portraits de Bonaparte, premier consul ; de Napoléon, Empereur ; du prince Eugène, du Roi Murat et du Prince J. Poniatowski d'après les dessins de M. Hippolyte Bellangé.

      1844 - Paris, Chez J.-J. Dubochet, 1844. Grand in-8 (182 X 27) demi-chagrin vert lierre, plat de toile même couleur, dos quatre nerfs filetés sertis d'un large filet à froid, filets dorés en queue et tête, auteur et titre dorés (reliure de l'époque) ; VII (dont faux-titre et titre), pages et 50 planches hors-texte couleurs sous serpentes. Quelques pointes de rousseurs aux feuillets de texte, cerne de mouillure claire dans l'angle inférieur des 7 premiers feuillets de texte, sans caractère de gravité, infime trace de frottement à un nerf. ÉDITION ORIGINALE comportant 50 PLANCHES hors-texte d'uniformes gravées sur bois et finement coloriées à l'époque. Les dessins de Bellangé ont été gravés par Rouget, Guichou, Verdiol, Andreue, Best, Leloir, Brugnot. (COLAS, 287 - VINET, 2266 - BÉRALDI, II, 24). BEL EXEMPLAIRE en reliure d'époque de cet ouvrage peu commun. NICE COPY. PICTURES AND MORE DETAILS ON REQUEST. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The Chess Player's Chronicle

      R Hastings, London 1844 - 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. Title in red and green with published 1845 but published in 1844. Volume V. (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. 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 whilom 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 occasional pencil notations, recased with new end papers else a very good copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        A Treatise on the Game of Chess; containing an introduction to the game, and an analysis of the various openings of games, with several new modes of attack and defence; to which are added, twenty-five new chess problems on Diagrams

      A H Baily and Co Cornhill, London 1844 - xx+531+[1 add] pages with diagrams, illustrations and index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6"0 issued in green cloth with decorative embossed covers, respined with new label. (Whyld: 1844:6) 1st edition. Published in 4 parts, paged continuously. As published, part 4 incorporated a title page for the set, and title-pages for volumes 1 and 2, with slip "To the Binder" inserted containing instructions for binding the parts in either one or two volumes. Includes contents list, index to the games, corrections, additions and (in copies intended for subscribers) a list of subscribers. A new, combined edition of the author's A series of progressive lessons on the game of chess (1831), and, Second series of lessons on the game of chess (1832). Condition: New spine with label, corners bumped, some occasional pencil marks and notations, previous owner's name on front end paper, end papers chipped, lacks binders slip of instructions else a very good copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        On Quaternions; or on a new System of Imaginaries in Algebra" in The London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, Volume 25, 3rd Series, no. 163, 166 & 169, 1844

      - FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING of William Hamilton's seminal On Quaternions, "a turning point in the development of mathematics" and one that "made possible the creation of the general theory of relativity" (Pickering, PMM 334). "On of the most imaginative mathematicians of the nineteenth century, Hamilton was considered by many the equivalent in intellect to Newton; his math changed the course of modern science" (Hankins, Sir William Rowan Hamilton, xv). Hamilton's first 3 papers on quaternions are included."Hamilton's discovery that a consistent and useful system of algebra could be constructed without obeisance to the commutative law of multiplication was comparable in importance to the invention of non-Euclidean geometry. Quaternions led to vector analysis.which has become of the greatest importance in mathematical physics and was developed by Riemann and Christoffel into tensor analysis. This then made possible the cretaion of the general theory of relativity" (ibid). Hamilton was searching for an extension of the complex number system to use in geometric optics; instead, he discovered hyper-complex numbers consisting of 4 components. In short, quaternions are 4 dimensional numbers. "The most important change in the concept of 'number'.came after Hamilton's discovery in 1843 of a completely new number system. Hamilton had noticed that coordinatizing the plane using complex numbers (rather than simply using pairs of real numbers) vastly simplified plane geometry. He set out to find a similar way to parametrize three-dimensional space. This turned out to be impossible, but led Hamilton to a four-dimensional system, which he called the quaternions. These behaved much like numbers with one crucial difference: multiplication was not commutative, that is, if q and q' are quaternions, qq' and q' q are usually not the same. "The quaternions were the first system of hypercomplex numbers, and their appearance generated lots of new questions. Were there other such systems? What counts as a number system? If certain 'numbers' can fail to satisfy the commutative law, can we make numbers that break other rules? "In the long run, this intellectual ferment led mathematicians to let go of the vague notion of 'number' or 'quantity' and to hold on, instead, to the more formal notion of an algebraic structure. Each of the number systems, in the end, is simply a set of entities on which we can do operations. What makes them interesting is that we can use them to parametrize, or coordinatize, systems that interest us. The whole numbers, for example, formalize the notion of counting, while the real numbers parametrize the line and serve as the basis for geometry" (Gowers, Princeton Companion to Mathematics, 81).Since the late 20th century, quaternions have been widely employed.Quaternions are used in computer graphics, computer vision, robotics, control theory, signal processing, altitude control, physics, bioinformatics, molecular dynamics, computer simulation and orbital mechanics. Due to their speed, compactness, and reliability, it is common for spacecrafts to be commanded [by] quaternions" (Pickover, 232). CONDITION & DETAILS: London: Taylor & Francis. (8.5 x 5.5 inches; 213 x 138mm). Complete. [viii], 522, [4]. In-text illustrations throughout. Hamiltons papers: pp. 10-14; 241-246; 489-495. Ex-libris bearing a rather handsome early paper label on the spine and a discreet stamp on the title page. Solidly and tightly bound in three quarter brown calf over marbled paper boards. Some scuffing and rubbing at the edge tips and along the spine. Gilt-ruled and lettered at the spine. Very slight age toning within; largely clean and bright. Very good condition.

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