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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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        LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT

      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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        The LIFE And ADVENTURES Of MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT.

      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.

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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..

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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]

      [Bookseller: Ziern-Hanon Galleries]
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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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        Common or Virginian Deer

      J. J. Audubon, New York 1844 - A fine image from the greatest illustrated natural history work to be produced in America during the nineteenth century, the first folio edition of Audubon's quadrupeds: "As long as our civilization lasts, America will be in debt to this genius" (Roger Tory Peterson). This very fine plate is among the most desirable images from the first folio edition of John James Audubon's The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. Of the Virginia, i.e. white-tailed, deer, Audubon would write: "Perhaps no species of wild animal inhabiting North-America, deserves to be regarded with more interest than the subject of our present article, the Common or Virginian Deer; its symmetrical form, graceful curving leap or bound, and its rushing speed, when, flying before its pursuers, it passes like a meteor by the startled traveler in the forest, exciting admiration." This fine image aptly depicts those words, with the defined muscular tone of the deer suggesting their impressive agility. 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 Birds , 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 after John Woodhouse Audubon, coloured by hand by J. T. Bowen of Philadelphia. 19th century oak frame with gilt fillet. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        METODO COMPLETO DE SOLFEO. Por., Maestro de Capilla de Sevilla y Supernumerario de la Real de S.M. Op. 67 (sic).

      J.C, Madrid - 33'5x25, 203p de texto y partituras grabs. (incl. port. orlada con rúbrica, págs. con algo de óx, rasgadura restaurada en págs. 23, 25 y 45). Hol. roz, lomo con dorados, cortes pintados. - Primera edición, muy rara. Hilarión Eslava fue elegido maestro de capilla supernumerario de la Real Capilla en 1844 y nombrado maestro de capilla de pleno derecho en 1847. (1845)

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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]

      [Bookseller: David Brass Rare Books, Inc.]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Paul Foster. - ABA & PBFA Member.]
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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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        MORMONISM: EMBRACING THE ORIGIN, RISE AND PROGRESS OF THE SECT, WITH AN EXAMINATION OF THE BOOK OF MORMON; ALSO, THEIR TROUBLES IN MISSOURI, AND FINAL EXPULSION FROM THE STATE.WITH AN APPENDIX, GIVING AN ACCOUNT OF THE LATE DISTURBANCES IN ILLINOIS, WHICH RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF JOSEPH AND HYRUM SMITH. BY G.W. WESTBROOK.

      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.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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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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        Narrative of an Expedition to the Polar Sea, in the Years 1820, 1821, 1822 & 1823

      James Madden, London - 1844, 2nd Edition. () Near fine. xix,525pp. Small octavo. Original cloth. Frontis. Folding map in front pocket. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Punch, or The London Charivari. 30 Volumes, 1844 - 1867. (Volumes 6-15, 22-25, 28-35, 42-43, 48-53).

      London: Published at the Punch Office:-67 1844 - 30 volumes bound in 15, 4to., [vi, 264pp + iv, 276pp.] + [iv, 270pp. + iv, 266pp.] + [iv, 286pp. + iv, 268pp.] + [iv, 274pp. + iv, 258pp.] + [iv, 266pp. + iv, 280pp.] + [iv, 260pp. + iv, 274pp.] + [iv, 258pp. + iv, 272pp.] + [iv, 260pp. + iv, 262pp.] + [iv, 262pp. + iv, 258pp.] + [iv, 262pp. + iv, 264pp.] + [iv, 260pp. + iv, 260pp.] + [iv, 260pp. + iv, 264pp.] + [iv, 268pp. + iv, 262pp.] + [iv, 276pp. + iv, 266pp.] + [iv, 270pp. + iv, 266pp.], each volume illustrated throughout with humorous illustrations and cartoons, etc., almanacks, indexes, marbled endpapers and fore-edges. All bound in good quality contemporary dark green half morocco over marbled boards, gilt decorated spines in compartments with raised bands, each spine titled and year numbered in gilt, lightly rubbed. A generally VG+ clean set in handsome contemporary leather bindings. Punch, or the London Charivari was a British weekly magazine of humour and satire established in 1841 by Henry Mayhew and engraver Ebenezer Landells. Historically, it was most influential in the 1840s and 50s, when it helped to coin the term "cartoon" in its modern sense as a humorous illustration. Punch was founded on 17 July 1841 by Henry Mayhew and engraver Ebenezer Landells. It was jointly edited by Mayhew and Mark Lemon. Initially it was subtitled The London Charivari, this being a reference to a satirical humour magazine published in France as Le Charivari. The magazine initially struggled for readers, except for an 1842 "Almanack" issue which shocked its creators by selling 90,000 copies. In December 1842 due to financial difficulties the magazine was sold to Bradbury and Evans, both printers and publishers. Bradbury and Evans capitalised on newly evolving mass printing technologies and also were the publishers for Charles Dickens and Thackeray. Punch was responsible for the word sense "cartoon" as a comic drawing. Artists who published in Punch during the 1840s and 50s included John Leech, Richard Doyle, John Tenniel and Charles Keene. This group became known as "The Punch Brotherhood", which also included Charles Dickens who joined Bradbury and Evans after leaving Chapman and Hall in 1843. Historian Richard Altick writes that "To judge from the number of references to it in the private letters and memoirs of the 1840s.Punch had become a household word within a year or two of its founding, beginning in the middle class and soon reaching the pinnacle of society, royalty itself". Increasing in readership and popularity throughout the remainder of the 1840s and 1850s, Punch was the success story of a threepenny weekly paper that had become one of the most talked-about and enjoyed periodicals. Punch enjoyed an audience including: Elizabeth Barrett, Robert Browning, Thomas Carlyle, Edward FitzGerald, Charlotte Brontë, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and James Russell Lowell. [Attributes: Hard 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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        Martin Chuzzlewit

      London Chapman & Hall 1844. G in Good condition without dust jacket. Scuffing and wear to leather of corners and extremities. Chips to head and tail of spine. Inner front hinge cracked. Text block tight and clean First edition Half leather on marbled boards with green Morrocco title panel 220mm x 140mm (9" x 6"). xiv, 624pp. Frontis, illustrated title and 38 b/w engraved plates. Presumed second state with 10-line errata note and pound sign correctly placed on title page illustration ('100 Reward').

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        Entwürfe zu Kirchen, Schul- und Pfarrgebäuden (Zum amtlichen Gebrauch bearbeitet und hrsgg. Von der Königl. Preussischen Ober-Bau-Deputation)

      Potsdam, Ferd. Riegel, 1844 - 1852.. 12 Lieferungen a 6 Tafeln + beschreibenden Text, vorliegend handelt es sich wohl um die Erstausgabe 2 nn.S. Einleitung und 24 nn.S. beschreibender Text, 21 Kreidelithographien mit Tonplatte und 51 Radierungen= 72 Tafeln (Tafeln so komplett) Stark beschädigter Halblederband ca. 58 x 45 cm.. Titelblatt fehlt, innen durchgängig fingerfleckig, durchgehend alter Feuchtigkeitsrand (im Randbereich), etwa 20 Tafeln etwas stockfleckig, etwa die Hälfte der Tafeln mit Randeinrissen, darunter etwa 10 mit Blattverlust im weißen Rand. 2 Tafeln irrig paginert (31 statt 33, 34 statt 36). Buchblock mehrfach gebrochen, mehrere Blatt lose. Entwürfe von August Soller, Karl Ferdinand Busse und August Stuler. Gestochen von : Julius Hasse, Wischnewski, Ferdinand Jattnig, C. Kopper, Karl Eduard Weber, Karl Friedrich Hampe, Winckelmann & Söhne u. Leitung von J.Storch..........

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        MARINE PARADE WATERLOO CRESCENT &c. From East Cliff. On stone by, W. Burgess, printed at 19 St Martins Lane.

      Published by T. Rigden. Dover. 1844 - Hand-coloured lithograph, 12 x 9 inches, with good margins. Mounted in acid-free conservation board. A fine lithograph by the pre-eminent Dover artist and drawing master William Burgess. The view shows the sweep of regency buildings on the sea front and Shakespeare's Cliff in the distance. In the foreground is a group of trippers on donkeys moving along the road, and in a field two men are hay-making. Behind them is the Guilford Battery which was built below castle cliff in the 1780s, clearly showing two of the seven cannon which were originallly positioned here. By this date the old battery had been made redundant by advances in artillery and Dover's nineteenth century fortifications. PRINTS/MAPS DOVER PRINTS 19TH CENTURY KENT EAST KENT CHANNEL CINQUE PORTS TOWNS- TOPOGRAPHY THE SEA PRINTS/MAPS

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        Un Autre Monde

      H. Fournier, Paris 1844 - Quarto. [6], 295, [1]pp. Modern 3/4 brown morocco over marbled paper covered boards, with gold lettering on spine. All paper edges marbled. Marbled endpapers. Engraved frontispiece protected with a tissue-guard. Title page in red lettering. Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard (aka Grandville) was an early 19th-century French caricaturist, later recognized as a grandfather of Surrealism. This scarce first edition of "Un Autre Monde" (1844) is Grandville's most original contribution to the illustrated book form as it approaches the status of pure surrealism, despite being conceived in a pre-Freudian age. Leading members of the Surrealist movement such as André Breton and Georges Bataille recognised in Grandville a significant precursor and inspiration for the movement. Illustrated with 36 striking hand-colored plates, and numerous vignettes after Grandville, this work describes a parallel world created by three sleazy demiurges named Dr. Krackq, Dr. Puff and Dr. Hahblle. Each also travels within the world, describing its people and their customs. Two small dark spots at head of spine. Pages foxed throughout (not affecting the hand-colored plates). Text in French. Binding in overall good+, interior in good to good+, plates in very good condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        LIVES OF THE QUEENS OF ENGLAND [12 VOLUMES] + LETTERS OF MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS [2 VOLUMES] + LIVES OF THE QUEENS OF SCOTLAND AND ENGLISH PRINCESSES [8 VOLUMES]

      Henry Colburn / William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London 1844 - Agnes Strickland (1796 - 1874) was an English historical writer and poet. Her chief works are Lives of the Queens of England, Lives of the Queens of Scotland and English Princesses, and Letters of Mary Queen of Scots. All collected here complete and uniformly bound in fine bindings. Three-quarter brown morocco and marbled boards, spines with five raised bands, gilt decorated compartments, git tiltes and published dates. Top edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Engraved frontispieces and title pages. LIVES OF THE QUEENS OF ENGLAND 12 VOLUMES publised by Henry Colburn, London, 1844 - 1847. Front cover of volume vii detached but present. LETTERS OF MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS 2 VOLUMES publised by Henry Colburn, London, 1844. LIVES OF THE QUEENS OF SCOTLAND AND ENGLISH PRINCESSES 8 VOLUMES, William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, published dates 1850 to 1859. 22 volumes total. Will require extra shipping. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        BARCELONA EN JULIO DE 1840 SUCESOS DE ESTE PERIODO, CON UN APENDICE DE LOS ACONTECIMIENTOS QUE SIGUIERON HASTA EL EMBARQUE DE S. M. LA REINA GOBERNADORA

      Imprenta José Tauló - Barcelona. 1844. 309Pág+1lamina+1 desplegable. 18X12. Raro ejemplar Carlista profusamente documentado. Ref 4.4 Biblioteca A. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        [AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY FACTOR DONALD ROSS TO THE CHIEF FACTOR OF THE COMPANY, JOHN STUART, DESCRIBING THE SEASON'S TRADE AND COMMENTING ON THE OREGON BOUNDARY DISPUTE]

      "Norway House" [Nelson River, Manitoba, Canada]. Aug. 12, 1844.. 3pp. plus integral address leaf. Folded sheet. Short separations at folds, hole from opening costing a few words, else very good. For much of the first half of the 19th century Great Britain and the United States had jointly occupied the fur-rich Oregon country (known as the Columbia District to the Hudson's Bay Company), the northwest coast region west of the continental divide, north of the Columbia River to the 54th parallel. By 1844, however, with America's vision of manifest destiny in full swing, the U.S. laid claim to the region, launching the Fifty-four Forty or Fight campaign. Particularly debated was the area north of the Columbia but south of the 49th parallel (i.e. much of present-day Washington State). Ross here argues that if that area were ceded, the entire region to the 54th parallel might as well be forsaken: "...Our furs, I am happy to see, sold well last winter, with the exception of Beaver, and the quantity sent home was by no means small, yet somehow or other, we cannot manage to make profit nowadays, tho' the trade was never carried on in this country with so little expense; there must be a peg loose somewhere, that is a clear case, but I shall not pretend to say where the leakage is. The trade of this Department for the last outfit is certainly very good...and as we are now again to hunt beaver without restraint, I expect the current year will produce something even better than the last...The Columbia too has given large return for the last outfit but its expenses, I fear, will swallow all up, and probably more; our affairs in that quarter, I expect are in a very critical state. The Americans are pouring across the mountains by thousands, and if the Oregon question be not speedily settled, some serious mischief will assuredly arise before long. These grasping Republicans it appears insist on the line of 49 to the sea; if they get that, it will be better to give them the whole, the rest will be of little value to England and will rather be a source of trouble and annoyance than of real benefit to the nation; they have no just claim whatever to any portion of the territory, but John Bull, good honest soul as he is, terrible when his anger is up, allows himself to be cheated and gulled by every body who can manage to blurry and tickle him into good humour. For my own part, I sincerely wish we were well rid of the whole concern, for I strongly fear we shall then suffer the heaviest blow that ever fell on the fur trade...." Two years later the Oregon Treaty was signed, setting the boundary between the U.S. and Canada as the 49th parallel.

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        AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY FACTOR DONALD ROSS TO THE CHIEF FACTOR OF THE COMPANY, JOHN STUART, DESCRIBING THE SEASON'S TRADE AND COMMENTING ON THE OREGON BOUNDARY DISPUTE].

      "Norway House" [Nelson River, Manitoba, Canada]. Aug. 12, 1844. - 3pp. plus integral address leaf. Folded sheet. Short separations at folds, hole from opening costing a few words, else very good. For much of the first half of the 19th century Great Britain and the United States had jointly occupied the fur-rich Oregon country (known as the Columbia District to the Hudson's Bay Company), the northwest coast region west of the continental divide, north of the Columbia River to the 54th parallel. By 1844, however, with America's vision of manifest destiny in full swing, the U.S. laid claim to the region, launching the Fifty-four Forty or Fight campaign. Particularly debated was the area north of the Columbia but south of the 49th parallel (i.e. much of present-day Washington State). Ross here argues that if that area were ceded, the entire region to the 54th parallel might as well be forsaken: ".Our furs, I am happy to see, sold well last winter, with the exception of Beaver, and the quantity sent home was by no means small, yet somehow or other, we cannot manage to make profit nowadays, tho' the trade was never carried on in this country with so little expense; there must be a peg loose somewhere, that is a clear case, but I shall not pretend to say where the leakage is. The trade of this Department for the last outfit is certainly very good.and as we are now again to hunt beaver without restraint, I expect the current year will produce something even better than the last.The Columbia too has given large return for the last outfit but its expenses, I fear, will swallow all up, and probably more; our affairs in that quarter, I expect are in a very critical state. The Americans are pouring across the mountains by thousands, and if the Oregon question be not speedily settled, some serious mischief will assuredly arise before long. These grasping Republicans it appears insist on the line of 49 to the sea; if they get that, it will be better to give them the whole, the rest will be of little value to England and will rather be a source of trouble and annoyance than of real benefit to the nation; they have no just claim whatever to any portion of the territory, but John Bull, good honest soul as he is, terrible when his anger is up, allows himself to be cheated and gulled by every body who can manage to blurry and tickle him into good humour. For my own part, I sincerely wish we were well rid of the whole concern, for I strongly fear we shall then suffer the heaviest blow that ever fell on the fur trade." Two years later the Oregon Treaty was signed, setting the boundary between the U.S. and Canada as the 49th parallel.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain

      London: Chapman & Hall and Bradbury & Evans, 1844-1848 Five volumes. Illustrated by Richard Doyle, John Leech, Clarkson Stanfield, Daniel Maclise, John Tenniel, Frank Stone, and Edwin Landseer. A Christmas Carol (Bradbury and Evans, 1844), second edition, second issue; The Chimes (Chapman & Hall, 1845), first edition, first issue; The Cricket on the Hearth (Bradbury and Evans, 1846), first edition, first issue; The Battle of Life (Bradbury and Evans, 1846), first edition, fourth issue; The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain (Bradbury and Evans, 1848), first edition, first issue. Finely bound in ¾ dark green morocco over green marbled boards by Grieve of Edinburgh, with five raised bands to the spine, gilt lettering to spine, spine compartments decoratively tooled in gilt, boards ruled in gilt, boards flecked with gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers flecked with gilt, with the gilt panel decorations and titling from the original cloth covers adhered to the pastedowns. About near fine, with some light wear and rubbing to the extremities, minor toning and rubbing to the spines, some rubbing to the hinges and boards, a few hinges lightly starting but all bindings fully intact, a hint of light spotting to the frontispiece and vignette title page of The Chimes, light toing to the title page of The Haunted Man, otherwise extremely bright and clean interiors. Overall, a clean and beautiful set, free of any repairs or restoration. Housed in a custom green slipcase. Smith II 4, 5, 6, 8, 9. The Christmas Books is the name given to Charles Dickens' mid-nineteenth century series formatted after and including his 1843 masterpiece, A Christmas Carol. Each novel in the series is marked by a strong moral and social message, the transformation of a hardened character to a more caring individual, and, of course, the holiday season. Unusual for Dickens, all of The Christmas Books were published first as novels without prior serial publication. Additionally, they are all illustrated in black and white, with the exception of A Christmas Carol, which contains plates with color illustrations.. Hard Cover. Near Fine.

      [Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA]
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        Cannstatt als Kurort. Kurze Notizen über seine Brunnen, Bäder, Heilanstalten und Heilobjekte.

      Cannstatt u. Stgt., Becher & Müller, vormals L. F. Rieger'sche Buchhandlung, 1844.. 21 x 13,5 cm. VI, 210 S. Mit 1 gestoch. Frontispiz, 1 gefalt., lithogr. Karte und 1 gefalt. Tabelle. Mod. Pp. mit mont. vord. OUmschlag.. Schefold 8849; Heyd IV,10709. - Erste Ausgabe. - Das Werk behandelt Cannstatt als Kurort, das Mineral-Wasser, die Brunnen- und Molken-Kur, die orthopädische Anstalt, die Flechten-Heil-Anstalt, den Sommer- und Winteraufenthalt, Hotel Herrmann, sowie Cannstatt's Umgebung mit Marbach, Ludwigsburg, Hohenheim, Scharnhausen, Esslingen uvm. - Gering gebräunt, teils unbeschnitten. Selten!

      [Bookseller: Peter Bierl Buch- & Kunstantiquariat]
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        Le Chateau D'Eppstein.

      . 3 vols. Paris 1844. (1) + 532 + (1) + 353 + (1) + 322 pp. Bound in publishers full cloth. Little foxing. Name on first endpaper. * First French edition and first edition with this title. The novel was published in 1843 in Bruxelles with the titel "Albine"..

      [Bookseller: Peter Grosell, Antiquarian Bookseller]
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