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         La Reine Margot [Marguerite de Valois]

      Paris: Garnier, 1845. 6 vols. 1st edition, preceded by a serialization in the newspaper La Presse (Dec. 1844-Apr. 1845), and generally coinciding with, or preceding, the Brussels pirated editions. Contemporary 1/2 speckled roan, small chip to the spine base of vol. IV, rubs to paper sides, else very good, unrepaired, nice margins, complete with half-titles. The first Valois novel, a high beam book, both great (Dumas at the pinnacle of his genius) and rare (ABPC shows no auction sales and OCLC lists just 2 sets in libraries, world wide, Yale and Cal. State Northridge, and though we found another in France, 3 plus this one is still as elusive as any novel from his pen). A noble copy, ex-a German Prince with his armorial stamp to each title page. La Reine Margot is an electrifying tour de force, and an enrapturing read, pulsating with life (une grande classique). It opens in 1572, initiating a trilogy that devalues family values, and novelizes the events surrounding the last French dynastic transition (from Valois to Bourbon), and it's entrenched among the very finest historical romances of all time, but why listen to me? I'll quote from F. W. Reed, bibliographer, collector, and academic champion of Alexandre Dumas, builder of the comprehensive library, and a serious intellectual, who was not generally given to exaggeration or overstatement, and most assuredly was not, when his subject was equating one Dumas novel to another. "Some of Dumas finest historical portraits are to be found here, indeed it is probable...they have left their indelible stamp upon the historians...[including], Charles IX, Catherine de Medici, Henri de Navarre, Marguerite de Valois [and] Henri (Duc) de Guise. The fictional characters, La Mole and Coconnas, are only surpassed by the Musketeers themselves, as types of the truest of friends, and brothers-in-arms." And Douglas Munro, the bibliographer of Dumas' editions in French, states clearly, and without much argument that: "...it [La Reine Margot] was seen to be better constructed and, by and large, better written than the immortal 'Les Trois Mousquetaires.'" Not as famous in America as The Three Musketeers or The Count of Monte- Cristo, due to it being more serious, authentic, bloody, tenacious, political, and following history more faithfully. The pace is mercilessly fast, and the action is constant, and all the clashing, scheming, factions believe they serve a higher, noble purpose, so it is replete with complexities, and a shifting choice of heroes, and therefore, was never seen as a straightforward, movie friendly swashbuckler. And yet it lingered, cinematically irresistible, until an exotic, and prodigious, and expensive, French, German and Italian financed, Patrice Chéreau directed, film was finally written, made, and released in 1994. It starred Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Virna Lisi, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Dominique Blanc, and Vincent Perez, and is well worth an Amazon download if you're ready to turn your sofa into a shock station. And unlike most movies based on historical novels, this one captured much of Dumas' darkness, daring, villainy, valor, and wicked intrigue. And yes the sex is in your face, but hey, you can always wash your face. And as for books and films generally: Rooting for the lame book you overpaid for to be made into a film to help you out, is like the collectible ceramic plate industry rooting for Taylor Swift to have a tragic death (Book Code). Not unexpectedly, the book is even better than the movie, and, like most books adapted to film, it is so just because it is reading, because reading is amazing. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it unfolds at exactly the pace you choose, it is blissfully silent, it can be companionship for your feelings, or escape from them, it is simultaneously exercise and rest for your mind, you can read with focus or skip judiciously, it tells you other peoples' thoughts and lets you compare them to your own, it gives you knowledge of your world, and experience of the wider world, you can read to remember or read to forget, it is morally illuminating, and further, we live at the level of our language, so reading's uplifting possibilities bestow the gift of wings. Knowing that a good book awaits you at day's end, makes that whole day happier. Very good.

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         Servitude et grandeurs militaires, par le Comte Alfred de Vigny. Quatrième édition. Laurette - La Veillée de Vincennes - La Canne de Jonc.

      - Paris, Charpentier, 1845. In-12, (4)-280 pp., reliure postérieure demi-basane à coins, dos orné (dos passé, rousseurs, tête rognée un peu court). ENVOI autographe signé et daté d'Alfred de Vigny ("de la part de l'auteur, Alfred de Vigny, 23 mars 1848"). * Voir photographie(s) / See picture(s). *** Membre du SLAM et de la LILA / ILAB Member. La librairie est ouverte du mardi au samedi de 14h à 19h. Si vous souhaitez passer à la librairie pour un livre, merci de nous prévenir au préalable, l'ensemble du stock visible en ligne n'étant pas immédiatement consultable. *** Langue : Français

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         L'Irlande au dix neuvième siècle

      A magnificently illustrated first edition of 62 plates engraved on steel by Bartlett, including a frontispiece and an engraved title, all on strong vellum. Introduction by Baron Taylor. A map.Binding in half red morocco with corners of shagreen about 1860 signed Amand. Back to jansenist nerves. Gilded title. Friction at the head and edges. A shuttle to a corner. Small dark spot on the leather of the upper dish. Set very fresh except a few rare browns, especially on the margins of 2 boards that contain many. Large margin copy, not trimmed.The text is the narration of the journey realized by Prévost, this one starts in London, Windsor, Bristol then disembarks in Cork and visits all the Ireland. Historical and geographical considerations. Moors of the Irish ... Mandeville[ Curmer ] Paris 1845 (S.d) In-4 (22,5x28,5cm) 126pp. 62Pl. relié

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         REPORT OF THE EXPLORING EXPEDITION TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS IN THE YEAR 1842, AND TO OREGON AND NORTH CALIFORNIA IN THE YEARS 1843-44

      Washington: Gales and Seaton, 1845. FIRST EDITION, SENATE ISSUE. Assembled from direct experience and painstaking scientific study, this influential work is considered the most accurate description of the Western territories to its time, a notable step forward in mapping the West, and a book that helped shape the future of Manifest Destiny. As suggested by the title, this work is divided into two main sections: the Rocky Mountain expedition report, originally printed in 1843 and reprinted here, and the new Oregon and California expedition report, appearing here for the first time, along with the celebrated map. As described by Wheat, "The map depicting all these travels radically and permanently altered western cartography . . . almost uniformly it represented trustworthy direct observation, a new, welcome, and long overdue development in the myth-encrusted cartography of the West." While the large map rightly receives a great deal of attention from bibliographers, the content of the report is equally influential in the history of Western Expansion. The work deeply appealed to the American imagination, and, according to the Grolier Hundred, it became "standard equipment for all overland travelers." The author's life was eventful. After publishing the present work as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Engineers, Frémont (1813-90) went on to participate in the conquest of California by US forces, to be court martialed (apparently on account of a conflict between superior officers), to serve in the Civil War, to become elected as a California senator, and to run unsuccessfully for president. This work is not difficult to find on the market, but copies are extremely varied in terms of completeness and condition. Ours contains the same browning and foxing found in most other copies, but it is mercifully free of any major condition problems. It is also the preferred Senate issue of the report, with an additional section of astronomical records not present in the House issue.. 235 x 140 mm. (9 1/4 x 5 1/2"). 693, [1] (blank) pp. FIRST EDITION, SENATE ISSUE. Recent mottled calf, raised bands, two red morocco labels. With 22 plates and five maps, including two folding maps and THE SEMINAL MAP OF OREGON AND CALIFORNIA, MEASURING 54 x 33", tucked into a pocket on the rear pastedown. Title page with the accession stamp of the Drury Library. Front flyleaf with signature of George D. Blodgett, dated Sugar Creek, 29 January [18]56. Zamorano Eighty 39; Grolier American 49; Wheat, Transmississippi West II, 195-200 (Map 497); Cowan, p. 91; Howes F-370; Sabin 25845. One eight-inch tear and a handful of small tears along folds of the vast map, contents with intermittent light to moderate foxing and browning (because of poor quality of paper), other minor defects, but still a very appealing copy, the text fresh, the large map particularly clean and bright, and the retrospective binding in mint condition.Assembled from direct experience and painstaking scientific study, this influential work is considered the most accurate description of the Western territories to its time, a notable step forward in mapping the West, and a book that helped shape the future of Manifest Destiny. As suggested by the title, this work is divided into two main sections: the Rocky Mountain expedition report, originally printed in 1843 and reprinted here, and the new Oregon and California expedition report, appearing here for the first time, along with the celebrated map. As described by Wheat, "The map depicting all these travels radically and permanently altered western cartography . . . almost uniformly it represented trustworthy direct observation, a new, welcome, and long overdue development in the myth-encrusted cartography of the West." While the large map rightly receives a great deal of attention from bibliographers, the content of the report is equally influential in the history of Western Expansion. The work deeply appealed to the American imagination, and, according to the Grolier Hundred, it became "standard equipment for all overland travelers." The author's life was eventful. After publishing the present work as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Engineers, Frémont (1813-90) went on to participate in the conquest of California by US forces, to be court martialed (apparently on account of a conflict between superior officers), to serve in the Civil War, to become elected as a California senator, and to run unsuccessfully for president. This work is not difficult to find on the market, but copies are extremely varied in terms of completeness and condition. Ours contains the same browning and foxing found in most other copies, but it is mercifully free of any major condition problems. It is also the preferred Senate issue of the report, with an additional section of astronomical records not present in the House issue.

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         Mental maladies A treatise on insanity

      Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1845. 496pp. 233 x 145 mm. 20th century quarter buckram, marbled boards. Minor foxing, library stamps on 2 or 3 leaves, but very good. First edition in English of the first modern textbook of psychiatry. Hunt's translation includes all but the section on "statistics and hygiene of establishments for the insane, together with the medico-legal relations of the subject" (translator's preface). The translation does not reproduce the plates from the French edition. Norman 727.

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         The Christmas Books. A complete set in the original cloth.

      London: Chapman & Hall / Bradbury & Evans, 1845-60. - Five volumes. 12mo. Red cloth stamped in gilt. All edges gilt. Illustrated. A complete set of Dickens' beloved series, all in their original red cloth bindings. The set is as follows: "A Christmas Carol". London: Bradbury & Evans, 1860. Fourteenth edition. Illustrated with 4 full page colored plates by John Leech. A good copy with some light cover spotting and some fraying to the spine tips. The text is good with some moderate foxing and wear. The title is a bit browned and a few page margins have some light spotting. "The Chimes. A Goblin Story". London: Chapman and Hall, 1845. First edition, second state with publisher's name at the foot of the engraved frontis. With 11 engraved illustrations to the text by Leech, Doyle and others. Initial ad leaf at front. A good copy with some light spotting to the covers and with the top of the spine neatly rebacked in red cloth. The text is good with some moderate foxing and wear and some light spotting to the title page and some of the page margins. "The Cricket on the Hearth". London: Bradbury and Evans, 1846. Eighth edition. With two extra-engraved frontispieces and 12 engraved illustrations to the text by Leech, Maclise and others. A good copy with some spotting to the covers and with the spine tips rebacked in red cloth. The text is good with moderate foxing and a few lightly spotted margins. "The Battle of Life. A Love Story". London: Bradbury & Evans, 1846. First edition, fourth state with Cupid holding a banner on engraved frontis and no publisher's imprint there. With 11 engraved illustrations to the text by Leech and others. A good copy with the bottom of the spine neatly rebacked and some fraying to the upper spine. The covers have some light spotting and edgewear. The text is fair with some heavy foxing and soiling. There is a bookplate at front and an ink owner's name on the flyleaf. "The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain". London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First edition. With engraved frontis and title and 15 illustrations to the text by Tenniel, Leech and others. A good copy with some bumping to the lower cover corner and some fraying to the spine tips. The text is good with some light tanning and soiling. There is a bookplate at front and a small oval blindstamp on the upper flyleaf. Foreign postage extra on this set. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         The Geology of Russia in Europe and the Ural Mountains.

      1845 - London, John Murray, 1845. Large 4to. Original puplisher's brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards ornamented in blind; pp. xxiv, 700, bis pages 1-39, three further bis pages for p. 652, 12 tinted lithographic views, engraved dedication to Nicholas I, 5 folding colour tables (sections), 2 folding colour maps, one including gold applications, text illustrations; apart from light rubbing and binding to cloth and Soviet library stamp with shelfmark number to tile a very vlean and fresh, largely unopened copy. First edition of the first volume, one of 600 copies printed. A second volume in French was published later, as well as an atlas volume. This volume I was printed between November 1842 and October 1845, volume II was probably started sometime in 1844 and completed by July 1845. 100 copies were subscribed for by the Russian government and 30 sent to France; 35 were retained for presentation to contributors and institutions. Copies were not on sale in England until 1st January 1846, and Paris publication was not to happen for another three months after that. Murchison 'planned a visit to Russia, where the comparatively undisturbed Palaeozoic rocks presented fewer difficulties than in Britain. Accompanied by the French palaeontologist Edouard de Verneuil, and aided by the officials and savants of Russia, Murchison travelled to the shores of the White Sea, and thence to Nizhniy Novgorod, Moscow, and back to St Petersburg. In the following summer the two travellers returned to Moscow, and, after examining the Carboniferous rocks in the neighbourhood, made for the Ural mountains, followed them southwards to Orsk, thence westward to the Sea of Azov and the Donets coalfield before returning to Moscow. After a third visit to St Petersburg by way of Scandinavia and Finland, The Geology of Russia and the Ural Mountains by Murchison, von Keyserling, and de Verneuil was published in April 1845. The book established a third Palaeozoic system - the Permian - separating the Carboniferous rocks from secondary (Mesozoic) strata and confirmed the succession of Europe's ancient rocks as far east as the Urals' (ODNB). This book was Murchison's magnum opus, with far-reaching implications for the study and understanding of geology in Europe. 'Murchison chose to have 600 copies of the large format (quarto) book printed by John Murray in the laborious and expensive hand-press manner. He also decided to produce the 68 x 84 cm map as a copper engraving with water color washes. According to John Thackray (1978), Plate 6 is “the finest hand coloured map ever produced”. The final map was drawn and engraved by John Arrowsmith, 10 Soho Square, from a working map that was begun in 1840, expanded after the 1841 field season, and further modified by incorporating work of other geologists, particularly von Dechen for the German frontier, Zejszner for the Carpathians, Bouà for Turkey, Dupois de Montpereux for the Caucusus, Hamilton and Ainsworth for the southern coast of the Black Sea, and Helmersen for the deserts between the Caspian and Aral Seas. All of these sources are meticulously acknowledged by Murchison in The Geology of Russia. In addition to the map itself, Plate 6 also contains a Tabular View of Russian Deposits (a stratigraphic column with key locations and characteristic fossils), and a cross-section extending from St. Petersburg in the north to the Sea of Azof in the south. Thus, Plate 6 represents a synthesis of much of what was known in 1845 of the geology of Russia and surrounding territories' (Diemer, Plate 6 of the Geology pf Russia Geological Society of Ameruca, online). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         His Grandmother-in-Law Can’t Spare a "Stacker" for John Augustine Washington III – Letter Delivered by Freed Washington Family Slave West Ford Includes List of Mount Vernon Slaves

      1845 - Autograph Letter Signed, to John Augustine Washington III, hand delivered by West Ford; JOHN AUGUSTINE WASHINGTON III. Autograph List of Slaves. Single folio leaf with autograph address on verso. [Alexandria, Virginia], [1845]. Mary B. Selden was the grandmother of Eleanor Love Selden, who married John Augustine Washington III in 1843. She regrets not being able to furnish Washington with the services of one of her slaves as a stacker for the upcoming wheat harvest.Still a faithful employee, West Ford worked for the Washington family well into the nineteenth century, including delivering this letter.The letter includes a list of two dozen slaves written in pencil by John Augustine Washington III. Complete TranscriptMy dear Augustine I am very sorry to be unable to render you the service you require. I have a very fine stacker but he is hired by the year to Mr Young, as I did not expect to have employment enough for him at Mt Ida. Another year if you wish it you can have him I receive very small wages for him and as a stacker I have never known any one equal to him.I am very sorry to hear that Nelly is sick. I hope she will be well enough to come up and meet the bridal party on thursday.[1] I received a letter from Eliza to day in which she says they will be at Mt Ida that day but will bring no company with them. It will give great pleasure to them and to me if Mrs Washington,[2] Nelly and yourself will come up on that day. Mrs Lippitt[3] will have a room ready for any of the party that will favour her with their company she must by no means be left behind. Most truly and affectionately / yrsM. B. Selden[Address:] John A. Washington Esq. / Mt Vernon / By West Ford[Docketing by John Augustine Washington III:] Mrs. M. B. Selden[List of slaves in pencil by John Augustine Washington III:]PhilHannahGabeNedEdmundBettyWestSarahHannahWilliamJoeEphraimWestJesseb. 1790[4]b. 1826b. 1820b. 1827b. 1827b. 1833 b. 1809 b. 1830b. 1832b. 1834b. 1838b. 1785ElizaJim [Michum]JohnMaryFannyDennisNellyJim [Starks]SallyTomb. 1811b. 1795b. 1833b. 1819"Belongs to my wife"b. 1838b. 1836b. 1805b. 1827b. 1835 "bound to me till Oct 1856" Historical BackgroundFarmers in mid-nineteenth-century Virginia typically planted winter wheat in September and October and harvested it in the following June. After wheat had been cut, a stacker tied the wheat into bundles and piled the bundles in shocks to dry in the field. After the shocks dried, they would be stored in a barn or carefully built stack capped with grass to shed the rain, until threshing time. Even after Cyrus McCormick developed his mechanical grain reaper in the 1830s, men needed to follow the machine to bundle and stack the wheat. Building a good stack was an important skill, and those workers, free or enslaved, who knew how to do so, were very valuable at harvest time.Mary Bowles Armistead Alexander Selden (1783-1846) was born in Hanover, Virginia. She married Charles Alexander Jr. (1772-1812), with whom she had five children, including Louisa Elizabeth Fontaine Alexander (1802-1827). After her first husband's death, she married Dr. Wilson Cary Selden (1761-1835). She was his third wife, and they had three children. By his first wife, Dr. Selden was the father of Wilson Cary Selden Jr. (1796-1843). In 1822, Wilson Cary Selden Jr. married Louisa Elizabeth Fontaine Alexander, and they became the parents of Eleanor Love Selden (1824-1860), who married John A. Washington III. Thus, Mary Bowles Selden was both the grandmother and step-grandmother of Eleanor (Nelly) Washington. At the time she wrote this letter, she was living at Mount Ida, a 6,000-acre plantation that stretched along two miles of the Potomac River north of Alexandria, Virginia, and fewer than ten miles from Mount Vernon. Her first husband built the neoclassical mansion of Mount Ida in 1808.John Augustine Washington III (1821-1861) was born in Blakeley, (West) Virginia, the son of John Augustine Washi. (See website for full description)

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         The Geology of Russia in Europe and the Ural Mountains.

      London, John Murray, 1845. Large 4to. Original puplisher's brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards ornamented in blind; pp. xxiv, 700, bis pages 1-39, three further bis pages for p. 652, 12 tinted lithographic views, engraved dedication to Nicholas I, 5 folding colour tables (sections), 2 folding colour maps, one including gold applications, text illustrations; apart from light rubbing and binding to cloth and Soviet library stamp with shelfmark number to tile a very vlean and fresh, largely unopened copy. First edition of the first volume, one of 600 copies printed. A second volume in French was published later, as well as an atlas volume. This volume I was printed between November 1842 and October 1845, volume II was probably started sometime in 1844 and completed by July 1845. 100 copies were subscribed for by the Russian government and 30 sent to France; 35 were retained for presentation to contributors and institutions. Copies were not on sale in England until 1st January 1846, and Paris publication was not to happen for another three months after that. Murchison 'planned a visit to Russia, where the comparatively undisturbed Palaeozoic rocks presented fewer difficulties than in Britain. Accompanied by the French palaeontologist Edouard de Verneuil, and aided by the officials and savants of Russia, Murchison travelled to the shores of the White Sea, and thence to Nizhniy Novgorod, Moscow, and back to St Petersburg. In the following summer the two travellers returned to Moscow, and, after examining the Carboniferous rocks in the neighbourhood, made for the Ural mountains, followed them southwards to Orsk, thence westward to the Sea of Azov and the Donets coalfield before returning to Moscow. After a third visit to St Petersburg by way of Scandinavia and Finland, The Geology of Russia and the Ural Mountains by Murchison, von Keyserling, and de Verneuil was published in April 1845. The book established a third Palaeozoic system - the Permian - separating the Carboniferous rocks from secondary (Mesozoic) strata and confirmed the succession of Europe's ancient rocks as far east as the Urals' (ODNB). This book was Murchison's magnum opus, with far-reaching implications for the study and understanding of geology in Europe. 'Murchison chose to have 600 copies of the large format (quarto) book printed by John Murray in the laborious and expensive hand-press manner. He also decided to produce the 68 x 84 cm map as a copper engraving with water color washes. According to John Thackray (1978), Plate 6 is "the finest hand coloured map ever produced". The final map was drawn and engraved by John Arrowsmith, 10 Soho Square, from a working map that was begun in 1840, expanded after the 1841 field season, and further modified by incorporating work of other geologists, particularly von Dechen for the German frontier, Zejszner for the Carpathians, Boué for Turkey, Dupois de Montpereux for the Caucusus, Hamilton and Ainsworth for the southern coast of the Black Sea, and Helmersen for the deserts between the Caspian and Aral Seas. All of these sources are meticulously acknowledged by Murchison in The Geology of Russia. In addition to the map itself, Plate 6 also contains a Tabular View of Russian Deposits (a stratigraphic column with key locations and characteristic fossils), and a cross-section extending from St. Petersburg in the north to the Sea of Azof in the south. Thus, Plate 6 represents a synthesis of much of what was known in 1845 of the geology of Russia and surrounding territories' (Diemer, Plate 6 of the Geology pf Russia Geological Society of Ameruca, online).

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         REPORT OF THE EXPLORING EXPEDITION TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS IN THE YEAR 1842, AND TO OREGON AND NORTH CALIFORNIA IN THE YEARS 1843-44

      Washington: Gales and Seaton, 1845. FIRST EDITION, SENATE ISSUE. Assembled from direct experience and painstaking scientific study, this influential work is considered the most accurate description of the Western territories to its time, a notable step forward in mapping the West, and a book that helped shape the future of Manifest Destiny. As suggested by the title, this work is divided into two main sections: the Rocky Mountain expedition report, originally printed in 1843 and reprinted here, and the new Oregon and California expedition report, appearing here for the first time, along with the celebrated map. As described by Wheat, "The map depicting all these travels radically and permanently altered western cartography . . . almost uniformly it represented trustworthy direct observation, a new, welcome, and long overdue development in the myth-encrusted cartography of the West." While the large map rightly receives a great deal of attention from bibliographers, the content of the report is equally influential in the history of Western Expansion. The work deeply appealed to the American imagination, and, according to the Grolier Hundred, it became "standard equipment for all overland travelers." The author's life was eventful. After publishing the present work as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Engineers, Frémont (1813-90) went on to participate in the conquest of California by US forces, to be court martialed (apparently on account of a conflict between superior officers), to serve in the Civil War, to become elected as a California senator, and to run unsuccessfully for president. This work is not difficult to find on the market, but copies are extremely varied in terms of completeness and condition. Ours contains the same browning and foxing found in most other copies, but it is mercifully free of any major condition problems. It is also the preferred Senate issue of the report, with an additional section of astronomical records not present in the House issue.. 235 x 140 mm. (9 1/4 x 5 1/2"). 693, [1] (blank) pp. FIRST EDITION, SENATE ISSUE. Recent mottled calf, raised bands, two red morocco labels. With 22 plates and five maps, including two folding maps and THE SEMINAL MAP OF OREGON AND CALIFORNIA, MEASURING 54 x 33", tucked into a pocket on the rear pastedown. Title page with the accession stamp of the Drury Library. Front flyleaf with signature of George D. Blodgett, dated Sugar Creek, 29 January [18]56. Zamorano Eighty 39; Grolier American 49; Wheat, Transmississippi West II, 195-200 (Map 497); Cowan, p. 91; Howes F-370; Sabin 25845. One eight-inch tear and a handful of small tears along folds of the vast map, contents with intermittent light to moderate foxing and browning (because of poor quality of paper), other minor defects, but still a very appealing copy, the text fresh, the large map particularly clean and bright, and the retrospective binding in mint condition. Assembled from direct experience and painstaking scientific study, this influential work is considered the most accurate description of the Western territories to its time, a notable step forward in mapping the West, and a book that helped shape the future of Manifest Destiny. As suggested by the title, this work is divided into two main sections: the Rocky Mountain expedition report, originally printed in 1843 and reprinted here, and the new Oregon and California expedition report, appearing here for the first time, along with the celebrated map. As described by Wheat, "The map depicting all these travels radically and permanently altered western cartography . . . almost uniformly it represented trustworthy direct observation, a new, welcome, and long overdue development in the myth-encrusted cartography of the West." While the large map rightly receives a great deal of attention from bibliographers, the content of the report is equally influential in the history of Western Expansion. The work deeply appealed to the American imagination, and, according to the Grolier Hundred, it became "standard equipment for all overland travelers." The author's life was eventful. After publishing the present work as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Engineers, Frémont (1813-90) went on to participate in the conquest of California by US forces, to be court martialed (apparently on account of a conflict between superior officers), to serve in the Civil War, to become elected as a California senator, and to run unsuccessfully for president. This work is not difficult to find on the market, but copies are extremely varied in terms of completeness and condition. Ours contains the same browning and foxing found in most other copies, but it is mercifully free of any major condition problems. It is also the preferred Senate issue of the report, with an additional section of astronomical records not present in the House issue.

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         Autograph letter signed ("Ant. Dvořák") to music publisher Mr. [Alfred] Littleton regarding conducting his 6th Symphony in Worcester, etc.

      Dvořák's correspondent, Alfred Littleton (1845-1914), was co-owner of the important London publishing house Novello, Ewer & Company from 1886-1914. He played a very important role in Dvorak's musical activities in England, acting as his informal representative. The Symphony No. 6 in D major was composed from August 27-October 15, 1880, first published in Berlin in 1882, and first performed in Prague on March 25, 1881, dedicated to Hans Richter. The symphony was first published as Symphony No. 1. (Op. 60, once listed as op. 58: Burghauser 112, Šourek 78). His Stabat mater, composed from February 19, 1876-November 13, 1877, was first published in Berlin in 1881, and first performed in Prague on December 23, 1880. (Op. 58, once listed as op. 28: Burghauser 71, Šourek 38). The Hymnus: Dědicové bilé hory [Hymn: The Heirs of the White Mountain], composed from ?May-June 3, 1872 and first published (3rd version) in London in 1885, was first performed in Prague on March 9, 1873. "Large-scale choral works were of importance at various times in Dvořák's career. He made his name as a Czech composer in 1873 with the first performance of a work for chorus and orchestra, Hymn: The Heirs of the White Mountain." (Op. 30: Burghauser 27, Šourek 15). "With Smetana, Fibich and Janácek [Dvořák] is regarded as one of the great nationalist Czech composers of the 19th century. Long neglected and dismissed by the German-speaking musical world as a naive Czech musician, he is now considered by both Czech and international musicologists Smetana's true heir. He earned worldwide admiration and prestige for 19th-century Czech music with his symphonies, chamber music, oratorios, songs and, to a lesser extent, his operas." "Early in August 1883 Dvořák was invited to London by the Philharmonic Society to conduct orchestral performances of his works in the coming season. A few months later, at the beginning of November 1883, the London music publishing firm of Novello asked him to conduct a performance of his Stabat mater during his visit and to compose a work for soloists, chorus and orchestra for the 1885 Birmingham Festival and conduct it himself. Dvořák was already known in London from performances of such works as the Slavonic Dances (conducted in 1879 and 1880 by Manns), the Slavonic Rhapsodies (conducted in 1880 and 1881 by Manns, Richter and Hallé), the String Sextet (given by Joachim in 1880) and the Sixth Symphony (conducted by Manns in 1882), and they had received favourable reviews. However, the performance of the Stabat mater under Barnby on 10 March 1883, received enthusiastically by both the audience and the critics, was probably the main reason for the Philharmonic Society's invitation." "On 5 March 1884 Dvořák travelled to England for the first time and on 13 March conducted the Stabat mater in the Albert Hall. A week later he conducted his overture Husitská, the Sixth Symphony and the Slavonic Rhapsody no.2 in St James's Hall, and on 22 March, at the Crystal Palace, he conducted the Scherzo capriccioso and the Nocturne in B (b47). The musical world of London regarded his visit as an 'event of "red letter" significance', and fêted him as the 'musical hero of the hour'. The Philharmonic Society made him an honorary member. He promised it a new symphony, and he was expected to write choral works for both the forthcoming Birmingham Festival and the Leeds Festival of 1886." "Dvořák's great success in England led to eight more visits. In November 1884 he travelled to London and to Worcester (where he gave a performance of the Stabat mater); in April 1885 he visited London for the première of the Seventh Symphony; in August 1885 he gave concerts in London and in Birmingham, where he conducted the British première of the cantata Svatební košile ('The Spectre's Bride')." Klaus Döge in Grove Music Online.. 2-1/2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Wysocka, February 18, 1884. Mentioning three of his important works, including the Hymnus, which "made his name as a Czech composer in 1873," the Symphony No. 6 in D major, and the Stabat Mater; Birmingham; and a proposed trip to London in September. Dvořák says that he is happy to conduct his symphony in Worcester but would like to discuss compensation with the committee. "Conducting three works like Stabat, Hymnus, and the symphony is very hard work indeed... consequently I may request a larger honorarium from the committee. In my last letter of May 28, I shared more details with you on the subject of Birmingham. What do you think? I hope to bring the entire work with me to London in September." Dvorak proceeds to ask if he can send the photographs for Bennett and Hüffer directly to his address. Creased at folds.

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         The Raven and Other Poems

      New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. First edition in book form of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," the single most famous American poem of the nineteenth century, first published earlier that year in the New York Evening Mirror (under Poe's own name) and The American Review (under a pseudonym). Partly inspired by the early lyrics of Elizabeth Barrett (later Browning), to whom he dedicated this volume of poems, Poe composed "The Raven" in trochaic octometer, with a deranged musicality all his own. The elements are familiar even to those who don't read poetry: the "midnight dreary," the silk-curtained chamber, the raven perched upon the bust of Athena, the relentless refrain that drives the narrator mad. "'Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken! / Leave my loneliness unbroken! - quit the bust above my door! / Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!' / Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore.'" Even before publication, Poe knew he had a sensation on his hands. When a friend described an early reading of the poem as "fine, uncommonly fine," Poe responded: "Is that all you can say for this poem? I tell you it's the greatest poem ever written." Poe's fame only increased with the appearance of contemporary parodies like "The Owl" and "The Polecat": a contemporary recalls, "'The Raven' became known everywhere, and everyone was saying 'Nevermore.'" The publication of "The Raven" paved the way for Wiley and Putnam's publication of Poe's Tales, the collection that introduced his pioneering detective fiction to a wider audience that same year. BAL 16147. A near-fine copy of a landmark in American literature. Octavo measuring 7.25 x 5 inches, early twentieth-century full russet calf, boards single-ruled in gilt, raised bands, black morocco spine labels, spine single-ruled and lettered in gilt, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. Handwritten slip tipped onto second fly leaf noting "inner gilt dentelles by Zaehnsdorf." Lacking original wrappers, half title, and ads. Joints reinforced, a few light scratches to lower board.

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         Autograph letter signed ("Ant. Dvo?ák") to music publisher Mr. [Alfred] Littleton regarding conducting his 6th Symphony in Worcester, etc.

      Dvo?ák's correspondent, Alfred Littleton (1845-1914), was co-owner of the important London publishing house Novello, Ewer & Company from 1886-1914. He played a very important role in Dvorak's musical activities in England, acting as his informal representative. The Symphony No. 6 in D major was composed from August 27-October 15, 1880, first published in Berlin in 1882, and first performed in Prague on March 25, 1881, dedicated to Hans Richter. The symphony was first published as Symphony No. 1. (Op. 60, once listed as op. 58: Burghauser 112, ?ourek 78). His Stabat mater, composed from February 19, 1876-November 13, 1877, was first published in Berlin in 1881, and first performed in Prague on December 23, 1880. (Op. 58, once listed as op. 28: Burghauser 71, ?ourek 38). The Hymnus: D?dicové bilé hory [Hymn: The Heirs of the White Mountain], composed from ?May-June 3, 1872 and first published (3rd version) in London in 1885, was first performed in Prague on March 9, 1873. "Large-scale choral works were of importance at various times in Dvo?ák's career. He made his name as a Czech composer in 1873 with the first performance of a work for chorus and orchestra, Hymn: The Heirs of the White Mountain." (Op. 30: Burghauser 27, ?ourek 15). "With Smetana, Fibich and Janácek [Dvo?ák] is regarded as one of the great nationalist Czech composers of the 19th century. Long neglected and dismissed by the German-speaking musical world as a naive Czech musician, he is now considered by both Czech and international musicologists Smetana's true heir. He earned worldwide admiration and prestige for 19th-century Czech music with his symphonies, chamber music, oratorios, songs and, to a lesser extent, his operas." "Early in August 1883 Dvo?ák was invited to London by the Philharmonic Society to conduct orchestral performances of his works in the coming season. A few months later, at the beginning of November 1883, the London music publishing firm of Novello asked him to conduct a performance of his Stabat mater during his visit and to compose a work for soloists, chorus and orchestra for the 1885 Birmingham Festival and conduct it himself. Dvo?ák was already known in London from performances of such works as the Slavonic Dances (conducted in 1879 and 1880 by Manns), the Slavonic Rhapsodies (conducted in 1880 and 1881 by Manns, Richter and Hallé), the String Sextet (given by Joachim in 1880) and the Sixth Symphony (conducted by Manns in 1882), and they had received favourable reviews. However, the performance of the Stabat mater under Barnby on 10 March 1883, received enthusiastically by both the audience and the critics, was probably the main reason for the Philharmonic Society's invitation." "On 5 March 1884 Dvo?ák travelled to England for the first time and on 13 March conducted the Stabat mater in the Albert Hall. A week later he conducted his overture Husitská, the Sixth Symphony and the Slavonic Rhapsody no.2 in St James's Hall, and on 22 March, at the Crystal Palace, he conducted the Scherzo capriccioso and the Nocturne in B (b47). The musical world of London regarded his visit as an 'event of "red letter" significance', and fêted him as the 'musical hero of the hour'. The Philharmonic Society made him an honorary member. He promised it a new symphony, and he was expected to write choral works for both the forthcoming Birmingham Festival and the Leeds Festival of 1886." "Dvo?ák's great success in England led to eight more visits. In November 1884 he travelled to London and to Worcester (where he gave a performance of the Stabat mater); in April 1885 he visited London for the première of the Seventh Symphony; in August 1885 he gave concerts in London and in Birmingham, where he conducted the British première of the cantata Svatební ko?ile ('The Spectre's Bride')." Klaus Döge in Grove Music Online.. 2-1/2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Wysocka, February 18, 1884. Mentioning three of his important works, including the Hymnus, which "made his name as a Czech composer in 1873," the Symphony No. 6 in D major, and the Stabat Mater; Birmingham; and a proposed trip to London in September. Dvo?ák says that he is happy to conduct his symphony in Worcester but would like to discuss compensation with the committee. "Conducting three works like Stabat, Hymnus, and the symphony is very hard work indeed... consequently I may request a larger honorarium from the committee. In my last letter of May 28, I shared more details with you on the subject of Birmingham. What do you think? I hope to bring the entire work with me to London in September." Dvorak proceeds to ask if he can send the photographs for Bennett and Hüffer directly to his address. Creased at folds.

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         Panorama of London and River Thames. TWO PANORAMA VIEWS Bird eye view.

      each 89 x 119 cm. Passepartout: 100 x 140 cm 2 plates / two wood engravings from six blocks. Under passepartout = supplement to the Illustrated London News, January 11, 1845 Scarce, rare and magic view of the capital. ref # 1880,1113.5503.1 British Museum. org . Printed by Fredrik James Smyth. The panorma could be mounted together, it would than be approx. 3m long. Shipping costs additonal. Please contact us for details.

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         Extraits du Journal l'Afrique [ Edition originale ] Réunion à la France - Institutions civiles

      1 vol. in-8 br., "On trouve cette brochure aux Bureaux du Journal", Paris, rue Sainte-Anne, 55, 1845, 156 pp. Important ouvrage qui visait à défendre les intérêts français dans la toute récente colonie d'Algérie. "Jusqu'à présent l'Algérie est demeurée en dehors du droit commun de la nation ; les intérêts que l'on aurait dû y attirer par les encouragemens les plus puissans n'y trouvant ni garanties ni protection efficace, ni sécurité réelle, ne s'y sont fixés et ne s'y fixent encore qu'avec défiance. [ ... ] L'Algérie aujourd'hui demande à être légalement réunie à la France et à recevoir les bienfaits d'un bon système d'institutions civiles, sans lesquelles toutes tentatives seraient vaines". Hippolyte Peut (1809-1889) publie ici un choix d'articles tirés du journal éphémère "l'Afrique" qu'il venait de fonder en 1844. Ce document est de toute rareté. Etat satisfaisant (couv. faible, bon état par ailleurs). Français

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         The Raven and Other Poems

      Wiley and Putnam, New York 1845 - First edition in book form of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," the single most famous American poem of the nineteenth century, first published earlier that year in the New York Evening Mirror (under Poe's own name) and The American Review (under a pseudonym). Partly inspired by the early lyrics of Elizabeth Barrett (later Browning), to whom he dedicated this volume of poems, Poe composed "The Raven" in trochaic octometer, with a deranged musicality all his own. The elements are familiar even to those who don't read poetry: the "midnight dreary," the silk-curtained chamber, the raven perched upon the bust of Athena, the relentless refrain that drives the narrator mad. "'Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken! / Leave my loneliness unbroken! - quit the bust above my door! / Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!' / Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore.'" Even before publication, Poe knew he had a sensation on his hands. When a friend described an early reading of the poem as "fine, uncommonly fine," Poe responded: "Is that all you can say for this poem? I tell you it's the greatest poem ever written." Poe's fame only increased with the appearance of contemporary parodies like "The Owl" and "The Polecat": a contemporary recalls, "'The Raven' became known everywhere, and everyone was saying 'Nevermore.'" The publication of "The Raven" paved the way for Wiley and Putnam's publication of Poe's Tales, the collection that introduced his pioneering detective fiction to a wider audience that same year. BAL 16147. A near-fine copy of a landmark in American literature. Octavo measuring 7.25 x 5 inches, early twentieth-century full russet calf, boards single-ruled in gilt, raised bands, black morocco spine labels, spine single-ruled and lettered in gilt, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. Handwritten slip tipped onto second fly leaf noting "inner gilt dentelles by Zaehnsdorf." Lacking original wrappers, half title, and ads. Joints reinforced, a few light scratches to lower board. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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         The Chainbearer; or, The Littlepage Manuscripts.

      Richard Bentley. 1845 - FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. Damp marking to lower corner of leading e.ps vol. III. Orig. drab boards, blue-green pebble grained cloth spines, sl. chipped & browned printed paper labels; inner hinges sl. weak. Contemp. ownership signature of Clement Sorby on titlepages & leading f.e.p. vol. I. Esher Armorial bookplates & later book labels of Christopher Clark Geest. A v.g. copy in the original binding. Each volume housed in a pale brown cloth fold-over box. Published before the first American edition of the same year. Scarce in commerce; only three copies recorded at auction since 1978. Cooper?s second part of a trilogy that begins with Satanstoe and ends with The Redskins. The novels address the issue of land acquisition (measured by the chainbearer) and the westward march of ?civilisation? resulting in the displacement of native Americans. ?The plot has thickened? Cooper writes in his preface; ?and bloodshed has come to deepen the stain left on the country by the widespread and bold assertion of false principles. That portions of the community have behaved nobly under this sudden outbreak of a lawless and unprincipled combination to rob, is undeniable, and ought to be dwelt on with gratitude, and an honest pride . but, while all this is admitted, and admitted not altogether without hope, yet are there grounds for fear, so reasonable and strong, that no writer who is faithful to the real interests of his country ought, for a single moment, to lose sight of them?. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         The Scottish Tourist; being a guide to the picturesque Scenery and Antiquities of Scotland. Ninth Edition … in which the Geology and Botany are largely introduced. Illustrated with upwards of ninety Views, Travelling Maps, and engraved Routes.

      - Edinburgh, Lizars, 1845. One volume bound in four, 8vo. Flexible maroon morocco, spines lettered horizontally in gilt, covers ruled in blind, all edges gilt; housed in a dark blue full morocco box; pp. [iii]-414, bound without half-title, numerous steel-engravings in the text and on plates with tissue guards, geological map missing from rear pocket in box; light rubbing to box, one large map with repaired tears, otherwise exceptionally bright and clean. A very rare Scotland guide customised into four separate volumes to be used whilst travelling, but apparently never used. This title appeared first in 1825 (pp. 96, 6 plates), and all editions are very rare. The charming illustrations are in the style of John Tallis. William Rhind explains in the preface what makes this edition special: ' In this, the Ninth Edition, the Work has received a complete revisal and remodelling, so as to keep pace with the increasing improvements of the day. In particular, the Railway Routes have been given, along with the leading Tours by the common roads. Every new and intersting object has been pointe out, and much useful information addes' (p. 4). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         CHIMES.

      London,: Chapman and Hall, 1845. First Edition, with the second state of the vignette titlepage as usual. Engraved frontispiece and title page, 11 other illustrations by John Leech, Richard Doyle, and others. 12mo,, original red cloth, enclosed in a cloth slipcase with paper label. 175 pp. A solid very good copy, the corners rubbed, and light soiling, the cloth a bit worn along the joints. This was Dickens' second installment in the "Christmas Books" series and his labors in creating THE CHIMES were "very arduous" in order to make it a worthy successor to A CHRISTMAS CAROL. He wrote to one of his friends that he believed he had "written a tremendous book and knocked the 'Carol' out of the field. It will make a great uproar I have no doubt." Of course, it did not exceed the CAROL in any way except in initial sales, but it is a charming tale nonetheless.

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         De la Liberte du Travail. Tome I-III. Paris, Gauillaumin

      1845 - First Edition. 3 vols. 8vo, xvi, 482; [vi], 480; [vi], 527pp, half-calf, marbled boards, gilt spines, library stamps on the title-pages. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Album von Salzkammergut & Linz [in 15 Ansichten .].

      Salzburg, Baldi, o. J. [um ]. 1845 - 8°. 16 Tafeln. Blind- und goldgeprägter OLwd. Vgl. N/W 69: Mit allen Tafeln, ohne Text oder Titelblatt. - Fachmännisch restauriert, leichte Gbrsp., Ebd. etw. fleckig. - Mit den Ansichten: St. Gilgen, St. Wolfgang,Ischl von Theresienshüttel,Ischl von der Seite des Praters, Ischl, Hallstadt, Waldbach Strubb bei Hallstadt, Der Gossausee mit dem Dachstein, Weißenbach am Attersee, Mondsee, Ebensee am Traunsee, Traunkirchen mit dem Spitzelsteine, Gmunden vom Kalvarienbergel, Der Traunfall, Linz vom Jägermair und Linz von der Strasser Aue. - Schönes Expl. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Album vom Salzkammergute und Linz in 15 Ansichten

      Selbstverlag, Salzburg, 1845. 15 Stahlstichtafeln mit je einem Seidenhemdchen, 64 Seiten Text, original Leinen mit geprägtem Titel, groß-oktav, (gering fleckig und bestoßen) - gutes komplettes Exemplar/ Die Ansichten zeigen: 1. St. Gilgen am Wolfgangsee, 2. St. Wolfgang, 3. Ischl von Theresienhütte, 4. Ischl von der Seite des Praters, 5. Hallstadt, 6. Der Waldbach-Strub bei Hallstadt, 7. Der Gossausee mit dem Dachstein, 8. Weissenbach am Attersee, 9. Mondsee, 10. Ebensee, 11. Traunkirchen mit dem Spitzelstein, 12. Gmunden vom Calvarienberge, 13. Der Traunfall, 14. Linz vom Jägermair, 15. Linz von der Straßer-Aue -

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         HAMBURG. "Grundriss der freyen Hansastadt Hamburg". Stadtplan (ca. 28 x 42 cm) mit der näheren Umgebung, die Brandfläche in der Innenstadt überdeckt von einer Variante zum Aufheben. Der Plan umgeben von 29 kleinen Teilansichten, oben zwei Löwen das Stadtwappen haltend.

      - Grenzkolorierte Lithographie bei Deppermann & Ruschke, um 1845, 42 x 52 cm. Das Gebiet des Brandes ist unter einer einmontierten Klappe extra dargestellt. - Kleinere Defekte im breiten Rand, sonst wohl erhalten.

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         Ins arktische Amerika 1819-1822

      320 S. John Franklin erlangte wie kaum ein zweiter Forscher Berühmtheit - nicht durch seine Reisen und Entdeckungen, sondern durch sein Scheitern. Denn weit mehr als seine Arktis-Expedition weckte sein Verschwinden Aufmerksamkeit: 1845 stach er in See, um die Nordwestpassage zu finden dann, im Sommer desselben Jahres, wurden seine Schiffe "Erebus" und "Terror" zum letzten Mal gesichtet. Es folgte eine beispiellose Suchaktion nach Franklin und seinen über hundert Begleitern. Die ganze Welt nahm daran Anteil.Reihe Alte abenteuerliche Reiseberichte empfang 9783522600477

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         The Life and Travels of Thomas Simpson The Arctic Discoverer

      First edition. Folding map, engraved frontispiece portrait. 8vo. Original brown blindstamped cloth with gilt titles to spine, scuffed, with small repair to spine. Hinges starting. viii,424pp. London, Richard Bentley,

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         Embossed Panoramic View of London. As seen from the top of St. Pauls Cathedral. Printed in colours.

      London: Dobbs, Bailey & Co., [1845] - Square octavo (folded: 192 x 197 mm, unfolded:1270 x 355 mm). Original olive-green vertically-ribbed cloth, front cover gilt lettered and with a large gilt pictorial stamp (showing a paddle steamer on the Thames, old Blackfriars Bridge and St Paul's), slits for ties (no longer present). Case only slightly sunned at periphery. In excellent condition. Two eight-panel linen-backed sections: upper section comprising line engraved view and key of principal features to the lower embossed section (printed in brown, pale blue and pale yellow), both within ornamental borders. First edition, a highly unusual record of the extraordinary panorama of London executed from the roof of Saint Paul's by the surveyor and panoramist Thomas Hornor (1785-1844) and issued to mark the re-opening, in 1845, of the building that housed it, one of the most famous London landmarks of its time: The Colosseum. Around 1822 Horner "began his most spectacular project, that of a 360 degree panorama of London with the summit of St Paul's as the viewpoint. In a cabin precariously balanced on scaffolding erected in connection with repairs to the cathedral, he sketched and measured. Although he attracted considerable publicity for his enterprise and admiration for his courage, few subscribed to his initial scheme of publishing the work as a series of prints. However, the MP and banker Rowland Stephenson sponsored the construction in Regent's Park of a dome by Decimus Burton, second in size in England only to that of St Paul's, in which Hornor's work was to be displayed. In it in 1825 the artist E. T. Parris began the daunting task of transferring views from flat sheets to 42,000 square feet of curved canvas. It was due for completion in 1827 but was far from finished by the end of 1828 when Stephenson absconded to the USA, deeply in debt. In January 1829 Hornor threw open the unfinished Colosseum to the public, who could enjoy the panorama at various levels, riding upwards in the 'ascending room', the first passenger lift in England and Hornor's own design. Income was large, but costs were larger yet, and later that year Hornor also absconded to the USA" (ODNB) "Despite healthy audiences, Hornor was never able to pay off his initial debt. In 1835, he sold the Colosseum to an unknown buyer who fared no better than he had. Not until 1844, when it was bought up by a financier with a feel for business, was the project finally finished. William Bradwell closed the place down for a year, restored the canvas, finished the surrounding fixtures and fittings (a glyptological collection, Swiss 'cottage', galleries, exhibitions, etc.) and then opened the doors of what was to become one of London's great cultural centres, attracting even more people to what had become a show, a museum and a club. The Colosseum became an extremely fashionable place whose popularity lasted until the end of the 1850s, when it in turn gave way to the exotic panoramas (Rome, Paris, the Lake of Thun) and, more particularly, the new attractions on offer at the Crystal Palace" (Bernard Comment, The Panorama, 1999, p. 28). By the time of the new opening Hornor was dead, dying "in penury (and possibly insane) in New York city" (ODNB); ironically, thirty years later his panorama was shipped to America and displayed on Broadway. This is a beautifully executed embossed panorama, extraordinarily detailed and subtly coloured. It would have been issued as a lavish souvenir and advertisement by the Colosseum's new owner, the shrewd theatre manager David Montague, who employed William Bradwell, chief set designer at Covent Garden, to make improvements to the building. At the same time he issued A Description of the Colosseum as Re-Opened in MDCCCXLV, which reproduced the eight coloured sections of Kronheim and Skirving's panorama. Very scarce: Copac locates copies at only three British and Irish institutional libraries (Senate House, Wales, Oxford), OCLC adds no further examples; we have traced only one copy at [Attributes: First Edition]

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         Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition. During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842

      Lea & Blanchard, Philadelphia 1845 - Large octavos (approx. 11" x 7"). Volumes 1, 2, & 3. Missing volumes 4, 5, and atlas. lx, 434pp; xv, 476pp; xv, 438pp. Brown cloth hardcovers with blind stamped designs and borders on covers and gilt stamped vignettes on front boards. Gilt stamped titles on spines. Untrimmed foredge and bottom edge. Yellow end sheets. Volumes are illustrated with frontispiece steel engraved portrait of the author volume 1, several steel engravings and wood-cuts in text, map in volume 1, and 3 maps in volume 2. A list of illustrations is included in the front of each volume. Light edge wear and some small spots to cloth bindings. Frontispiece volume 1, tissue guard, and front end sheet are loose. In volume 3 one of the engravings is loose, chipped and brown spotted on the edge. Occasional brown spots and light soil to the contents of 3 volumes. Internally a good or better set. Volume 2 is inscribed by the author to "Jos. H. Bradley" on the half title page. The first printing of these narratives, published in 1844 by Sherman for Congress, consisted of 100 (quarto) sets. The second printing of 150 sets, called the Unofficial edition, is also quarto size and has the imprint of "C. Sherman, Printer,/ 19 St. James Street, Philadelphia" on the versos of the title pages. This partial set for sale is the first trade edition (third printing) of which 1000 copies were published by Lea and Blanchard. According to Howes [these narratives are] "The first United States scientific expedition by sea. Wilkes sailed along and surveyed the whole Northwest Coast and his exploring parties penetrated into the interior at many points."Howes W 414; Sabin 103994; Streeter 3324. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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         COMMERCE OF THE PRAIRIES OR THE JOURNAL OF A SANTA FE TRADER, DURING EIGHT EXPEDITIONSACROSS THE GREAT WESTERN PRAIRIES, AND A RESIDENCE OF NEARLY NINE YEARS IN NORTHERN MEXICO

      New York: J. and H.G. Langley, 1845. Two volumes uniformly bound, black cloth-covered boards. Collated complete with six full-page plates, four text illustrations, the full-page map of Northern Mexico in Volume 2, AND the large folding map of the Indian Territory in Volume 1. According to most sources, the second edition was published without the large folding map. This map is a cloth-backed facsimile copy bound-in at the time of the rebinding of the volumes. See photos please. Previous owner's book-plate on both front pastedowns. Small paper defect beginning on front preliminary page and extending to p.x. Title-pages are toned, some foxing through text material, usually peripheral and not heavy. Paper in Volume 2 is a bit more browned that Volume 1. A very important landmark in Western Americana. It remains the source for all other books written about the Santa Fe Trail and trade along the route. Rittenhouse says'If you can read only two books about the Trail, read Gregg and Lewis Garrard". A very good copy of the second edition, published a year after the first edition, and with the added facsimile copy of the large map, not found in the second edition. 320-327pp. Cited in many references including; Graff 1662, Howes G-401, Rader 1684, Sabin 28712, Rittenhouse 255.. Second Edition. Rebound in 1/2 Crimson Calf. Minor Wear/No Dust Jacket. Octavo.

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         Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition. During the years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842..

      Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1845. Occasional light staining or offsetting; very sight chafing to corners and joints but an extremely good set with its original binding bright.. Six volumes (the last an atlas), imperial octavo, with a portrait, 64 plates and nine maps in the text volumes, five folded maps in the atlas, numerous vignettes; original dark brown cloth, gilt vignettes on spines, gilt eagles on covers. The splendid first public edition of the narrative of the first American naval exploring expedition, the massive official American expedition, one of the three great Antarctic voyages of the 1840s. The explorations of Wilkes along with the English under Ross and the French under Dumont d'Urville form the basis for today's territorial claims, and together established the knowledge of the frozen continent on which all subsequent expeditions built.Among the great achievements of the Wilkes expedition was the detailed study of the flora and fauna of the many countries visited, the scientists making frequent and long excursions into the interiors. The expedition explored the South Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand, the Hawaiian Islands, the Northwest Coast, California, Singapore, the Cape of Good Hope and St. Helena, whilst the greatest achievement was the expedition into the Antarctic in the winter of 1839-40. Wilkes was the first to announce the existence of an Antarctic continent.Only 1000 copies of this were printed, the first edition of the narrative of the first American naval exploring expedition to be generally available to the public; it was preceded by the very rare quarto official and unofficial editions, which were printed in 100 and 150 copies respectively (many of which were subsequently destroyed) and are today almost unknown on the market. Later editions, including the second 1845 octavo edition, are smaller in size, are generally of inferior quality and do not include the fine steel-engravings found here. this is thus the much preferred edition for the collector of Antarctic material. Provenance: Private collection (Australia)

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         The Family Physician. Being a Domestic Medical Work, Written in Plain Style,,, and Divided into Four Parts. 1st, Hygiene, 2nd History and Cure of General Disease, 3rd, History and Cure of Diseases Incident to Children & Females, 4th, History of Medicines, etc

      Z. D. Cottrell, Spartanburg C. H, 1845. First Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Fair Condition/No Dust Jacket. Professionally rebound in leather. Interior quite stained, from mildew (completely neutralized) and paper browning but the paper is not brittle. Folger was a physician to the Cherokees and accompanied the band removed to the Oklahoma territory (he went by train) and his record of treatment during that trek is preserved in Federal archives. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 320 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2 pounds or less. Category: Medicine & Health; 19th century; Antiquarian & Rare. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 14910. .

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         THE MANSIONS OF ENGLAND. One hundred and forty-six coloured engravings of country seats of the royal family, nobility, and gentry. After original designs by W. Westall, R.A., T.H. Shepherd, J. Gendall, and others.

      London, M.A. Nattali, no date circa 1845.. Dated from watermarks circa 1845, VOLUME I ONLY OF 2, 8vo, approximately 240 x 150 mm, 9½ x 5¾ inches, 72 hand coloured aquatints each with title printed beneath and below this the Ackermann Repository of Arts number and date of original publication in that periodical, pages: viii, 136, bound in full crushed burgundy morocco, ornate gilt borders to covers, gilt raised bands, gilt rules, gilt decoration and lettering in compartments, ornate gilt dentelles (turn ins), top edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Slightest rubbing to corners, tiny rubbed area to fore-edge of upper cover, two tiny scrapes to lower cover, slight pale offsetting from some plates onto facing text, a little heavier in places, faintest offsetting of text onto 3 plates, pale foxing to reverse of a couple plates, light indentated line to plate page 115 due to binding crease on facing text page, occasional pale fox spot to text margins, 6 pages have minute closed tear to fore-edge. A very good copy. Only 63 plates listed in the Contents but there are actually 71 of mansions and 1 of Gray's Monument at Stoke Poges as required. The plates were first published by Ackermann in his Repository of Arts. They were then collected together and issued in book form undated with the title "Views of country seats of the royal family, nobility, and gentry, of England" (1830), reissued in 1832, also undated. Later impressions were published as ours with Nattali's imprint. See Tooley, English Books with Coloured Plates, No. 13, the plates listed are the same as in this volume. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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         Gilmanton New Hampshire NH Lake Winnipesaukee Belmont 1845 old Bufford city plan

      1845 - A Plan of Gilmanton, Taken from the surveys of Sanborn, Pace and Others Drawn by a scale of 200 Rods to an Inch By Joseph Gilman 1772 Copy by W. Walker, 1808 and Rev. D. Lancaster, 1845. (Gilmanton, NH / Lake Winnipesaukee/ Meredith) Issued Boston, c. 1845 by Bufford & Co. Litho. Fine and very uncommon/ likely rare mid-19th-century lithographed urban map. Captures the central NH lakeside town with a level of detail and accuracy previously unseen. Many tiny house & church picto-symbols, very clear layout of endless lots, existing roads as well as a contemplated road to Concord, new bridge, topographical features, naming of buildings, etc. Lake Winnepisiogee for Winnipesaukee. With several early manuscript annotations on the map, including a note that "Factory Village" was now (1926) called "New Belmont". An early work from this famous and prolific lithographic printing workshop which around this very date had Winslow Homer as an apprentice. Printed on thin bond paper, issued folding, original leaf affixed to rear of right middle panel with early manuscript dedication to Francis Cogswell Carleton. This paper is now well age-toned with small light scattered spotting and small splits at fold line intersections, and the map must be handled with care. Old inexpert tear repair at right middle edge panel which is relatively easy to forgive visually given the overall slightly wrinkled state of preservation. Several early hand annotations by a local resident with family members living in areas covered by the plan. Rare in any condition. Original fold lines as issued. Sheet measures c. 25" x 19."Printed area measures c. 24 1/2" x 17". [R12800]. Cobb, Maps of New Hampshire, 159 (giving date as 1845). Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, v. 1, p. 208. Pierce, Boston Lithography 1825-1880, pp. 130-2, et. al. (noting the firms various imprints & how he worked with N. Currier of later Ives printing fame). Reps, Making of Urban America, pp. 130-8. No example appears within Map Price Record.

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        Graz. Topographisches Taschenbuch für Fremde und Heimische. Nach den neuesten und besten Quellen zusammengestellt von J. E. Oblack. 2 Bände.

      Graz, Joseph Franz Kaiser, 1844-1845. - Erstausgabe dieses sehr seltenen Graz-Reiseführers (lt. KVK kein Exemplar ausserhalb von Österreich). - Das erste Heft am Titel mit dem Vermerk „Mit Ansichten, lithographiert von Eduard und Alexander Kaiser", welche jedoch nicht erschienen sein dürften bzw. nur einem kleinen Teil der Auflage tatsächlich beigegeben waren. Schlossar nennt jedenfalls keine Ansichten und das Werk ist auch nicht bei Nebehay/W. verzeichnet. Ebenfalls finden sich keine Ansichten in dem von Google digitalisierten Exemplar. - Das zweite Heft mit dem Untertitel „Vorstädte und Umgebung". - Die beidseitig illustrierten lithogr. Orig.-Umschläge („Lith. bei J. F. Kaiser") berieben, mit kl. Randläsuren bzw. -einrissen u. stärker fleckig. Vorderdeckel des ersten Heftes m. Knickspuren. Titelbll. gestempelt. Etw. gebräunt u. (stock-) fleckig. - Schlossar 257; nicht bei Nebehay/W. ge Gewicht in Gramm: 500 Kl.-8°. 40; 106 S., 3 Bll., Lithogr. illustr. OKart.-Bde. (Vorderdeckeln jeweils mit einer kl. Ansicht von Graz). [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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