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        La Reine Margot [Marguerite de Valois]

      Paris: Garnier, 1845. First Edition. 1/2 calf. Very good. 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.

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        HISTOIRE DU CONSULAT ET DE L'EMPIRE. Faisant suite à l'histoire de la révolution française.

      Paulin et Lheureux, 1845. In-8 p. (mm. 205x127), 20 volumi, mezza pelle coeva, fregi e tit. oro al dorso, molto ben illustrati da 75 tavole f.t. (inc. su acciaio) + un volume di Atlante, in folio (mm. 430x273), "dressé et dessiné sous la direction de M. Thiers par MM. A. Dufour et Duvotenay, gravé sur acier par Dyonnet", 1859. L'Atlante, rilegato in mz. pelle coeva (con abras.), fregi e tit. oro al dorso, contiene pp. (4) e 66 carte geografiche e piante (5 a doppia pag. di cui 2 a colori) inc. su acciaio. "Prima edizione". Questa "grande composition historique à laquelle on n'a pu reprocher qu'un peu de prolixité dans les détails militaires", come cita il Brunet,V,822, copre il periodo storico dal novembre 1799 al maggio 1821 e fu pubblicata con o senza le 75 tavole di illustrazioni. Cfr. anche Graesse,VII,135 - Lorenz,IV,496. Esemplare con fiorit. interc. nel t., alc. note a matita colorata, 1 pag. di Indice (vol. 19°) con picc. manc. di testo, ma in buono stato di conservazione. L'Atlante è ben conservato.

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        Naturgeschichte und Abbildungen des Menschen der verschiedenen Rassen und Stämme nach den neuesten Entdeckungen und vorzüglichsten Originalien. Dritte vermehrte Auflage. 11 Lieferungen in 11 Heften (alles Erschienene).

      Zürich, J. Honegger, 1845. - Folio. Bedruckte Org.-Broschuren. Mit lithographischem Titel und 55 lithographischen Tafeln. Sehr wohlerhaltenes Exemplar in den seltenen Org.-Broschuren, nur stellenweise minimal braunfleckig. Hirsch-Hübotter 78. Vgl. Nissen, ZBI, 3675 (gebundene Ausgabe). – Interessante Naturgeschichte, die den Versuch einer Systematisierung der verschiedenen Ethnien, hier noch unter vor-evolutionistischem Blickwinkel unternimmt. Die Tafeln zeigen zunächst die Anatomie, Muskeln und Nerven des Menschen, widmen sich jedoch im Anschluß ausschließlich der Darstellung von Bewohnern indigener afrikanischer, amerikanischer, asiatischer und ozeanischer Gebiete sowie einiger europäischer Fürstlichkeiten. Daneben werden auch traditioneller Körperschmuck wie Tätowierungen und Dekor dargestellt. Heinrich Rudolph Schinz (1777-1850) war Arzt und Naturforscher in Zürich, er begründete die „Schweizerische naturforschende Gesellschaft" und eine bedeutende zoologische Sammlung. „Mit den hervorragenden Forschern des In- und Auslandes, so dem Prinzen Maximilian zu Wied, Bonpland, Agassiz, stand er im wissenschaftlichen und freundlichen Verkehr" (ADB XXXI, 304). 3000 g

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        An original design for a porcelain pitcher

      [Paris, 1845. Pen, ink, and watercolour. Good condition apart from some overall light soiling and minor foxing. A rare example of an original watercolour design for porcelain, by the Samson factory of Paris. This finished design was intended as a reference source from which the porcelain painters could work, using the design as a guide for the colours and image to be transformed from paper into fine porcelain. The French porcelain manufactory of Samson & Cie. was established by "Edmé Samson (b. Paris, 1810; d. Paris, 1891) at 7, Rue Vendôme (later Rue Béranger) in Paris. The intention of the firm was to reproduce ceramics from museums and private collections, and it claimed that all such reproductions would be distinctly marked to avoid confusion with the originals. In 1864, the factory was moved to Montreuil by Samson's son, Emile Samson (1837-1913). The range of wares included copies of 18th-century porcelain from such factories as Sèvres, Chelsea, Meissen and Derby, Chinese export-wares, especially armorial wares decorated with famille rose colours and mugs decorated with the Fitzhugh pattern, Delftware, Iznikware, maiolica and faience." ( Grove Dictionary of Art ).

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        Palmer's Computing Scale [ Full Size ]

      Massachusetts: Aaron Palmer 1843 [ but circa 1845 ]. A circular slide rule. 10 15/16 x 11 inches x 3/8 inch thick constructed of two layers of book board. The upper board with a cutout volvelle in a circular form attached to the rear book board with a metal rivet. Upper board with affixed lithograph to both inner volvelle and outer remainder, showing scales, decorative elements, and imprint information. 1/4 inch gilded leather trim affixed to the edges, and holding the pair of boards together (also likely glued in the area without the volvelle). The rear board also covered with a lithographed sheet, this time a set of instructions and covering most of the leather edge wrapper. Front and rear lithographs lightly lacquered. Scuffed and with uniform minor wear. Leather trim is worn with some loss. The recessed metal 'button' insert usually present in the volvelle for turning is lacking, leaving a 5/16 inch blank cutout which serves the same purpose. The volvelle is warped away from the plane of the base but turns freely. Some evidence of dampstaining to the disc in one portion raising the grain a bit underneath the lithographed overlay. There is a small nail (?) hole where it likely was hung on the wall. The usual darkening to the varnish on the rear instructions. Instructions and scales quite readable and in nice condition given the construction standards of these objects. Engraved by George G. Smith, 186 Washington St. Boston in center of volvelle. Boards. Palmer's Computing Scale (so noted in the center of the volvelle) is one of the most desirable objects for those who collect early American Slide Rules and calculating devices. It is important because it is, as far as we are aware, the First American circular slide rule. Designed by Mr. Aaron Palmer and Mr. George G Smith in early 1841, a prototype was shown in early 1842, and later in Boston in the fall of 1843. It was first released commercially in 1843, and underwent a continual, if minor, set of changes during the next few years. We have yet to find two examples of this device that are exactly the same, and suspect that only a few were made at one time allowing for dynamic changes as needed. Fuller later bought the rights and added a second wheel (the Time Telegraph) to the rear and publishing the instructions separately, starting in 1845. This is a later example (still within a few years of original publication but before Fuller bought the rights in 1845). The rear board has four columns of text and many examples of the application of the slide rule rather than a list of guage points as in earlier examples. It also notes in the lower left 'Stereotyped by T. S. Sprague, Hartford, CT' and the printer's name (Ela) is no longer present as it is in earlier examples. For more information on these fascinating objects, see Origins of Cyberspace #353, Feazel (Journal of the Oughtred Society Vol 3, No 1 and Vol 4, No 1), and Barnes, Slide Rule Gazette Issue 6 Aug 2005. Good.

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        Vingt Ans Après [Twenty Years After]

      Brussels: Société belge de librairie Hauman, 1845. First Edition. Cloth. Very good. 7 vols. in 3. 1st edition (in French), 1st issue (16mo. in 7 vols.). This 1st edition is the real deal, unquestionably preceding Baudry's Paris edition, and Hauman's own 2nd edition (18mo. in 10 vols.), the 3 other 1845 Brussels editions, and all the rest. Any arguments against its priority test logic. Munro clearly states that this edition, and this issue of it, is the 1st of all, and no one has cogently tendered any other sequence. 19th century purple cloth, spines faded to tan, very good, bound without half-titles but otherwise whole, with Romanesque Aventure de ma vie, par le Bibliophile Jacob, filling out the final 93 pages of vol. VII, as issued. Compelling, appealing, and scarce, and though this edition's priority over the Paris edition is sure, some collectors would pay 20 times our price for Baudry's edition and swear it is the only one bestowing pride of ownership, while others would insist that 1st is always best. And that's because each of us looks at any given book, and sees what we see, and what we see is not always the same. Like sometimes I look into the face of our dog (Lily the Kid) and see fatalistic sadness and wistful anguish, when all she is really doing is staring at the lamp waiting for a circling moth to run out of gas. Twenty Years After is the first sequel to The Three Musketeers, set in the political upheaval of 1648-1649, and I'll maintain it's the most historical of Dumas' historical romances. It opens during 2 civil wars, and only the charisma of the Musketeers could possibly hold up the fictional portion of the plotline, against the dizzying storms of such volatile historical events, coincident and parallel revolts against the absolute power of the crown, the parliamentary insurrection in France of the first Fronde (which mostly collapsed into the Peace of Rueil, and 3 years of fragmented, factional intrigues) and those in England of Cromwell's second Civil War (which culminated in the 1649 execution of King Charles I and the establishment of the Commonwealth). The historical action first divides, then occupies, then infects, engulfs, and finally reunites the Musketeers, now all grown up, savvy, constant, dynamic, and ready for the personal defiance demanded by the times.

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        NOUVELLES RUSSES. Traduction française publiée par Louis VIARDOT. Tarass Boulba - Les Mémoires d'un fou - La Calèche - Un Ménage d'autrefois - Le Roi des Gnomes.

      Paulin, Editeur 1845 - In-12 ( 180 X 115 mm ) de VII-324 pages, ( 1 ) ffnch. de table, demi oasis anthracite, dos à nerfs janséniste avec date dorée en queue, étui bordé ( Reliure signée de Yves RAMEAU ). Première édition française traduite par Louis VIARDOT avec la collaboration d'Ivan TOURGUENIEV et Stepan GUEDEONOV. Quelques rousseurs claires, bel exemplaire très bien relié. Très rare. Littérature,Edition-originale,Russie,Reliure,Rameau [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        La Reine Margot [Marguerite de Valois]

      Paris: Garnier, 1845. First Edition. 1/2 calf. Very good. 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.

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        Grundlagen einer allgemeinen Mannichfaltigkeitslehre. Ein mathematisch-philosophischer Versuch in der Lehre des Unendlichen.

      47 S. Halbleder Guter Zustand. Privater Einband. Papier alterungsbedingt vergilbt. Leder leicht beschabt. Georg Cantor (1845-1918) ist der Begründer der Mengenlehre.

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        34 Bände. Konvolut Fliegende Blätter, 32 Bände von 1 - 55 (1845 – ca. 1870), dazu 91-93 (1889).

      - 34 Bände Fliegende Blätter, 1 - 55 (1845 – ca. 1870), dazu 91-93 (1889). 32 Bde. von 55, dazu 2 spätere. Fliegende Blätter, Braun & Schneider Verlag, München. Bände 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 40, 41, 43, 46, 47, 48, 49, 54, 55, 92, 93, 94. Je 4°, fester Kartoneinband der Zeit, je ca. 150-200 Seiten, s-w-Abb., Einbände mit Gebrauchsspuren (Kantenabwetzungen, bestoßen, fleckig, Rücken partiell mit Läsuren, in späteren Bänden teils fehlend), Blöcke stockfleckig, partiell fingerfleckig und falzig, vereinzelt mit kleinen Randläsuren, Deckel vorne innen größteneils mit Besitzaufkleber (eines Christian Theodor Walch aus Kaufbeuren), sonst gut, wenn nicht unten anders angegeben. Alle Bände komplett. Bde. 1 und 2 sind auf der Titelei datiert, spätere Bände ohne Datierung! Band I (1845) / II (Nr. 25-48, 1846) / IV (Nr. 73-96) / VI (Nr. 121-144) / VIII (169-192) / IX (193-216) / X (217-240) / XI (241-264) / XIII (289-312, Rücken fehlt) / XIV (313-336) / XV (337-360) / XVII (385-408) / XVIII (409-432) / XX (457-480) / XXIV (553-576) / XXV (577-600) / XXVI (601-626) / XXVII (627-652, 2 Blatt lose) / XXVIII (653-678) / XXX (705-730) / XXXI (731-756) / XXXII (757-782) / XXXIV (809-834) / XXXV (835-860) / XL (965-990, Rücken fehlt, Deckel und Lagen gelockert, eine Lage mit Randläsuren) / XLI (991-1016, Rücken fehlt, Deckel gelockert) / XLIII (1043-1068, Lagen gelockert, Läsuren) / XLVI (1121-1146, oberste Schicht des Rückens fehlt) / XLVII (11478-1172, erste und letzte Blatt mit Kindergekrakel, Läsuren) / XLVIII und XLIX in einem Band (1173-1198 und 1199-1224) / LIV und LV (1329-1354 und 1355-1380, Rücken fehlt, Deckel gelockert, Lagen gelockert, Läsuren). Dazu (je in privatem Halbleinwand gebunden) XCII und XCIII in einem Band (2319-2344 und 2345-2370) / XCI (1889, 2293-2318, mit „Beiblatt der Fliegenden Blätter" Nrn. 2293 (7.7.1889) - 2318 (29.12.1889), ca. 250 Seiten mit Annoncen). [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        A Christmas Carol

      London: Chapman and Hall,, 1845. In prose. Being a ghost story of Christmas. Small octavo. Original red cloth, gilt title and floral decoration to spine, floral panelling to covers in blind, all edges gilt. Illustrated hand-coloured frontispiece, 3 hand-coloured steel plates, 4 woodcuts. Bookplate of John Byram to pastedown, pencilled ownership signature to front free endpaper. Spine slightly faded, light offsets from the plates, plate facing p. 150 slightly torn at head and foot of gutter. A very good copy. Eleventh Chapman and Hall edition. This edition preceded the Bradbury and Evans edition, where Dickens, unhappy with dwindling returns, had Bradbury and Evans publish "Eleventh" and "Twelfth" editions under their own imprint in 1846.

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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, ... (Truncated)

      Z. D. Cottrell, 1845, Hardcover (Full Leather), Book Condition: Fair Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket, First Edition. Full Book Title: 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. 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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        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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