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        The True Story of My Life: A Sketch. Translated by Mary Howitt.

      London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1847. Beautiful cont. red hcalf w. richly gilt back. A excellent copy in very fine condition. W. half-title (w. old owner's presentation inscription dated 1878). VIII, 298 pp.. First English language edition, being the first separate edition, of Hans Christian Andersen's first official autobiography. The English edition preceded the Danish with 95 years (!), as the first Danish edition did not appear until 1942, when it was issued by H. Topsøe-Jensen under the title "Mit eget Eventyr uden Digtning" (i.e. "My Own Fairy Tale Without Poetry"). The first German edition appeared as an introduction in the collected German edition of Andersen's works, also in 1847, under the title: "Das Märchen meines Lebens ohne Dichtung." The general idea that underlies the work is that life is like a fairy tale and that God makes curious things happen. "This True Story of his Life will not be found the least interesting of his writings; indeed, to me it seems one of the most so. It furnishes the key, as it were to all the rest [...]" (Translator's preface). The autobiography is written in the same wonderful language and with the same straightforward mystique that characterizes H.C. Andersen's other writings, and the person H.C.A. cannot be said to be less interesting or intriguing than his fairy tales. "My life is a lovely story, happy and full of incident. If, when I was a boy, and went forth into the world poor and friendless, a good fairy had met me and said, "Choose now thy own course through life [...]" (the initiating lines of Chapter one). H.C. Andresen wrote his autobiography while travelling in Europe. Numerous interruptions appeared, and Andersen sent the sheets of the manuscript off to the publisher as they were written, which meant that he did not have the earlier parts of the work with him when he wrote the latter. The work also much exceeded the length that he had intended. The manuscript was written in Danish and was translated into English and German the year after he had finished the final sheets (August 1846). For this work he only worked on one single manuscript, and made all of the numerous corrections directly in this, meaning that it was exceedingly difficult to read and that it could not be sent to a translator straight away. The publisher had been told to send the sheets of the manuscript directly to his friend and financial advisor, Edvard Collin, as they arrived, and Collin, realizing that no stranger would be able to read the manuscript, made a fair copy of the entire manuscript, correcting all of Andersen's linguistic and stylistic errors. In return he got to keep the manuscript, which is why it was still in existence almost 100 years later, when the first Danish edition of it was to be printed. Andersen borrowed his manuscript from Collin, when, some years later, he had to deliver a Danish autobiography for the edition of his collected works. He used it as the basis for "Mit Livs Eventyr" (The Fairy Tale of My Life"), which appeared in his collected works in 1854-55, but which is much different from the present and principal autobiography

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        The Comic History of England. Illustrated by John Leech. 2-volume set (complete)

      Bradbury Agnew & Co. London Bradbury, Agnew & Co. 1847/48 Second edition vg Quarto. Uncut. XVIII, 432, XIV, 416pp. Original gilt pictorial cloth with gold lettering on spines and front boards. Ex-libris of Lucy Smith Battson (ex Lucy Doheny) on both free front endpapers. Illustrated title-pages with black and red lettering. Decorative initials. Laid in in first volume, a typed letter signed by M. de Lente-Neville, and dated 12/20/1935 explains in detail the history of this book. Fascinating work profusely illustrated with numerous in-text duo tone illustrations and 20 full-page colored steel engravings by John Leech, each one protected by a tissue-guard. Some edge wear on bindings with spines sunned and corners rubbed. Spine edges of first volume chipped out and spine edges of second volume frayed. Minor rubbing and soiling to boards. Hinges starting. Bindings in overall good- to good, interior in very good to near fine condition

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        The Comic History of England.

      2 vols. London 1847-48. Illustrated with 20 handcoloured etchings by John Leech and with 240 woodcuts in the text. Bound uncut with top edge gilt with all covers to the parts and several advertisments in full brown skin with raised bands, top edge gilt and gilt decorations

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        The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England, from the Earliest Times till the Reign of King George IV. Eight Volumes

      The most famous of all works devoted to England's Lord Chancellors, described as a work which "challenge[s] comparison with the best biographies in the language"; with the eighth index volume, printed in 1869. 3/4 tan morocco, the top edges gilt; a pretty set. John Murray, Albemarle Street, London, 1847-69.

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        The Life of Lord Chancellor Hardwicke; With Selections from His Correspondence, Diaries, Speeches, and Judgments. In Three Volumes

      Lord Lyndhurst's presentation set of the principal early account of Lord Hardwicke, pairing two of the greatest lawyers and Lord Chancellors of the 18th and 19th centuries--"The Right Honble Lord Lyndhurst / with the authors most / respectful compts". Original green embossed cloth, the spines a bit faded, else a very crisp, largely uncut set; with Lord Lyndhurst's armorial bookplate on each pastedown. Edward Moxon [and] Stevens' & Norton . . . Fleet Street, London, 1847.

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        On the Conservation of Force; a Physical Memoire.London: Taylor & Francis, 1853.

      First edition in English of his very rare paper 'Über die Erhaltung der Kraft', 1847 (PMM 323, Grolier/Horblit 48, Dibner 159, Sparrow 96). "This short paper of twenty-eight pages, 'On the Conservation of Energy', is the first comprehensive statement of the first law of thermodynamics: that all modes of energy, heat, light, electricity, and all chemical phenomena, are capable of transformation from one to the other but are indestructable and cannot be created." (Printing and the Mind of Man, p.196). "Helmholtz analyzed different forms of energy and different kinds of force and motion, classifying them as kinetic or potential. He gave mathematical expression to the energy of motion, thus providing an experimental measure for research into force and energy. The principle of conservation of energy proved to be of fundamental importance both in scientific research and in the development of technology." (Norman 1039).. 8vo: 224 x 145 mm. In: 'Scientific Memoires, Selected from the Transactions of Foreign Academies of Science, and from Foreign Journals', pp. 114-162. The complete volume (IV, 360 and 5 plates) offered in contemporary quarter-morocco. Spine with some wear. Small rubber stamp to title page and plates (not belonging to the Helmholtz paper). A very good copy

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        Histoire de la Révolution Francaise. 7 Volumes.

      Paris, Chamerot, 1847- 53. 8vo. Bound in seven nice cont. uniform hcalfs w. gilt spines. A bit of bumping to corners, otherwise very fine. Some brownspotting internally. (2), CXXVIII, (2), 335; (2), 603; (2), 557, (18); (2), 505, (17); (2), 624; (2), (444), (1); (2), 543 pp.. The seminal first edition of Michelet's groundbreaking work about the French Revolution."During the same years when Macauley was fixing the Whig image of the Glorious Revolution in the minds of the English public, Michelet was giving to the French radicals the most colourful and fervent justification of the French Revolution. Ten years after Carlyle had painted it as the twilight of the gods, Michelet hailed it as the birth of a new age." (PMM p. 197).Michelet's work became of the utmost importance to the reception of the historical event of the French Revolution, because he hails it as one of the most important events in the history of man. Furthermore he justifies the Revolution and sees it as an important step in the process of freeing man from his bondage to the material world. According to Michelet, Christianity was the first major step towards freeing the individual from earthly concerns, and The French Revolution of 1789 is the next, and perhaps most important, step towards this freedom. As opposed to Christianity, The French Revolution deals with social problems, and thus it comes to play an even greater role in human history than the coming of Christ.The people, who are the core of the Revolution, are responsible for the progress of the world. Due to the injustice, material lacks, inequality, class hatred etc. that the people have suffered, they create a constant pressure on the world, and in the attempt to better their own lives, they force the world to move forward, and The French Revolution is the culmination of this attempt. Michelt defends the people and the Revolution, claiming that it takes place under the sign of fraternal love, justice and equality. When Michelet wrote his "Histoire de la Révolution Francaise", he was actually in the middle of writing his famous "Histoire de France", but as he felt that the people of France were beginning to forget its destiny and losing its revolutionary spirit, he broke of his "History of France" for a while and wrote his seminal "History of the French Revolution""His "History of the French Revolution" is a sustained panegyric of radical democracy: "from the first page to the last", he said, "there is only one hero - the people." Neither his openly anti-clerical and anti-royalist partisanship nor his many inaccuracies can detract from the grandiose narrative which has secured the book a permanent place in French literature such as none of his successors has attained." (PMM p. 197)."La Révolution est en nous, dans nos âmes; au dehors, elle n'a point de monument. Vivant esprit de la France, où te saisirai-je, si ce n'est en moi?... Les pouvoirs qui se sont succédé, ennemis dans tout le reste, ont semblé d'accord sur un point, relever, réveiller les ages lointains et morts... Toi, ils auraint voulu t'ensouir... Et pourquoi?... Toi seul, tu vis." (Michelet, (Preface), p. II).PMM 324

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        Les Fleurs animées par J.-J. Grandville. Introductions par Alph. Karr,Texte par Taxile Delord.

      262 p., 2 f.n.ch. (titres), 16 p., p. 279 -364, IV p., p. 105-166, 1 f., IV p., p. (169)-236. Avec 2 frontispices, 50 gravures coloriées, 2 gravures en n/b. Reliure demi cuir brun foncé, titre, caissons et tranches dorés (sign. Sénèz. R.). 3 parties en 1 volume. Carteret III, 286. - Première tirage de l'édition originale à part de la page 1-16 de la deuxième partie et de "La Botanique des Dames" qui porte la pagination du deuxième tirage. - Exlibris. Quelques rousseurs. [2 Warenabbildungen bei antiquariat.de]

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        Manuscript medical ledger,

      Dover, OH, 1847-54. No Dust Jacket. [Slingluff, Joseph(?)]. Manuscript medical ledger. Ca. 450pp., the first 137 with manuscript page numbers. Dover, Ohio, September 1847 - August 1854. 385 x 160 mm. Original reverse calf stamped in black, worn and rubbed. One leaf (pp. 46-47) torn out, light soiling and toning, upper portion of front flyleaf cut away but a very good example. Several manuscript sheets with text and figures laid in. The manuscript ledger of an extremely active physician and landowner in Dover, Ohio, most likely Dr. Joseph Slingluff, who began his medical practice at Dover in 1828 and served as the town's first mayor when it was incorporated in 1842. Slingluff belonged to one of Dover's founding families: The initial settlement land (2175 acres) was purchased from Col. James Morrison of Kentucky in 1806 by Jesse Slingluff and his brother-in-law Christian Deardorff. The Deardorff and Slingluff names feature prominently in our ledger. Dover's prosperity increased dramatically with the building of the Erie Canal, as the canal's only tolling station was located there; the population grew from 46 in 1820 to nearly 600 in 1840, and the town became a flour mill and warehouse center. This prosperity is reflected in Dr. Slingluff's ledger, which records that he often saw more than 10 patients a day; the ledger also contains records of real estate owned by the doctor (including a small plat map) and the construction costs of his house. At the back are two pages recording difficult obstetric cases. Mansfield, The History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio (1884), p. 543 and passim.

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        The Fruits of America, containing richly colored figures and full descriptions of all the choicest varieties cultivated in The United States

      Boston and New York: C.C. Little & Jas. Brown and Hovey & Co. (Boston), D.Appleton & Co. (New York), 1847-1854. Vol. I, parts 1-12, vol.II, parts 1-5 (only, of 12), octavo. (10 7/8 x 7 3/8 inches). 2 half-titles, title to vol.I with wood-engraved vignette, 2pp. list of subscribers. Lithographic portrait frontispiece of Hovey, 68 chromolithographic plates by William Sharp & Son, numerous woodcut illustrations of trees, flowers and fruit. Original wrappers, titled on the upper cover with integral uncoloured vignette, letterpress prospectus on the lower cover. A rare substantial run of the original parts from the most lavish ante-bellum work on the fruit trees of America: "the first major work executed entirely in chromolithography" (Reese). The 64 varieties featured include pear, apple, cherry, peach, plum and strawberry. The plates were all executed by the Boston firm headed by William Sharp and are accompanied by text which gives the history of each variety, a full description, its growing habit, flower and fruit, and advice on its cultivation. Each entry is headed by cross-references to the other standard European and American books and periodicals. The illustrations generally comprise a sketch of the growing habit of each tree, an outline of the fruit and occasionally an image of the flower. Charles Hovey was born in Cambridge, Mass. in 1810 and with his brother Phineas established a nursery there in 1832. By 1845 his huge collection of fruit trees included a thousand pear trees and four hundred apple trees. A keen plant breeder, he also produced a number of new varieties of Camellia. His literary output brought him to the forefront of horticultural writers with the American Gardeners' Magazine (renamed the Magazine of Horticulture) which enjoyed great popularity between 1834 and 1868. The present work was intended by Hovey as an international show-case for what American pomologists had achieved, as well as an essential reference guide. It is his masterpiece and originally appeared in parts between 1847 and 1856 and is considered complete in two volumes with 96 plates. Arnold Arboretum/ Harvard p.354; Bennett p.59; BM (NH) II,p.881; Bunyard p.437 & 444; Mass. Horticultural Society p.148; McGrath p.112; Nissen BBI 941; Oak Spring Pomona 61; Reese, American Color Plate Books 20.

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