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        Théorie Positive l'Ovulation Spontanée de la Fécondation des Mammifères et de l'Espèce Humaine, basée sur l'observation de toute la série animale.

      Paris, J.-B. Baillière, 1847. 23,5 cm x 31 cm. 30 unnumbered text pages.With atlas volume bound in the original printed boards, twenty hand colored plates, one fold-out, and tissue guards. Original Hardcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Corners slightly rubbed. Some foxing thoughout book. Slight water damage to some of the text pages. Félix-Archimède Pouchet (August 26, 1800, in Rouen, France to December 6, 1872) was a French naturalist and a leading proponent of spontaneous generation of life from non-living materials, and as such an opponent of Louis Pasteur's germ theory. He was the father of Georges Pouchet (1833

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        Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia, from Moreton Bay to Port Essington...

      London: T. & W. Boone, 1847. Octavo, seven plates including frontispiece, vignettes, a fine copy in original publisher's cloth. A handsome copy of a pivotal document in the history of Australian exploration, here seen in the original publishers blind-blocked cloth. Ludwig Leichhardt's Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia... documents one of the most unlikely and courageous ventures ever undertaken in the history of the continent.When Leichhardt arrived in Sydney in February 1842 he was considered learned but eccentric: he possessed no bush craft skills, had poor eyesight and was unable to shoot. Yet he proved a quick learner and launched successful forays as far north as Moreton Bay. For some years settlers had eagerly talked of finding a route from southern Queensland to the Northern Territory, so linking their abundant grazing districts with Asian markets. When a Government funded expedition stalled, Leichhardt headed his own venture funded by pastoralists and business-men impressed by the seemingly indefatigable German.What followed was one of the longest journeys of Australian inland exploration - a trek of stupefying distance, difficulty and endurance spanning 4,800 kilometres. The party was racked by interpersonal conflict, inexperience and continual hostility from local Aboriginal tribes (in late June 1845 one member was killed and two others seriously injured during a raid near the Gulf of Carpentaria). After fourteen months they finally reached Port Essington in the Northern Territory in a state of perilous exhaustion.When Leichhardt and his men returned to Sydney they had been given up as lost. Celebrations lasted for months and he was hailed 'the prince of explorers' and received a sizeable sum raised by public subscription. His scientific and geographic work was greatly admired during his lifetime, but his reputation as an expeditionary leader has been criticised since. Leichhardt's mercurial temperament and mysterious death during a later expedition have become part of the mythology of European Australia.This copy corresponds to the primary issue described in Australian Rare Books, with corresponding title lettered on the spine, publisher's advertisements and slip advertising the release of Jukes' Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly. However, it includes an additional four pages of unpaginated advertisements at the rear: Australian Rare Books notes 'Various secondary issues of both primary and secondary bindings have been noted with different combinations of advertisements'. Some moderate foxing of the plates.

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        The Chess Player's Chronicle

      London: H Hurst, 1847. 422+[viii] pages with diagrams and index. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 3/4") bound in period cloth with blind stamped covers with gilt insignia, and gilt decoration and lettering to spine. Title in red and green. Volume VIII. (Betts: 7-1) First edition.The Chess Player's Chronicle, founded by Howard Staunton and extant from 1841–56 and 1859–62, was the world's first successful English-language magazine devoted exclusively to chess. Various unrelated but identically or similarly named publications were published until 1902. The earliest chess magazine in any language was the French Le Palamède, published in 1836-39 and 1842-47. In 1837 George Walker introduced an English-language magazine, the Philidoria, that was devoted to "chess and other scientific games". Only six issues of it were published, and it "expired in May, 1838". In 1840 or 1841 Staunton bought the fortnightly magazine The British Miscellany and Chess Player's Chronicle. In 1841 it became The Chess Player's Chronicle. In 1843, the Chess Player's Chronicle became a shilling monthly magazine. Staunton "made the inclusion of a large number of games by himself and other leading players of the day a special feature" of the magazine. He also used the magazine as a forum for attacking others. Staunton was the owner and editor of the magazine until the early 1850s, when he sold it to R.B. O'Brien. O'Brien became editor of the magazine, but was unable to continue its success and discontinued it in 1856 because of financial losses and his own illness. It reappeared in 1859 under the editorship of Ignatz Kolisch, Zytogorski, and Josef Kling, but survived only until July 1862. Thereafter, a number of magazines appeared with the same or similar name (such as Chess Players' Chronicle) appeared. Arthur Skipworth, assisted by William Wayte and Charles Ranken, wrote The Chess Players' Quarterly Chronicle, which was published in York from February 1868 to December 1871. Skipworth, who had left Bilsdale for Tetford Rectory, Horncastle, and John Wisker became the editors of the new The Chess Players' Chronicle in February 1872. Johann Löwenthal began writing for it in 1873. The magazine ran until 1875. In January 1876, it was succeeded by The Chess Player's Chronicle, whose editor-in-chief was J. Jenkin of Helensburgh. Its editorial staff consisted of Jenkin, Skipworth, Ranken, Wayte, and Andrew Hunter of Glasgow. Billed as a "monthly record of provincial chess", it was published at Glasgow, costing sixpence. Its short run under Jenkin's editorship was marked by xenophobia. The February issue stated that the West End Club had "cleared away the disturbing foreign element which infected the Divan" and referring to Wilhelm Steinitz as "the hot-headed little Austrian". Its third and last issue was published in March. The magazine reappeared in January 1877. It was now under Ranken's editorship, assisted by J. Crum, G. B. Fraser, Skipworth, and Wayte. The first issue apologized for "certain offensive statements and insinuations, seriously affecting the honor of some eminent players", and explained that some members of the present editorial staff had only contributed games and other inoffensive material to it in 1875. Ranken continued to edit the magazine until September 1880. In 1881, the title was enlarged to The Chess Player's Chronicle, and Journal of Indoor and Outdoor Sports, and "the magazine's importance in the chess world was no longer the same". None of these magazines compared in quality with what Staunton had achieved, and the success of the British Chess Magazine, by the turn of the century a superb magazine, put an end to the title in 1902.Condition:Corners bumped, earlier owner's stamp to title, some occasional pencil notations, recased with new end papers else a very good copy.

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        A Residence of Twenty-One Years in the Sandwich Islands; or, The civil, religious and political history of those islands: comprising a particular view of the missionary operations connected with the introduction and progress of Christianity and civilization among the Hawaiian people.

      Hartford: Hezekiah Huntington, 1847. Octavo, with steel-engravings, in the scarcer special binding. 'The most important book on the history of the American Protestant mission in Hawaii during the years 1820-1841, and one of the key books of Hawaiian history...' (Forbes). This is the first edition of one of the most informative books on Hawaii during the early missionary years. Bingham was instrumental in developing the idea that Cook's acceptance of the apparent worship of the Hawaiians in 1779 was largely responsible for his death, writing 'we can hardly avoid the conclusion, that for the direct encouragement of idolatry, and especially for his audacity in allowing himself like the proud and magisterial Herod to be idolized, he was left to infatuation and died by the visitation of God.'Bingham's name crops up everywhere in the history of the period: he arrived in Honolulu in 1820 and spent the following 21 years in missionary work. He quickly learned Hawaiian, and created a written version of the language which he used, with William Ellis, to begin printing in native Hawaiian; he helped his missionary colleagues to translate the Bible into Hawaiian. He received support from the royal family and the travels that he made through the islands with this official sanction enabled him to gather their impressions which appeared in this book written after he finally left for the United States in 1840. Sabin said that it was probably the best work on the Sandwich Islands There were additional Hartford editions in 1848 and 1849 and another one published at Canandaigua, New York, in 1855. Original gilt and blind-stamped leather, small split to lower hinge, with the usual foxing, but a very good copy.

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        An easy introduction to railway mensuration illustrated by drawings from original works, that have been carried out upon various english railway lines showing a plain and easy method of taking out quantities of every description of railway work and estimating them, and setting out work for the making of railways generally

      Weale John, London, 1847 - Cm 19.5x28, pp. 63 con 14 tavole più volte ripiegate, legato in piena tela con titoli su tasselli cartacei sia al dorso che al piatto. Conservazione molto buona. Lingua inglese. Rarissimo completamente originale [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Autograph letter signed ("L. Pasteur"), in French, Lille, 25 December, 1856, to Charles Alexandre Drion.

      An important letter (in fact, two letters in one), with significant scientific content. Pasteur begins: Mr Guiraudet has given me your letter. I think you will benefit well from the following method: saturate - or oversaturate - the acid residues diluted by secrete of lime. The liquor will remain clear. Bring it to the boil and it will precipitate a neutral malate of grainy and crystalline lime. If there are more organic acids that are insoluble in lime salt, perhaps they will precipitate at the time of saturation before boiling. Examine if there is a way to cause them to separate. What is the validity of this method? I have neglected that. It would be easy to find out by dissolving malic acid or a malate alkaline in a large amount of nitric acid and then proceed as above. Pasteur is here drawing upon his knowledge of malic acid and its salts (malates) which played an important role in his studies of isomerism and optical activity in certain molecules, which was his principal area of research activity from 1847 to 1857 (see below). In the second part of the letter, Pasteur responds to an apparently different question from Drion, but also relating to isomers: The fact that you point out the production of glycolic acid in the preparation of nitrous ether is interesting. Note that in fact we have this formula: C4H5OA2O3 = C4H5A2O4 = C4H4A2O41HO Nitrous etherglycineasparagine Perhaps you might benefit from these findings. Moreover, you know that asparagine treated by nitrous acid produces malic acid and that glycine with nitrous acid produces benzoyl glycolic acid [sic] (which divides into benzoic acid and glycolic acid). So look for benzoic acid. By isomeric transformation, you should be able to turn nitrous ether into glycine etc. "In Pasteur's early work as a chemist, beginning at the École Normale Supérieure, and continuing at Strasbourg and Lille, he examined the chemical, optical and crystallographic properties of a group of compounds known as tartrates. He resolved a problem concerning the nature of tartaric acid (1848). A solution of this compound derived from living things (specifically, wine lees) rotated the plane of polarization of light passing through it. The mystery was that tartaric acid derived by chemical synthesis had no such effect, even though its chemical reactions were identical and its elemental composition was the same. Pasteur was able to show not only that optical activity related to the shape of the crystals, but also that an asymmetric internal arrangement of the molecules of the compound was responsible for twisting the light. The (2R,3R)- and (2S,3S)- tartrates were isometric, non-superposable mirror images of each other. This was the first time anyone had demonstrated molecular chirality, and also the first explanation of isomerism" (Wikipedia). "Pasteur rose to the status of a national hero during his lifetime. However, perhaps surprisingly, Geison, a historian who has made a detailed study of Pasteur's life and work, is able to state: 'His contributions to basic science were extensive and very significant, but less revolutionary than his reputation suggests. Pasteur's most profound and most original contributions to science [i.e. these are the ones in the field of molecular chirality and crystallography] are also the least famous, and they came at the very outset of his career.' Bernal, a crystallographer, concurs ' . . . his first and in some ways his greatest scientific discovery'" (Flack, p. 371). Charles Alexandre Drion (1827-63) was educated at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, graduating in 1847. From 1854 to 1859 he was Professeur de Physique at the Lycée de Versailles. He earned his doctorate in 1859 with a thesis entitled 'Recherches sur la dilatabilité des liquides volatils.' The following year he was appointed Chargé de Cours at the University of Besançon, rising to professor in 1862. Flack, 'Louis Pasteur's discovery of molecular chirality and spontaneous resolution in 1848, together with a complete review of his crystallographic and chemical work,' Acta Crystallographica A65 (2009), 371-89. One leaf (209 x 136 mm), just over 1½ pages of writting. Very well preserved. Full transcription and English translation of the letter is included.

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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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        Naval History of the United States of America

      Philadelphia, PA: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Company. Very Good. 1847. First Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good full leather 1st edition, has the previous owner's name and notations on the front endpapers. Rear endpaper is missing. Front board is slightly bowed. Leather cover has rubs and wear, especially at the spine ends and edges. Marbled endpapers and page edges. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 447 pages .

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        Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia, from Moreton Bay to Port Essington...

      London: T. & W. Boone, 1847. Octavo, seven plates including frontispiece, further vignettes, with three maps mounted on linen in uniform folding case; fine in original publisher's cloth, lovingly preserved in a handsome gilt blue morocco solander case. An excellent copy of the first edition of this great monument in the history of Australian exploration, here complete with the portfolio of maps in its original cloth binding. Leichhardt's Journal of an Overland Expedition documents one of the most unlikely and courageous ventures ever undertaken in the history of the continent.When Leichhardt arrived in Sydney in February 1842 he was considered learned but eccentric: he possessed no bush craft skills, had poor eyesight and was unable to shoot. Yet he proved a quick learner and launched successful forays as far north as Moreton Bay. For some years settlers had eagerly talked of finding a route from southern Queensland to the Northern Territory, so linking their abundant grazing districts with Asian markets. When a Government funded expedition stalled, Leichhardt headed his own venture funded by pastoralists and business-men impressed by the seemingly indefatigable German.What followed was one of the longest journeys of Australian inland exploration - a trek of stupefying distance, difficulty and endurance spanning 4800 kilometres. The party was racked by interpersonal conflict, inexperience and continual hostility from local Aboriginal tribes (in late June 1845 one member was killed and two others seriously injured during a raid near the Gulf of Carpentaria). After fourteen months they finally reached Port Essington in the Northern Territory in a state of perilous exhaustion.When Leichhardt and his men returned to Sydney they had been given up as lost. Celebrations lasted for months; he was hailed 'the prince of explorers' and received a sizeable sum raised by public subscription. His scientific and geographic work was greatly admired during his lifetime, but his reputation as an expeditionary leader has been criticised since. Leichhardt's mercurial temperament and mysterious death during a later expedition have become part of the mythology of European Australia.

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        AN ILLUSTRATION OF OSBOURNE'S PICTORIAL ALPHABET.

      Comprising, title, dedication, explanation of the illustrations, and 4 engraved leaves with multiple engraved images illustrating the letters of the alphabet. Original, or contemporary, cloth-backed semi-stiff boards. Landscape folio. First edition thus. Some light browning; tissue-guards creased; some light dust-soiling to outer edges; else a very good copy of an extremely rare issue of this beautiful alphabet. Usually found , as first issued in 1835, as a boxed set of cards, accompanied by a booklet. WorldCat locates only one copy of the above edition, in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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        Traité des fractures et des luxations.

      Paris, Baillière, 1847-55. ____ Première édition de l'ouvrage le plus important de Malgaigne. Illustré par 30 grandes planches lithographiées. Sa description de la double fracture verticale du bassin, "la fracture de Malgaigne" se trouve dans le tome premier, pp. 650-656. Les volumes de texte sont en reliure de l'époque; l'atlas a été récemment relié à l'imitation, sa couverture imprimée a été conservée. Bon exemplaire.***** First edition. "His description of bilateral vertical fracture of the pelvis ("Malgaigne's fracture") is in I, pp. 650-56." Garrison-Morton 4417. Illustrated buy 30 plates. 2 volumes in-8 et un atlas in-folio. Collation : VII, 842 / (4), 1108 / 28 pp. et 30 pl. Demi-chagrin vert brun, dos à nerfs orné. (Reliure de l'époque pour le texte et à l'imitation pour l'atlas.).

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        Recherches historiques sur les costumes civils et militaires des gildes et corporations de métiers; leurs drapeaux, leurs armes, leurs blasons, etc... - Moeurs et usages des corporations de métiers de la Belgique et du nord de la France pour faire suite aux "Recherches historiques"

      Original for each volume editions. Binding half sheepskin caramel corners, back with five nerves for ornate black lines extending on the boards and completed with a black floral pattern, a lack of nerve, part of title morocco fir higher caps slightly rubbed and having small gaps, flat marbled, endpapers and contreplats of handmade paper, corners bumped, a few snags on the cuts, red head. The first book is illustrated with 35 lithographed plates off-black text and some enhanced hand color, the second 34 lithographed plates off-black text and some enhanced color by hand. Nice together. Rare meeting. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! F. & E. Gyselynck - De Busscher frères Gand s.d.(1847) & 1857 17x27,5cm 2 volumes reliés en 1

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        (Tschaturangavidjâ.): Literatur Des Schachspiels

      Wien (Vienna): Carl Gerold, 1847. x+402 with name index. Octavo (9" x 6") bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 16) First edition.Condition:Rebound, some staining to to gutters else a very good copy.

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        History Of The United States, Or Republic Of America: With A Chronological Table and a Series of Progressive Maps

      A.S.BARNES &CO Nº51 JOHN STREET 1847 - History Of The United States, Or Republic Of America: With A Chronological Table and a Series of Progressive Maps . A. S. Barnes & Co., New York, NY, 1847. Hardcover. 12 Maps. Ask for more Pictures if need.REF VITCOM [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Praktische Naturgeschichte des Menschen und der Säugethiere für Gebildete aller Stände. Text- und Tafelband.

      Mit meist in Stahl gestochenen und naturgetreu colorirten Abbildungen auf 91 Tafeln, (komplett), Leipzig, Verlag von Gebhardt & Reisland, 1847, (2 Blätter), 807 Seiten und 91 Tafeln, 26,5x18,5, Original-Halblederbände mit Rückentitel, bei beiden Bänden Name und Jahreszahl 1869 auf Vorsatz, Rücken etwas beschabt, Innengelenke aufgeplatzt, Textband fast durchgehend stockfleckig/gebräunt, Tafelband: Samthemdchen stockfleckig, Tafel 60 mit kleinem Randeinriß, Innengelenke aufgeplatzt, sonst nur geringe Gebrauchs- und Alterungsspuren, zusammen 2 Bände

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        Aunt Carry's Ballads For Children: Adventures of a Wood Sprite; The Story of Blanche and Brutikin.

      Small 4to. Original forest green finely ribbed cloth prettily panelled in blind to both covers, and lettered in gilt to upper board, all edges gilt; pp. [iv], 5-53; with a total of 8 fine handcoloured lithographs, 4 of which have the charming original watercolours by John Absolon expertly laid down on paper and tipped-in alongside, 2 with accompanying tipped-in manuscript captions; a unique copy, from the library of L.G.E. Bell, with his tiny booklabel to front pastedown; externally very clean and sound with one small splash mark to centre of upper board and slight rubbing to bottom fore-corner of the same; internally, also, remarkably good, with a little light toning to stock and pale foxing to verso of a couple of plates. First edition. The four original watercolour illustrations for "The Story of Blanche and Brutikin" provide a telling contrast to the images in the engraved state and convey an energy and depth of emotional expression which is tempered in the printed version. The lithographs also include a considerable number of changes to the detail of the original artwork. John Absolon (1815-1895) was born in Lambeth. He studied under an Italian, Ferrigi, and began work as a portrait painter before being apprenticed to Grieve, the theatrical scene-painter. He went on to paint miniatures before turning his hand to children's book illustration: a genre in which he saw the most success. Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (1808-77) was the granddaughter of Irish playwright Thomas Sheridan and a famous society beauty, author and hostess. Her acrimonious estrangement from her bullying husband George Chapple Norton, who accused her of having an affair with the then Prime Minister Lord Melbourne, brought her even further into the public eye and steered her towards involvement in social reform. She was an early campaigner for rights for married and divorced women, especially with respect to custody of their children.

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        Typee:

      London: John Murray, Albemarle Street 1847. FIRST EDITION, early issue. COLONIAL PRINTING. Small 8vo. Pp. 286 with map and 16-page catalogue at rear. Publisher's red cloth, colonial binding and blocked as such in blind to covers, gilt titles to spine. Some minor wear to spine ends, backstrip a little toned, neat inscription to flyleaf. Very good indeed. Melville's debut novel, with rather a complex publication history; this copy is one of the early issues with the title page dated 1847, with corrected 'Pomare' text to page 19, line 1. BAL 13652.

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        South Australia Illustrated.

      London: Thomas M'Lean, 1847. Large folio, with hand coloured pictorial title-page and 60 hand coloured plates; half dark green morocco, marbled edges and cloth sides. George French Angas came to South Australia at the behest of his father, who had established the South Australian Company in 1836. Arriving in 1844, Angas began a series of extensive travels through South Australia, travelling through the Mount Lofty Ranges to the Murray River and down to Lake Coorong, sketching the countryside, native animals, and the customs and dwellings of the local indigenous people. Within months he joined the governor, George Grey, as unofficial artist on his expeditions to the southeast, faithfully sketching and recording the natural beauty of the eight-year-old colony.Angas returned to England in 1846 to publish his views of South Australia and held an exhibition at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, with a view to attracting subscriptions for the publication. The drawings were described by Angas as 'entirely executed on the spot, from Life and Nature', and he claimed they represented 'the Natives, with their Manners and Customs, and the Picturesque Scenery... with unexaggerated truth and fidelity' (Tregenza, George French Angas). The exhibition was highly acclaimed and Angas' publishers began the painstaking process of transferring his original watercolour drawings to lithographic stone.Angas' particular style in depicting scenes of town and bush is instantly recognisable; his sympathetic and knowledgeable observations of the Aborigines and his portrayal of the flora and fauna offer an outstanding romantic interpretation of the Australian landscape.A lovely copy of South Australia Illustrated, George French Angas' greatest achievement, and without doubt one of the most famous and most desirable of Australian colour plate books. Some slight ageing (as often), but an excellent copy.

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        Travels in Western Africa in 1845 andamp 1846

      

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        France Illustrated, Exhibiting its Landscape Scenery, Antiquities, Military and Ecclesiastical Architecture, &c.

      London: Fisher, Son, & Co., n.d. but 1845-, 1847. Four volumes, quarto, each with engraved titlepage featuring vignette, 144 full page plates engraved on steel, a very attractive set in full morocco gift binding, elaborately gilt and embossed. A lovely set of one of Allom's lavish topographical works, with the supplemental fourth volume, 'A Summer and Winter in Paris', in a matching binding. This work is not commonly seen complete, as thus.Richly illustrated, the steel engravings, which include many fine views of nineteenth-century France, are drawn by Thomas Allom (1804-1872), an English artist and architect. Although he was a founding member of what became the Royal Institute of British Architects, Allom is chiefly remembered for his many beautiful topographical works, which were often used in such travel books. This series was completed after his early work on Turkey and Asia Minor, but before his perhaps more famous China Illustrated of 1845. Some very mild offsetting and the occasional mark; a little rubbed at extremities.

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        An Account of the Measurement of Two Sections of the Meridional Arc of India, author's presentation copy to the Royal Society of Edinburgh at the behest of the Directors of the East India Company Two volumes, complete, including the accompanying Engravings volume

      London: Wm. H. Allen & Co., Booksellers to the Honourable East-India Company, printed by J. & H. Cox, 1847. First edition. Hardcover. Mammoth in every sense, this 1847 two-volume first edition of Sir George Everest?s account of his remarkable survey of the Indian subcontinent is a presentation copy from the author to the Royal Society of Edinburgh at the behest of the Directors of the East India Company. Everest is the British geodesist and military engineer who completed a remarkable survey of India and ultimately lent his name to the world's tallest mountain. Each volume is inscribed on the front free endpaper: ?Presented by order of the Court of Directors | of the Hon?ble E. I. Company of Great Britain | to the Royal Society of Edinburgh | By the Author?. The handsome original dark blue cloth bindings measure nearly 13 x 10.25 inches, with gilt spine print, blind ruled spine compartments, and blind ruled front cover borders with blind stamped floral motif at corners and center within. The contents are extensively illustrated. The text volume with engraved frontispiece and two plates, illustrations (one with volvelle), and tables (several folding). The Engravings volume with errata slip and thirty-two engraved plates, one plate with volvelle, one double-page map, and two enormous folding plan sections. Condition is very good, the blue cloth bindings square and tight with minor wear to extremities, minimal scuffing and slight spine toning, the contents bright with mild spotting primarily confined to prelims, plates, and page edges. The bookplate of accomplished collector Richard Manney is affixed to each volume?s lower front pastedown. The Engravings volume?s title page bears the oval ink stamp of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Both volumes are housed in a modern cloth slip case, felt-lined, with divider. Sir George Everest (1790-1866) joined the East India Company as a cadet and sailed for India in 1806. Engineering successes and proficiency in mathematics and astronomy led to his appointment as chief assistant to the great trigonometrical survey of India in 1817. This survey, dauntingly ambitious on an imperial scale, began in 1802 and ?was of international geodetic importance because of its part in determining the figure of the earth.? Everest?s task was to complete the arc that had begun at the southern tip of India, work he continued as superintendent after the 1823 death of William Lambton, his predecessor. Everest spent the next two decades intensely committed to the survey. He directly participated in field work, ?even though half paralysed from the effects of fever and rheumatism.? When he became too ill to work in the field, Everest returned to England to win support of the East India Company for project completion, promote scientific interest, and secure improved measurement instruments and methods. Everest returned to India in 1830, not only as an elected fellow of the Royal Society and superintendent of the trigonometric survey, but also as surveyor-general of India. Despite bouts of sickness, ?he was able to see the work through to completion in 1841? by which time an arc of more than 21 degrees in length had been measured from Cape Comorin to the northern border of British India.? (ODNB) In late 1843, Everest retired to England. His 1847 An Account of the Measurement of Two Sections of the Meridional Arc of India earned him the medal of the Royal Astronomical Society as well as election as an honorary member of the Asiatic Society of Bengal and fellow of the Royal Asiatic and Royal Geographical Societies. In 1856, Everest?s name was given by his successor in India, Andrew Waugh, to the Himalayan Peak XV, the world?s highest at 29,029 feet - a noteworthy exception to the surveyors? common practice of using local names. Everest?s work was superseded, but his importance endures ?as a man of vision who with immense determination carried out his plan to the limits of precision then possible? and whose achievement was of great importance to contemporary geodesy and to the accurate surveying of India.? (ODNB)

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        Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia...

      London: T. & W. Boone, 1847. Octavo, with seven plates including frontispiece, vignettes, 4 & 8 pp. advertisements at front (the first dated June 1848), and a further 8 pp. at rear; a handsome copy in recent tan crushed morocco by Sangorski, with the original publishers cloth and backstrip preserved (mounted on card leaves and bound at the rear). An attractive copy of Leichhardt's famous journal, documenting one of the most unlikely and courageous expeditions of inland exploration.When Leichhardt arrived in Sydney in February 1842 he was considered learned but eccentric: he possessed no bush craft skills, had poor eyesight and was unable to shoot. Yet he proved a quick learner and launched successful forays as far north as Moreton Bay. For some years settlers had eagerly talked of finding a route from southern Queensland to the Northern Territory, so linking their abundant grazing districts with Asian markets. When a Government funded expedition stalled, Leichhardt headed his own venture funded by pastoralists and business-men impressed by the seemingly indefatigable German.What followed was one of the longest journeys of Australian inland exploration, a stupefying trek of 4,800 kilometres. The party was racked by interpersonal conflict, inexperience and continual hostility from local Aboriginal tribes (in late June 1845 one member was killed and two others seriously injured during a raid near the Gulf of Carpentaria). After fourteen months they finally reached Port Essington in the Northern Territory in a state of exhaustion.When Leichhardt and his men returned to Sydney they had been given up as lost. Celebrations lasted for months and he was hailed 'the prince of explorers' and received a sizeable sum raised by public subscription. His scientific and geographic work was greatly admired during his lifetime, but his reputation as an expeditionary leader has been criticised since. Leichhardt's mercurial temperament and mysterious death during a later expedition have become part of the mythology of European Australia. From the Collection of Robert Edwards.

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        Commentaries on the Law of Promissory Notes, and Guaranties of Notes, and Checks and Banks and Bankers. With Occasional Illustrations from the Commercial Law of the Nations of Continental Europe. Second Edition. Cohen 2562

      Charles C. Little & James Brown [and] Stevens and Norton [etc.]. Story's last Commentary, here based in part on his posthumous manuscript notes, completing his "grand effort to create an American commercial common law suitable both to the needs of the new capitalism and to the values of the old republicanism". Original polished sheep, crimson morocco label, gilt, lightly rubbed, else a very good, clean copy now housed in a modern cloth box. Charles C. Little & James Brown [and] Stevens and Norton [etc.], Boston [and] London, 1847.

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        Précis de l'histoire de l'astronomie planétaire écrit à l'occasion de la découverte de M. Le Verrier.

      Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1847. ____ Le Verrier trouva l'exacte position de la planète Neptune le 31 Août 1846; elle fut observée pour la première fois le 25 Septembre 1846. Tiré à part de cinq articles ayant pour titre "Sur la planète nouvellement découverte par M. Le Verrier comme conséquence de la théorie de l'attraction", publiés dans le Journal des Savants, d'octobre 1846 à mars 1847. Très rare.***** OCLC : one copy only, (Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris). In-4. [275 x 222 mm] Collation : (4), 114 pp. Demi-veau brun, dos orné. (Reliure moderne.).

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        New-York Medical and Surgical Reporter. Vol. II No. 1 (2 Jan. 1847) - No. 18 (8 May 1847)

      New York, Printed for the Editor, 1847. First Edition. Hard Cover. 431 p., illus., folding plate; 21.5 cm. New York medical education in the 1840s. The first American journal devoted to medicine. Early reports of the use of ether in Boston (pp. 27, 39, 52-54, 73-74). Includes throughout, Prof. Valentine Mott's University Surgical Clinique & (#1) Van Buren on ankylosis; A Sketch of the Hospital of the Colored Home; (#2) Isaacs on the foot, Green on air passages; Collins, A Few Remarks on the Inhalation of Ethereal Vapor and An Operation for the Removal of a Mamma under its Influence; (#3) commentary on Green's treatise on air passages; articles on patents & letheon; Progress of the Cholera, Cox on hydrocele; Fitch, Statistics of the Colored Home; (#4) Garvin, Sulphuric Ether in Surgical Operations, Trousseau on meningitis in children; Homeopathic honesty; Health of the Army on the Rio Grande; (#5) Isaacs on monstrosity; (#6) Shelton on ovaritis; (#7) Isaacs on malformation of the heart; (#8) Colored Home; Child's report on vaccination. Stock#OB611 (iab).

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        Oregon Missions and Travels over the Rocky Mountains, in 1845-46.

      New York. Edward Dunigan. 1847. First Edition. 13 black and white lithographic plates including frontispiece, black and white pictorial title page, black and white folding map, 408 [ 4]pp, 7 x 5 inches, original decorative embossed cloth-covered boards (hardbound), with gilt decorative embossed spine. Wear to covers with loss at head and tail of spine; scattered foxing throughout more noticeable in the first half of the book, but the plates (printed on a different quality paper than text) are very clean and bright. The map is severely foxed, with wear to left edge from being improperly folded into the book. 1861 inscription to front free end paper, small bookseller's label to front paste down. There are signs that this is ex-library (paper lightly abraded from removal of a label on the front and back paste downs, evidence of removal of a stamp on back free end paper and on the upper edge of the first text page. Pencil notation in upper margin of frontispiece; occasional pencil notations in text. A good copy. The work documents the extensive missionary journey undertaken by Jesuit Father Pierre-Jean de Smet, providing significant documentation of early European-American activity in the Pacific Northwest, with much interesting commentary (both text and image) on the customs of the Native American Indian tribes (especially the Flatheads) that were encountered. The last pages of the work feature the "Our Father" pray in six Indian languages, plus an English, Flat-head, Black-foot, Cree vocabulary list and a list of "Plants of the Rocky Mountains in Flower in August and September." Howes 286; Wheat 535. The map is titled "Oregon Territory 1846" and includes areas of present-day northern Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, with much information on Indian inhabitants, rivers, forts etc.

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        Aventures les plus curieuses des Voyageurs...

      Paris: Belin-Leprieur et Morizot, 1847. Two volumes, octavo, frontispiece in each volume plus 38 plates in the text; in original blue cloth, with elaborate gilt decorations. A very detailed illustrated history of the grands voyages for children including La Pérouse, Dumont d'Urville and the third voyage of James Cook with an apparently original version of the "Death of Cook" Some foxing throughout, small repair to one spine and small defect on back board, otherwise an excellent set.

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        Phelps's Travellers' Guide Through the United States; Containing Upwards of Seven Hundred Rail-Road, Canal, and Stage and Steam-Boat Routes. Accompanied with a New Map of the United States.

      A revised edition; first edition under this title. New York: Published by Phelps, Ensigns & Thayer, 1847. 12mo, original elaborately gilt-decorated straight-grained red morocco, a.e.g. Large, 54 x 65 cm, folding map (Phelps's National Map of the United States) outlined in color with border vignettes of portraits of distinguished Americans, state seals, etc. ¶ The famous guide for travelers in the U.S. by New York mapmaker Humphrey Phelps, first issued in the early 1830s and revised numerous times with slightly altered titles, imprints and up-to-date maps. This 1847 edition extend as far west as eastern Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma - primarily Cherokee Country - and Texas. About one-half inch chipped from the top of the spine; spine beginning to splitl edges a little rubbed; small tears without loss in the map at a couple of folds; very good copy.

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        THE SHOES OF FORTUNE, and Other Tales. By Hans Christian Anderson. With four drawings by Otto Speckter, and other illustrations.

      [vi] 168 pages. Illustrated with tinted lithographic frontispiece and three other lithographs by Otto Speckter, additional to pagination; and, many wood engraved pictorial initials and tailpieces. Original publisher's pictorial cloth, gilt. 12mo.First English edition. Front endpaper cracked and with evidence of repair; some occasional light marking; else an excellent copy. Includes the original printings in English of 'The Fir Tree', 'The Snow Queen',and 'The Red Shoes'. The ten stories are followed by a chapter on 'The Emperor Frederic Barbarossa', by the translator Charles Boner.

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        Atlas National Illustré des 86 Départements et des Possessions de la France. Divisé par Arrondissements, Cantons et Communea.

      Paris. Publié par A. Combette Eiteur 1847. Gestochenes Titelblatt, eine statistische Tafel und 100 grenzkolorierte Stahltstich-Karten. Späterer Halbleder-Einband (Titelblatt u. stat. Tafel mit Knickspuren. Papier teils an den unbedruckten Rändern etwas fleckig. Gutes Exemplar!) Querformat 39x56 cm* Enthält 86 Karten der Departements, 7 Karten mit franzöischen Kolonialbesitzen, France en 1847, Europe, Asie, Afrique, Amérique Septentrionale u. Méridionale, Océanie. Titelblatt mit Porträts von Karl d. Großen u. Napoleon sowie Kriegszenen. Die dekorativen Kartenblätter sind jeweils von einer Rahmenbordüre eingefasst mit Landschafts- u. Ortsansichten, Porträts, Trachten, Handwerk etc. Versand D: 3,00 EUR Kartographie Atlanten Europa Nationalatlas französischer LandkartenFrance francais french Varia Frankreich

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        Wunderquelle, oder die enthüllten Geheimnisse der Natur. Ein unentbehrliches Handbuch für alle Stände. Mitgetheilt von einer Gesellschaft Menschenfreunde.

      Schaffhausen, Brodtmann'sche Buchhandlung 1847. Siebenthe vermehrte Auflage. 8. IV, 108 S. Einfacher privater marmor. Pappbd. d. Zt. (Berieben und bestossen, durchgehend stockfl.).

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        Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia, from Moreton Bay to Port Essington...

      London: T. & W. Boone, 1847. Two volumes, octavo, with frontispiece and six aquatint plates in the text (one folding), the 3-sheet map in the matching case; text with the required early issue advertisement leaves and slip, publisher's presentation copy; original olive green cloth of the primary issue with the 3-sheet Arrowsmith map in its matching case (which is neatly rebacked to style). A fine publisher's presentation copy of the first edition of this great monument in the history of Australian exploration, inscribed "To Lieut. Col. Kennedy, with the Publisher's compliments". We have not positively identified the recipient but it is intriguing that the Australian explorer Edmund Kennedy, who died in the arms of Jackey Jackey after being speared at Cape York in 1848, was the son of Colonel Thomas Kennedy in the British army. Kennedywas killed while exploring to the north of the continent in order to link with the discoveries of Mitchell and Leichhardt. Leichhardt's Journal of an Overland Expedition documents one of the most unlikely and courageous ventures ever undertaken in the history of the continent. In the course of their harrowing journey, Leichhardt and his party "traversed over three thousand miles of completely unknown country in fourteen months, opening up a vast and valuable area of the interior... When they arrived in Port Essington it was believed that they had all perished. Indeed, expeditions had already been sent out in search of them. This journey of exploration was one of the longest inland expeditions undertaken and the land discovered was among the most valuable pasture on the continent. Leichhardt was welcomed to Port Essington as a national hero and, on his return to Sydney in March 1846, was lionized and feted by Sydney society as a man who had come back from the dead" (Wantrup).In spite of his poor bushcraft and almost constant harassment from natives, Leichhardt's meandering journey from Brisbane to Port Essington, the military base on the far north coast, ranks among Australia's most successful exploring expeditions. His scientific and geographic work were greatly admired during his lifetime, but his reputation as an expeditionary leader has been criticized since. His life and unknown death have become part of the mythology of European Australia.This presentation copy includes the three rare and desirable separately issued maps. Prepared and published by the great cartographer John Arrowsmith in 1847, they were issued separately but were intended as a complement to the octavo volume published by Boone in the same year. The maps are known to have been issued on both thick and fine paper: in this copy they are present in the fine paper issue. They represent an important achievement in Australian cartography as each map marks the route of Leichhardt and his men through previously uncharted wilderness. The maps were prepared by Arrowsmith from original field notes and charts by Leichhardt and reconciled with the coastal surveys of Matthew Flinders, Phillip Parker King, John Lort Stokes and Francis Price Blackwood. Arrowsmith was awarded the gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1863 for his tireless contributions to cartography, and in particular his maps of Australia and North America. A few small tears to maps, some repairs; the map case rebacked to match and with added leather guides to hold maps in place; generally in fine condition.

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        Lettre autographe signée et datée, adressée à l'imprimeur Prudont-Dupré

      16 septembre 1847, 16 septembre 1847, , 4 pages, , Sur un papier à l'en tête "Anatomie Clastique du Docteur Auzoux" et à l'adresse du "2 rue de l'Observance. Place de l'école de Médecine", une lettre autographe signée du docteur Auzoux envoyée à l'imprimeur de Dôle, Prudont-Dupré, au sujet d'un possible rachat de pièces anatomiques clastiques, achetés un an plus tôt par le docteur Jobert. Auzoux propose à son destinataire un rachat à moitié prix lui conseillant, afin d'essayer de bénéficier de meilleures conditions, de proposer son ensemble d'anatomie clastique à sa ville (Dôle) ou à son collège. Cette lettre, bien que traitant d'un sujet anodin, montre combien, seulement quelques vingt années après les premiers succès commerciaux des pièces anatomiques Auzoux, celles-ci avaient déjà acquis un prix, une renommée et une valeur importante. "Absent de Paris, je n'ai pas pu répondre immédiatement à votre lettre, comme vous m'en exprimez le désir. Le Docteur Jobert m'a en effet acheté en mai 1846, un modèle d'homme de 1000 F, un bassin de femme, un c

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        The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

      

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        Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia, from Moreton Bay to Port Essington, a distance of upwards of 3000 miles, during the years 1844-1845.

      London: T. & W. Boone, 1847. Octavo text with frontispiece and six aquatint plates (one folding) and woodcut vignettes; the three rare folding maps in a separate atlas volume; nineteenth-century polished calf, spines ornately gilt, the text volume with red and green morocco labels, map volume with longitudinal green label;. A handsomely bound copy in lovely condition of Ludwig Leichhardt's account of his legendary expedition through Queensland to the far-northern coastline of Australia, complete with the famous suite of Arrowsmith maps. Leichhardt's meandering journey from Brisbane to Port Essington, the military base on the far north coast, ranks among Australia's most successful exploring expeditions. His scientific and geographic work were greatly admired during his lifetime, and despite more recent criticism of his reputation as an expeditionary leader, his life and unknown death have become part of Australian mythology.In the course of their harrowing fourteen-month journey - one of the longest inland expeditions undertaken - Leichhardt and his party travelled over three thousand miles of completely unknown country. It was generally believed that Leichhardt and his party had all perished, so when they appeared at Port Essington they were welcomed as if they had returned from the dead. Leichhardt returned to Sydney in March 1846, as a national hero.This outstanding set includes the three rare and desirable separately issued maps. Prepared and published by the great cartographer John Arrowsmith in 1847, they were issued separately but were intended as a complement to the octavo volume published by Boone in the same year. The maps are known to have been issued on both thick and fine paper: in this copy they are present in the fine paper issue, with all three expertly backed on fine linen and in excellent condition.These large and finely engraved maps represent an important achievement in Australian cartography as each map marks the route of Leichhardt and his men through previously uncharted wilderness. The maps were prepared by Arrowsmith from original field notes and charts by Leichhardt and reconciled with the coastal surveys of Matthew Flinders, Phillip Parker King, John Lort Stokes and Francis Price Blackwood. Arrowsmith was awarded the gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1863 for his tireless contributions to cartography, and in particular his maps of Australia and North America. In fine condition.

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        The Ingoldsby Legends, by Thomas Ingoldsby, Esq.

      London: Bentley, 1840, 1842, 1847. Three octavo volumes. viii, 338; ix, 288; viii, 364 pp. First edition. Illustrated with engravings by George Cruikshank and John Leech. Aside from very light splitting to extremities of outer hinges, this is a nearly fine, handsome set bound by Riviere in full polished tan calf, gilt. T.e.g. Bookplates.

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        Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, commanded by Captain F.P. Blackwood, R.N. in Torres Strait, New Guinea, and other islands of the Eastern Archipelago...

      London: T. & W. Boone, 1847. Two volumes, octavo, two folding maps and 19 plates, three line-engraved views, and four natural history plates, textual illustrations, with various publisher's advertisements including for Leichhardt & Stokes; a very attractive set in the original and unfaded blue-grey blind-stamped cloth. First edition: a very good copy, its original binding in fine condition, of this important surveying voyage of coastal Australia. Jukes' account is particularly important for his description of the Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Torres Strait, and includes an impressively detailed map of the north-east coast from Endeavour River north to New Guinea.The Fly, Captain Blackwood, sailed from Falmouth on 11 April 1842 with the cutter Bramble. Jukes sailed as naturalist to the expedition, and with his captain's consent wrote the official narrative. The survey of Torres Strait and of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the various New Guinea explorations, were all of great importance. The proper scientific understanding of the Barrier Reef could not begin until the completion of the survey, which Jukes charted for the first time in detail. Jukes' own close examination of the Reef was also significant, and his chapter on the subject 'is an invaluable record. His observations strongly supported Darwin's theory of the formation of coral reefs... ' (Davidson). Indeed, Jukes' interest in coral formation is neatly summarised by the account's terrific opening line, 'I landed for the first time in my life on a coral island.'Ingleton notes: 'the Admiralty decided in 1841 to have the Great Barrier Reefs explored and to have the gaps surveyed in order that some means might be devised for marking the most eligible of these openings, in order that they could be recognised in due time and passed through in comparative safety... The expedition was noteworthy for being the first to be despatched to Australia on a purely surveying mission... ' (Charting a Continent, pp. 61-66).Twelve of the plates are notably fine aquatints by Harden S. Melville, who published his own illustrated work on the voyage (Sketches in Australia and the Adjacent Islands, 1849). Some very light spotting but a fine copy.

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        Yohka hiroku (Secret records of surgery).

      Edo: Izumiya Kinemon, 1847. 1st Edition. Soft cover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 10 Parts in 12 Volumes. Edo: Izumiya Kinemon, Kôka, 4 [= 1847] (postscript date: Tenpô 8 [= 1837]). 255 x 165 mm. With numerous, mostly coloured woodcut illustrations by Kimura Kahei. Xylographically printed and stack-folded double leaves in Japanese stitched binding. Blue original wrappers with xylographic title tag (little soiled and rubbed, stitching renewed, title tag of part 9 partly detached). Internally crisp with only very little paper browning. Two red ownership seals to vols. 1, 4 and 6. ----Kerlen 1877; Kraft IV, 309; Hirsch-H. III, 289; G. E. Mestler, A Galaxy of Old Japanese Medical Books With Miscellaneous Notes on Early Medicine in Japan, p.154, pl. IV. - FIRST EDITION of Gencho (or Soken) Homma's most important work, a treatise on surgical diseases and particularly in inflammatory tumors. Contains remarkable illustrations, including impressive woodcuts of various tumor types and illustrations of surgical instruments, surgeries, bandages etc. Includes the first clinical and epidemiological description of tularemia (rabbit fever, here vol. 9) in modern times, described as 'hare meat poisoning' (cf. Naoyoshi Hatchome & Mitsuo Sato, On the 'Yatobyo' Exanthem [Tularemid], in: The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine, vol. 60, no. 1, 1954, pp. 59-66)." Particularly meritorious ... for the prevailing conditions great surgical work " (Hirsch-H). Near Fine.

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        Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, commanded by Captain F.P. Blackwood, R.N. in Torres Strait, New Guinea, and other islands of the Eastern Archipelago, during the years 1842-1846...

      London: T. & W. Boone, 1847. Two volumes, octavo, with many engravings (full-page and textual), and a folding map at the end of each volume; complete with all advertisement leaves including the half-sheet advertisement for Leichhardt's Journal, in the original and unfaded blue-grey blind-stamped cloth. First edition: a fine copy, in original condition, of this important surveying voyage of coastal Australia. Jukes' account is particularly important for his description of the Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Torres Strait, and includes an impressively detailed map of the north-east coast from Endeavour River north to New Guinea.The Fly, Captain Blackwood, sailed from Falmouth on 11 April 1842 with the cutter Bramble. Jukes sailed as naturalist to the expedition, and with his captain's consent wrote the official narrative. The survey of Torres Strait and of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the various New Guinea explorations, were all of great importance. The proper scientific understanding of the Barrier Reef could not begin until the completion of the survey, which Jukes charted for the first time in detail. Jukes' own close examination of the reef was also significant, and his chapter on the subject 'is an invaluable record. His observations strongly supported Darwin's theory of the formation of coral reefs... ' (Davidson). Indeed, Jukes' interest in coral formation is neatly summarised by the account's terrific opening line, 'I landed for the first time in my life on a coral island.'Ingleton notes: 'the Admiralty decided in 1841 to have the Great Barrier Reefs explored and to have the gaps surveyed in order that some means might be devised for marking the most eligible of these openings, in order that they could be recognised in due time and passed through in comparative safety... The expedition was noteworthy for being the first to be despatched to Australia on a purely surveying mission... ' (Charting a Continent, pp. 61-66). A fine copy.

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        Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly.

      London: T. & W. Boone, 1847. Two volumes, octavo, 17 plates and two folding maps, illustrated; in attractive old pale tan half calf, double labels. First edition of one of the most significant of the early Australian coastal voyages. The Jukes account is particularly important for his description of the Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Torres Strait, and includes an impressively detailed map of the north-east coast from Endeavour River north to New Guinea.'The Admiralty decided in 1841 to have the Great Barrier Reefs explored and to have the gaps surveyed in order that some means might be devised for marking the most eligible of these openings, in order that they could be recognised in due time and passed through in comparative safety... The expedition was noteworthy for being the first to be despatched to Australia on a purely surveying mission... ' (Ingleton, Charting a Continent, pp. 61-66).The Fly was commissioned under Captain Francis Price Blackwood, and sailed from Falmouth on 11 April 1842 with her tender the cutter Bramble. Jukes sailed as the naturalist to the expedition, and with his captain's consent wrote the official narrative. A very good copy.

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        Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, commanded by Captain F.P. Blackwood, R.N. in Torres Strait, New Guinea, and other islands of the Eastern Archipelago, during the years 1842-1846...

      London: T. & W. Boone, 1847. Two volumes, octavo, two folding maps and 19 plates (including 12 aquatints after Melville, three line-engraved views, and four natural history plates, textual illustrations, with various publisher's advertisements including for Leichhardt & Stokes; a most appealing set in modern crushed green half morocco gilt, original cloth tipped in at the end of each volume. First edition: an attractive set of this important surveying voyage of coastal Australia. Jukes' account is particularly important for his description of the Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Torres Strait, and includes an impressively detailed map of the north-east coast from Endeavour River north to New Guinea.The Fly, Captain Blackwood, sailed from Falmouth on 11 April 1842 with the cutter Bramble. Jukes sailed as naturalist to the expedition, and with his captain's consent wrote the official narrative. The survey of Torres Strait and of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the various New Guinea explorations, were all of great importance. The proper scientific understanding of the Barrier Reef could not begin until the completion of the survey, which Jukes charted for the first time in detail. Jukes' own close examination of the reef was also significant, and his chapter on the subject 'is an invaluable record. His observations strongly supported Darwin's theory of the formation of coral reefs... ' (Davidson). Indeed, Jukes' interest in coral formation is neatly summarised by the account's terrific opening line, 'I landed for the first time in my life on a coral island.'Ingleton notes: 'the Admiralty decided in 1841 to have the Great Barrier Reefs explored and to have the gaps surveyed in order that some means might be devised for marking the most eligible of these openings, in order that they could be recognised in due time and passed through in comparative safety... The expedition was noteworthy for being the first to be despatched to Australia on a purely surveying mission... ' (Charting a Continent, pp. 61-66).

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        An Overland Journey round the World, during the Years 1841 and 1842...

      Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1847. Octavo, two volumes in one; early ownership inscription on title, in original red cloth. The scarce first American edition which, according to Forbes, may have preceded the London edition.Sir George Simpson was governor of the Hudson's Bay Company in North America, and his acute observations on this journey undertaken for his company make this a work of continuing value. He left London in 1841, and went by way of Halifax and Boston to Canada, crossing by canoe to Vancouver. He made two visits to Sitka, and his material on Alaska is significant.After spending some time in California, he continued on to Hawaii, where the company had a store, and his account of the islands 'is important for its full and accurate report of business and political conditions in Honolulu' (Forbes). Simpson was sympathetic to the government of Hawaii, and he advised Kamehameha III on the formation of a "commission", consisting of himself, William Richards and Haalilio, to travel to Washington, Paris and London, to confirm the Hawaiian independence from the three great powers.Simpson returned to London overland across Russia, arriving some twenty months after his departure. Some light foxing, but a very good copy.

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        Album of Sketches aboard HMS Calypso in South America and the Pacific.

      at sea: 1847. Oblong watercolour album of 20 sheets, well preserved in original papered boards with green calf backstrip. Album of evocative views of Central America and the Pacific by an unknown artist, recording the 1847 cruise of HMS Calypso in the Pacific and South America. The album includes two Pacific island sketches. The first is a detailed pen and was view of a harbour among the Vavau Islands (Tongan group), with detail of foreshore dwellings and copra processing facilities. The second is a little more enigmatic, depicting a portly fellow and his companion beneath an enormous grenadier with a shako with the inscription "To be seen every Sunday Evening until further notice in the Governor's Garden's Tahiti".South American dwellings, interiors and maritime scenes are rendered in an amateur yet sensitive style. One striking harbour scene in sepia pen and ink bears a detailed inscription recording the accidental shooting death of an able seaman aboard the Calypso in January 1847 and his subsequent burial.Although the identity of the artist remains unknown the front endpaper is inscribed 'William L. Shaw from P.K. Lorke, Oxford Street, London.'. Some leaves loose.

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         Répertoire d'optique moderne ou analyse complète des travaux modernes relatifs aux phénomènes de la lumière

      Paris, Franck, 1847-1850, 4 vol. in 8°, ill. de figures in t., demi-basane marron époque à coins, dos lisse orné, qq. ff. brunis. Edition originale de cet important ouvrage. Le père jésuite Moigno, enseigna les mathématiques, puis exilé en Suisse en 1830 il travaille avec le mathématicien Cauchy, de retour en France il publie son Répertoire d'optique moderne, qui contient une analyse des travaux de Cauchy sur la théorie mathématique de la lumière, l'optique minéralogique, les couleurs en elles-mêmes et dans les corps, l'action chimique de la lumière, les couleurs accidentelles ou subjectives, la persistance des images, le contraste, la lumière considérée dans son action sur des appareils autres que l'oeil, les rayons chimiques, l'histoire de la photographie, Becquerel, Moser, Fizeau, Daguerre, etc... Il est un des premiers sinon le premier à utiliser un appareil de projection dans ses conférences dès 1863. ¶ Sotheran I, 3024 A valuable historical account of modern optical theories, chiefly from the beginning of the XIX century to the date of its publication, and containing complete analyses of memoirs on this subject published in French, English, German, American, and Italian scientific journals. - Honeyman V, 2238.

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        Autograph letter signed "G. Verdi" to the librettist Francesco Piave concerning Jérusalem.

      3 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated Paris, September 3, 1847. On stationery with a small crest blindstamped to upper right corner. In Italian (with translation). Verdi explains that Jérusalem, a French adaptation of I Lombardi, will be similar to Rossini's adaptation of Mosè in Egitto. His work for the Opéra prevents him from writing a work for Venice, and he confesses that he would rather not write an opera for the publisher Francesco Lucca. Although his health has improved, he is extremely tired. He gives his regards to numerous friends. "I received your dearest letter with great joy and am mortified that I did not answer the one you sent to London. Anyway, I cannot write this Carnevale in Venice: I have a lot to do here for the Opéra. I will certainly not write the Gastone, as you say, but it will be an adaptation of I Lombardi, adding new pieces, and adjusting it here and there as Rossini did with the new Mosè, etc. ... Regarding the libretto, I will try to do my best not to disappoint you, but I cannot promise you anything now because I have no time to think about what I will do. I would do anything to get rid of Lucca's opera... Oh, if only I could not work!! Do you understand this fine word? ... Not to work..." Very slightly worn and foxed; creased at folds; occasional smudging, not affecting legibility. "Verdi's adaptation of I Lombardi as Jérusalem was his first attempt to conquer the all important stage of the Paris Opéra. This letter gives a vivid impression of his life at the height of his 'anni di galera', when his operas were in such demand that he exhausted himself fulfilling commissions. The wife of the impresario Francesco Lucca had told Verdi that her husband was unable to sleep for the fact that he had not been able to have one of Verdi's operas for his house. Finally Verdi agreed to write Il corsaro for Lucca, an opera with a libretto by Piave, that the composer felt to be something of a potboiler." Sotheby's auction catalogue, December 1, 1994. Jérusalem was first performed at the Opéra on November 26, 1847 and Il Corsaro at the Teatro Grande in Trieste on October 25, 1848. Piave (1810-1876) and Verdi "began a long and successful collaboration from Ernani (1844) to La forza del destino (1862). During these years Piave supplied Verdi with the texts for I due Foscari (1844), Macbeth (1847), Il corsaro (1848), Stiffelio (1850), Rigoletto (1851), La traviata (1853), Simon Boccanegra (1857) and Aroldo (1857)... [He] had a wide vocabulary and a facile pen, and an uncanny ability for turning Verdi's drafts into verse with an economy of words that satisfied Verdi's insistence on brevity and provided him with the striking, illuminating expressions he sought. It was Piave's willingness to meet Verdi's detailed requirements which provided the basis of their work together, and it is on this partnership that his reputation as a librettist must rest." John Black in Grove Music Online.

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        Atlas National Illustré des 86 Départements et des Possessions de la France. Divisé par Arrondissements, Cantons et Communea.

      Gestochenes Titelblatt, eine statistische Tafel und 100 grenzkolorierte Stahltstich-Karten. Späterer Halbleder-Einband (Titelblatt u. stat. Tafel mit Knickspuren. Papier teils an den unbedruckten Rändern etwas fleckig. Gutes Exemplar!) Querformat 39x56 cm * Enthält 86 Karten der Departements, 7 Karten mit franzöischen Kolonialbesitzen, France en 1847, Europe, Asie, Afrique, Amérique Septentrionale u. Méridionale, Océanie. Titelblatt mit Porträts von Karl d. Großen u. Napoleon sowie Kriegszenen. Die dekorativen Kartenblätter sind jeweils von einer Rahmenbordüre eingefasst mit Landschafts- u. Ortsansichten, Porträts, Trachten, Handwerk etc.

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        My Marine Memorandum Book.

      London: T.C. Newby, Parry & Co.,, 1847. 3 volumes, octavo (194 × 114 mm) Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, edges sprinkled red. Ex-subscription library copy - Gillies of Edinburgh, with their attractive letterpress bookplates to the front pastedowns - a little worn, spines professionally restored, no half-titles, occasional spotting, but overall a very good copy. First edition, second issue, two years after the first, with cancel titles. At the age of 15 Jennings "contributed several anonymous sea-sketches" (ODNB) to the Metropolitan Magazine under the editorship of Frederick Marryat. He is now better known as an occultist, the author of a supposedly authoritative history of the Rosicrucians, and numerous works on phallic worship. The present work is described by Sadleir as "a hotch-potch of a book. Vol. I consists of nineteen chapters of a single narrative - in fact the story Felicia Wayland or the Cuba Merchant ? Vols. II and III contain a series of stories and sketches about sailormen and life at sea." Whatever the content this is an uncommon piece, OCLC lists just 7 copies, COPAC adding one further, at Oxford, not in BL.

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