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        The Comic Almanack: An Ephemeris In Jest And Earnest Containing "All Things Fitting For Such A Work." By Ricdum Funnidos, Gent. 1835-1853

      London: Charles Tilt / Tilt & Bogue / David Bogue, 1853. First edition. leather_bound. Full maroon calf. Teg. Near fine. 19 volumes (all published) bound in nine.. Cruikshank, George. 17 x 11 cm., and 14 x 9 cm (1848-1849). 195 etched plates by Cruikshank, plus five fold-out plates, four in color, and with original wrappers bound-in. Thackeray contributed to the 1839-1840 issues. Contains practically all the first issue points noted by Cohn -- numbered pages of adverts at front and unnumbered at rear, all little slips as called for, Beaufoys toothache ads, proper paper color of wrappers (with scarce first issue green wrapper for 1848), with Bogue's Annual Catalogue for 1847, with "very scarce" 1845 issue containing the "Fine Art Distribution" woodcut on p.32 and p.31 letterpress only, last issues in orange cloth. COHN 184. Interior contents, plates and text -- clean, fresh and crisp. Bound by Bartlett of Boston, bookplate of Donald S. Tuttle in Vol. I. Raised bands, spine panels richly gilt, spine labels lettered in gilt, double gilt cover border fillets, inner dentelles, a few joints slightly rubbed.

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        Vollständiger Hand-Atlas der neueren Erdbeschreibung über alle Theile der Erde

      Flemming 1853 5. vermehrte und verbesserte Auflage, Flemming, Glogau, 1853. Ca. 107 Seiten, Pappband, Imperial-Folio quer, (es fehlen die Karten 24 bis 26 und 78 sowie vom Supplement die Karten 7,11, und 16/ innen durchgehend wasserfleckig/ Rücken eingerissen/ Einband stärker berieben und bestoßen/ Ecken ausgebrochen) -78 von (82) Karten sowie 28 (von 32) Karten des Supplementbandes sowie anbei \"\"General-Karte der europäischen Türkei und des Vladikats Montenegro (4 Karten) \"\"Galizien, Nord-Ungarn und ein Theil von Siebenbürgen\"\", Karte von Kroatien, Slovenien, der Militär-Gränze, Dalmatien, Bosnien, Serbien, und Montenegro\"\" sowie \"\"Post- und Reise- Karte von Deutschland und den Nachbar Staaten bis Kopenhagen, Dover, Paris, Lyon, Turin, Ferrara, Ofen, Debrecin, Lublin, Grodno, Tauroggen (mit Eisenbahnstrecken) 6 Karten- Versand D: 5,90 EUR Atlanten

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        STORIA DOCUMENTATA DI VENEZIA.

      Venezia Pietro Naratovich 1853-1861 10 volumi in 8° Pagine VIII + 408 + 468 + 412 + 560 + 567 + 544 + 616 + 528 + 548 + 466 Bella legatura coeva in mezza pelle marrone con angoli. Piatti marmorizzati. Lieve danno al dorso del primo volume. Lievi fioriture. Ottimo esemplare in edizione originale di questa stimata storia di Venezia composta nel volgere di 8 anni. Rara a trovarsi completa. Cfr: Lozzi II p. 437 N° 6102 per altra opera del Romanin.

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        Nouvelle Grammaire Française sur un plan très-méthodique, avec de nombreux exercices d'orthographe, de synraxe et de ponctuation, tirés des meilleurs auteurs et distriués dans l'ordre des règles; par M. Noel ... et M. Chapsal ... - Nouvelle eèdition, mise en harmonie avec le dictionnaire

      Meline, Cans et Compagnie - Bruxelles, 1853. Francese 0,14 Volume della metà dell'800 in stato discreto, coperta in carta, talloncino adesivo con il titolo sul dorso, fioritura sparsa, vari segni del tempo, tagli appena bruniti con barbe, pagine in buono stato, alcune con becca. Nuova edizione messa in armonia con il dizionario dell'Accademia (1835) e con domande aumentate da A. Mauvy. USATO

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        HISTOIRE DE LA REPUBLIQUE DE VENISE

      Parigi Didot 1853 9 volumi in 8° Pagine LI + 477 + 467 + 502 + 450 + 468 + 398 + 479 + 389 + 568 Legature coeve in mezza pelle. Titoli e fregi in oro ai dorsi. Piatti marmorizzati. Tagli verdi. 8 tavole ripiegate fuori testo di cui alcune acquarellate coeve. Il volume 9 e' di Indice e contiene anche le critiche e osservazioni del Conte Domenico Tiepolo, confutate dall'autore. Ex-Libris incisi a secco del Conte Lorenzo Greppi. Ottima e fresca copia. Cfr. Graesse,II,336 - Lozzi,II,5883 - Brunet,II,524

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        The Chess-Player's Hand-Book; Containg a Full Account of the Game of Chess, and the Best Mode of Playing It

      New York: Leavitt & Allen, 1853. Decorative Cloth. Collectible; Very Good. First Edition. Handsome and very uncommon miniature chess handbook, 1853. Still tightly-bound, well-preserved and VG+ in its original chocolate-brown cloth, with bright gilt-lettering and design to the front panel and lavish blindstamped borders. Internally immaculate, with no markings of any kind and no foxing--in spite of its advanced age-- to speak of. All edges gilt, 64 pgs.

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        Vollständiger Hand-Atlas der neueren Erdbeschreibung über alle Theile der Erde

      5. vermehrte und verbesserte Auflage, Flemming, Glogau, 1853. Ca. 107 Seiten, Pappband, Imperial-Folio quer, (es fehlen die Karten 24 bis 26 und 78 sowie vom Supplement die Karten 7,11, und 16/ innen durchgehend wasserfleckig/ Rücken eingerissen/ Einband stärker berieben und bestoßen/ Ecken ausgebrochen) -78 von (82) Karten sowie 28 (von 32) Karten des Supplementbandes sowie anbei "General-Karte der europäischen Türkei und des Vladikats Montenegro (4 Karten) "Galizien, Nord-Ungarn und ein Theil von Siebenbürgen", Karte von Kroatien, Slovenien, der Militär-Gränze, Dalmatien, Bosnien, Serbien, und Montenegro" sowie "Post- und Reise- Karte von Deutschland und den Nachbar Staaten bis Kopenhagen, Dover, Paris, Lyon, Turin, Ferrara, Ofen, Debrecin, Lublin, Grodno, Tauroggen (mit Eisenbahnstrecken) 6 Karten-

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        George Canning Backhouse - Judge of Slave Trade Suppression in Havana

      Havana, 8 April 1853 - 12 February 1855. Manuscript register of expenses for the household of George Canning Backhouse, which includes names and describes incidents with his indentured servants, recorded during his residency in Cuba while he was serving as Her Majesty's Judge in the "Havana Mixed Commission for the Suppression of the Slave Trade." Most entries made in a fine hand by his wife Grace; some entries also made by George Canning Backhouse himself. With 32 pages in manuscript concerning their domestic life and household expenses in Havana, featuring detailed explanations of servants hired and wages paid to them, most pages being marked with a cursive swirl likely to indicate accounts reconciliation. Inversely, an additional 34 pages in manuscript tally household expenses from the year before, and leading up to the voyage to Cuba, these dating from 29 May 1852 to 12 February 1853; and yet 7 pages more being an account written in George's hand in pencil, of a tour of Hanover in October [circa 1851] possibly when he was attaché in the British Legation at Frankfurt. 8vo. Vellum boards ruled border in blue ink, marbled endpapers. A simple binding measuring approximately 16.5 x 11 cm. A fascinating window into the workings and finances of a colonial household. Together with an inventory of household furniture and equipment purchased shortly after their arrival in Havana in 1853 after having found a home in which to settle. Local shops and streets are named, including the "Meubleria" on Calle de Lamparilla, another "Meubleria" on Calle de Cuba, "La Cometa" and one other on Calle de San Ignacio (now in Old Havana). Handmade folded notebook, comprised of 4 leafs watermarked "J. Gree 1834," folded and fastened together with a brass pin at spine, containing 9 pages with manuscript entries, measuring approximately 10 x 15,5 cm. Together with a pocket-size Almanack by Peacock & Mansfield with Memoranda leafs, containing 4 pages of manuscript diary notes by George Backhouse for the year 1840, offering a glimpse into his early life, fourteen years prior to his appointment in Cuba. This little volume was kept by him when he was following in his father's field, working as a clerk in the Foreign Office at 16 Downing Street, and living at 28 Hans Place in Chelsea, London, at twenty years of age. In it he jots bills paid, purchases, and accounts settled. Being of the upper-middle class, he enjoyed sojourns, dining out, private parties, and equestrian riding. He mentions his younger brother Johnny Backhouse, who would become a was Vice-Consul at Amoy [Xiamen], China, in the 1850s (at the same time that George would serve as judge in Havana). [Cuba ended its participation in the slave trade in 1867 - a decade after these private records were kept - although indentured slavery continued for some time. Finally, on 7 October 1886 slavery was officially abolished by a Spanish royal decree which also rendered the indentured servitude system, known as patronato, illegal. Beginning in the 16th century, more than a million African slaves had been brought to Cuba as part of the Atlantic slave trade, mainly to work the sugar cane plantations.] George Canning Backhouse (1818-1855) was a notable figure in the British Foreign Office, who served as Commissionary Judge at Havana in Cuba, where he was murdered during a meeting in his home, then only 37 years of age. At his father's suggestion, and following his legacy, George had entered the Foreign Office in 1838 as a clerk, holding this post for fourteen years until the Cuba appointment. For several years he had been seeking posts abroad, applying for posts as consul in Lima, Peru, in Tripoli, and also in Elsinore, Denmark. For a brief time, circa 1851, he had served as attaché in the British Legation at Frankfurt, Germany, which may be the period when he toured and wrote about Hanover in the present volume. Still, he longed for travel and adventure to be a more integral part of his career. Despite his limited knowledge of the slave trade, George was overjoyed at the opportunity that was presented him - a notable post in Cuba. On 17 December 1852 he was offered by Malmesbury to take up the title and responsibilities of Commisssary Judge at the Anglo-Spanish court in Havana for an annual salary of £1600. Retirement, with pension of £600 per annum would be granted after only twelve years of service. His wife Grace supported his wishes, and dutifully followed. Regrettably, the fanciful imagery of Caribbean life faded rapidly upon arrival. There George and Grace were met with conditions unexpected, prolific illness such as yellow fever spreading through society, insects and reptiles unknown to them and not considered charming. Their first lodging was sub-standard, and the cost of setting up a home was more than anticipated. In 1853 they made arrangements to rent a house from an indigenous cigar manufacturer, allowing an old African man to reside on the property at the same time, in a small room situated near the stables. The home was about one mile from Havana, near Cerro, which at the time was a small community for the affluent. It is interesting to note, that while the purpose of his employment was to suppress the slave trade, servitude of the lower classes was common practice in the day, even with abolitionists, and George seems to have employed at least six local servants. Mostly born in Cuba or the Canary Islands, they were higher ranking than the 'free blacks', therefore, while the servants were treated with more dignity than slaves, it is clear that they had high expectations placed on them for a pittance of a wage. For example, it has been documented that George requested that the landlord's slave would live in their home and work in the gardens without earning a wage. The request was granted without question. Any slight infraction by a servant, perceived or real, would result in arbitrary repercussion including reduced payment or loss of employment altogether. Scenarios such as these are described in the present volume. Servants were also segregated at meal time and such, as were slaves. Entries in the present volume end on 12 February 1855, only weeks before Grace left for England, thus recording some of the last events and financial decisions made together in their Havana home. Within two years of finally having settled, early April 1855 Grace decided to take respite in England for six months, then pregnant with their third child, and intending to return in November. George saw it fit to stay in Havana and work, however his foreign adventure and noble anti-slave pursuit would end abruptly and violently, when on 31 August 1855, an intruder entered his home and stabbed him with a knife, causing a fateful wound. At the time, George was dining with his acting secretary Thomas Callaghan. The assailant was not caught, nor has the motive for the assault been confirmed, though one of the suspected party was apprehended. Before passing, George described the man as a mulatto or Chinese, which was corroborated by Callaghan who had been overpowered and tied up. George Canning Backhouse died at approximately 11 pm 31 August 1855, reportedly from severe difficulty in breathing, as a result of the wound, although it is also documented that the physician ordered bleeding and leeching, which may very well have exacerbated the body's weakness. Some sources reported it simply as a robbery, although no theft attempt was described by the two men who were attacked. Grace and other contemporaries with firsthand insight into the slavery conflicts of the time, were convinced that George's murder was the result of a "slave dealing conspiracy." Grace Margaret Backhouse, née Sandham (1822/23 - 1904), primary writer of the volume, was the daughter of John Mullins Sandham, a barrister-at-law. Circa 1850/51 she married George Canning Backhouse and in 1853 the couple emigrated to Cuba. Together but a few short years, in 1855, George was murdered in their Havana home while she was in England. Several years after she was widowed, in 1861 she would marry her second husband, William Jeudwine, a vicar at Chicheley, Buckinghamshire. They had at least one son, born at Chicheley the following year, being a notable army officer, Sir Hugh Sandham (1862-1942). The Duke University's William R Perkins Library in Durham, North Carolina, holds a collection of George Canning Backhouse papers containing letters and diaries from Havana 1852 to 1855, as well as correspondence and papers of his father John Backhouse dating from 1812-1845. The present volume and accompanying papers serve to illustrate the ambiguity between slavery and hired or indentured servants - through the private notes of an aristocrat who would be considered sympathetic in the period, a man hired by the British Court to aid in the suppression of the slave trade - a man who would be killed for the cause during the heightened campaigns of abolitionists fighting slavers. The receipts recorded make the lot of twofold interest by also providing economic details of colonial life in the West Indies. George Canning Backhouse served in Cuba from 1853 to 1855 as Her Majesty's Judge in the "Havana Mixed Commission for the Suppression of the Slave Trade," to judge over cases relating to captured slave ships. George and Grace Canning Backhouse lived between Havana and El Cerro, in a house for let by a Cuban cigar manufacturer. [El Cerro was an affluent district on the outskirts of Havana, chosen by the wealthy for their residences and for summer retreats. The first homes were built there in 1803. Today it is one of Havana's most impoverished municipalities.] The little handcrafted notebook demonstrates the "upper class" foreigners settling in Havana, with expectations of English amenities. Comprising lists of furnishings and household items purchased, examples include a wardrobe, a dining room table and 12 mahogany chairs, washstands for several rooms, a case for dripstone, several simple painted chairs (probably for the servants), 2 toilet tables, looking glasses, brooms, brushes, and other cleaning items, and a long list of items for the kitchen and the crockery including a lamp, colander, coffee pot, flour dredge, ladle, plates, tumblers, wine glasses, and so on, not forgetting the all-important mosquito netting as a barrier to the yellow-fever-breeding beasts. For George's office, papers and cupboards are on the list, the cupboards and a few other items being second hand purchases made at an auction. The main interest in the present documents, however, are in the pages of the journal which are devoted to the servants working for the household. In their retinue of hired help, George and Grace Backhouse employed an under nurse, a cook, a washerwoman, a housemaid, a gardener, a service boy, and possibly others. Most had come from the Canary Islands, the source of many indentured servants, or they were indigenous Cubans. Two women were from England. Hilton, for example, was a young Englishwoman employed as a nursemaid who came to Cuba in January 1853 accompanying the family. For a short time, another English servant named Caroline Langley worked for the family before her health gave way. Grace Backhouse had considerable trouble keeping her servants, some of whom appear to have been indentured servants. Several confrontations and incidents are recorded in the principle journal. In her notes she names the servants, jots their dates of arrival and termination (or in one case, disappearance), and sometimes includes her impressions of them. Their wages were paid in dollars and/or reales fuentes. [Before 1857, Spanish and Spanish colonial silver reales and gold escudos worth 16 reales circulated in Cuba.] Excerpts from the text: "Amicacio, a boy, or young man, black, & Rose a black washerwoman & Matilda a black nursemaid with Pauline the cook formed our first establishment they all left very soon - except Pauline - amongst Amicacio's accomplishments may be reckoned cleaning my beautiful new plates with cinder ashes !!!! spoiling it quite - the wretch." "Concha our housemaid came to us Thursday June 23rd 1853... Concha was paid a month's wages & sent off because she would not fill a water bottle! Saturday Oct.r 29 1853" "Pedro the Canary boy came to us Tuesday Aug 2 1853... & to be retained by us until he has worked out his passage money paid by us to the Real Junta di Fomento... Pedro was... sent away because he refused to beg my pardon for having laughed when I scolded him for breaking an egg cup... Pedro came back to us & entered into the profession of gardening... he begged my pardon... Pedro obliged to leave & hide himself on account of his having taken a stone in his hand and knocked a man on the head with it." [The Real Junta de Fomento was the institution responsible for the promotion and development of agriculture and commerce in Cuba from 1832-1854.] "Ferdinand man-cook came to us Oct.r 19 1853... he has proved himself a very bad cook indeed so on Saturday Oct.r 23 we paid him his 4 days wages and dismissed him." "Paid Pauline... & sent her off because she fought with Pedro and was in a towering rage - 2nd offence of the kind. Manuel and she did battle one day." "An old n****r man cook came into our service Monday Dec.r 12th- Dirty old fellow & bad cook too. Paid him off Friday Dec.r 16 1853." "Assumption came into our service as cook... went off suddenly without saying a word to me... taking with her bed and baggage." "Martina came to me as under maid at 8 ½ dollars a month - she is the Toline's slave and the agreement I have made is to give her 1 $ a month for her own use out of the 8 ½ - 1 pr of shoes is the allowance a month." "I gave Martina only ½ a $ in Oct.r because she had disobeyed me about coming home at night the other ½ $ has nothing to do with her mistress I give it entirely on my own account." End Excerpts. [Cuba stopped officially participating in the slave trade in 1867, but the institution of slavery was not abolished on the island until 1886. The demand for cheap labor never abated, and plantation owners in particular sought other ways of obtaining workers. They followed the lead of the British and the French by importing contract laborers (indentured servants) they called colonos. Free people, either voluntarily or through coercion, signed a work contract that stipulated the term of service and the pay they would receive. In theory, the colonos could leave the employ of their owners at the end of the term of service, but in practice the conditions for the colonos were not much different than those endured by the slave population. The majority of the colonos came from China (Chinese Coolies) but they also imported people from the Canary Islands, Mexico, and Africa.] George Canning Backhouse was the son of John Backhouse, Esq. (1784-1845), a respected merchant succeeding in his own father's trade until being hand-picked by British Prime Minister George Canning who appointed him to a newly created title, to protect important commercial and trade interests. As such, in 1822 he was appointed to a clerkship of the India Board. Two years later he became Commissioner of Excise. In 1827 he was made Receiver-General of Excise and around the same time also made Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs, until 1842 when he became ill. In his sixteen years of public service, he worked for several notables, including the Earl of Liverpool, the Earl of Rippon, Earl Grey, and, most significantly, he was private secretary to George Canning, after whom his son George Canning Backhouse was named. He died at his home at Hans Place in 1845 at age 62 - only ten years before his son's tragic death in Cuba. On 13 October 1855, the Illustrated Times published this account of his death: Murder of Mr G.C.Backhouse, The Commissary Judge. "The recent advices from Cuba inform us, that the assassinations had become rather frequent. Among the victims was Mr. George Canning BACKHOUSE, Queen Victoria's Commissary Judge of the Mixed Commission for the Suppression of the Slave Trade. He was sitting at his house after dinner, with a Mr. Callaghan, on the evening of Friday, August 31st, when a gang of negro ruffians, accompanied by two white men, entered the premises, and secured the servants in the outer apartments; two of the ruffians (negroes) entered the room in which the two gentlemen were, and commenced to tie their arms behind them and also to gag them. Callaghan, who must from his own account have been very frightened, was thrown to the ground, his arms tied, and his watch taken from his person. The unfortunate Backhouse made a more manful struggle. He attempted first to throw his assailant on the ground; but finding the latter was too powerful a man for him to do this, he next endeavoured to take away the monster's knife. Whilst attempting this, Backhouse received a wound in the left side, which splintered one of his ribs, and went entirely through his lungs and spleen; and in about four hours he passed from life into eternity. The unfortunate gentleman has left a wife in England to deplore her loss. The murderer and all his confederates have been captured, and there is reason to believe that sufficient proof to condemn at least a portion of them has already been adduced. The cause of this terrible crime remained unknown when the latest accounts left Cuba".

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        Villette. FIRST EDITION. 3 vols.

      Smith, Elder & Co. 1853 Bound without ads or colophon leaf in vol. III. 3 vols in 1 in contemp. half maroon calf by J. & J. Vice of Nottingham, spine with raised gilt bands & black leather label. An attractive copy.Sadleir 349; Wolff 828.

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        Villette [Bound after:] Jane Eyre [And:] Shirley

      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1853. 174; [3]-206; [3]-184; 723-732 [biographical extract] pp. Without half-titles. Printed double column. 1 vols. 8vo. Contemporary three-quarters straight grained morocco over marbled boards, spine titles gilt. Foxing, creasing at lower corners, some stray pencil markings, faintest traces of edgewear. Very good. 174; [3]-206; [3]-184; 723-732 [biographical extract] pp. Without half-titles. Printed double column. 1 vols. 8vo. First American edition of Villette, bound with two early American editions of Jane Eyre, which was first published in America in 1848, and Shirley, which first appeared in the U.S. in 1850.

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        H. R. 336 [To accompany report no. 421.]

      Washington DC 1853 - United States. Senate. 32nd Congress, 2nd Session. H. R. 336 [To accompany report no. 421.] In the Senate of the United States. February 19, 1853 . . . Amendment . . . 3pp. [Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1853.] 297 x 205 mm. Unbound. Some dampstaining, edges a bit frayed but very good. Docketed. First Edition of this rare ether controversy document, with no copies listed in OCLC. In January 1853, responding to renewed debate over who deserved credit for inventing ether anesthesia, the U. S. Senate appointed a select committee to determine whether W. T. G. Morton, Charles Jackson or Horace Wells had the best claim to the discovery. On February 19 Senator Isaac P. Walker, the committee's chairman, submitted an amendment to army appropriations bill H. R. 336, confirming the U. S. government's right to use and benefit from the discovery and proposing an award of $100,000 to "the discoverer." The final version of the amendment, which we are offering here, also proposed that the issue of priority be decided in federal court, with Morton, Jackson and the representatives of Horace Wells appearing as defendants to prove the merits of their respective cases. The Senate ended up rejecting the amendment, leaving the question of priority unsettled for the time. Wolfe, Tarnished Idol, pp. 316-17; 330-335. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Rare Album [Cruikshank's Fairy Library]

      C. -54 1853 - Comprising: eight original pencil drawings (22 x 18 cm), heightened with water-colour and a complete set of twenty-four etching proofs (20 x 16 cm), mounted on tabs. Superb early 20th century full morocco by Riviere & Son, gilt panelled and blocked with stylised passion flowers to boards, spine and dentelles, silk moiré linings and all edges gilt, preserved in a contemporary solander box. Each of the finely drawn and detailed pencil drawings (from Puss In Boots and Jack and the Beanstalk) is mounted opposite its subsequent etching; all 24 etchings are inscribed in pencil by Cruikshank: 'From Geo. Cruikshank to his friend Fredk Arnold.' Arnold was Cruikshank's publisher. Although Cruikshank's illustrations for the first English translation of Grimm's Fairy Tales received a great deal of praise, this foray into the world of children's fantasy proved less successful. Many, including Charles Dickens, criticised the artist for the Temperance-inspired slant he put on these traditional stories. In Cinderella, for instance, the court prepares for the ball by setting fire to its entire reserve of alcohol. It was alterations such as this that prompted Dickens to write and publish a satirical attack on Cruikshank entitled 'Frauds on the Fairies,' in Household Words magazine in 1853. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        A Short Narrative of the Second Voyage of The Prince Albert, in Search of Sir John Franklin. With illustrations, and a map by Arrowsmith.

      London. W.H. Dalton. 1853. - 12mo. 20cm, the First edition, [xxv]27-202p., with 4 tinted lithograph views, engraved folding map, appendices, list of subscribers, in the original blind stamped dark blue green wavy grain cloth, gilt spine titles, top and bottom spine edge worn, presentation below on the original off-yellow endpapers, very good to fine condition, very rare. Lady Franklin's Presentation Copy: A.J. Wylie, Esq., with Lady Franklin's kind regards, July 1853. A.B. 8539. Fitzgerald 378. Not in Lande. T.P.L. 3270. Day 4151. Holland p239. Sabin 37443. This expedition took place between May 1851 and Oct. 1852. Considered one of the rarest of the Franklin search books. We have had three other copies, one in the Beekman Pool collection, and one in the Jim Ruddell collection, the *Plimer copy in catalogue 218. William Kennedy (1814-1890) was born at Cumberland House, Saskatchewan, the son of a Hudson's Bay Company factor and a Swampy Cree Indian woman. After receiving his education in Scotland he returned to Canada in 1833 to join the Hudson's Bay Company. For the next thirteen years he served at posts in the Ottawa valley, spending five years mainly at Fort Coulonge, Lower Canada, upper Ottawa valley. Transferred to the remote Ungava and Labrador area, he then served at forts Chimo, Trial, and Nascopie on Lake Petitsikapau (Labrador). Kennedy's religious convictions led him to disagree with the HBC policy of selling liquor to the Indians and he resigned in 1846. In 1851, Kennedy was chosen by Lady Jane Franklin to lead the second private expedition to search for her husband, Sir John Franklin, whose ships had vanished into the Canadian Arctic six years earlier. Kennedy's ship the Prince Albert, was equipped with a crew of seventeen men. His second in command was Joseph Rene Bellot, a lieutenant of the French Navy. The expedition set sail from Aberdeen, Scotland in the spring of 1851 and by September had penetrated Lancaster Sound and Prince Regent Inlet, eventually establishing winter quarters at Batty Bay. In February of 1852, Kennedy and his men set out on a remarkable 1,100 mile sledge journey westward to the Boothia region. Although no traces of Franklin were found, the expedition is noted for the discovery of Bellot Strait, a narrow channel marking the northernmost extremity of continental North America. See DCB. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Mount Lebanon A Ten Years Residence from 1842 to 1852 describing the Manners Customs and Religion of Its Inhabitants with a Full and Correct Account of the Druse Religion and Containing Historical Records of the Mountain Tribes from personal intercourse with their chiefs and other authentic sources 

      First edition, 3 vols., with a large folding map, and each volume with an engraved portrait frontispiece and another engraved plate, 8vo., pp. xx, 390, x, 398, x, 399, [4] [publisher's catalogue], original blind-stamped cloth, spines slightly faded.  London, Saunders and Otley,

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        THE KEY TO UNCLE TOM'S CABIN;

      1853 - presenting the original Facts and Documents upon which the Story is Founded. Together with Corroborative Statements verifying the Truth of the Work. Boston: published by John P. Jewett & Co. [etc.], 1853. 2 pp undated ads. Original light brown printed wrappers. First American Edition (advertised for February 1853, but not actually issued until April or May, after the English edition). Both the slave owners of the South and the manufacturers of the North understandably attacked UNCLE TOM'S CABIN (published the year before), impugning the book's accuracy. In its defense, Mrs. Stowe wrote the present volume, in which she documented her sources -- a compilation of facts drawn from laws, court records, newspapers and private letters.~This copy has on its copyright page the dual imprints of Hobart & Robbins and of Damrell & Moore, indicating the "probable" second (and usual) issue. It is in Blanck's binding "B" ("sequence, if any, not known") -- light brown wrappers with "London: Low and Company" included in the front cover imprint; Blanck's "C" and "D" bindings are cloth, which are more likely to be encountered today.~This is an unusually clean copy, just about fine, with scarcely any wear (there are three small adhesion marks on the blank inner covers, where someone probably once had cellophane affixed). Quite remarkable condition for a wrappered volume more than 160 years old. Blanck 19359; Hildreth p. 75. Housed in a handsome morocco-backed slipcase with inner chemise. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        A Pictorial View of California; including a Description of the Panama and Nicaragua Routes, with Information and Advice interesting to All, particularly Those who Intend to Visit the Golden Region

      Henry Bill, New York 1853 - 9 x 5 1/2 inches, vii, 224, [1] pages, original blue cloth, blind and gilt stamped, some soiling, light exposure to tips, some chipping to head and tail of spine, Includes the 45 of the 48 tinted lithographic plates called for by Howes and Cowan (lacking plates facing pages 66, 68, 71), plate to face page 147 is doubled, has an additional plate of Santa Barbara facing page 143 (total plate number 46), the plate to face page 80 cut down, 1 leaf of advertiesments. Howes L-300 Kurutz 398, Wheat 125, Graff 2469, in Cowan. Second Edition edition. Good, foxing throughout, small ink marginalia to title-page. Good, foxing throughout, small ink marginalia to title-page [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Traité sur les Vins du Médoc et les Altres Vins Rouges et Blancs du Departement de la Gironde

      Bordeaux: P. Chaumas, 1853. Third Edition. Hardcover (Quarter Leather). Near Fine Condition. Original quarter leather over pebbled cloth, light shelf wear, old bookseller stamp to half title, signed by the editor. 29 plates of chateaus of the region, 2 engraved half titles, 5 fold out tables at rear and 2 small maps and a colored fold out map (creases and a small tear at edge). Mostly light foxing and browning to the plates and maps, one table with wear at the fore edge. Often called "The Bible of the Bordeaux". Simon, Bibliotheca Gastronomica 706a, Oberle 310 (1st ed.). Franck's work was one of the first classifications of the wines of Bordeaux - the first edition appeared in 1824. Size: Octavo (8vo). 326 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Cooking, Wine & Dining; Inventory No: 046555.

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        CASTILE AND ANDALUCIA.

      London, Richard Bentley, 1853.. FIRST EDITION 1853, small 4to, approximately 270 x 180 mm, 10¾ x 7 inches, folding lithographed frontispiece and 23 tinted lithographed plates, woodcut title page vignette and 19 woodcuts in the text, all illustrations after drawings by the author and Egron Lundgren, pages: xi, (3), 488, bound in the original publisher's full maroon morocco, single ruled gilt border to covers with decorative gilt lozenge at centre, gilt lined raised bands to spine, with gilt motif to compartments, gilt lettering, all edges gilt, ornate gilt inner dentelles (turn ins), marbled endpapers. Spine gilt slightly dull, pale uneven stains to covers, tiny crack at foot of lower hinge, 2 small closed tears at inner edge of folding frontispiece neatly repaired, very occasional slight faint fox spots, a few to upper margin of 2 plates, small old ink stain to top edge of margin of text and plate at page 22, nowhere near image or text, 1 tissue guard missing, 1 slightly creased. A very good clean sturdy copy. The plates show: Alhambra from Sn. Nicolás (frontispiece), Malaga from the Ermitas, Arriving at a Posada, Carmen - Granada, Lanjaron, Cathedral - Seville, Gypsey-Dance, Processions - Holy Week, The Fair (Feria) - Seville, Cartuja - Xeres, Grazalema, Ronda, Antequera, Night on the Picacho, Palace- Madrid, Penaranda, Sto. Domingo de Silos, Tomb of the Cid, Sn. Gregorio - Valladolid, Cathedral, Leon, Escorial, San Justo - Segovia, Toledo, Cathedral - Córdoba. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        THE KEY TO UNCLE TOM'S CABIN;

      1853. presenting the original Facts and Documents upon which the Story is Founded. Together with Corroborative Statements verifying the Truth of the Work. Boston: published by John P. Jewett & Co. [etc.], 1853. 2 pp undated ads. Original light brown printed wrappers. First American Edition (advertised for February 1853, but not actually issued until April or May, after the English edition). Both the slave owners of the South and the manufacturers of the North understandably attacked UNCLE TOM'S CABIN (published the year before), impugning the book's accuracy. In its defense, Mrs. Stowe wrote the present volume, in which she documented her sources -- a compilation of facts drawn from laws, court records, newspapers and private letters.~This copy has on its copyright page the dual imprints of Hobart & Robbins and of Damrell & Moore, indicating the "probable" second (and usual) issue. It is in Blanck's binding "B" ("sequence, if any, not known") -- light brown wrappers with "London: Low and Company" included in the front cover imprint; Blanck's "C" and "D" bindings are cloth, which are more likely to be encountered today.~This is an unusually clean copy, just about fine, with scarcely any wear (there are three small adhesion marks on the blank inner covers, where someone probably once had cellophane affixed). Quite remarkable condition for a wrappered volume more than 160 years old. Blanck 19359; Hildreth p. 75. Housed in a handsome morocco-backed slipcase with inner chemise.

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        Bleak House

      London: Bradbury and Evans,, 1853. Octavo (211 x 136 mm). Late-19th century red half morocco, titles gilt to spine in compartments, marbled paper sides, brown coated endpapers, edges speckled red. Frontispiece, engraved title page, and 38 plates. Contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Light fading to spine, wear to extremities, slight rubbing to sides, foxing to plates; a very good copy. First edition bound from parts, with the first-issue textual points as listed by Smith. H. K. Browne had experimented with the "dark plate" technique in Dombey and Son (1848) but in Bleak House their sombreness added a new tone to the illustration of Dickens's books. "As Dickens's vision of society darkened, Browne adjusted his techniques, pioneering in the use of 'dark plates', where the plate was machine-ruled in parallel grooves which printed an almost uniform tone either before or after the figures and background were hand drawn. These brooding, atmospheric designs harmonized with the gloomy, foggy world of Bleak House and Little Dorrit" (Robert Patten in The Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens, 2011, p. 59).

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        CASTILE AND ANDALUCIA.

      London, Richard Bentley, 1853. FIRST EDITION 1853, small 4to, approximately 270 x 180 mm, 10¾ x 7 inches, folding lithographed frontispiece and 23 tinted lithographed plates, woodcut title page vignette and 19 woodcuts in the text, all illustrations after drawings by the author and Egron Lundgren, pages: xi, (3), 488, bound in the original publisher's full maroon morocco, single ruled gilt border to covers with decorative gilt lozenge at centre, gilt lined raised bands to spine, with gilt motif to compartments, gilt lettering, all edges gilt, ornate gilt inner dentelles (turn ins), marbled endpapers. Spine gilt slightly dull, pale uneven stains to covers, tiny crack at foot of lower hinge, 2 small closed tears at inner edge of folding frontispiece neatly repaired, very occasional slight faint fox spots, a few to upper margin of 2 plates, small old ink stain to top edge of margin of text and plate at page 22, nowhere near image or text, 1 tissue guard missing, 1 slightly creased. A very good clean sturdy copy. The plates show: Alhambra from Sn. Nicolás (frontispiece), Malaga from the Ermitas, Arriving at a Posada, Carmen - Granada, Lanjaron, Cathedral - Seville, Gypsey-Dance, Processions - Holy Week, The Fair (Feria) - Seville, Cartuja - Xeres, Grazalema, Ronda, Antequera, Night on the Picacho, Palace- Madrid, Penaranda, Sto. Domingo de Silos, Tomb of the Cid, Sn. Gregorio - Valladolid, Cathedral, Leon, Escorial, San Justo - Segovia, Toledo, Cathedral - Córdoba. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Bleak House

      Bradbury and Evans, London 1853 - First edition, first issue. Attractively bound as two volumes in contemporary half calf. No markings, the plates are a bit browned at the edges but overall a very good set. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Les Petits Voyageurs en Californie

      Tours: Ad. Mame et Cie, 1853. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Octavo size, eight chromolithograph plates, 192 pp., text in French. A Frenchman's story (in French) of an adventure with two boys to California in search of gold, with eight bright chromolithographs illustrating the highlights of their trek including a view of San Francisco Bay and a visit to the Big Trees. The book chronicles their trip from Le Havre to San Francisco, via Panama, and the time they spend in various locations including San Francisco and in mining camps. Bound in a stunning French gift binding, heavily decorated in gilt, with red, green, yellow and pink highlights; a stunning, perfectly lovely book. ***DESCRIPTION: Full blind- and pictorial gilt-stamped blue textured cloth, with green, pink, yellow, blue, and red onlays, ornately decorated gilt-stamped backstrip with pink and red onlays, all edges gilt, glazed yellow endpapers, eight chromolithograph plates including frontis (complete), all text in French; octavo size (7 7/8" by 4 3/4"), pagination: [i-iv] 1-188 pp., first edition. ***CONDITION: A near fine copy and a lovely example of French binding from the period, the binding is clean with only minimal rubbing to the colour onlays, the gilt on the spine is bright, the corners are very gently bumped with a hint of rubbing only to the top front corner, the text block is strong and square with solid hinges, the plates are clean with bright colours, and the volume is free of prior owner markings (albeit with faint evidence of a pencilled name having been removed from the front pastedown); some toning to the endpapers, faint scattered foxing internally and one signature slightly sprung; a near fine copy, delightful to the eye, with great shelf appeal. ***CITATION: Gumuchian 1159. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply, please inquire for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.

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        A TREATISE ON ELECTRICITY, IN THEORY AND PRACTICE (In Two Volumes)

      London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1853. Octavo. Hardcover without jacket as issued in VG- condition. Bumping and shelf-wear. Green leatherbound boards with gilt filagree ornamentation; marbled text-block and decorative endpapers. General edge-wear to boards, including surface scratches, chipping, rubbing and flaking to leather. Bookplate on paste down end page and previous owner's signature to fly-leaf. Text is clean. Binding is sturdy. Shelve: CASE #7 Spine is dark green leather with gilt decoration and gilt text on red band. Dupont.

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        Mount Lebanon. A Ten Year's Residence from 1842 to 1852

      London: Saunders and Otley,, 1853. describing the Manners, Customs, and Religion of its Inhabitants with a Full & Correct Account of the Druse Religion and containing Historical Records of the Mountain Tribes from Personal Intercourse with their Chiefs and other Authentic Sources. 3 volumes octavo. Unopened in the original purplish brown cloth, title gilt to the spines, elaborately panelled in blind on the sides, cream surface-paper endpapers. Lithographed portrait frontispiece and one single-tint lithographic view to each, original loose tissue-guards present throughout, folding engraved map to volume I, all half-titles present. Spines sunned to a uniform light tan, slight sunning at the board edges, heads and tails of the spines crumpled with a couple of minor splits, but no loss, mild foxing front and back, short tear to the map stub, image unaffected, but in all ways an exceptional set. First edition. Churchill (1807-67), was British consul at Damascus and author of a number of important regional studies including the present work and a major biography of Abd-el-Kader, who he had met during his exile in the city. "This work is not an account of Churchill's stay in the Lebanon but an amalgamation of information, some of which is based on a Maronite chronology. An important work, rare" ( Blackmer). Churchill was descended from Gen. Charles Churchill, brother of the first duke of Marlborough, through his natural son Charles. His father, also Charles Henry, bucked the family tradition of military service becoming a functionary of the East India Company in Madras, but his son made a return to the army, seeing service in Portugal with the 60th, and during the Carlist Wars with de Lacy Evans' Anglo-Spanish Legion; "His adventurous nature was plain, and his liking for irregular service found another outlet when, in 1840, he was seconded to the British Expeditionary Force to Syria" (Lewis, "Churchill of Lebanon", Journal of the Royal Central Asian Society, XL, 3-4, p.218), thus began Churchill's involvement in the region. He arrived in December 1840, too late to catch "the excitement of the earlier fighting" but would have been employed in the Palestinian phase of operations, and in 1841 is recorded as Assistant Adjutant-General in Damascus, " … but before the year was out he had left the army to serve for a few months as Vice-Consul. His Syrian career had started". He quickly clashed with the Turkish governor of the city, Najib Pasha, reporting that he was corrupt and his government rotten. Najib retaliated with rumours of "misbehaviour with a Moslem woman and of secret intrigue with Druze and other notables of the region" (p.220). An enquiry was held and Churchill cleared, but soon afterwards he quit official service and Damascus and went to live "as a country gentleman in Lebanon". He had been left £10,000 in consols by his uncle, the interest on which formed the basis of his income, but he was a skilled trader and compiled a diverse portfolio including real estate, silk and mules, also "he chose an excellent place to live, Bhourra is some fifteen miles from Beirut, and just off the Beirut-Damascus road, and is therefore well situated for the kind of trading venture in which Churchill indulged" (ibid.). From the proceeds of these multifarious activities he was able to "maintain some not inconsiderable pretensions" which together with his "love of intrigue, ill-controlled temper and imperious manner" caused considerable problems for both British and Turkish officials. In 1857 he led an armed attack on his antagonist in a property dispute, and ended up in court for causing a "fight or riot" (p.221). However, "he was clearly a strong personality and became a man of consequence in Lebanon", marrying into the Shebab family, "the clan that had provided the Emirs of Lebanon since 1700". Such mixed marriages were rare, but more unusual even than the marriages of his daughters to Christian Emirs "were Churchill's relations with their enemies, the Druze sheikhs, being said to have been their 'confidential adviser and military counsellor'" (p.222), and implicated by at least one contemporary observer in the planning of the key attack on Zahle. He was to drop his connection with the Druze cause when they "turned to unrestrained and barbaric massacre" of their Christian opponents. The present work was written with the intention of filling the need for a history of the country and "whilst a great deal of his material was taken from the History of Emir Haidar, one of his Shehab connections - Churchill's Arabic would seem to have been very good - and whilst the quality of the book would not be highly rated by a scientific historian, it forms a fascinating and valuable source of information on the history of Lebanon and its people". Churchill died intestate, and his inheritance was disputed, much of the available information on his life being derived from the subsequent legal proceedings. He was buried in Beirut "where his headstone still stands amongst others of his generation", but he probably would have preferred to be remembered by the verses carved in Arabic on a marble slab on the bridge he had built at Bhoura; "Churchill Bek built this bridge/So that people might cross safely./When he bought this are it was a wilderness,/ And he made of it a paradise./He was nobleman of noble line,/ Relative of a great English General:/And his name was Marlborough". Superbly preserved set of this interesting and important work.

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        The Chess-Player's Hand-Book; Containg a Full Account of the Game of Chess, and the Best Mode of Playing It

      Leavitt & Allen, New York 1853 - First Edition. Handsome and very uncommon miniature chess handbook, 1853. Still tightly-bound, well-preserved and VG+ in its original chocolate-brown cloth, with bright gilt-lettering and design to the front panel and lavish blindstamped borders. Internally immaculate, with no markings of any kind and no foxing--in spite of its advanced age-- to speak of. All edges gilt, 64 pgs. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Bleak House.

      London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853 - Octavo (211 x 136 mm). Late-19th century red half morocco, titles gilt to spine in compartments, marbled paper sides, brown coated endpapers, edges speckled red. Contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Light fading to spine, wear to extremities, slight rubbing to sides, foxing to plates; a very good copy. Frontispiece, engraved title page, and 38 plates. First edition bound from parts, with the first-issue textual points as listed by Smith. H. K. Browne had experimented with the "dark plate" technique in Dombey and Son (1848) but in Bleak House their sombreness added a new tone to the illustration of Dickens's books. "As Dickens's vision of society darkened, Browne adjusted his techniques, pioneering in the use of 'dark plates', where the plate was machine-ruled in parallel grooves which printed an almost uniform tone either before or after the figures and background were hand drawn. These brooding, atmospheric designs harmonized with the gloomy, foggy world of Bleak House and Little Dorrit" (Robert Patten in The Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens, 2011, p. 59). Smith I.10. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Rerum Italicarum Scriptores. Editio Altera. Volumen I scilicet editionis principalis Tomi I Pars I: Historia Miscella

      Apud Editores - Augustae Taurinorum, TORINO 1853 - Rerum Italicarum Scriptores Volume della metà dell'800 in 8°, buono stato, coperta in mezzapergamena con angoli, su dorso tassello in pelle con elementi decorativi e caratteri incisi in oro, piatti marmorizzati, pochi segni del tempo, tagli poco bruniti con accenno di fioritura, pagine in ottimo stato. I tavola fuori formato, ben piegata, precede la prefazione. Talloncino adesivo su risguardia, primo e ultimo foglio di guardia, questo ultimo presenta una abrasione. I tomo Parte I della collana Rerum Italiacarum Scriptores. II edizione. La libreria offre per un periodo limitato uno sconto del 20% su tutti i suoi libri. Il prezzo originale dell'articolo era 999,00 euro.

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        A missão especial do Visconde de Abrantes de Outubro de 1844 á Outubro de 1846.

      Rio de Janeiro, Emp. Typ. Dous de Dezembro de P. Brito, Impressor da Casa Imperial, 1853. - 2 volumes. Large 8°, original printed green (volume I) and yellow (volume II) wrappers (spine of volume I somewhat defective at head). Largely uncut and unopened. Occasional light spotting. Overall a fine set. Author's signed presentation inscription on title-page of volume II: "Ao Illmº Sr. António Joaquim d'Azevedo Feyo // offerecio o [illeg.] amigo // M. d'Abrantes". (1 l.), x, 323 pp.; ix, 478 pp. *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION. The object of this mission was to negotiate a treaty of commerce between Brazil and Prussia. The author provides as well some observations concerning London, Paris, Denmark and Belgium, about the independence of Uruguay, the aims of the great powers, river navigation in South America, and the administrative and military organization of Prussia. There are brief sections on Brazilian protests against the Aberdeen Bill and the recognition of Paraguayan independence.*** Innocêncio VI, 229. Porbase locates two copies, both at Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal. Copac locates a copy each at Oxford University, British Library, and Institute of Historical Research. Not located in Melvyl. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        Autograph Letter, Signed, To Dr James Batcheller Regarding the...

      1853. Governor Steele Discusses a Controversial Murder Case Recorded in McDade Steele, John Hardy [1789-1865]. [Batcheller, Dr. James (d. 1866)]. [Comings, William]. [Autograph Letter, Signed, To Dr. James Batcheller, Peterborough, NH, April 14, 1853]. Single leaf folded to form bifolium, all 10" x 7-3/4," franked on verso, with postage stamp. Content in neat hand to recto and versos of first leaf. Vertical and horizontal fold lines, a few tiny stains. $750. * Steele was the governor of New Hampshire. His letter discusses facts pointing to the innocence or guilt of William Comings, who was convicted of strangling his wife with a handkerchief, then suspending her body from a bedpost to make her death look like a suicide. Comings was convicted and appealed his case unsuccessfully. He was then pardoned by Governor Steele, who felt the case had been mismanaged and the jury biased. This case was the subject of a pamphlet that is recorded in McDade. See McDade, The Annals of Murder 208.

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        Ferdinand Hodler. Catalogue raisonné der Gemälde / Ferdinand Hodler: Catalogue raisonné der Gemälde. Band 3: Die Figurenbilder

      Ferdinand Hodler (1853&ndash1918), als Künstler bedeutend und umstritten zugleich, brachte an der Wende zum 20. Jahrhundert die Schweizer Malerei zu internationaler Geltung. Seine Landschaften und Porträts, seine monumentalen Historien- und symbolistischen Figurenbilder wurden überall in Europa ausgestellt. Sie fanden Eingang in zahlreiche öffentliche und private Sammlungen und wurden in Publikationen diskutiert, gelobt und kritisiert. Mit rund 630 Gemälden entspricht die Gattung der Figurenbilder umfangmässig etwa Hodlers Landschaftswerk. Der Bogen spannt sich von den patriotischen und religiösen Genrebildern bis zu den um 1890 mit dem Schlüsselwerk Die Nacht einsetzenden symbolistischen Menschenbildern und den Historiengemälden. Der nun erscheinende dritte Band des grossen Werkverzeichnisses von Hodlers Gemälden widmet sich diesem zentralen Teil seines Schaffens. Mit einer Einleitung der Herausgeber, dem chronologisch geordneten Katalogteil sowie dem umfangreichen Anhang, der unter anderem auch fragliche und irrtümliche Zuschreibungen sowie Fälschungen auflistet, setzt das Buch das Referenzwerk fort, das wissenschaftliche Kriterien erfüllt und Experten ebenso wie Liebhaber von Hodlers Kunst anspricht. Einzelheiten: Herausgeber: Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft SIK-ISEA / Illustrationen: 840 farb. u. 222 schw.-w. Abb. / Erscheinungstermin: 16.05.2017 / Einband: Festeinband im Schuber / Seiten arabisch: 624 / Verlag: Scheidegger & Spiess / Gewicht: 4480 gr / Breite: 23.5 cm / Zustand: Tadelloses Exemplar.

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        Defects, Civil and Military, of the Indian Government.

      London: Charles Westerton,, 1853. Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt, blind-stamped decoration to spine, blind-stamped panel to covers, edges untrimmed, yellow endpapers. Spine slightly rolled and bumped at head and foot, slight splitting to material at head and foot of front cover joint, very slight rubbing and marking to covers, wear to corners, one signature standing slightly proud, some foxing to contents, later pencil marks and a few annotations by certain passages. Still a very good copy. First edition, family association copy. Ownership inscription of George Thomas Napier, brother of both Charles James Napier and his editor William Francis Patrick Napier. Charles James Napier had been Commander in Chief in India, and had resigned after a disagreement with Lord Dalhousie, the Governor-General; the book is a vindication of his actions, and a strong criticism of Dalhousie's governance of India. In Charles's account, his actions had averted a mutiny and yet he had been penalised for it, whilst a mutinous spirit was smouldering due to mismanagement of the government of India - a prescient observation, four years before The Great Mutiny. Death interrupted his book, resulting in his brother editing and publishing it. William cared deeply about his brother's reputation, and would later write a four-volume biography of him; he added a final chapter to this work, explicitly stating "History is not asleep, she will vindicate the wronged man's fame". George Thomas Napier, the owner of the book, was the former Governor of The Cape of Good Hope; the book is a good association copy linking the three Napier brothers, each an important figure in British imperial and literary history.

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        LAWS OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, Passed by the Fifteenth General Assembly, at Their Session begun and held in the City of Springfield, December 7, 1846 [with] LAWS.ILLINOIS, Passed.First Session of the Sixteenth General Assembly.January 1, 1849.

      Lanphier & Walker, Springfield, IL 1853 - 15th Session: 182 pages of text, xii pages of index. 16th Session: 240 pages of text, [ii], xxii pages of index; also printed in 1853 with no mention of reprinting. Original paper-covered boards, rebacked in ordinary library cloth with minor evidence of label removal at bottom of spine. Institutional bookplate on front paste-down endpaper, stamp to bottom and top of closed page edges, and evidence of pocket removal on rear paste-down endpaper. "Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That the abstracts of the certificates for provisions and materials, as per certificates of John B. Weber, in the Nauvoo expedition, under Governor Ford." Contains the "Constitution of the State of Illinois, adopted by the Convention August 31, 1847, Ratified by Vote of the People March 6, 1848, and in Force from an After April 1, 1848" printed in 1853 by the same printer as the original. Mormon. Americana. Size: Octavo (8vo) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Narrative of a mission to Central Africa performed in the years 1850-51, under the orders and expense of Her Majesty's Government.

      London Chapman and Hall 1853 - First edition. 2 volumes, 8vo., xxviii, 343; viii, 359pp., folding map, contemporary calf gilt, spines in seven compartments, morocco labels to second and third, others richly gilt, a fine set. Scarce. The account of Richardson's expedition to Lake Tchad, Richardson dying of fever shortly before the Lake was reached. His text was seen through the press by Bayle St. John. Richardson, (1806–1851), traveller in Africa and anti-slavery campaigner, was born in Lincolnshire, and was educated for the evangelical ministry. He joined the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society on its foundation in 1839 and helped to direct the attention of the society to the hitherto neglected trans-Saharan and Mediterranean slave trade. Mission to Central Africa is his most important work. As in his earlier travels, he was going through territory little known to, and certainly seldom described by, Europeans. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Villette

      Harper and Brothers, USA 1853 - 1st US Edition 1853. First american edition of Villette under the Charlotte Bronte pseudonym Currer Bell. It has been sympathetically and professionally bound up in half leather and hand marbled paper covered boards. Book is is very good++ and bright. Contents good with lightly age toned pages. More images can be taken upon request. Ref Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Lasting Words Ltd]
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        Usi e costumi di Napoli e contorni descritti e dipinti.

      Stabilimento tipografico di Gaetano Nobile, 1853. In-8 gr. (mm. 267x179), 2 voll., bella legatura in pelle marrone coeva, cornici a secco e tit. in oro ai piatti, dorso a cordoni e tit. oro, conserv. le copp. orig. figurate, pp. XIX +324 - pp. 340. L'opera è magnificamente illustrata da 100 tavv. f.t. inc. all'acquaforte e colorate a mano d'epoca, protette da veline, raffiguranti usi, costumi o scene popolari di Napoli e dei suoi contorni. I due volumi sono firmati ai frontespizi dall'autore. "Edizione originale". Cfr. Fera/Morlicchio "Regno di Napoli e delle Due Sicilie",I,399: "Opera famosa arricchita dalle 100 finissime incisioni, eseguite da Duclère, Pisante, Mattei, Fusaro, Cucinotta, De Bartolo e Filippo Palizzi. Testi di: Cozzovick, Rocco, Coppola, Mastriani, Dalbono, Orgitano, De Bourcard. Bellissimo esemplare.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Antiquaria Regina Art & Curiosi]
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        Mappemonde en deux Hémisphères. L'État actuel des connaissances Géographiques et les derniers Voyages Autour du Monde.

      1853 - Paris, 1853. Coloured steel engraving, printed on four sheets conjoined, total 980 x 1310mm. A large scale double-hemisphere world map published in the middle of the 19th century, with decorative embellishments top and bottom. This map was usually issued separately as a folding map, although this is the rare uncut example, which was probably bound into Andriveau Goujon's scarce 'Atlas Choix'

      [Bookseller: Altea Antique Maps]
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