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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.

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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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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        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.

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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]

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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.

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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'

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        Eigenh. Lebenslauf. Leiden, 5. IV. 1853.

      1853. 4 SS. auf Doppelblatt. 4to. Ein für den Brockhaus Verlag bestimmtes Manuskript zu seinem Lebenslauf: "Leemans (Dr Conradus) Director des Niederländischen Reichsmuseums der Alterthümer in Leyden - geboren in Zalt-Boemel, ein Städtchen in der Niederländ. Provinz Gelderland, am 23ten April 1809 - ; ist der älteste der fünf Kinder des verstorbenen med.as doct. Wilhelmus Leemans und dessen Frau H. R. Ganderheyden. Sein Vater zog, nachdem er 25 Jahren die praxis ausgeübt, von Zalt-Boemel mit seiner Familie nach Leyden, um dort in Ruhe zu leben und für die Erziehung seiner Kinder zu sorgen [...]".

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        新訂 地球萬國方圖 [Shintei Chikyū bankoku hōzu] [Newly-edited Map of the World]

      [Japan] : [s.n.], Kaei 6 [1853]. Hand coloured woodblock print, 720 x 1260 mm folding to 245 x 160 mm, original papered boards and title label (rubbed), occasional strengthening with Japanese tissue along the folds. A Mercator projection map of the world, lacking publication details except for publication date shown in the legend. Inset two hemispheres and two polar projections with Antarctica noticeably absent. Australia is recognised as both 'New Holland' and 'Australia'. The seal on the upper right indicates this map was possibly held in the sutra library of a Japanese Buddhist temple.

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        Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon

      1853. LAYARD, Austen H. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon; with Travels in Armenia, Kurdistan and the Desert: Being the Result of a Second Expedition undertaken for the Trustees of the British Museum. xxiii, [1], 686, [2] pp. Illustrated with 5 folding maps and plans, 11 engraved plates of the ruins and their environs (2 folding), and 232 woodcuts illustrating the text, many being full-page. 8vo., 221 x 140 mm, bound in the original (and famous) Edmonds & Remnants blind-stamped brown ribbed cloth, blocked to a Babylonian motif, portraying a human-headed bull in profile, his wings spread round the upper covers, within a frame below a sample of cuneiform script, spine title lettered in gilt within the statue's breastplate, printed brick-red endpapers. London: John Murray, 1853. First Edition of Layard's account of his historic expedition, in which he investigated the ruins of Babylon and the mounds of southern Mesopotamia. Of the eleven engraved plates, six are in lithograph (three tinted). Until Layard's exploration, the identification of the site of Nineveh had long perplexed various archeologists. His excavations revealed palaces and a cuneiform library. The city of Nineveh, which is often mentioned in the Bible, was the capital of the Assyrian empire and reached its full glory under Sennacherib and Assurbanipal. The city fell in 612 B.C. to a coalition of Babylonians, Medes and Scythians. The successful results of the years Layard spent among the ruins are, of course, renowned. Some isolated foxing as usual. The elaborate Victorian publisher's binding (reproduced by Abbey on Plate XX) is in unusually fine condition. Blackmer 969. Abbey, Travel 364. Cat. Russica, No. L370.

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        Schoolteacher's letter describing a young slave's attack upon attack upon three children in her classroom

      Wading River, Long Island, New York 1853 - This 4-page letter from a schoolteacher to her aunt, apparently in Bridgeport, Connecticut, measures approximately 6.5" x 8.5". It is in very nice shape. Much of the letter concerns news about family and friends, however Clarissa notes that "My school is not yet out but will be soon, and then I shall feel my self quite at liberty. I usually have 9 scholars, more than half must to be read in words of one or two syllables, which makes it quite tiresome and dull to me. But I have very little troble to make them mind; most are very good." However, she devotes two paragraphs to: "quite a scene [that] occurred at school. While myself and the elder children had gone to the beach for a walk, a colored boy belonging to Mr. Paynes came into the school room and began to beat three little children I had left there-two of them was not much hurt, but Laura Ann Hulse was badly injured. Her back was fairly black & blue, and the skin was broke in many places. Her head was all bloody and her hand and arms much swollen where he had beat her with my ruler which he took from the desk. The children were too small to offer any resistance, and he told them if they attempted to make any noise, he would kill them. Mrs. Hulse took the child before the 'village squire' and obtained a warrant for his apprehension. Accordingly, on Monday afternoon, he was carried to jail, where his is to stay three months." This calls to mind Nat Turner's massacre of ten white children at Waller's School, and even though Long Island in 1853 was a far cry from Southampton County, Virginia in 1831, it's quite surprising that Mr. Paynes' slave received such a light sentence for his violent and bloody attack upon these students. Very scarce. As of 2017, other than the testimony associated with Nat Turner's rebellion, no other first-hand manuscript accounts of such attacks are held by institutions per OCLC. None are in the trade; and no similar auction records are found at Rare Book Hub or ABPC.

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        The Pantropheon; or, History of food, and its preparation, from the earliest ages of the world. Embellished with 42 steel plates, illustrating the greatest gastronomic marvels of antiquity.

      Simpkin, Marshall, and Co. 1853 - FIRST EDITION. Half title, front., title printed in black & gold, plates printed on stiff card, 6pp ads for the works of A. Soyer. Orig. royal blue wavy-grained cloth, pictorially blocked & lettered in gilt; sl. rubbing to gilt on front board, sl. wear to hinges. Armorial bookplate of Frederick Perkins. A nice bright copy. This is an unacknowledged translation of an unpublished work by the French writer Alphonse Duhart-Fauvet. Soyer was given the manuscript to translate, and passed off the work as his own, but it is nevertheless an important contribution to the history of gastronomy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        "HISTORY OF THE JEWS AND THEIR RELIGION" IN: CYCLOPAEDIA OF RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS. CONTAINING AUTHENTIC ACCOUNTS OF THE DIFFERENT CREEDS AND SYSTEMS PREVAILING THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. WRITTEN BY MEMBERS OF THE RESPECTIVE BODIES.

      Glasgow, Bell And Bain(1853). 1st edition. Period Half leather and marbled boards with raised spine and leather spine title. Leeser's contribution is 8 pages. In this overview of Judaism, the "Pastor of the Hebrew Portuguese Congregation, Philadelphia, " Rev. Isaac Leeser, takes the reader back to the times of Abraham and Moses, presents Maimonides' Thirteen Articles of Faith, and quotes Mendelssohn's "Jerusalem" concerning the significance of the commandments and ceremonies. Some wear to leather, Very Good Condition (k-amr-2-1A) .

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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 #7Spine is dark green leather with gilt decoration and gilt text on red band. Dupont.

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        Comédies et proverbes

      - Charpentier, Paris 1853, In-12 (11,5x18cm), 454pp. et 423pp., 2 volumes reliés. - Importante edizione collettiva parte originale, che contiene per la prima volta: Una porta deve essere aperta o chiusa (tra cui l'edizione originale è apparso nel 1849), non possiamo pensare di qualsiasi (edizione originale), Louison (prima edizione nel 1849), Bettina (edizione originale pubblicato nel 1851), Carmosine (Edition) e Barberine che ha un atto aggiuntivo. Leganti metà epoca dolore rosso. Zaini nervi scatole decorate. reti di grasso fredde tra i nervi. sfregamento Luce per angoli e spigoli. Molto bella copia, particolarmente fresco. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Importante édition collective en partie originale, contenant pour la première fois : Il faut qu'une porte soit ouverte ou fermée (dont l'édition originale a paru en 1849), On ne saurait penser à tout (Edition originale), Louison (première édition en 1849), Bettine (Edition originale parue en 1851), Carmosine (Edition originale), et Barberine qui possède un acte supplémentaire. En comparaison, la première édition collective de 1840 n'avait qu'un seul volume. Reliures en demi chagrin rouge d'époque. Dos à nerfs orné de caissons. Filets gras à froid entre les nerfs. Légers frottements aux coins et bordures. Très bel exemplaire, particulièrement frais. NB : Cet ouvrage est disponible à la librairie sur demande sous 48 heures.

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        Armorial des villes, bourgs, et communautés de la Lorraine et du Barrois.

      Nancy, Cayon-Liebault libraire éditeur, 1853, - in-4to, (31x24 cm) 1 f. blanche + 16 feuilles gravées de l?armorial (par J. Cayon del et sculp) + 1 f. blanche, non rogné, pt. etiquette de la Libr. ?Gaston Saffroy? à l?int. du premier plat, cartonnage original (32x25.5 cm) avec le titre gravé sur le plat devant, qqs peu poussiéreux, frotté. Rare. Les planches gravées sont 1) le titre gravé. 2) une planche ?Signes adoptés dans le blason. Pour figurer les métaux et les couleurs. 3) 14 planches num. 1 à 13 + 1 planche entre 1 et 2 non num. des blasons gravé114503s.Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Villette.

      Smith, Elder & Co. 1853 - FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. 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. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Instrucción utilísima y fácil para confesar. Particular y generalmente, para prepararse y recibir la Sagrada Comunión. Se descubren muchos defectos porque se hacen malas confesiones: se dan reglas para conocer lo que es pecado mortal y venial; se ponen Mu

      Imprenta de los editores, Portal del Águila de Oro, México. 1853 - De Jaen, P. Fray Manuel (Ministro, Capuchino de la provincia de Castilla). Instrucción utilísima y fácil para confesar. Particular y generalmente, para prepararse y recibir la Sagrada Comunión. Se descubren muchos defectos porque se hacen malas confesiones: se dan reglas para conocer lo que es pecado mortal y venial; se ponen muchas dudas de escrúpulo y sus respuestas; medios para acordarse, dolerse y enmendarse de las culpas; acusación general por los mandamientos, otra para religiosos y sacerdotes; oraciones y actos muy devotos para antes y después de confesar y comulgar; el día del buen cristiano, con la vida de su autor. México, Imprenta de los editores, Portal del Águila de Oro, 1853. Características: Buen estado general. Pasta dura en media piel y cartoné. Lomo en piel. Letras y diseño en dorado estampados en el lomo. Lomo ligeramente raspado en el área superior e inferior. Las tapas con un hermoso estampado sobre la tela con ligeras raspaduras en los bordes. A la contraportada le falta un pequeño fragmento en la esquina inferior izquierda. Guardas limpias. Cantos limpios. Incluye un grabado interesante en las páginas medias. 283 p. + índice. (14 x 9.5 cm) Peso: 250 g. La librería ofrece por tiempo limitado un descuento del 25%. El precio original de este ejemplar era de 162.38 EUR

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