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        Bleak House

      London, Bradbury and Evans. 1853., 1853. FIRST EDITION, First Issue, octavo, pp. 624. Elegantly bound in contemporary half black morocco, gilt, over pebble-grained cloth sides, coated yellow eps., a.e.g. Some acceptable spotting and browning to illustrations, with good early impressions of the 'dark plates'. Boards and edges rubbed, owner name to flyleaf, inner paper joints have parted. A very good copy indeed, in a distinguished Victorian binding. Illustrations throughout by H.K. Browne. Although many of Dickens most famous works are crawling with crime, it is just this title that can be firmly placed in the murder mystery category; 'Bleak House' is essentially a classic whodunit, professionally solved, which became only the second entry (after Poe's 'Tales') in the Haycraft-Queen cornerstone list of crime fiction. Dickens returned to crime fiction for his highly-rated final story, the 'Mystery of Edwin Drood' but this was unfinished and the case unsolved.... Within 'Bleak House' the author experiments with dual narrators and the story ranges from the dark and filthy Victorian slums to the landed aristocracy; Inspector Bucket is one of the earliest detectives to appear in fiction and was probably based on C.K. Field of the recently formed Scotland Yard. An essential mystery novel. Podeschi; Gimbel Catalogue Grolier Club Exhibition Catalogue (1913). Collins; Dickens and Crime (1962).Queen's Quorum. Book Collector No.273, p34. Graham Greene & Dorothy Glover; Victorian Detective Fiction (1966).

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        The Illustrated News. 1853

      New York.: The Illustrated News.. 1853.. BOUND VOLUME of The Illustrated News from January 1 through December 24, 1853, profusely illustrated with full page and in-text black and white wood engravings, marbled endpapers, 416pp, index to drawings, 16 x 12 inches, marbled edges, half leather with decorative gilt-lettered spine (hardbound). Wear to cover extremities exposing tips of boards, spine is worn and rubbed with a few areas of 1/4 to 1/2 inch leather loss, front joint is split at upper edge and there is a small area of leather loss at the ends of the joints, interior hinges have been reinforced, but in general the interior is in very good tight condition with occasional light soiling and faint scattered foxing. A particularly fascinating volume, being volumes I and II of the Illustrated News, which merged in November 1853 with Gleason's Pictorial. The November 26, 1853, issue contains a Publisher's Notice under the masthead notifying readers that the "Illustrated News" had merged with "Gleason's Pictorial" of Boston, who, in an interesting sidenote, list P.T. Barnum as a Special Partner. Hence the remaining issues in the bound volume are "Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion". This is full of fascinating wood engravings depicting many aspects of American life of the time and international events, including two gorgeous double page illustration "Bird's Eye View of the Crystal Palace, At New York" and "Inauguration Ceremonies of the Crystal Palace - View Under the Grand Dome", plus an interesting map: Japan with the Neighbouring and Allied States according to an Original Japanese Map. Other unusual views include: Present State of the Capitol at Washington (showing the Capitol still under construction), Bird's Eye View of Washington from the Capitol, Bird's-Eye View of the Crystal Park, at New York (with extensive article). The quality of the wood engravings is mixed, with many of the rather coarse work typical of the early American illustrated newspapers, but also including some particularly fine pieces signed in the image as having been engraved by Frank Leslie (an alias for Henry Carter who had engraved for The Illustrated London News and went on to found his own illustrated newspaper in 1855). The volume has a title page for the half year January to June, but lacks a title page for the July to December period (possibly never printed). Altogether a particularly interesting volume from the early days of American illustrated newspapers. .

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        Villette

      London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1853 First edition. Three volumes in brown cloth with spine in gilt, covers and spine stamped in blind with floral designs. Advertisements dated January, 1853. Light wear and rubbing to edges, spine ends lightly chipped with some light fraying, bookplates to front pastedowns, else a very good and clean set.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good.

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        [Liber amicorum to Dolores Traub]

      Cuba, 1853-1861. Folio (28.2 x 23.4 cm). Contemporary black pictorial leather with gilt ornaments and beautiful mother-of-pearl inlays. All edges gilt.* With six very early original photographs (Albumen) of Cuba (most ca. 24.5 x 19 cm; one 23 x 17 cm) mounted on leaves, with pastoral scenes involving people and horses, water, and trees: a unique view of Cuban rural life in the 1850's. Other leaves contain hand-written poetry, prose, and music, in Spanish or in English, by different people and variously dated. The majority written either in Matanzas, Cuba or Bremen, Germany. The concept of the "liber amicorum" originated from Germany and this is a particularly nice and important example. Apparently either Mrs. Traub originated in Bremen and went with her husband to Cuba, or she was Spanish or Cuban and married Mr. Traub. There remains the possibility that she was the daughter of a German gentleman and Cuban mother, hence the Spanish name Dolores, although it could have been a replacement for an originally German first name. Cuba, then still a Spanish possession was very important for its sugar cane, and rum industry and extensive trading was done between Cuba, Spain, North America and Europe, including the harbour town of Bremen. Many German's, including for instance the zoologists and botanists Louis Pfeiffer and "Juan" Gundlach (born Johannes Christoph) visited Cuba and stayed there for considerable periods of time. The Traubs must have been part of extensive social circles given the fact that this liber amicorum contains works in both Spanish and English. Several leaves are left blank. Front flyleaf a bit creased, most photographic plates a bit faded, otherwise in very good condition.

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        Hyperion: a Romance. FINE COPY: FOSTER'S ILLUSTRATIONS IN SIGNED OLDFIELD BINDING

      David Bogue, 1853. 8vo., FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION, with almost 100 wood-engravings from drawings by Foster in the text; handsomely bound in contemporary full crushed green morocco, sides blocked with quadruple gilt frame borders, green back gilt extra with five raised bands, gilt doublures to a floral pattern, gilt edges, BY OLDFIELD, very slightly rubbed but a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. . Catalogs: illustrated books.

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        Works of . .. . : "Ask Mamma"; Handley Cross; Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour; Plain or Ringlets; Mr. Facey Romford's Hounds

      London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans (First Title Only); Bradbury and Evans, 1853,1854, 1858, 1860, 1865. All but Handley Cross first editions. Handley Cross is the more desireable First Illustrated Edition, First Issue of Preface. 5 vols., 8vo. Hand colored plates, mostly by John Leech and many textual drawings. The First Title is illustrated by Phiz. Bound in three quarters red morocco, gilt spines with emblematic tooling, t.e.g., by Bayntun. Fine in slipcase . Handley Cross was issued without plates in 1843, the rest are first book editions after their parts issue

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        COLTON'S RAILROAD & TOWNSHIP MAP WESTERN STATES COMPILED FROM THE UNITED STATES SURVEYS

      New York: J.H. Colton, 1853.. Folding map, 36 1/4 x 43 1/2 inches, with period hand-coloring. Original roan binding (6 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches), the covers elaborately blocked in blind, the upper cover titled in gilt "Map of / the Western / States / J.H. Colton," rebacked in cloth; paper pastedowns, the pastedown on the upper cover printed with publisher's advertisement. Covers scuffed, else very good. A highly detailed, large-scale map of the midwestern states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota, with additional vignettes of St. Louis, Louisville, and Cincinnati. The eastern and southern parts are well developed, but northern Michigan and Wisconsin, western Iowa, and particularly Minnesota, are still in a primitive condition. Excellent information on early roads, railroads, canals, counties, towns, and townships.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        Colton's Railroad & Township Map. Western States compiled from the United States surveys

      New York: J.H. Colton, 1853. Map, with period hand-colouring, 36 1/4 x 43 1/2 inches, with smaller format folding letterpress table tipped in, both folding into original roan binding, the covers elaborately blocked in blind, the upper cover titled in gilt `Map of / the Western / States / J.H. Colton.', paper pastedowns, the pastedown on the upper cover printed with publisher's advertisement (rebacked in cloth). A highly detailed, large-scale map of the midwestern states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota, with additional vignettes of St. Louis, Louisville, and Cincinnati. The eastern and southern parts are well developed, but northern Michigan and Wisconsin, western Iowa, and particularly Minnesota, are still in a primitive condition. Excellent information on early roads, railroads, canals, counties, towns, and townships.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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        Ruth. A Novel. By the Author of "Mary Barton."

      London: Chapman and Hall, 1853 - Classic novel of scandal and redemption by Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), novelist and biographer of Charlotte Brontë. "Causing even more uproar than Mary Barton, Ruth tells the story of a fifteen-year-old seamstress who is seduced and has an illegitimate son. Taken in by a Unitarian minister, Mr Benson, she is passed off as a widow, making a new life until she is exposed and publicly denounced, before finally 'redeeming' herself as a nurse in a fever epidemic. A brave attack on current hypocrisy, the novel was attacked not only for the sexual theme but because of Benson's 'lie'; a copy was even burnt by members of William Gaskell's own congregation. Reviews were either equivocal or, like the influential Blackwood's, openly hostile: even some time later, the Anglican Observer (July 1857) was horrified at the idea that a woman who 'has violated the laws of purity' should be accepted by society" (ODNB) First edition. 3 vols., 8vo. Bound without advertisements. [ii], 298; [ii], 328; [ii], 311, [312, blank] pp. Contemporary half black morocco and marbled boards, edges marbled. Bookplate of Crewe Hall, Cheshire. Vols. I & II rebacked with original spines laid down. Some loss to head of vol. II spine. Final gathering of Vol. III slightly toned. Very good plus. Parrish, VIctorian Lady Novelists, p. 61; Sadleir 933; Wolff 2425 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Route Near the 35th Parallel. Map No. 2. From the Rio Grande to the Pacific Ocean from explorations and surveys made under the direction of the Hon. Jefferson Davis Secretary of War

      Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government.. Map date 1853-54. [ 1859].. Map, 22 x 50 1/2 inches (two joined sheets), folded as issued. Three inch tear into image at left, 2 inch tear along neatline at left edge, short splits at 3 fold intersections, light toning along several folds, top left panel (exposed when folded) is toned with some small paper loss (in blank areas of the sheet). Overall a very good copy of this impressive large map. A large, finely detailed map, covering a broad sweep of the proposed southern rail road route, from Albuquerque in the east to Los Angeles and San Diego in the west. The proposed railroad line is shown with a black line; the wagon road with a dotted line. Published in the U.S. Pacific Railroad Surveys (Explorations and Surveys for a Railroad route from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean). Scale 1:950,400, or 15 miles to 1 inch. Inset map at upper left: Sketch of Aztec Pass. Drawn by C. Mahon. From a sketch by A. H. Campbell, Civil Engineer. Inset map at upper right: Sketch of Campbell's Pass from Agua Azul to Salt Spring. Drawn by C. Mahon. .

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        The Works of William Cowper. In eight volumes

      60 - London - H. G. Bohn, 1853 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A complete leather set of this Victorian collection of Cowper's works and letters. Complete in eight volumes. Each volume features an engraved frontispiece and an additional engraved titlepage. Contains 45 engraved plates. 'Comprising his poems, correspondence, and translations. With a life of the author by the editor, Robert Southey'. William Cowper (26 November 1731 25 April 1800) was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of eighteenth century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him 'the best modern poet', whilst William Wordsworth particularly admired his poem Yardley-Oak. He was a nephew of the poet Judith Madan. While Cowper found refuge in a fervent evangelical Christianity, the inspiration behind his much-loved hymns, he often experienced doubt and feared that he was doomed to eternal damnation. His religious sentiment and association with John Newton led to much of the poetry for which he is best remembered. Condition: Rebacked in calf with the original boards. Externally smart, though some rubbing to the extremities. Internally, firmly bound. Generally clean with some scattered light foxing prominent to the plates. Overall: VERY GOOD..

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        Buttermere

      Manchester: Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1853. Lithograph by W. Gauci, printed in tints by M. & N. Hanhart, coloured by hand. Very good condition apart from some minor foxing. 15 1/8 x 19 3/4 inches. 16 7/8 x 22 7/8 inches. An evocative image of the Lake District, an area renowned as the cradle of the Romantic Movement in Britain. The Lake District, an area of only some 700 square miles, contains all the main English lakes and is found within the northwestern counties of Cumbria and Lancashire. 'The Lakes' (as the area is also known) first came to prominence with the rise of the cult of the Picturesque in the second half of the 18th century, but it was Wordsworth, a native of Cumbria, born in 1770 on the outskirts of the Lake District itself, who really made it a mecca for those in search of the romantic ideal of landscape. He was joined in the area, at one time or another, by Robert Southey, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, Lord Byron, Sir Walter Scott, Thomas de Quincey and many others. By the middle of the 19th century, when the present image was produced, the area was well established in the national consciousness as the area of outstanding natural beauty in England. Bristol-born James Baker Pyne is now considered by many to have been second only to Turner in his ability to capture the essence of the English landscape. After training initially for the Law, he turned to painting in his twenties. He moved to London in 1835, where he exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Society of British Artists (where he later became vice president). He travelled widely throughout Britain and Europe, but he is perhaps best known for his series of views of the Lakes, painted between 1848 and 1851. Cf. Abbey Scenery 196 (1859 edition); cf. Tooley 387.

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        El CODIGO UNIVERSAL De SENALES Para La MARINA MERCNATE de Todas Naciones, de Don Frederico Marryat, De la Marina Real de Inglaterra; con Una Seleccion de Sentencias Para el Uso de Barcos Navegando de Conserva y sistemas de Senales Geometricos, de Noche, y de Neblina. Por G. B. Richardson. [A UNIVERSAL CODE Of SIGNALS]

      Londres [London]:: Richardson Hermanos, No. 23, Cornhill.. (n. d.).. 8vo. 'Edicion Castellana.' 1st Edition in Spanish (?). Ca late 1850s. 12 pages of preliminary text. Unpaginated. 8 page "List of Agents to Lloyd's. May, 1853" at rear. "Royal Humane Society's Directions for the Recovery of the Apparently Drowned" follows, with 3 pages of adverts concluding text.. Original publisher's green cloth binding with gilt stamped title lettering to spine.. Modest extremity wear. Front hinge starting. Age toning to paper.. A VG copy.. A very rare edition of this maritime staple first published by Marryat, ca. 1817. No copies recorded in the NUC, none located on OCLC, with KVK locating an 1866 edition in Universitat PolitŽcnica de Catalunya. . 7 color plates.

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        Journal-Manuel de Peintures appliquées a la décoration des monuments, appartements, magasins, etc. bois, marbres, lettres, attributs, imitation de moulures, etc. Dirigé par Petit et Bisiaux [4th-12th years; or: ... Pierre Chabat, 16th-19th years]

      Paris: A. Morel, 1853-1861, 1865-1867. Volumes IV-XII, XVI-XVIII only, bound in four, folio. (17 x 11 1/4 inches). 276 lithographic plates only (of 288, 178 coloured, 5 printed in two colours, 15 tinted, 79 un- coloured). Extra-illustrated with a duplicate of plate XII in the 17th volume. (About 6 plates shaved into the imprint area, and 10 plates with small tears, two plates with small sections chipped, some tears and repairs to the text leaves). Later brown half morocco by Whitman Bennett of New York, the flat spines titled in gilt. A rare substantial fragment from this important record of the decorative tastes of the mid 19th century. Only two substantial runs of this fascinating periodical are listed as having sold at auction in the last thirty five years: most recently the McCarty-Cooper copy (covering a period between March 1850 and December 1867) was sold in New York in January 1992; and two years earlier an ex-library copy dated between January 1864 to December 1871 sold in New England. There are three aspects to this journal that are important: firstly, it offers a snap-shot of the taste of the time; secondly it gives quite detailed instructions on painting methods that have all but disappeared: there are only a few specialist decorative painters left who are capable of executing the designs and finishes described here, but armed with the instructions given here, these beautiful designs on a page could be 'brought to life' as part of an actual design scheme once again. Thirdly, this work offers a view of the state of French colour-printing: the quality of the images is perhaps surprising given the ephemeral nature of this publication, but the plates are of the highest quality. Some of the faux wood and marble panels are astonishing, as is the case with the best of the decorative 'tableaux'. These are a mixture of what appear to be original designs by Petit, Bisaux or Pierre Chabat, or carefully copied from earlier eras - particularly the 18th century. Unsurprisingly, the earlier designs are almost exclusively French in origin. The Journal- Manuel was evidently well-regarded by the 'trade' (architects as well as the craftsmen who executed the designs) as OCLC record that it was published for over fifty years, between 1850 and 1906.

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        THE ROYAL DESCENT OF NELSON AND WELLINGTON. From Edward the First, King of England: With Tables of Pedigree and Genealogical Memoirs (1853)

      London, William Pickering, 1853. FIRST EDITION 1853. Small 8vo, approximately 190 x 120 mm, 7½ x 4¾ inches, pages xiv, 207, including 10 genealogical tables, rebound in half royal blue calf, maroon title with gilt lettering between raised bands, extra gilt spine, central gilt design to both covers with dividing gilt rules, all edges gilt, light blue endpapers. Slight rubbing to spine, corners slightly bumped, strips of blue binder's tape to inner margins of free endpapers, very pale binder's name to bottom of first free blank endpaper which can only just be made out (Bound Riviere). A very good attractive copy. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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        Norway and Its Glaciers Visited in 1851; Followed by Journals of Excursions in the High Alps of Dauphine, Berne, and Savoy

      Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black 1853, 1st Edition. () [xxiv],349pp. Very good. Large octavo. Green 1 / 4 pebbled calf with corners, with marble paper covered boards. Spine title in gilt; rubbing on hinge. Upper edge gilt. Marbled ornamental endpapers with book plate on front paste down. Foxing to frontis and title page. 10 lithographic plates (includes frontis with tissue guard), woodcut illustrations and fold out map in rear. A tight, well preserved copy. Neate F44. Record of Forbes' travels in Norway with additional journals documenting his time in France. The author was a professor of natural philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and developed the "Forbes data set", still used today in statistics..

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        Collection of eight F.C. Terry Lettersheets

      Sydney and Melbourne,: Sands & Kenny, 1853.. Collection of eight unused lettersheets, quarto, each 4 pp. with engraved vignette; each sheet watermarked Sands & Kenny, all but two with a stamp of R. Clark, publisher, on verso of vignette (with no show-through to the image side); a fine set in a folding cloth case. Collection of eight unused lettersheets engraved by F.C. Terry.Frederic Terry (1825-69) was one of the better landscape artists working in Sydney during the mid-nineteenth century. Influenced by Martens, his work was included in the Paris Exhibition of 1855, the first showing of Australian pictures in Paris.This selection of engraved lettersheets uses the fine oval engravings produced by Terry for his Australian Keepsake, which was published by Sands & Kenny in 1855. Sadly, due to an engraver's error in London, Terry's name was printed as "Fleury" on each of the thirty-eight engraved views. Fortunately on this selection of lettersheets his name is correctly spelt.The collection comprises the following views: "Sydney Cove from Fort Macquarie"; "Government House from the Botanical Gardens"; "Newcastle from Nobby"; "North Head from Vaucluse"; "Double Bay from South Head Road"; "The Nobbies from Newcastle"; "Entrance to Sydney Harbour, North Head seen from the Flagstaff"; "Paramatta [sic] River from Fort Phillip".Lettersheets of this period are particularly rare in such fine and unused condition.

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        Autograph manuscript of part of his “Autobiographic Sketches. Selections Grave and Gay from Writings published and Unpublished”

      Written on both sides of a single leaf cut from the middle of a larger sheet, the text commences on one side, “of the case, and would have been executed in a summary way, upon the prima facie evidence against him, that he did not appear to be in the condition of a prisoner; and, if his name had ever again reached his country, it would have been in some sad list of ruffians, murderers, traitors to their country…………” and finishes, “……roused from their slumbers by the glare of conflagration, reflected from gleaming cutlasses and from the faces of demons. This fear it was--a fear like this, as I have often thought…” The second side commences, “I have said that he would not have appeared to any capturing ship as standing in the situation of prisoner amongst the pirates, nor was he such in the sense of being confined. He moved about, when on board ship, in freedom……………” and finishes, “… Much, therefore, it was that he owed to this accomplishment. Still, there is no good thing without its alloy; and this great blessing brought along with it something worse than a dull duty - the necessity, in fact, of facing fears and trials to which the sailor's heart is preeminently…”Both the above forming part of Chapter XII, “My Brother” of “Autobiographic Sketches” first published in 1853. Approximately 500 words with much crossing out, alterations and revisions. The leaf 4 x 7½ inches.

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        1. Mapa Historico Pintoresco Moderno de la Isla De Cuba

      Hamburg/ Havana, 1853. No Binding. Near Fine. 17 x 22 inches. 2. Plano Pintoresco De La Habana . . . B. May y Ca. 1853.. Chromolithographs finished with hand color. A few mended marginal splits, mat burn to outer margins, else excellent condition. Two of the visually richest images of Cuba printed in the 19th century. Both works are bordered by numerous illustrations of scenes from daily life, of historic events and important structures. These were based on the very important early views produced in Cuba by its first lithographer, F. Mialhe. So influential were these views throughout the Americas and Europe that Emilio Cueto asserts: "THE image which the enlightened public of the nineteenth century had of Cuba was the one conveyed by Mialhe"--p. 6. Among the subjects of the illustrations are the cultivation of tobacco, a formal dance, a cock fight, a hurricane at its height, various regional domiciles, etc. The plan of Havana includes a view of the city from the harbor. The genesis of these works involved one of the most bizarre cases of graphic piracy known. May, a Havana merchant, sent without authorization a number of Mialhe's original views to Germany to be re-lithographed. These were then sent back to Cuba, where May sold them at a price that undercut Mialhe's. Although Mialhe brought suit, the case was settled to May's advantage because Mialhe failed to follow the exact procedures of the then newly enacted copyright laws. These particular works are, however, more "original" than May's other piracies of Mialhe because Mialhe never prepared a map. The views surrounding the map, however, were taken directly from Mialhe. Nevertheless, on these works are some of the most important, early printed images produced in Cuba. E. Cueto, Mialhe's Colonial Cuba, pp. 4-6, 127; E. Cueto, Cuba in Old Maps, nos. 82 & 199.

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        NORTH AMERICAN SYLVA

      1853. Very Good. WITH 277 LOVELY HAND-COLOURED PLATES MICHAUX, FRANCOIS-ANDRES & NUTTALL, Thomas. NORTH AMERICAN SYLVA; or, A Description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia. Philadelphia: Rice and Hart, 1857. 6 volumes bound in 5. Large octavos. 11" x 7." 277 hand-coloured plates: 156 in the Michaux volumes, being engravings after Redoute, Bessa, Gabriel among others, + 121 in the Nuttal volumes, being hand-coloured lithographs after Magee, Worley, and others. Finely bound in 3/4 green morocco. Small nicks from the tops of spines. Although written and first published independently of each other, combined editions of Michaux and Nuttall's North American Sylva were commonly issued together after 1851. A very good set of the most important work on trees prior to the 20th century. (Sabin 48695 & 56351).

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        De l'origine et des débuts de l'imprimerie en Europe.

      A L'Imprimerie Impériale,, Paris, 1853 - Due volumi di cm. 23, pp. (4) xvi, 315 (1); (4) iv, 468. Con 13 tavole f.t. (alcune ripiegate). Bella ed elegante legatura coeva in mezza pelle, dorsi a nervi con titoli e ricchi fregi in oro ai comparti. Sguardie marmorizzate e tagli di testa dorati. Legatura firmata G. David. Esemplare in perfetto stato di conservazione. Edizione originale ed unica, non comune. La prima parte è dedicata alle diverse fasi tecniche e storiche che hanno caratterizzato l'inizio della stampa. La seconda al modo in cui tale invenzione si è propagata fin dai primi anni. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        THE TWENTY-FOUR BOOKS OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, CAREFULLY TRANSLATED ACCORDING TO THE MASSORETIC TEXT, AFTER THE BEST JEWISH AUTHORITIES. TORAH, NEVI'IM VE-KHETUVIM

      and Print. Co.,. 1853 [1870s?]. Original Full Leather, 16mo, [6], iii-xii, 1243 pages. 17 cm. Title in Hebrew at head of title. The scarce Chicago Bloch edition, retaining the copyright page date of 1853, but probably published in the 1870s given the inclusion of the “Advertisement to the London Edition" (which appeared in 1865, with 7 holdings in OCLC,) and its mid-19th Century calf binding. Bloch’s first office in Chicago dates to the 1870s, and Bloch did also publish an 1884 edition, but, unlike our copy, it lists the 1884 date and only Cincinnati (not Chicago, as this copy does) and contains 1236 pages (not 1243 as ours does). A Bloch publication of Leeser’s bible could almost certainly not have occurred before Leeser’s death in 1868, given the enmity between the Leader of American Orthodoxy and the Reform-oriented publishing house owned by Isaac M. Wise’ brother-in-law, Edward Bloch. Leeser, famously, had printed an “anonymous attack on Wise signed ‘Lawyers’ in the pages of his Occident shortly after the appearance of Minhag Amerika in 1857; this anti-Reform rejoinder singled out Bloch & Co. for allegedly keeping its store open on the Jewish Sabbath and closing it on Sunday, the Christian Sabbath” (Singerman). In our Bloch copy, the copyright is still held by Isaac Leeser; It was not until 1888 that “his [Bloch’s] firm obtained the copyright of this popular and frequently reprinted landmark text.” OCLC lists only 2 holdings of the Chicago Bloch [1853] edition (Andrews University in Michigan and the Community of Christ library in Missouri), both in the Midwest, perhaps reflecting Bloch’s still-Midwestern orientation at the time. Indeed, not many years later, Bloch left Chicago completely and moved its second headquarters to New York. This edition not listed in Singerman nor in Goldman. Edgewear to leather boards and many pages. Spine professionally rebacked. Good Condition thus. (AMR-38-23) .

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        The Poetical Works of William Cowper

      London- William Pickering, 1853 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A handsome collectionof The Poetical Works of William Cowper with a portrait of Cowper to front of volume one, decorative two-colour title pages, and with decorative pieces and capitals throughout. In two volumes complete. William Cowper (1731 - 1800) was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him the best modern poet, whilst William Wordsworth particularly admired his poem Yardley-Oak. Condition: In handsome calf bindings. Externally, in excellent condition but with minor shelfwear to extremities and occasional slight rubbing to boards. Internally, firmly bound. Bright and generally clean throughout but with slight foxing, predominantly to endpapers. Overall: NEAR FINE.

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        Information respecting the History, Conditions and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States: Collected and Prepared under the Direction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs [vol.VI: History of the Indian Tribes of the United States: their present Condition and Prospects, and a sketch of their Ancient Status] Historical and Statistical Information, respecting the History, Conditions and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States: Collected and Prepared under the Direction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs

      Philadelphia: Lippincott, Gambo & Co. [vols.I-IV] or J.B. Lippincott & Co. [vols.V-VI], 1853-1854-1853-1854-1855-1857. 6 volumes, quarto. (12 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches). Half-titles. Steel-engraved additional titles to vols.I-V, 1 steel-engraved portrait of Schoolcraft to front vol.VI, 1 folding letterpress table, 329 engraved or lithographed plates, plans and maps after Seth Eastman and others (including the "Map of Kansas River", plate 43, p.159, vol.I, not found in later issues), some tinted, hand-coloured or chromolithographed. Original cloth, non-uniform in colour, uniformly blocked in gilt and blind on the covers, the spines of vols.I-V uniformly lettered in gilt [vol.VI with variant title but otherwise uniform], (expert repairs to head and tail of spines). A fine set of Henry Schoolcraft's masterpiece. This work is the most extensive work on Native Americans published in the 19th-century containing 'a vast mass of really valuable information' (Field), and a cornerstone of any collection of ethnological studies on America. The work was commissioned under the administration of Millard Fillmore, initiated by the Department of the Interior. (Fillmore's message to Congress, dated 10 August 1850, is reprinted at front of vol. 1). Publication was continued and completed during Buchanan's term. Born near Albany, N.Y., Schoolcraft took part in a number of important early surveying expeditions before being appointed commissioner of Indian Affairs in 1822. With his headquarters at Sault Sainte Marie, he married the half-Ojibwa daughter of a local fur-trader, learned the Ojibwa language and began his ethnographical researches in earnest. He retained his position for almost twenty years and made full use of the unequalled opportunities it provided him. A change in government in 1841 resulted in the loss of his position. Moving back to the East, he continued his Native American studies and the first volume of the present work was published in 1851. The work was completed with the publication of the sixth volume in 1857. Howes notes that the work as a whole 'contains a vast mass of really valuable material. It has indeed performed a very important service for Indian history, in collecting and preserving an immense amount of historic data. Vocabularies of Indian languages, grammatical analyses, legends of various tribes, biographies of chiefs and warriors, narratives of captivities, histories of Indian wars, emigrations, and theories of their origin, are all related and blended in an extraordinary.... manner.' (Field p.353). The other aspect of the work that gives it immense additional value is the large body of work by Seth Eastman (1808-1875). Eastman, a serving officer in the U.S. Army, had trained as a topographical artist: a discipline which necessitated a rigourous almost 'photographic' approach to the subject and is ideally suited to the task of recording landscape, objects and individuals as accurately as possible. His work as a whole has ensured that he is now viewed as the foremost pictorial historian of Native American history and culture. The vast majority of the plates in the present work are either from his original drawings or from copies by him of others work. 'A very large number of beautiful steel engravings, representative of some phase of Indian life and customs, are contained in the work, but the most valuable of its illustrations are the drawings of weapons, domestic utensils, instruments of gaming and amusement, sorcery and medicine, objects of worship, their sculpture, paintings, and fortifications, pictograph writing, dwellings, and every form of antiquities.' (op.cit. p.353) Bennett, p.95; Field, p.353; Howes S183, "b"; Sabin 77855; Servies 3691.

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        Traits of American Indian Life and Character

      London: Smith, Elder and Co. 1853, 1st edition. (Hardcover) 217 pp + 16 pp of advertisements. Very good. Octavo. Original red-brown decorative stamped boards. Gilt lettering and decoration on spine (some of the writing is slightly worn). Light bumping to corners and ends of spine. 1.5" X .5" Stain on front board. Light yellow endpapers. Previous owners name on top right corner of front free endpaper in black ink (1858). Light soiling to endpapers with a small stain at bottom of gutter between front endpapers and a small stain rear attached endpaper. Slight splitting to paper at gutters between both endpapers. A few spots of soiling within text block (most are faint finger prints). There are also a few spots of foxing, mainly on outer edge of text block. Some of the pages, more so near the beginning, have a light rippling. The outer edges of the text block are roughly trimmed and slightly darkened. A lovely copy. Sketches and anecdotes illustrative of life on the wild borders of the Pacific and of the savage tribes that did business with the Hudson's Bay Company. Canadian explorer Peter Skene Ogden (1794-1854), a Hudson's Bay Company trader, had a unique perspective on the peoples and the work, and this firsthand account is a valuable artifact of the settling of the North American West by Europeans. In his own inimitable and colorful style, Ogden introduces us to the native peoples of what the Europeans named British Columbia and Washington Territory, through tales including: "An Indian Festival" "The Burning of the Dead" "The Unfortunate Daughter" "The Shewappe Murder" "The Suicide's Cross" "The Death of our Favourite Donkey" and others. Anyone interested in the history of the western U.S. And Canada will find this a fascinating book..

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        The Native Races of the Indian Archipelago

      London,: Hippolyte Bailliere, 1853.. Octavo, with five plates (four coloured) and two folding maps; a very good copy in half morocco. Important anthropological observations on the natives of New Guinea, but also on the North Australian Aborigines: chapter XII is devoted to Melville Island, Port Essington and North Australia in general, and one of the folding plates gives anthropometric comparisons between North Australian Aborigines and New Guinea natives. There are numerous discussions of Australian Aborigines elsewhere in the text, particularly those of Melville Island and Port Essington.The fine full-page handcoloured lithographs, produced in London, were based on drawings done on the spot by the Dutch artists Van Oort and Van Raalten.This is the first edition, separate issue (another version had the series-title "Ethnographical Library" which here only appears as an imprint on the plates). This copy is from the library of Archibald Liversidge, Professor of Mineralogy at the University of Sydney, and author of a number of important Australian works on the subject.

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        A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin; Presenting the Original Facts and Documents upon which the Story is Founded. Together with Corroborative Statements Verifying the Truth of the Work

      John P. Jewett & Co. Cleveland, Ohio, 1853. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good-. Signed. Tipped in, mounted to a larger piece of paper, is a slip of paper (5" x 1 1/4") SIGNED by H. B. Stowe (someone has penned the author's name underneath the signature). Original green cloth, with blindstamped borders and title on both front and reasr panels, and gilt lettering and decoration on the spine. The cloth is rubbed, boards exposed at the corners, and the spine ends are frayed with short tears. The pages have some waviness (not from any moisture, but rather from the thin quality of paper used), and there is the occasional soiling. Even with the the wear to the cloth this is a near very good copy of Harriet Beecher Stowe's defense against the attacks and criticism of her work, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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        A Key to Unce Tom's Cabin : Presenting the Original Facts and Documents Upon Which the Story is Founded. Together with Corroborative Statements Verifying the Truth of the Work

      Boston : Cleveland : J. P. Jewett ; O. , Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, 1853. 1st Edition. Physical desc. : iv, [5]-262 p. : illus. (facsim. ) ; 25 cm. Subject: Slavery in the U. S. - Condition of slaves. Stowe, Harriet Elizabeth Beecher, 1811-1896. Unce Tom's cabin. Finely bound in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with the title blocked direct in gilt. Spine compartments uniformly tooled in blind. Scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.

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        Uncle Tom's Cabin ; or, Negro Life in the Slave States of America. (with a New Preface)

      London, England: Clarke, Beeton, and Co. Foreign Booksellers, 1853. Rebound in Half-Leather, marbled boards & endpapers, vi, 329pp., frontispiece and title page illustration, the two hundred and twenty-fifth thousand, printed by Salisbury & Co. The preface contains a publishers statement that notes payment of $2500 dollars to the authoress and that she has "interest in the sale of every volume of their editions". It is also noted that a "Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin" is in the press and will shortly appear. The first UK edition of "Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin" appeared in early 1853. By the end of 1852, numerous editions of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by various publishing houses were published to meet the demand. This edition is likely to be a late 1852 or early 1853 publication. Foxing and spotting throughout text, staining to the frontispiece (by Julian Portch), light corner creasing and light soiling. Leather and boards have edge/rub wear, chipping to the boards, small white paint speck marks, bubbling to the marbled paper, corner bumping and scarring to the leather. There are two page ones bound into the text, each textually the same but the margins are altered, the line break between the title and the opening paragraph slightly different and a printers "B" at the lower right absent from the first one (see picture). Actual book for sale pictured. 10.5 x 16.4 x 2.2 cm, bkwt245g. Reprint. Hard Cover. G. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall.

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        EXODUS: Or The Second Book of Moses. Translated into the Cherokee Language

      Park Hill:: Mission Press, Edwin Archer, Printer,. 1853.. 16 cm x 9 cm. 1st edition thus (Darlow & Moule, 2441; Foreman, Oklahoma Imprints p. 7; Gilcrease-Hargrett, p. 49; Pilling PROOF SHEETS, 4207). 152 pp. T.p. in English & Cherokee; text in Cherokee.. Seven loose gatherings comprising the whole, untrimmed & predominately unopened.. VG+ (slightly darkened at edges, with stain to lower corner of 1st. gathering/3rd gathering is browned & soiled)..

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        Decretos y Acuerdos Gubernativos Emitidos en el Periodo del Director

      1853. [Nicaragua]. Pineda, Jose Laureano. Decretos y Acuerdos Gubernativos Emitidos en el Periodo del Director Licenciado don Jose Laureano Pineda, Desde el 6 de Agosto de 1851 Hasta 31 de Marzo de 1853. Granada (Nicaragua): Impreso en la Imprenta del Orden, 1853. [xxxviii], 327 pp. Quarto (7-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Later quarter calf over textured cloth, gilt fillets and title to spine, patterned endpapers. Some rubbing to extremities, toning to portions of text. Early signature to title page, interior otherwise clean. * Only edition. With index. This is a collection of decrees and laws issued during the presidency of Jose Laureano Pineda (1851-1853), a man who played a leading role in the development of the country. OCLC locates 1 copy (at the Library of Congress, which lacks the 16-page index). Not in the British Museum Catalogue.

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        ESSAYS ON POLITICAL ECONOMY Part I Capital Interest Part II That Which is Seen and That Which is Not Seen Part III Goverment, What Money Part IV The Law

      London: W. F. G. Cash Bishopsgate Without. 1853. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Bastiat was the author of many works on economics and political economy, generally characterized by their clear organization, forceful argumentation, and acerbic wit. Economist Murray Rothbard wrote that "Bastiat was indeed a lucid and superb writer, whose brilliant and witty essays and fables to this day are remarkable and devastating demolitions of protectionism and of all forms of government subsidy and control. He was a truly scintillating advocate of an untrammeled free market." Among his better known works is Economic Sophisms, which contains many strongly worded attacks on statist policies. Bastiat wrote it while living in England to advise the shapers of the French Republic on pitfalls to avoid. Contained within Economic Sophisms is the famous satirical parable known as the "Candlemakers' petition"which presents itself as a demand from the candlemakers' guild to the French government, asking the government to block out the Sun to prevent its unfair competition with their products. He also facetiously "advocated" forbidding the usage of everyone's right hand, based on the assumptions that more difficulty means more work and more work means more wealth. Much like Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal or Benjamin Franklins anti-slavery works, Bastiat's argument cleverly highlights basic flaws in protectionism by demonstrating its absurdity through logical extremes. Bastiat's most famous work, however, is undoubtedly The Law, originally published as a pamphlet in 1850. It defines, through development, a just system of laws and then demonstrates how such law facilitates a free society. He also famously engaged in a debate, between 1849 and 1850, with Pierre-Joseph Proudhon about the legitimacy of interest. Very Good in boards. Sticker to spine. Owner date, top part of front end page torn off. .

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        POETICAL WORKS

      London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1853. Minor wear, VG. Ten volumes. Small 8vo. Illustrated with engraved frontispieces and extra title pages engraved. Bound in quarter green morocco with marbled sides and endpapers, t.e.g., the spines with gilt titles and panel ornaments

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        Part 1. Price 10. 6. Sketches of the Victoria Gold

      London,: H.H. Collins & Co., 1853.. Quarto, with 24 cream-tinted lithographic plates; a good copy in the original printed paper wrappers, decorated with vignettes of goldfields life, with book advertisements on yellow verso of front wrapper and on the back wrapper, some wear and stains to wrappers and the spine restored; cloth folder. The rare London publication of the first 24 plates from Gill's famous series, Sketches of the Victoria Gold Diggings.Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-1880) is celebrated as a distinctly Australian artist who excelled in depicting the chaos, jubilation and despair of life on the goldfields. He travelled to the Bendigo diggings with his brother John in mid-1852, but soon found that sketching life on the fields offered more promise than the backbreaking work of prospecting itself. The vast spectacle delighted Gill, whose light-hearted yet realistic style was ideally suited to the task: 'his natural genius for identifying with the characters he portrayed was given full rein. The drawings of the diggers are extraordinarily observant but never critical' (McCulloch, Artists of the Australian Gold Rush, p. 84).This is the only London edition of Gill's Sketches...and in this version the illustrations are printed as lithographs in a much larger format than the Melbourne edition.Bowden, p.123; Ferguson, 9920b; not in Abbey; Wantrup, 245.

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        SHIRLEY

      1853. [BRONTE, Charlotte]. SHIRLEY: A Tale. By Currer Bell. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1849. 3 volumes. First edition, press notices of third edition of Jane Eyre (pp [318]-320) to rear of volume three, lacking ads in volume 1 Bound in modern 1/4 blue leather with light blue paper sides. A bit soiled internally, but overall a pleasing set. (Tinker 382, Smith 5 p.112.)

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        Ruth. A Novel By the author of "Mary Barton

      London: Chapman and Hall, 1853. First edition. Hardcover. Three quarter navy morocco and blue cloth, spines uniformly faded to brown. Teg. Very good/Near fine. 3vols/No Dust Jacket. 298, 328, 311 pages. 20 x 13 cm. This, her third novel, followed "Mary Barton" and "Cranford." Although her writing conforms to Victorian convention, her constant theme of tolerance predicated upon her strong Unitarian background, also filters to an emphasis on the role of women, and presents a devoted voice for her middle class characters. She also wrote the first biography of Charlotte Bronte. "Ruth" is the story of a seamstress wronged by a gentlemen as a teenager who through good deeds more than redeems herself only to be shunned by her congregation upon learning of her earlier life. Gaskell maker clear Ruth is more a Christian than the her smug church members miming conventional Victorian mores. Indeed, the book was burned and removed from circulating libraries. SADLIER 933. Bookplates, owner inscription dated 1910, Bound by Root & Son, marbled endpapers, raised bands, spine panels richly gilt, joints slightly rubbed.

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        The American Expedition, under Commodore Perry, Landing in Japan July 14th, 1853

      New York: Hatch & Severyn, Lithographers and Printers; and published by George S. Appleton, 1853. Hand-colored lithograph, 15½ x 21¼ inches. Neatly repaired tears in the upper portion of the image (in the sky). Lower margin shaved with loss to imprint, small abrasion near the imprint line. A very rare and important American historical print, and a rare image of Perry's Japan Landing This quite rare and important image depicts the magnificent ceremonial entrance of Commodore Matthew Perry and his marines to the court of the Japanese imperial commissioners at Uraga, Japan, the historic first American landing on Japanese soil. The American journalist and poet, Bayard Taylor, an important civilian member of Perry's expeditionary force (actually serving as "master mate" at Perry's official order), ably describes the great scene in his caption for the print: "The officers comprising the Commodore's escort formed a double line from the jetty and, as he passed between them, fell into the proper order behind him. He was received with the customary honors, and the procession immediately started for the place of reception. A stalwart boatswain's mate was selected to bear the broad pennant of the Commodore, supported by two very tall and powerful negro seamen completely armed. Behind these, followed two sailor boys bearing the letter of the president, and the Commodore's letter of credence in their sumptuous boxes, wrapped in scarlet cloth; then came the Commodore himself, with his staff and escort of officers. The marine force, a fine athletic body of men commanded by Major Gillen, with a detachment of the 'Mississippi' under Capt. Slack, led the way, and the corps of seamen from all the ships brought up the rear." Charles Severyn, artist and lithographer, was a printmaker in New York circa 1845-60s. He usually worked independently, but was occasionally employed by Currier & Ives, and sometimes partnered in lithographic firms, notably with Eliphat Brown (ca. 1851-53) and George W. Hatch (1853-54). Severyn's image ably represents the pomp and excitement surrounding Perry's landing. Peters, America on Stone, p.363, this image illustrated as plate 64; Who Was Who in American Art (Madison, Ct., 1999) III, p.2979; Groce & Wallace, p.569.

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        THE AMERICAN EXPEDITION, UNDER COMMODORE PERRY, LANDING IN JAPAN. JULY 14th, 1853 [caption title]

      New York: Hatch & Severyn, Lithographers and Printers; and published by George S. Appleton, 1853.. Handcolored lithograph, 15 1/2 x 21 1/4 inches. Neatly repaired tears in the upper portion of the image (in the sky). Lower margin shaved with loss to imprint, small abrasion near the imprint line. Good. Matted. This quite rare and important image depicts the magnificent ceremonial entrance of Commodore Matthew Perry and his marines to the court of the Japanese imperial commissioners at Uraga, Japan, the historic first American landing on Japanese soil. The American journalist and poet, Bayard Taylor, an important civilian member of Perry's expeditionary force (actually serving as "master mate" at Perry's official order), ably describes the great scene in his caption for the print: "The officers comprising the Commodore's escort formed a double line from the jetty and, as he passed between them, fell into the proper order behind him. He was received with the customary honors, and the procession immediately started for the place of reception. A stalwart boatswain's mate was selected to bear the broad pennant of the Commodore, supported by two very tall and powerful negro seamen completely armed. Behind these, followed two sailor boys bearing the letter of the president, and the Commodore's letter of credence in their sumptuous boxes, wrapped in scarlet cloth; then came the Commodore himself, with his staff and escort of officers. The marine force, a fine athletic body of men commanded by Major Gillen, with a detachment of the 'Mississippi' under Capt. Slack, led the way, and the corps of seamen from all the ships brought up the rear." Charles Severyn, artist and lithographer, was a printmaker in New York circa 1845-60s. He usually worked independently, but was occasionally employed by Currier & Ives, and sometimes partnered in lithographic firms, notably with Eliphat Brown (ca. 1851-53) and George W. Hatch (1853-54). Severyn's image ably represents the pomp and excitement surrounding Perry's landing. A very rare and important American historical print. PETERS, AMERICA ON STONE, p.363 (this image illustrated as plate 64). WHO WAS WHO IN AMERICAN ART III, p.2979. GROCE & WALLACE, p.569.

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        Autograph Letter Signed

      Auburn: William H. Seward, 1853. First edition. Loose_leaf. Near Fine. An excellent Autograph Letter Signed dated September 23, 1853 from then United States Senator William H. Seward to a then-future United States Congressman Alexander R. Boteler, on light blue stationary showing an embossment for Bath, England near the upper left corner and sent from Auburn, NY where Seward lived. Seward served in the United States Senate from 1849 to 1861, being first elected as a Whig in 1849 and then reelected as a Republican in 1855. An ardent opponent of Slavery's spread, Seward also served United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and under his successor Andrew Johnson. Alexander Boteler, a witness to events at Harper's Ferry during John Brown's famous 1859 raid, was elected to the United States Congress as an Opposition Party candidate in 1858, serving from 1859 to 1861. Upon the Civil War's commencement, Boteler enlisted in the Confederate Army and was a member of General Stonewall Jackson's Staff. He was elected a member of the Provisional Confederate Congress in 1861 and was later that year elected as a Democrat to the Confederate States House of Representatives. After the War, Boteler was appointed a member of the Centennial Commission in 1876, appointed a member of the Tariff Commission by President Arthur, and subsequently made pardon clerk in the Department of Justice by Attorney General Brewster. From the content of this letter, we conclude that Alexander Boteler served Shepherdstown in some sort of record-keeping capacity and, based on Boteler's later employments, surmise that he calculated a political career and may well have taken the act described in this letter for the benefit of a sitting United States Senator in order to advance his own career prospects. The letter will be made clearer to the the reader by knowing that William H. Seward's ancestors included First Lieutenant Richard Seward of Pennsylvania who served as an officer in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, Colonel John Seward (William H. Seward's grandfather), who served with George Washington’s army throughout the Revolutionary War. The letter reads as follows: "Auburn September 23rd 1853. // Dear Sir – // I thank you sincerely for your kind attention / in sending on the petition of Richard Seward for / a commission in the Revolutionary Army of the United / States. The family from which I am derived was / in New Jersey during the war of independence and / the father of my father was Colonel of the / Militia in active service. The petitioner Richard / was I think his brother. The ardor of his patriotism / is pleasing to me and will be equally so to the / other members of the family. // Again giving you my thanks and my / best wishes for your welfare. // I remain, very respectfully, / your obedient servant, / William H. Seward. // Alexander R. Boteler Esq. / Shepherdstown, / Va.” The letter's verso bears the penciled notation "Oct 29/77 ARB" -- presumably Boteler's notation. The letter is in Near Fine condition, showing one horizontal fold and two vertical folds for mailing, and with a piece of cloth tape to the far edge of the letter's verso, presumably for mounting in some sort of album. An interesting and personal letter from one of the United States' most prominent and important politicians to a then-future important politician and significant member of Confederate Army, sent prior the the outbreak of the Civil War at which time the two men's careers would take highly divergent paths in a manner emblematic of the many similar career and political splits of the Civil War era. Original autograph letters from William H. Seward are remarkably scarce to the market. RARE.

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        KING NUT-CRACKER or The Dream of Poor Reinhold. A Fairy Tale for Children freely rendered from the German of Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann (author of "Struwwelpeter") by J. R. Planche, Esq

      Leipzig, Friedrich Volckmar; London, William Tegg & Co and A. & S. Joseph, Myers & Co., (1853).. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION (1853), small 4to, 265 x 200 mm, 10½ x 8 inches, hand coloured title letters and hand coloured illustration on title page plus 27 large enchanting hand coloured illustrations on 27 pages printed 1 side only, in the original publisher's buff printed boards with large uncoloured illustration to upper cover showing a man pasting to the wall a poster for our book, watched by a group of children and adults, vignette to lower cover of 4 children examining a very large book. Respined long ago with black morocco strip which is starting to crack and strengthened at head and tail with a small strip of black leather, covers very worn at edges and corners (rounded), some chipping to surface paper along edges, upper cover darkened along edges, lower cover lightly soiled, front endpaper replaced and front inner hinge repaired with white binder's tape, front pastedown missing some surface paper, no rear endpaper, title page lightly browned, 3 very small closed tears to lower edge neatly mended, on lower corner of title page is the small German ink duty stamp found in German books of this period, page 2 lightly browned, some pale fingermarks to margins, some tiny closed tears and tiny chips to lower edges all neatly repaired, page 20 reinserted and slightly chipped and slightly dusty at fore-edge, repaired and strengthened and not affecting images or text, pages 23 and 24 similarly dusty at edges, joint between pages 26 and 27 repaired with white binder's tape, final page chipped along lower edge and neatly repaired with paper, no loss of text. A good copy of a rare children's book. This copy matches the British Library first edition in all respects, including the duty stamp. A poor child dreams of the Fairy Town of Toys where he meets King Nut-cracker, toy soldiers, Noah's animals and Struwwelpeter and friends. This version of E.T.A. Hoffmann's story by the author of Struwwelpeter was first published in Germany in 1851. Not in Osborne or Oppenheimer, Gumuchian 3045 mentions 30 col woodcuts erroneously with estimated date of 1845. The translator James Robinson Planché (1796 ? 1880) was a popular British dramatist, antiquary and Somerset Herald. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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