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        The Public School Matches, And Those We Meet There (& Two Other Volumes)

      John Chapman, W & FG Cash 1853 - 3 volumes bound in one by Gale as 'A Wykehamist' - The Public School Matches, and Those We Meet There; Ups and Downs of a Public School; Paddy Land and the Lakes of Killarney. The first two dealing with life at Winchester and public school cricket in particular. The last a travelogue of Ireland. 1st editions. 65, 81, 57pp. illustrations. Internally very good, clean and bright. Each volume self-contained with illustrated wraps in good condition. The whole bound in blue cloth with title label to front, some separation between volumes and a little grubby and rubbed else very good condition. Ex-libris JW Goldman, with bookplate. Scarce.

      [Bookseller: Sportspages]
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        The American Aboriginal Portfolio

      Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., [1853]. 4to. (12 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches). 84pp. Engraved title, twenty-six engraved plates all after Seth Eastman. (Scattered foxing to the text, the plates generally quite clean). Publisher's blue cloth, covers richly gilt, a.e.g. (minor wear to corners). A classic work on Native American, wonderfully illustrated by Seth Eastman. The handsome engraved plates are after paintings of Indian life by the author's husband, Seth Eastman, an accomplished artist and topographical draftsman. Mrs. Eastman drew her descriptions of the plates from her experiences while she was with her husband when he was commander of Fort Snelling, in the Minnesota Territory. The plates are handsome depictions of Indians performing various rituals and activities such as burial, administering medicine, dancing, travelling, fishing, spearing muskrats, dressing a buffalo skin, and much more. Howes E17, "aa"; Wagner- Camp 222c; Siebert Sale 865; Rader 1269; Sabin 21682; Field 477 (note).

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        RUTH

      1853. By the Author of "Mary Barton." In Three Volumes. London: Chapman and Hall, 1853. 36 pp (paginated to [34]) Vol I ads dated 1853, plus front endpapers printed with ads in Vols I & II. Original blind-stamped purple-brown cloth. First Edition of this novel about a seamstress who is done wrong by a country "gentleman," and who is taken in by members of a parish who believe that widow­hood explains the existence of her child. Over the years Ruth becomes a governess, becomes a member of the church and community, and also becomes a woman of "mature warmth and grace" -- so much so that the secret father of her child returns to propos­e marriage (but is shocked to be rebuffed by her). However, his reappear­ance divulges the illegiti­macy of the child to the parishioners, who promptly throw her out of church and employment. She volunteers to be a nurse to help combat a cholera epidemic, and dies of the disease -- proving herself to be considerably more "Chris­tian" than the "Christians" around her.~Suddenly Elizabeth Gaskell found herself at the centre of an ethical controversy. Her novel knocked the self-righteous smirk off the face of the smug Victorian bourgeoisie which had long forgotten that kindness and compassion were an essential part of Christ's teach­ing...~The effect of RUTH, at the time of its publication, cannot easily be imagined now. Elizabeth Gaskell wanted to write the story of one good woman in an era when the gross hypocrisy of Victorian conven­tions left those outside the educated class with no recourse to moral or social justice of any kind... The storm broke over the author's head within days of publication. The book was burned and withdrawn from circulating libraries: one periodical deplored what it called her "loss of reputation," and she was looked at askance by her con­ventional acquaintances... RUTH is very much a book of its time and is hard to read now, but Elizabeth Gaskell exposed a social evil by writing about one individual with compassion. [CGEL]~Elizabeth Gaskell's novels, with their strong female characters, have recently been "re-discovered," and are enjoying a new popularity. She seems to be "in transition" from the level of second-tier novelist toward the higher level accorded her contemporaries Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot. Walter Smith's in-depth bibliography of her works amplifies this trend.~This is a very good set in the original cloth, with minor wear at a few extremities and some along one rear joint; several of the original pale-yellow endpapers are cracked. As always with this purplish cloth, the spines have aged to a honey brown hue. Parrish (VICTORIAN LADY NOVELISTS) p. 61 (with ads as in this copy); Sadleir 933 (with endpaper ads at front of Vols I & II only, as here, but with no ad catalogue); Wolff 2425 (with endpaper ads only at front of Vol I, and no ad catalogue).

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        Map of the World on Mercator’s Projection Showing the Discoveries at the North Pole and the New Settlements in Australia, New Zealand &c

      London: G.F. Cruchley, 1853. . A fine map of the world printed over two sheets, each half measuring 92 x 83 cm, i.e. 92 x 166 cm if joined. The land areas with bright hand colouring in block and outline, the courses of numerous voyages are marked in the seas and oceans. Each half of the map dissected into 12 sections and mounted on linen, patterned paper to the folding end sections with printed labels denoting the hemisphere, the maps fold between the original green cloth boards with a red gilt lettered label to the upper cover. Some expert and inconspicuous repairs to the covers, a lovely example. The British Library have one copy of the map, with “additions to 1854”, the National Library of Australia list another copy of this earlier edition.

      [Bookseller: Bow Windows Bookshop]
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        Der grosse Volksfestzug in Nurnberg am 29. August 1853

      n.p. (Nuremberg): n.p. (Verlag Georg Maar), n.d. (ca. 1853). First edition.. Stiff card wraps. Very good. A single lithographed scene 6½ inches by approximately 275 inches (nearly 26 feet). Individual leaves are pasted together accordion style. The Nuremberg Folk Festival began in 1826 and included a large parade. This 1853 Festival was no exception and was commemorated by the present lithograph, reputedly executed by Leopold Itzel. A glorious example of lithography: The Herold der Stadt Nürnberg and Trompeter are followed by the Ehrenfahnenträgen für Bauern; Noris, the Representation of Nuremberg, follows in a Roman chariot; then trade representatives: artists, plumbers, armour, carpenters, locksmith, a Flora and Pomona in chariots, triumphal cart of Gartner, a train of brewers, Buttner and hosts, and finally floats from rural communities Steinbuhl, Mogeldorf and Rednizhembach, the last as a canal boat. The captions along the bottom are in German. The first 8 panels are hand colored, thereafter the lithograph is uncolored. Some light soiling , some folds repaired, occasionally trimmed closely; housed in original cardboard covers, worn at edges with their ribbon ties replaced. In all 27 participants or groups on 19 panels. Rare to start with and hardly ever found complete.

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        The Poetical Works of... Collected by himself

      London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans (1853). . Ten volumes, small 8vo. Frontispiece and engraved title in each volume, some with offsetting, foxing to front and rear blanks, marbled endpapers, sides and edges, armorial bookplates. Contemporary dark blue half calf, gilt spines with brown labels, spine a little darkened, some minor marks otherwise an attractive set. A set first published in 1837.

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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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        THE AMERICAN ABORIGINAL PORTFOLIO

      Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., (1853). First Edition. Hardcover. The plates are generally bright and fresh with all tissue guards present. There are spots of foxing here and there to some of the text pages and some of the plates. The binding is completely original with no restoration. The spine edges and tips are somewhat worn and the spine is rubbed, but the gilt is still visible. The covers are bright and strong. Still a Near Fine copy of this important title. Seth Eastman. Small Folio (9-1/2" x 12-1/2") bound in the publisher's gilt-decorated blue cloth, all edges gilt. Illustrated with an engraved title page and 26 steel-engraved plates by Seth Eastman, the author's husband and one of the finest artists of the frontier American West. The Eastmans depict in words and pictures from their own firsthand experiences the life and manners of Native Americans in the 1840s.

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        Villette

      1853. first edition. First American Edition in Wrappers [BRONTË, Charlotte]. Villette. By Currer Bell, Author of “Jane Eyre,” “Shirley,” &c. New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1853.First American edition (in wrappers). Octavo (8 7/8 x 5 9/16 inches; 226 x 142 mm.). 184 pp. plus [4], 4 pp. of advertisements. Text in double columns. Harper’s Library of Select Novels, No. 182.Original brownish orange printed wrappers ( rear wrapper in facsimile). Front wrapper has a few short tears. A little bit of foxing. Otherwise an excellent copy. Although published simultaneously with the first American edition in cloth the paper wrappers edition is much rarer.“The novel, like its predecessor The Professor (then unpublished), is based on the author’s experiences in Brussels, here renamed Villette, and also has as its centre a pupil-teacher relationship…The novel combines a masterly portrayal of Belgian daily life with a highly personal use of the elements of Gothic fiction; Charlotte Brontë uses hints of the supernatural…to heighten the impression of her heroine’s nervous isolation and heroic fortitude; but all the apparitions are found to have realistic explanations” (The Oxford Companion to English Literature).“Villette was published on March 4, 1853. 50 cents. It was published simultaneously in cloth [at $1. Twelvemo, with collation: [2, blank], [2, advertisements], iv, 502, [2, advertisements] pp. plus [16] pp. advertisements for books published by Harper & Brothers] and copies in either binding constitute the first American edition” (Smith).Smith, Brontë, pp. 146-152.

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        The MINER'S TEN COMMANDMENTS

      San Francisco:: Sun Print.,. (1853).. 11-1/4" x 9-1/4". 1st separate issue (Baird 167; Clifford 180). 1 sheet of lined, light blue laid paper, folded once vertically.. Subtle age toning to extremities. Fold lines, which are a bit tender. & starting at the edges. Still, a respectable VG copy.. "Thou shalt have no other claim than one." "Thou shalt not go prospecting before thy claim gives out." "Thou shalt not steal a pick, or a shovel, or a pan, from thy fellow miner; ..." "Thou shalt not tell any false tales about 'good diggings in the mountains' to thy neighbor ..." "Thou shalt not commit unsuitable matrimony.." & & So declares 'The Miner's Ten Commandments.' These divine rules of the California Gold Rush came about in the early 1850s, when keeping the Sabbath became a point of issue in Placerville [and other mining regions]. Such religious observance was favored by James Hutchings, but not so by many other residents. Their lack of spiritual reverence was lampooned, along with many other shady miner practices, by Hutchings in this famous, and subsequently oft- imitated, parody of the Ten Commandants. The work was first published 4 June 1853 in the Placerville Herald, and this the first separate publication. For more detailed history of this piece, see Kruska's HUTCHINGS, Chapter 5. . Text printed p. 4, in 3 columns, with a surrounding border of 11 wood engraved vignettes of mining-camp life, as drawn by Harrison Eastman. Eastman's images portray the temptations which the commandments exhort the miners to resist, such as gambling, drinking, staking false claims, stealing, fighting, lying, etc.

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        Bleak House

      London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853., 1853. First Edition, bound from the original parts; octavo, pp. 624. Has all three typographical errors present in the first issue: p. 19, line 6: "elgble"; p. 209, line 23: "chair" instead of "hair"; and p. 275, line 22: "counsinship" instead of "cousinship." Illustrations by H.K. Browne. Bound in contemporary half dark blue calf over pebble-grain cloth sides, marbled endpapers, with title label and gilt rule to spine. Binding is in attractive, near fine condition. Owner name to vignette, plates particularly clean for a Dickens title. A handsome copy. 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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        Report of an Expedition down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers

      DC: Robert Armstrong, 1853. Senate Ex. Doc. 59, 32d Congress, 2nd Session. 1st, bound in 3/4 leather by an unknown binder; name "N.H. Walley" stamped at bottom of spine. Good only; both boards are loose, and have been held in place with new cords by a binder (in other words, not completely restored). Marbled paper of covers is heavily rubbed. A triangular piece at the top of the spine is threatening to chip off. Inside things are better. This copy belonged to Ruthven Deane (1851-1934), famous ornithologist, scholar and bookplate collector; his bookplate is on the marbled front pastedown. (The endpapers are split at the hinges front and back.) He was an early President of the Illinois Audubon Society, which preceded the National Audubon Society. On the first of 2 blank pages is the signature "Ruthven Deane, 1.Mch.1849." Beneath this, in a different pen, he had begun to write "List of birds" but the ink was bleeding, so he wrote on a thick card, "List of birds by Dr. S.W. Woodhouse on page 58, Also autograph letter of the author. R. Deane." He pasted this card in, along with a newspaper notice of Woodhouse's death, dated 24 Oct. 1904. Samuel Washington Woodhouse (1821-1904; note that both men lived 83 years) lost the use of a finger to a rattlesnake bite on this expedition; apparently his companions advised him that the best treatment was to stay drunk all night. The AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED by Woodhouse is tipped in at p. 58, where his section on birds begins; he also wrote the section on Mammals, and the Medical Report. It was written to Mr. Deane in Philadelphia on May 28th, 1900, and concerns an upcoming trip to Boston on the way to Maine. There is scattered but minimal foxing in the text. The plates (with the usual 1st-state numbering problems) are very clean, with only a bit of toning around the edges. Plates 13-21 of Plants have some foreedge tears, and some upper corners creased. The large map is in about good plus condition; several tears at its hinge have been repaired, and there are a number of sm. holes where folds intersect. It is lightly toned but clean and free of foxing. . Signed. First Edition. Hard Cover.

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        REPORT OF AN EXPEDITION DOWN THE ZUNI AND COLORADO RIVERS

      Washington. 1853.. 198pp. plus large folding map (detached) and seventy-eight plates (one folding, some tinted). Original blindstamped cloth. 1 x 3-cm. chip at head of spine, a few light scattered fox marks, else very good. A presentation copy from Charles Sumner, inscribed on the front free endpaper in a secretarial hand: "C.E. Stowe, 1854, from Hon. Chas Sumner." Sitgreaves and his party traversed the country from northern New Mexico to San Diego in the summer and fall of 1851, crossing northern Arizona and descending the Colorado to Yuma before crossing the desert. This report is notable for its many lithographed plates of scenes along the route, as well as flora and fauna. The natural history specimens are described by John Torrey. Wheat calls the map "a monumental achievement...generally correct and exceedingly well done." HOWES S521. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 763. FIELD 1414. WAGNER-CAMP 230:1. MEISEL III, p.134. SABIN 81472. GRAFF 3809. TAXONOMIC LITERATURE VI, p.403.

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        A Narrative Of The Life And Travels of Mrs Nancy Prince

      By the author, Boston 1853 - Professionally respined in cloth, library emboss on title page and markings on copyright page only, toned endpapers, light edgewear. Solid copy. ; Travels of Massachusetts black woman to Russia and West Indies. Sabin 65570.; Ex-Library; 89 pages [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Bleak House

      London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853., 1853. First Edition, bound from the original parts; octavo, pp. 624. Has all three typographical errors present in the first issue: p. 19, line 6: "elgble"; p. 209, line 23: "chair" instead of "hair"; and p. 275, line 22: "counsinship" instead of "cousinship." In addition the page number of 219 lacks the final digit (not called for). Illustrations by H.K. Browne. Bound in contemporary half brown calf over marbled sides and endpapers, with title label and gilt rule to spine. Binding is rubbed but robust, inner paper joints cracked, plates browned to edges (as usual). A very good copy. 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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        EL MORO EXPOSITO CORDOBA Y BURGOS EN EL SIGLO DECIMO, LEYENDA EN DOCE ROMANCES (TOMO I.) (Hand Illuminated Watercolor Miniature Frontispiece)

      Mexico: Imprenta De Vicente Segra Arguelles. Good. 1853. Hardcover. Three quarter black leather bound cover with blue marbled boards has heavy wear. Boards and spine are straight. Binding is tight. Pages clean with mild foxing. Illuminated miniature frontispiece. On the frontispiece is handwritten in similar ink "pagina 81". It is unknown whether this reference means that the illustration relates to page 81 of the text, or was perhaps an illumination taken from an older manuscript from which it was page 81. Engraved headpieces and tailpieces. .

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        Cuentos, mentiras y exageraciones andaluzas, escritas en verso por.

      - [2ª Ed.] ilustrada.- Madrid: Imp. de M. R. y Fonseca, 1853.- 2 Vols. (170 p., 2 h.; 178 p., 1 h.): con 6 laminas grabadas en madera o xilografías de tipo costumbrista; 8º menor (16 cm.).- [SIGUE]: MERY, M. R.- Un matrimonio de París. (Novela de costumbres).- Madrid: Imp. de la Biblioteca del Siglo, 1848.- 194 p.; 8º menor (16 cm.).- [SIGUE]: DUMAS, Alejandro.- Gabriel Lambert. Novela de.- Madrid:Imp. de la Biblioteca del Siglo, 1848.- 163 p.; 8º menor (16 cm.).- [SIGUE]: DUMAS, Alejandro.- Gabriela de Laval. (Leyenda histórica).- Madrid: Imp.de la Biblioteca del Siglo, 1848.- 24 p.; 8º menor (16 cm.).- Todas la obras en un solo volumen encuadernado en Plena Piel de la época con planchasen seco.- Los dos tomos de Franquelo son muy interesantes para el conocimiento del costumbrismo andalúz en general. LAS CUATRO OBRAS QUE CONTIENE ESTE VOLUMEN SON RARAS EN EL MERCADO. el papel de la edición es algo deficiente, pero en general se encuentra en muy buen estado, conalgunas motitas de humedad en varias hojas de las obras de Mery y Dumas. La encuadernación aunque con pequeñas rozaduras y 5 minúsculas perforaciones, se encuentra en excelente condición. Libro en español [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Record/School District No.4,Township No.30 North,Range No.5, Smith Schl,Sunbury, Livingston Co., IL,1853-1890,

      Adams & Blackmer, Rockford, IL,. Poor cloth bound hand-written book. Cover is quite worn on spine, edges and corners, peeling front and back. Front hinge cracked and loose. End papers and title page loose. Other pp are lightly tanned with darkened edges, one page loose. Consists of minutes of annual school board meeting with elected officials, cash book, register of teachers, summary of pupil attendance with remarks concerning the teachers (not all complimentary). 13 1/2 x 8 1/2", pp not numbered.

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        Australien och dess guldregioner

      G?theborg,: Gumpert & Comp., 1853.. Small octavo; a fine copy in the original cloth-backed boards, a little stained and rubbed but otherwise very good. Very rare: an early and exotic goldfields guide, probably the first Scandinavian work on the Australian gold rushes.Kann was born in Sweden in 1813 but lived abroad for most of his life. He would seem to be the Charles Albert Moses Kann registered in the Jewish Community in Stockholm in the early nineteenth century, where he is entered as simply "Moses Kahn", with the note that he 'vacated and called himself Charles Albert Kann'. He lived in Copenhagen for many years, working as a translator and language teacher, and at some point in the late 1850s - certainly after the publication of this particular book - he moved to Deal in England where he worked as a shipbroker. He died in 1866.All of his works are rather uncommon, and this charming and significant guide for the immigrants in Australia includes lengthy notices of New South Wales and Victoria, with brief but detailed comments on may towns in both states, as well as more general notes on climate and the like. The work also contains several amusing stories of successful gold diggers.Ferguson knew only the Mitchell Library copy of this work, which has since been acquired by three other Australian institutions: the National Library of Australia, and the State Libraries of Victoria and Queensland. There was also a Copenhagen version (Australien og dets Guldegne, Ferguson, 11049b).Ferguson, 11049a.

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        Souvenir du Rhin. Album de vues pittoresques entre Mayence et Cologne., [Sammlung der schönsten Rheinansichten von Mainz bis Köln]

      EMC chez L.J. Kirchberger oJ. [Datierung nach HBZ] 1853 - 1, 21Bll. 21 Tafeln in Aquatinta mit je einem farbigen Seidenpapier-Vorsatz, Alle Tafeln in der Platte signiert: "sculp. J.J. Tanner" Nicht bei Schmitt, nicht bei Sander. Schöne komplette Ausgabe von 1853 mit nur wenigen unauff. Stockflecken: ****Ansichten von: Mayence [Mainz), Bieberich, Rüdesheim, Bingen, Rheinstein, Bacharach, Pfalz-Caub zu Gutenfels, Oberwesel, Lorelay, St. Goar, Welmich, Sternberg et Liebenstein, Braubach et le Marxbourg, Stolzenfels, Coblenz et Ehrenbreitstein, Ems, Andernach, Apollonarisberg, Nonnenwerth - Rolandseck et Drachenfels, Godesberg et les sept monts, Cologne. *****Tanner, Johann Jakob (der Jüngere) (1807 Herisau - 1862 Frankfurt am Main). Thieme Becker, Bd. 32 S. 432 - Schweizer Aquatintastecher; 1832-35 in St. Gallen, um 1836 in Bern, um 1838 in Darmstadt, um 1847 in Mainz, um 1853 in Gießen und zuletzt in Frankfurt a.M. ****Von Tanner stammen einige der - unter anderem in diesem Bändchen versammelte - schönsten in Aquatintamanier radierten Ansichten aus dem Rheinland. Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 499 23,5 x 18 cm, quer Original-Pappband, berieben, an den Kanten bestoßen, Papier durchgehend leicht stockfleckig.

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        Autograph Letter Signed

      1853 Concord, MA: 28 Dec, 1853. Two page letter. Creased where previously, a few light spots of foxing, otherwise excellent. Emerson responds to a request to be in Buffalo. He explains that he has been away and must leave for Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago. Recipient notes that the letter was received on January 1st, 1854..

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        Map of the Basin of the St. Lawrence, showing also the Natural and Artificial Routes Between the Atlantic Ocean and the Interior of North America

      James B. Johnson, Montreal 1853 - Size : 880x1925 (mm), 34.625x75.75 (Inches), Hand Colored Very Good, minor browning along the fold, laid on acid free canvas for long term preservation.

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        VILLETTE

      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1853. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Hardcover. An Extraordinarily Fine Copy of the Fragile First American Edition of "Villette" 191 x 133 mm (7 1/2 x 5 1/4"). [2], iv, 502, [6], 6, [6] pp. (including ads at the front). FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Original blindstamped purple cloth, gilt spine titling. In a matching custom-made folding cloth box with printed paper spine label. Front free endpaper with signature of James T. Blanchard. Smith (Brontë) pp. 152-53. Spine gently and evenly sunned, one upper corner bumped, one very small spot on front cover, a breath of marginal foxing here and there, but all of these imperfections obviously trivial. AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE COPY, AS WELL PRESERVED AS ONE COULD HOPE TO FIND, of a very fragile book, its joints and hinges entirely unworn. This is the first American printing of a major Victorian work of fiction, offered here in the original publisher's cloth binding in a remarkable state of preservation. As was the case with "Jane Eyre," Charlotte Brontë (1816-55) put much of herself and her own experiences into the heroine of "Villette," the author's final novel. The protagonist here, Lucy Snowe, is a thoughtful young Englishwoman who takes a position as a teacher in a French school reminiscent of the Hegers' school in Belgium, where Charlotte taught in 1842-43 and where she fell desperately in love with the very kind but very married Constantin Heger. Heger is transformed in "Villette" into the hero, Paul Emmanuel, Lucy's mentor, and Lucy's love-hate relationship with Catholicism undoubtedly mirrors Charlotte's own mixed feelings. She wrote the novel, with its varied characters and intriguing twists of plot, in a difficult period of her life. Her three siblings had died, and Charlotte, sharing the lonely Haworth Parsonage with her father, suffered from depression and bouts of illness, yet she was heartened by her growing renown as a novelist. One will not find a better copy of our first American edition, which appeared in the same year as the original London printing.

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        Costumes Suisses

      Lucerne: Freres Eglin, (c. 1850s). 22-panel panorama of hand-colored lithographs. The tiny illustrations show men and women from the different Swiss cantons in their native dress. The images are meticulously colored, with the small costume and background details showing careful attention. In the original marbled boards and housed in the original paper sleeve with hand-colored, lithographed label showing a Swiss chalet. This costume book is not recorded in any of the the major costume references. Gumuchian lists a similar item with only twenty costumes; he does not note the publisher, however, which is clearly printed on the sleeve of this copy. With ownership inscription dated Lucerne, 1853. (See Gumuchian 4069 and Welsh 2045). (2 3/4 by 2 1/8; 70x53mm).

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        PREGHIERA ALLA VERGINE ( PRAYER TO (PRAYER TO THE VIRGINAND LEGENDS OF ST. GEORGE AND ST. MARGARET) Fine Facsimile Edition of Illuminated Manuscript

      Il Bulino. New. Hardcover. <p>The manuscript 1853 of the Biblioteca Civica in Verona is a parchment illuminated codex, realized during the second half of the 13th century. Its average size is 17 × 24 cm and it is made up of 42 sheets (i. E. 84 pages). The first 2, written in semi-cursive Gothic, contain the Prayer to the Virgin, one of the most ancient lauds in Veronese vulgar. The rest of the manuscript, fully illustrated, presents 2 texts written in rotunda Gothic: the legends of St. George of Cappadocia (ff. 3r-26r) and of St. Margaret of Antioch (ff. 27r-37v). In the end of the codex two full-page illuminations portray Christ almighty with the four evangelists and St. Christopher. The manuscript was bought by the Biblioteca Civica in 1881 for 200 lire of the time. In a document its provenience is written to be from the convent of St. Mary Magdalene which, since 1350, ruled the Franciscan one of St. Mary of the Virgins. The latter hosted, between the 13th and the 14th century, many young girls of the Veronese aristocracy, included one from the ruling family Della Scala, to whom the monastic life was imposed. This has led scholars to suppose that the manuscript, meant to foster the achievement of a life of deep spirituality, followed a young noblewoman in her life in the convent. </p><p>An extraordinary story in imagesThe artistic importance of the manuscript is due to the 78 extraordinary miniatures that illustrate the legends of St. George and St. Margaret. The result is a wonderful narration in images, the peculiarity of which is the continuous relation between text and illustrations. On the one hand this confirms one of the characteristics of medieval miniature &#150; especially in religious and liturgical manuscripts, also because of the necessity of a direct and straight comprehension of God&#146;s message &#150;; on the other hand, all the illuminations, perfectly preserved, stand out for the unusual and incomparable amplitude, for the connections in style with frescoes of the same period in Verona and for the evident influence of Bolognese painting. </p><p>Legend of St. GeorgeA good 55 miniatures illustrate the legend of the tribune George of Cappadocia, from the moment in which he announces his Christian faith to the emperor Dacianus to his beheading, after 7 years of tortures. The final image of the legend is the most famous one: St. George riding transfixes with his lance the dragon that a princess keeps on a leash. Later, around 1435, Pisanello would paint the same scene on his fresco for the church of St. Anastasia in Verona. </p><p>Legend of St. MargaretTwenty-one miniatures decorate the legend of St. Mar­ga­ret, young shepherdess in Antioch with whom Olibrius, Roman governor, becomes infatuated. The refusal of the girl is considered an act of rebellion against the power of the Roman emperor and therefore she is savagely tortured and sentenced to death. The story of the Saint has always been one of the favorite subjects in Christian art, both in the East (10th century frescos in the churches of Goreme, in Cappadocia) and the West (the well-known painting of Tiziano, dated 1550). </p><p>The facsimile editionThe edition, authorized by the Biblioteca Civica of Verona, is printed on a specific paper; each folio is punched following the edges of the original manuscript. The binding is made of wooden boards covered with red leather with straps and clasps. The commentary volume, edited by Daniele Bini, presents the complete transcription of the text and essays by Agostino Contò and Giuseppa Z. Zanichelli. </p> .

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        Cubist Postbox

      Saltaire: 1853 Gallery,, 1992. Offset lithograph and pen on postcard. Sheet size: 17.6 x 13 cm. Excellent condition. Signed in black pen by Hockney lower middle. This image was taken from a felt tip pen drawing by Hockney titled Cubist Postbox, and he has added extra shading in black pen. Cubist Postbox was used to launch the postage stamp Hockney designed to mark the single European market. This is a first day postcard with Hockney&#39;s stamp, the card is addressed to Brian Baggot in Hockney&#39;s hand. Brian Baggot was a friend of Hockney and he co-authored with Hockmey "Hockney Posters." In 1999 Baggott sold his collection of signed Hockney posters at Christie&#39;s for £94,000.

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        La Vie de N.S. Jésus-Christ écrite par les Quatre Évangélistes, coordonnée, expliquée et développée par les SS. P?res, les Docteurs, et les Orateurs les plus cél?bres et les Hommes les plus éminents qui aient paru dans l'Église depuis les Temps Apostoliques jusqu'? nos Jours; rédigée et présentée aux gens du monde .

      Abel Pilon, [ 1853]., Paris - First edition of a profusely illustrated Jesuit life of Christ, whose plates were engraved from the numerous devotional pictures by Flemish masters collected by the Jesuit father Jérome Natalis. 2 vols., folio (445 × 280 mm), pp. 160; 111, [1] plus 130 steel engraved plates on papier de Chine, mounted, tissue guards. The guards often quite spotted, the plates thus usually clean. Publishers' brown morocco backed cloth boards. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Romance of Indian Life / by Mrs. Mary H. Eastman ; with Other Tales, Selections from the Iris, an Illuminated Souvenir

      Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo, 1853. 1st Edition. Description: xvi, 298 p. , 12 leaves of plates : col. Ill. , ports. (chromolithographs) ; 24 cm. Subjects: Indians of North America --Literary collections. Notes: Includes chromolithographs by C. Schuessele after drawings by Capt. S. Eastman, published by P. S. Duval. Very good copy in the original title-blocked, elaborately blind-tooled cloth. Professionally recased with the original spine laid back; very impressively finished. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.

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        The American Toilet (Proof Editon?)

      n.p.: n.p. , 1853(?). Hardcover. Very good. 12mo. Nineteen leaves entirely drawn and colored by hand. Each plate but the title has a movable flap. The binding is exposed sewing along the left margin. Each plate contains a riddle in verse describing the plate and suggesting what will be found when the flap is lifted. While ostensibly a book on cosmetics it is in reality one on virtues. The lower corner of the cover is lacking, and the date has been altered from 1853(?) to 1822 and it is marked Third Edition. The first edition of The American Toilet was published in 1827; another in 1841, so an 1853 date for the third edition is entirely in line; 1822 is not. Aside from some light soil, the lack of the corner, and the lack of the final flap this copy is in very good condition with all of the rest of the flaps intact. These titles are rarely found with all or nearly all flaps present. While the author&#39;s name does not appear, it is reputedly by sisters Hannah and Mary Murray who were inspired by the London edition created, again reputedly, by Stacey Grimaldi, whose father, William, a London miniature painter, provided the charming illustrations. Adding further to the mystery is the fact that it is entirely hand-drawn, and does contain revisions from the previous editions. It is as likely a not, then, that this is a proof for a never=printed third edition. Housed i a custom clamshell case.

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        History of England

      London, John Murray,, 1853-54. from the peace of Utrecht to the peace of Versailles. 1713 - 1783. 7 volumes, small octavo. Contemporary half dark tan calf, titles and decoration to spines gilt, single morocco title label crimson, dark brown cloth boards, green plain endpapers, red speckled edges. Previous owner&#39;s bookplate to front pastedown, a few small nicks to spines, volume 7 is slightly bowed, an attractive set. Third Edition, Revised.

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        A True Description of Three Voyages by the North-East Towards Cathay and China: Undertaken by the Dutch in the Years 1594, 1595 and 1596

      London: The Hakluyt Society, 1853. Rare First Hakluyt Edition. Complete with all the maps. 8vo. 8 pages of advertisement, listing Hakluyt publications and list of members, [4], cxlii, [2], 291 pages. With frontis folding map and 3 other fold-out maps, one of which is in colour and 12 double page engravings. original publisher&#39;s blue boards, title lettered in gilt to spine, gilt vignette of the ship "Victoria" to front board. In Very Good Condition, internally exceptionally clean and bright. The book contains three accounts of Dutch voyages in search of a North-Eastern passage to China, undertaken in the 1590s. The Dutch were not successful in establishing a North-East passage, but the stories of the expeditions and of the courage and endurance of the men who took part in them make for fascinating reading. Many editions lack the maps. This is the scarce Hakluyt edition, complete with all the maps. . First Edition.

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        The Australian and Californian Gold Discoveries

      Edinburgh,: Oliver & Boyd,, 1853.. Octavo, folding table; original mauve cloth, spine worn. First edition and one of the rarest of the early goldfields works, one of few linking the Californian discoveries to the Australian. The author looks at the historical effects of American gold finds on European prices and considers the commercial potential of the 1850s discoveries on agriculture, commerce and manufacturing.Rather than focusing on the social, historical, or geological dimensions of gold discoveries, this is essentially a book on economics, being "an inquiry into the laws which determine the value and distribution of the precious metals: with historical notices of the effects of the American mines on European prices in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries". In the course of his study of the effects on the world economy of the vastly accelerated production of gold from the new mines in California and Australia, Stirling has occasion to discuss such larger issues as the nature and function of money in general, international exchange rates, the social effects of inflation, steps that government might take to lessen economic disturbances caused by changes in the value of money, and so on.

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        Mittheilungen aus schwedischen Archiven und Bibliotheken.

      Bericht an se. Excellenz den Herrn Minister der Geistlichen, Unterrichts- und Medicinal-Angelegenheiten Herrn von Raumer. Mit 2 lithographirten Blättern. Berlin, Verlag der Deckerschen geheimen Ober-Hofbuchdruckerei, 1853. Stor 4:o. VI,(2),63,(1) s. & 2 litograferade plr. Blåmarmorerat pappbd från slutet av 1800-talet med handskriven titeletikett. Ryggen defekt och med svaga falsar. Fin inlaga. Med Carl Trolle-Bondes exlibris och monogramstpl. Från Trolleholm.. Almquist Sveriges bibliografiska litteratur 2243. Planscherna med handskriftsprov av Copernicus, Melanchton m.fl. Behandlar Copernicus egenhändiga handskrifter och böcker, de då ännu otryckta delarna av von Chemnitz "Geschichte des K. schwed. in Teutschl. geführten Krieges", handlingar rörande Preussens, Brandenburgs och stiftet Ermlands historia i Riksarkivet, Uppsala universitetsbibliotek, Kungliga biblioteket, Skoklostersamlingen och Lunds universitetsbibliotek samt biblioteken i Linköping, Strängnäs och Västerås

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        The American Toilet (Proof Editon?)

      n.p.: n.p. , 1853(?). Hardcover. Very good. 12mo. Nineteen leaves entirely drawn and colored by hand. Each plate but the title has a movable flap. The binding is exposed sewing along the left margin. Each plate contains a riddle in verse describing the plate and suggesting what will be found when the flap is lifted. While ostensibly a book on cosmetics it is in reality one on virtues. The lower corner of the cover is lacking, and the date has been altered from 1853(?) to 1822 and it is marked Third Edition. The first edition of The American Toilet was published in 1827; another in 1841, so an 1853 date for the third edition is entirely in line; 1822 is not. Aside from some light soil, the lack of the corner, and the lack of the final flap this copy is in very good condition with all of the rest of the flaps intact. These titles are rarely found with all or nearly all flaps present. While the author&#39;s name does not appear, it is reputedly by sisters Hannah and Mary Murray who were inspired by the London edition created, again reputedly, by Stacey Grimaldi, whose father, William, a London miniature painter, provided the charming illustrations. Adding further to the mystery is the fact that it is entirely hand-drawn, and does contain revisions from the previous editions. It is as likely a not, then, that this is a proof for a never=printed third edition. Housed i a custom clamshell case.

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        Narrative of the Voyage of H.M.S. Herald During the Years 1845-51, Under the Command of Captain Henry Kellett, R.N., C.B.; Being a Circumnavigation of the Globe, and Three Cruizes to the Arctic Regions in Search of Sir John Franklin

      London: Reeve and Co. 1853, 1st . () xvi,302;vii,302pp. + [2]pp. (publisher&#39;s ads). Very good. 2 volumes Octavo in modern half calf and marbled boards with matching endpapers, 2 colour lithograph plates and folding colour map (opposite p.1 Volume I). A clean unopened copy in an attractive binding. A.B. 15680. Narrative of a voyage via Cape Horn to South and central America, the Pacific Islands, and the Bering Strait region, returning via Cape of Good Hope by the naturalist on the expedition..

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        Colton&#39;s Railroad & Township Map of the State of New York. with Parts of the Adjoining States & Canada

      New York: Colton & Company, 1853. Full period color, 24 x 28¼ inches. Ornate decorative border. Folding into brown cloth covers, later paper label on front cover. Sales label for J.H. Colton & Co., 86 Cedar St., NY, on inside front cover. One of Colton&#39;s "Railroad & Township Maps" series of the various states. The map bears the copyright date of 1852, which must have been the date of original publication. Statistical table giving census figures for 1840 and 1850 in upper left corner. The map was frequently updated and corrected, with several subsequent editions. Rumsey (179) lists an 1855 edition.

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        Preliminary Sketch of the Entrances to Cape Fear River and New Inlet North Carolina

      US 1853 - Size : 430x350 (mm), 16.875x13.75 (Inches), Hand Colored Very Good, laid on acid free paper for long term preservation, lower left hand portion of margin extended.

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        A Short Narrative of the Second Voyage of the Prince Albert, in Search of Sir John Franklin

      London: W.H. Dalton 1853, 1st Edition. (Hardcover) xxv,202pp. Very good. Four tinted lithographic plates, folding map. Bound in an attractive modern half morocco and marbled boards binding. A very clean copy internally. A very nice copy of this rarity. Arctic Bibl. 8539. The PRINCE ALBERT, outfitted by Lady Franklin and under Kennedy&#39;s command, explored in Prince Regent Inlet and wintered at Somerset Island, 1851-52. Bellot Strait was discovered, and named for Lt. J. R. Bellot of the French Nacy, a member of the expedition. Very scarce and probably the rarest of primary Search for Franklin narratives. Rare Search for Franklin Narrative.

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        The Newcomes. Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family. Edited by Arthur Pendennis, Esq

      London: Bradbury and Evans, October , 1853 - August, 1855. First edition in the original 23/24 monthly parts. 8vo. Engraved vignette title page in each volume and 46 engraved plates by Richard Doyle. Original yellow wrappers, with a profusion of inserted ads and slips in front and rear. A Fine set. In full crimson French Levant boxes, green silk doublures. With the Bookplates of famous book collector R.B. Adam. Van Duzer 147; Wolff 6696 (book form) . A certain amount of American ill-feeling was stirred up by the narrator&#39;s unfortunate reference to Washington as "heading the American rebels with a courage, it must be confessed, worthy of a better cause."

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        Greece: Pictorial, Descriptive, and Historical [...] a new edition, carefully revised. With numerous engraving on wood and steel [...]

      London: William S. Orr and Co [...], 1853. Book. 8vo. pp. 458 + 26 steel engraved views, including title vignette and map, and with numerous wood engravings in the text. Green publisher&#146;s morocco, gilt, extremities worn but a sound and internally clean example. a.e.g.

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        AUTOGRAPHS FOR FREEDOM

      Boston: John P. Jewett and Company. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1853. First Edition. Hardcover. Slavery; Negro American; Anthologies; LITERATURE, American; LITERATURE, Negro; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Publisher&#39;s original brown cloth stamped in blind on covers, spine letters gilt. Slightly faded. Some light foxing/spots. Anthology of antislavery short stories and poems, edited by Julia Griffiths. Each piece is followed by a lithographed facsimile reproduction of its author&#39;s signature- includes Horace Greeley, Annie Parker, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass et al. 3 plates (incl frontis, facing p82 and p161). Includes "Be up and Doing" (pp1-3) by William Seward, and Frederick Douglass&#39;s only published work of fiction, "The Heroic Slave" (pp174-239). Sabin 28835. First Edition. Includes A collection of anti-slavery "testimonies" gathered by the Rochester Ladies&#39; Anti-Slavery Society, including essays, poems and fiction by such notables as William H. Seward, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Horace Mann, John Greenleaf Whittier, Lewis Tappan, Horace Greeley, et al. , each contribution accompanied by the author&#39;s signature in facsimile. Also included in this is Frederick Douglass&#39; "The Heroic Slave," Douglass&#39; only work of fiction. , "The Heroic Slave" (pp174-239). Sabin 28835. .

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        BLEAK HOUSE

      London: Bradbury & Evans, 1853. First Edition. Very Good. In publisher&#39;s original green blind-stamped cloth, Smith&#39;;s secondary binding a later issue, rebacked with original spine laid down and what appear to be original end pages; xvi, 624 pages. 40 plates which include the frontispiece, title-page and the 10 "dark plates". Has all three typographical errors typically associated with the first edition: p. 19, line 6: "elgble"; p. 209, line 23: "chair" instead of "hair"; and p. 275, line 22: "counsinship" instead of "cousinship". A bright fresh copy with almost no foxing and only traces of offsetting on the pages facing the plates, quite exceptional for this title. Considered by many to be the first true detective novel, following Inspector Bucket&#39;s exploits, paving the way for modern detective fiction. Additional photos available upon request. Very Good.

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        Bleak House

      London: Bradbury & Evans, 1853. First. hardcover. near fine. Browne, H.K. "Phiz. Illustrated with plates by H. K. Browne (aka "Phiz"), uniformly toned as usual. xvi, 624pp. Thick 8vo, handsomely rebound in full tan morocco; spine with gilt-ruled bands and red leather label; marbled endpaper, t.e.g. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1853. First edition in book form, after the serial in parts. A near fine copy.

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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&#39;s Pictorial. The November 26, 1853, issue contains a Publisher&#39;s Notice under the masthead notifying readers that the "Illustrated News" had merged with "Gleason&#39;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&#39;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&#39;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&#39;s Eye View of Washington from the Capitol, Bird&#39;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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