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        The heroines of Shakspeare: comprising the principal female characters in the Plays of the Great Poet. Engraved under the direction of D. L. Glover from drawings by eminent artists

      Phillips, Sampson & Company, Boston 1853 - Bella legatura coeva in marocchino rosso con nervi, ricchi fregi e titolo in oro al ds. Cornici ai piatti e dentelles interne. Tagli dorati. Lievi fioriture, ma esemplare in ottimo stato di conservazione. Ad ogni tavola che ritrae una figura femminile si alterna una pagina di testo che contiene estratti dai testi di Shakespeare. Raro. 4to (cm. 25,5), VI pp., 35 cc.nn. con 36 tavv. finemente incise su acciaio f.t. (di cui una protetta da velina in antiporta).

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        Voyage pittoresque en Russie, suivi d’un voyage en Sibérie par M. R. Bourdier. Illustrations de MM. Rouargue, Outwaith et Kernot

      - frontispice, [2] feuillets, Paris, Belin-Leprieur et Morizot, s.d. (1853), in-8, frontispice, [2] feuillets, 540 pages, 20 planches, demi-chagrin vert de l'époque, dos à faux nerfs orné, tranches dorées, Édition originale de cette célèbre relation de voyage, de Saint-Petersbourg au Caucase en passant par la Finlande, Moscou et Nijni-Novgorod, suivi d'un périple de Saint-Petersbourg au Kamtchatka, illustrée en tout de 21 gravures sur acier. Les 8 scènes de genre sont rehaussées en couleurs pour les costumes de personnages. Bon exemplaire en reliure d'époque. Légers frottements aux charnières, quelques rousseurs pâles. Vicaire VII-24. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        GUIDE HISTORIQUE, DESCRIPTIF ET ARTISTIQUE DE TURIN, de ses environs et des villes les plus remarquables du Piémont.

      Maggi, 1853. (Codice LO/4725) In 16º VIII-330 pp. Rara prima edizione. Illustrato con 7 finissime vedute fuori testo con incisioni su acciaio, di cui quella all'antiporta disegnata da Carlo Bossoli. Cfr. Peyrot n. 552 per una ampia descrizione delle tavole. Inoltre completo con la pianta di Torino allegata in tasca di copertina. Legatura originale in tutta tela rossa, titoli oro al piatto e al dorso. Ottima conservazione. Euro 1500.00 ~~~ SPEDIZIONE IN ITALIA SEMPRE TRACCIATA

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        Autograph letter signed.

      Karlsruhe, 19. XII. 1853. - 4to. 4 pp. To an unidentified recipient, thanking for some "interesting ornithological notes" and for a collection of hummingbirds, and apologizing for his late reply: he had been busy at Tübingen, and his wife had given birth.

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        Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science (2 Volume Set)

      London, (1853 and 1854): Samuel Highley. Octavo. . Volume I: 316pp. and Vol. II: 302pp.. Index. Illustrated in color and in black and white with full page and textual illustrations. Sir Edwin Lankester was known for his remarkable researches in comparative anatomy and his work on the role of the microscope in advancing science. Vol. II has the important articles by F.H. Wenham on the microscope and the use of color [with plates at the end of the volume] These first years were published in small print runs and are uncommon. By the time the New Series was issued in 1861, it was noted in the British Medical Journal, the microscope now had taken its place along side the test-tube and the stethoscope. OCLC notes there are copies of the first two volumes are found in Edinburgh University Library and the Hartley Library at the University of Southhampton. Bound in 3/4 calf over marbled paper covered boards, handsomely rebacked in cloth with red and black leather labels gilt, endpapers renewed, wear to corners.. A very good set.

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        The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, of the Rev. ... To which is added, select hymns, from other authors ...

      Boston:: Crocker & Brewster, 1853.. Sm. 12mo. 36, (51)-776 pp. Original dark green morocco, ornately stamped in gilt on upper and lower covers, gilt spine, a.e.g. Early ownership signature. With a fore-edge painting, dark, showing a shipping scene.

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        Bleak House [Original Cloth]

      London: Bradbury & Evans, 1853. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine+. First Edition of one of Dickens's masterpiece, illustrated by H. K. Browne, in the original cloth. Thick 8vo: xvi, 624pp, with frontispiece, title-page vignette, and 38 full-page plates (10 of which are "dark plates," each etched in duplicate; in our copy, six are from plate A and four from plate B. (Only two dark plates had been issued previously: No. 35 of Dombey and No. 31 of David Copperfield.) Publisher's olive-green fine-diaper cloth, Smith’s secondary binding with chain design in blind within triple-ruled borders in blind on covers, identical to that of Dombey & Son; spine in five blind-paneled compartments, the second and fourth lettered in gilt; pale yellow coated end papers. Shows 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"; as well as 34 of Smith's 37 other internal flaws, missing only three in the preliminaries. A bright, clean copy with almost no foxing or browning and only traces of offsetting on pages facing plates (dark plates are superb impressions), quite exceptional for this title. Expertly rebacked with original spine laid down; spine sunned, but gilt unadulterated. Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Smith 10. Eckel, pp. 79-81 ("The value of a copy would depend largely ion whether the impressions [of the "Dark Plates"] are good or bad. The better the impression the greater the surety of an earlier plate and printing."). Podeschi 131. Grolier Dickens, pp. 128-29. Sadleir I 682. NCBEL III 800. Wolff II 1795a. Originally appeared in 20 numbers, bound in 19 monthly parts, the last forming a double number. First edition in book form published September 12, 1853. Dickens's ninth novel and one of his finest, often considered the first true detective novel, Bleak House revolves around the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce and its almost infinitely slow progress through the Court of Chancery, finally ending in the terrible farce of the considerable estate in dispute being swallowed up in lawyers's fees. "In a recent critical assessment (Dickens Redressed: The Art of Bleak House and Hard Times), Alexander Welsh refers to Bleak House as being 'an impressive work of montage, which ought by now to have earned Dickens the reputation of composing in 1852-53 a distinctly modernist text'. This is part of a fairly recent shift in the interpretation of Dickens's work which sees it anticipating the novels of Joyce, Faulkner, Conrad and other major figures in literary modernism. . . . [W]hat Welsh has particularly in mind is the double narrative structure of Bleak House in which the telling of the story is divided between two narrators, one the eighteen year old Esther Summerson, the other an impersonal third-person voice. . . . A number of mysteries are unravelled in the novel, that of Esther's parentage for example, but others remain, above all the mystery of how the social ills recorded in Bleak House are ever to be dealt with. It seems more than appropriate, then, that this maze-like fictional world should be embodied in a form which is itself labyrinthine." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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        Twenty-Seven Years in Canada West; or, The Experience of an Early Settler. In Two Volumes

      London: Richard Bentley, 1853. Two volumes in one. Original green diapered, blindstamped cloth with gilt spine lettering, yellow coated endpapers, pp. [vii]-xix (i.e. vii, complete), 311; viii, 344. 1 musical score with English translation of the lyrics from the native tongue by the Indian Missionary, Peter Jones. Covers scuffed and soiled, corners bruised and soft, endpapers tanned at around the margins from the turn-ins, otherwise a very good, clean copy. "Samuel Strickland (1804-1867) came to Canada in 1825. He first spent time in Newcastle District and then later cleared some property for a farm in Otonabee Township. He later sold his farm and purchased land in Douro and there he began clearing land at the present site of Lakefield. He was active in church, military and town life. In 1847 he became a Major and in 1851 he was the Reeve of Douro for three years. He also became a Justice of the Peace. During the years of 1828-1831 he worked for John Galt in the Canada Company. In his later years Samuel established an agriculture school for young men and boys interested in pioneer farming. Around the same time that Samuel moved to Douro his sisters Catharine Parr Traill and Susanna Moodie arrived in the area. His sister Agnes edited a book "Twenty-Seven Years in Canada West" which was based on Samuel's writings." - from the Trent University Archive, Strickland Fonds . First Edition. Original Cloth. Very Good. Stout Octavo.

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        Sketches of the Victoria Gold Diggings and Diggers, as they are

      London: H.H. Collins & Co, 1853. Some ageing to the wrappers.. Quarto, with 24 cream-tinted lithographic plates; this copy preserving 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, in a neat old binding of half morocco and marbled boards. One of S.T. Gill's most desirable books: this is the rare London publication of the first 24 plates from Gill's famous series, Sketches of the Victoria Gold Diggings. This is the only London edition of Gill's Sketches and in this preferred version the illustrations are printed as lithographs on a tinted ground and in a much larger format than the Melbourne edition.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).Worth noting on the original wrappers preserved here is the publishers' statement on the inside of the front wrapper: "The interest evinced by the Public at the present time in connexion with the recently discovered Gold Fields of Australia, for which thousands of our countrymen have left their native shores, anxiously hoping to share the Golden Treasures so abundantly scattered over that extensive Continent, has induced the Publisher of these Sketches to lay them before the public, with the assurance that their accuracy and character will not fail to interest many of those who, from the fact of having friends and connexions engaged in the very localities and labours here depicted, will be aided by this effort to realize to their minds' eye, more vividly than otherwise could be done, the scenes, characters, and circumstances among which they are thrown."This copy has an interesting provenance having belonged to Edward Pescott, Geelong collector, probably acquired from Maggs Bros. as it has their note confirming that only this part was published; loosely inserted is Pescott's 1953 letter consigning the book to Keith M. Bowden, author of the first monograph on Gill. Provenance: Edward Pescott, Geelong collector, probably bought from Maggs Bros., London, with a note by them confirming that only this part was published; with Pescott's 1953 letter consigning the book to Keith M. Bowden, author of the first monograph on Gill; unidentified collector (?date) with romantic bookplate with initials "A.L.F."

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        [SHEET MUSIC] Shells of ocean /​ words by J.W. Lake ; music by J.W. Cherry.

      Sydney : Woolcott and Clarke, [1853 or 1854]. Folio, disbound, original illustrated wrappers lithographed by John Degotardi (old paper reinforcement to original stitching and small closed tear at fore-edge), 6 pp of engraved music notation for voice and piano; page 2 has a publisher's advertisement at the head of the music; internally very clean, a good example. A rare and desirable piece of early Sydney sheet music. The only copy in Australian collections of the Woolcott and Clarke edition, with its superb lithographed cover by Degotardi, is held in the State Library of New South Wales (contained in a publisher's presentation album dated 1854). The more common Sydney edition is that of J. R. Clarke (1853), which has a non-illustrated cover. A later edition with illustrated cover - also only held in the State Library of New South Wales - was published by J. Moore (1856-57).

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        [NEW ZEALAND] Whaling letter written from Auckland to New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1853

      Entire letter, single sheet folding to form [4] sides, quarto, closely written manuscript in ink on 3 sides, headed 'Auckland, New Zealand, 8th February 1853', addressed to 'Alexander Gibbs Esqr., New Bedford'; signed at the foot 'Your faithful obedt. servants, Bain & Burtt'; outer side with address panel, endorsed 'via New York', with 'LONDON / SP 9 1853 PAID' in red, 'NEW YORK / SEP 23 PAID 24' in red and charged '5 CENTS' in red; remnants of red wax seal; the letter is complete and in exceptionally fine condition. Bain & Burtt were Auckland shipping agents and merchants. The co-owner of the firm, James Burtt, was also American Vice-Consul in Auckland. In this previously unpublished item of business correspondence with the American owner of the whaling ship Jasper, we receive a very detailed insider's view of the conduct and economics of the Pacific whaling trade in the early 1850s, as well as a contemporary account of the shipping crisis at Auckland, caused by the gold rushes in the Australian colonies, which was affecting New Zealand's trade in 1852-53. The letter also provides a glowing account of the port of Auckland and describes its advantages over alternative ports on the coast, before closing with a determined attempt to establish and develop ties - through Alexander Gibbs - with export merchants in New Bedford, who might benefit from Bain & Burtt's experience and expertise in the lucrative Auckland import market. The letter advises Alexander Gibbs of the arrival of his barque Jasper at Auckland harbour on 28 December 1852, "from the Whaling Grounds with 750 to 800 barrels of sperm oil on board. On his arrival here Capn. Rolch placed the agency of the vessel in our hands to procure an outfit for 12 or 14 months in equipping her with which we have used our best endeavours to procure the most suitable articles at the most reasonable prices and we trust that from our experience in furnishing such articles and our knowledge of the articles themselves, that our services will meet your approval. For amount of disbursements here Capn. Rolch has drawn upon you in our favour for the Sum of £820:16:0 which Bill we have taken at the Current Rate of Exchange for American Whaler's Bills namely 1% disct. Capn. Rolch has also granted us Bill of Lading on 140 Barrels Oil as Collateral Security for Bill of Exchange which we have transmitted thro' our London Agents Messrs. John Gladstone & Co. & beg  the favour of your attention to the same on presentation. We regret the low rate of disct. ... for Bills on America but since the gold discoveries of New South Wales, Bank Bills on London always those preferred here have been ranging from 6 1/2 to 9% disct. Owing to there not being any Vessels on the berth for London at present Sperm Oil has receded to £62 - £63 at which rate we decided it better for Capn. Rolch to draw at 12 1/2 % disct. than sell. Had Freight been procurable for London £65 per ton could have been obtained, but the only vessel loading when the "Jasper" arrived had all her cargo engaged & none other is offering as yet. In arranging with reference to payment of recruits, in purchasing the recruits themselves, & in giving his close attention to everything connected with his outfit we have great pleasure in reporting most favourably to you of Capn. Rolch's application which has been of very material assistance to us in keeping expenses under & our obtaining always the most suitable articles, two objects we constantly keep in train & make our study to carry out, but which with many Captains we find it a very difficult task to perform, hence our appreciation of any who go hand in hand with us to do so. Owing to the numerous advantages offered by this Port, it is now becoming a great resort for Whalers to recruit. Fresh supplies, being equally cheap & in many instances cheaper than on the coast. Provisions of every kind always are lower, & more readily procurable, than at any of the out ports, & stores & shipwrights work &c. can be executed on terms equally reasonable if not more reasonable than any other port in the Pacific. For articles of trade & for Oil a better price can always be obtained than at the Bay of Islands or at Monganui or any of the other coast ports. The chief difficulty the Port has hitherto laboured under has been the want of proper Charts for the Houraki Gulf, to obviate which we have had explicit sailing directions drawn up which which will suffice for a vessel making for the port under any circumstances & will we trust be found useful to many in want of a good recruiting port. Owing to the supposed discovery of Gold in the immediate neighbourhood of Auckland & the absence of proper Legislative authority for preventing & punishing deserters from whale ships - there has been considerable difficulty in retaining men in several of the vessels which have called here, but when the ship gets ready for sea again, men are then plentiful enough. Several of the "Jasper's" hands deserted - 2 or 3 of them were brought back by the police & Capn. Rolch stopped 3 or 4 the day previous to his sailing - they went on board at their time agreed & the "Jasper" left with her full complement again ... The Gold Field so-called having proved very unproductive & the Government having assured us that proper steps are immediately to be taken to punish deserters & protect the interests of the master & owners, once this law takes effect there will be very little desertion here, & owing to increasing number of Vessels arriving at the same season, men will be more plentiful than ever. We are desirous of all these matters being made known fully in New Bedford as we feel assured that the port is one which will always be its own recommendation. We are also anxious to open up a correspondence with any mercantile houses in your port to whom our services could be useful here; as not only could we procure profitable employment for shipping either in the Colonial or English trade - but we could also procure oil freights for several vessels for your own & other whaling ports in the States - were suitable vessels here in January every year. Several cargoes could have been shipped home this season to the United States, had freight been procurable, and as this is a matter which is equally important to the Whalemen as to the Merchantmen, we trust it will not be overlooked next year. This is an opening & a lucrative market for assorted Cargoes of American goods - particularly for such articles as Dungaree, Grey Drilling, Canvas, Pitch, Resin, Tubs, Pails, Brooms &c, any arrival of which coming in now would be to a bare remunerated market ... All business transactions are carried on under the same regulations as those which regulate the merchants of Sydney, Hobart Town & the Australian Colonies generally. Our Mr. Burtt is American Vice-Consul for the Port and as merchants & ship agents largely interested in the English & Colonial trade, we beg to offer you our best services here whenever occasion may require...."

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        Alfeld 1839 - 1906 München). Weidevieh bei der Rast. Öl auf Leinwand. 1853. Unten links signiert und datiert. 49 x 62,5 cm. Im Goldrahmen mit Rotpoliment mit Messingschildchen.

      1853 - Thieme-B. XXIII, S. 248.- Lindner war seinerzeit Kupferstecher und lernte unter Karl Mayer und J.L. Appold in Nürnberg, in den Jahren 1862 bis 1864 hielt er sich in der Schweiz auf.- An einem Bachlauf rasten einige Schafe und Kühe sowie ein Pferd, rechts der Hirte, dem Betrachter den Rücken zugewandt und einen Krug in der Hand haltend. Am rechten Horizont ziehen dunkle Wolken auf.- Verso alter Aufkleber handschriftlich mit Künstlername und dessen (falschen) Lebensdaten bezeichnet.- Aus der Sammlung Häusler, Kiel.- Gewicht in Gramm: 500

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        Narodnyia belorusskiia pesni. Sobrany E. P. [Belarusian folk songs, collected by E. P.]

      V tipografii Eduarda Veimara, St. Petersburg 1853 - Octavo (19.7 × 12.8 cm). Contemporary quarter-calf, original yellow printed wrappers preserved (front and back); [4], III, [2], 6-86 pp. Private stamp "Ex libris Bronislai Epimachi-Schipillo" and Schipillo's signature and purchase note to title and front free end paper. Binding worn; hinges starting; upper spine extremity frayed; internally lightly soiled, but overall about very good. One of the earliest published collections of Belarusian folk songs, anonymously compiled and issued by Elizaveta I. Pavlovskaia, who was then only 23 years old. She is now widely considered to be the first female Belarusian writer and collector of folklore. The texts were collected in the Bychau (Bykhov) region of Mogilev Oblast, and are here rendered into Russian. Her slim collection is divided into seasonal chants and songs, lyrical tunes and "dumki", as well as a series of wedding songs, along with very detailed descriptions of traditional Belarusian wedding riduals in the region. Pavlovskaia intended them to be used as "material" for a future scientific approach by philologists, and indeed the book was reviewed in the journals "Sovremennik" and "Otechestvennye zapiski" (as early as 1853). This copy from the collection of Bronislav Epimakh-Shipilo (1859-1934), the noted Belarusian literary scholar, folklorist, publisher and political activist, who lived and worked in St. Petersburg and was falsely accused of being member of a counter-revolutionary Belarusian organization in 1930. Rare, with KVK, OCLC showing only the copy at the Library of Congress (the Yudin copy). [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        [Op. 124 nos. 6-20]. Albumblätter 20 Clavierstücke Frau Alma von Wasielewski zugeeignet... Op. 124 [Vols. 2, 3, and 4]... Pr. Th. 2.10 Sgr

      Elberfeld bei F.W. Arnold. London bei Graue & Co: [PN A. 356-358], 1853. First Edition of Vols. 2-4; Vol. 1, containing pieces 1-5, lacking. Hofmann p. 273. McCorkle pp. 529-30. Hoboken 15, 219 (complete set but without wrappers). The present work is a compilation of pieces dating mostly from the years 1832 to 1845, some of them originally intended for other cycles. See McCorkle, p. 526.. Folio. Unbound. Original publisher's printed wrappers. Uniform title within decorative border printed in dark blue; uniform table of contents printed within black decorative border. Vol. 2: 1f. (title), 1f. (table of contents), 4-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Vol. 3: 1f. (title), 4-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Vol. 4: 1f. (title), 1f. (table of contents), 4-17, [i] (blank) pp. Second printed pagination to lower outer corners of all pages, continuous for the complete set (14-47; unnumbered pages not included). Title lithographed, upper wrappers, table of contents, and music engraved. Wrappers carry a price of "22 1/2 Sgr." to each volume, price to title is "Th. 2. 10 Sgr." Titling to upper wrapper includes contents of all four volumes; the respective volume is identified by underlining in red pencil. Each volume includes five pieces with numbering continuous from 6 to 20. Title, table of contents, and upper wrapper all with inclusive plate numbers "355-358." All sections of the volume with dates of composition printed below caption titles; plate numbers of respective volumes printed to foot of all pages of music. Early owner's oval handstamp to lower right corner of table of contents of Vol. 2: "Pickler Bódog;" additional owner's handstamp to upper right corner of title of Vols. 3 and 4: "Helene v. Neuman." Wrappers (Vols. 2 and 3 dark pink, Vol. 4 green) slightly worn, soiled, stained and frayed, those to Vol. 2 partially detached. Minor foxing; some bleeding and offsetting; printed from plates with cracking.

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        Erinnerung an den Rigi. (Titelbl.: Der Rigi. Handbüchlein für Reisende.). Nach eigener Anschauung und den besten Hülfsquellen bearbeitet..

      Luzern, Kaiser´sche Buchhandlung, 1853 Kl.-8°, 103 S., 6 lithogr. Taf. (partiell handkoloriet), 1 Falt-Karte der Umgebung, Panorama von Kulm und Scheideck. Auf Rückendeckel Stadtplan von Luzern, Gebrauchspurig, durchgehend etwas stockfleckig. Faltkarte mit Falzrissen., Zweite vermehrte Auflage. Lithogrpahie von R. Wallis in Luzern.- Selten! Versand D: 20,00 EUR Helvetica - Luzern

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        Villette

      Smith, Elder and Co., London 1853 - Three volumes. Full blue polished calf, raised bands, tan morocco title lables with gilt titles and publication date in gilt, decorative gilt spines, gilt ruled boards, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Binding SIGNED by Zaehnsdorf, London. True First Edition / First Printing with 12 pages of publisher's ads dated January 1853 in volume one. (5.25" x 8"), pp. 324, plus 12 pages of ads, 319, 350. Considered by many to be her finest novel, surpassing "Jane Eyre." An exceptionally clean, tight set in a fine binding. Size: Octavo [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Report of an Expedition Down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers

      Washington: Robert Armstrong, 1853. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Senate issue (32d Congress, 2d Session, Executive, No. 59). Complete as issued, with 198 pp + 79 lithographed plates (23 views, 6 mammals, 5 birds, 21 reptiles, 3 fish, 21 botanical plates) and large folding map. Original brown cloth, with chipping and tears to spine cloth. Spine cracked at pp 174/175; intermittent foxing, primarily affecting the title page, occasional text margins, and about 20 plates (mainly mammals, birds, reptiles and botanicals, as opposed to the views, which are generally clean). Map has a few splits at the intersections and one closed tear that has been repaired on the verso. This was the final expedition made by the U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers in connection with the Mexican War. In addition to Sitgreaves, the expedition party included J.G. Parke, Richard H. Kern as draughtsman, S.W. Woodhouse as physician and naturalist and Antoine Leroux as guide. Its purpose was to determine whether the Zuni River actually emptied into the Colorado and to examine the territory en route. The party followed the Zuni from Zuni Pueblo in western New Mexico to the Little Colorado, then continued west, reaching the Colorado near the Mojave villages and then proceeding south to Camp Yuma and San Diego. Wheat (3: 22-24) notes that the map is very detailed and calls it "a monumental achievement...generally correct and exceedingly well done." Howes S-528, Wheat 763, Wagner Camp 230:1, Graff 3809, Field 1414.

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        An archive of correspondence and documents from an American gold miner on the Victorian goldfields, 1853-1868

      An unpublished gold rush archive that charts an American miner's progress in the Colony of Victoria between 1853 and 1868, first in Melbourne, then in Bendigo, Ballarat, and Daylesford. It comprises 10 letters and two printed documents. Edward W. Bradley, a native of Flushing, New York, arrived in Port Phillip via Cape Town in 1853, one of a great number of Americans who joined the Victorian gold rush from 1851 onwards. Bradley was from a wealthy upper middle class family, the son of a shipping owner, but internal references indicate that he had taken part in the recent Californian gold rush. Well educated and highly literate, his letters are full of intelligent observations and commentary that provide a wealth of information about life in Victoria during the gold rush. One of the letters includes a lucid description of the Bendigo goldfield in the winter of 1853: discussing the antipathy of the miners towards the authorities, it gives a prescient warning of dire consequences if their grievances are ignored, mentions the so-called Bendigo Petition sent to the Parliament in Melbourne at the time, and supports the general consensus among the miners that the Colony will be fully independent from Great Britain within a few years. The archive also includes a rare early Gold License, issued to Bradley in Bendigo in August 1853, and a Daylesford gold mining company report from 1868 which identifies Bradley as one of the company's directors. Taken as a whole, the archive is a primary source of major importance to Victorian gold rush studies, as it follows the entire fifteen year trajectory of a miner's career on (and briefly, off) the goldfields. Bradley, reliant to a great extent on his father's financial support, managed to toil with little success on the diggings around Bendigo, Ballarat and Daylesford for an incredible fifteen years. His lack of success compels him, in one of the later letters to his father, to defend himself against his father's accusations of profligacy. Even by mid 1868, when Bradley has become a shareholder in a major Daylesford mining concern, his prospects for making his fortune look slim, as the company's report reveals that it was in a precarious financial position. Indeed, the venture appears to have folded the following year, returning Bradley to square one yet again. In his letters, Bradley assures his father that he will ultimately return to New York if he fails to make his fortune on the diggings, stating that he would never wish to work in regular employment in the Colony. Although we have no evidence of Bradley's return to America, we can locate no reference to him in Victorian records after 1868. With the exception of one, the letters are complete; they are written in a neat, legible hand and are all in good condition. 1. At sea. March 27 1853 [in error, 1852]. (Continued, April 5 1853. Cape Town). Letter from Edward W. Bradley to his mother in Long Island; 4 pp., quarto. The first part of the letter is written on board ship in the south Atlantic after leaving New York. Bradley has his own Cabin State Room, and comments that there are 200 passengers on board "of all classes and descriptions, I am sorry but few gentlemen among the number. There are 10 Ladies, about a dozen women [but] there are only a few with whom I am intimate." The second part of the letter is written in Cape Town, where Bradley meets many Americans returning home from the goldfields: "They all say that energy, perseverance, with Infernal hard work, will accomplish wonders. From all I can hear Australia is worse than California, you must work or starve. There is no chance for clerks, there are thousands who can do nothing else. Consequently when we make the Australian land all my useless clothes will go overboard, and with my bundle and bed on my back, I shall bid adieu to Gentility and comfort until I am a lucky man. I have found one mate for the mines, a steady old married man. We shall look for 2 more which will comprise the party, and by the 1st of June, heigh-ho for the digits...." 2. [Colony of Victoria]. Gold License. Melbourne : John Ferres, Government printer. Dated 2 August 1853, issued to E.W. Bradley for the sum of one pound ten shillings, valid for one month; No. "91" (in manuscript); 192 x 192 mm; old fold lines with foxing; complete. The Colony of Victoria introduced the Gold License in 1851. All men working on the goldfields were required to carry the License, the fee for which was one pound per month, payable in advance. The significant expense of the Gold License and the over-zealous enforcement of the law by police troopers led to the formation of the Anti-Gold Licence Association in Bendigo in June 1853 (which organised the so-called Bendigo Petition), and ultimately to the rebellion of miners at the Eureka Stockade, Ballarat, in December 1854. In early 1855 the Gold License was abolished and a new, more just form of taxing the gold diggers, the Miner's Right, was introduced. For an annual fee of five shillings, the Miner's Right gave the bearer the right to dig for gold, the right to vote, and the right to own land. 3. [Bendigo]. August 3 [1853]. Letter from Edward W. Bradley to his father in Long Island; 2 pp., quarto (appears to lack the first 2 pages). "A general rush is now being made to Jones Creek some 40 miles distant, where rich Diggings have been discovered. My mate started this morning Prospecting with a party; if they are good he will send me word, when I shall bundle up our traps and follow. The days for making fortunes in the Old Diggings have gone by, for they are worked out from beginning to end. A man can make no more than a living in them; from all accounts the Jones Creek Diggings will be good - I hope they may be, and that we shall be lucky enough to make a lot. The Bendigo are the richest and most extensive Diggings which have been discovered. Fortunes without number have been made, and tis singular that they have been the least deserving of good luck, the great majority of them being Drunkards and the worst kind of Reprobates, who throw their money away as soon as got, while a steady hardworking man very seldom makes anything of a Pile. You may form some idea of the Bendigo by imagining a vast encampment of Tents scattered over a rough tract of Country some 8 miles square, the greatest portion of it being dug up, with roads running through the principal Gullies. Much less crime is committed than you might suppose, there being more Robberies and Murders on the Roads than here. Every man has his Pistol in Bed, and if anyone was heard prowling round a Tent at night he would be shot down without mercy. Some 2 or 3 cases only have occurred since my arrival. There are churches, libraries and sly grog shops, so that a man may have his choice in the way of amusement ... You may see something about the License Tax in the Papers, tis $7 per Month which all men on the Diggings are obliged to pay, or take a space on the Roads for 'Queen Vic.'. This in the present state of the Diggings is considered exorbitant, and a Petition [The Bendigo Petition] with 40,000 names has been sent to Melbourne, praying that it may be reduced to 2.50 per Month; if it is not, serious consequences may follow, as there is much ill feeling against the Government, more among the Colonials than Foreigners. There is hardly a doubt but this will be an Independent Country in a few years. All agree in saying things are fast tending to it. There are many Americans here and they are very well liked, especially in the cities where their Enterprise and Energy beat the Colonial all hollow...." 4. Melbourne. March 21 1854. Letter from Edward W. Bradley to his father in Long Island; 2 pp., quarto. "I am very sorry you did not send it [the draft] soon after I left, as in that case I should have held out on the Diggings. A party with whom I had been working, remained up all summer picking surface stuff, and if I had the requisite funds, should have been one of them. I met one of the party a few days ago, they were doing very well, and expected from their present prospects to clear from 800 to £1000 pounds stg. each for 10 months' work. I may be tempted to go up again, if the prospects are good, otherwise shall remain where I am." Bradley asks his father to send him a few cases of long legged boots, as he will be able to make a profit by selling them in Melbourne, where "the mud is ankle deep". 5. Melbourne. October 27 1854. (Continued, November 9 1854). Letter from Edward W. Bradley to his father in Long Island; 3 pp., quarto. "By my previous letters, you will see that I was settled at Mr. Throckmorton's [C.L. Throckmorton, Melbourne shipping agent]; however, a few days after my last he failed for £12,000 pounds stg., throwing me out of employment, as well as £40 of salary which I do not expect to recover. At present I am with Mr. Bardwell [William Bardwell, who would later become Ballarat's most eminent pioneer photographer], looking after his drays. Nothing is settled or permanent, but I shall endeavour to remain some months longer, or until I hear from you in regard to the vessel, as I imagine either herself, or a favorable answer will soon reach me." Bradley had previously requested that his father, a ship owner, send him a "lightning vessel" which he intends to operate in the "coasting trade". Bradley now also asks his father to send him more funds, as "if I am doing nothing by next Fall, should like to try the Gold Fields with a surfacing party which would require some Capital; however, this is supposing that no vessel has been sent...." 6. Ballarat. November 8 1857. Letter from Edward W. Bradley to his father in Long Island; 2 pp., quarto. Bradley thanks his father for sending more funds. He laments that Melbourne is full of "young men qualified for any business, doing nothing; every little while they appear on the Diggings to better themselves, and here tis just as bad, truly; here is my friend Bardwell, who returned from California 4 months back. He could get nothing in Melbourne, came here, and lived with me a long time. He could not Dig, and was willing to do anything, for a bare living even, and he could not succeed. He has now borrowed a little Capital, and has become a Daguerreotype Artist. You will therefore perceive that I cannot quit Digging if I would, and tis surely much better to become initiated and submissive than to be always whining, and depressed in spirits. The habits ... of the Digger's life will be readily cast aside when the time comes, and while there is life there is hope. My health was never better, and there is always a chance of making enough to pay for lost time. However, I have not yet done so, and when I tell you that since I worked at 'One Eye Gully' [where the gold nugget "Canadian Wonder" was discovered in 1853] I have made £5.11.6 at Gold Digging, you will say the occupation is not a profitable one. You will wonder how I have managed to live, on Credit. I have met with a few friends who have been very kind, and to whom I am now considerably indebted ... In the meantime, I shall dig away as usual, always being in hope that a Golden Hole is in store for me...." 7. Ballarat. March 25 1865. Letter from Edward W. Bradley to his father in Long Island; 2 pp., octavo. "Yours of December was received on Daylesford [diggings] to which place I return in a few days. I had more than a 20 mile tramp yesterday, the finances not permitting me to pay 4 dollars for the ride. I have been out of employment some time and expect to be a while longer. The claim in which I I am interested is not yet proved, we having been unlucky in our operations, having had two men blown up, and the ground being very hard to work. A month or 6 weeks more however will probably prove it, when there is every reason to believe we will get payable gold, and my shares will be worth some hundreds of Pounds. In the mean time I must have money to pay calls, and shall probably get some from a friend of mine here, Mr. L. Howell of ... [Flushing] ... who is giving up business, and will start for home in a month or two by him you will probably receive a draft. I cannot say what this amount will be. If the claim was proved I should return with him, but it will not do to leave before. The Power of Attorney gives you the authority to act in all cases for me. I expect nothing more than my share - since I have been in this country I have always endeavoured to act honestly and fairly to all, and hope I shall always be ready to act so, in business matters at home...." 8. Daylesford. October 16 1865. Letter from Edward W. Bradley to his father in Long Island; 4 pp., quarto. "Again and again since the receipt of yours of the 12th July, have I thought of its contents, with pain and grief. I have not the slightest idea, who your well informed informer is, neither do I care, but this I do know, he is a Damned Liar. Whether I am a spendthrift or not, and whether Money is of no good use to me or not, my associates will be the best Judges. As to my character for Probity, Industry, Honesty and Solidity (I believe these include all Manly qualities), I shall fearlessly leave my neighbours and friends to Judge, Americans and Men whom I have known, and seen for years, months, weeks and days. The assertion that all who have been here and given proper care to themselves, have been successful, is simply laughable. I believe this is like all other Countries both Old and New; many are fortunate, and more are not; surely, the smartest and most intelligent in this world are not always the most successful. We all know that many a Man makes a Fortune through a Fluke, who would never have made it by his brains ... In Ballarat, Creswick, Back Creek, and here, I have had good chances, but from want of Money, have sacrificed ventures, which later have turned out well. I have held onto others, to the extent of working 1/2 and 1/4 shares, with bare living and expenses paid. I have lived on Bread & Water (when I had no Money or Credit, and worked an extra shift to pay expenses), while working a share in a Claim which stood well at the time. No Man can tell where the Gold is 100 feet under the Surface, and I do not believe I can be justly reproached, when I work hard for [it], but do not get it ... I have now been mining 10 years, and have not the slightest idea of changing to go into Business, in this Colony at all events; what I may do in the future at Home or elsewhere is an open question ... In future my letters will not be so frequent as they have been, and I shall never again enter into any particulars of my Mining life and prospects...." 9. Daylesford. November 22 1865. Letter from Edward W. Bradley to his father in Long Island; 2 pp., quarto. Bradley thanks his father for the sending of another draft; he says he will not be writing to his brother Daniel again after receiving a "cool" note from him, in which his brother had made disparaging remarks about his character; Bradley further defends himself against accusations that he has a weakness for drinking and gambling at cards; he then audaciously goes on to ask his father for more credit. 10. Daylesford. May 20 1866. Letter from Edward W. Bradley to his father in Long Island; 4 pp., octavo. Bradley is relieved that his father has forgiven him regarding the accusations about his profligacy. "All's well that ends well ... I shall never do anything to disgrace you"; thanks his father for yet another Draft. "Please accept my thanks for the views of Dear Mother's grave, I did not think the monument was so handsome ... Last mail I forwarded to you a Stenotype Portrait of her; when in Melbourne about a year ago I had it enlarged from my Daguerreotype, and my friend Mr. Bardwell has painted it for me ..."; "... every Mining Company which I have been paying into the last 2 years [is] smashed and wound up, there was a little gold but nothing to pay; a fortnight back I shifted from my old quarters, to within 2 miles of this place, having bought a 1/6 share in a Cooperative party. The claim prospects pretty well, we shall know more when we wash up, which will be as soon as the Winter Rains set in. I think it will be a good wages claim, and there may be 2 or 3 years' work in it...." 11. Daylesford. May 21 1868. Letter from Edward W. Bradley to his father in Long Island; 3 pp., octavo. Bradley informs his father that he is disappointed with the size of the draft he has just received from him; he encloses a newspaper account [now absent] with an account of the Astley United Gold Mining Company's claim near Daylesford, in which Bradley has 11 shares at £9 each; he comments that there are still several hundred feet of lead left to work, "and if there is any good ground in it, we will soon get out of debt, and shares will go up ...." 12. Astley United Gold Mining Company, "Registered." Directors' Report ... July 4, 1868. [Daylesford : s.n.]. Single sheet folding to form four sides, quarto; printed on two sides, the second being the company's Balance Sheet for the quarter ending July 4 1868; old fold lines, mild toning. The Report is signed by the Chairman of Directors, A. Ramsay; the name of Mr. E.W. Bradley appears in the list of Directors. The Astley United Gold Mining Company was a large-scale company with operations at Deep Creek, Wombat Hill and Blanket Flat on the Corinella goldfield, just south of Daylesford. The balance sheet in the report shows an alarming financial situation: a £4714 expenditure for the quarter which nullified any profit, and a further £3467 in liabilities. The following year the company would manage a moderate reduction in its liabilities, but after 1869 the company must have ceased operations as it disappears from the records.

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        Solitary rambles and adventures of a hunter in the prairies

      London: John Murray, 1853. First edition, 8vo, pp. [xvi], 326, [2] ads; 7 engraved plates including frontispiece; small chip to foot of spine, names in ink to front endpapers, a bit shaken, still about very good and sound in original decorative black and white cloth gilt. Palliser (1807-1887) is best known for his explorations of the 49o and 50o parallels in North America (1857-1860) which helped determine the boundary between the United States and Canada. In 1847 Palliser traveled to the U.S. to hunt in the west and northwest among the Indians. Howes H-43. Sabin 58333.

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        Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon; with travels in Armenia, Kurdistan and the desert: being the result of a second expedition undertaken for the trustees of the British Museum.

      John Murray. 1853 Half title, folding front., five maps & a further ten plates, illus; front. sl. spotted with occasional light spotting to text. Leading f.e.p. a littled oxidised. Orig. brown cloth by Remnant & Edmonds, pictorially embossed in blind; repair to head of spine otherwise a nice crisp copy. Contemp. ownership signature of Charles Alfred Cooper. Advertising label of the RTS on leading pastedown.The copy of Charles Alfred Cooper1829-1916, British journalist, author and co-founder of the Walter Scott Club. Cooper was editor of The Scotsman newspaper for twenty years between 1896 and 1906. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1890 and wrote two books in addition to his autobiography, Letters on Egypt and Letters on South Africa.

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        The naval and mail steamers of the United States. ... Illustrated with thirty-six [sic] fine engravings. Second edition. New York, Charles B. Norton; London, Sampson Low, son & Co. (back of title-page: printed by Baker, Godwin & Co., New York), 1853. Large 4to (34 x 27 cm). With chromolithographed frontispiece to the first and tinted lithographed frontispiece to the second part, steel-engraved author's portrait and 32 plates (somewhat irregularly numbered 1-31), including 6 double-page engraved plates and 4 tinted lithographs all printed by Sarony & Major, New York. Publisher's richly gold- and blind-blocked textured cloth.

      Cat. NHSM, p. 782; Sabin 93147; cf. Dower, "Black ships & samurai: Commodore Perry and the opening of Japan (1853-1854)", chapter 3; not in Bruzelius; Crone Library. Second edition, published in the same year as the first, of a well-illustrated work on the steamships of the United States by Charles Beebe Stuart (1814-1881), American engineer, United States Navy and Union Army officer. It is dived into two parts, treating naval and mail steamers and followed at the end by a message from the publisher and several advertisements. It includes historical and technical descriptions of well-known steamers such as The Allegheny, The Demologos, the John Hancock, The Powhatan, The Saranac, etc. It also includes a notable illustration of The Powhatan as frontispiece. "The Powhatan, Perry's famous flagship on the second voyage, survives in photographs, small-scale models, and - most spectacularly - the romantic frontispiece of a now classic 1853 book by Charles Beebe Stuart titled Naval and mail steamers of the United States. This luminescent, painterly rendering breathes romance and even mystery into this rather stolid warship through the filtered light and near-mystic ambiance associated with the 'Turner school' of high-art painting" (Dower).With library stamp on first endleaf. Heavily foxed throughout, not touching the frontispiece. Binding slightly rubbed, spine discoloured. A well-illustrated work on steamships.

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        The world 1894-5. Journal, 8 November 1894 - 11 May 1895. 4to (ca. 24 x 18 cm). With illustrated title-page and 2 certified copies (1982) of the registration of the author's marriages, with Diana Caroline Walpole (1876) and Ellen Heburn (1894). Contemporary calf, with two clasps.

      - English manuscript journal of a trip around the world by James Boughey Lingard-Monk, who went on this journey with his new wife Ellen Heburn. Including extensive entry's when visiting Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and North America. The entries contain personal and social information, general facts about the areas visited and also descriptions of the areas, customs etc. James Lingard-Monk (1853-1905) of Dunlewey (county Donegal, Ireland) was the son of the respectable magistrate Richard Boughey of Fullshaw Hall and appointed as High Sheriff of Donegal in 1901, as the British Crown's judicial representative. The journey starts in November 1894 when they depart on the SS Himalaya from London to Colombo (Sri Lanka). After that they visit Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and North America (including Monterey, San Francisco, Chicago and New York). Whether or not he intended to publish it, he certainly intended it to be read by others as the author mentions in the preface: "Perhaps there may be some person. who this diary may amuse, and perhaps not, no one can tell".In very good condition, with later manuscript index on endleaf. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Album auvergnat, bourrées, montagnardes, chansons, noëls et poèmes en patois d'Auvergne.

      desrosiers 1853 - Tres rare album musical avec des partitions des danses auvergnates 1853 Quelques taches de rousseurs demi cuir [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Kleinere Schriften von Alexander von Humboldt. Erster Band. Geognostische und physikalische Erinnerungen [AND] Umrisse von Vulkanen aus den Cordilleren von Quito und Mexico. Ein Beitrag zur Physiognomik der Natur.

      Stuttgart, Tübingen, J. G. Cotta, 1853. In two parts. Text and Atlas. Text: 8vo (21.5 x 13.1 cm). viii, 475 pp., six large, folding tables. Contemporary half morocco over marbled boards. Spine with four raised bands and gilt title. Floral patterned endpapers. Atlas: oblong 4to (20.2 x 30.9 cm). 12 fine, tinted (one hand-coloured) engraved plates. Original quarter cloth over printed boards.l This is the start of an intended series of geological, volcanological and physical contributions by this eminent German geologist, but it remained all that was published. The present works deal mainly with the volcanoes of Mexico and part of the Andes. A work titled "Untersuchungen über die eudiometrischen Mittel und über das Verhältnis der wesentliche Bestandtheile der Atmosphäre", written together with the great French physicist and chemist J. L. Gay-Lussac, is also included, as well as a few smaller papers, and a new introduction by von Humboldt. The fine plates show the volcanoes in Ecuador and Mexico. Two plates are maps, one plate is coloured, containing a comparative outline of the highest mountain ranges in Europe, Asia, and South America, indicating their climate zones. Rare. The text is rather foxed due to the quality of the paper, but the atlas, with its beautiful tinted views, is clean. Sabin 33.725; Ward and Carozzi, 1154.

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        Japan and the Japanese: comprising the Narrative of a Captivity in Japan, and an Account of British Commercial Intercourse with that Country

      London: Colburn, 1853. Spines uniformly sunned.. Two volumes, octavo; a very good, largely uncut and partly unopened copy in original green blind-stamped cloth. The Russian explorer's classic account of Japan, first published in 1817 and still a fascinating primary resource in the 1850s, one of the most valuable works of the period on Japan by an actual observer. Virtually no other first-hand study of Japan by a Westerner had been published, though by the 1850s a growing desire to force Japan to open her hitherto closed doors meant that this 'new and revised edition' was needed: it would certainly have been read with interest by Perry and others as the United States Expedition to Japan was being formed.

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        How To Make Money; A Practical Treatise on Business.

      London: George Routledge. 1853 - Half morocco, 6.5 inches tall. The first English edition of a famously scarce financial 'self help' work. Copac has just 1 copy in British libraries, not in B.L. This example is in a contemporary half morocco with gilt raised bands and fine gilt panels. There is considerable rubbing and scuffing but is complete and firm. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The naval and mail steamers of the United States. ... Illustrated with thirty-six [sic] fine engravings. Second edition. New York, Charles B. Norton; London, Sampson Low, son & Co. (back of title-page: printed by Baker, Godwin & Co., New York), 1853. Large 4to (34 x 27 cm). With chromolithographed frontispiece to the first and tinted lithographed frontispiece to the second part, steel-engraved author's portrait and 32 plates (somewhat irregularly numbered 1-31), including 6 double-page engraved plates and 4 tinted lithographs all printed by Sarony & Major, New York. Publisher's richly gold- and blind-blocked textured cloth.

      Cat. NHSM, p. 782; Sabin 93147; cf. Dower, "Black ships & samurai: Commodore Perry and the opening of Japan (1853-1854)", chapter 3; not in Bruzelius; Crone Library. Second edition, published in the same year as the first, of a well-illustrated work on the steamships of the United States by Charles Beebe Stuart (1814-1881), American engineer, United States Navy and Union Army officer. It is dived into two parts, treating naval and mail steamers and followed at the end by a message from the publisher and several advertisements. It includes historical and technical descriptions of well-known steamers such as The Allegheny , The Demologos , the John Hancock , The Powhatan , The Saranac , etc. It also includes a notable illustration of The Powhatan as frontispiece. " The Powhatan , Perry's famous flagship on the second voyage, survives in photographs, small-scale models, and - most spectacularly - the romantic frontispiece of a now classic 1853 book by Charles Beebe Stuart titled Naval and mail steamers of the United States . This luminescent, painterly rendering breathes romance and even mystery into this rather stolid warship through the filtered light and near-mystic ambiance associated with the 'Turner school' of high-art painting" (Dower).With library stamp on first endleaf. Heavily foxed throughout, not touching the frontispiece. Binding slightly rubbed, spine discoloured. A well-illustrated work on steamships.

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        Oeuvres complètes

      Alexandre Houssiaux, 1853. Fine. Alexandre Houssiaux 1853, 13x21,5cm, 20 tomes en 20 volumes reliés. - First impression of the works in Houssiaux which bought the bottom of the library Furne, in which the works were originally published, he completed the three new volumes (Theater, comical tales ...) that appear for the first time in the works. The edition will be reprinted in 1855. As always with these editions of the complete works, ours has, one is tempted to say "naturally" some notable features. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Première impression des oeuvres chez Houssiaux qui avait racheté le fond de la librairie Furne, chez lequel les oeuvres étaient primitivement publiées, il les compléta par trois nouveaux volumes (Theâtre, Contes drolatiques...) qui paraissent pour la première fois dans les oeuvres en 1855 et non en 1853. L'édition sera réimprimée en 1855. Reliure en demi chagrin vert strictement d'époque. Dos à faux-nerfs orné de 3 fleurons à froid dans des caissons dorés, filets gras et maigres, à froid et dorés. Titres et tomaisons dorés. Quelques coiffes frottés, avec parfois de minuscules manques de cuir, mais très bel ensemble, dans un bonne reliure d'époque (ce qui est déjà rare) et qui plus est d'une fort belle fraîcheur (quelques très rares petites rousseurs éparses) d'un papier bien blanc (les gravures, imprimé sur un autre papier (fort) sont souvent plus jaunes. Le tome XII a été relié en chagrin marron et non vert, bien que dans un même cuir et utilisant les mêmes papiers, en outre les fers à froid sont très sensiblement différents. Ouvrage illustré de 137 planches hors-texte par les meilleurs artistes de l'époque dont Bertall, Daumier, Gavarni, Johannot, Nanteuil ainsi que de rares illustrations in-texte. Comme toujours avec ces éditions des oeuvres complètes, la nôtre présente, on serait tenté de dire "naturellement" quelques particularités notables. Tome I : 6 figures dont le portrait de Balzac. Tome II : 7 figures Tome III : 7 figures. Tome IV : 6 figures. 1855 Tome V : 7 figures Tome VI : 8 figures Tome VII : 8 figures Tome VIII : 4 figures Tome IX : 6 figures. Tome X : 8 figures Tome XI : 8 figures Tome XII : 6 figures. 1855. Couvertures présentes. Chagrin marron (proche de la teinte verte mais plus foncée), mais même reliure et même relieur. Tome XIII : Les 6 figures livrées à la fin du tome XX sont bien présentes, elles ne parurent qu'en 1855. Tome XIV : 10 figures Tome XV : 6 figures Tome XVI : 5 figures Tome XVII : 5 figures. 1852. Furne. Tome XVIII : 16 figures. 1855 Tome XIX : 4 figures. 1855 Tome XX : 4 figures. 1855. Frontispice général in fine avant la préface de George Sand (manque la plupart du temps) : oeuvres complète. La comédie humaine. Bel exemplaire dans une bonne reliure d'époque.  

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        The Life and Character of Capt Wm B Allen, etc (Captain William) (presentation copy)

      Columbia, TN: J. J. M'Daniel Democratic Herald Book Office, 1853 1st ed. 228pp. frontis. black cloth 12mo w/gilt titles: Good/no dj [some cover wear at extremities; antique inscription on pastedown; owner stamp on ffep; few antique marginal comments in ink; foxing throughout; else a complete & tight original copy] Presentation inscription and signature ffep by Richard Hale Allen (1794-1876), father of William Bethel Allen (1824-46), who was killed in the Mexican War. Subtitle continues: "Of Lawrence County, Tenn., Who fell at the Storming of Monterey, on the 21st of September, 1846. With an Appendix containing a number of his Essays and Speeches." A nice piece of Americana.

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        Paul et Virginie Suivi de la Chaumiere Indienne

      Paris: Furne, 1853. Hardcover. Very Good. Half morocco and marbled paper, gilt-stamped lettering on spine. Unique copy, "tire sur papier de cette couleur," with 8 plates on China paper (including frontispiece and colored map), numerous illustrations in text, and an additional portrait of Bernardin de St. Pierre tipped-onto front flyleaf. Some light scuffing along spine and edges of boards.

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        The Paradise lost of Milton; with illustrations by John Martin

      London: Printed for Henry Washbourne & Co. 25, Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row, MDCCCLIII [1853]. Early Reprint. Morocco. Near Fine+. Handsomely bound edition of Milton's great epic poem, with John Martin's evocative, atmospheric mezzotints, "without doubt one of the most significant series of British book illustrations ever to have been produced" (Campbell), "one of the great publishing enterprises of the [Romantic] age." (Ray) 4to: [8],373,[3]pp, with 24 full-page, tissue-guarded mezzotint engravings (including frontispiece), by John Martin, originally designed for the octavo edition of 1827. (According to Lowndes, the plates were retouched for this and the first Washbourne edition, of 1849.) Full contemporary black morocco, covers elaborately framed in gilt, spines richly gilt in six compartments, gilt lettering direct to the second, all edges gilt. Provenance: signatures of A. Thomas, 1856, and A. W. Thomas, 1873, to title page; steel-engraved book plate (dated 1889) of John Frederick Nankivell, Ilfracombe Hotel, North Devon, to front fly leaf. An excellent copy, barring prominent tide marks to versos of frontispiece and first two plates, lightly transferred to rectos. But pages and remaining plates clean and bright with only occasional marginal foxing. A quite uncommon edition: Copac records only two copies (Cambridge, Oxford), OCLC adds one other (Berlin). Lowndes 1560. Allibone, p. 1300. Ray, 69A. Campbell, John Martin, Visionary Printmaker, pp. 38-41. In 1823, Martin was commissioned by a little known American publisher named Septimus Prowett to illustrate Milton's Paradise Lost. Before Martin had even completed the suite of 24 engravings, Prowett commissioned a second set on smaller plates. First published in two two-volume editions, imperial quarto (the large plates) and tall imperial octavo (the small), in 1827, with six more formats appearing through 1853. "The apocalyptic romanticism of [Martin's] conceptions had many sources: the monumental buildings of London, the engravings of Piranesi, published volumes of eastern views, even incandescent gas, coalpit accidents, and Brunel's newly constructed Thames Tunnel. The resulting illustrations may be heterogeneous, but they are also unforgettable" (Ray) Adds Campbell: "The greatest significance of Martin's illustrations, however, was in their spectacular visionary content. Martin laid before his public the spectacular settings of the epic tale, the open voids of the Creation, the vast vaulted caverns of Hell vanishing into the utter blackness of Chaos, the daunting scale of the city of Pandemonium, and the sweeping beauty of Heaven itself. These images have no serious counterpart and are the very essence of the sublime in Romantic art." (Campbell). N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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        Statuts de l’Ordre du Saint-Esprit au Droit Desir ou du Noeud Institué a Naples en 1352 Par Louis D’Anjou, Premier du Nom Roi de Jerusalem, de Naples et de Sicile, Manuscrit du XIV Siecle Conserve au Louvre Dans le Musee des Souverains Francais. Avec une Notice sur la Peinture des Miniatures et la Description du Manuscrit par M. Le Comte Horace de Viel-Castel

      Paris: Engelmann et Graf, Imprimeurs-Lithographes, 1853. Complete with 17 beautiful full-page chromolithographic plates in brilliant color. Very Good in full black leather, spine with six raised bands; endpapers illustrated in red & gold; all edges red. Scattered light foxing to margins; otherwise, interior is clean with bright plates and text. Large folio. 45pp. of text. Hardcover. First Edition.

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        The Newcomes. Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family. Edited by Arthur Pendennis Esqre. Illustrated by Richard Doyle.

      8vo. London: Bradbury and Evans, October 1853 - August 1855. 8vo., 24 parts in 23, 13, 1-32; 8, 33-64, 8; 12, 66-96, 8, 4, 4; 12, 98-128, 8, 4, [28]; [12], 129-160, 8, [2]; 8, [2], 161-192, [2]; 8, 193-224, [4]; 8, 225-256; 8, 257-288; 8, 289-320, 4, [20]; 8, 321-352, [2]; 4, 353-380, viii; 4, 1-32, 4; 8, 33-64, [6]; 8, 65-96, 8, 2, 1, [16]; 12, 97-128, 8, 2, 1, 8; 8, [4], 129-160, 8, [2]; 8, 161-192; 8, 193-224, 4, [2], 8; 8, 225-256; 8, 257-288, [1], 4, [2]; 8, 289-320; 8, 321-375, viii, 44 plates and many illustrations and initials in text, and publishers ads. Yellow pictorial wrappers with publishers ads as issued, some ads on teal or pink paper, some tipped in. Housed in a red morocco pull-off case with raised bands, gilt titling and hand-tooled decorations, and additional red cloth portfolio with flaps. Some chipping and toning to wrappers, plates are foxed and browned, edges show some slight shelf wear, though for such a fragile and ephemeral publication this set is in remarkably good condition and complete. With the book plate of Robert Leaming Montgomery to cloth portfolio, and the book plate of Walter Thomas Wallace tipped-in to part No. 1. First edition, Thackeray's novel exploration of the marriage market and the role of women in Victorian society, heightened by Richard Doyle's best series of illustrations: "The attention of the novel's initial readers no doubt centered on Doyle's etchings, which made Colonel Newcome almost as familiar a personage as Phiz's Mr. Pickwick or Cruikshank's Fagin, but his wood-cut vignettes and above all his initial letters, in which his fancy gets full play, also have great charm" (Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England from 1790-1914, 144). Van Duzer 147.

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        Undesigned Coincidences in the Writings Both of the Old and New Testament, an Argument of Their Veracity

      London: Published by John Murray. 1853 - John Murray, London, 1853. Hardcover. Fourth edition. Large 8vo. (9 x 6 inches). pp.vi, (ii), 368. Fine morocco binding with interesting gilt motifs. Both boards have a gilt emblem with “Cool Christi Cant” inscribed in the coat of arms. On the spine is a crown with what looks like a tudor rose at the top of the spine and a crown and the House of Commons logo. A unique binding and still in very good condition with gilt page edges. Some light occasional spotting otherwise contents clean and bright. Binding firm and square. Very good condition. Condition Report Externally · see above and photos Internally see above and photos [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Gazzetta di Bologna

      Bologna, 1853, n. 1/294, annata completa sciolta - 1858, 1/295 idem - 1859, n. 1/131 (10 giugno). Uniamo 1852, n. 187, agosto 19. Tutti (721 copie) :

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        Itinéraire descriptif et historique de la Suisse, du Jura français, de Baden-Baden et de la Forêt-Noire, de la Chartreuse de Grenoble et des Eaux d'Aix; du Mont-Blanc, de la vallée de Chamounix, du Grand-St-Bernard et du Mont-Rose; avec sept cartes, quatre plans de villes et deux grandes vues de la chaine du Mont-Blanc et des Alpes bernoises. 2e édition, entièrement refondue et cons. augmentée.

      Paris, L. Maison, 1853, - in-8°, 2 ff. + XCI (=9 1 p.) + 664 p. + 2 ff. + 7 cartes, 4 plans et 2 panoramas dépl., à l?int. du premier plat la liste des ?Itinéraires Européens de Richard? Publiés par L. Maison à Paris, reliure en toile originale, dos avec titre et auteur doré, en bas du dos ?PARIS / L. Maison?, bel exemplaire frais. Cette seconde édition de l?Itinéraire de la Suisse n?est point une réimpression textuelle de la première, c?est un ouvrage presque nouveau. Le plan général a subi d?importantes modifications. Préface de l?auteur. Il suit deux poèmes de l?auteur: ?Les Alpes? dédié à Mme Malsy et ?Paysage? dédié à Calame. Avec la Carte de la Suisse / Plan de Grenoble et la grande Chartreuse / Lac de Genève et ses bords / la Savoie et le Mont-Blanc / Le Valais et le Mont-Rose / l?Oberland Bernois / le Lac des Quatre Cantons et le Rigi. Avec les plans in-texte de Genève; Berne; Bâle et Zurich. Les 2 panoramas de la Chaîne du Mont-Blanc vue du Brévent et Panorama des Alpes Bernoises. Ouvrage classique dont la première édition a servi Baedeker à publier son premier guide pour la Suisse en 1844 (en Allemand).Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. Wäber BSL III/46.; Perret 2374 (1ère éd.).

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        [Op. 124 nos. 6-20]. Albumblätter 20 Clavierstücke Frau Alma von Wasielewski zugeeignet... Op. 124 [Vols. 2, 3, and 4]... Pr. Th. 2.10 Sgr

      Elberfeld bei F.W. Arnold. London bei Graue & Co: [PN A. 356-358], 1853. First Edition of Vols. 2-4; Vol. 1, containing pieces 1-5, lacking. Hofmann p. 273. McCorkle pp. 529-30. Hoboken 15, 219 (complete set but without wrappers). The present work is a compilation of pieces dating mostly from the years 1832 to 1845, some of them originally intended for other cycles. See McCorkle, p. 526.. Folio. Unbound. Original publisher's printed wrappers. Uniform title within decorative border printed in dark blue; uniform table of contents printed within black decorative border. Vol. 2: 1f. (title), 1f. (table of contents), 4-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Vol. 3: 1f. (title), 4-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Vol. 4: 1f. (title), 1f. (table of contents), 4-17, [i] (blank) pp. Second printed pagination to lower outer corners of all pages, continuous for the complete set (14-47; unnumbered pages not included). Title lithographed, upper wrappers, table of contents, and music engraved. Wrappers carry a price of "22 1/2 Sgr." to each volume, price to title is "Th. 2. 10 Sgr." Titling to upper wrapper includes contents of all four volumes; the respective volume is identified by underlining in red pencil. Each volume includes five pieces with numbering continuous from 6 to 20. Title, table of contents, and upper wrapper all with inclusive plate numbers "355-358." All sections of the volume with dates of composition printed below caption titles; plate numbers of respective volumes printed to foot of all pages of music. Early owner's oval handstamp to lower right corner of table of contents of Vol. 2: "Pickler Bódog;" additional owner's handstamp to upper right corner of title of Vols. 3 and 4: "Helene v. Neuman." Wrappers (Vols. 2 and 3 dark pink, Vol. 4 green) slightly worn, soiled, stained and frayed, those to Vol. 2 partially detached. Minor foxing; some bleeding and offsetting; printed from plates with cracking.

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        Kleinere Schriften von Alexander von Humboldt. Erster Band. Geognostische und physikalische Erinnerungen [AND] Umrisse von Vulkanen aus den Cordilleren von Quito und Mexico. Ein Beitrag zur Physiognomik der Natur.

      - Stuttgart, Tübingen, J. G. Cotta, 1853. In two parts. Text and Atlas. Text: 8vo (21.5 x 13.1 cm). viii, 475 pp., six large, folding tables. Contemporary half morocco over marbled boards. Spine with four raised bands and gilt title. Floral patterned endpapers. Atlas: oblong 4to (20.2 x 30.9 cm). 12 fine, tinted (one hand-coloured) engraved plates. Original quarter cloth over printed boards.l This is the start of an intended series of geological, volcanological and physical contributions by this eminent German geologist, but it remained all that was published. The present works deal mainly with the volcanoes of Mexico and part of the Andes. A work titled "Untersuchungen über die eudiometrischen Mittel und über das Verhältnis der wesentliche Bestandtheile der Atmosphäre", written together with the great French physicist and chemist J. L. Gay-Lussac, is also included, as well as a few smaller papers, and a new introduction by von Humboldt. The fine plates show the volcanoes in Ecuador and Mexico. Two plates are maps, one plate is coloured, containing a comparative outline of the highest mountain ranges in Europe, Asia, and South America, indicating their climate zones. Rare. The text is rather foxed due to the quality of the paper, but the atlas, with its beautiful tinted views, is clean. Sabin 33.725; Ward and Carozzi, 1154. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Ten lithographs views from the series "Fifteen Views of Australia in 1845 by G.K.E.F" together with a lithograph of King George's Sound Western Australia

      London 1853 - Eleven black and white lithographs: numbers 1-5 and 7-9 approx 255 x 330 mm (matted size) and 2 approx 280 x 375 mm (conforming to those prepared for "Fifteen views of Australia in 1845 by G.K.E.F.") and one view approx 250 x 325 mm titled 'King George's Sound W. Australia, Printed by R. Appel's Anastatic Press'; unbound, housed in a blue cloth solander case. George Fairholme (1822-1889), artist, explorer and squatter arrived in Sydney from Scotland in 1839 and with young Scottish friends began the long and pioneering trek into Queensland. He settled at South Toolburra on the Darling Downs staying until 1852. This was the very beginning of white settlement at Brisbane and the Darling Downs and this young squatter is remembered as "a very intelligent gentlemanly man, the most intelligent of any of the squatters" (Henry Stoubart). The eleven lithographs offered include a view of Brisbane showing the first houses to be built. Privately printed by the artist on his return to Europe, as Fifteen views of Australia in 1845 by G.K.E.F., these views were intended for family and friends and are exceptionally rare. The only known complete work is held in family papers at the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales. The set offered here corresponds to the holdings in the National Library of Australia for ten of the prints but includes an eleventh, "King Georges Sound W. Australia"; this lithograph may date from Fairholme's voyage to Australia in 1838.Fairholme sketched daily life in Australia. He had been well educated before arriving to start life on the land and whilst at Rugby School had learned to draw under the English artist Edward Pretty. The 1840s and 50s "were the golden age of horsemanship in Brisbane. and these drawings show the Leslies and the Leith-Hays at Canning Downs and South Toolburra as they brand their calves in the stockade and load the wool-packs onto drays to bring the wool clip down to Brisbane Town" (Susanna Evans Historic Brisbane, p.26). In 1852, Fairholme together with Arthur Hodgson as leaders of the Committee of the Moreton Bay and Northern Districts Separation Association organised an historic meeting in Brisbane to confirm that all the leading squatters of the Darling Downs district supported "the ultimate separation of the Northern districts of New South Wales". It took a further seven years for separation from New South Wales to be achieved and by this time Fairholme had returned to Scotland so did not witness the beginning of Queensland's independence in which he had played an embryonic role.The explorer Ludwig Leichardt records that in 1844 he accompanied Fairholme on an expedition is search of fossil bones and to collect botanical specimens and the two men became friends. This friendship influenced Fairholme who went on to travel to the German cities described to him by Leichhardt. It was on this European expedition, a far cry from the Australian outback, that he met and married Baroness Pauline Poellnitz-Frankenberg in 1857 living for the rest of his life at the Castle of Wellenau in Austria, never to return to Australia. Provenance: Rodney Davidson (Sale, Melbourne, July 2007, lot 500), with his bookplate. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Floricultural Cabinet and Florist's Magazine (January to December, 1853)

      Whittaker and Co, London 1853 - A lovely example of the 1853 edition, the 21st volume of the "Floricultural Cabinet". Bound in half-leather over marbled boards. Raised bands, bright gilt-lettering along spine. A tight, VG copy, with a degree of wear at the outer hinges (which are still perfectly sturdy). The 16 full, hand-colored plates, which steal the show, are vivid and magnificent. All bright and clean and very striking. Octavo, all 12 issues of 1853 bound-in plus the first 4 issues of 1854. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Book of Common Prayer...together with the Psalms of David....

      London: William Pickering, 1853. 4 1/2 x 7 1/4. 360 leaves on fine "India" paper. Title printed in black and red within a border of the Tree of Jesse, and overleaf a portrait of Queen Elizabeth. Each page printed within a pictorial woodcut border by Mary Byfield. Dark navy blue morocco gilt by Riviere, turnins gilt, double set of marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Armormial bookplate on pastedown. of Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Roseberry; signed and dated March 1882 by him on a blank. Light rubbing to joints. A beautiful, fine copy of "Queen Elizabeth's Prayer Book." A fine example of the Whittinghams' printing, this reprint of the 1569 prayer book is considered Mary Byfield's masterpiece. Her 100 different borders are based mostly on designs by Tory, Holbein, and Dürer. Ruari McLean (1963, pp 10-11) writes "The cuts harmonize perfectly with the type (which is Caslon) and this small volume...is a triumph of printing as well as of illustration and typography." Roseberry was "an ardent and discriminating book collector. In 1927 he presented many of his most important mauscripts and books to the newly formed National Library of Scotland"--University of Toronto database of British Armorial Bindings.

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        Ten lithographs views from the series "Fifteen Views of Australia in 1845 by G.K.E.F" together with a lithograph of King George's Sound Western Australia

      London: undated but all circa 1853. Eleven black and white lithographs: numbers 1-5 and 7-9 approx 255 x 330 mm (matted size) and 2 approx 280 x 375 mm (conforming to those prepared for "Fifteen views of Australia in 1845 by G.K.E.F.") and one view approx 250 x 325 mm titled 'King George's Sound W. Australia, Printed by R. Appel's Anastatic Press'; unbound, housed in a blue cloth solander case. George Fairholme (1822-1889), artist, explorer and squatter arrived in Sydney from Scotland in 1839 and with young Scottish friends began the long and pioneering trek into Queensland. He settled at South Toolburra on the Darling Downs staying until 1852. This was the very beginning of white settlement at Brisbane and the Darling Downs and this young squatter is remembered as "a very intelligent gentlemanly man, the most intelligent of any of the squatters" (Henry Stoubart). The eleven lithographs offered include a view of Brisbane showing the first houses to be built. Privately printed by the artist on his return to Europe, as Fifteen views of Australia in 1845 by G.K.E.F., these views were intended for family and friends and are exceptionally rare. The only known complete work is held in family papers at the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales. The set offered here corresponds to the holdings in the National Library of Australia for ten of the prints but includes an eleventh, "King Georges Sound W. Australia"; this lithograph may date from Fairholme's voyage to Australia in 1838.Fairholme sketched daily life in Australia. He had been well educated before arriving to start life on the land and whilst at Rugby School had learned to draw under the English artist Edward Pretty. The 1840s and 50s "were the golden age of horsemanship in Brisbane... and these drawings show the Leslies and the Leith-Hays at Canning Downs and South Toolburra as they brand their calves in the stockade and load the wool-packs onto drays to bring the wool clip down to Brisbane Town" (Susanna Evans Historic Brisbane, p.26). In 1852, Fairholme together with Arthur Hodgson as leaders of the Committee of the Moreton Bay and Northern Districts Separation Association organised an historic meeting in Brisbane to confirm that all the leading squatters of the Darling Downs district supported "the ultimate separation of the Northern districts of New South Wales". It took a further seven years for separation from New South Wales to be achieved and by this time Fairholme had returned to Scotland so did not witness the beginning of Queensland's independence in which he had played an embryonic role.The explorer Ludwig Leichardt records that in 1844 he accompanied Fairholme on an expedition is search of fossil bones and to collect botanical specimens and the two men became friends. This friendship influenced Fairholme who went on to travel to the German cities described to him by Leichhardt. It was on this European expedition, a far cry from the Australian outback, that he met and married Baroness Pauline Poellnitz-Frankenberg in 1857 living for the rest of his life at the Castle of Wellenau in Austria, never to return to Australia. Provenance: Rodney Davidson (Sale, Melbourne, July 2007, lot 500), with his bookplate. Very good.

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        Six extremely rare booklets on table-turning bound together in one volume: Table Turning and Table-Talking considered, in connection with the dictates of reason and common sense (Anon - 1853) + Satanic Influence: Its Probable Connexion with Table-Talking - a Sermon, presented at the Holy Trinity Church, Islington, on Sunday evening, October 23, 1853 (Vincent - 1853) + The Certain Danger, Folly and Sin of Table-Talking and Table-Turning: being the substance of a Lecture delivered in Leamington, Nov. 23rd, 1853 (Clay - 1853) + The Theology of Table-Turning, Spirit-Rapping and Clairvoyance in connection with the Antichrist (Godfrey - 1854) + Table-Turning: a Lecture (Dibdin - 1853) + Satanic Agency and Table-Turning: a Letter (Close - 1853).

      Various 1853 & 1854, London & Bath - Hardcover. Booklets. 6 volumes bound in 1. Small octavo. ii + 20pp. + 22pp. + 26pp. + 158pp. + 22pp. + 24pp. Superb half-leather binding by renowned London book-binder Bernard C. Middleton. Deep brown morocco over marbled paper boards, raised bands, gilt title and elaborate gilt decorations to spine. Marbled endpapers. An extraordinary collection of 6 booklets on table-turning (table-talking) all except one of which were published in Britain in 1853, at the very beginning of the Spiritualist movement in the UK. In that year table-turning - a type of séance in which the participants are seated around a table, the movements of which are meant to dictate a "spirit message" - became something of a national fad, drawing the attention not only of believers and would-be believers, but clergymen and scientists, resulting in a rash of small publications exploring the phenomena from different aspects. These booklets are extremely rare, in several cases we could trace only one or two other known copies, and with most of the others no more than half-a-dozen - and the majority are thus not even represented in major national collections such as that of the British Library. From the collection of Dr. M. H. Coleman, with his blind-stamped personal seal on the front free endpaper. The binding has just a hint of shelf-wear, but is close to Fine condition. None of the pamphlets have wrappers bound in. It is very likely that a number were issued without them, but other examples are so scarce it has proven impossible to determine which did or didn't have them. The page-edges are browned, there is occasional very light foxing, the final pamphlet ("Satanic Agency and Table-Turning") has been very closely cropped so as to make it uniform with the rest of those in the volume, causing minor loss to some letters of text at edges. Overall solid VG+ condition: a truly rare assembly. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION Second Series

      Clarke Beeton & Co., c. 1853. Readable Books series no. IX. 12mo. Bound in half black cloth on marbled paper-laid boards (recently rebacked with gilt lettered matching cloth - a bright VG copy of this scarce edn). Pp. 252, illus with 16 wood engravings incl frontispiece and title (some light spotting on prelims; Chateau d'Oberhofen bookplate on front paste-down).

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

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

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