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        JOKISEN SHIKA [JAPANESE DRAWING OF COMMODORE PERRY'S "BLACK SHIPS"] [caption title]

      Edo, 1853. Pencil, ink, and wash drawing, approximately 11 x 15 1/2 inches. Previously folded, mounted on linen-fronted cardstock. Light dampstaining. Very good. A drawing of the four ships of Commodore Perry's squadron at anchor in Uraga Bay, made at the time of his first arrival in July 1853. The view shows the ships out in the bay (two paddle steamers and two sailing vessels), each with annotations in Japanese on their size, etc, the shore line in the foreground marked with a coastal observation tower, and a building described as "on-ban-sho," a "check point." The details of the ships must have been taken from a first hand source, but the depiction of the paddle steamers with two wheels is erroneous (there would have been only one) and the five masts on each is wrong (there were three), but it is possible this was copied from a poorer sketch taken on the spot. The appearance of these large warships alarmed the Japanese who had little concept of ships of this size and power, and who had no weapons to defend against them. As this was a momentous event, sketches such as these of the foreign intruders and their ships would have circulated in Edo (Tokyo), for many months after their arrival. The drawing describes the ships anchored in "East Uraga Bay, mouth of Edo Bay, roughly the same spot that Commodore Biddle anchored seven years before." An attractive drawing from a local source, depicting a momentous event in the history of Japanese-American relations.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        17 Alaskan View Silver Gel Photographs in Leather Album

      Photographs. Leather album, 10 x 12.75 inches, containing 17 silver gelatin photographs, most boudoir card sized, approx. 4.5 x 7.25 inches, as well as four large format photos measuring approx. 7.5 x 9.5 inches on slightly larger mounts. Most images can be removed from album sleeves, with exception of a few that are tough to extract. Album includes 20 leather frames for photos, with the last three empty. Some photos show light spotting. Some with toning to mounts. Several images have lightened a bit but overall the photographs are crisp and clear with very good exposure and toning. Most photographs are credited in the negative or on the mount to Frank La Roche, Seattle, WA, with one view bearing the imprint of R. Albertstone, Sitka, Alaska. Several are titled in the negative. The album features bird's-eye views as well as street scenes of Sitka and Metlakatla, Alaska; Totem Poles at Fort Wrangle (2) ; the Greek Church at Killisnoo; studies of glaciers, including a section of Muir Glacier (2) , as well as a distant view of men standing amongst massive glacial formations; an Alaskan camp scene; and views of ships on the water. Photographs of Chileat Indians at Killisnoo, Metlakatla Cornet Band members posed with their instruments, and "An Alaska Indian Woman 126 Years Old" are also included in this fine turn of the 20th century Alaskan photo album. The Special Collections Library at University of Washington holds a collection of La Roche photographs. From their website: "Frank La Roche (1853-1936) was born in Philadelphia, where he learned the trade of photography. He arrived in Seattle in July 1889 and established a studio that, in addition to portraits, specialized in scenic and industrial views of western Washington state and southeastern Alaska. He photographed scenes in the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush, ca. 1897-1899, and made numerous views of Seattle streets and buildings, ships, logging activities, and American Indians. He made many trips to Alaska, and also traveled in California and along the line of the Canadian Pacific Railway, taking scenic views which he produced for sale to travelers. About 1914, he moved his studio to the town of Sedro-Wooley, north of Seattle. Frank La Roche retired about 1928, and died on April 12, 1936." More scans available upon request. .

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        Relazione dei Tremuoti di Basilicata del 1851

      NAPOLI: Stabilimento Tipografico del R. Ministero dell'Interno, 1853. brossura. DISCRETO. 28 31,5. USATO

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        Altkolorierte Lithographie *Uhlenhorst* ( = Das Fährhaus an der Aussen-Alster ) mit ornamentaler Bordüre. Nach der Natur gez. u. lith. v. Wilh. Heuer, altkolorierter Doppeltondruck.

      Charles Fuchs Hamburg 1853 ( Ohne Erscheinungsjahr – laut Werkverzeichnis 1853 erschienen: Aus der Folge: Hamburg und seine Umgebungen ). Gezeigt wird der Blick von der Uhlenhorst Richtung Außenalster mit fem alten und neuen Fährhaus und Personenstaffage und Segelbooten auf der Alster. Bildmaß 15,5 x 23 cm ( Höhe x Breite ), alt unter Passepartout und Glas gerahmt ( Rahmenmaß: 34,5 x 46 cm ). In dem Werkverzeichnis Wilhelm Heuer von Salomon unter der Nummer 7 Ia gelistet. Das Blatt gebräunt, sonst guter Zustand, der Rahmen gering berieben und bestoßen. ( Weitere Bilder auf Anfrage – further pics at request ). Versand D: 5,00 EUR Wilhelm Heuer, Charles Fuchs, Außenalster, Alster, Fährhaus, Uhlenhorst, Harvestehude, koloriert, Google

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        Ensign & Thayer Pocket Map, Nyc Environs): Map Of The City Of New York, With The Adjacent Cities Of Brooklyn & Jersey City,

      New York : Ensign & Thayer Publishers, 1853. Book. Very Good -. Hardcover. Bound In Brown Cloth With Gold Titles. Complete With The Hand Colored Map Tipped In At The Rear Of The Book. The Map Titled" Map Of The City Of New York, With The Adjacent Cities Of Brooklyn & Jersey City, 1853" Has A Few Splits At The Folds But Remains Bright. The Book Has A Loose Rear Hinge And Foxing..

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        ALS - Eigenhändiger Brief mit Unterschrift. Autobiographischer Inhalt.

      Patwschkau (Schlesien) 25.III.1853. 4 Seiten gr.-folio, eng beschriftet. Schwach fleckig, kleine Randeinrisse Karl Ignaz Lorinser (1796-1853), Mediziner, verdient um die Seuchenhygiene. - Ein halbes Jahr vor seinem Tod (am 2.X.1853) an den Redakteur des Brockhaus'schen Konversationslexikons mit sehr ausführlichen Angaben "über mein Leben u. meine Wirksamkeit" für die 1851-1855 erscheinende 10. Auflage des Lexikons."... In einer früheren Ausgabe dieses Werkes habe ich unter meinem Namen einen langen Artikel gelesen, dessen Verf. ... weder mein Leben noch meine Schriften gekannt sondern blos ausgehend von meinen kleinen zum Schutz der Gesundheit in den Schulen geschriebenen Aufsatz sich in höchst einseitiger Weise bemüht hat, den darüber unter den Philologen entstandenen Schulstreit zu besprechen, in welchem der Artikelschreiber wahrscheinlich selbst ein Partisan gewesen ist. -Ich bin ein Arzt, dessen wissenschaftliche Thätigkeit seit 35 Jahren hauptsächlich in dem Studium der großen physischen Uebel, namentlich der Epidemieen bestand und der auch als öffentlicher Gesundheitsbeamte den Beruf und die Gelegenheit hatte, in einem ausgedehnten Wirkungskreise viele hierauf bezügliche Wahrheiten zu finden und anzuwenden. Zu diesem Behuf habe ich meine Beobachtungen ... gemacht, mit steter Beachtung der Geschichte und Natur, besonders auch der vergleichenden Pathologie, die den meisten Aerzten unbekannt ist. - Habe ich irgend ein Verdienst erworben, welches eine öffentliche Erwähnung und Anerkennung verdient, so ist dasselbe ohne Zweifel in diesen hygienischen Bestrebungen zu suchen ..."In einem Umschlag der Sammlung Brockhaus.

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        Twelve Years A Slave. Narrative of Solomon Northup, A Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841 and Rescued in 1853...

      Auburn: Derby and Miller, et al., 1853. Early Edition. Hardcover. Good. 8vo. xvi,(17)-336pp. 4pp. publisher's ads inserted between the front endpapers. Eighth thousand. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards embossed in blind. Yellow coated endpapers. Illustrated with seven full page illustrations, including the frontispiece of the author. Significantly foxed, as usual. Binding faded and worn at edges and corners, spine gilt worn, but still a presentable copy. Housed in a new, leather backed custom clamshell case. Signed by Solomon Northup on the obverse of the frontispiece. Apparently this is a Presentation Copy as the prelminary blank, in what appears to be Nortup's handwriting, states "This to A. Allton Phipps", then "A. A. Phipps Book". In the rear, in a different hand, is "A. A. Phips Smithfield." A farmer and a professional violinist, Northup had been a landowner in New York. In 1841, he went to Washington, D.C.; there he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold as a slave. He was held as a slave for 12 years in the Red River region of Louisiana. Made into a movie in 2013, which received the Best Picture Award.

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        Bleak House.

      Chapman and Hall, London, no year [1853], 1st ed. in bookform. Xvi,624 pp.+ engraved frontispiece, engraved title vignet and 38 engraved plates by H. K. Browne, a little later beautifull half calf with red title labels, spine gilt, marbled paper boards, a

      [Bookseller: Andersens Antikvariat]
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        Four (4) Portrait Miniatures of German Linen Weavers

      - Each of the four is a silhouette profile of an individual linen weaver with penciled inscriptions identifying each by name and with the profession of linen weaver. Dated 1853, 1854, and 1855. The fourth is undated. Speculation is that these may have been given as an annual honor or acknowledgment for service. Largest measures 4" x 4 ¾". Housed in heavy board and glass self frame. Two corner cracks on one glass.

      [Bookseller: Eclectibles, ABAA]
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        Die Kunst der Photographie. Eine Anleitung zur Erzeugung photographischer Bilder in jeder beliebigen Farbe und auf jedem beliebigen Material, für Anfänger und Geübtere, sowie für Graveure, Holzschneider etc.

      Leipzig Simion 1853 - (19,5 x 13 cm). XIV, 147 S., 1 Bl. Anzeigen. Mit 11 Textholzschnitten. Geprägter Leinwandband der Zeit. Einzige Ausgabe dieser seltenen frühen Veröffentlichung zur Photographie. Beschrieben werden die verschiedenen Kameras sowie die Herstellung von Daguerrotypien, Talbotypien, Vitrotypien, Anthotypien und Photo-Lithographien. Mit Tabellen über die verwendeten Chemikalien und Reagenzien sowie einem Anhang über die Stellung und Kleidung der zu porträtierenden Personen. Das letzte Blatt mit einem "Preis-Courant der Daguerreotyp-Platten-Fabrik von Friedrich Schneider . in Berlin". - Der Chemiker Halleur (1818-1866) war Gründer und Direktor der Provinzial-Gewerbeschule in Bochum sowie Mitbegründer der Universität von Kalkutta. - Stempel auf Titel. Etwas stockfleckig. Vorsätze erneuert und Rücken nachgebunden. Einband gering bestoßen. Insgesamt gut erhalten. - Heidtmann 3482; Poggendorff III, 576; vgl. Gernsheim Incunabula 724 (engl. Übers.)

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        Onkel Toms hytte, eller Negerlivet i de Amerikanske Slavestater.

      Christiania, P. T. Mallings, 1853. 664 s. Samt. skinnbd. med ryggdekor i gull. Dekor i gull og blindpreg på for- og bakperm. Helt gullsnitt. Svak kanslitasje. . . Første norske utgave. Originalutgaven Uncle Tom`s Cabin ble utgitt i Boston 1852.

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        Autograph Music Quote Signed

      Venezuelan pianist, singer, composer and conductor (1853-1917), (her last name is also seen as Carreno in English) - a prodigy child who performed at age 10 for president Abraham Lincoln at the White House, Carreño toured extensively around the world. Autograph music quote signed by her, a Prelude from an unknown piece, dated in Boston in 1889. Size is 5.75 x 7.25 inches, in excellent condition. Also included are a small half-tone photo from a magazine, and a short article clip about her.

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        Parkplan, "Die koeniglichen Gaerten und Parkanlagen bei Potsdam im Jahre 1853".

      - grenzkol. Stahlstich ( Druck Prêtre ) v. H. Herzberg ( Schrift) und E. Reyher ( Situation ) n. G. Meyer, dat. 1853, 73 x 98,5 Seltener Plan des Parks von Sanssouci. Nicht bei Drescher/Kroll. Giersberg/Schendel, S. 69 (mit Abbildung eines Ausschnittes), Abbildung Nr. 104 und auf Seite 151 biographische Angaben zu Joh. Gustav Heinr. Meyer (1816-1877), der ab 1870 Stadtgartendirektor von Berlin war. - Der vorliegende Plan wurde von ihm gestaltet und zeigt den Park von Sanssouci nach der Umgestaltung durch Lenné (Meyer war der Gartenkondukteur von Lenné). Unter dem Plan gibt es eine Legende zu den Farben, die den Verantwortungsbereich der Gärtner im Park Sanssouci zeigen. So zum Beispiel "hellblau" für den Bereich des Hofgärtners C. Fintelmann, "hellrot" für den Gartenverwalter Schencker, usw. - Dieser Plan ist im Jahr 1990 durch die Fürst-Pückler Gesellschaft reproduziert worden (als Jahresgabe für die Mitglieder).

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        A collection of five early photographs of Constantinople

      Early Salt Prints of Constantinople. These fine views are among the earliest paper photographs of Constantinople. James Robertson settled in the city in 1841 and spent forty years as a master engraver in the imperial mint. In the early 1850s he learned the art of photography, and by July 1853 he was selling his views to the public. His photographs, which appeared in exhibitions in London and Paris, were widely known through the engravings made from them for illustrated newspapers. 1. (Hagia Sophia.) La Mosquee de Ste Sophie Vue de l'Atmeydan. This view of Hagia Sophia is from the atmeydan (horse square), the site of the ancient Hippodrome of Constantinople. The world's largest cathedral for nearly 1000 years, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmed II and finally was made a museum in 1935. 2. Fountain of Sultan Mahmoud. This landmark fountain, actually built by Sultan Ahmed III, is located in the great square in front of the Imperial gate of the Topkapi Palace. The Turkish rococo structure, built in 1728, was a well-known social center and gathering place in the Ottoman period. 3. Bosphorus. Tophane &c from Seraskier Tower. This fine panoramic view was made from Beyazit Tower, commonly called Seraskier Tower because it was on the grounds of the Ottoman Ministry of War, or Seraskierat. The 279 ft. tower provided an ideal view across the old city and the Golden Horn. Tophane is a neighborhood in the Pera (now Beyoglu) district. 4. Constantinople from Seraskier Tower. This magnificent panoramic view taken from Beyazit (Seraskier) Tower shows Hagia Sophia, the Mosque of Sultan Ahmed (the Blue Mosque), and Nuruosmaniye Mosque. 5. (New Mosque.) Mosque of Jeni Jami. This view shows the elegant sadirvan (ablution fountain) at Yeni Cami (the New Mosque), one of Istanbul's greatest architectural landmarks. This is a fine series of salt prints depicting the greatest monuments of Constantinople. Five salt prints (approx. 11 1/2 x 10 1/4 in.), four signed in the negative, mounted, several of the mounts with manuscript captions and borders. Some foxing to mounts. Minor wear, some fading. Very good condition.

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        Important Pair of Daguerreotypes: Black Nurse with White Baby and Child's Parents

      IDENTIFIED SLAVE AND MASTER DAGUERREOTYPES. Two sixth-plate daguerreotypes, cased together. Left: nurse and child ("Bradford & Ellen Sherwood his nurse"), right: parents ("Jonathan P. Harrison & his wife Caroline Denny Harrison"). White family's cheeks are hand-tinted and the baby's dress is hand-colored. Some spots, edges tarnished. A tremendous pair. Jonathan P. Harrison (born 23 December 1829) and his wife Caroline Denny Harrison (born c. 1834) are in one portrait, while their son Bradford (born c. 1853) and his black nurse Ellen Sherwood are in the other. The Harrison family moved from Talbot County on Maryland's Eastern Shore to Texas in the 1850s to pursue ranching and farming opportunities. According to the U.S. Census, in 1860 the family lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, with Jonathan reported as 29 years old, Caroline 26, and Bradford 7, indicating a date of 1853 for this photograph. The Harrisons and Dennys were prominent Maryland and Texas families. Jonathan served with the 1st Texas Cavalry during the Civil War. Identified daguerreotype portraits of slaves are rare, and linked pairs such as this set are very rare. It is conceivable that Ellen Sherwood was a free black, but given the status of the Harrison and Denny families, it seems probable that she was a slave. This splendid pair of photographs vividly demonstrates the complexity of black-white relationships in the antebellum South. Provenance: "Jonathan P. Harrison & his wife Caroline Denny Harrison / Their child Bradford & Ellen Sherwood his nurse," identified in a manuscript note, beneath the right daguerreotype, in the hand of Jonathan's niece Patty Belle Tilghman (1851-1931). See Hanson, Old Kent: The Eastern Shore of Maryland, p. 96.

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        Paul et Virginie Suivi de la Chaumière Indienne Précédé dÂ’un Notice Historique sur Bernardin Saint-Pierre par M. C. A. Sainte-Beuve de lÂ’Académie Française.

      Paris: Furne, Libraire-Éditeur, 1853. Hardcover. Very Good +. Johannot, Meissonier. 28 cm; 8vo; [xl; 222; 223-300; 301-330; i] A complete copy, with a colored map of lIle de France (Mauritius) and 7 steel-engraved portraits, on China paper bound-in in two states: Bernardin de Saint-Pierre by Lafitte; Marguerite by Johannot; Madame de la Tour by Johannot; Virginie by Johannot; Paul by Johannot; Le Docteur par Meissonier; La Jeune Bramine by Johannot. Additional wood-block illustrations within the text, as well as wood-block text decorations. The two titles are followed by an essay on the vegetation found on Mauritius in the late eighteenth century. Vicaire VII, 71 does not mention copies with plates in two states. Stated: Exemplaire Unique tiré sur papier de cette couleur. Bound in marbled boards with a cloth spine. A very good, extra-illustrated, untrimmed, unique copy.

      [Bookseller: G.Gosen Rare Books & Old Paper, ABAA, IL]
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        Die Soldaten Friedrich's des Grossen [Friedrichs des großen]. Mit 31 Original-Zeichnungen von Adolph Menzel. [WITH 31 HAND-COLOURED UNIFORMS PLATES / HANDKOLORIERTE AUSGABE].

      Leipzig, Avenarius & Mendelssohn, 1853.. Crown quarto. Five books in one, paginated consecutively. Pp. xx, 599. Half-title; illustrated and tinted title-page; second title-page printed in letterpress; dedication leaf. Plus contemporary hand-coloured frontispiece and 30 other contemporary hand-coloured plates (31 in total). Set in Gothic type. Hardcover, bound in handsome three-quarters calf and light-purple marbled boards, spine with raised band between compartments, richly decorated in gilt; corner-tips chafed, bit spotted in places. A lovely copy in a very good condition, fine plates. ~ With a beautiful set of hand-coloured costume plates, exquisitely produced. The plates, by E. Kretzschmar after Adolph Menzel, are the result of a complicated and delicate process, now obsolete, which was invented in the early 1850's by Firmin Gillot. Known as Gillotage, the process turned a lithographic drawing into a relief plate. Employing both planographic and relief methods, the process remained purely manual, involving no photography. The lithograph was transferred to zinc and then etched, in an extremely laborious process, to make a metal relief block from which the final print was made. Noteworthily, many of Daumier's lithographic plates were treated in this way before their publication. Here, the plates are delicately hand-coloured by contemporary hand, rich in detail, and in fine condition, totally free of foxing.

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        Twelve Years A Slave Narrative of Solomon Northup, A Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841 and Rescued in 1853

      Auburn: Derby and Miller, et al., 1853. First edition. Hardcover. Good. 8vo. viii, (17)-336pp. 4pp. publisher's ads inserted between the front endpapers. Original brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards embossed in blind. Yellow coated endpapers. Illustrated with seven full page illustrations, including the frontispiece of the author. Significantly foxed, as usual. Binding faded and worn at edges and corners, spine gilt worn, but still a presentable copy. Bound without pp. ix-xvii (signature A*) which constitute the final pages of the contents table and the editor's 2 page preface., Housed in a new, leather backed custom clamshell case. A farmer and a professional violinist, Northup had been a landowner in New York. In 1841, he went to Washington, D.C.; there he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold as a slave. He was held as a slave for 12 years in the Red River region of Louisiana. Made in a movie in 2013, which received the Best Picture Award. Rare in first edition.

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        Altkolorierte Lithographie *Uhlenhorst* ( = Das Fährhaus an der Aussen-Alster ) mit ornamentaler Bordüre. Nach der Natur gez. u. lith. v. Wilh. Heuer, altkolorierter Doppeltondruck.

      ( Ohne Erscheinungsjahr laut Werkverzeichnis 1853 erschienen: Aus der Folge: Hamburg und seine Umgebungen ). Gezeigt wird der Blick von der Uhlenhorst Richtung Außenalster mit fem alten und neuen Fährhaus und Personenstaffage und Segelbooten auf der Alster. Bildmaß 15,5 x 23 cm ( Höhe x Breite ), alt unter Passepartout und Glas gerahmt ( Rahmenmaß: 34,5 x 46 cm ). In dem Werkverzeichnis Wilhelm Heuer von Salomon unter der Nummer 7 Ia gelistet. Das Blatt gebräunt, sonst guter Zustand, der Rahmen gering berieben und bestoßen. ( Weitere Bilder auf Anfrage further pics at request ).

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        Twelve Years A Slave. Narrative of Solomon Northup, A Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841 and Rescued in 1853....

      Auburn: Derby and Miller, et al. 1853. 8vo. xvi,(17)-336pp. 4pp. publisher's ads inserted between the front endpapers. Eighth thousand. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards embossed in blind. Yellow coated endpapers. Illustrated with seven full page illustrations, including the frontispiece of the author. Significantly foxed, as usual. Binding faded and worn at edges and corners, spine gilt worn, but still a presentable copy. Housed in a new, leather backed custom clamshell case. Signed by Solomon Northup on the obverse of the frontispiece. Apparently this is a Presentation Copy as the prelminary blank, in what appears to be Nortup's handwriting, states "This to A. Allton Phipps", then "A. A. Phipps Book". In the rear, in a different hand, is "A. A. Phips Smithfield." A farmer and a professional violinist, Northup had been a landowner in New York. In 1841, he went to Washington, D.C.; there he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold as a slave. He was held as a slave for 12 years in the Red River region of Louisiana. Made into a movie in 2013, which received the Best Picture Award. Good.

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        Texas

      May 25, 1853. <div><br></div>Printed Document signed by Adrian Woll, (1795-1875) a French soldier of fortune and mercenary who served as a general in the army of Mexico during the Texas Revolution and the Mexican-American War, two pages (one sheet), tall folio, in Spanish, May 25, 1853, being a decree on behalf of Antonion Lopez de Santa Anna, addressed <i>"To the Inhabitants of this Country [Tamaulipas - a state in the northeast of Mexico]... "</i>, followed by a series of articles regarding the treatment of criminals. In part: <i>"The highway robbers that were apprehended red-handed and those that were not caught red-handed but caused death and heavy harm in the assault, will be judged very summarily... as penalty, it will be capital punishment to be dispensed and carried out in accordance with article 6... In no case recourse to mercy will be admitted for the highway robbers, whether caught red-handed or not... "</i> With specific instructions for the carrying out of judgments by local officers. <br><br>After Mexico's independence from Spain, Tamaulipas continued to be an unstable region. The fight in national government between federalist and centralist factions resulted in repeated rebellions. In January 1854 Tamaulipas was declared a state of the union during the civil war between Santa Anna and the liberal guerrilla factions that had been in power before him. Its capital was kept as Aguayo, which would later be renamed Ciudad Victoria. A few minor edge splits. Fine.

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        The Flora Homoeopathica; or Illustrations and Descriptions of the Medicinal Plants used as Homoeopathic Remedies. Vol.2 only (of 2.)

      n.d.(1853.) - Roy8vo (6.5 x 10in.) original green cloth, shaken, some leaves loose. 22 (of 30) hand-coloured lithographed plates mostly by Henry Sowerby and his sister Charlotte, each depicting a flowering plant with small details of its fruit, seeds etc. Includes plate of the "Papaver Somniferum" (opium) and 33pp text. First Edition. Nissen 778. Plesch sale catalogue 319. A Scarce item complete or incomplete. Hamilton was a Member of the British Homoeopathic Society and Physician to the London Homoeopathic Hospital. Each finely illustrated plate is accompanied by text which gives the history, description, geographical distribution, parts used in medicine, mode of preparation, poisonous effects, medical (homoeopathic) uses, clinical observations, and antidotes for each plant. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Collection of Twenty Volumes from the British Poets Series [from the library of Thomas Jefferson Coolidge]

      Boston: Little, Brown and Co, 1853-1854. First Thus. Hardcover. Contents as follows: 1. The Poetical Works of Samuel Butler. 1853. Two volumes. 2. The Poetical Works of William Cowper. 1853. Three volumes. 3. The Poetical Works of John Dryden. 1854. Five volumes. 4. The Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith. Edited, with a life, by Rev. John Mitford. 1853. One volume. 5. The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray. Edited, with a life, by Rev. John Mitford. 1853. One volume. 6. The Poetical Works of John Milton. With a life, by Rev. John Mitford. 1853. Three volumes. 7. The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, with a life, by Rev. Alexander Dyce. 1853. Three volumes. 8. The Poetical Works of James Thomson. 1854. Two volumes. 12mo (17.75cm.); twenty volumes; uniformly bound in original publisher's blue cloth, printed paper spine labels; engraved portrait frontispieces. Spine crowns uniformly chipped and worn, spines additionally toned and labels rather browned with some effacement of text. Still, a Near Very Good set, interiors near fine save some minor foxing to preliminaries. Later 19th-century armorial ownership bookplates of Thomas Jefferson Coolidge to front pastedowns. Coolidge was the great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson and the last American plenipotentiary to France, appointed by President Harrison in 1892.

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        Schloßansicht. "Total - Ansicht des Schlosses ( Rückseite )".

      - farb. Lithographie m. Tomplatte und Bordüre v. Loeillot n. C. Graeb b. Ferdinand Riegel in Potsdam, 1853, 27 x 37,5 Drescher/Kroll, Nr. 614 und Abb. 257. Nicht bei Giersberg/Schendel. - Seltene Ansicht ! Blick von der sogenannten Schloßhöhe nach Nordwesten auf die Rückfront des Schlosses. Im Hintergrund die Havellandschaft, rechts mittig die Glienicker Brücke. - Die Ansicht ist montiert auf dem Or.- Verlagskarton. Sprache: Deutsch

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        Schloßansicht, "Haupt - Ansicht des Schlosses ( Vorderseite )".

      - farb. Lithographie m. Bordüre v. Winckelmann u. Söhne n. C. Graeb b. Ferdinand Riegel in Potsdam, 1853, 28 x 40,5 Drescher/Kroll, Nr. 615 und Abb. 255. Nicht bei Giersberg/Schendel. - Seltene Ansicht ! Blick von der Gartenseite Sprache: Deutsch

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        Maschinenhaus. "Das Maschinen-Haus".

      - farb. Lithographie m. Tomplatte und Bordüre v. Loeillot n. C. Graeb b. Ferdinand Riegel in Potsdam, 1853, 37,5 x 27 (H) Drescher/Kroll, Nr. 639 und Abb. 264. Nicht bei Giersberg/Schendel. - Seltene Ansicht ! Blick von Glienicke aus, rechts im Hintergrund Schloß Babelsberg. - Die Ansicht ist montiert auf dem Or.- Verlagskarton. Sprache: Deutsch

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        Histoire des villes de France, avec une introduction générale pour chaque Province.

      - Paris. Furne. 1853-1848. 6 volumes grand in-8, plein maroquin rouge, double filets à froid en encadrement sur les plats, dos à nerfs ornés légèrement passés, dentelle dorée intérieure, tranches dorées. Reliures signées Petit. Ouvrage illustré d'une carte dépliante, de 12 planches hors texte en couleurs et de 88 planches en noir. Légères rousseurs. Bel exemplaire en plein maroquin de cette monumentale histoire des villes de France. Livres [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Luck of Barry Lyndon

      New York: D. Appleton & Co, 1853. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 2 vols. 1st edition, preceding the London edition by 3 years (a few copies are known of vol. I with an 1852 date, probably some kind of advance issue). Publisher's red printed boards, joints strengthened, tiny chips to the spine tips, else a very good set, and a scarce one. Thackeray spins a darkly plotted coming of age novel, a picaresque satire that's harder than braided steel and more athletic than a verb. Barry is a lucky rogue, a grifter and gambler, handsome and fearless, yet fatally flawed. He benefits from the most favorable of circumstances, but is ultimately overcome, because he burdens his good fortune, with more personal baggage than Mariah Carey on safari. Thackeray's minor theme is that the chief advantage of being born into society is that one can see what a tawdry public play it is. Thackeray's major theme is that villainy is revealed through self-justification. Narrated by the title character himself, chapter I opens with the line, "Since the days of Adam, there has been hardly a mischief done in this world but a woman is at the bottom of it" and that's only the first of many rationalizations, portending a fatal version of hubris. And Stanley Kubrick made quite a movie, well worth the investment of 3 hours and 23 minutes, so you can reside at the apex of cinema.

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        Manuscript Journal Expenses for the Household of George Canning Backhouse, which Includes Names and Describes Incidents with His Indentured Servants, Recorded During His Residency in Cuba.

      Havana, 8 April 1853 - 12 February 1855., 1853. Manuscript register of expenses for the household of George Canning Backhouse, which includes names and describes incidents with his indentured servants, recorded during his residency in Cuba while he was serving as Her Majesty's Judge in the "Havana Mixed Commission for the Suppression of the Slave Trade." Most entries made in a fine hand by his wife Grace; some entries also made by George Canning Backhouse himself. With 32 pages in manuscript concerning their domestic life and household expenses in Havana, featuring detailed explanations of servants hired and wages paid to them, most pages being marked with a cursive swirl likely to indicate accounts reconciliation. Inversely, an additional 34 pages in manuscript tally household expenses from the year before, and leading up to the voyage to Cuba, these dating from 29 May 1852 to 12 February 1853; and yet 7 pages more being an account written in George's hand in pencil, of a tour of Hanover in October [circa 1851] possibly when he was attaché in the British Legation at Frankfurt. 8vo. Vellum boards ruled border in blue ink, marbled endpapers. A simple binding measuring approximately 16.5 x 11 cm. Slight age-toning to boards, one ink drop to front, otherwise in very good condition, a fascinating window into the workings and finances of a colonial household. Together with an inventory of household furniture and equipment purchased shortly after their arrival in Havana in 1853 after having found a home in which to settle. Together with a pocket-size Almanack by Peacock & Mansfield with Memoranda leafs, containing 4 pages of manuscript diary notes by George Backhouse for the year 1840. The lot contained in a custom made clamshell box in a style representative of period bookbinding, taupe cloth with bright marbled edges, printed paper label to spine.. Manuscript.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        STORIA DOCUMENTATA DI VENEZIA.

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

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

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

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        HISTOIRE DE LA REPUBLIQUE DE VENISE

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

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

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

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

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

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        George Canning Backhouse - Judge of Slave Trade Suppression in Havana

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

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