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        Plan of the City, Bay and Promontory of Milazzo, ....

      1853. Pianta topografica della città, della baia e del promontorio di Milazzo. In calce a dx., riquadro con veduta della città

      [Bookseller: Libreria Trippini Sergio]
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        Sammlung von Zeichnungen aus dem Gebiete der Wasserbaukunst, mit besonderer Rücksicht auf den Brückenbau. Für das Studium und den pract: Gebrauch zusammengetragen und zum Umdruck gezeichnet von Studirenden der Königl: Bauakademie zu Berlin im Winterhalbjahr 1852-53 [& 1855]

      54 lithographed double-page plates (several foxed). Text: 2 lithographed leaves (foxed); 2 printed leaves. Two vols. Large folio, cont. marbled half-sheep & marbled boards. Berlin: Ernst & Korn, [1853] & 1855. First edition of this rare collection of designs for bridges, canals, lighthouses, and steamships, prepared for students of the Berlin Bauakademie and practicing civil engineers. This work was inspired by Eduard Ferdinand Schwarz (1808-66), professor of construction and hydraulic engineering at the Berlin Bauakademie. Schwarz had been a pupil of Schinkel in Berlin and worked as railroad engineer in Hannover & Prussia. From 1845 he lectured at the Hannover Polytechnic University; he moved to Berlin in 1851. He was responsible for the construction of railroad stations in Lehrte, Hannover, and Wunstorf and a synagogue in Hildesheim. Vol. I shows in detail many famous bridges throughout Europe including the stone bridges at Neuilly and Melun over Seine, the wooden bridges over the Elbe at Wittenberg, the wooden bridge at Wettingen, Stephenson's Britannia Bridge, the long bridge in Potsdam, the suspension bridge in Fribourg, and Telford's Menai Bridge. Vol. II depicts the earliest plans for a bridge - not yet built - over the Rhine in Cologne, which was designed by Friedrich Wilhelm Wallbaum and finally built by Hermann Lohse (1815-1893), from 1855 to 1859 (plates 16-18). Further on there are different waterworks, and other bridges by Lohse and a bridge over the river Weichsel. A very good set. Vol. II was edited by E. Lademann. Old library stamp of a Danish engineering school on titles with release stamp on rear endpapers.

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        Ten Months Among The Tents of The Tuski, with Incidents of an Arctic Boat Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, as Far as the Mackenzie River, and Cape Bathurst

      London: John Murray, 1853. First edition. Leather bound. 417pp. Octavo [22 cm] Rebound in a maroon calf with decorative stamping to extremities and gilt title and bands on backstrip. New marbled endsheets and pastedowns. Very good. Ex-library with only a few marks (Small ink stamps on front free endsheet, half-title and title page). Front free endsheet chipped at top corner. Otherwise a clean copy. Includes three color plates and a folding map. he plate of "Cape Bathurst, Meeting with Esquimax" is slightly chipped along the bottom edge. Internally very good and clean. William Hooper was a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy assigned to the expedition of 1848 to search for the Franklin party. in 1848. A very rare, Sir John Franklin Expedition and Arctic title. The book also contains information on the culture of the North Alaska Esquimaux and the Tuski.

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        Bleak House.

      London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853.. First Edition, first issue text, half-title present. Octavo, pp.624. Has all three typographical errors present in the first issue: p.19, line 6: "elgble"; p. 209, line 23: "chair" instead of "hair"; and p. 275, line 22: "counsinship" instead of "cousinship." Illustrations by H.K. Browne. In twentieth century half tan calf over marbled sides. Occasional thumbing/marking within, plates browned to margins, page edges toned, binding pleasingly aged. An attractive copy in a later binding which now has some vintage. Although many of Dickens most famous works are crawling with crime, it is just this title that can be firmly placed in the murder mystery category. 'Bleak House' is essentially a classic whodunit, professionally solved, which became only the second entry (after Poe's 'Tales') in the Haycraft-Queen cornerstone list of crime fiction. Dickens returned to crime fiction for his highly-rated final story, the 'Mystery of Edwin Drood' but this was unfinished and the case unsolved.... Within 'Bleak House' the author experiments with dual narrators and the story ranges from the dark and filthy Victorian slums to the landed aristocracy; Inspector Bucket is one of the earliest detectives to appear in fiction and was probably based on C.K. Field of the recently formed Scotland Yard. An essential mystery novel.

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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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        Hand-colored lithograph

      , 1853. 1853. SPENCER, Lilly Martin. Hand-colored lithograph. ""Power of Fashion."" New York: W. Schaus, circa 1853. Original lithographic print, colored by hand; in contemporary gilt frame, entire piece measures 20 by 26 inches. $3800.Large hand-colored lithographic print of an original work by popular 19th-century American painter Lilly Martin Spencer.As a woman in the 19th century who made her living painting, Lilly Martin Spencer was a decided anomaly; her unorthodox living arrangements included her husband taking care of their children (who eventually numbered 13) while Lilly earned money painting accessible, sentimental subjects. ""Power of Fashion,"" portraying a young black boy in tattered clothes and an elaborate turban smoking a cigar while sitting next to a dog in an alley, was one of her most popular works, along with the similar ""Height of Fashion,"" which depicted a young black girl playing dress-up while holding a puppy. Engraved by Jean-Baptiste LaFosse (who has signed the plate in the lower left corner), it was sold by William Schaus, the New York agent of the European fine-art publisher Goupil. Contemporary gilt frame with expert restoration.

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        Voyages dans l'Inde. Troisième édition

      Garnier Freres, Paris - no date c.1853-54. Deatiled travel account with a map and 26 full page lithographs of his travels through India, lithos include of Lucknow, Calcutta, Kandy, Madras, Ganges, Simla, Himalaya, Delhi , Gwalior and Punjab. He traveled extensively to the Kingdom of Lahore as a guest of the Sikh ruler Maharajah Sher Singh, and the volume contains four well known lithographs of the Punjab, including Sikh Akalis entering Lahore and Maharajah Sher Singh riding on an elephant. Prince Aleksei Dmitrievich Soltykoff aka Saltykov (1806¿59) was a Russian artist and traveller in Persia and India. He was the grandson of Prince Nikolay Saltykov. In 1840 Alexis retired and moved to Paris where he planned his voyages to India. He ended up making two voyages there (1841¿43 and 1844¿46), and achieving the sobriquet 'The Indian' from the Russian and French aristocracy. In 1849 he published a selection of his letters in French accompanied by his drawings, which became very well known in Europe "Lettres sur L¿Inde". Paris,1848).[2] In 1851 the book was translated into Russian and became an instant success: it truly enraptured the Russian reading public. Original binding with gilt spine and titles, worn at edges and spine, with a split on top part of spine without any loss. Altogether a very a tight copy with light foxing throughout. Images can be sent upon request. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Great Republic.

      One of the greatest of all clipper ship sailing cards. The Great Republic was built in 1853 by Donald McKay. She was, at that time, the largest merchant sailing vessel constructed in the United States, but she burned almost immediately. The reconstructed version was still one of the biggest and fastest of her day. Fittingly this card is one of the crown jewels of all clipper ship cards. It measures 8 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches. The front shows the ship in full color surrounded by draped flags and patriotic images against a gold ground. It is also is one of the very few cards printed on the back. This information tells us that Capt. Limeburner was her commander and that she was scheduled to depart Pier 28 in the East River. This may have been her 1859 trip, in which she departed November 23, and made San Francisco in a commendable 109 days. This copy shows edge chipping and oxidation, a faint crack in the printed surface running in from the left margin, and water staining on the back affecting the tonality of the printing on the front. Still, a good copy of an iconic card. A copy of this card brought $4500 in the Siegel sale of 1990.

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        Notes and Queries: a Medium of Inter-Communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, Etc. Volume Twelfth July-December, 1853

      1853. London: George Bell, 1853. First Edition. Good in 1/2 brown leather and marbled paper covered boards with a damaged, gilt text, dark brown leather spine label and spine decorations and with all edges of the text block marbled. Asmall octavo measuring 8 1/4" by 6 1/2" with the front and rear hinges broken, but the spine back strip is in place and attached to the boards.Without a dust jacket.Contained on page 615 in the December 23, 1853 edition is a very early printing of Clement Moore's poem: "A Visit From St. Nicholas" which appears without any attribution. Interestingly, this version of the poem "carries the different names for two of the reindeer, "Dunder" and "Blixem" .... (Marshall, 37)

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        VILLETTE

      London: Smith Elder and Co. 1853. First edition. First edition. Three volumes. Contemporary quarter calf with title and volume number in gilt to the spine. Blue cloth boards. Bound without the publisherÂ’s catalogue to the rear of volume one. No half-titles called for. The bindings are firm but worn with evidence of a label having been removed from the upper board of each volume and a chip with loss at the head of the spine of volume three. The contents are well margined and without tears or loss. Each volume has a subscription library bookplate to the centre of the front pastedown and a crossed out ink name to the front endpaper. Other than the odd spot of foxing to a few page margins the pages remain clean and bright throughout. A very serviceable and strictly contemporary first edition of the last of Charlotte BronteÂ’s novels to be published in her lifetime. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.

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        The Book of Common Prayer … According to the Use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together With the Psalter, or Psalms of David

      New York: Appleton & Company, 1853. Engraved frontispiece and 3 engraved plates, additional hand-colored lithograph title by T. Sinclair. 670, 237, [3] pp. 12mo. Bound in full contemporary dark purple velvet, covers overlaid with gilt metal outer frame surrounding a thin gilt metal filligree border, front cover with central gilt cross, clasp, a.e.g., fine. Engraved frontispiece and 3 engraved plates, additional hand-colored lithograph title by T. Sinclair. 670, 237, [3] pp. 12mo. Griffiths 1853:27

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        Narrative of the Voyage of HMS Herald during the Years 1845 51

      

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        Bleak House.

      London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853. First Edition, first issue text, half-title present. Octavo, pp.624. Has all three typographical errors present in the first issue: p.19, line 6: "elgble"; p. 209, line 23: "chair" instead of "hair"; and p. 275, line 22: "counsinship" instead of "cousinship." Illustrations by H.K. Browne. In twentieth century half tan calf over marbled sides. Occasional thumbing/marking within, plates browned to margins, page edges toned, binding pleasingly aged. An attractive copy in a later binding which now has some vintage. Although many of Dickens most famous works are crawling with crime, it is just this title that can be firmly placed in the murder mystery category. 'Bleak House' is essentially a classic whodunit, professionally solved, which became only the second entry (after Poe's 'Tales') in the Haycraft-Queen cornerstone list of crime fiction. Dickens returned to crime fiction for his highly-rated final story, the 'Mystery of Edwin Drood' but this was unfinished and the case unsolved.... Within 'Bleak House' the author experiments with dual narrators and the story ranges from the dark and filthy Victorian slums to the landed aristocracy; Inspector Bucket is one of the earliest detectives to appear in fiction and was probably based on C.K. Field of the recently formed Scotland Yard. An essential mystery novel. Podeschi; Gimbel Catalogue Grolier Club Exhibition Catalogue (1913). Collins; Dickens and Crime (1962).Queen's Quorum. Book Collector No.273, p34. Graham Greene & Dorothy Glover; Victorian Detective Fiction (1966).

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        Traite de paleontologie ou histoire naturelle des animaux fossiles consideres dans leurs rapports zoologiques et geologiques. Tomes I - IV + Atlas. ( 5 books, complete edition!)

      Paris: J.-B. Balliere, 1853 -. - 584, 727, 654, 768 S. + 110 Taf. Bd. 1 - 4 + Atlas, in dieser vollständigen Form sehr seltenes Exemplar. Altersgemäß noch GUTER Zustand! Ehemaliges Bibliotheksexemplar mit Stempel innen, keine Rückensignatur. Halblederbände der Zeit, beschabt, bestoßen und foliiert. Bindung von Bd. 1 an Vorsatz angebrochen (keine losen Seiten). Seiten papier- und altersbedingt nachgedunkelt und teilw. braunfleckig, Text und Tafeln ansonsten sauber. Weitere Informationen und Fotos gerne auf Anfrage. Sprache: französisch. -- Tomes I - IV + Atlas, complete second edition! Former library books still in GOOD condition. Half leather bound book covers, rubbed, bumped and laminated. Binding of vol. 1 damaged (no loose pages). Pages slightly darkened and foxed, Text and plates otherwise clean. Language: French. petrominera_alt mbx 006 Sprache: Französisch Gewicht in Gramm: 6000 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Asiatic Mediterranean, and its Australian Port: the settlement of Port Flinders, and the Province of Albert, in the Gulf of Carpentaria...

      London: Printed for the Author, 26 August, 1853. Small octavo, frontispiece and two other plates, two folding maps; very good in the original red cloth, embossed in gilt to front, neatly rebacked. Uncommon: one of the marvellous works of imagination relating to inland Australia (one thinks of works such as Maslen's Friend of Australia or Fox's Account of an Expedition to the Interior of New Holland). The proposal is for a new northern port to be established at the Albert River, at the south-eastern reach of the Gulf of Carpentaria.The tone of Saunders' work is neatly captured on the world map: the proposed province of "Albert" takes in most of modern-day Queensland and Northern Territory, the entire region marked the "Plains of Promise". The map of "Albert" is excellent, as are the three very fine views of scenes on the Albert River. Throughout, the debt to the accounts of Flinders, King, Leichhardt and Stokes is apparent. Saunders also dwells on the importance of the region for trade with south-east Asia, and most particularly Singapore.The book was, as is noted on the title-page, printed by the author "for official and private information only", but is not as dramatically scarce as that might suggest: it is, nonetheless, not often offered for sale.

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        The Paradise lost of Milton; with illustrations by John Martin

      Printed for Henry Washbourne & Co. 25, Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row MDCCCLIII [1853], London - 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. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        HISTORIA GENERAL DE FRANCIA.: 4 VOL.

      - 1853-1854 Luis Tasso, Barcelona 4 vol. Trad. de Gregorio Amado Larrosa, A. de Burgos y Joaquin Perez Comoto. Grabados en b/n. 998; 1166; 741; 746 p. 31x21 cm. Enc. pie, con ribeteado dorad y nervios. Poco fatigado Para ver o recibir fotografías de los libros puede ir a nuestra web.

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        Bleak House.

      London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853. FIRST EDITION. First Issue, with all three typographical errors present: p.19, line 6: "elgble"; p.209, line 23: "chair" instead of "hair"; and p.275, line 22: "counsinship" instead of "cousinship", plus the errata printed in five lines. Octavo. pp. xvi, 624. Illustrations by Phiz. Publisher's blind-stamped green cloth lettered in gilt to spine, date in Roman numerals to foot. Bound from the parts, with half title, untrimmed, with crisp early impressions of the 'dark' plates.Text is clean, plates toned to edges. Cloth rebacked with original laid down, spine faded to brown, rubbed with some loss. Some marking to boards, faded to extremities. A very good, inexpensive copy in the original cloth. Smith 10 [Primary binding].

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        Der Rhein und die Rheinlande Vorgestellt in malerischen Original-Ansichten

      Gustav Georg Lange, Darmstadt 1853 - 488, iv; 346, [iv]; 248, [iv] pp. With 184 steel engraved plates, a large folding map and 3 engraved titles. Volume 1: Erste Abtheilung: von den Quellen des Rheins bis Mainz; volume 2: Zweite Abtheilung: von Mainz bis Koln; volume 3: Dritte Abtheilung: Von Koln bis an's Meer, Erste Section [until the Dutch border]. *Andres II, 774; *Engelmann II, 826. The first three volumes of this famous work showing the course of the Rhine, with topographical highlights. The fourth volume details the course of the Rhine from the Dutch border to the North Sea, so the Swiss and German section is complete in the three volumes here offered. 3 (of 4) volumes uniform half morocco, gilt decoration and decoration stamped direct to the spine, all edges marbled. Cover condition: Very good: corners and spine ends rubbed and minimally worn. Inside condition: Good: each plate with its tissue guard. Foxed throughout all three volumes, although mainly in the margins, a small tear in one of the (many) folds of the map. Ludwig Lange (1808-1868) was a German architect and architectural / landscape draughtsman. He studied architecture under Georg August Lerch, after which he worked with Georg Moller for 4 years. From 1830 onwards he studies landscape painting under Carl Rottmann, with whom he travelled to Greece in 1834. Lange became known through his series of lithographs 'Malerischen Ansichten der merkwurdigsten und schonsten Kathedralen, Kirchen und Monumenten der gotischen Baukunst am Rhein, Main und an der Lahn'. Ludwig Rohbock (1820-1883) was a German landscape and architectural draughtsman and steel engraver. He has drawn a huge amount of views of German cities and landscape, most of which were engraved by Johann Poppel. Very little else is known about the course of Rohbock's life. Johann Poppel (1807-1882) was a German copper and steel engraver, architectural draughtsman, landscape painter and publisher. He was taught engraving by Johann Martin Friedrich Geissler in Nurnberg. We have been unable to trace Johann Kolb. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Autograph Letter Signed, Hootenville, Upson County, Georgia, January 18, 1854 from a slave to his enslaved Mother

      quarto, two pages, formerly folded, some separations at fold intersections, some browning to paper, else in very good clean condition. An extremely rare and interesting letter written by a young man to his mother who is also held in slavery Walker was sold south some seven years earlier from North Carolina.* The letter is highly evocative and expressive of the time, place and the daily lives of slaves. The letter touches upon virtually every aspect of slave life, literacy, relations between master and slave, discipline, economics, sex, family: especially enforced separation and the desire to keep the extended family together. Walker's letter is a candid and frank relation of the world of a slave in his own words and as such constitutes especially valuable slave testimony. John W. Blassingame, in his ground breaking book Slave Testimony Two Centuries of Letters, Speeches, Interviews and Autobiographies, provides the following assessment of both the scholarly value and extreme rarity of slave letters, especially those written to family members: "Historians have long given top priority to personal letters in their efforts to ascertain the effect of events and institutions on people. When considering slaves, however, the scholar is immediately struck by the paucity of such material. Commenting on this phenomenon, one exasperated historian observed: "Direct evidence from the slaves themselves is hopelessly inadequate. Well over 90 per cent of them were illiterate, and even the small literate minority seldom found an opportunity to write or speak with candor… I know of not a single slave diary; and letters written by slaves are rare." Another scholar flatly asserted: "Slaves wrote no letters and kept no records."1 In spite of their high rate of illiteracy, many slaves wrote letters which have been preserved in several repositories… The letters vary considerably in credibility. Only those written by blacks to their relatives can be accepted as literally true. These familial letters generally have a high degree of credibility because of the element of unconciousness in them. Written with no expectations of publication, they contain a faithful and simple reporting of facts and conditions. On the other hand, slaves were highly conscious of what they said in letters to their masters. Convention in these letters was as strong as it was in personal relations between masters and slaves: a black man who had to take his hat off when talking to his master had to tip it symbolically in his letters by expressing his love, humility, and obedience." 2 "Dear Mother, I now seat my self to write to you once more to let you know that we are all well at this time. Jack and myself is doing well we are both well we are clearing in the new ground we have been clearing for the last three weeks I keep up with any of the men and one thing I cant be beaten cutting small grain We have had a bad crop year. My master allows his servants to make crops for our selves I made two hundred and sixty pounds of cotton and the reason that I don't sell it is that I am waiting to get 30 dollars for it I received your letter on the sixteenth day of January of which I was very glad to hear from you dated the 30th of December 1853. You say that Henry is to be sold and my Master says that if he is as healthy as he was when I came away from there he will give eight hundred dollars for him Delivered at Hootenville Upson County Georgia. Tell Master Green Saterfield3 if he is to be sold to receive him and return him to my Master for the amount of Eight Hundred Dollars you must write back to me as soon as you get this letter what is the lowest he will be sold for tell Henry he must leave his family and come I will give him thirty dollars to start on if he will come and a good wife a good home and a good master to live with I have been living with him nearly seven year and my self and Fanny never has had a lick since I have we have been here Mammy you must have this letter read to all of my kinfolks you write whether all of you whether all of you is to be sold or not tell Henry that this is a great place for black People if you and all your family was here I would not care for North Carolina tell Master Green to send me word how all his family is. Tell Henry there is some of the pretyest yellow girls out here he ever saw they are a great deal prettier than Ann Diggins ever was. My Mistress says enquire if Sally Smalls was any Relation to Major Middleton and Wm Kendall send me word if she is kin. Jack sends howdy to all of you and to his Daddy tell him he is sorter lazy. Tell sharlott we have not heard from Anna since we parted she went on with the speculators tell uncle Manuel howdy for me tell him I have got a likely yellow wife I have had one big Boy by her but he is dead I will close by sending my love to you all your son Moses Walker …" [sic] An exceptionally rare primary source document and record of slave testimony. Such letters are rarely found and are all but unknown in the market. * Moses Walker, ex-slave, is found in records from 1877 listed as 47 years of age and married, which would make him in 1854 about 24 years old. 1. Kenneth Stammp, "Rebels and Sambos: The Search for the Negro's Personality in Slavery," Journal of Southern History, XXXVII (August, 1971), pp., 367-392. Henry Irving Tragle, ed., The Southampton Slave Revolt of 1831 (New York, 1971) p. 5, 2. Blassingame, John W., ed., Slave Testimony Two Centuries of Letters, Speeches, Interviews and Autobiographies(Baton Rouge: 1977) pp., 3-4.3. The University of North Carolina Mss Collection contains some papers of Green Sattersfield, the former owner of Moses Walker, and the owner of the bulk of his family. Sattersfield was born in 1807 and died in 1879. For further information see: Woodson, Carter G., The Mind of the Negro as Reflected in Letters Written During the Crisis, 1800-1860 (1926) Starobin, Robert, Blacks in Bondage Letters of American Slaves (1974)

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        Biographies nationales. La Noblesse belge. Tome premier [seul].

      Bruxelles, Labroue, 1853. - in-4, 436pp. - 56 planches. Relié demi-veau glacé outremer, coins, dos à faux-nerfs finement orné de frises et arabesques dorées, tomaison. (Reliure de l'époque). L'illustration se compose de 29 planches présentant chacune un blason soigneusement colorié ; 14 lithographies en bistre ou en deux couleurs, montrant des châteaux ou des tombeaux ; 9 portraits lithographiés sur pelure de Chine appliquée ; 4 planches gravées au trait. Charles Poplimont, né à Termonde en 1821, est l'un des grands héraldistes belges, auteur de "La Belgique héraldique" en 11 volumes. Il s'occupe ici de la famille royale ; des familles d'Alcantara ; de Prisse ; de Rhodes ; de Bagenrieux de Lanquesaint ; Wolters ; de Pitteurs ; Van den Broucke de Terbecq ; de Giey de Villars ; de Beauffort ; de Mérode ; de Crombrugghe ; de Gerlache ; Duvivier ; etc. L'identification de ce bel et important ouvrage n'est pas aisée. Il aurait paru en livraisons entre 1856 et 1858 selon Lorenz !, entre 1849 et 1854 selon Quérard XI, p. 501, une notice de libraire décrit un volume identique à celui-ci à la date de 1850 (avec 54 planches) et annonce le second volume pour 1854. - Bel exemplaire, frais et bien relié. Quelques rares piqûres ou petites rousseurs claires, marge de quelques-unes des lithographies courte (légende tronquée). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Group of 4 uniformly bound works of Robert Surtees, illustrated by John Leech.

      London: Bradbury, Agnew & Co., Ld. - 4 titles set. Surtees,Robert; Leech,John (illus.) ; Mr.Sponge's Sporting Tour. By the Author of "Handley Cross," "Ask Mamma," "Plain or Ringlets?" "Mr.Romford's Hounds," &c., &c. With Illustrations by John Leech. n.d. (c.1853). (4), x, (2), 450, (2)pp. 29 full page b/w engravings on wood, 13 hand coloured engravings on steel, numerous b/w engravings on wood in text. Bound in 3/4 red calf and marbled boards, gilt title to spine, t.e.g. Marbled e.ps. Title page with a coloured engraving. Boards and spine somewhat worn at edges. Spine darkened. Top edge sl.stained and other edges foxing. Pages light foxing and some pages light spotted at margin. A plate ("Mr.Sponge Declares Himself") misbound as frontis. 22.7x15.6cm. / Surtees,Robert; Leech,John (illus.) ; "Ask Mamma;" or, the Richest Commoner in England. By the Author of "Handley Cross," "Romford's Hounds," "Sponge's Sporting Tour," &c., &c. With Illustrations by John Leech. n.d. (c.1858). (4), viii, (4), 423, (3)pp. 29 full page b/w engravings on wood, 13 hand coloured engravings on steel, numerous b/w engravings on wood in text. Bound in 3/4 red calf and marbled boards, gilt title to spine, t.e.g. Marbled e.ps. Title page with a coloured engraving. Boards and spine somewhat worn at edges. Boards rubbed. Spine darkened. Top edge sl.stained and other edges foxing and bottom edge spotted. Pages light foxing and some pages light spotted at margin. A plate ("The Ancestors of Our Hero") misbound as frontis. 22.8x15.8cm. / Surtees,Robert; Leech,John (illus.) ; "Plain or Ringlets?" By the Author of "Handley Cross," "Romford's Hounds," "Sponge's Sporting Tour," etc., etc. With Illustrations by John Leech. n.d. (c.1860). (4), x, (4), 398, (2)pp. 8 b/w plates, 12 hand coloured engravings on steel, numerous b/w illus.in text. Bound in 3/4 red calf and marbled boards, gilt title to spine, t.e.g. Marbled e.ps. Title page with a coloured engraving. Boards and spine somewhat worn at edges. Boards rubbed. Spine darkened. Top edge sl.stained and other edges browned. Pages light foxing and some pages light spotted at margin. A plate ("The Gipsy's Prophecy") misbound as frontis. 22.8x15.3cm. / Surtees,Robert; Leech,John (illus.); Browne,Hablot Knight (illus.), &c. ; Mr.Romford's Hounds. By the Author of "Handley Cross," "Hawbuck Grange," "Sponge's Sporting Tour," etc., etc. With Illustrations by John Leech, H.K.Browne, & c. n.d. (c.1865). (2), xii, 405, (3)pp. 4 b/w plates, 24 hand coloured engravings on steel, numerous b/w illus.in text. Bound in 3/4 red calf and marbled boards, gilt title to spine, t.e.g. Marbled e.ps. Title page with a coloured engraving. Boards and spine somewhat worn at edges. Boards rubbed. Spine darkened and sl.rubbed. Top edge sl.stained and other edges foxing and somewhat stained. Pages light foxing and some pages light spotted at margin. A plate ("Who am I!") misbound as frontis. 22.8x15.5cm. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        History of Scotland

      1853. First Edition . (SCOTLAND) BURTON, John Hill. The History of Scotland. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1853; 1867-70. Nine volumes. Octavo, early 20th-century full polished tan calf gilt, raised bands, green and black morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $3500.First edition of BurtonÂ’s esteemed history of Scotland, handsomely bound by Grieve of Edinburgh.ScotlandÂ’s historiographer-royal, Burton labored for 17 years on this account of his nationÂ’s history, from the Roman occupation to the final Jacobite rebellion of 1748. The work was not prepared in historical order (motivated in part “by a delicate reluctance to enter into manifest competition with his predecessor Tytler during the latterÂ’s lifetime,” DNB); the first portion to be issued (Volumes 8 and 9), in 1853, was thus the last chronologically, covering the years 1688-1748. “The work was eventually completed in 1870” (DNB). A fine set, handsomely bound.

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        Beiträge zur Landschafts-Gärtnerei. Zur Farbenlehre

      1853. PETZOLD, Eduard. Beiträge zur Landschafts-Gärtnerei. Zur Farbenlehre. ix, [1], 68 pp. Illustrated with ten numbered diagrams of which seven were coloured by a contemporary hand on four plates. Small 4to., 220 x 170 mm, bound in early black boards, gilt lettering on red paper spine label and initials in lower outer corner of front board. Jena: Druck und Verlag von Friedrich Fromman, 1853. |~||~||~||~| First Edition of an early monograph on colour in landscape design. Petzold's treatise lists flowers, trees, and shrubs in warm and cool tones which may be employed to please or challenge the eye, from a distance and up close, for different seasons and occasions. The hand-coloured illustrations are diagrams of colour relationships corresponding to passages in the text. Carl Eduard Petzold (1815-1891) began his landscaping career at the park estate of Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau. He was appointed court gardener at Weimar in 1844 but returned to Muskau in 1852 as garden inspector, a position he held until 1872, during which time he was also Director of Parks for the Netherlands. In all, Petzold designed more than 170 parks in six countries. Rare: OCLC finds just three copies in the U.S., at Columbia, the New York Botanical Garden Library, and Dumbarton Oaks. A facsimile of the present edition was published in 1991 by Brün-Verlag, a testament to its importance. This edition is scarcer internationally than Petzold's original Beiträge zur Landschafts-Gärntnerei, a shorter version published by Hoffmann at Weimar in 1849. Light foxing not affecting plates, wear to binding with some repair to spine, but a good copy. Osborne, Books on Colour (Petzold). Cf. Jekyll 1908. Not in Birren or Ron.

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        Voyage dans la Sud de la Bolivie, Voyage dans la Nord de la Bolivie

      Bertrand, Paris 1851 & 1853 - Firsts edition. VG condition. Two separate volumes attractively rebound by the New York Historical Society in full red library buckram with gilt titles in 1944. There are no library markings other than the gilt to the spines. Both bindings are tight and clean and in almost fine condition. The Sud volume has the original tan wrappers bound in and possibly rebacked, at least the rear wrapper anyway. With 400 pages of text within 24 chapters. The Nord volume does not have the original wrappers bound in. With 571 pages in 31 chapters with 2 engraved plates and a folding ampa in the rear which may have been rebacked. Also the half title I believe has been rebacked ( all professionaly done) with some occasional light scattered foxing. This volume with an inscription by the author to a Doctor? on the half title. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Oeuvres complètes

      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. Alexandre Houssiaux 1853 13x21,5cm 20 tomes en 20 volumes reliés

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        Novels

      1853. AUSTEN, Jane. Novels. Boston: Little, Brown, 1853. Five volumes. 12mo, contemporary full tan calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, black morocco spine labels. $12,000.First multi-volume American edition of the novels of Jane Austen, with engraved frontispieces in each volume, with fine New England provenance, in beautiful contemporary full calf-gilt.Although individual Jane Austen novels had been published in the United States as early as 1816 (Emma), it was not until 1853 that a multi-volume edition of her works was first issued. (The only previous attempt at issuing Austen's novels together in the United States had been a bowdlerized version in 1838 as ""two volumes in one."") Using the sheets of the 1851 London edition by Richard Bentley, Little, Brown and Company released this edition with cancel title pages in all volumes, listing both Little, Brown and Bentley as the publishers. Volume V, with both Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, still retains the original Bentley title leaf for Persuasion at pp. 213-14. Without the half titles to the first two volumes. See Gilson, 228-29. With contemporary ownership signature of ""E.D.S. Rackemann"" in all volumes but the fourth; with the ownership signature of her daughter, ""Louise Sedgwick Rackemann, Sept 1891,"" in all volumes. Born in Lenox, Massachusetts from the union of two illustrious New England families, Elizabeth Dwight Sedgwick would certainly have been the set's original owner; at her death in 1891, her daughter inherited the set. Quite rare: OCLC only lists seven copies, six of which are incomplete (or in one case, probably the 1853 London edition misidentified).Interiors generally fine with some light mostly marginal foxing to frontispieces; handsome contemporary calf bindings lovely and fine. A rare edition in excellent condition.

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        Bericht ueber eine Sendung nach Centralafrika in den Jahren 1850 und 1851 auf Befehl und auf Kosten der Regierung Ihrer Majestaet von Grossbritannien.

      Leipzig, Dyk'sche Buchhandlung, 1853. - XX, 358 S., 1 Bl. Mit 1 Karte. Halbleder der Zeit mit Rückengoldprägung. Lederecken. Marmorierter Schnitt. - Einband berieben. Vorsätze leimschattig und in den Innengelenken teils angplatzt (Gelenke fest!). Text (meist nur schwach) braunfleckig. Gutes Exemplar. Richardson war Leiter der englischen Expedition nach Zentralafika, an der auch Heinrich Barth und Adolf Overweg teilnahmen. Ziel der Expedition war die Anknüpfung von Handelsbeziehungen und die Abschaffung des Sklavenhandels. Im März 1850 startete das Unternehmen in Tripolis. Die Reise führte durch die Wüste nach Ghat und weiter durch das Air-Bergland nach Agades, einer Handelsstadt am Südrande der Sahara. Hier trennte sich die Reisegruppe. Richardson woltte von hier auf direkter Route den Tschadsee erreichen, während Barth und Overweg eine westlichere Route ausfindig machen wollten. Ein Wiedertreffen war für den April 1951 in Kuka, dem damaligen Hauptort von Bornu im mittleren Sudan vereinbart. Doch Richardson starb bereits am 4. März 1851 in Ngurutua, einem sechs Tagereisen von Kuka entfernten Dorf. Der Reisebericht Richardsons, der anhand seiner Tagebuchaufzeichnungen herausgegeben wurde, ist eine wichtige Ergänzung zu Barth's 5-bändigen Werk. Zeigt er doch die bald auftretenden Unstimmigkeiten zwischen dem englischen Expeditionsleiter und den deutschen Teilnehmern im Hinblick auf die Zielsetzung dieser Reise. Selten! - Henze IV, 593; Kainbacher I, 112; Embacher, 247; -. 480 Gramm. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Bleak House

      London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853.. FIRST EDITION. First Issue, with all three typographical errors present: p.19, line 6: "elgble"; p.209, line 23: "chair" instead of "hair"; and p.275, line 22: "counsinship" instead of "cousinship", plus the errata printed in five lines. Octavo. pp. xvi, 624. Illustrations by Phiz. Publisher's blind-stamped green cloth lettered in gilt to spine, date in Roman numerals to foot. Bound from the parts, with half title, untrimmed, with crisp early impressions of the 'dark' plates. Text is clean, plates toned to edges. Cloth rebacked with original laid down, spine faded to brown, rubbed with some loss. Some marking to boards, faded to extremities. A very good, inexpensive copy in the original cloth. Smith 10 [Primary binding].

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        Autograph letter signed

      1853. Signed. YOUNG, Brigham. Autograph letter signed. Great Salt Lake City, Utah, June 1, 1853. Single sheet of blue stationery, measuring 7-1/2 by 4-1/4 inches; p. 1. $3250.Exceptional autograph letter written entirely in Brigham Young's hand agreeing to provide an admirer with an example of his signature, signed by him.The letter, addressed to ""Mr. Wm H. Sweetler , Charlestown Mass,"" reads: ""G.S.L. City, Utah, June 1st, 1853. Sir, Being fond of obliging all persons, as far as consistant [sic], in compliance with your regard I furnish you these my autographs. Brigham Young."" The year that this letter was written, 1853, was a pivotal year for Brigham Young and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Crucially, in April, the Church broke ground on what would become the magnificent Salt Lake Temple, still Salt Lake City's most recognizable landmark. In 1853, Young also made the Church's first statement on polygamy since the Church's move to Utah. Polygamy—controversial even then—remains one of the best known tenets of Mormonism, even a decade after its abolition within the Church. Thus, this letter was written at a time when the Mormon Church was truly beginning to shape its identity with Young at the very center of its transformation. True Brigham Young signatures—as opposed to those by his scribes—are rather rare and do not appear on the market as often as might be expected given their desirability. Original foldlines and tiny circle stain, signature clear and legible. Fine condition.

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        Bleak House.

      London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853.. FIRST EDITION. First Issue, with all three typographical errors present: p.19, line 6: "elgble"; p.209, line 23: "chair" instead of "hair"; and p.275, line 22: "counsinship" instead of "cousinship", plus the errata printed in five lines. Octavo. pp. xvi, 624. Illustrations by Phiz. Publisher's blind-stamped green cloth lettered in gilt to spine, date in Roman numerals to foot. Bound from the parts, with half title, untrimmed, with crisp early impressions of the 'dark' plates. Text is clean, plates toned to edges. Cloth rebacked with original laid down, spine faded to brown, rubbed with some loss. Some marking to boards, faded to extremities. A very good, inexpensive copy in the original cloth. Smith 10 [Primary binding].

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        Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott

      1853. LOCKHART, John Gibson. Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1853. Ten volumes. Small octavo, contemporary full crimson calf, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, green morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $1750.Beautifully bound Edinburgh edition of LockhartÂ’s classic biography of Scott, with portrait frontispieces and additional engraved pictorial title pages in each volume.John Lockhart was ScottÂ’s son-in-law and resided on his estate for many years. “His greatest book was The Life of ScottÂ… He had admirable materials in ScottÂ’s letters and journals, but he turned them to such account that the biography may safely be described as, next to BoswellÂ’s Johnson, the best in the language” (DNB). Includes a fragment of ScottÂ’s autobiography, “composed by him in 1808Â… and discovered in an old cabinet at Abbotsford.” First published in 1837. Armorial bookplate.Some dampstaining to first few leaves of some volumes, bindings fine. A beautifully bound set.

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        Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon

      , 1853. 1853. First Edition . HERNDON, William Lewis and GIBBON, Lardner. Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon, Made under Direction of the Navy Department. Washington: Robert Armstrong; A.O.P. Nicholson, 1853-54. Three volumes. Octavo, original blind-stamped plum cloth. Housed together in custom clamshell box. $1500.First edition, mixed Senate and House issues, of this fascinating and richly illustrated narrative of South American exploration, with 52 tinted lithographs and 38 in-text wood engravings, accompanied by scarce portfolio volume of three folding maps tracing Herndon

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        Bleak House

      1853. First Edition . DICKENS, Charles. Bleak House. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853. Octavo, mid-20th century full straight grain tan morocco gilt, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, burgundy morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $2100.First edition, bound from parts, of one of Dickens’ most acclaimed novels, with 40 engraved illustrations by Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”), including frontispiece and vignette title page, handsomely bound by Bayntun.""In Bleak House for the first time [society] is seen as an absurdity, an irrelevance, almost a madness. A dark force from which the real people must escape in order to create another society of their own… [Dickens] had been preparing for this novel all his life and, despite the calamities… which had helped to provoke it in the first place, … was even happy while he was writing it… It might even be said that Bleak House cured the very malaise which was responsible for its composition"" (Ackroyd, 649-50). ""The Dickens cosmos, his phantasmagoric London and visionary England, emerges in Bleak House with a clarity and pungency that surpasses the rest of his work, before and after"" (Bloom, 311). Ten of the 40 plates are Browne's striking ""dark plates,"" deeply etched with a mezzotint-like chiaroscuro contrast (Hatton & Cleaver, 276). Without half title. This copy bound from the original parts, which were issued in 20 numbers, March 1852-September 1853. Smith 10. Gimbel A131. Eckel, 79. Podeschi A131. Interior generally clean; usual light embrowning to plates. Expert repairs to joints and corners. An excellent copy, handsomely bound.

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        Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon

      1853. First Edition . HERNDON, William Lewis and GIBBON, Lardner. Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon, Made under Direction of the Navy Department. Washington: Robert Armstrong; A.O.P. Nicholson, 1853-54. Three volumes. Octavo, original blind-stamped plum cloth. Housed together in custom clamshell box. $1500.First edition, mixed Senate and House issues, of this fascinating and richly illustrated narrative of South American exploration, with 52 tinted lithographs and 38 in-text wood engravings, accompanied by scarce portfolio volume of three folding maps tracing Herndon’s passage through the Andes and descent along the Amazon.After serving in the United States Naval Observatory, Lt. William Lewis Herndon was sent to the South Pacific and in 1850 was chosen to lead a “Pacific squadron to return through South America via the Amazon Valley,” an expedition planned in hopes of colonizing the region with slaveowners, thus eradicating slavery from the southern states, and as a means of preventing English merchants from establishing a cotton-producing industry along the river. Herndon left for Lima in January 1851, where it was decided he would approach the Amazon through Peru and Gibbon through Bolivian tributaries. After difficult passage through Peru, Herndon’s expedition reached Tingo Maria, at the confluence of the Monzon and Huallaga Rivers, and on September 25, 1851, “boats were fitted with decks and coverings, the American flag was raised and the Amazon was entered.” Herndon completed his descent of the Amazon in January 1851 and “after a month sailed for the United States. Herndon’s report, and that of Gibbon, who had successfully descended the Madeira and Amazon, provided a wealth of information” (Howgego, 283). Herndon submitted his complete survey to Congress on January 26, 1853. It contains “minute, accurate and very interesting accounts of the aborigines of the Andes, and the Amazon and its tributaries” (Sabin 31524) and was “instrumental in helping to open up the Amazon River to merchant ships of all nations” (DAB). Narrative of Volume I by Herndon, Volume II by Gibbon. With separate portfolio volume of three engraved folding maps to accompany Herndon’s account, containing: Valley of the Amazon, partially color-outlined and measuring 19 by 24-1/2 inches; Plan del curso de los Rios Huallaga y Ucayli y del la Pampa del Sacramento, measuring 11-1/2 by 17 inches, and Map of the Rivers Huallaga, Ucayli & Amazon, measuring 27 by 60 inches. Hill 803. Bookplates.Interiors remarkably clean, with only light scattered foxing, archival tape repair to one map at stub. Moderate rubbing to spine ends of original cloth. A handsome set in near-fine condition.

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        Speicher im Kanton Appenzell. Versuch einer geographischen, historischen und statistischen Beschreibung der Gemeine, seit dem ersten Kirchenbau bis auf die Gegenwart (1614-1850).

      Trogen, J. Schl

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        New and Improved Method for the Guitar

      1853. CARCASSI, Matteo. New and Improved Method for the Guitar. Boston: Oliver Ditson, (1853). Quarto, original blue paper boards rebacked. $1500.Early American edition of Carcassi’s famed classical guitar manual, with woodcut frontispiece depicting the proper way to hold a guitar, and including a brief introduction to musical notation.Carcassi’s Method (Op. 59) is still in use today as an instructional manual for beginning classical guitarists, and is “the first to tell how to play pizzicato with the guitar” (Annala & Mätlik, Handbook of Guitar and Lute Composers, 62). The Italian concert guitarist’s fame was eclipsed by that of his countryman and contemporary Ferdinando Carulli, who also authored a guitar “method.” First published in Paris in 1836. Text in English and French in parallel columns. This edition includes guitar duet arrangements for 12 songs popular in the United States at the time of publication. Faint owner signatures.Scattered light foxing to interior. Some staining and soiling to original paper boards; mild wear to extremities. An extremely good copy. Rare.

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        Popular Physical Geology...

      London: Reeve & Co. 1853. Octavo, 20 tinted lithograph plates; in the original blindstamped and gilt green cloth, with advertisements. Joseph Beete Jukes, best known in an Australian context as the naturalist and chronicler of the survey expedition of HMS Fly, was in fact a geologist. During his time in Australia (1842-5) he carried out major geological investigations which led to his highly important discoveries on the nature of the Great Barrier Reef - which formed a chapter in the official Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of HMS Fly. On his return to England he published A Sketch of the Physical Structure of Australia, which contained the first geological map of the continent.This present volume was intended as a popular guide to geology for a general audience. Despite its number of references to Australian geology, it is not recorded by Ferguson. A good copy.

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        Bleak House

      London: Bradbury and Evans,, 1853. Octavo (212 × 135 mm). Recently rebacked in purple crushed half morocco, green morocco label to spine lettered gilt, gilt raised bands to spine, tips refurbished, purple cloth sides, gilt rules to covers, buff endpapers, marbled edges. Etched frontispiece, vignette title-page, and 38 plates (including the 10 "dark" plates) by "Phiz" (H. K. Browne). A few light marks to covers, some rubbing to spine, a little wear to tips, small bump to fore edge of rear board, plates a little oxidised. An excellent copy. First edition bound from parts, with the first-issue textual points as listed by Smith. H. K. Browne had experimented with the "dark plate" technique in Dombey and Son (1848) but in Bleak House their sombreness added a new tone to the illustration of Dickens's books. "As Dickens's vision of society darkened, Browne adjusted his techniques, pioneering in the use of 'dark plates', where the plate was machine-ruled in parallel grooves which printed an almost uniform tone either before or after the figures and background were hand drawn. These brooding, atmospheric designs harmonized with the gloomy, foggy world of Bleak House and Little Dorrit" (Robert Patten in The Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens, 2011, p. 59).

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        Emaux et camées

      Second edition, first for some parts: augmented with two poemsContemporary black half shagreen over black paper boards, spine in five compartments with triple gilt compartments, double gilt fillet frame to covers, marbled pastedowns and endpapersRare autograph inscription from Théophile Gautier: "A mon ami Clapet...[To my friend Clapet]"A little spotting. Eugène Didier Paris 1853 9,5x15,5cm relié

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