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        1854 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT FOLDED LETTER DETAILING THE SHIPWRECK OF THE 'HUMBOLDT' NEAR HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA

      HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA LIVERPOOL ENGLAND 1854 - On offer is a super handwritten manuscript folded letter dated Halifax, January 5, 1854. The author details to his nephew John M. Lines "the unfortunate loss of the Humboldt." He describes the sinking which took place in less than an hour on December 5. The ship had taken on a pilot "He ran the ship against a ____ ____ which broke a part of the bow . . . leaking badly, in about half an hour sinking. She was filling with water . . ." Where this happened was about 12 miles from Halifax in a rocky place and "She soon became a total wreck." There were about 750 packages of cargo. "The loss must be heavy, on ship and cargo." The letter measures approx. 7 3/4" x 10". The Humboldt was a renowned ship of the New York and Havre Steam Navigation Co. The Cunard Niagara carried her passengers on to Boston. Research suggests this letter was carried to Liverpool aboard the Cunard Line's America. Numerous postal markings - most indistinct - but a nice clear Liverpool, JA 16, 1854 mark. Mailed to Paris. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall

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        1854 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT FORMAL REPORT ON THE SHIPWRECK OF THE BRIG EMILY

      Boston Massachusetts MA 1854 - On offer is an original handwritten account in beautiful calligraphic hand of the Shipwreck of the Brig Emily in 1854. This is a superb nautical piece of Americana being a formal inquiry account of the ill-fated ship. It also details a list of expenses paid to different people related to the wreck. Ten pages long and large folio size with numerous signatures. Here are some of the highlights of the account: "Sept 1 Sailed from Philadelphia. Sept 10 While at ancor in Holmes Hole, experienced a very severe gale from E.N.E. both anchors down and all chain out. The gale continued and at noon the brig was Hedging towards the shore. At 4 P.M. she struck, thumped heavily and began to leak, at 6 PM the gale increased, Vessel thumped heavily and leaked, as the sea increased it was deemed best to slip the chins and to let her drive further up, to prefent her pounding to pieces. At 11 the sea was still running high and the brig continue to thum. Sept 11 Heavy gales and sea. Vessel still thumping and the sea washing her. At 4 the tide ebbed and she remained quite still, with 2 ½ feet water in the hold. At 3 PM there was five feet water in her. Sept 12 HP Worth, Jn Howland and GD Smith found the Brig stranded in the west side of Holmes Hole, five feet water in the hold, the hull badly strained, rudder broken and unhung, rudder post damaged tiller and steering apparatus broken, whinglass bitts started, much running rigging chafed and parted, mainsail unseaworthy, fore top gallant sail badly torn, also the flying jib, main top mast stay sail badly chafed, both chains and anchors gone, guff topsail much torn, Stream hauser chafed and parted, channels on both sides started and some of the bolts broken. Sept 28 David Adams, Benjamin Spooner and Stephen Andrews examined the vessel at New Bedford, found her full of water and badly strained and the bottom so far as they could judge badly damaged. Rigging and sails have suffered much and are in bad condition. Recommended that she be taken upon the railway for further examination, Value of Vessel $1025." Calligraphic title on a manilla type paper wrapper with report enclosed. Folded. VG+. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall

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        Approved and Declared to be the Official Map of the State of California by an Act of the Legislature Passed March 25th 1853.

      New York, J.H. Colton 1854 - William M. Eddy Approved and Declared to be the Official Map of the State of California by an Act of the Legislature Passed March 25th 1853. New York: J.H. Colton, 1854 Hand-colored lithograph Framed size: 56” x 63” Condition: good; some discoloration along center crease

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        VICTORIA REGIA: OR THE GREAT WATER LILY OF AMERICA.

      Boston, 1854. - 20 1/2 x 26 1/2. (4), 16, (1) pages plus frontis after a drawing by Allen and 5 plates after drawings by Sharp. Recent boards with linen spine; facsimile of original title label on upper cover. The contents have been completely restored with the paper de-acidified and each leaf hinged on linen. Very good. A cornerstone of American color printing. William Sharp emigrated to Boston from England in the late 1830s and produced the first chromolithograph in the States in 1840. His career culminated in this work which Reese describes as "printed colors with a delicacy of execution and technical brilliance never before achieved in the United States." The success of Sharp's work is due in part to the fact that the five plates he designed were specifically intended to be printed by chromolithography. Most other practitioners of that time were just reproducing existing works of art. Allen's text provides a history of the cultivation of the lily which was introduced into England, after being discovered on the Amazon in the 1830s. Victoria had recently become queen and the lily was named in her honor. Allen's lily was given to him by Caleb Cope, to whom the book is dedicated. Cope, president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, was the first American to cultivate this lily. Reese 19, Bennett p. 2, Marzio Democratic Art pp. 18, 215, 279-80. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Oeuvres de François Rabelais, contenant la vie de Gargantua et celle de Pantagruel, augmentées de plusieurs fragments et de deux chapitres du Ve livre restitués d'après un manuscrit de la Bibliothèque Impériale, précédées d'une notice historique sur la vie et les ouvrages de Rabelais, augmentée de nouveaux documents par P. L. Jacob, bibliophile.

      J. Bry Ainé, Paris 1854 - Grand in-8 de 339 pp. + Table; demi-maroquin rouge à grain long à coins de maroquin rouge à grain long bordé d'un double filet doré, dos à quatre nerfs richement orné, tranche de tête dorée (reliure signée : René Aussourd). Premier tirage. - Edition rare, illustrée d'une centaine de figures sur bois, dont 1 frontispice et 14 grands sujets hors texte par Gustave Doré. Bel exemplaire propre et très bien relié (René Aussourd est un relieur qui fut le neveu de Charles Meunier et le premier doreur chez Chambolle-Duru avant de s'installer à son compte avant la guerre de 1914). Petite tâche sombre en pied de dos et intérieur des plats. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        GEMME D'ARTI ITALIANE

      STABILIMENTO NAZIONALE PAOLO RIPAMONTI CARPANO, MILANO-VENEZIA e VERONA 1854 - In 4° Pagine (6) 6 C.N.N.- XXXII/102 (6) Raffinatissima legatura in stile romantico finemente decorata e colorata e dorata ai piatti. Serie di 3 frontespizi di cui 2 in CARTA LUCIDA CON LITHOGRAFIA A COLORI e a caratteri diversi, uno riporta la dedica al "NOBILISSIMO SIGNORE D. EMANUELE FALCO' DUCA DI FERNAN NUNEZ E DI MONTELLANO Conte di Arco GRANDE DI SPAGNA - Sapiente Munifico Protettore di ogni Nobile Industria onde si onora il Bel Paese QUESTE GEMME D'ARTI ITALIANE Paolo Ripamontii Carpano OSSEQUIOSO O.D.C.". Testo inserito in cornice. Contenuti 9 titoli arricchiti da nove incisioni finissime dei più insigni maestri dell'epoca ( 4 sono del Gandini) tutte le incisioni sono marcate a rilievo con lo STEMMA P. RIPAMONTI CARPANO Illustratori: Michele Macchi - Agostino Antonio Grubissich - G. J. Pezzi - M. Gatta - Antonio Zoncada Lussuosa pubblicazione annuale che inizio nel 1845, fu sospesa tra il 1849 e il 1851 per riprendere nel 1852 Ottimo esemplare

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        A Roll of Household Expenses of Richard de Swinfield, Bishop of Hereford, During Part of the Years 1289 and 1290

      d 1290, 1854 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. The expenses roll of Richard Swinfield, considered to be John Webb's most significant work. Bound in half leather with marbled paper covered boards and gilt lettering. Rebacked with new endpapers. Richard Swinefield (d. 1317) was a medieval Bishop of Hereford. He earned a doctor of divinity as well as holding a number of ecclesiastical offices, including Archdeacon of London, before being named bishop. While bishop, he worked to secure the canonisation of Thomas de Cantilupe, his predecessor, whom he had worked for previously. Although he was active in his diocese, he spent little time in politics. John Webb (17761869) was Church of England clergyman and antiquary. He was a keen antiquary and was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1819. Learned in Latin and Norman-French, he was a talented palaeographer. He contributed several papers to Archaeologia, and also published works on Gloucester Abbey and Cathedral. He edited A Roll of the Household Expenses of Richard de Swinfield which was probably his most significant work. Condition: The binding is tight and firm. There is mild wear to the extremities, including bumping to the corners with some loss to the leather. Internally the pages are clean and bright with some mild spotting on the first and last couple of pages and the veryoccasional handling mark. There is an ink inscription on the front blank..

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        Journal d'un voyage aux mers polaires exécuté a la recherche de Sir John Franklin, en 1851 et 1852. précédé d'une notice sur la vie et les travaux de l'auteur par M. Julien Lemer.

      Perrotin,, Paris, 1854 - Cm. 22, pp. lvi, 414. Con il ritratto di Bellot all'antiporta, un fac-simile d'autografo ed una carta geografica dei mari artici più volte ripiegata fuori testo. Solida ed elegante legatura coeva in mezza pelle verde, dorso a nervi con bei fregi e titoli in oro. Piatti e sguardie marmorizzati, tagli colorati. Qualche lievissima fioritura, ma esemplare di grande bellezza, in perfetto stato di conservazione. Edizione originale di questo interessante resoconto della spedizione cui partecipò il Bellot partita nel 1851 alla ricerca di Sir John Franklin perdutosi tra le isole dell'Arcipelago artico. In questa spedizione il Bellot ebbe il comando di una nave e scoperse lo stretto tra la Boothia Felix e la terra di Somerset che ora porta il suo nome. A questa spedizione infruttuosa ne seguì una seconda partita l'anno successivo dove egli trovò la morte in un crepaccio. Delle sorti di J. Franklin in fine, solo nel 1859 si venne a sapere che, quest'ultimo e tutti i suoi uomini, erano morti di stenti nel 1847. Cfr. Sabin 4567. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Voyage dans le royaume de Grèce ; précédé de Considérations sur le génie de la Grèce, par Victor de Laprade.

      Paris, E. Dentu, 1854, - in-8, [4]-XLIV-[2]-392 pp., cartonnage Bradel de papier marbré, première couverture conservée (reliure moderne). Bon exemplaire.Edition originale, peu commune, de ce recueil d'excursions non datées dans la plupart des régions historiques de la Grèce : la région d'Athènes, Nauplies, Tirynte, Mantinée, Sparte, Argos, Larissa, Mycènes, Corinthe, Mégare, Eleusis, Thèbes, Delphes, les Thermopyles, Patras, Missolonghi, etc. L'auteur était consul de France à Athènes. Weber, Gennadius Library, 503. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Hrsg.). Hamburg in seiner gegenwärtigen Gestalt und seine reizende Umgebung. Hamburg, (1854 - 56). Mit lithogr. Titel und 60 Stahlstich-Tafeln v. Poppel u. Kurz nach J. Gottheil. Qu.-4°. Reich vergold. illustr. OLwd. m. Goldschnitt (etw. bestoßen).,

      1854 - Mit den bekannten und schönen Ansichten von Hamburg und seinen Gebäuden.- Buchblock vom Einband gelöst. Gewicht in Gramm: 500

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        L’Acropole d’Athènes. Publié sous les auspices du ministère de l’Instruction publique et des cultes.

      Paris, Firmin Didot Frères, Libraires, 1853- 1854 - 2 vol. in-8° ; 356 pp.-4 pl. h.-t. in-fine/392 pp.-4 pl. h.-t. in-fine, demi-maroquin rouge à coins, dos à nerfs, caissons à froid, rel. de l’époque signée de l’atelier « Ottmann-Duplanil », bel exemplaire. Brunet VI, 29369. Archéologue distingué, savant et écrivain, Beulé, tout juste arrivé à Athènes en 1853, fit poursuivre activement les fouilles de l’Acropole et eut le bonheur de retrouver l’entrée véritable de celle-ci, ses murs, ses tours et l’escalier. ÉDITION ORIGINALE. FIRST EDITION. VERY NICE COPY. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Kreuzesblumen katholischer Legenden von Dr. I. F. Castelli. (Noch ungedrucktes Manuskript).

      [Wien, nicht vor 1854]. - Eigenh. Manuskript. Kalligraphiertes Titel- und Widmungsblatt, 216 nicht numerierte Seiten. Mit einem lithographierten Portrait des Dichters. Zeitgenössischer Leinenband mit goldgeprägter Deckelvignette, Rückentitel und -vergoldung. Blindgeprägte Deckelfileten und Eckstücke, Seidenmoireevorsätze, dreiseitiger Goldschnitt. 4to. Das hier vorliegende Werk sollte - entgegen Castellis Annahme am Titelblatt - ungedruckt bleiben; weder bei Kosch, der neben einer Bibliographie der knapp zweihundert veröffentlichten Werke Castellis auch eine Aufstellung der nicht gedruckten bringt, noch bei Wurzbach findet sich ein Hinweis auf den vorliegenden Titel. Wie aus dem kalligraphierten Widmungsblatt hervorgeht, hatte Castelli sein lyrisches Alterswerk zur Dedikation an "Seine Heiligkeit Papst Pius IX." vorgesehen. Das Manuskript durchgehend in der sauberen Kurrentschrift Castellis, die Titel und Überschriften jeweils kalligraphisch hervorgehoben. Einige Gedichte (u. a. "Bischof Ludgerus", "Die Schildwache Gottes" u. "Der Braten") - ebenfalls eigenh. von Castelli - mit blauem Farbstift korrigiert. Der Humorist und Dramatiker Castelli, der zu Lebzeiten als "der populärste Dichter Österreichs" (Wurzbach, zit. nach DBA I, 183, 63) galt und dessen Gedichte u. a. "von Goethe mit Lob bedacht" (Kosch II, 531) wurden, widmete sich im Alter neben der Niederschrift seiner Memoiren vor allem humanistischen und sakralen Werken. - Am fliegenden Vorsatzblatt der eigenhändige Besitzvermerk von Castellis Tochter Emilie Weyringer-Castelli; später Teil der Autographensammlung des berühmten Wiener Mediziners Rudolf Ritter von Vivenot (1807-1884, vgl. DBE). Vivenot, "einer gesuchtesten und beliebtesten Ärzte" seiner Zeit (Wurzbach zit. nach DBA I, 1309, 333), erwarb von Castelli selbst schließlich auch dessen Alterssitz, das Gut Berghof in Lilienfeld (nach Wurzbach in: DBA I, 183, 60 [Castelli] und 1309, 313 [Vivenot]). - Der dekorative Einband an den Ecken und Kapitalen etwas berieben, innen papierbedingt minimal gebräunt; im Ganzen sehr ansprechend gestaltetes und gut erhaltenes Widmungsmanuskript. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Poetical Works - With a Life, by Rev. Alexander Dyce

      Boston: Little, Brown, 1854 - From the Library of Ulysses S. Grant. Each volume bears the gift bookplate, incorporating the seal of Boston: "Lieut. Gen. U.S. Grant. From Citizens of Boston. January 1 1866." At the end of Civil War, to show their appreciation of his military service, Boston gave a large collection of literary works to Grant with this bookplate inserted in each volume. On January 16, Grant sent his thanks to the committee responsible for raising the funds for the gift: "Yours of the 1st - announcing that a collection of Books has been sent to me by Gentleman of Boston is received. Through you, permit me to return my thanks - The kind expression of confidence conveyed on the note announcing this valuable and substantial present will be preserved by me as possessing an extrinsic value beyond that of goods which can be bought with money" (GRANT, ULYSSES S.) 3 vols., Small 8vo. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Pope. Contemporary half tan calf over marbled boards, gilt spines, black leather lettering pieces, marbled endpapers and edges, uniform with boards [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        [Lundholm] Förteckning öfver en dyrbar samling böcker och manuskripter, bland hvilka många äro särdeles sällsynta, samt sköldebref, dessutom kartor, gravyrer, planschverk, mynt m.m.,

      hvilket allt kommer att å Bok-auktionskammaren i Stockholm att försäljas onsdagen den 18 oktober 1854, och efterföljande auktonsdagar. Sthlm, J. Beckman, 1854. 8:o. (2),208 s. Häftad, oskuren och ouppskuren i grönt tryckt omslag. Gamla blyertsnoteringar på främre omslaget. Bra ex.. Almquist Sveriges bibliografiska litteratur 4636. Samlingen tillhörde kungl. sekreteraren A. M. Lundholm (1803-64) och innehöll 4174 nummer. Myntavdelningen är endast 14 nummer, men de är väl beskrivna

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        Promenade Pittoresque par A. Fontanési intérieur de Genève. 20 litografie originali

      Genève 1854 Promenade Pittoresque par A. Fontanési intérieur de Genève. Antonio, Fontanési (Reggio nell'Emilia, 23 febbraio 1818 ? Torino, 17 aprile 1882). Genève, Pilet & Cougnard, Editeurs, 1854. 20 litografie originali: 56 x 38,5 compreso i margini bianchi. 24,4 x 15,5 la stampa. Le bellissime litografie (originali) sono 20, una ha un piccolo difetto. Le stampe sono tutte sottotitolate. Artista di statura europea, nonostante sia probabilmente uno dei più grandi pittori italiani dell' '800, è rimasto a lungo sconosciuto al grande pubblico ed è stato poco considerato dalla critica, tranne l'interessamento di alcuni grandi artisti come Carlo Carrà. Di temperamento romantico, nei suoi paesaggi, ricchi di notazioni intimiste e caratterizzati da un'atmosfera malinconica, espresse una straordinaria capacità evocativa, influenzata dalla conoscenza diretta delle opere di Corot e dei Barbizonniers da una parte e di Constable e di Turner dall'altra.. Leggerissime fioriture sparse nei margini bianchi.

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        Verhandelingen der Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen, Eerste - Negen en Twintigste Deel (29 volume set) Met Platen, (Essays of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Volumes 1-29)

      Johannes Muller / C. G. van der Post, Amsterdam 1854 - This is a complete set of 29 volumes of bound essays, some essays in Dutch, the rest in English, from the Royal Academy of Sciences. Each volume contains a table of contents, 5 to 10 essays (about 200-250 pages per volume), all illustrated, bound in their original blue cloth bindings. 4tos., 9x11". They are Ex-library copies: bookplate at pastedowns, gilt stamp at foot of spines; withdrawn and perforated stamps at title pages. No envelopes; no stamping to plates or text. The covers are a bit scratched, but gilt titles are complete and bright. Other than a light tanning of pages, the contents of this set have remained bright and unmarked. Solid bindings. The highlight of this set is the collection of plates; the diverse group of articles is presented with numerous large, fold-out plates that are both interesting and well-preserved. Essays cover the physical and biological sciences, flora, fauna, anthropology, mathematics, astronomy and other arms of science. This set predates the first and second Sections of the Academy of Sciences series. This set was published between 1854 and 1892. As there are over 150 individual titles in this set, we can not list every one; however, digital images or a sampling of two dozen or so titles and authors is available upon request. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        1854 & 1855 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTERS BY FAMED KANSAS ARCHITECT, CIVIL WAR OFFICER AND CHIEF QUARTERMASTER OF THE ARMY OF THE FRONTIER AND ALMUNUS OF BROWN UNIVERSITY

      Providence Rhode Island RI Topeka Kansas KS 1854 - On offer are two [2] autograph letters signed (ALS) dated 1854 and 1855 by famed Kansas architect, Civil War Officer and Chief Quartermaster of the Army of the Frontier, J. G. Haskell. "He deservedly ranks with the most skillful architects of the West. In nearly every considerable village in Kansas are found monuments of his taste and skill." William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas. These are written before Haskell had ventured out West to make his name in the Civil War and later forever immortalized as he constructed the State House, State Capital and State University as well as a number of other important buildings. Beautifully written, six full 8" x 10" pages, he writes his old school chum with a delightful articulation and rich prose to Charles W. Gillette and talks of the academic life, current events and College boy shenanigans amongst many other things. Original Envelope with stamp address to Gillette at Humpheyville is included. One letter from Brown University, (1854), the other from Boston.(1855). BIO NOTES: JOHN G. HASKELL, who made a reputation both as a soldier and an architect, was born in Chittenden County, Vermont, February 5, 1832, and was educated at Wesleyan Academy, Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. In 1855 he entered an architect's office in Boston, and two years later settled at Lawrence, Kansas. During the Civil war Captain Haskell served as assistant quartermaster general of Kansas, as quartermaster of the Third Kansas and the Tenth Kansas Volunteers, as captain and assistant quartermaster on the staff of Gen. James G. Blunt, and chief quartermaster of the Army of the Frontier. In 1866 he was made architect of the state house, building the east wing, and as state architect subsequently constructed much of the capitol; also the State University, Snow Hall, the insane asylums at Topeka and Osawatomie, the reform school at Topeka and the reformatory, were all designed and largely built by him. Here are some snippets: Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, Saturday Eve December 23, 1854, "I am unemployed a few moments this eve that is some tired and thought something like vicration might invigorate my sleeping sensibilities a little What is the news at old Wilbraham. I often think of that old home for their I have passed some of the most pleasant hours of my life: "the Club" - How does she prosper this term? I wish there was something of that kind here in college There are two debating societies and what are they why they are just nothing at all that's what they are destitute of all interest or anything above the kind of society like the "Old Club" is rare stock in academic markets or within the precincts of college either: There was and is I dare say now a sort a brotherly love and friendship existing between the members of the society. I love to see the muss in the reading Room.I think Miss Lawrence and Hosmer (?) do not move in the same circle: did you call on Ms. L. I passed an hour or so with her quite pleasantly when I was there. She informed me she intended visiting W. this winter .Anything like the outside excitement of an Academy is not found in college, scholarship is the principal most to which the crowd are rushing the Best scholars By the way: Have you heard of the fall of Sevastopol? Humbugs personified- Well now to be Honest Prov. (Providence) was all on live this be with the news of "Sevastopol is taken." Boston papers were quick . I wonder if those newsboys did make a pretty good spic out of the report doubtless you will hear all of this before my letter reaches you.This is the most wonderful age truly disasters and "ship recks" at sea private firms and banks coming in upon the shore. Barnum's Autobiography (P.T. Barnum) and the Siege of Sevastopol* from newspaper talk together with the Nebraska bill and Know Nothing is in to connect the political chain and make 1854 a year long to be remembered in the history of the world as

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        Senate Document: Maps and Views to accompany Message and Documents 1854-5 Part III. Illustrations belonging to Reports accompanying the Message. Senate: 33d Congress, 2d Session Ex. Doc. No. 1.

      Washington: A.O.P. Nicholson, Printer. 1854 - 9 inches x 11 7/8 in., title-page with list of contents on the reverse. With a total of 45, various size maps and plans, a number of these are full-size folding maps, others are smaller, fold-out maps or plans, and some are small, single sheet detail items. Blindstamped black cloth with titling gilt on the spine and front cover. The outer covers show some spotting, light wear; brown spotting (foxing) to the endpapers, flyleaves, prelims., some age related tanning to the maps, with occasional light damp or other spotting. The map & plans relating to Cleveland, Ohio Harbor show wear, tanning, some perforations along one of the folded edges of the map; three inch tear to the map of the Mouth of Gallien River, Michigan; creasing, tanning to the map of Grand River, Ohio Harbor. Most maps are in very good condition. Ink inscription by the early owner on the free front endpaper: J L Ireland July 1855 From Hon'l H[amilton] Fish U. S. Senator.". With the bookplate of Cleveland, Ohio based book collector, William G. Mather (1857-1951), on the front paste-down endpaper. Some of the areas mentioned: Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Iowa, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio, Washington, D.C., New York; Isthmus of Darien (in site of proposed inter-oceanic navigation) many maps/plans concern river and harbors. Report contents with numbers of maps/plans: Illustrations accompanying the Report of the Commissioner of the General Land Office: numbers: 1-8; Illustrations accompanying the Report of the Commissioner of Public Buildings; 1-4; Illustration accompanying the Report on the National Hospital fot the Insane: 1; Illustrations accompanying the Report of the Colonel of Topographical Engineers: 1-31; Illustration accompanying the Report of the Chief of Ordnance and Hydrography: 1. (Officers Quarters at Annapolis). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Ornamental Flower Garden and Shrubbery: Containing coloured figures and descriptions of the most beautiful and curious flowering plants and shrubs cultivated in Great Britain. Selected from the works of John Lindley R. Sweet and D. Don to which are added English descriptions, and the most recent practical hints on culture, propagation, etc. by a practical floriculturist, 4 volumes, complete.

      London: G. Willis, , First edition 1854 - Pp. (vi, iv, iv, iv), 576, with 288 hand-colored engraved plates (some heightened with gum arabic, 6 folding) after Sarah Anne Drake, E. Dalton Smith, William Herbert, and others, by Weddell, Bailey, Barclay and others. Contemporary light brown calf, gilt-tooled and blind-stamped, spine with red and black morocco labels for title and volume number, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, lg 8vo (237 x 150 mm). This fine set features the work of some of the greatest British botanical artists of the period - it is based on the earlier works by Lindley, Sweet and Don. Of the three, only Lindley was alive at the time of this re-issue, which was updated with text by an unidentified "practical floriculturalist". A rare work that is seldom offered. One folding plate (no. 153) in vol. III is split at fold and professionally hinged with cloth, a few faint scuff marks to the outer edges of volume I and to the rear side of volume II, the text and fine hand-colored plates of all four volumes are exceptionally bright and clean, the superb period binding is also near faultless; a beautiful copy in near fine condition.

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        A CENTURY OF FERNS

      William Pamplin 1854 - 1st 1854. Good condition with no wrapper. Being figures with brief descriptions of 100 new, or rare, or imperfectly known species of ferns, from various parts of the world. Leather spine with gilt titles. 100 colour plates. Spine edges are worn. Corners are bumped. Front and rear joints cracked. Inscription in ink to title page. Some light foxing. Illustrations are bright. [S] [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        History of the Indian Tribes of North America,

      Philadelphia, D. Rice and A. N. Hart,, 1854. with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs... 3 volumes, octavo (260 × 164 mm) original red hard-grain morocco, raised bands to the spine, title gilt direct to the spine, compartments gilt, elaborate gilt panelling with arabesque and foliate tools to the boards, all edges gilt, inner gilt dentelles. With coloured lithographic frontispiece and 120 hand-coloured lithograph portraits. Strictly contemporary gift inscription to the front free endpapers of each volume, modern book-label of Duncan Guthrie beneath. Some light shelf-wear, cream endpapers darkened through oxidization, light browning and some scattered foxing, but a very handsome set. Second octavo edition. A highly successful publication running to five impressions within the first few years of publication. The same plates were used for all the early editions of this work and their quality remained high up to the third or fourth edition. Perhaps for this reason the usual prejudice against any but the first printing of a work is suspended and what really seems to matter here is the quality of the binding and the impressions of the plates. The present set is in excellent condition, both internally and externally, the better quality morocco binding still very sharp. McKenney, who was superintendent of [American] Indian trade from 1816-1822 and headed the US Bureau of Indian Affairs from 1824-1830, collaborated with James Hall, the Illinois journalist, lawyer, state treasurer and from 1833 Cincinnati banker, to produce this book. The text, which was written by Hall based on information supplied by McKenney, takes the form of a series of biographies of leading figures amongst the Indian nations, followed by a general history of the North American Indians. The work is now famous for its colour plate portraits of the chiefs, warriors and women of the various tribes, faithful copies of original oils by Charles Bird King painted from life in his studio in Washington (McKenney commissioned him to record the visiting Indian delegates) or worked up by King from the water-colours of the young frontier artist, James Otto Lewis. The original paintings were destroyed in the disastrous Smithsonian fire of 1865 so their appearance in this work preserves the only known likeness of many of the most prominent Native American leaders of the early 19th century. This was the most elaborate plate book produced in the United States to date, and its publication involved a number of different printers and lithographers.

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        HISTORY OF THE INDIAN TRIBES OF NORTH AMERICA, WITH BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES AND ANECDOTES OF THE PRINCIPAL CHIEFS. EMBELLISHED WITH ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY PORTRAITS.

      Philadelphia: T.K. & P.G. Collins for D. Rice & A.N. Hart, 1854. - Three volumes. 120 hand-colored lithographic plates by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia, most after Charles Bird King. Contemporary American red morocco gilt, covers elaborately blocked with a panelled design, a.e.g. Extremities lightly rubbed. Internally clean. Colors bright and fresh. Very good to near fine. Fine copy of the second octavo edition of McKenney and Hall's classic work, after the first octavo edition of 1848-50, reduced from the folio format first published between 1836 and 1844. The plates for the first four octavo editions were all produced by the same lithographer, J.T. Bowen, and the same high quality of printing and coloring of the plates is found throughout. McKenney and Hall's INDIAN TRIBES OF NORTH AMERICA has long been renowned for its faithful portraits of Native Americans. The portrait plates are based on paintings by the artist Charles Bird King, who was employed by the War Department to paint the Indian delegates visiting Washington, D.C., forming the basis of the War Department's Indian Gallery. Most of King's original paintings were subsequently destroyed in a fire at the Smithsonian, and their appearance in McKenney and Hall's magnificent work is thus our only record of the likenesses of many of the most prominent Indian leaders of the 19th century. Numbered among King's sitters were Sequoyah, Red Jacket, Major Ridge, Cornplanter, and Osceola. After six years as superintendent of Indian Trade, Thomas McKenney had become concerned for the survival of the western tribes. He had observed unscrupulous individuals taking advantage of the American Indians for profit, and his vocal warnings about their future prompted his appointment by President Monroe to the Office of Indian Affairs. As first director, McKenney was to improve the administration of Indian programs in various government offices. His first trip was during the summer of 1826 to the Lake Superior area for a treaty with the Chippewa, opening mineral rights on their land. In 1827 he travelled west again for a treaty with the Chippewa, Menominee, and Winnebago in the present state of Michigan. His journeys provided an unparalleled opportunity to become acquainted with American Indian tribes. When President Jackson dismissed him from his government post in 1830, McKenney was able to turn more of his attention to his publishing project. Within a few years he was joined by James Hall, a lawyer who had written extensively about the West. Both authors, not unlike George Catlin, whom they tried to enlist in their publishing enterprise, saw their book as a way of preserving an accurate visual record of a rapidly disappearing culture. McKenney provided the biographies, many based on personal interviews, and Hall wrote the general history of the North American Indian. HOWES M129. McGRATH, p.206. MILES & REESE, AMERICA PICTURED TO THE LIFE 53 (1st octavo ed). SABIN 4341 (ref). SERVIES 4028.

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        Himalayan Journals or Notes of a Naturalist, in Bengal, the Sikkim and Nepal Himalayas, Khasia Mountains Etc. [2 Vols.]

      John Murray, London 1854 - Bound in brown half leather with gilt stamped title, rules, and decoration to ribbed spine, marbled paper to boards and speckling to edges of pages. Includes all plates and maps. Both volumes with wear to edges and corners of leather and boards, scuffing and light scratching to marbled paper of boards, and some foxing throughout, heavier to plates and cloth backing of foldout maps, and with light elliptical outlines of a sticker shadow to title pages. Damp stain to leather of spine of first volume (only visible in contrast to unaffected areas of leather of front board) with damp affecting corners of cloth backing to cloth mounted maps bound into rear, and top inside corner of plates, one page creased and a few small spots of soiling to interior, small tear to bottom edges of frontis and title page at gutter, erratum fragmentary and pasted to title page. Second volume with scratch to leather of front board, bumped corners, damp stain to top corner at head of spine, but continuing onto the front and rear, nearly half the length of the spine for rear, damp affecting top edges of plates. Size: 8vo [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        South Australia. Map of South Australia, New South Wales, Van Diemens Land and Settled Parts of Australia, with plans of the City of Sydney, and of the town of Adelaide.

      James Wyld, Ca 1854, Charing Cross East, London: - The map extends from Wide Bay in the north to Wilsons Promontory in the south. Insets of Adelaide, Western Australia, Van Dieman's Land, and Sydney. The title on the map is: Map of South Australia, New South Wales, Van Diemens Land and Settled Parts of Australia. Dedicated to Major Sir T. L. Mitchell . surveyor of New South Wales. The map shows both Australia Felix and Victoria and includes Gold Deposits and Railroads; the northern border of New South Wales shown. Folded, dissected and mounted on linen, fresh and clean. With the original dark green slipcase with white and gray label with black decorative floral border; very good. Slipcase rubbed at corners, marked on verso; later spine label partially torn away. Tooley 1420. Map in original outline color, 38 1/2 x 26 1/4". Very good.

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        PLAZA DE TOROS DE LA HABANA. DECIMA CORRIDA DEL PRIMER ABONO, PARA EL DOMINGO 16 DE JULIO DE 1854, A LAS 5 DE LA TARDE [caption title].

      Havana. 1854. - Broadside, 12 1/2 x 8 inches. Printed on green paper. Old fold lines. Light wear and soiling, minor separation at some folds. A few contemporary notations. Very good. Cuban broadside advertising a bullfight featuring the matador Don Manuel Rodriguez Lanza and the "8 toros de muerte." The top of the sheet features a woodcut of a matador holding his cape out to a bull. The first swordsman for the fight is Manuel Diaz Lavi, with two alternates listed. The Banderilleros and the Picadores for the fight are also listed by name. Bullfighting was a popular entertainment in Cuba during the Spanish colonial period, though it was done away with after Cuban independence at the beginning of the 20th century.

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        The Russians in Bulgaria and Rumelia in 1828 and 1829, during the campaigns of the Danube, the sieges of Brailow, Varna, Silistria, Shumla, and the passage of the Balkan by Marshall Diebitch.

      London, John Murray, 1854. - 8vo. VI, (2), 476 pp. With folding map and 12 battle-plans on 11 folding plates. Original red cloth with giltstamped spine title. First English edition of Moltke's "Der russisch-türkische Feldzug in der europäischen Türkei 1828-1829" (Berlin 1845). A brilliant account of the Russo-Turkish War of 1828/29, sparked by the Greek War of Independence. "BM 162:392 attributes the translation to Lady Duff Gordon" (OCLC). The preface erroneously states the autor to be dead. - Occasional insignificant foxing; some wear to extremeties. OCLC 3800702. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Shooting in the Himalayas. A Journal of Sporting Adventures & Travel in Chinese Tartary, Ladac, Thibet, Cashmere etc.

      London: Richard Bentley 1854 - 8vo. (xii) + 375 p.p.Engraved half title, guarded lithographic frontis. (of bear stalking) + 7 other tinted lithographic plates + 15 woodcut vignettes in text + b/w folding map.Plates by Sir E. P. Campbell, engraved by Hullmandel & Walton.Original decoratively blind & gilt stamped cloth, vignette of ibex to front bd., gilt vignettee to back bd., spine decoratively gilt.Rubbed & with some stains to bds., corners knocked & worn, spine browned, spine extremities worn & with some fraying of edges.E.p.'s mottled, frontis foxed & with stain to lower left hand corner (not affecting engraved surface), other plates with spotting & mottling to margins.Ibex plate damaged; image sound bar small stain to upper right hand corner, but margins torn, creased & frayed, with some loss to base (though title & engraver's notes present)C. 1.5 in. diagonal tear to Buspa Valley plate.Map foxed & with 1 cm.nick to lower margin.Occasional spotting but text generally clean, tight & good.G+ [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Shooting in the Himalayas A Journal of Sporting Adventures and Travel in Chinese Tartary,Ladac, Thibet, Cashmere Etc

      Richard Bentley, London 1854 - Large 8vo.1854. 375pp. Folding map + 8 litho plates. (some marginal foxing to plates). Browning to fore-edges. Good.Bound in half calf gt and marbled paper-covered boards. Light fading to spine and top edges of boards. Good and gilt bright. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Walden; or, Life in the Woods

      Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854. First edition. 12mo (7-1/4 x 4-3/8 inches). Illustrated with a title vignette of Thoreau's cabin in the woods and a engraved plan of Walden Pond. 357, [1, blank] pp. Original brown vertical ribbed cloth with covers decoratively stamped in blind and spine ruled in blind and lettered in gilt, pale yellow coated endpapers, with 8-page publisher's advertisements dated April 1854 bound in between rear endpapers (no priority established among the catalogues), some wear to spine extremities and corners, gilt on spine very slightly darkened, bookplate on front pastedown, a few small ink marks on Contents page, upper corner of text mildly dampstained throughout, some intermittent light soiling in text, small portion of lower corner of pp. 117-8 missing, overall, a very good copy, housed in green cloth clamshell case. Allen, pp. 8-10; Borst A2.1.a; BAL 20106; Grolier, American 63 . Nice unsophisticated copy

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        The Waverley Novels

      Edinburgh, A. and C. Black,, 1854. 48 volumes, small octavo (160 × 97 mm). Contemporary tan half calf, double morocco labels crimson and green, elaborate tooling to spines in compartments, marbled boards, endpapers and edges. Illustrated frontispiece and title page to each volume. Bookplates to front pastedown and front free endpaper of volume I, the rest with bookplates just to pastedowns, the occasional minor blemish, some light scuffing to boards, overall in excellent condition. A bright and decorative library set of Scott's works.

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        Histoire de la peinture en Italie

      Lévy, Paris 1854 - STENDHAL ~ Histoire de la peinture en Italie.~ Paris, Michel Lévy frères, 1854, in-12, demi-maroquin à coins anthracite, dos à cinq nerfs, 432 pp. Dédié à Napoléon le Grand, empereur des français. Seule édition complète, entièrement revue et corrigée, rare [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        OEUVRES COMPLETES. TOMES I à XXX. REPRODUCTION TEXTUELLE DE L'EDITION DE 1815-1820 DE A. LEBEL, IMPRIMEUR DU ROI A VERSAILLES AUGMENTEE DE L'HISTOIRE DE BOSSUET PAR LE CARDINAL DE BAUSSET.

      LOUIS VIVES 1854 - R260128066: 30 volumes d'environ 350 à 650 pages. Frontispice en noir et blanc dans le tome 1. Assez bon état général. Une dizaine de dos fendus ou coupés. Légers manques sur quelques dos. Pages non coupées sur 17 tomes. Quelques tomes aux pages en partie coupées. In-12 Broché. Etat d'usage. Couv. légèrement passée. Dos fané. Intérieur frais Classification Dewey : 840-Littératures des langues romanes. Littérature française [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        The Works of Oliver Goldsmith [4 Volume Set]; [with] The Life and Times of Oliver Goldsmith By John Forster [2 volumes] [6 Volumes Bound as a set]

      John Murray, London 1854 - 6 volumes, uniformly bound in a sumptuous 3/4 dark green morocco over marbled boards by Zaehnsdorf of London for Bartlett of Boston, spines with raised bands ruled and decorated in gilt, covers bordered in gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers (spines uniformly faded to a lustrous brown; bookplates in each volume; occasional traces of wear; ink stain to the foredge of 1 volume). A STUNNING SET. Includes various poetical works, dramatic farces, etc. in addition to the familiar novels; plus editor Cunningham's preface.

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        The Newcomes : memoirs of a most respectable family / edited by A. Pendennis, Esqre. ; illustrated by Richard Doyle - [complete in 2 volumes]

      London : Bradbury & Evans, [1854-55] - Physical desc.: 2 v. : ill. ; 22 cm. Subject: Families - England - Fiction. Family - England - Fiction. English fiction - 19th century.Other names: Doyle, Richard, 1824-1883, [ill.]. Referenced by: Sterling Library, I,971. Finely bound both in contemporary aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with contrasting morocco gilt-blocked labels. Spine compartments uniformly tooled in blind. Minor, generalized wear to the extremities. 0 Kg. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The History of England from the Accession of James the Second: Complete 5 Volume Set

      London: Longman Brown Green & Longmans 1854 - Very attractive complete set of 5 matching HB volumes, 10th edition, in publisher dark green pebble effect Morocco with gilt detail. Spines have 5 raised bands, gilt titles & gilt decor. Paged edges and endpapers marbled with just Vol., 1 having neat prev. owner inscription on 1st preliminary page 'Harriet Felton'. A bright tight clean set (14 x 22.5cm) **Heavy - please contact bookseller for P&P costs**

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        L' OSSERVATORE DI NAPOLI ossia Rassegna delle istituzioni civili, de' pubblici stabilimenti, de' monumenti storici ed artistici, e delle cose notevoli di Napoli. Con una breve descrizione de' suoi contorni, specialmente delle antichità di Pozzuoli, Ercolano, Pompei, Stabia, Pesto, etc. E la indicazione di tutte le strade della capitale, e delle notizie che vi agevolano il provedimento di quanto è necessario al ben vivere. Opera indispensabile al napoletano e al forestiero in Napoli. Illustrata coi rami allusivi di.

      Del Vaglio,, Napoli, 1854 - in-8, pp. (8), 592, (4), bella leg. t. tela edit. con piatti riquadrati e tit. oro al d. Con 2 ritratti in antip. (Ferdinando II e Teresa Isabella). Con 22 piacevoli tavv., anche ripp., inc. in rame e raff. monumenti e vedute. Un ritratto brunito. Rarissima prima ediz. Belliss. esempl. [535]

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        Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America. Fascicule 8 comprising text pages 213-240 & plates 36-40 as issued in original wraps.

      Lippincott, Grambo & Company, Philadelphia 1854 - exceptionally bright and clean tissue-guarded hand-colored lithographic plates; Lithograph; 4to; 28 pages [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Map of Oswego County, New York, from actual surveys under the direction of Samuel Geil . by B.J. Hunter

      Gillett, Matthews, Philadelphia 1854 - A fine copy with beautiful colouring of this important large-scale map of Oswego County, New York Established in 1816, Oswego County occupies 968 square miles of land on the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario. The present handsome map was the largest and best of Oswego in the nineteenth century. Each township is individually coloured, with every rural property owner located and identified by name. The map includes fifteen integral town plans (some flanked by listings of local businesses) and eight vignette views. The town plans are for the following: Constantia, Mexico, Sand Bank, Pulaski, Oswego, Cleveland, Washingtonville, Fulton, Central Square, Phoenix, Parish, Scriba, New Haven, Hannibal and Hannibal Centre. It is interesting to note that although the map is constructed by Hunter from surveys produced by Geil, it was registered for copyright (in 1854) by Robert Pearsall Smith. Beginning in 1853, Pearsall Smith had contracted with a number of local surveyors to construct maps of New York counties: this was evidently one of those maps. The map is here presented as a case map, sectioned and linen-backed at a contemporary date, rather than in wall map form, thus preserving the beauty of the original colouring, and without the varnish that tends to be such an unwelcome feature of wall maps of the period. Ristow American Maps & Mapmakers p.392.; not in Rumsey. Engraved map, full original hand-colouring, folding in 36 sections, backed onto linen at a contemporary date, edged with green silk ribbon.

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        Walden; Or, Life in the Woods

      Boston: Ticknor and Fields 1854 - First edition. One of 2000 copies. Original publisher's blindstamped cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Wood-engraved title-page vignette of Thoreau's hut, chart of Walden Pond, and 8-page publisher's catalogue dated June, 1854. The Bibliography of American Literature states that the ads are inserted "the varying dates of no known bibliographical significance," it is still preferable to have ads that are dated prior to publication (August 9, 1854). A few very minor stains to covers, spine ends lightly worn with minor chipping. Internally, very clean with a few scattered spots of foxing and a stain to the upper corner of the first several leaves, early pencil notation to front flyleaf noting, "Choice Copy, 1st ed." A completely unsophisticated and bright copy without any repair or restoration. Housed in a custom folding case. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        THE RIFLE AND THE HOUND IN CEYLON. With numerous illustrations printed in colours, and engravings on wood.

      Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans., London 1854 - FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 6 x 9 inches. xii + 409 pp + [i] pp. + [2] + 32 pp. publisher's advertisements. Bound in original green cloth, gilt. Publisher's advertisements on front and rear pastedowns. Binder's label, Bound by Westleys and Co. Friar Street London. Later art nouveau style bookplate with initials and Latin motto. Slight water staining on rear and margins of frontispiece and occasional foxing elsewhere but otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by 6 coloured lithographs, including frontispiece and by wood engravings in text. An account of hunting with hounds, especially elephant shooting, by Sir Samuel White Baker (1821-93) who settled in Ceylon, 1845-55. The traveller and explorer later took part in an expedition to the Nile, 1861-65, which led to the European discovery of the lake, named Lake Albert. The early editions of this popular work, with the beautiful lithographs are very scarce. SPORTS/PASTIMES CEYLON ANIMALS SPORT- ASIA 19TH CENTURY ILLUSTRATED SPORTS/PASTIMES

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        Madame de Sable. Etudes sur les femmes illustres et la societe du XVIIe siecle.

      Paris: Didier, 1854. - Signed presentation copy. Octavo. Bound in half brown calf over marbled paper, with raised bands highlighted with gilt, and brown and gilt label to spine. Signed by the author, and presented to Viscount Mahon, later Earl Stanhope, MP, prominent historian and biographer.Binding is rubbed, both leather and marbled paper, and corners bumped. The text shows some spotting, primarily to the first half of the book. Includes Stanhope's armorial bookplate, "A Deo et Rege", and a bookseller's stamp, "J Leighton, Brewer Street". [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        History of California, from its Discovery to the Present Time

      Boston: John P. Jewett, 1854. First Edition. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Good Condition. Original brown cloth, worn at the corners and with some loss to the cloth at the spine ends. Old library mark to spine, and stamps to endpapers, final page, and copyright page, but no other library marks. Clean internally and with the map in very good condition - slight creasing at the edges, two small tape repairs that appear to be preventative to the verso. The map is dated 1854 (2d state). xi, 356pp. Howes C-127, Sabin 10764. Size: duodecimo (12mo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Americana; Exploration. Inventory No: 045054.

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        Wild Scenes and Song Birds. illustrated with... colored lithographs, drawn by Mrs. C.W. Webber and Alfred J. Miller

      New York: George P. Putnam & Co., 1854. 8o (243 x 163 mm). 20 chromolithographed plates, drawn on stone by Max Rosenthal, printed by L.N. Rosenthal of Philadelphia after Mrs. Webber (15) or Miller (5) (occasional browning and spotting). (First text leaf inlaid, some scattered soiling, a few marginal tape repairs.) Very soft folds to a few early pages. Original publisher's black morocco gilt, cover with elaborate blocked design in gilt and blind with large central sunken lozenge blocked with a gilt vignette of the "southern mocking bird" signed "Tompson" (in reverse) (rebacked). Gilt edges. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF ONE OF ONLY TWO PUBLISHED WORKS TO CONTAIN CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS AFTER ALFRED JACOB MILLER, ONE OF THE THREE GREAT EARLY "WESTERN" ARTISTS. Miller's contribution consists of five views of Indian life, four of which, according to the author, are of "scenes in the camp of the Delawares," although they are almost certainly based on the artist's sketches of the Snake Indians (a sub-group of the Shoshone). Miller, born in Baltimore in 1810, was employed by Captain (later Sir) William Drummond Stewart to record his expedition of 1837 to Wyoming to take part in the annual rendezvous between the trappers and fur-traders. The meeting took place in "a beautiful mountain meadow near Horse Creek, a tributary of the Green River between the Wind River Mountains and the Bear River range" (Ron Tyler Prints of the American West p.58). "Miller's record of that summer is unique, for he was the only artist to attend the rendezvous... He was the first to document the central Rocky Mountains, he painted and sketched the trip out as well as the rendezvous, Indian life, and the plains and mountains" (op.cit. p.59). "The rendezvous was a month long event... The highlight [of which]... was the arrival of the Snake Indians, who demanded that all other activity cease while they paraded around the grounds. But the great opportunity for Miller was the domestic scenes of Indian life that he witnessed and quickly sketched in the various camps and around the meadow" (op.cit. p.60). The five prints in the present work were drawn on stone by Max Rosenthal. Two of them include images of bare-breasted Indian maidens, in the interests of 'decency' these plates were later withdrawn and reissued with the women fully clothed. The prints are titled: 1. Indian Caressing His Horse; 2. Encampment of Indians; 3. Toilet of the Indian Girls; 4. Antelope Chase; 5. Indian Girl Swinging. The remaining prints in the present work are from drawings of birds (13) and flowers (2) by the wife of the author, the birds apparently drawn from stuffed specimens prepared by Mr. Galbraith of Camden, New Jersey. The present copy is bound in a publisher's binding, a deluxe form of the binding not recorded by Bennett, who only mentions the cheaper cloth version. Bennett p.111; Reese 28; Ripley p.307; Tyler Prints of the American West pp.64-5; Zimmer p.667.. Book.

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        Panoramic view of the southern coast of the Crimea.

      London Dickinson 1854 - Panorama on 4 joint sheets, colour lithograph. Dimensions: 36 x 193 cm; some light spotting. Impressive panorama showing the South-East coastline of Crimea from Kara-Dag and Koktebel to Feodosia.

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        Walden; Or, Life in the Woods

      Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854: First Edition, First Printing with catalog at rear dated October, 1854. Map at page 307 intact. In Good condition, with signs of use and age. Brown ribbed cloth is rubbed, mottled and edge worn, frayed and chipped at extremities with exposed tips. Spine lettering still legible, though lightly rubbed. Binding is fragile, with a few leaves beginning to separate. Historical museum stamps to paste downs with no other institutional indications. Vintage bookseller inkless emboss to front free end paper. Previous owner name on first three pages, with occasional pencil marking in margins, and text; could be erased with extreme care. Pages show age related wear. A complete, unrestored copy of one of the most important Transcendentalist works.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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