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        The Melbourne Exhibition Building. N. W. angle 1856

      Pencil drawing on watercolour wash background, 176 x 248 mm (oval), titled in pencil lower centre, mounted on a backing card. Evidently a contemporary copy of the lithograph by S. T. Gill 'The Melbourne Exhibition Buildings, N. W. angle, 1854', lithographed by Campbell & Fergusson and published in 1856 by James J. Blundell & Co. in Sketches in Victoria. The Melbourne Exhibition of 1854 was the first major exhibition held in Port Phillip. The Exhibition opened on 17 October 1854 and ran until 12 December that year. It housed 428 exhibits, mainly industrial and agricultural products, and was organised to select material to send to the Paris Exposition Universelle held from 15 May to 15 November 1855. The building was designed and built by Thomas and Samuel Henden Merrett. Filled with light, it featured 200 ornamental windows, modelled on the Crystal Palace constructed for the London Exhibition of 1851. The building would also host the Inter-colonial Exhibition of 1861. It was demolished in the late 1860s and the Melbourne Mint was built on the site in 1871. As well as hosting the major exhibitions the building performed a number of other functions, ranging from a temporary lecture hall for Melbourne University to a venue for Temperance League Rallies, the Vice-Regal Ball and Australia's first dog show. It was also the main concert venue for the Melbourne Philharmonic Society, and it is probably one of the Society's events that is depicted in this work. In the foreground a smart carriage brings well-dressed patrons to the venue, while other society ladies and gentlemen dressed in top hats and tails make their way towards the building. At the portico hansom cabs have delivered more guests, while on the first floor balcony well-to-do members of colonial society gather. Edward Turner arrived in Melbourne in 1856, and after visiting Geelong, Portsea and the Forrest Creek diggings travelled to Sydney in 1857. He worked as an engraver, married in 1861 and in 1863 started his own business as a lithographic printer. By 1866 he was advertising as a bookseller and stationer and in 1871 he entered a partnership with William Henderson, establishing in Hunter Street a firm of booksellers, stationers, publishers and printers under the name Turner and Henderson. The firm also operated as an art gallery. Turner died in 1913, upon which the business passed on to his son, who was bankrupt within a year. A fine colonial work showing Melbourne society at the height of the gold rush, evidently copied by Turner from the Gill lithograph of the same year. Provenance: Acquired from the artist's descendants in Sydney by Tim McCormick circa 1980s. A collection of related works depicting Sydney and surroundings (some signed) from the same source were acquired by the Mitchell Library in 2002 (PXE 879).

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        Album des voyages anciens et modernes.

      Limoges: Martial Ardant frères, 1854.Octavo, polychromatic cloth, all edges gilt, 208 pp., 23 plates of races of the world, including the Americas,Asia, Europe, Africa and the Pacific. A French geographical book for children, recounting the stories of voyages made by great explorers to the four corners of the globe. Includes the expeditions of Columbus, Cook, Bougainville, Dumont d'Urville and La Perouse, amongst others. A fine and bright copy. The 1856 edition is held by the National and Mitchell Libraries, but this earlier 1854 edition is not recorded in Australian collections.

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        [Printed Manuscript Signed]: Surle mémoire: "Nouveau systčme de Shrapnells de l'artillerie Neerlandaise."

      [Bruxelles], 1854. First edition. Folded leaves. Some tears at the folds,last folded leaf with corrosion at top edge and last leave soiled and torn, but still very good.. 21, [3] pp. 1 diagram. Addressed in manuscript to J. A. Dahlgren, Superintendent of the Naval Ordinance, United States" and signed by Bormann, who was a Colonel at the time in the Royal Belgian Artillery. These are unpublished notes that Bormann had intended to publish but instead sent as private communication to his friends in 1854 [See Charles Guillaume Bormann, "The Shrapnel Shell in England and in Belgium" (Brussels, Truyts, 1862), 2nd ed., p. 16.]. They were corrections to an article by Colonel Delobel, "Nouveau systeme de Shrapnels de 1'Artillerie neerlandaise" in Revue de techn. milit. T. I. 1854. Charles Guillaume Bormann (1796-1873) was the inventor of the Bormann Fuse, which was adopted by the Belgium army in 1835 and remained a military secret until offered to and tested by the U.S. military in 1851. It became the official time fuse for smoothbore artillery. With original envelop. We could locate no other copies of this manuscript in OCLC, COPAC, or other European Libraries.

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        Fresco Decorations and Stuccoes of Churches and Palaces in Italy, during the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

      1854. (2), 21, (2), 21 comprising preface, list of plates, an essay "On the Arabesques of the Ancients as Compared with Those of Raphael and His School" by J.J. Hittorff, and double-column text describing each of the plates in detail, each printed in both English and French, 56 plates (numbered somewhat erratically, but complete), 9 of the plates in chromolithography, the balance engraved, most with masterfully executed hand-coloring. Some staining or minor foxing in margins of several plates. Elephant folio. Rebound in full gilt-tooled leather, raised spine. Some slight rubbing to corners and spine. London (Thomas McLean) 1854. Second, enlarged edition. The color plates, captioned in three languages, are based on the pioneering work by the German architect Gutensohn (1834); the last two show dozens of colored details as a guide to hand-coloring the engraved plates. J. I. Hittorff, author of the introductory essay, was a great champion of the restoration of color to its proper place in architecture and decoration.

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        RELATION D'UN VOYAGE AU THIBET EN 1852 et d'un voyage chez les Abors en 1853. Suivie de quelques documents sur la même mission par MM. Renou et Latry.

      1854 - Paris, Auguste vaton, 1854. In-16 (110 X 159 mm) demi-basane vert lierre, dos lisse orné d'un double filet doré en place des nerfs, auteur et titre dorés (reliure de l'époque) ; frontispice dépliant, VIII-224 pages. Dos uniformément foncé, quelques minimes taches brunes dans le corps de l'ouvrage. ÉDITION ORIGINALE de cet ouvrage rare. Il contient en frontispice une VUE GRAVÉE dépliante titrée «Entrevue de l'Abbé Krick avec Young, Lama et Gouverneur de la Province de Zaïen au Thibet le 17 janvier 1852. » Nicolas Michel KRICK (1819-1854), membre des Missions étrangères de Paris, devient en 1852, après plusieurs mois de tentatives infructueuses, le premier Européen à accéder au Tibet par l'Inde du Nord, puisqu'il est en effet impossible d'y accéder par la Chine qui interdit l'entrée de son territoire aux étrangers. Il fait le récit de sa traversée et de ses expériences dans sa "Relation d'un voyage au Thibet". Cet ouvrage permet de faire progresser considérablement les connaissances alors très limitées que l'on a des tribus Mishmi et du Tibet. Après avoir réussi à y pénétrer, il doit néanmoins quitter le Tibet face aux menaces qu'il subit. C'est en tentant de rebrousser chemin que Nicolas Krick est assassiné le 1er septembre 1854 par des membres de la tribu Mishmi, en même temps qu'Augustin Bourry, également prêtre des Missions étrangères de Paris. Les écrits de Nicolas Krick sont une référence pour les ethnologues qui étudient les tribus de l'Inde du Nord, en particulier les Mishmis. Ses descriptions des lieux, mais aussi des coutumes locales représentent les principales sources écrites du XIXe siècle pour ces tribus qui n'ont que des traditions orales. (Pas dans Cordier). Exemplaire en BEL ÉTAT, complet du frontispice, conservé dans sa reliure d'époque. NICE COPY. PICTURES AND MORE DETAILS ON REQUEST. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Rules for Conducting Business in the House of Representatives

      1854. First Edition . UTAH TERRITORY. Rules for Conducting Business in the House of Representatives of the Territory of Utah. No place: Joseph Cain, [1854 or 1855]. Octavo, one folded sheet as issued, uncut; pp. 4. $2200.Printed by Utah pioneer Joseph Cain in 1854 or 1855, one of only 100 copies of this pamphlet outlining the procedural rules of the territorial House of Representatives. Extremely rare.“The Utah Territory was created by an act of the United States Congress on 9 September 1850. The act provided the structure of the territorial government and within that structure a legislative assembly and governor would hold the legislative power in the territory. The Territorial Assembly first met on 22 September 1851… [and] continued to meet and make laws until 1896 when the dream of statehood became a reality” (Utah History Research Center). One of the Latter-day Saints who followed Brigham Young to the Great Salt Lake Valley in 1847, printer Joseph Cain was the brother-in-law of John Taylor, who succeeded Young as President of the LDS Church. According to the Latter-day Saints' Biographical Encyclopedia, “Brother Cain possessed rare literary abilities, and many productions of his facile pen graced the columns of the Deseret News at an early day… [He] was the first postmaster in Salt Lake City to be appointed by the government. He joined the Church in opposition to his relatives' wishes, and was one of the most faithful and consistent members, enjoying the confidence and esteem of the community amongst which he lived.” “Cain was public printer in 1854 and 1855” (Graff 4450). McMurtrie, Utah 25. Previous owner's light pencil annotations to page [1] attesting to the exceeding rarity of this piece.Small marginal closed tear to page 3. About-fine condition, uncut. A most rare piece of Western Americana.

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        LES PYRÉNÉES ou Voyages pédestres dans toutes les régions de ces montagnes depuis l'océan jusqu'à la Méditerranée, avec une carte et quelques vues des Pyrénées. [2 volumes].

      1854 - Agen, Prosper Noubel, 1854. Deux volumes in-12 (129 X 180) demi-basane vert lierre, dos lisse orné d'un triple filet doré en place des nerfs, auteur, titre et tomaison dorés (reliure de l'époque). Tome I : (2) ff. de faux-titre et titre, 573 pages, (1) page, 1 vue gravée dépliante, (1) f. d'errata - Tome II : (2) ff. de faux-titre et titre, 573 pages, (1) page, 1 vue gravée dépliante, (1) f. d'errata, 347 pages, 2 vues dépliantes et une carte dépliante. Rousseurs aux faux-titres, titres et planches hors-texte. DEUXIÈME ÉDITION de cet OUVRAGE FONDAMENTAL contenant la première description complète des Pyrénées, des observations botaniques et géologiques, des remarques sur l'histoire et le mode de vie de ses habitants. Vingt ans sépare les deux éditions, dont la seconde est corrigée et très augmentée. Elle contient TROIS VUES lithographiées et une CARTE dépliantes. (Labarère, n°388, «peu commun » - Dendaletche, 447, «rare » - Béraldi, "Cent Ans", I, 155 - Perret, 0969, «peu courant »). AGRÉABLE EXEMPLAIRE conservé dans sa reliure de l'époque. GOOD COPY. PICTURES AND MORE DETAILS ON REQUEST.

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        CENTRAL ROUTE TO THE PACIFIC, FROM THE VALLEY OF THE MISSISSIPPI TO CALIFORNIA: JOURNAL OF THE EXPEDITION OF E. F. BEALE.IN 1853

      Philadelphia; London: Lippincott, Grambo and Co.; Trübner and Co, 1854. FIRST EDITION. Encouraged by Senator Thomas Hart Benson and other advocates of Western expansion, California Superintendant of Indian Affairs Edward F. Beale set out with his cousin and second-in-command Gwinn Heap and a multicultural crew of 12 men--including a Delaware Indian, two Mexicans, and an African-American--to find a railroad route from Kansas City to California through Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. Heap was the son of a diplomat who had lived in the Middle East as a child and understood the challenges of crossing the desert. The journal relates the difficulties they encountered crossing the raging Gunnison (Grand) River, and the help they received from the Ute Indians. The plates, based on Heap's drawings, show action scenes of fording rivers by raft or rope as well as serene western vistas; Wagner praises them as "very beautiful." In the end, the railway went by a northern route rather than the one surveyed by Beale and Heap. This copy is without the map, which was issued with only a few copies, but has the scarce London imprint added to the title page, perhaps used for copies intended for export.. 232 x 147 mm. (9 1/8 x 5 3/4"). 136 pp., 46 pp. (ads). FIRST EDITION. Publisher's blind-stamped brown cloth, rebacked preserving most of original backstrip, publisher's ads on endpapers. With 13 handsome lithographed plates (some tinted). Without the folding map. Title page with ink stamp of Long Island Historical Society. Cowan, p. 273; Graff 1837; Howes H-378; Sabin 31175; Streeter Sale 3177; Wagner-Camp-Becker 235; Wheat "Mapping the Transmississippi West" 808. Corners rubbed with minor loss, fore edge of lower board with small chip, front free endpaper partially detached, but the restored binding solid. Occasional mild blooming foxing, as usual (never offensive), otherwise a clean, fresh copy. Encouraged by Senator Thomas Hart Benson and other advocates of Western expansion, California Superintendant of Indian Affairs Edward F. Beale set out with his cousin and second-in-command Gwinn Heap and a multicultural crew of 12 men--including a Delaware Indian, two Mexicans, and an African-American--to find a railroad route from Kansas City to California through Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. Heap was the son of a diplomat who had lived in the Middle East as a child and understood the challenges of crossing the desert. The journal relates the difficulties they encountered crossing the raging Gunnison (Grand) River, and the help they received from the Ute Indians. The plates, based on Heap's drawings, show action scenes of fording rivers by raft or rope as well as serene western vistas; Wagner praises them as "very beautiful." In the end, the railway went by a northern route rather than the one surveyed by Beale and Heap. This copy is without the map, which was issued with only a few copies, but has the scarce London imprint added to the title page, perhaps used for copies intended for export.

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        Recherches sur la Constitution des Spectra d'Émission des Éléments Chimiques.

      Overview Details & Condition First edition of this significant work in which Rydberg lays out the empirical formulae governing the frequencies of spectral lines, a precursor to Bohr's development of the quantum theory. A handsomely bound copy in excellent condition. Johannes Rydberg (1854-1919) was a Swedish physicist at Lund University who studied atomic masses and electromagnetic radiation; inspired by Mendeleev's periodic table, he was convinced that the electromagnetic spectra emitted by atoms could provide insight into atomic structure and theory. "Notwithstanding the imperfect spectroscopic tables then at his disposal, Rydberg discovered most of the important properties of series spectra, including the relation between corresponding series in the spectra of related elements, and foreshadowed discoveries which were made later, when experimental work has sufficiently advanced. Some of the features noted by Rydberg were observed about the same time by Kayser and Runge, but his work had the special merit of connecting different series in the spectrum of the same element into one system, which could be represented by a set of simple formulae having but few adjustable constants. He especially insisted that the hydrogen constant, now generally called the 'Rydberg constant,' should appear in all series and, apart from slight variations from element to element suggested by the theoretical work of Bohr, nearly all subsequent attempts to improve the representation series have involved this supposition, and have had Rydberg's formula as a basis." (Nature obituary, January 24, 1920). Rydberg's work was justified and expanded upon by Neils Bohr's development of the quantum model of atomic structure in 1913, and Bohr was able to use his own theory to derive Rydberg's results, providing confirmation of both. This uncommon publication represents the culmination of Rydberg's work. It "mapped out Rydberg's total approach with remarkable clarity. He conceived of the spectrum of an element as composed of the superposition of three different types of series - one in which the lines were comparatively sharp, one in which the lines were more diffuse, and a third that he called the principle series even though they consisted mostly of lines in the ultraviolet. The first lines were located in the visible spectrum and were usually the most intense. The members of each series might be single, double, triple, or of higher multiplicity. Any particular elementary spectrum might contain any number (even zero) of a series of each of the basic types. While Rydberg observed and measured some spectral lines on his own, he was not particularly noted as an experimental physicist and did not publish any of his experimental investigations or spectroscopic measurements. Most of the data he needed were already available in the voluminous literature. While T. R. Thalen and Bernhard Hasselberg, Rydberg's major Swedish contemporaries in spectral studies, concentrated upon accurate measurements of the spectra of the elements, Rydberg's major spectral contributions were to theory and mathematical form, and those to form were the ones of enduring value" (Dictionary of Scientific Biography, vol. 12, p. 42). Kongl. SV. Vet. Akademiens Handlinger Band 23. No. II. Stockholm: Kongl. Boktryckeriet. P. A. Norstedt & Söner, 1890. Tall quarto (300 x 230 mm). Recent burgundy quarter morocco, marbled boards, titles to spine gilt. Title page just a little toned. Excellent condition.

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        Practical Fly-Fisher; More Particularly For Grayling Or Umber

      Charles Farlow, London, 1854. First Edition. Hardcover. Fair Condition/No Dust Jacket. Book - in Fair blue boards with some marking and staining, some wearing to the extreme corners and extreme ends of the spine. Contents, some marking to the title pages, some staining to pages 17/18, 25 and 38/39, slight marking to the occasional page, some grubbiness to the yellow paste downs and yellow free end papers, previous owner's inscription to front paste down and free front end paper, tight binding. A good, privately owned example of the highly desirable & rarely seen 'With Coloured Plates' edition of this classic work. Size: 8.75 inches tall by 5.5 inches. 58 pages plus 3 pages of subscriber's list to rear. Illustrated with 10 full page colour plates, showing 64 flies, and some line drawings. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 750gms-1kgm. Category: Fishing & Hunting; Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 9073..

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        A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith

      [London] - Printed for Private Circulation, 1854 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. An affectionate memoir of wit, writer and cleric Sydney Smith. This work isthe extremely scarceprivately circulated copy of the memoir 1854, whichwas firstpublished in 1855. Undated, dated using Copac. Printed by John Edward Taylor, Little Queen Street. Written by his daughter, Lady Saba Holland, the second wife of Sir Henry Holland. Lady Holland made a name for herself in the literary sphere by penning this carefully written memoir of her father. Sydney Smith published several sermons and religious work. His reputation among contemporaries was that of a humorist. He was known to make jest of religious subjects andis known in the United States for his rhyming recipe for salad dressing. With the bookplate of Hon. Francis C Bridgeman to the front pastedown. Bridgeman was a British Army officer and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1885-1895. His crest to the tail of the spine. Condition: In a half morocco binding with cloth covered boards. Externally, very smart with a small amount of rubbing to therear joint and to the head and tail of spine. Slightly heavierrubbing to the front joint. Minor rubbing to the extremities. Small amount of damp staining to the rear board. Prior owner's bookplate tothe front pastedown, Francis C Bridgeman. Library plate to the front pastedown. Front hinge is slightly strained but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned with the odd spot throughout. Overall: VERY GOOD..

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        A Monograph of the Ramphastidae, or Family of Toucans.

      London: Taylor and Francis for the author [1852]-1854. - Folio. (21 4/8 x 14 6/8 inches). 51 lithographed plates with EXCEPTIONALLY FINE ORIGINAL HAND-COLOUR HEIGHTENED WITH GUM ARABIC, and one uncolored lithograph after Edward Lear, John Gould, H.C. Richter and W. Hart. Contemporary half green morocco gilt, all edges gilt (extremities a bit scuffed, cloth a bit rubbed). Provenance: with the engraved armorial bookplate of Edward Francis Searles (1841 - 1920) , interior and architectural designer, on the front paste-down. Second edition, revised and expanded, of Gould's first monograph, originally issued in three parts in 1833, 1834 and 1835. This new edition contains 18 new plates, not included In the first edition, of the magnificent toucan family, found in Mexico, Central and South America and some West Indian islands. Lear's remarkable images of of the birds fill the plate, showing young birds with the fully grown, and are regarded as among the best of his zoological drawings; the uncoloured plate accompanies Richard Owen's final chapter on the anatomy of the toucan, written especially for the work. Edward Lear is fondly remembered for his books of nonsense and for popularizing the limerick, but he was also a prolific watercolourist, who as a young man earned his livelihood and achieved recognition as an illustrator of birds and animals. Born in the north London suburb of Holloway on 12 May 1812, he was the youngest of twenty-one children born to Jeremiah and Ann Lear. His childhood was one of outward prosperity but in 1825, his father, a stockbroker, was ruined by a financial crisis brought on by unfortunate speculation, and consigned to the debtor's prison. At the age of fifteen the young and somewhat sickly Edward had to start earning his own living. Initially, he tinted drawings of birds for shops and printsellers, also doing work for various hospitals and medical men - "I began to draw for bread and cheese about 1827," he wrote "but only did uncommon queer shop-sketches - selling them for prices varying from ninepence to four shillings; coloring prints, screens and fans; awhile making morbid disease drawings, for hospitals and certain doctors of physic." This training suited him well and at an early age he was already taking pupils of his own. In 1830, at the age of 18, Lear obtained permission to work as a draughtsman at the Zoological Society gardens, located at Regent's Park. The following year he moved with his sister, Ann, to nearby lodgings in Albany Street, in order to be close to his work and during the course of the next two years devoted his time to recording the different members of the parrot family. He was encouraged in this task by N. A. Vigors, John Gould and Lord Stanley and between 1830 and 1832 "Illustrations of the Family Psittacidae, or Parrots" was published in parts. Gould was initially employed as a taxidermist [he was known as the 'bird-stuffer'] by the Zoological Society, and his fascination with birds began in the "late 1820s [when] a collection of birds from the Himalayan mountains arrived at the Society's museum and Gould conceived the idea of publishing a volume of imperial folio sized hand-coloured lithographs of the eighty species, with figures of a hundred birds (A Century of Birds Hitherto Unfigured from the Himalaya Mountains, 1830-32). Gould's friend and mentor N. A. Vigors supplied the text. Elizabeth Gould made the drawings and transferred them to the large lithographic stones. Having failed to find a publisher, Gould undertook to publish the work himself; it appeared in twenty monthly parts, four plates to a part, and was completed ahead of schedule. "With this volume Gould initiated a format of publishing that he was to continue for the next fifty years, although for future works he was to write his own text. Eventually fifty imperial folio volumes were published on the birds of the world, except Africa, and on the mammals of Australia-he always had a number of works in progress at the same time. Several smaller volumes, the majority no [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        ANCIENT AND MODERN MICHILIMACKINAC. INCLUDING AN ACCOUNT OF THE CONTROVERSY BETWEEN MACKINAC AND THE MORMONS

      Place OF Publication Not Identified (michigan?): Wingfield Watson. Very Good. 1854. First Edition. Soft Covers. Howes notes this firstedition lists the same publication date and has the same collation as the second edition, but the latter (2nd) edition is printed "on paper obviously later". Also, this edition (1st) does not contain the preface by Wingfield Watson (info from vol xxxii: Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society, 1903) that was added to the 1894 edition. This book was purchased in a box-lot of Mormon ephemera, including issues of the Latter Day Saints Millenial Star, all dating to the mid-1850's. Clean light green wraps with black titles. Slight color faded edges. Front cover has two tiny nicks. Two additional laid-in pages, one with drawings. Interior of text is tight, clean & intact . Western Americana, Mackinac Island, Michigan, Americana, Religion, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Scarce; Drawings; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 48 pages .

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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

      1854 - McKenney and Hall's classic work in a fine copy, a rich iconographic portrait of the on the American Tribes of North America. Philadelphia: T.K. & P.G. Collins for D. Rice & A. N. Hart, 1854. Three volumes, octavo (260 x 165 mm). 120 hand-coloured 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 including arabesque cornerpieces of stylized foliage, spines in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and fourth, the others with an overall design of small tools, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges (expert repairs to joints). 16,000 $ Second 8vo edition; richly illustrated with 120 hand-coloured lithographic plates. 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 nineteenth 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 (1785-1859) had become concerned for the survival of the Western tribes. He had observed unscrupulous individuals taking advantage of the Native Americans 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 journeyed west again for a treaty with the Chippewa, Menominee , and Winebago in the present state of Michigan. His journeys provided an unparalleled opportunity to become acquainted with Native American 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, James Hall (1793-1868), a lawyer who had written extensively about the west, joined him. 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. (Gilreath). McKenney provided the biographies, many based on personal interviews, and Hall wrote the general history of the North American Indian. This second octavo edition is after the first octavo edition of 1848-50, and reduced from the folio format first published between 1836 and 1844. The same lithographer, J.T. Bowen, and the same high quality of printing produced all the plates for the first four octavo editions and coloring of the plates is found in all those editions. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        RESEARCHES ON LIGHT: AN EXAMINATION OF ALL THE PHENOMENA CONNECTED WITH THE CHEMICAL AND MOLECULAR CHANGES PRODUCED BY THE INFLUENCE OF THE SOLAR RAYS; EMBRACING ALL THE KNOWN PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESSES, AND NEW DISCOVERIES IN THE ART

      Printed for Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, London 1854 - 8vo., xx, 396 pp., hand-colored engraved folding plate, text diagrams. Newly bound in half calf and cloth, gilt title on spine. Owner's signature on title page, and small stain on the blank margin of p. xx. A very good copy. "Robert Hunt (1807 - 1887) was a librarian keeper of mining records at the Museum of Practical Geology and professor of mechanical engineering at the Royal School of Mines, at London. He carried on numerous photographic and photomechanical experiments and he was one of the founders of the London Photographic Society. These experiments with organic and inorganic light-sensitive substances, which, with characteristic unselfishness, he made public during the early forties of the last century, were extremely useful in the study of photochemistry, which was then in its infancy, and were of great service for years to those who came after him and used his researches for the basis of their studies." Eder- HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY p. 326. "Included are reports on Hunt's earliest experiments on solar energy and its effect involving both vegetation and metallic salts or compounds. An introductory chapter on the discoveries of Daguerre and Fox Talbot is exceedingly useful as it establishes the range of various light sensitive materials applicable to photography, including platinum, iron and antimony. His is the first use of the word 'platinotype' with reference to platinum prints. The book as a whole is one of the most crucial and one of the earliest theoretical treatises on the science, and differs slightly from the later, 1854 edition, except in some more recent discoveries." From the Arno Press description THE LITERATURE OF PHOTOGRAPHY. In truth, this second edition was largely rewritten and greatly expanded to include a great many advances in the medium in the ensuing ten years.The copy of J [James] B [Booker] B [Blake] Wellington, 1858 - 1939, an English scientist and photographer. He worked with George Eastman in New York before becoming a director at Kodak and later he set up his own photographic materials and publishing company, Wellington & Ward. He was a member of the Linked Ring Brotherhood.

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        Washington Crossing the Delaware

      James Miller, New York 1854 - Engraving. Uncolored. Image measures 18" x 15.25" Lovely circa 1833 portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware features George Washington dressed in military attire astride a rearing horse. In his right hand he holds a telescope while his left hand holds the reins. The horse wears ornate tack with the letter 'W' and an eagle and decorative headgear. In the backround in top left and bottom right soldiers can be seen marching forward and rowing across the Delaware River. The print is in good condition with minor overall toning and foxing. Original plate mark is visible. Minor verso repair near left margin, not affecting printed image. Issued by Humphrey Phelps. Humphrey Phelps was an important publisher active in the mid 19th century. He worked independently as well as in partnership with Ensign and Thayer and issued many guides and maps of New York City and United States. This print is a nice example of his work.

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        Japan. Eene reisbeschrijving. Leiden, De Breuk & Smits, 1865. 8vo. With lithographed title-page including a tinted lithographic view of a Japanese house and 6 people, after a photograph (protected by a tissue guard, tipped in). Original publisher's letterpress-printed boards.

      Hesselink, 333 years of Dutch publications on Japan V-B 118; NCC (8 copies); WorldCat (4 copies); cf. Cordier, Japonica, cols. 554-555. Rare first and only Dutch edition of Lindau's description of Japan. Lindau discusses Nagasaki (including Dejima), Manchuria, Edo and Yokohama, with extensive remarks on Japanese politics and culture, including a detailed account of a sumo wrestling match. Writing during the so-called "Bakumatsu" (the late Tokugawa Shogunate), the author devotes three chapters to the Japanese political associations and networks after Commodore Matthew Perry signed the 1854 Treaty of Kanagawa, which would eventually lead to the Meiji Restoration. The tinted lithograph of a house on the title-page explicitly states that is was made after a photograph. A Nagasaki merchant imported a daguerreotype camera to Japan in 1848, but it was only in the 1850s that westerners began making photographs in Japan and most of the early ones are lost. The present lithograph therefore gives us some visual record of one of the earliest photographs. Owner's stamp on title-page. With occasional minor and mostly marginal foxing, but still in good condition and untrimmed. Spine reinforced with brown paper, boards slightly foxed and worn, later endpapers.

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        Personal narrative of a voyage to Japan, Kamtschatka, Siberia, Tartary and various parts of coast of China; in H.M.S. Barracouta.London, Smith, Elder & Co. (colophon: printed by Bradbury and Evans), 1859. 8vo. With 2 woodcuts in text, 8 lithographic plates (4 tinted) 5 lithographed folding maps. Modern half morocco.

      Cordier, Japonica, col. 543; Cordier, Sinica, col. 2124; Hill, pp. 293-294. First and only edition of the adventures of a small British squadron in the Western Pacific in 1854-1856. The ships, under the command of Sir James Stirling took part in various actions against the Russians, with whom Great-Britain had been at war since 1853 (the Crimean War). Their main objective was to obstruct the Russians in getting the upper hand in Japan, since that country had opened itself to the West in 1853. After negotiating a treaty which opened Japanese ports to the British, the fleet travelled to China to battle pirates and later "captured" the almost deserted Russian harbour of Ayan. Besides giving his own colourful descriptions of Japan and the Japanese, Tronson also visited Korea, then an isolationist country under the Joseon dynasty. With a repaired tear in the first map and some minor foxing, mostly near the plates. In very good condition.

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        AMATEUR WATERCOLOR OF PASTORAL SCENE].

      [Np. May 24, ]. 1854 - Small watercolor, 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, on 15 x 11 1/2- inch paper. Bright and clean. Near fine. An accomplished amateur watercolor by Robert Clinton Hill of North Carolina, done during his last year at the United States Military Academy. The scene shows a peaceful brook at the end of a path winding its way through a dense forest. Hill resigned his commission in the Union army to fight for North Carolina in the Confederate States Army, being promoted to captain in 1861. HEITMAN, p.530.

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        RESEARCHES ON LIGHT: AN EXAMINATION OF ALL THE PHENOMENA CONNECTED WITH THE CHEMICAL AND MOLECULAR CHANGES PRODUCED BY THE INFLUENCE OF THE SOLAR RAYS; EMBRACING ALL THE KNOWN PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESSES, AND NEW DISCOVERIES IN THE ART

      London: Printed for Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1854. Second edition. 8vo., xx, 396 pp., hand-colored engraved folding plate, text diagrams. Newly bound in half calf and cloth, gilt title on spine. Owner's signature on title page, and small stain on the blank margin of p. xx. A very good copy. "Robert Hunt (1807 - 1887) was a librarian keeper of mining records at the Museum of Practical Geology and professor of mechanical engineering at the Royal School of Mines, at London. He carried on numerous photographic and photomechanical experiments and he was one of the founders of the London Photographic Society. These experiments with organic and inorganic light-sensitive substances, which, with characteristic unselfishness, he made public during the early forties of the last century, were extremely useful in the study of photochemistry, which was then in its infancy, and were of great service for years to those who came after him and used his researches for the basis of their studies." Eder- HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY p. 326. "Included are reports on Hunt's earliest experiments on solar energy and its effect involving both vegetation and metallic salts or compounds. An introductory chapter on the discoveries of Daguerre and Fox Talbot is exceedingly useful as it establishes the range of various light sensitive materials applicable to photography, including platinum, iron and antimony. His is the first use of the word 'platinotype' with reference to platinum prints. The book as a whole is one of the most crucial and one of the earliest theoretical treatises on the science, and differs slightly from the later, 1854 edition, except in some more recent discoveries." From the Arno Press description THE LITERATURE OF PHOTOGRAPHY. In truth, this second edition was largely rewritten and greatly expanded to include a great many advances in the medium in the ensuing ten years. The copy of J [James] B [Booker] B [Blake] Wellington, 1858 - 1939, an English scientist and photographer. He worked with George Eastman in New York before becoming a director at Kodak and later he set up his own photographic materials and publishing company, Wellington & Ward. He was a member of the Linked Ring Brotherhood.

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        Un dernier mot sur la Vénus de Milo EDITION ORIGINALE ENVOI AUTOGRAPHE

      Paris: Bureau de la Revue contemporaine, 1854. Fine. Bureau de la Revue contemporaine, Paris 1854, 16x25,5cm, relié. - First edition of petit nombre de ce tiré to part de la Revue contemporaine. Contemporary Bradel binding in half beige cloth over marbled paper boards, a manuscript label with the author's name and book's title, cover preserved. Handsome autograph inscription from the author to Alfred de Vigny. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale imprimée à petit nombre de ce tiré à part de la Revue contemporaine. Reliure à la bradel en demi percaline sable, dos lisse avec étiquette manuscrite comportant le nom de l'auteur et le titre de l'ouvrage, plats de papier à la cuve, couverture conservée, reliure de l'époque. Précieux envoi autographe signé de l'auteur à Alfred de Vigny.

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        Leaves. [By] J.N.

      Edinburgh: printed for private circulation, 1854. First edition of the author's first book, 8vo, pp. viii, 163, [1]; contemporary quarter maroon morocco over boards; small ink stain at top of upper board, some minor wear at edges, but generally a very good, sound copy. Inscribed on the flyleaf "To the Rev. Dr. King, with the very sincere regards of John Nichol." Also with a small ms. correction by Nichol in the Preface. John Nichol (1833-1894) was the only son of the famous astronomer, John Pringle Nichol, and was a professor of English literature at Glasgow, a poet, a popular lecturer, and a writer of numerous miscellaneous literary works. See the DNB Supplement for a long account of his storied life.

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        Autographed Document, Signed, "J. Egbert Farnum late of the U.S.A." Being a hand-written poem relating an incident of the Mexican American War

      New York City, 1854. 3 pp., pen and ink on bifolium. 8vo. Old folds, very minor stain to edge of bottom right corner on first page not affecting text, else fine. 3 pp., pen and ink on bifolium. 8vo. A SURPRISINGLY POIGNANT POEM FROM A HARDENED VETERAN. Romantic in a style befitting the era, Farnum offers a graphic account of a a heart-wrenching scene from battle, which he describes as "carelessly written but respectfully dedicated to Maria L. Green." Reading in part: ..."Where hot and fiercest raged the fight, Where lead came down like rain, ~ Where bursting bombshells feeble light, Discovered heaps of slain, ~ I saw a little laughing sprite A joyous little dear, Leading a pet lamb through the fight, Without one though of fear. ~" Soldier, express rider, mercenary, adventurer, and notoriously hard drinking brawler, John Egbert Farnum's (1824-1870) military career began in the Mexican American War, where he served as a sgt. major in the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. He would go on to see action in the Crimean War, and the jungles of Cuba and Nicaragua before enlisting as a major in the Union Army in 1861. Farnum fought gallantly in some of the bloodiest engagements of the American Civil War, including Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg before his wounds forced him to retire from active service (Farnum was shot 19 times and suffered two saber wounds). He was promoted to brevet brigadier general for his meritorious service. Despite his incredible war record, Farnum is more often remembered for his involvement in the infamous voyage of the schooner, Wanderer. Built as a luxury racing yacht, the Wanderer was purchased by William Corrie in 1858, with the assistance of southern "fire eater" Charles A.L. Lamar. Corrie had the schooner refitted as a slave ship and along with Farnum, who later claimed ignorance of the scheme, and the ship's crew, sailed to Africa and loaded 407 slaves aboard. They arrived off Jeckyll Island, Georgia in November and were arrested for violating the 1807 Act Prohibiting the Importation of Slaves. Farnum was charged with piracy. He escaped jail but was recaptured, and after a lengthy and sensational trial in which the President of the United States, James Buchanan, came to his defense, he was acquitted of all charges.

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        NICARAGUA. Nach eigener Anschauung im Jahre 1852 und mit besonderer Beziehung auf die Auswanderung nach den heissen Zonen Amerika's beschrieben.

      F. Vieweg und Sohn, Braunschweig 1854 - [i]-xxvi, [1]-296 pages of text followed by [ii] pages of publisher's advertisement. Complete with two folding maps. Bound in circa 1900 library cloth and marbled paper-covered boards, with ex-libris stamps on the back of the title page and the back of the maps, including a duplicate/sell/deaccession stamp. The text has minor foxing scattered here and there. The original yellow printed paper wrappers are bound in after the maps. First edition. Size: Octavo (8vo) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Histoire des livres Populaires ou de la Littérature du Colportage depuis le XVe siècle jusqu'à l'établissement de la Commission d'examen des livres du Colportage (30 novembre 1852)

      Paris,: Librairie d'Amyot,, 1854.. 2 volumes: [iv], xvi, 580, [iv]; [iv], 599, [i] pp. Large 8vo (16 x 24 cm.). Finely bound by Paul Affolter in 3/4 straight grained brown morocco, spine with 5 raised bands, gilt lettered and numbered, uncut, top edges red (a few insignificant rubbings; spines slightly discoloured). With 117 woodcut plates and illustrations of which 49 printed on chinese paper and pasted down. The rare first edition, and one of the few large paper copies printed on vélin. First historical study on the subject and a major work of reference. Apart from some scattered foxing, a fine copy in a very solid and nice binding. Vicard VI col. 73-74.

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        MANUEL DE L'AMATEUR D'ESTAMPES. CONTENANT LE DICTIONNAIRE DES GRAVEURS DE TOUTES LES NATIONS DANS LEQUEL SONT DECRITES LES ESTAMPES RARES, PRECIEUSES ET INTERESSANTES AVEC L'INDICATION DE LEURS DIFFERENTS ETATS ET DES PRIX AUXQUELS CES ESTAMPES[4 VOLS CT]

      Paris: Bouillon Emile. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1854-1888. First Edition (?). Hardcover. B&W Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes. Contenant le dictionnaire des graveurs de toutes les nations dans lequel sont decrites les estampes rares, precieuses et interessantes avec l'indication de leurs differents etats et des prix auxquels ces estampes ont ete portees dans les ventes publiques en France et a l'etranger depuis un siecle. Ouvrage destine a faire suite au Manuel du Libraire et de l'amateur des livres par de J. C. Brunet. Rare, precious and interesting prints with an indication of their different conditions and prices at which these prints were leaders in public sales in France and abroad since a century ago. Alphabetical list of engravers and their workd. A few small textural drawings of TYPES, etc. French language. 3.4 ed morocco leather over marbled boards with matching end papers. 4 vols ct. Bound in silk marker ribbon. (ii) ,639+(1) ; (vi) ,640; (iv) ,625+(1) ; (viii) ,271+(1) . Sound and tight, clean. ; 12 .

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        Japan. Eene reisbeschrijving. Leiden, De Breuk & Smits, 1865. 8vo. With lithographed title-page including a tinted lithographic view of a Japanese house and 6 people, after a photograph (protected by a tissue guard, tipped in). Original publisher's letterpress-printed boards.

      Hesselink, 333 years of Dutch publications on Japan V-B 118; NCC (8 copies); WorldCat (4 copies); cf. Cordier, Japonica, cols. 554-555. Rare first and only Dutch edition of Lindau's description of Japan. Lindau discusses Nagasaki (including Dejima), Manchuria, Edo and Yokohama, with extensive remarks on Japanese politics and culture, including a detailed account of a sumo wrestling match. Writing during the so-called "Bakumatsu" (the late Tokugawa Shogunate), the author devotes three chapters to the Japanese political associations and networks after Commodore Matthew Perry signed the 1854 Treaty of Kanagawa, which would eventually lead to the Meiji Restoration. The tinted lithograph of a house on the title-page explicitly states that is was made after a photograph. A Nagasaki merchant imported a daguerreotype camera to Japan in 1848, but it was only in the 1850s that westerners began making photographs in Japan and most of the early ones are lost. The present lithograph therefore gives us some visual record of one of the earliest photographs. Owner's stamp on title-page. With occasional minor and mostly marginal foxing, but still in good condition and untrimmed. Spine reinforced with brown paper, boards slightly foxed and worn, later endpapers.

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        Personal narrative of a voyage to Japan, Kamtschatka, Siberia, Tartary and various parts of coast of China; in H.M.S. Barracouta.London, Smith, Elder & Co. (colophon: printed by Bradbury and Evans), 1859. 8vo. With 2 woodcuts in text, 8 lithographic plates (4 tinted) 5 lithographed folding maps. Modern half morocco.

      Cordier, Japonica, col. 543; Cordier, Sinica, col. 2124; Hill, pp. 293-294. First and only edition of the adventures of a small British squadron in the Western Pacific in 1854-1856. The ships, under the command of Sir James Stirling took part in various actions against the Russians, with whom Great-Britain had been at war since 1853 (the Crimean War). Their main objective was to obstruct the Russians in getting the upper hand in Japan, since that country had opened itself to the West in 1853. After negotiating a treaty which opened Japanese ports to the British, the fleet travelled to China to battle pirates and later "captured" the almost deserted Russian harbour of Ayan. Besides giving his own colourful descriptions of Japan and the Japanese, Tronson also visited Korea, then an isolationist country under the Joseon dynasty. With a repaired tear in the first map and some minor foxing, mostly near the plates. In very good condition.

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        MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES to the Two Houses of Congress at the Commencement of the Second Session of the Thirty-Third Congress

      Washington: A.O.P. Nicholson (printer), 1854. Quarto. Senate issue, 33d Congress, 2d session, Ex. Doc. No. 1, part III, containing the illustrations belonging to the reports that would accompany this message, (1)pp lists of plates, all 45 plates, plans or maps are present, bound in publisher's dark brown embossed cloth lettered in gilt and blind, spine lettering gilt, some light scattered foxing, a very good copy.

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        Catalogus Omnium Civitatum in Singulis Imperii Sinarum Provinciis Existentium,: cum orthographia, qua ipsarum nomina exprimere solent ex diversis nationibus missionarii ibedem commerantes, in Commodum S.C. de Progroganda Fide digestus a Fr. Josepho Novella Ord. Minor S. Francisci reformator.

      Rome Lithog. Danesi 1854 - 'A gazetteer of all the states in the provinces of the Chinese Empire, with orthography, where their names are [commerantes] from foreign missionaries, for the SC Progroganda Fide compiled by Fr. Jospeho Novella Ord. Minor S. Francisci reformator.' COPAC: BL & Oxford only An unsophisticated copy, untrimmed, rather dusty at edges, occasional minor foxing. Bound in library buckram. First edition Folio, pp.iv, 153, [1]. Lithographed throughout, Chinese characters in text.

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        Warrant to Apprehend a Person Charged with an Indictable Offence

      Melbourne, 1854. Folio, 2 pp. on a single leaf printed form completed in manuscript. The arrest warrant for Frederick "Colonel" Vern of Ballarat, dated two days before the Eureka Stockade riot. The warrant cites the charge that Vern had, on the first of December, "train[ed] large bodies of men to the use of arms to practise military evolutions and exercise". On the day this warrant was written, the stockade established by the miners was a flurry of activity in preparation for the infamous siege two days later. Significantly, the men Vern were alleged to have trained never materialised and Vern escaped, while 120 miners were taken prisoner. According to one witness account the "men under Verne were all out of the Stockade, when the battle started and they were the larger portion of the rebels. Knowing of the ambush it greatly assisted Captain Thomas plans in attacking them, Verne was in charge of the ambuscade, therefore he could not have been in the Stockade when it was attacked,..." [Andrew Hermiston in the Euroa Advertiser]. A £500 reward was later issued on 11th December 1854 for his capture, famously the highest for a Eureka rebel.Dubbed the "red republican" by The Argus, Vern was an orator and agitator and one of the leading members of the Ballarat Reform League, which had been established at Bakery Hill on 11 November 1854 following the murder of the miner James Scobie. The League was also formed to address the broader issues of abolition of the hefty gold licence fee imposed by the Victorian Government [SEE ITEM XXX], disbanding of the Gold Commission, suffrage and governance of the gold fields. Other key members were Peter Lalor and Rafaello Carboni, who wrote the vivid and famous account of the subsequent clashes. Carboni took a dim view of Vern. The police description of him is closely recorded on the verso of the warrant methodically noting his height, hair, eyes "grey, very far apart, short and piercing" and that he was: "a Hanoverian, speaks English fluently but with a foreign accent". Carboni is far more scathing. In his account of the Rebellion he retorts "Oh! you long-legged Vern! with the eyes of an opossum, a common nose... broad shoulders, never broken down by too much work... the whole of your appearance makes you a lion amongst the fair sex, in spite of your bad English... They say you come from Hanover but your friends have seen too much in you of the Mexico-Peruvian you have not a dishonest heart, but you believe in nothing except the gratification of your silly vanity, or ambition, as you call it." Vern was to outlast the slings and arrows of his critics and would-be captors, penning an account of Eureka published in The Melbourne Magazine in 1855 "as no account of these famous disturbances, from the point of view in which they were regarded by the misguided miners, has hitherto been published..." Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

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        Kronstadt In segno di rispetto

      Benedetto Marzolla - Napoli, NAPOLI 1854 - ITALIANO Volume della metà dell'800 in buono stato, coperta in cartone rigido goffrato con bei caratteri dorati in bassorilievo e firma d'appartenenza su piatto anteriore, bordo leggermente consumato, fioritura sparsa, piede con piccola abrasione, all'interno una pianta della città-fortezza di Kronstadt, ricavata dalla Carta pubblicata in Londra da James Wyld geografo di s. m. la Regina e del Princ. Alberto in marzo 1854, a colori, composta da tre tavole montate su pannello in tela e una Veduta della città, a colori, realizzata su dieci tavole montate su tela. Eseguito per cura e sotto la direzione di Benedetto Marzolla-Napoli luglio 1854.

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        The East-India Register and Army List, for 1854. Compiled by Permission of the East-India Company, from the Official Returns Received at the East-India House

      London: Wm. H. Allen & Co, 1854. Hardcover. Very Good. index, c, 145p. plus (6)p. advertisements. Rebound in a red 20th century quarterbinding (red leather backstrip and red cloth). 17cm. Rear joint tender. Richard F. Burton shows up in the list as does John H. Speke.

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        Histoire naturelle générale des règnes organiques, principalement étudiée chez l'homme et les animaux.

      Paris, Masson, 1854, 1859, 1862. ____ Première édition. L'auteur veut "exposer nos connaissances sur l'ensemble et sur les groupes principaux des êtres vivants; relier par une méthode commune, les notions diverses d'origine, et de divers ordres, qui nous sont acquises; de les subordonner hiérarchiquement selon leurs rapports de filiation logique et de causalité. (...) Ce que nul n'a encore tenté, je n'ai pas la présomptueuse espérance de le réaliser. Mais on n'est pas seulement utile à la science par ce qu'on achève : on peut l'être aussi par ce que l'on commence." (Préface). Mort en 1861, Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire n'a pu achever cette tâche immense. "M. Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire est mort ... avant d'avoir terminé l'oeuvre qu'il avait entreprise ... les chapitres XVIII, XIX et XX n'étaient qu'en manuscrit. La famille ... a pensé que ce manuscrit devait être publié sans additions ni retranchements, et elle a livré à l'impression jusqu'aux dernières pages écrites par l'auteur." Bel exemplaire. *-------* First edition. "An undertaking of grandiose intention which was never completed." DSB 5, 360. 3 volumes in-8. Collation : (4), XXIII, (1), 455, (1) / (4), 523, (1) / (4), 539, (1) pp. Demi-chagrin bleu marine, dos à nerfs orné, tranches mouchetées. (Reliure de l'époque.).

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        Le sventure di Perile e Sigismonda Istoria settentrionale

      Gabinetto Letterario, NAPOLI 1854 - ITALIANO Libro in mezza legatura in pelle, i piatti decorati a rilievo mostrano usura, si notano i bordi stanchi, la legatura salda, i tagli con naturale ingiallimento, vol. III

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        Histoire naturelle générale des règnes organiques, principalement étudiée chez l'homme et les animaux

      Masson, 1859, 1862, Paris 1854 - ____ Première édition. L'auteur veut "exposer nos connaissances sur l'ensemble et sur les groupes principaux des êtres vivants; relier par une méthode commune, les notions diverses d'origine, et de divers ordres, qui nous sont acquises; de les subordonner hiérarchiquement selon leurs rapports de filiation logique et de causalité. (.) Ce que nul n'a encore tenté, je n'ai pas la présomptueuse espérance de le réaliser. Mais on n'est pas seulement utile à la science par ce qu'on achève : on peut l'être aussi par ce que l'on commence." (Préface). Mort en 1861, Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire n'a pu achever cette tâche immense. "M. Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire est mort . avant d'avoir terminé l'oeuvre qu'il avait entreprise . les chapitres XVIII, XIX et XX n'étaient qu'en manuscrit. La famille . a pensé que ce manuscrit devait être publié sans additions ni retranchements, et elle a livré à l'impression jusqu'aux dernières pages écrites par l'auteur." Bel exemplaire. *-------* First edition. "An undertaking of grandiose intention which was never completed." DSB 5, 360. 3 volumes in-8. Collation : (4), XXIII, (1), 455, (1) / (4), 523, (1) / (4), 539, (1) pp. Demi-chagrin bleu marine, dos à nerfs orné, tranches mouchetées. (Reliure de l'époque.). [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Die Entdeckung des Naturselbstdruckes oder die Erfindung ganzen Herbarien, Stoffen, Spitzen, Stickereien und überhaupt allen Originalien und Copien... als auch mit natürlichen Farben auf weissem Papiere Abdrücke, dem Originale identisch gleich, gewinnen kann,.. bedarf. Vorgelesen in der mathem. naturw. Classe der kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Wien. (Privilegirt am 12. October 1852, Z. 7698).

      Wien, K.K. Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, 1854. 4to (33.0 x 25.8 cm). 75 pp. of text in double column in four languages; German, English, Italian and French. With 15 (of 19) nature printed plates and four lithographed facsimile letters at the end. Later blind black morocco over green cloth boards.l First edition of Auer's most famous publication. Alois Auer (1813-1869), born in Wels, Austria, was the director of the Kaiserlich-Königlichen Hof und Staatsdruckerei (the Austrian State Printing House). In this publication he describes his "discovery" of nature printing, which he illustrates with some fine coloured examples. He uses dried plants, mosses, lace, snake skin, bat wing, minerals, fossils, etc to show off this "new" method of printing, which he believes at the time will change the history of printing once and for all. In reality nature-printing was invented at least 100 years earlier. He may have shed new light on the entire process and used it in different and innovative ways, but he does not talk about the true inventors in his texts, reffering only and frequently to his invention and the protection of the rights. He did however, by publishing this work in 4 languages, bring it to the general public, and others such as Constantin von Ettingshausen and Alois Pokorny would use his techniques in the years to come. "Auer's method can only be used with objects with tolerably flat surfaces, such as dried and pressed plants, embroidery and lace, and a very few animal productions. The object is placed between a plate of steel and another of lead, both of which are smooth, and polished. They are then drawn through a pair of rollers under considerable pressure. When the plates are separated, it is found that a perfect impression of the object has been made in the leaden plate. This may be used directly as an engraved plate, but only if a very few impressions are wanted, for it is too soft to resist the action of printing presses for practical purposes" [Wikipedia]. Marginal light water stains and some foxing in places, but this is often the case with this book. Poggendorf III, 49; Kirchner 11246; Fischer, 200 Jahre Naturselbstdruck, 39.

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        NICARAGUA. Nach eigener Anschauung im Jahre 1852 und mit besonderer Beziehung auf die Auswanderung nach den heissen Zonen Amerika's beschrieben.

      Braunschweig: F. Vieweg und Sohn, 1854. [i]-xxvi, [1]-296 pages of text followed by [ii] pages of publisher's advertisement. Complete with two folding maps. Bound in circa 1900 library cloth and marbled paper-covered boards, with ex-libris stamps on the back of the title page and the back of the maps, including a duplicate/sell/deaccession stamp. The text has minor foxing scattered here and there. The original yellow printed paper wrappers are bound in after the maps. First edition.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good condition. Octavo (8vo).

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        The Quadrupeds of North America

      New York: V. G. Audubon, 1854-1855. Early octavo edition. Leather bound. 383; 334; 348pp. Royal octavo [28 cm] Full brown leather with raised bands, and titles and elaborate ornamental designs in gilt and blind on the spines and covers. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. The volumes are in good to very good condition, with rubbing to the extremities, and several small cracks at the spine ends along the joints. The text block of volume I has dropped, and is cracked at the beginning. Volumes II and III have a bookseller's small ticket on the front pastedown. The front free endpaper of volume III is detached, but present. The text block of this volume is cracked a couple of times at the center. Volume I has 50 plates. Volume II has 50 plates. Volume III has 55 plates. All with accompanying tissue guards. Occasional light offsetting to the tissue guards. Plate CXLII has a darkened patch in the upper inside margin where a place marker was present (only bleeding ever so slightly into the image). An attractive set of Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America, with 155 illustrations after John James Audubon and John Woodhouse Audubon by W. E. Hitchcock and R. Trembly. Lithographs printed by J. T. Bowen (Philadelphia), Nagel & Weingartner (New York). John James Audubon was most known for his monumental double elephant folio illustrations of American birds, published as "The Birds of America," containing 435 hand-colored engravings of 1,065 birds of 489 species. This series, Audubon's second large-scale project, was first published in three folio volumes with 150 plates between 1845 and 1848, as "The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America." Audubon's son, John Woodhouse Audubon, is credited with producing the later plates when his father's health started to decline. The octavo edition, published shortly thereafter in a more convenient size, was meant to reach a larger amount of consumers. "The Quadrupeds of America" is a lovely example of of the type of artistry which brought John James Audubon his fame, illustrating his use of unusually dramatic poses and settings. At the time, naturalist's were accustomed to viewing specimens shown plainly against a blank background. Instead, Audubon attempted to portray animals as he saw them in nature. These infusions of real animal characteristics can be seen throughout The Quadrupeds of America, even in his portrayal of the common house mouse, depicted indoors near a block of cheese and a ceramic vessel (Plate XC, Volume II). A handsome set of this extensive study of North American natural history by the noted American ornithologist and naturalist.

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        Mikrogeologie. Das Erden und Felsen schaffende Wirken des unsichtbar kleinen selbständigen Lebens auf der Erde.

      - Leipzig, Leopold Voss, 1854. Folio (44.9 x 32.8 cm). Front wrapper pasted on first blank, half-title, title page, dedication leaf, pp. [viii]-xxviii, [1]-374, half-title (to the plates), pp. [1]-31 (index), 41 fine, partly tinted and hand-coloured engraved plates (tissue-guarded) with (multiple) explanatory text leaves. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Gilt lines and title on spine. Marbled endpapers.l A massive work. Weighing over 6.3 kg (1 stone) and sold for the majestic sum of 72 Thaler, it deals with the smallest of all plants and animals, which are the building blocks (or, rather, grains) of many mountain ranges. The fine plates, made with the aid of a microscope, mainly show diatoms, radiolarians, and foraminifers in an endless variety, but also a few small mollusks, serpulorbids and, for instance, living tardigrades. Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg (1795-1876) combined a near unsurpassed knowledge of zoology, comparative anatomy, geology, palaeontology and microscopy. Although perhaps better known for his work with Wilhelm Hemprich on the fauna of the Middle East and northeastern Africa, this actually is his most important work. Here, he showed that many rock types actually consist of nothing but the skeletons of unicellular microorganisms. This made him the father of - as the title of this work reads - micro-geology. "Mikrogeologie", however, also contains a wealth of information on microorganisms in soil, fresh water and seawater from all over the globe. The additional first title page, pasted on the 2nd blank, is probably a cut out of the original (yellow) wrapper. Scattered light foxing to the text, plates clean. Board edges rubbed, otherwise a fine copy of this very rare work. Nissen ZBI, 1245; Ward & Carozzi, 724-725 (text and atlas apart). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Report on the Commissioner of Patents For the Year 1853. Agriculture

      Beverley Tucker, Senate Printer, Washington DC 1854 - 8vo. [1], [4] color plates, 448pp., [1]. A few text illustrations. Brown cloth hardcover with blind stamped covers and title "Senate Document" on front and rear boards. Title on spine. Edge wear to boards and corners. Light to moderate scattered foxing and toning to pages. Inscribed to "Jno J. Jones by Hon. Robt Toombs, Jany 9, 1857" on the right front end paper. Prior to the Civil War, Robert Toombs served in the Georgia House of Representatives, United States House of Representatives, and later elected to the United States Senate from the Whig Party. After the election of Lincoln, Toombs supported the secession of Georgia from the Union. He is considered one of the founding fathers of the Confederacy and formed a close relationship with Alexander Stephens also from Georgia. During the war, Toombs served as a General. After the war, Toombs departed for Europe and returned to Georgia in 1867. He died in 1885. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Thirty Years' View; or, a History of the Working of the American Government for Thirty Years Vol. 1 only

      D. APPLETON AND COMPANY, NEW YORK 1854 - hinge cracked, corners bumped, pages age toned, markings on front end paper, previous owners signature on inside of front cover, text block cracked, vol. 1 only DATE PUBLISHED: 1854 EDITION: 739 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        For San Francisco, California. To Sail in the 25th of July, Positively. The First Class American Packet Ship "Louisa."

      This very early ship sailing card, printed in Australia, measuring an astonishing 5 3/4 x 9 inches, advertises a sailing from Australia to San Francisco - “the El Dorado of America.” An ad announcing the departure in the "Melbourne Argus" for July 17, 1854 lists the "Louisa" as "500 tons burthen." The card is dated in manuscript on the back “Captain George Webster August 3 1854,” and a small news clipping pasted to the front of the card validates this sailing date, names Elbridge Webster as owner, and lists cabin passengers. I have never seen the like, and probably never will again. Nor is it likely that Adams & Co., the agents for whom the card was printed, sent many more ships to California. According to an article entitled “History of the Express Business” in Banker's Magazine, the successful American firm “Adams & Co. had attempted to establish an express at Melbourne, Australia… but for various causes entirely beyond their control, the enterprise was a failure, and resulted in heavy loss to their firm.” The printer's slug at the very bottom of the card reads, "Goodhugh and Trembath, 48 Flinders Lane, East, and 174 Elizabeth Street." Ferguson's "Bibliography of Australia" locates this printing company in Melbourne. The card is printed in blue, with gold display lettering. Lightly and evenly tanned. In fine condition.

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        General Report of the Auditor of Public Accounts for the Territory of Utah: Presented to the Legislative Assembly December 18, 1854.

      Utah Territory. Very Good. 1854. Pamphlet. Uncut pamphlet. Title in black lettering. Light fraying and soiling to fore and bottom edges. Included in the report is a general assessment of property and present conditions of public improvements. Calkin apologizes to the Assembly saying that "it is with extreme regret...that I present with you so meager a report," commenting on the neglect of duty of other officers of the territory. Very early Mormon imprint. 1/100 copies printed by Joseph Cain, public printer, Salt Lake City, 1854. We have never handled this rare item before. Not in Flake. Four copies in OCLC as of January 2017. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 8 pp .

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