The viaLibri website requires cookies to work properly. You can find more information in our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Displayed below are some selected recent viaLibri matches for books published in 1854

        The Seer (Volume 1, Number 1, January, 1853 - Volume 2, Number 8, August, 1854)

      S. W. Richards; Franklin D. Richards, Washington, D.C.; Liverpool 1854 - 320pp. Octavo [21.5 cm] Modern black leather with the title, date, and five double ruled borders gilt stamped on the spine. New endsheets and flyleaves. In a custom beige cloth clamshell box, with "The Seer, Liverpool 1853-4" stamped in gilt on the black leather spine label. Skillful tissue repairs to the margins of the first 16 pages. Periodic underlining in pen (more pronounced at the beginning) and marginal markings. Occasional foxing. The clamshell box has a tiny ink stain on the rear panel. "Reprinted verbatim in Liverpool from the Washington, D.C., edition, with the addition of vol. 2, nos. 7-8, published by F. D. Richards." - Flake Following the fall General Conference in 1852, Orson Pratt was called to preside over the Eastern mission and to publish a periodical defending Mormon theology and practices, particularly polygamy. Pratt covered many doctrinal issues, including Celestial Marriage and the Preexistence. Brigham Young thought some of the ideas discussed were poorly conceived, and had the publication cease operation. In 1865, the Church of Latter-day Saints disowned the writings saying, "The Seer contains doctrines which we cannot sanction, and which we have felt impressed to disown, so that the Saints who now live, and who may live hereafter, may not be misled by our silence, or be left to misinterpret it. Where these objectionable works, or parts of works, are bound in volumes, or otherwise, they should be cut out and destroyed." Mormon Fifty 40. Flake/Draper 7610. Mormon Imprints 42. Crawley 770. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA]
 1.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        HARPER'S STORY BOOKS. A Series of Narratives, Dialogues, Biographies, and Tales, for the Instruction and Entertainment of the Young. Embellished with Numerous and Beautiful Engravings.

      Harper & Brothers ca. 1854-1860, New York - 12 vols. bound in 10, each with 3 or 4 titles for a total of 36 (the complete series), each with its own title page. Each of the stories is illustrated with a woodcut frontispiece and a title page vignette, as well as varying numbers of finely executed text woodcuts (there are over 1,000 woodcuts in this complete series). Uniform 19th century black calf, gilt, over marbled boards, some rubbing at extremities. Front hinges of two volumes with hairline cracks, but all covers are holding soundly. A very nice complete set that is now quite scarce. These 36 volumes were each published separately, as well as in this collection. "Some of the Story Books are written particularly for girls and some for boys, and the different volumes are adapted to various ages, so that the work forms a complete library of Story Books for all the children of the family." The 36 separate titles in this multi-volume set are (listed alphabetically): The Alcove; Aunt Margaret; Bruno, or Taught By a Dog; Carl and Jocko; Congo; Dialogues for the Amusement and Instruction of Young Persons; Elfred; Emma; The Engineer; [Benjamin] Franklin the Apprentice Boy; The Gibralter Gallery; The Great Elm; Harper Establishment, or How the Story Books Are Made; Jasper; John True; Judge Justin; Lapstone; The Little Louvre; Little Paul; Minigo; Museum; Orkney the Peacemaker; Prank; Rambles Among the Alps; The Story of American History; The Story of Ancient History; The Story of English History; The Strait Gate; The Studio for Young Artists at Home; Vernon; Viola and Her Little Brother Arno; Virginia; Three Gold Dollars; Timboo and Fanny; Timboo and Joliba; and Willie and the Mortgage. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Second-Hand Rows]
 2.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        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 spriteA 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.

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller ]
 3.   Check availability:     ABAA     Link/Print  

        Receipt for Legal Fees Charged for the Defence of a Slave, 1854.

      1854. Legal Fees Charged to Represent a Slave in Court [Manuscript]. [Slavery]. [United States]. [Receipt for Legal Fees Charged for the Defence of a Slave]. N.p.: May 17, 1854. 4-1/2" x 7-3/4" lined blue leaf, content in clear hand to recto, "(38)" in tiny hand to verso. Some toning and light foxing, faint fold lines. A well-preserved item. $500. * Signed by G.W. Gayle, most likely the defence attorney, this document reads (in part): "Rec.d of Wm. Jones, an admin. of the estate of Robert S. McLane, Decd., one hundred & fifty dollars in full for defending a slave named Bob (or Rob), on a charge of the murder of Moses, a slave belonging to Enoch Walton."

      [Bookseller: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.]
 4.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  

        Handley Cross; or, Mr. Jorrocks's Hunt

      London: Bradbury and Evans, 1854. First edition. Hand colored frontispiece, 16 hand colored steel engravings, and numerous woodcut text illustrations by John Leech. 1 vols. 8vo. Original tan pictorial cloth, gilt, some cover wear, recased with new endpapers, internally fine; with the armorial bookplate of Lord Farnham of Quorndon on front pastedown. In a cloth protective wrapper with morocco label. First edition. Hand colored frontispiece, 16 hand colored steel engravings, and numerous woodcut text illustrations by John Leech. 1 vols. 8vo. First edition, Original Cloth, of Surtees's Mastrerpiece.

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller ]
 5.   Check availability:     ABAA     Link/Print  

        History of the Israelitish Nation, from Abraham to the Present Time, Derived from the Original Sources. Vol. I (Complete Series)

      Albany: J. Munsell, 1854. First edition. Hardcover. g. 8vo. xxiv, 560pp. Original black cloth with decorative blind stamp and gold lettering on spine. Brown cloth. Biblical history from Abraham to destruction of the First Temple in 586 B.C.E. Signs of aging. Wear to corners and head and tail of spine. Some foxing to endpapers, none in text. Pencil annotations in margins. Edge toning. Pages in good condition. Overall in fair to good condition. Rabbi Isaac M. Wise was a leader of the Reform movement in nineteenth century America. Founded Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. The preface is a good example of nineteenth century American Reform ideology, a period in which Reform Jews, mostly German immigrants, attempted to integrate into American society.

      [Bookseller: Eric Chaim Kline - Bookseller ]
 6.   Check availability:     ABAA     Link/Print  

        A Text Book of Anatomy, and Guide in Dissections, for the use of Students of Medicine and Dental Surgery.

      Lindsay & Blakiston 1854 - xxxii, 33-810p. With plates. wrappers. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Yushodo Co., Ltd.]
 7.   Check availability:     IberLibro     Link/Print  

        Poetical Works

      1854. BYRON, George Gordon, Lord. The Poetical Works. London: John Murray, 1854. Ten volumes. 12mo, contemporary full tan calf gilt, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, burgundy and green morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers and edges. $2800.Early edition of ByronÂ’s works, with engraved frontispieces and vignette title pages in each volume, 13 of them from drawings by J.M.W. Turner, plus two additional plates by Turner and a folding facsimile of the manuscript of ByronÂ’s early poem “To D—” in Volume I. In a handsome contemporary binding.Includes all of ByronÂ’s poems and verse dramas, including his masterworks Childe HaroldÂ’s Pilgrimage and Don Juan. Index in Volume X. Owner signatures and bookbinder tickets in each volume.Occasional scattered light foxing to interiors; light rubbing to contemporary calf. A handsome set.

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
 8.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Fiends, Ghosts and Sprites. Inclusing an account of the origin and nature of belief in the supernatural.

      London: Richard Bentley. 1854. FIRST PARLOUR BOOK CASE EDITION. Octavo, pp. 276. Bound in publisher's embossed green cloth, titled and decorated in gilt to spine, top edge and fore-edge deckled. Minor sunning to extremities, with some light bumping and faint shelfwear, endcaps pushed, cloth is slightly parted at top spine joint of front board, textblock shaken in the case, with gauze-cloth joints showing to inside gutters. Spine sunned to a paler green, gilt tooling remains bright, blind decoration to covers is attractive. Ink ownership to front pastedown, internally clean with minor light spotting in some places. A detailed and fluent examination of the nature of superstition and belief in the uncanny, with numerous anecdotes and attempted interpretations. Scarce and interesting. A very good copy.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington]
 9.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  

        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.

      [Bookseller: Ten Pound Island Book Co.]
 10.   Check availability:     IOBABooks     Link/Print  

        Walden; or, life in the woods

      Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1854. FIRST EDITION. Map of Walden Pond facing page 307. A couple of leaves in the back are misbound, but appear to have been done so at the time the book was originally bound. Original brown cloth stamped in blind with gilt lettering on spine, expertly rebacked; interior with minor spotting, but overall an excellent copy. First edition of an American classic, one of two thousand copies of the first printing. Originally written in a journal before they were made into a book, the entries date from 1839 and extend to within a few months of the publication. This was the second of two books published during the author's lifetime. Thoreau (1817-62), New England transcendentalist, natural philosopher and peaceful anarchist, opposed the oppressive forces of government and industrial life upon the individual. He acted variously upon his philosophy, gradually removing himself from economic production, then living apart from the community in his retreat at Walden Pond. Later he was to refuse to pay his poll tax as a protest against the Mexican war, being jailed for a single night before an aunt paid the tax. He further demonstrated his conviction in the supremacy of conscience over law by assisting in the escape of fugitive slaves.

      [Bookseller: B & L Rootenberg Rare Books & Manuscript]
 11.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        The Bridesmaid; [together with] The Lover's Letter box; [together with] The Day Before Marriage.

      Northampton Square: George Baxter Patentee,, 1854. 353. 3 works. Baxter prints. Size: 26.5 x 37.5 cm (10½ x 15 inches). Very good condition. The Bridesmaid is after a painting by Brooks. The Lover's Letter Box is after Jessie McLeod (active 1850s). The Day before Marriage is from a painting by Fanny Corbaux. The print is announced in the key to the Great Exhibition and Visitors Guide to London (1851) as "shortly to be published". Recommended in the 1860 catalogue as a trio.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
 12.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Leçons cliniques de médecine mentale faites à l'Hospice de la Salpêtrière. Première partie, Symptomatologie générale des maladies mentales.

      Paris, Baillière, 1854. ____ Première édition sous forme de livre. Ces leçons avaient été publiées dans la "Gazette des hôpitaux" en 23 livraisons. La suite de cette première partie" n'a jamais été publiée. Falret avait été l'élève de Pinel et Esquirol. Relié à la suite : MANDON, J. A. Histoire critique de la folie instantanée, temporaire, instinctive ou étude philosophique, physiologique médicale et légale des rapports de la volonté avec l'intelligence pour apprécier la responsabilité des fous instinctifs, des suicides et des criminels. Paris, Baillière, 1862. In-8 de XXXII, 212 pp. Première édition. Cet ouvrage a reçu une médaille d'or de la "Société impériale de médecine de Bordeaux". Envoi signé sur le faux-titre. Bon exemplaire. *****. In-8. Collation : VI, 270 pp. Demi-basane beige, dos orné. (Reliure de l'époque.).

      [Bookseller: Hugues de Latude]
 13.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  

        PICTURE FABLES By Alfred Crowquill.

      16 leaves, all printed on one side only and bearing hand-coloured illustrations with text beneath. Original pictorial paper-covered boards, recently re-backed. Quarto. First edition. Expertly re-backed; boards worn and rubbed; else very good. Tipped on to the front is the original receipt for twenty pounds five shillings Forrester was paid by Grant & Griffith for this book. It is signed using his usual pseudonym of Alfred Crowquill, and dated November 10th 1854.

      [Bookseller: David Miles]
 14.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  

        Map of the Boroughs of Danbury and Bethell [Bethel] Fairfield County Conn.

      D. Mc. Carthy D. E., Philadelphia 1854 - Consists of three maps on one sheet: Danbury Village; Bethel; Mill Plain. Also 15 inset views of buildings. Published in circa 1854. 45.3 inches wide by 35.8 inches long (115.1 x 91.0 cm). Wall map in very good condition and very recently backed on new linen with rods by Green Dragon Bindery. Very scarce wall map.

      [Bookseller: Yesterday's Gallery, ABAA]
 15.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        ICONOTECA ITALIANA, ossia Collezione di sessanta ritratti d?Illustri Italiani

      1854. Stampe - Uomini illustri " Titolo: ICONOTECA ITALIANA, ossia Collezione di sessanta ritratti d?Illustri Italiani Autore: UOMINI ILLUSTRI Editore: L. Ducci e Comp. Anno di stampa: 1854 7959 UOMINI ILLUSTRI ICONOTECA ITALIANA, ossia Collezione di sessanta ritratti d?Illustri Italiani Cenni biografici degli Uomini i cui ritratti compongono l?Iconoteca italiana Firenze, L. Ducci e Comp, 1854. Tra i tanti personaggi famosi ritratti si evidenziano: Galileo, Leonardo Fibonacci, Volta, Tasso, Raffaello, Polo, Plutarco, Petrarca, Mascagni, Macchiavelli, Colombo, Carlo Alberto, Boccaccio, Archimede ed altri. Volume di cm. 34x25, di pp. 14 di testo na cui seguono 60 belle litografie con fondino grigio chiaro. Bella legatura in mezza pelle originale con fregi oro al ds.piatti marmorizzati. ? 900 "

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico Salvatore Viscuso]
 16.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        Sociology for the South

      1854. First Edition . FITZHUGH, George. Sociology for the South, Or the Failure of Free Society. Richmond, VA.: A. Morris, 1854. Octavo, original brown cloth rebacked with original spine laid down, later endpapers. $1500.First edition of the first book by Fitzhugh, the influential proslavery work that ridiculed the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, attacked Adam SmithÂ’s concept of free trade, and angered Lincoln, who deftly turned around “Fitzhugh's writing to probe the logic of proslavery arguments and formulate his counter arguments,” including his famed House Divided speech.Known as the ""Garrison of the South,"" Fitzhugh was ""the most notable proponent of the South as a unique civilization and Southerners as a people of destiny"" (Hobson, Tell About the South, 24). Sociology of the South, his first book, is ""the first American imprint to include the relatively new word 'sociology' in the title"" (Encyclopedia of Virginia). Branded ""satanic"" by Garrison, Fitzhugh's defense of slavery was especially disturbing to Lincoln and his law partner Herndon. In the 1850s, alarmed by the fury of proslavery sentiments, they subscribed to the ""rabidly proslavery"" Richmond Enquirer, which featured many of Fitzhugh's writings, and Herndon bought a copy of Sociology. Lincoln was particularly angered by Fitzhugh's argument that slaves had greater freedom than other laborers, and noted in ""memoranda to himself 'we never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it, by being a slave himself'"" (Donald, Lincoln, 187; emphasis in original). ""Lincoln was appalled by Fitzhugh's argument that in an ideal society labor should be enslaved"" (Sinha, Slaves Cause, 574). He ""pointed to these ideas as evidence of a Southern desire to enslave NorthernersÂ… [and] used Fitzhugh's writing to probe the logic of proslavery arguments and formulate his counter arguments.""The only contention of Fitzhugh's that Lincoln could accept derived from the idea ""that the Northern system of free labor and the Southern system of chattel slavery were irreconcilably opposed."" It is a concept that resonates in Lincoln's 1858 ""House Divided"" speech: ""A house divided against itself cannot stand"" (Lowance, House Divided, 131). Fitzhugh's Sociology also dismantled the Declaration of Independence, arguing ""Men are not created or born equalÂ… 'Life and liberty' are not 'inalienable;' they have been sold in all countries, and in all ages, and must be sold so long as human nature lasts."" In addition to attacking Jefferson and Locke, Fitzhugh maintained Adam Smith ""failed to grasp the damage free markets did to unprotected workers"" (Encyclopedia of Virginia), and contended ""that the abolition of the slave trade had contributed to the rise of a planter oligarchy by rendering slaves unaffordable to all but the wealthiest of planters"" (McMahon, Global Dimensions, 108). Featuring articles appearing in the Richmond Enquirer, many revised and expanded for this first collection in book form, together with appendix containing Fitzhugh's 1849 pamphlet, Slavery Justified. ""The first work on sociology produced in this country"" (Howes F165);: with Howes ""aa"" code indicating ""books that are quite scarce, obtainable only with some difficulty."" Sabin 24618. Early marginalia to two leaves.Interior fresh with only lightest scattered foxing. A near-fine copy.

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
 17.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Geschichte der Türkei. Erster bis achter Band. Deutsch von Johannes Nordmann.

      Wien, Wallishausser, 1854 - 1856. 3 Bde. 259 + 266 + 266, 276 + 238 + 282, 259 + 257 S. Lwd. der Zeit. DEA. Alle acht Bände in drei Büchern. - Ebd. etw. fleckig, bestoßen, R. m. Läsuren, tlw. etw. stockfleckig, gelöschte Besitzsign. a. V.,tlw. in den Gelenken etw. gelockert. - Versand D: 7,00 EUR Geschichte; Reise; Türkei

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Weinek]
 18.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        Aulacorhamphus Caeruleogularis, Gould. [Blue-throated Groove-bill].

      Printed by Hullmandel & Walton. Published between 1852- 1854. Lithograph, handcolored, on sheet 21 1/2 x 14 inches. Overall light foxing, light embossing from clips at top edge, remains of three small pieces of tape at top edge of verso. With accompanying text sheet. A stunningly rich image from the second edition of John Gould's magnificent "A monograph of the Ramphastidae, or family of Toucans."

 19.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  

        La Divina Commedia

      Francesco Pagnoni, Tipografo Editore, 1854. Con ragionamenti e note di Niccolò Tommaseo. Ristampa dell'edizione milanese del 1854. Con 55 tavole incise in rame da Giuseppe Gandini su disegni di Federigo Faruffini e Carlo Barbieri. 3 volumi. 4to. pp. 622 + 736 + 732. . Molto buono (Very Good). . . .

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico Marini]
 20.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        Original Sketches in the Punjaub. By a Lady.

      London Dickinson 1854 - First edition. Landscape folio (37 x 28 cm), 20 tinted lithographed plates, coloured by hand, some slight spotting, but a good copy in original red cloth, gilt roundel to upper covert, neatly rebacked preserving portions of original spine, corners slightly bumped. Fine views of Lahore and Amritsar. The drawings were selected from an album produced by the wife of a British army officer serving in the Punjab. The artist remains unknown although we do know something of her intentions as the Preface records here thus: "No attempt has been made to draw pictures as they ought to be; the desire has been to convey to an English eye some notion of the bright, vivid colouring of Indian scenes - the strange, and often uncouth attitudes of the natives, - and their costume, as far as the scale of these sketches will admit of exactness. Nothing is more untrue than the heavy, brassy sky, the usual accompaniment of an Indian sketch. The great heat, on the contrary, takes away colour from the atmosphere, and leaves it almost white, leaving the houses, and gay clothing of the natives, all the brighter for the contrast." The book is rare. Abbey speculates that it may have been privately published. Abbey Travel 483. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
 21.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  

        Important Autograph Letter signed to his fellow radical George CRAWSHAY (John, 1811-1889, Radical Statesman)

      1854 - (1821–1896, ironmaster and politician) saying that he doesn't "think the [Conservative] Opposition will move a 'want of confidence'. If the War keeps Corn at 80/- it will not be unpopular with the Land - besides they fear to take the reins amid the difficulties they have done their best to create. I condemn the [peace] negociations as well as the [Crimean] War - & I quite agree with Mrs Urquhart that the men who made so many blunders in the former cannot be expected successfully to manage the latter. But the conduct of you & your friends amazes me - not that you are for war, so much as that you have imagined that your war, a war for freedom, for Parliaments & a Press, & all that men call political freedom, could possibly be entered into & maintained by our Cabinet, the machine of our Oligarchy, from whom we have been compelled to wrest whatever freedom we possess by menaces & prolonged agitations. The notion of our Aristocratic Govt fighting for liberty is a delusion such as no sane man should have been taken in by. The result of this war, will, I suspect be less liberty & education & prosperity at home, with no increase of liberty abroad .", he continues that he does not wish the Government to remain, "there is no punishment they do not richly deserve, but till the people have suffered largely & I fear, till the nation is humiliated somewhat & its arrogant and boastful spirit checked, no ministry will make peace. I am for non-intervention which is the very opposite of your views, therefore I don't see how you & I can act together on any question of foreign policy. I conceive our present policy a huge blunder & a crime against the world .", 4 sides 8vo., Rochdale, 29th November At this time the Government was a Coalition of about 30 Peelites (anti-protectionist) under Lord Aberdeen (Prime Minister, 19th December 1852) and over 200 Whigs (including Palmerston and Gladstone). As to declaring war on Russia in support of Turkey, (27th March 1854), Bright was quite simply against it, seeing the damage to trade. Aberdeen reluctantly acquiesced, putting his trust in diplomacy and perhaps a naval bombardment. Palmerston was all for it. Here Bright, who shared many passions with Crawshay, cannot believe Crawshay's reasons for supporting the war. Mrs Urquhart (1824-1889) was helping her husband, David Urquhart (1805-1879, Independent MP for Stafford, 1847-1852), the ardent Turcophile. She was a sister of the future Lord Carlingford and they married in September 1854. As a young man, Urquhart had fought and been wounded in the battle for Greek independence, but his views changed after working at the British embassy in Constantinople, and at times he went native. But, says Bright, the war is not about liberty and freedom of speech, which will never emerge so long as the present 'Aristocratic' system of government prevails. The conduct of the war was under increasing attack from the public. As it turned out, Aberdeen resigned in January 1855 over a vote of 'no confidence' and Palmerston became Prime Minister on 6th February 1855.

      [Bookseller: Sophie Dupre ABA ILAB PADA]
 22.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        WALDEN, Or, Life In the Woods

      Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854. First edition, first state of the text, early state of the ads, May 1854 (no priority). Illustrated with the map of Walden Pond printed on a separate leaf and inserted at p. 307. 8vo, publisher’s original brown cloth lettered in gilt and ruled in blind on spine, bordered and decorated in blind on all covers. 357, [8 ads (dated May, 1854)] pp. A handsome copy indeed, internally very pleasing and very fresh with very little evidence of age or use, the volume is especially clean and shows essentially none of the foxing to which it is prone, the binding expertly refurbished at the top of the spine panel. HIGHLY IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION OF A SEMINAL WORK IN AMERICAN LITERATURE. WALDEN IS AN ICONIC BOOK and it has taken its place as one of the greatest books of American literature and a highlight of American thought. In attempting an experiment in simple living Thoreau became the embodiment of the American quest for the spiritual over the material; and his book, ostensibly a simple record of his experiment, has earned the reputation as a work of great philosophical import. "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." Walden is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance. By immersing himself in nature, Thoreau hoped to gain a more objective understanding of society through personal introspection. Simple living and self-sufficiency were Thoreau's other goals, and the whole project was inspired by transcendentalist philosophy, a central theme of the American Romantic Period. As Thoreau made clear in his book, his cabin was not in the wilderness, but at the edge of town, only about two miles from his family home.

      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc.]
 23.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Investigation of the Laws of Thought, On Which are Founded the Mathematical Theories of Logic and Probabilities

      London: Walton & Maberly, 1854. This appears to be the first edition, probable second state, with the Errata page following the table of contents and the Note. This is an ex-library book with most of the usual markings. Otherwise, the hardcover is good with shelfwear, bumped corners, damage to the front hinge, wear to the top and bottom of the spine and foxing to the early and later pages. Issued without a dust jacket. A nice example of a very scarce edition.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good. Ex-Library.

      [Bookseller: MyFirstEditions]
 24.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Watercolour Prespective of the Interior of Scarthingwell Roman Catholic Church of Immaculate Conception and St John of Beverley, North Yorkshire

      c.1854 Stunning interior view of this ornate Neo-Norman church. Showing its lavish plasterwork decoration, original polychromy and stained glass by William Wailes. Watercolour. 420x610mm. Built by a member of the Atkinson family for Lord Hawkes of Scarthingwell Hall in 1854, the church originally functioned as a private chapel. The Hall was demolished in the 1960s (though some of the landscaped grounds survive) and the church now stands alone. This watercolour is of particular interest as it shows the vibrant original colour scheme, now whitewashed over. .

      [Bookseller: Janette Ray]
 25.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  

        Etudes médico-psychologiques sur l'aliénation mentale

      Paris J.-B. Baillière, 1854. 1854, 1854, in-8, (4), 811 pp, demi-basane marron dos orné de filets dorés, Première édition. Principal ouvrage de Renaudin, directeur de l'asile de Maréville, élève de Fodéré, où il expose sa théorie psychico-somatique. Ouvrage de grand intérêt dans l'histoire de la psychiatrie française notamment pour son utilisation du terme de psychose et son introduction des notions de psychose et de psychosomatique. Bel exemplaire

      [Bookseller: Librairie Alain Brieux]
 26.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        Die Nibelungen Große Oper in 5 Acten von E[duard] Gerber... Vollst[ändiger] Klavierauszug mit Text 7 1/2 Thlr. [Piano-vocal score]

      Berlin: Ed. Bote & G. Bock [PN B. & B. 3100], [ca. 1854]. Folio. Newly bound in quarter black morocco with spine in decorative compartments gilt. 1f. (title with pictorial illustration to head), 1f. (printed dedication to Charles-Alexander, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar), [xii] (passages from Nibelungenlied and libretto), [i] (cast list), [ii]-[iii] (contents), 2-170, [ii] (blank) pp. Title, dedication, and passages from the Nibelungenlied lithographed; cast list, contents, and music engraved. The six leaves of Nibelungenlied excerpts and libretto are printed on a different, finer paper. Printer's note to lower right corner of final page of music: "Stich und Druck von Ed. Bote u: G. Bock, Berlin." Publisher's blindstamp to foot of title. The title also advertises a full score, a part set, a piano-vocal score with four-hands accompaniment, a piano reduction without vocal parts, and editions of the overture for orchestra, piano solo, and piano four-hands. Except for the two piano reductions of the overture, only the present piano-vocal score is listed with a price. Signature dated May 20, 1874 to title; one word of text underlay ("Lüsten") underlined in red crayon on p. 100. Browning to edges (especially the six Niebelungenlied excerpts and libreetto) and slightly to moderately foxed. A very good copy overall. First (and only) Edition. Quite rare (2 copies in the U.S. only, at UC Berkeley and Riverside). "His Die Nibelungen (1854), by far the most successful of his operas, is based on the medieval Nibelungenlied, a source approached by Wagner when sketching the Ring cycle, and uses an ambitious scheme of reminiscence motifs - which may also reflect the influence of Liszt, who conducted the opera's première at Weimar." Adelyn Peck Leverett and Christopher Fifield in Grove online.

 27.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  

        The Bridesmaid; [together with] The Lover's Letter box; [together with] The Day Before Marriage. 353.

      Northampton Square: George Baxter Patentee, 1854 - 3 works. Baxter prints. Size: 26.5 x 37.5 cm (10½ x 15 inches). Very good condition. The Bridesmaid is after a painting by Brooks. The Lover's Letter Box is after Jessie McLeod (active 1850s). The Day before Marriage is from a painting by Fanny Corbaux. The print is announced in the key to the Great Exhibition and Visitors Guide to London (1851) as "shortly to be published". Recommended in the 1860 catalogue as a trio. George Baxter Colour Printer His Life and Work. C.T Courtney Lewis.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
 28.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  

        Autograph letter signed.

      Frankfurt am Main, 27. II. 1854. - 4to. 1 p. on bifolium with integral address leaf. To the grammar school teacher Carl Sch

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
 29.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  

        Hutching's California Scenes/the California Indians" Lettersheet (Gold Rush Era)

      Sun Print 1854 - Hutching's (sic) California Scenes/The California Indians created by Nahl, Charles Christian (1818-1878) , German, artist Anthony & Baker (active 1850s) , engraver Hutchings, J. M. (James Mason) (1820-1902) , publisher Sun Print (active c. 1850) , printer. Includes eight views: Indian Fandango/dance; gathering acorns; gathering seeds; mode of traveling; burning their dead; catching grasshoppers; grinding acorns and cooking food. Most images show Indian women at work. Print on blue laid paper: wood engraving 11" x 9". This issue does not include publisher credit and copyright date as sometimes found at the foot of the vignette sheet. Interior is blank. Corners are rounded with light chipping to the edges. Several small areas of light brown discoloration. Blind embossed stamp on verso of clipper ship and "packet post London". Rhodes & Sons watermarked paper. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall

      [Bookseller: Back of Beyond Books, ABAA]
 30.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        Un seigneur et son écuyer regardant trois femmes à l'éventail près de l'eau

      1854. original print printed between 1847 and 1854. Cut after a margin of cm. Modern coaching performed in Tokyo with the back label: Jinbocho Kanda Tokyo. Japan. Kingyokudo & co. polished mahogany frame. The stamp carries an adhesive on a tiny margin that connects to the mat. A polystyrene plate and a Japanese wooden panel on the back. Small swivel rivets permetent quick access to the engraving. A removable cord tissue Snaps burning.1854 23x35cm Format Oban une feuille

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
 31.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  

        Les filles du feu

      The rare and sought-after first editionContemporary or very near contemporary half black shagreen over marbled paper boards, spine in five compartments with blindruled fillets, marbled pastedowns and endpapersA little foxing as usual (cf Clouzot)A good and rare copy in a contemporary binding. D. Giraud Paris 1854 11,5x18cm relié

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
 32.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  

        Viennese boxed friendship album containing autograph sentiments by Fanny Elßler, Franz Grillparzer, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, etc. Vienna, mostly 1854-1887.

      1854. Large oblong 8vo. 43 ff. in carmine red velvet cassette with four gilt brass fittings and moirée satin endpapers. All edges gilt; red calf spine. The 33 entries, some written on the album leaf, others in letters or separate sheets of paper mounted within the album, are by the poets and playwrights Eduard von Bauernfeld, Ignaz Franz Castelli, Franz Grillparzer ("Was man den Kindern thut / Ist doppelt gut; / Weil im Erfolg, den Jeder sieht / Man ihre Ältern miterzieht"), Friedrich Halm (i. e. Baron Münch-Bellinghausen), Paul Maria Lacroma, Heinrich Laube, Betty Paoli, Otto Prechtler and Moritz Gottlieb Saphir; the scholars Helene von Druskowitz, Carl Helm, Ernst Pauer and Johann Emanuel Veith; the composer J. Hoven (i. e. Johann Vesque von Püttlingen: five-bar muscial quotation with the text: "und wäre nicht das Bißchen Liebe, so gäb' es nirgends einen Halt"); the singers Alois Ander and Emil Götze; the actors and actresses Marie Bayer-Bürck, Carl and Elisabeth Fichtner, Amalie Haizinger, Stella Hohenfels, Carl von La Roche, Carl Lucas, Louise Neumann, Carl and Julie Rettich, Mathilde Wildauer, Charlotte Wolter and Zerline Würzburg (wife of Ludwig Gabillon) and the dancer Fanny Elßler (fragment). A signature by Emperor Franz Joseph is mounted into the album. The pretty collection is topped off by a watercolour (signed Franz Steinfeld) and an oil landscape (signed "J. W.", corners broken). - Includes an ALS by Ignaz Franz Castelli (dated Vienna, 25 March 1864).

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Inlibris]
 33.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        Remarks on Some Fossil Impressions in the Sandstone Rocks of Connecticut River

      Boston Ticknor and Fields 1854 - Octavo. Original blue cloth elaborately blocked in blind, title to upper board gilt. First edition and a very attractive copy. Folding salt print frontispiece depicting fossil tracks. Lightly rubbed at extremities, a few faint spots and marks to cloth, head of spine bumped, two small dampstains to preliminaries not affecting frontispiece. Excellent condition. This book was the second American publication (and first American scientific publication) to be illustrated with a photograph, a salt print depicting the fossilised tracks of prehistoric birds. Author John Collins Warren (1778-1856) was a prominent Boston surgeon and member of the Harvard Medical School faculty. "On October 16, 1846, Warren performed the first operation using ether as an anesthesia (administered by dentist W.T.G. Morton), and he was the first American to operate on a strangulated hernia. He wrote an important book on his speciality, Surgical Observations on Tumours (1837)" (Massachusetts Historical Society finding aid). Warren also developed a large collection of anatomical specimens, both human and animal, and published works on mastodon fossils and an Egyptian mummy. The present paper is based on a talk he gave at the Boston Society of Natural History on the fossil slab pictured in the frontispiece. He writes that, "we are indebted to photography for enabling us to represent the remarkable slab from Greenfield, and its numerous objects, in a small space, yet with perfect accuracy." [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Alembic Rare Books]
 34.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  


      London, February 9, 1854. A four-page autograph letter, signed and dated February 9, 1854, from Joseph Paxton to John Bowring, reporting on the successful propagation of a rice paper plant received from Bowring in the previous year. Rice paper first attracted the notice of British botanists in the 1820s when artificial flowers and paintings made with it were first imported from China.  W.J. Hooker, in particular, tried to identify and classify the plant from which the paper was made.  He received many specimens but was thwarted by several failed attempts to obtain live plants from China. However, in February of 1853 John Bowring, British Consul at Canton, did succeed in delivering, for the first time, two live plants to England.  One of these he presented to the Duke of Devonshire, proprietor of Chatsworth, where Paxton served as head gardener.  Paxton reports to Bowring that the plant was "in a most flourishing state at Chatsworth and I hope before long to make paper of it.  We have propagated the plant and have two young ones nearly as large as the one you imported and I think it right that you who have been so kind as to send us the present stock should have the disposal of one of the young ones for any of your friends.  It is a very interesting plant altogether and has had every care and attention paid to it as you will see if you will pay Chatsworth a visit before you return to China."  Bowring was preparing to depart for Hong Kong, where he would serve as Governor for the next 5 years. In a note sent to the Duke he had apparently offered to send to him (and thus to Paxton) other interesting plants from China.  Paxton refers to this note and responds "I cannot name any particular thing that would be desired for the Duke but as you know so much about the country and everything that is curious and interesting in it, I dare say you can form a much better judgement on that subject than any other person."  He concludes his letter with an invitation to visit him at the Crystal Palace, on whose stationery the letter is written.  It is signed in full with a three loop flourish underneath.  At the top of the first page the ink note "Sir J. Paxton / 9 Febr. 1854" is written in another hand. In the same hand," (?) Bowring" has been written at the bottom of the final page. Single sheet (20 x 24.8 cm) folded into 4 pages, with additional horizontal and vertical creases .

      [Bookseller: Hinck & Wall Rare Books]
 35.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  

        Das Kaiserthum Oesterreich, in seinen merkwürdigsten Städten, Badeorten, seinen Domen, Kirchen und sonstigen ausgezeichneten Baudenkmälern alter und neuer Zeit, historisch-topographisch dargestellt. Erste Band mit 75 (von 79) Stahlstichen.

      Darmstadt, Gustav Georg Lange, 1854 - Titelblatt, Kaiserpaarbildnis und gestochener Titelblatt in Stahlstich, XIV, 364 Seiten. Die Stahlstiche zeigen Ansichten Innsbruck, Karlsbad, Eger, Franzensbad, Salzburg, Wien, Triest, Prag. Die Erstausgabe erschien 1842. Stahlstichtafeln sauber, zum Buchende minimal braunfleckig. Es fehlen folgende 4 Stahlstiche: Eger-Totalansicht; Innsbruck-Totalansicht; Salzburg-Der Residenzplaz; Salzburg-Der St. Peterskirchhof. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 1200 Zeitgenössischer Halbledereinband mit Rückentitel und -vergoldung sowie Lederecken. Gr.8vo. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat im Schloss]
 36.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  

        Eigenh. musikalisches Albumblatt mit U. O. O., November 1854.

      1854. 1 S. Qu.-8vo. Auf Karton. 4 Notenzeilen "zur freundlichen Erinnerung".

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Inlibris]
 37.   Check availability:     Link/Print  


      1854 - [Vincent Starrett's copy] containing All the Melodies the Old Lady Ever Wrote. Edited by Dame Goslin. Embellished with an exact likeness of the veritable Mother Goose, and Numerous Engravings from Original Designs. New York: Leavitt & Allen, n.d. [1854?]. Original blind-stamped dark green cloth with gilt-decorated spine. This is one of the more sought-after editions of MOTHER GOOSE (which tales are believed to have originated in the 1600s). Each page carries one or more Mother Goose verses, many of them well-known, underneath a pertinent woodcut illustration. The book is "edited by Dame Goslin," and carries a one-page Preface in which the editor claims to be a direct lineal descendant from Mother Goose -- and claims that the heretofore-unpublished illustrations, by a contemporary of Mother Goose, were found in a bureau drawer. (Not!)~The covers are blind-stamped with "Uncle George's Juveniles" -- in honor of George Ayres Leavitt (1822-1888), who in the 1840s, after graduating from Phillips Andover Academy, joined the publishing firm which his father Jonathan had created in the 1920s with his brother-in-law Daniel Appleton; after Jonathan's death in 1851, son George formed a partnership with his Andover classmate John Allen -- placing the date of this book around 1852-1855 (though the book has a copyright date of 1850).~This copy is in dark green cloth; we have also heard of similar copies in blue or red cloth (incidentally, we have heard of no copy that has "an exact likeness of the veritable Mother Goose" referred to on the title page).~Condition is bright and near-fine (a little erosion at each spine end but otherwise the volume is fine -- quite remarkable for a book intended for children, 160+ years old). Scarce in this condition. Provenance: at the top of the front free endpaper is the signature of the noted collector (and bibliophile/author) Vincent Starrett. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [ABAA]]
 38.   Check availability:     IberLibro     Link/Print  

        Suggestions for the Future Provision of Criminal Lunatics.

      London: John Churchill, 1854 - Octavo. Original green finely-diapered cloth, title gilt to the spine, triple fillet panel in blind to the boards, cream surface-paper endpapers. A little rubbed, the cloth bubbled on the boards, corners bumped, small paper accession labels to the spine, accession numbers in ink and pencil to the title page, light browning, but overall very good. Tables to the text. First edition, this copy inscribed on the title page; "The Library of the Hunterian Society from the Author". Hood was Resident Physician and Superintendent of Bethlehem Hospital, and one of the great mid-century reformers of the treatment of the mentally ill, who worked tirelessly to improve conditions in the hospital. He removed the bars from the windows, banned the use of mechanical restraints, furnished the wards with books and pictures and encouraged patients to occupy themselves with arts and crafts. He persuaded Richard Dadd to return to painting, and collected his work, one of Dadd's masterpieces Contradiction: Oberon and Titania was painted for him. The present work formed part of Hood's campaign to close down the grim and overcrowded wing for criminal lunatics. After years of persuasive correspondence with the authorities, Hood finally succeeded in securing the transfer of Dadd and about forty other patients from the dungeon-like Home Office-administered block to a comparatively peaceful ward inside the hospital. Hunter & Macalpine, pp. 1019 - 1020 [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
 39.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  

        Hard Times.

      London: Bradbury & Evans,, 1854. For These Times. Octavo (190 x 123 mm). Contemporary green calf, titles to spine on later red morocco labels, spine fully gilt, gilt vignette to front cover with gilt frame, turn-ins stamped in blind, marbled endpapers. Binder's stamp to head of front free endpaper verso. Spine rolled and faded, light knocks to tips, slight scratches to boards, light foxing to prelims and endmatter; an excellent copy. First edition in book form (originally serialised in Household Words April?November 1854), first issue with all of Smith's internal flaws uncorrected: p. 12, line 27 "vir tually", line 29 "su itable"; p. 16, line 17 raised point at the end of the line; p. 60, line 10 comma rather than full stop after "her"; p. 86, line 27 "to" dropped slightly in "into"; p. 108, last line "t" missing in "[t]hese"; p. 122 last line "s he"; p. 147, line 18 undotted "i" in "in"; p. 231, line 32 "l ong"; p. 244, page number reads "44"; p. 265, line 21 no quotes at the beginning of the line.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
 40.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Trattato di Cucina, Pasticceria moderna, Credenza e relativa Confettureria.. basato sopra un metodo economico, semplice, signorile, e borghese, diviso in articoli contenenti circa n. 2000 ricette.. Torino, Tip. G. Favale e C., 1854

      Favale, 1854. in-4, pp. (2), 622 su 662 (mancando l'indice), legatura moderna in mezza pelle e angoli. Completo delle 32 tavole f.t. con oltre 300 disegni, eseguiti personalmente dal Vialardi, che conferiscono un'immediatezza didascalica sconosciuta nei manuali dell'epoca. Frontespizio incorniciato da vignette con immagini di vivande, arredi da tavola e cacciagione, il tutto stampato in oro. Edizione originale di questo noto ricettario in cui per la prima volta si utilizzano misure e pesi espressi con il sistema metrico decimale (p. 1). Il trattato fu particolarmente innovativo anche perché conteneva numerose ricette per bambini e promuoveva la conservazione dei cibi sottovuoto. Sono inoltre frequenti le ricette piemontesi, valdostane, nizzarde, genovesi e sarde, cioè di quelle aree che facevano parte del Regno di Sardegna. Il Vialardi si dimostra esigente nel raccomandare ingredienti freschi di prim'ordine, e abile nell'organizzare pranzi serviti alla francese o alla russa, completati dai vini più raffinati. Il presente lavoro fu composto dal Vialardi subuto dopo essere andato in pensione nel 1753 dopo trent'anni al servizio alla Corte Sabauda di Carlo Alberto e Vittorio Emanuele II. E' conservata , seppur con mancanze agli angoli, l'elegante brossura anteriore, impressa in oro su fondo nero, che riprende la bordura del frontespizio.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco]
 41.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        A Year in Tasmania: Including some months' residence in the Capital; with A Descriptive Tour through the Island.

      Hobart Town: William Fletcher, 1854. Octavo, frontispiece map of Van Diemen's Land; an attractive presentation copy in contemporary full polished calf. Inscribed in ink on the endpapers to the Governor of South Australia, Sir Henry Fox Young from the author. First or Hobart Town edition of one of the classics of Tasmaniana, Stoney's informative account of the island colony is of historical importance, with useful descriptions of the settlements, conditions, penal stations and the little known west coast. From the Collection of Robert Edwards.

      [Bookseller: Hordern House]
 42.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  

        Treasures Of Art In Great Britain: Being An Account Of The Chief Collections Of Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures, Illuminated MSS., &c. &c. [together with the supplement] Galleries And Cabinets Of Art In Great Britain: Being An Account Of More Than Forty Collections Of Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures, MSS., &c. &c. Visited In 1854 And 1856, And Now For The First Time Described.

      8vo., (221 x 144 mm). Four vols. Contemporary deep crimson ribbed cloth, expertly and neatly rebacked preserving the original gilt-lettered and numbered spines; pp. lx, 430; pp. vi, 503, [1] (pp. 223/224 and 225/226 transposed);, 486; pp. iv, 560; ex-libris, the library of the Bethnal Green Museum, with its neat ink stamp to the vrso of the ffep., otherwise a very good set. Provenance: John Addington Symonds (1840-1893), author, cultural historian, with his engraved, armorial bookplate to the front pastedown of Vol. I. First English edition. Edited by Mrs Charles Eastlake, Waagen's work remains one of the most complete records of British nineteenth-century institutional and private collections of painting and sculpture.

      [Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd.]
 43.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  

        An Investigation of the Laws of Thought, on which are founded the Mathematical Theories of Logic and Probabilities.

      London, and Cambridge: Walton and Maberly; Macmillan & Co. 1854. First edition, first issue (see below). In this main work of Boole's he gave the first proper presentation of Boolean algebra - "Boole invented the first practical system of logic in algebraic form, which enabled more advances in logic to be made in the decades of the nineteenth century than in the twenty-two centuries preceding. Boole's work led to the creation of set theory and probability theory in mathematics, to the philosophical work of Peirce Russell, Whitehead, and Wittgenstein, and to computer technology via the master's thesis of Claude Shannon, who recognized that the true/false values in Boole's two-valued logic were analogous to the open and closed states of electric circuits." (Hook & Norman, Origins of Cyberspace, no. 224). ?OOC 224 (1st issue, re-backed); Erwin Tomasch B198 (2nd issue); Haskell Norman 266 (3rd issue). "Since Boole showed that logics can be reduced to very simple algebraic systems - known today as Boolean Algebras - it was possible for Babbage and his successors to design organs for a computer that could preform the necessary logical tasks. Thus our debt to this simple, quit man, George Boole, is extraordinarily great. ... His remark about a 'special law to which the symbols of quantity are not subject' is very important: this law in effect is that x2=x for every x in his system. Now in numerical terms this equation or law has as its only solution 0 and 1. This is why the binary system plays so vital a role in modern computers: their logical parts in effect carrying out binary operations... In Boole's system 1 denotes the entire realm of discourse, the set of all objects being discussed, and 0 the empty set. There are two operations in this system which we may call + and &infty; or we may say or and and. It is most fortunate for us that all logics can be comprehended in so simple a system, since otherwise the automation of computation would probably not have occurred - or at least not when it did" (Goldstine: The Computer from Pascal to von Neumann, pp.37-38). This is the rare first issue. "The probable first issue of Boole's Laws of Thought, of which the Origins of Cyberspace copy is an example, has the errata leaf bound in the back, and a binding of black zigzag cloth with blindstamped border, panel, lozenge, and corner- and side-ornaments. The probable second issue has the errata leaf following the last numbered leaf of preliminaries, an additional printed 'Note' leaf following page 424 concerning a complex error, an eight-page Walton and Maberly publisher's catalogue, and a binding of black blind­paneled zigzag cloth without the central lozenge. Both issues have an integral title-leaf with imprint reading 'London: Walton and Maberly, Upper Gower-Street, and Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row. Cambridge: Macmillan and Co.' A later issue has been noted in a green pebble-cloth binding, with a cancel title-leaf and imprint reading 'London: Macmillan and Co.'"(Hook & Norman). 8vo (225 x 143 mm), uncut. Original publishers black blind-paneled cloth with gilt spine lettering (bound by Edmonds & Remnants, London), top of hinges with a very small tear, covers with some very light discoloration, in all a very fine copy of this fragile binding, entirely unrested. Pp [10], 424 [2:errata], text fresh and clean. Rare in such fine condition.

      [Bookseller: SOPHIA RARE BOOKS]
 44.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  


      Home     Wants Manager     Library Search     562 Years   Links     Contact      Search Help      Terms of Service      Privacy     

Copyright © 2018 viaLibri™ Limited. All rights reserved.