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        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.

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        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.

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        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 "

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        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.

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        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

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        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."

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        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). . . .

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        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]

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        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.

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        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.

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        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.

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        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. .

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        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

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        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.

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        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.

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        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

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        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

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        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

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        Life on the Plains and Among the Diggings; Being Scenes and Adventures of an Overland Journey to California: With Particular incidents of the Route, Mistakes and Sufferings of the Emigrants, the Indian Tribes, and the Present and the Future of the Great West

      Miller, Orton & Mulligan, Auburn and Buffalo 1854 - 8vo., re-bound in 3/4 leather. Spine with 5 raised bands, gilt title and decorated compartments. teg, Marbled eps. Hinges tight. Only the very slightest of foxing. First edition, first state (second thousand) with p. 219 mislabeled. A very scarce work which describes the authors overland journey to California, life in the mines and later as a banker. Howes D-230, Graff 1042, Rader 1104, Cowan (I) p.65, (II) p.163, Wagner-Camp 238, Wheat Gold Rush 57, Mattes 483, Sabin 19348 hardcover, 3/4 leather and green cloth [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        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

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        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).

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        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]

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        LETTER FROM PAXTON TO JOHN BOWRING REGARDING SUCCESSFUL OF IMPORT OF THE RICE PAPER PLANT FROM CHINA TO CHATSWORTH.

      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 .

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        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]

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

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

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        THE MOTHER GOOSE;

      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]

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        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]

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        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.

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        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.

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        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.

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        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); pp.vi, 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.

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        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.

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        The World Encompassed

      

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        THE WORLD ENCOMPASSED BY SIR FRANCIS DRAKE, Being his next Voyage to that to Nombre de Dios. Collated with an unpublished manuscript of Francis Fletcher, Chaplain to the Expedition. With Appendices Illustrative of the Same Voyage, and Introduction by Vaux

      London: Hakluyt Society, 1854. 8, viii, xl, 295 pages of text including an index. Original blue stamped hardcover binding with gilt spine lettering and front cover gilt stamp of the ship "Victoria." Spine is heavily darkened and rubbed, with chipping to spine extremities and tearing at hinges; protected in custom stiff archival mylar. Illustrated with a large black & white linen-backed fold-out map. First Series, No. 16. Original subscriber's name in ink on title page, and on a Working Men's College Library bookplate on front endpaper; library label on front endpaper, and a few oval stamps in margins of text; no spine markings. Inner hinges are cracked; first few pages are loosening, but textblock remains intact. From the 1628 edition 'collected out of the notes of Master Francis Fletcher', collated with the British Museum, Sloane MS 61.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good- condition. Octavo (8vo).

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        Gesamtansicht, "Prospect af Kjobenhavn seet fra Batteriet Trekroner".

      - Lithographie m. Tonplatte v. Tegner & Kittendorff n. Bruun, dat. 1854, 41 x 67

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        LOCOMOTIVE SKETCHES, with Pen and Pencil, or, Hints and Suggestions to the Tourist over the Great Central Route from Philadelphia to Pittsburg.

      Philadelphia: J. W. Moore, 1854. 192 pages of text. Original cloth binding is moderately rubbed at the extremities, with minor loss, and minor sunning to spine, remaining intact. Protected in custom-fitted archival mylar. The front endpaper is lacking, and the inner front hinge is slightly shaken. Complete with a single page map, frontis and plates, and numerous in-text illustrations. The first few pages have a few tiny spots of staining or soiling. The text is otherwise clean and unmarked. Sabin 8224. First edition.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good condition. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

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        Journal of a Residence in Northern Persia and the Adjacent Provinces of Turkey

      

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        Washington Crossing the Delaware

      New York: James Miller, 1854. unbound. 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.<br><br>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. <br><br>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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        "Hutching's California Scenes/the California Indians" Lettersheet (Gold Rush Era)

      Sun Print. 1854. Lettersheet. 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 .

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        Die Griechischen Landschaftsgemälde von Karl Rottmann

      München, Wild, 1854. - in der neuen königlichen Pinakothek zu München. 39 Seiten, blauer Leinwandband der Zeit mit goldgeprägten Deckelfileten, 16,5 x 11 cm, Kleiner Aufkleber mit handschriftlichem Autorenvermerk auf Vorderdeckel. Beschreibender Katalog der 23 Gemälde des berühmten Griechenland-Zylus. Der Maler Karl Rottmann (1797 - 1850) unternahm in den Jahren 1834/35 im Auftrage des bayerischen Königs Ludwig I. eine Reise durch Griechenland um Vorstudien für einen, für die Hofgartenarkaden bestimmten Gemäldezyklus zu erstellen. Kurz nach Fertigstellung des letzten Gemäldes starb Rottmann im Jahre 1850. Im 2. Weltkrieg wurden 2 Gemälde vollständig vernicht, 14 mußten aufwendig restauriert werden. Seit 2003 werden diese 21 Gemälde in der Neuen Pinakothek aus Daueraustellung dem Publikum präsentiert.

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        Ariège, Andorre et Catalogne. Guide historique, pittoresque et descriptif, aux bains d'Ussat et d'Ax, contenant l'histoire de l'ancien pays de Foix et de ses Comtes jusqu'a Henry IV et l'histoire de la vallée d'Andorre jusqu'à nos jours.

      Paris, Giraud, (Nimes, imp. Baldy, Roger), 1854. ____ Première édition. Henri Béraldi tenait Louis Boucoiran pour "l'inventeur de l'Andorre". "Très bon guide touristique." (Anatole 40). Illustré par 18 planches imprimées en deux teintes et une carte sur double page (qui compte double d'où la mention sur le titre : avec 20 dessins imprimés à deux teintes.) 5 planches sont consacrées à l'Andorre. Labarère 209 : "Rare". Bel exemplaire. *-------*. In-8. Collation : (4), VI, 200, (2) pp., 18 planches, 1 carte. Demi-chagrin vert, dos à nerfs. (Reliure de l'époque.).

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        [ Le Clergé du Département de l'Aisne pendant la Révolution. Etudes Révolutionnaires ] Manuscrit faisant suite à l'Extrait de l'Histoire Ecclésiastique du Diocèse de Laon, par D. Nicolas Lelong, et à la Notice sur Marle des Etablissements religieux et de bienfaisance, Ainsi qu'aux faits qui se sont passés à Marle et dans les environs. La première Partie de ce Manuscrit renferme l'histoire du Clergé du département de l'Aisne pendant la Révolution. La Seconde Partie renferme des faits historiques qui se sont passés à Marle et dans les environs ; ainsi que des Ephémérides intéressantes pour notre époque.

      1854. "Ce manuscrit a été fait par les Petits-Frères-de-Marie de l'Instruction Chrétienne de Marle pour M. Louis-Nicolas-Marie Pelletier", 3 vol. grand in-8 (25,5 x 17 cm) reliure de l'époque pleine basane racinée marron, dos lisse orné portant en titre "Ephémérides faisant suite à l'histoire du Diocèse de Laon" et l'indication II, 1854 ; III, 1855 et IV, 1856, 300 ff. manuscrits ; 300 ff. manuscrits ; 300 ff. dont 140 ff. manuscrit Etonnante copie manuscrite de l'époque (plus de 740 feuillets manuscrits !) de l'oeuvre d'Edouard Fleury, l'un des premiers travaux historiques poussés sur la période révolutionnaire dans l'Aisne. Etat satisfaisant (ancien cachet de la bibliothèque curiale Pelletier - le dédicataire de la copie - la moitié supérieur des seconds feuillets coupée à mi-hauteur, 2 derniers feuillets manuscrits arrachés au dernier volume, supprimant les 2 dernières lignes de l'ouvrage, avec copie manuscrite moderne au stylo sur les 3 pages suivante, divers frott. et petits accrocs à la reliure) pour cette étonnante copie, calligraphiée avec soin par divers copistes des Petits-Frères-de-Marie de l'Instruction Chrétienne de Marle. Français

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        The Looking Glass: Being a True Report and Narrative of the Life, Travels, and Labors of the Rev. Daniel H. Peterson, a Colored Clergyman

      New York: Wright, printer 1854 - 12mo., green cloth lettered in gilt with gilt cover design; slight foxing to endpapers. First edition, with frontispiece and seven engraved plates. Sabin 61240; Work p. 313; Hampton 4962; Weinstein 102. A gorgeous copy of one of the earliest accounts of African colonization by a black American "embracing a period of time from the year 1812 to 1854, and including his visit to Western Africa." [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Oeuvres inédites précédées de Documents historiques, littéraires et biographiques. [ Edition originale ]

      Mis en ordre et annotés, 1 vol. in-8 reliure de l'époque demi-chagrin bordeaux, dos à 4 nerfs, Imprimerie de Timon Frères, Vienne, 1854, 3 ff., VII pp., 2 ff., 276 pp. Edition originale. Rare exemplaire recueillant les oeuvres du jeune Jean-Charles-Louis-Reynaud, né à Vienne (Isère) en 1821, et décédé prématurément en 1853. Le récit de son voyage en Corse fut honoré par le gouvernement. On retrouvera d'ailleurs ici un long récit relatant "Un hiver en Corse. Récits de chasse et scènes de la vie des maquis". Bon état (dos passé lég. frotté). Français

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        ????????????????????? [Kita Amerika no uchi Goshukoku - Yoroppa no uchi Teikoku Oroshia]. [United States in North America - Russian Empire in Europe].

      (circa Ansei 1.1854).. Black and white woodblock broadside, 31.8 x 23.5cm. some light creasing, upper margin lightly soiled, very good copy. An unusual Japanese woodblock broadside or kawaraban on the subject of the two countries, United States and Russia, whose representatives had arrived on Japanese shores the previous year without invitation. The arrival of these foreign ships caused great disruption in Japan. The fear and concern felt by the average Japanese person was further exacerbated by the lack of information forthcoming from the Bakufu. The Japanese public were then forced to rely on popular unauthorised karawabans such as these for their information. This kawaraban shows the portraits of two officers, an American and a Russian, with explanatory text printed around them. It seems likely that the two men depicted are Commodore Matthew C. Perry and Vice-Admiral (later Count) Yevfimy Vasilyevich Putyatin, although neither are named, as both visited Japan during 1853 in an effort to open trade with Japan. The text gives details in turn about the United States and Russia. The section on the United States, titled United States in North America, explains the growth of nation from having eight states, to the large country it was at the time of publication, of 32 states. It explains that the king of the country does not gain power by the dismissal of their predecessor, but rather that from the country as a whole a brilliant person is selected to become the chief administrator of the country. This person prescribes the laws of the land. This system is known as a republic. The capital is Washington and although originally Europeans established the United States, the behaviour of the people is different to those in Europe. It goes further to describe the people as gallant, learned and law abiding. It reports the United States, though a little colder than Japan, is rich. It is located about 5,000-ri away from Japan to the east. Titled Russia Empire in Europe the second section reports that Russia is the biggest country in the world and that it consists of 51 states. The capital is St Petersburg and the country so large that it is not possible to measure. It reports that the Russian General of all the forces Peter the Great was the most powerful and effective leader of any army in European history. Mention is also made of his fondness for Russian folk arts. The text describes the Russian people as gallant but quite aggressive. A scarce piece of Japanese foreign relations ephemera published at a time of great crisis in Japanese history. .

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        City Architecture; or, designs for dwelling houses, stores, hotels, etc.

      - NY, Appleton 1854. Octavo blindstamped cloth (small chips from the tips); 75pp and 20 plates. An old paper shelf label on the spine and some foxing but quite a good copy. Second printing, it first appeared in 1853. Field argues for the application of Italian forms and proportions to New York City. He begins with a general principles and aesthetics, goes on to a critical review of New York architecture (he had provided such a review some years earlier for Loudon's 'Architectural Magazine') and offers twenty suggestive designs which include banks, an ice-cream saloon, market, railroad terminus and school. He is cognisant of the increasing use of cast iron, though he thinks it has its limitations, and suggests that three of his designs are the type best suited for the material. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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