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        The Poetical Works of Lord Byron

      John Murray, London 1855 - Engraved frontispiece. Six volumes. 8vo. viii, 530 pp; xi, 416 pp; viii, 392 pp; vi, 407 pp; vi, 447 pp; vi, 479 pp. Bound in contemporary light brown calf, covers with double gilt fillet borders and a blind pin roll, spine divided into six gilt compartments with raised bands tooled in gilt, lettered in gilt to the second and third sections on red and green labels. Blind rolls on turn-ins, marbled endpapers and edges. (Leather marked in places, light foxing throughout, marbling faded on foredge). Lightly foxed but a handsome set.

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        Autograph letter signed to Giuseppe Verdi in the hand of his leading soprano

      4 pp. Large octavo (ca. 220 x 170 mm.). Dated Eaux-Bonnes (Pyrénées Atlantiques, France), September 25, 1855. In Italian (with translation). A lengthy and very interesting letter discussing Frezzolini's proposed engagement at the Paris Opéra as Eleonora (in Il Trovatore) and its terms, alluding to an opera that she does not want to sing, etc. "All other considerations aside, how can one live in Paris on such a pittance? I also believe it necessary that, entering such an enticing theatre as the Opéra, one must do it without pomp and ceremony but discreetly, as is appropriate for an artist who, unfortunately, is not at the beginning of her career. In any case, I know that such are your ideas, and that is the reason why I had begged you, and still beg you, to settle this affair yourself... I would be happy... to combine business with pleasure and appear again in Paris with my part of Eleonora, and I am convinced that, if you really want it, it will per force be done..." Slightly worn and browned with some show-through; soiled at upper outer corners; creased at folds. . Frezzolini was the leading Verdi soprano in the 1840s. Closely identified with Romantic opera and especially with Verdi, Frezzolini "had bel canto skills but sang in the new manner called for by Verdi's works, uniting smooth legato and dramatic power. Her sensational début, at Florence in 1837, was in the title role of Bellini's Beatrice di Tenda; this remained one of her most effective parts, along with Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia (in which she caused another sensation, at La Scala in 1840), Bellini's Elvira (I puritani), and Verdi's Giselda, Gilda (Rigoletto) and Leonora (Il trovatore). She also created the title role in Coccia?'s Giovanna II, regina di Napoli (1840, Milan). She was compared to Maria Malibran for boldness, intensity and pathos, with an added sweetness of timbre; Fétis wrote of her beauty and nobility on stage. After an early London season (1841) and many Italian engagements, she spent the years between 1847 and 1857 in St Petersburg, Madrid, London and Paris." John Rosselli in Grove online.

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        De l'influence des idées philosophiques sur le barreau au dix-huitième sièc EDITION ORIGINALE ENVOI AUTOGRAPHE

      Paris: E. Thunot & Cie, 1855. Fine. E. Thunot & Cie, Paris 1855, 14x22,5cm, relié. - Original edition for which he was not drawn large papers. Binding to the bronze bradel half calf, smooth back, covers preserved, elegant binding pastiche signed P. Goy & C. Vilaine. Rare autograph signed by the author at the top of the first cover food "for my friend Gregory, fond memories ..." Two pale foxing heads of the first and last pages of this brochure, small foxing. Some passages and the name of the author on the first dish underlined pencils of red and blue colors. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale pour laquelle il n'a pas été tiré de grands papiers. Reliure à la bradel en demi veau bronze, dos lisse, couvertures conservées, élégante reliure pastiche signée de P. Goy & C. Vilaine. Rare envoi autographe signé de Jules Ferry en tête du premier plat de couverture : " à mon ami Grégoire, souvenirs affectueux..." Deux pâles mouillures en têtes des premiers et derniers feuillets de cette brochure, petites rousseurs. Quelques passages et le nom de l'auteur sur le premier plat soulignés aux crayons de couleurs rouge et bleu.

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        Autograph letter signed to Giuseppe Verdi in the hand of his leading soprano

      4 pp. Large octavo (ca. 220 x 170 mm.). Dated Eaux-Bonnes (Pyrénées Atlantiques, France), September 25, 1855. In Italian (with translation). A lengthy and very interesting letter discussing Frezzolini's proposed engagement at the Paris Opéra as Eleonora (in Il Trovatore) and its terms, alluding to an opera that she does not want to sing, etc. "All other considerations aside, how can one live in Paris on such a pittance? I also believe it necessary that, entering such an enticing theatre as the Opéra, one must do it without pomp and ceremony but discreetly, as is appropriate for an artist who, unfortunately, is not at the beginning of her career. In any case, I know that such are your ideas, and that is the reason why I had begged you, and still beg you, to settle this affair yourself... I would be happy... to combine business with pleasure and appear again in Paris with my part of Eleonora, and I am convinced that, if you really want it, it will per force be done..." Slightly worn and browned with some show-through; soiled at upper outer corners; creased at folds. . Frezzolini was the leading Verdi soprano in the 1840s. Closely identified with Romantic opera and especially with Verdi, Frezzolini "had bel canto skills but sang in the new manner called for by Verdi's works, uniting smooth legato and dramatic power. Her sensational début, at Florence in 1837, was in the title role of Bellini's Beatrice di Tenda; this remained one of her most effective parts, along with Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia (in which she caused another sensation, at La Scala in 1840), Bellini's Elvira (I puritani), and Verdi's Giselda, Gilda (Rigoletto) and Leonora (Il trovatore). She also created the title role in CocciaÂ’s Giovanna II, regina di Napoli (1840, Milan). She was compared to Maria Malibran for boldness, intensity and pathos, with an added sweetness of timbre; Fétis wrote of her beauty and nobility on stage. After an early London season (1841) and many Italian engagements, she spent the years between 1847 and 1857 in St Petersburg, Madrid, London and Paris." John Rosselli in Grove online.

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        Oeuvres complètes

      First impression of the works in Houssiaux which bought the bottom of the library Furne, in which the works were originally published, he completed the three new volumes (Theater, comical tales ...) that appear for the first time in the works. The edition will be reprinted in 1855.As always with these editions of the complete works, ours has, one is tempted to say "naturally" some notable features. Alexandre Houssiaux 1853 13x21,5cm 20 tomes en 20 volumes reliés

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        Historia de la Creación del Mundo y formación del Hombre. Sacada de la Sagrada Escritura y de lo que han escrito varios Santos Padres y autores clásicos

      Madrid, Imprenta de José M. Marés, 1855. 4to.; 15 pp. Con una viñeta xilográfica en portada que muestra a Adán y Eva. Encuadernación moderna en media tela.

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        The Manifesto, which the General of Brigade., makes to the Mexican Republic.

      - San Francisco: San Francisco Herald Office, 1855. 8vo, 104, (2)pp. Original dark blue polished calf, upper cover lettered in gilt, a remarkably fine copy in the de luxe binding, with a modern bookplate and old notes by John Howell-Books in the back. First edition in the English of the single most important book in California's history; first published in Spanish in 1835 printed by Zamorano in Monterey, it was the second book printed in California only preceded by the "Reglamento" which was a 16-page pamphlet. Both are of the utmost rarity and this first English printing is also very uncommon especially in fine condition. The Sharpe copy in wrappers recently sold at auction (2015) for $40,000. "The 'Manifesto' [in Spanish 'Manifiesto'] is a defense of Governor Figueroa's refusal to turn mission property over to the colonists who arrived in 1834. [it] is the first important book printed on the Zamorano Press." (Howell, cat. 50 # 82). Cowan I, p. 86. Cowan II, p. 210. Graff 1320. Greenwood 562. Howes F-122. Sabin 98728. Zamorano 80, 37 (note). [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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      London: Edward Moxon & Co.; Henry S. King & Co.; Strahan & Co.; MacMillan & Co, 1855. FIRST EDITIONS n. Hardcover. In Bindings that Echo Edwards of Halifax. 165 x 105 mm (6 1/2 x 4 1/8"). Two volumes with publishers' ads (others discarded by binder); "Demeter" with errata leaf. 11 works in 11 separately published volumes. FIRST EDITIONS. Very pretty late 19th century stiff vellum, gilt, covers with delicate dentelle frame, upper covers with "B R C" monogram at center, flat spines in six compartments, five of them gilt with central lozenge of small tools and with scrolling cornerpieces, the sixth compartment with gilt titling flanked above and below by wavy blue lines, blue and gold marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Front flyleaves with ink ownership inscription of Bernard E. J. Capes or B. & R. Capes. Wise 58, Thomson XXV ("Maud & Other Poems"); Wise 87, Thomson XXXII ("Idylls of the King"); Wise 107, Thomson XLIV ("Enoch Arden Etc."); Wise 122, Thomson LVI ("The Holy Grail & Other Poems"); Wise 124, Thomson LXII ("Gareth & Lynette"); Wise 129, Thomson LXVI ("Queen Mary"); Wise 131, Thomson LXIX ("Harold"); Wise 133, Thomson LXXXVIII ("Becket"); Wise 145, Thomson LXXXVII ("The Cup & the Falcon"); Wise 156, Thomson CIII ("Locksley Hall"); Wise 161, Thomson CVII ("Demeter & Other Poems"). A hint of splaying to three volumes, two volumes with hinge open and a couple of proud gatherings (but nothing fragile), minor foxing to endleaves, isolated small marginal stains, other trivial imperfections, but still an excellent and certainly attractive set, the text generally clean and fresh, and the bindings quite bright and almost entirely free of the soiling that usually plagues vellum volumes. This is an appealing set of 11 Tennyson first editions bound in a manner reminiscent of the vellum volumes produced by Edwards of Halifax at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. In chronological order, our set includes: "Maud & Other Poems" (1855); "Idylls of the King" (1859); "Enoch Arden Etc." (1864); "The Holy Grail & Other Poems" (1870); "Gareth & Lynette" (1872); "Queen Mary" (1875); "Harold" (1877); "Becket" (1884); "The Cup & the Falcon" (1884); "Locksley Hall" (1886); and "Demeter & Other Poems" (1889). Lord Tennyson (1809-92) was the most popular poet in Victorian England and the successor (in 1851) to Wordsworth as Britain's Poet Laureate. After debuting in 1830 with "Poems, Chiefly Lyrical," Tennyson by 1850 had firmly established his place in English literature. In 1859, Tennyson published the first poems of "Idylls of the King," which sold more than 10,000 copies in one month. Our collection of first editions was assembled by and bound for author Bernard E. J. Capes (1854-1918) and his wife; the monogram on the covers combines their initials. Capes became a prolific and successful writer after earlier failing at everything he attempted, including (improbably) breeding rabbits. His ghost stories are still read today.

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        Oeuvres complètes

      New edition of the complete works of the author.Binders half grief fir, back smooth decorated with large nets set cold nerves, as well as nets, dots and golden dishes handmade paper, some tiny lace friction.Book decorated boards inset by the best artists of the time including Bertall, Daumier, Gavarni, Johannot, Nanteuil and rare illustrations in-text.Foxing affecting some slips.Nice together nicely established slightly later binding. Alexandre Houssiaux Paris 1855 14,5x22cm 20 volumes reliés

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        Recueil de documents sur l'histoire de Lorraine.

      Nancy, Imprimerie de A. Lepage, puis Wiener, 1855 - 1870; in - 8, environ 6000 pages, broché. Les 15 volumes. Publication de la Société d'Archéologie lorraine. Tiré à 125 exemplaires numérotés sur un papier vélin de très bonne qualité. Les couvertures sont, de temps en temps, un peu abîmées, surtout les dos. Cette collection a pour but de publier les chartes, les mémoires, les chroniques et les grands textes, pour la plupart conservés dans les archives ou reproduisant des livres anciens rares. Volume I : La généalogie ducale de Lorraine, d'après les titres de l'église de Saint - Dié, Discours des cérémonies et autres choses qui se passèrent à la conduite de Yolande de Lorraine au festin des noces d'elle et de Guillaume, Landgrave de Hessen, Rapport et procès de M. Bournon, président en la Cour des grands jours de Saint - Mihiel, Mémoire sur les négociations qui ont précédé la cession de la Lorraine et du Barrois, Harangue attribuée à M. Bourcier de Montureux, procureur général de la Cour souveraine de Lorraine et du Barrois à son altesse en Empire, au sujet du bruit de la cession des duchés de Lorraine et de Bar à la France, en 1756, Compte de Othin d'Amance, receveur général de Lorraine pour un an, commençant en 1438, Discours sur une question savoir si monseigneur est tenu confirmer la noblesse de Lorraine les lettres de privilèges octroyés par meiseigneurs les prédécesseur de mondit seigneur, Discours sur la souveraineté du duché de Lorraine avec exhortation à monseigneur, Advertissement et instruction pour la souveraineté du duché de Lorraine. Volume II : L'histoire et recueil de la triomphante et glorieuse victoire obtenue contre les séduycts et abusez luthériens mécréans du pays Aulsays... Volume III : Inventaire des titres enlevés de La Mothe. Volume IV : VUARIN - Remarque de plusieurs choses advenues en Lorraine, L'origine de bataille et chevalerie avec l'intention des couleurs d'armoyries..., Mémoire sur l'état de la Lorraine à la fin du XVIIème siècle. Volume V : Les opérations des feus ducs de Loheregne..., Volume VI : Documents inédits sur la guerre des rustauds. Volume VII : Voyage de Dom Thierry Ruinart en Lorraine et en Alsace. Volume VIII : Pouillé du diocèse de Toul rédigés en 1402. Volume IX : Lettres et instructions de Charles III duc de Lorraine relatifs aux affaires de la ligue. Volume X : Lettres d'Elisabeth - Charlotte d'Orléans duchesse de Lorraine à la marquise d'Aulède 1715 - 1738. Volume XI, XII et XII : Pièces originales sur la guerre de trente - ans. Volume XIV : Journal de Dom Cassien Bigot. Volume XV - Président ALIX - dénombrement du duché de Lorraine en 1594. Rare collection qui continu encore aujourd'hui à la société Thierry Alix, les volumes de 16 à 18 sont tirés à 150 exemplaires numérotés. Les volumes suivant sont publiés dans les 15 dernières années ce sont les archives publiées par la Société Thierry Alix dans la fameuse revue Lotharingia. Très rare, il est très difficile de réunir une telle collection de 15 volumes tirés à 125 exemplaires....

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        Pictorial New-York

      New York: Ensign, Bridgman & Fanning, 1855. unbound. Wall map. Engraving with original hand color. Map measures 34.25" x 25.5". This is a beautiful rare map of New York State issued by Ensign, Bridgman & Fanning. Denotes towns, major routes and topographical features, all in beautiful detail. Includes three beautiful large views depicting Niagara Falls from the Canadian side, a bird's eye view of New York and a view of New York City from Union Square. Also included are portraits of Robert Fulton, Philip Schuyler, Peter Stuyvesant and De Witt Clinton. Two inset maps of Buffalo and New York City are featured along the bottom. Several tables are included throughout, with important information about New York, including special laws, population tables, agriculture production, religious denominations, history, objects of interest, etc. Map is in acceptable condition. Top portion of map, including most of the title is missing. Lower left corner also missing. Includes several repairs near top and along margins. Lined with linen. Ensign, Bridgman & Fanning, publishers based in New York were successors to Thayer, Bridgman and Fanning. This map, a fine example of their work, is extremely rare with no available copies on the market. Possibly the only other copy of this map is at the New York State Library in Albany.

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      Edinburgh and London: Blackwood and Sons. Very Good. 1855. First Edition. Quarter Leather. xvi, 339pp; 16 pgs ads at rear, 9 lithographs drawn in camp by author, 4 in colour, 2 fold out, folding map, some of which have tape marks. Bound in quarter morocco, marbled boards, raised bands, title piece, gilt dec. New endpapers, half title page in facsimile. Overall a nice copy.; 230 X 150mm .

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        France Militaire, 5 volumes, Paris 1833-38, 824 steelengravings

      Hugo Abel, 1798-1855 - France Militaire, 5 volumes, Paris 1833-38, 824 steelengravings Hugo, France militaire. 5 Bde. Hugo, A. France militaire. Histoire des armées françaises de terre et de mer de 1792 à 1833. 5 Bde. Paris 1833-38. 4to (29:20 cm). Mit 824 Stahlstichtaf. (dav. 111 Karten). Or.-Pp., teilw. etwas berieben u. bestoßen. Lipperheide Qk 40; Polak 4543. - Die Tafeln zeigen Uniformen, Schlachten, Seegefechte, Porträts, Karten, Pläne u. zahlr. Stadtansichten, darunter mehrere aus Deutschland, Italien u. Spanien. - Vereinzelt etwas fleckig. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        SCHWEINACHGAU. - Der ehemalige Schweinach- und Quinzingau. Eine historisch=topographische Beschreibung. Mit einer Zugabe von mehreren Pfarreien des Unterdonau= und Grunzwittigaues, des Dekanates Burghausen und der Pfarrei Untergriesbach.

      Elsässer und Waldbauer,, Passau, 1855 - 2. viel vermehrte und verbesserte Aufl. 2 Tle. in 1 Bd. 16,5 x 11 cm. 2 Bl., 271 S., 357 S., 2 Bl. Vgl. Lentner 10480: "Sehr selten"; nicht bei Pfister. - Mit ca. 100 kurzen Ortsbeschreibungen aus dem ehemaligen Schweinachgau, der große Teile des Bayerischen Waldes bis nach Passau und zur böhmischen Grenze hin umfaßt: Vilshofen, Kinzing, Osterhofen, Ottmaring, Aholming, Moos, Niederaltaich, Hildgardsberg, Reibersdorf, St. Oswald, Zwiesel, Regen, Deggendorf, Plattling usw. Mit Verbesserungen der sinnstörenden Druckfehler und Verzeichnis der benützten Quellen. - Schönes Exemplar. HLdr. d. Zt. mit goldgepräg. Rtit. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      Tours, 1855. Engravings with minimal spots, in excellent state. Small 8vo. 608p. [vi], 608p. Illustrated with engravings after Hallez: title page in chromolithography and 2 chromolithographs highlighted in gilt hors-texte, 4 engravings in black and white. The chromolithography by Engelmann. Every text page with elaborate frame border in lavender. Bound by Auguste-Petit in full scarlet crushed morocco with watered silk endpapers, a.e.g., the spine with gilt title and fleurons in blind in the panels, the covers decorated in blind with ornate frame and fleurons in the corners, dentelles. Secured with metal clasps. The front endpaper with initials and a date in gilt for a first communion presentation.

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        The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland

      London Bradbury & Evans 1855. G: in Good condition without dust jacket as issued. Cover rubbed. Edge repairs to title page and fep. Slight foxing First Edition Green hardback half-leather cover 560mm x 390mm (22" x 15"). 120pp + plates. 51 colour plates.

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        The Poetical Works of Lord Byron

      London: John Murray 1855 - 6 volume set, 8.75 inches tall. A particularly elegant set in a fine full calf binding with gilt raised bands, twin labels and extra gilt tooling to the panels. Armorial bookplate. Foxing to the preliminaries, otherwise clean. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Memoirs of the Life, Writings, and Discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton.

      Edinburgh Constable 1855 - Two volumes. xxii, 478; xi, 564pp., 2 frontispieces. First edition. Very good copies in full panelled calf by Alex. Banks Jnr. Brewster had published the first authoritative biography of Newton in 1831. After seeing the papers in the Portsmouth Collection he published these memoirs which contain a great amount of new material, much of it in the 46 appendices added to the book. For example the letters between Halley and Newton on the publication of the Principia are first published here. --- Regular catalogues are available in the History of Science & Medicine. Please email to receive these. --- [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The Song of Hiawatha.

      Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1855. - FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, FIRST ISSUE with textual points and November 1855 catalogue. Octavo pp. iv, 316, (12 ads.). Publisher's elaborately blind-stamped brown cloth with gilt titles to spine and pale yellow endpapers. A little rubbing to corners; head and tail of spine gently bumped. Occasional light spotting, but generally clean pages with a bookseller's label to front pastedown and an owner's pencil inscription to first blank. A lovely near fine copy of an American classic. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Handbuch für Reisende in Deutschland. 2. Theil: Mittel- und Nord-Deutschland.

      Coblenz, Baedeker 1855 (1856).. 6. verm. u. verb. Aufl. 2 nn. Bl., VIII, 272 S. Nebst einer Eisenbahnkarte, den Plänen von Berlin, Braunschweig, Breslau, Cassel, Danzig, Dresden, Erfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Kopenhagen, Leipzig, Lübeck, Münster, Sanssouci, Schwerin, Weimar, und Specialkarten vom Harz, dem Thüringer Wald, der Sächs. Schweiz und vom Riesengebirge. OLn. (etwas berieben u. ger. fleckig).. Hinrichsen D 97.- Vord. flieg. Vorsatzblatt mit Bleistiftbesitzeintrag; vereinzelt ger. braunfleckig. Insgesamt gutes Exemplar der seltenen Ausgabe.

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        One of the earliest known drawings of the uncompleted Washington Monument rendered in 1855: "You know how it looks as finished in pictures books - here's an idea of its present state." ? written by a closeted Know Nothing offering a vivid description of life inside the Treasury Department during Franklin Pierce's administration

      Washington, DC, January 14 - March 21, 1855. 4.25" x 7". "An important archive of four letters written by Charles Albert Page (1826-1883) a clerk in the Treasury Department, ""C.A.P.,"" 24 pages, 4.25"" x 7"", Washington, January 14 - March 21, 1855 [one letter undated], to ""Doc"" an unknown correspondent in Louisville, Kentucky, offering one of the earliest known views of the Washington Monument under construction, as well as a vivid description of life inside the Treasury Department during the Pierce Administration. Light soiling, a few contemporary ink smudges, minor partial separations at mailing folds, else very good.Of tremendous interest is Page's depiction of the Washington Monument as it appeared in 1855 accomplished on the fourth page of his March 21, 1855 letter. The drawing presents the unfinished monument and the construction sheds, as well as a view of the Potomac, the creek which ran between the monument and the ""President's Park."" Above the drawing Page writes: ""...From my office window I see the Washington Monument. You know how it looks as finished in the picture books, ?" here's an idea of its present state."" In his sketch, Page offers several details noting the presence of scaffolding on the top of the unfinished monument together with an ""awning to keep out snow,"" and noting that the ""main shaft, 173 feet - it is to be nearly 500 - and 'Sam' will finish it.""Page's sketch is one of the earliest known contemporary images of the Washington Monument during its construction. At present we are aware of only one image that predates it, a woodcut depicting the construction of the monument that appeared in Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion. Although there are other images of the monument that predate these images, all of them show the monument as complete (with the colonnade surrounding it?"which was never built) and not as it actually appeared during its construction. At this point in time, construction on the monument had ceased due to a lack of funds. Contributions had dried up after members of the staunchly anti-Catholic American Party (also known as the ""Know Nothings"") stole a marble stone donated for the monument by Pope Pius XI?"known popularly as the ""Pope's Stone"") on the night of March 5, 1854. Although a reward of $500 was offered, no one came forward until the 1880s when an anonymous saloon keeper admitted that he had joined with eight other Know Nothings who smashed the stone into pieces and dropped them into the Potomac River. Interestingly enough, Charles Albert Page was also Know Nothing (although it appears that he was not in Washington at the time of the theft). Despite the fact that he was not a Democrat, his personal connection to Franklin Pierce's Secretary of the Treasury, James Guthrie, enabled him to obtain a clerk's job in the Treasury Department (though he masqueraded as a Whig, realizing this real political leanings would prove a liability). In his letter of February 4, 1855, Page writes, ""...You knew what conversation occurred between Mr G[uthrie] and myself before I left, well, I got here two days after him, went on the next morning to Treasury building, enquired for his room and took the following route, marked in [ellipsis]."" Below, Page sketches a floor plan depicting the third floor of the Treasury Building showing his route to Secretary of the Treasury James Guthrie's office. Beside the floor plan, he lists the salaries of the various officers within the department. Page then continued, ""After usual conversation about mundane affairs, he opened, and the amount of it all was, that he knew I was a Whig, but had never been a brawling one, hoped I was not a 'Know N[othing] and would advise me not to talk much about politics, particularly Whig politics, as it would give the opposition an opportunity to pitch into him for appointing me. So far all right, as you know I've been a sick whig for some time past, not attacked by free trade, sub treasury democratic fevre [sic, fervor] by any means, but being in the very state of all others that good dose of anti demagoguery anti higher law politics would care. Well, got my appointment and was taken to my desk, which is in 'Library' marked [draws a square], where I have a good view of the avenue..."" Page then draws an elevation of the front of the Treasury Building and noting that the ""1st story filled up with old docs, and books of all kinds, bindery, wood and coal, &c &c 2nd story. 3d Auditors office and Treasury U.S. and some other offices of which I know not. 3d. Ground plan over [draws pointing hand] - with the Sec. of Treas[ur]y; another auditor's office, &c. 4. Land office, another auditors &c."" After describing the building as ""imposing,"" Page estimates that a total of ""400 souls"" worked in the building. After describing the intricacies of his desk, he expresses his wonderment at not having to purchase office supplies of any kind: ""you merely write 'Mr Hardy will please furnish for the use of my desk (whatever you want.),... and it comes. They give us gold pens... note paper... and of course all private correspondence on government paper. It is said that married men always supply their children with stationery for school purposes from the capacious pockets of Uncle Sam. If a man chooses, he may also swindle the P.O. by using the franked envelopes, furnished his desk for public purposes...'"" Page then discuses the rules of the department (which he often flagrantly ignored). ""As to rules, it is supposed that the following are in strict operation. 1 Every clerk to be at his desk by 9 A.M. 2. Not to leave it - or the building without leave of the Chief Clerk, before 3 P.M. 3. Report himself absent without leave. 4. Not to leave for an refreshments during office hours under penalty of expulsion. 5. No reading of newspapers, while at desk. There are several others of the same stripe, and all are pretty generally well obeyed. I however, do pretty much as I please, I have not been absent from my desk for an entire day, since I have been here, but I did not get to it, for the last three days until high noon, and very often leave at two o'clock: never though with unfinished work lying on it. My absence and late comings have never yet come to the notice of apt. sec. P. G. Washington, however, else I should have had a gentle intimation to recollect the rules. But as my work is something like task work, varying however every day a good deal, sometimes enough to keep me busy all the time, and at others got through in half an hour, and, as I said before, never permitting any necessary work to lay over, and also relying on the fact of the presumed favor of the Secretary proper, I do not fear a reprimand from any body. The systems of favoritism and nepotism are thoroughly carried out here. For instance, I came from Louisville, apparently under the special patronage of Mr. G, Mr G. is a perfect autocrat so far as the Treasury is concerned, and as I am on apparently friendly and social terms with him, go to his house, and into his private sanctum... not a should would presume to whisper any of my derelictions to him. Such is life. When the N.Y. Herald started the report that there was a difficulty between the Pres. and Mr G... and it was supposed that he would resign, I was asked by half a dozen persons if there was any truth [to] it. I looked very wise... and I let 'em think I knew a good deal more than I chose to tell ?" when in fact I was a 'K[now] N[othing]' except that Mr. G. had told me there was not a bit of truth in the whole affair..."" At this juncture, Page, a stalwart Know Nothing (albeit draped in Whig clothing to retain his position) defends his working in a Democratic administration to his correspondent: ""You rather hit me for accepting office, and say that 'they say &c' ?"under the present regime. Damn what 'they say'; I did not compromise my honor or principles by doing it, entered into no pledge, and none were asked, and am as through and full blooded a 'K.N.' as you can manufacture in the cock loft of the old mill. I am every now and then a contributor to the K.N. paper here, and firmly believe that the party will knock everything in their way, out of it, in 1856. The election of Wilson in Mass, and Seward in N. York are unfortunate as to the effect they may have on the defeat of [Henry] Wise in Virg[inia]. but even those affairs. I do not believe will aid him but little, and if he is beaten by a respectable majority, it just as certainly kills effectually and forever, the Pierce and Spoils party, and the old Whig regular organizations, as rain dissolves statues of salt. The regular K.N. party of the North, are Union, and states rights men to the back bone, and must and will triumph if the south sustains them, they could not, and once kill off, at once Free soil Whig Seward of N.Y. and the ultra abolitionism of Mass[achusetts] , but they will do in course of time. Wilson of course if pledged to Union, and must, when the trial comes, let drop his anti slavery for Union principles or stand a perjured traitor, and Seward would have been beaten if he had not been supported by all of the power and influence of the Pierce party. They held the balance of power in N.Y. and they preferred to strike a left hand blow at the K.N's through their old enemy the regular Whigs, not to hit them at all. They could do nothing of themselves, but they could by siding with the weakest of their opponents injure the strongest... But the day of rec[k]oning will come, when spoils Democracy, and Southern secession and northern abolitionism will all go down before the tide of popular love for the Union, and Peace to the Country. So will it be. Do not let newspaper Democrat or Journal have any influence over you. the people, the quiet farmers and mechanics, who make up the great mass, will become right where they are appealed to, and it is going to be rather a more difficult matter, I expect, than it was supposed, to pull down, demagoguery, that has ruled so long, that the ruled forget that they are to be any thing else than slaves to him. But down with it, I say. Down with Pierce Democracy, that bid large enough for the foreign and Catholic vote to get it...""The correspondence includes much more fine content (including a wonderful description of a trip to a medium who evoked the spirit of the late President Zachary Taylor) and is one of the most interesting and detailed descriptions of Washington life in the 1850s that we have encountered in some time. "

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        Hommage à ACF Denecourt Fontainebleau EDITION ORIGINALE

      Paris: Hachette, 1855. Fine. Hachette, Paris 1855, 12x19cm, broché. - First Edition. Other contributions from Asselineau C., T. Gautier, T. de Banville, Champfleury, A. de Lamartine, C. Monselet, H. Murger, A. de Musset, G. de Nerval, G. Sand ... Small gaps on back restored, tiny angular gaps on the boards, foxing. Rare. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale. Autres contributions de Charles Asselineau, Théophile Gautier, Théodore de Banville, Champfleury, Alphonse de Lamartine, Charles Monselet, Henry Murger, Alfred de Musset, Gérard de Nerval, George Sand... Petits manques sur le dos restauré, infimes manques angulaires sur les plats, rousseurs.Rare.

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        Grammaire Demotique Contenant Les Principes Generaux De La Langue Et De L'Ecriture Populaires Des Anciens Egyptiens

      . Dümmler, Bln., 1855. XII, 202 S., 1 Blatt, 13 meist gefalt. Tafeln, original Pappband, Quart (Kanten berieben und bestoßen/Rücken mit Ausbruch am unteren Kapital/gering fleckig). - Erste Auflage. Heinrich Brugsch, auch Brugsch-Pacha (1827 Berlin - 1894 Charlottenburg) war deutscher Ägyptologe. Er war ein Pionier der ägyptischen Sprachforschung. Er brachte 1864 die Zeitschrift für ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde in Berlin heraus -

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        The Last of the Arctic Voyages; a Narrative of Expedition in H.M.S. Assistance, Under Command of Captain Sir Edward Belcher, in Search of Sir John Franklin, During 1852-53-54 & Notes on Natural History

      Lovell Reeve, London, 1855. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Full title: The Last of the Arctic Voyages; being a Narrative of The Expedition in H.M.S. Assistance, Under the Command of Captain Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., In Search of Sir John Franklin, During the Years 1852-53-54 with Notes on Natural History. Two volumes (complete) in a modern library rebind with new end-papers containing all illustrations, both monotone and coloured. Include two bound charts, one fold-out, but the two loose folded charts are missing. Both title pages have punched identifiers for Hackney Public Libraries and stamps on the reverse, there are similar punched identifiers on pages 1/2 of both volumes. There is occasional light foxing in the margins and some light foxing on some of the plates. 2-volume set (complete). No dust-jacket. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 kg. Inventory No: 61115070007. . These books are heavier than 1kg, and may incur additional delivery charges on some delivery services to some locations.

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        Collection of first editions of his 6 Christmas books, as described below, uniformly bound in tan calf

      Chapman & Hall, All London 1855 - All first editions. 6 vols. 8vo. Mrs. Perkins's Ball. London: Chapman & Hall, [1847]. 8vo. Half-title, pictorial, 21 engraved plates including frontispiece hand-colored by the author; a few spots, some marginal soiling. Van Duzer 140. Our Street. London: Chapman & Hall, 1848. 8vo. Frontispiece, pictorial title, 14 engraved plates all hand-colored, 1-leaf publisher's advertisement. Van Duzer 157. Doctor Birch and his Young Friends. London: Chapman & Hall, 1849. 8vo. Frontispiece, pictorial title, letter-press title, 14 engraved plates all hand-colored; scattered spotting, preliminaries and plates reinforced on stubs. Van Duzer 51. The Kickleburys on the Rhine. London: Chapman & Hall, 1850. 8vo. Half-title, frontispiece, pictorial title, 13 engraved plates all hand-colored; occasional spotting. Van Duzer 104. Rebecca and Rowena. A Romance upon Romance. London: Chapman & Hall, 1850. 8vo. Half-title, frontispiece, 7 engraved plates all hand-colored, 1-leaf publisher's advertisement; preliminaries mended at gutter margin, mended tear in lower outer corner of first three leaves. Van Duzer 181. The Rose and the Ring. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1855. 8vo. Frontispiece, 7 engraved plates, 48 text woodcuts. Van Duzer 185. Van Duzer. A Thackeray Library, (1971) # 140, 157, 51, 104, 185, 181 All uniformly bound in tan calf, gilt-ruled borders, spines gilt, a.e.g., dentelles; a few scratches on one, else fine. Bookplate of Malvern Bryan Clopton in each

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        Flora von Thüringen und angrenzenden Provinzen.

      Jena, Druck und Verlag von Friedrich Mauke 1855 - 12 Textbände (gebunden in 6 Bänden) und 15 Tafelbände (von 17, es fehlen die Tafelbände 2 und 3) mit 1.277 handkolorierten Tafeln (von 1.440 im gesamten Werk). - Ursprünglich in 144 Heften von 1836 bis 1854 erschienen. Jedes Heft enthielt in der Regel 10 handkolorierte Tafeln mit je einem Textblatt, beides nicht nummeriert. Die Pflanzen erschienen in der Reihenfolge, wie sie zur Verfügung standen, ohne erkennbare Systematik. 12 Hefte bildeten einen Band, zu dem Titelblätter, verschiedene Inhaltsverzeichnisse und teilweise einige Textseiten erschienen sind. Nach dieser Systematik sind die hier vorhandenen Textbände gebunden. Nach Abschluss der Lieferungen wurden weitere Titelblätter und Register heraus gegeben, die das Werk systematisch erschließen. Diese sind im Anhang zu Band 12 eingebunden. Die Tafeln sind weitgehend systematisch angeordnet. Jede Tafel wurde auf ein deutlich größeres Blatt montiert. Die Textbände ca. 17 cm x ca. 11 cm, die Tafelbände ca. 20 cm x ca. 16 cm, zusammen ca. 62 cm stark. Einheitliche Halbledereinbände mit Rückentiteln. - Stafleu, TL 18.637, Nissen, Botan. Buchillustration 2.197, Pritzel, Thesaurus Lit. Bot. 10.470 (kennt nur 88 Hefte mit 880 Tafeln). Berieben und bestoßen. Die nicht nummerierten Text- und Tafelseiten von alter Hand nummeriert, sonst keine Einträge. Papier nur weniger Blätter gebräunt, ganz überwiegend nicht gebräunt, nur selten etwas altersfleckig. An 8 bis 9 Bänden sind die Außengelenke angebrochen, vereinzelt auch gebrochen. Innengelenke weitestgehend intakt. Bindung bis auf wenige Ausnahmen gut und fest. Zustand (I -) II (deutsche Schulnotenskala). Auf Wunsch senden wir Ihnen gern per E-Mail Fotos des Werkes zu. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland

      London: Bradbury & Evans. G: in Good condition without dust jacket as issued. Cover rubbed. Edge repairs to title page and fep. Slight foxing. 1855. First Edition. Green hardback half-leather cover. 560mm x 390mm (22" x 15"). 120pp + plates. 51 colour plates. .

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        Siebengebirge vom Rheinufer aus.

      - Farblithographie v. Jakob Ludwig Buhl n. Peter Becker b. E.G. May & Wirsing in Frankfurt am Main, um 1855, 29 x 39 (Bilder zum Artikel auf meiner Homepage, oder bei Anfrage - pictures on my homepage or after request)

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        Chants modernes EDITION ORIGINALE Tirage de tête ENVOI AUTOGRAPHE

      Paris: Michel Lévy frères, 1855. Fine. Michel Lévy frères, Paris 1855, 18,5x27cm, relié. - First edition, one of 20 copies on Holland paper, the only leading copies. Bound in black half shagreen corners, back with five nerves decorated with triple boxes, cold boards marbled paper, and guards contreplats of handmade paper, gilded head, contemporary binding. Signed autograph of the author Edmond Texier. Few minor bites on certain witnesses. Nice copy with all margins pleasantly established contemporary binding. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des 20 exemplaires sur Hollande, seuls grands papiers. Reliure en demi chagrin noir à coins, dos à cinq nerfs orné de triples caissons à froid, plats de papier marbré, gardes et contreplats de papier à la cuve, tête dorée, reliure de l'époque. Envoi autographe signé de Maxime Du Camp à Edmond Texier. Rares piqûres sans gravité sur certains témoins. Bel exemplaire à toutes marges agréablement établi en reliure de l'époque.

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        TA., Innenstadtansicht mit Darstellung des Trauerzuges für den am 10.3. 1855 verstorbenen Grafen Maria Isidor di Borbon, de Molina. "Convoglio Funebre ... 16.Marzo 1855".

      . Lithographie v. B. Linassi n. Poiret, dat. 1855, 27 x 43. Nicht bei Nebehay / Wagner. -

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        Nouvelles genevoises

      Paris: Garnier frères, 1855. Fine. Garnier frères, Paris 1855, Grd. in 8 format Jésus (17,5x27,5cm), relié. - New edition in its polychrome cartonnage editor. It is widely illustrated with 39 engravings inset wood and 200 vignettes in-text on wood, all from the author's drawings and designs of Best, leloir, Regnier ... Polychrome cartonnage editor in full black calico. Great polychrome special plate on the upper flat with various scenes evoking Switzerland (blue, red, white and gold). Back decorated with a polychrome special plaque particularly successful and very richly decorated. A great jewel on the second flat with a Swiss landscape. Gilt edges. Old trace of wetting at the bottom of the second flat. Light restorations joints head 1cm. Beautiful copy of this cardboard, the paper remarkably fresh (few spots). - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Nouvelle édition dans son cartonnage d'éditeur polychrome. Elle est largement illustrée de 39 gravures hors-texte sur bois, et de 200 vignettes in-texte sur bois, l'ensemble d'après les dessins de l'auteur, et les dessins de Best, leloir, Regnier... Cartonnage polychrome d'éditeur en pleine percaline noire. Grande plaque spéciale polychrome sur le plat supérieure avec diverses scènes évoquant la Suisse (bleu, rouge, blanc et or). Dos orné d'une plaque spéciale polychrome particulièrement réussie et très richement décoré. Un grand fleuron sur le second plat avec un paysage suisse. Tranches dorées. Ancienne trace de mouillure en bas du second plat. Légères restaurations des mors en tête sur 1cm. Bel exemplaire de ce cartonnage, au papier remarquablement frais (quelques rares piqûres).

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        The Sportsman's Portfolio of American Field Sports

      M.M. Ballou, Boston 1855 - First edition. Vignette title-page, 20 full-page wood-cut illustrations, one other in text. 1 vols. Small oblong 4to. One of the rarest of early American illustrated sporting books.As of the Van Winkle Sale only two copies were known with the wrappers; and Ernest Gee, in his Introduction to the Derrydale facsimile of 1929, stated that he was able to trace only three copies, adding: "It may be described as the most profusely illustrated early sporting book published in America, as it contains twenty superb woodcuts delineating the various Field Sports practised at that time?" The plates, accompanied by a leaf of letterpress with often humorous comments by the anonymous author, include: Trout Fishing,Woodcock Shooting, Grouse Shooting, Moose Hunting, Duck Shooting, Salmon Fishing, Grouse Shooting, Bass Fishing, Bison Hunting, etc. NUC locates 6 copies, few presumably with wrappers. Phillips, p. 355; Henderson pp. 228-229; Goodspeed, p. 350; Van Winkle Sale 710; Wetzel p. 217 A very good copy, lacking the printed wrappers (supplied in facsimile). Some minor soiling to title page and last page Cloth folding case Vignette title-page, 20 full-page wood-cut illustrations, one other in text. 1 vols. Small oblong 4to [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Autograph Letter Signed (with Signed Pamphlet by Stephens sent with letter)

      Two pages on folded mourning stationary. "9 Hammersmith Terrace. London W. 19.2.06" written at top, to Whitworth Wallis (1855-1927), the first director of the Birmingham Museum and received knighthood in 1912. "Dear Mr. Wallis, I'm sending you a copy of my protest against Mr. Holman Hunt's outrageous attacks. I have partly explained what has been the cause of my delay in reply... it will give me great pleasure to show you and Mr. Holliday what drawings I have here, the most important of which is Rossetti's 'Hesterna Rosa.'" The four-page quarto-size 'pamphlet' is inscribed by Stephens and dated at top, with a small note at end. An interesting uproar had occurred over Hunt's published autobiography in which Hunt put forward 'grave charges against me [Stephens] regarding the grossest of which I trust you will... allow me to plead." An unfortunate split between Hunt and Stephens, former close friends and associates in the PRB, had begun years earlier in Hunt's criticisms of the Royal Academy to which Stephens was closely allied. Near fine.

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        Dei Consorzi d acque del Regno Lombardo-Veneto, della loro istituzione, organizzazione ed amministrazione, della competenza delle Autorità, e della procedura relativa Trattato amministrativo-legale. con un Appendice.

      Stabilimento tipografico Vicentini e Franchini, Verona 1855 - Bella legatura coeva in mz. tela a grana sottile con fregi e titolo oro al ds. Timbretto ex libris di bibl. privata alla carta di guardia libera anteriore. Ottimo esemplare. La prima carta raffigura il corso del fiume Tartaro con gli affluenti Tion, Piganzo, Tartarello d Isolalta, Graicella, Tartarello d Ostiglia e Molinella; le altre otto carte sono relative alle località di Povegliano, Vigasio, Isola, Pontepossero, Nogara, Tormene, Nogarole, Trevenzuolo, Castellaro, Pozzolo, Castiglione Mantovano, Canedole, Susano e Villimpenta. Opera completa, non comune. 4to (cm. 30), 6 cc.nn., VI-334(2) pp., 4 cc.nn. con 9 grandi tavv. (cm. 29x60) più volte rip. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Exposé des travaux de Drainage et de dessechement executés par M. Ch. de Bryas, dans sa propriete du Taillan.

      Mallet-Bachelier, 1855(-1856)., Paris, - 12°. 261 SS. mit 3 Abb., 1 mehrf. gefalt. kolor. Plan. Grün Hldr. d. Zt. mit Rverg., goldgepr. Wappensupralibrum, goldgepr. Widm. an den König von Griechenland auf d. Rückdeckel, Goldschnitt. Über Trockenlegungsarbeiten auf der Besitzung des Verfassers im Departement Gironde. Ab S. 163: Troisieme Partie. L'art de dessecher. Div. Zeitungsabdrucke/Rezensionen und Berichte über die Arbeiten, datiert bis 15. Feb. 1856. - Der Verfasser erhielt von der Societe d'Agriculture de la Gironde mehrere Auszeichnungen (Medaille d'or 1846, 1854 (2x)). - Exemplar aus der Privatbibliothek des Königs Otto I. von Griechenland. - Vors. oxidiert. Rücken leicht berieben. Exlibris (Privatbibliothek Ottos I. von Griechenland).

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        The Sydney Drawing Book [later Elementary Free-hand Book] composed of Little Scraps for Little Hands in a Progressive Course

      Sydney: Gibbs, Shallard, & Co., Lithograph and Letterpress Printers, 108 Pitt Street, n.d. but circa, 1855. Five fascicles, oblong octavo, each containing four unnumbered leaves of lithographed sketches; in good condition apart from some light foxing, each stitch-sewn in the original pink and blue printed wrappers, becoming brittle, preserved in a green cloth box. Rare and probably all issued; the two sets known to Ferguson (Dixson and Mitchell Libraries) and other sets since identified are also composed, like this set, of numbers 1-2 and 4-6 (the latter with the new title Elementary Free-hand Book). As Ferguson noted of the Dixson set, number 5 here is present in the third edition and number 6 in the fourth.Fowles arrived in Sydney in 1838. He was a popular artist and illustrator and by 1855 he was training art teachers in drawing for the National Board of Education; he received a royal appointment and was drawing master to many of Sydney's private schools, including Sydney Grammar and The King's School. At his death he was described as the "Father of drawing in the city".Gibbs, Shallard, and Company were enormously important Sydney printers, active under that name from around 1866 through to 1892. Prior to that date Shallard has been in business with Clarson, while Gibbs worked for them, chiefly responsible for publishing the Illustrated Sydney News. On 1 January 1866 a new arrangement was struck, forming the new partnership of Gibbs and Shallard in Sydney, and Clarson, Massina, & Co. in Melbourne. Ferguson, 9713 & 9714.

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        Biographical Memoir of John Montagu

      London: Harrison, 1855. Thick octavo, portrait frontispiece; a very good copy in original blind-stamped cloth. Fascinating work on colonial affairs, of particular note for the governorship of Tasmania.This is the copy of Adam Turnbull who served with Montagu in his time as Colonial Secretary under Governors Arthur and Sir John Franklin.Montagu, married to Arthur's neice, was an efficient reformer of the civil service, but was perceived by Sir John Franklin as one of the Arthur's 'clique', which Franklin was keen to break. Personal differences between Montagu and Franklin escalated in the wake of conflicting views on transportation and a charge (later quashed) that Montagu had been behind an article besmirching Franklin. Turnbull (an anti-transportationist, surgeon & Presbyterian Minister), along with Sir John Pedder attempted mediation but to no avail.With an appealing blind stamp of the Hobart bookseller Walch. not in Ferguson.

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        The English Flower Garden

      Simpkin Marshall, London 1855 - 2 volumes bound as one. Vol 1 pp. (4), 188. Vol 2 pp. 188. 23 hand-coloured plates including frontispiece. Original giltstamped cloth, spine relaid and inner hinges repaired. Bookplate on front pastedown, owner's signature on front free end paper, bookseller's catalogue entry tipped-in after front free end paper, some slight soiling of cloth, a little light spotting, but internally clean, frontis slightly smudged. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        A SYNOPSIS OF THE CLASSIFICATION OF THE BRITISH PALAEOZOIC ROCKS. With a description of the BRITISH PALAEOZOIC FOSSILS in the Geological Museum of the University of Cambridge.

      London, John Parke and Son; Cambridge, Deighton Bell & Co., 1855.FIRST EDITION EDITION 1855. THERE ARE 2 PRESENTATION LABELS, ONE FROM W. W. WATTS and ANOTHER FROM O. M. B. BULMAN. Thick 4to, approximately 325 x 260 mm, 12¾ x 10 inches, 25 full page lithograph plates, 2 double page, each with a page of explanatory text at rear of volume, pages: xcviii, viii, 1 - 644, viii, [645] - 661 including index, original publisher's brown cloth, gilt lettering and decoration to spine and gilt coat of arms to upper cover, original pale yellow endpapers. Binding slightly rubbed, 1 inch split to top of lower hinge, corners slightly worn and bumped, pale foxing and age - browning to the first three pages and the last three, occasional brown spot, otherwise a very good copy. Adam Sedgwick (1785?"1873), British palaeontologist; namer of the Devonian and Cambrian periods. One of the foremost scientists of his era. Charles Darwin attended Sedgwick's lectures In the summer of 1831 and just before Darwin sailed aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, Sedgwick took him on a "geologising" trip through northern Wales, where he taught him how to draw geological maps and to collect and describe specimens. This experience stood Darwin in good stead on the voyage, and he later sent Sedgwick many of the fossils he collected during the course of his duties as the Beagle's shipboard naturalist. Though he had guided the young Charles Darwin in his early study of geology and continued to be on friendly terms, Sedgwick was an opponent of Darwin's theory of evolution by means of natural selection. See: Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Volume XII, page 275. William Whitehead Watts FRS was a British geologist, whose label is on the first free endpaper, and Oliver Meredith Boone Bulman was a British palaeontologist, whose label is on the pastedown. He was Woodwardian Professor of Geology at the University of Cambridge. (Wikipedia). MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. A heavy book which may require extra postage.

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        Autograph manuscript titled:] The effect of heat upon the absolute magnetic force of bodies.

      [London, not after November 22 1855] - Half page on a folded folio sheet (322 x 420 mm), 20 lines, with a few corrections, the sheet folded for posting, labelled on outside in ms 'Mr Faraday abstract' and 'Abstract of Dr Faraday's Paper', together with enclosing sheet folded for posting, addressed in Faraday's hand to 'Dr [William] Sharpey, Secretary, Royal Society, Somerset House' and with Faraday's signature in lower left corner, with red wax seal (broken), together in a cloth box. £12,500Autograph manuscript by Michael Faraday, an abstract of his paper for the 30th series, section 40, of his Experimental researches in electricity, published as a series of papers in the Transactions of the Philosophical Society between 1832 and 1855. The abstract itself was published before the Phil. trans., in Proceedings of the Royal Society, vol 7, pp 524-6 (1855). This is the only Faraday scientific manuscript I am aware of appearing recently for sale.The full paper was read before the Royal Society on November 22, and published in the Phil. trans. in 1856. Interestingly, the three papers of the 30th series were not included in the collected edition of the papers, volume three, which also appeared in 1855 (nor do they appear in the later reprints).This manuscript represents some of Faraday's final work on electromagnetism, and his experimental investigations of fields of force, the precursor of Maxwell's field theory. It continues the theme of sections 38 and 38, titled respectively 'Constancy of differential magnecrystallic force in different media' and 'Action of heat on magnecrystals'. It begins: 'Results were sought for by which the magnetic force of bodies already examined in the condition of magnecrystals might be compared with the whole paramagnetic or diamagnetic force of the same bodies, taken in the granular or amorphous state.' followed by an examination of the change of magnetic properties in relation to the temperature of the object.'During the 1850s when the stream of highly speculative papers on the nature of force and its transmission were appearing in the Philosophical Magazine . Faraday continued his experimental researches. The concept of the lines of force and the field now provided him with an overall picture of physical reality. The chain, in a sense, was complete. Only here and there was a link missing, and these Faraday sought to discover' (L. Pearce Williams, Michael Faraday, a biography, p 465). 'By the mid-1850s Faraday had gone as far as he could go. He had provided a new perspective for those who would look on all manifestations of force in the phenomenal world. His description of this perspective was fuzzy and imprecise but capable of clarification and precision if taken up by someone who could share Faraday's vision. Such a man was James Clerk Maxwell, who, in the 1850s and 1860s, built field theory on the foundations Faraday had laid' (DSB).Faraday's manuscripts are in the Royal Institution and the Royal Society, including the majority of papers read to these institutions. Letters by Faraday do occasionally appear for sale, but no scientific manuscript has been offered on the market in my experience.Both enclosing sheet and manuscript are on paper watermarked 'W. Stradling 1851'.For the published version see Jeffreys 427 and Wheeler Gift 2998

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        The Warden. FIRST EDITION.

      Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans. Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans. 1855 24pp cata. (Sept. 1854), brick-red with publisher's ads on pastedowns. Orig. pale brown morocco-grained cloth, borders blocked in blind, spine lettered in gilt; spine v. sl. dulled, following inner hinge sl. cracked. Contemp. signature of Florence E. Norris on verso of leading f.e.p. & verso of titlepage; armorial bookplate of Duff Cooper. A v.g. copy in custom-made tan morocco & cloth box.Trollope Society Catalogue 4; Sadleir 4. This is Sadleir's first binding, with horizontal-grained morocco cloth, but the advertisements printed on the differ from those mentioned by him. The first novel in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series. Scarce in original cloth.

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        Sketches of Places and People Abroad. By Wm. Wells Brown. With a Memoir of the Author

      Boston: John P. Jewett; Cleveland: Jewett, Proctor & Worthington; NY: Sheldon, Lamport & Blakeman, 1855. 1st Amer. ed. Hardcover. Very Good. frontis, viii, [9]-320p. Original cloth. 19cm. Spine slightly sloped. Backstrip moderate sunned. Minimal foxing. Not a really crisp copy. At head of title: The American Fugitive in Europe. "During my sojourn abroad I found it advantageous to my purse to publish a book of travels, which I did under the title of 'Three Years in Europe, or Places I have seen and People I have met.' The work was reviewed by the ablest journals in Great Britain, and from their favorable criticisms I have been induced to offer it to the American public, with a dozen or more additional chapters." [Note to the American Edition, p. iv]. The memoir referred to in the title is found at pp. 9-34.

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        Wappen der Anno 1854 lebenden Geschlechter der Stadt Chur.

      Zürich, Siegfried o, J, (um 1855) - 23,2 x 16,2 cm, Farb. Titel sowie 13 Taf. in Farbe, Stempel auf Titelseite, Private Broschur, Barth 9888 [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Ancient Armour and Weapons in Europe. From the iron period of the northern nations to the end of the thirteenth century

      Oxford and London: John Henry & James Parker. Fine in Very Good dust jacket. 1855. First Edition. Cloth. Bright blue cloth, gilt decoration on upper board, gilt titles on spine, a.e.g., others deckle, in a jacket made from printer's scrap of an 1869 religious textbook; pp. xxv, 385, plus frontis and 88 other engravings. A stunning copy, bright and sharp; the jacket has a short clean tear to the front panel, a long jagged one to the rear, and offsetting from the boards on the verso. The 1869 book that supplied the jacket and this volume were both bound by Burn of London - therefore, the jacket evidently, supplied by the bindery, as was common, but rarely survive; scarce thus. .

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