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        A History of Greece New edition

      London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1855. Eight volumes, octavo; with 13 maps, seven of them folding and backed on silk; in an attractive contemporary binding of half red morocco, spines with gilt ruled raised bands, gilt lettered direct, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt; binding by "Tuskett, Binder to the Queen" New edition (first published over a ten-year period from 1835) of this important evidence-based history of Greece. "Compared with Grote's history it lacks enthusiasm for a definite political ideal and is written entirely from the standpoint of a scholar. It shows a more impartial treatment of the evidence, especially in respect of the aristocratic and absolute governments of Greece. For these reasons its popularity was not so immediate as that of Grote's work, but its substantial merits were later recognised". It "entailed prodigious labour. At Cambridge, where the first volume was written, he used to work all day until half-past three, when he left his rooms for a rapid walk before dinner, at that time served in hall at four; in Yorkshire he is said to have worked sixteen hours a day in his study. By a curious coincidence he and George Grote, his friend and schoolfellow [at Charterhouse], were writing on the same subject at the same time, unknown to each other. On the appearance of Grote's first two volumes in 1846 Thirlwall welcomed them with generous praise ? Grote in the preface to his work bore testimony to Thirlwall's learning, sagacity, and candour" (ODNB)John Sterling may have drawn rather a long bow in pronouncing Thirlwall "a writer as great as Thucydides and Tacitus, and with far more knowledge than they". John Stuart Mill thought Thirlwall, who was bishop of St David's, the best orator he had ever heard, though Carlyle summed him up as "A right solid, honest-hearted man, full of knowledge and sense, and, in spite of his positive temper, almost timid." Provenance: Ex libris University of Surrey, Roehampton with their stamp to fore-edge of each volume and the bookplates of the Young Memorial Library, Kingham Hill to front paste-downs.

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        Westward Ho!

      Cambridge: Macmillan & Co.,, 1855. Or, the voyages and adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh, Knight, of Burrough, in the County of Devon, in the reign of Her Most Glorious Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Rendered into modern English. 3 volumes, octavo. Original blue cloth, gilt titles to spines, yellow endpapers. Custom made blue straight-grain morocco-backed slipcase with blue cloth sides, each individual volume in blue chemise case, produced by James Macdonald, New York. Ownership inscription to front free endpapers. Spines slightly rolled and faded, spine ends very slightly bumped and chipped, joints a little tender, rear joint of vol. II slightly split, very slight marking to covers. An excellent set. First edition. Kingsley's greatest popular success, Westward Ho! was originally planned as a patriotic tale about the defeat of the Spanish Armada at a time when Napoleon III's anti-English posturing was alarming many of Kingsley's countrymen. By the time of publication the Crimean War had switched public angst towards Russia, but it remained just as timely and the novel's nostalgic and rose-tinted look at the Elizabethan golden age struck a chord with its Victorian readership.

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        SCHOLIA GRAECA IN HOMERI ODYSSEAM EX CODICIBUS AUCTA ET EMENDATA TOMUS II

      OXONII: TYPOGRAPHEO ACADEMICO, 1855. RILEGATO. BUONO. 15 23. USATO

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        (xt) THE JEWISH CHRONICLE. VOL XII, NRS 47-61, 64-70 [? ], NOV 9, 1855-APRIL 18, 1856. 22 ISSUES IN TOTAL

      London : Abraham Benisch(1855-1856). 1st edition. Lacks outer binding, original period internal sewn binding in tact. Folio, 176 pages (8 pages each issue. English with occasional Hebrew. The Jewish Chronicle, Founded in 1841, it is the oldest continuously published Jewish newspaper in the world. It was initially under the editorship of D. Meldola and M. Angel. "On Oct 18, 1844, to the editorship of Joseph Mitchell, it took the title of "The Jewish Chronicle (New Series) and Working Man's Friend"; it appeared only fortnightly till July 9, 1847, when it became a weekly; from Aug. 18, 1854, it was edited by M. H. Bresslau, who changed the title to "The Jewish Chronicle and Hebrew Observer. " From Jan. 12, 1855, A. Benisch assumed the editorship, which he retained till April 2, 1869, when Michael Henry took charge of the paper until his death" (JE, 1905) . Includes numerous ads and announcements from the period, indicating deaths, weddings, and celebrations of all kinds. Anniversary dinners and events often list participants, which sometimes read like who's who's of Anglo-jewry of the period, and at other times mention names from the far reaches of the British Empire. The pages here, for example, include a long poem about the new Jewish mayor-elect of London, D. Solomons (as well as much other material related to the excitement at having a Jewish Lord Mayor, including international celebrations and congraulations) ; letters from the US offering scholarships to NYU, advertisements for Jewish publications of the period, reprints of articles from the American Jewish press (for example, from Rabbi Mayer in Charleston, SC) ; reports from Jamaica; reports on charities for the Jewish poor; a report on the opening of Jews College; an ad for a reader at the synagogue in St. Thomas, West Indies; report on Sir Moses Montefiore's visit to the Holy Land; reports from Jewish communities across the British Isles; a report on the "Conference at Cleveland" discussing Isaac Wise's "Minhag America; " A long report on the Jews of Corfu; A long report on Jewish activities in Montreal; Other reports from Vienna, Switzerland, Argovia, Turkey, Jamaica, Constantinople, Jerusalem, San Francisco, Damascus, Holland, North Africa, Germany, Amsterdam, France, Hungary, Bavaria; Modavia and Wallachia, Edinburgh, Lyons, Natal, the Saharah, Gibraltar, Kertch (Crimea) and Glasgow; details of Rabbi Raphall's Thanksgiving Day sermon in New York; letters concerning material in Isaac Wise's "The Israelite" newspaper; lists of donations to charities with names of donors; lettes to and from Sir Moses Montefiore; much on the Carmona Case; activities of conversionists; Passover relief for the poor; etc. SUBJECT(S) : Jews -- Great Britain -- Newspapers. Two leaves from issue 53 have been clipped apart and then re-assembled, no loss of text. Old stains top top few inches, some edgewear, but mid-19th century paper has held up very well, Good solid condition overall. Scarce to come up in the trade. (br-11-1)

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        TRAVELS IN ALBANIA AND OTHER PROVINCES OF TURKEY in 1809 and 1810

      London: John Murray, 1855. A New Edition (corrected). Two octavos. Light brown cloth with gilt text on spines and embossed designs on front and back covers. No dust jackets. (VG) Books are in very good condition. Bindings strong and text clean with minor, uniform age toning throughout. Text block clean but age toned; minor shelf wear to binding, light bumping to head and tail of spine. Corners bent. Previous owner's name and date (13 January 1958) written in blue ink on free front end papers or both volumes. Illustrated with engravings and fold out architectural details and a map. Each volume 500+ pages. [Transferred from Dupont to Rockville 6/20/2016] 5.5lb shipping weight. USPS First Class International and USPS Flat-Rate Envelopes unavailable for this set. Rockville Non-Retail Listings.

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        An Authentic History and Entertaining Description

      London - Thomas Kelly, 1855 Book. Fair. Hardcover. An historical and geographical work on the world and its inhabitants. With 39 plates to volume I and 40 plates to volume II. An important work, needing a rebind. Collation unavailable. Volume IIis lacking a portion of the index, aspagination only continues to letter 'O' of the Index. This is a 'New Edition' of this workedited by Thomas Bartlett Esq. It includes the discoveries of Ross, Parry, Franklin, Clapperton, Denham etc. Undated, dated using Copac. This work is a comprehensive work which also discussessome of the most celebrated navigators and travellersof the world. Condition: Both volumes are practically disbound. Volume I has a rear board with a weak hinge which may detach with further handling. Both volumes are lacking backstrips. Front board to volume I is detached but present. Boards present are heavily rubbed with loss to the paper covered boards as well as the calf. Chipping to the remainder of spine. Chips to the extremities. Internally, both volumes have slightly strained bindings but are firm. Small amount of chips and smallclosed tears to page edges only affecting margins. Age toning to the edges and scattered spots throughout. Overall: FAIR..

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        TRAVELS IN ALBANIA AND OTHER PROVINCES OF TURKEY in 1809 and 1810

      John Murray, London 1855 - Two octavos. Light brown cloth with gilt text on spines and embossed designs on front and back covers. No dust jackets. (VG) Books are in very good condition. Bindings strong and text clean with minor, uniform age toning throughout. Text block clean but age toned; minor shelf wear to binding, light bumping to head and tail of spine. Corners bent. Previous owner's name and date (13 January 1958) written in blue ink on free front end papers or both volumes. Illustrated with engravings and fold out architectural details and a map. Each volume 500+ pages. [Transferred from Dupont to Rockville 6/20/2016] 5.5lb shipping weight. USPS First Class International and USPS Flat-Rate Envelopes unavailable for this set. Rockville Non-Retail Listings. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Ins Zeughaus in Basel. Der grosse Schnee im Monat Februar 1855.

      Gemalt: Basel den 24.ten Oct. 1855, 1855, - 24.5x32 cm (Bild), Original Aquarell auf grauem Papier mit schwarzem Tuschrand, 1 Blatt, Gerahmt. ((40x48 cm). In November 2011 wurde in Basel bei Galerie Vogler Auktionshaus u. auch bei Dobiaschofsky in Bern ein ähnliches Bild versteigert, allerdings mit etwas veränderter Staffage vorne links, die 2 Zuschauer mit Hund fehlen, kleinere Einzelheiten ebenfalls leicht verändert. Der Künstler hat dieses farbenfrohe Bild sehr wahrscheinlich des öfteren gemalt wie auch des Datum seiner Ausführung ?den 25ten Oct. 1855? nahelegt. Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. Signiert links unten: "Gez. u.Gemalt v. Louis Dubois?, u. rechts unten: ?Basel den 24ten Oct. 1855" . [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Die Leonhards Kirche und der ehemalige Lohnhof in Basel

      o.J. um 1855, - 25.5.5x37 cm (Bild), Original Aquarell auf grauem Papier mit schwarzem Tuscherand, 1 Blatt, in Ubereckvergoldeter Rahmen. (34x47.5 cm). Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage.

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        The Annals of San Francisco; together with Continuation of the Annals of San Francisco and Index to the Annals of San Francisco (3 volumes)

      New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1855. Thick 8vo. [5]-824pp. 2 engraved views (including frontispiece); 4 engraved portraits; 154 engraved text illustrations; 2 engraved maps (1 folding). Original full black morocco stamped in gilt; spine gilt-lettered & ruled and 5 raised bands. AEG. A vergy good to near fine copy (hinges cracked but holding firm, dampstaining to first few pages; light foxing). The "Continuation of the Annals" (hardcover) and "Index" (softcover) volumes are ex-libris with numbers, stamps & labels. "Recognized as one of the most important reference books of the period... gives an outstanding narrative history of San Francisco, but also supplies much information on mining and its impact on this instant city." - Kurutz , California Gold Rush 594. The book includes three sections: a general summary of Spanish California; the annals of the city; and a section devoted to individual topics such as the "Hounds," fires, hotels, Vigilance Committee, Steamer-Day, and memoirs of noted California pioneers. Much on the pioneers missions, Argonauts, saloons, fights, hangings, the Chinese, clipper ships, fires, economics, growth, daily life etc. "Almost anything that one wants to know of life in San Francisco in the middle of the nineteenth century..." (Cowan II pg. 601; Graff 3901; Holliday 1028; Howes S769; Kurutz Zamorano 80:70). Together with two volumes published by California Historical Society: Index to 'The Annals...'', 1935; and 'Continuation of the Annals...', 1939. Next day shipping. Celebrating our 15th year - all domestic orders ship with Delivery Confirmation Tracking Number - Images available upon request.

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        LA VIE PUBLIQUE DE MICHEL MONTAIGNE. ETUDE BIOGRAPHIQUE. AUX ARMES DU GRAND BIBLIOPHILE MARQUIS DE MORANTE

      Librairie D'AMYOT 1855 - - 1855, PARIS, Librairie D'AMYOT. - Plein Maroquin vert empire aux Armoiries du Marquis de MORANTE aux deux plats. Dos à quatre nerfs, plats ornés d'un double filets d'encadrement et d'Armoiries dont la qualité du fer est extrêmement finement ciselée. - Les volumes, qu’il avait fait habiller par les plus habiles relieurs de Paris et de Londres, portaient ses armes, parfois accompagnées de son chiffre, formé des lettres J.G.C. (Joachim Gomez Cortina), redoublées et surmontées d’une couronne de marquis : « Coupé d’un et parti de trois, ce qui fait huit quartiers : au 1, d’argent, à 3 fasces de gueules, à la bordure de sinople, chargée de 8 sautoirs d’argent, 3 en chef, 2 aux flancs et 3 en pointe ; au 2, de sinople, à une cotice et un filet d’argent en bande, accompagnés de 2 croix recercelées du même, 1 en chef et 1 en pointe ; au 3, de gueules, au pélican de sinople en sa piété, à la bordure componée de sinople et d’azur ; au 4, de même que le 2 ; au 5, de gueules, à 3 fleurs de lys d’or en fasce, en pointe une tour d’argent maçonnée de sable et donjonnée de même, en chef une cannette d’or, reposant sur une planchette de même ; au 6, de sinople, à 5 étoiles d’argent, 2, 1 et 2 ; au 7, de même que le 1 ; au 8 et dernier, coupé : au 1, d’azur, à 1 tour d’argent surmontée de 3 étoiles de même mises en fasce ; au 2, de sinople, au taureau d’argent. » Ces armes, surmontées d’une inscription imitée de celle de Grolier, « J. Gomez de la Cortina et amicorum », et accompagnées de la même devise que celle du bibliophile français A. R. Courbonne, « FALLITUR HORA LEGENDO » (Lire fait oublier l’heure), constituaient un super ex-libris, dont il existe plusieurs types, l’inscription et la devise étant portées sur un ruban ou dans un anneau ovale. --- AU DOS DU PREMIER PLAT plat, son EX-LIBRIS AUX MEMES ARMES MAIS COURONNE COMTALE. "Son ex-libris armorié en dérivait, ou portait ses armes surmontées d’une couronne de comte, avec l’inscription « Bibliotheca Cortiniana. » au-dessous et l’épigramme de John Owen, poète anglais du dix-septième siècle, « EGREGIOS CUMULARE LIBROS PRAECLARA SUPELLEX.» (Une collection de livres choisis est un beau meuble), comme devise sur les trois autres côtés. -----1 f. P. de fx titre, 414 p. dont Table des Matières et Table Alphabétique. - Don Joachim GOMEZ de la CORTINA, MARQUIS DE MORANTE, né au Mexique le 6 septembre 1808, mort le 13 juin 1868, Docteur en Droit, Recteur de l’Université de Madrid, membre du Tribunal Suprême de Justice et Sénateur. - Entre-temps, en 1847, il reçut le titre de Marquis de Morante. - Le marquis de MORANTE, fut un des plus illustres bibliophiles espagnols. Depuis 1840, il était bien connu, à Paris, des libraires qui faisaient des catalogues et des ventes de livres anciens (Merlin, Tilliard, Crozet, Techener, Potier) et des relieurs (Thouvenin, Thompson, Bauzonnet, Duru, Capé). Le marquis avait en effet compris que le goût, la passion et la connaissance des beaux livres n’avaient jamais été portés aussi haut qu’en France. Les deux tiers de ses revenus, évalués à environ 125.000 francs, étaient sacrifiés pour les livres et leurs reliures. Il laissa la plus grande bibliothèque jamais possédée par un particulier, composée de plus de 120.000 volumes, dont la majorité était en latin. Il catalogua lui-même ses livres dans un Catalogus librorum doctoris D. Joach. Gomez de la Cortina, march. de Morante, qui in aedibus suis exstant (Matriti, Eusebium Aguado, 1854-1862, 8 vol. in-8, 16.148 articles au total). Le corps principal du catalogue finit au tome VI, et il est suivi d’un grand supplément et d’un autre peu étendu à la fin du tome VIII. Ce catalogue ne fut tiré qu’à 500 exemplaires, dont la plupart furent reliés en basane verte portant ses armes, destinés seulement aux amis et aux bibliothèques publiques. - Il fut un des plus grands latinistes contemporains et on lui doit un Nuevo Diccionario latino-español etimológico [Dictionnaire étymologique latin et espagnol] (Leipzig, Brockhaus, [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        COLTON'S TRAVELER AND TOURIST'S GUIDE-BOOK THROUGH THE WESTERN STATES AND TERRITORIES, containing brief descriptions of each, with the Routes and Distances on the Great Lines of Travel. Accompanied by a Map, exhibiting the Township Lines of the U.S. Surveys, the Boundaries of Counties, Position of Cities, Villages, Settlements, etc.

      New York: J.H. Colton and Company, 1855. First Edition. Original Cloth. Very Good. pp: 99, (1) tables of moneys, 36 publisher's catalogue; hand-colored, folding map at rear, opens to 22" x 24". Few spots of foxing to first and last few text leaves, map in excellent condition. Bound in red cloth, blind-stamped designs on both boards, gilt lettering on front cover. 6" x 3.75" The Western States here are Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, and the Territories of Minnesota, Kansas and Nebraska. The eastern portion of the Northwest Territory, Ohio, had by 1855 attracted some two million settlers, while Minnesota had only six thousand. The text and map cover all the crossroads and villages west of Pennsylvania, including waystops along the Oregon Trail between Independence, Missouri and Oregon. About half-way along that trail, another intersects, the route to Sacramento via Lake Truckee, site of the Donner Party tragedy. Canals in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana are included in this guidebook. Provenance: Pencilled on the front free-endpaper is the signature of H. Dunbar.

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        Philips' Atlas of Classical, Historical and Scriptural Geography.

      Liverpool: Philip, 1855.(). Folio. 51 maps and plans; half morocco.

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        Trial of Oscar T Caldwell, Late a conductor on the Chicago and..

      1855. Chicago, IL: 1855. Only edition. Chicago, IL: 1855. Only edition. Brought to Justice by the Pinkertons [Trial]. Caldwell, Oscar T., Defendant. Smith, J. Victor, Reporter. Trial of Oscar T. Caldwell, Late a Conductor on the Chicago and Burlington Railroad Line, For Embezzlement: Before the Recorders Court of the City of Chicago at the September Term, 1855. Chicago: Daily Democratic Press Steam Print, 1855. 35 pp. Text in parallel columns. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers, spine reinforced. Light soiling, minor edgewear, spine abraded (but secure), some toning to text. $650. * Only edition. Caldwell's trial was the result of an investigation by the Pinkerton detective agency, then a five-year old company. Caldwell was convicted. The rear wrapper carries an advertisement for the Pinkerton & Company. OCLC locates 6 copies in law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress, Rutgers, St. John's University, Social Law, University of Missouri). Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 13985.

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        Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Adjoining Countries, from the Latter Part of the Reign of Edward II to the Coronation of Henry IV...to which are Prefixed, a Life of the Author, an Essay on his Works, and a Criticism on his History. In two volumes

      London: Henry G. Bohn 1855. Large 8vo. In 2 volumes complete. xlviii, 768; xiv, (ii), 733 pp. Contemporary full vellum with decorative gilt-patterned spines and maroon leather title labels. All edges gilt. Bevelled edges. Marbled endpapers. Armorial bookplate to front pastedowns. Minor rubbing to vellum. Spotting to prelims. Faint staining to final few leaves of volume one. Internally clean. Extra coloured illuminated title-page. With 116 in-text woodcut engravings. A handsome pair. 25 cms. tall. . Fine. Full Vellum. 1855.

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        Household Words. A Weekly Journal. No. 293 - 296, 298 - 300, 308, 310 - 321.

      London: Office, 16, Wellington Street, Strand, [Nov. 3 - Nov. 24, 1855, Dec. 8 - Dec. 22, 1855, Feb. 16, 1856, March 1 - May 17, 1856]. Original parts as issued, 8vo., 313-408, 435-504, 97-120, 145-432 pp. Printed wrappers. Some chipping and minor foxing to outer wrappers and edges, else very good. First edition in original parts. Contributions by Dickens include "A Slight Depreciation of Currency" (Nov. 3, 1855), "Why?" (March 1, 1856), "Proposals For a National Jest Book" (May 3, 1856), and "Railroad Dreaming" (May 10, 1856). Contributions also include all original five chapters of A Rogue's Life by Wilkie Collins (March 1 - March 29, 1856). Eckel 202-219. Kitton 107-137. Podeschi E113.

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        The Poetical Works of Lord Byron

      London: John Murray 1855 - London: John Murray, 1855. A New Edition. Volume 1. – 530 pp, black and white frontispiece of Lord Byron. Volume 2. – 416 pp. Volume 3. – 392 pp. Volume 4. – 407 pp. Volume 5. – 447 pp. Volume 6. – 479 pp. Six volumes. Octavo, contemporary full green morocco, raised bands, elegantly gilt-decorated spines and boards, gilt titles, page edges gilt. Early edition of Byron’s works, handsomely bound with Phillips’ Frontispiece portrait of Byron engraved by Finden. Includes all of Byron’s poems and verse dramas. Index in Volume VI. Interiors good, spines rubbed at the joints and top/base of the spine. A very attractive set.   Condition Report Externally Spine – good condition – rubbed and frayed to spine ends, some scuffs and marks. Joints – good condition – rubbed. Corners – good condition – bumped and worn. Boards – good condition – heavily decorated in gilt to the front and rear boards, inner gilt dentelles. Page edges –  good condition – gilt page edges. See above and photos. Internally Hinges – good condition – solid. Paste downs – good condition – some evidence of book plate removal to front paste down. End papers – good condition – pencil annotation. Title – good condition – some minor foxing. Pages – very good condition – some minor foxing. Binding – very good condition – solid and strong. See photos Publisher: see above. Publication Date: 1855. Binding: Hardback [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Little Dorrit.With Illustrations By H. K. Browne.

      - London: Bradbury & Evans, Bouverie Street, [December, 1855 - June, 1857]. 8vo., 20 monthly parts in 19 as issued, 32, 16, [1]-32, 4, [4], 4, [1], [1], 16; 12, 33-64, [1], [8], [2], [4]; 12, 65-96, 4; 12, [97]-128, [2], 2, 4; 12, 129-160; 12, 161-192, 8, 4, [2], [2], [4]; 12, 193-224, 4, [2], [2], 4; 12, 225-256, [4], [1], 2; [1], 12, 257-288, 4, [4]; 12, 289-320, [4], [2], [4]; 12, [1], [323]-352, 4, [2], [8]; 12, 353-384, [4], [4], [1]; 12, 12, [1], [2], 385-416, [1], 24; 12, 417-488, [4], [4], [4], [2], [8]; 12, 449-480, [4], [4]; 8, [1], 481-512, [4], [4]; 12, 513-544, [2]; 12, 545-576, [4], [2]; 12, 577-625, xiv, [2], [4], with 40 engraved plates including frontis and title vignette with tissue guards. Original printed blue wrappers with trade advertisements to inner sides as well as outside back wrappers, with a variety of publishers ads, and slips bound-in. Housed in a four-fold blue cloth folder, and quarter blue morocco and blue cloth slip-case with titling in gilt. Case has some chipping and fraying, wrappers and edges are slightly foxed, with some minor chipping and minor repairs, but are otherwise in very good condition lacking only two advertising slips and the terminal ads in number five. First edition in original parts, with the white "Missing" slip intact in part 16. "In this book Dickens made a second assault on the archaism of imprisonment for debt." Eckel 82-86. This was the last of the big novels published by Bradbury & Evans after a dispute over the publishing of Dickens marital intranquilities. Hatton and Cleaver 307-330. Thomson 73. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Narrative of the Niger Tshadda and Binue Exploration Including a Report on the Position and Prospect of Trade Up Those Rivers

      First edition. Folding map. 8vo. Modern half morocco, gilt. xi, 267pp. London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans,

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        Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah.

      London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855-56. First edition of Burton's scarce and important illustrated narrative of his journey to Mecca. Octavo, 3 volumes, original blue cloth with black ornamental border, with five full-page color chromolithographs, eight tinted plates, one black-and-white plate, three plans (two folding), and a folding map. In fine condition. Rare and desirable in this condition. Impelled by wanderlust and the spirit of adventure and aided by an extraordinary facility in Eastern languages, Sir Richard Burton was one of the great explorers of history. He was the first European to enter the capital of Somaliland and the first to discover the Great Lakes of Central Africa. He was also an Orientalist of the first rank. But it is for his pilgrimage in 1853 to Mecca and Medina and the most sacrosanct shrines of Islam that Burton is best known -- and for his celebrated book that recorded his experiences during the journey. Successfully posing as a wandering dervish, he gained admittance to the holy Kaabah and to the Tomb of the Prophet at Medina and participated in all the rituals of the Hadj (pilgrimage). He is still one of the very few non-Muslims to visit and return from Mecca. Above all, Burton was a sharp observer -- of character, customs, and physical surroundings. These pages contain a treasury of material on Arab life, beliefs, manners and morals; detailed descriptions of religious ceremonies, mosques, temples, etc.; and a variety of ethnographic, economic, and geographical information. Whether telling of the crowded caravan to Mecca, engaging in minute analysis of Bedouin character, waxing lyrical about a desert landscape, or reporting conversations with townsfolk or fellow pilgrims, Burton gives us a vivid picture of the region and its people.

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        The Annals of San Francisco; together with Continuation of the Annals of San Francisco and Index to the Annals of San Francisco (3 volumes)

      New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1855. 1st. Hardcover. Thick 8vo. [5]-824pp. 2 engraved views (including frontispiece); 4 engraved portraits; 154 engraved text illustrations; 2 engraved maps (1 folding). Original full black morocco stamped in gilt; spine gilt-lettered & ruled and 5 raised bands. AEG. A vergy good to near fine copy (hinges cracked but holding firm, dampstaining to first few pages; light foxing). The "Continuation of the Annals" (hardcover) and "Index" (softcover) volumes are ex-libris with numbers, stamps & labels. "Recognized as one of the most important reference books of the period... gives an outstanding narrative history of San Francisco, but also supplies much information on mining and its impact on this instant city." - Kurutz , California Gold Rush 594. The book includes three sections: a general summary of Spanish California; the annals of the city; and a section devoted to individual topics such as the "Hounds," fires, hotels, Vigilance Committee, Steamer-Day, and memoirs of noted California pioneers. Much on the pioneers missions, Argonauts, saloons, fights, hangings, the Chinese, clipper ships, fires, economics, growth, daily life etc. "Almost anything that one wants to know of life in San Francisco in the middle of the nineteenth century..." (Cowan II pg. 601; Graff 3901; Holliday 1028; Howes S769; Kurutz Zamorano 80:70). Together with two volumes published by California Historical Society: Index to 'The Annals...'', 1935; and 'Continuation of the Annals...', 1939. Next day shipping. Celebrating our 15th year - all domestic orders ship with Delivery Confirmation Tracking Number - Images available upon request.

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        Costumes des Pyrénées dessinés d'après nature par Alfred Dartiguenave, lithographiées par V. Adam, Champagne, Lemoine Jne, &c.

      Pau, Auguste Bassy, s.d., (1855-56), - in-folio, titre imprimé en deux tons, et 12 planches lithographiées en couleurs, légéndées (10 sont numérotées), demi-basane, dos lisse muet orné de filets dorés, titre poussé en lettres dorées au centre du plat supérieur (reliure de l'époque). Des rousseurs aux planches, mais bon exemplaire. Ensemble bien complet de cette suite très peu commune, qui reproduit sur le mode sentimental et ethnographique un choix de costumes du Béarn et de la Bigorre, passablement idéalisé : I. Environs de Pau. - II. Grisette et servantes à Pau. - III. Environs de Pau. - IV. Pâtre tricotant et marchande de beurre. - V. Branle d'Ossau. - VI. Guide et chasseur aux Eaux-Bonnes. - VII. Chasseur d'izard & berger. - VIII. Pâtre et jeune fille aux Eaux-Chaudes. - IX. Contrebandiers aragonais. - X. Pâtre de la vallée d'Aran. Costumes de Cauterets. - XI. Une famille à Barèges. - XII. Environ de Bagnères-de-Bigorre. C'est précisément cet album d'archétypes qui fit connaître le Palois Prosper-Guilluame-Alfred Dartiguenave (1821-1885) et l'imposa comme maître de ce type de représentations dans l'espace pyrénéen : certaines de ces lithographies ont été indéfiniment reproduites et commentées (pensons spécialement à ses Contrebandiers aragonais). Labarrère I, 452.

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        Portolano della Liguria

      Litografia Armanino, Genova 1855 - In-4, 26 tavole litografiche a doppia pagina (le prime due costituiscono il frontespizio e la dedicatoria) le rimanenti ( nn. 3-26) sono quelle dedicate all'atalante del mare, così organizzate: 3. Rada e Porto di Nizza; 4. Porto di Nizza; 5. Piano di Villafranca; 6. Golfo di San Gioan; 7. Porto di Monaco; 8. Rada e Porto di San Remo; 9. Rada e Porto Maurizio e Rada di Oneglia; 10. Rada di Diano, Il Cervo e Andora; 11. Rada di Langueglia ed Alassio. 12 Rada del Borghetto e Ceriale e Rada di Borsaiola, Pietra e Loano; 13. Golfo di Genova; 14. Rada di Vado e porto di Savona; 15. Porto di Savona; 16. Rada e Porto di Genova; 17. Porto di Camogli; 18. Golfo di Rapallo; 19. Porto Fino; 20 Porto di Rapallo; 21. Rada di Sestri di Levante; 22. Rada del Mesco; 23. Golfo della Spezia; 24. Piano di Caparbia; 25. Porto di Capraia; 26 Carta generale del Mar Ligure. Legatura in mezza percalle con titolo in oro al dorso. Questo "Portolano della Liguria" venne redatto da Giuseppe Albini per la Tipografia Armanino su consegna della Marina Sabauda, essendosi trovata allora la vecchia cartografia nautica mediterranea non più adeguata alle esigenze del tempo. Oggi, è rarissimo. L'autore (Villafranca di Nizza, 1780 - Spotorno, 1859), fu al suo tempo ammiraglio al servizio dei Savoia. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Thèatre de la Scala et Casino des nobles à Milan

      1855 ca, Milano 1855 - Rara veduta del Teatro della Scala ed infilata della via Giuseppe Verdi. L'incisione è animata dalla presenza di numerosi personaggi ed è ricca di particolari che mantengono vivo un momento di vita quotidiano della Milano della metà del XIX secolo. Benchè non sia tratta da dagherrotipo, in alto al centro riporta la scritta "Collection du Daguerreotipe". mm 162x250

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        [Original Art]: An Early View of the Gold Rush Town at Mokelumne Hill, California [circa 1855]

      [Mokelumne Hill, California, 1855. Near Fine. Original conte crayon, colored pencil, and watercolor drawing on Bristol pasteboard paper. Image size 20.5" x 14"; matted to 22.5" x 19". A few tiny partial tears at the bottom corners, modest spots near the top edges, overall near fine. An early landscape view, by an unknown artist, of the Gold Rush town at Mokelumne Hill, as seen by a group of miners in the foreground who are shown relaxing and drinking in an outdoor beer garden. One of the men is shown looking out upon the town and surrounding hills through a telescope. It is likely that the men are taking in the view from J.C. Gebhardt's newly established brewery in 1855. The painting was part of William Burger's important collection of Western Americana (sold at auction in 2014), who noted that it had hung "in the Mokelumne Hotel until 2000, and for as long as anyone can remember."Founded in 1848 by a group of Oregonians, Mokelumne Hill (located in Calaveras County) became one of the richest gold mining towns in California. By 1850 the town was one of the largest in the area, with a diverse population of Americans, Frenchmen, Germans, Spaniards, Chileans, Mexicans, and Chinese, ranging between 10,000 to 16,000 people during its heyday. The easy gold attracted criminal elements, and the town gained a reputation as one of the bawdiest in the area, with a bustling bar scene. By 1852, with the help of a "vigiliance committee" the worst of the crime was eliminated. During its heyday in the 1850s, it was at Mokelumne Hill that the Calaveras Chronicle, the first county newspaper, was founded, and here that the Code of Law for Miners was written, and also where the first local hospital was founded. By 1862, Gebhardt's establishment had expanded and completed its physical plant with stone quarried on site, and was known throughout the 19th Century as the Hemminghofen & Seusdorf or Mokelumne Hill brewery.A rare and early visual representation of this historically important town, by a reasonably accomplished artist, most likely a German or French miner.

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        Original Art]: An Early View of the Gold Rush Town at Mokelumne Hill, California [circa 1855]

      [Mokelumne Hill, California 1855 - Original conte crayon, colored pencil, and watercolor drawing on Bristol pasteboard paper. Image size 20.5" x 14"; matted to 22.5" x 19". A few tiny partial tears at the bottom corners, modest spots near the top edges, overall near fine. An early landscape view, by an unknown artist, of the Gold Rush town at Mokelumne Hill, as seen by a group of miners in the foreground who are shown relaxing and drinking in an outdoor beer garden. One of the men is shown looking out upon the town and surrounding hills through a telescope. It is likely that the men are taking in the view from J.C. Gebhardt's newly established brewery in 1855. The painting was part of William Burger's important collection of Western Americana (sold at auction in 2014), who noted that it had hung "in the Mokelumne Hotel until 2000, and for as long as anyone can remember."Founded in 1848 by a group of Oregonians, Mokelumne Hill (located in Calaveras County) became one of the richest gold mining towns in California. By 1850 the town was one of the largest in the area, with a diverse population of Americans, Frenchmen, Germans, Spaniards, Chileans, Mexicans, and Chinese, ranging between 10,000 to 16,000 people during its heyday. The easy gold attracted criminal elements, and the town gained a reputation as one of the bawdiest in the area, with a bustling bar scene. By 1852, with the help of a "vigiliance committee" the worst of the crime was eliminated. During its heyday in the 1850s, it was at Mokelumne Hill that the Calaveras Chronicle, the first county newspaper, was founded, and here that the Code of Law for Miners was written, and also where the first local hospital was founded. By 1862, Gebhardt's establishment had expanded and completed its physical plant with stone quarried on site, and was known throughout the 19th Century as the Hemminghofen & Seusdorf or Mokelumne Hill brewery.A rare and early visual representation of this historically important town, by a reasonably accomplished artist, most likely a German or French miner.

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        Traité élémentaire de Physiologie humaine [ Edition originale ] Comprenant les principales notions de la physiologie comparée

      Ouvrage accompagné de 144 gravures intercalée dans le texte, 1 vol. fort in-8 reliure demi-chagrin noir, Labé, Librairie de la Faculté de Médecine, Paris, 1855, 4 pp., VIII-988 pp. avec deux figures rehaussées à l'aquarelle Très rare exemplaire de l'édition originale. Fils de l'anatomiste Pierre-Augustin Béclard, Jules Auguste Béclard (1817-1887) fut notamment le secrétaire perpétuel de l'Académie de Médecine de 1873 à 1887. Bon état (un coin plié avec coupe frottée, très bon état par ailleurs). Français

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        To Switzerland and Back.

      1855 - London, Routledge, [1855]. Small 8vo. Slightly later red cloth, spine lettered in gilt; pp. xvi, 208; some wear to lower hinge, else a very good copy. Re-issue with a new title-page of To Mont Blanc and Back Again, first published in 1854, extremely rare. A lively account of a journey by boat and train through Germany to Switzerland, and on foot within the Swiss Alps, via the St. Bernard Pass to Chamonix and Mont Blanc. The author, librarian of the Royal Society, provides interesting detail of his ascents, relates his impressions of country and people, and comments on weather conditions and his travelling companions. Chapters 10 to 15 contain the decription of the surroundings of and Mont Blanc itself. See Perret 4554; Meckly 215; not in Neate. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Household Words. A Weekly Journal. No. 293 - 296, 298 - 300, 308, 310 - 321.

      London: Office, 16, Wellington Street, Strand, [Nov. 3 - Nov. 24, 1855, Dec. 8 - Dec. 22, 1855, Feb. 16, 1856, March 1 - May 17, 1856]. Original parts as issued, 8vo., 313-408, 435-504, 97-120, 145-432 pp. Printed wrappers. Some chipping and minor foxing to outer wrappers and edges, else very good. First edition in original parts. Contributions by Dickens include “A Slight Depreciation of Currency” (Nov. 3, 1855), “Why?” (March 1, 1856), “Proposals For a National Jest Book” (May 3, 1856), and “Railroad Dreaming” (May 10, 1856). Contributions also include all original five chapters of A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins (March 1 - March 29, 1856). Eckel 202-219. Kitton 107-137. Podeschi E113.

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        Himalayan Journals. Notes of A Naturalist in Bengal, the Sikkim and Nepal Himalayas, the Khasia Mountains, &c. A new Edition, carefully revised and condensed.

      London, John Murray, 1855. Two volumes, 8vo. Original brown cloth gilt, with gilt vignettes on front boards; pp. xvi, 348; xii, 345, [2, advertisements], with wood-engraved illustrations (some full-page, one in red), text vignettes and folding maps; a little worn at extremities, spines slightly rubbed, occasional light spotting, otherwise a very neat set. Hooker (1817-1911) travelled to India with the support of a government grant in 1847, voyaging with a free passage from the Admiralty on HMS Sidon which was taking Lord Dalhousie, the newly appointed Governor-General, to the subcontinent. Travelling to Calcutta and then Darjeeling, Hooker befriended Brian Houghton Hodgson, an expert on Nepalese culture and Buddhism, who collected Sanskrit manuscripts, and was also a passionate naturalist. Although Hodgson helped Hooker with his preparations for the expedition into the Himalaya, Hodgson was too unwell to accompany Hooker to Sikkim in 1848, and so Dr Archibald Campbell, the British government agent, travelled with Hooker in his place. Hooker entered Sikkim with some difficulty, in the face of resistance from the ruling Raja and his chief minister, and his excursion into Tibet (undertaken in the face of official prohibitions) resulted in his arrest in November 1849; only the threat of a British invasion secured his release. The survey of the passes into Tibet which Hooker produced were greatly appreciated by later travellers, and the Younghusband expedition into Tibet of 1903 sent Hooker a telegram from Khambajong, congratulating him on the accuracy and usefulness of his information. Hooker then spent 1850 exploring in Eastern Bengal and the Khasia Hills with Thomas Thomson, a friend from his student days at Glasgow University, before returning to Britain later in that year: 'Altogether Hooker collected about 7000 species in India and Nepal and on his return to England managed to secure another government grant while he classified and named them. The first publication was the Rhododendrons of the Sikkim-Himalaya (1849-51), edited by his father and illustrated by Walter Hood Fitch, whose fine drawings enriched many of both the Hookers' publications. Hooker's and Campbell's travels added twenty-five new rhododendrons to the fifty already known and the spectacular new species they introduced into Britain helped create a rhododendron craze among British gardeners' (ODNB). The grant of £400 per annum for three years also funded Hooker while he wrote Himalayan Journals, in which he recounted his explorations of these areas, including parts of Sikkim and eastern Nepal which were hitherto completely unknown to Europeans, and his almost-complete circuit of Kangchenjunga - the first to be attempted by a European, which took Hooker (who believed it to be the 'loftiest known mountain on the globe' (I, p. x), rather than the third-highest) to altitudes of 18,000 feet and more. The work - today widely recognised as 'a classic of early Himalyan travel and exploration' (Neate) - was first published in 1854, which was followed by this second, abridged and revised edition the following year, and numerous further printings followed throughout the nineteenth century and into the twentieth.

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        Les Trois Mousquetaires. Vingt Ans aprés. Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou Dix ans plus tard. 3 parts in 1 vol. With 3 wood engravings as head-pieces. S.l.a.et t

      Alexandre DUMAS père: Les Trois Mousquetaires. Vingt Ans aprés. Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou Dix ans plus tard. 3 parts in 1 vol. With 3 wood engravings by i.a. Félix-Jean Gauchard (part 2) after drawings by Georges Alexandre Fischer (parts 1 and 2) as head-pieces. S.l.a.et t. [Paris: Typ. de Mme Ve Dondey-Duprè 1855]. 4to. 149 [1 unnumbered leaf (blank)], [unnumb. p. 1 (title part 1)], p. 2-155, [unnumb. p., 156 (blank)]; [unnumb. p. 157 (title part 2)], p. 159-351, [unnumb. p., 352 (table of contents)]; [unnumb. p. 1 (title part 3)], p. 2-486, [unnumb. p., 487 (table of contents)], p. 488 (table of contents, continuation). Later French artist's binding made of full grained dark brown morocco leather over wooden boards on 6 raised bands, decorative boards with blind embossed geometrical elements in simplified Grolier style, all edges and spine of binding with embossed lines and framework incorporating floral themes, text block with gilt gauffered edges in the same style, gilt title on spine as well as waxed marbled endpapers on white stock. GORGEOUSLY BOUND EARLY EDITION OF ALEXANDRE DUMAS' MOST FAMOUS HISTORICAL TRILOGY about d'Artagnan and his befriended musketeers Athos, Aramis and Porthos. The 1st part was originally published in Bruxelles in 1844, continued by the 2nd part »Vingt Ans aprés« (Paris, 1847) and completed with the publication of the 3rd part titled »Le Vicomte de Bragelonne«, altogether published for the 1st time in Bruxelles, 1851. The initial pages of each of the 3 novels printed, here in double columns, are illustrated with nice head-pieces executed as wood engravings, probably reprinted from the 1852 illustrated edition published in Paris by Marescq for Dufour and Mulat. - Paper in some parts minimally foxy and with some small, skilfully executed restorations, otherwise very well preserved text block. The present copy is particularly remarkable because it's superb anonymous French artist's binding in a simplified Grolier style, which, apart from minor rubbing at some edges and corners, is in very good condition. Although there were numerous editions of the »Musketeers« published in huge print runs already in the1840s and 1850s, this one is very rare. According to OCLC there is only one copy to trace in institutional holdings world-wide, at the BNF in Paris. A collectable item indeed. Munro, Dumas Bibliographie, 1981, p. 145

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        [BROADSIDE] Lively flea. / Australia our home.

      A rare broadside with a ballad about the Victorian gold diggings. [s.l. : s.n., circa 1855]. Single lithographed sheet, printed on thin paper, 255 x 190 mm, containing two anonymous ballads, each presented in a single column separated by a vertical divider; in the left column a humorous verse titled 'Lively Flea' (a parody of Charles Dickens' 'Ivy Green'), and in the right column a topical ballad about the Victorian gold diggings titled 'Australia our home'; an illustration at the head of each column, with the gold digger depicted as a rakish character holding a bag marked [£]'5000'; titles in bold with the text filling the remainder of each column; a fine example. We can locate only six other copies of this broadside in collections worldwide (National Library of Australia; State Library of New South Wales; Bodleian Library, Oxford; University of Chicago Library; University of Pennsylvania Library; Memorial University of Newfoundland, Lubrano Collection of Broadside Ballads). 'Australia our home'. 'Here's off, here's off to the diggings of gold, Australia's our home where wealth is untold; Up, up with your picks, take your shovel in hand, Here's off, here's off to a happier land. We dread not the voyage, though distant and long, We've a compass to steer by, our arms they are strong, And ne'er into misery unheeded we'll fall, While Melbourne's rich gold fields are open to all. Quick, quick, "ALL'S SERENE" - at trifles don't stand, I'll warrant we'll soon have a fortune in hand; Up, up with your picks, let your courage be bold, Here's off, here's off to the diggings of gold. The gold fields are near - see the diggers how thick - What matters, here's into the work like a brick, What to us is the toil, or pain-blister'd hands, If a barrow we wheel o'er the gold-yielding sands. They may tell us of hardships - of dangers unknown, Of knives and bullets - but there we will roam; With mountains above us, and valleys below, To Melbourne's rich gold fields right onward we go. Huzza! fellow-townsmen, ye may dig till you're rich, The gold fields are open, our tents there we'll pitch, Up, up, with our picks, the treasures unfold, Here's off, here's off to the diggings of gold.'

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        THE LAW OF KINDNESS: ILLUSTRATEDBY AUTHENTIC STORIES

      Sheldon, Lamport & Blakeman. Some wearon cover, first page missing, pages some stains. . Fair. Hardcover. 1855.

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        LEAVES OF GRASS

      Brooklyn: s.n., 1855. FIRST EDITION, First Issue (BAL's and Myerson's Binding "A"); First State of the frontispiece portrait (on heavy paper); second state of the copyright page, as usual; second state of p. iv ). Offered here in the first issue of the first printing, this collection of Whitman's poetry is described by PMM as "America's second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, that of 1855 intellectual." Dubbing Whitman (1819-92) "the Poet and the Prophet of Democracy," PMM adds that "the whole of Leaves of Grass is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation." Most of this volume is occupied by the celebrated "Song of Myself," a publication so sexually candid as to be branded immoral at the time, but now recognized as one of the great achievements of 19th century American poetry. Reviews in 1855 were mixed, with the most enthusiastic coming from Emerson, whose words of praise became the preface to the second edition. According to Myerson, 795 copies of the first edition were bound: 337 in Binding "A" in June and July of 1855; 262 in Binding "B" in December, 1855 and January, 1856; and 196 copies in two other binding styles. Copies of this edition fetch more than $100,000 at auction, and the infrequently found copies in fine condition can go for more than twice that amount; our copy is priced advantageously as a reflection of the (skillful) restoration work the cover has undergone. Laid in is a very thorough printed delineation of the repairs (which involved the partial incorporation of a backstrip from a later facsimile cover) performed on the book by Lyn R. Jacobs.. 288 x 200 mm. (11 3/8 x 7 3/4"). xii, 95 pp. FIRST EDITION, First Issue (BAL's and Myerson's Binding "A"); First State of the frontispiece portrait (on heavy paper); second state of the copyright page, as usual; second state of p. iv ). Original publisher's green cloth, covers with gilt frames, gilt titling, and decoration in blind, flat spine titled in gilt, marbled endpapers, the binding with extensive refurbishing and very skillful repairs (see below). Housed in a green quarter morocco box. Frontispiece portrait of the author, original tissue guard. BAL 21395; Grolier American 67; Myerson A2.I.a1; PMM 340. Some variations in color to boards (because of refurbishing), the gilt with variable degrees of brightness (visible but rather dulled on the spine, a bit less than bright on the front cover, and with original luster on the back), but the expertly restored binding entirely solid and certainly agreeable enough. Isolated marginal smudges, otherwise A FINE COPY INTERNALLY, the text clean, smooth, and fresh.Offered here in the first issue of the first printing, this collection of Whitman's poetry is described by PMM as "America's second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, that of 1855 intellectual." Dubbing Whitman (1819-92) "the Poet and the Prophet of Democracy," PMM adds that "the whole of Leaves of Grass is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation." Most of this volume is occupied by the celebrated "Song of Myself," a publication so sexually candid as to be branded immoral at the time, but now recognized as one of the great achievements of 19th century American poetry. Reviews in 1855 were mixed, with the most enthusiastic coming from Emerson, whose words of praise became the preface to the second edition. According to Myerson, 795 copies of the first edition were bound: 337 in Binding "A" in June and July of 1855; 262 in Binding "B" in December, 1855 and January, 1856; and 196 copies in two other binding styles. Copies of this edition fetch more than $100,000 at auction, and the infrequently found copies in fine condition can go for more than twice that amount; our copy is priced advantageously as a reflection of the (skillful) restoration work the cover has undergone. Laid in is a very thorough printed delineation of the repairs (which involved the partial incorporation of a backstrip from a later facsimile cover) performed on the book by Lyn R. Jacobs.

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        Die Insel Sardinien. Geschichtliche Entwicklung der gegenwärtigen Zustände derselben in ihrer Verbindung mit Italien. Nebst 12 Kupfern und einer Karte von Sardinien.

      Leipzig: Verlag der Dyk\'schen Buchhandlung, 1855. Zweite vermerhte Ausgabe VIII, 382 Seiten mit 12 Kupferstichen und einer auffaltbarten Karte. Gebundene Ausgabe. Halbleder mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel, Lederecken. Gutes Exemplar. Einband berieben, Ecken etwas bestossen. Bindung fest und sauber. Namenseintrag auf Titelblatt. Je ein Namensstempel auf Vorsatz und Einbandinnendeckel. Innen schön und sauber erhalten. Wirkt kaum gelesen. Wenige Seiten mit blassen Stockflecken. Für das Alter schön erhalten. Versand D: 2,20 EUR

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        Autograph document signed with original artwork.

      N.p., Vancouver, WA 1855 - One page document, a deed, in the hand of Derby, the celebrated humorist and author of 'Phoenixiana'. 9 3/4 x 7 7/8 inches, done in brown/black ink. Very good.The document reads as follows: 'Columbia Barracks, Vancouver/October 29th, 1855/This may certify, that for the sum of two/hundred and fifty dollars to me paid, I have/this day sold to Lieut. G.H. Derby [autograph], a house/recently erected by me, situated, fronting on the/Parade ground, on the left of the building now/occupied as a band barracks. This house was/before this date my own private property, and was/erected on the reserve with the express permission of/the Commanding Officer of the post./[New paragraph] In witness hereof, I have hereunto affixed my/hand and seal, this 29 October 1855./Witnessed by/[in a different hand] H.D. Wallin/Capt. 4th Inf. [drawing of a seal, the animal, by Derby, side view, underneath which is printed 'Seal"./[Second signature, not by Derby, and front view of a seal, the animal, with water and a boat in the background, presumably by Derby]On the verso of the sheet, which is folded in thirds, is a notation in Derby's hand; 'Capt. H.D. Wallin/Deed for house at/Vancouver/October 29, 1855'.This document was written in the same year that Phoenixiana, a selection of Derby's sketches and burlesques which had previously appeared in periodicals, was published. Derby's writings represent one of the earliest developments of the so-called American, or Western, style of humor. His influence can be seen in many subsequent writers, most noticeable Mark TwainAccompanied by the first published view of Fort Vancouver plate XLIV ('Fort Vancouver, W.T.), a tinted lithograph, from the Narrative and Final Report of Explorations for a Route for a pacific Railroad Near the 47th Parallels from St. Paul's to Puget Sound (1860).

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