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        HISTOIRE DE L'EMPIRE OTTOMAN DEPUIS LES TEMPS ANCIENS JUSQU'A' NOS JOURS GARNIER FRERES PARIS 1855

      GARNIER FRERES 1855 In-4 (275 x 190 mm), VII - 528 pp., demi-chagrin vert, dos à cinq nerfs orné (reliure d'époque). Premier tirage, illustré de 18 planches d'après Allom, Salmon et Leitch, gravées par Bentley, Cousen, Tophani, etc. (défauts d'usage, dos passé, coins émoussés

      [Bookseller: Librairie Henri Picard & Fils]
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        SCENERY OF THE PLAINS, MOUNTAINS AND MINES; OR, A DIARY KEPT UPON THE OVERLAND ROUTE TO CALIFORNIA, BY WAY OF THE GREAT SALT LAKE: TRAVELS IN THE CITIES, MINES, AND AGRICULTURAL DISTRICTS - EMBRACING THE RETURN BY THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA, IN THE YEARS 1850, '51, '52 AND '53

      Ogdensburg, N.Y., 1855. First edition. 324pp. Original black cloth, small chip at top of gold stamped spine. Graff 2892. Howes L84. Jones 1336. Matthews p.326. Rader 2201. Sabin 38904. Streeter 3179. Wagner-Camp-Becker 258: "Langworthy crossed the Missouri river at Council Bluffs on May 14, 1850. He reached Fort Laramie on June 13, South Pass on June 29, Granite Pass by way of Salt Lake City on September 9, and the Humboldt Sink on October 2. He crossed over the Sierra Nevada by way of Carson Pass, and arrived at Ringgold, near Placerville, on October 21, a total of 160 days from departure. The overland journey occupied the first 180 pages of the book, with the balance devoted to describing California and the return trip via Nicaragua...." Cowan p.383. Flake 4742: "Mormons in 'Canesville'; Mormon speculations. Also a trip through Salt Lake City in 1850 with notes of Mormonism.

      [Bookseller: Michael Ginsberg Books]
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        Atlas zum Lehrbuch der Orgelbaukunst nach den besten Methoden älterer und neuerer in ihrem Fache ausgezeichneter Orgelbaumeister und begründet auf mathematische und physikalische Gesetze.

      Weimar, Voigt 1855. - Mit 130 (11 gefalt.) Stahlstichtafeln. HLdr. d. Zt., mit der eingeb. Orig.-Broschur. Folio. Reuter, Orgel 7030. - Ohne die beiden (auffindbaren) Textbände; der vorliegende Tafelband ist komplett sehr selten! - Wohl das wichtigste Fachbuch der Orgelbauerzunft in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Die interessanten und großformatigen Tafeln zeigen Pfeifen, einzelne Bestandteile und Aufsätze, Konstruktionszeichnungen sowie Gesamtansichten. - Decken etwas beschabt. Tls. etwas stockfleckig. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Turszynski]
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        [PRINTED ACCOUNT BOOK, COMPLETED IN MANUSCRIPT, FOR THE LOUISIANA SUGAR PLANTATION OF DUNCAN F. KENNER]

      "Texas" Plantation. 1855.. [4],112pp., of which approximately 75pp. are completed in manuscript. Folio. Dbd. Leaves loose. Moderate to heavy wear throughout. Titlepage torn and chipped, old tape, lacking top three inches of sheet, affecting printed title. Second leaf with similar tears, loss to upper corner, affecting printed text on verso. Dampstaining to lower inner margin, heavier toward front of text. Light foxing and toning to majority of text. Heavier wear and soiling to last few leaves, old tape on final printed page. The text remains very bold and overall very bright. Good overall. In a half morocco box. A commercially printed account book published in New Orleans in 1854 by B.M. Norman, specifically for use on sugar plantations and "suitable for a force of 80 hands, or under." This particular example was used by overseer W. C. Trimble on the Louisiana sugar plantation of Duncan F. Kenner (1813-1887), called "Texas." Kenner was a member of a prominent Louisiana planter family who served several terms as a Whig in the Louisiana House of Representatives. After the secession of the Southern states, he served in the Confederate Congress and in 1864 was appointed minister plenipotentiary to Europe by Confederate President Jefferson Davis, in an effort to urge the recognition of the Confederate States by England and France. He was also the owner of one of the largest sugar plantations in Louisiana, known as Ashland. The plantation of Ashland is mentioned in several places, most notably in an entry dated September 8: "Saturday... Bought 8 mules 4 for Texas & 4 for Ashland Paid $167.51 per head." An interesting feature of this book is the instructional text, "The Duties of an Overseer," found on the last two pages, with quotes from "Washington's Instructions to his Overseers." According to the guide, the overseer should refrain from "taking up your own time and that of the servants," avoid unnecessary expenses; maintain the "health of the negroes"; care for the livestock and farm tools; take care in exercising "judgment and consideration in the management of the Negroes" by being "firm, and at the same time gentle...even if inflicting the severest punishment." The guide recommends that "Whenever an opportunity is afforded you for rewarding continued good behavior, do not let it pass," but cautions to "Never be induced by a course of good behavior...to relax the strictness of your discipline." Designed for use over the course of one year, the book is divided up into quarters and at each quarter year mark is found a "Quarterly Inventory of Stock and Implements." Each page has listed the days of the week and on each Trimble gives an account of the work performed, the total number of sick "hands" out for the day, and the conditions of the weather. Texas plantation housed fifty- seven male and thirty-one female slaves, all of whom are recorded by name, but it is unclear how many of those listed, if any, were children. Trimble also notes that during the year a total of six children, five boys and one girl, were born and six slaves died, two of whom were children: "Saturday [February 10] ... Lost a negro boy...with the Consumption". Labor is recorded daily by Trimble and includes ditching, clearing ground, and plowing to plant sugar cane and corn (early in the Spring), peas (beginning in June), and sweet potatoes (harvesting and gathering in October); burying trash; cutting wood; and cutting and turning fodder for the livestock. In late October, all hands are used to begin the strenuous process of harvesting the cane and transporting it to the mill for processing. In addition to the mundane details of work, other events, which break up the monotony of the text, are scattered throughout. Trimble records the deaths of some of the locals: "Saturday [July 28] ... old Antwin died this evening"; "Monday [December 24] ... Milly [?] got killed by the fall of a tree this morning." He remarks that work is ongoing on the erection of a new brick cabin (with additional notes made in the margins listing each contractor, i.e. masons, engineers, coppersmiths, etc. as well as the number of meals provided per day). The slaves are periodically given rations and, at times, "gifts": "Sunday [May 6]. All hands idle. Gave molasses. The negroes got their present money to day..." and "Tuesday [November 6] ... The weather rainy. All hands stoped [sic] work & gave out the negroes clothes." Interestingly, he also notes when slaves attended to their own gardens, etc.: "Sunday [October 15] ... All hands gathering negroes corn." On Christmas Day, the slaves are given a day off, but work resumes as usual the following day. Trimble also notes that several times during the year, Mr. Kenner would visit the plantation and stay for varying lengths of time, the longest being a month long stay with his family from May 4 until June 7. The end of the book is comprised of printed record sheets for various plantation tasks, such as number of hogshead of sugar made throughout the year; tools and clothing given to the slaves; supply entries, etc. All of these are blank, except for "The Planter's Annual Record of his Negroes upon [Texas] Plantation, made at the commencement and at the close of the year 185[5]." This accounting lists each of the plantation;s eighty- eight slaves by name. Likewise, the section for births and deaths for the year has been completed. Overall, a fascinating record of the daily life of a Louisiana plantation.

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        Little Dorrit

      London: Bradbury and Evans, 1855. Twenty parts in nineteen (1855-57), original wrappers. Spine ends chipped, some spines chipped, upper cover of part one chipped to edges with closed tear, upper cover of part nineteen / twenty with a closed tear, spine chipped with small amount of loss to lower cover, part seventeen's upper cover is soiled, in part fourteen pages 441/2 have some loss to bottom margin (not affecting text), part nine has a closed small tear to foot of last text leaf, the first page of adverts in part nineteen / twenty has a small tear (without loss). Internally some light browning and occasional light soiling, but generally the text is fairly clean. Plates have the usual browning / oxidisation to edges. Collates to Hatton and Cleaver with the following exceptions; part two lacks all ads to rear, part five lacks ad (2) to rear, part nine lacks pages 1-6 to front and all ads to rear, part ten lacks pages 1-6 to front ads, part twelve lacks ads (1) and (3) to rear, part thirteen lacks one slip to front and (3) to rear, in part sixteen the Jongh's ad is 2pp not 4pp. Hatton and Cleaver 307-330. First Edition. Paper Wrapper. Good. Illus. by Browne, H.K. (Phiz). 8vo. Original Parts.

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        CESVS KLIST, EM-OPUNVKV-HERA, MARO COYVTE. The Gospel According to Matthew. Translated into the Muskokee Language.

      Mission Press,, Park Hill: 1855 - The book also contains the Muskogee alphabet. Gd (covers are rubed & worn/spine has insect damage along joints/old library paper label on spine/front & rear past-down & fep dampstained/old library check out label on ffep & library stamp on front past-down/library stamp on bottom of title-page/pages have light foxing with occasional dampstaining). 13 x 8 cm. 1st edition (Forman, "Oklahoma Imprints" pg 25). 153 pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        OPERA CUM NOVO COMMENTARIO AD MODUM JOANNIS BOND. PARISIIS, EX TYPOGRAPHIA FIRMINORUM DIDOT. 1855 1855

      PARISIIS, EX TYPOGRAPHIA FIRMINORUM DIDOT. 1855IN- 24°, TELA ORIGINALE. (8), XIVI, (2), 299 PP. FRONTESPIZIO INCISO IN ACCIAIO, 11 VIGNETTE IN TESTATE E 7 TAVOLE F.T. CONSISTENTI IN VERE FOTOGRAFIE APPLICATE (DA DISEGNI DEL BARRIAS), OLTRE 2 CARTE TOPOGRAFICHE SU DOPPIO FOGLIO IN FINE; TESTO CONTORNATO DAL COMMENTARIO IN CARATTERI MICROSCOPICI, ENTRAMBI RACCHIUSI IN RIQUADRI ROSSI. LA BIOGRAFIA DI ORAZIO SCRITTA DA NOEL DES VERGERS, CHE PRECEDE L' OPERA, É IN FRANCESE. BELL' ESEMPLARE CON POCHE, LIEVISSIME ARROSSATURE D' EPOCA. EDIZIONE PREGEVOLISSIMA. > (BRUNET, III, 325). GLI ESEMPLARI CON RIQUADRI IN ROSSO E LE ILLUSTRAZIONI FOTOGRAFATE ALL' ALBUME (COME QUESTO) SONO RARI E VALGONO IL TRIPLO DI QUELLI IN TIRATURA NORMALE. E' UN VERO GIOIELLO D' ARTE TIPOGRAFICA ED É IL PRIMO LIBRO FRANCESE ILLUSTRATO CON FOTOGRAFIE. VICAIRE, IV, 167-68. UPDIKE, PRINTING TYPES, II, P. 180. WELSH BIBLIOGRAPHY OF MINIATURE BOOKS, 3569. MANCA AL CAT. DEL GROLIER CLUB, THE TRUTHFUL LENS. UN INCUNABOLO DELL' ILLUSTRAZIONE FOTOGRAFICA.

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        The Past Campaign: A Sketch of The War in the East,

      London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans,, 1855. from the Departure of Lord Raglan to the Capture of Sevastpol. 2 volumes octavo. Original yellow ochre cloth, title lettered in gilt to the spine, blind panelling to the boards, salmon pink surface-paper endpapers, edvertising to the pastedowns. Slightly rubbed, spines a little dulled, a scatter of foxing, but otherwise an excellent set, unopened, small contemporary ink-stamps - "Heir-loom John Brymer" - to the title pages. First edition. "This narrative of the past campaign in the East records the exciting scenes which I witnessed … It makes no pretension to Military criticism" (To the Reader). Woods was special correspondent for the Morning Herald at the Crimean War, one of the least common accounts of the conflict and here in an excellent copy.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        THE WABASH: Or Adventures of an English Gentleman’s Family in the Interior of America

      Hurst and Blackett 1855. . 1st Ed. 2 vols. Sm. 8vo. viii + 329pp. + viii + 352pp. Sepia litho. frontiss. Some light marginal browning, rebound in modern gilt edged half morocco with marbled boards, gilt lettering and ruling to spines. Sabin 5056; Howes B401.& J. Richard Beste (1806-1885). Additional postage may be necessary. US$523

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        British Game Birds and Wildfowl. By Beverley R. Morris, Esq., A.B., M.D., T.C.D., Mem: Wern: Club

      London: Groombridge & Sons, Paternoster Row, 1855. iv, 252 p., 60 leaves of colored plates; 32 x 26 cm. Beverley Morris was a younger brother of Francis Morris, the famous ornithologist. "A collection of accounts of British game birds, with a statement of the distribution and habits of the species and descriptions of the birds, their eggs and nests, and notes on their value as articles of food. Most of the forms treated are figured on the hand-coloured plates (wood-engravings), made by B. Fawcett , who also printed the work, which has subsequently been issued in several editions...' (Anker 345). Nissen IVB, 644. Text and plates very good; original 3/4 leather binding has been rebacked and is becoming fragile. Stock#OB584 oversize.

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        History of The Reign of Philip The Second, King of Spain, 1855-1859 - INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR

      Boston: Phillips, Sampson. 1855 - 1859. First printing. Hardcover. Good. First editions,1855 & 1859. 3 volumes. The first volume inscribed 'Hon Robert C. Winthrop from his friend Wm H. Prescott' with Winthrop's bookplate, and the maroon gilt leather bookplate of collector Barton Currie; the second volume inscribed in pencil, 'Robert C. Winthrop from The Author, Dec. 1855' with Winthrop's bookplate; the third volume signed by Robert C. Winthrop in pencil with 'From the author Dec. 8/58' in pen underneath, in Prescott's hand. All three volumes in original dark brown cloth gilt, in good+ condition with wear and loss to spine ends, hinges tight and sound, contents very good or better. Robert Charles Winthrop (1809-94) was a Massachusetts politian (one time Speaker of the House of Representatives), who retired early from politics and devoted himself to philanthropic and historical pursuits (he was a major patron and contributor to the Boston Public Library and the Massachusetts Historical Society) and he became a noted orator. He was friendly with Prescott and gave the oration at the unveiling of Prescott's statue at Bunker Hill in June, 1881. Barton Currie (1877-1962), whose bookplate adorns the first volume, was a great book collector on the order of A. Edward Newton, and the author, not only of a mystery novel, but of one of the best popularizers of book collection, 'Fishers of Books' (1931) which charmingly recounts his education and maturity as a book collector. Inscribed copies of Prescott titles are very uncommon on the marketplace: the last time a set of this title auctioned was 1980 (90 dollars, Phillips, only the last volume -- a later printing -- inscribed).

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        The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland. By Thomas Moore, Edited by John Lindley. Nature-Printed by Henry Bradbury

      London: Published by Bradbury and Evans, 1855 [-1856]. First edition, folio, [10, 152]pp., 51 leaves of nature-printed plates, all printed in colours, by Bradbury & Evans under the direction of Henry Bradbury, some slight spotting and offsetting from tissue guards, endpapers, title and a few preliminary leaves a little creased, tear to centre of title expertly repaired with archival paper, several other expert repairs to a couple of text leaves, cont. half green morocco, rebacked with the original spine laid-down all edges gilt. First edition of Bradbury's chef d'oeuvre and a fine example of Nature Printing. Henry Bradbury (1831-1860), eldest son of William Bradbury of Bradbury & Evans, published the present work in 17 monthly parts between June 1855 and September 1856. With text by Thomas Moore (curator of the Chelsea botanic garden and co-editor of Gardener's Chronicle) and edited by John Lindley (1799-1865), the work was one of the first of the genre printed in Britain. Bradbury went on to publish an octavo edition of the present work and a four-volume work with nature-printed plates of sea-weeds. It is not known how the controversy surrounding nature printing affected Bradbury, but he committed suicide at the age of 29 by drinking acid. He left a number of unrealised projects, including two further nature-printed works on fungi and trees. The story behind the development of Nature Printing and Bradbury's role in this development has been most extensively detailed by Cave & Wakeman. Fischer 89; Nissen BBI 1400; Stafleu & Cowan 6275; Cave & Wakeman, Typographia Naturalis.

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        Rare Autographed Letter Signed and Original Envelope

      Washington 1855 - Secretary of War under Franklin Pierce, United States Senator, and President of the Confederate States of America (1861 - 1865) Exceedingly rare autographed letter signed, 8vo, one page, written as Secretary of War, Washington, December 27, 1855, (accompanied by original transmittal envelope), to socialite and future Confederate super-spy Rose O'Neal Greenhow, in full: "My Dear Madam, I regret that it will not be in my power to meet you this evening in the midst of the many friends who always when permitted gather around you. With many thanks for your kind remembrance, I am truly your friend. Jefferson Davis, 27th Dec. 1855, Mrs. R. O'N Greenhow." [Docket on verso in unknown hand] *Unbeknownst to many scholars is the fact that Greenhow and Davis were in fact very close friends prior to her recruitment as a spy for the Confederacy in 1861. One contemporary newspaper account states, "She wept openly in the Senate Gallery on January 21, 1861 when Jefferson Davis, one of her most influential friends, said farewell to the Senate." It was the same Jefferson Davis who openly credited Greenhow with providing Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard with the information that resulted in the Union rout at First Bull Run. Fine condition.

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store, ABAA, ILAB]
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        A Collection of Documents on Spitzbergen & Greenland, comprising a translation from F. Martens' Voyage to Spitzbergen: a Translation from Isaac de la Peyrere's Histoire du Groenland: and God's Power and Providence in the

      London: Printed for the Hakluyt Society, 1855 (1856 [sic]).. 4, xvi, 288 pp. 8vo. Original blue cloth stamped in blind, gilt vignette of ship on front board, spine ruled in blind, gilt titles, yellow endpapers. First edition. Illus. with 2 botanical plates and 2 folding maps. Hakluyt Society, First series: No. 18. Sabin 14374. Cox I: 26. The first is from an English collection published in 1694; the second from the Relation du Groenland, Paris, 1663; the third is the text of Edward Pelham's tract, London, 1631. The supplementary material consists of the 1855 annual report. Spine lightly sunned, nick to headband, otherwise a near fine unopened copy (uncut but for preliminary report).

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        Nuevo método para embocar bien todos los caballos y Tratado sucinto de equitación, para obtener buena mano de brida, adquirir fuerza en poco tiempo y saber ayudar al caballo, todo bajo principios originales, sencillos y fáciles de comprender y ejecutar.

      Madrid, Imprenta a cargo de Miguel González, 1855 - -20 x 28 cm.- , 102 págs. Ilustrado con 9 láminas litografiadas, siete de ellas desplegables, y con capitulares, figuras y adornos tipográficos en el texto. Enc. en holandesa de época, lomo de piel. (BUEN EJEMPLAR.) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Berceo (Libros Antiguos)]
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        O NOVO GUIA DA CONVERSACAO EM PORTUGUES E INGLEZ EM DUAS PARTES ( THE NEW GUIDE OF THE CONVERSATION, IN PORTUGUESE AND ENGLISH IN TWO PARTS) Escolha de Dialogos Familiares Sobre Varios Assumptos

      Paris: Va J.-P. Aillaud, Monlon e Ca., 1855. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good +. vii + 182 p. 4 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. Red half morocco binding with blue marbled boards, gilt lettering on spine, end papers marbled, 4 raised bands, edges of text block lightly flecked in brown. Condition of the book is VERY GOOD+: light wear to covers and spine, front top corner and spine edges a bit more worn, boards a bit more worn, spine lightly darkened, top edge of text block darkened, pages white with light spotty foxing, binding tight, small bookplate of David. B. Ogden on inside of front cover, name of Gourveneur M. Ogden in ink on title page. NOTE: this volume is the very scarce 1st edition, 1st printing of the book now known as "English as She is Spoke", reprinted many times since most recently by McSweeney's.

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        Sketch of the Life and Writings of Adam Smith, LL.D

      Edinburgh: Murray and Gibb, Printers (for Adam and Charles Black),, 1855. Octavo (219 × 139 mm). Contemporary blue hard-grained morocco, covers with an elaborate double-line and decorative gilt roll border, spine lettered gilt in a double gilt rule, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Frontispiece reproduction of the Tassie portrait of Smith, Kay's engraved portrait of Smith opposite the first leaf of text, and a three-page folding facsimile on paper of a letter from Adam Smith to David Hume inserted after page 42. Sotheby's auction catalogue slip from 1905 Occasional very light rubbing to joints. A superb copy. First edition, one of a very limited number of copies printed entirely on vellum (with the single exception of the folding facsimile letter) of McCulloch's biographical account of Adam Smith.

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        A Universal Alphabet, Grammar, and Language: Comprising a Scientific Classification of the Radical Elements of Discourse: and Illustrative Translations from the Holy Scriptures and the Principal British Classics: To which is added, A Dictionary of the Language

      London: Richard Griffin and Company, Publishers to the University of Glasgow, [1855] First edition. Later marbled boards with printed paper spine label. . Quarto. A very good copy. George Edmonds (1788-1868) was an English teacher, lawyer, and scholar, who lived his entire life in Birmingham. He is remembered principally for the present volume, which enlarges upon John Wilkins' An Essay Towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language (1668). Edmonds believed that the principle reason Wilkins' system wasn't adopted was that it was too hard to pronounce. Here, he proposes a modified pronunciation system for the language. This work is divided into three parts, an "alphabet, classification of radicals, and grammar of the philosophic language;" parallel texts of excerpts from English works of note (Shakespeare, Milton, Locke, the King James Bible, etc.) alongside their translation into the new language; and a dictionary of the new language

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        My Own A, B, C, Illustrated

      New York: T. W. Strong, Pub., n.d. (1855). First edition. Hardcover. Very good. 4 by 6 inches, closed. Glossy printed paper boards, bearing the cover title: "Illustrated / My Own / ABC / T. W. Strong N. Y." Within is one sheet folded accordion-style and affixed to the rear cover. Extended it reaches approximately 108 inches. Each "page" bears a letter of the alphabet, all colored by hand. E is for Esquimeaux; N is for Napoleon; V is for Queen Victoria; H is for Highlander, and so forth. Light foxing; several of the folds have been neatly repaired from behind; page 'Y' has been supplied from a different copy; evidence of old repairs to some of the folds; covers rubbed and worn; but still a very good copy and quite rare.

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        Photographic portrait of John Brown, Jr

      Mounted oval salt print photograph with sepia wash. Approximately 7" x 5" at the tallest and widest points. Signed by the subject beneath the image: "Fraternally Yours John Brown, Jr." The sepia wash has spread slightly beyond the image and over the signature, with no diminishment of readability, else fine. The eldest son of John Brown, John Brown, Jr. took over the leadership of his family and continued his father's activities after his father was hanged for the raid on the Harper's Ferry Arsenal. He shared his father's anti-slavery passions and had previously corresponded with Frederick Douglass on the issue. He was instrumental in convincing his father to come to Kansas in 1855, and participated in his father's activities there. Although he did not participate in the Harper's Ferry Raid, he was under suspicion as a conspirator, and only avoided arrest by surrounding himself with armed bodyguards. .

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        [Manuscript]: The Lone Wanderer: or Joan and the Silver Dove: A Tale of Fairy Land: 1855

      1855. First. Holograph Manuscript. Octavo. 42, (2)pp. Ribbon-tied wrappers. Foredge gilt. Beautifully written in blue ink with decorated initials rubricated in red. Small chips to the edges of the wrappers, a pleasing very good or better manuscript. A fairy tale in both prose and verse. Fair knight Joan goes on a long journey looking for truth and a princess, shadowed by fairies. The fairies dose him with poppies, give him sweet dreams, and intimate that he shall find "thy silver dove," the Princess Alethia. Apparently unpublished, the manuscript is accompanied by a 1936 letter from the Library of Congress Copyright Office, replying to an inquiry and stating that the title is not recorded. Additionally none of the word combinations in the title reveal published works in OCLC or other comparable sources. A beautifully rendered and complete, unpublished fairy story. .

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        Autographed Letter Signed as President

      Washington, 1855. unbound. Written as president and signed in full to A.R. Sparks, Esq., inviting him to visit on the following day and thanking him for his kindness, in part: "...It will be agreeable to me to receive you tomorrow at 1 o'clock or at my other home which may better suit your convenience. With thanks for the kind interest and regard you are pleased to manifest towards myself..." 1 page, 8vo, 9 x 7.25 inches, plain paper with a small blind stamp in the upper left corner. Washington, December 28, 1855. Horizontal and vertical folds; still very good condition.

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        The English Flower Garden

      London: Simpkin Marshall, 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.. 1st Ed. Decorative Cloth. Good/No Jacket. 24.5 x 18.00 Cms.

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        U. S. NAVAL ASTRONOMICAL EXPEDITION ... VOLUME 1: CHILE

      1855. Fine. GILLISS, Lieut. J. M. THE U. S. NAVAL ASTRONOMICAL EXPEDITION TO THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE, DURING THE YEARS 1849-'50-'51-'52. VOLUME 1: CHILE. Washington: A.O.P. Nicholson, 1855. xiii + [3] + 556 pp. 4to., brown cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Lacks backstrip, boards edgeworn, corners bumped/frayed, gilt cover vignette bright. Complete with all plates present and in excellent condition. The folding panorama of Santa Lucia, Santiago, measures 68 inches in length, and has hand-colored details, featuring figures in the foreground of a couple in native dress and a couple in Western attire. The maps are quite detailed, and the architectural plates are tinted. Good plus/fine plates.

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        Geographie Universelle Ou Description De Toutes Les Parties Du Monde. 8 vols in 4.

      Administration Des Publications Pittoresques, Paris 1855 - 8 volumes in 4. Vols 1-2 pp 351, 386; Vols 3-4 pp 390, 380; Vols 5-6 pp 467-422; Vols 7-8 pp 444, 452. Complete with all 40 engravings of cities. Fine quarter red morocco and marbled boards. Raised bands and gilt panelling to spines. Minor edgewear. Decorated endpapers with bookplates to pastedowns. A very handsome set. Will require additional postage. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Lands of the Slave and the Free: or Cuba, the United States, and Canada, Two Volumes.

      John W. Parker., LONDON 1855 - Two volumes, 8vo. 21p, 452pp 4 page publishers catalogue. 479pp. 4p publishers catalogue. complete copy 2 vignette titles, 10 plates, 2 maps [one folding] text map. Original pebbled brown cloth, gilt titled. brown end-papers, uncut, [light fore-edge spotting] Super Copy in Fine Original Cloth. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Beiträge zur Pathologie des Auges. Mit Abbildungen im Farbendruck. Textbd. + Atlas.

      Wien, Kaiserlich-Königl. Hof-und Staatsdruckerei, 1855. Folio. Bound in 2 cont. hcalf (38 x 28,5 cm + 35,5 x 27,5 cm). Gilt lettering on backs. Backs very lightly rubbed. 54 pp. and 20 fine coloured chromolithographed plates. Textlvs. with a few brownspots.. Scarce first edition of one of the finest ophtalmological atlases ever produced with its brilliant plates. His smaller "Hand-Atlas" 1869 was for many years unsurpassed. (Garrison & Morton 5904 (Hand-Atlas))

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        Travels and Adventures in the Province of Assam, During a Residence of Fourteen Years

      London.: Smith, Elder.. 1855.. Folding map with outline colour, folding plan, 8 lithographs, x + 268pp. Ex Parliamentary library bound in half calf with attractive marbled paper boards, edges and endpapers. The lithographs show varying amounts of foxing, considerable foxing first and last leaves though the text itself is very clean in the main, occasional library stamps but no library marking on the binding. A pleasing copy. This work is a sequel to 'A Sketch of Assam' and describes "the habits, customs and manners of the remaining wild tribes of the hills, viz., Angahmee, Nagahs, Kookies, Meekirs, and Rengma Nagahs, with whom a lengthened residence rendered [the author] intimately acquainted. The adventures and travels will also illustrate the life of an officer in the civil employ in Assam. The work concludes with a statistical account of the amount and mode of realizing the revenue, and the physical and moral condition of the people of the district of Now-Gong." From the preface. .

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        Notice sur l'appareil d'induction électrique de Ruhmkorff et les expériences que l'on peut faire avec cet instrument. [ Edition originale ]

      Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie 1855 - 1 vol. in-8 reliure demi-basane bleue, Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie, Paris, 1855, 2 ff., 152 pp. Edition originale. Très rare exemplaire de cette importante notice du Vicomte du Moncel consacrée à la bobine de Ruhmkorff. Le Vicomte Théodose du Moncel s'est rendu fameux par ses recherches sur l'électricité. Etat très satisfaisant (rel. très lég. frottée, anciens cachets d'institution religieuse, étiquette de cote en faux-titre, petite étiquette de cote contrecollée au plat sup., bon état par ailleurs). Langue: Français [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Poetical Works of Lord Byron. A New Edition in Six Volumes (complete).

      1855-6 1855 - London: John Murray, 1855-1856. 8vo. Orig. half calf with marbled boards (slightly rubbed). Spines uniformly extra gilt with contrasting morocco titling labels and raised bands. Marbled endpapers and edges. Missing the portrait frontisps. in Vols. 1 & 2. Previous owner's 1876 inscription on fly-leaf of each volume. Some occasional minor foxing. A very attractive set.

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        The contractors book of working drawings of tools and machines used in constructing canals, rail roads and other works, with bills of timber and iron. Also tables and data for calculating the cost of earth, and other kinds of work.

      Compton, Gibson & Co., lithographers, Buffalo 1855 - First edition, oblong folio, pp. [6], 14; with colored vignette lithograph title-page and 15 tinted lithograph plates of tools and earth-moving and excavation equipment, including earth moving carriages, dumpers, pile drivers, railroad switches, chains, pile drivers, etc.; some minor wear and fading but generally a very good copy in orig. brown cloth, gilt lettering on upper cover. Not in Bennett or Reese. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB)]
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        A Manual of Photographic Chemistry, Including the Practice of the Collodion Process

      New York: S.D. Humphrey, 1855. 1st American. Hardcover Hardcover. Good. (Photography) HARDWICK, T. Frederick. A Manual Of Photographic Chemistry, Including The Practice Of The Collodion Process. New York: S.D. Humphrey, 1855. First American Edition. Hardcover. Includes three period photos pasted to ffep. An early PO experiment. Rebacked/retaining 1/3 of original spine with title and author. Early Chemical stains to boards. Worldcat records 0 copies. Very Scarce. L.W. Sipley says 'the First Manual of Photo-chemistry.' Sipley is author of 'A Collectors Guide to American Photography). Toning to pages. Good. Duodecimo. $2000.00

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        History of the Indian tribes of North America: with biographical sketches and anecdotes of the principal chiefs…

      Philadelphia: D. Rice & A. N. Hart. 1855. Third octavo edition, considered by some to be the best of the octavos for the superiority of its coloring; 3 volumes, 120 brilliant hand-colored plates by J.T. Bowen; a stunning set in publisher's full red morocco gilt, a.e.g. with virtually no wear at all and with the plates in an extraordinarily fine and clean state. Originally published in three large folio volumes 1836-44. "These are the most colorful portraits of Indians ever executed … The original oil paintings of which these plates were copies were all destroyed in the 1865 Smithsonian fire" (Howes M129). Field 992: "The plates are accurate portraits of celebrated chiefs, or of characteristic individuals of the race; and are colored with care, to faithfully represent their features and costumes." Sabin 43411

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        Lastrea dilatata.

      Bradbury & Evans. London. 1855 - 1856. - Nature-printed color plate, sheet 21 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches. Light foxng to edges, faint scattered foxing; very good, bright condition. This beautiful folio-sized antique botanical print is Plate XIII from "The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland ., Nature-Printed by Henry Bradbury" published in 1855-1856 "one of the finest pieces of nature-printing ever achieved.The plates were produced 'by passing the plant, under pressure, between a plate of soft lead from which an electrotype could be made' (Blunt). As a result the plates record the smallest details of flowers and the finest venations of leaves. Bradbury, whose father was of the publishing house Bradbury & Evans, studied at the Imperial Printing Office in Vienna." (de Belder catalogue #237). The mania for ferns (or "pteridomania") was one of several plant fixations of the Victorians, fueled by discoveries from abroad and a rapidly expanding middle class interested in plants and gardening; ferns were ideal indoor plants for the Victorian home and their graceful forms were much used in decorative art.

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        President. A.L.S

      Washington, 1855. unbound. Pierce, as president, to A.R. Sparks,Esq., inviting him to visit Pierce on the following day and thanking him for his kindness. 1 page, 8vo. Washington, Dec. 28, 1855. Signed in full: "...It will be agreeable to me to receive you tomorrow at 1 o'clock or at my other home which may better suit your convenience. With thanks for the kind interest and regard you are pleased to manifest towards myself...

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        Histoire de L´Empire Othoman

      Paris,Garnier freres libraires. 1855 - First edition. Premiere edition. VII,528 pgs and 18 steel engravings by Allom,Salmon and Leitch depicting views and monuments of the main places in Turkey.Original black cloth binding with pattern in the form of a oriental pavillion with figures inside. Spine richly gilt with arabesque motifs. Some minor spotting inside mostly affecting text. the plates are with strong impression and fine condition. Front cover slightly detached from spine. Edges gilt. A good copy in its original binding of this classcial text about Othoman Empire. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        My Bondage and My Freedom. Part I. - Life as a Slave. Part II. - Life as a Freeman

      New York and Auburn: Miller, Orton & Mulligan, 1855. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. First edition. No jacket. Boards rubbed with several light spots and minor loss from spine head & foot, spine toned. 1855 Hard Cover. xxxi, 464 pp. 8vo. Original blind stamped brown cloth, gilt titles. Frontispiece of Douglass engraved from a daguerreotype, engraving by N. Orr precedes each section. Douglass's second (and arguably his most important) book, split into two sections detailing his life as a slave and as a freeman. Douglass was among the most important advocates of abolition, not least for his involvement in the publication of several abolitionist newspapers (the most successful being The North Star). He was also an important figure in the suffrage movement. Sabin 20714.

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        Au Texas. 1e. Rapport a mes Amis; 2e. Bases et Statuts de la Société de Colonisation Européo-Américaine au Texas; 3e. Un Chapitre Final Comprenant, sous de Titre de Convention provisoire, les Bases d'un Premier Établissement Sociétaire.

      Au siège de la Société de Colonisation. Bruxelles; Librairie Phalanstérienne. Paris Deuxième Édition 1855 - pp. (iv), 334. 2 folding tables [lacking the map]. Later half calf and marbled boards, two leaves very slightly shaved at the fore-edges, a very good copy. *Rare - COPAC does not record a copy of this edition in French, only the German and English translations. Sadly, this copy lacks the map - it does not appear ever to have been bound in. A note on the front free end-paper states that the book was bound by Phillips, Brighton, in 1898 - perhaps it was lost at that point. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Patrick Pollak Rare Books ABA ILAB]
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