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        Autograph letter signed to William Scoresby jr.

      London 1855 - "Every Possible Assistance to You in Yr. Experiments" Argyll [Campbell, George, Eighth Duke of Argyll (1823-1900).] Autograph letter signed to William Scoresby (1789-1857). 3 pages. London, December 17, 1855. 186 x 117 mm. Fine. From George Campbell, eighth duke of Argyll, who held several important positions in the British government in the second half of the nineteenth century; he was also a noted writer on science and economics, and a leader in the scholarly opposition to Darwinism. His correspondent was British explorer and scientist William Scoresby, best known for his studies of terrestrial magnetism and its effects on navigation. In December 1855 the 66-year-old Scoresby was preparing for the scientific voyage recorded in his posthumous Journal of a Voyage to Australia for Magnetical Research (1859), undertaken to prove his claim that an iron ship changed its magnetic signature after crossing the magnetic equator. Scoresby had asked Argyll, who was then serving in the British Cabinet, for assistance in communicating his objectives to the Colonial Office; Argyll replied as follows: I am rather taken aback by yr. announcement that you are yourself going to undertake a voyage to Australia in order to correct & confirm yr. conclusions on the magnetism of iron ships. But I need hardly say that any assistance which I, or the Govt. can give you is due to yr. devotions to a cause of such great importance both scientific & commercial. I think no introduction can be necessary for one whose name is familiar to every Englishman. But I doubt not I can get for you from the Colonial Office letters requesting the Governors of the colonies you may visit every possible assistance to you in yr. experiments . . . Scoresby acknowledged the help he received from Argyll in the first chapter of the Journal of a Voyage to Australia: "From each department, comprising the Admiralty, the Compass Department at Woolwich, and the Colonial Office, the communications with the last of which were kindly made for me by His Grace the Duke of Argyll, my several applications for furtherance or aid in my objects . . . were promptly and liberally responded to" (p. 9). 650 [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        SPEECH delivered at the Meeting of the ADMINISTRATIVE REFORM ASSOCIATION

      1855. London: Effingham Wilson, 1855. Original printed self-wrappers. First Edition of this speech Dickens gave to the Administrative Reform Association. Dickens was a founding member of this organization that lambasted the government for its indifference to the plight of the common man...~[Dickens] was unable to be present when [Austen Henry] Layard addressed a meeting at Drury Lane on June 20th, but he was entirely in accord with what Layard said. The evidence of government blue books, Layard charged, revealed "records of inefficiency, records of indifference to suffering, records of ignorance, records of obstinacy," that were a shame to the nation. The Civil Service was grossly overstaffed with men busy making work for each other. Lord Palmerston, personally, he denounced for an attitude of levity toward the sufferings of the people.~Stung by the attack, Lord Palmerston retorted with a sneer about "the private theatricals at Drury Lane." And Dickens, fired with indignation, determined that such a creature "as this Lord Palmerston" must have it rung "into his soul (or what stands for it) that the time for Dandy insolence is gone for ever." At a second Drury Lane gathering on the 27th... [Johnson]~It is said that the mood Dickens exhibited giving this address mirrored the mood of the novel he was then writing -- NOBODY'S FAULT (the name was changed just before publication to LITTLE DORRIT).~This copy properly reads "eighteen hundred" on the first page of text, which means that it is not the very first (and very scarce) issue; however this copy does not have the printer Rickerby mentioned on the title page -- his name was added to only the latest issues. In our experience, this mixed issue is the one usually encountered -- though any issue in original wrappers is quite uncommon. Just a bit of soil on the (blank) rear cover, otherwise this copy is fine. Podeschi B237; Eckel p. 235.

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        Autograph letter.

      Texas 1855 - Bowen was a Confederate major general attached to Breckinridge's division at Shiloh, where he was wounded. He also participated the the Vicksburg campaign until his death. Bowen in rare in any form. Exceedingly rare A. L. signed twice with initials "J.S.B." 4 pages, 4to., Fort McIntosh, Texas, August 6, 1855, a lengthy personal letter to his younger sister, Abbie. In small part: ".I was ordered right out into camp and have been scouting.since.I am still here on a Court Martial and should not wonder if an order came up by the next mail to create the Court to 18 members and try a man for Murder and 3 for mutiny.The men I alluded to above belong to Capt. Rhetts Company. One of them shot down the orderly Sgt. with his revolver, putting one ball through his head and then stood deliberately over him and fired two through his body.We have a real tedious case before us a Dutchman with an interpreter.I grow more and more tired of foreign gibberish." Signature has been clipped out of final page, with minor text loss as a result, yet two initialed signatures remain. Very good.

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        The History of Napoleon Bonaparte

      New York: Harper, 1855. hardcover. near fine. 2 fine steel engraved frontispiece portraits and numerous other woodcut maps and illustrations throughout the text. 2 volumes, tall, thick 8vo, full black morocco with heavily gilt ornate covers and spine and an inlaid red leather "N" on the front and back covers. Inside covers with inlaid silk, ornately gilt, silk fly-leaves, inner dentelles. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1855. An extraordinary early American binding. Near fine.

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      1855. Paperback. 2. EARLY ENGLISH. (HAND-COLORED) THE SEVEN WONDERFUL BROTHERS. London: Dean and Son (1855). 4to (6 1/2 x 9 1/2"), pictorial wraps, top margin slightly trimmed and spine unobstrusively strengthened, VG+. Printed on one side of the paper. Illustrated with vivid hand-colored illustrations on each of the 8 pages of text. The story tells how 6 strange brothers named Long Legs, Large Head, Lazy Bones, Lightfoot, Quick-ears and Petling work to free Sharp-Eyes, the seventh brother who is being held in the giant's castle. This is a title in Dean's Brother Sunshine Toy Book series.

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        Himalayan Journals.... (2 Vols complete)

      London: John Murray, 1855 Notes of a Naturalist in Bengal, The Sikkim and Nepal Himalayas, The Khasia Mountains &c. 2 Volumes uniformly bound in maroon cloth with gilt image to front covers (possibly the 1st edition covers?, the new edition would normally be green cloth), corners and edges bumped and faded a little, blind tooling to edges. Spines are worn and faded a little, edges worn and bumped, title in gilt, images faded. Internally both volumes have yellow endpapers, a little grubby, with ink names to ffep (Matthias Barker of Poleworth). Volume 1, B&W frontis, (xvi), 348 pp, 6 pl, 42 illustrations of which 6 are full page and 1 is coloured, remainder are in text. Volume 2, lacks half title, B&W frontis, (xii), 3-345 pp, 38 woodcuts of which 12 are full sized, , [1], [2] adverts, printed by Bradbury and Evans, Whitefriars. Minimal amount of foxing to both at front & rear few pages. Important. (Allibone 878. Neat)Hooker was the second son of the botanist Sir William Jackson Hooker. In 1839 he joined Polar explorer Captain Ross's Antarctic expedition on HMS Erebus. In November, 1847 Hooker departed on this Himalayan expedition, he was a great friend of Darwin and dedicated his first edition to him. See ODNB for a full Bio.

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        The Ingoldsby Legends; or, Mirth and Marvels

      London: Richard Bentley, 1855. 3 vols., 8vo, [i-v], vi-xii, [1]-338, (2); [i-iii], iv-vii, 1-288; [i-iii], iv-vi, (2), [1]-364 pp. with 20 full page illustrations by Cook, Griffith, Cruikshank et al. Full crushed red morocco inlay bindings by Bayntun for Stewart Kidd Bookseller (Cincinnati). Arabesque gilt patterns on covers and backstrips of each volume, each volume with central inlay measuring approximately 2 x 4-inches, original cloth bound in at rear. Joints a little rubbed, backstrips very slightly darkened. Very good. Tenth Edition. Finely bound copies of BarhamÕs long-popular ÒIngoldsby Legends, which began to appear in 1837 in Bentley's Miscellany. Under the guise of Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Everard in Kent, Barham ÔdiscoveredÕ old documents which provided the basis for his tales. In effect, most of these are reworkings of other narrative sources, from medieval chronicles to Kentish legends and Sir Walter ScottÓ (DNB).

      [Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller]
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        Försök till en beskrifning öfver Sveriges städer i historiskt topografiskt och statistiskt hänseende, efter de bästa tryckta källor samt med många tillägg.

      First edition. Stockholm. Tryckt hos Isaac Marcus. 1855-1860. 8:o. Three parts in one volume. Part I: (8) + 262 pp.; Part II: (2) + 20 + (2) + 21-128 + (2) + 129-298; Part III: (2) + 120 + (2) + 121-322 + 4 plates + 48 maps (some with more than one town). Each part has a main title and a half title and a frontispiece. The main title and the frontispiece to part two is wrongly bound between pages 128 and 129. The half title to part III is missing. Bound in its place is the main title to part III. The book contains maps, not metioned in the index, of the towns of Trosa and Ronneby. Contemporary brown half calf. Gilt tooled spine. Worn binding. Bumbed corners. tear to lower part. Marbeled edges. Inscribed front endpaper. Front inner hinge cracked. Spots and light foxing to a few pages. Three leafs loose. Minimal paper loss to six leafs.. A classic description of the towns of Sweden,with a map to each town

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        Historia Eclesiástica de España ó Adiciones a la Historia General de la Iglesia escrita por Alzog

      Barcelona, Librería Religiosa, 1855-1859. Cuatro tomos en 4to. mayor; 408 pp. + 550 pp. + 615 pp. + 310 pp. Encuadernación en piel marbreada con tejuelos.

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        [Whaling] Mitchell & Croasdale Successors to G.W. Ridgway & Co. dealers in Sperm, Whale, Lard & Tanners Oil, Candles, Rice &c

      Philadelphia: [no date, but circa 1855]. An attractive and very rare piece of advertising ephemera from the mid-19th century: a spectacular action-packed image based on the experiences of Cornelius Hulsart, a New London whaleman. The illustration is a version of an 1835 hand-coloured aquatint by J. Hill from a sketch by Hulsart, and titled "Capturing a Sperm Whale": two small boats attack a large sperm whale. The image captures the moment when whale's fluke breaks one of the pursuing boats in two, and the crew are thrown into the sea or onto the whale. The remaining boat presses home the attack, while the whale thrashes. The large whaler heads towards the injured whale, accompanied by a third small rowing boat. The ephemeral nature of this image has ensured that it is particularly rare: such illustrations were distributed to customers as a common merchandising tactic of the era, but were usually discarded. The ad was lithographed by William H. Rease, Philadelphia's leading trade card artist of the mid-19th century, and printed by Wagner & McGuigan. Elton W. Hall, "An Exhibition of Whaling Prints" in American maritime prints (Old Dartmouth Historical Society, 1985), p.258; Landauer collection, p.19 & frontispiece; Lothrop collection 295; NYPL Digital Gallery record ID 707981; Peters America on Stone pp.331-32; Wainwright Philadelphia in the romantic age of lithography pp.78, 82, 85.

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        A View of Manchester N.H. Composed from Sketches taken near Rock Raymond

      New York: Printed by Endicott & Co, Published by J. B. Bachelder, 1855. Tinted lithograph. 26 x 33 3/4 inches. The finest and largest of all the early views of Manchester. Few nineteenth century American topographical artists produced town views of the quality of those of Bachelder. He published this example shortly after taking up residence in Manchester in 1854. The fore and middleground are occupied by a rolling New England landscape, with a winding road leading to the town in the distance. The town's contemporary prominence as a manufacturing center is aptly illustrated by the numerous mills that line the Merrimac River. Reps, Urban Views and Viewmakers, 2243 (locates four examples: New Hampshire Historical; Manchester Public Library; Library of Congress; Essex Institute ?Salem.)

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        The Song of Hiawatha

      Ticknor and Fields 1855 - Ticknor and Fields, Boston 1855. First Edition / First Printing / First Issue. Dated 1855 on the copyright page and Dated November 1855 at the ads. First issue with all errors present: Heron page 27, line 9. In the Moon on page 32, line 11. Wahonomin on page 39, line 11 and page 268, lines 11 and 14. Dove for Dived on page 96, line 7. Cooed the Omemee line 278, line 4 from bottom. {ref: BAL 12112, McBride}. Brown cloth with blindstamped boards. Yellow endpaper. Publisher's catalog inserted. Only 5,250 copies in the first printing. Book Condition: Good+, shelf wear, light spots, chipping at the head and foot of the spine, light foxing, tight spine, second blank endpaper missing. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Notes and Queries:

      1855 - London - George Bell, 1849 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. The first twelve volumes of Notes and Queries edited by W. J. Thoms. Bound in half leather and marbled paper-covered boards, with gilt lettering. This set runs from November 1849 through to December 1855Twelve Volumes bound as Six. Notes and Queries is a long-running quarterly scholarly journal that publishes short articles related to English language and literature, lexicography, history, and scholarly antiquarianism. Its emphasis is on the factual rather than the speculative. The journal has a long history, having been established in 1849 in London; it is now published by Oxford University Press. It was founded as an academic correspondence magazine, in which scholars and interested amateurs could exchange knowledge on literature and history. The format consisted of 'Notes' (miscellaneous findings of correspondents that they and the editors considered of interest to the readership), and 'Queries' (and responses to queries), which formed the bulk of the publication. William John Thoms, 1803 1885, was a British writer. Thoms's investigation of folklore and myth led to a later career of debunking longevity myths. Thoms was an antiquary and miscellaneous writer, for many years a clerk in the secretary's office of Chelsea Hospital. He was in 1845 appointed Clerk, and subsequently Deputy Librarian to the House of Lords. Thoms is credited with inventing the word folklore in an 1846 letter to the Athenaeum. He invented this compound word to replace the various other terms used at the time, including popular antiquities or popular literature. He was fond of the works of Jacob Grimm, which he considered remarkable. Condition: The bindings are tight and firm. The front inner hinge of volume 1 is strained. The inner hinges of volume 6 have failed. There is mild wear to the extremities, including mild bumping and rubbing. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright, with very slight browning to the page edges. and the very occasional spot, most prominent to the endpapers. Overall the condition is very good..

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        D. Joh. Alberti Bengelii gnomon Novi Testamenti : in quo ex nativa verborum vi simplicitas, profunditas, concinnitas, salubritas sensuum coelestium indicatur / M. Ernestum Bengelium

      Londini : David Nutt, 1855. 3rd Edition. Physical description: xxxii, 1176 p ; 25cm. Subjects: Bible.N.T. -- Commentaries -- New Testament. Edition: Editio tertia per filium superstitem M. Ernestum Bengelium quondam curata, quarto recusa adjuvante Johanne Steudel. Language: Latin. Finely bound in the original blind-tooled, aniline calf panels over bevelled boards; rebound with a matching leather spine. Gilt-blocked leather label to spine. Marbled endpapers. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Provenance: From the library of Edmund Stossl with his armorial bookplate to front pastedown. Further scans, images etc. and additional bibliographical material available on request.

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        KATE AYLESFORD. A Story of Refuges

      T. B. Peterson, Philadelphia 1855 - One quarter inch of cloth gone from each end of spine, several small holes in cloth on spine, corners quite rubbed, light foxing here and there. Chapter One is 35 pages long, in later editions Chapter One was shortened to 29 pages. Thought to be the true first edition until the somewhat mythical two volue edition in wraps was actually found in 2007.; [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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      London: Day & Son, [ca. 1855-1860].. Six hand-finished tinted lithographs, drawn on stone by J. M'Gahey of Chester after George Catlin, printed by Day & Son, each image within a lithographed thin single-line border printed in ochre, with lithographed title printed in black beneath. Each approximately 17 x 23 inches. Near fine. Each matted, and housed together in a black morocco backed box. One of five known examples of the rarest of Catlin's pictorial publications. When the United States Senate rejected an 1852 bill proposing the purchase for the nation of George Catlin's "Indian Gallery," the artist was bankrupted and lost virtually all of the paintings and drawings that he had used in his exhibitions. In order to raise funds, Catlin proposed an expedition to market Samuel Colt's firearms. Colt was eager to publicize his new revolving pistols and rifles and to have them adopted by the United States Army, and he commissioned Catlin to "paint a series of twelve pictures showing Colts being employed in the field. The terms of their agreement are unclear, but Catlin completed the order by 1857, and the Colt Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company subsequently used the paintings in its advertising" (Dippie). "Six of the paintings were turned into lithographs, but few sets seem to have been made" - AMERICA PICTURED TO THE LIFE. The plates, all of which show the artist using Colt firearms, was made up of three North American scenes (two of which closely resemble plates in CATLIN'S NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN PORTFOLIO), and three of South America. The plates were printed in London by Day & Son, the best known British lithographic printers of the period, with Catlin's images were drawn on stone by J. M'Gahey of Chester, England. The series is not in any of the standard bibliographies and the only other recorded sets are in the Colt Firearms Collection (Connecticut State Library in Hartford), the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, the Amon Carter Museum, and the Beinecke Library at Yale University (the Paul Mellon set). The plates are titled as follows: 1) "Water hunting for deer, a night scene on the River Susquehanna Penn:" imprint: G. Catlin pinxt. / Day & Son, Lithr. to the Queen / On Stone by J. M'Gahey, Bold Sqre. Chester. Text beneath: 'Catlin writes, 'I was on the water all night with my Colt's Revolving Rifle, and in the morning soon looked up seven of my victims, several others were wounded, but made their escape.'" See Treuttner 554. 2) "Catlin the artist shooting buffalos with Colt's Revolving Pistol." imprint: G. Catlin Pinxt / Day & Son, Lithrs. to The Queen / On Stone by J. M'Gahey City Walls Chester. Text beneath: "He writes, 'I gave five shots to the right and left, four of which were fatal to the heart, and all in less than half a minute.'" See Treuttner 411. 3) "Catlin the Artist & Hunter Shooting Buffalos with Colt's Revolving Rifle." imprint: G. Catlin Pinxt. / Day & Son Lithrs. to the Queen / On Stone by J. M'Gahey, Chester. Text beneath: "He says, 'with my two hired men Ba'tiste & Bogard, I took a position where a numerous herd of Buffalo were crossing a deep ravine, and being unobserved I shot down eight or ten in succession leaving their carcasses / for the wolves to devour.'" See Treuttner 556. 4) "A mid-day halt on the Rio Trombutos, Brazil." imprint: G. Catlin Pinxt / Day & Son Lithrs. to The Queen / On Stone by J. M'Gahey, Chester. Text beneath: "While the Artist Catlin and one of his attendants were preparing their meal the former discovered a large Leopard playing with the legs of another of his party, a Spaniard, who was fast asleep / under some small palms, Catlin crept to the boat and got his Colt's Revolver, when he shot the Leopard between the eyes producing instant death, and he adds 'This was one of the most satisfactory shots I have ever had.'" 5) "Catlin the artist & sportsman releiving [sic] one of his companions from an unpleasant predicament during his travels in Brazil." imprint: J. Catlin Pinxt / Day & Son Lithrs to the Queen / On Stone by J. M'Gahey Bold Sqre Chester. Text beneath: "This man strayed from the encampment and alone attacked a troup of 200 or more Piccaries [sic], when having expended his powder he was compelled to retreat into a fallen tree crying 'murder' Catlin ran to his rescue with his Colt's Revolver / when after knocking over three of leaders of the besieging party suddenly, the rest took to their heels leaving only the dead upon the field." 6) "Catlin the celebrated Indian traveller and artist, firing his Colt's Repeating Rifle before a tribe of Carib Indians in South America." imprint: G. Catlin Pinxt. / Day & Son, Lithrs. to The Queen, / On Stone by J. M'Gahey, Chester. Text beneath: "'It having been reported by one of my party that I had a Medicine Gun, which would fire all day without reloading, the Men, Women & Children, assembled in front of the Chief's Lodge to get a sight of it, - when I found it necessary to make an exhibition - and arranged a target at a suitable distance whe[re I to]ok my position / in front of the crowd rapidly discharging all the chambers, and cocked the piece for a continuation, but the chief advanced and assured me they were all satisfied, and I had better save my powder and balls, as I might want them, on a very long journey.'" MILES & REESE, AMERICA PICTURED TO THE LIFE 69. Dippie, CATLIN AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES: THE POLITICS OF PATRONAGE (1990).

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        Who's Who in 1855

      ONT> 1855 - A pocket-size edition of Who's Who in 1855. Dedicated, by permission, to her Grace the Duchess of Sutherland. Only the seventh year of this now famous publication. Very scarce. From the Prefatory Notice: The great and influential patronage which the preceding annual volumes of this work have received has amply proved the favourable opinion generally entertained of its value, and accuracy. Condition: In a red cloth binding with gilt decoration to the front board and gilt decoration to the spine. Edges of the pages are also gilt. Externally, very smart with some shelfwear only. Internally, generally firmly bound. Front hinge is a little tender. Pages are generally bright and clean. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Telescopic View of the New Moon

      New York: Daniel Burgess & Co. 1855 - Asa Smith Illustrated plate Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy New York: Daniel Burgess & Co., 1855 Hand-colored wood engraving 16 ½” x 18” framed; professionally framed in a museum quality frame, with hand-painted gold leaf stars, mounted with all archival materials and uv plexiglass. Science and art come together in Asa Smith’s astronomical illustrations in order to engage even the most difficult of audidences: students. Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy became the most popular American pictorial astronomy book of the 19th century, demonstrating the important effect visual stimulus plays. Written by the principal of Public School No. 12 in New York City, Asa Smith, this work culminates in one of the most historically and artistically important manifestations of astral iconography published in America. Certainly, in addition to their lavish aesthetic appeal, the astronomical illustrations of Asa Smith comprise one of the most visually effective illustrations of the Universive. Indeed, Smith stated his goal as “to present all the distinguishing principles in physical Astronomy with as few words as possible.” The charts of the planets and stars are printed predominantly in black, which makes the images as similar as possible to what one would actually see in the night skies, in addition to creating a pleasing asethtic. Originally copyrighted in 1848, numerous editions followed including the 1855 edition prints shown here. Of all the sciences, the history of astronomy is the most resonant with a sense of mystery and intellectual excitement. Asa Smith’s illustrations of the universe succeed in conveying that resonance.

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        Freetown, Sierre Leone.

      McLean & Co, London, 1855 (circa). Large coloured lithograph engraved by A. Laby & J. Needham clean with good margins. Minor marginal tears repaired. 27 x 11" One of 5 lithographs engraved from pencil drawings made about 1850 by Mrs Terry, the wife of the Superintendent of Sierre Leone.

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        THE ENGLISH STRUWWELPETER or Pretty Stories and Funny Picturers for Litttle Children

      London, Friedrich Volckmar, Leipsic (sic) & the Agency of the German Literary Society, pre 1855.. Fourth English edition after the 14th German edition pre 1855, 245 x 200 mm, 9½ x 7¾ inches, original buff (or cream?) card covers, decorative border on both covers, vignette on lower cover, lettered only on upper cover. Pages mounted on linen by 1 of the early owners of this copy. 24 pp of hand coloured illustrations in the design of the original editon (Peter's hair hangs down over his face). Expertly rebacked at some time in matching paper, new free endpapers, corners worn, covers rubbed rubbed and slightly soiled, lower cover with diagonal crease and crack to surface paper, edges of covers worn with chipping to surface paper all round (maximum 10 mm, ½"). Margins darkened, well thumbed and slightly foxed, occasional very slight soiling, occasional very slight smudging of colour, possibly a little water-colour added to last 2 pages. Acceptable copy of scarce early edition. After about 1859 the illustrations were changed to show Struwwelpeter with a mop of wavy hair, none of it over his face, as found in the English reprints of today. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Flower Fables

      Boston: George W. Briggs, 1855. 1st edition. Hardcover. Frontispiece and five plates. BAL 142. Nearly invisible professional repair along top of front gutter; minor general use. A very good copy of the author's rare first book, in folder and slipcase, which is worn along leather spine but with leather labels still legible.

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      New York: F. Brady, 1855.. [71] leaves, printed on one side only. Flags printed in color. 16mo. Contemporary glazed paper wrappers. Light wear and chipping to wrappers. Moderate soiling and wear to titlepage. Light scattered foxing, a few small edge tears. Good. A unique pre-publication or proof copy of this work, showing substantial differences to the first edition, as registered with the Library of Congress the following year - including a different title and five more pages of flags. Each woodcut flag has been printed in color, with titles or captions in letterpress, on either the recto or verso, with pages facing each other. All the published versions of this charming production show the flags printed on both sides of each leaf; the manner of printing in this volume speaks to a proof copy. Additionally, the present work includes a number of flags which do not appear in the published version. Alphonso Figsbee registered the copyright for this work in 1849; it is possible that he is also the printer. He is known to have printed a broadside with roughly the same title (a unique copy is at the Huntington), undated but tentatively dated to the 1860s. It would, in fact, make more sense if the broadside was actually printed in 1849, the year of copyright, as a means to drum up support for the publication of the book, with the present exemplar as a sample copy. His efforts were successful in the end. There are at least four different versions of this work; all are very rare.

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        Plans & Sections of the Vale of Clwyd Railway

      Castle St & Union Passage, Birmingham: T Underwood, 1855 Consulting Engineer GW Hemans Esq. Acting Engineer Mr B Piercy. In its oblong 75.5*50cm paper covers with decorative text titles, contemporary maroon cloth spine, lacks piece of top bottom corner, some paper repairs, 2 long tears repaired crudely. 2nd page is another tile page with decorative text, showing the different scales at bottom. 3rd page shows the line from Pentre Village to Rhyddlan, Parish of St Asaph, marked VCR Sheet No 1. 4th page shows line from the Borough of Denbigh to Trefnant, marked VCR Sheet No 2, 1 * repaired 3 inch tears. 5th page shows the line from the Town of Denbigh onward, marked VCR Sheet No 3. 6th page shows the Inclination at Rhyddlan, marked as VCR Sheet No 1. 7th page shows the inclination around Trefnant and is marked VCR Sheet Bo 2. 8th page shows the inclination around the Town of Denbigh and is marked VCR Sheet No 3. The 9th and final page shows the Cross Sections and is marked VCR, some paper repairs to edges. The endpage is blank, lack half and has had a long tear repaired poorly. All pages have some small chips and tears, some water stains to rear not detracting from plans. Lithographed by T Underwood. Housed in a blue up and over cloth box. A wonderful survivor and very rare!! GW Henmans-Consulting Engineer. Benjamin Piercy 1827-1888 Acting Engineer see bio at NLW online. 5/10/1858 line from Rhyl to temp stas at Denbigh opened. 12/1860 Permament stas opened at Denbigh. 1865 Foryd Harbour stas opened. 19/9/1955 Line closed to passengers (per RAILSCOT) (large = extra mail)

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        [Group of six lithographic vignettes of scenes in and around Buenos Aires]

      Buenos Aires: R. Kratzenstein, [ca. 1855]. Lithographs, measuring on average 3½ x 6½ inches, on slips of blue or white paper, likely clipped from the top of pictorial letter sheets. Light edge wear. Very good. Matted. An attractive group of lithographic vignettes of scenes in and around Buenos Aires These images were published by Rodolfo Kratzenstein, who was one of the leading lithographers in Buenos Aires from the mid- 1850s, and are probably from pictorial letter sheets issued by his firm in that period. One illustration shows a long stretch of the cityscape of Buenos Aires from the harbour, and several ships are shown in the choppy waters of the port. Other images show the "Casa de Justicia" (the courts) and the "Palermo"neighborhood. Two other images (one of them here in two examples) show scenes in the countryside outside Buenos Aires, both of them depicting men on horseback dealing with wagons in difficult terrain. Pictorial letter sheets from Argentina are uncommon, and these are attractive images.

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        The Wanderer in Arabia; or, Western Footsteps in Eastern Tracks

      London.: Hurst and Blackett.. 1855.. 2 volumes. Volume I: 3 full page lithographs, x + 334pp. Volume II: 3 full page lithographs, vii + 372pp. Attractive half calf binding, marbled paper covered boards, edges and endpapers. Ex parliamentary library with 4 light stamps in each volume on last page and prelims and no library marking on the binding. A little occasional light wear binding. The text is very clean although foxing is present on the plates and leaves of either side of the plates. Blackmer 1035. A very readable account of Middle Eastern and North African travel. The first volume describes the author's travels in Egypt, including a journey along the Nile, Thebes and Nubia and the second his travels to Petra, Jerusalem, through Lebanon to Damascus. Lowth brings to life his travels. His engaged and rather more open minded attitude is a contrast to the views expressed by some travellers of the period. His enjoyment of everything he encounters comes through in his descriptions, such as the incident he recounts of the banking transaction in Damascus (when his withdrawal of 3000 piasters was carefully counted out two by two..) .

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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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        Mogg's London and its Environs for 1855, Exhibiting a Circle of Three Miles from the General Post Office. And an index to three thousand places.

      W Mogg, [1855]., London - (560 × 840 mm), steel engraved, single sheet folded into 32 sections, mounted (as issued) on linen, original hand colour. Original blue cloth folding case (140 × 100 mm) with green publisher's label to upper cover, 30pp. "Index" tipped to front pastedown. Case slightly rubbed and soiled, but a very good unsophisticated copy. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Writings;

      Boston: Little, Brown and Company,, 1855. Being his Correspondence, Addresses, Messages and Other Papers, Official and Private, Selected and Published From the Original Manuscripts; With a Life of the Author, Notes and Illustrations. By Jared Sparks. 12 volumes, octavo. Recent dark blue morocco, crimson morocco labels, centre tool to spines in compartments, raised bands, roll to boards, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. The occasional minor blemish, an excellent set. A handsomely bound set of Washington's writings.

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        [THE CRIMEAN WAR: THE DE LUXE EDITION]. The Seat of War in the East. Dedicated to Her Most Gracious Majesty The Queen. First Series

      London: London, Paul & Dominic Calnaghi & Co., 1855. Large folio., 1855. DELUXE EDITION. This is the deluxe edition of the first series with full page engravings each exceptionally hand colored. This is not to be confused with the lesser tinted edition. Foxing to the title page and preliminaries else very good. Plates do not show the usual foxing. Collated and complete with all 40 plates are present and in good condition. Size: 22" x 15" (56 cm x 38 cm). Previous owner's small bookplate behind front cover. Overall in VERY GOOD condition. Photos available upon request.. Deluxe Edition. Half Morocco Leather. Very Good. Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall. Hardcover.

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        Woman's Educational Mission: Being an Explanation of Frederick Frobel's System of Infant Gardens

      London. Darton & Co. 1855., 1855. 8vo, first English edition, 22.6cm, iv,88p., with 7 steel-engraved plates including frontis, title-page vignettes, original blind decorated green cloth, gilt decorated titles on the upper cover & along the spine, some foxing (mainly on the plate margins), expertly restored, a fine copy, rare (cgc). Frederick Wilhelm August Froebel (1782-1852), German educationalist is noted as the founder of the kindergarten system, coining the word "kindergarten"-garden of children. Translated from the German of Baroness Marenholtz (1811-1893), a leading supporter of "Froebelism".

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        Les contemporains (19 volumes)

      Havard Gustave,J.P. Roret et Cie 1855 - 19 volumes in-12 (8.5x13 cm), reliés demi-chagrin, dos à nerfs, titre et auteur dorés au dos, un portrait en frontispice de chaque volume, contient 95 des 100 biographies réalisés par Eugène de Mirecourt (tantôt pamphlétaire, tantôt apologiste, jamais historien), comporte de nombreux fac-simile d'écriture et de nombreux portraits ; l'auteur, dans ces biographies, n'est généralement pas enclin à la modération, ce qui lui vaudra de nombreuses poursuites judiciaires, du fait des 'indiscrétions' et 'injures' présentes dans ses textes ; (cf. Vicaire V, 878), (cf. Carteret II, 166) ; Il manque les biographies de 'Falloux', 'Paul Féval', 'Théophile Gautier', 'Gavarni' et 'Mlle Georges' ; coiffes, bords et coins de tous les volumes frottés, dos insolés, mors et plus ou moins frottés selon les volumes (parfois un peu déchirés), frottements sur les plats, rousseurs à l'intérieur, nerfs souvent frottés, coiffe supérieure du volume 19 déchirée), état correct. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        THE WARDEN

      1855. [the first Barsetshire novel] London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855. 24 pp ads dated September 1854 (in addition to endpaper ads). Original blind-stamped medium-brown cloth. First Edition of Trollope's fourth novel, preceded only by THE MACDERMOTS of BALLYCLORAN [1847], THE KELLYS AND THE O'KELLYS [1848] and LA VENDÉE [1850]. THE WARDEN "was his first real success and the beginning of the Barsetshire series" [CGEL] -- the story line was picked up again two years later in BARCHESTER TOWERS. "THE WARDEN is essential to every lover of Trollope because it is in these pages that he meets for the first time two of the great figures in English fiction, Mr. [Septimus] Harding and Archdeacon Grantly" [Walpole, quoted in Gerould].~This copy has the ad catalogue in the earliest state, dated September 1854; (later copies bound up have a March 1856 catalogue, and still later copies have an October 1858 catalogue). As for the endpaper ads, Sadleir specifies three versions ("simultaneous in date") that accompany the 1854 catalogue, one that accompanies the 1856 one, and one that accompanies the 1858 one. This copy has the endpaper ads in Sadleir's "variety A".~This copy is in just-about-fine condition, with the medium-brown blind-stamped cloth unusually clean, and with very little external wear at all (just the slightest hint of wear at the upper corners of the spine); atypically the delicate rust-colored printed endpapers are NOT cracked. THE WARDEN is not as scarce as one would expect for an author's first successful book, but truly fine copies are practically unheard-of. Sadleir (Trollope) 4.

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        The Conscript; A Tale of the Empire

      STRINGER & TOWNSEND, NEW YORK 1855 - General wear, front hinge broken, faded gold gilt on spine, rubbed cover & extremities, foxing throughout, spine edges are significantly worn & chipping, overall fading, some soil spots on covers, front endpage has half of the page torn out and the remaining part of the page has the previous owners name in pen, pgs 123-142 are detached but present, spine is cracked in binding on page 267, no interior markings and no bookplates. DATE PUBLISHED: 1855 EDITION: FIRST ED 400 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        German Manuscript, a Poetic or Theatrical Composition Dealing with California and Dedicated to Queen Marie

      Hanover, 1855. 8vo. 32 page German manuscript, a poetic or theatrical composition dealing with California and dedicated to Queen Marie, Consort of King George V of Hanover, during the California Gold Rush. Dedication page, written in French, signed and dated by 'Gontard' who was an affluent art collector and chairman of an elite German art museum, and whom had evidently just met the Queen in person at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. Exquisite red morocco binding by Hof-buchbinders Wilhelm Ermold (binder to the Royal Hanover Court), beautifully finished in gilt with a crowned monogram 'M' for Marie, royal blue cloth endpapers, satin bow dividers. Evidence of an imbedded gift-wrapping ribbon to boards, slight foxing to first few leafs, otherwise very good condition, internally clean and bright, a pleasing work in an elegant binding fit for royalty. Title: Die Reise nach Californien. Nach dem französischen bearbeitet von Eduard Suhren. [A Voyage to California. From the French, edited by Edward Suhren.] The ambiguously titled manuscript may be a German rendition of the French theatrical opera by Dondey Dupré titled "Le voyage en Californie ou notice explicative du panorama" which concerned travels across the United States and explorations in the West - by John Charles Fremont, first explorer to cross the Sierra Nevada in winter, foremost US Senator, abolitionist, who prospered during the California Gold Rush. Content includes the explorer's sighting of pines in the Sierra Nevada oak forest at 3500 feet, melting gold, and so forth. Frémont's father was a native of France, who died only eight years after the French Revolution. As such, his gallant endeavours and accomplishments in the New World would certainly garner much attention in France, as with other European nations with colonies abroad. The French opera was first publicly performed 8 August 1850 in Paris, at the Théâtre des Variétés. Gontard, who met the queen, and dedicates this manuscript to her, may have been involved in a German production, performed for the House of Hanover. A full page dedication inscription, in French, is addressed to the Queen of Hanover, by Huguenot descendant Jakob Friedrich Moritz Gontard (1826-1886), chairman and administrator of the Städel art museum in Frankfurt, officially the Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie. Queen consort of Hanover from 1851 to 1878, née Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, recipient of this dedicated manuscript, was the wife of King George V of Hanover, the last monarch of the short-lived Kingdom of Hanover. In his dedication, dated Hanover, 12 July 1855, Gontard thanks the monarch for having come to see his panorama at the International Exhibition held on the Champs-Elysées, stating that her visit inspired the work which forms the volume, and which he humbly offers to her. He references materials which were given to her onsite, which would elucidate the obscure details of the creative piece. The date indicates that King George V and Queen Marie of the short-lived Kingdom of Hanover attended the event in its first eight weeks. Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom paid a visit to the Parisian Exhibition in August. Unique manuscript volume, bound in the Royal Court of Hanover, written at the height of the California Gold Rush and featuring historic Americana content. . Signed.

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        Skizzen Aus Dem Volksleben in Ungarn Mit Fünf und Zwanzig Gemalten Bildlichen Darstellungen von Barabás, Sterio und Weber

      Pesth [Budapest]: Hermann Geibel, 1855. (41 cm x 29 cm), pp. [vii], 106 + 25 vibrantly coloured chromolithograph plates with tissue guards, woodcut vignette to title-page. Original red, morocco grained cloth, title-page vignette repeated in gilt to front cover, gilt lettering, gilt and blind stamped decorative frame to front cover, blind stamped frame to rear cover, all edges gilt. Sympathetically rebacked with original ornate gilt spinestrip laid on, corners strengthened. Light shelf wear to edges, some soiling to covers; interior has minor offsetting from plates and a couple of minor stains or smudges in the margins only, otherwise a very good copy of this scarce book. Extremely important for its accurate depiction of the people of Hungary, their activities, costume, etc, during the early 19th-century. The brilliantly coloured plates include: 1) Hochzeits-Zug zur Trauung. Nász-menet az esküvöre. Cortège nuptial se rendant à l'eglise; 2) Die heimkehrende Hochzeit. Menyegzöi hon menet. Retour du cortége nuptial; 3) Erntekranz. Az aratok-koszoruja. Le cortége de fête des moissonneurs; 4) Unter-ungarischer Tretplatz. Alföldi szérü. Aire en Basse Hongrie; 5) Der Schafhirt. A'juhász. Le berger; 6) Rindviehhirt. Gulyás. Bouvier; 7) Büffelhirt. Bivaly-csordás. Pâtre gardant les buffles; 8) Rofshirt. Csikós. Pâtre gardant les chevaux; 9) Schweinhirt. Kondás. Le porcher; 10) Wandernde Zigeuner. Vándor ezigány-telep. Bohémiens vagabonds; 11) Ofner Winzerfest. Budai szüret-tor. La fête des vignerons à Bude; 12) Hasenhetze. Agarászat. Courre le lièvre; 13) Trappen-Jagd. Túzok-vadászat. Chasse à l'outarde; 14) Theissfischerei. Tiszai halászat. La pêche de la Theiss; 15) Drathbinder. Drotos-tót. Le chaudronnier ambulant; 16) Der Ölbauer. Az olaj-árus. Le marchand d'huile; 17) Wallachische Fuhrleute. Oláh szekeres. Rouliers valaques; 18) Gänsetreiber. Lúd-hajtsár. Meneur d'oies; 19) Spinnstube. Fonoka. La chambre ou l'on file; 20) Die Dorfgerichtsbarkeit. A' falusi tanács. Le Tribunal villageois; 21) Die Bauerntrachten. Népviselet. Costumes de paysans. (Walachen-Oláhok. Ungarn-Magyarok. Slaven-Tótok. Deutsche-Németek.); 22) Heide. Puszta. Landes, ou la Steppe; 23) Pesther Melonen-Markt. Pesti dinnye-vásár. Marché aux melons; 24) Wassermann. Dunaviz hordogató. Le porteur d'eau.; and 25) Die Garküche. Laczi konyhája. La gargote. Due to the technical limitations in Hungary at the time, especially with regard to the coloured plates, the book was printed by Giesecke & Devrient in Leipzig, Germany, and the lithographs by Institut von Arnz & Comp. in Dusseldorf. Colas 2430; Lipperheide 896. A complete copy was last seen at auction in 1977. . Hard Cover. Very Good. Folio.

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        A. Polystichum angulare subtripinnatum. B. P. angulare tripinnatum. C. P. angulare proliferum

      London.: Bradbury & Evans.. 1855 - 1856.. Nature-printed color plate, sheet 21 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches. Light foxing to three edges; 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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        D. Joh. Alberti Bengelii gnomon Novi Testamenti : in quo ex nativa verborum vi simplicitas, profunditas, concinnitas, salubritas sensuum coelestium indicatur / M. Ernestum Bengelium

      Londini : David Nutt 1855 - Physical description: xxxii, 1176 p ; 25cm. Subjects: Bible.N.T. -- Commentaries -- New Testament. Edition: Editio tertia per filium superstitem M. Ernestum Bengelium quondam curata, quarto recusa adjuvante Johanne Steudel. Language: Latin. Finely bound in the original blind-tooled, aniline calf panels over bevelled boards; rebound with a matching leather spine. Gilt-blocked leather label to spine. Marbled endpapers. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Provenance: From the library of Edmund Stossl with his armorial bookplate to front pastedown. Further scans, images etc. and additional bibliographical material available on request. 2 Kg. 1176 pp. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Journal of an Expedition Up The Niger and Tshadda Rivers, Undertaken by MacGregor Laird, Esq. in Connection with the British Government, in 1854 with Map and Appendix

      Church Missionary House London: Church Missionary House. 1855. First. First edition. Octavo. 234pp. Original figured cloth and gilt lettering. Contemporary bookplate of Abraham Lawrence. This copy lacks the small map and has some modest and not particularly disturbing spotting to the boards, else a bright, very good or better copy. Reprinted in 1970, the first edition is very uncommon. .

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        A Township Map of the State of Iowa Compiled from the United States Surveys, official information and personal reconnaissance, showing the streams, roads, towns, post offices, county seats, works of internal improvement, &c., &c

      Fairfield, Iowa and Philadelphia: Henn, Williams & Co. and R. Barnes, 1855. Folding pocket map lithographed by Friend & Aub of Philadelphia, full original period hand colouring. Folds into original blue cloth covers, blocked in blind, the upper cover with publisher and title in gilt. 21 1/8 x 34 1/4 inches. A fine copy of this attractive map of Iowa from the early years of its settlement, this second edition shows the rapid development within the state and is the first edition to include Sioux City and many proposed railroad routes. This large and colourful map of Iowa shows the state divided into numerous counties, all within nine land districts, with the sites of the and offices identified in each. Issued to promote settlement in the state, the map includes an advertisement in the upper left corner for Henn, Williams and Co.: "dealers in land, land warrants & exchange ... special attention given to Location of Land, the sale and loan of Warrants and to the collecting & remitting of sight and time bills. Investments made in any part of Iowa." Besides locating numerous towns and river systems, the state's burdgeoning railroad system is shown, with many proposed routes depicted across the state by means of dotted lines. This is the second edition of the map, after the first of 1854, but apparently printed from a new plate to incorporate the rapid growth. A third edition followed in 1856. Phillips A List of Maps of America, p. 337; Rumsey 1739; Graff 1857; Streeter sale 3898.

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        Red and Blue Planets

      New York: Daniel Burgess & Co. 1855 - Asa Smith Illustrated plate Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy New York: Daniel Burgess & Co., 1855 Hand-colored wood engraving 16 ½” x 18” framed; professionally framed in a museum quality frame, with hand-painted gold leaf stars, mounted with all archival materials and uv plexiglass. Science and art come together in Asa Smith’s astronomical illustrations in order to engage even the most difficult of audidences: students. Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy became the most popular American pictorial astronomy book of the 19th century, demonstrating the important effect visual stimulus plays. Written by the principal of Public School No. 12 in New York City, Asa Smith, this work culminates in one of the most historically and artistically important manifestations of astral iconography published in America. Certainly, in addition to their lavish aesthetic appeal, the astronomical illustrations of Asa Smith comprise one of the most visually effective illustrations of the Universive. Indeed, Smith stated his goal as “to present all the distinguishing principles in physical Astronomy with as few words as possible.” The charts of the planets and stars are printed predominantly in black, which makes the images as similar as possible to what one would actually see in the night skies, in addition to creating a pleasing asethtic. Originally copyrighted in 1848, numerous editions followed including the 1855 edition prints shown here. Of all the sciences, the history of astronomy is the most resonant with a sense of mystery and intellectual excitement. Asa Smith’s illustrations of the universe succeed in conveying that resonance.

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      Liverpool. 1855.. viii,120pp. plus folding map and thirty plates. Quarto. Contemporary three- quarter morocco and cloth, gilt. Light soiling to text, a few minor marginal stains, a few minor marginal tears. Very good. One of the most important publications devoted to the Mormon emigration, and a landmark in the artistic depiction of western scenes. The plates are after illustrations by Frederick Piercy. "This elaborately prepared and illustrated book was published as a monument to the Mormon emigration to Utah, and as a means of attracting further emigrants. Piercy made a special trip to America [in 1853] to make sketches for the plates, which are some of the best western views of the period" - Streeter. The outstanding views show New Orleans, Natchez, Vicksburg, Nauvoo, Council Bluffs, Laramie, Fort Bridger, and Scott's Bluff. "...One of the most elaborately and beautifully illustrated of western books" - Howes. "...One of the basic sources of illustrated Western Americana of the period" - Taft. "One of the most illuminating maps of the West to appear during shows Utah in all its glory. This is not only an important map in the history of Mormons, but is in every sense an important map in the history of the West, giving as it does a carefully drawn picture of that entire area" - Wheat. One of the landmark illustrated books of Western Americana. HOWES L359, "b." WAGNER-CAMP 259. GRAFF 2501. FLAKE 6381. SABIN 41325. STREETER SALE 2296. Taft, ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATORS OF THE OLD WEST, p.285. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI IV, pp.40-41. CRAWLEY & FLAKE, A MORMON FIFTY 46.

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        Rythms from my Scrap Book

      Launceston,: Cornwall Chronicle, 1855.. Small octavo, 114 pp., single page "In Memoriam" bound in, early newspaper report of Gardner's death pasted to a blank, some significant toning; a charming copy in full pebble-grained green morocco, gilt. Very scarce: a Launceston-published anthology of poetry by William Atkinson Gardner, Member of the Legislative Council for the County of Cornwall (around Launceston). Gardner notes: 'These rythms are not on martial subjects... but as paper is made from rags, it is hoped that the produce of these papers may be issued forth in lint to the wounded of the Crimea' (Preface, dated May 1855).The poetry certainly has its charms (such as the oddly satisfying rhyme of "fiendish mutter" with "dear voice utter"). Of some utility is Gardner's habit of publishing the date of composition, the earliest having been written in Paris in 1835. There is a poem to his wife, and another to his eldest child Jessie, as well as more substantial odes such as "The Emigrant's Song" and "Hymn to Australia" ('... Borne on the southern gale...'), as well as a series of translations from the German.The single-page obituary notice bound in gives a few biographical details of Gardner which can be added to those gleaned from the poems. There is also an interesting note: 'his last days having been spent in correcting the proof sheets... he closed his work, while lying on that bed of sickness from which he never rose...'. Given that the present copy has several corrections in pencil, notably the addition of a new version of one stanza of the first poem, it is quite possible that this copy was revised by Gardner himself on his sickbed.Not in Ferguson.

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