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        Almanach de Jean Raisin Joyeux et Vinicole pour l'AnnEe 1855 [Dessins par Nadar]

      Paris: J. Bry AinE, 1855. (NADAR) 12mo. Tipped-in photo as frontispiece of Gustave Mathieu, engraved title by Nadar and illustrations throughout by Nadar and others. 180, [12, ads] pp. Half contemporary green morocco, front cover stamped in gilt with arms of C. de Mandre. Binding rubbed, one leaf (pp. 5-6) torn with loss at top corner. Bookplate. Grand-Carteret 2686 . The second year of this annual by poet Gustave Mathieu, containing humorous songs and stories about wine. The illustrations are by a young Nadar, who may have contributed the photograph tipped-in at the frontispiece

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        Tales of Mystery and Imagination

      Halifax: Milner and Sowerby, 1855. First edition thus. Hardcover. Very Good. Poe, Edgar Allen. Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Halifax: Milner and Sowerby, 1855, “The Cottage Library” series. Hardcover, 3 3/8 by 5 1/4-inches, frontis, [4] xxiv, 424 pp. Brown cloth with gilt spine titles, embossed decorations and “The Cottage Library” on the spine and embossed decorations on the upper and lower boards. Printed front and rear endpapers with “A List of Cheap Books” from The Cottage Library series. Light rubbing and wear to the corners and head and tail of the spine. There is some splitting at the joints at the head and tail of the spine with faint hints of an old glue repair. Front and rear hinges are cracked but holding, the half-title page had been removed, and there is a slight cock to the spine. There is an 1886 gift inscription verso the ffep. Includes a “Memoir of the Author,” that was “derived from the particulars of his life,” by Rev. Rufus Griswold. The first printing of this collection (BAL 16208), with the Griswold introduction reprinted from The Works of the Late Edgar Allen Poe (1850, BAL 16158). An early popular edition published just six years after Poe’s death, WorldCat shows this scarce edition is held in print form by less than six institutions.

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        Autograph letter

      Texas, 1855. unbound. 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. 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.

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        EXPLORATIONS AND SURVEYS FOR A RAILROAD ROUTE FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. WAR DEPARTMENT. ROUTE NEAR THE THIRTY- FIFTH PARALLEL, UNDER THE COMMAND OF LIEUT. A.W. WHIPPLE, TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS, IN 1853 AND 1854. REPORT UPON THE INDIAN TRIBES

      Washington. 1855.. 127pp. plus seven and fifteen tinted or colored lithographic plates. Quarto. Modern three-quarter morocco and marbled boards. Some light tanning. Very good. An interesting hybrid, being Volume III, section 3 of the quarto series of the Pacific Railroad Survey reports, with fifteen added plates from Emory's boundary survey report and Ives' Colorado report, all of southwestern Indians. The attractive lithographic plates, many of them handsomely colored, are after drawings by Möllhausen and Schott. The plates depict members of various Indian tribes of the territories explored, their dwellings, handcrafts, etc. The Emory plates are the most striking and interesting ones to appear in that book, and include all of the Emory Indian plates. An unusual package. HOWES P3 (ref). WAGNER-CAMP 263:3 (ref). FIELD 1647.

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        Sydney Hall's Travelling Atlas of the English Counties with all the Railroad.

      London: Chapman and Hall, 1855... Sydney Hall's Travelling Atlas of the English Counties with all the Railroad, published by Chapman and Hall, London circa 1855. In a restored full leather binding size 21 by 15 cm. With 46 maps: the counties of England, the Channel Islands, folding maps of Wales, Scotland and Ireland and a double-page general map of England and Wales as called for. The maps are detailed and hand-coloured, with heights shown by shading or hachuring. Title gold-stamped to front. The front endpaper has a signature in ink, possibly by the original owner of the atlas. Beneath the title on the front board is added the words "English Counties" though the atlas is more comprehensive. Spine relaid. Good to Vg condition. Images available.

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        Quinti Horatii Flacci Opera cum novo commentario ad modum Joannis Bond.

      - HORACE BARRIAS PHOTOGRAPHIES ORIGINALES ED. 1855 Un des premiers livresillustrés par la photographie, relié par par M. Lortic grand relieur du XIXe siècle. Poésies d'Horace etcommentaires en latin accompagnés d'une présentation en français sur la vie d'Horace (Pages V à XLVI). Un des quelques exemplaires ornés de photographies originales ( en noir contrecollés in et hors texte) reproduisant les dessins deBarrias (cette édition est habituellement illustrée de gravures) en noir contrecollés in et hors texte. AUTEUR:Horace.; John Bond; TITRE:Quinti Horatii Flacci Opera cum novo commentario ad modum Joannis Bond. LIEU: EDITEUR, DATE:Paris : F. Didot, 1855. COLLATION: xlvi, 299 p., [9] planches : ill. ; 14 cm. FORMAT: In -12 de 14 x 9 cm RELIURE: Belle reliure en plein maroquin noir ( vert), dos à nerfs orné aux du titre et destrès fins fleurons au centre des encadrement à froid. Encadrements des plats avec au centre de trèsjolis fers ( arabesques) dorés. Double filet sur les coupes, et large dentelle intérieur dorée. ILLUSTRATIONS: Contrecollage de 18 photographies originales (1 frontispice, 6 planches hors-texte, 11 bandeaux photographiques d'après les dessins de Barrias) et 2 cartes doubles lithographiées in fine ( 1 plan topographique de la vallée de la Digentia et de la villa d'Horace + Carte de la villa d'Horace et ses environs). ETAT: Reliure réalisée par un des meilleurs relieur du XIXe siècle, décorative malgré lesfrottements d'usage, les mors légèrement fendillés à partir des coiffes. Intérieur en très bonétat. POIDS:450g [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Song of Hiawatha

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

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        Division of Sledges Finding and Cutting a Road Through Heavy Hummocks. In the Queen's Channel. [Plates VIII & IX on one Leaf From the Rare]: "A Series of Fourteen Sketches made During the Voyage up Wellington Channel in Search of Sir John Franklin, K.C.H., and the Missing Crews of H.M. Discovery-Ships Erebus and Terror; together with a Short Account of Each Drawing."

      Day and Son, London 1855 - London: Day and Son, May 1, 1855. Tinted lithograph, printed images each ca. 15x23 cm (6x9 in). Recently matted lithographs in very good condition. "Walter William May, lieutenant on the Assistance, whose sketches would form the basis of a handsome plate book" (Howgego Polar Regions 1850-1940, B15). The Assistance was part of Sir Edward Belcher's expedition which searched the Wellington Channel (1852-54). Belcher's "expedition is distinguished from all other Arctic expeditions as the one in which the commanding officer showed an undue haste to abandon his ships when in difficulties, and in which one of the ships so abandoned rescued herself from the ice, and was picked up floating freely in the open Atlantic" (Oxford DNB); Abbey Travel II, 646.

      [Bookseller: The Wayfarer's Bookshop, ABAC/ILAB/PBFA]
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        Flower Fables

      Boston: George W. Briggs & Co., 1855. Alcott's first book which she had written at age 16. Only 1600 copies were published. Frontispiece and 5 other inserted plates, 182pp., bound in the brown "T" cloth pictorially stamped in gilt, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, pale yellow endpapers. Text and plates are remarkably clean and fresh without foxing or toning, presentation..." Presented to Kendrick Fowl(?) Jan. 1, 1856". Most likey a gift to a student but not by Alcott. Boards have faded to a pale purple, spine sunned, air pocket to a small area of cloth of upper board, small area with a damp stain to rear board at spine but no penetration to leaves. A very good copy with surprisingly clean pages and plates.[see BAL 142]. First Edition. Small Octavo.

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        The Knickerbocker Gallery: A Testimonial to the Editor of the Knickerbocker Magazine from its Contributors

      New York: Samuel Hueston, 1855. First. hardcover. near fine. Frontispiece portrait and illustrated throughout with 48 other steel engraved portrait plates, protected by tissue. 505pp. Short thick 4to. Beautifully bound in original thick leather with charming gilt-stamped pictorial covers and spine, a.e.g. N.Y.: Samuel Hueston, 1855. First edition. A near fine copy.

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        President. A.L.S.

      Washington 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." 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.

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        Correspondance inédite. * 2 volumes.

      Paris, Michel Lévy Frères 1855 - Précédée d'une introduction par Prosper Mérimée. Ornée d'un beau portrait de Stendhal. EDITION ORIGINALE. Paris, Michel Lévy Frères, 1855. Belle reliure demi-basane prune de l'époque. Dos à faux nerfs à froid orné et doré. Très rares rousseurs. Très bon état. Format in-12°(19x12). 1ère Edition [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Cellular-Pathologie

      Berlin: Druck und Verlag von Georg Reimer. FIRST EDITION in rare original wrappers of Virchow's foundational paper "Cellular-Pathologie" including the first appearance of his famous axiom "Omnis cellula a cellula" Virchow's landmark paper, "Celular-Pathologie," "appeared as the leading article in the eighth volume of the Archiv that Virchow had himself founded. It is essentially a clarion call to pathologists to abandon speculative and philosophically based models of disease and to strive instead to explain all pathological processes in cellular (and experimental) terms. In this article, Virchow... argues forcibly that free cell formation out of non-cellular elements does not occur: 'For gene ratio aequivoca, even if it is conceived as some kind of self-excitation, is still either downright heresy or the work of the devil. And if, indeed, we defend not only the hereditary character of generations on a large scale but also legitimate succession in the formation of cells, then that is assuredly not suspect testimony. In accordance with the outlook of cellular pathology, I formulate the doctrine of the pathological generation of neoplasia simply this: Omnis cellula a cellula.' (Harris, The Cells of the Body). "Virchow did not include the motto in the first edition of his book on cellular pathology, published three years later. In the second edition, however, it appears in an slightly changed form: 'Where a cell arises, there a cell must have previously existed (omnis cellula e cellula)" (Rather et al. Commentary on the Medical Writings of Rudolf Virchow). IN: Archiv für pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und für klinische Medicin, Band VIII, Hft 4, pp. 3-39. Berlin: Druck und Verlag von Georg Reimer, 1855. Octavo, original green printed wrappers, custom box. Chips to the wrappers with significant wear to spine. Extremely rare in original wrappers.

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        Little Dorrit

      Bradbury and Evans, London 1855 - First Editions, First Printings bound in the ORIGINAL printed wrappers from the publisher with 20 parts bound in 19 wrappers. All the wrappers are in very good condition with some wear and tear. ALL the ads called for are present in the books. Overall, a lovely set bound from December 1855 starting with the first volume to June 1857 ending with the last one. The wrappers are protected in leather cases for preservation and presentation. We buy Dickens First Editions. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Knickerbocker Gallery: A Testimonial to the Editor of the Knickerbocker Magazine from its Contributors.

      Samuel Hueston, New York 1855 - Frontispiece portrait and illustrated throughout with 48 other steel engraved portrait plates, protected by tissue. 505pp. Short thick 4to. Beautifully bound in original thick leather with charming gilt-stamped pictorial covers and spine, a.e.g. N.Y.: Samuel Hueston, 1855. First edition. A near fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Travels among Alpine scenery / by Dr. Cheever and J.T. Headley

      London : James Blackwood, 1855. 1st Edition. Physical desc. : 396 p. , plates ; 18 cm. Subject: Alps - Description and travel - Travel literature. Very good copy in the original blind-tooled boards, with a gilt vignette to front panel. Gilt-tooled title to spine. Rebacked with the original spine laid back. Spine bands and panel edges somewhat dulled and dust-toned as with age. Corners sharp with an overall tight, bright and clean impression.

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        ICONOGRAFIA ESPANOLA: COLLECCION DE RETRATOS, ESTATUAS, MAUSOLEOS Y DEMAS MONUMENTOS INÉDITOS DE REYES, REINAS, GRANDES CAPITANES, ESCRITORES, ETC. Desde el Siglo XI hasta el XVII, copiados de los orginales.

      Imprenta de Don Ramon Campuzano 1855-1864 In folio (mm. 557 x 370), 2 voll., mz. pelle coeva con ang. (lievi abras.), taglio sup. dorato, pp.nn. 16 (di introduzione) e una straordinaria raccolta di 92 magnifiche tavv. disegnate dal vero da Valentin Carderera e litografate in tinta (9 sono cromolitografie), ciascuna con una o più figure, con testo biografico e descrittivo, in spagnolo e in francese, dello stesso Carderera. Collezionista, archeologo, pittore e scrittore spagnolo, Valentin Carderera y Solano (Huesca 1796 - Madrid 1880) fu un profondo studioso del mondo medioevale e un entusiasta valorizzatore dell?opera di Goya, soprattutto nell?ambito della incisione. Unendo l?interesse archeologico per i cimeli del passato e le più moderne tecniche di stampa, l?artista ci mostra con la sua eccezionale raccolta una galleria di uomini e donne illustri della storia spagnola. Con i suoi disegni di re, regine, religiosi, capitani e scrittori, "l?Iconografia espanola" rende omaggio alle figure più incisive di certa storia patria che Carderera e i suoi contemporanei contruibuirono a costruire. La collezione - considerata il suo capolavoro - presenta anche statue, mausolei, sepolcri e monumenti, armi, armature e i più curiosi costumi che coprono un lasso di tempo di sette secoli, dall?XI al XVII. Come precisato nel prologo: ?Nous avons suivi, dans cet ouvrage, le cours des événements les plus saillants en y ajoutant une courte notice historique sur l?art, les costumes et les usages, et nous avons adapté pour cela l?ordre chronologique des personnages comme étant le plus logique et le plus clair?. La raccolta apre con le immagini di: Don Fernando I, el Magno - Don Alonso VI - D.a Urraca - su esposo D. Ramon de Borgona - D. Alonso VII, el Emperador e termina con Santa Teresa de Jesus y su hermana D.a Juana Ahumada. "Rarissima edizione originale". Con ingialliture o fiorit. per lo più marginali, ma certamente un buon esemplare su carta forte.

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        LA HAGGADA OU LA CEREMONIE RELIGIEUSES DES ISRAELITES - PENDANT LES DEUX PREMIERES SOIREES DE PAQUE - HEBREU/FRANCAIS - TRADUCTION NOUVELLE - 2EME EDITION.

      LIBRAIRIE ISRAELITE 1855 - R240048425: 59 pages - couverture muette - plat très abimé - rousseurs avec quelques conséquences sur la lecture - augmenter d'une carte en noir et blanc à deplier et de quelques phrases musicale - ouvrage partiellement désolidarisé - à lire de droite à gauche - frontispice. In-8 Broché. Etat passable. Plats abîmés. Dos fané. Rousseurs Classification Dewey : 290-Religion comparée. Autres religions [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        RISE AND PROGRESS OF MINNESOTA TERRITORY. INCLUDING A STATEMENT OF THE BUSINESS PROSPERITY OF SAINT PAUL; AND INFORMATION IN REGARD TO THE DIFFERENT COUNTIES, CITIES, TOWNS, AND VILLAGES IN THE TERRITORY, etc., etc., etc

      Saint Paul: Published by C.L. Emerson, Minnesota Democrat Office, 1855.. iv,[4],64pp. Quarto. Original printed front wrapper bound into modern polished limp black calf (lacks rear wrapper). Text lightly dampstained, some pencil notes. First leaf (advertisements) with 25% loss to upper portion. Otherwise very good. In a half morocco and cloth box. Emerson, an early Minnesota land surveyor and civil engineer, obtained an intimate knowledge of Minnesota country and its pioneers through his professional travels. This interesting work provides a history of the settlement of Minnesota Territory from 1838 onward, as well as a directory of merchants, printing presses, lawyers, land agents, physicians, clergymen, hotels and taverns, traders, fur dealers, and even two artists. A table of distances is included for the potential settler, as well as several pages of local advertising matter. Very rare. Howes notes only four known copies, but OCLC currently locates eight copies. MINNESOTA IMPRINTS 84. GRAFF 1245. HOWES E138, "b." SABIN 49306. STREETER SALE 1965. EBERSTADT 133:646.

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        Narrative & Final Report of Explorations...Route for Pacific Railroad,

      near the 47th & 49th Parallels of North Latitude, from St. Paul to Puget Sound. 1855. Washington DC: House of Representatives, Thos. H. Ford, Printer, 1860. 4to, 358pp, 41pp. BOOK I contains 2 large folding maps, 1 large folding chart, and 70 tinted lithographic views of western US scenery, including a folding panorama. Orig. half calf & marbled boards, green title labels, quite rubbed with some loss to spine head. Wagner-Camp- Becker 267:2. Very little foxing, very nice internally. Book 2, which completes this section, has only natural history plates.

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        Les Chutes de Niagara, vue générale. Niagara Falls, General View

      New York: Max Jacoby, [1855 or later]. Hand-coloured aquatint, by Salathé, printed by Boussod Valadon & Cie. (expert repairs to margins, occasionally touching image, one small area supplied in manuscript facsimile). 23 1/4 x 37 inches. 26 x 37 1/2 inches. A fine coloured issue of a spectacular image of one the great natural wonders of the world. Little appears to be known about Sebron. He studied painting with Louis Daguerre and began his career painting dioramas, church interiors, and occasional portraits. He spent from 1849 to about 1855 in the United States painting American views (chiefly dioramas). He first visited Niagara in 1850. There is some evidence that he returned to Canada from 1855-1863, but later lived and worked in Rome. Cf. J. Russell Harper, Early Painters and Engravers in Canada, p. 283; cf. Lane, Impressions of Niagara, 229 (coloured issue); cf. Spendlove, The Face of Early Canada, p. 39.

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        The Story of the Campaign of Sebastopol Written in the Camp .... with illustrations drawn in the camp by the author

      Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1855. First edition. Original blind stamped red cloth. Plates slightly foxed and the inscription on t.p -'W.B.Scott' has slightly offset its ink on margin of the coloured frontispiece. Binding rubbed at extremities but having been professionally reset in its case it is a sound complete and very good copy of a scarce book. Octavo, pp. xv, 339. 4 chromolithograph plate ( one folding) and 6 tinted lithographs ( one folding) so ten plates in all. Folding engraved map The book was reprinted in 1968. it is a classic account of a tragically mismanaged and costly military campaign. There is a whole chapter on 'Hospitals in the Bosphorus which includes one of the earliest mentions of Florence Nightingale and her work.

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        MINNESOTA

      New York: J.H. Colton & Co., 1855.. Folding color map, 12 x 15 inches. Original 16mo. brown cloth folder, gilt- lettered cover. Hinge worn. Map especially bright and clean. Fine. One of the earliest pocket maps of Minnesota, extending its western border deep into what would become Dakota Territory, but here labeled "Northwest Territory." This is one of two Minnesota maps issued by Colton in 1855, in addition to a Chapman sectional map and a similar effort by Ensign & Thayer. Colton also produced Minnesota maps in 1853 and 1854. Quite rare. Not in Phillips' MAPS, nor Rumsey, nor Wheat TRANSMISSISSIPPI WEST. CHECKLIST OF PRINTED MAPS OF THE MIDDLE WEST (MINNESOTA) 0678.

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        Asplenium fontanum...Plate XXXV

      London: Henry Bradbury/Bradbury & Evans, 1855. unbound. very good. Botanical print. Nature-printed copper engraving with hand coloring. Page measures 21.25" x 13.75". This botanical print comes from Moore's series of ferns, which is regarded as one of the best examples of Victorian era nature-printing. Wildly popular at the time of its production, the image owes its exquisite delicacy to a nature-printing method called electrolysis, in which the actual plant was pressed into lead to make an imprint which was then transferred to a copper plate. This process allowed the most minute details and venations of leaves to be recorded, as this lovely image demonstrates. This print is in good condition, with stains on the right and bottom edges and minor scattered foxing. Thomas Moore (1821--1887) was a British botanist who served as Curator of the Society of Apothecaries Garden for much of his life. His "Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland" was one of the first of the genre printed in England and is considered one of the finest examples of nature-printing ever produced. Please visit our gallery for more examples of Moore's beautiful work.

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        Lastrea Filix-mas incisa [Male Crested Wood Fern] [Plate XV]

      London: Bradbury & Evans, 1855 [-1856]. Colour nature-printed engraving. Very good condition. 21 1/2 x 14 5/8 inches. A beautiful nature-printed plate from Moore's "The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland". Moore's important work on nature printing was one of the first of the genre printed in England. The beautifully executed plates were produced under the direction of Henry Bradbury, England's first nature printer, and are considered to be among the finest pieces of nature printing ever completed. 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, they recorded 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. His interest in printing extended to "... the production of bank notes and the security of paper money, on which he discoursed at the Royal Institute" (DNB) and to the history of printing. He had many ideas for lavish and extensive works, including nature-printed books on fungi and trees and a work on the graphic arts of the nineteenth century, but none of these were ever realised. He died in 1860 at the age of twenty- nine. Cf. Nissen BBI 1400; cf. Stafleu and Cowan TL2 6275; cf. DeBelder 237; cf. Cave and Wakeman 25; cf. Fischer 89; cf. Hofer Bequest 74n

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        Asplenium fontanum.Plate XXXV.

      Henry Bradbury/Bradbury & Evans, London 1855 - This botanical print comes from Moore's series of ferns, which is regarded as one of the best examples of Victorian era nature-printing. Wildly popular at the time of its production, the image owes its exquisite delicacy to a nature-printing method called electrolysis, in which the actual plant was pressed into lead to make an imprint which was then transferred to a copper plate. This process allowed the most minute details and venations of leaves to be recorded, as this lovely image demonstrates. This print is in good condition, with stains on the right and bottom edges and minor scattered foxing. Thomas Moore (1821--1887) was a British botanist who served as Curator of the Society of Apothecaries Garden for much of his life. His "Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland" was one of the first of the genre printed in England and is considered one of the finest examples of nature-printing ever produced. Please visit our gallery for more examples of Moore's beautiful work. Botanical print. Nature-printed copper engraving with hand coloring. Page measures 21.25" x 13.75".

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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. unbound. 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. 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.

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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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        SEVEN WONDERFUL BROTHERS

      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).

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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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