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

      56. - First edition. 3 vols. 4 maps & plans (3 folding), 5 chromo & 8 tinted lithographs, with one other plate. 8vo. Original blue cloth, spines slightly faded. xvi, 388, 24ads.; iv, 426; xii, 448pp. London, 1855 -

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        Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah, in Three Volumes [1st Edition]

      Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans. Collectible - Acceptable. Octavo. 23cm. Half Leather Hardcover. First Edition. 1855. Ex-Library with the usual treatments. pp. xiv, 388, (iv), 426, (xi), 448. Published 1855-1856. Includes 14 plates, most tinted or in color, and 4 maps/plans (3 fold-out). All three volumes are uniformly bound in marbled boards with green leather on the corners and sides. Raised bands and gilt lettering on the backstrips.Covers worn, with chipping and peeling along edges. Most of the panels are detached (but all are present). Some attempts to repair binding visible on Vol. I. Pages show some occasional notation and marginalia throughout. Frontispiece of Vol.?I is loose. Ads removed from the end of Vol. I. Also contains 4 tipped-in hand-drawn maps, inserted by a previous owner. They appear to be tracings or recreations of maps by Johann Burckhardt, swiss explorer and orientalist, of his travels in the same Middle Eastern area, from the first part of the 19th century. Princeton Library bookplates on the front pastedowns. Offered by the Antiquarian, Rare, and Collectible department of Better World Books. Your purchase benefits global literacy programs. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

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        The Warden

      London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good. A Very Good copy of the first edition, first printing bound in 3/4 blue leather with complementary blue boards (spine tail lightly pulled, some rubbing to the spine ends and board edges, through to the boards at their leading edges and corners); Anthony Trollope's fourth novel, the first of his works to receive positive critical notice. The novel has additional importance as the first work in Trollope's Barsetshire series, the works which brought him to fame. As his fellow author Hugh Walpole stated: "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". [See Gerould.] (This copy is bound without the advertisements.) Trollope first conceived of "The Warden" in Salisbury and later recounted that it was "...whilst wandering there on a midsummer evening round the purlieus of the cathedral I conceived the story of "The Warden", - from whence came that series of novels of which Barchester, with its bishops, deans, and archdeacon, was the central site." "The Warden" thus became the first of Trollope's novels set in his native England (the first three were based in Ireland and in France) and it was in these tales that Trollope made his mark and found his reading public. (Writing of England was where Trollope flourished as a writer and his novels set elsewhere did not meet with success.) About Very Good with some notable edge rubbing externally, and Very Good internally, altogether a Very Good copy of an important Trollope novel which continues to grow scarcer to the market.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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        REPORT OF JAMES C. LANE (CIVIL ENGINEER,) ON THE PRACTICABILITY OF UNITING THE ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC OCEANS BY THE ATRATO AND TRUANDO RIVERS

      New York. 1855.. 8pp. [bound with:] Kelley, Frederick: ON THE JUNCTION OF THE ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC OCEANS, AND THE PRACTICABILITY OF A SHIP CANAL.... London. 1856. 42,[4]pp. plus one folding map. [bound with:] THE PRACTICABILITY OF A SHIP CANAL TO CONNECT THE ATLANTIC & PACIFIC OCEANS.... New York. 1855. 75pp. plus four handcolored folding plans and one folding map. [bound with:] Kelley, Frederick: THE UNION OF THE OCEANS BY SHIP-CANAL WITHOUT LOCKS.... New York. 1859. 114pp. plus one folding map. Original printed wrappers bound in modern cloth. Slightly edgeworn, moderate tanning throughout, folding map in third pamphlet separated neatly at folds in three pieces, and laid in; else maps very bright and clean. Very good. Four mid-19th- century reports documenting the findings of Frederick Kelley, William Kennish, and John C. Lane during their quest to find a route for an inter- oceanic canal via the Atrato River in northwest Colombia. Inspired by 1840s westward expansion and on the heels of the Panama Railroad Co. (the first transcontinental railroad), schemes quickly proliferated to locate a viable passage for the construction of a canal through the American isthmus. Frederick Kelley, a prominent Wall Street banker, financed several ultimately disappointing land surveys in pursuit of this dream. With folding maps and charts, as well as Kelley's tables and charts, these pamphlets record a number of Kelley-backed surveys. One of Kelley's colleagues in this enterprise was the Manx autodidact, William Kennish, who had served as a ship's carpenter in the Royal Navy, developing a scheme for the more accurate concentration of broadsides and designing his own improvement on the theodolite. When de Lesseps, the French developer of the Suez canal, was honoured at a banquet at Delmonico's in New York in 1880 when the French Panama Company began its work, Kennish received honourable mention "as an 'able engineer' and 'the discoverer of the first and only feasible route without locks, gates or dams, for a ship- canal...including a tunnel three miles long through the Cordilleras.' It is understood that the Kennish scheme of 1855 was largely incorporated in the canal finally adopted" (PROCEEDINGS OF THE ISLE OF MAN NATURAL HISTORY AND ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY VI, PART 2, 1961). SABIN 37257, 37258, 64861.

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        THE CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF ENGLAND FROM THE ACCESSION OF HENRY VII TO THE DEATH OF GEORGE II

      London: John Murray, 1855. 10th Edition. Hardcover. 178 x 127 mm (7 x 5"). Three volumes. 10th Edition. VERY ATTRACTIVE CONTEMPORARY POLISHED CALF, covers with gilt double fillets and blind stippled border, raised bands, spines elaborately gilt in compartments featuring extensive scrolling floral cornerpieces and very intricate fleuron centerpiece, maroon and brown morocco labels, marbled edges and endpapers. Corners of first few leaves slightly creased, isolated light marginal soiling, trivial imperfections to the bindings, but A FINE AND HANDSOME COPY, without any perceivable wear, and virtually as new internally. An Oxford graduate and trained in the law, Henry Hallam (1777-1859) was a voracious reader of books from the age of four, and his wealth enabled him to devote himself to a lifetime of scholarly pursuits. He authored a trilogy of massive historical studies that included "The State of Europe during the Middle Ages," "The Literature of Europe in the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries," and the present book. Having in 1818 terminated the English portion of his "Middle Ages" with the reign of Edward IV and the War of Roses, the indefatigable Hallam launched into this new opus (completed in 1827), which continued his study of English constitutional history. His best-known and most influential work, it covers the Tudor and Stuart periods and terminates with the reign of George II, since, as the author writes in his preface, he wished to avoid the controversial study of his own times. Learned in the study of original documents, Hallam applies his erudition to constitutional matters and religious controversies, devoting most of the second volume to the era of the Great Rebellion. His Whig sympathies are no secret, but his study is balanced, moderate, and laudably sound.

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        A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics of the World. With a special map of each of the United States, Plans of Cities &c

      Philadelphia: Charles DeSilver, 1855. Folio. (17 x 14 inches). Chromolithographic title with large vignette, hand-coloured frontispiece of the heights of the principal mountains and lengths of the principal rivers, contents list printed in red, black and gold, 71 hand-coloured lithographed maps and charts (3 double-page) and 1 city plan. Publisher's red half morocco with green marbled paper-covered boards, morocco title label elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt on upper cover. Modern red cloth box, dark red morocco lettering piece. A fine copy of this famous atlas, with hand-coloured maps of all the individual States and Territories. The first edition to have DeSilver as publisher, and here including 'A New Map of Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico & the Indian Territories' for the first time: present here as an additional map, un- numbered and not called for in the contents list Despite its title, the Atlas concentrates to a marked degree on the American continent with a city plan of Washington, D.C. and 42 maps of the area, including a fine double-page coast-to-coast map of the United States, and 30 maps of the States and Territories. The un-numbered map of Nebraska, Kansas, etc. is here bound between sheets numbered 37 and 38. S. Augustus Mitchell and his sons were the leading publishers of maps in the United States during most of the nineteenth century. Mitchell had come to Philadelphia around 1830 with the intention of improving the standard of geography textbooks, Philadelphia then being the leading city in America for cartographical publications. A New American Atlas, published in 1831, was his first work. In 1845 he acquired the rights to Tanner's New Universal Atlas (first published in 1836), and in 1846 he published his first edition of the present work. Mitchell continued to publish the atlas until 1850, when he sold the copyright to Cowperthwait & Co. of Philadelphia. Thomas, Cowperthwait & Company published it until the mid-1850s, when it was purchased by Charles De Silver. The Cowperthwait company continued to add, edit, alter and hand-colour the maps. Phillips Atlases 6118; cf. Ristow pp. 311-313; Rumsey pp.240-241

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        The Story of an African Farm

      Olive Schreiner (1855-1920) was a South African author, the ninth of twelve children born to a missionary couple. The Story of an African Farm is regarded as an important feminist novel, published by the author under a male pseudonym.  "The tale centres round an ordinary Boer farm and depicts the hard, coarse, unlovely life of some of the Afrikander peasant farmers...the work is certainly the most notable volume of fiction relating to South Africa undertaken up to this period by any writer of South African birth and education."  (Mendelssohn, p.281).  This first edition was published in an edition of 300 copies.  Since it caused a sensation, first edition copies were often widely read and circulated, with expected wear and loss to the books.  Here is the 2-volume first edition uniquely and fabulously rebound by renowned Sangorski & Sutcliff.  The publisher's original cloth binding prominently featured ostriches on the spines of both volumes.  In a nod to the original binding and a truly striking piece of craftsmanship, this set is rebound in full black ostrich skin with gilt top edge and hand-marbled endpapers.  The condition of the binding is virtually as new.  The contents are remarkably crisp, clean, and bright with no spotting or previous ownership marks.  Even the untrimmed fore and bottom edges are clean and bright.

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        Historisch-geographischer Hand-Atlas

      Gotha, Perthes 1855-80.. 2. u. 3. Aufl. 3 Abt. in 3 Bdn. (Komplett). 2°. Mit 139 doppelblattgr.grenzkolor. Kupferkarten OHLdr. m. Goldpräg. Kanten berieb., Kap. bestoßen. Espenhorst² 2.8.1.2; Espenhorst 248 f. - 1. Abt.: Atlas Antiquus. Tertio eddit. T. Menke. Ebda. 1865. Mit 31 doppelblattgr. grenzkolor. Kupferkarten. - 2. Abt.: Hand-Atlas für die Geschichte des Mittelalters und der neuesten Zeit. 3. Aufl. Ebda. 1880. 3 Bll., 42 S., 90 Karten - 3. Abt: ...zur Geschichte Asiens, Afrika's, Amerika's und Australiens. 2. Aufl. Ebda. 1855. 2 Bll. 12 S., 18 Karten.

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        WITHIN AND WITHOUT

      1855. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855. 4 pp undated ads plus 24 pp ads dated March 1855. Original olive brown cloth. First Edition of the first published book of George MacDonald -- the Scottish writer of fantasy novels and fairy tales, to whom Tolkien and C.S. Lewis owe much. MacDonald's very first appearance had been in 1851 as the translator of spiritual songs of Novalis from the German (only three known copies); between then and 1855 he also contributed several reviews, and early in 1855 he contributed ten hymns to a Manchester book. The "forty days" in the dedicatory poem to his wife Louisa refers to the period in Dec. 1850 - Jan. 1851 during which he actually had written this poem (while recuperating from an attack of consumption). "It was not... without some genuine heartbreak and soul-searching that she consented to the publication of this dramatic poem, which was so personal a story of her courtship with George" [Phillips]. WITHIN AND WITHOUT received generally good reviews (with some notable exceptions, such as the Athenaeum calling it "inexpressibly painful"); the book particularly caught the eye of Lady Byron -- MacDonald wrote to his father that "it seems to have taken a powerful hold on her." (Lady Byron would later befriend him, and even leave him a legacy.)~The book was bound in rather plain olive-brown cloth; Sadleir notes that one of the books listed in the ad catalogue is Trollope's THE WARDEN, which was published that same year and was bound quite similarly. This copy, with the early March 1855 ads, is in near-fine condition (just a touch of wear at each end of the spine, front endpaper slightly cracked, but otherwise very little soil or wear). WITHIN AND WITHOUT is quite scarce. Shaberman 6 (with ads dated March 1855); Sadleir 1483 (with ads dated March 1856); Wolff 4313 (with ads dated March 1855).

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        Album Pintoresco de la Isla de Cuba

      Berlin: B[ernado]. May y Ca., [1855]. Oblong 4to., (9 4/8 x 13 4/8 inches). Chromolithographic title-page heightened in gold, 27 numbered chromolithographic plates, with elaborate borders and captions in Spanish, all mounted on guards (some occasionally heavy spotting, one or two plates loose, minor marginal soiling) and two folding maps. Original blue cloth gilt (quite rubbed, extremities scuffed). Provenance: Contemporary Havana ownership inscription on the front free endpaper. A reissue of Bernardo May's pirated edition of views from Frederic Mialhe's lithographs for the series "Viage pintoresco al rededor de la Isla de Cuba" printed by Louis Marquier Havana, ca 1848 and sold by them in competition with Mialhe's originals at less than half the price. These magnificent and lively views include images of the entrance to the port of Havana, several fine perspectives of the city itself, local landmarks such as the Plaza de Armas, Puertas de Monserrate, Teatro de Tacon y Parte del Paseo de Jsabel II, Fuente de la Jndia en el Paseo de Jsabel II, Almeda de Paula, the church of Mayor y de Ermita del Buen Viaje, the city of Matanzas, the entrance to the port of Santiago, Trinidad, and local trades and pastimes including a bull fight. In 1853 both Mialhe and Marquier had unsuccessfully sued May for breach of copyright and demanded "the sequestration of the May-plagiarized albums, notification to the press to stop advertisements of said views, and 20,000 pesos as damages". May denied plagiarism on the grounds that "... after all, ladies in carriages, street sellers, churches, monuments, and landscapes were all there in full view to any artist who cared to paint them". The maps of Cuba and Havana were also copied from an 1847 map by Jose M. de la Torre. Following the failed lawsuit May reissued this volume in 1855. Sabin 17748; Palau 5421; 167989 (note); Cueto, Mialhe's Colonial Cuba, pp.1-7, 73-77. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department.

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        The Interesting History of Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper

      London: Dean & Son, (1855). Wraps. Very good. 4to. Printed paper wrappers into which are sewn six leaves of text as well as two leaves of the publishers catalogue. The text is printed one side of he sheet only except for the wrappers and the catalogue, which are priented on both sides. Illustrated by Alfred Crowquill and with contemporary hand coloring, for a total of nine hand colored illustrations. Alfred Crowquill was the pseudonym used jointly by Alfred Henry Forrester and his brother Charles Robert Forrester; later it was used by Alfred Henry Forrester alone, as here. Date is from the printing code on p. [4] of wrappers, which reads: 4000, 2.55. Covers soiled else this is a very good copy and a scarce survival. All Brother Sunshine Series items are rare.

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        Revista Peninsular. Primeiro Volume. [Introdução de Mendes Leal]. [Junto con:] Revista Peninsular. Segundo Volume

      Lisboa, Typographia do Progresso, Palacio do Conde de Sampaio à Boa-Vista, 1855 [y] Lisboa, Typographia de Castro e Irmão, rua da Boa-Vista, 1856 Dos tomos en un volúmen en folio; 573 pp. + 288 pp. Con varios estados plegados y un total de cuatro láminas litográficas con retratos de escritores hispanos y lusos. Encuadernación original, fatigada, en media tela. Un verdadero arsenal de datos sobre España y Portugal en mitad del siglo XIX. Entre otros muchos temas se trata de: los ferrocarriles peninsulares, las contribuciones directas en España, el comercio exterior, la explotación de la hulla y el hierro en España, la Exposición General de Bellas Artes en Madrid en 1856, y Portugal en la Exposición Universal de Paris. La nómina de los autores de obras literarias que se recogen es inmensa: Alexandre Herculano, Almeida Garrett, Florez Estrada, Quintana, Estévanez Calderón, Mesonero Romanos, Espronceda, Cánovas del Castillo, Latino Coello, Mousinho de Oliveira, Campoamor, Vicente Barrantes, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda junto a otras poetisas españolas, Bulhão Pato, Maldonado Macanaz, Sinibaldo de Mas, Donoso Cortés, Aureliano Fernandez Guerra, José Guell y Renté, Salvador Costanzó, Juan Valera, Heriberto Gonzalez de Quevedo y muchos más, portugueses, españoles e hispanoamericanos.

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        Letters de Saint Francois-Xavier

      Paris: Libraire de Mme de Poussielgue-Rusand, 1855. 2 vols. apotre des Indes et du Japan. Hard Cover. Very Good.

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        Grinzing mit dem Kahlen- und Leopoldsberge. Kolorierte Lithographie. Gez. u. lith. von Sandmann. Gedr. bei J. Rauh.,

      [Wien, Bermann] bei J. Rauh [vor 1855]. - 24,5 x 36,5 cm. (Bildausschn.) Ger. Etw. stockfl. pp. Thieme-B. XXIX,395; Paulusch 4632 - Altkolor. Tonlithographie. Schöne, seltene Ansicht. Im Vordergrund das Dorf Grinzing, dahinter Kaghlen- u. Leopoldsberg. Breitrandiges Expl. Gerahmt. Gewicht in Gramm: 2000

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        Grinzing mit dem Kahlen- und Leopoldsberge. Kolorierte Lithographie. Gez. u. lith. von Sandmann. Gedr. bei J. Rauh

      [Wien, Bermann] bei J. Rauh [vor 1855].. 24,5 x 36,5 cm. (Bildausschn.) Ger. Etw. stockfl. Thieme-B. XXIX,395; Paulusch 4632 - Altkolor. Tonlithographie. Schöne, seltene Ansicht. Im Vordergrund das Dorf Grinzing, dahinter Kaghlen- u. Leopoldsberg. Breitrandiges Expl. Gerahmt.

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        Auxiliary Screw Missionary Steamer "Southern Cross" No. 100

      London?,: circa, 1855.. Four design documents for the "Southern Cross", including a detailed and finely hand-coloured plan of the vessel with elevation and views of both decks, 72 x 117 cm, thick paper laid down; line plan of the hull, 64.5 x 199 cm, thick paper laid down; mid-ship section, 35 x 53 cm, waxed silk; blue-print of mid-ship section, 52 x 37 cm, roughly torn along bottom edge, pencil note at upper right saying that this is a copy of the amended blueprint submitted to Lloyds; all four a little dusted at edges and clearly having been rolled for many years, some pencil shelf markings to versos, very good. An important suite of plans and documents relating to the construction of the Southern Cross, a 70-ton schooner purpose-built for the Melanesian Mission of the Anglican Church and the Church of the Province of Melanesia. This was the first vessel of this name to be built for the Mission, and a succession of vessels of the same name would follow (the current Southern Cross - the ninth - is still in service).The Melanesian Mission was founded in 1849 by then Bishop of New Zealand, George Augustus Selwyn (1809-1878) to evangelise the south-west Pacific (that is, chiefly, the Solomon Islands, Santa Cruz, and the Northern New Hebrides Islands). It formally became part of the Australian Board of Missions in 1850, and it was under the aegis of this group that Selwyn visited London in 1854. His efforts meant that Charlotte Mary Yonge donated funds from the sale of her novel The Heir of Redclyffe (1854) to pay for the construction of this bespoke mission vessel.The Southern Cross, as the vessel would be aptly named, became the link between the remote parts of the vast diocese, used by Selwyn and others for their regular circuits, and otherwise fulfilling the many training and logistical tasks required. The early days of the Mission are chiefly known through the memoir of the Reverend Ashwell, Journal of a Voyage to the Loyalty, New Hebrides, and Banks's Island, in the Melanesian Mission Schooner the Southern Cross, with an Account of the Wreck of that Vessel (Auckland, 1860). As the title confirms, this first Southern Cross was lost in 1860, and Ashwell gave a vivid account of her wreck.On 17 June 1860, off the "Poor Knights" (near Whangarei), the vessel was overtaken by a gale, and in heavy winds ran aground. A heavy surf crashed over the vessel forcing the crew to take to the rigging, and the ship's boats were washed away, but at the break of day they were relieved to discover that they were in the reasonably protected bay at Ngunguru, and shore-lines got the entire crew safely to land.A contemporary view of the wreck was published but, significantly, visual material relating to the vessel is very scarce, making this documentation an important, perhaps unique, record of its design and construction. The chief archive of the mission is held at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Underlining the Mission's important role in the region, small collections of material relating to the Mission are held in some Australian collections, however, such a substantial set of documents relating to their first Southern Cross is not otherwise known.

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        FESTALBUM der Feier des Eintritts Berns in den Schweizerbund, 6 März 1353 begangen im Jahr 1853 an den Siegestagen u: Laupen u: Murten, zu Jun: 1339 u:zz Jun: 1876 [sic]. Historischer Zug angeordner u:zur Herausgabe in lechszig Blättern bearbeit

      Bern: Stämpflische Verlagshandlung & Zürich: Friedrich Schulthez, [1855]., 1855. oblong folio. [ff. 6]. with half-title & list of subscribers. 60 tinted lithographed plates (incl. title) by H.Jenny (59 hand-coloured). contemporary quarter roan, rebacked with spine mounted, morocco label on upper cover (covers rubbed, some foxing to text leaves). First Edition. Handsome fête book celebrating the fifth centenary of Bern's entrance into the Swiss Confederation (1353) as its eighth member. With detailed hand-coloured lithographed costume plates showing the historical processions. Not found in Colas or Hiler.. F.

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        Historischer Zug. Festalbum der Feier des Eintritts Berns

      Bern: Stampflische Buchdruckerei, 1855. First Edition. Custom Clamshell Box. Very Good. 59 hand-colored lithographed plates, plus title, depicting a commemorative ceremonial procession, with colorful historic costumes and martial opulence. This parade marked the fifth centenary of Bern's entry into the Swiss Confederation. The oblong plates are large, measuring 13.5 by 19.5 inches, or 35 by 50 cm. Also a half-title and 5 pages of test, with a list of subscribers. Housed in a lovely modern quarter morocco clamshell box. Title and some plates with dust soiling and edgewear, as well as occasional spotting. Text pages have dampstain and foxing. One text page with closed tears and chips by a margin. Some edge creases.

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        Little Tales (4 Volumes; boxed)

      Guben & London: F. Fechner / A. & Joseph Myers & Co.. Fifth Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good. c. 1855. Four miniature volumes, with 8 hand coloured wood engravings on inserted leaves, of fables by Fenelon . The four volumes are bound in decorative silk, each with a different pattern, and adorned with a different paper embossed decoration (a sheep and lambs, a rose, Forget-me-nots and a Monkey) and all are presented in a small original decorative box. The contents are as follows: Volume 1 (29 pp): with 2 full page colour platess; Story of Flora, The Ape and The Two Mice. Volume 2 (30 pp): with 2 full page colour plates; Alibee, The Young Princess and The Bee and the Fly. Volume 3 (29 pp): with 1 full page colour plate; A Journey to Fairyland and The Story of an Old Queen and a Young Peasant. Volume 4 (29 pp): with 3 full page colour plates; The Island of Delight, The Cat and the Rabbits and The Meeting of the Animals to Choose a King. Each volume has a blind embossed bookseller's stamp from Guben on the title page. Each volume is c. 8.5 x 5.5 cm and the box is c. 10 x 7 x 3 cm. The volumes are not dated. The Bodleian Library contains copies of two of the volumes and dates them between 1850-60 - my copies hand dated to 1858.The tales are based upon the fables written by Fenelon (full name François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon, 1651 - 1715), a famous French Bishop and author, for the young future King of France, who was under his tutorage. Specific Condition: Box: The laid paper to the box is quite rubbed and the added paper decoration is only partly present. The box is however whole. Binding: The silk bindings of the individual volumes have been well protected by the box and they are quite bright with only slight grubbiness. Interior: Each volume contains a personal Christmas dedication to the same person from 1858. Occasional brown spots and grubbiness but basically all are complete and in very good condition. 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall.

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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.

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        Flora's Dictionary

      Baltimore: published by Lucas Brothers, [copyright dated 1855]. Quarto. (11 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches). Chromolithographic additional title and presentation leaf after John McLenan, 56 hand-coloured lithographic plates after Miss Ann Smith, numerous wood-engraved illustrations, letterpress title and each page of text with decorative wood-engraved page surrounds. Publisher's black morocco gilt, covers blocked in gilt with an overall design incorporating the title and a young couple seated on a grassy knoll, the spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second, the others with repeat decoration in gilt, gilt turn-ins, glazed endpapers, g.e. A very fine example of a popular 19th-century American colour-plate book: here in its most de luxe form, with the maximum number of plates and an exceptional "super extra" publisher's binding The binding is an example of American mid-19th century design at its most exuberant: within a border largely composed from fresh-cut wooden poles with intertwining climbing plants, a pair of young lovers sit on a flower- bedecked knoll. They hold between them the present work which they examine carefully. Above and behind them is a giant epergne laden with Solomon's seal, roses, columbine and grasses. The main section of text of Flora's Dictionary is made up of about 230 entries arranged alphabetically from Acacia Rose (friendship) to Zinnia (absence). Each entry includes a brief definition (Laburnum: pensive beauty; Ranunculus: I am dazzled by your charms; etc.), followed by a selection of appropriate verses, from both the classics and contemporary authors. The next two sections deal with the botanical aspects of the flowers but also include the derivation of the name and the Linnaean classification of each flower. This is followed by a calendar with an appropriate flower for every day of the year. Finally, there is an index of sentiments arranged alphabetically with the appropriate flowers. Elizabeth Washington Gamble the author of the present work was the daughter of Robert and Catherine Gamble of Richmond, Virginia and became William Wirt's second wife in 1802. They purchased a house in Richmond in 1808 and went on to raise a family of ten children. The present work is based on Elizabeth Wirt's manuscript of favorite quotations about flowers, which was first published anonymously as Flora's Dictionary in 1829. Later editions (such as the present example) identified the author as 'Mrs. E. W. Wirt of Virginia'. A very rare 1855 publisher's broadside in the University of Virginia collection (R.O. Hummel Southeastern Broadsides 4405) gives details of the three forms in which this edition was issued. The present example of this "most Splendid Gift Book of the Season! / and / A Gift Book for all Seasons!!!" is from the most expensive and luxurious issue (cost $16.00): "First. - Richly illuminated title and presentation plate. Fifty-six groups [i.e. plates] colored from nature, illustrating all the flowers in the book. Bound in Turkey morocco, super extra, gilt edges [this copy], and Turkey morocco, antique, gilt edges." The next most expensive cost $9.00: "Second. - Richly illuminated title and presentation plate. Twelve groups colored from nature. Bound in morocco, extra, gilt edges and full gilt sides." The $6.00 issue, included the title, presentation plate and six plates and was bound in "super extra muslin, gilt edges and full gilt sides" Bennett p.115 (1837 edition); McGrath p.36 (1837 edition); Reese Stamped with a National Character 52 (1837 edition); Sabin 104868 (1837 and 1855 editions)

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        Illustrations of Himalayan Plants Chiefly Selected from Drawings Made for the Late J. F. Cathcart Esq. of the Bengal Civil Service

      London: Lovell Reeve, 1855. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. According to Patrick M. Synge in Great Flower Books, p. 101, "Contains probably the finest plates of Magnolia Campbellii and Meconopsis simplicifolia ever made..." iv, [33], 24 colored plates. An exquisite hand-colored title page and 24 hand-colored plates. Brown cloth-covered boards with spine that has been re-backed, considerable scuffing and staining given its age, corners bumped with cloth losses and cardboard revealed at each. Light spotting to title page which is also hand-colored, light red pen mark at top of title page 2" in length, page has also been mis-folded at time with some minor creases. Foxing to endpapers front and rear. All 24 plates by botanical artist Walter Hood Fitch based on the Cathcart's drawings are intact and crisp, colors unbelievably vibrant, a whisper of age toning at edges of each plate as is to be expected. Minor spotting here and there on the text leaves as well as some foxing on tissue guards, with small tears as well. The following plates have additional spotting beyond what is normal for a volume of this age: Plate IX has a 1/2" tear at foredge, 7-3/8" from foot; Plate XI light staining upper right corner; Plate XVI light staining at edges; Plate 25 light foxing, transference from tissue guard page. Volume is contained in an appropriately designed custom clamshell box made by the bookseller's in-house bindery. (Great Flower Books (1990) p. 101).

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        MEN AND WOMEN

      London: Chapman and Hall, 1855. First edition. Very Good. Two vols. octavo: pp. iv, 260; iv, 241, [i], collates complete, but bound without ads leaf at the end of vol. 2. A charming set bound in full red morocco with gilt detailing. Set Very Good due to tender hinges, darkened spines and a bit of offsetting on the title page to vol. 2. Despite a lackluster reception, this collection became one of the author's best known works and a lasting contribution to Victorian poetry. Additional images available upon request. Very Good.

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        Yreka, Siskiyou County, California. 1857

      This iconic lithograph view of the gold-mining town of Yreka in California, measuring 27.5? x 33.25?, is from "Kuchel & Dresel's California Views" which included "all the important cities and mining towns, with a few of Oregon and Washington, issued during 1855, 1856, 1857, and 1858. They were sometimes published by a local merchant, often the bookseller [as here]. Many of them were framed by a border of views of important buildings, ranches, and mines in and about the town portrayed." (Peters page 142). Kuchel was born in Zweibrucken in 1820, and when he arrived in America work initially for P.S. Duval in Philadelphia. He began collaborating with Dresel in 1853. Kuchel and Dresel capture a birds-eye view of this bustling Gold Rush town just a few years after the first discovery of gold and its founding. As such it is a remarkable and important historical record of the times. Initially named "Thompson's Dry Diggings" "Gold was discovered here in March 1851 by Abraham Thompson, member of a party which was enroute from Oregon to Scott Bar. Following a heavy rainstorm, particles of gold in the roots of grass pulled up by pack animals caused Thompson to wash three pans of gravel. The results convinced the party that the area was rich enough to work. In the party were Dr. F. G. Hearn, Judge Silas J. Day and a Mr. Bell, Thompson's partner. All staked claims on these flats thirty feet square, and it was named "Thompson's Dry Diggings". Within six weeks 2,000 prospectors rushed here to mine, but the need of water caused the settlement to move to the creek. And it became known as Shasta Butte City. This name being confused with Shasta, in Shasta County it was changed to "I-E-K-A," The Indian word for Mt. Shasta. "Now Yreka" in 1852" (Plaque at site of Thompson's discovery of gold). Peters, "California on Stone", pages 143 and 146; see Streeter 2787

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        History of the Indian Tribes of North America with biographical sketches and anecdotes of the principal chiefs. Embellished with one hundred and twenty portraits, from the Indian Gallery in the Department of War, at Washington

      Philadelphia: Published by D. Rice and A.N. Hart, No. 27 Minor Street, 1855. Leather Bound. In three volumes. Third octavo edition. iv, 3-333pp; xvii, 9-290; iv, 17-392pp. In full leather bindings of crushed red morocco over beveled boards; spines with five raised bands, four compartments handsomely decorated in gilt, the other two containing titles; front and rear boards with elaborate gilt scroll work within triple ruled borders; all edges gilt. Original coated pale yellow endpapers, lightly chipped; engraved bookplate and owner's labels on the endpapers of each volume. A couple of the joints professionally and expertly repaired, with some additional restoration to the center of the rear board of volume one, just the very slightest bit of its outer edge affecting a tip of the gilt scroll work. The one hundred twenty plates are near universally clean, and bright. Altogether a very nice, nearly Fine set of this extraordinary set Image or additional images available upon request

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        China, its Scenery, Architecture, Social Habits, &c. Illustrated

      London Printing and Publishing Company, circa, 1855.. Two volumes, quarto, with a total of 141 steel engraved plates (including frontispiece), an engraved title-page and folding map; a fine set in contemporary black half roan (joints and extremities rubbed) with raised bands and gilt lettering. Splendid album of fine Chinese views engraved after drawings by English artist and architect Thomas Allom (1804-1872).Allom began scenic drawing to support himself as a student of architecture, but was soon so successful this became his primary occupation for almost two decades. His work on China became 'the best-known nineteenth-century work on the subject, although he never visited the country and based his illustrations on the work of other artists' (DNB).Allom's Chinese views and studies were first published in London circa 1843 by H. Fisher & Son in an edition with 124 plates. This is a later edition published by the London Printing and Publishing Company, circa 1855, with a total of 141 plates (including 117 plates after works by Allom). The first volume also includes an engraved title page likewise engraved from a design by Allom, that is not included in the above tally.Of the additional 24 plates in this later edition most are not attributed. They include three fine military portraits depicting a guard in 'Tiger' apparel, a Tartar infantryman, and an archer. Interestingly, a good portion of the additional plates record fighting and siege scenes from the Opium Wars that occurred after the first edition of Fisher, Son was published circa 1843.In addition to the explanatory text accompanying the plates, this later edition includes a lengthy history of China by the Reverend George Wright. The battles of the Opium Wars are described in some detail, giving a somewhat nationalistic and one-sided version of events. This later edition is issued by the London Printing and Publishing Company is also noteworthy for the addition of a folding map that was not included in the abovementioned first edition.The plates after Allom are fine examples of mid-nineteenth century English steel engraving, finely detailed with expert use of tone and contrast. In addition to numerous scenic views, the plates include details of the theatre, ceremonies, marriage, the court of the Mandarin, punishments, trades and pastimes, among other subjects. Of special interest are Chinese industries and agriculture, including four plates showing the process of silk production.Lust, 363 (Fisher & Son edition).

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        Life of Washington three Volumes

      New York: G. P Putnam's Sons, 1855. Copyright date is 1855-1857 1st edition, in three volumes, so states the inside of the title page, but this has a fourth with Martha Washington's potrait on the frontspiece 3/4 leather with marbled boards on the front and back gold lettering on the spines with five ribes, no tears or bent pages nor any writings, frontspiece portrait of George Washinton and other frontspieces with protective sheet with a three page preface by Washington Irving,in volume one NO JACKET, wear to the edges and to the spine is moderate, foxing to the frontspieces and through some of pages, looks like front cover on vol. one has been reattached, Bright, text solid colletable books, hinges are cracked, but spines are tight still attached, marbled inside covers front and back. With gold gilt top page edges, volume three at the head of the spine has about a 1/2 inch chip out of the head of the spine. for one hundred and fifty-five year old books they are in good condition.. First Edition. Three-Quarter Leather. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        Westward Ho!

      Cambridge,: Macmillan, 1855.. Three volumes, octavo, with three half-titles, volume I with single leaf advertisement at beginning and 16 pages of publishers advertisements (dated April 1855) at end, neat old paper repairs to bottom corner of some pages, not affecting text; a bright copy in three quarter blue polished calf by Bayntun, spine with raised bands, double crimson morocco labels, gilt. First Edition. A very good copy of the story of Amyas Leigh's journey to the Caribbean by Charles Kingsley. 'A patriotic tale of adventure, Jesuit intrigue, and naval enterprise of the time of Queen Elizabeth' (OCEL).This copy in an attractive Bayntun binding, the original Cambridge blue cloth binding being known as notoriously fragile and perishable. Sadleir himself implied that this is a difficult book to acquire in original condition.Sadleir's copy had publisher's advertisements dated February 1855, not April, as here.Osborne, p.1001; Sadleir, 1340.

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        Plan of Boston comprising a part of Charlestown and Cambridge

      Boston: "George G. Smith ... Also by Ide and Dutton", 1855. Engraved folding pocket map, period hand-colouring in outline. Inset maps of South Boston and East Boston. Street index along the left margin. Folds into publisher's blindstamped cloth covers, title stamped in gilt on the upper cover, Ide & Dutton advertisement on the front pastedown. 26 1/2 x 22 inches. A noted mid-19th century map of Boston: among the earliest to show the proposed filling of Back Bay. This decorative map of Boston shows the city divided into wards and fire districts, with the city's streets and wharves named. The map further identifies many of the public buildings, schools and churches located in the city. The most notable feature on this map, however, is its depiction of the proposed filling of Back Bay. "The tide mills had not been successful and, cut off by the Mill Dam and with the flow of water further impeded by the railroad embankments, the Back Bay, into which all the sewers from surrounding areas drained, had become a stinking cesspool. By the early 1850s it was determined that the only solution was to fill the bay, and in 1854 the state and the Boston Water Power Company, the two major owners of the Back Bay flats, made an agreement for filling them. This agreement included the street grid plan shown on the 1855 map. This street grid had been laid out without regard for the railroad tracks, and eventually only the streets east of Dartmouth, which is just west of the point where the tracks crossed, were constructed..." (Mapping Boston, plate 39, page 205). The filling of Back Bay would begin in 1857 and take nearly twenty-five years to complete. This copy an unusual variant, with a large reservoir appearing just below the Mill Dam, with the explanation "Plan of improvement proposed by Hon. David Sears." This reservoir was removed in subsequent issues of the map, suggesting this to be an early state. Mapping of Boston, p. 205.

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        The Ingoldsby Legends

      1855. In an Elegant, Beautifully Wrought Pictorial Binding[BAYNTUN OF BATH, binders]. INGOLDSBY, Thomas (pseudonym of Richard Harris Barham). The Ingoldsby Legends. Or, Mirth and Marvels. The Three Series. London: Richard Bentley, 1855. Tenth edition. Three octavo volumes (7 5/8 x 4 3/4 in; 193 x 121 mm). xii, 338, [2]; iv, 288; vi, [2], 364 pp. Twenty engraved plates by George Cruikshank and John Leech, including frontispieces.Uniformly bound c. 1925 by Bayntun of Bath (stamp-signed to front turn-in) in full crushed blue morocco with a multi-colored pictorial onlay vignette to each upper cover, the vignette within an enchanting arabesque-bordered frame with extensive gilt dots as background. Wide turn-ins with triple fillets. Gilt rolled edges. Gilt ornamented raised bands. Gilt framed and ornamented compartments. All edges gilt. Pink marbled endpapers. A fine set, handsomely bound.The exquisite multi-color leather inlays on the front cover of each volume depict as follows:First Series: The Great Lord Cardinal. From the Jackdaw of Rheims (opposite page 221)"Then the great Lord Cardinal call'd for his book,And off that terrible curse he took; The mute expression Served in lieu of confession,And, being thus coupled with full restitution,The Jackdaw got plenary absolution."Second Series: Shylock. From The Merchant of Venice (opposite page 45)"I believe there are fewBut have heard of a Jew,Named Shylock, of Venice, as arrant a "Screw"In money transactions, as ever you knew;An exorbitant miser, who never yet lentA Ducat at less than three hundred per cent."Third Series: Sir Christopher Hatton. From The House-Warming, A Legend of Bleeding-Heart Yard (opposite page 292)"The fact is, Sir Christopher, early in life,As all bachelors should do, had taken a wife,A Fanshawe by family, ---one of a houseWell descended, but boasting less "nobles" than nous…""George Bayntun [1873-1940] served an apprenticeship with the Taylor family, before starting his own bookbinding business in 1894. He took on London binders to raise the standard of craftsmanship and soon moved into larger premises on Walcot Street. It was recognized that 'He has brought intelligence into play as well as high craftsmanship." In 1939 the Bayntun and Rivière & Son binderies were incorporated into a new set of premises on Manvers Street (Bath), in which the business still exists today."George Bayntun adhered to traditional book binding techniques: 'We work in the old way. Machine binding? Ah yes....but not for us.' He had an especially good relationship with many pre-eminent American dealers, and Arthur Brenanto, Maurice Inman, Nat Ladden and Dr Rosenbach hosted a lunch in his honour on a visit to New York in 1936."George Bayntun died at the age of 67 in 1940, having built a world famous business. George Bayntun's last years were crowned by the frequent patronage of Queen Mary, who spent the war years near Bath. She granted the firm the appointment of Bookseller to Her Majesty in 1950" (Wiki).Richard Barham's famous series of often-macabre (and often non-politically-correct!) parodies of myths, legends and ghost stories, many in verse - illustrated with plates by George Cruikshank and John Leech. These pieces began appearing in Bentley's Miscellany in 1837 (at about the time Oliver Twist was appearing there), and were immensely popular with that journal's readers -- so much so that they were subsequently collected in these three separately-published volumes. Though Barham's work is largely forgotten today, we do have several hold-overs from it - such as the tale from which Walt Disney devised "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," and the earliest published version of the children's poem about the dog "Bingo" …and Bingo was his name-O".

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        Little Dorrit

      London: Bradbury and Evans, December, 1855 - June, 1857. First edition in parts; first issue of part XV (text uncorrected), and with errata slip in part XVI (correcting "Rigaud" to "Blandois"). 8vo. In the original 19/20 monthly parts. 40 etched plates by H.K. Browne ["Phiz"]. Original blue wrappers. First part heavily soiled and chipped at outer edges and spine, other parts only slightly soiled and worn, 5 with small chips from head; back wrappers for Parts VI, XII, XIII, and XVIII substituted from other parts; with 44 of the 57 insets ands ads at back ( a few part having substitute ads). Overall, apart from No. 1, this is an attractive and relatively unsophisticated set of the parts. Hatton & Cleaver pp. 307- 330

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        The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia. After lithographs by Louis Haghe from drawings made on the spot by David Roberts...with historical descriptions by the Revd. George Croly

      London: Day & Son, 1855-56. 6 volumes in three, quarto. (11 1/2 x 8 1/8 inches). List of subscribers. Tinted lithographic portrait of Roberts, 2 uncoloured lithographic maps, 6 tinted lithographic titles with vignette illustrations, 241 tinted lithographic plates after Roberts. Publisher's full light brown morocco, covers blocked in gilt with wide decorative borders surrounding the centrally blocked arms of the City of Jerusalem, neatly rebacked preserving original spines in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and fourth, the others with repeat patterns in gilt, cream glazed endpapers, g.e. A fine original set of the quarto edition of Roberts' masterpiece. David Roberts was born at Stockbridge near Edinburgh, and at the age of ten was apprenticed to Gavin Buego, a house painter. He continued to work for Buego after the end of his apprenticeship, carrying out work in imitation stone-work and panelling at Scone Palace and Abercairney Abbey. By 1818 Roberts had become assistant scene painter at the Pantheon Theatre in Edinburgh, moving to theatres in Glasgow and finally in late 1821 to the Drury Lane Theatre in London where he worked with Clarkson Stanfield. Both artists exhibited regularly at the Society of British Artists, Royal Academy and the British Institution and by 1830 Roberts was able to give up his theatre work. In these early years he toured Scotland and the Continent, visiting Spain in 1832-1833. His desire to travel farther afield was finally realized when in August 1838 he arrived in Alexandria. It is claimed that he was the first European to have unlimited access to the mosques of Cairo - with the proviso that he did not desecrate the holy places by using hog's bristle brushes. Leaving Cairo, he sailed up the Nile to record the monuments represented in the Egypt and Nubia part of the work and traveled as far as the Second Cataract. On his return to Cairo, Roberts formed a party which included John Kinnear, who left his own account of the ensuing journey Cairo, Petra and Damascus (published in 1839). The party adopted Arab dress and set out with over twenty camels and a native bodyguard. Their route to Petra took them via Mount Sinai, St.Catherine's Monastery and Akaba. The period at Petra (or Idumea) was for Roberts one of the high points of the entire journey. Only trouble with local tribes forced him to move on to Hebron. From here rumours of plague in Jerusalem forced a detour to Gaza, Askalon and Jaffa before it was safe to enter the Holy City. From here he also visited Jericho, Lake Tiberias and other biblical sites. Finally Roberts made his way to the Mediterranean via Nablus and Nazareth and then visited the coastal cities of Tyre, Sidon and Acre. Baalbek was the last place visited before a combination of ill-health and the worsening political situation forced him to abandon hopes of reaching Damascus and Palmyra, instead he went to Beirut and thence homewards. After some initial difficulty in finding a publisher, Roberts published the results of his travels between 1842 and 1849 in six large format volumes, to great critical and popular acclaim. The success of the folio issue was sufficient to persuade Day & Son to take on the publication of the present quarto edition of "one of the most important and elaborate ventures of nineteenth-century publishing" (Abbey), with the "plates...reduced to the required size by means of photography" (advertisement in the Monthly Literary Advertiser for June 1855). The present edition was originally available from the publishers in various forms, the present set in morocco being the most expensive at nine guineas for the set. Abbey Travel II 388.

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        The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia. With Historical Descriptions by the Revd. George Croly, LL.D

      NY: D. Appleton, ca. 1855-1856. First American edition. Full Leather. Late 19th century navy calf. Aeg. Very good. 6 vols./No Dust Jacket. 30 x 22 cm. Total of 240 tinted plates, one portrait, six title pages, and two maps, reduced in size from the large folio originals lithographed by Louis Haghe from drawings by Roberts. Initially published 1842-1849, 4to edition with plates reduced was printed in London in 1855; the plates subsequently used for this U.S. edition with alterations only to the title pages. Copies of the British edition are more common, as Appleton's edition was perhaps 500 to 1000 sets. ABBEY TRAVEL 272, 385, 388. Raised bands, two maroon spine labels printed in gilt, spine panels richly gilt, covers with double gilt border fillets, marbled endpapers. Text clean, plates uniformly bright, sharp and toning free, bindings with moderate wear and rubbing, primarily at edges and joints

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

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

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        Ver-Vert suivi de La Chartreuse, l'Abbaye et Autre Pièces

      (Paris: Laurent et Deberny), 1855. 160pp. A rare copy of the eighteenth century Jesuit poet's work, printed on pink paper. This "dainty little edition," as Bondy describes it, or "Edition Mignardise," is printed in beautifully clear and amazingly small type created by the Fonderie Laurent et Deberny in Paris. Very fine in full brown morocco, with gilt dentelles on the turn-ins and lovely gilt-accented floral endpapers. Spine gilt-titled and divided into five compartments with raised bands. A.e.g. (See American Art Sale 117, Bondy p.92, Welsh 3174, Mikrobiblion 114). (2 1/4 by 1 11/16; 58x43mm).

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        PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF A PILGRIMAGE TO EL- MEDINAH AND MECCAH

      London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1855 - 6.. Three volumes. xiv,[2],388,[24]pp. plus tinted frontis, folding map, and 2 colored plates; iv,426pp. plus two plans (one folding), a color frontis, and 3 tinted plates; x,[2],448pp. plus color frontis and plate, five plain plates (4 tinted), and a folding plan. Large octavo. Deep blue cloth, decorated in black, lettered in gilt, edges rough trimmed. A somewhat weary set, the first volume rebacked with the original backstrip laid down, the second and third with wear and fraying to spine extremities and somewhat shaken; internally the first two volumes are rather sporadically foxed, the third somewhat less so; the margins of the plates are tanned; an early ink name appears on a prelim or the title of each volume, and a somewhat later, larger ownership inscription appears on the verso of the front free endsheet of the first volume. An unlovely, but sound set, with interesting association import (see below). First edition of Burton's most famous early travel narrative, based on his own visits, in disguise, to the Arab holy cities. A second edition followed in 1857, and it assumed some stature as one of the most considerable works of travel literature of the latter half of the 19th century. This is a rather interesting association copy, bearing in the first volume, on the verso of the free endsheet, the ownership signature of Henry James, dated 1903. It is unclear what, if any, impression reading Burton's narrative might have had on James, and it seems unlikely, at best, that their paths ever crossed in Italy or elsewhere during Burton's later years. Edel and Tintner record James' ownership of this book -- the only title by Burton they record in James' library -- noting its existence based on the Hodgson list and Fabes catalogues, but it is among those titles that were, at the time of their work (preceding 1987), "whereabouts unknown." EDEL & TINTNER (JAMES LIBRARY), p.24. PENZER, p.49 ff.

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        Panorama de la Habana

      A magnificent large view of La Habana, in contemporary colour. 1855. Paris. Chardon. Admis á l´Exposition Universelle des Beaux-Arts. Side margins trimmed affecting image, beautiful colouring, extraneous fold, short tear on right margin, else good. Exceedingly rare, and beautiful panorama of the bay of La Habana; the first edition. Made after G. B. Haase´s daguerreotype made in 1854; the view shows boats along the coastline and provides a splendid perspective of the city.

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        Formal portrait photograph of Captain Montagu Frederick O'Reilly, R.N

      circa, 1855.. Albumen paper print measuring 230 x 180mm, on card bearing graphite inscription "Capt. Montagu O'Reilly", very good. Rare portrait photograph of Captain Montagu O'Reilly, an artist and Royal Navy officer who served in northern Australian waters in 1839.The son of a naval officer, O'Reilly enlisted in the Royal Naval College in February 1835 and two years later volunteered for service aboard HMS Pelorus, during which service he was in Australian waters between 1838-39. A good entry in the Dictionary of Australian Artists (online) refers to two important watercolours by O'Reilly while he was in Australia, both of which are now in the Mitchell Libary. The first is a fine view of his ship HMS Pelorus running out of Port Jackson, and the second is a remarkable depiction of the ramshackle conditions at Port Essington where the Pelorus was wrecked in a cyclone.O'Reilly later served in the Chinese Treaty Port conflicts of 1841 and on the African Station. In this portrait he stands decorated in full dress uniform pictured with a printed band reading 'Fortifications of Sevastopol' suggesting service in the Crimean campaign of 1854-55, and helping date the portrait.This nineteenth-century albumen print is taken from an earlier daguerreotype or tintype, the location of which does not appear to be recorded. No other portrait of O'Reilly seems to be recorded.

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        My Bondage and My Freedom

      Douglass, Frederick. My Bondage and My Freedom. Miller, Orton and Mulligan, Auburn NY 1855, 1st edition. Introduction by Dr. James M'Cune Smith. 8vo, 464pp, adverts. Fine stipple engraved frontispiece portrait by Buttre from a Daguerreotype. Orig. brown blind & gilt-stamped cloth bright, slt. bumped & rubbed at 2 corners & head and tail of spine, thin watermark inside edge of prelims o/w a very nice copy. His second autobiography. Blockson 9717. Fifteenth thousand. OCLC: 1487275.

      [Bookseller: Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints]
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        CHRONICLES OF ENGLAND, FRANCE, SPAIN, AND THE ADJOINING COUNTRIES, FROM THE LATTER PART OF THE REIGN OF EDWARD II. TO THE CORONATION OF HENRY IV. 2 VOLUMES

      London: Henry G. Bohn, 1855. ...[ VOL. I - xlvii, 768 pgs., VOL. II - xiv, 733 pgs.]...TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH EDITIONS WITH VARIATIONS AND ADDITIONS FROM MANY CELEBRATED MSS. BY THOMAS JOHNES, ESQ. TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED, A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR, AN ESSAY ON HIS WORKS, AND A CRITICISM ON HIS HISTORY...BEAUTIFUL, BRIGHT, GILT FRAMED COLORED ILLUSTRATIONS IN BOTH VOLUMES...116 WOOD CUTS IN BOTH VOLUMES...HANDSOMELY BOUND IN RED LEATHER WITH DECORATIVE GILT STAMPING, 6 COMPARTMENTS AND 5 RAISED BANDS ON SPINES...GILT ON ALL EDGES...Inscribed to Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield and wife by Sir Francis Beaufort. Inglefield was an Admiral in the Royal Navy and an inventor of the Marine Hydraulic Steering Gear. Sir Beaufort was the creator of the Beaufort scale for indicating wind force and he became the Hydrographer of the British Admiralty...Professionally rebacked...BEAUTIFULLY BOUND SET.. Full-Leather. Almost Fine. 8vo.

      [Bookseller: Eveleigh Books & Stamps]
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        NEW BEDFORD, FAIRHAVEN AND DARTMOUTH SIGNAL BOOK. 1855

      [New Bedford]: Compiled and published by William C. Taber, Jr., [1855].. 81pp., printed on rectos only. Black half calf and blue cloth boards. Spine rubbed and lightly worn; head of spine chipped. Cloth lightly soiled and dampstained. Contemporary advertisement pasted on front pastedown. Titlepage lightly soiled. Minor foxing and soiling to text. Slightly later (1874) manuscript annotations throughout. About very good. A signal book for New Bedford and the surrounding area, with handcolored flags and annotations throughout. Each flag is headed by the name of the agents, with a list of the ships which may be flying that flag off to the right. The work is divided into three sections, "Red, White and Blue," "Red and White," and "Blue and White," denoting the different color schemes of the flags. A contemporary advertisement for John Kehew's Navigation Store in New Bedford is pasted inside the front cover. A nice specimen, annotated by a native of the area. A rare American color plate book with navigational and maritime interest.

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        Collection de 60 Sections transversales de Bois des Essences forestières les plus importantes a l'Usage des Élèves de l'École imperiale Forestière de Nancy

      60 samples of different woods, each mounted within a folded sheet & displayed through an oval cutout. Two folded sheets (= 8 pp.) of title, preliminary text & list of samples. 12mo, all the loose folded sheets contained within the orig. box of red leather-backed black boards, spine nicely gilt. Nancy: N. Grosjean, n.d. [but ca. 1855]. First edition of an extremely rare and unusual book containing sixty thinly shaved -- quite translucent -- samples of different species of wood, each identified on its surrounding folding wrapper. The samples, intended to be viewable by the naked eye or with a magnifying glass or microscope, were prepared so that each species would demonstrate its particular cellular and structural characteristics. Nordlinger (1818-97), professor of sylviculture and inspector of forests at Hohenheim in Württemberg, collaborated with a number of French botanists on forestry research. These samples were designed to accompany a small work of 39 pages by Auguste Mathieu (1814-90), professor of natural history at the forestry school at Nancy, entitled Description des Bois des Essences forestières les plus importantes (1855). However, they rarely seem to survive together. Fine copy, preserved in its original slipcase. Not in the usual bibliographies. .

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        Album Pintoresco de la Isla de Cuba

      Berlin:: Oilprinting Storch & Kramer (for) B. May y Ca... Oblong 4to, ca 1855. 27 colored lithograph plates of Cuba. Color illustrated lithographic title page, title printed in gold. With their original tissue guards (some ruffled). Two folding maps. Original elaborate red velvet binding titled and ornamented in gold, expertly rebacked. Possibly a presentation binding. & & One of two pirated editions printed in Germany in the 1850's, a marvelous album of views based on the work of Cuba's master lithographer Frederic Mialhe depicted in his Viaje Pintoresco al Rededor de la Isla de Cuba (Havana, 1847-1848); this edition with captions in Spanish only and without vignettes on the maps (the other pirated edition was printed in either Berlin or Hamburg, with tinted lithographs instead of the color lithographed plates, as here, the captions were in Spanish, English and German, and a series of vignettes were printed around the border of the two maps); the lithographs in this issue are much more detailed than in the other pirated edition. Perhaps the finest pictorial record of daily life in Cuba in the 19th century, with port and city views of Havana, countryside scenes, a bullfight and a cockfight. This copy with all plates fully and beautifully color lithographed. Sabin 17748 (for the other pirated edition which had only 26 plates). Though OCLC locates an equal number of the two editions, this colored issue seems to be less common in trade. For an account of Mialhe's original edition, which was printed in Cuba, and the two German piracies, see Emilio Cueto's Mialhe's Colonial Cuba (Miami, 1994), pp. 73- 77. Oblong 4to. 27 color lithographed plates and color lithographed illustrated title leaf [printed rectos only], with tissue guards, 2 folding maps.

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        La Jerusalen libertada de Torcuato Tasso. Puesta en verso castellano y dedicada a la Reina Doña Isabel II por el Teniente General Marques de la Pezuela. 2 Volúmenes

      Aguado, Madrid 1855 - holandesa con hierros dorados bien conservada grabados. manchas tiempo. 747 págs.

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        Ichthyographia China Borealis.

      - Moscou, Société Impériale des Naturalistes , (1855). 4to (280 x 205 mm). pp. 215-263, with 9 fine chromolithographed plates by Bachmann. Recent red cloth. Very rare publication on the fishes of China,with beautiful coloured plates. Published in vol. x of the 'Nouv. Mém. Soc. Nat. Moscou'.Dean I, p. 70. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Story of an African Farm

      Olive Schreiner (1855-1920) was a South African author, the ninth of twelve children born to a missionary couple. The Story of an African Farm is regarded as an important feminist novel, published by the author under a male pseudonym.  "The tale centres round an ordinary Boer farm and depicts the hard, coarse, unlovely life of some of the Afrikander peasant farmers…the work is certainly the most notable volume of fiction relating to South Africa undertaken up to this period by any writer of South African birth and education."  (Mendelssohn, p.281).  This first edition was published in an edition of 300 copies.  Since it caused a sensation, first edition copies were often widely read and circulated, with expected wear and loss to the books.  Here is the 2-volume first edition uniquely and fabulously rebound by renowned Sangorski & Sutcliff.  The publisher's original cloth binding prominently featured ostriches on the spines of both volumes.  In a nod to the original binding and a truly striking piece of craftsmanship, this set is rebound in full black ostrich skin with gilt top edge and hand-marbled endpapers.  The condition of the binding is virtually as new.  The contents are remarkably crisp, clean, and bright with no spotting or previous ownership marks.  Even the untrimmed fore and bottom edges are clean and bright.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        Experiments on colour, as perceveid by the eyes, with remarks on colour blindness by James Clerk Maxwell communicated by Dr Gregory (with a plate)

      Royal Society of Edimburgh 1854-1855 1855 Paginé 275-298 et une planche hors-texte. In-4° relié moderne, demi-chagrin havane fonçé, titre gravé. L'exemplaire est en parfait état comme neuf. On trouve relié à la suite de ce texte : J. Clerk Maxwell : ON THE THEORY OF COMPOUND COLOURS, AND THE RELATIONS OF THE COLOURS OF THE SPECTRUM. In Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London for the Year 1860, Volume 150, Part I. pp. 57-84 complete with two plates. [The origin of the quantitative measurement of color]. Royal Society, London - - - GEORGE WILSON : On the extend to which the receveid Theory of Vision requires us to regard the eye as a camera obscura (Society of Edimburgh, XXI-3, 1854-1855, paginé paginé 327-347 et une planche hors-texte - - - Lord Rayleigh : ON THE COLOURS OF THIN PLATES. paginé 157-167 une planche hors-texte dépliante. On trouve relié in fine une lettre autographe commentant ces publications de John Hardy datée de 1898 Comme neuf couverture rigide Edition originale

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