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        THE WABASH: Or Adventures of an English Gentleman’s Family in the Interior of America

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

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        Black's Tourist's Guide To Devonshire & Cornwall Including The Scilly Islands [FIRST EDITION DATED 1855]

      Adam And Charles Black, UK 1855 - Publisher's advertising endpapers and pastedowns to front and rear, Map, Title, Half-Title, Contents, 1-103, 46 Publisher's Catalogue, Complete with two maps as called for: a fold out of the whole peninsular, facing the title page [which may be a facsimile, though a very good one - SEE SCAN] and a fold out map of The Great-Western and South-Devon Railways, Bristol to Exeter and Plymouth facing page 4. Contents : General Description Of The County Of Devon; Table Of Elevations Of Hills In Devonshire; Bristol To Exeter By Railway; Exeter, Its Aspect, Cathedral, And Institutions; Exeter To Barnstaple By Railway; Barnstaple To Hartland Point; Barnstaple To Ilfracombe; Exeter To Tavistock (Over Dartmoor); Exeter To Plymouth By Railway, Passing Exmouth, Dawlish; Teignmouth, Torquay, Etc; Plymouth And Devonport, Their Hotels, Docks, Stores, Breakwater; Plymouth Sound And Eddystone Lighthouse; Devonport To Tavistock; Exeter To Launceston; Cornwall; Table Of Elevations Of Hills In Cornwall; Launceston To Truro, Middle Route; Launceston To Truro, Upper Route; Launceston To Truro, Lower Route; Truro To Penzance And Land's End, Upper Route; Truro To Penzance And Land's End, Lower Route; The Scilly Islands; Railway Route From Bristol To Exeter And Plymouth; Railway Route From Exeter To Barnstaple; Index. Book - Very Good bright green boards with gilt lettering - slight rubbing to the extreme corners and slight wear to the extreme bottom of the spine. Contents, publisher's advertising endpapers and pastedowns to front and rear slight stain to extreme edge of bottom inch of long side of a few pages, well away from all text, previous owner's name and date 'April 1859' to top edge of front endpaper also slight blind stamp offset from bookseller's blind stamp to top corner of following free endpaper inscription dated 1859 and blind stamped circular stamp to to the top edge, some browning and spotting to the title and introductory pages and some light browning to the other pages otherwise clean and tightly bound. Size: 6 inches tall by 4 inches. 103 pages which includes an index & 46 page catalogue to the rear. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 200 grams. Category: Travel & Places; Inventory No: 5663. This book is lighter than the average upon which international charges are based and so will be sent Airmail as standard. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Rare Autographed Letter Signed and Original Envelope

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        My Own A, B, C, Illustrated

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

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        Photographic portrait of John Brown, Jr

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

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

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

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        Autographed Letter Signed as President

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

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        The English Flower Garden

      London: Simpkin Marshall, 1855. 2 volumes bound as one. Vol 1 pp. (4), 188. Vol 2 pp. 188. 23 hand-coloured plates including frontispiece. Original giltstamped cloth, spine relaid and inner hinges repaired. Bookplate on front pastedown, owner's signature on front free end paper, bookseller's catalogue entry tipped-in after front free end paper, some slight soiling of cloth, a little light spotting, but internally clean, frontis slightly smudged.. 1st Ed. Decorative Cloth. Good/No Jacket. 24.5 x 18.00 Cms.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        A Manual of Photographic Chemistry, Including the Practice of the Collodion Process

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

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

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

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        Lastrea dilatata.

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

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        President. A.L.S

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

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        Histoire de L´Empire Othoman

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

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        Assault of Sevastopol. Two Topographical & Panoramic Sketches, representing the Advanced Lines of Attack, and the Russian Defences, in Front of Sevastopol. With a Description and Remarks. [Together with;] Topographical Sketches of the Ground before Sevastopol, accompanied by an Explanatory Description. Part II. Shewing the Mamelon, the Malakhoff Tower, and the Redan; with the Connecting Works. [and;] Part III. Sketch V. - Shewing the White Batteries, the Mamelon, and the Quarries with all the Ground gained on the Night of the 7th June.

      London: Chapman and Hall; Woolwich: Printed at the Royal Artillery Institution; London: Edward Stanford, [1855] - Folio Original brown ripple-grained cloth, title gilt to the upper board, rebacked. A little rubbed, rebacked in brown cloth as noted, light marginal staining to fore-edge of some leaves, otherwise very good. 5 folding lithographic panoramas, one extending to almost 1m in length. First edition. Uncommon and attractive visual memoir of the famous siege operations at Sebastopol in the Crimea. Only 4 complete sets on COPAC, with OCLC adding just 3 more. Biddulph was commissioned as second lieutenant in the Royal Artillery in 1843, and served at various stations including Bermuda, promoted second captain in 1850. On the outbreak of the Crimean War he was sent to Turkey, he "accompanied the army from Varna to the Crimea in September, and took part in the battles of the Alma, Balaklava, Inkerman, and the Chernaya. During the siege of Sevastopol he served as assistant engineer in the trenches outside the city, helped repulse a Russian sortie on 26 October 1854, and assisted in the three bombardments of the fortress Biddulph was later attached to the quartermaster-general's staff during the remainder of the conflict, and was appointed director of submarine telegraph cables in the Black Sea For his services during the war Biddulph was mentioned in dispatches, given a brevet majority and a brevet lieutenant-colonelcy, was made a member of the Légion d'honneur, and received the Turkish Mejidiye (fifth class)." (ODNB) The three parts each issued by a different publisher, the two sketches in the first, lithographed by Day & Son, show signs of having been "worked up" from Biddulph's drawings to a greater extent than those, printed by Hullmandel & Walton, in the subsequent parts which are far less finished. Apparently the Committee of the Royal Artillery Institution made arrangements that "one copy of the work may be furnished gratis to every member at home and abroad." Either lack of enthusiasm on the part of members, fragility of the format, or a combination of both has ensured that this is a rare piece. [Attributes: First Edition]

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

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

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

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

      [Bookseller: Patrick Pollak Rare Books ABA ILAB]
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        DE? MONUMENTI DI PERUGIA ETRUSCA E ROMANA, DELLA LETTERATURA E BIBLIOGRAFIA PERUGINA. Nuove pubblicazioni per cura del Conte Giancarlo Conestabile.

      Tipografia Bartelli (1855-56). In-4 p. (mm. 300x215), 3 parti in 1 vol., cartonato muto coevo + Atlante di tavole in folio (mm. 500x375). Il vol. di testo è così suddiviso: Parte prima, ?Della vita, degli studi, e delle opere di Giambattista Vermiglioli?, pp. (10),180 + ?Appendice di documenti: Lettere o estratti di lettere indirizzate a G. Vermiglioli / varietà?, pp. CLII / Parte seconda, ?Il sepolcro dei Volunni?, pp. 148 / Parte Terza, ?Monumenti della necropoli del Palazzone circostanti al sepolcro de? Volunni?, pp. (12),248, con 1 tav. f.t. In fine ?Aggiunte, mende e dilucidazioni. L?Atlante (contenuto in astuccio mod. in tela con legacci), è completo di 109 magnifiche tavv. sciolte incise in rame (alc. a colori) ed è così composto: bross. edit. (restaur.), foglio di titolo, indice delle tavv. I-XVI che illustrano il "Sepolcro dei Volunni e dei monumenti" / Titolo, indice delle tavv. XVII-XXVI (le tavv. sono in effetti 11 perchè la 21 è bis) che illustrano i "Monumenti circostanti al sepolcro dei Volunni" / Titolo, indice delle tavv. XXVII-CVI + tavv. A e B, che illustrano "Monumenti venuti alla luce per escavazioni eseguite in vari punti del territorio di Perugia ed in parte esistenti nel museo o nelle collezioni particolari di detta città, in parte nei musei esteri, in parte smarriti o distrutti". "Edizione originale" di questa importante opera. Raro trovarla completa. Cfr. Borroni,II (IV/II),7383 - Brunet,V,1143 - Graesse,VII,286. Bell?esemplare, ben conservato. "Giovanni Battista Vermiglioli (1769-1848) fu archeologo, storico e numismatico. La sua attività di studioso fu rivolta ad illustrare in ogni campo e in ogni epoca la vita culturale perugina". Cosi' Diz. Treccani,XII, p. 711.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Antiquaria Malavasi]
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        Atlas de la Geographie Ancienne, du Moyen Age, et moderne, adopte par L Universite, A l'usage des Lycees et des maisons d'education, pour suivre les Cours de Geographie et d' hisotire.,

      Paris, Felix Delamarche, 1855 - 34,5 x 28 cm., 36 Doppelseiten mit Karten, davon 34 grenzkoloriert deutliche, äußere Gebrauchsspuren an den Buchdeckeln, Ecken und Kanten alterbedingt stark berieben.Innen ordentlich. Die Buchseiten leicht angegilbt, zum Teil leicht fleckig. Einzelne wenige Doppelseiten mit kleinen Anrissen oder Fehlstellen, jedoch nur an den Rändern. Insgesamt ein gutes Exemplar. Die Karten ebenso ordentlich, lediglich mit der Patina der alten Zeit. Außen mittelmäßig, innen gut. Groß Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 2000 4°, gebundene Ausgabe, Halbleinen [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        De l' Electrisation localisée et de son application à la Physiologie, à la Pathologie et à la Thérapeutique, --- . Accompagné de 108 Figures intercalées dans le texte.

      Paris, Baillière. 1855 - In-8, XII- 926 pp., 1/2 basane noire, dos à nerfs orné, rel. de l' ép. Edition originale. Garrison & Morton 614, 1995 : "D. de Boulogne, the founder of electrotherapy". Petite fente à un mors sur 3 cm., autres défauts mineurs, bon ex. en très convenable reliure du temps. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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

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

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        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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        La Crinolinomanie

       Maison Martinet, Paris, 1855. Hardcover. Very Good. (Veuillez m’écrire par e mail pour voir l’information en français) Vernier’s satirical collection of lithographs gives us a humorous insight into the impracticalities of the mid-nineteenth century fashion for enormous, reinforced skirts, the “jupon-cage” or “crinoline”, supposedly devised and certainly popularised by the Empress Eugénie. The illustrations are caricatures, not just of this “mode de femme”, but of the pretentiousness of the bourgeoisie of the period. This is a very rare collection and it appears there are complete books held only in a handful of museums and art galleries worldwide, and individual lithographs only exist in few catalogued art collections There are 14 pages of hand coloured lithographs. The internal plates are by Destouches.The book measures 34cm x 26.5cm, with pale green boards with black titling and sketch of “La Crinoline a du bon!”, lithograph by Charles Fernique. The board covers (back and front) are detached and are rubbed and marked. There is only part of the spine present. The front and rear end-papers are foxed and the rear end-paper is creased and has a small amount of pencil writing along the top edge. The actual pictures have some foxing to the page edges and to the description printed under each picture but on the whole the prints themselves are very clean, bright and unmarked. The page numbers are not consecutive but the book has 14 bound pages (there is no text other than under each picture) and this agrees with the publisher's information I can find, so the book appears to be complete. The majority of the plates show Vernier’s signature. Charles Vernier was born in Paris on 23 April 1813 and died in Versailles on 2 August 1892 was an French artist, cartoonist and lithographer. He worked for Le Charlivari and illustrated and published several collections, most famously his various caricatures of contemporary society. An excellent collection in surprising good condition. Please email for any further information/photos etc

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        Traité élémentaire des chemins de fer.

      Langlois et Leclercq,, Paris, 1855 - 2 Bde. Paris, Langlois et Leclercq, 1855-1856. 8°. (4) III (1), 554 (2) S.; (4) II, 582 (2) S. Mit insges. 520 gest. Abb. im Text, 5 gef. lithogr. Karten, 10 Stahlstichtafeln und 4 gef. Tabellen. Spätere Leinenbände mit goldgepr. Rückenschild (Orig.-Umschläge miteingebunden). Auguste Perdonnet (1801-1867) war französischer Ingenieur und Eisenbahnpionier. Als Professor an der École centrale des arts et manufactures in Paris bot er schon 1831 eine erste Lehrveranstaltung über das Eisenbahnwesen an. - Die Karten zeigen folgende Eisenbahnnetze: I. England und Irland, II. Belgien und Holland, III. Frankreich, IV. Deutschland und V. Vereinigte Staaten. Die Tafeln zeigen: Aufschüttungsarbeiten beim Graben von Clamart, Viadukt von Val Fleury, Offenburger Eisenbahnbrücke von der Seite, Eingang der Offenburger Eisenbahnbrücke, Gare de l'Est in Paris, Gare du Nord in Paris, sowie die Lokomotiven Sharp-Robert, Stephenson, Crampton und Engerth. - Eingebundene Orig.-Umschläge fleckig. Seiten teilw. gebräunt und am Kopfsteg teilw. mit Wasserrand. Durchgehend stockfleckig. - Rückenschild von Bd. 2 mit beschabter Stelle. Sprache: Französisch / Français / French Spätere Leinenbände mit goldgepr. Rückenschild (Orig.-Umschläge miteingebunden). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: EOS Buchantiquariat Benz]
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        A collection of the customs' tariffs of all nations : based upon a translation of the work of Mr. Hubner, augmented by additional information, brought down to the end of the year 1854 / by C.N. Newdegate. [ Zolltarife aller Lander. English ]

      London : John Murray, 1855. 1st Edition. Physical desc.: [2], iii, [4], 368, [3] p ; 30 cm. Notes: Includes index. Subject: Tariff - Law and legislation. Bookplate of Joseph Cowen. Very good copy in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Professionally re-cased in matching gilt-blocked cloth; very impressively finished. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Scans etc. on request.

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