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        The Natural History of Man; comprising inquiries into the modifying influence of physical and moral agencies on the different tribes of the human family ... Fourth edition, edited and enlarged by Edwin Norris

      London, New York, Paris & Madrid: H. Baillière [and others], 1855. 2 volumes, octavo. (9 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches). Half-tiles. 62 plates (57 hand- coloured) after George Catlin and others, numerous wood-engraved illustrations. Original dark maroon sand-grained cloth, covers with borders blocked in blind, around large central blocked design, in gilt on the upper covers and blind on the lower, spines blocked in gilt, cream- glazed endpapers. A fine copy of this considerably expanded edition of Prichard's important ethnographical work, with a selection of plates after George Catlin. 'In 1843 Prichard published his Natural History of Man, in which he reiterated his belief in the specific unity of man, pointing out that "the same inward and mental nature is to be recognized in all the races." Prichard may fairly be honored with the title of the founder of the English branch of the sciences of anthropology and ethnology.' (Encylopedia Britannica [1911] vol.XXII, p.315). The 1843 edition was published as a single volume with only 37 plates. The present fourth edition has been extended to two volumes and includes 25 more plates. Of the coloured plates, twenty show native North Americans and fourteen of these are after Catlin BM (NH) IV, p.1614; cf. Sabin 65475

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      New York: Colton, 1855.. Folding pocket map, 26 1/4 x 29 inches, with period outline color. Bound into original 16mo. brown cloth boards, stamped in gilt and blind. Near fine. The primary map extends as far west as central Texas. Texas’ first railroad is shown (from Galveston to Houston). There is an inset "Map of New England and Eastern New York." Not in Rumsey.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        Colton's Map of the United States the Canadas &C. Showing the Rail Roads, Canals & Stage Roads with Distances from Place to Place

      New York: Colton, 1855. Period outline color, 26¼ x 29 inches, folding into gilt-stamped brown cloth covers. Near fine condition. The primary map extends as far west as central Texas. Texas' first railroad is shown (from Galveston to Houston). There is an inset "Map of New England and Eastern New York." Not in Rumsey.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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        Smith's Map of Hartford County, Connecticut

      Philadelphia: 1855. Wall map, 70 x 50½ inches, in full period colour. Expertly restored, backed with modern linen, trimmed in maroon cloth, on contemporary rollers. Minor facsimile work in one of the upper insets. Save for some very light spotting, a lovely map, the colours bright and in original colour. Rare. A splendid wall map of Hartford County, Connecticut. The map is remarkably detailed, with each township separately coloured. Thompson notes that it "locates every building in the county, with names of owners marked, excepting with the city of Hartford." There are twenty finely engraved inset maps of county towns: Farmington, Rocky Hill, New Britain, Wethersfield, Glastonbury, South Glastonbury, Hartford, Windsor Locks, Suffield, Thompsonville, Broad Brook, Warehouse Point, Plainville, Cheneyville, Southington, Unionville, Collinsville, Hazardville, Plantsville, and Berlin. The entire map is surrounded by trelliswork panels that contain a series of thirty-one fine vignettes of prominent buildings and homes in the county. These include the State House in Hartford, the State Normal School in New Britain, the Connecticut Literary Institution in Suffield, and the home of Col. A. G. Hazard in Enfield. The map was based on surveys conducted by E.M. Woodford of West Avon, CT, and engraved and printed by Wagner & McGuigan of Philadelphia. Not in Phillips' America (though the single copy located by OCLC is at the Library of Congress), nor in Rumsey, who only notes a Smith wall map of New Haven County of 1856. Thompson locates three copies. Thompson 164; Ristow, p.388. OCLC 46859550.

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      1855. ROKITANSKY, Carl. LEHRBUCH DER PATHOLOGISCHEN ANATOMIE, 3 VOLS. Vienna: Wilhelm Braumuller, 1855-61. vi + [2] + 391 + [1] pp./512 + [2] pp./557 + [1] pp. 8vo., half brown calf with raised bands and initials JCW on volumes 1 and 2, volume 3 with different style spine. Volumes 1 and 2 have marbled paper covered boards, volume 3 has dark grey cloth covered boards. Needs rebacking; volumes 1 and 2, spines partially detached; volume 3, front board detached, spine partially detached. Boards show moderate shelfwear, light staining to cloth on volume 3. This edition has been improved with corrections and illustrations. Virchow's criticism of the first edition impelled him to completely rewrite it; Garrison Morton notes "Rokitansky ranks with Morgagni as among the greatest of all writers on gross pathology" (see 2293). The first two volumes have the ink ownership of a James C. White of Vienna, dated 1856. As is.

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        ANNUAL REPORT Of The INSPECTORS Of STATE PRISON, To The LEGISLATURE Of The STATE Of CALIFORNIA, February 15, 1855. Document No. 13. In Senate. Session 1855

      [Sacramento CA]:: B. B. Redding, State Printer.. [1855].. 8vo. 23.5 cm x 14 cm. 1st edition. Not in Cowan, nor Greenwood. 54, [2] pp. "Register and Descriptive List of Convicts under Sentence": pp. 12 - 35 [beginning with 1851]; "Transcript of Received, Escaped, and Returned Prisoners since the Inspection of State Prison Books": pp, 38 - 40. Last leaf blank.. Bound in later blue-grey paper wrappers.. Overall VG+ (a faint qtr-circle stain to upper left of text. paper/'San Quentin / -- 1855 --" written diagonally to lower half of. front wrapper). Ex-lib, with 2 small stamps to t.p. & a lightly. penciled purchase annotation in the gutter after the 1st leaf [10 Nov. 61 JR $10.00].. This an interesting factual account regarding the early days of the prison, an era when it wasn't quite impregnable edifice that now stands; in 1854, 75 of 520 incarcerated individuals had escaped without recapture. This situation caused Governor John Bigler to write: "Gentlemen: Having learned from various reliable sources that quite a number of escapes have recently occurred from the State Prison, which, to some extent is in your charge, I deem it my duty respectfully to invite your attention to the section of the law regulating your duties... These escapes, permit me here to remark, give great force to allegations, daily and publicly made, that the prison building is insecure, and that its management is not such as to fully accomplish the object of its erection, in prevention and punishment of crime." However, since the place is still going strong, one can be reasonably confident the governor's concerns were addressed.... Rare; Not in Cowan, Greenwood nor Rocq. Not in the LoC on-line catalogue. OCLC & Melvyl record but one copy [UCSB] & no copies have been at auction these last 25+ years. No other copies currently offered via the on-line matching services.

      [Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA]
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        Autograph letter signed.

      N. p. o. d. - 8vo. 3¼ pp. on double leaf. Apparently to the French aesthete, Symbolist poet, art collector and dandy Robert de Montesquiou (1855-1921), who had been the inspiration both for des Esseintes in Joris-Karl Huysmans' "À rebours" (1884) and for Baron de Charlus in Proust's "À la recherche du temps perdu" (1913-1927), discussing his attending a conference and a novel by Gabriele D'Annunzio: "Vous 'ne doutez pas' comme disent les gens du monde, que je ne souhaite - sans guère l'espérer - d'être en état d'assister à la Conférence. Je serais heureux de me rendre compte par moi-même ce qu'en penserait la Petite (non, la Grande!) Mademoiselle. Elle a toujours eu un faible pour nous (ce qui est son fort!) Et le merveilleux roman de d'Annunzio me semble par son sujet convenir merveilleusement à l'instruction des enfants confiés à Miss Winter. Je vois là le thème tout indiqué pour les représentations de théâtre jouées au naturel entre frère et sœur. Vous voyez que je ne fais pas comme les gens qui font semblant de ne pas connaitre l'existence des enfants dont on ne leur a pas notifié la venue au monde. Je n'ai pas moins ressenti de cette omission, au tort de mes sentiments, d'une façon cruelle et durable 'car enfin mon respect et mon obéissance semblent dignes à mes yeux d'une autre récompense'. Mais cela ne m'empêche pas de les admirer tout de même beaucoup ! Votre très dévoué | Marcel Proust"'. - Slightly browned and spotty; small collection stamp on p. 1.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        Sleighing in New York

      New York: Emil Seitz, 1855 [but c. 1870]. Lithograph printed in colors, after D. Benecke. Designed by Th. Benecke. Printed by Nagel & Lewis.21 5/8 x 30½ inches. A merry panorama of chaos on lower Broadway, 1855 Looking east across Broadway at Barnum's Museum just up from St. Paul's Church, and focused on a couple, thought to be Jenny Lind and her American impresario, P. T. Barnum, in a sleigh in front of Barnum's Museum. Jenny Lind toured America in the early 1850's. The "Swedish Nightingale" was immensely successful, one of the first "stars". There is, as ever, a huge traffic jam, this one involving one-horse, two-horse and six-horse sleighs, in a variety of styles and livery decorations. The large sleigh with six white horses is a public omnibus. On the front is a portrait of "Ol' Rough and Ready", the recently deceased President, Zachary Taylor, who died quite suddenly and unexpectedly in 1850. The policeman with a horse whip in the background wears the distinctive "cap and star" uniform, the star made of copper. The whole scene vibrates with excitement, confusion, merriment and stress. Note the over the shoulder trombone in the band in the balcony over the entrance to the Museum. "This imaginative and colorful print, showing Barnum's Museum, is…justly celebrated." (Peters) NY Public Library, The Eno Collection of New York City Views, number 335; Stokes, Iconography of Manhattan Island, page 898; Peters, America on Stone, page 93, illustrated plate 12.

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      London: John Murray, 1855. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Complete in two volumes: Volume I: x (1) 395pp; frontis. + 14 illus., 2 folding. Volume II: vi (1) 372pp + 32p publisher's advertisements; 15 illus., 1 folding (large map of Damascus, properly repaired). Original brown cloth with gilt titles and dec., expertly rebacked, preserving the original spines and end-papers. Some foxing of prelims, minor edgewear to covers, but overall a very nice copy. This is also an association copy in that it was the property of Henry Baker Tristram (1822-1906), with signed presentation inscriptions in both volumes from the publisher, John Murray to Tristram, and Tristram's bookplate in each volume. Laid in is a 4p letter, hand-written and signed by the author, J.L. Porter, to Tristram, dated 22 March, 1875, describing to Tristram his latest travels on the Moab Plains in 1874. (Tristram was the author of 'The Land of Israel, A Journal of Travels in Palestine', published in 1855.).

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        The Seat of War in the East

      London,: Colnaghi, 1855-, 1856.. Two volumes, folio, lithographed title and dedication, and 39 tinted or coloured lithographs and 20 sketch keys in the first part and lithograph title and 40 tinted or coloured lithographs and 16 sketch keys in the second part - a total of 81 plates (the title of the second part is plate 37) and 36 sketch keys; a particularly good copy in contemporary half crimson hardgrain morocco, matching cloth sides (stamped with the Spottiswoode crest), all edges gilt. First edition of this pioneering work of war art. In 1851 William Simpson moved to London and joined Day and Sons, the first London house to use pictorial lithography. Although he had served his apprenticeship in Glasgow, the techniques were so different, and standards so high, that Simpson felt that he had learnt his profession over again.On Day's recommendation, he was selected to cover the Crimean War, and arrived at Balaclava in November 1854. He immediately set to work on the illustrations that would establish his reputation. His wonderful depictions included highly detailed views of the military actions as well as the people and places of the region. In muted colours, Simpson managed to demonstrate the cycle of boredom and terror that we have come to recognise as warfare. Abbey confirms: 'These plates are indeed an impressive piece of work, not only artistically and technically, but also as pictorial reporting...'. Indeed, the rare quality of his images was such that Queen Victoria commissioned him to paint several pieces illustrating the conflict.Simpson's career culminated in the publication of his India ancient and modern in 1867. He had spent three years touring India, and four subsequent years developing his sketches into watercolours. By 1866 he had delivered two hundred and fifty images to Day and Sons. Heartbreakingly, the firm declared bankruptcy and his work was retained as property of the firm. The publication of the book was bittersweet for Simpson, not least because it contained only fifty of his images. Its proper publication would, no doubt, have resulted in a work on a par with both Hodges and the Daniells.This is a fine copy in its original binding.Godrej and Rohatgi, pp. 98-9; Lipperheide, 2121.

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        A History of England : During the Reign of George the Third. / by William Massey, M. P. - [Complete in 4 Volumes]

      London, J. W. Parker And Son, 1855-1863, 1855. 1st Edition. Subject: Great Britain - History - George III, 1760-1820. Sabin 46178. Henry Arthur Johnstone's copy with his impressed bookplate. Personalised full red calf binding with Johnstone's crest and other decoratively tooled emblems on all panels. Minor edge wear only. An uncommonly good set. Scans &c. On request.

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        Dumbarton Castle

      Original pencil sketch fully signed by Cruikshank, dated Sept. 8th 1855. The drawing of the Scottish castle is delicately sketched, with the castle visible at the top of the ancient volcanic plug known as Dumbarton Rock. Dumbarton Castle has the longest recorded history of any stronghold in Great Britain, dating back to the late fifth century. The masts of ships on the River Clyde are visible in the foreground. Image size 36.5 x 25.5 cm. Verso has a sketch of "My system of ventilation", with numbered items, and a note "air passing over the ceiling" written at the upper right. George Cruikshank (1792 - 1878) was an internationally renowned English caricaturist and book illustrator, who was England's most popular satirist. Known for his illustrations in the works of Charles Dickens, especially those in Oliver Twist, and for his impartial political satires of Tories, Whigs and Radicals.

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        Presentation Notebook" or "Folio" Bearing the Coat-of-Arms of the United Kingdom

      Paris, 1855. First Edition. Vellum. Fine. This "Presentation Notebook" or "Folio", for want of a more specific name for it, is an exquisite example of French decorative binding, bearing on the front board the coat-of-arms of the United Kingdom, with its two mottos, "Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense" (or "Shame to whoever thinks ill" or "Evil to he who thinks evil", etc.) and "Dieu et Mon Droit" (or "God and my right", and more loosely, "God is behind me"). The emblem is blindstamped and richly hand-colored, and further spectacular ornamental work frames it as well as the golden crown on the rear board. This unique folder was allegedly a gift by Louis Napoleon to a member of the Royal party during the state visit of the Queen in 1855 in conjunction with the Exposition Universelle, or the first major world's fair, held in Paris, after the Crystal Palace exhibition of 1851. Inside the endpapers are a silk moire and then the leaves are held in place by a silk ribbon. There are four sheets of fine paper, making 16 pages or sides, and a pink outer sheet. On four of the pages in the top corner are tinted images of four Paris monuments: Palais des Tuileries (the Louvre), Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and the Madeleine. The Notebook measures 8.5 by 5.5 inches, or 21 by 13 cm. Fine

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      1855 - First edition. 8vo., original pale brown cloth, blocked in blind. London, Longman Brown, Green, and Longman.

      [Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA ILAB BA]
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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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        Lastrea dilatata glanulosa

      1855 - 1856.. Nature-printed color plate, sheet 21 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches. Faint toning to outer edges, a few light foxed spots; very good, bright condition. This beautiful folio-sized image is Plate XXIII from "The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland ..., Nature-Printed by Henry Bradbury" which has been described as "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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        Joseph-Hippolyte GUIBERT, par la misericorde divine et la grace du Saint-Siege Apostolique, Archeveque de Tours LIVRE D'HEURES Selon le RIT ROMAIN contenant LES OFFICES DE TOUS LES DIMANCHES ET DES PRINCIPALES FETES DE L'ANNEE.

      1855 - Tours, Ad Mame et Cie; Pagination: 608 pages; Size of the book: 14.5 x 10 cm; Language: Text in French; BINDING: Full calf leather binding. Stamped spine with five rised compartments. Boards edges and inside frames gilded. Boards stamped. Spine title gilded. Two copper flower book clasps. A fore-edges red and gilded. Protective cartonage jacket with metal clasp, upholstered inside in red fabric;; CONDITION: 1) BOOK: Full calf leather binding is tight and firm. Wery clean and bright text block, with just ocasionaly yellowing. Some gravures with foxing and browning. Pages/Text block complete and in a very good condition; 2) BOOK-JACKET: Cartonage jacket worn, joints partly cracked and scuffed; Overall the condition to be VERY GOOD.

      [Bookseller: The Antiquarian Book - Srdjan Djeric]
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        Landscape Scenery. Illustrating Sydney, Parramatta, [etc]

      Sydney & Melbourne,, 1855.. Oblong quarto, engraved title-page and 38 engraved handcoloured plates; excellent in original cloth, all edges gilt, "Australian Keepsake 1855" lettered on the upper board in gilt. Frederick Terry (1827-1869) was one of the better landscape artists working in Sydney during the mid-nineteenth century. Influenced by Conrad Martens, his work was included in the Paris Exhibition of 1855, the first showing of Australian pictures in Paris. The finely executed oval engravings that comprise this album are in a style not often seen in colonial art. Using a delicate, well-balanced oval image, Terry captures the mood of his landscape in a method similar to that employed by the English artist Birket Foster, succeeding in capturing "the romantic beauty of the unrivalled Harbour of Port Jackson".This is a fresh copy of a beautiful view book with good early handcolouring.Wantrup, 259a.

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        O Novo Guia da Conversacao, em Portuguez e Inglez, ou Escolha de Dialogos Familiares sobre varios assumptos; etc

      Paris: J.-P. Aillaud, Monlon & Co., 1855. first edition; 12mo, viii, 182 pp.; original green printed paper wrappers, covers chipped, else very good; The New Guide of the Conversation, in Portuguese and English, in two parts; would be republished as "English as She is Spoke" in 1883 (the only connection to Mark Twain is that he wrote the introduction to the American edition and popularized the work). Photos available upon request.

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        O Novo Guia da Conversação em Portuguez e Inglez

      Paris: J-P Aillaud, Monlon, 1855. Square duodecimo. (viii), 182pp. First edition. Ostensibly published as an English phrase book for Portuguese speakers, this work became one of the classic sources of unintentional humor under its better-known English-language title, English as She Is Spoke. The American edition of this work bore an Introduction by Mark Twain, who surmised that part of the problem with this book is that the authors did not know any English. A quick survey of the various entries confirms that the compiler of the phrases was likely using a dictionary, resulting in such tortured sentences as "there is it two years what my father is dead." Originally issued in wrappers, this copy has been bound in contemporary full calf with a simple double-fillet border on both covers and decorative tooling on the turn-ins; spine gilt in five compartments and with a black morocco lettering piece. A.e.g. Binding shows few minor nicks along outer front hinge. Occasional light internal spotting throughout, else a near fine copy.

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        O Novo Guia da Conversacao, em Portuguez e Inglez, ou Escolha de Dialogos Familiares sobre varios assumptos; etc

      Paris: J.-P. Aillaud, Monlon & Co., 1855. first edition; 12mo, viii, 182 pp.; bound in contemporary quarter leather & mabled boards, covers rubbed, else very good; The New Guide of the Conversation, in Portuguese and English, in two parts; would be republished as "English as She is Spoke" in 1883 (the only connection to Mark Twain is that he wrote the introduction to the American edition and popularized the work). Photos available upon request.

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      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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        The Song of Hiawatha

      Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1855 First edition, first issue with "dove" for "dive" and the earliest state of ads dated November 1855. A very good copy in the original publisher's gilt stamped, ribbed cloth. Light rubbing to corners, former owner signature to second endpaper, chipping to spine ends and internally tight and clean with only a few scattered spots.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.

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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.

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      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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      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; 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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      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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      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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