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

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

      [Bookseller: Patrick McGahern Books, Inc. (ABAC)]
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        Les contemporains (19 volumes)

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

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        THE WARDEN

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

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        The Conscript; A Tale of the Empire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Red and Blue Planets

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

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

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        Rythms from my Scrap Book

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

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        Autograph Manuscript signed ("Walter Savage Landor") of an untitled essay on the CRIMEAN WAR, probably intended as a Letter to the Editor of THE ATLAS newspaper

      N.p. [Bath?], dated may 1 [1855]. Folio. One page, working draft, densely written in ink on one side of single sheet of foolscap, with several deletions and corrections. Docketed at bottom in a different hand: "Atlas Newspaper, May 5th, 1855". Very good. cf. Wise, A LANDOR LIBRARY, p. 82, No. 10, for a similar letter of April 7 . A scathing attack on the conduct of the Crimean War, "one of many letters addressed by Landor to the London newspapers during the Crimean War", according to T.J. Wise. The tenor of it can be gleaned from the following extract: "Who could have doubted it? By whom was it unexpected? The siege of Sevastopol is raised, or, if the word sounds better, suspended. Happy is it for the bravest of our surviving men, who have performed their part gloriously, and for whom nothing was left but to die in the trenches, knee-deep in mud, without clothing and without food ... Happy is it also for England, now so very unlike the progeny she sent forth, and having lost all sense of humiliation and disgrace, all sense of national honor, too dim-sighted to danger near ... Alas! poor England! ... "

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        The Origin and Process of the Art of Writing

      London: Day and Son, 1855. Bound in embossed black paper mache boards, spine recently rebound in black leather; gilt lettering to spine. Marbled endpages renewed. Illustrated with 28 plates [13 chromolithographics]. A number of hairline cracks to covers, small abrasion at foot of spine [caused by the eradication of shelf numbering], open leaves a little spotted, sporadic marginal soiling [thumbprints] throughout, small ink inscription to the upper outside corner of second last endpage, but on the whole a good copy internally, in a well-preserved example of this odd little bi-way in the development of publisher's bindings.. Second Edition. Paper Mache / Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

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        Java's bewoners in hun eigenaardig karakter en kleederdracht. Naar de natuur geteekend door E. Hardouin, met een tekst van W.L. Ritter. (Second title:) Java.Tooneelen uit het leven, karakterschetsen en kleederdragten van Java's bewoners. Met een voorwoord van M.T.H. Perelaer.

      Leyden, 1855. - XII+164+(1) pp. With lithogr. 1st title & 16 col. lithogr. costume plts., finished by hand, after E. Hardouin, printed by Lemercier, Paris, & 16 wood-engr. ills. Hardcover. Or. red cloth with gilt lettering & black decoration on front. Good. (Front cover sl. stained, top of rear cover near spine sunned; bookplate on endpaper & 2nd title, stamp on half-title, 2 stamps & marking on 1st title, occas. light foxing to text pages, all plates have a waterstain in top corner near spine, not affecting the images, 8 plates have (very) light foxing as well, incl. 1 plate with somewhat more serious foxing). * Abridged re-edition with 16 plates (the or. 1855 ed. has 26 plates). - Refs.: Bastin & Brommer pp. 34/35, note 539; Haks & Maris p. 112. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Horseowner's Guide: Being a Synopsis of the Causes, Treatment, and Cure of the Most Common Diseases of Live Stock.

      Boston, George C. Rand & Avery, 1855. - 12mo. VI, (7)-72 pp. Publisher's original printed wrappers. First edition thus, "selected from 'Dadd's Chart of Veterinary Practice', with additions and improvements. The veterinarian George H. Dadd also authored the "Modern Horse Doctor", "Anatomy and Physiology of the Horse", and other specialised titles. - Scarce title on horse care; only 3 copies located on OCLC (2 in U.S.). Wraps are somewhat grubby; handwriting on top of front cover. Some light waterstaining and wear within; still a good copy. OCLC 624743331; 49964074. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Geschichte von Ost-Asien für Freunde der Geschichte der Menschheit dargestellt. In 3 Bänden (=kompl.)

      Oktav. Zeitgenössische marmorierte Pappbände mit kleinem Signaturmärkchen am Rückenfuß, die Provenienz bekundend. XXIV, 465; VIII, 814; VIII, 727 (+1) S., Schnitt etwas braunfleckig, Einbände an den Kanten sehr schwach berieben, insgesamt wohlerhalten. Erste Ausgabe. - Brockhaus-Verz. 703. - Vollständig selten, der KVK verzeichnet weltweit nur komplette Exemplare (Oxford, IDS Luzern & Bern, SB Berlin, LB Südtirol). - Der aus Reichenbach in der Oberlausitz gebürtige Kaeuffer war Mitglied der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft und wurde nach langer Tätigkeit als Pfarrer in Sachsen 1855 zum dortigen Ersten Hofprediger befördert. "[Er] wirkte durch öffentliche populärwissenschaftliche Vorlesungen und v.a. durch zahlreiche erbauliche, pädagogische und wissenschaftliche Schriften, u.a. durch einige Predigtdrucke (v.a. bis 1855), eine Geschichte Chinas und astronomische Schriften. Konsistorialrat wurde er 1835, 1864 folgte die Ernennung zum Geheimen Rat; des Weiteren erhielt er das Ritterkreuz des Albrechtordens und die Goldene Verdienstmedaille des schwedischen Königshauses (wohl 1844). K. war einer der letzten einflussreichen Vertreter eines milden, positiv motivierten Rationalismus in Sachsen, der in persönlicher Ergriffenheit eine aufgeklärte Synthese von Vernunft und kirchlicher Tradition suchte." (Th. Markert in "Sächsische Biographie").

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        The Railway Accident, A Tale [and Three Other Works]

      1855. [Neale, John Mason]. The Railway Accident: A Tale. London: John Henry & Jas. Parker, [c. 1855]. 103 pp. Woodcut frontispiece. [Bound with three other titles.] Octavo (6-1/2" x 4"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Some rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn and corners rubbed. Light toning, light browning to final title. * The plot of The Railway Accident concerns a railroad worker who is falsely accused of having caused the accident; the final quarter of the novella is a "verbatim" account of the courtroom proceedings in which he is acquitted by "the almost special interference of Providence." This is a rare item. We located 3 copies in the UK and 1 copy in North America (at the University of Missouri). The other works in this volume are Emily Judson's Records of Alderbrook, Or Fanny Forester's Village Sketches (London, 1854) and two pamphlets issued by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge: Stephen Bell; Or, Follow After Charity (London, 1855) and The Cripple of the Railroad (London, 1853).

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        Grammar & Vocabulary of Language Spoken by Motu Tribe, New Guinea.

      Thomas Richards,, Sydney : 1855 - 12mo. x + 108 pp. Black morocco binding, rubbing at edges. boards detached. gilt title. covers still bright. internally, bright and clean. unobstrusive owner notes to margins. OCLC: 174083630. Ferguson 11485. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Journal der Fischerei. Eine fortlaufende Sammlung in zwanglosen Heften des Neuesten und alles dessen was die Fischerei, namentlich Angelkunde etc. in sich faßt. Erstes Heft

      Ulm, Ebner 1855.. 96 S. Alter marmorierter Pappband mit eingebundener Orig.-Broschur. Mit Beiträge über Köder und den Fang verschiedener Fische. - Es erschienen noch 3 weitere Hefte.

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        Geschichte des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts seit den Wiener Verträgen

      Lpz., W. Engelmann 1855-66.. 8 Bde. in 9 geb. 8°. HLdr. d. Zt. Uniform geb. Mit Rückengoldpräg. Vereinz. schwach braunfleckig. Kanten leicht berieb. EA. ADB IX, 85; Kosch VI, 289 - Erste Ausgabe des historischen Hauptwerkes, in dem Gervinus das Streben der Völker nach Freiheit und Selbstbestimmung vom Standpunkt des konstitutionellen Liberalismus aus schildert. "Der liberale Historiker und Literarhistoriker Gervinus, einer der Göttinger Sieben und 1848 Abgeordneter im Frankfurter Parlament, wandte sich nach 1849 ... in tiefer Verbitterung über die politische Impotenz des deutschen Bürgertums und das Versagen der Monarchie ... ganz dem demokratischen Zeitalter zu, das er mit den breiten Massen des Vierten Standes heraufkommen und Deutschlands Größe begründen sah" (NDB). "..ein durch und durch politisches Werk, ein leidenschaftlicher Aufruf zu politischer Neuorientierung." (Kosch).

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      London: Henry G. Bohn, 1855. Marbled boards. All edges gilt. Panelled spine with black leather label, gilt floral designs. Covers rubbed, several small areas of paper loss. Rear cover sunned at top. Several pages loosened in this so-called "perfect binding" which is a glued binding. Description of plates at front is detached as well. Collated complete. Forty full-page steel engravings after paintings and drawings by John Constable. Light to moderate foxing to the majority of the plates, usually confined to the border edge. Preliminary pages and title-page with moderate foxing. Some plates devoid of any foxing at all. Quite a beautiful set of English landscapes. First Edition. 1/2 Red Leather. Moderate General Cover Wear/No Jacket. Folio.

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        A Narrative of the Cruise of the Yacht Maria Among the Feroe Islands in 1854

      Lon., 1855.. Color lithos, one folding. First edition of a rare and handsome book, containing descriptions and colored views of the Feroe Islands, and an account of a whale hunt in Westmannhavens Bay, with a folding colored lithograph depicting the action. Jenkins p. 104. Toy 927. Spine laid down, else a very nice copy bound in original cloth with portrait of the yacht in gold on the front board.

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      Richmond: J. W. Randolph, 1855. First American Edition. Embossed Cloth. Very Good binding. Octavo. 264pp. In publishers brown embossed cloth; early reback in sympathetic cloth with much of the original backstrip, including the gold stamped title, laid down; light shelfwear to the extremities; previous owner donation plate on the front pastedown; "duplicate" stamp on the verso of the second blank leaf is the only indication that this is from an institutional collection; light foxing/toning. 14 engravings after Theodor de Bry';s engravings for Hariot';s "A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia." Extremely uncommon edition of one of the most important contemporary histories. (Sabin 5114; Howes B410). Very Good binding.

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        The United States Illustrated; in views of city and country. With descriptive and historical articles

      New York: Herrmann J. Meyer, [1855]. 2 volumes, quarto. (11 5/8 x 9 inches). Steel-engraved additional titles, 80 steel-engraved plates. (Occasional spotting to plates). Contemporary red half calf over morocco- grained red cloth-covered boards, spines in six compartments with raised bands, black morocco lettering-piece in the second compartment, lettered direct in gilt in the fourth, the others with elaborate repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers, marbled edges. A fine set of this important American steel-engraved view book. The original intention had been to issue this work in many volumes divided geographically into east and west with subscribers given the option to select only one region. The additional titles ("East vol.I" and "West vol.I") bear testimony to the intention; but only the present two volumes were ever published. The work as a whole was edited by Dana but the individual articles were written by a series of writers: Parke Godwin, H. Greeley, E.C. Sprague, W.H. Fry, Edmund Flagg, J.M. Peck, Dana himself and a number of others. The plates are the work's chief attraction, and are very fine examples of their type, equal to the work that was being produced in Europe at the time. The East volume includes views of Niagara, Washington, West Point, Mount Vernon, New York, and Harper's Ferry; the West is represented by scenes in Minnesota, along the Mississippi, in Missouri, St. Louis, on the Plains, California (including San Francisco, Sacramento, California gold diggings), New Orleans, Fort Snelling, Nauvoo, New Harmony, St. Louis, Kansas, Jefferson City, Independence, Mandan Village, and others. Although Howes calls for seventy-seven plates, this copy contains the full complement of eighty. Flake 2657; Howes D45 "aa"; Sabin 18396.

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        Eight Months on Active Service; or, a Diary of a General Officer of Cavalry, in 1854

      London, Printed by William Clowes and Sons [for Private Circulation], , [1855] . Octavo (209 × 131 mm). Slightly later nineteenth-century calf, red morocco label, flat bands with wavy dotted roll between a similar roll in blind and triple gilt fillets, triple gilt fillet panel to the boards, enclosing a triple and a double panel in blind, marbled edges and endpapers, reeded roll in blind to the turn-ins, original cream surface-paper front free endpaper bound in. A little rubbed, hinge very slightly open behind the front free endpaper, but overall very good. First and only edition, this copy inscribed on the original front free endpaper; "From Cardigan, Lt. Col. To Colonel Hagart C.B. with feelings of kind regards towards a Brother Hussar." The black tulip of Crimean War collecting, includes Cardigan's statement of his conduct before and during the Charge of the Light Brigade. "Lord Lucan came to the front of the Light Brigade, and ordered me to attack the Russians in the valley. I replied, 'Certainly, Sir; but allow me to point out to you that the Russians have a battery in the valley in our front, and batteries and riflemen on each flank.' Lord Lucan replied, 'I cannot help that; it is Lord Raglan's positive order that the Light Brigade attacks immediately.' I instantly moved off the Brigade." The result of the imprecision of this order is well known; "Of the 673 men and horses that started out, 113 men and 475 horses were killed, 247 men and 42 horses badly injured. Rebuked by Raglan, Cardigan pointed to a direct order from Lucan. Lucan in turn blamed Nolan, who had died in the action, for imprecise clarification of the order; but Raglan officially censured Lucan. Whoever was at fault, Cardigan's personal bravery was acknowledged by a survivor, Captain William Morris: 'He led like a gentleman'" (ODNB). Cardigan returns the compliment: "It is my firm belief that all officers and men, both of the leading and supporting regiments, did their duty well, and they were all exposed, not only to the front fire of the batteries on each flank, and also the Russian riflemen." Singularly uncommon, COPAC records copies in NLS and BL only; OCLC adds just University of Calgary and Brigham Young. The recipient, Col. Charles Hagart, commanded the 7th Hussars in the Indian Mutiny, "including the repulse of the attack on the Alumbagh … commanded the 1st Cavalry Brigade in operations beyond the Goomtee, at the siege of Lucknow, (CB, Medal and Claps), and during the Rohilcund campaign" (Army List) Wonderful cavalry association for this deeply uncommon book.

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        Miscellanies: prose and verse

      London,: Bradbury & Evans, 1855-, 1857.. Four volumes, octavo; contemporary green half calf, worn but good. First edition: an attractive four-volume set of Thackeray, collecting the best of his early journalism and writings for the serials, including his The Book of Snobs, by One of Themselves, which originally appeared in Punch in 1848.

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        Hommage à A.C.F. Denecourt. Fontainebleau.

      Hachette 1855 - - Hachette, Paris _1855, 12x19cm, broché. - Edition originale. Autres contributions de C. Asselineau, T. Gautier, T. de Banville, Champfleury, A. de Lamartine, C. Monselet, H. Murger, A. de Musset, G. de Nerval, G. Sand. Petits manques sur le dos restauré, infimes manques angulaires sur les plats, rousseurs. Rare. . La Librairie Le Feu Follet offre aux clients AbeBooks 10% de réduction ainsi que les frais de port vers la France métropolitaine sur l'ensemble de son catalogue. Prix d'origine : 460 EUR. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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      Philadelphia. 1855.. Wall map, 70 x 50 1/2 inches, with full period color. 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 colors bright and in original color. A splendid wall map of Hartford County, Connecticut, in the north- central portion of the state. The major towns of the county are colored, and the region is bisected by the rolling Connecticut River, stretching north to the Massachusetts state line. The map shows remarkable detail, and Thompson notes that it "locates every building in the county, with names of owners marked, excepting with the city of Hartford." The Hartford inset map locates buildings, but does not give the owners' names. Finely executed inset maps show the downtown portions of 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 a series of fine engravings showing prominent buildings and homes in the county, including 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, Connecticut , and engraved and printed by Wagner & McGuigan of Philadelphia. Not in Phillips MAPS (though the single copy located by OCLC is at the Library of Congress) nor in Rumsey, who notes a Smith wall map of New Haven County of 1856. Thompson locates three copies. Rare. THOMPSON 164. RISTOW, p.388. OCLC 46859550.

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        The Natural History of Man

      London, Paris & Madrid: Baillière,, 1855. Comprising inquiries into the modifying influence of physical and moral agencies on the different tribes of the human family. 2 volumes, octavo. Finely bound by Bickers & Son in contemporary full calf, spines elaborately gilt in compartments with two morocco labels (one green, one red) to each, double gilt ruled border to sides, gilt-rolled board edges, marbled endpapers and edges. 13 hand coloured plates and 5 plain illustrations engraved on steel and 71 engravings on wood Covers a little scratched, extremities lightly rubbed, spine somewhat faded, only faint spotting to a few early and late leaves. An excellent set. An attractively bound and illustrated fourth edition of an important book, edited and enlarged by Edwin Norris, first published in 1848. Physician and ethnologist James Cowles Prichard was (along with William Lawrence and Charles William Wells) one of the three British scientific precursors to Darwin and evolutionary theory. His central idea was the unity of mankind as a variegated but single species. He was one of the first scientists to suggest that Africa was the original source of the human racial diaspora. He was also made great advances in psychological study, being appointed one of the three medical Commissioners in Lunacy in 1845, and being the first to name senile dementia. With the bookplates of Archer Ryland (1792-1857), one of the great legal minds of the 19th century, who edited and annotated Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England. Uncommon.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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        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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