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        Magnetical and Meteorological Observations at Lake Athabasca and Fort Simpson... And at Fort Confidence, in Great Bear Lake Printed by Order

      London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans 1855, 1st Edition. () xiv,391pp. Very good. Original brown patterned boards, respined, at an early date with matching cloth. Top edge untrimmed. Corners a bit worn. In-text illustrations. Folding diagram. Overall an attractive copy. Arctic Biblio. 9840. Very Scarce this being only the second copy I have seen in 25 years. With the presentation inscription "For Kew Observatory from the Government." with the bookplate of the University of London on the front pastedown and an old rubber stamp of the British Association on the title page. There are no othe library markings. Lefroy was the surveyor that taught John Rae the surveying trade..

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        Atlas zum Lehrbuch der Orgelbaukunst nach den besten Methoden älterer und neuerer in ihrem Fache ausgezeichneter Orgelbaumeister und begründet auf mathematische und physikalische Gesetze.

      Mit 130 (11 gefalt.) Stahlstichtafeln. HLdr. d. Zt., mit der eingeb. Orig.-Broschur. Folio. Reuter, Orgel 7030. - Ohne die beiden (auffindbaren) Textbände; der vorliegende Tafelband ist komplett sehr selten! - Wohl das wichtigste Fachbuch der Orgelbauerzunft in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Die interessanten und großformatigen Tafeln zeigen Pfeifen, einzelne Bestandteile und Aufsätze, Konstruktionszeichnungen sowie Gesamtansichten. - Decken etwas beschabt. Tls. etwas stockfleckig.

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        The Song of Hiawatha

      Boston: Ticknor and Fields. 1855. First. First American edition. Brown cloth with gold stamping on spine, blind stamping on front and rear boards. First Issue with "Dove" for "Dived" page 96, line 7. Publisher's ads dated November, 1855. Very good with modest chipping to spine ends, owner's name on front pastedown. .

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        Oeuvres completes. Avec la nomenclatur linnéenne et la classification de cuvier. Revues sur l'édition in-4to. de l'imprimérie royale et annotées par M. Flourens. Nouvelle édition.

      12 Bde. 4to. Mit 1 gest. Front., 4 grenzkolor. Stahlstichkarten und 145 (144 kolor.) Stahlstichtafeln. Hldr. d. Zt. mit goldgepr. RTit. Die gesuchte, reich illustrierte Quartausgabe der Oeuvres complètes in einem schönen Exemplar. - Nissen 705. - Enthält Buffons zwischen 1749 und 1789 erstmals veröffentlichte Histoire naturelle, die eine der ersten naturgeschichtlichen Darstellungen über Biologie und Geologie der Erde enthielt, die sich nicht auf die Bibel berief. Dabei verwendete der Verfasser ausschließlich empirisch begründete Argumente, um Naturerscheinungen zu erklären. Sein Hauptwerk gilt Nissen zufolge als die 'geistvollste und stilistisch gewandteste Naturgeschichte, die bisher geschrieben wurde, und mit Recht zur Weltliteratur gerechnet' wird (Nissen 132). Die vorliegende Quartausgabe dieses Klassikers dokumentiert die nachhaltige Wirkungsgeschichte bis in die zweite Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Die Tafeln in schönem, teilweise eiweißgehöhten Kolorit. - Stellenweise gering stockfleckig.

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        Reports Of Explorations and Surveys, To Ascertain The Most Practical And Economical Route For a Railroad From The Mississippi To The Pacific Ocean

      1855. Pacific Railroad Surveys 1855-1861 Uniformly Bound Set Title: Reports Of Explorations and Surveys, To Ascertain The Most Practical And Economical Route For a Railroad From The Mississippi To The Pacific Ocean Set bound in natural quarter leather, marbled paper and leather corners. 12 volumes in 13 as published. Bindings are new and in fine condition. Text blocks to all copies are tight with usual aging issues as described below. Price: $12,500. Volume 1. A.OF. Nicholson, Washington, 1855 House of Representatives Complete. No Plates as issued. Clean copy. Title-pages and next 2 pages with light foxing. Occasional light foxing, else very clean copy. Volume 2. A.O.F. Nicholson, Washington, 1855 House of Representatives Complete. 37 Plates and 2 folding maps (26 B&W shells & flowers; 13 lithographs in color). Generally clean copy, edge stain to first 34 pages, plates clean with the exception of light foxing to one botany plate. Volume 3. A.OF. Nicholson, Washington, 1855 House of Representatives Complete. 31 plates and 3 folding maps (21 lithographs in color, 8 topology plates; 2 botany plates). Volume is generally clean. Clean plates. Occasional light foxing. Several pages with toning. Occasional light foxing. Volume 4. Beverley Tucker, Washington, 1856 Senate Complete. 59 B&W botanical plates and 1 folding map. Text clean. Toning to several plates and occasional edge foxing. Volume 5. Beverley Tucker, Washington, 1856 Senate Complete. 77 plates (39 botanical plates; 8 folding topology maps; 2 single page maps and 28 color lithographs. This volume contains the scarce Los Angeles plate. Plates clean. Several pages with toning else a clean text. Volume 6. Beverley Tucker, Washington, 1857 Senate Complete. 49 plates (15 plates with animals, birds & Fish; 17 botanical plates; 17 lithographs in color. Plates clean, pages with toning, else a clean text. Volume 7. A.OF. Nicholson, Washington, 1857 House of Representatives Complete. 51 plates (10 with shells, 14 topology, 8 with plants, 11 with graphs and 8 lithographs in color). Occasional light foxing to the text, topology plate with light foxing, else clean plates. Volume 8. A.OF. Nicholson, Washington, 1857 House of Representatives Complete. 43 plates of mammal skulls. Top fore edge corner with light stain throughout. Stain to plates not affecting the images. Overall text is remarkably clean. Volume 9. A.OF. Nicholson, Washington, 1858 House of Representatives Complete. No plates as issued. Very light damp stain at fore edge throughout, else very clean text. Volume 10. Beverley Tucker, Washington, 1859 Senate Complete. 122 plates of reptiles, birds, mammals and snakes. Several bird plates with wonderful copy, remainder of the plates are in B & W. Light foxing to the title-page and first 5 pages. Several of the B & W plates with foxing. Bird plates in color are clean. Volume 11. George W. Bowman, Washington, 1861 Senate Complete. Volume with 33 maps including 4 single plates and 29 large fold out. Also contains 8 B & W lithographs and 5 folding B & W panoramas. Maps brittle but in generally very good condition, with usual creases and small tears. Light foxing to the plates and one fold out. Text at front of volume with heavy foxing. Overall a decent copy of the a very scarce volume. Volume 12-1. Thomas H. Ford, Washington, 1860 House of Representatives Complete. 70 plates, all lithographs in color and 3 folding maps. Plates and text are clean. Damp stain to gutter starting at page 256 to the end, not affecting the text. Only 2 of the plates have this staining. Index in back with staining to the fore edge. Volume 12-2. Thomas H. Ford, Washington, 1860 House of Representatives Complete. 51 plates. All but 2 are in B &W and are of plants, bugs, animals, birds and fish. Toning to 2 plates and occasional light foxing to others. Wonderful lithograph of bird in color. Foxing to the first 3 pages including the title-page. Occasional light foxing to the text.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/No Jacket.

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        REPORTS OF EXPLORATIONS AND SURVEYS, TO ASCERTAIN THE MOST PRACTICABLE AND ECONOMICAL ROUTE FOR A RAILROAD FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. MADE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR, IN 1853- 4

      Washington. 1855-60.. Twelve volumes bound in thirteen. Profusely illustrated with maps, lithographic plates, colored lithographic plates, profiles, etc. Collated complete with all the maps and plates called for in Wagner-Camp. Large, thick quarto. Handsomely rebound in full blue cloth, red leather label stamped in gilt. The great quarto edition of one of the most important and massive compilations of exploration reports and data ever published about the trans-Mississippi West. Under the direction of Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, the Pacific Railroad survey in two years increased the contemporary knowledge of the geography, topography, geology, and natural history of the West by a quantum leap. Included herein are the reports of Humphreys, Stevens, Beckwith, Whipple, Warren, Williamson, Lander, et al, supplemented with reports on scientific observations, and numerous significant achievements in cartography including Warren's "Map of the Territory of the United States from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean..." (here present in the eleventh volume), which has been hailed as "the best cartographical work on the West up to its time..." - Howes. The illustrative material (engraved and lithographed views, specimens of birds, fishes, and other animals) is of the highest quality, often in colored state. This set includes fully seven reports listed by Wagner-Camp as separate items, and nine listed separately by Howes. Wheat devotes twenty-four pages of detailed discussion to the maps in this series of reports, singling out the Warren map as "among the great maps of the United States that preceded the Civil War." All things considered, this edition of the Pacific Railroad surveys stands as a testament to one of the greatest government- sponsored projects in our history, and is a foundation work for any collection devoted to Western Americana or cartography. HOWES P3, etc. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 822 through 824, 843 through 846, 852, 853, 864 through 867, 874, 875, 877 through 882, 898, 936 (23 in all). TWENEY 89, 59. WAGNER-CAMP 262 through 267. RITTENHOUSE 442. REESE, STAMPED WITH A NATIONAL CHARACTER 75.

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        Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the Coronation of Henry IV by Sir John Froissart translated from the French Editions with variations and additions of many celebrated MSS by Thomas Johnes to which are prefixed A Life of the Author, An Essay on his Works, and a Criticism on His History

      Henry G Bohn, London, 1855. Binding: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good Condition. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Two complete ex college library volumes in hessian binding with red gilt titled label to spine. Boards of both volumes worn and rubbed but still very secure. Book plate on front paste downs. Both volumes all edges gilt. Vol I - xlvii, 768 pp, 2 illuminated title pages, 33 brightly coloured CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS and 65 text cuts. Vol II - xiv, 733 pp, illuminated title page, 39 brightly coloured CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS and 51 text cuts. Some very light tanning to contents with slightly heavier foxing affecting about 20 pages of vol II otherwise it is very light and sporadic. There is some faint offsetting onto plate guards and some light thumb marks but overall the copies are in very good condition. Size: Quarto. 2-volume set (complete). .. Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; Europe; Medieval 10th to 15thc; Inventory No: 14688.

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        The history of British Guiana

      Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, London, 1855. 2 vols., 8vo. 518 + 580pp + 6 attractive engraved plates and folding map. 1st ed., mostly fine in original worn cloth. Good history of the island plus description of its present state and a study of the natural history. A scarce work.

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        Norge fremstillet i Tegninger medoplysende Text.

      2.utg. Kristiania 1855. Tverr-folio s. 71tonede litografier trykt i svart med tilhørene beskrivelse. Litografert tittelbl. i farger. Samt. skinnryggbd. Slitt og sprukket i ryggen. De fleste plansjer med fuktskjold i hjørne. Tekstsidene brunplettet.. Ny og endret utgave av Norge fremstillet i Tegninger 1846-48, med 41nye motiver, som ikke ble trykt i utgaven fra 1846-48

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        Orfevrerie et Ouvrages en Metal du Moyen-Age, Mesures et Dessines d'apres les Anciens Modeles (Two-Volume Set)

      Impr. de Vanhee Wante Bruges; Bruxelles et Leipzig: (Impr. de Vanhee-Wante). 1852; 1855. First. First edition. Two volume set. Large folios. 200 plates, including many double-page plates, volume one (1852) with an illustrated title-page. Volume one Signed and dated by Count Paul Stroganoff (1867), Privy Counsellor to the Czar and namesake of the famous Russian dish. Both volumes Signed by Count Gregoire Stroganoff (St. Petersburg, 1870), a connoisseur of European paintings who assembled an important collection of Egyptian art, with one other small signature underneath from 1880. Contemporary half morocco and marbled paper boards, marbled endleaves. Ex-library copy, with spine labels, bookplates, paper shelf labels on the rear endleaves, and one small stamp to the upper margin of the plates, else very good. A handsome set with fine plates depicting Christian mediaeval metal work in great detail. .

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        Tidskrift för svenska landtbruket och dess binäringar. Första - Nionde Årgången.

      Stockholm i Tidskriftens expedition 1855-1863. 4:o. 9 vol. Första årgången 1855; Med 18 plancher och 66 träsnitt. (4),380 s. + 18 litografiska planscher, varav två i färg. Andra årgången 1856; Med 18 pl. och 60 träsn. (6),378 s. + 4 s. bihang + 18 pl. varav en i färg. Tredje årgången 1857; Med 14 pl. och 50 träsn. (6),380 s. + 48 s. bihang + 14 pl. Fjärde årgången 1858; Med 11 pl. och 43 träsn. (6),474 s. + 11 pl. + 8 s. bihang (Förteckning öfver frukt- och park-träd samt bär- och blomster-buskar, törnrosor och perenna växter, m. m. hos K. C. Thorman, Handelsträdgårdsmästare.) Femte årgången 1859; Med 120 träsnitt. (6),282,xcv,(1) s. Sjette årgången 1860; Med 12 pl. och 34 träsn. (6),378,xii s. + 12 pl. Sjunde årgången 1861; Med 12 pl. och 30 träsn. (6),378 s. + 12 pl. Åttonde årgången 1862; Med 2 portr., 12 pl. och 68 träsn. (6),378 s. + 12 pl. och två litograferade porträtt (Edvard Nonnen resp. Johan Theophil Nathhorst). Nionde årgången 1863; (2),378,(4) s. + 12 pl. varav en i färg. Vackra samtida halvskinnband i kalv med rikt guldornerade ryggar. Gröna ryggtiteletiketter. Marmorerade pärmpapper av skiftande sort. Många av planscherna utvikvbara, avbildar bl.a. byggnadsverk, boskapsdjur och lantbruksmaskiner. Planscherna i andra årgången något lagerfläckade i yttermarginalen. Tidningsstämplar i nedre hörn. Titeletiketten till tredje och sjunde årgången med en liten mista i kanten. Något nötta pärmpapper och pärmhörn. 26 x 19 cm. 9 volymer.. Ytterligare en årgång utkom. Häftesomslagen medbundna sist i varje årgång. I slutet finns även medbundet tidningsnotiser och i tredje årgången en förordning samt ett ettbladstryck; Winter-Foder-Ordning för Kor. Stockholm: Henrik And. Nordström, 1832. 2. uppl. 41 x 30 cm. Med en reva i vikningen

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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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        Polypodium vulgare cambricum [Brake Root]; P.vulgare crenatum [Brake Root] [Plate III]

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

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        Asplenium fontanum...Plate XXXV

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

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        Asplenium marinum [Sea Spleenwort] [Pl. XXXVIII]

      London: Bradbury & Evans, 1855 [-1856]. Colour nature-printed engraving. Very good condition. 21 1/2 x 14 1/4 inches. A beautiful nature-printed plate from Moore's "The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland". Moore's important work on nature printing was one of the first of the genre printed in England. The beautifully executed plates were produced under the direction of Henry Bradbury, England's first nature printer, and are considered to be among the finest pieces of nature printing ever completed. The plates were produced "... by passing the plant, under pressure, between a plate of soft lead from which an electrotype could be made" (Blunt). As a result, they recorded the smallest details of flowers and the finest venations of leaves. Bradbury, whose father was of the publishing house Bradbury & Evans, studied at the Imperial Printing Office in Vienna. His interest in printing extended to "... the production of bank notes and the security of paper money, on which he discoursed at the Royal Institute" (DNB) and to the history of printing. He had many ideas for lavish and extensive works, including nature-printed books on fungi and trees and a work on the graphic arts of the nineteenth century, but none of these were ever realised. He died in 1860 at the age of twenty- nine. Cf. Nissen BBI 1400; cf. Stafleu and Cowan TL2 6275; cf. DeBelder 237; cf. Cave and Wakeman 25; cf. Fischer 89; cf. Hofer Bequest 74n

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        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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        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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        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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        Giftpflanzenbuch oder allgemeine und besondere Naturgeschichte sämmtlicher inländischen sowie der wichtigsten ausländischen phanerogamischen und kryptogamischen Giftgewächse mit treuen Abbildungen sämmtlicher inländischen und vielr ausländischen Gattungen. Mit 72 colorirten Tafeln. Neue Ausgabe.

      Stuttgart, Krais & Hoffmann, 1855. 4to. Orig. hcloth with engraved illustration on frontcover. Edges of covers and spine ends repaired. Spine and covers rubbed. No halftitle. (10),329 pp. and 72 fine lithographed colourplates. Foxing and brownspottings to textleaves, plates in general fine.. The text gives information of the medical uses of the plants. Nissen BBI: 143 - Pritzel: 654

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        Polystichum angulare [Holly Fern]; P.angulare hastulatum [Holly Fern]; P.angulare irregulare [Holly Fern]; P.angulare biserratum [Holly Fern]; P.angulare imbricatum [Holly Fern] [Pl. XII]

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

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        Sporting Adventures in the New World; or Days and Nights of Moose-Hunting in the Pine Forests of Acadia

      London: Hurst and Blackett Publishers Successors to Henry Colburn 1855 London: Hurst and Blackett, Publishers, Successors to Henry Colburn, 1855. First edition. 2 vols., 12mo. Tinted lithograph frontispieces after drawings by the author. xii,304 ; viii, 299, [1] pp. Original brown cloth, gilt spine, with label removed, Very good at least. TPL 3555; Sabin 30350; Bruns H70; Phillips, p. 159 ; Field 651; Gagnon I, 1606; Lande 1821 . As well as moose hunting (relatively new to Europeans), there is salmon fishing on the Ristigouche, ample observation of the flora, fauna, and geography of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and original reports on the Micmac and Melecete Indians

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        History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs. Embellished with One Hundred and Twenty Portraits, from the Indian Gallery in the Department of War, at Washington

      Philadelphia: T.K. & P.G. Collins for D. Rice & A. N. Hart, 1855. 3 volumes, octavo. (10 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches). 120 coloured lithographic plates (3 tinted frontispieces finished by hand, 117 hand-coloured plates), by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia, most after Charles Bird King. Publisher's red morocco gilt extra, covers elaborately blocked with a panelled design including arabesque cornerpieces of stylized foliage, spines in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and fourth, the others with an overall design of small tools, gilt turn-ins, g.e. The third octavo edition of McKenney and Hall's classic work, after the first octavo edition of 1848-50, reduced from the folio format produced in 1836- 44. The plates for the first four octavo editions were all produced by the same lithographer, J.T. Bowen, and the same high quality of printing and colouring of the plates is found throughout. McKenney and Hall's Indian Tribes of North America has long been renowned for its faithful portraits of Native Americans. The portrait plates are based on paintings by the artist Charles Bird King, who was employed by the War Department to paint the Indian delegates visiting Washington D.C., forming the basis of the War Department's Indian Gallery. Most of King's original paintings were subsequently destroyed in a fire at the Smithsonian, and their appearance in McKenney and Hall's magnificent work is thus our only record of the likenesses of many of the most prominent Indian leaders of the nineteenth century. Numbered among King's sitters were Sequoyah, Red Jacket, Major Ridge, Cornplanter, and Osceola. After six years as Superintendent of Indian Trade, Thomas McKenney had become concerned for the survival of the Western tribes. He had observed unscrupulous individuals taking advantage of the Native Americans for profit, and his vocal warnings about their future prompted his appointment by President Monroe to the Office of Indian Affairs. As first director, McKenney was to improve the administration of Indian programs in various government offices. His first trip was during the summer of 1826 to the Lake Superior area for a treaty with the Chippewa, opening mineral rights on their land. In 1827, he journeyed west again for a treaty with the Chippewa, Menominee and Winebago in the present state of Michigan. His journeys provided an unparalleled opportunity to become acquainted with Native American tribes. When President Jackson dismissed him from his government post in 1830, McKenney was able to turn more of his attention to his publishing project. Within a few years, he was joined by James Hall, a lawyer who had written extensively about the west.Both authors, not unlike George Catlin, whom they tried to enlist in their publishing enterprise, saw their book as a way of preserving an accurate visual record of a rapidly disappearing culture. Howes M129; McGrath p.206; cf. Miles & Reese America Pictured to the Life 53 (first octavo edition); Sabin: 43411 (1854-56 edition with 221 plates); Servies 4028.

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

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

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        The Seat of War in the East. Dedicated to Her Most Gracious Majesty The Queen. First Series (of 2).

      London, Paul & Dominic Calnaghi & Co., 1855. Large folio. 57x39 cm. Cont. green half morrocco, 7 compartments on back, gilt. Spine ends worn and spine somewhat rubbed. A tear in leather at first hinge at lower 3 compartments. Otherwise sound. All edges gilt. Lithographed title with a large hand-coloured vignette, lithogr. dedication-leaf to Queen Victoria with list of plates on verso and 39 (all) fine hand-coloured lithographed plates, sometimes heightned with gum arabic. (Plates after drawings by Simpson, Needham and others). Many of the plates having outline key-plates mounted on the facing paper-guards. Occasionally a little light browning and fingering to margins. In general clean and bright.. First edition of the first series in the "Deluxe Edition" published in 10 parts and with all the plates hand-coloured, in contrast to the plain version with tinted lithographs (Abbey, Travels..No 237). "As a publisher's announcement in December 1854 shows, Simpson had been commissioned to proceed to Sebastopol immediately, by Colnaghi's. This was the beginning of the enterprise which earned him the name 'Crimean Simpson'. These plates are indeed an impressive piece of work, not only artistically and technically, but also as pictorial reporting. Simpson must in this way rank as an early war correspondent, although not so influential with the pencil as was William Howard Russell" (Abbey)

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