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        Historischer Zug. Festalbum der Feier des Eintritts Berns

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

      [Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books and Antiques]
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        Little Tales (4 Volumes; boxed)

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

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        THE ENGLISH STRUWWELPETER or Pretty Stories and Funny Picturers for Litttle Children

      London, Friedrich Volckmar, Leipsic (sic) & the Agency of the German Literary Society, pre 1855.. Fourth English edition after the 14th German edition pre 1855, 245 x 200 mm, 9½ x 7¾ inches, original buff (or cream?) card covers, decorative border on both covers, vignette on lower cover, lettered only on upper cover. Pages mounted on linen by 1 of the early owners of this copy. 24 pp of hand coloured illustrations in the design of the original editon (Peter's hair hangs down over his face). Expertly rebacked at some time in matching paper, new free endpapers, corners worn, covers rubbed rubbed and slightly soiled, lower cover with diagonal crease and crack to surface paper, edges of covers worn with chipping to surface paper all round (maximum 10 mm, ½"). Margins darkened, well thumbed and slightly foxed, occasional very slight soiling, occasional very slight smudging of colour, possibly a little water-colour added to last 2 pages. Acceptable copy of scarce early edition. After about 1859 the illustrations were changed to show Struwwelpeter with a mop of wavy hair, none of it over his face, as found in the English reprints of today. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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        Flora's Dictionary

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

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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        Naval Log. HMS Vernon: East Indies and China, 1847-1848. HMS Winchester, the same. HMS Calliope — Australia and then to England, via Cape of Horn and Rio de Janiero 1854-1855

      [Np, The Author, 1847-1855] - A journal of 46 pages hand-written in ruled paper in half vellum marbled boards and in very good condition. An interesting log predominantly concerned with the practical details of seamanship, including weather conditions, currents and tides for several journeys. The writer Captain Fitzgerald served in the Royal Navy from 1818 and was promoted to Captain in 1841. This journal covers his command of the vessels named and as Captain of the Calliope he also served as Senior Officer of the Australian Division of the East India Station. He provides details for trade purposes of various harbours including Botany Bay, Port Jackson and Port Curtis- Rockhampton- earmarked for future trade. Other Australian places visited include Port Stephens, Port Phillip, Moreton Bay and Lord Howe Island. Entries cease in mid 1855 en route to England with loosely inserted weather notes from May 23rd- June 7th. While the vessel arrived safely on 8th June with a reported cargo of 75,000oz gold, Captain Fitzgerald retired from active service on health grounds in July 1855 but went on to serve as Captain-Superintendent of Sheerness Dockyard until he died in 1859. Also loosely inserted is a contemporary newspaper clipping concerning icebergs on another vessel's journey near Cape Horn. Captain Fitzgerald's journal entry of March 30th 1855 records "no ice was seen". The UK National Maritime Museum holds Captain Fitzgerald's papers, private diaries and an orderbook for HMS Vernon and HMS Calliope 1847-1853. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Grisly Wife Bookshop (ANZAAB/ILAB)]
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        Illustrations of Himalayan Plants Chiefly Selected from Drawings Made for the Late J. F. Cathcart Esq. of the Bengal Civil Service

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

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        MEN AND WOMEN

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

      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
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        Yreka, Siskiyou County, California. 1857

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

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

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

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

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

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        Life of Washington three Volumes

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

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        Westward Ho!

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

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        Plan of Boston comprising a part of Charlestown and Cambridge

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

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        The Ingoldsby Legends

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

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        Little Dorrit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF A PILGRIMAGE TO EL- MEDINAH AND MECCAH

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

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        Panorama de la Habana

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

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

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

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        My Bondage and My Freedom

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

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        CHRONICLES OF ENGLAND, FRANCE, SPAIN, AND THE ADJOINING COUNTRIES, FROM THE LATTER PART OF THE REIGN OF EDWARD II. TO THE CORONATION OF HENRY IV. 2 VOLUMES

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

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        NEW BEDFORD, FAIRHAVEN AND DARTMOUTH SIGNAL BOOK. 1855

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

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

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

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        Album Pintoresco de la Isla de Cuba

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

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

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

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        ORDER Of EXERCISES. Second Anniversary of the Pilgrim Sunday School Attached to the Unitarian Church, Stockton Street. On Sunday Evening, August 12th, 1855

      Printed at the Mercantile Job Office 130 Sansome Street. [San Francisco]:: Printed at the Mercantile Job Office, 130 Sansome Street.. 1855.. 12-1/2" x 7-3/8". 1st printing (Greenwood 609, noting title from John Howell). Single Sheet, printed recto only.. Light rash to top margin edge [no text affected]. Faint fold-lines.. A VG+ copy of this very rare 1850s San Francisco publication.. Broadside announces the 11 item agenda for this special service celebrating Pilgrim's Sunday School's second anniversary. A hand-inked addition is found after the 3rd item, noting the Prayer will be followed by "Baptism of Infants". . Typographical border to entire.

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        Ichthyographia China Borealis.

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

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        The Story of an African Farm

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

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        Experiments on colour, as perceveid by the eyes, with remarks on colour blindness by James Clerk Maxwell communicated by Dr Gregory (with a plate)

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

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        English Landscape Scenery: A Series of Forty Mezzotinto Engravings on Steel by David Lucas. From Pictures Painted by...

      London: Bernard Quaritch, 1855.. Folio. Contemporary red half morocco over marbled boards, spine with gilt tooled raised bands, lettered direct to one panel and decorated to the others, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, the engraved pictorial bookplate of one Wilfrid Howard Loraine to the front pastedown, a single sheet prospectus loosely inserted, being Lucas' advertisement for the sale of 14 of his engravings after Constable's paintings, offered bound and printed on plain or India paper, with a nine line testimonial and a further offer of 5 "rare unpublished plates". 40 fine mezzotint plates. Light wear to the edges of the boards, a very good copy.

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        HISTOIRE NATURELLE DE LACEPEDE COMPRENANT LES CETACEES LES QUADRUPEDES OVIPARES LES SERPENT ET LES POISSONS. ( 2 volumes)

      , Bruxelles, Adolphe Deros & Co., 1855. 1855 Nouveau relié, demi - veau vert, plats marbré, dos orné de fil doré et de pièce de titre doré, 18x27cm, 574pp + 654pp, illustré en colorié à la main. Nouvelle edition précédée de l' éloge de Lacepede par Cuvier. Avec des notes et la nouvelle classification de A.-G. Desmarest. 28 (scènes animées) lithographiées avec rehauts d' eau gommée, en bon état, une et parfois deux scènes animalières par gravure.

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        Oeuvres Complètes mises en ordre revues et annotées d'après les manuscrits de l'Auteur.

      Paris, Guillaumin et C.ie, 1855 - 1861.7 voll. in-16° (181x114mm), pp. (4), XXXV, 512; (2); (6), 485, (4); (4), 521, (3); (4), 548; (4), 564; (4), 594, (2); VI, 447; legatura coeva m. pelle verde con titolo, filetti e motivi ornamentali in oro su dorsi a nervetti. Piatti e sguardie marmorizzate. Perfetto esemplare. Pregiata edizione delle opere economiche di Bastiat, "the most brilliant economic journalist who ever lived" (Svhumpeter), "a publicist of genius" (Hayek). L'edizione è così ripartita: I) Correspondance. Mélanges. II) Le libre-échange. III) Cobden et la Ligue, ou l'agitation anglaise pour la liberté des échanges. IV-V) Sophismes économiques. Petits pamphlets. VI) Harmonies économiques. VII) Essais. Ebauches. Correspondance. Frédéric Bastiat (Mugron, 1801-Roma, 1850) risentì soprattutto dell'influenza di Cobden, Bright e del gruppo della Anti-Corn Law League e delle loro posizioni liberoscambiste e antisocialiste e antiprotezioniste. Egli "was one of the several writers (Quesnay, Smith, Say and Carey were others who formed the doctrines of Harmonism, or the optimistic idea that class interests naturally and inevitably coincide so as to promote economic development" (New Palgrave, I, pp. 204-205). La sua influenza si è perpetuata sino al XX secolo, con strascichi ancora in economisti liberisti come Von Hayek e Friedman. Il suo capolavoro restano le "Harmonies économiques", esaltazione dell'ordine naturale del commercio e del reciproco bilanciarsi delle forze individuali e collettive le cui tesi, vivacemente criticate da Lassalle, Cournot, Marshall e Cairnes, anticipano significativamente taluni spunti del pensiero della scuola marginalistica austriaca. Einaudi, 318.

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

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

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        edited by L. Linden (J. Linden & E. Rodigas a.o.).

      Ghent/ Bruxelles 1855-1903. 17 volumes. Folio (350 x 260 mm). With 798 chromolithographed plates and 1 plain plate. Contemporary half cloth, gilt lettering on spines. A very fine set of one of the rarest iconographies published on Orchids. As usual the set does not include the very scarce last 4 parts of volume 17 (with 14 plates), which are always lacking, as few copies of the last 4 parts were issued. The plates are numbered 1-794, 796-800 of which only plate 525 was uncoloured (as in all copies) and plate 795 never published. Towards the end of the 19th century Belgium became one of the most important trading centres for tropical and subtropical orchids. After much travelling, especially to South America, Jean Linden established himself as a nurseryman at Ghent but eventually returned to Brussels, where he founded with his son Lucien the establishment known as 'Horticulture Internationale'. They imported more than 1100 different species into Belgium. "In this nursery, which became a model for the profession, Linden's knowledge of plants and localities in which they grew naturally proved invaluable" (Reinikka p. 206). "Lindenia est vraiment une édition de luxe des présentations d'orchidées. C'est pourquoi elle peut être comparée avantageusement à nos ouvrages anglais les plus soignés" (l'Orchidée en Belgigue, No. 31). The plates were lithographed by G. Severeyns and P. de Pannemaeker, the best Belgian lithographers of the period. Most of the plates were drawn by A. Goosens, who later collaborated with A.C. Cogniaux on an equally large project, the 'Dictionnaire iconographique des orchidées'. The first 8 vols have some minor foxing. Stafleu & Cowen 4628; Nissen BBI, 2348.

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        Ipsa Linnaei Conchylia. The shells of Linnaeus, determined from the manuscripts and collection. Also, an exact reprint of the Vermes testacea of the 'Systema Naturae' and 'Mantissa'.

      London, Williams & Norgate, 1855. Royal-8vo (140 x 221mm). pp. (4), 556, with 5 handcoloured engraved plates. Publisher's cloth, gilt lettered spine. "Sylvanus Charles Thorp Hanley inherited a small fortune at an early age and devoted a lifetime to conchology ... He is probably best known to systematists by his publication on the shells of Linnaeus. This, though patchy by modern standards, represents the results of many years' patient inquiry devoted to the elucidation of all the Linnaean species and is based on an inspection of the Linnaean shell collection and associated manuscripts" (Dance pp. 140-141 & Dance no. 144). An unopened copy of this scarce work.

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        My Own A, B, C, Illustrated

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

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        Plans & Sections of the Vale of Clwyd Railway

      Castle St & Union Passage, Birmingham: T Underwood, 1855 Consulting Engineer GW Hemans Esq. Acting Engineer Mr B Piercy. In its oblong 75.5*50cm paper covers with decorative text titles, contemporary maroon cloth spine, lacks piece of top bottom corner, some paper repairs, 2 long tears repaired crudely. 2nd page is another tile page with decorative text, showing the different scales at bottom. 3rd page shows the line from Pentre Village to Rhyddlan, Parish of St Asaph, marked VCR Sheet No 1. 4th page shows line from the Borough of Denbigh to Trefnant, marked VCR Sheet No 2, 1 * repaired 3 inch tears. 5th page shows the line from the Town of Denbigh onward, marked VCR Sheet No 3. 6th page shows the Inclination at Rhyddlan, marked as VCR Sheet No 1. 7th page shows the inclination around Trefnant and is marked VCR Sheet Bo 2. 8th page shows the inclination around the Town of Denbigh and is marked VCR Sheet No 3. The 9th and final page shows the Cross Sections and is marked VCR, some paper repairs to edges. The endpage is blank, lack half and has had a long tear repaired poorly. All pages have some small chips and tears, some water stains to rear not detracting from plans. Lithographed by T Underwood. Housed in a blue up and over cloth box. A wonderful survivor and very rare!! GW Henmans-Consulting Engineer. Benjamin Piercy 1827-1888 Acting Engineer see bio at NLW online. 5/10/1858 line from Rhyl to temp stas at Denbigh opened. 12/1860 Permament stas opened at Denbigh. 1865 Foryd Harbour stas opened. 19/9/1955 Line closed to passengers (per RAILSCOT) (large = extra mail)

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

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

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        THE VOLUNTEER: CONTAINING EXERCISES AND MOVEMENTS OF INFANTRY, LIGHT INFANTRY, RIFLEMEN AND CAVALRY, COMPILED FROM THE MOST APPROVED WORKS, AND DEDICATED TO THE VOLUNTEERS OF CALIFORNIA

      Sacramento, CA:: B.b. Redding, State Printer,, 1855.. First edition. Hardcover. 12mo. vii, 268pp. On verso of title page is an illustration of a musket with description. Publisher's light green cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Some staining to binding; small tear to rfep at hinge; some foxing and dampstaining; still a solid, tight copy of a scarce pre-civill war California military manual and early Sacramento imprint.. ... a system of Tactics which would afford the means of obtaining and imparting with facility the most thorough and practical Elementary Instruction possible for the soldier connected with either arm of the service, and thus to remedy one of the greatest defects of the Militia System of our whole country." - Preface. Sections include 'Recommendations,' 'School of the Soldier,' School of the Company,' Manual of Arms for Sergeants,' Manual of the Sword or Saber, for Officers,' Rifle and Light Infantry,' Cavalry,' Artillery' and 'Appendix.' (Greenwood 572, not in Cowan, Eberstadt, Graff, Streeter, Sabin ). All domestic orders are fully trackable - Images available upon request.

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        The Interesting History of Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper

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

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

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

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        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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