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        The Song of Hiawatha

      Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1855. First American edition, published shortly after the English edition. The text is in the First Issue with at p. 96 dove and p. 130. 316pp. November 1855 ads. 1 vols. 8vo. Original brown cloth. Nice copy. First American edition, published shortly after the English edition. The text is in the First Issue with at p. 96 dove and p. 130. 316pp. November 1855 ads. 1 vols. 8vo. With a check to Longfellow from Ticknor and Fields for $50 dated Oct. 7, 1864 laid in, faintly endorsed on the verso by Longfellow. BAL 12112; Carroll A Wilson Catalogue 239

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        Sir Thomas Mitchell, explorer and surveyor : autograph letter, signed, to E.J. Bennett.

      1855, 26 July. Surveyor-General’s Office, Sydney; [2] pp, folio. Official letter from the Surveyor-General of New South Wales, Sir Thomas Mitchell, to the newly appointed Assistant Surveyor-General, E.J.Bennett, regarding three circulars that have been sent to Bennett in error, and assuring him that he should not concern himself with their content; written in Mitchell’s own hand and signed by him at the foot, T.L. Mitchell. The letter was written shortly before Mitchell's death. “Considering the testimonials you have favored me with a perusal of, I do not imagine it probable – or indeed possible, that I could ever be under the necessity of becoming a party to the injury you would sustain by the alternative alluded to in some of these Circulars.”

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        Varieties of the human species

      London : J. Reynolds, 1855. Complete set of four lithographic prints with hand colouring, each comprising a double sheet on linen backing, as issued, each double sheet 495 x 725 mm, large generic titles in bold across upper margins: Sheet 1 'Monosyllabic Group - Turanians'; Sheet 2 'Caucasian - Persian - Indian - African'; Sheet 3 'Oceanic Group - American Group'; Sheet 4 'European Group'; smaller, more specific titles identifying individual figures in bold across lower margins; the figures depicted on Sheet 3 are 'Malay'; 'Sandwich Islander'; 'Marquesas Islander'; 'New Zealander'; 'North and South Australians'; 'Papuan'; 'Patagonian'; Chippeway'; 'Araucanian'; 'Eskimo', and 'Cherokee'; each sheet has a small amount of horizontal wrinkling caused when the lithographs were originally laid down on their linen sheets; the linen versoswith very mild foxing; otherwise, a remarkably fresh set of prints, and rare as a complete set. These striking pedagogical prints with ethnological subjects, including Australian Aborigines, a Maori, a Hawaiian, a tattooed Marquesan and a Papuan, were designed by the Anglo-German geographer Ernst Ravenstein. They exemplify the mid-nineteenth century European obsession with the taxonomy of racial types. Neither a complete set of Varieties of the human species,nor an individual example of Sheet 3,Oceanic Group - American Group, is recorded in Australian collections.

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        Ueber den Nager von Waltsch in Böhmen [AND] Physichthys Höninghausi aus dem Uebergangkalke der Eifel [AND] Schildkröte und Vogel aus dem Fischschiefer von Glarus [AND] Helochelys Danubia, aus dem Grünsande von Kelheim in Bayern [AND] Trachyteuthis ensiformis aus dem lithographischen Schiefer in Bayern.

      Cassel [Kassel], Palaeontographica, 1855. Six papers in one. 4to (31.0 x 23.2 cm). 35 [5, 4, 12, 10, 4] pp., six engraved plates [1, 1, 2 (one shared), 2 (one shared), 1], the two turtle and one cephalopod plate double-sized. Contemporary wrappers with the title added in script.= These six papers by the German paleontologist Christian Erich Hermann von Meyer (1801-1869) were originally published in this order in Von Meyer's own palaeontological journal, simply titled "Palaeontographica". They deal with several turtles, birds, and a cuttlefish from Mesozoic deposits and the older Tertiary. Von Meyer himself drew the plates. Uncut. Scattered spotting, otherwise good. Very rare. Nissen ZBI, 4734.

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        Walzwerk ('Angleur - Belgique. - Vue Intérieure des Laminoirs').

      - Farblithographie v. A. Maugendre aus Société De La Veille Montagne b. Auguste Bry in Paris, 1855, 22,5 x 38,5 Die S.A. des Mines et Fonderies de Zinc de la Vieille Montagne - die kurz als "Vieille Montagne" bezeichnet wurde (deutsch: Aktiengesellschaft der Zinkminen und -gießereien vom Alten Berg), wurde durch den Pariser Bankier, Brüsseler Abstammung, François-Dominique Mosselman (1754-1840) gegründet und hatte ihren Hauptsitz in Angleur.

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        SCHWEINACHGAU. - Klämpfl, Joseph. Der ehemalige Schweinach- und Quinzingau. Eine historisch=topographische Beschreibung. Mit einer Zugabe von mehreren Pfarreien des Unterdonau= und Grunzwittigaues, des Dekanates Burghausen und der Pfarrei Untergriesbach.

      Passau, Elsässer und Waldbauer 1855 - 2. viel vermehrte und verbesserte Aufl. 2 Tle. in 1 Bd. 16,5 x 11 cm. 2 Bl., 271 S., 357 S., 2 Bl. HLdr. d. Zt. mit goldgepräg. Rtit. Vgl. Lentner 10480: "Sehr selten"; nicht bei Pfister. - Mit ca. 100 kurzen Ortsbeschreibungen aus dem ehemaligen Schweinachgau, der große Teile des Bayerischen Waldes bis nach Passau und zur böhmischen Grenze hin umfaßt: Vilshofen, Kinzing, Osterhofen, Ottmaring, Aholming, Moos, Niederaltaich, Hildgardsberg, Reibersdorf, St. Oswald, Zwiesel, Regen, Deggendorf, Plattling usw. Mit Verbesserungen der sinnstörenden Druckfehler und Verzeichnis der benützten Quellen. - Schönes Exemplar. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Chart of the Cape Verde Isles.

      London: James Imray, 1855. Blueback chart, 40 x 26 1/2 inches. Long a place of recruitment and a source of manpower for the American whaling industry, here are the islands as they were at the height of the trade. With two recognition views and four insets of harbors. Fabric edges are frayed in spots, but the chart itself is in very good condition.

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        The Flowering Plants, Grasses, Sedges, and Ferns of Great Britain, and their allies the Club Mosses, Pepperworts and Horsetails.

      1-6. London, Frederick Warne and co, (c. 1855-66). 8vo. viii,+ 288 pp.+ 47 plates, of which 46 in colour; viii,+ 355 pp.+ 39 colour plates; ix,+ (blank),+ 410 pp.+ 53 colour plates; viii,+ 328 pp.+ 53 colour plates; viii,+ 368 pp.+ 50 colour plates; x,+ 136, + (2),+ 137-319 pp.+ 76 colour plates. Some foxing in part five and six. Slightly worn contemporary green half calf, gilt spines with raised bands and red and orange labels, marbles edges. Six volumes. From the library of John Walker, with his signature dated 1875 and his bookplate, and with the bookplate of Nils Fries. Nissen 1562. Stefleu & Cowan 8275. With a total of 317 coloured plates and one uncoloured. Volume VI contains "British Grasses and Sedges" and "The Ferns of Great Britain". Anne Pratt (1806-93) was a grocer's daughter in Kent, and is one of the most famous and successful female botanical artists of the 19th century. She wrote and illustrated more than 20 books on botany. "The drawings which illustrate her books are her own work, through in their published form they no doubt owe a good deal to the artists of the firm of W. Dickes and Co" (Blunt p. 236). The firm of William Dickes used a process developed by George Baxter, which began with a lithographic key plate that printed the main design, followed by colour applied through a succesion of wood blocks.

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        Observations chronométriques faites pendant la campagne de circumnavigation de la corvette La Capricieuse, commandée par M. Roquemaurel, capitaine de vaisseau. Paris, Firmin Didot frères, 1855. With 4 folding plates. With: (2) MOUCHEZ, Amédée Ernest Barthélemy . Longitudes chronométriques des principaux points de la cote du Brésil, rapportées au premier méridien de Rio-Janeiro. Paris, Paul Dupont, 1863. (3) MOUCHEZ, Amédée Ernest Barthélemy. Positions géographiques des principaux points de la cote orientale de l'Amérique du Sud comprise entre la Guyane Française et le Paraguay. Paris, Paul Dupont, 1868. 3 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary grained red half sheepskin.

      Ad 2-3: Garraux, Bibliographie brésilienne, pp. 202-3; cf. DSB IX, p. 551; not in Borba de Moraes; Sabin. First edition of an important treatise on chronometry by Ernest Barthélémy Mouchez, who sailed as astronomer in the Capricieuse commanded by Roquemaurel. The work contains extensive technical and methodological information on chronometry and the use of chronometric instruments, followed by observations made during the Capricieuse's circumnavigation with detailed notes on the Pacific (Marquesas Islands, Tahiti), Cochinchina, the Sunda Islands, and the coasts of China and Korea. Bound with two other valuable essays resulting from scientific expeditions along the coast of South America, notably Brazil.In very good condition.

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        1855 EXQUISITE Tour Doctor Syntax William Combe Illustrated Satire Comic Poetry

      London : Nattali and Bond, 1855 - 1855 EXQUISITE Tour Doctor Syntax William Combe Illustrated Satire Comic Poetry “Along the varying road of life, In calm content, in toil or strife, At morn or noon, by night or day, As time conducts him on his way, How oft doth man, by care oppressed, Find in an Inn a place of rest.” William Combe, “Dr. Syntax, In Search of the Picturesque” William Combe (1742-1823) was a British writer who is mostly remembered for his comic poem “The Three Tours of Doctor Syntax.” This set of three poems was a descriptive and satirical work that made light of William Gilpin, a British explorer who toured Britain to describe the picturesque landscape. While the satire was a popular book for British readers, the Thomas Rowlandson comedic color plates were a beautiful spectacle. Each volume includes 80-full page color engravings. Item number: #643 Price: $750 COMBE, William The Tour of Doctor Syntax London : Nattali and Bond, 1855. Details: • Collation complete with all pages: 3 volumes [iv], 272, [8, ads]; [iv], 277; [iv], 279 o v.1 – ‘First Tour’, “In Search of the Picturesque; a poem” o v.2 – ‘Second Tour’, “In Search of Consolation; a poem” o v.3 – ‘Third Tour’, “In Search of a Wife; a poem” • Binding: Leather; tight and secure • Language: English • Size: ~9.75in X 6.5in (25cm x 16cm) Our Guarantee: Very Fast. Very Safe. Free Shipping Worldwide. Customer satisfaction is our priority! Notify us with 7 days of receiving, and we will offer a full refund without reservation! 643 Photos available upon request. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Les fleurs du mal

      Pre-first edition. Binding in full veal caramel, back liss adorned with golden fillets, piece of title of black chagrin, framing of triple golden threads on the boards, three small light spots and some scratches on the first board, golden wheels on the headdresses, guards and counterplats Of paper to the vat, framing of a gilded lace on the counterplates, double golden threads on the cups, golden head, Contemporary binding. It should be noted that the facsimile of the corrected proofs of the text has been linked, following the thirteen sheets of the pre-original of "Flowers of Evil". Exemplary pleasantly established. In la Revue des Deux Mondes Tome X de la XXème année Paris 1er juin 1855 17x25,5cm relié

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        „Franz Joseph I.“.

      Wien, Verlags-Eigenthum v. F. Paterno; Druck von J. Rauh, o. J. (um 1855). Getönte Orig.-Lithographie (Blattgröße 47,1 x 36,2 cm; Darstellung 41,9 x 31,5 cm). Im Stein rechts unten signiert „Eduard Kaiser fec.“. - Sehr seltene Darstellung des jungen Kaisers auf der Jagd im Hochgebirge. - Ecken tlw. m. kl. Knickspuren. Wenige fachm. restaurierte Randläsuren. Vereinzelt min. fleckig. - Versand D: 12,00 EUR Franz Joseph I., Kaiser von Österreich, Portrait, Porträt, Kaiser, Portraits, Porträts

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        Practical sermons

      William White, 1855. Hardcover. Used; Acceptable. Hardcover; English language; No jacket; 12mo - over 6.75" - 7.75" tall; a fair reading copy; seems to have been privately bound; most pages have foxing to various degrees and some pages have staining to corners; half-title page with author name is stuck to the front board; binding cracked at various places inside book but no pages are loose. Your book will be securely packed and promptly dispatched from our UK warehouse. All international orders are sent Royal Mail airmail.

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        On the Law which has Regulated the Introduction of New Species. [In: The Annals and Magazine of Natural History. Second Series, Volume 16].

      London, 1855. 8vo. Entire volume 16, second series of "The Annals..." present, bound in a very nice red half morocco with richly gilt spine. A nice, clean, fresh, and sturdy copy. A vague stamp to title-page (London Institution) and a blindstamped marking to top of first leaf of contents (Cranbrook Institute of Science). Pp. 184-196. [Entire volume: VII, 472 pp. + 11 plates]. Exceedingly scarce first printing of Wallace's very first publication on the theory of evolution, predating any publication on the subject by Darwin. This milestone paper in the history of the theory of evolution - "A stunning scientific debut" (Nature vol. 496, p. 162) - formulates what is now known as the "Sarawak Law", which is in essence half of the theory of evolution by natural selection, which Wallace would later (1858) so famously publicize together with Darwin. From as early as 1845, Wallace had been convinced of the idea that species arise through natural laws rather than by divine fiat and he invested all in supplying scientific details and uncovering a satisfactory evolutionary mechanism. He kept this more or less to himself, however, and refrained from commenting on it in public until 1855, when he, provoked by an article by Edward Forbes Jr., published this seminal paper, "a concise synthesis of his ideas on the subject. Like many brilliant works, his "On the Law Which Has Regulated the Introduction of New Species" (September 1855) was based on well-known, acceptable scientific observations, although he had transformed the mass of facts into an unusually persuasive argument. The evidence was drawn from geology and geography - the distribution of species in time and space - and following nine acceptable generalizations (axioms), Wallace concluded: "Every species has come into existence coincident both in space and time with a pre-existing closely allied species". He claimed that he had explained "the natural system of arrangement of organic beings, their geographical distribution, their geological sequence", as well as the reason for peculiar anatomical structures of organisms." (D.S.B.). It was this paper by Wallace - not greatly read in the public, but very seriously studied by the greatest biologists of the time - that led directly to Darwin beginning his "origin of Species". - "Despite this excellent presentation (i.e. Wallace's 1855 paper), there were no public replies, although the private comments were quite another matter. Indeed, Edward Blyth, Charles Lyell, and Charles Darwin all read Wallace's article and were greatly impressed by his arguments, but in particular Lyell, who began a complete reexamination of his long-held ideas on species. On 16 April 1856 Lyell discussed Wallace's paper with Darwin, urging him to publish his own views on species as soon as possible. Darwin then began what we now call the long version of the "Origin", and that version was used as a basis for the "Origin" as published in 1859." (D.S.B.).It was in 1848 that Wallace first left England for the tropics. He did so with his friend the entomologist Henry Walter Bates, with the specific intention of solving the problem of the origin of species. "In the autumn of 1847 Mr. A.R. Wallace, who has since acquired wide fame in connection with the Darwinian theory of Natural Selection, proposed to me a joint expedition to the river Amazonas, for the purpose of exploring the Natural History of its banks; the plan being to make for ourselves a collection of objects, dispose of the duplicates in London to pay expenses, and gather facts, as Mr. Wallace expressed it in one of his letters, "towards solving the problem of the origin of species"." (Bates I: p. III). It is during these travels that Wallace begins noticing the remarkable coincidences in the distribution of species in space and time, and in 1855, while sitting in Sarawak, Borneo, he writes the paper that is now a landmark work in the history of evolutionary thought, his so-called "Sarawak-paper", which was published later the same year in the present volume of "The Annals and Magazine of Natural History". "This paper, formulating what came to be known as the "Sarawak Law", is remarkable... (Wallace) advances what is, in effect, half of the theory of evolution, namely what Darwin would call "descent with modification": the idea that the generation of a biological novelty is a genealogical process." (Berry, p. XXVII). The law now known as the Sarawak Law, or "the first half of the theory of eveolution", is stated as follows: "Every species has come into existence coincident both in time and space with a pre-existing closely allied species." This law connected and explained a vast number of independent facts. It was, in fact, Wallace's first statement of a belief in evolution, and for the following three years from the time that he wrote the essay, Wallace recounts that "the question of how changes of species could have been brought about was rarely out of my mind."According to one of the most celebrated anecdotes in the history of science, the second half of the theory of evolution by natural selection finally came to Wallace in February 1858, while delirious during an attack of malarial fever in Ternate in the Mollucas. In his own words, "there suddenly flashed upon me the idea of the survival of the fittest." The theory was thought out during the rest of the fit, drafted the same evening, and written out in full in the two succeeding evenings. Knowing that Darwin was working on the same problem, Wallace sent a manuscript summary to Darwin, who now feared that his discovery would be pre-empted. In order to avoid conflict between the two, Joseph Hooker and Carles Lyell suggested a joint publication. The essay was read, together with an abstract of Darwin's own views, as a joint paper at the Linnean Society on the 1st of July 1858.

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        Itinéraire de Carthargène[!] à Popaya, Lima et Santa Crux. [No place, ca. 1855]. 4to. Manuscript in brown ink on blue-lined (machine-made?) wove paper without watermark. Half tan cloth.

      A series of itineraries in French for trips through South and Central America by an unknown traveller, the title-page covering only the first two. The first runs through Cartagena, Santafé de Bogotá and Popayan (Colombia), Quito (Ecuador), Lima (Peru); followed by itineraries for trips from Lima to Santa Cruz (Bolivia); Lima to Santiago (Chile); Santa Cruz to Asunción (Paraguay); Asunción to Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Rio de Janeiro to Montevideo (Uruguay); and finally from Santafé de Bogotá via Medelin (Colombia), Panama City (Panama) and Nicaragua to Antigua (Guatemala). Although the heading for the last itinerary indicates that it continues to Mexico, the description does not. Many additional sites are mentioned along the way including important archaeological sites, such as Cusco. The itineraries give a great deal of information about the sites (more than 2 pages on Lima, for example), including the populations of most of the cities.With some leaves not used for the present manuscript lacking. In good condition, with the lower edge of 1 leaf dirty and an occasional minor spot.

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        Portrait der Sophie von Tautphoeus. München, um 1855.

      1855. Daguerrotypie auf versilberter Kupferplatte (Viertelplatte, ca. 80 x 70 mm), unter Passepartout und Glasplatte mit aufgelegter geprägter Goldbordüre. Portrait der Sophie von Tautphoeus, geb. Freiin von Kalkhof (geb. 1815), seit 1845 Gattin des Friedrich Frhn. von Tautphöus (gest. 1862), königlich-bayerischer Kämmerer und Oberstlieutnant a. D. Das ursprünglich schwedische, in Bayern beheimatete Geschlecht Tautphöus war 1792 in den Freiherrnstand erhoben worden. Verso Etikett des Künstlers Anton Edler, Kupferstecher im königlichen militärtopographischen Bureau und ab 1844 als nebenberuflicher Photograph nachweisbar. - Leichter blauer Silbersulfitrand.

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        Na lau Hawaii. [The leaves of Hawaii].[Hawaii & South Pacific, ca. 1850]. Large folio (18.4 x 29 cm). Hawaiian nature printing album containing 277 handmade botanical pressings (on 68 leaves) from Hawaii and other islands in the South Pacific. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine with title ''Na lau Hawaii', kept in modern brown cloth dropback box.

      Blunt, The art of botanical illustration, pp. 138-142; cf. Cave, Impressions of nature, pp. 60-64, 137-145. Important and unique Hawaiian nature-print album showing numerous life-size plant specimens from Hawaii and other Pacific Islands. The contemporary title on the spine of the volume, "Na lau Hawaii", roughly translates 'The leaves of Hawaii'. The collection was most likely created by an American sailor, involved in whaling or the China trade. Most samples are identified in pencil. Among the plants featured in the album are the taro plant, the huge leaf of the palapalai fern, several varieties of fruit plants, including banana, breadfruit, pear, guava, pineapple, lime and papaya, and plants such as arrow root, bamboo, wild raspberry, mulberry, Indian rubber plant, tamarind, and various ferns as well. Five of the later pages are headed "Aitutaki", the name of one of the Cook Islands south of Hawaii. These are followed by two pages headed "Leaves from Akaroa, N.Z.", indicating that they are specimens from the eastern coast of New Zealand's South Island.The album is undated, but "Parsons Co. Booksellers & Binders of 107 Union Street, New Bedford" (Massachusetts) operated at that address about 1855 to 1860.Re-backed preserving the original backstrip; some folds and small tears; slightly foxed. In good condition.

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        Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile

      New York: G.P. Putnam, 1855, 1855. First edition. BAL 13667, second printing; Wright II, 1700. Spine and edges a little faded and worn; very good copy.. 8vo, original blind-stamped brown cloth, gilt lettering. Contemporary signature on the front free endpaper.

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        ROUTE FROM LIVERPOOL TO GREAT SALT LAKE VALLEY. TOGETHER WITH A GEOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL DESCRIPTION OF UTAH. ALSO, AN AUTHENTIC HISTORY OF THE LATTER-DAY SAINTS' EMIGRATION FROM EUROPE

      Liverpool: Franklin D. Richards, 1855. Both a history of and a promotion for Mormon emigration to Utah, this work also boasts what Streeter deems "some of the best western views of the period." Artist Franklin Piercy (1830-91) travelled to America in 1853, touring the West and sketching its vistas, mountains, and towns. Howes calls this "one of the most elaborately and beautifully illustrated of western books," and also notes that "a large portion of the edition was water-damaged while in transit to New York," which may explain the dampstains on one edge of our plates (but not on the adjacent text). The map--showing a Utah that incorporates modern Nevada and much of Colorado--also comes in for praise, with Wheat declaring it "one of the most illuminating maps of the West to appear during 1855 . . . not only an important map in the history of Mormons, but in every sense an important map in the history of the West, giving as it does a carefully drawn picture of that entire area." The text discusses the routes to Great Salt Lake City, and offers advice to emigrants about what to take and what to leave behind. Early groups of emigrants travelled through New Orleans, as the southern route to Utah offered fewer obstacles and hazards, but illness and death from cholera and other fevers common to the Mississippi Delta led to recommendations for travel via Philadelphia, Boston, or New York instead. The appendix gives emigration statistics on the nearly 22,000 Latter Day Saints who left Europe for Utah between 1840 and 1855.. 320 x 240 mm. (12 1/2 x 9 1/2"). viii, 120 pp. Modern maroon three-quarter morocco, raised bands, spine panels with intricate gilt centerpiece, gilt titling. With woodcuts in the text and 30 plates after sketches by Franklin Piercy (all but three with original tissue guards), and with a folding map of Utah and the overland routes to it. Howes L-359; Wagner-Camp 259; Graff 2501; Flake 6381; Sabin 41325; Streeter Sale 2296; Taft, Artists & Illustrators of the Old West, p. 285; Wheat Transmississippi IV, 40-41; Crawley & Flake, A Mormon Fifty 46. Title page a bit soiled and with small chip to fore edge, map with short tears long three folds and with a little dust-soiling and fraying to fore edge, plates with light two-inch dampstain to fore-edge margin (see below), occasionally touching image, frequent thumbing, small stains, and other signs of use, but a perfectly acceptable copy in an unworn binding. Both a history of and a promotion for Mormon emigration to Utah, this work also boasts what Streeter deems "some of the best western views of the period." Artist Franklin Piercy (1830-91) travelled to America in 1853, touring the West and sketching its vistas, mountains, and towns. Howes calls this "one of the most elaborately and beautifully illustrated of western books," and also notes that "a large portion of the edition was water-damaged while in transit to New York," which may explain the dampstains on one edge of our plates (but not on the adjacent text). The map--showing a Utah that incorporates modern Nevada and much of Colorado--also comes in for praise, with Wheat declaring it "one of the most illuminating maps of the West to appear during 1855 . . . not only an important map in the history of Mormons, but in every sense an important map in the history of the West, giving as it does a carefully drawn picture of that entire area." The text discusses the routes to Great Salt Lake City, and offers advice to emigrants about what to take and what to leave behind. Early groups of emigrants travelled through New Orleans, as the southern route to Utah offered fewer obstacles and hazards, but illness and death from cholera and other fevers common to the Mississippi Delta led to recommendations for travel via Philadelphia, Boston, or New York instead. The appendix gives emigration statistics on the nearly 22,000 Latter Day Saints who left Europe for Utah between 1840 and 1855.

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        Album Pintoresco de la Isla de Cuba

      Berlin: Oilprinting Storch & Kramer [for] B. May, [circa 1855], 1855. One of two pirated editions produced in Germany in the 1850s, both by Bernardo May. Sabin 17748; Palau 5421. Unobtrusive repairs to the corners and endpapers; cloth a little soiled; very good copy enclosed in a custom clamshell box.. Oblong folio, original blind-tamped grey-green cloth, gilt decorations and lettering on the upper board. Color-lithographed title and 27 plates after lithographs by Pierre Toussaint Frederic Mialhe. Two folding maps. First published in Havana in 1847-48 as Viaje Pintoresco al Rededor de la Isla de Cuba, Frederic Mialhe's work was pirated twice in the next decade by the Berlin publisher Bernardo May, who succeeded in defending himself against a breach of copyright suit by Mialhe and his Havana publisher Louis Marquier. Ironically May's pirated edition guaranteed the availability of Mialhe's well into the future for the original Havana edition is virtually unobtainable today. This copy has the captions in Spanish only, and in quality of the lithographs and their coloring is superior to the other pirated issue. With Cuban provenance: on the front free endpaper is the pencil inscription to "Miss Julia Mellon, Havana March 17th, 1861, from W. Tinquet [?]."

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        [PASTEL PAINTING OF A SCENE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, PROBABLY THE COLUMBIA RIVER, WITH INDIANS LANDING CANOES ON A RIVERBANK, AND SNOWCAPPED MOUNTAINS IN THE DISTANCE]

      Oregon or Washington, 1855. Pastel on card, 19 1/2 x 39 inches. Signed lower left: "Gibbs." Framed and glazed in a period hardwood frame and gold gilt liner. The painting, with lovely, bright colors, is in excellent displayable condition. This beautiful painting of three Indians laying up two canoes on the bank of a river in wooded mountainous terrain is the work of George Gibbs (1815-73), ethnographer, mapmaker, geologist, historian, attorney, and, for nearly twelve years, an explorer, artist, and administrator in the Pacific Northwest. The scene is likely the western entrance to the Columbia River Gorge, with the Cascade Mountain Range in the near distance. The painting shares several geographic and artistic touchpoints with the annotated on-the-spot drawing from 1850 that Gibbs made farther east on the river at Oak Point, illustrated in David Bushnell's DRAWINGS BY GEORGE GIBBS IN THE FAR NORTHWEST, 1849-1851. The painting is signed in a slightly stylized version of the signature found throughout Gibbs' personal and professional papers. Gibbs learned to paint while attending the Round Hill School in Northampton, Massachusetts, the first experimental prep school in the country, founded by future historian George Bancroft, and Joseph Green Cogswell, later director of the first great public library in the United States, the Astor Library. Gibbs grew up surrounded by great American art. "Gibbs' father commissioned Gilbert Stuart to paint Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe; these portraits hung in Gibbs' childhood home at Sunswick Farms, Astoria, New York. Stuart also painted portraits of 'Colonel' George Gibbs and Laura Wolcott Gibbs, his parents" - Stephen Dow Beckham. Papers from Gibbs' adolescence indicate the development of his interest in science and in outdoor life; and one very interesting letter, a harbinger of a career to come, written in 1833 from Boston to his sister, Eliza, includes an account of seventeen-year-old Gibbs' encounter with John James Audubon (Wisconsin Historical Society): "Dear Sister, I have just returned from a visit to Mr. Audubon. THE Audubon. But I will tell you all in order. Saturday I went to see the prints of his birds at the Athenaeum. They are superb, of full size on elephant paper. Turkeys & eagles as well as small birds and large as life & the colouring & execution beautiful. They are all of them represented in the act of seizing their prey or in some natural and striking position. The landscapes birds butterflies animals etc are very fine. His son paints the flowers & branches of trees on which many rest, from nature, they are very beautiful. He has not near finished his collection, though about two hundred are done.... "I killed [a moth] this morning with nitric acid, and by way of introduction agreed to take him to Mr. Audubon's & Aunt Ruth who had been before went to. Mr. A was unwell & we took the pleasure of seeing him. He is a complete original & a remarkable man. [Audubon was] extremely glad of the moth & Mr. A [illegible] that I would accept of a little shell he had picked up on the coast of Florida as a remembrance. [Audubon] has a large collection of stuffed birds as a reference for description. He showed me some of the original paintings. The feathers look like real ones every division accurately transferred...." Gibbs earned a Harvard law degree, then began a desultory, unenthusiastic, unprofitable law practice. "[In 1843, Gibbs became librarian of the New-York Historical Society], cataloging the collection and steering it toward an emphasis on American subjects. [Gibbs started another law firm], but his work for the historical society [which he genuinely enjoyed and committed himself to] absorbed more and more of his time. "The excitement over the discovery of gold in California finally dislodged Gibbs completely from his law practice, and in 1849 he left New York for St. Louis, Missouri. Joining a march of the Mounted Riflemen, he traveled overland from Fort Leavenworth to Oregon City. On the trip he made many drawings and kept a journal, portions of which were published in the New York papers. His lively entries described the climate and landscape, life in camp, and encounters with Sioux Indians and emigrants on the Oregon Trail. "Gibbs settled in Astoria, Oregon, near the mouth of the Columbia River. In 1850 he was appointed deputy collector of the port, but he resigned later that year in the aftermath of having embarrassed his superior by an overzealous prosecution of the customs laws. In 1851 he joined Reddick McKee on an expedition to draw up land treaties with Indian tribes west of the Sacramento Valley. In five months McKee's group met with nearly 10,000 Indians and concluded five treaties. Gibbs, who had already been interested in Indian languages, compiled vocabulary lists of fifteen indigenous tongues and worked on maps of the region. In 1852 he tried his hand at prospecting in northern California with less than impressive results. By the end of the year he was back in Astoria, again as a customs collector, but when Franklin Pierce took office in 1853, Gibbs lost his political appointment. "Gibbs soon found other work. In 1853 George B. McClellan hired him as a geologist and ethnologist to help survey a railroad route to the Pacific. In 1854 Gibbs left Oregon for good, settling near Fort Steilacoom in the Washington Territory on a farm he called 'Chetlah.' He was rarely there, however, continuing his surveying and conducting ethnological research. Working for the Indian Commission in the territory, Gibbs helped shape Indian policy. He argued for keeping Native Americans on their traditional homelands to preserve the cultural and linguistic diversity that he knew was dissolving quickly on reservations. He also campaigned for the use of Indian place names, which he often noted on the maps he made. Gibbs served briefly as the acting governor of Washington Territory and was appointed brigadier general of the militia in 1855. "In 1857 and 1858 Gibbs was again in the field, this time surveying the 49th parallel between the United States and Canada for the Northwest Boundary Survey. Working for Archibald Campbell, he traversed the border from the Pacific to the Rockies. Gibbs took every opportunity to add to his knowledge of Indian languages, and also collected animal, insect, and plant specimens, many of which he sent to scientists like Louis Agassiz and Asa Gray" - Bethany Neubauer, AMERICAN NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY. Raymond Settle's introduction to THE MARCH OF THE MOUNTED RIFLEMAN, which draws from the journals made by Gibbs and that expedition's leader, Major Osborne Cross, endorses the importance of Gibbs western sketches: "As an artist Gibbs exhibited considerable talent, both in sketching outdoor scenes and in drawing from life. He made what was perhaps the first drawing of Shoshone Falls, and sketched various scenes in eastern Oregon, on the Columbia River, and while crossing the Cascade Mountains...[In 1851, while associated with Oregon Territory Governor John P. Gaines in the making of treaties with the Calapooya Indians, and later that same year with Reddick McKee], Gibbs made many drawings...numerous drawings." Bushnell notes that Gibbs' sketches of the Pacific Northwest impressed Seth Eastman, who incorporated them into his own work. Eastman's sepia drawing, "Humboldt, California, 1851," later made into an engraving for Schoolcraft, is annotated: "S. Eastman from a sketch by G. Gibbs" (SETH EASTMAN - A PORTFOLIO OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS, pl. 47). George Gibbs authored, usually under the imprimatur of the Smithsonian Institution, several important books on Indian languages and dialects, and tribal life, in the Pacific Northwest. His scholarship in such works as NOTES ON THE TINNEH OR CHEPEWYAN INDIANS OF BRITISH AND RUSSIAN AMERICA (1867) and ALPHABETICAL VOCABULARIES OF THE CLALLAM AND THE LUMMI (1863) was so meticulously researched and well-illustrated that historian William Goetzmann calls Gibbs "one of the founders of scientific studies in the Far West." Gibbs' notes and interpretations of 19th-century treaties between Indian tribes and federal and state governments (the drafts for those treaties are often in his handwriting) are used to this day to argue lawsuits involving American Indian interests, many concerning the building of casinos on reservation lands Gibbs wrote books concerning American law. His propagandist history of the Federalist Party, MEMOIRS OF THE ADMINISTRATIONS OF WASHINGTON AND JOHN ADAMS (1846) began as a biographical study of his great-grandfather, Declaration of Independence signer Oliver Wolcott, the senior, and his grandfather, Oliver Wolcott, United States Treasury Secretary and Connecticut governor. Terrible health, rheumatic gout, kept Gibbs out of the U.S. Army during the Civil War, though he did volunteer. "He became an important member of the Loyal National League and the Loyal Union Club. During the latter part of his life he lived in Washington, D.C. ['in the Smithsonian tower!' (Beckham)], where his extensive knowledge of the northwestern Indians [and his collection of their artifacts] was often employed by the Smithsonian Institution" - DAB. Artwork by George Gibbs is rarely found in the marketplace. Artnet and AskArt do not report any works having come into the market. He donated the majority of his western sketches to the Smithsonian Institution. The Peabody Museum at Harvard University owns a small holding of his sketches, as does the National Park Service collection at Fort Vancouver. Aside from the present example, we are not familiar with any other large scale painting by Gibbs - nor is the leading authority on Gibbs, Lewis and Clark College professor Stephen Dow Beckham, who has written about Gibbs since his 1970 dissertation, "George Gibbs, 1815-1873: Historian and Ethnologist" - making this newly discovered, quite gorgeous, picture a significant addition to the art canon of the American Northwest. WHO WAS WHO IN AMERICAN ART II, p.1277. GROCE & WALLACE, p.256. ANB VIII, pp.915-17. DAB VII, pp.245-46. David Ives Bushnell, DRAWINGS BY GEORGE GIBBS IN THE FAR NORTHWEST, 1849-51 (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian, 1938), passim. Raymond W. Settle, ed., THE MARCH OF THE MOUNTED RIFLEMEN...AS RECORDED IN THE JOURNALS OR MAJOR OSBORNE CROSS AND GEORGE GIBBS... (Glendale, Ca.: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1940), pp.22-27, 273-327. George Gibbs, letter to Eliza Gibbs, dated Boston, Ma., March 17, 1833; located at Wisconsin Historical Society, Gibbs Family Papers, Box 1 / Folder 7 www.wisconsinhistory.org. Sarah E. Boeheme, et al, SETH EASTMAN. A PORTFOLIO OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS (Afton, Mn.: Afton Historical Press, 1995), p.125. William Goetzmann, ARMY EXPLORATION IN THE AMERICAN WEST, 1803-1863 (Lincoln, 1959). Stephen Dow Beckham, "George Gibbs, 1815-1873: Historian and Ethnologist" (Ph.D. dissertation, UCLA, 1970); correspondence, January-February 2006.

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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 1853-1856

      Washington: Beverley Tucker, Thomas F. Ford, and A.O.P. Nicholson, 1855-60. This series of exploration reports on a possible north-central route for a railroad line linking the eastern United States with the Pacific coast contains the most extensive contemporary information available on the American West, and is a major resource for scholars and collectors of Western Americana. In 1853, Congress authorized the Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis, to send expeditions west to determine the best route for a transcontinental railroad. There were four possibilities to survey and consider: one running along the Missouri River and over the northern Rocky Mountains; another across the central Plains to the Great Salt Lake and then on the coast along the 38th parallel; a more southern route along the 35th parallel, through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Soutern California; and finally a 32nd parallel route through central Texas, along the Gila River, terminating in San Diego. Parties led by Brevet Major Isaac Stevens and Captain George McClellan, explored these choices, sending updates back to Congress. This set contains their reports, correspondence, itineraries, and journals, as well as data collected on flora, fauna, geology, climate, and the Indian tribes encountered. The set is also notable for its cartography: Wheat devotes 24 pages of "Mapping the Trans-Mississippi West" to its maps. The reports are extensively illustrated, both in the text and with attractive lithographed plates, many of them colored, picturing Western scenery and geological formations, plants, and animals--the latter including a number of very pleasing color plates of birds. One volume is largely devoted to describing the Indian tribes encountered, with plates depicting scenes from villages, hunts, and celebrations, as well as Native tools and costume. This set stands as a testament to one of the greatest government-sponsored programs in American history, and continues to benefit researchers and historians to the present day.. 300 x 220 mm. (11 3/4 x 8 3/4"). 12 volumes bound in 13. Modern black library cloth, white titling on spines. WITH 648 PLATES AND MAPS (583 lithographed plates, many colored; 65 maps, 58 folding). Howes P-3; Wagner-Camp 262-67 All but one of the volumes somewhat foxed and browned (due to paper quality), three volumes with light dampstain to lower margin, half a dozen of the large maps with splits along major fold, but generally a very good complete set, with no fatal defects, in sturdy, unworn bindings. This series of exploration reports on a possible north-central route for a railroad line linking the eastern United States with the Pacific coast contains the most extensive contemporary information available on the American West, and is a major resource for scholars and collectors of Western Americana. In 1853, Congress authorized the Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis, to send expeditions west to determine the best route for a transcontinental railroad. There were four possibilities to survey and consider: one running along the Missouri River and over the northern Rocky Mountains; another across the central Plains to the Great Salt Lake and then on the coast along the 38th parallel; a more southern route along the 35th parallel, through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Soutern California; and finally a 32nd parallel route through central Texas, along the Gila River, terminating in San Diego. Parties led by Brevet Major Isaac Stevens and Captain George McClellan, explored these choices, sending updates back to Congress. This set contains their reports, correspondence, itineraries, and journals, as well as data collected on flora, fauna, geology, climate, and the Indian tribes encountered. The set is also notable for its cartography: Wheat devotes 24 pages of "Mapping the Trans-Mississippi West" to its maps. The reports are extensively illustrated, both in the text and with attractive lithographed plates, many of them colored, picturing Western scenery and geological formations, plants, and animals--the latter including a number of very pleasing color plates of birds. One volume is largely devoted to describing the Indian tribes encountered, with plates depicting scenes from villages, hunts, and celebrations, as well as Native tools and costume. This set stands as a testament to one of the greatest government-sponsored programs in American history, and continues to benefit researchers and historians to the present day.

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        Oeuvres complètes

      à Paris: Chez Alexandre Houssiaux, 1855. Fine. Chez Alexandre Houssiaux, à Paris 1855, 13x21,5cm, 20 volumes reliés. - First collective edition under the title of Works and first illustrated edition (Clouzot), including several texts in the first edition. The book was not originally include 17 volumes, but Houssiaux editor, following on from previous publishers, completed by the last three volumes that constitute here the volumes 18, 19 and 20. Bound in brown half shagreen, back with four nerves decorated with three golden florets, guards and contreplats mottled paper to the tank. It lacks the table at the end of Volume 11. The series is illustrated with a set of 151 etchings by Daumier, Gavarni, Nanteuil, Monnier, Johannot etc. of the 152 listed by Clouzot (missing one found in Volume 2). Our copy is complete many of Volume 13 6 figures that almost always lacking and 5 figures of Volume 17, which are often absent, having been delivered after that. In addition, Volume 17 is the date 1848, not 1849 element, as Clouzot signal, is particularly remarkable for its rarity. The set is as follows: - Scenes of privacy (Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4), containing: La Maison du chat-qui-pelote, Le Bal de Sceaux, La Bourse, La Vendetta, Mrs. Firmiani, A Double Family, Peace household , False mistress (first edition), wife of study, Albert Savarus (first edition) (Volume 1); Memoirs of two young married, a daughter of Eve, woman abandoned the Grenadiere, The Message, Gobseck Another study woman (first edition) (Volume 2) The woman of thirty, The marriage Contract, Beatrix (first part) (Volume 3), Beatrix (second and last part), La Grande Breteche (end of another woman study ), Modeste Mignon, Honorine, A Start in life (Volume 4). - Scenes from provincial life (Volumes 5, 6, 7 and 8), containing: Ursula Mirouet, Conquering Power, The Singles (first story) Pierrette (Volume 5); The Singles (second story) The Tours Cure , the Singles (third story) A boy of Marriage, the Parisians Province: (first story) L'Illustre Gaudissart, Parisians by Province (second story) the Muse of the department (Volume 6) the Rivals (first story ): the Old Maid - (Second story: Le Cabinet des Antiques, the Lily of the Valley (Volume 7); lost Illusions (first edition of the latter part) (Volume 8). - Scenes of Parisian life (Tomes 9, 10, 11 and 12), containing: The Thirteen, composed of Ferragus La Duchesse de Langeais and The Girl With the Golden Eyes and Goriot (Volume 9) The Colonnel Chabert, Facino Cane, the Mass of the Atheist, Saracen, the Prohibition, History of grandeur and decadence of Caesar Birotteau (Volume 10); Nucingen House, Pierre Grassou, Secrets of the Princess of Cadignan, the employees, Splendours and Miseries of courtesans (parts I and II) (Volume 11); Splendours and Miseries of courtesans (third party), A Prince of Bohemia, Sketch of Man from life business (original edition) Gaudissart II (original edition), the Comedians unknowingly (first edition) [monitoring] Scenes from politics, containing: An Episode under the Terror, A Tenebreuse case, Z. Marcas, This Side of contemporary history (first episode) (first edition). - Scenes of military life (Volume 13), containing: The Chouans and A Passion in the Desert - Scenes of country life (Volume 13), containing: The Country Doctor and The Cure village - Philosophical Studies (Volumes 14, 15 and 16), containing: The Magic Skin, Jesus Christ in Flanders, Melmoth reconciled, The Unknown Masterpiece, The absolute Research (Volume 14); Massimilla Doni, Gambara, L'Enfant maudit, Les Marana, Farewell, the conscript, El Verdugo, A Drama in the sea, the red Inn, the Elixir of long life, Master Cornelius, on Catherine de Medici: Introduction and part I - the Calvinist Martyr (Volume 15); Catherine de Medici (second part), the Exiles, Louis Lambert, Seraphita [monitoring] analytical Studies containing: Marriage Physiology (Volume 16). - Scenes of Paris life, continued (Volumes 17 and 18), containing: Cousin Bette, Le Cousin Pons (Volume 17); Splendours and Miseries of Courtesans (Part Four) [followed by] Scenes from politics, containing: the Wrong Side of contemporary history (second episode) [monitoring] Scenes from country life, containing: the Peasants [monitoring] analytical Studies containing: Little miseries of married life (Volume 18). - Theater (Volume 19), containing: Vautrin, The Resource Quinola, Pamela Giraud, the stepmother. - Drolatiques Tales (Volume 20): First dizain, dizain Second, Third dizain. Beautiful set of the complete works, in the famous first edition Furne that has great interest to publish several texts in first edition of Balzac. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Première édition par Alexandre Houssiaux après la l'édition originale collective chez Furne en 1842.  Reliures en demi-chagrin rouge, dos un peu frottés à cinq nerfs ornés de fleurons dorés, date dorée en queue, quelques coiffes légèrement frottées, légères éraflures sur deux nerfs du tome 8 des Scènes de la vie de Province, plats de papier à la cuve, quelques coins émoussés, gardes et contreplats de papier à chevrons, tranches à chevrons.  La série est illustrée d'un ensemble de 151 gravures par Daumier, Gavarni, Nanteuil, Monnier, Johannot etc. sur les 152 répertoriées par Clouzot. L'ensemble se décompose comme suit : -Scènes de la vie privée (Tomes 1, 2, 3, 4), contenant : La Maison du chat-qui-pelote, Le Bal de Sceaux, La Bourse, La Vendetta, Madame Firmiani, Une Double famille, La Paix du ménage, La Fausse maîtresse (édition originale), Etude de femme, Albert Savarus (édition originale) (Tome 1) ; Mémoires de deux jeunes mariés, Une fille d'Eve, La Femme abandonnée, La Grenadière, Le Message, Gobseck, Autre étude de femme (édition originale) (Tome 2) ; La Femme de trente ans, Le Contrat de mariage, Béatrix (première partie) (Tome 3) ; Béatrix (deuxième et dernière partie), La Grande Bretèche (fin de autre Etude de femme), Modeste Mignon, Honorine, Un Début dans la vie (Tome 4). -Scènes de la vie de province (Tomes 5, 6, 7 et 8), contenant : Ursule Mirouet, Eugénie Grandet, Les Célibataires : (première histoire) Pierrette (Tome 5) ; Les Célibataires : (deuxième histoire) Le Curé de Tours, Les Célibataires : (troisième histoire) Un Mariage de garçon, Les Parisiens en Province : (première histoire) L'Illustre Gaudissart, Les Parisiens en Province : (deuxième histoire) La Muse du département (Tome 6) ; Les Rivalités (première histoire) : La Vieille Fille - (Deuxième histoire : Le Cabinet des Antiques, Le Lys dans la Vallée (Tome 7) ; Illusions perdues (édition originale de la dernière partie) (Tome 8). -Scènes de la vie parisienne (Tomes 9, 10, 11 et 12), contenant : Histoire des Treize, composé de Ferragus, La Duchesse de Langeais et La Fille aux yeux d'or puis Le Père Goriot (Tome 9) ; Le Colonnel Chabert, Facino Cane, La Messe de l'Athée, Sarrasine, L'Interdiction, Histoire de la grandeur et de la décadence de César Birotteau (Tome 10) ; La Maison Nucingen, Pierre Grassou, Les Secrets de la princesse de Cadignan, Les Employés, Splendeurs et Misères des courtisanes (première et deuxième parties) (Tome 11) ; Splendeurs et Misères des courtisanes (troisième partie), Un Prince de la Bohême, Esquisse d'Homme d'affaires d'après nature (édition originale), Gaudissart II (édition originale), Les Comédiens sans le savoir (édition originale) [suivi de] Scènes de la vie politique, contenant : Un Episode sous la Terreur, Une Ténébreuse affaire, Z. Marcas, L'Envers de l'histoire contemporaine (premier épisode) (édition originale). -Scènes de la vie militaire (Tome 13), contenant : Les Chouans et Une Passion dans le désert -Scènes de la vie de campagne (Tome 13), contenant : Le Médecin de Campagne et Le Curé de village -Etudes philosophiques (Tomes 14, 15 et 16), contenant : La Peau de chagrin, Jésus-Christ en Flandres, Melmoth réconcilié, Le Chef-d'œuvre inconnu, La Recherche de l'absolu (Tome 14) ; Massimilla Doni, Gambara, L'Enfant maudit, Les Marana, Adieu, Le Réquisitionnaire, El Verdugo, Un Drame au bord de la mer, L'Auberge rouge, L'Elixir de longue vie, Maître Cornélius, Sur Catherine de Médicis : Introduction et Première partie - Le Martyr calviniste (Tome 15) ; Catherine de Médicis (seconde partie), Les Proscrits, Louis Lambert, Séraphita [suivi de] Etudes analytiques, contenant : Physiologie du Mariage (Tome 16). -Scènes de la vie parisienne, suite (Tomes 17 et 18), contenant : La cousine Bette, Le cousin Pons (Tome 17) ; Splendeurs et Misères des courtisanes (quatrième partie) [suivie de] Scènes de la vie politique, contenant : L'Envers de l'histoire contemporaine (deuxième épisode) [suivi de] Scènes de la vie de campagne, contenant : Les Paysans [Suivi de] Etudes analytiques, contenant : Petites misères de la Vie conjugale (Tome 18). -Théâtre (Tome 19), contenant : Vautrin, Les Ressources de Quinola, Paméla Giraud, La Maratre. -Contes drolatiques (Tome 20) : Premier dixain, Deuxième dixain, Troisième dixain.  Bel ensemble des oeuvres complètes, 

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

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

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        A LETTER TO HON. N.G. FOSTER, CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS IN THE 7TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF GA. IN REPLY TO A SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIM AGAINST THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, AND IN FAVOR OF THE DOCTRINES OF THE KNOW- NOTHINGS, IN EATONTON, ON THURSDAY, 16TH AUGUST, 1855.

      Federal Union Power Press,, Milledgeville, Ga.: 1855 - Original printed wrappers with wrapper title and caption title [as issued]. Stitched. 39, [1 blank] pp. Some wrapper darkening, spine wrapper shorn. Text lightly to moderately foxed, Good+. A loyal Southern Democrat, Turner tells Foster "that your doctrines involve a war upon the principles of the Declaration of Independence, of the State and Federal Constitutions, of a republican form of government, and therefore of civil and religious liberty." The Know-Nothings oppose "religious toleration," which is "the corner stone of our political edifice. You can't destroy that without pulling down the whole superstructure." He defends the loyalty of American Catholics and denounces the Know-Nothings for attempting to limit their participation in American civic life. Turner says, "The Democratic party has administered this government for nearly half a century. Under this administration a great Empire has sprung up, almost as if by magic." He charges Foster's Party with "pandering to the abolition influence at the North" and for favoring Congressional power to restrict slavery in the Western Territories. Not in De Renne. OCLC 191315602 [11] as of March 2017. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Historia General y Natural de las Indias, Islas y Tierra-Firme del Mar Océano..

      Madrid: Real Academia, 1855. A fine set.. Four volumes, folio, with a total of 15 plates (three folding, one coloured); contemporary polished marbled calf, double labels. A beautiful copy in a handsome contemporary binding: the first full edition of the great sixteenth-century work on Spanish voyages, and 'the source from which most literary writers have drawn their accounts of the early occurrences in the New World' (Church). Oviedo's 'massive work? if published when it was written, might have given its author the literary stature of Barros? As Oviedo's work stands, it is a noble monument; in fact, it is the greatest classic of the early years of Spanish activity in the New World to be chronicled by a contemporary?' (Penrose). This canonical edition includes much of Oviedo's manuscript for the first time, and includes the first full-length printing of the various sections originally partially published in Spain in 1526, 1535, and 1547. It is a superb achievement: as Palau notes it is 'magnifica en todos conceptos, tanto por el merito historico y literario como por la presentacion nitida y correcta.''The Spanish historian Oviedo was born at Madrid in August 1478. Educated at the court of Ferdinand and Isabella, in his thirteenth year he became page to their son, the Infante Don John, was present at the siege of Granada, and there saw Columbus before his voyage to America. On the death of Prince John (4 October 1497), Oviedo went to Italy, and there acted as secretary to Gonzolo Fernandez de Cordoba. In 1514 he was appointed supervisor of gold-smeltings at San Domingo, and on his return to Spain in 1523 was appointed historiographer of the Indies. He paid five more visits to America before his death, which took place at Valladolid in 1557.'Besides a romance of chivalry entitled Claribalte (1519) Oviedo wrote two extensive works of permanent value: La General y natural historia de las Indias and Las Quinquagenas de la nobleza de Espana. The former work was first issued at Toledo (1526) in the form of a summary entitled La Natural hystoria de las Indias; the first part of La Historia general de las Indias appeared at Seville in 1535; but the complete work was not published till 1851-1855, when it was edited by J.A. de los Rios for the Spanish Academy of History. Though written in a diffuse style, it embodies a mass of curious information collected at first hand, and the incomplete Seville edition was widely read in the English and French versions published by Eden and Poleur respectively in 1555 and 1556?' (EB).

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

      New York and Auburn: Miller, Orton and Mulligan, 1855. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. First edition. 464pp. with four pages of advertisements at rear. Original brown cloth with a bit of professionally restoration to edges, lettered in gilt, with original yellow endpapers. Illustrated. Gilt a bit rubbed and oxidized, head and tail cloth worn away, repaired horizontal spine tear, internally Very Good and bright with tissue guards intact, a bit of staining to fore edge and occasionally in margins, foxing to endpapers and small marginal dampstain to rear ads. The first appearance of Frederick Douglass' second memoir.

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        SMITH'S ILLUSTRATED ASTRONOMY, DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF THE PUBLIC OR COMMON SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES. ILLUSTRATED WITH ORIGINAL DIAGRAMS

      New York: Daniel Burgess & Co, 1855. Revised Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good binding. Six years after the first printing of Smith's popular Illustrated Astronomy, during which time "many new planets or Asteroids have been discovered. This edition with frontispiece of "The Largest Telescope in the World" which is replicated on the front pictorial cover; with 32 full-page and stunningly graphic plates in black and white. Very Good binding.

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        TRAITÉ PRATIQUE POUR L'EMPLOI DES PAPIERS DU COMMERCE EN PHOTOGRAPHIE: NOUVEAUX PROCÉDÉS AMÉLIORATEURS

      Au Bureau du Cosmos et Chez Delahaye, Paris 1855 - 8vo., 104 pp. Printed wrappers are slightly edgeworn and show age-toning and light stains. Very good. Housed in a new quarter cloth and pastepaper clamshell box. Stéphane Geoffray (1827-1895) banker, lawyer and photographer, was the inventor of the waxed paper process with cerolein. This was an improvement upon Gustave Le Gray's waxed paper process and produced sharper, and faster results. This and a similar collodion process for glass were described in a paper published in 1855.This manual covers the sensitizing and processing of photographic papers, with details about gelatin coatings, making this among the earliest reference to suggest a viable commercial manufacturing of photographic papers. Not listed in Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863. Roosens & Salu No. 7808. WorldCat locates copies at George Eastman House, Getty Research Center, University of Texas - Harry Ransom Center, National Gallery of Canada, and three European libraries. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Na lau Hawaii. [The leaves of Hawaii].[Hawaii & South Pacific, ca. 1850]. Large folio (18.4 x 29 cm). Hawaiian nature printing album containing 277 handmade botanical pressings (on 68 leaves) from Hawaii and other islands in the South Pacific. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine with title ''Na lau Hawaii', kept in modern brown cloth dropback box.

      - Blunt, The art of botanical illustration, pp. 138-142; cf. Cave, Impressions of nature, pp. 60-64, 137-145. Important and unique Hawaiian nature-print album showing numerous life-size plant specimens from Hawaii and other Pacific Islands. The contemporary title on the spine of the volume, "Na lau Hawaii", roughly translates 'The leaves of Hawaii'. The collection was most likely created by an American sailor, involved in whaling or the China trade. Most samples are identified in pencil. Among the plants featured in the album are the taro plant, the huge leaf of the palapalai fern, several varieties of fruit plants, including banana, breadfruit, pear, guava, pineapple, lime and papaya, and plants such as arrow root, bamboo, wild raspberry, mulberry, Indian rubber plant, tamarind, and various ferns as well. Five of the later pages are headed "Aitutaki", the name of one of the Cook Islands south of Hawaii. These are followed by two pages headed "Leaves from Akaroa, N.Z.", indicating that they are specimens from the eastern coast of New Zealand's South Island.The album is undated, but "Parsons Co. Booksellers & Binders of 107 Union Street, New Bedford" (Massachusetts) operated at that address about 1855 to 1860.Re-backed preserving the original backstrip; some folds and small tears; slightly foxed. In good condition.

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        Bulletin de la Société de l'Industrie minérale. Première Série: Tome I, 1855-1856 - Tome XV, 1869-1870. (and) Première Série: Atlas I -X, XII- XV.

      Saint-Etienne, Paris, Imprimerie de Théolier Ainé, Dunot successeur de Victor Dalmont, 1855-1870. 29 vols: 15 vols. 8vo (22,5x15 cm); Texte, and 14 vols. Large 4to (30,5x25 cm): Atlas. All the volumes uniformly bound in contemporary half cloth, spines gilt with gilt lines and gilt titles; covers marbled paper (a bit rubbed). Each tex-volume with about 600 till 900 pages, with folding tables. The atlasses, all complete, with in total 382 double-page plates (incl. 7 large folding plates). Also including 27 double-page maps (1 in colour "l'Algérie") of which 4 large folding maps (1 in colour "Sarrebrucke") - Dealing with mining engineering ("mines de houille, de fer, de plomb, de cuivre argentifière..."), mineralogy, metallurgy, geology in general, industrial constructions, ways of transport, all over the world, but mainly in France, and many specialized subjects as "lampes à gaz, ventilateurs, chaudières à vapeur", etc. - Of the First Series, which consists of 30 volumes (15 textvols. and 15 atlasses), we offer here 29 volumes (15 textvols and 14 atlasses), with only light brown spots in places, carefully collated: with all the 382 plates of the 14 atlasses: lithographs by Nublat and Lantz, engraved by Dentan. - Rare set

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        Das Universitätsgebäude in Berlin. - L' Université à Berlin.

      - Lithographie m. Tonplatte v. Lütke ( Druck v. Königl. lith. Institut ) b. Schröder in Berlin, um 1855, 16,7 x 23,5 Kiewitz 799: Ernst, Bd. 1. Lütke, Nr. 41. - Blick vom Opernhaus aus, i. Vgr. Kutschen und Passanten. Links die heutige Staatsbibliothek. Die Ansicht zeigt die Universität vor 1850, da das Denkmal Friedrich des Großen noch nicht steht.

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        Trial of Oscar T Caldwell, Late a conductor on the Chicago and.

      1855 - Chicago, IL: 1855. Only edition. Brought to Justice by the Pinkertons [Trial]. Caldwell, Oscar T., Defendant. Smith, J. Victor, Reporter. Trial of Oscar T. Caldwell, Late a Conductor on the Chicago and Burlington Railroad Line, For Embezzlement: Before the Recorders Court of the City of Chicago at the September Term, 1855. Chicago: Daily Democratic Press Steam Print, 1855. 35 pp. Text in parallel columns. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers, spine reinforced. Light soiling, minor edgewear, spine abraded (but secure), some toning to text. $650. * Only edition. Caldwell's trial was the result of an investigation by the Pinkerton detective agency, then a five-year old company. Caldwell was convicted. The rear wrapper carries an advertisement for the Pinkerton & Company. OCLC locates 6 copies in law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress, Rutgers, St. John's University, Social Law, University of Missouri). Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 13985. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Il coltivatore. Giornale d'Agricoltura pratica di G. A. Ottavi professore d'Agricoltura

      Casale Monferrato, 1855 - Diciassette annate legate in 13 volumi di cm. 23, pp. 8.000 ca. complessive. Con figure incise nel testo. Solida ed elegante legatura coeva in mezza pelle, dorsi a piccoli nervi con titoli e filetti in oro. Esemplare genuino ed in ottimo stato di conservazione. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        MÜNCHEN., Städterose mit insgesamt 28 Ansichten, u. a. mit einer Gesamtansicht, sowie Ansichten der Universität, Schrannenplatz, Wittelsbacher Platz, weibliches Erziehungs-Institut, Frauenkirche, Residenz uvm.

      Stahlstich und Farblithographie bei Adler, Hamburg, um 1855, ca. 26,5 cm Durchmesser. Es wurden verschiedene Versionen herausgegeben. Die vorliegende mit Ansichten vom Schrannenplatz, Isartor, Max-Joseph Denkmal und "Gebäude für d. deutsche Industrie-Ausstellung im Jahr 1854 in München". - Sehr schöne, wohl erhaltene Städterose. BAYERN, Oberbayern, Städterosen

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        Petermann's Geographische Mitteilungen. Volumes 1-12.

      Gotha, Justus Perthes, 1855-1865. 12 volumes in 12. 4to (22.2 x 26.8 cm). Over 3,500 pp., numerous maps of which many large, folded, and nearly all in fine chromolithography. Contemporary uniform polished half calf over marbled boards. Spines with five raised, gilt and black-lined bands, red and black morocco labels with gilt title, number and year (volumes 1-9), and gilt ornaments and title (volumes 10-12). Marbled endpapers. Speckled edges.l A rare, fine set of the start of the most important, and longest running German geographical journal, in particular dealing with uncharted parts of African, the Far-East, and artctic regions, by explorers such as Barth, Livingstone, Vogel, Kane, Prinz Waldemar von Preussen, Petermann, Philippi, A. von Humboldt, Roth, Perther, Von Heuglin, Rohlfs, etc. Especially important because of the many original, often very detailed maps of hitherto unknown or poorly known regions of the world. Subjects are geographical, topographical, and/or geological. The series was founded by the cartographer August Heinrich Petermann (1822-1878), and bear his name ever since. "Petermann was responsible for drawing most of the maps in the first few years of the journal. His strength was in the analysis and evaluation of all sources available. As such one can say that the indication "Originalkarte" (original map) in many titles was well earned, for few slavishly copied what explorers or other experts had sketched" (Wikipedia). Peterman uniformized the maps by always using the metric system, and the Greenwich meridian as prime reference. Next to geographical maps these volumes include several views, profiles and even some anthropological illustrations. In the rear of volume 9 there are two "Ergänzungshefte": publications outside the series, but sometimes included. The last three volumes have a different, also contemporary, binding. Some scattered spotting in a few sections, minimal shelfwear, mainly to board edges. in all a very good set. Very rare, especially in this state.

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        Oeuvres complètes de Buffon avec la nomenclature Linnéenne et la classification de Cuvier. Revues aux l'édition in-4to de l'Imprimerie royale et annotées par M. Flourens. Nouvelle édition illustrée de 150 planches gravées sur acier d'après les dessins de mm. Traviès et Henry Gobin et coloriées avec le pluis grand soin. (AND) Oevres de Cuvier et Lacépède contenant le complément de Buffon a l'histoire des mammifères et des oiseaux l'histoire des cétacés, batraciens serpents et poissons illustrés de 50 planches environ 125 sujets coloriés avec le plus grand soin. Supplément aux oeuvres complètes de Buffon annotées par M. Flourens.

      Paris, Garnier Frères, [1855]. In 16 volumes. 4to (26.5 x 17.3 cm). 10,419 pp., one portrait, four hand-coloured maps, one tinted frontispiece, 190 (of 194?) finely hand-coloured steel-engravings of which nine placed as frontispieces). Contemporary uniform half morocco over marbled boards. Spines with five raised bands, gilt title. Marbled endpapers, speckled edges.l The works of Buffon, Cuvier, and De Lacépède went through many editions. This 4to edition offers the complete work of all three authors, has excellent images, follows the Linnaean system, and is in all these respects superior to the 18th century editions. This edition, edited by Flourens and published by Garnier, is not in Nissen; in fact, of the "Cuvier" part there is nothing similar in Nissen at all. The "Buffon" section, including the parts on mammalogy and ornithology, was published in 12 volumes; the "Cuvier et Lacépède" section, with herpetology and ichthyology, and additional mammal and bird plates, was published in four matching volumes. The fine, hand-coloured plates are by, e.g. Traviés, and Acarie Baron. According to Nissen (ZBI 705), the Buffon-part of a similar, but not identical work does not have 150 plates (per the title page, as in this edition), but 163. However, his collation differs widely from this set and doubtlessly refers to a different edition (and so does his number 704). In this set the Buffon part has several plates bound in at variance with the "indication pour le placement des planches", and does not have a plate of fossil teeth, and two bird plates ("Le petit mouche et son nid", and "L'echasse Le tourne-pierre, l'huitrier"), all called for in the index but never bound in, and indeed has 147 plates, including the maps, tinted frontispiece, and portrait; the index to the "Cuvier" part calls for a "baleine" plate in volume 1, but it is not included. Original red and black printed front wrapper of volume 11 bound in. Two leaves with a small repair to the top edge, some very light spotting, mainly to tissue-guards and near the top edge, but generally quite clean and in all a very attractive, uniform set. Nissen ZBI, 704-705 (not this edition).

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        Oahu

      Washington, D.C.: Andrew B. Graham Co. 1855 - Sheet Dimensions: 35 ½ x 27 ½ inches. Framed Dimensions: 40 ¼ x 32 ½ x 1 ¼ inches. Chromolithograph with original color.

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