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        Book of Records of the Church of Christ at Mission Institute 1846 - 1855

      [Quincy, Illinois?], 1855. Ledger. Good +. Large octavo (approx. 9.25" x 7.5"). [244] pages. Dull gray paper covered boards with brown leather spine. Light shelf and edge wear to covers and spine. Faded bookseller oval stamp on the front board. 36 pages were used for recording minutes by various clerks. Found inside the ledger is an old tattered newspaper, split at the folds and stitched at the edges. At the bottom of the newspaper is a faded pencil note - "Used at Mission Institute 1840." On the back side of the newspaper is a blank sheet of paper with drawn representations of various geometric figures. Ledger includes the "Articles of Faith", "Covenant", "Rules", "Conduct", "Business & Discipline", and a "List of Members". The Church of Christ at Mission Institute was formed in 1846. The first entry in the minutes, dated February 3, 1846, reads - "Citizens & students at Mission Institute met for the purpose of organizing a church ....It was then moved that this church be called the Church of Christ at Mission Institute. Meeting then adjourned by Prayer. J Weller Clerk." The last entry is dated Oct. 6, 1855. The following [4] sheets are cut out and the remainder of the ledger mostly blank with the exception of 4 pages of unrelated list of food stuffs. 78 names are recorded in the list of Church members. Some of the names often repeated in the ledger include Geo. F. Davis, Prof. Elijah Griswold, S. D. Houston, Martha Houston, Geo Hutchinson, T H Johnson, H D Platt, and James Weller. The location of the Church was not provided although written in the minutes it appears the Church of Christ was located in Quincy, Illinois. The entry dated April 7th (1847) states "At a church meeting Brethren J Weller & G. F. Davis were appointed as representatives to the Association meeting at Quincy on Thursday April 8th." Much of what is written in the minutes of the formal meetings includes a search for a Pastor, the reception of new members, disciplinary actions initiated by the Church committee, rule discussions, and several prayer sessions. In the minutes taken December 25th, 1850 - "At a meeting of this Church after prayer meeting, A L Leonard in Charge, Matthew Dutton presented a letter from the Baptist Church of Springfield Ill and was rec. as a member of this Church. Also Geo Hutchinson by letter from Central Pres. Ch. St. Louis. and Miss Jones on profession." An early prominent member of the Church of Christ at Mission Institute was George F. Davis. Davis was educated at the Mission Institute, Quincy, Illinois having studied there from 1841-1847 (Source: "History of the Presbyterian Church in Illinois" by Augustus Theodore Norton, 1879). The formation of the Church of Christ at the Mission Institute came after the Mission Institute was founded in the late 1830's. Quincy is situated across the Mississippi river from Missouri. At the time this ledger was in use Missouri was a slave holding State. The town of Quincy, an abolitionist stronghold founded on antislavery principles, was a stop on the Underground Railroad for runaway slaves. One of the better known citizens of Quincy during this period was the abolitionist Asa Turner who later moved to Iowa.

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        Virginia

      J. H. Colton & Co., New York 1855 - An early brightly hand-colored pocket map of Virginia. Bound in black decoratively blind stamped cloth with gilt imprint. Rubbed corners and a few holes in cloth. Map sheet measures 16" x 16" and has light soil and a two-inch piece missing in the lower right corner. With an index on the verso and insets of Richmond and Norfolk. No bound pocket maps of this issue found in OCLC. ; 5" x 3 1/2"

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        Dresden vom Ballon aus gesehen. Große Gesamtansicht aus halber Vogelschau. Lithographie mit Tonplatte von Heinrich Walter nach Eltzner.

      Druck von Lemercier in Paris für den Verlag Arnold in Dresden, ca. 1855. - Format (Bildbereich): 365 x 600 mm. Blattgröße: 530 x 750 mm. *Siehe Vergleichsexemplar im Kupferstichkabinett Dresden Inventarnummer A 1995-2108 aus der Sammlung Theodor Bienert. - Prächtige detaillierte Gesamtansicht in großem Format, gedruckt als Tonlithograhie in zwei Farben, beim vorliegenden Exemplar zusätzlich zeitgenössisch handkoloriert. Sehr seltenes Blatt. - Breitrandiges Exemplar, alt montiert auf Karton aus ehemaliger Rahmung. Die weißen Außenränder etwas gebräunt und im Bereich des Himmels mit leichten Oxidationsspuren der Farben, sonst sauber und sehr gut erhalten. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 2000 [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        My Bondage and My Freedom

      Miller, Orton & Mulligan, New York and Auburn 1855 - Size: Octavo (standard book size). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is sound. Brown gilt-stamped cloth over boards, (xxxi), 464 pages, Appendix, illustrated with 3 plates, including frontispiece. Part I. Life as a Slave. Part II. Life as a Freeman. From the personal library of Clifford Odets with his blindstamp on ffep. Clifford Odets (1906-1963) was an American playwright whose work served as inspiration for Arthur Miller, Paddy Chayefsky and David Mamet. Covers worn, chipped at corners and spine ends, wear on spine, crack in cloth, text block stained, webbing of hinges showing, front hinge a little wobbly, frontispiece and title page foxed, text block starting to crack at 242/243 and 254/255, a few instances of small spots/light stains scattered on pages, overall clean interior. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2 lbs 4 oz. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 012462. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The First Tour of Doctor Syntax, in search of the picturesque; [with] The Second Tour of Doctor Syntax, in search of consolation; [and] The Third Tour of Doctor Syntax, in search of a wife

      London: Nattali and Bond, Bedford Street, Covent Garden [through 1855], 1812. Early Reprint. Paper-Covered Boards. Fine. Ninth Edition, complete in three volumes with 80 hand-colored aquatints by Thomas Rowlandson. (Eighty-one plates are called for on the title pages, but the plate lists contain a total of only 79, with the illustrated title page in Vol. 3 unlisted. Presumably, there was an illustrated title page planned for the Second Tour but never included.) Tall 8vo's: [6],272,[6, catalog of books published by Nattali and Bond]; [4],277,[1]; [6],279,[1]pp. Hand-marbled paper-covered boards, finely woven green cloth spines, matching morocco lettering pieces gilt, recently bound by Fitterer, a truly splendid production. Fine bindings; clean, wide-margined pages with only occasional offsetting; vibrant, deep, rich, fresh coloring. Abbey, Life, 265-67. Tooley 427-29. The three tours of Doctor Syntax, featuring the comic, skin-and-bone cleric at the mercy of all manner of misadventures was supposedly based on an idea of Rowlandson's close friend, the actor Jack Bannister, and with verses by William Combe, first appeared in 1812, 1820, and 1821, respectively. Combe's letterpress for Rowlandson's illustrations, produced by the prestigious publisher and art dealer Rudolph Ackermann, earned Combe his soubrette, Doctor Syntax. "Combining a light-hearted satire of William Gilpin's theory of the picturesque in art with a central character modelled on Cervantes' Don Quixote and Henry Fielding's Parson Adams, Combe created a lovable eccentric whose misadventures on the road structure the Tour. [Other sources for Syntax, drawn from the picturesque tradition, were probably Le Sage's Gil Blas and Smollett's Peregrine Pickle, as well as Samuel Butler's earlier Hudibras.] For over a century the many editions and numerous imitations of the Tour attested to the popularity of Combe's humorous hero." (ODNB) "Combe's first Dr. Syntax book (originally published in the Poetical Magazine in 1809) and its successors . . . satirize the many 18th- and early 19th-century writers whose "Tours," "Travels," and "Journeys" were vehicles for sententious moralizing, uninspired raptures, and sentimental accounts of amorous adventures. The popularity of Combe's work owed much to the illustrations of Thomas Rowlandson." (Britannica) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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        [GOLD RUSH] Ambrotype of Samuel and Elizabeth Bates, emigrants to Australia, 1855

      [United Kingdom or France] : [s.n.], 1855. Quarter plate ambrotype photograph with hand colouring, 130 x 105 mm, with original passe-partout frame comprising the cover glass (180 x 140 mm) and papered chip-board preserver with oval cut-out and gold painted border; the ambrotype with the original blackened backing paper intact, affixed to the back of the ambrotype's top edge with the original spots of glue (this uppermost part of the ambrotype is not exposed in the oval frame), original cloth covered thick card backing, with contemporary manuscript label inscribed "Samuel Bates and Lizzy his Wife, 1st January 1855. Left for Austrilla (sic) soon after"; although all of the ambrotype's original components are present, the frame's cloth border has perished, meaning that the components are now separated (this actually provides a good opportunity to observe how this type of "uncased" ambrotype was assembled); the cover glass has a short diagonal scratch at the right hand edge, not impinging on the main image; the ambrotype itself is in very good condition, a beautifully composed portrait with rich tonal range and delicate colouring. The ambrotype, a cheaper alternative to the daguerreotype, became popular in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America from around 1853. A glass plate covered with a thin layer of collodion, then dipped in a silver nitrate solution, was exposed to the subject while still wet, then developed and fixed. When the reverse of this negative image was coated with a dark emulsion such as varnish or paint (or, as in the present example, covered with a sheet of blackened paper), the resulting image appeared as a positive. The process required the expertise and experience of a professional photographer. The majority of ambrotypes, like daguerreotypes, were sold to the client in a custom case made of either leather covered wood or thermoplastic, which was usually lined with velvet, with an ornamental ormulu border framing the image itself; the plainer and less expensive uncased ambrotype, produced in a passe-partout frame as a ready-to-display photograph, was more popular in continental Europe and, to a lesser extent, the United Kingdom, than in North America. The portrait ambrotype of Samuel and Elizabeth Bates which we offer here was most likely taken by a British or French studio. Samuel and Lizzy evidently joined the rush to the Australian goldfields, probably departing from England early in 1855.

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        URACH., "Württ. Oberamts - Stadt Urach". Prächtige Gesamtansicht, rechts im Vordergrund eine Schafsherde. Darunter kleine Teilansicht vom "K. Seminar".

      Lithographie mit Tonplatte von Eberhard Emminger bei J. Bartels in Urach, um 1855, 39 x 49 cm. Schefold 10364 Henning-Maier S. 155, Abb. Nr. 53. - Variante mit Tonplatte. Mit Lichtrand vom Passepartoutausschnitt breitrandig und gut erhalten. Baden-Württemberg

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        The Arms of the Colleges of Oxford. With Historical Notices of the Colleges by Rev.John W. Burgon, M.A. Fellow of Oriel College.

      Spiers and Son, Oxford 1855 - 233pp (un-numbered) with 20 full page colour lithographs. Descriptions of the colleges of Oxford and illustrations of their arms. Bound by Coverly and Sons (with their stamp), in three-quarters blue leather with five raised bands to the spine and gilt lettering and decoration. Henry Shaw was a noted architectural draughtsman, engraver, illuminator, and antiquary, who published this work first in ten monthly parts, before being published as a whole in 1855. Light, infrequent spotting to pages. Some soiling to covers and a small piece of wear to the cloth [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Israel Potter; His Fifty Years of Exile

      Putnam, New York 1855 - Second printing in *BAL* second binding in brown cloth (no priority) and yellow endpapers. A few signatures starting, some soiling to the boards, front fly lacking, this copy from the library of novelist Stuart Mitchner with his embossed surname on a preliminary page, a very good copy with the spine gilt brighter than often seen. A historical adventure written when Melville was trying to salvage a professional writing career hampered by the increasingly poor receptions of his more philosophical works *Mardi*, *Moby-Dick*, and *Pierre*. *BAL* 13667. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Physiotypia Plantarum Austriacarum. Der Naturselbstdruck in seiner Anwendung auf die Gefässpflanzen des Österreichischen Kaiserstaates, mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Nervation in den Flächenorganen der Pflanzen. [Nature printed ferns, numbered in pencil; 26 and 31]

      Wien, Kaiserlich-Königlichen Hof- und Staatsdruckerei [1855-1856]. Two folio nature-printed plates (58 x 40 cm, circa 45 x 30 cm for printed area). Unbound and uncut with full margins. = Constantin Freiherr von Ettingshausen (1826-1897), professor of botany at the University of Graz was a major researcher of European Tertiary floras. He also had a great interest in nature printing, for its accuracy in transferring a real natural history object to an image on paper. In his "Physiotypia Plantarum", these two interests were combined. The present set of fern plates seem to be proof plates, since they do not have printed captions or plate numbers, only pencil annotations in the top margin and at the bottom of plates' versos. The imprint seems extremely pronounced, which supports the idea of them being among the very first coming through the press. In fact they are among the most fantastic examples of nature printing with their very decorative botanical illustrations. Only nature printing can give this true 3D effect to a plate, and these are among the best ever made. Both plates are in very good condition, with only a few small and marginal imperfections never disturbing the printed area. Scientific names in pencil in the top right margin. The complete work consisted of five folio atlases with 500 plates. According to Stafleu & Cowan: "the most important work produced by nature printing ever published". Even individual plates are very rare. Fischer No. 69; Nissen BBI, 613; Pritzel 2756; Stafleu & Cowan, 1723.

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        Auf zum Südpol! 45 Jahre Wirkens zur Förderung der Erforschung der Südpolar-Region 1855-1900

      mit 5 geographischen Karten und 2 Bildeern des Verfassers, XV, 485 Seiten, 20x25, blaues illustriertes O Ln mit facettierten Buchdecken, SCHÖNES UND FESTES EXEMPLR DIESE SEHR SELTENEN TITELS, die Beschriftung am Buchrücken stellenweise leicht berieben, die ersten 2 Blätter mit wenigen minimalen Fehlstellen an der Unterkante

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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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        New Map of the State of Texas Compiled from J. De Cordova's large Map.

      J. H. Colton & Co. New York. Copyright 1855. [ 1856]. - Hand-colored map on sheet size 18 1/2 x 29 inches with central vertical fold. Light toning to margins, overall very good condition. Accompanying the map is a full page text 18 1/2 x 31 inches titled "The State of Texas." There are three inset maps: "Plan of the Northern Part of Texas"; "Plan of Galveston Bay"; "Plan of Sabine Lake." An uncommon edition of this impressive map of Texas. The map is dated along bottom edge below Sabine Lake inset; the last two numerals are not fully formed but appear to establish an 1855 date; this issue was published in Colton's Atlas of the World in 1857. The map is distinguished from later editions by two text blocks, one straddling the fold at the bottom of map titled "Explanations," with images and varying fonts identifying "Railroads," "Common Roads," "Cities," "County Towns," etc. The other appears at the top of the map to the eastern boundary of New Mexico. It reads: "Note: From the head waters of the Red Brazos and Colorado Rivers to the Rio Pecos is a desolate and sterile plain from 100 to 200 miles in width, elevated about 4500 feet above the Gulf of Mexico, without water or timber and with a scanty vegetation." The land speculator Jacob De Cordova was hired by the Texas General Land Office to compile a map for promotional purposes; it was first published in 1849, with subsequent editions revised to show new counties, public lands, settlements, etc. De Cordova's map was the basis for this early Colton map.

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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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        WE ARE NOT UNDERSOLD BY ANY HOUSE IN QUINCY!| SAWYER & GRAVES. NORTH SIDE OF THE PUBLIC SQUARE, QUINCY, ILL. RESPECTFULLY ASK YOUR ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING ADVERTISEMENT: IN SOLICITING A CONTINUANCE OF THE LIBERAL PATRONAGE BESTOWED UPON THE LATE FIRM OF SAWYER & ADAMS, WE WOULD STATE THAT WE SHALL SELL THE FINEST FABRICS AND DRESS GOODS EQUALLY AS LOW AS RETAILED IN ST. LOUIS. THE ONE PRICE CASH SYSTEM IS THE PRINCIPLE UPON WHICH WE HAVE ACTED, AND UPON WHICH WE SHALL CONTINUE TO OPERATE. THE SILK DEPARTMENT IS NOW VERY COMPLETE. FINE DRESS GOODS SUCH AS PLAID SILK POPLINS, MERINOS, PERSIAN TWILLS, THIBET AND COBURG CLOTHS, FANCY DE LAINES. SHAWLS, CLOAKING GOODS, EMBROIDERIES, LACES, COLLARS. CHOICE GROCERIES!!. BOUGHT FOR CASH EXCLUSIV

      Sawyer & Graves,, Quincy, IL: 1855 - Folio broadside, 16.5" x 22". Printed using several different typesettings. Light crease from having been folded. Very Good. This rare broadside survival was printed during the early commercial development of Quincy, a Mississippi River town which became a thriving rail and river transportation center and, by 1870, the second largest city in Illinois. The Graves brothers-- Henry Littleton [1832- c.1882] and Washington Clay [1834-?]-- were Kentuckians who became Illinois farmers before they were out of their teens. They became partners with James T. Sawyer [c.1818-?], a native Tennessean with a well-stocked mercantile business. Their establishment is noted in the directories of the era. Sawyer later served as a director of the Quincy, Missouri Pacific Railroad. [THE RAILWAY AGE, VOLUME 11, NO. 9, MARCH 4, 1886, Page 118; Chapman Bros.: PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF ADAMS COUNTY, ILLINOIS. Pages 320-323].

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