The viaLibri website requires cookies to work properly. You can find more information in our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Displayed below are some selected recent viaLibri matches for books published in 1855

        The Seven Lamps of Architecture

      London - Smith, Elder and Co 1855 - An beautifully illustrated second edition ofone of Ruskin's most famous works. In a beautiful morocco binding by M Ward and Co. Complete with 14 plates by the author. John Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron andprominent social thinker. He wrote ona variety of of subjects including architecture, literature, education and political economy and wrote in a variety of styles including essays, poetry and lectures. He also made detailed sketches and paintings whichaccompanied his works, including sketches of architectural ornaments found in this volume. Condition: In an ornate full morocco binding with gilt detailing by Ward & Co, Belfast. With gilt and gauffered foredge. Externally in excellent condition with just some light rubbing to joints and marks to boards. Internally firmly bound. Pages are clean and bright throughout with just some very light spotting to the first and last few pages. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books PBFA]
 1.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        The Tour of Doctor Syntax (3 volumes) In Search of the Picturesque, In Search of Consolation, In Search of a Wife

      Rudolph Ackermann, London 1855 - 4to - over 9¾. Book. VG. 77 handcolored plates, plus three additional extra title page color illustrations. This is one of Rowlandson's most famous set of illustrations, and Combe's light satiric verse was a perennial favorite into the twentieth century, when its sort of fluent rhyming fell out of favor. Syntax has to be one of the great imaginative creations of the English language literature, though. He is modeled on picaresque figures such as Don Quixote. Wear to upper spine tips, all volumes. Generally clean interiors. A few loose preliminaries in vol 3, but still holding. A few pages are brittle yet clean. Overall, VG. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB]
 2.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        Story]: "The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether," [Poem]: "The Divine Right of Kings," [and Essay]: "Edgar Allan Poe," [in] Graham's Magazine (1845)

      (George R. Graham & Co.), (Philadelphia) 1855 - First editions. Ten miscellaneous monthly issues of *Graham's Magazine* (several from 1845, 1852, and 1855) followed by eight monthly issues of *Miss Leslie's Magazine* from 1843, bound together thus in one volume. Thick octavo. Illustrated with wood-engravings. Contemporary half morocco and marbled papercovered boards, all edges marbled, gilt spine title: "Graham's Magazine, Vol. 46." Moderate scuffing, scattered foxing, very good. Contains the first printed appearance of Poe's tale "The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether," (November 1845), and poem "The Divine Right of Kings," signed "P." (October 1845). This poem is attributed to Poe, but not proven; the "King" of the title is Ellen King, possibly representing Frances Sargent Osgood. Also included is the first printed appearance of Lowell's essay: "Edgar Allan Poe" (February 1845), which reprints within it the Poe poems: "To Helen," "The Haunted Palace," "Lenore," and an excerpt of "Al Aaraaf." Other miscellaneous issues of *Graham's Magazine* bound in this volume include three poems by Lowell: ("Hakon's Lay," "To The Dandelion," and "To The Future"); five poems by Henry W. Longfellow: ("Book of Songs," "Dante," "Rain in Summer," "Afternoon in February," "Walter Von Der Vogelweide"); three poems by J. Bayard Taylor, and the essay: "My Fishing Days," by Horace Greely. Why this volume was bound thus cannot be determined. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
 3.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        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 which4 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.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat Emile Kerssemakers]
 4.   Check availability:     NVvA     Link/Print  

        Ottawa Scenery

      1855. First Edition . HUNTER, William S. HunterÂ’s Ottawa Scenery. Ottawa City: William S. Hunter, 1855. Thin folio, modern blue cloth, all edges gilt, uncut; pp. 19. $2600.First edition of the first book to include illustrations engraved by Winslow Homer, with vignette title page, large folding map and 14 fine tinted lithographs of views of Ottawa City and its vicinity, including one plate initialed by Homer and five others attributed to him.Homer was apprenticed to the engraver J.H. Bufford of Boston, whose shop actually produced the plates, including one (“View of Locks, Entrance of Rideau Canal”) initialed by Homer and five other unsigned views usually attributed to him. Views include bridges and locks and natural wonders such as the Rideau and Chaudiere Falls. Staton & Tremaine 3563. Sabin 33937. Abbey Travel 628 (with colored plates). Contemporary gift inscription.Light marginal dampstaining, occasional faint foxing. A very good copy.

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
 5.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Hungary And Transylvania;: With Remarks On Their Condition, Social, Political, And Economical. Vol.II

      J. Murray 1855 - 1855. 553 pages. Brown leather boards with gilt lettering and decoration. Pages are lightly tanned and thumbed at the edges, with some creased corners and foxing. Binding has remained firm. Boards are mildly rub worn, with some light shelf wear to spine, edges and corners, corners are bumped. Slight crushing to spine ends. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: World of Rare Books]
 6.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  

        The Diseases of the Heart and the Aorta

      Philadelphia: Lindsay and Blakiston, 1855Probably first American editionEmail us via the Bailey Books seller homepage for a technical description and additional photos. Response within 24 hours. We provide swift and professional service.

      [Bookseller: Kozuko Books]
 7.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Journal kept during the Russian War:

      London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans,, 1855. From the Departure of the Army from England in April, 1854, to the Fall of Sebastopol. Octavo. Original brown blind-stamped sand-grained cloth, title gilt to the spine, terracotta endpapers with ads to the pastedowns. A little rubbed, corners bumped, spine sunned, light browning, else a very good copy. First edition. Elusive and highly desirable narrative of the Crimean War by the wife of Paymaster Henry Duberly of the 8th Hussars, part of the legendary light brigade. "Although she missed the battle of the Alma and saw only the aftermath of the battle of Inkerman, she witnessed the cavalry charges at Balaklava and the assault on Malakhov, experienced the winter privations, and rode into Sevastopol soon after it fell. Fanny recorded these events daily. She possessed a ready pen, eyes perceptive to detail, youthful self-confidence, and an incisive style softened by candid pathos. Anonymous extracts from her letters home were leaked to the London press, encouraging her to ask her sister Selina's husband, Francis Marx, to edit her journal for publication. He toned down suspected indiscretions and the book reads less vividly than her letters (now held in the British Library), but a convincing realism survived the excisions and the Journal Kept during the Russian War sold well at Christmas 1855. Readers who anticipated a more heroic romanticism were, however, left uneasy, while Queen Victoria was offended by Fanny's ingenuous wilfulness" (ODNB).

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
 8.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Pensées de l'art et de la vie.

      Paris, Ledoyen, Schulz et Thuillié, 1855. - In-8, rel. janséniste plein maroquin chocolat, dos à 5 nerfs, titre doré, double filet doré sur les coupes, dentelle intérieure, contreplats et gardes marbrés, couv. cons., VIII-159 pp. EXEMPLAIRE DE L'AUTEUR portant son ex-libris gravé et l'ex-libris manuscrit de son épouse (Augustine Des Guerrois) ; il offre, de surcroit, la particularité d'avoir été entièrement décoré d'une multitude de petits ornements et gravures découpés et collés dans le texte, en marge des pages, sur les titres et les couvertures ; une partie de ces ornements est en couleurs. Etiquette du libraire parisien Emmanuel Lhermitte au contreplat. Très bel exemplaire dans une élégante reliure. Très beau recueil de pensées de Charles Des Guerrois, (historien, poète et bibliothécaire né à Troyes en 1817). Revenu dans sa ville natale après des études à Paris, il épouse Catherine Augustine Gouley en 1852. Il devint président du Comité d'inspection, de surveillance et d'achats de livres de la Bibliothèque de Troyes. Bibliophile passionné, érudit et connaisseur il réunit une collection précieuse qu'il lègue à sa mort en 1916, à la Bibliothèque municipale. Réf. bibliographiques : (LHERMITTE, Ouvrages sur la Champagne, 1308). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Trait d'Union sarl.]
 9.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  

        Die Oberlausitz als besondere Abtheilung von Sachsens Kirchen-Galerie.

      Dresden, Schmidt, (um ) 1855 - 96 Lieferungen (alles Ersch.) in 2 Bänden. 4°. IV, 452 S., mit 148 (von 153, es fehlen die großen Prämienblätter) lithographischen Tafeln mit 154 Ansichten. Schwarzes Halbleder im Stil der Zeit mit reicher Rückenvergoldung. Erste Ausgabe. - Vgl. Engelmann 629 (bis Lieferung 83). - Komplett sehr selten zu findende Reihe über die Oberlausitz. Die Tafeln meist mit Gesamtansichten der Orte, sowie deren Kirchen. - Leider wie meist ohne die gefalteten Prämienblätter. Vier unserer Tafeln beidseitig bedruckt. - Teilweise fingerfleckig, Text teils stark gebräunt und stockfleckig, S. 143/144 mit alt geklebtem Einriss. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Tresor am Roemer]
 10.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  

        Autograph letter signed

      1855. Signed. LONGSTREET, James. Autograph letter signed. Fort Bliss, Texas, October 1, 1855. Single sheet of lined paper, measuring 7-1/2 by 10 inches. $1800.Desirable 1855 autograph letter from James Longstreet to Chief of Ordnance Colonel Henry Knox Craig written while Longstreet was serving on the Texas frontier at Fort Bliss and discussing ordnance stores, twice signed by Longstreet.The letter reads: ""Fort Bliss Texas Oct 1st 1855—Colo. H.K. Craig. Chief of Ordnance. Sir. Enclosed I have the honor to submit my return of the ordnance and ordnance stores belonging to this Post for part of the third quarter of this year. I remain Sir very respect'y Your Mt. Obt. Servt. James Longstreet. Captain 8th Inf. Bt. Maj."" The opposite side bears a return address also in Longstreet's hand and bearing his signed name. This early letter was written by Longstreet to Colonel Henry Knox Craig (later General). In 1855, Longstreet was serving on frontier duty in Texas. He was regarded as a brave veteran of the Mexican-American War who had suffered a thigh wound and endured a lengthy recovery. In Texas, Longstreet was primarily engaged in scouting missions and rather more pedestrian service as a paymaster. He was also already involved in the cause of preserving slavery, planning a strategy to pull Mexico into the Union of a slave state. His correspondent, Colonel Craig, likewise had a distinguished early career and, in the 1830s, was assigned to the Ordnance Corps. He was then made Chief of Ordnance under General Taylor during the Mexican War. When peace came, Craig found a new mission—maintaining arms stores in an era of reduced defense budget allocations. His mission proved prescient as the years of his stockpiling were those that preceded the Civil War. Craig served in an advisory capacity following his retirement during the Civil War and was brevetted brigadier general in 1865 in recognition of his service. Small paper repair and mildly toned fold creases. Near-fine condition.

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
 11.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Little Dorrit

      1855. First Edition . DICKENS, Charles. Little Dorrit. London: Bradbury and Evans, December 1855-June 1857. Nineteen parts (20 numbers). Octavo, original pictorial blue paper wrappers. Housed in a custom cloth chemise and half morocco clamshell box. $4200.First edition, first issue, in the original serialized parts, with cover design and illustrations by Hablot Knight Browne. An excellent copy.Little Dorrit ""is a wonderfully rich novel— rich in ideas, rich in characterization, rich in incident, and written in a richly imaginative proseÂ…many critics regard it as Dickens' masterpiece"" (Watts, 108). ""So it is that in Little Dorrit Dickens mounts his single most ferocious onslaught against England and English society; against its government, against its financiers, against its artists, and even against its ordinary citizensÂ… In Little Dorrit, money itself is seen to be a faithless and corrupt delusion. Even when the Dorrits become rich, they cannot escape their past. The only hope is to be found in endurance, which was precisely the message [Dickens] was giving to some of his correspondents in the same period"" (Ackroyd, 758). Complete with all text, titles, plates, and errata called for in the first issue, including the character name ""Rigaud"" rather than ""Blandois"" on pp. 469, 470, 472, and 474, and the subsequent correction slip bound in at page 481 in Number XVI. All numbers with all advertisements as called for by Hatton & Cleaver with the following minor exceptions: without the Bradbury & Evans slip and the four-page ""Cyclopedia of Biography"" ads at back of Part 9; ""The Wreck of the Golden Mary"" slip at the front of Part 13; the two-page ""Royal Insurance Company"" slip at the back of part 19/20. With two sets of the four-page ""Dr. DeJongh's"" ads in Part 10; the Bradbury & Evans ads in Part 1 are numbered [1], 2-15[16], not [1]-16; the ""Theatre Royal"" slip in Part 1 is on orange paper, not yellow. Hatton & Cleaver, 305-30. Eckel, 82-84. Yale/Gimbel A140. Internally clean and crisp, with Parts 19/20 partly unopened; occasional foxing to plates, as almost always. Minor edge-wear to wrappers, with a few small expert paper repairs at edges. A lovely set in exceptional condition.

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
 12.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Urkundenbuch des Stifts Obernkirchen in der Grafschaft Schaumburg.

      Rinteln, Bösendahl 1855 - 416 S., Exemplar ist neu gebunden, Einband ist in sehr gutem Zustand ca. 10-20 Jahre alt, Seitenschnitt und Fußschnitt unbeschnitten, Blätter am Seiten- und Fußschnitt gebräunt mit Knickstellen und Einrissen. letztes Blatt restauriert aber teilweise verklebt mit Vorsatz. Kopfschnitt beschnitten und unfachmännisch gefärbt mit unterschiedlichen Verfärbungen - Foto vom Buch kann nachgereicht werden, Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 600 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: multilibri]
 13.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        New Testament Chinese - High Wen-Li.

      1855. In-8° (cm. 20,5 x 13,8), frontespizio in carta giallina e 140 cc., bella legatura inglese in pieno zigrino verde, titolo e fregi in oro al dorso, ai piatti triplice filetto in oro, dentelle interna. Rara e importante traduzione del Nuovo Testamento conosciuta come "Delegates Version". Variante A con antichi caratteri al frontespizio (seal character). La Delegates' Version: Nel 1842 molti missionari in Cina furono dell'opinione che fosse opportuno cooperare per pubblicare una nuova e migliorata traduzione cinese della Bibbia, usando i termini concordati da diverse denominazioni. Nell' agosto del 1843 quindici delegati delle società missionarie britanniche e americane si incontrarono a Hong Kong per la prima conferenza missionaria e decisero di organizzare una commissione centrale con delle sottocommissioni regionali con lo scopo di tradurre la Bibbia. I manoscritti creati in ciascuna sottocommissione regionale dovevano essere rivisti da rappresentanti di altre sottocommissioni e approvati dalla commissione centrale. Il Textus Receptus fu la base per le traduzioni. Nel 1850 furono pubblicati i quattro vangeli, seguiti dal Nuovo Testamento, apparso nel 1852 e dall'Antico Testamento pubblicato nel 1854. Darlow & Moule 2515

      [Bookseller: Libreria Antiquaria Xodo]
 14.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        Landscape Scenery. Illustrating Sydney, Parramatta, [etc]...

      Sydney & Melbourne: 1855. Oblong quarto, engraved title-page and 38 engraved handcoloured plates; original cloth, all edges gilt, "Australian Keepsake 1855" lettered on the upper board in gilt. Frederick Terry (1827-1869) was one of the better landscape artists working in Sydney during the mid-nineteenth century. Influenced by Conrad Martens, his work was included in the Paris Exhibition of 1855, the first showing of Australian pictures in Paris. The finely executed oval engravings that comprise this album are in a style not often seen in colonial art. Using a delicate, well-balanced oval image, Terry captures the mood of his landscape in a method similar to that employed by the English artist Birket Foster, succeeding in capturing "the romantic beauty of the unrivalled Harbour of Port Jackson".This is a fresh copy of a beautiful view book with good early handcolouring. Excellent.

      [Bookseller: Hordern House]
 15.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  

        History of the Conspiracy of Pontiac, and the War of North American Tribes [Signed by Parkman and George Duffield]

      Little, Brown and Company. Hardcover. Boston, 1855. Small 4to, publisher's brown cloth, 632 pp. Signed by Parkman and dated Nov. 16th, 1863. With an additional gift inscription from a Geo. Hale to Reverend George Duffield, and another inscription to an F.J. Walsh by George Duffield. A very unique copy of Parkman's important work, as his signatures are quite scarce, as are those of the abolitionist minster George Duffield. A near fine copy with some fading to cloth and normal age-related wear. Please contact us for additional pictures or information. . Fine. 1855.

      [Bookseller: Auger Down Books ]
 16.   Check availability:     ABAA     Link/Print  

        Interesting archive of Joseph Totten, Chief of Engineers for the U. S. Army for 25 years, complete with hand-drawn schematics of military architecture.

      n.p, 1855. "Totten's amazing career spanned from Jefferson's administration to Lincoln's. The archive includes a 12-page manuscript document, a treatise on defense construction and various grades of ordinance. There are three excellent schematics on blue paper. Also included is a document ""On Drainage of Roofs of Arches"", in manuscript, and states ""Copy of a letter from Gen'l Totten to Cap. Cullem"". This document contains a fold-out of architectural drawings on page 3, most likely in Totten's hand."

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
 17.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        CORRESPONDANCE INÉDITE précédée d'une introduction par Prosper Mérimée, ornée d'un beau portrait de Stendhal. [2 volumes].

      1855 - Paris, Lévy, 1855. Deux volumes in-12 (125 X 188 mm) demi-chagrin vert lierre, dos cinq nerfs filetés, caissons dorés ornés, auteur, titre et tomaison dorés, tête marbrée (reliure de l'époque). Rousseurs. ÉDITION ORIGINALE ornée d?un beau portrait de Stendhal en frontispice de chacun des volumes, gravé d'après la peinture d'Olof Johan Södermark (1790-1848) réalisée en 1840. (Cordier, 221 - Vicaire, I, 466 - Clouzot, 258). SÉDUISANT EXEMPLAIRE conservé dans son élégante reliure de l'époque. NICE COPY. PICTURES AND MORE DETAILS ON REQUEST. [Attributes: First Edition]

 18.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        Career military documents of Samuel Breck

      , 1855. 1855. (MCKINLEY, William) BRECK, Samuel. Collection of military documents. [West Point; Washington: various printers], 1855-97. Seven items of various sizes, rolled into a contemporary 17-inch metal tube. $7500.Seven original documents relating to the career and family of Brigadier General Samuel Breck, Adjutant General of the Army, including his diploma from West Point and his final commission signed by President McKinley. Housed in a handsome contemporary black metal tube, hand-lettered in gilt.Career officer Samuel Breck

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books ]
 19.   Check availability:     ABAA     Link/Print  

        Voyage aux eaux des Pyrénées

      The second edition, published in the same year as the first.Half indigo cloth Bradel binding over marbled paper boards by Champs, gilt fleuron to spine, date to foot, navy blue shagreen title-label (very lightly rubbed) covers and spine preserved (upper cover with light scratching where someone has scraped away at the edition statement).Handsome autograph inscription signed by Hippolyte Taine to Sainte-Beuve.A good copy with practically no spotting. Hachette & Cie Paris 1855 12x19cm relié

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
 20.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  

        Petrefactenbuch oder allgemeine und besondere Versteinerungskunde mit Berücksichtigung der Lagerungs-Verhältnisse, besonders in Deutschland.

      Sttg, Krais & Hoffmann 1855; 2. Aufl.; kl.-4°; (2) 182 S. Text + 64 (57 kolorierte) lith. Tafeln mit zahlreichen Abb; illustrierter OPbd (leicht bestoßen, Rücken in alter Zeit erneuert, Text teils stockfleckig, Tafeln sehr sauber) Selten mit dem illustrierten Originaleinband. Das Bild zeigt 2 Männer in einer Höhle vor verschiedenen Versteinerungen. Versand D: 5,00 EUR Paläontologie; Petrefakten

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Hilbert Kadgien]
 21.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        Journal kept during the Russian War: From the Departure of the Army from England in April, 1854, to the Fall of Sebastopol.

      London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855 - Octavo. Original brown blind-stamped sand-grained cloth, title gilt to the spine, terracotta endpapers with ads to the pastedowns. A little rubbed, corners bumped, spine sunned, light browning, else a very good copy. First edition. Elusive and highly desirable narrative of the Crimean War by the wife of Paymaster Henry Duberly of the 8th Hussars, part of the legendary light brigade. "Although she missed the battle of the Alma and saw only the aftermath of the battle of Inkerman, she witnessed the cavalry charges at Balaklava and the assault on Malakhov, experienced the winter privations, and rode into Sevastopol soon after it fell. Fanny recorded these events daily. She possessed a ready pen, eyes perceptive to detail, youthful self-confidence, and an incisive style softened by candid pathos. Anonymous extracts from her letters home were leaked to the London press, encouraging her to ask her sister Selina's husband, Francis Marx, to edit her journal for publication. He toned down suspected indiscretions and the book reads less vividly than her letters (now held in the British Library), but a convincing realism survived the excisions and the Journal Kept during the Russian War sold well at Christmas 1855. Readers who anticipated a more heroic romanticism were, however, left uneasy, while Queen Victoria was offended by Fanny's ingenuous wilfulness" (ODNB). [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
 22.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  

        Map of the Peninsula of India

      , 1855. 1855. (INDIA) SCOTT, F.H. Map of the Peninsula of India, Comprising the Whole of the Madras Presidency, and Portions of the Adjacent Territories of Bengal and Bombay. [London]: J. & C. Walker, 1855. Octavo, original red cloth rebacked, marbled endpapers; map sectioned and backed on linen, unfolds to 40-1/2 by 52 inches. $1700.Lovely large folding map of the Madras Presidency in India at the peak of its power and territorial extent, along with portions of the Bengal and Bombay territories, finely engraved and hand-colored.This 1855 map represents the Madras Presidency at its zenith under the British East India Company. Two years later, after the Sepoy Mutiny (which left Madras largely undisturbed), Queen Victoria ended the Company rule over India and established the British Raj. J.S. Harvey drew this map based on the surveys conducted by Major F.H. Scott, Deputy Quartermaster-General of the Madras Army. Early owner signature and initials, with initials also on front cover.Original cloth expertly restored; sectioned map backed on linen unfolds easily. Excellent condition. Scarce.

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books ]
 23.   Check availability:     ABAA     Link/Print  

        Musée impérial du Louvres - Description des sculptures modernes

      1855. Vinchon et Charles de Mourgues, Paris Août 1855, 12x20cm, relié. - Vinchon et Charles de Mourgues, Paris Août 1855, 12x20cm, relié. - Rara prima edizione a stampa su carta vergata. Binding aperto il dolore verde, torna con cinque nervi decorate con un arredamento grottesca, torna con cinque nervi decorate con un arredamento grottesca, piatti dorati inquadratura triple net, dorato netta doppio sui tagli, oro pizzo domestico tutti i bordi dorati, contemporaneo vincolante firmato Lortic padre. autografo firmato dall'autore: "A Sua Eccellenza il Ministro di Stato e la casa del dell'Imperatore molto obbligato e grato H. Barbet de Jouy". Bookplate inciso (J. Pelletier). copia Molto bello e prezioso in un legante tempo perfettamente stabilito Lortic, rilegatore Charles Baudelaire. [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale rare imprimée sur papier vergé. Reliure en plein chagrin vert, dos à cinq nerfs orné d'un décor à la grotesque, dos à cinq nerfs orné d'un décor à la grotesque, triple filet doré en encadrement des plats, double filet doré sur les coupes, dentelle dorée intérieure, toutes tranches dorées, reliure de l'époque signée Lortic père. Envoi autographe signé de l'auteur :"A son Excellence Monsieur le Ministre d'Etat et de la maison de l'Empereur son très obligé et reconnaissant H. Barbet de Jouy". Ex-libris gravé (J. Pelletier). Très bel et précieux exemplaire parfaitement établi dans une reliure du temps de Lortic, relieur de Charles Baudelaire.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet]
 24.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        ‎Chants et Chansons Populaires de la France. I- Chants guerriers et patriotiques, chansons bachiques II- Chansons et chansonnettes, chansons burlesques et satiriques III- Chansons choisies, romances, rondes et complaintes. Complet en 3 tomes. Nouvelle éd

      Garnier Frères, 1855. demi-chagrin rouge d'époque. Dos à nerfs, caissons ornés de petits fers tortillons pointillés. Petits frottements aux coins. Complet en 125 chansons. Chacune est accompagnée de sa notice et de sa musique. Belle réalisation ornée de très nombreuses gravures sur acier encadrant élégamment les textes des chansons. Rousseurs sur cetaines pages n'affectant que très rarement les illustrations.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Christian Chaboud]
 25.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        Ledger Account Book - North Fork, Trinity County, California

      Good. 1855. Hardcover. Ledger account book of merchant Jacob Weinheimer of North Fork of the Trinity River, California with entries between March 1855 and November 1857. Brown paper boards with black leather spine. Measures 15" tall by 6 1/4" wide. Boards are heavily worn and spine is heavily cracked and chipped. Binding is separated in the middle of book, with a few leaves loose. This account book gives a vivid picture of life in a remote mining town in Northern California. The account book includes the name of the customer or company on top of the page, with the date and items purchased, along with quantities and prices, and vertical or horizontal lines designating when an account had been paid. Weinheimer was clearly fluent in German, but less so English; many English words and names are misspelled, whereas the names of German customers are carefully spelled, right down to the umlauts over vowels. One of the first pages of the book gives the location of the store and the date of the earliest entry: "North Fork of the Trinity Rev, March 21, 55." The town of North Fork was established around 1851 soon after gold mining began in that area. Weinheimer arrived in 1853 to mine and soon thereafter begin his general store and freighting business. He sold a wide range of goods at his store including all types of food products, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, mining supplies, clothing, tools and household goods. Many of his sales are for small amounts of items, probably to town dwellers, but some are for large quantities of food and mining equipment. For instance, Mr. T. Yuong of East Fork, a neighboring mining camp, purchased on February 12, 1856 "1 iron pan, $20.00; 1 coffe pot $1.50; 1 iron camp cetle [kettle] $1.50; 1 woden bockert [bucket] $1.25; 2 tin cops $.80; 1 pick $7.00" and on February 22 "50lbs flour @ .15, $7.50; 15lbs baens[beans] @.25, $3.75; 15lbs Manille sugar @ .25, $3.75; 18 ½ lb bacon @.40, $7.30; 6lbs coffe @ .35, $2.10; 50lbs potatoes @ .10, $5.00; 4lbs salt @ .25, $1.00; 1 shovle [shovel]." His customers comprised of many Germans, English and Scottish, and a few French and Chinese individuals. One customer of note was Harmon Schlomer who arrived in North Fork in 1855 and opened a blacksmith shop which is still standing today. Weinheimer supplied Schlomer with some of the basic supplies needed for his profession. Schlomer purchased "6 sledge hammer $39.72; 45 sheets of iron @.19, $8.55; 102 half sheets of iron @ .19, $21.43; and 2 dozen pick handles, 18.50." Another person of note that spent large amounts of money at Weinheimer's store was the Scotsman, Joseph McGillivray, who had one of the finest farming enterprises in the county which supported 10,000 hop vines and 20,000 fruit trees. Weinheimer's freighting business began on a small scale by delivering orders such as those of McGillivray and Schlomer, and purchasing items in Shasta and Weaverville for his customers. In 1858 he gave up his general store and focused on his freighting business, hauling goods to mining camps and other settlements throughout Northern California and the Northwest. Later in life he returned to St Louis where he was born, and established himself as a tobacco merchant until the end of his days. The name of North Fork was changed to Helena in 1890 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. ; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 192 pp .

      [Bookseller: Back of Beyond Books, ABAA]
 26.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah

      1855. First Edition . BURTON, Richard Francis. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855-56. Three volumes. Octavo, early 20th-century three-quarter brown morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt. $16,000.First edition of ""a most remarkable work of the highest value"" (T.E. Lawrence), Burton's scarce and important illustrated narrative of his journey to Mecca, with five full-page color chromolithographs, eight tinted plates, one black-and-white plate, three plans (two folding), and a folding map. Handsomely bound.After years of studying Oriental customs and manners, Burton offered his services to the Royal Geographical Society ""for the purpose of removing that opprobrium to modern adventure, the huge white blot which in our maps still notes the Eastern and Central Regions of Arabia"" (Penzer, 44). Burton resolved to wend his way to Mecca to observe Muslim rites witnessed by few westerners. Donning a variety of disguises and learning the mannerisms common to Islam— how to dress, eat, sit, sleep, pray, etc.— Burton was accepted as a native. Over the course of his journey he visited the prophet Mohammed's tomb (which was located not, as many Christians had hitherto believed, in Mecca, but in Medina); commented extensively on the practice of female circumcision; and brought back the first accurate observations by a Westerner on the holiest of Muslim holy cities, Mecca. In his bibliography of Burton's works, Norman Penzer remarks, ""I questioned Colonel Lawrence [i.e., ""Lawrence of Arabia""] about the accuracy of Burton's description of the journey to Mecca and Medina, and he said that it was absolutely correct in every detail"" (Penzer, 7). Bound without publisher's catalogue at rear of Volume I. Penzer, 44-50. Interiors clean and fine; contemporary morocco very handsome. An about-fine copy.

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
 27.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Sammlung von Ansichten längs der k. k. Staats Eisenbahn durch Steyermark von Gratz bis Gloggnitz (Gratz bis Laibach) nach der Natur gez. & lith. von Jos. Kuwasseg. 2 in einem Band.

      Qu.-Gr.-8. Mit einem lithogr. Titelblatt u. 96 getönt. lithogr. Ansichten. Späterer HLdr.-Bd. m. goldgepr. Rückentitel. Erste Ausgabe. - Abgesehen vom Titelblatt des zweiten Teiles (dieses in Kopie beigebunden) vollständige Serie der sogenannten Steirischen Eisenbahn-Suite. - Als die 96 Ansichten [...] gedruckt wurden, war diese Eisenbahnlinie erst wenige Jahre alt. Am 21. Oktober 1855 hatte der Erzherzog [Johann] die Teilstrecke Mürzzuschlag - Graz feierlich eröffnet, schon zehn Jahre später war die Strecke von Wien bis Triest befahrbar. Kuwasseg sollte nun den steirischen Teil dieser Bahnstrecke dokumentieren. Jeweils von Graz ausgehend sollten die Ansichten der Städte, Märkte, Dörfer, Schlösser und Gutshöfe wiedergegeben werden, die sich rechts und links von der Bahnlinie befanden [...] (H. Hiebl). - Obwohl der zweite Band die Ansichten von Graz bis Laibach ankündigt, sind diese jedoch nur für das Gebiet des heutigen Österreich erschienen (bis Spielfeld). - Titel u. die Tafeln (1-56) des ersten Bandes bis an die Einfassungslinie bzw. die Ortsbezeichnung beschnitten u. auf Untersatzpapier montiert. Unterschiedlich stock- bzw. braunfleckig. - Beiliegend ein älteres handschriftl. Inhaltsverzeichnis (3 S. in 4). - Nebehay/W. 347 Schlossar 100 Neuner 963.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Wolfgang Friebes]
 28.   Check availability:     Link/Print  

        Glimpses of the Whalemans Cabin


      [Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd.]
 29.   Check availability:     Direct From Seller     Link/Print  

        Philips' Atlas of Classical, Historical and Scriptural Geography

      Liverpool: Philip, 1855. Folio. 51 maps and plans; half morocco.

      [Bookseller: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts]
 30.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Kjöbenhavn seet fra Valby=Bakke. Copenhagen taken from Valby=Bakke. Copenhague prise du côté d'ouest.

      Litografi fra ca. 1855 af A. Nay efter forlæg af Wilhelm Petersen. 19,5 x 29,5 cm. Trykt af Em. Bærentzen & Co. lith. Inst. Billedet er håndkoloreret. I nyere ramme fra Brock Rammehåndværk. Rammen måler 28,5 x 37,5 cm. Meget fin kolorering. - H. C. Andersens København med Christiansborg Slot midt i billedets baggrund. Emilius Ditlev Bærentzen (1799-1868). Portrætmaler og litograf. Han var i 1837 en af stifterne af Em. Bærentzen & Co. lithografiske Institut, som kom til at beherske dansk litografisk virksomhed mange år frem.

      [Bookseller: Finnerups Antikvariat]
 31.   Check availability:     Antikvariat     Link/Print  

        The Last of the Arctic Voyages, being a Narrative of the Expedition in H.M.S. Assistance Under the Command of Captain Sir Edward Belcher, DB in Search of Sir John Franklin, During the Years 1852-53-35 with Notes on the Natural History

      London: Lovell Reeve, 1855. xx+383 pages with hand colored frontispiece, 3 maps in pockets, plates (many colored); vii+419+[23 ad] pages with color frontispiece and plates (some colored). Small quarto (10 1/2" x 6 3/4") bound in original publisher's pictorial brown cloth with blind-stamped cover with gilt pictorial in gilt. Notes on the Natural History by John Richardson. (Abbey, Travel 645; Arctic Bibliography 1241; Books on Ice 5.8a; Hill 106; Sabin 4389; TPL 3409) First edition.Belcher's five-ship 1852-54 expedition in search of Franklin would be the last official British attempt. On the HMS Assistance, Belcher successfully navigated through the Wellington Channel, but beset by ice was unable to return to Lancaster Sound and was forced to abandon the ship. This account of the expedition also includes several essays on the natural history of the region by Richardson, Owen, Bell, Salter and Reeve.Condition: . Condition: minor wear, re-backed with parts of original back-strips laid down; minor foxing, short separations at folds to the largest map; inked stamps on title pages, Edinger bookplates else a good set, internally very good.

      [Bookseller: The Book Collector ]
 32.   Check availability:     ABAA     Link/Print  

        Les fleurs du mal en édition préoriginale dans la revue des deux mondes

      Revue des deux Mondes 1855 - Paris , Revue des deux Mondes , 1855 . Edition pré-originale de 18 poèmes de Baudelaire. Volume contenant une partie de la livraison de mai, ainsi que le mois de juin (la table des matières indique cependant: avril, mai, juin) Les 18 poèmes, qui occupent les pages 1079 à 1093, sont: Au lecteur, Réversibilité, Le Tonneau de la haine, La Confession, L’Aube spirituelle, La Volupté, Voyage à Cythère, À la Belle aux cheveux d’or, L’Invitation au voyage, Mœsta et errabunda, La Cloche, L’Ennemi, La Vie antérieure, Le Spleen, Remords posthume, Le Guignon, La Béatrice, L’Amour et le Crâne. Quelques rousseurs plutôt acceptables (notamment sur la page 1079 et un peu aussi sur les deux suivantes. Très peu dans le reste du volume). La table des matières des livraisons d’avril, mai, juin figure à la fin, mais pas la page de titre (ce qui est logique car la livraison d’avril n’a pas été reliée, or dans ces reliures, la page de titre est prévue pour trois mois, comme pour la table des matières). Le dos est un peu éclairci. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Issy livres anciens]
 33.   Check availability:     AbeBooks     Link/Print  

        Poetical Works

      1855. BYRON, George Gordon, Lord. The Poetical Works. A New Edition. London: John Murray, 1855-56. Six volumes. Octavo, contemporary full purple polished calf, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, tan morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut and partially unopened. $1800.Early edition of ByronÂ’s works, handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf.With PhillipsÂ’ frontispiece portrait of Byron engraved by Finden. Includes all of ByronÂ’s poems and verse dramas. Index in Volume VI. Lowndes, 338. Interiors fine, spines evenly toned to brown. A very attractive set.

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
 34.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        APPLETON'S COMPLETE ATLAS OF THE WORLD, Introduction to Physical and Historical Geography, and an Alphabetical Index of the Latitudes and Longitudes of 72,000 Places

      New York, nd (ca.1855): D. Appleton & Co. Hard Cover. Folio. 228 text pages, 56pp index with sixty-one elegantly engraved and colored maps with comparative scales. Maps are from the London sheets published by H.G. Collins. Internally clean and bright; bound in original cloth covered boards, spine is 3/4 brown calf renewed to style; red leather lettering piece on spine gilt; new endpapers. A very good copy, maps are fine.

      [Bookseller: Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc.]
 35.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Holy Land

      1855. First Edition . ROBERTS, David. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia. London: Day & Son, 1855-56. Six volumes in three. Quarto, contemporary full brown blind-stamped morocco sympathetically rebacked, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $18,000.First quarto edition of this monumental early visual record of the Middle East by the first Westerner permitted to enter sacred sites, with 250 magnificent tinted lithographs.Inquisitive Western minds first glimpsed the mysteries of Egypt and the Middle East in detail through David Roberts' folio-sized Holy Land, issued in 41 parts from 1842 to 1849 and containing 250 full-page hand-colored lithographs produced from his magnificent, on-site drawings. Roberts was the first Westerner to be granted permission to enter whichever sacred mosque or monument he desired. His images of these sacred places established what many people even today envision as the aura of Egypt and the Holy Land. ""Roberts' Holy Land has a world-wide reputation; nothing of a similar character has ever been produced that can bear a comparison with it"" (Ran, 6). Louis Haghe, considered the foremost lithographer of his time, transferred the exquisitely detailed drawings to stone. This is the first quarto edition of 1855-56, containing all 250 lithographic plates contained in the folio edition, including a frontispiece portrait of Roberts, six pictorial title pages, and two engraved maps. Undoubtedly the most famous of these is Plate 240, the great sphinx, still commonly reproduced in poster art. A considerable number of plates are printed in two tints; plates 213 and 240 are printed in three. See Abbey Travel 385, 388; Tooley 401. Light marginal edge-wear to plates 180-82. Occasional foxing affecting versos of plates only, small and faint marginal dampstain along gutter in Volume VI, images quite clean and fine. Light expert restoration to original morocco boards. A very good set.

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
 36.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Uckerath. - Mine et Lavoir d'Adler'.

      - Farblithographie v. A. Maugendre aus Société De La Veille Montagne b. Auguste Bry in Paris, 1855, 27,5 x 38 Jahrbuch des Rhein-Sieg-Kreises, S. 122 u. Laspeyres, Das Siebengebirge am Rhein, S. 557 (Anhang). - Zeigt die Blei- u. Kupfererzgrube "Adler" im Schmelztal bei Bad Honnef. - Das Bergwerk war im Besitz der belg. Gesellschaft "De la Vieille Montagne". - 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.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Norbert Haas]
 37.   Check availability:     ZVAB     Link/Print  

        History of the Indian Tribes of North America

      , 1855. 1855. MCKENNEY, Thomas and HALL, James. History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs. Philadelphia: D. Rice and A.N. Hart, 1855. Three volumes. Royal octavo, original deluxe full brown morocco rebacked with original spine laid down, decorative blind-stamped cover-borders, raised bands, all edges gilt. $32,000.Early octavo edition of one of the most recognized and desirable American color plate books produced in the 19th century, illustrated with 120 splendid fully hand-colored lithographic plates by J.T. Bowen after Charles Bird King

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books ]
 38.   Check availability:     ABAA     Link/Print  

        Coleccion de las diferentes suertes y actitudes [Tauromaquia]

      , 1855. 1855. GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco José de. Colección de las diferentes suertes y actitudes del arte de lidiar los toros, inventadas y grabadas al agua fuerte por Goya [Tauromaquia]. Madrid: Calcografía de la Imprenta Nacional, 1855. Thirty-three etched and aquatinted plates on heavy wove paper; original printed paper front wrapper with etched portrait of Goya and original printed paper rear wrapper with table of contents bound in appropriately. BOUND WITH: Eight etched and aquatinted plates (portrait of Goya and seven additional bullfighting scenes) on heavy laid paper with Arches watermark. [Paris: Loizelet, 1876]. Oblong folio, contemporary brown cloth boards with gilt lettering, expertly rebacked and recornered in calf, retaining the original stitching. Housed in custom half morocco clamshell box. $140,000.Rare second edition of Goya

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books ]
 39.   Check availability:     ABAA     Link/Print  


      Quebec, 1855. Six volumes. [2],xiv,360; [2],396; xi,[1],564; [2],540; vi,425; 468pp. Modern paper boards, printed paper labels. Some light scattered foxing, scattered staining in third volume, else very good. An important publication compiling an in-depth picture of events from 1791 to 1841 in Lower Canada and printing a number of significant documents no longer extant. Christie published many narratives concerning the governors of Lower Canada and their administrations, from Sir James Henry Craig to the Earl of Dalhousie. The present publication includes a number of those accounts. TPL 2450. DIONNE III:540. SABIN 12936. LANDE 138. GAGNON 1:895.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
 40.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Leaves of Grass

      1855. First Edition . WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, New York: 1855. Quarto, late-19th-century three-quarter green morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers. Housed in a custom cloth chemise and full morocco pull-off case. $45,000.Extraordinarily scarce and important first edition of the most important volume of American poetry. ""In Whitman we have a democrat who set out to imagine the life of the average man in average circumstances changed into something grand and heroic… There has never been a more remarkable poem"" (Callow). Whitman personally financed, supervised and even in some sections hand-set the type for the small printing of 795 copies. In a handsome morocco binding by James MacDonald of New York.""No one knows for certain how Whitman raised the money to pay for the first Leaves of Grass… Whitman had taken his manuscript to a couple of friends, the brothers James and Thomas Rome, who had a printing shop at the corner of Fulton and Cranberry Streets. Possibly the author had tried a commercial publisher first and had the book rejected. If so, he kept quiet about it. The Romes did print a few books but specialized in the printing of legal documents. Whitman, a proud and skilled printer, moved in on them to oversee the production of Leaves. They allowed him to set type himself whenever he felt like it. Ten pages or so were his own work. He had a routine and a special chair over in the corner… [The] engraved portrait facing the title page [showed] a person who looked as if he might be the printer rather than the author. He was unnamed… Before a reader reached the dozen untitled poems there stood the barrier of the preface, an off-putting obstacle of ten pages of weirdly punctuated prose in close print, set in double columns. The poems themselves were in a more readable type, laid across a wide format to accommodate the strangely long and irregular lines… The inking was spotty and must have given Whitman some qualms, but he had no money to spare for anything better… The centerpiece of his strange book, in the 'rough and ragged thicket of its pages,' was a sustained poem of fifty-two sections called 'Song of Myself'… If Emerson is, in John Dewey's words, the philosopher of democracy,… then Whitman is indisputably its poet… In Whitman we have a democrat who set out to imagine the life of the average man in average circumstances changed into something grand and heroic… He claimed that he had never been given a proper hearing, and spent his whole life trying to publish himself. A hundred years after his death, the strange fate of his book is known. He said often enough that it had been a financial failure, signing it and himself over to posterity, a 'candidate for the future'… There has never been a more remarkable poem"" (Callow, From Noon to Starry Night). ""Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and the prophet of democracy… In a sense, it is America's second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, this of 1855 intellectual"" (PMM 340). The most important and influential volume of poetry written in America, Whitman's literary masterpiece, Leaves of Grass is ""one of the most magnificent fabrications of modern times… he never surrendered… his vision of himself as one who might go forth among the American people and astonish them…"" (DAB). The first edition of Leaves of Grass was a failure with the public, but upon receiving a copy, Emerson responded with his famous letter. ""I find it [Leaves of Grass] the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed… I greet you at the beginning of a great career."" Only 795 copies of the first edition were printed; this copy was rebound sometime after 1880 by renowned bookbinder James MacDonald, born and trained in Scotland, who became one of the premier bookbinders in the United States, flourishing between 1880-1910. Second state of copyright page, with printed copyright notice (virtually all copies are in second state—only a handful have been seen without the notice); second state of p. iv, as usual, with ""cities and"" printed correctly in column 2, line 4; second state of line 2 of page 49, ""And the day and night are for you and me and all"" (see Gary Schmidgall, ""1855: a Stop-Press Revision"" in Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 18, Fall/Summer 2000). With the insertion of the eight pages of press notices included in some (typically later issue) copies. In this copy, the portrait has been trimmed to 3-1/4 by 5-1/2 inches, and mounted onto heavy stock, which does not conform with any of the states of the frontispiece described by Myerson; this was possibly done at an early date, perhaps at the time of binding, as this leaf has since been remounted and rehinged. Myerson BAL 21395. Wells & Goldsmith, 3-4. Grolier American 67. Light pencil underlining and annotations; number ""3064"" written in ink below the title.Faint crease and evidence of dampstain to title page, with small repair to inner hinge. Front joint repaired, a bit of edgewear to slightly toned morocco. A very good copy of this important American literary landmark.

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
 41.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Coleccion de las diferentes suertes y actitudes [Tauromaquia]

      1855. GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco José de. Colección de las diferentes suertes y actitudes del arte de lidiar los toros, inventadas y grabadas al agua fuerte por Goya [Tauromaquia]. Madrid: Calcografía de la Imprenta Nacional, 1855. Thirty-three etched and aquatinted plates on heavy wove paper; original printed paper front wrapper with etched portrait of Goya and original printed paper rear wrapper with table of contents bound in appropriately. BOUND WITH: Eight etched and aquatinted plates (portrait of Goya and seven additional bullfighting scenes) on heavy laid paper with Arches watermark. [Paris: Loizelet, 1876]. Oblong folio, contemporary brown cloth boards with gilt lettering, expertly rebacked and recornered in calf, retaining the original stitching. Housed in custom half morocco clamshell box. $140,000.Rare second edition of Goya’s magisterial survey of the “fiesta nacional”—33 dramatic etched and aquatinted plates of bullfighting scenes in early impressions from the original plates etched by Goya. This copy bound with the seven additional plates published for the first time in the 1876 third edition.While most of Goya’s prints were conceived as series, only two such series were released during his lifetime: Caprichos and this, Tauromaquia, and consequently these works best reflect Goya’s own organization. These are “Goya’s most technically finished etchings and show the mastery of subtle effects he had gained through his experiments in The Disasters of War” (Tomlinson, 222). Only 33 plates were included in the initial issue of the series in 1816, released with the title Treinta y tres estampas que representan diferentes suertes y actitudes del arte de lidiar los Toros. A second edition—the present copy—was published in 1855, and a third was issued in Paris in 1876, with seven additional plates, under the title La Tauromachie. This second edition copy contains the complete 33 plates that appeared in both the first and second editions, finely printed here in black (umber) ink on wove paper, with the original front and rear printed paper wrappers bound in (with Goya’s engraved self-portrait on the front wrapper and the list of plates on the rear wrapper). In the 40-year interval between the appearance of the first edition and the printing of the second, it was inevitable that a few of the copperplates would have deteriorated slightly, apparently owing to the oxidization of the copper. For the most part, however, the plates are finely printed, beautiful impressions, retaining all the subtlety of Goya’s original designs in which he carefully mixed the techniques of aquatint, lavis, drypoint and burin. These second edition impressions are clearly superior to the heavily inked images pulled by Loizelet in the third edition some 20 years later (seven of which are included in this copy, making for convenient comparison between the two editions).At some point after the second edition the French engraver Loizelet bought the original Tauromaquia copperplates. Seven of the 33 plates had finished etchings on the reverse that Goya had made in preparation for the Tauromaquia but decided not to include as part of the final series. Loizelet was the first to publish these earlier designs, adding them to the original 33 in his edition printed in Paris in 1876, bringing the total number of images to 40. (Four other early plates remained unpublished.) According to Harris, Loizelet lettered the seven “new” plates A-G, and he issued these seven plates both with new impressions of the original 33 and separately, presumably for those who already owned a copy of the first or second edition. The seven “new” plates included in this copy are unlettered, possibly indicating early impressions. Loizelet printed his edition in dark sepia ink on laid paper with the Arches watermark.The title Goya gave to the series reflects an intention to depict different bullfighting maneuvers. However Goya also included within the etchings a history of bullfighting, from its origins in hunting by prehistoric Spaniards, until the choreographed encounters of the contemporary era. Despite the popular subject, these prints did not sell well during Goya’s lifetime. Stylistically they were revolutionary: “Compared with the normal stock of print dealers and bookshops… Goya’s etched and aquatinted plates must have appeared unpolished and incomprehensible. Goya’s prints have neither the naïve simplicity of Carnicero’s rather wooden scenes, nor the circumstantial detail and high finish expected of realistic, illustrative works. Each plate presents a dramatic moment in a particular encounter between a wild and dangerous bull and men whose emotions, or their proud control of them, are written on their faces or expressed in the turn and thrust of their bodies. The primitive intelligence of the ‘ancient Spaniards’, the supple grace of the Moors, the majestic appearance and courage of the plumed and armored Christian princes and noblemen, and finally the down-to-earth bravery and skill of the professional toreros of Goya’s time, all these are shown in a way which emphasizes the tension and drama of each contest… The infinitely varied character of the etched line and the subtle or dramatic use of aquatint tones convey the images in an impressionistic, even expressionist, form which must have been beyond the comprehension of the ordinary public and even of the more enlightened collectors” (Wilson-Bareau, 67-8).Goya “developed a most striking independence of style, and with it attained a more typical expression of the sentiment of his country than any other artist, before or since… He still stands as one of the greatest virtuosi of an art which had only been introduced a few years before his work commenced… It is in these plates that Goya’s individual genius in the art of composition pure and simple can best be studied. Plates such as No. 16 (Martincho vuelca un toro) show a brilliance in concentration, a command of spacing, an unfailing grasp of the mysterious power of a veil of light and shade, that place them at once among the greatest triumphs of art” (Hind, A History of Engraving and Etching, 252, 256). Plates No. 20 (Ligereza y atrevimiento de Juanito Apiñani), No. 21 (Desgracias acaecidas en el tendido de la plaza de Madrid), and No. 31 (Banderillas de fuego) are the most famous and representative of the series. Rare. Harris II, 308. Occasional spotting to broad margins of plates. The images themselves are fine impressions, from the original copper plates, of Goya’s breathtaking survey of the dangerous art of bullfighting.

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
 42.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  

        Album der Ritterg

      W. Vollrath 1855 - - Die h

      [Bookseller: Celler Versandantiquariat]
 43.   Check availability:     IberLibro     Link/Print  

        The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland

      London: Bradbury & Evans, 1855. First edition . original three-quarter green roan over green cloth, ruled in gilt, lettered in gilt all edges gilt, pale yellow endpapers. Expertly rebacked to style, slight rubbing of covers, occasional dampstaining of margins. A handsome copy. Folio. Illustrated with 51 full page plates executed in the “Nature-Print” manner, hand coloured with tissue guards, complete The text was a scientific description of all the varieties of Ferns found in the British Isles. The book was released at a time of so-called "pteridomania" in Britain. Along with William Grosart Johnstone's The Nature-Printed British Seaweeds (London, 1859-1860), the book featured Bradbury's (also the publisher of the book) innovative nature printing process. Bradbury patented this process of printing, after seeing the invention of Alois Auer - a subsequent dispute arose as to its originator. Despite a high level of interest for a time, the technique was not employed extensively in any subsequent English works. Bradbury, along with Auer, believed the technique to be an enormous advance in printing. However, the plants and other subjects that could be successfully printed in this way were few. Ferns were one of the few plants with a form that could be replicated, the shape of the fronds being largely two dimensional. In this work the ferns, a plant highly suited to the process, were impressed upon soft lead plates. These were electroplated to become the printing plate, the details of the fronds and stem were hand-coloured at this stage. The resulting image was in two colours and provided a highly detailed and realistic depiction of the species. Thomas Moore (1821–1887) was a n English gardener and botanist. He was an expert on ferns and fern allies from the British Isles, and he he served as Curator of the Society of Apothecaries Garden from 1848 to 1887. In 1855 he authored The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland. Under Moore's tenure during the period of so-called "pteridomania", the garden increased the number of fern species cultivated there by fifty percent and was renamed the Chelsea Physic Garden in 1875. The Thomas Moore Fernery was built in 1907 on the site of his original garden and now contains a display of the varieties of ferns described and cultivated by Moore and popular during the Victorian era[Fischer 89; Nissen BBI 1400; Stafleu & Cowan 6275].

      [Bookseller: Randall House Rare Books]
 44.   Check availability:     Biblio     Link/Print  


      Home     Wants Manager     Library Search     562 Years   Links     Contact      Search Help      Terms of Service      Privacy     

Copyright © 2018 viaLibri™ Limited. All rights reserved.