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        Letter handwritten and signed by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft.

      Washington [DC], 1855. One page letter, handwritten by Schoolcraft to O. H. Peck of Boston who was an autograph collector. The letter is dated Washington June 20th 1855. Folded from being in an envelope and mailed and with minimal wear and soiling, remaining in very good condition. Americana.. Signed. First Edition. Very good condition.

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        Fine Special edition of William MacGillivray's work on the Natural History of "Deeside & Braemar", signed and inscribed by the Queen in German "Als Erinnerung an September 1855" which translates "As a Reminder of September 1855", (1819-1901, Queen of Great Britain) with her husband Prince ALBERT (Prince, 1819-1861, Consort of Queen Victoria) and their children VICTORIA (Princess Royal, 1840-1901, wife of Frederick III of Prussia), ALBERT EDWARD (Prince of Wales, 1841-1910, King of England), ALICE (Princess, 1843-1878, wife of Louis XIV, Grand Duke of Hesse, mother of Alexandra of Russia), ALFRED ERNEST ALBERT (Duke of Edinburgh, 1844-1900, married Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrova of Russia), HELENA (1846-1923, Princess Christian of Schleswig

      1855 - the title page is signed under the inscription by VICTORIA and then her husband and children, the Crown Prince has signed and dated the volume on the green front free end-paper with "Balmoral 1853", and his library stamp is on the title page. The Royal Family have all signed under their parents and the Queen has signed and dated their inscription in 1855, the book has 2 folding maps & 6 plates, printed for Private Circulation by Bradbury and Evans, 8vo., Half red Morocco with the Royal crest to front and back, London An extraordinary collection of most of the signatures of Victoria's children with both their parents. In 1851, his mother sent Frederick to England, ostensibly to visit the Great Exhibition but in truth she hoped that the cradle of liberalism and home of the industrial revolution would have a positive influence on her son. Prince Albert took Frederick under his wing during his stay but it was Albert's daughter, only eleven at the time, who guided the German prince around the Exhibition. A regular exchange of letters between Victoria and Frederick followed. Frederick proposed to Victoria in 1855, when she was 14 years old. The betrothal of the young couple was announced on May 19, 1857 at Buckingham Palace and the Prussian Court, and their marriage took place on 25 January 1858 in the Chapel Royal of St. James's Palace, London. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Zur Erinnerung an die 600jährige Jubelfeier der Erhebung Zittau's zur Stadt durch Ottokar II. Lithographie mit Tonplatte.

      C. F. Luer, Zittau 1855 - Unter neuem Passepartout mont. Bildgr. 54x35cm. Sehr seltenes großformatiges Sammelblatt zur 600jährigen Jubelfeier der Stadterhebung mit zwei kleinen Stadtansichten o.re. und u.li. sowie 10 Bildern zur Zittauer Geschichte umgeben von floralen Elementen, um ein vierstrophiges Gedicht und die Porträts von Ottokar II. und Johann I. gruppiert, bez. o. mi. "Zur Erinnerung / an die 600jährige Jubelfeier der Erhebung / Zittau's zur Stadt durch Ottokar II.", u. mi. im Schriftband "Durch Einigkeit stark.". Schönes sauberes, nahezu fleckenfreies Blatt.

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        Album der Rittergüter und Schlösser des Königreichs Sachsen. Nach der Natur neu aufgenommen von F.Heise, Architect. Unter Mitwirkung tüchtiger Fachmänner so wie unter den Auspicien der betreffenden gelehrten Herren Grundbesitzer und unter Beihülfe anerkannter Geschichtsforscher und der besten Quellen mit historisch-statistisch bearbeitetem Text herausgegeben von G.A. Poenicke. Einzige Original-Ausgabe mit Dedicationsannahme der gelehrten Herren Vorsitzenden der Stände der fünf ritterschaftlichen Kriese., I. Selection: Leipziger Kreis. Leipzig: Die Expedition des Albums sächsischer Rittergüter und Schlösser

      W. Vollrath, Leipzig, (1855 - 1860). Ca. 280 S. und 131 (von 564) getönten lithographierten tafeln. Numeriert von 1 - 131 aus V Sectionen, Ganzleder der Zeit. Quer-Folio (42,5 cm x 28,5 cm) (etwas fleckig/Titelblatt stockfleckig) - Die hübschen Ansichten sind meist mit figürlichen Staffagen. Sehr seltene einzigartige topographische und architektonische Dokumentation der Schlösser und Herrenhäuser mit den prächtigen, auch als Einzelblatt begehrten Lithographien. Meist einzige Ansichten der Gebäude bzw. auch der Orte mit deren Beschreibung. Enthalten sind Tafeln aus dem Leipziger Kreis, Markgrafenthum Oberlausitz, Erzgebirgischer Kreis und dem voigtländischen Kreis -

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        Traité élémentaire des chemins de fer

      - Langlois et Leclercq, Paris 1855, In-8 (13,5x22cm), 582pp. et 520pp., 2 volumes reliés. - edizione Leganti piena epoca dolore nero. Indietro con i nervi decorati con reti a freddo ea caldo. Autore, titolo e numero del volume dorato. Doppia netto inquadratura sui piatti, seguito da un telaio a freddo. Ricco fregio interno. bordi dorati. Una leggera mancanza conduce il tomo 1. 3 angoli urtato. tracce di umidità sul frontespizio del volume 1 e il secondo foglio, foxing. Bellissimo esemplare in pelle pieno. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale illustrée de 5 cartes dépliantes,  de plusieurs tableaux dépliantes, de 10 planches de locomotives et de gares (dont la gare de l'Est et la gare du Nord très récentes), ainsi que 520 gravures sur bois in-texte. Reliures en plein chagrin noir d'époque. Dos à nerfs ornés de filets à froid et à chaud. Auteur, titre et tomaison dorés. Double filet d'encadrement sur les plats, suivi d'un encadrement à froid. Riche frise intérieure. Tranches dorées. Un très léger manque en tête du tome 1. 3 coins émoussés. trace de mouillure sur la page de titre du tome 1 et le second feuillet, rousseurs éparses. Bel exemplaire en pleine peau. Histoire universelle des chemins de fer (Inde, Etats-Unis, Allemagne...). Mode de construction, ingenierie, choix du terrain... Riche et indispensable traité de la grande aventure des trains dans le monde, avec d'importantes explications techniques. Perdonnet était ingénieur et un pionnier dans le domaine des chemins de fer.

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        Gesamtansicht ('San Francisco. - From California Street, Drwan from a Daguerrotpye, the property of Eug. Delessert Esq.re - Imp. Lemercier, Paris.').

      - getönte Lithographie v. Eugene Delessert b. Lemercier in Paris, 1855, 27 x 86,5 Peters, California on Stone, S. 158 (Lemercier Paris); nicht bei Deák, Picturing America 1497-1899. - Zeigt eine Panoramaansicht von San Francisco mit Blick auf die San Francisco Bay von der California Street aus gesehen. View of San Francisco and bay from California Street, looking east over city with Yerba Buena Harbor and Island in center, Telegraph Hill and Alcatraz Island at left; various figures in foreground.

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        Berlin und seine nächsten Umgebungen in malerischen Originalansichten. Historisch-topographisch beschrieben von Ludwig Rellstab.

      Darmstadt. Verlag von Gustav Georg Lange, 1855. Mit 1 gestochenen Titelvignette und 54 Stahltichtafeln. 401 [3] S. Halbleineneinband der Zeit. Schmuck- und titelloser Halbleineneinband. Dieser stärker berieben und beschabt bzw. mit Fehlstellen des Bezugspapiers der Einbanddecken. Rückenleinen ebenfalls mit kleinen Fehlstellen, brüchig und mit alten Leimspuren. - Namenstempel und Eignernotiz auf Vorsatz. - Stahltichtafeln unterschiedlich braunfleckig. 1 Tafel (Michaeliskirche) im seitlichen Randbereich mit Fehlstelle, ausserhalb der Darstellung. - Textteil ab Seite 141 braun- bzw. stockfleckig und im unteren Bereich wasserfleckig. - Selten! Versand D: 6,50 EUR

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        Circus Koßmayer auf dem Schießplatz. Große Vorstellung in der höheren Reitkunst, Gymnastik und Pferde-Dressur.

      Würzburg, Balt. Link, ca. 1855. Plakat mit Holzschnitt. Blattgr.: 47 x 37 cm. Frühes Plakat des wenig bekannten Unternehmens, das wohl nur in den 1850er bis 1870er Jahren aktiv. Als Artisten sind allerdings Familienmitglieder bis heute aktiv. - Das abwechslungsreiche Programm zeigt u. a. "Die vier Chinesen zu Pferd, von den Herren Dorskars, Hammerschmidt, Odetz und Polatschek ausgeführt"; "Die kleine Marie Koßmayer in ihren Uebungen zu Pferd"; "Großartiges Ballonspringen zu Pferde vom kleinen Joseph Koßmayer"; "Kristall-Pyramiden von Monsieur Charle". Bücher de

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        Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Gd. Opéra en 5 actes Poème de MM E. Scribe et G. Duveyrier... Partition Piano et Chant Prix 30f. Net... Accompagt. de Piano par H. Potier. [Piano-vocal score].

      Paris: Léon Escudier [PNs L.E. 1500, 1500 (1-4), 1500 (6)-(9), 1500 (11), 1500 (14), [1855]. Folio. Modern full dark red cloth with dark brown leather title label gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title within decorative border with floral motifs incorporating titles of other Verdi operas, verso blank), [1] (named cast list and index of the overture and 20 numbers), 2-415, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. With publisher's facsimile signature handstamp in blue and C. Breusing, New York music seller's stamp in red to lower margin of title; pencilled ownership annotation "C [?]F Chickering, Boston, Feby. 1836 " to front free endpaper, possibly a member of the Chickering family of piano makers active in Boston during the 19th century; "L. Parent Graveur" to foot of p. 415. Approximately 1" bump to spine with resultant short tears to cloth. Slightly foxed; p. 86 misprinted to verso of p. 79 and p. 80 misprinted to verso of p. 85, with modern notes in manuscript to this effect to both pages and to front blank endpaper; tear to inner margin of pp. 207-08. First complete French edition. Hopkinson 56A(a). Chusid p. 170. Crawford pp. 622-23, with a detailed description of various plate numbers and associated details. The present copy differes from that in Crawford in that p. 21 carries plate number "L.E. 1500;" the letter "d" appears at the lower right corner of p. 135; and the letter "K" appears at the lower right corner of p. 409. An opera in five acts to a libretto by Eugène Scribe and Charles Duveyrier after their libretto Le duc d'Albe, Les Vêpres Siciliennes was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on June 13, 1855. "... for those wishing to understand Verdi's musical development during the 1850s, Les vêpres siciliennes is of enormous importance. In both strictly formal terms and in larger matters of operatic structure, it marks a decisive turn away from the language of the middle-period Italian operas and the emergence of many stylistic features we associate with the later Verdi. There is no subsequent Verdi opera in which the experience of Les vêpres will not be recalled and refined." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online.

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        Elberfeld'.

      - gouachierte u. eiweißgehöhte Lithographie v. W. Riefstahl gedruckt v. W. Korn in Berlin b. R.L. Friderichs in Elberfeld, um 1855, 43 x 54,5 Souvenirblatt mit 11 Ansichten. - Mittig Gesamtansicht vom Berg. Märk. Bahnhof aus; darunter Panorama vom Nützenberge aus. - Die Gesamtansicht umgeben von der katholischen Kirche, neue reformierte Kirche, Rathaus, Landgericht, Elisenhöhe, Berg. Märkischer Bahnhof, Waisenhaus, neue lutherische Kirche und Niederlassung reformierte Kirche. - Die Ansicht mit minimal restaurierten Stellen.

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        Pair of long Autograph Letters Signed to his Mother, (Major the Hon. Charles, 1826-1907, 2nd son of John, 1798-1867, from 1841 2nd Baron Wrottesley, P.R.S.)

      1855 - (Sophia Elizabeth, née Giffard, Lady Wrottesley, married 1821, died 1880), during the Crimean War, in the first he is on the steamer Imperator, 'Off Athens',.on sick leave making a second time for Corfu, "I went to Scutari on Sunday & was sorry to hear that Asiatic Cholera had begun there. It . frightens the other patients so as to predispose many to follow their comrades to that picturesque grave yard by the side of the Bosphorus . There is a monument there to poor Toozy Williams .", Captain Samuel Toosey Williams (1823-1854, Scots Greys), "it is a very large marble heart & is not in good taste, & there are many almost as bad", now that they are in quarantine "We have been amusing ourselves all the morning . in determining the geography of the place, & have not come to a satisfactory result, so decide Murray['s Guide] must be incorrect . I should have liked another scramble over the Acropolis", he talks of "the death of Lord Raglan. What a melancholy end so soon after the unfortunate affair of the 18th. Herbert", apparently Brevet-Colonel the Hon Percy Herbert, " told me that on that day he stood exposed to a heavy fire of grape watching with deep interest the attack of the English on the Redan & it made him very nervous about his safety. Whatever his merits as a General were may admit of an opinion, but everyone in the Crimea allows that he acted with great judgement & temper in all his dealings with the French, which was one of the greatest difficulties connected with the affair", he talks again of the Cholera, "Some parts of the camp were not salubrious from men & horses having been buried not very deep", and "other little annoyances there . bad water & that always luke warm . then when one gets up in morning to find an inch or two of dust over everything . The poor fellows made very certain of Sebastopol the other day & it was a great disappointment", also of the sharp-shooter Major at Gerald Goodlake (1832-1890, Coldstream Guards, V.C. at Inkerman) who "had his servant & pony with saddle bags waiting in one of the ravines which he expected to fill with the spoil of Sebastopol & now they have [to] look forward to another winter", (July 6th 1855), in the second letter he is still on Corfu "as the 82nd have not been sent on to the Crimea & I believe . that General Simpson has sent word that at present he does not want more men in the Crimea . The Colonel is ill & has gone to the Lord Bligh's country house for change of air, so I have been in command for the last week & being President of the Mess besides have not had much time to spare. Yesterday I went 16 miles . to a picnic got up by Mrs P. Barrington. It was too far as the pigeon pies turned bad on the road and the ice turned into water. After dinner the ladies took to scrambling about the rocks & tore their gowns. They found it easier to climb up than down", he talks of going shooting for 'beccafico' (fig-picker) "with a young Greek Count. As the becafico's are early birds we were to start at five but some how or other we did not get away much before seven . The Ionian Nobility only go to their country houses for a few months in the Autumn when the grapes are picked & the olives gathered. Their titles are Venetian .but most of them are very poor . there were more feathers than flesh in the bag so we left it behind . Major Inge & party have gone to Venice & one of our Captains Rycroft has gone to Ithaca with his company . There is a report that the doctor of the 82nd has been assassinated at Cephalonia. He was a mad sort of a fellow & the Greeks don't understand that sort of thing . The Colonel returned this morning so I am no longer in Command .What a fortunate thing F. Fitzroy's marriage is", their relative Francis Charles FitzRoy, to Harriet Anne Musgrave as his second wife on 1st August 1855, (17th August 1855), together 8 sides 8vo., Off Athens and Corfu, 6th July and 17th August 1855, with the envelope for the first postmarked Trieste 11th July 1855, and two other

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        L'Illustration Horticole, Journal spécial des Serres et des Jardins , choix raisonné des plantes les plus intéressantes sous le rapport ornemental, comprenant leur histoire compléte. Leur description comparée, leur figure et leur culture; / rédigé par Ch. Lemaire et publié par Ambroise Verschaffelt - deuxiéme volume

      Gand: Imprimerie et Lithographie de F. et E. Gyselynck, 1855.-(16), 104p.: 46 estampas ; 26cm.-E.Trata-se do segundo volume desta notável publicação de botânica, dedicada ás espécies ornamentais. Para além do interesse científico e informativo do texto, é particularmente apreciada pelas magníficas estampas litográficas a cores, muitas com pormenores aguarelados a mão, todas de bonito efeito estético. Este exemplar está completo com as 46 estampas que lhe competem. Algumas são duplas.Meia-encadernação de pele.

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        [AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM JOHN WILKES BOOTH TO HIS CLOSE FRIEND, T. WILLIAM O'LAUGHLEN, DISCUSSING INCIDENTS OF HIS LIFE]

      Tudor Hall [the Booth family home near Bel Air, Md.], 1855. [3]pp. Quarto, on a folded folio sheet of light blue paper. Old folds, a few light stains. Very good. In a half morocco box. One of the few surviving letters of John Wilkes Booth, assassin of Abraham Lincoln and scion of one of the most famous acting families in the United States. Written to his close childhood friend, T. William O'Laughlen, describing Booth's youthful escapades in rural Maryland, this is the longest letter by Booth known to survive, and provides a fascinating insight into one of the most infamous characters in American history. William O'Laughlen's brother, Michael, was later convicted in the Conspiracy Trial in 1865 and sentenced to life in prison. William, who remained friendly with Booth, was not implicated. John Wilkes Booth's father, Junius Brutus Booth, was a brilliant but erratic British actor who eloped to the United States with Booth's mother in 1821. While the elder Booth toured the country performing, he established his family in the peace of rural Harford County, Maryland, northeast of Baltimore, acquiring the home they named "Tudor Hall" outside the county seat of Bel Air (now open to the public as the county cultural center). By the time John Wilkes was born in 1838 his eldest brothers were already acting with their father. Although Junius Brutus died of alcoholism in 1852, his eldest sons formed a dynasty of actors. By the late 1850s the Booths were arguably the leading stage family of the country. Despite the turbulent family history and the raciness associated with the stage, John Wilkes grew up in the comparatively stable life of rural Maryland and various boarding schools. This chatty and spirited letter, written when Booth was just seventeen to his boyhood friend, reflects well what his main concerns were: parties, girls, and gossip about mutual acquaintances. Booth writes, in part: "Well the first week in June was taken up by a fair held in Church Ville [a hamlet about three miles from Tudor Hall; the church described here still exists] for the benefit of the Presbyterian church....I was there night and day and you must not think I am blowing when I say I cut quite a dash. I saw pretty girls home from Fair at ten o'clock at night at some at the distance of four or five miles....the day after tomorrow I am invited to a strawberry eating and I promise you I will do my duty, and from then until teusday [sic] I will do nothing but gun, ride, and sleep and eat....Stevenson Archer, a young lawyer in Bel Air [whose brother was later head of Lee's medical corps until captured at Gettysburg] went to Boston and brought back a wife worth $60,000.00 that's what I call doing the thing up brown. He gave a party but I was one of the Non Visitants. In plain English I was not invited. Ned Webster another of the same profession and from the same place has gone off to get himself a wife, and I hear he has got himself a very rich one. It's an old saying that a lawyer can lie like the devil also in making women conscent [sic]. The devil tempted mother Eve with an apple. I don't know whether lawyers use apples or no but they all tempt the ladies. It is strange too that ladies like to be connected to the law in any way, but it is always best to agree with a lawyer as well as a doctor for they have the means for revenge, hurrah. I have wrote a long letter at last." The young Booth, both naive and cosmopolitan, was on the verge of greater fame. Within two months he appeared on the Baltimore stage in his first role, and within a year he was an acclaimed actor. By the time of the Civil War he was one of the most famous stage figures in the United States. Booth letters and even his autograph are rare; he was not much of a correspondent. Of the seventy letters or documents signed by Booth which survive, forty-nine are letters, and twenty-seven are in institutions. Of these, eleven have appeared at auction since 1969, including this one (Christie's Dec. 5, 1997, $21,850). The correspondence with William O'Laughlen was rediscovered in 1965, when a cache of eight letters was found by a Baltimore cleaning lady in a basement. They are the earliest known Booth letters, as well as some of the longest and most interesting; most of the others are business-like notes about theatre engagements and the like. It has often been speculated that acquaintances destroyed correspondence lest they be implicated, but of course this is unknowable. A rare opportunity to acquire a superb letter by one of the most infamous figures in American history. James Swanson & Daniel Weinberg, LINCOLN'S ASSASSINS, THEIR TRIAL AND EXECUTION, pp.40-41. "RIGHT OR WRONG, GOD JUDGE ME," THE WRITINGS OF JOHN WILKES BOOTH, pp.41-42.

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        Traité d'électricité et de magnétisme, et des applications de ces sciences à la chimie, à la physiologie et aux arts

      Paris, Firmin Didot frères, 1855. 1855-1856, 1855-1856, , 3 volumes in-8 de I. XVI, 456 pages et 3 planches ; de II. (4), 475 et (1) pages ; et de III. (4), 412 pages et 14 planches, exemplaire broché, Première édition de ce résumé des cours donnés par Antoine-César au Muséum et par son fils Edmond au Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers. "Nous exposons avec de grands développements, chacun dans notre spécialité, toutes les applications de l'électricité et du magnétisme à la chimie, aux sciences physiques; aux arts et à l'industrie, en les refermant pour ainsi dire dans un même cadre, à raison de nos relations fréquentes et de la conformité de nos vues sur cette partie de nos connaissances". Entre 1834 et 1840, Antoine-César avait fait paraitre, en 7 volumes, un " Traité expérimental de l'électricité et du magnétisme", dont la présente publication, qui se nourrit des découvertes les plus récentes sur l'utilisation de l'énergie électrique, est tout à fait distinctes. Malgré les trois planches finales du premier volumes dé-reliées, bel exemplaire dans son brochage d'origine

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        Géographie botanique raisonnée ou exposition des faits principaux et des lois concernant la distribution géographique des plantes de l'époque actuelle.

      Paris, Masson; Genève, Kessmann, 1855. ____ Première édition. "Candolle's most outstanding work is his "Géographie botanique raisonnée" (1855) which is still the key work of phytogeography. He ushered in new methods of investigation and analysed with exactitude the causes of the distribution of plant life over the surface of the globe." DSB 3, 42. Illustré de 2 cartes dépliantes hors-texte en couleurs, montrant les limites polaires de quelques espèces. Pritzel 1512. *****. 2 volumes in-8. [233 x 143 mm] Collation : XXXII, 606 / (4), 607 à 1365 pp., 2 planches dépl. hors-texte. Demi-chagrin vert, dos à nerfs orné, couverture imprimées conservées. (Reliure moderne.).

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        Oscar Shanghai, The Extraordinary and Mirth-Provoking Adventures by Land and Sea Of

      Garrett, NY 1855 - Exceptionally rare edition of this comic gem. Original wrap cover not present, 5-3/4x9-1/4, 100 pages printed one side only. Title page not containing Dick and Fitzgerald. Spine in difficult condition, some significant wear to copy but complete and very good inside. B&W [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Beauties of the Bosphorus

      London - Virtue and Co., 1855 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. The original eight divisions of The Beauties of Bosphorus and The Danube. Reprinted from the original 1838 edition of Pardoe's work, with a reprint of Beatties 1834 The Danube. These editions were published together on the occasion of the Crimean War. Scarce, extremely so to be in the original eight divisions. Work is undated, dated from the 'Binding Advertisement' to division VIII from Virtue and Co. Twenty four plates, including a frontispiece to division I as well as an engraved title page. Twenty three plates to division two. Twenty four plates to thethird volume, including one map, twenty four plates to the fourth volumes, twenty four plates to the fifth volume including one map, twenty three plates to the sixth volume, thirteen to the seventh and fourteen to the eighth. 170 plates in total, appears to possibly be lacking two plates as binder's instructions to the rear ofdivision VIII totals to 172 plates. Collated, unlike the copy held at the V & A this set has the appendix for Bosphorus bound at the rear of volume VIII rather than volume IV (pp. 165-172. )Publisher's adverts to the rear of volume I. To the rear of division VIII there are contents pages and title pages as well as binding instructions for subscribers who wish to have the divisions bound as one work. This work is a beautiful representation of W H Bartlett's drawings as well as an interesting account of Constantinople (Istanbul) and the Danube river. Condition: In original cloth bindings with gilt stamping to front boards and spine. Externally, generally smart. Heavy bumping and rubbing to the head and tail of spines. Slight bumping to the extremities. Loss to head and tail of spine to volumes I, II, IV, V, VI, VII and VIIIdue to bumping. Front hinge to volume IV is slightly strained but firm. Marks to boards. Internally, all volumes are generally firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned with instances of scattered spots. Tidemarks to the bottom of a couple of the plates to volume V. Overall: VERY GOOD..

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        Bibliographie séismique

      (185 - trois parties en un volume, (Dijon, Académie des Sciences et Belles Lettres), (1855-1865), in-8, trois parties en un volume, 183-161-70 pages, demi-chagrin havane, dos à faux nerfs, Tirés à part, avec leurs paginations propres, extraits des Mémoires de l'Académie de Dijon, années 1855-56, 1861-62 et 1865 ; 4015 numéros décrit au total. La troisième partie a pour titre : Bibliographie séismique. Catalogue des livres, mémoires et notes sur les tremblements de terre et les phénomènes volcaniques. Collection de M. Alexis Perrey. L'astronome Alexis Perrey (1807-1882) est l'un des précurseurs de la sismologie statistique et historique ; il fut l'un des premiers à explorer d'éventuelles corrélations entre les tremblements de terre et les saisons ou les phases de la Lune. Cachet annulé de l'Institut catholique de Paris et étiquette en pied du dos. Bel exemplaire. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        [AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM JOHN WILKES BOOTH TO HIS CLOSE FRIEND, T. WILLIAM O'LAUGHLEN, DISCUSSING INCIDENTS OF HIS LIFE]

      Tudor Hall [the Booth family home near Bel Air, Md.], 1855. [3]pp. Quarto, on a folded folio sheet of light blue paper. Old folds, a few light stains. Very good. In a half morocco box. One of the few surviving letters of John Wilkes Booth, assassin of Abraham Lincoln and scion of one of the most famous acting families in the United States. Written to his close childhood friend, T. William O'Laughlen, describing Booth's youthful escapades in rural Maryland, this is the longest letter by Booth known to survive, and provides a fascinating insight into one of the most infamous characters in American history. William O'Laughlen's brother, Michael, was later convicted in the Conspiracy Trial in 1865 and sentenced to life in prison. William, who remained friendly with Booth, was not implicated. John Wilkes Booth's father, Junius Brutus Booth, was a brilliant but erratic British actor who eloped to the United States with Booth's mother in 1821. While the elder Booth toured the country performing, he established his family in the peace of rural Harford County, Maryland, northeast of Baltimore, acquiring the home they named "Tudor Hall" outside the county seat of Bel Air (now open to the public as the county cultural center). By the time John Wilkes was born in 1838 his eldest brothers were already acting with their father. Although Junius Brutus died of alcoholism in 1852, his eldest sons formed a dynasty of actors. By the late 1850s the Booths were arguably the leading stage family of the country. Despite the turbulent family history and the raciness associated with the stage, John Wilkes grew up in the comparatively stable life of rural Maryland and various boarding schools. This chatty and spirited letter, written when Booth was just seventeen to his boyhood friend, reflects well what his main concerns were: parties, girls, and gossip about mutual acquaintances. Booth writes, in part: "Well the first week in June was taken up by a fair held in Church Ville [a hamlet about three miles from Tudor Hall; the church described here still exists] for the benefit of the Presbyterian church....I was there night and day and you must not think I am blowing when I say I cut quite a dash. I saw pretty girls home from Fair at ten o'clock at night at some at the distance of four or five miles....the day after tomorrow I am invited to a strawberry eating and I promise you I will do my duty, and from then until teusday [sic] I will do nothing but gun, ride, and sleep and eat....Stevenson Archer, a young lawyer in Bel Air [whose brother was later head of Lee's medical corps until captured at Gettysburg] went to Boston and brought back a wife worth $60,000.00 that's what I call doing the thing up brown. He gave a party but I was one of the Non Visitants. In plain English I was not invited. Ned Webster another of the same profession and from the same place has gone off to get himself a wife, and I hear he has got himself a very rich one. It's an old saying that a lawyer can lie like the devil also in making women conscent [sic]. The devil tempted mother Eve with an apple. I don't know whether lawyers use apples or no but they all tempt the ladies. It is strange too that ladies like to be connected to the law in any way, but it is always best to agree with a lawyer as well as a doctor for they have the means for revenge, hurrah. I have wrote a long letter at last." The young Booth, both naive and cosmopolitan, was on the verge of greater fame. Within two months he appeared on the Baltimore stage in his first role, and within a year he was an acclaimed actor. By the time of the Civil War he was one of the most famous stage figures in the United States. Booth letters and even his autograph are rare; he was not much of a correspondent. Of the seventy letters or documents signed by Booth which survive, forty-nine are letters, and twenty-seven are in institutions. Of these, eleven have appeared at auction since 1969, including this one (Christie's Dec. 5, 1997, $21,850). The correspondence with William O'Laughlen was rediscovered in 1965, when a cache of eight letters was found by a Baltimore cleaning lady in a basement. They are the earliest known Booth letters, as well as some of the longest and most interesting; most of the others are business-like notes about theatre engagements and the like. It has often been speculated that acquaintances destroyed correspondence lest they be implicated, but of course this is unknowable. A rare opportunity to acquire a superb letter by one of the most infamous figures in American history. James Swanson & Daniel Weinberg, LINCOLN'S ASSASSINS, THEIR TRIAL AND EXECUTION, pp.40-41. "RIGHT OR WRONG, GOD JUDGE ME," THE WRITINGS OF JOHN WILKES BOOTH, pp.41-42.

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        Oeuvres complètes

      New edition of the complete works of the author.Binders half grief fir, back smooth decorated with large nets set cold nerves, as well as nets, dots and golden dishes handmade paper, some tiny lace friction.Book decorated boards inset by the best artists of the time including Bertall, Daumier, Gavarni, Johannot, Nanteuil and rare illustrations in-text.Foxing affecting some slips.Nice together nicely established slightly later binding. Alexandre Houssiaux Paris 1855 14,5x22cm 20 volumes reliés

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        MINNESOTA

      New York: J.H. Colton & Co., 1855. Folding color map, 12 x 15 inches. Original 16mo. brown cloth folder, gilt-lettered cover. Hinge worn. Map especially bright and clean. Fine. One of the earliest pocket maps of Minnesota, extending its western border deep into what would become Dakota Territory, but here labeled "Northwest Territory." This is one of two Minnesota maps issued by Colton in 1855, in addition to a Chapman sectional map and a similar effort by Ensign & Thayer. Colton also produced Minnesota maps in 1853 and 1854. Quite rare. Not in Phillips' MAPS, nor Rumsey, nor Wheat TRANSMISSISSIPPI WEST. CHECKLIST OF PRINTED MAPS OF THE MIDDLE WEST (MINNESOTA) 0678.

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        Beiträge zur Pathologie des Auges

      Vienne, Kaiserlich-Königl. Hof-und Staatsdruckerei, 1855. 1855-70, 1855-70, in-folio, petit , 219pp, 77pl, demi-cuir noir, plats en chagrin violine, dos à nerfs orné, 77 planches chromolithographiées, représentant le fond d'oeil. PREMIERE EDITION complète des 4 livraisons, ce qui est assez rare. Eduard Jäger von Jaxtthal (1818-1884) fut un des premiers utilisateurs de l'ophtalmoscope. La pratique de l'ophtalmoscopie directe lui permit de remarquer la coïncidence de la rétinite et du diabète, dès 1855. Cachet Bibliotheca Fideicomm. Ernesti Aug, avec la devise "suspicere et finire". Il s'agit de la bibliothèque fondée par Ernest Augustus I (1837-51). Ce livre est probablement un enrichissement lors du règne de son fils, Georges V (1819-78). Georges V était atteint de cécité et régna sur le royaume de Hanovre de 1851 à 1866. Dos refait avec réemploi des anciens plats, qqs rousseurs, mais néanmoins bon exemplaire

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        Album von Mathilde Diggelmann-Esslinger.

      Um 1855 - Quer-kl.-4°. (52) Bl. Mit zahlr. Albumbeiträgen, Originalzeichnungen, Aquatinta, Kupfer- und Stahlstichen. Geprägter Lederband der Zeit mit dreis. Goldschnitt. Einige Tafeln koloriert. - Das Album mit Gebrauchspuren. Bindung gelockert, im vordern Falz gebrochen. Der Ledereinband verblichen, verzogen und berieben. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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

      J. Murray, 1855. Good. 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.

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        Méthode des moindres carrés. Mémoires sur la combinaison des observations

      Paris, Mallet-Bachelier, 1855. 1855, 1855, in-8, de (8), 167 et (1) pages, demi-chagrin moderne, dos lisse portant une pièce de titre (couvertures d'origine conservées), Première édition française, rare, de ce texte qui propose en langue française la théorie à l'origine de toutes nos statistiques modernes, mathématiques et sociales. Le traducteur, Joseph Bertrand, regroupe six mémoires de Gauss dans lesquels le mathématicien allemand aborde la théorie des moindres carrés, théorie initiée par Legendre en arithmétique et exploité, pour la première fois par lui-même au sein d'une théorie des probabilités dans sa Theoria motus corporum coalestium parue en 1809. Forte rousseur sur l'ensemble de l'exemplaire

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        Musée impérial du Louvres - Description des sculptures modernes

      Rare first edition printed on laid paper.Full binding green shagreen, back with five nerves decorated with a grotesque decor, back with five nerves decorated with a grotesque decor, triple net gilded framing boards, double net gilded on the cuts, domestic gold lace all edges gilt, contemporary binding signed Lortic father.Signed autograph from the author: "To His Excellency the Minister of State and the home of the Emperor's very obliged and grateful H. Barbet de Jouy".Bookplate engraved (J. Pelletier).Very nice and valuable copy in a binder perfectly established time Lortic, bookbinder Charles Baudelaire. Vinchon et Charles de Mourgues Paris Août 1855 12x20cm relié

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        The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland

      Bradbury & Evans, 1855. Folio Illustrated with 51 full page plates executed in the "Nature-Print" manner, hand coloured with tissue guards, complete original three-quarter green roan over green cloth, ruled in gilt, lettered in gilt all edges gilt, pale yellow endpapers 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 Expertly rebacked to style, slight rubbing of covers, occasional dampstaining of margins. A handsome copy [Fischer 89; Nissen BBI 1400; Stafleu & Cowan 6275]

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        The American Fugitive in Europe Sketches of Places and People Abroad … With a Memoir of the Author

      Boston: Published by John Jewett and Company. Cleveland, Ohio: Jewett, Proctor & Worthington. New York: Sheldon, Lamport & Blackeman, 1855. First American edition. Engraved portrait frontispiece by R. Woodman. viii, [9]-320 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Publisher's embossed brown cloth, spine titled in gilt. Light wear and fraying to spine ends and tips, spine faded, foxing to endpapers and frontispiece, previous owner's ink stamps to flyleaf. First American edition. Engraved portrait frontispiece by R. Woodman. viii, [9]-320 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. The 'earliest African American travelogue'. William Wells Brown (1814-1884), African-American abolitionist lecturer, novelist, and historian, was born into slavery in Kentucky and escaped to Cleveland in 1834. He lectured in New York and Massachusetts and wrote a best-selling Narrative (1847) before travelling to Paris and London in 1849. He remained there five years, and The American Fugitive in Europe - first published as Three Years in Europe (London, 1852) - is an account of this period. It is the earliest African American travelogue. "He went to Europe to participate in the Paris Peace congress, and he stayed on to lecture more frequently and write more extensively against slavery than anyone else in Britain. He traveled more than 25,000 miles across the British Isles, by his estimate, and gave more than a thousand talks" - Ezra Greenspan, William Wells Brown, An African-American Life (2014). Brown's novel Clotel; or, the President's Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States, was published in 1853, the first novel published by an African American. Scarce. No copy of Three Years in Europe at auction in the last 40 years. Sabin 8586

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        Il profeta Isaia volgarizzato e commentato ad uso degl'Israeliti

      Padova, coi tipi di Antonio Bianchi 1855 - Bilingue ebraico-italiano; testo e commento. Mezza pelle, 13x22cm, 648p. Mancanza di cuoio nella parte superiore del dorso; cerniera screpolata; tagli dorati; ombre lievi d'umidità; foxing su qualche pagina. Molto raro. Traduzione italiana del profeta Isaia. Prophet Isaiah translated into Italian. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Beim Tee. Selbstbildnis des Künstlers mit seiner Tochter.

      - Kaltnadelradierung, auf Velin, signiert. 22,5:29,5 cm. Vorzüglicher, vollrandiger Abdruck. Haueisen war Schüler an den Kunstakademien in München bei L. v. Kalckreuth (1855-1928) und in Karlsruhe bei H. Thoma (1839-1924). Tätig war er in Jockgrim/Pfalz, in Karlsruhe, zeitweilig auch in Bernau und in Frankfurt am Main. Seit 1919 war er Lehrer und Direktor an der Karlsruher Akademie, aus der er 1933 freiwillig austrat.

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        Descrizione scientifica del circolo meridiano collocato nel nuevo Pontifico Osservatorio delle Roma Universita.

      Roma, Tipografia delle Belle Arti, 1855. ____ Seule édition. Calandrelli était directeur de l'observatoire pontifical de Rome. (DSB III, 14). Envoi manuscrit de l'auteur au découvreur de la planète Neptune: "à Monsieur Le Verrier, Dircteur de l'Observatoire de Paris, hommage de l'auteur." OCLC : one copy in USA only (Adler Planetarium). *****. In-4. Collation : (4), 121, (2) pp., 4 planches dépl. Cartonnage moderne, couverture conservée.

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        A RIDE THROUGH LONDON. New Panoramic Game.

      A hand-coloured lithograph, on two joined sheets, folded into a pictorial hand-coloured lithographed cover. The winding panoramic track extending to 112 cm represents a road from Tower Hill to Buckingham Palace. Lacks counters, the six cards numbered 1-6, and the five letter cards, A -E. Repaired at one joint; little worn; the covers lightly soiled and worn; else very good. A scarce 'London' game.The V. & A. possess a copy, but their example is uncoloured.

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        Freuden Adresse der Land und Wald Gemeinden des Bezirkes Mödling. (Handschrift anlässlich der Geburt von Erzherzogin Sophie Friederike).

      (Mödling ) 1855 - 2°. Gestochener Titel, (32) Blatt, Goldschnitt. Rotes Samt mit Goldfileten. Unikat anlässlich der Geburt der ersten Tochter von Kaiser Franz Joseph I. und Kaiserin Elisabeth wurden in den Gemeinden Blätter aufgelegt, in denen sich die Bewohner handschriftlich eintragen konnten. Diese Blätter sind hier zusammengefasst und wurden so dem Kaiserpaar als Huldigung dargebracht. 'Als des Geschützes Donner und der Jubelruf der Kaiserstadt uns die himmelfrohe Kunde brachte, es habe unsere allgeliebte Landesmutter Euer Majestät und unserm gottgefälligen Vaterlande eine Prinzessin geboren, da zog die Freude auch bei uns in jedes Haus, in die letzte ärmste Waldhütte ein, wonnetrunken eilten wir alle in das Gotteshaus, legten die Freudenthräne die in unserm Auge zitterte als Dankesopfer am Altar des Herren nieder und betheten ." Mit sehr zahlreichen Signaturen vertreten sind die Bürger der Orte Mödling, Anningerforst, Gaaden, Biedermannsdorf, Hinterbrühl, Vorderbrühl-Klausen, Brunn, Enzersdorf, Gießhübel, Grub, Gumpoldskirchen, Guntramsdorf, Inzersdorf, Kaltenleutgeben, Laxenburg, [Wiener] Neudorf, Perchtoldsdorf, Rodaun, Siebenhirten, Sittendorf, Sparbach, Stangau, Sulz, Vösendorf und Weißenbach. Lose im Block, Lagerspuren. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Studi ossia Trattato di Armonia e di Composizione. Vol. I y II

      G. Ricordi, Milano, Roma 1855 - 4ºM, holandesa tela, 2 volúmenes encuadernados en un solo tomo. Muy buen estado. Prima versione italiana con note di F.G. Fétis e L. F. Rossi. I due volumi presi in una sola volta. Sello seco de Ricordi en las primeras páginas, grabado con retrato del autor, fotograbado de la tumba de Beethoven en Viena. Vol I, 179 pp, Vol. II, 207. Incluye Introducción del editor, Prefacio, Nota biográfica y Testamento de Beethoven. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Memoria sullo incendio Vesuviano del mese di Maggio 1855 fatta per incarico della reale Accademia delle scienze. Preceduta dalla relzione dell' altro incendio del 1850 fatta de A. Scacchi.

      Napoli, G. Nobile, 1855. ____ Première édition séparée. Elle est illustrée par 7 planches en lithographie. Publié dans les Rendiconto del Reale accademia delle scienze fisiche e matematiche di Napoli. Titre sur la couverture imprimée, dans un encadrement gravé : 'Eruzioni Vesuviane del 1850 e 1855'. Bon exemplaire, grand de marges, en grande partie non ouvert. Couvertures imprimées salies et doublées. Provenance : "A Mr. L. C. De Ville pour M. Renei, de la part de M. Palmieri." (note manuscrite sur la couverture). *****. In-4. [300 x 220 mm] Collation : VIII, 207 pp. 7 planches h.-t. Demi-basane beige, dos orné, couvertures imprimées conservées. (Reliure du XXe, dans le style de l'époque.).

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        THE GAME OF THE CHESS.

      London: John Russell Smith, 1855. FIRST EDITION 1855 of Figgins's facsimile edition of the 1482 Westminster Caxton edition. Reproduced in Facsimile from a Copy in the British Museum. With a Few Remarks on Caxton's Typographical Productions. By Vincent Figgins. Large 8vo, approximately 290 x 210 mm, 11½ x 8½ inches, 24 half page woodcuts in the text, title page in red and black (a note at the bottom of the page states that there was no title page in the original edition), 167 facsimile unnumbered pages of the original Caxton edition, followed by 13 pages of Remarks and a list of Caxton's works, 1 page of Synopsis of Characters and Combinations used in "The Game of Chess", 1 page of A Tribute to the Memory of William Caxton plus 1 page of advert for Almshouses, bound in publisher's morocco with silver clasps and bosses in the style of the period (there were 2 bindings, this is the most expensive at 3 guineas, the other being in calf at 2 guineas, see "A Tribute" at the end of book), rebacked to style, no label or lettering, chess board patterned endpapers. Upper cover showing signs of repair next to spine, covers slightly rubbed with slight edge wear, silver darkened, 1 leaf has crease to bottom inner margin, pale age-browning to pages otherwise a very good copy. Housed in a quarter morocco drop-down box with gilt lettered maroon morocco label, blind decoration to spine, brown cloth sides. "Despite its title, Caxton's The Game and Playe of the Chesse does not, in fact, have much to say about a game or about playing it. First printed in 1474, then reprinted in 1482 with woodcuts added, it is instead a translation of Jacobus de Cessolis' thirteenth-century political treatise, the Liber de moribus hominum et officiis nobilium ac popularium super ludo scachorum (The Book of the Morals of Men and the Duties of Nobles and Commoners, on the Game of Chess)". MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        De l'influence des idées philosophiques sur le barreau au dix-huitième siècle

      Original edition for which he was not drawn large papers.Binding to the bronze bradel half calf, smooth back, covers preserved, elegant binding pastiche signed P. Goy & C. Vilaine.Rare autograph signed by the author at the top of the first cover food "for my friend Gregory, fond memories ..."Two pale foxing heads of the first and last pages of this brochure, small foxing.Some passages and the name of the author on the first dish underlined pencils of red and blue colors. E. Thunot & Cie Paris 1855 14x22,5cm relié

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        THE GAME OF THE CHESS.

      London: John Russell Smith, 1855.. FIRST EDITION 1855 of Figgins's facsimile edition of the 1482 Westminster Caxton edition. Reproduced in Facsimile from a Copy in the British Museum. With a Few Remarks on Caxton's Typographical Productions. By Vincent Figgins. Large 8vo, approximately 290 x 210 mm, 11½ x 8½ inches, 24 half page woodcuts in the text, title page in red and black (a note at the bottom of the page states that there was no title page in the original edition), 167 facsimile unnumbered pages of the original Caxton edition, followed by 13 pages of Remarks and a list of Caxton's works, 1 page of Synopsis of Characters and Combinations used in "The Game of Chess", 1 page of A Tribute to the Memory of William Caxton plus 1 page of advert for Almshouses, bound in publisher's morocco with silver clasps and bosses in the style of the period (there were 2 bindings, this is the most expensive at 3 guineas, the other being in calf at 2 guineas, see "A Tribute" at the end of book), rebacked to style, no label or lettering, chess board patterned endpapers. Upper cover showing signs of repair next to spine, covers slightly rubbed with slight edge wear, silver darkened, 1 leaf has crease to bottom inner margin, pale age-browning to pages otherwise a very good copy. Housed in a quarter morocco drop-down box with gilt lettered maroon morocco label, blind decoration to spine, brown cloth sides. "Despite its title, Caxton's The Game and Playe of the Chesse does not, in fact, have much to say about a game or about playing it. First printed in 1474, then reprinted in 1482 with woodcuts added, it is instead a translation of Jacobus de Cessolis' thirteenth-century political treatise, the Liber de moribus hominum et officiis nobilium ac popularium super ludo scachorum (The Book of the Morals of Men and the Duties of Nobles and Commoners, on the Game of Chess)". MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Nos souvenirs de Kil-Bouroun pendant l'hiver passé dans le liman du Dnieper 1855-1856. Album lithographié Paris, Arthus-Bertrand (printed by Becquet frères), [1856]. 1mo (63 x 46 cm). An album of views, most including ships on the river, from the Battle of Kinburn in the Crimean War, comprising 17 plates: 1 tinted lithographed title-page, 15 tinted and double-tinted lithographed views (image size 30 x 46 cm) and a lithographed map. Many views also coloured by hand. Later half blue cloth portfolio.

      - Collection De Vinck 17202-17206, 17209, 17211-17221; WorldCat (4 copies). A rare lithographic print series commemorating the Battle of Kinburn (Kil-Bouroun) on the south bank of the Dnieper River near the Crimea. On 17 October 1855, during the Crimean War, the French and British navies attacked the Russian outpost there with a fleet of ironclad ships, destroying the fortifications within hours and suffering only light damage. This decisive success, seven years before the famous battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack in the American Civil War, heralded the demise of the traditional wooden warship. Though made from the land, mostly after the battle itself, nearly all show maritime scenes, with large and detailed depictions of the ironclad ships on the ice-bound river. They also show the ruined fortifications in great detail. With some marginal tears repaired but still in very good condition, with only an occasional minor spot. The portfolio is also very good, with a couple small water stains on the silk of the front board. A lovely series of views of ironclad ships on the frozen Dnieper River during the Crimean War.

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        Flower Fables.

      Boston: George W. Briggs, 1855. 8vo, original blind- and gilt-stamped brown cloth, gilt lettering. Frontis and five plates. Alcott's first book, a collection of fables about nature she wrote at age 16 for her friend and neighbor Ellen Emerson, the daughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Cloth a little worn and faded; some spotting to the endpapers; light offsetting in the text from leaves and flowers laid in; very good copy, enclosed in a quarter morocco clamshell box.

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        Portrait photographique en médaillon d'Alexandre Dumas avec sa signature autographe

      Original photograph of Maurice Blanchot standing against a wall.silver vintage print."Blanchot took a long time to challenge photographers and cartoonists of the literary press. Minimalist and extremely rare, on so many years, are the illustrations sketches in 1962 in the Express, a hand waving a book, on page background; in 1979, in Libération, a blank square in the middle of the page, with any legend for the name of Maurice Blanchot and a quote from infinity Maintenance ( "a world of empty: nothing was visible, nothing that was invisible" ) "(C. Bident, Maurice Blanchot).In 1986, during an exhibition of portraits of writers, he asked that his picture be replaced with a text indicating its desire to "appear the least, not to exalt [his] books, but to avoid the presence of an author who claims to own existence. "A photo taken unwittingly by a paparazzo on a supermarket parking lot, will long serve as writer's portrait before his friend Emmanuel Levinas reveals few portraits of their youth.Maurice Blanchot does not object to such disclosure, as this is the fact of his closest friend, could be explained by what Bident called "spacing of concern," the inactuality of portraits unveiled echoing the postponed publications Idyll, The Last word, death Sentence ...).Only a few photographs gathered in the center pages of the number of Herne's Cahiers devoted to Maurice Blanchot complement these unique pictures of the writer's most secret of the twentieth century.In his chapter "The indisposition of secrecy", Christophe Bident devotes several pages to the almost total absence of this image invisible partner, questioning the intellectual and psychological motivations of the writer yet aware of the inevitable revelation to come up,"Everything must become public. The secret must be broken. The obscure must enter the day and emerge. What can not say yet is s hearing. Quidquid latet apparebit, all that is hidden, that is what should appear ... "Maurice Blanchot, The Space of Literature) Pierre PETIT Paris (Circa 1855-1860) 6,3x10,5cm un bristol au format carte de visite

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        Oeuvres complètes

      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. Chez Alexandre Houssiaux à Paris 1855 13x21,5cm 20 volumes reliés

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        Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El Medinah and Meccah

      

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        A Christmas Carol. 13th edn.

      Chapman & Hall. 1855 Half title, col. front. & 3 other plates by John Leech, text illus., final ad. leaf. Orig. horizontal-grained red cloth, blocked & lettered in gilt. Recased retaining most of orig. repaired spine strip, corners repaired. a.e.g.

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        Westward Ho!

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

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        Gold Fields' Commission of Enquiry. Report of the Commission appointed to enquire into the condition of the Gold Fields of Victoria, &c.

      Melbourne: John Ferres, Government printer, 29 March 1855. Tall quarto, lxxii, 365pp., string bound, title-page a little foxed, very good copy. The Commission of Enquiry, whose members including William Westgarth and John Pascoe Fawkner, was appointed to determine the cause of the disturbances at Ballarat, and the resulting report is most desirable for the sheer volume of first-hand evidence printed. The report covers the entire history of the Victorian goldfields, and examines the contentious issues of political rights and the license fee. The social condition of the fields, disparity of wealth, antagonism towards Chinese miners and rising discontent against the State are recurring themes. It is noteworthy for its unflinching criticism of the Victorian police.The report comprises two parts. The first, of some 72 pages, presents the findings and conclusions of the Commissioners, and forms an in-depth critique of goldfields (mis)management resulting in the crisis at Ballarat and the Eureka Stockade. The grievances of the miners are seriously addressed - shortage of land and resources, price gouging, corruption, arbitrary decisions and coercion by police and magistrates, disputes between individual miners, and so forth. Treatment of the fighting at Eureka is fairly even-handed; sub-headings include 'Premature violence of the authorities', 'Inhumanities on the occasion' and 'Share borne by foreigners'. The second part prints individual testimonies, forming an invaluable historical resource of some 365 pages. By the date of publication in March 1855, easy alluvial riches were increasingly elusive, and successful gold mining increasingly relied on costly quartz crushing and extraction processes. Hence this report comes at a crucial time in Australian goldfields history when individual prospectors and their families were losing ground, quite literally, to companies with the capital to extract gold from quartz mined deep underground.

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        A BOOK OF NONSENSE By Derry Down Derry.

      PROOF COPY OR VERY EARLY ISSUE OF LEAR'S NONSENSE BOOK. Title and 72 leaves, each printed by lithography on one side only. Original pictorial semi-stiff covers, cloth-backed. Oblong octavo. Second edition. The limericks to both variants of 'There was an Old Man of The West' reversed, indicating an early issue. The pictorial front cover lacking the publication details, also the words, 'New Edition', but having the word 'to' for seemingly no good reason after the 'of' in the title. Vivien Noakes catalogued a proof copy for the exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1985, but there is no mention in her cataloguing of variations to the cover. Book bumped at outer corners with slight loss to lower outer corner of front cover; alignment of printing to verse of 'There was an old man of Cape Horn' poor; last line of 'There was an old man of Calcutta' partly cropped'; some marking; else a very good copy of an extremely rare issue - very possibly a proof.First published in 1846 in two volumes, only the first two editions were printed by lithography, wood-engraving being preferred for the third and subsequent editions. Both of the first two editions were small, possibly as few as 250 - 500 copies being printed. Even the third edition only numbered 1000 copies. The binding method for the first two editions was by the 'perfect' or gutta-percha method, and copies are often found in a distressed state, most lacking their original bindings and usually incomplete. The first two lithographed editions (the first edition and this, the second edition) include three limericks which were suppressed when Routledge issued the 3rd, wood-engraved, edition.

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