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        Three Rare Glass Stereoview Photographs of Early Travels of Francis Frith in Egypt and Nubia.

      Egypt, 1856-1859, 1856. Three (3) glass stereoview photographs of Francis Frith's important work in Egypt, each with the embedded signature of the artist, each numbered and labeled to side margin with Frith's title and caption. Also with small labels of London's Stationers' Hall. Stereoviews measure approximately 3.25 inches x 6.75 inches (8,5cm x 17cm). In very good and original condition, sharp images, exceedingly rare. Francis Frith's photographs of Egypt are some of the earliest and most sought-after views of the Near East. This lot includes the folllowing: "The Approach to Philae, from the North.", "Grottos and Cut Rocks in the Sandstone Quarries at Hagar Silsili.", "View of the Tombs of the Memlook Kings at Cairo.", Francis Frith (1822-1898) was an English photographer, and founder of the photographic studio in Liverpool, Frith & Hayward. best known today for his work in Egypt. He journeyed to the Middle East on three occasions, the first of which was a trip to Egypt in 1856 with very large cameras (16" x 20"). From September 1856 to July 1857 he travelled through Egypt, Palestine and Syria, where he made full-plate and stereo negatives. The work produced on this journey catapulted his remarkably prolific career as publisher of travel images. Upon his return, in 1860, he produced 100 stereoviews of his travels in Egypt, Nubia, and Ethiopia. He also published photographs under the title Egypt and Palestine Photographed and Described (1858-59). . Photo.

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        EUROPA. -, Karte von Central=Europa. Prämie für die Abonnenten der "Bilder der Zeit 1856"

      27 x 25 cm. Mehrf. gefalt., teilkol. Stahlstichkarte mit 18 Ansichten im Rand, in 20 Teilen auf OLeinwand montiert (Blattgröße: 102 x 117 cm). HLwd. d. Zt. mit hs. Deckelschild und Schuber. Prachtvolle Europakarte in ornamentaler Umrahmung mit Ansichten von Berlin, Brüssel, Budapest, Dresden, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Köln, Leipzig, London, Mailand, München, Paris, Prag, Salzburg, Triest, Venedig und Wien. - Innendeckel mit hs. Besitzvermerk. Die Karte im unteren Rand mit hs. Widmung und gestempelt, nur minimal fleckig. Europa, Landkarten

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        Guide : Lillywhite Guide for 1856 , 9th Edition (Smith 9/24)

      Here we have an 1856 Lillywhite Guide. 9th Edition. One of the hard to find editions. It was from the Robin Marlar collection and bownd in redish boards with his name to the front, This book is rebound without the original covers or half blue slip or pink inserts other wise it is complete , excellent drawing of Lillywhite. In very nice condition. Internally wonderful, very clean indeed just a small oddity to the first page as it is bound in well but has a crease right next to the spine. It is a tiny book with bright pages and hard to find.

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        TRAITÉ GÉNÉRAL DE PHOTOGRAPHIE:; COMPRENANT LES PROCÉDÉS SUR PLAQUE, SUR PAPIER, SUR VERRE À L'ALBUMINE ET AU COLLODION, LE TIRAGE DES POSITIFS ET DES ÉPREUVES STÉRÉOSCOPIQUES, LA GRAVURE HÉLIOGRAPHIQUE, ETC. SUIVI DES APPLICATIONS DE CET ART AUX SCIENCES, ET DE RECHERCHES SUR L'ACTION CHIMIQUE DE LA LUMIÈRE

      Paris: A. Gaudin et Frère, 1856. Second edition. 8vo., 400 pp., plus 4 engraved folding plates and one heliogravure plate, which is detailed with a full tonal range, [3] adverts. Later binding of quarter calf gilt, and marbled paper over boards. The blank lower margin of the title page bears a partially erased ink inscription. There is a small worm hole in the blank margin of the half-title page and title page, with a short tear to the blank margin of the following leaf which was repaired with archival tape, as is a hole in pp. 59 - 60, with the loss of a word or two; pp. 60 -61 has splatter staining. There are a few spots of soiling or mild dampstains to a few leaves. The blank lower margin of the heliogravure plate has a two inch dampstain. In all, this remains a very good copy. Contains a thorough presentation of the history of photography, photomechanical reproduction, the action of light on coatings, producing sensitized coatings, optics and theory, negatives, papers, Woodburytype and photo-enameling. The heliogravure, The Hotel de Cluny, is by Charles Negre and is one of the first, if not the first to appear in a book. This is the expanded edition, with a new title, of Monckhoven's, TRAITÉ POPULAIRE DE PHOTOGRAPHIE SUR COLLODION...first published in 1855 when Monckhoven was barely 20 years old. Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, fails to list any work by Monckhoven prior to his No. 132, TRAITÉ POPULAIRE DE PHOTOGRAPHIE SUR COLLODION...1862. WorldCat locates only nineteen copies and includes this note: "Livre VI, Gravure Heliographique, covers the processes of Fiseau [Fizeau], Beuvière, Talbot, Niépce, Niépce de Saint-Victor & Lemaître. St. Victor's Memoire's of 23 May, 1853, 2 October, 1854, and 12 March, 1855, are published complete. [Contains] one Gravure Heliographique (Photogravure) by Charles Nègre, titled 'Paris en miniature, Hotel de Cluny' from a photograph. This is an example of the Gravure Heliographique (Photogravure) method of Niépce de Saint-Victor as modified by Charles Nègre. [Also includes] four engravings of photographic equipment, etc. The plate was made before November, 1854."--Hanson Collection catalog, p. 17-18. Roosens and Salu No. 4239.

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        Storia de' monumenti di Napoli e degli architetti che gli edificavano. Vol. 1: dallo stabilimento della monarchia, sino ai nostri giorni. Vol. 2: Dal 1801 al 1851. Vol. 3: Tavole

      Napoli, Tipografia di Federico Vitale, 1856-1859. 36 parts, as issued for the first time, containing the 2 4to-vols text and 1 folio-vol. plates. Large 4to (29 x23 cm). The 36 parts in printed publisher's wrappers, uncut (unopened). (wrappers dustsoiled; spines with tears). 506, 352 pp.(margins dustsoiled) and 35 lithograohed plates inserted in the different parts and therefore with folts (some plates with shorter margins than in the atlas; of the larger plates the margins dustsoiled and some with small marginal tears)). - The plates depict palaces, churches, fountains, a befry, a triumphal arch, an iron bridge, etc., designed by famous architects of Naples and its region. - This publication, as appeared in serial form, with all the wrappers preserved, is of great rarity.

      [Bookseller: Boekhandel - Antiquariaat Emile Kerssema]
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        Theoretisch - practische Zitherspiel Methode

      C. F. Heckel, Mannheim 1856 - dos décoloré. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        A TREATISE ON HELIOCHROMY; OR, THE PRODUCTION OF PICTURES, BY MEANS OF LIGHT, IN NATURAL COLORS.; EMBRACING A FULL, PLAIN, AND UNRESERVED DESCRIPTION OF THE PROCESS KNOWN AS THE HILLOTYPE, INCLUDING THE AUTHOR'S NEWLY DISCOVERED COLLODIO-CHROME, OR NATURAL COLORS ON COLLODIONIZED GLASS. TOGETHER WITH VARIOUS PROCESSES FOR NATURAL COLORS, ON PAPER, VELVET, PARCHMENT, SILK, MUSLIN, PORCELAIN, WOOD, &C., AND ELABORATE ESSAYS ON THE THEORY OF LIGHT AND COLORS, THE CHEMISTRY OF HELIOCHROMY, AND THE ENTIRE RANGE OF THE AUTHOR'S NINE YEARS' EXPERIENCE IN SUN COLORING

      NY: Robinson & Caswell, 1856. First edition. 8vo., xii, 175 pp. Decoratively blind-stamped cloth, gilt title. Light wear at the spine ends and tips, occasional foxing; front hinge partially opened, else very good. In 1850, the Rev. Levi Hill announced his "discovery" of producing a daguerreotype in color, which he called a "Hillotype." Between the years of 1850 and 1856, when he published his treatise, there was considerable controversy as to whether he really had discovered a color process, or was simply a fraud. According to Eder, the "Hillotype" was nothing more than a daguerreotype with color painted upon it. John Towler, editor of Humphrey's Journal [previously the Daguerreian Journal] wrote in 1865, when Hill died, "he always affirmed to this writer that he did take pictures in their natural colors, but it was done by an accidental combination of chemicals which he could not, for the life of him, again produce!" Today, evidence seems to indicate that Hill did indeed produce daguerreotypes from life in natural colors. When first published in 1856, the price was $25.00, which resulted in poor sales and making this a scarce volume. Roosens and Salu No. 4770.

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        Ferns: British and Exotic

      London: Groombridge, 1856. hardcover. near fine. 8 volumes, illustrated with 480 color plates with tissue guards and many black and white woodcut illustrations throughout the text. 8vo, 3/4 dark green calf, marbled boards and edges (very lightly rubbed). London: Groombridge, 1856 -60. First Editions. Near Fine. 8 volumes, illustrated with 480 color plates with tissue guards and many black and white woodcut illustrations throughout the text. 8vo, 3/4 dark green calf, marbled boards and edges (very lightly rubbed). London: Groombridge, 1856 -60. First Editions. Near Fine. Pritzel 5640. Nissen 1243.

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        Colton's Traveler and Tourist's Guide-Book Through the Western States and Territories [Colton's Western Tourist and Emigrant's Guide]; Containing Brief Descriptions of Each, With the Routes and Distances on the Great Lines of Travel. Accompanied by a Map, Exhibiting the Township Lines of the U.S. Surveys, the Boundaries of Counties, Position of Cities, Villages, Settlements, Etc.

      New York: J.H. Colton and Company, 1856. Hardcover. Near fine. 16mo, 137pp. Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800-1893) founded the mapmaking company known as "J.H. Colton and Company", known internationally and highly regarded for the quality of their maps, which were printed using engraved steel plates and often hand-coloured, recognizable for their decorative borders. This volume is the 1856 printing of the guide book for what was then "the west", today what we would consider the middle of the country - Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, and the "territories" of Minesota (sic), Nebraska, and Kansas. A lovely copy in near fine condition, the map also near fine (see details below).___DESCRIPTION: Bound in brown cloth with gilt lettering and lavishly decorated front board with gilt vignettes of a train on a high bridge and a steamship, all surrounded by an elaborate ruled border intertwined with vines, rear board blind stamped with the same decorations and lettering, spine blank, verso of title page lists copyright date as 1855, Davies & Roberts as Stereotypers (NY) and Pudney & Russell as Printers (NY); sixteenmo size (approximately 6" tall), pagination: [ii] blank, [1-2] title and copyright page, [3]-4 the "Publisher's Advertisement" (in reality an introduction to the book), 5-100, 1-36 publisher's ads, [2] blank, hand-coloured folding map tipped to rear paste down.___CONDITION: Volume is in near fine condition overall, the binding is clean and unrubbed, the corners only gently bumped with minimal rubbing, the text block is strong and square with solid hinges, free of prior owner markings other than a name, and the title of the book, written in a vintage, flowing hand in pencil to the front free endpaper; the spine is sunned and lightly at the head and tail and there is some scattered foxing, else near fine. The map is also near fine, free of markings and with remarkably light wear, a few miniscule tears at the center folds and very light edgewear, else fine - the colours bright and fresh, firmly anchored to the rear pastedown. A wonderful example of this important early guide book.___CITATION: Wright Howes Final C629.___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details.___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.

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        Pictorial History of the Russian War 1854-5-6.

      Edinburgh & London, 1856. Large 8vo. X + 584 pp. Half-title. 10 plates and maps (including tinted lithographed frontispiece of Sebastopol). Near contemporary red half morocco. Gilt spine. Bookplate to front pastedown (Edward Nicholas Hurt).. .

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        Map of San Francisco. 1856.

      San Francisco, Calif.: Henry Bill, 1856.(). Color lithograph. Published for The History of the World. Image: 7.5 x 16 inches. Fold marks. In carved wooden frame.

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        Report of the Superintendent of the Coast Survey, Showing Progress of the Survey During the Year 1855

      Cornelius Wendell, Printer, Washington, D.C. 1856 - Washington, D.C.: Cornelius Wendell, Printer, 1856. First edition [1856]. Worn. Published as Ex. Doc. 6, 34th Congress, 1st Session, House of Representatives. Bookplate with compliments of Prof. A. D. Bache, Supt. U.S. Coast Survey, on front pastedown, along with another name in pencil. Thick volume containing text, appendices, with numerous folding maps and diagrams. All maps present, diagrams 52 and 53 (Boutelle's scaffolding & apparatus) absent. Brown blind stamped cloth with gilt lettering, nearly 12" tall, about 2.5" thick. Maps comprise a survey of the US from Northern New England down the coasts of Florida, the Gulf to Galveston, and the west coast from San Diego to the Pacific Northwest. Some maps very large in size, mainly in very good condition with just a few pinhole tears to intersecting folds, short closed tears to two maps where they connect with the book, extra creases to a few, very minor old dampstaining to the edges of a few maps, one diagram stained toward the inner margin from old leaves, map 56 bound in upside down. Covers rubbed and have a persistent dustiness, short surface tear along front joint, binding sound, front free endpaper removed, intermittent dampstains to the outer margins of the text pages throughout, chip to bottom of map list with minor loss of text to the last two lines. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fair. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Nassaus Flora : ein Taschenbuch zum Gebrauche bei botanischen Excursionen in der vaterländische Pflanzenwelt ; Phanerogamen.

      Wiesbaden : Kreidel & Niedner , 1856 - LXIV, 384, XX S., 1 farbliche Falttaf., 11 lithograph. Taf., 16,5 cm, sekundär gebunden, Stempel auf Vorblatt, zahlreiche alte handschr. Anmerkungen und Unterstreichungen im Text, Karte leicht eingerissen, gebräunt. Fuckel aus Reichelsheim (1821-1876) Sprache: deu Erstausgabe. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Jérusalem. Étude et reproduction photographique des monuments de la ville sainte depuis l'époque judaïque jusqu'à nos jours. Planches.

      Gide et Baudry, Paris 1856 - Folio. (423x305 mm), complete set of 40 calotype mounted plates on strong paper, half-title, title, list of plates, some foxing & light water stains to margins of first 20 pages, not reaching the actual plates, contemporary half calf, rubbed with top spine damaged, title gilt on raised spine, with initials P. M. in silver. Auguste Salzmann was commissioned in 1854 by the Ministere de l’Instruction Publique, a scientific mission to the Holy Land in order in to confirm the historical hypothesis of de Saulcy about the history of certain sites in Jerusalem which ignited fierce polemics in France. Salzmann left France to the Holy Land in September 1853, visiting the Greek islands, Egypt, and Syria for "reproducing by photography all the monuments left by the Chevaliers de Saint Jean de Jerusalem. Hoping to verify religious faith through the objective documentation of the city's holy sites." In 1854 Blanquart-Evrard published the first edition of the book entitled: Jérusalem, époque Judaique, Romaine, Chrétienne, Arabe. Exploration Photographique par A. Salzmann. Two years later, a revised reduced edition appeared, entitled: Jerusalem, etude et reproduction photographique des monuments de la ville sainte depuis l’époque Judaique jusqu’a` nos jours, par Auguste Salzmann, chargé par le Ministere de l’Instruction publique d’une mission scientifique en Orient (Paris: Gide et J. Baudry). The second portfolio exists in two sizes, a deluxe edition of 174 photographs and a small edition with 40 reduced photographs + A volume of text, Etudes sur Jérusalem, accompanied by the plates. The cost was prohibitive at 1422 francs, which resulted in the project not achieving a commercial success. This book was dedicated to Salzmann’s friend the famous archaeologist L. F. J. Caignant de Saulcy who presumed that Salzmann’s calotype plates will validate his theories about Jerusalem as a fact. Bibliographic references: Tobler 181f, Röhricht 440f. Baier, Geschichte der Fotografie 452f. Gernsheim, History of Photography 186. Size: Folio [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        L`imitation de Jésvs-Christ. – Appendice à l`Imitation de Jésus-Christ.

      Paris, Curmer 1856 - 1858.. 2 Bände. Mit Frontispiz, 4 Tafeln und üppigem Buchschmuck, alles in Chromolithographie, teils mit Gold gedruckt, sowie 4 mont. Orig.-Photographien nach alten Portraits, Roter Maroquin der Zt. mit reicher Decken-, Rücken- und Stehkanten- Vergoldung, Innenkantenbordüren, roten Seidenvorsätzen und -spiegeln. Goldschnitt. 28 x 20 cm. Vicaire IV, 489ff. - Der Text folgt der Ausgabe von Nic. Gasse, Paris 1526. - Neben den reich verzierten Titel-, Widmungs- u. Vorredebll. ist jede Textseite mit einer breiten Bordüre verziert, die nach mittelalterlichen Handschriften angefertigt wurden. Frontispiz und 4 Tafeln nach alten Miniaturen. - Druck der Chromolithographien bei Lemercier, Paris. - Band 2 enthält vier Orig.-Photographien mit den Portraits der möglichen Autoren, Anmerkungen von J. Janin, Beiträge zur Frage der Urheberschaft und zur Ausschmückung von Handschriften, einen "Catalogue bibliographique" und Index der für die Abb. verwendeten Handschriften, letzterer verziert mit Holzst. nach Holbeins Totentanz. - Der Hauptband am oberen Rückenende etwas bestoßen und leicht gedunkelt, ebenso der obere Rand der hinteren Decke. Die letzten Bll. im oberen weißen Rand etwas verfärbt, der hintere fliegende Vorsatz gelockert, Insgesamt schönes Exemplar in ansprechenden Handeinbänden! - - - BITTE UM BEACHTUNG: AUSLIEFERUNG BESTELLTER BÜCHER KANN BETRIEBSBEDINGT ERST AB 14.02.2018 GESCHEHEN!!! - - - PLEASE NOTE: ORDERED BOOKS WILL BE SHIPPED NOT BEFORE 14/02/2018 !!!

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

      Leipsic, Friedrich Volckmar, circa 1850s.. NINTH ENGLISH EDITION circa 1856 after the 19th German edition, 245 x 200 mm, 9¾ x 7¾ inches, original buff (or cream?) card covers, wide decorative border on both covers, vignette on lower cover of 2 old people and 3 children, lettered on upper cover only. 24 pages of hand coloured illustrations in the design of the original edition: Peter's hair hangs down over his face (but no chamber pot under Frederick's bedside table). Recased long ago with 19th century dark roan reback, first 4 pages mounted on thin linen. Corners worn with 20 mm (¾") chips to surface paper, boards grubby along edges, a few small water marks to boards, inner paper hinges cracked, endpapers spotted, large closed tear to front endpaper repaired with archival tape. Small piece cut from top margin of first page, inscription below it dated April 1856, minute wormhole to top corner of first 2 pages, margins slightly fingermarked, occasional light margin soiling. A previous owner or his/her parent has tried to wash the blood which drips from Conrad's mutilated hand, resulting in a bit of a smear across the top of the page, smudging the tailor's trousers also. Still a decent bright copy of an early English edition. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Junge Frau am Tisch sitzend. Daguerreotypie auf einer Viertelplatte (sichtbare Bildgröße 9,3 x 7,3 cm).

      Lübeck (Ca ) 1856 - (15 x 12,5 cm). Unter Passepartout mit vergoldetem Schrägschnitt, alt gerahmt. Mit rückseitigem Firmenschild "Photographisches Institut von D. Eichmann & Co. Johannesstrasse No. 31 Lübeck". Der ab 1851 mit Atelier im Lübecker Tivoli auftretende David Eichmann hat seine fotografischen Kenntnisse von Wilhelm Pero, einem "Maler-Photographen", ebenfalls aus Lübeck, erlernt. Ab 1856 war er in der Johannisstraße ansässig, zog aber bereits 1857 nach Hamburg und übernahm dort das Atelier von Ulrich am Alterwall. Sein Atelier in der Johannisstraße übernahm sein Freund und Schüler Friedrich August Linde. - Das Glas ist innen leicht beschlagen, ansonsten sehr gut erhaltene, scharfe Aufnahme

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        CARAVAN JOURNEYS AND WANDERINGS IN PERSIA, AFGHANISTAN, TURKISTAN, AND BELOOCHISTAN; With Historical Notices of the Countries Lying Between Russia and India. Translated from the Original Unpublished Manuscript by Capt. William Jesse. Edited by H. D. Seymour.

      John Murray 1856. . 1st Ed. Thick 8vo. 32pp. publ. list. Port. frontis., 2 plates, folding map (repaired to verso at hinge). Marginal browning, minor creasing, rebound in modern calf backed marbled boards, gilt lettered title label to spine. Joseph Philippe Ferrier (1811-1886), of the Regiment de Chasseurs d'Afrique, subsequently Adjutant-General of the Persian Army. ‘... he determined to undertake a perilous overland journey through Persia and Afghanistan to join the French officers in the Sikh service, at Lahore in the Panjab. After the Anglo-Afghan war of 1832-42 (q.v.), conditions in Afghanistan were much disturbed. Having reached Herat with many difficulties (8 June 1845), Ferrier was suspected by Yar Mohammad to be an English spy. After a long and perilous itinerary in Afghanistan (difficult to retrace), where he fell the prey between rival local rulers, he would return to Herat (15 November 1846) and reach Tehran (13 January). During his voyage, and particularly at the end, he sent reports on the British in Central Asia to Henry Rawlinson at Baghdad and to Justin Sheil at Tehran. He brought to Sheil a manuscript from Alexander Burnes (q.v.). He also reported to Sartiges on the political situation in Afghanistan. Although his notes had been stolen, Ferrier could draw from his memories a vivid and rich travel account. It was published much later, first in English [the above] ...' Encylopaedia Iranica. US$715

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        Zeemans-Woordeboek

      Lennep, Jacob van: 1856 Amsterdam, Gebroeders Binger, eerste editie, hardcover 283 blz.. Boek in goede staat. Zeldzaam! Een verklaring der woorden by de scheepvaart en den handel in gebruik en een opgave der algemeene wetsbepalingen daartoe betrekkelijk en der spreekwijzen daaraan ontleend etc.

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        The History of An Apple Pie, Written by Z

      London: Griffith and Farran, 1856. Paperback. Very Good. Not dated circa 1856. Printed by Samuel Bentley & Co. 12mo. 14 leaves printed on one side only and backed onto linen. Illustrated with 13 hand coloured woodcuts with verse below, one page for two/ three letters, plus the frontis on the title page. There are two pages just showing the alphabet in upper and lower case printed in black only. Bound in original green wrappers but with a new spine and some transparent archival tape on the front inner and outer hinge. The sheets have been trimmed very close to illustration margins; there are some marks throughout, most being minor and the pages have light overall browning, generally a good clean copy. The John Harris edition was first published in 1808. Grant & Griffith, the successors of John Harris circa 1835, later changed their name to Griffith and Farran in 1856.

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        Index Testaceologicus, an Illustrated Catalogue of British and Foreign Shells

      London: Willis and Sotheran, 1856. xx, 234, 46 hand-col plates. . HB. Roy. 8vo, orig. publisher's half morocco, gt, teg, marbled boards + endpapers; some rubbing/scuffing. Some foxing to flyleaves; plates very clean. Owner's name to flyleaf. Vg.. Containing about 2800 figures accurately coloured after Nature. A new and entirely revised (final) edition of Wood's 'Index Testaceologicus', by Sylvanus Hanley. The first edition was published in 1818. [Nissen ZBI, 1825C].

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        GRAPHIC SCENES OF THE JAPAN EXPEDITION

      New York: G.P. Putnam & Company, 1856. Twelve leaves of letterpress text. Ten lithographic prints: one tinted portrait of Perry from a daguerreotype by P. Haas; nine handcolored views by Heine (two of them chromolithographed, seven printed in two colors on india paper mounted); all printed by Sarony & Co. Folio. Text in the original yellow pictorial wrappers, expertly rebacked to style with purple cloth. The plates loose as issued. The text within a half purple morocco and period purple cloth portfolio, yellow pastedowns and flaps, cloth ties. All within a black morocco backed box. An important work recording Commodore Perry's expedition to Japan, here in the very rare deluxe, handcolored issue on card. William Heine was the official artist on Commodore Matthew C. Perry's expedition to Japan in 1853-54. On returning to the United States he produced several series of prints commemorating the trip. A group of six elephant folio prints appeared in 1855, and the following year the present volume was issued, in a smaller format, with different images and with explanatory text. Both projects employed the New York lithographic firm of Sarony, probably the best lithographers in the United States at that time. "As artistic productions, the pictures speak for themselves...none superior to them have been executed in the United States, and they have no cause to shun comparison with some of the best productions of Europe" - Introduction. Copies were produced tinted (although with some plates with several colors) on regular paper and a very rare deluxe handcolored issue on card, as in the present example. The plates are numbered and titled as follows: 1) [Portrait of Perry] 2) "Macao from Penha Hill" 3) "Whampoa Pagoda" 4) "Old China Street, Canton" 5) "Kung-kwa at On-na, Lew-Chew" 6) "Mia or road side chapel at Yokuhama [sic]" 7) "Temple of Ben-teng in the harbor of Simoda" 8) "Street and bridge at Simoda" 9) "Temple of the Ha-tshu Man-ya-tshu-ro at Simoda" 10) "Grave yard at Simoda Dio Zenge" Bennett describes the plates as "many times finer than those in the regular account of the Perry expedition." His remarks on the work's great rarity are confirmed by its absence from both of Cordier's Japanese bibliographies. Two distinct issues of Heine's work were published: a regular issue with handcolored plates on thick card; and the deluxe issue, like the present, with more elaborate hand-coloring and on thick cards with glossy paper backings. The deluxe issue is considerably rarer than the regular issue. BENNETT, p.53. McGRATH 123.

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        Large deaf education broadside titled, "Single and Double Hand Alphabet"

      New York: C. Alvord Printer, 1856. Unbound. Very good. The broadside measures approximately 22" x 17"; the image is about "20 x 16". The print features wood-engraved portraits of the Abbe de L`Epee and Laura Bridgeman along with images of hands forming letters in both single-hand and double-hand alphabet systems, as well as an illustration of the "new Institution for the Deaf and the Dumb." The accompanying text advocates for the use of the Single Hand Alphabet. The broadside is in nice shape with some edge wear, storage folds, minor dampstains, and a few short splits and pinholes along those folds. The "new" Institution for the Deaf and the Dumb was located at Washington Heights on "the east side of the Hudson River, about nine miles from the City Hall, N.Y." First established in 1818, it was the second school for the deaf to open in the United States, preceded only by Thomas Gallaudet's and Laurent Clerc's American School for the Deaf at Hartford. The Abbe de L 'Epee was one of the founders of deaf education. Although often erroneously credited with inventing sign language, in actuality he was taught to sign by the poverty-stricken deaf community of Paris. He, however, then recorded, categorized, and standardized a sign language so that he and others could use it in education programs throughout France. It was this sign language system that Clerc brought to the United States that became the foundation of American Sign Language including the ASL Alphabet. Laura Bridgeman, who was left deaf and blind after surviving Scarlet Fever at the age of two, was the first American deaf-blind child to gain a significant education. She was enrolled by her father at the Perkins Institute for the Blind, where, under the direction of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, she learned to read and communicate using braille and the Abbe de L 'Epee's manual alphabet. Although initially treated by Howe as a daughter, he later shunned her after marrying Julia Ward, who, as related by her daughters, had a strong "physical distaste for the abnormal and defective" and a "natural shrinking from the blind and other defectives." Helen Keller's mother learned about Bridgeman's success which was described in Charles Dicken's American Notes. This led to her hiring of Anne Sullivan, a teacher and former pupil at Perkins. When Sullivan arrived at the Keller household, the gift doll she brought for Helen was wearing clothes made by Laura Bridgeman. As of 2018, one other is currently for sale in the trade. ABPC and the Rare Book Hub report only one sold at auction, and OCLC shows only seven examples held by institutions.

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        Guide : Lillywhite Guide for 1856 , 9th Edition (Smith 9/24)

      Hi, Here we have an 1856 Lillywhite Guide. 9th Edition. One of the hard to find editions. It was from the Robin Marlar collection and bownd in redish boards with his name to the front, This book is rebound without the original covers or half blue slip or pink inserts other wise it is complete , excellent drawing of Lillywhite. In very nice condition. Internally wonderful, very clean indeed just a small oddity to the first page as it is bound in well but has a crease right next to the spine. It is a tiny book with bright pages and hard to find.

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        Grammatica novissima della Lingua Italiana rinnovata e corretta da Leopoldo Rodinò per uso del Liceo Arcivescovile e de' Seminari di Napoli sopra quella compilata nello studio di Basilio Puoti, L'analogia.

      NAPOLI: Dalla Tipografia Trani - Napoli, 1856. Rilegato. DISCRETO. 11,5 17,3. Grammatica novissima della Lingua Italiana I USATO

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        Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis.

      XXVIII, 390 S. mit gest. Frontispiz, Faltkarte u. 1 Taf. u. zahlreichen Holzschnitt-Vignetten. Kl.-8. Halbleder der Zeit mit Rückenschild u. Rückenvergoldung. Etwas berieben u. fleckig. Innen frisch, kaum gebräunt. Sehr schöne lateinische Ausgabe aus der Offizin Didot, die als erster gelungener Stereotyp-Druck gilt. Mit ausf. Editionsgeschichte zu Vergil von Didot. Zahlr. sehr hübsche Vignetten u. von Piquet gestochene Karte zur Aeneis. - Handschr. Vermerk "Weihnachtsgeschenk 1856". Schönes Exemplar.

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        Récit historique, exact et sincère, par mer et par terre, de quatre voyages

      1856 - First and only edition. With lithographic portrait frontispiece, map and eight other plates. 8vo. Contemporary quarter green calf over green pebble-grain cloth, gilt titling to spine, upper board stamped with name of original owner, gilt stamp of anchor on lower board. Minor wear to extremities and head of spine. A very good copy. [i]-xii, [16], xiii-xx, 871, [1]blank pp. Versailles, M. Gendrin, A privately printed memoir of travel and trade in South America. In 1816, at the age of twenty-three, Gendrin left his native France for Rio de Janeiro. Once there he engaged in trading various commodities (including mirrors and watches), before embarking on a voyage to Valparaiso where he settled, again partaking in the developing trade (this time, of independent Chile). He then journeyed coast-to-coast, arriving at Buenos Aires, from where he departed for France. Rare. Gendrin had a relatively small number of copies printed (probably less than 250, as 130 were sent to French libraries), all of which were presented to a library or individual. This copy is inscribed: ?Offert par l?auteur a Monsieur paul lejeas, Versailles le 2. octobre 1857. V Gendrin? No copies in Copac, though OCLC locates 13. Borba de Moraes, 1, 348. Not in Sabin. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.

      Thomas Hodgson 1856 - pp. xii, 202, small 8vo, contemporary half calf, a little worn, headcap defective, good. Complete with the half-title (though without the advertisements) giving the Parlour Library No. - CXLIV. The Parlour Library was the first successful series of fiction reprints in paper boards, founded in 1847 by the Belfast firm of Simms and McIntyre, and continued by Thomas Hodgson and a succession of London publishers into the 1860s. Advertised as books 'for all', these shilling volumes, stimulated an unprecedented demand for cheap, attractively packaged new and popular novels. Of the 3 copies listed in COPAC 1, at Exeter, has the date stated as 1846 - which would antedate the foundation of the Library. Another copy has ?1846, while the third, Cambridge, has ?1850. We are inclined to agree with Sadleir's date of 1856. WorldCat adds 3 more copies, Lilly, Pforzheimer, and Yale, 2 of them at least lacking the half-title. (Sadleir 3755a)

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        Narrative of the Expedition of the American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan. Performed.1852,53,54 under the command.

      Washington. A.O.P. Nicholson, Printer. 1856 - See Notes. 1st. edition. G+. to VG. 4to.(3 Vols.). Vol.I.--89 Lithographs plus numerous woodcuts in VG. condition. - w/o bathing scene. Light/blue cloth cover somewhat faded. This 3 vol. set is in original bndgs. Vol.II. -- Content VG. 4 Lithos (Fine). 2 B/W Mammals(F). 6 Birds Color(Fine). 10 Fishes Color(Fine). 5 Shells(2 Color)(F).Maps/Charts(Fine). Slight foxing on a few lithos. Maps generally VG. some edge wear on one. Vol.III. Observations on The Zodiacal Light from April 2, 1853, to April 22, 1855--Made chiefly on board the Frigate Mississipi, during her late cruise in Eastern Seas, and her voyage homeward: with Conclusions . by Rev. George Jones, A.M., Chaplain U.S.N. VG. Content and Bndg. Bndgs G+. Contents of all three volumes generally VG. House of Reps. Navy Department publication. Clear plastic overwrap on bindings(neat/safe protection--removable). This is a good set in light gray color. Original embossed covers. Bindings G+. Contents of all three volumes VG. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Large broadside titled, "Single and Double Hand Alphabet"

      New York: C. Alvord Printer, 1856. Unbound. Very good. The broadside measures approximately 22" x 17"; the image is about "20 x 16". The print features wood-engraved portraits of the Abbe de L`Epee and Laura Bridgeman along with images of hands forming letters in both single-hand and double-hand alphabet systems, as well as illustration of the "new Institution for the Deaf and the Dumb." The accompanying text advocates for the use of the Single Hand Alphabet. The broadside is in nice shape with some edge wear, storage folds, minor dampstains, and a few short splits and pinholes along those folds. The "new" Institution for the Deaf and the Dumb was located at Washington Heights on "the east side of the Hudson River, about nine miles from the City Hall, N.Y." First established in 1818, it was the second school for the deaf to open in the United States, preceded only by Thomas Gallaudet's and Laurent Clerc's American School for the Deaf at Hartford. The Abbe de L 'Epee was one of the founders of deaf education. Although often erroneously credited with inventing sign language, in actuality he was taught to sign by the poverty-stricken deaf community of Paris. He, however, then recorded, categorized, and standardized a sign language so that he and others could use it in education programs throughout France. It was this sign language system that Clerc brought to the United States that became the foundation of American Sign Language including the ASL Alphabet. Laura Bridgeman, who was left deaf and blind after surviving Scarlet Fever at the age of two, was the first American deaf-blind child to gain a significant education. She was enrolled by her father at the Perkins Institute for the Blind, where, under the direction of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, she learned to read and communicate using braille and the Abbe de L 'Epee's manual alphabet. Although initially treated by Howe as a daughter, he later shunned her after marrying Julia Ward, who, as related by her daughters, had a strong "physical distaste for the abnormal and defective" and a "natural shrinking from the blind and other defectives." Helen Keller's mother learned about Bridgeman's success which was described in Charles Dicken's American Notes. This led to her hiring Anne Sullivan, a teacher and former pupil at Perkins. When Sullivan arrived at the Keller household, the gift doll she brought for Helen was wearing clothes made by Laura Bridgeman. Rather scarce. As of 2018, one other is currently for sale in the trade. ABPC and the Rare Book Hub report only one sold at auction, and OCLC shows seven examples held by institutions.

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        Historia de la Revolución de México contra la Dictadura del general Santa-Anna.

      Imprenta de Vicente García Torres., México 1856 - Autor: (1853-1855) 335 págs. + CLVII págs de Apéndice. 21.5 x 15 cm. Castellano Holandesa de la época, fatigada, raspones en los bordes. Etiqueta en la parte baja del lomo. Se atribuye la autoría a José María Lafragua y tambien, aunque de forma más eventual, al periodista español afincado en México, Anselmo de la Portilla. Es un trabajo histórico muy importante. Este ejemplar tiene 11 retratos, 2 mapas y 2 cuadros estadisticos a plegados y dos excelentes grabados de batallas, plegados, en muy buen estado. México - Dictadura - Guerra civil - Santa Anna - Siglo XIX - Raro. 674 gramos Exterior e Interior: aceptable. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The Trans-Caucasian Campaign of the Turkish army under Omer Pasha: a personal narrative.

      William Blackwood and Sons London 1856 - First edition. 8vo., xxvii, 234pp., 2 pages ads at beginning, 16 pages ads at end, 5 coloured lithographed plates including frontispiece, 1 folding map, woodcut vignette on title and four others, original green blindstamped cloth gilt, gilt vignette to upper cover, presentation inscription to title, light wear, an excellent copy. Oliphant had been acting as a correspondent for The Times during this campaign. He had accompanied Lord Stratford to the Crimea from Constantinople. Oliphant had a glimpse of the siege of Sebastopol, afterwards joining the force under Omar Pasha. He was present at the battle of the Ingour. The fall of Kars then made the expedition fruitless, and after much suffering during the retreat, he returned to England. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Kars and Our Captivity in Russia:

      London: Richard Bentley,, 1856. With Letters From Gen. Sir W. F. Williams, Bart., of Kars, K.C.B.; Major Teesdale, C.B; and the Late Captain Thompson, C.B. Octavo. Original red cloth, rebacked with original spine laid down, spine lettered in gilt, ornate blind-stamped centrepiece within panel to covers, blue endpapers, top edge untrimmed. Portrait frontispiece with tissue-guard, 1 plate with tissue-guard, 4 pages of advertisements at rear. Very slight soiling to covers, endpaper hinges reinforced, endpapers a little marked, binders ticket to rear pastedown, some foxing. A very good copy. First edition. Lake was second in command and chief engineer during the defence of Kars, the last major operation of the Crimean War. With the city's capitulation, he spent a year as a prisoner of war in Russia; this is his autobiographical account of the events. The latter sections of the book gives an account of society and life in Russia, including observations on serfdom five years prior to its abolition. With the bookplate to pastedown and ownership inscription to half-title of Richard Somerset, 2nd Baron Raglan, along with the bookmark and shelfmark for Cefntilla Court, Raglan's family home. His father the 1st Baron Raglan, who had died the year before, had been the commander of the British troops in the Crimean War and had been partly responsible for the Charge of the Light Brigade.

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        Poppenbüttel an der Alster. Altkolorierter Doppeltondruck ( Lithographie ) von Wilhelm Heuer um 1856. Druck von Charles Fuchs.

      Carl Gassmann, Hamburg 1856 - (.( vergleiche das Werkverzeichnis Heuers von Salomon, hier unter der laufenden Nummer 44a verzeichnet aus der Serie *Hamburg und seine Umgebungen* )). Bildmaß der Darstellung: 15,7 x 22,9 cm, im Außenrand mit floraler Bordüre. Gesamtgröße des Blattes: 28 x 34,2 cm. Dargestellt ist die Bäcker- oder auch Puppenbrücke über die Alster, im Hintergrund des Schleusenhaus. Das Blatt gebräunt, gering fleckig, etwas angeknickt ( linke obere Ecke stärker angeknickt ) , die obere rechte Ecke im Außenrand beschädigt und mit hinterlegtem Einriß. Verso im Außenrand mit Resten alter Montierung. ( Pic erhältlich // webimage available )

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        Index Testaceologicus, an Illustrated Catalogue of British and Foreign Shells

      Willis and Sotheran, London 1856 - xx, 234, 46 hand-col plates. . HB. Roy. 8vo, orig. publisher's half morocco, gt, teg, marbled boards + endpapers; some rubbing/scuffing. Some foxing to flyleaves; plates very clean. Owner's name to flyleaf. Vg. Containing about 2800 figures accurately coloured after Nature. A new and entirely revised (final) edition of Wood's 'Index Testaceologicus', by Sylvanus Hanley. The first edition was published in 1818. [Nissen ZBI, 1825C]. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Russian Empire

      London Chapman and Hall 1856 - First edition. 2 volumes, 8vo., xxvii, 432; viii, 463pp., bound as an Eton College leaving present, contemporary polished calf gilt, covers with gilt borders, spines in six compartments, red and green labels to second and third, others richly gilt, raised bands, marbled edges, a fine set. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Sketches in the Crimea.

      Dickinson Bros New Bond Street London 1856 - Landscape 8vo. (19.5 x 27.7 cm). Lithographed title, 13 tinted lithographed plates; light soiling and spotting, small marginal repairs. Publisher's brown cloth, gilt lettering to upper cover, a bit rubbed, more towards extremities. Very rare album comprising views of Sebastopol, Balaklava, Kadikoi, the Tchenaya river and others. The album also includes a view of the interior of a wooden hut, which in the spring of 1855 began to replace tents, as these had proved inadequate against the elements during the previous winter. The plates were lithographed after drawings by Captain Charles Augustus Drake Halford (1831-1907), who served in the 5th Dragoon Guards during the Crimean War. Roger Fenton took a number of photographs of Captain Halford that can today be found in the collections of the Library of Congress and the Royal Collection. The work was published by Dickinson Brothers (active 1852 - 1908), a leading London printing and publishing firm. In the same year they issued another series of views of the Crimean War in the same format, after drawings by Sir Henry James Warre (1819 - 1898). Both titles are very rare, Halford's even more so: We could trace no records of this title at auction in the past 35 years. Copies were found only in the collections of the Brown University library, Ohio University and the British Library. There were none in the Library of Congress, Yale University Library or Harvard University Library. Not in Abbey. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Campaign Ribbon for James Buchanan 1856 Authentic

      1856 - black and white image of james buchanan, "We Po'ked 'em in '44, We Pierced 'em in '52, And we'll "Buck 'em" in '56", excellent condition considering age, some edge wear, both authentic DATE PUBLISHED: 1856 EDITION:

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        Historical and other Information connected with the Province of Oman, Muskat, Bahrein and other Places in the Persian Gulf.

      Bombay: Printed for the Government at the Bombay Education Society's Press, , 1856. Reports on the Island of Kenn; on Bassadore, the Harbour of Grane and the Island of Pheleechi. The Rise and Progress of and Past Policy of the British Government towards the Arab Tribes of the Persian Gulf their Resources, Localities etc. Chronological Table of Events from 1716 to 1843 connected with the Government of Muskat, and Miscellaneous Information connected with that Government from 1694 1853. Treaties, Engagements etc. with the Imaum of Muskat, etc. Notes of Visit to Zinzibar in the Year 1834. Information connected with the Possessions, Revenues, Families etc. of the Imaum of Muskat, the Ruler of Bahrein, and the Chiefs of the Maritime Arab States in the Persian Gulf. Historical Sketches of the Joasmee, Uttoobee Wahabee, Beniyas, Boo Felasa, Ejamna, and Amulgavine Tribes of Arabs from the Year 1716 to the Year 1853. Memoir Descriptive of the Navigation of the Gulf of Persia, accompanied by Brief Notices of the Manners, Customs, Religion, Commerce, and Resources of the People inhabiting its Shores. Measures adopted by the British Government for the Suppression of the Slave Trade in the Persian Gulf. [Series title at head: Selections from the Records of the Bombay Government, No. XXIV – New Series.] Large octavo in half-sheets (240 x 157 mm). Mid-20th-century tan calf-backed marbled boards to style, raised bands to spine, gilt fillets either side, black morocco labels, fore and bottom edges sprinkled red. Folding letterpress census table, red flag of the Friendly Arabs, p. 76, finished in original hand-colour, and 6 folding lithographic maps, comprising: 1) "Map of Maritime Arabia with the Opposite Coasts of Africa and Persia reduced from an Original Map by T. Dickinson, Chief Engineer, lithographed in the Chief Engineer's Office by Huskeljee E, and Kumroondeen E., Bombay 1st March 1856" (very large area map, 580 x 922 mm, coastline outlined in blue) 2) "Sketch of Rasool Khymah [Ra's al-Khaymah]", with original hand-colour; 3) "Plan of Bassadore Roads by H. H. Hewett, Midshipman"; 4) "Trigonometrical Plan of the Harbour of Grane or Koweit"; 5) "Sketch of the Island of Kenn"; 6) "Reduced Copy of the Chart of the Gulf of Persia". Old ownership ink-stamp to title verso and p. 687. Board-edges lightly bumped and rubbed, short closed tear to top edge of title page repaired verso, title and pp. xxv-xviii reinforced with tissue-paper along fore edge, very mild chipping to fore edge of final few leaves; maps 1), 4) and 6) all lined-backed and stub-mounted, the latter browned and with some light cracking along folds, now stabilised; 2) and 3) expertly remounted on original stubs, the former with short closed tear to stub professionally repaired verso. Remains a very good copy indeed. First edition of this remarkable compilation of reports on the Persian Gulf, submitted to the Government of Bombay between 1818 and 1854. Intended as a reference work for British officers, this book was on publication the most extensive account of the region then available, and remains an indispensable source for the history, peoples and topography of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and, in particular, what are now the United Arab Emirates: "Anyone working on the nineteenth-century history of Eastern Arabia and the Gulf comes across frequent references to it … It served as a basic source for Lorimer in his Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia. It contains, however, a great deal more information that Lorimer omitted, presumably for reasons of space. [For example,] the history of Abu Dhabi which Lorimer dealt with in just over four pages here receives thirty-four" (Robin Bidwell in his introduction to the 1985 reprint). The papers, 22 in total, were written during a formative period in Gulf history. In the beginning of the 19th century, ships belonging to the Qawasim tribe, the modern rulers of Sharjah, began to disrupt British communications with India. When a British ship was captured in 1818 less than 70 miles from Bombay an expedition was launched, leading to the seizure of Ra's al-Khaymah and other Qawasim strongholds. In 1830 the British and the shaykhs of the modern-day UAE concluded a "General Treaty of Peace", though the British realised that they would have to maintain a permanent presence in the region, and that "to act as policemen both topographical and background knowledge have always been required: the papers printed in [Thomas's] volume were designed to provide this for the men on the spot and for their masters in Bombay" (ibid.) Many of the reports stem from the first hydrographical survey of the Persian Gulf, conducted by the Bombay Marine between 1819 and 1829. These include the 100-page "Memoir Descriptive of the Navigation of the Gulf of Persia; with Brief Notices of the … People Inhabiting its Shores and Islands" by Captain George Barnes Brucks, commander of the survey, together with several in-depth surveys by other officers including a description of Kuwait Harbour and Failaka Island. The most prolific contributor is Arnold Burrowes Kemball (1820-1908), an officer in the Bombay Artillery who was appointed assistant political resident in the Persian Gulf in 1842, and remained in the region until his retirement in 1878. His reports include "Memoranda on the Resources, Localities, and Relations of the Tribes inhabiting the Arabian Shores of the Persian Gulf" (pp. 91-120) and a remarkable 125-page "Chronological Table of Events" (pp. 121-246), which comprises detailed historical timelines, from the early 18th century to the author's own day, for all the region's main powers, namely, the Qawasim; the Bani 'Utbah (the tribal federation including the modern-day ruling families of Kuwait and Bahrain); the Bani Ya's federation (whose most prominent family, Al Nahyan, are the modern rulers of Abu Dhabi); the Al Falasi (ancestors of Dubai's ruling Al Maktoum dynasty); the Sultans of Muscat; and the Wahhabis. Kemball's piece is expanded by individual "Historical Sketches" for each of these groups, with additional accounts of the tribes of 'Ajman and Umm al-Quwain, two smaller emirates of the UAE. Several of these are by Francis Warden, Chief Secretary, Bombay, with continuations by Kemball and other military officers. Containing as it does information of the greatest political and strategic importance, this book was intended for highly limited and selective distribution. Robin Bidwell remarked: "Although the print run is not known, it must have been very small or much of it must have been lost. In the seventeen years that I have been responsible for the library of the Middle East Centre at Cambridge, I have never known a copy offered for sale despite an assiduous watch on antiquarian booksellers and their catalogues". We can trace just one complete copy at auction, the Burrell copy; Copac locates eight copies (Aberdeen, British Library, Exeter, King's College, London Library, LSE, Oxford and SOAS; OCLC adds the Danish National Library, Georgetown, Hamburg, Minnesota, and Princeton. Of all these, only six definitely identify the presence of the large map. A full list of contents is available on request.

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        History of Greece; I. Legendary Greece. II. Grecian History to the Reign of Peistratus at Athens

      John Murray, Albemarle Street, London 1856 - Illuistrated. 12 vols. 8vo. Bound in full tan polished calf, laether title labels, one hinge off

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