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        Weaverville, 1856. Trinity County, California.

      San Francisco: Fagg & Feast 1856 - This fine lithograph view of Weaverville in California, measuring 27” x 34.25”, is from "Kuchel & Dresel's California Views" which included "all the important cities and mining towns, with a few of Oregon and Washington, issued during 1855, 1856, 1857, and 1858. They were sometimes published by a local merchant, often the bookseller [as here]. Many of them were framed by a border of views of important buildings, ranches, and mines in and about the town portrayed." (Peters page 142). Kuchel was born in Zweibrucken in 1820, and when he arrived in America work initially for P.S. Duval in Philadelphia. He began collaborating with Dresel in 1853. Kuchel and Dresel capture this early large-scale bird's-eye view of the Gold Rush town of Weaverville, and it is the earliest recorded in Reps, "Views and Viewmakers of Urban America" (443). Weaverville was only founded in 1850 during the Gold Rush, and attracted a large proportion of Chinese miners. "Weaverville owes its origin to the rush into northwestern California, which the discoveries of Pearson B. Reading started. By the summer of 1851 it was a thriving mining center, inhabited largely by Missourians, and had a reputation of being the roughest camp in California. And for years afterwards this reputation held. William H. Brewer was in Weaverville in September, 1862. He comments on the high cost of freights, and says further: 'Sluices run through the town. There are multitudes of Chinese. There are twenty-eight saloons and liquor holes in the place and fighting and gambling are favorite pastimes.' Today Weaverville, Trinity's county seat since its organization, is a quiet and prosperous town with extensive interests in gold mining" -Watson "California in the Fifties" (40). Peters, "California on Stone", pages 143 and 146; see Streeter 2787 detail

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        Essai sur l' Art Industriel comprenant l' etude des produits les plus celèbres de l' industrie a toutes les époques et des oeuvres les plus remarquées A l' Exposition Universelle de Londres en 1851, et a l' Exposition de Paris en 1855

      P., Bureau du Dictionnaire des Arts et Manufactures, 1856.. 1856. VIII, (woodengraved title w. title-vignette) 256 pp. Hundreds of wdct- & steel-engrd illustrations, depicting architecture, furniture, ironwork, design, calligraphy etc. in the text. Or. prtd publisher's wrappers. Edges uncut. Some insignificant foxing in places, bdg soiled & worn, spine quite darkened. RARE. Collation en langue francaise sur demande. ¶ Sur le page de titre a été imprimé comme date de publication "1856", tandisque BRUNET donne 1857 pour l'édition originale. (Voyez BRUNET 10215) & POGGENDORFF I, 1336.

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        Archives Entomologiques ou recueil contenant des illustrations d'insectes nouveaux ou rares.

      - Paris, Societé Entomologique de France, 1856-1858. 2 volumes. Royal-8vo (262 x 172mm). pp. 514, (2), with engraved frontispiece and 21 engraved plates; pp. 469, (1), with engraved frontispiece and 14 engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, spines with 2 red gilt lettered labels. The second volume describes insects of Gabon and has the following separate title: Voyage au Gabon. Histoire naturelle des insectes et des arachnides recueillis pendant un voyage fait au Gabon en 1856 et en 1857 par M. Henry C. Deyrolle sous les auspices de Mm. le Comte de Mniszech et James Thomson. Arachnides par M. H. Lucas. The greater part of the work concern Cerambycids. James Thomson (1828-1897) was an American by birth who lived in France most of his life. He wrote a number of papers on Coleoptera and formed a large collection which was sold to René Oberthür. Clear dampstain at the lower part of half the book.Nissen ZBI, 4120. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Case of Passmore Williamson. Report of the Proceedings on the Writ of Habeas Corpus, Issued by The Hon. John K. Kane, Judge of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, in the case of The United States of America Ex Rel. John H. Wheeler vs. Passmore Williamson, Including The Several Opinions Delivered, and The Arguments of Counsel, Reported by Arthur Cannon, Esq., Phonographer

      Philadelphia: Uriah Hunt & Son. 1856. First. First edition. Octavo. Original cloth. Bookplate of a defunct library on the front pastedown, pocket removed from the rear pastedown, and call letters on the spine, cloth worn down at the spine ends, still a bright, very good copy. This copy Inscribed by the subject of the case: "H.G. Jones, Esq. with respects of P. Williamson." The recipient was almost certainly Horatio Gates Jones, a historian, and the son of the first pastor of the Lower Merion Baptist Church. Williamson, the white secretary of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, helped three slaves to escape at the behest of William Still, and then legally challenged the Fugitive Slave Law. He was convicted of contempt of court by the pro-slavery judge when he refused to produce the freed slaves, and served a three-month prison sentence, where he received hundreds of visitors including Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. This account is uncommon, especially signed by Williamson himself. OCLC seems to locate a single copy of the book. .

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        Mansfield Park

      Richard Bentley, UK 1856 - New Edition 1856. Mansfield Park is Volume 3 of the novels of Jane Austen but complete in it's own right. Bound in the original publishers ornate green morocco grain cloth with ornate design and gilt titles to the spine.(Ref. Gilson D7 1856 p226.) However this binding conforms with the earlier green cloth rather than the purple. Illustrated frontispiece and half title dated 1833. Book is very good and bright. Edges lightly rubbed. One corner bumped. Contents good. Light marking to title pages. Very un-common early edition. More images can be taken upon request. Ref 8158 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        ARCTIC EXPLORATIONS: THE SECOND GRINNELL EXPEDITION IN SEARCH OF SIR JOHN FRANKLIN, 1853, 1854, 1855

      CHILDS & PETERSON, PHILADELPHIA 1856 - 931 TOTAL Pp. (464 pp. VOL. I, 467 pp. VOL. II.), FIRST EDITION. ILLUSTRATED WITH 22-STEEL-ENGRAVED PLATES INCLUDING FRONTISPIECES AND ADDED TITLES,; 3 MAPS (2 FOLDING), NUMEROUS WOOD ENGRAVINGS IN TEXT. DESCRIPTION: PERIOD HALF CALF AND MOTTLED BOARDS, GILT TOOLED SPINE, MOROCCO LETTERING PIECES. DIMENSIONS: 8 3/4" x 5 1/2" (22 x 14 cm) each volume. CONDITION: VERY GOOD; SPINES SUNNED, LIGHT EDGE WEAR, HINGES CRACKED IN VOL. I; LIGHT FOXING. AN ATTRACTIVE SET. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        JOCELYN'S HISTORICAL PORTRAIT GALLERY OF EMINENT CHARACTERS IN AMERICAN HISTORY [caption title].

      New York: A.H. Jocelyn, 1856. - Hand-colored engraving, 32 x 26 inches, in a wooden frame 35 x 29 inches. Old fold lines. Some staining and slight paper loss, not affecting image; stain approximately 1 1/2 inches in size. Three long tape repairs on verso. Some dampstaining at edges; light toning along top portion of sheet. Still, good. An interesting hand-colored engraving, possibly unrecorded, depicting many eminent figures in American history. Images include the first fourteen American Presidents, four Native Americans, eight pioneers and founders, six military heroes and five statesmen. Included among these are Christopher Columbus, Captain John Smith, Sir Walter Raleigh, Benjamin Franklin, Israel Putnam, Winfield Scott, William Penn, and John C. Calhoun. The "Indian chiefs" pictured are Osceola, Red Jacket, Black Hawk, and interestingly, Pocahontas. The only other woman to make it onto the roster was Isabella of Spain, noted as, "The mother of our country, and the guardian angel of Columbus." Albert H. Jocelyn was a wood-engraver active in New York City from 1849-1860. He was associated with several firms during that time. This print is similar to Jocelyn's AMERICAN HISTORICAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, but has numerous alternate engraved portraits. GROCE & WALLACE, p.351.

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        Amerique du Nord

      Charles Dyonnet c. 1856, Paris - A detailed map of Canada at the time of British North America. Handsome map of Canada and Arctic Regions of North America in strong period hand coloring. Arctic exploration?s interest was high at the time due to Sir John Franklin expedition in EuropeThe map shows rivers, settlements, territories of First Nations peoples. British Columbia is divided into New Norfolk, New Cromwell, New Hanover, and New Georgia. (the southern portion of which would become Northern Washington State). Western Canada is illustrated with details based on early explorers. Early forts and trading houses are depicted Ocean currents in the Pacific and the Atlantic are shown., Size : 493x599 (mm), 19.41x23.58 (Inches), Original Hand Coloring Very Good; laid on acid-free tissue paper for long term preservation.

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        ARCTIC EXPLORATIONS: The Second Grinnell Expedition in search of Sir

      1856 - KANE, Elisha Kent. ARCTIC EXPLORATIONS: The Second Grinnell Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55. Illustrated by upwards of three hundred engravings, from Sketches by the Author. Philadelphia: Childs & Peterson, 1856. First edition. In 2 volumes 8vo, 464 and 467 pp., each with frontis. portrait, Vol. I with 11 plates, two maps (one folding), Vol. II with 7 plates, one map, and one folding chart; numerous vignettes in text. Three-quarter calf, marbled boards, gilt-stamped decoration to spine. Rubbed at edges, light foxing to a few pages. Overall a clean and attractive set. A fascinating account, profusely illustrated in an appealing contemporary binding. [a]

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        Lastrea cristata [Crested Wood Fern]

      Bradbury & Evans, London 1856 - A beautiful nature-printed plate from Moore's "The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland". Moore's important work on nature printing was one of the first of the genre printed in England. The beautifully executed plates were produced under the direction of Henry Bradbury, England's first nature printer, and are considered to be among the finest pieces of nature printing ever completed. The plates were produced ". by passing the plant, under pressure, between a plate of soft lead from which an electrotype could be made" (Blunt). As a result, they recorded the smallest details of flowers and the finest venations of leaves. Bradbury, whose father was of the publishing house Bradbury & Evans, studied at the Imperial Printing Office in Vienna. His interest in printing extended to ". the production of bank notes and the security of paper money, on which he discoursed at the Royal Institute" (DNB) and to the history of printing. He had many ideas for lavish and extensive works, including nature-printed books on fungi and trees and a work on the graphic arts of the nineteenth century, but none of these were ever realised. He died in 1860 at the age of twenty-nine. Cf. Nissen BBI 1400; cf. Stafleu and Cowan TL2 6275; cf. DeBelder 237; cf. Cave and Wakeman 25; cf. Fischer 89; cf. Hofer Bequest 74n. Colour nature-printed engraving. Very good condition.

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        Sepia-toned portrait photograph by Maull & Polyblank

      1856 - Roget, Peter Mark (1779-1869). Portrait photograph, from Maull and Polyblank's Photographic Portraits of Living Celebrities (1856-60). 305 x 253 mm. Small tear in one margin, slight soiling, but very good.Photograph of Peter Mark Roget, best known as the compiler of Roget's Thesaurus (first ed. 1852), which has remained in print since its first publication. He is also known for having invented the log-log slide rule (1815), and for his 1824 paper entitled "Explanation of an optical deception in the appearance of the spokes of a wheel when seen through vertical apertures," which dealt with persistence of vision in regard to moving objects; this paper is one of the foundation works in the history of cinema. Roget trained as a physician, and helped to found both the School of Medicine at the University of Manchester, and the Medical and Chirurgical Society of London, which later became the Royal Society of Medicine. He was the author of the fifth Bridgewater Treatise, Animal and Vegetable Physiology Considered with Reference to Natural Theology (1834). [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Turquie d'Europe. (With insert map of Constantinople & the Bosporus).

      Paris, Armand Le Chevalier, 1856. Lithographed map, coloured, 60 x 84 cm, engrav. by Ch. Dyonnet. Atlas Universel, pl. 28. Géographie moderne, pl. 19. KEYWORDS:turkey / greece / balcan

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        Graphic Scenes of the Japan Expedition

      New York: GP Putnam & Company, 1856. Folio. 20th-century maroon half morocco over paper-covered boards, titled in gilt on spine, original wrappers bound in An important work recording Commodore Perry's expedition to Japan. 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, among 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 on regular paper as in the present copy and hand-coloured. 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; 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. Bennett, p.53; McGrath American Color Plate Books 123. (20 1/4 x 14 1/2 inches). 12 ff. letterpress text. 10 lithographic prints (one tinted portrait of Perry from a daguerreotype by P. Haas, nine views by Heine [two of these chromolithographed, seven printed in two colours on india paper mounted]), all printed by Sarony & Co.

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        Jane Austen THE NOVELS Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey & Persuasion FINE SIGNED LEATHER BINDINGS bound by RAMAGE of London

      Richard Bentley, London 1856 - Published in London by Richard Bentley in 1856 this is a lovely early English edition of the Novels of Jane Austen. The Set Comprises SENSE AND SENSIBILITY - PRIDE AND PREJUDICE - EMMA - MANSFIELD PARK - NORTHANGER ABBEY & PERSUASION - The books are beautifully bound in quality hand crafted SIGNED HALF LEATHER BINDINGS bound by the famous London bookbinders run by John Ramage with hand marbled paper covered boards, Morocco Leather with raised bands titled and decorated in gilt, with the 1856 date embossed on base of spines, the bindings have some general edge rubbing, with wear to the marbled paper on the boards else are in good solid condition, leather joints in good condition to all volumes with no cracking, internally fitted with marbled endpapers, all books retain the half title pages as well as the main titles, and feature extra engraved title pages and steel engraved frontispieces which carry the original 1833 date of the Bentley edition, some minor foxing to some page edges, light offsetting to the engraved title pages, else contents are in nice condition, no inscriptions or bookplates. A BEAUTIFUL SET OF THIS VERY EARLY ENGLISH EDITION BOUND IN FINE HALF LEATHER BINDINGS BY ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS OF LONDON VICTORIAN BOOKBINDERS' A WONDERFUL EARLY SET that will make a fine gift or a great addition to any collection [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        LIBERTY, THE FAIR MAID OF KANSAS - IN THE HANDS OF THE BORDER RUFFIANS.

      [Philadelphia: John L. Magee, ]. 1856 - Uncolored lithograph, 14 x 19 1/2 inches. Printed on poor paper. Evenly tanned, and with some further darkening around the edges. Upper margin chipped, and with some small tears (tape-repaired on the verso). About good overall. Matted. A powerful American political print, brutally satirizing the Democratic leaders who crafted and passed the Kansas- Nebraska Act of 1854, one of the most controversial and divisive pieces of legislation of the antebellum era. The Kansas-Nebraska Act provided for the eventual admission of those two territories as states, and left the question of whether slavery would be allowed up to local popular sovereignty, thereby nullifying the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850. The main result of the legislation was to further divide the country into anti-slavery "free- soilers" (mostly in the north and represented by the emerging Republican party) and pro- slavery southerners and westerners (represented by the Democrats). Another result was the migration into Kansas (mostly from Missouri) of so-called "border ruffians" who would vote in Kansas elections in a pro- slavery manner, which they hoped would eventually bring Kansas into the Union as a slave state. Violence inevitably followed as "border ruffians" and "free- soilers" fought it out in Kansas in a sort of civil war. This print, which appeared during the presidential campaign of 1856, shows a weak and defenseless Lady Liberty, draped in an American flag, menaced by an array of Democratic politicians and begging for mercy. President Franklin Pierce, dressed in the buckskins of a border ruffian, holds a rifle, with a pistol, knife, tomahawk, and scalp in his belt. He leers at Liberty and assures her that he will protect her in the manner shown "over the left." The left rear of the print shows the home of a settler being burned by ruffians as a helpless, mad widow looks on. Senator Lewis Cass, a longtime supporter of "popular sovereignty," also exhibits bad intentions toward Liberty. On the far right, Sen. Stephen Douglas, architect of the Kansas- Nebraska Act, is shown scalping a farmer. On the left James Buchanan, the Democrats' choice to succeed Pierce, and Secretary of State William Marcy empty the pockets of another victim. Other scenes in the background show an attack on an emigrant train, attacks on defenseless men, and the shooting of a helpless woman. The implication of the print is clear - the Democratic leaders who passed the Kansas- Nebraska Act were not only responsible for the environment that led to the crimes being committed in Kansas, they were accomplices themselves. Reilly calls this print "a bitter indictment of the Democratic administration's responsibility for violence and bloodshed in Kansas in the wake of the 1854 Kansas- Nebraska Act." Nevins and Weitenkampf call it "a savage cartoon.[that caused many previously moderate Northerners to face the slavery issue with new determination." Reilly and others attribute the print to John Magee of Philadelphia, based on stylistic and topical similarities with other prints done by Magee in the period. OCLC locates a total of only seven copies. A powerful print, addressing the most important issue of the day. REILLY, AMERICAN POLITICAL PRINTS, 1766-1876, 1856-9. WEITENKAMPF, p.115. MURRELL, p.190 and figure 191. NEVINS & WEITENKAMPF, pp.78-79. OCLC 191119979, 299946494, 8631862.

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        Stello.

      Lib. nouvelle 1856 - - Lib. nouvelle, Paris 1856, 13x21,5cm, relié. - Septième édition en partie originale car revue et corrigée. Reliure en demi chagrin noir, dos à quatre fins nerfs orné de doubles caissons à froid, plats de cartonnage noir, gardes et contreplats de papier à la cuve, reliure de l'époque. Rare envoi autographe daté et signé de l'auteur à l'abbé Huc qui fut l'un des grands missionnaires de Chine et pour qui Alfred de Vigny éprouvait une grande admiration " témoignage de vénération et d'attachement" Alfred de Vigny." Quelques petites rousseurs. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        Reports of Explorations and Surveys, to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. Volume 5: Report of Explorations in California ... by Lieutenant R.S. Williamson; Geological Report, by William P. Blake; Botanical Report, by E. Durand and T.C. Hilgard; Appendix: (Fossil Fishes, Shells, Catalog of Recent Shells with Descriptions of New Species, Fossil Plants, Fossil Wood, Soils and Incrustations, Description of Plants)

      Washington: Beverley Tucker, Printer. 1856. First. First edition. Volume five only. Bound in the original publisher's brown blind-stamped cloth. Thick quarto. Professionally re-backed with the original backstrip preserved. Moderate scuffing to the board edges, scattered foxing, the text block is partially split (still sound), very good. The scarce first issue of the California volume containing: Williamson's Report (Part 1); the Geological Report by William P. Blake (Part 2); and the Botanical Report by E. Durand and T.C. Hilgard (Part 3). Also included is an Appendix consisting of seven Articles by Louis Agassiz, T.A. Conrad, Augustus A. Gould, and others. Also included is a 14-page appendix (A, B, and C) at the back. The volume contains over 25 color lithographic landscape plates, four color maps (including one large folded map), seven large folded color geological maps, and 39 black & white lithographic plates of shells, fossil shells, and botanic plants. A beautifully illustrated report of R.S. Williamson's early reconnaissance and surveys in the California territory. A detailed collation of the three separately published Parts and Appendix bound together in this volume is available. .

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        A biographical dictionary of eminent Scotsmen, in four vols / Originally edited by Robert Chambers. With a supplemental volume, continuing the biographies to the present time, by the Rev. Thos. Thomson [complete in 5 volumes]

      Glasgow ; London : Blackie and son, 1856 - Physical description: 5 v. : fronts., ports. ; 24 cm. Subjects: Scotland -- Biography. Added illus. half-title. Title and text within borders. Very good copies in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Gilt tooling and titles to front panels, with decorative blind tooling to front and back panels. Some minor wear to spine bands, with panel edges slightly dust-toned and rubbed as with age. Corners bumped. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Unread copies with unopened pages. 5 Kg. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Reports of Explorations and Surveys, to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean Made under the Direction of the Secretary of War, in 1853-4.volume IV [4]

      Washington, D. C. , A. O. P. : Nicholson, Printer [1854-1856] - Physical desc. : 1 vol. (various pagings) : ill ; 30 cm. Subjects; Natural history - West (U. S. ) . Indians of North America - West (U. S. ) . Geology - California. Very good copy in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Professionally recased with the original spine laid back; very impressively finished. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Scans and additional detail on request. 3 Kg. 1 pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Yosemite Valley

      - Manuel Valencia (California artist, 1856-1935) “Yosemite Valley” Signed lower right “M. Valencia” Oil on canvas 42” x 64”; 50 ½” x 72 ½” framed Provenance: Private collection, San Francisco Exhibitions: Moraga, St. Mary’s College, Hearst Art Gallery, “Manual Valencia: California’s Native Son” (September - October 2006) Manuel Valencia hailed from one of California’s early families and was named for his grandfather who came to California in 1774 with the Anza party. Manuel’s grandfather became administrator of the Presidio in San Francisco and the Valencia family received a number of land grants in the San Francisco Bay Area. Valencia Street in the Mission District of San Francisco bears their name. Valencia was born in Marin County on the family hacienda called Rancho San Jose, which is now Hamilton Field (Novato), and attended Santa Clara College. He studied art with Jules Tavenier and established a studio in San Francisco. After the 1906 earthquake, he moved to San Jose, but kept his San Francisco studio and worked as an illustrator for the San Francisco Chronicle. A skilled oil painter, he painted landscapes and historic scenes of Northern California, especially the romantic mission and adobe buildings that spoke to California’s early settlements. In “Yosemite Valley” Valencia captures the grandeur of the valley from a classic vantage point where the many iconic formations of the valley come into view. Valencia’s work can be seen in the collections of the Bohemian Club (San Francisco), The Nevada Museum of Art, Oakland Museums, the San Jose Historical Museum and the California State Capital building in Sacramento. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        South-Central Africa and its Explorer, being the Report of a Meeting

      Cape Town: Printed at the Machine Printing Office,, 1856. held in the Commercial Rooms, Cape Town, November 12, 1856, in Honour of the Rev. Dr. Livingston. [sic.] Reprinted from the "South Africa Commercial Advertiser and Cape Town Mail," with Notes by the Astronomer Royal. Octavo. Original self-wraps, sewn as issued. Wraps a little soiled, light median lengthwise crease, where once folded, lightly toned, but overall very good. First edition, decidedly uncommon. "The meeting was presided over by Sir George Grey, and was attended by many celebrated colonists of the day, amongst whom were the Colonial Secretary (Mr. Rawson), the Astronomer Royal (Mr. Maclear), the Attorney-General (the Hon. William Porter), the Bishop of Cape Town (Dr. Gray), the Rev. Mr. Thompson, Mr. Justice Cloete, Mr. Justice Watermeyer, Mr. Borcherds, and others. Great encomiums were passed on the illustrious traveller, and the various speakers traced his career, in the course of their speeches with much animation and fidelity. Among the resolutions passed was one providing for the opening of a subscription list, 'for the purpose of presenting to Dr. Livingstone a testimonial of the esteem in which his character and labours are held in this colony'" (Mendelssohn).

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        Los Héroes y las Grandezas de la Tierra. Anales del mundo, formacion, revoluciones y guerra de todos los imperios desde la creacion hasta nuestros dias. Completado el conjunto, hasta el dia de la terminacion de la obra por el Doctor Don Manuel Ortiz de la Vega.

      Madrid - Barcelona, Librería de Cuesta - Imprenta de Cervantes a cargo de A. Sierra, 1854 - 1856. - Ocho tomos en 4to. mayor contenidos en seis volúmenes: 496 pp. + 504 pp. +512 pp. + 496 pp. + 528 pp. + 638 pp. + 660 pp. + 812 pp. Impresión a doble columna. Con un total de 503 láminas Encuadernación de época, uniforme, en piel marbreada, con tejuelos y lomera ornada.

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        HOLY LAND, SYRIA, IDUMEA, ARABIA, EGYPT AND NUBIA. VOLS 5 only.

      18 - ROBERTS, David. THE HOLY LAND, SYRIA, IDUMEA, ARABIA, EGYPT AND NUBIA. After lithographs by Louis Haghe from drawings made on the spot by David Roberts, R.A. with historical descriptions by The Revd George Croly. London: Day & Son, 1856. This is volume 5 only. Large octavo. 11 by 7 7/8 in. (27.9 x 20 cm). This volume was part of a new edition, though in a smaller format, of Roberts's two famous works: The Holy Land, three folio volumes, 1842-9, and Egypt and Nubia, three folio volumes, 1846-9. The volume is finely illustrated and contains all plates called for. There are 43 plates in all, including one map; the rest are lithographed views, tinted in one or two, and, very occasionally, in three colors. The plates are quite fresh overall. The volume is ex-library and most plates have an imperceptible ink stamp on the reverse of each plate, with the exception of the lithographed title-page which is stamped in the image. The book block is loose in worn and rubbed nineteenth-century bnding of quarter morocco and marbled boards. Offered as is, but illustrated with beautiful tinted lithographs. (Abbey 388).

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        Yreka, Siskiyou County, California. 1857

      San Francisco: A. Roman & Brother 1856 - This iconic lithograph view of the gold-mining town of Yreka in California, measuring 27.5” x 33.25”, is from "Kuchel & Dresel's California Views" which included "all the important cities and mining towns, with a few of Oregon and Washington, issued during 1855, 1856, 1857, and 1858. They were sometimes published by a local merchant, often the bookseller [as here]. Many of them were framed by a border of views of important buildings, ranches, and mines in and about the town portrayed." (Peters page 142). Kuchel was born in Zweibrucken in 1820, and when he arrived in America work initially for P.S. Duval in Philadelphia. He began collaborating with Dresel in 1853. Kuchel and Dresel capture a birds-eye view of this bustling Gold Rush town just a few years after the first discovery of gold and its founding. As such it is a remarkable and important historical record of the times. Initially named "Thompson's Dry Diggings" "Gold was discovered here in March 1851 by Abraham Thompson, member of a party which was enroute from Oregon to Scott Bar. Following a heavy rainstorm, particles of gold in the roots of grass pulled up by pack animals caused Thompson to wash three pans of gravel. The results convinced the party that the area was rich enough to work. In the party were Dr. F. G. Hearn, Judge Silas J. Day and a Mr. Bell, Thompson's partner. All staked claims on these flats thirty feet square, and it was named "Thompson's Dry Diggings". Within six weeks 2,000 prospectors rushed here to mine, but the need of water caused the settlement to move to the creek. And it became known as Shasta Butte City. This name being confused with Shasta, in Shasta County it was changed to "I-E-K-A," The Indian word for Mt. Shasta. "Now Yreka" in 1852" (Plaque at site of Thompson's discovery of gold). Peters, "California on Stone", pages 143 and 146; see Streeter 2787

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        NARRATIVE OF THE EXPEDITION OF AN AMERICAN SQUADRON TO THE CHINA SEA

      1856 - HAWKS, Francis L. NARRATIVE OF THE EXPEDITION OF AN AMERICAN SQUADRON TO THE CHINA SEA AND JAPAN, PERFORMED IN THE YEARS 1852,1853 AND 1854 UNDER THE COMMAND OF COMMODORE M.C. PERRY, UNITED STATES NAVY, BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. 3 VOLS. Washington: Berverley Tucker, Senate Printer, 1856. First Edition in three volumes. Vol. 1: xviii + 537 pp.; Vol. 2: [vii], 414pp. + facsimile of treaty + index + maps; Vol.3: xliii + 705pp. 4to., green cloth, stamped in gilt to spine, blind-stamped to front and back. Complete with all plates and maps, including the suppressed bathing scene plate. This the Senate printing. Cloth is worn and sunned, particularly on spine. Interior slightly darkened but clean throughout with a few tears to a couple of the folding maps. Minimal foxing and dampstaining to endpapers of volume three. A very presentable copy of this monumental work.

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        WHERE THERE'S A WILL THERE'S A WAY: AN ASCENT OF MONT BLANC BY A NEW ROUTE AND WITHOUT GUIDES

      Longman, Brown, Green, London 1856 - Octavo (4-7/8" x 7-3/4") in original blindstamped blue cloth. Illustrated with a lithograph frontispiece and a hand-colored folding map. Complete with half-title page. Slight fraying along spine edges. Near Fine, and very scarce in this condition [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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