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        King Henry's Well and Pudsay's Leap. Ballads, Founded on Craven Legends. Printed for Private Circulation

      Bolton / Manchester: Bowland / Falkner, 1856.. 4to. (10 x 7.5 inches). pp.35. 3 original mounted albumen photographs of interiors (6 x 7.5 inches), with printed captions. B/w frontis, b/w plates, including fold-out illust of tomb of Sir Ralph Pudsay at Bolton. Original moire cloth gilt, rebacked. Inner hinges strengthened. Dealer's marks in pencil to front pastedown. Ink inscription to front free endpaper: 'Edmund Sharpe Esq., with the kind regards of The Author'. [Not otherwise signed]. Light spotting to paper mounts and edges of the sepia-toned photographic plates. O/w contents clean and bright. Binding firm and square. This is a Very Good copy indeed. Uncommon early photographs. Gernsheim 56. First edition. Presentation copy.

      [Bookseller: John Taylor Books PBFA]
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        Le Monde. Histoire de tous les peuples depuis les temps les plus reculés jusqu'a nos jours. Par MM. Saint-Prosper, de Sauvigny, Duponchel, le baron Korff, Belloc et l'abbé Martin

      Paris, Lebigre-Duquesne Frères 1856.. Revue et continuée. Édition illustré.10 Bde. gr.-8°. je Bd. ca. 500 S. Mit insges. 343 (v. 347) tlw. gefalt. Taf. in Stahlstich. HLdr. d. Zt. m. Rückengoldpräg. Geringf. berieb., vereinz. minim. stockfl. Die zahlreichenTafeln enthalten Darstellungen v. sowohl Einwohnern als auch Persönlichkeiten der verschiedenen Länder. Außerdem unterschiedl. Kostüme, Trachten, Monumente, Landschaften u. Orte.

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        1856-57. Milwaukee City Directory, and Business Advertiser, Containing Local and General Statistics, with a New Map of the City

      Milwaukee, Wisconsin: J.M. Van Slyck, 1856. (MILWAUKEE) 12mo. Title printed in red, green, and black. 3-468,[8]pp.; lacking the map. Original quarter brown cloth and printed paper boards, gilt-stamped spine, neatly rebacked, original backstrip laid down. Contemporary ownership signature and blind stamp on first leaf, old blind stamp of Essex Institute on title page, bookplate of Essex Institute on front pastedown. Slight foxing. Very good. Spear, p. 194 (4 copies) . The present directory is the third of the Van Slyck directories, after the first of 1851, and the fifth directory for the city of Milwaukee overall. With all of the usual and useful statistics, further enhanced by several views of hotels and local businesses. The ownership blind stamp and signature at the head of the first leaf is that of grocers Goodrich & Terry, advertisers in the directory

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        Original Patent with Drawings

      1856. unbound. Very scarce patent issued to William M. Henderson, April 8, 1856, a resident of Baltimore, Maryland, 4 pages. Vellum, over-size folio, with two original highly detailed drawings, colorized on heavy wax paper identified as "IMPROVEMENTS TO SLIDE VALVE ENGINES" with technological page devoted to the explanation on how Henderson's invention would function. Fine signature by the Secretary of the Interior, Robert McClellland, with all ribbons and seals intact. William Henderson was a mechanical engineer and inventor credited with designing and improving a slide valve engine, a force pump, hydraulic brakes and components associated with the steam engine.

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      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1856.. Two volumes. Original cloth. Spine ends carefully repaired on first volume. Head and toe of spine frayed on second volume. Corners refurbished. Contemporary ownership label and pencil signatures on front endpapers. Bookplate removed from second volume. Moderate to heavy foxing in both volumes, affecting plates and folding map. Old bookseller's blindstamp on titlepage of each volume. Overall good. This is the seventh and best edition of the most important work on a decisive event in Texas and southwestern history. The Texan Santa Fe expedition was conceived by Mirabeau B. Lamar in an attempt to open a trade route which would lure away some of the traffic hitherto utilizing the Santa Fe trade, and also to extend his greetings to residents of New Mexico, whom he wished to participate in Texas government as residents of territory claimed by Texas in an act of 1836. Due to poor navigation, faulty planning, and harassment by Indians, the expedition lost most of its momentum. Upon their arrival in New Mexico, the entire force was taken captive under orders of Gov. Manuel Armijo. The prisoners were forcibly marched to Mexico City, and the affair brought relations between Texas, the United States, and Mexico to a boiling point. Those who survived the march and imprisonment were released in April 1842, six and a half months after their capture. Kendall, editor of the New Orleans PICAYUNE, accompanied the expedition as an observer. With him was Thomas Falconer, who was acting in secret as an agent for the British government. Because of Falconer's British citizenship, he was among the first prisoners released. This extremely important seventh edition incorporates for the first time an appendix containing excerpts from Falconer's diary, as well as two additional chapters of text. For this reason, this edition is eminently more desirable than the first edition, and it is much more difficult to acquire. The map, although not a notably accurate one, shows various routes across West Texas. HOWES K75, "b". WAGNER-CAMP 110:10. CLARK III:188. FIELD 818. RADER 2157. RITTENHOUSE 347. SABIN 37360. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 483. GRAFF, FIFTY TEXAS RARITIES 26a. GRAFF 2306. STREETER SALE 398. STREETER TEXAS 1515 (1st ed).

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      Philadelphia: Augustus Kollner, 1856.. Lithograph, printed in colors and finished by hand, by and after Kollner. Visible sheet size: 19 x 30 3/8 inches. Very good. Matted and framed. Provenance: Martin P. Snyder. The Snyder copy of this large, rare view: "It is pleasant here, right on the banks of the noble Delaware, opposite Philadelphia" (Walt Whitman). Deák writes: "Camden, New Jersey [home of Walt Whitman from 1873-1892], slopes gently towards the river in the foreground of the view. The urban softened by the many trees clustered around the handsome buildings. Across the waters of the Delaware, Philadelphia [is seen]...with its dense construction and busy ship-filled quays...In the middle of the river is Windmill Island. The building in Philadelphia with the two towers and cupolas, in the left center background, is probably Spruce Street Baptist Church; the semicircular building surmounted by a cupola, to the right and just beyond the two towers near the waterfront, is the Merchants' Exchange...The tall spire near the Christ Church.... "German-born Augustus Theodore Frederick Kollner arrived in America in 1839 and enjoyed an artistically fruitful career in this country until his death in 1906...Associated at one time or another with each of the major lithographic firms in Philadelphia, he worked his way from journeyman to artist, to chief artist, to partner. Ultimately, he owned his own establishment. The [present] view of Philadelphia, both drawn and published by the artist, documents his artistic and professional success in America." DEÁK, PICTURING AMERICA 707. REPS 3587. WAINWRIGHT 104. Wainwright, "Augustus Kollner, Artist" in PMHB, Vol. 84, no. 3 (ref).

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        East View of Philadelphia, Pennsylva. [sic.] and part of Camden New Jersey

      Philadelphia: Augustus Kollner, 1856. Lithograph, printed in colours and finished by hand, by and after Kollner (visible sheet size: 19 x 30 3/8 inches). Matted and framed. Provenance: Martin P. Snyder. The Snyder copy of this large rare view: "It is pleasant here, right on the banks of the noble Delaware, opposite Philadelphia" (Walt Whitman). "Camden, New Jersey [home of Walt Whitman from 1873-1892], slopes gently towards the river in the foreground of the view. The urban presentation ... is softened by the many trees clustered around the handsome buildings. Across the waters of the Delaware, Philadelphia [is seen] ... with its dense construction and busy ship-filled quays ... In the middle of the river is Windmill Island. The building in Philadelphia with the two towers and cupolas, in the left center background, is probably Spruce Street Baptist Church; the semicircular building surmounted by a cupola, to the right and just beyond the two towers near the waterfront, is the Merchants' Exchange ... The tall spire near the water ... is Christ Church... German-born Augustus Theodore Frederick Kollner arrived in America in 1839 and enjoyed an artistically fruitful career in this country until his death in 1906 ... Associated at one time or another with each of the major lithographic firms in Philadelphia, he worked his way from journeyman to artist, to chief artist, to partner. Ultimately, he owned his own establishment. The [present] view of Philadelphia, both drawn and published by the artist, documents his artistic and professional success in America." (Gloria Deak) Deak Picturing America 707; Reps 3587; Wainwright 104; cf. Wainwright, "Augustus Kollner, Artist" in PMHB, vol. 84, no. 3.

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      Worcester, Ma.: John Thompson., 1856. ...143pp...FIRST EDITION...DECORATIVELY STAMPED BROWN CLOTH BOARDS WITH GILT DESIGN ON COVER & SPINE...Early slave narrative of John Thompson who was born a slave in Maryland; description of his day to day life as a slave & his whaling experiences after his escape to freedom...Previous owner's name penned on endpapers...ORIGINAL BOARDS slightly chipped on spine ends...Some toning to endpaper....BINDING & TEXT ARE CLEAN.. Hard Cover. Very Good. 12mo.

      [Bookseller: Eveleigh Books & Stamps]
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        Niagara Falls in the Winter of 1855-56, from the N. York Side

      Niagara Falls: published by E. Whitefield [printed in New York by Endicott & Co.], 1856. Tinted lithograph, drawn by E. Whitefield and lithographed by Endicott & Co., NY. 23 1/2 x 38 5/8 inches. A majestic winter view of Niagara Falls from the New York side. Whitefield (1816-1892) born in Dorset, England, arrived in North America in about 1837. The present image resulted from an extended journey in the 1850s. Spendlove writes of Whitefield's city views that he "probably carried this type of view to a higher level of accuracy than any other artist on record, and certainly no one approached him in the large number of views drawn." He "was a remarkably prolific and industrious artist, and his ambition was to produce a creditable print of the more important, or historically interesting, cities and towns of the United States and Canada. Exact figures are lacking, but he probably did well over forty of these, and in doing so, became one of the most skillful draughtsmen of the time. His work is distinguished by extreme accuracy, but also the ability to work in sweeping lines" (Spendlove). The rarity of this image is confirmed by Stokes, who mentions it in passing in his entry on Whitefield in American Historical Prints (E-126), with no known information about it other than that a copy was owned by Mrs. John Law, the granddaughter of the artist. Cf. Spendlove, The Face of Early Canada, p. 69-72.

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        Beiträge zu einer Militärischen Kostüm-Kunde oder Abbildungen der Kostüme und Uniformen des Württembergischen Militärs von der Zeit des 30jährigen Krieges bis auf unsere Tage

      Stuttgart, Fischhaber (1856).. Titelblatt mit lithograph. Bordüre und 36 Tafeln mit mont. kolor. Lithographien. Lwd. d. Zt. mit Blindprägung u. vergold. Deckeltitel. 22 x 29,5 cm. Colas 277; Vgl. Lipperheide Qdc 16; Hiler 813. - Sehr seltene erste Ausgabe. - Jede Tafel zeigt sieben Uniformtypen. Die Lithographien sind hier im Quer-Oktav-Format (8°) auf gelbe Kartonbll. montiert. - Kanten beschabt, Ecken etwas gebräunt. Vorsatzbll. mit Besitzvermerken und Eckabschnitt. Die Abbildungen meist fleckenfrei, Titelblatt etwas fleckig.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Turszynski]
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        Album für Gärtner und Gartenfreunde. Ein praktischer Führer zur Anlegung und Pflege von Nutz-, Zier- und Lustgärten herausgegeben von Gustav Adolph Rohland, Kunst-, Handels- und Landschaftsgärtner in Leipzig. Jahrgang 1 - 2 (= alles Erschienene)

      Leipzig, Arnold 1856 -1858. 24 cm. In 1 Band; 4, 124; 6, 122 Seiten mit insgesamt 44 kolorierten lithographierten Tafeln (davon 4 doppelblattgroß). Festeinband, Leineneinband der Zeit mit Rückenvergoldung und Deckelblindprägung - Dochnahl 133 - Hennebo / Hoffmann III, 301, 146 (2.A.) - Sammlung von Beispielen für die Gartenkunst Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Aus dem Inhalt: Gruppierung von Bäumen und Sträuchern bei der Anlage und Anpflanzung in den landschaftlichen Gärten; Rosenplätze; Behandlung des Weinstocks; Anlage einer Fontäne, welche nicht des natürlichen Druckes einer großen Wasserleitung bedarf, sondern durch ein angebrachtes Pumpwerk leicht an jedem Brunnen sich herstellen läßt; Alphabetisches Verzeichnis aller Bäume und Sträucher zu Park- und Gartenanlagen; Kultur des Pfirsichbaumes am Spalier; Schnitte der Bäume und Sträucher; Insekten, Würmer und andere Tiere, die den Pflanzen und Bäumen schädlich sind; Überwinterung der zarten Gehölzarten durch Bedeckung; Pflanzen, welche sich zu Einfassungen eignen; Sommerblumen; Perennierende Pflanzen; Verpflanzen größerer Bäume und Sträucher; Anlegung von Hecken und Zäunen; Drainage feuchter Gärten. - Die fein kolorierten Tafeln mit Plänen von Gartenanlagen, Gartenhäuschen, Pavillons, Wasserspielen, Spalieren, Zäunen, etc. Blattränder stellenweise leicht gebräunt und vereinzelt Stockflecken, Namenseintrag auf Vortitel -

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        Autograph Letter Signed

      Rockhills, England: Not published, 1856. Three page letter written entirely in the hand of English architect and gardener Sir Joseph Paxton, and signed by him. An excellent letter of political content. Dated March 4 1856, it reads "My dear Lemon [quite likely Mark Lemon, editor of Punch magazine and co-founder of The London Illustrated News], I fully intended to go down tonight to Boston but Sir Wm Clay's motion on which my constituents are very strong comes on tomorrow. So that I cannot carry out my intention - On finding however the nomination fixed for Thursday, I [am] determined to be there on that day on which I think I can do our friend Ingram [quite likely Herbert Ingram, co-founder of The London Illustrated News (1843)] more good, than on any other either in the mob orator way or whatever part he wishes me to play. I will go down tomorrow night by the mail or if I can get so early from the house by the train which leaves here at 5PM. In either case I will go direct to the Peacock where I trust to you to procure me a room. I am dear Lemon, yours faithfully [signed] Joseph Paxton." Paxton is noted for his use of glass and iron in a proto-modern manner. Beginning his career as a gardener and estate manager, he then built two greenhouses at Chatsworth, Derbyshire, for the Duke of Devonshire. The first was the Great Conservatory (1836-1840); the second was a smaller building, designed to protect the Victoria Regia water lily. This work served as a model for the Crystal Palace, built for the Great Exhibition of 1851. He was knighted for the success of this design. Autograph, Manuscript.. Signed. No edition. Unbound. Very good+ condition. Quarto (4to).

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        Usi e Costumi di Tutti i Popoli dell'Universo. Ovvero Storia del governo, delle leggi, della milizia, della religione di tutte le nazioni dai più remoti tempi fino ai giorni nostri

      Per Borroni e Scotti - Libreria di Francesco Sanvito successore a Borroni e Scotti 1856 Opera compilata da una Società di Letterati Italiani sulle tracce di quelle di Aldini, Ammirato, Antichità di Ercolano e di Pompei, Apollonio, Bailly, Balbi, Bandini, Bardetti, Bardon et al. Volume 1. Dell'Europa (Della Grecia). Con 97 tavole a colori e in nero f.t. e figure in nero n.t. - Volume 2. Parte Prima. Dell'Europa (Dell'Italia). Con 55 tavole a colori e in nero f.t. e figure in nero n.t. - Volume 2. Parte Seconda. Dell'Europa (Dell'Italia). Con 84 tavole a colori e 129 in nero f.t. - Volume 3. Dell'Europa (Dell'Italia insulare. Svizzera, Spagna, Portogallo, Belgio, Olanda, Svezia Norvegia e Danimarca). Con tavole f.t. di cui 17 a colori. - Volume 4. Dell'Europa. (Francia, Inghilterra, Austria, Russia, Turchia, Prussia e Confederazione Germanica). Con tavole f.t. di cui 27 a colori. - Volume 5. America. (America Settentrionale - Stati Uniti, ecc - America Centrale - Messico, ecc. America Meridionale - Chili. Ecc. - Australia ed Oceania). Con tavole f.t. di cui 11 a colori. Volume 6. Asia. (China, Giappone, Persia, Arabia, Palestina, ecc.). Con tavole f.t. di cui 35 a colori. Volume 7. Africa. (Africa - Egitto - Algeria - Stati Barbareschi, ecc., ecc.). Con tavole f.t. di cui 16 a colori. Opera pubblicata dal 1856 al 1861 4to pp. 640 + 608 + 744 + 448 + 558 + 596 + 452 + 260 ril mezza pelle (half-leather binding) Molto buono (Very Good)

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        Manuscrits de Pages, Marchand d'Amiens Ecrits a la fin du 17e et au commencement du 18e siecle sur Amiens et la Picardie, mis en order par Louis Douchet

      Amiens: Alfred Caron, 1856-1862. First edition. Quarter Leather. Very Good +. 5 volumes, 12mo 5 x 7, about 550 pages each. Jean Pages, historian, master of the community of merchants of Amiens and Consul in 1706, was born in Amiens in 1655, and died in 1723. His "Mansuscrits" were written at the turn of the century (ca 1700) and were published by Louis Douchet, in five volumes in 1856-1862. The original manuscripts are conserved in the Amiens Public Library, consisting of 10 folio volumes with the title "Notes on the City of Amiens." All Five volumes tightly bound, marbleized board with black leather, gold-stamped spine. Beautifully preserved.

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        Notices of Sculpture in Ivory and A Catalogue of Specimens of Ancient Ivory-Carvings in Various Collections

      Arundel Society, London, 1856. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Illustrator: J A Spencer. Thick decorated card boards of leather spine. Darkened rubbed and worn with some lifting of paper covering at extreme edges of boards. Contains 9 photographic illustrations not present in all copies of this book. The first part by M Digby Wyatt consists of a Lecture on History , Methods, and Chief Productions of the Art, delivered at the first annual general meeting of the Arundel Society on the 29th June 1855. There is some very occasional sporadic light foxing else contents are clean and sound. Size: A4 (300 x 210mm approx.). 54 pages. .. Illustrator: J A Spencer. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Antiques & Collectibles; Britain/UK; 19th century; Art & Design. Inventory No: 15152..

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        Illinois [with inset: Vicinity of Chicago]

      New York: published by J.H. Colton & Co, 1856. Engraved map, hand-coloured by county and outlined in red (sheet size: 17 x 13 1/2 inches), folding into original brown cloth covers, elaborately blocked in blind, the upper cover titled in gilt. Advertisement for Colton forms front pastedown. (Small tears to folds).. Second issue, with '1856' date added Rumsey records an issue with only the 1855 copyright date that was published in the 1856 single-volume edition Colton's Atlas Of The World. Cf. Phillips Atlases 816; cf. Rumsey 0149.049.

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        The Trans-Caucasian Campaign or the Turkish Army under Omer Pasha

      Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1856. Hard Cover. Very Good. Hard Cover. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION. Inscribed by Oliphant: "Royal Phelps from his sincere friend The Author London Febr 57." Oliphant was a well known traveler, author, diplomat, and mystic who served as the private secretary to Lord Elgin in the mid 1800s among many other roles. Royal Phelps was a prominent New York merchant and trader in the West Indies. It is unclear where they might have met. This uncommon book is generally in very good condition in the original green cloth binding with faded gold title and gold stamped portrait on front cover. Neatly rebacked spine with most of the original spine intact; fading and spotting to front and rear covers; and bumping to corners. Interior is clean save for some foxing to illustrations and offsetting from them to facing pages, and light aging to page margins. Two nice foldout maps, five illustrations, and four woodcut vignettes. 234 pages plus 16 pages of ads. MIDEASTHIS/071508.

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        Preliminary Chart of Charleston Harbor and its Approaches

      1856. unbound. very good(+). Sea chart. Uncolored lithograph. Image measures 30.75" x 32". Fantastically detailed sea chart of Charleston Harbor from Folly Island to the Cooper and Wando Rivers, from Sullivan Island and up the coast past Breach Inlet. Streets are clearly laid out in Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Moultrieville. Includes topographical elements, forts, sandbars, waterways, depths, sailing directions and tidal information. Inset views include "Main Ship Channel" and "North Channel, Fort Sumter". Alexander Dallas Bache (1806-1867) was an incredibly prolific surveyor, who worked as the superintendent of the United States Coast Survey. Minor aging along original folds and some light scattered foxing, mainly to top margin.

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        Clark's Map of Fairfield County, Connecticut

      Philadelphia: Richard Clark, 1856. Lithographic wall map, with full period hand-colour. Expertly repaired, backed with modern linen, edged with silk, on contemporary rollers. Very nice condition. 60 1/2 x 52 3/4 inches. An extremely elaborate and detailed wall map of Fairfield County, Connecticut, the only 19th-century map of the county listed in Phillips America. Fairfield is the site of some of New York City's most prestigious suburbs. Each township is separately coloured, with the properties of numerous individual landowners located. The map is flanked by sixteen inset views of important Fairfield sites, including numerous private residences, and the Court House in Bridgeport. The views are separated by ornamental Victorian scrollwork. There are twenty-four inset plans of Fairfield towns and villages, including Greenwich, Stamford, Ridgefield, New Canaan, Westport, Danbury, Bridgeport, Southport, Sharon, Bethel, Fairfield, Norwalk, South Norwalk, Newtown, New Fairfield, Brookfield, and Cos Cob. The map was drawn from a survey by J. Chace, W. J. Barker, and N. Hector, and lithographed by Wagner & McGuigan in Philadelphia. Not in Rumsey; Thompson, Maps of Connecticut, 176; Phillips, America, p. 276.

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        Report of the Superintendent of the Coast Survey, Showing Progress of the Survey During the Year 1856

      Washington, D.C.: Cornelius Wendell, Printer. 1856. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. F First Edition. H Hard Cover. Fair. First edition [1856]. Worn. Published as Ex. Doc. 18, 34th Congress, 3d Session, House of Representatives. Bookplate with compliments of Prof. A. D. Bache, Supt. U.S. Coast Survey, on front pastedown. Thick volume containing text, appendices, with numerous folding maps and diagrams. All maps present, diagrams 64, 65 and 66 absent. Brown blind stamped cloth with gilt lettering, nearly 12" tall, nearly 3" thick. Maps comprise a survey of the US from New England to the Pacific Northwest, some very large in size, mainly in good condition with just a few pinhole tears to intersecting folds, closed tears to the inner margins of the first map, extra creases to a two maps, fairly minor dampstains to maps 1, 3, 4, 8, 12, 21,22, 26, 49, 49, 51, 60 more extensive staining to 39, some spotting from old leaves and flowers. Covers worn, spotted and unevenly faded, front hinge cracked, some insect damage near the front hinge, free endpapers removed, dampstains to the far outer edges of the first several pages, some discoloration from old leaves and flowers mainly in the text section, pages 209-16 bound in upside down, just generally a little grubby from long term attic storage.

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        The States and Territories of the Great West

      Miller, Orton, and Mulligan, New York, NY 1856 - Including Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minesota [sic], Kansas, and Nebraska; their Geography, History, Advantages, Resources, and Prospects; compristing their Local History, Institution and Laws. With a table of distances, large fold-out map, and numerous illustrations. Cloth boards with blind-embossed designs, faded gilt on spine. Boards moderately faded, with bumped corners and head/foot of spine. Some foxing towards front and rear of volume. Previous owner bookplates. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      London:: Tavistock House,. 1856.. ALs: 6-1/2" x 8-1/2". Engraving: 7" x 5". Gadshill: 4-1/4" x 6-3/4". Overall Framed size: 16-3/8" x 17-3/4". 30 lines of holograph text, including Dickens' full signature & hallmark flourish.. Matted, and framed in a simple black wood frame, with a red "A. Miller / Picture Frames, Inc." label on reverse [appears pre-WWII].. Age-toning to matt. Overall, an attractive Very Good item.. CD, writing to an unknown correspondent, tells of of his son Charley's stay/schooling in Germany, with one Professor MŸller who supervised "the classical part of his studies." Dickens continues, "I was in all respects well satisfied." though Charley "considered him 'a Dragon in respect of his ardour for work.'"& & This letter *partially* published by Storey & Tillotson in Volume 8 [p. 206] of the Pilgrim Letters, with their abbreviated text coming from a 1901 Walter M Hill catalogue. The actual letter, here offered, has a concluding 5 line paragraph not previously recorded.

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        Autograph letter signed.

      Weimar, 1856. - 4to. 3 pp. To music publisher Carl Haslinger, asking to take a look at "the setting for two pianoforte" on which he had spent three days annotating and editing in order "to propose a new version, with many annotations to the piano and fewer parts for instruments" (transl. from the French original). He also sends his Hungarian Rhapsody "properly exploited" and asks him "to make a similar issue." Moreover, he is telling that he went to Zurich with his friend Wagner. - Inserted Robert Bory's book "Life of Franz Liszt by the image" (Editions du journal de Genève, 1936, issue No. I on Holland Van Gelder paper, 4to, bound in burgundy leather). - Provenance: Robert Bory, musicologist. Together with several autograph letters signed by Alfred Cortot (2) Daniela Thode, Winifred Wagner, Bladine Gravina und Daniel Ollivier. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Jack Tier; Or, The Florida Reef

      London - Thomas Hodgson, 1856 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A scarce mid nineteenth-century copy of Fenimore Cooper's novel. James Fenimore Cooper (September 15 1789 September 14 1851) was a prolific and popular American writer of the early nineteenth century. His historical romances of frontier and Indian life in the early American days created a unique form of American literature. Condition: In a half leather binding with cloth covered boards. Externally,rather rubbed. Front hinge strainedand rear hinge slightly strained. Internally, firmly bound. Some spotting to the first and last few pages but otherwise generally clean. Tears to the outer margins of p. 73 and p. 77, not affecting the text. Overall: GOOD ONLY..

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        A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States : with Remarks on Their Economy / by Frederick Law Olmstead

      New York : Dix & Edwards ; London : Sampson Low, Son & Co. , 1856. 1st Edition. Description: xv, 723 p. : ill. ; 19 cm. Subjects: Slavery --United States. Southern States --Description and travel. Southern States --Economic conditions. Finely and sumptuously bound in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with the title blocked direct in gilt. Spine compartments uniformly tooled in gilt. An exceptional copy - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.

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        The quadrupeds of North America. Volume 1.

      New York: V. G. Audubon, 1856. - AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES - JOHN BACHMAN The quadrupeds of North America. Volume 1. New York: V. G. Audubon, 1856. 4to. (28x19 cm.), volume 1 only, viii, 383 p., 50 full-page hand-colored plates with tissue guards. Publisher's deluxe binding in full blind-stamped morocco, blind stamped inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Very good. ISBN: EURO 2500 CATALOG: Zoology KEYWORDS: Zoology America [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Adventures in the Wilds of the United States and British American Provinces

      Philadelphia: John W. Moore, 1856. First American edition, enlarged. 2 vols., 8vo. Illustrated by the author and Oscar Bessau. 6 plates in each volume. xiv, 514; 517 pp. Original red cloth, a moose on upper cover in gilt and lower in blind, spines titled in gilt. Some fading and soiling to covers, but generally a near fine set. Signed in each volume by the author on the front flyleaf. Bookplate of John M. Schiff and another. Westwood & Satchell, p. 130; Howes L87; T.P.L. 3672; Sabin 38913; Heckscher 1199 . Written by a New York businessman who ultimately opted for the wilds, this collective edition contains several of the author's earlier separate publications with new material added, including a "Tour to the River Restigouche." Although the author recounts various angling experiences throughout the book, chapters 23 to 28 deal specifically with fishing: for salmon, trout, bass, pike, and others. Uncommon signed and in such nice condition

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        HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; From the Discovery of the New World to the Present Day. Continued by B. B. Woodward

      New York: Virtue, & Yorston, n.d. Circa 1856. 3 volumes. Extensively illustrated with a profusion of very fine, full-page steel engraved plates after Bartlett, many based on views painted by the author. 4to, publisher’s original dark-green polished cloth decorated in overall period designs at the borders and in the centers of the upper covers and spines in black, spines additionally decorated and lettered in gilt, rear covers are decorated in blind. 698; 720; 726 pp. A very handsome and well preserved set, in very pleasing condition. The interiors fresh and very clean, the bindings are bright with only minimal age evidence and a bit of shaking. Still an unusually nice copy of this work which is most often found defective due to the weight of the text-blocks. A FINE AND PLEASING SET OF THIS IMPORTANT WORK, BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED BY ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS ARTISTS OF THE CENTURY. Best known for his view books of Europe, Central America and the East, William Henry Bartlett made four tours of the United States. From the earlier of these visits resulted a series of views which were published in 1840 as “American Scenery”, with a text by Nathaniel P. Willis. A prolific illustrator, Bartlett made sepia wash drawings the exact size to be engraved. His engraved views were widely copied by artists, but no signed oil painting by his hand is known. His work is still treasured and widely collected. Bartlett died on board a French ship returning from a voyage to the Orient. Engravings based on Bartlett's views were later used in this posthumous History of the United State of North America, continued by B. B. Woodward. Bartlett himself wrote only the first three sections of the first volume, the majority of the text actually being by Woodward.

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      Milwaukee: Silas Chapman, 1856.. Colored folding map, 29 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches. Bound into original 16mo. brown cloth folder, gilt- lettered cover. Folder a bit worn and faded. Slight foxing on map. Colors on map generally bright and clean. Overall very good. A variant state of this important Minnesota map, without priority, published in as many as five versions in 1856. Many of the counties west of St. Paul are unidentified or shown in their earlier, larger incarnations, and the region along the north shore of Lake Superior is unmapped. This edition was published by Silas Chapman himself, who produced several pocket maps of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Chapman's maps were reproduced later by other publishers. While some 1856 versions of the map fail to show important geographic features shown here, such as Lake Minnetonka, the present map omits features that appear on other versions, such as the Sioux reservation in Goodhu, Wabasha, and Houston counties, indicating the present version is among the earlier states. Not in Phillips MAPS. RUMSEY 1662. CHECKLIST OF PRINTED MAPS OF THE MIDDLE WEST TO 1900 (MINNESOTA), p.124.

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      Milwaukee: Silas Chapman, 1856.. Colored folding map, 28 x 22 inches. Bound into original 16mo. brown cloth folder, gilt-lettered cover. Folder slightly worn and faded. Minute soiling along fold lines. Colors on map generally bright and clean. Overall very good. A variant state of this important Minnesota map, without priority, published in as many as five versions in 1856. Many of the counties west of St. Paul are unidentified or shown in their earlier, larger incarnations, and the region along the north shore of Lake Superior is unmapped. This edition was published by Silas Chapman himself, who produced several pocket maps of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Chapman's maps were reproduced later by other publishers. Some 1856 versions of the map fail to show important geographic features shown here, such as Lake Minnetonka, the Sioux reservation in Goodhue, Wabash, and Houston counties. Not in Phillips MAPS. RUMSEY 1662. CHECKLIST OF PRINTED MAPS OF THE MIDDLE WEST TO 1900 (MINNESOTA) 0686, p.124.

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        Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan Under the Command of Commodore M C Perry of the United States Navy. Vols. I and II [of three volumes]

      Washington: A O P Nicholson. G : in good condition. Covers rubbed with wear to leather spines and fading to lower edges of front cover of vol. II. Both vols. with stamp and bookplate of the Cruising Library Association. Some mild browning to pages and sporadic light foxing. 1856. First Edition. Quarter-leather cover. 300mm x 230mm (12" x 9"). xvii; 537pp; 414pp, xipp. Vol. I with 88 [of 89] colour plates including two folding facsimiles of Japanese paintings. Additional folding maps. Vol. II with chromolithographic plates (natural history), and 16 charts, plus two folding maps. This edition of does not include the suppressed 'nude bathing scene'. The two volumes of the American expedition to China and Japan refer to the period which saw the beginnings of international relations between the two major powers. Profusely illustrated with drawings which display all aspects of the Orient from a Western perspective.Volume two contains a facsimile of the original treaty with Japan. .

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        Ten Autograph Letters Signed to the Reverend Whitwell Elwin

      England, 1856, 1858, 1864. Manuscript material. Near Fine. Manuscript material. A very good, closely written, and expressive correspondence about politics, addressed to Whitwell Elwin (1816-1900) the editor of the Quarterly Review. W.E. Gladstone (1809-1898) was the prime minister of Great Britain four times: 1868-74, 1880-85, Feb.-July 1886, and 1882-94. These letters were written when he was out of office, about the time of his move to the Liberal Party. The letters discuss his views of the political scene, various government figures (including Lord Derby and Lord Palmerston), possible articles, and his manuscripts. There is a charming and amusing passage expressing a strong opinion of what was wrong with the current state of British government. Gladstone was a more than occasional contributor to the Quarterly Review from 1839 onwards. Several of these letters concern his important article, "The Declining Efficiency of Parliament," published in the September 1856 issue. The letters are written on 4.5 x 7 inch stationery and signed. One letter has a half page cut from the last page but the text appears complete. All are in very good condition. Complete texts upon request. ALS/050112.

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        Der Wasserbau in seinem ganzen Umfange. Ein Leitfaden zu Vorlesungen und zum Selbstunterrichte für Wasser- und Straßenbau-Ingenieure und andere Techniker

      Stuttgart, Mäcken 1856. 25 cm. Mit Tafelband (35 x 26 cm). In 2 Bänden. 12, 280 Seiten mit 28 doppelblattgroßen lithographierten Tafeln, davon 2 farbig. Festeinband, Halbledereinband der Zeit mit roten Rückenschildern und Rückenvergoldung - DBA 72, 26 (vgl.) - Metzeltin 213 (vgl.) - Behandelt in sieben Abschnitten Quellen und Brunnen, Wasserleitungen, Fluß- oder Strombau, Ent- und Bewässerungen, Wehr- und Schleusenbau, Fluß- und Kanalschifffahrt und Hafenanlagen. Der Atlas mit Darstellungen, Details und Schnittzeichnungen, unter anderem: Brunnen, Pumpwerke, Schleusen, Kanäle, Uferbefestigungen, Abwasserkanäle, Deichbau, Brückenbau, Staudämme, Hafenanlagen, Leuchttürme. Die farbigen Tafeln zeigen den Lauf des Rheins bei Bonn-Plittersdorf 1838 und 1852 (vor und nach der Korrektur) sowie Details der Uferbefestigungen. Becker (1817 - 1884), 1845 - 1855 Professor der Ingenieurschule zu Karlsruhe, wurde 1876 als Mitglied der Generaldirektion der badischen Staatseisenbahnen Leiter größerer Eisenbahn- und Wasserbauten. Atlasband an den Deckelkanten restauriert, Text und Tafeln etwas stockfleckig, ohne Beeinträchtigung der Abbildungen - Mäcken's Bibliothek technischer Wissenschaften 5, 4 -

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        PAPERS RELATING TO THE ISLAND OF NANTUCKET, With Documents Relating to the Original Settlement of That Island, Martha's Vineyard, and Other Islands Adjacent, Known as Dukes County, While Under the Colony of New York. Compiled from Official Records in the Office of the Secretary of State at Albany, New York

      Albany:: n.p.,, 1856. First Edition. Very Good++. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY JOHN V. L. PRUYN, PRESIDENT OF THE ALBANY INSTITUTE. Hough's dedication of this volume is to The Honorable John V. L. Pruyn. A Very Good++ hardback First Edition LIMITED TO 150 COPIES. Bound in half green leather and marbled boards with gilt lettering on green leather spine label. Mild scuffs covers, cover edge wear, mild age darkening paste-downs. Complete with folding map in rear. 8vo. xviii, 162 pp. Rare.

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      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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      London: Hurst and Blackett, 1856. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. 191 x 114 mm (7 1/2 x 4 1/2"). Three volumes, with three pages of ads at the end of the first volume and two pages at the end of the third. FIRST EDITION. EXTREMELY PLEASING MEDIUM GREEN STRAIGHT-GRAIN MOROCCO, ATTRACTIVELY GILT, BY BAYNTUN (stamp-signed on front flyleaf), gilt double fillet border on covers, raised bands, gilt spine compartments with filigree lozenge centerpiece and cornerpiece volutes, blue and red morocco labels, heavily gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Sadleir 1812. Joints of first volume a bit flaked (with tiny cracks just beginning), two leaves with neatly repaired tear (one in lower fore margin, the other into the text, but without loss), text faintly browned at edges because of inexpensive paper, but still QUITE AN APPEALING SET, the decorative bindings bright and almost entirely unworn, and the text very clean and smooth. This is very nicely bound and rare copy of the first edition of a popular Victorian three-decker that depicts a poor, honest, and hard-working orphan whose story represents the paradigm of success available even to the lowliest at the time of the Industrial Revolution in England. In a narrative based on a true story, the title character begins as a farm laborer, is apprenticed to a tanner, teaches himself to read in a squalid attic, earns the trust of his employer, becomes a tradesman, and eventually rises to the position of capitalist and manufacturer. Along the way, he marries well, and he ultimately spends his declining years in serenity. The book is not just about attaining status and wealth, but also about achieving happiness through hard work and integrity. Dinah Maria Craik (née Mulock, 1826-87) is the author of more than 20 novels, several collections of short stories, journal articles, books of poetry, and tales for children. After the separation of her parents and the death of her mother, Craik was forced to become the sole support for her siblings, a responsibility she determined to meet by embarking upon a writing career. "The Feminist Companion" says that "beneath its veneer of romantic sentimentality, [the author's] fiction subverts conventional ideologies about women." As an example, in "A Woman's Thoughts About Women" (1858), Craik protests against marriage as the sole female occupation and demands better education and increased professional opportunities for women. While several of her other novels also drive home a more feminist message ("Agatha's Husband" of 1853, for example, and "A Life for a Life," 1859), "John Halifax" remains Craik's best-known work, in part because it was translated into French, German, Italian, Russian, and Greek. "Halifax" is seldom encountered in the marketplace, and is particularly rare in excellent condition.

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        Opera Omnnia Editio Nova

      Apud Ludovicum Vives, Bibliopolam Editorer. Used - Good. Small Quarto. Hardcover, 1856. Editio Nova. Ex-library with the usual treatments. A complete set. 26 volumes, 2 indices Volumes. Volumes 16 and 23 are in two bindings, making a total of 30 books. Published between 1856-1878. A remarkably good set. Bound in brown quarter leather , with 5 raised bands and gilt lettering. Marbled papered boards with marbled endpapers. Double columned text in Latin. Exteriors are all in very good condition, with only an occasional scuff. All with mylar protectors. These books were from a reference library and were not circulated. No markings other than the minimal library treatments. No inner page markings. All firmly bound. Offered by the Antiquarian, Rare, and Collectible department of Better World Books. Your purchase benefits global literacy programs. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

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        Map of New Haven County Connecticut

      Philadelphia: H & C. T. Smith, 1856. Wall map, 54¼ x 53 inches, full period hand colour. Expertly repaired, backed with modern linen, trimmed in white cloth, on contemporary rollers. Some minor creasing and light tanning, but in all a very good copy. A splendid map of New Haven County, Connecticut; the largest and most detailed for the area of the nineteenth century. Drawn on a scale of 1¼ inches to a mile, the map offers a wealth of information, including population statistics, a list of businesses in Waterbury and in New Haven (six booksellers and stationers, many more lawyers), a table of agricultural statistics, and another showing distances between towns. There are fine inset plans of several county towns, including New Haven, Waterbury, Milford, Meriden, Cheshire, Guilford, Birmingham, and many others. Twelve fine engravings depict Yale College, the college library, the New Haven railroad station and public green, and the Guilford Academy, among others. Rumsey 1583; Thompson 169; Phillips, America, p.480.

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      Philadelphia: E.A. Balch, 1856.. Wall map, 37 1/2 x 56 1/2 inches, with extensive contemporary color. Six engraved pictorial insets plus sixteen map insets. Expertly restored, backed with modern linen, trimmed in maroon cloth, on contemporary rollers. Color bright and clean. Very good. A lovely wall map of Saratoga County, featuring attractive engravings of illustrious local mansions and inset maps of larger localities such as Saratoga Springs, Jessup's Landing, and Schuylerville. Geil, a noted upstate surveyor, participated in numerous similar projects with a host of different publishers, specializing almost exclusively in large format, ornate county maps. Geil's success no doubt rested on the popularity of "local mapping," a sort of blending of detailed cartography and local scenes. A nice, large view of antebellum upstate New York. Rare. Not in Rumsey. OCLC locates only one copy. PHILLIPS MAPS, p.785. RISTOW, pp.388-92. OCLC 41152794.

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        Map of Saratoga Co. New York from Actual Surveys

      Philadelphia: E. A. Balch, 1856. Wall map, 37½ x 56½ inches, with extensive contemporary colour. Six engraved pictorial inserts plus sixteen map inserts. Expertly restored, backed with modern linen, trimmed in maroon cloth, on contemporary rollers. colour bright and clean. Very good. A lovely wall map of Saratoga County, the most famous spa in mid- nineteenth century America. Each township is separately coloured, and individual property owners are located and named throughout the county. There are inset maps of several county towns and villages, including a large detailed street plan of Saratoga Springs, plus Glenn Falls, Ballston Spa, Jessup's Landing, Waterford, and Schuylerville. The map is surrounded by fine engravings of illustrious local buildings. Geil, a noted upstate surveyor, published maps of several New York counties between 1852 and 1856. This was a particularly rare and important example; the only map of Saratoga County listed in Phillips' America. Not in Rumsey. OCLC locates only one copy. Phillips, America, p.785. Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers, pp. 388-92. OCLC 41152794.

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        [OHIO; BLEEDING KANSAS; RECONSTRUCTION]. A contemporary scrapbook of news clippings from 1856, 1857 and 1868

      n.p.: n.p., 1856. Hardcover. Fair. This quarto-sized scrapbook, in green cloth over boards, was manufactured c. 1850 by Eayrs & Fairbanks, No. 133 Washington St., Boston. It is about half full of contemporary news clippings, affixed with paste. The scrapbooker did not comment on them, with the exception of one instruction to "See the loose piece."& & The first 40 pages are from 1856-1857. The majority of articles deal with slavery, especially political events in the Kansas Territory ("Bleeding Kansas"), the Dred Scott Case and President James Buchanan. The first clipping is from Feb. 9, 1856 and details a pro-slavery meeting in Missouri, addressed by David Atchison. The last clipping in this section is from April 24, 1857 and reports on Stanton's speech at Lawrence, Kansas.& & After a break of three blank pages, the scrapbook resumes with news of Reconstruction from June 30, 1868. There are 6 more pages of eclectica: political news clippings interspersed with a poem by Whittier and advice on How to Keep the Feet Dry.& & While the scrapbook is unsigned, it can be tentatively identified with the Orton family since the last page contains an 1868 20th reunion announcement from the Hamilton College class of 1848, along with 1868 clippings from southwestern Ohio newspapers including the Springfield (Ohio) Republic. The only surviving member of that class residing near the Dayton-Springfield area is Prof. Edward Orton [Sr.], Yellow Springs, OH, where he was president of Antioch College. The 1850s clippings come mostly from New York newspapers, particularly the Tribune, and the Orton family was living in Chester (Orange County), NY at that time.& & Orton went on to become the first President of the Ohio State University from 1873 to 1881.& & The scrapbook is in fair condition; the pages and paper have held up remarkably well. However the spine is mostly detached, and the binding is weak at several signatures.

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        Lake Ngami; Or, Explorations and Discoveries, during Four Years' Wanderings in the Wilds of South Western Africa

      London - Hurst and Blackett, 1856 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. The scarce second edition of Andersson's impressive Africantravel and game huntingtome in a smart binding, with the beautiful lithographs and folding map present. With a fold-out map of Damara and Lake Ngami, as explored by Galton and Andersson. With sixteen lithographs, collated complete. Charles John (Karl Johan) Andersson, 1827 1867, was a Swedish explorer, hunter and trader as well as an amateur naturalist and ornithologist. He is most famous for the many books he published about his travels, and for being one of the most notable explorers of southern Africa, mostly in present day Namibia. Condition: In a half calf binding, with marbled boards. Externally, Internally, firmly bound, bright, with intermittent scattered foxing, with tidemarks prominent to the plates. Overall: VERY GOOD ..

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        Betts’s Tour Through England and Wales

      London: John Betts [c.1856]. . Hand coloured folding map, 27 1/2 x 25 inches (including margins), on linen with dissections, folding down into the original cloth covers, paper label, rebacked retaining the original rather faded spine. A well preserved early Victorian game, with 91 towns and cities across the two countries picked out on a roundabout route from and to London. Whitehouse p19.

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        The Chinese and their Rebellions,

      London, Smith, Elder & Co., , 1856. viewed in Connection with their National Philosophy, Ethics, Legislation, and Administration, to which is added, An Essay on Civilization and its Present State in the East and West. Octavo. Folding map frontispiece coloured in outline and 2 other similar maps. Some mild foxing, otherwise an exceptionally nice copy in the original mauve taupe embossed cloth, title gilt to spine, corners a little soft and bumped, spine sunned and slightly crumpled head and tail. First Edition. Having studied Chinese at the University of Munich, Meadows was employed as Interpreter at the Canton Consulate on the day that the Treaty of Nanking was ratified, "My Chinese experience commenced, therefore, with the inauguration of a new era in Anglo-Chinese intercourse." Meadow's closely observant residence in the centre of events over the following thirteen years, combined with his use of a wide range of Chinese sources make his "one of the most interesting interpretations of Chinese society and civilization offered by Western writers of the nineteenth century." [Kung-Chuan Hsiao, review of the 1955 reprint in Pacific Affairs.] Much on the Taipings.

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        First Footsteps in East Africa;

      London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans,, 1856. or, and Exploration of Harar. Octavo. Original brick red cloth, title gilt to the spine, blind-stamped panels to the boards. mid brown surface-paper endpapers, ads. to the pastedowns. Housed in a red half morocco book-style drop-back box. Chromolithographic frontispiece and 3 similar plates, 7 illustrations to the text and 2 full-page maps. Slightly rubbed and soiled,minor splits at the head and tail of the spine, front hinge neatly repaired, light toning, largely unopened, a very good copy. First edition, second issue, brick red cloth and without Appendix IV on infibulation, as usual. Following his "pilgrimage" to Mekkah, instead of returning to Britain - "where he would have received a hero's welcome at the Royal Geographical Society and the applause of the general" - Burton "lingered in Cairo until November 1853 … Even as he completed the manuscript of his Personal Narrative after returning to Bombay, he was planning the penetration of another forbidden city. This time his objective was Harar, an important religious centre and notorious base for the slave trade in Somalia" (ODNB) The expedition was enthusiastically supported by the Bombay Council, and the party of four, Stroyan, who Burton had worked with in Sind; Herne, a skilled photographer and surveyor; and John Hanning Speke, a young officer who was taken on at the last minute following the death of Assistant-Surgeon J.E. Stocks, assembled at Aden in October 1854. There the political resident, Col. James Outram "dismissed their plan as excessively dangerous,"Burton accordingly revised the plan, reserving the inland trip to Harar for himself. Speke was forced to return early to Aden from his trip to Wadi Nugal by the treachery of his guide; Burton spent ten days in Harar, where he was "spied upon constantly, but …learnt much from local scholars" (Howgego), meeting up with the other two party-members at Berbera. Once back in Aden, Burton planned a further trip, a trek up the Nile from the Somali coast. But on their return to Berbera in April their camp was attacked by Somali tribesmen, Stroyan being killed by a spear thrust, Burton receiving his famous facial wound, the party barely escaping. An account of the skirmish is included in the Postscript. An excellent copy in the original cloth.

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        FIRST FOOTSTEPS IN EAST AFRICA or, An Exploration of Harar. Edited By His Wife, Isabel Burton

      London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1856. First edition. With four color lithographed plates, two maps, and seven illustrations in the text. 8vo, original red-orange cloth gilt lettered on the spine and decorated in blind on the covers, expertly and sympathetically rebacked retaining the original spine. xli, 648, 24 ads. A very good copy with the inevitable age mellowing. AN IMPORTANT BURTON FIRST EDITION and a seminal work of Africana recording Burton's first expedition into Somalia. His purpose was to explore the forbidden Moslem city of Harar, "a city whose walls no European had ever penetrated," as well as to gather information about the headwaters of the Nile. He travelled in the same disguise that took him to Mecca, as Haji Mirza Abdullah, an Arab merchant. It was on this expedition that Burton was first joined by John Speke, at the suggestion of James Outram. Speke originally abetted Burton's plans in Somalia, but differences quickly arose between the two, and Speke over the years became Burton's great nemesis, taking credit for discovering the Nile and deprecating Burton's efforts in every sphere. On this journey, despite the success of the primary objective, Lieut. Stroyan died and Burton received the famous spear wound to his face during an attack by Somalis while encamped on the beach at Berberah. Burton’s intellectual influence is far-reaching. His amazing grasp of languages and culture anticipates the globalism of the future. His geographical discoveries not only make him an interesting historical figure but also allowed for future exploration. The detail with which he wrote and his willingness to examine intimate aspects of daily life were precursors to modern ethnography. And his understanding and willingness to immerse himself in cultures that are still little understood by those in Western nation-states is enlightening on many levels. He was the first European to enter Mecca, first to explore Somaliland, and first to discover the great lakes of Central Africa. A prolific writer, he published 43 volumes on exploration and travel, two volumes of poetry, over a hundred articles and 143 pages of autobiography. He translated sixteen volumes of The Arabian Nights, six volumes of Portuguese literature, two volumes of Latin poetry, and four volumes of folklore (Neapolitan, African and Hindu). His occupations included; soldier, writer, explorer, foreign emissary, translator and linguist, sword fighter, ethnographer and archaeologist.

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        First Footsteps in East Africa; or, an Exploration of Harar.

      London: Longman Brown Green and Longmans 1856 - First edition, 8vo, xl, (ii), 648, 24 advertisement pp. 4 fine coloured lithographs and 2 maps, the plates with some mostly marginal soiling, original endpapers with advertisements bound in. Modern red half morocco, black spine label. A famous account of Burton’s journey to Harrar in Somalia, disguised as an Arab merchant. Lacking Appendix IV as is common, which due to its discussion of female circumcision was omitted during the print run. Penzer pp. 60-63.

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