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        Parker's Sectional & Geological Map of Iowa exhibiting her iron, lead, copper, coal and other geological resources and all rail roads completed in progress and projected. Compiled from the U.S. surveys and other official records

      New York: J. H. Colton & Co.; Chicago: Kenn & Lee, 1856. Engraved folding pocket map, full contemporary hand-colouring, printed on two sheets joined, ornamental border. Inset map titled "Map Showing the Connections between Iowa and Eastern Rail Roads." Table of railroads, advertisements for land agents. Folds into publisher's red cloth covers, covers decoratively stamped in blind, upper cover titled in gilt, advertisement for Mendenhall's Map Establishment on the front pastedown. 33 x 46 1/2 inches. Parker's famed pocket map of Iowa, here in exceptional condition. This very large folding map was commissioned by Nathan H. Parker and published by J.H. Colton. Parker was a partner in the Clinton Iowa firm of Parker, Dole & Co. They were bankers and land agents in Iowa during its initial period of settlement following its admission as a state. The map was issued as an inducement to settlement and investment in the region. Much detail is shown, including the towns, roads, railroads, and rivers, but also areas of mineral deposits. The map has very bright original hand colouring and a beautifully ornate decorative scrollwork border. Graff 3190; Eberstadt 121:172. Not in Phillips, A List of Maps of America or Rumsey.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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        Colton's Atlas Of America, Illustrating The Physical And Political Geography Of North And South America And The West India Islands

      New York/ Baltimore, 1856. Hardcover. Near Fine. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Folioin original publisher's binding of brown cloth over boards, with faux black morocco backstrip, title and attractive vignette on front cover in gold, somewhat worn, two gouges in front cover; original binder's label inside back cover; 63 map sheets; lithographs with original, wash hand coloring; lightly toned, else excellent. Table of ContentsClick picture for larger imageThe Rare First Edition of an Atlas of the AmericasBy an Important American PublisherAtlas/ Americana/ City Mapping. COLTON, G. W. [New York/ Baltimore, 1856]Colton's Atlas Of America, Illustrating The Physical And Political Geography Of North And South America And The West India Islands,.. Folioin original publisher's binding of brown cloth over boards, with faux black morocco backstrip, title and attractive vignette on front cover in gold, somewhat worn, two gouges in front cover; original binder's label inside back cover; 63 map sheets; lithographs with original, wash hand coloring; lightly toned, else excellent. $10,500The very rare, first edition of one G. W. Colton's two American atlases; this edition does not appear in auction or map catalogue records.One of the primary attractions of this atlas is its urban cartography. In addition to full-page, quite well detailed plans of the major cities of the day-Washington, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Baltimore-it also contains half-page or inset plans of smaller or younger cities. Among these are Chicago, San Francisco, St. Louis, New Orleans, Savannah, Charleston, Richmond, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Norfolk, Virginia. The atlas's state maps name individual counties within the states and differentiate them with hand color. The grid produced by the U. S. Ordnance Survey is shown in the areas where it applies. The maps are presented in the usual, attractive Colton style with borders of interlocking strapwork. The atlas also includes maps covering Canada, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.Another interesting feature of the atlas is an advertisement page at the end listing and describing the variety of cartographic products offered by the Colton firm. The wide assortment of product is impressive, and in an interesting note at the bottom, the company also offered to create customized maps for individual clients' specific needs.George Woolworth Colton published two different atlases under the title of Colton's American Atlas. The one offered here has the same contents as the first volume of his two-volume Atlas of the World, first published the year before in 1855. Colton's other American atlas was also first published in 1855 (Rumsey 147) but has different maps than the present one. Ristow suggests that Colton published the American atlas offered here just after the appearance of his world atlas, because the latter, a two-volume work, proved too costly for the market and thus was not selling well. Hence, re-issuing the first volume as a stand-alone work with a new title page was a resourceful way of resuscitating a faltering project. Colton's maneuver was apparently very successful, as evidenced by a second edition of the atlas in the following year, and as many as five more through 1869. To beef up this atlas, and perhaps to further distinguish it from his world atlas, Colton at some point added text consisting of statistical tables by one Richard Swainson Fisher, M.D. However, most though not all of the six copies of the 1856 first editions of the atlas cited in OCLC, like our copy, do not have the text. One can only conclude that Colton was in considerable haste to release copies of this atlas into the market and was content to supplement it later with the text. Our copy, in a period binding, was clearly issued without the text.Not in Phillips, Rumsey, Baskes; cf. Ristow, W. American Maps & Mapmakers, pp. 325-26.

      [Bookseller: Martayan Lan, Inc.]
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        GRAPHIC SCENES OF THE JAPAN EXPEDITION

      New York: GP Putnam & Company, 1856.. Twelve leaves letterpress text. Ten lithographic prints: one tinted portrait of Perry from a daguerreotype by P. Haas; nine views by Heine (two of them chromolithographed, seven printed in two colors on india paper mounted); all printed by Sarony & Co. Folio. Original wrappers bound into 20th-century three- quarter maroon morocco and paper boards, titled in gilt on spine. Near fine. 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, probably the best lithographers in the United States at that time. "As artistic productions, the pictures speak for themselves...none superior to them have been executed in the United States, and they have no cause to shun comparison with some of the best productions of Europe" - Introduction. Copies were produced tinted on regular paper, as in the present copy, and handcolored. The plates are numbered and titled as follow: [1) portrait of Perry] 2) "Macao from Penha Hill" 3) "Whampoa Pagoda" 4) "Old China Street, Canton" 5) "Kung-kwa at On- na, Lew-Chew" 6) "Mia or road side chapel at Yokuhama [sic]" 7) "Temple of Ben-teng in the harbor of Simoda" 8) "Street and bridge at Simoda" 9) "Temple of the Ha-tshu Man-ya-tshu-ro at Simoda" 10) "Grave yard at Simoda Dio Zenge" Bennett describes the plates as "many times finer than those in the regular account of the Perry expedition." His remarks on the work's great rarity are confirmed by its absence from both of Cordier's Japanese bibliographies. BENNETT, p.53. McGRATH 123.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        THE QUADRUPEDS OF NORTH AMERICA

      New York. 1856.. Three volumes. 383; 334; 348pp. including 155 colored plates. Original elaborately blindstamped morocco. Some wear and rubbing to spines expertly repaired. Internally clean. Very good. The second octavo edition of Audubon's ...QUADRUPEDS..., published two years after the completion of the first octavo edition. Its publication was managed entirely by Audubon's sons, Victor and John. The extant portions of the original manuscript suggest that the work was composed largely by the sons and John Bachman, John James Audubon being nearly senile by the time the work was written. As with the first octavo edition, the last part of this edition includes five plates not found in the folio edition. One of the most important American color plate books. SABIN 2368. WOOD, p.208. REESE, STAMPED WITH A NATIONAL CHARACTER 38 (ref). BENNETT, p.5 (ref).

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        THE RATCATCHER'S DAUGHTER [wrapper title]

      Boston: Published by Oliver Ditson, [1856].. 5pp. Folio. Lithographed front wrapper. Small holes along spine indicating removal from a larger bound volume. Four small edge tears archivally repaired. Trimmed close at the bottom, affecting the publication statement. Very good. Archivally matted, protected with mylar sheet. One of the earliest published works of Winslow Homer, produced when he was about twenty years old and a young apprentice at the Boston lithographic firm of J.H. Bufford. The illustration is an original design of Homer and shows the ratcatcher himself, clad as a rough and tumble Boston Irishman of the time, with a black eye and tattered clothing. He is surrounded by scenes of cats chasing rats down holes and into cages, donkeys pulling a carriage, a view of St. Paul's Cathedral, and a vignette of his unfortunate lovelorn daughter jumping to her death in a river. Homer inscribed his initials below one of the donkeys in surreptitious self- attribution. He produced several illustrations for sheet music at the time, as well as political illustrations and work for books, but "the sheet music covers provide a particularly fascinating documentation of Homer's progress as an artist during his apprenticeship" (Tatham). "The Ratcatcher's Daughter" was a British song of great popularity at the time, composed by the comic singer, Sam Cowell. A fine early illustration by one of the most noted of all 19th-century American artists. David Tatham, "Winslow Homer and The Ratcatcher's Apprentice" in THE COURIER (Syracuse University) 1967. GOODRICH 1.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        Autograph letter, Signed

      On a sheet of blue paper measuring 9 1/8 by 7 3/4 inches, matted and framed. This brief letter, written from the American Consulate in Liverpool, is dated 2 January, 1856, and is addressed to the Collector of Customs in New York. The content concerns a Certificate of Registry for a vessel, and Hawthorne had enclosed it with this note. There is an addendum in another hand which states that this document had been delivered to a customs official on 23 January. Letter shows folds from being in an envelope, else fine.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        Colton's Traveler and Tourist Guide-Book; Through the Western States and Territories; Accompanied By a Map

      New York: Colton, 1856. 100p. text, plus 36p. of list of geographical items for sale. There is tiny edge wear at top of spine but the rest of the cover is near fine with the front cover in gilt still very bright. Howes C-623. The only flaw on the interior is an 1" hole in the title page not extending to the text. The map in the back is in near fine condition with no tears and just a touch of browning and tiny wear along edges. The full title on the cover of the books is: Colton's Western & Tourist and Emigrant's Guide.. Cloth. Very Good. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall.

      [Bookseller: Alcuin Books, ABAA-ILAB]
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        THE PLAYS

      London: Printed for Longman and Co. et al, 1856. 222 x 140 mm (8 3/4 x 5 1/2"). Eight volumes. Printed from texts edited by George Steevens and Edmond Malone. VERY ATTRACTIVE BUTTERSCOTCH-COLORED POLISHED CALF, HANDSOMELY GILT, covers with border comprising double gilt fillet and stippled rule in blind, raised bands, spine compartments densely gilt with floral and botanical tools, each spine with a green and maroon titling label, marbled edges and endpapers. Frontispiece portrait of Shakespeare in Volume I after Chandos. Jaggard, p. 532. Rear board of first volume with a dozen small blots (from intentional but uninspired acid treatment?), very minor wear to joints, a handful of trivial marks to covers, but still A FINE SET, the very decorative bindings solid, bright, and without appreciable wear, and the text immaculate. The title page tells us that this edition is "accurately printed from the text of the corrected copies left by the late George Steevens and Edmond Malone with Mr. Malone's various readings," and it includes "a selection of explanatory and historical notes, from the most eminent commentators." Volume I contains prefaces by Pope and Johnson, a sketch of Shakespeare's life, Shakespeare's will, a preface and a history of the stage by Alexander Chalmers, a chronology of the plays, a glossary, and notes by various commentators, including Dr. Johnson. Steevens (1736-1800) had originally published his revision of Johnson's edition of Shakespeare in 1773 (which also incorporated the work done by Malone), the revision being praised by Lowndes as combining "the native powers of Dr. Johnson with the activity, sagacity, and antiquarian learning of George Steevens." The story of Steevens' efforts are legendary: John Bowyer Nichols tells us in a letter that "in the preparation of [the edition] for the printer, [Steevens] gave an instance of editorial activity and perseverance which is without example. To this work he devoted solely and exclusively of all other attentions a period of 18 months; and, during that time, he left his house every morning at one o'clock . . . . The nocturnal toil greatly accelerated the printing of the work; as, while the printers slept, the editor was awake: and thus, in less than 20 months, he completed his last splendid edition of Shakespeare, . . . an almost incredible labor, which proved the astonishing energy and persevering powers of his mind." The writer and editor Alexander Chalmers (1759-1834) was born in Aberdeen, was educated as a doctor, and became a journalist, working for a time as editor of the "Morning Herald." His edition of Steevens' Shakespeare first appeared in 1809. He also produced editions of the works of Beattie, Bolingbroke, Fielding, Gibbon, Johnson, Pope, and Warton, and, most famously, published "A General Biographical Dictionary" in 32 volumes from 1812-17. The lustrous contemporary bindings here are handsome enough to make us regret the fact that they are unsigned, but, in any case, they provide a very pleasing appearance on the shelf.

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        COLOURED ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE EGGS OF BRITISH BIRDS, with Descriptions of their Nests and Nidification, 2 Volumes, complete

      London: John Van Voorst, 1856, 3rd edition.. Faint foxing to the endpapers only, a few minor smudges on the boards, one small chip to a red morocco spine label, the text and plates are bright and clean and free from any foxing or browning; a near fine copy in a very attractive period binding.. Pp. xvi, 532, 145 full page hand-colored plates of eggs. Contemporary full polished calf, elaborately gilt-decorated on the front and rear boards and in compartments on the spine, red and black morocco title/author labels on spine, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, 8vo.

      [Bookseller: Natural History Books]
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        Coloured Illustrations of the Eggs of British Birds Volumes 1 and 2

      London: John Van Voorst, 1856. Third edition of this work on British birds eggs with descriptions of their nests and identdification. 532 pages over the two volumes in overall clean condition just some browning to first and last couple of pages in each volume, occasional small foxing spots and small marks. All 145 numbered coloured plates are present with a couple of extra plates with a star after the number. Bindings are sound but with a few small splits to endpapers at hinges, outer boards are worn on corners with small patches of boards showing through. Tops and bottoms of spines are more heavily worn with small losses and small split to top rear hige of volume one 1½ inches long. HEAVY BOOKS 1.9 Kg with strong packing EXTRA POSTAGE REQUIRED FOR OVERSEAS. Though not perfect a sound pair of volumes with splendid illustrations SEE IMAGE. DETAILED IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.. Third Edition. Boards. Good/No Jacket. 9 x 5¾ Inches. Hardcover.

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        MAP OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY MASSACHUSETTS

      Boston: Smith & Bumstead, 1856.. Wall map, 61 x 62 1/2 inches, with full period hand-color. Expertly repaired, backed with modern linen, trimmed in burgundy cloth, on contemporary rollers. Very good. A large, lovely, and brightly colored wall map of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, located just east of Boston and including Charlestown, Cambridge, Somerville, Lexington, and Concord. Middlesex County is one of the three oldest counties in Massachusetts, formed in 1643 and contemporaneous with Suffolk County (dominated by Boston) and Essex County (which includes Salem and Newburyport). The map includes a 12 1/2 x 20 1/2-inch inset of Charlestown, Somerville, and Cambridge, as well as business directories for those important cities. Another inset shows Lowell, with an accompanying business directory for that significant factory town. There are smaller insets of many of the other cities in the county, including Lexington, Concord, Reading, Framingham, Marlborough, Medford, and many more. Engraved vignettes along the upper border of the map show the elm in Cambridge under which George Washington took command of the Continental forces in 1775, the monuments at Lexington and Concord, the court house and town hall in Concord, the State Normal School in Framingham, and "Dr. Howe's Retreat for Nervous Invalids" in Pepperell. Another feature, an inset geological map of the county, is uncommon in these wall maps of the period. There is also a table of distances, and a statistical table giving information on population, agriculture, education, and religion in the county. The map was based on a "trigonometrical survey of the state, the details from original surveys" under the direction of Henry F. Walling, and the draughtsman was Thomas W. Baker. Walling was instrumental in producing several state and county wall maps of the Northeast. Rare and desirable. Not in Rumsey. PHILLIPS MAPS, p.429.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        Cours Familier de Litterature

      - Paris - On S'abonne Chez L'Auteur, 1856 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A copy of 'Cours Familier de Litterature en Entretien par Mois' by M. A. de Larmartine. Includes a frontispiece portrait of the author to the first volume. Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine (21 October 1790 28 February 1869) was a French writer, poet and politician who was instrumental in the foundation of the Second Republic. He worked for the French embassy in Italy from 1825 to 1828. In 1829, he was elected a member of the Acadmie franaise. He was elected a 'dput' in 1833, and was briefly in charge of the government during the turbulence of 1848. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 24 February 1848 to 11 May 1848. Due to his great age, Jacques-Charles Dupont de l'Eure, Chairman of the Provisional Government, effectively delegated many of his duties to Lamartine. He was then a member of the Executive Commission, the political body which served as France's joint Head of State. Lamartine ended his life in poverty, publishing monthly installments of the Cours familier de littrature to support himself. He died in Paris in 1869. He is considered to be the first French romantic poet (though Charles-Julien Lioult de Chnedoll was working on similar innovations at the same time), and was acknowledged by Paul Verlaine and the Symbolists as an important influence. 'Cours Familier de Litterature' was Lamartine's last published work before his death in 1869. Complete in twenty-eight volume. In French. Condition: In half calf bindingswith marbled boards. Externally, sound with slight rubbing and wear to the top and tail of the spine and marks to the boards. The front board to Volume I has been detached and the backstrip has come away from one of the joints. The front board tothe twenty-eight volume is working loose. Some of thespine labels to Volume I-IV are working loose. Internally, firmly bound, generally brightwith spotting throughout. Overall Condition: generally VERY GOOD..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        THE ENGLISH STRUWWELPETER or Pretty Stories and Funny Picturers for Little Children

      Leipsig, Friedrich Volckmar, and London at the Agency of the German Literary Society, circa 1856.. Ninth English edition circa 1856 after the 19th German edition, 245 x 200 mm, 9¾ x 7¾ inches, original buff (or cream?) card covers, wide decorative border on both covers, vignette on lower cover of 2 old people and 3 children, lettered on upper cover only. 24 pages of hand coloured illustrations in the design of the original edition: Peter's hair hangs down over his face (but no chamber pot). Recased long ago with 19th century dark roan reback, first 4 pages mounted on thin linen. Corners worn with 20 mm (¾ ") chips to surface paper, boards grubby along edges, few small water marks to boards, inner paper hinges cracked, endpapers spotted, large closed tear to front endpaper repaired with archival tape. Small piece cut from top margin of first page, inscription below it dated April 1856, minute wormhole to top corner of first 2 pages, margins slightly fingermarked throughout, occasional light margin soiling. A previous owner or his/her parent has tried to wash the blood which drips from Conrad's mutilated hand, resulting in a bit of a smear across the top of the page, smudging the tailor's trousers also. Still a decent bright copy of a very scarce early English edition. After about 1859 the illustrations were changed to show Struwwelpeter with a mop of wavy hair, as found in the reprints of today, none of it over his face. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton]
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        A Book of Nonsense

      [London: Thomas McLean,, 1856?]. Oblong format (135 × 212 mm), plates mounted on linen stubs. Contemporary calf, sides bordered with gilt and blind rules, spine gilt, marbled endpapers. Lithographic title and 72 lithographic plates by Lear. Rebacked with original spine laid down and red morocco label renewed to style, rubbed, one corner worn, occasional spotting, a very good copy. Second edition, extremely rare complete, indeed "virtually unfindable" according to Ray. Privately printed in a very small edition of between 250 and 500 copies, the second edition contains three illustrations not present in the trade edition, and which have never appeared since. The work which swept the limerick to popularity, Lear's famous Book of Nonsense was first published in 1846, with 73 lithographic limericks by Lear. "Lear made new lithographic stones for this second edition, which may be rarer than the first" (Ray). In the second edition the captions are altered and for the first time set out uniformly in the now familiar five-line form, emphasizing the AABBA rhyme scheme (they are mostly set in three lines in the first edition). The second edition has no printed title or imprint, only the first limerick "There was an Old Derry Down Derry" with the title incorporated in the illustration.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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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. 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 :: 300mm x 230mm (12" x 9") :: 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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        Lot of 15 Maps from Perry's Narrative of the Expedition of the American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan, Performed 1852, 53, 54

      Washington: AOP Nicholson, 1856. Lot of fifteen maps from Perry's classic record of his voyage to Japan. Maps include: 1) Chart of the World Showing the Track of the [Squadron]; 2) Chart of the Coast of China and Japan; 3) Map of the Japan Islands; 4) Western Shore of the Bay of Yedo [Tokyo]; 5) Gulf and Bay of Yedo [Tokyo]; 6) Simoda Harbor, Isle of Nippon; 7) Endermo Harbor, Island of Jesso; 8) Harbor of Hakodadi, Yenso in Japan; 9) Coffin Islands; 10) Shan Bay, Lew Chew [Okinawa]; 11) Lew Chew [Okinawa], Tubootch and Suco Harbors; 12) Island of Lew Chew [Okinawa]; 13) Harbor at Napha, Lew Chew (Okinawa); 14) Formosa, Kee Lung Harbor; 15) Lew Chew [Okinawa] Deep Bay. All maps are complete and folded as they were in the books. All have old tissue and archival tape repairs and reinforcement to fold splits on the reverse. I will consider selling individual maps from this lots. Bookseller . Map. Very Good.

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        THE U.S. NAVAL ASTRONOMICAL EXPEDITION TO THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE, DURING THE YEARS 1849- '50-'51-'52

      Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1856.. Four volumes (all published), consisting of volumes 1, 2, 3, and 6. xiii,[3],556pp. plus three maps and eleven plates; ix,[3],300pp. plus two maps and thirty-five plates of natural history subjects and Indian artifacts (many colored); cclxxxviii,492pp. plus one plate; xlviii,420pp. Quarto. First and second volumes in contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards, morocco labels, gilt. Third and sixth volumes in original gilt pictorial, blindstamped cloth, spine gilt. Bindings generally rubbed and edgeworn, corners bumped. Small library stamp on titlepage of sixth volume. Save for an intermittent tideline in first volume (not affecting plate images), internally very clean, with bright, fresh plates. A very good set. The first volume bears a presentation inscription on the titlepage: "W. Jeffries Wyman with compliments of the author." A full set of this landmark expedition, including the two seldom found volumes of astronomical observations and experiments. The fourth and fifth volumes were never published, and the last two volumes are very scarce. The first volume comprises a detailed account of Chile, covering geography, resources, history, and political situation, and a narrative of the expedition's travels in the country. The second volume contains a variety of reports, mostly on natural history subjects, as well as an account of Archibald MacRae's journey across the Andes and pampas of the Argentine Provinces, including a map of part of the Argentine Republic. The bird plates that illustrate John Cassin's report on birds in the second volume are beautifully colored. The appendices are on zoology, mammals (by Spencer Baird), birds (by John Cassin), reptiles, fishes, plants, and paleontology. The third volume records thousands of astronomic observations in tabular format, conducted at various places, including the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.; in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and in Santiago, Chile. The fourth volume (Volume 6) contains more astronomic observations and experiments, mostly from Chile, but also from other observatories around the world. The first volume includes a remarkable folding panoramic view of the city of Santiago, from the summit of Santa Lucia. "This expedition to South America, led by James Melville Gilliss (1811-65), was the third American Naval Scientific expedition; the first was that of Charles Wilkes to the Pacific and the second that of William Francis Lynch to the Holy Land. These scientific expeditions were notable successes and their published products are much appreciated. This expedition went overland to Panama City and then via the South Pacific to Callao, Valparaiso, and Santiago. A subsidiary expedition was sent to explore northern Chile as far as La Paz, Bolivia" - Hill. HILL 707. SABIN 27419. McGRATH, pp.95, 117.

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        AUTOGRAPH LETTER Signed [ALs]. [accompanied by] STEEL PLATE ENGRAVING Of DICKENS [accompanied by] PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE Of GADSHILL

      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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        The Chess Player's Chronicle

      London -R. Hastings, 1856 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A scarce copy of volume VI of the first English-language magazine devoted exclusively to chess. With numerous diagrams throughout. The Chess Player's Chronicle became the first successful English-language chess magazine. In 1840 or 1841 Staunton bought the fortnightly magazine The British Miscellany and Chess Player's Chronicle. In 1841 it became the Chess Player's Chronicle. In 1843, the Chess Player's Chronicle became a shilling monthly magazine. Staunton was the owner and editor of the magazine until the early 1850s, when he sold it to R. B. Brien. O'Brien became editor of the magazine, but was unable to continue its success and discontinued it in 1856 because of financial losses and his own illness. It reappeared in 1859 under the editorship of Ignatz Kolisch, Zytogorski, and Josef Kling, but survived only until July 1862. Pagination starts at page 33. Bookseller's label of T. F. and E. Wood to front pastedown. Condition: In a half-calf binding. Externally sound, though with some rubbing and wear to the head and tail of the spine. Both joints starting and tender. Internally, firmly bound. Pages have some handling marks and patches of foxing. Overall: GOOD ONLY..

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        Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan, Performed in the years 1852, 1853, and 1854, Under the Command of Commodore M. C. Perry...Compiled from the Original Notes and Journals of Commodore Perry and His Officers

      New York.: D. Appleton and Company.. 1856.. Black and white engraved plates (steel and wood engravings) and in-text illustrations, 11 folding maps, vii+624pp, index, errata slip bound in, 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches, decorative gilt embossed cloth covered boards (hardbound). Rejointed and rebacked with original decorative gilt spine label attached; hinges strengthened. Extremities lightly rubbed and soiled; foxing to frontispiece, occasional faint foxed spots to interior, plate opposite page 312 and that page stained (apparently a liquid was spilt over them, but it affects only these two pages and some light and small areas of stain to the fore edge), some faint offsetting, overall good, clean condition. A fascinating collection of images and historical information on the Empire of Japan and adjacent countries at the time of Japan's opening to the West. Amongst the folding maps are a map of Taiwan, and maps of Hakodate and Shimoda harbors. Introductory sections briefly cover "Name, Extent, and Geography", "Origin of the Japanese People", "Government", "Religion", "Natural Productions", etc. Chapters cover "Probabilities of a successful mission from the United States to Japan", "Voyage from the Capes of the Chesapeake to Madeira", "Mauritius, its Discovery", "Singapore", "Arrival at Hong Kong", "Hospitable treatment in Macao", "exploration of Lew Chew", "Visits on the Shore of Japan", "Simoda Temples and Shrines", "Prospects for Christianity", etc. In the introduction, Commodore M.C. Perry states that the work was compiled by "a disinterested third party, who might weave the various materials into a connected narrative of all the important events, uninfluenced by that partiality for his own words or acts..." The folding maps (all in very good condition) are as follows: Chart showing the track of the flagships of the U.S. Japan Expedition to the East.d of the Cape of Good Hope 1853 & 1854; Chart of the Harbor of Napha Lew Chew Is.; Island of Great Lew Chew; Great Lew Chew and its Dependencies; Chart of the Bonin Group of Islands; Map of the Japan Islands; Bay of Yedo; Shimoda Harbor; Chart of the Kuro Siwo or Japan Stream of the Pacific; Hakodadi Harbor; The Island of Formosa. The steel engravings include a sumo match at Yokohama. This is the one volume edition of this momentous expedition, including all included in the narrative section (Volume I) of the original 3 volume edition. .

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        L'Ancien Régime et la Revolution.

      Paris, Michel Lévy Frères, 1856. 8vo. Contemporary half calf with a bit of wear to spine and to hinges. Ffront inner hinge a bit weak. Very minor accasional brownspotting. A very light marginal dampstaining to first and last leaves. Otherwise internally nice and clean. Bookplate to inside of front board ("Escourt Library"). XXI, (1), 456, (1, -errata) pp.. First edition of Tocqueville's highly influential and thorough study of the French Revolution - a work, which has done a great deal for the understanding of the Revolution, both in France and abroad. With its amazing exposition of the destiny of the French society, this work came to influence much later writing on the French Revolution and significantly affected a general view of, not the history of the French Revolution but, how the Revolution came about and how it should be understood. "The book I now publish is not a history of the French Revolution; that history has been written with too much success for me to attempt to write again. This volume is a study on the Revolution." (Avant-propos, p. VII)

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        Bonificamento del Bacino Inferiore del Volturno ossia esposizione dè provvedimenti legislativi adottati dal Real Governo e delle opere d?arte eseguite pel bonificamento delle Maremme, dal Capo Mondragone al Promontorio Miseno

      Napoli, dalla Stamperia Reale, 1856. In 4to; pp.399, LVI. Mezza pelle con angoli, dorso a cordoni con titolo e fregi in oro. Giacomo Savarese, 1808-1884, fu nominato nel 1854 da Ferdinando II Amministratore Generale delle Bonifiche. Opera assai rara.

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        PAROISSIEN ROMAIN. Contenant les offices de tous les Dimanches et des principales fêtes de l´année. En latin et en francais.

      Paris, Morizot, 1856. 668 pp. + b/w illustrations. Bound with beautifully carved front ivory spine and back on blue velvet. All edges blue with gilt stars. With one steelclasp.. Text in french. A wonderful bookbinding. Inner front hinge restored and rear loose. Measurement: 8x11,5 cm

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        The Law of Mortgage, As Applied to the Redemption, Foreclosure and Sale in Equity of Incumbered Property; With the Law of The Priority of Encumbrancers

      First edition of one of two pre-eminent 19th century treatises on the law of mortgage, undertaken by a Lincoln's Inn barrister and cited approvingly by Holdsworth, still in print (as "Fisher and Lightwood"), reaching a 13th edition in 2010. Original pebbled cloth, rubbed and somewhat marked and lightly strained, largely uncut, a few ink markings; a very good clean copy. Butterworths, 7, Fleet Street [etc.], London, 1856.

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        Diccionario Juridico-Commercial

      1856. Borges, Jose Ferreira [1786-1838]. Diccionario Juridico-Commercial. Porto: Typographia de S.J. Pereira, 1856. viii, 423 pp. Main text in parallel columns. Quarto (8-1/2" x 6"). Recent period-style quarter calf over original marbled boards, raised bands and gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed. Slight rubbing to boards with moderate edgewear. Some toning to text, faint dampstaining to head of text block, light foxing in places. Early owner signature to title page, interior otherwise clean. * Second and final edition. A highly regarded dictionary dealing with commercial law, commerce and political economy. According to the preface, it was intended to be a companion to the author's Codigo Commercial Portuguez (1836). It was originally published in 1839. Both editions of this dictionary are rare. OCLC locates 2 copies of the first in North American law libraries (Harvard, UC-Berkeley), 1 of the second (at the Library of Congress). Catalogo da Livraria de Azevedo-Samodaes 1204.

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        Pangeometrie, oder die auf einer allgemeinen und strengen Theorie der Parallelen gegründeten Hauptsätze der Geometrie.Berlin: Georg Reimer, 1858.

      First German edition of Lobachevskii's last publication on non-Euclidean geometry (first published in Kazan 1856).<br/><br/> The work was dictated by Lobachevskii, who was by then blind, in French, the previous year for the commemoration proceedings planned for February 1855, but publication was delayed by the Tsar over a disagreement over the date of the University's founding. In the meantime, the Russian version was prepared and published, more or less simultaneously with the French. This German edition is little known: it is not mentioned in Friedrich Engel's 'Zwei geometrische Abhandlungen' (1898) and Heinrich Liebmann claims in his own German translation (1902) that it is the first.<br/><br/> With the title <i>Pangeometrie</i> Lobachevskii emphasizes the universality of his 'imaginary geometry' and gives his most concise formulation of a geometry free of the parallel postulate. In this work Lobachevskii applies differential and integral calculus to non-Euclidean geometry and develops important refinements of his earlier works. "Numerous deductions, notably that of the fundamental equation of hyperbolic geometry, are given in other forms: until his last days, despite his precarious health, Lobachevskii sought to perfect the geometry he had constructed" (Kagan). The work ends with Lobachevskii discussing the geometry of nature and the necessity of experimentally determining if space is in fact non-Euclidean. <br/><br/> "In his early lectures on geometry, Lobachevskii himself attempted to prove the fifth postulate; his own geometry is derived from his later insight that a geometry in which all of Euclid's axioms except the fifth postulate hold true is not in itself contradictory. He called such a system imaginary geometry, proceeding from an analogy with imaginary numbers. If imaginary numbers are the most general numbers for which the laws of arithmetic of real numbers prove justifiable, then imaginary geometry is the most general geometrical system. It was Lobachevskii's merit to refute the uniqueness of Euclid's geometry and to consider it a special case of a more general system" (B.A. Rosenfeld in DSB).. 8vo (228 x 139 mm), in: 'Archiv für wissenschaftliche Kunde von Russland', Volume 17, no. 3, pp 397-456, the complete issue (pp [2:title] 341-498) offered here in the original green printed wrappers, uncut and unopened a very fine copy. Rare as the single issue in wrappers

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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.

      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.

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        Die Schweiz in Bildern.

      Quer-folio. (45) Bl., 8 S. Mit 1 gest. Titel, 45 Stahlstichtafeln und zahlr. gest. Textvignetten von Kaspar Ulrich Huber nach Johann Jakob Ulrich. Orig.-Lederband mit goldgeprägtem Deckeltitel und Blindprägung. Lonchamp 2432. - Barth 17316. - Wäber 84. - Erste Ausgabe. Schönes seltenes Ansichtenwerk "mit den Zeichnungen zu dem großen und heute noch beachtenswerten Ansichtenwerk wollte Ulrich dem Vertrieb minderwertiger Schweizeransichten entgegenwirken" (Brun III, 347 ff), gestochen von Kaspar Ulrich Huber (1825-1882) nach Johann Jakob Ulrich (1898-1877), der das Werk im eigenen Verlag publizierte, die Tafeln mit dessen Blindprägestempeln. Die ausfrührlichen Beschreibungen zu den Tafeln und der "ergänzende Anhang" vom Zürcher Redaktor und Journalist Johann Jakob Reithard (1805-1857). "Auch schrieb er als Freund der Natur und Kunst den Text zu dem vortrefflichen - gleichfalls nicht genug verbreiteten - Werke seines Freundes Ulrich: Bilder aus der Schweiz" (Pestalozzi, Ludwig: J.J. Reithard "Zürcher Taschenbuch" S. 47, Zürich, 1882). Enthält neben den Ansichten von Baden, Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Genf, Lausanne, Lugano, Luzern, Neuenburg, Solothurn und Zürich auch einige selten gezeigte Ansichten wie Mesocco, Klosters, Hausen, Teufen etc. - Durchgehend stockfleckig. Einband berieben und bestossen

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        Sepia-toned portrait photograph by Maull & Polyblank

      1856. No Dust Jacket. 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).

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        Fr. Magendie. Lecon d'ouverture du cours de medecine du College de France. Inscribed presentation copy

      Bailliere Bailliere, 1856. No Dust Jacket. Bernard, Claude (1813-73). Fr [ancois] Magendie. Le? d'ouverture du cours de m?cine du Coll? de France. . . . 8vo. [4] 36pp. Paris: Bailli?, 1856. 222 x 143 mm. Original printed wrappers. Light marginal dampstaining, but very good. Bernard's autograph presentation inscription on the front wrapper: "Monsieur le Docteur Amed?Latour, hommage de l'Auteur." First Edition. Bernard's longtime mentor Fran?s Magendie died in 1855, and Bernard, who had succeeded Magendie as professor of medicine at the Coll? de France, opened his winter series of lectures with the present obituary notice, which includes a bibliography of Magendie's publications. "What Bernard found to say in this lecture of the man of whom he speaks in the French manner as 'my master,' is testimony to his profound respect for the older man's intellectual distinction and the contribution he had made to physiology and medicine, especially through his sponsorship of the experimental method. . . . [Bernard] was especially proud to be numbered in the legacy of experimenters which Magendie had bequeathed to physiology. Before Magendie, Bernard said, the experimenters could be counted; after him, it was the physiologists who did not experiment who could be counted and who needed to justify their existence" (Olmsted & Olmsted, pp. 90-91). Bernard presented this copy to the French physician Amed?Latour (1805-82), editor-in-chief of L'Union m?cale and author of works on pathology and phthisis. Grmek, p. 315. Hirsch (for Latour). Scarce, with only five copies in North American libraries cited in NUC and OCLC (Yale, Columbia, NLM, Coll. Phys. Phila., & Mary Washington College in Virginia).

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        Sverige framstäldt i taflor.

      Nittiosex litografier i tontryck med beskrifvande text. Göteborg. D. F. Bonniers Förlag (1856). Tryckt hos Hedlund & Lindskog. Tvär folio. Titelblad, 96 litograferade planscher med beskrivande textblad. Textblad genomgående bruntonade eller brunfläckade på grund av papperskvaliteten, planscher något brunfläckade. Sölvitsborg, Götheborg, Borgholms slott, Götha Kanal vid Borenhult, Skokloster, Uppsala, Dannemora grufvor I. Waxholms fästning, Storbofallet i Jemtland mer markant. Senare halvskinnband i ljusbrun kalv, rygg med fyra upphöjda bind, nötta hörn och på bind. (j.O. Frimans bokbinderi Östersund). Exlibris C. Vilm. Jacobowsky. Tre små tidningsurklipp klistrade på främre pärms spegel. (auktionspriser på boken). 26 x 34,5 cm.. På Planschen Upsala domkyrka II interiör här rättad med överklistrad text. Angav ursprungligen felaktigt Stockholms Storkyrka (Parti af Interiör)

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        Rural Architecture: a Series of Designs for Ornamental Cottages and Villas; exemplified in plans, elevations, sections and Details. With Descriptions

      Glasgow, Edinburgh & London: Blackie and Son, 1856.. Second Edition. Folio Half green leather (worn) over matching buckram with gilt decoration to spine, 84 engraved plates showing detailed plans and elevations , 100pp. End papers split at front joint, some browning. Heavy book which will require extra shipping.

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