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        D'Albert's Album 1856.

      Chappell & Co. London. 1856. - Gift book, 14 x 10.25 inches, 131 pp. featuring music by Charles D'Albert and chromolithographic plates by John Brandard. Pebbled cover with gilt lettering; covers loose; corners bumped; spine cracked with substantial loss of covering. Text block remains tightly bound. Volume contains five chromolithographic plates after Brandard (with possible additional hand coloring) plus title page also by Brandard. The six exquisite plates were printed by M. & N. Hanhart. Volume contains music for eighteen compositions by D'Albert. Contents in good clean condition. The five large color plates in this volume represent illustrations used for cover art when D'Albert's compositions were published and sold individually. Space at the top and bottom of the chromo illustrations, left blank as published in the Album, would have been utilized in the sheet music's solo edition for printing the composition's title at top and, at bottom, publisher details. As preserved in the Album, the five chromolithographic plates (plus title) are in near mint condition. (The Presentation page is printed in monochrome and is unattributed.) D'Albert's music with Brandard's illustrations are quite scarce in Album format. The five plates illustrate musical compositions entitled Angelina; The Mountain Daisy; Geneva; The Queen of Gipsies; The Bacchante. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        TUNIS'S TOPOGRAPHICAL AND PICTORIAL GUIDE TO NIAGARA. Containing, also, a Description of the Route through Canada, and the Great Northern Route, from Niagara Falls to Montreal, Boston, and Saratoga Springs. Also, Full and Accurate Tables of Distances...

      Niagara Falls, NY: W. E. Tunis, 1856. [6], [9]-138, [2] pages of advertisement. Original blue cloth binding measuring 15.8 cm; minor to moderate shelfwear and soiling, remaining intact and attractive. The rear endpaper (blank) has been removed. Illustrated with 11 plates including a frontis of which 5 are fold-out and one is a railroad map, one large folding map, and numerous in-text vignettes. All of the folding plates, except for the large folding map, are enhanced by an early hand-colored wash. Copyright page states: J. & C.E. Felton, Stereotypers, Buffalo. The large folding map and several folding plates have been repaired or strengthened at the folds, with some loss to the large folding map; there are numerous mis-folds are subsequent creases, also, but for the most part they are now properly re-folded and in place. There are several small stains and soiling scattered throughout the text. Previous owner's name on the front endpaper: William B. Peggs Sen. Rome N.Y. 1857. Title continues "...on all Railroads running to and from Niagara Falls." Early edition.. Early edition. Hardcover. Very good- condition. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall.

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        Genealogia Cavriani. Illustrata da Giovanni Zucchetti in Occasione delle Auspicatissime Nozze del Nob. Massimiliano de` Marchesi Cavriani colla Nob. Contessa Isabella Lucchesi-Palli.

      Milano, P. Ripamonti Carpano, 1856. 4°. XIV + 51 + 2 S. Illustr. OPp. In ital. Sprache. Mit zwei Tafeln und einer gefalteten Stammbaumtafel, alles altkoloriert. Deckel mit eingesetzter Lithographie. - Tlw. stockfleckig, Stammbaum wasserrandig u. Rückseite fleckig (Vorderseite etw. feuchtigkeitsrandig), angestaubt, Gbrsp. Im ganzen gutes Exemplar. - `Sehr selten! Versand D: 7,00 EUR Genealogie

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        THREE LITTLE KITTENS.

      The first edition of this work was issued without a title-page. 3 leaves of music; 1 leaf of lyrics; text finishing on page 24. Eight full-page coloured illustrations in total. Original red ripple-grain pictorial cloth gilt. 4to. There are two issues of the first edition, neither of which were issued with a title-page. This copy is a first issue. See Quayle [6a]. Loosely laid in is an original watercolour by Ballantyne for one of the illustrations. Contemporary inscription [May 1857] on front free endpaper; few light marks; else an excellent copy of the rare first edition, first issue. The watercolour shows signs on the verso of being removed from an album. It was purchased together with other Ballantyne originals at a Bonhams auction in 2001..

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        Histoire de ma vie

      First 12-mo edition, published a year after the extremely rare first edition.Near contemporary half brown shagreen over marbled paper boards by Grandjean, spine in five compartments with blindruled fillets and double blindruled compartments with a gilt fleuron to centre, small tears to spine of volume 7, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, small insignificant tears to some corners and edges of some covers.A good copy with practically no spotting in a uniform binding by Grandjean.Michel Lévy frères Paris 1856 11x17,5cm 10 volumes reliés

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        Ryme de gentille et vertueuse dame D. Pernette du Guillet lyonnoise

      Edition carried out according to the first edition of 1545 with the additions of 1552, one of 125 copies on Holland paper, one draw after 2 vellum. Bound in full red morocco, back with five nerves decorated with golden tassels, gold wheels on the caps, boards hit their centers in a broad golden finial, guards and contreplats of handmade paper, frame with golden lace on contreplats, wrappers and back preserved and bound in, net gilded on the cuts, superb signed binding Hardy. Some foxing mainly affecting the guards. Beautiful and rare copy perfectly established. N. Scheuring Lyon 1856 11,5x20cm relié

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        Notice sur J.M. Audin auteur des histoires de Luther, de Calvin, de Léon X et de Henri VIII

      First edition, printed in a small number of copies.With a frontispiece portrait of J.M. Audin by A. Salmon. Slight spotting on the upper cover, small scattered foxing.Rare. Lib. de L. Maison Paris 1856 14x22,5cm broché

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        The Gardener's Shed; [together with] Hollyhocks. 275.

      George Baxter Patentee, 1856 - 2 works. Baxter prints. Size: 26.5 x 37.5 cm (10½ x 15 inches). Framed size: 44.5 x 57 cm. Very good condition. Pair of prints signed to the lower left. Baxter stamp and title beneath image. After paintings by V. Bartholomew. George Baxter Colour Printer His Life and Work. C.T Courtney Lewis. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        El Archivo Mexicano. Colección de leyes, decretos, circulares y otros documentos

      Imprenta Vicente G. Torres, México 1856 - It is about law, decrees, Mexican government. 5 volumes. ~ Tomo I: 828 + XXIII págs. F. E: 1856, Tomo II: 745 + XXVI págs. F. E: 1856, Tomo III: 1055 págs. F. E: 1857, Tomo IV: 420 págs. F. E: 1861, Tomo V: 889 págs. F. E: 1861. Huellas de uso en tapas y lomo. 5 volumen(es)/volume(s) varias páginas

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        Primer informe anual de la Junta Directiva del Ferro-Carril del Sur presentado a los accionistas de esta empresa. (Setiembre 16 de 1856.)

      Santiago de Chile, Imprenta del Ferrocarril, 1856. - Large 8°, disbound. Small wood engraving of the arms of the Republic of Chile on title page. Good to very good condition. Early manuscript foliation in ink. 31 pp., large folding map, large folding table, 7 pp. *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION. Report on progress of the Ferrocarril del Sur, established in 1855 to build a railroad from Santiago south to the Rio Maule. It includes deliberations on the exact course of the line, orders of railroad ties from Chile and other materials from abroad, choice of the location for the depot in Santiago, financial status of the company, and letters by administrators and engineers. The large folding map (82 x 32 cm.) shows the railroad's route from Santiago to Maipú, including stations, geographical features, and property owners' names.The folding table at the end is a form for bidding on very specific parts of the railroad construction, such as grubbing and clearing, embankments, and culvert and bridge construction of various materials. At the end, with separate caption title and pagination, is a 7-page @Ferrocarril del Sur. Acta del 12 de Setiembre de 1856 (not listed separately in Briseño), with several more letters from administrators and engineers.*** Briseño I, 263-4: calling for only 31 pp. Not located in CCPBE. Not located in Rebiun. Not located in Copac. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Lastrea dilatata glanulosa.

      London. Bradbury & Evans. 1855 - 1856. Nature-printed color plate, sheet 21 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches. Light foxing to outer edges, light foxing spot to right of image; still overall very good, bright condition. This beautiful folio-sized antique botanical print is Plate XIII from "The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland ..., Nature-Printed by Henry Bradbury" published in 1855-1856 "one of the finest pieces of nature-printing ever achieved...The plates were produced 'by passing the plant, under pressure, between a plate of soft lead from which an electrotype could be made' (Blunt). As a result the plates record the smallest details of flowers and the finest venations of leaves. Bradbury, whose father was of the publishing house Bradbury & Evans, studied at the Imperial Printing Office in Vienna." (de Belder catalogue #237). The mania for ferns (or "pteridomania") was one of several plant fixations of the Victorians, fueled by discoveries from abroad and a rapidly expanding middle class interested in plants and gardening; ferns were ideal indoor plants for the Victorian home and their graceful forms were much used in decorative art.

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        Unique Display of George Washington's Hair with Impeccable Provenance

      n.p., n.d.. .5" x .25". "Strands of George Washington's hair braided and housed in an ornate lamp-like image in a half-inch by quarter-inch gilt frame within a gilt-edged locket, a rectangular frame, 1"" x 1.25"". Monogrammed on verso.ProvenanceAutograph Document Signed ""Elizabeth Lee,"" 1 page, 4"" x 6.25"", lower left [blank[ rectangular corner cut off. In full, ""22d of February 1856. The Birth day of the Man from whose Head the Enclosed Hair was cut - 56 years ago - and sent to Mr R B Lee by his Widow. I know you will value it. Acept [sic] then my dear Sir with the love of Fannies Grand Mother. Have it set in such pin as you would like to were [sic, wear] - plain, unassuming as the taste and character of the great George Washington. Elizabeth Lee aged 88 years."" Addressed on verso ""To Major Reding (sic Reading).""Elizabeth Lee (1768-1858) was the wife of R.B. Lee (Richard Bland Lee). Their daughter Ann Matilda Lee (1790-1881) married Bailey Washington (1787-1854). Their daughter Fannie Washington (1831-1918) married Pierson Barton Reading (1816-1868) on March 12, 1856, three weeks after his wife Fannie's grandmother Elizabeth Lee presented Major Reading (pronounced red-ding, hence the misspelling) with George Washington's hair here offered. Major Reading served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican WarLight Horse Harry Lee (1756-1818) was a close personal friend of George Washington. Lucy Ludwell Lee (1734-1830), sister-in-law of Light Horse Harry, mother of Richard Bland Lee (1761-1827), and mother-in-law of Elizabeth Lee, cherished a locket containing a lock of George Washington's hair, which was given to her by Martha Washington (1731-1802); it’s on display at Sully Plantation, R.B. Lee's home. The hair here offered was given to Richard Bland Lee (Elizabeth Lee's husband) by Martha Washington.Ex-Leon H. Becker Memorabilia, Ltd., Robert Batchelder, Scott Winslow, and Guiness Book record holder for largest collection of historical hair, John Reznikoff."

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        Melanges religieux, historiques, politiques, et litteraires. + Dernieres melanges. Series 1 - 4 (22 Bände, komplett!)

      ca. 11500 S. Hardcover 22 Bände in 4 Reihen (veröffentlicht zwischen 1856 und 1909), in dieser vollständigen Form sehr seltenes Exemplar der "Melanges" von Louis Veuillot. Altersgemäß noch SEHR GUTER Zustand! Einheitliche private braune Halblederbände, leicht berieben und bestoßen. Innen sehr gepflegt - Seiten altersbedingt leicht gebräunt, Text sauber. Sprache: französisch. -- 22 vols. in 4 series (published between 1856 and 1909), rare complete copy of Louis Veuillot's "Melanges". Still in VERY GOOD condition. Books bound in coherent brown half leather book covers, slightly rubbed and bumped. Bindings tight, pages slightly browned, text clean. Language: French. mbx atx

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        Erstes mittelrheinisches Musikfest zu Darmstadt, Sonntag, 31. August und Montag, 1. September 1856.

      Darmstadt : Bekker 1856. 16 S. 22 cm, rosa OBrosch, Heft und Beileige in hervorragendem praktisch druckfrischem Zustand. AUSSERORDENTLICH SELTENER GELEGENHEITSDRUCK. mit beiliegendem Original-Programm für den 31.8. und 1.9. 1856. dieses mit Besitzerstempel des Prinzen Josef Clemens von Bayern. (*25. Mai 1902 - +8.1.1990) Versandkostenfreie Lieferung Ephemera Gelegenheitsdrucke Musik

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        Hand-Atlas der Erde und des Himmels in siebzig Blättern.

      Weimar, Geographisches Institut, [1856?]. - 57 x 38 cm, 70 Kartenblätter, gestochen u. größtenteils handkoloriert Einband stark berieben u.bestoßen, Blätter auf d. unbedruckten Seite tlws. angeschmutzt, Karten vollständig, Bindung fest. Gut erhalten. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 4000 Gr.-Fol., Halbleder, marmorierter Einbanddeckel, nachgebunden [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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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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        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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        Ryme de gentille et vertueuse dame D. Pernette du Guillet lyonnoise

      N. Scheuring 1856 - - N. Scheuring, Lyon 1856, 11,5x20cm, relié. - Edition réalisée d'après l'édition originale de 1545, possédant les additions de 1552, un des 125 exemplaires sur Hollande, seul tirage après 2 vélin. Reliure en plein maroquin rouge, dos à cinq nerfs orné de glands dorés, roulettes dorées sur les coiffes, plats frappés en leurs centres d'un large fleuron doré, gardes et contreplats de papier à la cuve, encadrement d'une dentelle dorée sur les contreplats, couvertures et dos conservés, filet doré sur les coupes, superbe reliure signée de Hardy. Quelques rousseurs affectant principalement les gardes. Bel et rare exemplaire parfaitement établi. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] Edition carried out according to the first edition of 1545 with the additions of 1552, one of 125 copies on Holland paper, one draw after 2 vellum. Bound in full red morocco, back with five nerves decorated with golden tassels, gold wheels on the caps, boards hit their centers in a broad golden finial, guards and contreplats of handmade paper, frame with golden lace on contreplats, wrappers and back preserved and bound in, net gilded on the cuts, superb signed binding Hardy. Some foxing mainly affecting the guards. Beautiful and rare copy perfectly established. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        La Légende du Juif errant, compositions et dessins par Gustave Doré, gravé par F. Rouger, O. Jahyer et J. Gauchard imprimé par J. Best. Poëme avec prologue et épilogue par Pierre Dupont. Préface et notice par Paul Lacroix, avec la ballade de Béranger misé en musique par Ernst Doré (brother of Gustave)

      Paris: Michel Lévy frères, 1856. First Edition. 12 plates on wood after the designs of Gustave Doré. 1 vols. Folio. Quarter publisher's black morocco and pebbled cloth, small loss at bottom of spine. Doré, Gustave. First Edition. 12 plates on wood after the designs of Gustave Doré. 1 vols. Folio. "Le chef-d'oeuvre de Doré dans le genre fantastique....et puis le format est formdable!" Beraldi. Renonciat p. 92; Leblanc, 217

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        La Légende du Juif errant, compositions et dessins par Gustave Doré, gravé par F. Rouger, O. Jahyer et J. Gauchard imprimé par J. Best. Poëme avec prologue et épilogue par Pierre Dupont. Préface et notice par Paul Lacroix, avec la ballade de Béranger misé en musique par Ernst Doré (brother of Gustave)

      Paris: Michel Lévy frères, 1856. First Edition. 12 plates on wood after the designs of Gustave Doré. 1 vols. Folio. Quarter publisher's black morocco and pebbled cloth, small loss at bottom of spine. Doré, Gustave. First Edition. 12 plates on wood after the designs of Gustave Doré. 1 vols. Folio. "Le chef-d'oeuvre de Doré dans le genre fantastique....et puis le format est formdable!" Beraldi. Renonciat p. 92; Leblanc, 217

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        Childhood and Adolescence].

      Prats Skt. Peterburg 1856 - Octavo (20 x 12.9 cm). Title, half-title, 306, [2] pp.; title a bit browned with light stain to fore-edge of early ff., a couple of other minor marks, upper fore-corner of early ff. slightly creased, small repair to index. Contemporary plain wrappers; some minor marking and browning. Kept in modern cloth solander box. Fresh example with uncut margins of the rare first edition of Tolstoy's first significant novel, which immediately contributed to his popularity. Pushkin's periodical Sovremennik [The Contemporary] published first Tolstoy's work in issues from 1852 onwards, but the author was not pleased with the editorial corrections introduced to his novel by the writer and poet and head of the periodical Nekrasov. Especially upsetting the writer found the change of the original title to "??????? ????? ???????" [History of my Childhood], which he claimed had distorted the whole idea behind the work. "? ???????? ?????? ???, ??? ???? ??????????? ?????????? ? ????? ???????? ???? ????? ???????? ? ?????????? ?????????? ?? ??????? ??????? ????? ???????, ??????? ?? ?????????????? ??????????? ?? ???, ? ???????????? ?????????? ????? ????????» [The only thing that comforts me is that I have a possibility to publish the complete novel under my name and completely reject "The History of My Childhood", the authorship of which rightly belongs not to me but to an unknown employee of your periodical], wrote Tolstoy to Nekrasov. The present first edition in book form is therefore closer to Tolstoy's thought, and the novel was praised by the public as well as Russian novelists. Ivan Turgenev heralded the young Tolstoy as a major up-and-coming figure in Russian literature. He wrote to Tolstoy from Paris in January 1857: "Your "Childhood and Adolescence" makes furor among local Russian ladies; everybody is trying to get hold of the copy you sent me to read it . They are demanding your autographs from me, - in other words you are really in fashion – even more than crinoline " (from I.S. Turgenev, Complete works and letters in 28 vols, 1960—1968, v. 3, pp. 75 - 77). It's early that year 1857 that Tolstoy will publish separately the novel Youth, the follow-up novel to Childhood and Adolescence. There is an ongoing debate about which of the Tolstoy's books should be considered the first published. A censorship permit allowing the publication of the present work was granted only 17 days after the one for «??????? ????????» [Military Stories]; both works were subsequently published the same year, 1856, and both are referred to as a first published book in different sources. It is worth mentioning that the present work was begun in the autumn 1851 (and already published in parts by The Contemporary in 1852) while the first military story was achieved only in December 1852. As its title indicates, Military Stories is a collection of short stories, whereas Childhood and Adolescence was built by Tolstoy as a novel in parts, based on personal memories but experimenting with an expressionistic style to raise an emotional response from the reader. Kilgour 1192; Victor Terras, A History of Russian Literature, p. 354. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        A tous les peuples du Monde L'Unitéide ou la Femme-Messie Poème universel en douze chants et en soixante actes, avec choeurs, (chaque chant forme cinq actes), par Paulin Gagne, avocat, homme de lettres, auteur du Suicide, poème, de la Monopanglotte ou Langue universelle, ..., précédé d'un prologue et suivi d'un épilogue par Mme Gagne (Elise Moreau de Rus), ...

      Montélimar, Chez tous les libraires de France et de l'étranger (imp. Bourron)], 1856-1858, in 8°, de 726pp., frontispice et 2 lithos. h.t., percal. verte éditeur, titre au dos, encadrement à froid sur les plats, qq. très rares rousseurs. Bon exemplaire. Edition originale rarissime de "L'oeuvre monumentale et capitale de Gagne... L'idée principale de cette Babel poétique est que l'humanité, détournée de ses voies par Satan, a besoin d'une nouvelle régénération, qui se fera par l'avènement de la Femme-Messie..." (Brugal). Notons que les néologismes abondent: la panarchie, l'ane-archide, l'auri-théocratie, la rathiothéie, la théophobie, la bestialorgie, etc... Cet ancien conseiller municipal ne se remit pas de ses expériences de tables tournantes; interné à l'asile de Picpus puis libéré, il devint alors rimailleur en tous genres et "candidat universel perpétuel, surnaturel et inamovible" à toutes les élections, puis en 1870 il se déclara "Archi-Monarque" et qualifia la République de "Rage-publique". Peu après la "laborieuse gestation de l'Unitéide (25000 vers), Gagne, définitivement fou, devra être interné à la Maison de Santé de Picpus" (Brugal). ¶ Simon Brugal, Paulin Gagne, in Bizarre, Hétéroclites et fous littéraires, avril 1956, p. 92 à 100. - Blavier fous littéraires pp.687 à 713 - Brunet, fous litt., pp. 80 à 83 - Caillet n°4296: "singulier ouvrage d'un aliéné ... les lithographies sont aussi curieuses que le texte..."

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        Mémoire sur le pancréas et sur le role du suc pancréatique dans les phénomènes digestifs, particulièrement dans la digestion des matières grasses neutres

      Paris: Mallet-Bachelier, 1856. 1st Edition. Soft cover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. In: Supplemént aux comptes rendus hebdomaires des séances de l'Académie des sciences. Vol. 1. Paris, Mallet-Bachelier, 1856. 4to (28x22,5 cm), pp. 379-563, 5 folding stipple-engraved and aquatint plates by Borromee after Bernard, Lackerbauer and Leveille, 3 hand-colored. Whole volume contains 28 (26 colored, 5 folded) engraved plates, [3], 563 pp. Uncut, original publishers boards and printed label, bookblock broken at page 376, some foxing, pages 369-376 torn at inner margin. ---Grolier, One Hundred Books Famous in Medicine, 67B; Garrison-M. 1001.1; see Norman 203 and Waller 964 (offprints). - First edition and first appearance of Bernard's seminal work on the role of the pancreas. "In 1846 Bernard began studying the pancreatic juices and their role in digestion ... By observing the processes of digestion in dogs and rabbits, and by experimentation with pure pancreatic juices collected from temporary pancreatic fistulae, Bernard was able to show that pancreatic juices made fats absorbable by breaking them down into fatty acids and glycerine" (Grolier Medicine). The present work represents the final and most complete statement of Bernard's discoveries concerning the pancreas. It was published in Volume I of the supplement to Comptes rendus hebdomadaires des seances de l'Academie des Sciences, and also in a small separate issue. The journal volume also contains "Mémoire sur quelques points de la physiologie des algues" by A. Derbès u. A. J. J. Solier with 23 tinted tables as well as "Mémoire sur le calcul des pertubations qu'éprouvent les cometes" by Hansen. Very Good.

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        Autograph letter signed ("L. Pasteur"), in French, Lille, 18 July, 1856, to Charles Alexandre Drion.

      A fascinating letter with significant scientific content, providing material for an article in the French newspaper La Revue. Pasteur begins by providing Drion with a curriculum vitae up to the end of 1854: - Louis Pasteur was born in Dole (Jura) on the 27th of December1822 - Commenced studies at the University on the 27th of December 1840 and served as teaching assistant at the Royal High School of Besançon - Attended the prestigious school for higher education in Paris École Normale Supérieure from 1843-1846 - Became an Associate Professor of Physical Science in September 1846 - On the 1st of October 1846, appointed Tutor in Chemistry at the Ecole Normale Supérieure - Earned an PhD in Physical Science on 23rd August 1847 - Appointed Professor of Physics at the High School of Dijon on 16th September 1848 - Made responsible for the chemistry courses at the Faculty of Sciences of Strasbourg on the 29th of December 1848. - Appointed Professor of Chemistry on the 9th of November 1852 - Appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science of Lille on the 9th of December 1854. - Appointed Knight of the Legion of Honour on the 12th of August 1853. Next, Drion is given a summary of Pasteur's method of working: Discoveries in molecular chemistry led to the most favourable academic reports. What distinguishes the work from the results is the scientist's method. He debated the difficult problems of the molecular constitution of natural organic products by taking the chemical studies of the resources of physics and crystallography into consideration. Pasteur then summarizes his work on asymmetry and optical activity, which was his principal area of research in the period 1847-57: All objects are grouped into two large categories depending on their shape. The objects in the first category have a shape that is stackable. The objects in the second category are not stackable. They do not fit each other, just like a glove for the right hand is not suitable for the left hand. However, Mr Pasteur has recognised that the shape of all the natural substances, meaning those which have been developed under the influence of plant life, are asymmetrical like a hand or a spiral staircase. According to scientific research, asymmetry certainly occurs. The elementary atoms form groups within the individual molecule, but this asymmetry of organic individuals is not a necessary condition of the existence of the molecule. You can make it disappear or turn it into the opposite of what it is, almost as if the steps of a spiral staircase were replaced by a straight staircase or one in the opposite direction. One of the most important discoveries in Mr Pasteur's research is the discovery of the remarkable relations that exist between the phenomenon of the rotatory polarisation and the asymmetric constitution of the organic molecules. "In Pasteur's early work as a chemist, beginning at the École Normale Supérieure, and continuing at Strasbourg and Lille, he examined the chemical, optical and crystallographic properties of a group of compounds known as tartrates. He resolved a problem concerning the nature of tartaric acid (1848). A solution of this compound derived from living things (specifically, wine lees) rotated the plane of polarization of light passing through it. The mystery was that tartaric acid derived by chemical synthesis had no such effect, even though its chemical reactions were identical and its elemental composition was the same. Pasteur was able to show not only that optical activity related to the shape of the crystals, but also that an asymmetric internal arrangement of the molecules of the compound was responsible for twisting the light. The (2R,3R)- and (2S,3S)- tartrates were isometric, non-superposable mirror images of each other. This was the first time anyone had demonstrated molecular chirality, and also the first explanation of isomerism" (Wikipedia). "Pasteur rose to the status of a national hero during his lifetime. However, perhaps surprisingly, Geison, a historian who has made a detailed study of Pasteur's life and work, is able to state: 'His contributions to basic science were extensive and very significant, but less revolutionary than his reputation suggests. Pasteur's most profound and most original contributions to science [i.e. these are the ones in the field of molecular chirality and crystallography] are also the least famous, and they came at the very outset of his career.' Bernal, a crystallographer, concurs ' . . . his first and in some ways his greatest scientific discovery'" (Flack, p. 371). Charles Alexandre Drion (1827-63) was educated at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, graduating in 1847. From 1854 to 1859 he was Professeur de Physique at the Lycée de Versailles. He earned his doctorate in 1859 with a thesis entitled 'Recherches sur la dilatabilité des liquides volatils.' The following year he was appointed Chargé de Cours at the University of Besançon, rising to professor in 1862. Flack, 'Louis Pasteur's discovery of molecular chirality and spontaneous resolution in 1848, together with a complete review of his crystallographic and chemical work,' Acta Crystallographica A65 (2009), 371-89. One leaf (209 x 268 mm) vertical folded, just over 2½ pages of writting. Very well preserved. Full transcription and English translation of the letter is included.

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        D'Albert's Album 1856.

      London. Chappell & Co. 1856. Gift book, 14 x 10.25 inches, 131 pp. featuring music by Charles D'Albert and chromolithographic plates by John Brandard. Pebbled cover with gilt lettering; covers loose; corners bumped; spine cracked with substantial loss of covering. Text block remains tightly bound. Volume contains five chromolithographic plates after Brandard (with possible additional hand coloring) plus title page also by Brandard. The six exquisite plates were printed by M. & N. Hanhart. Volume contains music for eighteen compositions by D'Albert. Contents in good clean condition. The five large color plates in this volume represent illustrations used for cover art when D'Albert's compositions were published and sold individually. Space at the top and bottom of the chromo illustrations, left blank as published in the Album, would have been utilized in the sheet music's solo edition for printing the composition's title at top and, at bottom, publisher details. As preserved in the Album, the five chromolithographic plates (plus title) are in near mint condition. (The Presentation page is printed in monochrome and is unattributed.) D'Albert's music with Brandard's illustrations are quite scarce in Album format. The five plates illustrate musical compositions entitled Angelina; The Mountain Daisy; Geneva; The Queen of Gipsies; The Bacchante.

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        The Plays. Accurately printed from the Text of the Corrected Copies left by the late George Steevens and Edmond Malone, with Mr. Malone's various Readings. A selection of Explanatory and Historical Notes, from the most eminent Commentators. A History of the Stage, and a Life of Shakespeare, by Alexander Chalmers. The works include: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, King Lear, Antony & Cleopatra , The Merchant of Venice, etc.

      London: Printed for Longman and Co., Rivington, ... 1856. 8 volumes, 8vo. Contemporary full tan calf boards with gilt rule, later respined in light calf with twin, red and maroon title labels, and gilt tooling to spines; marbled end papers and edges. Portrait frontispiece of Shakespeare to volume I. Corners rubbed; a little marking to boards; extremities rubbed. A handsome, sound set.

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        Autograph letter signed ("L. Pasteur"), in French, Lille, 25 December, 1856, to Charles Alexandre Drion.

      An important letter (in fact, two letters in one), with significant scientific content. Pasteur begins: Mr Guiraudet has given me your letter. I think you will benefit well from the following method: saturate - or oversaturate - the acid residues diluted by secrete of lime. The liquor will remain clear. Bring it to the boil and it will precipitate a neutral malate of grainy and crystalline lime. If there are more organic acids that are insoluble in lime salt, perhaps they will precipitate at the time of saturation before boiling. Examine if there is a way to cause them to separate. What is the validity of this method? I have neglected that. It would be easy to find out by dissolving malic acid or a malate alkaline in a large amount of nitric acid and then proceed as above. Pasteur is here drawing upon his knowledge of malic acid and its salts (malates) which played an important role in his studies of isomerism and optical activity in certain molecules, which was his principal area of research activity from 1847 to 1857 (see below). In the second part of the letter, Pasteur responds to an apparently different question from Drion, but also relating to isomers: The fact that you point out the production of glycolic acid in the preparation of nitrous ether is interesting. Note that in fact we have this formula: C4H5OA2O3 = C4H5A2O4 = C4H4A2O41HO Nitrous etherglycineasparagine Perhaps you might benefit from these findings. Moreover, you know that asparagine treated by nitrous acid produces malic acid and that glycine with nitrous acid produces benzoyl glycolic acid [sic] (which divides into benzoic acid and glycolic acid). So look for benzoic acid. By isomeric transformation, you should be able to turn nitrous ether into glycine etc. "In Pasteur's early work as a chemist, beginning at the École Normale Supérieure, and continuing at Strasbourg and Lille, he examined the chemical, optical and crystallographic properties of a group of compounds known as tartrates. He resolved a problem concerning the nature of tartaric acid (1848). A solution of this compound derived from living things (specifically, wine lees) rotated the plane of polarization of light passing through it. The mystery was that tartaric acid derived by chemical synthesis had no such effect, even though its chemical reactions were identical and its elemental composition was the same. Pasteur was able to show not only that optical activity related to the shape of the crystals, but also that an asymmetric internal arrangement of the molecules of the compound was responsible for twisting the light. The (2R,3R)- and (2S,3S)- tartrates were isometric, non-superposable mirror images of each other. This was the first time anyone had demonstrated molecular chirality, and also the first explanation of isomerism" (Wikipedia). "Pasteur rose to the status of a national hero during his lifetime. However, perhaps surprisingly, Geison, a historian who has made a detailed study of Pasteur's life and work, is able to state: 'His contributions to basic science were extensive and very significant, but less revolutionary than his reputation suggests. Pasteur's most profound and most original contributions to science [i.e. these are the ones in the field of molecular chirality and crystallography] are also the least famous, and they came at the very outset of his career.' Bernal, a crystallographer, concurs ' . . . his first and in some ways his greatest scientific discovery'" (Flack, p. 371). Charles Alexandre Drion (1827-63) was educated at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, graduating in 1847. From 1854 to 1859 he was Professeur de Physique at the Lycée de Versailles. He earned his doctorate in 1859 with a thesis entitled 'Recherches sur la dilatabilité des liquides volatils.' The following year he was appointed Chargé de Cours at the University of Besançon, rising to professor in 1862. Flack, 'Louis Pasteur's discovery of molecular chirality and spontaneous resolution in 1848, together with a complete review of his crystallographic and chemical work,' Acta Crystallographica A65 (2009), 371-89. One leaf (209 x 136 mm), just over 1½ pages of writting. Very well preserved. Full transcription and English translation of the letter is included.

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        Stello

      Lib. nouvelle. Seventh edition, first for some parts, as corrected and reviewed. Contemporary half black shagreen over black paper boards, spine in five compartments with slender bands and double blindruled compartments, marbled pastedowns and endpapers. Rare autograph inscription signed and dated by Alfred de Vigny to abbé Huc, who was one of the great missionaries to China and for whom Alfred de Vigny bore a great admiration: " témoignage de vénération et d'attachement / Alfred de Vigny [testimony of [my] veneration and attachment / Alfred de Vigny]."A little light foxing.% Lib. nouvelle Paris 1856 13x21,5cm relié

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        The Alphabet of Wild Flowers Addressed to Her Young Daughter. Illustrated by Lady Strange

      [no place] 1856. Oblong album. A superb museum-quality manuscript wild flower alphabet, with text by Louise Thomas of Eyhorne House, Hollingbourne, Kent, with calligraphy and illumination by Lady Strange. Contents feature a title page illuminated in gold, with indents, followed by fourteen leaves of manuscript illuminated with fine watercolours, elegant calligraphy and golf leaf decoration. Final leaf states 'Lady Strange fecit 1868', which would coincide with her daughter, Mary, coming of age. Bound in an ornate covers of dark green velvet with intricate gold brocade decoration to upper, red watered silk endpapers, contained in a green watered silk chemise and dark green slipcase. Internally fine, fragile binding worn at joints but holding, case and box rubbed to extremities. It would appear that Louise Thomas commissioned Lady Strange to execute these works for at least two of her daughters, one being held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The V and A example is dated to coincide with daughter Charlotte reaching adulthood.

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        Le Passe-temps, journal hebdomadaire, tête de collection du n°1 du 3 mai 1856 au n°611 du 20 février 1864

      Le Passe-Temps, Ernest Bazard. Originale.bindings Edition half black sheepskin, flat spines decorated with fillets stamped cold, cover pages of handmade paper, binders époque.Nombreuses the contributions of Alexandre Dumas (The Page of the Duke of Savoy and Memoirs a policeman), Emile de Nangis, Henry Kock, Paul de Kock, Jules Janin, Charles Maquet, Luc Chardall Frank Munzel, Elie Berthet, Louis Chazerain Leon Beyne, Adrien Robert, Victor Percival, A. Gondrecourt, E. Gonzales, E. Bazard Xavier Montépin Ms. Ancelot Beauvallet Leon E. Douzens Gustave Aimard, Marquis of Foudras Edward Devicque Louis Digy Philibert Audebrand Albert Blanquet, Mortonval Paul Duplessis.Ce newspaper will end 1893.Chaque number of features a beautiful woodcut on the front page and other text in. At the end of each issue we find the "contemporary slippers" which describes through the years almost all the personalities of the time. Tables of contents and index of manuscripts pasted on contreplats biographies of each rare volume.Très set of this popular newspaper in a remarkable state of preservation. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! Le Passe-Temps, Ernest Bazard Paris 1856-1864 22,5x32cm 8 volumes reliés

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        Dean's Sixpenny Cold. Picture English Struwwelpeters. FUNNILY PICTURED FOOLISH BOYS & GIRLS.

      7 leaves printed on one side only, the first and last pasted to the wrappers as issued; the first a blank Illustrated with 6 hand-coloured engravings. Original pictorial wrappers. 23.5 x 16.7 cm. Spine expertly repaired; else an excellent copy of a rare title, being part of a series of Struwwelpeter's published by Dean, all of which are rare. Not in Baumgartner.

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        Portrait of Sir Charles Augustus FitzRoy.

      London: Henry Graves, 1856. Mezzotint portrait, 510 x 795 mm., (plate size), framed. Large and impressive full-length portrait of Sir Charles Augustus FitzRoy, tenth Governor of New South Wales between 1846 and 1855. The aristocratic FitzRoy was also the half-brother of Robert FitzRoy, commander of the Beagle on which Charles Darwin served as naturalist.Charles Fitzroy was born in 1796 and received his first military commission at the age of sixteen. He fought at Waterloo and served in the colonial administration of the Cape Colony, South Africa, and elsewhere before his appointment as Governor of New South Wales in August of 1846. FitzRoy was renowned for his conciliatory temperament: he replaced the staunch and often unpopular Sir George Gipps who retired amidst massive public disagreement on land allocation to powerful squatters. FitzRoy appeased the squatters with the assistance of new Secretary of State, Earl Grey. He was later commended for maintaining law and justice during the massive upheavals in Australian society following the discovery of gold in 1851, and oversaw the end of convict transportation to Australia. He departed Australia in 1855, learning later in that year that his eldest son had lost his life in the Crimean War.This portrait is dated August 1856 and depicts Sir Charles FitzRoy in the full dress and regalia of a Colonial Governor, complete with the decorations earnt while an infantry officer earlier in his career. Some expert paper repairs, a little chipped at lower margin.

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        LJUBLJANA: LAIBACHER ZEITUNG. FEST-AUSGABE. BEI DER ALLERH CHSTEN ANWESENHEIT IHRER KAISERL K NIGL. APOST. MAJEST€TEN IN LAIBACH. AM. 19. NOVEMBER 1856

      Ljubljana: Ignaz von Kleinmayr Ð Wien: Reiffenstein 1856 - 1 text sheet printed from both sides and attached toned lithography (light foxing, small tears in margins, otherwise in a good condition), 43.5 x 30.5 cm. Extremely rare folding one sheet pamphlet issued at the time of a visit of the emperor Franz Joseph I to Ljubljana on Novemeber 19th 1856. The pamphlet was issued by a Ljubljana newspaper Laibacher Zeitung, founded by family Kleinmeyer and published between from 1778 to 1918. The attached lithography shows 9 views including Ljubljana, Tivoli, bridge by Borovnica, Kranj, Kamnik, BLed etc. The lithography was printed in Vienna by the Reiffenstein -Ršsch printing office and transported with an attached blank page to Ljubljana, where text was added. We could not trace any other examples of this rare pamphlet in any library worldwide.

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        First Footsteps in East Africa

      

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        Mémoires complets et authentiques sur le siècle de Louis XIV et la Régence, collationnés sur le manuscrit original par Chéruel et précédés d'une notice par Sainte-Beuve

      The standard edition, as established by Chéruel, with a steel-engraved portrait of the author by Colin after Fath, printed on chine collé paper. One of 100 large paper copies on Superfin paper.Contemporary half light brown morocco over marbled paper boards, spine in six compartments with gilt compartments and fleurons, gilt fillet to covers, top edge gilt. Some corners very slightly rubbed, otherwise a very good copy. From the collection of Henri Bordes (ex libris). Another ex libris from the Bibliotheca Brendanense. Spine of some volumes a little faded, but otherwise an attractive copy, very nicely bound. Light spotting. Hachette et Cie Paris 1856-1858 16x25cm 20 volumes reliés

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        Les contemplations

      Michel Lévy frères & Pagnerre. First Edition.Bound in half black sheepskin back adorned with garlands romantic irons bird and flowers, rubbing on covers, scattered spots, binding signed B. Dinnat.Fine copy in a lovely binding signed at the time. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! Michel Lévy frères & Pagnerre Paris 1856 2 tomes en 2 Vol. in-8 (14x22,5cm) relié

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        Premières poésies 1856-1858

      first edition.Binding to bradel full paper recalling the grid or cover of the book, back smooth, flat, as red morocco label, fragile preserved covers, gilded head, binding signed Thomas Boichot.Rare autograph signed Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam to the Marquis of Monthec.Beautiful copy perfectly set in modern binding with covers and back. N. Scheuring & Cie Paris 1888 10x16cm relié

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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, United States Navy, by Order of the Government of the United States

      Washington, D C: A O P Nicholson, 1856. 3 volumes: xvii+[1]+537 pages with 90 lithographs plates including the usual expunged bathing plate, many in color, including 3 "facsimiles" of Japanese woodblock prints (2 folding); 6 maps and charts (2 folding); 79 woodcuts in the text; [2]+414+[4]+14-1+xi pages with 4 color lithographs of Chinese scenes; 2 uncolored natural history engraved plates; 6 hand-colored lithographs of birds; 10 hand-colored steel-engravings of fish; 5 lithographs of shells, 2 hand-colored; 16 diagram plates of winds and currents; 14-page facsimile of Japanese language version of the U.S.-Japan treaty; 17 folding charts on 16 sheets; numerous woodcuts in the text; xliii+[1]+705+[1] pages woodcut star charts throughout. Volume III titled "United States Japan Expedition. Observations on the zodiacal light, from April 2, 1853, to April 22, 1855, ... by Rev. George Jones, A.M., chaplain United States Navy". Quarto (11½ x8 ¾") bound in the original blind stamped cloth. Volume 1 rebacked with the original cloth spine laid down. (Hill 1332; Sabin 30968) First edition of the House Issue.Detailed and profusely illustrated account of Perry's expedition to open Japan to the West; Upon his return to the U.S., his chief duty for the following year was to compile his reports of the expedition, aided by Francis Hawks. The first volume has the account of the voyage and lithographs of the travel; the second volume has the natural history reports by D.S. Green and others and includes hand-colored plates of Japanese fishes and shells. In addition to the artist W. Heine, from whose drawings a great number of the lithographs were made, the daguerreotypist E. Brown, Jr., went on the expedition, taking what were undoubtedly the earliest photographic images of Japan, many of them reproduced lithographically in this work. This copy with the nude bathing plate, which was not included on the list of plates and not issued in all copies. In advance of his voyage to the Far East, Commodore Perry read widely amongst available books about Tokugawa Japan. His research even included consultation with the increasingly well-known Japanologist Philipp Franz von Siebold, who had lived on the Dutch island of Dejima for eight years before retiring to Leiden in the Netherlands. In 1852, Perry embarked from Norfolk, Virginia for Japan, in command of a squadron in search of a Japanese trade treaty. Aboard a black-hulled steam frigate, he ported Mississippi, Plymouth, Saratoga, and Susquehanna at Uraga Harbor near Edo (modern Tokyo) on July 8, 1853. His actions at this crucial juncture were informed by a careful study of Japan's previous contacts with Western ships and what could be known about the Japanese hierarchical culture. He was met by representatives of the Tokugawa Shogunate who told him to proceed to Nagasaki, where there was limited trade with the Netherlands and which was the only Japanese port open to foreigners at that time. Perry refused to leave and demanded permission to present a letter from President Millard Fillmore, threatening force if he was denied. Perry ordered his ships to attack several buildings around the harbor to demonstrate US naval power. The Commodore was fully prepared for more hostilities if his negotiations with the Japanese failed, and threatened to use unrestrained fire if the Japanese refused to negotiate. He sent two white flags to them, telling them to hoist the flags when they wished a bombardment from his fleet to cease and to surrender. Perry's ships were equipped with new Paixhans shell guns, capable of wreaking great destruction with every shell. The Japanese military forces could not resist Perry's modern weaponry; the term "Black Ships", in Japan, would later come to symbolize a threat imposed by Western technology. Perry returned in February 1854 with twice as many ships, finding that the delegates had prepared a treaty embodying virtually all the demands in Fillmore's letter. Perry signed the Convention of Kanagawa on March 31, 1854 and departed, mistakenly believing the agreement had been made with imperial representatives. The agreement was made with the Shogun, the de facto ruler of Japan. On his way to Japan, Perry anchored off Keelung in Formosa (modern day Taiwan), for ten days. Perry and crew members landed on Formosa and investigated the potential of mining the coal deposits in that area. He emphasized in his reports that Formosa provided a convenient mid-way trade location. Formosa was also very defensible. It could serve as a base for exploration as Cuba had done for the Spanish in the Americas. Occupying Formosa could help the US to counter European monopolization of the major trade routes. President Franklin Pierce declined the suggestion, remarking such a remote possession would be an unnecessary drain of resources and that he would be unlikely to receive the consent of Congress. When Perry returned to the United States in 1855, Congress voted to grant him a reward of $20,000 in appreciation of his work in Japan. Perry used part of this money to prepare and publish a report on the expedition in three volumes, titled Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan. He was also advanced to the grade of rear-admiral on the retired list (when his health began to fail) as a reward for his services in the Far East.Condition:Wear and fading to cloth, first volume rebacked; large map detached, several others with stub tears and splitting to folds; light foxing else good to very good.

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        First and Second Report from the Select Committee on Transportation...

      London: by order of Parliament, 1856. Two volumes, tall quarto, both copies in recent blue polished half calf, original printed wrappers bound in. Two of the most important reports on transportation to Western Australia, and perhaps the most detailed public accounting of the aftermath of the convict system in the eastern colonies. Written while the gold rush was well under way, the reports are effectively a capstone on the whole system, relating the closure of transportation to New South Wales in 1850 followed shortly afterwards by Van Diemen's Land in 1852.Both reports provide detailed historical and anecdotal information on the transportation of convicts to Western Australia, then the only remaining Australian colony willing to take felons from Britain. Other options and possibilities for prison building and penal reform in Great Britain were explored at depth by the Committee given the vast reduction in convicts that could be sent to the eastern Australia.The Minutes of Evidence drawn upon a range of testimonials, including that of Horatio Waddington, then Under Secretary State for the Home Department. Waddington describes the final years of transportation to eastern Australia in a succinct yet evocative manner. He begins with the 1838 Committee report chaired by Sir William Molesworth, a damming incitement of the convict system that strengthened local popular movements against transportation in both New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land. In furnishing his evidence Waddington summarised the importance of the 1838 Report as a moral compass for future policy, with transportation deemed 'also as a bad punishment in itself, failing to deter criminals at home, or reform them abroad; in fact it is impossible to have a report more decidedly adverse to it.'Nonetheless, an astonishing deluge of some 17,000 convicts were sent to Van Diemen's Land between 1840-1845 with disastrous consequences. There were far too many to be gainfully employed by free settlers, resulting in immense numbers set to work in chained gangs upon public projects. Crime, lawlessness and fear followed in due proportion, and although transportation was suspended for a few years following 1845, public sentiment had hardened and the last transport sailed for Van Diemen's Land in 1852.Interestingly, these reports of 1856 coincide with the gold-rushes in Australia. This factor played an important part in closing convict era as newfound wealth has gave the colonies greater confidence and political self-determination. Ironically, it was feared that the existence of so much gold may actually act as an incentive to commit crimes and receive transportation to Australia free of charge. By this stage 'ticket-of-leave' men from Van Diemen's land were considered a dangerous scourge on the Victorian goldfields. In fine condition.

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