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        Göteborg med dess omgifningar framställdt i taflor. - Gothenburg und seine Umgebung in Bildern. - Gothenburg and its environs in pictures.

      Göteborg Meyer & Köster 1859 - 18 getönte Lithogr. m. Ansichten und einem lithogr. Titelblatt u. 19 Bll. ( Text ), qu.-gr.-4°, Or.- GLwd. Die hüb. Tafeln ( lithogr. v. G. Berger ) zeigen Gesamt- und zum Teil seltene Detailansichten der Stadt und ihrer Umgebung ( z.B. Stora Nygatan mit Synagoge ). Der in drei Sprachen ( schwedisch - deutsch - englisch ) wiedergegebene Text stammt von G. Björklund. Durcghgängig mehr oder weniger stark stockfleckig, einige Textseiten gebräunt.

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        Tristan und Isolde

      DE: Breitkopf and Hartel. Leipzig, Breitkopf and Hartel, 1859. Hardback, first edition and first impression of Wagner's renowned work. Very good condition in marbled boards, watermarkings throughout to top and bottom of page edges. Assumed to have been rebound at some point, given the watermarkings aren't on the endpapers. Some pages roughly opened at the lower edge. . Very Good. Hardback. 1st Edition. 1859.

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        Occasional Papers on the Theory of Glaciers . .

      Edinburgh: Adams and Charles Black, 1859, 1859. First edition. Edges somewhat rubbed; some light foxing; very good copy.. 8vo, contemporary black quarter calf, black cloth sides, gilt decorations and lettering. Color frontis and nine plates (one folding). An important work on the scientific research on glaciers by the Scottsman James D. Forbes (1809-1868), a teacher and scientist who took elocution lessons from Mrs. Siddons to improve the of his delivery of lectures. See the DNB online. In a prize binding from the University of Edinburgh Botanical Class, summer session 1865, with a presentation label on the front paste-down. Bookplate of Hollywood script writer and star Edward Everett Horton on the front free endpaper.

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        Leaf from the Diary of George Combe Mann, describing the death of his older brother Horace Mann, Jr., 1868

      A single octavo leaf (approximately 6" x 7.75") written on both sides from the Diary of George Combe Mann. One margin a little irregularly cut, affecting a few letters but not affecting the readability of the leaf, old folds, near fine.Both Horace, Jr. and George were the sons of Horace Mann (died 1859), the Father of American Education, and Mary Peabody Mann, one of the illustrious Peabody Sisters, a reformer, teacher, and founder of a successful school for young children (her sister Elizabeth Putnam Peabody was a reformer and pioneer in the creation of kindergartens, and her other sister Sophia Peabody was a painter, and the wife of Nathaniel Hawthorne).Horace and Mary Mann had three sons: Horace Mann, Jr., George Combe Mann, and Benjamin Pickman Mann. The eldest, Horace Mann, Jr. was an accomplished botanist who studied and traveled with Henry David Thoreau. Mann also studied zoology with Louis Agassiz and was responsible for discovering over 100 plants species in Hawaii. Mann was named to head the botanical gardens at Harvard, but died of tuberculosis at age twenty-four before he could fill the position. His personal herbarium of approximately 12,500 sheets was purchased in 1869 by Andrew Dickson White as the first accession into the Cornell University Herbarium.The diary leaf in the 22-year-old George Mann's hand, covers two sides of one leaf, begins on November 11, 1868, the day of his brother's death, and continues on the other side, with entries through November 18th (the entry for the 18th may be incomplete).Mann's entry for November 11th, in a clear and readable hand, is exceedingly poignant:"At a few minutes before 2 p.m. Horace coughed a little harder than usual, and mother spoke to him. He answered 'I was trying to stop a hiccough,' adding, immediately, 'in the eastern provinces they say that is death.' She went out a minute, and returned to find him with his eyes fixed, gasping for breath. She called me, who tried to raise him a little, but he gasped five or six times, at intervals of a few seconds, and ceased to breathe.He had been comfortable all day. After his [d?]rain was driven out this morning he said he almost wished he had it to drive out again, it felt so deliciously. He wanted mother to be with him all the time, kept repeating how comfortable he was, and wanted to continue just as he was. He enjoyed the day, it seemed, as much as any one in his life, so perfectly calm and tranquil was he.But it was the calm which he now enjoys in full. His temperament made living hard, even in health, - an invalid, intolerable. But he lived better than we realized, and in his death I find an untold loss!"On the 13th he notes:"We had service here at 4 o'clock. Dr. Peabody officiated, and Mrs. Gould and Dr. & Mrs. Vaughan sang. Brigham staid here last night."On the 14th: "We went to Providence at 11 o'clock - mother, Aunt Lizzie, Mary Peabody, Dr. Gould, Ben and I, - where we found Aunt Lydia, the Messers and Arthur Knapp. It was a beautiful day and the short service at the grave was very satisfactory. We dined at Aunt Lydia's and returned at 4, getting home at 7 p.m. Everything was calm and quiet. It is all over!"On the 16th: "Mother's 62nd birthday. Went in to Mr. Brigham's office again."On the 17th: "Attended to Horace's accounts in the evening."The entry on the 18th is truncated: "Snow in the night and rain all day - Read 150pp. of Greenleaf on Evidence."Unique primary source material on the death of a promising young botanist.From the estate of Horace Mann, III (died 1978), the son of George Combe Mann. .

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        Les Bas-fonds de la société.

      J. CLAYE IMPRIMEUR, Paris 1859 - Frontispice de J. Chauvet. Paris, J. Claye imprimeur, 1859, in-8, plein maroquin miel, triple filet d'encadrement, filets sur les coupes, décor à la roulette sur la garde, dos orné estampé doré, motifs d'entrelacs, pièce de titre estampée dorée en maroquin noir, entre-nerfs décorés de motifs tréflés en maroquin noir, sous étui cartonné bordé de maroquin miel, tête dorée, 1 f., faux-titre, titre, 270 pp., table. (David). ab"L'édition originale parut à Paris en 1859. L'ouvrage fut condamné à la destruction par jugement du Tribunal correctionnel de la Seine le 12 mai 1865" (Oberlé). La mention de 1859 est manuscrite au crayon. Carteret mentionne la date de 1862, plus communément admise, pour une édition en partie originale, les trois premières pièces étant déjà parues dans les Scènes Populaires (Carteret, I, 2, 172-173). Frontispice libre représentant la prison de la Roquette encadrée de sept figures. Dans la partie supérieure, les représentants de l'ordre, dans la partie inférieure, les exclus, bagnard, mendiante, fille de petite vertu. Mouillures et dos légèrement insolé. Livres

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        A Tale of Two Cities

      London: Chapman & Hall,, 1859. Octavo (210 x136 mm). Contemporary blue straight-grain morocco, burgundy morocco labels, raised bands, triple rule to boards with cornerpieces gilt, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Engraved frontispiece, vignette title and 14 plates by H. K. Browne. Pages nice and clean, spine a little rubbed, an excellent copy. First edition in book form, first issue, with page 213 incorrectly numbered 113 and the signature "b" in the contents list. The novel was originally serialised in the weekly journal All the Year Round, from 30 April to 26 November 1859, and was also published in eight monthly parts between June and December 1859. It was first published in book form on 21 November 1859.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Signed Charles Dickens check in an elegant copy of "In Dickens's London"

      London, April 15, 1859. 7.5" x 3". "Partly Printed Check Signed ""Charles Dickens"" with six-loop flourish beneath signature, 7.5"" x 3"". London, April 15, 1859. Filled out by Dickens, drawn on Messrs Coutts & Compy, payable to ""Mrs. A.D. Trust"" for ""Fourteen Pounds, Five Schillings, and Two Pence."" Fine condition.Check is tipped onto the second front free-endpaper of In Dickens's London by F. Hopkinson Smith, 127p, 7.5"" x 10.25"". New York: Charles Scribner's Sons: 1914. First Edition, published October 1914, reprinted November 1914. Vertical fold passes between ""e"" and ""n"" of signature. Book is ""Illustrated with charcoal drawings by the Author."" Spine ruled in gold in six compartments with five raised bands, lettered in gold. Fine condition."

      [Bookseller: University Archives]
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        On Liberty.

      London: John W. Parker and Son,, 1859. Octavo (187 x 157 mm). Contemporary tan calf by Leighton of Brewer Street, London, dark green morocco label, spine elaborately gilt, raised bands, twin rules to boards with fleuron cornerpieces, marbled endpapers and edges. Foot of spine expertly repaired, extremities lightly rubbed, the occasional marginal mark in light pencil. An excellent copy with bright contents. First edition of the work that "perhaps more than any other of his works, has been viewed by posterity as the kernel of his social philosophy" (ODNB). "Many of Mill's ideas are now the commonplaces of democracy. His arguments for freedom of every kind of thought and speech have never been improved on. He was the first to recognize the tendency of a democratically elected majority to tyrannize over a minority" (PMM). A beautifully bound copy.

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        Morphy's Games of Chess, and Frere's Problem Tournament

      New York: T.W. Strong, 1859. 1st. Decorative Cloth. Collectible; Very Good. 1859 1st edition of this uncommon, early collection of the games of the great American master Paul Morphy (1837-1884) and puzzles by the great 19th century American organizer of tournament chess Thomas Frere. Believed by many to be the strongest player in the world at his peak, the enigmatic Morphy "retired" from the game at a very early age but left an indelible impression. As well as being a world-renowned chess lecturer and author, Morphy played a leading role in organizing the first world chess championship, won by the great German player William Steinitz. This fragile and precious collection of Morphy's games has held up very nicely. Blindstamped decorative panels, bright gilt-decorated and lettered spine. 16mo, 144 pgs. Light rubbing to the panels and light fraying along the spine ends but still a very presentable and sturdy copy of this chess rarity.

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        A Natural History of the Nests and Eggs of British birds - Complete in 3 volumes

      London : Groombridge and Sons, Paternoster Row M DCCC LIII-M DCCC LVI [1853-6], 1859-1863. Hardcover. Very Good. 225 exquisite coloured plates of nests and eggs. 3 volume set. London: Groombridge and Sons, 1859-1863. 3/4 leather. 225 coloured plates. Very good, gilt decorated spines with leather labels.Marbled boards and leather edges are rubbed. The plates are in very good condition, with the exception of two torn plates in volume II (cxv and cxvi); light scattered foxing, only a few plates are affected. All protective tissue guards are intact. The plates are numbered consecutively through the three volumes -- collated as follows: Volume I (1859), "with seventy-eight coloured plates", numbered I-LXXXIII (skipping plate numbers 11, 40, 55,56, 60, 62, 69, totaling 76 plates, plus two plates at the end of volume III = 78 plates); Volume II (1861), "with seventy-six coloured plates", numbered LXXXIV-CLXI (skipping plate numbers 94, and 119, totaling 76 plates), with the two torn plates described above, loose; Volume III, "with seventy-one coloured plates", CLXII- LXII, numbered consecutively. Two plates at the end of volume III complete the plate count for Volume I, with plates XL and XLII (sic).

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        Histoire générale des voyages.

      Furne,, Paris, 1859 - Quattro volumi di cm. 27, pp. oltre 2.000 complessive. Antiporta al primo volume con i ritratti dei viaggiatori, 97 tavole fuori testo e 6 carte geografiche a colori più volte ripiegate. Legatura coeva in mezza pelle verse, dorsi lisci con titoli e filetti in oro. Esemplare genuino e ben conservato, a carte candide e assolutamente completo della parte iconografica. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Teesdale and Co's General Atlas of the World ... Containing Separate Maps of its Various Countries and States, and Exhibiting the Boundaries, Divisions, and Physical Features; also the British and Foreign Railways, Completed and Projected: together with Lines of Telegraph. Comprehended in Forty-Seven Maps, Including Ancient Maps of Greece, the Roman and Persian Empires, and Palestine. Revised and Corrected by the Late Dr. Arnold, Head Master of Rugby School ... The Whole Being Carefully Corrected to 1859.

      Folio (390 x 270mm). Contemporary half red roan gilt over cloth, spine gilt in compartments and lettered in one, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers; letterpress title and index, printed on the rectos of 2 bifolia, 44 double-page steel-engraved maps hand-coloured in outline, numbered [1]-25 and 28-46, one large folding steel-engraved map of India numbered '26 & 27' hand-coloured in outline and laid down on linen,and one double-page hand-coloured steel-engraved plate of the principal mountains and rivers of the world, all except the first two maps by and after John Dower; boards somewhat marked and scuffed, slight cracking on joints, occasional light spotting or browning, some maps with skilfully-repaired short tears on margins or folds, otherwise a good copy; provenance: 'Grace V. Pocock, 1861' (inscription on front flyleaf, most probably Grace Vernon Pocock (née Buzzacott, 1806-1868), wife of:) -- John Thomas Pocock (1814-1876, armorial bookplate on upper pastedown, and by descent). Teesdale's A New General Atlas of the World was first published in 1832 (with maps dated 1831), and further editions followed in 1835, 1836, 1837, 1838, etc. down to this (and possibly later) editions; all follow the format of this edition, with the same number of maps by John Dower (fl. 1838-1846) on the same subjects. However, the maps have been re-engraved to include the most recent discoveries (for example, the map of the United States shows 'recently acquired territories' and railways 'in progress, or projected'; Kane's discovery of 'North Grinnell Land' in 1855 is shown in the Arctic). This copy was previously in the collection of J.T. Pocock, who had left England for Australia as a young man, following the failure of his father's successful property development business. Sadly, the Australian settlement he was travelling to had failed, so he travelled to Cape Town, where he established a successful business and married Grace Vernon Buzzacott in 1841. The inscription 'Grace V. Pocock, 1861' is most probably that of his wife, with whom he visited London in 1861, but it is also possible that it is by their daughter, also called Grace Vernon (1843-1877). Cf. Phillips, Atlases 812 (ed. 'Corrected to 1854').

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        The Bertrams: A Novel

      London: Chapman & Hall, 1859, 1859. First edition. Sadleir, Trollope, 8; NCBEL III, 882; not in Wolff, who had only the American edition. Inner hinges skillfully repaired; bindings slightly askew; cloth a little worn; very nice copy.. 3 vols, 8vo, original blind-stamped brown cloth, gilt lettering. A story partly set in the Middle East, where Trollope began it: "The Bertrams was begun in Egypt, and written in the Mediterranean, in Malta, Gibraltar, England, Ireland, Scotland, and finished in the West Indies," (Victoria Glendinning, Anthony Trollope). Hence the book has something of a travelogue flavor to it. The Bertrams is also one of Trollope's scarcest first editions in original cloth. Contemporary ink signature on each front paste-down.

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        Adam Bede

      1859. first edition. George Eliot's First Full-Length Novel and her Earliest Popular SuccessELIOT, George. Adam Bede. In Three Volumes. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1859. First edition. Three octavo volumes (7 1/8 x 4 1/2 inches; 181 x 114 mm.). [iii-viii], 325, [1, blank]; [iii-viii], 374; [iii-vi], 333, [1, blank] pp. Bound ca. 1860 in three quarter dark blue pebble-grain morocco over marbled boards, ruled in gilt. Spines with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, matching marbled end-papers, all edges gilt.Bound without the half-titles. Some light foxing and staining throughout, moderate on preliminary leaves.A very good set in an attractive and near contemporary binding.George Eliot's first full-length novel and her earliest popular success.Adam Bede, the first novel written by George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans), was published in 1859. It was published pseudonymously, even though Evans was a well-published and highly respected scholar of her time. The novel has remained in print ever since, and is used in university studies of 19th-century English literature.The plot is founded on a story told to George Eliot by her aunt Elizabeth Evans, a Methodist preacher, and the original of Dinah Morris of the novel, of a confession of child-murder, made to her by a girl in prison.The story's plot follows four characters' rural lives in the fictional community of Hayslope—a rural, pastoral and close-knit community in 1799. The novel revolves around a love "rectangle" among beautiful but self-absorbed Hetty Sorrel; Captain Arthur Donnithorne, the young squire who seduces her; Adam Bede, her unacknowledged suitor; and Dinah Morris, Hetty's cousin, a fervent, virtuous and beautiful Methodist lay preacher. (The real village where Adam Bede was set is Ellastone on the Staffordshire / Derbyshire border, a few miles from Uttoxeter and Ashbourne, and near to Alton Towers. Eliot's father lived in the village as a carpenter in a substantial house now known as Adam Bede's Cottage).Adam is a local carpenter much admired for his integrity and intelligence, in love with Hetty. She is attracted to Arthur, the charming local squire's grandson and heir, and falls in love with him. When Adam interrupts a tryst between them, Adam and Arthur fight. Arthur agrees to give up Hetty and leaves Hayslope to return to his militia. After he leaves, Hetty Sorrel agrees to marry Adam but shortly before their marriage, discovers she is pregnant. In desperation, she leaves in search of Arthur but she cannot find him. Unwilling to return to the village on account of the shame and ostracism she would have to endure, she delivers her baby with the assistance of a friendly woman she encounters. She subsequently abandons the infant in a field but not being able to bear the child's cries, she tries to retrieve the infant. However, she is too late, the infant having already died of exposure. Hetty is caught and tried for child murder. She is found guilty and sentenced to hang. Dinah enters the prison and pledges to stay with Hetty until the end. Her compassion brings about Hetty's contrite confession. When Arthur Donnithorne, on leave from the militia for his grandfather's funeral, hears of her impending execution, he races to the court and has the sentence commuted to transportation. Ultimately, Adam and Dinah, who gradually become aware of their mutual love, marry and live peacefully with his family.Sadleir 812; Parrish pp. 12/13; Wolff, 2056; Baker & Ross, A4.1

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        A System of Surgery; Pathological, Diagnostic, Therapeutic, and Operative. 2 Vols.

      Philadelphia: Blanchard & Lea, 1859. - First Edition of Garrison-Morton 5607: "A profound intellect in 19th-century American surgery, Gross was both a surgical innovator and an outstanding author of numerous works which have become classics. This massive treatise. remains his greatest work." xxiv, 1 leaf, [35]-1,162 pp, 1 leaf; 292 figs.; ads; xxiv, 1 leaf, [19]-1,198 pp; 644 figs. Original full leather. Spines a bit rubbed, some light edgewear and very sparse, faint staining to front cover of Volume II. Old signature of former owner on front flyleaf in Volume I, old signatures -- of same owner -- on front pastedown and title page of Volume II. A Very Good set. In his Autobiography, Gross wrote of his System of Surgery: "One of the chief motives which induced me to remove to Philadelphia was to get rid of a large and annoying family practice at Louisville and to write an elaborate System of Surgery, for the production of which my leisure in Kentucky was not sufficient. I had long contemplated such a work, and I knew that unless I changed my residence I should never be able to fulfill and object which lay so near my heart and was so intimately interwoven with my ambition and the great purposes of my professional life. I had determined to do my best to make it, if possible, the most elaborate, if not the most complete, treatise in the English language." (Vol. 1, pp. 137-138). Rutkow, The History of Surgery in the United States, GS46 and Fig. 15. Heirs of Hippocrates 1680. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      The Ray Society London, Robert Hardwicke 1859 - 1859. Almost very good condition with no wrapper. Combined volume. Large format. 29 beautiful hand-coloured plates, gathered together and bound in after index to back of book. Leather spine, with raised bands. Blue cloth covers, gilt titles. Wear to leather on spine - split to top. Wear to leather corners also. A few damp marks to prelims; square pieces of a few pages of prelims have been neatly cut out. Some foxing. Colour plates are all present - but Plates XIII and XXV are both detached. [S] [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Servicios Navales que en Libertar al Chile y Peru de la Dominacion Espanola Rindio el Conde de Dundonald


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        Tale of two Cities


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        Illustrirte landwirthschaftliche Dorfzeitung. 6 Bände.

      - Mit vielen Abbildungen, Leipzig, F. Volckmar, ab 1859 G. Keil, 1856 bis 1861, 30,5x23, Pappbände der Zeit, Jahrgang 1861 Halbleinen, berieben/bestoßen, Name auf Vorsatz, Prägestempel auf Titel, geringe Gebrauchs- und Alterungsspuren, 6 Bände, [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Charles BAUDELAIRE

      1859 - Charles BAUDELAIRE (1821.1867) Lettre autographe signée (trois fois) à sa mère, Mme Aupick. Six pages in-4°. (Paris. 15 novembre 1859). Adresse autographe signée C.B – Timbres et marques postales. Correspondance Pléiade. Tome I. pp 616 à 618. Longue lettre au sujet de ses dettes envers Poulet-Malassis, et de ses écrits en cours, publiés ou en préparation, dont la notice sur Théophile Gautier, qu’il a envoyée à sa mère, et ses traductions d’Edgar Allan Poe. « Quelle extraordinaire imagination tu possèdes ! Il a fallu que je parvinsse à comprendre ou plutôt à deviner d’après tes détestables explications. 1° Tu n’as pas demandé de quelle nature était ce papier. 2° Tu n’as pas demandé (après avoir dit que j’étais absent) l’adresse du banquier. Enfin, quelle singulière idée de vouloir que la Banque ait des délicatesses de sentiment et qu’elle devine qu’elle te fera mal aux nerfs en te demandant une signature en mon absence ! Car, quant à supposer qu’une personne quelconque tire une traite sur moi en recommandant au banquier d’exiger ton acceptation, c’est un rêve, une folie pure. Un billet n’est jamais présenté qu’à échéance ; donc ceci ne peut pas être un billet. D’ailleurs tu aurais reconnu mon écriture. On vient un mois avant l’échéance demander ma signature ou, en mon absence, la tienne. C’est une précaution pour savoir si j’accepte, si je reconnais pour valable, le titre. On n’a aucun droit pour te demander la tienne. Quant à cette précaution qui se prend très rarement, et seulement pour les traites, je n’en puis pas faire un reproche au banquier ; car il se pourrait que quelqu’un à qui je ne dois rien s’avisât de tirer une traite sur moi. Donc c’est une traite. Voici l'acceptation que je ne mets pas sous enveloppe, afin que le timbre de la poste en garantisse l'authenticité. Il faut la faire remettre au banquier dont tu ne m'as pas envoyé l'adresse. Vraiment, ma chère mère, tout cela aurait pu me faire rire, si je n'avais deviné que selon ton habitude tu te mettais martel en tête de la manière la plus sincère. Excepté Machiavel et Condorcet, qui n'est même pas commencé et que je ferai à Honfleur, tous les ouvrages annoncés au dos de ma brochure, sont finis et paraîtront l'année prochaine de mois en mois, 1 vol. par mois. Les Notices littéraires sont finies. Eureka est fini. &c &c .
Je ne t'ai pas envoyé les nos de la Revue de Genève, parce que l'ouvrage que j'y fais imprimer (Eureka) est pour toi d'une nature inintelligible, et ensuite est devenu plus obscur encore par les abominables fautes d'impression commises par ces imbéciles. Les remue-ménage que tu as faits dans mes deux chambres m’inquiètent beaucoup. Enfin je verrai cela prochainement. Je me suis trompé, je le crains bien, pour le thé que je t’ai envoyé. J’ai dans l’idée que c’était un autre que j’avais en vue. Es-tu contente de la brochure ? Je ne parle pas de moi. Je parle de la forme que Malassis a donnée à la chose, caractère et papier ? (Cette dette Malassis finira. Ainsi, sur cinq ouvrages annoncés ici, il y en a 4 qui lui appartiennent pour un tirage à 1100 ex. et qui diminueront ma dette d'au moins 1.200 fr.). Je t'embrasse et te supplie de ne plus inventer des monstres. C.B. » [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

      London: John Murray [through 1891], 1859. Early Reprint. Hardcover. Fine. Sixth Edition, with additions and corrections, Forty-first Thousand. 8vo: xxi,432pp, with folding lithographed diagram by William West, charting Darwin's views of possible sequences of evolution. Original green sand-grain cloth, spine lettered in gilt, covers with decorative panels blocked in blind, decorative end papers. A superb copy, nearly pristine, with bright gilt; tight, square binding and clean, fresh pages but for former owner's name and date [18]92 in pencil on front flyleaf. PMM 530b [describing the first edition of 1859]. Grolier, 100 Books Medicine, 70B, and Science, 23b. Freeman 438. The sixth edition, in which "evolution" was used for the first time (although Darwin used the word in the Descent of Man, published a year earlier), as well as the final edition revised by Darwin: a new chapter was added, "to confute the views of the Roman Catholic biologist St. George Mivart" (Freeman), as were the author's extensive revisions and corrections. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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        Briefe über Alexander von Humboldt`s Kosmos. Ein Commentar zu diesem Werk für gebildete Laien. 5 Teile in 3 Bänden (Band 1, 2 und 3 in 2 Abteilungen)

      - - Erste Auflage/wohl erhaltene Auflage/Goedeke VI, 263, 29. (Mit einem 1859 erschienenen 4. Band)/Die praktische Gebrauchsanweisung für den Kosmos/Band 2 wurde von J. Schaller bearbeitet - Gewicht in Gramm: 2140 Weigel, Leipzig, 1850 - 51. Zusammen ca. 1.300 S. mit 3 gefalteten (2 color.) gestochenen Karten, 21 lithogr. Tafeln, davon 4 gefaltet und 1 farbig, sowie zahlreichen Textholzschnitten, original Halbleder mit goldgeprägten Rückenverzierungen (etwas stockfleckig/Stempel auf Titel) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Egypt and Palestine Photographed and Described

      James S. Virtue, London 1859 - (17 1/8 x 12 3/8 inches). 76 mounted albumen photographs. Extra-illustrated with 3 additional images by Frith in the rear of vol. 2, dated in the negatives 1873-1875. Foxing, principally to the mounts. Contemporary half green morocco and green pebbled cloth boards, spine gilt with raised bands Provenance: Arthur G. Soames (armorial bookplate) Frith's Egypt and Palestine: "one of the most renowned nineteenth century photobooks" (Parr & Badger). By the mid 1850s, Frith had sold his grocery and printing businesses to devote himself full time to photography. Between 1856 and 1860, he made three expeditions to Egypt, Sinai, Ethiopia, and Jerusalem, photographically documenting Middle Eastern architecture and culture. "On the first, he sailed up the Nile to the Second Cataract, recording the main historic monuments between Cairo and Abu Simbel. On the second, he struck eastwards to Palestine, visiting Jerusalem, Damascus and other sites associated with the life of Christ. The final expedition was the most ambitious, combining a second visit to the Holy Land with a deeper southward penetration of the Nile. His photographs of the temple at Soleb, 800 miles south of Cairo, represent a genuinely pioneering achievement. Unlike many travel photographers of this period, Frith used the wet collodion process in preference to the more convenient paper-based calotype. Because it involved chemically sensitizing the glass plates on site, this process posed particular problems in a climate dominated by heat, dust and insects. Commenting sardonically on how his chemicals often boiled on contact with the glass, he nevertheless produced negatives that are remarkable for their consistently high technical standard . Frith photographed most of the key monuments several times, combining general views with close studies of their significant details and broader views of their landscape environment. The clarity of his images proved to be of immense value to archaeologists. The photographs are also often powerfully composed, revealing an understanding of the poetic qualities of light that gives them lasting aesthetic value" (McKenzie, Grove Art). The present work was the first published fruit of these travels, originally published in 25 monthly parts, with three images per part, between 1858 and 1859, with the parts re-issued upon completion in two volumes (as here). Although most famous for his much larger photographs (Egypt, Sinai and Jerusalem, 1862-63), Parr and Badger praise the artistry of the present images: "With the 9 by 7 inch view camera, Frith was liberated not only from the technical difficulties, but also from the aesthetic responsibilities of making a grand statement." Depicting landscapes, monuments and views, Frith's photographs of Egypt and the Holy Land established his reputation as one of the most important photographers of the 19th century. "It is for good reasons that Firth's views of Egypt and Palestine were the star attractions of the 1858 exhibition of the Photographic Society . 'His subjects in Palestine and Egypt impress us with a consciousness of truth and power which no other art production could produce'" (Truthful Lens, p. 30). Many of the negatives, first printed here, were reused by Frith in later publications, including his deluxe edition Queen's Bible, and his four-volume set printed by Mackenzie in 1863. Blackmer 1942; Gernsheim 88; Truthful Lens 61; cf. Parr and Badger I:p.28. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Adam Bede


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      Published by The Ray Society London, Robert Hardwicke, 1859. Hardback. Good. Almost very good condition with no wrapper. Combined volume. Large format. 29 beautiful hand-coloured plates, gathered together and bound in after index to back of book. Leather spine, with raised bands. Blue cloth covers, gilt titles. Wear to leather on spine - split to top. Wear to leather corners also. A few damp marks to prelims; square pieces of a few pages of prelims have been neatly cut out. Some foxing. Colour plates are all present - but Plates XIII and XXV are both detached. [S]

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        The Complete Writings of Thomas Say on the Entomology of North America (Two Volumes)

      New York: Bailliere Brothers, 1859 412 pages, plus 52 hand colored plates, plus ads & 814 pages, plus one plate; Burgundy dyed leather over spines and corners, with raised spine bands, black leather spine labels, and gilt stamped lettering; Green cloth cover covers; Top edges are gilded; Covers are a little rubbed and scuffed, and show light wear at corners and along edges; Contents show scattered mostly light foxing and occasional smudges; Volumes remain tight and are generally very clean; Plates have been collated and are all present; Text is mostly un-opened.. First Edition, Thus. Half Leather - Hardbound. Very Good/No Jacket.

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        Grosses Niederländisches Affen - Theater und Kunstreiter en miniature in der eigens dazu erbauten, durch Gas erleuchteten und geschmackvoll decorirten Bude im Gasthaus zum Gelben Hirsch. - Grosse Ungarische Czakos - Post auf 6 ungesattelten Pferden. (Unterzeichner:) L. Broekman, Director.

      (Frankfurt), Reinhold Baist, 18. und 19. April (1859).Plakat mit Holzschnitt (17 x 40 cm). Auf hellgrünem Papier. Blattgr.: 62 x 42 cm. Der Holzschnitt zeigt die Wilde Jagd: Ein als Cowboy gewandeter Affe steht auf zwei Pferden, hält die Zügel von 6 Pferden in der Hand und schwingt ein Lasso - vor ihm flieht zu Pferde ein in einer Offiziersuniform gekleideter weiterer Affe! - Dekoratives und fantasievolles Plakat! Bücher de

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        The Exploits and Triumphs in Europe of Paul Morphy, the Chess Champion

      New York: D Appleton & Co , 1859 viii+203p+[4 ads] pages with frontispiece and three plates. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 5")Bound in period cloth and leather with new paste downs and end papers. (Betts 29-78)(Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana 3089) First edition. Still too young to start his law career, Paul Morphy was invited to attend an international chess tournament soon after returning to New Orleans, to be held in Birmingham, England in the summer of 1858. He accepted the challenge and traveled to England but ended up not playing in the tournament, playing a series of chess matches against the leading English masters instead and defeating them all except English chess master Howard Staunton who promised to play but eventually declined. Staunton later was criticized for failing to meet Morphy. Staunton was flattered and at first intended to prepare for a contest in which he had little chance of success. There is no doubt that he was a very busy man in 1858, as he was under pressure to produce his edition of the complete works of Shakespeare. He did invite Morphy to play some casual games at his Streatham home. Staunton later conducted a newspaper campaign to make it seem that it was Morphy's fault they did not play, suggesting among other things that Morphy did not have the funds to serve as match stakes when in fact he was so popular that numerous wealthy people and groups were willing to stake him for any amount of money. Seeking new opponents and now aware that Staunton had no real desire to play, Morphy then crossed the English Channel and visited France. There he went to the Caf de la Regence in Paris, which was the center of chess in France. He played a match against Daniel Harrwitz, the resident chess professional, and soundly defeated him. In Paris he suffered from a bout of intestinal influenza and came down with a high fever. In accordance with the medical wisdom of the time, he was treated with leeches, resulting in his losing a significant amount of blood. Despite the fact that he was now too weak to stand up unaided, Morphy insisted on going ahead with a match against the visiting German champion Adolf Anderssen, who was considered by many to be Europe's leading player, and who had come to Paris all the way from his native Breslau, Germany, solely to play against the now famous American chess wonder. Despite his illness Morphy triumphed easily, winning seven while losing two, with two draws. When asked about his defeat, Anderssen claimed to be out of practice, but also admitted that Morphy was in any event the stronger player and that he was fairly beaten. Anderssen also attested that in his opinion, Morphy was the strongest player ever to play the game, even stronger than the famous French champion Bourdonnais. In France, as he had before in England and America, Morphy played many exhibition matches against the public. He would take on eight players at once while playing without sight of the board, a feat known as blindfold chess, the moves of his opponents and his replies being communicated verbally. It was while he was in Paris in 1858 that Morphy played a well-known game at the Italian Opera House in Paris, against the Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard. Condition:Foxing through out, markings on title page. A very good copy.

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        GUERRE D'ORIENT - Guerre d'Orient. Siege de Sebastopol. Historique du service de l'artillerie (1854-1856). Publie par ordre de son Excellence le Ministre de la guerre 2 tomes sans l'atlas!!

      Veuve Berger-Levrault & Fils, Paris et Strasbourg 1859 - Halbleder / half-leer / demi-veau / half leather zeitgenössisch / uit dezelfde tijd / époque / contemporary , 4°, xv, [1] 719 pages / xii, 681 pages, sans l'atlas!! Bibliothekstempel / bibliotheekstempel / cachet de bibliothèque / librarystamp bon état, Kapital beschädigt fr 5000 Buch [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Complete Works.

      New York: W. A. Townsend & Co.,, 1859. [Including The Leatherstocking Tales; The Pioneers; The Pathfinder; The Deerslayer; Last of the Mohicans; The Red Rover.] 32 volumes, octavo. Recent burgundy half morocco, spines gilt in compartments, blue morocco labels, marbled sides. Illustrated title pages and frontispieces, illustrations throughout the set. Some light toning of contents. An excellent set. An early and very handsomely bound set of the works of James Fenimore Cooper.

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        Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission to China and Japan in the Years 1857, '58, '59.:

      London William Blackwood & Sons 1859 - A very good copy bound in contemporary diced calf. Traces of paint staining to boards. Minor foxing to extremities. First edition Two volumes, pp.xiii, 492, xi, 496, 20 colour lithographs, numerous wood engravings in text, 5 folding maps.

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        The Landscape Album

      Leavitt & Allen, New York 1859 - unpaginated; HB red leather stamped binding w/blue&gilt; ('Album' on spine); white,pink,blue&green pastel pgs.trimmed in gilt. rubbed w/wear on edges & spine; ft.hinge cracked; foxing on illus., otherwise clean,tight pgs. Friendship book w/signatures&inscriptions throughout. Illus.are engravings of scenes. included: 1) 'Jerusalem (from the Mount of Olives)'; 2) 'Bedford Springs Pa.'; 3) 'Zarapha the Ancient Sarepta.'; & 4) 'Turin, and the Plain of Piedmont. (from the Superga)+title pg. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Sochineniia V. Belinskago [Collected works of V. Belinskii]. Complete in twelve volumes.

      Moscow: Izdanie K. Soldatenkova i N. Shchepkina 1859 - Octavo (20.5 x 13.2 cm). Contemporary quarter-calf over four raised bands; green cloth boards; gilt ex-libris "R. K." to bottom of spines. Volume 12 with the author's engraved frontis portrait (by F. Jordan) and holograph facsimile. Good copies; with spine and corners rubbed; four volumes with later repairs to spine; occasional foxing and stains to pages. The uncommon first edition of the collected works of Vissarion G. Belinsky (Belinskii, 1811-1848), the nineteenth-century philosopher and progenitor of Russian literary criticism, one of the circle of radical thinkers that included Alexander Herzen and Mikhail Bakunin. Of humble origin, Belinsky was largely self-educated, especially after being expelled from Moscow University for political activities. Isaiah Berlin would characterize Belinsky's work saying that "he altered the quality and the tone of both the experience and the expression of so much Russian thought and feeling that his role as a dominant social influence overshadows his attainments as a literary critic" (Russian Thinkers). Indeed, throughout the Soviet period, Belinsky was treated as a direct initiator of the socialist reform movement and of a school of radical criticism that directly lead to the October Revolution. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Complete Writings of Thomas Say on the Entomology of North America (Two Volumes)

      Bailliere Brothers, New York 1859 - 412 pages, plus 52 hand colored plates, plus ads & 814 pages, plus one plate; Burgundy dyed leather over spines and corners, with raised spine bands, black leather spine labels, and gilt stamped lettering; Green cloth cover covers; Top edges are gilded; Covers are a little rubbed and scuffed, and show light wear at corners and along edges; Contents show scattered mostly light foxing and occasional smudges; Volumes remain tight and are generally very clean; Plates have been collated and are all present; Text is mostly un-opened. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Mandarin and Son.

      No date. (circa1861).. Albumen studio portrait showing a Chinese man dressed as a mandarin, seated, with his son standing beside him in a casual pose. 27.5 x 20cm. Matted. Photograph a little creased in places with three repaired holes and a small closed tear. Miller's signature in the negative lower left corner, separate caption torn with a little loss. American photographer Milton Miller spent only a relatively short period of time in East Asia (1859 - 1863) but even so he established a name for his portraits of Chinese officials, businessmen and their families. His memorable images are important and Miller's place in the history of photography is recognised by Terry Bennett (History of Photography in China 1842-1860). "Milton Miller was arguably the best portrait photographer in nineteenth-century China. His subjects are never stilted and he tried to tease out the personality of each sitter - often succeeding with such intense immediacy that for a moment or two the intervening 150 years melt away, leaving us feeling wholly engaged, slightly unnerved." An accurate description one feels when viewing this photograph of a Mandarin and Son. However Wu Hung argues that Milton Miller's famous portraits were not all they seemed. On investigating Milton Miller's images carefully, Professor Wu has found that many of the sitters appear not only in a number of photographs but as members of different official ranks, something that would have been inconceivable in Qing China. Rather than being accurate portraits of the Chinese well-to-do of late Qing China as these photographs were believed to be, photographs such as this are examples of a new style of portraiture that is neither Chinese nor Western. Rather they are a fascinating mixture of "local visual norms, Western expectations, and the photographers personal ambitions in a hybrid form". A form of portraiture which has had a wide and long influence on perceptions of China in the West. (Inventing a "Chinese Portrait Style in Early Photography. The Case of Milton Miller" - Wu Hung published in "Brush & Shutter". Getty 2011.) .

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        The history of the Italian Peninsula, commencing with the fall of Venice: with the celebrated campaigns of Napoleon I. and the chequered story of the Peninsula up to the eve of the renewed struggle in MDCCCLIX.: Illustrated by portraits of eminent persons, battle scenes, views of renowned places, maps, and plates, engraved on steel and on wood, and partly colored.

      J. Hagger, London. 1859 - Esemplare completo di tutte le tavole contenute secondo la lista delle illustrazioni posta in fine ai due volumi. Il primo volume manca dell’antiporta ma presenta una tavola un più (il monte Cervino) non presente nell’indice. Il primo volume contiene una grande veduta a doppia pagina di Venezia (indicata erroneamente nel II volume), inoltre le seguenti vedute di Lauterbach a piena pagina di qualità: Brescia, Verona (2 diverse: San Zeno e Castello di San Pietro con veduta della città). Seguono vedute di Torino, delle battaglie di Novara, Magenta e Solferino, inoltre grandi vedute a doppia pagina di Catania e Melazzo. Nei volumi sono presenti anche vedute di Roma, costumi romani e costumi militari. Opera rara da reperirsi, anche all’estero, con ricco apparato iconografico. Formato: 2 v. (II, 524, IV p., 16 c. di tav.; II, 364 p., 31 c. di tav.), 28 cm, piena pelle con dorso a cinque nervi con titoli e fregi in oro. Buono, ordinari segni d'uso e del tempo più evidenti alla legatura che presenta spellature soprattutto ai dorsi, al primo volume manca la carta di sguardia e l'antiporta, le prime tre carte (frontespizio inciso, frontespizio a stampa e introduzione) sono staccate dal testo.

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        Report on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, Made under the Direction of the Secretary of the Interior by William H. Emory (Three Volumes)

      Washington, D. C.: Cornelius Wendell. Very Good. 1859. A complete set of three rebound volumes, actually two volumes in three, with all plates present as called for. Red stamped cloth boards with bright gilt imprint on spine, made to look like leather. Light wear on corners. Slightly faded marbled edges. Reports within volumes paginated separately. William H. Emory was appointed commissioner of the United States and Mexico Boundary Survey following John Russell Bartlett, who was MIA from the survey upon Emory's arrival to assume his appointment. Emory was left to scrap together an effective survey party and obtain an accurate survey of the border after previous errors had ceded the Mesilla Valley, important in constructing a trans-continental railroad, to Mexico. The Gadsden Purchase had corrected this, but also added new territory to be surveyed. In addition to helping to clear up the boundary controversy, Emory's accounts were important in noting that the deserts of the southwest were not an agrarian paradise, and his team assembled a wealth of natural history and anthropological observations. This report is also notable for the illustrations, with many plates of scenery, plants, animals, and in particular color plates of the native inhabitants and birds. Volume I contains the personal narratives, correspondence, meteorology, geology, ethnology, and paleontology. It has shadow toning and light soil on some pages, with shadowed offsetting from plates. The other volumes have light soil on some pages, with less toning. First part of Volume II is botany; second is zoology. Two folding maps and one meteorological chart are tipped into Volume 1. Map Number 1, the large folding map: Map of the United States and Their Territories between the Mississippi and the Pacific Ocean and Part of Mexico Compiled from Surveys Made under the Order of W. H. Thomas Jeckyll, C. E. In very good condition with a half-inch margin tear and a fold split. Number 2: Geologic character of the formations as determined by C. C. Parry (cross-section sketches of mountains) , in very good condition. Also of note are the numerous in-text geologic illustrations by James Hall. A truly monumental scientific work. Wagner-Camp 291. Howes E146. Wheat Transmississippi 916. ; 11 1/4" x 9 1/4" .

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        Autograph letter signed.

      St. Petersburg, 30. V. 1859. - 8vo. 4 pp. Together with an autogr. envelope. To the actor Ignaz Vojaceck (1825-1916), thanking for some news about his addressee's adventures in Warsaw.

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        Sammelband mit 64 Theaterzetteln (darunter ein Konzertzettel auf Seide) zu Aufführungen im Theater zu Frankfurt am Main.

      Frankfurt, 24.3.1859 - 20.6. 1859.. HLwd. d. Zt. 38 x 26 cm. Das reiche Programm umfasste neben trivialen Stücken heute vergessener Autoren auch diverse Opern und Operetten von Gluck, Mozart, Donizetti u. a. Das Repertoire reichte von Kleist bis zu trivialen Komödien. Bemerkenswert ein Seidendruck mit Einladung zu einer Gesangsdarbietung der englischen Schwestern Angelina und Lucy Hafter sowie ein mehrfach gefalt. Plakat auf rosa Papier zu einem Konzert eines Militärbataillons. - Tls. etwas gebräunt, insgesamt in guter und frischer Erhaltung!

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        Wanderings of An Artist Among the Indians of North America: From Canada to Vancouver Island and Oregon Through the Hudson's Bay Company's Territory and Back Again

      Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, London, England 1859 - 455 pp. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 8 chromolithographed plates, folding map with hand-colouring in outline, 13 woodcuts. Original orange pebbled cloth covers stamped in blind, spine gilt. Bumping to spine extremities, internally clean, front hinge cracked, light surface wear, short tear to front joint. In a custom-designed half red morocco and cloth box. Paul Kane returned to Canada after four years of study in Europe determined to capture scenes of native American life. He travelled throughout the west, viewing the Red River Settlement, the Rocky Mountains, the Columbia River, the shores of Puget Sound and Vancouver Island. This work contains his journals converted to narrative form along with fine reproductions of his drawings and paintings. An accomplished artist, his work is now recognized as including some of the most significant illustrations of North American Aboriginal life from this period. Field 811; Graff 2262; Howes K7; Sabin 37007. Purchased at auction from the Bruce E. McKinney American Collection and with his bookplate tipped into the slipcase. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Commentaria in Scripturam Sacram. R. P. Cornelii a Lapide. Accurate Recognovit ac Notis Illustravit Augustinus Crampon. Band 1 bis 21 komplett mit 3 Ergänzungsbänden sowie 2 Bänden: Memoriale Praedicatorum sive Synopsis Biblica, Theologica, Moralis, Historica et Oratoria Commentariorum R. P. Cornelii a Lapide in Scripturam Sacram. [Bearbeitet von J. M. Péronne].

      Parisiis, Ludovicus Vivès [Paris: Louis Vivès] 1859-1863. - Ehemaliges Bibliotheksexemplar mit Spuren einer entfernten Rückensignatur, Inventarnummern und Stempeln auf Vorsatz- und Titelblatt. - Cornelius a Lapide, geboren 1567 in Bocholt, gestorben 1637 in Rom, studierte ab 1584 in Löwen, trat 1592 dem Jesuitenorden bei und erhielt 6 Jahre später eine Professur für Exegese an selbem Orte, bevor er ab 1616 bis zu seinem Tode am Collegium Romanum unterrichtete. Er gilt als einer der fruchtbarsten Jesuiten und seine Kommentare zur Bibel erreichten eine bemerkenswerte Verbreitung bis ins 18. Jahrhundert hinein. - Kanten deutlich, Deckel unterschiedlich stark berieben. Ecken etwas bestoßen und unterschiedlich starke Spuren der entfernten Signatur an den unteren Rücken. Schnitte etwas angestaubt, Papier gleichmäßig leicht gewellt. Insgesamt gutes und vollständiges, wenngleich nicht gänzlich einwandfreies Exemplar der relativ frühen Gesamtausgabe des Kommentars. - De Backer/Sommervogel - RE - LThK - Wetzer/Welte. la Gewicht in Gramm: 50000 4° (27,5 x 19,5 cm). Dunkelgrüne Halblederbände der Zeit mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel, Marmorpapierbezug, gesprenkelten Schnitten und Marmorpapier-Vorsätzen. [Hardcover / fest gebunden]. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Report of the committee appointed by the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania to translate the inscription on the Rosetta Stone.

      [Philadelphia: The Philomathean Society] Small 4to (23 cm; 9"). 152 pp., [4] ff., 6 plates.. copyright 1859 [also bound in] Catalogue of members of the Philomathean Society ... Philadelphia: Ringwalt & Co, 1859. Small 4to. 24 pp.; and tipped-in lithographed copyright notice. Probably the most famous => American all-lithographed book of the 19th century, with => chromolithographic illustrations and embellishments that lavishly enhance the whole. In his already classic study of 19th-century American color plate books, Stamped with a National Character, William Reese writes of this work: "The first full translation of the Rosetta Stone, undertaken by three members of the University of Pennsylvania . . . [student body], provided the basis for a notable display of chromolithographic book illustration by the Philadelphia lithographer, Louis Rosenthal. The entire book was lithographed, presumably to better accommodate the hieroglyphs, but Rosenthal went far beyond necessity. He created hundreds of crude but exuberant chromolithographs intermingled with the text, showing scenes from Egyptian life or elaborate borders in quasi-Egyptian motifs. It is one of the few American books printed entirely by lithography" (p. 99). The genesis of the work was the arrival at the Philomatheans' building of a donated cast of the Rosetta Stone. Three Philomatheans — Henry Morton, Charles R. Hale, and Samuel Huntington Jones — worked out a plan to translate the stone and produce the book here offered. Hale undertook to transcribe and translated the Greek and Demotic texts, Jones produced the historical introduction, and Morton supplied the hieroglyphic inscriptions, drawings, and other illustrations. The first edition of the finished work appeared just before Christmas, 1858, in an edition of 400 copies and sold out immediately. In late January 1859, the Society wished to print a second edition of 600 copies; but because no lithographic establishment could afford not to reuse lithographic stones, all stones save those for the last 20 or so pages of their work had been ground down. Thus in the second edition, i.e., the edition offered here, the artistic embellishments are "largely a new work," in the words of Randolph G. Adams ("The Rosetta Stone," in Bibliographical Essays, A Tribute to Wilberforce Eames, p. 234). In some very few copies of this second edition, p. 6 bears the signatures of the three Philomatheans who produced the book. This is, unfortunately, not one of those few, hence the lower price. But this copy does have the oft-missing copyright notice at the rear. Provenance: Signature on endpaper of "Wm. Randolph Taylor," with later gift inscription beneath. Taylor was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, a professor of botany there, and later at the University of Michigan. Publisher's dark green cloth, covers stamped in blind with a gilt center device of a sphynx; spine also stamped in blind but with two gilt-stamped vertical lozenges and the title in gilt. About six small areas of loss of cloth on spine or board, some probably silverfish damage. Bookseller's description of a different copy pasted to rear pastedown. A good++ copy well worth having.

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        The Complete Works. [Including The Leatherstocking Tales; The Pioneers; The Pathfinder; The Deerslayer; Last of the Mohicans; The Red Rover.]

      New York: W. A. Townsend & Co., 1859 - 32 volumes, octavo. Recent burgundy half morocco, spines gilt in compartments, blue morocco labels, marbled sides. Some light toning of contents. An excellent set. Illustrated title pages and frontispieces, illustrations throughout the set. An early and very handsomely bound set of the works of James Fenimore Cooper.

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        Notes of lectures on surgery.


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