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        SHADOW AND SUBSTANCE

      London: W.KENT & CO ( LATE D.BOGUE), 1860 Original Green victorian cloth boards with blind embossed and gilt titles and decs. 220x145mm approx. All edges of book block gilt. 232pp. Frontis + 29 other Hand Coloured Steel Engraved Plates. A typical Victorian Parlour amusement based on the "Magic Lantern" First edition in book form and uncommon with the plates hand coloured. Good (Book- re-sewn on three cords and re cased with new plain end papers (as original) and spine re backed with original cloth spine laid on. Original cloth shows shelf wear at extremities and soiling including a black ink spillage to front board but it was considered preferable to keep the original boards and retain the integrity of the book when carrying out the restoration. Finger / shelf soiling to margins of some pages and dust soiling to for edges of some signatures which had become proud when the original binding had failed. These last defects are not significant but worthy of mention). Please see our images of the actual book offered for sale.

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        E. Whitefield's Views of Chicago.

      E. Whitefield 1860-63, Chicago - Remarkable and rare grouping of five color lithographs from Edwin Whitefield's series of seven downtown Chicago scenes, lithographed and printed by Charles Shober in Chicago. The prints each measure about 10¼" X 18¼", and all are uniformly matted and framed to 26½" X 20½. In order of issuance: "View of Illinois and Michigan Central Depot & c. From the Corner of Madison St. and Michigan Avenue" (1860). "View of Clark & Wells St. Bridges From the Foot of River St." (1861). "View of Michigan Avenue & c. From Sturges & Buckingham's Elevator" (1861). "View of Rush St. Bridge & c. From Nortons Block River St." (1861). "Michigan Terrace Michigan Avenue Looking towards the Central Depot" (1863). The coloring on all are bright and delicate, the condition near fine. These rare individual prints seldom come on the market, and a near complete set of five of the seven together is extraordinarily unusual. Many were of course lost in the Chicago Fire of 1871. In addition, this rare grouping has an exceptional provenance in that they come from the collection of Adlai E. Stevenson III (b. 1930), former United States senator from Illinois -- who in turn inherited them from his father, Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-65), two-term Illinois governor and two-time candidate for U.S. president. Their precise history within the family is not recorded, but it seems likely that Governor Stevenson may have displayed them in his offices while a practicing attorney in Chicago in the late 1930s. It's not recorded whether they were handed down to him, but if so they came from his father, Illinois secretary of state Lewis G. Stevenson (1868-1929) or his grandfather, U.S. vice president Adlai E. Stevenson I (1835-1914); it's also possible they were handed down from the governor's other grandfather, Abraham Lincoln's friend and supporter Jesse W. Fell (1808-87). While the frames are rather worn and could easily be replaced, they appear to date from Governor Stevenson's time and therefore represent an integral part of this rare grouping's history. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Arc du Meridien de 25° 20' entre le Danube et la Mer Glaciale, mesuré depuis 1816 jusqu'en 1855, sous la direction de C. de Tenner, Chr. Hansteen, N. H. Selander, F. G. W. Struve. Ouvrage composé sur les différents matériaux et rédigé par F. G. W. Struve. Publie par L' Academie des Sciences de St. Pétersbourg. Tome premier, operations geodesiques entre le Danube et le Golfe de Finlande

      St. Pétersbourg Commissionaires de l Académie Impériale des sciences & 1857 1860 - large 4to [34x28cm]. 2 volumes bound in one. ppcxliv 334, viii 483. with the separate section of 28 plates bound in at the end. light staining to foot of first few pages in volume one, otherwise a very clean copy in a contemporary half calf binding, worn and rubbed, with loss of leather at one lower corner. upper third of back-strip detached but present. [heavy book that will require extra shipping charges for overseas orders] [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: McLaren Books Ltd., ABA, PBFA, ILAB]
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        The Waverly Gallery of the Principal Female Characters in Sir Walter Scott's Romances

      Appleton New York: Appleton, 1860. hardcover. very good. Illustrated with 37 steel engravings, tissue guards . 4to, full brown morocco, decorative gilt pattern on spine, front and rear covers, a.e.g. New York: Appleton, 1860. Slight foxing throughout, still a very good copy.

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        (Cobweb-Style Valentine)

      (N.p., c. 1860). Octavo. Single-sheet valentine. This "cobweb"-style valentine was so-named for its intricate lacework and circular central device, which, in this instance, is decorated with flowers. This circular element pulls out, creating a delicate, detailed peep show labeled, "Road to Happiness," which depicts two lovers sitting on a bench in a garden with a church in the background. A spray of flowers on the front bears an embossed medallion with a bouquet of flowers and a pineapple, which is wrapped with a banner reading, "Listen to me my love." Besides this sentiment, the card bears no other text and is not inscribed. The valentine is covered with fine white paper lace over a pale green background, with gold- and copper-painted embossing. Embossing is slightly rubbed, else a fine example of a highly unusual valentine. (Lee, pp.60-61, 127).

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        La Règle des Temps appliquée aux questions de la Chronologie, de la Pâques et de la Cosomographie, d'après le Système de Moïse. Lumière Zodiacale par Pierre Lachèze (de Paris) [ Suivi de : ] Le Système du monde d'après Moïse. Apparences des éclipses de Soleil en 1842 et 1868 en faveur du système. L'Amérique d'après le Livre de Job.

      V. Palmé 1860 - Nouvelle édition, revue, corrigée et augmentée d'une Discussion sur Laplace et Cuvier et d'un Questionnaire sur les principes de cosmographie, et sur les divers calendriers, les zodiaques d'Egypte, les éclypses et les marées, 1 vol. in-8 reliure de l'époque demi-basane marron, dos à 5 nerfs orné, ill. dans le texte, V. Palmé, Paris, 1860, 398-16 pp. avec un très grand tableau dépliant Bon état (anciens cachets d'institution religieuse, accrocs sans manque au très grand tableau dépliant, petit étiquette au plat sup.). La présente édition est très peu commune. Les deux seuls exemplaires repérés sur Worldcat, au CCfr et à la BNF, indiquent une pagination beaucoup plus réduite. Langue: Français [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        BOLETIN BIBLIOGRAFICO ESPAÑOL

      - 9 Tomos editados en Madrid entre 1860 y 1868, obra terminada por Manuel Fernandez Hidalgo, la encuadernación sufre leves erosiones, ex-libris. 300 páginas aproximadamente por tomo ( Todo lo editado. muy raro en comercio ). [Attributes: First Edition]

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        United States of North America (eastern & central)

      Day & Son, London 1860 - Size : 850x910 (mm), 33.5x35.75 (Inches), Original Outline Coloring Very Good, 6 separate sheets joined together.

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        UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA. LV.

      Edinburgh, London & Dublin. 1860 - Steel engraving. Original colour. Size: 52.5 x 41 cm. In good condition. Worm hole in middle of central fold. A detailed map of the United States of America. Archibald Fullarton's Royal Illustrated Atlas of Modern Geography was the last highly decorative atlas published in England, and the maps are much sought after as a consequence.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Herr Vogt

      London: A. Petsch & Co., deutsche Buchhandlung,, 1860. Octavo (226 ×149 mm). Original publisher's printed wrappers, spine skilfully renewed. Housed in a custom made chemise and slip case, lettered in black. Ownership inscription at the head of the title-page of the Italian Socialist Luigi dal Pane, noting the earlier ownership of the Italian Marxist theoretician Antonio Labriola. Additional stamp of a Swiss collector to the upper wrapper. Spine skilfully renewed and covers lined with some neat restoration. Occasional light spotting and staining as usual. Small old ownership stamp erased from margin of first, last and one text leaf. A very good, uncut copy of this extremely rare publication. First edition of the work which Marx took the best part of a year away from the writing of Capital to complete. It is an answer to the slanders against himself, Engels and their supporters which appeared in Karl Vogt's 1859 pamphlet, Mein Prozess gegen die Allgemeine Zeitung. "Herr Vogt is Marx's 'forgotten' work. Mentioned in passing ? if at all ? in biographical studies, and scarcely at all in discussions of his writings, it has remained for over a century largely neglected. He knew before its publication that many 'clever men' would be 'completely unable to grasp how I could squander my time on refuting such infantile nonsense'. What the clever men and their successors over the years could not or would not understand is that for Marx in 1860, as for Marxists today, the defence and security of the revolutionary party was of paramount concern ... Vogt had taken the side of the petty-bourgeois democrats in 1848. Now he reached for the foulest slanders against Communists, ... [alleging] that they engaged in secret and violent conspiracies and that Marx acted among them like a dictator. In this book Marx answers Vogt line for line and charge for charge. In the first chapters he holds up to ridicule Vogt's assertion that the Communists constituted a secret conspiratorial gang, producing evidence from German emigrés which leaves the slanderer's arguments in tatters. Marx spares neither wit nor invective in demolishing his opponent" (R. A. Archer, in the preface to his English translation of Herr Vogt [1982]). Karl Vogt was "quietly teaching in Switzerland when an obscure German refugee newspaper in London accused him of being a paid agent of Napoleon III. The matter might have been forgotten if Liebknecht had not sent the accusation to the Allgemeine Zeitung, which was published in Augsburg. Liebknecht was the London representative of the German newspaper. The Allgemeine Zeitung published the story. Vogt was incensed, sued the newspaper for libel, and although the case was dismissed, he was able to claim a technical victory. He suspected, quite wrongly, that Marx was behind the attack. In fact Marx found little pleasure in the affair which dragged on for many weeks, and was relieved when it was over. Matters might have rested in the peace of exhaustion, but late in 1859 the bitterness flared up again. A small book appeared in Germany bearing the title Mein Prozess gegen die Allgemeine Zeitung. It was Vogt's account of his lawsuit against the Allgemeine Zeitung with a stenographic record of the court proceedings and whatever explanatory and contributory documents the author could lay his hands on. Vogt was a scientist, and he took care that the documents should be quoted with exemplary accuracy. Occasionally he would give initials rather than full names, but he was careful not to tamper with anything else. Here, finally, was the full evidence for Marx's treachery and duplicity as revealed in precise and objective testimony. There were no appeals to the gallery, only the documents. Vogt's presentation was masterly, and no one reading the book casually could imagine that it would be possible to rebut the evidence" (Payne, Marx, a biography, p. 318). Marx, outraged at the attack, replied in 1860 with Herr Vogt, in which he denounced Vogt for intrigue, slander, and double-dealing.

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        Life of William T. Porter

      New York: D. Appleton 1860 New York: D. Appleton, 1860. First edition. 8vo. Portrait frontispiece. vii, 273 pp. Original green cloth. Minor stain on front cover, faint rubbing at spine, portrait slightly foxed, else fine. Bruns B-228; Fairfax Harrison, The Background of the American Stud Book, pp. 87-88 et passim . The biography of Porter, who in 1831 founded the American sporting periodical 'spirit of the Times," and served as its editor from 1835 to 1850. He also edited the American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine from 1840-1844, and the annual American Turf Register and Racing & Trotting Calendar from 1845-1855. He was a figure of enormous influence in the history of flat racing in America. "As a sportsman Porter was never a practicing horseman: his individual interest was in angling. But as a reporter of racing none has ever surpassed him" - Harrison. With an ALS dated New York Nov. 2nd, 1875, "The Article on Frank's in Barclay Street incorporated into his Life of Porter was written by me at the suggestion of Alderman John Clancy and published in his paper The New York Leader and afterwards reprinted in the Old Spirit when edited by Col. Tom Thorpe in the year 1858. Yours & c. Thomas Pieters 'The Juvenile' of the Old Spirit" The passage in question, "Frank Monteverde's in Barclay Street" (at pp. 86-100), describes the history of a public house next door to the Spirit of the Times frequented by sportsmen, with a vignette of Porter, known as the "Tall Son of New York" and a regular at Frank's. "This biography is by Porter's brother-in-law and contains much on Porter's angling activities. Porter has been thought of as the father of the school of American sporting literature" - Bruns

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        E. Whitefield's Views of Chicago

      Remarkable and rare grouping of five color lithographs from Edwin Whitefield's series of seven downtown Chicago scenes, lithographed and printed by Charles Shober in Chicago. The prints each measure about 10¼" X 18¼", and all are uniformly matted and framed to 26½" X 20½. In order of issuance: "View of Illinois and Michigan Central Depot & c. From the Corner of Madison St. and Michigan Avenue" (1860). "View of Clark & Wells St. Bridges From the Foot of River St." (1861). "View of Michigan Avenue & c. From Sturges & Buckingham's Elevator" (1861). "View of Rush St. Bridge & c. From Nortons Block River St." (1861). "Michigan Terrace Michigan Avenue Looking towards the Central Depot" (1863). The coloring on all are bright and delicate, the condition near fine. These rare individual prints seldom come on the market, and a near complete set of five of the seven together is extraordinarily unusual. Many were of course lost in the Chicago Fire of 1871. In addition, this rare grouping has an exceptional provenance in that they come from the collection of Adlai E. Stevenson III (b. 1930), former United States senator from Illinois -- who in turn inherited them from his father, Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-65), two-term Illinois governor and two-time candidate for U.S. president. Their precise history within the family is not recorded, but it seems likely that Governor Stevenson may have displayed them in his offices while a practicing attorney in Chicago in the late 1930s. It's not recorded whether they were handed down to him, but if so they came from his father, Illinois secretary of state Lewis G. Stevenson (1868-1929) or his grandfather, U.S. vice president Adlai E. Stevenson I (1835-1914); it's also possible they were handed down from the governor's other grandfather, Abraham Lincoln's friend and supporter Jesse W. Fell (1808-87). While the frames are rather worn and could easily be replaced, they appear to date from Governor Stevenson's time and therefore represent an integral part of this rare grouping's history.

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        Map of the United States, and Territories Together with Canada &c

      Pennsylvania.: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr.. Copyright 1860. [ 1860].. Map, handcolor, 13 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches including decorative border on sheet size 15 1/2 x 24 1/2, centrefold as issued. 1/2 inch split at bottom of centrefold (outside image area), light toning to edges, light scattered foxing (mainly in outer margins). Overall in exceptionally clean and bright condition. A quite beautiful and most extraordinary map showing huge territories in the Western United States just before the area was organised into a formation more familiar to the modern eye. Oregon, California and Texas have formations more or less unchanged from the present day; however the rest of the area west of the central states of Minnesota, Iowa etc is divided between a huge Nebraska, large and elongated Utah, New Mexico, Kansas and Indian Territory. Additionally, Arizona is marked (although not delineated with outline color) in the lower part of New Mexico, most likely noting the public sentiment for a territory of Arizona (which was formed in 1862). West Virginia has not yet seceded from Virginia. A very decorative floral border. Small inset map: Island of Newfoundland. Plate 9 from Mitchell's New General Atlas. .

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        A History of Coal, Coke, Coal Fields, .... of the Great Northern Coal Field

      Worn reading copy First Edition Marbled boards. Half-leather cover 420mm x 280mm (17" x 11"). 164pp. 36 full page etchings of mines, machinery, shipping, etc.

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        The Mill on the Floss. 3 volume set

      VG : in very good condition. Rebound with marbled eps. A few leaves lightly spotted. Teg First Edition Half leather/gilt marbled board cover 200mm x 130mm (8" x 5"). 361pp; 319pp; 313pp. With half titles. Title pages include 'The Right of Translation is reserved'. Without preliminary advert in Volume I and without publisher's catalogue in Volume III.

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        THE COMICAL STORY BOOK. With comical illustrations, printed in colours. Containing:- Greedy Jem, and his Little Brothers, The Faithless Parrot, Naughty Boys and Girls, and Lazybones.

      The Sad History of Greedy Jem and all his little brothers narrated, invented and drawn on the wood by Charles H. Bennett.[16] pages. The Faithless Parrot Designed and Narrated by Charles H. Bennett. [16] pages. Naughty Boys and Girls [Charles Bennett] [18] pages. Lazybones[ authorship and illustrator unknown, but probably Charles Bennett], [18] pages. Original blue pictorial cloth, gilt. All edges gilt. First edition thus. These titles would all have been issued separately, as shilling toybooks, during the early 1860's. Two of the three Struwwelpeter imitations are listed in Baumgartner's bibliography, 'Der Struwwelpeter.'Binding worn and re-cased at some time with the original spine laid down and new endpapers fitted; two tears repaired with tape; some marking; else a good plus copy of an extremely scarce work featuring three Struwwelpeter imitations; one of which, Lazybones, is not listed in Baumgartner.

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        Memorias de Don Fernando IV de Castilla. Tomo I, contiene la Crónica de dicho rey, copiada de un Códice existente en la Biblioteca Nacional. Tomo II, contiene la Colección Diplomática que comprueba la Crónica. Arreglada, anotada y ampliamente ilustrado

      Madrid, Impreta de José Rodríguez, 1860. Dos volúmenes en 4to. mayor; 2 hs., CXVII pp., 696 pp., 2 hs. y 2 hs., 912 pp., 1 h. Con tres estados plegados. Encuadernación de época, en media tela.

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        REPORTS OF EXPLORATIONS AND SURVEYS, Volume XII, BOOK II

      1860. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 36th Congress, 1st Session, Ex. Doc. No 56. REPORTS OF EXPLORATIONS AND SURVEYS, to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. Made Under the Direction of the Secretary of War, in 1853-5, According to Acts of Congress of March 3, 1853, May 31, 1854, and August 5, 1854. Volume XII, Book II. Washington: Thomas H. Ford, Printer, 1860. Illustrated with 53 plates, one more than called for, but with omissions and additions from the plates list. Botany: 6 plates, complete. Insects: 2 plates, complete. Mammals: 5 of 6 plates, lacks #8. Birds: 8 plates, all with touches of color, complete. Reptiles: 11 of 10 plates; lacks #23 but includes #29 (not called for) and #31 (listed as 'not yet published'). Fishes: 21 of 20 plates; lacks #76 but includes #43 and #75 (both of which are not called for). Quarto. 76,[2],viii,[2],399 pp. Quarter leather, marbled paper-covered boards, speckled edges. Pencil ownership at ffep. Binding is generally scuffed and quite worn at edges. Leather backstrip is parched and starting at the lower joint. Occasional light to moderate foxing throughout, including plates. A couple of the plates are age-browned. A solid copy copy, though in a worn binding, with complete text and a generous selection of plates.

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        Progressive Democracy - Prospect of a Smash Up

      Currier & Ives, New York 1860 - Progressive Democracy - Prospect of a Smash Up Published by Currier & Ives, New York, 1860 Lithograph Gale# 5371 Paper size 13 5/8 x 17 7/8¿

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        Divided Double Fore Edge Painting Poems by Thomas Hood

      Hardcover, Very Good. "Edward Moxon & Co, London 1860. Twelfth Edition. Morocco leather bound with gold gilt lettering at the spine. All edges gilt. Divided Double Fore Edge Painting. Two Scenes painted at the fore edge of the pages. The painting is not visible when the book is closed. The pages of the book must be fanned to view both paintings. Scarce. Book Condition: Very Good+, clean morocco leather boards and spine, book is tight and square, clean endpaper and pages, tight spine, shelf wear at the edges, rubbed corners, previous owner's elegant inscription from 1860 at the front endpaper, clean pages."

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        Les récréations instructives, tirées de l'éducation nouvelle, journal des mères et des enfants. Recueil publié sous la direction de Jules Delbrück. 1 -4e Serie.

      Borrani,, Paris, 1860 - Quattro volumi di cm. 31, pp. 1.000 ca. complessive. Con frontespizio figurato a ciascun volume, figure incise nel testo e 30 (di 48) belle tavole f.t. a doppia pagina in litografia colorata. Solida ed elegante legatura editoriale in piena percallina verde con impressioni a secco, titoli e fregi in oro. Tagli dorati. Carte a tratti un po' fiorite, peraltro esemplare fresco e ben conservato. Mancano purtroppo (dall'origine?) alcune delle tavole fuori testo. Opere celebre ed assai rara.

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        Album D'Ostende

      Bruges and Ostende: J. Buffa. Half Morocco . Very Good. Cham, Victor Eeckhout, H. Borremans, van Cuyck, Gerlier, F. Stroobant, J. Van de Putte, Baldisseroni, de Nestele (?) [spellings of these names somewhat elastic]. N.d., circa 1860. A fabulous collection of hand-colored plates of the popular Belgian beach resort, with a mix of character studies (mostly of the local, non-fashionable citizenry), humorous genre scenes and views of the beach, the architecture, the beachgoers, the sea. 52 plates in all, all but one of which is hand-colored, the final plate is a folding tinted panorama of the beach looking in from the sea . Some of the beach scenes are evocative of Boudin. The mix of humor and more sober portraits lends a balance from which we can better approximate the culture and atmosphere at this early destination resort. And through the pictures we can sense the uneasy embrace of the vacationing bathers with the sea. The colored plates are all 13.5 by 10 inches, or 34 by 25 cm, including their margins. The plates are mostly clean, but there is some finger soiling and the like in the margins, and a few plates have chips and small chunks of card missing, never affecting the images. Rebacked with attractive green morocco. The contemporary cloth boards are soiled, with a few minor edge dings. No title, and no evidence there ever was one.

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        Histoire de la Perse

      Paris,Arnauld de Vresse editeur 1860 - 446 pgs and five lithographies enhanced with color.original red cloth dinding with spine richly gilt in fine condition. Internally some very light spotting in text. The lithographies in good condition.Edges gilt. A very attractive copy of this book written by the brother of the discoverer of hieroglyphs. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Old Mackinaw; or, The Fortress of the Lakes and its Surroundings

      JAMES CHALLEN & SON, PHILADELPHIA 1860 - B/W Photos. Stained, foxed, rubbed, loose binding. Ink writing on front and back endpapers. Readable. DATE PUBLISHED: 1860 EDITION: FIRST ED 404 [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Den sidste Franklin Expedition med ñFox,î Capt. MÍClintock

      NF. Copenhagen, Fr. Waldikes, 1860, 1st Danish Edition. Lg8vo (Octavo), 266pp. With steel engraved portrait frontpiece, eight tinted lithographs on plates, folding lithographic facsimile of FranklinÍs last notes, four maps _ 3 fold-outs and one full-page, 9 engravings in text. Publisher's sea foam green textured cloth with gilt titles on spine; decorative de-bossing on front and rear covers. No prior ownership markings, covers and interior in excellent condition. A uniquely well-preserved copy in Near Fine condition and complete with all maps, plates and lithographs. A Scarce Franklin Search narrative. „Not listed in Arctic Bibliography.& & An account of MÍClintockÍs Fox Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin by Carl Petersen, a veteran of the Penny, Kane and MÍClintock expeditions. Written by the interpreter J.C.C. Petersen, this is his narrative of the British Franklin search expedition sponsored by Lady Franklin, in the 'Fox' under McClintock, sent out to determine how Franklin and his men had died. Text in Danish.& &

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        General Report on the Cowichan Valley.

      Col. Sec. Office, Victoria 1860 - Victoria: Col. Sec. Office, 22 March, 1860. Quarto (ca. 27,5x20 cm). 2 pp., printed in double columns. Paper age toned, with creases and minor tears and chips on extremities. Overall a good copy. Very rare offprint of the survey of the area around Nanaimo executed in 1859 by Benjamin William Pearse (1832-1902) and Oliver Wells. The survey was executed on assignment of the Surveyor General of the Colony of Vancouver Island Joseph Despard Pemberton (1821-1893). Acknowledged as "containing matter of interest to the public, [it] is herewith published for general information by command of his Excellency, William A.G. Young, Acting Colonial Secretary". The full report by Pearse and Wells was published in London later that year under the title "Vancouver's Island. Survey of the Districts of Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley" (London, G. Eyre & W. Spottiswoode, 1859). Wells gives an auspicious characteristic to the geographical location of the valley, its climate and soils, water sources and minerals; lists local woods, plants, fish and game; and predicts successful farming in the valley: "I am firmly persuaded that under a common, judicious system of farming, as good returns can be obtained from these lands as in any parts of the Continent of America. The climate, it may be noted, is one especially adapted to the pursuits of agriculture, not being subject to the heats and droughts of California, or to the colds of the other British American Provinces, and the Eastern United States". Nowadays the Cowichan Valley is the home of "a growing number of vineyards and wineries. They include Cherry Point Vineyards, Blue Grouse, Glenterra, Vigneti Zanatta, Venturi-Schulze Vineyards, and Averil Creek. Locals claim that the warm, dry summers and mild, moist winters are reminiscent of a cool Mediterranean climate, providing ideal growing conditions for many grape varieties" (Wikipedia). Extremely rare and fragile, this locally-printed report presents a glowing picture of the settlement possibilities of this temperate, fertile valley. Printed copies of this report are almost unknown; most referred to are microfiche. Lowther 135.

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        Notes On Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not. (First American Edition)

      D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1860-01-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1860: First American Edition, First Printing with title page dated 1860 with no subsequent printings listed. In Good overall condition, with chipping and loss to both spine ends, and a split forming at the outer front gutter. Cloth is lightly worn and rubbed, corners and edges show rubbing. Areas of wear to end sheets. Pages are age toned and show light occasional spotting and signs of age. No marking. The binding is sound, yet the book remains a bit fragile. A rare title.

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        THE ENGLISH STRUWWELPETER Or Pretty Stories and Funny Pictures

      Imprint & edition unknown, circa 1860.. Circa 1860, imprint and edition would have been on original covers which are missing. Rebound long ago in plain mauve cloth, small 4to, page size 255 x 188 mm, 10 x 7¼ inches. 24 pages of hand coloured illustrations, all but Shock-Headed Peter reproduce the familiar post 1858 designs still used until recently. Shock-Headed Peter himself has a huge mass of long straight hair down to his ankles and he has a heavy fringe to his forehead (see image). Original covers lacking, cloth discoloured and soiled, slightly frayed at head and tail of spine and corners. Margins lightly soiled and lightly thumbed throughout, some light foxing, tiny chips to lower corners, many short closed margin tears, one 70 mm (2¾") closed tear affecting blank area only and a few at lower inner edge, neatly mended on verso with archival tape, 2 old paper mends on verso, a few ink spots to 1 blank page, pale brown staining to 1 illustration and facing blank (pressed flowers - see image). A good copy of a scarce item printed on thin poor quality paper. The illustration of Shock-Headed Peter with ankle length hair is very close to a second design made by Hoffmann in 1858 (see Hurlimann, Three Centuries, plate VI lower right, facing page 55 and see Bilderwelt page 238), and which was used by Trim in Pierre l'Ebouriffé (1860). This illustration is not recorded in an English edition. Ours seems very early for the little cross and soup tureen in The Story of Augustus are printed as in the German version: ‘Kaspar’ and ‘Suppe’ whereas later versions say: ‘Augustus’ and ‘Soup’. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        The Mill on the Floss. Complete in three volumes

      William Blackwood, Edinburgh & London, 1860. First Edition, first printing - complete in three volumes. 8vo. 361pp, 319pp & 313pp + xvi publisher's catalogue bound into rear of final volume. Original publisher's orange-brown cloth, gilt lettered at spines and with embossed ornate decoration to upper and lower boards. Cloth a little darkened at edges and tips of corners lightly chafed and occasionally knocked. A small area of wear to base of spine of the first volume, and a quite hefty bump to upper spine. Binding a litter tender at title page of first volume, yet perfectly sound. Really quite a nice bright set, the first volume exhibits some light spotting, primarily to leaf edges, but volumes two and three are very crisp internally, save for the very occasional finger mark to margins. Eliot's celebrated second novel, recounting the story of Maggie Tulliver and reflecting the disgrace that the author herself experienced while in a twenty-year relationship with a married man.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.

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        GRANDE ILLUSTRAZIONE DEL LOMBARDO-VENETO OSSIA STORIA DELLE CITTÀ, DEI BORGHI, COMUNI. CASTELLI, ECC. FINO AI TEMPI MDERNI PER CURA DI UNA SOCIETÀ DI LETTERATI ITALIANI.

      Corona e Caimi 1860 ...Storia delle città, dei borghi, comuni, castelli, ecc. fino ai tempi moderni per cura di Cesare CANTU' e d' altri letterati. Milano, presso Corona e Caimi, 1860-1861. Seconda edizione. 5 tomi in 6 volumi in-8° grande, pp. 839, (8); 830; 1244; 1014; 1091; 791, bella leg. m. pelle coeva, con fregi in oro in cart. marmorizzato. Con 6 front. incisi, con numerosissimi ritratti di uomini illustri nel testo e in tavole fuori testo. 7 tavv. f.t. ripiegate (di cui 4 delle piante delle città sotto citate) e un migliaio di incisioni n.t., tutte in xilografria anche a piena pagina. Con le piante ripiegate di: Mantova, Padova, Venezia e Milano. Opera delle più importanti e compiute per quel tempo, che illustra le regioni del Lombardo-Veneto sotto vari aspetti: storico, artistico, culturale, folcloristico, demografico, economico. Ottimo esemplare, specialmente per la bella legatura e le bellissime incisioni.

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        Lettre autographe signée à Brierre de Boismont (19 juin 1860)

      1860 - In-8°, deux feuillets séparés, dont un portant un timbre et un cachet de cire. Cette lettre est adressée au célèbre aliéniste Brierre de Boismont à sa maison du 333 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine. le texte lui-même occupe le recto et le verso du premier feuillet. Alfred de Vigny fait référence à des entretiens réguliers avec Brierre de Boismont. Il ne peut se rendre au prochain rendez-vous car son épouse a été victime d'un accident, une chute en descendant de voiture, et il reste à son chevet. Dans les actes du Colloque de Brest, de 2002 à l'Université Victor Segalen CNRS, un travail a été intitulé "la maladie dans la correspondance de Vigny avec Brierre de Boismont". [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        POLITICAL DEBATES BETWEEN HON. ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND HON. STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS, In the Celebrated Campaign of 1858, in Illinois; Including the Preceding Speeches of Each, at Chicago, Springfield, etc.; Also, the Two Great Speeches of Mr. Lincoln in Ohio in 1859, as Carefully Prepared by the Reporters of Each Party, and Published at the Times of Their Delivery

      Columbus: Follett, Foster and Co., 1860. 8vo. [Sheet height: 22.1 cm.] iv, [1 -contents], [3 - blank], 268 pages. Recent full tan calf with gilt-lettered black leather spine label and blind rules on spine; new plain endpapers. Binding is fine. Faint institutional ink stamp to title. Embossed stamp on title and one text leaf. Single letter ("B") in ink on upper corner of title and on verso of title, the latter with bleed-through to recto affecting the middle initial of Douglas's name. Number in ink in lower margin of first page of text. Else very good with much less foxing than expected. Moderate foxing to prelims, but only occasional traces elsewhere. A handful of tiny ink marks to text, not affecting legibility. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with no rule above publisher's name on copyright page and "2" at base of page 17. Monaghan 69. Howes 338.

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        Political Debates Between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, In the Celebrated Campaign of 1858, in Illinois

      Columbus, OH: Follett, Foster & Company, 1860. First edition. Near Fine. Later issue with line over printer's name on copyright and signature 2 on p. 13. A lovely, nearly Fine copy in the original cloth. Small chip at the top of the spine, contemporary owner's name on the front paste-down and sporadic, light foxing, otherwise a bright, clean copy. & & Relatively unknown politically, Abraham Lincoln, challenged the Democratic incumbent in Illinois for the state Senate seat. The two entered into a series of seven debates in towns across the state, where the overwhelming topic of discussion centered on slavery. Lincoln lost, but decided to publish the debates in a book, which became immensely popular and led to his nomination and victory of the Presidency two years later. Lincoln's first campaign speech and the opening passage of the book is his now famous, "House Divided" speech, where he said: "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free." Near Fine.

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        OUR INDIAN EMPIRE and the adjacent countries of AFGHANISTAN, BELOOCHISTAN, PERSIA, etc. - Depicted and described by pen and pencil (3 VOLUMES)

      London and New York: The London Printing and Publishing Company, 1860. SCARCE 3 VOLUMES EDITION bound in original deep purple cloth with gilt title on spine. 3 engraved portraits, 2 double-page engraved col. maps and a 100 exquisite steel engravings. VOL. 1: vii (index), list of engravings, xxxii (introduction), 618pp.; VOL. 2: vii (index), 504pp.; VOL. 3: 142pp. (description of engravings). CONDITION: Purple spines somewhat sunned. Covers (upper part) vols. 2 and 3 mild stain and little damage to cloth. Spines slightly frayed at head. Endpapers brownish discol. Vol. 2: Frontisp. portrait, col. map, and first plate partly with larger brown spot ( right upper corner plate also affected). * CONTENTS & PLATES CLEAN. / 3 Bde. mit 100 Stahlstichtafeln und 2 dpblgr. kolor. gestochenen Karten. Ganzleinwand m. Rückenvergoldung ( etwas ausgebleicht, gering berieben. Band 2 und 3 mit kleinen Fehlstellen) . überwiegend mit Ansichten illustriertes Werk über Indien und die angrenzenden Staaten nebst zwei Karten von Nord- bzw. Südindien. Von guter Gesamterhaltung. Das Frontispiz, die Karte und die erste Tafel des 2. Bandes stärker fleckig. * TOTAL POSTAGE (registered airmail over 5 kgs.): EUROPE 25.00 euros - OUTSIDE 55.00 euros. . Cloth w. DJ.. GOOD. 28x20.

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        RECUEIL DE PROBLEMES DEDIE AUX AMATEURS D';ECHECS. CONCOURS DU JOURNAL LA REGENCE

      Paris: Au Cafe De La Regence, 1860. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good binding. Journoud was one of the leading French chess masters in the 1850';s & ‘60';s. A member of the famed Cafe de la Regence in Paris, he was on the great players there, but never reached the highest level. He is perhaps best known as editor of several of the French chess journals: The Regency, The New Regency, The Palamedes, and the Sphinx. Rather scarce; we locate five copies in OCLC. A nice copy in red embossed cloth . There is a previous owner bookplate on the front pastedown. Very Good binding.

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        [THE HUDSON RIVER FROM FORT PUTNAM]

      [Fort Putnam, N.Y. ca. 1860].. Watercolor on paper, 9 3/4 x 12 3/4 inches. Laid down on modern card, matted and framed (19 x 22 inches). Signed in lower left corner: "W F Friend." Colors clean and fresh. In fine condition. A fine watercolor by Washington F. Friend of the Hudson River as seen from Fort Putnam. A single figure in a red coat in the foreground provides scale as well as a touch of contrast to the predominant brown, blue, green, and grey tones used to portray the river and surrounding woods and hills and a partially cloudy sky. Several ships can be viewed on the Hudson and a village across the river is also depicted. In the foreground on the right side can be seen part of a brick wall, perhaps part of the fort's fortification. Friend (circa 1820-86), a painter and topographic artist who specialized in watercolors, is particularly well known for his work in the American West. "After failed business, he became an itinerant artist, sketching in Utah, California, Colorado, and Montana and painted a panorama which was exhibited in Canada and the eastern U.S." - Falk. Following a three-year journey through the western United States and Canada, Friend displayed his work in panoramic form as one element in a theatrical event which included music and recitations. The show toured in the northeast and England. Upon his return to the United States, he continued to paint and exhibit his work. A fine mid-19th-century watercolor view of the Hudson River as seen from the West Point area. Falk, WHO WAS WHO IN AMERICAN ART, 1564-1975 I, p.1202. Hughes, ARTISTS IN CALIFORNIA, p.192.

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        COLLECTION OF ELEVEN FIRST EDITIONS UNIFORMLY BOUND IN 1/2 BROWN MOROCCO

      1/2 morocco. Occasional minor rubbing at spine tips and corners. Near Fine. Includes his first book THE ESCORIAL (Oxford 1860); SHELLEY (London 1878) bound without ads; THE SONNETS OF MICHAEL ANGELO BUONARROTI AND TOMMASO CAMPANELLA NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME TRANSLATED INTO RHYMED ENGLISH (London 1878); ANIMI FIGURA (London 1882); VAGABUNDULI LIBELLUS (London 1884); SIR PHILIP SIDNEY (London 1886); CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE ... WITH A GENERAL INTRODUCTION ON THE ENGLISH DRAMA DURING THE REIGNS OF ELIZABETH AND JAMES I (London 1887) Unexpurgated Edition, frontispiece; THOMAS HEYWOOD ... WITH AN INTRODUCTION (London 1888) Unexpurgated Edition, frontispiece; WEBSTER AND TOURNEUR (London 1888) Unexpurgated Edition, frontispiece; IN THE KEY OF BLUE AND OTHER PROSE ESSAYS (London & New York 1893) bound without catalogue; and BLANK VERSE (London 1895).

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        The LIFE Of JOSEPH GARIBALDI, The Liberator of Italy. Complete Up to the Withdrawal of Garibaldi to his Island Home After the Neapolitan Campaign, 1860. Beadle's Dime Biographical Library No. 1.

      Beadle and Company, Publishers. 141 William Street, Corner of Fulton. (1860), New York: - Wood engraved frontis of Garibaldi, signed N. Orr. A quite rare Beadle publication, especially so in this cloth binding (which is *not* mentioned by Johannsen). Spine lightly sunned. Minor wear at the tips. A VG+ copy. Original publisher's brown cloth binding with gilt stamped title lettering to front board. Yellow advert front eps, printed in red ink (NB. See Johannsen's Intro to this Beadle series [v. I, p. 364], where the advert verbiage is quoted). 12mo. 7-1/4" x 4-5/8". 1st edition (Johannsen BEADLE, p. 368). 103, [5] pp. Adverts last 4 pages. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Dinner Question: or, How to Dine Well and Economically. Combining The Rudiments of Cookery with Useful Hints on Dinner Giving and Serving

      London: Routledge, 1860. First. hardcover. near fine. Woodcut frontispiece portrait of Tabitha. 192pp.,24mo, beautifully rebound in 1/2 tan calf, brown leather label, marbled boards. London: Routledge, 1860. First Edition. Fine. An overview of mid-Victorian dining and the relative merits of English and French cookery and the best system for arranging the service of dinner.

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        Carte Stratégique du Quadrilatère

      Altkolorierte lithographierte Karte von Henri Plon nach Capitaine Vandevelde, Officier d'Ordonnance du Roi des Belges um 1860. 54.8x78.5 cm. Maßstab ca. 1 : 86.400. - Das Gebiet um die vier Orte Verona, Legnago, Mantua und Peschierea mit Eintragung der Truppenaufstellungen zur Schlacht von Solferino am 24. Juni 1859 zwischen Österreich und Piemont-Sardinien mit dem verbündeten Frankreich.

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        A BOY'S ASCENT OF MONT BLANC. With a Memoir of the Author by Edmund Yates

      London. Ward, Lock and Tyler, (1860).. (1860), small 8vo, 165 x 105 mm, 6½ x 4 inches, frontispiece and 22 text illustrations, pages: xxxvi, 299, bound in original publisher's red cloth with black stamped decoration to spine and upper cover, illustration and lettering in gilt with a green and a blue initial to upper cover, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, all edges gilt, brown coated endpapers. Rebacked expertly with original spine laid on, new cloth showing at head and tail and on hinges, spine slightly darkened, spine gilt dull, small dark stain at lower edge of upper cover, 3 other very small stains, endpapers chipped at edges, 2 names on front endpapers, another on reverse of frontispiece, frontispiece and title page faintly foxed, small light brown stain affects 10 pages, otherwise contents clean and bright, binding tight and firm. A good sound copy. This is not the story of a boy's ascent of Mont Blanc, rather it is a history and description of ascents of Mont Blanc for the instruction and amusement of boys, including the famous ascent by the author in 1851 which is recounted in detail. Albert Smith (1816-1860) had a passion for Mont Blanc and after his ascent he produced an illustrated lecture based on his experiences. This ran for six years at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly and made him a rich man, starting a craze for Mont Blanc. His book on Mont Blanc was originally published by David Bogue in 1852 and went into many editions. This 'Boy's' edition which is scarce was published the same year as an edition for adults also with the Yates memoir. See Neate, Mountaineering and its Literature, No. 718 and 719. See also Appendix III. 1 copy listed in Copac (Major Libraries in the UK) in the National Library of Scotland; OCLC, World Catalogue, list 2 copies, 1 in Zentralbibliothek Zürich and 1 in National Library of Scotland. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Travels in the Regions of the Upper and Lower Amoor and the Russian Acquisitions on the Confines of India and China

      London: Hurst and Blackett, 1860 xiii, 570 pgs. 82 b/w illustrs. and colour frontis. Folding map at end with one short tear along the inner fold. Half leather binding with marbled paper over boards, endpapers & edges. Recently recased with new backstrip and strengthened hinges. Leather on the corner tips has worn through to the boards. (see photo) Subtitle reads; With Adventures Among the Mountain Kirghis; and the Manjours, Manyargs, Toungouz, Touzemtz, Goldi, and Gelyaks: the Hunting and Pastoral Tribes. In the preface the author explains that his previous work, "Oriental and Western Siberia" was nothing more than "descriptive narrative of a remote part of the globe" and that this present work is information of a more 'elevated character', intended to satisfy the geologist, botanist, ethnologist and other scientific scholars.. First Edition. Half-Leather & Marbled Paper. Vg+/No Jacket. Heavy 8vo. Hard Cover.

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        Autograph letter signed in the third person to ?Miss Smith.?

      London, 1860. Hooker, William Jackson (1785-1865). Autograph letter signed in the third person to ?Miss Smith.? Kew Gardens, July 26, 1860. 2pp. plus integral blank. 184 x 114 mm. Traces of mounting and mounting removal on verso of blank leaf, but very good otherwise. From botanist William J. Hooker, the first full-time director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and author of over two dozen works on botany. Hooker was appointed head of the Royal Botanic Gardens in 1841; under his leadership Kew grew from eleven acres to its present size of nearly 300 acres, and its collections vastly increased, largely due to a network of Hooker?s former students who brought in specimens from around the world. In this letter, written in his capacity as director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hooker refuses ?Miss Smith?s? request for plant specimens: "Sir Wm. Hooker presents his compliments to Miss Smith, & begs to assure her that it is quite impossible to meet the views & wishes & applications for plants, of Amateur Botanists. All would instantly come to Kew for their supply:?& it is the less needful, seeing that the plants enumerated in the enclosed list are provided by Nurserymen, & their stock increased, for the express purpose of supplying the public with what they need."

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        SPEECH OF HON. ABRAHAM LINCOLN, AT THE COOPER INSTITUTE, NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 27, 1860., VINDICATING THE PRINCIPLES OF THE NATIONALITY OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. LETTER OF JUDGE EDWARD BATES, OF MISSOURI, ENDORSING ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND HANNIBAL HAMLIN

      [San Francisco: Daily Gazette, 1860].. 16pp., printed in double columns. Printed self-wrappers. Two horizontal creases, with slight separation along the creases on the front wrapper. Center portion of front wrapper tanned. Very good. This is apparently the only contemporary separate printing of Lincoln's Cooper Union speech west of the Mississippi. The speech, given in New York in February, 1860, catapulted him into the public eye and made him a viable presidential candidate. The final page carries an advertisement dated August 2, 1860, for the San Francisco Republican campaign newspaper, the MAUL AND WEDGE, which had just commenced publication. Lincoln and the Republicans narrowly won California in the 1860 election. This printing is not in Monaghan, and OCLC locates only two copies, at the California State Library and at Harvard. The Boston Athenaeum catalogue notes an 1860 printing by the "Santa Cruz News, for the Santa Cruz Republican Club" but we are unaware of any newspaper by that name in Santa Cruz, California, in 1860, nor does that printing appear in Greenwood. Rare. GREENWOOD 1297. OCLC 58934560, 82691855.

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        A CURIOUS DANCE AROUND A CURIOUS TREE

      St. Luke's Hospital [London]:: [St. Luke's Hospital],. [1860].. 7" x 4-3/4". 1st separate edition, second issue (Eckel, pp. 188-191; Gimbel B-216; VanderPoel B-465). 19, [1] pp.. Original pale pink printed wrappers, sewn. Typographical border surrounding title lettering on front wrapper.. Wrappers a bit faded, & show a mite of soiling. Paper repair to. front wrapper top edge, as well as spine paper. Old vertical fold. crease to center, as is usually found [from mailing?]. A VG copy.. This short piece by Dickens, on St. Luke's Hospital, originally published in the January 17 1852 issue of HOUSEHOLD WORDS. With Dickens' consent, it was reissued in this pamphlet form by the Hospital management as a fund- raising mechanism. The first issue had purple wrappers, in which the 'appeal' was not highlighted from the remainder of the text and, evidently, donations suffered accordingly... in this second issue, the wrappers are pink, the 'appeal' is boldly printed, and it was accompanied by an easy-to-use return envelope [much as we see today in the solicitations we receive... make it easy on the mark!]. A rather uncommon item of Dickensiana.

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        Autograph letter signed in the third person to "Miss Smith."

      London 1860 - Hooker, William Jackson (1785-1865). Autograph letter signed in the third person to "Miss Smith." Kew Gardens, July 26, 1860. 2pp. plus integral blank. 184 x 114 mm. Traces of mounting and mounting removal on verso of blank leaf, but very good otherwise. From botanist William J. Hooker, the first full-time director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and author of over two dozen works on botany. Hooker was appointed head of the Royal Botanic Gardens in 1841; under his leadership Kew grew from eleven acres to its present size of nearly 300 acres, and its collections vastly increased, largely due to a network of Hooker’s former students who brought in specimens from around the world. In this letter, written in his capacity as director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hooker refuses "Miss Smith’s" request for plant specimens: "Sir Wm. Hooker presents his compliments to Miss Smith, & begs to assure her that it is quite impossible to meet the views & wishes & applications for plants, of Amateur Botanists. All would instantly come to Kew for their supply:—& it is the less needful, seeing that the plants enumerated in the enclosed list are provided by Nurserymen, & their stock increased, for the express purpose of supplying the public with what they need."

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