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        Mariquita

      London: Emily Faithfull, Printer and Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 1863 - 8vo, original gilt-decorated brown morocco signed "J.L.", gilt lettering, a.e.g. Photographic frontis portrait. Seven-page list of subscribers. Errata slip tipped in at page 274. ? A long narrative poem based on a Spanish legend, probably "Mariquita la Pelona," with a photographic frontispiece of a portrait apparently of Mariquita. The frontis is signed on the verso "John Beattie, Clifton." There were two issues, a deluxe one for subscribers and an ordinary issue in cloth. Binding a little soiled and worn; very good copy. Fredeman, Emily Faithfull and the Victoria Press (The Library, June 1974), 53 First edition, subscribers issue in a morocco binding designed by John Leighton. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Brick Row Book Shop, ABAA]
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        Autograph letter, signed, to J. N. Whitaker

      Murchison's Cataracts 10 December 1863 - 3 pages, 8vo, lined paper, detailing the features of the thermometer he used for measuring soil temperature (".the scale was made of box wood & had a hinge 2 or 3 inches above the bulb."), with a sketch, explaining the basic requirements of a thermometer to take similar measurements (".any thermometer which allows separation of the bulb from the case will do.") and suggesting manufacturers, ink slightly faded, remains of mount on final blank. A fine letter providing technical advice, written towards the end of Livingstone's Zambezi Expedition. At the time of writing, Livingstone was waiting for rains to raise the water level in the Shire River that would enable his boat, the Pioneer, to pass the cataracts and return to the coast. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Romola.

      Smith, Elder & Co. 1863 - FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. Final ad. leaf vol. II. Handsomely bound in sl. later full dark blue crushed morocco by Birdsall of Northampton, spines gilt in compartments, double-ruled borders & gilt dentelles. Orig. somewhat rubbed green cloth spine strips bound in at ends. t.e.g. A v.g. attractive copy. Baker & Ross A7.2; the first book edition, published to coincide with the completion of the serial publication in the Cornhill Magazine. Sadleir 817; Wolff 2061. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        La Guadeloupe Pittoresque

      First edition. 12 lithograph plates, including decorative half title & large folding panorama (this with a closed tear expertly repaired). Folio (555 x 400mm). Fine original publisher's blindstamped cloth, titled in gilt on upper board. [iv], 44pp. Paris, Noblet & Baudry,

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        KIT CARSON, 1863

      [N.p., 1863. Pencil drawing on paper, 14 x 10 3/4 inches. Near fine. Signed by the artist at lower right. Inscribed at upper left "Kit Carson. 1863" and at lower left "C. Carson, Late 1 Cavly NM Vols, Bvt Brig General." With a note in an unknown hand taped to the reverse of the mounting explaining the inscription. Framed and glazed. A skillful drawing of Kit Carson executed after a well- known photograph of the American western legend. Christopher "Kit" Carson was a frontiersman and Army officer who figured prominently in the expansion of the American West. Living as a trapper and mountain man, he became familiar with Native American culture and language, marrying an Arapaho and later a Cheyenne woman. He accompanied John Fremont on his expeditions to Utah and California, which led to involvement in the Mexican- American War. In 1863, while commanding the 1st New Mexico Cavalry, he waged a brutal war against the Navajo. He was romanticized in dime novels during his lifetime, but the controversy over his treatment of Native Americans continues to the present day. The artist, E.A. Burbank was known mainly for his portraits of Native Americans, including Geronimo, Red Cloud, and Chief Joseph. Born in Harvard, Illinois, he studied in Chicago and Munich. His uncle, who was President of the Field Museum, commissioned him to produce over 2,000 portraits of Native Americans. He was the only artist to paint a portrait of Geronimo from life. Burbank later settled in San Francisco, where he died after being struck by a cable car at the age of 97. A handsome image of a famous figure of the American West by an artist who spent a sizeable part of his career capturing Western subjects in portrait.

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        Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile.

      Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, , 1863. Octavo. Original reddish-brown cloth, title gilt to the spine, blind panelling to the boards and gilt block of the King of Uganda to the front, bottom edge untrimmed, green coated endpapers, binder's ticket of Edmonds & Remnants to rear pastedown. Photogravure portrait frontispiece, one other similar portrait, 24 further engraved plates and 46 illustrations to the text, mostly after Speke or Grant, and 2 maps, one full-page, the other folding in an end-pocket. Complete with the publisher's advertisements to rear. Trivial rubbing to tips and headcaps, pale offsetting to title page, very occasional light spotting, advertisements browned. An excellent copy, the binding tight, the publisher's cloth notably clean and fresh. First edition, a bright, entirely unrestored copy of a book often encountered damaged or recased owing to the heavy text-block. Dispatched by Burton from Tabora to verify reports of a large body of water to the north of Lake Tanganyika, Speke made the discovery of Victoria Nyanza on 3 August 1858 and immediately pronounced it to be the source of the Nile. Once back in London the strained relationship between the two explorers was finally sundered by the acclaim greeting Speke's discovery. In 1860 Speke returned to Africa to confirm his conclusions and eventually located "the point where the Nile issues from Lake Victoria … which he named Ripon Falls. This was the crowning moment of the expedition and of Speke's career" (ODNB). Unfortunately Speke's wounded companion James Grant had returned northward, so the discovery was unverified; nor did the party follow the Nile stream closely as they travelled north to Bunyoro, allowing critics to question whether Speke's river really was the Nile. On his return to London Speke's findings almost immediately came under fire (not least from Burton). The British Association arranged a public debate to be held in Bath on 16 September 1864, but Speke was found dead the previous day, apparently killed in a hunting accident. The circumstances of his death, his dispute with Burton, and his somewhat slapdash record-keeping, have conspired to deny Speke the prominence of Stanley, Burton or Livingstone. But "the importance of Speke's discoveries can hardly be overestimated. In discovering the 'source reservoir' of the Nile he succeeded in solving the 'problem of all ages' … He and Grant were the first Europeans to cross Equatorial Eastern Africa, and thereby gained for the world a knowledge of rather more than eight degrees of latitude, or about five hundred geographical miles, in a portion of Eastern Africa previously totally unknown" (ibid.)

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        MAP OF THE CEDED PART OF DAKOTA TERRITORY. SHOWING ALSO PORTIONS OF MINNESOTA, IOWA & NEBRASKA.

      St. Paul: Lith. by Louis Buechner, 1863. - Folding map, 17 1/2 x 23 inches. Folded into original 16mo. cloth boards, stamped in blind, gilt title on front board. An exceptional copy in fine condition. The rare second edition of one of the earliest detailed maps of Dakota Territory. It is here present in its uncolored state. "The prospectus on the inside of the front cover in this edition is the same as the one in the first edition except for the addition of 'Second Edition - 1863.' This edition gives several new counties along the eastern boundary of the Territory, both in the inset and on the main map, and there are various new counties in the southern part of the Territory. The inset in this issue shows the creation of Idaho Territory to the west of Dakota" - Streeter. Not in Wheat's MAPPING THE TRANSMISSISSIPPI WEST. Streeter had copies of both the 1861 and 1863 editions; each went for $100 in part four of his sale in 1968. STREETER SALE 2034. GRAFF 3835. PHILLIPS MAPS, p.257.

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        MAP OF THE CEDED PART OF DAKOTA TERRITORY SHOWING ALSO PORTIONS OF MINNESOTA, IOWA & NEBRASKA

      St. Paul: Lith. by Louis Buechner, 1863. Folding map, 17 1/2 x 23 inches. Folded into original 16mo. cloth boards, stamped in blind, gilt title on front board. An exceptional copy in fine condition. The rare second edition of one of the earliest detailed maps of Dakota Territory. It is here present in its uncolored state. "The prospectus on the inside of the front cover in this edition is the same as the one in the first edition except for the addition of 'Second Edition - 1863.' This edition gives several new counties along the eastern boundary of the Territory, both in the inset and on the main map, and there are various new counties in the southern part of the Territory. The inset in this issue shows the creation of Idaho Territory to the west of Dakota" - Streeter. Not in Wheat's MAPPING THE TRANSMISSISSIPPI WEST. Streeter had copies of both the 1861 and 1863 editions; each went for $100 in part four of his sale in 1968. STREETER SALE 2034. GRAFF 3835. PHILLIPS MAPS, p.257.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        "The Gettysburg Address." In: New-York Daily Tribune

      New York: 1863. Vol. XXIII, nos. 6939 to 7095. A complete, consecutive run from 1 July to 31 December 1863, 157 issues. Folio (20 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches). 1,336 pp. Twelve woodcut maps. Late 19th-/early 20th-century library half-cloth, marbled boards. Front cover loose; occasional printing errors with loss of text, a few edge tears, intermittent foxing. ONE OF THE EARLIEST PRINTINGS OF LINCOLN'S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS. "Immortal, one of the supreme utterances of the principles of democratic freedom" - Printing and the Mind of Man 351. The first appearances of the Gettysburg Address in print were in several morning newspapers issued on 20 November 1863, the priority of which is impossible to determine. The Gettysburg headline here is printed prominently on the first page above the fold, and the president's address also appears on the first page. Carbonell, Gettysburg Address 1. The text of the address sits humbly at the bottom of the fifth and top of the sixth columns in the issue of Friday, November 20th; the address was given the day before. The text is printed in full, after which the following observations are made: "[Long-continued applause.] Three cheers were here given for the President and the Governors of the States. After the delivery of this address the dirge and the benediction closed the exercises, and the immense assemblage separated at about 2 o'clock." The text of Edward Everett's address follows. There is significant documentary history found in the volume's remaining thirteen-hundred-plus pages. Together, it is an important day-by-day (save Sundays) document of the Civil War, encompassing the battles at Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Charleston, Chickamauga, and the entire theater of war, politics, and daily life. The majority of the issues are 8 pages in length, but 20 are designated "Triple Sheets" and are made up of 12 pages. Together, the run spans 6 months filled with some of the most important moments in the history of the Civil War, as well as the New York Draft Riots (headlined in the July 14 through 17 issues), local elections, and New York City Politics. The December 10th issue reports news of Lincoln's proclamation of amnesty and reconstruction in his message to congress. Among the maps are: "The Seat of War in Pennsylvania and Maryland" (July 1); "The Battle-Field Around Gettysburg" (July 7), these two documenting the battle of July 1 to 3 that is detailed in depth in the text of those issues; "Vicksburg and the Surrounding Country" (July 8); "The Position on the Potomac" (July 13); "The Attack on Charleston" (July 20); and "The Harbor, Fortifications and City of Charleston," full-page (August 29). Headlines announce major events: "The Rebel Confederacy as Claimed in 1861 and as it is Now" (August 10); "The Naval Fight with the Japanese" (October 2); list of Union officers in Richmond prisons (November 6); Siege of Knoxville (December 5); "The War in 1863. The Official Report of the Commander-in-Chief," Gen. Henry Halleck's report (December 12).

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        Journal of the discovery of the source of the Nile.

      Edinburgh Blackwood 1863 - First edition. 8vo., xxxi, [1], 658 pp., engraved frontispiece portrait of Speke, engraved portrait of Grant (crease to corner), 24 engraved plates, 2 maps (1 laid down), illustrations in text, contemporary red half morocco gilt, neat repairs to joints and corners. The account of Speke's third and final expedition to Africa. This took place in 1860 with his friend and fellow Indian army officer James Augustus Grant (1827-1892) on an expedition organized by the Royal Geographic Society and supported by the British government. Their purpose was to explore the Victoria Nyanza area and confirm Speke's earlier view that the lake was the source of the White Nile. On 25 September 1860, their caravan left Zanzibar: a force of 217 people, including armed men and porters bearing loads of beads, cloths, and brass wire intended as gifts for safe passage. They arrived at Kazé (today's Tabora, Tanzania) on 24 January 1861, but further headway was hindered by the defection of carriers, local warfare, the rapacity of chiefs who controlled travel through the territory, and a serious illness suffered by Speke. Moving north between lakes Tanganyika and Victoria, and often traveling separately, Speke and Grant encountered further delays in the kingdoms of Mtésa (Mutesa), the ruler of Uganda, and Kamrasi (Kamurasi), the king of Unyoro. On 28 July 1862, Speke reached the point where the White Nile left Lake Victoria, naming it Ripon Falls—and establishing in his mind the veracity of his claim that the river began there. At Karuma Falls, where the river makes a big turn west, native warfare forced him to cut across country. Ultimately, the expedition reached Gondokoro on 15 February 1863, where Sir Samuel White Baker, coincidentally on his own self-funded mission up the Nile, was able to offer needed assistance. Back in England, Speke was showered with honors and feted by the Royal Geographical Society. But doubts of his claim remained, voiced particularly by Burton, primarily because Speke had not followed the Nile from Karuma Falls to Gondokoro. (Using Speke's maps, Baker would discover what Speke had thereby missed: Lake Albert.). A debate with his former friend-turned-nemesis Burton was arranged for 16 September 1864 to settle the matter; however, on that morning word arrived that Speke had died in a gun accident. Some thought it was a suicide, for he was known as an accomplished sportsman and hunter. Speke and Grant's successes are undisputed, however: they were the first Europeans to cross equatorial eastern Africa, and their explorations added more than 500 miles to the known geography of the area. And today Lake Victoria and its feeder streams are considered the sources of the White Nile. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        A CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR IN AMERICA.

      New York, NY 1863 - 160 pages. Dornbusch III, 87. Large folding map in color; eight double-page hand-colored maps. First edition, interior clean and tight, erasure on front fly, folding map of “Vicinity of Richmond” repaired with clear acid-free tape, extremities rubbed, tips of spine frayed, lacks folding map of Confederate States & Territories. Protected by a clear acid-free mylar dust jacket. 468-49 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        THE INVASION OF THE CRIMEA: ITS ORIGIN, AND AN ACCOUNT OF ITS PROGRESS DOWN TO THE DEATH OF LORD RAGLAN; VOLUMES II THRU VIII

      Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons [1863, 1868, 1875, 1880, 1887], 1863 Volumes II through VII contemporary uniform boundings of brown half calf over marbled boards, five raised bands with design and title printed in gilt within compartments. Top edge in gilt. Marbled endpapers. All map plates present, several with professional mend to the fold. Only an occasional small spot of foxing. All volumes very good plus. . Hardcover.

      [Bookseller: Robert Gavora, Fine and Rare Books]
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        The Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man with Remarks on the Origin of Species by Variation.

      London: John Murray, 1863. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (222 x 145mm). xii, 520 pp., including half-title, 32 pp. publisher's advertisements at end dated January 1863, wood-engraved frontispiece, engraved plate and illustrations. All pages untrimmed. Original publisher's pebble-grained cloth, blind-stamped and partially gilt boards, blindstamped and gilt-lettered spine (spine ends little frayed and with short splits of hinges at head and foot, extremities rubbed, corners bumped and worn). Text generally fresh and unmarked with little foxing to half-title and final two leaves only. Provenance: MacLean (inscribed on brown first flyleaf). Very good, unsophisticated copy. ----Norman 1400; Garrison-Morton 204.1; Sabin 42758; DSB VIII, 573f; Freeman (British Natural History Books) 2369. - First Edition. Lyell's third great work, The Antiquity of Man, appeared in 1863, and ran through three editions in one year. In this he gave a general survey of the arguments for man's early appearance on the earth, derived from the discoveries of flint implements in post-Pliocene strata in the Somme valley and elsewhere; he discussed also the deposits of the Glacial epoch, and in the same volume he first gave in his adhesion to Charles Darwin's theory of the origin of species. - Visit our website for additional images and information. Very Good.

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        Romola. FIRST EDITION. 3 vols.

      Smith, Elder & Co. 1863 Final ad. leaf vol. II. Handsomely bound in sl. later full dark blue crushed morocco by Birdsall of Northampton, spines gilt in compartments, double-ruled borders & gilt dentelles. Orig. somewhat rubbed green cloth spine strips bound in at ends. t.e.g. A v.g. attractive copy.Baker & Ross A7.2; the first book edition, published to coincide with the completion of the serial publication in the Cornhill Magazine. Sadleir 817; Wolff 2061.

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        HOSPITAL SKETCHES

      James Redpath, Boston 1863 - Slim duodecimo (7' tall) 102pp in green cloth boards. Alcott family ownership indicated in ink on second blank page: "April 25th 1864/Mercy G Alcott's/Book /Wolcott/New Haven County/Conn--" Jedediah Gaylord Alcott, husband (and possibly cousin?) to Mercy Gaylord Alcott, was first cousin to Amos Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott's father. Ad at rear of book announcing Wendell Phillips's Speeches at $2.50, not $2.25. VG/No DJ: minor shelfwear and edgewear, spine sunned, some ink spots on exterior of boards, minor age-toning to edges of text block and interior, front paste-down and ffep bear writing indicating this book once belonged to "Lydia S. Wilcox"; stamp on front paste-down with "M.S. Wilcox 490" in gilt text; touches of foxing, advertisement at rear of book lists Speeches at $2.50, but the .50 is crossed out with ink and .25 is written next to it in two places.Binding strong, text clean. A wonderful association copy of Alcott's Hospital Sketches.[Spine is dark green and has gilt text. Shelved in Case 1 - US History - Civil War]. Rockville Non-Retail Listings. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile.

      Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1863 - Octavo. Original reddish-brown cloth, title gilt to the spine, blind panelling to the boards and gilt block of the King of Uganda to the front, bottom edge untrimmed, green coated endpapers, binder's ticket of Edmonds & Remnants to rear pastedown. Complete with the publisher's advertisements to rear. Trivial rubbing to tips and headcaps, pale offsetting to title page, very occasional light spotting, advertisements browned. An excellent copy, the binding tight, the publisher's cloth notably clean and fresh. Photogravure portrait frontispiece, one other similar portrait, 24 further engraved plates and 46 illustrations to the text, mostly after Speke or Grant, and 2 maps, one full-page, the other folding in an end-pocket. First edition, a bright, entirely unrestored copy of a book often encountered damaged or recased owing to the heavy text-block. Dispatched by Burton from Tabora to verify reports of a large body of water to the north of Lake Tanganyika, Speke made the discovery of Victoria Nyanza on 3 August 1858 and immediately pronounced it to be the source of the Nile. Once back in London the strained relationship between the two explorers was finally sundered by the acclaim greeting Speke's discovery. In 1860 Speke returned to Africa to confirm his conclusions and eventually located "the point where the Nile issues from Lake Victoria which he named Ripon Falls. This was the crowning moment of the expedition and of Speke's career" (ODNB). Unfortunately Speke's wounded companion James Grant had returned northward, so the discovery was unverified; nor did the party follow the Nile stream closely as they travelled north to Bunyoro, allowing critics to question whether Speke's river really was the Nile. On his return to London Speke's findings almost immediately came under fire (not least from Burton). The British Association arranged a public debate to be held in Bath on 16 September 1864, but Speke was found dead the previous day, apparently killed in a hunting accident. The circumstances of his death, his dispute with Burton, and his somewhat slapdash record-keeping, have conspired to deny Speke the prominence of Stanley, Burton or Livingstone. But "the importance of Speke's discoveries can hardly be overestimated. In discovering the 'source reservoir' of the Nile he succeeded in solving the 'problem of all ages' He and Grant were the first Europeans to cross Equatorial Eastern Africa, and thereby gained for the world a knowledge of rather more than eight degrees of latitude, or about five hundred geographical miles, in a portion of Eastern Africa previously totally unknown" (ibid.) Czech p. 151; Howgego IV S53-4; Ibrahim-Hilmy 255. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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        Landscape Gallery. A Series of Fine Line Engravings, Views of Scenery, Edifices, Cities, &c. &c in various parts of the world copied from nature and executed by the first artists. Volume I.

      London, 1863. With 88 steel-engraved Numbered plates by German engravers. 1 vols. Oblong 8vo. Elaborate gilt stamped blue Publisher's cloth, a.e.g. Fine. With 88 steel-engraved Numbered plates by German engravers. 1 vols. Oblong 8vo.

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        Idei [Ideen. Das Buch Le Grand]

      Napoli [i.e. Bern]: Presso Giacomo Palpiri [i.e. V. I. Bakst], 1863. Octavo (17.8 × 11 cm). Recent paper-covered card binding; part of front wrapper affixed to front board; [5], 109 pp. Internally very good. First complete Russian translation of Heine's "Das Buch Le Grand" (1927). The work had been previously published in Russia, but, as the translator notes, with significant cuts by the censor, which greatly distorted Heine's humor and wit. Originally published in 1927, "Das Buch Le Grand," was the second of Heine's "Reisebilder". It is a work which embraces the spirit of Napoleon and the French Revolution, and it served to cement his reputation as a leader among liberal German writers. This new edition was published in Bern, Switzerland, using a fictitious imprint, at the printer's shop of V. I. Bakst, founded in 1862 to satisfy a growing need for revolutionary and other illegal materials, which could not be printed in Russia. (Bakst was also instrumental in setting up a St. Petersburg illegal typography in 1862). A somewhat censored and shortened edition of Mainov's translation appeared in Moscow the same year. Ironically, given Heine's own issues with censorship and his literary fate in nineteenth-century Russia, this translation reproduces the fictitious censored passage in the original, in which Heine composed a paragraph of dashes, leaving only the words "The German censors... Idiots." KVK, OCLC only show the copies at Humboldt Universität, SLUB Dresden, and Universitätsbibliothek J. C. Senckenberg. Not at the Russian State or National Libraries.

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        Cento anni di brigantaggio nelle Province Meridionali d'Italia per Alessandro Dumas

      Dalla Stamperia di Salvatore De Marco - Napoli, NAPOLI 1863 - Cento anni di brigantaggio ITALIANO Volume della seconda metà del XIX secolo in buono stato, coperta in mezzapelle, piatti marmorizzati, dorso in pelle con caratteri incisi in oro, bordo e punte leggermente consumati, cima con ammaccatura, fioritura sparsa, tagli poco bruniti, pagine in buono stato, prime e ultime con gora. Bella testatina in nero su incipit. I volume della collana Cento anni di brigantaggio. SoloVolume Primo.

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        African Hunting from Natal to the Zambesi.

      London: Richard Bentley,, 1863. Including Lake Ngami, the Kalahari Desert, etc. From 1852 to 1860. Octavo. Original honeycomb-grain green cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, decorative blind rules to sides enclosing gilt hunting vignette to front, edges untrimmed, new endpapers. Title page printed in red and black, photogravure portrait frontispiece, folding map, 10 wood-engraved plates, 6 double-tint lithographs not listed in the contents but still called for, wood-engravings to the text. Bookplate of Lancashire chemist and bibliophile Robert J. Hayhurst. Spine rubbed, and slightly rubbed at extremities, tips bumped, frontispiece foxed and offset, occasional spotting to text and to margins of lithographic plates, short closed tears to fore edges of sig. K2 and plate facing p. 424 just encroaching on image. A very good copy in the clean and fresh original cloth. First edition of "one of the best books describing early African big game hunting, and a necessary volume in the African sporting library" (Czech), also noted for providing the first accurate description of the Victoria Falls. Baldwin (1826-1903) arrived in Durban in 1851, "seduced to South Africa after reading Gordon-Cumming's Five Years of a Hunter's Life (1850)" (Howgego), and "penetrated through Natal, Zululand, the Transvaal, Bechuanaland, Matabeleland, and Namaqualand, in days when some of these countries were hardly known even by name … Baldwin's experiences are written in a simple and unostentatious manner, but he went through more adventures than almost any other of the great South African travellers" (Mendelssohn). Soon after arriving he joined a hunting trip to Zululand led by "Elephant White", travelling to St Lucia Bay to shoot hippopotamus. In 1854 he hunted in Amatonga country (north-eastern Natal) and made a second trip to Zululand. In 1857 he visited the Transvaal, and the following year reached as far as Lake Ngami despite the ongoing conflict between the Transvaal and Orange Free State. "On a final journey in April 1860 Baldwin set out from Potchefstroom, guided only by a pocket compass, intent on reaching the Victoria Falls which until then had been seen only by David Livingstone. More by luck than judgement he arrived at the falls on 3 August 1860 and about five days later encountered the celebrated missionary … Apart from becoming only the second European to set eyes on the falls, Baldwin was the first to provide their true dimensions and the first to reach the falls directly from Natal. After an estimated 24,000 kilometres of travel through many parts of southern Africa, Baldwin returned to England in 1863" (ibid.) His account, much enlivened by its attractive lithographs, was reprinted the same year under a slightly variant title, and again in 1894.

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        Souvenirs d'Amérique. Relations d'un voyage au Texas et en Haïti.

      Bruxelles: Imprimerie de M.-J. Poot et Compagnie, Vielle-Halle-au-Blé, 51., 1863. - 8vo, original printed buff wrappers. [5]?63 pp. A fascinating and little-known book by a Belgian traveler, providing a rich narrative of his travels through Texas.M. Maris, who is said to have been a Belgian Consul to Santo Domingo and is known as a cartographer whose map of Texas was published in Brussels in 1846, recounts his extensive travels in and impressions of Texas, including a visit to Castro's colony, descriptions of the region's landscapes, flora and fauna, the possibilities for river navigation, the realities of travel and the hardship and danger involved even in everyday life there, as well as his experiences and observations over the course of a sojourn with a nomadic group of Native Americans. "In the hope of rendering myself useful to commerce and industry in general, and above all to immigrants who hope to go to Texas, I felt it right to publish a few pages on that beautiful country, which is so plentiful in resources and whose territory is almost as vast as that of France."The book is divided into six parts: "Départ d'Anvers pour le Texas, par la Nouvelle-Orléans" (Departure from Antwerp to Texas, via New Orleans); "Courses à travers le pays" (Route through the country); "La grande chasse au Texas" (The great hunting in Texas); "Excursion chez les Indiens" (Excursion among the Indians); "Variétés sur le Texas" (Sketches of Texas); and "Voyage dans l'île d'Haïti" (Voyages in the island of Haiti). Of particular interest is his vivid narrative account of living with a "les Indiens Tankawais" (likely the Tonkawas), which he introduces with a gesture towards the fraught realities of Texas life at the time:During the course of my traverse through Texas, where due to lack of shelter the traveler is continually under the hard necessity of spending the night under the stars, I was bothered time and again by the many savages one encounters in practically every part of the land, and was even sometimes obliged, for my own protection, to fire several shots.He nevertheless desired a closer look, and over the next 33 pages Maris' account moves from romantic descriptions of the variegated grandeur and awe-inspiring silence of the landscape through which he passed, to being abandoned by his Franciscan guide within 500 paces of the Indian camp, to his meeting with a chief and his observations about day to day life, habits, social practices, roles, and structures of the tribe. His impressions upon leaving seem somewhat clouded by the idealized vision of the foreigner, but nevertheless indicate the deep admiration and respect he felt for the people and culture of the tribe:In living among the Indians, I can sincerely admit to having sometimes regretted belonging to the more civilized class of the human race?I was jealous and envious of their happiness; always so carefree, so gay, in such good health, without physical deformities, free from regret and care for the morrow?Also of particular note is the following chapter, "Sketches of Texas," in which Maris gives accounts of the region's landscapes, towns, and cities (including Houston, San Antonio, New Braunfels, Cibolo, and Victoria), governance and potential future relationship to the Union, etc.The final chapter reports on Maris' 10 month stay in Haiti. He describes the plant life, crops, climate, culture, governance, cities, etc., of the land, taking into account its history of slavery and noting:During the course of my long travels throughout Haiti, I was in virtually constant danger of losing my life ; the profound antipathy and hatred that the blacks feel towards the whites is notorious, and is apparently transmitted from father to son from generation to generation. No one among them has forgotten that the Haitians, formerly slaves to the whites, were oppressed by them and that their emancipation came at the cost of so much blood.Whites being so rare, he describes himself being continually surrounded by crowds of curious children, and he used people's curiosity to his advan [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Tales Of A Wayside Inn

      Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1863. First edition. Hardcover. Orig. publisher's purple cloth decorated in blind. Teg. Very good. 233 pages. 8vo, 18.5 x 12 cm. First printing, first issue in original purple cloth with 21 pages of adverts at rear dated November 1863. BLANCK 12136, noting the printing of the publisher's catalog with the distinguishing feature on page 11 of the latter in two states, ours is "A: Tales of A Wayside Inn is unpriced and described as Nearly ready." Which Blanck states, "it appears safe to assume that copies first shipped had Catalog A inserted." Nick to backstrip foot, front cover hinge professionally repaired, one quire slightly sprung.

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        Curiosities of Occult Literature. [Author's annotated copy].

      London, Printed for the Author. 1863 - 8°. XI, 275 pages plus 11 pages of a travel manuscript to Palestine in the rear of the volume (dates from 1862-1863). Original Hardcover (blindstamped cloth with gilt lettering on spine: "Occult Literature 1878 M.S.S.". Very good condition with only minor signs of wear. Exlibris of Marci H. Huthwaite to front pastedown. Interleaved volume with multiple annotations by the author. Cooke's Curiosities of Occult Literature, interleaved, and extensively annotated by the author. The binding is in worn contemporary brown cloth with blind decorations and brown coated endpapers. Both printed text and interleaved pages show marginal browning. Bibliographically the book is not simple: the title page dates from 1863, but the binding is dated to 1878. In the years in between, and afterwards, the author has filled the interleaved pages with his jottings and annotations, meriting the description 'M.S.S.' - manuscript - on the spine. The book itself purports to be 'a plain, unvarnished tale' written in defence of his legal work and pamphleteering on behalf of astrology. In effect the 58 interleaved pages and marginal annotations unpack and amplify the author's opinions as expressed in the printed text. Thus the author appends a two page long explanation of the court case that set in train the book's narrative opposite the title page. It's not possible to do justice to the range and eccentricity of the manuscript interventions but instead to point to some highlights. At one extreme the author expands on the printed text with additional factual information, for example giving the address of a London phrenologist, additionally noting that it was 'in Piccadilly opposite St James's Church where the author's mother was baptised.' At the opposite extreme there are lengthy narrative interventions such as an account of the death of Mr White, a 'martyr' to astrology in the Isle of Wight and a lengthy excursus against Britain's 'secret police'. The author debates Robert Owen's complicated relationship with the establishment particularly the alarm this 'socialist' caused with his 'appearance at the Levee of Queen V[ictoria]' The astrological theme runs consistently through the annotations with exercises in astrological physiognomy as well as astrological tables and analyses of many of the people referred to in the text. To the rear of the book is an eight page diary of a trip to Palestine, undertaken by the author in 1862-3.

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        Vues pittoresques du Rhin, de Francfort sur l. Mein, Wiesbade, Ems, Schwalbach, Schlangenbad et de leurs Environs. Dessinées d'après nature et gravées par les plus habiles artistes.

      Ca. 17,5 x 14 cm. 77 Tafeln in Aquatinta mit Unterschriften in Deutsch (Bildgröße ca. 7 x 11 cm) von Tanner, Bodmer, Weber, Martens, Hegi nach Dielmann u. Ehemant mit lithografiertem Titel u. 5 farbig lithografierten Zwischentiteln. Roter Halblederband mit Blindprägung u. goldgeprägtem Titel. Besitzvermerk von alter Hand auf Vorsatz (datiert 1863). Heftung stark gelockert, in der Mitte teils gelöst, mehrere Blätter lose. Blätter leicht gebräunt, an den Rändern stark braunfleckig u. teils abgegriffen, einige Blätter mit Knicken u. Randläsuren. Einband stark berieben u. bestossen. Enthält 35 Ansichten von Rhein, darunter 3 größere Bilder von Mainz, Koblenz und Köln (ca. 9,5 x 15 cm), außerdem Bieberich, Ehrenfels, Bingen, Dosenau bei Ems, Asmannshausen, Bacharach, Oberwesel, Lurley-Felsen (Loreley), St. Goar, Rüdesheim, Boppard, Andernach, Neuwied, Godesberg, Bonn u.a., 20 von Frankfurt (mit einer großen Stadtansicht), 6 von Wiesbaden, 8 von Bad Ems und 8 Ansichten von Bad Schwalbach und Schlangenbad - Die deutschsprachige Ausgabe erschien unter dem Titel: Rheinisches Album. (Album des Rheins). Eine Sammlung der interessantesten Ansichten des Rheins zwischen Mainz, Coblenz, Cöln und Düsseldorf. Vereint mit den Ansichten der Taunus-Bäder Wiesbaden, Ems, Schwalbach und Schlangenbad. - SW: Rhein, Rheinlande, Taunus-Bäder

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        Der Rhein und die Rheinlande. Dargestellt in malerischen Original-Ansichten. Dritte Abtheilung: Von Köln bis an`s Meer. Zweite Section [Holland].

      Darmstadt, Verlag von Gustav Georg Lange 1863; (EA); ca 24x16 cm; (12) 560 Seiten mit gestochenem Titelblatt und 156 (statt 157 ?) Stahlstichtafeln; Halbledereinband d. Zt. mit Rückentitel (Einband leicht bestoßen, vorderes Außengelenk etwa knapp zu Hälfte fachmännisch restauriert, Vorsätze etwas leimschattig, Name auf Titelblatt, Seiten vereinzelt etwas stockfleckig, Tafeln meist nur geringfügig fleckig; die Tafel \"Gorkum - Gorinchem\" nicht mit eingebunden, möglicherweise auch gar nicht erschienen; sonst komplettes Exemplar) Enthält den kompletten Holland-Band der Reihe. Versand D: 5,00 EUR

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        REVISTA DE CAMINOS VECINALES. Canales de Riego y Construciones Civiles. 4 vols

      Imprenta de Tomás Núñez Amor y - Tipografía de Gregorio Estrada. 1863 - 1879., Madrid. - . Muy buen estado. 4 volumenes en los que encontramos 16 tomos con los años conprendidos entre 1863 y 1875 ambos inclusive. Periódico oficial de los profesores de arquitectura, maestros de obras, directores de caminos y agrimensores, redactado por individuos de estas clases. Impreso a dos columnas, con algunos desplegables y cuadros estadísticos intercalados en el texto. Holandesa lomo piel con dorador y aguas de época. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Handbook Of British Mosses, Comprising All That Are Known To Be Natives Of The British Isles (In Deluxe 3/4 Green Morocco)

      London: Lovell, Reeve & Co, 1863. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Near Fine. 23 Color Plates And One B/W Plate By Walter Hood Fitch. Xxxvi, 324, 24 Fine Plates (23 Hand-Coloured) Drawn And Lithographed By Walter Hood Fitch, Each With 1 P. Letterpress Explanatory Text, Plates And Text Pages Printed On One Side Only. Half Title Present, No Ads At Rear. Nicely Bound By Bickers & Son, London, In Green Morocco, 5 Bands, Gilt Title And Author, All Compartments And Bands Ornately Gilt, Gilt Rules On Covers, Marbled Endpapers. All Edges Gilt. Light Rubbing To Binding Almost Entirely At Corners. Text Block Bright And Square, Unworn, Pages Unworn, No Foxing Or Browning To Pages Or Plates.

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        La SALETTE. Album composé de 8 vues dessinées d'après nature et lithographiées par A. Maugendre. Accompagné d'un Texte Descriptif Par Mr. L'ABBE ***

      Chez l?Auteur A. Maugendre.à Paris / Paris, Librairie du Crédit des Paroisses, Bayeux imp., 1863, - gr. in-4to, 23 p. + 8 vues dessinées d?après nature et lithographiées en couleurs par l?auteur, cartonnage original vert, dos en toile. Ouvrage rare. Les 8 lithographies en couleurs tirées sur papier épais représent: 1) Grenoble avec la place Grenette; 2) Corps; 3) la chapelle de N. dame de Gournier; 4) le village de la Salette; 5) la Source de l"Apparition; 6) l"église du couvent et monument de l"Assomption; 7) le chevet de l"église et les batiments du couvent; 8) intérieur de l"église du couvent. Relation d"un voyage de Grenoble à la Salette. Relation très interressante et pittoresque.Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Atala.

      Paris, Librairie L. Hachette et Cie. 1863 - Par le Vte. de Chateaubriand. Avec les dessins de Gustave Doré. Premier tirage des gravures de Gustave Doré. 30 planches hors texte sous serpentes légendées et 14 vignettes dans le texte. (Complet & Contrôlé) Paris, Librairie L. Hachette et Cie. - 1863 - 77 pages. Cartonnage pleine percaline rouge de l'éditeur. Dos lisse aux titre et auteur dorés. Filets à froid encadrant les plats. Plaque dorée sur le plat supérieur. Quelques rousseurs. Très bon état. Format in folio (44x33). Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré dit Gustave Doré, né à Strasbourg le 6 janvier 1832, et mort le 23 janvier 1883 à Paris dans son hôtel de la rue Saint-Dominique, est un illustrateur, graveur, bédéiste, peintre et sculpteur français. Il a été reconnu internationalement de son vivant. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Einst und Jetzt. Album, Steiermarks sämmtliche interessante Schlösser, Burgruinen, Städte, Märkte, Kirchen und Klöster enthaltend. Ein vaterländisches Bilderwerk. Nach der Natur aufgenommen, auf Stein gezeichnet und herausgegeben. I. bis III. Band sowie eingebundenem Ergänzungsband.

      Graz, Selbstverlag, 1863 - 1865. 3 Bde. Gr.-Quer-8°. 4 n.n. + 57 + Tafeln [73], 58 S. + Tafeln [90], 60 S. + Tafeln [100] + 4 n.n. + 12 + 6 S. + Tafeln [30]. Priv. Hld. der Zeit. N/W III, 536: es fehlen die Tafel 82 des 1. Bd. (Graz 1647) und Tafel 69 des 2. Bd. (6 Ansichten Greiseneck etc.). Zusätzlich eingebunden in Band 2 eine Tafel mit 8 Ansichten (Gradisch bis Zschakaturn) und eine Tafel mit vier Ansichten (Sauritsch, Külbel, Schmierenberg und Schwamberg). Im dritten Band ist die Tafel 84, in eine Tafel mit drei Ansichten (Stättenberg, Forchtenstein, Drakenberg) und eine mit vier Ansichten eingebunden. Einige Tafeln sind verbunden innerhalb der Bände. Mit den drei Titelblättern und den beiden Porträts, wie häufiger fehlt der Titel zum Ergänzungsband. - Ebd. fleckig, stockfleckig, Gbrsp. Teilweise mit Prägestempel. Gute Expl. - Tonlithographien. Versand D: 7,00 EUR Styriaca

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        The Art of Making and Colouring Ivorytypes, Photographs, Talbotypes, and Miniature Painting on Ivory & c. together with valuable Receipts never before published

      Philadelphia: By the Author, 1863. 12mo. 52pp. WIth a hand-painted manuscript colour chart mounted on verso of the title and a signed and inscribed photograph of the author bound in following the title. With a letterpress ad for Cooper's Photographic Gallery mounted onto the rear pastedown. Publisher's cloth, covers stamped in blind and titled in gilt, rebacked and with endpapers renewedRare American manual detailing an unusual hand coloured photographic process.This rare mid-19th-century American technique involved hand colouring salted paper or albumen prints, mounting them to white board and then specially glazing a piece of glass with a wax-based heated mixture and adhering the photograph face down to the glass on the waxed side. The effect is soft and beautiful and has the appearance of a hand-painted ivory miniature. The process was first used in America in the late 1850s by photographer Frederick Wenderoth, which he called the Toovytype.The author of this manual operated from a studio on Chestnut Street, according to his ad on the rear pastedown, and specialized in equestrian pictures, views of buildings, cased portrait images and the colouring of prints and photographs. In addition, the author offered lessons "in painting photographs of all sizes" and sold the present book to aid his students.

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        Théâtre des marionnettes du jardin des Tuileries

      - Imprimerie de Dubuisson & Cie, Paris 1863, 14,5x21,5cm, relié. - edizione originale. Vincolante mezza bottiglia dolore verde, spina piatta decorata con filetti dorati e piatti di carta marmo nero, guardie e contreplats di carta a mano, cosparsa bordi, leggermente smussata superiore, vincolante contemporaneo. Libro Illustrato di 24 tavole inserto 25, così come i disegni, disegnato nei colori sulla Cina, applicato sulla parte superiore della introduzione e 24 schizzi di Punch. La nostra copia è completa anche se la pagina dedica a George Sand che scompare nelle edizioni successive. Una riparazione a margini di pagina 289 e il disegno colore iniziale skit "The colpi commerciante". Nizza copia gratuita di lentiggini. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Édition originale. Reliure en demi chagrin vert bouteille, dos lisse orné de filets dorés et noirs, plats de papier marbré, gardes et contreplats de papier à la cuve, tranches mouchetées, un coin supérieur légèrement émoussé, reliure de l'époque. Ouvrage illustré de 24 planches hors-texte ainsi que de 25 dessins, tirés en couleurs sur Chine, appliqué en tête de l'introduction et des 24 saynètes de Polichinelle. Notre exemplaire est bien complet de la page de dédicace à George Sand qui disparait dans les éditions ultérieures. Une réparation en marges de la page 289 et du dessin en couleurs commençant la saynète "Le marchand de coups de bâton". Bel exemplaire exempt de rousseur.

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        The Naturalist on the River Amazons A record of adventures Habits of Animals Sketches of Brazilian and Indian Life and Aspects of Nature under the equator During Eleven Years of Travel

      First edition. 2 vols. Folding map & 9 plates with illustrations in the text. Small 8vo. Fine contemporary half calf, spines gilt, minor slight blemish on the upper cover of vol. 1. ix, 351, 32ads.(dated January 1863); vi, 423pp. London, John Murray,

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        Praktische Erfahrungen auf dem Gebiete der Orthopädie, namentlich veralteter Luxationen im Hüftgelenke nebst Schiefstand des Beckens, Contracturen, Deformitäten der Knie und der Füsse, und deren Behandlung.

      Leipzig, F.O. Weigel, 1863, 8, XI, (1), 300 pp., 30 Holzschnitte, Halbledereinband der Zeit. Erste Ausgabe! Wie in Würzburg in dem ehemaligen Stephanskloster seinerzeit die Anstalt von Heine untergebracht war, so wurde in dem herrlich gelegenen ehemaligen Benediktinerkloster Michaelsberg in Bamberg 1849 ein gleiches Institut von Johannes Wildberger geschaffen. Wildberger, geboren in Neunkirchen im Kanton Schaffhausen, war von Beruf Messerschmied und chirurgischer Instrumentenmacher als solcher arbeitete er eine Zeitlang bei Heine in Würzburg. Wildberger hat nicht nur für Laien bestimmte Programme und Berichte über seine Anstalt herausgegeben, sondern auch eine Reihe von Abhandlungen veröffentlicht, unter denen besonders eine zu nennen ist (Praktische Erfahrungen auf dem Gebiete der Orthopädie), weil sie uns einen guten Überblick über den damaligen Stand der mechanischen Orthopädie gibt. ... Wildbergers besondere Domäne war die "Behandlung veralteter spontaner Luxationen im Hüftgelenke" er wendete Extensionsapparate eigener Konstruktion an und berichtete in mehreren Arbeiten über seine Erfolge. Am 6.März 1856 verlieh ihm die medizinische Fakultät der Universität Jena den Dr. honoris causa. 'Er hat sich als Gründer und Leiter seines Institutes unter Anwendung selbst erfundener Apparate sehr verdient gemacht'. Vom Herzog von Coburg erhielt er den Titel "Herzoglicher Hofrat" 1871 verlegte er seine orthopädische Heilanstalt auf das früher fürstliche Jagdschloß Jägersburg bei Forchheim in Oberfranken und starb am 30.November 1879 in Meran." Valentin, Gesch. d. Orthopädie, pp.236-237

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        Poems and Letters.

      London: The Chiswick Press. 1863 - Full morocco, 12.75 inches tall. A magnificent full hard grain morocco by Riviere. With gilt raised bands and remarkable extra gilt tooling to the panels. The boards are decorated with triple gilt fillet, a further triple fillet and superb gilt floral corner tools. Dentelles and all edges gilt. Bookplate. Illustrated with mounted albumen photographs. One of 100 copies in this deluxe edition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Doldenhorn und Weisse Frau. Zum ersten Mal erstiegen und geschildert.

      - Coblenz, Baedeker 1863. Kl.4°. 2 Bl., 86 S., 1 Bl. und 11 farb. lithogr. Tafeln nach Sizzen von Ph. Gosset u. E. v. Fellenberg, 2 Holzstichtafeln, 2 Textholzstiche, 1 gef. farb. lith. Karte nach J. R. Stengel. Rotes Halbleder der Zeit. mit goldgepr. Rückentitel und leichter Rückenvergoldung. Der Original-Umschlagtitel ist eingebunden. Erste Ausgabe. Im Rand durchgehend etwas braunfleckig. Gutes Exemplar. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Map of New York and Vicinity.

      M. Dripps. New York. 1863 - Pocket map, handcolored engraving on sheet 26 x 19 1/2 inches folding into gilt-lettered decorative embossed cloth-covered board folder 5 x 3 1/2 inches. A few very short separations at fold intersections, overall very crisp, bright and clean. A scarce early edition of this beautiful map of New York City. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        A REPORT BY A FORMER GOVERNOR OF TENNESSEE ON THE CONFEDERATE DEFEAT AT THE BATTLE OF CHATTANOOGA AND AN ATTEMPT TO RAISE AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN REGIMENT; Four-page letter from Neill S. Brown, a former Tennessee governor, to John Reid, a volunteer aide of General Price

      Cartersville, Georgia to LaFayette, Alabama, 1863. Unbound. Very good. The letter and envelope are both dated Dec 3, 1863. The envelope is addressed to John Reed at LaFayette, Alabama and franked with a 10-cent blue Jefferson Davis stamp (Scott CSA#12) that is canceled with a circular Cartersville, Georgia postmark also dated Dec 3. The letter and stamp are in very nice shape; the letter has some minor wear and soiling. Brown describes the South's defeat at Chattanooga, expresses remorse at being unable to return to his home in Tennessee, and announces an effort to raise a Confederate African-American regiment. "[Nathan Bedford] Forest has gone to west [actually, east] Tennessee with his command where he expects to recruit & make Okolona his head quarters. . . . You will have heard of our disaster at Chattanooga. . . . it is not so bad as at first supposed. We lost 30 or 40 pieces of artillery & a great deal of camp furniture, but the loss in men was not so great, probably three thousand. . . . The slaughter of the enemy was severe. The whole thing resulted from the weakness at one point of our line where we had but one man for every five feet . . . it was not cowardice or treachery. The army made good its retreat & repulsed the enemy with every attack & . . . the troops are fast recovering. . . . Longstreet still [has] Knoxville invested. . . . reinforcements will be sent up soon. Two brigades have already gone up . . . Georgia state troops, 15000 strong, are . . . occupying a supporting position. There is unacceptable disinformation by our papers & people give the highest coloring to our misfortunes. Whether we succeed or not depends upon the people themselves. . . .I am not going back home until peace is made. Nothing could induce me to go under present circumstances. . . . It is said that James Trimble [Brown, Neill's son] is engaged in making up a negro regiment this summer.". Neill Brown, a founding member of the Tennessee Whig Party, served as governor in the late 1840s. An ardent Unionists and still politically influential at the onset of the Civil War, Brown initially campaigned against secession and even offered to lead fellow Unionists in battle, but in the face of secessionist fervor, he soon reversed his position and became an ardent Confederate. When the Union occupied Nashville in 1862, Brown was temporarily jailed, and his house was burned. The Nashville Union newspaper of December 1, 1863 reported that following his release, Brown reversed position once more and gave a speech in federally-occupied Columbia proclaiming imminent defeat for the Confederacy and encouraging citizens to "return to the Union." His blatant opportunism infuriated Columbian Unionists and, the paper also reported, Brown "vamoosed for Dixie [where he began] imploring old men and youths, and even the women, to take to the field for Dixie and 'Drive the Vandals from the soil of Tennessee.'" James Trimble Brown's attempt to form "negro brigade" died on the vine; the Encyclopedia of Virginia reports that "In December 1863, Confederate general Patrick R. Cleburne wrote a memorandum advocating the emancipation and enlistment of black men as Confederate soldiers. He circulated the proposal among his peers and gained fifteen additional signatures before sending it to his commanding officers, Secretary of War James A. Seddon, and President Davis. The Davis administration, receiving the proposal in January 1864, not only declined to present it to Congress, but also ordered Cleburne and his colleagues to cease all discussion of the subject." A unique account from influential-though politically expedient-Southern politician.

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