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        THE WATER-BABIES

      1863. hardcover. Kingsley, The Rev. Charles. THE WATER-BABIES: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby. With Two Illustrations by J. Noel Paton, R.S.A. London & Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1863. 1 page undated ads. Original green cloth decorated in gilt. <p>First Edition. This is Kingsley&#39;s famous fairy tale written for his youngest son (the "land-baby", and dedicatee). Little Tom the chimney sweep, bullied by his employer Grimes, runs away, falls into a river, and is transformed into a water-baby; thereafter he learns (from other water creatures he meets, and also from the fairies Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby and Mrs. Bedonebyasyoudid) the need to show and to seek kindness. Certainly the tale is a moral didactic fable, preaching human redemption in a form of Purgatory, but it also shows Kingsley&#39;s love of nature and his indignation at the Victorian practice of child labor; Kingsley also used the book as an opportunity to satirize those scientists who were responding negatively to Darwin&#39;s then-new theory of evolution (which Kingsley had been one of the first to praise).</p> W <p>This copy is in the second and usual state, with<i>out</i> the "L&#39;Envoi" leaf -- which soon after publication was removed from copies not yet sold. It is in very good-plus condition (very light wear at the binding extremities, a small scuff affecting the gilt fish vignette on the front cover, endpapers slightly cracked). Wolff 3812 (in calf).</p> CHILDREN&#39;S / JUVENILE (Sumner & Stillman Code:12189)

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        Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby, The

      1863. Just Another Destitute Little Chimney-Sweep"or "The Oddest Fairy Tale That There Has Ever Been&#133;A Near Fine Copy Of The First Edition of The Water-BabiesKINGSLEY, Charles. The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby. With two illustrations by J. Noel Paton, R.S.A. London & Cambridge, 1863. First edition, first issue. Small square octavo (8 x 6 1/8 inches; 201 x 156mm). [viii], [1-3], 4-350, [1 advertisements], 1 blank. With the &#145;L&#146;Evoi&#146; leaf inserted after the dedication. Inserted frontispiece and full-page illustration opposite p. 145. With eight large engraved initial chapter letters.Original dark green fine-grain cloth, front cover with gilt triple-rule border enclosing a pictorial gilt center device depicting Tom, a Fish and a Sea-Horse. Spine ruled and lettered in gilt. Dark brown coated endpapers, top edge gilt. With the binders ticket of Burn of Kirby St., on the rear pastedown and a small booksellers ticket (John Smith & Son, Glasgow) on the front pastedown. Hinges just starting and top of spine with two very small splits. Otherwise a superlative copy, the gilt bright and fresh, of this scarce children&#146;s classic. Housed in a fleece-lined green cloth clamshell case. Together with a letter dated July 6th, 1950, from David A. Randall (Scribner Book Store NY) to a a former owner (Eugene Grossman) stating &#147;Incidentally, I have just heard from my London agent that you ordered a book (The Water Babies, 1st Issue) from an English catalogue which I wanted very much. If you get a good copy of this book you really have a scarce item.&#148;"Charles Kingsley was a rural vicar in Victorian England, and the "land-baby" of the sub-title was his youngest son, five-year-old Grenville Arthur. In writing this fairy tale about the underwater adventures of Tom, a chimney-sweep&#39;s climbing-boy, Kingsley uttered many a sermon. But along with his zeal for Anglican Christianity he also brought into play his enthusiasm for nature and his strong sense of indignation at the Victorian practice of using small children as laborers. This copy is from the rare first issue of the first edition. It contains a leaf bearing a poem, L&#39;Envoi. Kingsley had second thoughts about this while the book was being printed, and he had the leaf removed, but not before a few hundred copies of the book had already gone forth." (Gottlieb, Early Children&#39;s Books and Their Illustration, 113).

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        TRAFORO DELLE ALPI TRA BARDONNECHE E MODANE. Relazione della Direzione Tecnica alla Direzione Generale delle Strade Ferrate dello Stato.

      In-4 p. (mm. 304x210), tela edit. (con aloni), pp. (4),113,(3), con 10 tavv. litografiche f.t., più volte ripieg. (max. mm. 810 x 612): sono piani, profili e sezioni del traforo fra Bardonecchia e Modane, e anche strumenti tecnici usati per la sua costruzione. "Rara edizione originale" di questa dettagliata descrizione dei lavori per il traforo alpino, iniziati il 15 agosto 1857. ?Germain Sommeiller (1815-71), ingegnere francese, fu uno dei tre progettisti e direttori dei lavori del traforo del Frejus, in cui studiò specialmente le applicazioni dell?aria compressa ideando un tipo di perforatrice?. Così Diz. Treccani,XI, p. 445. Esempl. ben conservato.

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        Tales of the Wayside Inn

      Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1863. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. First American edition. Red morroco leather cover Half-Leather cover. Five raised bands on spine. Gilt decorated spine, gilt filets on boards. Marbelized endpapers.Closed tear on edge of back free endpaper."One Autumn night, in Sudbury town,Across the meadows bare and brown, The windows of the wayside innGleamed red with fire-light through the leaves Of woodbine, hanging from the eaves Their crimson curtains rent and thin.".

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        THE GREAT RUSSIAN BALL AT THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC, NOVEMBER 5, 1863 (Print)

      Fine Condition. Original wood engraving from Harper&#39;s Weekly, November 21, 1863. Sheet measures 22 by 16 inches (55.88 by 40.64 cm). Professionally cleaned and deacidified. Image is clean and bright.

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        AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, TO JAMES T. FIELDS

      Concord. 16 September 1863.. One page, in ink, on octavo lettersheet. Ca. 100 words. Old fold from mailing, a few small smudges, otherwise very good or better. To his publisher, James T. Fields, written on the occasion of the publication of his latest book, OUR OLD HOME, sending on a list of individuals [not present] to receive complimentary copies: "Dear Fields, On the other page is the list of presentation people; and (with four [altered from three] copies bestowed when I saw you) it amounts to twenty-four, which your liberality and kindness allow me ... I held my pen suspended over one or two of the names, doubting whether they deserved of me so especial a favor as a portion of my heart and brain. I have few friends. Some authors, I should think, would require half the edition for private distribution ...." Signed: "Your friend, Nathl Hawthorne." Accompanied by the clipped envelope address to Fields, in Hawthorne&#39;s hand. Published in Volume XVIII of the Centenary Edition, letter 1278, based on a transcript in the Hawthorne-Fields Letter Book at Harvard.

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        Autograph Letter, signed (" Mrs. G.H. Lewes"), to her publisher Blackwood

      The Priory, 21 North Bank, Regents Park [London], "thursday", n.d. [after november, 1863]. 12mo. 2 pp., in purple ink, on personal stationery. With conjugate blank, affixed to stiff card . A warm note to her publisher (probably John Blackwoood), no doubt about her work. "My dear Mr. Blackwood, We shall be delighted to see you and Mrs. Blackwood&#39;s tomorrow to lunch with us. That is the most comfortable way of getting a chat. But our hour is 1/2 past 1. I hope that will not be too early for you. That weather makes all work heavier -"

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        Masterpieces of the International Exhibition 1862 (3 Volumes Complete | The Great London Exposition (World&#39;s Fair))

      London: Day & Son, 1863. FIRST EDITION. 3 volumes complete. Period half black morocco leather with gilt tooled compartmented design to spine raised bands. Pebbled brown cloth boards, all edges gilt. No previous owner&#39;s names, not exlibrary. Overall in VERY GOOD PLUS condition. Chromolitho [1 (title-page)], [1 (title-page)], [xx], 100 chromolitho plates with accompanying text; chromlitho [1 (title-page)], [1 (title-page)], [i], 100 chromolitho plates with accompanying text; chromolitho [1 (title-page)], [1 (title-page)], [ii], 101 chromolitho plates with accompanying text. Magnificently produced chromolitho record of the 1862 Exhibition, in which Waring took a prominent part as organiser of the architectural, glass, earthenware, furniture, jewelry and goldsmith&#39;s work exhibits. Waring himself wrote the English text: a French translation accompanies it; and the chromolithography was supervised by W.R. Tymms and executed by Tymms, Albert Warren and G. MacCulloch. The International Exhibition of 1862, or Great London Exposition, was a world&#39;s fair. It was held from May 1 to November 1, 1862, beside the gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society, South Kensington, London, England, on a site that now houses museums including the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum (London). The exposition was sponsored by the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Trade, and featured over 28,000 exhibitors from 36 countries, representing a wide range of industry, technology, and the arts. All told, it attracted about 6.1 million visitors. Receipts (£459,632) were slightly above cost (£458,842), leaving a total profit of £790. It was housed on 23 acres (9 hectares) of land, within a special building designed by Captain Francis Fowke (1823-1865) and built by Charles and Thomas Lucas and Sir John Kelk at a cost of £300,000 covered by profits from the Great Exhibition of 1851. The building consisted of a main structure with two adjoining wings set at right angles for machinery and agricultural equipment; the wings were demolished after the Exhibition. Its main facade along Cromwell Road was 1152 feet (351 m) in length, and ornamented by two crystal domes, each of which was 260 feet (79 m) high. Although they were then the two largest domes in the world, their effect was distinctly unimpressive, and they were derided as "colossal soup bowls" and "a national disgrace." The building as a whole was termed "a wretched shed" by The Art Journal. Exhibitions included such large pieces of machinery as parts of Charles Babbage&#39;s analytical engine, cotton mills, and maritime engines by the firm of Henry Maudslay, as well as a range of smaller goods including fabrics, rugs, sculptures, furniture, plates, silver and glass wares, and wallpaper. The exposition also introduced the use of caoutchouc for rubber production and the Bessemer process for steel manufacture.. First Edition. Half Morocco Leather. Very Good. Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall. Hardcover.

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        British Wild Flowers Illustrated by John E. Sowerby. Described, with an introduction and key to the natural order by C. Pierpoint Johnson

      London: John Van Voorst, 1863. Second revised A Near Fine Copy. Octavo ( 6.5 x 9.5 inches). Green embossed publisher&#39;s cloth with gilt emblem on cover and lettering on spine. Head and foot of spine softened, corners lightly frayed. AEG. Tidy owner&#39;s signature and location dated 1868 on prelim. A fine reissue of Sowerby&#39;s classic work on British Wild Flowers, to which is now added a supplement containing 180 figures of lately discovered flowering plants by John W. Salter, ALS, FGS and the Ferns, Horsetails and Club-mosses by John E. Sowerby. Pp. xlix, 186, with frontispiece and 86 hand-colored steel engraved plates representing 1780 botanical specimens in total. The richly colored frontispiece is a fine bouquet of Wild Flowers in the style of Jane Webb Loudon. The accompanying plates are vibrant and clear throughout, not pale as often the case with this type of wild flower compendium. A fine work by one of the Sowerby family, major contributors to the illustration and documentation of 19th-century British horticulture.

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        The Works of John Milton in Verse and Prose. Printed from the Original Editions. With a Life of the Author by the Rev. John Mitford

      London: Bickers and Bush, 1863., 1863. 8 volumes; 8vo. Later binding (c.1920) by Bayntun Riviere of half dark brown heavy grain morocco leather with gilt titles and gilt to spines, brown cloth boards, top edges gilt, marbled end papers. A fine, very attractive set.

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        KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE

      Richmond: Hoyer & Ludwig, lithographers,, [ca. 1863].. Map, 18 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches. Old folds. Some light soiling and wear. A few small tears at edges, minor separation at some folds. About very good. A rare map of Kentucky and Tennessee, published in Confederate Virginia. The map shows the states of Kentucky and Tennessee, as well as the southern border regions of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, and the northern border areas of Georgia and Alabama. Three inset vignettes show the Confederate Navy yard at Memphis, the Entrance to Mammoth Cave, and the State House in Nashville. Though several other maps by James Paterson appear in Parrish & Willingham, this map is not recorded in the bibliography. OCLC locates only one copy, at the University of North Carolina. Old fold lines would seem to indicate that this map may have been issued as a folding map, though no covers or wrappers are present. Rare and interesting.

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        Correspondence Between the War Department and General Lovell, Relating to the Defenses of New Orleans

      Richmond, Virginia: R. M. Smith, 1863. Title continues: "Submitted in Response to a Resolution of the House of Representatives Passed Third February, 1863." 123 pages. Complete. Clean and supple pages. Chip at upper right corner of the title page. Previously bound in a volume with some remnants of binding leather along the spine. General Lovell was a Confederate general from New York who was placed in charge of defending New Orleans. The correspondence provides significant details regarding the command&#39;s chronic shortages of both soldiers and weapons and Lovell&#39;s decision to evacuate the city leaving it virtually undefended at the approach of Admiral Farragut and General Butler. Identified by Parrish & Willingham as Confederate Imprint #2316. Quite scarce. . Pamphlet. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        Oeuvres Completes De Moliere Nouvelle Edition Tres-Soigneusement Revue Sur Les Textes Originaux Avec Un Travail De Critique Et D&#39;Erudition Apercus D&#39;Histoire Litteraire, Biographie, Examen De Chaque Piece, Commentaire, Bibliographie, etc. Par M. Louis Moland

      Paris: Garnier Freres, 1863-1864. leather_bound. Contemporary three quarter green morocco and marbled boards. Near fine. Teg. 7 vols./No Dust Jacket. 8vo, 24 x 16 cm. Host of engraved plates by Delannoy and Massard after G. Staal. Moliere gave French comedy a serious face -- his gallery of human nature, particularly the hypocrite and poseur are imprimaturs. A clean, bright set internally, minor rubbing to extremities and corners, raised bands, gilt decorated spine panels, marbled endpapers.

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        Correspondence Between the War Department and General Lovell, Relating to the Defenses of New Orleans

      Richmond, Virginia: R. M. Smith, 1863. Title continues: "Submitted in Response to a Resolution of the House of Representatives Passed Third February, 1863." 123 pages. Complete. Clean and supple pages. Chip at upper right corner of the title page. Previously bound in a volume with some remnants of binding leather along the spine. General Lovell was a Confederate general from New York who was placed in charge of defending New Orleans. The correspondence provides significant details regarding the command&#39;s chronic shortages of both soldiers and weapons and Lovell&#39;s decision to evacuate the city leaving it virtually undefended at the approach of Admiral Farragut and General Butler. Identified by Parrish & Willingham as Confederate Imprint #2316. Quite scarce. . Pamphlet. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        [Vers et Proses...] Oeuvres complètes de Lamartine publiées et inédites

      Paris: Chez l&#39;auteur, 1863. relié. 16x24cm. Edition en partie originale publiée à compte d&#39;auteur. Reliures en demi chagrin vert bouteille, dos lisses ornés de filets dorés et à froid ainsi que de fleurons dorés en têtes et en pieds, plats de cartonnage noir, gardes et contreplats de papier à la cuve, frottements et épidermures sur la plupart des volumes, un accroc marginal sur le premier plat du tome 24, nombreux coins émoussés, reliures de l&#39;époque. Envoi de l&#39;auteur sur la page de faux-titre du tome 1 : "Mémoire et reconnaissance". Quelques petites rousseurs. Le dernier volume, paru en 1866, fait défaut comme habituellement à notre ensemble. Edition rare et recherchée. - Chez l&#39;auteur, Paris _1860-1863, 16x24cm, 40 volumes reliés. - Vers et Proses... 40 volumes reliés

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        ROMOLA

      1863. hardcover. <center><b>ROMOLA, nearly fine in the original cloth</b></center> Eliot, George [pseudonym of Marian Evans]. ROMOLA. In Three Volumes. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1863. 2 pp Vol II undated ads. Original green cloth with spines decorated in gilt. 3 vols. <p>First Edition. Her fourth novel, ROMOLA was the author&#39;s own favorite -- and quite a departure from her first three (ADAM BEDE, THE MILL ON THE FLOSS and SILAS MARNER): where the earlier tales were sited in contemporary rural England, ROMOLA is a historical novel sited in Fifteenth-Century Florence. It was not the favorite of her reading public, however: Sadleir considered ROMOLA one of the scarcest Eliot first editions (in fact <u>the</u> scarcest to be found in fine condition); her only novel <b>not</b> to be published by Blackwood, ROMOLA&#39;s scarcity appears to be attributable to its unpopularity as a serial and consequent small printing in book form.</p> <p>This is an attractive, nearly-fine set, with the slightest of shelf-wear on the bottom edge, and a couple of (original) endpapers with minor cracking. The spine gilt remains brighter than is typically encountered. As Sadleir observed back in 1951, this is a tough book to find in this condition. Baker & Ross A7.2(1); Sadleir 817 (also pp 377-378); Wolff 2061; Muir 5.</p> "THREE-DECKER" NOVELS, BOOKS WRITTEN BY WOMEN (Sumner & Stillman Code:12185)

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        "The United States Gunboat "Eutaw". Built by John J. Abrahams & Son Baltimore, Md. Engine by Haxlehurst & Weigan Vulcan Works, Baltimore, Md. Hull Length...240 feet. Breadth...35 feet. Depth 12ft. 974 Tons. Engine. Diameter of Cylinder 59 inches. Inclined L.P. Stroke 8 feet 9 inches."

      New York: Endicott & Co., 1863. Lithograph printed in colours with additional hand-colouring. Signature in lithograph: "C. Parsons, &#39;63". 22 7/8 x 25 1/4 inches. The Eutaw was one of twenty-seven doubler-ender, paddle wheel gunboats of the "Sassacus class" (named for the vessel of that name which rammed the Confederate Albermarle). A lithograph of a sister ship, the Chenango, was also published by Endicott & Co. She was built of wood in 1862 and fitted with eight guns. The duty of these rams was to open up and protect the Union ports and guard the river traffic in the Gulf and along the Mississippi. She was broken up in 1867, soon after hostilities ended. Charles Parsons (1821-1910) British born, spent most of his long life in America creating superb marine prints and paintings. Much of his print work was published by the two major New York lithography firms: Currier & Ives and Endicott & Co. His ship portraits are among the finest of the era and demonstrate a love and a profound understanding of boats and life at sea. Catalogue of the Marine Collection at India House, number 282

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        Salammbô

      Paris: Michel Lévy frères, 1863. relié. 14,5x22,5cm. Troisième édition parue la même année que l&#39;édition originale. Reliure en demi chagrin marine, dos à quatre nerfs sertis de pointillés dorés et orné d&#39;un cartouche doré agrémenté d&#39;arabesques dorées, plats, gardes et contreplats de papier à la cuve, légères traces de frottements sur les mors, tête dorée, reliure légèrement postérieure d&#39;une dizaine d&#39;années. Précieux et rare envoi autographe signé de l&#39;auteur à madame Morris. Celle-ci pourrait être l&#39;épouse du poète anglais William Morris, ami intime du peintre Edward Burne-Jones. Une pâle et discrète mouillure angulaire affectant, en pied, les quinze derniers feuillets. - Michel Lévy frères, Paris _1863, 14,5x22,5cm, relié. - relié

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        Salammbo

      Paris: MIchel Levy Freres, Libraires-Editeurs, 1863. First issue with the word "effraya" for "effrayerent" on page 5 and "Scissites" instead of "Syssites" on pages 251, 368 and 370. half-title with advertisement to verso, 374pp., (1)pp. table, bound with eight original "before letters" proof etchings including a title page by Pierre Vidal, printed by A. Salmon and published by Aphonse Lemerre in 1884. This portfolio of etchings was evidently produced to accompany the newly published edition. The customer could have their book rebound incorporating these etchings or simply kept together with their new edition. Our etchings are proofs "before letters" as the etched title page does not include the author, title or editor&#39;s name which would have been done by the lettering artist once the proofs were approved. The original published etchings were printed on laid paper, ours are not. All handsomely bound in 3/4 red morocco over black & gold moulded paper, raised bands, spine lettering and top edge gilt, marbled endpapers some scattered foxing but mostly to only a few leaves at front and rear . We have located only one set of these etching housed at Texas Tech University. A very nice copy with the exceedingly rare Vidal etchings. [Carteret 1:266; Vicaire III:724-25]. First Edition. Octavo.

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        STORIA VENETA. Espressa in centocinquanta tavole inventate e disegnate da Giuseppe Gatteri sulla scorta delle cronache e delle storie e secondo i vari costumi del tempo, incise da Antonio Viviani e dai migliori artisti veneziani.

      Album oblungo (mm. 320x450), 2 voll. in 1 tomo, mz. pelle coeva con ang. (risg. rifatti), fregi e tit. a secco al dorso; al frontesp. grande e bella allegoria di Venezia; illustrato da 150 tavv. inc. in rame. Il Gatteri ha saputo presentare in modo mirabile la storia di Venezia, ?ne? principali suoi fasti?, dalle origini (anno 452) agli ultimi istanti della Repubblica (1797). Ciascuno dei 150 episodi e' corredato da un testo illustrativo dello Zanotto. "Seconda edizione". Cfr. Lozzi,II,6168. Tavv. fiorite per lo più ai margini e talvolta ingiallite; prime 7 e ultime 30 carte con alone al margine sup., ma complessivam. buon esemplare.

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        Vie de Jésus.

      Paris, Michel Lévy Frères, 1863. Royal 8vo. Bound in a nice cont. red hcalf w. four raised bands on gilt back. Marbled paper over boards probably renewed. A bit of minor soiling to back, but a very nice, clean and tight copy, in- as well as externally. W. half-title ("Histoire des Origines du Christianisme. Livre premier"). (4), LIX, 462 pp. + (1) leaf (colophon).. True first edition of this seminal classic on the life of Jesus, which caused an immediate scandal when it appeared. Renan's masterpiece, which constitudes the first attempt to write a biography of Jesus the man and strongly puts forth the notion that the Bible too can be subject to historical investigation and critical scrutiny. The work enraged the Roman Catholic Church but was an immediate success in most of Europe. "In six months sixty thousand copies of the French edition had been sold and edition succeeded edition. Renan regarded the book as the first of a series on the "Origins of Christianity", which he continued with "The Apostles" (1866), "Saint Paul" (1869), "The Anti-Christ" (1873), "The Gospels" (1877), "The Christian Church" (1879) and "Marcus Aurelius" (1881) but none of these emulated the success of the "Life of Jesus"... Immediate success was partly a "succès de scandale" but this would not have kept the book alive. It is Renan's approach to the subject and his beautiful prose that gave it lasting eminence." (PMM 352). This groundbreaking work analyses the personality of the man Jesus, -a figure created by Renan out of his mind but based on historical sources. "It is a pastoral idyll with the central figure a gentle, albeit oracular visionary, his power to work miracles a part of his unique personality -the son of man, but not the Son of God... In this great work it seems clear that the audience he has found was the one he sought: the general reading public rather than the limited coterie of scholars; and there is no doubt of the fact or the degree of his success." (PMM 352). "C'est le livre plus célèbre d'Ernest Renan (1823-1892) et le premier volume de l'Hisoire des origines du Christianisme"... on peut considérer cette "Vie de Jésus" comme une oeuvre de vulgarisation: l'auteur cherche à déterminer ce qui, au point de vue "scientifique", est de créance dans la vie du Nazaréen?" (Laffont-Bompiani IV:681). Apart from causing a world-wide scandal, the work was also a world-wide success, and no matter how many harsh words can be said about the historical and religious contents of the work, there is no doubt about the fact that it influenced the destiny of Catholocism decisively and that it is a masterpiece of 19th century French literature. It is very elegantly written and is renowned for its description of the historical setting, charming descriptions of sceneries, its penetrating psychological analysis and its overall style and class. "Il faut ajouter que la "Vie de Jésus" compte au nombre des livres les mieux écrits de son temps; le charme de la peinture des paysages, le pittoresque géneralement exact des évocations historiques, l'analyse pénétrante de l'âme des personnages, des seductions du style enfin, n'ont pas été pour rien dans le succès universel de cette oeuvre." (Laffont-Bompiani IV:681). Ernest Renan (1823-1892) was a French philologist, philosopher and historian. His father died when he was aged five, and his mother wanted him to become a priest. Until he was about 16 years old, he was trained by the Church, but due to his investigative and truth-seeking nature as well as his studies (e.g. Hebrew), he was in doubt as to the historical truth of the Scriptures, and with the help of his sister he chose his own path in life. "He studied intensively the languages of the Bible and filled a number of minor academic positions, frequently encountering difficulties because of the heterodoxy and outspokenness of his religious opinions." (Printing and the Mind of Man 352). In 1840 he began studying philosophy and later philology, in 1847 he took his degree as Agrégé de Philosophie and became master at the Lycée of Vendome. After having returned from a mission to Italy in the year 1850 where he gathered material for his historical-philosophical masterpiece, "Averroës et l'Averroisme", he was offered employment at the "Bibliothèque Nationale" (at the manuscript department). In 1861 he was chosen to become professor of Hebrew at the Collège de France, but because the emperor refused to ratify the appointment (inspired by the Clerical party), he was not established in the chair untill 1870. In 1878 he was elected for the Academy. Renan is considered a scolar of the greatest excellence and an impressive writer

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        The complete suite of Crooke's 12 papers extracted from the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: including his six papers "On Repulsion Resulting from Radiation"

      PHOTOGRAPHS SENT ON REQUEST. Comprising: general title-page to volume 153; 1.) On Thallium, 1863, vol 153, pp.173-192; 2.) Researches on the Atomic Weight of Thallium, 1873, vol 163, pp.277-330 (+ 4 lithographic plates); 3.) On Attraction and Repulsion Resulting from Radiation [Part I], 1874, vol 164, pp.501-527; 4.) On Repulsion Resulting from Radiation. Part II,1875, vol 165, pp.519-547; 5.) On Repulsion Resulting from Radiation. Parts III. & IV, 1876, vol 166, pp.325-376 + 2 lithographic plates; 6.) The Bakerian Lecture: On Repulsion Resulting from Radiation. Part V, 1878, vol 169, pp.243-318; 7.) On Repulsion Resulting from Radiation. Part VI, 1879, vol 170, pp.87-134; 8.) The Bakerian Lecture: On the Illumination of Lines of Molecular Pressure, and the Trajectory of Molecules, 1879, vol 170, pp.135-164; 9.) Contributions to Molecular Physics in High Vacua. Magnetic Deflection of Molecular Trajectory. Laws of Magnetic Rotation in High and Low Vacua. Phosphorogenic Properties of Molecular Discharge, 1879, vol 170, pp.641-662; 10.) [with: G. G. Stokes] On the Viscosity of Gases at High Exhaustions, 1881, vol 172, pp.387-446 + 4 lithographic plates; 11.) The Bakerian Lecture: On Radiant Matter Spectroscopy: The Detection and Wide Distribution of Yttrium, 1883, vol 174, pp.891-918; 12.) On Radiant Matter Spectroscopy. Part II. Samarium, 1885, vol 176, pp.691-723 + 1 chromolithographic plate. First Editions, large quarto, half calf gilt in period style, very good copies, London, [Royal Society], 1863 - 1885. Sir William Crookes, (1832 - 1919) In 1861, he discovered a previously unknown element with a bright green emission line in its spectrum and named the element thallium, from the Greek thallos, a green shoot. Crookes also identified the first known sample of helium, in 1895. He was the inventor of the Crookes radiometer, and developed the Crookes tubes, investigating cathode rays. In his investigations of the conduction of electricity in low pressure gases, he discovered that as the pressure was lowered, the negative electrode (cathode) appeared to emit rays (the so-called cathode rays, now known to be a stream of free electrons, and used in cathode ray display devices). As these examples indicate, he was a pioneer in the construction and use of vacuum tubes for the study of physical phenomena. He was, as a consequence, one of the first scientists to investigate what are now called plasmas. He also devised one of the first instruments for the study of nuclear radioactivity, the spinthariscope. "By attempting to determine the actual paths of 'lines of molecular pressure' on the analogy of Faraday's lines of magnetic force, Crookes came to work on the cathode rays, which until then had been the exclusive province of German experimentalists. An electric radiometer whose vanes acted as a cathode showed that the dark space separating the cathode from the cathode glow extended farther from the blackened side of the vane, and that only when the pressure was reduced to a point at which the dark space touched the sides of the radiometer tube did rotation occur. . . . With his thorough grounding in the experimentally difficult art of vacuum physics, Crookes laid the foundation for the fuller investigation by J. J. Thomson of the behaviour of radiant matter in the discharge tube, showing, for example, that it induced phosphorescence in minerals like the diamond; that it caused the glass of the discharge tube to phosphoresce; that its stream could be deflected by a magnet; and, most important of all, that since it cast a shadow of an opaque object . . . it travelled in straight lines and was corpuscular in nature" (DSB).

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        David Elginbrod

      1863. first edition. George MacDonald's First Novel, in the Original Cloth,Not in Sadleir or WolffMACDONALD, George. David Elginbrod. In Three Volumes. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1863.First edition of the author&#146;s first published novel. Three octavo volumes (7 3/4 x 4 7/8 inches; 199 x 125 mm.). viii, 325, [1]; vi, 335, [1]; vi, 398.Original brick red pebble-grain cloth with covers ruled in blind and spines ruled in gilt and blind and lettered in gilt. A few leaves in gathering N in Volume I poorly opened at top and a few leaves in gathering H in Volume III poorly opened at edge (none affecting any text). The front cover of Volume I shows evidence of a lending library label having once been affixed, and the front and rear pastedowns of Volume III show signs of there once having been a brown paper protective cover. Otherwise, this is as near fine a set as one could ever wish for, with the hinges sound and the gilt lettering on the unfaded spines fresh and bright.&#147;In 1855 [MacDonald] published his first book, a long dramatic poem on the subject of married love and misunderstanding entitled Within and Without; its admirers included Tennyson, Lady Byron and Charles Kinglsey&#133;In 1857 he published a collection of poems. He and his family made a home for atime at Hastings on the south coast, where the air was though to be good for his lungs, and there he began to write &#145;a kind of fairy tale&#133;in the hope that it will pay me better than the more evidently series work&#146;. This was Phantastes, completed in two months; it was published in Oct. 1848&#133;After three years in Hastings the MacDonalds moved to London&#133;MacDonald became Professor of English Literature at Bedford Collecge&#133;During this period he was sturggling hard to write something as successful as Phantastes, but it was not until 1863 that he completed David Elginbrod, a long, didactic, and gothically romantic novel about a young man who has a career not dissimilar to MacDonald&#146;s own. His former publishers Smith and Elder turned it down, but it was read by Mrs Craik, who persuaded her own publishers Hurst and Blackett to take it on. It proved extremely popular and established MacDonald as a writer&#148; (The Oxford Companion to Children&#146;s Literature).&#147;The germ of this novel was an epitaph related by Charles Manby Smith, a journalist, at a supper attended by MacDonald&#133;the epitaph appears invol. I, ch. XIII: &#145;Here lie I, Martin Elginbrodde:/Hae mercy o' my soul, Lord God;/As I wad do, were I Lord God,/And ye were Martin Elginbrodde.&#146; The character of David Elginbrod was drawn from MacDonald's father; Funkelstein was based on the Polish mesmerist Zamoiski, whom MacDonald met in Hastings; and an Arundel archdeacon who gave him 'a good deal of trouble' was transformed into Appleditch, the grocer&#133;Following on from The Portent [which had appeared in The Cornhill but was not yet published], the supernatural is again dealt with. According to Joseph Johnson (George MacDonald, 1906, p. 226) this element was responsible for much of the popular interest in the book. MacDonald experienced great difficulty in getting it published. &#145;Smith, Elder & Co. [who had published his Phantastes but had then refused his first novel, Seekers and Finders&#151;never published and now lost] found David Elginbrod hardly more attractive than Seekers and Finders. Their verdict coincided with every publisher's in London&#133;Had it not been for the daughter of a Manchester friend&#133;the book might never have been published. [She] asked if she might show it to her friend, Miss Mulock [Dinah Maria Mulock Craik]&#133;The authoress of John Halifax, Gentleman at once realised the book's merits, and took it to her own publishers, Hurst and Blackett, and told them they were fools to refuse it&#133;Never again had he difficulty in placing a book&#146; (Life, p. 322)&#148; (Shaberman).Three-decker novels were affordable only to circulating libraries from which they were then rented out fortnightly and we have only ever seen this book in the original cloth once before (this copy) when it appeared at auction some twenty years ago (Sotheby&#146;s London, July 10, 1986, lot 96, £320.00, to Maggs).Shaberman, George MacDonald: A Bibliographical Study, 14. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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        Vie de Jésus.

      Paris, Michel Lévy Frères, 1863. Lex 8vo. Bound uncut with the original printed wrappers in a very nice and elegant half morocco binding with five raised bands and gilt author and title to spine (Trinckvel). Wrappers a bit soiled, and a small repair to margin of front wrapper. Lower right corner of first two leaves repaired, far from afecting lettering. Otherwise a fine copy. Original handwritten and signed letter from Renan inserted between front end-papers. Withe the half-title ("Histoire des Origines du Christianisme. Livre premier"). (4), LIX, (1), 462 pp. + (1) leaf (colophon).. True first edition of this seminal classic on the life of Jesus, which caused an immediate scandal when it appeared. Rare with the original wrappers. Renan's masterpiece constitutes the first attempt to write a biography of Jesus the man and strongly puts forth the notion that the Bible too can be subject to historical investigation and critical scrutiny. The 1 full page original handwritten and signed (E. Renan) letter is dated August 1869 is about a certain Mr. Bambal, who, Renan writes, has left made a very good impression on him and has been a great help during his candidacee. He praises him as an intlligent man. Renan furthermore mentions a book that he wishes to give to the brother of the addressee of the letter. The work enraged the Roman Catholic Church but was an immediate success in most of Europe. "In six months sixty thousand copies of the French edition had been sold and edition succeeded edition. Renan regarded the book as the first of a series on the "Origins of Christianity", which he continued with "The Apostles" (1866), "Saint Paul" (1869), "The Anti-Christ" (1873), "The Gospels" (1877), "The Christian Church" (1879) and "Marcus Aurelius" (1881) but none of these emulated the success of the "Life of Jesus"... Immediate success was partly a "succès de scandale" but this would not have kept the book alive. It is Renan's approach to the subject and his beautiful prose that gave it lasting eminence." (PMM 352). This groundbreaking work analyses the personality of the man Jesus, -a figure created by Renan out of his mind, but based on historical sources. "It is a pastoral idyll with the central figure a gentle, albeit oracular visionary, his power to work miracles a part of his unique personality -the son of man, but not the Son of God... In this great work it seems clear that the audience he has found was the one he sought: the general reading public rather than the limited coterie of scholars; and there is no doubt of the fact or the degree of his success." (PMM 352). "C'est le livre plus célèbre d'Ernest Renan (1823-1892) et le premier volume de l'Hisoire des origines du Christianisme"... on peut considérer cette "Vie de Jésus" comme une oeuvre de vulgarisation: l'auteur cherche à déterminer ce qui, au point de vue "scientifique", est de créance dans la vie du Nazaréen?" (Laffont-Bompiani IV:681). Apart from causing a world-wide scandal, the work was also a world-wide success, and no matter how many harsh words can be said about the historical and religious contents of the work, there is no doubt about the fact that it influenced the destiny of Catholicism decisively and that it is a masterpiece of 19th century French literature. It is very elegantly written and is renowned for its description of the historical setting, charming descriptions of sceneries, its penetrating psychological analysis and its overall style and class. "Il faut ajouter que la "Vie de Jésus" compte au nombre des livres les mieux écrits de son temps; le charme de la peinture des paysages, le pittoresque géneralement exact des évocations historiques, l'analyse pénétrante de l'âme des personnages, des seductions du style enfin, n'ont pas été pour rien dans le succès universel de cette oeuvre." (Laffont-Bompiani IV:681). Ernest Renan (1823-1892) was a French philologist, philosopher and historian. His father died when he was aged five, and his mother wanted him to become a priest. Until he was about 16 years old, he was trained by the Church, but due to his investigative and truth-seeking nature as well as his studies (e.g. Hebrew), he was in doubt as to the historical truth of the Scriptures, and with the help of his sister he chose his own path in life. "He studied intensively the languages of the Bible and filled a number of minor academic positions, frequently encountering difficulties because of the heterodoxy and outspokenness of his religious opinions." (Printing and the Mind of Man 352). In 1840 he began studying philosophy and later philology, in 1847 he took his degree as Agrégé de Philosophie and became master at the Lycée of Vendome. After having returned from a mission to Italy in the year 1850 where he gathered material for his historical-philosophical masterpiece, "Averroës et l'Averroisme", he was offered employment at the "Bibliothèque Nationale" (at the manuscript department). In 1861 he was chosen to become professor of Hebrew at the Collège de France, but because the emperor refused to ratify the appointment (inspired by the Clerical party), he was not established in the chair untill 1870. In 1878 he was elected for the Academy. Renan is considered a scholar of the greatest excellence and an impressive writer

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        An Atlas of Modern Geography compiled and drawn from the latest observations.

      London: Wyld, 1863... An Atlas of Modern Geography compiled and drawn from the latest observations by James Wyld, published by Wyld, London 1863. In stiff cloth-covered boards with blind-stamped decorations, size 23 by 15.5 cm. With 26 double-page maps, some opening to a larger size and all with no text to the reverse. Includes a 48-page index. Maps hand-coloured. The atlas is unusual in that it includes detailed maps of east and west Australia, the former termed "The Gold Regions" .Spine restored and small tears to some folds by the hinges repaired with archival quality clear tape to reverse. Owner's name in ink (dated 1866) to front endpaper. Good condition. images available.

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        L'ingenieux hidalgo don quichotte de la manche [..]. traduction de louis viardot avec les dessins de gustave dore' graves par h. pisan. tome premier [-second]. paris, librairie de l. hachette et c.ie, 1863.

      2 volumi in-folio (cm. 42), legature editoriali in t. tela rossa con titolo in oro ai dorsi e ai piatti; pp. [4], XXIII, 459, [1 b.], II; [4], 515, [1 b.], II; con testate e finalini incisi e centinaia di bellissime tavole illustrative f.t. incise da Pisan e tratte da disegni originali del Doré; lievi fioriture sparse. Prima edizione del capolavoro di Cervantes con queste prestigiose illustrazioni che diedero fama universale al Doré. Cfr. Palau 52853. Esemplare molto buono.

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        Viage pintoresco por los rios parana', paraguay,s.lorenzo,cuyaba',y el arino tributario del grande amazonas.. parigi, libreria parisiense-dupray de la maherie., 1863.

      In 8°, pp. XI-153, cm. 19X24. Brochure originale a stampa. Ritratto dell'autore all'antiporta + altre 7 tavole con ritratti e vedute oltre a 26 grandi vignette nel testo ed una carta geografica. Dorso abilmente riparato carta un po' brunita ma nell'insieme ottimo stato. Opera assai rara e importante che manca anche alle biblioteche. di A. M. Garutti dal Dizionario Biografico Treccani BOSSI, Bartolomeo. - Nato a Porto Maurizio (ora Imperia Ponente) il 13 ag. 1817 e compiuti i primi studi classici, nel 1832 emigrò, con la famiglia, a Montevideo, in Uruguay. Qui prestò servizio dapprima nella marina mercantile, e poi in quella militare, ove ebbe compagno d'arme Giuseppe Garibaldi, al quale fece da testimone, il 16 giugno 1842, a Montevideo, nella chiesa di S. Francesco, alle nozze con Anita. Nel 1843 il B. fece parte della Legione italiana che, al comando di Garibaldi e di F. Anzani, combatte contro il dittatore argentino G. M. Rosas. Nel 1850 fu nominato dalla Società geografica argentina comandante di una spedizione in California, annessa da poco agli Stati Uniti; ritornato in Argentina nel 1854, e divenuto molto amico del generale J. I. de Urquiza, presidente della Confederazione argentina, prese viva parte alla vita politica, specie nel 1856, durante la lotta tra il generale Urquiza e lo Stato di Buenos Aires, e raggiunse il grado di ammiraglio nella flotta della Repubblica. In seguito si dedicò ai viaggi di esplorazione, alcuni dei quali compì per incarico del gabinetto imperiale brasiliano, che lo aveva nominato direttore della Compagnia diamantifera del Mato Grosso, affidandogli anche il compito di eseguire uno studio sulle possibilità di colonizzazione di quel vasto e poco noto territorio. Nel 1863 pubblicò a Parigi, dove si era recato, la relazione della sua più importante spedizione nelle foreste brasiliane, descrivendo regioni ancora inesplorate, di cui fornì le prime, esatte determinazioni di latitudine e longitudine. Nel marzo dello stesso anno si recò anche a Genova, ove fu accolto calorosamente, anche per l'opera svolta in Sudamerica in favore dell'Italia. Dopo aver soggiornato alcuni mesi in Italia, si imbarcò per gli Stati Uniti d'America ove, a Jenu, in seguito all'incendio della sua nave "America" subì un durissimo colpo, sia morale sia finanziario. Tornato in Uruguay, nel gennaio del 1872 fondò a Montevideo il giornale Unità Italiana, di cui fu anche direttore e dalle colonne del quale svolse opera di italianità tra i connazionali emigrati in Sudamerica. In seguito alla nomina a console dell'Uruguay a Valparaíso, in Cile, il B. dovette sospendere la pubblicazione del giornale, che arrivò fino al n. 177, e trasferirsi, alla fine dello stesso 1872, con tutta la famiglia, nella città cilena, ove si recò con un viaggio, parte via mare, parte via terra, che fu il primo dei molti viaggi da lui compiuti attraverso lo stretto di Magellano e l'oceano Pacifico sin nella Terra del Fuoco e nei canali della Patagonia, durante i quali notò l'esistenza di correnti sottomarine, baie, canali e passaggi ignorati, contribuendo, con i suoi rilevamenti e i suoi studi, alla correzione e al miglioramento delle carte di navigazione delle terre australi dell'America del Sud. Nel 1879, nominato console generale dell'Ecuador a Montevideo, ritornò in quella città, ove attese alla pubblicazione dei resoconti dei suoi viaggi e all'organizzazione del Museo di storia naturale della capitale uruguaiana, che arricchì anche con le sue importanti collezioni di fossili, minerali e animali. Il materiale più interessante era stato dal B. raccolto durante i suoi viaggi al Mato Grosso, alla Terra del Fuoco e al deserto di Atacama, ove segnalò l'esistenza di notevoli giacimenti d'oro, argento, rame e nichel. Nel 1883 il B. tornò in Italia, stabilendosi a Genova. Qui divenne, sotto lo pseudonimo di "Oceanico", corrispondente del Corriere della Sera. Morì a Nizza il 31 dic. 1890.

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        ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF WICKLIFFE TAYLOR; Wickliffe Taylor, full length seated on conservatory chair with striped blanket/curtain in background beside a large climbing geranium plant.

      * Wickliffe Taylor, was the son of Tom Taylor, editor of Punch Magazine. Carte de visite sized albumen print measuring c.56 x 92mm mounted on slightly larger card. AN E MAIL IMAGE OF THIS PHOTOGRAPH SENT ON REQUEST. The background and chair of the image is quite distinctively the same as the published images of Wickliffe by Carroll (see Gernsheim, Lewis Carroll Photographer, plate 18, showing Wickliffe dressed as a knight). Carroll was frustrated with "the intractable Wickliffe" who obviously would not sit still (though he did for this particular photograph), see the following entry made by Carroll in his Diary for October 5th, 1863: "Went over again to the Tom Taylors. Another attempt was made at a "Knight and Lady" group, which, after a regular "scene" with the intractable Wickliffe, had to be given up. Took several more pictures, chiefly of the servants, packed up, and returned to Mr Munro's, leaving the camera etc at Mr Rossetti's. He came over in the evening." This photograph is part of a hitherto unlocated group, see Wakeling's Register of all [of Carroll's] Known Photographs, in: Lewis Carroll Photographer, The Princeton University Albums, #1108-1125.

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