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        The Countryman

      J. A. Turner, Turnwold, Eatonton GA 1864 - Browned, pages just barely attached to each other though, oddly, the opposite side is unopened -- meaning that the newspaper is more strongly attached on the side that should open than on the bound side. There is an old dampstain on the upper left area that may look like a tear in my scan but is actually just a slightly darker brown tone. ; No. 16; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 16 pages; First, this is a rare Confederate newspaper, published on Turnwold Plantation near Eatonton, Georgia during the Civil War, in 1864, by J. A. Turner. Second, the typesetter for Turner on that small plantation printing press was the young Joel Chandler Harris, future famous author of Uncle Remus other tales. Harris was heavily influenced by the stories and dialect he heard from slaves on the Turner plantation. Harris quit school early to help alleviate the financial burden on his mother. In March 1862, Joseph Addison Turner, owner of Turnwold Plantation nine miles east of Eatonton, hired Harris to work as a printer's devil for his newspaper The Countryman. Harris worked for clothing, room, and board. The newspaper reached subscribers throughout the Confederacy during the American Civil War and became one of the larger newspapers in the South with a circulation of about 2,000. Harris learned to set type for the paper, and Turner allowed him to publish his own poems, book reviews, and humorous paragraphs. Scarce Civil War/Confederate item with connection to Joel Chandler Harris. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: The Ridge Books]
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        Collection of 32 books (thirtytwo) on Hunting, Gaming, Shooting and the History of Weaponry from a Gun-collector and Sportsman: American Duck Shooting / The History of the Pistol and Revolver / The Sprting Life / Gun Collecting / The Story of The Guns / Shotgun Psychology / History of Arms and Armour / Sporting Powder - Nitro-Lignin / 22 Caliber Varmint Rifles / The Modern Sportsman's Gun and Rifle / Cut and Thrust Weapons / The Flintlock - its origin and development / A Glossary of the Construction Decoration and Use of Arms and Armour in all countries and in all times / The Gun-Founders of England / The Muzzle-Loading Cap Lock Rifle (Roberts) / Espingarda Perfeyta - The Perfect Gun etc. etc.

      London and othe rPLaces: Longman, Green and others, . Most of the volumes in very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Some volumes slightly damaged. Several Volumes professionally restored and in excellent recent bindings (ask for more images and detailed list). Please ask for a full list of titles. Free international shipping with courier included in the price.. 32 Volumes. London and othe rPLaces, Longman, Green and others, 1864-2012. Octavo. c.3000 pages with illustrations Original Hardcover. Most of the volumes in very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Some volumes slightly damaged. Several Volumes professionally restored and in excellent recent bindings (ask for more images and detailed list). Please ask for a full list of titles. Free international shipping with courier included in the price.

      [Bookseller: The Time Traveller's Bookshop]
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        Brisas del Plata

      Imprenta tipográfica a vapor, calle de las Cámaras 41, Montevideo 1864 - 256 pp páginas [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Libreria de Antano (ILAB & ABA Members)]
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        The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of The Sacraments, and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church According to the Use of the United Churchof England and Ireland ...

      Oxford: University Press, 1864. full brown leather custom binding tooled in blind, lettered in gilt over stiff boards, all edges gilt, metal edges on covers with clasp, by Westley of Cheltenham. Fine. 16mo. With a foredge painting of Cheltenham? With contemporary inscriptions in brown ink on free endpaper and first fly leaf .

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        Catalogo degli uccelli di Sardegna. Con note e osservazioni.

      Milano, Tip. Bernardoni, 1864. 8vo brossura, pp. 140. Rara edizione originale, in copia intonsa.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Piani già' Naturalistica snc]
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        [CIVIL WAR ERA ARCHIVE OF SERGEANT DAVID HOLMES, OF THE 20th MICHIGAN INFANTRY, CONSISTING OF SKETCHBOOKS, DIARIES, AND CORRESPONDENCE]

      Michigan, Virginia, and various places, 1864. Two diaries, two sketchbooks, six letters of various sizes, plus a leather pocketbook containing several loose family documents. Bound items in varying conditions, mostly disbound or with covers detached. Light damp and dust soiling, one sketchbook with a few potential bloodstains. Letters previously folded, two with small separations and areas of loss not affecting text. Some scattered foxing. Good. An excellent compendium of the Civil War experience of Sgt. David Holmes, who served in the 20th Michigan Infantry from July 1862 until he was killed in action at the battle of Cold Harbor on June 7, 1864. Holmes' regiment was usually heavily involved in battles with both the Army of the Potomac and the Army of the West, and during the period in which Holmes was active participated in Fredericksburg, Horse Bend, Vicksburg, Blue Springs, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor. Holmes' diary and correspondence of this period provide excellent insight into the rigors of his daily military life, and his sketchbook renders a vivid portrait of his war experience. The material also furnishes an exploration of Holmes' life before the war with the inclusion of a 1858 diary in which he narrates his existence in Jackson, Michigan. There he worked as a printer, mostly producing the local newspaper, and carrying out smaller job work, and often wrote of it, as in his entry for July 13: "Crowded with job work, it is the first time we have had occasion to say it since last spring. There is plenty of job work though now and if we could get the money it would be all right...." There are a number of small sketches scattered throughout the diary, including a self-portrait in the costume of the local fire brigade of which he was apparently a proud member. The first two letters of the correspondence also date to before his enlistment, the first of which is from a friend advising him that he marry a local girl named Jennie Straight, and the second being from Holmes writing to another friend with various news and including another self-portrait of Holmes "in his new smoking cap." The third piece of correspondence recounts the travel of the infantry unit to meet with the Army of the Potomac, and is written in the style of short diary entries across the span of two weeks, though it is dated Oct. 1 from Antietam Creek. While the letter starts out with optimism, the reality soon becomes apparent when on Sept. 23 they reach the field where the battle of Antietam had occurred only a week prior: "Over the battle ground of Wednesday today. Dead horses, shells, houses riddled tell that the rebels has been here and been driven out in a hurry. Passed through Boonsboro & Sharpsburg - every church & public building is used as a hospital and scarcely a house in either town but has been pierced by a shell." The actual wartime diary kept by Holmes also begins its account at this time, and covers the period from Sept. 1862 to Oct. 1863. The majority of the diary consists of "regimental" and "company memoranda," as they are referred to by Holmes, in which he documents the movements of his unit, the tasks that they are assigned, names of officers and changes in leadership, and skirmishes or battles encountered. In the early section of the journal, when the regiment is with the Army of the Potomac, Holmes has the opportunity to be more discursive on events, such as his opinion of Fredericksburg: "Our part in the disastrous battle of Fredericksburg was very unimportant. The old adage of 20,000 men marched up the hill & then marched down again tells the whole story." Upon their transfer to the West, where they experienced heavier fighting, entries become more terse, such as his description of the battle of Blue Springs: "Marched out to Blue Springs. At 4 o.c. our Brigade advanced and drove the rebels about a mile and a half. Co. H lost 1 killed 2 wounded....," though a later entry does provide a list of those soldiers from Holmes' company that participated in the battle. Also contained in the diary are a few less detailed sketches, mostly of natural scenes, a list of casualties in H company from May 5, 1863, and an interesting inventory of the effects belonging to him and his squad mate H.T. Cliff. In the winter of 1863-1864, Holmes returned to Michigan for recruiting duty. While there, he wrote the fourth letter in this group of correspondence to his brother and sister announcing his intention to visit them while there, to which is appended a separate note marking it as Holmes' last family visit before he was killed. When he rejoined his unit in April 1864 at Annapolis, Maryland, the regiment was in training for Gen. Grant's Overland Campaign, and it is here where the sketchbook, which consists of fifteen well executed pencil drawings, picks up. Each drawing is hand numbered and depict a variety of scenes, including Holmes' home in Michigan, soldiers engaged in daily tasks such as marching, preparing and eating meals, and constructing breastworks, deserters and escaped slaves, landscapes near Spotsylvania and the field of dead after the battle there. His sketchbook captures images that present his specific experiences but remain representative of the experience of the Civil War for many soldiers. The final sketch, of his lieutenant smoking behind the breastworks, was made the day before Holmes was mortally wounded. The final letter written by Holmes, to his brother expressing his wishes for a safe return is also dated from the same day, June 6, 1864: "Once in a while it looks doubtful, most every day I see some of my comrades taken away, but then I think 'will not that Providence which has so kindly protected me this far bring me safely back to you.'" The final letter overall consists of a response dated a week later from his brother, unaware that Holmes has been killed: "Now Brother, I know you must be tired, but hopeful, hope is what keeps the heart up. I wish I could step in and relieve you a few days. I would gladly do it to give you rest." Also included in this collection are a small leather pocketbook, which contains several family documents, and another, undated sketchbook consisting mostly of portraits and profiles. Overall, a diverse and outstanding collection of material that illuminates the entire Civil War experience of a single Union combatant.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        Cologne vue prise de Deutz.

      - Colorierte und eiweißgehöhte Lithographie n. Eugène Ciceri aus Les Bords du Rhin b. Lemercier, Paris, 1864, 27 x 39 cm Gesamtansicht vom Deutzer Ufer aus auf den unvollendeten Dom; im Vordergrund Schiffsbrücke mit reicher Personenstaffage. Mosler, 133 ** Photos auf Wunsch im JPG-Format erhältlich.**

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        The Hawaiian Islands; their Progress and condition under Missionary Labours

      Gould & Lincoln,, Boston 1864 - pp.xxii,450, Illustrations, Folding map, Original cloth, neatly re-backed in matching colour calf. A handsome and complete copy. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Anah Dunsheath RareBooks ABA ANZAAB ILAB]
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        Dead Love [Thomas J. Wise Forgery]

      London: John W. Parker and Son, [1864]. Undetermined. very good. 1st Edition. [1-5], 6-15pp. 12mo. Original printed self-wrappers. String bound and unopened. Paper at foot of spine has split (approximately 2"). Some sun fading and a few minor stains to edges of wrappers and first few pages, else a clean copy. very good An excellent, completely unsophisticated example of one of the infamous Thomas J. Wise (October 1859 - May 1937) forgeries. Wise was an accomplished book collector and bibliographer who completed bibliographies of several important 19th century authors. However, Wise was not content only to compile the extant, legitimate works of these authors and executed forgeries of "early" and "lost" pamphlets of Dickens, Browning, Swinburne, Eliot, Dante, and others. Wise, in association with fellow collector, dealer and bibliographer Harry Buxton Forman, "legitimized" these works in their bibliographies and sold them to collectors. The racket was exposed by John Carter and Graham Pollard in their 1934 book "An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets," which details the pamphlet offered here on pages 269-271. Ironically, a "forgery" of the forgery was issued; this copy is the "legitimate" forgery with the "L" of London above the final "R" of "Parker". An excellent example from on of the most notable and well-documented cases of biblioforgery on record. This copy sold by Sotheby's on 14 Feb 1972 with their original catalogue description and receipt from the sale. 1864

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        Die Preussische Expedition nach Ostasien, Wahrend der Jahre 1860-1862.

      Verlag von Otto Spamer, Berlin & Leipzig, 1864 - Reise-Skizzen aus Japan, China, Siam und der Indischen Inselwelt. Large 8vo. x, 428pp. 8 engraved plates. Numerous text-illus. Rebound in cloth, original decorated cloth pasted on, internally slightly spotted. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Trial and Sentence of Franz Muller for the Murder of Mr Briggs on...

      1864. The First Murder Committed on a British Train [Broadside]. [Murder]. Muller, Franz [1840-1864]. Trial and Sentence of Franz Muller, For the Murder of Mr Briggs on the North London Railway. [London:, S.n., 1864?]. 19-3/4" x 14-1/2" broadside mounted on 22-1/2" x 15" thick-paper backing sheet. Text in four columns below headline and large woodcut trial scene, woodcuts of Muller and an unidentified man at foot of text. Moderate toning, a little heavier along outer margins, some wear and a few small chips to edges, negligible inkspotting in two places. * Franz Muller was a German tailor who was hanged for the murder of Thomas Briggs, the first killing to occur on a British train. The case caught the public's imagination due to increasing fears about the safety of rail travel and Scotland Yard's pursuit of Muller across the Atlantic Ocean to New York. The text concludes with six stanzas of verse. The final verse reads: "Thousands from every quarter, Did anxious flock to see, The author of this murder, The Railway tragedy, He now is at his trial, He who caused such grief and pain, The man who killed poor Thomas Briggs, All in a railway train."

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        L'ART DE LA RELIURE EN FRANCE AUX DERNIERS SIÈCLE

      Paris: Chez J. Gay, 1864. No. 291 OF 300 COPIES on vergé paper (and eight on Chine paper). This binding, extravagantly tooled in the style of the great 17th century master Le Gascon, is a fitting adornment for a work on the history of bookbinding in France. Given the content of the book and the virtuosity displayed in the binding, it seems likely that this was created for an exhibition. The work of the binder Cuzin, who died in 1890, was so well known and so highly esteemed that he was responsible for establishing what was called the "Cuzin style." Devauchelle says that this style was copied by Cuzin's colleagues, but was never equalled; the Cuzin tradition was sustained in its finest form by his celebrated successor Emile Mercier (who signed bindings from this period "Mercier s[uccesseu]r. de Cuzin"). Here, Cuzin has drawn inspiration from the mysterious binder known only as "Le Gascon," who was active in Paris in the first half of the 17th century, when he was revered as perhaps the greatest gilder of his day. He was particularly known for incredibly complex and lace-like designs employing delicately curling lines and fleuron tools like those seen here. This artisan bound books for the bibliophile brothers Pierre and Jacques Dupuy, and also for Gaston d'Orleans, a connection that may have given him his sobriquet. De Ricci notes that speculation as to the identity of Le Gascon has occupied bibliopegic scholars for many years. Gruel believed he was Florimond Badier, a native of Gascony whose bindings employed tools also used by Le Gascon, but Devauchelle theorized that he was in fact Badier's teacher, father-in-law, and fellow Gascon Jean Gillede. After an exhaustive study of Le Gascon's tools, Raphael Esmerian in 1972 suggested that he was actually Gilles Dubois, the king's binder, but we may never know definitively. At the same time that he was known for his elegant style, Cuzin was not afraid to be unconventional; lot #123 in the Courtland Bishop sale is a Cuzin binding described as being in "contemporary ivory colored human skin." (The sale catalogue description also contains the macabre understatement, droll in its clinical dispassion: "Books bound in human skin are very rare."). 185 x 111 mm. (7 3/8 x 4 1/4"). 2 p.l., 295 pp. No. 291 OF 300 COPIES on vergé paper (and eight on Chine paper). BEAUTIFUL INTRICATELY GILT, INLAID, AND ONLAID TERRA COTTA CRUSHED MOROCCO BY CUZIN (stamp-signed on front turn-in) covers bordered by multiple decorative gilt rules, onlaid dark green morocco quatrefoil at center with very elaborately layered gilt-tooled ornamentation in the style of "Le Gascon" emanating from each point in the form of triangles and semi-circles, inlaid green morocco cornerpieces also intricately tooled in gilt; raised bands, spine compartments with much gilt scrolling and onlaid green morocco oval at center, two green morocco labels, densely gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In a new cloth clamshell box. n Front flyleaf with morocco bookplate of René Descamps Scrive. Spine slightly and evenly darkened, short dark mark on front board, but bright, clean, and fresh internally, AND THE GLORIOUS BINDING IN ESPECIALLY FINE CONDITION. This binding, extravagantly tooled in the style of the great 17th century master Le Gascon, is a fitting adornment for a work on the history of bookbinding in France. Given the content of the book and the virtuosity displayed in the binding, it seems likely that this was created for an exhibition. The work of the binder Cuzin, who died in 1890, was so well known and so highly esteemed that he was responsible for establishing what was called the "Cuzin style." Devauchelle says that this style was copied by Cuzin's colleagues, but was never equalled; the Cuzin tradition was sustained in its finest form by his celebrated successor Emile Mercier (who signed bindings from this period "Mercier s[uccesseu]r. de Cuzin"). Here, Cuzin has drawn inspiration from the mysterious binder known only as "Le Gascon," who was active in Paris in the first half of the 17th century, when he was revered as perhaps the greatest gilder of his day. He was particularly known for incredibly complex and lace-like designs employing delicately curling lines and fleuron tools like those seen here. This artisan bound books for the bibliophile brothers Pierre and Jacques Dupuy, and also for Gaston d'Orleans, a connection that may have given him his sobriquet. De Ricci notes that speculation as to the identity of Le Gascon has occupied bibliopegic scholars for many years. Gruel believed he was Florimond Badier, a native of Gascony whose bindings employed tools also used by Le Gascon, but Devauchelle theorized that he was in fact Badier's teacher, father-in-law, and fellow Gascon Jean Gillede. After an exhaustive study of Le Gascon's tools, Raphael Esmerian in 1972 suggested that he was actually Gilles Dubois, the king's binder, but we may never know definitively. At the same time that he was known for his elegant style, Cuzin was not afraid to be unconventional; lot #123 in the Courtland Bishop sale is a Cuzin binding described as being in "contemporary ivory colored human skin." (The sale catalogue description also contains the macabre understatement, droll in its clinical dispassion: "Books bound in human skin are very rare.").

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        Can You Forgive Her?

      1864. First Edition . TROLLOPE, Anthony. Can You Forgive Her? London: Chapman and Hall, 1864-65. Two volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter russet calf, black morocco spine labels, raised bands. $1600.First edition in book form of the first novel in TrollopeÂ’s fascinating Palliser series, works he considered “the best productions of his literary life,” illustrated with 40 engraved plates, many by H.K. Browne (“Phiz”).Anthony TrollopeÂ’s Can You Forgive Her?--the first of the six Palliser novels—brilliantly meshes parliamentary and marital politics, and is the first of his novels to reveal characters “through the eyes of others, and most successfully? Trollope considered the string of Pallisers, their relations and their friends, as the best productions of his literary life” (Hennessey, 252-9). “They have served me,” he once said of the Pallisers, “as safety valves to deliver my soul.” Serialized monthly from January 1864-August 1865. Volume I with 20 engraved plates by Hablot Knight Browne (”Phiz); Volume II with 20 engraved plates by Miss Taylor. Volume I with two plates out of order as in Sadleir (pp. 9 & 23); Volume II with “Great Jove” bound at page 9 as indicated in List of Illustrations (not frontispiece as in Sadleir). Without half titles. Sadleir 19. Volume I with a trace of bookplate removal to front pastedown.Interiors generally fresh with light scattered foxing, slight edge-wear, rubbing to contemporary calf. A handsome copy in near-fine condition.

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        La cité antique, étude sur le culte, le droit, les institutions de la Grèce et de Rome

      First Edition. Bound in half olive shagreen, lightened spine four nerves decorated double cold boxes decorated with golden jewels in their centers, date tail, flat marbled, endpapers and contreplats of handmade paper, blankets (with marginal discoloration) and spine preserved. Copy almost free roussseur. Rare. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! Durand & Treuttel & Wurtz & Derivaux Paris & Strasbourg 1864 14,5x23,5cm relié

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        Mademoiselle Cléopatre - Histoire parisienne

      - Michel Lévy , Paris 1864, 16x24cm, relié. - Edition originale, un des exemplaires imprimés sur vergé de Hollande. Reliure janséniste en plein maroquin rouge, dos à cinq nerfs, dentelle dorée en encadrement des contreplats, contreplats et gardes doublés de papier peigné, double filet doré sur les coupes, roulettes dorées sur les coiffes, tête dorée sur tépoins, reliure signée Andrieux, relieur de la Maison d'Orléans, qui fut actif de 1837 à 1870 environ. Portrait gravé de Cléopatre en frontispice. Très bel exemplaire parfaitement établi. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, un des exemplaires imprimés sur vergé de Hollande. Reliure janséniste en plein maroquin rouge, dos à cinq nerfs, dentelle dorée en encadrement des contreplats, contreplats et gardes doublés de papier peigné, double filet doré sur les coupes, roulettes dorées sur les coiffes, tête dorée sur témoins, reliure signée Andrieux, relieur de la Maison d'Orléans, qui fut actif de 1837 à 1870 environ. Portrait gravé de Cléopatre en frontispice. Très bel exemplaire parfaitement établi.

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        THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688

      London: Longman, Green, Longman etc.. Five volume set, uniformly bound in full tan calf. 1864. new edition. hb leather. 8vo Morocco spine labels, marbled foredges and eps, dentilled edges to boards, early bookplate to fep of each volume. . David Hume (1711-1776) turned to history almost by chance, and after the greater part of his philosophical work had been done. After being appointed Keeper of the Advocates Library in Edinburgh, he had access to original and secondary historical sources. He published the first volume of this History (vol. V in this set) in 1754, which was roundly criticised by various commentators, each of whom appeared to be grinding their own axe. The second volume, published two years later, was better received. Subsequent volumes followed until 1762. This is "A New Edition. with the Author's Last Corrections and Improvements. To Which is Prefixed, a Short Account of His Life, Written by Himself." Following Hume's essay on himself (composed shortly before his death, of which he speaks in anticipation), there is a letter about Hume from Adam Smith. Vol. V contains an extensive Index. Hume's HISTORY was continued by Tobias Smollett, down to the death of George II. We have this three volume set, uniformly bound with Hume's, and will offer all eight volumes at a reduced price - please inquire. Each of the five volumes of this set shows some rubbing to extremities, and soiling and scuffing to boards (esp. to vol. V). The inner hinges of vol. I are a trifle tender, else all hinges and joints tight. The contents of all volumes are very clean, with little age-toning or foxing, save for off-setting to the title page of vol. I from the frontispiece. Overall, this is a sturdy, sound set, with some evidence of wear but still quite attractive and in good condition. .

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        Framed chromolithographic portraits of George and Martha Washington

      1864. (WASHINGTON, George and Martha) MIDDLETON, E.C. Framed chromolithographic portraits. Cincinnati: E.C. Middleton, 1864. Together, two framed pieces. Paper on canvas, oval image measures 13-1/2 by 16-1/2 inches; handsomely framed, each piece measures 19 by 22 inches. $6500.Mid-19th-century chromolithographic portraits of George and Martha Washington, laid on canvas, each in a contemporary gilt frame.Cincinnati engraver Elijah C. Middleton used a unique method of lithography—printing on canvas-backed paper in oil-based inks—to produce color images of unusually high quality that were still affordable. Starting around 1861, his portraits—often of figures such as George and Martha Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Webster or General Grant—were prized not just locally, but even drew the attention of East Coast markets and competitors. A few minor cracks to frames, a few spots of discoloration to Martha Washington portrait, not touching her face. Near-fine condition.

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        The Presbyterian Church, St. Andrew's Square

      London: M & N Hanhart, 1864. Hand-coloured lithograph, heightened by touches of gum arabic. Very good condition. Most likely from Bowler's "Pictorial Album of Cape Town," this plate depicts a scenic view of the St. Andrew Church, otherwise known as "The Scotch Church," on Somerset Road in Cape Town. St. Andrew's was one of the first Presbyterian churches established in Cape Town and one of the first institutions to use natural gas, when in 1842, they installed a small whale-oil gas plant on the premises. A string of gas lamps, a symbol of the town's increasing modernization, are visible along the bustling thoroughfare of Somerset Road. Born in the Vale of Aylesbury, the British landscape painter Thomas William Bowler was one of the most renowned artists working in South Africa during the nineteenth century. After a brief stint as an assistant astronomer in the Cape of Good Hope, Bowler settled in Cape Town, where he established a reputation as a talented artist and drawing teacher. During his life, he published numerous lithographs of Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope and exhibited several of his drawings at the Society of British Artists in 1857 and the Royal Academy in 1860. Cf. Dictionary of National Biography ; cf. Abbey, p, 296; Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs , vol 2, p. 700.

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        Délices royales ou Le Jeu des échecs, son histoire, ses règles et sa valeur morale par Aben-Ezra et Aben Yé'hia, rabbins du XIIe siècle

      First edition in French, with bilingual French and Hebrew text. In original plain covers, one small lack to foot. A few very tiny wormholes. A very rare and very good, unsophisticated copy. Chez B. Créhange Paris 1864 11,5x19cm broché

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        Description Géographique et Statistique de la Confédération Argentine

      Paris: Librairie de Firmin Didot Fréres, 1864. First edition. 3 vols. 8vo. Contemporary quarter brown morocco, gilt spine and cloth. Fine. First edition. 3 vols. 8vo. Text Volumes without Atlas. Palau, 154036; Sabin 44923

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        Passages from the Life of a Philosopher

      London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1864. First edition. 8vo. xii, 496 pp., bound without the publisher's catalogue sometimes found to the rear. Publisher's green cloth, gilt lettered to the spine, later pencilled ownership inscription to the front pastedown. Frontispiece showing Babbage's Difference Engine no. 1. Neatly rebacked preserving all but the top of the original spine, occasional light foxing, very good. Babbage in his preface wrote: "This volume does not aspire to the name of an autobiography". Showing obvious pride in his pioneering work he wished to put on record the "remarkable circumstances" surrounding the creation of his Difference Engines, though the author worried whether this would be too dry to appeal to a wide audience and thus he wrote this "rambling, colourful, anecdotal" account of his life and times (ODNB). As with much of Babbage's posthumous fame, the book's primary interest rests on the description of his calculating engines, here described in chapters V-VII (Difference Engines Nos. 1 & 2) and chapter VIII ("Of the Analytical Engine").

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        L'ART DE LA RELIURE EN FRANCE AUX DERNIERS SIÈCLE

      Paris: Chez J. Gay, 1864. No. 291 OF 300 COPIES on vergé paper (and eight on Chine paper). This binding, extravagantly tooled in the style of the great 17th century master Le Gascon, is a fitting adornment for a work on the history of bookbinding in France. Given the content of the book and the virtuosity displayed in the binding, it seems likely that this was created for an exhibition. The work of the binder Cuzin, who died in 1890, was so well known and so highly esteemed that he was responsible for establishing what was called the "Cuzin style." Devauchelle says that this style was copied by Cuzin's colleagues, but was never equalled; the Cuzin tradition was sustained in its finest form by his celebrated successor Emile Mercier (who signed bindings from this period "Mercier s[uccesseu]r. de Cuzin"). Here, Cuzin has drawn inspiration from the mysterious binder known only as "Le Gascon," who was active in Paris in the first half of the 17th century, when he was revered as perhaps the greatest gilder of his day. He was particularly known for incredibly complex and lace-like designs employing delicately curling lines and fleuron tools like those seen here. This artisan bound books for the bibliophile brothers Pierre and Jacques Dupuy, and also for Gaston d'Orleans, a connection that may have given him his sobriquet. De Ricci notes that speculation as to the identity of Le Gascon has occupied bibliopegic scholars for many years. Gruel believed he was Florimond Badier, a native of Gascony whose bindings employed tools also used by Le Gascon, but Devauchelle theorized that he was in fact Badier's teacher, father-in-law, and fellow Gascon Jean Gillede. After an exhaustive study of Le Gascon's tools, Raphael Esmerian in 1972 suggested that he was actually Gilles Dubois, the king's binder, but we may never know definitively. At the same time that he was known for his elegant style, Cuzin was not afraid to be unconventional; lot #123 in the Courtland Bishop sale is a Cuzin binding described as being in "contemporary ivory colored human skin." (The sale catalogue description also contains the macabre understatement, droll in its clinical dispassion: "Books bound in human skin are very rare."). 185 x 111 mm. (7 3/8 x 4 1/4"). 2 p.l., 295 pp. No. 291 OF 300 COPIES on vergé paper (and eight on Chine paper). BEAUTIFUL INTRICATELY GILT, INLAID, AND ONLAID TERRA COTTA CRUSHED MOROCCO BY CUZIN (stamp-signed on front turn-in) covers bordered by multiple decorative gilt rules, onlaid dark green morocco quatrefoil at center with very elaborately layered gilt-tooled ornamentation in the style of "Le Gascon" emanating from each point in the form of triangles and semi-circles, inlaid green morocco cornerpieces also intricately tooled in gilt; raised bands, spine compartments with much gilt scrolling and onlaid green morocco oval at center, two green morocco labels, densely gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In a new cloth clamshell box. n Front flyleaf with morocco bookplate of René Descamps Scrive.Spine slightly and evenly darkened, short dark mark on front board, but bright, clean, and fresh internally, AND THE GLORIOUS BINDING IN ESPECIALLY FINE CONDITION.This binding, extravagantly tooled in the style of the great 17th century master Le Gascon, is a fitting adornment for a work on the history of bookbinding in France. Given the content of the book and the virtuosity displayed in the binding, it seems likely that this was created for an exhibition. The work of the binder Cuzin, who died in 1890, was so well known and so highly esteemed that he was responsible for establishing what was called the "Cuzin style." Devauchelle says that this style was copied by Cuzin's colleagues, but was never equalled; the Cuzin tradition was sustained in its finest form by his celebrated successor Emile Mercier (who signed bindings from this period "Mercier s[uccesseu]r. de Cuzin"). Here, Cuzin has drawn inspiration from the mysterious binder known only as "Le Gascon," who was active in Paris in the first half of the 17th century, when he was revered as perhaps the greatest gilder of his day. He was particularly known for incredibly complex and lace-like designs employing delicately curling lines and fleuron tools like those seen here. This artisan bound books for the bibliophile brothers Pierre and Jacques Dupuy, and also for Gaston d'Orleans, a connection that may have given him his sobriquet. De Ricci notes that speculation as to the identity of Le Gascon has occupied bibliopegic scholars for many years. Gruel believed he was Florimond Badier, a native of Gascony whose bindings employed tools also used by Le Gascon, but Devauchelle theorized that he was in fact Badier's teacher, father-in-law, and fellow Gascon Jean Gillede. After an exhaustive study of Le Gascon's tools, Raphael Esmerian in 1972 suggested that he was actually Gilles Dubois, the king's binder, but we may never know definitively. At the same time that he was known for his elegant style, Cuzin was not afraid to be unconventional; lot #123 in the Courtland Bishop sale is a Cuzin binding described as being in "contemporary ivory colored human skin." (The sale catalogue description also contains the macabre understatement, droll in its clinical dispassion: "Books bound in human skin are very rare.").

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        GARIBALDI, Giuseppe: Lettera autografo firmata con data: 17 Ottobre 1864

      1864. GARIBALDI, Giuseppe: Lettera autografa firmata di una pagina (13,5 x 21 cm.) spedita da Caprera il 17 ottobre 1864. Garibaldi scrive alla signora West, nel Newlands, Lymington, England per ringraziarla delle premure che lei , come tante altre compatriote, avevano dimostrato per l' Eroe dopo la ferita in Aspromonte; fatto che sconvolse notevolmente l' opinione pubblica. (...) Io vi devo una parola di gratitudine per le tante gentilezze vostre usatemi ad Ischia - mentre infermo. Ora sto bene - ed ho voluto compiere questo caro dovere (...). Ben conservata. Neg. nostr.

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        Works

      1864. IRVING, Washington. The Works of Washington Irving. New York: G.P. PutnamÂ’s Sons, (1864-1868); also, Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1873-1874. Thirteen volumes. Octavo, early three-quarter brown calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, black and red morocco spine labels, marbled boards, endpapers and edges. $2200.The Knickerbocker Edition of IrvingÂ’s works, handsomely bound, with an engraved frontispiece in each volume and vignette title pages in most volumes, in addition to full-page illustrations throughout.Contains all of IrvingÂ’s classic histories, biographies, tales and accounts of travel, including KnickerbockerÂ’s History of New York, Life of Washington, Life of Columbus, Sketch Book, and Astoria. A fine set.

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        Danske Uniformer.

      Wöldikes Forlags Expedition, Denmark 1864 - 13 by 11 cm. Fifteen panels, including title page, each with hand-colored illustrations. The title page features a trophy assortment of military wares. All the other plates are of two or three men, and occasionally a horse, in military regalia, showcasing all the wings of the Danish military. Scarce, with only three copies located on OCLC First Search (Brown, BNF). Wear to the cloth binding. Age toning to the paper. Light pencilled in "captions", by a previous owner, stating what the uniforms represent. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        IMPERIAL COURTS of France, England, Russia, Prussia, Sardinia, and Austria. Richly Illustrated with Portraits of Imperial Sovereigns and Their Cabinet Ministers; with Biographical Sketches, and an Introduction by William Cullen Bryant.

      W.H. Bidwell, New York, NY 1864 - xiv, 411 pages of text. Three quarter maroon leather binding (hardcover) with minor to moderate rubbing to corners of boards; six spine compartments with tall raised bands with minor rubbing; marbled paper covered boards. Contains 42 black & white engravings of excellent quality on thick paper; several plates with minor foxing. Illuminated (color) title page. Edited by W. H. Bidwell. Size: Royal octavo (tall 8vo) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Album Palliere. Escenas Americanas. Reduccion de cuadros, aquarelles y bosquejos. Buenos Aires, Fusoni brothers, [1864?]. Oblong Royal folio (32.5 x 52 cm). With lithographed title-page and 52 tinted lithographed plates (image size mostly about 19 x 32 cm), lithographed by J. Pelvilain after designs by Juan Léon Palliere. Contemporary, gold-tooled green morocco.

      Borba de Moraes, p. 648 ("very rare"); KVK & Worldcat (1 copy described without location, lacking 1 plate); Palau 211114 (lacking 1 plate); not in Sabin. Very rare and beautiful album containing 52 tinted lithographs of South American scenes with interior and exterior views showing people (of European, indigenous American and African ancestry), buildings, animals and landscapes in Argentina (44), Brazil (4), Chile (2), Bolivia (1) and Uruguay (1). Many show street, shop and household scenes, many others show rural, ranching or itinerant life in the plains, forests or mountains, several show Argentinian gauchos. Each has a lithographed caption in Spanish. With very minor foxing in a couple prints but otherwise fine. Head and foot of spine damaged, but binding otherwise very good. An impressive and very rare album capturing 19th-century daily life in Argentina, Brazil and elsewhere in South America.

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        The Nile Basin

      1st ed, 1864, 3 maps, with the 4 pages of adverts. In the original burgundy embossed cloth, corners & edges lightly bumped & worn. Spine, gilt titles, edges repaired, worn a little along the joints. Internally, [2], [3], (iv) only, [1], 6-65, [1], 2 maps, [1], 68-195, [1], 1 map, [4] adverts, original endpapers, pencil name to verso fep, lacks half title, a few light marks, edges uncut, printed by Bradbury and Evans, Whitefriars, London. "The melancholy event of September 15th, 1864, which cast a gloom over our meetings at the pleasant "Bath Association," precludes the possibility of my entering into any questions of a private or a personal nature. It would, of course, have been far more congenial to my feelings to have met Captain Speke upon the platform, and to have argued out the affair before the scientific body then assembled. I went down fairly to seek this contest on September 13th. The day for the discussion was appointed for September 16th. Some hundreds of persons were assembled in the rooms of Section E, and when I appeared there it was only to hear that my quondam friend and Nile rival had on the previous afternoon lost his life by the merest accident. I had seen him at 13.0 P.M.; at 4 P.M. he was a corpse."

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        Contes à Ninon.

      P., Librairie internationale - J. Hetzel & A. Lacroix, [1864]. - In-12 broché, [2] ff. (faux-titre, titre), 320 pp. Edition originale (il n'y a pas eu de grands papiers). Petits manques de papier aux coins de la couv., coins des pages un peu arrondis, rares brunissures sporadiques, exemplaire non rogné en bonne condition. Edition originale du premier ouvrage publié par Emile Zola. Réf. bibliographiques : Vicaire VII, 1195. Sommaire : Renferme : À Ninon ; Simplice ; Le Carnet de danse ; Celle qui m'aime ; La Fée amoureuse ; Le Sang ; Les Voleurs et l'âne ; Soeur-des-pauvres ; Aventures du grand Sidoine et du petit Mérédic. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        The Platforms (1864 Election Broadside)

      [1864]., No Place: 1864 - Printed broadside, text in two columns, 9x11 1/2.A little browned, a few marginal nicks and short tears, tape repairs on verso; else very good. The platforms of the National Union Ticket, supporting Lincoln for President, and Andrew Johnson for Vice President, is juxtaposed with that of the Democartic Party, supporting George B. McClellan for President. According to the commentary, the Union Platform wants to defeat the South through force of arms, and end slavery. It seems that the Democartic Party is silent on the subject of slavery, and is more interested in obtaining peace now.

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        Can You Forgive Her?

      , 1864. 1864. First Edition . TROLLOPE, Anthony. Can You Forgive Her? London: Chapman and Hall, 1864-65. Two volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter russet calf, black morocco spine labels, raised bands. $1600.First edition in book form of the first novel in Trollope

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        Bulletin de la Société des Sciences Historiques et Naturelles de Semur (Côte-d’or). Années 1864 à 1873.

      Semur, Verdot, 1864-1873. - Dix années en 9 vol. in-8, rel. de l'époque demi-basane fauve, dos lisse orné de filets à froid et de roulettes dorées, pièces de titre et de tomaison en basane fauve, verte puis bleue-nuit, papier marbré assorti sur les plats ; chaque volume contient 1 à 3 planches lithographiées en noir ou en couleurs, la plupart dépliantes, qq. tableaux in et h.-t. Quelques coiffes restaurées, épidermures sur 4 pièces de tomaisons, bon état d'ensemble, les intérieurs sont frais. Rare réunion d'Etudes géologiques et archéologiques du pays de l'Auxois. Notre exemplaire regroupe les Bulletins des 10 premières années. Sommaire : 1864 - Ethnographie de l'aixois par M. J. J. Locquin. De la Brèche osseuse de la montagne de Genay par M. Collenot. Fouilles exécutées à Courcelles-lès-Semur en 1864 par MM. Bruzard et Guérin, . 1865 - La fontaine salée de Pouillenay, par M. Collenot. Fouilles de Courcelles-lès-Semur. Des Vestiges de la domination romaine dans le pays d'Auxois, par M. J.-J. Locquin. Notice sur la Pierre Sainte-Christine ou la Grand'Borne de Genay, près Semur, par M. Armand Bruzard. Notice sur les Courses de Semur, par M. Carre. Composition chimique de seize calcaires des environs de Précy-sous-Thil, par M. A. Évrard, etc. 1866 - Chapes de boucliers gaulois trouvés dans les retranchements d'Alise, par M. Rossignol. Notice sur la source de Massigny-les-Vitteaux, Par Armand Bruzard. Le Strabon de Didot et deux questions de géographie comparées : Les Vadicasses dans l'Auxois, une voie romaine en Séquanie, par M. Donet, . 1867 - De l'Age du Bronze dans l'arrondissement de Semur, par M. Albert Bruzard. Plantes nouvelles pour la flore du département de la Côte-d'Or, par M. Ch. Royer. Description géologique de l'Anxois, par M. J.-J. Collenot, etc. 1868 - Plantes nouvelles pour la flore du département de la Côte-d'Or, seconde liste, par M. Ch. Royer. Notice sur l'opinion de l'épuisement dans la production de l'appareil floral , par M. F. Leclerc. Fouilles des tumulus de Genay , par M. Albert Bruzard. Note sur les ossements humains trouvés dans les Tumulus de Genay , par le docteur Hamy, etc. 1871 - Notes historiques sur le Château de Bourbilly, par Charles de Franqueville. Notes pour servir à l'Etude de la Haute Antiquité en Bourgogne, par Ed. Flouest, etc. 1872 - Notice historique sur les Ecoles de Semur en Auxois. Généalogie de la famille Le Prestre de Vauban, Par M. Desvoyes. Monnaies gauloise du musée de Semur, par M. de Saulcy, etc. 1873 - La source de l'Armançon, par M. Armand Bruzard. Essai sur les principes des mouvements de l'atmosphère, par M. Belime. La Roche fendue de Santenay (Côte-d'Or). Notice sur une petite grotte fouillée dans cette commune en 1870, par M. Hamy. De la composition chimique des calcaires du lias moyen inférieur, par M. Treuffet, etc. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        What led to the Discovery of the Source of the Nile

      First Edition,1864. Published by William Blackwood and Sons (Edinburgh and London).Original brown cloth cover with gilt lettering; 32 pages ads at end; 1 double-page and 1 folding map, some loose pages in first section. A scarce work detailing the discovery of Lakes Tanganyika and Victoria.JWSC LLC is listing this property on behalf of a private collector's estate. Documentation on file indicates this book was purchased by the estate in the 1970s from E.M. Lawson & Co. Additional photos available.

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        Traité des Maladies du Coeur et de L'Aorte. Ouvrage traduit, avec L'Autorisation de l'auteur par le Dr. Sénac.

      Première édition française. Paris, Adrien Delahaye, 1864. 8°. XIX, 716 pages. Demi-chagrin noir (reliure de l'époque). Bel exemplaire, très frais. [Garrison & Morton, 2760 / Bedford Library of Cardiology, 281 / Willius & Dry - A history of the heart and the circulation - pages 134-135 / L. J. Acierno (The history of cardiology), page 102 and page 112] Première édition de la traduction française de "The Diseases of the Heart and the Aorta". On y trouve la description classique de la « respiration de Cheyne-Stokes » et la première description de la tachycardie paroxystique. Il existe également des données importantes sur la péricardite, sur les valvulopathies et sur les complications cardiaques du typhus. William Stokes (1804-1878) était un médecin irlandais qui enseigna à Dublin.

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        The Hindu Pantheon

      1864. MOOR, Edward. The Hindu Pantheon. A new edition, with additional plates, condensed and annotated by the Rev. W.O. Simpson. xiii, [3], 401, [1] pp. Illustrated with 61 plates, of which 4 are in colour. 8vo., 240 x 150 mm, bound in publisher's brown cloth. Madras: J. Higginbotham, 1864. |~||~||~||~| Second Edition. First published in London in 1810, this second edition, printed in India, was condensed and annotated by W.O. Simpson. When published, The Hindu Pantheon was the first book attempting to introduce Hinduism to the English people. It was illustrated with examples from Moor's own collection, now in the British Museum. Moor had been a soldier in the service of the East India Company. This edition, with its charming illustrations, is a lovely example of Indian book-making under the Raj. Bookplate of Geoffrey Hodgson on front fly-leaf. Rebacked with original spine laid down, otherwise fine.

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        An act to amend an act entitled "An act to increase the efficiency of the army by employing free negroes and slaves in certain capacities", approved February 17th, 1864 [together with] A bill to be entitled An act to increase the Efficiency of the Army by the employment of Free Negroes and Slaves in certain capacities..."

      Richmond, 1864. First Edition. Near fine. Two publications, each one leaf (c. 5 x 9 inches) printed on both sides, with the stamp of the Rebel Archives on the recto of each. Near fine, with a touch of edgewear. Both imprints seek to amend a law passed by the Confederate Congress on February 17, 1864, which provided for the impressment of 20,000 slaves for non-combat service in the Confederate Army. Both amendments propose raising the number of slaves-to 100,000 under the House bill or 40,000 under the Senate Bill. The House bill states that "slaves shall receive rations and clothing, and their owners be entitled to compensation at the rate of six dollars a month for each slave so employed," while the Senate bill requires that impressed slaves be taken "from those persons who have fifteen or more able-bodied field hands" and raises "the compensation given to the free negroes and other free persons of color…to eighteen dollars per month." Jefferson Davis was sufficiently pleased with the service of slaves in the Army that in his 1864 annual message he, too, recommended an increase in their numbers, as well as a promise of emancipation at the end of their service.

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        Leçons sur la dissociation, professées devant la Société chimique le 18 Mars et le 1er Avril 1864.

      Paris, Lahure, 1864. ____ Première édition, très rare. "Ce texte de Sainte-Claire Deville constitue l'un des actes les plus importants qui aient marqué la naissance de la chimie-physique." (Daumas, Hist. de la science, p. 966.) Il y condamnait toutes les "forces" et recommandait d'étudier et de mesurer les effets qui sont "seuls à notre portée." Il est le premier à utiliser le terme de "dissociation". *****. In-8. Collation : (4), 126, (1) pp. Demi-chagrin brun, dos à nerfs, couverture imprimée conservée. (Reliure moderne.).

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        The Maine Woods.

      Ticknor and Fields, Boston. 1864 - First edition. Octavo. pp [viii], 328. 22-page catalogue dated April 1864 at rear, followed by the advert for the thirteenth volume of the Atlantic Monthly. List with prices for Thoreau's books opposite title-page. Publishers' purple cloth with blind diagonal pattern and other decorations, gilt titles to spine, brown coated endpapers.Ownership signature at head of title-page. Gilt titles dull. Head of spine a bit scuffed. Covers faded at spine and edges. Very good, tight copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Autograph Letter Signed, Camp 47th U. S. Infantry (Colored) Vicksburg, Mississippi, March 18, 1864 to "Dear Aus."

      Quarto, 8 pages, neatly inscribed in ink, each page with some fold breaks along horizontal centerfold, but there is no loss, otherwise in very good clean and legible condition. Francis M. Pickett, an officer with the 47th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment, describes the Regiment's participation in the Yazoo River Expedition of 1864. The 47th U. S. Colored Regiment Infantry was officially organized on March 11, 1864 from the 8th Louisiana Regiment Infantry (African Descent), which had in turn been organized in May 1863. This unit was composed primarily of freed or escaped slaves from Louisiana plantations, and was commanded, as was typical of the U. S. Colored Troops, by white officers. Francis M. Pickett had initially joined the 1st Kansas Regiment Infantry; by the date of this letter, he was a captain in the 47th U. S. Colored Regiment Infantry, and, as his letter makes clear, he had been with these troops for some time. In February and March of 1864, the regiment, which had been on garrison duty in Vicksburg, participated in an expedition up the Yazoo River which resulted in the capture of Yazoo City, Mississippi. Writing an old friend, Pickett here gives an account of the campaign: "Dear Aus, It had been so long since I had received a letter from you that when yours of the 10th inst. was received to-day... I had almost concluded you had left the "Army of the Potomac" with Hooker, last fall, and got lost somewhere in the hills of northern Georgia and "couldn't find yourself." ... I am entirely of your opinion as regards the time to which the war will continue, and should not be surprised if it were not more than half over. Gen. Sherman, who has lately had a good opportunity to judge of the strength and resources of the rebels predicates a ten years war, but I can't believe that. The "Copperheads" are going to make a desperate effort, this fall, to get up an effectual "fire-in-the-rear," and from what I saw while I was in Illinois I believe they can greatly embarrass the Government, much as the fact is ignored. As you say we are in the midst of warm weather, down here, and are only out of the "midst or warm work." When Sherman started east an expedition composed of the 11th Ill. Vols., our own Regiment and a small force of the 1st Miss Cavalry (colored) was started up the Yazoo River. The fleet was composed of five transports accompanied by five "tin" clad gunboats, and the principle object seemed to be to steal cotton. I was on a "Court Martial" in town and did not accompany the Regt. Going up the river they encountered Ross's rebel Brigade at Sartartia, or Liverpool Heights, and had quite a spirited little skirmish, our Regt losing four killed and seven wounded and the loss of the 11th being somewhat greater. After that they proceeded up the river without molestation, passed Yazoo City and went as far up as Ft. Pemberton, the junction of the Yallabusa and Yazoo rivers and within about forty miles of Grenada, the rebels burning the only steamboat they had on the river for fear it would fall into our hands. In the course of time Col. Coates, of the 11th was ordered to return to and garrison Yazoo City and I was ordered to join the Regt with the few men left in camp and the Camp and garrison Equipage. On the 28th of February I arrived at Yazoo City and found the troops composing the expedition in possession of the works around the city having had a little skirmish for their possession the evening before. Then commenced the heaviest duty I have ever done since entering the service. It was raining and cold and the mud little less than a foot deep, and every night, until the 5th of March, we were up in line three or four times and at four o'clock would go into the works and lay until after daylight. On the morning of the 5th our suspense was ended by the rebs, Ross's and Richardson's Brigades, making an attack on our centre, the position occupied by the 11th. After about two hours fighting they succeeded in driving nine companies of the 11th and the greater part of the cavalry into a fort which they could not take but out of which our men could not get. Then they sent three Regiments around and attacked our left where the only force we had to oppose them was one company of the 11th and one co. of our Regt. They formed in line and charged and - well you ought to have seen our fellows get into town. The rebs had gained half the town before we could get any of our men down but when they did get there (six more companies of them) they made the place so hot that the rebs sought protection in the houses, and then commenced a regular street fight, seven companies of our Regt. and one of th 11th being the only force we could spare or bring into town. I was on the right with three companies, holding the works and protecting our camp. The fight continued until about four o'clock when a commissary boat arrived from below and the rebs thinking it was reinforcements gave way, and we drove them out and occupied the position we had held in the morning when the fight commenced. The seven companies of ours which were engaged numbered about two hundred men and they had sixty-nine killed and wounded - eleven out of eighteen white officers. I was not in the fight and we only had some light skirmishing on our part of the line. On the sixth we were ordered back to Vicksburg, where we arrived on the 9th. Some of the 11th Ill had run away and got here before us bringing a report of the fight which I enclose for your amusement. I also enclose a later dispatch which will give you some idea of the justice(s) done colored troops in this department. I don't know what the official report will be as it has not yet come out, but I do know that men and officers couldn't do better fighting than ours did. ..."

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        Enchanting personal Autograph Letter Signed with initials, in German, to Caroline, Duchess d'Aumale, "Dear Cousin", (1819-1901, Queen of Great Britain)

      1864 - sending her "a tiny little heart, made of white so-called Quartz, from the neighbourhood of Balmoral . sometimes wear this trifle in remembrance of your poor unhappy friend .", she continues by asking her "to take care that during our visit to Morgan House not too much is said about Chiquita's condition before Lenchen, for it makes her feel embarassed, and I don't like young girls hearing such things talked about too much ." she ends with the hope that "the Queen has recovered ." and signs herself "Your affectionate unhappy friend and cousin", 4 sides 8vo., on mourning paper, Windsor Castle, 23rd May small splits at folds repaired, top right hand corner torn off not affecting the text She is referring to Francois, Duchess de Chartres, daughter of the Prince de Joinville, whose daughter Maria was born on 1st January 1865. Maria later married Prince Waldemar of Denmark. Lenchen was her daughter Princess Helena who later married Prince Christian of Schleswig Holstein.

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        Framed portrait of Ulysses S Grant

      1864. (GRANT, Ulysses S.) MIDDLETON, E.C. Framed Grant portrait. Cincinnati: E.C. Middleton, 1864. Paper on canvas, oval image measures 13-1/2 by 16-1/2 inches; period-style frame, entire piece measures 17 by 21 inches. $6500.Contemporary chromolithographic portrait of Grant, laid on canvas, in a gilt frame.Cincinnati engraver Elijah C. Middleton used a unique method of lithography—printing on canvas-backed paper in oil-based inks—to produce color images of unusually high quality that were still affordable. Starting around 1861, his portraits—often of figures such as George and Martha Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Webster or General Grant—were prized not just locally, but even drew the attention of East Coast markets and competitors. Fine condition.

      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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        John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1864 - 1864 original Wisden rebound w/o wrappers excellent condition

      1864. For sale here is an original 1864 Wisden which has recently been beautifully rebound in green cloth with a green leather spine and the title and year in gilt to the spine. The binding is identical to several others we are listing and has been done by Scriveners Bookbinders in Buxton, Derbyshire. The original wrappers have not been preserved but the book is otherwise complete. The title page has had a tiny amount of restoration to the page edges but otherwise the contents are entirely unrestored, complete, original and in very nice condition with just the odd spot or mark but really in excellent condition. As a bonus, the book is signed ""to the reader"" page by Charles Pardon, the editor of the Almanac from 1887 to 1891. The book doesn't appear to be a presentation copy but appears to have been Pardon's own copy. A very rare book in excellent condition, brilliantly rebound, with the added bonus of the signature and offered at a very competitive price.

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