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        The Grammar of Ornament.

      London, Bernard Quaritch, 1868., 1868. Small folio. 112 lithographs of which many are coloured. A little browning. Finely bound in recent half brown oasis morocco, gilt, marbled boards, contemporary hand written tabs to fore-edge. A very good copy.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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      [Wyoming Territory, 1868. Image faded, some chips at edges of the card mount, else very good. In a museum quality rag mat. The dream of a transcontinental railroad stirred the imaginations of many Americans during the 19th century. It was not until 1862, when President Lincoln signed the Pacific Railroad Act, that the first serious steps toward a transcontinental railroad project got underway. Soon thereafter the federally subsidized Union Pacific Railroad and Central Pacific Railroad companies took up the massive task of building the railroad, a project which shifted into high gear with the end of the Civil War. The Union Pacific was responsible for construction westward from Omaha, while the Central Pacific built the line east from San Francisco. By 1868 the Union Pacific had reached Wyoming and was pressing west rapidly. Andrew J. Russell was born in New Hampshire and grew up in New York. Originally trained as a painter, he served as a photographer for Union military railroads during the Civil War. In 1868 the Union Pacific Railroad employed him to record its transcontinental progress in evocative images that documented both remarkable engineering efforts and equally impressive natural scenery. As the railroad made its way across Wyoming and into Utah, Russell made three trips along the line, one in 1868 and two in 1869, to photograph its progress, its bridges, locomotives, towns en route, awe-inspiring scenery, and ultimately the famed Golden Spike ceremony, when the Union and Central Pacific Railroads met at Promontory Point, Utah on May 10, 1869. The present image was photographed in Wyoming Territory's Green River Valley in the winter of 1868. In the image, a temporary wooden trestle bridge is seen along the right, with a locomotive on it; along the left runs a stone bridge under construction. A reduced version of this image appeared in Hayden's SUN PICTURES OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN SCENERY. The completion of the first trans-continental railroad, perhaps more than any other single event, enabled the settlement of the West, ushering in a new era in American history.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        The Four Ancient Books of Wales, containing the Cymric Poems attributed to the Bards of thw Sixth Century, Vol. I. & II. [2 volumes]

      Published by Edmonston and Douglas, Edinburgh 1868 - , 600 and 496 pages, with coloured frontispiece and map in volume 1, 4 plates in volume 2, previous owner's pencil note on front blank of volume 2 says 'from the library of William Morris' First Edition , covers of volume 1 are lightly dampstained and loosely held, few stains and edge tears to binding of volume 2, some pencil annotations to text in volume 1, books in just good condition , green cloth with gilt titles on spine 22.5 x 16 cm Hardback ISBN: [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication.

      London: John Murray,, 1868. In two volumes. With illustrations. 2 volumes, demy octavo. Original green cloth, blind-panelled covers, titles to spines gilt, dark green-coated endpapers. 43 woodcuts to the text. 32 pages of publisher's advertisements dated April 1867 to rear of vol. I; 1 page dated February 1868 to vol. II. Binder's ticket of Edmonds & Remnants to rear pastedown of vol. I, contemporary ownership inscription to title-pages. Extremities gently bumped, light spotting to prelims and end-matter as usual, the occasional small spill-burn to no loss; vol. I with plate removed from front free endpaper, small chip to fore edge of title-page and short closed tear to fore edge of C3 to no loss, hinge slightly tender between gatherings T and U in vol. II. An excellent copy, the cloth clean and fresh, gilt titles to spine notably bright, and internally crisp in both volumes. First edition, first issue, one of 1,500 copies printed; scarce in the original cloth. The term "survival of the fittest" (borrowed at Wallace's insistence from Herbert Spencer's 1866 Principles of Biology) was first used by Darwin in the first edition of this work, preceding its first use in the fifth edition of the Origin of Species (1869). Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication was a full statement of the facts on which the theories of the Origin of Species were based, though leaving aside an account of human evolution for The Descent of Man (1871).

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        Zoologe und Naturphilosoph (1834-1919): Eigenh. Postkarte mit U. (\"Prof. Haeckel\"). (18)75 (Poststempel). Qu.-8°. 1 S.

       Sehr bedeutende Karte, in der Haeckel sein Weltbild (Urzeugung, Monismus, Pantheismus) erklärt:\"Die Antwort auf die von Ihnen / gestellten Fragen finden Sie in den / \"Natürl. Schöpf. [\"Die Natürliche Schöpfungsgeschichte\" Haeckels Hauptwerk von 1868] S. 63, 64; / 291, 310; 628, 651 etc. / Die Entstehung der ersten Organismen / durch Urzeugung (ohne \"Schöpfung\") / ist nothwendige Consequenz der / monistischen (resp. pantheistischen) / Auffassung; Alles geschieht nach Naturgeschehen. // Hochachtungsvoll Prof. Haeckel\". - // - Ernst Haeckel machte die Evolutionstheorie Darwins in Deutschland bekannt und vertrat einen Entwicklungsmonismus auf naturwissenschaftlicher Grundlage. 1906 gründete er den 1933 aufgelösten Deutschen Monistenbund in Jena und war dessen Ehrenpräsident. - // - Interessant ist, wie Haeckel in unserer Karte sein gesamtes Weltbild darlegt: in allen biologischen Erscheinungen wirkt das gleiche Naturgeschehen von Urzeugung und Evolution. Für H. ist dieser materialistische Monismus letztlich Pantheismus. Gott ist nicht \"Schöpfer\", sondern identisch mit dem allgemeinen Naturgesetz. - Etwas braunfleckig u. mit winzigem Aufkleber (Text nicht betroffen), sonst sehr gut. Versand D: 4,00 EUR

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      MAJOR & EARLY PRIMARY RESOURCE ON THE SPANISH IN S.E. ASIA London 1868, - Hakluyt. Blue cloth, very good, 5 plates, 431p.with half-title, 2 plates including frontis, fold out plateof the galleons, one sinking, 6 appendices, index, glossary,expenditure table, faded spine & trifle rubbed top, bottom. Color scans available for this book on request. Description content 2015Copyright Rare Oriental Books Co.

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        Voina I Mir (War and Peace).

      Moscow: T. Ris, 1868-69. First edition. Octavo, 3 volumes, contemporary half morocco, gilt titles to the spine. All half titles present. Unlike Anna Karenina, War and Peace first appeared in full book form, not in periodicals. Six parts bound in three volumes. In very good condition with all the half title pages present, pre-revolutionary stamp on the title pages. Some light foxing and wear to the page edges, a clean set of this rarity. Only a handful of first editions have appeared at auction in the last eighty years. Widely considered the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic Wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the human spirit. Tolstoy?'s genius is seen clearly in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle—all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual?'s place in the historical process, one that makes it clear why Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers and placed War and Peace in the same category as the Iliad: "To read him . . . is to find one?'s way home . . . to everything within us that is fundamental and sane." "There remains the greatest of all novelists--for what else can we call the author of War and Peace" (Virginia Woolf).

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        Constitutional View of the Late War Between the States

      1868 - STEPHENS, Alexander. A Constitutional View of the Late War Between the States. Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Atlanta; Chicago and St. Louis: National Publishing and Zeigler McCurdy, (1868-70). Two volumes bound in one. Octavo, 20th-century three-quarter brown morocco gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt. $15,000.First edition of the “most elaborateâ€"and bestâ€"argument for the constitutional validity of the doctrine of state sovereignty and the right of secession” (Howes), written by the Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens. Very scarce presentation copy with a dedication letter entirely penned, signed, and dated by Stephens bound in at the front, which reads in part: "In this Book will be found as the author thinks not only the true principles of the Constitution of the United States of America; but a truthful exposition of the real cause, character and conduct of the late [war] between those States…"Alexander Stephens had a remarkable career, rising from youthful poverty and overcoming extreme physical frailty to be one of the most influential American politicians and constitutional thinkers of the 19th century. After success as a lawyer earned him a fortune, Stephens served in the Georgia legislatures and then the U.S. House of Representatives from 1839 to 1859, where he was friendly with Abraham Lincoln. He then served as vice president of the Confederacy throughout the Civil War. As the war progressed Stephens was increasingly at odds with President Jefferson Davis, and was one of the leader of efforts for a peace settlement; he was one of the three Confederate leaders to meet with Lincoln at the Hampton Roads Peace Conference. After the war he was imprisoned for five months, during which time he began work on the present work. Stephens was fully reconciled to the outcome of the war, and served again in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1873 until his election as Governor of Georgia in 1882 (he died the same year). The dedication letter from Stephens bound into the front matter reads: "In this Book will be found as the author thinks not only the true principles of the Constitution of the United States of America; but a truthful exposition of the real cause, character and conduct of the late [war] between those States with its results up to the time at which it was written. Mr. Pliny Freeman the author hopes will give it at least a careful as well as thorough and impartial perusal. Washington D.C. 18 Feby 1874. Alexander H. Stephens." The 20 plates include 16 portraits and, in Volume II, a map of Manassas and three facsimiles of autograph correspondence between the author and Abraham Lincoln. With two leaves of publisher's advertisements bound in at rear of Volume II; Volume I without leaf of ads at rear. A typed transcript of Stephens' statement has been bound in as well. Eicher 174. Howes S938. In Tall Cotton 173. Nicholson, 800. Work, 368. See Sabin 91279; Wright 1075. The recipient, Pliny Freeman, was a New York actuary who controlled one of the first mutual insurance companies, New York Life, for many years. He spent much time in Washington in the 1860s and '70s lobbying Congress.Internally clean and fresh. A handsomely bound volume in fine condition, most desirable with Stephens' manuscript statement. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Photograph Signed

      Union general in charge of all armies of the United States during the Civil War; eighteenth president of the United States (1868-76). Signed "Bureau, Engraving & Printing" steel-engraved head-and-shoulders portrait, 4" X 5½" (mounted to slightly larger card), n.p., n.d. Very good. Bit of faint age toning and foxing. Set within an oval and partly-encircling decorative flourish, this three-quarter's view portrait depicts a slimmer Grant in suit and tie early in his presidency. He signs below his likeness in brown ink, large and bold. Grant is known to have signed only a small number of these Bureau of Engraving likenesses. This particular example comes with a unique provenance, hailing from the library of his granddaughter, Nellie Grant Cronan (1881-1972), daughter of the president's youngest son, Jesse R. Grant. A type letter signed by a direct descendant outlining this provenance accompanies this item, which is displayed in the simple modern silver-finish frame in which the granddaughter kept it.

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      Brooklyn, 1868. Some small tears, chipping and loss at top and right edges. Minor foxing. Very good. Broadside printed for the U.S. Presidential Campaign of 1868, which pitted former New York governor Horatio Seymour against Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. This broadside points out Seymour's Copperhead tendencies and statements made by him in 1864, linking him to similar sentiments made by notorious traitor Benedict Arnold. Seymour's Copperhead utterances during the war haunted his campaign, and he lost decisively to Grant. The text printed here strives to demonstrate: "...the points made by Horatio Seymour against the Administration in 1864 [are] identical, point by point, with those made by Benedict Arnold against Washington and the Continental Congress in 1780....The Copperhead chiefs of these times, who draw so lavishly upon the sophistries and fallacies of 1780 for the furtherance of their factious designs, cannot too well understand that the sequel to all this is endless disgrace. They must not expect to fight the Government with weapons of the Tories and of the blue-light Federalists, without sharing the same fate." OCLC locates three copies (incorrectly dated 1864), at the New-York Historical Society, the Library Company, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

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        Der Schwarzwald, / der Odenwald, Bodensee und die Rheinebene. / Handbuch für Reisende. / Mit einer Karte von Baden und Würtemberg, 8 Ansichten und 2 Panorama's in Farbendruck. - Dritte (3.), bedeutend veränderte u. vermehrte Auflage.

      - Heidelberg, Druck und Verlag von Adolph Emmerling, 1868; 16,6 cm (kl. 8°). 8 einfarbige lithographische Tafeln (Heidelberg; Baden vom Hasslich; Der Zwerribach; Freiburg; Badenweiler; Insel Meinnau am Bodensee; Zwingenberg am Neckar; Der Hirschsprung im Höllental; 2 ausklappbare mehrfarbige Lithographien (Lith. W. Creuzbauer, Carlsruhe): "Panorama von Baden vom alten Schloß aus" (ca. 11,5 (H) x 42,5 cm) und: "Alpen-Ansicht von dem Schauinsland (bei Freiburg)" (ca. 12,5 (H) x 42,5 cm): XVIII, 321 SS.; roter blindgeprägter rahmenverzierter Original-Leinwand-Band mit goldgeprägtem Deckel- und Rückentitel und hinterer Innendeckel-Tasche.- Seltener und früher, gebrauchter Reiseführer mit Mängeln: Einband berieben und bestoßen; hinterer Buchdeckel am Falz gerissen und lose (durchgängige Klebeband-Spuren am hinteren Inenfalz); Titelblatt und Inhalt vereinzelt stärker braunfleckig, untere Ecken leicht bestoßen, eine Tafel lose, wenige Blätter leicht knickfaltig; Tafeln sauber. Übersichtskarte aus hinterer Innentasche fehlt! - Statt der (fehlenden) Übersichtskarte sind 5 ganzseitige Regional-Karten (aus der ersten Auflage ?) vor dem Titelblatt eingebunden, dazwischen Leerblätter mit privaten Notizen zu den einzelnen Regionen. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Eigenh. Manuskript.

      O. O., etwa 1858 bis 1868. - 130 SS. Weinrotes, ledergebundenes Schreibheft. 4to. Zum größten Teil die Niederschrift von bibliographischen Notizen und Auszügen aus Büchern und Zeitungen sowie Abschriften von Briefen (darunter mehrere von Goethe und ihrer Freundin Anna Jameson), weiters Bücherwünsche ihrer Söhne Walther und Wolfgang sowie ihres Freundes Romeo Seligmann. - Die Aufzeichnungen bieten einen Einblick in die weit gefächerten Interessengebiete von Goethes Schwiegertochter. Einige Beispiele: "Bücher Titel." | "G. F. Händel von Friedrich Chrysander [.] | Hansen, friesische Sagen und Erzählungen [.] | Dorner (Edmund) Roswitha, die Nonne aus Gandersheim [.] | Schwedische Volkslieder der Vorzeit. Aus der Sammlung von Erik, Gustav Geijer und Arvid Afzelius [.] | Leggende e tradizioni [.] opera de F. A. de Felici. Napoli [.] | Recollections of the last four Popes and of Rome in their times [.] | Seaside Studies at Ilfracombe, Tenby, the Scilly Isles, and Jersey by Henry Lewes [.] | The Life of Percy Byssche [!] Shelley [.]". - Einen Kunstkauf betreffend: "Ich habe in Venedig durch Wolf der sie auf der Straße gesehen hatte 2 große Oehlbilder gekauft, Heilige darstellend, die wahrscheinlich Flügelthüren eines Altar Bildes waren. Sie sind beide Venezianische Schule, der Kopf der Heiligen besonders schön. | Als der Handel geschlossen war, 5 Napoleon d'or, also kein Grund vorhanden sein konnte mir etwas falsches zu sagen, ob er nie einen Nahmen gehört hätte, von dem das Bild wohl wäre, sagte er mir 'O ja['], es sei von Carpaccio [.]". - Eine Anekdote aus dem Leben der "Familie von Pogwisch": "Von der Familie von Pogwisch existierten im Jahr 1597 in Schleswig Holstein 28 Mannes Erben die 18 Schlösser und Höfe besaßen. Im Jahre 1322 als 2000 Mann Holsteiner und Ditmarscher unter Gerhard erschlagen wurden, kam ein Knabe zu einer Pogwisch und sagte: ach liebe Frau seid getrost, es sind zwar Eure 8 Kinder in der Schlacht gefallen, aber Euer Mann ist am Leben. Was?, erwiederte sie, haben mein Landesherr und meine Kinder und Verwandte um ihres Vaterlandes halber so freudig gestritten daß sie auch ihr Leben darüber verlohren, und mein Mann ist allein entronnen daß er am Leben bleibe? [.] Darauf ist der Knabe der Frau in die Rede gefallen und hat gesagt, daß ihr Ehemann [.] mit dem Leben schwerlich werde davon kommen. Als das Weib solches gehört, hat sie wieder Muth gefaßt, ihre Hände zusammen geschlagen, Gott Lob und Dank gesagt, und sich für ein glückseliges Weib gepriesen [.]". - 8 SS. im hinteren Teil von anderer Hand ("Griechische und albanesische Märchen"); der Einband gering berieben, innen in tadellosem Zustand.

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        MEIJI JIDAI SHUN-PON: MEIJI PERIOD 'PILLOW BOOK.' A Color Woodblock-Printed Erotic Book.

      A LOVELY MEIJI PERIOD MARUYAMA OKYO SCHOOL EROTIC BOOK Japan n.d. ca 1868- - 70. Cloth covered accordion folded album,very clean, contains two series of color woodblock prints,first group 12 lovely polychrome works, 18.5 x 12.2 cm., 2ndgroup on the verso 12 key-block with 3-4 colors each.OBSCURE Color scans available for this book on request. Description content 2015Copyright Rare Oriental Books Co.

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        Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

      London: Macmillan and Co., 1868.. Eleventh thousand, or fifth edition. 8vo. (iii-x), 192 pp, bound without the half title. Attractively bound in red full crushed morocco, spine with raised bands, gilt lettered to two panels plus devices of characters from the story to the other four, the boards with gilt central circular medallions featuring Alice and the Cheshire Cat to the upper and lower boards respectively, floral patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. Frontispiece and 41 illustrations by John Tenniel. A handsome copy. Williams, Madan, Green & Crutch, 46d. First published in 1865.

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      A STUNNING AND MOST LOVELY COLOR WOODBLOCK BOOK [Tochigi 1868, - Kobayashi]. Folding album, very good, silkbrocade covers, all edge gilt, in folding slipcase, minorcorner wear, 13 color Chuban prints, ca. 18 x 24 cm., titlepage, pristine prints, bright and most lovely. R A R E ! Color scans available for this book on request. Description content 2015Copyright Rare Oriental Books Co.

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        La Suisse illustrée. Vues pittoresques dessinées et gravées sur acier par divers artistes. Etudes historiques, descriptions, législation, moeurs, etc, par MM. Flocon, les prof. Dr. Vouga et A. Daguet. Complet en 2 volumes.

      Bâle, Chr. Krüsi, Imprimeur-editeur / London, Williams et Norgate / New York, Westermann / Paris, A. Franck, s.d., (1868), - in-4to, texte sur 2 colonnes (898 colonnes en tout) avec cadre typographique à chaque page, illustrés de 160 planches gravées + 2 titres-frontispices gravés. Qqs rousseurs éparses, essentiellement dans les marges. reliure d?éditeur, percaline vert bouteille. gauffrée et imprimée or, coiffes légèrement touchées. Volume 1 illustré avec 87 gravures / volume 2: illustré de 73 gravures + deux frontispices. Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. Lonchamp, 2831; Perret - [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Neues Konversations-Lexikon, ein Wörterbuch des allgemeinen Wissens

      - Bibliographisches Institut, Hildburghausen 1868-1873, goldgeprägtes grünes Oln in guter Erhaltung, neuer Sterotyp-Abdruck der Zweiten gänzlich umgearbeiteten Auflage. Mit geographischen Karten, wissenschaftlichen und technologischen Illustrationen, vollst [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        unter den Befehlen des Commodore B. v. Wüllerstorf-Urbair. ZOOLOGISCHER THEIL.

      - Wien 1868. 6 parts bound in 2 volumes. 4to (300 x 225mm). With 24 lithographed plates. Publisher's gilt pictorial cloth. The almost complete entomological section, lacking the Lepidoptera part, of this famous Austrian expediton. It contains the following monographs: Redtenbacher, L. Coleoptera. pp. iv, 249, with 5 plates; Saussure H. de. Hymenoptera. pp. 156, with 4 plates; Mayr, G.L. Formicidae. pp. 119, with 4 plates; Bauer, F. Neuroptera. pp. 104, with 2 plates; Schiner, J.R. Diptera. pp. vi, 338, with 4 plates; Mayr, G.L. Hemiptera. pp. 204, with 5 plates. 'This important voyage to the Pacific was the only official Austrian scientific expedition ever to circumnavigate the globe. The Archduke Maximilian of Austria (1832-1867), who was later to become the Emperor of Mexico, was the patron of this expedition as he was commander in chief of the Austrian fleet' (Hill p. 513). The frigate Novara was under command of Baron von Wüllerstorf-Urbair. The best specialists of the time were commissioned by the Austrian Royal Academy to write the volumes which would result from the voyage. Among the places visited are Rio de Janeiro, Cape of Good Hope, Sydney, Tahiti, Valparaiso, Hong-Kong, Singapore, Java, Manila, and Shanghai. A very fine copy.Nissen ZBI, 4750. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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      A Paris A l'Imprimerie Impériale 1868, 3 volumes In - 8 reliés demi chargrin marron, dos à nerfs soulignés de pointillés dorés, caissons entre nerfs trés ornés, plats de percaline marron,gardes de papier marbré. X + 609 + 739 + 710 pages. Ensemble complet avec ses deux cartes dépliantes en couleurs, trés nombreuses figures dans le texte. Dos un peu frottés , mors du tome 3 fendu en partie inférieure sur 4 cms et recollé. Quelques rousseurs. Trés bon exemplaire de l'édition originale.

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        Prachtalbum mit ca. 200 Original-Porträtphotographien im Carte de Visite Format.

      1863-1868. - Samtbezogenes Album, ca. 28 x 42 x 9 cm. Beide Deckel mit aufwendiger, plastischer Holzapplikation: gekrönter Doppeladler, Ruder, Flaggen, ein aufgeschlagenes Buch, Eichenlaub. Die meisten Fotos sind in aufgeklebte Rahmen eingesteckt. Rund die Hälfte des Albums ist gefüllt. Großes Fotoalbum zur Geschichte des Hamburger Rudersports. Der Germania Ruderclub, von Kaufleuten 1836 gegründet, ist der älteste Ruderverein Deutschlands. Unter den Porträts sind etliche Mitbegründer und Mitglieder vertreten (Droefe, Ebeling, Langsdorff, Tietgens, Roosen-Runge, Molinari, Bieber, Plate, Wentzel). Ferner andere Hamburger Kaufleute, teilweise mit Ehefrauen und Kindern in Valparaiso, New York und anderswo. Außerdem Schauspielerinnen und Schauspieler an Hamburger und anderen Bühnen (G.E. Devrient), Künstler (Rubinstein), Artisten und Sportler. - Die Fotos sind mit Bleistift bezeichnet. Die Albumblätter sind teilweise etwas fleckig und am Rand beschädigt. Der Samtbezug berieben, seitlich aufgeplatzt. Insgesamt guter Zustand.

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        DUDLEY ( Staffordshire ) ILLUSTRATED BY PHOTOGRAPHS ( with real tipped in photographs )

      W. H. Laxton Publisher, 49 High Street Dudley, Dudley 1868 - Published in Dudley, Staffordshire in 1868 this is a rare early book of photographs of the town with real tipped in photographs of the Castle, Wren's Nest Hill, the Limestone Caverns, The Dudley Bug trilobite Calymene blumenbachii, The Town Hall, The Market, The Level Furnaces, The Mechanics Institute, The Round Oak Ironworks and more in a series of twenty one photographs with accompanying text the book is bound in the original cloth covers, CONDITION the book has some noticeable signs of wear and age, the cloth covers are faded with noticeable wrinkling of the cloth, wear to cloth at spine ends and corners, with some edge bumping, internally some cracking to joints though book still holding firm, there is some offsetting to the frontispiece photograph of the Panorama of the town from The Wren's Nest from the trilobite photograph on the title page, there is some very noticeable moisture staining to the pages with the photographs, this is far more visible to these pages than the text pages with were printed on different paper stock, the staining does not have much noticeable effect on the photographs themselves, some foxing and occasional handling and other marks else contents in good acceptable condition SHOWING SOME OBVIOUS SIGNS OF WEAR AND AGE BUT REMAINS AN ACCEPTABLE COPY OF THIS RARE EARLY EXAMPLE OF REAL PHOTOGRAPHS USED IN A BOOK Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication

      London: John Murray, 1868. Two volumes complete - viii, 411pp, [1] and Volume Two - viii, 486pp. Contemporary half calf and marbled paper over boards, later rebacked and recornered, spine in six panels, title label to second panel, author/volume label to third, remaining panels with repeated small volute tool, all edges marbled, new endpapers. Corners worn underneath the new leather (they haven't been built back up, just covered), rubbed to extremities. Internally an occasional hint of spotting and browning, but generally fairly bright and clean. Upper corners of first three signatures of volume two with tiny amount of loss. Bound without the adverts. The first issue with four errata on page vi of volume one. Darwin's longest work, though as Freeman notes "it was never a successful one, selling only about five thousand copies in his lifetime", despite this, Freeman calls it an "important work" (Freeman (1965), page 28). Variation in Animals and Plants "took up in detail that subject which had been confined to one chapter of the Origin. It contained his hypothesis of pangenesis, by means of which Darwin tried to frame an explanation of hereditary resemblance, inheritence of acquired characteristics, atavism, and regeneration. It was a brave attempt to account for a number of phenomena which were beyond the bounds of scientific knowledge in his day" (DSB III:574). Freeman (1965) 232; Garrison, Morton and Norman 224.1. First Edition. Half Calf and Boards. Good. 8vo.

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        Fables de La Fontaine

      Paris: Librairie de L. Hachette et Co., 1868. Portrait frontispiece of Jean de la Fontaine. 84 illustrations and 248 vignettes Gustave Doré. Folio, original red cloth decorated in gilt and blind. Corners, head and tail of spine and lower joint a little worn, otherwise a very good copy. Doré was the most popular and successful French book illustrator of the mid 19th century and at the height of his popularity he produced these important illustrations for La Fontaine's Fables.

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        Courrier de Bruno Carranza au librairie français Edouard Dentu, datée de San José de Costa-Rica, Agosto 25 de 1868 ] Courrier imprimé avec adresse ("Impreso H. J. E. Dentu, Galerie d'Orléans, Palais Royale") et intitulé manuscrit à la plume, marque postale et surcharge GB 2FPK : "San José de Costa-Rica, Agosto 25 de 1868. Senor M. J. E. Dentu, Paris, Mui Senor mio, Habiendo fundado en esta ciudad, desde ha muchos anos, un establiciemento de ciencias i artes &c. i deseandi estar continuamente al corriente de las nuevas producciones en cada uno de estos ramos, invito a U. para que con la direccion de "Libreria del Album" San Jose de Costa Rica me remita todos los catalogis que sucesivamente vaya publicando. Estae establicimiento bien conoci

      Bruno Carranza 1868 - 1 document imprimé grand in-8 de 2 pp., 1868, titre et adresse remplis à la plume Bruno Carranza Ramírez (San José, 5 de octubre de 1822 - ibídem, 25 de enero de 1891) fue presidente de Costa Rica, con el título de Jefe Provisorio de la República, del 27 de abril al 9 de agosto de 1870. Participó también en diversas actividades empresariales y comerciales. Fue propietario de fincas cafetaleras, una librería y una botica, entre otros negocios. Henri-Justin Edward Dentu, nacido y muerto en París (21 octubre 1830 hasta 13 abril 1884) es un famoso editor francés y librero. Bon état Langue: Français [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Eigenh. Brief mit U.

      O. O. u. D. - 1 S. Kl.-4to. An einen namentlich nicht genannten Adressaten: "Ich kann leider Ihrem Wunsche nach Rücksendung der Abhandlungen nicht nachkommen, da ich dieselben im guten Glauben, daß eine Rücksendung derartig zugesandter Abhandlungen nicht eintritt, zu anderen Abhandlungen vermischten Inhaltes habe beibinden lassen u. [sie] ohne arge Verletzung des Buches u. der Abhandlung nicht herausgeschnitten werden kann". - Theodor von Oppolzer war Professor für Astronomie und Geodäsie an der Universität Wien, berechnete und beobachtete die totale Sonnenfinsternis vom 18. August 1868 in Aden, den Venustransit 1874 in Iasi, Rumänien, und die Merkurdurchgänge 1868 und 1878 in seiner privaten Sternwarte. "Er berechnete nicht nur zahlreiche Bahnen von Kometen und Planetoiden, sondern bereicherte dieses Forschungsgebiet auch durch wesentliche method. Verbesserungen und durch ein zweibändiges Lehrbuch, das lange Zeit mit Recht als Standardwerk galt" (ÖBL VII, 240). - Mit zeitgen. Notiz zum Verfasser.

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        Aventuras del Capitán Hatteras. Primera parte: Los ingleses en el Polo Norte. Segunda parte: El desierto de hielo. Traducciones de F.N

      Madrid, Biblioteca Económica de Instrucción y Recreo, 1868. Dos tomos en un volumen en 4to. menor; 263 pp. y 248 pp. Encuadernación de época en media piel, con lomera ornada.

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        Grumbachsche Händel, Geschichte, Dr.F.Ortloff, 4 Bde., 1868-70

      Ortloff Friedrich, 1797-1868 - Grumbachsche Händel, Geschichte, Dr.F.Ortloff, 4 Bde., 1868-70. SELTEN. 8°, 23x14 cm., XXVIII, 540 S., VIII, 552 S., VIII, 560 S., VIII, 560 S. Orig. Pappeinbde., gering stockfleckig. Grumbachsche Händel Unter Grumbachsche Händel versteht man eine eher skurrile Episode in der Geschichte der ernestinischen Wettiner aus dem Jahr 1567, die zu lebenslanger Festungshaft für Herzog Johann Friedrich II. den Mittleren von Sachsen-Coburg-Eisenach führen sollte. Das Haus Wettin hatte sich 1485 in zwei Linien, die Ernestiner und die Albertiner, geteilt (Leipziger Teilung). Die sächsische Kurwürde blieb zunächst bei der älteren, der ernestinischen Linie. 1547 verlor jedoch Kurfürst Johann Friedrich der Großmütige die Schlacht bei Mühlberg und damit den Schmalkaldischen Krieg gegen Kaiser Karl V., und musste in der Wittenberger Kapitulation der dauerhaften Übertragung der sächsischen Kurwürde auf die Albertiner zustimmen. Auf Johann Friedrich den Großmütigen, verstorben 1554, folgten seine drei Söhne Johann Friedrich II. der Mittlere, Johann Wilhelm und Johann Friedrich III. der Jüngere zunächst gemeinsam. 1565 einigten sich jedoch die beiden älteren Brüder auf eine Landesteilung. Johann Friedrich II. erhielt dabei Coburg und Eisenach, Johann Wilhelm Weimar. Johann Friedrich II. nahm seine Residenz in Gotha. Er beanspruchte die seinem Vater aberkannte Kurwürde weiterhin für sich. Den mit ihm befreundeten Ritter Wilhelm von Grumbach nahm er bei sich auf, als dieser wegen Landfriedensbruchs unter Reichsacht stand. Grumbach bestärkte den Herzog in seinen gewagten politischen Ideen. Der „Engelseher" Hans Tausendschön behauptete, dass ihm Engel erschienen seien und einen erneuten Aufstieg des Ernestiner-Geschlechts vorausgesagt hätten. Dies, so versprach Grumbach, werde er ohne militärische Auseinandersetzung erreichen und so den Ernestinern die Kurwürde wieder verschaffen. Unter Kaiser Maximilian II. wurde daraufhin auch über Johann Friedrich II. die Reichsacht verhängt, weil dieser Grumbach auch nach mehrmaliger Aufforderung nicht auslieferte. Kurfürst August von Sachsen (aus der albertinischen Verwandtschaft) wurde mit der Reichsexekution beauftragt und belagerte die Stadt Gotha und die Burg Grimmenstein (siehe auch: Münzstätte Gotha/Die Münzstätte bis 1622 - Gothaer Belagerungsklippen). Auch Johann Friedrichs Bruder, Johann Wilhelm, nahm an der Reichsexekution teil. Letztendlich musste Johann Friedrich II. aufgeben und geriet so in kaiserliche Gefangenschaft in Österreich, wo er 29 Jahre später verstarb. Grumbach wurde auf der Stelle auf dem Marktplatz von Gotha gevierteilt. Quelle: Wikipedia [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Les Secrets Merveilleux De La Magie Naturelle Du Petit albert. Tirés de l’ouvrage latin intitulé: Alberti Parvi Lucii. Libellus de mirabilibus Naturae Arcanis Et d'autres écrivains philosophes. Enrichis des figures mystérieuses, d'astrologie, physionomie, etc, etc.

      Chez les Héritiers de Beringos fratres à l'enseigne d'Agrippa, Lyon 1868 - Hardcover. Small octavo. 6 x 3.5 inches. 180pp Contemporary quarter leather with marbled boards. Gilt decorations to spine, raised bands, maroon leather spine label with gilt titling. Marbled endpapers and page edges. Decorated title page and numerous black and white illustrations in-text. Six hand-coloured plates, four of which are folding. Text in French. One of the most attractive editions of this famous grimoire. The work was first published in the eighteenth century; its title obviously chosen to capitalise on the immense success of "Les Admirables Secrets D'Albert Le Grand" which it did quite effectively. It underwent numerous editions, the content of which often varied significantly, although generally speaking they arguably had even less to do with Albertus Magnus and more to do with the magic than the "Secrets D'Albert Le Grand." This mid-nineteenth century edition starts with chapters on the physiognomy and chiromancy, before moving to the manufacture of talismans, Parcelsian and natural magic, folk remedies and just a touch of necromancy. This edition has as the frontispiece a plate with the emblematic representation of "Fortune" beneath which the magical phrase "Amousin Albomatatos" (sometimes said to represent "Virtue Rewarded), and also has the plate of the necromantic "Main de Gloire" ("Hand of Glory" - corpse-hand lamp) that was omitted from some issues of the same edition. A few small discolored patches on boards which are a little chafed at the edges, and lightly rounded and rubbed at points. Still overall a lovely better, clean, unmarked, better than VG copy. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        La nouvelle Némésis collection complète EDITION ORIGINALE

      Paris: La nouvelle Némésis, 1868. Fine. La nouvelle Némésis, Paris 8 Août 1868 - 10 Octobre 1868, 16x24cm, 9 fascicules en feuilles. - First edition of this magazine printed on vergé.Contributions V. Hugo E. Hervilly, Baron Grog, T. de Banville, Mr. Nothing, Roger A., E. Dessessart, Omega, Crito, R. Luzarche , P. Verlaine ... Rare full review. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale de cette revue imprimée sur vergé. Contributions de Victor Hugo, E. d'Hervilly, le baron Grog, Théodore de Banville, M. Nothing, A. Roger, E. des Essarts, Oméga, Criton, R. Luzarche, Paul Verlaine... Rare revue complète.

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        Elephant Haunts

      London: Hurst & Blackett, 1868. First . Full Leather. VG+ to near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 324 pp. Sportsman's narrative of the search for Dr Livingstone. To Faulkner, the search for Livingstone meant another opportunity to hunt along the untapped shores of Lake Malawi. Livingstone's encounters with elephants had been dramatically recounted by Baines and Faulkner anticipated the same big game hunting thrills when he set out on this expedition. The book is almost never seen listed and probably not in this condition. The Czech biblkiography printed 25 years ago noted how hard it was to locate copies of this book. Finely bound in half leather, gilt rules, raised spine bands, gilt rules in bands. Internally fine. RARE.

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      Philadelphia ; New York; Boston. 1868. Hardcover. 1st edition, first printing, of Author?'s only book. Original Publisher?'s Cloth, Brown cloth cover stamped in gold, 16mo, 7-124 pages; 15 cm. Singerman 2085 (for the 126 page edition) . Singerman notes as well that he, the "compiler[, ] saw the rarer 124 page edition without the publisher's statement [about Dickens]. " Poems. The true first edition, first printing, dedicated to Charles Dickens but without his warm letter thanking her reproduced, as appeared in later printings.  The success of this book meant that later editions appeared the same year in London as well as in the US (published by Lippincott) but with more pages (141 & 126, respectively) and the Dickens letter reproduced.   Includes some poems with Jewish themes, such as ?"Judith (?'Oh forget not that I am Judith! /And I know where sleeps Holofernes?') , ?" ?"Hear, O Israel (?'The God of Jacob is our Shield?') , ?" etc. Menken (1835-1868)  was ?"Internationally famous for her starring role in the equestrian melodrama Mazeppa, in which she was stripped on stage to a flesh-colored body stocking, lashed to the back of the ?'wild horse of Tartary, ?' and sent flying on a narrow ramp above the theater, Adah Isaacs Menken consistently defied social mores. She cropped her black hair and smoked cigarettes, and publicly disparaged conventional married life. Menken represented an early example of the cult of personality, blurring her private life with her public persona. … She married four times in the course of seven years. Her second marriage, in 1859, was to the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, John C. Heenan…. One of the most glamorous celebrities of the 1860s, Menken also cultivated a literary following. She wrote poetry and developed relationships with the likes of Walt Whitman, Charles Dickens, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Alexandre Dumas, and Algernon Swinburne. George Sand was a close friend to the actor and was godmother to Menken?'s second child…. A major bone of contention to this day is the authenticity of her Jewishness. Though scholars have some evidence that Menken was raised a Catholic and converted to Judaism only after marrying her first husband, Menken herself once publicly rebuked a journalist who labeled her a convert by announcing that she was ?'born in that faith [Judaism], and have adhered to it through all my erratic career. Through that pure and simple religion I have found greatest comfort and blessing. ?' Whatever her origins, it is clear that Menken was fervently Jewish in her adult life. After moving to Cincinnati with her first and only Jewish husband, Alexander Isaacs Menken, Adah learned Hebrew fluently, studied classical Jewish texts, and contributed many poems and essays to The Israelite, a weekly founded by Rabbi Isaac M. Wise. Her poems indicate a passionate temperament, deeply committed to a kind of proto-Zionism and even messianism. Many are collected in the posthumously published volume Infelicia [this volume]. Menken viewed herself as a modern Deborah, calling on Jews to rise up against persecution in Turkey and protesting the kidnapping of a six-year-old Jewish boy in Bologna by representatives of the Catholic Church. She was one of the few Jews in America to protest when Lionel Nathan was denied the seat in the English Parliament to which he had been elected. And, at the height of her acting career, she refused to perform on Jewish High Holidays. On her deathbed at age thirty-three, suffering from what may have been peritonitis or tuberculosis (or both) , and treated by the personal doctor of Napoleon III, Menken was visited by a rabbi. Adah Isaacs Menken died on August 10, 1868, in Paris. She is buried in the Jewish section of Montparnasse Cemetery?" (Ackerman, 2014) . The book is also cited in Podeschi, J. B. Dickens & Dickensiana, ; B295(2) ; Wolff, R. L. 19th cent. Fiction, ; 4738. OCLC lists 28 copies of this rare first printing. Light wear to cloth, stains to title and half title, otherwise a nice clean book, about Very Good- Condition. (AMR-45-45) .

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        Confidences et révélations. Comment on devient sorcier.

      A. Delahays,, Paris, 1868 - In-8, Edition originale des mémoires du célèbre prestidigitateur (1805-1871), avec sa photo par Mieusement, photographe à Blois, en frontispice. 16 pages illustrées de tours de magie et 2 feuillets de table en fin de volume.Manques sur le deuxième plat. Rousseurs. Français [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The Philippine Islands, Moluccas, Siam, Cambodia, Japan, and China, at the Close of the Sixteenth Century. By Antonio De Morga. Translated from the Spanish, with Notes and a Preface, and a Letter from Luis Vaez de Torres describing his Voyage through the Torres Straits

      Printed for the Hakluyt Society, London 1868 - xxiv, 431 pp. Illus. with 1 b/w engraving and 1 folding drawing. Hakluyt Society, First series: No. 39. Translation of Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas. Includes reproduction of title page of original Spanish edition (Mexici ad Indos, 1609). The appendix includes a brief continuation of the history of the Philippines to 1868, particularly with regard to government and commerce. Sabin 50632. Cordier: Bibliotheca Japonica 266. Cox II: 309. Ferguson 12806. Robertson p. 86. Tavera, Biblioteca Filipina, p.28. Spine sunned, ends a bit worn, small institutional bookplate to front pastedown, owner's nautical bookplate opposite, toning and soiling to endpapers and a few preliminary leaves, but still about very good. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Map of the City of Brooklyn New York Showing Railroads, Street Numbers &c &c &c (Cover title: Dripps' Map of Brooklyn)

      New York.: M. Dripps.. Ca. 1868?. Pocket map, full handcolor, 26 x 20 inches (66 x 51 cm) plus margins, folding into decorative embossed gilt lettered cloth covered board covers 5 x 3 1/4 inches (13 x 9 cm). There are two splits of approximately 1 1/2 inches each along the centre folds; several other splits have been archivally repaired; one small spot in the map and a couple of small areas of discoloration in the borders otherwise clean and bright in very good covers. There is an extensive listing of Dripps' maps on the front paste down with a note: "in preparation a Map of Queens, Kings and New York counties." A scarce early map of Brooklyn. .

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        Victor of the Glen.

      London: L. Brall, 1868. - Single sheet, (27 x 42 inches). Fine engraving showing stags (small indentation on lower margin). ?First edition. Sir Edwin Landseer rose to fame in the 1840s and 1850s, largely due to the publication of prints based on his paintings of deer. This particular scene shows a confrontation between two stags in the Scottish Highlands, the victor braying to the sky, and the other yielding on the ground, as three does look on from afar. "Landseer had close links with the sphere of zoological art through his friendship with [Joseph] Wolf and through the activities of his own brothers, Charles and Thomas Landseer, both of whom were occasionally employed as illustrators of popular books on natural history. However, his paintings had a scale, dramatic power and imaginative exaltation that set them apart from such works. They were history paintings, but of a completely original kind, in the sense that they invested the lives of animals themselves with tragic grandeur. That this could be done so convincingly is itself evidence of great changes in attitudes to nature in the nineteenth century: the profound philosophical implications of the discoveries in geology, paleontology and evolutionary theory which I have outlined placed animals at the forefront of consciousness. As a writer in the London Quarterly Review put it in 1874, Landseer painted 'the poetry of animal life, running so curiously parallel to the poetry of human life' (Diana Donald, Picturing Animals in Britain, 1750-1850, p. 94). For more information about this engraving, or a warm welcome to see it and other works on paper and books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Megan Scauri, M.A., M.L.S., in the Rare Book Department. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands from 1848 to 1861

      smith, elder 1868 - QUEEN VICTORIAS SCOTTISH DIARIES IN TWO VOLUMES. (PLUS MORE LEAVES FROM THE JOURNAL OF A LIFE IN THE HIGHLANDS ) FIRST VOL DESCRIBING THE TIME BEFORE PRINCE ALBERTS DEATH THE SECOND DESCRIBES THE TIME AFTER HIS DEATH AND INCLUDING THE QUEENS FRIENDSHIP WITH JOHN GRANT HER SERVANT AND GILLEY. MANY ILLUSTRATIONS It has a gift inscription on the end paper, bookplate on end paper. worn edges. 2nd volume is in a poor condition. damaged spine, some water marks. , . Please see uploaded pictures. If you have any question, please contact us. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Nine Years on the North-West Frontier of India,

      London: Richard Bentley,, 1868. from 1854 to 1863. Octavo. Original purple sand-grained cloth, title gilt to spine, blind panelling to the boards, endpapers renewed with brown surface-paper. Armorial bookplate of David Carnegie of Stronvar. Binding skilfully refurbished, spine darkened, a few marks to covers. A very good copy. First edition. Cotton (1792-1874) arrived in India as a cornet without purchase in the 22nd Light Dragoons, becoming lieutenant in 1812. On the disbandment of the regiment he was placed on half-pay but continued to serve in India as a-d-c to Major-General Hare at Bangalore. In 1822 he purchased a company in the Buffs and served as a-d-c to Lord Combermere, Commander-in-Chief in India. Subsequently he was appointed major in the 41st in Burma, later transferring to the 28th in New South Wales. He returned to Bombay with his regiment in time to hear of the disasters in the Khyber Pass, but they were unable to take the field due to an outbreak of cholera. When the 28th was ordered home in 1848 Cotton effected an exchange with Colonel Pennefeather of the 22nd in order to remain in India. In 1853 he commanded a combined force raised in the aftermath of the murder of Colonel Mackesay at Peshawar, proceeding to the Kohat Pass and successfully suppressing the rising. In the same year he commanded the 22nd in a force under Boileau against the Boree Afridis and in 1854 commanded a force of 4,500 against the Mohmands. Exchanging again in 1854, this time to the 10th, he was commanding as brigadier in the Peshawar Valley at the time of the outbreak of the Mutiny. Presented with the opportunity to demonstrate his abilities at a higher level of command he rose to the occasion, forcefully disarming the native infantry, securing the passage of the Indus, and blowing several traitorous sepoys from cannons. Lord Lawrence described him as "the right man for the place." After the worst of the disturbances were over Cotton lead the expedition against the fanatical colony at Sittana. He became major-general in 1858, colonel of the 10th in 1863, lieutenant-general in 1866, and succeeded Sir John Pennefeather as governor of Chelsea Hospital in 1872 two years before his death. DNB describes him as an officer "whose knowledge of India was exceptionally great, and who possessed in a remarkable degree the confidence of his soldiers", commending the present work for its insight and Cotton for his efforts in pointing out abuses and "in every possible way [working] to ameliorate the condition of the British soldier in India." Riddick, however, remarks that "Cotton was cynical, cantankerous, and narrow in vision. His memoirs crustily crab at civilian officials who failed to give the army total military and political control of the frontier and denied the wisdom of his thinking." before conceding that Nine Years reflects the "courage and defiance required during the Indian Mutiny" and reveals "tactical and military thought of brilliance which later proved valid."

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        Unpublished account of a trip from Rangoon to Yunnan in 1868

      Rangoon, 1868. 32 leaves rectos only. 4to. Extremities chipped, some old tape. Very good. 32 leaves rectos only. 4to. Addressed to the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, this despatch precedes Bowers' official 200 page report on the Sladen expedition to Yunnan. Bowers was an obvious choice to accompany the mission. A long term resident of Rangoon, he was a respected member of the Royal Naval Reserve and an independent merchant with extensive commercial connections in the region. The expedition's official purpose was to establish "overland communication with Western China", namely to revive the Ambassador Route between Bhamo and Yunnan and secure British trade in China via their representatives in Burma. Trade in the region had almost ceased largely due to the Panthay rebellion (1856-73). Its importance to England was evident from the size of the expedition, the party numbered over a hundred including servants and armed escorts. They were further accompanied by elephants laden with British made gifts for local rulers and potential allies. Departing Mandalay on 13 January, the party proceded to Bhamo, Moulmein and then Yunnan. They returned in September the same year. In addition to its commercial agenda, "the journey proved for the first time the navigability of the [Irrawaddy] river beyond Mandalay, and charts were drawn up by Captain Bowers who accompanied the expedition" (Howgego). This does Bowers a disservice as his chart of the river was 50 foot long. Although the focus remains on trade in the region, additional details are included: "The capital 'Talifoo' [Talifu]... a city of the first class, it is situated on the banks of an immense lake or island sea and is the seat of the Panthey govt; Their king 'Suliman' has his court there..." And regarding Yunchen, it "is the city of next importance... gold, silver, lead, silk & salt are produced in large quantities... Three days march north of Momein is a large flourishing town called Kito; in its immediate neighbourhood are orpiment, iron & copper mines. The manufacture of salt is carried on here, this being a govt monopoly, it is sold by license; Opium, tea... oil... twine for making nets... iron cooking pots are made here... a thriving place." Bowers is obviously impressed and overwhelmed by the scale of the Pantheys: "that a nation consisting of 50 millions of Mohamedan Chinese called Pantheys were in existence entirely separated from the Chinese Empire, occupying a vast territory filled with first-class cities and towns, in a high state of civilization, & having a king & govt. of their own. From daily intercourse with these Pantheys for six weeks, the impression left was that they were more of a warlike than a commercial people..." Furthermore, the report includes some brief character sketches of the people they met. "The governor of the city of Momein... a man of most liberal ideas, and generous impulses, was anxious to reciprocate trade relations with us and entered heartily into a treaty of commerce with Major Sladen, establishing a tariff rate ... granting a permit to go to any part of their territory by paying this duty ... encouraging trade between the two nations." Turning to the matter at hand, he assesses some of the reasons for the interrruption in trade: "The silk trade is Yunnan is in a measure temporarily suspended... immense quantities cultivated, formerly in Yunnan and sent down the Yangtse Kiang has almost ceased and this trade has dwindled down, to the most insignificant proportion thus increasing scarcity... not from the disease of the silk work as many suppose, but from the deficiency of transit alone..." He pursues the matter further here: "The trade with western China is very small. At present, in fact, it is nearly suspended. The former Mandarins Imperial officers having been driven out by the Panthays... The opposition is sufficient to deter the small traders, whose wealth consists principally in their mules... the insidious nature of the opposition from the Burmese govt pervades everywhere, and every branch of this corrupt executive is brought to bear in an underhanded manner against our getting into China." And finally concludes, "It is therefore necessary that we should have the Burmese govt heartily with us in this good work... our govt convincing them of the advantages... These men our are past friends... 40 chiefs with their followers came spontaneously to Bhamo and tendered their allegiance to Major Sladen..." Sladen's narrative of the expedition was published as the Official Narrative of the Expedition to China via Bhamo. Bowers own report was published in Rangoon by the American Mission Press under the title, Bhamo Expedition: report on the practicability of re-opening the trade route between Burma and western China (1869). Howgego, S39

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        LA PêCHE ET LES POISSONS Nouveau Dictionnaire Général des Pêches

      1868. relié. DeCollection. Paris, Librairie Ch. Delagrave, 1868. Fort volume in/4 reliure demi-chagrin noir, dos à nerfs à caissons et titre dorés, doré sur tranches, illustrations en noir et en couleur, 859 p. illustré de 1054 figures en noir dans le texte et 48 planches h.-texte lithographiées en couleurs réhaussées et gommées. Préface par Aug. Duméril. Très bel ouvrage sur la pêche et les poissons

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        Little Women

      Roberts Brothers 1868 - 1868 & 1870. First Edition set, complete in two volumes. Volume I is a first printing, with 1868 on the title and copyright page; no mention of Part Two on page 341. Volume 2 is an early printing dated 1870 on the title page and 1869 on the copyright page. Recently rebound in half leather with marbled paper and end sheets. Text blocks slightly vary in size, though bindings are identical dimensions. Good. Pages show creasing, edge wear including several short tears and a few instances of chipping, staining and foxing; date and number written in ink on the first page of text. A lovely set. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The Four Ancient Books of Wales

      Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1868 VG+, 1st ed, 2 vols, 6 plates. In the publishers green embossed cloth, corners and edges rubbed slightly. Spines, gilt tooling and titles, edges bumped. Internally, black endpapers, teg remainder uncut. Vol 1, half title, frontis, tp in red and black, [5], (vi-xiv), [2], [1], 2-600 pp, 2 pls (frontis + 1 folding coloured map), printed by R Clark, Edinburgh, genealogical tables. Vol 2, half title with ink signature of Bob Owen, Croesor, Merioneth), [5], (vi-xiv), [1], 2-496 pp, [1] advert, 4 pls. Spines lightly faded, small spots to boards. A VG+ set. (Allibone 2116). The four books are, The Black book of Carmarthen, The Book of Aneurin, The Book of Taliesin, The Red book of Hergest. The Welsh text is contained in v. 2, the English translation in v. 1. Title continues: Containing the Cymric Poems attributed to the Bards of the Sixth Century. Skene, historian and Celtic scholar, whose Four Ancient Books of Wales, paid particular attention to the reference to the GwÅ·r y Gogledd, the ‘men of the north’, and to King Arthur, whom Skene took to be a historical character. See ODNB.

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        The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, 2 volumes

      London: John Murray, 1868. First edition.. There is a faint crease to the front cover of volume 1 and minor bumps to the top rear outer corner of volume 1 and to the bottom front and rear outer corners of volume 2 (these tiny bumps are barely noticeable); the text blocks and original bindings of both volume are very bright and clean; a tight, very good copy.. Pp. viii, 411; viii, 486, 43 text woodcuts. Publisher's original blind-stamped green cloth with gilt-lettered spine, 8vo. This is the first edition, second issue of 'Variation of Animal and Plants' (Freeman 878). Imprint at base of spine in two lines on both volumes, there is single two-lines erratum at the end of the index and no errata lines in volume 2. No ads are present at the end of either volume. There are no ownership marks in this set of any kind.

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        Sämmtliche Werke. In chronologischer Reihenfolge herausgegeben von G. Hartenstein. 8 Bände.,

      Leipzig, Leopold Voß, 1867-1868. - Ehem. Bibl.-Exemplar mit entsprechenden Merkmalen (Bibl.-Schildchen bzw. -Signaturen u. gestempelt). Einbände etw. berieben u. bestoßen. Etw. gebräunt. - Goedeke V, 2, 1, 3; Adickes 3. ge Gewicht in Gramm: 8000 8°. Mit 3 lithogr. Tafeln. HLdr.-Bde. d. Zt. m. etw. Rückenverg., goldgepr. Rückentiteln u. dreiseitig marmor. Schnitt. [Attributes: First Edition]

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      A FAMOUS COLOUR MAP BY SADAHIDE-STAR PUPIL OF KUNISADA N.p. [1868] - , Gyokuransai. A large color woodblock printedmap, 1 meter 45.5 x 92 cm.,minor old worming, else very goodhand-printed woodblocks, pastel vegetal dyes, handmade papersymbol key, beautifully executed with superb charm. R A R E Color scans available for this book on request. Description content 2015Copyright Rare Oriental Books Co.

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        The Life and Adventures of John James Audubon, the Naturalist. Edited, from materials collected by his widow.

      1st Ed. Pub. Sampson Low, London. 1868 - pp.vii, 366. A small amount of foxing to last few pages of the publishers catalogue section at rear of book, to the tissue guard facing the frontis. and to the fore-edges of the text block o/w. contents very clean and in fine condition. In original green cloth boards with gilt decoration and lettering to spine all in thoroughly vg. condition. A thoroughly vg. copy of the 1st edition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Cabinet Maker's Album of Furniture; Comprising a Collection of Designs for the Newest and Most Elegant Styles of Furniture

      Philadelphia: Henry Carey Baird, Industrial Publisher, 1868 - First edition. Oblong 8vo; [4] pp.; [Title, klist of plates]; 48 engraved plates. Owner's penciled name; light wear to spine ends; scattered foxing to plates; bookseller's label; water stain to tips of a few leaves of plates, not affecting images; else a good copy or better in original gilt-stamped red cloth. Early furniture pattern book featuring scaled designs for dressers, chairs, beds, etc.

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