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        Storia dell'antica Torino Julia Augusta Taurinorum scritta sulla fede de' vetusti autori e delle sue iscrizioni e mura da Carlo Promis.

      Dalla Stamperia Reale,, Torino, 1869 - In-8° (245x165mm), pp. XIX, 530, brossura editoriale con etichetta dei Fratelli Bocca di Torino al piatto. Frontespizio in rosso e nero; numerosissime iscrizioni riprodotte nel testo. In fine, 3 grandi tavv. più volte ripiegate incise in litografia da C. Righini: una "Pianta di Torino romana", un'altra pianta con sezioni e particolari delle mura romane e una raffigurazione delle Porte Palatine. Dorso restaurato. Una firma del tempo. Più che discreto esemplare in barbe. Edizione originale, rara, di questa fondamentale storia di Torino all'epoca dei primi insediamenti romani, ricchissima soprattutto di riferimenti all'epigrafia. Così il Promis acclara il metodo seguito nella redazione dell'opera: "Pochissimo podendosi ricavare dagli antichi scrittori ho dovuto ricostruire (la storia antica di Torino) col quasi unico aiuto delle iscrizioni, in numero di 287. Spaziai di preferenza sugli Augustali e loro suddivisioni e specialmente sul fatto de' tanti liberti, che costì abbiamo, censiti nella tribù Palatina. Del console Q. Glizio ebbi la sorte di adunare 14 lapidi. Non volli raccogliere le iscrizioni di Torino, ma servirmene come di documenti storici, condensandovi quanto abbia relazione alla sua antica storia". Scrive Goffredo Bendinelli nella premessa a una riedizione anastatica novecentesca del libro: "L' opera dalla quale conviene prendere le mosse per una ricerca sistematica su Torino Romana è tuttora il classico libro di Carlo Promis, Storia dell'antica Torino. Opera diligente ed acuta, nella quale non soltanto troviamo raccolti tutti i documenti conosciuti fino a quel tempo, ma sono anche antivedute le esigenze della più moderna indagine scientifica. Esaurienti per allora, e bisognevoli oggi di non molte aggiunte, lo studio topografico della città romana, e la documentazione epigrafica corredata da un ampio commento. La storia più remota del paese e dei suoi abitanti, lo studio minuzioso dei documenti archeologici, fanno ivi compagnia a trattazioni erudite ed estese sulla lingua, sui costumi, sulle antichità pubbliche in genere, e perfino sull'antica flora e fauna della regione pedemontana". Il Promis (Torino, 1808-ivi, 1872), storico, architetto (fu autore di alcuni dei progetti per la torinese Piazza Carlo Felice), archeologo, epigrafista e filologo, fu professore di architettura alla Regia Scuola d'Ingegneria di Torino. Lozzi, II, 5413, note (la data per errore al 1859). Manno, II, 6715, 7418, 8739, 9377, 10686, 11140, 11600; III, 12289. Platneriana, p. 388. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        SHIPBUILDING IN IRON AND STEEL A Practical Treatise, Giving Full Details of Construction, Processes of Manufacture, and Building Arrangements; with Results of Experiments on Iron and Steel, and on the Strength and Watertightness of Riveted Work

      London: John Murray. Very Good. 1869. Hardcover. Boards with rubbing to corners. Small closed tears to outer hinge top spine. Light occasional foxing not affecting readability or illustrations; Including numerous sketches, tables, fold-outs and an index ; Ex-Library; 8vo; 540, 31 pages .

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        DICTIONNAIRE LYRIQUE OU HISTOIRE DES OPERAS+SUPLEMENTO

      Administration du grand dictionnaire universal - París. 1869. 25X16. XV+765Pág+3h. Contiene el análisis y las nomenclaturas de todas las óperas estrenadas y representadas en el mundo, con su origen lugar y fecha de estreno de cada una de dichas óperas hasta el dia de su edición en 1869, espectacular Obra para grandes melómanos. Contiene suplemento. Ref 9.5 Biblioteca A [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Andrew Bradford, Founder of the Newspaper Press in the Middle States of America. An address delivered at the annual meeting of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, February 9th, 1869

      Philadelphia: King & Baird, Printers. 1869. First. First edition. 36pp. With a folded facsimile. 24.5 cm. Printed wrappers, untrimmed. Inscribed by the author to Joseph Sabin, Esq. in neat ink on the half-title page. Chipping to the edges of the wraps, somewhat darkened and separated at the spine, with age-toning to the text pages, else very good. An apt association between Jones, vice president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and author of a monograph on Andrew Bradford, Philadelphia's "second" most famous printer, and Joseph Sabin (1821-81), America's best known bibliophile, and a father of Americana. Sabin's Bibliotheca Americana a Dictionary of Books relating to America from its Discovery to the Present Time, begun in 1868 and completed in 1936, is a comprehensive catalog of "every book in every language which relates to, or has the slightest reference to America." Very scarce. No copies in OCLC. .

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        AN ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR - IN FAIRYLAND

      c 1869 - Large watercolour on card. 21.5 x 35.5cm. Signed with monogram to lower right. A beautiful image of a fairy dance. Mounted and framed. A variant on the Elfin Dance plate reproduced in monochrome in Doyle's "In Fairyland". Please note the photo shown here is only part of the image, please ask for a better image. PROVENANCE: Christies London, October 1982: then private collection. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Misunderstood.

      London: Richard Bentley, 1869. - ÒMontgomery's breakthrough was with her third work, Misunderstood (1869), whose preface states (p. v): ÔThe following is not a child's story. It is intended for those who are interested in children.Õ It is the story of Humphrey Duncombe, whose widowed father thinks him naughty and thoughtless, but whose high spirits conceal deep thoughts and yearning for the love of the father and the dead mother. There is just time for the father to appreciate how wrong he has been before the boy's heart-rending death. This book remained in print throughout her life, and her later fiction appeared as Ôby the author of MisunderstoodÕ. A notorious tear-jerker, it invites the reader to identify with the neglected child who makes the grown-ups feel guilty. Such stories, Montgomery made clear in the preface to Thrown together (2 vols., 1872), were not suitable for children to read as she was obliged Ôto side, as it were, with the children against the parentsÕÓ (Oxford DNB). Octavo. vi, 321, [1, ads] pp. Title-page a cancel, with ÒAll rights reservedÓ below the imprint Contemporary diced calf, nicely rebacked in calf, gilt spine with burgundy morocco label, marbled edges. First few leaves foxed. Presentation copy, inscreibed: ÒPussie Hobhouse with Florence MontgomeryÕs love 56 Cadogan Place May 15th 1870.Ó Later ownership signature on front free endpaper. A very good copy. First edition, second issue, with the cancel title, as usual., of the first English work that Vladimir Nabokov recalled hearing read. Nabokov said that the fate of its hero, Humphrey Òused to bring a more specialized lump to oneÕs throat than anything in Dickens or Daudet.Ó OCLC records only the Sadleir copy in North America [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Monographie der Molluskengattung Venus, Linne. I. Band: Subgenus Cytherea Samarck. - [II. Band]: Subgenus Sunetta Link (ohne separatem Titel).

      Cassel, Theodor Fischer 1869.. 2°. Titel, 217(5) S. u. 126 S. Mit zus. 99 meist farb. lithogr. Tafeln Halbleinenbd. d. Zt. m. fragm. Rückenschild. Deckelbezüge erneuert, Vorsätze und Titel stark gebräunt u. rissig, ges. Buchblock im rechten Seitensteg, wasserrandig, Tafeln z. Tl. stockfleckig.. Abhandlung über die Muscheln der Ordnung Veneroida. - Erschien innerhalb des großen, 1854-82 erschienenen Werkes 'Novitates Conchologicae. Beschreibung und Abbildung neuer Conchylien'. Das Werk erschien in 2 Serien: Serie I, Mollusca extramarina (1854-1879), hgg. v. Ludwig Georg Karl Pfeiffer und Serie II, Mollusca marina (1862-1882), hgg. v. Wilhelm Dunker.

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        EXPLICATION SUIVIE DES QUATRE EVANGILES, LA CHAINE D'OR, 8 TOMES

      Librairie de Louis Vivès, Paris 1869 - RO40166331: 8 tomes d'env. 500 pages chacun. Papiers muets et étiquettes de code collés sur les dos des tomes I, II, V. Tampons de bibliothèque en pages de garde et de titre. Dos des tomes III, IV, VIII fendus. Manques sur certains plats. 2e plat du tome III manquant. Quelques plats détachés et cahiers se détachant. Traduction nouvelle avec sommaires analytiques et notes exégétiques et historiques, par M. l'Abbé J.M. Peronne. In-8 Broché. Etat d'usage. Plats abîmés. Dos satisfaisant. Quelques rousseurs Classification Dewey : 870-Littératures des langues italiques. Littérature latine [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Ornithologie Nordost-Afrika's Der Nilquellen-und Kusten-Gebiete Des Rothen Meeres Und Des Nordlichen Somal-Landes

      Cassel: Verlag Von Theodor Fischer, 1869. cviii + 1512 + cccxxv (index) pages; five parts bound in 4, the fifth part being "Nachtrage und Berichtegungen zur Ornithologie Nordost-Afrika's von M. Th. von Heuglin Mit Betragen von Dr. O. Finsch" (Cassel, also Fisher, 1871); the set produced over time, 1869 - 1875; With folding colored map & 51 plates, 50 in color: 40 bird plates & 10 plates of eggs and 1 uncolored plate, collated complete; German text; Being the results of the extensive discoveries in this region of Martin Theodor von Heuglin (1824 -1876) German explorer and ornithologist, who spent most of his life intrepidly traveling and making scientific discoveries in the field of African natural history and other areas; while he held the position of Austrian consul at Khartoum, "...he travelled in Abyssinia and Kordofan, making a valuable collection of natural history specimens...It is principally by his zoological, and more especially his ornithological, labours that Heuglin has taken rank as an independent authority..."; (Britannica, 11th Ed.); approx. 7" x 10" size; endpapers with the bookplate of Dr. Bertel Bruun (1937 - 2011) Danish-American naturalist, international conservationist and neurologist, author of several birding guides; bound in contemporary marbled paper covered boards, black leather corners and spines; spines with simple gilt rules, gilt titles; spine leather splitting at edges, more so on one volume, holding on by the cords; the bindings still very secure and firmly sewn; one bird plate surface adhered to back of sheet; pencil numbers on plate corners; text printed with varying paper stocks, with uneven quality, some sections more toned and browned than others; the plates generally clean, well-colored and in good condition.. First Edition. Leather. Good.

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        The Science and Art of Surgery.

      James Walton., LONDON 1869 - being a treatise on surgical injuries, diseases, and operations. Two volumes, Fifth Edition enlarged and carefully revised. illustrated by six hundred engravings on wood. Attractive contemporary half calf raised bannds, red leather titles, glazed red foredges. Excellent set of Erichsen's important work.

      [Bookseller: HALEWOOD AND SONS ABA ILAB. est.1867]
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        Alice's Abenteuer im Wunderland

      Macmillan and Co., London 1869 - First edition in German. 8vo. Pp, (vi), 178. Original publisher's green cloth, gilt. Aeg. Spine worn and torn with some small loss.Puncture through the letters L and A of Wunderland Stain to lower front board. Corners worn. Front inner hinge broken. Inscription from the author to Alice Margaret Harington on half title page. A copy with the serious problems as stated but one worthy of restoration. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Innocents Abroad

      American Publishing Company, Hartford 1869 - The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain. First edition, second printing with textual errors corrected. Rebound in dark brown ¾ leather with brown pebble design marbled paper. As new binding. Paper labels. Publisher: American Publishing Company, Hartford, 1869. Exceptionally clean copy with gilding on top edge. Smudging to blank page at verso of plate in front showing a ship at sea. Slight 651 pages plus ads in back. Protected by Mylar. Inventory #12-206. Price: $900. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Costumes de Suisse

      Lucerne and Dornach (Alsace), respectively: Fortune Aubert; Agence de la Maison Ad. Braun. Scarce collection of photographic costume plates, with no copies located on OCLC. N.d., circa 1869. With 36 mounted photographs of Swiss women in provincial dress and either engaged in prototypical activities are surrounded by the paraphernalia of such activities. In a neat cursive in the lower margin is written the city that the photo was taken, and so each woman shown is in a sense representative, in her dress and activity, of the named place. Adolphe Braun (1812 - 1877) was a French photographer known for floral studies, Parisian street scenes and Alpine landscapes. In 1855 he was awarded a medal at the Exposition Universelle held in Paris that year. Later he created a business that focused on photographic reproductions of important paintings and sculpture, and his company became a leader in that field. While the set of photos contained in this album have faded somewhat, one can not but be impressed with the sharpness of elements in the image. There is a painterliness to the compositions: the women and their dress might be the primary subject, but many of the images also feature floral decoration and Alpine backgrounds.

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        L'INGENIEUX HIDALGO DON QUICHOTTE DE LA MANCHE - TOME 1 ET 2

      LIBRAIRIE DE L. HACHETTE ET CIE 1869 - RO30030988: 586 + 636 pages. Nombreuses gravures sur bois en noir et blanc dans et hors texte, en culs de lampe et en front de chapitre. Dos : 4 nerfs, roulettes, titre, auteur, tome, fleurons en doré, fortes épidermures. Intérieur : mouillures. Traduction de Louis Viardot. Gravures de H. Pissan. Gravues : Tome 1 :Elle regarde d'où partait le bruit, Les deux pieds manquèrent à don Quichotte, Lorsque don Quichotte se vi encacé de cette façon, Tome 2 : L'Hidalgo se décida à piquer sa jument, Je suis Merlin, celui que les histoires disent avoir eu le diable pour père, Le gouverneur Sancho Panza rendant la justice, Triste et mélancolique languissait le blessé Don Quichotte, Entrée de Don Quichotte à Barcelonne, On releva Don Quichotte, et on lui découvrit le visage, qu'on trouva pâle, Au nom du ciel, ami, laisses-en la cette affaire, Mort de Don Quichotte, In-Folio Relié demi-cuir. Etat d'usage. Coins frottés. Dos frotté. Quelques rousseurs Classification Dewey : 840-Littératures des langues romanes. Littérature française [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute, 1868-1872

      Wellington: James Hughes, 1869-, 1873. Five volumes, quarto, illustrations and plates, many folding and in colour; a handsome set finely bound in scarlet morocco, gilt, gilt arms on upper boards, all edges gilt. A finely-bound set of the {i Transactions of the New Zealand Institute}: a comprehensive record of the scientific endeavours undertaken in New Zealand in the years 1868-1872. The New Zealand Institute, now known as the Royal Society of New Zealand, evolved from the unification of five regional scientific organisations from Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago and Westland. Established under an Act of Parliament with a government grant of £500, the Institute provided a coordinated means of scientific communication through its publication of the {i Transactions}. The editor was James Hector, a pioneer explorer, geologist and natural scientist, who held the post of manager of the institute for thirty-five years following its inception. This collection represents the first five years of the institute's proceedings. The scope of the subjects covered is staggering and reflects the vigour and richness of scientific and intellectual life in this small community at the time, which was especially enriched by the participation in rigorous scientific debates by enthusiastic and learned amateurs as well as academics and professionals. As well as every possible scientific field, the {i Transactions} are particularly rich in information about the Maori people. This is a most attractive set of this important publication.

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        Partitions manuscrites de liturgie juive

      1869 - Deux cahiers cartonnés, dos toile, de musique juive liturgique de tradition ashkenaze française; les reliures cartonnées sont usées, les dos en toile sont usés et en partie déchirés; les reliures sont relâchées; l'intérieur est en bon état; dimension: 30x23 cm; poids des deux: 1,7 kg; Premier cahier: porte une étiquette de papeterie:"Lecrivain fils à Epinal" sur laquelle figure le titre:"Office de Rosch Haschana et Kippour; sur la page de garde figure l'inscription manuscrite: renseignements à donner pour l'année 1969; la partition comporte 136 pages numérotées à la main; la musique et les paroles en transcription française des musiques des deux fêtes y figure; les compositeurs de certains airs sont indiqués (Hellmann, Jean Pfeiffer, Roos,) second cahier: il s'agit de musiques liturgiques pour les autres fêtes de l'année et pour le chabbat; 140 pages dont 128 sont paginées; Il s'agit de toute évidence d'un recueil constitué par un ou plusieurs officiants (les écritures changent) selon le rite de l'Alsace-Lorraine; Bon état des partitions mais avec rousseurs et nombreuses traces d'usage; TWO hand written jewish prayers partitions, written starting 1869, with 136 and 140 pages; [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        HISTOIRE DE W.A. MOZART, SA VIE ET SON OEUVRE Tampons de bibliothèque.

      CHEZ GARNIER FRERES 1869 - R260126047: 448 pages. Un portrait gravé en noir et blanc hors texte. 3 pages de partitions et un fac similé de texte manuscrit. Tampons de bibliothèque. Manques au dos coupé en plusieurs parties. In-8 Broché. A relier. Couv. défraîchie. Dos abîmé. Intérieur frais Classification Dewey : 927-Artistes, sportifs [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Italy. Part Third: Southern Italy, Sicily, and excursions to the Lipari Islands, Tunis, Sardinia, Malta and Athens

      Karl Baedeker Coblenz 1869 - Second edition, xxvi, 373 pp, 6 maps and 7 plans, small pressed flowers on pp. 239 and 364, original old style red cloth gilt, spine chipped and approx 1 cm missing at the bottom: otherwise a very good copy. Endpapers dated "May 1870". This volume contains the first description of Athens and Malta in an English Baedeker. Hinrichsen E169. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Sketches of the South and West or Ten Months Residence in the United States

      Edinburgh William Blackwood and Sons 1869. VG : in very good condition. Spine lightly scuffed and faded [First Edition] Half leather black cloth cover 170mm x 120mm (7" x 5"). vi, 170pp.

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        THE BAB BALLADS......MORE BAB BALLADS. Much sound and little sense

      John Camden Hotten & George Routledge and Sons.London.,1869 & 73. FIRST EDITIONS.Two volumes.The first volume was first published by Hotten,as here,before being transfered to Routledge.Both volumes illustrated throughout the text by the author.Finely bound in contemporary half black calf.Spines with raised bands,red title labels,gilt.Compartments decorated in gilt.Black pebble grain cloth on boards.Marbled endpapers.All edges dyed red.Small (1.5 inch) split to the top hinge of first volume but still holding firm.Some rubbing to edges but overall a very good set in attractive early bindings.:

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        The Works of Thomas Hood Comic and Serious in Prose and Verse with all the Original Illustrations - [Complete in 10 Volumes]

      London; E. Moxon 1869 - Description: 10 vol fronts. Port. , illus. 20 cm. Subject: Poetry - Miscellaneous. Very good copies all in the original gilt-blocked, green buckram cloth. Spine bands and panel edges somewhat rubbed and dust-toned as with age. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. 8 Kg. 1 pp. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Works. 10 volumes complete.

      London; E Moxon & Son -1873 1869 - Ten volumes, 8vo, contemporary crimson half morocco, gilt decorated raised bands, the compartments panelled annd prettily decorated with elaborate centres and corners, lettered and numbered direct in two panels, marbled boards, marbled text block edges, marbled endpapers. Illustrated throughout with humerous woodcuts. A very little rubbing of extremities; endpapers browned; frontispiece volume 1 lightly dampstained; title pages a little foxed; remains a very handsome library set. Will want extra postage. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        UNDER THE WILLOWS and Other Poems

      1869 - LOWELL, James Russell. UNDER THE WILLOWS and Other Poems. Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1869. 286p. Bound in brick colored cloth with gilt stamping to spine and front board. Blind stamping to rear board. Boards have beveled edges. This is an inscribed presentation from Lowell to his good friend Charles W. Storey dated 21 Nov.1868 and signed "with the author's love." (The second printing was not undertaken until 28 Nov.) This copy conforms to the deposit copy in all respects being a first edition, first printing, with erratum slip in the rear. The sheets are state B (with a hand written correction by Lowell on page 224), binding A. A few minor bumps to edges and slight wear to head and tail. (BAL 13129) A wonderful association.

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        The Works

      London: Edward Moxon, Son, & Co,, 1869. Comic and serious, in prose and verse, with all the original illustrations. Edited, with notes, by his son and daughter. 10 volumes, octavo (178 × 118 mm). Contemporary red half morocco, spines gilt in compartments with gilt titles direct, raised bands, twin rules to boards in blind, marbled sides, endpapers and edges. Engraved portrait frontispiece of the author, illustrations in the texts. Spines of first volumes gently rolled, boards a little rubbed, endleaves slightly foxed. An excellent set. A handsomely bound set of Hood's works including his biography in one volume.

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        The Works of Thomas Hood Comic and Serious, in Prose and Verse, with All the Original Illustrations. With Memorials Prefixed. Edited , with Notes, By His Son and Daughter ( Complete in 10 Volumes )

      E. Moxon, London 1869 - Complete in 10 volumes. Bound in original publishers green cloth, with gilt band lines, and title lettering. Cloth very lightly rubbed on edges, light line mark on one spine. Bindings in very good clean firm condition. Internally, a gathering ( i. e. a few pages ) working loose in one volume,some light browning or spotting to a few pages, gift inscription of blank endpaper. Pages in very good clean condition throughout. A nice clean 10 volume set. Size: 8vo

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        L’INGENIEUX HIDALGO DON QUICHOTTE DE LA MANCHE. Traduction de Louis Viardot

      - Paris, librairie de L. Hachette et Cie, 1869. 2 volumes in folio (28x37), demi-chagrin bleu nuit, dos à nerfs formant des caissons ornés de fleurons dorés encadrés de triples filets et fers angulaires dorés, titres et auteurs dorés, (1f+ft+t+XXIV+586+1f),(ft+t+636pp+1f). OUVRAGES ILLUSTRES PAR 370 COMPOSITIONS DE GUSTAVE DORE GRAVEES SUR BOIS PAR H. PISAN, (2° édition, Dézé p. 65). Des rousseurs normales pour la période, inégalement réparties, parfois plus prononcées; une mouillure claire en marge au tome 1; ces défauts toutefois n'altèrent pas vraiment la qualité de l'ensemble, gravures et typographie sont très correctes; excepté une trace à un plat les reliures sont en bon état (dos éclaircis).

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        L Ingénieux Hidalgo Don Quichotte de la Manche. 2 Bde.

      Paris., Librairie de L. Hachette et cie 1869 - xxiv, 586, [2]; [4], 636 p. Fol. Halfcloth. Traduction de Louis Viardot. Avec 370 compositions de Gustave Doré. Gravés sur bois par H. Pisan. Good condition. 10000 gr.

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        Haematopus Longirotris: Gould (Pied Oystercatcher)

      London 1869 - This splendid hand-colored, folio-size lithograph, Haematopus Longirotris: Gould, from John Gould’s (1804-1881) monumental book "Birds of Australia" is in excellent condition, measuring 14.25" x 21", and magnificently displays the author’s scientific skill and attention to detail. Commonly called White-breasted Oystercatcher or Pied Oystercatcher, these wading birds are expertly hand-colored with white undersides, black heads and chests and black and white wings. They have red irises and orange eye circles and beaks. These Oystercatchers are illustrated on a rocky coastline, similar to their natural habitats. At the time "Birds of Australia's" publication, the birds of this region were essentially unknown to a European audience and as Gould himself admitted in the preface to the book, “the field was comparatively a new one”. John Gould was without question the most prolific ornithological artist of the 19th century, and the only one to rival John James Audubon in ambition and quality. The 19th century was a time of intense fascination with discoveries in natural history, especially regarding knowledge of the wildlife of exotic lands. Gould combined his passion for natural history with outstanding scientific, artistic, and entrepreneurial talents, and embarked on a series of projects that would eventually make him the leading publisher of ornithological illustrations in Victorian Britain. Gould’s unparalleled career spanned five decades, and he produced a monumental series of books of birds throughout the world. The Birds of Australia is John Gould’s largest and most important work. Because he himself spent so much time in the field making his own observations, the text that accompanies the illustrations is by far the most accurate and detailed of all his works. Each of the illustrations is stunningly colored and flawlessly drafted, highlighting the exquisite plumage and elegance of the birds. The colossal work is tremendous throughout, and quite rightly, it is considered Gould’s masterpiece. When Gould began work on the Birds of Australia, the ornithology of that continent was all but unknown in Europe. Gould started his research using specimens available in England, but quickly realized that the supply was far from sufficient. He discarded the work and traveled to Australia to begin his effort anew on his magnum opus. Arriving in Australia in September 1838, Gould and his wife, Elizabeth, spent the following eighteen months exploring Tasmania and the adjacent islands, South Australia, and New South Wales, and penetrated well into the interior. Over the course of these extensive travels Gould made many of the preliminary drawings that were translated into the remarkable series of 681 lithographs. Gould collected and documented so many new species -- more than three hundred -- that very few additions have been made since. His voyage to Australia was unsurpassed in the annals of ornithology. The price on this listing is the exact hammer price from the East Bay Auction (held March, 2010) NOT INCLUDING THE PREMIUM.

      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries San Francisco]
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        HYMNS.

      [Np. nd. but ca. 1869]. - Original cloth, lettered in gilt, decorated in blind. Extremities of spine a little frayed; cloth somewhat faded, front inner hinge cracking slightly, otherwise a good copy. Second edition, slightly revised from the first edition of 1864. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Charles Nordhoff Esq with the regards of William Cullen Bryant. Nov. 30. 1869--." Charles Nordhoff (1830- 1901), the Prussian-born journalist and author, wrote several works based on his youthful experiences as an American sailor, as well as guidebooks and the pioneering work, THE COMMUNISTIC SOCIETIES OF THE UNITED STATES. He was a close friend of Bryant and served with him on the editorial staff of the NEW YORK EVENING POST. BAL 1706.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature, ABAA]
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        Sombre Gallinule (Gallinula Tenebrosa)

      The Author 1840-, London 1869 - Hand-coloured lithograph (360 x 540 mm.), with letter-press text; very good. The Sombre Gallinule was encountered by Gould in the upper Hunter and also on the banks of the Murry in South Australia. An original hand coloured lithograph plate from Gould's most famous work, Birds of Australia. Birds of Australia is a great tribute to Australia and was one of Gould's most successful projects. 'Only 250 copies have been printed, and the drawings have been effaced from stones; of these, 180 were subscribed for, the remaining seventy the author proposes to issue upon the original terms, with the exception, that five or more parts shall be delivered in the course of each year instead of four; the delivery to commence on the 1st of January 1849' (Prospectus).

      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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        Geronticus Spinicollis (Straw-necked Ibis)

      London 1869 - This splendid hand-colored, folio-size lithograph, Geronticus Spinicollis, from John Gould’s (1804-1881) monumental book "Birds of Australia" is in mint condition, measures 13.75" x 21", and magnificently displays the author’s scientific skill and attention to detail. Commonly called Straw-necked Ibis, these birds are expertly hand-colored with richly colored backs and wings of green, blue and violet, white undersides, straw-like feathers from their white necks and dark heads and downward curving bills. Their habitats are mainly shallow freshwater marshlands although they are extremely nomadic. At the time "Birds of Australia's" publication, the birds of this region were essentially unknown to a European audience and as Gould himself admitted in the preface to the book, “the field was comparatively a new one”. John Gould was without question the most prolific ornithological artist of the 19th century, and the only one to rival John James Audubon in ambition and quality. The 19th century was a time of intense fascination with discoveries in natural history, especially regarding knowledge of the wildlife of exotic lands. Gould combined his passion for natural history with outstanding scientific, artistic, and entrepreneurial talents, and embarked on a series of projects that would eventually make him the leading publisher of ornithological illustrations in Victorian Britain. Gould’s unparalleled career spanned five decades, and he produced a monumental series of books of birds throughout the world. The Birds of Australia is John Gould’s largest and most important work. Because he himself spent so much time in the field making his own observations, the text that accompanies the illustrations is by far the most accurate and detailed of all his works. Each of the illustrations is stunningly colored and flawlessly drafted, highlighting the exquisite plumage and elegance of the birds. The colossal work is tremendous throughout, and quite rightly, it is considered Gould’s masterpiece. When Gould began work on the Birds of Australia, the ornithology of that continent was all but unknown in Europe. Gould started his research using specimens available in England, but quickly realized that the supply was far from sufficient. He discarded the work and traveled to Australia to begin his effort anew on his magnum opus. Arriving in Australia in September 1838, Gould and his wife, Elizabeth, spent the following eighteen months exploring Tasmania and the adjacent islands, South Australia, and New South Wales, and penetrated well into the interior. Over the course of these extensive travels Gould made many of the preliminary drawings that were translated into the remarkable series of 681 lithographs. Gould collected and documented so many new species -- more than three hundred -- that very few additions have been made since. His voyage to Australia was unsurpassed in the annals of ornithology. The price on this listing is the exact hammer price from the East Bay Auction (held March, 2010) NOT INCLUDING THE PREMIUM.

      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries San Francisco]
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