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        Two Original Watercolour Hunting Scenes.

      [c.1870] Two watercolours, signed 'PHIZ'. Both approx. 18.5 x 27.5cm. Mounted, framed & glazed.Hablot K. Browne, who illustrated under the name Phiz, and was best known as illustrator for Charles Dickens, William Harrison Ainsworth, and Charles Lever amongst others, also illustrated works by the famous sporting novelist Robert Smith Surtees, contributing (together with John Leech) hunting and other sporting images for his novels Mr Facey Romford's Hounds, Hawbuck Grange, & Jorrock's Jaunts and Jollities. The two images offered here are both fox hunting scenes with men on horseback in full hunting dress, galloping cross-country towards their unseen target. PLEASE NOTE: For customers within the UK and the EU, this item is subject to VAT.

      [Bookseller: Jarndyce Rare Books]
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        L'Education sentimentale Histoire d'un jeune homme [2 Volumes]

      Michel Levy Freres. Hardcover. Paris, 1870. 8vo, contemporary cloth-backed boards, manuscript paper spline labels. First edition. Flaubert's last complete novel, written over a period of seven years. An attractive and sound copy of the first edition in a contemporary binding. A few faults: some normal shelfwear, one joint split, foxing to contents, lacking front free endpapers in second volume, owner's name on title pages. Remains sound and attractive. Vicaire III, page 726-727. Please contact us for additional pictures or information. . Good. 1870. First Edition.

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        DEUTSCHES MAGAZIN FÜR GARTEN- UND BLUMENKUNDE Eight Volumes

      Stuttgart; 1870-1876 and 1878: Verlag von Gustav Weise. Hard Cover. 8 vols.(2 tall octavo, 6 quarto), bound in ¾ black morocco over marbled covered boards, raised bands with title and date within two compartments gilts, bands decorated in gilt. Contents include 119 full page color and black & white illustrations which includes; 12 double page color plates, 74 single page color plates, 23 black & white plates and 1 color double page garden map layout and several textual black & white illustrations. Bindings are quite handsome, with raised bands, decorated in gilt; internally clean and bright; color plates with extremely vibrant colors. A very nice collection of this German gardening only lacking the year 1877 for the run. Publication of this magazine began in the 1840s.

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        Collection of Charles Dickens Memorabilia, framed and glazed, including: Dickens's rosewood paper knife, with a letter of authenticity from his sister-in-law Georgina Hogarth; a carte de visite portrait photograph; a signed cheque made payable to 'House and Bonchurch'; a single-page ALS from Dickens to John Hilson esquire, thanking him for 'that communication'. The whole put together and presented by W.T. Spencer, Esq.

      [c.1870] Five items arranged, with labels, on dark green felt within a heavy oak frame, approx. 72 x 41cm. There is a small tear in the cheque, without loss, but the overall condition of the collection is v.g.The centrepiece of this small but fascinating selection is a handsome rosewood paper knife, 29cm in length, ornamented with a finely tooled gilt brass onlay at the handle end. It bears a small oval label that is somewhat oxidised, but retains the monogrammed initials, 'C.D.'. Beneath the knife to the left is a 10-line holograph statement, written and signed by Georgina Hogarth, in which she states, 'I certify that Charles Dickens always used this rosewood and brass paper knife from 1859 until the time of his death ... and that I have always used it since and had it my possession'. Directly beneath the paper knife is a carte de visite photograph portrait of Dickens, probably taken around 1860. The full-length portrait shows Dickens seated in a Regency-style armchair, facing left. Beneath the paper knife to the right is an 11-line ALS from Dickens to John Hilson Esquire. Writing from Broadstairs Kent, on the sixth October 1849, Dickens thanks Hilson for his letter, 'which reached me on the Isle of Wight, some few days ago', and ensures him he has 'read it with considerable interest'. It is written in blue ink, and signed by Dickens with his usual flourish. The identity of John Hilson is not certain, nor the nature of the correspondence to which Dickens refers. This letter is not in Pilgrim Letters, and there is no record of Dickens writing to him on any other occasion.Directly beneath the carte de visite is a signed cheque, drawn on Messrs. Coutts & Compy, made payable to 'House and Bonchurch'. Dated April 3rd, 1860, the sum of 'ten pounds' appears to be for accommodation on the Isle of Wight; Dickens stayed in Bonchurch with his family during the summer and early autumn of 1849, the visit to which he refers in the above ALS. However, there is no evidence that he visited the island again, indeed Forster in his Life of Dickens categorically states, 'he never returned to Bonchurch' [vol. II, p.402]. Pilgrim Letters appears to corroborate this assertion, as it records no further correspondence addressed from the island, nor any reference to further visits. But this cheque puts the matter in some doubt; what is the payment for? Did Dickens make a fleeting clandestine visit to Bonchurch? Or was this simply a payment made on behalf of a third party (one of his daughters is thought to have visited the island in the spring of 1860)? The researcher Richard Hutching in Dickens on an Island (Bath, 1970) makes a compelling case for Dickens visiting the island in 1860, and even suggests the prototype for Miss Havisham was one of Dickens's acquaintances among the islanders. This cheque perhaps adds weight to Hutching's argument. The frame is itself of interest. A manuscript label on the verso states that is 'made of a piece of oak used for the roof in the Royal Hall, Carisbrooke Castle'. The roof was constructed 'during the reign of Elizabeth' and removed in 1889 'on account of its unsafe condition'. The timber was apparently salvaged, and this frame made as a souvenir. A pair of labels within the display read 'Presented by W.T. Spencer Esq', and on the verso of the frame is a small accession label. It is presumably Spencer who had the frame made, and put together the selection of Dickens materials. Walter Thomas Spencer was a London bookseller (and Dickensian) who had connections with the Isle of Wight. PLEASE NOTE: For customers within the UK and the EU, this item is subject to VAT.

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        The Mystery of Edwin Drood. With Illustrations.

      London: Chapman & Hall, 193, Piccadilly, [April - September, 1870]. 8vo., six parts, 36, [1]-32, [2], [4], [4], [8], [1 fold-out]; 20, 33-64, [4], [2]; 20, 65-96, [2], [1], [4], 8, [8]; 24, 97-128, [4], [4], [2]; 20, 129-160, [1], [4]; 18, 161-190, [2], [viii], [4], [4] pp., 14 engraved plates including title vignette and frontisportrait. Original printed blue wrappers with trade advertisements to inner sides as well as outside back wrappers, with a variety of publishers ads, and slips bound-in. Housed in a four-fold green cloth folder and quarter green morocco and green cloth slip-case with titling in gilt. A very good copy with all advertisements except for the 8 pp. Chapman & Halll announcement in number five which is frequently missing, and including the rare “cork” leaf. Internally bright with light foxing at top-edges and little wear to wrappers, contemporary ink signature to number one. With the book plate of Ellen O’Neil Logan to four-fold folder. First edition in original parts, with 14 designs by Luke Fildes engraved on wood by Dalziel, C. Roberts, and others, and cover designed by C. A. Collins (brother of Wilkie Collins). “When Dickens died on June 9, 1870, he had completed only enough of his manuscript to make up six installments, leaving unfinished a work which had commanded the widest attention for its opening numbers, and which promised to be one of his most effective and popular books. Although only three parts had been issued prior to his death, publication of the work continued, and on completion with Part 6 of all available material, the vast army of readers was left high and dry as to ‘The Mystery’” (Hatton and Cleaver 373). Thomson 112.

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        A History of British Butterflies.

      John C. Nimmo. 1870. 4to. Publisher's red cloth, gilt vignette to upper board, gilt lettering and decoration to spine; pp. [vii] + 159 + 24, 72 hand-coloured plates, 2 black and white plates; spine sunned, two small splash marks to upper board, internally very clean. Third edition. A classic survey of British lepidoptera, with an appendix on butterfly catching.

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        Magic

      ca. 1870. Printed Playbill, one page, 6" x 9", for Professor De La Mano (Zell Dreitzehn, 1830-1880). Proclaiming that he has <I>"arrived and will positively appear"</I>. With a partial list of acts: Mind Reading; Enchanted Cross; Mohomet's Cross; Apparition Rings; Pyramids of Egypt etc. With the addition of a warning of disreputable, competing exhibitions and further advising that the show is <I>"free from all objectionable features"</I>. The reverse features a wonderfully engraved vignette of the shows attractions. Very fine.

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        WASHINGTON TERRITORY WEST OF THE CASCADE MOUNTAINS

      Olympia, W. T.: Printed at the Transcript Office, 1870. FIRST EDITION. Written by an American pioneer known variously as "Ox-Team" Meeker and "The Hop King of the World," this is the first description of Washington printed within the Territory. Although the present work was meant to encourage investment in the area, it also paints a balanced, informative picture of the Territory. According to Tweney, "It contains much valuable information on timber, lands, climate, fisheries, ship building, coal mines, trade, labor, population, and resources of the area." Ezra Meeker (1830-1928) took the Oregon Trail overland with his family and eventually settled in Pullayup, Washington, where he found great success growing and brokering hops for beer. He was an enthusiastic advocate of this fertile Northwest region, teaming up with the likes of Jay Cooke of the Northern Pacific Railroad and meeting with Horace Greely in the interest of promoting it to potential investors. But Meeker is chiefly remembered as a champion of the Oregon Trail in the early years of the 20th century. Fearing that it would soon be forgotten, at the age of 71 Meeker set out to recreate his original journey on the trail, complete with a wagon driven by oxen, in order to commemorate it as an American monument and spark renewed interest in its legacy. This pamphlet is rarely seen, especially in decent condition. Between ABPC and RBH, we trace seven copies since 1973, most in unappetizing shape. There seems to be no copy advertised currently for sale, and the last copy that we could find at auction sold 21 years ago for $1,800 hammer. It is thought that Cooke, who was conducting his own publicity campaign for the Northwest, bought up the entire edition of "Washington Territory," a hypothesis that would account for the book's rarity.. 205 x 135 mm. (8 x 5 3/8"). 52, XIII, [I] (ads) pp. FIRST EDITION. Publisher's original light green printed paper wrappers. Housed in a modern red cloth chemise and slipcase. Upper wrapper with a "Chicago / 1884" stamp and a numeric ink notation. Tweney 51; Graff 2740; Howes M-478; Streeter V, 3256; Sabin 47373. Tear half way down the front panel along the stitching line, fore edge of front cover slightly chipped, about a fifth of the spine wrapper torn away, faintly soiled, but the fragile wrapper still intact and appealing as a lucky survival. Internally very clean, with just a few corner creases, a touch of offsetting to the ads, and an old pencil notation erased on the title page. Written by an American pioneer known variously as "Ox-Team" Meeker and "The Hop King of the World," this is the first description of Washington printed within the Territory. Although the present work was meant to encourage investment in the area, it also paints a balanced, informative picture of the Territory. According to Tweney, "It contains much valuable information on timber, lands, climate, fisheries, ship building, coal mines, trade, labor, population, and resources of the area." Ezra Meeker (1830-1928) took the Oregon Trail overland with his family and eventually settled in Pullayup, Washington, where he found great success growing and brokering hops for beer. He was an enthusiastic advocate of this fertile Northwest region, teaming up with the likes of Jay Cooke of the Northern Pacific Railroad and meeting with Horace Greely in the interest of promoting it to potential investors. But Meeker is chiefly remembered as a champion of the Oregon Trail in the early years of the 20th century. Fearing that it would soon be forgotten, at the age of 71 Meeker set out to recreate his original journey on the trail, complete with a wagon driven by oxen, in order to commemorate it as an American monument and spark renewed interest in its legacy. This pamphlet is rarely seen, especially in decent condition. Between ABPC and RBH, we trace seven copies since 1973, most in unappetizing shape. There seems to be no copy advertised currently for sale, and the last copy that we could find at auction sold 21 years ago for $1,800 hammer. It is thought that Cooke, who was conducting his own publicity campaign for the Northwest, bought up the entire edition of "Washington Territory," a hypothesis that would account for the book's rarity.

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        Extensive manuscript encyclopaedia of occult philosophy.

      London: 1870-90 - 21 volumes, various octavo formats. Stationer's ledger books mostly cloth-backed, marbled sides, some with personal brown paper "dust jackets" held in place by sealing wax. Venman's cabbalistic bookplate and label in two of the volumes. Occasional wear and dampstaining but generally in very good condition. Occasional holograph illustrations in the text, a number of pasted-in and loosely inserted notes, drawings, photographs (including two of Daniel Dunglas Home); manuscript lists of contents pasted to several covers. A remarkable and rare manuscript collection - in excess of 150,000 words - of impressive breadth and depth from the Golden Age of British occultism, carefully compiled over several decades by a London-based chemist and druggist, Hezekiah Venman (d. 1899). Venman was an associate of the Society for Psychical Research, a contributor to their journal, and, as the personal exchange of material shows, clearly well-connected to some of the leading figures of the movement: Alfred Russel Wallace, St. George Lane Fox-Pitt, Dr Abraham Wallace, Annie Besant, and Lord Adare. These volumes comprise an assemblage of material from many sources - personal experience, unpublished accounts, extracts from other authors, his own translations from French esoteric books and journals, and records of meetings &#150; all planned, as stated in a holograph note, as the basis for "Venman's Occult Encyclopaedia". One volume includes an extraordinary section concerning W. B. Yeats's muse, Maud Gonne (with a small portrait excised from a society magazine) and titled "Phantasms of the Dead - The Egyptian Priestess by H. Venman from a Private Source". This concerns Gonne's disclosure that from infancy she had been haunted by the apparition of an Egyptian priestess. This is most intriguing as at the time of writing (c. 1894) this would have only been known to a very small circle of people, including Yeats. Listed as a bankrupt in The Law Times (9 August 1862), Venman's fortunes clearly improved as his later business address (as Venman and Co.) is given as 20 Pimlico Road and his home was a respectable if unassuming three-story terrace up a flight of stairs at 138 Dawes Road, Fulham. He had also been an honorary quartermaster in the 1st Tower Hamlets Artillery Volunteer Corps, resigning his commission in October 1873, when that unit was disbanded. "In 1897. a Mr Venman advertised that he sold a variety of flint-glass crystal balls, 'the result of 40 years' experimental research', for prices varying from 2s 6d to 5s 6d" (Owen Davies, Witchcraft, Magic and Culture 1736-1951, 1999, p. 251). Apparently this aspect of Venman's business was carried on by his widow as she is mentioned in Joseph Maxwell's Metaphysical Phenomena: Methods and Observations (London: Duckworth, 1905) as selling "well-made crystal balls" from her home address at Sugden Road, Lavender Hill, London. Venman published in a small way: a couple of pamphlets, Spiritualism from a Neutral Standpoint: A resume of evidence pro and con (London: J. Burns) was advertised in the spiritualist weekly "The Medium and Daybreak" (14 August 1874), the same year that another booklet was published, Spiritualism: the modern mystery, as a question of the day. His reading was extensive and he cites an array of authors, from Eliphas Levi and the leading French spiritualists to Madame Blavatsky, and the Polish philosopher Julian Ochorowicz. Venman's ambitions for his project are clearly stated in the specially printed labels pasted to the endpapers of several volumes, listing subjects ranging from "Art-magic and Indian Occultism" through spiritualism, mesmerism and hypnotism, and psychological phenomena to "Quaballhistic" interpretations. The scale of research here offers us an insight into a scholarly and skeptical, but hopeful, spirit of enquiry and glimpses of an under-recorded social milieu. "Catalogue of Manuscripts" Book A ("Notes on esoteric Buddhism and Indian Occultism") "Section 3 &#150; Book A" ("Mesmeric

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        Gesamtansicht aus der Vogelschau, "New - York".

      - Lithographie v. A. Gocht b. H. Trommer in Neu-Gersdorf, um 1870, 27 x 39

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        Extensive manuscript encyclopaedia of occult philosophy.

      London: , 1870-90. 21 volumes, various octavo formats. Stationer's ledger books mostly cloth-backed, marbled sides, some with personal brown paper "dust jackets" held in place by sealing wax. Occasional holograph illustrations in the text, a number of pasted-in and loosely inserted notes, drawings, photographs (including two of Daniel Dunglas Home); manuscript lists of contents pasted to several covers. Venman's cabbalistic bookplate and label in two of the volumes. Occasional wear and dampstaining but generally in very good condition. A remarkable and rare manuscript collection - in excess of 150,000 words - of impressive breadth and depth from the Golden Age of British occultism, carefully compiled over several decades by a London-based chemist and druggist, Hezekiah Venman (d. 1899). Venman was an associate of the Society for Psychical Research, a contributor to their journal, and, as the personal exchange of material shows, clearly well-connected to some of the leading figures of the movement: Alfred Russel Wallace, St. George Lane Fox-Pitt, Dr Abraham Wallace, Annie Besant, and Lord Adare. These volumes comprise an assemblage of material from many sources - personal experience, unpublished accounts, extracts from other authors, his own translations from French esoteric books and journals, and records of meetings – all planned, as stated in a holograph note, as the basis for "Venman's Occult Encyclopaedia". One volume includes an extraordinary section concerning W. B. Yeats's muse, Maud Gonne (with a small portrait excised from a society magazine) and titled "Phantasms of the Dead - The Egyptian Priestess by H. Venman from a Private Source". This concerns Gonne's disclosure that from infancy she had been haunted by the apparition of an Egyptian priestess. This is most intriguing as at the time of writing (c. 1894) this would have only been known to a very small circle of people, including Yeats. Listed as a bankrupt in The Law Times (9 August 1862), Venman's fortunes clearly improved as his later business address (as Venman and Co.) is given as 20 Pimlico Road and his home was a respectable if unassuming three-story terrace up a flight of stairs at 138 Dawes Road, Fulham. He had also been an honorary quartermaster in the 1st Tower Hamlets Artillery Volunteer Corps, resigning his commission in October 1873, when that unit was disbanded. "In 1897... a Mr Venman advertised that he sold a variety of flint-glass crystal balls, 'the result of 40 years' experimental research', for prices varying from 2s 6d to 5s 6d" (Owen Davies, Witchcraft, Magic and Culture 1736-1951, 1999, p. 251). Apparently this aspect of Venman's business was carried on by his widow as she is mentioned in Joseph Maxwell's Metaphysical Phenomena: Methods and Observations (London: Duckworth, 1905) as selling "well-made crystal balls" from her home address at Sugden Road, Lavender Hill, London. Venman published in a small way: a couple of pamphlets, Spiritualism from a Neutral Standpoint: A resume of evidence pro and con (London: J. Burns) was advertised in the spiritualist weekly "The Medium and Daybreak" (14 August 1874), the same year that another booklet was published, Spiritualism: the modern mystery, as a question of the day. His reading was extensive and he cites an array of authors, from Eliphas Levi and the leading French spiritualists to Madame Blavatsky, and the Polish philosopher Julian Ochorowicz. Venman's ambitions for his project are clearly stated in the specially printed labels pasted to the endpapers of several volumes, listing subjects ranging from "Art-magic and Indian Occultism" through spiritualism, mesmerism and hypnotism, and psychological phenomena to "Quaballhistic" interpretations. The scale of research here offers us an insight into a scholarly and skeptical, but hopeful, spirit of enquiry and glimpses of an under-recorded social milieu. "Catalogue of Manuscripts" Book A ("Notes on esoteric Buddhism and Indian Occultism") "Section 3 – Book A" ("Mesmeric Phenomena, chiefly typical cases… clairvoyance during induced trance… Spontaneous trance… Self-induced by auto-suggestion… Clairvoyant visions… inducing seership") "Book D Section 5" ("test manifestation in darkness… extracts from the articles of FWH Myers on the subliminal consciousness… physical phenomena of the medium Eusapia Palladino") Book E ("Notes by Prof. Crookes of his Private Researches, from his note book… account of materialisation… spirit identity") Book F ("communication of automatic writing of a spirit of a living man at a distance… Chinese thought transference… independent slate writing… spontaneous change of personality… levitation cases… exteriorisation of the sensibility… photographing of thought images") Book H of "gleanings" "Studies in Occult Psychology being Original Notes, definitions etc" "Notes for Lectures on Remarkable Occurrences" ("existence of spirits… beliefs of savages… magic… ghosts, apparitions, hauntings, illusions, hallucinations, somnambulism, trance, hypnotism, mesmerism") Spiritualism ("direct voice… sorcery in the South Sea Islands… psychic influences… crystal seeing… telepathy… mesmerism") "Notes and Abstracts from Papers and Experiments" (these are drawn from French sources, including pieces by Alexandre Baréty, Horace Pelletier, Auguste Forel, and Jules Voisin) Part 2 beginning at p. 156 ("terminology & classification of occult phenomena… modern spiritualism… impression of dual personality") Witchcraft & sorcery ("witch prosecutions… witches sabbath… Lucifer… the Black Mass… devil worship in France in the mid of the 19th century… demonolatry") "The Phenomena known as Hauntings or Inexplicable Occurrences without apparent cause, seemingly 'operated' by an Invisible Agency – and which cannot be accounted for by Known Laws"; this volume includes notes on such cases as "The Willington Hauntings" at Willington Mills, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1840, and "The Hinton Ampner Manor House Hauntings". "Original Notes by H. V. on Modern Theosophy, a revival of the Indian wisdom religion in connection with Hindu Occult Philosophy" "Materialisations" ("phantasms of the dead, case of Julie Pavolvsky") "Religious trance" ("auto-hypnotism… curious phenomena in presence of 'Home', private MSS by Lord A [Adare] not to be published"; this latter also carries the heading "Unpublished phenomena with Home, publication not permitted by private injunction of Lord ----- on his death-bed. Possession or Haunting. Strange scene at 'A' Abbey Mar 4th 1869". This was privately printed in 1869 and not issued publicly until 1924 as Experiences in Spiritualism with Mr D. D. Home. "On Transcendental Phenomena. Inexplicable by hitherto recognized Scientific Laws, being An Introduction to his Treatise on the Science of the Occult by H. Venman"; this includes "evidence & opinions of some of the leading thinkers of the day" – including Alfred Russel Wallace, Henry Sidgwick, Annie Besant, William James, Camille Flammarion, and Sir William Crookes. Three slim volumes not in Venman's hand: one concerning hauntings in two transcribed letters of 1900 & 1901; and two containing detailed notes of the Hypnotism Committee of the SPR, including experiments in hypnotism and thought transference involving cards and drawing. Members present at these sessions included such leading lights of the SPR as Frank Podmore, St. George Lane Fox-Pitt, and Dr Abraham Wallace. These last two volumes offer a fascinating insight into the methods of the SPR: the assistance of "young men" was required and advertised for in the London press. Details of their age, occupation and address are given and, rather amusingly in one case, that a couple of lads from Dalston clearly took an extremely skeptical view of proceedings and "left immediately". Roger Luckhurst, Professor of Modern Literature at Birkbeck College, London, gives a pithy overview of the significance of this meeting of science and spiritualism at this period: "The 19th century is routinely thought about as the era of secularisation, a period when the disciplines and institutions of modern science were founded and cultural authority shifted from traditional authority of religion to explanation through the scientific exposition of natural laws. The sociologist Max Weber spoke about this process as the disenchantment of the world. The emblematic figure in this narrative is Charles Darwin, the anxious amateur biologist who held off publishing his theory of evolution by natural selection for years for fear of the religious and social disturbance it might produce. Darwin's Origin of Species (1859) did indeed result in a crisis of faith for many in the 1860s, before his ideas became embedded in British intellectual life in the last decades of the century. While we might still accept the broad brush strokes of this story, the Victorian period is also of course a period of deep and sustained religious revival. There was an evangelical revival in the Christian church but also a host of dissenting, heterodox and millenarian cults. It was a golden age of belief in supernatural forces and energies, ghost stories, weird transmissions and spooky phenomena. For a long time historians ignored these beliefs as embarrassing errors or eccentricities, signs of the perturbations produced by the speed of cultural change. In fact, it is much easier to grasp the religious and scientific strands of the century as closely intertwined. Every scientific and technological advance encouraged a kind of magical thinking and was accompanied by a shadow discourse of the occult. For every disenchantment there was an active re-enchantment of the world. Because the advances in science were so rapid, the natural and the supernatural often became blurred in popular thinking, at least for a time. And no area of the literary culture of the Victorians was left untouched by this interplay of science and magic… In 1882, a group of earnest intellectuals founded the Society for Psychical Research. They aimed to investigate the claims of Mesmerism, Spiritualism and authenticated 'true' ghost stories. They did so by developing an extraordinary jargon of 'psychical research' that fused the latest advances in the physical and psychological sciences with their hopes for proof of a supermondane world. The Society called haunted houses 'phantasmogenetic centres' and theorised mediumship as the result of 'telepathy' or 'subliminal uprushes' from unknown psychical faculties. Although marginal, this group also had a big influence on the late Victorian Gothic revival. Henry James's late ghost stories are thoroughly psychical, not least because his brother, William James, was a leading light of the Society. Writers like Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Machen, and Algernon Blackwood have also been read in the context of the SPR. The 1880s swirled with other, more overtly mystical societies and a magical revival. London became the home of Madame Blavatsky, the medium for dictations from the Mahatmas, who provided the basis for her Theosophical Society. Those in pursuit of Hermetic secrets, the lost wisdom of the ancients, could join the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Their top secret initiation rites were fought over by the poet and magus, William Butler Yeats and the evil genius Aleister Crowley, poet and provocateur and self-proclaimed Antichrist" (British Library online). Venman's accretion of detail in these volumes has a parallel in the enquiries of another Englishman with a curious mind, John Aubrey, whose Miscellanies (1696), a 'collection of hermetick philosophy', "was an investigation into a variety of psychic and supernatural phenomena such as omens and prophecies, dreams and apparitions, day fatality and second sight, all of which he was concerned to explore and explain, verify or discredit" (ODNB). A rather battered but highly evocative and engrossing collection of volumes, which allows us glimpses of such figures as Lord Adare and Sir William Crookes, and that inhabits the borderlands of the scientific and the spiritual.

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        Naturgeschichte der Vögel Europa's.

      1870 1870 - 2 vols. [1: Text in 8vo. 2: Plates in folio]. Prag: Verfasser [1852-] 1870- 71. With 61 beautiful cromolithographed plates. [4] + 16 + 506 + [12] text-pages; [12] pp. + plates. Very clean and well-preserved copy, plate-volume bound in publisher's gilt halfleather with cloth-boards with goldprint and blindtooled decorations, all edges gilt; text-volume bound in newer halfleather in original style, spine gilt and cloth-boards with goldprint and -decorations. Name on title-page in textvolume. * This work was published in 16 parts in the years 1852-71. The text-volume opens with a systematic survey of the birds of Europe; then follow diagnosis, description, and a detailed treatment of the individual species, whose names are given in Latin, German, Czech, and French, with the addition of some of the most important Latin synonyms. The volume of plates opens with a systematically arranged list of the birds figured, it contains more than 700 small figures of birds.Text-volume in German language and German title on frontboard, plate-volume with Czech title on spine and frontboard, plate-index with Czech, Latin, German and French text.Anker 152. Nissen 340. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Autograph letter, signed and dated.

      Lucerne, 1870 - Folded sheet with 4 pp., 1 1/2 pp. of text. 257 x 172 mm. Lucerne, 7 March 1870. Addressed to "Hochgeehrtester Herr Direktor!" Wagner's reply to an inquiry "In Erwiderung Ihrer geneigten Anfrage vom 5ten dieses M. habe ich Ihnen zu berichten, dass Sie die Partitur meiner Oper 'Rienzi' gegen die Erstattung des Copierens von der C. F. Meser'schen Musikhandlung in Dresden zu beziehen haben. Als Honorar für das Aufführungsrecht spreche ich . von dem Stuttgarter Hoftheater widerholt mir gezahlte von Fünzig Louis d'or an, welches ich bereits für die 'Meistersinger' in Anspruch genommen haben würde.". AUTOGRAPHS ; MUSIC ;

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        Album of Forty Chinese Carte-de-Visite.

      (circa1860- 1870). Forty albumen carte-de-visite showing Chinese types and scenes, presented in a full leather tooled 19th century leather album gilt, versos blank, all edges gilt. One photograph damaged with loss, some foxing on about half of the images, two images faded, one damaged with loss. Card leaves of album lightly browned with a few tears. Watered silk endpapers. A little rubbed at spine, modern leather band, original brass clasp. Album measures 16.5 x 13.4cm. From the collection of Arthur Hacker, Hong Kong historian, artist, and author of a number of works on photography including "Hong Kong: a rare photographic record of the 1860s". The collection contains at least eight photographs by Sanders that we have been able to identify and one by Beato. .

      [Bookseller: Asia Bookroom]
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        An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, With a Life of the the Author, An Introductory Discourse, Notes, and Supplemental Dissertations.

      Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1870. One volume edition of Adam Smith's magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought with a Life of the the Author, An Introductory Discourse, Notes, and Supplemental Dissertations, written by J.R. McCulloch. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf, frontispiece of Smith. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, double gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, all edges gilt. An exceptional example. Adam Smith's masterpiece, first published in 1776, is the foundation of modern economic thought and remains the single most important account of the rise of, and the principles behind, modern capitalism. "The history of economic theory up to the end of the nineteenth century consists of two parts: the mercantilist phase which was based not so much on a doctrine as on a system of practice which grew out of social conditions; and the second phase which saw the development of the theory that the individual had the right to be unimpeded in the exercise of economic activity. While it cannot be said that Smith invented the latter theory...his work is the first major expression of it. He begins with the thought that labour is the source from which a nation derives what is necessary to it. The improvement of the division of labour is the measure of productivity and in it lies the human propensity to barter and exchange...Labour represents the three essential elements-wages, profit and rent-and these three also constitute income. From the working of the economy, Smith passes to its matter -'stock'- which encompasses all that man owns either for his own consumption or for the return which it brings him. The Wealth of Nations ends with a history of economic development, a definitive onslaught on the mercantile system, and some prophetic speculations on the limits of economic control...The Wealth of Nations is not a system, but as a provisional analysis it is complete convincing. The certainty of its criticism and its grasp of human nature have made it the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM).

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        The High Alps Without Guides: Being a Narrative of Adventures in Switzerland, Together with Chapters on the Practicability of Such Mode of Mountaineering and Suggestions for its Accomplishment.

      London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1870 - First edition, 8vo (8½&#148; x 5½&#148;), pp. vii, (3), 181, (1) blank, (2) adv, engraved frontispiece, 2 folding maps. Original gilt & blind stamped blue cloth. Very good+ clean bright copy. Sheets clean, unmarked, complete. Neate, W. R. Mountaineering and Its Literature, (1980), # 316. H7680 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        A Journal of a Tour of Discovery - Second Edition Across the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, in the Year 1813.

      Gibbs Shallard & Co. Printers & Publishers, Sydney NSW, nd. ( 1870 - Duodecimo; hardcover, full morocco with gilt spine titles, rules, board decorations and dentelles; 84pp. [4 Blank; 1-46; 34 Blank]. Minor wear; some offset to the text preliminaries; text block edges toned; very mild scattered foxing throughout. Very good in a bright, contemporary binding. Postage quoted is for a standard format octavo book. Final charges may vary depending on size and weight.

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        Magic

      , ca. 1870. ca. 1870. Printed Playbill, one page, 6" x 9", for Professor De La Mano (Zell Dreitzehn, 1830-1880). Proclaiming that he has "arrived and will positively appear". With a partial list of acts: Mind Reading; Enchanted Cross; Mohomet's Cross; Apparition Rings; Pyramids of Egypt etc. With the addition of a warning of disreputable, competing exhibitions and further advising that the show is "free from all objectionable features". The reverse features a wonderfully engraved vignette of the shows attractions. Very fine.

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        Hunted Down. With some account of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, the Poisoner.

      London: John Camden Hotten, 1870.. First English Edition. Duodecimo, pp.90; [16], list of titles for 1871. With adverts to inside covers plus an additional two pages of ads to front. Internally clean, covers in very good condition, one chip/loss near foot. A near fine copy, uncommon in the original wraps, the vast majority of copies being leather-bound

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD

      London: Chapman and Hall, 1870. First Edition. 8vo., 190pp.; 3/4 bound with red leather and gray cloth boards, paneled spine with gilt tooling and lettering; some rubbing to corners, head and tail of spine; top edge of text block gilt; marbled endpapers; bound in at rear are the original blue/green covers as well as all of the ads, ads for part 1 are full 36 pages; includes rare cork ad, torn vertically, put present, being a thin sliver of actual printed cork, it is unusual to be present in any condition; Volume VI has Eighteenpence slip pasted on front cover, as originally printed in earliest issue; some of the covers are slightly trimmed, presumably during binding; cover of volume 1 has some more wear than the others, with some mild repair; bound by J. S. Wilson & Son, Binders, Cambridge; Dickens last unfinished work; LP consignment; shelved case 4, Dupont. Full-priced Rockville.

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        Edwin Drood.

      Chapman & Hall. 1870 - FIRST EDITION. With illustrations by Luke Fildes. The six original parts, all published. Orig. pale blue printed wrappers; back wrapper detached vol. I, front wrapper detached vol. VI; spines splitting & worn Parts I, II, III & VI; a little dusted & edges sl. chipped in places. Collated with Hatton & Cleaver. A fair set, preserving many of the original advertisements. Parts III, IV & VI are complete as issued; Part I retains all the ads but the back wrapper has been replaced with that of Part IV; Part II is lacking the ?Cork Hat? slip (often missing); Part V is lacking the ?Drood Advertiser? and all the following ads. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Dogan Manshi

      1870-1900 1870 - A silk-bound accordian-style book, all 4 edges gilt, with 66 tipped-in coloured matchbox labels made in Japan, made for sale in Asia, particularly China. The labels date from the early Meiji-Taisho periods and mainly depict children playing. Endpapers are flecked with gold. Never published - was originally made by a collector. Some wear to the edges and corners, minor foxing to the margins, and a small dent to the bottom text block edge, but silk title plate intact and contents and labels very clean and bright. Extremely rare. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Kagerou Bunko (ABAJ, ILAB)]
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        [PAINTING OF A RABBI]

      1st Edition. Oil on Wood. Signed by artist upper right. Framed. 8.5 x 9 inches. Hungarian artist Alfred Lakos (1870-1961) was one of the most prominent Jewish painters of his time. A contemporary of Isidor Kaufmann, Lakos's approach to his Jewish subjects was one of respect, seeking to emphasize the nobility of the Jewish people in art. For this, his impressionistic, naturalistic style was well suited. Very Good Condition. (PAINT-1-7) .

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        Susa (Piemont) place Charles Albert

      Disegno a matita ed acquarello di Scula Francese, datato 1870. ? ? Dimensioni in mm. 250 X 160

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        AUSFUHRLICHE GRAMMATIK DER GRIECHISCHEN SPRACHE ZWEITER THEIL

      HANNOVER: HAHNSCHE HOFBUCHHANDLUNG, 1870. IIED. RILEGATO. BUONO. 15 22. USATO

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        Le Livre de Cuisine.

      Paris: Hachette, 1870.(). Deuxième édition. 24 of 25 chromolithogaph plates (lacing palte 25). Half-title torn and missing upper fifth. Rebound black cloth; original psien preserved.

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        the Boys Own Jolly Angling Book Showing Tackle And Baits Required

      no publisher given nd Circa 1870 - unpaginated, 16 pages, woodcut illustrations in text, light blue paper wraps, title and fishing vignettes to upper flap, advert for A Carter and Co, fishing, rods and tackle manufacturers to rear. A vg+ copy, the first two pages are a guide to the rivers, ponds and canals in the vicinity of London.

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        The Young Shetlander and His Home

      Carlton & Lanahan, New York 1870 - Bradford Kinney Peirce, clergyman born in Royalton, Winsor County, Vermont in 1819. Brown/gilt embossed boards. Engraved frontis "Rounding Cape Horn." Naturalist Mr. Thomas Edmondston and local resident is utilized. Customs and natural features of this Scotish island described. 336 pgs, foxing, edgewear, spine bumped. Quite rare. OCLC list 8 holdings. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Album de dessins et croquis.

      Vers 1870, - in-8vo, oblong (15 x 24 cm), 65 pages remplies de dessins, plusieurs feuilles détachées, qqs dessins sont signés et datés, reliure en demi-cuir d?époque usée. L?album contient des dessins et des croquis au crayon par A. Wagnière, principalement des figures de jeunes filles (3 coloriées à l?aquarelle), des dessins humoristiques et des caricatures, plusieurs présentant des personnages anglais. Parmi les croquis, 6 figures ont été réhaussées en couleurs. L?album contient également 6 vues à l?aquarelle (dont 2 du château de Chillon) et 6 petites lithographies coloriées à la main.Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage.

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        AUSFUHRLICHE GRAMMATIK DER GRIECHISCHEN SPRACHE ZWEITER THEIL

      HAHNSCHE HOFBUCHHANDLUNG, 1870. INTERLINGUE 0,71 In tedesco, latino e greco, pagine brunite ai bordi e con lievissima fioritura, con presenza di alcune sottolineature ed appunti con matita e matite colorate, rilegatura in mezza pelle, con piatti marmorizzati, con alcune abrasioni ed usura ai bordi, dorso con spellature ed abrasioni, titoli illegibili USATO

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        ALPHABETS PLAIN ORNAMENTED AND ILLUMINATED: A SELECTION

      Boston, MA: L. Prang & Co, 1870. original brown pebbled cloth, front cover gilt-stamped. oblong 12mo. original brown pebbled cloth, front cover gilt-stamped. (20) pages. Preface. Printed on recto only. Published circa 1870 according to the Huntington Library catalogue. Cover title Prang's Alphabets. Title and three leaves are chromolithographs, the remaining twelve in black and white. The preface notes that there are "no designs claiming originality," but rather this work endeavors to produce "the most valued specimens, illustrating the styles of the different centuries. . ." With an emphasis on styles "now so much in vogue for ornmaenting sacred subjects." Publisher's advertisement follows text. Extremities of spine slightly worn. Very light foxing.

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        Tri portreta tatar. [Three Portraits of Tatar People].

      Astrakhan early s 1870 - 3 albumen prints pasted on original cards, printed captions below, two bearing photographer's credit; two prints have minor scratches. Dimensions: app. 15 x 10.5 cm Three early portraits of the Tatar people taken by Vishnevskiy (fl.1860s-90s) that are likely to have been included in his album Astrakhan published in 1873. Working in his studio in Astrakhan from 1861, he was one of the first to produce photographic albums with views and characters of the province. Vishnevskiy presented one of such albums to Aleksandr II during his visit to Astrakhan in 1871 and in return received a diamond ring from the Tsar. Vishnevskiy's studio was a successful business, which after his death was run by his wife up until 1911. Being an important historical record, Vishnevskiy's portraits and views of Astrakhan constitute a significant part of the collection of the State Astrakhan Historical Museum.

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        THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD [IN ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS]

      London: Chapman and Hall, 1870. First edition. Octavo, 190pp. Softcover. Six volumes in custom slipcase. Original illustrated monthly periodicals, published April 1870 to September 1870. General soiling, chipping and creasing to wraps, particularly at spines. Text is clean with only minor age-toning and foxing. Still in very good condition. Custom slipcase is quarter-bound leather and cloth with gilt text and five raised bands. Bindings sturdy. G.G. CONSIGNMENT.Shelve:CASE #4Spine is tan leather with gilt text on red-brown accent. Dupont.

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        Sommerliches Genregemälde mit spielenden Kindern

      keine Signatur gefunden - Antikes Ölgemälde, Mitteleuropa, ca. 1870 - Sommerliche Ansicht eines idyllischen Flusstals im Mittelgebirge mit einem Mädchen und einem Jungen, die mit einem Segelboot spielen, die Mutter ist links zu sehen. Öl auf Leinwand, 46 x 77 cm / mit Rahmen 73 x 94 cm - der Künstler konnte noch nicht identifiziert werden. Gereinigt und im Himmel restauriert, guter Zustand und Rahmen aus der Zeit. Weitere Infos und Fotos auf Anfrage per Email (oder Sie rufen uns an) Bitte kontaktieren Sie uns für mehr Informationen. Please contact us for more information. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Teilansicht, Bonifatiuskirche, "Die neue katholische Kirche zu Wiesbaden. (Ad St. Bonifacium)".

      - Lithographie m. Tonplatte v. Weingärtner n. Hoffmann b. A. Weingärtner in Mainz, um 1870, 42,3 x 30,7 (H) Seltenes Blatt. Blick vom Luisenplatz zur Vorderseite der St. Bonifatiuskirche.

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        1870 94v Works of Charles Dickens Oliver Twist Christmas Carol Humphreys Clock

      London : Chapman and Hall, n.d. [ca 1870-1879]. - 1870 94v Works of Charles Dickens Oliver Twist Christmas Carol Humphreys Clock &#147;There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.&#148; Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol A rare collection of the works of Charles Dickens published in 94 volumes, known as the &#145;Household edition&#146;. This edition began publication in 1870, shortly after Dickens&#146; death. Works featured in this set include the famous Christmas tales and a Life of Charles Dickens, plus: &#149; &#145;A Christmas Carol&#146; &#149; &#145;Oliver Twist&#146; &#149; &#145;Martin Chuzzelwit&#146; &#149; &#145;David Copperfield&#146; &#149; &#145;Dombey and Son&#146; &#149; &#145;Sketches by Boz&#146; &#149; &#145;Master Humphrey&#146;s Clock&#146; &#149; &#145;Pickwick Papers&#146; Item number: #1839 Price: $950 Note: Many pages remain &#147;uncut&#148; which has preserved them in superb condition DICKENS, Charles The Works of Charles Dickens, Household edition. London : Chapman and Hall, n.d. [ca 1870-1879]. Details: &#149; Collation: Complete with all pages; 94 volumes o Hundreds of full-page & in-text engravings throughout! &#149; Language: English &#149; Binding: Paper (softcover) &#149; Size: ~10in X 7.5in (25.5cm x 19cm) &#149; No other example for sale worldwide. Quite rare. Our Guarantee: Very Fast. Very Safe. Free Shipping Worldwide. Customer satisfaction is our priority! Notify us with 7 days of receiving, and we will offer a full refund without reservation! 1839 Photos available upon request. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Hunted Down. With some account of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, the Poisoner.

      London: John Camden Hotten, 1870.. First English Edition. Duodecimo, pp.90; [16], list of titles for 1871. With adverts to inside covers plus an additional two pages of ads to front. Internally clean, covers in very good condition, one chip/loss near foot. A near fine copy, uncommon in the original wraps, the vast majority of copies being leather-bound

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Zwölf Ansichten der neuen St. Gotthards-Strasse. Gezeichnet und gestochen von M. Kälin. Mit einer Einleitung und erklärenden Beschreibungen..

      Quer-4. (2) Bl., 72 S. Mit 12 kolorierten Aquatinta-Tafeln und eine grenzkolor. lithogr. Karte von Meinrad Kälin. , Neuer HLdr-Bd. (Umschlag mit eingebunden)., Min. stockfleckig, 2 Bl min wasserrändig, sehr schönes Exemplar. Lonchamp 1870. - Barth 18064. Das Inhaltsverzeihnis führt nur 10 Tafeln auf. Tafeln: Fluelen vers le Bristenstock Altdorf Le village dAmsteeg Le pont de Pfaffensprung vers Wasen Vue de Wattingen, vers Wasen, et la Windgelle Vue de Goeschinen Le Nouveau, et ancien pont dit Langenbruck Vue du nouveau, et de Lancien pont Vue depuis la Galerie dUrnerloch Gallerie dite Frou dUry dep. Andermatt Vue dAndermatt vers Hospithal, et la Furka Village dHospenthal Carte- Es erschien 1833 ein erweiterter Band.

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        FOTOGRAFIE di FIORI stampate all'albumina con acquarellatura dell'epoca.

      Vienna e Berlino, circo 1870. - Trenta (30) fotografie formato carta da visita (10 x 6 cm.) Le foto sono inserite in album coevo in percalina bruna, chiusura con semplice fermaglio in ottone e piccolo fregio centrale sul piatto anteriore. Le 30 foto non occupano l'intero album che presenta 9 altre tasche vuote. Tagli dorati. Ben conservato. Joseph Bermann (1810 - 1886) &#143; un fotografo austriaco attivo a Vienna. Le sue fotografie riportano la dicitura a stampa sul cartoncino di supporto "Flora Hortensis" ovvero "Flora austriaca". S.P. Christmann &#143; un fotografo attivo a Berlino. La libreria offre per un periodo limitato uno sconto del 20% su tutti i suoi libri. Il prezzo originale dell'articolo era 800 euro.

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        Werke. 10 Bände + Band 11 Abhandlungen über Gauss 11 Teile in 12 Bänden (fehlt Band 11 Erste Abteilung.)

      Göttingen, Königliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1870ff. - je Band ca 500 S. Bibliotheksexemplar der gesuchten Gauss-Ausgabe. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 12000 4° (2) Halblederbände der, sonst neue Ganzleinenbände.

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        Reconnoitring in Abyssinia.

      London: Smith, Elder & Co.,, 1870. A Narrative of the Proceedings of the Reconnoitring Party, prior to the Arrival of the Main Body of the Expeditionary Field Force. Octavo. Original red diagonal-ribbed cloth, titles and decoration to spine gilt, decorative black frame to front board enclosing decorative gilt octofoil, similar frame in blind to rear, all edges gilt, yellow surface-paper endpapers. Housed in a custom blue slipcase. Tinted lithographic frontispiece after Rolfe, finished by hand as issued, 9 similar plates, large linen-backed folding lithographic map to rear, 2 wood-engravings to the text. Contemporary prize inscription from Lonsbury College, commercial college in Upper Clapton, to front free endpaper verso. Spine faded, minor rubbing to headcaps and corners, sides very slightly darkened, with a few trivial marks, mild spotting to margins of frontispiece and a few other plates, upper outer corner of pp. 123-6 creased, the text unaffected. An excellent copy. First and only edition, uncommon: nine copies traced in UK libraries, just five other complete copies traced in commerce in the last 50 years, this a remarkably clean and fresh copy from the celebrated travel library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, with his pencilled initials to the front free endpaper. Wilkins "commanded the Royal Engineers throughout the Abyssinian expedition of 1868, where the difficult terrain required engineering skills of the highest order. He was mentioned in dispatches by Lord Napier of Magdala for his 'invaluable and important services', and was appointed aide-de-camp to the queen, with the rank of colonel in the army" (ODNB). His engaging account is attractively illustrated with lithographed views of Aden and the Eritrean coast on the outward journey, in addition to several Abyssinian scenes.

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        First Train from Ogden, Utah, January 10th, 1870

      1870. Photograph. Very good. Albumen print on a light gray mount, with decorative embossed borders [13.5 cm x 11 cm] C. W. Carter backstamp. Image shows a packed train awaiting departure from Ogden, Utah. Lots of men and boys milling about, water tank in background. Pink typed label beneath photograph. On the reverse in pen, "Ogden, Utah." Also on the reverse, an adhered paper label covering a blacked out notation. A carte de visite by pioneer Utah photographer, Charles W. Carter.

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        A Journal of a Tour of Discovery Across the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, in the Year 1813. Second edition.

      Sydney: Gibbs, Shallard & Co. 1870. Duodecimo, 46 pp.; in a neat old binding of half calf and marbled boards, with the original printed front wrapper bound in. The scarce second edition of this Australian exploration classic: the original account of the first great feat of Australian inland exploration. A series of previous attempts had failed to find a path into the hinterland and for twenty-five years the formidable barrier of the Blue Mountains had locked the settlers out of the interior.A landholder in the Parramatta district, Blaxland set out in 1813 to conquer the Blue Mountain barrier and seek out new pastures to the west of the ranges. With his companions Lawson and Wentworth, he finally accomplished his mission on 31 May 1813, sighting rich lands from the summit of the mountain later called Mount Blaxland. From the top they could see forests and grasslands capable of supporting the colony's herds for the next thirty years. Surveyor George Evans, on direct instructions from Macquarie, followed the path blazed by Blaxland and broke through to the magnificent pastures of the Bathurst Plains; within a year William Cox had completed his road to the new territories. By 1815, a settlement had been made at Bathurst.The first edition of this book is one of the great Australian rarities - about a dozen copies are known, and its value is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. This second edition was published by Blaxland's son because, as he noted, copies of the first edition were "no longer to be had". 34 years later Blaxland's grandson was to publish a third edition (Maitland, 1904) because by then "the two previous editions [were] no longer obtainable" Provenance: Private collection (Sydney). Neat repair to upper corner of front wrapper.

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        PORTRAIT OF BOY WITH THE U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING IN BACKGROUND. [title supplied]

      [Washington, DC] 1870 - Original watercolor, charcoal and chalk drawing on canvas, 24.5 x 29.5 in., glazed and framed. Signed by the artist. The young boy is well dressed in a double-breasted suit and bow tie, with button-up boots. He stands on a tiled terrace, one hand one a balustrade, the other tucked into his jacket pocket staring determinedly off into the distance. Through the surrounding trees and shrubbery is a view of a small fountain and the Capitol Building on a slight hill. Oscar Robert, born in Copenhagen, Denmark emigrated to the United States around 1864 and settled in Washington, D.C. where he remained for the rest of his life, according to a brief biography in Virgil McMahan's "The Artists of Washington, D.C. 1796-1996," [Wash., DC: 1995]. He worked in oils, watercolor and crayon. During the late 1880s he shared a studio and gallery with Earl Keyser. Boyd's 1887 Directory for Washington lists their gallery at 307 7th St. NW. McMahan states that this portrait is the only one of his works known. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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