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        The Tour of the World in Eighty Days

      Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1873 First American printing, FIRST STATE, without mention of translator on the title page [Ahearn]. 291 pages plus endpapers and title page. Dark blue endpapers. Frontis illustration by Jules Verne of Le Saint Michel. Title page in red and black ink. Roughly 4 ½ by 6 inches. Bound in green cloth with gilt lettering and illustration (same as frontis). Some ornamentation in blind. Page edges dyed red. One of the classics in the genre of science fiction. This edition supposedly preceded the English edition (titled Around the World in Eighty Days). In GOOD+ condition. Light soiling to the covers. Minor scuffing and fading, with the gilt decorations being somewhat dull (especially on the spine). Extremities scuffed with the corners bumped and the spine head and foot pulled and frayed. Cloth beginning to split along the center rear hinge. Spine sun darkened and scuffed along the hinges. Forward lean to the book. Text is clean and solid. Pages browning somewhat. Very faint dampstain present at the very top margin of the pages in last half of the book. This is faint and in no way affects the text. Small fingernail sized dampstain in fore edge margin of the title page. Previous owner’s gift inscription in pencil on the second blank endpaper. Overall an attractive copy in GOOD+ condition. . First American Edition. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket.

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        Tour of the World in Eighty Days, The

      1873. first edition. First Edition in English of “Around the World in Eighty Days”VERNE, Jules. The Tour of the World in Eighty Days. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, [July] 1873.First American edition and first edition in English, first issue, with no mention of the translator, George M. Towle, on the title-page. Small octavo (5 13/16 x 4 1/8 inches; 148 x 105 mm.). vii,[1, blank],[9]-291,[1, blank] pp. Frontispiece illustration of “Le Saint Michel” (included in pagination), with tissue guard. Title printed in red and black.Original terra cotta fine diagonal-ribbed cloth with covers and spine decoratively stamped in blind, front cover pictorially stamped (reproducing the frontispiece illustration) and lettered in gilt, and spine lettered in gilt. Original green-black coated endpapers. All edges stained red. Minor rubbing to corners and spine extremities, just slightly skewed. Tiny tear (5/16 inch) to upper blank margin of B8 (pp. 31/32), where corner was folded down. Previous owner’s penciled presentation inscription on front free endpaper. Otherwise a near fine copy. Housed in a brown cloth slipcase.This famous tale of the circumnavigation of the globe by Phileas Fogg and Passepartout was first published in French in 1873 as Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingt jours. James R. Osgood published this unillustrated edition in English by early July of that year. It was reprinted in 1873, 1874, and 1875, with the same collation and size, but with the added note on the title-page “Translated by George M. Towle.” Within a few months, Osgood published a more elaborate illustrated edition with the title Around the World in Eighty Days. The English edition (London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low & Searle, 1874) was not published until November of 1873, but is dated 1874. “In an unusual twist, this American translation crossed the Atlantic for use by Sampson Low in England” (Taves and Michaluk).Myers 54. Taves and Michaluk V011.

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        Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas - 2 binding copies

      Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1873. 1st. Hard Cover. Fair. There are TWO copies of the 1873 Boston Osgood editions included in this purchase. Both are in fair condition and each has some issues relative to plates and or text pages however they can be combined by a professional bindery to make one complete good copy with many plates and pages remaining. A new cover or binding would be need. One copy has a front board only with image (no spine of back cover) and the other is an ex-library binding cover.& & Copy #1 ex-library:& 8vo ( 5.5" x 8.5" tall), viii [2], [3]-303pp with "the end" on p.303, with 109 full page steel engravings as called for on the list of illustrations (2 maps included in this p.74 & p.198) plus 1/2 page engraving on page[145]. All plates are present. There is foxing on the leaves within, and on some of the plate edges. Overall, the plates remain clean and sharp except the 1/2 page image on [145] which has some residue on it. The plate on p.40 has 3/4' x 1/16" paper exposed over the face. Page with plate on p.226 extends 1/8" and this paper extension is crushed. Page 142 is incorrectly numbered 442. This is an ex. library copy with old rebound worn brown cloth boards, spotted spine, light brown end papers and old library pocket on back end pares removed., & Copy #2 front board only:& 8vo ( 5.5" x 8.5" tall), viii [2], [3]-303pp with "the end" on p.303, with 109 full page steel engravings as called for on the list of illustrations (2 maps included in this p.74 & p.198) plus 1/2 page engraving on page[145], All plates are present but many are not it the called for pages. Overall, the plates remain clean and sharp but a couple of pages are damaged. & & Translated from the French. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1873. This Osgood edition, though dated 1873, was published in November 1872 (the same month as Sampson Low's British edition). This edition utilizes the same sheets from the 1872 London edition printed by Sampson, Low & Company. It is reported there are few (perhaps up to fifty) known copies of this 1873 USA Osgood first American edition.

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        FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON DIRECT in 97 Hours 20 Minutes and a Trip Round It

      London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1873. Translated from the French by Louis Mercier.....and Eleanor E. King. With Numerous Illustrations"; pp. viii, 323 pages, b/w frontispiece plate and 79 further b/w plates (fully collated and all present in accordance with the list of illustrations). Original dark green pictorial cloth binding stamped in black and gilt, bevelled edges to boards; very good with a little general wear and rubbing, cloth slightly nicked to the head/tail of the spine, with minimal chips, boards slightly rubbed through at lower corners. All edges gilt. Contents clean and tight, a little reading wear, small professionally repaired tear to the top of the plate opposite page 87, paper cracked to internal rear hinge, but not affecting integrity of hinge, tissue guard not present to frontispiece, original end papers, no inscriptions. A very good copy of the scarce English first edition.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. 8vo.

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        TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS

      1873. hardcover. <center><b>the first edition in the English language -- London 1873 (actually 1872)</b></center> Verne, Jules ("translated from the French of"). TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS. With One Hundred and Twelve Illustrations. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1873. 8 pp ads dated "1872-1873". Original blue cloth decorated in black and gilt, beveled, all edges gilt. <p>First English Edition, and first edition in the English language, of Verne&#39;s classic tale of Captain Nemo and the submarine Nautilus. The English translation, by Lewis Mercier, was unfortunately quite inaccurate: he omitted nearly a fifth of the French text (especially Verne&#39;s frequent criticism of British imperial practices), and made numerous technical errors which English readers attributed to Verne.</p> <p>Sampson Low published this first edition in English in November 1872 (though dated 1873). Soon after, Osgood of Boston published its edition from these Sampson Low plates, quickly and mysteriously followed by the very similar edition of George Smith of Boston. Sampson Low went on to issue reprints of their 1872 edition, identified with the edition number on the title page, in this same pictorial binding showing the Nautilus scanning the ocean floor and all kinds of sea life with a gilt beam of light; on the spine is a bug-eyed giant squid.</p> <p>This copy is in royal blue cloth; the only other color we have had, also with the 1872-1873 ads, was dark red; we have also heard of a green and a brown copy.</p> <p>The volume is in good-plus condition. All 112 of the plates are present. The binding extremities are rather worn, with about a quarter-inch of the outer cloth chipped from the spine-ends; the fore-corners and the outer joints also show wear. <i></i>Other than the edge-wear the blue cloth binding is rather bright (though the blue spine is a little darkened), and the leaves inside are free of foxing. The original peach-coated endpaper are still present, and only slightly cracked; the front one bears penciled relevant notes from an early owner of this copy, and onto the rear one is tipped an early leaf illustrating "torpedo boats," including Nordenfeldt&#39;s 1883 one (preceded by the Nautilus by a decade); the front endpaper also bears a Christmas 1872 gift inscription, indicating the book&#39;s true year of publication.</p> <p>It&#39;s not the ideal copy, but it is worth pointing out that over the course of 32 years this is <u>only the third U.K. copy of this title that we have ever offered</u> -- though we have offered almost a dozen 1873 Osgood copies and a multitude of 1873 Smith copies. A first UK edition in original cloth in truly fine condition (we have had only one) would carry a price of more than $40,000. Taves & Michaluk V006.</p> MARITIME, FANTASY / SCIENCE FICTION / SUPERNATURAL (Sumner & Stillman Code:12249)

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        Around the World in Eighty Days

      London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle, 1873. xvi, 315pp, [1], 48pp adverts, original decorative cloth, title in gilt to spine and upper cover, gilt illustrations of various parts of the journey to upper cover, a.e.g. Rubbed to extremities, slightly chipped to spine ends. Inner joints repaired, internally some light marking, mainly to margins, previous owners gift inscription to front endpaper, but generally fairly clean. Now housed in a cloth drop-back box made by Temple Bookbinders, with the title in gilt to the spine. The first English edition, with the title dated 1873 (rather than 1874 as is usual), scarce thus. Variant (presumably later) issue of Myers 54 (calling for green cloth and a 32pp catalogue dated 1872), this in blue cloth with a 48pp catalogue dated October 1873. Myers 54. First Edition. Hardback. Good+. 8vo.

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        AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS

      1873. hardcover. <center><b>one of the scarce 1873-dated copies</b></center> Verne, Jules. AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS. Translated by Geo. M. Towle. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1873. 48 pp ads dated October 1873. Original terra-cotta cloth pictorially decorated in black and gilt, beveled, all edges gilt. <p>First British Edition (also the first illustrated edition in English) of the famous tale of Phileas Fogg and his trip around the globe. Osgood of Boston came out with a small unillustrated volume, the first edition in English, titled THE TOUR OF THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS, in July 1873 (the same year as the original French edition). This first British edition was published in November 1873; an American illustrated edition was then prepared from the English one. With both the British and the American illustrated editions, a few copies came out with 1873-dated title pages, but the majority were equipped with 1874-dated title pages (especially in England it was the custom to post-date books that came out near the end of a calendar year). The first British edition with 1873-dated title page is exceedingly scarce (the Myers bibliography could only speculate about its existence).</p> <p>The best known filming of this tale was Michael Todd&#39;s 1956 version, starring David Niven and Cantinflas as Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout.</p> <p>This is a just-about-fine copy (a mere hint of wear at the foot of the spine, original peach front endpaper showing very slight cracking); there is scarcely any other wear or soil, and likewise scarcely any foxing on the sharp plates (or text) within. This is only the third copy of the Sampson Low 1873 edition that we have been able to offer in 30 years, and the first in condition this desirable. Taves & Michaluk V011; Myers 54 ("does a copy with an 1873 title date exist?").</p> FANTASY / SCIENCE FICTION / SUPERNATURAL (Sumner & Stillman Code:12333)

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        The Tour of the World in Eighty Days

      Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1873 First American printing, FIRST STATE, without mention of translator on the title page [Ahearn]. 291 pages plus endpapers and title page. Dark blue endpapers. Frontis illustration by Jules Verne of Le Saint Michel. Title page in red and black ink. Roughly 4 ½ by 6 inches. Bound in green cloth with gilt lettering and illustration (same as frontis). Some ornamentation in blind. Page edges dyed red. One of the classics in the genre of science fiction. This edition supposedly preceded the English edition (titled Around the World in Eighty Days). In GOOD+ condition. Light soiling to the covers. Minor scuffing and fading, with the gilt decorations being somewhat dull (especially on the spine). Extremities scuffed with the corners bumped and the spine head and foot pulled and frayed. Cloth beginning to split along the center rear hinge. Spine sun darkened and scuffed along the hinges. Forward lean to the book. Text is clean and solid. Pages browning somewhat. Very faint dampstain present at the very top margin of the pages in last half of the book. This is faint and in no way affects the text. Small fingernail sized dampstain in fore edge margin of the title page. Previous owner&#146;s gift inscription in pencil on the second blank endpaper. Overall an attractive copy in GOOD+ condition. . First American Edition. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket.

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        Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas

      Boston: George M. Smith & Company, 1873. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7 " - 9 " tall xiii, [3], 303 pages. Green cloth. Black letters on gilt blocks. Gilt illustration on spine and front cover. Re-backed spine, cover and brown end papers repaired professionally. Overall a very good copy. Additional photos available on requested. Book is 100% guaranteed. One Hundred and Ten Illustrations. Later issue of the Smith edition (without "The End" on page 303 at end of text), with the illustrations from the Osgood edition. , The second (preferred?) Smith issue - according to Myers, copies with &#39;THE END&#39; on final page of text have damaged type.

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        STORIES OF INFINITY: LUMEN-HISTORY OF A COMET-IN INFINITY ... Translated from the French by S. R. Crocker

      Boston: Roberts Brothers Boston: Roberts Brothers,. 1873. original green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and blind, brown coated endpapers.. Private owner's small book label affixed to front paste-down and his. name, address and date 25 February 1878 on verso of front flyleaf.. Underlining and interesting marginalia by the owner, a student or. professor at Urbana University, penciled throughout the text. Slight. spine lean, corner tips rubbed, a bright, tight, very good copy. An. interesting copy of an uncommon book. (#89835). First edition in English. LUMEN first appeared in French as RECITS DE L'INFINI in 1873; an enlarged edition followed in 1887 as LUMEN. The revised text of LUMEN was translated into English and published in New York in 1892 by Cassell (apparently an unauthorized edition) and in London in 1897 by Heinemann (apparently an authorized edition with further revisions by Flammarion). The earlier Roberts Brothers text follows Flammarion's original 1873 text. LUMEN is a story, in a series of dialogues, "of a being who has undergone a number of incarnations on other worlds, including planets round Capella, Gamma Virgo, Sirius and in the constellation Orion." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 84. LUMEN is "perhaps the single most innovative work in the entire literature of the scientific imagination. It is the first work to offer any real idea of the scale of the universe; the first to investigate the implications of the finite speed of light (and thus to toy with the notion of the relativity of space and time); and the first to examine the implications of evolutionary theory in the modeling of alien life-systems. In all these endeavors it was ahead of its time ... It is in Flammarion's work that we find the fountainhead of the mythology of alien beings ... Flammarion originated the mode of thought which is effective in modern science fiction's dealings with the category alien. LUMEN's affinity with modern science fiction goes further than this, because it is a work expressly directed to the cultivation of the sense of wonder (in whose cultivation, according to many readers, the prime virtue of modern science fiction lies)." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1294-98. The two other stories, "History of a Comet" and "In Infinity," the first a panoramic history of the solar system narrated by a passing comet, the second a spirit description of the universe, do not appear to have been reprinted in English after their initial appearance here. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 638. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 638. Locke, Voyages in Space 73. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 67. Reginald 05460.

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        AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS. Translated by Geo. M. Towle.

      xvi, 315, [1 blank], 48 ad's dated October 1873. Illustrated throughout in black & white. Original red pictorial cloth, gilt. All edges gilt. Octavo. First U. K. edition and the first edition in English. First issue. Binding a little tired and rubbed; inner joints repaired; small tears at heel; internally clean without foxing. Contained in a modern morocco-backed folding box. Rare. This title was first issued in English in the United States as an unillustrated edition entitled, The Tour of the World in Eighty Days, in 1873 (the same year as the first French edition). The first illustrated edition in English was published in the U.K. in 1873, but only a few copies bear that date on the title-page, and they are extremely rare, the vast majority being dated 1874 (itself a rare book in anything better than good condition). The first illustrated American edition was prepared from the sheets of the English edition.

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        The Gilded Age, A Tale Of Today

      American Publishing Company Hartford, CT: American Publishing Company. Near Fine. 1873. First Edition. Hardcover. A beautiful first edition with all elements from the earliest printing present (except the corrected state on pages 351 and 353 as requested in BAL 3357). Genuine title-page listing White as illustrator and imprinting of the electrotyper Wm. H. Lockwood on verso. Also, on p. < vii> use of name Eschol Sellers; on P. < xvi> final illustration is numbered 211; p. 246 the word hallelujah has no comma following it; p. 280, line 18 there is a period after Dr. Jackson; p. 403 no illustration as requested by BAL for earliest printings. Rebacked, Near Fine condition with very little browning of pages or foxing, bright spine. , top edges gilt; Twain's first novel which gave an entire era its name, though fictional, is a critical examination of politics and corruption in the United States during the nineteenth century .

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        Phrenological Illustrations, or an Artist's View of the Craniological System of Doctors Called Gall and Spurzheim

      London: Republished for the Artist by Frederick Arnold 86 Fleet Street E.C 1873 London: Republished for the Artist by Frederick Arnold, 86, Fleet Street, E.C, 1873. Later edition (7 shillings 6 pence , coloured). Oblong folio (280 x 380 mm.). Vignette title page, Verso "Re-Issue of 'Phrenological Illustrations' " , and one other leaf of letterpress. With 6 engraved hand- colored plates illustrating 34 figures. Bound in original brown cloth spine and printed paper over boards, with newspaper clipping of letter from Gilbert Dalziel tipped-in at ffep. Laid into a crimson cloth drop box. Cohn 178 (First edition) . Inscribed at the top of the title page "To George Dalziel with the best regards of Geo. Cruikshank / Janry. 1874." George Dalziel (1815-1902) and his brother Edward (1817-1905) founded Dalziel Brothers engravers in 1839 and were the most famous in their trade until photo-mechanical processes superseded the need for engravers. A fine association

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        FINE ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF XIE KITCHIN IN WHITE HAT AND COAT, as "Dane",

      albumen print, sepia, 102mm x 141mm mounted on card 108mm x 163mm with Carroll's own identification number 2132 in his manuscript in purple ink on verso. A very good example, c.1873. * See CARROLL'S JOURNAL ENTRY: "Photographed Xie in winter dress (Danish), in red petticoat, and in Greek dress." May 14, 1873. See LETTER: from Carroll to Mrs Kitchin: "[Christ Church, Oxford] Saturday [? May 17, 1873] / Dear Mrs Kitchin, / Here are prints of the Danish dress and the red petticoat. I am taking the negatives with me, and will get a light print done of the Dane for you to get tinted for the Princess. Oh that it would only suggest to her the idea of sitting herself! That has been for years my great ambition in life, which, once accomplished, I should thence-forward look with scorn on Xie and all un-royal subjects for the camera! / Gratefully yours, / C.L. Dodgson". * Lewis Carroll was not simply the author of the world's most famous books for children and an important mathematician whose work was well ahead of its time, but he was also an important pioneer photographer of considerable accomplishment.His photographs, particularly of children, show Carroll at his most sentimental; even, for some of his modern audience, in a interesting erotic light. Carroll abandoned photography in 1880.

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        The Origin of Species, By means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life.

      London: John Murray, 1873.. Sixth edition, 13th thousand, 8vo, (xxii), 458 pp. Folding plate, label removed from the paste down, old repair to the hinges. Original gilt titled green cloth, spine ends rubbed, light damp staining to the bottom edge of the covers. Freeman 396.

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        Unzeitgemässe Betrachtungen. Erstes Stück: David Strauss. Der Bekenner und der Schriftsteller. + Zweites Stück: Vom Nutzen und Nachteil. Der Historie für das Leben.

      Leipzig, Fritzsch, 1873 + 1874. 8vo. Both works bound together in a nice contemporary brown half calf with gilding to spine. Binding very nice, clean, and tight. Internally quite a bit of brownspotting to first and last leaves of each work. (2), 101, (1) pp. + 111, (1) pp.. First editions, first issues of these two separate works that make up the first two parts of the "Untimely Observations", which was originally intended by Nietzsche to be a series of thirteen separate works gathered together under this common title. The ambitious project didn't come about as intended, and only four works appered in the series. "Nietzsche actually produced four of these compositions before abandoning the plan, although it is evident that his heart was no longer in the series after the publication of the third essay." (Schaberg, p. 32). Of each of the two works, 1.000 copies were printed. Of the first 483 remained unsold, and this is this one of 517 copies. Of the second, 778 remained unsold, and this is thus one of merely 222 copies. The "Observations" were to deal with aspects of contemporary European culture, with a focus on German culture. The first works of the series combine the Nietzsche that we know from e.g. "The Birth of Tragedy" with an early polemical style that properly comes to live in his later works. Especially the first of the "Observations", the fierce attack on "David Strauss, the Confessor and Writer" is considered one of Nietzsche's most humorous works and a prime example of his early polemical style. He attacks Strauss, accusing him of being a philistine of pseudo-culture, and his latest work "The Old and the New Faith: A Confession" from 1871, taking it to be an example of the German thought of the time, and accuses it of being a vulgar reading of history in the service of a degenerate culture.In the second of the "Observations", "On the Use and Abuse of History for Life", Nietsche introduces his attack on classic humanism and presents his own alternative way of interpreting history. With his attacks on the historicism of man and his view of history as such, this constitutes one of Nietzsche's most interesting works and the one that best captures his concept of "untimeliness". Schaberg 23a. + 25a

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        Stockholm[: aqvarelle-lithografier och tontryck ]

      Tryckt hos Slachter & Seedorf, Stockholm. [1873] Oblong folio. 39 x 55 cm. Title page (in manuscript) + 14 colour printed lithographs. All. Beautiful contemporary blind pressed boards in brown cloth. Calf spine. Elaborate gilt ornamentations and title in gilt at the front board and the spine. Gilt edges. Some wear and scratches to the binding. More to the board edges. Spine ends slightly damaged. Bumped corners. Some creases, tears and a couple of losses to the guard papers. Some browning to the end papers. Last plate with slight offsetting to the margins. Two plates with a small spot or two to the margins. Images in fine condition. A very nice and clean copy.. Fine views of Stockholm in the 1870s. Lively images depicts the city from classic vantage points. Beautiful vistas, "Down-town" areas and important buildings are shown, teeming with people, carriages, steam boats etc. Among the depicted buildings you can find the newly erected Grand Hotel and the Royal Library. The album gives an interesting insight on how life was in Stockholm in the 1870s. Otto August Mankell was an architecht, illustrator and lithographer. He executed several fine panoramas. His most famous is a bird´s eye panorama of Stockholm from the west, which was internationally recognized. He made two fine plate books with city views. The present one of Stockholm and another one on Gothenburg in 1884, containing 20 plates

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        Voyage d'exploration en Indo-Chine effectué pendant les années 1866, 1867 et 1868

      Paris: Librarie Hachette, 1873. 4 volumes (text: 2 vols., large 4to [13 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches]; atlas: 2 volumes, folio [19 1/2 x 15 inches]). Text: titles in red and black, half-titles. Portrait frontispiece, 1 plate of medals, 12 maps and charts (4 coloured, 6 tinted), numerous illustrations (39 full-page); atlas: 12 maps, (2 double-page); 9 plans (2 double-page); 1 tinted lithographic aerial view; 48 plates on 40 sheets (6 double page, 2 engraved, 10 hand-coloured lithographs, 1 chromolithograph, 27 tinted lithographs). Text: contemporary French dark blue morocco-backed marbled paper-covered boards, spines gilt in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second, numbered in the third, previous owner's name 'Philastre' tooled in gilt at foot of each spine; atlas: original dark blue cloth-backed pale blue paper-covered boards, letterpress titling to upper covers, longitudinal gilt lettering to the flat spines. Rare complete set of the first edition of the official printed record of the most important 19th-century exploratory expedition into Indochina: this copy with an intriguing provenance. This first edition was limited to 800 copies. The maps are after Garnier himself, whilst the views are taken from sketches by the expedition artist Louis Delaporte. These views, in conjunction with the fine illustrations in the text volumes, form a valuable and remarkably wide-ranging visual record of Indochina as a whole, with the depictions of the ancient capital of Laos at Viet Chan and Angkor in Cambodia being particularly impressive.Garnier was part of the French expedition under Captain Ernest Doudard de Lagrée which set out from Saigon in 1866 to explore the valley of the Mekong River in the hopes of finding a navigable route into south-western China. Garnier took command of the mission when de Lagrée died and he safely led the expedition to the Chinese coast via the Yangtze River. The expedition traversed almost 5,400 miles travelling through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, mapping over 3,600 miles of terrain previously unknown to Europeans, and becoming the first westerners to enter Yunnan by a southern route. Subsequently, Garnier returned to France a hero, fought in the Franco- Prussian war, and finished the present account of the expedition before eventually returning to Indo-China to establish a colony in Tonkin. The name at the foot of the spines of the text volumes offers the intriguing possibility that the original owner of this set was Paul-Louis-Felix Philastre: naval officer, diplomat and French expert on the Far East. He first arrived in Cochinchina in 1861, and, after the death of Francis Garnier, it was he who, in 1861, negotiated a treaty with the emperor Tu Duc recognising the sovereignty of the Annam empire over Tonkin. Later, Philastre served as French ambassador to Cambodia, and he was also responsible for the first French translation of the Yi king. Cordier, BS, 329 ; Cordier, BI, 1012-1013.

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        [Great sickle-billed Bird of Paradise, Plume bird or Great promerops] Epimachus speciosus

      [London: 1873]. Lithograph by J. Smit after Joseph Wolf, hand-coloured by J.D. White, heightened with gum arabic. (1 1/2 inch repaired tear to left margin). 23 3/4 x 18 1/4 inches. A magnificent image of the largest and most remarkable of the thin-billed Birds of Paradise, painted by Joseph Wolf, who was 'without exception, the best all-round animal artist who ever lived' (Sir Edwin Landseer). From Elliot's great work on the 'Birds of Paradise', which includes some of the most highly praised bird illustrations ever produced. Ornithological illustration reached its height during the golden age of lithography, and this image is from that great era. Even today, with all of the excellent methods of colour reproduction available, the beauty of hand-colouring cannot be equalled. Joseph Wolf is pre-eminent amongst the ornithological artists of the day: he was the first bird artist to fully understand and use the new freedom of style that lithography allowed. The lithographic crayon suited Wolf's drawing style, transforming his soft expressive lines and subtle suggestions of movement into a printable image. His work set a new standard in life-like representations and Wolf's skill at capturing the essential character of his subjects also breathed life into the stiff "bird on a perch" portrayals so characteristic of bird art of the day. The plates in Elliot's Monograph of the... Birds of Paradise, 'almost as magnificent as the birds they portray, were the fruits of Elliot's considerable wealth, Wolf's great artistry and both men's profound knowledge and love of birds' (Dance). Elliot writes in the preface `The drawings of Mr. Wolf will, I am sure, receive the admiration of those who see them; for, like all that artist's productions, they cannot be surpassed, if equalled, at the present time. Mr. J. Smit has lithographed the drawings with his usual conscientious fidelity, and in his share of the work has left me nothing to desire... In the coloring of the plates Mr. J.D. White has faithfully followed the originals; and in the difficult portions where it was necessary to produce the metallic hues, he has been very successful'. Cf. Anker 131; cf. Dance, The Art of Natural History, 1978, p.132; cf. Fine Bird Books (1990) p. 95; cf. Nissen IVB 296; cf. Wood p. 331; cf. Zimmer p. 207

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