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        Catalogue complet d’eaux-fortes originales et inédites Composées et Gravées par les Artistes eux-mêmes Avec douze planches types divers

      Paris, Cadart, 1874 - 54 pp, tables. Petit in-8 bradel, demi-percaline vert d’eau à coins, couverture conservée (signée Alfred Farges). Ex-libris symboliste gravé du grand bibliophile Victor Mercier. Rare publication de la maison Cadart illustrée d’eaux fortes originales, certaines avant la lettre, placées en hors-texte. Comme le précise Cadart dans sa préface, « ceci n’est pas un livre, c’est un catalogue » recensant toutes les publications de la maison Cadart de 1868 à 1874. Parmi les noms cités, on note au passage ceux de Jongkind, Martial, Corot, Manet, Meryon, Bracquemond, etc. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Alpine plants: figures and descriptions of some of the most striking and beautiful of the Alpine flowers. Vol. 1: Second edition / Vol. 2 (second series, first ed.). In 2 volumes complete.

      London, G. Bell, 1874, - Gr.-8vo (26:18,5 cm), XII + 152 S. / 2 Bll. + 140 S. Illustrated with 108 coloured (woodcut-) plates in chromotypie, 1 Exlibris: coats armes: ?Stephen Middleton? + 1 ex-libris ?Corbeille avec fleurs? sans nom. Original clothbound, gilt flowers on fist covers, spine gilt. Orig. spines mounted. Un très bel album sur la flore alpine. Rare et recherché. (Perret). Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. Nissen, BBI 2186; Stafleu-C. 18.285; Perret 4600 (seulement volume 1 (en première éd. de 1872). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Narrinyeri. An Account of the Tribes of South Australian Aborigines inhabiting the Country around the Lakes Alexandrina, Albert, and Coorong, and the Lower Part of the River Murray: their Manners and Customs, also an Account of the Mission at Port Macleay

      Adelaide, J.T. Shawyer, Printer, 1874. Octavo, iv, [ii], 107 pages plus a frontispiece (an original albumen paper photograph, 184 x 113 mm). Recent quarter calf and marbled papered boards (with the binder's stamp of Bayntun of Bath); rear board slightly bowed; margins of the frontispiece mount a little chipped and discoloured; one page a little marked; a very good copy. The frontispiece, a Townsend Duryea photograph, is a composite of five numbered oval portraits; the identification key is printed on the verso of the title page. The blank recto of its mount has the contemporary ownership details of 'T R Sumner / Goolwa / July 1874' and other details dated 1979. In pencil in an early hand, upside down at the foot of this page, is a timeless quotation from the Book of Psalms: 'Is not the heathen to be given, even the uttermost part of the earth for his possession'.

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        A Brief Sketch of the Long and Varied Career of Marshall MacDermott, Esq , JP, of Adelaide, South Australia

      Adelaide, William Kyffin Thomas, Printer [for The Author], 1874. Octavo, 53 pages. Flush-cut quarter green cloth and yellow papered boards, with the full title page details repeated on the front cover; covers slightly rubbed at the extremities and lightly marked; front flyleaf removed; an excellent copy. 'These papers are written solely for private distribution amongst relatives and special friends; and, as my family is rather numerous and dispersed, the necessity arises of having them printed'. This copy is inscribed on the verso of the title page to 'Charlotte de S. Dutton with kind regards' and signed by the author. MacDermott, an 1829 pioneer of Western Australia before settling in South Australia in 1846, died in 1877. The provenance is most interesting: Charlotte de S. Dutton was the widow of William Hampden Dutton (1805-1849); her mother's maiden name was Da Silva. In 1849, William's brother Francis Stacker Dutton (1818-1877) married MacDermott's daughter Caroline. The Duttons and their pastoral property, Anlaby, were household names in South Australia for generations; to put them into context, 'While working at Anlaby in 1842 Francis had discovered with Captain Charles Bagot the Kapunda copper mine' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).

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        Le triomphe de l'Abbaye des Conards avec une Notice sur la Fête des Fous par Marc de Montifaud.

      - Paris, Jouaust, Librairie des Bibliophiles, 1874. In-12, XXXII-119-(1) pp., reliure demi-chagrin rouge à coins (Smeers), tête dorée (coiffes et faux-nerfs un peu frottés). Tirage limité à 320 exemplaires numérotés, ici UN DES 10 SUR PAPIER DE CHINE (n°4), tirage de tête. * Voir photographie(s) / See picture(s). *** Membre du SLAM et de la LILA / ILAB Member. La librairie est ouverte du mardi au samedi de 14h à 19h. Si vous souhaitez passer à la librairie pour un livre, merci de nous prévenir au préalable, l'ensemble du stock visible en ligne n'étant pas immédiatement consultable. *** Langue : Français

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        [Broadside]: Manuscript "Wanted Poster" for a U.S. Sailor who jumped ship in Japan

      Yokohama, Japan: U.S.S. Tuscorora, 1874. Near Fine. Manuscript "wanted poster" handwritten on an 8" x 12" sheet of lined paper by Lieutenant Commander Theodore F. Jewell, the Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Tuscorora. Old folds, otherwise clean and near fine with very little wear. The sailor who deserted the ship is identified as Ordinary Seaman James Slaven, a 32-year-old Irish native who bore tattoos on both hands (a shield and eagle on the left and a star on the right). The document is dated May 11th 1874 and offers a $10 reward for "the apprehension and delivery [of Slaven] on board this vessel." A note of receipt at the bottom of the document shows that the reward was paid to William Ford, who apparently apprehended Slaven.Jewell had a long and successful career in the navy, retiring as an admiral in 1904. This notice was posted shortly after Jewell and the Tuscorora played a significant roll in keeping the peace in Honolulu following the riots by disgruntled followers of the widow of King Kamehameha IV, after the legislature selected David Kalakaua, the son of the High Chief Caesar Kaluaiku Kapa'akea, to be the next king. Partly in gratitude for Jewell's assistance, the Hawaiian government granted the United States rights to establish a coaling and repair station on Oahu that would eventually become the Pearl Harbor Naval Station.

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        The Tour of the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle.

      Boston: James R. Osgood & Co. 1874 Front. (sketch of yacht 'Le Saint Michel' by Jules Verne), title printed in red & black. Orig. brown cloth, spine & front board lettered in gilt, front board pictorially blocked in gilt; v. sl. wear to head & tail of spine. Red edges. Contemp. signature in pencil of Chas. Phillips on initial blank. v.g.Le Tour du Mond en Quatre-Vingts Jours, 1873. The first edition in English was 1873, this translation, also published by Osgood & Co. Boston. This copy is effectively the second American edition. The same translation was published in England later in 1873, by Sampson Low. JVE V011. Myers 54.

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        Our Neighbourhood" or Sketches in the Suburbs of Yedo.

      Yokohama: n.p.,, 1874. Octavo. Original blue sand-grain cloth neatly rebacked, blind panelling on covers, gilt lettering on front cover. 24 wood-engraved plates (most with loosely inserted tissue guard). A few stains and marks to covers, on plate with a touch of pencilled colour, some light signs of handling. A very good copy. First edition of one of the earliest accounts of Japanese daily life from a Western perspective to be published in Japan; inscribed on the title page by the author's father: "T. A. Purcell QC" (c. 1818-1894). Rare: among British and Irish institutional libraries Copac cites only British Library (two copies), OCLC adds Universitatsbibliothek Hamburg and National Diet Library (Japan). At this time, very little printed material was produced at Yokohama for Europeans. It was later published in Britain as A Suburb of Yedo (London: Chapman and Hall, 1889). This is a fascinating and delightfully illustrated series of sketches of customs and occupations as observed in a "retired and quiet suburb" of Tokyo (Yedo) and was originally published in the Japan Weekly Mail, but here "in a measure revised and, indeed, in some instances rewritten" (Preface). Each short chapter is given over to such subjects as the saké shop, the stone mason, the barber, the sparrow catcher, the fortune teller, the flute player, the kamikudsuhiroi (or "picker up of paper-scraps"), the mikoshi (or divine palanquin used in Shinto), and a Buddhist baptism (nagare-kanjo); the charming plates were most probably drawn by a Japanese artist. T. A. Purcell (1841-1877) was an Irish doctor who served as surgeon-major in the British diplomatic service and was, for some years, principal medical officer in the Imperial Japanese Government's Department of Public Works, having been called in to treat its foreign employees in May 1871 (see Britain & Japan: Biographical Portraits Volume II). He worked with the distinguished Japanese scholar, and fellow Irishman, William George Aston, on the first English rendition of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon (1889).

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        A Library of Poetry and Song

      New York: J. B. Ford and Companyy, 1874 Copyright, 1877 A.D. By J. B. Ford & Co.; Hardcover volumes; Frontispiece of Shakespeare; lxxvii, (including Memoir of William Cullen Bryant by James Grant Wilson) 430 pp.2 vols, Copyright, 1877 A.D. By J. B. Ford & Company." Hardcovers Two volumes: 8" x 10 7/8", (Vol 1) Frontispiece of Shakespeare; lxxvii, (including Memoir of William Cullen Bryant by James Grant Wilson) Illustrated with 20 steel [engraved] portraits, 20 wood engravings, 20 ornamental titles in silhouette, 27 manuscript and autograph facsimiles. Dark brown cloth with gold tilting;designs in gold and black on the spines and front covers, all edges gilt. Vol. 1. Perfect binding. Kept like new. All illustrations have tissue coverings. Very rare!This book still has perfect and bright coloring, fronts-piece, tissue covering and a dedication and inscription from William Cullen Bryant, Jr.

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        Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas. Translated from the French. With one hundred and twelve illustrations. 4th edn.

      Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle. 1874 Half title, front., plates; light spotting throughout. Orig. blue pictorial cloth, blocked & lettered in black & gilt, bevelled boards; rubbed but sound. a.e.g.Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers, 1870. First English edition, published November 1872. See JVE V006; Myers 56.

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        A Journey to the Centre of the Earth

      Scribner Armstrong and Company, 1874. Hardcover. Very Good. Scribner Armstrong and Company, New York (1874). First Scribner Armstrong Popular Edition. Undated 305 page edition. 20 Illustrations. Preceded by a 384 page Scribner Armstrong edition with 52 illustrations. Stamped in gold. Green cloth boards. Ads at page 307 with three titles: Meridiana, From the Earth to the Moon, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Book Condition: Very Good, shelf wear, age toning spots, rounded corners.

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        The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs

      London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1874. Second edition, 8vo, xx, 278, 6 advertisement pp. 3 folding maps, 2 partly coloured, plus 14 woodcuts in the text, contemporary owner's inscription to half title, signature to title and ink stamp to the margin of p.100, ink stamp of the Trustees of Tenby Museum to fly leaf verso with a shelf mark above. Original gilt titled green cloth, small label tidily removed from the spine, overall a good copy. Freeman 275. Originally published in 1842 with a reissue in 1851 combining it with the other two parts published as a result of the Beagle voyage, Geological Observations on South America and volcanic islands.

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        Dantis Alighieri Divina Comoedia Latinis Versibus auctore Josepho Pascalio-Marinellio

      Ex Officina Tip. Olim Baluffi - Anconae, 1874. LATINO 0,37 Volume raro della seconda metà dell'800 in stato discreto, coperta in mezzatela, dorso in tessuto con caratteri incisi in oro, piatti in cartone rigido goffrato, alcuni segni del tempo, fioritura sparsa, tagli bruniti, legatura poco allentata, cerniera danneggiata, pagine in buono stato con scolii, appunti a matita su margine di piede di pagina 1. Appunto a matita su risguardia e su foglio di guardia. Firma d'appartenenza e marca tipografica in nero su frontespizio. Appunto a matita su facciata precedente l'incipit. Timbro,(della perizia libraria?) su ultimo foglio di guardia. USATO

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        The Land of the White Elephant: Sights and Scenes in South-Eastern Asia. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1874.

      1874 1874 - Pp. xx, 316 pp + 4 adv. With three maps and plans, thirty-four full-page plates protected by tissue guards, and additional wood cut illustrations in the text. Publisher's decorated green cloth, stamped in gilt, lightly wear to spine. A beautiful copy of first US edition, originally published in London 1873. A personal narrative of travels in Burma, Cambodia, Siam and Cochin china between 1871 and 1872. Cf Cordier BI 421. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Kaibou Shinzu [New Anatomy]

      Manabe Takesuke, Osaka 1874 - First edition. 1 v., complete (the later edition was published, enlarged, in 2 v.). Filled with copperplate engravings, which is extremely rare as at the time of publication in Japan most books were woodblock-printed. Some plates hand-coloured. 216 illustrations in 68 p. Slight soiling, chips and two small wormholes to covers and similar wear and loss to title slip. Wormhole to gutter of last few pages, 5cm tear to gutter of lower pastedown. Otherwise near fine. A rare early Meiji anatomical book in Japanese, translated from `An Anatomical Atlas` (1844) by American doctor Henry Hollingworth Smith. 26 x 17 cm. Oblong folding album. 39 l. Text in Japanese. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Pajol, Général en chef.

      Paris, Firmin-Didot 1874 - 3 vol. gr. in-8, portr., demi-bas. verte, dos lisse, filets dorés et demi-maroquin aubergine, dos lisse, couv. cons. (pour l'atlas), (rel. de l'époque). Envoi de l'auteur à Michel Ney, duc d'Elchingen, second fils du Maréchal Ney. Exemplaire dans une reliure à son chiffre et portant l'ex-libris de la bibliothèque de la Moscowa. Émouvante provenance où se rencontrent deux des fils des plus glorieux soldats de l'Empire. Bien complet du très rare atlas composé de 8 cartes en couleurs. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Die Unüberwindlichen. Nachkriegsdrama in vier Akten.

      158 Seiten 8, gebundene Ausgabe, Leinen mit Schutzumschlag, dieser fleckig, leicht gebräunt und mit fachmännisch hinterlegten Läsuren, Einband ebenfalls leicht fleckig, Schnitt etwas gebräunt und stockig, auf dem Vorsatzblatt mit der mikroskopisch kleinen Signatur von Karl Kraus, datiert "Juli 28", das Buch schon sehr selten, noch seltener die Signatur Karl Kraus. Karl Kraus (* 28. April 1874 in Jicín (deutsch: Jitschin oder auch: Gitschin), Böhmen, damals Österreich-Ungarn, heute Tschechien - + 12. Juni 1936 in Wien) war einer der bedeutendsten österreichischen Schriftsteller des beginnenden 20. Jahrhunderts, ein Publizist, Satiriker, Lyriker, Aphoristiker, Dramatiker, Förderer junger Autoren, Sprach- und Kulturkritiker vor allem ein scharfer Kritiker der Presse und des Hetzjournalismus oder, wie er selbst es ausdrückte, der Journaille. Herausgeber der Zeitschrift "Die Fackel" (ab 1899), EA, WG, 46

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        [Broadside]: Manuscript "Wanted Poster" for a U.S. Sailor who jumped ship in Japan

      Yokohama, Japan: U.S.S. Tuscorora, 1874. Near Fine. Manuscript "wanted poster" handwritten on an 8" x 12" sheet of lined paper by Lieutenant Commander Theodore F. Jewell, the Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Tuscorora. Old folds, otherwise clean and near fine with very little wear. The sailor who deserted the ship is identified as Ordinary Seaman James Slaven, a 32-year-old Irish native who bore tattoos on both hands (a shield and eagle on the left and a star on the right). The document is dated May 11th 1874 and offers a $10 reward for "the apprehension and delivery [of Slaven] on board this vessel." A note of receipt at the bottom of the document shows that the reward was paid to William Ford, who apparently apprehended Slaven.Jewell had a long and successful career in the navy, retiring as an admiral in 1904. This notice was posted shortly after Jewell and the Tuscorora played a significant roll in keeping the peace in Honolulu following the riots by disgruntled followers of the widow of King Kamehameha IV, after the legislature selected David Kalakaua, the son of the High Chief Caesar Kaluaiku Kapa'akea, to be the next king. Partly in gratitude for Jewell's assistance, the Hawaiian government granted the United States rights to establish a coaling and repair station on Oahu that would eventually become the Pearl Harbor Naval Station.

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        Coomassie and Magdala.

      New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers,, 1874. The Story of Two British Campaigns in Africa. Octavo. Original green diagonal-fine-ribbed cloth over bevelled boards, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, twin rules and publisher's device to boards in blind, brown coated endpapers. Wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue-guard, 15 similar plates, illustrations to the text, 2 folding maps. Pencilled ownership inscription dated 1921 to the front free endpaper. Spine gently rolled, minimal rubbing to extremities, light pale marking to rear board, contents toned, short (30 mm) clean split along fold of map facing p. 1. A very good copy. First US edition. After covering Hancock's and Sherman's campaigns in the American Midwest, Stanley persuaded the New York Herald to employ him as special correspondent on the British expedition to Abyssinia, and was in Suez by January 1868. "Having joined Sir Robert Napier's forces at Annesley Bay, in the Horn of Africa, he marched with them for two months, witnessing the storming of Tewodros's fortress at Magdala. His sensational dispatches were the first to reach Europe, and he was soon employed on a permanent basis by the Herald" (ODNB). It was on the strength of his reportage that later the same year the Herald's editor, James Gordon Bennett, sent him to find Livingstone. Coomassie and Magdala was first published earlier the same year, in London.

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        The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to his Death. Continued by a Narrative of his Last Moments and Sufferings, obtained from his Faithful Servants Chuma and Susi.

      London: John Murray, 1874 - 2 volumes, octavo. Original pink cloth, spines lettered and decorated in gilt, decorative blind frames to boards enclosing gilt vignette of a river-crossing, brown coated endpapers. Contemporary bookseller's ticket (William Potter, Liverpool) to vol. 1 front pastedown; contemporary ownership inscription, "Ad'Arbigny", to front free endpaper versos. Spines sunned, extremities lightly bumped, few trivial marks to sides, vol. 1 front inner hinge superficially and partially cracked, but holding, folding map in end-pocked browned on 2 panels, with a further pale stain and small holes to intersections of a few folds, nevertheless an excellent copy. Wood-engraved frontispiece to each volume, 17 similar plates, 3 leaves of lithographic facsimile (one in colour), illustrations to the text, folding colour map in vol. 1 end-pocket, similar map bound in to rear of vol. 2, both as issued. First edition of this key text in the formation of the Livingstone legend, "fastidiously edited [and] a poignant testimony to soul-searching, suffering, forbearance, and tenacity There was a peculiar romance about the lone missionary ever pressing into new country, concerned not to convert but to bear Christian witness by preaching the gospel, giving magic-lantern shows, and speaking against slavery. Livingstone became a symbol of what the British—and other Europeans—wished to believe about their motives as they took over tropical Africa in the late nineteenth century: in effect he redeemed the colonial project" (ODNB). Waller was a member of the first Universities' Mission to Central Africa in 1860, and met Livingstone while working as a lay missionary in Nyasaland. An attractive copy. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Les NOUVEAUX forts de Paris (loi du 27 mars 1874). Projet de loi, présenté par M. le ministre de la guerre. Rapport fait à l'assemblée, par le général baron de Chabaud La Tour, au nom de la commission de l'armée. Discussion devant l'assemblée. MM. de Lasteyrie. Brunet. Colonel Denfert-Rochereau. Général Chareton. Général Changarnier. Général Du Barail. Thiers. Général de Chabaud La Tour. Raudot. Général Valazé et général Billot.

      Paris, Librairie des publications législatives 1874 - in-8, 347 pp., carte dépliante en couleurs, maroquin rouge, dos à nerfs, tranches dorées, dentelle intérieure (Petit). Magnifique exemplaire provenent de la bibliothèque du comte de Chambord (étiquette). Ex-libris (cachet) Dom Jaime de Bourbon, duc de Madrid, Frohsdorf.

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        SELF-HELP: IN THE ATTAINMENTOF PERFECTION OF CHARACTER AND SUCCESS IN LIFE WITH A PHRENOLOGICAL & PHYSIOLOGICAL CHART

      Cowan & Co.. Contents good condition except for pencil numerals in chart on pages 8 and 9. coverwear at corners and spine poor. . Fair. Hardcover. 1874.

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        Beobachtung des Procyon als Doppelstern. Offprint from Mélanges mathématiques et astronomiques tirés du Bulletin de l'Académie impériale des sciences de Saint-Pétersbourg (dated 27 March/8 April 1873).

      [St. Petersburg: 1874]. First edition, extremely rare offprint, of Struve's 'discovery' of the faint companion to the star Procyon, which together form a binary system. This offprint is accompanied by two signed autograph letters from Struve to the Scottish amateur astronomer Robert Stirling Newall (1812-89), who at the time owned the largest refracting telescope in the world, asking Newall to confirm Struve's observations. Neither Newall nor other contemporary astronomers were able to do so, however, and it was later shown that Struve's observations were illusory, probably caused by a defect in his telescope lenses. Ironically, however, Struve was correct that Procyon is a binary system: the companion star was observed by the Lick Observatory in 1896. OCLC lists only one copy of this offprint (Hamburg). Procyon is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor. Its name, meaning 'before the dog', derives from the fact that Procyon comes into the sky shortly before Sirius, the 'dog star'. In 1844 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel (1784-1846) noticed that both Sirius and Procyon exhibited irregularities in their proper motions which Bessel "ascribed to the presence of unseen companions of each of these stars and he was dramatically vindicated in 1862 (after his death) when the American telescope maker Alvan Clark detected the companion of Sirius while testing a new telescope. The nature of this companion was not understood until the twentieth century, but it turned out to be the prototype of a whole new class of stars - the white dwarfs. Confirmation of Bessel's prediction about one star strengthened belief that he had also been right about the other, and many people began to look for a companion to Procyon. We now know that this star, too, is a white dwarf: it is a curious coincidence of constellation mythology that both dog stars should have similar companions. White dwarfs are very small and very faint. It is particularly difficult to see them with certainty when they are close to a bright star. The succeed in detecting the companion of Procyon, the would-be discoverer had to have access to a large telescope and should, by preference, be experienced in double-star observations. Naturally, Otto attempted this discovery and, in 1873, believed he had made it. He published his discovery in that year, complete with measurements of the companion's relative position, and he published further measurements the following year" (Batten, Resolute and Undertaking Characters, p. 181). The two enclosed letters from Struve show his concern to have his 'discovery' confirmed by another observer. ----------------------------------------- Pulkovo 19 March 1873 Dear Sir This evening with an extraordinary transparent sky and excellent images, I thought I could see a small companion of Procyon at a distance of somewhat more than 10". I would be most happy if this discovery could be independently confirmed by your magnificent telescope and for this reason I abstain from communicating to you in what direction that object was. Pray look out for Procyon and let me know if and where you see that small object. It was so distinctly seen and measured this evening that I hardly can believe it was an optical illusion. Since we left England we have nothing heard from you and yours. I hope you have received the letter I wrote you from Cambridge. We frequently talk of you and the friendly reception we have met with in your house, but even more frequently I have to report on the excellent performances of your grand telescope. Prof. Littrow, I am told, wants to get a similar instrument from Cooke. Will he succeed with the second as well as with yours? Please convey my and Mrs. Struve's most cordial compliments to Mrs. Newall and believe me Very truly your Otto Struve Have you succeeded to provide the refractor with a good micrometer, so that we may hope to get this year a series of good distances of Neptune's satelllites? ----------------------------------------- Pulkovo 28 April 1873 My dear Sir, I have the pleasure to acknowledge the receipt of your two letters. With regard to Procyon I am sorry to say that what you have thought to be the newly discovered companion is a small star in 40" distance, repeatedly observed by me since 12 years and which does not participate in the proper motion of the principal star. The true companion, as I have seen it, is more than three times nearer to Procyon on the following side. With a tolerably good state of the atmosphere I have no doubt you will see it easily, but certainly the enormous brightness of the principal star as seen in your refractor might offer difficulties that perhaps I do not appreciate sufficiently. Probably you will see the companion more easily with a somewhat higher power. According to your diagrams I should think you have used a very low power. Otherwise you could hardly have seen in the same field Procyon and the succeeding close double star. In the present spring Procyon is already too far advanced to the west to give any chance for a favourable observation. Therefore I might delay to the next winter the hope to get from you the confirmation of the discovery. It is a pity your refractor is not yet provided with a good micrometer. Otherwise the interesting periodic Comet of Tempel rediscovered April 3 by Stephens at Marseille, would be an excellent object to prove its power. The comet is so faint that only the most powerful telescopes will be able to furnish satisfactory determinations of its position. Pray present my and Mrs. Struve's respectful compliments to Mrs Newall. Very truly your Otto Struve ----------------------------------------- Neither Newall nor other astronomers Struve contacted (among them the great Canadian-American astronomer Simon Newcomb) were able to verify his observations, and eventually "Otto withdrew his claim to have discovered the companion of Procyon ... Despite Otto's conviction that the fault did not lie in the telescope, the objective of the 15-inch formed a ghost image of every bright star, and Otto and his assistants had taken this image for the companion of Procyon they had expected to see. Even the apparent changes in position could be explained by somewhat different positions of the telescope in the different years that the "companion" had been observed ... Procyon's real companion was not discovered until 1896, when it was found by Schaeberle [with] the 36-inch refractor of the Lick Observatory. We now know that Otto's observations did not fit at all the well-determined modern orbit of the system" (ibid., p. 184). Winner of a Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society and a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Struve (1819-1905) was a Russian astronomer who pioneered the study of double stars and contributed greatly to our modern understanding of astrophysics. Son of the Russian astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (1793-1864), he completed school education at the age of 15 and university education at the age of 20. During his time at the Imperial University of Dorpat, Struve helped his father catalogue the northern skies. Struve took on management of the Pulkovo Observatory from his father in 1858, became its Director in 1862, and remained so until his retirement in 1889. He is credited with discovering an estimated 500 double star systems along with detailed published measurements of their orbits. He completed the most accurate measurement of the earth's curve, known as the Struve Geodetic Arc, categorized the rings of Saturn and discovered the second moon of Uranus. His sons, Ludwig and Hermann, and his grandson Otto, all became successful astronomers. Newall (1812-1889) was a Scottish engineer and astronomer. He devised a machine for making wire ropes, and made substantial improvements in the construction of telegraph cables. The first successful cable, laid between Dover and Calais on 25 Sept. 1851, was made in his factory. Newall was a keen astronomer, and he commissioned Thomas Cooke to build a telescope for his private observatory at Ferndene, his Gateshead residence. For many years, this 25-inch refractor was the largest in the world. Newall was elected a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1864, of the Royal Society in 1875. 8vo (219 x 143 mm), pp. 21-28. Original plain blue wrappers, slight vertical creas from having been folded for postage, some minor spotting.

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        The Naturalist in Nicaragua: A Narrative of a Residence of the Gold Mines of Chontales; Journeys in the Savannah and Forests. With Observations on Animals and Plants in Reference to the Theory of Evolution of Living Forms. With Map and Illustrations.

      London: John Murray, 1874, - Octavo. Original blue sand-grain cloth, title gilt to the spine together with a fern device, decorative panelling to both boards in black, alligator vignette centre-tool to the front, dun surface-paper endpapers. A little rubbed, slight cast to the spine, corners softened, some light restoration to the spine and top edges of the boards, both hinges neatly repaired, text-block toned, a touch of foxing front and back, but overall very good. Wood-engraved frontispiece and 2 other similar plates, 23 illustrations to text, 2 of them full-page, folding map at rear, blue colour wash outline. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed verso of the front free endpaper, "P. Brown Esqre, M.D. with the kind regards of the Author", with Brown's ownership inscription to the title page. The son of a Newcastle seedsman, Belt (1832–1878) was educated at a private school conducted by by John Storey, a secretary of Tyneside Naturalists' Field Club, becoming an enthusiastic student of natural history. "In 1852 he left England for the Australian gold-diggings, and, with three brothers, worked as a miner. Between 1853 and 1860 he visited several mining districts and pursued his geological investigations. He became a member of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria In 1862 Belt returned to England with a high reputation and established himself in London as a consultant mining engineer. He was a fellow of the Geological Society and a corresponding member of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences". Around 1863 he travelled to Canada as superintendent of the Nova Scotian Gold Company's mines, and from 1868 to 1872 "he conducted the mining operations of the Chontales Gold Mining Company in Nicaragua. His observations of that country's geology, flora, and fauna" are described in the present work. During the 1870s he spent time in Siberia and on the Russian steppe, from his observations developing theories which led him to deal "boldly and suggestively with the phenomena of the Glacial period in Britain and in various parts of the world" (Ency. Brit., 1911). Belt initiated a correspondence with Darwin about the symbiotic relationship between the "Bull's Horn Acacia" - Acacia collinsii- and the ant Pseudomyrmex spinicola, which lived off the plant's secretions while defending it from aggressive parasites, later discussing Belt's theories on glaciation and extinction. Darwin received a copy of Belt's book on publication, and wrote to Hooker: "Belt I have read, and am delighted that you like it so much, it appears to me the best of all natural history journals that have been published" (quoted in The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, vol. II, p. 169). An uncommon work, particularly so inscribed. Palau 26647; Wood, p. 230. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Our Neighbourhood" or Sketches in the Suburbs of Yedo.

      Yokohama: n.p., 1874 - Octavo. Original blue sand-grain cloth neatly rebacked, blind panelling on covers, gilt lettering on front cover. A few stains and marks to covers, on plate with a touch of pencilled colour, some light signs of handling. A very good copy. 24 wood-engraved plates (most with loosely inserted tissue guard). First edition of one of the earliest accounts of Japanese daily life from a Western perspective to be published in Japan; inscribed on the title page by the author's father: "T. A. Purcell QC" (c. 1818-1894). Rare: among British and Irish institutional libraries Copac cites only British Library (two copies), OCLC adds Universitatsbibliothek Hamburg and National Diet Library (Japan). At this time, very little printed material was produced at Yokohama for Europeans. It was later published in Britain as A Suburb of Yedo (London: Chapman and Hall, 1889). This is a fascinating and delightfully illustrated series of sketches of customs and occupations as observed in a "retired and quiet suburb" of Tokyo (Yedo) and was originally published in the Japan Weekly Mail, but here "in a measure revised and, indeed, in some instances rewritten" (Preface). Each short chapter is given over to such subjects as the saké shop, the stone mason, the barber, the sparrow catcher, the fortune teller, the flute player, the kamikudsuhiroi (or "picker up of paper-scraps"), the mikoshi (or divine palanquin used in Shinto), and a Buddhist baptism (nagare-kanjo); the charming plates were most probably drawn by a Japanese artist. T. A. Purcell (1841-1877) was an Irish doctor who served as surgeon-major in the British diplomatic service and was, for some years, principal medical officer in the Imperial Japanese Government's Department of Public Works, having been called in to treat its foreign employees in May 1871 (see Britain & Japan: Biographical Portraits Volume II). He worked with the distinguished Japanese scholar, and fellow Irishman, William George Aston, on the first English rendition of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon (1889). Rogala 937 ("An easy-to-read depiction of life in Tokyo in the 1870s, with appropriate full-page drawings of life scenes"). [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Archiv der Pharmacie. Herausgegeben von E. Reichardt (später von E. Schmidt und H. Berckurts). 204. bis 246. Band (ohne Band 230)

      Selbstverlag des deutschen Apothekervereins, Halle 1874 bis 1908. - 700 bis 1100 S. je Band mit Abbildungen und Tafeln, Die Reihe in 38 gebundenen und 3 ungebundenen Bänden (ein oder 2 Bände je Erscheinungsjahr). Die Bände 218 und 219 sind gemeinsam in einem Band gebunden. Es fehlt Band 230 (Jahrgang 1892). Die ersten 24 Bände sind neben der laufenden Bandnummer noch mit einer Jahrgangsnummer bezeichet (53. bis 68. Jahrgang). Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 44000 marmoriertes Halbleinen mit handschriftlichem Rückentitel auf Papier-Rückenschild, 3 Bände (die Bände 231, 232 und 233 in broschierten Einzelheften (jeder Band in 9 Einzelheften - so vollständig), Schnitt leicht angestaubt und Einbände teils leicht fleckig, Papier vereinzelt leicht braunfleckig, insgesamt gutes Exemplar (die broschierten Einzelhefte teils leicht beschädigt), [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        La Fiesta Española

      NP (Sevilla?): NP (Jose Fernandez?), 1874. First edition. Hardcover. g to vg. Oblong octavo (8 1/4 x 12"). Unpaginated. [24] leaves. Later full burgundy morocco, with gilt armorial to front cover, and gold lettering to spine. Raised bands. The striking gilt armorial featured on front cover is the Royal Greater Coat of Arms of Spain, 1761-1868 / 1874-1931, with the Order of Charles III. Marbled endpapers. Original illustrated wrappers bound in. Extremely rare collection of 22 hand-colored illustrations of bullfighting in 19th-century Spain. The striking prints, all attributed to Spanish illustrator Bartolomé Tovar, depict matadores, picadores (lancers) mounted on horseback, banderilleros (flagmen), and an espada (sword servant) in various stages during the bullfight.Some of the following plates are misnumbered, as issued:- Frontispiece: El encierro - Plate 1: El Alguacil recoge la llave - Plate 2: Salida de la cuadrilla - Plate 3: Salida del toro del chiquero - Plate 4: El Picador cita al toro - Plate 4: Centro de una suerte de vara - Plate 5: Recarga de un toro en una suerte de vara - Plate 7: Capeo por detrás - Plate 8 : Capeo, suerte de verónica - Plate 10: Salto de la garrocha - Plate 11: Salto al trascuerno - Plate 12: Capeo, suerte de farol - Plate 13: Suerte de banderillas al Cuarteo - Plate 14: Banderillas de frente, cambiando - Plate 15: Sueltan perros al toro - Plate 16: El espada brinda al toro - Plate 17: Pase de muleta- Plate 17: Cite para pasar de muleta - Plate 18: Suerte de recibir- Plate 20: Suerte del descabello - Plate 20: El cachetero dando la puntilla- Plate 21: Arrastre del toro por las mulasIn our running numbers, plates 6, 9 and 19 are not present, but three numbers (4, 17 and 20) are duplicated, each with a different image and caption.During our research, we have not been able to determine the exact number of bullfighting plates executed by Tovar, however, it has been assumed that there are 21 numbered and captioned plates in this series.Worldwide, only one library owns this book (Biblioteca Hispanica).Our copy has two plates which are missing in the book owned by the Biblioteca Hispanica ("El encierro" and "Arrastre del toro por las mulas"), and is lacking one plate (Suerte de Volapié) which is featured in the copy of the Biblioteca Hispanica. None of the plates featured in "La Fiesta Española" owned by the BH are signed and numbered, but, in our copy, six of the 22 numbered hand-colored illustrations are signed by the artist in the plate (Frontispiece, 8, 13, 14, 17 (first one), and 18). Their plates are within a simple double frame whereas ours are ornated at corners and top center with five decorative ornaments (all the same for each of the 22 illustrations). Also, the plates featured at the BH are in black and white when ours are all hand-colored. A last interesting observation when comparing the two sets of illustrations is that while the public of the arena is present in each of the plates in their copy, it is not featured in our set of images. However, our illustrations appear more refined and finished.You can see their digital copy at: bdh-rd.bne.es/viewer.vm?id=0000092598&page=1Some offsetting and minor rubbing and scratching to binding. Wrappers age-toned. Slight age-toning along paper margin. Captions in Spanish. Binding in overall good to good+, interior in good to very good condition.

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        Gems from the Diamond Land

      Souvenirs of the Diggers' Life. 18 photographs (2 panoramic), 17 mounted on card, titled in manuscript. Image size: 205 by 140mm. Loosely inserted into a plum cloth album, spine missing, some occasional foxing to backing card, small tear with minor loss (15 by 20mm) to image 15. Some images faded & scratched. Kimberley,

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        Scrope; Or, The Lost Library / A Novel of New York and Hartford

      Roberts Brothers, Boston 1874 - 1874 date to both copyright and title pages; no later dates. Set in two columns, as though for magazine syndication. The first edition of America's first bibliomystery, set largely among the used/antiquarian book stores and book auction houses of New York and Hartford, as our protagonist attempts to track down a lost chest of books -- the "Scrope Library" -- believed to contain an Eliot Indian Bible as well as other valuable rarities. So this is the real thing -- though the author, a librarian, writes in the sometimes long-winded style typical of the day. This is a "good" and complete unsophisticated ex-library copy with a Stratford Library Association bookplate to dark brown front pastedown and the usual (though now antique) "date due slip" and manila card holder to matching dark brown rear endpapers, though it's blessedly free of edge stampings and appears never to have been actually borrowed. Blindstamped original burgundy cloth boards fading to brown on spine and all edges; several chips missing from spine covering, though both author and title are still legible, there. Pages moderately age-toned but still firmly bound and easily read. 278 pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Higher Life, Its Reality, Experiences and Destiny

      Henry S. King, 1874. Hardcover. Good. 1874. First Edition. 409 pages. No dust jacket. Signed by the author. Dedicated on second front endpaper. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. Scarce first edition. Both hinges cracked with netting visible, thus the boards are slack. Mild but noticeable tanning to endpapers and page edges. Pages are rough cut. Pages have a slight odour. Mild wear to spine, board edges and corners. Distinct sunning to spine and board edges. Light scuffing with small marks (approx. 5mm) and soiling across the boards. Spine ends crushed.

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        La Fiesta Española

      NP (Jose Fernandez?), NP (Sevilla?) 1874 - Oblong octavo (8 1/4 x 12"). Unpaginated. [24] leaves. Later full burgundy morocco, with gilt armorial to front cover, and gold lettering to spine. Raised bands. The striking gilt armorial featured on front cover is the Royal Greater Coat of Arms of Spain, 1761-1868 / 1874-1931, with the Order of Charles III. Marbled endpapers. Original illustrated wrappers bound in. Extremely rare collection of 22 hand-colored illustrations of bullfighting in 19th-century Spain. The striking prints, all attributed to Spanish illustrator Bartolomé Tovar, depict matadores, picadores (lancers) mounted on horseback, banderilleros (flagmen), and an espada (sword servant) in various stages during the bullfight.Some of the following plates are misnumbered, as issued:- Frontispiece: El encierro - Plate 1: El Alguacil recoge la llave - Plate 2: Salida de la cuadrilla - Plate 3: Salida del toro del chiquero - Plate 4: El Picador cita al toro - Plate 4: Centro de una suerte de vara - Plate 5: Recarga de un toro en una suerte de vara - Plate 7: Capeo por detrás - Plate 8 : Capeo, suerte de verónica - Plate 10: Salto de la garrocha - Plate 11: Salto al trascuerno - Plate 12: Capeo, suerte de farol - Plate 13: Suerte de banderillas al Cuarteo - Plate 14: Banderillas de frente, cambiando - Plate 15: Sueltan perros al toro - Plate 16: El espada brinda al toro - Plate 17: Pase de muleta- Plate 17: Cite para pasar de muleta - Plate 18: Suerte de recibir- Plate 20: Suerte del descabello - Plate 20: El cachetero dando la puntilla- Plate 21: Arrastre del toro por las mulasIn our running numbers, plates 6, 9 and 19 are not present, but three numbers (4, 17 and 20) are duplicated, each with a different image and caption.During our research, we have not been able to determine the exact number of bullfighting plates executed by Tovar, however, it has been assumed that there are 21 numbered and captioned plates in this series.Worldwide, only one library owns this book (Biblioteca Hispanica).Our copy has two plates which are missing in the book owned by the Biblioteca Hispanica ("El encierro" and "Arrastre del toro por las mulas"), and is lacking one plate (Suerte de Volapié) which is featured in the copy of the Biblioteca Hispanica. None of the plates featured in "La Fiesta Española" owned by the BH are signed and numbered, but, in our copy, six of the 22 numbered hand-colored illustrations are signed by the artist in the plate (Frontispiece, 8, 13, 14, 17 (first one), and 18). Their plates are within a simple double frame whereas ours are ornated at corners and top center with five decorative ornaments (all the same for each of the 22 illustrations). Also, the plates featured at the BH are in black and white when ours are all hand-colored. A last interesting observation when comparing the two sets of illustrations is that while the public of the arena is present in each of the plates in their copy, it is not featured in our set of images. However, our illustrations appear more refined and finished.You can see their digital copy at: bdh-rd.bne.es/viewer.vm?id=0000092598&page=1Some offsetting and minor rubbing and scratching to binding. Wrappers age-toned. Slight age-toning along paper margin. Captions in Spanish. Binding in overall good to good+, interior in good to very good condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        The Higher Life, Its Reality, Experiences and Destiny

      Henry S. King 1874 - 1874. First Edition. 409 pages. No dust jacket. Signed by the author. Dedicated on second front endpaper. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. Scarce first edition. Both hinges cracked with netting visible, thus the boards are slack. Mild but noticeable tanning to endpapers and page edges. Pages are rough cut. Pages have a slight odour. Mild wear to spine, board edges and corners. Distinct sunning to spine and board edges. Light scuffing with small marks (approx. 5mm) and soiling across the boards. Spine ends crushed. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Paul Meyerheim: Kühe im Gebirgswald (Originalzeichnung)

      1874 - Aquarell und Gouache auf Karton 18 x 26 cm Links unten monogrammiert, bezeichnet und datiert: „PM Zwieselau 1874“ Provenienz Privatsammlung [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Bilder aus Island

      Artist: Eckenbrecher Th; issued in: ; date: ca 1874 - - technic: Wood engraving; - colorit: colored; - condition: Very good; - size (in cm): 23,5 x 34,5; - description: View of the City of Reykjavik, the great Geysir, departure for fishing, inhabitant on travel, pastors house and church (Thingvalla), Salmon fishing,

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        Anorexia nervosa (apepsia hysterica, anorexia hysterica) (pp.22-28, 2 Taf. mit 4 Figs.). + On a cretinoid supervening in adult life in woman (pp.180-185).

      Trans. clin. Soc. Lond., 7. - London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1874, 8, CXVII, 189 pp., 3 _Tafeln, 7 Fig. im Text, Leinenband d.Zt. feines Expl. First Edition of this "Classic description of anorexia nervosa"!The earliest medical descriptions of anorexic illnesses are generally credited to English physician Richard Morton, in 1689. However it was not until the late 19th century that anorexia nervosa was to be widely accepted by the medical profession as a recognized condition. In 1873, Sir William Withey Gull (1816-1890), one of Queen Victoria's personal physicians, published a seminal paper which established the term anorexia nervosa and provided a number of detailed case descriptions and treatments. In the same year, French physician Ernest-Charles Lasègue similarly published details of a number of cases in a paper entitled De l'Anorexie Hystérique.Gull was among the first to point out the cause of myxedema, of which his paper " On a cretinoid state supervening in adult life in women" gives a classic description.Garrison & Morton No.: 4845, 3823.

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        Digest of Patents Relating to Breech-Loading and Magazine Small Arms (Except Revolvers), Granted in the United States from 1836 to 1873, Inclusive. Clasified and Arranged According to the Movement of the Principal Parts for Opening and Closing the Breech

      The U.S. Patent Office, Wasjington, D.C. 1874 - Uncommon 1874 original edition of this accounting and illustrating of all "patents relating to breech-loading and magazine small arms granted in the United States from 1836 to 1873 inclusive". Tight and VG+ in its dark-brown cloth over light-brown bevelled boards. Bright, completely unflecked gilt-titling at the spine. Very light staining along the right edges of the first 3 pgs. (the title, copyright and preface pgs.), otherwise clean as could be internally, with no writing or markings to speak of. 780 photo-lithographed illustrations (patent drawings) by N. Peters thruout (formatted as 10 illustrations per page). The publisher's original "errata" slip bound-in at the rear. Tall quarto, new endsheets, 176 pgs. A nice piece of 19th century gun-manufacturing history. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        CINQUE SETTIMANE IN PALLONE. AVVENTURE DI TRE RUSSI E TRE INGLESI NELL'AFRICA AUSTRALE. RACCONTI FANTASTICI: IL DOTTOR OX, MASTRO ZACCARIA, UN DRAMMA IN ARIA

      MILANO: Biblioteca di Educazione e di Ricreazione, 1874. RILEGATO. BUONO. 18 28. USATO

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        SPECIAL AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC ENVOY TO JAPAN: EIGHT-PAGE HOLOGRAPHIC LETTER, DATED

      Tokio August 13, 1874, Emperor's Summer Palace. An 8-page letter [two pages folded = 8p.], written on both sides, very good, folded down to be 12.5 x 20 cm., opens to 20 x 25 cm., writing bleed to the opposite pages. A VERY RARE ITEM ! THE LETTER OF AN EARLY AN AMERICAN DIPLOMAT AND "SPECIAL ENVOY" TO JAPAN, 1874 An original hand-written 8 page letter by William Myers WHO WAS HONORABLE WILLIAM MYERS: This is a fascinating, rare and most early primary resource by an American diplomat in Tokyo. The Hon. William Myers was appointed by the then President of America, Ulysses S. Grant [term 1869-1877], under the U.S. Minister to Japan, John A. Bingham who began his term in Tokyo 1873-1885. SUBJECT AND CONTEXT OF THE LETTER: From the context of the letter, its clear, the Hon. William Myers had previously met the members of the first Japanese Embassy to America in 1860. Therefore his appointment as "Special Envoy" to Japan based on his existing relationships with the Japanese Embassy members. The letter reveals Myers' his keen knowledge, insight and personal observations on the oligarchy of the Japanese government. ARRIVAL AT YOKOHAMA 1874: The letter begins with Hon. William Myers arrival in Yokohama, on August 2, 1874. He counted among his personal friends many leaders of the Japanese Imperial government: the Mikado, who was the Meiji Emperor Mutsuhito, Mori Arinori [1847-1889] and Prince Tomomi Iwakura [1825-1883]. A lovely description of his warm reception and stay, the letter was addressed to "My Dear Friend, someone who had intimate knowledge and relationships with the people cited in the letter. Likely a colleague who had also met the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C. The letter continues with: "...We came at once to this city [Tokyo] after landing at Yokohama...and before official notification we were placed in the Emperor's summer Palace where we are now [By Mori Arinori]...Every day we are shown some curious relics in the shape of ancient temples, tombs, dancing women, bathing houses &c. &c. " NOTE: The mixed bathing of Japanese is legendary and has continued for centuries without the slightest though of sin, immorality nor the impropriety exposure of the nude body. The western world with its 'warped' attitudes towards the exposure of nude bodies, equated with sin, shame and immorality was entirely "foreign" to the Japanese. Therefore when a high Japanese Official [Prince Iwakura] guided Myers and companions to a "typical Japanese Sento [bath house] where both sexes engaged in washing their bodies, then immersing themselves in 40 c temperature scalding water was a kind of "culture shock." The First graphic examples to Americans of such "Sento" [nude bathing houses] appeared in the 1854 Commodore Perry EXPEDITION TO JAPAN. Congress immediately censured the "Nude Bathing" plate from subsequent editions of the book, expunging such "shameful and sinful display of the immoral Japanese" was not tolerated. The Japanese have enjoyed "Sento" culture, the daily bathing and relaxing ritual from Emperor to the lowest of the coolies from time immoral. This culture continues today in modern Japan, a breath of sanity in a compressed and very rushed Japanese modern world. It is not only about getting "clean" its also about clearing one's head, and relaxing in water nearly hot enough to boil an egg! No wonder it continues as an important and daily ritual today. THE LETTER CONTINUES ABOUT NUDE BATHING... "We were shocked to see nakedness of both sexes washing their dusky hides regardless of creation's handy tools. I blushed of course I'd stood it and wanted to join the natives...We are expected to eat Jap [sic] lunch at Mori's [Arinori] this P.M. raw fish, chop sticks, etc. We are strong on chop sticks... Afternoon of the same day the [Meiji] Emperor gave us a grand and elegant dinner in the Summer house in his private grounds...His Prime Minister [Prince] Iwakura [Tomomi] and others were present... Yesterday Iwakura gave me a splendid lunch at his private house...upon an elegant table, handsome framed were placed Gen. Grants, yours & my photographs beautifully framed and embossed in some Jap [sic] flowers...his house is perfect & grounds landscaped, containing miniature lakes, grottos &c &c. He is evidently the polished brain power in Japan... Tomorrow at 3 P.M. the Mike-ado will pay us a visit to see... Iwakura inquired specially about you, his old hotel chummy...Mori, Iwakura & Mike [Mikado = the Emperor] send their love...[signed] W. Myers." A stunning and impressive letter. It is amazing that an American in the 1870's, could be on such intimate terms with Japan's highest elite, representatives of the government. The casual way in which Myer refers to the sitting "God," the Emperor of all Japan as "Mike-ado" lacking all manner of respect is typical of jaunty and American elite diplomatic corps ! It is also important to notice that Myers was already most likely expert in the use of chopsticks, likely he was taught how to use them by the Japanese Embassy Members some 15 years earlier, all part of his absorption of Japanese culture and manners. From the context, obviously, the letter was addressed to an intimate and fellow colleague, another American diplomat, who had met with and befriended the members of the first Japanese Embassy to America. REFERENCES: Meiji Emperor Mutsuhito [1852-1867] presided over a time of rapid change in the Empire, as the nation quickly changed from a feudal state to a capitalist and imperial world power, characterized by Japan's industrial revolution. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Meiji MEMBERS OF THE JAPANESE OLIGARCHY: Viscount MORI Arinori was a Meiji period Japanese statesman, diplomat, and founder of Japan's modern educational system. In 1865, he was sent as a student to University College London in Great Britain, where he studied western techniques in mathematics, physics, and naval surveying. He returned to Japan just after the start of the Meiji Restoration and took on a number of governmental positions within the new Meiji government. He was the first Japanese ambassador to the United States, from 1871-1873. During his stay in the United States, he became very interested in western methods of education and western social institutions. On his return to Japan, he organized the Meirokusha, Japan's first modern intellectual society. In 1875, he established the Shoho Koshujo (Japan's first commercial college), the predecessor of Hitotsubashi University. Thereafter, he successively served as ambassador to Qing Dynasty China, Senior Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, ambassador to Great Britain, member of Sanjiin (legislative advisory council) and Education Ministry official. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mori_Arinori Prince IWAKURA Tomomi was a Japanese statesman during the Bakumatsu and Meiji period. After the establishment of the Meiji government, Iwakura played an important role due to the influence and trust he had with Emperor Meiji. He was largely responsible for the promulgation of the Five Charter Oath of 1868, and the subject abolition of the Han system. Soon after his appointment as Minister of the Right in 1871, he led the two-year around-the-world journey known as the Iwakura mission, visiting the United States and several countries in Europe with the purpose of renegotiating the unequal treaties and gathering information to help effect the modernization of Japan. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iwakura_Tomomi .

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        WINSTON CHURCHILL - Lettre autographe signée

      - Winston Spencer CHURCHILL (1874 – 1965), homme d’état britannique Lettre autographe signée. (Fin novembre début décembre). 1 page in-12° oblongue, texte en anglais. Mots de remerciement suite à la célébration de son anniversaire : « Thank you for your kind message on my Birthday Winston Churchill » [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        EL LIBRO DE LOS ESPÍRITUS; EL LIBRO DE LOS MEDIUMS; EL EVANGELIO SEGÚN EL ESPIRITISMO

      Barcelona 1874. Sociedad Espiritista Anónima Barcelonesa. Edición económica. Tres obras en un volumen. 452 pp. 24x17. Cartoné lomo piel. Cubiertas rozadas. Manchas óxido no afecta texto. Doble columna. Cinta punto de lectura.

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        John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack for 1874 - 1874 Original Front Wrapper Incredibly Rare

      1874. On offer here is an 1874 Wisden that has it's original front wrapper together with a facsimile spine and rear wrapper. After the 1875 and 1864 and perhaps the 1869, 1874 is the rarest of all Wisden and I think only one has been offered for sale on Wisden Auction before. This copy retains it's original front wrapper but as will be seen from the photograph it has areas of darkening and discolouration and the bottom right hand corner has been restored. The first few pages also have areas of discolouration but in my view these do not detract from the book itself. The discolouration lessens so that by the time you reach page 11 there is no trace. The remaining contents are complete, original and in very nice condition. The last page has the remains of a sellotape mark to it. The spine and facsimile rear cover have been very sympathetically done and are in fine condition. Overall this is a very presentable copy of a very rare book. If a prospective purchaser would prefer I could have the book rebound by Scriveners Bookbinders in Buxton, Derbyshire who do a fabulous job of rebinding Wisden in a variety leather and cloth bindings. Don't hesitate to ask for details.

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        SOMOKU ROKUBU KOSHU HO: METHODS OF CULTIVATING PLANTS.

      [Tokyo 1874], Izumiya. Yellow stitched wrs., 20 volume set, bound in 16 parts, contents very clean, solid, 490 double- folded leaves, 25 color, 9 b. w. woodcut illustrations, 15 x 22.5 cm., complete, nice set. FIRST EDITION The author, Saito Nobuhiro Genkai [1769-1850], was a Japanese horticulturist and botanist in the Edo period. This excellent title was directed at farmers and others who grow vegetables, root crops legumes and fruit trees. . Enhanced with stunningly nice color woodcut illustrations of example vegetables. Beautifully woodblock-printed in full color. *** COLLATION OF THE 20 VOLUME SET: Volume #: double leaves number of illustrations: ---------------------------------------------------- 1. 29 double folded leaves 2. 22 " " " , 4 color pages 3. 45 " " " , 17 color, 1 b.w. pages 4. 31 " " " , 4 color, 1 b.w. pages 5. 24 " " " 6. 20 " " " 7. 22 " " " 8. 30 " " " 9. 27 " " " 10.24 " " " 11.16 " " " 12.22 " " " , 4 b.w. pages 13.27 " " " , 2 b.w. pages, blue title page 14.22 " " " , 3 b.w. pages 15.17 " " " 16.19 " " " 17.17 " " " 18.18 " " " 19.36 " " " 20.22 " " " *** BINDING: The 20 volumes are uniformly bound in 16 parts: bound together are: volumes 5-6; 9-10; 11-12;15-16; blue title page in vols. 1 & 13. Each volume is bound in bind-stamped Swastika patterned yellow stiff wrappers. *** CONDIDTION: The set is bound in yellow blind-stamped covers in the traditional Buddhist or "Swastika" pattern. . Volumes 1,2 front covers are "dusty;" Vol. 20 lacks cover title slip. Else front/back covers minor discoloration here and there, else by and large very clean, all solidly stitched bound, complete. The contents are exceptionally bright, clean, free from any worming, printed on clean Washi paper. *** REFERENCES: KERLEN, H.: CATALOGUE OF PRE-MEIJI JAPANESE BOOKS & MAPS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS IN THE NETHERLANDS: page 696, #1656, lists the 1876 edition. * KSM:[Nogyo] 5-291-1 *** Not Found In: BARTLETT, Harley H. et al. JAPANESE BOTANY DURING THE PERIOD OF WOOD-BLOCK PRINTING. * EDGREN, J.S.: CATALOGUE OF THE NORDENSKIOLD COLLECTION OF JAPANESE BOOKS IN THE ROYAL LIBRARY. * MERRILL, Elmer D. et al.: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF EASTERN ASIATIC BOTANY. *** .

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        A History of North American Birds: Land Birds, in 3 volumes, complete

      Boston: Little Brown, 1874. First edition.. Mild water marks to the outer margins of some text pages of volumes 1 and 2 that never touch the text, small marginal water mark to the bottom outer corner of the first 45 pages of volume 3 again not touching the text, the fine hand-colored plates in all three volumes are bright and clean with no water marks or any foxing or browning; overall an attractively bound copy in near fine condition.. Pp. xxviii, 596; pp. iv; 590; pp. iv; pp. 560, xxviii; with 64 fine hand-colored wood-engraved plates, 593 text-figures (all woodcuts), half-titles present on all 3 volumes. Volumes 1 and 2 are finely bound in full morocco leather, spine with five raised bands lettered in gilt in two compartments and with elaborate gilt decorations in the other four compartments, front and rear covers with complex border designs in gilt, both covers with beveled edges, French marbled endpapers bordered on the inside front covers with gilt floral designs, all page edges in gilt; volume 3 is bound in full red cloth, spine with a blue cloth label lettered in gilt and set off by gilt panel lines, 4to. "This work contains a description of the birds of North America north of Mexico, including Greenland and Alaska. The main stress is laid on an account of the life history of the species, to which is added information about the geographical distribution of the birds and a brief description of the eggs and the individual species. Baird and Ridgway supplied the descriptive parts of the work, while Dr. Brewer dealt with the habits of the birds" (Anker, no. 22). Volumes 1 and 2 are from the private library of Simeon J. Drake with his name stamped in gold at the bottom of the volume's front cover, volume 3 is from the private library of M. R. Hyatt, M. D. with his name stamped in gold at the bottom of the volume's front cover, there is also a small unintelligible blind stamp of a former owner on the title page. No other ownership marks and few signs of use.

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        SPECIAL AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC ENVOY TO JAPAN: EIGHT-PAGE HOLOGRAPHIC LETTER, DATED

      - Tokio August 13, 1874, Emperor's Summer Palace. An 8-page letter [two pages folded = 8p.], written on both sides, very good, folded down to be 12.5 x 20 cm., opens to 20 x 25 cm., writing bleed to the opposite pages. A VERY RARE ITEM ! . THE LETTER OF AN EARLY AN AMERICAN DIPLOMAT AND . . "SPECIAL ENVOY" TO JAPAN, 1874 . . . An original hand-written 8 page letter by William Myers . WHO WAS HONORABLE WILLIAM MYERS: . This is a fascinating, rare and most early primary resource by an American diplomat in Tokyo. The Hon. William Myers was appointed by the then President of America, Ulysses S. Grant [term 1869-1877], under the U.S. Minister to Japan, John A. Bingham who began his term in Tokyo 1873-1885. . *** SUBJECT AND CONTEXT OF THE LETTER: . From the context of the letter, its clear, the Hon. William Myers had previously met the members of the first Japanese Embassy to America in 1860. Therefore his appointment as "Special Envoy" to Japan based on his existing relationships with the Japanese Embassy members. . The letter reveals Myers' his keen knowledge, insight and personal observations on the oligarchy of the Japanese government. . ARRIVAL AT YOKOHAMA 1874: . The letter begins with Hon. William Myers arrival in Yokohama, on August 2, 1874. . He counted among his personal friends many leaders of the Japanese Imperial government: the Mikado, who was the Meiji Emperor Mutsuhito, Mori Arinori [1847-1889] and Prince Tomomi Iwakura [1825-1883]. . A lovely description of his warm reception and stay, the letter was addressed to "My Dear Friend, someone who had intimate knowledge and relationships with the people cited in the letter. Likely a colleague who had also met the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C. . The letter continues with: ".We came at once to this city [Tokyo] after landing at Yokohama.and before official notification we were placed in the Emperor's summer Palace where we are now [By Mori Arinori].Every day we are shown some curious relics in the shape of ancient temples, tombs, dancing women, bathing houses &c. &c. " . NOTE: The mixed bathing of Japanese is legendary and has continued for centuries without the slightest though of sin, immorality nor the impropriety exposure of the nude body. The western world with its 'warped' attitudes towards the exposure of nude bodies, equated with sin, shame and immorality was entirely "foreign" to the Japanese. Therefore when a high Japanese Official [Prince Iwakura] guided Myers and companions to a "typical Japanese Sento [bath house] where both sexes engaged in washing their bodies, then immersing themselves in 40 c temperature scalding water was a kind of "culture shock." The First graphic examples to Americans of such "Sento" [nude bathing houses] appeared in the 1854 Commodore Perry EXPEDITION TO JAPAN. Congress immediately censured the "Nude Bathing" plate from subsequent editions of the book, expunging such "shameful and sinful display of the immoral Japanese" was not tolerated. . The Japanese have enjoyed "Sento" culture, the daily bathing and relaxing ritual from Emperor to the lowest of the coolies from time immoral. This culture continues today in modern Japan, a breath of sanity in a compressed and very rushed Japanese modern world. It is not only about getting "clean" its also about clearing one's head, and relaxing in water nearly hot enough to boil an egg! No wonder it continues as an important and daily ritual today. . THE LETTER CONTINUES ABOUT NUDE BATHING. . "We were shocked to see nakedness of both sexes washing their dusky hides regardless of creation's handy tools. I blushed of course I’d stood it and wanted to join the natives.We are expected to eat Jap [sic] lunch at Mori's [Arinori] this P.M. raw fish, chop sticks, etc. We are strong on chop sticks. . Afternoon of the same day the [Meiji] Emperor gave us a grand and elegant dinner in the Summer house in his private grounds.His Prime Minister [Prince] Iwakura [Tomomi] and others were present. . Yesterday

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        Les murailles d'Alsace-Lorraine - Metz, Sarreguemines, Strasbourg, Haguenau, Saverne, Nancy, etc.

      1874 - Paris, L. Le Chevalier, Edit., 1874; in4, 267pp, reliure demi-chagrin rouge de l'époque, dos à nerfs, titre et année de publication frappés or au dos. Les Murailles d'Alsace-Lorraine sont le résumé du drame terrifiant qui eu lieu en 1870, car elles contiennent les affiches relatives à la déclaration de guerre, celles se rapportant aux sièges de Metz et Strasbourg, celles enfin qui ont trait à la libération. Oui la publication de cet ouvrage est sans contredit, l'oeuvre historique la plus indiscutable, et en même temps la plus tristement éloquente de la guerre qui nous a coûté tant d'argent, tant de sang et deux de nos plus belles provinces. D'un intérêt considérable. Rarissime. En excellent état de fraîcheur, jolie reliure.

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