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        Merry England: or, Nobles and Serfs. 3 volumes.

      Tinsley Brothers., London. 1874 - x + 266pp. vi + 251pp. vi + 243pp. Scattered foxing. Joints a trifle rubbed. Uniformly bound, by Root & Son, in burgundy, full morocco with raised bands and elaborate decoration, in gilt, to compartments. A very handsome set. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Elaine Beardsell (ABA,PBFA )]
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        A Monograph of Odontoglossum.

      London: L. Reeve & Co., [1864] - 1874. - Folio (20 2/8 x 14 4/8 inches). Half title, dedication leaf. 30 hand-colored lithographed plates by Walter Hood Finch with descriptive text (pale waterstain to upper margin of plate 5). Contemporary half green morocco gilt (extremities a bit rubbed). First edition. The greatest work on the genus Odontoglossum orchids with magnificent illustrations by Finch, one of the great botanical artists of the Victorian Era. These plates are among his very best. Though this genus was renowned for its beauty, it was not introduced into Europe until late in the nineteenth century due to the mistaken belief that it required hot humid conditions to be cultivated successfully. In reality these high altitude plants (not found below 2500 feet) thrive in cool temperatures and dry air. They are native to Central and West-South America. The demand for this species was quite high and dealers rushed to corner the market. Bateman tells in his introduction of three independent expeditions to Grenada that sailed on the same ship for the same purpose. "Extremely variable in their markings, there are over three hundred known species of Odontoglossum in Mexico and South America. The genus grows predominantly at high elevations . Although their introduction into Europe came relatively late, their need for cool temperatures and dry air made them popular with those who had no greenhouse" (The orchid observed). "Fitch (1817-1892), the most prolific of all botanical artists, was a typical product of the Victorian era, able and industrious. [He] was a young apprentice to a firm of Glasgow calico designers when Hooker. first made his acquaintance. In 1841, when Hooker was appointed Director of the Royal Gardens at Kew, he took [Fitch] south with him. Some idea of Fitch's gigantic industry can be gauged from the [f]act that 9960 published drawings by him are recorded" (Blunt).Great Flower Books, p.49; Nissen BBI 88; The Orchid Observed 20; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 343. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries]
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        TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS

      Sampson Low,Marston,Low & searle 1874 - Professionally rebound in dark blue cloth with old cloth covers laid on top.Original pictorial front cover with gold titles to front and spine.Block is tight and sound,pages are untrimmed.Some pages are frayed around the edges,previous owners name on front blank prelim,dated 1876.112 illustrations,great old original book. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Cattelya Doweava from watercolors of Odontoglossum, or American orchids

      - Walter Hood Fitch; Watercolors of Odontoglossum, or American orchids; London, circa 1874; 14” x 17” framed Walter Hood Fitch was the most noted botanical artist of the 19th century to focus on orchids, and the foremost catalyst of what can aptly be termed British “orchidomania.” Incredibly attuned to the smallest details of the most exquisite flowers, Fitch was uniquely able to capture the beauty and complexity of the orchidaceae. The reasons for his acclaim were best described by Sir Joseph Hooker, who noted that Fitch was an “incomparable botanical artist,” with “unrivaled skill in seizing the natural character of a plant.” The artist reached the height of his fame in his splendid collaboration with James Bateman, producing the fabulous and important Monograph of the Odontoglossum (London, 1874), which described the range of this beautiful genus of American Orchids. Found at high altitudes, from “the confines of Florida to the frontiers of Chile” (preface), these orchids were among the most striking and exotic ever offered to avid European viewers. Yet the hand-colored lithographs that were published, while stunning, did not approach the depth of color and nuance to be found in Fitch's original watercolors, mainly preserved today in the Royal Collection at Kew Gardens. The watercolors being offered here were discovered recently, and clearly intended as the unique prototypes for a second volume on the Odontoglossum. Despite the fact that Fitch created these flawless watercolors that more than rivaled the images of the first edition, the sequel was never brought to completion, and remains unrecorded even in its planning stages. That being said, it is difficult to approximate in words the vivid beauty of Fitch's original compositions. The artist captured with outstanding naturalism and vibracy the alternate subtlety and flamboyance of the American orchids, the textures of their soft, often translucent petals and opaque leaves and stems. Each defining characteristic is illuminated in profound detail, creating a suite of the most breathtakingly beautiful, large-scale images of orchids to come on the market. As noted, with the aid of such striking imagery, Fitch was largely responsible for creating an orchid mania in Victorian Britain. Huge greenhouses were built, and adding to such enthusiasm was the fact that Britain enjoyed a brisk trade in botanical specimens, and there was soon a proliferation of illustrated periodicals for horticulturists at every level of experience. Though many followed in Fitch's footsteps, his contribution to English botanical art is unique. Many of the orchids immortalized in his watercolors have since been lost to cultivation, while some are exceedingly rare, and still others extinct. This represents an unparalleled opportunity to acquire original watercolors of outstanding accomplishment, by a foremost botanical artist. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries San Francisco]
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        Life on the Plains

      Sheldon and Company, N.Y. 1874 - OUTSTANDING modern black 1/4 calf binding with the original navy blue cloth covered boards. Blind stamped decoration on the front board with title and an illustration of a buffalo in gilt. Some scuffing to the rear board, minor wear to the corners. Spine with four raised bands, title, profile of a Native American Indian in profile and date in gilt. Frontispiece, illustrations. Text block tight and clean. 256 pages. An extremely attractive book that will look stunning on your bookshelf. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: 12 Peers Fine Books]
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        Le Don Quichotte

      Imprimerie Nouvelle Bordeaux, Bordeaux 1874 - Eccezionale COLLEZIONE di questo RARO GIORNALE SATIRICO dal n. 1 del 26 giugno 1874 al n. 757 del 29 dicembre 1888: prime 15 annate. "Le Don Quichotte journal satirique illustré paraissant tous les jeudis" Rédacteur en chef Ch. Gilbert-Martin - Imprimerie Nouvelle Bordeaux -5 volumi in-folio (49 x 34); rilegatura coeva mezza pelle verde; titoli oro al dorso e al piatto; sguardie marmorizzate. Ogni NUMERO è di 4 pagine ed è illustrato con una litografia a colori di Charles Gilbert-Martin. Qualche difetto e/o restauro a qualche numero ma sostanzialmente collezione più che buona; rarissimo.

      [Bookseller: Libri Antichi e Rari di A. Castiglioni]
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        City of London Chess Magazine

      London: W W Morgan, 1874-75 [i-ii]-314+[2 ad] pages with diagrams. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/2") bound in black cloth with original wrapper laid on front cover, faded label to spine. Volume I. Edited by W N Potter with the cooperation of H E Bird, J H Blackburne, B Horwitz, J Lowenthal, W Steinitz, J Wisker and J H Zukertort. From the library of Koninklijke Bibliotheek .(Betts: 7-20) 1st edition.Published from February 1874 through March 1876, volumes one through volume three, numbers one through 25. Volume number run from February through January. J Wisker edited March 1876 issue only.Condition:Some foxing through out, points rubbed else a good to very good copy.

      [Bookseller: The Book Collector]
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        The life and habits of wild animals illustrated by designs by Joseph Wolf, engraved by J.W. and Edward Whymper.

      London: Alexander MacMillan, 1874. - Folio, 72 pp., 20 wood-cut plates. Handsome contemporary (publisher's?) full blue morocco with gilt design, all edges gilt, some minor wear, a very good copy. . [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Andrew Isles Natural History Books]
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        Speaking Likenesses. With Pictures thereof by Arthur Hughes

      London: Macmillan and Co, 1874 - A RARE and EARLY dust jacket. The first state of the binding had gilt vignette by Hughes on the upper board, here the cover is blank First edition, later state of binding, with rare dust jacket. 8vo. Frontispiece, title page vignette, ten illustrations. viii, 96 pp. Original blue cloth, spine titled in gilt original pale blue pictorial dust jacket. Some minor soiling to board edges and bottom edge of endsheets, else very good in professionally conserved dust jacket with archival tissue support at folds and edges (small marginal losses supplied). Ashley 4:102; Colbeck, Christina Rossetti, 15; Osborne 386 ("both the plot and the illustrations bear a strong resemblance to 'Alice in Wonderland'"); Ray 181 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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        La France Heroique

      Paris - Bray et Retaux, 1874 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A collection of biographies and exploits of French heroes and influential people in French history. Fourth edition. Including biographies of Charlemagne, John of Arc, Louis XIV, Henry IV, Saint Louis, Bayard and many others. Louis XIV (1638 1715), known as Louis the Great or the Sun King, was a Bourbon monarch who ruled as King of France and Navarre. He holds the distinction of being the longest-reigning king in European history, reigning for 72 years and 110 days. Charlemagne (742 814), also known as Charles the Great, was King of the Franks from 768 and Emperor of the Romans (Imperator Romanorum) from 800 to his death in 814. He expanded the Frankish kingdom into an empire that incorporated much of Western and Central Europe. During his reign, he conquered Italy and was crowned Imperator Augustus by Pope Leo III on 25 December 800 in Rome. In French. Complete in four volumes. Condition: Rebacked in quarter-morocco armorial bindings. Externally sound, with just some marks to the boards and some wear to the spines. Bumping to the corners. Internally, firmly bound. Prize bookplates to front pastedowns. Pages are bright but with some scattered spotting. Overall: VERY GOOD..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        Illustrirte Pracht Bibel

      A. H. Payne, Leipzig 1874 - Folio. 2 vols. 1853,(8)pp. Black 3/4 leather over brown cloth. Gilt lettering and decorative design along spines, inner edges and corners. Raised bands, marbled endpapers. Complete Hebrew Bible (TaNaKh), "For Israelites, with Masoretic text and a new German translation and additional commentary by Professor Dr. Julius Fürst," an important 19th century German Jewish scholar at the University of Leibzig. "With more than 100 separate plates, and 600 in-text illustrations (unsigned)." Vocalized Hebrew text side by side with German translation, German commentary along bottom, in Gothic script, interspersed with over 700 beautiful full-page and half-page reproductions of steel plate and woodcut engravings, visually narrating the Bible story. End of 2nd volume contains a concluding word from Fürst, Masoretic endnotes for each Book, an index of Parshot and Haftorot (the order of weekly readings from the Pentateuch and Prophets), a timeline of Biblical history, 3 full-page maps of Ancient Israel and the Middle East, and a list of instructions for bookbinders. Free front endpaper of first volume contains a dedicative inscription to Israel Bettan, an important early 20th century professor at Hebrew Union College. Tight binding, boards slightly scuffed and rubbed, leather corners bumped and slightly chipped. Title page detached, but present. Overall set in good+ condition. About Julius Fürst: Julius Fürst (1805–1873), was a Jewish German orientalist. Fürst was a distinguished scholar of Semitic languages and literature. During his years as chairman of the department of Oriental languages and literature at the University of Leipzig (1864–1873), he wrote major works on literary history and linguistics. His most important scholarly works include the Bibliotheca Judaica (Leipzig, 1849-1863), Kultur and Literaturgeschichte der Juden in Asien (Cultural and literary history of Jews in Asia, 1849), several dictionaries as well as numerous contributions to the periodical "Der Orient" (Leipzig 1840-1851), whose chief editor he was. "Der Orient" was mainly devoted to scientific study of the language, literature and history of the Jews. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: ERIC CHAIM KLINE, BOOKSELLER (ABAA ILAB)]
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        Excellent unsigned cabinet photo by Rabending (1837-1898, Empress of Austria, wife of Franz Joseph I)]

      - showing her full length, seated on a sofa, with her large dog at her feet, 6½" x 4½", no place, (Vienna) no date, slightly faded and slight wear on one edge not affecting the photo It is very rare to find photos of the Empress as she was not photographed after 1874.

      [Bookseller: Sophie Dupre ABA ILAB]
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        The American Gun Club

      New York: Scribner, Armstrong & Co., 1874 New York: Scribner, Armstrong & Co., 1874. viii, 142 + [4] ad pp. With 24 wood-engraved plates. 7½x4¾, original terra-cotta cloth stamped in gilt. This title is in fact the first part of the Verne sequence, "De la Terre a la Lune" and "Autour de la lune", in an early presentation in English. The book was originally published as the two French first edition parts, then in one volume in English, published by Sampson Low in 1873 in London. Scribner, Armstrong produced a one-volume edition in 1874, then, King & Baird of Philadelphia published an unauthorized issue of the first part, titled "The Baltimore Gun Club." Scribner, Armstrong quickly produced the present edition in competition with that volume, containing twice the number of illustrations. Quite scarce. Myers 26. Provenance: From the Library of William Augustus Brewer. Some soiling and rubbing to the cloth, spine moderately sunned, extremities a bit worn and bumped; Very Good. L3

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        The Gilded Age, A Tale Of Today

      American Publishing Company, Hartford, CT 1874 - A handsome, unrestored second edition, published in 1874. About Fine condition with only minute rubbing of board and edges; black cloth with peach endpapers, edges sprinkled brown; 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 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Books Tell You Why - ABAA/ILAB]
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        CONTES ET NOUVELLES EN VERS. [2 volumes].

      1874 - A Paris, chez A. Barraud, 1874. Deux volumes in-8 (141 X 202) maroquin rouge, plats ornés d'une large dentelle dorée, dos cinq nerfs ornés d'un filet perlé, caissons dorés ornés d'un fleuron central, fers d'angle, points dorés, titre et tomaison dorés, coiffes et coupes filetées, bordure intérieure ornée, tranches dorées sur marbrure, étui bordé (E. POUGET). Tome I : XLVI pages (dont faux-titre et titre imprimés en rouge et noir), XII-268 pages, (1) f. d'achevé d'imprimer, 40 planches hors-texte (dont portrait-frontispice de La Fontaine) ; Tome II : XI-320 pages, 43 planches hors-texte (dont portrait-frontispice de Charles Eisen). Quelques rousseurs très éparses. BELLE RÉIMPRESSION de l'édition des "Fermiers généraux", avec un nouveau tirage des cuivres retouchés et remis en état ; on y a ajouté trois planches refusées et 17 culs-de-lampe et fleurons nouveaux. En tout, 83 FIGURES HORS-TEXTE de Charles EISEN et 74 têtes-de-page, fleurons ou culs-de-lampe. Cette édition, autorisée par le Ministère de l'Intérieur en 1874, fut poursuivie en 1875, le Parquet jugeant certaines gravures trop licencieuses. BEL EXEMPLAIRE dans une éclatante reliure en maroquin décoré de POUGET. (Rochambeau, 167 - Fléty, Dictionnaire des relieurs français, n°146 «Pouget, relieur parisien qui exerça durant le dernier tiers du XIXe siècle»). NICE COPY. PICTURES AND MORE DETAILS ON REQUEST.

      [Bookseller: LIBRAIRIE ERIC CASTERAN]
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        PLANO PARCELARIO DE MADRID FORMADO Y PUBLICADO POR EL INSTITUTO GEOGRÁFICO Y ESTADÍSTICO BAJO LA DIRECCIÓN DEL EXCMO. SEÑOR DON CARLOS IBAÑEZ E IBAÑEZ DE IBERO

      1874 - PLANO ENTELADO Y PLEGADO DE EXTRAORDINARIAS DIMENSIONES, CONSTA DE 4 PLANOS QUE DESPLEGADOS SON CADA UNO DE 69 X 225. PLANO PARCELARIO DE MADRID. ESTE ES EL MEJOR PLANO PARCELARIO DEL SIGLO XIX Y CONSULTA BÁSICA PARA CONOCER EL DESARROLLO DE MADRID Y LAS TRANSFORMACIONES URBANAS QUE SE REALIZARON EN EL REINADO DE ISABEL II. INCLUYE EL CASCO URBANO Y EL ENSANCHE. ES EL PRIMER PLANO DONDE APARECE LA PUERTA DEL SOL CON SU CONFIGURACIÓN ACTUAL. LOS TRABAJOS TOPOGRÁFICOS SE CORRESPONDEN CON LOS AÑOS 1872, 1873 Y 1874 Y ESTÁN REALIZADOS A UNA ESCALA 1:2000. RELIEVE POR CURVAS DE NIVEL. CULTIVOS Y ARBOLADO REPRESENTADOS. EXCELENTE CONSERVACIÓN.

      [Bookseller: Librería Tormos]
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        THE GRIZZLY GIANT

      [Mariposa, Northern California. 1874].. Watercolor on paper, laid down on board, 21 x 14 1/4 inches. Signed, inscribed, and dated across lower image: "The Grizzly Giant. Mariposa / WM Simpson / 1874." Perfectly preserved original condition, rich coloration. Framed and matted. A beautiful watercolor of three men on horseback admiring a towering redwood, the lower formation of bearing a startling resemblance to a grizzly bear, in the Mariposa Grove of northern California, painted by the well known war correspondent and graphic artist, William Simpson. The great tree still stands. Simpson won fame in England in the 1850s for his bold coverage of the Crimean War, and his production of a lavish color plate book, THE SEAT OF THE WAR IN THE EAST, commemorating the ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS. He arrived in San Francisco in April 1873, just as the war against the Modoc Indians was coming to a climax. Good correspondent that he was, Simpson headed for the battlefield, the Lava Beds near Mount Shasta on the California- Oregon line, and observed the demise of the Modocs. All of this, as well as further travels in Yosemite (with Bierstadt), San Francisco, and Japan, he describes in detail in his book, MEETING THE SUN (London, 1877). This handsome watercolor is the only known California image by Simpson presently available in the American art market. A number of his California watercolors are in the permanent collection of the Bancroft Library, with other pieces located at the Peabody Museum (Harvard) and the Victoria and Albert Museum. William Simpson, MEETING THE SUN (London, 1877), pp.356-83. Hughes, ARTISTS IN CALIFORNIA 1786-1940 (San Francisco, 1986), p.428.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        Original Autograph Letter Display

      Flaubert, Gustave, [1821, Rouen, Fr. - 1880, Croisset], Paris 1874 - Flaubert, Gustave, [1821, Rouen, Fr. - 1880, Croisset] ALS in French to his good friend, Edmond Laporte, 1 page, n.p. [Paris], n.d. [May 16th, 1874]. Framed & glazed to an overall size of 21" ½ x 16" [5"1/4 x 7" ½], double matted in windows, gilt filet - The fine wood frame elaborately worked to show intentional character & tone. Trans: "My old Bab / I count on being at Croisset on Wednesday, about 4 o'clock. / Be guided by that / I am all gloomy when I think we won't see each other for a long time! / Yesterday, I finished my library lectures! / I embrace you / Yours / Gve / Saturday morning". "The faster the word sticks to the thought, the more beautiful is the effect." The prime influence over the Realist School of French literature, author of the masterpiece, Madame Bovary (1857). Believer in "le seul mot juste". True friend of the greats; George Sand, Ivan Turgenev, Émile Zola, Alphonse Daudet, &, especially, Guy de Maupassant who regarded himself as Flaubert's disciple & was the great mutual friend of Edmond Laporte. Flaubert sought objectivity above all else in his writing: "The author, in his work, must be like God in the Universe, present everywhere & visible nowhere." It is paradoxical, therefore, that his personality should be so clearly discernible in all his work and that his letters, written casually to his intimates & full of disarming sincerity, delicate sensibility, & even exquisite tenderness-should be considered by some critics as his other masterpiece. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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        The Works of Shakespeare ( 6 Vols )

      George Routledge, London 1874 - brown cloth, rubbed to edges, repairs to end papers & backstrip of vol VI. staunton edition with extensive notes & comparisons to early quarto editons, the first folio & subsequent changes by other editors. illustrated by Gilbert & engraved by the Dalziell bros. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Gospel According To St Matthew. [.Mark.Luke.John].

      London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, And Searle, 1874. - 4 Volumes. folio. titles in red & black. 4 additional engraved titles with lettering in red & 128 etched plates. tissue guards with legends. title vignettes. decorative ornaments & initials. each volume in a different gilt-stamped morocco binding, gilt backs, gilt inside dentelles, all edges gilt (some rubbing to joints & extremities, front joints of Mark & Luke vols. cracked, slight discolouration to upper covers of Luke & John vols., scattered mostly light foxing in last 2 vols.). First Editions with these Illustrations after designs by French artist Alexandre Bida [1813-1895]. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: D & E LAKE LTD. (ABAC/ILAB)]
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        Two Stories by Jules Verne. A Fancy of Doctor Ox, and The Tour of the World in Eighty Days

      Office of The Evening Telegraph Philadelphia 1874 - First American Wrappers Edition. Tall octavo, original printed wrappers. Translated expressly for "The Evening Telegraph" by Stephen W. White and reprinted from the columns of that journal and Entered According to Act of Congress in the year 1874, by Charles E. Warburton. An extremely scarce printing of A Fancy of Doctor Ox published in the same year as the authorized printing by James Osgood. Very Good despite some modest loss to spine paper and wrapper edges, significant but light staining to first twenty or so pages, later sheets with only light stain to fore-edge. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

      [Bookseller: Babylon Revisited Rare Books]
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        The Works

      London: Chapman & Hall, , [1874-91]. 30 volumes, octavo (195 x 126 mm). Contemporary red half calf, marbled sides, raised bands to spine, tan morocco labels, floral decorations and titles to compartments gilt, marbled edges and endpapers. With the original black and white illustrations throughout. Spines evenly sunned, spine ends and corners mildly rubbed, minor wear to bottom edges of boards, occasional light scuff marks to boards. Text block of Volume XVI slightly strained between half-title and frontispiece; small light dampstain to fore edge of front free endpaper and front flyleaf of Volume XIX. An excellent, bright set. A brightly bound complete set of Chapman & Hall's illustrated Library edition of Dickens' works.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        Histoire Generale De La Faience Ancienne Francaise et Etrangere Consideree Dans Son Histoire, Sa Nature, Ses Formes et Sa Deccoration

      Chez L'Auteur; Librairie A. Raphael Simon, Amiens and Paris 1874 - Elephant Folio - over 15. Book. 1874 and 1876, 200 color plates, each 15.5 by 11 inches, and 1400 marks and monograms. Limited edition copy no. 109 of unspecified number, also signed by Ris Paquot and others. This copy had belongs to H. Descamps, and appears to have been a presentation copy. This massive book, two volumes bound in one, is one of the most sumptuous books ever produced about ceramics and without question, the single most magnificent one dedicated to the history and appreciation of Faience. Ris Paquot wrote other important works about faience, but those should not be confused with this much more lavish production, with its 200 brilliantly colored chromolithographs, which the title page asserts were all retouched by hand! The text is also formidable, tracing the roots of faience to the classical world. It runs 240 oversized pages, including an extensive index. This very rare and valuable book is in fine condition. There is a lighter area surrounding a small square at the base of the spine where there might have once been a stamp of some sort. While it is possible this suggest an ex-library status, there are no other signs, and the superior condition and integrity of the book suggest very much to the contrary. More likely a private collector put something in the spot to mark the book. There are light pencil marks, mainly small numbers on the plates (done by a prior owner who must have wanted to collate the plates), which should be apparent in the photos and all of which can be erased. In a few places someone wrote with what might be ink, but very discreetly, and in a manner that I don't think detracts from the book in any significant way. There is the very occasional fox mark, and I mean, very occasional! The three quarters morocco is fresh, with slight sunning around the spine. Gilt lettering is bright on the spine. The binding is in great shape, which given its weight, is remarkable. The flypaper, etc. has gorgeous marbling. In sum, a very special book, in a very special state. Postage may have to be recalculated especially if purchased abroad given the weight and heft of the book. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB]
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        A JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH

      1874 - With Fifty-Two Illustrations by Riou. New York: Scribner Armstrong and Co., 1874. Original orange cloth pictorially decorated in black and gilt. First American Edition (to be printed in America) of Jules Verne's second book, preceded only by FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON. The original French edition came out in 1864, and the British edition edition came out in November 1871 (dated 1872) -- a few of these copies were sent to America with a Scribner Welford title leaf. This American edition then came out in November 1873, though dated 1874; this copy bears a January 1, 1874 gift inscription from grandfather to grandson. Almost a year later Scribner Armstrong also published this title in a special edition (undated), sold by subscription, on heavy paper stock in a beautiful gilt binding with beveled edges -- which today we do see more frequently than this first American edition.~Though this tale was most-recently filmed in 2008, the most enduring version is the 1959 one starring James Mason and (cough cough) Pat Boone.~This first American edition was issued in blue, green or orange cloth, without precedence. This copy, in orange, is in bright, near-fine condition: the endpapers do have hairline cracks at the hinge but the volume is remarkably free of soil or other wear, and the plates and text are free of foxing. This is a very attractive copy of a book that has become notoriously difficult to acquire in such advantageous condition. Taves & Michaluk V002. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [ABAA]]
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        From the Clouds to the Mountains

      Boston: William F. Gill and Company, 1874 Boston: William F. Gill and Company, 1874. First Illustrated Edition in English. Translated by A.L. Alger. 12mo, 285 pp. Terra-cotta cloth with gilt devices, one of the lighter-than air balloon's gondola separating, and the other three mountain climbers ascending Mt. Blanc. Decorative black and gilt lettering and filigree on cover and spine. Slate coated endpapers. Illustrations, including frontispiece, from wood engravings. Editor's preface [not found on other English editions]. This much-sought version of the collection of five Verne stories (the last, "The Fortieth French Ascent of Mt. Blanc", was written by his brother Paul] may, in fact, be the first collected book edition of any sort in English. While Osgood's edition, entitled Doctor Ox [etc] was announced and registered in May and June 1874 respectively, no copies were deposited until July 17th. This Gill edition was announced as "now ready" on July 11th [ref. Taves & Michaluk V012]. Interestingly, Gill's announcement referred to a quarto size, of which I've never seen an example; presumably, a decision was made in favor of the known size, about 7.3" x 5.6". In any case, a popular translation, one which was followed by a "New Holiday Edition" and a "popular edition". Condition: better than unusual for this title, a sharp very good plus, Slight shelf wear and soiling, spine ends and corners lightly bumped, faint marginal at several pages; ¾" tear on top edge of title page, small paper residue on front pastedown. Very sharp, bright and tight for this title. Stories included: A Drama In Mid-Air; Dr. Ox's Hobby; Master Zachary; A Winter Among the Ice-Fields; and The Fortieth French Ascent of Mt.Blanc. L68

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        Verona. Arena.

      Napoli, ca. 1874, albumen print, 24 x 18,1 cm, mounted, photograph no 6700. KEYWORDS:italy / verona

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        The Ashanti War. A Narrative prepared from the Official Documents by Permission of Major-General Sir Garnet Wolseley. With Maps and Plans by Harry Cooper. THE BRACKENBURY FAMILY COPY

      William Blackwood Edinburgh 1874 - 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with a folding facsimile on blue stock and a double-page map as frontispieces, a folding map and a double-page map, and two large folding maps (one coloured in outline) in pocket at rear of second volume, some very mild occasional foxing, fore-edges dusty; original decorative cloth blocked in blind, gilt backs, uncut, covers moderately soiled (boards to volume two stained with black ink), volume one neatly rebacked with original backstrip (faded) laid down else a good, firm, sound copy of a work scarce in any condition. This volume bears the neat contemporary signature of 'Frank Cooper' and the following holograph inscription: 'Maps drawn by my brother Harry, who was with Colonel Colley as Adjutant of Transport. Col. Colley, afterwards Sir G[eorge]. Pomeroy Colley, was killed in the fatal action of Majuba Hill in Natal fighting against the Boers'. Henry Brackenbury was Assistant Military Secretary to Wolseley; Cooper (as stated correctly above) was sometime Adjutant of Transport during the campaign. The official records were placed by Wolseley at Brackenbury's disposal 'without reservation' and augmented by the latter's private journal which he kept whilst serving at headquarters. The account of Captain Glover's expedition is taken entirely from letters between Wolseley and himself. The missions of Captains Butler and Dalrymple are described from their own letters. Frank Cooper's signature is dated 1874; the Battle of Majuba Hill took place on 27th February 1881 during the First South African War (this action was, incidentally, the last occasion on which British regimental colours were carried into battle). It would seem, therefore, that this was originally Frank Cooper's copy (until at least 1881) which then passed into the Brackenbury family. It was then in the library of Major-General Charles Booth Brackenbury (1831-1890) and bears his signature on the half-title of the second volume. The author's elder brother, he spent his career in the Royal Artillery culminating in his appointment as Director of Artillery Studies at Woolwich, from which position no-one did more to spread sound ideas throughout the service on tactical changes demanded by the advancement in weapons technology. On Charles's death this copy passed to his youngest son, Hereward Irenius Brackenbury and bears his engraved armorial bookplate on front paste-down of first volume. Hereward Brackenbury was a talented engineer and director of the prominent defence contractor Hawthorn Leslie & Co. The Brackenbury family was well represented in nearly all the British wars of the nineteenth century. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT AND DESIRABLE FAMILY COPY SHOWING MULTIPLE ASSOCIATIONS WITH THE AUTHOR OF A CLASSIC VICTORIAN CAMPAIGN MEMOIR. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Ethnographische Atlas, bevattende Afbeeldingen van Voorwerpen uit het leven en de huishouding der Boeginezen.

      Nederlandsch Gouvernment, Amsterdam, 1874. - EA. Mit 24 großformatigen Tafeln ( 49x38cm) in Farbe und s/w. GLn.-Band d.Z. 2 Blätter mit Erklärungen der Tafeln. 2°, gefaltet auf die Halbe Größe ca. 49x32cm. Bibl.-Expl. mit kl. Rückenschildchen und drei Stempeln auf Vorsatz , Titel und Rückseite der letzten Tafel; einige kleine Randeinrisse im Papier der ersten 4 Seiten; einige Tafeln minimal stockfleckig, ansonsten sehr guter Zustand, alle Tafeln sauber und vollständig vorhanden. Sowohl zu dem 'Makassaarsch-Hollandsch' als auch zu dem 'Boegineesch-Hollandsch' - Wörterbuch von Matthes ist jeweils ein sehr großformatiger (quer 2° = 39x52cm) ethnographischer Atlas mit einer großen Zahl wunderschöner Farb-Lithografien und s/w-Zeichnungen erschienen, beide von größter Seltenheit. Hier liegt vor der 'Ethnographische Atlas' der Boeginezen, aus Museumsbestand, dort gefaltet auf die Hälfte zwecks besserer Handhabbarkeit.

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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.

      Washington, D.C. 1874 - 4to. 176 p. illus. 31 cm. with errata slipped in by reverse back board. 780 patent-drawings photo-lithographed (up to ten to a page) on 84 full-page illustrations by N. Peters of Washington. Quarter bound in contemporary leather. Marbled boards. Gilt lettering on spine. Minimal wear to extremities. 5 raised bands. 6 compartments. Tight binding and good cover. Contemporary gift inscription from S. W. Wood to Albert C. Hobbs, Sept. 16, 1874. Owners name below of W(illiam) W. Thomas. Clean, unmarked pages. Please feel free to view our photographs. Alfred Charles Hobbs (October 7, 1812 ââ?¬â?? November 6, 1891) was an American locksmith and inventing of the Protector lock and became one of the founders of the lock making firm of Hobbs Hart & Co. Ltd. The company started in 1851 and was formally registered as Hobbs and Co. in 1852, but by 1855 it had become Hobbs, Ashley and Company. The name then changed to Hobbs, Ashley and Fortescue. In 1860 Hobbs returned to America and lived in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and went on to hold a dozen patents for firearm ammunition manufacturing. In 1880 he listed himself as a "Superintendent Of Cartridge Factory." William Widgery Thomas, Jr. (August 26, 1839 ââ?¬â?? October 7, 1927) was a United States politician from Maine, consul to Sweden and s American Minister to Sweden and Norway in three separate terms: 1883-1885, 1889-1894 and 1898-1905. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray. In Twelve Volumes. Leather Bindings.

      Smith, Elder, & Co., London 1874 - Volume two is dated 1873, the rest are all 1874. The works are as follows: 1. Vanity Fair.- 2. Pendennis.- 3. The Newcomes.- 4. Henry Esmond. Barry Lyndon.- 5. The Virginians.- 6. The adventures of Philipp.- 7. The Paris Sketch Book.; The Irish Sketch Book.; & Notes of a journey from Cornhill to Grand Cairo.- 8. The history of Samuel Titmarsh and the great hoggarty diamond. Memoirs of Mr. C. J. Yellowpush.; Burlesques.- 9. The book of Snobs.; Sketches of life and character.; Etc. etc.- 10. Roundabout papers.; The four Georges.; The English Humourists. ; & The second funeral of Napoleon.- 11. Catherine.; Lovel the widower.; Denis Duval.; Ballads. Etc.- 12. The Christmas books of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh.; Mrs. Perkins's ball.; Etc. etc. ------------------------------------------------------ The twelve volumes are bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, with gilt ruling to covers, gilt decoration to spines, two gilt lettered labels to each volume, marbled endpapers, and all edges marbled. Light scuffing to extremities and spines. foxing and browning to the first and last few pages of each volume. otherwise a a nice, tight, and attractive set. Size: 7 1/2 X 5 1/4 Inches. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Dictionnaire élémentaire annamite-français,

      P., Challamel 1874, - in-8, 262 pp., reliure demi-basane, dos lisse orné de filets dorés. Seconde édition, revue et corrigée. Legrand de La Liraye fut envoyé dès 1843 au Tonkin par les Missions Etrangères. Après un retour en France pour raisons de santé, il retourna en Annam en qualité d'interprète auprès de l'Amiral Rigault de Genouilly, puis il resta à Saigon à partir de 1859, pour y mourrir en 1873 (BME, 541). Menus frottis à la reliure. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        The First Book of Records of the Town of Southampton with Other Ancient Documents of Historic Value, Including All the Writings of the Town Clerk's Office from 1639 to 1669; Transcribed with Notes and an Introduction.(with) Volumes II - VI

      John H. Hunt, Book and Job Printer, Sag Harbor, New York 1874 - 6 Volumes of the town records & early documents concerning this New York State community on the east end of Long Island; ".transcribed with Notes and an Introduction by Wm. S. Pelletreau, and compiled by the undersigned Committee, chosen at Town Meeting, April 1st, 1873, and published at the expense of the Town, by its authority. Henry P. Hedges, Wm. S. Pelletreau, Edward H. Foster."; this is the set presented by the Town to Foster for his services rendered and in tribute to his efforts (see binding details for more on this) E. H. Foster was Clerk of Town of Southampton, N.Y. and his 'Certification' of the Resolution to print the documents acts as preface to the book proper; Volume I with xi + 177 pages, with a frontispiece woodcut illustration of The Old Pelletreau House; main text is followed by a half-title page "Patent of the Town of Southampton. Published by Authority of the Town. Sag-Harbor Printed at the Corrector Office. 1835." 12 pages, which appears to be one of the original printings, as it is letterpress and on differing paper-stock to the rest of the text (we speculate the Town still had copies available for insertion) + "Centennial Celebration at Southampton, Long Island, N.Y. July 4th, 1876. Historical Address by William S. Pelletreau. Express Print Sag Harbor, L.I. 1876" 26 pages + "A Centennial and Historical Address, Delivered at Bridgehampton, L.I. by Hon. Henry. P. Hedges, July 4th, 1876. Sag Harbor; John H. Hunt, Printer 1876" 24 pages + a iv- page "A Record of the Soldiers and Sailors, Who served in the war of the Rebellion, buried, born in, or enlisted from Bridge-Hampton, (being Election District No. 2,) Town of Southampton, Suffolk Co., N.Y." with an important genealogical and Civil War-related historical note in Foster's hand indicating "Names marked # properly belong in Southampton village; election district No. 3, as they enlisted there, most of them were born there." this volume with a useful name index at front and a couple more woodcuts of local historical homes in the text; Vol. II xi + 364 pages + x page index + (1) page "Special Index of Highways" at back, facsimiles with signatures of town worthies at front, one leaf with closed tear; Vol. III viii + 411 + xix index, endpapers detached, one leaf at preface noting "Explanation of Map" split, present (no map here - we note that the early 20th century reprint of this volume does not contain a map or this explanatory page); Vol. IV vi + 335 pages + (16) pages set in columns "List of Soldiers and Sailors.engaged in the military and naval service.in the War of the Rebellion, from the Town of Southampton." with alphabetically-organized names, age, regiment or vessel, when ent. service, term of enlistment, first rank, promoted rank, remarks (deaths & location of same, re-enlistments, 'colored' soldiers, transfers) with laid-in mimeograph of hymn, '.sung at the unveiling of the rock at Conscience Point (landing spot of the original settlers) June 1910." - the title page of this Vol. also notes ".with Other Ancient Documents of Historic Value."; Vol. V xxii + a very useful ix pg. alphabetical "Index of Deeds" + 304 pgs + several folding plates of facsimile documents, maps & 7 pages of explanatory text in this Appendix - laid in is sheet of notes regarding land transfers & sales of historic interest, in Foster's hand & on his letterhead notepaper; Vol. VI (7) + 313 pages + 3 folding maps at back, this vol. having ".additional unrecorded deeds with Indexes of names and localities."; all this group of volumes, I -VI, with much on the early history of this town, via primary sources including deeds, town records, land transfers and proclamations, military records and the formation of regiments, abstracts of documents, much more; selling arms to the Indians, first settlers, courts, union with Connecticut, East Hampton deed, Indian deed, prison built, Shinnecock Indian information, commercial and farming details, wolves, negros, town plots, more; names of Bar [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        HISTOIRE DU CONSULAT ET DE L'EMPIRE (21 VOLUMES COMPLETE)

      Librairie Furne, Paris 1874 - Paris: Librairie Furne, 1874. Hardcover. Very Good. Each volume with aprox. 475 p. + several engravings. 5 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. . Brown half calf binding red textured cloth boards, gold lettering on spines, 5 raised bands, edges of text block marbled, end papers marbled. Condition of the book is VERY GOOD: light wear to covers- heavier at corners and spine edges, spine more worn- esp. spine ends, top edges of text block darkened, each volume with remnants of small book plate and book plate of David B. Ogden on inside of front cover, light foxing to ffep. & rfep., pages very white and clean, bindings very tight. Vols. 3,9- spine partially detached at top end, a few dog eared pages where lightly bumped. Vols. 4,12, 16,19- spine partially detached at top end. Vol. 5- light stain on cover, spine edges heavily worn. Vols. 6,7,9- spine partially detached, missing leather labels. Vol. 14- heavier wear to top edges, nick to front cover.Vol. 15- heavy wear to spine, leather labels missing, front cover detached. Vol. 17- heavy wear to edges of spine, ends partially detached. Vol. 20- spine detached at front and missing bottom quarter. 0.0 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        LETTRE AUTOGRAPHE signée "Pierre Puvis de Chavannes", localisée et datée "Paris, 29 avril 1874".

      - Une page (130 X 210) sur un feuillet double. Le peintre souhaite que son neveu "Monsieur de Vaugelas, secrétaire d'ambassade à Londres " puisse visiter l'exposition : " [.] il ne peut la voir qu'aujourd'hui, car il doit repartir demain pour retourner à son poste. [.]". Il doit s'agir de l'exposition du tableau Charles Martel sauvant la chrétienté par sa victoire sur les sarrasins et du carton représentant Sainte Radegonde au couvent de Sainte-Croix, tous deux réalisés en 1874 par Puvis de Chavannes pour l'hôtel de ville de Poitiers. PICTURES AND MORE DETAILS ON REQUEST. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Far From the Madding Crowd. The Cornhill Magazine, Volumes XXIX and XXX. Two volumes, complete

      London: Smith, Elder, 1874. First edition.. Hardback. Thick 8vo. (9 x 5.75 inches). Volume XXIX: (Jan to June 1874) pp.vii, (i), 760. Volume XXX (July to December 1874): pp.vii, (i), 760. Each volume has 12 b/w illusts by Helen Paterson, hors-texte (24 in all), with numerous b/w illusts in text. Half-titles bound in. Contemporary half roan, rubbed and slightly chipped, just-cracked to parts of outer joints but not affecting integrity of the binding.. Spotting to prelims and extrems. Light spotting scattered throughout. Dealer's marks in pencil. The first publication of this novel, serialized anonymously in twelve monthly issues in The Cornhill Magazine (January-December 1874), prior to publication in bookform. O/w contents clean and bright. Binding firm and square. Articles on may other subjects. A Very Good set indeed. Heavy books, requiring eye-watering and prohibitive amounts of extra postage overseas. We reduce the default shipping charge for lighter books or use it for a tracked service if books are expensive or uncommon. We pack books securely in boxes, or corrugated card or cardboard, and protect corners with bubble-wrap.

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        Dante and His Circle: With Italian Poets Preceeding Him. (1100-1200-1300. A Collection of Lyrics edited and translated in the Original Meter [.]

      Ellis and White, London 1874 - Dark navy cloth with gilt title and rule to spine, gilt ruled border to boards. Inscribed and dated by Rossetti to Frederick George Stevens, hopefull painter of the Preraphaelite group. Stevens eventually became an art critic and teacher, authoring the first major biography of Rossetti as an artist as well as a poet. Professional restoration to head and heel, and to corners, with evidence of past wear at those places; tiny ex-libris rubber stamp and small tape stained card bookplate to front pastedown, which carries some tape stain near the card. Size: 8vo [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        La révolte des fleurs

      Alphonse Lemerre, Ãĩditeur, 1874-01-01. First Edition. Paperback. Good. Signed. First edition with an inscription from author, Sully Prudhomme to fellow French writer and poet, Ernest Hervilly. Pamphlet is in good condition. Cover shows use and shelf wear, pages has some foxing.

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        Un été dans le Sahara.

      Alphonse Lemerre 1874 - - Alphonse Lemerre , Paris 1874, 14x23cm, relié. - Deuxième édition, en partie originale, comportant une préface inédite. Reliure à la bradel en pleine percaline bordeaux, dos lisse passé orné d'un fleuron doré, date et double filet dorés en queue, pièce de titre de chagrin sapin comportant de petites éraflures, taches de décoloration sur les plats, reliure légèrement postérieure et signée à froid de Pierson. Précieux et rare envoi autographe signé de l'auteur à Anatole France. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Eulis! The History of Love: Its Wondrous Magic, Chemistry, Rules, Laws, Modes, Moods and Rationale; Being the Third Revelation of Soul and Sex. Also, Reply to "Why Is Man Immortal?" The Solution to the Darwin Problem. An Entirely New Theory

      Toledo: Randolph Publishing Co. 1874 - Small 4to., brown cloth lettered in gilt with gilt cover design; slight rubbing to extremities. First edition ---- Paschal Beverly Randolph, an African American, carved his own eccentric path in the mid-nineteenth century from the slums of New York's Five Points to the courts of Europe, where he performed as a spiritualist trance medium. One of first black American novelists, Randolph also helped enlist black troops during the Civil War, and assisted freedmen in Louisiana during Reconstruction. His enduring claim to fame, however, is the crucial role he played in the transformation of spiritualism, a medium's passive reception of messages from the spirits of the dead, into occultism, the active search for personal spiritual realization and inner vision. From his experiences in his solitary travels in England, France, Egypt and the Turkish Empire in the 1850s and 1860s, he brought back to America a system of occult beliefs and practices (the magic mirror, hashish use and sexual magic) that worked a revolution. The systems of magic he taught left their traces on many subsequent occultists, including Madame Blavatsky and her Theosophical Society, and are still practiced today by several occult organizations in Europe and American that carry on his work. Randolph authored more than fifty books and pamphlets on magic and medicine. In his best known work, "Eulis! The History of Love," he promulgated the first formal, albeit cryptic, system of organized spiritual training. An elusive work. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Works of Charles Dickens [Illustrated Library Edition]

      London: Chapman & Hall, 1874. - The Illustrated Library Edition DICKENS, Charles. [Works of Charles Dickens]. London: Chapman & Hall, [n.d., 1874]-[1891].Reprint of the Illustrated Library Edition. Thirty octavo volumes (8 11/16 x 5 1/2 inches; 221 x 141 mm.). Illustrated with plates after the originals by "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Browne), George Cruikshank, Frederick Walker, Edwin Landseer, Daniel Maclise, John Leech, Marcus Stone, George Cattermole, and Luke Fildes. Late nineteenth-century full tan polished calf by Tout (stamp-signed on the verso of the front free endpaper). Covers with gilt triple fillet border with gilt corner ornaments, spines elaborately tooled in gilt in compartments with five gilt-dotted raised bands and red and green morocco gilt lettering labels, board edges with gilt-dotted rule, turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers. Minor rubbing to extremities, headcaps on Volumes IX, X, and XXI expertly repaired. Small bookseller’s ticket on rear pastedown of each volume. A near fine set. Partially unopened."This the best edition of my books is, of right, inscribed to my dear friend John Forster, biographer of Oliver Goldsmith, in affectionate acknowledgment of his counsel, sympathy, and faithful friendship during my whole literary life" (dedication leaf in Volume I of The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club)."The Library Edition came about largely because of the suggestion of Forster that while Dickens's works were available in volumes in the Cheap Edition and in reprints of the serial parts, there was no high-quality edition that would appeal to the wealthy. Dickens eventually came round to the idea that an elegant edition could raise the stature of his writings. He faced a complication, in that the rights to the works were divided between Chapman and Hall and Bradbury and Evans. Consequently, the volumes contained the imprints of both publishers. With a dedication to Forster, the Library Edition appeared in 22 volumes in 1858-9 at 7s 6d per volume. Titles included Pickwick, Nickleby, Chuzzlewit, Old Curiosity Shop, Reprinted Pieces, Barnaby Rudge, Hard Times, Sketches by Boz, Oliver Twist, Dombey, Copperfield, Pictures from Italy, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, and Christmas Books. The only illustrations were the frontispieces. Between 1861 and 1874 this edition was reissued in 30 volumes with the addition of Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend, The Uncommercial Traveller, A Child’s History of England, Christmas Stories, and Drood. The reissue contained illustrations—the frontispieces plus additional illustrations by artists such as Marcus Stone, John Leech, and Clarkson Stanfield—and came to be known as the Illustrated Library Edition Recognizing the continuing potential for sales of Dickens's works, Chapman and Hall in 1873 published a prospectus for the Second Illustrated Library Edition, containing, they contended, all the works the novelist wished to preserve. Calling it the first well-printed issue, with specially cast type and better paper than that used in previous editions, this set was published in 30 volumes between 1873 and 1876 and sold at £15 for the set, a high price for the time" (Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens, pp. 205-206). See Gimbel D72.

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        Catalogue of Plants Growing Spontaneously Around Wilmington, NC, from the Boston Journal of Natural History, Volume 1, 1834-37, P. 82-141, 1834.

      Wilmington, N.C. 1874 - Manuscript on paper, written in an octavo ruled notebook, the MS occupying the first half, the second being blank. Contemporary American binding (sheepskin over boards), light wear to binding extremities, hinges cracked but firm, marbled edges. Pages are lightly toned. An attractive little manuscript in very good antiquarian condition A NORTH CAROLINA MANUSCRIPT OF PLANTS GROWING AROUND WILMINGTON, N.C., being hand-written transcript of another manuscript of Moses Curtis's "Catalogue of Plants Growing Spontaneously Around Wilmington, NC." On the first leaf is the note: "Copied by Dr. E. Foreman from a Mss [manuscript] presented to him by Mr. S.A. Story of Wilmington NC, October 1874." Dr. Foreman's additions to the work appear at the end. Beautifully and articulately written by hand in ink, bound in a full leather booklet. Moses A. Curtis (1808-1872) was a noted American botanist. Curtis was born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and educated at Williams College in Massachusetts. After graduating, he became a tutor for the children of former Governor Edward Bishop Dudley in Wilmington, North Carolina, returning to Massachusetts in 1833 to study theology. He married Mary de Rosset in 1834, was ordained in 1835 and obtained a post to teach at the Episcopal school at Raleigh, North Carolina. He became rector of the Protestant Episcopal Church at Hillsborough, North Carolina in 1841 and in charge of a parish at Society Hill, South Carolina in 1847 before returning to the Protestant Episcopal Church at Hillsborough in 1857. He died in Hillsborough, North Carolina in 1872. As a botanist, Curtis explored the southern Appalachian Mountains, embarking on a major expedition in 1839. He maintained a herbarium of dried specimens and contributed specimens to John Torrey and Asa Gray. He collected lichens for Edward Tuckerman and corresponded with many other botanists, including Miles Joseph Berkeley to whom he sent many specimens with descriptions and notes. Gray said of him that "No living botanist . is so well acquainted with the vegetation of the southern Allegheny Mountains ." and that he ".was among the first to retrace the steps and rediscover the plants found and published by the elder Michaux, in the higher Alleghany Mountains. For the last twenty-five years of his life, he studied and became an authority on mycology." A VERY CURIOUS NORTH CAROLINA PLANT MANUSCRIPT IN PERFECT CONDITION. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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