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        THE ART OF SPECULATION AND THE SECRETS OF WALL STREET FULLY EXPLAINED

      New York: J. Hickling & Co., 1874.. 48pp. 12mo. Original green printed wrappers. Minor soiling; heavier stain on rear cover, bleeding through to last few leaves of text. Otherwise clean internally. Very good. A rare ephemeral investment manual published by the brokerage firm of J. Hickling & Co. in the aftermath of the Panic of 1873. The purpose of the manual was to lure investors of more modest means into the market. "Until recent years it was considered indispensible to have large capital in order to speculate... This has all changed. We are living in an age of progress, in which old systems and ideas must give place to new. By the aid of this pamphlet all may have an equal chance of reaping a golden harvest, and we shall show that men of small means may do a large business in stocks and bonds without incurring the usual risks, and yet succeed in a comparatively short time in making a fortune." OCLC locates only one copy, at the New York State Library.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        Autograph Letter, signed ("L. P. Poland"), to "Major" concerning, in part, the Poland Act

      House of Rep[resentatives, Washington, DC], july 7, 1874. (MORMONS) 4to. 4 pp. pen-and-ink on ruled paper, rectos only. Prior folds, near fine . The Poland Act of 1874 - named for its author, Senator Luke Poland (1815-1887) from Vermont - granted federal control of the judiciary of the Utah Territory in order to facilitate prosecutions under the Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act. It wrested power from the LDS Church by granting US district courts exclusive jurisdiction in all civil and criminal cases. The Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act, signed into law by Lincoln in 1862, was not enforced by the LDS-controlled judiciary which deemed it an unconstitutional infringement on their freedom of religion. The relevant passage reads, in part, "A more important bill is our regulating legal proceedings in Utah. Things judical are now at a perfect deadlock. The Mormon legislature have duplicated every US office we send them. They provide for a Territorial prosecuting officer and Marshall & provide by law that they shall perform all the duties of such offices. The organized law allows the legislature to elect probate judges. The Mormon legislature gives to these probate judges general Civil & Criminal jurisdiction - thus cutting out all the offices and courts of United States. The officers selected by the legislature also select all [?juries] for all county. The result is that the Mormons rule in everything according to the rules of the Church. My bill remedies all this - & restore[s] power to the U.S. judges. I also provide for the County to grant divorce to second and *later* wives - with power to decree alimony for the support of the wife & her children. The truth is that the power of the United States has been entirely ignored in that Territory. It is old doctrine of State rights applied to a Territory. My bill will cure all this I think. I was out there last year & saw something of all this"

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        A Tour of the World in 80 Days

      James R. Osgood, Boston, 1874. A Tour of the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. First American edition in green cloth. Publisher: James R. Osgood, Boston, 1873. Binding is in near fine condition, light wear to the top and bottom of the spine else the rest is in fine plus condition. Coated endpaper as new. Contents clean and bright. 291 pages. Inventory #11-273.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/No Jacket.

      [Bookseller: Discovery Bay Old Books]
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        MARK TWAIN'S SKETCHES

      1874. Number One. With Illustrations by R. T. Sperry. New York: American News Company, n.d. [1874]. Original light green wrappers decorated in black and green. First Edition, first issue. This is a collection of thirteen sketches by Twain, which he arranged to have printed right in Hartford. The following year some of these re-appeared in his much larger hardbound collection of similar title, MARK TWAIN'S SKETCHES NEW AND OLD. This earlier publication, being a fragile wrappered volume, is of course much scarcer -- in fact it is the first copy we have offered in 26 years; Johnson speculates that this might have been the beginning of a serial publication, which failed after "Number One."~The first issue, as here, has a decorated front cover but a blank rear cover (as here); the second issue has on its rear cover an Aetna Insurance ad that includes the date 1877. According to Blanck the wrapper is light blue, but this copy is definitely light green.~This is a very good copy, unusually complete (some but very little chipping of the delicate wrapper). The wrapper does have some dampmarking (apparent mainly on its blank surfaces, and the entire 32-page volume appears to have once been folded vertically. This is not an item to hold out for in fine condition, since it is so scarce. Blanck 3360. Housed in a green cloth slipcase with inner chemise.

      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman]
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        MARK TWAIN'S SKETCHES. Authorized Edition. Number One

      New York:: American News Company,. (1874).. 8vo. 9-1/2" x 6". 1st edition (BAL 3360). 32 pp.. Original publisher's pale blue paper wrappers, printed in dark green & black. 2nd state wrapper, with Aetna advert to rear wrapper.. Extremity wear, with some soiling to wrappers. A VG copy.. Illustrated by R. T. Sperry.

      [Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA]
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        Ismailia. A Narrative of the Expedition to Central Africa for the Suppression of the Slave Trade Organized by Ismail, Khedive of Egypt. 2 volumes

      London: Macmillan, 1874. First edition.. Hardcover. 8vo. (9 x 6 inches). Two volumes: viii, 447, 55 (adverts); viii, 588. Portrait frontispiece to each, folding map, single page map, numerous wood-engraved illustrations, hors-texte. Original green cloth gilt, edges a little rubbed. Light spotting scattered throughout. Previous owners' signatures in ink and pencil. Volume II rear inner hinge just-cracked, textblock slightly shaken. O/w contents clean and bright. A Very Good set. Very heavy books, requiring prohibitive amounts of extra postage overseas.

      [Bookseller: John Taylor Books P.B.F.A.]
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        Contributions to the Flora of Mentone

      London, Lovell Reeve & Co., 1874. 3rd ed. 25.0 x 15.0 cms. 99 hand-coloured litho plates, original giltstamped cloth. Extremities slightly rubbed, inner hinges and spine ends neatly repaired. Sporadic foxing but plates scarcely affected, old bookseller's catalogue entries pasted in on rear end paper.. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket.

      [Bookseller: Besleys Books]
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        My Early Life, previously unconfirmed binding variant of the first edition

      This is Churchill's extremely popular autobiography, covering the years from his birth in 1874 to his first few years in Parliament. For the discerning collector, here is a double enticement - this first edition, first printing is both a wonderfully preserved copy a previously unseen variant. The plum colored boards of this edition - particularly the coarse cloth of the first state - are especially susceptible to fading, soiling, and wear, the plum color easily bleaching to almost white with sun exposure. The contents are susceptible to spotting and the binding is often cocked. That's why so many first editions of this book has been torn apart and rebound. Finding such a well-preserved example is increasingly difficult. This copy would be well worthy of a picky collector just by virtue of superior condition. However, it also commands attention as a previously unconfirmed variant. Various states of the first edition, first printing are known. First states were bound in both a coarse and a smooth plum colored cloth, have the title stamped on the front cover in either three or five lines, and contain a list of 11 Churchill titles in the boxed list of "Works by the same Author" on the half-title verso. Second state copies are distinguished by the addition of "THE WORLD CRISIS: 1911-1914" to the boxed list of works on the half-title verso, making 12 titles. Until now, it was presumed that all second state copies featured bindings with a five-line title on the front cover. In his excellent bibliography of Churchill's works, Ronald Cohen states: ". most, perhaps even all, copies of the second state will be found in binding cases in which the front cover is stamped in 5, rather than 3, lines." We offer here a variant unknown in the Churchill canon - a first printing, second state copy in the coarse cloth binding with three lines on the front cover. Condition is near-fine+ and particularly notable for this notoriously fragile edition. The coarse cloth plum binding remains clean, tight, and square, with sharp corners, bright gilt, and nicely rounded spine. Most notably, the spine retains distinct and bright plum color, with only very slight sunning. The contents are equally pleasing - clean and bright with absolutely no spotting. Even the page edges show no trace of the spotting endemic to this edition. The only previous ownership mark we find is a neatly inked owner name on the ffep. The title and dedication pages remain uncut. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A91.1.c* (Previously unconfirmed variant binding), Woods/ICS A37(ab.1), Langworth p.131.

      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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        LECTURE On MINES And MINING, Delivered by Adloph Sutro, at Piper's Opera HOuse, Virginia City, and in all the Principal Towns and Mining Camps in the State of Nevada. [as published in] The DAILY INDEPENDENT -- Supplement. Virginia City, Nevada, Saturday, October 31, 1874.

      The Daily Independent,, Virginia City, Nevada: 1874 - Illustrated with 27 wood engravings, 5 cross-sections, 3 profiles, 1 graph & 1 facsimile [of the 1867 Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 70]. "Here Sutro tells the dramatic story of his attempt to drain the Comstock Lode with the famous Sutro Tunnel. At first he was aided and later bitterly opposed by the Bank of California group who sought the profits for themselves. His completion of the tunnel in 1878, and his investment of the profits in San Francisco real estate gave Sutro great wealth. Part of this he used in building up the Sutro Library of San Francisco, now a branch of the California State Library." [Streeter]. OCLC records 11 holding institutions. Per AmEx, no copies at auction since the Streeter sale in 1968.Rare in the trade.Ê Age-toing to paper. Numerous fold-lines, with splits developing along many. A couple 2-3" horizontal edge tears [no text lost]. Some minor edge rash. Withal, a complete, About VG copy. Elephant folio. 24" x 17-3/4". 1st printing (Armstrong 767; Paher 1924; Streeter AMERICANA IV, 2356). 4 pp; 8 columns per page. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA]
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        PHINEAS REDUX

      1874. In Two Volumes. With Illustrations Engraved on Wood. London: Chapman and Hall, 1874. Bound in three-quarter black morocco with marbled boards. First Edition of this novel that picks up where several previous ones left off. It is primarily a continuation of PHINEAS FINN, with Phineas returning to London after seven years of exile in Ireland and the death of his wife. But the Palliser family also figures in the plot, as it does in FRAMLEY PARSONAGE, DOCTOR THORNE and several other Trollope novels; so does Lizzie Eustace (and her new husband), fresh from her adventures in THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS.~PHINEAS REDUX first appeared serially in The Graphic, 26 weekly instalments (July 1873 - January 1874), each with an illustration. The book edition, using only 24 of the illustrations, was published in two volumes (blue cloth) in December 1873. According to Sadleir, the publisher Routledge not only issued C&H's unsold sheets, two-volumes-in-one, but also in 1874 printed up some additional copies that have continuous pagination.~This copy is bound in three-quarter black morocco with marbled boards, and is quite handsome in appearance; other than not being in its original cloth binding, we would rate its condition fine, as there is virtually no wear at all, and the leaves (including the plates) are clean and free of foxing. In our experience this is a tough Trollope to find in original cloth, as the relative delicacy of the cloth has caused most copies (like this) to be rebound. Sadleir (TROLLOPE) 41.

      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman]
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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. . Catalogs: military: to 1914.

      [Bookseller: Island Books [formerly of Devon]]
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        Histoire de la création des êtres organisés d'après les lois naturelles

      C. reinwald et cie, 1874. in8 Relié

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        Ralph the Heir [Scarce Yellowback Edition]

      London: Ward, Lock, and Co., [1874]. Hardcover. Very Good +. A Very Good + or better copy of the undated yellowback "New Edition" of Trollope's "Ralph the Heir" which we estimate it to have been published about 1874. Though showing some wear (some splitting to the top and bottom portions of the front joint -- but holding quite well, a surface rub slightly below the center of the front board, and rather light edge wear) this copy is in surprisingly nice condition for a yellowback book of this era. This issue would have been sold at the Railway stalls for passengers to read while traveling and was not intended to be the sort of copy that the buyer would keep in the manner he or she might keep a first edition Trollope. The yellowback books were, in essence, the paperback books of Trollope's day and were generally too fragile to last to the present day. A Very Good + or better copy of a quite scarce Trollope in the fragile yellowback format. QUITE SCARCE.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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        Los vinos en las Esposition de Viena

      Valencia: José Domenech, 1874. No Binding. Very Good. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Small 4to. [20 x 14.5 cm], 32 pp. including title-page. Unbound [as issued?]. Title page lightly toned, some light foxing. Generally good. Very rare first edition, and likely a pre-journal 'off-print,' of this report on the wines presented and judged at the Vienna World's Fair of 1873, with special focus on the wines of Spain, written by the chief of the Spanish Agricultural Commission.Santos' work begins with a description of recent advances in soil science and chemistry, including the work of Ramon Torres Muñoz de Luna, a chemistry professor at the University of Madrid, and especially Justus von Liebig, the recently-dead German chemist who revealed the role of nitrogen in plant science. He continues with a roll-call of Spain's award-winning exhibitors at the Vienna World's Fair, presenting a variety of products from soap to beeswax to foodstuffs, followed by an international roundup of the Fair's alcoholic offerings. These include wines from America, in which Santos notes "una predisposicion grande á imitar algunos de nuestros vinos," as well as tropical liqueurs from Brazil and Cuba, Belgian and English beers, and Japanese rice-wines. The centerpiece of the report is Santos' detailed list of the Spanish wines presented at the fair, totaling no less than 349 exhibits that garnered 249 medals and diplomas (only 15 less than the French). He then lists the award-winning exhibitors by region and vintners'-house and reviews the highlights of the winning wines, including an anecdote in which Francesc Gil Borrás, an early commercial producer of cava, won the day and the 'medal of progress' against the makers of the more prestigious Moet & Chandon champagne.Santos published an identically titled work in the business journal Fomento de Producción Nacional (Barcelona 1874, no. 186, pp. 7-26), and in Revista de España (vol .36, pg. 179, "28 Enero 1874). Judging by the date printed on the verso of the final leaf (January 15, 1874) and the pagination, this copy appears to be an off-print of the report, in which case it would possibly have been printed prior to the journals themselves.OCLC: No copies in US. No US copies of journals located.

      [Bookseller: Martayan Lan, Inc.]
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        Greville Memoirs, The

      1874-87. A Faithful Record of the Impressions Made on the Mind of a Competent Observer"Elegantly Bound by Bayntun of Bath in Full Blue Morocco ca. 1920Extra Illustrated With 379 Portraits and Views and Six AutographsGREVILLE, Charles F. The Greville Memoirs. Edited by Henry Reeve, registrar of the Privy Council. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1874-1887. First editions. All volumes “Special Copy-Extra Illustrated.” Three parts in eight octavo volumes. Comprising: A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV. and King William IV. (three volumes); A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1852 (three volumes); and A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria from 1852 to 1860 (two volumes). Extra-illustrated with 359 fine and engraved portraits and views throughout (eighty of which are hand-colored). In addition six autographs have also been mounted to size.Eight octavo volumes (8 1/4 x 5 1/4 in; 211 x 133 mm). Elegantly bound ca. by Bayntun of Bath ca. 1920 in full deep blue crushed Levant morocco with gilt strapwork, gilt pointillé rolls, gilt dots, and gilt crown and rosette corner ornaments. Gilt rolled edges. Five gilt tooled raised bands. Six gilt ornamented compartments. Gilt ornamented turn ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A very fine and magnificent set.The six autographs contained are: James Henry Monk, Lord Bishop of Gloucester, volume I, p. 16; Robert Saunders Dundas, Viscount Melville, volume I, p. 124; The Right Honorable William Huskiggon, volume II, p. 47; Richard, Marquis Wellesley, volume III, p. 31; The Earl of Mulgrave, volume III, p. 258; Thomas Graham, Baron Lynedoch, volume V, p.46"Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville (April 2, 1794 - January 18, 1865) became one of the finest polital diarists of his time… He was one of the Pages of Honour to George III, and was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford; but he left the university early, having been appointed private secretary to Earl Bathurst before he was twenty. The interest of the duke of Portland had secured for him the secretaryship of the island of Jamaica, which was a sinecure office, the duties being performed by a deputy, and the reversion of the clerkship of the council. From 1821 to 1859 he was Clerk to the Privy Council where his work brought him into contact with all the leading political people of the time. He was a well-known racehorse owner and something of a literary figure. He therefore served under three successive sovereigns, - George IV, William IV and Victoria,--and although no political or confidential functions are attached to that office, it is one which brings a man into habitual intercourse with the chiefs of all the parties in the state. Well-born, well-bred, handsome and accomplished, Greville led the easy life of a man of fashion, taking an occasional part in the transactions of his day and much consulted in the affairs of private life. Until 1855 when he sold his stud he was an active member of the turf, and he trained successively with Lord George Bentinck, and with the duke of Portland. But the celebrity which now attaches to his name is entirely due to the posthumous publication of a portion of a Journal or Diary which it was his practice to keep during the greater part of his life. These papers were given by him to his friend Henry Reeve a short time before his death, with an injunction that they should be published, as far as was feasible, at not too remote a period after the writer's death. The journals of the reigns of George IV and William IV (extending from 1817 to 1837) were accordingly so published in obedience to his directions about ten years after that event. Few publications have been received with greater interest by the public; five large editions were sold in little more than a year, and the demand in America was as great as in England. These journals were regarded as a faithful record of the impressions made on the mind of a competent observer, at the time, by the events he witnessed and the persons with whom he associated. Greville did not stoop to collect or record private scandal. His object appears to have been to leave behind him some of the materials of history, by which the men and actions of his own time would be judged. He records not so much public events as the private causes which led to them; and perhaps no English memoir writer has left behind him a more valuable contribution to the history of the 19th century… The memoirs appeared in three parts - the first for the reigns of King George lV and King William lV, 1817 to 1837 (London, 1874, 3 vols.), the second for the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1852 (London, 1885, 3 vols.), and the third for the reign of Queen Victoria from 1852-1860 (London, 1887, 2 vols.). When the first series appeared in 1874 some passages caused extreme offence. The copies issued were as far as possible recalled and passages suppressed.". (Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition).

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        Mineralogia Cornubiensis; A Treatise on Minerals, Mines, and Mining: Containing the Theory and Natural History of Strata, Fissures, and Lodes [etc.]

      First Edition. -- This copy has a bound-in leaf following title-page: "To His Royal Highness George, Prince of Wales ... Respectfully Inscribed, By ... William Price" (Price's name is printed, not his written signature) this leaf is called for in the Clement 1874 Cornwall bibliography, but is NOT present in the digitized copy available online. -- Complete, all engravings present, to coincide with the "directions to the bookbinder" leaf bound in. -- Condition: cover is worn, contents are near fine: spine has tears and wear; black spine label has small chips affecting two letters; boards worn, peeled, bumped corners; front-hinge cracked; edges roughly cut. Title-page offset tanning, but pages mostly white and clean; plate engravings quite sharp, with no tears evident.

      [Bookseller: BUCKS COUNTY BOOKSHOP]
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        The Works. Illustrated Library Edition. [30 Volumes, complete]

      Chapman & Hall. Hardcover. London, 1874. Complete set in thirty volumes. Octavos, finely bound by Zaehnsdorf in half morocco over marbled paper with gilt decorated spines, five raised bands, marbled endpapers and page edges. A beautiful, very near fine set with some very light normal shelfwear and some intermittent light foxing. Dickens favorite edition of his collected works. "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." Profusely illustrated by "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Browne), George Cruikshank, Frederick Walker, Edwin Landseer, Daniel Maclise, John Leech, Marcus Stone, George Cattermole, and Luke Fildes. A bright near fine set. Contents very good plus to near fine with some occasional light marginal staining to a few of the later volumes and to Vol. 5, some small marginal tears to a section of ten pages in Vol. 28. Small stain of about 1/4 of an inch to top of pages on Vol. 9. Professional seam repair to two inch section of spine on Vol. 15 at seam, barely visible. A beautiful set in near fine condition overall. . Fine. 1874. First Edition.

      [Bookseller: Auger Down Books]
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        1874 3vol William Harrison Ainsworth Merry England Or Nobles and Serfs First Ed

      London - Tinsley Brothers, 1874 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A scarce edition of Merry England; Or, Nobles and Serfs a historical novel by William Harrison Ainsworth. First edition. In three volumes complete. Dedicated to Ralph Fawcett Ainsworth , the author's cousin with a note by the author to front of volume one. Half titles to volumes two and three. William Harrison Ainsworth (1805 - 1882) was an English historical novelist. Ainsworth briefly tried the publishing business, but soon gave it up and devoted himself to journalism and literature. His first success as a writer came with Rookwood in 1834, which features Dick Turpin as its leading character. A stream of thirty-nine novels followed, the last of which appeared in 1881. From 1840 to 1842 he edited Bentley's Miscellany, from 1842 to 1853, Ainsworth's Magazine and subsequently The New Monthly Magazine. His Lancashire novels cover altogether 400 years and include The Lancashire Witches, 1848, Mervyn Clitheroe, 1857, and The Leaguer of Lathom. Jack Sheppard, Guy Fawkes, 1841, Old St Paul's, 1841, Windsor Castle, 1843, and The Lancashire Witches are regarded as his most successful novels. He was very popular in his lifetime and his novels sold in large numbers. W. H. Smith Library blind stamp to front free endpaper. Condition: In original cloth bindings. Externally, generally smart but with slight wear to extremities, rubbing and occasional marks to boards. Front hinge to volume one slightly strained. Internally, generally firmly bound although strained in places. Bright but with the odd spot and handling mark and closed tears to front of volume one. Some pages unopened. Overall: GOOD.

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        The Portfolio an artistic periodical

      Seeley, Jacksonm and Halliday. Hardcover. half bound blue Morocco leather blue marbled boards raised bands gilt lettering 192 pp contains Notes on the Movements of Young Children by Robert Louis Stevenson.(first printing)..and an etching Breton Peasant by A. Legros. . Good. 1874.

      [Bookseller: San Francisco Book Company]
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        PRUDENCE PALFREY; A NOVEL

      Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1874. First Edition and a copy with superb provenance, A PRESENTATION COPY FROM ALDRICH TO MARK TWAIN, INSCRIBED ON THE FRONT BLANK: “MARK, FROM HIS FRIEND T.B.A.” And with the additional ownership provenance of the Estelle Doheny collection with her bookplate present. 8vo, publisher’s original green cloth, the lettering in gilt as issued, in a nice cloth folding protective box. 311 pp. A very pleasing copy of a unique item, neatly restored at some time in the distant past. A UNIQUE ITEM. THE FIRST EDITION OF THIS NOVEL BY ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS WRITERS OF THE 19TH CENTURY, INSCRIBED BY ALDRICH TO MARK TWAIN, HIS FRIEND. Twain first met Aldrich, after corresponding for some months, in November 1871. From that day forward the two enjoyed a lifelong friendship. Twain once said he “could not admire” Aldrich’s “The Story of a Bad Boy” (published 1869) but it is clearly a model for “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, and Twain credited it as his inspiration for that novel. In his autobiography Twain praised Aldrich’s brilliant conversation, remarking that he had no peer for “pithy and witty and humorous sayings.” Twain’s autobiography is famous for the LACK of praise he heaped upon his contemporaries, it is thus clear that his affection for Aldrich was genuine. Twain was in attendance at Aldrich’s memorial service in 1908. At the top of his career Aldrich outranked both Twain and Walt Whitman in popularity, his light verse and witty stories delighted the literary public who considered him an equal to Longfellow, Lowell and Holmes in the canon of American Literature, an honor Twain would have to wait many more years to achieve. “Beginning with the collection of stories entitled Marjorie Daw and Other People (1873), Aldrich wrote works of realism and quiet humor. His novels Prudence Palfrey (1874), The Queen of Sheba (1877), and The Stillwater Tragedy (1880) had more dramatic action. The first portrayed Portsmouth with the affectionate touch shown in the shorter humorous tale, A Rivermouth Romance (1877).”

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        Coomassie and Magdala The Story of two British campaigns in Africa.

      London:: Sampson, Low, Marston, Low, & Searle,, 1874.. Second edition.. Hardcover. Near Fine. xiv, 510pp +(2) adverts: illustrated, and with two folding maps. Contents clean: with soil mark to edge of frontis portrait, and brown marks to margin at one opening. In the original binding of green cloth over bevelled boards, decorated in black and gold, with portrait medallions on the front. Lovely copy, recently refurbished. [Heavy Item]

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        An English-Japanese Dictionary. Together with A Table of Irregular Verbs, and A List of English Signs and Abbreviations.

      Kanazawa in Kaga, 1874 - 1874. New Edition. (iipp.: foreward, etc.)+1000pp. Original binding. 3/4 leather, Dark green cloth. Rectangular. Wholly wormed with many holes and sunned. Corner leather missing. Spine damaged and partly repaired. Fore edge sunned, stained, and sl.ink stained. Eps.sl.faded. Joint of e.ps.repaired with green cloth tapes. Lower part of front flyleaves missing. Front flyleaves light sunned and chipped. ear flyleaves missing. Stamped on recto of title page and colophon with ink nonation. Some papers pasted on title page. From title page to 29pp.light stained. 337-352pp.chipped. 693-954pp.light stained at the margin. Joint of 977-978pp.sl.torn. 17x21.5cm. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Ogawa Tosho,Ltd. ABAJ, ILAB]
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        CAPTIVITY OF HANS STADE OF HESSE, in A.D. 1547 - 1555, Among the Wild Tribes of Eastern Brazil. Translated by Albert Tootal, Esq., of Rio de Janeiro

      London: Printed by the Hakluyt Society, 1874. First edition. 8vo, bound by Morrell in three-quarter crushed green morocco and cloth, gilt ruled borders in the panels of the spine, two panels with lettering in gilt, t.e.g. With the original blue cloth spine bound in at the rear. xcvi, 169. A very handsome and beautifully bound copy. This scarce publication is the autobiography of a German soldier of fortune, Hans Stade, who had been captured by cannibalistic Indians in eastern Brazil during the sixteenth century. Burton wrote the introduction to the book and added extensive footnotes. He also brushed up the text a bit. Burton discovered this text while on an extensive visit to Brazil where he studied many of the indigenous Indian languages, excavated early Portuguese forts and searched for gold.

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        MERIDIANA: The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa

      New York: Scribner, Armstrong, and Co, 1874. First American Edition, First State, with two titles listed on the title verso. With 48 illustrations throughout. 8vo, publisher’s original green cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine and upper cover, with blind stamped borders. viii, 232, (2 ads). A clean, bright and handsome copy, only lightly mellowed or with only minor shelfwear to the extremities. RARE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF VERNE’S WORK ON AFRICAN EXPLORATION. Verne had already become wildly successful with his Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea when Scribner’s published this novel of danger and adventure in South Africa. An unusually nice copy of a rare book.

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        Harry Heathcote of Gangoil: A Tale of Australian Bush Life [GENUINE FIRST UK EDITION-EXCEEDINGLY RARE]

      London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1874. First edition. Hardcover. Fine. A Near Fine copy of the first edition, first printing, of one of Anthony Trollope's rarest novels, beautifully bound by Zaehnsdorf in full leather with the boards decorated in blind within gilt lines and corner decorations, the board edges lined in gilt, the compartmented spine blocked, decorated, lettered, and dated in gilt and with gilt decoration to the top and bottom edges, turn-ins richly decorated in gilt and the endpapers luxuriously marbled. This is an elegant copy with the exterior showing only some minor rubbing and the pages, which are gilted at the top edge, some modest intermittent foxing to the margins. [Bound without the scarce publisher's October 1873 catalogue at the end.] With respect to this title, Sadleir states: "Harry Heathcote in its genuine (unillustrated) first edition is of extreme rarity. No price records exist. Should a good copy come up for sale it will fetch as much as the most frenzied Trollopian present can afford to pay." [Sadleir 43]. One rarely sees a copy of this Trollope novel, whether in original cloth, rebound, or in any condition whatsoever. An extraordinarily elusive Trollope title and possibly the only opportunity a Trollope collector reading this description ever may have to obtain one. A collection-distinguishing copy of an "extreme rarity". RARE INDEED.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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        Konversations-Lexikon. Eine Encyklopaedie des allgemeinen Wissens. 3. Aufl. 16 Bde

      Leipzig: BI, 1874. Gebunden. Halblederbaende berieben Band 15 Ruecken geplatzt Buchbloecke fest soweit ersichtlich fehlt nichts

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

      London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, And Searle, 1874. First Editions with these Illustrations after designs by French artist Alexandre Bida [1813-1895]. 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.)

      [Bookseller: D & E Lake Ltd. (ABAC, ILAB)]
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        Speaking Likenesses

      London: Macmillan & Co, 1874. Hard Cover. Very Good. Hard Cover. FIRST EDITION WITH AUTHOR';S SIGNATURE TIPPED IN. This book contains three charming and fantastical children';s tales which involve talking animals, odd creatures, and more. The adventures described in each story are comparable to Alice in Wonderland which was published eight years earlier. Bound in beautiful contemporary red three quarter leather with red cloth boards, gilt tooling, and title stamp to banded spine. Original blue cloth cover and spine piece bound into book in rear. The leather has only slight rubbing to corners and front board, with minor sunning to spine. Beautiful marbled endpapers and gilt edges. Interior is clean and bright with twelve illustrations by Hughes, including a nice black and white frontis plate. The author';s autograph is tipped into the page following the title. A lovely copy of Christina Rossetti';s stories. 96 pages. PreRaph/012910.

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        A JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH

      1874. With illustrations by Riou. Boston: Henry L. Shepard & Co., n.d. [1874]. Original terra-cotta cloth pictorially decorated in black and gilt. Second American edition of Verne's second book, preceded only by FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON. This classic Verne tale first appeared in America serially, running in Frank Leslie's weekly Chimney Corner from May to November 1873. In November of that year, Scribner Armstrong came out with the first American edition, containing all 52 of the Riou illustrations that had appeared in the 1871 Griffith & Farran edition in England. In late 1874 Shepard came out with this unauthorized cheaper edition -- with fewer of the Riou illustrations, though still in a handsome pictorial binding. (This was at about the same time as Scribner Armstrong's "deluxe edition," published for the 1874 holiday season; Scribner Armstrong quickly countered Shepard's edition with a cheaper version of their own, and also issued the tale combined with MERIDIANA into a volume titled STORIES OF ADVENTURE.)~This is an attractive copy of this handsome production, bright and near-fine (very slight rubbing at the extremities, a couple of faint scratches on the front cover). Scribner Armstrong's 1873 edition, or their 1874 "deluxe" edition, in this condition sells at several times this price. See Taves & Michaluk V002.

      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman]
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        Map of the Rutger's Farm As it existed in 1784, Accurately made from reliable data

      New York: 1874. Lithograph with period colour by Louis E. Neuman. Backed on linen with piping along edges, as issued. Creasing in far left and far right sections of map, mildly creased within. Property owner names written in ink in various places. 22 1/4 x 39 1/2 inches. A fascinating look at one of the most valuable properties in New York City The title is a little bit mis-leading, as this is a map of what had been Rutgers Farm but now (i.e. in 1874) being laid out for development. The Rutgers Farm Estate had been one of the largest family owned properties in Manhattan since the 17th century. Its dissolution after the Civil War was a major real estate event. Members of the Rutgers family arrived in Manhattan in 1646, eventually establishing a brewery. The brewery led to the acquisition of farmland, tenants and slaves and resulted in a large fortune. The farm that Hendrick Rutgers left to his four children in a will written in 1784 is the subject of this very interesting New York City map. The property, a portion of which is now beneath the Manhattan Bridge, extended from Catherine Street (named after Catherine Rutgers) to Montgomery Street and from the East River to Division Street (the road that divided Rutgers and De Lancey's properties). Hendrick Rutgers had left the family farmhouse near Chatham Square and built the Rutgers Mansion farther northeast on the property in the late 18th century. As stated or implied on the map, most of the property was passed on to his son, Col. Henry Rutgers, who became one of the greatest landowners in New York City. He never married and his property went to his nephew, William Crosby, who died in 1865. It was in 1867 that the division into lots and building of tenements began, so this map relates to recent events in the neighborhood.. The ownership of the lots has been written in some cases by hand in ink. The name Crosby (for example) is seen frequently among them. Rutgers Farm thus became part of the teeming Lower East Side. Not far from the Five Points, this neighborhood in 1874 would have been quite poor and predominantly Irish. During the 1880's there was an influx of Italian, Eastern European and Russian Jews, Poles, Hungarians and others as the Irish spread out through the city and beyond. What had been Rutgers Farm became part of the greenhouse for the new America. The mapmaker, John Bute Holmes, was a civil engineer and city surveyor. Based on two articles that appeared in the New York Times in 1875, his ethical competence was questionable. It was alleged that he was married to several women at once, compromised a number of others and killed a police officer in a fight over the man's wife, with whom Holmes "had been intimate". He was quite wealthy, which seems to have been the means by which he evaded the claims of justice. Holmes made several maps of large, old New York city properties in development, 21 such maps are in the New York Public Library collection, and it is safe to assume there is a connection between these and his reputed wealth.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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        Report of the Board of Officers … on Gatling Guns of Large Caliber for Flank-Defence - with two autograph letters signed to Edgar T. Welles

      Washington: Government Printing Office, , 1874. Quarto. Original pinkish cloth, title and Ordnance Department crest gilt to the upper board. 2 photogravure plates of the gun, 19 lithographed target plates, and 3 schematics, tables to the text. Boards sunned and rubbed, spine damaged head and tail, hinges a little cracked, light browning to the text, about very good. First edition. Engraved bookplate; "Compliments of the Acting Chief of Ordnance, U.S. Army" to the front pastedown. Two 2-page autograph letters signed on Gatling Gun Company stationery from Richard J. Gatling to Edgar T. Welles, son of Gideon Welles Civil War Secretary of the Navy, and secretary and treasurer of the Gatling Gun Co. In the first, dated 4 August 1885, Gatling asks Welles to join him at the Larkin House, Watch Hill, Rhode Island, where he is staying, at his wife's insistence, for his health; "I have a good many things to talk over with you - more than I can write - and I want you to also to meet Col. Prince [Col. Frederick W. Prince, Civil War artillery veteran who joined Gatling in 1885] … He will, I think, be a good man to work up state orders." The second, dated 21 October 1886, carries a note of urgency, perhaps even desperation; "The hands at the Armory who make Gatling Guns, are about out of work and unless we can get some orders for guns soon, they will have to be discharged. If this is done it will be bad for us, for in the event we should get large orders hereafter, it would be difficult to get green hands to make guns so as to pass inspection." Gatling despatches Welles to go Washington, "the earliest day possible & see Genl. Benét [Stephen Vincent Benét, Chief of Army Ordnance], and don't take 'no' from him, but insist on his giving us an order for the 23 guns ordered by the States, & which Col. Prince procured the orders for at our expense …" and while there he should "see Com[modore] Sicard [Montgomery Sicard, Chief of Naval Ordnance]; and Com[ander] Folger [William M. Folger, Inspector of Naval Ordnance, Annapolis] who is now in Washington. The new war ships & monitors will ere long need Gatlings & it would save time if the Navy Dept. would order them now." Both letters a little browned, and with creases from postal folding, but very good, and with excellent content. Additionally inserted is a superbly-preserved contemporary price-list for Gatling Guns and ammunition for New York dealers Hartley & Graham, featuring a large engraving of a Gatling "with positive or Accles' Feed." Altogether a splendid assemblage.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        From The Earth to the Moon

      New York, Scribner, Armstrong and Company. 1874, 1874. Classic Sci-Fi. First US Edition. 8vo. Publisher's heavily decorated terracotta cloth titled and decorated in gilt and dark blue to spine and front board. A trifle rubbed to extrmities, bumping to spine ends and a little shelfwear, nevertheless highly attractive. Dark blue endpapers. Scattered foxing to prelims, scattered marginal spotting throughout and slightly ragged edges to a couple of the prelims. Shows very well, a handsome copy of a scarce and popular Verne title. Bleiler; Checklist of Fantastic Literature

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Mission scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale. recherches zoologiques. Quatrième partie. Études sur les poissons

      Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, (1874-) 1915. Folio (35.0 x 27.0 cm). [viii], 265 pp., 20 lithographed plates of which 15 are chromolithographed and finished by hand [1, 1bis, 1ter, 2, 3, IV, 5, 5bis, 5ter, 5quat, 6, 7, 8, 8bis, 9, 9bis, 10, 10bis, 10ter, 11quint (error for 10quint) ], one text engraving. Recent green half morocco over marbled boards. Gilt lettered spine with six raised, gilt-bordered bands.* A fine and rare complete copy of this superbly illustrated work on the fishes of Central America and the Caribbean, with the descriptions and illustrations of many new and poorly known species. The work forms part four of the "Mission Scientifique" comprising 13 volumes. This volume is particularly rare as it was published in instalments over a period of over 40 years. Many of the fine coloured plates, heightened with gum-arabic, are by Bocourt and lithographed by Mesnel. "This well-known study of Central American natural history was issued in parts, some of the sections being still incomplete" (Wood). Léon Louis Vaillant (1834-1914) was a noted French ichthyologist and herpetologist and professor of reptiles and fishes at the Paris Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle and "thus came to hold the chair of Count de Lacepède and Dumérils and inherited responsibility for the then-largest collections of reptiles and fishes in the world" (Adler). Marie Firmin Bocourt (1819-1904) combined zoological knowledge with great artistic qualities. It was in fact he who initiated the "Mission scientifique" series, together with the ichthyologist and herpetologist Auguste Duméril (1812-1870). First few leaves with an insignificant marginal dampstain, some inoffensive spots on text leaves, but generally very clean, and with fine, accurate colouring. Adler [1], pp. 58-59; Cat. BM(NH) II, p. 605; Dean II, p. 574; Wood p. 466.

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        Catalogue des Livres de Madame du Barry avec les Prix a Versailles, 1771

      Paris: Auguste Fontaine, Libraire, 1874. (DU BARRY, MADAME JEAN BECU, COMTESSE, 1743-93 ) Number 79 of 100 copies. 12mo. vi, 149 pp. Half contemporary blue morocco, a.e.g., spine faded, minor rubbing, internally fine. Bookplate . Printed from one of the 2 original Manuscripts now in the Arsenal Library. Mistress of Louis XV, the Comtesse Du Barry wished to rival her predecessor's library, Madame de Pompadour and had an unknown Parisian bookdealer go about the task. There are 1091 titles in this catalogue

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        DESPERATE REMEDIES

      New York: Henry Holt, 1874. Hardy, Thomas. DESPERATE REMEDIES. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1874. First American Edition of Hardy's first novel, in the primary binding of original publisher’s cream cloth (rather than mustard yellow cloth). This copy also has the endpaper ads in their first state, dated March 17, 1874 (the month of publication). The three-volume London first edition is extremely rare, making this an opportunity to acquire a relevant first edition of Hardy’s first published title at a reasonable price. A VERY GOOD copy , some light browning to its spine and a bit of wear to one corner, plus the usual light soil inevitable to this pale binding. Vintage custom slipcase. . First American Edition. Very Good.

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        Grundzuge der physiologischen Psychologie.

      Wilhelm Engelmann, Leipzig 1874 - Wundt, Wilhelm (1832-1920). Grundzuge der physiologischen Psychologie. 8vo. xii, 870, [2, errata]pp. Text illustrations. 232 x 158 mm. Leipzig: Wilhelm Engelmann, 1874. Original half cloth, marbled boards, rebacked preserving original spine. Some browning as in all copies, otherwise very good. First Edition. Garrison-Morton 4976. Horblit, One Hundred Books Famous in Science, 100a. The foundation of experimental psychology, which uses quantitative methods to study psychological processes such as perception and the formation of ideas. Wundt first conceived of a physiological psychology in 1858 while working as an assistant to Helmholtz, and produced two works on the subject before publishing the Grundzuge, the book that made his reputation. Wundt later established the first laboratory devoted to experimental psychology, which exerted an enormous influence in the spread of "brass instrument psychology" as Wundt attracted more and more foreign students, particularly Americans, many of whom later founded similar laboratories of their own. Wundt's system of experimental psychology is difficult to summarize, as he constantly changed his views without warning, and he left no significant factual or theoretical contribution to the science. His greatest importance lay in his ability to stimulate research and in his role as the leader of a crusade; he "constituted an important rallying point for the generation of young men who saw experimental psychology as a new avenue to man's self-understanding" (DSB). Norman 2270. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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