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        Codice aragonese o sia lettere regie, ordinamenti ed altri atti governativi dè sovrani aragonesi in Napoli, riguardanti l'amministrazione interna del reame e le relazioni all'estero. Volumi tre in 4 tomi (il secondo è diviso in due parte).

      Antonio Cavaliere 1866- Quattro tomi in-8° di pp. CIV-562-XXXIV-384-512-XVI-422, il frontespizio e le prime 16 pagine della parte seconda del volume secondo sono in fotocopia. Legature in cartonato recente con titolo ai dorsi. Esemplare intonso, con fioriture del tempo.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Gulla']
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        Letter handwritten and signed by N. S. Shaler (1841-1906)

      Not published Cambridge, MA: Not published, 1874. Two page handwritten letter on Robert Clarke & Co. Cincinnati letterhead, dated May 20, 1874. A difficult to read letter, signed N. S. Shaler. This letter (to an unknown recipient) begins "I am satisfied that your plan for securing an Agassiz Scholarship at Penekese and the Museum of Comparative Zoology (of which Penekese is the summer school) is the only practicable method of doing anything for the memory of Agassiz. I shall therefore...second your efforts by all the means in my...two thousand five hundred dollars (or any larger sum of course)...I am compelled to be away for ten days to come I hope you will ...a paper and have it circulated, As I am trying to do the same thing in Kentucky, acting in the...and shall not be able to give much to the Cincinnati fund however + will do something in memory at the next meeting of the Nat. Hist. Soc. + shall make a talk on the material..." Nathaniel Southgate Shaler was an American paleontologist and geologist who wrote extensively on the theological and scientific implications of the theory of evolution. He studied at Harvard under Louis Agassiz and would go on to become a Harvard lecturer and professor of paleontology for two decades (1869-1888) and as professor of geology for nearly two more (1888-1906). Shaler served for two years during the Civil War as Captain of Artillery (5th Kentucky Battery) in the Federal Army.. Signed. First Edition. Very good+ condition.

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        St. Nicholas: For Boys and Girls. November 1874 - October 1897, November 1902 - October 1904

      Scribner & Co. New York: Scribner & Co.. 1874. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition. Hardcover. A nearly complete run of St. Nicholas magazine from November 1874 - October 1879. Included: Vol. II; Vol. III nos. 1 & 2; Vol. IV; Vol. V nos. 1&2; Vol. VI nos. 1& 2; Vol. VII; Vol. VIII pts. 1 & 2; Vol. IX pt. 2; Vol. X pts. 1 & 2; Vol. XI pts. 1 & 2; Vol. XII pts. 1 & 2; Vol. XIV pts. 1 & 2; vol. XV pts. 1 & 2; 1889 pts. 1 & 2; 1890 pts. 1 & 2; 1891 pts. 1 & 2; 1892 pts. 1 & 2; Vol. XX; Vol. XXI; Vol. XXII; Vol. XXIII pts. 1 & 2; 1897 pts. 1 & 2; Vol XXX pts. 1 & 2; Vol. XXXI pts. 1 & 2. Volumes II-XV are brown half leather, gilt titles, pebbled cloth; Volumes 1889-1892, 1897 are red decorative cloth, gilt titles; Volumes XX- XXIII are black half leather, gilt titles, pebbled cloth. Volumes XXX-XXI are red half-leather, gilt titles. Overall Good-Very Good, some hinges split, general rubbing with occasional light peeling, mild shelfwear, occasional marks to endpapers.

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        FONDATION B. IN. G. BIBLIOTHEQUE INTERNATIONALE DE GASTRONOMIE. CATALOGO DEL FONDO ITALIANO E LATINO DELLE OPERE DI GASTRONOMIA SEC. XIV-XIX.

      3 voll ril. in seta con sovr. ed elegante custodia, cm 32x25, Vol. I: Opere a stampa A-K pp 928, 32 tavv a colori f.t., numerosissime ill. b/n nel t.; Vol. II: Opere a stampa L-Z, pp 1874, 32 tavv a colori f.t. numerosiss. ill. b/n nel t.; Vol. III: Indici grafici, pp 988. Esemplare allo stato di nuovo.

      [Bookseller: Editoriale Umbra]
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        The Thanotophidia of India. Being a description of the Venomous Snakes of the Indian Penisula with an account of the influence of thei poison on life and a series of experiments. London. J. and A. Churchill 1872 (1a Ediz.).

      In folio, leg. non coeva in mz.tela nera, dorso muto, titolo impresso in oro sul piatto ant.; pp.X-156 (occhiello e frontespizio in fotocopia), 31 tavv. litografate (28 in cromolitografia, molto belle, 2 a doppia pagina), purtroppo le tavole sono tutte interessate da un'ampia gora nel margine sup., che va attenandosi sempre più nella parte del testo, fino quasi a scomparire a partire da p.30. Esemplare raro, ma difettoso.Caseb Wood p. 338. Nissen ZBI, 1339.Un classico lavoro sui serpenti velenosi indiani, ripubblicato nel 1874 (testo ampliato, immutate il numero delle tavole). L'Autore (1824-1907) era un medico inglese, professore al Medical College diCalcutta, intraprese importantii studi sugli apparati veleniferi degli Ofidi e su come prevenire l'avvelenamento da punture di serpente nell'uomo. Le belle tavole vennero eseguiti da giovani artisti della Government School of Art di Calcutta. In base ai difetti sopra descritti l'opera viene posta in vendita ad un prezzo notevolmente ribassato (la quotazione per un buon esemplare è oggi stimata sui 2000-3000 ?).

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico Naturalia]
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        County Atlas of Warren, New Jersey

      F.W. Beers Folio, leather spine & cloth, 33 maps, 92 pp. Joints cracked, but covers still attached, some wear and tears to binding, map of Pahaquarry is loose, with some tears and damage outside margins, some discoloration extends a little into map image, one Washington map has a margin tear, all other maps, including the folding maps are in very good condition; some foxing and aging, but generally bright and clean internally. Rather rare atlas of Warren County New Jersey. Auction records indicate this atlas has come up for sale only four times in the last 25 years, and fetched over $1,000 the last time out. Includes maps of the United Staes, New Jersey, Warren County, along with those of Hope, Knowlton, Independence, and Hackettstown. Phillips 2171

      [Bookseller: Nicholas D. Riccio Rare Books & Prints ]
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        A Short History of the English People

      Macmillan and Co London: Macmillan and Co, 1874. Hard Cover. Very Good. First Edition. The extremely rare first edition of a key work in British history. Very good in original dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Bumping to corners, light rubbing to boards, and slight crease to rear board. This book has been expertly recased using all original materials. The interior has a few light spots of foxing throughout and spots of browning to the end pages. Includes a time line, genealogical tables, and five maps of which four are printed in color. Features the bookplate of Thomas Brooke. Housed in a fine brown cloth slipcase with leather and gilt title label to spine. Index, 847 pages. ENG/052110. Very Good.

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        ATLAS OF THE TOWN OF BROOKLINE MASSACHUSETTS

      1874. HOPKINS, G. M. ATLAS OF THE TOWN OF BROOKLINE MASSACHUSETTS. FROM ACTUAL SURVEYS & OFFICIAL RECORDS. Philadelphia: G. M. Hopkins & Co., 1874. Half black morocco, brown pebbled cloth boards stamped in gilt and blind. Spine and corners heavily worn, spine with shallow chips and hand lettered paper spine label. Corners chipped. Folio, 14 double page and one single page color maps with contents page preceding. Maps are clean and fresh. Scarce.

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        Voyage D’Exploration A La Mer Morte, A Petra, Et Sur La Rive Gauche Du Jourdain . Oeuvre Posthume Publiée Par Ses Petits-Fils Sous La Direction de M. Le Comte De Vogüé [Vols. 1 and 2 only]

      Arthus Bertrand Editeur Paris: Arthus Bertrand, Editeur, 1874. First edition. Hardcover. vg. Large folios. III, [1], 388, 222, [6]pp. Modern burgundy buckram. Original printed wrappers bound in. First two volumes of this monumental work originally published in 3 volumes and 2 atlases. Volume I: entitled: "Relation du Voyage" and containing numerous in-text wood engravings. Volume II: consists of two texts, the first by M. Vignes entitled "De Petra A Palmyre", the second by MM. Mauss & Henri Sauvaire entitled "Voyage de Jerusalem à Karak et à Chaubak", and containing numerous full-page charts. Some age wear on original wrappers with closed tear on front wrapper of first volume (professionally taped) and left corner of back wrapper torn. Minor age-toning along edges of wrappers. Sporadic and minor foxing on very first and very last pages of both volumes. Text in French. Binding in overall fine, interior in very good condition. The Duc de Luynes (1802-1867), eminent numismatist, scholar, archaeologist and collector of art, directed and sponsored this important expedition to Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon in 1864. Louis Vignes (1831-1896), a French marine officer who started taking photographs in the Holy Land using the Calotype system since 1859. He accompanied Honore d'Albert, Duc de Luynes at the end of September in 1864 on an archaeological journey from Beirut to Palmyra. His greatest achievement was the exploration of the Dead Sea basin at the same year. Vignes took many photographs during his voyages and explorations in the Holy Land.

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        The Works in Twenty-two volumes (complete, as issued).

      London: Smith Elder, 1874.. The set published 1874-1876. Plates. Twenty-two volumes 8vo (8 x 5 1/2 inches). Contemporary half polished brown calf; spines with double gilt rules head and base, decorative gilt ornaments to raised bands, with double green lettering pieces. A handsome set in very good condition.

      [Bookseller: Bristow & Garland]
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        The Courtin'. Illustrated by Winslow Homer

      James R. Osgood and Company Boston: James R. Osgood and Company. 1874. First Edition thus with seven heliotypes after drawings by Winslow Homer. Small 4to; 52pp, salmon-colored "watered" cloth stamped in gold gilt and black reproducing the Homer silhouette of a young girl sitting peeling apples in black on gold with the author, title, and illustrator in black, gilt stamping and lettering on spine, all edges gilt, spine a bit dimmed, a bit of soiling and wear around edges with one bump on bottom back edge, inner hinge loose at title page, contemporary inscription on front free endpaper, probably the best copy of this scarce book we've had. The book was also issued in a tougher green cloth and brown leather. The pale salmon color is the prettiest - and the hardest to find in acceptable condition. These seven silhouettes by Homer are in the tradition of a popular American folk art form that came into popularity in America in the late 19th century but was rarely used for book or magazine illustration. Rather they were used in place of portraits of individuals (in rare cases, entire families) for household decoration or keepsakes (in gutta-percha cases). Homer's genius was in taking this humble art form and translating it into illustrations for one of Lowell's most popular poems which had become an American icon. Homer's first illustration, Zeke peeking in the window, has become an icon itself, instantly recognizable as Homer's reputation has soared in second half of this century. BAL 13306. See an Image.

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        The Life and Times of Hon. Elijah Stansbury, An "Old Defender" and Ex-Mayor of Baltimore; Together with Early Reminiscences, Dating from 1662, and Embracing a Period of 212 Years

      John Murphy & Co, 1874. Brown pebbled cloth covered boards, gilt title on spine, cabinet type photo of Elijah Stansbury bound in as frontis, with PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTER BY ELIJAH STANSBURY ON VERSO of the photographs, 298 pages. Boards worn in spots along edges with old repairs along spine, small dents with light tearing lowr quarter of front cover, a bit scuffed, page edges lightly soiled & age toned, text pages lightly age toned & have the occasional smudge from reading. Scans available. All books shipped with USPS delivery confirmation.. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/No Dust Jacket.

      [Bookseller: The Bookbums at Ish Kabibble Books]
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        Catalogue des Livres de Madame du Barry avec les Prix a Versailles, 1771

      Paris: Auguste Fontaine Libraire 1874 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

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        Far From the Madding Crowd

      The Cornhill Magazine, January-December 1874 The first publication of Hardy's fourth novel, serialized anonymously in twelve monthly issues in The Cornhill Magazine (January-December 1874) prior to the Smith Elder edition. Carefully extracted and bound in maroon buckram, preserving the original illustrations by Helen Paterson (twelve plates and twelve chapter header illustrations). Buckram faded at spine and endpapers lightly browned yet an extremely clean and bright copy of an extremely uncommon item.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.

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        El Peru: Parte Preliminar and Historia de la Geografia del Peru

      Lima: Imprenta del Estado, 1874-1880. First edition.. Hardcover. Very good. Yes. Three volumes. 4to. Contemporary half leather. Spines in six compartments with raised bands, red and black leather lettering pieces gilt. Marbled paper boards. Decorated endpapers. Title pages in red and black. Volume 1 is the Parte Preliminar, 1874. Volumes 2 and 3 are the Historia de la Geografia. Volume 2 has two large folding maps and five full page tinted plates; Volume 3 has 4 folding maps and five full page tinted plates, complete as called for. Bindings lightly worn at edges, occasional light staining and spotting, top edges of volumes 1 and 2 spotted, volume three has a long narrow wormhole in the last 40pp of text affecting the printing, else this is a very good set. The author later published two volumes on the mineralogy and geology of Peru sometimes included in this series. In Spanish.

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        Alpine Plants 2 Volumes

      London: George Bell & Sons, 1874.. 2nd Edition. 4to 108 colour plates, ownership label on verso of front covers, contemporary half morocco over marbled boards, rubbd, spine ends chipped, corners bruised.

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        MEMORIE STORICHE DEL CASATO RUSCA O RUSCONI. Raccolte e pubblicate dal Marchese Alberto Rusconi.

      In-folio (mm. 386x276), 2 voll. in 1, tela coeva con ricca cornice a secco ai piatti e tit. oro, bel frontesp. con grande stemma della famiglia in cromolitografia, XXIII tavv. di testo, a doppia pag. (incluse le aggiunte e correzioni): sono le tavole genealogiche di questa nobile e antica famiglia di Como. Unito: "Appendice alle Memorie storiche..": Documenti, postille e tavole (1877), pp. 98 (testo e numeraz. pagg. su due colonne), con 22 bellissime tavv. litografiche f.t. che illustrano la storia della casata. Vi figurano vedute de: la Rocca di Baradello (posseduta quando furono Signori di Como), il Castello di Carnasino (ceduto al Duca di Milano nel 1413), Castello della Torre Rotonda (del 1250), la Torrazza de? Rusconi, Castel di Civello, Castello di Bellinzona (posseduto nel XIV secolo), l?antico borgo di Lugano (dato in feudo ai Rusconi nel 1416), avanzi della Rocca di Locarno, panorama della città di Como (antico dominio); una serie di ritratti e lapidi sepolcrali, monete e medaglie, antichi stemmi dei Rusconi, piccole vedute di palazzi in Como. Bello e fresco esemplare.

      [Bookseller: Libreria Antiquaria Malavasi]
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        The Complete Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier (Housegold Edition)

      Boston: James R. Osgood, 1874. Hardcover. Fair/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. This book is collectible because Whittier has inscribed lines 29-36 from his 1870 Poem "My Triumph", signed and dated the flyleaf between the half-title and title page: "Not by the page word painted Let life be banned of sainted. Deeper than written scroll The color of the soul. Sweeter than any sung My songs that found no tongue, Nobler than any fact My wish that failed of act. John G. Whittier Sixth Mo. 11. 1879" The book itself is a bit shabby. There's a split at the title page held loosely by the mesh. The top of the spine covering is off and the rest is loose. The upper corner of the front board is chewed, perhaps literally. The belonged to N. E. Boyd whose pencil name is on the title page and bookplate on the front paste down. A photo of Whittier from the ATlantic Monthly is glued verso of the half title page opposite the hand written poem. It has brown end papers and 395, clear pages with some marks in the index and contents. The boards are covered in green cloth with with gold titles on the front those on the spine are gone.

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

      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.

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        Works of Charles Dickens [Illustrated Library Edition]

      1874. Chapman and Hall’s Illustrated Library Edition of the Works of Charles DickensDICKENS, 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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        The Greville Memoirs. A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV. ...of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1852. ...from 1852 to 1860

      London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1874, 1885, 1887. . Three parts in 8 volumes, first editions, “Queen Victoria... 1852 to 1860” 2 volumes, the others 3 volumes each, 8vo, marbled endpapers, bookplates of Andrew Carnegie, philanthropist, showing some books, a flaming torch and the motto “Let There Be Light”, bound by Maclehose of Glasgow in contemporary brown half morocco, marbled sides, t.e.g., a fine set. The political memoirs of a man who never held office but knew many important men. “Owing to his close relations with both whigs and tories... he was peculiarly well informed on the most secret transactions of contemporary politics... These characteristics, coupled with the brilliant portraits which he draws of his contemporaries, make his diaries the most important work of their kind of his generation” (DNB).

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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 [...]

      London: Ellis and White, 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.. Inscribed By Author. Revised Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo.

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        DANTE AND HIS CIRCLE: WITH THE ITALIAN POETS PRECEDING HIM (1100-1200-1300). A COLLECTION OF LYRICS, EDITED, AND TRANSLATED IN THE ORIGINAL METRES

      London: Ellis and White, 1874.. Original dark blue cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt, edges untrimmed. With the bookplate of John Quinn on the front pastedown. Shallow chipping at extreme crown of spine, front inner hinge cracked (but sound), foretips slightly bumped, but otherwise a very good, bright copy. Folding clamshell box, bearing the bookplate of another distinguished collector. First revised edition, following the 1861 collection entitled THE EARLY ITALIAN POETS FROM CIULLO D'ALCAMO TO DANTE ALIGHIERI. A fine presentation copy, inscribed on the title-page: "To Moncure D. Conway from his friend DG Rossetti 1875." Moncure Daniel Conway (1832-1907) was a prominent American Unitarian minister whose anti-slavery views caused him to move to London at the time of the Civil War. He became a close friend of the Rossettis and the other Pre-Raphaelites, was instrumental in arranging for the first English edition of Whitman, and officiated at the funerals of many writers and artists, including Oliver Madox Brown and Ford Madox Brown. NCBEL IV:491. QUINN SALE 8158.

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        THE GREVILLE MEMOIRS. A JOURNAL OF THE REIGNS OF KING GEORGE IV AND KING WILLIAM IV. [with:] A JOURNAL OF THE REIGN OF QUEEN VICTORIA

      London. 1874-1887.. Eight volumes bound in twenty. Contemporary brown morocco, gilt, by Zaehnsdorf, t.e.g. Light wear to bindings, spines a bit sun-faded. Generally quite clean internally. Profusely extra-illustrated with over 2000 additional plates and manuscripts. Very good. A handsome set of this important memoir by politician and diarist Charles Cavendish Fulke Grenville, lavishly extra- illustrated with engravings and manuscript material. Greville (1794-1865) served as Clerk in the Council Ordinary from 1821 to 1859, a career that spanned the reigns of three monarchs and brought him into contact with the most important and influential people of the day. His memoirs are an invaluable source of both social and political insight for the period. First published in 1874, during Queen Victoria's reign, the memoirs caused something of a scandal, as they pertained directly to public figures who were still alive. "The appearance in print of the private diaries of a man who had known everyone of importance in public life for a generation, and who had not hesitated to set down what they had told him and his opinion of their characters and attainments, caused an uproar in society in 1874. Disraeli described their publication as 'a social outrage'; another of those men in public life who appeared in their pages observed, 'It is like Judas writing the lives of the apostles'" - DNB. Greville's MEMOIRS are an interesting and informative read. This copy has been extensively extra-illustrated with over two thousand engravings, as well as many autograph letters, providing the reader with an even more well- informed portrait of the times. An extra imprint, printed in red, at the bottom of each titlepage reads, "Extended and illustrated by Loren Griswold DuBois, Boston 1888." DuBois has included portraits of Queen Charlotte, William Pitt, Princess Victoria, Napoleon, and many others; several of the portraits are hand-colored, as are several of the views. Letters are included by Lady Conyngham; Frederick, Duke of York; Charles X, King of France; Robert Peel, and others. A unique and wonderful set of this important work, essential for any collector of this period. DNB (online).

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        Works of Charles Dickens [with] The Life of Charles Dickens, The

      1874-76. Illustrated Library Edition Of DickensDICKENS, Charles. The Works of Charles Dickens [and] The Life of Charles Dickens. London: Chapman and Hall, 1874-1876. Thirty-two octavo volumes comprised of thirty volumes of The Works…. Illustrated Library Edition, and two volumes of The Life… Library Edition. Illustrated throughout.Contemporary half blue morocco over cloth boards. Spines lettered and decorated in gilt. Marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. A handsome set in excellent condition.This beautiful set features illustrations by Hablot Knight Brown (Phiz), John Leech, George Cruikshank, Robert Seymour, and George Cattermole, etc. “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 (p. [v]) 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 CHILDS 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).Gimbel D72.

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        The Works of Charles Dickens. . Including: The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Old Curiosity Shop, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, etc

      London: Chapman and Hall, 1874-76., 1874. The Illustrated Library Edition. 30 volumes; 8vo. Contemporary binding of half dark green morocco with gilt raised bands, gilt titles, and extra gilt decoration to spines, green cloth boards; marbled end papers and edges. With illustrations from the original works by Phiz, Browne, Cruikshank, etc. Bookplate and Dickens anniversary stamp pasted down to first free end paper of all volumes. A remarkable set in an unusually bright, tight and highly decorative contemporary binding, just a touch rubbed to extremities. Podeschi [Gimbel] D72

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        The Works

      London: Chapman and Hall,, 1874. 30 volumes, octavo (213 × 134 mm). Finely bound by Bickers and son in tree calf, red and green morocco labels, elaborate tooling to spines in compartments separated by raised bands, twin rule to boards with corner-pieces, roll to turn-ins in blind, marbled endpapers and edges. Illustrated plates throughout by, among others, George Cruikshank, Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz), George Cattermole, Marcus Stone, H. K. Browne, Sir Edwin Landseer, John Leech, F. Walker, Maclise, Standfield, Doyle and Tenniel. Some occasional light foxing, spines a little dulled and rubbed, an excellent set. Comprising 30 volumes "Works of Charles Dickens", Illustrated Library Edition and 3 volumes "The Life of Charles Dickens" by John Forster, fourth edition. An attractive example of what Dickens called "the best edition of my works". A particularly handsome set.

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        [Les Classiques & Autographes d'exception] Madame Bovary

      Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1874. relié. 9,5x16,5cm. Dernière édition publiée du vivant de l'auteur, illustrée d'un frontispice. Reliure en demi veau bronze, dos à quatre nerfs sertis de pointillés dorés et ornés de doubles caissons dorés agrémenté de motifs décoratifs floraux dorés, pièce de titre et nom de l'auteur de maroquin framboise, pièce de tomaison de maroquin olive, plats de papier marbré, gardes et contreplats de papier à la cuve, tête dorée, étuis. Infimes traces de frottements sur le dos et légères traces d'usure sur un mors du tome 1. Rarissime envoi de l'auteur à (Louis) Ménard: "A mon ami Ménard, Gustave Flaubert, 28 Mai 77". Savant, peintre, poète, philosophe, helléniste et chimiste Louis Ménard est le parangon de l'artiste intellectuel complet tel qu'il s'envisageait au XIXe. Il est l'ami d'enfance de Baudelaire, l'initie au hashish, et participe avec lui au Club des Hashischins auquel se rend également Flaubert. Très engagé politiquement, il fréquente Karl Marx et Proudhon, prend parti pour la Révolution de 1848. Son "Prologue d’une révolution, février-juin 1848", paru en 1849 lui vaut 3 ans de prison et inspire sans doute Flaubert pour l'Education Sentimentale. Comme peintre, il se lie avec les artistes de Barbizon, comme chimiste, il invente le collodion, et comme linguiste, il tente, sans succès, de réformer l'orthographe. A sa mort, Edouard Champion publiera en son hommage "Le tombeau de Louis Ménard" avec la collaboration de Huysmans, Louÿs, Barrés, Bourget, Claretie, Coppée, Heredia, Houssaye, Montesquiou, Régnier, etc... Bel exemplaire agréablement établi comportant un rare envoi de l'auteur sur ce texte. - Alphonse Lemerre, Paris _1874, 9,5x16,5cm, 2 volumes reliés sous étuis. - Les Classiques & Autographes d'exception 2 volumes reliés sous étuis

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        Le Candidat

      Paris, Charpentier et Co.,, 1874. Comedie en quatre actes représentée sur le théâtre du Vaudeville les 11, 12, 13 et 14 mars 1874 12mo. Original grey wrappers printed in black, all edges untrimmed. Housed in a quarter dark green morocco solander box. Backstrip worn and with some repair but an excellent copy of a vulnerable book. First edition, sole printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the first blank, "a mon ami Armand Renaud, Gus Flaubert". Renaud was a poet of some distinction in throughout the middle decades of the nineteenth century, many of his poems were set to music by Camille Saint-Saëns and of the numerous works he published six at least are known with presentation inscriptions from him to Flaubert. A rare book in presentation state and the author's only play.

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        Around The World In Eighty Days

      Sampson Low, Marston, Low & Searle, 1874. Good, owner inscription dated 1874 on ffep, covers faded, frontispiece tissue guard browned. Hardback, 12mo, xvi, 315 pp, engravings, all edges gilt, pictorial cloth, gilt front cover and spine, bevelled edges third edition; translated by Geo M Towle.

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        A FLOATING CITY and THE BLOCKADE RUNNERS

      1874. hardcover. Verne, Jules. A FLOATING CITY, and THE BLOCKADE RUNNERS. Translated from the French. London: Sampson Low, Martson, Low, & Searle, 1874. 40 pp ads dated August 1874. Original orange cloth decorated in black and gilt, beveled, all edges gilt. <p>First British Edition, published in September 1874 -- the same month as Scribner Armstrong&#39;s American edition. This volume consists of two separate tales. The first is a fictionalized narrative of Verne&#39;s 1867 passage from Liverpool to New York aboard "The Great Eastern," the largest iron ship ever built and one of the wonders of its age. Her length was 692 feet, her beam was 120, her paddlewheels and propeller were larger than anything the ocean had ever seen, and she was designed to carry more passengers than the Queen Mary. Because of her size, "The Great Eastern" was the only ship capable of laying the great Atlantic Cable. The second tale is fictional, more in Verne&#39;s usual style: a Glasgow shipowner devises an adventurous plan to run the Union blockade of southern ports during the American Civil War, in order to bring a load of cotton back to his city&#39;s 25,000 idle looms.</p> <p>This copy is in orange cloth (we have also had a dark red copy and a green one -- no priority). It is in bright, near-fine condition (spine slightly faded as usual with this color cloth, occasional light foxing on the leaves within); the elaborate gilt design on the front cover remains bright, and atypically, the original peach endpapers are <i>not</i> cracked). In our experience, this London edition is considerably scarcer than the New York one. Taves & Michaluk V008; Myers 22.</p> MARITIME (Sumner & Stillman Code:12157)

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        A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Containing a Complete Account of the Wonderful and Thrilling Account of the Intrepid Subterranean Explorers, Prof. von Hardwigg, his Nephew Harry, and their Icelandic Guide, Hans Bjelke

      New York:: Scribner, Armstrong & Co,. No date but [1874].. Deluxe edition, sold by subscription only. Hardcover. Very good. This "scientific romance" marks the beginning of science fiction as a genre. Jules Verne was inspired by Charles Lyell&#39;s Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man (1863), and the trend away from a literal biblical account of the history of the Earth. "Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth". This is the deluxe edition, sold by subscription only, printed on heavier paper, with a superb gilt decorated pictorial binding, amongst THE SCARCEST AND MOST DESIRABLE of editions, with the terra cotta cloth and beveled edge binding. Published with 52 illustrations by Edouard Riou. 8vo, frontispiece, 413pp, ads (6pp ads undated), all edges gilt. Gilt and black stamped pictorial covers, with gilt scene of men on raft at front cover, gilt illustration of men in crystal cave, and "Scribner, Armstrong & Co." at lower spine [first state (with "Scribner, Armstrong & Co." at the spine foot, rather than the later "Scribners"]. Covers gently rubbed at corners and spine ends. Internally, inner hinge section of front end paper improperly adhered, now flattened; inner hinge repaired; two small chips in margins (p177 & 291); one signature slightly loose (p242), some faint smudges at margins of some pages. Restoration to spine. Overall, a decent copy. The 1st edition was published in French in 1864 &#39;Voyage au Centre de la Terre&#39;; the 1st English edition appeared in 1872; Scribner Armstrong&#39;s 1st US edition came out in November 1873, though dated 1874; and late in 1874 Scribner Armstrong published this deluxe edition.

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        FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON

      1874. hardcover. Verne, Jules. FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON. Direct in Ninety-Seven Hours and Twenty Minutes: And a Trip Round It. Translated from the French by Louis Mercier, M.A. (Oxon) and Eleanor E. King. With Eighty Full Page Illustrations. New York: Scribner, Armstrong & Company, 1874. 4 pp undated ads. Original light orange-brown cloth pictorially decorated in black and gilt, beveled. <p>First American Edition of this tale that had originally been published in France as two separate books (DE LA TERRE A LA LUNE in 1865, and AUTOUR DE LA LUNE in 1870). This tale was also sometimes published as THE BALTIMORE GUN CLUB, for that is where the story begins...</p> <p><?ms_indent>The story opens with a history of the "Gun Club" established at Baltimore by our veteran inventors and artillerists, disgusted with the close of a gigantic war entailing the cessation of their tremendous experiments. The firiest of them are about to emigrate when a trumpet summons from their Club President Barbican... The grand assemblage; Barbican&#39;s speech; his stunning proposition; the enthusiasm it awakens...; the selection of a site for the mammoth gun, 900 feet long, 9 feet interior diameter and 6 feet thickness of metal at the muzzle...; the firing of the Columbiad; its terrific effect, and the astounding result -- all these are detailed with a power, point, condition and &#39;spirituel&#39; wit that carry the reader on, from chapter to chapter, in a trance of intellectual delight, not unmingled with supreme astonishment at its ingenuity. [from "the earliest American editorial about Verne," cited in T&M]</?ms_indent></p> <p>This copy is in light orange-brown pebble-grain cloth. This first edition comes in numerous colors of cloth, both smooth and pebble-grain: we have seen green, brown, blue (moire) and orange smooth cloth, plus maroon, purple, terra-cotta and now light orange-brown pebble-grain cloth. This is a fine, bright copy, essentially as new; the lack of soil is especially remarkable for such a light-colored cloth. This book does not turn up in any better shape. Taves & Michaluk V003 & V007; Edwards 3 & 7; Myers 26. </p> FANTASY / SCIENCE FICTION / SUPERNATURAL (Sumner & Stillman Code:12309)

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        A JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH

      1874. hardcover. Verne, Jules. A JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH. With Fifty-Two Illustrations by Riou. New York: Scribner Armstrong and Co., 1874. Original orange cloth pictorially decorated in black and gilt. <p>First American Edition of Jules Verne&#39;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). 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> FANTASY / SCIENCE FICTION / SUPERNATURAL (Sumner & Stillman Code:12331)

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        Grundzüge der physiologischen Psychologie. Mit 155 Holzschnitten.

      Leipzig, Engelmann, 1874. Lex 8vo. Presumably original half cloth with gilt title and lines to spine. Upper capital with a little bit of wear, but otherwise this fairly fragile binding is in surprisingly fine condition. First few leaves with a little bit of light brownspotting, otherwise fine. Stamp to title-page (Bibliothek des Kön. Real progymnasiums in Sonderburg) and a few old handwritten numbers to top of title-page. A few leaves with light pencil-underlinings. Repaired tear to first leaf of the Introduction, no loss. Illustrated throughout. XII, 870, (2, -errata) pp.. The uncommon first edition of Wundt's seminal main work, which constitutes the most important work in the field of experimental psychology, of which Wundt was the founder. Wundt's "Physiological Psychology" constituted a new domain of science. Apart from being the first to create this new science and to lecture on it, he was also the first to publish a book on it, namely the "Grundzüge der physiologischen Psychologie", which remains the first and foremost classic within the field and is now regarded as the most important book in the history of psychology."Wundt made experimental investigations of normal individual reactions, reflex responses, and general behaviour, and interpreted them in terms of neural mechanisms. He is the founder of experimental psychology and his book remains the most important on the subject." (Garrison & Morton)."Wilhelm Maximilian Wundt (1832-1920) is known to posterity as the "father of experimental psychology" and the founder of the first psychology laboratory (Boring, 1950: 317, 322, 344-5). From there, Wundt exerted enormous influence on the development of psychology as a discipline, especially in the United States. Somewhat reserved and shy in public, Wundt aggressively dominated his chosen arenas, the lecture hall and the pages of books, with a witty and sardonic persona.His scope was vast, his output incredible. His writings, totaling an estimated 53,000 pages, include: articles on animal and human physiology, poisons, vision, spiritualism, hypnotism, history, and politics; text- and handbooks of "medical physics" and human physiology; encyclopedic tomes on linguistics, logic, ethics, religion, a "system of philosophy;" not to mention his magna opera, the "Grundzüge der physiologischen Psychologie" and the "Völkerpsychologie" (in ten volumes)." (SEP).Horblit: 100aG&M: 4976 (presumably erroneusly stating the printing-year as 1873-74; all other bibliographical information merely states 1874, as all other copies that we have been able to locate. The preface, which is clearly written for the first appearance of the book, is dated March 1874)

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        Far From the Madding Crowd

      The Cornhill Magazine, January-December 1874.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. The first publication of Hardy's fourth novel, serialized anonymously in twelve monthly issues in The Cornhill Magazine (January-December 1874) prior to the Smith Elder edition. Carefully extracted and bound in maroon buckram, preserving the original illustrations by Helen Paterson (twelve plates and twelve chapter header illustrations). Buckram faded at spine and endpapers lightly browned yet an extremely clean and bright copy of an extremely uncommon item.

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        Autograph Letter Signed

      Not published Hawksfold, Fernhurst, Haslemere: Not published, 1874. One page letter entirely in the hand of and signed by English architect Anthony Salvin. Dated August 24th, 1874, it reads "Dear Sir, with reference to you inquiry about Cholmondeley Castle. I believe the additions were made from designs by Sir Robert Smirke. I am dear sir, yours truly [signed] A. Salvin." Smirke added towers for 2nd Marquess of Cholmondeley in 1829. Although written, it is unclear who Salvin is replying to in this letter. Included is an undated two-page manuscript note, quite possibly written by Salvin (it apears to be signed "Salvin" at end) in 1849; the difference of 25 years would explain the moderate difference in handwriting which shows much similarity. This note appears to be a dedication for the completion of St. Mary's, started 1842. This is a mock-Gothic chapel near Arley Hall in Cheshire and built for Rowland E. Egerton-Warburton (1804-1891). Included is a mid-19th century engraving of St. Mary's. Salvin came from a Durham family, and went to London, where he became a pupil of John Nash. He then started his own practice which lasted for some 60 years. He became an expert on medieval fortifications, building and/or altering over 73 country houses. He did much restoration work on many castles including Windsor Castle and the Jewel House at the Tower of London. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1836, became vice-president in 1839, and in 1863 the Institue conferred its gold medal on him. Autograph, Manuscript.. Signed. No edition. Unbound. Very good+ condition. Octavo (8vo).

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        The Greville Memoirs. A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV. ...of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1852. ...from 1852 to 1860.

      London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1874, 1885, 1887.. Three parts in 8 volumes, first editions, "Queen Victoria... 1852 to 1860" 2 volumes, the others 3 volumes each, 8vo, marbled endpapers, bookplates of Andrew Carnegie, philanthropist, showing some books, a flaming torch and the motto "Let There Be Light", bound by Maclehose of Glasgow in contemporary brown half morocco, marbled sides, t.e.g., a fine set. The political memoirs of a man who never held office but knew many important men. "Owing to his close relations with both whigs and tories... he was peculiarly well informed on the most secret transactions of contemporary politics... These characteristics, coupled with the brilliant portraits which he draws of his contemporaries, make his diaries the most important work of their kind of his generation" (DNB).

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        Édifices de Rome Moderne ou Recueil des palais, maisons, églises, couvents et autres monuments publics et particuliers les plus remarquables de la ville de Rome

      3 volumes. A. Morel et Cie, Paris 1874. (Second edition). Elephant folio. 4+2+6 pages + 354 engraved plates. Bound in 3 uniform green half-leather bindings (early 20th century). Marginal waterstains on plates 71-114 (last leaves of vol. 1); small waterstain on the last 5 plates, causing a small hole in the last (plate 354). Otherwise crisp and clean inside

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        Typed Copy Letter Signed, 4to on 2 separate pages, n.p., Sept. 6, 1948

      This letter is a signed copy of a Typed Letter Cukor wrote to long time friend Elsa Schroeder about his trip to France, meeting with author W. Somerset Maugham regarding a possible film project based on the story of Sapho for Greta Garbo and finances during his trip. Cukor begins asking his correspondent about news of his home, "you know, about the dogs and how everything was looking at the house...." He continues with a report of his expenses and difficulties of using the franc. "So I didn't use the Letter of Credit...I borrowed 200,000 francs (don't faint that's only about $600) from M.G.M. Paris Office promising to repay them in francs...which indeed I did...I also paid for a car and chauffeur which I was in the south of France. Then I engaged a car...to make the three day tour from Cap Ferrat to Paris...I bought myself some socks and sweater and ties, etc...Michael Pearman was with me and has kept an itemized account of my expenditures - tips, cables...." He continues with a discussion of meeting the British author, W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965). "Actually I accomplished some very important work with Maugham. One of the stories we considered for Garbo is 'Sapho' by Daudet - Maugham very kindly read the script and I had two very long meetings with him; he made brilliant and practical suggestions for the treatment of the story...When in Paris at Walter Wanger's request, I had long conferences with Agents. Writers, Actors' agents, etc. and made very important contacts and actually spent a good deal of time on the Garbo-Wanger proposition...I go into all this...because I do think a good deal of the...trip can be deducted as legitimate business expense...." He signs, "George."

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        FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON

      1874. hardcover. the scarce Sampson Low edition of Verne's first bookVerne, Jules. FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON. A Voyage of Exploration and Discovery in Central Africa. With Sixty-Four Illustrations by Riou. Second Edition. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1874. 48 pp ads dated Oct 1873. Original green cloth pictorially decorated in black and gilt, beveled, all edges gilt. First Sampson Low edition (and second British edition) of Verne's first book, a fantasy of balloon travel over the African Continent and a satire on English books on African travel. This tale first came out in French in 1863, with eighty illustrations by Riou. The first edition in English was by Appleton of New York, in 1869; this included only six of the illustrations and was bound in rather plain pebbled cloth. The first British edition was in 1870, by Chapman & Hall -- a different translation, with 64 Riou illustrations; this edition is now virtually impossible to find. In late 1873, James Osgood of Boston came out with the first fully-illustrated American edition (48 illustrations, but four to a plate). Then in 1874 Sampson Low, having become the leading British publisher of Verne's works (with such titles as TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS and AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS), published this edition of Verne's first book. (It was a courteous gesture for Sampson Low to print "Second Edition" on the title page, since the first edition had been issued by a competing publisher.) The pictorial binding shows in gilt the balloon Victoria on the spine and on the front cover; in the latter place the balloon is imaginatively shown a second time as a semi-transparent reflection on the clouds. This is a very good copy. The green cloth is a bit worn at the fore-corners, and less-so at the spine ends; the original delicate peach endpapers are cracking, but the volume remains tight. This is not at all a bad copy -- fairly bright, and with no foxing at all on the magnificent full-page plates -- of an uncommon edition; both the 1869 Appleton edition and the 1873 Osgood edition are considerably easier to find than this first Sampson Low edition. Taves & Michaluk V001. AUTHORS' FIRST BOOKS, FANTASY / SCIENCE FICTION / SUPERNATURAL (Sumner & Stillman Code:12256)

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