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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.

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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.

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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.

      [Bookseller: Dieter Schierenberg bv]
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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.

      [Bookseller: Lakin & Marley Rare Books ]
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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]

      [Bookseller: Jeremy Norman's historyofscience]
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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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        Speaking Likenesses. With Pictures thereof by Arthur Hughes

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

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        A Short History of the English People

      London: Macmillan and Co, 1874. Hard Cover. Very Good. Hard Cover. 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.

      [Bookseller: The Kelmscott Bookshop]
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        The Heart of Africa. Three Years' Travels and Adventures in the Unexplored Regions of Central Africa from 1868 to 1871. 2 Volumes

      Harper & Brothers, New York 1874 - 2 volumes. First English edition, translated by Ellen E. Frewer, with an introduction by Winwood Reade. With maps and woodcut illustrations. Gilt stamped green cloth. Back board detached on vol 1, else good. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Anah Dunsheath Rare Books]
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        Collection of 8 De Witt's Base-Ball Guides

      New York: Robert M. De Witt, 1874-1883. (BASEBALL) First edition. 8 vols., 12mo. Frontispiece woodcut of ballfield in each number and illustrated with woodcuts throughout; 1877 number with handcolored ads for Peck & Snyder uniform hats, socks, and belts. Original illustrated orange wrappers with portrait of pitcher throwing underhand, some chipping and edgewear, 1875 number lacking rear wrapper, generally very good, in custom morocco-backed slipcase and chemise. Grobani 3-4 (for entire run, 1868-85) . Partial run of this early baseball guide, the official publication of the Amateur and Professional Association, written by one of the fathers of the game, Henry Chadwick. Contains rules, instructions on how to score a game, player stats and league leaders, team rosters, and match scores. With ads at the rear of each number

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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        Artist's Sketchbook of Pacific drawings

      at sea and in New Caledonia,: 1874-, 1877.. Oblong portfolio of beige (sail?) cloth, 160 x 235 mm., pencil illustrations throughout, some on grey paper (see catalogue note), pen and ink drawing on card tipped-on to front paste-down as impromptu book-plate; the pictures generally in very good condition, the binding with evidence of strong use, some stains and a few small tears. Interesting and lively portfolio of original drawings made during exile in New Caledonia, by a renowned French artist and winner of the Prix de Rome. Several of the finer drawings depict life on board the Virginie, the ship on which he was deported, and there are besides several very good sketches of New Caledonian scenes; without doubt the most interesting showing a boisterous tribal dance.Charles Capellaro (1826-1899) was a well-regarded French sculptor who regularly exhibited at the Salon during the 1860s. A prominent member of the 1871 Paris Commune, Capellaro was lucky to escape the death penalty in the Commune's bloody aftermath, and on 13 May 1872 was condemned to be deported to the ?le des Pins in New Caledonia. Intriguingly, however, in 1870 he had been awarded the commission for a statue for the faÁade of Saint Eustache church, and he continued to work on the commission even after his imprisonment. Indeed, his deportation in 1874 seems to have been actively delayed while he continued to work, and that year he even managed to have another statue exhibited in the Salon. He was, S·nchez has written, a peculiar anomaly, 'an artist producing state-sponsored work from prison' (Gonzalo J. S·nchez, Organizing Independence: the artists federation of the Paris Commune, p. 128). However, his sentence finally caught up with him, and Capellaro arrived on the ?le des Pins in late 1874, already agitating for his freedom. Fellow artists in Paris did not forget him , and due to their efforts in 1877 his sentence was commuted to ten-years banishment. He returned to Brussels, finagled a three-month visa for Paris, and returned home.During his three years in New Caledonia, Capellaro was unable to sculpt on a grand scale, although he did continue to draw (several of his drawings are now in the MusÈe du Quay Branly) and he did sculpt with the cruder materials available, including executing a clay head of Samuel, King of the Isle of Pines (now in the State Library of New South Wales).A card (75 x 115 mm.) mounted on the inside cover introduces the album, with a caption which reads '? bord de la Virginie, le 12 octobre 1874', and a small cartouche dedicating the work to his wife, children, and friends, signed C. Capellaro. Otherwise the portfolio contains six detailed drawings of life on board ship, including one of four matelots clustered around the wheel with, at right, an artist sketching - perhaps meant to be Capellaro himself. Another dramatic image shows the three-masted vessel pitching in a fierce storm.There are also seven drawings dealing with Polynesia, made in black and white pencil (the whites in so-called "mine de plomb"). This series includes several views of ports taken from on board including one three-page panorama (sadly not captioned, but perhaps detailed enough to make identification possible), as well as scenes of a Melanesian dance evidently witnessed by Capellaro, and an idealised portrait of a topless woman under a palm.Lastly, there are also some 20 sheets of drawings on different subjects, and it seems likely that Capellaro drew these pictures after he had returned home. The drawings show portraits of European people, classical images, studies of sculptures and a chasseur d'Afrique. One, a study of a monumental sculpture on tissue-paper, is signed "C. Capellaro".

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        FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD (Near Fine Copy of the First American Edition)

      New York: Henry Holt, 1874. Hardy, Thomas. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD. New York: Henry Holt, 1874. First American Edition, a volume in Holt’s "Leisure Hour Series." A NEAR FINE copy in the publisher’s original cream cloth decorated in black; the usual light soil is in evidence and the spine is slightly age-toned, but the volume has virtually no wear. This copy is of particular desirability as it contains the earliest known endpaper ads reading November 17th, 1874 which has in the past suggested precedence over the two-volume London edition published on November 23rd, 1874. Although Purdy (p. 17) reminds us all that dated advertisements can never be entirely reliable as bibliographic points, the compelling possibility of precedence (which Purdy doesn’t entirely rule out) combined with the extreme rarity of the two-volume English first edition in original cloth makes this one of the author’s most sought after first American editions. Not a difficult book to find in poor condition but virtually impossible to find this nice: this is the second best example we've handled in 25 years of specializing in Hardy first editions. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell case. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine.

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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. 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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        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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        Anatolica; Or, The Journal Of A Visit To Some Of The Ancient Ruined Cities Of Caria, Phrygia, Lycia, And Pisidia

      London: Grant & Co., 1874. First edition. Hardcover. Orig. violet cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Very good/No Dust Jacket. [xviii], 374 pages. 24 x 16 cm. Two large folding maps, thirty-two heliotype plates, tinted lithographs and woodcut illustrations. Appendix. Davis' trip took place in the spring of 1872. NAVARI 456. WEBER 718. Bookplate, contemporary ownership signature of ffep, and a pencil notation below the map facing p.33 initialed M.E.R. Interior contents fresh and clean, backstrip sunned.

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        The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. 7 volumes complete

      London: George Bell and Sons, 1874-1877.. First editions of each volume. Octavo, 7 volumes. Full leather with gilt tooling and raised bands to the spine and gilt ruling to the front and rear panels. Marbled endpapers. With folding maps. In very good to near fine condition. Bookplate to each volume of Sir Henry Rudolf Riechel, founder of the University of Wales. With notes by Guizot, Wenck, Schreiter, and Hugo. An attractive set.

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        The Electrical Researches of the Honourable Henry Cavendish... Edited from the Original Manuscripts by J. Clerk Maxwell

      Cambridge: University Press. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine. FIRST EDITION, edited and with an introduction by James Clerk Maxwell. "In 1874, the Duke [of Devonshire] passed [Maxwell] a mass of unpublished accounts of electrical experiments done by his great uncle Henry Cavendish between 1771 and 1781, with a suggestion that he consider editing them for publication... After a scan through the papers he was captivated by the elegance, originality and power of Cavendish's work. Here were some of the finest experiments ever performed; they included important discoveries which had since been attributed to others. To Maxwell, scientific facts were incomplete without the knowledge of how they came to be discovered. The process of discovery held as much interest as the result. Scientific history was at least as important as political history and needed to be complete. He decided to undertake the huge task of editing the papers himself." Cavendish sometimes "published his findings but more often did not... He had published almost none of his electrical work and the great bulk of it came to Maxwell in the form of manuscripts about 100 years old. Cavendish's electrical experiments were a revelation. Among a series of outstanding results, he had demonstrated the inverse square law of force between electric charges more effectively than Coulomb, after whom the law was named, and he had discovered Ohm's law 50 years before Ohm... "The account of Henry Cavendish's work was fed in sections to the publishers. Maxwell went to immense trouble to write an interesting and accurate narrative... The book was eventually published in 1879, a few weeks before Maxwell's death." (Basil Mahon, The Man Who Changed Everything: The Life of James Clerk Maxwell). Cambridge: University Press, 1879. Octavo, original cloth. Early bookplate ("William Wilson Cooke"). Foxing to endpapers, a few pages with small marginal tears (likely paper flaws); trivial wear to edges of binding. A beautiful copy in original cloth.

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        My Early Life, the first edition, first printing inscribed and dated by the author in 1931, housed in a half-morocco preservation case

      My Early Life is Churchill's extremely popular autobiography, covering the years from his birth in 1874 to his first few years in Parliament. This is the first edition, first printing, first state, first binding state, inscribed and dated by Churchill. The inscription in black in three lines on the upper blank endsheet preceding the half-title reads: "Inscribed by / Winston S. Churchill / 1931." When My Early Life was first published in late October 1930, reviewer Sir Harold Nicolson likened it to "a beaker of Champagne". It is widely regarded as among the most engaging and approachable of Churchill's books. My Early Life has been reprinted many times and signed copies of later editions are often obtainable, but a premium understandably appends to inscribed first editions. Here is the first edition, first printing. Moreover, first state is confirmed by only 11 Churchill titles in the "Works by the Same Author" box on the half-title verso. First binding state is confirmed by coarse cloth with the title and author stamped gilt in three lines on the front cover. The plum colored binding of this edition proved especially susceptible to fading, soiling, and wear; nearly all copies are considerably spine faded, the plum color frequently bleaching nearly white with sun exposure. Moreover, the contents are susceptible to heavy spotting and the binding is often cocked. This is a respectable, if imperfect, example in about very good overall condition. The original, unrestored plum cloth binding remains tight and square with a nicely rounded spine and minor wear primarily confined to the corners and spine ends. The spine retains brightly legible gilt, but is moderately faded and freckled. The front cover is clean and retains bright gilt, but is unevenly faded on three edges clearly due to being left exposed to sunlight with another book or rectangular object covering the majority of the cover. The rear cover remains bright with only light soiling at the edges. The lower corners are bumped. The inscription page shows only light spotting. The inscription itself remains unfaded. Ink from "1931" and the three dots from the lower case "i" in "Inscribed" "Winston" and "Churchill" have bled slightly onto the facing page, nicely confirming what we already know - that this volume's endpapers are original. The balance of the contents are in very good condition, particularly for an edition that proved prone to pervasive spotting. The contents remain respectably bright. Light spotting within is substantially confined to the prelims and index. We find no previous ownership bookplates or inscriptions. The sole interior mark appears to be that made by the author. Moderate page edge spotting only occasionally intrudes onto the inner page margins. The top edge is lightly dust soiled and all three edges show some age-toning. The book is protected in a new custom, half-morocco clamshell case commissioned by us from a talented, sole-proprietor UK binder. The leather is hand-dyed dark plum with raised spine bands, extensive gilt decoration, and an acid-neutral archival inner lining. The case spine is stamped "INSCRIBED" at the foot and is quite handsome on the shelf. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A91.1.a, Woods/ICS A37(aa), Langworth p.131.

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        Les Hymenomycètes ou description de tous les champignons (Fungi) qui croissent en France avec l'indication de leurs propriétés utiles ou vénéneuses (AND) Les Discomycetes (all published)

      Alençon, C. Thomas and De Broise et Lapage, 1874-(1893). Two volumes in six parts. 8vo. Uniform contemporary black half calf with four raised bands, silver titles on spine (except the text of the discomycètes, which is in later black buckram with black, gilt-lettered morocco label on spine).* Two volumes of text and four atlases with 714 hand-coloured lithographed plates. Added (in photocopy): Essette, H. Bull. Soc. Myc. France 78 (1957). Remarques et tables concernant l'atlas de Gillet. (remarques 2 pp.); and inserted (typescript) German translation of the same (2 pp.). Also added (in photocopy), three text parts (1898, 1890, n.d.) of 14, 16, 25 pp. :"Liste de tous les champignons contenus dans louvrage sur les hyménomycètes et ranges par ordre alphabetique", "Agaricinées" [16 pp. with descriptions of species], and "Hyménomycètes d'ordre des planches parues jusquen 1890." The first and third paper are also present in original; (6. discomycètes, texte; 1879) 230, [5] pp. The latter part contains five unnumbered pages not mentioned in Volbracht. See also Junk Bibliographia Botanica pp. 2,296-2,299. All three works are extremely rare and almost never found complete as the plates were published unnumbered. A great classic in mycology. A near uniform set, however, 36 plates are in good photostat. Nissen BBI, 707-708; Stafleu and Cowan, 2018. Volbracht, 732.

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        The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments, Translated out of the Original Tongues, with the Apocrypha, Concordance and Psalms. to Which Are Appended a Comprehensive Bible Dictionary, in Which Every Important Scriptural Word is Fully Explained

      Philadelphia : A. J. Holman Co. , 1874. 1st Edition in this form. Description: Not continuously paginated. 35 cm. Impressively and abundantly illustrated throughout. Includes an alphabetical table of the proper names in the Old and New Testaments; a chronological index to the Holy Bible; Bible Dictionary, and Cities of the Bible. Subject: Christianity Scriptures. Bible - Commentaries. Very good copy in the original elaborately gilt and blind tooled calf over beveled boards. Professionally re-cased with the original spine laid back. Raised bands with elaborate gilt-tooling to the spine compartments. All edges gilt. The original hinged copper clasp remains uncommonly well-preserved.

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        The Lady of the Lake

      Edinburgh: John Ross and Company,, 1874. With notes analytical and explanatory index. Octavo (166 × 114 mm). Nice Mauchline-ware binding of bevelled lacquer wood boards with a gilt red morocco spine, front board photographically illustrated with a central portrait engraving and four Scott-related views (Abbotsford, Melrose Abbey, Edinburgh Castle, Dryburgh Abbey) to each corner, and a large central photographic view of Scott's Monument, Edinburgh, to rear board, with a single mother-of-pearl stud (one remaining of four) at the corner, gilt-rolled turn-ins, moire silk endpapers, all edges gilt. 6 original photographic sepia prints mounted on plates. Small chip to the lower fore-corner of the front board, slight bubbling to the lacquer on the rear board, spine rubbed with the joints just starting at the foot, minor stains to one or two leaves, but overall a very good copy. An attractive copy of Scott's Lady of the Lake (first published in 1810) with beautiful photographic illustrations of Scottish lochs, caves and castles, and in a classic Mauchline binding. Mauchline-ware, executed between the 1830s and the 1920s in the village of Mauchline and produced to fuel the blazing passion for Scottish tourism (which Walter Scott himself had done more than any to fan the flames), were some of the first bindings to be illustrated by a photographic process, which started in the 1860s.

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        The German Arctic Expedition of 1869-70, and Narrative of the Wreck of the "Hansa" in the Ice

      London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1874. First English Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Contemporary half burgundy morocco (rebacked), lettered in gilt within gilt ruled compartments along spine; backstrip and covers very firm and square, showing no splits, just mildly rubbed; contents clean and tight with no loose leaves and no pen-marks, just some occasional spotting, age-toning and browning and a little wear to the foredges; a Durban Club bookplate at the front pastedown, but not from a library and so no such stamps or labels; size: 8vo (240mm x 170mm); collation: pp. viii (includes title-page), 590, and 4 chromolithographs, two steel-engraved portraits, 40 half-page woodcuts, 28 whole-page woodcuts, and two charts at rear (one folding). A detailed account of the voyage of the German Ships Germania and Hansa, the wreck of the Hansa in the ice, sled journeys and observations of natural phenomena in Greenland, etc. A very good copy of the first English edition.

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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.

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        Lady Anna

      London: Chapman and Hall 1874. London: Chapman and Hall, 1874.. First English edition, preceded by the Tauchnitz edition of 1873.. Cloth a little rubbed; spines slightly darkened and chipped at head and feet; minor tape residue on the endpapers; very good copy, enclosed in a quarter morocco clamshell box.. Sadleir, Trollope, 42; NCBEL III, 884; not in Wolff. 2 vols, 8vo, original decorated reddish-brown cloth, gilt lettering. ¦ A domestic saga in which a genteel and wealthy lady is abandoned by her husband, but later inherits his estate and chooses to marry a tailor who had befriended and supported her during her difficult days. Contemporary ownership signature of J. L. Merwale on the front free endpaper of vol. 1 and on the title-page of vol. 2.

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        Vicosoprano. Handkolorierter Original-Holzschnitt.

      0 - Bildgrösse: 19x24,5 cm. 1 Blatt unter Passepartout. Original-Holzschnitt auf weissem Papier mit Aquarell bearbeitet, zeigt eine Partie des Dorfes mit dem alten Wehrturm und einigen traditionelles Häusern. Unen rechts im Holzstock monogramiert und bezeichnet "Vicosoprano". Auf Passepartout hs. bezeichnet und signiert. Hinten mit Stempel "Alois Konrad Schwärzler, Graphiker. St.Moritz, Engadin". - Alois Konrad Schwärzler (1874-1958) von Kufstein (Oesterreich), lebte 1904-1918 in St. Moritz und Riva. Oesterreichischer Landschaftsmaler und ab 1905 hauptsächlich Holzschneider. Gründete 1947 den Künstlerbund "Tyrol". Er hinterlies ein umfangreiches Werk an Holzschnitten, in denen sich vielfach altdeutsche und volkstümliche Elemente mit zeitgenössischen expressiven Ansätzen verbindet.

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        Minnehaha Falls

      - Pastel on paper. 28 3/4 x 23 1/2". Signed and dated 1874 at lower right. Inventory#p1897pfat. 0

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        My Early Life, the first edition, first printing inscribed and dated by the author in 1931, housed in a half-morocco preservation case

      My Early Life is Churchill's extremely popular autobiography, covering the years from his birth in 1874 to his first few years in Parliament. This is the first edition, first printing, first state, first binding state, inscribed and dated by Churchill. The inscription in black in three lines on the upper blank endsheet preceding the half-title reads: "Inscribed by / Winston S. Churchill / 1931." When My Early Life was first published in late October 1930, reviewer Sir Harold Nicolson likened it to "a beaker of Champagne". It is widely regarded as among the most engaging and approachable of Churchill's books. My Early Life has been reprinted many times and signed copies of later editions are often obtainable, but a premium understandably appends to inscribed first editions. Here is the first edition, first printing. Moreover, first state is confirmed by only 11 Churchill titles in the "Works by the Same Author" box on the half-title verso. First binding state is confirmed by coarse cloth with the title and author stamped gilt in three lines on the front cover. The plum colored binding of this edition proved especially susceptible to fading, soiling, and wear; nearly all copies are considerably spine faded, the plum color frequently bleaching nearly white with sun exposure. Moreover, the contents are susceptible to heavy spotting and the binding is often cocked. This is a respectable, if imperfect, example in about very good overall condition. The original, unrestored plum cloth binding remains tight and square with a nicely rounded spine and minor wear primarily confined to the corners and spine ends. The spine retains brightly legible gilt, but is moderately faded and freckled. The front cover is clean and retains bright gilt, but is unevenly faded on three edges clearly due to being left exposed to sunlight with another book or rectangular object covering the majority of the cover. The rear cover remains bright with only light soiling at the edges. The lower corners are bumped. The inscription page shows only light spotting. The inscription itself remains unfaded. Ink from "1931" and the three dots from the lower case "i" in "Inscribed" "Winston" and "Churchill" have bled slightly onto the facing page, nicely confirming what we already know - that this volume's endpapers are original. The balance of the contents are in very good condition, particularly for an edition that proved prone to pervasive spotting. The contents remain respectably bright. Light spotting within is substantially confined to the prelims and index. We find no previous ownership bookplates or inscriptions. The sole interior mark appears to be that made by the author. Moderate page edge spotting only occasionally intrudes onto the inner page margins. The top edge is lightly dust soiled and all three edges show some age-toning. The book is protected in a new custom, half-morocco clamshell case commissioned by us from a talented, sole-proprietor UK binder. The leather is hand-dyed dark plum with raised spine bands, extensive gilt decoration, and an acid-neutral archival inner lining. The case spine is stamped "INSCRIBED" at the foot and is quite handsome on the shelf. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A91.1.a, Woods/ICS A37(aa), Langworth p.131.

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        Chopped Up Niggers

      New York: McLoughlin, 1874. This set is complete with two puzzles (each with all their pieces), box, and picture guide for one of the puzzles (the box top illustration is the picture guide for the other). Puzzle pieces are in nice shape with some light soiling. Picture guide has some old tape on reverse. Box shows some wear and soiling but the top illustration and lettering is bright and colorful. Pencil gift inscription under box lid. This jigsaw puzzle set has been characterized as "the earliest and most racist" children's toy published in the United States. There were apparently two different puzzle sets in the series; the other set-though also extremely hard to find complete-is slightly less scarce.. Game. Very Good. Illus. by Unlisted.

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        Motive Skizzen aus allen Zweigen der Architectur & Kunstindustrie (Two Volumes in One)

      Lith. Anstalt von C. Wahl Durlach (Karlsruhe, Germany): Lith. Anstalt von C. Wahl. [1874]. First. First edition. Tall folio. Measures approximately 9" x 14.5". Two volumes in one: lithographic title page, contents page, plates 1-144, plates 1-122. Contemporary quarter leather and marbled paper boards, with a handwritten paper label on the front cover. Ex-library copy with bookplate, pocket, and perforated stamp on every plate. The leather spine is worn, hinges are loose, else a good only sound copy. A very scarce sample book containing 266 full page and folding lithographic plates of architectural motifs, statuary, plans, and related designs, for students in the school of architecture at the technical academy of Karlsruhe, Germany (Grossherzogliche Badische Polytechnische Schule). OCLC locates 1 copy in Karlsruhe, and 1 copy in Texas. .

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        COSTUMES DU XVIIIe SIÈCLE tirés des Prés-Saint Gervais..., Paris, P. Roquette, Éditeur, 1874.

      Buona ril. carton., dorso in pelle, nerv. e tit. in oro al dorso, cm 36x25, pp 15 di t., 50 tavv f.t. con magnif. acqueforti di A. Guillaumot figlio, su disegno di M. Draner, le acquef. sono stampate su carta pesante. Contenute tracce d?uso est. Qualche fiorit., peraltro ottimo esempl.

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        Le Tour du Monde en 80 Jours. Dessins par MM. De Neuville et L. Benett.

      J. Hetzel 1874 Les Voyages Extraordinaires Cartonnage marron "aux bouquets de roses aux médaillon de cercle noir". Toutes tranches dorées. Bon exemplaire. Bel état du cartonnage sans accidents. Quelques rousseurs.

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        HISTOIRE GENERALE DE LA MARINE COMPRENANT LES NAUFRAGES CELEBRES LE VOYAGES AUTOUR DU MONDE, LES DECOUVERTES ET COLONISATIONS L'HISTOIRE DES PIRATES, CORSAIRES ET NEGRIERS EXPLOITS DES MARINS ILLUSTRES VOYAGES DANS LES MERS GLACIALES GUERRES ET BATAILLES NAVALES JUSQ'UA BOMBARDEMENT DE TANGER ET LA PRISE DE MOGADOR

      PENEAUD VICTOR ET EUGENEEdito nel 1874 in Paris 4 volumi in 8¯ grande, legatura in mezza pergamena, tassello al dorso con titoli in oro, 40 tavole fuori testo in parte acquarellate. Raccoglie naufragi celebri, viaggi intorno al mondo, le scoperte e le colonizzazioni, la storia dei pirati, corsari e negrieri, battaglie navali, ecc. Buon esemplare.

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        Les Pliades.

      Stockholm: Jos. Mller & Cie, 1874.. 412 pp. 12mo. Three quarter calf over marbled boards, five raised bands ruled in gilt, morocco lettering piece, five compartments with gilt flowers and decorations, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers. First edition. Carteret I, p. 346. Clouzot (Nouv.ed.) p. 134. The most important novel by Gobineau (1816-1882) whose later work is often overshadowed by his "Essau sur l'inegalitie des races humaines, " written twenty years earlier. "Shows a debt to Stendhal (whom Gobineau, like Balzac, appreciated when few other critics did)" Harvey & Haseltine, p. 313. With the rise fascism and racial theories, and a look towards a mythological past, a Gobineau revival occurred in France between the two world wars. Cocteau wrote "Ce roman sublime enseigne que le destin travaille dans une zone o nos signes d'intelligence cessent de signifier;" but Roman Rolland added the caution that in Count de Gobineau we see the "same avowed scorn for progress, for liberalism, for that 'humanitarian opium, ' for democratic ideals -the same tragic and haughty vision of the struggle of the races- the same voluntary selection of absolute power in the State and Church, here below and in heaven above." (For a complete discussion see "Nineteenth-Century French Fiction Writers: Naturalism and Beyond, 1860-1900. Ed. Catharine Savage Brosman in Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 123). "Trs recherch, " Clouzot, "Guide du bibliophile franais : bibliographie pratique des ?uvres littraires franaises du XIXe sicle." A very good copy, spine and boards rubbed, owner's bookplate on front pastedown, scattered foxing, heavier to blanks and first and last few leaves.

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        The Mansions Of England In The Olden Time

      , London: Henry Sothern, 1874. . First edition thus preceded by the edition of 1839-49 published in four volumes. Illustrated with 104 lithographic plates of English mansions. Bound in full red leather with elaborate gilt-stamped decorations and title on front, 11 x 15 inches, spine five raised bands, a.e.g., gilt inner dentelles and marbled end papers. Unfortunately spine and corners have been rather roughly repaired, though original spine has been preserved and laid down. Plates are fine.

      [Bookseller: James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A]
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        Nouveaux Melanges D'archeologie D'histoire Et De Litterature Sur Le Moyen Age.

      , Paris, Firmin Didot, 1874-77.. . Text in French. Four volumes: I. [IVORIES, MINIATURES AND ENAMELS]; II. [MYSTERIOUS CURIOUSITIES]; III. [CHURCH DECORATIONS]; and IV. [LIBRARIES]. Illustrated throughout with fine engravings and elaborate initials. Bound in full burgandy cloth with the titles in gilt on the spines. Minor wear at heads and heels, white stain at heel of two volumes, ex-library with an ink stamp on the title pages and a pocket at rear, with no other library markings, over all very good. Text block is tight and generally clean with only occasional minor foxing.

      [Bookseller: James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A]
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        The Gilded Age, A Tale Of Today

      American Publishing Company Hartford, CT: American Publishing Company. Fine. 1874. Second Edition. Hardcover. A handsome, unrestored second edition, published in 1874. About Fine condition with only minute rubbing of board and edges; black cloth with peach endpapers, edges sprinkled brown; Twain's first novel which gave an entire era its name, though fictional, is a critical examination of politics and corruption in the United States during the nineteenth century .

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        The Gilded Age / A Tale of Today

      Hartford: American Publishing Company 1874 Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1874. First Edition, second issue. 8vo. Illustrated by Hoppin, Stephens, Williams, White and others. Original publisher's sheep, black leather spine labels lettered in gilt, front cover rehinged, else fine. BAL 3357 . With a page of octavo manuscript in Warner's hand, about 130 words, concerning the character Philip Sterling with reflections on the fairer sex ("It is probably on account of the lack of enterprise in women that they are not as fond of stock speculations and mine ventures as men. It is only when woman becomes demoralized that she takes to any sort of gambling-")

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        Autograph letter Signed

      N.p., July 29, 1874: J.B.C., 1874 Corot, Jean-Baptiste (1796-1875) The great French landscape painter identified with the Barbizon School. Autograph Letter Signed. 8vo., 1 page, July 29, 1874 to an unnamed friend. Corot writes that he has just learned that the party (possibly Birthday), of his sister was being celebrated with a luncheon. Corot asks his correspondent to take note that it will be later at dinner that he will present his bouquet to Madame Demeure. A neat chatty letter. $1275. Signed by Author. Original Autographed Letters.

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        Register der Assistenzärzte des k. k. allgemeinen Krankenhauses Wien. 10 pages, (355 x215 mm)

      "Dieses Register beinhaltet die strenge Hausordnung des k.k. allgemeinen Krankenhauses Wien und führt die Assistenzärzte (""Sekundarärzte"") mit Namen und Datum auf. Signiert von Freund: ""Sigm Freud 30/4 1883"", neben unzähligen anderen Signaturen. Das Register erstreckt sich über den Zeitraum von 1874 bis 1887 und - ob zufällig oder nicht - finden wir unter dem Eintrag zu Freud den Namen Carl Koller, welcher an Freuds vorhergehenden Studien zu Kokain weiterarbeitete und durch seine Entdeckung der anästhetischen Wirkung von Kokain Weltruhm erlangte. Mit diesem Dokument beginnt außerdem Freuds Aktivität unter Theodor Meynert, was in seiner Studienreise nach Paris und schlussendlich in der Begründung der Psychoanalyse gipfelte. Des Weiteren handelt es sich bei dem Register um ein einzigartiges Dokument der Geschichte der Medizin in Wien während des letzten Viertels des 19. Jahrhunderts. Wir finden auch Arthur Schnitzler und zahlreiche weitere Namen, die in Freuds medizinischer Geschichte auftauchen. "

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        The Mansions Of England In The Olden Time

      . First edition thus preceded by the edition of 1839-49 published in four volumes. Illustrated with 104 lithographic plates of English mansions. Bound in full red leather with elaborate gilt-stamped decorations and title on front, 11 x 15 inches, spine five raised bands, a.e.g., gilt inner dentelles and marbled end papers. Unfortunately spine and corners have been rather roughly repaired, though original spine has been preserved and laid down. Plates are fine.

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        Nouveaux Melanges D'archeologie D'histoire Et De Litterature Sur Le Moyen Age.

      . Text in French. Four volumes: I. [IVORIES, MINIATURES AND ENAMELS]; II. [MYSTERIOUS CURIOUSITIES]; III. [CHURCH DECORATIONS]; and IV. [LIBRARIES]. Illustrated throughout with fine engravings and elaborate initials. Bound in full burgandy cloth with the titles in gilt on the spines. Minor wear at heads and heels, white stain at heel of two volumes, ex-library with an ink stamp on the title pages and a pocket at rear, with no other library markings, over all very good. Text block is tight and generally clean with only occasional minor foxing.

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        Oeuvres.

      8°. Vol. 1: 4 cartes, 4 pl. (1 en couleurs). Vol. 6: 2 cartes; Vol. 8: 10 pl.; Vol. 10: 2 portraits; Atlas: 12 pl. Reliure demi chagrin rouge a coins, titres dorés. l'Atals en cartonnage d'époque avec pièce de titre rouge. 10 vol. + Atlas. Reédition de la première édition des oeuvres de 1864 (pour les vol 1 - 5), 1836-39 (pour les vol. 6, 7), 1854 (pour vol. 9). - La correspondance (vol. 10) en édition originale. - Quelques rousseurs imfirmes.

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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.

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        I.O.G.B. How It was Born and How It Died

      [No place: no publisher]. 1874. First. Illustrated wrappers. 71pp. Small octavo. Small chip front wrap, tear about halfway down the spine edge, still a pleasing, very good example. A parody on Donaldson's failed ballooning attempt to cross with Atlantic in what is here called the Indian Orchard Gas Bag, a balloon lined with muslin manufactured by Indian Orchard. Scarce. OCLC locates three copies. .

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