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        DISCONTENTED FROGS

      - McLOUGHLIN PUB. THE DISCONTENTED FROGS. NY: McLouhglin Bros. no date, circa 1875. Oblong 4to, 10 1/2 x 9", Fine condition. One of the most wonderful McLoughlin publications, this contains 6 large full page chromolithographed illustrations to accompany a very lengthy tale in verse about the plight of a group of frogs. They leave the security of the pond for the promise of a better life in the city only to encounter horror and eventual extermination. Not a happy story. Rare and an incredible copy.

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc. - ABAA]
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        [LETTER BOOK AND PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM FOR THE U.S.S. TENNESSEE]

      [Various places, including Japan]. 1875-1885.. 133 sheets mounted on stubs; twenty-eight mounted photographs, most measuring 7 x 9 3/4 inches. Letter book: Folio. Original half black morocco and cloth, stamped in blind on cover, spine gilt. Corners rubbed. Spine heavily worn and chipped, hinges weak. Light soiling to some letters, some chipped at edges. In a very legible hand. About very good. In a blue cloth clamshell case, leather label. Album: Oblong folio. Original blue publisher's cloth, stamped in gilt on cover. Boards scuffed and slightly stained. Expertly rebacked in matching cloth. Some mounts with slight chipping at edges. Some soiling, though photographs are generally clean. Good. Manuscript and photographic records of the U.S.S. Tennessee, launched in July 1865. Originally named the U.S.S. Madawaska, she was renamed Tennessee in 1869, and at the same time timbered up to the necessary height to allow a spar deck to be installed. She was also fitted with new, more powerful engines at this time, though she also bore a full complement of sails. Her duties included service as flagship of the Asiatic Squadron under Rear Admiral William Reynolds, with Captain William W. Low in command. By 1879 she was flagship of the North Atlantic Squadron under Rear Admiral Robert W. Wyman, with Captain David B. Harmony in command. These items pertain to both of these notable periods of service. The letter book contains compiled correspondences sent to Captain William W. Low by the U.S. Naval Department and by Rear Admiral William Reynolds, commander of the Asiatic Fleet, stationed in Japan. The correspondences cover the period from June 1875 through June 1876, the duration of Low's time as captain of the Tennessee, and generally contain orders or reports concerning the ship's maneuvers. The photograph album, which was published by Hatton & Hart in New York, bears the cover title, "Scenes on Board a Man-of-War. U.S.S. Flag-Ship Tennessee," with an image of the ship stamped in gilt. It contains photos of the ship itself; of officers and the crew, including Rear Admiral James E. Jouett and Captain O.F. Stanton; and of a few exercises aboard the ship. The album is dated circa 1885, when the Tennessee was flagship of the North Atlantic Squadron.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        CORRESPONDANCE INÉDITE DE LA COMTESSE DE SABRAN ET DU CHEVALIER DE BOUFFLERS-- 1778-1788 RECUEILLIE ET PUBSIÉE

      Paris. E. Plon et Cie, 1875. Deuxième Edition. PAGINATION: [ii], I-XVIII, 526, Table des Matières. BINDING: Full deep navy blue crushed morocco by Henri Noulhac (9 5/8" x 6 1/2", signed inside front cover); highly gilt ornamented spine with five raised bands and title in 2nd panel/date at bottom of spine. Boards framed in triple gilt fillets; gilt head- and tail-caps; 5/8" ornate gilt-decorate floral turn-ins over marbled endpapers. Exlibris of unknown person; all page edges gilt. THIS BINDING IS VERY BRIGHT, in fact SHIMMERS. ________ "A superlative craftsman, Noulhac specialized initially in plain leather bindings and copies of 18th-century bindings. By 1900 he had begun to incorporate modest floral emblems into the dentilled fillet borders of his covers...he did achieve respect as an instructor, numbering Rose Adler and Madeleine Gras among his students." -- p. 150, "Art Nouveau and Art Deco Bookbindings--French Masterpices 1880-1940" ________ On verso of half-title: Les éditeurs déclarent réserver leurs droits de traduction et de reproduction à l'étranger. Ce volume a été déposé au ministère de l'intérieu (direction de la libraire) en décembre 1874." ________ FINE CONDITION! ________ A LOVELY WORK in a CHOICE SPECIMEN OF A NOULAC BINDING.

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        The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras

      Boston: James R. Osgood and Company. 1875. First US Edition. Hardcover. First edition in English. xiv, 440pp. Original brick red pictorial cloth stamped in black and gold on the front panel and the spine panel. With two hundred and fifty illustrations by Riou. Light rubbing to spine ends and corner tips, short tear to page 1, a couple of smudges to last two pages. A near fine copy. In Bleiler, 1978, p. 199. Gallagher, Mistichelli and Van Eerde A16. Taves and Michaluk V004. ; Octavo .

      [Bookseller: Parigi Books, ABAA/ILAB]
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        JOURNEY TO THE NORTH POLE. With 129 illustrations by Riou

      London and New York: George Routledge and Sons, 1875. First English Edition. With a great profusion of illustrations throughout, all by Riou. 8vo, publisher’s original forest green cloth, pictorially decorated in black and gilt on the spine and upper cover. iv, 315. A pleasing, well preserved and attractive copy, quite fine but for some light shelfwear to the foot of the spine, very light cracking to inner hinge, gilt in good order all over, the cloth quite clean and generally free from rubbing. RARE FIRST EDITION. THE TRUE ENGLISH FIRST WITH THE DATE PRINTED ON THE TITLE PAGE. The book was actually published by Routledge in October of 1874 though they imprinted an 1875 date onto the title page. The book first appeared in France in 1865 and Routledge published the book with two different covers, one reading as this, and the other as THE ENGLISH AT THE NORTH POLE. Rare in first edition format, especially in the green cloth (Meyers mentions only blue and red).

      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc.]
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        ACTES ET PAROLES (3 VOL SET - COMPLETE) 1 - AVANT L'EXILE - 1841 - 1851, 2 - PENDANT L'EXILE - 1852 - 1870, 3 - DEPUIS L'EXILE

      Paris: Michel Levy Freres / CALMANN, LEVY, 1875 - 1876. Hardcover. Very Good. Vol 1 –xlviii, 516 pgs. Vol 2 – xlviii, 474 pgs. Vol 3 – xliv, 354 pgs.& 6 1/4 x 9 in. Text in French.& Red quarter morocco, with red marbled boards.. Gilt lettering and decoration on spine. 4 raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Condition of book is VERY GOOD ; & Spines slightly darkened, corners and ends of spine very lightly worn. Upper text block slightly darkened. Marking and notes in ink on table and rfep. Foxing throughout, foxing to edges of text block, otherwise very tight, solid. & & & & & & &

      [Bookseller: Andre Strong Bookseller]
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        BIBLE]. THE NEW TESTAMENT of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, according to the Authorised Version. With illustrations by Gustav Doré

      London, Paris and New York: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, [c. 1875]. With a profusion of fine and very impressive engravings by Gustave Doré on nearly 80 full page plates, complete. The full run of illustrations and text, separately titled, for the New Testament portion of the Bible. Folio, publisher’s original luxury binding of three-quarter dark green morocco over pebbled dark green cloth, spines decorated elaborately with detailed gilt borders around central floral tools in compartments between gilt stippled and ruled bands, one compartment lettered in gilt, end-leaves marbled, a.e.g. 279 text pp. + engraved plates. A very handsome, unusually clean copy of Dore’s spectacular rendering of the New Testament. The book is prone to heavy foxing but this copy has only a touch here and there and in all cases it’s quite light. The binding is sturdy and attractive with only expected minor evidence of age. GUSTAV DORÉ’S BIBLE. One of the most magnificent of the Doré illustrated books. A huge testament to Doré’s talent and a most impressive work in size and scope. In Cassell’s printing of Doré’s complete Holy Bible, the New Testament accounts for only about a fifth of the total page count and yet contains roughly a third of the total illustrations. Browsing through these plates, one can clearly see why Gustave Doré was considered among the greatest illustrators of his day. These books are not commonly found in good condition, they were prone to foxing and the stress caused by the bulk of the text was very hard on the bindings. Fortunately, this is a very sturdy copy and remains fresh, clean and completely useable.

      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc.]
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        Buffaloe [sic.] Hunting

      [London: Chatto & Windus, no date but circa 1875]. Lithograph, coloured by hand, by McGahey [but signed 'Gahey' in error], printed by Day & Haghe. 12 x 17 1/2 inches. 16 1/8 x 22 1/4 inches. A fine image from Catlin's 'North American Indian Portfolio', one of the most important accounts of Native American life. "The American bison, or... buffalo, is the largest of the ruminating animals that is now living in America, and seems to have been spread over the plains of this vast country, by the Great Spirit, for the use and sustenance of the [Native American]... The buffalo bull often grows to the enourmous weight of 2000 pounds, and shakes a long and shaggy black mane, that falls in great profusion... over his head and shoulders... The horns are short but very large." This is one of the six rare unnumbered plates, whose existence remained something of a mystery until recently, when research uncovered the true history of the production of the North American Indian Portfolio. When Catlin first produced his work in 1844, he evidently intended his 25 plate folio to be the first of four volumes, and had carried work forward to the point of having produced extra lithographic stones toward the next volume. However, the collapse of his finances ended this scheme, and the publisher Henry Bohn took over the copyright of the Portfolio, producing 25 plate versions until he sold the copyright to the publishers Chatto & Windus in the early 1870s. Chatto & Windus decided to enhance their reissue of the Portfolio by printing the six extra plates, from stones which had existed unused for over thirty years. This is documented in their archives, now in the Reading University Library in England. Of the 140 sets located in the unpublished census, only about a quarter are of the 31 plate issue. Thus, these six plates are four times scarcer than the other Portfolio plates. Catlin summarized the Native American as "an honest, hospitable, faithful, brave, warlike, cruel, revengeful, relentless, -- yet honourable, contemplative and religious being". In a famous passage from the preface of his North American Indian Portfolio, Catlin describes how the sight of several tribal chiefs in Philadelphia led to his resolution to record their way of life: "the history and customs of such a people, preserved by pictorial illustrations, are themes worthy of the lifetime of one man, and nothing short of the loss of my life shall prevent me from visiting their country and becoming their historian". He saw no future for either their way of life or their very existence, and with these thoughts always at the back of his mind he worked, against time, setting himself a truly punishing schedule, to record what he saw. From 1832 to 1837 he spent the summer months sketching the tribes and then finished his pictures in oils during the winter. The record he left is unique, both in its breadth and also in the sympathetic understanding that his images constantly demonstrate. A selection of the greatest of images from this record were published in the North American Indian Portfolio in an effort to reach as wide an audience as possible. The present image is one of the results of this publishing venture and is both a work of art of the highest quality and a fitting memorial to a vanished way of life. Cf. William S. Reese, The Production of Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio, 1844-1876.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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        THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND / ABANDONED

      LONDON: SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, LOW &. VERY GOOD+. PUB 1875. FIRST EDITION. THE SECOND VOLUME OF "THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND" TRILOGY. TRANSLATED BY W. H. G. KINGSTON. . ORIGINAL MAROON CLOTH DECORATED IN GILT AND BLACK WITH BEVELED BOARDS AND ALL EDGES GILT WITH ALL 50 FULL PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS. BOOK HAS SOME MODEST WEAR TO CORNERS AND SPINE-ENDS BUT IS OTHERWISE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. .

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        Renaissance in Italy

      London: Smith, Elder, and Company, 1875-1886. First editions. Spineheads a little rubbed, covers a little rubbed, else fine; volume I of Italian Literature with some light foxing on half title, volume II has a weak front hinge. Royal octavo.

      [Bookseller: Randall House Rare Books]
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        JOC-O-SOT. / (THE WALKING BEAR) / A SAUK CHIEF FROM THE UPPER MISSOURI, U.S. AM

      [London: Chatto & Windus, nd, but ca. 1875].. Lithograph, handcolored, by John McGahey, printed by Day & Haghe. Wove paper. Image size: 16 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches. Sheet size: 22 3/8 x 16 3/4 inches. In fine condition, apart from some small expert marginal repairs. A fine image from CATLIN'S NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN PORTFOLIO, one of the most important accounts of native-American life. Joc-o-Sot (Walking Bear, 1810-44), a Sauk Chief, took part in the Black Hawk War of 1832 when he was wounded. He later performed in Wild West shows in Europe and the United States. His wounds from the war of 1832 had apparently left him weak and, whilst traveling, he became ill and died in Cleveland on his way to Missouri. He was buried in the Erie Street Cemetery, in Cleveland. This is one of the six rare unnumbered plates, whose existence remained something of a mystery until recently, when research uncovered the true history of the production of the NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN PORTFOLIO. When Catlin first produced his work in 1844, he evidently intended his twenty- five-plate folio to be the first of four volumes, and had carried work forward to the point of having produced extra lithographic stones toward the next volume. However, the collapse of his finances ended this scheme, and the publisher Henry Bohn took over the copyright of the PORTFOLIO, producing twenty- five-plate versions until he sold the copyright to the publishers Chatto & Windus in the early 1870s. Chatto & Windus decided to enhance their reissue of the PORTFOLIO by printing the six extra plates, from stones which had existed unused for over thirty years. This is documented in their archives, now in the Reading University Library in England. Of the 140 sets located in the unpublished census, only about a quarter are of the thirty-one-plate issue. Thus, these six plates are four times scarcer than the other PORTFOLIO plates. Catlin summarized the American Indian as "an honest, hospitable, faithful, brave, warlike, cruel, revengeful, relentless, - yet honourable, contemplative and religious being." In a famous passage from the preface of his NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN PORTFOLIO, Catlin describes how the sight of several tribal chiefs in Philadelphia led to his resolution to record their way of life: "the history and customs of such a people, preserved by pictorial illustrations, are themes worthy of the lifetime of one man, and nothing short of the loss of my life shall prevent me from visiting their country and becoming their historian." He saw no future for either their way of life or their very existence, and with these thoughts always at the back of his mind he worked, against time, setting himself a truly punishing schedule, to record what he saw. From 1832 to 1837 he spent the summer months sketching the tribes and then finished his pictures in oils during the winter. The record he left is unique, both in its breadth and also in the sympathetic understanding that his images constantly demonstrate. A selection of the greatest of images from this record were published in the NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN PORTFOLIO in an effort to reach as wide an audience as possible. The present image is one of the results of this publishing venture and is both a work of art of the highest quality and a fitting memorial to a vanished way of life. William S. Reese, "The Production of Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio, 1844-1876" (ref).

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        In Fairyland

      London: Longman Green, 1875. Engraved and printed by Edmund Evans,with a poem by William Allingham, this book is regarded as one of the finest examples of Victorian colour printing.This is an unusually good copy with bright covers virtually unmarked. Pictorially illustrated in bright gilt on both spine and front cover with the title interwoven with the design.31 pages,16 full page colour plates The plates,text and endpapers are only minimally spotted or marked. Some damage to the half title and title fore-edges has been professionally restored.There are no previous owners inscriptions. . 2nd. Pictorial Cloth. V.Good/No d/wrapper. 15 1/4 X 11. Illustrated.

      [Bookseller: Morris books]
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        The Communistic Societies of the United States

      New York,: Harper & Brothers,, 1875.. Large octavo, frontispiece and 16 plates, illustrated; a very good, fresh copy in publisher's cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. First edition of this influential and extensive study of the communitarian ideal in the United States.Charles Nordhoff (1830-1901) emigrated to the United States as a child, and went on to have a varied career as sailor, journalist and writer. His grandson Charles Bernard Nordhoff is the famous historian of the Bounty.In The Communistic Societies of the United States, Nordhoff recounts his travels to many of the socialistic societies which became popular in the nineteenth century, most famously the Shakers of Mount Lebanon, the Rappite township at 'Harmony' and the Oneida Community. As Nordhoff points out in his Introduction, he hoped that a study of these communities might provide 'useful hints toward the solution of the labor question'. Throughout, the work displays a thoroughness and lack of hysteria which supports his claim to have 'thought it best to give at first an impartial and not unfriendly account of each commune.'.

      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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        A Cruise in the Acorn

      London: Marcus Ward & Co., 1875 Original reddish-brown blindstamped cloth with floral pastedown decorated in black and lettered in gold on bevelled boards. General wear; worn through at corners and head and foot of spine. All six chromolithographs by Kate Greenaway are present and excellent except for 1/2 inch edge tear in frontispiece. Chromograph Series. Each illustration is accompanied by a well-known, appropriate poem. There is light foxing to endpapers, but interior is essentially clean and easily readable. There are no names or any other writing. 140 pp. plus publisher's catalog.

      [Bookseller: Dave Shoots, Bookseller]
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        [Wood County, Ohio county atlas, printed within:] Historical Atlas of the World Illustrated: giving histories and maps of all the countries in their geographical, statistical, and commercial aspects, together with a complete history of the original surveys of the United States, with a special map showing lands surveyed by Government. Constructed by A. Keith Johnston, H.D. Rogers, Edw. Weller and other eminent geographers; compiled and editied [sic] by Charles H. Jones, assisted by Theodore F. Hamilton

      Chicago: H.H. Hardesty & Co., 1875. Folio. (19 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches). Historical Atlas section: title, 4pp. preliminaries, pp.7-88 text; 7pp. wood-engraved illustrations, 1 folding chromolithographed map, 40 hand- coloured lithographic maps (13 double-page). Wood County, Ohio section, printed on verso of the text and map to the preceding: 1p. 'Index to Wood County', [27]pp. of text; 11 uncoloured lithographic plates with views of 22 properties in Wood Co., 1 double-page hand-coloured map of the county, 2 hand-coloured maps of Ohio and surrounding states, 6 hand-coloured town- plans (2 double-page). Publisher's black half roan over brown cloth- covered boards, the lower cover blocked in blind, the upper cover in gilt and blind. An extraordinary 19th century American atlas: an Ohio county atlas published within a stock atlas of the world, with the county maps and views printed on verso of stock atlas sheets. The inspired idea of combining county and national atlases seems to have been a particular favourite of the publishers Hardesty & Co. Between 1875 and 1882 they published nine different variations on the same theme, combining the Historical Atlas of the World with atlases/histories/trade listings for the counties of Defiance, Fulton, Wood, Monroe, Lawrence and Putnam in Ohio; Jay and Wells in Indiana; and Wood & Pleasants (in one vol.) in West Virginia. The two works are truly inextricable: views and text from one are published on the backs of the maps in the other. For instance: the double-hemisphere world map from the Historical Atlas has the first two pages of the History of Wood County on the verso and the double-page map of Wood County has maps of Newfoundland on one recto and Canada, etc. on the other. To attempt to unite the two, the publisher has numbered the Ohio county content with fractions, so that the page numbering is consecutive. The Historical Atlas is a fine example of its type: a majority of the maps are of the Americas (including 12 of one or more of the individual States), and the colouring is attractive and colourful. The Wood County section includes much valuable information from an historical viewpoint and a number of charming views of the houses and farms of the prominent members of the community. "Despite their limitations and inaccuracies, nineteenth-century county atlases nonetheless preserve a detailed cartographical, biographical, and pictorial record of a large segment of rural America in the Victorian age" (Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers, p. 424). Ristow, who devotes an entire chapter to the 19th century production of county atlases, makes no mention of such a combined atlas. We have never encountered another in this format.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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        JAPANESE EXPEDITION TO FORMOSA

      1875. Paperback. Very Good. HOUSE, Edward H. THE JAPANESE EXPEDITION TO FORMOSA. Tokio: [No Publisher], 1875. Without the large supplementary map. Includes map of Southern Formosa facing p. 114. xiii,[1],231 pp., + errata slip bound-in at end. Octavo, side-sewn and glued into (original) printed paper wrappers with brushed Japanese-language title on spine, and housed in a modern chitsu case with paper labels on spine and upper board and bone clasps. Wrappers show some general wear and soiling. Clean text, and in very good condition overall. In 1874 Japan sent a punitive expedition to Formosa to avenge the killing of some Ryukyu islanders who had been ship- wrecked on the coast of Formosa and murdered by the inhabitants. The sovereignty of the Ryukyu Islands, which at that time belonged to China, was disputed by Japan; and when China refused to punish the Formosans, Japan claimed that it was the legal protector of the Ryukyu Islands and sent a military expedition to Formosa to avenge the murders. In a brief introductory note, dated April 1875, House says that the materials presented in this book were "chiefly collected from memoranda of personal observation of the incidents described, and of authentic narratives of the diplomatic transactions between the governments of Japan and China ... Many of the earlier chapters originally appeared in the form of letters to the New York Herald, during the summer and autumn of 1874." (Cordier I:295).

      [Bookseller: Boston Book Company]
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        The Way We Live Now [Sadleir's copy w/his notes]

      London: Chapman and Hall, 1875. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. A Very Good + copy (expert repair to the spine cloth of one volume executed by the Heritage Bindery, rubbing at the extremities, small tear and tape repair to rear free endpaper of Volume 1) of a wonderful novel which proved Trollope's continuing power as a novelist amid talk that his powers were waning. The book tells the story of the rise and fall of the fictional stock market manipulator, Augustus Melmotte -- and its effect on his daughter's options for marriage. The tale is an excellent social satire which Walpole deemed to be one of the most remarkable of all English novels published between 1860 and 1890. The story remains vibrant and has currency even today. This is the copy of the famed collector and Trollope bibliographer, Michael Sadleir, WITH SADLEIR'S HANDWRITTEN NOTES IN PENCIL ON THE REAR ENDPAPERS OF EACH VOLUME. The book wears Sadleir's lion bookplate as well as the bookplate famed collector Barton Currie. This is, quite simply, THE copy for the Trollope collector to have. MICHAEL SADLEIR'S (AND BARTON CURRIE'S) COPY, WITH MICHAEL SADLEIR'S HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON THE REAR FREE ENDPAPERS OF EACH VOLUME. An excellent opportunity for the Trollope collector to distinguish his or her collection.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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        Proeve eener Ned. Indische bibliographie (1659-1870). With: IDEM. Vermeerderde en verbeterde herdruk voor de jaren 1659-1720, supplement en verbeteringen voor de jaren 1721-1870. With: IDEM. Supplement II.

      - Batavia, 1875-1903. 3 volumes in 1. Modern cloth. (8),III,(3),325; (2),II,(2),93; 64 pp.* The first bibliography dealing with printers and printing in the Dutch East Indies to 1870, chronologically arranged, with alphabetically arranged index, a subject-index and a list of printers and publishers. - (pp. 252-325 in photocopy). - Rare standard work. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Gert Jan Bestebreurtje]
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        Exploracao e estudo do Valle do Amazonas [bound with] Exploracao e estudo do Valle do Amazonas

      Exceedingly rare report on the Amazon by Barbosa, not in Borba de Moraes. 1875. Rio de Janeiro. Typographia Nacional. In 8vo (208 mm x 140 mm). 52; 151 + 2 maps. In the original printed wrapper, small edge tears not affecting, first title with erased stamp. One map detached, a few marginal annotations, first title with erased stamp, else a very fine and crisp copy. First edition. We have been unable to trace other copies of this work; both volumes were prepared by Barbosa to be presented to Jose Fernandes da Costa Pereira Junior at the request of the Ministry of Agriculture & Commerce as result of the scientific commission entrusted to him. Barbosa Rodrigues (1842 - 1909) was without doubt a remarkable Brazilian; he travelled throughout Brazil between 1868 & 1897, allowing him a working knowledge of the North of the country. He was the author, and eventually gained fame for his work Sertum Palmarum Brasiliensium ou relation des Palmiers nouveaux du Bresil, published in 1903 in Brussels. He was eventually appointed Director of the Manaos botanical museum and first Director of the botanical garden of Rio de Janeiro. This, his report of the Valley of the Amazon is virtually unknown. The work is illustrated with two large folding maps, entitled ?A planta do Rio Trombetas? and ?Planta do Rio Capim?. Although Borba only included works until 1900, and excluded the Sertum Palmarum, this was printed in 1875 and is clearly an important description of the north of Brazil; had he seen it, we believe it would have been included.

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        FROG HE WOULD A WOO-ING GO

      1875. Paperback. 2. McLOUGHLIN PUB. A FROG HE WOULD A WOO-ING GO. NY: McLoughlin Bros. no date ca 1875. 4to, pictorial wraps, some margin mends and binding with archival strengthening, really VG. First edition of this title in Aunt Louisa's Big Picture Series (last title listed). Featuring the most spectacular chromolithographs printed on one side of the paper, depicting humanized frogs, mice and cats to accompany this famous nursery rhyme that is set to music.

      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc. ]
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        DISCONTENTED FROGS

      1875. 1. McLOUGHLIN PUB. THE DISCONTENTED FROGS. NY: McLouhglin Bros. no date, circa 1875. Oblong 4to, 10 1/2 x 9", Fine condition. One of the most wonderful McLoughlin publications, this contains 6 large full page chromolithographed illustrations to accompany a very lengthy tale in verse about the plight of a group of frogs. They leave the security of the pond for the promise of a better life in the city only to encounter horror and eventual extermination. Not a happy story. Rare and an incredible copy.

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        Journey across the Western Interior of Australia

      London,: Sampson Low,, 1875.. Octavo, with frontispiece, plates, a large folding map; with a cancelled library stamp otherwise a good copy in contemporary cloth, gilt. The first edition of Warburton's narrative of his expedition from the Telegraph Line to the west coast which won the race to cross the continent from east to west.Warburton, a retired South Australian Police Commissioner, was funded in his quest by Sir Thomas Elder and Captain Walter William Hughes. En route he benefited enormously from an encounter at Charlotte Waters with Ernest Giles, who showed him his maps and suggested he take an alternate course from the one he had just endured.Although Warburton won the honours of the crossing over Giles and W.C. Gosse, it came at a high cost. In the harsh Great Sandy Desert his expedition deteriorated into an endless search for water. Within a few months half their camels were dead; provisions were low and much of their equipment had been lost. They reached the Oakover River just in time but even here they faced starvation and had to eat camel hide while waiting for help.Indeed, so terrible were the privations that Warburton suffered that he was physically unfit to prepare his journals for publication. The text of Warburton's own journals was edited by H.W. Bates of the Royal Geographical Society, and an historical account of exploration in the western third of the Australian continent was added by Charles Eden. The scientific content was arranged by Professor Owen, Dr Hooker, John Gould and Dr Henry Trimen.Wantrup, 201.

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        Journey Across the Western Interior of Australia

      London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1875. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. With an Introduction and Additions by Charles H. Eden, edited by H.W. Bates. ix, [3], 307 + 40 ad pp. With frontispiece, title vignette of the Warburton Beetle, and 8 other plates, large folding map at rear. 22 x14 cm, green cloth binding by Burn & Co, re-backed with original cloth laid down, decorated in gilt and black, beveled edges. Map has some professional restoration. Warburton, a colonel in the Volunteer Military Force, departed from South Australia in 1872 as leader of an expedition hoping to link the province with Western Australia. The expedition had financial backing and was provided with seventeen camels and six months supplies, but journey took considerably longer, leaving the party to suffer long periods of extreme heat with little water, and in the end to survive only by killing the camels for meat. In January 1874 they arrived at De Grey station in Western Australia, having become the first to cross the continent from the center to the west. Warburton was by then near death and blind in one eye (ABD). This edited version of his expedition journal makes for lively reading, and is prefaced by a lengthy and useful summary of several previous expeditions.

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        THE FLORA OF BRITISH INDIA

      London. 1875-1897.. Seven volumes. Later three-quarter morocco and cloth, raised bands, t.e.g. Spine ends bit chipped. Outer hinges worn, with cracking on most volumes, sometimes nearly detached. Bit tanned. Ex-New York Horticultural Society. Overall a very good set. Hooker was one of the most prolific botanical writers of his day and had been on Ross' expedition to Antarctica in 1839- 43. He compiled the present extensive work on Indian flora with the assistance of many other botanists. See TAXONOMIC LITERATURE for a detailed synopsis of the contents. A work of the greatest importance in the history of botanical exploration. TAXONOMIC LITERATURE 2981.

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        Kamilaroi and other Australian Languages

      Sydney,: Thomas Richards, 1875.. Small quarto, lithograph frontispiece portrait, several wood-engraved illustrations including a waratah; very good in the original pebbled dark green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Second edition, substantially revised from the first edition of 1866, of this important account of the language and customs of some of the Aboriginal tribes of New South Wales, with a focus on the Kamilaroi language of New England and the Upper Hunter.Ridley (1819-1878) was one of John Dunmore Lang's recruits, arriving in Sydney in 1850. After a short stint at the Australian College Ridley he became an itinerant missionary in New England and as far north as Moreton Bay, a role which he fulfilled until 1857 when he was posted to Portland in Victoria. Although his later career saw him work at the University of Sydney and head the Chinese Mission in Sydney, he maintained a lifelong interest in the Australian Aborigines, and this work is the pinnacle of his efforts.The book includes a good introduction to Kamilaroi, the language of the Aborigines of the Namoi, Liverpool Plains and the Upper Hunter, and prints "Gurre Kamilaroi", a Missionary primer which retells the stories of Adam and Lazarus. Otherwise there are notes on: Wailwun (Barwan River); Kogai (on the Maranoa and Cogoon); Pikumbul (about Calandoon); Dippil (north side of Moreton Bay); Turrubul (Brisbane River) with a paraphrase from Genesis; Turuwul (which Ridley calls the language of "the now extinct Tribe of Port Jackson", with notes derived from his interviews with Mrs. Lizzie Malone; and Wodi-Wodi (the Illawarra).The book also has an important section on Aboriginal traditions, stories and customs (pp. 135-172).Ferguson, 14916; Greenway, 7973.

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        Jing Han Zhu Jiang He Ting (The very first edition Koran with Arabic script and Chinese translation and Chinese transliteration)

      the very first first edition Koran in Chinese, 3 volumes, published in 1875 in Yun Nan Province. Yun Nan is a minority border province of southwestern China where Islam first arrived at China. binding in the oriental way. Some wear and rebounded in 3 volumes by former owner.Very Scarce, no record at OCLC and at library in China.

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        A HISTORY OF THE BIRDS OF EUROPE not observed in the British Isles, 5 Volumes, complete

      London: George Bell, 2nd edition, revised, 1875-76.. Small bumps to a few corners, back outer corner of one volume with flecking to the cloth, spines lightly sunned, the text and plates are bright and clean with mild foxing to the preliminary pages of a few volumes only, a tight, near fine copy in a very attractive binding.. Pp. ix, (3) 150; iv, 172; iv, 176; iv, 180; (4), 175, (3), with 253 fine hand-colored plates, some text-figures. Original elaborately blind-stamped and gilt-decorated red cloth with gilt scene on front covers, sm 4to. Zimmer (pg. 87) states: "Principally an account of the habits of non-British European birds, with brief descriptions and synonymy, forming a sort of sequel to Morris's 'History of British Birds,' 1870". The hand-colored plates are by Fawcett with many illustrations of eggs.

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        A History of the Birds of Europe. Not Observed in the British Isles (5 vol)

      York Street, Covent Garden, London: George Bell and Sons, 1875 5 volumes complete with all the 180 bird plates and 58 plates on Bird eggs. All 5 volumes uniformly bound in modern tan half leather with marbled boards, some blind tooling. Spines have raised bands, titles and tooling in gilt. Internally, new endpapers, NO inscriptions, all plates have their contemporary guards. Second Edition. Volume 1, 1875, half title and tissue guarded frontis present, (2), (ix), (3), 150pp. Volume 2, 1875, (1), (iv), 171pp. Volume 3, 1875, (1), (iv), 176pp, (8), includes the errata sheet and adverts dated 1875. Volume 4, 1875, (1), (iv), 180pp. Volume 5, 1876, (5), 176, (8). A lovely set!. The first edition was published in 4 volumes in 1859. (Sitwell p 81. WorldCat. COPAC)Bree was a well known naturalist and produced "The History of the Birds of Europe, Not Observed in the British Isles" and "Popular Illustrations of the Lower Forms of Life" and his famous "An Exposition of Fallacies of in the Hypotheses of Charles Darwin" which was an attack on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

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        Cesvs Klist em Opunvkv-herv Maro coyvte = the Gospel according to Matthew : translated from the original Greek into the Muskokee language

      NY: American Bible Society, 1875. 92 pp., original self wrappers, disbound with early and late leaves chipped at the edges, no text loss. Photos available upon request.

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        KERAMIC ART OF JAPAN

      1875. Paperback. Very Good. AUDSLEY, George Ashdown, and BOWES, James Lord. KERAMIC ART OF JAPAN. London: Henry Sotheran & Co, 1875. First edition, in 7 part. Folio. In total: lxxi + 61pp. with 12 plates (plate "J" not included, as usual); 50 (of 51-- plate #35 missing) plates with accompanying text (missing text page for plate 50) + list of marks and monograms, with 4 plates. 66 plates in all. Overall, a very good set. Some plates show light soiling at and along the edges as wells as a few nicks. The wrappers, (all are present) are either separated or quite worn at the folds and the contents are extracted from each one. All plates and text pages are loose. Internally, there is only occasional foxing and/or a touch of soil but overall it is a clean, bright, and pleasing example of this magnificent Victorian color plate book in an unusual format. A copy of the prospectus (folio size) is included.

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        'DOWN THE ROAD' OR REMINISCENCES OF A GENTLEMAN COACHMAN

      London: Longmans, Green, 1875. Fine. First edition xxi, 224p. Illustrated with twelve color plates by Henry Alken beautifully chromolithographed by Hanhart. Bound by Zaehnsdorf in full dark blue crushed morocco with marbled; endpapers, t.e.g., the spine with gilt titles, the panels with triple-ruled frames and coaching ornaments, the covers with frames of 5 gilt rules, similar dentelles. With Zaehnsdorf's small gilt logo on the rear endpapers reserved for their best bindings

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        Mrs. Jameson's Works (10 volumes): Characteristics of Women; Diary of an Ennuyee; Legends of the Madonna; Legends of the Monastic Orders; Loves of the Poets; Memoirs of the Early Italian Painters; Sacred and Legendary Art, Volumes I and II; Sketches of Ar

      Boston, MA USA: James R Osgood. Near Fine. 1875. Hardcover. 16mo. 10 volumes published between 1875 and 1877, bound in 3/4 leather over marbleized boards, with five raised bands & extra gilt, marginal wear to leather. Marbled endpapers and edges. Light rubbing to bottom edges and corners. Engraved frontis with protective tissue. Each book is stamped "Purchased from FW Cottle Estate" who may have been a descendent of Joseph Cottle, author of Reminiscences of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey. Solid bindings, clean and bright text. Very little if any foxing, but a couple of the books have light stains of half title pages. .

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        The Narcissus: Its History and Culture

      London, L.Reeve & Co., 1875. 8vo. 1st ed 25.0 x 16.5 cms. 48 hand-coloured litho plates. With a scientific review of the whole species by J.G.Baker. Original gilt and blindstamped cloth. Spine faded with ends and inner hinges repaired, slight darkening of paper from edges plates clean and bright with all tissue guards present. Owner's bookplate inscription on front free end paper, fore corners rubbed. An decent copy of a scarce book.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket.

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        Sketches, New And Old - 1st Edition/1st State

      Boston: American Publishing Company. Near Fine. 1875. First Edition; First Printing. 1/2 Leather. A most attractive, unrestored First Edition/first state copy, in the scarce original publisher's 1/2 Morocco leather binding with gilded pages and peach end papers in near fine condition, front end paper cracked at hinge, hinges tight and fully intact though. Includes the rare inserted notice on page 299 denying Mark Twain's authorship of the piece. All points present as per BAL 3364; Twain's sixty-three often outrageous sketches, composed between 1863 and 1875. From a piece about the difficulty of getting a pocket watch repaired properly to thoughts on bureaucrats, courts of law, the profession of journalism, the claims of science, and the workings of government .

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        The Dramatic Works of Moliere

      Edinburgh. William Paterson. 1875. Handsomely bound in 3/4 gilt ruled grain morocco. Gilt ruled spine compartments with elaborate gilt tooled motifs. Gilt tooled raised bands. Gilt titles. t.e.g. 4to. Illustrated throughout with superlative full page tissue-guarded plate engravings. A renowned collection of Molieres dramatic work. Scarce to find Fine sets of Moliere in English. Some covers and spines mildly rubbed, several hinges tender. Front cover of Vol. 3 reattached with some glue residue apparent at join. A Very Good , quite sound, extravagently bound set.Featured Sets.

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        Preludes. With illustrations and ornaments by Elizabeth Thompson.

      London: Henry S. King and Co. 1875 - Octavo. Original green cloth over bevelled boards, spine lettered in gilt, front side illustrated un gilt, upper edge uncut, brown coated endpapers Some light rubbing to boards and at extremities, spine a little darkened, some light foxing and browning to prelims with one or two occasional spots to text block, otherwise an excellent copy. 6 engraved plates with tissue guards by Elizabeth Thompson, including frontispiece, title page inscribed and dated by the author, book plate to front pastedown, binder's ticket to rear pastedown. First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author: "Dr. Sebastian Evans from the author June 1875". [Attributes: First Edition]

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        A JOURNAL OF RAMBLINGS THROUGH THE HIGH SIERRAS OF CALIFORNIA BY THE "UNIVERSITY EXCURSION PARTY."

      San Francisco: Francis & Valentine, 1875.. 103pp. plus nine original mounted albumen photographs. 20th-century three- quarter morocco and blue cloth, spine gilt. Spine sunned. Frontispiece photograph with three small stains and the final two photographs exhibiting some moderate fading, else quite clean internally. A very good copy. A rare photographically illustrated account of a tour of Yosemite and the High Sierras, by one of the pioneer founders of the University of California. LeConte studied with Agassiz at Harvard before going to California to serve as professor of geology, and he was among the charter members of the Sierra Club. This work describe's LeConte's first expedition, with students of the University, into the Sierras, and the text wonderfully transmits LeConte's enthusiasm for the region and its natural beauty. In his autobiography he describes his first years in California as "very active ones for me, the wonderful new country, so different from any that I had previously seen, the climate, the splendid scenery, the active, energetic people, and the magnificent field for scientific, and especially for geological investigations...." "A record of an excursion by Prof. LeConte and nine members of one of the early classes of the university. It is stated that but 20 copies were printed" - Cowan. The actual number of copies printed was almost certainly higher, perhaps as many as 120 (twelve for each member of the party). A beautiful book, with superb photographs depicting the range of northern California's natural splendor. The images are captioned on the mounts as follow: 1) "...Great Yosemite Fall" (frontispiece group portrait of the party). 2) "The Grizzly Giant...." 3) "The High Sierras...." 4) "The Gates of the Valley...." 5) "Bridal Veil Fall...." 6) "The Heart of the Sierras. Lake Tenaya." 7) "Day-Dawn in Yosemite. The Merced River." 8) "...North Dome, South (Half) Dome...." 9) "Montgomery St., San Francisco. Where our trip ended." HOWES L175. COWAN (1914), p.137. FARQUHAR 14a. CURREY & KRUSKA 230. KURUTZ, CALIFORNIA BOOKS ILLUSTRATED WITH ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS 27. ZAMORANO SELECT 64.

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        [MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED BY PRESIDENT ULYSSES S. GRANT, COMMUTING THE SENTENCE OF A MINNESOTA MOONSHINER]

      Washington. Feb. 25, 1875.. [2]pp., plus integral docketing leaf. Folio. Old folds. Slight separation at some folds. Some light soiling. Very good. Interesting official document signed by President Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of State Hamilton Fish, pardoning John Murgen of Minnesota who was "convicted of illicitly distilling, and was sentenced to be imprisoned for six months, and to pay a fine of one thousand dollars." Having served four months of his sentence, Murgen is recommended for pardon by the officials of his district, and the President has granted him "a full and unconditional pardon." It is stamped with the embossed seal of the United States and docketed on the verso. This item is tinged with some irony, as Grant's whiskey consumption was quite notable, as was the involvement of his government in the Whiskey Ring scandal, in which politicians and officials skimmed millions off of the federal liquor taxes and into their own pockets.

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        On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,

      London: John Murray,, 1875. Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Sixth edition, with Additions and Corrections. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and decorative band at head and foot gilt, blind-tooled rules and decorations to boards, brown coated endpapers. W. Bone & Son binder's ticket. Illustrated with one folding diagram. Binding lightly rubbed, spine bumped, back hinge just starting to split, a bright copy. Sixth edition, fifteenth thousand. On its first appearance in 1872 the sixth edition (eleventh thousand) was the final lifetime edition of the book, with extensive revisions, a new chapter by Darwin, and the first use of the word evolution in this book (the term was originally used in The Descent of Man in 1871). This is by far Darwin's best known and most important book and has justly been described by Horblit as "the most influential scientific work of the 19th century" and by Freeman as "the most important biological book ever written".

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        Seleucides Nigricans [Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise]

      London: Taylor and Francis for Henry Sotheran & Co., 1875-88. Hand- coloured lithograph by Gould and William Hart, printed by the Mintern Brothers. Very good condition apart from some overall slight soiling. 22 x 15 1/8 inches. A beautiful print from Gould's "Birds of New Guinea and the adjacent Papuan islands, including many new species recently discovered in Australia." This plate is from one of Gould's most exotic works, The Birds of New Guinea, which consists of an extensive series of beautiful plates of birds of paradise, bower birds, parrots, parakeets, cockatoos, kingfishers, and hawk-owls. This is the last of his full scale works. Gould prepared the first twelve of the twenty-five parts, and the work was finished posthumously by Sharpe. A broadside "Address to the Subscribers" of The Birds of New Guinea issued by Sotheran and Co. announced: "With respect...to the 'Birds of New Guinea', we have the pleasure to announce that, having purchased the entire stock and copyrights of Mr. Gould's Magnificent series of Works, we have made immediate preparations for completing those left unfinished; and having retained the services of Mr. Gould's entire staff of artists and colourists, we are confident that the work will be as well performed as during the life of the Author. Mr. Hart...will superintend the whole of the illustrations as heretofore; while the letterpress will be edited by Mr. Bowdler Sharpe, of the British Museum, whose name will be sufficient assurance that nothing will be wanting in this department." Anker 181; Fine Bird Books (1990), p.102; Nissen IVB 373; Sauer 27; Wood p.365; Zimmer, pp. 262-263.

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        A Natural History of the Nests and Eggs of British Birds

      London: George Bell, 1875. Second edition. Three volumes. 233 coloured plates. Royal 8vo (10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches). Original green cloth, boards blocked in blind with central gilt blocked nest with eggs, spines elaboratey gilt. Inner gutter between pages viii & 1 cracked but very firm. Headband of volume 3 slightly pulled causing very short split. Lower fore-corners of boards a little rubbed. Some light foxing to prelims. It would be hard to find a nicer set, the bindings remarkably fresh and bright, the text and plates free from foxing.

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        Album of Seaweed Specimens, an Unusual Collection of Exquisite Ocean Botanicals

      England, circa 1875-1880 Collection of 73 ocean botanical specimens, neatly mounted to Whatman paper watermarked with the year 1875, then mounted to 35 heavy giltedged cardstock leafs of a quality English made album. Tissue guard fragments placed between leafs. Quarto, burgundy leather gilt lined boards, titled "Seaweed' to spine, original white satin endpapers bearing a bookseller's label from Newcastle Upon Tyne. Specimens vary in size, most being sizeable, the smallest spanning approximately 9 x 6cm, and the largest spanning approximately 25 x 15cm. Scant few specimen fragments show minor chipping, one has become unmounted, otherwise in very good condition, the lot retaining vivid colour and form. A most impressive illustration of 'seaweed' collected by an enthusiast of phycology, who began to gather and preserve the benthic marine algae circa 1875, taking particular interest in the coastal regions of his native land, with many samples from the North Sea, some also possibly from the Kent Channel in the Irish Sea. Over 70 samples are counted in this delightfully unusual volume of marine biology interest, a few species found in duplicate to illustrate variant formations and colours, several species are represented. Specimens are tactile, some of which lend ease in feeling the definition of their leaf edges or skeletal stems systems. The more delicate near-translucent varieties require an astute eye or aid of microscope to discern physical dimension. Deduced by the bookseller's label, Newcastle-on-Tyne in North East England is where the album was purchased, and most probably the environs from which the specimens were gathered. The beautiful marine life forms include, among others, various Rhodophyta (red algae) such as the Laurencia Obtusa and the Laurencia Nadifica, samples of the Cystoseira genus including the Compressa, Tamariscifolia, and Baccata. Highlights include the Delesseria Sanguinea and a vibrant Ulva or sea lettuce. .

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        CARTE-DE-VISITE. Signed

      N.p., n.d. [Paris: c. 1875]: Zola, Émile François., 1875 Zola, Émile François. CARTE-DE-VISITE. Signed. N.p., n.d. A 3" 1/4 x 5" carte-de-visit unsigned but inscribed with printed Emil Zola, Rue de Bruxelles 21 bis. Zola has added in blue fountain pen "Avec mes plus vifs remerciements" [Loosely trans. as "In appreciation for living well"]. A fine example. With: Autograph SIGNATURE. N.p., n.d. A 1" 1/4 x 3" signature cut in near fine condition. For both items $1275. Emile Zola [1840 - 1902] French writer, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism & an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. He was a major figure in the political liberalization of France & in the exoneration of the falsely accused & convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus, which is encapsulated in the renowned newspaper headline J'Accuse.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

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        Description of the Living and Extinct Races of Gigantic Land Tortoises, Parts I & II. Introduction, and the Tortoises of the Galapagos Islands. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1875, Biological Sciences 165: 251?284

        Very scarce first systematic survey of giant tortoises by Albert Gunther of the British Museum, complete with 13 accompanying plates.  Gunther was ?the first to dispel the notion that there was only one giant tortoise species in the whole world.  There are, he stated, two general populations of giant tortoise: one restricted to the Indian Ocean islands, the other to the Galapagos Islands.  The morphological distinctions between the two populations are clear.  Never again should the world?s giant tortoise population be referred to under the single name of Testudo indica... [Gunther also stated] that within the tortoise populations of the Indian Ocean and Galapagos Islands, it was possible to detect a number of distinctive species...  Gunter had divided the once all-encompassing nomenclature of Testudo indica into at least eight species, three in the Indian Ocean and five in the Galapagos? (Chambers, A Sheltered Life: The Unexpected History of the Giant Tortoise, 137). ?Gunther?s 1875 monograph was to be the foundation for a new era of research on giant tortoises.  He had stamped out some of the myths that had been rattling around the scientific community for over half a century.  Because of his careful observations and measurements, there could now be no doubt that the giant tortoises were more diverse and endemic than anyone, other than perhaps Darwin, had hitherto expected? (ibid). CONDITION & DETAILS: Entire volume.  Large 4to. 12 x 9.75 inches (300 x 244mm). [14], 315 pages, [52 plates], 4. Ex-libris bearing only a bookplate on the front flyleaf.  No spine markings at all.  ILLUSTRATION: 52 plates, many of which fold out.  13 of the plates pertain to the Gunther paper (minor foxing at the outer margins of two of the plates).  BINDING: Bound in original maroon cloth, blind stamped on the front and rear boards; a bit rubbed and scuffed at the edge tips.  The cloth on the spine is chipped with loss.   INTERIOR:  Complete. Occasional age spotting and toning, largely bright and very clean throughout.  

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        Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America. From Drawings and Notes of the Author, made during Eight Years' Travel amongst Forty-Eight of the Wildest and most Remote Tribes of Savages in North America

      London: "Geo. Catlin. Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly" [i.e. Chatto & Windus], [circa 1875]. Folio. (21 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches). Letterpress title and plate list, 31 hand-coloured lithographic plates, all mounted on card within ink- ruled frames. Unbound as issued within publisher's brown cloth covered portfolio, original red morocco label on the upper cover, expertly rebacked to style, glazed yellow endpapers. Housed in a red morocco backed box. The very rare deluxe issue of the thirty-one plate edition of Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio, hand-coloured and mounted on card. This edition of Catlin's famous work on American Indians includes six additional lithographs, comprising two portraits, a group portrait of Ojibways, two tribal dance scenes, and a hunting scene. These six plates were evidently executed in the 1840s when Catlin envisioned a series of Indian "Portfolios," but they were not printed and issued until the present edition, making this the first complete edition of Catlin's portfolio. Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio contains the results of his years of painting, living with and travelling amongst the Great Plains Indians. In a famous passage from the preface, Catlin describes how the sight of several Indian chiefs in Philadelphia led to his resolution to record their vanishing way of life: "the history and customs of such a people, preserved by pictorial illustrations, are themes worthy of the lifetime of one man, and nothing short of the loss of my life shall prevent me from visiting their country and becoming their historian." From 1832 to 1837 he spent the summer months sketching the tribes and then finished his pictures in oils during the winter. He painted around 600 highly realistic and powerfully projected portraits of Indians, carefully recording their costume, culture and way of life. In addition to publishing the present work, Catlin also spent from 1837 to 1852 touring the United States, England, France and Holland with his collection of paintings, examples of Indian crafts and accompanied by representative members of the Indian tribes. A financial reversal in 1852 meant that he lost the collection, but he spent his later years making several trips to South and Central America, sketching the natives there. Research by William Reese has demonstrated that the 31 plate issue of the Portfolio was not produced until the firm of Chatto & Windus purchased the copyright to the book from the famed bookseller Henry Bohn. According to the Chatto & Windus records, which survive, these were printed from the original lithographic stones, in 1871 and published circa 1875 with a list of plates (present here but often found lacking). The 31-plate issue is far rarer than any of the 25 plate issues, and only in this format can the extra six plates be found. Like the first edition of the Portfolio, the 31 plate edition was published in three formats: tinted on paper, hand- coloured on paper and a deluxe issue, hand-coloured and trimmed and mounted on card in the style of original watercolours. This final issue is the most rare and desirable. Of the 28 copies of the 31 plate issue located by Reese in his census, only two were of the deluxe issue, as here. Howes C243; McCracken 10; Wagner-Camp 105a; cf. Abbey Travel 653 (ref); cf. Sabin pp. 436 (25 plates only), William S. Reese, The Production of Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio, 1844-1876.

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        The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras

      James R. Osgood and Company, Boston 1875 - Bound in brick-coloured pictorial cloth with black and gilt decorations to front board and spine. Black and white illustrations throughout. Some shelfwear to outer corners and to head and heel of spine. Spine somewhat darkened. Lower page edges show minute trace of damp staining, darkening to tail edge at spine. Also minor damp staining to upper outside corners of prelims and endpages. Damp stains do not affect text. Faint foxing to first and last few pages. Previous ownership inscription to front blank. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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