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        1 page autograph letter signed (ALS)

      1878. 1 page autograph letter signed, 5" x 7-7/8", in purple ink, toning/offset to edges on 3 sides, Christ Church dated May 25, 1878 to Herbert which reads: "Thanks for your critique on "Word Links". I send the new edition. Your objection to choosing a doublet at random, as "disheartening", must be set against that raised by the Guilford party, that to make out Chains made up from you robbed the game of all interest, & that the only ones they cared to try were words chosen at random. From my experience I should say the chance of an impossible doublet is, with words of 3 letters, next to nothing, 4 letters, 1/100, 5 letters, 1 / 20. Yrs Afft CLD"

      [Bookseller: D&D Galleries - ABAA]
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        The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States in their Botanical, Horticultural, and Popular Aspects.

      Chas. Robson & Co. and L. Prang & Co. 1878-80, Philadelphia and Boston - A Near Fine Four Volume Set, complete. Series I (Vols. I & II), Series II (Vols. I & II.) Octavo (7.75 x 10.75 inches, 197 x 273 mm). Original brown publisher's cloth with gilt lettering to cover and spine. Slight sunning and very minor cracking to spines, else sound. Dark Green coated endpapers. Series I (Vol. I , 1878), Pp. 192 plus 48 Fine original large and showy chromolithographed plates by L. Prang & Co., Boston. Very minor offset to verso of plates, but as they were printed on a coated stock, the face of all of the plates remains fresh and clean, without faults. Series I (Vol. II, 1879), Pp. 200 plus 48 plates, in similar condition to Vol. I. Series II (Vol. l, 1880), Pp. 196 plus 48 fine plates. Series II (Vol. II, 1880), Pp. 204 plus 48 fine plates.Professor Thomas Meehan, Editor of the Gardeners' Monthly, which was to become Meehan's Monthly by the late nineteenth century, satisfied American's burgeoning interest in domestic horticulture with this work, the first comprehensive presentation of the native plant species. This varied treatise, the first of its kind, was produced for a wide circle of gardeners, not the strict horticulturist or botanist, and is aptly presented by American's venerable printing firm of L. Prang and Co. in Boston. The democratic medium of chromolithography is best utilized to illustrate the varied richness of the multitude of flowers, both wild and cultivated in America's 19th Century gardens and landscapes. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Allgemeine Geschichte in Einzeldarstellungen. 32 Teile in 46 Bänden und 4 Registerbände in einem Band.,

      Berlin, Grote 1878-1892. - Mit zahlreichen Abbildungen, Tafeln und Karten. Bibliotheksexemplar (Klosterbibliothek) mit Rückenschild und Stempeln (entwidmet), Einbände etwas berieben, Papier und Schnitt teils braun-/stockfleckig (Vorsatz und Titelblätter meist stärker), 3 Falttafeln an den Kanten etwas beschädigt, ansonsten gut erhaltenes Exemplar, in Frakturschrift, (Aufbau des Werkes: 4 Abteilungen: I. Geschichte des Altertums (6 Teile in 9 Bänden). II. Geschichte des Mittelalters (10 Teile in 16 Bänden). III. Geschichte der Neueren Zeit (10 Teile in 13 Bänden). IV. Geschichte der Neuesten Zeit (6 Teile in 8 Bänden) und vier Registerbände in einem Band.) Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 94000 Gr.-8°, Halbleinen-Einbände der Zeit mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel und marmorierten Deckeln,

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        ALBUM DE PERNAMBUCO E SEUS ARRABALDES

      Pernambuco [i.e. Recife], Brazil: F.H. Carls, [1878].. Chromolithographic titlepage, prospectus leaf (tipped in at left edge to inner margin of first plate), followed by forty-eight chromolithographs. Oblong quarto. Original green cloth, front board and spine stamped in gilt, boards also stamped in blind. Cloth with slight wear at corners, spine ends, and along the joints; stain in front board near the foredge. Endpapers printed on poor paper. Light scattered foxing to the plates. Very good overall. In a cloth clamshell case, leather label. An exceptionally rare Brazilian colorplate book, the first copy we have encountered. The handsome chromolithographs show sights and scenes in the region of Pernambuco (now called Recife), in northeastern Brazil, and were drawn by Franz Heinrich Carls, who also published the work. Born in Germany, Carls arrived in Brazil in 1858, aged thirty, and modified his name to Francisco Henrique Carls. Responsible for the lithographs in Luis Schlappriz's MEMORIA DE PERNAMBUCO (1863), the present series of views is Carls' greatest achievement. With regard to the detailed quality of the images, Correa do Lago supposes that the chromolithographs were based on contemporary photographs. Carls states in the prospectus (tipped into this copy) that he is producing this book in response to the encouragement of a number of friends who have sought a volume of views of places and buildings around Pernambuco that would reflect the recent growth and improvements in the region. He goes on to explain that he intends to produce forty or fifty plates, and that they would be issued by subscription in groups of three or four views at a time. The views include the capital city of Recife, its various neighborhoods, as well as nearby Olinda, Santo Agostinho de Cabo, and Jaqueira. There are also views of the Caxanga road, Rua Barao da Victoria, Rua 1 de Marco, canals, bridges, and busy ports and harbors. There are many views of notable buildings, the state assembly, the presidential palace, churches, railroad lines, large public squares, the main commercial street in Olinda, theatres, gymnasiums, large homes, hospitals, etc. Many of the images reflect the early Dutch influence of the region, since the Dutch West India Company controlled the area for almost a century in the 17th and 18th century and founded the city. They started the sugar plantations which continued to dominate the region, and helped form vast fortunes among the planter class. The overall impression is of a region of progress and wealth, with grand homes and public buildings, broad avenues, and a lively civic and commercial life. OCLC lists only one copy of this title, at the Oliveira Lima Library at Catholic University in Washington, DC. Their copy contains fifty leaves of plates (Correa do Lago states that the number of plates varies, with some copies having as few as fifteen or twenty) but no prospectus leaf, and they give a date of 1860, apparently based on the fact that Carls arrived in Pernambuco just two years earlier. Correa do Lago gives a publication date of 1873, but the prospectus in our copy is dated August 1878, hence our attribution of that date. Not in Borba de Moraes. "O colorido e bastante tenue, o que contribuiu para o atrativo desta extensa serie de imagens que formam uma das reportagens visuais mais abragentes realizadas no periodo sobre qualquer cidade brasileira" - Correa do Lago. This is the first copy we have encountered in more than three decades of active interest in such books. Extremely rare and desirable, with lovely chromolithographs of Brazil. CORREA DO LAGO, BRASILIANA ITAU, pp.328-29. OCLC 40949947.

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        Topographisch-statistisches Lexikon von Steiermark mit historischen Notizen und Anmerkungen - 3 Bände., Mit 93 Tonlithographien (davon 1 doppelblattgroß und gefaltet).

      Graz: Leykam-Josefsthal, 1878 - 1885. - VIII, 812, 1492 Seiten sehr schöne Privatbindung unter Verwendung der Original-Lederrücken, Goldprägung am Vuchrücken, zahllose Abbildungen, Papier altersbedingt etwas gedunkelt, sonst alle drei Bände guter Zustand Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 2550 Gr. 8°, Pappband mit Leinenrücken [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Selbstbildnis.

      1878. Radierung, 1878, von Paul Adolphe Rajon (1842 Dijon - Auvers-sur-Oise 1888), nach einem Gemälde von Braquemond, auf gelblichem Bütten. 20:14 cm. Mit Adresse der Imp. F. Delarue.- Mit leichtem Lichrand rundum. Literatur: Beraldi 147, aus der Zeitschrift "L'Art"..

      [Bookseller: Galerie Joseph Fach GmbH]
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        ESSAI SUR LA DÉCORATION EXTÉRIEURE DES LIVRES With 114 rotogravure boards beautiful binding

      Edition originale. Voir nos photos, Gd in-8, Ed. Morgand et Fatout, 18pp.+114pl.,1878. Edition originale sur vergé. 114 pl., la plupart en héliogravure imprimées par Fortier et Marotte, toutes nommées et numérotées (certaines au crayon). Magnifique reliure demi-cuir à coins, 4 nerfs, 3 caissons mozaiqués, titres et tranche de tête dorés. Ensemble en excellent état, coins et bords frottés, certaines planches légèrement jaunies. Envoi soigné et protégé! (A12). WE CAN TRANSLATE ON DEMAND.

      [Bookseller: Libri Relives]
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        Railroad and County Map of New York.

      H.H. Lloyd & Co's Map Establishment,, New York: 1878 - A jigsaw map puzzle cut along county lines, centered on New York state, but also showing Vermont, much of New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, north eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey with an inset of "Vicinity of New York. Chromolithograph applied to wood. Scale 28 miles to 1 inch. 11 x 15". A bit browned with a couple of small gaps, slightly uneven surface, most of the green border intact. Good + overall. Very unusual. Not in Rumsey's collection.

      [Bookseller: Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints, ABAA]
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        Brief 1921

      . . Stresemann, Gustav, dt. Politiker, Friedensnobelpreisträger, 1878-1929. Maschinengeschr. Br. m. U. Dresden Weisser Hirsch 5.I.1921. 1 1/2 S. 25 x 20,5 cm. Gedr. Briefkopf. Knickfalte, Rand oben und unten knittrig, leicht fleckig. An Alexander Heinrich Rudoplph von Kluck, preußischer Generaloberst, 1846-1934, mit der Bitte eine kurze Rede auf Armee und Marine zu halten. "Ew. Excellenz wolle mir gestatten, folgende Bitte auszusprechen. Am 18. Januar d.J. begeht der Reichsklub der Deutschen Volkspartei eine vaterländische Feier der Wiederkehr des Tages, an dem vor 50 Jahren das Reich gegründet ward. Die Feier soll eingeleitet werden durch einen Vortrag über die geschichtliche Bedeutung dieses Tages, um dessen Uebernahme wir den Vicekanzler Dr. Heinze gebeten haben. An den Vortrag soll sich ein gemeinschaftliches Essen anschliessen. Neben einem Spruch auf Reich und Volk, den ich voraussichtlich als Vorsitzender des Reichsklubs anzubringen habe, soll vor allem an diesem Tage der Armee und Marine gedacht werden. Ew. Excellenz würden die Mitglieder unseres Reichsklubs zu ausserordentlichem Danke verpflichten, wenn Sie die Güte hätten, Ihrerseits dem Gedächtnis der grossen Vergangenheit unserer Armee und Marine an diesem Tage eine kurze Rede zu widmen. Ich bemerke, dass außer diesen beiden Reden voraussichtlich Herr Paul Warnke ein Gedicht auf den 18. Januar vortragen und Herr Walter von Molo über den Zusammenschluss des Deutsch-Oesterreichs mit dem deutschen Vaterlande sprechen wird, dass aber alle diese Reden nicht irgend einen parteipolitischen Charakter tragen, sondern sich in den Rahmen einer vaterländischen Feier einfügen werden, umsomehr auch, wie ich hoffe, Ew. Excellenz unserer Bitte willfahren und dem Reichsklub zu meinen Händen gütigst eine zusagende Antwort geben werden ... "

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Hardner]
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        Eigenh. Brief mit U. ("LWindthorst").

      Hannover, 23. IV. 1878.. ¾ S. auf Doppelblatt. Gr.-8vo.. An einen namentlich nicht genannten Adressaten: "Ew. Hochwohlgeboren danke ich verbindlich für das vortreffliche Schriftchen unseres Hertlings, der in allen seinen Arbeiten mir große Freude bereitet [...]". - Windthorst gilt als der "bedeutendste Parlamentarier und Führer des politischen Katholizismus im 19. Jh. und [als] der gewichtigste parlamentarische Gegenspieler Bismarcks" (DBE). - Die Recto-Seite von Bl. 2 mit kl. zeitgen. Notiz zum Verfasser. - In altem Sammlungsumschlag. - Selten.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Inlibris, Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        Allgemeine Geschichte in Einzeldarstellungen. 32 Teile in 46 Bänden und 4 Registerbände in einem Band.

      Berlin, Grote 1878-1892.. 47 Bände. Mit zahlreichen Abbildungen, Tafeln und Karten. Gr.-8°, Halbleinen-Einbände der Zeit mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel und marmorierten Deckeln,. Bibliotheksexemplar (Klosterbibliothek) mit Rückenschild und Stempeln (entwidmet), Einbände etwas berieben, Papier und Schnitt teils braun-/stockfleckig (Vorsatz und Titelblätter meist stärker), 3 Falttafeln an den Kanten etwas beschädigt, ansonsten gut erhaltenes Exemplar, in Frakturschrift, (Aufbau des Werkes: 4 Abteilungen: I. Geschichte des Altertums (6 Teile in 9 Bänden). II. Geschichte des Mittelalters (10 Teile in 16 Bänden). III. Geschichte der Neueren Zeit (10 Teile in 13 Bänden). IV. Geschichte der Neuesten Zeit (6 Teile in 8 Bänden) und vier Registerbände in einem Band.)

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        Shenandoah Valley Military Academy (Winchester, Virginia) Original HAND WRITTEN Arlington Literary Review Of The Arlington Debating Society 1878

      Hardcover Hardcover. Good. (Virginiana) Arlington Literary Review Of The Arlington Debating Society, Shenandoah Valley Military Academy. Winchester, Virginia. 1878. Original hand written copy of all of the literary reviews from 1878. This was the first ever set of reviews by the Academy. The Academy closed in 1934. Hardcover. 7.5 x 10.5 in. Dated from March through the end of the year. 11 Reviews. Great piece of Virginiana! Boards show scuffing on the edges. Foxing and toning to interior pages. Spine ends show some wear and some small binding separation. Good.

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        The People of Turkey: Twenty years residence among Bulgarians, Greeks, Albanians, Turks, and Armenians

      London: John Murray, 1878. , 1878. First Edition. 2 vols. Octavo. Bound in recent green half morocco over marbled paper, raised bands and gilt titles to spine, top edge gilt. The binding is tight, and without faults. In both volumes the text is clean and free from spotting. An attractive copy of a fascinating book comprising both history and travel narrative, unusual by a female author.

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        The History of Normandy and of England (Four Volumes, Complete)

      London: Macmillan and Co.. Fine with no dust jacket. 1878. First Edition. 1. Leather. Original half morocco over marbled boards, spines in six compartments separated by raised bands, gilt lettering in three compartments, gilt tooling in remainder, gilt borders on covers, t.e.g., marbled endpapers Sir Francis Palgrave, FRS, born Francis Ephraim Cohen, (1788-1861) was an English archivist and historian. Palgrave had unparalleled access to original material in the preparation of his history. Palgrave was called to the bar in 1827 (after a long period working for solicitors, 1803-1822). He is best known for his work with what is now the The National Archives, and for his numerous publications. In 1822, he had advocated publishing the national records, and from 1827 he edited several volumes of medieval texts for the Record Commission, including Parliamentary Writs and Writs of Military Summons (2 volumes, 1827 and 1834; including in vol. 2 a text of Nomina Villarum) and Rotuli Curiae Regis: Rolls and Records of the Court held before the King's Justiciars or Justices (2 volumes, 1835). Meanwhile, he was also publishing historical works of his own, including A History of England (1831), The Rise and Progress of the English Commonwealth (1832), An Essay on the Original Authority of the King's Council (1834), Truths and Fictions of the Middle Ages: the Merchant and the Friar (1837) and The History of Normandy and England (1851-64, 4 volumes, of which the last two appeared posthumously). Palgrave is considered the founder of the Public Record Office. In 1834 he succeeded John Caley as the Keeper of the Records in the chapter house of Westminster Abbey, in which were stored the ancient records of the Exchequer (including Domesday Book), as well as various parliamentary records. From this appointment emerged another important editorial work for the Record Commission, The Ancient Kalendars and Inventories of the Treasury of His Majesty's Exchequer (3 volumes, 1836). In 1838 he was appointed Deputy Keeper of the new Public Record Office, holding that position until his death. He was knighted in 1832.. The set is immaculate, bright, crisp, clean and unmarked except for a former owner's printed bookplate on each fep. An extremely attractive set. FINE. . 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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        A Series of Original Portraits and Caricature Etchings

      Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1878. Four volumes, quarto, engraved plates; good in half morocco. Publisher's presentation copy. These informal portraits of men and women, residing in Scotland, are accompanied with biographical information and humorous anecdotes, and include reliable images of Sir Walter Scott and Adam Smith.

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        Suggestions in Floral Design

      London: Cassell, Petter & Galpin,, 1878. Very Good. folio, original publisher's binding of taupe boards, the front cover decorated in black and gilt, the motif repeated in blind on the back cover; gilt-lettered spine and cover. Spine neatly repaired, preserving the original spine and replacing a few missing elements with appropriate matching cloth. Plate margins lightly toned; images bright. A handsome book with 52 plates of ornaments and designs based on natural forms in bold color and strong design printed by Depuy & Fils, Paris; similar to Dresser's Studies in Design and from the same publisher.. Decorated Boards.. Very Good. Folio.

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        Uber Spinalganglien und Ruckenmark des Petromyzon. Offprint

      Vienna, 1878. Freud, Sigmund (1856-1939). Uber Spinalganglien und Ruckenmark des Petromyzon. Offprint from Sitzb. der k. Akad. d. Wissenschaften, 3 Abth., 78 (1878). [Vienna: K.k. Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, 1878.] 87 [1]pp. 4 folded lithographed plates by F. Schima after Freud. 244 x 156 mm. (uncut & unopened). Original brown printed wrappers, tears along spine folds, slightly chipped at extremities. Slight foxing but fine. <p>First Separate Edition. Freud&#39;s third paper published as a medical student continued his research on the large Reissner cells in the spinal cord of the fish Petromyzon, which he had undertaken at the direction of the eminent physiologist Ernst Brucke, under whom he was studying. Freud determined these cells to be "nothing else than spinal ganglion cells which, in these low vertebrates. . . remain within the spinal cord.</p><p>" Freud was aided in this research by his improved methods of tissue preparation: "By the use of a gold maceration technique it was possible to make a complete survey of the spinal ganglia of Petromyzon" (Freud, Standard Edition III, p. 229). Freud made a major contribution to evolutionary biology by showing that the spinal ganglion cells of Petromyzon, which "exhibit every transition between bipolarity and unipolarity" (ibid.), represent a transition between the bipolar cells of lower and the unipolar cells of higher vertebrates. He also, in these early researches, took some first steps toward the theory of the neuron, as noted by Freud&#39;s biographer Peter Gay:</p><p>"Some of Freud&#39;s earliest published papers, written between 1877 and 1883, detail findings that are far from trivial. They substantiate evolutionary processes revealed in the nervous structures of the fish he was examining under his microscope. What is more, it becomes clear in retrospect that these papers form the first link in the chain of ideas leading to the draft of a scientific psychology he would attempt in 1895. Freud was working toward a theory specifying the ways that nerve cells and nerve fibrils function as a unit. But he moved on to other investigations, and when, in 1891, H. W. G. Waldeyer published his epoch-making monograph on the "neuron" theory, Freud&#39;s pioneering research was ignored. "It was not the only time," Ernest Jones has noted, "that Freud narrowly missed world fame in early life through not daring to pursue his thoughts to their logical-and not far off-conclusion" (Gay, Freud: A Life for our Time, p. 36).</p><p>Grinstein 34. Jones I, pp. 52-53. Standard Edition 1878a. Norman F3. </p>

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        ESTUDIO HISTORICO DE LA MONEDA ANTIGUA ESPAÑOLA

      Talleres de Impresión y Reproducción Zaragozano y Jayme - Madrid. 1878-1880. 2Vol. 23x17. 208+307Pág. Holandesa con puntas. Tomo I contiene 4 Láminas descritas en la Obra + Alfabeto Ibérico de la España Citerior; Tomo II contiene 8 láminas, 6 descritas en la Obra y 2 mapas (uno suelto). Bella Obra. Difícil en comercio. Ref 9.1 Biblioteca A. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE. In Three Volumes. (First Edition in Untouched Original Cloth, Primary Binding)

      London: Smith, Elder, 1878. Hardy, Thomas. THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE. In Three Volumes. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1878. First Edition, first issue, printed in an edition of 1,000 copies. Frontispiece map in Vol. 1. A VERY GOOD, untouched and honest copy, all three volumes with double-ruled blocked-in-blind borders on the back covers which definitively denote the primary binding. Original publisher&#39;s brown fine-ribbed cloth, spines and front covers blocked in black, spines blocked in gilt, with cream endpapers. Single leaf of ads at the back of Volume 2. Extremities lightly rubbed, some minor bubbling to the cloth and mild bumping to the corners. Volume 3 shows indents where this set was once bound up (as was the custom of the times) with string. Inner hinges starting, prelims and edges with moderate foxing, no prior ownership markings. Yet despite faults, there is residual freshness to this copy and even a touch of original gloss to the cloth making this several cuts above the average example of this title which is usually found ex-library, worn to bits, or in the three-rule secondary binding (which without question belonged to a remaindered second binding-up of 100 copies accomplished in 1882 by W. Glaisher, wholesale booksellers, a four-year gap from the first binding-up). This is a similar situation to Hardy&#39;s THE TRUMPET-MAJOR (Smith, Elder, & Co., 1880). No matter how some bibliophiles might try to spin it, the two-ruled primary bindings are far preferable to the three-ruled versions which were bound years later. The lending libraries swallowed THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE and THE TRUMPET-MAJOR whole, causing them to be read to pieces and leaving nice, clean copies in the primary binding without library labels few and far between. THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE, Hardy&#39;s sixth novel, remains after 135+ years, one of the great literary masterpieces of the late Victorian era and one of Hardy&#39;s most popular novels, still easily readable today unlike so many other well-known Victorian classics. Plot: Eustacia, the high-spirited tragic heroine, is stifled by life inside bleak Egdon Heath and marries earnest and educated Clym Yeobright as an escape. Eustacia&#39;s former lover, Damon Wildeve, spitefully marries Clym&#39;s cousin Thomasin in revenge for Eustacia refusing to succumb to his physical charms. Bad things happen; there is little justice or mercy for all involved and their fates are not particularly upbeat leaving Hardy, as usual, open to unfair accusations of gleeful pessimism. But a closer reading of THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE shows Hardy&#39;s distinct tenderness toward his flawed characters, simply victims of the same human condition we all endure, constantly smacked around by circumstance and coincidence. An excellent copy of a highly desirable first edition. Housed in a new brown & black matching slipcase spine-lettered in gold. Purdy, pp.24-27; Sadleir 1113. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good.

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        Typed Poem (signed)

      [Typed Poem] Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) A (1)p. typed poem titled "Prayers of Steel" signed "for Lionel Aucoin, Carl Sandburg" stationary measures 8 ½" x 11". Lionel Aucoin was a friend of Sandburg&#146;s and a noted collector. Not dated..

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        The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States, in their Botanical, Horticultural, and Popular Aspects

      Boston, MA: L. Prang and Company, 1878. Hardcover. Very Good. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very nice set of the influential horticulturist&#39;s books on native flora. Fully-collated, all plates and tissues are present. Two volumes in four books, modern half-leather rebinding. Original boards and endpapers, except for new endpapers in rear of volume 1, second series. All edges gilt. Boards are rubbed on edges, some corners a bit bumped. Interiors are clean and free of markings.

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        Opera nova universal intitulata corona di racammi.

      Venedig, (Ongania, 1878).. 40 Bll., jeweils mit ganzseitiger Heliotypie, am Titel verso gedrucktes Impressum. Pergamentband der Zeit mit goldgepr. Rückenschildchen; die Deckel mit Goldprägung und Bordüren in roter und purpurner Farbe. Marmorvorsätze. Kopfgoldschnitt. Gr.-4to.. Seltene Faksimileausgabe von Vavassores 1546 erschienenem Musterbuch, neu herausgegeben von F. Ongania (als Nr. 6 seiner Reihe "Raccolta di opere antiche sui disegni dei merletti di Venezia"). Nr. 80 von 100 numerierten Exemplaren. Nur 2 Exemplare in Italien über ICCU nachgewiesen; diese weisen lediglich einen Umfang von 36 Bll. (einschließlich Titel) auf. Unter den Vorlagen nicht nur Stickmuster, sondern auch Tierholzschnitte, Mauresken etc. Der venezianische Formschneider und Drucker Giovanni Andrea Valvassori (tätig 1510-72, vgl. Ascarelli-Menato, S. 363) legte erstmals 1530 sein Stickmusterbuch "Esemplario di lavori" vor, "das im Laufe von 22 Jahren mindestens 9 Auflagen erlebte" (Thieme/Becker XXXIV, 144). - Die Deckel minimal aufgeworfen; gutes, sauberes Exemplar. - ICCU UBO\1285895 (nennt 36 Bll.); VEAE\011760 (nennt 26 Bll.). Vgl. Kat. der Ornamentstichslg. Berlin 1607-1608. Sander 6455.

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        The History of Normandy and of England (Four Volumes, Complete)

      Macmillan and Co., London 1878 - Original half morocco over marbled boards, spines in six compartments separated by raised bands, gilt lettering in three compartments, gilt tooling in remainder, gilt borders on covers, t.e.g., marbled endpapers Sir Francis Palgrave, FRS, born Francis Ephraim Cohen, (1788-1861) was an English archivist and historian. Palgrave had unparalleled access to original material in the preparation of his history. Palgrave was called to the bar in 1827 (after a long period working for solicitors, 1803-1822). He is best known for his work with what is now the The National Archives, and for his numerous publications. In 1822, he had advocated publishing the national records, and from 1827 he edited several volumes of medieval texts for the Record Commission, including Parliamentary Writs and Writs of Military Summons (2 volumes, 1827 and 1834; including in vol. 2 a text of Nomina Villarum) and Rotuli Curiae Regis: Rolls and Records of the Court held before the King's Justiciars or Justices (2 volumes, 1835). Meanwhile, he was also publishing historical works of his own, including A History of England (1831), The Rise and Progress of the English Commonwealth (1832), An Essay on the Original Authority of the King's Council (1834), Truths and Fictions of the Middle Ages: the Merchant and the Friar (1837) and The History of Normandy and England (1851-64, 4 volumes, of which the last two appeared posthumously). Palgrave is considered the founder of the Public Record Office. In 1834 he succeeded John Caley as the Keeper of the Records in the chapter house of Westminster Abbey, in which were stored the ancient records of the Exchequer (including Domesday Book), as well as various parliamentary records. From this appointment emerged another important editorial work for the Record Commission, The Ancient Kalendars and Inventories of the Treasury of His Majesty's Exchequer (3 volumes, 1836). In 1838 he was appointed Deputy Keeper of the new Public Record Office, holding that position until his death. He was knighted in 1832. The set is immaculate, bright, crisp, clean and unmarked except for a former owner's printed bookplate on each fep. An extremely attractive set. FINE. . 8vo 8" - 9" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Modern Hieyoglypics [sic] of The Apocalypse and Great Pyramid

      London: Jones & Cuthbertson, 1878. First Edition. Decorated Cloth. Very Good. A quirky, present-time take on the Book of Revelations and its apocalyptic prophecies, with imagery that is minutely conceived, detailed, and paradoxically, rather cheery notwithstanding its grim intent. The work might fairly be categorized as an emblem book. Given the highly symbolic nature of Revelations, even to the literalist, this is scarcely a stretch. In terms of actual content, the book purports to predict events that will befall mankind in the near future -- four years into the future from 1878 and the Congress of Berlin as a starting date. To what degree the author actually believed in the predictions is open to question, although there can be no doubt that she did believe in fundamental truths informing the predictions, and the intricate marshalling of her points suggests ardent conviction. For us, however silly or profound we might consider the narrative, the visual entertainment of the vivid illustrations is immediate and undying. Oblong folio-sized, measuring 16 by 13 inches, 41 by 33 cm. Each of the ten hand-colored plates is accompanied by a page of text that provides an expository explanation of the plate and a section directly quoting from Revelations. Quite scarce, with only four institutional holdings turning up on OCLC. Rebacked with a darker blue cloth that blends well with the boards. Scuffs on the boards and moderate to heavy edgewear. Some light finger soiling within; otherwise, generally clean.

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        THE OLD B.& M. RAILROAD AHEAD, KEEP IN THERIGHT LATITUDE, 750,000 ACRES OF THE BEST LANDS FOR SALE. SOUTHERN IOWA AND SOUTHEASTERN NEBRASKA HAVE THE LARGEST AND FINEST CROPS, THE BEST CLASS OF SETTLERS, THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FARMERS, THE BEST AND CHEAPEST LANDS, THE LARGEST CREDITS & LOWEST INTEREST, THE CHEAPEST FARES & FREIGHTS.

      [St. Louis: Gast & Co.], 1878. - First edition. 8vo. Original yellow wrappers, printed in black ink, 36 pp., illustrated, plates, maps. Maps are present on three of the four cover panels. There are four full-page views, "Looking southwest from Lincoln, Neb.;" "View in Adams County, south of Hastings, Neb.;" "View on Farmers' Creek, Franklin County, Neb.;" and "Valley of the Big Blue, south of Seward, Neb." About 36,000 acres remain in Southern Iowa, suited for small farms, and they are really promoting the South Platte Country in Nebraska. The Burlington Route advises how to reach this country, railroad lands available for sale, credit and cash terms of sale, and rebates allowed and conditions. Also presents conditions in both Iowa and Nebraska, crops, investment opportunities, climate, livestock, homesteads, state laws, etc. The illustrations depict scenes in both states and covers contain three maps of the area. A near fine, tight copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        ALBUM PINTORESCH MONUMENTAL DE CATALUNYA (PRIMERA OBRA DE EXCURSIONISME AL MON DE CATALUNYA)

      . Zustand: Bien Einband: Encuadernacion de tapa dura. Barcelona. 1878. 42X30. Associacio Catalanista d'excursions cientificas. 10f+25 Precioses Estampes o 130Pag. Es tracta d'un volum de grans dimensions, il lustrat amb heliogravats, amb el corresponent text explicatiu escrit per diferents experts en el monument o lloc reproduit. Les fotografies d 'Heribert Mariezcurrena (1856-1898) son paisatges i monuments de la provincia de Barcelona. Ref 2.8 Biblioteca AD.

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        Noticias De La Nueva Espana Publicadas con la proteccion del Ministerio de Fomento

      Madrid: Imprenta De Manuel G. Hernandez, 1878. . Presentation copy from the author. 1/2 leather and boards. Binding shows wear. Internally fine. 4to. xxiv, 392 pp. errata page present. Presentation copy from the author. Name of recipient partially altered by crossing out. No copy for sale on the NET

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        American Journal of Mathematics Pure and Applied. Volume 1. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University, 1878.

      - First edition, the inaugural volume of the oldest mathematics journal in continuous publication in the western world. Contents include two articles by W.K. Clifford and a book review by C.S. Peirce (see images for the full table of contents). The founding editor was the English mathematician J.J. Sylvester (1814-97), at this time professor of mathematics at the new Johns Hopkins University. In 1883 he returned to England to take up the Savilian Professorship of Geometry at Oxford University. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Quarto [305 x 240 mm] with wide margins, vii, 388 pp., original printed stiff paper cover, somewhat marked and spotted and with a nick to the front outer edge, plain spine titled in pencil, internally very clean, a well-preserved copy. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        THE WINE GROWERS & WINE - COOPERS' MANUAL. With plans and alcoholic tables.

      London, Wm Tegg & Co., 1878.FIRST UK EDITION 1878, 8vo, author's coat of arms on title page, a few illustrations in the text, chiefly sections of stills, pages: xv, (1), 166 including index, plus 5 pages of adverts, in the original publisher's burgundy black stamped decorated cloth, lettered gilt on upper cover and spine, pale yellow endpapers. Spine slightly faded, spine gilt dull, head and tail of spine slightly worn with tiny nicks to cloth, small piece torn off front endpaper, early name at top of title page, title page lightly browned, contents clean and bright. A very good tight copy. First published in New York in 1877, the author was associated for 24 years with a prominent wine firm in Sicily. The information on sherry is based on Hardman's personal visit to that area in 1869. The book covers viticulture, especially soils, the culture of vines and wine making, distillation, alcoholometry, casks and their treatment. See Gabler, Wine into Words, page 120, G23070. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Signature of the Civil War General & 18th U.S. President ? from a collection given to Mrs. Grant and her children

      Signature ?U.S. Grant? cut from a document, possibly a check, 3.75? x 0.5?. Lightly smudged by Grant as he concluded his ?t? stroke. Fine condition.With color photocopy of the envelope from which this signature was removed. Penned on the envelope in an unidentified hand, is: ?For Julia & her Children / General US Grant?s / Autographs / Written in 1878 / Some later 1885 / during last / illness.?

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        The Goldmines of Midian and the Ruined Midianite Cities.

      London, Keegan Paul 1878. Large 8vo. xvi + 395 + (5) pp. + 30 + (1) pp ads. Illus. in b&w. Folding map. Publ. full, red cloth dec. Ends of spine worn, spine faded. Joints rubbed. Generally a little loose. Text-block very good.. Sir Richard F. Burton [1821-90] was an explorer, soldier, linguist, writer, anthropologist, and diplomat. This is the first of two he wrote on Midian, an ancient region east of the Gulf of Akaba, which at one time supported a flourishing society based on mining

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        Interesting ALS to F. Watkins Esq., United Insurance Company , 275 George Street, Sydney

      Richmond: 14 January, 1878. Eight-page letter on blank-embossed note paper, 176 x 115 mm., neatly written; very good. Ferns of the Blue Mountains. An interesting and detailed letter on the ferns of the Cumberland and Blue Mountains, sent by the Australian botanist and writer William Woolls. Woolls advises his friend that he will have to send to England for Bentham & von Mueller&#39;s Flora Australiensis, further noting that it is published at 20 shillings a volume, that the first six have been published and the seventh is nearly finished, while an eighth on ferns is planned (but never eventuated). Woolls also recommends Hooker&#39;s Synopsis Filicum on the subject of ferns; he bought his copy from "Piddington" (presumably the Sydney bookseller W.R. Piddington) for 36 shillings, but thought the price high. Of some significance is Woolls&#39; long list of ferns growing in the Cumberland, with notes on those specifically from the Blue Mountains, which gives an insight into his botanical interests. He notes also that many of them &#39;may be procured at Manly, Lane Cove, the North Rocks.&#39; The letter signs off with his regards to Mr. and Mrs. Watkins. Woolls (1814-1893) emigrated to Australia as a 16-year old, sailing on the Grecian with Australia&#39;s first bishop, William Broughton. He had a long and interesting career in Australia, promoting Parramatta and the Cumberland, publishing verse, and particularly working on botanical subjects, becoming a member of the Linnaean Society in 1865.

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        Collected works of Sir Walter Scott

      London: Marcus Ward, 1878-, 1879. Octavo, 26 volumes, a handsome set in uniform black polished half calf with gilt spine lettering. Comprehensive illustrated edition of the Scott&#39;s complete works, enriched with charming plates and vignettes throughout.

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        Maps and Panoramas from the Twelfth Annual Report of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories 1878

      Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1878. Hardcover. Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Atlas to the 12th Annual Report of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, as undertaken by Ferdinand V. Hayden. Ten maps total, folded in between original black cloth boards with gilt text. Maps are loose in boards, original tie is broken and mostly missing. Some wear to boards; maps are neatly folded with some wear to edges. Maps include: 1. Economic Map of Portions of Wyoming, Idaho and Utah 2. Geologic Map of Portions of Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah 3. Geologic Map of Part of Central Wyoming 4. Geologic Map of Parts of Western Wyoming and Southeastern Idaho 5. Geologic Map of Western Wyoming, Southeastern Idaho, and Northeastern Utah 6. Geologic Map of the Yellowstone National Park 7. Panoramic Views in the Wind River and Teton Mountains (these first seven are listed on the interior of the front board) Additional topographic maps are: 8. Part of Central Wyoming 9. Parts of Western Wyoming and Southeastern Idaho 10. Parts of Western Wyoming, Southeastern Idaho, and Northeastern Utah

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        Block Puzzle of Six Maps [France, the world (two globes), Asia, the Americas, Africa, Europe]

      Paris: Longerot. Box. Near Fine. N.d. Circa 1880s, a block puzzle with 20 blocks, each 1.25 inches or 3.5 cm in length, which form six distinct maps, each 6.75 by 5.5 inches, or 17 by 14 cm. With five guides plus the pastedown guide on the top lid of the box. Dating based both on the box and style of printing as well as the geographic status of various locations. Romania has broken off from Turkey, a result of the 1878 Conference of Berlin. Of particular interest might be Africa, where approximately a third of the land mass is marked as country unknown, and this would surely place the puzzle earlier than the 1890s. Printed by Imp. Monrocq. of Paris, edited by J. Gaultier, Paris. The paper pastedowns on the blocks have soiling and some edges and corners are rubbed. The guides are somewhat rumpled but remain intact and clear. The guide for France and its departments on lid has heavy soiling. The wooden box housing it all is intact and stable other than one rear hinge has slight looseness.

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        Ulysses Grant, on his 1877 - 1878 World Tour, poses for a photograph with his family and guides at the Karnak Temple Complex in Thebes, Egypt

      Large mounted albumen photograph, 9.5" x 11.5" on a 11" x 13" mount, of Ulysses S. Grant, his wife Julia and his sons Frederick and Jesse, together with their guides and porters at the Karnak Temple Complex near the ancient city of Thebes, c. late January 1878. Some surface scratches and marginal wear, including some dented corners, toned at top left corner not detracting from the overall presentation. John Russell Young, a correspondent for the New York Herald who accompanied Grant on his world tour, described the scene in great detail: "We gathered under the shade of a column, and, having carpeted a broken column for Mrs. Grant, sat around her and refreshed ourselves out of a basket... We lounged around and about for an hour or so, smoking, chatting, wondering whether there was any news from the [Russo-Turkish] war; whether there were letters at Luxor; whether the Pope was dead [Leo XIII died on February 20, 1878]; whether Conkling and Blaine had really made it all up... We formed a group a

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        Systematic Geology:

      Washington, United States Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel, Professional Papers of the Engineering Department, U.S. Army, No. 18, 1878.. HARDBACK, original blind embossed green cloth with gilt lettering on spine, coloured frontispiece - chromolithograph with tissue guard, pages x, [i], 803, plates 28 - chromolithographic and sepia, all with tissue guards, maps 12, tables 13, 4to. 225mm x 290mm (8.75" x 11.5"), head, tail, corners and hinges worn, covers blotchy, some occasional offsetting of plates, otherwise a fine clean copy internally. 4.6Kg, this is a heavy item and extra shipping costs will be incurred.

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        La Vigne.

      E. Plon, 1878 - Voyage Author des Vins de France. Etude Physiologique, Anecdotique Historique, Humoristique et Meme Scientifique. 4to. 659pp. Frontispiece. Numerous illus. throughout. Half red morocco, rebacked & newly end-paper, gilt top. Ex-libris put on front end paper, ink annotation on half title page. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Preis-Courant und Beschreibung der mit den neuesten patentirten Verbesserungen, versehen von G.A. Jauck in Leipzig. erbauten Feuerlöschmaschinen für Dampf- und Hand-Betrieb.

      Leipzig. Druck: Lithogr. Anstalt Robert Krause, Leipzig, 1878. - die Broschur rückseitig mit 2 Ansichen der Fabrik in Lithographie, 4°. 33,5 x 27,0 cm. unpaginiert, (10) Seiten, In gutem Zustand. das Deckblatt an den Rändern stockig, die Innenblätter in den Rändern etwas stockig und braunfleckig, auf dem Vorderdeckel mit Einträgen von Hand aus dem Jahr 1879, innen mehrmals mit Bemerkungen zu Preisermäßigungen, das Prospekt mit Mittelfalten. mit einer Beilage: Preis-Courant der Königl. Sächs. Spritzenfabrik von G.A. Jauck in Leipzig, Glockenplatz, Tafel II mit 6 lithographischen Abbildungen und Text, Faltblatt , 2 Seiten bedruckt , aus einer Sammlung zur Technik der Feuerwehr des 19. Jahrhunderts, sehr selten. der Umschlag mit zwei Ansichten der Fabrik und Darstellung von Auszeichnungen und Medaillen für die Fabrik von G.A. Jauck, geheftet, [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        BEATRICE TYLDESLEY

      1878. In Three Volumes. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1878. Original terra-cotta cloth decorated in black. First Edition of one of the later (and therefore scarcer) novels by this prolific "author who outlived his popularity and fell on straitened days" (Sadleir). During the 1840s and 1850s he was one of the most popular writers of Britain, turning out numerous historical novels and boys&#39; adventure tales; but by 1878 he was on the wane, and Tinsley Brothers undoubtedly printed a relatively small number of copies of BEATRICE TYLDESLEY -- a historical novel sited during the Jacobite Trials in Manchester in 1694.~This is quite a remarkable set, in FINE condition: there is scarcely any wear or soil, and the original pale yellow endpapers remain clean and intact (this set does NOT have an early history in a lending library, unlike most copies printed). Sadleir (XIX) 2 (and see page 375); Wolff 37.

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        Political Economy

      London: Macmillan & Co., , 1878. Sextodecimo. Wire-stitched in the original red-brown cloth, spine and front board lettered and stamped in black. Ownership inscription on title dated 1878, priced 6d in ball point. Cloth slightly cockled, spine slightly darkened, extremities a little rubbed, very minor foxing to the endpapers. The first leaf (pp. 1-2), serves as the front pastedown first gathering loose at head but intact. A very good copy. First edition, published as part of the series Science Primers, edited by Huxley, Roscoe, and Balfour Stewart. "In preparing this little treatise, I have tried to put the truths of Political Economy into a form suitable for elementary instruction &#133; Owing to the narrow limits of the space at my disposal, it was impossible to treat the whole of the science in a satisfactory way. I have, therefore, omitted some parts of political economy altogether, and have passed over other parts very briefly." (preface). Despite this remark, Jevons manages to squeeze in some fifteen subjects, as well as a ten-page introduction.

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        La Vigne - Voyage autour de Vins de France etude Physiologique, anecdotique historique, humoristique et meme scientifique 1878

      E. Plon et Cie. Paris 1878. Die Geschichte des Weins in Frankreich, Herkunft, Anbau, Kultivierung, Genuss, Soziologie, Geographie usw. 620 S. Französisch. Mit zahlreichen s/w-Illustrationen. Original dunkelroter Voll-Leder-Einband (rot), mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel und goldgeprägter floraler Rückendekration (orig. Rücken ist bordeaux). Kompletter Goldschnitt. Textil-Vorsätze. Einband und Rücken berieben, etwas bestoßen, gering angeschmutzt, Schnitt sehr wenig angeschmutzt, Vergoldung unbeschädigt, Seiten sehr wenig angebräunt, leicht lichtrandig, sauber, Vorsätze und fl. Vorsätze angeschmutzt, Gesamtzustand gut. über 2000 gr. (Bertall, 1920-1882, französischer Karikaturist, Zeichner und Radierer, zählte zu den Pinieren der Photographie. Er fertigte zahlreiche Illustrationen für "Les Romans populaires illustres" War als Karikaturist u.a. für Journal pour vire und Le Grelot tätig.) Erstausgabe. Kein Schutzumschlag Leder 4°. Gut

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        WIT, WISDOM, AND MORALS, DISTILLED FROM BACCHUS. Signed by the author.

      London, Whittaker & Co., 1878.FIRST EDITION 1878, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, 8vo, title page printed red and black, pages: [4], xxv, [1], 295 including index, [12 - advert), bound in original publisher's green cloth, illustrated and lettered black on upper cover, spine lettered and illustrated gilt with gilt vine leaf panel at top and bottom of spine, blind vine decoration to lower cover, brown endpapers. Tiny bump to top corner of upper cover, very slight wear to head and tail of spine, front inner paper hinge slightly cracked, binding tight, very small pale stain to upper margin of pages 270 - 273, otherwise a very good clean copy. The book consists of anecdotes, on wine and wine drinking in classical times and subsequent centuries to the present, wine in literature and poetry, drinking customs, and temperance. The author has written on the second front endpaper: "W. J. Humpreys, Esq, With the Writer's Kind regards". Gabler, Wine into Words, page 281, G39280. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Ab-sa-ra-ka: Land of Massacre: Being the Experience of an Officer&#39;s Wife on the Plains

      Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.. Good/No Jacket. 1878. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Signed by Author The fourth edition of Mrs. Carrington&#39;s narrative. Signed and inscribed by Henry Carrington, dated September 1878. Includes 2 maps. Map #1 has a 5" tear at lower fold; Map #2 is intact with a bit of rough edge. All illustrations present, including frontispiece of the 3 Crow chiefs. Cover has some handling, spots, wear at extremities; gilt cover picture of a Native American and spine lettering quite visible despite some rubbing. Pages lightly tanned, binding is solid and holding together well. .

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        THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE. In Three Volumes. (First Edition in Untouched Original Cloth, Primary Binding)

      Smith, Elder 1878 - Hardy, Thomas. THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE. In Three Volumes. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1878. First Edition, first issue, printed in an edition of 1,000 copies. Frontispiece map in Vol. 1. A VERY GOOD, untouched and honest copy, all three volumes with double-ruled blocked-in-blind borders on the back covers which definitively denote the primary binding. Original publisher's brown fine-ribbed cloth, spines and front covers blocked in black, spines blocked in gilt, with cream endpapers. Single leaf of ads at the back of Volume 2. Extremities lightly rubbed, some minor bubbling to the cloth and mild bumping to the corners. Volume 3 shows indents where this set was once bound up (as was the custom of the times) with string. Inner hinges starting, prelims and edges with moderate foxing, no prior ownership markings. Yet despite faults, there is residual freshness to this copy and even a touch of original gloss to the cloth making this several cuts above the average example of this title which is usually found ex-library, worn to bits, or in the three-rule secondary binding (which without question belonged to a remaindered second binding-up of 100 copies accomplished in 1882 by W. Glaisher, wholesale booksellers, a four-year gap from the first binding-up). This is a similar situation to Hardy's THE TRUMPET-MAJOR (Smith, Elder, & Co., 1880). No matter how some bibliophiles might try to spin it, the two-ruled primary bindings are far preferable to the three-ruled versions which were bound years later. The lending libraries swallowed THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE and THE TRUMPET-MAJOR whole, causing them to be read to pieces and leaving nice, clean copies in the primary binding without library labels few and far between. THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE, Hardy's sixth novel, remains after 135+ years, one of the great literary masterpieces of the late Victorian era and one of Hardy's most popular novels, still easily readable today unlike so many other well-known Victorian classics. Plot: Eustacia, the high-spirited tragic heroine, is stifled by life inside bleak Egdon Heath and marries earnest and educated Clym Yeobright as an escape. Eustacia's former lover, Damon Wildeve, spitefully marries Clym's cousin Thomasin in revenge for Eustacia refusing to succumb to his physical charms. Bad things happen; there is little justice or mercy for all involved and their fates are not particularly upbeat leaving Hardy, as usual, open to unfair accusations of gleeful pessimism. But a closer reading of THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE shows Hardy's distinct tenderness toward his flawed characters, simply victims of the same human condition we humans are obliged to endure, constantly smacked around by circumstance and coincidence. An excellent copy of a highly desirable first edition. Housed in a new brown & black matching slipcase spine-lettered in gold. Purdy, pp.24-27; Sadleir 1113 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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