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        Hector Servadac or the Career of a Comet

      London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1878. First English edition. Collation, x[2]370pp, bound without catalogue. Bound in original publishers red gilt cloth, full gilt edges. This volume has been recased, with some restoration, bottom corners of boards very slightly bumped, cloth very slightly faded, some mine light staining. Binding in very good clean firm condition, hinge joints very strong. Internally, no loose pages, front fixed endpaper has a section pasted down in a slightly crude amateur way, same signature on free endpaper and top margin on title page, looks contemporay,some occasional light spotting, a few minor pencil annotaions. Pages and illustrations in very good condition. A very nice clean copy.A49. First English Edition. 8vo.

      [Bookseller: George Jeffery Books]
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        The Complete Works

      London: Richard Bentley and Sons,, 1878–90. 14 volumes, octavo (199 × 137 mm). 20th-century brown morocco by Riviere & Son, spines gilt in compartments with fleur-de-lis tools, green coated endpapers, double line ruling to boards and top edges gilt. With the original cloth bound in to each volume. Frontispieces and illustrations throughout. Spines a little darkened, contents tanned. An excellent set. First editions. Lady Jackson (1824–91) was the wife of diplomat Sir George Jackson, known for accompanying Sir Charles Stuart to Germany and entering Paris with him in 1815, and for his efforts to abolish the slave trade. After his death she edited his papers for publication and then turned her hand to history and art, writing particularly on the French royal court and the literary and artistic culture of Paris. A handsomely bound set of her complete works.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Ghosts and Other Lectures (Ingersoll's Lectures: The Ghosts; Liberty of Man, Woman & Child; Centennial Oration; and farming in Illinois)

      C. P. Farrell, Publisher. Hardcover. 1878. First Edition. C. P. Farrell, Publisher., 232 pages., 1 lb 2 oz. (Brown Hardcover with stamped design back cover, black stamped design front cover with gilt lettering front cover and spine-no dust jacket) Good Condition. edge-wear top/bottom spine and corners, vintage name stamp top title page, hinges weak, rest of Text is Clean and Unmarked! Binding is Tight! Next day Shipping with tracking! The Ghosts and Other Lectures (Ingersoll's Lectures: The Ghosts; Liberty of Man, Woman & Child; Centennial Oration; and farming in Illinois) by Robert. G. Ingersoll, Most Famous Agnostic of His Time! Biblio . Good. 1878. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: Jemi Books]
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        Indian War Document Signed

      Fort Rice, Dakota Territory, 1878. unbound. very good. Document signed, with rank, by three survivors of Custer's infamous defeat at Little Big Horn, a "Special Requisition" for three corn brooms. 1 page, with voucher number and date on verso, mounted on heavy paper then mounted on gold cardboard (top edge slightly chipped, paper mounting separating at lower right corner). Fort Rice, Dakota Territory, Jan. 5, 1878. Rare. Signed first, "E.G. Mathey, Captain, 7th Calvary", second "1st Lieut. William Badger 6th Inf'y" and last, Elwell Otis Lt. Col. of 22nd Infantry.

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store]
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        The Household Fairy; Red Rover; Happy Pet; Mamma's Little Pet; Baby Boy's Picture Book; Nursery Pleasures; Happy Playtime; Little Ann's Picture Book; Little Sugar-Plum; Kind Little Heart

      London: George Routledge and Sons, 1878. Set of ten juvenile illustrated books in a later box. Each 32pp, cloth backed illustrated boards, original primrose endpapers. Slightly rubbed, corners bumped and rubbed, boards very lightly soiled, internally quite bright and clean, all within a modern box with an old auction description pasted on to the front. First Edition. Quarter Cloth and Boards. Very Good/No Jacket (as Issued). 8vo.

      [Bookseller: Temple Rare Books]
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        Hector Servadac. Or The Career Of A Comet

      New York; Scribner, Armstrong and Co. 1878., 1878. First Compete American Edition, published simultaneously with the English edition in November 1877 (although dated 1878). 8vo. 370pp + 2 (ads). Publisher's dark red cloth lavishly titled and decorated in black and gold, coated yellow endpapers. Contents with one or two thumb marks else clean; text block a little shaken in the case, minor bumping and fraying to spine ends, small area of abrasion to endpaper. Binding remains clean and bright. A very good copy indeed. Another one of Mr. Verne's forays into deep space, stuffed to the portholes with engraved plates depicting men in handlebar moustaches lurching about jungles on horseback and into orbit in a balloon. This first authorised edition was preceeded by a piracy from George Munro and an incomplete cloth edition from Philadelphia. Myers 33. Bleiler; Checklist of Fantastic Literature [370].

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        La méthode graphique dans les sciences expérimentales et principalement en physiologie et en médecine COPY SIGNED

      Paris, Masson 1878 In-8, demi-veau blond postérieur, dos à cinq nerfs, filets dorés aux pieds des nerfs. 348 figures in texte. Envoi de l'auteur : « A mon ami D. Potain, souvenir très affectueux. » Première édition de ce monument de l'histoire de la physiologie, la médecine, de la science et de l'inventivité humaine. La provenance est une des plus souhaitables possible pour cet ouvrage. C'est l'exemplaire même de Potain, qui s'intéressa très tôt aux enregistrements graphiques et accomplit une oeuvre fondamentale dans le domaine de la sémiologie et de la pathologie cardiologique ; l'inventeur du « Bruit de Galop » fut à l'origine de la vulgarisation de la surveillance de la tension artérielle à l'aide d'un appareil toujours utilisé quotidiennement. Exemplaire en état absolument parfait, fleurs de coins, francs de coupe. Signé par l'auteur

      [Bookseller: Librairie Dejolibelle]
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        Report Of The Bombay Chamber Of Commerce For The Year 1876-77 Presented To The Annual General Meeting Held On The 30th October 1877 - finely bound.

      Bombay Gazette Steam Press 1878 - 8vo. Finely bound in red pebbled morocco with bevelled boards; ornately gilt on spine and covers; edges of boards gilt; inside dentelles gilt; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers. There is some rubbing but overall this is a most attractive copy. 542pp. Uncommon. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: McManmon, B.D. ABA,PBFA]
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        The famine campaign in southern India : (Madras and Bombay Presidencies and Province of Mysore) 1876-1878 By William Digby [Complete in 2 Vols]

      London : Longmans, Green, and Co, 1878. 1st Edition. Physical desc. : 2vol. (xx, [2],515, [3],28, [2]; xiv, [2],491, [2]p. ) tissue guard : 6 plates (2 folding), 3 folding maps ; 23 cm. Notes: With errata, an advertisement for works by the author, and a 32-page list of works published by Longmans, Green & Co. Subject: Famines - India - 1876-77. India - Famines - 1876-77. Finely bound in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with gilt-blocked title and volume indications. Spine compartments uniformly tooled in gilt. An exceptional copy. Publisher's presentation copy with their uninked, impressed stamp to the title page.

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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      Washington, Pa.: J.A. Howden & A. Odbert, 1878.. 159pp. including thirty-three maps and forty- three plates (most colored), plus a large folding map of Warren laid in. Lithographed titlepage. Folio. Original gilt cloth, rebacked in modern cloth, gilt. A few leaves creased or with marginal staining or chipping, not affecting images. Closed tears (some repaired) in a dozen plates. Large folding map torn and worn with some loss. On the whole, very good. An impressive atlas for Warren County, Pennsylvania, engraved, lithographed, and printed by Otto Krebs of Pittsburgh. Maps of the several towns and townships in the county are rendered in great detail. The handcolored lithographic plates depict the homes and farms of noteworthy citizens, as well as public buildings and businesses. Of all of the county atlases produced in late 19th-century America (there are many hundreds), only a few had colored plates. It was the custom of the time for salesmen representing the publisher to visit local residents and solicit subscriptions to the project, in return for the depiction of their homes. An informative and finely illustrated work, notable for its colored plates.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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        A Masque of Poets. Including Guy Vernon, A Novelette In Verse

      Boston: Roberts Brothers. 1878. 303, [1] p., illus., 18.5 cm. "A book that is at once a first edition for Emily Dickinson, Lanier, Lowell, Christina Rossetti, Dobson, and Thoreau is one that should be better known to collectors" (Starke). "The authors themselves seemed to like the idea of having their work appear anonymously, and tried to disguise their style to make the game more difficult." Contains 71 poems of varying length (Trowbridge's 'Guy Vernon' runs from p. 175 to the end); first appearances include Louisa May Alcott, Transfiguration; T. B. Aldrich (Epilogue, Prologue, A Preacher); William Ellery Channing the younger, Children's Song; Bunner, I Love To Dine; two poems by Fawcett; Lowell, My Heart, I Cannot Still It & Red Tape; Dobson's "exquisite rondel" The Wanderer; Christina Rossetti, Husband and Wife; Thoreau, Pilgrims; Lanier, Marshes of Glynn (BAL 11255). On this first appearance of Emily Dickinson's 'Success is counted sweetest' (BAL 4564), Thomas H. Johnson (The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Belknap Press, p. xxx), says, "During the summer of 1876, [Helen Hunt] Jackson began her negotiations to secure a contribution from Emily Dickinson for a proposed anthology of verse. In this year the well-known Boston publishing firm of Roberts Brothers decided to bring out a series of anonymous books which they called the "No Name Series." They were to be stories... written by American authors, "each a great unknown." The first... was widely reviewed when it appeared. Some critics correctly guessed that Helen Hunt Jackson was the author, but neither she nor Thomas Niles, the publisher, confirmed or denied the conjecture. Some fourteen "No Names" were issued, and Niles, encouraged by Mrs. Jackson, decided to bring out as a final volume an anthology of anonymous verse... by American and English writers. The advertisements hinted that readers would encounter poems by Christina Rossetti, William Morris, Jean Ingelow, and "H. H." Such an anthology would greatly extend the chance for speculation, and the volume, called 'A Masque of Poets', appeared in 1878. It was one of the most profitable ventures Roberts Brothers ever undertook..." Of the order and style of publication, Aubrey H. Starke (An Omnibus of Poets, Colophon Part 16, 1934) states: "'A Masque of Poets', published in November, 1878, in a first printing of 2,000 copies, must have met with some success, for in December, 1878, five hundred more copies were printed. A slight change in both format and binding was made for the second printing. Each poem was inclosed in a red line box; a few page ornaments were changed; all reference to the 'No Name' series was omitted from title-page, half-title, and binding; and the book was bound in a pebbled cloth, some copies in brownish red, some in green." The copy in hand is bound in maroon cloth with beveled edges and stamped in gold, top edge gilt; VG. stock#OB409.

      [Bookseller: The Owl at the Bridge]
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        Map of the States of California and Nevada

      San Francisco: Published by Thompson & West, [1878]. Engraved folding map, with full-original colour. Folding into brown cloth covers, upper cover with border blocked in black and titled 'Thompson & West's / Pocket Map / of California / and part of / Nevada. / 120 Sutter Street, / San Francisco, Cal. / 1878' in black, lower cover with border blocked in blind, letterpress advertisements on front pastedown. 27 x 17 inches. An extremely rare pocket map of California and Nevada, an exceptional example in near mint condition This excellent map depicts the states of California and Nevada, following a generation of explosive growth. California had entered the Union in 1850, following the Gold Rush, and Nevada became a state in 1861 following the discovery of the Comstock Lode, America's greatest silver find. This region of the country had attracted hundreds of thousands of settlers, not only from the east coast, but from places as far away as Europe and China. The numerous counties that had been organized in each state, were carefully painted in resplendent colours. The thriving cities of San Francisco, Sacramento and San Diego in California; and Carson and Virginia City in Nevada stand out on the map. The Pacific Central Railway, which connected San Francisco to the eastern seaboard from 1869, is one of the most important features of the map. The map is corrected up to August, 1876, according to the integral dedicatory text. The advertisements that adorn the front paste-down are for W.E. Barnard & Co., real estate brokers of Oakland, and for 'official maps in atlas form of Alameda, Solano, Sonoma, and Santa Clara Counties, Cal.' published by Thompson & West. This map is both an attractive collector's piece and a fascinating historical document. Not in Rumsey; or Phillips Maps of America

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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        Scenery of the Pacific Railways and Colorado

      Appleton and Company, New York 1878 - Bound with: The Hudson River by pen and pencil. For tourists and others. First, New York, Appleton, 1875. Late 19th century half shagreen over marbled boards. The flat spine divided by gilt rulers into five compartments with the title in the second compartment. Although the second title concerns an 1875 first edition someone has written in India ink the year "1882" on the title page behind the place name New York. Possibly this was the date the books were bound together. The second title bears the stamp of "Leesmuseum Amsterdam", which was established around 1800 and closed in 1932. Collation: 1) Scenery of the Pacific Railways and Colorado; 8vo., frontispiece map, pp. 88, v-xvi, lacking the advertisment pp. i-iv at the beginning of the book. The list of plates bound at the beginning right after the title page. A map plus 71 plates. 2) The Hudson River by pen and pencil; 8vo., pp. 52, viii. It is obvious that both books were illustrated by the same artist which probably explains why they are found here bound together. Some unobtrusive occasional foxing and fingering and some minor discolouring of the paper. Both titles are rather uncommon, however, especially Scenery of the Pacific Railways and Colorado seems to be extremely rare with only one record in ABPC and just one more in AE since WWII. This is the only known edition; a very attractive work with many charming woodcut illustrations throughout. Some copies start with four pages of ads, numbered i-iv, while the remainder of the advertisements from page v onwards usually is bound after the text. Apparently these 4 pages were discarded when the two titles were combined in this volume. So despite the pagination, the text is complete. Though published anonymously the author is William H. Rideing, a journalist who joined the Wheeler Survey expedition in 1878 in the Southwestern USA and then published this extremely rare book, apparently his first one, with several other titles to follow. John Douglas Woodward was one of the most eminent illustrators of the 19th century after the Civil War. Many of his drawings were published in magazines like Harper's Weekly while he also produced a lot of landscape and other drawings. Neither in Howes nor in Sabin. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Iskandar Books]
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        The Life and Times of James Catnach (Late of Seven Dials), Ballad Monger, by Charles Hindley. With 230 Wood-cuts, of Which 42 are by Bewick

      London: Reeves and Turner, 1878. Octavo. xvi, 432, 12pp. One of only six copies printed on yellow paper, with the woodcuts on preliminary pages hand-colored. A narrative biography interspersed with a broad sampling of the multifarious products of the Catnach Press: ballads; broadsheets; portraits of murderers and monarchs; scandals; humorous, religious, patriotic, and political verse; and matters too numerous to mention. Laid-in is a signed autograph note from the author to G. H. Thompson, one of the two dedicatees. Light foxing to endpapers and adjacent leaves, else fine in cloth with printed label. Bookplate to front pastedown.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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      London: Bradbury, Agnew & Co., 1878.. 112pp. plus illustrations. Contemporary three quarter morocco, gilt extra, and marbled boards, t.e.g. Binding lightly rubbed at extremities, otherwise very good. An interesting copy of Burnand's parody of Hugo's QUATRE- VINGT-TREIZE (Paris, 1874), made up from the sheets of the publisher's yellowback edition of ONE-AND-THREE!, issued in their "Novel Shilling Series," inlaid into larger sheets and bound with eighteen accomplished, highly finished ink drawings, by or after E. Linley Sambourne. Sixteen of the drawings appeared with the parody when it was serialized in PUNCH from 18 April to 15 August 1874 (relevant tear sheets are included here); another drawing, bound here as the frontispiece, may have been used as the cover drawing for the yellowback edition, and incorporates the title of the book. The last drawing is a portrait of Hugo, surrounded by the spines of books on which is lettered: "Quatre- vingt-treize. Written by Victor Hugo, Burlesqued by F.C. Burnand, Illustrated by Linley Sambourne, Etched by Guy Little, 1889." This last drawing is somewhat different in style, and the date suggests that this dummy may have been assembled for a new 1889 edition. Burnand was editor of PUNCH from 1880 to 1906, and he published five parodies in the same publisher's series, as well as another title out of series. See Sadleir 3648.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Illustrated by Gustave Doré

      New York; Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1878, 1878. Folio, 370 x 460 mm. With large vignette to title page, 2 illustrations in text and 39 full-page plates with tissues. Recent green half morocco, gilt titles and tooling to spine, raised bands. Publisher's original gilt entitled upper board bound in at rear. A stunning interpretation.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Is He Popenjoy? [Rare; An important part of Publishing History]

      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1878. First American edition. A Very Good copy of the EXCEEDINGLY RARE First American edition of this Trollope novel. An extremely rare (of the "utmost rarity" per Smith) copy of the TRUE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION of Trollope's "Is He Popenjoy?", published by Harper & Brothers in their newspaper format Franklin Square Library, this being the inaugural publication, "Number 1", in the then-new format, an important event in Publishing history. This is a Very Good copy of the RARE TRUE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, having been bound, complete with all of Smith's "State A" terminal advertisements, by the Brooklyn Public Library (showing their library sticker with the discard stamp on the front pastedown) in boards and secured to the boards by stitching to the spine (the pages show a few library notes in pencil to the title page, a tape repair to the title page and to the length of page 5, a short closed tear to the left margin of page 64 with a minor invasion of the text, intermittent brown staining -all text remaining easily legible, pencil checks beside a number of items in advertisement list at the end of the volume, and marginal chips and tears with minimal marginal loss to a few pages). All in all, this copy is in remarkable condition given the ephemeral nature of the publication. The Franklin Square Library series was published by Harper to meet the large demand for literature at a low price. Usually selling for 10 or 15 cents a copy, the series eventually replaced Harper's Library of Select Novels Series and its Half-Hour Series. Trollope's "Is He Popenjoy" was the first issue in the Series, and all of the remaining Trollope works published by Harper (except for some of his nonfiction works) were published in this Series. (Munro published the first American editions of Trollope's "Cousin Henry", "Two Heroines of Plumplington" and "The Landleaguers" in his newspaper format Seaside Library series.) (See Smith's Bibliography of Trollope's US publications.) Smith states: "This new series and its advertising logic sounded the death knell for collectors. First editions in this series are no longer books, but newspapers. Their fragility, format, and ephemeral makeup discouraged most buyers from keeping them.....few have survived." According to Smith, these issues are "rarely seen for sale and are usually found only in private collections and in certain research libraries." An extraordinary opportunity for the Trollope collector. Most Trollope collectors will never see this issue, much less own one. As with Trollope's first novels, the chance to own one is unlikely to arise often, if at all, for the vast majority of Trollope collectors. AN EXTREMELY SCARCE TROLLOPE FIRST and a collection-distinguishing item which occupies an important place in American publishing history.

      [Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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        Is HE POPENJOY? A Novel

      London:: Chapman & Hall,. 1878.. 8vo. 7-3/4" x 5". 1st edition (Sadleir 49). 3 volumes (vii, [1 (blank)], 301, [3]; vii, [1 (blank)], 297, [3]; vii, [1 (blank)], 319, [1 (blank)] pp). Advert leaf at rear of Vols I & II.. Original publisher's terra-cotta silk-grained cloth with boards blocked in black, and gilt stamped title lettering to spine. Pale yellow eps.. Spines darkened. Hinges to Vols I & III professionally, and. unobtrusively, strengthened. PO book labels to front paste-down.. All-in-all, a quite nice VG+ triple-decker, and quite scarce thus.. Another Trollope 'pot-boiler', which "hinges on an inheritance plot". Yada, yada, yada, surprize (!) "... all comes well." Perhaps of most interest to today's reader is "Trollope's blistering prejudiced satire on the emergent women's movement and their absurb leaders, the German Baroness Banmann and the American Doctor Olivia Q. Fleabody." [Sutherland, Victorian Fiction].& & When Sadleir first published his Trollope bibliography in 1928, Popenjoy was not considered by him to be a truly 'scarce' book, except in Fine condition, for he noted that most of the intial print run went to libraries. So we feel confident, here 83 years later, concluding that this set is one of the nicest offered in recent history.

      [Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA]
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        The Works of Thomas de Quincey

      Edinburgh - Adam and Charles Black, 1878 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A uniformly bound collection of the essays of Thomas de Quincey. Fourth edition. Containing Confessions of an Opium-Eater, Recollections of the Lakes and Lake Poets Coleridge, Wordsworth and Southey, Last Days of Immanuel Kant and other Writing, The English Mail Coach and other writings, Dr Samuel Parr or Whiggism in its Relations to Literature and other writings, Richard Bentley and other writings, Protestantism and Other Essays, Leaders in Literature with a Notice of Traditional Errors affecting Them, The Caesars and Other Papers, Style and Rhetoric and Other papers, Coleridge and Opium-Eating and other writings, Speculations Literary and Philosophic, The Art of Conversation and Other Papers, Autobiographic Sketches 1790-1803, Biographies of Shakespeare, Pope, Goethe and Schiller and on the Political Parties of Modern England, and the supplementary volume Suspiria de Profundis. Illustrated throughout withtwelve plates (collated complete). Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) is an autobiographical account about his laudanum (opium and alcohol) addiction and its effect on his life. The Confessions was the first major work De Quincey published and the one which won him fame almost overnight. . . The Confessions maintained a place of primacy in De Quincey's literary output, and his literary reputation, from its first publication; it went through countless editions, with only occasional intervals of a few years, and was often translated. Since there was little systematic study of narcotics until long after his death, De Quincey's account assumed an authoritative status and actually dominated the scientific and public views of the effects of opium for several generations. Bookplate of H. W. Eyres to front pastedowns. Complete in sixteen volumes. Condition: In blue cloth bindings. Externally sound, though wih some marks and bumping. Four hinges strainedInternally, generally firmly bound, althoughbinding strained in places (particularly to volume I). Pages are bright, though with some scattered patches of foxing throughout. Overall: GOOD..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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      London: Strahan & Co. Ltd., n.d. [1878 on the fr. cover], published in "Strahan's Boy's & Girl's Annual").  First edition, 23.5 x 18cm (large 8vo), in publisher's dark red morocco-grain cloth w/gilt & black decorations & title to fr. cover & spine (blind borders & central device only to rear), chocolate ep.s, 384 ((viii) & 384 pp. (paginated in 2 parts) w/3 wood engravings by the Dalziels after Arthur Hughes for "Curdie," 80 wood engravings by C. Laplante after Paul Philippoteaux for "Hector," & frontis & 66 wood engravings after other artists.  Printed in Southwark by McCorquodale & Co., this is the 9th & final vol. in the series & contains the Jan.-Dec. 1877 monthly issues of "Good Things: A Picturesque Magazine for Boys and Girls," & features the complete 1st printings of MacDonald's sequel to "The Princess and the Goblin" & the 1st English translation of Verne's story.  Inscribed to recto of fr. ep.: "Maude Mary Jones on her birthday, 1879."  Binding Very Good (expertly rebacked w/the original spine laid down & hinges mended, rear cover moderately soiled, & edges of ep.s mended); contents Very Good (mended tear to bottom of p.379 [part 2]). Bulloch 714, Shaberman 40(xv).

      [Bookseller: Leonard Roberts, Bookseller]
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        DIRECTORY Of The CITY Of SAN JOSE, For 1878. Containing a General Register of the Names of All Residents and a Classified Business Directory, Together with a Historical Sketch of the City, a General Review of Its Progress, and a Variety of Statistical Information. Also a Directory of Santa Clara

      San Jose:: Published by Cottle & Wright, Printers, 338 First Street.. 1878.. 8vo. 1st edition (Rocq 13742). 336 pp. Inserted advert leaf after p. 212.. Recent black leather spine, gilt title lettering, over printed paper-wrapped boards. Advert eps.. Volume has been restored, with paper repairs to first 3 gatherings,. leaves of which have abrasions/stains/imperfections. Some holes in. text to pp 31-32, 37-42, where printed presidential portraits had. been previously been affixed. Pencil annotations throughout. A Good. - Good Plus copy.. Rare San Jose city directory from the 1870s, and apparently the 4th published (implied by Quebedeaux, p. 177). Rocq records just one holding (CA Hist. Soc.), with OCLC showing no institutional holdings. Not in the Norris Catalogue. No copies to auction the past 30+ years. . 8 cuts depicting divers San Jose buildings (primarily schools). Some illustrated adverts.

      [Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA]
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      London: Strahan & Co. Ltd., n.d. [1878 on the fr. cover] - First edition, 23.5 x 18cm (large 8vo), in publisher's dark red morocco-grain cloth w/gilt & black decorations & title to fr. cover & spine (blind borders & central device only to rear), chocolate ep.s, 384 ((viii) & 384 pp. (paginated in 2 parts) w/3 wood engravings by the Dalziels after Arthur Hughes for "Curdie," 80 wood engravings by C. Laplante after Paul Philippoteaux for "Hector," & frontis & 66 wood engravings after other artists. Printed in Southwark by McCorquodale & Co., this is the 9th & final vol. in the series & contains the Jan.-Dec. 1877 monthly issues of "Good Things: A Picturesque Magazine for Boys and Girls," & features the complete 1st printings of MacDonald's sequel to "The Princess and the Goblin" & the 1st English translation of Verne's story. Inscribed to recto of fr. ep.: "Mande Mary Jones on her birthday, 1879." Binding Very Good (expertly rebacked w/the original spine laid down & hinges mended, moderate soiling to rear cover, & edges of ep.s mended); contents Very Good (mended tear to bottom of p.379 [part 2]). Bulloch 714, Shaberman 40(xv). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Leonard Roberts, Bookseller]
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        Studer's Popular Ornithology. The Birds of North America: Drawn and Colored from Life...One Hundred and Nineteen Colored Plates, Representing Upwards of Seven Hundred Different Species...Including a Popular Account of their Habits and Characteristics

      Columbus, OH: Jacob H. Studer & Co., 1878. One of the most popular books on birds of the late nineteenth & early twentieth century, featuring bright full-color chromolithographed plates. This first edition, 1878, is considered to have considerably superior print quality to later printings. Complete, with 119 full color plates in volume one, 41 bichrome plates in volume two. Big plates, about 9 by 12.5 inches, sometimes with two or more different images in one plate, particularly in the second volume. More formal than naturalistic, though drawn from life; Jasper often arranges birds in groups not to be found in nature, as Wilson did; though Jasper's work is not on a par with Wilson's. Volume one describes individual species while volume two is a more general discussion of birds, their anatomy & habits. Scarce complete, as most have come apart or been taken apart to frame individual plates. Print dealers charge $20-75 and up for INDIVIDUAL prints from these volumes, depending on majesty and visual interest. Large hardcovers, half brown leather over cloth-covered boards, gilt titling & decoration. Two volumes, complete. Copyright 1875; first edition, published in 1878 in Columbus, Ohio, by Jacob H. Studer. Good, worn, hinges mended, edges rubbed & chipped, minor foxing; heads of spines chipped; some chipping to page edges; corner missing from text page 67/8, missing a little bit of text. Text clean; [4], 182 pages + 8 page index, 119 color plates; [6], 156 pages + 41 bichrome plates.. First Edition. Half leather. Good. Illus. by Theodore Jasper. 12½" by 15". Set.

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      London: Richard Bentley, 1878, 1882, 1890. Very good+. First editions Eight volumes. Uniformly bound by Mudie in quarter brown morocco with marbled sides and endpapers, t.e.g., the spines with gilt titles and rules Quite scarce with all eight volumes assembled.& Fanny Kemble (1809-93) was author of the famous antislavery Journal of a Residence on a Georgia Plantation in 1838-1839.

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      [Vienna]: [Hof- und Staatsdruckerei], [1878]. First Edition. Hardcover. Minor chipping to the wrappers; slight foxing to margins of plates. Near Fine. Offprint from SITZUNGSBERICHTE DER MATHEMATISCH-NATURWISSENSCHAFTLICHEN CLASSE DER KAISERLICHEN AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN, LXXVIII, Band I. Original brown printed wraps bound into black buckram with gilt lettering on the front cover; 87 pages and 4 folding lithograph plates by F. Schima after Freud. The First Separate Edition of Freud's third paper, published while still a medical student under the guidance of physiologist Ernst von Brucke. Freud's work was a significant contribution to the data used by the scientific community to establish the evolutionary continuity of all organisms. Freud's drawings also convey his belief in the persistence of primitive structures in the fully developed organism, a connection brought to greater light by his reference to this very study when illustrating the concept of Fixation in his INTRODUCTORY LECTURES ON PSYCHOANALYSIS.

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

      Philadelphia and Boston: Chas. Robson & Co. and L. Prang & Co. , 1878-80. First Edition 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 19th-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. &

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        The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States in Their Botanical, Horticultural, and Popular Aspects. COMPLETE TWO VOLUMES BOUND IN FOUR BOOKS

      Boston.: L. Prang and Company.. Copyright 1878.. TWO VOLUMES IN FOUR BOOKS. 192 chromolithographic plates with tissue guards, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, ix+192pp v+200pp v+204pp ix+196pp, 10 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches, gilt lettered leather spine and corners with cloth-covered boards (hardbound). Ex-library with markings to lower spines, label to front pastedowns, withdrawn stamp to copyright page, and perforated stamp to a few pages (not affecting plates). Cover extremities rubbed, front joint of three of the volumes is cracked, previous owner's name in ink to front fly leaf and in pencil to inner margin of Preface page, occasional faint offsetting to text pages; overall the interior is in very good, clean condition with bright plates. Thomas Meehan (1826-1901) was born in England in 1826 and at age 20 was offered a position at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. After two years at Kew he emigrated, settling in Germantown, Pennsylvania, where he started a nursery. His business enterprise prospered as a result of his remarkable expertise, both scientific and commercial, and in 1891 he founded a botanical journal, Meehan’s Monthly. The four volume Native Flowers and Ferns of 1878 is viewed as a landmark publication due, in part, to the fine chromolithographic plates (48 per volume for a total of 192) by master printer Louis Prang of Boston. Meehan In his Preface writes that the illustrations, painted from life by Alois Lunzer, "will favorably compare with the best hitherto attempted in this country, both as regards scientific accuracy and pictorial excellence." Includes an Index of Common Names and Index of Botanical Names. A significant work in the history of both American botany and American color plate printing (included in Bennett's "Practical Guide to American Nineteenth Century Color Plate Books"). .

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      Boston: L. Prang,. Very Good with no dust jacket. (1878)-(1880). Hardcover. Illustrated Books; Chromolithographs; 4to 11" - 13" tall; [First Series], vols. 1 & 2, Second Series, vols. 1 & 2. 4to, modern green buckram, A. E. G. With 192 chromolithographic plates on heavy paper, tissue guards. Quite minor dampstaining at extreme bottom gutters of the beginning of Series 1, vol. 1, otherwise crisp, clean & bright. Former owner's signature at head of series II, vol. 1 title page, ex-library stamp on verso of Series I title pages. A nicely bound sharp and clean set. .

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        United States Northern Boundary Commission. Reconnaissance Maps . (Six sheets and Profile) Showing the general features of the topography adjacent to the 49th. parallel from the Lake of the Woods to the Rocky Mountains

      [ 1878].. TOTAL OF SEVEN MAPS AND ONE PROFILE SHEET. Six black and white lithograph maps each approximately 15.25 x 21 inches on sheets 19 x 21.5 inches, folded as issued to 11.5 x 8.25 inches; one black and white map approximately 18 x 9 inches on sheet approximately 22 x 12 inches; profile sheet 16 x 22 inches. Maps are overall clean and crisp, but all have a short tear at middle of left edge just entering image. This has been taped on the verso, but there is no dicoloration to the front of the maps. the usual occasional splitting at folds. This lot comprises the six maps and one profile sheet relating to the Northern Boundary Commission surveys, plus an additional map entitled "Map of the vicinity of the North West Point of the Lake of the Woods", also published by the United Sates Northern Boundary Commission. Map No. 1 starts at the Main divide of the Rocky Mountains, with map no. VI finishing at the Lake of the Woods; the profile sheet shows the height in feet of this route. Each map shows the boundary (marked with mounds and iron pillars), 'trails reconnoitred by parties of Boundary Commission', 'other trails' and wagon roads, plus such interesting features as trading posts, forts and Indian reservations. Among the routes marked are those of Capt. W. J. Twining (1869/1873), Lt. F. V. Greene (1873/74); and the route of C.L. Doolittle (1874). .

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        Reports upon the Survey of the Boundary Between the Territory of the United States and the Possessions of Great Britain From the Lake of the Woods to the Summit of the Rocky Mountains, Authorized By an Act of Congress Approved March 19, 1872


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        Handwritten presentation to Charles Wellock, embarked on the good ship "Scottish Prince" bound for Townsville, Queensland, Sept. 4th 1878.

      - Printed in gold & blue on sepia background. Extremely scarce ephemera, an early Townsville association. The early emigrant ships arriving in Townsville from 1877-1881 had distinctly Scottish names - Scottish Knight, Scottish Bard, Sir William Wallace, Scottish Prince & Scottish Hero. With a penciled message on the back, "these few lines to you asking it will find you quite well and tell Elizabeth to be a good girl." . 5x7 1/2", a bit browned overall, 2 tiny margin tears repaired archivally.

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        Egypt, descriptive, historical, and picturesque / by G. Ebers ; translated from the original German by Clara Bell ; with an introduction and notes by S. Birch - [complete in 2 large, folio volumes]

      London : Cassell [pref. 1878-1879], 1878-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good. 2 volume set. Suitable for a gift. Large folios. Brown cloth with gold lettering and Egyptian imprint on front covers. Clean, unmarked pages. Good binding and cover. Hardcover. Ships daily.

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        GOLD-MINES OF MIDIAN AND THE RUINED MIDIANITE CITIES. A Fortnight's Tour in North-western Arabia

      London: C. Keegan Paul & Co., 1878. First edition. With fine black & white illustrations in text and a folding map. 8vo, publisher’s maroon cloth, probable remainder binding without decorative work to the upper cover and without beveled edges, lettered in gilt on the spine. xvi, 398, 30 + 2 ads pp. A scarce find in original cloth, internally quite clean and fresh but for minor offsetting to the edges of the paste-downs and free-flys and a few ad leaves or prelims from moisture, the binding gilt is bright and the edges of the covers with unobtrusive evidence of the old moisture, the book remains a very decent copy withal and is pleasing visually. AN ESPECIALLY INTERESTING BOOK AND SCARCE IN CLOTH. In the relentless pursuit of grand fortune in his waning years Burton traveled in November 1877 into the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula, following the natives' tales of "ruined towns once prosperous with dense populations, of quarries where King Solomon found gold for the walls of the Temple, his drinking vessels, and his lion throne, of turquoise mines..." (Rice, p. 433). What he brought back from this first trip (a second followed in October) was ”not an impressive amount of geological samples but notes"--notes which he quickly put together to form this book. The book was extremely well received at publication, and went into two editions within the next year.

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        The Leavenworth Case: A Lawyer's Story

      New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons,, 1878. Octavo. Original terracotta cloth, title gilt to the spine and in black to the upper board, pale cream surface-paper endpapers. Housed in a brown linen slipcase with green morocco label. Folding facsimile letter. Slightly rubbed at extremities, spine rolled, partial toning to endpapers. An excellent copy, rare in such nice condition. First edition, the first issue with the correct date on the title page, of "one of the true historical milestones of the genre" of detective fiction (Haycroft, Murder for Pleasure, page 83). "Ellery Queen's" copy with ownership signature to the front free endpaper, and with two short notes in the author's hand, the first reading "Anna Katherine Green. Born in Brooklyn N. Y. Anna Katherine Green Rohlfs. This book was written in New York City, Brooklyn, and other places. Finished in Brooklyn 1877". The second reproducing a paragraph from the concluding section of the book, "Law. It is a principle which every detective recognises that if of a hundred leading circumstances connected with a crime, ninety-nine of these are acts pointing to the suspected party with unerring certainty, but the hundredth equally important act, [is] one which that person could not have performed, the whole fabric of suspicion is destroyed. The Leavenworth Case. Ambition". Green's The Leavenworth Case ended the fallow period in American detective fiction that followed the publication of Poe's The Purloined letter. As Howard Haycroft wrote in Murder for Pleasure, "There are sufficient aspects of uniqueness about The Leavenworth Case to make it, despite some incredibly bad writing, one of the true historical milestones of the genre. It beat Holmes to the post by almost a decade; it sprang full-fledged from its author's head, without traceable antecedents; it contained a sound police detective, Ebenezer Gryce, and a remarkably cogent plot; it was one of the all-time best-sellers in the literature; and above all it was written by a woman (the first, in fact, to practice the form in any land or language) at a time and place when feminine literary output was slight at best and confined chiefly to sentimental verse and similar lady-like ephemera… her plots are models of careful construction that can still hold their own against to-day's competition. For this quality, and by virtue of precedence and sustained popularity, she occupies an undisputed and honorable place in the development of the American detective story" (Haycroft, Murder for Pleasure, pages 84-85). This copy with the ownership signature of Ellery Queen, one of the collective pseudonyms shared by Daniel Nathan and Manford Lepofsky, American cousins who wrote their own detective fiction in addition to working as anthologisers and bibliographers of the genre. With the additional ownership signature, in the same hand, of another of the cousins' pseudonyms, Barnaby Ross, the name under which they published four mystery novels starring a retired Shakespearean actor who becomes an amateur detective. Rare, only eight copies have appeared at auction since 1990, none in such nice condition and none with authorial inscriptions or notes. A copy sold in 1992 was from the library of Daniel Nathan (aka Frederic Dannay) and was also inscribed with both the same pseudonyms, so this copy may have belonged to Manford Lepofsky (Manfred Bennington Lee). Also from the library of noted collector H. Bradley Martin, with his bookplate.

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        Codigo Commercial do Imperio de Brazil, Annotado com Toda

      1878. [Brazil]. Araujo Costa, Salustiano Orlando de, Editor. Codigo Commercial do Imperio de Brazil, Annotado com Toda a Legislacao do Paiz que lhe e Referente; Com Osarestos e Decisoes Mais Notaveis dos Tribunaes e Juizes; Concordado com a Legislacao do Paizes Estrangeiros Mais Adiantados; Con um Vasto e Copioso Appendice, Tambem Annotado, Contendo Nao so Todos os Regulamentos Commerciaes, Como os Mais Recentes Actos do Governo Imperial, Quer Sobre Bancos o Sociedades Anonymas, Quer Sobre Impostos; Dispensando Consultar-Se a Colleccao das Leis do Imperio. Rio de Janeiro: E. & H. Laemmbert, 1878. x, 1113 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt ornaments and lettering piece to spine, marbled endpapers, speckled edges. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, hinges cracked but secure, bookseller ticket pasted to foot of title page. Toning, light foxing in a few places, internally clean. * Third edition. Brazil enjoyed a remarkable period of rapid material progress and international importance during under Emperors Pedro I and, especially, Pedro II, who reigned from 1831 to 1891. The government enacted a law in 1823 calling for the gradual replacement of the Portuguese Ordenacoes with codes informed by the Enlightenment ideas of the eighteenth century and the work of Jeremy Bentham. A Projecto for commercial law was published in 1836, another in 1838. The code was enacted in 1850 and its first two editions were published in 1858 and 1869. The third edition is the best of these because it contains extensive commentary. All of these early editions are rare. OCLC locates 1 copy of the 1878 edition in North America (at the New York Public Library). Another copy located at the Library of Congress. British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 4:32.

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        THE WORKS

      London: John Murray, 1878. Hardcover. 229 x 149 mm (9 x 5 7/8"). Four volumes. Edited by Peter Cunningham. Excellent highly polished calf, attractively gilt, by Root & Son (stamp-signed on verso of front free endpaper), covers bordered by triple gilt fillet with rosette cornerpieces, raised bands, spines gilt in compartments with trefoil cornerpieces on a stippled ground, each spine with three morocco titling labels (one olive and two burgundy), densely gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Leaves mostly UNOPENED. With extra engraved title page (dated 1854) featuring a village vignette. Slight wear to joints and extremities, a couple of small scratches to covers, but a fine set, the attractive bindings lustrous and generally well preserved, and the obviously unread text with virtually no signs of use. This is generally considered the best edition of Goldsmith, offered here in an attractively bound set produced by a first-rate binder. Oliver Goldsmith (1730-74) was Irish born and educated at Dublin, before studying in Edinburgh and Leyden, where he seems to have been granted a medical degree. Unsuccessful as a London physician, Goldsmith turned to a life of miscellaneous writing, churning out books and essays for the publishers. He first met Dr. Johnson in 1761, and they became boon companions. Boswell describes Goldsmith as gauche, hapless, and a prattler, but clearly Johnson found the man amusing and lovable. And he was both talented and popular as a writer. His best-known works, both of them classics, are "She Stoops to Conquer" (a comedy about an awkward fellow who prefers the company of barmaids to ladies) and "The Vicar of Wakefield" (a novel with a hero as mild-mannered, garrulous, and improvident as the author himself). Dickens' novels--with their memorable characterizations, many coincidences of plot, and sympathy for the unfortunate--show the deep influence of Goldsmith. First issued in 1854, the present edition was the most complete and correct issued up to that time and the first to contain Goldsmith's letters; it also has some of the essays in two forms--as first published and with the author's final revisions and corrections.

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        How the 'Mastiffs' went to Iceland

      London: Virtue and Co. Limited 1878 London: Virtue and Co., Limited, 1878. First edition. 4to. Map and 14 full-page lithographed illustrations by Mrs. Hugh Blackburn, two silverprint photographs tipped on. Full straight grain brown morocco, t.e.g. Front hinge professionally repaired. Faintly rubbed at hinges, else Fine. Sadleir, Anthony Trollope 51 . In June and July, 1878, Trollope and a party took a trip to Iceland in the "Mastiff." This is a record of that journey. It was never formally published and issued only for private circulation

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      1878. London: C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1878. Original light blue cloth decorated in black and gilt, beveled boards. First Edition of Stevenson's first book, which consisted of just 750 copies. It was preceded only by several wrappered tracts such as THE PENTLAND RISING and ON THE THERMAL INFLUENCE OF FORESTS. Included is a frontispiece by Walter Crane. In September 1876, Stevenson and Walter Simpson had taken a canoe trip in Belgium and France together; during the trip RLS had maintained a journal. Back in Edinburgh over a year later, Stevenson rewrote his journal into this book. It did not sell well; to quote from Calder:~Louis and Simpson made a complementary pair. They began their trip on the Scheldt in Antwerp, paddled along canals and navigated the Oise, returning to the Loing. It was a gentle pastime but, unfortunately for the book, remarkably uneventful. Although many people have enjoyed it, the book is about very little. Not very much happened. There is a lack of distinct individuality in the sketches of towns and people... The two odd-looking and ill-assorted companions lived a fine holiday but an uninspiring book.(The trip was far from a complete loss, however: in the town of Grez, 26-year-old Stevenson met 36-year-old Fanny Vandergrift Osbourne, the American mother of two who would later become his wife.)~This copy is in near-fine condition (the light blue cloth less sunned than usual on the spine and edges, the original endpapers with minor cracking, the spine gilt remaining bright, very little external wear other than a trace of rubbing at the corners). In all, this is a highly desirable copy of a book that has become quite scarce. Beinecke 12; Princeton 6. Housed in a cloth slipcase with inner chemise.

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        PUNCH, BROTHERS, PUNCH! and Other Sketches

      1878. New York: Slote, Woodman & Co., n.d. [1878]. 2 pp undated ads. Original red-orange wrappers decorated in black and gold. First Edition, first printing, first binding. This is an amusing tale about the author hearing a musical jingle and having it "infect" his mind like a virus -- wiping out his memory and incapacitating his ability to write, until he inadvertently passes the "virus" off to someone else.~The first printing is identified by (a) Twain's name on the title page in roman type, rather than facsimile autograph; (b) only one leaf of ads, rather than two; (c) the error "health offi...... could" on p. 91, and (d) thirteen lines of text (no postscript) on p. 101. The book was issued simultaneously in cloth and in wrappers -- each of which has an earlier and a later state; this is in the earlier, with "Mark Twain's Sketches" on the spine and with the small rear cover illustration.~This is a bright, near-fine copy, with creases at the wrapper corners and very slight wear at the foot of its spine. Today, copies in wrappers are much scarcer than copies in cloth; we have never seen a better copy. Blanck 3378. Housed in a morocco-backed clamshell case.

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        Punch, Brothers, Punch

      Slote, Woodman & Co., New York, 1878. Punch, Brothers, Punch by Mark Twain. First printing in wrappers. Red wraps with black print. Publisher: Slote, Woodman & Co., New York, (1878). First printing with Twain’s name on the title-page in Roman Type; Only one leaf of ads; Health offi… on page 91; and 13 lines of text on page 101. 4 3/8 x 5 7/8 inches. 140 pages plus facsimile page. Wrapper is in very good condition, slight edge wear at fore edges, fold at bottom corner front and back and 1inch tear at top of spine in front (no loss). Overall a nice wrapper for a fragile item. Contents clean, tape reside on verso of front wrapper and magazine vendor’s stamp. Protected by Mylar. A nice copy of a scarce Twain item. Inventory #12-189. Price: $900.. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Very Good/No Jacket.

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        Shores of the Polar Sea

      London: Marcus Ward & Co.,, 1878. A Narrative of the Arctic Expedition of 1875-6. Illustrated by Sixteen Chromo-Lithographs and numerous Engravings. Folio. Original publisher's blue cloth, elaborately decorated in black and gilt on the spine and upper board, panels in blind to the lower board, all edges gilt, brown surface-paper endpapers. Title page in red and black, coloured map frontispiece, 16 mounted chromolithographs on textured card, line-drawn historiated initials to each chapter, and 28 vignetted illustrations to the text. A little rubbed, corners bumped and head and tail of the spine crumpled, some adhesion damage to the endpapers and foxing verso, as also to half-title, lightly to the title, and a scatter throughout, but tight, and overall clean, remaining an unusually well-preserved copy in the cloth. First Edition and only edition. A "sumptuous volume" (Books on Ice) illustrating Nares's British Arctic Expedition 1875-6. Moss was naval surgeon aboard Nares's flagship Alert "but also served as artist for the expedition." Moss places the emphasis on his pictorial efforts - which offer some of the classic images of the heroic era of Polar exploration - but the text still represents "a substantial and engaging account" of the expedition. Moss "is a quiet observer, noticing the literacy of young Greenlanders, the details of shipboard rituals, the 'disappointingly limited' open seas within the ice, 'the complicated hieroglyphic savouring of Freemasonry … Moss's original drawings for the chromolithographs are at the Scott Polar Research Institute." Encouraged by the reports of the American expeditions of Isaac Israel Hayes and C. F. Hall, which had "revived the belief in an open polar sea and suggested that land extended far to the north, west of Robeson Channel" (ODNB) the Nares expedition was intended to reach the Pole via Smith Sound. A sledge party under Commander Markham of the Alert did reach "83°20' N, a heroic achievement considering that the pack ice was extremely rough, and also drifting south almost as fast as they were travelling northwards." But both ships were severely affected by scurvy and Nares made the "morally courageous" decision to return home. Rarely found intact in original binding, this is remains a handsome copy of this important book.

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        Picture Books, A Complete Set of Randolph Caldecott Toybooks

      London: George Routledge & Sons, 1878-1885. First Edition. Oblong quartos. 16 volumes. Original color pictorial stiff card wrappers Offered here is a complete collection of Randolph Caldecott color illustrated picture books comprising: House That Jack Built; John Gilpin Babes in the Wood; Mad Dog; Three Jovial Huntsmen, Sing a Song; Queen of Hearts; Farmer's Boy; Milkmaid; Hey Diddle Diddle; Forg he Would a-Wooing Go; Fox Jumps Over Parson's Gate; Come Lasses; Ride a Cock Horse; Madam Blaize; Great Pan Janius. A superb set, very light wear, minor creasing, generally very clean and bright. An attractive set in two custom 1/4 scarlet morocco & cloth cases, each with chemise.

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        The Botanic Garden

      London: George Bell and Sons, 1878. consisting of highly finished figures of Hardy Ornamental Flowering Plants, cultivated in Great Britain; with their names, orders, history, qualities, culture, and physiological observations. 2nd edition. London 1878. Lg 8vo. Brown cloth binding with gilt stamping (joints cracking, spines staring to be brittle, rubbed on corners. Three volumes are missing the top or bottom 1 inch of spine strip.) X Library (stamps are on text or reverse side of plates (no bleeding of ink onto picture side of plates). 248;224; 224; 215; 231; 263 pages with 249 (of 250) handcoloured plates. Each plate depicts 5 individual flowers. The last volume has some waterdamage. The bottom 1 inch of text and plates are slightly browned from water damage. Historically a very interesting set documenting the introduction of new plants into England from around the world. This second edition is less common than the first edition yet much more affordable. Plates and text are very clean (except for waterdamage in vol 6) .. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

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        The Royal Atlas of Modern Geography

      Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1878. One half dark maroon leather with maroon cloth over boards. Spine rebacked. Gilt decorations to front board and to spine. All page edges gilt. Coloured maps throughout. Some modest shelfwear to the outer extremities, missing one map of the eastern US.. Half Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall.

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        Under the Window

      George Routledge George Routledge, London, 1878. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Pictorial boards with wear at edges of boards. Soiling in a few spots in margins, but generally clean and bright; binding a little shaken and loose. The first issue with 'End of Contents" on page 14 and the imprint on the verso of title page. With a signed note from Greenaway, 11 Pemberton Gardens, dated 21 Nov, 1881 and a lithographed card, with an attractive Greenaway illustration, laid in. & & The first of the two books that Greenaway both wrote and illustrated, and the book that touched off the Greenaway vogue in book illustration. Size: Octavo (8vo). Text is clean and unmarked. Previous owner's signature in ink. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Children's; Inventory No: 042819. .

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        The George Eliot Birthday Book

      Aldeburgh, [ca. 1878-1930?]. (CLODD, EDWARD) 12mo. 277, [1] pp. Edward Clodd's (July 1, 1840-1930) copy, signed by him on the title-page and at his birthdate entry; with the engraved bookplate of Montgomery Evvans II, by S. H. Sime . Edward Clodd (1840-1930) was a banker, amateur anthropologist, folklorist, and friends with an extraordinary variety of artists, intellectuals, writers, scientists, explorers, etc. According to the ODNB, "from 1878 he used his weekend home in Aldeburgh, Strafford House, for annual Whitsuntide gatherings of eminent intellectuals," and this book is a wonderful record of those Whitsuntide Sundays in which, over the years, Clodd's friends signed his "George Eliot Birthday Book" on their respective birthdays. The following are only a few among the many who signed: W.B. Yeats (3 June 1865€- 28 January 1939), James George Frazer (Jan.1, 1854-1941), Selwyn Image ((Feb. 17, 1849-1930), Henry Moore, Artist (March 7, 1831-1895), Andrew Lang (March 31, 1844-1912), W. Holman Hunt (April 2, 1827-1910), Bernard Quaritch (April23, 1819-1899), Edward Whymper (April 27, 1840-1911), J.M. Barrie May 9, 1860-1937), Thomas Hardy (June 2, 1840-1928) , George Gissing (Nov. 22, 1857-1903), Leslie Stephen ( Nov. 22, 1832-1904), W.W. Jacobs (8 September 1863 - 1 September 1943). Two poems are tipped in at the rear, and George Gissing has written and signed an Autograph poem of 2 stanzas on the front free endpaper; and 2 poems are tipped in at the rear addressed to Clodd, signed in one case by 5 friends, G.S. Robertson, William Simpson, Clement Shorter, H. Wharringham & Grant Allen and date Whitsuntide 1897. The other poem signed by Sir Benjamin Ward Richardson

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        Interesting ALS to F. Watkins Esq., United Insurance Company

      Richmond,: 14 January, 1878.. Eight-page letter on blank-embossed note paper, 176 x 115 mm., neatly written; very good. 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'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'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' 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 'may be procured at Manly, Lane Cove, the North Rocks.' 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'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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      London. J. & A. Churchill, 1878.. FIRST EDITION, 1878, ex library copy. Tall 8vo, approximately 255 x 190 mm, 10 x 7½ inches, 21 full page plates, 19 are in colour, 1 double page, 2 in back and white, pages: [8], 1-64, some pages unnumbered, original publisher's red pebble cloth, gilt lettering to spine and upper cover, original coated black endpapers. Spine and lower hinge worn and repaired, spine darkened, covers firmly attached, gilt library name at bottom of spine, covers unevenly darkened and marked, damp staining affecting the outer margin of black and white plates, 5 colour plates are clean, the rest have small pale stain to the outer margin or lower corners, none affect the images, pale offset to a few pages of text, small pale library stamp to the title page and Contents page, otherwise a good copy. The Subscription list gives the number of copies sent to each area: Goverment of India 115 copies; Madras 50 copies; Punjab 50 copies; Kashmire 10 copies; Baroda 23 copies etc. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton]
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