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        Awaiting trail in Missouri, Frank James writes from his jail cell to his wife predicting, <i>\"in the end we will be permit[t]ed to enjoy each others society without any interruption\"</i>

      Autograph Letter Signed \"F.J.\", 2 pages, 8\" x 10.5\", Gallatin, Missouri, February 24, 1883 to his wife, Annie Ralston James (1853-1944), written while awaiting trial for murder and robbery. Usual folds, with mild toning along one vertical crease, else very good. On October 4, 1882, five months after the Ford Brothers killed his brother Jesse James in St. Joseph, Missouri, Frank James arrived in Jefferson City to surrender himself to Governor Thomas T. Crittenden. Gambling that in exchange for his cooperation, the governor would not extradite him to Minnesota to stand trial for the infamous Northfield robbery he staged with his brother Jesse, Frank chose to stand trial for his role in several murders and robberies in Missouri. James writes from jail a month following his first legal victory prosecutors dropped the charges against him for the murder of Pinkerton detective, Joseph Whicher and for a bank robbery in Independence. Awaiting additional c

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        Colton's New Topographical Map of the States of VIRGINIA, MARYLAND, Delaware, and WEST VIRGINIA

      G. W. & C. B. Colton & Co., 182 Williams Street, New York 1883 - Full black cloth with gilt lettering on front cover, stamped decorative border with wear through the spine which is splitting. Archive paper used to repair the spine and at the folds of the map. Overall a GOOD book. Size: 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Awaiting trial in Missouri for robbery and murder, Frank James writes to his wife predicting a swift acquittal: \"Surely Judge G will dispose of my case one way or the other day.\"

      Autograph Letter Signed \"Frank,\" 1 page, 5.75\" x 8.75\", [Gallatin, Missouri] \"Wednesday A.M.\" December 19, 1883, in pencil to his wife, Annie Ralston James (1853-1944), concerning his upcoming trial for murder and armed robbery and his hopes for a swift acquittal. Evenly toned, some creasing, weak paper professionally backed for preservation. On October 4, 1882, five months after the Ford Brothers killed his brother Jesse James in St. Joseph, Missouri, Frank James arrived in Jefferson City to surrender himself to Governor Thomas T. Crittenden. Gambling that in exchange for his cooperation, the governor would not extradite him to Minnesota to stand trial for the infamous Northfield robbery he staged with his brother Jesse, Frank chose to stand trial for several murders and robberies that occurred Missouri, including one incident which resulted in the murder of Frank McMillian, s stone quarry laborer. Awaiting trial in Gallatin, Missouri James w

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        Lobiophasis castaneicaudatus [Chesnut-tailed Lobed Pheasant]

      by the Author, [London 1883 - Hand-coloured lithograph by John Gould and W.Hart, printed by Walter. Framed. A fine image from John Gould's magnificent folio work 'The Birds of Asia'. Gould writes 'We are indebted for .[the discovery of the present species] to His Excellency Mr. H.T.Ussher, one of our most enlightened colonial governors; and scientific men have not been disappointed in their hope that he would continue in Borneo the excellent work which he had done in Western Africa. The present species was sent from the Lawas river, situated in north-western Borneo, opposite Labuan.' The intended geographical range of "The Birds of Asia" was enourmous, and very much in keeping with the seemingly limitless self-belief of the 19th-century's best known ornithologist. In his all-encompasing work John Gould includes species from all corners of the eastern world, as Richrad Bowdler Sharpe noted the work covers "Species from Palestine to the eastward, and from the Moluccas to the west". Gould chose to record the bird life from an area which, with the exception of the tropical areas of the American continent, includes the widest, and most colourful variety of bird life to be found anywhere in the world. The present plate is from a large number of images documenting the pheasants of the region, one of the most beautiful and varied of all bird families. Cf. Anker 178; cf. Fine Bird Books (1990), p.102; cf. Nissen IVB 368; cf. Sauer 17; cf. Wood p. 365; cf. Zimmer p.258.

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        Mexico a traves de los siglos

      A Classic History of MexicoRIVA PALACIO, Vicente, [editor]. Mexico a traves de los siglos. Historia general y completa del desenvolvimiento social, pol??tico, religioso, militar, art??stico, cient??fico y literario de M??xico desde la antig¸edad m·s remota hasta la ??poca actual. Obra ??nica en su g??nero. Publicada bajo la direcc??on del General D. Vincente Riva Palacio ?? imparcial y concienzudamente escrita en vista de cuanto existe de notable...por los reputados literatos... Barcelona: Espasa y Compa????a, Editores, [1883-90].First edition. Five thick folio volumes. [4], 926, [2]; [4], 930, [2]; [4], 810, [2]; [4], 880; [4], 881, [3] pp. With sixty-nine (of seventy-two) plates and maps (including chromo-lithographs and a few photogravures) with tissue guards. Palua lits only 70 plates and in light of that the only plate definately missing is \"Generals Don Ramon Corona\" in the fifth volume. This title is almost always found with a varying number of plates. Numerous text engravings. Text in double columns.Modern suede in the Mexican mannner with red morocco gilt lettering labels placed in recessed panels, salmon endpapers. Very minor foxing. An excellent set of this truly monumental production.Don Vicente Riva Palacio (1832-1896), \"As journalist and politcian, he participated in the revolutions that followed the restoration of the Republic...He was minister of Public Works, governer of states of Mexico and Michoac·n, judge on the Supreme Court of Justice; and ended his days as Minister Plenipotentiary in Spain. He cultivated history, criticism, the drama, and poetry...had a taste for the historical novel and can be considered the creator of this genre in Mexico\" (History of Mexican Literature, pp. 299-301, 338).\"The grandson of President Guerrero was seeped in the politics of his nation from his birth. He was born October 16, 1832. It was a period of riot and repression in Mexico City. The people of the nation were rising against Bustamante, the president who had overthrown Guerrero.[Vincente\'s] Grandfather had been assassinated a year earlier [than Vincente\'s birth]. But the grandson of \"the first Black President\" was well schooled in family politics. Grandmother Guadalupe Hernandez de Guerrero was an activist who had the nick name \"La Generala.\"\" Young Vicenteís mother was fond of telling him stories about grandfather, who is considered in the histories to have been a champion of national sovereignty, political democracy, and equality between the races. Grandfather was also an advocate of a leveling of the classes. Grandsonís political and writing career reflected these goals.At age 23 Vicente Riva Palacio was head of the city council in Mexico City. This was during the revolutionary government of President Juan Alvarez - the second \"Black President.\" Riva Palacio went on to become a state governor, and he was one of the two generals in charge of the Mexican army during the deciding battle in 1867 at which the Mexicanís defeated the forces of the French imperialist Maximillian. The political leader of the fight against Maximilian was President Benito Juarez, the pure Indian from Oaxaca. Juarez assigned Riva Palacio to obtain the colonial records of the Spanish Inquisition and digest them for publication. The Inquisition had been a police agency that engaged in cruel repression of the Mexican people. Juarez believed that the agencyís records would reveal the degree to which Mexico had been held back during the long three centuries of Spanish rule.Riva Palacio used the Inquisition files, and other records, to create novels, short stories, footnoted historical works, political position papers and more. His novels were serialized in newspapers. The end of one novel would be followed immediately with the beginning of another, the editors fearing an angry public if they did not get their fill of Riva Palacio. In the 1880s Riva Palacio gathered a team of scholars that produced the five volume MEXICO A TRAVES DE LOS SIGLOS, Mexico through the Centuries, which is still going through reprints today, and which can be found in the public library shelves of virtually every public library in the [Mexican] nation. In it he told the story of those who struggled for freedom, from Cuauhtemoc and other Indigenous who fought against the Spanish conquest, through Yanga, and the suffering of the Jewish Carvajal family, through grandfather Vicente Guerrero. Vicente Riva Palacio died in Spain in 1896. He had been living their in semi-exile due to his opposition to the dictatorial policies of President Porfirio Diaz\".Library of the Hispanic Society of America XVI, 8020. Palau IX, 167520.HBS 66859.$3,500

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        Ward, Geoffrey C

      ISBN 0-316-92236-6., The West: An Illustrated His.tory. Little, Brown and Company, New York.. 445 Pages.. Lots of Colour and black/white photos. Preface by Stephen Ives and Ken Burns. Based on a Documentary film script by Geoffrey C. Ward and Dayton Duncan. Acknowledgements. Selected Bibliography. Index. Illustration Credits. Film Credits./Hardcover.. NON SMOKING STORE. My listing INCLUDES PHOTO OF ACTUAL BOOK for sale. NEVER OPENED. GIFT QUALITY. Book Interior AS NEW / Boards AS NEW / Dust Jacket As New. Sewn binding. Coated Paper. Boards are brown cloth, lettering gilt. Book spine is straight, square, solid, no edge wear, no sunning. Dust jacket is white/grey, lettering red/black, black/white photo of Buffalo Bill Cody and cast of his first Wild West Show, Philadelphia 1883, courtesy of the Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum, photo wraps around (front, spine, back). Dust jacket is NOT PRICE CLIPPED, is clean and undamaged. Book boards and spine are flat, clean, bright, no rips, no bent corners, no spine creases, no sunning, no edge wear. Page edges clean, bright. Inner end papers are light brown monotone photos, different front and back. Inside of book is tight, clean, bright, clear, flat. . History

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        Recollections of the Kabul Campaign, 1879 & 1880.

      London: W.H. Allen & Co., 1883 - Octavo. Original red cloth, title gilt to the spine, broad gilt rolls across the spine and upper board, brown surface-paper endpapers. A little rubbed, front inner hinge cracked and repaired slight lean, a very good copy. Mounted photographic portrait frontispiece, and 7 lithographic plates, 3 of them folding, folding map. First edition. This copy inscribed on the title page; "General Johnstone CB, with the Author's kind regards, London, June 20/83". Duke "served as a medical officer first to General Roberts's Headquarters then to various native infantry units engaged in the Second Afghan War" (Riddick). Gives an account of the advance of the Kurum Field Force to Kabul, and the occupation of the city, and of Roberts's march on Kandahar. The recipient, Henry Campbell Johnstone, had served with the 5th Native Infantry during the Mutiny in Murree, and subsequently on the Bengal Staff Corps, Deputy Superintendent of Survey, North-Western Frontier. Attractive presentation copy on an uncommon account. Bruce 4501; Riddick 319 [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Chalcophasis sclateri [Sclater's Monal (Lophophorus sclateri)]

      by the Author, [London 1883 - Hand-coloured lithograph by John Gould and William Hart, printed by Walter. Wove paper. (Paper somewhat browned). A fine image from John Gould's magnificent folio work 'The Birds of Asia'. 'Sclater's Monal occurs in the mountain regions of northern Assam, south-east Tibet, north-east Burma and Yunnan. The first account of the species was published by Jerdon in 1870. Sclater's Monal lives in dense conifer forests with an undergrowth of rhododendrons, up to an altitude of 10,000 feet.' (A.Rutgers Birds of Asia 1969, p.25). The intended geographical range of "The Birds of Asia" was enormous, and very much in keeping with the seemingly limitless self-belief of the 19th-century's best known ornithologist. In his all-encompassing work John Gould includes species from all corners of the eastern world, as Richard Bowdler Sharpe noted the work covers "Species from Palestine to the eastward, and from the Moluccas to the west". Gould chose to record the bird life from an area which, with the exception of the tropical areas of the American continent, includes the widest, and most colourful variety of bird life to be found anywhere in the world. The present plate is from a large number of images documenting the pheasants of the region, one of the most beautiful and varied of all bird families. Cf. Anker 178; cf. Fine Bird Books (1990), p.102; cf. Nissen IVB 368; cf. Sauer 17; cf. Wood p. 365; cf. Zimmer p.258.

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      Published by Barclay & Co., [1883]., 1883. First edition, second printing. 8vo. Originally published in 1882. Pictorial blue and black wrappers with the cover title THE LIFE AND TRAGIC DEATH OF JESSE JAMES, THE WESTERN DESPERADO, 19-96 pp., illustrated, plates, portraits. Portrait of Jesse James on the front cover and a portrait of Jesse&#39;s father on the rear cover. Six Guns 1148 says "Rare." Adams One-Fifty 82 says "The usual Jesse James material, though this one is better done than the majority. It is another collector&#39;s item." A good, solid copy housed in a four-point cloth and marbled paper folding case with titles stamped in gold gilt on a leather label affixed to the spine.

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        To The Gold Coast For Gold

      First Edition in Original ClothBURTON, Sir Richard Francis. CAMERON, Verney Lovett. To The Gold Coast For Gold. A Personal Narrative. London: Chatto & Windus, 1883.First edition. Two octavo volumes (7 7/16 x 4 15/16 inches; 189 x 126 mm). xii, [1, contents], [1, blank], [1]-354,[2,], [32, publisher's advertisements]; [2, blank], [i]-vi, [1]-381, [3] pp. With two colored folding maps in volume I and a colored frontispiece in volume II.Publisher's original red cloth, stamped in black and gilt on boards. Spines lettered in gilt and stamped in black. Black-coated endpapers. Spines slightly rubbed and sunned. Top edges a bit foxed. Minimal and invisible restoration to inner hinges. Bookplate on front paste-down of each volume, of previous owner John Ralph Willis, a prominent collector of Rare Africana. Each volume with previous owner's ink signature and date of 1888 on front free endpapers. On the same page in the same hand is written "Valley Forge Historical Society & Washington Memorial Library, Valley Forge." A very good and handsome set."In 1881ñ2, Cameron joined Burton on a mission to West Africa. The two explorers examined the interior of the Gold Coast, searching for evidence of its gold-producing potential. Cameron also plotted the course of the Ankobrah River, and together they sent back to Kew 151 plants native to the Gold Coast. In 1883 their book To the Gold Coast for Gold was published..." (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).Penzer,.HBS 64998.$5,500

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        Treasure Island

      The First Edition of Treasure IslandSTEVENSON, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. London: Cassell & Company, 1883.First edition, with early issue points: ìDead Manís Chestî is not capitalized on pp. 2 and 7; with ìrainî for ìvainî in the last line of p. 40; the ???aî is not present in line 6 of p. 63; the ì8î is present in the pagination on p. 83; the ì7î is bolder and larger than the other figures in the pagination on p. 127; the period is lacking following ìopportunityî in line 20 of p. 178; with ìworseî for ìworstî in line 3 of p. 197; and Treasure Island is listed as having 304 pages on p. 2 of the publisherís advertisements. Octavo (7 1/2 x 4 7/8 inches; 191 x 124 mm). viii, 292,[8 pp. advertisements, ìdated 5R-12.83.î] pp. Frontispiece map of Treasure Island, printed in four colors and has the original tissue guard.Original crimson diagonal fine-ribbed cloth with covers ruled in blind and spine lettered in gilt. Original black coated endpapers. Corners a bit bumped and binding just slightly skewed. Spine a bit darkened and gilt lightly rubbed. Occasional minor foxing to first three leaves, and other bits of spotting throughout, mainly to page 115. End papers with a few spots. Previous owner's small ink signature on front free endpaper. Overall a very good copy. Housed in a full morocco clamshell case.ìTreasure Island established itself as a classic, drawing plaudits from the widest range of literary sensibilities. In 1890 W.B. Yeats wrote to tell [Stevenson] that the book was the only one in which his seafaring grandfather had ever taken any pleasure and that he reread it on his deathbed with infinite satisfaction. Jack London, in so many ways RLSís true spiritual heir, declared: ëHis Treasure Island will be a classic to go down with Robinson Crusoe, Through the Looking Glass and The Jungle Booksííí (Frank McLynn, Robert Louis Stevenson, p. 203).Beinecke 240-241. Gumuchian 5443. Morgan Library, Early Childrenís Books and Their Illustration, 206. Osborne Collection II, p. 1030. Prideaux 11. Princeton 22.HBS 66109. $7,500

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        [Spine title:] Theoretischer Cursus der Weberei.[Rheinland?, Germany], 1883. 1mo (46×35 cm). Manuscript in black ink on paper, written in German in a neat German gothic script. With 6 drawings of weaving patterns, about 200 model weaving patterns made by filling in squares on printed graph paper, and about 140 samples of woven cloth and tapestry. Further with duplicated (hectographic?) technical drawings of looms on 17 smaller inserted leaves. Contemporary buff cloth, interleaved with tissue guard leaves.

      A rare detailed manuscript course on cloth and tapestry weaving, illustrated with hundreds of different model weaving patterns and actual samples of the woven cloth. There is no title-page, but the spine label gives the title, date and the name Hermann Schröter (whose name also appears as part of one of the large folding weaving patterns). After an introductory text (pp. 1-37), the book gives model patterns, woven samples and explanatory text for 119 numbered patterns (pp. 40-175), often devoting a whole page to one pattern. These are followed by an account of various kinds of looms and related matters (pp. 175-185), then a second series of 22 numbered patterns (pp. 187-214), generally larger and more elaborate than those of the first series. Schröter probably taught weaving at one of the technical schools in Germany. Either he or a very diligent pupil must have complied this book. It is arranged and executed with much care, clearly presenting the state of technical development in weaving at the time, and showing the thorough practical teaching given at technical schools in Germany at the period. An occasional model pattern or woven sample has come loose and sometimes been lost, but the book is otherwise complete and in good condition. Some of the tissue guards are torn or wrinkled and the binding shows some stains and wear. A very extensive course in weaving, well-illustrated with almost 400 model patterns and woven samples.

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        L&#39;Ombrelle. Le Gant- Le Manchon

      Paris. A. Quantin. 1883. This copy presented in a spectacular custom binding by esteemed designer, R. Rene Hirsch. Full brown crushed morocco with inlaid coloured falling umbrellas which appear to drift down the front cover and around onto the rear cover. Elaborate ruled turn-ins with colour insets in the Art Nouveau style. Spectacularly ornate doublures in multi-chromatic pattern silk. Further charming gilded endsheets in an umbrella design. t.e.g. Crushed gilt titled morocco chemise with matching endsheet design to front and rear covers. Morocco edged, suede-lined slipcase with original silk front and rear covers laid-on. 8vo (10.75" x 6.75"). Fabulously illustrated with illuminated chromolithographic plates, duotone and monochrome vignettes, decorations, etc. by Paul Avril. A breathtaking presentation. Slipcase mildly rubbed, chemise slightly rubbed at hinges. A Fine copy.Featured Art.

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        Poissons et Reptiles du Lac de Tibériade et de quelques autres parties de la Syrie

      Henri Georg, Lyon 1883 - Modern red morocco over marbled paper covered boards, the spine divided by five raised bands into six compartments with gilt titles in the second compartment, marbled endpapers, folio, half title, title, pp. 96, plates. Original wrappers bound in, preceded and followed by three blank leaves. Bound with 14 fine lithographs which have been printed on heavy paper. These plates are numbered VI up till XIX, however, the plates I up till V are not referenced to in the text so that there are no missing plates. Plate nr. X has been bound in twice. Minimal wear to extremities, some small annotations in pencil and the occasional slightest spot of foxing. A stain on the upper left side of the front wrappers. An extremely rare offprint on fish - and reptile life on Lake Tiberias with no auction records either in ABPC or AE. [Attributes: First Edition]

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      1883 - A Tale of the Civil War. Illustrated. London: Griffith & Farran, 1883. 32 pp ads dated Sept 1883. Original pictorial brown cloth. First Edition of this early Henty boys' tale taking place during the English Civil War. According to Newbolt (and to the printer's code on the title verso), 3000 copies were initially printed (in August 1882, though dated 1883); this copy has one of the earliest states of the ad catalogue (dated Sept 1883 -- there are some copies with ads dated May 1882, though that was several months before actual publication). This copy does have the early binding state -- without beveled edges on the boards or gilt edges on the leaves. It also has the p. 118 illustration in the first state -- located at that page, rather than where it belongs opposite p. 106; according to Newbolt, most copies with the 1883 ads have this illustration properly relocated.~Condition is close to fine, with scarcely any wear, and with the original peach endpapers still intact. The book is a little askew, which is typically the case for such a thick volume. Henty's Blackie titles from the 1880s have become quite uncommon in desirable condition, and titles issued by any of his prior publishers, such as this, are now decidedly scarce. Newbolt 12.2; Dartt pp 61-62. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Garfield Family Bible

      n.p., September 1883 The first Presidential memorial library, completed at the Lawnfield estate in Ohio by the widow of James Garfield four years after his assassination, houses almost 3,000 books that were used and treasured by the 20th president. Both James Garfield and his wife Lucretia were voracious readers and amassed a large collection of books. Some twenty years ago, several dozen of their books were de-accessioned, and one of these books is described below:?Holy Bible / References,? Eyre & Spottiswoode, Queen?s Printers, London. No printed date of publication. 1000 pages with 176 page addendum (?The Queen?s Printers? Aids to the Student of the Holy Bible...?) plus ?Glossary of Bible Words,? ?Concordance to the Old and New Testaments,? and an ?Index to the Scripture Atlas? with 12 color maps. Dark brown full grain morocco covers with overlapping yapped edges, tears at corners, bumped, worn at all edges. Gilt lettered in Old English on the black leather front pastedown ?Mary Garfield.? Mary ?Mollie? Garfield (186

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      Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons,, 1883. Octavo (120 × 119 mm). Contemporary full pink morocco by Worsfold, spine in compartments with raised bands and gilt titles direct, exquisite floral gilt tooling to spine compartments and the corners of both sides, gilt tooled doublures, top edge gilt. Tiny nicks to corners, very minor marks to endpapers, excellent condition. First edition. A beautifully bound copy, printing the sonnets of Francis Robert St. Clair-Erskine, 4th Earl of Rosslyn (1833-1890), who was expected to succeed Tennyson as Poet Laurate, though he died before. The sonnets, well received in their time, include In Memoriam pieces for Benjamin Disraeli, Lord Lytton and the Queen of Spain, literary pieces on Byron, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning, and sonnets about other poetical subjects such as "Mont Blanc", "Wood-Nymphs", and "Disappointment".

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        The father of the first American child kidnapped for ransom pens a response to an inquiry for a picture of his son, <i>?Persons have thought that they could see a likeness in a boy that they found?when really I could see no resemblance whatever? ?</i>. Includes an 1874 Pinkerton Reward Broadside with lithograph illustration of the missing child. Charley Ross was never found

      (1) Autograph Letter Signed, ?Christian K. Ross?, two pages, 6? X 9.5?, front and verso, on stationery printed ?Office of the Wardens for the Port of Philadelphia?, February 23, 1883. Addressed to Lucy Derby. In full, ?I recd a note from Mr. Lockerty [W. C. Locherty] saying that he has not any picture of Mr. Leib?s Son [Freddie Leib]. And also that it would be of little use in the matter of identification, because of the long time the boy has been away. This I have found to be the case in the Search for my Son. Persons have thought that they could see a likeness in a boy that they found. When comparing a picture they had of any Son. When really I could see no resemblance whatever. He also refers to the description in my book as the best and only way he can suggest to identify the boy. The manner in which I now proceed to reach a conclusion in every case brought to my notice ?" Is by a series of questions ?" that would bring to the Childs mind the circumstances immediately connected wi

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        An Outline for Schools &#150; embracing I. Ohio History, Leading Events Of Early history. II. the census of Ohio. showing population, growth, and rank, from 1800 to 1880. iII. civil government of ohio. iV. statistics of Ohio agriculture.

      Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor & Co, New York/ Chicago 1883 - Folio School Floor Stand Charts. Elephant folio [38.5" x 27.25"] 7 sheets. Fastened at top to wood rod. Cover wrapper tape repaired. Interesting subjects to teach secondary school children. Complete, simple explanation of Ohio Civil government from State to Local level. With additional Agriculture Statistics from 1800 to 1880: Nearly 25 million acres in cultivation with average size of farm 99acres. Indian corn is major grain, followed by wheat. Dairy and tobacco also important farm products. Overall very good and museum displayable condition.

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        Life on the Mississippi (first state)

      Boston: James R. Osgood, 1883. First Edition. Hardcover Hardcover. Near Fine. 624 pages. Twain&#39;s memoir of his days on the Mississippi River before the Civil War--the experience that inspired his greatest novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. First edition, first state, with the tailpiece of Twain in flames on page 441 and the illustration on page 443 is incorrectly captioned &#39;The Saint Louis Hotel.&#39; According to Meryl Johnson&#39;s 1910 Twain bibliography, &#39;The first copies contained a plate, page 441, showing Mark Twain in flames which was omitted at the request of Mrs Clemens in further printings of same title page date.&#39; One early commentator described the tailpiece (an engraving at the end of a chapter) thus: &#39;The scene is in a cemetery. In the foreground is an urn marked MT supposed to contain the ashes of the author. In the background is a likeness of Mark Twain standing with his arms extended upward, as if in appeal to Father Abraham while his body is enveloped in the flames of hell.&#39; Looking at it that way, the wife of your humble cataloger might well object, too. First edition, first printing, first state. A very attractive copy, a bit frayed at the spine ends and slightly dulled at the spine (only evident because the gilt on the front cover is so bright. Light wear to cover edges; previous owner&#39;s name dated 1911; and early catalog description affixed to inside front cover.

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      Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883.. 624pp. Large octavo. Brown cloth, elaborately decorated in gilt and black. Frontis, plates and illustrations. One lower fore-tip a bit frayed, private personal ownership perforated stamp in each free endsheet, otherwise an uncommonly bright, tight copy. First U.S. edition, preceded by a few days by the Chatto & Windus edition. This is BAL&#39;s second state, without the flaming device on p. 441, and with the caption on page 443 corrected. BAL 3411. HOWES C480.

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        A scarce seven-relic, first-class Multireliquary of seven saints

      n.p., n.d. A seven-Relic, First Class Multireliquary housed in a hand-fashioned iron theca, sealed with red wax on the reverse, 75 x 83 mm. (3" x 3.25") oval, [either bone or flesh of] seven saints: St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Louis of Gonzaga, St. Francis of King, St. Francis of Borgia, St. Francis of Xavier, St. Stanislaus of Kostkae & Francis of Jerome. Assembled in 1883. Exterior of case is oxidized, but wax seal and string are intact. With certificate of authenticity in Latin, roughly translated here in part: "... this present letter we make to all and singular the faith and bears witness to the Almighty, that We, for the greater glory of God, the veneration of the Saints and their relatives recognized some of the particles from the Religuies St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Louis Gonzaga, St. Francis King, S. Francis of Borgia, St. Francis Xavier, St. Stanislaus Kostkae & Francis about Jerome authentic places from which they extract, reverently placed in an iron box, oval crystal forms Modena well closed

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        The Principles of Political Economy

      London: Macmillan and Co.,, 1883. Octavo (220 × 140 mm). Original pebbled cloth, spine direct-lettered gilt. Spine ends a little frayed, lower corner of front board cracked, rear inner hinge strengthened. A crisp clean copy, uncut and partly unopened. First edition, first impression. "This book is full of strikingly original thoughts and has remained remarkably up-to-date" (Batson).

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        Gallus sonnerati [Sonnerat's Jungle Fowl]

      by the Author, [London 1883 - A fine image from John Gould's magnificent folio work 'The Birds of Asia'. 'This is a close relative of the Common or Red Jungle-fowl, the ancestor of our domestic poultry. It is found in western and southern India where it lives in dense woodland and bamboo plantations in hilly country. In the morning and evening Sonnerat's Jungle-fowls visit open country near the forests where they feed. Although they are shy and manage to keep well-hidden, they often come into inhabited areas for the food that can be found there. The cock has an unusual call, four different syllables which sound like kook-kaya-kook-kaya".' (A.Rutgers Birds of Asia 1969, p.37). The intended geographical range of "The Birds of Asia" was enormous, and very much in keeping with the seemingly limitless self-belief of the 19th-century's best known ornithologist. In his all-encompassing work John Gould includes species from all corners of the eastern world, as Richard Bowdler Sharpe noted the work covers "Species from Palestine to the eastward, and from the Moluccas to the west". Gould chose to record the bird life from an area which, with the exception of the tropical areas of the American continent, includes the widest, and most colourful variety of bird life to be found anywhere in the world. The present plate is from a large number of images documenting the pheasants of the region, one of the most beautiful and varied of all bird families. Cf. Anker 178; cf. Fine Bird Books (1990), p.102; cf. Nissen IVB 368; cf. Sauer 17; cf. Wood p. 365; cf. Zimmer p.258. Hand-coloured lithograph by John Gould and W.Hart, printed by Walter. Framed.

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        Topographische en geologische beschrijving van een gedeelte van Sumatra's westkust.

      Batavia, Landsdrukkerij, 1883. Later half cloth, spine lettered in gilt. XX,674 pp. (Libr. stamp on title-page) + Atlas in portfolio containing Geologische kaart van Sumatra's westkust. Schaal 1 : 100.000 in 8 folding coloured sheets, 5 (of 7) coloured profils (part of one profile missing) on 2 sheets and 3 maps of the lakes. * Original edition. - Topographical and geological description of Sumatra's west coast. - Rare with the atlas.Cat. KITLV p.211.

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        Fire Fountains The Kingdom of Hawaii its Volcanoes , and the History of its Missions

      Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1883. Two volumes, octavo, each volume with four black & white plates and a map at the rear. Handsome set in full polished calf, ornate gilt spine with title labels, marbled endpapers and edges. Attractive set of this well-illustrated work on the volcanoes of Hawaii. Constance Gordon Cumming (1837-1924) was a popular Victorian travel writer and artist, the twelfth child and youngest daughter of Sir William Gordon Gordon-Cumming of Altyre; her brother was Roualeyn Gordon-Cumming, the lion hunter of African fame. In 1867 she was invited to spend a year with a married sister in India and this proved to be the start of twelve years of travel and a longer period of travel writing. A good note in Forbes describes her visit to Hawaii in October and November 1879, where her arrival was reported in the Hawaiian Gazette (&#39;Distinguished stranger Miss Gordon Cumming is now here for the purposes of making observations and sketches etc… She is an accomplished artist, and will make sketches of the scenery of these Islands to enrich a forthcoming book of her travels&#39;). Not long after arriving in Hilo in October she visited Kilaueau volcano where she spent several days sketching the geologic wonders that provided the title of her narrative. In the first volume she goes into some detail on the thriving sugar industry, Chinese rice growers and the wonders of a new telephone system just established at Haiku. Seven pages of chapter five describe in some detail the locals surfing on their "planks" of wood following a storm that had produced tremendous surf all along the bay. Constance describes "A good surf-board is about an inch and a half in thickness, about eighteen inches wide, and eight feet long, and should be slightly hollowed down the centre, and rounded at one end. It is stained black, frequently rubbed with cocoa-nut oil, and preserved with the greatest care, being wrapped up in cloth and hung up in some safe corner of the house." The second volume commences with the author&#39;s departure from Maui for Honolulu, and she ultimately sailed for San Francisco on board the Australia on November 24. Constance Gordon Cumming is best remembered today for the distances she travelled and the locations she reached. These included Australia, New Zealand, America, China, Japan as well as Hawaii. In later years she settled in Scotland, where she worked on her travel books and articles and arranged for exhibitions of the many watercolours she had produced in her travels.

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        Felis Pardina [Eurasian Lynx]

      Daniel Giraud Elliot for the subscribers, [London 1883 - A very fine image from 'the best animal painter who ever lived' (Sir Edwin Landseer). `The Lynx is one of the major predators of the colder regions of Europe and Asia, feeding on deer, hares and rabbits. They inhabit coniferous forests from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe across Siberia to Northern China, and are also found in Tibet and the mountains of Central Asia. There are more isolated populations in the Iberian Peninsula, Greece, The Balkans, Turkey, northern Iran and the Caucasus; there have also been attempted reintroductions to the Alps in Central Europe. General colouration is light or reddish brown, often with a frosting of white hairs particularly in the winter coat. The coat may be spotted although this is variable; animals from the southern parts of the range are particularly heavily marked, often more brightly coloured, and smaller. Length up to 50" overall; weight from 10 to 55lb. The Spanish Lynx Felis (Lynx) lynx pardina is sometimes classified as a separate species. It is a heavily spotted form which once occurred throughout the Iberian Peninsula, now rare and restricted to a few scattered mountainous areas and the scrubland and thickets of the Guadalquivir Delta' ( The Natural History Museum Library Big Cats A selection of magnificent illustrations by Joseph Wolf London: 1991, pp.40-42). One of the most striking images from Elliot's magnificent work A Monograph of the Felidae or Family of Cats (London: 1878-1883) which described and pictured all the species of cats then known, and is still the most beautiful work on the subject. The work was prompted by a perceived need to resolve the confusion that had built up around the naming of the various species of Felidae , particularly amongst the smaller cats. Wolf worked from specimens provided by Elliot, who visited all the great museums and zoological societies on both sides of the Atlantic. This allowed Elliot to make a comparative study of skeletons and skins and reduce the number of apparently separate species by nearly a third. Joseph Wolf served an apprenticeship with a Koblentz firm of lithographers, and spent some time working in Leiden and Darmstadt, before moving to London in 1848. The quality of his images was recognized immediately and he was rarely without work, producing natural history pictures of the highest quality for the Zoological Society of London, Henry Dresser, George Gray and John Gould, amongst many others. Wolf's work for Elliot marks the high-point of his illustrative work and his images of the cats are considered by many to be his masterpieces. Cf. Nissen ZBI 1279; cf. Wood p.332. Hand-coloured lithograph by J.Smit after Joseph Wolf, printed by M. & N.Hanhart.

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        Tropische Landschaft mit zwei Frauenakten.

      . Aquarell und Feder in Schwarz, auf dünnem Papier, auf Karton aufgezogen, links unten monogrammiert und datiert "HB. 23.". 19,5:25 cm.. Das Thema der arkadischen Landschaft mit nackten Frauenakten bzw. nackten Badenden fand gerade zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts bei den Expressionisten große Aufmerksamkeit. Zu nennen ist hier etwa E. Heckel (1883-1970), dessen typische Naturmotive badende oder ruhende Menschen am Strand wiedergeben. Auch unser Blatt zeigt ein solches Motiv und verrät damit die Orientierung an progressiven Kunstauffassungen der Zeit. Hansl Bock war Tochter der Blumen- und Landschaftsmalerin Johanna H. Merre (1867-1940), die seit 1911 in zweiter Ehe mit dem Maler Franz Hienl-Merre (1869-1943) verheiratet war. Durch ihren Stiefvater bekam sie Zugang zum "Scholle-Kreis". Künstlerisch war sie ausgebildet durch ihren Ehemann L. Bock (1886-1971) und Schülerin von J. Seyler (1873-1958). Studienreisen führten sie nach Italien und Spanien. Längere Aufenthalte führten sie nach Straßburg und Paris, wo sie ein Atelier hatte. Nach 1935 hatte sie keine Ausstellung mehr und wird heute der "Verschollenen Generation" zugerechnet. Bevorzugte Themen waren Landschaften, Stilleben und figurative Darstellungen. Als Mitglied der Vereinigung der "Juryfreien" beteiligte sie sich an den Ausstellungen im Münchner Glaspalast.

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        ?The Father of Modern Baseball,? Hall of Famer Alexander J. Cartwright, signs a lease for land in Honolulu as attorney for Hawaiian Queen Emma, owner of the land ? she also signs!

      Rare Manuscript Document Signed ?Emma Kaleleonalani,? ?by Her Atty in fact / Alxr J. Cartwright,? and in Chinese characters ?Tuck Yee,? ?Pat Ngu,? and ?Ing Chun,? 3p, 8? x 12.5?, front & verso on two lined sheets. Witnessed by ?Cecil Brown.? [Honolulu], September 4, 1883. Docketed on blank verso of second sheet ?Lease / Dated Sept 1883 / Emma Kaleleonalani / to / Tuck Yee et al.? Docket page stained. Offset on second page from three red labels next to signatures on third page. Creases at folds, splits at ends of folds expertly mended. Fine condition.In part, ?This Indenture made this 4 day of September 1883 between Emma Kaleleonalani of Honolulu Island of Oahu of the first part and Tuck Yee, Pat Ngu and Ing Chun of the same place of the second part Witnesseth That the said party of the first part doth hereby demise and lease unto the said parties of the second part and their executors, administrators and assigns that certain piece or parcel of land situate at

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        A May 30, 1883 letter by Charles G. "Chinese" Gordon, written to a comrade from Jerusalem mentions landmarks of the Holy Land including the site of the crucifixion of Jesus and where Noah built his Ark

      Jerusalem: , May 30, 1883. The 6-page autograph letter signed "C. G. Gordon", written from Jerusalem to a Mr. Button reads in part: "Jerusalem is very interesting and I have found out a deal more about the four rivers. Are people interested in this subject. I have found out that the flood went out at the Dead Sea. Also saw the place Noah built his ark. It was only in 776 AD it was placed at Ararat. Also I have found the Skull Hill where the crucifixion was, it is shaped just like a skull. "About a century ago, a 2,000-year-old tomb was discovered near a cliff called Skull Hill. Since the days when Constantinople legalized Christianity, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was erected to honor the crucifixion and burial of Jesus, it has been assumed that it was built over the correct location of where it happened. But interesting parallels between the garden tomb at Skull Hill and the descriptions in the Bible make one wonder if this might be the actual location. The Romans used this intersection for crucif

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        DAS NEUE UNIVERSUM.- Die interessantesten Erfindungen und Entdeckungen auf allen Gebieten, sowie Reiseschilderungen, Erzählungen, Jagden und Abenteuer.

      Stuttgart (Spemann), 1883.. Gr. 8°. 310 (6) S. mit farblithogr. Frontispiz + 169 Abb. ill. OLn. vorderes Gelenk gelockert, sonst annähernd tadellos. = Bd. 4.. Enthält u.a. die Karl MAY- Erzählung "Ein Oelbrand" in Heft 1, S. 1-17 (1.Teil) ; Heft 6, S. 161-180 (2.Teil). Die Erzählung "Ölbrand" ist entstehungs-chronologisch Mays dritte oder vierte Winnetou-Erzählung (Hartmut Kühne in K-M-Jahrb.1970, S.258) Das Neue Universum war eine Jugendbuchreihe. Ab 1880 erschien jährlich ein Band mit Themen aus den Bereichen Wissen, Forschung, Abenteuer, Unterhaltung. In den Jahren 1943 sowie 1945 bis 1947 wurden keine Bände veröffentlicht. 1958 erschien der Jubiläumsband 75. Im Jahr 2002 erschien nach 122 Jahren der letzte Band mit Nummer 119. Die Bände 1 bis 11 erschienen im W. Spemann Verlag, Stuttgart; die Bände 12 bis 90 im Union Verlag Deutsche Verlagsgesellschaft, Stuttgart-Berlin-Leipzig; die Bände 91 bis 119 im Südwest-Verlag, München. Außer Sachthemen druckte das Neue Universum auch fiktionale Texte. Bekannte Autoren wie Isaac Asimov und Hans Dominik und viele andere veröffentlichten so ihre Science-Fiction-Kurzgeschichten im Neuen Universum. Dabei zeichnen sich Themenwahl und inhaltliche Gestaltung durch einen starken Zukunfts-, Wissenschafts- und Machbarkeitsoptimismus aus. In den Jugendstilbänden hieß es im Untertitel: Ein Jahrbuch für Haus und Familie, besonders für die reifere Jugend, mit einem Anhang zur Selbstbeschäftigung "häusliche Werkstatt". Später lautete der Untertitel des Jahrbuches "Ein Jahrbuch des Wissens und Fortschritts", ab 1970 wurde es umbenannt in "Forschung, Wissen, Unterhaltung. Ein Jahrbuch", ab 1985 hieß es "Ein Jahrbuch für Forschung, Wissen, Unterhaltung". (Wikepedia)

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        Paris pittoresque. Ouvrage illustré de nombreuses gravures dans le texte et de dix grandes eaux-fortes originales par Lucien Gautier, Paris et London, Rouam et Remington, 1883.

      - 1 volume in-folio relié plein cartonnage de percaline bleu-vert estampée d?un décor noir et or, tranches dorées, 10 eaux-fortes sous serpentes, 80 p. + 38 gravures, rousseurs éparses parfois développées, petites taches sans gravité sur le cartonnage, une déchirure avec petit manque de papier en marge de la page de titre sinon très bel état. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Diardigallus praelatus [Siamese Fireback (Lophura diardi)]

      by the Author, [London 1883 - A fine image from John Gould's magnificent folio work 'The Birds of Asia'. 'These birds are quite common in Laos, Annam and south-west China. They live almost exclusively in woods and bamboo forests in the plains of the low hill-country. Family parties or solitary cocks are sometimes seen at the forest edges or on the road particularly in the morning and evening: they are not at all shy. The cock has a loud repeated cry: "pee-yoo-pee-yoo". He also has a piping call and can make a rustling noise with his wings.' (A.Rutgers Birds of Asia 1969, p.33). The intended geographical range of "The Birds of Asia" was enormous, and very much in keeping with the seemingly limitless self-belief of the 19th-century's best known ornithologist. In his all-encompassing work John Gould includes species from all corners of the eastern world, as Richard Bowdler Sharpe noted the work covers "Species from Palestine to the eastward, and from the Moluccas to the west". Gould chose to record the bird life from an area which, with the exception of the tropical areas of the American continent, includes the widest, and most colourful variety of bird life to be found anywhere in the world. The present plate is from a large number of images documenting the pheasants of the region, one of the most beautiful and varied of all bird families. Cf. Anker 178; cf. Fine Bird Books (1990), p.102; cf. Nissen IVB 368; cf. Sauer 17; cf. Wood p. 365; cf. Zimmer p.258. Hand-coloured lithograph by John Gould and H.C.Richter, printed by Hullmandel & Walton. Wove paper.

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        Mademoiselle de Maupin. Double amour -

      Conquet et Charpentier 1883 -, Paris - 2 Grand in-8 Tome 1: XVI + 374 pp. Tome 2: 373 pp. Sous étuis bordés (bords des étuis un peu frottés avec petites fentes). Reliure plein maroquin rouge. Dos à nerfs orné de tirets dorés. Plats décorés de filets dorés dans le style art déco. Trois tranches dorées. Reliure signée CHAMBOLLE-DURU. Intérieur propre avec infimes rousseurs claires sur beau papier japon. Edition illustrée de 18 compositions de TOUDOUZE. MAGNIFIQUE EXEMPLAIRE, magistralement relié TIRAGE LIMITE. Un des 150 exemplaires numérotés de tête sur Japon contenant les illustrations en deux états et enrichi d'une très belle aquarelle originale signée H. de STA. Ex-libris du docteur Durosier. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Taschenbuch für Eglisau und Umgebung. I. Theil: Eglisau in der Gegenwart und Vergangenheit. II. Theil: Die Umgebung von Eglisau. (2 Bde. , compl.). Am Zürcher Rheine. Taschenbuch für Eglisau und Umgebung. Unter Mitwirkung von Gelehrten und Freunden der Heimatkunde.

      Zürich, S. Höhr, 1883, 84 - Kl.-8°, photogr. Fronti., 390s., 5 statt 6 Abb.(ohne die Umschlagsillustr.) 1 doppleblattgrosse Karte; lithogr. Faltfronti., 324 S., 1 doppleblattgrosse Karte., Bibl.-HLwd. mit handschriftl. Rückenschild, Klebspuren eines Bibl.-Schildes a. Rücken. Stemp. a. Vors.,Bibl.-Stemp. auf Titelbl.,min. stockfleckig - trotzdem gutes Exemplar. Ausführliche seltene Ortsgeschichte. Ansichten: I Theil: 1. Photogr. Gesamtansicht von Eglisau im Jahr 1882 (Lichtdruck). 2. Denkmal des Freiherrn Bernhard Gradner (Lithographie). 3. Das alte Schloss(Kupferstich). 4. Die alten Strassen (Kupferstich nach Denzler). 5. Zollhaus mit Eingang zur Rheinbrücke (Kupferstich). II. Theil: 1. 3-fach gefaltete lithogr. Uebersichtsbild von Eglisau und Rafzerfeld vom Laubberge aus. 2. Karte von Eglisau und Umgebung. 1200 gr. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Diccionario Enciclopédico de la Masonería ( 3 Vols.) Tomo I. A-O . Tomo II. P-Z . Tomo III . Suplemento - Historia - Taller ( Diccionario Enciclopédico de la Masonería con un suplemento seguido de la Historia General de la Orden Masónica desde los tiempos más remotos hasta la época actual. Incluye un Taller General de la Francmasonería. Guía de dignatarios y oficiales de las logias, capítulos y grandes cámaras, para el desempeño de sus cargos)

      La Propaganda Literaria, La Habana 1883 - Tres Volúmenes.Idioma español. Encuadernación de tapa dura de la editorial en plena tela estampada con dorados. Primer Tomo: Incluye diccionario de personajes y conceptos de la letra A -0 , incluye un frontis en color y 24 láminas grabadas y/o cromolitografiadas (687 pp.). Segundo Tomo: Incluye diccionario de personajes y conceptos desde la letra P - Z, incluye 10 láminas grabadas y/o cromolitografiadas ( 761 pp.). Tercer Tomo: Incluye Suplemento al Diccionario con índices ( 40 pp.) Historia de la Francmasonería (374 pp + índices) - Taller General de la Francmasonería con emblemas de los diversos grados cromolitografiados. Incluye 39 láminas grabadas y/o cromolitografiadas [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The millionaire. In three volumes

      Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons. 1883. "First edition, 3 volumes, 12mo, original orange cloth lettered in black on upper covers, and in gilt on spines; minor rubbing, spines a little darkened; near fine. Inscribed in volume I: ""From the author"" in ink at the top of the first flyleaf. Sadleir 1325: ""A novel based on the life of Jay Gould, by the father of this catalogue's dedicatee"" [i.e. Richard Jennings]. Wolff 3650."

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        Histoire des quatre fils Aymon. Tres nobles et tres Vaillans chevaliers.

      Paris, H. Launette, 1883. 4°, 8 bl., 224 S., 8 Bl., Privat-Ldr. mit beigebundene Deckel und Rücken, Etwas berieben, min angeschmutzt, innen sauber Preis in CHF: 990. Text franz. Illustre de compositions en couleur par Eugene Grasset. Gravure et impression par Charles Gillot. - Es ist eine wirkungsmächtige Erzählung von den Abenteuern der vier Haimonskinder aus dem Bereich der Geschichten um Karl den Großen. Die Erzählung hat eine internationale Verbreitung gefunden, bei der Texte aus Frankreich, den Niederlanden, England, Skandinavien, Italien, Spanien, Flandern und Portugal in vielen Varianten und Sprachen entstanden, und die den jeweiligen Umständen, besonders auch in der Renaissance bis weit in das 19. Jahrhundert, angepasst wurden. Diese Literatur des Hochmittelalters wurde entscheidend durch die Erfindung des Buchdruckes gefördert und ihre ritterlichen Helden sind vergleichbar mit jenen aus der Artustradition. Zu Beginn dieser lange überlieferten Tradition steht der altfranzösische Versroman (Heldenlied) Renaut de Montauban aus dem späten 12. Jahrhundert, bzw. einer der wenigen identifizierten französischen Chanson de geste (La Chanson de Quatre Fils Aymons; im 15. Jahrhundert entstanden Prosafassungen; erste frz. Drucke: Lyon um 1480; Paris 1506). Geschildert wird mit epischen Motiven des Mittelalters eine Auseinandersetzung zwischen dem Kaiser und seinem Vasall, der Widerstand mächtiger Adelsgeschlechter des Karolingerreiches - hier Haimon von Dordogne und seiner Familie, die dem König Karl Vasallentreue geschworen haben - gegen die Zentralisierungsbestrebungen Karls des Großen, der die karolingische Reichsbildung im 8. Jahrhundert initiierte, und sein Herrschergeschlecht.

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