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Etwas über die Natur Wunder in Nord-America.St. Petersburg, N. Gretsch, 1837-1840. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 7 lithographed plates (including 1 double-page), 2 lithographed plans and one lithographed double-page map. The first volume in contemporary blue paper wrappers (only the front remaining); the second volume in contemporary richly gold-tooled dark green morocco. Preserved in modern green cloth slipcase and two chemises (J. Desmonts, Norwalk, Conn.).
Howes C-854; Sabin 17381. First and only edition of a beautifully illustrated work on the natural wonders of North America by Charles Cramer, who was the Vice-Consul of Russia in New York. Both volumes were printed in St. Petersburg, where Cramer was a member of the "Russisch-Kaiserlichen Mineralogischen Gesellschaft". The first volume describes the notable caves, holes and caverns in North America, also including Canada, Mexico and Cuba, with an illustration of the Niagara falls and the natural bridge and tunnel in Virginia, a plan of the "Weyer's Höhle" in Virginia, and a plan and illustration of the mammoth cave in Kentucky. The second volume deals with springs, fountains, waterfalls and cataracts. Also included is a double-page map of the eastern half of America. The two volumes are rarely found together: many libraries hold only one of the two volumes. With owner's inscription and library stamp. Paper wrapper and frontispiece detached from blookblock, and some minor foxing. Endpapers of the second volume are soiled, and also some minor foxing thoughout. Overall a very good set.
      [Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830)]
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