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         URAGA NO OMOKAGE [SITUATION IN URAGA]

      [Uraga Bay, Japan, 1853. Pen and ink manuscript scroll on thick mulberry paper, in Japanese, 10 1/2 x 125 inches. Mounted on a wooden roller and with a small contemporary cloth extension panel to the scroll, cotton tie. Manuscript backed on thick paper, a few worm holes at upper margin of the final panel, occasional brown stain at upper margins of first few panels, a few tiny holes, some old creases. Very good. A Japanese manuscript depiction showing the parade of Commodore Matthew Perry and his forces on the shore at Uraga Bay, to visit the Japanese Princes, on July 14, 1853. An important piece of American naval and diplomatic history, and a rare survival of a Japanese "Black Ship" Scroll for the 1853 arrival of Perry, this is one of only a handful to have survived. Perry's sudden arrival near the entrance to Tokyo Bay at Uraga on July 8, 1853 with two sloops and two paddle-steamer battleships, carrying letters and gifts to deliver to the Emperor, threw the Japanese authorities into a tailspin. The reports went back to the Emperor, who immediately took ill, presumably fearing an invasion. For several days there was a stand-off, the smaller Japanese vessels amassing around the American vessels, one of which had ninety-two cannons. Local warlord families took up arms all around the Bay and made promises of men for the defense of Edo. For five days the stand- off continued and Perry stayed in his cabin and let it be known he had a letter from President Fillmore to deliver to the Emperor, and only the Emperor or his emissary could receive it. The Japanese first threatened him, then tried to bribe him to leave and go to Nagasaki to complete his mission. Perry stood firm and ignored the Japanese demands. Perry sent out smaller boats to start surveying the area and the Japanese stood aside, wondering if the cannon would strike them. On July 14 a hastily erected tent was put up on the shore of the bay, and two sons of the Emperor, Princes Ido and Toda, came down by Imperial barge from Edo and sat in the tent to receive the letters. Perry arrived with his troops, his marching band playing the Stars and Stripes, flags flying. He formally delivered the letters and said he would be back in a year for an answer to the President's call for a trade treaty with Japan, protection for shipwrecked sailors, and the establishment of refueling stations for American ships in the Western Pacific. The Japanese asked him to leave quickly, but he stayed anchored for a further three days, then spent some time doing surveys of other parts of Edo Bay, returning via Okinawa, to winter at the American station in Hong Kong. He returned the following February with a larger flotilla, strengthened by newly-completed battleship steamers sent out from the States. The second meeting took place at Yokohama from February to June 1854, where Perry insisted that negotiations begin, and at that time there was an exchange of diplomatic gifts. A provisional treaty was signed in 1854 but the full trading treaty was not completed until 1858 after Harris came to Japan as U.S. Consul, and set about finalizing the negotiations. The artist of this piece certainly documented the action well. It begins with a panel showing an American officer and three soldiers from the ship, continues with eight sketches of hats, seven instruments of the band and a naval sword, two small barges that brought the crew and troops to the shore, a detailed annotated sketch of the flagship Susquehanna, followed by the procession of the 300 Americans from the shore to the receiving tents, the Stars and Stripes waving, and including the band, and a similar sketch of the Japanese procession with clan banners, a sketch of the receiving area with a parade ground and two tents, and a final view of Uraga Bay with the four American ships at anchor and the landing place on the shoreline. While the census for the scrolls and scroll fragments depicting Perry's second arrival in 1854 number at least twenty in institutional hands, for the 1853 arrival of Perry, we locate only one - a ten-foot watercolor scroll in the British Museum, for which this is either a precursor or a contemporary near-copy. A close comparison with the British Museum scroll has yet to be accomplished, but there are textual differences in some of the captions, and it appears from the sketchy monochrome nature and uncolored state of this scroll that it is more likely a provisional sketch done from observation by a Japanese artist who attended the event, rather than a contemporary finished scroll. It is likely that after the meeting with Perry, the warlord attendees would have been presented with a finished watercolor scroll. This scroll may well be the original, provisional version of that finished sketch. An extraordinarily rare and important "Black Ship" Japanese scroll.

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         Memorias sobre el estado político, gobierno y administración de la Isla de Cuba

      Establecimiento Tipográfico de D. José Trujillo, Madrid 1853 - Con un mapa plegado al final. Cuban politics and economics in 1833. Folding map. IX + 362 + 41 pp páginas [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Samuel Cahen dénonce la persécution de la communauté israélite.

      - 1 lettre autographe signée 3 In-4 25/02/1853 En-tête des Archives Israélites. papier un peu jauni Belle et intéressante lettre du fondateur des Archives israélites sur la situation des Juifs et ses publications. Il évoque les faits graves qui se sont déroulés entre les communautés juives et chrétiennes. «Quelques journaux français ont rapporté d'après l'Observateur d'Athènes un récit d'une attaque de Juifs contre des Chrétiens. Ainsi que je le suppose dans le n° des Archives de mars, je crois qu'il y a dans ce récit exagération si non invention. Je crains que le Jésuitisme, plus fort que jamais, ne veuille renouveler les histoires de Damas et de Rhodes. C'est triste. Ne pourriez-vous pas, madame la Duchesse, faire comprendre au rédacteur du Journal d'Athènes, que par ces histoires on peut bien flatter l'intolérance, mais qu'évidemment on n'agit pas par là dans l'intérêt de la Religion et d'une bonne politique? Cependant, le Judaïsme, grâce à quelques personnes dévouées et zélées, marche dans la voie du progrès. Vous voyez par les Archives les efforts qui se font et les ouvrages qui se publient». Puis Il évoque sa dernière publication. «Cet ouvrage est intitulé Prière d'un coeur israélite ; il est approuvé par tous les grands rabbins de France et fort bien accueilli par toutes les dames israélites qui y trouvent une véritable édification, et une dame chrétienne même, j'en suis fier, ne le lirait pas sans recueillement». Enfin il revient sa situation personnelle, sa fatigue, sa nombreuse famille à nourrir, et son fils qui prend le relai. «Pourvu que mon fils aîné, Isidore, dont vous lisez sans doute les nombreux articles, dans les Archives, consente à continuer mon journal qui a fait quelque bien depuis 1840, et les volumes qui couronneront ma traduction de la Bible, publiée en entier, mais que je vais faire suivre d'une introduction et de la traduction des livres non canoniques chez les Juifs [.]». Hébraïsant, fondateur des Archives israélites, il a réalisé la première traduction de la Bible juive en français. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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         GASSHUKOKU PURISHITENDO SHOKAN WAKAI [UNITED STATES PRESIDENT'S DOCUMENT OF RECONCILIATION]

      [Edo, 1853. 28pp. In Japanese. Folded sheets of rice paper, stitched, as issued. Minor worming to most leaves, front cover with collector's chop mark belonging to Wafase Oho. Official manuscript translations of five letters, two from President Fillmore and three from Commodore Perry, written to the Emperor of Japan and presented to his representatives, Prince Ido and Prince Toda in Uraga Bay on July 14, 1853. The manuscript is executed in a closely-written official hand, and is an unusual survival from a fecund point in relations between the United States and Japan. The texts of these letters were translated and handwritten by scribes for circulation to the Japanese upper council. Commodore Perry's sudden arrival near the entrance to Tokyo Bay at Uraga on July 8, 1853, with two sloops and two paddle-steamer battleships, carrying letters and gifts to deliver to the Emperor, threw the Japanese authorities into a tailspin. The reports went back to the Emperor, who immediately took ill, presumably fearing an invasion. For several days there was a stand-off, the smaller Japanese vessels amassing around the American vessels, one of which had ninety-two cannons. Local warlord families took up arms all around the Bay and made promises of men for the defense of Edo. For five days the stand-off continued and Perry stayed in his cabin and let it be known he had a letter from President Fillmore to deliver to the Emperor, and only the Emperor or his emissary could receive it. The Japanese first threatened him, then tried to bribe him to leave and go to Nagasaki to complete his mission. Perry stood firm and ignored the Japanese demands. Perry sent out smaller boats to start surveying the area and the Japanese stood aside. On July 14, a hastily erected tent was put up on the shore of the bay, and two sons of the Emperor, Princes Ido and Toda, came down by Imperial barge from Edo and sat in the tent to receive the letters. The letters exchanged that day are present here in what is sure to be one of their first Japanese translations. President Fillmore's first letter, dated Nov. 13, 1852, was a measured plea for the opening of trade between the United States and Japan. In English, Fillmore's letter reads, in part: "The United States of America reach from ocean to ocean, and our Territory of Oregon and State of California lie directly opposite to the dominions of your imperial majesty. Our steamships can go from California to Japan in eighteen days. Our great State of California produces about sixty millions of dollars in gold every year, besides silver, quicksilver, precious stones, and many other valuable articles. Japan is also a rich and fertile country, and produces many very valuable articles. Your imperial majesty's subjects are skilled in many of the arts. I am desirous that our two countries should trade with each other, for the benefit both of Japan and the United States. We know that the ancient laws of your imperial majesty's government do not allow of foreign trade, except with the Chinese and the Dutch; but as the state of the world changes and new governments are formed, it seems to be wise, from time to time, to make new laws. There was a time when the ancient laws of your imperial majesty's government were first made." Also included here is President Fillmore's letter of credence for Commodore Perry. The president writes that as he "recognized that Matthew C. Perry, Commodore of the Navy of the United States was faithful, careful, and capable, I invested him with full power. As our delegate, the Commodore Perry should meet an officer or officers of the same rank one or more times to exchange communications in order to promote friendship, trade, and see right and also to establish treaties necessary for both peoples." Commodore Perry provided three letters written to the Japanese emperor. His first is his famous letter excoriating the Japanese for the unfriendly reception of Americans on Japanese soil. It reads, in part: "We have been surprised and grieved to learn that when the people of the United States, of their connection, arrive in your country or are cast there by the perils of the sea, they are treated as if they were your enemy....The government of the United States desires to obtain from that of Japan some positive assurance that persons who may hereafter be shipwrecked on the coast of Japan, or driven by stress of weather into her ports, shall be treated with humanity....As the United States and Japan are becoming every day nearer and nearer to each other, the President desires to live in peace and friendship with your Imperial Majesty, but no friendship can long exist, unless Japan ceases to act towards Americans as if they were her enemies. However wise this policy may originally have been, it is unwise and impracticable now that the intercourse between the two countries is so much more easy and rapid than it formerly was." Perry's second is dated July 12, and is a simple letter of introduction, two days before receiving the Emperor's representatives. In this short letter, Perry informs the emperor that he is "desirous of conferring with one of the highest officers of the Empire of Japan" in order to set up a meeting and deliver President Fillmore's letters. Perry's third letter, another short one, dated July 13, states that the previous communications were of such importance that a time of deliberation must be granted to the Japanese government. Perry understands that "it will take some time to make your decision, we will return to Edo Bay again in early spring next year...then we expect to receive a treaty to secure safety for the people of both countries through all favorable legal actions." All five of these communications are recorded in the first volume of Perry's NARRATIVE OF THE EXPEDITION OF AN AMERICAN SQUADRON TO THE CHINA SEAS AND JAPAN. An exceedingly rare original manuscript record of this important, foundational first interchange between the American and Japanese governments, introducing the Japanese empire to the American version of gunboat diplomacy. Francis L. Hawks, compiler: NARRATIVE OF THE EXPEDITION OF AN AMERICAN SQUADRON TO THE CHINA SEAS AND JAPAN... (New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1857), Vol. I, pp.244-59.

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         JOKISEN SHIKA [JAPANESE DRAWING OF COMMODORE PERRY'S "BLACK SHIPS"] [caption title]

      Edo, 1853. Pencil, ink, and wash drawing, approximately 11 x 15 1/2 inches. Previously folded, mounted on linen-fronted cardstock. Light dampstaining. Very good. A drawing of the four ships of Commodore Perry's squadron at anchor in Uraga Bay, made at the time of his first arrival in July 1853. The view shows the ships out in the bay (two paddle steamers and two sailing vessels), each with annotations in Japanese on their size, etc, the shore line in the foreground marked with a coastal observation tower, and a building described as "on-ban-sho," a "check point." The details of the ships must have been taken from a first hand source, but the depiction of the paddle steamers with two wheels is erroneous (there would have been only one) and the five masts on each is wrong (there were three), but it is possible this was copied from a poorer sketch taken on the spot. The appearance of these large warships alarmed the Japanese who had little concept of ships of this size and power, and who had no weapons to defend against them. As this was a momentous event, sketches such as these of the foreign intruders and their ships would have circulated in Edo (Tokyo), for many months after their arrival. The drawing describes the ships anchored in "East Uraga Bay, mouth of Edo Bay, roughly the same spot that Commodore Biddle anchored seven years before." An attractive drawing from a local source, depicting a momentous event in the history of Japanese-American relations.

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         17 Alaskan View Silver Gel Photographs in Leather Album

      Photographs. Leather album, 10 x 12.75 inches, containing 17 silver gelatin photographs, most boudoir card sized, approx. 4.5 x 7.25 inches, as well as four large format photos measuring approx. 7.5 x 9.5 inches on slightly larger mounts. Most images can be removed from album sleeves, with exception of a few that are tough to extract. Album includes 20 leather frames for photos, with the last three empty. Some photos show light spotting. Some with toning to mounts. Several images have lightened a bit but overall the photographs are crisp and clear with very good exposure and toning. Most photographs are credited in the negative or on the mount to Frank La Roche, Seattle, WA, with one view bearing the imprint of R. Albertstone, Sitka, Alaska. Several are titled in the negative. The album features bird's-eye views as well as street scenes of Sitka and Metlakatla, Alaska; Totem Poles at Fort Wrangle (2) ; the Greek Church at Killisnoo; studies of glaciers, including a section of Muir Glacier (2) , as well as a distant view of men standing amongst massive glacial formations; an Alaskan camp scene; and views of ships on the water. Photographs of Chileat Indians at Killisnoo, Metlakatla Cornet Band members posed with their instruments, and "An Alaska Indian Woman 126 Years Old" are also included in this fine turn of the 20th century Alaskan photo album. The Special Collections Library at University of Washington holds a collection of La Roche photographs. From their website: "Frank La Roche (1853-1936) was born in Philadelphia, where he learned the trade of photography. He arrived in Seattle in July 1889 and established a studio that, in addition to portraits, specialized in scenic and industrial views of western Washington state and southeastern Alaska. He photographed scenes in the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush, ca. 1897-1899, and made numerous views of Seattle streets and buildings, ships, logging activities, and American Indians. He made many trips to Alaska, and also traveled in California and along the line of the Canadian Pacific Railway, taking scenic views which he produced for sale to travelers. About 1914, he moved his studio to the town of Sedro-Wooley, north of Seattle. Frank La Roche retired about 1928, and died on April 12, 1936." More scans available upon request. .

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         Relazione dei Tremuoti di Basilicata del 1851

      NAPOLI: Stabilimento Tipografico del R. Ministero dell'Interno, 1853. brossura. DISCRETO. 28 31,5. USATO

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         Altkolorierte Lithographie *Uhlenhorst* ( = Das Fährhaus an der Aussen-Alster ) mit ornamentaler Bordüre. Nach der Natur gez. u. lith. v. Wilh. Heuer, altkolorierter Doppeltondruck.

      Charles Fuchs Hamburg 1853 ( Ohne Erscheinungsjahr – laut Werkverzeichnis 1853 erschienen: Aus der Folge: Hamburg und seine Umgebungen ). Gezeigt wird der Blick von der Uhlenhorst Richtung Außenalster mit fem alten und neuen Fährhaus und Personenstaffage und Segelbooten auf der Alster. Bildmaß 15,5 x 23 cm ( Höhe x Breite ), alt unter Passepartout und Glas gerahmt ( Rahmenmaß: 34,5 x 46 cm ). In dem Werkverzeichnis Wilhelm Heuer von Salomon unter der Nummer 7 Ia gelistet. Das Blatt gebräunt, sonst guter Zustand, der Rahmen gering berieben und bestoßen. ( Weitere Bilder auf Anfrage – further pics at request ). Versand D: 5,00 EUR Wilhelm Heuer, Charles Fuchs, Außenalster, Alster, Fährhaus, Uhlenhorst, Harvestehude, koloriert, Google

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         Ensign & Thayer Pocket Map, Nyc Environs): Map Of The City Of New York, With The Adjacent Cities Of Brooklyn & Jersey City,.

      Ensign & Thayer Publishers, New York 1853 - Bound In Brown Cloth With Gold Titles. Complete With The Hand Colored Map Tipped In At The Rear Of The Book. The Map Titled" Map Of The City Of New York, With The Adjacent Cities Of Brooklyn & Jersey City, 1853" Has A Few Splits At The Folds But Remains Bright. The Book Has A Loose Rear Hinge And Foxing. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         VESTIGES OF THE NATURAL HISTORY OF CREATION TENTH EDITION, ILLUSTRATED WITH NUMEROUS ENGRAVINGS ON WOOD

      JOHN CHURCHILL, NEW BURLINGTON STREET, LONDON 1853 - 8vo (22cm).xii, 325pp, lxvii (1) (appendices). Inserted adverts, dated 1859 at rear (32pp). Recent half red morocco with marbled boards. An important edition, including a new anonymous autobiographical preface (absent from the 11th edition) and 107 woodcut illustrations chosen by the physiologist William Carpenter. There is a previously unpublished section on fossils in older rocks. The "Note Conclusory" in previous editions was removed and an appendix was added containing responses to criticism. CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Binding is secure with endpapers intact. Author's name added to title page in a 19th C hand. Body of text generally clean throughout with some light foxing and a few minor stains here and there. Some marginal pencil notes to a few pages. This is the last edition published before the appearance of Darwin's Origin of Species and the first illustrated edition by Churchill. An excellent copy of an important work which proposed a new theory of evolution. It was much admired by Darwin, who credited it with preparing the ground for the theory of evolution by natural selection. It was also an inspirational work for Alfred Russel Wallace. It is curious that, despite going through 11 editions during Chambers' own lifetime copies appear for sale with a strange lack of regularity. There are no other copies by Churchill in commerce at the time of listing (20/09/17). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         ALS - Eigenhändiger Brief mit Unterschrift. Autobiographischer Inhalt.

      Patwschkau (Schlesien) 25.III.1853. 4 Seiten gr.-folio, eng beschriftet. Schwach fleckig, kleine Randeinrisse Karl Ignaz Lorinser (1796-1853), Mediziner, verdient um die Seuchenhygiene. - Ein halbes Jahr vor seinem Tod (am 2.X.1853) an den Redakteur des Brockhaus'schen Konversationslexikons mit sehr ausführlichen Angaben "über mein Leben u. meine Wirksamkeit" für die 1851-1855 erscheinende 10. Auflage des Lexikons."... In einer früheren Ausgabe dieses Werkes habe ich unter meinem Namen einen langen Artikel gelesen, dessen Verf. ... weder mein Leben noch meine Schriften gekannt sondern blos ausgehend von meinen kleinen zum Schutz der Gesundheit in den Schulen geschriebenen Aufsatz sich in höchst einseitiger Weise bemüht hat, den darüber unter den Philologen entstandenen Schulstreit zu besprechen, in welchem der Artikelschreiber wahrscheinlich selbst ein Partisan gewesen ist. -Ich bin ein Arzt, dessen wissenschaftliche Thätigkeit seit 35 Jahren hauptsächlich in dem Studium der großen physischen Uebel, namentlich der Epidemieen bestand und der auch als öffentlicher Gesundheitsbeamte den Beruf und die Gelegenheit hatte, in einem ausgedehnten Wirkungskreise viele hierauf bezügliche Wahrheiten zu finden und anzuwenden. Zu diesem Behuf habe ich meine Beobachtungen ... gemacht, mit steter Beachtung der Geschichte und Natur, besonders auch der vergleichenden Pathologie, die den meisten Aerzten unbekannt ist. - Habe ich irgend ein Verdienst erworben, welches eine öffentliche Erwähnung und Anerkennung verdient, so ist dasselbe ohne Zweifel in diesen hygienischen Bestrebungen zu suchen ..."In einem Umschlag der Sammlung Brockhaus.

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         Twelve Years A Slave. Narrative of Solomon Northup, A Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841 and Rescued in 1853.

      Derby and Miller, et al., Auburn 1853 - 8vo. xvi,(17)-336pp. 4pp. publisher's ads inserted between the front endpapers. Eighth thousand. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards embossed in blind. Yellow coated endpapers. Illustrated with seven full page illustrations, including the frontispiece of the author. Significantly foxed, as usual. Binding faded and worn at edges and corners, spine gilt worn, but still a presentable copy. Housed in a new, leather backed custom clamshell case. Signed by Solomon Northup on the obverse of the frontispiece. Apparently this is a Presentation Copy as the prelminary blank, in what appears to be Nortup's handwriting, states "This to A. Allton Phipps", then "A. A. Phipps Book". In the rear, in a different hand, is "A. A. Phips Smithfield." A farmer and a professional violinist, Northup had been a landowner in New York. In 1841, he went to Washington, D.C.; there he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold as a slave. He was held as a slave for 12 years in the Red River region of Louisiana. Made into a movie in 2013, which received the Best Picture Award. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         SPORTING NOVELS

      Bradbury and Evans, London - A FINE SET OF THE SPORTING NOVELS OF R.S. SURTEES FROM THE LIBRARY OF EASTON NESTON MR SPONGE'S SPORTING TOUR First edition, half title, 13 hand coloured plates by John Leech, woodcuts in text, 1853 HANDLEY CROSS; OR MR JORROCKS'S FIRST HUNT First illustrated edition, `17 hand coloured plates by John Leech, woodcuts in text, 1854 ASK MAMA First editon, 13 hand coloured plates by John Leech, woodcuts in text, 1858 PLAIN OR RINGLETS First edition, 12 hand coloured plates by John Leech, woodcuts in text, 1860 MR FACEY ROMFORD'SHOUNDS First edition, 24 hand coloured plates by John Leech, woodcuts in text, 1865 Uniformly bound in red calf, double gilt line borders, spines elaborately decorated in six compartments, decorated with oval emblems of foxes, hounds and horses, red and brown morocco labels, bound by Tout, Library label of Easton Neston in top corner of paste down of each volume, London, 1853-1865 £600 Size: 8vo [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         [CONTEMPORARY WATERCOLOR AND INK SKETCH BY A JAPANESE ARTIST, DEPICTING COMMODORE PERRY AND CREW MEMBERS IN JAPAN]

      [Edo, 1853. Watercolor and ink drawing, approximately 10 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches. Drawn on Japanese tissue. Previously folded. Scattered faint foxing. Very good. A contemporary Japanese drawing, from life, of Commodore Perry seated in a Japanese chair (probably in the tent at the negotiations), with depictions of a red-coated marine holding his musket, and a sailor looking through his telescope. A rare watercolor image of Perry and members of his crew, composed as an assemblage to show images of the different Americans that landed on Japanese shores.

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         JOKISEN SHIKA [JAPANESE DRAWING OF COMMODORE PERRY'S "BLACK SHIPS"] [caption title]

      Edo, 1853. Pencil, ink, and wash drawing, approximately 11 x 15 1/2 inches. Previously folded, mounted on linen-fronted cardstock. Light dampstaining. Very good. A drawing of the four ships of Commodore Perry's squadron at anchor in Uraga Bay, made at the time of his first arrival in July 1853. The view shows the ships out in the bay (two paddle steamers and two sailing vessels), each with annotations in Japanese on their size, etc, the shore line in the foreground marked with a coastal observation tower, and a building described as "on-ban-sho," a "check point." The details of the ships must have been taken from a first hand source, but the depiction of the paddle steamers with two wheels is erroneous (there would have been only one) and the five masts on each is wrong (there were three), but it is possible this was copied from a poorer sketch taken on the spot. The appearance of these large warships alarmed the Japanese who had little concept of ships of this size and power, and who had no weapons to defend against them. As this was a momentous event, sketches such as these of the foreign intruders and their ships would have circulated in Edo (Tokyo), for many months after their arrival. The drawing describes the ships anchored in "East Uraga Bay, mouth of Edo Bay, roughly the same spot that Commodore Biddle anchored seven years before." An attractive drawing from a local source, depicting a momentous event in the history of Japanese-American relations.

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         [KAWARABAN NEWS-SHEETS LISTING THE LORDS AVAILABLE FOR THE DEFENCE OF JAPAN]

      [Edo, 1853. Three woodblock-printed sheets on mulberry paper, 7 3/4 x 10 inches and slightly larger. Mild edge wear, old folds. Very good. Three 19th-century Japanese documents relevant to the Japan encountered by Commodore Perry. The earlier woodcut lists names of members of the Matsudaira, Sakai, and Satake clans in Edo (for official use). The latter two, printed around 1853, list the feudal nobles in the Edo area, with the size of their domain, forces, banners, etc. The arrival of Perry in 1853 was a great shock to the rulers of Japan, the Toguwara Clan, based in Edo. The Shogun immediately summoned the feudal lords to discuss methods of defense, and the lists here comprise most of the Lords in the Tokyo Bay area and the hinterlands, each declaring the forces they had available to defend the country. In actuality, once Perry had anchored in Uraga Bay, he found his ships surrounded by small Japanese barges and ships pressing in, and so he ran out his guns to keep them from coming too close. He waited out the stand-off until he was able to deliver the letters from President Fillmore and himself personally to the envoys of Emperor (or so he believed).

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         Villette [3 volumes]

      Smith Elder & Co, London 1853 - 1st printing in recent but traditional light tan half calf fine binding with matching board corners and five raised bands and black title label with gilt titles, volume number and decorative ruling to spine - all still better than very good with no wear to joints and attractive marbled paper covered boards.The bindings remain tight, sound and square. Internally a few inconspicuous, professional repairs utilising archival tissue to occasional tear not affecting text. No half titles as issued; publishers ads at rear of volume one omitted. A lovely finely bound, 1st edition, three volume set of this novel that some would say is the author's masterpiece. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Bleak House.

      Chapman and Hall, London, no year [1853], 1st ed. in bookform. Xvi,624 pp.+ engraved frontispiece, engraved title vignet and 38 engraved plates by H. K. Browne, a little later beautifull half calf with red title labels, spine gilt, marbled paper boards, a

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         Four (4) Portrait Miniatures of German Linen Weavers

      - Each of the four is a silhouette profile of an individual linen weaver with penciled inscriptions identifying each by name and with the profession of linen weaver. Dated 1853, 1854, and 1855. The fourth is undated. Speculation is that these may have been given as an annual honor or acknowledgment for service. Largest measures 4" x 4 ¾". Housed in heavy board and glass self frame. Two corner cracks on one glass.

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         Die Kunst der Photographie. Eine Anleitung zur Erzeugung photographischer Bilder in jeder beliebigen Farbe und auf jedem beliebigen Material, für Anfänger und Geübtere, sowie für Graveure, Holzschneider etc.

      Leipzig Simion 1853 - (19,5 x 13 cm). XIV, 147 S., 1 Bl. Anzeigen. Mit 11 Textholzschnitten. Geprägter Leinwandband der Zeit. Einzige Ausgabe dieser seltenen frühen Veröffentlichung zur Photographie. Beschrieben werden die verschiedenen Kameras sowie die Herstellung von Daguerrotypien, Talbotypien, Vitrotypien, Anthotypien und Photo-Lithographien. Mit Tabellen über die verwendeten Chemikalien und Reagenzien sowie einem Anhang über die Stellung und Kleidung der zu porträtierenden Personen. Das letzte Blatt mit einem "Preis-Courant der Daguerreotyp-Platten-Fabrik von Friedrich Schneider . in Berlin". - Der Chemiker Halleur (1818-1866) war Gründer und Direktor der Provinzial-Gewerbeschule in Bochum sowie Mitbegründer der Universität von Kalkutta. - Stempel auf Titel. Etwas stockfleckig. Vorsätze erneuert und Rücken nachgebunden. Einband gering bestoßen. Insgesamt gut erhalten. - Heidtmann 3482; Poggendorff III, 576; vgl. Gernsheim Incunabula 724 (engl. Übers.)

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         Onkel Toms hytte, eller Negerlivet i de Amerikanske Slavestater.

      Christiania, P. T. Mallings, 1853. 664 s. Samt. skinnbd. med ryggdekor i gull. Dekor i gull og blindpreg på for- og bakperm. Helt gullsnitt. Svak kanslitasje. . . Første norske utgave. Originalutgaven Uncle Tom`s Cabin ble utgitt i Boston 1852.

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         Autograph Music Quote Signed

      Venezuelan pianist, singer, composer and conductor (1853-1917), (her last name is also seen as Carreno in English) - a prodigy child who performed at age 10 for president Abraham Lincoln at the White House, Carreño toured extensively around the world. Autograph music quote signed by her, a Prelude from an unknown piece, dated in Boston in 1889. Size is 5.75 x 7.25 inches, in excellent condition. Also included are a small half-tone photo from a magazine, and a short article clip about her.

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         Parkplan, "Die koeniglichen Gaerten und Parkanlagen bei Potsdam im Jahre 1853".

      - grenzkol. Stahlstich ( Druck Prêtre ) v. H. Herzberg ( Schrift) und E. Reyher ( Situation ) n. G. Meyer, dat. 1853, 73 x 98,5 Seltener Plan des Parks von Sanssouci. Nicht bei Drescher/Kroll. Giersberg/Schendel, S. 69 (mit Abbildung eines Ausschnittes), Abbildung Nr. 104 und auf Seite 151 biographische Angaben zu Joh. Gustav Heinr. Meyer (1816-1877), der ab 1870 Stadtgartendirektor von Berlin war. - Der vorliegende Plan wurde von ihm gestaltet und zeigt den Park von Sanssouci nach der Umgestaltung durch Lenné (Meyer war der Gartenkondukteur von Lenné). Unter dem Plan gibt es eine Legende zu den Farben, die den Verantwortungsbereich der Gärtner im Park Sanssouci zeigen. So zum Beispiel "hellblau" für den Bereich des Hofgärtners C. Fintelmann, "hellrot" für den Gartenverwalter Schencker, usw. - Dieser Plan ist im Jahr 1990 durch die Fürst-Pückler Gesellschaft reproduziert worden (als Jahresgabe für die Mitglieder).

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         Notions générales de chimie

      Victor Masson, Paris 1853 - Demi basane de l'époque. Un volume in-8 (205x130 mm), viii-487 pages et 24 planches en couleur Reliure déboitée, fente sur 3 centimètres en tête du mors inférieur Quelques rousseurs Édition originale de l'un des plus beaux ouvrages illustré de chimie du dix-neuvième siècle. Les 24 planches gravées en taille-douce par E. Wormser sont ici finement gouachées. Elles représentent fidèlement la forme et la disposition des appareils employés dans les laboratoires et dans les fabriques de l'époque. Élève de Gay-Lussac, Pelouze a enseigné la chimie à l'École Polytechnique, au Collège de France et a été membre de l'académie des Sciences. On lui doit de nombreuses découvertes. Il fdonda à Paris le plus important laboratoire de chimie privé de France dans lequel il a formé de nombreux étudiants et qu'il a mis à la disposition de nombreux chimiste français et étranger ainsi qu'à Claude Bernard, pour ses recherches personnelles. Arthur Greenberg [in From Alchemy to Chemistry in Picture and Story p.414 : "one of the most beautifully illustrated chemistry books of the nineteenth century"] ___________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________ENGLISH_DESCRIPTION______________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Contemporary quarter sheep 8vo (205x130 mm), viii-487 pages and 24 colored plates Binding detaching Foxing. First edition. The 24 colored plates reflect the shape and arrangement of the apparatus in laboratories and factories of the time. Arthur Greenberg [in From Alchemy to Chemistry in Picture and Story p.414 : "one of the most beautifully illustrated chemistry books of the nineteenth century"] In 8 / 8vo 881g. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         A collection of five early photographs of Constantinople

      Early Salt Prints of Constantinople. These fine views are among the earliest paper photographs of Constantinople. James Robertson settled in the city in 1841 and spent forty years as a master engraver in the imperial mint. In the early 1850s he learned the art of photography, and by July 1853 he was selling his views to the public. His photographs, which appeared in exhibitions in London and Paris, were widely known through the engravings made from them for illustrated newspapers. 1. (Hagia Sophia.) La Mosquee de Ste Sophie Vue de l'Atmeydan. This view of Hagia Sophia is from the atmeydan (horse square), the site of the ancient Hippodrome of Constantinople. The world's largest cathedral for nearly 1000 years, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmed II and finally was made a museum in 1935. 2. Fountain of Sultan Mahmoud. This landmark fountain, actually built by Sultan Ahmed III, is located in the great square in front of the Imperial gate of the Topkapi Palace. The Turkish rococo structure, built in 1728, was a well-known social center and gathering place in the Ottoman period. 3. Bosphorus. Tophane &c from Seraskier Tower. This fine panoramic view was made from Beyazit Tower, commonly called Seraskier Tower because it was on the grounds of the Ottoman Ministry of War, or Seraskierat. The 279 ft. tower provided an ideal view across the old city and the Golden Horn. Tophane is a neighborhood in the Pera (now Beyoglu) district. 4. Constantinople from Seraskier Tower. This magnificent panoramic view taken from Beyazit (Seraskier) Tower shows Hagia Sophia, the Mosque of Sultan Ahmed (the Blue Mosque), and Nuruosmaniye Mosque. 5. (New Mosque.) Mosque of Jeni Jami. This view shows the elegant sadirvan (ablution fountain) at Yeni Cami (the New Mosque), one of Istanbul's greatest architectural landmarks. This is a fine series of salt prints depicting the greatest monuments of Constantinople. Five salt prints (approx. 11 1/2 x 10 1/4 in.), four signed in the negative, mounted, several of the mounts with manuscript captions and borders. Some foxing to mounts. Minor wear, some fading. Very good condition.

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         Important Pair of Daguerreotypes: Black Nurse with White Baby and Child's Parents

      IDENTIFIED SLAVE AND MASTER DAGUERREOTYPES. Two sixth-plate daguerreotypes, cased together. Left: nurse and child ("Bradford & Ellen Sherwood his nurse"), right: parents ("Jonathan P. Harrison & his wife Caroline Denny Harrison"). White family's cheeks are hand-tinted and the baby's dress is hand-colored. Some spots, edges tarnished. A tremendous pair. Jonathan P. Harrison (born 23 December 1829) and his wife Caroline Denny Harrison (born c. 1834) are in one portrait, while their son Bradford (born c. 1853) and his black nurse Ellen Sherwood are in the other. The Harrison family moved from Talbot County on Maryland's Eastern Shore to Texas in the 1850s to pursue ranching and farming opportunities. According to the U.S. Census, in 1860 the family lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, with Jonathan reported as 29 years old, Caroline 26, and Bradford 7, indicating a date of 1853 for this photograph. The Harrisons and Dennys were prominent Maryland and Texas families. Jonathan served with the 1st Texas Cavalry during the Civil War. Identified daguerreotype portraits of slaves are rare, and linked pairs such as this set are very rare. It is conceivable that Ellen Sherwood was a free black, but given the status of the Harrison and Denny families, it seems probable that she was a slave. This splendid pair of photographs vividly demonstrates the complexity of black-white relationships in the antebellum South. Provenance: "Jonathan P. Harrison & his wife Caroline Denny Harrison / Their child Bradford & Ellen Sherwood his nurse," identified in a manuscript note, beneath the right daguerreotype, in the hand of Jonathan's niece Patty Belle Tilghman (1851-1931). See Hanson, Old Kent: The Eastern Shore of Maryland, p. 96.

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         Paul et Virginie Suivi de la Chaumière Indienne Précédé dÂ’un Notice Historique sur Bernardin Saint-Pierre par M. C. A. Sainte-Beuve de lÂ’Académie Française.

      Paris: Furne, Libraire-Éditeur, 1853. Hardcover. Very Good +. Johannot, Meissonier. 28 cm; 8vo; [xl; 222; 223-300; 301-330; i] A complete copy, with a colored map of lIle de France (Mauritius) and 7 steel-engraved portraits, on China paper bound-in in two states: Bernardin de Saint-Pierre by Lafitte; Marguerite by Johannot; Madame de la Tour by Johannot; Virginie by Johannot; Paul by Johannot; Le Docteur par Meissonier; La Jeune Bramine by Johannot. Additional wood-block illustrations within the text, as well as wood-block text decorations. The two titles are followed by an essay on the vegetation found on Mauritius in the late eighteenth century. Vicaire VII, 71 does not mention copies with plates in two states. Stated: Exemplaire Unique tiré sur papier de cette couleur. Bound in marbled boards with a cloth spine. A very good, extra-illustrated, untrimmed, unique copy.

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         Die Soldaten Friedrich's des Grossen [Friedrichs des großen]. Mit 31 Original-Zeichnungen von Adolph Menzel. [WITH 31 HAND-COLOURED UNIFORMS PLATES / HANDKOLORIERTE AUSGABE].

      Leipzig, Avenarius & Mendelssohn, 1853.. Crown quarto. Five books in one, paginated consecutively. Pp. xx, 599. Half-title; illustrated and tinted title-page; second title-page printed in letterpress; dedication leaf. Plus contemporary hand-coloured frontispiece and 30 other contemporary hand-coloured plates (31 in total). Set in Gothic type. Hardcover, bound in handsome three-quarters calf and light-purple marbled boards, spine with raised band between compartments, richly decorated in gilt; corner-tips chafed, bit spotted in places. A lovely copy in a very good condition, fine plates. ~ With a beautiful set of hand-coloured costume plates, exquisitely produced. The plates, by E. Kretzschmar after Adolph Menzel, are the result of a complicated and delicate process, now obsolete, which was invented in the early 1850's by Firmin Gillot. Known as Gillotage, the process turned a lithographic drawing into a relief plate. Employing both planographic and relief methods, the process remained purely manual, involving no photography. The lithograph was transferred to zinc and then etched, in an extremely laborious process, to make a metal relief block from which the final print was made. Noteworthily, many of Daumier's lithographic plates were treated in this way before their publication. Here, the plates are delicately hand-coloured by contemporary hand, rich in detail, and in fine condition, totally free of foxing.

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         Twelve Years A Slave Narrative of Solomon Northup, A Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841 and Rescued in 1853

      Auburn: Derby and Miller, et al., 1853. First edition. Hardcover. Good. 8vo. viii, (17)-336pp. 4pp. publisher's ads inserted between the front endpapers. Original brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards embossed in blind. Yellow coated endpapers. Illustrated with seven full page illustrations, including the frontispiece of the author. Significantly foxed, as usual. Binding faded and worn at edges and corners, spine gilt worn, but still a presentable copy. Bound without pp. ix-xvii (signature A*) which constitute the final pages of the contents table and the editor's 2 page preface., Housed in a new, leather backed custom clamshell case. A farmer and a professional violinist, Northup had been a landowner in New York. In 1841, he went to Washington, D.C.; there he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold as a slave. He was held as a slave for 12 years in the Red River region of Louisiana. Made in a movie in 2013, which received the Best Picture Award. Rare in first edition.

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         Collection of Twenty Volumes from the British Poets Series [from the library of Thomas Jefferson Coolidge]

      Boston: Little, Brown and Co, 1853-1854. First Thus. Hardcover. Contents as follows: 1. The Poetical Works of Samuel Butler. 1853. Two volumes. 2. The Poetical Works of William Cowper. 1853. Three volumes. 3. The Poetical Works of John Dryden. 1854. Five volumes. 4. The Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith. Edited, with a life, by Rev. John Mitford. 1853. One volume. 5. The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray. Edited, with a life, by Rev. John Mitford. 1853. One volume. 6. The Poetical Works of John Milton. With a life, by Rev. John Mitford. 1853. Three volumes. 7. The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, with a life, by Rev. Alexander Dyce. 1853. Three volumes. 8. The Poetical Works of James Thomson. 1854. Two volumes. 12mo (17.75cm.); twenty volumes; uniformly bound in original publisher's blue cloth, printed paper spine labels; engraved portrait frontispieces. Spine crowns uniformly chipped and worn, spines additionally toned and labels rather browned with some effacement of text. Still, a Near Very Good set, interiors near fine save some minor foxing to preliminaries. Later 19th-century armorial ownership bookplates of Thomas Jefferson Coolidge to front pastedowns. Coolidge was the great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson and the last American plenipotentiary to France, appointed by President Harrison in 1892.

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         Altkolorierte Lithographie *Uhlenhorst* ( = Das Fährhaus an der Aussen-Alster ) mit ornamentaler Bordüre. Nach der Natur gez. u. lith. v. Wilh. Heuer, altkolorierter Doppeltondruck.

      ( Ohne Erscheinungsjahr laut Werkverzeichnis 1853 erschienen: Aus der Folge: Hamburg und seine Umgebungen ). Gezeigt wird der Blick von der Uhlenhorst Richtung Außenalster mit fem alten und neuen Fährhaus und Personenstaffage und Segelbooten auf der Alster. Bildmaß 15,5 x 23 cm ( Höhe x Breite ), alt unter Passepartout und Glas gerahmt ( Rahmenmaß: 34,5 x 46 cm ). In dem Werkverzeichnis Wilhelm Heuer von Salomon unter der Nummer 7 Ia gelistet. Das Blatt gebräunt, sonst guter Zustand, der Rahmen gering berieben und bestoßen. ( Weitere Bilder auf Anfrage further pics at request ).

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         Histoire des Khans Mongols du Turkistan et de la Transoxiane. Extraite du «HABIB ESSIIER DE KHONDEMIR », Traduite du Persan et accompagnée de notes.

      Paris, Imprimerie Impériale 1853 - Demi chagrin noir, nerfs à plats, pièces de titre et tomaison ; 1 fleuron. In-8°, de 145 pp. 2 ff. [p.4 à 51 en persan] & [1à 4 ET 52 à 144 en français. quelques rousseurs sans atteinte au texte. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Histoire du Beaujolais et des sires de Beaujeu, suivie de l’armorial de la province.

      Lyon, Louis Perrin, 1853, demi-chagrin de l'époque, dos à nerfs ornés. -Rousseurs éparses. - 2 volumes gr. in-8 de 1 titre en couleurs-XVI-390-(1) pp. + 1 pl. h.t. en couleurs + 1 carte h.t. en couleurs sur double page et 1 titre en couleurs-430-(1)- pp. + 5 pl. h.t. ; Edition originale. Tirée à 200 exemplaires. Très rare.Saffroy 17788; Impressions de Louis Perrin, Exposition de 1923, n° 77.Très belle impression de Louis Perrin."Ouvrage imprimé avec luxe, et tiré à 200 exemplaires. Cet ouvrage, quoique ancien, reste le seul valable actuellement. Il contient un armorial de cette province." (Saffroy).

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         Twelve Years A Slave. Narrative of Solomon Northup, A Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841 and Rescued in 1853....

      Auburn: Derby and Miller, et al. 1853. 8vo. xvi,(17)-336pp. 4pp. publisher's ads inserted between the front endpapers. Eighth thousand. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards embossed in blind. Yellow coated endpapers. Illustrated with seven full page illustrations, including the frontispiece of the author. Significantly foxed, as usual. Binding faded and worn at edges and corners, spine gilt worn, but still a presentable copy. Housed in a new, leather backed custom clamshell case. Signed by Solomon Northup on the obverse of the frontispiece. Apparently this is a Presentation Copy as the prelminary blank, in what appears to be Nortup's handwriting, states "This to A. Allton Phipps", then "A. A. Phipps Book". In the rear, in a different hand, is "A. A. Phips Smithfield." A farmer and a professional violinist, Northup had been a landowner in New York. In 1841, he went to Washington, D.C.; there he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold as a slave. He was held as a slave for 12 years in the Red River region of Louisiana. Made into a movie in 2013, which received the Best Picture Award. Good.

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        DISCOVERIES IN THE RUINS OF NINEVEH AND BABYLON; With Travels In Armenia, Kurdistan and the Desert: Being the Result of a Second Expedition, etc.

      London John Murray 1853 - First edition. With a profusion of large folding maps and fine lithographic plates, a number tinted, and with extensive illustrations throughout the text. Thick 8vo, publisher’s original brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and extensively and pictorially decorated in blind in all over designs across both covers and the spine in Babylonian motif. xxiii, 686 pp., includes index. A very nice copy of this now scarce title rarely found in decent condition, clean and with virtually none of the foxing to which the book is prone, one folding map a bit worn along the outside edge. AN IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION, NOW SCARCE, this is an extensive and detailed description and interpretation of Layard’s excavations at Ninevah and Babylon. In two separate trips, Layard was the first to discover and excavate the ancient city of Ninevah. Maps and engravings illustrate not only the physical site and remains, they also illustrate the excavation itself. This book is of special interest for its work in the translation of the cuneiform script of the region-- a very new area of study at the time and still subject to argument and revision. Translation of the cuneiform text would open up a new understanding both in the archeology of the region and its importance to ancient classical scriptures. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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