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         Little Dorrit.With Illustrations By H. K. Browne.

      - London: Bradbury & Evans, Bouverie Street, [December, 1855 - June, 1857]. 8vo., 20 monthly parts in 19 as issued, 32, 16, [1]-32, 4, [4], 4, [1], [1], 16; 12, 33-64, [1], [8], [2], [4]; 12, 65-96, 4; 12, [97]-128, [2], 2, 4; 12, 129-160; 12, 161-192, 8, 4, [2], [2], [4]; 12, 193-224, 4, [2], [2], 4; 12, 225-256, [4], [1], 2; [1], 12, 257-288, 4, [4]; 12, 289-320, [4], [2], [4]; 12, [1], [323]-352, 4, [2], [8]; 12, 353-384, [4], [4], [1]; 12, 12, [1], [2], 385-416, [1], 24; 12, 417-488, [4], [4], [4], [2], [8]; 12, 449-480, [4], [4]; 8, [1], 481-512, [4], [4]; 12, 513-544, [2]; 12, 545-576, [4], [2]; 12, 577-625, xiv, [2], [4], with 40 engraved plates including frontis and title vignette with tissue guards. Original printed blue wrappers with trade advertisements to inner sides as well as outside back wrappers, with a variety of publishers ads, and slips bound-in. Housed in a four-fold blue cloth folder, and quarter blue morocco and blue cloth slip-case with titling in gilt. Case has some chipping and fraying, wrappers and edges are slightly foxed, with some minor chipping and minor repairs, but are otherwise in very good condition lacking only two advertising slips and the terminal ads in number five. First edition in original parts, with the white "Missing" slip intact in part 16. "In this book Dickens made a second assault on the archaism of imprisonment for debt." Eckel 82-86. This was the last of the big novels published by Bradbury & Evans after a dispute over the publishing of Dickens marital intranquilities. Hatton and Cleaver 307-330. Thomson 73. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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         Narrative of the Niger Tshadda and Binue Exploration Including a Report on the Position and Prospect of Trade Up Those Rivers

      First edition. Folding map. 8vo. Modern half morocco, gilt. xi, 267pp. London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans,

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         Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah.

      London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855-56. First edition of Burton's scarce and important illustrated narrative of his journey to Mecca. Octavo, 3 volumes, original blue cloth with black ornamental border, with five full-page color chromolithographs, eight tinted plates, one black-and-white plate, three plans (two folding), and a folding map. In fine condition. Rare and desirable in this condition. Impelled by wanderlust and the spirit of adventure and aided by an extraordinary facility in Eastern languages, Sir Richard Burton was one of the great explorers of history. He was the first European to enter the capital of Somaliland and the first to discover the Great Lakes of Central Africa. He was also an Orientalist of the first rank. But it is for his pilgrimage in 1853 to Mecca and Medina and the most sacrosanct shrines of Islam that Burton is best known -- and for his celebrated book that recorded his experiences during the journey. Successfully posing as a wandering dervish, he gained admittance to the holy Kaabah and to the Tomb of the Prophet at Medina and participated in all the rituals of the Hadj (pilgrimage). He is still one of the very few non-Muslims to visit and return from Mecca. Above all, Burton was a sharp observer -- of character, customs, and physical surroundings. These pages contain a treasury of material on Arab life, beliefs, manners and morals; detailed descriptions of religious ceremonies, mosques, temples, etc.; and a variety of ethnographic, economic, and geographical information. Whether telling of the crowded caravan to Mecca, engaging in minute analysis of Bedouin character, waxing lyrical about a desert landscape, or reporting conversations with townsfolk or fellow pilgrims, Burton gives us a vivid picture of the region and its people.

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         The Annals of San Francisco; together with Continuation of the Annals of San Francisco and Index to the Annals of San Francisco (3 volumes)

      New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1855. 1st. Hardcover. Thick 8vo. [5]-824pp. 2 engraved views (including frontispiece); 4 engraved portraits; 154 engraved text illustrations; 2 engraved maps (1 folding). Original full black morocco stamped in gilt; spine gilt-lettered & ruled and 5 raised bands. AEG. A vergy good to near fine copy (hinges cracked but holding firm, dampstaining to first few pages; light foxing). The "Continuation of the Annals" (hardcover) and "Index" (softcover) volumes are ex-libris with numbers, stamps & labels. "Recognized as one of the most important reference books of the period... gives an outstanding narrative history of San Francisco, but also supplies much information on mining and its impact on this instant city." - Kurutz , California Gold Rush 594. The book includes three sections: a general summary of Spanish California; the annals of the city; and a section devoted to individual topics such as the "Hounds," fires, hotels, Vigilance Committee, Steamer-Day, and memoirs of noted California pioneers. Much on the pioneers missions, Argonauts, saloons, fights, hangings, the Chinese, clipper ships, fires, economics, growth, daily life etc. "Almost anything that one wants to know of life in San Francisco in the middle of the nineteenth century..." (Cowan II pg. 601; Graff 3901; Holliday 1028; Howes S769; Kurutz Zamorano 80:70). Together with two volumes published by California Historical Society: Index to 'The Annals...'', 1935; and 'Continuation of the Annals...', 1939. Next day shipping. Celebrating our 15th year - all domestic orders ship with Delivery Confirmation Tracking Number - Images available upon request.

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         Costumes des Pyrénées dessinés d'après nature par Alfred Dartiguenave, lithographiées par V. Adam, Champagne, Lemoine Jne, &c.

      Pau, Auguste Bassy, s.d., (1855-56), - in-folio, titre imprimé en deux tons, et 12 planches lithographiées en couleurs, légéndées (10 sont numérotées), demi-basane, dos lisse muet orné de filets dorés, titre poussé en lettres dorées au centre du plat supérieur (reliure de l'époque). Des rousseurs aux planches, mais bon exemplaire. Ensemble bien complet de cette suite très peu commune, qui reproduit sur le mode sentimental et ethnographique un choix de costumes du Béarn et de la Bigorre, passablement idéalisé : I. Environs de Pau. - II. Grisette et servantes à Pau. - III. Environs de Pau. - IV. Pâtre tricotant et marchande de beurre. - V. Branle d'Ossau. - VI. Guide et chasseur aux Eaux-Bonnes. - VII. Chasseur d'izard & berger. - VIII. Pâtre et jeune fille aux Eaux-Chaudes. - IX. Contrebandiers aragonais. - X. Pâtre de la vallée d'Aran. Costumes de Cauterets. - XI. Une famille à Barèges. - XII. Environ de Bagnères-de-Bigorre. C'est précisément cet album d'archétypes qui fit connaître le Palois Prosper-Guilluame-Alfred Dartiguenave (1821-1885) et l'imposa comme maître de ce type de représentations dans l'espace pyrénéen : certaines de ces lithographies ont été indéfiniment reproduites et commentées (pensons spécialement à ses Contrebandiers aragonais). Labarrère I, 452.

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         Portolano della Liguria

      Litografia Armanino, Genova 1855 - In-4, 26 tavole litografiche a doppia pagina (le prime due costituiscono il frontespizio e la dedicatoria) le rimanenti ( nn. 3-26) sono quelle dedicate all'atalante del mare, così organizzate: 3. Rada e Porto di Nizza; 4. Porto di Nizza; 5. Piano di Villafranca; 6. Golfo di San Gioan; 7. Porto di Monaco; 8. Rada e Porto di San Remo; 9. Rada e Porto Maurizio e Rada di Oneglia; 10. Rada di Diano, Il Cervo e Andora; 11. Rada di Langueglia ed Alassio. 12 Rada del Borghetto e Ceriale e Rada di Borsaiola, Pietra e Loano; 13. Golfo di Genova; 14. Rada di Vado e porto di Savona; 15. Porto di Savona; 16. Rada e Porto di Genova; 17. Porto di Camogli; 18. Golfo di Rapallo; 19. Porto Fino; 20 Porto di Rapallo; 21. Rada di Sestri di Levante; 22. Rada del Mesco; 23. Golfo della Spezia; 24. Piano di Caparbia; 25. Porto di Capraia; 26 Carta generale del Mar Ligure. Legatura in mezza percalle con titolo in oro al dorso. Questo "Portolano della Liguria" venne redatto da Giuseppe Albini per la Tipografia Armanino su consegna della Marina Sabauda, essendosi trovata allora la vecchia cartografia nautica mediterranea non più adeguata alle esigenze del tempo. Oggi, è rarissimo. L'autore (Villafranca di Nizza, 1780 - Spotorno, 1859), fu al suo tempo ammiraglio al servizio dei Savoia. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Thèatre de la Scala et Casino des nobles à Milan

      1855 ca, Milano 1855 - Rara veduta del Teatro della Scala ed infilata della via Giuseppe Verdi. L'incisione è animata dalla presenza di numerosi personaggi ed è ricca di particolari che mantengono vivo un momento di vita quotidiano della Milano della metà del XIX secolo. Benchè non sia tratta da dagherrotipo, in alto al centro riporta la scritta "Collection du Daguerreotipe". mm 162x250

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         La Marine au XIXe siècle.

      Paris, Langlumé s.d. (c. 1855). - in-4 oblong. Titre lithographié. 12 planches lithographiées chiffrées de 13 à 24. Cartonnage lithographié (discrètement restauré). Edition Originale très rare de cette suite de lithographies de Louis Lebreton (1818-1866), dessinateur et lithographe de marine, originaire de Douarnenez. En 1837 il n'a pas vingt ans lorsqu'il s'embarque sur l'Astrolabe en tant qu'aide chirurgien pour la seconde campagne de Dumont d'Urville, son oncle. C'est pendant ce voyage qu'il apprend l'art du dessin auprès d'Ernest Goupil, artiste officiel de l'expédition, fonction qui lui reviendra à la mort de ce dernier en 1840. A son retour en France, il participe à la publication de la relation de l'expédition, recevant ainsi sa première formation en lithographie. Dessinateur officiel au Dépôt des cartes et plans à partir de 1848, réalisant ses propres gravures à partir de 1849, il est également reconnu pour la rigueur de ses représentations de navires qui s'appuient sur les observations qu'il réalise lors de ses voyages dans les ports français, témoignant des innovations techniques contemporaines apportées aux navires: vapeur, roues à aubes et hélices. Le présent recueil qui met en images les batailles navales de la guerre de Crimée, semble exister sous un même titre en plusieurs états. Non seulement le nombre de planches semble parfois différer d'un exemplaire à l'autre, mais les 12 planches dont il est habituellement constitué ne sont pas toujours les mêmes puisqu'il existe des exemplaires avec 12 planches numérotées de 1 à 12 et d'autres, comme celui-ci, avec 12 planches numérotées de 13 à 24. Ex-libris gravé "Raymond de Dampierre". Exemplaire frais, dans son cartonnage d'origine. Polak 5516 (indiquant seulement 10 planches). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         [Original Art]: An Early View of the Gold Rush Town at Mokelumne Hill, California [circa 1855]

      [Mokelumne Hill, California, 1855. Near Fine. Original conte crayon, colored pencil, and watercolor drawing on Bristol pasteboard paper. Image size 20.5" x 14"; matted to 22.5" x 19". A few tiny partial tears at the bottom corners, modest spots near the top edges, overall near fine. An early landscape view, by an unknown artist, of the Gold Rush town at Mokelumne Hill, as seen by a group of miners in the foreground who are shown relaxing and drinking in an outdoor beer garden. One of the men is shown looking out upon the town and surrounding hills through a telescope. It is likely that the men are taking in the view from J.C. Gebhardt's newly established brewery in 1855. The painting was part of William Burger's important collection of Western Americana (sold at auction in 2014), who noted that it had hung "in the Mokelumne Hotel until 2000, and for as long as anyone can remember."Founded in 1848 by a group of Oregonians, Mokelumne Hill (located in Calaveras County) became one of the richest gold mining towns in California. By 1850 the town was one of the largest in the area, with a diverse population of Americans, Frenchmen, Germans, Spaniards, Chileans, Mexicans, and Chinese, ranging between 10,000 to 16,000 people during its heyday. The easy gold attracted criminal elements, and the town gained a reputation as one of the bawdiest in the area, with a bustling bar scene. By 1852, with the help of a "vigiliance committee" the worst of the crime was eliminated. During its heyday in the 1850s, it was at Mokelumne Hill that the Calaveras Chronicle, the first county newspaper, was founded, and here that the Code of Law for Miners was written, and also where the first local hospital was founded. By 1862, Gebhardt's establishment had expanded and completed its physical plant with stone quarried on site, and was known throughout the 19th Century as the Hemminghofen & Seusdorf or Mokelumne Hill brewery.A rare and early visual representation of this historically important town, by a reasonably accomplished artist, most likely a German or French miner.

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         Traité élémentaire de Physiologie humaine [ Edition originale ] Comprenant les principales notions de la physiologie comparée

      Ouvrage accompagné de 144 gravures intercalée dans le texte, 1 vol. fort in-8 reliure demi-chagrin noir, Labé, Librairie de la Faculté de Médecine, Paris, 1855, 4 pp., VIII-988 pp. avec deux figures rehaussées à l'aquarelle Très rare exemplaire de l'édition originale. Fils de l'anatomiste Pierre-Augustin Béclard, Jules Auguste Béclard (1817-1887) fut notamment le secrétaire perpétuel de l'Académie de Médecine de 1873 à 1887. Bon état (un coin plié avec coupe frottée, très bon état par ailleurs). Français

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         To Switzerland and Back.

      1855 - London, Routledge, [1855]. Small 8vo. Slightly later red cloth, spine lettered in gilt; pp. xvi, 208; some wear to lower hinge, else a very good copy. Re-issue with a new title-page of To Mont Blanc and Back Again, first published in 1854, extremely rare. A lively account of a journey by boat and train through Germany to Switzerland, and on foot within the Swiss Alps, via the St. Bernard Pass to Chamonix and Mont Blanc. The author, librarian of the Royal Society, provides interesting detail of his ascents, relates his impressions of country and people, and comments on weather conditions and his travelling companions. Chapters 10 to 15 contain the decription of the surroundings of and Mont Blanc itself. See Perret 4554; Meckly 215; not in Neate. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Household Words. A Weekly Journal. No. 293 - 296, 298 - 300, 308, 310 - 321.

      London: Office, 16, Wellington Street, Strand, [Nov. 3 - Nov. 24, 1855, Dec. 8 - Dec. 22, 1855, Feb. 16, 1856, March 1 - May 17, 1856]. Original parts as issued, 8vo., 313-408, 435-504, 97-120, 145-432 pp. Printed wrappers. Some chipping and minor foxing to outer wrappers and edges, else very good. First edition in original parts. Contributions by Dickens include “A Slight Depreciation of Currency” (Nov. 3, 1855), “Why?” (March 1, 1856), “Proposals For a National Jest Book” (May 3, 1856), and “Railroad Dreaming” (May 10, 1856). Contributions also include all original five chapters of A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins (March 1 - March 29, 1856). Eckel 202-219. Kitton 107-137. Podeschi E113.

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         Himalayan Journals. Notes of A Naturalist in Bengal, the Sikkim and Nepal Himalayas, the Khasia Mountains, &c. A new Edition, carefully revised and condensed.

      London, John Murray, 1855. Two volumes, 8vo. Original brown cloth gilt, with gilt vignettes on front boards; pp. xvi, 348; xii, 345, [2, advertisements], with wood-engraved illustrations (some full-page, one in red), text vignettes and folding maps; a little worn at extremities, spines slightly rubbed, occasional light spotting, otherwise a very neat set. Hooker (1817-1911) travelled to India with the support of a government grant in 1847, voyaging with a free passage from the Admiralty on HMS Sidon which was taking Lord Dalhousie, the newly appointed Governor-General, to the subcontinent. Travelling to Calcutta and then Darjeeling, Hooker befriended Brian Houghton Hodgson, an expert on Nepalese culture and Buddhism, who collected Sanskrit manuscripts, and was also a passionate naturalist. Although Hodgson helped Hooker with his preparations for the expedition into the Himalaya, Hodgson was too unwell to accompany Hooker to Sikkim in 1848, and so Dr Archibald Campbell, the British government agent, travelled with Hooker in his place. Hooker entered Sikkim with some difficulty, in the face of resistance from the ruling Raja and his chief minister, and his excursion into Tibet (undertaken in the face of official prohibitions) resulted in his arrest in November 1849; only the threat of a British invasion secured his release. The survey of the passes into Tibet which Hooker produced were greatly appreciated by later travellers, and the Younghusband expedition into Tibet of 1903 sent Hooker a telegram from Khambajong, congratulating him on the accuracy and usefulness of his information. Hooker then spent 1850 exploring in Eastern Bengal and the Khasia Hills with Thomas Thomson, a friend from his student days at Glasgow University, before returning to Britain later in that year: 'Altogether Hooker collected about 7000 species in India and Nepal and on his return to England managed to secure another government grant while he classified and named them. The first publication was the Rhododendrons of the Sikkim-Himalaya (1849-51), edited by his father and illustrated by Walter Hood Fitch, whose fine drawings enriched many of both the Hookers' publications. Hooker's and Campbell's travels added twenty-five new rhododendrons to the fifty already known and the spectacular new species they introduced into Britain helped create a rhododendron craze among British gardeners' (ODNB). The grant of £400 per annum for three years also funded Hooker while he wrote Himalayan Journals, in which he recounted his explorations of these areas, including parts of Sikkim and eastern Nepal which were hitherto completely unknown to Europeans, and his almost-complete circuit of Kangchenjunga - the first to be attempted by a European, which took Hooker (who believed it to be the 'loftiest known mountain on the globe' (I, p. x), rather than the third-highest) to altitudes of 18,000 feet and more. The work - today widely recognised as 'a classic of early Himalyan travel and exploration' (Neate) - was first published in 1854, which was followed by this second, abridged and revised edition the following year, and numerous further printings followed throughout the nineteenth century and into the twentieth.

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         Hoffmann's Strange Stories: From the German

      Boston: Burnham Brothers, 1855. First Edition. Good. First American edition. 444 pp. Brown cloth with gilt stamping on spine. Good+ condition overall. Front flyleaf removed; hinge there starting. Cloth worn and frayed at head and tail. Former owner's name stamped on front paste down; bookplate on facing page. The first US collection of the German Romantic author's fantastic tales. Includes "Life of Hoffmann," "The Walled-up Door," and "Coppelius, the Sandman.

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         Les Trois Mousquetaires. Vingt Ans aprés. Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou Dix ans plus tard. 3 parts in 1 vol. With 3 wood engravings as head-pieces. S.l.a.et t

      Alexandre DUMAS père: Les Trois Mousquetaires. Vingt Ans aprés. Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou Dix ans plus tard. 3 parts in 1 vol. With 3 wood engravings by i.a. Félix-Jean Gauchard (part 2) after drawings by Georges Alexandre Fischer (parts 1 and 2) as head-pieces. S.l.a.et t. [Paris: Typ. de Mme Ve Dondey-Duprè 1855]. 4to. 149 [1 unnumbered leaf (blank)], [unnumb. p. 1 (title part 1)], p. 2-155, [unnumb. p., 156 (blank)]; [unnumb. p. 157 (title part 2)], p. 159-351, [unnumb. p., 352 (table of contents)]; [unnumb. p. 1 (title part 3)], p. 2-486, [unnumb. p., 487 (table of contents)], p. 488 (table of contents, continuation). Later French artist's binding made of full grained dark brown morocco leather over wooden boards on 6 raised bands, decorative boards with blind embossed geometrical elements in simplified Grolier style, all edges and spine of binding with embossed lines and framework incorporating floral themes, text block with gilt gauffered edges in the same style, gilt title on spine as well as waxed marbled endpapers on white stock. GORGEOUSLY BOUND EARLY EDITION OF ALEXANDRE DUMAS' MOST FAMOUS HISTORICAL TRILOGY about d'Artagnan and his befriended musketeers Athos, Aramis and Porthos. The 1st part was originally published in Bruxelles in 1844, continued by the 2nd part »Vingt Ans aprés« (Paris, 1847) and completed with the publication of the 3rd part titled »Le Vicomte de Bragelonne«, altogether published for the 1st time in Bruxelles, 1851. The initial pages of each of the 3 novels printed, here in double columns, are illustrated with nice head-pieces executed as wood engravings, probably reprinted from the 1852 illustrated edition published in Paris by Marescq for Dufour and Mulat. - Paper in some parts minimally foxy and with some small, skilfully executed restorations, otherwise very well preserved text block. The present copy is particularly remarkable because it's superb anonymous French artist's binding in a simplified Grolier style, which, apart from minor rubbing at some edges and corners, is in very good condition. Although there were numerous editions of the »Musketeers« published in huge print runs already in the1840s and 1850s, this one is very rare. According to OCLC there is only one copy to trace in institutional holdings world-wide, at the BNF in Paris. A collectable item indeed. Munro, Dumas Bibliographie, 1981, p. 145

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         [BROADSIDE] Lively flea. / Australia our home.

      A rare broadside with a ballad about the Victorian gold diggings. [s.l. : s.n., circa 1855]. Single lithographed sheet, printed on thin paper, 255 x 190 mm, containing two anonymous ballads, each presented in a single column separated by a vertical divider; in the left column a humorous verse titled 'Lively Flea' (a parody of Charles Dickens' 'Ivy Green'), and in the right column a topical ballad about the Victorian gold diggings titled 'Australia our home'; an illustration at the head of each column, with the gold digger depicted as a rakish character holding a bag marked [£]'5000'; titles in bold with the text filling the remainder of each column; a fine example. We can locate only six other copies of this broadside in collections worldwide (National Library of Australia; State Library of New South Wales; Bodleian Library, Oxford; University of Chicago Library; University of Pennsylvania Library; Memorial University of Newfoundland, Lubrano Collection of Broadside Ballads). 'Australia our home'. 'Here's off, here's off to the diggings of gold, Australia's our home where wealth is untold; Up, up with your picks, take your shovel in hand, Here's off, here's off to a happier land. We dread not the voyage, though distant and long, We've a compass to steer by, our arms they are strong, And ne'er into misery unheeded we'll fall, While Melbourne's rich gold fields are open to all. Quick, quick, "ALL'S SERENE" - at trifles don't stand, I'll warrant we'll soon have a fortune in hand; Up, up with your picks, let your courage be bold, Here's off, here's off to the diggings of gold. The gold fields are near - see the diggers how thick - What matters, here's into the work like a brick, What to us is the toil, or pain-blister'd hands, If a barrow we wheel o'er the gold-yielding sands. They may tell us of hardships - of dangers unknown, Of knives and bullets - but there we will roam; With mountains above us, and valleys below, To Melbourne's rich gold fields right onward we go. Huzza! fellow-townsmen, ye may dig till you're rich, The gold fields are open, our tents there we'll pitch, Up, up, with our picks, the treasures unfold, Here's off, here's off to the diggings of gold.'

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         Essai sur l'Inégalité des Races Humaines.

      Paris, Librairiei de Firmin Didot Frères, 1853-1855. - 4 volumes in-8. 2ff. XI. 492pp. 1f. + 2ff. 509pp. 2ff. + 2ff. 423pp. + 2ff. 359pp. Demi-veau, dos lisse orné (Reliure de l’époque). Edition Originale très rare, tirée à 500 exemplaires aux frais de l’auteur. Né en 1816, Joseph Arthur de Gobineau entra dans la carrière diplomatique grâce à la protection de Tocqueville. C’est pendant son séjour à Berne comme secrétaire de légation qu’il composa et fit imprimer à ses frais ce livre célèbre et controversé. "Le titre malheureux fondera plus tard la légende absurde et tenace d’un Gobineau père du racisme. En fait l’ouvrage, appuyé sur une érudition trompeuse d’autodidacte, développe une sombre philosophie de l’Histoire: (.) loin d’être perfectible à l’infini l’humanité s’enfonce dans le marécage fatal de l’égalité dans l’abjection. 'L’Essai sur l’inégalité des races humaines', vision romantique, est une épopée du désespoir. (qui fait) de lui un des égotistes français les plus étranges dans son arrogante singularité" (En Français dans le Texte). Traces de mouillures claires au premier tome, tache brune dans la marge des derniers feuillets du tome second, quelques rousseurs éparses. Assez bon exemplaire toutefois, dans sa reliure de l'époque. En Français dans le Texte, 271. Printing and the Mind of Man, 335. [Attributes: First Edition]

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         THE LAW OF KINDNESS: ILLUSTRATEDBY AUTHENTIC STORIES

      Sheldon, Lamport & Blakeman. Some wearon cover, first page missing, pages some stains. . Fair. Hardcover. 1855.

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         LEAVES OF GRASS

      Brooklyn: s.n., 1855. FIRST EDITION, First Issue (BAL's and Myerson's Binding "A"); First State of the frontispiece portrait (on heavy paper); second state of the copyright page, as usual; second state of p. iv ). Offered here in the first issue of the first printing, this collection of Whitman's poetry is described by PMM as "America's second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, that of 1855 intellectual." Dubbing Whitman (1819-92) "the Poet and the Prophet of Democracy," PMM adds that "the whole of Leaves of Grass is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation." Most of this volume is occupied by the celebrated "Song of Myself," a publication so sexually candid as to be branded immoral at the time, but now recognized as one of the great achievements of 19th century American poetry. Reviews in 1855 were mixed, with the most enthusiastic coming from Emerson, whose words of praise became the preface to the second edition. According to Myerson, 795 copies of the first edition were bound: 337 in Binding "A" in June and July of 1855; 262 in Binding "B" in December, 1855 and January, 1856; and 196 copies in two other binding styles. Copies of this edition fetch more than $100,000 at auction, and the infrequently found copies in fine condition can go for more than twice that amount; our copy is priced advantageously as a reflection of the (skillful) restoration work the cover has undergone. Laid in is a very thorough printed delineation of the repairs (which involved the partial incorporation of a backstrip from a later facsimile cover) performed on the book by Lyn R. Jacobs.. 288 x 200 mm. (11 3/8 x 7 3/4"). xii, 95 pp. FIRST EDITION, First Issue (BAL's and Myerson's Binding "A"); First State of the frontispiece portrait (on heavy paper); second state of the copyright page, as usual; second state of p. iv ). Original publisher's green cloth, covers with gilt frames, gilt titling, and decoration in blind, flat spine titled in gilt, marbled endpapers, the binding with extensive refurbishing and very skillful repairs (see below). Housed in a green quarter morocco box. Frontispiece portrait of the author, original tissue guard. BAL 21395; Grolier American 67; Myerson A2.I.a1; PMM 340. Some variations in color to boards (because of refurbishing), the gilt with variable degrees of brightness (visible but rather dulled on the spine, a bit less than bright on the front cover, and with original luster on the back), but the expertly restored binding entirely solid and certainly agreeable enough. Isolated marginal smudges, otherwise A FINE COPY INTERNALLY, the text clean, smooth, and fresh.Offered here in the first issue of the first printing, this collection of Whitman's poetry is described by PMM as "America's second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, that of 1855 intellectual." Dubbing Whitman (1819-92) "the Poet and the Prophet of Democracy," PMM adds that "the whole of Leaves of Grass is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation." Most of this volume is occupied by the celebrated "Song of Myself," a publication so sexually candid as to be branded immoral at the time, but now recognized as one of the great achievements of 19th century American poetry. Reviews in 1855 were mixed, with the most enthusiastic coming from Emerson, whose words of praise became the preface to the second edition. According to Myerson, 795 copies of the first edition were bound: 337 in Binding "A" in June and July of 1855; 262 in Binding "B" in December, 1855 and January, 1856; and 196 copies in two other binding styles. Copies of this edition fetch more than $100,000 at auction, and the infrequently found copies in fine condition can go for more than twice that amount; our copy is priced advantageously as a reflection of the (skillful) restoration work the cover has undergone. Laid in is a very thorough printed delineation of the repairs (which involved the partial incorporation of a backstrip from a later facsimile cover) performed on the book by Lyn R. Jacobs.

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         Die Insel Sardinien. Geschichtliche Entwicklung der gegenwärtigen Zustände derselben in ihrer Verbindung mit Italien. Nebst 12 Kupfern und einer Karte von Sardinien.

      Leipzig: Verlag der Dyk\'schen Buchhandlung, 1855. Zweite vermerhte Ausgabe VIII, 382 Seiten mit 12 Kupferstichen und einer auffaltbarten Karte. Gebundene Ausgabe. Halbleder mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel, Lederecken. Gutes Exemplar. Einband berieben, Ecken etwas bestossen. Bindung fest und sauber. Namenseintrag auf Titelblatt. Je ein Namensstempel auf Vorsatz und Einbandinnendeckel. Innen schön und sauber erhalten. Wirkt kaum gelesen. Wenige Seiten mit blassen Stockflecken. Für das Alter schön erhalten. Versand D: 2,20 EUR

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         Autograph document signed with original artwork.

      N.p., Vancouver, WA 1855 - One page document, a deed, in the hand of Derby, the celebrated humorist and author of 'Phoenixiana'. 9 3/4 x 7 7/8 inches, done in brown/black ink. Very good.The document reads as follows: 'Columbia Barracks, Vancouver/October 29th, 1855/This may certify, that for the sum of two/hundred and fifty dollars to me paid, I have/this day sold to Lieut. G.H. Derby [autograph], a house/recently erected by me, situated, fronting on the/Parade ground, on the left of the building now/occupied as a band barracks. This house was/before this date my own private property, and was/erected on the reserve with the express permission of/the Commanding Officer of the post./[New paragraph] In witness hereof, I have hereunto affixed my/hand and seal, this 29 October 1855./Witnessed by/[in a different hand] H.D. Wallin/Capt. 4th Inf. [drawing of a seal, the animal, by Derby, side view, underneath which is printed 'Seal"./[Second signature, not by Derby, and front view of a seal, the animal, with water and a boat in the background, presumably by Derby]On the verso of the sheet, which is folded in thirds, is a notation in Derby's hand; 'Capt. H.D. Wallin/Deed for house at/Vancouver/October 29, 1855'.This document was written in the same year that Phoenixiana, a selection of Derby's sketches and burlesques which had previously appeared in periodicals, was published. Derby's writings represent one of the earliest developments of the so-called American, or Western, style of humor. His influence can be seen in many subsequent writers, most noticeable Mark TwainAccompanied by the first published view of Fort Vancouver plate XLIV ('Fort Vancouver, W.T.), a tinted lithograph, from the Narrative and Final Report of Explorations for a Route for a pacific Railroad Near the 47th Parallels from St. Paul's to Puget Sound (1860).

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         Zululand a Mission Tour in South Africa

      [with] Life with the Zulus of Natal, South Africa. First edition. 8vo. Mordern half morocco, gilt. viii, 232, viii, 232pp. London, James Nisbet & Co., 1862 &

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         Storia di Milano. riveduta e annotata dal prof. Egidio De Magri

      Colombo Libraio,, Milano, 1855 - Tre volumi di cm. 22, pp. (4) lxxii, 780, 768, 719 (1). Frontespizio figurato a ciascun volume, ritratto dell'autore e 10 tavole f.t. Il tutto finemente inciso in rame. Solida legatura coeva in mezza pelle, dorsi a nervi con titoli e ricchi fregi in oro. Esemplare genuino ed in ottimo stato di conservazione. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         POST-BIBLICAL HISTORY OF THE JEWS; FROM THE CLOSE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT, ABOUT THE YEAR 420 B.C.E., TILL THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SECOND TEMPLE IN THE YEAR 70 C.E. COMPLETE IN TWO VOLUMES.

      Philadelphia: Moss & Brother(1855.). 1st edition. Period Quarter Leather and marbled boards, 8vo, 486 + 405 pages. All edges marbled. Raphall (1798-1868) was born in Stockholm and settled in England in 1825, quickly becoming prominent in British Jewry as one of its chief exponents to the Christian world and as a fighter for the political rights of Jews and against defamations of Judaism. He published the first Jewish periodical in England and co-produced the first translation of parts of the Mishna into English. In 1849 he moved to the US, and in 1860 delivered the first invocation by a rabbi before the US House of Representatives. Raphall is most known, however, for his delivery, less than a year later at the height of the secession crisis in January of 1861, of what became "the most highly publicized rabbinical statement on the 'Bible and Slavery'" in which he placed "Judaism squarely in opposition to abolitionism, [and] denied that any statement in the Bible could be interpreted to prohibit slavery, and, insisted that, on the contrary, biblical law granted the right to own slaves. " (EJ) . This played well with Jewish Southerners. He eventually settled in New York, where he led the B'nai Jeshurun congregation. (JE) Singerman 1409. SUBJECT(S) : Jews -- History -- 586 B. C. -70 A. D. Lower spine labels missing, some other wear to gilt spines, some rubbing to boards, hinges on vol I starting, but a beautiful set in gorgeous period marbled endpapers and boards with raised bands. Very Good Condition. A beautiful set. (AMR-5-25A)

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         Villette, by Currer Bell (Second [First English one volume] edition)

      Smith, Elder & Co., London 1855 - This is the hardback Second Edition described on the title page as 'A 'New Edition'' (i.e. First English one volume edition) published by Smith, Elder & Co., London in 1855. Issued in 8vo. size c. 7 x 4.75 inches. Page 415 is misnumbered 451. With a gift inscription to Georgina M. FitzGibbon dated either 1857 or 1867 at the head of the first page of text. A number of pages with small marks though nothing too disfiguring. One leaf has an inch long cut, just entering the text area. On the whole a good clean copy internally. Lacking a 16pp. catalogue from the end. Bound in contemporary brown half calf with marbled paper boards by Stephen Austin, Hertford (with their stamp on the verso of the front fly leaf). The spine has five raised bands with richly gilt panels and a red lettering label. The edges of the text block are marbled and the end papers are marbled to match the boards. A little rubbed hear and there, particularly the paper on the upper board, but a very good firm copy with strong hinges. The author's third novel which was first published in 1853 in three volumes. This Second edition was published in October 1855, some seven moths after the author's death, and is the First English edition to appear in one volume. It is a very scarce edition with, at the time of listing, no copies for sale on the usual websites. There is a growing opinion that considers this novel to be of at least equal merit or, arguably, a greater achievement than Jane Eyre. Both George Eliot and Virginia Woolf considered Villette a finer novel. Stephen Austin established himself as a printer in 1768 and in 1805 the firm was appointed Printer and Bookseller to the East India College. By 1825 they were advertising 'books bound to any pattern' and they bound certain of their own oriental books in appropriate styles, in cloth and leather. Within the U.K. delivery is free and will be by Special Delivery Next Day. Other Destinations - delivery, by air, will be by ParcelForce globalpriority or globalexpress which are both fully insured and tracked services. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         THE HOLY LAND: SYRIA, IDUMEA, ARABIA, EGYPT, & NUBIA

      London: Day & Son, 1855-56. Second (First Small Folio) Edition. This is a remarkably clean and bright copy, in a very pleasing binding, of one of the great travel books from the Victorian heyday of the genre. Roberts (1796-1864) started out painting houses and then theatrical scenery, but soon developed a reputation for paintings and lithographs of exotic scenery. His "Holy Land" is one of the most famous English illustrated books of the century. Its success was due in part to its lavishness, but certainly also to "Roberts' great accuracy as a draughtsman, his strong sense of country and place [and] . . . his love of architecture." (Houfe) Abbey says that "Haghe's skillful and delicate lithography, and his faithful interpretation of Roberts's draughtsmanship and dramatic sense, combine in what are undoubtedly remarkable examples of tinted lithographic work. . . . one feels that the colossal subjects and broad vistas were ideally suited to Roberts's talent, trained as he was in theatrical scene-painting." Ours is an especially appealing copy of a work often disfigured with foxing.. 285 x 195 mm. (11 1/8 x 7 3/8"). Six volumes bound in three. Second (First Small Folio) Edition. Fine 20th century crimson crushed morocco by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey & Co. (stamp-signed on front turn-in), boards with simple gilt-rule border, raised bands, spine compartments ruled in gilt, gilt titling, densely gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. 250 FINE TINTED LITHOGRAPHED PLATES, MOSTLY OF VIEWS OF THE HOLY LAND, by Louis Haghe after Roberts (a few with hand coloring), including engraved titles, two engraved maps, and an engraved portrait of Roberts. Abbey, Travel 385, 388, and 272; Blackmer 1432; Tobler, p. 229. Text leaves with faint overall darkening (due to paper quality), isolated small patches of foxing or minor smudges to margin of plates, otherwise AN ESPECIALLY FINE SET, the text entirely clean, smooth, and fresh, the bindings unworn, and THE IMAGES VERY CLEAN, RICH, AND ENTIRELY WITHOUT FOXING. This is a remarkably clean and bright copy, in a very pleasing binding, of one of the great travel books from the Victorian heyday of the genre. Roberts (1796-1864) started out painting houses and then theatrical scenery, but soon developed a reputation for paintings and lithographs of exotic scenery. His "Holy Land" is one of the most famous English illustrated books of the century. Its success was due in part to its lavishness, but certainly also to "Roberts' great accuracy as a draughtsman, his strong sense of country and place [and] . . . his love of architecture." (Houfe) Abbey says that "Haghe's skillful and delicate lithography, and his faithful interpretation of Roberts's draughtsmanship and dramatic sense, combine in what are undoubtedly remarkable examples of tinted lithographic work. . . . one feels that the colossal subjects and broad vistas were ideally suited to Roberts's talent, trained as he was in theatrical scene-painting." Ours is an especially appealing copy of a work often disfigured with foxing.

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         Grins. Smartest Nation In All Creation: Comprising; ¿The Yankee Among The Mermaids¿, ¿Students abroad: their romance and real life¿, The Forger¿s Wife¿, ¿Lobster Salad YANKEE HUMOUR, and Uncle Sam's Fun¿, ¿A Story With A Vengeance or, How Many Joints may go to a tale¿

      London, Charles H. Clarke, 48, Paternoster Row 1855 - London, Charles H. Clarke, 48, Paternoster Row. 1855. First Edition. First edition 1855 in marbled, half-leather (spine and corners) hardback book. Book Condition: Very Good minus. Boards show some wear and rubbing to extremities, spine a little scuffed, flat spine, no lean, sound binding. Front endpaper missing, prelims spotted, remainder of contents clean and unmarked though with variable toning in paper. 670 pp, many full page, black and white illustrations to the final book ¿Yankee Humour and Uncle Sam¿s Fun¿. Size - 5¿ x 7¿ (12cm x 18cm) ¿ Rare. Further photos available on request. Containing six, complete works as follows, The Yankee Among The Mermaids; A Yarn by a Cape Codder. By Burton, William E. (William Evans) including three black and white, half-page illustrations, uncredited. 160 pp. Students abroad : their romance and real life by Kimball, Richard B. (Richard Burleigh) First Edition 1855. Ward And Lock, 158, Fleet Street. 1855. 121 pp. The Forger¿s Wife by John Lang. First Edition, 1855. Ward And Lock, 158, Fleet Street. 1855. 128pp. Lobster Salad by Percy Bolingbroke St. John (with Edward Copping), First Edition, London, 1855, Illustrated frontispiece and other in-text chapter heading ills. In black and white, uncredited. Ward And Lock, 158, Fleet Street. 1855. 120pp YANKEE HUMOUR, and Uncle Sam's Fun by Bede, Cuthbert [Edward Bradley]; 1853. London: Nathaniel Cooke, London: Nathaniel Cooke, Milford House, Strand. Third Edition. With an introduction by William Jerdan and eight, striking, full page black and white illustrations, uncredited, possibly by the author. 115 pp. A Story With A Vengeance or, How Many Joints may go to a tale by Angus B. Reach and Shirley Brooks. . Second Edition. With a frontispiece and ten cuts (illustrations) by Smyth. Angus Reach was a British writer noted for his journalism and ficiton. He counted Shirley Brooks as his greatest friend, who was also a novelist and journalist. Brooks is noted for his contributions to Punch, at one time becoming editor. This scarce work is the only one the two wrote together. Direct from the library of the late Hugh Selbourne MD (1906-1973) a noted book collector and diarist. 114pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         THE HOLY LAND: SYRIA, IDUMEA, ARABIA, EGYPT, & NUBIA

      London: Day & Son, 1855-56. Second (First Small Folio) Edition. This is a remarkably clean and bright copy, in a very pleasing binding, of one of the great travel books from the Victorian heyday of the genre. Roberts (1796-1864) started out painting houses and then theatrical scenery, but soon developed a reputation for paintings and lithographs of exotic scenery. His "Holy Land" is one of the most famous English illustrated books of the century. Its success was due in part to its lavishness, but certainly also to "Roberts' great accuracy as a draughtsman, his strong sense of country and place [and] . . . his love of architecture." (Houfe) Abbey says that "Haghe's skillful and delicate lithography, and his faithful interpretation of Roberts's draughtsmanship and dramatic sense, combine in what are undoubtedly remarkable examples of tinted lithographic work. . . . one feels that the colossal subjects and broad vistas were ideally suited to Roberts's talent, trained as he was in theatrical scene-painting." Ours is an especially appealing copy of a work often disfigured with foxing.. 285 x 195 mm. (11 1/8 x 7 3/8"). Six volumes bound in three. Second (First Small Folio) Edition. Fine 20th century crimson crushed morocco by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey & Co. (stamp-signed on front turn-in), boards with simple gilt-rule border, raised bands, spine compartments ruled in gilt, gilt titling, densely gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. 250 FINE TINTED LITHOGRAPHED PLATES, MOSTLY OF VIEWS OF THE HOLY LAND, by Louis Haghe after Roberts (a few with hand coloring), including engraved titles, two engraved maps, and an engraved portrait of Roberts. Abbey, Travel 385, 388, and 272; Blackmer 1432; Tobler, p. 229. Text leaves with faint overall darkening (due to paper quality), isolated small patches of foxing or minor smudges to margin of plates, otherwise AN ESPECIALLY FINE SET, the text entirely clean, smooth, and fresh, the bindings unworn, and THE IMAGES VERY CLEAN, RICH, AND ENTIRELY WITHOUT FOXING.This is a remarkably clean and bright copy, in a very pleasing binding, of one of the great travel books from the Victorian heyday of the genre. Roberts (1796-1864) started out painting houses and then theatrical scenery, but soon developed a reputation for paintings and lithographs of exotic scenery. His "Holy Land" is one of the most famous English illustrated books of the century. Its success was due in part to its lavishness, but certainly also to "Roberts' great accuracy as a draughtsman, his strong sense of country and place [and] . . . his love of architecture." (Houfe) Abbey says that "Haghe's skillful and delicate lithography, and his faithful interpretation of Roberts's draughtsmanship and dramatic sense, combine in what are undoubtedly remarkable examples of tinted lithographic work. . . . one feels that the colossal subjects and broad vistas were ideally suited to Roberts's talent, trained as he was in theatrical scene-painting." Ours is an especially appealing copy of a work often disfigured with foxing.

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         The Private Journal of Lewis Carroll 1855 to 1897 (rare facsimile Copy; Six Volumes Plus Index, from the Library of Morton N Cohen)

      Six volumes + index volume, bound in burgundy buckram with simple gilt titling to spine. The volumes consist of copies of the original and printed one side only. Each volume measures approximately 20 × 27cm. Not signed as such but this set belonged to and comes from the London library of pre-eminent Lewis Carroll scholar Professor Morton N Cohen and his ownership stamp is to the ffep of each volume, as well as occasional marginal annotation and bookmark. A remarkable resource for Lewis Carroll scholars and collectors, this set presents a copy of all that survives of C H Dodgson's Private Journal in which he records his meetings, writings and daily life. The Lewis Carroll Society has written a brief history of the journals and the missing volumes, which states "Lewis Carroll kept a diary throughout his adult life, and although not every day is recorded, he maintained a detailed chronicle of his activities, often summarising short periods of days, or even elapsed months. Nine volumes of his diaries have survived, covering the period 1 January 1855 to 23 December 1897. The first of these is numbered volume 2 and the last is numbered volume 13. Volumes 1, 3, 6 and 7 are missing." They go on to say "Following Carroll's death in 1898, the manuscript diaries were kept by members of the Dodgson family, and were transferred to various senior members of the C.L. Dodgson Estate for safe keeping, until they were purchased by the British Library in 1969." One example reads "May 16 [1865] (Friday), Recieved from Macmillan a copy (blank all but the first sheet) of "Alices Adventures in Wonderland" bound in red cloth as a specimen". Volume 1 contains January 1855 to April 1858, volume 2 is May 1862 to August 1864, Volume 3 is Sept 1864 to January 1868, volume 4 is April 1868 to September 1880, volume 4A is July 1883 to June 1892 (this volume is printed two entries to a side, up to 186 is on the outer edge of the page, and the up to 1892 is next to it and running the other way so the book must be flipped) and finally volume 5 is July 1892 to a few weeks before Lewis Carroll's in early 1898. This is complemented by an alphabetical index volume compiled by R E Thompson and runs to 202pp. Condition: This set is in good condition but was heavily used by Professor Cohen, with quite heavy shelfwear and rubbing to the corners. The inner bindings are secure but some are printed on india paper and have been lightly creased. There is some finger marking to the page edges and as mentioned Prof Cohen has made a few marginal annotations. Overall, a collectible set with an important provenance. PLEASE NOTE: This set is very heavy at 8 kg, so postage will have to be significantly increased. Please see the Cox and Budge website for full shipping details.. Hardback. Good.

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         Der mexicanische Stat Puebla; vollständige Reduction der Original-Aufnahme vom Baron Ferdinand von Heldreich (Officier früher in k. preuss: dann in Mexican. D.). publiciert in 4 Bl. (Massstab 1:232 500) unt. d. Titel : Carta del departamento de Puebla levantado de orden del gobierno supremo de la Republica Mexicana por P. Almazan, 1855; redigirt v. H. Kiepert.

      c. 1855 - 59.5 x 45 cm. Este mapa de gran formato del Departamento (Estado) de Puebla fue impreso en Alemania después de 1855. El cartouche nos indica que se trata de una reducción de un mapa en cuatro pliegos, editado en la ciudad de Puebla, del cual no se conoce ningún ejemplar. Su autor fue un oficial alemán, el Barón Ferdinand de Helfreich, que al parecer había servido en el ejército mexicano. Lo publicó un gran geógrafo y cartógrafo alemán, Heinrich Kiepert. La cartela ubicada en la esquina superior derecha presenta los datos estadísticos esenciales del entonces departamento de Puebla: su división administrativa, la superficie de cada distrito y partido, y la población en cada una de estas subdivisiones. Aparece también el número de ciudades, villas, municipalidades y pueblos, así como parroquias, haciendas, ranchos y molinos. Pascual Almazán (1813 – 1885) era gobernador del Estado de Puebla en 1855 y fue quien recibió la orden del gobierno de la República Mexicana de realizar el levantamiento de este mapa. Almazán era ingeniero y cartógrafo, lo que explica el apoyo que dio a esta obra mayor. El editor de este mapa, Heinrich Kiepert (1818-1899), tuvo por su lado una larga carrera en la cartografía y sus mapas son conocidos por el gran detalle con el que fueron elaborados. Los mapas de Kiepert son muy escasos, en particular los pocos que dedicó a Texas, California y México. Desde la Independencia, varios gobiernos y científicos lamentaron la falta de mapas y estadísticas en el país, pues eso dificultaba el control territorial del país, la economía, la justa repartición de los impuestos, y en general el buen desarrollo de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos. En 1832, Simón Tadeo Ortiz de Ayala, recordó la ausencia de trabajos estadísticos durante la época virreinal y consideraba que en el Ministerio de Relaciones de la República Mexicana debería existir un depósito hidrográfico y de datos sobre el país. Lucas Alamán también lamentó este hecho, al expresar que: "Se carece de datos para presentar con exactitud ( ) los ramos que constituyen esencialmente la prosperidad general". De esta forma, en 1833 se fundó la Sociedad Mexicana de Geografía y Estadística, pero desgraciadamente nunca tuvo el presupuesto para desarrollar su misión. Hubo que esperar hasta 1850 para que se elaborara la Carta general de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos. Sin embargo, después de dos intentos, el gobierno no logró publicarlo. En este contexto, la publicación del mapa de Puebla representa un logro descastado. Se trata seguramente del primer mapa "moderno" de un estado mexicano, que nunca obtuvo la atención merecida. Se trata también de un mapa sumamente escaso, pues sólo se conoce un ejemplar en una biblioteca pública, la Biblioteca Universitaria de Estrasburgo (Francia). Hasta la fecha no hemos podido encontrar copia de este mapa en los catálogos de la Biblioteca Nacional de Francia, la British Library y la Biblioteca del Congreso de Estados Unidos. Tampoco parece estar presente en las bibliotecas públicas mexicanas o en el AMPR, que compila las ventas de mapas en el mundo de los últimos 50 años. Se trata de una gran pieza, muy escasa, tanto del Estado poblano como de la historia de la cartografía mexicana.

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         THE CHINESE EMPIRE: FORMING A SEQUEL TO THE WORK ENTITLED "RECOLLECTIONS OF A JOURNEY THROUGH TARTARY AND THIBET" [TWO VOLUMES]

      Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, London 1855 - 8vo., 2 volumes; VG-; spine paneled blue leather with gilt tooling, red label with gilt lettering; 3/4 bound with blue cloth boards, some damage to both spines, including wear to ribs and panels, wear at edges, and cracking at head and tail; boards have bumping to corners; volume 1 has a folding map in excellent condition, with only a tiny rip; Both volumes have the bookplate of Sherard Osborn, as well as his signature and date on the half title page; Sherard Osborn was the captain of the HMS Furious, as well as being a Royal Navy Admiral and Arctic Explorer. He was captain of the HMS Furious during the Second Opium War, a time this book covers, making this a very nice association copy; shelved case 10. Dupont. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        LEAVES OF GRASS

      s.n., Brooklyn 1855 - 288 x 200 mm. (11 3/8 x 7 3/4"). xii, 95 pp. FIRST EDITION, First Issue (BAL's and Myerson's Binding "A"); First State of the frontispiece portrait (on heavy paper); second state of the copyright page, as usual; second state of p. iv ). Original publisher's green cloth, covers with gilt frames, gilt titling, and decoration in blind, flat spine titled in gilt, marbled endpapers, the binding with extensive refurbishing and very skillful repairs (see below). Housed in a green quarter morocco box. Frontispiece portrait of the author, original tissue guard. BAL 21395; Grolier American 67; Myerson A2.I.a1; PMM 340. Some variations in color to boards (because of refurbishing), the gilt with variable degrees of brightness (visible but rather dulled on the spine, a bit less than bright on the front cover, and with original luster on the back), but the expertly restored binding entirely solid and certainly agreeable enough. Isolated marginal smudges, otherwise A FINE COPY INTERNALLY, the text clean, smooth, and fresh. Offered here in the first issue of the first printing, this collection of Whitman's poetry is described by PMM as "America's second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, that of 1855 intellectual." Dubbing Whitman (1819-92) "the Poet and the Prophet of Democracy," PMM adds that "the whole of Leaves of Grass is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation." Most of this volume is occupied by the celebrated "Song of Myself," a publication so sexually candid as to be branded immoral at the time, but now recognized as one of the great achievements of 19th century American poetry. Reviews in 1855 were mixed, with the most enthusiastic coming from Emerson, whose words of praise became the preface to the second edition. According to Myerson, 795 copies of the first edition were bound: 337 in Binding "A" in June and July of 1855; 262 in Binding "B" in December, 1855 and January, 1856; and 196 copies in two other binding styles. Copies of this edition fetch more than $100,000 at auction, and the infrequently found copies in fine condition can go for more than twice that amount; our copy is priced advantageously as a reflection of the (skillful) restoration work the cover has undergone. Laid in is a very thorough printed delineation of the repairs (which involved the partial incorporation of a backstrip from a later facsimile cover) performed on the book by Lyn R. Jacobs. Offered here in the first issue of the first printing, this collection of Whitman's poetry is described by PMM as "America's second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, that of 1855 intellectual." Dubbing Whitman (1819-92) "the Poet and the Prophet of Democracy," PMM adds that "the whole of Leaves of Grass is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation." Most of this volume is occupied by the celebrated "Song of Myself," a publication so sexually candid as to be branded immoral at the time, but now recognized as one of the great achievements of 19th century American poetry. Reviews in 1855 were mixed, with the most enthusiastic coming from Emerson, whose words of praise became the preface to the second edition. According to Myerson, 795 copies of the first edition were bound: 337 in Binding "A" in June and July of 1855; 262 in Binding "B" in December, 1855 and January, 1856; and 196 copies in two other binding styles. Copies of this edition fetch more than $100,000 at auction, and the infrequently found copies in fine condition can go for more than twice that amount; our copy is priced advantageously as a reflection of the (skillful) restoration work the cover has undergone. Laid in is a very thorough printed delineation of the repairs (which involved the partial incorporation of a backstrip from a later facsimile cover) performed on the book by Lyn R. Jacobs. FIRST EDITION, First Issue (BAL's and Myerson's Binding "A"); Firs

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