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         Eigenh. Brief mit U. Bozen, 1. I. 1856.

      1856. 4 SS. auf Doppelblatt. 8vo. Wohl an seinen Hausverwalter: "Von verschiedenen Seiten höre ich daß die Wohnungen im Palais auf der Wieden nicht hinreichend trocken sein sollen, und um dieß nun zu bewerkstelligen, daselbst ungeheuer geheitzt wird. Meiner Ansicht nach muß die für die Ehzgin und für mich bestimmte im 1ten Stocke wie jene der Baronin im Mezzanin, längst trocken und bewohnbar sein, es kann sich daher nur um die anderen Wohnungen handeln, die vorerst auch nicht benöthiget werden [...] Seit meiner Abreise von Wien habe ich keinen ordentlichen Bericht über den Stand des Hauses und den Fortschritt des Hauses erhalten, ich trage Ihnen daher auf, so bald als möglich, mit Hinzuziehung eines Sachverständigen das Palais zu untersuchen, und durch diesen beurtheilen zu lassen, ob ich bei meiner Rückkehr die für mich und mein Gefolge bestimmten Wohnungen beziehen könne, oder nicht [...]".

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         Eigenh. Brief mit U.

      Bozen, 1. I. 1856. - 4 SS. auf Doppelblatt. 8vo. Wohl an seinen Hausverwalter: "Von verschiedenen Seiten höre ich daß die Wohnungen im Palais auf der Wieden nicht hinreichend trocken sein sollen, und um dieß nun zu bewerkstelligen, daselbst ungeheuer geheitzt wird. Meiner Ansicht nach muß die für die Ehzgin und für mich bestimmte im 1ten Stocke wie jene der Baronin im Mezzanin, längst trocken und bewohnbar sein, es kann sich daher nur um die anderen Wohnungen handeln, die vorerst auch nicht benöthiget werden [.] Seit meiner Abreise von Wien habe ich keinen ordentlichen Bericht über den Stand des Hauses und den Fortschritt des Hauses erhalten, ich trage Ihnen daher auf, so bald als möglich, mit Hinzuziehung eines Sachverständigen das Palais zu untersuchen, und durch diesen beurtheilen zu lassen, ob ich bei meiner Rückkehr die für mich und mein Gefolge bestimmten Wohnungen beziehen könne, oder nicht [.]".

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         Life Trial and Execution of W. Palmer for the Murder of Mr. J. P. Cook

      1856 - Broadside (490 x 380mm). Original sheet trimmed and laid down on recent archival paper, small areas of loss to the extremities, not interfering with the text. Small number '25' written in red pencil far right hand corner. With woodcut border and illustration. John Powell, London, n.d [added in a contemporary handSaturday June 14th The execution broadside of Dr William Palmer, for the poisoning of John Parsons Cook, at Stafford.He was also suspected, although never indicted, of the murder of his four children, (all of whom died in infancy), his wife Ann Palmer, brother Walter Palmer, a house guest Leonard Bladen, and his mother in Law, Ann Mary Thornton. Palmer benefited financially from all of these deaths. Dr Palmer was executed at Stafford Prison, Saturday 14th June 1856. Although not mentioned in this broadside the prisoner is said to have had an interesting exchange with the prison governor moments before his death. Palmer was asked to confess his crimes,the exchange went thus: 'Cook did not die from strychnine.' 'There is not time for quibbling - did you or did you not kill Cook?' 'The Lord Chief Justice summed up for poisoning by strychnine.' In the trial text it is stated Palmer reiterated he was: 'innocent of poisoning Cook by strychnia.' The Judge presiding in his summation stated: 'Whether it is the first and only offence of this sort which you have committed is certainly known only to God and your own conscience.' Palmer certainly became notorious for his supposed crimes; it was said 20,000 people attended his execution. A wax figure of him was on display at Madame Tussaud's in the Chamber of Horrors from 1857 - 1979. Charles Dickens described him as 'the greatest villain that ever stood at the old bailey', in his article on 'The Demeanor of Murderers'. He is also referenced in several novels and in an Alfred Hitchcock film. Copies held at Princeton University Library, Yale University Law School Library, (printed by H. J. Day), Kent State University Library, (printed by John Chapman), Tisch Library, Massachusetts, (printed by Hill and Halden), Cambridge University Library, (printer not known), and Oxford University, (printer not known). The proceedings of the Old Bailey, online. ODNB.

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         First Footsteps in East Africa

      Longman. London Longman, 1856. First edition. 8vo., xxxviii, 648pp., four coloured plates, 7 illustrations in text, 2 maps, appendix iv omitted as usual. Modern fine rebind. blue half morocco gilt, top edge gilt, an attractive copy. Burton's first expedition to Somalia, made in order to explore the forbidden city of Harrar (which he was the first European to reach). This was the first expedition on which he was accompanied by Speke. Although achieving their objective, the expedition was marred by the death of Lieut. Stroyan. Burton received his famous spear wound to the face during an attack by tribesmen on the beach at Berberah. His book caused a sensation at the time. Book and pages in very tidy condition. Overall VERY GOOD . Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 1856.

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         First Footsteps in East Africa; or, an Exploration of Harar

      London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1856. First edition, second issue without the Appendix IV. Book measures 9 x 6 inches. Collation, xl,648pp, 2 single page maps, 4 coloured plates, including frontispiece, half title present. Bound in modern quarter calf, marble boards, flat gilt bands, leather title label. Binding in fine condition. Internally, occasional library stamp or mark, plates stamped on verso, [ engraved side free of stamps]. Pages and plates in good clean condition. A very nice well bound copy. . First Edition. Quarter Calf. Very Good. 8vo.

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         The Kanzas Region: forest, Prairie, Desert, Mountain, Vale, and River

      Fowler and Wells, New York 1856 - tall 12mo, 3/4 leather and marbled bds, spine with 5 raised bands, gold spine title and decorations, sl. rubbing to corners and lower spine end; marbled eps, very gently ex lib Newberry Library with 2 small labels on ft pastedown, tiny stamps bottom edge frontis and tp, small number on cp, no other labels, marks or card pocket; internally otherwise clean and unmarked; small archival tape repair upper gutter first 3eps, almost invisible; map frontis and map near rear; pp.viii,192,4adverts,4adverts,4adverts (all related to phrenology, hydropathy, etc); no dj as issued. "Descriptions of Scenery, Climate, Wild Productions, Capabilities of Soil, and Commercial Resources; interspersed with Incidents of Travel, . . ." A very attractive and clean copy of a title scarce in any printing. Howes G-383, Graff 1650, Wagner-Camp 276, Flake 3712, Rader 1677, Rittenhouse 253, Sabin 28607. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         A Narrative of the Siege of Kars. And of the six months' resistance by the Turkish garrison under General Williams to the Russian Army: together with a narrative of travels and adventures in Armenia and Lazistan; with remarks on the present state of Turkey.

      London: John Murray, 1856 - Octavo. Original brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt, blind panelling to covers, fore and bottom edges untrimmed, brown endpapers. Binder's ticket to rear pastedown. Slightly rolled, inner hinges of pastedowns slightly split, slight marking to spine, some foxing. A very good copy. Engraved frontispiece, vignette title-page, folding plan of Kars and folding area map to rear, 32 pages of advertisements. First edition. Sandwith served as chief medical officer for British and Turkish forces at Kars during the siege of the city during the Crimean War. After the city's capitulation he was the sole British captive released by the Russians. He was welcomed back to Britain as a hero, whereupon he wrote the present book, giving a narrative of the siege alongside offering observations on the Balkan and Turkish area. With the bookplate to pastedown of Richard Somerset, 2nd Baron Raglan, along with the bookmark and shelfmark for Cefntilla Court, Raglan's family home. His father the 1st Baron Raglan had been the commander of the British troops in the Crimean War and had been partly responsible for the Charge of the Light Brigade. On the bookplate is written "from Ld Beauchamp 1871", believed to be Frederick Lygon, 6th Earl Beauchamp; Raglan had married the daughter of the 3rd Earl Beauchamp. Not in Cross. [Attributes: First Edition]

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         Lettera autografa, con l'indicazione ''Istruzioni per l'assenza''.

      Datata 25 luglio 1856, - 2 pagine in-8 su carta azzurra autografe di Cavour: si tratta di un promemoria suddiviso in varie disposizioni che Cavour, allora primo ministro dello Stato Sabaudo, impartisce ai suoi collaboratori. Di particolare interessa la richiesta di Cavour di poter leggere i numeri del ''Nord'' e del ''Fischietto''. L'ultima raccomandazione è ''I decreti Reali saranno consegnati al ministro Rattazzi per la firma del Re.''. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         A DIRECTORY OF GREENE COUNTY FOR 1855-6, EMBRACING THE NAMES OF VOTERS IN THE COUNTY GENERALLY, ALPHABETICALLY ARRANGED, THEIR OCCUPATION, RESIDENCE AND POST OFFICE...

      Mobile: Printed by Strickland & Co., 1856. [2],74pp., including errata, plus [24]pp. of ads at the end. Original brown cloth, large printed paper label on front board. Cloth and label somewhat rubbed and soiled, boards lightly shelfworn. Some foxing and tanning, as usual. Very good, in original condition. Scarce and early directory for this west-central Alabama county. Aside from the lengthy directory of residents, there is information on birthplaces of Greene County residents and religious denominations, as well as several pages of advertisements giving information on commercial houses in Mobile and other parts of the state. Howes mentions a map, and notes that it was "not issued in all copies." As Owen notes, the map was issued separately, and is not to be found with the book. It is not mentioned by Spear, and Owen describes it separately in his section on Alabama maps. "The whole work abounds in detail, and possesses an interest that does not usually attach to such an effort" - Owen. Antebellum southern directories are notoriously scarce. SPEAR, p.138. OWEN ALABAMA, p.1167. HOWES S736, "aa." SABIN 85375a.

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         Five Lectures on the Emigration of the Dutch Farmers from the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope and Their Settlement in the District of Natal until Their Formal Submission to Her Majesty's Authority, in the Year 1843 (association copy)

      Saul Solomon, Cape Town 1856 - Half-bound with marbled boards. Gilt titling to panelled spine. Wear to all edges and sl. rubbing to corners. All textblock edges gilt. Small surface abrasion to front pastedown. Signed 1936 by South African philosopher R F Alfred Hoernle to ffep o/w unmarked and undiscoloured. Blue ribbon present. 168pp. Binding tight. Extremely scarce. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Syria and the Syrians or Turkey in the Dependencies

      First edition. 2 vols. bound in 1. With two engraved title-page vignettes and three hand-coloured lithographed costume plates. 8vo. Original blue cloth, boards decoratively blind-stamped (central design on upper board stamped in gilt), gilt decoration and lettering to spine, a.e.g., professionally recased and repaired. xvi, 354; viii, 340 pp. London, James Madden,

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         NOUVEAU MANUEL SIMPLIFIÉ DE PHOTOGRAPHIE SUR PLAQUE, VERRE ET PAPIER, ALBUMINE ET COLLODION SUIVI D'UN PETIT TRAITÉ SUR LES INSTRUMENTS D'OPTIQUE APPLIQUÉS LA PHOTOGRAPHIE. DE LA VÉRITABLE THÉORIE DU STÉRÉOSCOPE, ET DE FORMULES ET RENSEIGNEMENTS NOUVEAUX

      La Librairie Encyclopédique De Roret, Paris 1856 - 12mo., 166 pp., 12 pp. adverts., illustrations in text. Illustrated original wrappers with the date written in ink on the front, lacking the lower corner of the front wrapper and a few other small chips. The final leaf of the adverts is tipped to the rear wrapper and the paper spine has been reinforced with cellophane tape. There are a few early stains and scattered foxing. A good or better copy. Housed in a newly made clamshell box of cloth with printed paper labels on the upper cover and spine. Edouard de Latreille, a photo-chemist, studied with Gustave Le Gray. This is his excellent survey and formulary of the latest processes, including collodion on glass; the paper printing process for albumen is also included, etc. Issued in the series, MANUELS-RORET.The bibliographic references for this manual are rather incomplete and confusing; Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, the first bibliography of French photographic books and pamphlets, list an 1855 edition of 96 pp., with no other editions of this title. Roosens and Salu agree with Bellier de la Chavignerie on the 1855 edition, but list our title of the expanded edition as 1858, [see No. 6532]. WorldCat locates four copies of the 1855 edition, and five copies of our 1856 edition, with no holdings in the United States; futher, it does not locate and 1858 edition with this title. To further confuse the issue, our copy includes a 12 page (partial?) catalogue of publications dated Juillet 1859. [Attributes: First Edition]

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         Manuscrit autographe complet de la pièce de théâtre "Mario"

      - 1856, 16x24,5cm, 14 feuillets in-4. - Eccezionale manoscritto originale scritto Mario teatrale di George Sand ed eseguito nel teatro della sua proprietà a Nohant. In una mano rotonda, con alcuni passaggi cancellati e alcune indicazioni a matita. 14 pagine scritte in inchiostro blu, circondato da loro copertura originale bis carta, dal titolo scritto a mano in piano superiore e la commedia 'indicazione in entrambe le tabelle, così come la dimensione "D # 63". Questo disegno teatrale di Belle gentiluomini di Bois- Dore è stato giocato nella privacy della "grande teatro di Nohant" di parenti di George Sand. Il teatro, installato nel 1849, impostare il ritmo di vita del paese ospitante di Nohant, che erano entrambi designer, attori e spettatori di questa grande compagnia di teatro sperimentale. La scrittura e le prime esecuzioni di questo pezzo segna un periodo di rinascita di questo "teatro di famiglia", la cui attività era praticamente cessato con la nipote morte di sabbia, avvenuta il 13 gennaio 1855. Alla cadere 1856 Nohant che emerge da una lunga lutto e il teatro è fortemente rinnovato - mettiamo un portico, e Bolard dipinto set sontuosi. Una nuova stagione teatrale che inizia l'8 settembre, i costumi pezzo sono accuratamente preparato dai membri della famiglia e il gioco è stato eseguito per la prima volta 27 Settembre 1856, poi 30, e l'ultima volta il 27 ottobre. Colpiti dalla molto limitato successo delle tre parti, all'inizio di quest'anno, Sabbia via scene professionali - il suo adattamento di Come vi piace di Shakespeare nel teatro francese era quasi fermato dopo la prima esecuzione. Il teatro Nohant si rivolge a un pubblico di addetti ai lavori, amici, dove l'improvvisazione occupa un posto elevato, e che ha solo il ruolo di "laboratorio teatrale" per le scene parigine, come lui stato quello di tanti pezzi famosi sandiennes nel 1840. Questa commedia cavalleresca, la narrazione delle avventure di Mario, figlio di un vecchio marchese durante il regno di Luigi XIII è fortemente ispirato da un aneddoto raccontato in una delle sue conferenze, Storia di Berry Louis Raynal. Mario è un unico commedie testimonianza e commedie che sono state giocate per i clienti abituali della proprietà Berry - un vuoto, uno "scenario", come menzionato in agenda, in cui brillano attori dilettanti. Sand mostra i nomi dei protagonisti in prima pagina: il figlio Maurice interpreta il vecchio marchese di Angis, diventato Bois- Dore Marquis nel romanzo; Marie Luguet, nipote di Marie Dorval e 12 anni, interpreta magistralmente il ruolo di Mario (Sand anche chiamare la ragazza "Mario" nelle sue lettere); Clorinda malvagia governante è probabilmente interpretato da sua madre; Bohemian interpretato da Manceau amante della sabbia. Il manoscritto, che a volte è più di un romanzo che il gioco, fornisce una descrizione di ogni tappa, con pochi dialoghi. Molti pentimento sono incrociate con un denso pennacchio di mano dell'autore, mentre suo figlio Maurice scandisce il testo in scene numerate da 1 a 12, e completare la matita dialoghi ( "Oh, ha detto Algenib, Mr D 'Angis solo egli non restituisce il maestro d'armi? ') e didascalie (' esce con Mario piangere "). La sceneggiata - uno dei più pittoreschi giocato a Nohant - George Sand è stato come un "grande successo" (diari, 27 Settembre, 1856). Sand si impegnerà nel dicembre dello stesso anno nella redazione di Belle Signori di Bois- Dore e approfondire la storia - guerre di religione, il gran Condé, Luigi XIII, Richelieu. Romanzo stesso è stato successivamente adattato per la fase di Paul Meurice, e inaugurato nel 1862 presso l'Ambigu-Comique. Sabbia offrirà il suo ultimo grande ruolo al suo vecchio amico l'attore Paul Bocage darà una notevole interpretazione Sylvain Bois Dore (ispirato al personaggio del vecchio marchese di Augis in questo manoscritto). testimone raro e prezioso per la genesi di un bel romanzo di Sabbia, che segna anche l'età d'oro della sperimentazione nel teatro Nohant. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Exceptionnel manuscrit autographe original de la pièce de théâtre Mario écrite par George Sand et jouée au théâtre de sa propriété de Nohant. D'une écriture ronde, avec quelques passages biffés et quelques indications au crayon. 14 feuillets écrits à l'encre bleue, entourés de leur couverture originale en papier bis, portant le titre calligraphié sur le plat supérieur et l'indication Comédie en deux tableaux, ainsi que la cote "N°63 D". Cette ébauche théâtrale des Beaux Messieurs de Bois-Doré fut jouée dans l'intimité du « grand théâtre de Nohant » par les proches de George Sand. Le théâtre, installé en 1849, rythmait la vie des hôtes de Nohant, qui étaient à la fois concepteurs, acteurs et spectateurs de cette grande entreprise d'expérimentation théâtrale. L'écriture et les premières représentations de cette pièce marquent une période de véritable renaissance de ce « théâtre de famille », dont l'activité avait quasiment cessé avec la mort la petite-fille de Sand, survenue le 13 janvier 1855. A l'automne 1856, Nohant sort d'un long deuil et son théâtre est fortement rénové - on pose un perron, et Bolard peint de somptueux décors. Une nouvelle saison théâtrale début le 8 septembre, les costumes de la pièce sont minutieusement préparés par les membres de la maisonnée et la pièce est jouée pour la première fois le 27 septembre 1856, puis le 30, et une dernière fois le 27 octobre. Affectée par le succès très mitigé de trois pièces en début d'année, Sand s'éloigne des scènes professionnelles - son adaptation de Comme il vous plaira de Shakespeare au Théâtre-Français fut quasiment interrompue après la première représentation. Le théâtre de Nohant se tourne alors vers un public d'initiés, d'amis, où l'improvisation tient une haute place, et qui n'a plus le rôle de « théâtre laboratoire » pour les scènes parisiennes, comme il l'a été pour tant de célèbres pièces sandiennes dans les années 1840. Cette comédie chevaleresque, récit des aventures de Mario, fils d'un vieux marquis sous le règne de Louis XIII est fortement inspirée d'une anecdote contée dans une de ses lectures, L'Histoire du Berry de Louis Raynal. Mario est donc un témoignage unique des comédies et vaudevilles qui se jouaient pour les habitués de la propriété berrichonne - une ébauche, un « scénario » comme mentionné dans son Agenda, dans lequel brillent des comédiens amateurs. Sand indique les noms des protagonistes sur le premier feuillet : son fils Maurice joue le vieux marquis d'Angis, devenu de marquis de Bois-Doré dans le roman ; Marie Luguet, petite-fille de Marie Dorval et âgée de 12 ans, campe magistralement le rôle de Mario (Sand appellera même la fillette « Mario » dans ses lettres); la méchante gouvernante Clorinde est sans doute jouée par sa mère ; le bohémien joué par Manceau, l'amant de Sand. Le manuscrit, qui tient parfois plus du roman que de la pièce de théâtre, dresse un descriptif de chaque scène, agrémenté de quelques dialogues. De nombreux repentirs sont biffés d'un épais revers de plume de la main de l'auteure, tandis que son fils Maurice scande le texte en scènes numérotées de 1 à 12, et complète au crayon dialogues (« Ah ! dit Algénib, Mr d'Angis n'at-t-il pas renvoyé le maître d'armes ? ») et didascalies (« Il sort avec Mario qui pleure »). La saynète - l'une des plus pittoresque jouées à Nohant - eut selon George Sand un « grandissime succès » (Agendas, 27 septembre 1856). Sand s'attellera en décembre de la même année à la rédaction des Beaux Messieurs de Bois-Doré et en approfondira la trame historique - les guerres de religion, le grand Condé, Louis XIII, Richelieu. Le roman lui-même sera plus tard adapté au théâtre par Paul Meurice, et inauguré en 1862 à L'Ambigu-Comique. Sand offrira son dernier grand rôle à son vieil ami le comédien Paul Bocage qui donnera une interprétation remarquée de Sylvain de Bois-Doré (inspiré du personnage du vieux marquis d'Augis dans le présent manuscrit). Rare et précieux témoin de la genèse d'un beau roman de Sand, qui marque également l'âge d'or du théâtre d'expérimentation à Nohant.    

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         Gesamtansicht, vom Goldberg. "Selb vor dem Brand am 18. März 1856".

      - Aquarell ( anonym ), um 1856, 19,5 x 30,5 Blick zur Stadt Selb vor dem verheerenden Brand im Jahr 1856, der die ganze Stadt zerstörte. Der Betrachter schaut vom Goldberg zur Stadt. Auf einem Weg steht ein Mann mit einem Wanderstock.

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         Jaufry the Knight and the Fair Brunissende: A Tale of the Times of King Arthur

      Addey & Co, London 1856 - Small 4to. xi, (xii-xvii),18-158pp. Full deep blue morocco binding, spine in six compartments with raised bands, gilt title, gilt inner dentelles. Marbled paper enbpapers. All edges gilt. Traced of light foxing else a near fine copy in a lovely binding. Illustrated by Gustave Doré with 20 full page engraved plates. Translated from the French version of Mary Lafon by Alfred Elwes. This is the story of Jaufre,the only surviving Provençal Arthurian romance. In it, Jaufre sets out to avenge affronts to Arthur and Merlin, but falls in love with the mistress of the castle of Monbrun. Arthurian Encyclopedia, p. 251 and 118. Scarce. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Narrative of the expedition of an American squadron to the China Seas and Japan performed in the years 1852, 1853 and 1854, under the command of Commodore M.C. Perry, United States Navy, by order of the government of the United States.

      - Washington, Beverley Tucker, Senate Printer, 1856. 3 volumes. Large 4to. Original embossed cloth with Japanese port scene on front board and American naval insignia on rear (inner hinges strengthened; sl. soiled, spines discoloured). With facsimile of the original treaty with Japan (14 pp), 16 diagrams, 22 maps (mostly folding), 116 lithograph plates (including suppressed nude bathing plate; many tinted or hand-coloured), and numerous wood-engravings. XVII,537; (8),414,14,XI; XLIII,705 pp.First official Senat edition. - Commodore Perry was appointed commander of a naval expedition to be sent to Japan to induce their government to establish diplomatic relations with the United States; only the Dutch and the Chinese had the exclusive rights until then. The Japanese were eventualy forced to accept a treaty. The most important result was that the visit contributed to the collapse of the feudal regime and to the modernization of Japan. Vol. I contains the extensive account of the voyage, compiled from the abundant and varied material amassed during the voyage from New York to Madeira, South Africa, Ceylon, Singapore, Hongkong, Shanghai, Japan. Not only from Perry's journals, but also from those of the Captain of the Fleet, Commander Adams, the flag-lieutenants Contee and Bent, of the purser Harris, etc. including translations by the Dutch interpreter Mr. Portman. Vol. II contains natural history reports by several authors, including fine hand-coloured plates of birds and fishes. Vol. III contains observations on the Zodiacal light by G. Jones. Most of the fine plates and illustrations are made by the artist Wilhelm Heine. They depict the country, Japanese natives and their customs. - Good copy of a richly illustrated and highly important expedition.Cordier, Bibl. Japonica, p.513-14; Sabin 30958; Hill I, p.231-232. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Ebenezer Beriah Kelly: An Autobiography

      1856 - First edition. 8vo. Original plum blindstamped cloth, gilt, spine lightly sunned, contemporary ownership inscription in pencil to title-page. iv, 100pp. Norwich, Connecticut, Scarce. Just three copies have appeared at auction in the past thirty years, the last in 1998. Although first published in 1856, Kelly's autobiography contains a first-hand account of eighteenth century New South Wales. In 1798, he sailed on the ?hell ship? Hillsborough a convict ship bound for Botany Bay. Soon after their departure, the convicts rebelled. Kelly describes the uprising and its beginnings: ?We were eight days flogging, ironing and packing them again? This was followed by a sickness that killed eighty-nine of the prisoners. On landing at Sydney, Kelly promptly fled to Parramatta and worked for an Irishman who kept an underground distillery. He then returned to Sydney to work for a baker. Observing the convicts during this time, he ?learned a great deal about their labors and sufferings.? The subsequent chapter of the book centres on the murder of Samuel Clode, the missionary to Tahiti. Clode had arrived with two other missionaries in May of that year. The offical account of the murder was provided to the London Missionary Society by Richard Johnson the colony chaplain. Yet Kelly's account includes some local reportage not present in Johnson's and captures much of the drama. In an eventful life, the author's Australian sojourn preceeded serving under Collingwood at the Battle of Trafalgar. Kelly describes the battle and Nelson as ?rather tyrannical in the government of his men, and only half an hour before this battle had punished two of them severely for some trifling misdemeanor, but he lived and died a hero.? In 1816, he sailed on a privateering voyage and, at the age of 53, made a whaling voyage on the Friends of New London in 1836. Ferguson, 11064; Howes, K.61; Sabin, 37305. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Southern Africa

      A Geography and Natural History of the Country, Colonies and Inhabitants from the Cape of Good Hope to Angola. First edition. 2 folding maps (1 coloured), 10 plates and numerous woodcut vignettes throughout the text. Original plum pictorial cloth, gilt, spine sunned. xii, 487pp. London, Arthur Hall, Virtue & co.,

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         Scorcio di Venezia.

      fine ’800. - Pietro Fragiacomo nasce a Trieste il 14 agosto 1856 da umili natali, primo di sei figli e unico maschio di Domenico e Caterina Dolce, entrambi nativi di Pirano d’Istria. Il padre, cuoco di professione, dapprima è a lavoro presso una ricca famiglia israelita; in seguito ad un tentativo fallito di avviare un piccolo albergo a Trieste, nel 1864 decide di trasferirsi a Venezia con la famiglia in cerca di fortuna maggiore.\rA Venezia, prende in affitto il "Caffè Lazzaroni" in Frezzaria e qui nasce la sua ultima figlia, Maria Luigia dopo Francesca, Antonia, Ernesta, Albina . Iscrive successivamente il figlio Pietro alle scuole tecniche di Campo San Felice, dove il giovane rivela una buona disposizione per la meccanica. Nel 1871, a 16 anni, terminati gli studi, Pietro viene assunto come fabbro e tornitore presso la Società Veneta di costruzioni meccaniche di Treviso dove rimane sino al 1877 e dove compie tutto il tirocinio del lavoro manuale, da modellatore falegname a tornitore e infine fabbro di banco. In quel periodo supera anche l’esame di abilitazione all’insegnamento del disegno, al solo fine di migliorare la propria posizione professionale, con la qualifica di meccanico disegnatore; per esercitare la mano, terminato il lavoro, dipinge dal vero qualche tavoletta con i pochi colori usati in fabbrica per verniciare le locomobili. Nel 1877, a causa di un diverbio con il capo officina, decide di lasciare il lavoro di Treviso e di tornare a Venezia dalla famiglia che abitava sopra il Caffè che aveva preso in affitto; nell’attesa di un posto di meccanico alle officine Neuville della Giudecca; per perpetuare la sua passione per il disegno, decide, all’età di 22 anni, di iscriversi alla Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, già frequentata con profitto dalla sorella Antonietta .\rPatentato per la docenza, all’Accademia sceglie di seguire soltanto la scuola di prospettiva tenuta da Tommaso Viola e quella di paesaggio, tenuta da Domenico Bresolin, che alternava lezioni in aula con lo studio dal vero, portando il gruppetto di studenti a dipingere en plein air tra le calli veneziane. Nel suo primo ed unico anno d’Accademia, si distingue nella scuola di paesaggio ottenendo a fine anno il 2° premio per il primo corso nella prova "disegni a matita e chiaroscuri a carbone". Dice di lui Ojetti : "Pietro Fragiacomo è un ottimo meccanico[ ] e’ un enigma insolubile per chi cerca di spiegare la sua arte con le sue origini Nessuna precocità, nessuna vocazione irresistibile[ ]la sua grande gioia fu quando potè montare egli stesso una macchina, potè lavorare con la testa e non soltanto con le mani[ ].E la pittura? Non ci pensava nemmeno in sogno".\rLa svolta nella sua vita fu l’incontro nel 1878 con il pittore Giacomo Favretto, conosciuto al di fuori dell’ambiente accademico che aveva già abbandonato. Lo conobbe grazie ad un amico comune che aveva spinto il Favretto a dare un giudizio personale sugli studietti "dal vero" del giovane pittore.\rSi instaura presto fra i due artisti un rapporto di amicizia molto forte, cementato dall’origine popolare di entrambi. Fra il 1878 e il 1879 Fragiacomo conosce e si lega ad un altro pittore, Ettore Tito, presentatogli da Favretto, più giovane di lui di due anni, col quale trova affinità di carattere dovuta all’indole generosa e mite di entrambi. Per molti mesi si reca a dipingere insieme a Tito quasi ogni giorno dal "vero" in Quintavalle dietro San Pietro in Castello, "[ ] in un’osteria sempre deserta con un orto sempre chiuso.[ ] Dall’orto[ ] si vedeva da un lato la laguna, dall’altro Sant’Elena[ ]Quando pioveva s’entrava nell’osteria[ ]".\rDi questi studietti dal vero, che non piacevano a Favretto, Fragiacomo alcuni li consegna ad un negozio di quadri in Merceria, all’angolo di Calle Larga S. Marco perché siano venduti ai turisti, altri li espone alla Permanente presso il campo dell’Accademia, al primo piano della casa detta " delle glicine".\rDa allora si va delineando chiaramente in lui un’autentica vocazione a

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         The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, with A Life of the Author

      Boston: Little Brown & Co, 1856. First edition. Royal 8vo, 10 volumes, approx. 700pp per volume, vols 1, 2, 5 and 7-10 with tissue-guarded frontispieces, facsimiles, plates and portraits. Original brown blind & gilt stamped cloth, gilt titles & publishers device on spines. Very bright, with the spine head chipped a little on some volumes, binding foredges with insect damage on a number of volumes. Completely unopened. A very nice set overall. OCLC: 1399063 . Contents:I. Life of John Adams.--II. Diary. Notes of debates in the Continental Congress, in 1775 and 1776. Autobiography.--III. Autobiography (cont.) Diary. Notes of a debate in the Senate of the United States. Essays: On private revenge. On self-delusion. On private revenge. Dissertation on the canon and the feudal law ... On the independence of the judiciary ... IV. Novanglus. V. Defence of the constitutions ... --VI. Defence of the constitutions. Discourses on Davila. Four letters, being an interesting correspondence between John Adams and Samuel Adams ... Three letters to Roger Sherman ... Roger Sherman to John Adams, in reply. Letters to John Taylor, of Caroline, Virginia, in reply to his strictures on some parts of the Defence of the American constitutions. Review of the propositions for amending the Constitution, submitted ... in 1808.--VII-VIII. Official letters, messages, and public papers, 1777-1799. IX. Official letters ..., 1797-1801.Correspondence originally published in the Boston Patriot. General correspondence, 1770-1811.--X. General correspondence, 1811-1825. Indexes.

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         ARGUMENTS OF THE HON. EDWARD STANLY, OF COUNSEL FOR THE RECEIVER, AND T.W. PARK, ESQ., OF COUNSEL FOR ALVIN ADAMS, WITH THE CHARGE OF THE COURT, AT THE TRIAL OF ALFRED A. COHEN ON A CHARGE OF EMBEZZLEMENT, IN THE CASE OF ADAMS & CO., BY H.M. NAGLEE , RECEIVER, VERSUS ALFRED A. COHEN, IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, HON. JOHN S. HAGER, PRESIDING, MARCH, 1856.

      San Francisco: Whitten, Towne & Co. ,(1856.). 1st edition. Original peach colored printed wrappers, stitched, 88 pages. Singerman 1461. Cohen, prominent San Francisco lawyer, book collector, and leader of the Jewish community, was unjustly accused of embezzling funds which belonged to creditors of the firm of Adams & Co. , a banking house which had recently defaulted. The case involved transactions with the California Steam Navigation Company. In 1862 the case was dismissed and Cohen, who became chief counsel to the Central Pacific Railroad, was vindicated. His lawyer, Trenor W. Park, had moved from his native Vermont to California in 1852, where he was counsel to the Vigilance Committee and became involved with Fremont in the Mariposa Mine; Stanly was a North Carolina Congressman who had moved to San Francisco in the 1850's. II Harv. Law Cat. 644. Cowan 133. Greenwood 769. Rocq 8030. Cohen 13950. OCLC lists 16 copies worldwide. Wrappers and title page lightly foxed, Very Good Condition. (kh-5-61)

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         EXTRACTS FROM THE SPEECH OF HON. MR. BENJAMIN, OF LOUISIANA, ON THE KANSAS QUESTION: SHOWING THE TRUE MEANING OF THE KANSAS LAW, AND HIS REASONS FOR JOINING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. DELIVERED IN THE SENATE, MAY 2, 1856.

      Washington: Printed At The Union Office(1856.). 1st edition. Original Paper Wrappers, 8vo, 8 pages. The first Jew to serve in the U. S. Senate who did not renounce his Judaism, and future secretary of State for the Confederacy, Louisiana Senator Benjamin's fear that the South was becoming a beleaguered minority caused him to abandon his Whig roots. "On May 2, 1856, he made a speech in the Senate on the Kansas Bill [concerning the extension of Slavery into Kansas] and confessed himself a Democrat. He became an ardent partisan of Buchanan, that year, and on the expiration of his term in the Senate was returned for a new term by his new friends. " (Dictionary of American Biography) . Sabin 4707. Not in LCP, Light toning to covers, Tiny notches in spine from earlier binding, otherwise Very Good Condition. (kh-5-60)

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         First Footsteps in East Africa

      Longman 1856 - London Longman, 1856. First edition. 8vo., xxxviii, 648pp., four coloured plates, 7 illustrations in text, 2 maps, appendix iv omitted as usual. Modern fine rebind. blue half morocco gilt, top edge gilt, an attractive copy. Burton's first expedition to Somalia, made in order to explore the forbidden city of Harrar (which he was the first European to reach). This was the first expedition on which he was accompanied by Speke. Although achieving their objective, the expedition was marred by the death of Lieut. Stroyan. Burton received his famous spear wound to the face during an attack by tribesmen on the beach at Berberah. His book caused a sensation at the time. Book and pages in very tidy condition. Overall VERY GOOD [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Recherches sur la peinture en émail dans l'Antiquité et au Moyen Âge.

      Paris, Victor Didron 1856 - in-4, XII-239 pp., avec 9 pl., dont une dépliante en noir (la Pala d'Oro à Milan) et 8 en chromolithographie, chacune longuement légendée d'un feuillet en regard, demi-basane glacée à coins, dos à nerfs orné en tête et en queue, palette à froid sur les plats, tranches marbrées (reliure de l'époque). Plats un peu frottés, mais bon exemplaire. Edition originale. C'est là un des premiers travaux importants de l'historien de l'art Charles-Jules Labarte (1797-1880), qui passa du barreau au cabinet de l'érudit, et finit par rentrer à l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres en 1871. [Attributes: First Edition]

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         Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah

      London: Longmans, Green and Longmans, 1856. Leather_bound. Very good. London: Longmans, Green and Longmans, 1856. Leather_bound. Three volumes. Octavo. First Edition. Richard F. Burton Personal Narritive of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah. Illustrated with coloured plates folding maps and plans. Attractively bound in three quarter calf and with marbled boards, all edges marbled, gilt motif to spine with five raised bands, gilt titles. A very rare first edition.

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         FIRST FOOTSTEPS IN EAST AFRICA; OR, AN EXPLORATION OF HARAR [SIGNED BY BURTON]

      London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1856. First Edition, Second Issue. NEWSLETTER TEXT: Richard F. Burton FIRST FOOTSTEPS IN EAST AFRICA OR, AN EXPLORATION OF HARAR [SIGNED] London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1856. First Edition, Second Issue. One of the great adventure classics. Richard Burton's account of his trek from the Red Sea coast to Harar and back in 1854-55 is a great read that demonstrates Burton's powers of observation, descriptive language and sincere interest in the customs, beliefs and day-to-day activities of the peoples he encountered. Offers detailed information on Muslim beliefs, manners and morals, as well as a wealth of contemporary geographic, ethnographic and linguistic data. Inscribed "H. A. Drought / From / Rich' F Burton". Bound in red cloth boards. 648 pages, 24 pages of ads, with all 4 color plates, all 7 in-text illustrations, and both maps in excellent condition. CONDITION NOTES: 8vo., xl, 648pp., 24pp. ads; VG-; spine red cloth with gilt lettering; moderate bumping and shelfwear to spine, boards, including slight bending to corners, fraying on head and tail of spine, wear to board edges; frontispiece tissue guard, title page, and dedication page have a blind-stamp reading 'Presented By The Publisher' in the upper fore corner; signs of repair including tape on verso of half-title and recto of frontispiece; two small waterstains on top edge of frontispiece, does not impact plate; faint and intermittent foxing; INSCRIBED on ffep 'H. A. Drought / From / Rich' F Burton'; Draught's bookplate on front pastedown. Draught knew Burton in India, and was on the same boat as Burton from India to Africa. A nice association copy; some damage to ffep, as though something was peeled off, including some small damage to 'Rich' in Burton's name; this is a second issue, as shown by the red binding (first issue was purple) and the omitting of appendix IV; contains all 4 color plates, all 7 in-text illustrations, and both maps in excellent condition; pages 505 to the end are uncut; JF consignment; shelved case 7. Dupont.

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         Las noches de Santa María Magdalena traducidas del francés por D. Celestino de Carlé lleva está edición por apéndice el sepulcro de Jesucristo por el R. P. María y José de Geramb, obra traducida del original francés por J.M.E.

      Librería de Garnier Hermanos, sucesores de D. V. Salvá, Paris. 1856 - De Geramb, R.P. María y Jose. Las noches de Santa María Magdalena traducidas del francés por D. Celestino de Carlé lleva está edición por apéndice el sepulcro de Jesucristo por el R. P. María y José de Geramb, obra traducida del original francés por J.M.E. París, Librería de Garnier Hermanos, sucesores de D. V. Salvá; 1856. Características: Buen estado general. Pasta dura en piel. Letras doradas estampados sobre lomo, con bonitos diseños también en dorado. Lomo ligeramente raspados en el área superior e inferior. Tapas estampadas con borde estampado en dorado; ligero raspado en los bordes de las mismas. Guardas limpias con dibujos. Cantos limpios con dibujos. Grabado en la primer página. 236 p. (12 x 8 cm) Peso: 200 g. La librería ofrece por tiempo limitado un descuento del 25%. El precio original de este ejemplar era de 162.38 EUR

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         The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, with A Life of the Author

      Little Brown & Co, Boston 1856 - Royal 8vo, 10 volumes, approx. 700pp per volume, vols 1, 2, 5 and 7-10 with tissue-guarded frontispieces, facsimiles, plates and portraits. Original brown blind & gilt stamped cloth, gilt titles & publishers device on spines. Very bright, with the spine head chipped a little on some volumes, binding foredges with insect damage on a number of volumes. Completely unopened. A very nice set overall. OCLC: 1399063.Contents: I. Life of John Adams.--II. Diary. Notes of debates in the Continental Congress, in 1775 and 1776. Autobiography.--III. Autobiography (cont.) Diary. Notes of a debate in the Senate of the United States. Essays: On private revenge. On self-delusion. On private revenge. Dissertation on the canon and the feudal law . On the independence of the judiciary . IV. Novanglus. V. Defence of the constitutions . --VI. Defence of the constitutions. Discourses on Davila. Four letters, being an interesting correspondence between John Adams and Samuel Adams . Three letters to Roger Sherman . Roger Sherman to John Adams, in reply. Letters to John Taylor, of Caroline, Virginia, in reply to his strictures on some parts of the Defence of the American constitutions. Review of the propositions for amending the Constitution, submitted . in 1808.--VII-VIII. Official letters, messages, and public papers, 1777-1799. IX. Official letters ., 1797-1801. Correspondence originally published in the Boston Patriot. General correspondence, 1770-1811.--X. General correspondence, 1811-1825. Indexes. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Lake Ngami; or, explorations and discoveries, during four years' wanderings in the wilds of South Western Africa.

      London Hurst and Blackett 1856 - First edition, royal 8vo., xviii, 546 pp., folding lithographed map, 16 lithographed plates including frontispiece, 12 by J. Wolf, numerous wood-engraved illustrations, modern half calf gilt, red morocco label, a very good example. "The narrative describes two expeditions, one in which the author was accompanied by Francis Galton in the Ovampo country, and the other when he travelled by himself to Lake Ngami. The courage and endurance of the explorers were remarkable . few, if any, books give so full and complete an account of Namaqualand, Damaraland, and the Ovampo country and the description of the fauna of these countries is absolutely unequalled." (Mendelssohn). "A cornerstone book of African hunting in the middle of the nineteenth century. The London edition is much more difficult to locate than the American edition". (Czech). Mendelssohn I, 41 ; Gay 3128; Czech p5 (U.S. edition). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         The discovery of the North-West Passage by H. M. S. investigator, capt. R. M'Clure, 1850, 1851, 1852, 1853, 1854.London, Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans and Roberts, 1856.

      London, Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans and Roberts 1856 - Cm. 22,5, pp. xix (1), 405 (1). Con 4 tavole litografiche f.t. (disegni di S. Gurney Cresswell) protette da velina e una carta geografica a colori ripiegata f.t. Bella legatura novecentesca in mezza pelle con punte; dorso a 4 nervi con titoli in oro su doppio tassello. Esemplare perfetto. Sir Robert John Le Mesurier McClure (1807-1873), esploratore artico di origini irlandesi, nel 1854 fu il primo a effettuare il Passaggio a Nord-Ovest e a circumnavigare le Americhe. Sherard Osborn (1822-1875), ammiraglio della marina britannica nato a Madras (India), diede alla luce questa importante e fortunata edizione basandosi sui giornali di bordo del capitano McClure. Rara prima edizione di questa straordinaria testimonianza storica che per la prima volta descrive la scoperta del Passaggio a Nord-Ovest. Cfr. Kvk; Arctic Bibliography (10563). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         The Moral and Intellectual Diversity of Races, with Particular Reference to Their Respective Influence in the Civil and Political History of Mankind... with an analytical introduction and copious historical notes... to which is added an appendix containing a summary of the latest scientific facts bearing upon the question of unity of plurality of species

      Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott and Co, 1856. First English language edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 1856, First Edition in English, and the only one to appear in the 19th century. Hardcover, 8vo, original copper boards, gilt title. xvi, 512 pp. Very Good. Sections of the spine ends and outer hinges have been rebacked; corners bumped; previous owner's blindstamp on half-title. Otherwise a square, sound copy with clean and unmarked contents. J. C. Nott of Mobile, Alabama commissioned Henry Hotz to translate and abridge Gobineau's infamous work. Later American versions would be translated as 'Essay on the Inequality of the Human Races'. Gobineau's work, despite its pro-Jewish sentiments, would have a profound impact of Hitler's argument of a master Aryan race. This American version was criticized by the author for leaving out sections denouncing Americans as 'a very mixed assortment of the most degenerate races in olden-day Europe.' A sadly influential work on scientific racialism. The French original is cited in Printing and the Mind of Man, 335. OCLC locates 7 copies worldwide.

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         A Unique Copy of Republican Campaign Edition For The Million: Containing The Republican Platform, The Lives of Fremont And Dayton , with Beautiful Steel Engravings of Each., Also, The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States

      Boston: John P. Jewett & Co., 1856. This was the platform for the first national Presidential election (1856) with a Republican candidate, John C. Frémont. A RARE publication in its own right ( Rare Book Hub notes last copy appearing in a dealer catalog in 1970). This copy rendered unique and historically significant by the original owner's addition of 78 blank pages which he mostly filled with pasted in contemporaneous newspaper clippings, including 7 pp. of the Democratic Party Platform of 1856. Other significant clippings are headed: The Sanford Letter, Wash. Aug. 21 1848 2 pp.; Kansas Affairs-Official Instructions to Gov. Geary and Gen. Smith Wash. Sept.3 1856; Kansas Slave Code 4 pp.; Who Are the Disunionists ?; 4th of July Toasts in South Carolina: The White Man Shall Be a Slave If a Laborer: Slaves, Horses and other Cattle, a Sale by J.B. Sproull & Co. 1855; and The Buchanan Democracy Hate Freedom. Overall approximately 40 newspaper clippings pasted in, with some marginal writings and notations in ink in the handwriting of the original owner, who although unnamed, appears to have resided in Greene Co., OH and was most definitely a Republican ! Very Good, bound in sewn brown leather, 78 blank pp. with contemporary newspaper articles pasted onto most of the blank pages; the Republican Party Platform, 36 pp.; Declaration and Constitution, 32 PP. Whenever any other copy of the 1856 Platform comes to market, it is unlikely to be as intriguing to historians and collectors as this copy.. First Edition. Leather. Very Good. 24mo - over 5" - 5¾" Tall.

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         Kars and Our Captivity in Russia: With Letters From Gen. Sir W. F. Williams, Bart., of Kars, K.C.B.; Major Teesdale, C.B; and the Late Captain Thompson, C.B.

      London: Richard Bentley, 1856 - Octavo. Original red cloth, rebacked with original spine laid down, spine lettered in gilt, ornate blind-stamped centrepiece within panel to covers, blue endpapers, top edge untrimmed. Very slight soiling to covers, endpaper hinges reinforced, endpapers a little marked, binders ticket to rear pastedown, some foxing. A very good copy. Portrait frontispiece with tissue-guard, 1 plate with tissue-guard, 4 pages of advertisements at rear. First edition. Lake was second in command and chief engineer during the defence of Kars, the last major operation of the Crimean War. With the city's capitulation, he spent a year as a prisoner of war in Russia; this is his autobiographical account of the events. The latter sections of the book gives an account of society and life in Russia, including observations on serfdom five years prior to its abolition. With the bookplate to pastedown and ownership inscription to half-title of Richard Somerset, 2nd Baron Raglan, along with the bookmark and shelfmark for Cefntilla Court, Raglan's family home. His father the 1st Baron Raglan, who had died the year before, had been the commander of the British troops in the Crimean War and had been partly responsible for the Charge of the Light Brigade. Cross, H141. [Attributes: First Edition]

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         Description du Sacre et du Couronnement de leurs Majestés Impériales l'Empereur Alexandre II et l'Impératrice Marie Alexandrovna. [???????? ?????????? ??????????? ?? ?????????????? ?????????a ?????????? ?????????? ??????? ? ??????????? ????? ?????????????. Description of the Holy Coronation of their Imperial Majesties the Emperor Alexander II and the Empress Maria Alexandrovna].

      Acad. Imperiale des Sciences St. Petersbourg 1856 - First edition. Elephant folio (90 x 67 cm). Lithographed title printed in red and gilt, pp. 125, text printed in brown on thick paper, with 18 full-page chromolithographs, some of these mounted as issued on thick paper with bilingual captions, by various engravers for Lemercier after Zichy, Timm, and others, 32 lithographed illustations, a few in colour, printed on india paper and mounted as issued, and tinted folding panorama of Moscow; light marginal spotting. Publisher's green morocco, the cover gilt with a large block of the Imperial regalia, gilt edges; rebacked preserving spine, covers slightly rubbed. The most sumptuous of the imperial coronation albums - one of only 200 copies. In his 1941 Valse des Fleurs, Sacherevell Sitwell speculated that the volume was 'of such immense size [that] this may be the largest book that ever issued from the printing press.' No expense was spared in the production of the book: special large type was cast and it was printed on paper imported from China. Of the 52 illustrations, 18 are exquisitely printed chromolithographs after Zichy, Timm and other court artists, and still retain their intense colours today. The volume took four years to prepare, and the production cost an astounding 123,000 rubles. The album was prepared not only for members of the court, but also for the diplomatic elite and the aristocracy of Europe. Two hundred copies were published in Russian and two hundred in French, the latter as gifts for important figures in the court and foreign guests attending the ceremony. Burtsev 286; Fekula 2019 (French issue); Lipperheide Sk9 (French issue); Vereshchagin 25; R. Wortman, Scenarios of Power, vol. 2, Princeton, 2000, pp. 33-35. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Table-Talk of John Shelden. With a biographical preface and notes by S. W. Singer.

      London:: John Russell Smith, 1856., 1856. Small 8vo. xciii, 170 pp. Half title, engraved frontispiece, decorative initials. Original full dark green blind-ruled morocco, raised bands, gilt title, a.e.g. Very good. With a fore-edge painting of the "Port of London."

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