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         Eigenh. Brief mit U. Montpellier, 29. I. 1858.

      1858. 2 SS. auf Doppelblatt. 8vo. In französischer Sprache an den Juristen Karl Witte, einen der wichtigsten Dante-Forscher und Dante-Übersetzer des 19. Jahrhunderts. - Mit gepr. Initialen.

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         UNITED STATES EXPLORING EXPEDITION. DURING THE YEARS 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842. UNDER THE COMMAND OF CHARLES WILKES, U.S.N. ATLAS. MAMMALOGY AND ORNITHOLOGY

      Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1858. Letterpress title and list of plates, otherwise engraved throughout. Fifty-three engraved plates, with tissue guards, fifty handcolored (forty-two of birds, eleven of mammals), occasional heightening with gum-arabic, by W.H. Dougal and others, after T.P. Peale (32), G.G. White (12), W.E. Hitchcock (6), and E. Sheppard (3). Folio. Contemporary three-quarter green morocco and black cloth, rebacked, retaining the original spine labels, minor scuffing and rubbing. Endpapers renewed, two modern bookplates on front pastedown, closed marginal tear to wolves plate, minor foxing to text leaves, scattered occasional light foxing and minor spotting to plates. Very good. "Masterpieces of hand-colored engraving" (McGrath): the plate volume to the first illustrated edition of this important and rare American natural history work, probably limited to no more than 150 copies. The complete work forms Volume VIII of the full set of reports on the United States Exploring Expedition, published in twenty-four volumes between 1844 and 1874. A text volume by Titan Ramsey Peale, published (without plates) in 1848, was suppressed, and, although "Peale was the chief zoologist of the expedition his work was utilized by J. Cassin (under Government instruction) and little credit was given him in the elaborate report…on Mammalogy and Ornithology" (Wood, p.606). Bennett reports that "it is said that only 150 sets were issued. The number was certainly small" (p.21). The government employed the best available engravers to work on the plates. The majority of the work was carried out by W.H. Dougall with other plates by Hinshelweed, McRae, W.G. Newton, the firm of Rawdon, Wright, Hutch & Edson and a number of other individual engravers. Not surprisingly the majority of the original drawings were by Peale, but there were significant contributions from William E. Hitchcock, George C. White, and Edwin Sheppard. This atlas includes Hawaiian content. "The ornithology plates of Hawaii interest in this atlas are plate 4, 'Pandion solitarius (Peale)' and plate 6 'Corvus Hawaiiensis (Peale).' Plates 4 and 6 are after drawings by Titian Ramsay Peale. Plate 4 shows a bird with a fish in its claws and includes a background view of the Waialua Falls, Kauai; plate 6 has a background depiction of a thatch house and cliffs, probably at or near Kealakekua, Kona" - Forbes. In the company of other great American 19th-century color plate works, the present work is described by Daniel McGrath as "typical of these Editions de Luxe...The best artists, the most skilled engravers and the most delicate colouring combined to make these illustrations masterpieces of hand-coloured engraving." BENNETT, p.21. FORBES 2240. McGRATH, pp.19, 48-49. NISSEN (ZBI) 834. WOOD, p.607. ZIMMER, p.675. FERGUSON 3954. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 85 (note).

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         Vollständiges Heiligen-Lexikon der Lebensgeschichten aller Heiligen, Seligen und aller Orte und aller Jahrhunderte, deren Andenken in der katholischen Kirche gefeiert oder sonst geehrt wird, unter Bezugnahme auf das damit in Verbindung stehende Kritische, Alterthümliche, Liturgische und Symbolische in alphabetischer Ordnung mit zwei Beilagen, die Attribute und den Kalender der Heilihen enthaltend. 5 Bände

      B. Schmidsche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Augsburg, 1858. Zusammen ca. 4200 S., Leinen mit Goldprägung - sehr gute Exemplare/2. Nachdruck der Ausgabe Augsburg 1858 -

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         UNITED STATES EXPLORING EXPEDITION. DURING THE YEARS 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842. UNDER THE COMMAND OF CHARLES WILKES, U.S.N. ATLAS. MAMMALOGY AND ORNITHOLOGY

      Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1858. Letterpress title and list of plates, otherwise engraved throughout. Fifty-three engraved plates, with tissue guards, fifty handcolored (forty-two of birds, eleven of mammals), occasional heightening with gum-arabic, by W.H. Dougal and others, after T.P. Peale (32), G.G. White (12), W.E. Hitchcock (6), and E. Sheppard (3). Folio. Contemporary three-quarter green morocco and black cloth, rebacked, retaining the original spine labels, minor scuffing and rubbing. Endpapers renewed, two modern bookplates on front pastedown, closed marginal tear to wolves plate, minor foxing to text leaves, scattered occasional light foxing and minor spotting to plates. Very good. "Masterpieces of hand-colored engraving" (McGrath): the plate volume to the first illustrated edition of this important and rare American natural history work, probably limited to no more than 150 copies. The complete work forms Volume VIII of the full set of reports on the United States Exploring Expedition, published in twenty-four volumes between 1844 and 1874. A text volume by Titan Ramsey Peale, published (without plates) in 1848, was suppressed, and, although "Peale was the chief zoologist of the expedition his work was utilized by J. Cassin (under Government instruction) and little credit was given him in the elaborate report…on Mammalogy and Ornithology" (Wood, p.606). Bennett reports that "it is said that only 150 sets were issued. The number was certainly small" (p.21). The government employed the best available engravers to work on the plates. The majority of the work was carried out by W.H. Dougall with other plates by Hinshelweed, McRae, W.G. Newton, the firm of Rawdon, Wright, Hutch & Edson and a number of other individual engravers. Not surprisingly the majority of the original drawings were by Peale, but there were significant contributions from William E. Hitchcock, George C. White, and Edwin Sheppard. This atlas includes Hawaiian content. "The ornithology plates of Hawaii interest in this atlas are plate 4, 'Pandion solitarius (Peale)' and plate 6 'Corvus Hawaiiensis (Peale).' Plates 4 and 6 are after drawings by Titian Ramsay Peale. Plate 4 shows a bird with a fish in its claws and includes a background view of the Waialua Falls, Kauai; plate 6 has a background depiction of a thatch house and cliffs, probably at or near Kealakekua, Kona" - Forbes. In the company of other great American 19th-century color plate works, the present work is described by Daniel McGrath as "typical of these Editions de Luxe...The best artists, the most skilled engravers and the most delicate colouring combined to make these illustrations masterpieces of hand-coloured engraving." BENNETT, p.21. FORBES 2240. McGRATH, pp.19, 48-49. NISSEN (ZBI) 834. WOOD, p.607. ZIMMER, p.675. FERGUSON 3954. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 85 (note).

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         ONE PAGE HANDWRITTEN LETTER BY PRESIDENT JAMES BUCHANAN [ALS]

      1858 - One page handwritten letter by President James Buchanan, written in Washington, dated 7 March, 1858. On a 7" x 6" piece of paper, backed onto a sturdier piece of paper. Two faded horizontal and two faded vertical creases. Some few letters and words have some smudging. The letter reads "My dear Madam, You ask for my autograph. This is indeed a small favor. Were it much greater it should be most cheerfully granted to promote the benevolent object of your solicitude. [parts of this sentence are illegible], I remain. Yours very respectfully, James Buchanan" Shelved DI autograph folder 1. Dupont. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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         Missionsreisen und Forschungen in Süd-Afrika [Südafrika] während eines sechzehnjährigen Aufenthalts im Innern [Inneren] des Continents. Autorisirte, vollständige Ausgabe für Deutschland. Aus dem Englischen von Hermann Lotze. 2 Bände.

      Leipzig, Hermann Costenoble 1858. VIII/392/(8), 346/(10) S., 1 Portrait-Tafel (Frontispiz), 23 Ansichten auf Tafeln in Tondruck (darunter 1 doppelblattgroße \"Viktoriawasserfall\"), zahlreiche eingedruckte Holzschnitte und 2 Faltkarten (\"Idealer Durchschnitt des südlichen Central-Afrika\" und \"Special-Karte von Livingstone\'s Reise über den Afrikanischen Continent...\"), 8°., Halbleder der Zeit mit etwas Rückenvergoldung, 4 aufgesetzten Bünden und marmorierten Deckeln, Einbände etwas berieben / beschabt, alter Bibliotheksstempel (entwidmet) auf Vorsatz / Titel, Papier teils etwas braun-/stockfleckig, ansonsten gut erhaltenes und sauberes Exemplar, Versand D: 4,90 EUR

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         Ueber die mittlere Länge der Wege, welche bei der Molecularbewegung gasförmiger Körper von den einzelnen Molecülen zurückgelegt werden; nebst einigen anderen Bemerkungen über die mechanische Wärmetheorie. SS. 239-258. In: Annalen der Physik und Chemie. Hrsg. von J.C. Poggendorff. Band 105.

      Leipzig Barth 1858 - (21,5 x 13 cm). (2) X, 636 S. Mit 4 gefalteten Kupfertafeln. Dekorativer Halblederband der Zeit. Erste Ausgabe dieser wichtigen Arbeit zur Entwicklung der Kinetischen Gastheorie. - "In order to analyze the process (of molecular collisions), Clausius adopted a simplified model for his admittedly complicated molecule. He assumed that whatever the actual patterns on intermolecular forces, one could suppose that there is some advantage distance between the centers of molecules which would represent a general boundary between attractive and repulsive forces. If two molecules were to approach each other within that boundary, repulsion would generally occur. Thus the very complex problem of intermolecular action was reduced to a 'billiard ball' model" (DSB). - Clausius (1822-1888), Professor für Physik in Berlin, Zürich, Würzburg und Bonn, führte den Begriff der Entropie ein und hat sich besonders durch zwei Leistungen von eminenter historischer Bedeutung einen Namen gemacht: die exakte mathematische Formulierung des zweiten Hauptsatzes der Thermodynamik und die Begründung der kinetischen Gastheorie. - Stempel auf Titel. Einband mit kleinem Bibliotheksschild, sonst sauber und wohlerhalten. - DSB 3, 303 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         ANUARIO ESTADISTICO DE ESPA

      1858. Madrid 1859. Imprenta Nacional. Cartoné, lomo tela. Contiene territorios de ultramar. 710 pp. 28x20. Algún punto de óxido.

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         Ichnology of New England. A report on the Sandstone of the Connecticut Valley, especially its fossil footmarks, made to the Government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. [First edition].

      the State of Massachusetts 1858 - Boston, large quarto, xii, 220 p. and 60 plates (many folding), including a large, folding hand-colored map and plate of colored sections. ***CONTENT: Edward Hitchcock (1793-1864) was educated as a clergyman, but his curiosity and interest in the earthly works of the Creator led him to investigate many areas of geology. This report is Hitchcock's major treatise on the subject of ichnology, the culmination of more than 20 years of investigation on fossil tracks and traces in the Jurassic rocks of central Massachusetts and nearby Connecticut. Dozens of footprint genera are described and splendidly illustrated herein, including tracks thought to have been made by lizards, amphibians, turtles and a variety of invertebrates. Some of the most abundant and interesting trace fossils were massive footprints that he attributed to gigantic birds. In fact, those tracks were made by dinosaurs. However, given the modern understanding that some dinosaurs were actually birds, Hitchcock’s conclusions made a century and a half ago now seem quite visionary! ***CONDITION: This is a near VG copy in the original embossed, pebbled cloth covers and gilt-lettered backstrip. Save for wear to the extremities and mild spotting, the covers are very sound; the gilt lettering and decoration on the backstrip is faint but legible. Joints and hinges solid, binding very firm. The printed pages are clean, save for an intermittent, typically faint, top-edge tide-mark that normally does not extend into the text. There is no foxing within the text. Most plates, printed on different paper, are near pristine, except for a trace of foxing here and there. The colored map and section and the 24 folding plates are immaculate. Lithography by L.H. Bradford & Co., Boston. Discrete library stamp on the title page and preliminaries. A very sound copy of an increasingly scarce report. BMNH 1261. Ward and Carozzi 1089. International shipping will be extra for this volume, but only at my cost. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         The North-West Passage, and the Plans for the Search for Sir John Franklin. A Review: By John Brown, F.R.G.S.

      E. Stanford, London, England 1858 - xii + 463 pages; with useful index. With author's presentation on front endpaper, dated in the year of publication: "To Professor M'Donald with the author's sincere good wishes & esteem 24/6/58" With a lithographed frontispiece, of "Erebus & Terror Bay, the Winter Quarters of Sir John Franklin from a sketch taken by Dr. R. McCormick, R.N. Commanding the Boat Expedition up Wellington Channel in Search of Franklin." With the half-title and the 2 folding maps with hand coloring; most leaves are unopened. Title page with the collector Allen Walcott's blind-stamp seal. The author, John Brown, F.R.G.S. (1797 - 1861) British geographer, who ".used his wealth to develop his interest in exploration, particularly of the poles, and became the centre of a scientific circle of polar explorers and their supporters.an energetic advocate of expeditions in search of Sir John Franklin. Working on the assumption that Franklin would have followed his orders, and using his own knowledge of prevailing sea currents, Brown defined the area which the expedition was ultimately found to have reached, but his advice was ignored." (Elizabeth Baigent in the ODNB) Approximately 6" x 9" size, bound in the publishers original decoratively blindstamped & gilt binding, with the small binders' ticket of Lewis & Sons on the back endpaper. Edge, tips wear, rubbing to the binding; top of spine cloth chipped away. Volume bound firmly, and in very good condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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         Signed Baton 1910 + Autograph Note Signed

      Famous Italian conductor and composer (1858-1941), very active conducting opera between 1890 and 1920 in both Europe and South America. Mugnone conducted the world premiere of Tosca (Puccini), Mese Mariano (Giordano) and others, plus many Italian premieres of operas. Signed wooden baton, dated in Buenos Aires in 1910, where he conducted at the Teatro de la Opera. Baton is 17 inches long, approx. 0.5 inches thick on one end and narrows to just 0.2 inches in the other end. In excellent condition, signature is faint but visible, date is more clear. ALSO INCLUDED is a very nice note handwritten and signed by Mugnone (Item # M3127-R5-9), with indications for the chorus master on the score for the opera Ugonotti (Italian version of Les Huguenots by Meyerbeer). Two pages, with signature at the bottom of the 2nd page, in Italian, sold untranslated. Mugnone points 19 cuts in the score to the chorus master. Size is 8 x 10 inches, has folds, otherwise in excellent condition. See scans.

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         Oriental and Western Siberia: A narrative of seven years' explorations and adventures in Siberia, Mongolia, the Kirghis Steppes, Chinese Tartary, and part of Central Asia.

      London Hurst and Blackett 1858 - First edition. 8vo., viii, [4], 611, [2] pp., one folding map, 20 lithographed plates, some printed in colour, 35 illustrations in text, a little spotting to plates, contemporary green half morocco gilt, all edges gilt, a very good copy. Account of a tour made in 1849-56. Atkinson, English traveller and painter, was inspired by Alexander von Humboldt to travel through Russia and Central Asia in 1845. A year later he journeyed to Siberia and on through the Kirghiz steppe. In 1849 he reached the heart of Mongolia via Kobdo and Uliassutai. His narrative describes his stay with the Khalka Mongols and the crossing of the Mongolian plains. Czech, Asian, p15.Yakushi A293. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Ueber die Constitution und die Metamorphosen der chemischen Verbindungen und über die chemische Natur des Kohlenstoffs. SS. 129-159. In: Annalen der Chemie und Pharmacie. Bände 105/106 in 1 Band.

      Leipzig und Heidelberg Winter 1858 - (19,5 x 12,5 cm). (8) 396 S.; (8) 392 S. Mit 2 (1 gefalteten) lithographierten Tafeln. Etwas späterer Halblederband. Erste Ausgabe seiner berühmten Arbeit. - "The final step in the development of modern structural formulas for organic compounds was taken by Kekulé" (L/K). "Kekulé veröffentlicht seine für die Entwicklung der organischen Chemie bedeutungsvolle Abhandlung über die Vierwertigkeit des Kohlenstoffs und die Verkettung der Kohlenstoffatome, und führt für die organischen Verbindungen den Namen 'Kohlenstoffverbindungen' ein" (Darmstaedter). - Titel gestempelt. Papierbedingt leicht gebräunt, sonst gut erhalten. - Darmstaedter S. 580; Leicester/Klickstein, Source Book in Chemistry S. 417 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         The Bible Exercise commenced at the Spingler Institute

      [New York], 1858. Handwritten college notebook comprised of 50 bound and 19 loosely inserted pages by Flora E. Smith, a student at one of the earliest women's colleges in the U.S. Quarter calf over lightly sunned purple cloth boards, blind embossed on front and rear cover; original paper label on front with author's name and date; hinges loose on front and back, with some loss to spine but text still holding tight; several pages excised at back causing small paper loss to rear pastedown. Internally clean, with ruled pages used for lists, charts, timelines, and note-taking associated with Smith's class on biblical and ecclesiastical history. A rare manuscript with excellent content from this early school founded to provide "a college for girls which should be the peer of Yale, Harvard, and Princeton" (Wellesley College Magazine). A near contemporary of the earliest seven sisters colleges, the Spingler Institute had "a reputation possessed by no other institution for women in America...[for using] the best methods and the best appointments...for the intellectual advancement" of young women (National Cyclopaedia of American Biography). Courses included science, mathematics, classical and modern languages, art, music, literature, history, and biblical and ecclesiastical studies. It was for this last program that Flora Smith composed her notebook. She proves to be a thoughtful and meticulous student, neatly dividing the Bible's books into categories ("The Pentateuch," "The Historical Books," "The Poetical Books," "The Prophetic Books," and "The New Testament") as well as writing bibliographic studies of versions of the Bible that consider their source languages and differences among their translations. By the middle of the notebook, Smith has developed charts and timelines, performing historiographical comparisons across the biblical texts to consider where events occur and to what extent they might overlap. In the later part of the book, she copies out and translates devotional poems such as "I Hold Still, from the German of Julius Sterm" and she appears to compose her own verse that borders on the romantic, as in the case of several inserted sonnets and a poem titled "Dream Land": "Shall I wake you in the morning? Strange and wonderful it seems/ That an earthly voice can reach you in the Land of Dreams..." Among the loosely inserted papers are handwritten test responses, written in ink in Smith's hand and corrected in pencil with the notations of source texts and verse numbers. With exceptional research contents across the fields of gender studies, the history of education, literature, biblical and religious history, and the history of women's education in America.

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         MÜNCHEN. - Plan. "Max-Vorstadt in 4 Blättern". Plan des Gebietes zwischen Bahnhof im Süden, Marsfeld im Westen, Ludwigsstrasse im Osten und Türkengraben im Norden. Mit Alter und Neuer Pinakothek, Universität und Glaspalst. Ab der Adalbertstrasse die Schwabinger Landstrasse mit unbebauten Gartengrundstücken.

      - 4 grenzkol. Lithographien von G. Wenng, gedruckt bei C. Stücker, 1858, 76 x 54 cm (Blattgröße; geringe Gebrauchsspuren). Maillinger Bd. III, 21; nicht bei Pfister, Lentner und Slg. Proebst. - Gustav Wenngs "Großer Stadtplan von München in 20 Blättern" erschien 1858.

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         Ichnology Of New England A Report On The Sandstone Of The Connecticut Valley, Especially Its Fossil Footmarks

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Printed by William White,, Boston: 1858 - Very good+ in blind embossed, dark green cloth covered boards with gilt text and a gilt emblem on the spine. A quarto of 12 3/8 by 9 3/8 inches with the cloth at the head of the spine lightly worn and with the cloth at the heel of the spine more heavily worn with some fraying and a 1/4" chip at the lower front corner of the spine. The cloth at the tips of the boards is worn through. The hinges and joints are tight and strong and there are no loose signatures. Except for the preliminaries, the textual portion of the contents (pages i through 199) are clean and largely free of foxing or tanning. The 3 fold-out tables show only occasional spots of foxing; the glossary and index only show foxing as a result of offsetting from the plate which follows; the hand-colored plate titled "The Moody Foot Mark in South Hadley" shows foxing in the margins and faintly on the upper half of the plate; the hand-colored fold-out map again shows foxing from offsetting from the adjoining plates; plates IV and V produced on heavier weigh paper show foxing in the margins; plates VI through XXXVII (which includes 21 fold-outs) are produced on light weight paper showing much less foxing which on most plates is nonexistent. The final 23 plates (XXXVIII through LX) are on heavier paper which again show light foxing primarily in the margins. The second free end page shows the following inscription: "Presented to Wm. Allen | by Edward Southworth, Jr. | Aug. 20th 1859." in a neat hand. 220 printed pages followed by the plates above enumerated. An attractive and certainly collectible copy of this seminal work describing in great detail the dinosaur tracks found, but also Hitchcock's summation of the "origin and nature of the sandstone" occurring in the Connecticut Valley. (Merrill: The First One Hundred Years of American Geology, p. 560) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         The Bible Exercise commenced at the Spingler Institute.

      [New York], 1858. Handwritten college notebook comprised of 50 bound and 19 loosely inserted pages by Flora E. Smith, a student at one of the earliest women's colleges in the U.S. Quarter calf over lightly sunned purple cloth boards, blind embossed on front and rear cover; original paper label on front with author's name and date; hinges loose on front and back, with some loss to spine but text still holding tight; several pages excised at back causing small paper loss to rear pastedown. Internally clean, with ruled pages used for lists, charts, timelines, and note-taking associated with Smith's class on biblical and ecclesiastical history. A rare manuscript with excellent content from this early school founded to provide "a college for girls which should be the peer of Yale, Harvard, and Princeton" (Wellesley College Magazine). A near contemporary of the earliest seven sisters colleges, the Spingler Institute had "a reputation possessed by no other institution for women in America...[for using] the best methods and the best appointments...for the intellectual advancement" of young women (National Cyclopaedia of American Biography). Courses included science, mathematics, classical and modern languages, art, music, literature, history, and biblical and ecclesiastical studies. It was for this last program that Flora Smith composed her notebook. She proves to be a thoughtful and meticulous student, neatly dividing the Bible's books into categories ("The Pentateuch," "The Historical Books," "The Poetical Books," "The Prophetic Books," and "The New Testament") as well as writing bibliographic studies of versions of the Bible that consider their source languages and differences among their translations. By the middle of the notebook, Smith has developed charts and timelines, performing historiographical comparisons across the biblical texts to consider where events occur and to what extent they might overlap. In the later part of the book, she copies out and translates devotional poems such as "I Hold Still, from the German of Julius Sterm" and she appears to compose her own verse that borders on the romantic, as in the case of several inserted sonnets and a poem titled "Dream Land": "Shall I wake you in the morning? Strange and wonderful it seems/ That an earthly voice can reach you in the Land of Dreams..." Among the loosely inserted papers are handwritten test responses, written in ink in Smith's hand and corrected in pencil with the notations of source texts and verse numbers. With exceptional research contents across the fields of gender studies, the history of education, literature, biblical and religious history, and the history of women's education in America.

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         The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table Every man his own Boswell

      Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Company, 1858. First Edition. Cloth. Very good. Octavo, viii, 373pp. Gilt title on spine. All gilt edges. Original cloth bindings. Red and black lettering on title page, with 8 illustrations by Augustus Hoppin. Tissue guards in place on illustrations. Top and bottom spine boards with bumping. Accompanied by a signed letter from Oliver Wendall Holmes to Henry S. McKean, Esq. of Cambridge. In the letter, he offers this book to "your little boy in my name - with my best wishes." Oliver Wendall Holmes was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He is considered one of the finest jurists to have sat on the bench.

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         Promotional booklet; drop-title "South Australia"... "By an Old Colonist"

      Adelaide: no publisher, 1858. Fine copy.. Duodecimo pamphlet, as issued without wrappers, 12 pp. (last blank), blue tinted paper stock. Scarce pamphlet printed to promote the colony. Anonymously compiled 'by an old Colonist', the booklet comprises various parts gleaned from several sources. First are excerpts from an article by Mr. Wilson of the Melbourne Argus who 'accompanied by a Russian nobleman, made a tour through South Australia... his report may be considered a faithful description of the present state of the colony'.Then come statistics compiled from the Adelaide Register; including imports, exports, wage rates for various trades, land under cultivation, education figures and the like. The booklet concludes with some geographical information, including a description of the Murray River, and closes with passage rates for emigrants.Ferguson records a copy held by the State Library of South Australia; another has since been included in the catalogue of the Mitchell Library, Sydney.

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         Die Expedition in die Seen von Japan, China und Ochotsk (3 Bände)

      Leipzig, Purfürst, (1858). - unter Commando von Commodore Calw. Ringgold und Commodore John Rodgers, im Auftrage der Regierung der Vereinigten Staaten unternommen in den Jahren 1853 bis 1856, unter Zuziehung der officiellen Autoritäten und Quellen. Mit 25 getönten lithographischen Tafeln bzw. Holzschnitttafeln, 7 gefalteten Karten, XX, 330 Seiten; VIII, 391 Seiten; VII, Seiten, Halbleinenbände der Zeit, 25,5 x 17,5 cm, Einbände gering fleckig, Stempel auf den Titelblättern, innen teils etwas gebräunt.

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         Missionsreisen und Forschungen in Süd-Afrika [Südafrika] während eines sechzehnjährigen Aufenthalts im Innern [Inneren] des Continents. Autorisirte, vollständige Ausgabe für Deutschland. Aus dem Englischen von Hermann Lotze. 2 Bände.

      Leipzig, Hermann Costenoble 1858 - VIII/392/(8), 346/(10) S., 1 Portrait-Tafel (Frontispiz), 23 Ansichten auf Tafeln in Tondruck (darunter 1 doppelblattgroße "Viktoriawasserfall"), zahlreiche eingedruckte Holzschnitte und 2 Faltkarten ("Idealer Durchschnitt des südlichen Central-Afrika" und "Special-Karte von Livingstone's Reise über den Afrikanischen Continent."), Einbände etwas berieben / beschabt, alter Bibliotheksstempel (entwidmet) auf Vorsatz / Titel, Papier teils etwas braun-/stockfleckig, ansonsten gut erhaltenes und sauberes Exemplar, Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 1200 8°., Halbleder der Zeit mit etwas Rückenvergoldung, 4 aufgesetzten Bünden und marmorierten Deckeln, [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Collection Archéologique du Prince Pierre Soltykoff. Horlogerie. Déscription et Iconographie des Instruments horaires du XVIe siècle, précédée d?un abrégé historique d?horlogerie au moyen age et pendant la renaissance

      Paris 1858 - leicht stockfl., Kapt. bestoßen. sonst guter Zustand Vortit., Tit., 214 S. u. 20 gest. Tafeln. Hlwd. d. Zt. Bassermann-Jordan/Bertele 504. Österr. Museum 354. The Clockmaker?s Library 280. 4°

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         De Soissons à Baïdar. Août 1855 à août 1856.

      Rédaction du manuscrit terminée le 11 octobre 1858, signature L. Baron. - Cahier manuscrit de 152 pages. Demi-toile défraichie. L'auteur fait parti du 2 ème de ligne qui devait rejoindre le 9 ème de ligne en Crimée. Départ le 11 août 1855 de Soissons pour embarquer à Toulon à bord du Jemmapes, vaisseau de ligne de 2 ème ordre, après avoir visité le triste bagne de Toulon et sa population misérable. Le Jemmapes est armé de 90 canons, ses voiles blanches et sa figure de proue à l'effigie du dernier roi des français lui donnent fière allure. Le détroit des Dardanelles, Constantinople et son Bosphore, la Mer Noire et enfin la Crimée. Débarquement le 30 septembre 1855 dans la baie de Kamiesch, alors que l'armée française est sur place depuis une année déjà. Beaucoup de détails sur les conditions de vie de la troupe, l'alimentation, le prix des denrées sur place, les vêtements des Highlanders, les mises à sac des maisons."Deux chasseurs d'Affrique qui faisaient route avec nous me racontèrent qu'étant présents et les auteurs du sinistre, ils avaient consenti à laisser les habitants sortir de leur demeure et, sur leur prière ne leur avaient pas fait de mal; mais ils mirent tout à sac, ils avaient du vin jusqu'à la cheville dans les caves". Travaux de fortification au camp d'Albat, reconnaissance puis départ pour Baelbec, retraite devant les troupes russes. Description du camp de Kadi-Koï, coup d'oeil sur les alliés anglais, piémontais ou turcs (leur nombre, leurs habits et nourriture). Description de Sébastopol, le camp d'Inkermann, célèbre vainqueur de la ville, à coté du petit Kamiesch, puis Balaclava. Le quartier d'hiver 1855-1856 puis la paix. La Crimée en mai 1856, une revue d'un général russe, puis retour en France en passant pas Malte. Touchant document retraçant la dure vie d'un soldat en campagne, qui prend néanmoins le temps de nous faire découvrir les villes et paysages qu'il traverse. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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         The Plays.

      London: Routledge, 1858 - 3 volume set, 10 inches tall. A splendid full hard grain morocco with raised bands, finely gilt panels and elegant gilt tooling to the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Edited by Howard Staunton and illustrated with engravings by John Gilbert. Slightly rubbed but overall a super copy of this celebrated edition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Political Debates Between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas in the Celebrated Campaign of 1858.1859

      Follett, Foster and Company - Cover and binding are worn but intact. A reading copy in fair condition. Cover has fadded and is a lighter tan. Spine is spliting up the side. Corners are rounded and worn with cardboard showing though. Glit title on spine is fadded and mostly gone. No markings and clean pages. Pages are foxing/darkend with age. Page binding still very good. Book in bag for protection. Secure packaging for safe delivery. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Odes et ballades

      - Hachette , Paris 1858, 11x18cm, relié. - Nuova edizione comprende un preambolo originale. Binding dispiacere mezzo marrone, di nuovo con quattro nervi fissati con rete nera ornata con scatole nere ornata in loro gioielli d'oro Centri restauri discreti sulle ganasce, piatte guardie di cartone marrone e contreplats di carta fatta a mano, la rilegatura tempo. Bookplate scritto a mano a penna accanto alla pagina occhietto. autografo Precious firmato da Victor Hugo Jules Janin. La relazione tra Jules Janin - uno dei critici letterari più influenti del tempo tra cui il Journal of dibattiti - e Victor Hugo erano nella loro infanzia, in conflitto. Per molto tempo non ha mai cessato la sua letteraria critici relitto Victor Hugo, in particolare nel 1827, il "principe dei critici," lo schernì l'ultimo giorno di un condannato e ha pubblicato una parodia dal titolo Donkey morte o donna ghigliottinato. All'uscita di Marion Delorme, ha anche stimato che il drammaturgo "non intende [va] nulla a che l'espressione di passioni." Tuttavia, alla fine del 1850, quando in esilio Hugo, Janin ha mostrato fissato al proscritto e due luminari della letteratura ha cominciato lo scambio di corrispondenza. Inviando questo copia della nuova edizione di Odi e ballate è una testimonianza di riconciliazione tra le due celebrità di lettere francesi. Bellissimo esemplare, nel tempo legatoria, arricchiti da un raro autografo di Victor Hugo in uno dei tenori di critica letteraria. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Nouvelle édition comportant un préambule original. Reliure en demi chagrin marron, dos à quatre nerfs sertis de filets noirs ornés de caissons noirs agrémentés en leurs centres de fleurons dorés, discrètes restaurations sur les mors, plats de cartonnage marron, gardes et contreplats de papier à la cuve, reliure de l'époque.  Ex-libris manuscrit à la plume en regard de la page de faux-titre. Précieux envoi autographe signé de Victor Hugo à Jules Janin. Les rapports entre Jules Janin - l'un des critiques littéraires les plus influents de l'époque notamment au Journal des Débats - et Victor Hugo furent, à leurs débuts, conflictuels. Pendant longtemps il n'eut de cesse dans ses critiques littéraires d'esquinter Victor Hugo, notamment en 1827, le « prince des critiques » se moqua du Dernier jour d'un condamné et en publia une parodie intitulée L'Âne mort ou la femme guillotinée. A la sortie de Marion Delorme, il alla même jusqu'à estimer que le dramaturge « n'entend[ait] rien à l'expression des passions ». Cependant, au tournant des années 1850, lors de l'exil d'Hugo, Janin se montra solidaire du proscrit et les deux sommités littéraires débutèrent l'échange d'une correspondance. L'envoi sur cet exemplaire de la nouvelle édition d'Odes et ballades est un témoignage de la réconciliation entre ces deux célébrités des lettres françaises. Bel exemplaire, en reliure du temps, enrichi d'un rare envoi autographe de Victor Hugo à l'un des ténors de la critique littéraire.  

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         Signed Photo 1906

      Italian opera composer (1858-1924), the greatest creator of operas for 30 years until his death by cancer. Great signed cabinet style photo, shown young, inscribed and dated by him in 1906. A photo by G. Magrini, Viareggio, size is 4.25 x 6.4 inches, very good condition.

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         Portrait, Brustbild nach rechts im Oval, nach dem Leben photographiert vpn S.Friedländer 1857, lithographiert von F.Rohrbach 1858.

      Druck der Königl. lith. Institut zu Berlin, 1858, Verlag von E.H.Schroeder in Berlin, 40,5 x 28,5 cm. Das berühmte große Johannes Müller (1801-1858) Portrait in einem vorzüglichen Exemplar. Wellocme 2087.1

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         Extra Large Signed Photo 1905

      Famous Italian opera composer (1858-1924), extra large / COLOSSAL signed photo (19.75 x 24.25 inches, or 49 x 61 cm!), dated by him in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1905. Puccini visited Argentina for 2 months in the summer of 1905, and took the chance to visit the capital of Uruguay, where he dedicated this enormous photograph to the music conservatory.  Photo has some water stains over the bottom right, and minor scratches, but it is otherwise in very good condition. This is by far the largest Puccini autograph photo we have ever seen - very rare!. See photo and detailed view of the autograph.

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         MÜNCHEN. - Plan., "Ludwigs-Vorstadt in 2 Blättern". Plan des Gebietes zwischen Sendlingertorplatz und Theresienhöhe mit Schießstätte und Bavaria mit Ruhmeshalle, nördlich begrenzt durch die Landsberger-/Bayerstrasse, im Süden durch die Sendlinger Höhe. Mit dem Gelände des Allgemeinen Krankenhauses und angrenzendem Kloster der Barmherzigen Schwestern.

      2 grenzkol. Lithographien von G. Wenng, gedruckt bei C. Stücker, 1858, 76 x 54 cm (Blattgröße). Maillinger Bd. III, 21 nicht bei Pfister, Lentner und Slg. Proebst. - Gustav Wenngs "Großer Stadtplan von München in 20 Blättern" erschien 1858. BAYERN, Oberbayern

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         A Compendium of Kafir Laws and Customs

      including genealogical tables of Kafir Chiefs and various tribal census returns.First edition. 2 folding charts. 8vo. Original brown cloth. vii, 168pp. Mount Coke, Wesleyan Mission Press,

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         Manuscript Letters Containing Firsthand Accounts of the First Battle of Taku Forts in CHINA in May, and the Battle of Canton in December.

      China 1858 - Manuscript letters containing firsthand accounts of the First Battle of Taku Forts in May, and the Battle of Canton in December, with shocking details of brutality, penned by a participant in the latter, a marine serving in China on HMS Surprise, identified only as Thomas. 8vo. Two letters and one partial letter, 10 pages combined. Single and double leafs, blue tissue-like letter paper measuring approximately 13 x 21 cm. Some age-toning, repaired tears at folds, otherwise in very good condition. The recipient of this correspondence is Julia, the writer's wife and mother of his children, one of whom he refers to a "Little Thomas." HMS Surprise, a British gunboat, had on 4 May 1857 departed England for anti-slavery duties on the West Coast of Africa. Her commission was soon changed however, being redirected to serve on the Coast of China where the Second Opium War was intensifying and the British government was preparing to launch offensives against the Chinese. On 13 November she 1857 arrived in Hong Kong. Captain Samuel Gurney Cresswell, commanded the ship, which was to intended to be used as a despatch steamer. As revealed in the present correspondence, however, HMS Surprise and her crew saw much frontline action in the Second Opium War, participating in at least two pivotal engagements - the First Battle of Taku Forts and the Battle of Canton. A firsthand account of the Battle of Canton, 28-31 December 1857, is described by the mariner in the earliest letter of the lot, a partial letter which includes a mention of the death of Captain William Thornton Bate.Another rare firsthand account, the letter of 23 May 1858 describes the First Battle of Taku Forts which took place three days earlier, the writer being a participant in this too.

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         Tagebuch einer Reise vom Mississippi nach den Küsten der Südsee.

      Leipzig: Hermann Mendelssohn, 1858. - 4to (11 7/8 x 9 3/8 inches): [10], xiv, [1], 494, [2] pages; includes subscribers’ list (pp. [5]-[10]), engraved vignette title-page of the Colorado River, 7 chromolithographed plates mounted on card and 6 tinted lithographed plates (all after Möllhausen), folding engraved map after Henry Lange, 10 text woodcuts (occasional browning and light spotting, slightly heavier on title page). Bound in original publisher’s black cloth, title stamped in gilt to front cover, the smooth spine elaborately decorated in gilt (expertly rebacked with original pictorial spine overlaid on new cloth). FIRST EDITION OF MÖLLHAUSEN’S CELEBRATED VOYAGE TO THE WESTERN UNITED STATES, COMPLETE WITH ALL LITHOGRAPHED PLATES. Möllhausen, a Prussian artist, who visited the United States three times in the 1850s, experiences which gave Möllhausen the material and experiences he used to produce illustrations, diaries, and fiction for nearly fifty years. His works made him enormously popular with Germans of all ages and classes, and he has become known as "the German Cooper." After arriving in the United States in 1849 and working in the Midwest, in 1851 Möllhausen traveled through the Plains to Fort Laramie with Prince Paul of Württemberg. He returned to Germany in 1852 with a shipment of wild animals for the Berlin zoo and met Alexander von Humboldt. He soon became a favorite of the old explorer and, bearing a recommendation from Humboldt, returned to the United States, where he joined Lt. Amiel Weeks Whipple’s Pacific Railroad survey of the Thirty-fifth parallel as "topographer or draughtsman." The party traveled from Fort Smith, Arkansas, to Pueblo de los Angeles in 1853-54. Möllhausen made several illustrations in the Texas Panhandle that appear in Whipple's report" (Doherty). "A Diary" is Möllhausen’s separate account of this expedition with Whipple. (Kathleen Doherty for Texas State Historical Association). REFERENCES: Wagner-Camp 305:1; Mintz 582; Streeter Sale 5:3135; Howes M713; Wheat, Books of the Gold Rush 145; Graft 2852; Rader 2420; Smith 6909; Farquhar, Colorado River 19b; Sabin 49914; Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region 268; Wheat, Mapping the Trans-Mississippi West 955. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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         Ichnology Of New England A Report On The Sandstone Of The Connecticut Valley, Especially Its Fossil Footmarks

      Boston: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Printed by William White, 1858. First Edition. Very good+ in blind embossed, dark green cloth covered boards with gilt text and a gilt emblem on the spine. A quarto of 12 3/8 by 9 3/8 inches with the cloth at the head of the spine lightly worn and with the cloth at the heel of the spine more heavily worn with some fraying and a 1/4" chip at the lower front corner of the spine. The cloth at the tips of the boards is worn through. The hinges and joints are tight and strong and there are no loose signatures. Except for the preliminaries, the textual portion of the contents (pages i through 199) are clean and largely free of foxing or tanning. The 3 fold-out tables show only occasional spots of foxing; the glossary and index only show foxing as a result of offsetting from the plate which follows; the hand-colored plate titled "The Moody Foot Mark in South Hadley" shows foxing in the margins and faintly on the upper half of the plate; the hand-colored fold-out map again shows foxing from offsetting from the adjoining plates; plates IV and V produced on heavier weigh paper show foxing in the margins; plates VI through XXXVII (which includes 21 fold-outs) are produced on light weight paper showing much less foxing which on most plates is nonexistent. The final 23 plates (XXXVIII through LX) are on heavier paper which again show light foxing primarily in the margins. The second free end page shows the following inscription: "Presented to Wm. Allen | by Edward Southworth, Jr. | Aug. 20th 1859." in a neat hand. 220 printed pages followed by the plates above enumerated. An attractive and certainly collectible copy of this seminal work describing in great detail the dinosaur tracks found, but also Hitchcock's summation of the "origin and nature of the sandstone" occurring in the Connecticut Valley. (Merrill: The First One Hundred Years of American Geology, p. 560)

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         Signed Postcard

      Signed photo postcard of the Teatro Borgatti in Cento, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, signed on verso by composer Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), Irish soprano Margherita Sheridan (1889-1958), Italian conductor Gaetano Bavagnoli (1879-1933), Italian baritone Ernesto Badini (1876-1937) and Italian tenor Ettore Bergamaschi (1884-1975), 5 signatures. Probably signed after a performance at the theater? A magnificent, rare piece of memorabilia.  Size is 5.2 x 3.4 inches, in excellent condition.

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         Signed Photo

      Beautiful photo, signed by the great italian composer (1858-1924), 5.25 x 7.5 inches total size (actual photo is 4 x 5.5 inches), showing him young. An Ermini, Milan cabinet photo, inscribed with a sentiment and signed, dated 1906, minor silvering on dark areas, otherwise in superb/perfect condition!.

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         Dean’s New Book of Dissolving Views

      Dean & Son, London 1858 - Large 8vo. Not dated but circa [ca. 1857-58] Illustrated with six hand coloured wood engraved illustrations. The dissolving scenes are as follows: Land/ Sea; War/Peace; Day/Night; Summer/ Winter; Fire/ Water; Earth/Air. The scene changes on the page surface as a venetian blind slat mechanism that moves into place as the tab is activated. This novelty book illustrates themes of contrast. In pulling the tab, an image of war is transformed into a serene pastoral scene representing peace, and images of air change into pictures of earth.The tabs have been corrected i.e. some replaced, some minor tears by tabs have been strengthen,some spotting etc. A very good copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Firsthand Accounts of Battle of Canton

      China, 1858. Manuscript letters containing firsthand accounts of the First Battle of Taku Forts in May, and the Battle of Canton in December, with shocking details of brutality, penned by a participant in the latter, a marine serving in China on HMS Surprise, identified only as Thomas. 8vo. Two letters and one partial letter, 10 pages combined. Single and double leafs, blue tissue-like letter paper measuring approximately 13 x 21 cm. The recipient of this correspondence is Julia, the writer's wife and mother of his children, one of whom he refers to a "Little Thomas." HMS Surprise, a British gunboat, had on 4 May 1857 departed England for anti-slavery duties on the West Coast of Africa. Her commission was soon changed however, being redirected to serve on the Coast of China where the Second Opium War was intensifying and the British government was preparing to launch offensives against the Chinese. On 13 November she 1857 arrived in Hong Kong. Captain Samuel Gurney Cresswell, commanded the ship, which was to intended to be used as a despatch steamer. As revealed in the present correspondence, however, HMS Surprise and her crew saw much frontline action in the Second Opium War, participating in at least two pivotal engagements - the First Battle of Taku Forts and the Battle of Canton. A firsthand account of the Battle of Canton, 28-31 December 1857, is described by the mariner in the earliest letter of the lot, a partial letter which includes a mention of the death of Captain William Thornton Bate, Commander of HMS Actaeon who was killed while storming the walls of Canton. His vivid and contemporary recollection centers on men killed and injured on both sides, as well as the savagery of his Chinese assistant being decapitated, all in all a most tragic and unforgettable sight for any man. This correspondence would have been written in January 1858, after the 16th, or possibly early February. This correspondence is undated; what is present is one double leaf beginning at page 5. [British High Commissioner, Lord Elgin, was keen to take the city of Canton (Guangzhou) as a demonstration of power and to capture Chinese official Ye Mingchen. To this end, he ordered an Anglo-French force to begin an assault on 28 December. They rapidly gained control over the important harbor and city of Canton (Guangzhou). The capture being complete and the battle over on 31 December 1857, the Alliance delayed entry into the city itself until 5 January.] Excerpts from the letter: "[page 5] boats came to our assistance... no casualties in our Ship... the sight of Canton was something terrific we fired about five Hundred pounds at the Bombardment... moored Head and Stern off [Gough's?] Fort..." "... after the first three days we had to take the killed and wounded down to Hong Kong about 100 miles... Our ship leaked very much I had all my little notes destroyed..." "... we were moored by Captain Bates who was the first man killed after the first shot was fired on 28th December..." "... recovered: our gunner mate was almost blown to pieces. Our First Lieutenant was blown about 30 yards at a very large Fort which had been captured... we all ran to see what was the result... their was the gunner mate with all his clothes blown off him and very much burnt with powder, he is a little disfigured but all right now, also our First Lieutenant." "I am very sorry my old friend Pim was shot in four places and had six of his men killed, one of the men had his head cut off at a village, it was very soon knocked down, I believe Pim is doing very well, it was a frightful sight." "I thought of you all on Christmas day... on the 16th of January I drank [to] your jolly good health..." End Excerpts. Another rare firsthand account, the letter of 23 May 1858 describes the First Battle of Taku Forts which took place three days earlier, the writer being a participant in this too. Owing to the Allied success of the earlier Battle of Canton, and the capture of the Forts, the writer anticipates an imminent conclusion to all wars in China, however, the Second Opium War would continue until October 1860. HMS Surprise would remain in China for five months after this battle, performing duties at Shanghai, Ningpo, again at Gulf of Pechelee, and then Hong Kong. Excerpts from the letter: "H.M.S. Surprise. Pe Chili Bay, May 23rd." [The ship had arrived at the Gulf of Pechelee 5 May 1858.] "I have just returned from the Forts... away this last three days from the Ship and thank God... we have captured the forts... " "...we were under a very heavy fire all day yesterday... I marched with the Naval Brigade about 15 miles yesterday... I think now all the war in China is over, we are to go to Ningbo at once." "On our arrival at Ningbo I will give you a full account of the battle but I expect you will see something in the paper..." [HMS Surprise arrived at Ningpo on 22 Jun 1858.] End Excerpts. [The First Battle of Taku Forts, the first invasion of the Anglo-French alliance of the fortifications, took place on 20 May 1958. Also called the Dagu Forts, or Peiho Forts, they are forts located by the Hai River (Peiho River) estuary, in Tanggu District, Tianjin. In 1851, Chinese Imperial Commissioner and General Sengge Rinchen had carried out a comprehensive renovation of the forts, building 6 large structures. Each fort had three large guns and 20 small caliber guns. Forts were constructed of wood and brick with an external curtain of two feet of concrete designed to minimize penetration by artillery rounds. The forts were around 10 to 15 metres (33 to 49 ft) high. Nonetheless, the forts were successfully captured by the collaborative attack by the British and French under the command of Admiral Sir Michael Seymour.] One final and swift but gallant battle - the letter of September 1858 recounts the capture of a Chinese pirate junk off the coast of Hong Kong. Immediately after this event, HMS Surprise, much to the content of the writer, to be sure, departed Canton for Africa. Excerpts from the letter: "H.M.S. Surprise. Hong Kong, Sept. 11th /58." "... we have been running all over China..." "I must tell you of our gallant affair with the Pirates... arrived at Hong Kong... ordered out about 10 miles when we fell in with 25 sails Piratical Junks, we closed them and when about four Hundred yards they opened fire on us three hundred and twenty seven guns, struck us in several places, we opened fire at once and after a sharp engagement of one hour and half we succeeded in our capture... the Admiral and every person has given credit our ship every credit." "... we are now going to the Cape of Good Hope and I think by the time we get there we shall be ordered home." "I am as busy as a man can be drawing stores..." "... I have seen quite enough now but thank God I am [alive?] ... we may possibly meet the mail on our way down and then I must give you all the particulars..." End Excerpts. HMS Surprise (1856), a Vigilant-class gunvessel of the Royal Navy, was commanded by Commander Samuel Gurney Cresswell from 11 March 1857. The ship served in the East Indies, participated in the Second Anglo-Chinese War, and from 1861 she formed part of the Mediterranean Fleet.

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         All the Year Round. A Weekly Journal. Volumes I-XX, April 1859 - November 1868 [lacking Vol. XIII & XIX][First Series]

      Chapman and Hall, London 1858 - 18 of 20 volumes (lacking XIII & XIX) in the first series under this title, which followed on the heels of Dickens' periodical Household Words. All in original publisher's olive & green stamped decorative cloth hard covers. The first seven volumes with patterned endpapers (Vol. VII has newer endpapers), plain in latter volumes. General light soiling, handling & shelf wear; a little edge-nibbling to a few volumes. Hinges all holding, but stressed at endpapers in earlier volumes. Overall, quite a handsome and very sound, unmarked set in the desirable and attractive publisher's cloth bindings. Numerous important first appearances, including A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Uncommercial Traveller, A Woman in White, and The Moonstone (though this lacks the earlier portion in Vol. XIX). Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        MÜNCHEN. - Plan. "Ludwigs-Vorstadt in 2 Blättern". Plan des Gebietes zwischen Sendlingertorplatz und Theresienhöhe mit Schießstätte und Bavaria mit Ruhmeshalle, nördlich begrenzt durch die Landsberger-/Bayerstrasse, im Süden durch die Sendlinger Höhe. Mit dem Gelände des Allgemeinen Krankenhauses und angrenzendem Kloster der Barmherzigen Schwestern.

      - 2 grenzkol. Lithographien von G. Wenng, gedruckt bei C. Stücker, 1858, 76 x 54 cm (Blattgröße). Maillinger Bd. III, 21; nicht bei Pfister, Lentner und Slg. Proebst. - Gustav Wenngs "Großer Stadtplan von München in 20 Blättern" erschien 1858.

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