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         Guide du marin, résumé des connaissances les plus utiles aux marins. Tomes 1 & 2

      Paris - 1863 - Ed. Eugène Lacroix, Paris - 1863, 2 volumes in-8, reliés, 557 + 506 pages, 300 gravures in-texte et 5 planches dont 4 dépliantes Bel exemplaire, coins des reliures émoussés, 1 planche présente 2 coupures sans manque de papier [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         KIT CARSON, 1863

      [N.p., 1863. Pencil drawing on paper, 14 x 10 3/4 inches. Near fine. Signed by the artist at lower right. Inscribed at upper left "Kit Carson. 1863" and at lower left "C. Carson, Late 1 Cavly NM Vols, Bvt Brig General." With a note in an unknown hand taped to the reverse of the mounting explaining the inscription. Framed and glazed. A skillful drawing of Kit Carson executed after a well- known photograph of the American western legend. Christopher "Kit" Carson was a frontiersman and Army officer who figured prominently in the expansion of the American West. Living as a trapper and mountain man, he became familiar with Native American culture and language, marrying an Arapaho and later a Cheyenne woman. He accompanied John Fremont on his expeditions to Utah and California, which led to involvement in the Mexican- American War. In 1863, while commanding the 1st New Mexico Cavalry, he waged a brutal war against the Navajo. He was romanticized in dime novels during his lifetime, but the controversy over his treatment of Native Americans continues to the present day. The artist, E.A. Burbank was known mainly for his portraits of Native Americans, including Geronimo, Red Cloud, and Chief Joseph. Born in Harvard, Illinois, he studied in Chicago and Munich. His uncle, who was President of the Field Museum, commissioned him to produce over 2,000 portraits of Native Americans. He was the only artist to paint a portrait of Geronimo from life. Burbank later settled in San Francisco, where he died after being struck by a cable car at the age of 97. A handsome image of a famous figure of the American West by an artist who spent a sizeable part of his career capturing Western subjects in portrait.

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         British Wild Flowers

      John Van Voorst, London 1863 - A handsome copy of this 1863 early re-issue, "to which is now added a supplement containing 180 figures of lately discovered flowering plants by John W. Salter and the ferns, horsetails, and club-mosses by John E. Sowerby". Solid and VG+ in its dark-green cloth, with crisp gilt-lettering and devices along the front panel and spine and decorative blindstamping to the panels. Very light wear at the spine crown, a touch of light soiling to the pastedowns and endsheets. Thick octavo, all edges gilt. The lovely John Sowerby chromolithogrphed plates, featuring 1,770 detailed illustrations of various British wild flowers, all include their original tissue-guards, which has kept them clean and bright. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         HOSPITAL SKETCHES

      Boston: James Redpath, 1863. First Edition. Slim duodecimo (7' tall) 102pp in green cloth boards. Alcott family ownership indicated in ink on second blank page: "April 25th 1864/Mercy G Alcott's/Book /Wolcott/New Haven County/Conn--" Jedediah Gaylord Alcott, husband (and possibly cousin?) to Mercy Gaylord Alcott, was first cousin to Amos Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott's father.Ad at rear of book announcing Wendell Phillips's Speeches at $2.50, not $2.25. VG/No DJ: minor shelfwear and edgewear, spine sunned, some ink spots on exterior of boards, minor age-toning to edges of text block and interior, front paste-down and ffep bear writing indicating this book once belonged to "Lydia S. Wilcox"; stamp on front paste-down with "M.S. Wilcox 490" in gilt text; touches of foxing, advertisement at rear of book lists Speeches at $2.50, but the .50 is crossed out with ink and .25 is written next to it in two places. Binding strong, text clean. A wonderful association copy of Alcott's Hospital Sketches. [Spine is dark green and has gilt text. Shelved in Case 1 - US History - Civil War]. Rockville Non-Retail Listings.

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         MAP OF THE CEDED PART OF DAKOTA TERRITORY. SHOWING ALSO PORTIONS OF MINNESOTA, IOWA & NEBRASKA

      St. Paul: Lith. by Louis Buechner, 1863. Folding map, 17 1/2 x 23 inches. Folded into original 16mo. cloth boards, stamped in blind, gilt title on front board. An exceptional copy in fine condition. The rare second edition of one of the earliest detailed maps of Dakota Territory. It is here present in its uncolored state. "The prospectus on the inside of the front cover in this edition is the same as the one in the first edition except for the addition of 'Second Edition - 1863.' This edition gives several new counties along the eastern boundary of the Territory, both in the inset and on the main map, and there are various new counties in the southern part of the Territory. The inset in this issue shows the creation of Idaho Territory to the west of Dakota" - Streeter. Not in Wheat's MAPPING THE TRANSMISSISSIPPI WEST. Streeter had copies of both the 1861 and 1863 editions; each went for $100 in part four of his sale in 1968. STREETER SALE 2034. GRAFF 3835. PHILLIPS MAPS, p.257.

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         Wanderings in West Africa, from Liverpool to Fernando Po. by a F.R.G.S.

      London: Tinsley Brothers, 1863. First edition. Near Fine. 12mo. Two volumes. Presumed second issue, with Burton's name on the spines but not on the title pages (the first copies prepared without Burton's name on the spine). Map and frontispiece with tissue guard intact. Original publisher's purple-brown cloth, triple rule on the boards, and titles and rule in gilt on the spines. Near Fine overall with the second volume almost completely uncut and unopened. Both spines lightly faded, brief private library notations on the front pastedowns and very faint remnants on the spines. After his marriage to Isabel Arundell, Burton entered the Foreign Service as consul at Fernando Po (now the island Bioko) in Equatorial Guinea, where the inclement weather forced him to spend much of his time elsewhere. His exploration of the coast of West Africa is greatly detailed in these two volumes, and it remains a cornerstone in exploration narratives. A very attractive pair, housed in a custom quarter-leather clamshell box by Asprey. Penzer pp. 71-72. Near Fine.

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         1863 NT Bible Society of the Confederate States

      - 1863 NT Bible Society of the Confederate States, Atlanta, GA. The Bible is one of the RAREST Confederate imprints published in 1863 by the Bible Society of the Confederate States (or the Confederate States Bible Society). Authentic Confederate New Testament [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         A History of British Birds,

      Groombridge and Sons, [1863-67]. Small 8vo. 8 vols. Original crimson cloth, titled in gilt on spine and upper cover, spine and both covers also blocked in black with a variety of floriate decorations, top edges gilt; 358 superb plates of birds, coloured from wood-blocks, some finished by hand; spines uniformly faded, but internally very clean indeed. "Cabinet Edition" (with the extra plate of The Mottled Owl, not previously included). Zimmer describes this classic as: "A voluminous work ... containing a mass of information. The book early obtained considerable popularity on account of it readability and moderate cost." Nissen IVB 645; Zimmer p. 443.

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         The Art of Making and Colouring Ivorytypes, Photographs, Talbotypes, and Miniature Painting on Ivory & c. together with valuable Receipts never before published

      By the Author, Philadelphia 1863 - 52pp. WIth a hand-painted manuscript colour chart mounted on verso of the title and a signed and inscribed photograph of the author bound in following the title. With a letterpress ad for Cooper's Photographic Gallery mounted onto the rear pastedown. Publisher's cloth, covers stamped in blind and titled in gilt, rebacked and with endpapers renewed Rare American manual detailing an unusual hand coloured photographic process. This rare mid-19th-century American technique involved hand colouring salted paper or albumen prints, mounting them to white board and then specially glazing a piece of glass with a wax-based heated mixture and adhering the photograph face down to the glass on the waxed side. The effect is soft and beautiful and has the appearance of a hand-painted ivory miniature. The process was first used in America in the late 1850s by photographer Frederick Wenderoth, which he called the Toovytype. The author of this manual operated from a studio on Chestnut Street, according to his ad on the rear pastedown, and specialized in equestrian pictures, views of buildings, cased portrait images and the colouring of prints and photographs. In addition, the author offered lessons "in painting photographs of all sizes" and sold the present book to aid his students. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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         The Formation of Gettysburg Battle-Field Memorial Association Organization Preamble and Resolutions

      - Officers:Hon. Joseph R. Ingersoll, Chairman, Provisional Committee; Rev. Dr. S. S. Schmucker, Vice Chairman; Rev. J. Ziegler, Vice Chairman; T. D. Carson, Treasurer; D. McConaughy, Secretary. Executive Committee – Gettysburg (7 men) Local Committee – Philadelphia (37 men) Subscription. We, the undersigned, hereby subscribe the sums set opposite to our names, to consist of shares of $10.00, to the Gettysburg Battle-field Memorial Fund, payable on receipt of a certificate, and to be applied by the Gettysburg Battle-field Memorial Association to the purposes of its organization, as set forth in the foregoing preamble and resolutions. Written in a bold hand in ink C. P. Bayard – One share Rev. C. W. Schaeffer – One share– affiliated with the United German Lutheran Congregations of North America Lewis P. Geiger – One share– Board of Railroad commissioners, Elmira & Williamsport Railroad Wm. D. Lewis – Five shares– banker, merchant, and railroad executive based in Philadelphia. 3 page broadside, 8 ¼ x 13 ½”, August 14, 1863 – September 5, 1863 Tight clean copy. We locate but one other copy but that in pieces. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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         THE WORKS OF JOHN MILTON [EIGHT VOLUMES]

      Bickers and Bush, London 1863 - 8vos., 8 volumes; VG; spines paneled tan leather with gilt lettering; rebacked, previous boards; gilt emblem on front and rear boards, gilt and blind-tooled border, gilt tooling on board edges, turn-ins; marbled endpapers and text blocks; bookplate on all front paste-downs; some wear to boards, including some scaring, rubbing to corners; interiors clean, slightly age-toned; please contact for accurate shipping costs; shelved above middle east. Dupont. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         DE LA GREFFE ANIMALE.

      Baillière, 1863, - 110 pp., 28x22. Broché . Envoi de l'auteur. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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         The Capital of the Tycoon: A Narrative of Three Years' Residence in Japan.

      1863 - Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863. 8vo, two volumes. Publisher's original green cloth, image of samurai blocked in gilt to upper cover of volume I and of geisha to volume II, lettered and decorated in gilt to spines; pp. xxxii, 469, [3, colophon page and advertisement leaf]; x, 539; 16 chromolithographic plates, numerous wood engravings to text, folding map to vol. I and folding plan of Osaka to vol. II, both hand-coloured in outline; slight staining to upper margins of lower cover to each vol., embrowning to folds of map and a little foxing to margins of five plates (not affecting images), but a bright, tight copy. First edition. Alcock was appointed the first consul-general to Japan following Lord Elgin's treaty with that country in 1858. The admission of foreigners into Japan at this time fermented trouble among the warrior classes, who venged themselves on the newcomers. The troubles culminated in July 1861 with an attack on the British legation itself, the members of which successfully repelled the assault. The present work offers Alcock's view of the situation in Japan at this time, with full accounts of the troubled state of the country and of the attack on the British legation. He also details his ascent of Fujiyama in 1860, the first by a European. Wenckstern I.43; Neate A25. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         The Land of the Permauls or Cochin its Past and its Present

      First edition. 8vo. Original brown cloth, original printed label to spine; cloth slightly faded and dust soiled, section of label missing and corners bumped, otherwise good. Ex-libris of Bath public reference library with ms. accession no. and bookplate to front paste-down endpaper and blind-stamp to title-page. pp. x, [2]errata, 577, [1]blank, xxxvii, [1]blank. Madras: Gantz Brothers, 

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         Civil War

      var. The Alabama Claims is a term given American grievances against Great Britain during and just after the Civil War clustered about this generic phrase, but they filled a broad category. Most Northerners regarded Queen Victoria's proclamation of neutrality, giving the South belligerent rights, as hasty and unfriendly. Confederate cruisers, built or armed by Britons, destroyed Northern shipping, drove insurance rates high, and forced many Northern ships under foreign flags. The Confederates raised large sums of money in Great Britain and outfitted blockade runners there. Early in the war, Secretary of State William H. Seward instructed Minister C. F. Adams to lay the losses caused by the Alabama before the British government, with a demand for redress. In April 1863 British authorities halted the Alexandra when Adams proved it was intended for the Confederacy; in September, they detained two armored rams under construction. One other Confederate ship, the Shenandoah, clearly violated British neutrality laws, but only after refitting at Melbourne. Ultimately, the United States claimed damages totaling $19,021,000. The United States occasionally repeated its claims but met no response until 1868. The Johnson-Clarendon Convention, signed that year, made no mention of the Alabama damages but provided for a settlement of all Anglo-American claims since 1853. Partly because of the unpopularity of the Andrew Johnson administration, the Senate overwhelmingly defeated the convention (13 April 1869). Senator Charles Sumner seized the opportunity to review the whole case against Great Britain. Not only had the Alabama and other cruisers done heavy damage, he declared, but British moral and material support for the South had doubled the war's duration. Sumner set the total U.S. bill at $2.1 billion, a demand that could be met only by the cession of Canada. Hamilton Fish, who became secretary of state in March 1869, took a saner position, announcing that Britain could satisfy the Alabama Claims with a moderate lump sum, an apology, and a revised definition of maritime international law. The impasse between the two nations was brief. The two countries soon formed a joint commission to settle the whole nexus of disputes—Canadian fisheries, northwestern boundary, and Alabama Claims. The commission drew up the Treaty of Washington (signed 8 May 1871), which expressed British regret for the escape of the Alabama and other cruisers, established three rules of maritime neutrality, and submitted the Alabama Claims to a board of five arbitrators. On 14 September 1872 this tribunal awarded the United States $15.5 million in gold to meet its direct damages, all indirect claims having been excluded. American opinion accepted the award as adequate. This is a fascinating archive, worthy of much further research.

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         Memorias de Guilherme do Amaral. Obra posthuma editada por .

      Lisbon, Livraria de Manoel Antonio de Campos Junior, 1863. - 8°, original pink printed wrappers (minor soiling and very light foxing; slight wear to spine). A few small stains. Uncut. In very good condition. Inscription on upper cover: "Pertenece ao Conde de Rio Maior-José [?]", and with his oval stamp on front wrapper and title page; small paper tag on spine. 216 pp. *** FIRST EDITION.Camilo [Ferreira Botelho] Castelo Branco (1825-1890, created 1.º Visconde de de Correia Botelho in 1885) was a novelist, playwright, poet and polemical writer - the most prolific author in the Portuguese language and the first to be able to live from the income of his writing. See Bell, Portuguese Literature, pp. 295-9, et passim; Saraiva & Lopes, História da literatura portuguesa (17th ed.), pp. 813-32, et passim; José-Augusto França in Machado, ed., Dicionário de literatura portuguesa, pp. 112-5; Aníbal de Castro in Biblos, I, 864-79; Dicionário cronológico de autores portuguese, II, 112-8: "O nosso maior prosador do século XIX e porventura também o nosso maior ficcionista de todos os tempos, Camilo Castelo Branco é possívelmente o mais lido dos escritores portugueses ." Provenance: most probably D. José de Saldanha Oliveira e Souza, who also used the name José Luiz de Saldanha (1839-1912), was a son of D. João de Saldanha Oliveira Juzarte Figueira e Sousa, 3º conde de Rio Maior, and brother of António José Luís de Saldanha Oliveira Juzarte Figueira e Sousa, 4º conde and 1º marquês de Rio Maior. A chemist and mineralogist, parliamentary deputy, and high government official, he studied mathematics and philosophy at Coimbra University, wrote on subjects as varied as agriculture, finance, and engravings, and amassed an important library. He was a devoted proponent of progress in the national agricultural sector, which he considered one of the primary sources of public wealth. See Grande enciclopédia XIX, 402; Innocêncio XIII, 66-7; Aditamentos, pp. 254-5. The Casa da Anunciada library of the counts of Rio Maior was one of the best private libraries ever formed in Portugal. It was dispersed for the most part not long after the April 1974 Portuguese revolution.*** Santos, Revista bibliográfica camiliana 237 (reproducing the title page, which is the same as that of the present copy). Innocêncio IX, 9 (giving Impr. de Sousa Neves as publisher, but with the same place, date, and collation as the present copy). [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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         Sailing Directions for the Coast of North America from New York to Cape Florida. Compiled from the most recent surveys

      1863 - Second edition. 5 illustrations to text. 8vo. Contemporary half green morocco over marbled boards, spine gilt, some minor spotting. [iv], 47, [1]pp. London, James Imray, First published in 1854, it's possible that this work was updated and re-issued for use by blockade runners in the American Civil War. The newly formed Confederate States of America had no navy of its own to speak of and thus turned to England for the construction of its ships. The vessels were designed primarily for speed and often sailed at night to evade Union ships patrolling the length of the Atlantic coast. This compact directory of sailing instructions along the east coast of America. The directions commence with a route from New York to Delaware Bay, a description of the Coast Between Delaware Bay and Chesapeake Bays (including 13pp notes on Chesapeake Bay), and finally Chesapeake Bay to Cape Florida. The five illustrations are coastal profiles of ?Little Egg Harbour?, ?Bombay Hook Woods from the Main Channel?, ?Bombay Hook Light from the Main Channel?, ?Liston's Point from the Main Channel?, and ?Reedy Island Light . from the Main Channel.? Rare. OCLC locates just a single copy at Jacksonville Public Library. cf, Sabin 74959 (for first edition, this edition not in Sabin). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Wanderings in West Africa from Liverpoool to Fernando Po

      London: Tinsley Brothers 1863 - Two volumes. Original purple-brown cloth. Folding map as frontispiece to Volume I, plate of the JuJu House as frontispiece to Volume II. Spines a touch sunned, light wear, but an excellent set. First edition. This is Burton’s first book on his years in West Africa including detailed accounts of his amazing adventures inland. “Newly married and needing employment, Burton approached the Foreign Office for a consular position, hoping for the post at Damascus. Instead, he was offered the consulship at Fernando Po, a small, unhealthy island in the Bight of Biafra on the west African coast. When he accepted the position on 27 March 1861 he requested to retain his commission in the Bombay army, but he was struck from the list, thereby losing not only his half pay but also any prospect of a pension or sale of his commission, an action about which he always complained bitterly. Burton did not permit Isabel to accompany him to Fernando Po, which he described as ‘the very abomination of desolation’. He slipped away from the post at every opportunity for excursions on the African mainland or to meet Isabel in the Canaries or England. Although he loathed Fernando Po, he worked continuously at his writing with Wanderings in West Africa and Abeokuta and the Cameroons Mountains both appearing in 1863″ (ODNB). Burton originally intended to issue the book anonymously, and a few copies are known with no name on the spine, but most often they are as here, credited to “R. F. Burton F.R.G.S.” on the spine and just “a F.R.G.S.” on the title page. This pseudonym “may have been a slap at the Royal Geographical society, for Burton was at odds with the organization’s leadership at the time over the matter of the Nile’s sources. The acerbic dedication was ‘to the true friends of Africa – not the “Philanthropist” or to Exeter Hall’” (Casada) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Wanderings in West Africa, from Liverpool to Fernando Po. by a F.R.G.S.

      London: Tinsley Brothers, 1863. 12mo. Two volumes. Presumed second issue, with Burton's name on the spines but not on the title pages (the first copies prepared without Burton's name on the spine). Map and frontispiece with tissue guard intact. Original publisher's purple-brown cloth, triple rule on the boards, and titles and rule in gilt on the spines. Near Fine overall with the second volume almost completely uncut and unopened. Both spines lightly faded, brief private library notations on the front pastedowns and very faint remnants on the spines. After his marriage to Isabel Arundell, Burton entered the Foreign Service as consul at Fernando Po (now the island Bioko) in Equatorial Guinea, where the inclement weather forced him to spend much of his time elsewhere. His exploration of the coast of West Africa is greatly detailed in these two volumes, and it remains a cornerstone in exploration narratives. A very attractive pair, housed in a custom quarter-leather clamshell box by Asprey. Penzer pp. 71-72. Near Fine. Near Fine

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         Adventures and Research Among the Andaman Islanders

      London , 1863. Paperback. UsedGood. Adventures and Research Among the Andaman Islanders Some dust/dirt on page edges from long-term storage.

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         A Monograph of the Pittidae, or, Family of Ant Thrushes

      D.Appleton & Co, New York 1863 - (21 7/16 x 13 5/8 inches). 1p. dedication to Philip Lutley Sclater, 1p. list of subscribers. 31 fine hand-coloured lithographic plates, heightened with gum arabic, after Elliot (24), Paul Louis Oudart (4), E. Maubert (1), A.Mesnel (1) and one unsigned, drawn on stone by C. P.Tholey and others, printed and coloured by Bowen & Co. of Philadelphia. Expert repairs at margins of frontispiece plate. Expertly bound to style in half dark green morocco and green cloth covered boards, spine with raised bands in seven compartment, ruled in gilt on either side of each band, lettered in gilt A fine copy of the first edition. A rare and spectacular ornithological work, the first book by Elliot with his own illustrations, and the scarcest of his major monographs. "Elliot was not his own painter, except among the Pittas. Early in his career, in 1863, he had brought out his book on the Pittidae, or Ant-Thrushes with plates of a delightful . character, after his own drawings" ( Fine Bird Books ). Elliot's chosen illustrator, Paul Louis Oudart, died after completing only 3 or 4 plates, and rather than risk a hurried instruction to another artist, Elliot "felt compelled to turn draughtsman myself" (Preface) and executed all of the other drawings, bar one each by Maubert and Mesnel. The illustrations and indeed the birds themselves represent the pinnacle of Elliot's pictorial work. The Pittidae described are native to Borneo, Nepal, Ceylon, the Philippines, New Guinea, and Cambodia amongst other places. Their plumage is rendered in vibrant shades of blues, greens and reds, and the birds (many of whom are shown feeding their young) are placed against beautifully drawn landscapes. Elliot was also careful to ensure that the flowers and foliage shown in detail with the birds were appropriate for the species shown. When a second edition of this work was issued, most of the plates were redrawn by John Gould's artist, William Hart, and the text was completely rewritten. BM ( NH ) I, p.522; Fine Bird Books (1990), p. 95; Nissen IVB 292; Sabin 22228 (noting that only 200 copies were printed); Wood p.332; Whittell pp.225-226; Zimmer p.208. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Die Inseln des indischen und stillen Meeres. Ein Natur- und Sittengemälde der tropischen Regionen des großen Oceans. Nach brieflichen Mitteilungen, den neuesten Quellen und eigenen Anschauungen.

      Berlin, Thiele, 1863 - 1865. - XVI, 836 S., 2 Bll.; XII, 756 S.; XII, 738 S. mit zahlr. Textxylographien. 2 farb. lithograph. Frontisp. und 1 Tafel in Xylographie. Erste Ausgabe (Bd. 1 in zweiter Auflage ?). - "Reise eines holländischen Arztes und Naturforschers von Java über Timor, die Molucken, Neu-Guinea und Neu-Seeland durch den Tonga und Fidji-Archipel, durch Celebes und Borneo, über die Carolinen-, Philippinen-, nach den Sandwichs-Inseln, Otaheiti, Pitcairn etc und zurück nach Batavia" (Titel). - Carl G. W. Vollmer bereist mit einem Handelsschiff, das mit wissenschaftlichen Aufträgen in die weite Welt geschickt wurde, die oben angegebenen Orte. Die schönen Textxylographien illustrieren das Erlebte anschaulich und zeigen besonders ungewöhnliche Volks- und Kampfszenen, wie z. B. Gymnastikübungen der Sandwich-Insulaner, Eingeborene und deren Kleidung, Landschaften, seltsame Tiere, Werkzeuge, Waffen usw. - Das auf dem Titel von Bd. 2 angegenene Titelbild als Tafel in Bd. 3 nach S. 688 eingebunden. - Mehrfach gestempelt. Leicht fleckig und gebräunt. Vorderer Buchinnendeckel mit eingeklebter hs. Nummer. Hinterer Buchinnendeckel von Bd. 1 mit montierten Ausschnitt aus einem Antiquariatskatalog. *** /// *** Copyright: Matthaeus Truppe - Stubenberggasse 7 - A-8010 Graz - +43 316 829552 *** /// *** Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 3100 Gr.-8°. HLdr. der Zeit mit Rückentitel (bestoßen und beschabt). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Mariquita

      London: Emily Faithfull, Printer and Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 1863 - 8vo, original gilt-decorated brown morocco signed "J.L.", gilt lettering, a.e.g. Photographic frontis portrait. Seven-page list of subscribers. Errata slip tipped in at page 274. ? A long narrative poem based on a Spanish legend, probably "Mariquita la Pelona," with a photographic frontispiece of a portrait apparently of Mariquita. The frontis is signed on the verso "John Beattie, Clifton." There were two issues, a deluxe one for subscribers and an ordinary issue in cloth. Binding a little soiled and worn; very good copy. Fredeman, Emily Faithfull and the Victoria Press (The Library, June 1974), 53 First edition, subscribers issue in a morocco binding designed by John Leighton. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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         Autograph letter, signed, to J. N. Whitaker

      Murchison's Cataracts 10 December 1863 - 3 pages, 8vo, lined paper, detailing the features of the thermometer he used for measuring soil temperature (".the scale was made of box wood & had a hinge 2 or 3 inches above the bulb."), with a sketch, explaining the basic requirements of a thermometer to take similar measurements (".any thermometer which allows separation of the bulb from the case will do.") and suggesting manufacturers, ink slightly faded, remains of mount on final blank. A fine letter providing technical advice, written towards the end of Livingstone's Zambezi Expedition. At the time of writing, Livingstone was waiting for rains to raise the water level in the Shire River that would enable his boat, the Pioneer, to pass the cataracts and return to the coast. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Romola.

      Smith, Elder & Co. 1863 - FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. Final ad. leaf vol. II. Handsomely bound in sl. later full dark blue crushed morocco by Birdsall of Northampton, spines gilt in compartments, double-ruled borders & gilt dentelles. Orig. somewhat rubbed green cloth spine strips bound in at ends. t.e.g. A v.g. attractive copy. Baker & Ross A7.2; the first book edition, published to coincide with the completion of the serial publication in the Cornhill Magazine. Sadleir 817; Wolff 2061. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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         La Guadeloupe Pittoresque

      First edition. 12 lithograph plates, including decorative half title & large folding panorama (this with a closed tear expertly repaired). Folio (555 x 400mm). Fine original publisher's blindstamped cloth, titled in gilt on upper board. [iv], 44pp. Paris, Noblet & Baudry,

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         KIT CARSON, 1863

      [N.p., 1863. Pencil drawing on paper, 14 x 10 3/4 inches. Near fine. Signed by the artist at lower right. Inscribed at upper left "Kit Carson. 1863" and at lower left "C. Carson, Late 1 Cavly NM Vols, Bvt Brig General." With a note in an unknown hand taped to the reverse of the mounting explaining the inscription. Framed and glazed. A skillful drawing of Kit Carson executed after a well- known photograph of the American western legend. Christopher "Kit" Carson was a frontiersman and Army officer who figured prominently in the expansion of the American West. Living as a trapper and mountain man, he became familiar with Native American culture and language, marrying an Arapaho and later a Cheyenne woman. He accompanied John Fremont on his expeditions to Utah and California, which led to involvement in the Mexican- American War. In 1863, while commanding the 1st New Mexico Cavalry, he waged a brutal war against the Navajo. He was romanticized in dime novels during his lifetime, but the controversy over his treatment of Native Americans continues to the present day. The artist, E.A. Burbank was known mainly for his portraits of Native Americans, including Geronimo, Red Cloud, and Chief Joseph. Born in Harvard, Illinois, he studied in Chicago and Munich. His uncle, who was President of the Field Museum, commissioned him to produce over 2,000 portraits of Native Americans. He was the only artist to paint a portrait of Geronimo from life. Burbank later settled in San Francisco, where he died after being struck by a cable car at the age of 97. A handsome image of a famous figure of the American West by an artist who spent a sizeable part of his career capturing Western subjects in portrait.

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         Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile.

      Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, , 1863. Octavo. Original reddish-brown cloth, title gilt to the spine, blind panelling to the boards and gilt block of the King of Uganda to the front, bottom edge untrimmed, green coated endpapers, binder's ticket of Edmonds & Remnants to rear pastedown. Photogravure portrait frontispiece, one other similar portrait, 24 further engraved plates and 46 illustrations to the text, mostly after Speke or Grant, and 2 maps, one full-page, the other folding in an end-pocket. Complete with the publisher's advertisements to rear. Trivial rubbing to tips and headcaps, pale offsetting to title page, very occasional light spotting, advertisements browned. An excellent copy, the binding tight, the publisher's cloth notably clean and fresh. First edition, a bright, entirely unrestored copy of a book often encountered damaged or recased owing to the heavy text-block. Dispatched by Burton from Tabora to verify reports of a large body of water to the north of Lake Tanganyika, Speke made the discovery of Victoria Nyanza on 3 August 1858 and immediately pronounced it to be the source of the Nile. Once back in London the strained relationship between the two explorers was finally sundered by the acclaim greeting Speke's discovery. In 1860 Speke returned to Africa to confirm his conclusions and eventually located "the point where the Nile issues from Lake Victoria … which he named Ripon Falls. This was the crowning moment of the expedition and of Speke's career" (ODNB). Unfortunately Speke's wounded companion James Grant had returned northward, so the discovery was unverified; nor did the party follow the Nile stream closely as they travelled north to Bunyoro, allowing critics to question whether Speke's river really was the Nile. On his return to London Speke's findings almost immediately came under fire (not least from Burton). The British Association arranged a public debate to be held in Bath on 16 September 1864, but Speke was found dead the previous day, apparently killed in a hunting accident. The circumstances of his death, his dispute with Burton, and his somewhat slapdash record-keeping, have conspired to deny Speke the prominence of Stanley, Burton or Livingstone. But "the importance of Speke's discoveries can hardly be overestimated. In discovering the 'source reservoir' of the Nile he succeeded in solving the 'problem of all ages' … He and Grant were the first Europeans to cross Equatorial Eastern Africa, and thereby gained for the world a knowledge of rather more than eight degrees of latitude, or about five hundred geographical miles, in a portion of Eastern Africa previously totally unknown" (ibid.)

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         MAP OF THE CEDED PART OF DAKOTA TERRITORY. SHOWING ALSO PORTIONS OF MINNESOTA, IOWA & NEBRASKA.

      St. Paul: Lith. by Louis Buechner, 1863. - Folding map, 17 1/2 x 23 inches. Folded into original 16mo. cloth boards, stamped in blind, gilt title on front board. An exceptional copy in fine condition. The rare second edition of one of the earliest detailed maps of Dakota Territory. It is here present in its uncolored state. "The prospectus on the inside of the front cover in this edition is the same as the one in the first edition except for the addition of 'Second Edition - 1863.' This edition gives several new counties along the eastern boundary of the Territory, both in the inset and on the main map, and there are various new counties in the southern part of the Territory. The inset in this issue shows the creation of Idaho Territory to the west of Dakota" - Streeter. Not in Wheat's MAPPING THE TRANSMISSISSIPPI WEST. Streeter had copies of both the 1861 and 1863 editions; each went for $100 in part four of his sale in 1968. STREETER SALE 2034. GRAFF 3835. PHILLIPS MAPS, p.257.

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         MAP OF THE CEDED PART OF DAKOTA TERRITORY SHOWING ALSO PORTIONS OF MINNESOTA, IOWA & NEBRASKA

      St. Paul: Lith. by Louis Buechner, 1863. Folding map, 17 1/2 x 23 inches. Folded into original 16mo. cloth boards, stamped in blind, gilt title on front board. An exceptional copy in fine condition. The rare second edition of one of the earliest detailed maps of Dakota Territory. It is here present in its uncolored state. "The prospectus on the inside of the front cover in this edition is the same as the one in the first edition except for the addition of 'Second Edition - 1863.' This edition gives several new counties along the eastern boundary of the Territory, both in the inset and on the main map, and there are various new counties in the southern part of the Territory. The inset in this issue shows the creation of Idaho Territory to the west of Dakota" - Streeter. Not in Wheat's MAPPING THE TRANSMISSISSIPPI WEST. Streeter had copies of both the 1861 and 1863 editions; each went for $100 in part four of his sale in 1968. STREETER SALE 2034. GRAFF 3835. PHILLIPS MAPS, p.257.

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         "The Gettysburg Address." In: New-York Daily Tribune

      New York: 1863. Vol. XXIII, nos. 6939 to 7095. A complete, consecutive run from 1 July to 31 December 1863, 157 issues. Folio (20 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches). 1,336 pp. Twelve woodcut maps. Late 19th-/early 20th-century library half-cloth, marbled boards. Front cover loose; occasional printing errors with loss of text, a few edge tears, intermittent foxing. ONE OF THE EARLIEST PRINTINGS OF LINCOLN'S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS. "Immortal, one of the supreme utterances of the principles of democratic freedom" - Printing and the Mind of Man 351. The first appearances of the Gettysburg Address in print were in several morning newspapers issued on 20 November 1863, the priority of which is impossible to determine. The Gettysburg headline here is printed prominently on the first page above the fold, and the president's address also appears on the first page. Carbonell, Gettysburg Address 1. The text of the address sits humbly at the bottom of the fifth and top of the sixth columns in the issue of Friday, November 20th; the address was given the day before. The text is printed in full, after which the following observations are made: "[Long-continued applause.] Three cheers were here given for the President and the Governors of the States. After the delivery of this address the dirge and the benediction closed the exercises, and the immense assemblage separated at about 2 o'clock." The text of Edward Everett's address follows. There is significant documentary history found in the volume's remaining thirteen-hundred-plus pages. Together, it is an important day-by-day (save Sundays) document of the Civil War, encompassing the battles at Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Charleston, Chickamauga, and the entire theater of war, politics, and daily life. The majority of the issues are 8 pages in length, but 20 are designated "Triple Sheets" and are made up of 12 pages. Together, the run spans 6 months filled with some of the most important moments in the history of the Civil War, as well as the New York Draft Riots (headlined in the July 14 through 17 issues), local elections, and New York City Politics. The December 10th issue reports news of Lincoln's proclamation of amnesty and reconstruction in his message to congress. Among the maps are: "The Seat of War in Pennsylvania and Maryland" (July 1); "The Battle-Field Around Gettysburg" (July 7), these two documenting the battle of July 1 to 3 that is detailed in depth in the text of those issues; "Vicksburg and the Surrounding Country" (July 8); "The Position on the Potomac" (July 13); "The Attack on Charleston" (July 20); and "The Harbor, Fortifications and City of Charleston," full-page (August 29). Headlines announce major events: "The Rebel Confederacy as Claimed in 1861 and as it is Now" (August 10); "The Naval Fight with the Japanese" (October 2); list of Union officers in Richmond prisons (November 6); Siege of Knoxville (December 5); "The War in 1863. The Official Report of the Commander-in-Chief," Gen. Henry Halleck's report (December 12).

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         Journal of the discovery of the source of the Nile.

      Edinburgh Blackwood 1863 - First edition. 8vo., xxxi, [1], 658 pp., engraved frontispiece portrait of Speke, engraved portrait of Grant (crease to corner), 24 engraved plates, 2 maps (1 laid down), illustrations in text, contemporary red half morocco gilt, neat repairs to joints and corners. The account of Speke's third and final expedition to Africa. This took place in 1860 with his friend and fellow Indian army officer James Augustus Grant (1827-1892) on an expedition organized by the Royal Geographic Society and supported by the British government. Their purpose was to explore the Victoria Nyanza area and confirm Speke's earlier view that the lake was the source of the White Nile. On 25 September 1860, their caravan left Zanzibar: a force of 217 people, including armed men and porters bearing loads of beads, cloths, and brass wire intended as gifts for safe passage. They arrived at Kazé (today's Tabora, Tanzania) on 24 January 1861, but further headway was hindered by the defection of carriers, local warfare, the rapacity of chiefs who controlled travel through the territory, and a serious illness suffered by Speke. Moving north between lakes Tanganyika and Victoria, and often traveling separately, Speke and Grant encountered further delays in the kingdoms of Mtésa (Mutesa), the ruler of Uganda, and Kamrasi (Kamurasi), the king of Unyoro. On 28 July 1862, Speke reached the point where the White Nile left Lake Victoria, naming it Ripon Falls—and establishing in his mind the veracity of his claim that the river began there. At Karuma Falls, where the river makes a big turn west, native warfare forced him to cut across country. Ultimately, the expedition reached Gondokoro on 15 February 1863, where Sir Samuel White Baker, coincidentally on his own self-funded mission up the Nile, was able to offer needed assistance. Back in England, Speke was showered with honors and feted by the Royal Geographical Society. But doubts of his claim remained, voiced particularly by Burton, primarily because Speke had not followed the Nile from Karuma Falls to Gondokoro. (Using Speke's maps, Baker would discover what Speke had thereby missed: Lake Albert.). A debate with his former friend-turned-nemesis Burton was arranged for 16 September 1864 to settle the matter; however, on that morning word arrived that Speke had died in a gun accident. Some thought it was a suicide, for he was known as an accomplished sportsman and hunter. Speke and Grant's successes are undisputed, however: they were the first Europeans to cross equatorial eastern Africa, and their explorations added more than 500 miles to the known geography of the area. And today Lake Victoria and its feeder streams are considered the sources of the White Nile. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         I Spanien.

      1863 1863 - Orig. udgave. Kbhvn.: Reitzel 1863. 310 + [4] s. Gennemgående rent og velholdt ubeskåret eksemplar indbundet med de orig. omslag og ryg i smukt nyere privat papirbind med farvet titelfelt og guldtryk på ryggen samt med skindforstærkede hjørner og kapitæler. Bindet signeret Axel Knudsen 1948. Navn på det orig. foromslag, den orig. ryg med brugsspor. * BFN 869.

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         A CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR IN AMERICA.

      New York, NY 1863 - 160 pages. Dornbusch III, 87. Large folding map in color; eight double-page hand-colored maps. First edition, interior clean and tight, erasure on front fly, folding map of “Vicinity of Richmond” repaired with clear acid-free tape, extremities rubbed, tips of spine frayed, lacks folding map of Confederate States & Territories. Protected by a clear acid-free mylar dust jacket. 468-49 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         THE INVASION OF THE CRIMEA: ITS ORIGIN, AND AN ACCOUNT OF ITS PROGRESS DOWN TO THE DEATH OF LORD RAGLAN; VOLUMES II THRU VIII

      Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons [1863, 1868, 1875, 1880, 1887], 1863 Volumes II through VII contemporary uniform boundings of brown half calf over marbled boards, five raised bands with design and title printed in gilt within compartments. Top edge in gilt. Marbled endpapers. All map plates present, several with professional mend to the fold. Only an occasional small spot of foxing. All volumes very good plus. . Hardcover.

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         The Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man with Remarks on the Origin of Species by Variation.

      London: John Murray, 1863. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (222 x 145mm). xii, 520 pp., including half-title, 32 pp. publisher's advertisements at end dated January 1863, wood-engraved frontispiece, engraved plate and illustrations. All pages untrimmed. Original publisher's pebble-grained cloth, blind-stamped and partially gilt boards, blindstamped and gilt-lettered spine (spine ends little frayed and with short splits of hinges at head and foot, extremities rubbed, corners bumped and worn). Text generally fresh and unmarked with little foxing to half-title and final two leaves only. Provenance: MacLean (inscribed on brown first flyleaf). Very good, unsophisticated copy. ----Norman 1400; Garrison-Morton 204.1; Sabin 42758; DSB VIII, 573f; Freeman (British Natural History Books) 2369. - First Edition. Lyell's third great work, The Antiquity of Man, appeared in 1863, and ran through three editions in one year. In this he gave a general survey of the arguments for man's early appearance on the earth, derived from the discoveries of flint implements in post-Pliocene strata in the Somme valley and elsewhere; he discussed also the deposits of the Glacial epoch, and in the same volume he first gave in his adhesion to Charles Darwin's theory of the origin of species. - Visit our website for additional images and information. Very Good.

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         Romola. FIRST EDITION. 3 vols.

      Smith, Elder & Co. 1863 Final ad. leaf vol. II. Handsomely bound in sl. later full dark blue crushed morocco by Birdsall of Northampton, spines gilt in compartments, double-ruled borders & gilt dentelles. Orig. somewhat rubbed green cloth spine strips bound in at ends. t.e.g. A v.g. attractive copy.Baker & Ross A7.2; the first book edition, published to coincide with the completion of the serial publication in the Cornhill Magazine. Sadleir 817; Wolff 2061.

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         THE WORKS OF JOHN MILTON [EIGHT VOLUMES]

      London: Bickers and Bush, 1863. 8vos., 8 volumes; VG; spines paneled tan leather with gilt lettering; rebacked, previous boards; gilt emblem on front and rear boards, gilt and blind-tooled border, gilt tooling on board edges, turn-ins; marbled endpapers and text blocks; bookplate on all front paste-downs; some wear to boards, including some scaring, rubbing to corners; interiors clean, slightly age-toned; please contact for accurate shipping costs; shelved above middle east. Dupont.

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         Emancipated slaves [photograph]

      New York: George Hanks 1863 - One of the great American slavery photographs, this portrait was made “to raise money to educate former slaves in Louisiana, a state still partially held by the Confederacy. One group portrait, several cartes de visite of pairs of students, and numerous portraits of each student were made. When this photograph was published as a woodcut in “Harper’s Weekly” of January 30, 1864, it was accompanied by the biographies of the eight emancipated slaves, which served successfully to fan the abolitionist cause” (Metropolitan Museum of Art). “The images of Wilson Chinn were especially famous. On his forehead are branded the initials of his former owner, Volsey B. Marmillon. To make the marks more visible to viewers, Kimball added a bit of unintended insult to injury: he retouched the initials on the original negative to make them appear even more visible in the albumen silver print” (Rosenheim, Photography and the American Civil War). Oval albumen print, (5 x 7 in.) original mount. Overall size 8 x 10 inches. Printed title: “Emancipated Slaves brought from Louisiana by Col. Geo. H. Hanks The children are from the schools established by order of Maj. Gen. Banks.” Printed on the mount beneath the photograph are the names of the freed slaves as well as the photogapher’s and publisher’s imprints and copyright notice. Very good condition, with minor wear to the mount. This photograph is among the most famous and most influential images of American slaves. The only other example we have seen in the trade made $30,000 at Swann in March 2015.

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         HOSPITAL SKETCHES

      James Redpath, Boston 1863 - Slim duodecimo (7' tall) 102pp in green cloth boards. Alcott family ownership indicated in ink on second blank page: "April 25th 1864/Mercy G Alcott's/Book /Wolcott/New Haven County/Conn--" Jedediah Gaylord Alcott, husband (and possibly cousin?) to Mercy Gaylord Alcott, was first cousin to Amos Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott's father. Ad at rear of book announcing Wendell Phillips's Speeches at $2.50, not $2.25. VG/No DJ: minor shelfwear and edgewear, spine sunned, some ink spots on exterior of boards, minor age-toning to edges of text block and interior, front paste-down and ffep bear writing indicating this book once belonged to "Lydia S. Wilcox"; stamp on front paste-down with "M.S. Wilcox 490" in gilt text; touches of foxing, advertisement at rear of book lists Speeches at $2.50, but the .50 is crossed out with ink and .25 is written next to it in two places.Binding strong, text clean. A wonderful association copy of Alcott's Hospital Sketches.[Spine is dark green and has gilt text. Shelved in Case 1 - US History - Civil War]. Rockville Non-Retail Listings. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         A Monograph of the Pittidae, or, Family of Ant Thrushes

      New York: D.Appleton & Co, 1863. Folio. (21 7/16 x 13 5/8 inches). 1p. dedication to Philip Lutley Sclater, 1p. list of subscribers. 31 fine hand-coloured lithographic plates, heightened with gum arabic, after Elliot (24), Paul Louis Oudart (4), E. Maubert (1), A.Mesnel (1) and one unsigned, drawn on stone by C. P.Tholey and others, printed and coloured by Bowen & Co. of Philadelphia. Expert repairs at margins of frontispiece plate. Expertly bound to style in half dark green morocco and green cloth covered boards, spine with raised bands in seven compartment, ruled in gilt on either side of each band, lettered in giltA fine copy of the first edition. A rare and spectacular ornithological work, the first book by Elliot with his own illustrations, and the scarcest of his major monographs."Elliot was not his own painter, except among the Pittas. Early in his career, in 1863, he had brought out his book on the Pittidae, or Ant-Thrushes with plates of a delightful ... character, after his own drawings" ( Fine Bird Books ).Elliot's chosen illustrator, Paul Louis Oudart, died after completing only 3 or 4 plates, and rather than risk a hurried instruction to another artist, Elliot "felt compelled to turn draughtsman myself" (Preface) and executed all of the other drawings, bar one each by Maubert and Mesnel. The illustrations and indeed the birds themselves represent the pinnacle of Elliot's pictorial work.The Pittidae described are native to Borneo, Nepal, Ceylon, the Philippines, New Guinea, and Cambodia amongst other places. Their plumage is rendered in vibrant shades of blues, greens and reds, and the birds (many of whom are shown feeding their young) are placed against beautifully drawn landscapes. Elliot was also careful to ensure that the flowers and foliage shown in detail with the birds were appropriate for the species shown.When a second edition of this work was issued, most of the plates were redrawn by John Gould's artist, William Hart, and the text was completely rewritten.BM ( NH ) I, p.522; Fine Bird Books (1990), p. 95; Nissen IVB 292; Sabin 22228 (noting that only 200 copies were printed); Wood p.332; Whittell pp.225-226; Zimmer p.208.

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        Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile.

      Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1863 - Octavo. Original reddish-brown cloth, title gilt to the spine, blind panelling to the boards and gilt block of the King of Uganda to the front, bottom edge untrimmed, green coated endpapers, binder's ticket of Edmonds & Remnants to rear pastedown. Complete with the publisher's advertisements to rear. Trivial rubbing to tips and headcaps, pale offsetting to title page, very occasional light spotting, advertisements browned. An excellent copy, the binding tight, the publisher's cloth notably clean and fresh. Photogravure portrait frontispiece, one other similar portrait, 24 further engraved plates and 46 illustrations to the text, mostly after Speke or Grant, and 2 maps, one full-page, the other folding in an end-pocket. First edition, a bright, entirely unrestored copy of a book often encountered damaged or recased owing to the heavy text-block. Dispatched by Burton from Tabora to verify reports of a large body of water to the north of Lake Tanganyika, Speke made the discovery of Victoria Nyanza on 3 August 1858 and immediately pronounced it to be the source of the Nile. Once back in London the strained relationship between the two explorers was finally sundered by the acclaim greeting Speke's discovery. In 1860 Speke returned to Africa to confirm his conclusions and eventually located "the point where the Nile issues from Lake Victoria which he named Ripon Falls. This was the crowning moment of the expedition and of Speke's career" (ODNB). Unfortunately Speke's wounded companion James Grant had returned northward, so the discovery was unverified; nor did the party follow the Nile stream closely as they travelled north to Bunyoro, allowing critics to question whether Speke's river really was the Nile. On his return to London Speke's findings almost immediately came under fire (not least from Burton). The British Association arranged a public debate to be held in Bath on 16 September 1864, but Speke was found dead the previous day, apparently killed in a hunting accident. The circumstances of his death, his dispute with Burton, and his somewhat slapdash record-keeping, have conspired to deny Speke the prominence of Stanley, Burton or Livingstone. But "the importance of Speke's discoveries can hardly be overestimated. In discovering the 'source reservoir' of the Nile he succeeded in solving the 'problem of all ages' He and Grant were the first Europeans to cross Equatorial Eastern Africa, and thereby gained for the world a knowledge of rather more than eight degrees of latitude, or about five hundred geographical miles, in a portion of Eastern Africa previously totally unknown" (ibid.) Czech p. 151; Howgego IV S53-4; Ibrahim-Hilmy 255. [Attributes: First Edition]

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