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[Hand-Colored] Verhandeling over de slangen en adders die in het Landschap Drenthe gevonden worden. Met byvoeging van eenige aanmerkingen en byzonderheden, tot deze en andere slangsoorten betrekkelyk. Traité des serpens et des vipères qu'on trouve dans le pays de Drenthe, au quel on a ajouté quelques remarques et quelques particularités relatives a ces espèces de serpens et a d'autres
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[Hand-Colored] Verhandeling over de slangen en adders die in het Landschap Drenthe gevonden worden. Met byvoeging van eenige aanmerkingen en byzonderheden, tot deze en andere slangsoorten betrekkelyk. Traité des serpens et des vipères qu'on trouve dans le pays de Drenthe, au quel on a ajouté quelques remarques et quelques particularités relatives a ces espèces de serpens et a d'autres

By LIER, J. van (Johannes, 1726-1799)

Amsterdam / Groningen: Erven Houtuin and L. Huisingh, 1781. Full Calf. Fine. First Edition of this rare monograph on snakes and vipers from the Eastern part of Holland, principally the province of Drenthe. Text, in Dutch and French, in parallel columns. Demy 4to (258 x 191mm): [6],372 pp, with engraved additional title page with medallion portrait of the author by J. C. Philips after W. Veleman Groningen, and three finely hand-colored, full-page plates. (Some copies are uncolored.) Contemporary mottled calf, spine richly gilt in six compartments between raised bands with floral device in each, red leather lettering piece gilt, marbled edges. An exceptionally fine example, tightly bound, with very wide margins, and clean, crisp pages printed on heavy stock. Nissen ZBI I, 2509. BM (Natural History) III, p. 1113. Landwehr (Dutch Books with Coloured Plates) 113. Johannes van Lier was a politician, lawyer, tax collector, and deputy from Drenthe, with very wide-ranging interests:. he wrote treatises on history, archaeology, and natural history, among other subjects. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$2650.00

The life and adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, his relatives, friends, and enemies : comprising all his wills and his ways : with an historical record of what he did, and what he didn't : knowing, moreover, who inherited the family plate, who came in for the silver spoons, and who for the wooden ladles : the whole forming a complete key to the House of Chuzzlewit [Original Cloth]
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The life and adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, his relatives, friends, and enemies : comprising all his wills and his ways : with an historical record of what he did, and what he didn't : knowing, moreover, who inherited the family plate, who came in for the silver spoons, and who for the wooden ladles : the whole forming a complete key to the House of Chuzzlewit [Original Cloth]

By DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870)

London: Chapman and Hall [from 1843], 1860. First Edition thus. Decorative Cloth. Fine-. Later Issue of the First Edition in book form, in original format, of "arguably Dickens's funniest novel," and one of his personal favorites. (Literary Encyclopedia) illustrated by Phiz (Hablot K. Browne). Demy 8vo (219 x 131mm): xiv,[2],624pp, with frontispiece portrait of Dickens (engraved by Finden from a painting by D. Maclise), vignette (engraved) title page, and 38 further full-page plates, some signed "Phiz." Publisher's olive green diaper cloth, covers blocked in blind in chain-link design, spine lettered in gilt. coated pale yellow end papers. Spine browned (through pleasingly so) but gilt bright, pages clean and unmarked, plates fresh and bright, trivial rubbing to cloth, but remarkably well preserved. Smith I, 7. Eckel, p.72-73. Grolier (Dickens) 125. The later issue noted by Smith (c. 1860), with six of ten errata pages corrected, vignette and regular (printed) title pages undated, Chapman and Hall's Piccadilly address, and Bradford, Agnew, and Co. listed as printer. Issued originally in 20 monthly parts (bound in 19), beginning January, 1843, and concluding with Nos. XIX and XX double issue, in July, 1844. Martin Chuzzlewit "is a work transitional between the loosely plotted comedy of The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-41) and the more tightly plotted social criticism of Dombey and Son (1846-48), built around the tale of the misanthropic and selfish Martin Chuzzlewit. (Literary Encyclopedia) Critics generally agree that while Martin Chuzzlewit is loosely plotted, it more than compensates in its brilliant character development and descriptive prose. Dickens judged it one of his best novels, though it was one of his least popular. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$965.00

Siluria : the history of the oldest known rocks containing organic remains, with a brief sketch of the distribution of gold over the earth

By MURCHISON, Sir Roderick Impey (1792-1871)

London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1854. First Edition. Three-Quarter Calf. Fine. First Printing of this condensation, with additions, of Murchison's monumental treatise on the Silurian strata, an "important milestone in geology, for it established the oldest fossil-bearing classification then known." (ODNB) Demy 8vo (220 x 136mm): xvi,523,[1], followed by 37 multi-figure transfer lithographed plates drawn by J. D. C. Sowerby, and with folding lithographed map by C. Achilles, one folding hand-colored map (frontispiece), engraved by J. W. Lowry, of the Silurian rocks and overlying formations in Wales and adjacent parts of England, and numerous woodcuts throughout the text. Three-quarter brown leather over marbled boards, black leather lettering piece gilt, all edges marbled, end papers renewed. Ownership stamp of Mentor Etnyer to title page (and elsewhere, discretely, throughout text) and signature to dedication page, dated 1930. A superb copy of this notable work, richly illustrated, handsomely bound, and virtually pristine. Dibner 97. Challinor 169. Murchison was first to establish and describe the geologic sequence of Early Paleozoic strata (542 million to about 251 million years ago), the time during which multi-cellular life, both vascular plants and arthropods (small invertebrate animals), began to appear on land. Mentor Etnyre was an engineering geologist and prospector in the western United States, who managed mining operations at the Plumas-Eureka Mine, near Johnsville, Plumas County, California. His papers are held in the California History Room of the California State Library, in Sacramento. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1150.00

Über die fossilen Reste der Zeuglodonten von Nordamerica mit Rücksicht auf die europäischen Reste aus dieser Familie
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Über die fossilen Reste der Zeuglodonten von Nordamerica mit Rücksicht auf die europäischen Reste aus dieser Familie

By MULLER, Johannes (1801-1858)

Berlin: Verlag von G. Reimer, 1849. Morocco. Fine-. First and only edition of this rare treatise on fossil finds discovered in the Eocene of Alabama, in 1845, and thought to be those of a genus of the whale family. Medium folio (467 x 330mm ): iv, 38 pp. with 27 superb, multi-figure lithographic plates of fossils, many duo tone, variously signed. Text in double columns. Modern quarter black morocco over gray cloth boards, red morocco lettering piece gilt. Tight, square, virtually pristine binding; text and plates with only light scattered foxing. About Fine. Nissen 2919. Sabin 51287 (erroneously noting date of publication as 1819). In the spring of 1847, Albert Koch, a charlatan showman in the mold of P. T, Barnum, displayed in the capitals of Europe the fossil of a supposed gigantic primeval animal, a species of incongruously long (114 feet) sea serpent whose bony parts he had cobbled together at random and to which he gave the name "Hydrarchus sillimani." Koch rationalized the remains attributed to Hydrarchus with a biblical creature: Job's Leviathan. But the anatomist Richard Owen and the geologist Charles Lyell, among others, spotted the hoax. Soon after, King Frederick Wilhelm IV of Prussia acquired the frankenstein for the Royal Museum of Berlin, and Johannes Muller set to work reassembling its parts. In Über die fossilen Reste der Zeuglodonten, Muller reports the results of these investigations. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$865.00

[Photobook] Teneriffe, an astronomer's experiment : or, Specialities of a residence above the clouds
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[Photobook] Teneriffe, an astronomer's experiment : or, Specialities of a residence above the clouds

By SMYTH, Charles Piazzi (1819-1900)

London: Lovell Reeve, 1858. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine+. First Issue (publisher's 16-page catalogue dated January 1858) of the first book to be illustrated with stereo views. An edition of 1,000 was published in January, 1858, and a further 1,000 copies in July, 1858." (Gernsheim) Crown 8vo (187 x 120mm): xvi,451,[3],16,[4]pp, with 20 tissue-guarded (mostly), numbered, and mounted stereo albumen photographs (depicting flora, fauna, and members of the expedition) and errata leaf. Original purple wave-grain cloth, gilt device of telescope to upper cover, spine titled in gilt, top edge gilt, maroon end papers. Book plate to front paste down of Joseph M. Gleason (1869-1942), Californian Catholic priest, historian, and collector of books and photographs. Spine gilt a bit dulled (but legible), cover tips rubbed, text margins very lightly toned but generally clean throughout, tissue guards foxed (as usual), number stamped on title page verso. Unusually, only two of the plates are moderately faded. An excellent example. Imagining Paradise, pp. 96-97. Truthful Lens 152. Gernsheim 79. Smyth's firsthand account of an expedition to Mount Teide, in the Canary Islands, to test his theory concerning the advantage of high-altitude astronomical observation. Piazzi-Smith, Her Majesty's astronomer for Scotland, made astronomical observations at different altitudes on El Teide, Tenerife's highest peak, showing for the first time that more stars can be seen at the top of a mountain than at sea level, by effectively eliminating the lower third part of the atmosphere. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$2165.00

The Chronicles of Cooperstown
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The Chronicles of Cooperstown

By [COOPER, James Fenimore, 1789-1851]

Copperstown: H. & E. Phinney, 1838. Original Cloth. Near Fine+. First Edition. 12mo (177 x 107mm): 100pp. Original plain brown muslin over boards (variant not noted by Blanck), original printed paper label to front cover. Cloth, particularly spine tips, gently rubbed; light scattered foxing throughout, still a very attractive example. BAL 3886. Howes C747. Spiller & Blackburn 26. With his greatest successes a decade in the past, Cooper returned from Europe in 1833, settling first in New York City and finally in Cooperstown, New York, the town his father had founded half a century earlier. He was compelled to continue writing for income, and the present humble effort, published anonymously, was probably undertaken as much to put bread on the table as out of filial duty. But it is among Cooper's scarcest books and rarely found in such pleasing condition. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1465.00

Klosterheim. Or, The Masque. By the English Opium-Eater

By DE QUINCEY, Thomas (1785-1859)

Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood, Edinburgh; and T. Cadell, Strand, London, 1832. Original Boards. Fine. First Edition of de Quincey's only novel, a Gothic romance set in Swabia during the Thirty Years' War. 12mo (173 x 98mm): [4]305,[3]pp (half-titles both precede and follow title page). Original brown paper-covered boards, later (but not recent) burgundy cloth spine with printed paper label, fore- and bottom edges untrimmed. Minor edge wear and rubbing, but tightly bound, clean, and fresh. A very handsome copy. Block, p. 58. First Gothics 111. Wolff 1785. Reprinted in 1898 as The Mystery of the Masque. Throughout his literary life, De Quincey, best remembered for his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, maintained strong ties with the Gothic romance. Klosterheim is a gothified history of the wars of religion when the soldiers of Lutheran princes ravaged Catholic cities along the Rhine. "A sordid atmosphere of religious terror and persecution . . . hangs sullenly over the story. The 'masque' of the title refers to a mysterious being, half renegade and half champion of the people, who resides secretly in the city." (First Gothics) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$435.00

[Photobook] Photographic Views of Warwickshire
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[Photobook] Photographic Views of Warwickshire

By BEDFORD, Francis (1815/1816-1894)

Chester: Catherall & Pritchard, Eastgate Row, 1865. Morocco. Near Fine+. A fine album of views by one of the preeminent photographers of the nineteenth century. Oblong royal 8vo (180 × 249mm): 16 interleaved albumen photographs from collodion negatives, each mounted on card with gilt fillet border and title printed in brown. Original green cloth, upper cover blocked and lettered in gilt, cream moiré end papers, title page printed in red and black. Including views of Warwick Castle, Guy's Cliff, Kenilworth Castle, Stoneleigh Abbey, and Stratford-upon-Avon (including Shakespeare's house). Scattered light foxing to some plate mounts, but plates completely unaffected. A tightly bound, exemplary example. Between 1865 and 1875, Catherall & Pritchard brought out thirteen oblong albums of Bedford's albums prints, including Photographic Views of Warwickshire, which came in both morocco and cloth, permitting the buyer to specify the number of prints to be bound, the usual numbers being 16, 20, 24 or 30. The Getty copy appears to be the deluxe issue, with 30 images bound in morocco. Francis Bedford was photographer to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales in the East. Some idea of his photographic progress can be estimated from the reference numbers on each plate; the present numbers, ranging from 591 to 668, suggest that his photographic tour to Warwickshire followed on from his travels through North Wales. The specially built carriage he used he traveled on is used as a prop in two of the views in this album. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1365.00

[Gambling] Rouge et Noir. The Academicians of 1823, or the Greeks of the Palais Royal and the Clubs of St. James's
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[Gambling] Rouge et Noir. The Academicians of 1823, or the Greeks of the Palais Royal and the Clubs of St. James's

By [DUNNE, Charles, writing as:] PERSIUS, Charles

London: Lawlor and Quick, 9, Old Broad Street, and Stephen Couchman, 10, Throgmorton Street, 1823. First Edition. Cloth-Backed Boards. Fine. Expurgated edition of this controversial contemporary indictment of gambling clubs in Regency London, which named some of the more profligate nobility. Not including pages 311 to 438, which in most copies were redacted. 12mo (192 x 105mm): [4],viii,9-310,439-456pp (p. 264 misnumbered "252"), with hand-colored engraved frontispiece of "La Roulette." Contemporary brown linen-backed darker brown boards, original printed paper label to spine, fore- and bottom edges untrimmed, some leaves unopened. "Stouthall" [underlined] noted on front paste down (possibly referring to Stouthall mansion on the the Gower Peninsula, part of Swansea, in Wales. Spine label chipped at edges but completely legible, front hinge repaired, else a spectacular, unsophisticated wide-margined copy, virtually free of foxing and stains. Jessel 459. Not in Halkett & Laing. According to Jessel, unexpurgated copies are "of the greatest rarity." Following publication, the book "was immediately called in on account of the libellous [sic] matter in the eighth chapter-of 'Evil-disposed Personages,' pp. 311-438." Rouge et Noir ( also called *Trente et Quarante") is a 17th-century game of French origin played with cards on a special table, whose name derives from the colors (red and black) marked on the table layout, or tapis. The New Pocket Hoyle (London, 1810) still described the game in detail. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$665.00

[Outlaws] A compleat history of James Maclean, the gentleman highwayman, who was executed at Tyburn, on Wednesday, October 3, 1750, for a robbery on the highway. Containing the particulars of his life, from his Birth to his Death. In which is included, An Account of the Robberies he committed with his Companion Plunket, and A Series of Letters, that pass'd between him and Plunket; as well during the Time he was in Holland, as in England; in which are open'd some extraordinary Scenes. Also, The Particulars of their Fortune-Hunting Schemes; in which Maclean generally pass'd for a Gentleman of Worth, and Plunket personated his Footman. Likewise A Number of Original Letters sent to Maclean by different Ladies, some of which contain Narratives of Facts so exceeding tender, as must raise Pity and Compassion in the Breast of every Reader. The Whole adorn'd with a very neat Picture of Maclean, taken from the Life, while under Sentence. Drawn and engrav'd by Mr. Boitard
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[Outlaws] A compleat history of James Maclean, the gentleman highwayman, who was executed at Tyburn, on Wednesday, October 3, 1750, for a robbery on the highway. Containing the particulars of his life, from his Birth to his Death. In which is included, An Account of the Robberies he committed with his Companion Plunket, and A Series of Letters, that pass'd between him and Plunket; as well during the Time he was in Holland, as in England; in which are open'd some extraordinary Scenes. Also, The Particulars of their Fortune-Hunting Schemes; in which Maclean generally pass'd for a Gentleman of Worth, and Plunket personated his Footman. Likewise A Number of Original Letters sent to Maclean by different Ladies, some of which contain Narratives of Facts so exceeding tender, as must raise Pity and Compassion in the Breast of every Reader. The Whole adorn'd with a very neat Picture of Maclean, taken from the Life, while under Sentence. Drawn and engrav'd by Mr. Boitard

By ANON

London: Charles Corbett, 1750. Early Printing. Marbled Wrappers. Fine. Third Edition of this rare piece of British outlaw history (ESTC and OCLC identify only one copy, at Northwestern University, and neither ABPC nor RBH record copies at auction). Crown 8vo (183 x 115mm) [2],54pp (Even though the extended title mentions a portrait frontispiece of Maclean in this edition, neither ESTC nor OCLC does.) Recent marbled paper wrappers, white printed paper label to upper cover, untrimmed fore- and bottom edges. Very occasional spotting but generally clean and bright throughout. A very rare copy, Not in Halkett & Laing. Maclean (occasionally "MacLaine," "MacLean", or "Maclane," 1724-1750) was a notorious highwayman, whose accomplice was William Plunkett. He was known as the "Gentleman Highwayman," because of his courteous behavior during robberies. One moonlight night in November 1749, the pair stopped Horace Waipole in Hyde Park, as he was returning from Holland House, and Maclean's pistol went off accidentally and razed the skin under Walpole's eye. This was the first and only time he fired a shot. MacLaine was so appalled that he sent two letters apology to Walpole. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$965.00

[Promotional Brochure] The Tale of an Old Tweed Jacket

By KEOWN, Eric (1904-1963); Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979), illustrates

London: Produced for Moss Bros & Co. Ltd (of Covent Garden) by T. B. Browne Ltd, 1955. Pictorial Wrappers. Fine-. One of Moss Bros's famous "frivolous" booklets, launched during the Great Depression to :put a smile on customers's faces." Demy 8vo (215 x 139mm): 20pp, with five full-page color illustrations and seven pen-and-ink drawings (including title-page vignette) by the inimitable Edward Ardizzone. Illustrated and stapled card covers. Very light creasing to front cover, spine ends barely nicked, about Fine. One of the United Kingdom's top menswear shops, specializing in formal dress wear, Moss Bros today has more than 150 locations throughout the country. It was founded, in 1851, by Moses Moss in Covent Garden. At the outbreak of World War One, the staff slept in the shop to keep up with the demand for uniforms. And in 1924, King George V's Private Secretary recommended Moss Bros to members of the first Labour Government for the correct "levee" dress to wear at court. Other titles in the series include Dandies Of Covent Garden, Hunting the Fox, and The Sartorial Consequences of the Second World War. In this episode, a tweed jacket accompanies its well-appointed owner motoring, grouse hunting, salmon fishing, and gardening. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$115.00

Achilles the Donkey; [together with] Achilles and Diana; [and with] Achilles and the Twins [All Signed]
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Achilles the Donkey; [together with] Achilles and Diana; [and with] Achilles and the Twins [All Signed]

By BATES, H. E. (Herbert Ernest, 1905-1974); Carol Barker {illustrates]

London: Dennis Dobson [through 1964], 1962. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Illustrated in color throughout by Carol Barker. First Impressions of the second and third works, Second Impression of Achilles the Donkey (first published 1962), all three volumes signed by Bates on half-title or title pages; two dated 1969. Royal 8vo (285 x 216mm): unpaginated, with full-color illustrations on almost every page. Publisher's pictorial boards, titles to spines in black, illustrated end papers and title pages; wraparound illustrated dust jackets identical to covers, all priced 18s. Exceptionally fresh copies, a virtually pristine, superlative set. Eads A 93a, 96a, and 101a. Unusually, the artwork for the installment in this trilogy of children's picture books came first. Barker painted the pictures after a visit to Greece, and Bates agreed to write the text to accompany them. For the second and third books in the series, the collaboration was more orthodox, with Bates writing the story, which Barker then illustrated. A simple tale of a young donkey, named for his running abilities, who is separated from his mother and bought by a cruel fruit-vendor. He escapes ill-treatment with the help of a pelican named Popo. The story was adapted for the television series "Jackanory" and aired in September 1970. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$735.00

[The Discovery of Yellowstone Park 1870] Diary of the Washburn Expedition to the Yellowstone and Firehole Rivers In the Year 1870 [Inscribed]
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[The Discovery of Yellowstone Park 1870] Diary of the Washburn Expedition to the Yellowstone and Firehole Rivers In the Year 1870 [Inscribed]

By LANGFORD, Nathaniel Pitt (1832-1911)

[none given]: [none given], 1905. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Fine. First Printing of this comprehensive insider's account of the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition, which explored the region of northwestern Wyoming that became Yellowstone National Park. Presentation copy, inscribed in an elegant hand by the author: "Mrs. Charles A. Stott / Compliments of / the Author / Nathaniel P. Langford / St. Paul Minn. June 25, 1907." Crown 8vo (201 x 133mm): xxxi,122pp, with 22 unnumbered leaves of plates (including frontispiece portrait of Washburn, photographic portraits of expedition members, and maps). Original navy blue cloth, spine and upper cover lettered in gilt, vignette of men and pack mule in red to upper cover, beveled boards, top edge gilt. A superlative copy, square and tightly bound, pages and plates clean and bright throughout. Voth & Russell, p. 53. The Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition visited both the upper and lower geyser basins, named the Old Faithful geyser, and created detailed maps of the region. Mount Langford, in the Absaroka Range, just east of Yellowstone Lake, was scaled by Langford during the expedition and named after him. He became first superintendent of the Park, but had no salary, funding, or legal means to enforce protection for Yellowstone's wildlife and geologic features. Thus, he had to earn his leaving elsewhere, and he entered the Park only twice during his five years as superintendent. The first time was during the second Hayden Expedition, in 1872; the second, in 1874, to evict a man named Matthew McGuirk, who claimed to own the Boiling River, one of Yellowstone's hot springs rumored to have healing powers. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$965.00

The Oregon Trail : Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life [Review Copy]

By PARKMAN, Francis (1823-1893)

Boston: Little, Brown [from 1849], 1872. Early Printing. Pictorial Cloth. Fine. Fourth Edition, Revised, of Parkman's classic account of a summer tour, in 1846, of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas, "with a view of studying the manners and character of Indians in their primitive state." 8vo (208 x 132mm): xii,381 Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, upper cover with gilt vignette of Sioux warrior, brown coated end papers. Blind stamp "With the Publishers Compliments" on title page. Pages marginally toned, else a superlative copy, square and tight with bright gilt. Grolier (American) 100, 58 ("one of the exuberant masterpieces of American literature" and the "classic account of the emigrant journey to the Rockies"). PMM 327. Howes P 97. Sabin 58801. Wagner-Camp 170. BAL 15461. Streeter III, 1814-16 (for first editions). Field 1177 ("It is not too high praise of his work to say, that his pictures of savage life are not excelled by the narratives which had their birth in the personal experiences of Washington Irving, or the imagination of Fenimore Cooper."). Holliday 853. Larned 2062 ("one of the classics of western narratives. . . . No other book on the West has enjoyed equal popularity."). Hubach, p. 100 ("No other book contains a more graphic presentation of the panorama of Western migration during this period"). Originally serialized in twenty-one installments in Knickerbocker's Magazine (1847-49), Parkman's account is "one part history and two parts travel narrative and adventure story. . . . There are many and better accounts of life among the settlers of the West; but Parkman has given us a unique picture of life in a Sioux village before it was changed and eventually destroyed by contact with the white man. . . . By what Parkman called 'a sly trick' the publisher of the first book edition changed the title to The California and Oregon Trail, Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life, hoping to capitalize on public interest in the California Gold Rush. . . . Eventually [when Little, Brown, in this edition] decided to reissue the work in 1872 with a new preface by the author, Parkman insisted on a return to the original title, The Oregon Trail." (PMM) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$465.00

The Oregon Trail

By PARKMAN, Francis (1823-1893)

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1931. First Edition thus. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. First Printing of this edition with numerous illustrations by James Daugherty of Parkman's classic account of a summer tour, in 1846, of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas, "with a view of studying the manners and character of Indians in their primitive state." . Introduction by Mark Van Doren, Tall, thick 8vo (212 x 141mm): xvii,[1],385,[1]pp. Publisher's finely woven butterscotch cloth, spine lettered in maroon, upper cover with maroon vignette of Sioux warrior and galloping mount, double-page pictorial title (in addition to letterpress title), fore-edge untrimmed; beautifully illustrated dust jacket priced $1.00. A superlative example, tightly bound and all but pristine. Grolier (American) 100, 58 ("one of the exuberant masterpieces of American literature" and the "classic account of the emigrant journey to the Rockies"). PMM 327. Field 1177 ("It is not too high praise of his work to say, that his pictures of savage life are not excelled by the narratives which had their birth in the personal experiences of Washington Irving, or the imagination of Fenimore Cooper."). Larned 2062 ("one of the classics of western narratives. . . . No other book on the West has enjoyed equal popularity."). Hubach, p. 100 ("No other book contains a more graphic presentation of the panorama of Western migration during this period"). Originally serialized in twenty-one installments in Knickerbocker's Magazine (1847-49), Parkman's account is "one part history and two parts travel narrative and adventure story. . . . There are many and better accounts of life among the settles of the West; but Parkman has given us a unique picture of life in a Sioux village before it was changed and eventually destroyed by contact with the white man. . . . By what Parkman called 'a sly trick' the publisher of the first book editions changed the title to The California and Oregon Trail, Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life, hoping to capitalize on public interest in the California Gold Rush. . . . Eventually [when Little, Brown, in this edition] decided to reissue the work in 1872 with a new preface by the author, Parkman insisted on a return to the original title, The Oregon Trail." (PMM) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$165.00

[Photobook] Quiet Days In Clichy
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[Photobook] Quiet Days In Clichy

By [BRASSAI] MILLER, Henry (1891-1980)

Paris: The Olympia Press, 8, Rue de Nesle, 1958. Second Edition. Printed Wrappers. Fine-/Fine-. Second Edition of this short novel, celebrating love, art, and the Bohemian life, with 29 full-page photogravures (recto and verso, of which one verso only and one double-page photomontage) of Paris after dark by Brassai (pseudonym of Gyula Halász). Small 8vo (172 x 103mm): 171,[3]pp (because of a binding error, the blank leaf (pp. 175-176) of the first edition was inserted following p. 170, giving the appearance of two fewer pages). Original thick card wrappers with wraparound abstract design, by T. Tajiri, in grey, yellow, and black; text printed on thick white wove paper in dark brown ink. About Fine (slight spine lean, trivial edge wear) of this fragile volume. Shifreen & Jackson A100c. Kearney 1.16.2. Auer 364. O'Roark Collection A182 (first edition). Originally published in 1956. Both Quiet Days in Clichy and the accompanying short story, "Mara-Marignan," date from the time of Tropic of Cancer, when Miller was an obscure, penniless writer in Paris. A few months after he returned to New York, in 1940, a quick moneymaking opportunity, writing pornography for an Oklahoma erotica collector, named Roy M. Johnson, came his way. Early drafts of "Mara-Marignan" and Quiet Days in Clichy were the result. Johnson was not impressed; he found Miller's prose to be "too poetic," and the manuscripts went missing-"lost for over ten years," Miller wrote in 1956-then "turned up miraculously." Miller rewrote both stories, in Big Sur, in May of that year. The photographs of 1930s Paris are of street-scenes of prostitutes; sailors fondling women in cafes, young people flirting, kissing, dancing, and drinking. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$485.00

The Malay Archipelago : the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise : a narrative of travel with studies of man and nature
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The Malay Archipelago : the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise : a narrative of travel with studies of man and nature

By WALLACE, Alfred Russel (1823-1913)

London: Macmillan [from 1869], 1902. Decorative Cloth. Early reprint of "one of the finest scientific travel books ever written" (DSB) and Wallace's magnum opus, chronicling his eight-year sojourn through the Malay Archipelago. 8vo (196 x 129mm): xvii,[3],515,[1]pp, with tissue-guarded frontispiece, title-page vignette, 10 unnumbered maps (2 folding), and 51 full- or partial-page engravings by Thomas Baines, Walter Hood Fitch, John Gerrard Keulemans, E. W. Robinson, Joseph Wolf, and T. W. Wood. Original publisher's green pebbled cloth, upper cover and spine stamped in gilt, black coated end papers. A gorgeous copy, sound binding (though slightly rolled), minor marks to covers, very occasional foxing, but an excellent example in original cloth of Wallace's most important work. Norman 2176 (for first edition). Garrison-Morton 7439. A nearly identical reprint of the 1890 tenth edition, including bibliographical references and index. Originally published, in two volumes, in 1869. The Malay Archipelago, dedicated to Charles Darwin (Wallace independently conceived the theory of evolution through natural selection), gives accounts of Wallace's scientific exploration of Malaysia, Singapore, the islands of Indonesia (the Dutch East Indies), and the island of New Guinea, detailing each island's physical and human geography, volcanoes, and flora and fauna. Sailing some 14,000 miles from island to island in native crafts, Wallace collected an astonishing 125,000 natural history specimens (of mollusks, mammals, and reptiles), and discovered more than 200 species of birds and 1000 insects. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

$565.00

The Snow-Image, and Other Tales

By HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel (1804-1864)

Boston: Ticknor, Reed,m,h and Fields, 1852. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Fine. First Printing of the final collection of stories by Hawthorne appearing in his lifetime, printed from stereotype plates in an edition of 2425 copies. 8vo (179 x 110mm ): [4, publisher's catalog, dated January, 1852],273,[1]pp. Original brown bold-ribbed T cloth, blind-stamped floral device within ruled panels on covers, spine lettered in gilt, pale yellow wove end papers. An exemplary example, square, tightly bound, and clean throughout. BAL 7607. Browne, p. 69. Grolier Hawthorne 26. Clark A19.1a. Wright II, 1140. Fifteen previously published tales and sketches, including first book appearances of "Ethan Brand" and "My Kinsman, Major Molineux." Simultaneously published in London, in Bohn's Cheap Series. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$565.00

The Various Contrivances by Which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilised by Insects
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The Various Contrivances by Which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilised by Insects

By DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

London: John Murray, 1899. Second Edition. Original Cloth. Fine. A later but Very Fine printing (sixth Impression of the second edition) in the publisher's standard green binding. 8vo (190 x 122mm): xiv,300,[4]pp, with one folding plate and 38 woodcuts in the text. Publisher's green cloth, covers paneled in blind, spine stamped in gilt, chocolate coated end papers, top edge rough-trimmed. (There exists another, probably later, state, unrecorded by Freeman, with white end papers, lighter cloth, slightly different tooling to spine, and lacking "London" in the imprint.) Fly leaf foxed, with previous owner's name, else highly presentable, virtually pristine and tightly bound, the gilt remarkably fresh and bright. Freeman F814. Bibliotheca Bibliographici 1765. Following on the heels of publication of On the Origin of Species, this was Darwin's first detailed demonstration of the power of natural selection, explaining how complex ecological relationships resulted in the coevolution of orchids and insects. According to Asa Gray, the most important American botanist of the 19th century, "If the Orchid-book (with a few trifling omissions) had appeared before the 'Origin,' the author would have been canonised rather than anathematised by the natural theologians," and he notes that a review in the Literary Churchman found only one fault, "that Mr. Darwin's expression of admiration at the contrivances in orchids is too indirect a way of saying, 'O Lord, how manifold are Thy works.'" Darwin himself wrote to John Murray on September 24th, 1861, "I think this little volume will do good to the "Origin", as it will show that I have worked hard at details." Orchids "was concerned with working out in detail the relationships between sexual structures of orchids and the insects which fertilise them, their evolution being attributed to natural selection. It is therefore the first of the volumes of supporting evidence. It was much praised by botanists, but sold only about 6,000 copies before the turn of the century. . . . I have not seen any figure for the number of copies printed [for the first edition], although it cannot have been more than 2,000 and was probably less." (Freeman) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$535.00

[Photobook] Moor Park Rickmansworth: A Series of Photographs. With an introduction by Lady Ebury
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[Photobook] Moor Park Rickmansworth: A Series of Photographs. With an introduction by Lady Ebury

By COBURN, Alvin Langdon (1882-1966)

London: Elkin Matthews, Cork Street, 1915. First Edition. Fine. One of Coburn's "most exquisite interpretations" (Newhall), with twenty photogravures in the pictorialist style of the "grandest 18th-century mansion in Hertfordshire taken" (Pevsner), made while Coburn was teaching photography to Moor Park's owner, Lady Emilie Ebury. With an introduction by Lady Ebury and an afterward by William Temple, reprinted from the folio edition of his works published in 1740, describing the formal gardens, of which nothing remained in Coburn's day. Squarish 8vo (225 x 179mm): 55,[1]pp, chiefly photogravures mounted on rectos only. The letterpress is by the Chiswick Press. Original olive-green paper-covered boards printed in black, fore- and bottom edges untrimmed. An extraordinarily bright, clean, fresh copy, firmly bound and unmarked. Despite the commercial imprint, the book looks privately published, as though intended for family members, close friends, and departing house guests. Imagining Paradise, p. 238. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, pp. 251-52. Coburn (Autobiography), p. 141. The great house's foundations can be traced to the early seventeenth century, but its present appearance goes back to Benjamin Haskins-Stiles, who bought the mansion in 1720, had it refaced with Portland stone, and added a great Corinthian portico. In 1752, the house passed to Admiral Lord Anson, who commissioned Capability Brown to remake the formal gardens in sweeping "landscape style." The 20 photogravures comprise interior and exterior views of ancient country house, its doorways and mantels, its gardens and deer park. Four years after the final photographs were taken, Moor Park was again sold and is now a golf club. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1865.00

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