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This splendid and unusually large panoramic photograph of Cairo combines elements of antiquity, the medieval period, and the modern world. In the distance the pyramids at Giza are visible, while a train races along the Nile River between Cairo and the pyramids. The photograph is dominated by the Citadel and by the Muhammad Ali mosque, which famously has two soaring minarets. Muhammad Ali, the energetic governor of Cairo, razed most palaces and buildings in the 14th-century Mamluk citadel for this grand undertaking, begun in 1830 and completed in 1857. Cairo panoramic views of this size and scope are very scarce. Albumen print on paper, comprising multiple joined panels, overall image size 7 x 74 inches. Mounted on linen. Old folds, some wear, but generally in very good condition and with good contrast. Archivally framed.

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Albumen print, original mount. 34 x 27.5 cm. Inscribed and signed on the mount by Cameron: "From life, registered photograph, copy right, Julia Margaret Cameron, Freshwater, Sep. 1874." Very good condition. This is an unrecorded portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron, the foremost British portrait photographer of her time. "How masterly … are her straightforward, truthful portraits, which are entirely free from false sentiment." "It is they which have made her work immortal in the annals of photography" (Gernsheim). "After receiving a camera as a gift, Julia Margaret Cameron began her career in photography at the age of forty-eight. She produced the majority of her work from her home at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. By the coercive force of her eccentric personality, she enlisted everyone around her as models, from family members to domestic servants and local residents. The wife of a retired jurist, Cameron moved in the highest circles of society in Victorian England. She photographed the inte ... Read more

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May du Maurier

Cameron, Julia Margaret

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"Albumen print, original mount. 34 x 27.5 cm. Inscribed and signed on the mount by Cameron: "From life, registered photograph, copy right, Julia Margaret Cameron, Freshwater, Sep. 1874." Very good condition. This is an unrecorded portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron, the foremost British portrait photographer of her time. "How masterly … are her straightforward, truthful portraits, which are entirely free from false sentiment." "It is they which have made her work immortal in the annals of photography" (Gernsheim). "After receiving a camera as a gift, Julia Margaret Cameron began her career in photography at the age of forty-eight. She produced the majority of her work from her home at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. By the coercive force of her eccentric personality, she enlisted everyone around her as models, from family members to domestic servants and local residents. The wife of a retired jurist, Cameron moved in the highest circles of society in Victorian England. She photographed the intellectuals and ... Read more

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THE OPENING OF THE SUEZ CANAL. 13½ x 9½ inches. Albumen photograph mounted on paper, annotated in pencil "Port Said 16 Nov 1869" in the lower left. Excellent condition. This photograph depicts the harbor and canal on the day of the opening of the Suez Canal, the "greatest engineering feat of the nineteenth century" (Smith). "Clearly, the canal's opening festivities placed Egypt in a new way on the European cultural map" (Haddad, "Digging to India: Modernity, Imperialism, and the Suez Canal"). The opening of the Suez Canal immediately transformed world trade. Connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea allowed ships to sail between Europe and Asia without navigating around Africa. Trade between East and West grew at a record rate. "The construction and completion of the great Suez Canal . . . [was] one of the most remarkable engineering enterprises of the age, one that will be an infinitely . . . important boon to commerce" (W. H. Davenport Adams). "Men of the nineteenth century have pierced the Isthmus ... Read more

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Contemporary armorial calf, spine gilt, red morocco label. A few small spots. Fine. First edition of the book that is, "more emphatically than any other single work, the cradle of political economy" (Jevons). Published posthumously, Cantillon's Essay on the Nature of Trade in General was cited by Adam Smith, Condillac, Quesnay, Harris, Postlethwayt, and many others. It is "the most systematic treatment on economic principles before the Wealth of Nations" (Roll), and Cantillon is the "founding father of modern economics" (Rothbard). Born in Ireland, Cantillon was active in banking in Paris for years. A man among boys in business, he made a fortune from John Law's scheme. "Bankers fell like autumn leaves in Paris between 1717 and 1720, and as Higgs remarks, 'Their losses were probably very heavy in 1720 and much of them went into Cantillon's pocket'" (New Palgrave). He successfully defended himself in numerous lawsuits brought by victims of the Mississippi Bubble, but he eventually deemed it prudent to depart f ... Read more

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United States Capitol

(CAPITOL, WASHINGTON, D.C.)

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Fine Large-format Photograph of the Capitol. This dramatic photograph of the United States Capitol shows the building ca. 1870, after the completion of the new dome and the extensions. The view shows the east side of the building, as seen from the northeast. There are signs of construction evident in the image, and a number of people and two horse-drawn carriages are visible. The photograph was taken within a few years of 1867, when the cheek blocks beside the Senate steps were installed. The photograph shows the rails for a street car system, for which termini were constructed on the Capitol grounds. Thomas Jefferson insisted the legislative building be called the "Capitol" rather than "Congress House." The word "Capitol" comes from Latin and is associated with the Roman temple to Jupiter Optimus Maximus on Capitoline Hill. The name, which followed the example of Virginia's House of Burgesses' "Capitoll" authorized in 1699, signified the national aspirations for a republic steeped in the ancient Roman virtue ... Read more

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FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. This volume, one of the very first law books printed in colonial America, contains the first American printing of Magna Carta and other fundamental documents of individual liberty in Anglo-American law. Magna Carta has become "a sacred text, the nearest approach to an irrepealable 'fundamental statute' that England has ever had" (Pollock & Maitland). Benjamin Franklin helped to print this book as a 15-year old apprentice at his brother James's Boston printing shop. This was probably Franklin's first exposure to the principles of individual liberty to which he devoted much of his life. The book "contained the most important documents and statements in English history and law concerning liberty, property, and the rights of the individual … Franklin knew its contents thoroughly" (Lemay). English Liberties "was less a practical handbook than a statement and record of the great legal and political principles which formed the proud inheritance of the British peoples at home and abroad. The ... Read more

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Carey's American Atlas

Carey, Mathew

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FIRST EDITION of the first true American atlas, the earliest atlas of the United States engraved and published in America. This important volume contains several important state maps including the first American map representing Virginia after statehood. In the preparation of this atlas, Carey drew primarily on existing sources including Guthrie's Geography. Many of the maps were drawn by Samuel Lewis. Several of the maps of the Southern states are particularly noteworthy. The map of Georgia contains the location of several Creek and other Indian towns as well as old trading paths to the interior of the state. The map of Tennessee, here in its second state, is the first separate American map of Tennessee and contains valuable information about early settlements, towns, roads, and Indian boundaries. Unrestored examples in period bindings are very scarce. Thomas Streeter's great Americana collection contained only the 1800 edition. The Siebert collection had two badly defective copies, the second of which was a ... Read more

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FIRST EDITION, second (i.e., American) issue, comprising sheets of the suppressed 1865 printing of Alice with new title-page. 42 illustrations by John Tenniel. Original red cloth. Spine very slightly darkened, very minor wear to spine ends, small spot on back cover, hinges tender. A handsome copy. Half morocco case. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the most frequently quoted book in the world, after the Bible and the works of Shakespeare. Alice has been translated into more than 150 languages and gone through many hundreds of editions and countless stage and screen adaptations. "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its hardly less famous sequel Through the Looking Glass (1872), although ostensibly written for children…are unique among 'juveniles' in appealing equally if not more strongly to adults. Written by an Oxford don, a clergyman, and a professional mathematician, they abound in characters—the White Knight, the Red Queen, the Mad Hatter, Humpty Dumpty—who are part of everybody's mental furnitur ... Read more

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12mo. [12], 166 of 168 pp., final leaf O6 in facsimile. 2 engraved plates. 18th-century sheep. Spine rubbed, front hinge starting at top. Light toning, small tear without loss to title. Generally in excellent condition, a remarkable survival, especially given the subject matter. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. This is the second cookbook printed in America, preceded only by the similarly rare The Compleat Housewife printed in Williamsburg in 1742. Carter's Frugal Housewife was one of the "enduring classics in the American marketplace, reprinted in American cities into the 1830s" (Snell). Printed from the London edition with alterations, The Frugal Housewife strongly influenced the first cookery book by an American author, Amelia Simmons's American Cookery (1796). Simmons copied entire passages almost word for word from Carter. This first American edition of The Frugal Housewife, printed without a date, was advertised by Edes & Gill in the Boston Gazette as "this day Published" on 2 March 1772. Edes & Gill are b ... Read more

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Pioneering photographs of Central Park. One of the earliest photographers to work in New York, Victor Prevost (1820-1881) studied photography in France under Paul Delaroche and with Gustave Le Gray. In 1850 Prevost came to New York and established a studio at Broadway and Bleecker. He achieved limited commercial success, giving up photography as a career in 1857. Prevost continued to take photographs of major construction projects in New York City, the most important of which are his images of the new Central Park. These images are among the earliest extant photographs of the construction of Central Park. The Olmsted-Vaux plan was accepted in 1858, and work began at once, but it was not until the 1870s that the immense project was completed. As a result, these very early photographs present an unfamiliar view of the park, with immature plantings, temporary structures, worker housing, all without the towering buildings that figure prominently in later images. Three of the photographs are signed in the negative ... Read more

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FDR Funeral 1945

CLARK, EDWARD

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AN ICONIC AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPH (ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN D.) CLARK, EDWARD. Signed and inscribed by the photographer: "FDR Funeral 1945, Edward Clark, Life." Famed Life photographer Edward Clark took this celebrated picture in 1945 at the funeral of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Atlanta. "The area was in front of the building at the polio clinic where Roosevelt had spent so much time, [Clark] saw Navy bandsman, CPO Graham Jackson, playing away on his accordion while tears streamed down his face" (Clark, Decades). "Ed Clark's photograph, meanwhile, of an openly weeping Chief Petty Officer (USN) Graham Jackson playing "Goin' Home" on his accordion as FDR's flag-draped casket passes by in April 1945 has, through the years, come to symbolize not merely a nation's grief, but black America's acknowledgement of Roosevelt's efforts on behalf of civil rights while he was in office" (Life website). Gelatin silver gelatin print, mounted, signed and inscribed by the photographer on the mat. 8 x 10 inches. Excellent condition.

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8 x 10 inches. Color photograph. Fine condition. Half morocco case. This splendid photograph of Bill Clinton and Benjamin Netanyahu seated in the White House is signed and inscribed by Clinton: "To the people of Israel—with gratitude for the ties that bind us. Bill Clinton." Netanyahu was Prime Minister from 1996 to 1999 during the second Clinton administration. Provenance: a leading figure in the Houston Jewish community who coordinated presidential gifts to Israeli leaders and requested for himself second examples of the inscribed photographs commemorating high-level meetings.

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Enormous Map Showing America's Westward Expansion. This landmark American wall map reflects the divisions leading up to the Civil War. J. H. Colton was the leading American map publisher of the 19th century. The first of the firm's famous United States wall maps appeared in 1846. This fine example of the 1855 edition is particularly important because it reflects the momentous changes of the late 1840s and 1850s including the following: 1848 Oregon Territory 1848 Wisconsin admitted as a state 1849 massive U.S. expansion in the West resulting from the end of the Mexican War and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1849 1849 Minnesota Territory 1850 California admitted as a state 1850 New Mexico Territory 1850 Utah Territory 1853 Washington Territory 1854 Kansas Territory 1854 Nebraska Territory These developments, especially the creation of two new territories under the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the question of slavery in the territories, set the stage for the Civil War. The map's title states that it was published ... Read more

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Esquisse d'un Tableau Historique des Progres de L'Esprit Humain

Condorcet, Jean-Antoine-Nicolas, Marquis de

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THE PERFECTIBILITY OF MAN. 8vo. Early half red morocco. Near fine. FIRST EDITION. A distinguished mathematician and friend of Voltaire, d'Alembert, and Turgot, Condorcet played a major role in promoting the Revolution's democratic principles. In the Esquisse (An Historical Outline of the Progress of the Human Mind), he traces the history of man through ten epochs, moving from savagery through the development of civilization and knowledge up to Descartes in the eighth epoch. The ninth epoch spans the Enlightenment from Descartes to the Revolution. For the tenth epoch, Condorcet predicts that equality of opportunity will prevail among all classes and nations and that man will improve intellectually, morally, and physically. "A belief in the ultimate perfectibility of man lies at the root of all progressive thinking about the human condition. The philosophes and Godwin had familiarized the reading public with this notion, but it was left to Condorcet to give it its finest and most durable expression. . . . Unlik ... Read more

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The Elephant Bazar [sic], Coney Island

(Coney Island) John Johnstone, photographer

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8 ¼ x 6 ½ inch albumen print, titled in image. Good tones and a crisp image. Near fine condition. A wonderful photograph of the fabled Coney Island Elephant, the seven-story hotel designed and opened by James V. Lafferty in 1885. Located at Surf Avenue and West 5th Street, the elephant cost $250,000 to build. Lafferty patented zoomorphic architecture—in 1882 the U.S. Patent Office granted him a patent giving him the exclusive right to make, use or sell animal-shaped buildings for 17 years. His first elephant building was Lucy, which still stands at Margate, New Jersey. Coney's palatial pachyderm was 122 feet tall, and its legs measured 60 feet in circumference, the whole covered in a coating of blue tin. Inside there were thirty-one rooms of varying shapes and sizes, including a grand hall, a gallery, and a museum. A cigar shop operated out of one leg and a diorama was on display in another. The Stomach Room was a 60 x 35 feet triangle. The Cheek Room offered visitors a fantastic view of ... Read more

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