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Description De l'Egypt

Description De l’Egypt

Commission Des Sciences et Arts d'Egypte 21 vols bound in 20 (9 volumes quarto text, 1 volume elephant folio text [bound with Antiquities vol I], 11 elephant folio plate volumes), the complete set of 894 plates of which 40 are wholly or partly printed in colours and or hand-coloured, and 2 printed in bistre, many double-page, and or, folding, plate DD in Etat Moderne II with fore-margin sometime renewed, scattered light foxing, contemporary calf gilt with marbled paper panels to covers (moiré cloth panels to natural history vols.), text volumes rebacked to style, spine gilt lettered and ruled, 1809-1830. ANTIQUITIES - 5 vols: (I) Engraved frontispiece, map, 99 plates numbered 1-97 (plates 79 and 87 each in two states) + 1 unnumbered plate; Bound with folio text; (II). 92 plates numbered 1-92; (III). 69 plates numbered 1-69 ; (IV). 72 plates numbered 1-72 + 2 plates lettered e & f ; (V). 89 plates numbered 1-89. ETAT MODERNE - 2 vols. (I). Engraved map, 83 plates numbered 1-83; (II). 22plates numbered 84-105 + 31 plates numbered I-XXXI + 11 plates lettered A-K + 9 plates lettered AA-II + 4 plates lettered KK-NN + 9 plates lettered a-i + 1 plate lettered k (JJ and j not used). HISTOIRE NATURELLE - 2 vols bound in 3: (I). 62 plates; (II). 105 plates; (II bis). 77 plates. Amongst the artists who contributed to this section are Barraband, Bessa, Redoute, and Turpin. CARTES GEORAPHIQUE ET TOPOGRAPHIQUE - engraved title & 52 engraved plates. Provenance: Bookplate of Algernon Percy, 4th Duke of Northumberland (1792-1865). Volumes with either the Garter Crest or Ducal bookplate. Percy, the second son of Hugh, the second Duke, was a distinguished naval officer and a man of science and learning, who rose to the rank of Admiral, and was First Lord of the Admiralty in 1852. Percy became Duke of Northumberland in 1847, and a Knight of the Garter in 1852. FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST AMBITIOUS SCIENTIFIC, HISTORICAL, ARTISTIC AND PUBLISHING PROJECTS - A COMPLETE SET WITH FINE ENGLISH PROVENANCE. THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE DESCRIPTION OF ANCIENTAND MODERN EGYPT, THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT OF THE SAVANTS WHO ACCOMPANIED NAPOLEON'S EXPEDITION TO EGYPT (1798-1801). THE WORK IS THE GREATEST OF A NUMBER OF OUTSTANDING SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS BY THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT DETAILING THE RESULTSOF EXPLORATION, UNEQUALLEDBY ANY OTHER NATION DURING THE SAME PERIOD. The only flaw in Napoleon's preparations for the invasion of Egypt was a miscalculation when it came to Turkey's reaction to France's unsolicited 'help' in dealing with its mostly unruly vassals, the Mamluks of Egypt. Had it not been for this, Napoleon's plan for following up military conquest by revolutionising the economy and institutions of Egypt might well have created a modern European-style state, controlled by France, at the axis of all the trade routes between Europe, India and the East. Plans to this end involved nearly 500 civilians, the cream of whom were about 150 men drawn from the Institut de France. Once in Egypt their first task was to make a thorough survey of every aspect of the country to assist the planning of its future shape, and this was extended to include Antiquities. The work was co-ordinated by L'Institut de l'Egypte (later replaced by the Commission des Sciences et Arts d'Egypte), founded in the appropriated house of Hassan Kachef (illustrated in the plates to the Etat Moderne), with Gaspar Monge as president.As early as October 1798 Fourier was entrusted with the task of uniting the reports of the various disciplines with a view to publication. Following the capitulation of the army to Egypt under General Menou (a convert to Islam), the savants returned to France where a commission was set up for the editing and supervision of the work. The first volumes were published by Napoleon's government, and it is a measure of how important this work was considered to be that publication continued following the Bourbon restoration. '. never before or since has a study of such scope and thoroughness been accomplished
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Futuh Ifriqiya [The Conquest of Ifriqiya].

Futuh Ifriqiya [The Conquest of Ifriqiya].

[Waqidi, Abu Abd Allah al-]. 8vo (130 x 162 mm). 230 ff. Arabic manuscript on paper. Black maghribi script, with titles and important words and phrases in red and green. Original full leather with flap, elaborately ruled and stamped with medallions. A Sub-Saharan or Sudanese manuscript on the conquest of Africa through Uqba ibn Amir (d. 677/8 CE) under the reign of the Caliph Uthman (ca. 576-656 CE), closely based on the work by the Golden Age historian al-Waqidi (ca. 747-823 CE). While some passages are identical to al-Waqidi's history, other sections have been omitted and new information has been added, suggesting a work with several sources, among which Al-Waqidi is the predominant one. - The focus of this chronicle is important to the history both of Africa as well as of Islam: aside from their secular roles, Caliph Uthman and the conqueror Uqba ibn Amir were both companions of the Prophet Muhammad. Uthman ruled over the Rashidun Caliphate at the pinnacle of its power and expanse, including Mediterranean Africa and Nubia (today largely Sudan). It is particularly interesting that this is, as identified by its script and style, a sub-Saharan or Sudanese manuscript, an African manuscript on the history of Africa - though its main source, the historian Al-Waqidi, was a native of Medina. While largely based on and paraphrasing al-Waqidi's work, this manuscript is the only extant variant of "Futuh Ifriqiya" of its kind we have been able to identify, and may be a unique text. - Binding rubbed and chipped; pages numbered in later blue ink and ballpoint (with some mispaginations). - Acquired by a French private collection in the 1980s.
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  • $2,794
Voyage pittoresque et navigation exécutée sur une partie du Rhône

Voyage pittoresque et navigation exécutée sur une partie du Rhône, réputée non navigable. Moyens de rendre ce trajet utile au commerce.

BOISSEL DE MONVILLE, Thomas-Charles-Gaston. In-4 (257 x 198 mm) de 2 f.n.ch., 155 pp., 1 carte et 17 planches gravées (la plupart dépliantes). Demi-veau, dos lisse orné, tranches marbrées (reliure de l'époque). Édition originale, imprimée par le célèbre économe Dupont de Nemours, journaliste, homme politique, diplomate, et entrepreneur français, père du mouvement physiocrate sous l'Ancien Régime. Thomas-Charles Gaston Boissel de Monville (1764-1832), pair de France et reçu conseiller au parlement à Paris en 1785 rédigea deux ouvrages sur la navigation intérieure dont le Voyage pittoresque est le premier (le suivant, publié en 1817, est consacré à la législation de la navigation des cours d'eau). Il y étudie la navigabilité du Rhône depuis Genève jusqu'à Seyssel (Haute-Savoie). "Le Rhône, le fleuve le plus rapide de l'univers, est cependant un des plus commerçants". Afin de rendre la navigation possible Boissel de Monville fait des relevés détaillés et propose des améliorations du cours du fleuve. Il s'appuie sur une série de belles planches gravées pour illustrer ses propos. L'auteur descendit lui-même le Rhône depuis Fort l'Écluse jusqu'à Génissiat pour prouver que le fleuve est définitivement navigable. La carte dépliante montrant une partie du cours du Rhône est basée sur celle donné par le célèbre cartographe Cassini. Les 17 planches suivantes, gravées d'après les dessins de l'auteur par Picquenot et d'autres artistes, illustrent des ponts, des cours d'eau avec des relevées des côtes et des bords, les détails de la construction d'un barrage et des vues pittoresques. "Pendant la révolution il prit le nom de Roturier de Boissel, inventa une nouvelle faux a scier le blé et perfectionna les moulins à vent"(Grand Larousse). Bel exemplaire, complet.
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  • $1,341
Le Zombi du Grand Pérou ou la Comtesse de Cocagne.

Le Zombi du Grand Pérou ou la Comtesse de Cocagne.

BLESSEBOIS, Pierre Corneille. In-12 (178 x 113 mm) de LV et 60 pp. ch. Demi-basane vert sapin, dos lisse orné (reliure de l'époque). Voir Charles Nodier, Mélanges tirés d'une petite bibliothèque, p. 366 ff. Réimpression, tirée à 100 exemplaires numérotés, de ce "roman colonial" publié en 1697 pour la première fois, elle est précédée d'une longue et savante étude sur la vie et les ouvrages de Pierre de Corneille Blessebois. On y trouve en particulier une intéressante notice sur l'ouvrage, le plus rare de l'auteur, et les trois ou quatre exemplaires connus de l'édition originale. "C'est la relation d'une aventure arrivée à l'auteur pendant le séjour qu'il fit aux Antilles françaises, Zombi en patois créole est un mot qui signifie un fantome. et le Grand Pérou désigne une habitation fort connue." C'est Charles Nodier qui identifié l'auteur comme 'Corneille Blessebois' et il note à propos de cet ouvrage dont l'édition originale est de toute rareté : "Roman facétieux et obscène dont il n'est fait mention dans aucun bibliogrpahe, et dont je ne me souviens pas d'avoir vu le titre dans aucun catalogue. Le Zombi est, en patois créole, un esprit, un fantôme, un sorcier. Dans l'admirable nouvelle de Bug-Jargal, Victor Hugo appelle Obi un jongleur malfaisant ; c'est probablement une variante de dialecte ou de prononciation. Le Grand-Pérou est une habitation fort connue, au moins à l'époque où le livre a été écrit, dans une de nos possessions françoises des Antilles que nous occupions depuis plus de cinquante ans. Tous les termes de localités, multipliés dans ce libelle, rappellent le même pays; c'est la rivière de Goïaves, c'est le Marigot, le Carbet, la Cabesse-Terre, la Basse-Terre, le Dos d'Ane, les Trois-Rivières, et jusqu'à des noms propres qui ne sont pas encore effacés du souvenirs de nos derniers colons" (Nodier). Rousseurs occasionnelles, sinon très bon exemplaire faisant parti des 90 tirés sur papier vergé (après 10 sur Hollande).
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Allgemeine Relativitätstheorie und Bewegungsgesetz. Offprint from Sitzungsbericht der Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. (THE PROBLEM OF MOTION IN GENERAL RELATIVITY). 6 January 1927

Allgemeine Relativitätstheorie und Bewegungsgesetz. Offprint from Sitzungsbericht der Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. (THE PROBLEM OF MOTION IN GENERAL RELATIVITY). 6 January 1927, pp. 2-13

Einstein, A. [Albert]; Grommer, J. [Jakob] FIRST EDITION, OFFPRINT ISSUE IN ORIGINAL PAPER WRAPS, VERY GOOD CONDITION. "Einstein and Grommer's work [treats] the particle as a singularity in the field, and attempts[s] to obtain the equations of motion by imposing conditions on the exterior field in the neighborhood of the singularity" (Stachel, Einstein from â??B' to'Z', pp. 507). Weil 155. In 1927, Einstein's research "concentrated on a new approach to the problem of the motion of particles in a general field theory" (Mehra, The Golden Age of Theoretical Physics, 997). He presented his work, conducted with Jakob Grommer in this report. Einstein and Grommer here show that â??in the case of a pure gravitational field the mechanical behavior of singularities can be derived,' a result which in Einstein's opinion â??opened the possibility to obtain, on the basis of the field equations, a theory of matter characterized as discontinuities in space' (ibid, 997; Einstein and Grommer, 1927). "After Einstein had tried for years to obtain a theory of material particles in a generalized field theory by describing these objects with the help of continuous functions, Einstein and Grommer now proposed â??to consider elementary particles as singular points or singular world lines, respectively,' motivated by the observation â??that both the equations of the pure gravitational field and the equations augmented by Maxwell's electromagnetic field possess simple spherically-symmetric solutions which contain a singularity' (ibid). Finally they arrived at the result: In the approximation of the gravitational field obtained by solving linearized equations, the equation of motion for a singularity is completely determined - at least in the case of equilibrium - and corresponds to the law of a geodetic line" (ibid). CONDITION & DETAILS: Berlin: Verlag der Akademie der Wiss. Pp. 2-13. Offprint in original wraps. (10 x 7.25 inches; 250 x 181mm). Toning at the edges & bearing the ownership stamp of "Friedrich Wilhelm Ritter" (W. F. Ritter) 1839-1929. Ritter had a large library. Very good condition.
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Esperienze Intorno alla Generazione Deglinsetti Fatte da Francesco Redi Accademia della Crusca

Esperienze Intorno alla Generazione Deglinsetti Fatte da Francesco Redi Accademia della Crusca, e scritte in una letters, 1674 [MASTERPIECE REFUTING SPONTANEOUS REGENERATION; 39 COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS]

Redi, Francesco THIRD EDITION OF FRANCESCO REDI'S MASTERPIECE REFUTING SPONTANEOUS REGENERATION, first published in 1668. "A milestone in the history of modern science," Redi's book outlines the first series of experiments to disprove 'spontaneous generation' -- "a theory also known as Aristotelian abiogenesis" (Wikipedia). Francesco Redi was an Italian physician, naturalist, and poet. Redi's seminal work includes 39 particularly gorgeous copperplate engravings. "At the time, [the] prevailing wisdom was that maggots arose spontaneously from rotting meat"; in other words, that nonliving matter could generate the production of living organisms" (ibid). In his experiments, Redi captured maggots and waited for them to metamorphose, becoming flies. "Also, when dead flies or maggots were put in sealed jars with dead animals or veal, no maggots appeared, but when the same thing was done with living flies, maggots did" (Wikipedia). Redi compared two groups of meat: "the first left exposed to insects, and the second group covered by a barrier of gauze. In the exposed meat, flies laid eggs, which quickly hatched into maggots. On the gauze-covered meat, no maggots appeared, but Redi observed fly eggs on the outer surface of the gauze" (Benecke, A Brief History of Forensic Entomology). Knowing full well the terrible fates of out-spoken scientists like Giordino Bruno and Galileo Galilei, Redi was careful to express his new views in a manner that would not contradict to theological tradition of the Church; hence, his interpretations were always based on biblical passages, such as his famous adage: omne vivum ex vivo ('All life comes from life')" (Wikipedia). CONDITION & DETAILS: Florenz: Onofri. 1674. Quarto (9.5 x 7 inches; 238 x 175mm). Complete. [4], 136, [39], 1. 39 copperplate engravings in near fine condition (29 numbered; 10 unnumbered; 3 large folding). Vellum bound with the title written on the spine in an early hand. A large section of the vellum has been cut from the rear board and is missing. The binding and its stitching, however, remain very solid. Vellum has some creasing, but is still handsome. Two early ownership signatures; see photos. Consistent with its age, slight toning within.
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Representation of a function by its line integrals with some radiological implications II in Journal of Applied Physics 35

Representation of a function by its line integrals with some radiological implications II in Journal of Applied Physics 35, October 1964, pp. 2908 – 2913 [ORIGINAL WRAPPERS]

Cormack, Allen FIRST EDITIONS IN ORIGINAL PAPER WRAPS OF PART II ONLY OF ALLAN CORMACK'S SEMINAL INVENTION OF A MATHEMATICAL TECHNIQUE FOR COMPUTER-ASSISTED X-RAY TOMOGRAPHY (CAT Scans) - TOGETHER, THESE TWO PAPERS DOCUMENT THE INVENTION OF THE CAT SCAN. Cormack's work produced the most revolutionary development in the field of radiography since the discover of the x-ray by Rontgen in 1895. In 1979, Cormack and Godfrey Hounsfield received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their work in "the development of computer assisted tomography" (Nobel Prize Committee). "This was the first time that researchers trained not in the medical sciences but in mathematics and engineering received the Nobel Prize in Medicine" (Grolier Medical Hundred, 365). Cormack's work as a theoretical physicist with a special interest in computer tomography and math drove his interest in and invention of a mathematical technique for computer-assisted X-ray tomography. Cormack's papers contain the first description of the mathematical theory of axial tomography, the method by which the varying X-ray absorption rates of tissues in the human body can be used to construct a detailed picture of the organs and soft tissues. Computerized axial tomography, otherwise known as the CAT scan, is a process by which X-rays can be concentrated on specific sections of the human body at a variety of angles. Once this information is analyzed by a computer, it is combined to reproduce images of internal structures previously unviewable by medical technology. Cormack was the first to analyze the possibility of such an examination of a biological system, and in these papers, developed the equations needed for computer-assisted x-ray reconstruction of pictures of the human brain and body. CONDITION & DETAILS: Individual issue original wrappers, October 1964. American Institute of Applied Physics. (10.5 X 8 inches; 263 x 200mm). Fine condition. Clean and bright inside and out.
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Quantum Theory of Gravity. I. The Canonical Theory in Physical Review 160 No. 5

Quantum Theory of Gravity. I. The Canonical Theory in Physical Review 160 No. 5, 25 August 1967, pp. 1113-1148 [WHEELER DEWITT EQUATION; COSMIC SCHRODINGER EQUATION]

DeWitt, Bryce FIRST EDITION of Bryce DeWitt's first paper on quantum gravity, including the introduction of both the Wheeler-DeWitt equation and canonical quantum gravity. "Quantum gravity attempts to unify quantum mechanics (which describes the behavior of electromagnetism, the weak interaction and the strong interaction) with general relativity (the theory of gravity)" (Wenner Collection). NOTE that we separately offer the 1st ed. in original wraps of all three parts of Bryce DeWitt's paper on quantum gravity, including the introduction of the Wheeler-DeWitt equation. In this work, DeWitt, known as the father of quantum gravity, formed important calculations on quantum gravity highly controversial and important to modern theoretical physics. The Wheeler-DeWitt "equation expresses the expectation that the total energy of a closed universe vanishes" (Liebscher, Cosmology, 269). It is a "cosmic Schrodinger equation" that describes the whole universe - both atoms and galaxies - in a unified manner. Although controversial, the equation does in fact unify deep properties of both quantum theory and general relativity. "The Wheeler-DeWitt equation is a functional differential equation on the space of three dimensional spatial metrics. It is ill defined in the general case, but very important in theoretical physics, especially in quantum gravity. The equation has the form of an operator acting on a wave functional, the functional reduces to a function in cosmology. Contrary to the general case, the Wheeler-DeWitt equation is well defined in mini-superspaces like the configuration space of cosmological theories" (Wikipedia). CONDITION & DETAILS: Lancaster: The American Physical Society. Vol. 160, Number 5, 25 August 1967, pp. 1113-1148 (DeWitt paper). Full volume pp. 719-1611. Fully indexed. Additionally, there are 36 pages of separately culled abstracts. Ex-libris bearing only a small stamps on the front & rear flypapers & text block. There are no spine markings. 4to (10.5 x 8 inches; 263 x 200mm). Bound in pristine brown buckram, gilt-lettered at the spine. Near fine condition inside and out.
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Spectroscopic Observations of the Sun. Received February 2

Spectroscopic Observations of the Sun. Received February 2, Read March 19, 1874. Pp. 577-586 in The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Vol. 165, Pt. 2., 1875. [OFFPRINT of LOCKYER’S DISCOVERY OF HELIUM ON THE SUN. 6 PLATES]

Lockyer, J. Norman RARE OFFPRINT OF JOSEPH LOCKYER'S DISCOVERY OF HELIUM ON THE SUN. ORIGINAL PAPER WRAPS, FINE CONDITION. 6 PLATES. An "offprint" is a separately published and bound issue of the journal paper in question. Usually these are printed for the given authors and for authors to give to colleagues. Because they are rare, offprints are considered more desirable that either the original issue of the journal in paper wraps or bound. Helium was the first chemical element discovered on an extraterrestrial body -- in this case, the sun -- prior to its discovery on the Earth. Lockyer's discovery of helium also represents the first element discovered via spectroscopy. Though rare on the Earth, helium is the second most abundant element in the universe, comprising 24% of known baryonic matter by weight. Lockyer discovered helium on the sun in 1868 when he adapted his 6-inch telescope to utilize a spectroscope and while using it to carry out electromagnetic spectroscopic observations of the sun during an eclipse, he discovered a yellow line never seen before in the laboratory. Unable to reproduce the line in his lab, Lockyer made the bold suggestion that the line was the 'fingerprint' of an element, an element he named 'helium' for Helios, the Greek God of the Sun. Lockyer's finding -- the only element to be discovered in space before it was discovered on Earth -- was the first element to be discovered by spectroscopy. As Lockyer tried to make sense of his initial discovery of a yellow line, he reasoned that "because the bright yellow line was close to the D1 and D2 lines of sodium, it [should be] designated D3. In order to identify the lines in his spectral data, Lockyer enlisted the help of the prominent British chemist, Edward Frankland. Their laboratory work showed that the majority of the observed solar lines were due to hydrogen, though often modified by changes in temperature and pressure. The D3 line, however, could not be reproduced in the laboratory" (Jensen, "Why Helium Ends in 'ium'?) . While Lockyer was ridiculed for his discovery for many years, in 1895, twenty-five years after Lockyer's initial discovery, William Ramsay confirmed the existence of Helium when he managed to isolate it from another mineral. In 1897, Lockyer was finally knighted for his discovery of helium. CONDITION & DETAILS: London: The Royal Society. Offprint from The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Vol. 165, Pt. 2. 1876. [Printed in 1876]. Continuously paginated, pp. 577-586. 4to. (300 x 225mm; 12 x 9 in.). ILLUSTRATIONS: 6 plates EXTERIOR: Bound in original paper wraps. Tightly bound. Near fine condition.
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Map of Mexico

Map of Mexico, Including Yucatan, & Upper California, exhibiting the Chief Cities and Towns, the Principal Travelling Routes &c.

Mitchell, S. A., Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1847, folding lithographed pocket map, original full coloring of Mexico and vivid rose outline coloring of Texas. Measures 46 x 66.8 cm. Inset street map and environs of Monterrey at top right on tinted pink ground: The Late Battlefield. Folds into the original embossed green roan case, stamped in gilt Mexico, with printed statistical broadside: Extent and Population of Mexico, affixed to front pastedown. Some archival tissue reinforcements along folds, small separations at several fold joints, small piece missing near the second "I" in Pacific Ocean, some rubbing to covers, else very good, with strong coloring. An early issue of this oft-reworked Mexican-American War map. The earliest issue is thought to have the inset battle plan at the top uncolored, and identified only as the Late Battlefield, this issue has the battlefield of Buena Vista noted which means that it was issued sometime after late February when news of the United States victory at Buena Vista would have been known. This map was part of the series of popular maps published by Mitchell to provide constantly evolving news to satisfy the public's riveted focus on the course of the Mexican War and "Manifest Destiny." What began as a rather modest affair changed over the course of the war, with Mitchell revising his original map until it had grown far larger than this early issue. Later in 1847 he added a large inset Map of the Principal Roads, but with the same title to the upper inset. In yet another version of the larger map, the inset at upper right is renamed The Battlefield of Monterey. See Streeter Sale 3868, Taliaferro 284, and Wheat, 548, Maps of the California Gold Region, 35. In this map Texas is outlined in bright rose in the Emory configuration, with its extended Panhandle extending north into Wyoming. This map is an example of Manifest Destiny expressed cartographically. As the Mexican-American War progressed, Mitchell reissued this map, each time slightly altering the plate to reflect American progress towards Mexico City and marking battle grounds with a flag. Older battles shown include the Alamo, and San Jacinto. Battles in the present war include Resaca de la Palma, Palo Alto, Monterrey, which is shown in the inset, and Buena Vista. Texas is shown as an independent entity with its border at the Rio Grande River and its Panhandle extending all the way to the 42nd parallel. If the map itself is not blunt enough, the text of the "Extent and Population of Mexico" makes the point of view clear: "in the above statement Mexico is represented as entire, with the exception of Texas; but at the present time (1846) New California, New Mexico, and Yucatan, comprising about two-fifths of her territory, can hardly be considered as belonging to her. New California was taken possession of by Commodore Sloat, July 7th, 1846, and New Mexico by General Kearney, August, 1846. Yucatan has declared her independence, yet it is not positively hostile to the Mexican government: and but a little reliance can be placed on the permanency of her present position."
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Autograph Letter Signed. Los Angeles

Autograph Letter Signed. Los Angeles, Aug. 7, 1888, to James J. Flynn, Democratic State Central Committee [San Francisco]

Jacobs, Louis T. quarto, one page, somewhat tanned, old tape repairs, mounted on separate stiff quarto sheet, good. 1888 Black immigrant 'stumps' California for Democrats. "Can you please forward me at your earliest opportunity a copy of President Cleveland Message to Congress wherein he recommends the payment of the Freedmen's Bank Depositors… sent sometime in Dec….86. I am a Colored man and as I am going to stump the State in interest of Democracy I would like to have it as it would enable me in my argument." Jacobs was a British "Mulatto", possibly born in Sierra Leone, Africa in the 1840s, who had immigrated to the US as a young man, in the 1870s. He had worked as a janitor at Los Angeles City Hall – where he probably acquired a taste for politics – before moving to northern California to become agent of an Oakland insurance company. Most African-Americans were Republicans in the post-Civil War era, so Jacobs undoubtedly saw an opportunity to advance his career by "stumping" California for the Democrats, who decried the "lawful robbery" of freed slaves, after the War, their deposits in a "Freedman's Bank" squandered by "Republican thieves". The Bank had collapsed in 1875, forcing depositors to wait a decade to recover their money until President Cleveland declared that the hapless "colored" should be reimbursed for their losses by Government funds.
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Über quantentheoretische Umdeutung kinematischer und mechanischer Beziehungen [On the quantum-theoretical reinterpretation of kinematical and mechanical relationships]

Über quantentheoretische Umdeutung kinematischer und mechanischer Beziehungen [On the quantum-theoretical reinterpretation of kinematical and mechanical relationships]

Heisenberg, Werner FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS of Heisenberg's critically important paper marking the foundation of quantum mechanics; Heisenberg was awarded the 1932 Nobel prize in physics "for the creation of quantum mechanics." "In June 1925, while recuperating from an attack of hay fever on Helgoland, an island in the North Sea, Heisenberg solved a major physical problem-how to account for the stationary (discrete) energy states of an anharmonic oscillator. His solution, because it was analogous to that of a simple planetary atom, launched the program for the development of the quantum mechanics of atomic systems. Heisenberg published his results some months later in the Zeitschrift für Physik under the title "Über quantentheoretische Umdeutung kinematischer und mechanischer Beziehungen" ["On the quantum-theoretical reinterpretation of kinematical and mechanical relationships"]. In this article he proposed a reinterpretation of the basic concepts of mechanics. "Heisenberg's treatment of the problem departed from Bohr's as much as Bohr's had from 19th-century tenets. Heisenberg was willing to sacrifice the idea of discrete particles moving in prescribed paths (neither particles nor paths could be observed) in exchange for a theory that would deal directly with experimental facts and lead to the quantum conditions as consequences of the theory rather than ad hoc stipulations. Physical variables were to be represented by arrays of numbers; under the influence of Einstein's paper on relativity (1905), he took the variables to represent not hidden, inaccessible structures but 'observable' (i.e., measurable) quantities" (Britannica). "Heisenberg's name will always be associated with his theory of quantum mechanics, published in 1925, when he was only 23 years old. For this theory and the applications of it which resulted especially in the discovery of allotropic forms of hydrogen, Heisenberg was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for 1932. His new theory was based only on what can be observed, that is to say, on the radiation emitted by the atom. We cannot, he said, always assign to an electron a position in space at a given time, nor follow it in its orbit, so that we cannot assume that the planetary orbits postulated by Niels Bohr actually exist. Mechanical quantities, such as position, velocity, etc. should be represented, not by ordinary numbers, but by abstract mathematical structures called 'matrices' and he formulated his new theory in terms of matrix equations." (Nobel Lectures, Physics 1922-41). Heisenberg's landmark paper inspired his colleagues Max Born and Pasqual Jordan to develop the rigorous matrix formalism necessary to mathematically complete Heisenberg's model, publishing a joint paper later in 1925 (exploring systems with one degree of freedom) and, with Heisenberg, a subsequent paper in 1926 (concerning systems with multiple degrees of freedom). Particle Physics, One Hundred Years of Discovery, 43: "Foundation of quantum mechanics, Heisenberg approach. Nobel prize to W. Heisenberg awarded in 1932 'for the creation of quantum mechanics.'" ). In: Zeitschrift für Physik, Vol. 33. Berlin: Julius Springer, 1925. Octavo, original wrappers. Light soiling to wrappers, a little wear to spine ends. Faint pencil notation at top of front wrapper; "Printed in Germany" stamps on rear wrapper. The foundational document for quantum mechanics, rare in original wrappers and without any institutional stamps.
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. [Alice in Wonderland]. WITH: Original Large Ink Drawing Signed of the Gryphon by Rackham

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. [Alice in Wonderland]. WITH: Original Large Ink Drawing Signed of the Gryphon by Rackham

CARROLL, LEWIS; RACKHAM, ARTHUR DELUXE LIMITED EDITION in exceedingly rare original slipcase. WITH: RACKHAM INK DRAWING of the Gryphon. The book: "Rackham embarked on his new edition of Alice in Wonderland, with illustrations to rival John Tenniel's, when the book came out of copyright in 1907. Rackham's advantage over Tenniel was that now he could introduce colour; also his pen line would not be reproduced by wood-engraving. This gave him some new freedoms for invention, but his amendments to the ingrained image of Alice were not only technical. Rackham's Alice was very much a fleshly Edwardian child who would question the status quo of Wonderland. Her courtesy carried an undercurrent of insistent argument. A contemporary critic observed 'a tender, flickering light of imagination in [Alice's] eyes' (Daily Telegraph, 27 Nov 1907). (Dictionary of National Biography). This deluxe limited edition is number 1030 of 1130 copies, unsigned as issued. (Rackham was out of the country when the book was published and did not sign the edition.) Complete with thirteen large tipped-in color plates and many black and white drawings. In the exceedingly rare original "windowed" slipcase: We can only find records of very few references to the original slipcase, although numerous copies exhibit the patch of rectangular discoloration corresponding to the cut-out opening of the slipcase, designed to display the gilt title and the gilt cover illustrations of the turtle and gryphon. The drawing: Laid-in is a large pen and ink drawing of the gryphon, signed by Rackham ("ARackham") and dated ("07") the same year as the book. The drawing is similar to the one on page 119 of the text, but is larger and with much more detail. Size: sheet = 7 1/4x9 (184x228 mm); image = approx. 5 1/2x7 in (136x180 mm). London and New York: William Heinemann and Doubleday, Page, & Co., 1907.Quarto, original white buckram gilt, original marbled slipcase with morocco edges and cutout displaying the title and illustrations on the front panel. Drawing laid-in. Book with mild rectangular "ghosting" from where the cloth was exposed when in the slipcase; mild toning to spine and a few stray spots but cloth exceptionally clean and bright. Corners a little bumped. Slipcase with general rubbing to marbled paper and chips around the frame of the cutout. Matte for one plate with small abrasions at gutter. Text and plates nearly pristine. Drawing was previously framed, resulting in toning to paper where it was exposed (ink crisp and fine). A beautiful copy of a Rackham classic, complete with the very rare slipcase and a unique Rackham ink drawing.
  • $9,500
  • $9,500
Autograph Letter Signed [ALS]

Autograph Letter Signed [ALS]

LEWIS, C.S. [CLIVE STAPLES] WONDERFUL C.S. LEWIS LETTER RESPONDING TO A YOUNG FAN ABOUT THE NARNIA SERIES. Dated October 26, 1955, and written on Lewis's Magdalene College stationery, the letter reads in full: Dear -- Thank you for your nice letter. I am so glad you like the books. There will be one more, and that will be the last. Seven is a good number. The The M's Nephew of course ought to have come first, but one doesn't always write things in the proper order. With Love Yours [signed]C.S. Lewis This letter was acquired directly from the original recipient, who provided the background story: "This is why C.S. Lewis wrote to me: One day, when I was a child, I wrote a letter to him (on my clown stationary), because I loved his books and was hoping he'd write another one. Being 10, I told him what I hoped he would include in his next book, and also informed him that his 6th book in the Narnia series should have come first. I've treasured that letter all my life. He was nice enough to take the time to write back to me in such a kind way." Note: As the letter indicates, The Magician's Nephew, published on May 2, 1955, was the sixth book in the series (as published) but the first chronologically in terms of the world of Narnia. Autograph Letter Signed [ALS]. 5x8 in (128x204 mm). On Lewis's Magdalene College, Cambridge stationery. With original mailing envelope. Housed in custom presentation folder. Center mailing fold, otherwise fine.
  • $7,800
  • $7,800
Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete? [Einstein

Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete? [Einstein, Podolsky, Rosen] WITH: Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete? [BOHR]

EINSTEIN, ALBERT; PODOLSKY, BORIS; ROSEN, NATHAN; BOHR, NIELS FIRST EDITION of the famous "EPR" paper, one of the most discussed and debated papers of modern physics. WITH: Bohr's response. "In the May 15, 1935 issue of Physical Review Albert Einstein co-authored a paper with his two postdoctoral research associates at the Institute for Advanced Study, Boris Podolsky and Nathan Rosen. The article was entitled 'Can Quantum Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete?' [.] Generally referred to as EPR, this paper quickly became a centerpiece in debates over the interpretation of quantum theory, debates that continue today. Ranked by impact, EPR is among the top ten of all papers ever published in Physical Review journals." (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). Indeed, like the verification of Einstein's earlier prediction of the gravitational deflection of light, EPR even got attention in the popular press. Eleven days before the paper was published: "The New York Times carried an extensive report under the provocative headline 'Einstein Attacks Quantum Theory,' which was summarized by the sentences: 'Professor Einstein will attack science's important theory of quantum mechanics, a theory of which he was sort of grandfather. He concluded that while it [the quantum mechanics], is "correct" it is not "complete."'" (Mehra and Rechenberg, p. 724-25). In essence, Einstein and his collaborators devised a thought-experiment involving two physical systems (say, A and B) with necessarily-correlated physical properties, that were widely separated in space. (For example, the two systems might have equal and opposite momenta and positions dictated by physical conservation laws.) From the perspective of quantum theory, the two systems could be described by a single wave function, or state vector. A measurement performed on A could precisely determine its position, which would also fix a precise position for B. The momenta of A and B could be determined in the same way. The central insight of EPR was that either the position and momentum of A and B were real, determinate and fixed prior to the measurement of A, or else B only took on a fixed and determinate value when A was measured. But the latter interpretation implied that the measurement event at A had somehow instantaneously fixed the (previously indeterminate) properties of B, despite the spatial separation between A and B, which could be made as great as one wished. Einstein argued that this implied one of two things: either that the quantum description of A and B was incomplete, in that each of them had a fixed, determinate position and momentum at all times; or that nature permitted actions such as measurement to have "nonlocal" influences on distant systems. Leon Rosenfeld, who was in Copenhagen at the time, remembered the fallout of these developments vividly: "This onslaught came down upon as a bolt from the blue [.] As soon as Bohr heard my report of Einstein's argument, everything else was abandoned: we had to clear up such a misunderstanding at once." (Pais, 430). According to Rosenfeld, the next day Bohr was heard muttering "Podolski, Opodolski, Iopodolski," etc. By mocking Podolsky-who was, after all, only a postdoctoral student and the second-named author of EPR-Bohr presumably was, even in his anger, avoiding saying anything that might be interpreted as a direct attack on Einstein. Bohr's argument proceeded with what some might describe as his characteristic lack of explanatory clarity. Indeed, in revisiting EPR fifteen years later, Bohr himself would admit, "[r]ereading these passages, I am deeply aware of the inefficiency of expression which must have made it very difficult to appreciate the trend of the argumentation" (Schilpp, p. 234; see also Lehner, p. 331, who describes Bohr's rebuttal of EPR as "obscure in content but confident in tone."). Generally speaking, however, Bohr's approach seems to boil down to a willingness to accept non-local or "contextual" theory of measurement interactions. In any event,
  • $8,900
  • $8,900
As We May Think

As We May Think

BUSH, VANNEVAR FIRST EDITION of Vannevar Bush's landmark paper credited for originating the idea of hypertext and, by extension, providing many of the theoretical underpinnings for the world wide web. "In a 1945 article entitled "As We May Think," published in the Atlantic Monthly, Bush proposed a device that he called the Memex-an indexed, archival, microfilm machine for cross-referencing and retrieving information. For Bush, this article was an extension of his work in analog computing and microfilm technology. To the modern reader it portends the creation of hypertext and the World Wide Web" (Britannica). "Different people place the origins of the Internet at different times. The earliest accounts put it in the mind of Vannevar Bush, as long ago as 1945. Bush, the man who had played such a prominent role in the building of the atomic bomb, envisaged a machine that would allow the entire compendium of human knowledge to be 'accessed'" (Peter Watson, The Modern Mind). Bush's Memex device for storing and accessing vast quantities of information was the direct influence and inspiration for the later invention of hypertext by Ted Nelson and Douglas Engelbart (see Engelbart's classic 1962 paper, Augmenting Human Intellect). IN: The Atlantic Monthly 176, no. 1 (July 1945), pp. 101-8. Rumsford Press, Concord, N.H., 1945. Quarto, original wrappers.The subscription issue (as opposed to the newstand issue). The subscription issue has several additional pages of ads, and an additional five pages of short reviews of new books and is presumed to have been issued before the newsstand issue. (The Bush article is identical in each issue.) Light, general wear. An outstanding copy. RARE.
  • $2,900
  • $2,900
The Comic Muse

The Comic Muse, A Choice Collection of Humourous Tales, Witty Epigrams, Epitaphs, &c. Collected from the writings of the Genuine Sons of Witt and Humour

First Edition. 8vo in 4s. [160 x 95 x 25 mm]. v, [i], 178 pp. Bound in contemporary calf, and covered with a paper wrapper with manuscript paper label. (Front cover partly detached, worn, lacking free endleaves, early ink inscriptions on pastedowns). The volume has been well used and there is some soiling and minor staining throughout. The covers have been held together by an early paper wrapper, which partly conceals inscriptions and jottings on the pastedowns. For an extensive survey of early wrappers I recommend Julia Miller, Meetings by Accident. Selected Historical Bindings (2018), Chapter 3 (pp.208-307), "Wrapped with Care: Overcovers". This is the sole edition and ESTC locates only a single copy, at Oxford. The preface "To The Reader" advises: "To pass the dull evening in pleasure away, / And laugh at the cares of mankind; / Accept of a chearful companion to day, / To mirth and amusement inclin'd; / The conteNts of our volume will amply repay / The Expense that the purchase has cost, / And none but a blockhead will seriously say, / That the time or his money was lost". All but one of the verses are anonymous and include "Mary the Cook to Dick the Farmer, An Epistle", "Robin's Spectacles, A Tale", "A Batchelor's Address, or Proposal to the Maidens", "Whimsical Wealthy's Will", "Reynard out-witted: or, the Lawyer caught in his own Trap", "The Coquette" ("Clarinda proudly trips it o'er the pier, / And thinks herself the fairest of the fair. / The praise of fops and fools has made her vain, / And tuneful nonsense turn's her thoughtless brain."), "The Bath Ghost", "The Disappointed Travellers of Frome", "A Lady to the Rev. Dean Swift" ("Cries Celia to a Reverend Dean, / What Reason can be given, / Since Marriage is a holy Thing, / That there is none in Heaven.") and "A Beautiful young Nymph going to Bed".
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The Trial of Sir Francis Blake Delaval

The Trial of Sir Francis Blake Delaval, Knight of the Bath at the Consistory Court of Doctors Commons, For Committing Adultery with Miss Roach, alias Miss La Roche, alias Miss Le Roche. This Trial was instituted by Lady Isabella Delaval, wife of Sir Francis Blake Delaval, and Daughter of the Earl of Thanet. To which is added, The Trial of George Fitzgerald, Esq. This Trial was Published at the earnest solicitation of man Ladies in the amorous Ton

DELAVAL (Sir Francis Blake) First Edition. 8vo. [218 x 135 x 16 mm]. [2]ff, 68pp. Modern calf, the spine tooled in blind with an older label. Originally priced at One Shilling and Sixpence. At the front is bound an obituary notice and a three page memoir of Sir Francis Blake Delaval (died 1771) the latter taken from The Court Miscellany, and at the rear are four pages on the sudden death from the Town and Country Magazine and two notices, one from the Norwich Mercury. The text is quite heavily foxed and there are a few stains, but nothing offensive. This is the sole edition and rare, with ESTC locating six copies, at Advocates Library, British Library, Dublin Honourable Society of King's Inn, Harvard Law, University of Texas at Austin and Yale. The two trials took place in 1755 and 1753, and the long delay in publishing the accounts is partly explained in the preface, signed "S.B." - "The ladies who have committed matrimonial faux pas, have been so unmercifully handled in a variety of late publications, that I am determined to stand forth their champion: I would not have it understood that I mean to justify their conduct, or that I wish to throw a veil over the fashionable vices of the age. It must however be admitted, that, among all the trials for infidelity, which have hitherto been ushered into the world, care has been taken not to insert a single one that has been instituted against the men;- the ladies only have been exposed. - And why? Because the men have been the editors and publishers! - How illiberal, unjust, and partial are such proceedings!"
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The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New. Newly translated out of the Original Tongues and with the former Translations diligently compared and revised by His Majesties speciall command. Appointed to be read in Churches.

The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New. Newly translated out of the Original Tongues and with the former Translations diligently compared and revised by His Majesties speciall command. Appointed to be read in Churches.

Engraved title-page with architectural border. 8vo. [235 x 173 x 70 mm]. Bound c.1850 in blue calf, the covers with a border of a gilt double fillet and a blind triple fillet. The spine divided into six panels with gilt tooled raised bands, lettered in the second, the others with centres and corners, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt broken fillet, marbled endleaves and edges. (Minor scratching or scuffing to covers). Wing B2333. Darlow & Moule / Herbert 780. The date has been amended from 1682 to 1683. The New Testament was printed in Cambridge by John Hayes in 1680 and is entered separately as Wing B2684. The engraved title for the Holy Bible is bound directly before: The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the use of the Church of England: Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, Pointed as they are to be Sung or Said in Churches. Cambridge: printed by John Hayes, Printer to the University, 1679. Wing B3656. At the end is bound: The Whole Book of Psalms, Collected into English Metre, by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others, conferred with the Hebrew: Set forth and allowed to be sung in all Churches, of all the people together, before and after morning and evening Prayer, and also before and after Sermons; and moreover in private houses, for their godly solace and comfort, laying apart all ungodly songs and ballads, which tend onely to the nourishing of vice, and corrupting of youth. [Cambridge?] printed by John Heyes, Printer to the University of Cambridge, 1679. Wing B2534. Occasional minor browning, and with brief early ink notes and codes throughout the Bible, trimmed at the outer margins. At the front there are 19 pages of closely written manuscript entries for the Lillington, Cooper and West families. The early entries were transcribed in 1857 and begin with Samuel Lillington, the fourth son of Richard and Honour Lillington who was born at Turners Piddle in the County of Dorset on the first of December 1686. Mary Lillington married John Cooper in 1737 and Elizabeth Cooper married Charles West in 1762. The last entry is for Peter Edward Francis Archibald West, born 17th August 1914, the son of Archibald Thornton West and Dorothy Margaret (nee Keyser) and grandson of William West, Director of Great Western Railway.
  • $1,316
  • $1,316
Portugal Illustrated; in a Series of Letters. 2nd edition

Portugal Illustrated; in a Series of Letters. 2nd edition, 1829 engraved and hand-colored plates, fold map.

Rev. W. M. Kinsey. London: Printed for the author by Treuttel and Wurtz, Treuttel Jun and Richter, 1829. Second edition super royal 8vo (10.75 x 6.75 inches), pp. xxxviii, (2), (1), 2-564, extra engraved title vignette, mounted double page engraved frontispiece, folding engraved map, 10 engraved music plates, 2 engraved plates of coins, 19 engraved vignettes, 9 hand colored engraved plates of costumes, and 18 of 21 engraved plates of views and portraits. Lacks the view plate a p. 11, and the portrait plates at pp. 403, 497, and 535. Old full dark burgundy morocco rebacked with the original back strip laid down, back in six gilt double paneled compartments, gilt black lettering pieces in the second and third, gilt center and corner ornaments fill the rest. Elaborate gilt roll tooled frames and panels on both sides mitred with spearpoint corners, inner gilt dentelles. Inner marbled endpapers but pastedown and free endpapers don't match. Inner joint with cloth reinforcement. Very good re-backed condition, some wear to edges and extremities, gilt a bit dulled, corners bumped and worn. Sheets and plates near fine, clean, unmarked. Four engraved plates are missing: the view plate a p. 11, and the portrait plates at pp. 403, 497, and 535. Everything else called for is present in good order. H10837 All Items Are Sent Insured. Insurance charges are included in the Shipping & Handling Charges. International buyers please be aware that we are not responsible for and do not include or estimate customs duties, fees or taxes in any way in our listings. We ship all orders within 5 days of cleared payment. We do not create and are not responsible for shipping times or delays associated with customs and international shipping.
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Report of the committee appointed to superintend the experiments of Dr. Sickler

Report of the committee appointed to superintend the experiments of Dr. Sickler, for the purpose of proving the efficacy of a method . . . for unrolling and deciphering the Herculaneum manuscripts

House of Commons House of Commons. Report of the committee appointed to superintend the experiments of Dr. Sickler, for the purpose of proving the efficacy of a method, proposed by him for unrolling and deciphering the Herculaneum manuscripts. 7pp. [London:] N.p., 19 March 1818. 320 x 199 mm. Unbound; stitched. Very good to fine First Edition. In 1816 the King of the Two Sicilies presented twelve heavily charred papyrus rolls found at Herculaneum to the Prince Regent, George IV. Sickler, a German archeologist, had devised a new method for unrolling the fragile rolls, and the British government brought him to England and paid him to carry out the project. Unfortunately, it appears that Sickler's method consisted of soaking the rolls in water until they were malleable and unrolling them from there. This method washed away any remnants of ink on the papyrus or caused the layers of the papyrus to crumble, rendering them useless for scholars. Sickler inadvertently destroyed seven of the twelve rolls, and a Parliamentary committee was established to investigate Sickler's methods. Parliament ended up removing Sickler from the project, and Humphry Davy, a member of the Parliamentary committee, was then commissioned to work on the rolls. Davy's method, which used chlorine, had greater (though still very limited) success, and in 1820 a volume containing watercolors of some of the best-preserved samples was presented to George IV. .
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A Southern Silhouette [and] Howdy

A Southern Silhouette [and] Howdy, Honey, Howdy (a review of); in The Southern Workman

Dunbar, Paul Lawrence [et al.] 2 vols. Vol. XXVIII, No. 1, January 1899 and Vol. XXXIV, No. 11, November 1905. Both in their scarce original wrappers, with chipping to the extremities (the 1905 issue is more extensive) a light vertical fold crease to the 1899 issue, but both are complete and clean internally. Very good. Pre-1920 issues are scarce. OCLC list many institutions that have some scattered issues, but a complete run in holdings is improbable. In the 1899 issue is an uncollected (and otherwise unpublished) short story by Dunbar, "A Southern Silhouette" in which a formerly wealthy and powerful southern family fully supports the Confederate cause, looses everything then is saved by a northern businessman who returns them to their old financial status, but they're unable to gain back happiness and freedom. The 1905 issue includes a review of Dunbar's book of poetry "Howdy, Honey, Howdy". The 1899 issue In the 1899 issue are further contributions by Alice C. Fletcher (an American anthropologist) and George B. Grinnell (anthropologist and historian). In the 1905 issue are contributions by Francis La Flesche (the first professional Native American ethnologist), Harriet Quimby (first woman in the United States to receive a pilot's license), John W. Lemon (a Black community activist), William T.B. Williams (dean at Tuskegee Institute) and Monroe N. Work (a Black sociologist and founder of the research and records department at the Tuskegee Institute). The Southern Workman began in 1872 as a monthly publication by the Hampton University as means for information, an outlet of creative expression and a kind of vanity piece for the university to display the greatness of their students and teachers. The informative essays centered contemporary Black and Native American interests, while also examining folklore and traditions as a means of preservation.
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Da Tang Xi yu ji 大å"西åè (J.: DaitÅ saiiki ki) [The Great Tang Record of the Western Regions]

Da Tang Xi yu ji 大å”西åè (J.: DaitÅ saiiki ki) [The Great Tang Record of the Western Regions]

XUANZANG çå¥ Movable type printing. Ten columns per page, 20 characters per column. 52; 42; 42; 49; 50; 57 folding leaves. 12 parts in six vols. 8vo (284 x 190 mm.), orig. semi-stiff wrappers (rubbed), new stitching. [Japan]: [early 17th century]. An extremely rare early Japanese movable type edition of one of the most important sources on Sino-Indian cross-cultural exchange in the first millennium CE. Xuanzang (596-664), its author, "set off on his unauthorized journey to India at age 24 in 627 and returned 18 years later in 645. In all he is reckoned to have covered 25,146 km and brought back more than 650 Buddhist texts" (Endymion Wilkinson, Chinese History: A New Manual, enlarged 6th ed., Vol. 2, p. 1396). His deeds, travelogue, and Buddhist translations made him one of the most famous figures in Buddhism in China and neighboring countries. Our book is a very fine example of early Japanese movable type printing that was formerly in one of the most important Japanese book collections of the 20th century, formed by Frank Hawley. "Why was Xuanzang such a hallowed figure in East Asian Buddhism? He spent almost seventeen years, from 629 to 645, on a pilgrimage to India to visit Buddhism's sacred sites, to learn its truths from Indian masters, and to seek its authentic texts. He endured the hardship of twice crossing the deserts and mountains of Central Asia, bringing back from India a total of six hundred and fifty-seven Buddhist texts, as well as sacred images and the Buddha's relics. Upon returning to Chang'an, the Tang capital, he dedicated the rest of his life to translating the scriptures he had collected. His translation of the monumental Yogacara texts became the doctrinal foundation of the Faxiang æ ç sect, which was later to be a major school of Nara Buddhism in Japan" (Dorothy C. Wong, "The Making of a Saint: Images of Xuanzang in East Asia," Early Medieval China 8 [2002], p. 44). "The most noteworthy aspects of [Xuanzang's] account are the general discussions of India presented in fascicle two.and the details of the Chinese monk's interaction with the Indian ruler Hará £vardhana that appear in fascicle five.the Chinese monk explains the geography and climate, the measurement system, and the concept of time in India. Xuanzang then provides a glimpse of urban life and architecture and narrates in detail the existing caste system, the educational requirements for the Brahmins, the teaching of Buddhist doctrines, legal and economic practices, social and cultural norms, and the eating habits of the natives, and lists the natural and manufactured products of India. After this overview of India, Xuanzang proceeds to give a detailed account of the kingdoms and towns he visited in India, including, in fascicle five, the city of Kanauj, the capital of King Hará £avardhana's empire." Xuanzang's meeting with Hará £avardhana "resulted in the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kanauj and the Tang court. The contribution of the Chinese pilgrim to the initiation of official exchanges is fully acknowledged by the official scribes of the Tang dynasty" (Tansen Sen, "The Travel Records of Chinese Pilgrims Faxian, Xuanzang, and Yijing: Sources for Cross-Cultural Encounters Between Ancient China and Ancient India," Education about Asia 11.3 [2006], pp. 29-30). Xuanzang furthermore recorded other dialogues with Indian individuals. "Such dialogues between Xuanzang and Indians make the account of his travels unique and significant for the study of cross-cultural perspectives. It not only offers the views on India and the Indian society of the Chinese pilgrim, it also provides rare glimpses into the Indian perception and knowledge of China, seldom available in contemporary Indian sources. Xuanzang's account is also exceptional because of his meticulous records of Buddhist sites such as Bamiyan and Nalanda. These notices have already aided the work of modern archeologists and historians of medieval South Asia" (Sen, 30). Our book is an early J
  • $82,500
  • $82,500
Bachman's Warbler. From "The Birds of America" (Amsterdam Edition)

Bachman’s Warbler. From “The Birds of America” (Amsterdam Edition)

AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851) Colour-printed lithograph, on fine hand-made paper. Excellent condition. Image size: 19 x 14 1/4 inches. Sheet size: 26 3/4 x 39 7/8 inches (approx). [Pl. 185]. In October 1971, employing the most faithful printing method available, the best materials and the ablest craftsmen of their age, the Amsterdam firm of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Ltd., in conjunction with the Johnson Reprint Corporation of New York, set out to produce the finest possible limited edition facsimile of the greatest bird book ever printed: the Havell edition of John James Audubon's well-loved "Birds of America". The Curators of the Teyler's Museum in Haarlem, Holland made their copy of the original work available for use as a model. The Museum, founded in 1778, bought their copy through Audubon's son as part of the original subscription in 1839. After long deliberation, the extremely complex but highly accurate process of colour photo-lithography was chosen as the appropriate printing method. The best exponents of this art were the renowned Dutch printing firm of NV Fotolitho Inrichting Drommel at Zandvoort who were willing to undertake the task of printing each plate in up to eight different colours. The original Havell edition was published on hand-made rag paper and the publishers were determined that the paper of their edition should match the original. Unhappy with the commercially available papers, they turned to the traditional paper manufacturers G. Schut & Zonen (founded in 1625), who, using 100% unbleached cotton rags, were able to produce a wove paper of the highest quality, with each sheet bearing a watermark unique to the edition: G. Schut & Zonen [JR monogram] Audubon [OT monogram]. The publishers and their dedicated team completed their task late in 1972 and the results of these labours were affectionately known as the "Amsterdam Audubon." 250 copies were published and sold by subscription, with the plates available bound or unbound. Given all this careful preparation, it is not surprising that the prints have the look and feel of the original Havell edition. John James Audubon was born in Les Cayes, Haiti on 26 April 1785. From 1788 to 1803 he lived in France until he was sent to the United States to manage an estate that his father had bought in Pennsylvania. He returned to France in 1805, but his fascination with the United States had taken root and he returned again in May 1806. He married Lucy Bakewell in 1808 and together they embarked on a difficult period financially that was only to be resolved, through Audubon's unshakable and justified belief in his own abilities, with the publication of his masterpiece in 1827-1838. "The Birds of America" is the single greatest ornithological work ever produced and is the realization of Audubon's dream of traveling throughout the United States recording, natural size, every native bird then known. The 435 double-elephant folio sized plates, printed by the Havells of London, depict some 1,065 different species, the majority drawn from specimens that Audubon himself had captured. The Havell edition was expensive at the time of publication and this has not changed. A complete copy sold for a staggering $11,400,000 in a sale in London in December 2010. Currently, the increasingly rare individual plates from the Havell edition, when they do appear, generally sell for between $5,000 and $350,000 depending on the image. The quality of the Amsterdam Audubon plates is apparent to any discerning collector and it is becoming ever clearer that they offer the most attractive alternative to the Havell edition plates, given the latter's spiraling prices. Cf. Zimmer, p. 22; cf. Bennett, p. 5; cf. Fries, Appendix A; cf. Wood, p. 208; cf. Nissen IVB 51; cf. Sabin 2364; cf. Ripley 13; cf. Tyler, Audubon's Great National Work, 1993, Appendix I.
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