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American Photographic Album containing 97 carte-de-visite photographs.

American Photographic Album containing 97 carte-de-visite photographs.

American Photographic Album]. Small folio. [4] pp., 25 card-leaves with decorative motifs on each leaf printed by the lithographer. The title names the litho-printer source. There is no printed date given. The binding is the original full morocco over wooden carved boards, two brass clasps fitted with two rondelles of rose glass, elaborate gilt ornamentation on both covers and spine, the fore-edges heavily gauffered and with gilt leaf applied, with each edge hand-painted with a triptych probably significant to the owner of the album (meaning personal images), showing landscape views of upstate New York (near Batavia is a good guess). THIS ALBUM IS AN EXCELLENT SPECIMEN OF THE FIRST PROVABLE FORE-EDGE PAINTINGS MADE IN THE UNITED SATES. These are all photo albums, all from New York City, and represent a fashion that probably did not last more than a few years. A person who wants a photo album could have a deluxe for of the album, full morocco leather, various sizes and thicknesses. This is a particularly fine specimen, as it is in excellent condition, large size, and contains a generous selection of personal photographs. Among the numerous photographs within are named persons (however, the photos and the named labels are now mixed up, some may be correct, some are misleading): Alva Smith, Nastran T. Smith, Mrs. H. T. Smith (Mary J. Ellicott Patkin), Mrs. Wilbur Smith (Eva Dolbeer), Henry J. Cross, Mrs. H. J. Cross (Julia Smith), Vantia Smith, Sarepta H. Smith, Colton B. Smith, Alice Smith, Addis Stocking Goulde, Cecilia J. Smith, Hettie Ida Smith [Griswold], Herbert E, Smith, H. E. Smith, Mrs. C. B. Smith (Blanche Vander Bogart), Henry A. Cross, Frank Cross, M. Holder, Will Smith, Joseph A. Sleeper, Alonzo Luce, Mary J. Stephens [Jane Colton Stephens daughter], Ruth Colton Luce, [Ohio cousins], Hosmer Kellogg (Mrs. Graves' father), Mrs. Edna Kellogg (daughter Pierpont Seymours), Henry Seymours (son Pierpont Seymour), Eunice Graves (mother + Eunice), Chester Seymour, Miss Maria Stocking, Miss Worthington, and many more names found within. / As a fore-edge painting specimen, this piece, with so many carte-de-visite photographs, may have dates associated with those photographs that could point to the date when this album was bought and painted. Of the lithographers: Joseph F. Knapp 1832-1891, The patriarch of the Knapp family Lithographer of the firm Sarony Major & Knapp , Major & Knapp, The Knapp Co. and a founder and president of Metropolitan Life Insurance. His life story along with two other generations of his family is told in the new book The Knapps Lived Here by Ken Spooner. Between 1859-1863 the firm operated under the name of Sarony, Major, Knapp. From 1863/4, Major & Knapp are seen in New York. “Henry B. Major and “Joseph F. Knapp” are known to have operated in New York from 1864 till the 1870s. The firm, especially with Spooner, was interested in the new art of photography. SEE: L. Jeff Weber, Annotated Dictionary of Fore-edge Painting Artist & Binders, pp. 26-7. [kMW]
A Voyage Round the World. Edited by Nicholas Thomas and Oliver Berghof. [2 volumes].

A Voyage Round the World. Edited by Nicholas Thomas and Oliver Berghof. [2 volumes].

FORSTER, George. 2 volumes. 4to. xlvii, 475, [1]; xv, [1], [477]-860 pp. Figs., index. Black gilt-stamped cloth, dust jackets. Near fine. ISBN: 0824820916 "George Forster's A Voyage Round the World presents a wealth of geographic, scientific, and ethnographic knowledge uncovered by Cook's second journey of exploration in the Pacific (1772-1775). Accompanying his father, the ship's naturalist Johann Reinhold Forster, on the voyage, George proved a knowledgeable and adept observer. The lively, elegant prose and critical detail of his account, based loosely on his father's journal, make it one of the finest works of eighteenth-century travel literature and an account of prime importance in the history of European contact with Pacific peoples. The Forsters' publications reveal the sophistication and enthusiasm they brought to their observation of Polynesian peoples as well as a sensitivity to the moral ambiguities of contact. The two volumes of George Forster's work include substantially richer descriptions of encounters with island inhabitants than either his father's classic work (Observations Made during a Voyage round the World, UH Press, 1996) or Cook's official narrative, and its confident, even visionary, style incorporates a good deal of polemic, particularly in its criticism of the treatment of islanders by Cook's crew. In addition to the range and depth of its anthropological considerations, it provides a thrilling account of life aboard one of Cook's vessels. In its author's German translation, this work becomes a classic of natural history writing, but its original English version has long been neglected by anglophone scholars. This new scholarly edition makes this important book readily available for the first time since its initial publication more than two centuries ago. But it also presents the work in fresh terms, making it more accessible and relevant to a contemporary audience. The valuable introduction and annotations draw on the wide range of anthropological and ethnohistorical scholarship published since the 1960s and contextualize the book in relation to both the cultures of Oceania documented by the Forsters and the history of European voyaging in the Pacific. Appendixes include a translation of the introduction to the German edition and the polemical pamphlets by George Forster and the ship's astronomer William Wales, in which some of the book's more controversial claims were debated. A Voyage Round the World brings the disciplines of history and anthropology to bear on Cook's voyages in an illuminating and readable fashion. This edition will help complete the corpus of basic documents on Cook's voyagesâ€"a crucial resource for researchers in cultural, Pacific, and maritime history; archaeologists, anthropologists, and art historians; and most recently for scholars engaged in revisionist interpretations of eighteenth-century exploration and colonization." â€" University of Hawaii Press.
Opera et Fragmenta Veterum Poetarum Latinorum Profanum & Ecclesiasticorum Duobus Voluminibus comprehensa.

Opera et Fragmenta Veterum Poetarum Latinorum Profanum & Ecclesiasticorum Duobus Voluminibus comprehensa.

MAITTAIRE, Michael (1668-1747) [ed.]. 2 vols. Tall 4to. [x], 803, [803-804]; [ii], [805]-1752, [12], 7, [1] pp. Title printed in red & black, subscriber's list, numerous copper engravings, engraved head and tail-pieces, index; Vol. II free front-endpapers loose (affixed to detached cover). Contemporary gilt-stamped calf, 6 raised bands; neatly rebacked. SCARCE. Nice copy: internally near fine. HANDSOME RENOWNED PRINTING OF THE LATIN POETS. FIRST EDITION of Mattaire's collected Roman poets, featuring Plautus, Terence, Lucretius, Catullus, Virgil, Ovid, Marcus Manilius, Seneca the Younger, Lucan, Silius Italicus, Statius, Gaius Valerius Flaccus, Martial, Ausonius, Claudian, and several others. "A very valuable collection, beautifully printed" (Lowndes & Bohn, p. 1894). Maittaire, "born in London, was of French extraction. After an education at Westminster-school, and Christ-church, Oxford, he was chosen second master of Westminster-school, 1696; but relinquishing the post 1699, he from that time devoted himself to literature and private tuition, and was patronised by the first earl of Oxford and his son. He is chiefly known as a classical editor; and his editions of various Greek and Latin authors have long been esteemed for their accuracy" (Prince, p. 565). Engravings: Vol. I: An elaborate coat of arms flanked by Minerva [Athena] and another Roman goddess (possibly Fama [Pheme], due to her holding a trumpet and branch) preceding a life of Eugene of Savoy by Mattaire, to whom the work is dedicated; a bust of Plautus and stylized scene engraved by John Sturt after a painting by Bernard Lens I; a bust of Terence and stylized scene engraved by John Sturt after a painting by Bernard Lens I; a portrait of Lucretius seated reading a book engraved by Elisha Kirkall after a painting by Francois Boitard; a bust of Catullus and stylized scene engraved by Kirkall after a painting by Boitard; a statue of Virgil and stylized scene engraved by Michael Vandergucht; portrait of Virgil with Phoebus [Apollo] holding a mask engraved by Kirkall after a painting by Boitard; a portrait of Ovid showing the Fall of Phaethon and mourning dryads engraved by Kirkall after a painting by Boitard; and a portrait of Marcus Manilius depicting him with a compass and armillary sphere engraved by Kirkall after a painting by Boitard. Vol. II: A detailed depiction of Seneca the Younger's tragedy Medea showing Medea in her chariot pulled by dragons leaving her murdered sons, Tisander and Alcimenes, in her wake, with a burning city in the background (possibly the Burning of Lyons, which Seneca wrote about in his Epistle XCI) engraved by Kirkall after a painting by Boitard; a portrait of Lucan being executed for treason before Emperor Nero, symbolically holding the head of Pompey from his own Pharsalia engraved by Kirkall after a painting by Boitard; a scene depicting a pyre bearing Silius Italicus' name, flanked by Roman soldiers and philosophers; a portrait of Statius before a flaming city (possibly Thebes, from his Thebaid) engraved by Kirkall after a painting by Boitard; a scene depicting Jason and the Argonauts on his ship from Gaius Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, with Flaccus' name in the corner, engraved by Kirkall after a painting by Boitard; a scene depicting several satyrs pointing to a sign bearing Martial's nameâ€"a reference to his satirical Epigrammata; a scene depicting Ausonius in the court of either Emperor Valentinian I or his son, Gratian, whom Ausonius tutored, engraved by Kirkall after a painting by Boitard; and a scene depicting Neptune [Poseidon] rescuing Amymone from rape, with Claudian's name on a banner borne by a bat-winged demon, engraved by Kirkall after a painting by Boitard. REFERENCES: ESTC T99357; Lowndes, William Thomas & Henry George Bohn, The Bibliographer's Manual of English Literature, Vol. IV, London: George Bell & Sons, 1890; Prince, Philip Alexander, Parallel History: Being an Outline of the History and Biography of the World, Contemporaneously Arranged, Vol. II, London: Whittaker, 1843. EXTRA POSTAGE WILL APPLY.
Remarks on the Influence of Climate

Remarks on the Influence of Climate, Situation, Nature of Country, Population, Nature of Food, and Way of Life, On the Disposition and Temper, Manners and Behaviour, Intellects, Laws and Customs, Form of Government, and Religion, of Mankind.

FALCONER, William (1744-1824). 4to. xvi, 552 pp. Errata. Original gilt-stamped mottled calf; corner showing. Bookplate of William Downes. Very good copy in a very well preserved binding. First edition. William Falconer was an English physician and writer, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society. This remarkable book is arranged in six parts: On the effect of climate; Of the influence of situation and extent of a country; On the influence of the nature of the country itself; On the influence of population; On the influence of the nature of food and diet; On the influence of way of life. This is a view of the major influences of nature and population on ways of life. Chapter VII of book I offers views on the effects of temperatures and the climate on morals, sensibility, emotions of passion, pride, gallantry and intrigue, jealousy, cowardice, suspicion, fraud and knavery, perfidy and inconstancy, idleness, luxury, excess in diet, and gaming (a "destructive vice"). "Falconer's attainments as a scholar and a physician were of the highest order. He was intimate with Dr. Parr, who procured from the Cambridge University Press the publication of his 'Miscellaneous Tracts,' 1793, and who wrote of him in his 'Remarks on the Statement of Dr. Combe,' pp. 71-83 as 'a man whose knowledge is various and profound, and whose discriminations upon all topics of literature are ready, vigorous, and comprehensive.' In his will Parr referred to him in most flattering terms. Edmund Burke addressed a letter to Falconer, dated 14 Nov. 1790, thanking him 'for the temperate, judicious, and reasonable paper [on the French revolution] which appeared in the Bath prints some time since.'" â€" DNB VI. PROVENANCE: William Downes was the first Baron Downes (1751â€"1826), a noted Irish judge during his day.
Mixing Races. From Scientific Racism to Modern Evolutionary Ideas.

Mixing Races. From Scientific Racism to Modern Evolutionary Ideas.

FARBER, Paul Lawrence. 8vo. xi, [3], 120 pp. Figs., index. Pictorial wrappers. Near fine. ISBN: 9780801898136 "This book explores changing American views of race mixing in the twentieth century, showing how new scientific ideas transformed accepted notions of race and how those ideas played out on college campuses in the 1960s. In the 1930s it was not unusual for medical experts to caution against miscegenation, or race mixing, espousing the common opinion that it would produce biologically dysfunctional offspring. By the 1960s the scientific community roundly refuted this theory. Paul Lawrence Farber traces this revolutionary shift in scientific thought, explaining how developments in modern population biology, genetics, and anthropology proved that opposition to race mixing was a social prejudice with no justification in scientific knowledge. In the 1960s, this new knowledge helped to change attitudes toward race and discrimination, especially among college students. Their embrace of social integration caused tension on campuses across the country. Students rebelled against administrative interference in their private lives, and university regulations against interracial dating became a flashpoint in the campus revolts that revolutionized American educational institutions. Farber's provocative study is a personal one, featuring interviews with mixed-race couples and stories from the author's student years at the University of Pittsburgh. As such, Mixing Races offers a unique perspective on how contentious debates taking place on college campuses reflected radical shifts in race relations in the larger society." â€" Johns Hopkins University Press.
The Derby Philosophers: Science and Culture in British urban society

The Derby Philosophers: Science and Culture in British urban society, 1700-1850.

ELLIOTT, Paul A. 8vo. x, 294 pp. Illus., index. Hardcover, dust-jacket. Fine. ISBN 13: 9780719079221 The Derby Philosophers focuses upon the activities of a group of Midland intellectuals that included the evolutionist and physician Erasmus Darwin, Rev. Thomas Gisborne the evangelical philosopher and poet, Robert Bage the novelist, Charles Sylvester the chemist and engineer, William George and his son Herbert Spencer, the internationally renowned evolutionist philosopher who coined the phrase 'survival of the fittest', and members of the Wedgwood and Strutt families. The excitement of this intellectual world is evident from the fact that their circle included Benjamin Franklin, Mathew Boulton, Richard Lovell and Maria Edgeworth, Jeremy and Samuel Bentham, Robert Owen, John Claudius Loudon and the poet Thomas Moore. The book explores how, inspired by science and through educational activities, publications and institutions including the famous Derbyshire General Infirmary (1810) and Derby Arboretum (1840), the Derby philosophers strove to promote social, political and urban improvements with national and international consequences. Far from being a parochial history of one intellectual group or town, this book examines science, politics and culture during one of the most turbulent periods of British history, an age of political and industrial revolutions in which the Derby philosophers were closely involved.
Generation and Degeneration: Tropes of Reproduction in Literature and History from Antiquity through Early Modern Europe.

Generation and Degeneration: Tropes of Reproduction in Literature and History from Antiquity through Early Modern Europe.

FINUCCI, Valeria; Kevin BROWNLEE [eds.]. 8vo. [viii], 327, [1] pp. 7 figs., index. Pictorial wrappers. Near fine. ISBN 13: 9780822326441 "This distinctive collection explores the construction of genealogiesâ€"in both the biological sense of procreation and the metaphorical sense of heritage and cultural patrimony. Focusing specifically on the discourses that inform such genealogies, Generation and Degeneration moves from Greco-Roman times to the recent past to retrace generational fantasies and discords in a variety of related contexts, from the medical to the theological, and from the literary to the historical. / The discourses on reproduction, biology, degeneration, legacy, and lineage that this book broaches not only bring to the forefront concepts of sexual identity and gender politics but also show how they were culturally constructed and reconstructed through the centuries by medicine, philosophy, the visual arts, law, religion, and literature. The contributors reflect on a wide range of topicsâ€"from what makes men "manly" to the identity of Christ's father, from what kinds of erotic practices went on among women in sixteenth-century seraglios to how men's hemorrhoids can be variously labeled. Essays scrutinize stories of menstruating males and early writings on the presumed inferiority of female bodily functions. Others investigate a psychomorphology of the clitoris that challenges Freud's account of lesbianism as an infantile stage of sexual development and such topics as the geographical origins of medicine and the materialization of genealogy in the presence of Renaissance theatrical ghosts. / This collection will engage those in English, comparative, Italian, Spanish, and French studies, as well as in history, history of medicine, and ancient and early modern religious studies." â€" Publisher.