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James Bell, A System of Geography (Best edition / Enlarged edition with 44 maps and 13 engravings)

Bell, James.

A System of Geography, Popular and Scientific, or A Physical, Political and Statistical Account of the World and Its Various Divisions. Illustrated by a Complete Series of Maps and other Engravings. [With 44 Fold-out Maps [often with inset-engravings], 13 Decorative Views of Cities and Landscape in steel-engravings and one (1) “Large Fold-Out-Plan about the Political Scale of the Globe”].

6 Volumes (complete set). Edinburgh / Glasgow / London, A.Fullarton & Co., 1844. Octavo. Volume I: CXXXII, 508 pages with several maps and plans / Volume II: VI, 608 pages with many maps and illustrations / Volume III: VI, 558 pages with many maps and illustrations / Volume IV: VI, 647 pages with many maps and illustrations / Volume V: V, 627 pages with many maps and illustrations / Volume VI: V, 549 pages with many maps and illustrations // Hardcover / Original, very decorative half-leather bindings with ornament and with gilt lettering on spine. Amazingly beautiful marbled endpapers with armorial Bookplate / Exlibris of Michael Lawlor with the Motto “Percute”. One page with a tear. All maps in excellent condition without any tears. One map only very slightly looesened at one end (holding fine). Very firm and excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. With some minor signs of foxing to illustrations and maps, as usual with this set. An abundance of maps and illustrations makes this early 19th century Geography a very interesting collectable. Ask for full list of Maps and Illustrations. See detailed list of maps below and on our website. An unusually excellent set.

EUR 2.800,-- 

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Beston, Full Speed Ahead. Tales from the Log of  a Correspondent with Our Navy.

Beston, Henry B.

Full Speed Ahead. Tales from the Log of a Correspondent with Our Navy. [Inscribed Association copy from Henry B. Beston to Admiral William Sowden Sims – with original typescript in an envelope that is tipped into the pastedown / It is a typescript of a letter that was written during Beston’s time as editor at the magazine “The Living Age” (an offshoot of ‘Atlantic Monthly’) and stunningly also reflects on Beston’s classmate, Theodore Roosevelt, whom he obviously gave a copy of this book and according to Beston’s letter to Sims, Theodore Roosevelt and his children confirming that they enjoyed it. The letter reveals that Beston sends this book as a “thank you” to Admiral Sims for his time as war correspondent under Sims’ command during World War I. The typescript of the letter must be seen as an extension to Beston’s Preface in the book in which he writes: “And no acknowledgment, no matter how studied or courtly, its phrasing, can express what I owe to Admiral Sims for the friendliness of my reception, for his care that i be shown all the Navy’s activities, and for his constant and kindly effort to advance my work in every possible way.”

First Edition. New York, Doubleday, 1919. Octavo. XIII, 254 pages. Original Hardcover in protective Mylar. Very good + condition with only minor signs of external wear. Signed and inscribed by Henry B. Beston with a letter typescript to Admiral William Sowden Sims. The inscription reads: “To Admiral Sims with every grateful good wish of the author – Henry Beston Sheahan – 1919”.

EUR 2.400,-- 

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Winston Churchill - Churchill, The Crisis - Important collection on the Great Lincoln - Douglas Debates of 1858 with Inscribed and signed materials

Churchill, Winston / [Robert Roberts Hitt] / [Abraham Lincoln] / [Stephen Douglas].

“The Crisis” – [Important collection on the Great Lincoln – Douglas Debate in 1858 – Including the First Edition of “The Crisis”, the ultimate association-copy, inscribed by american novelist Winston Churchill to Robert Roberts Hitt, shorthand note-taker during the Great Debates of 1858 and personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, with a lengthy inscription by Churchill: “My Dear Mr. Hitt – Please forgive me for nagging you with this book – think dismissed. I take this opportunity of expressing my gratitude for the help you gave me. And I hope that my portrait of the Great American [Abraham Lincoln] may not offend you, who knew him so well”. Hitt comments with a full-page shorthand-notation in the front of the book, included are letters exchanged between Churchill and Hitt: 3 autographed letters (signed by Churchill) 1 typed letter (signed by Churchill). The letters focus on Churchill questioning Hitt especially on the Freeport debate and Lincoln’s mood the night before. He introduces the plot of the book “The Crisis” to Hitt and questions the authenticity versus what Hitt recalls of that day. Churchill schedules a visit with Hitt to interview him etc. etc. / Also included are contemporary newspaper-clippings which Hitt loosely inserted, one original Union Presidential Ticket (Darke County, Ohio), for President Abraham Lincoln of Illinois, for the Election on November 8, 1864 as President and for Vice President Andrew Johnson / also included is one original National Democratic Ticket for his opponent in Darke County, George B. McClellan for President and for Vice President, George H. Pendleton / Also included: Roy S. Younglove’s personal copy of the important publication on the Lincoln – Douglas Debates of 1858 by Edwin Erle Sparks (see plenty of images on this collection on our website) / Also included: Two offprints on the Lincoln-Douglas Debates: 1: Frederick Trevol Hill – The Lincoln-Douglas Debates – Fifty Years After – A New Account of the Forensic “Seven Days” Battle (Offprint from “The Century Magazine, 1908”/ 2. Noah Brooks – Lincoln’s Reelection – Lincoln’s Second Inauguration – The Beginning of Lincoln’s Second Term – The President’s Shrewdness at Hampton Roads (Offprint) / 3. Reprint of “″A Reception by President Lincoln” by C. van Santvoort].

New York / Springfield / St.Louis / Mount Morris / Windsor (Vermont), The Macmillan Company / Illinois State Historical Library, 1900 – 1908. Octavo. Pagination of “The Crisis”: Frontispiece – Illustration, IX, 522, [2] pages with Illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy / Pagination of “The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858” by Edwin Erle Sparks: Portrait-Frontispiece of Abraham Lincoln, XI, 627 pages with many photographs. Original Hardcover. Excellent condition with some minor signs of wear only. The newspaper-clippings, the letters and the Presidential Election Tickets are all preserved in protective sheets. The newspaper-clippings are a little brittle. One of the letters is torn. The books and the inscription and the other manuscript letters and the typed letter are all in excellent condition. A very rare collection on American History and the origins and History of campaigning in american elections. From the private collection of Robert Roberts Hitt, one of Lincoln’s employee’s and personal friends during his legal days in Chicago. Hitt was notably mentioned, introduced and honored with a portrait in the publication on the Great Debate by Edwin Erle Sparks (see portraits and more images on our website).

EUR 4.800,-- 

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[Colburn, The United Service Journal and Naval and Military Magazine.

[Colburn, Henry] Napier, Charles and others

The United Service Journal and Naval and Military Magazine. 1833 Part I and Part II. [Including the essay: “On the Invasion and Defence of Ireland”/ The Volumes include for example further essays on: Ireland and the British Army / Naval Operations on the Potomac / Artillery Practice at the Siege of the Citadel of Antwerp / History of the Coldstream Guards / Cavalry Warfare / The Jamaica Station / Siege of Badajoz in 1812 / Military Organization of Belgium / Record of the Services of the twenty-third Regiment / Plan for the suppression of Piracy / The Indian Army / Observations on the Construction and Qualities of the Vernon and Castor and on Naval Architecture in General by Capt.Charles Napier / Remark on the Defence and Invasion of Ireland / On the Defective Discipline of the Merchant Service with Hints for Amending it / Colonies – Their Influence on Maritime and Military Ascendancy / The Crisis of Turkey / Royal Naval School / On the Overland Invasion of India / Reply to Major Gawler on his “Crisis of Waterloo” by Sir Hussey Vivian / Debate on Sir Thomas Troubridge / Memoir on the Defence of Canada in 1833 (with a Map) / Narrative of Captain Ross’s First Voyage of Discovery / Military Establishments of Germany / The Port of Hastings / The Jamaica Station / Jersey, as a Residence for Officers on the half-pay of the Army and the Navy / Military Equipments: Waterproof Cartridges – Sapata – Self-fixing Bayonets / James Toggle – A Tar of the Old School etc. etc.

First Edition. Two Volumes (complete set for the year 1833). London, Published for Henry Colburn, 1833. Octavo. Pagination: Volume I: IV, 596 pages with Index and Diagrams and the large folding map: “Plan of Attack on the Citadel of Antwerp from 29 November to 23 December, 1832, with handcoloured portraits of Marshal Gerard, Baron Chasse and a “View of Scheldt” from Fort Bathz to Antwerp, showing Fort Lille, Fort Bathz, Fort Liefkenshoek, Fort Phileppe, Fort Maria, Plan of City of Antwerp and an excellent birdseye-view of the Antwerp Citadel. / Volume II: IV, 580 pages with Index and Diagrams, illustrations within the text (Capture of the Diamond Rock / Ascent of the Peter Botte Mountain with Lloyd, Phillpotts, Taylor and Keppel showing on ascent and resting in the wall / Depiction and explanation of a Boomerang / Boomarang by Henry Wilkinson !), Folded Plan of “Waterloo Crisis from 7 to half past 8 o’clock and close to the action”/ with the large, folded, handcoloured “Sketch of Part of Upper and Lower Canada with reference to the proposed Military Districts”. Hardcover / Original, publisher’s half leather with gilt lettering and ornament to spine. Both Volumes with only very minor signs of foxing – interior very bright and clean with the map/plan in excellent condition. Pages 3 to 5 and 537 to 540 with some defects. Otherwise in excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. From the library of Edward Westby, Esq. with his armorial bookplate / exlibris to the pastedown of both Volumes.

EUR 480,-- 

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