Published by New York, 1847
38pp. Original printed wrappers. Wraps chipped, else very good. Schoolcraft, one of the foremost authorities of his day on the American Indian, calls for more intensive study of pre-Columbian America and its inhabitants. SABIN 77851.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM15161
Published by California Book Company, Berkeley, 1953
,xviii,995pp., including numerous illustrations with nine maps (some folding). Original red cloth, gilt stamped cover and spine. Near fine. A reprint of the important 1925 BULLETIN 78 of the BUREAU OF AMERICAN ETHNOLOGY of the Smithsonsian Institution. ZAMORANO SELECT 55 (first ed).
Seller Inventory # WRCAM28133
Published by Washington, 1885
ix,,458pp. plus plates. Original cloth. Cloth somewhat sunned and dampstained, else very good. Of importance for the pioneering appearance of Otis T. Mason's first study on the basketry of the North American Indians, as well as a work by Mason on Indian throwing sticks.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM15509
Published by Washington, 1975
30pp. text, 16 folio color plates of vase roll-outs. Cloth portfolio, stamped in gilt, fine. An important publication by the noted scholar and author.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM16014
Published by Washington, 1885
Three works in one: xiv,xviii,342;v,96;iii,30pp. Plus 8 fine lithographic plates. Thick quarto. Library stamps on titlepage and versos of plates. Otherwise a fine copy. A handsomely produced compendium of important anthropological and archeological works put out by the Smithsonian Institution. Includes the following works: Rau, Charles: PREHISTORIC FISHING IN EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA. Bransford, J.F.: ARCHEOLOGICAL RESEARCHES IN NICARAGUA. Cope, Edward D.: ON THE CONTENTS OF A BONE CAVE IN THE ISLAND OF ANGUILLA.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM18077
Published by Washington, 1896
,pp.239-593 plus plates. Original cloth. Ex-lib. with shelf label, withdrawal stamps, and gilt stamp on bottom of front cover, some scattered foxing and tanning, else quite good. An extensive study into the garb worn by primitive peoples to protect and aid them in their travels, as well as vehicles (such as boats and canoes) used, illustrated by sketches and photographic plates of artifacts, etc.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM15505
Published by Ticknor and Fields, Boston, 1864
x,,289pp. plus eighty-two illustrations (many in color). Frontis. Original green gilt pictorial cloth, gilt pictorial spine, t.e.g. Very good. A history and overview of Egypt, using the Hebraic word, "daleth" (meaning "door"), as a point of departure. The color plates illustrate a variety of Egyptian scenes, from funeral processions to musical instruments. Lavishly produced, and intended for the amateur historian.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM27935
Published by Stockholm, 1904
Two volumes. ,399; ,412,pp. including illustrations. Original red cloth, gilt, with pictorial onlay on front board of both volumes. Corners bumped, cloth slightly rubbed. Small ink stamp at foot of front board and and initial leaves, else a near fine set. The scarce Swedish-language edition of Lumholtz's UNKNOWN MEXICO., first published in New York in 1902. Lumholtz, a Norwegian, undertook an expedition into northwestern Mexico, or the Sierra Madre del Norte, in late 1890, in search of descendants of the ancient southwestern cave dwellers. He received funding from the American Museum of Natural History and the American Geographical Society of New York. Zoological, mineralogical, and botanical specimens were collected, and represented were many hitherto unknown species of plants, birds, and mammals. His research and travels in Mexico continued, sometimes alone, until 1898. These two volumes describe the expeditions' findings and observations, illustrated with plates of natives and artifacts. OCLC locates two copies of this Stockholm edition, at the University of Southern California (the only copy listed in the NUC), and at the University of Minnesota. A classic travel narrative. OCLC 29059580.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM34269
Published by [Sacramento, 1895
198,pp., plus folding map. Quarto. Original pictorial wrappers, cloth spine. Narrow strip measuring 1 1/2" by 4 1/2" at bottom right of front wrapper wanting. Some chipping and soiling to wrappers. Title leaf and three leaves at rear laid in. Few closed tears to map. Internally quite nice, overall good. This volume, the "second edition" of 1895, was produced by the editors of the Sacramento Bee, a local newspaper that began in 1857 and remains the city's primary daily today. Most pages contain at least one photographic illustration of an aspect of Sacramento's resources or culture. These include handsome houses and municipal buildings, prominent citizens, healthy agriculture and cattle raised in the region, etc. The folding map, measuring 18" by 21", depicts the uses of soil across Sacramento. A fine document of Sacramento during its late 19th-century growth.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM40397
Published by New York, 1875
Five volumes. Cloth, leather labels. Very good. A later printing of one of the classics of American Indian history. Still useful as a reference, here in a very serviceable set.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM15101
Published by London, 1974
Six volumes bound in four. Two large oblong folios. Two quarto text volumes. Plates. Original blue cloth. Fine condition. Reprint edition of one of the great monuments in the history of Mayan studies, Alfred Maudslay's photographs and drawings of a number of the major Mayan sites, such as Quirigua, Copan, Chichen Itza, Palenque and Yaxchilan, executed during his explorations in Central America between 1881 and 1900. Maudslay was an amateur archaeologist, but he was fascinated by the Mayan ruins and set himself the task of recording the architecture and monuments. He worked with a large wet-plate camera, developing his photographs on the spot. He also made extensive casts. Michael Coe says, "It is impossible to exaggerate the importance to Maya research of Maudslay's published work. For the first time, Maya epigraphers had large-scale, incredibly accurate illustrations of complete Classic texts." Coe also credits Maudslay with being the greatest recorder of Mayan inscriptions. These illustrations are still essential to anyone studying Mayan iconography, and are one of the great monuments of pre-Columbian studies. Coe, BREAKING THE MAYA CODE, pp.110-12.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM18018
Published by London, 1887
xxxii,514pp. plus folding map, many engraved plates and in-text illustrations. Frontispiece portrait. Tall octavo. Contemporary gilt morocco. a.e.g. Some minor edge rubbing. Old English school-prize bookplate. Some tape repairs on verso of map, else near fine. The English translation of Charnay's account of his travels and adventures in Mexico photographing ruins, in which he sets forth his theories regarding the Asiatic origins of Meso-American ruins. The author is best known for his massive photographic work, CITE ET RUINES AMERICAINES. (Paris, 1862-63), which established Charnay's place as an important early photographer of Meso-American ruins. Charnay is recognized as a transitional figure between the descriptive brand of archaeology of John Lloyd Stephens' INCIDENTS OF TRAVEL IN CENTRAL AMERICA (1843) and the later scientific approach to the study of Mexican ruins represented by Maudslay. However, it was Charnay's systematic approach to photographing the ruins, and his triumph over tremendous logistical problems, that now places him in the grand tradition of 19th-century expeditionary photography. The handsome folding map depicts Mexico and Central America. The many engravings depict scenes in Mexican towns and villages, local customs, and the marvelous ruins at Palenque, Mitla, Uxmal, Copan, Chichen-Itza, etc.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM19842
Published by New York, 1883
18pp. of text plus twenty photogravure plates. Large folio. Modern half morocco and cloth. Very good. A quite rare late 19th-century work on Mayan iconography, predating the work of Maudslay. Meye and Schmidt evidently investigated the southern Maya sites of Copan and Quirigua in 1877, and first published an account of their expedition the following year. Meye's contribution was entirely as an artist. Schmidt claimed some archaeological knowledge extending back to his work with E.G. Squier in 1852-53. This large folio was issued in German by Asher of Berlin and in London in an English language edition, in 1883. It is likely that this New York edition is simply sheets of the English edition with a cancel titlepage. The NUC lists the two European editions without any locations, and does not note the present one. The plates are not particularly well executed, lacking detail, and its chief interest lies in the early date of creation and its rarity. WINSOR I:194. BERNAL 7929.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM15721
Published by Printed for C. Davis, Printer to the Royal Society, [London, 1753
,438,438-39,439-571,pp. plus twenty- one folding plates. Lacks the titlepage, which is present in fine facsimile. Quarto. Antique-style three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine ruled in gilt, gilt leather labels. Light wear and dustsoiling to first few and final leaves. Short, closed tear in upper margin of plate I with no loss of text. Tear in upper margin of leaf E4 and right margin of leaf F4 neatly repaired, no text affected. Long closed tear in leaf 3B1 partially repaired, with no loss of text. Occasional tanning throughout. A few light marginal pencil marks. Overall very good, though with a facsimile titlepage. Untrimmed and partially unopened. Volume 47 of the Royal Society's PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS., featuring some of the first published accounts of Benjamin Franklin's experiments with electricity, in particular, "A Letter of Benjamin Franklin, Esq; to Mr. Peter Collinson, F.R.S. concerning an electrical Kite" (pp.565-67), Franklin's account of his most famous experiment. On June 10, 1752, "as dark clouds came up.Franklin ran the string from the kite to a Leyden jar, insulating himself by holding a silk ribbon to the string. When he observed the fibers on the hemp string stand out, he realized the experiment [to conduct electricity] had succeeded. It must have been one of the most satisfying moments of his life.Franklin became the most famous natural philosopher since Isaac Newton.In 1756 Immanuel Kant dubbed Franklin the 'Prometheus of modern time'" (ANB). This volume also contains "A Letter from Mr. Franklin to Mr. Peter Collinson, F.R.S. concerning the Effects of Lightning" (pp.289- 91), in which Franklin discusses various properties of lightning, in particular how it affects navigational compasses. His correspondent, botanist Peter Collinson, collaborated with a wide circle of natural historians, including Carl Linnaeus, Gronovius, and John Fothergill; he was also a patron of Mark Catesby. Earlier in the volume is William Watson's "An Account of Mr. Benjamin Franklin's Treatise, lately published, intituled, Experiments and Observations on Electricity, made at Philadelphia in America" (pp.202-11), in which Watson summarizes "a few of the most singular" of the experimental reports Franklin submitted to the Royal Society, including Franklin's electrocution of a ten- pound turkey: "He conceited, as himself says, that the birds kill'd in this manner eat uncommonly tender." Watson also writes a letter ".Concerning the electrical Experiments in England upon Thunder-Clouds" (pp.567-70), in which he describes attempts by Royal Society members in England to reproduce Franklin's kite experiment. Other topics in this issue include a meteor viewed in 1750, magnets, a brief autobiographical account of kidney stones by Horace Walpole, archaeological digs at Herculaneum, steam engines, treating hydrocephalus in an infant, the recent eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, smallpox, coral, additional articles on electricity and thunder, and John Bond's proposal to update whale harpoon propulsion. PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS is the world's first and longest-running scientific journal. The Royal Society's first secretary, Henry Oldenburg, edited and published the first issue in March 1665, with subsequent editorial assistance from such scientific luminaries as Hans Sloane, Nehemiah Grew, and Edmond Halley. Starting in March 1752, a rotating committee of twenty-one Society members was formed to oversee selection, editing, and publishing. Under this committee the journal's content became fundamentally linked to the presentations of Society members at regular meetings. This committee is still in place today. ESTC P6614, P2656. FORD, FRANKLIN, p.xxix.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM56298
Published by D. Appleton, New York, 1860
 preliminary leaves, thirty-one photo- lithographic plates (most with two tints), twenty-one floor plans. Oblong folio. Original gilt-lettered cloth, rebacked in three-quarter calf. New endsheets. Minute wear to extremities. First two leaves creased, titlepage creased with vertical repair through center, occasional marginal tears. Minute foxing, primarily on architectural plans, as usual. Save for the slightly stained image of H.L. Atherton's manse, the photo-lithographs remain clean and bright. Very good. In a cloth case, leather label. This book is the first large-scale use of photo-lithography in the United States, a medium which did not come into general use for another two decades. Its views are based on photographs made by A.A. Turner of large homes along the Hudson from upper Manhattan Island to Dobbs Ferry, mainly summer or pleasure homes of wealthy New Yorkers, and often exhibiting extravagant or playful architecture. The villas are remarkably lavish, and some show considerable whimsy. Turner took the pictures in 1858 and 1859, and this work appeared on the eve of the Civil War. All of the views have at least one additional color, and most have two (either brown or green, or both) applied by stencil, with the picture inside a gilt printed border. The images have a slightly surreal quality which adds to the appeal of this remarkable book. HITCHCOCK 1275. TRUTHFUL LENS 173. REESE, STAMPED WITH A NATIONAL CHARACTER 62.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM28751A
Published by Chez David, Paris, 1781
Six volumes consisting of I, II, IIII, V, VI, and VII (without volumes III and VIII). With hundreds of illustrations. Contemporary mottled French calf, neatly rebacked in matching style, spines gilt extra, leather labels stamped in gilt. A bit of light scattered foxing, but generally quite clean internally. A handsome set. An absolutely phenomenal association copy of this influential study of the antiquities of the Italian city of Herculaneum, destroyed during an explosion of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. This set of LES ANTIQUITÉS D'HERCULANUM. was given by Thomas Jefferson to his young protégé, painter John Trumbull. Jefferson has inscribed it on the front fly leaf of the first volume" "Th. J. begs Mr. Trumbull will do him the favor to accept this copy of the Herculaneum." Jefferson was instrumental in furthering Trumbull's career at an early stage and in encouraging him to create his painting of the presentation of the Declaration of Independence. That painting is one of Trumbull's most important and iconic works, and in placing Jefferson at the center of that scene Trumbull helped to cement the Jefferson image in the American mind. Jefferson and Trumbull first met in London in early 1786, when Trumbull was thirty and Jefferson thirteen years his elder. At the time Trumbull was studying painting under Benjamin West, but was planning to visit Paris to study the artworks available there. Jefferson invited Trumbull to stay with him at his Paris residence, the Hotel de Langeac, and the two quickly became close. In fact, Trumbull joined William S. Smith and Jefferson's secretary, William Short, in the small group of people that Jefferson asked to perform tasks or "commissions" for him. Trumbull lived with Jefferson for five or six weeks at the Hotel de Langeac, and Jefferson encouraged Trumbull in his early historical paintings. Trumbull had brought with him to Paris two of his recent historical paintings, "Death of General Warren at Bunker's Hill" and "Death of General Montgomery at Quebec," which he wanted to have engraved. It was almost certainly at Jefferson's suggestion and encouragement that Trumbull added the Declaration of Independence to his series of American historical paintings. With Jefferson's assistance and recollection of the event, Trumbull began his painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was Trumbull's placing of Jefferson at the center of his painting, flanked by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, that helped cement the centrality of Jefferson's role as author of the Declaration in the public consciousness. Merrill Peterson asserts: "In the panegyrics of the Fourth of July.the popularity of Trumbull's masterpiece of historical portraiture, 'The Signing of the Declaration' - Jefferson's authorship of the American birthright was his certain title to immortality." Jefferson espoused Trumbull's talents and introduced him to important people in Paris, and Trumbull repaid the favor in consequential ways. Jefferson's biographer, Dumas Malone, writes: "Jefferson was on the most intimate terms with Trumbull until the very end of his stay in France, and he always associated him in memory with what he called 'our charming coterie in Paris.'" That coterie included Maria Cosway, the beautiful and vivacious young wife of English portraitist Richard Cosway. Trumbull had already met the Cosways and introduced them to Jefferson in Paris in August 1786 at the Halle aux Bleds marketplace. The widowed Jefferson became enraptured with Maria Cosway and spent a great deal of time with her between August and October, 1786. Trumbull was often with the pair, touring art galleries, attending concerts, walking around Paris and journeying into the countryside. On Oct. 12, 1786, on the occasion of the Cosways return to England, Jefferson wrote Maria Cosway an anguished letter in which he related a debate between "my head and my heart." It was to Trumbull that Jefferson entrusted the delivery of this confidential and revealing letter. Trumbull was also an intermediary for Jefferson's friendship with Angelica Schuyler Church, Alexander Hamilton's sister-in-law. Mrs. Church and Maria Cosway were good friends, referring to each other as "sisters." Jefferson, in fact, helped Mrs. Church secure a volume of the HERCULANUM in September 1788 (see Jefferson letter of Sept. 21, 1788 in PAPERS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON, Vol. 13, pp.623-24). It is possible the gift of this set to Trumbull took place at the same time. The friendship between Jefferson and Trumbull continued after Trumbull left Paris for London and the United States. In 1788, Jefferson commissioned from Trumbull a canvas containing life-size busts of Francis Bacon, John Locke, and Isaac Newton, whom Jefferson considered as "the three greatest men that have ever lived." Also in 1788, Trumbull painted a portrait of Jefferson, and would later make copies of that portrait for Maria Cosway, Angelica Church, and Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha. In 1789, anticipating that William Short was about to move on to other endeavors, Jefferson offered John Trumbull the position of his personal secretary, an offer that Trumbull declined. Sometime after that Jefferson recommended Trumbull for the position of American Minister to the Barbary states, a post that Trumbull also declined. In 1793, Jefferson and Trumbull (a Federalist and a New England Congregationalist) had a falling out over questions of politics and religious faith, issues that came to a head at a dinner Jefferson hosted that also included the Virginia politician, William Branch Giles. Trumbull and Giles already had bad blood between them, and when Jefferson seemingly took Giles' side, Trumbull recalled that "from this time my acquaintance with Mr. Jefferson became cold and distant." Jefferson's gift to Trumbull of this set of Maréchal's ANTIQUITÉS D'HERCULANUM is significant on several levels. Excavations at Herculaneum, destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., had begun.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM43538