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  • Seller image for A VIEW OF THE ART OF COLONIZATION, WITH PRESENT REFERENCE TO THE BRITISH EMPIRE; IN LETTERS BETWEEN A STATESMAN AND A COLONIST for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Wakefield, Edward Gibbon [editor]

    Published by London, 1849

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    xxiv,512pp. plus 6pp. of advertisements and errata slip. Modern half calf and marbled boards, leather label. Very good. A classic work in the theory of colonization, the culmination of Wakefield's attempt at a theory of colonization based upon scientific principles. His ideas influenced colonial officials and practices in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and in the latter place Wakefield was instrumental in establishing a permanent British colony. "The importance of Wakefield's achievements in colonial matters can hardly be overestimated. The tangible fruits of his labours are the least part of their result, for all subsequent colonial development has followed the direction of his thought" - DNB. FERGUSON 5235. DNB XX, pp.449-52.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM19970

  • Seller image for PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM OF UNITED STATES ARMY SSGT. HARVEY D. BURGSTRESSER IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC DURING WORLD WAR II, INCLUDING SERVICE IN THE PHILIPPINES, GUADALCANAL, AND ELSEWHERE] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Burgstresser, Harvey D.]: [World War II Photographica]

    Published by [Philippines, New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, New Zealand, Hawaii, 1945

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    213 photographs from 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 to 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, corner-mounted; plus twenty-two pieces of ephemera mounted or laid in, including two mimeographed pamphlets. Oblong quarto album. Red silk boards, blue silk ties, with stylized Japanese figure on center of front board. Some fraying to edges and corners, some loss to silk on rear board, minor soiling. Photographs in excellent condition overall. Very good. A dramatic photograph album from Harvey D. Burgstresser's (1912-83) service in the U.S. Army artillery during World War II. Although most photos are not labeled individually, they are labeled by group, and track Burgstresser's travels through various combat stations during the war in the Pacific. The first photo, labeled "Fayetteville NC" shows Burgstresser (on left) in uniform with another solider walking along a city street. The first section follows and is labeled "Hawaii 5/7/42-11/1/42" and consists mostly of photographs of soldiers at-ease, playing with radio equipment, and goofing around likely as they wait for deployment to the front. The next section, "Guadalcanal 11/15/42-12/1/43" is short but more somber, including photo prints of indigenous people of the island, the corpse of a soldier, and a photo of a sign posted on a roadside reading: "Kill the Bastards! Down this road marched one of the regiments of the United States Army, Knights Serving the Queen of Battles, Twenty of their wounded in litters were bayoneted, shot and clubbed by the yellow bellies. Kill the Bastards!" Next is a section entitled "Auckland, New Zealand 12/1/43-3/1/44," a small and peaceful section featuring photos of couples, a few female friends, and shots of Burgstresser's battery and company in formation (90th Field Artillery Battalion, 25th Infantry Division). From there, he was off to "New Caledonia 3/1/44-12/15/44" with a joint force of ANZAC soldiers. Most of these shots are also at- ease and around camp, several featuring a truck marked "NZ Mail." From here, he moves to "Luzon, P.I. 1/9(?)/45 to 10/2/45," the final section and the place where things get a bit more serious; this is also the largest section in the album. Several images show soldiers setting up artillery stations, laying wire, and organizing ammunition. One image in this section is labeled "V-J Day," and this is the only mention Burgstresser makes about the progress of the war. There are scenes of buildings damaged from war, along with a few scenes of combat and more of the aftermath of combat, including downed planes and destroyed tanks, and several quite explicit images of corpses. In the midst of this are images of Filipino women and men in traditional attire (and likely some from New Caledonia and Guadalcanal as well), including several shots of topless Filipino women likely not taken by Burgstresser. Various pieces of ephemera are in the album, including a twenty-eight-page mimeographed pamphlet entitled WELCOME 25th. INF. DIV., with sections corresponding closely to Burgstresser's arrangement of this album; and a six-page mimeographed pamphlet entitled THE SEA BREEZE ("Souvenir Edition," October 23, 1945), issued to those aboard the troop ship USAT "Cape Meares." Also included is Burgstresser's military "Motor Vehicle Operator's Permit" authorizing him to drive automobiles, large trucks, and a "Vehicle, wheeled, combat;" an invitation to ceremonies honoring General Douglas MacArthur's return to the U.S.; Burgstresser's "Good Conduct Pass" for Auckland; a few newspaper clippings; and pieces of Japanese currency, including two pieces of Japanese government- issued "fiat pesos," which the Japanese issued during their occupation of the Philippines. According to his obituary (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, April 25, 1983), Burgstresser had graduated from Bucknell University; after the war, he went into the insulation business and was eventually president of the Philadelphia Asbestos Corporation. His album ably captures both the camaraderie and the horror of the war in the Pacific.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM55773

  • Seller image for FIFTEEN MOUNTED PHOTOGRAPHS, INCLUDING VIEWS OF HONOLULU, SAN FRANCISCO, THE CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD, SALT LAKE CITY, AND NEW ZEALAND] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Pacific and Western Photographica]

    Published by [Various places, 1872

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    Twelve cards, each 17 x 13 inches, a.e.g., with manuscript captions in lower margins. Images are 9 x 6 1/2 inches, except the two oval images of San Francisco. Some minor soiling on cards, some images slightly faded. Very good. Archivally matted, protected with a mylar sheet. An excellent collection of views, quite early for Hawaii and New Zealand. The four views of Honolulu include one wide view of the town, a view of a side street with a church steeple in the background, the Pali mountain pass, and the harbor with several large vessels at anchor. In New Zealand the Supreme Court building in Christchurch and the city of Littleton are displayed. The San Francisco images include the Palace Hotel and the famous Cliff House. Of particular interest are the three views of the Central Pacific Railway. The sections of the track include Capestown, the Palisade, and Summit Station, each with fresh evidence of the line's recent completion. Also in the collection is one image of a railroad along the banks of Salt Lake, and three wide views of Salt Lake City, one with the Mormon tabernacle (completed in 1871) prominently featured. An attractive collection of views, each quite displayable.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM29311

  • Seller image for A NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE, TRAVELS AND SUFFERINGS OF THOMAS W. SMITH: COMPRISING AN ACCOUNT OF HIS EARLY LIFE, ADOPTION BY THE GIPSYS [sic]; HIS TRAVELS DURING EIGHTEEN VOYAGES TO VARIOUS PARTS OF THE WORLD, DURING WHICH HE WAS FIVE TIMES SHIPWRECKED; THRICE ON A DESOLATE ISLAND NEAR THE SOUTH POLE, ONCE ON THE COAST OF ENGLAND, AND ONCE ON THE COAST OF AFRICA for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    240pp. Contemporary calf, spine gilt. Boards somewhat scuffed, light wear to edges and corners. Front hinge repaired, front free endpaper refreshed. Occasional light foxing and dampstaining. About very good. Smith was born of respectable British parents, but after his father died he was sent to work as an errand boy at age seven, and not unlike other young men in his situation, he soon found himself at sea. He participated in seven whaling voyages to the Pacific from 1816 to 1832, as well as numerous other sea adventures all over the world, including the South Pacific, the Atlantic coast of South America, Africa, and the Antarctic regions. Rosove notes that the work has been missed by many bibliographers because it is "so rare and little known." Besides whaling, Smith took part in hunting elephant seals on South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands in 1816-18, and whaling and sealing on the South Shetland Islands in 1820. This visit, only a year after the discovery of the islands, is the earliest account of sealing there, and an important early Antarctic narrative, with harrowing tales of surviving on penguin hearts and livers and contesting territory with other sealers. Smith also describes a voyage from London to Cape Horn, then to Juan Fernandez and the Galapagos, Easter Island, and points in South America including Colombia and Panama. Later, in New Zealand, he describes scrapes with natives, witnessing battles between the Whorowrarians and Kivakivians. He also visited Japan, Guam, and other Pacific islands. He gives details of whaling activities, including advice on "the most expeditious way of killing a whale" (pp.228- 229). Smith made further whaling voyages to the Pacific Ocean in the 1820s aboard the British whalers Spring, Grove, and Hibernia. He ended up trying to do good in New Bedford, but debt and a lung ailment prevented him from achieving his dream of becoming a minister. A rare book, not in the Hill Collection. The Brooke-Hitching copy realized approximately $21,000 at his sale in September 2015. HUNTRESS 331C. FORSTER 86. SPENCE 1139 (listing an 1840 ed., an error in dating). ROSOVE 312. HOWES S679.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM52318A

  • Seller image for DUNEDIN 1860 [cover title] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    New Zealand Photographica]

    Published by Frank Coxhead, [Dunedin, New Zealand, 1885

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    Ten album cards, each with a vintage albumen photograph mounted on recto and verso, for a total of twenty photographs. Each image 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Oblong quarto. Contemporary green cloth, rebacked with original backstrip laid down, gilt-stamped title on cover. Moderate spotting on cards, affecting a few images. Photographs captioned on images. Very good, with small promotional bookplate of Frank Coxhead on front pastedown reading: "We invite inspection of our superior collection of Photo Views of the West Coast Sounds, and other Views, before purchasing elsewhere." A wonderful assemblage of New Zealand views. Despite the assertion made on the cover, the present images were taken over a three-year period, from 1860 to 1863. The images were taken by Kiwi photographer William Meluish, whose shop can be seen in one of the views of Princes Street. They were issued as a set after Frank Coxhead purchased the glass plates. Coxhead was one of Dunedin's best early photographers, active in Dunedin circa 1870 through circa 1893, operating his business on Princes Street from 1885 through 1893. Most likely the present images were reprinted circa 1890 from the original negative plates. The images, which depict the port, mercantile areas, and certain residential districts, are listed below: 1) Bell Hill (1860) 2) Maitland Street 3) Princes Street (1860) 4) N.E. Valley 5) Dunedin (1861) 6) Maclaggan Street 7) Dunedin from Bowling Street 8) High Street 9) Bell Hill (1861) 10) Rattray Street 11) Dunedin from Canongate 12) Dunedin from Bell Hill 13) The Octagon 14-17) Princes Street (1861-63) 18) Dunedin (1863) 19) Empire Hotel 20) Gabrial's Gully In 1861 gold was discovered in New Zealand, and the rush that followed prompted a rapid change in the physical environment. These images provide an excellent record of this early boom phase that vaulted Dunedin to the status of New Zealand's leading economic center by the end of the 19th century. Among the earliest attainable New Zealand photographic albums, and exceedingly scarce. There is no reference work devoted to New Zealand photography, but by comparison, the standard bibliography for Australian photographic books lists its first entry as 1864.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM30278

  • Seller image for A DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF THE ISLANDS LATELY DISCOVERED IN THE SOUTH-SEAS. for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Trusler, John

    Published by R. Baldwin, London, 1778

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    [4],vii,303,[9]pp. Original blue boards, drab paper spine, contemporary manuscript titling on spine and front board. Light wear and soiling to binding. Contemporary ownership inscription on front fly leaf. Very minor foxing, primarily to outer leaves. Very good and in unsophisticated original condition. In a cardboard slipcase. An important early compilation of South Seas voyages, assembled by John Trusler, who drew primarily on Cook's explorations. This would have been the first introduction of many readers to the English advances in exploring the Pacific. "John Trusler is described in the DNB as an eccentric divine, a literary compiler, and a medical empiric. Throughout his diverse career Trusler published many works, on subjects ranging from philosophy to farming, but he was most renowned for his HOGARTH MORALIZED and for his various condensations of famous sermons in cursive- facsimile type for use by the clergy.The [present] work contains descriptions and history of Tahiti and the Society Islands, the Friendly Islands, New Hebrides, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Australia, the Solomon Islands, New Holland, and Kamchatka. It offers lively and entertaining discussions of the customs of the inhabitants of these various Pacific islands" - Hill. A very few copies were apparently issued with a folding map, which is not present in this copy, nor was it present in the Hill copy; likewise, ESTC does not call for a map. Scarce, with only a handful of copies in ESTC. HILL 1719. ESTC T107078.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM48809