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Biographies of twelve Chinese great scholars 中國學士圖 Zhongguo xue shi tu
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Biographies of twelve Chinese great scholars 中國學士圖 Zhongguo xue shi tu

By Anon

Octavo. Accordion fold. Early twentieth century. 10 watercolour paintings on two layers, silk with borders in contrast woven silk, each faced with accompanying biographical text in Chinese and English. Edges gilt. Original wooden boards with carved vignette coloured in green to upper board 福 = Fu = Blessing. Title plate in Chinese in red and black to endpaper: 中國古代名人圖 = Zhongguo gu dai ming ren tu = Ancient Chinese Celebrities. Error in English title which should read Ten, not Twelve. (Yang Kwei-Shan / Li Chung-Ting / Su Wen-Chung / Chu Wen-Kung / Pai Wen Kung / Li Tai-Pai / Yen Chung-Chieh /Han Wen-Kung / Major General Wang / Tigar Head Koo). Not held in the British Library. No copies held in any UK libraries.

$66.76

Botanologia. The English Herbal: or, History of Plants. Containing I. Their names. Greek Latine and English. II Their species, or various kinds. III. Their descriptions. IV. Their places of growth. V. Their times of flowering and seeding. VI. Their qualities or properties. VII. Their specifications. VIII. Their preparations, Galenic and Chymick. IX. Their virtues and uses.  X. A complete florilegium, of all the choice flowers cultivated by our florists, interspersed through the whole work, in their proper places: where you have their culture, choice, increase, and way of management, as well for profit as delectation. Adorned with exquisite icons or figures, of the most considerable species, representing to the life, the true forms of those several plants. The whole in alphabetical order.
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Botanologia. The English Herbal: or, History of Plants. Containing I. Their names. Greek Latine and English. II Their species, or various kinds. III. Their descriptions. IV. Their places of growth. V. Their times of flowering and seeding. VI. Their qualities or properties. VII. Their specifications. VIII. Their preparations, Galenic and Chymick. IX. Their virtues and uses. X. A complete florilegium, of all the choice flowers cultivated by our florists, interspersed through the whole work, in their proper places: where you have their culture, choice, increase, and way of management, as well for profit as delectation. Adorned with exquisite icons or figures, of the most considerable species, representing to the life, the true forms of those several plants. The whole in alphabetical order.

By Salmon, William

First edition. Folio. Printed by I. Dawks for H. Rhodes at the Star, the corner of Bride Lane, in Fleet Street; and J. Taylor, at the Ship in Pater Noster Row. 1710. Engraved title. Title page in red and black. 4pp dedication to Queen Anne, xxiv, 1296pp. Index Plantarum & Index Latinus [41pp]. Index Morbarum, erratum [6pp]. Numerous engravings. Full panelled calf, spine in seven compartments with raised bands, blind rules. Gilt lettering and floral tooling to second compartment. Blind tooling to boards Small symbols inscribed to base of title page. Neat historic addenda to the margins. P22 'Angelica' in historic script to margin. P173 small portrait to margin. P180 note to lower margin re 'hen Bane'. P256 script to margin "Touch me not or Elaterium". P671 script 'Powder' to margin. P892 script to margin 'Extract'. Occasional drawn marginal manicules. P1162 script to margin 'Powder'. P312 misnumbered 351. Four leaves of index restored to margins, in slightly smaller state. P63 slight loss of text (4 letters in 3 lines) from short paper fault. P111 slight loss to heading from short paper fault. P749-61 minor worm to lower margin. Occasional spotting, variable toning, paper faults, short closed tears, corner tears, small holes or marks. A handsome well – bound copy of an essential work. ESTC T83065; Henrey 1308. The first known reference to the cultivation of the tomato. "In 1710-1711 Salmon published Botanologia; or the English Herbal, dedicated to Anne, Queen of Great Britain. He mentions his travels in the British colonies of North America, making the first known reference to the tomato's cultivation there, in what is now the Carolinas. He also extols the virtues of the Virginian potato. Preparations of cannabis root are suggested for the treatment of gout, arthritis, and painful joints."

$3738.28

The Poems of Virgil. Translated into English Prose.
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The Poems of Virgil. Translated into English Prose.

By Conington, John (Publius Vergilus Maro)

Longman Green & Co. London. 1890. Octavo. (2), 424pp. Handsome full contemporary morocco. Spine in six compartments with raised bands. Gilt lettering to spine. Blind triple bordering rules to boards. Inner gilt curlicues. All edges gilt. Triple banded silk bookmark. Some slight shelfwear. Appears unread. Eton prize binding with bookplate to fep (Edmund Warre). John Conington (1825 - 1869) Classical scholar. Corpus Professor of Latin at the University of Oxford from 1854 till his death.

$166.89

The economy of human life; translated from an Indian Manuscript, written by an ancient Bramin. In two parts.
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The economy of human life; translated from an Indian Manuscript, written by an ancient Bramin. In two parts.

By [Dodsley, Robert; Hill, John; Cao Tsou]

Printed for W. Simpkin & R. Marshall. London. 1833. 12mo. 7x12cm. xii, 152pp. Engraved frontispiece. Part 2 has separate half-title and preface. Contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards. Gilt to spine. Chipped to head of spine, rubbed with wear to corners and edges. Lightly toned, some offsetting of frontispiece to title. "The Oeconomy of Human Life purports to be an English translation of an ancient Indian text found by a Chinese scholar in Lhasa." Attributed to Robert Dodsley, the bookseller, it became a bestseller. The first part is attributed to Robert Dodsley, dedicated to P. D. Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield; the second is attributed to John Hill, also dedicated to the Earl of Chesterfield. A system of mystical instruction: a translation of the most ancient manuscript found in the Grand Temple of Thibet by Cao-Tsou. The original "author" has been variously identified as Dandamis, Confucius, Lao-tse or the Brahmins, and in the ancient Egyptian teachings of Amenhotep IV, Pharaoh of Egypt. Or there may have never been an original at all. The Economy was republished as 'Kuthumi' by the Theosophists in 1886. See: Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. Third Series, Vol. 19, No. 4 (Oct., 2009), pp. 439-458 Bray, John. The Oeconomy of Human Life: An 'Ancient Bramin' In Eighteenth-Century Tibet.

$26.70

The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia written by Sir Philip Sidney Knight. The Thirteenth Edition. With his Life and Death; a brief Table of the principal Heads, and some other new additions.
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The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia written by Sir Philip Sidney Knight. The Thirteenth Edition. With his Life and Death; a brief Table of the principal Heads, and some other new additions.

By Sidney, Sir Philip

The Thirteenth edition. Printed for George Calvert, at the Golden-Ball in Little-Britain. London. 1674. Small folio. Copper engraved frontispiece portrait, Title, [32], 545, 549-576, 541-564, 601-624, [2], [18], [4]. (Despite erratic pagination, complete and correct). Contemporary full calf boards, spine re-laid at a later date. Spine in six compartments, with raised bands, leather label with gilt lettering, gilt coquille motifs. Nicely patinaed, binding shows commensurate wear for age. Corners rubbed. Joints cracked to upper compartment at head of spine. Frontispiece and title a little darkened. Historic paper repair to edges of p269 and p271, both slightly cropped to margin, text unaffected. Occasional light toning/spotting, but firm crisp and bright. Engraved headpieces and tailpieces. Wing S3770; ESTC R21446 This edition contains Philip Sidney's dedication to "My Dear Lady and Sister, the Countess of Pembroke"; "The Life and Death of Sir Philip Sidney"; In Obitum Epigrams; "P. Heylyn's Cosmograph of Arcadia in Greece"; "The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia" in five books; "A sixth book to the Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia" [by Richard Bellings, originally published separately in 1624, has separate dated title page]; "Certain Sonnets Written by Sir Philip Sidney Never before Printed"; "The Defence of Poesie"; "Astrophel and Stella"; "Her Most Excellent Majestie…" [The Lady of May]; Dedication to Prince K. James the Sixth; "A Supplement to the Third Book of Arcadia [by James Johnstoun]"; "A Remedie for Love"; "An Alphabetical Table". "Haunted as it is by the fact that it was not finished" [Elizabeth Dipple] Sidney wrote his original manuscript pastoral romance between 1577 and 1580, and addressed it to his sister Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke. Known as the Old Arcadia, it remained unpublished until the early twentieth century. In the 1580's Sidney began a revision and enlargement of his original Old Arcadia. He had not finished his revision by his death in 1586. After his death it was prepared for publication firstly in 1590 by his friend Fulke Greville, and three years later by Mary Herbert herself. Her additions complement the narrative with the last two books of the Old Arcadia. Further additions were appended in the second edition of 1598. "A sixth book to the Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia" by Richard Bellings, was originally published separately in 1624. Arcadia has remained an important literary influence throughout history. Charles I quoted lines from "Pamela's Prayer" as he was executed. Sidney invented the name Pamela in this work for his heroine, used later by Richardson. Influences can be seen in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, King Lear, Taming of the Shrew and The Winter's Tale. Sir Philip Sidney (1554 – 1586) Elizabethan poet, courtier, soldier, was just 31 when he died from a wound he suffered at the Battle of Zutphen, in the Netherlands, where he was fighting in the service of Queen Elizabeth. In 1583 he married Frances Walsingham, the 16 year old daughter of Sir Francis Walsingham, the Queen's spymaster. Sidney's, and Mary Herbert's, niece Mary Wroth published The Countess of Montgomery's Urania in 1621, in her own way echoing continuing Sidney's unfinished work, ending, as did Sidney's New Arcadia, in mid sentence.

$907.87

The complete Stalky & Co [Leather bound edition]
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The complete Stalky & Co [Leather bound edition]

By Kipling, Rudyard

Macmillan & Co. London. 1930. Octavo. xv, 447pp. Engraved frontispiece, 16 further plates. Original full red calf, gilt to spine and upper board. All edges gilt. Silk bookmark. Edges lightly rubbed. Michael Scott, in gilt to lower corner of upper board.

$60.08

Days with Sir Roger de Coverley. A reprint from “The Spectator” With illustrations by Hugh Thomson
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Days with Sir Roger de Coverley. A reprint from “The Spectator” With illustrations by Hugh Thomson

By [Addison, Joseph & Steele, Sir Richard]

Macmillan and Co. London. 1892. (Third edition) Octavo. 158pp. Tissue guarded engraved frontispiece, further illustrations by Hugh Thomson. Original pictorial cloth, gilt to spine and upper boards. All edges gilt. Green endpapers. Some sporadic foxing, otherwise crisp and bright. Light rubbing to extremities, spotting to lower board.

$40.05

Among Hostile Hordes. A story of the Tai-Ping Rebellion
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Among Hostile Hordes. A story of the Tai-Ping Rebellion

By Marchant, Bessie

Gall and Inglis. London and Edinburgh. nd. [c.1901]. Octavo. 332pp. Frontispiece, 10 further engraved plates. Original pictorial cloth, gilt and black lettering to spine and upper board. Motif to lower board in black. Ffep removed, light ghosting from inscription to verso of frontispiece. Edges spotted, lightly toned. Light rubbing to extremeties. Inscription "J. F. Bishop, Sizecroft Cottage, Kilpeck, Nr Hereford" to verso frontispiece. Bessie Marchant (1862 - 1941) Prolific adventure novelist.

$33.38

Northern Spain
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Northern Spain

By Wigram, Edgar

First edition. Adam and Charles Black. London. 1906. Small quarto. xvi, 311pp + (4) publishers adverts. 75 captioned tissue guarded colour plates, folding map. Original decorative cloth, the design adapted from the façade of the Casa de las Conchas (House of the Shells) at Salamanca, gilt lettering to spine and upper board. Hinges strengthened with paper tape. Endpapers tanned. Minor shelf wear. Printed bookplate "M. Nightingale His Book" with sheaf of corn motif to fep. A nice copy.

$66.76

Russia
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Russia

By Dobson, G., Grove, H. M., Stewart, H.

First edition. A. & C. Black. London. 1913. Royal 8vo. x, 479pp. Colour frontis., 47 further colour plates, 48 monochrome plates, folding map. Original decorative cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Lettering to upper board showing a little shelf wear. Crease to ffep. Light foxing to prelims. Neat inscription to ffep.: "Dorothy Hoare Xmas 1916. from HBM" with faint trace of pencil inscription Xmas 1917. A nice copy.

$100.13

Egyptian Birds
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Egyptian Birds

By Whymper, Charles

First edition. Adam and Charles Black. London. 1909. Small quarto. x, 221, (2)pp. Colour frontispiece plate, 20 further colour plates, all with printed tissue guards. Original decorative cloth, gilt lettering to spine and upper board. Top edge gilt. Endpapers toned. Upper hinge repaired. Occasional light spotting. Some light shelf wear. A nice copy. Ownership inscription in pencil to ffep: "H. Hibberd Burnham Thorpe Rectory" An interesting provenance. Henry Hibberd, Rector of Burnham Thorpe and author of A History of Burnham Thorpe. Lord Nelson's Birthplace. 1937. Lord Nelson was born at The Rectory Burnham Thorpe, his father being Rector there from 1755 – 1803. Henry Hibberd wrote of Nelson's birthplace, "Looking out at the fruit trees, here they still flourish; apple and mulberry". The church has a crucifix and lectern made from wood taken from HMS Victory, and other Nelson memorabilia, including the two HMS Victory medallions recently returned to the church after Henry Hibberd presented them to Kathleen Morris in 1945. 'On 14th June 1944 the Rev. Henry Hibberd, wrote to the Admiralty requesting permission to fly the White Ensign on his church in memory of Nelson. The request was supported by two, probably retired, Admirals, but the Admiralty replied that although they had no authority to refuse the request they would not give it their approval, as it would set a precedent for many other churches that had connections with naval heroes. In October the vicar wrote again asking if the flag flown by Nelson at the Battle of the Nile could be authorised. This was probably in the hope that the Admiralty would be prepared to sanction an obsolete ensign. In January 1945 this also was refused. Hibberd tried again in February writing that he was not asking for permission, but for an indication that the Admiralty did not object.' The church flies an 18th century type White Ensign. fotw.info/flags The Nelson authority Carroll Storrs Alden corresponded with Henry Hibberd from 1928 until Hibberd's death in 1952. Their correspondence is held at the United States Naval Academy.

$66.76

Kashmir
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Kashmir

By Younghusband, Sir Francis Edward

Printed by R. & R. Clark, Limited, Edinburgh for A. & C. Black. London. Octavo (219 x 156mm). 1917 (3rd printing). Title page in red and black. xv, 283pp., (1). Colour frontispiece and 69 further colour plates with printed tissue guards. Folding lithograph map by W. & A. K. Johnston printed in pink and black. Original decorative red cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Hinges repaired. Minor short closed tear to tissue guard to Plate III. A couple of tissue guards toned. A little bubbling to lower board. Slightly bumped and rubbed. Spine slightly faded. Historic bookseller's catalogue slip loosely inserted. Contemporary headed notepaper (unused) from Maidens Hotel, Delhi, printed in red also loosely inserted. A nice bright copy.

$100.13

Mary Howitt. An autobiography. In two volumes.
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Mary Howitt. An autobiography. In two volumes.

By Howitt, Mary & Howitt, Margaret (ed.)

2 volumes. Royal octavo. Wm. Isbister Limited. London. 1889. Two mounted tissue guarded Woodburytype photo frontispieces, 33 illustrations. xviii, (1), 326pp.; ix, (1), 370pp. Half speckled calf, renewed to spines, marbled boards, gilt lettering, rules and floral and foliar edging. Marbled endpapers. Light shelf wear to edges and rubbing to corners. Light spotting to endpapers. A handsome bright crisp set. Mary Howitt (1799-1888) Poet, writer, journalist, translator, editor of numerous books. Wife of William, "The Howitts had been all their lives great wanderers; they would journey for weeks or months at a time, chiefly on foot, through England, Wales, or Scotland, and the Continent, and knew intimately and minutely every place they wrote about. Their literary industry was marvellous, as is shown by appended list of books. Mary Howitt's name was attached, either as author, editor, or translator, to 110 works." (Evelyn Noble Armitage) A beautifully written vivid literary autobiography.

$113.48

The Ingoldsby legends or mirth and marvels. In two volumes. Edited, with notes introductory and illustrative by R.H.Dalton Barham.
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The Ingoldsby legends or mirth and marvels. In two volumes. Edited, with notes introductory and illustrative by R.H.Dalton Barham.

By Ingoldsby, Thomas (Rev Richard Harris Barham)

Two volumes. Octavo. Macmillan and Co. London. 1901. xvii, 427pp; xi, 467pp. 71 engraved plates, (1 folding) 3 text engravings. Half blue grained morocco by Bayntun of Bath. Spines in six compartments with raised bands, gilt lettering and rules. Title pages in red and black. Marbled endpapers. Top edges gilt. Light spotting to frontispieces. Spines sunned. A handsome crisp set.

$200.27

Poetical works
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Poetical works

By Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

Octavo. Henry Frowde. Oxford University Press. London. 1912. viii, 886pp. Tissue guarded frontispiece portrait. Original full calf. Spine in six compartments with raised bands and elaborate gilt tooling. Leather label with gilt lettering. Decorative gilt bordering and gilt edge tooling. Blind inner tooling. Oxford Binders signature to fep. Marbled endpapers, matching marbled edges. Inscription to ffep "Muriel February 2nd 1914".

$53.40

The Ingoldsby legends or mirth and marvels
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The Ingoldsby legends or mirth and marvels

By Ingoldsby, Thomas [Barham, Rev. Richard Harris]

Octavo. Frederick Warne and Co. London. nd. (c.1900) xxiii, 520pp. 18 engraved plates. Later half red grained morocco, spine in six compartments with raised bands, gilt rules and lettering. All edges gilt, corners rounded. Light toning and spotting to frontispiece portrait. Richard Harris Barham (1788-1845) English cleric, a novelist and a humorous poet.

$53.40

The Earth and its Inhabitants. Africa.
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The Earth and its Inhabitants. Africa.

By Reclus, Elisee (Keane, A. H., ed.)

4 volumes. First editions. D. Appleton and Company. New York. 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889. Quarto. vii, 496pp, 5 coloured maps, 38 plates, 136 engraved illustrations; viii, 504pp, 5 coloured maps, 38 plates, 205 engraved illustrations; viii, 512pp, 6 coloured maps, 36 plates, 259 engraved illustrations; vii, 504pp, 5 coloured maps, 38 plates, 147 engraved illustrations. Contemporary green half morocco, spines in six compartments with raised bands, gilt rules, gilt dentelles, and gilt lettering. Marbled endpapers. All edges marbled. A little rubbing to the extremities, a couple of minor marks to boards. Contents are tight, crisp and bright, with no inscriptions. An extremely handsome set of this immense work, rarely seen together in all four volumes. Élisée Reclus (1830 - 1905) Geographer, cartographer, writer and anarchist. Despite being exiled from France after the coup d'état of Napoleon for his political activism, he was awarded the Paris Geographical Society Gold Medal for this work. In 1871 Darwin, Wallace and many others petitioned against his transportation from France. He left France for London, moving to Ireland, and to the USA. [P. Kropotkin. Obituary: Elisée Reclus. The Geographical Journal 26:3, 1905.] Augustus Henry Keane (1833 - 1912) FRGS, FRAI, Irish linguist, geographer, ethnographer, anthropologist, author.

$373.83

A Treatise on the Distortions and Deformities of the Human Body. Exhibiting a concise view of the nature and treatment of the principal malformations and distortions of The Chest, Spine, and Limbs.
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A Treatise on the Distortions and Deformities of the Human Body. Exhibiting a concise view of the nature and treatment of the principal malformations and distortions of The Chest, Spine, and Limbs.

By Beale, Lionel J.

Second edition. John Churchill. London. 1833. Octavo. Title. xv, 325pp, (1), (2)pp ads. 4 litho plates. Text illustrations. Half-title not called for. Later half calf, marbled boards. Spine in six compartments with raised bands, gilt rules, and leather label with gilt lettering. Endpapers renewed. Crease and short closed tear to margin of title page. Marginal tear to last page of ads. Pale historic water stain to gutter margins of plates. Occasional spotting, occasional light marginal pencil, a bright copy. Bookplate of J. R. Kirkup to ffep. From the library of John R. Kirkup FRCS DHMSA of Weston Hill, Weston Park East, Bath. Orthopaedic surgeon, Archivist to British Orthopaedic Association, Hon. Curator Historic Instruments at RCSE, medical historian and author.

$300.40

The Druidical Temples of the County of Wilts
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The Druidical Temples of the County of Wilts

By Duke, Rev. E.

First edition. John Russell Smith. London. W. B. Brodie. Salisbury. 12mo. viii, 203pp. Folding map frontis., folding astronomical plan, folding plan of Avebury. Half morocco, spine in six compartments, with gilt double fillet compartments, embellishment and gilt lettering. Gilt rules to boards. All edges gilt. Silk bookmark. Marbled endpapers. Light spotting to free endpapers. Early handwritten bookseller's catalogue description of this and the cloth copy loosely inserted. A most handsome copy. Edward Duke (1779 - 1852) of Lake House, Wilts. M.A., F.A.S., F.L.S., Antiquary. Friend of Sir Richard Colt Hoare, Richard Fenton, William Cunnington et al. "An astronomical planetarium - a stationary orrery - devised by the ancient astronomers of the land."

$267.02

Tea leaves: being a collection of letters and documents relating to the shipment of tea to the American Colonies in the year 1773, by the East India Tea Company
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Tea leaves: being a collection of letters and documents relating to the shipment of tea to the American Colonies in the year 1773, by the East India Tea Company

By Drake, Francis S.

Subscribers' edition. A.O.Crane. Boston. 1884. Small 4to. clxxxiv, (2) 189-375pp. 20 portraits, 8 illustrations, 50 facsimile autographs. Subscription copy No.24. Original pictorial cloth, gilt lettering to spine, Rubbed to spine. Corners bumped. Lightly toned. Inscribed dedication to Mary Elizabeth Darling from her affectionate brothers George E. and Douglas B. Foster, with associated genealogical material tipped in to fep and ffep, plus genealogical tree of the Foster family of Boston Massachusetts loosely inserted. "Samuel Foster" denoted lightly in pencil on xciii. Mary Elizabeth Darling (maiden name Foster), (1852-1950) Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where many eminent Bostonians including the Foster family moved after March 1776 when the British evacuated Boston. Writer, founder of womens' mutual and intellectual organisations. Wife of the citrus grower, Lorenzo Franklin Darling, of Shamel House, (aka The Haunted House), Arlington Avenue, Riverside, California (originally also of Boston and Nova Scotia). Riverside was founded in 1870 as a utopian colony dedicated to education and culture. Mary Darling had great influence on the development of Riverside. The Mary Elizabeth Darling Collection, Riverside, California.

$166.89

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