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Quick Introduction to Early Bookhands — A King Penguin Book

Fairbank, Alfred.  A book of scripts. [London]: Penguin Books, (1952). 12mo (18.3 cm, 7.125"). 36, [4] pp., 64 pp. of illus.

"A King Penguin." The illustrations, which are labelled as "plates" and printed on both sides of a leaf, identify the illustrated manuscript examples as to place and date of inditement and the current location of the manuscript.
        => A lovely, informative guide to a considerable variety of handwritings both useful and ornamental.

Original illustrated paper over boards, with the dust jacket; small chip to top of book's spine and the d/j's. Otherwise clean and nice.  (41103)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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 Speeches on the government plan of national education, delivered at a public meeting held in the George Street Assembly Rooms, on Monday, the 8th of July 1839. Revised by the speakers. Edinburgh: Thomas Paton, 1839. 8vo. 54 pp.

NSTC 2S33407. Removed from a nonce volume, now in a Mylar folder. Title-page with small inked numeral in upper corner; pages clean.  (41097)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"May the Blessing of Light Be on You"

 An Irish blessing. [Newark, VT: The Janus Press], 1981. 8vo (25.6 cm, 10.1"). [1] f.

A lovely, traditionally-inspired gift from the Janus Press (although not marked as such): A 19-line benediction beautifully set and accompanied on its leaf by => a wood-engraved illustration of birds flying over a field of lilies and roses, with the text printed in slate blue and black and the vignette printed in ochre.
        The slate blue wrapper features, on its front, a small vignette of two birds fluttering against a cross.

Not in Fine, Janus Press 1981–90. Publisher's blue paper wrappers as above, spine and edges lightly sunned; the leaf pristine on its thick creamy paper.  (41101)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


 Fuitte des maltotiers apres Mazarin. Mise en vers burlesques. Par le Sieur Pomphollis. [Paris: 1649]. 4to. 3 pp.

One of a corpus of coruscating political pamphlets — often anonymous — written for and against cardinal and prime minister Jules Mazarin during the highly troubled years of 1648 to 1651, when the Fronde and the king were at odds over questions of taxation, intendants, and lettres de cachet. Civil war and shifting alliances characterized the era: Mazarin was one day the enemy and the next day the ally, depending on one's side. While emphatically not "fine press" productions, a number of the pamphlets did have attractive and era-typical ornaments — initials, head- or tailpieces, and title-page devices.

Moreau 1455. Removed from a nonce volume; inner margin torn with small paper loss, waterstaining.  (41100)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


 Lettre d'un religieux, envoyée a monseigneur le Prince de Condé à S. Germain en Laye. Contenant la verité de la vie & mœurs du Cardinal Mazarin. Avec exhortation audit seignuer prince d'abandonner son party. Paris: Rolin de la Haye, 1649. 4to. 11 pp.

One of a corpus of coruscating political pamphlets — often anonymous — written for and against cardinal and prime minister Jules Mazarin during the highly troubled years of 1648 to 1651, when the Fronde and the king were at odds over questions of taxation, intendants, and lettres de cachet. Civil war and shifting alliances characterized the era: Mazarin was one day the enemy and the next day the ally, depending on one's side. While emphatically not "fine press" productions, a number of the pamphlets did have attractive and era-typical ornaments — initials, head- or tailpieces, and title-page devices.
        => According to the writer "la vie et mœurs" are damnably luxurious.

Moreau 1895. Removed from a nonce volume; waterstaining, and a little old library pencilling.  (41099)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


 Le siege d'Aubervilliers. En vers burlesques. Paris: Mathurin Henault , 1649. 4to. 8 pp.

One of a corpus of coruscating political pamphlets — often anonymous — written for and against cardinal and prime minister Jules Mazarin during the highly troubled years of 1648 to 1651, when the Fronde and the king were at odds over questions of taxation, intendants, and lettres de cachet. Civil war and shifting alliances characterized the era: Mazarin was one day the enemy and the next day the ally, depending on one's side. While emphatically not "fine press" productions, a number of the pamphlets did have attractive and era-typical ornaments — initials, head- or tailpieces, and title-page devices.
        Moreau: "Une imitation pure de l'Agréable récit des barricades."

Moreau 3669. Removed from a nonce volume. Sewing loosening, with waterstaining.  (41098)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Parry, Oliver Randolph.  "Coryell's Ferry" (now New Hope, Bucks County, Pennsylvania) in the revolution. An address delivered before Fort Washington Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. May 21st, 1915. N.p.: The Fanwood Press, 1915. 8vo. Frontis., 24 pp.; 7 plts.

"By Oliver Randolph Parry, largely taken from that by Richard Randolph Parry delivered June 15th 1907," stated on the title-page. Illustrated with a frontispiece, a photographic portrait of the Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and seven additional photographs of historic sites and houses in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Original wrappers; dust-soiled and with a little such soil to front free endpaper. Very good.  (41096)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Critic at Work

Ruskin, John.  Notes on some of the principal pictures exhibited in the rooms of the Royal Academy, and the Society of Painters in Water Colours, etc. No. III.--1857. London: Smith, Elder, & Co. (Pr. by Spottiswoode & Co.), 1857. 8vo. (3)-69 pp.

Third of a series of annual "Notes on the Royal Academy" (1855–9), this issue contains brief descriptions and critiques of numerous paintings. The series was extremely popular with the public but provoked hostility from some artists. DNB says that "Ruskin hoped that certain criticisms passed by him on a friend's picture would ‘make no difference in their friendship.’ ‘Dear Ruskin,’ replied the artist, ‘next time I meet you, I shall knock you down; but I hope it will make no difference in our friendship.'"

NSTC 2R20848. Removed from a nonce volume, now in a marbled paper wrapper. Very good.  (9147)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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An Illustrated Broadside Celebrating a Major Military Victory
       From the Press of a Widow Printer of Madrid

Beer, Cornelius de, artist.  Breve y verdadera descripcion del ynexpvgnable fverte Schencken, como por yndustria de la gente de su M[a]g[esta]d Catolica se gano en 28 de jvlio año 1635. Madrid: por la Viuda de Iuan Gonçalez [Juan Gonzalez, 1635. Folio (39.5 x 25.5 cm, 15.5" x 10"). [1] f.

During the 80 Years War (1566–1648), on the night of 27/28 July 1635, Spanish forces took => the “impregnable” Schenkenschans fort by surprise, overpowering its meager cadre of defenders (120 in total) to capture it. Strategically situated on an island at the confluence of the Rhine and the Waal rivers, it was => one of the most famous “star” forts of the era.
        This illustrated broadside was written and published in Madrid in the flush of that victory. Above a prose description of the history of the fort and the successful Spanish assault on it is => a large two-part engraving of it (20 x 22 cm, 7.75" x 8.625"). The topmost part presents a view of the fort from the far bank of the Rhine and, below that and above the prose, is a birds-eye view. At the very bottom of the sheet is a key to the fort’s principal buildings and the locations important in its taking.
        The attribution of this engraving to Beer is based on the line in it that reads “Vendese en casa de Cornelio de Beer pintor. Enfrente de las Casas del Duque de Lerma.” Beer (1585–1651) was a North Netherlandish painter, engraver (printmaker), publisher, and art dealer.
        The joy of the Spanish surprise success that is embodied here did not last long: Beginning on 30 July and continuing until 30 April of 1636, the occupying Spanish defenders were unable to be reprovisioned by their army and were under continual, merciless bombardment from combined Dutch and French forces. The original 1500-man Spanish garrison of 29 July 1635 had been reduced to 600 when the siege ended and surrender was effected on 30 April of the next year.
        => Searches of NUC, WorldCat, COPAC, and CCPBE locate only the copy in the Biblioteca Nacional de España.

Los Austrias: grabados de la Biblioteca Nacional, 301; Almirante, Biblioteca militar de España, 689; Pohler, Bibliotheca historico-militaris, 248. Tattered and creased in the left margin, old folds; overall, very good condition.  (41070)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Seville Jesuits Pursue Legacies in Mexico, a Woman's Estate Included

(Mata, Martin de la).  Manuscript on paper, in Spanish: A carta de poder. Sevilla: 1692 (4 July). Folio ( ). [3] pp., with a final page blank.

The Jesuit house in Seville wishes to take possession of the legacy situated in Mexico that the late Capt. Martin de la Mata bequeathed to it. Consequently the Jesuits give their full power of attorney to Francisco de Losada, the procurador general of the Society in Mexico.
        The estate holdings in Mexico are in excess of 1,500 ducados de vellón (i.e., about 16,500 reales de plata), including the estate of => Doña Tomasina de Ochoa of which Mata was the executor. Some of the value is in the form of mortgages held in Mexico City.

Removed from a bound volume in very good condition. Written in a clear ecclesiastical notary's hand.  (41089)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"'Ye Nymphs!' He Cry'd, 'Ye Dryads!'"

Lyttelton, George Lyttelton, Baron.  The poetical works of George Lord Lyttelton with additions: To which is prefixed, an account of his life. London: Pr. by C. Whittingham for Cadell and Davies, Longman and Rees, et al., 1801. 8vo (16.4 cm, 6.45"). Engr. title-page, x, [4], 147, [1] pp. (half-title lacking); 4 plts.

Elegant collection of verses from the much esteemed poet-statesman, this edition marking its first appearance from Whittingham's press. The volume features a brief biography of the author, a title-page vignette engraved by J. Collyer after B. West, and => four copperplates engraved by Dadley, Collyer, and Angus after Burney.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with inked inscription of Caroline Duffield, dated Feb. 22, 1830; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.

NSTC L2746. Contemporary treed calf, covers framed in gilt rolls, spine with gilt-stamped red leather title-label and gilt-ruled compartments, turn-ins with gilt roll; leather — sometime shellacked or otherwise "sealed" — showing expectable acid-pitting and crackling, front joint cracked (sewing holding) and leather chipped along back joint, edges and extremities rubbed, spine head chipped. Half-title lacking. Two leaves each with short tear from upper margin, not touching text. Pages lightly age-toned, with minor offsetting from plates; minor foxing to plates. => A dignified and attractive copy, reflecting an 18th-century aesthetic.  (41042)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 Life and death of Tom Careless, to which is added, the history of Will Worthy & Nancy Wilmot. London: Pr. & sold by Howard & Evans, 42 Long Lane, West-smithfield; sold also by J. Burditt, 60, Paternoster-row, n.d. (ca. 1802?). 12mo. 8 pp.

Two tales of death, told in verse, fill this chapbook, the title-page of which has a woodcut of Tom's death bed in his bare garret. Had he worked harder he would have died in better surroundings.

Uncut and on blue paper. Removed from a bound volume. Very good copy.  (8430)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

United States. National Archives.  [cover title] United States scientific geographical exploration of the Pacific basin, 1783 - 1899. [Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1961]. Folio. 26 pp.

Exhibition catalogue in illustrated wrappers and with one interior illustration only (plus a photograph at rear of the National Archives), "prepared for the Tenth Science Congress, meeting in Honolulu, August 21, through September 6, 1961." Stunning exhibition of manuscript accounts and manuscript maps relating to the Pacific during the first 100 years of U.S. exploring in that region, here represented in modest format..

Original printed and illustrated wrappers, pencilling and an inked circled numeral to front cover.  (41087)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Deluge Delineated & a Library Located

Babylonian Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania.  The Babylonian Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania. Series D, Researches and treatises. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1910. 8vo. Frontis., x, 65, [1] pp., 2 plts.

Edited by H.V. Hilprecht. Offered here is Volume V, fascicle I, printing "The earliest version of the Babylonian deluge story and the temple library of Nippur." Illustrated with a frontispiece and two plates.

Uncut, unopened copy in original wrappers; wrappers discolored in certain areas, back one probably from a newspaper clipping, Interior clean, very good.  (34322)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Moore's St. Nicholas: The Night Before Christmas

Moore, Clement Clarke; Mary C. Ogden, illus.  A visit from St. Nicholas. [New York: Time, Inc., 1951]. 8vo (17.8 cm, 7"). [16] pp.; col. illus.

Calligraphed and illustrated in 1855 by Mary Clarke Moore Ogden, daughter of the author, as a gift for her husband John Doughty Ogden, this charming rendition of the classic Christmas poem appears here in an attractive photographic facsimile published by Life in December of 1951.

Ribbon-tied in original color-printed wrappers. Age-toned with some minor creasing and light edgewear; first two leaves with short tear from outer margin.  (41058)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Four Tiny, Lovely Fairy Tales — Brightly Illustrated & in Their Box

Chatelain, Clara de.  The Lilliputian library. London: A.N. Myers & Co., [1850]. 16mo (8.7 cm, 3.4"). 4 vols. I: 54 pp.; 2 col. plts. II: 39, [1] pp.; 2 col. plts. III: 46 pp.; 2 col. plts. IV: 46 pp.; 2 col. plts.

A set of sparkling baubles: Four original, utterly charming fairy tales from a prolific and popular Victorian author, in their first editions and presented in child-sized (near-miniature) fancy dress form. Madame de Chatelain here offers Babyland, The Night Laundresses, Pot-Luck, and Up! Horsie!, all of which are engagingly written — and morally instructive without being tediously or overtly pedagogical. The present examples are actually the F. Fechner productions printed in Guben in 1850, but bear affixed paper labels bearing the imprint of A.N. Myers & Co. (undated).
        These little gems are beautifully and brightly illustrated: Each story features two hand-colored lithographed plates, touched up by hand with gum arabic or egg white to enhance the vivid colors.
        Bindings: Each in different metallic-patterned glazed cloth with embossed flower applied to front cover, housed in publisher's pale pink moiré paper–covered box.
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabels ("AHA") at rear.

Welsh 1745-8; Opie V 23 (describing a three-volume set with two vols. matching). Not in Gumuchian, not in Osborne. Bindings as above, virtually unworn save for small chips to some spine extremities; box faded, edges rubbed, an embossed lozenge on one side now mostly lacking. A few pages with minor foxing, most clean. => A delightful set, seldom seen intact.  (41052)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Company.  The memorial and petition of the president and directors of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Company, to the honorable senate and house of representatives of the United States, in Congress assembled January 10, 1807. [Philadelphia: 1807]. 12mo. 6, 18 pp.

The directors of the canal company once again address themselves to the legislature of Pennsylvania in hopes of restarting the money flowing into the canal project. Appended is a reprinting of the company's "Memorial and Petition" to the state originally presented 1 December 1805.
        Evidence of Readership: Marginal markings in pencil identify portions of interest; one mark of interrogation.

Not in Shaw & Shoemaker. Library pamphlet binder; five-digit number on title-page as is some pencil and ink writing. Two holes in first three leaves, costing a few letters (not sense). Annotations as above. A good copy.  (41086)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

American Catholicism 1829

Baltimore (ecclesiastical province). Council, 1st, 1829.  Pastoral letter of the most reverend the Archbishop of Baltimore, and the other right reverend and very reverend prelates of the Roman Catholic Church of the United States, in council assembled at Baltimore, in October, 1829.... Baltimore: James Myers, 1829. 8vo. 29, [1 (blank)] pp.

Concerns the status of Catholicism in the U.S. — its gains and the calumnies heaped upon it.
        Provenance: Ex–Georgetown (Riggs) Library copy, with that institution's old stamps ("withdrawn").

Parsons 1015; Shoemaker 38090. Sewn in original printed paper wrappers, these with chips, a dog-ear, and some spots of discoloration, now separated from the textblock; front wrapper with inked numeral in upper margin. Ex–Georgetown, as above; interior with foxing, dog-ears, light staining, and one printer's blot.  (41085)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

First Grammar & Vocabulary of This African Language?

Wilson, John Leighton.  A grammar of the Mpongwe language, with vocabularies. New York: Snowden & Prall, printers, 1847. 8vo (22.5 cm, 9"). 94 pp., 2 fold. tables.

One of the first books printed in the Mpongwe dialect of the Myene language spoken by a small group of Bantus living in Gabon. It is also almost certainly the => first published grammar of any dialect of this African language. According to the 1848 report of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, John Leighton Wilson was chiefly responsible for preparing it for publication.
        Wilson, a South Carolinian, was educated in New York City, and he and his wife, Jane Bayard Wilson, were the first missionaries sent to West Africa by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. They were first settled at Cape Palmas, Liberia, working among the Grebo, but in 1842 moved to Gabon and worked among the Mpongwe. Ill health forced their return to the us in 1850, never to return to Africa.
        The two folding tables are printed on very thin tissue or "tracing"-like paper. In addition to the grammar and the vocabularies the is also => a printing of the parable of the prodigal son in Mpongwe with a literal translation into English done interlinearly.
        Provenance: Deaccessioned from the Bowdoin College library.

Publisher's marbled paper covered boards, brown leather shelfback, original title label on front board; light abrasions only, and some soiling to label. Browning to endpapers, some chipping and crinkling to edges and corners, intermittent spotting and soiling; ex-library with partially removed bookplate on front pastedown, embossed stamps on title-leaf and two others, no other markings.  (41081)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

TOYS Ancient & Modern for Indian Children — Inscribed by the Illustrator

Dongerkery, Kamala S.; Mrs. A.B. Schwarz, illus.  A journey through Toyland. Bombay: Popular Book Depot, 1954. 8vo (25.4 cm, 10"). Frontis., xvii, [3], 118, [2 (blank)] pp.; 8 plts., illus.

Perhaps "the first book on toys published in India," according to the publisher: an authoritative look at the history of Indian children's playthings, written by a cultural historian with a focus on promoting international understanding and world peace. Almost every page bears a vignette printed in ochre, and each of the eight full-page illustrations is printed on a different-colored background.
        This copy bears an affixed slip noting that "this book has been awarded the first prize by the government of India in September 1955 in the category of 'illustrated books' published since Independence," and has additionally been => warmly inscribed by the illustrator — with a note in the illustrator's hand labelling this the "1st copy."

Publisher's mauve cloth–covered boards, front cover and spine printed in rose, in original color-printed dust jacket; boards sprung, spine and front cover sunned, jacket spine and edges sunned with one short tear. Front free endpaper with bookplate as above and with later pencilled annotation; title-page with inscription as above, dated London, 1956. First and last few leaves with minor cockling or a very little foxing; one leaf with minor staining in lower margin. => An attractive and interesting production.  (41080)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Buffon's Natural History in the "Short" Version: Four Volumes,
       "Upwards of Four Hundred Engravings on Wood"

Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de; John Wright, ed.  Buffon's natural history of the globe and of man; beasts, birds, fishes, reptiles, and insects. London: Printed for T.T. & J. Tegg (by C. Whittingham at the Chiswick Press), 1833. 12mo (16.8 cm, 6.6"). 4 vols. I: vi, 463, [1] pp.; illus. II: [2], 492 pp.; illus. III: [2], 476 pp.; illus. IV: [2], 470 pp.; illus.

Buffon was widely admired by the public for his numerous scientific publications, although his disagreement with the church's position on the age of the earth and his musings on the connections between men and apes did not earn him much support from contemporary scholars. His Histoire Naturelle, originally published in 15 volumes, is given here in an abridged rendition more suitable for "the rising generation" (p. vi), with additional material adapted "from the writings of . . . Cuvier, Lacépède and other eminent naturalists," and also with "Elements of Botany." Wright first published his version in 1831; this second Chiswick Press printing features => over 400 wood-engraved illustrations of birds, animals, and denizens of various lands, along with the title-page vignettes done by John Thompson after William Harvey.
        Binding: Contemporary dark red textured roan, covers with gilt-stamped foliate cartouches; spines with gilt-stamped title, band decorations, and volume number; spines gently sunned and scuffed, board edges and extremities rubbed. All edges gilt.
        Provenance: Inked ownership inscriptions of Clara Gibbons, one dated 1850; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabels ("AHA") at rear.

NSTC 2L8393. This ed. not in Osborne. Vols. I and II with Gibbons inscription on front pastedown, vol. III on title-page, vol. IV without inscription; front hinge (inside) of vol. III starting from head, with text block pulling. Gentle age-toning, occasional light spotting; title-pages mildly foxed; a few leaves in vol. II affected by small spot of staining in upper margins, two of those leaves with resulting adhesion and loss of perhaps ten words (total). Pages overall clean. => A very nice set on shelf and in hand.  (41038)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Hand-Printed, Hand-Colored, Hand-Signed
       Native-American + Jewish Traditions

Rothenberg, Jerome.  Seneca journal I. A poem of beavers. Mt. Horeb, WI: The Perishable Press, 1973. 8vo (26.8 cm, 10.5"). [4] pp., 6 ff., [4] pp.

Striking fine press printing of a poem by Rothenberg that incorporates both Native American and Jewish imagery. Walter Hamady, proprietor of the => Perishable Press, spent five months crafting this edition; according to his colophon, "all of these various Japanese text papers were used because 1) we were not in production of our own Shadwell at starting time & 2) it was very difficult to get any good handmade in quantity & thus the edition is small . . . The title-page is hand-colored mostly on whim and was impossible to make more than one alike."
        This is numbered copy 71 of only 97 hand-printed on several different types of Japanese paper; it was => signed by the poet across from Marta Anderson's hand-colored drawing on the title-page. The poem is bound in Shadwell textured cream-grey wrappers printed with "Old Man Beaver's Blessing Song " (calligraphed by Bettye Lou Bennett) in brown on the front and with the title in cream on the back.

Two Decades of Hamady & the Perishable Press, 58. Binding as above. A clean, fresh copy.  (41059)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"In Former Times, in the Warmest of Climes, a Gentleman Gloried in Several Crimes"

Bayley, Frederic William Naylor; Alfred Crowquill, illus.  Blue Beard. London: W.S. Orr & Co., [ca. 1842]. 8vo (17.7 cm, 7"). [4], 47, [3] pp.; 13 plts.

"With illustrations, humorous and numerous": Based on Perrault's fairy tale, Bayley's comic rhymed version of the story of the violent bridegroom is => illustrated with 13 full-page tinted wood-engraved plates by "Alfred Crowquill" (pseudonym of Alfred Henry Forrester), as well as in-text vignettes engraved on wood by Henry Vizetelly after Crowquill's designs. The title "BLUE BEARD" is rendered in blue on the title-page, and the plates' images are rendered on pale blue and green backgrounds; the bloody key on the title-page has been hand-colored red.
        This is an uncommon, early standalone edition, from the "Comic Nursery Tales" series (under which banner it also appeared with Beauty and the Beast and Robinson Crusoe).
        Binding: Publisher's color-printed tan pictorial paper–covered boards, simply rebacked with plain paper. All edges gilt.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with early inked ownership inscription of Mi[chael?] H. Beague; later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Osborne Collection, p. 21; Opie C 748; NSTC 2B12476; Gumuchian, 489. Bound as above, sides darkened, extremities rubbed; back cover with spots of discoloration. Title-page with tiny spot of paper adhesion from frontispiece (resulting absence to frontispiece image is unobtrusive). Pages with a very few scattered spots of faint foxing, otherwise clean. => A nice copy, seemingly all but untouched by childish hands.  (41044)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The History of Japan, for French Students — Prize Copy

Charlevoix, Pierre Francois-Xavier de.  Histoire et description du Japon. Tours: A. de Mame & Cie., 1839. 12mo (18.2 cm, 7.16"). Frontis., add. engr. t.-p., [4], 308 pp.; 2 plts.

First edition under the banner of the "Bibliothèque de la jeunesse chrétienne" series, published with the approval of the Archbishop of Tours. Written by a Jesuit professor and explorer, this treatise on Japan began as a history of Christianity in that country, and was first published as such in 1715 before being revised and significantly expanded for a new edition in 1736. The present, still-further revised account of the country, its history, and its people is illustrated with an engraved frontispiece by Rubierre ("Entrée solennelle des Ambassadeurs Japonnais à Rome"), a title-page vignette depicting the author preaching to Japanese listeners, and two other religiously themed plates (a prince destroying an idol, and Japanese Christians being martyred on crosses).
        A search of WorldCat shows => no U.S. institutional holdings of this 1839 first edition.
        Provenance: Prize copy, front pastedown with presentation bookplate from the "Pension des Dames de l'Adoration Perpétuelle, Place du Champ-de-Mars," marking the volume's award to Mlle. Aldonza Boitard in 1839. Most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Cordier, Bibliotheca Japonica, 425; DeBacker-Sommervogel, II, 1075–76. Contemporary diced green roan, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label; leather rubbed and darkened with back cover also spotted, lower front board edge and text block fore-edge dented. Presentation bookplate as above. Lower margin of added engraved title-page chipped, not affecting image or text; pagination repeats in one section with text being nonetheless complete and properly ordered. Intermittent foxing, soiling, some corners creased. => Worn and used; still a solid and worthwhile example of a scarce item.  (41039)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Birch's Fables with a CRUIKSHANK SKETCH as Bonus

Birch, John; Robert Cruikshank, illus.  Fifty-one fables, with moral and ethical index. London: Hamilton, Adams & Co. (pr. by S. Bagster, Jr.), 1833. 8vo (21.6 cm, 8.5"). [4], 251, [1] pp.; 52 plts., illus.

First edition and with a Cruikshank autograph note including a small sketch mounted to front fly-leaf. "Will you please to send more fables?" Cruikshank provided designs for => 85 wood engravings, executed by Slader, D. Dodd, S. Williams, Bonner, and others. Each fable opens with one plate and many close with a vignette, the in-text vignettes offering more updated, contemporary representations of the classical morals — such as the well-dressed => "arrogant Pharisee" assaulting a beggar directly underneath a sign reading "Next Sunday a charity sermon."
        The fables are followed by a newly revised translation of Plutarch's "Banquet of the Seven Sages."
        Binding: 19th-century calf framed in triple gilt fillets with gilt-tooled corner fleurons, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-stamped compartment decorations, board edges with gilt dot roll, turn-ins with gilt floral and foliate rollAll edges gilt. => Signed by S. Kaufmann.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with the charming "Ex libris fabulae" bookplate of Gordon Thaxter Banks, an eminent book dealer, appraiser, and member of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Rebacked preserving original spine; joints rubbed and both covers scratched (notably at tops); volume solid. Frontispiece and title-page each with small edge chip; pages gently age-toned, with occasional small spots of mild foxing. => A book worth having, with that note and sketch and interesting provenance to boot.  (40841)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


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