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The First Illustrated Catholic Bible Printed in America

Bible. English. 1805. Douai.  The Holy Bible, translated from the Latin Vulgat ... The Old Testament first published by the English College at Doway, A.D. 1609, and the New Testament first published at the English College at Rhemes, A.D. 1582 ... Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1805. 4to (28 cm, 11"). [3] ff., 772 pp. ; 214 pp., [6] ff., 3 maps (2 fold.), 10 engr. plts.

This first illustrated Catholic Bible printed in America is also only the second printing of the Douai-Rheims Bible in the United States overall, and in its text it differs from the first chiefly in being a reprinting of the Rev. Troy's fifth Dublin (1791) edition, which in its turn was a revision of Dr. Challoner's version. The first American Douai (Philadelphia, 1790) had been taken from the second edition of Challoner's Bible (1763–64).
        Both the first and this second American Catholic Bible are rare. Rumball-Petre says of the 1790 edition that "As of the year 1954 only 35 copies this rare Bible have been traced as extant in public and private collections,” but, frankly, that is a very old estimate and there are more copies now known. However, its rarity is real and its demand significant: Copies only occasionally appear at auction and the last one auctioned, in 2016, brought $28,800. Of this second, first illustrated edition, fewer than two dozen American libraries report ownership, as per WorldCat. => This is only the second copy that we have ever offered for sale, and we have long specialized in rare Bibles.
        There are two issues of this edition: one with 8 plates and 3 maps and the issue offered here with 10 plates (all in the New Testament) and 3 maps. The maps are the same in both issues but only one plate is shared by the two issues.

Parsons 271; O'Callaghan 75–76, issue 2 (no priority assigned); Hills 120; Herbert 1481; Rumball-Petre 180; Shaw & Shoemaker 7991; Finotti 34–37; Clarkin 482. Contemporary sheep, expertly rebacked with old spine label preserved and laid on; new endpapers. Expectable age-toning and less than expectable spotting, with leaves pre-Genesis and a few random others browned; folding frontispiece map with old water- and dampstaining, general title and next few leaves showing this also but in much lower degrees, and last two leaves ("Table") tattered at edges not approaching text. The plates show the expectable age-toning and, almost entirely in their margins, the expectable foxing of their age and nature, but the latter does not affect the appeal of the illustrations. => This is a decidedly acceptable, presentable, and treasurable copy of a very rare American Catholicum.  (41017)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Updating the Catholic Marriage Ceremony

Catholic Church. Liturgy & ritual.  Broadside, begins: Benedictio nuptiarum. [Mexico: No publisher/printer, ca. 1770]. Folio (31.5 cm, 12.25"). [1] p.

Printed in double-column format in roman and italic type, this single-page production shows a mid-18th-century change to the marriage service and is => essentially a cancel to be inserted into the liturgy book. The place and date of its publication is based on typography and the watermark.
        This scarce example of job printing for the Church is not located in the standard bibliographies and NUC and WorldCat locate => only one copy worldwide, at the Bridwell Library.

Not in Medina, Mexico, nor González de Cossío, Cien, González de Cossío, 510. Age-toned, edges variously with tattering; some dust-soiling, a light waterstain, and later creasing.  (41010)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Giving Smiths Access to Silver & Gold in the Viceregal Mint

Revilla Gigedo, Juan Vicente Güemes Pacheco de Padilla, Conde de.  Broadside begins: Don Juan Vicente de Guemez ... virrey, gobernador y capitan general de Nueva Espana ... Por quanto habiendose dado cuenta a S.M. con el grave recomendable expediente sobre diversas solicitudees de los plateros, batiojas y tiradores de oro ... [Mexico: No publisher/printer, 1791, 9 June]. Folio extra (41.5 cm, 16.375 ). [1] f.

Viceroy Revilla Gigedo promulgates a royal decree abolishing several past edicts limiting access to the stores of silver and gold in the viceregal mint and here allows silver- and goldsmiths to obtain, with certain limits and requirements, the metals they need for their work.
        The printer has opened the text here with a rather nice 5-line initial "P."
        NUC and WorldCat locate only one library (National Library of Spain) reporting ownership of the actual broadside, but we know of another in the National Library of Chile.

Medina, Mexico, 8091. As issued, with a later horizontal fold. One small wormhole through the folded document, touching one one letter in each half.  (41008)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Instituting Basic Accountability in the Transportation of Gold & Silver

Croix, Carlos Francisco de Croix, marqués de.  Broadside, begins: D. Carlos Francisco de Croix ... virrey, gobernador, y capitan general del reyno de Nueva-Espana ... Sin embargo de que por leyes y reales disposiciones esta justamente prevenido que las platas se conduzcan con los despachos ... [Mexico: No publisher/printer, 1766, 15 December]. Folio extra (38 cm, 15"). [1] p.

Wishing to avoid fraud in the transportation of minted coins and gold and silver ingots en route to Veracruz, Acapulco, and other internal destinations, the viceroy requires all such shipments now, for the first time (!!!), to have a bill of lading stating the number of coins and ingots, their value, and where they are destined. Further the bill must be signed by a mint official and by the individual responsible for transporting the metal.

Not in Medina, Mexico, nor González de Cossío, Cien, González de Cossío, 510. As issued, one later horizontal fold. Worming touching four letters, a dark stain in a very slender stripe across parts(only) of the top edge, a clean and good copy.  (41009)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Women, Escape "the Thralldom of Aches & Pains & 'Weaknesses'"
       Explicit & "Anti-Corsetry" Plate Booklets Present

Kellogg, John Harvey.  Ladies' guide in health and disease. Girlhood, maidenhood, wifehood, motherhood. Battle Creek, MI; Chicago; New York: Modern Medicine Publishing Co., 1893. 8vo (22.7 cm, 8.94"). Frontis., [4], 673, [1] pp.; 17 (2 double-sided) col. plts., 1 "dissected" plt., 2 plts.; 17 col. plts. & 10 plts. in separate booklets.

Famed for co-creating corn flakes breakfast cereal and for promoting vegetarianism, sexual abstinence, and the liberal use of enemas, the chief medical officer of the Battle Creek Sanitarium here offers a straightforward (for its era) and in some ways highly progressive (again, for its era) discussion of women's health at all stages of life, focusing on developing "a higher type of womanhood" (p. iii), one free from unnecessary invalidism and susceptibility to disease. Kellogg denounces corseting, unsurprisingly, and also condemns the extreme differences in treatment of little boys and girls, which resulted in the latter becoming both mentally and physically but poor shadows of the vibrant women they might have been. Although staunchly opposed to birth control and abortion, he also insists on married women's freedom from unwanted "marital excesses": "Of all the rights to which a woman is entitled, that of the custody of her own body is the most indubitable" (p. 341).
        This is an early edition, following the first of 1883. The volume => opens with an eye-catching, precisely layered, cut-away plate of "the dissected human body," and is additionally illustrated with => 20 other plates, most color-printed and some double-sided. Contained in a rear pocket are =>TWO stapled booklets containing "extra" plates, one offering 17 anatomically explicit, color-printed images intended to accompany the text, and another containing 10 plates illustrating "natural grace and symmetry unspoiled by the deforming influences of fashionable dress" via photographs of "Arabic girls" in dancing costume and women (some bare-breasted) from central Africa, Sudan, Congo, and Samoa.

Not in Garrison & Morton. Publisher's pebbled brown cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped decorative title and blind-stamped floral decorations, spine likewise; binding cocked, spine and extremities rubbed, front cover with small scuff. All edges marbled. Pages slightly age-toned with occasional small smudges; a few corners dog-eared. Upper edge of back pocket with short tear. => An attractive production of an interesting work, with "extra bits."  (40940)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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One of the Few Broadsides Printed in Nahuatl during the Colonial Era

Venegas, Francisco Javier.  Broadside, begins: Don Francisco Xavier Venegas ... Teniente General de los Reales Exercitos, Virey, Gobernador ... de esta N. E. ... Ayamo moyolpachihuitia in Totlatocatzin Rey D. Fernando VII. [Mexico: No publisher/printer, 1810]. Folio (42.3 cm, 16.25"). [1] p.

Publications in Nahuatl, the indigenous imperial language of Mexico, were not uncommon in the colonial era. The first came off the press of Juan Pablos, the earliest known printer in the New World, in 1543, but virtually all were meant to be used by Spaniards either wishing to learn the language or interacting with the indigenous population either as catechizers, confessors, or bosses. => The notable exception to the rule were the broadside decrees that were published for promulgation to the Indians during the war of independence. Two were issued by Viceroy Venegas in 1810 shortly after he arrived in New Spain: They were an effort to quell the recently declared Hidalgo revolt. The present one, which alludes to the revolt, announces an end to the required payment of tribute by Mexico's Indians and is a printing in Mexico of a decree that the Regency had issued in Spanish on 26 May. At the same time it is a plea for donations from the Indians to fight the French!
        This broadside also importantly marks the end of the 40-year ban on the use of Nahuatl in official publications. Venegas adds (in translation): "And so every one may know the king's desires, and so they may be realized, we order this decree be promulgated everywhere in the Mexican language, the Otomí language, and every other Indian language." No examples of its publication in those other indigenous languages have been found.
        => The broadside was not intended to be read by the natives, most of whom were illiterate, but rather was to be read by Nahuatl-speaking town criers.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only four U.S. libraries (UC-San Diego, Lilly, John Carter Brown, and Cushing at Texas A&M) reporting ownership.

Garritz, Impresos novohispanos, 914; Medina, Mexico, 10533; Torres Lanzas 2609; Ugarte, Obras escritas en lenguas indigenas de Mexico, 421; H. de León-Portilla, Tepuztlahcuilolll, 2812. See also: Mark Morris, "Language in Service of the State: The Nahuatl Counterinsurgency Broadsides of 1810," in Hispanic American Historical Review 87:3 (2007), pp. 433–70. Removed from a bound volume, printed on pale blue paper. Two tears in text area with old repair. => The bottom margin shows the faintly visible transfer from another copy of the broadside while wet and stacked in the print shop!  (41014)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Attractively Printed for a Private Individual
       An Unrecorded Broadside

Moreno, Jose Manuel.  Broadside, begins: Tabla de las fiestas movibles. Puebla: Impressa en la Imprenta de Christoval de Ortega, 1761. Folio (38.5 cm, 15.25"). [1] p.

Bachiller Moreno, a citizen of Veracruz, compiled this chart of the moveable feasts of the Catholic Church for the years 1761 through 1816 and had it printed in Puebla, with a very handsome ornamental border, by the son of the founders of the Ortega printing dynasty. => It represents a very uncommon type of job printing, done as it was for a private individual rather than a guild or government entity.
        The best account of the Ortega family and its typographic history is in Marina Garone Gavier's work cited below.
        Unrecorded in the bibliographic record: Not in NUC, WorldCat, CCILA, Medina, Gavito, etc.

Not in Medina, Puebla; not in Gavito, Adiciones a la Imprenta en la Puebla. Marina Garone Gavier, Historia de la imprenta y tipografia colonial en Puebla de los Angeles (1642–1821), pp. 306–73. Removed from a bound volume. A tear into the text repaired from the rear without loss. Very good.  (41013)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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A Sodality Open Equally to Men & Women — A Very Handsome Certificate

San Sebastián Martir [Atzacoalco]. Parish. Mexico.  [drop-title] Patente de la congregación fundada en la parrochia del inclyto Martyr S. Sebastian de Mexico ... Mexico: No publisher/printer, ca. 1760]. Folio (31 cm, 12.5"). [2] ff.

On 4 April 1761 Juana Maria Francisca Altamira joined this sodality founded in the parish of San Sebastian Martir in Mexico City. She paid her 25 pesos and was given this very handsome 3-page certificate of membership.
        On its first page is the Patent establishing the organization's "contract," which is the usual one in such cases: Members contribute money and, upon their deaths, the congregación will take care of their funeral expenses and the corresponding masses. Much less "as usual," => this sodality accepts women, while also noting that it doesn't admit elderly people, pregnant women, or sick people.
        The second and third pages establish the indulgences that are to be given to the members of the sodality. On the blank back of the third page, a manuscript note records it that the owner of this patent has died and that a payment of 25 pesos was made to her family.
        The elegant and elaborate first, "Patente" page is bordered on three sides by printer's ornaments and above the main text, within these, is => an exquisite large engraving by Jose Morales of Mary flanked by two male saints, St. Sebastian with his arrows (on her left) and St. Joseph with his blooming staff (on her right). Above her in a cloud is Christ with a chalice and holding the Host.

Minor worm meander in all leaves in one small area affecting the engraving and a small portion of the interior text. => Very good condition, with all manuscript additions legible (including signatures) and with the paper seal intact.  (41002)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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A Very Early Mexican Notarial Form

Mexican notarial form.  Carta de poder. [Mexico: Pedro Ocharte, before 9 October 1565]. Folio (31.5 cm, 12.5"). [1] f.

This leaf contains one notarial form, extending from the recto onto the verso. The characteristics of the recto are: Type face: gothic. Imprint area: 220 x 153 mm. Number of lines of text: 35. First line: Sepan quantos esta carta vieren como yo First line of main text: paraque por mi y en mi nombre podays pedir y demandar auer recebir y cobrar Last line: quieran mi presencia o mas especial poder Otrosi vos doy este dicho poder para Blanks: at end of line 1. Blank space between lines 1 & 2: 49 mm.
        The specifications of the verso are: Imprint area: 42 x 153 mm. Number of lines of text: 9. First line: que vuestro lugar y minombre podays hazer et sostituyr este poder en vna per Last line: la clausula judicium sisti iudicatum con sus clausulas acostumbradas Blanks: at the end of lines 4 & 9 and the beginning of 5.
        The document was sworn in Puebla on 11 December 1565, before the notary Juan de Bedoya, and in it Francisco Guilen, a citizen of Puebla, gives his power of attorney to Hernando de RIbas, a resident in Veracruz.
        Valton (see below) attributed this formulary to Juan Pablos. It bears no relation to the examples of his job printing that we have seen; it does, however, bear => the hallmarks of Ocharte's craftsmanship. The date of this form's printing is based on the exemplar in the Beinecke Library at Yale, where the earliest manuscript date on the carta is 9 October 1565. Assignment of printer is based on types and ornaments.
        => An excellent, early example of Mexican job printing, with the earliest known example of such job printing having been dated in manuscript in 1562.

Szewczyk & Buffington, 39 Books and Broadsides Printed in America before the Bay Psalm Book, 6 (for the exemplar now at Yale), fully illustrated. Appears to be Carpenter's type 4, attributed by Valton to Juan Pablos. See: Carpenter, A Sixteenth Century Broadside from the Collection of Emilio Valton, and also see, Juan Pascoe, Tratado breve sobre un formulario notarial, which is a study of a different copy of this precise notarial form (which, unfortunately, had its manuscript completion misdated as being 1562 when it is in fact 1566). Removed from a bound volume and slightly tattered in inner margin. One worm hole (pinhole type) in lower blank margin. => A very good example of Ocharte's job printing and an attractive one, with its manuscript completions both bold and legible.  (41005)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Ocharte Job Printing Using Roman Type

Notarial form.  Carta de poder. [Mexico: Pedro Ocharte, before 15 March 1590]. Folio (31.5 cm, 12.5"). [1] f.

This leaf contains one notarial form, extending from the recto onto the verso. The characteristics of the recto are: Type face: roman. Imprint area of recto: 256 x 140 mm. Number of lines of text: on recto 33. Woodcut initial is Valton type D. First line: Sepan quantos esta carta vieren como yo First line of main text: Generalmente, para en todos mis pleytos, causas ynegocios ceuiles y Last line of recto: cias judiciales que co[n]uegan de se hazer; aunque sean de calidad que Blank space between lines 1 & 2: 63 mm.
        The characteristics of the verso are: Type face: roman. Imprint area: 42 x 153 mm. Number of lines of text: 9. First line of verso: pa[ra] ello se reqiera, y deua auer otro mi mas especial poder y ma[n]dado Last line of verso mi persona y bienes anidos [sic, for auer] y por auer.
        The document was sworn in Mexico on 15 March 1594, before the notary Alonso Santres (??) , and in it Juan Gracia Barranco, a citizen of Puebla but visiting Mexico City, gives his power of attorney to Lope de la Carrera, also a citizen of Puebla, who was not present, to buy in his name gold, silver, and other things as he sees fit.
        Valton (see below) attributed this formulary to Pedro Ocharte and the woodcut "S" is of the style of woodcut initials he used in various books.
        The earliest known example of such job printing was dated in manuscript in 1562.

Carpenter, A Sixteenth Century Broadside from the Collection of Emilio Valton, #26. Removed from a bound volume and moderately tattered in inner margin. Worming in margins occasionally extending into the text area. => A very good example of Ocharte's job printing, with one of the classic initials.  (34746)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Fairyland by "the Mouth of Tappan Bay, Just Above the Little Town of Nyack"

Cone, Spencer Wallace; Jacob A. Dallas, illus.  The child's book of fairy tales. Philadelphia: G.G. Evans, 1860. 8vo (19.4 cm, 7.64"). Col. frontis., add. engr. col. t.-p., 223, [1], 22 (adv.) pp.; 8 col. plts.

Containing "Little Tom Grubb and His Wonderful Dog," "The Magic Tea-Pump of the Island of the Manahattoes," "Patty and Her Pitcher," "Tiny and Her Vanity," "The Giant and the Dwarf," "The Selfish Man," "Peter and His Goose," and "The Giant Hands." The first two stories, taken from Cone's book The Fairies in America, are => set in and around New York City; this marks their second appearance in combination with the other pieces here, following the first of 1859.
        The stories are => illustrated with a total of ten hand-colored, wood-engraved plates, some of which are signed N. Orr Co., done after designs by Jacob A. Dallas. The added engraved title-page reads "The Fairies in Council," giving the same date and publication information as the main title-page.
        Binding: Publisher's dark green textured cloth, covers blind-stamped with publisher's "GGE" shield, spine with gilt-stamped fairy-surrounded decorative title and a large harp-playing fairy in lower portion.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with inked inscription of Maggie Tarlsbury, dated 1862.

Binding cocked, gently worn overall with small closed tear to back cover cloth, gilt dimmed yet still pleasing. Front pastedown with bookseller's ticket of Hudson Taylor, Washington City; inscription as above. Pages age-toned, with a few very short edge tears not extending into text and occasional small spots. => Early printings of this collection, with its graceful bows to American children, are now scarce.  (40996)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Written, Owned, & Used by American Women

Lloyd, Ella Bentley.  Grandma's cook book. Portsmouth, OH: Keystone Press, 1900. 8vo (20.3 cm, 7.99"). 202, [6 (adv.)] pp.

First edition: Cookery from an Ohio woman who dedicated the book to "my dear children," offering dishes "such as our mothers made of yore" along with somewhat more contemporary fare. Several preliminary and final leaves bear affixed recipes both clipped from newspapers and handwritten; text pages and internal blank leaves (intended for this use) also feature neatly hand-inked additions including oyster pie, sand tarts, "salad dressing without oil," and "Bran Muffins or health food" — with => most of the handwritten recipes including notes as to their provenance, and attributed dates ranging from 1879 through 1912. This first edition is now uncommon, with a search of WorldCat showing => only one reported U.S. institutional holding (Ohio State University).
        Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Mrs. John Peebles of Portsmouth, OH; front free endpaper with inked inscription of Mary D. Willcox of Lawrenceville, NJ (dated 1906).

Brown, Culinary Americana, 3725 (giving second ed. only); not in Cagle & Stafford. Publisher's oilcloth-covered boards, front cover with title stamped in blue; binding shaken and dust-soiled, cloth cracked along joints. Pages age-toned with occasional small spots of staining; two inked spelling corrections and one recipe quantity correction. => Visually unprepossessing, but content-wise a treasure.  (40995)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Mystic, Friend of Teresa of Avila, & Patron Saint of Brazil & of Night Watchmen
       The LIMA Announcement of His Beatification

Catholic Church. Pope (1621–1623; Gregory XV).  Broadside, begins: Beatificatio. Servi dei fratris Petri de Alcantara Ordinis Minorvm Regvlaris obseruantiae Discalceatorum, fundatoris Prouinciae Sancti Iosephi in regno Castellae. Gregorivs PP. XV. ad perpetvam rei memoriam. Lima: Geronymo de Contreras, 1623. Imperial folio (42,5 x 30.5 cm, 16.75" x 11.75"). [1] p.

Mystic, correspondent of Luis de Granada and Teresa of Ávila, author of Tratado de la oración y meditación, and patron saint of Brazil — and of night watchmen! — Pedro de Alcantara was beatified on 18 April 1622 and canonized 28 April 1669.
        Pope Gregory XV issued a brief at Rome on 18 April 1622 (Romae: Ex Typographiae Reu. Camerae Apostolicae, 1622) announcing the beatification. This was reprinted in Lima in 1623 by Peru's third printer, Jerónimo de Conteras, with a nice 5-line initial "I."
        Searches of NUC, WorldCat, and CCPBE locate => no reported copies of this New World "edition" and Medina only knew of the broadside from the copy then in the Peruvian National Library.

Medina, Lima, 106. Some insect damage with partial loss of about 14 letters (not impairing ability to read the text); some tears in margins (not into text area). Writing in iron gall ink on verso has bled through to recto. => A rare and interesting example of Contreras' job printing.  (41001)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Handsome Job Printing by a Puebla Widow Printer

Osorio de Escobar y Llamas, Diego.  Nos el obispo dean, y cabildo de la sancta iglesia cathedral de esta ciudad de la Puebla de los Angeles, &c. Por quanto aviendo conferido los medio que conforme al estado en que se hallan las rentas desta Sancta Iglesia ... [Puebla: Viuda de Juan de Borja y Gandia, not later than 1666]. Folio extra (43 x 31 cm, 16.875" x 12.125"). [1] f.

The collection of tithes in the bishopric of Puebla was a serious concern of Biship Osorio. In 1662 or 1663 he had issued a broadside reminder to inhabitants of Puebla that they had to pay church tithes on farm products and produce. Distinctions were made between tithes expected of Spaniards, as well as all others "que no fueren Indios" ("Mestiços, Chinos, Mulatos, Negros"), as opposed to Naturales" (i.e., native Americans). Tithes due from the first category of inhabitants include just about anything one can imagine, including grain, corn, chick peas, pine nuts, cocoa, fruit, butter, milk, cheese, sugar, honey, vinegar, maguey, vanilla, and chilies, as well as fish, beef, cattle, chickens, doves, pigeons, and tobacco, hides, cotton, mules, silk, etc. "Encomenderes" owe a tithe on all maiz, mantas, and other "frutos de la tierra" which the Indians pay them in tribute.
        Products listed that were subject to tithes to be paid by "Indios" were also wide ranging, but somewhat less extensive. Finally, there was a list of products on which native Americans were exempt from paying tithes, including cotton, cacao, chilies, vanilla, pulque, maguey, etc. => These lists provided a vivid picture of products available in New Spain at mid-17th-century.
        In this follow-up publication, Bishop Osorio implements the appointment of individuals to sell the items received as "in kind" tithes (i.e., corn, butter, etc.). Substantial text articulates the qualities of character, piety, and competence that will be required of such administrators, and spaces are left in the incorporated form for the name of an individual being appointed to the office, along with the name of his jurisdiction and the date of his appointment. Here these spaces have been used: Lic. Jacinto Lopez Calderon is appointed to collect the tithes in the district of Olintla and to sell or auction any "in kind" payments.
        => Printed on a LARGE folio-extra leaf, and graced by its widow printer with a notably large, very handsome drop-capital initial "N," the bishop's authorization document is decidedly impressive. The form is boldly signed by the bishop and a secretary, and bears the bishop's paper and wax seal. The verso of the leaf has a related printed form that is the actual commission given to the individual named on the recto; this too has an attractive drop-capital, one different from the other (and smaller). It too is signed by the bishop and a secretary.
        => This is an unrecorded example of Mexican (Puebla) job printing; it is not in Medina, Gavito, or Palau, and we find no reported holdings.

Not in Medina, Puebla; not in Gavito, Adiciones a la Imprenta en la Puebla; not in Palau. Very good condition.  (40998)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Stories of & for American Youth
       (Social Consciousness/KINDNESS Encouraged)

Sedgwick, Catharine Maria.  A love token for children. Designed for Sunday-school libraries. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1838 (copyright 1837). 12mo (15.9 cm, 6.26"). 142, 2, 18 (i.e., 16) pp.

Edifying and entertaining juvenile reading, from the author of Hope Leslie. While the stories are designed to impart specific Christian morals to children, they also reflect more general concerns found in Sedgwick's novels and other writings: tolerance and respect towards Irish immigrants and people of color, acknowledgment of the difficulties of women's domestic lives, kindness to animals, and lovingly detailed awareness of the natural world. This is the second printing of the first U.S. edition (as per BAL); at the back is a lengthy catalogue of Harper & Brothers publications.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with several early pencilled inscriptions from Miss Hetty H. Jarvis; most recentlyfrom the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

American Imprints 52824; BAL 17375; Sabin 78788. Publisher's diced green cloth, spine with decorative gilt-stamped title; binding very slightly cocked with sewing just starting to loosen (and overall still solid); spine sunned, minor wear and discoloration to cloth. Moderate foxing throughout. Inscriptions as above; one page with pencilled correction. A nice copy of an item now uncommon in its early editions.  (40986)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"Flattery Put Out of Countenance: A Poetical Version of an Ancient Tale"

Lamb, Charles.  Prince Dorus. London: Field & Tuer (The Leadenhall Press), 1889. 8vo (20.2 cm, 7.95"). xii, 31, [1] pp.; 10 plts. (9 col.).

Type facsimile of the famously scarce 1811 first edition. Lamb's verse fairy tale gives us a royal babe cursed by an enchanter, who as he grows up must overcome vanity and self-flattery to win his true love (not to mention a nose of less Cyranoesque proportions). Here, it opens with an introduction by Andrew White Tuer, half of the publishing firm. "The type and illustrations . . . follow as closely as possible the original edition of 1811," notes the limitation statement, which also marks this as => numbered copy 143 of 500 printed, signed by the publishers.
        The plates include a reproduction of the woodcut from the original first edition paper wrapper, printed on blue paper, as well as => hand-colored facsimiles of the nine original copper engravings.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Gumuchian 3612; NCBEL, III, 1225; Opie C 993. Publisher's half vellum and blue paper–covered sides, vellum edges ruled in gilt, front cover with gilt-stamped title; binding lightly dust-soiled. Front free endpaper with inked inscription of G. Tansley and pencilled purchase-related annotations. Pages gently age-toned with very faint spots of foxing (more noticeable to endpapers), otherwise clean. => A lovely copy of an uncommon item.  (40992)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Aldine Incunable Leaf in Greek

Theophrastus.  Single leaf from Peri phyton historia [romanized from the Greek; i.e., in Latin, De historia plantarum]. Venetiis (Venice): Aldus Manutius, 1497. Folio (30 cm, 11.625"). [1] f.

Leaf 133 from the editio princeps of Theophrastus' work on botany, printed in 1497 as volume one of part four of Aldus' fiv- part edition of the works of Aristotle that he printed at Venice from 1495 to 1498.
        The text is printed in Aldus' Greek font 1 and on paper watermarked with the Orb 1 design. (See UCLA, Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection, the 2001 edition, p.54, for type and paper data, and p. 607 for illustration of the watermark.)

ESTC ia00959000; GKW 2334; Goff A-959. Inner margin shows removal from a bound volume; upper margin has light foxing; some cockling of paper. Verso has remnants of small tabs indicating leaf had been tipped onto a mat. => Handsome.  (40993)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Selling Firewater in Colonial Bogota

Clavijo, Alberto.  Manuscript document in Spanish, on paper.. Santa Fe [de Bogota]: 1764 (2 March). Folio (30.5 cm, 12"). [1] p.

Officials of the Real Estanco de Aguardiente grants a license to Alberto Clavijo in the Spring of 1764 to => supply aguardiente to the taverns along the Rio Arzobispo "and elsewhere as convenient, as far as the Tabahita and Suba taverns." Imposed on him are the conditions that the aguardiente must be bought from the Real Estanco, how much he must buy, at what price, and what his maximum selling price may be. => Should he fail to sell it all, he is still obligated to pay as if he had. The contract is for one year.
        Clavijo did not sign but had a witness named Dr. Pedro Arias sign for him.

Written in a clear, easy to read hand.  (40991)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Lucretius in Rhyme, for 17th-Century ENGLISH Readers

Lucretius Carus, Titus; Thomas Creech, trans.  Titus Lucretius Carus his six books of Epicurean philosophy, done into English verse, with notes. London: Pr. for Anthony Stephens, 1683. 8vo (17.4 cm, 6.85"). Frontis., [44], 223, [1], 60 (i.e., 62), [6 (index)] pp.

Early printing of one of the most popular and influential English translations of Lucretius's De rerum natura. This long didactic poem in six books (almost completely preserved) was composed in the first century b.c. and is => the most important exposition of the Greek philosophic system of Epicurus. The work also serves as testimony to the transmission of the ideas of Epicureanism into Roman thought and society, and as evidence that the forms of Greek poetry had become at home in the Latin language. => Lucretius's materialistic, anti-superstitious philosophy was much favored by disciples of the Enlightenment.
        Creech's rendition, done in heroic couplets, marks both => the first complete English translation published and the first full poetic translation in any language (Butterfield, "Lucretius in the Early Modern Period"). Dibdin notes the particularly good fit between author and translator-editor, based on Creech's "taste, enthusiasm, and particular fondness for the Epicurean philosophy"; others were equally enthusiastic about the translation, and the preliminary laudatory poems here include contributions from Nahum Tate, Thomas Otway, and Aphra Behn, among others. This is the stated third edition, following the first of the preceding year, and a variant of another 1683 printing issued under the names of both Thomas Sawbridge and Anthony Stephens. => The frontispiece was done by Michael Burghers; it depicts Lucretius in a sunbeam of literal and figurative illumination, in a countryside dotted with animals including an elephant and a unicorn.
        Provenance: Frontispiece recto with early inked inscription of Henry Hall and inked inscription of Henry Ebel, London, 1960; title-page with early inked inscription of Thomas Gibbes; lower portion of final dedication page with early inked inscription reading "Thomas Hull his Book," with another marking from Hull in the lower margin of one of the preliminary praise poems.

ESTC R213825; Wing (rev. ed.) L3449B; Schweiger, II, 579; Brunet, III, 1222 (for 1682 & 1714 eds.). On Creech and his subsequent Latin edition, see Dibdin, Greek and Latin Classics, II, 201. Contemporary polished calf framed in gilt double fillets with gilt-tooled corner fleurons, rebacked in complementary calf with gilt-stamped leather title-label and blind-ruled raised bands; original leather much acid-pitted, with cover gilt all but lost. Lower edge of frontispiece trimmed (removing artist attribution). Ownership inscriptions as above; pages age-toned with occasional smudges and small ink stains, one outer margin with smeared early inscription and one with illegible early annotation. Edge wear and minor edge chipping to first and last few leaves; some corners bumped or chipped. => A well read, "nice" old book.  (40985)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Not Perfect, but Evocative on Many Fronts

Hazlemore, Maximilian.  Domestic economy: Or, a complete system of English housekeeping ... also, the complete brewer ... likewise the family physician. London: J. Creswick & Co., 1794. 8vo. xxxii, 392 pp. (lacking pp. 331/32, 341–44, 357–62, & 365–84 ).

Sole edition thus: Recipes, brewing instructions, menus suitable for a year of housekeeping, and a collection of home remedies "which will be found applicable to the relief of all common complaints incident to families, and which will be particularly useful in the country, where frequent opportunities offer of relieving the Distressed, whose situation in life will not enable them to call in Medical Aid" (p. 4).
        Many of the recipes in the first portion of this book are attributed to such well-known names as Glasse, Raffald, and Mason. Oxford points out that both the extended subtitle and the overall contents of the work as a whole are strikingly similar to Mary Cole's Lady's Complete Guide of 1791, commenting "One wonders who was the real author." Whatever its origins, the present volume as attributed to Hazlemore is now uncommon: WorldCat, ESTC, and Cagle cite only seven U.S. institutional holdings.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with ownership inscription and title-page with pressure-stamp of prominent cookbook collector Eloise Schofield; title-page also with early inked inscription of Charlotte Booty; front pastedown with early ticket of J. Rackham, a late 18th-/early 19th-century printer and bookseller in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

ESTC T93869; Cagle, Matter of Taste, 734; Oxford, English Cookery, 122. Not in Bitting. Incomplete copy. Contemporary treed sheep, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label, scuffed; spine label and extremities chipped, joints open and volume tender, front cover with spots of insect damage extending through to upper inner margins of first few leaves, touching two letters of title but no other text. Pp. 331/32, 341–44, 357–62, and 365–84 excised with great neatness (and no, we cannot work out any theory of "why"). Scattered instances of early pencilled or inked marginal annotations, including alternate instructions in two cases and => a full recipe for dressed spinach inked at the end of the vegetables section, intended to replace the crossed-out printed recipe provided. Pages age-toned, otherwise clean. An incomplete copy, priced accordingly, of a still interesting work.  (40977)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Early Printing: Women Are Inherently Flawed, But Can Be Virtuous

Allestree, Richard.  The ladies calling in two parts. Oxford: Pr. at the Theater, 1673. 8vo (18.1 cm, 7.12"). [26], 141, [3], 96, 89–94, 99–[100] pp. (engr. frontis. lacking).

Conduct book for women, from the author of The Whole Duty of Man — generally considered to be Richard Allestree, although Richard Stern and Lady Dorothy Pakington have also been suggested, among others. Allestree (1619–81) was a royalist Church of England clergyman; Bishop Fell reports that "few of his time had either a greater compass or a deeper insight into all parts of learning" (DNB). Like his Whole Duty, the present treatise enjoyed massive popularity, and became one of the most influential examples of its kind in setting forth ideal feminine behavior in all stages of life. Present here is the second edition (stated as "second impression" on the title-page), following the first of the same year.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with inked inscription of Henry Ebel, plausibly the author and psychohistorian (1938–2008).

ESTC R4982; Wing (rev. ed.) A1142; Madan, Oxford Books, 2963. On Allestree, see: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online. Contemporary polished calf, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-stamped decorations in compartments; binding sometime varnished with leather much worn and abraded, front joint cracked and back joint starting, spine extremities and label chipped, corners rubbed. Title-page with early inscription cut away and leaf later repaired, with partial loss of impression line; lacking frontispiece. Pages age-toned with light waterstaining to early lower margins; about 24 leaves (non-consecutive) with vertical smears of blue ink affecting but not obscuring text; a few leaves towards back with minor worming in lower outer corners. Unprepossessing physically, still a very readable copy still in a contemporary binding.  (40981)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"With Upwards of Fifty Illustrations"

Lemon, Mark; Charles H. Bennett & Richard Doyle, illus.  Fairy tales. London: Bradbury, Evans, & Co., 1868. 8vo (19.9 cm, 7.83"). [12], 189, [3] pp.; 6 plts., illus.

First edition, combining these two fairy tales with art from two popular illustrators of the day: "The Chronicles of the Three Sisters" and "The Enchanted Doll," with numerous contributions by Charles H. Bennett and Richard Doyle. The first story features four full-page designs, decorative capitals, and in-text vignettes by Bennett, known for his "Shadows" series and his artwork for Aesop's fables; and the latter (a tale written for and originally dedicated to Charles Dickens' two oldest daughters) two full-page designs along with assorted capitals and vignettes by Doyle, a popular comic and fairytale artist.
        The three contributors here — Lemon, Doyle, and Bennett — worked together at Punch; this appears to be the only book-form work on which all three collaborated.

NSTC 2L11171. Publisher's green cloth, front cover and spine pictorially stamped in silver and black; binding lightly worn overall (most noticeably at extremities) with very minor bubbling to cloth. Title-page and a few others with small spots of foxing, pages otherwise clean. => An attractive copy of a desirable work.  (40983)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Volcanoes, Banditos, Emiiano Zapata, Songsters, Embroidery Patterns

Posada, José Guadalupe.  A collection of his work and his era. Mexico: Various publishers, ca. 1880–1919. Various sizes and formats.

The oeuvre of Jose Guadalupe Posada Aguilar (1852–1913) is steeped in social engagement, satirical acuteness, and wry humor presented to the reader and observer in woodcut and lithographic illustrations for periodicals and chapbooks. During the late Porfiriate and early years of the Mexican Revolution, his art enticed the buyers of popular, very cheaply produced songsters; political broadsides; cookbooks; and single-sheet accounts of hangings, disasters, crimes, volcanic eruptions, and other sensational events.
        The present collection consists of 140 items: 10 chapbook songsters and playlets for children, 1 chapbook of medical recipes, 2 chapbooks of sample border designs for embroidering, 108 small folio single-sheet publications, and 18 large folio broadsides or portraits. => They are printed on a variety of colored papers: beige, rose, green, yellow, purple, and so on.
        The 108 small folio single-sheet publications contain accounts of executions; the removal of the old clock in the Mexico City cathedral; humorous verse, cancioneros and corridos; an account of the death and burial of Emiliano Zapata (llustration NOT by Posada but in his style); devotions to the Virgin of Guadalupe, the Virgen de la Soledad, and Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos; an account of the 26 March 1908 earthquake; accounts of other disasters, and much more. Also present in these broadsides are examples of => two single-sheet stories printed on a folio sheet and not separated for individual sale.
        Among the 18 large folio items are three board games (“Los Charros Contrabandistas,” “Juego de Oca,” and "Juego de Lotería”); portraits of “San Judas Tadeo,” “El Sr. de las Tres Caidas,” “Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos,” “El Santo Niño Cautivo,” and “El Señor del Hospital”; and of course, various of Posada's famous calaveras.

All items are loose, unbound, as issued, with the expectable tattering of some edges. A few, very few items show worming or loss of paper in the margins. => Overall, very good.  (40984)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Building a Railroad in Cuba in the 1830s

(Early Cuban Railroads).  A collection of two letters and four printed forms relating to the Compañia de Caminos de Hierro de la Habana and the Compañía del Camino de Hierro entre las Ciudades de Puerto Prinipe y Nuevitas. Havana & Puerto Principe: 1834–40. Letters: 4to (25 x 20 cm, 9.875" x 8"). 16 pp., 7 pp. (last blank). Printed documents: Folio (30.5 x 21 cm, 12" x 8.25"). 4 leaves.

In the earliest period of railroad technology, Cuban leaders became interested in a rail line to carry sugar and coffee from inland to the port in Havana. In 1837 the railroad was launched, one of the first in the world and beating Spain by more than a decade. Civil engineer Benjamin Hall Wright (1801–81), son of Benjamin Wright, chief engineer for much of the Erie Canal project, was hired to consult on the Cuban rail project. These two letters (dated 8 January and 17 May 1834), written in fluent Spanish and addressed to Wenceslao de Villa Urrutia, discuss the supplies and funds needed for the road from Havana to Güines in the interior, as well as for an additional proposed road to Rincon, also describing the necessary grading work.
        The four printed documents are stock certificates issued by the "Compañia del Camino de Hierro entre las Ciudades de Puerto Príncipe y Nuevitas." They are partially printed and completed in manuscript, issued with the appropriate (and interesting) stamps to members of the Betancourt family, and signed with flourishes by multiple officers. The Betancourts were deeply involved in the development of early railroads in Cuba.
        => The letters have all the characteristics to be expected of copies retained in a bound volume maintained by Benjamin Hall Wright.

Zanetti & Garcia, Sugar & Railroads: A Cuban History, pp. 18–33. All documents overall in excellent condition with only some age-toning; all leaves loose. Letters with evidence, as above, of having been in a sewn volume.  (40980)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Unrecorded Example of Job Printing. Permissions to Take Confession.
       Manuscript Career Data for a Discalced Carmelite.

(Ignacio de la Santisima Trinidad).  A collection of one partially printed and 13 manuscript documents. Mexico City, Puebla, Valladolid (i.e., now Morelia): 1816–28. Folio (31.5 cm, 12.25"). [6] ff.

In the middle of the years-long struggle for Mexican independence, Ignacio de la Santisima Trinidad, a Discalced Carmelite, received permission on 7 September 1816 to take confession, including from members of the clergy and orders. That permission is executed on a handsomely printed broadside document with spaces left for completion in manuscript. It is signed by Carmelite officials and bears => a striking paper and wax seal, the paper having been cut with delicate filigree-patterned edging.
        => This example of job printing is unrecorded in the standard bibliographies.
        The manuscript documents accompanying the printed one here trace the same cleric's assignments to other parts of the nation and include =. the added privilege of hearing confession from women, including nuns.

Good overall condition with some tattering of the top and fore-edges. Some age-toning and old folds.  (40982)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


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