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The Chiswell Grant of Arms — A Scion of BOOKSELLERS Armigerous
Vanbrugh, John. [Grant of arms to Richard Chiswell, "Turkey merchant."]. Illuminated manuscript in English, on vellum: "To all and singular..." [London]: 1714. Folio (document: 39.37 cm x 52.07 cm; 15.5 x 20.5").  f. $6,750.00
A splendid illuminated heraldic document preserved in its original 18th-century custom-made decorative case. Confirming the grant of arms to Richard Chiswell the younger (1673–1751), this letter patent is ornamented with both Chiswell's coat of arms (Argent, two bars of nebuly gules, overall on a bend engrailed sable, a rose between two mullets or) and that of Queen Anne, with => the arms and the borders on three sides being richly painted in red, gold, silver, blue, and black.
The grant was signed on 16 April 1714 by Sir Henry St. George as Garter Principal King of Arms and by => playwright and architect Sir John Vanbrugh as Clarenceux King of Arms, and it is accompanied by their wax seals, each seal (having been removed from the original ties) housed in a tin box.
=> The rolled document and seals are protected in a contemporary box of gilt- and blind-tooled leather over wood, lined in marbled paper and having twin compartments attached along one edge for the seals' separate, safe keeping.
Chiswell was the oldest surviving son of the famed London bookseller of the same name and his wife Mary Royston, daughter of another prominent bookseller, Richard Royston. He earned his own wealth as a member of the Levant Company trading with Turkey, making several journeys through the Middle East (and writing at least three never-published travelogues), eventually serving terms as the director of the Bank of England and as an M.P. Vanbrugh (1664–1726) is remembered for several successful comedies including The Relapse, The Provok'd Wife, and The Country House, as well as for having designed Blenheim Palace, Castle Howard, the original Haymarket Theatre, and many other notable buildings.
In the original box as above, housed in a modern buckram case with hand-inked spine label; the original box, lacking three of four closure hooks, has been expertly restored and is now safely strong. One of the two seals is cracked across, but wholy present; the grant, rolled and slightly darkened, is overall clean and striking. => A proud and obviously treasured survival. (41231) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Yale University. Divinity School. A triennial catalogue of the theological department in Yale College. New Haven: Printed by J.H. Benham, 1844. 8vo. 32 pp. $30.00
"Published by the students, August, 1844." Lists students, their original residences, and for current students,where educated and "number of years."
American Imprints 44-6786. Removed from a nonce volume. Very dusty; sewing perished. Ex-library with stamps. (27647) Add to My BOOK-STACK
United States. Congress. House. Statement accompanying a Bill respecting the pay and emoluments of certain Officers of the army of the United States. January 28, 1817. Laid before the House by the chairman of the committee of Ways and Means, and ordered to be printed. [Washington]: No publisher/printer, 1817. 8vo.  pp. $18.00
Drop-title. At head of title, in square brackets: 56.
Shaw & Shoemaker 42743. Removed from a nonce volume. (24367) Add to My BOOK-STACK
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Message from the president of the United States, transmitting a report relative to the result of an assay of foreign coins, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate. January 18, 1827. Printed by order of the Senate of the United States. Washington [D.C.]: Pr. by Gales & Seaton, 1827. 8vo. 16 pp. $75.00
Report from Samuel Moore, Director of the Philadelphia Mint. At head of title: 19th Congress, 2d session. Top right corner in square brackets: 23.
Shoemaker 31423. Removed from a nonce volume. Browning. (24343) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Portuguese Embroidered Binding — A Lisbon Luxury Diario, 1816
Catholic Church. Diario ecclesiastico para o Reino de Portugal, principalmente para a cidade de Lisboa, para o anno de 1816. Lisboa: Na Impressam Regia, . 16mo (10.2 cm, 4"). 176, [2 (blank)] pp.; 1 col. fold. map. $2,650.00
A jewel of an almanac: the 1816 edition of a pocket-sized gathering of ecclesiastical and civil information, in a treasurable => goldwork embroidered binding. The volume opens with a => hand-colored, folding map of Portugal; it includes, along with the calendar of feast days, a directory of European royalty and a table of sunrise and sunset times.
Binding: Contemporary dove-colored silk, front cover with spangles and goldwork embroidery (couched and broad plate) surrounding the embroidered coat of arms of the Kingdom of Portugal, back cover with similar goldwork surrounding => a needle-worked pastoral scene of a shepherd with two of his flock, with a tree and flying birds in the background, spine with stylized leaf design in gold and silver stitching; all edges gilt and gauffered, original red-dotted silk bookmark present and attached. The volume is housed in the => original and elegantly gilt-tooled dark red morocco–covered case, this fitted with a green and red patterned paper–lined interior.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with attractive early inked inscription of J.A. Calderhead, calligraphed with flourishes on a blue-colored banner.
Binding as above, silk and some metalwork just slightly darkened with embroidery still virtually perfect; case with lightest shelfwear and unobtrusive small cracks to leather, moderate rubbing to interior paper. Small closed split to one fold of map, and a few lower corners bumped; a handful of outer edges trimmed closely, in some cases just touching outermost letters with no loss of text. => Truly lovely. (38157) Add to My BOOK-STACK
White, William. An Episcopal charge, on the subject of revivals, delivered before the forty-eighth convention of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, and addressed to the clerical members of the Convention. Philadelphia: Jesper Harding, printer, 1832. 8vo. 21 pp. $15.00
Removed from a nonce volume; stitch holes in inner margin, not touching text. Ex-library with librarian's penciled notations and no stamps, in a stiff cardboard library folder. Light foxing only. Very good. (41240) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Man is a Creature of Boundless Ambition" — Naturally, "Magic" is Appealing
Godwin, William. Lives of the necromancers. Or, an account of the most eminent persons in successive ages, who have claimed for themselves, or to whom has been imputed by others, the exercise of magical power. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1835. 12mo (19.5 cm, 7.67"). xii, –307,  pp. $325.00
First American edition of the final book by Godwin, husband of Mary Wollstonecraft and father of Mary Shelley: a description of different types of magic, followed by tales of luminaries including Circe, Simon Magus, Nostradamus, Doctor Dee, and the Lancashire witches, among many others. Godwin's intent was to make clear the folly and superstition of those who believed in witchcraft, saying "the work I have written is not a treatise of natural magic [but] rather proposes to display the immense wealth of the faculty of imagination, and to show the extravagances of which the man may be guilty who surrenders himself to its guidance" (p. vii). However, much of the volume's subsequent impact came from the number of readers who considered it => a primer in occult studies! The book clearly resonated for Edgar Allan Poe, who in his review for the Southern Literary Messenger noted the "great pleasure" he took in reading the Lives, and described it as "an invaluable work, evincing much labor and research, and full of absorbing interest" (SLM, Dec. 1835).
American Imprints 31862; Coumont, Demonology and Witchcraft, G44.2; Sabin 27675. Contemporary ribbon-embossed cloth, spine with printed paper label; cloth unevenly sunned to brown and showing signs of onetime exposure to dampness, spine and label darkened and chipped, binding overall rubbed with front hinge (inside) tender and free endpapers lacking. Title-page with tear from upper margin, not touching text; otherwise, waterstaining across lower outer corners and mild to moderate foxing throughout. => Back pastedown and verso of final text page with pencilled doodles. => A well-used copy that perhaps survived by "magic"; still eminently readable in all senses. (41238) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Evocative Character Studies from "Phiz"
Browne, Hablot Knight, illus., & Charles Dickens. Dombey & Son. The four portraits of Edith, Florence, Alice, and little Paul. London: Chapman & Hall, 1848. 8vo (23.2 cm, 9.1"). 4 plts. $300.00
First standalone printing: Four striking steel-engraved plates by the ever-popular "Phiz," created for Dickens's seventh novel. "Engraved under the superintendence of R. Young and H.K. Browne" and published with the author's sanction as per the front wrapper, the portraits are => printed on two bifolia and laid into the publisher's wrappers as issued.
NCBEL, III, 798 (for main Dombey & Son info.). Publisher's printed light blue-green paper wrappers; wrapper edges sunned and lightly worn. Very slightly and evenly age-toned with small spots of faint foxing mostly confined to margins; light offsetting from images, primarily affecting (blank) reverses save in Little Paul's case, where a ghostly Edith is faintly visible over his head. => An attractive set. (41239) Add to My BOOK-STACK
A Victorian Favorite, in a Stunning Edition
Ingelow, Jean. Poems. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, & Dyer, 1867. 8vo (23.6 cm, 9.29"). Frontis., xiv, , 318,  pp.; illus. $150.00
The first appearance of this collection in 1863 made Ingelow (1820–97) one of the most popular poets of her day. Here, the beloved verses — including the tear-jerker "High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire (1571)" — appear in an => uncommon deluxe edition lavishly illustrated by G.J. Pinwell, J.W. North, J. Wolf, E.J. Poynter, E. Dalziel, T. Dalziel, A.B. Houghton, and W. Small, all designs engraved by the Brothers Dalziel. => The striking decorated binding is unsigned, although confirmed by Longman ledgers to have been the work of Albert Warren.
Binding: Contemporary pebbled midnight blue cloth–covered boards with beveled edges, covers elaborately stamped in black and gilt with quatrefoil corner decorations surrounding central four-lobed cartouches of inlaid cream paper with ornate gilt-stamped title, spine with similar designs in gilt and black; back pastedown with binder's ticket of Leighton, Son and Hodge. All edges gilt.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with inked inscription reading "To Elizabeth Watson Travis from F.H. Leedham — With pleasant memories and happy anticipations," dated 1867. Later in the library of Hubert Dingwall, as part of his collection of publishers' cloth bindings, the endpaper notes noted below being his.
Ray, Illustrator and the Book in England, 155; McLean, Victorian Publishers' Book-bindings in Cloth and Leather, 108; King, Victorian Decorated Trade Bindings (1830-1880), 703. (For the precise binding attribution to Warren, we thank Dr. Graham Dry.) Binding as above; blue of spine slightly sunned but designs bright, with corners rubbed and joints and extremities lightly so. Front free endpaper recto with inscription as above, verso with pencilled purchase and bibliographical notes. Intermittent light foxing, pages otherwise clean. => Worthwhile reading, remarkable illustrations, gorgeously composed binding — a triple threat! (37852) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Rime Pietose — De Luca Copy — Interestingly VARIOUS Management of the Woodcuts
Bramicelli, Guglielmo, transl. Inni che si cantano tutto l'anno alle hore canoniche, nella Chiesa romana. Venetia: Giorgio Angelieri, 1597. 8vo (13.3 cm, 5.25").  pp., 93 (i.e., 100) ff. (pagination erratic); illus. $1,975.00
First edition: Catholic hymns, translated from Latin into Italian verse by a member of the Clerics Regular of Somasca (variously identified as either Bramiceli or Bramicelli). Many of the hymns open with small illustrations — totaling => 42 in-text woodcuts — and the title-page features Angelieri's printer's device of an amphora watering a seedling, bearing the motto "A poco a poco."
The woodcuts are notable not only for the variety of scenes they present but for a certain variety in presentation: Many of the images are presented with their edges visually defined in the normal way, essentially "ruled"; but some are presented as if paintings, within full Renaissance "picture frames" --- with the images themselves, inside, sometimes having their edges normally defined and sometimes floating entirely free. Yet other cuts are given framing at their sides or top and bottom, but not both!
Bramicelli's vernacular renditions were apparently unauthorized; one source claims that the Church ordered the book burned (Tentorio, Saggio storico sullo sviluppo dell'ordine somasco dal 1569 al 1650, p. 178). This may explain why the work is now => scarce: WorldCat and NUC Pre-1956 locate only one U.S. institutional holding (Newberry), and only one additional one internationally. EDIT16 gives only ten Italian libraries as holding copies.
Provenance: From the collection of Don Tommaso De Luca (1752–1829), described by Alexander Roberson as "a priest of the old school . . . possessed of one of the finest libraries in all Northern Italy"; front free endpaper inked with "Exemplare proveniente dalla celebre Collezione de Luca. Veggasi suo Catalogo stampato, alla pag. 101, lin. 29.30" (referring to De Luca's 1816 Catalogo di una pregevole collezione di manoscritti e di libri a stampa delle più ricercate edizioni). Most recently in the library of of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
EDIT16 CNCE 7425. Not in Adams; not in Mortimer; not in Index Aurel. Contemporary marbled paper–covered limp wrappers, faded and rubbed overall; spine darkened and chipped, front cover with early inked numeral at upper center. Front hinge (inside) cracked, with uppermost of two sewing bands separated from vellum; front free endpaper with early bibliographic note in neatly inked Italian. Light waterstaining to lower outer corners of about 12 ff., scattered minor foxing. => A fascinating production. (38978) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Dickens Goes to America
Dickens, Charles. American notes for general circulation. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1868. 12mo (18.7 cm, 7.36"). 104, [4 (adv.)] pp. $145.00
Relatively uncommon American edition of Dickens's report on his trip to the United States. Based on the author's letters home to friends and first published in 1842, this account features visits to the Perkins Institution for the Blind, Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary, the White House, etc., as well as Dickens's thoughts on slavery, public health, copyright, and other issues.
See Howes D316 & Sabin 19996 for earlier eds. Publisher's tan paper wrappers printed in terra cotta; wrappers detached but present, with edge chips and front wrapper with small early pencilled notation in upper margin. Pages age-toned; waterstaining to first few leaves and scattered foxing. => This edition was inherently fragile, as a production; this copy is a survivor! (41233) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Chromolithographed, ILLUMINATED Symbols & Stories of Christianity
Humphreys, Henry Noel. The miracles of our Lord. London: Longman & Co., 1848. 8vo (17.1 cm, 6.75"). iv pp; 16 double-sided col. plts. $700.00
First edition of this Victorian interpretation of a medieval book of meditations: Biblical miracles, delicately calligraphed and => framed in 32 vividly illustrated, chromolithographed, illuminated borders. The main figures were adapted from the Old Masters and the decorative details "all strictly original, and not borrowed," according to the artist (p. ii), a successful illustrator with particular interests in natural history, numismatics, and classical and medieval studies.
Binding: Publisher's boards of papier-mâché and black plaster, molded to resemble a medieval carved binding, each cover with six figural medallions surrounded by a border of interlaced vines and strapwork incorporating small creatures; spine with embossed title, edges and turn-ins with gilt roll. All edges gilt; marbled endpapers.
Ray, Illustrator and the Book in England, 232. Binding as above, small red shelfmark at foot of spine; corners and spine extremities chipped, one small chip to outer edge of back panel design, one very unobtrusive break in inner frame of front panel design, nicely refurbished. Sewing loosening as is common, with last leaf separated and previous one threatening; pages gently age-toned with occasional minor smudging in margins; text pages (not plate pages) foxed. => A striking binding and equally striking color-printing. (41192) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Vices & Virtues for Children — A Woodcut Bestiary
["Frate Tommaso"]. Fior di virtu historiato utilissimo a' fanciulli, & ad ogni stato di persone. Verona: Angelo Tamo, 1610. 16mo (14.9 cm, 5.86"). 92,  pp. $1,500.00
Uncommon children's chapbook edition of the "Flower of Virtue," an illustrated conduct book pairing good and bad qualities, with stories about animals and imaginary beasts providing analogies. First printed in Italian in the 15th century, the work was supposedly written in the 14th and sometimes attributed to Tommaso Leoni or Tommaso Gozzadini; it was a popular didactic text, translated into several different languages (including Hebrew, in 1600). This printing claims to have been newly revised by the Inquisition, and "da molti errori espurgato," according to the title-page. => The small but vigorous woodcuts include a unicorn, basilisk, and phoenix as well as a camel, lion, falcon, etc.
WorldCat finds => no reported holdings of this printing, and only a handful of other early 17th–century examples.
Evidence of use: Covers with numerous early inked doodles in addition to inscription described below; early inked marginal doodles and marks of emphasis throughout (including the inked outlining of the title-page griffin.
Provenance: Front cover with inked inscription "Tobia 1614"; most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Contemporary cartonné binding, darkened, spine and extremities rubbed, front cover with 19th-century small paper shelving label, and spine with two earlier paper labels now chipped and largely lost; corners bumped, with one lower outer corner and one upper outer apparently cut away. Pages age-toned and stained, with a good deal of deep dog-earing and lower outer corner of final leaf torn away not touching text. => A good solid copy, obviously well used and in some ways the more appealing for that. (41237) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Washington (city). [drop-title] Memorial of the corporate authorities of the city of Washington, praying the improvement and repair of certain streets, and the establishment of an hospital and lunatic asylum, in said city. January 20, 1840. Referred to the Committee on the District of Columbia, and ordered to be printed. [Washington]: Blair & Rives, printers, . 8vo. 3 pp. $15.00
Government document: 26th Congress, 1st Session. Senate. 98.
Removed from a nonce volume; stitch holes in inner margin, not touching text. Ink numeral in top outer corner of p. . Top edges a little ragged. Light foxing. Very good. (41230) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Adams, John Quincy (President, 1825–1829). Foreign missions. Message from the President of the United States, transmitting the information required by a resolution of the House of Representatives, of the 9th ultimo, relative to the appointments of chargés des affaires, and to the commissioners and salaries of the ministers and secretaries to the Panama Mission. February 3, 1827. Read, and laid upon the table. Washington: Pr. by Gales & Seaton, 1827. 8vo. 13,  pp. $45.00
Consists of the Message (p. 3) of John Quincy Adams; Information (pp. 5–9) regarding the commissions of the various Chargés des Affaires (London, Versailles, Madrid, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Paris, etc.) signed in type "H. Clay. Department of State, Washington, 31st January, 1827"; and Document A (pp. 9–12) including salaries of the various Chargés des Affaires. Government document: 19th Congress, 2d Session. Doc. No. 73. Ho. of Reps. Executive.
Shoemaker 31258. Removed from a nonce volume, first and last leaves separating. Light foxing. Ink numeral in top margin of p. . Chip at top margin of pp. 9/10. (41229) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Some of the Most Horrible & Shocking Murders & Daring Robberies
Ever Committed by One of the Female Sex":
The Legend of Patty Cannon
(Lucretia P. Cannon). Narrative and confessions of Lucretia P. Cannon, who was tried, convicted, and sentenced to be hung at Georgetown, Delaware, with two of her accomplices. New York: Pr. for the publishers (Erastus E. Barclay & Clinton Jackson), 1841. 8vo (21.7 cm, 8.54"). Frontis., , –24 pp. $450.00
Every sentence of this description could be highlighted as striking and significant: "Patty" Cannon (1760–1829), said to be a beauty so fascinating that no man could resist her wiles, was also the legendarily cruel, violent co-leader of the Cannon-Johnson Gang, which specialized in => kidnapping free African-Americans in Delaware and Maryland and selling them into slavery. According to the present pamphlet, she confessed to a long list of murders including her husband, a slave trader, several travellers she robbed while disguised in men's attire, an unknown number of her captives and their children, and one of her own infants. In 1829, she died in prison while awaiting trial — with this account claiming that she took poison and suffered horribly before succumbing.
=> This is the uncommon first edition of this much-sensationalized true crime story, and the first publication to assign the name "Lucretia" to Cannon (née Martha Hanly), who does not seem to have used it during her lifetime. The wood-engraved title-page vignette depicts Cannon in the midst of one of the most horrific acts of which she was accused: burning a five-year-old to death in her fireplace. The frontispiece, captioned "Lucretia P. Cannon and her gang firing at the Slave Dealers," centers on the dealers rather than the gang members, with Cannon appearing disguised as => a sketchy figure in masculine dress.
Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.
American Imprints 41-3679; Wright, I, 1942. Removed from a nonce volume, sewing loosening with frontispiece separated; edges and top corners waterstained, spots of foxing, frontispiece with short tear from outer edge without loss and with some chipping to inner and upper edges. => Scarce 19th-century American "true crime" that highlights crimes of particularly American, particularly horrible sorts. (41211) Add to My BOOK-STACK
A Young Ladies' Writing Club: The Fruits of their Labors in 1885
Handwritten, Illustrated, & Custom Bound
The Rocket Club. Manuscript on paper, in English. "Essays of the Rocket Club." [England]: 1885. 4to (23.8 cm, 9.375"). [200 (195 used)] ff.; illus. $2,450.00
A remarkable collection: One year's worth of => original, handwritten pieces painstakingly composed and assembled by the members of a private "girls'" essay society, covering a wide range of literary, cultural, and historical topics, gathered in a luxurious custom binding. At the time this volume was commenced, the club was coming into its eighth year of existence — "a venerable age for an essay society" according to the author of the introduction, whose pseudonymous "Elm" signature often shows up in these pages graced by a sketched leaf. Following Elm's admonishment to write more things worth reading in the coming year are pieces like "Books for the Million" (regarding the advantages and disadvantages of booms in publishing and public libraries, signed by Pleasance), "The Ministry of Little Things" (a parable in verse, from Ivy), "A Day in the Orkneys" (a travelogue by Sirius), a lengthy essay on personal influence by Serapis, and groups of essays from multiple contributors on assigned topics including fashion, 17th-century poets, architecture (to which Elm had strong objections, considering it too broad a topic to address in this format), beetles, and "Music: Its Use and Influence." => The essays seem to have been submitted on a monthly basis, with each club member having an opportunity to comment on the month's offerings. In some instances, the critical responses are as interesting as the original pieces!
As mentioned in the November criticism section, there were at least 16 members of the club, although some were more active than others. It seems all but certain that all of them were female, well educated, and sufficiently wealthy to participate in this type of leisure activity. Several made use of overtly feminine pseudonyms (Stella, Faith, the intriguing Duhitar) or self-identifiers (Elm mentions "us girls"); Sirius, Serapis, Aquarius, Nitor, and Tortoise are less obvious — but in at least one instance a Serapis essay bears a follow-up comment that begins "she wishes to say . . .," and other critical responses give us additional she/her references for Key, ?, Aquarius, Pleasance, and Dragonfly. Ivy is an interesting case, rebutting a point on contemporary male fashion by describing men's style as "simple, sensible, & comfortable," and then going on to say "as to women, they may attire themselves in any way almost that is most convenient," which seems curiously self-distancing from feminine experience. One of the few specifically female-oriented topics, "Should the Franchise be Extended to Women?," brings several references to "our" characteristics, and although no hardline declarations in favor of suffrage are made, several essayists tentatively conclude that single women running their own households should have the right to vote.
=> In addition to the beautifully hand-calligraphed and illuminated title-page, the volume also contains a number of mounted illustrations. These include a pencilled "design for a border," symbolically signed by Key, which received high praise from the club members in that month's criticism section; five costume drawings in one of the essays on fashion, likewise symbolically signed by Dragonfly; five striking depictions of beetles, four in color (the one of an African beetle bearing the sub-caption "Drawn from life," which has been followed with a pencilled question mark!); a sketch of an Irish "Bian" horse-drawn carriage (accompanying an essay on the life of Charles Bianconi); and six lovely painted landscapes (including coastline, mountain, and village scenes — some connected to a group of essays on "What Constitutes Beauty" and some to "A Type of English Scenery").
Binding: Contemporary black morocco, covers framed in gilt rolls and fillets with inner blind roll and blind-tooled corner fleurons surrounding gilt-stamped title ("Essays of the Rocket Club. 1885); spine with gilt-stamped raised bands and gilt-tooled compartment decorations. Board edges with gilt roll, turn-ins with blind roll; marbled endpapers and top edges gilt.
Bound as above, spine head repaired and refurbished; somewhat rubbed and a little scuffed — a volume that was both used/referred to and treasured. Many leaves with short tears from outer margins, often with old, possibly contemporary repairs; some leaves showing faint, pressed-out creases most likely from mailing. => Unique, enjoyable, and eminently worthy of study. (36353) Add to My BOOK-STACK
An "American-Mexican" Printer's Own Story
Pascoe, Juan. A printer's apprentice. Santa Rosa, Las Joyas, Tacámbaro Michoacán: Taller Martín Pescador, 2018. 8vo (9.25"). 208 pp. $55.00
"Juan Pascoe’s story begins in the nineteenth century like a novel: 'My English great-grandfather, James Pascoe, was born in Cornwall . . . ' But this is a true, unique story of an American-Mexican fine printer with English ancestry grafted onto a sturdy, Quixotically Protestant Mexican lineage, leaving Juan with two languages and not much other capital. Through the luck of becoming apprenticed to Harry Duncan, one of America’s greatest handpress printers, Juan found his way as a man of books, and of his making of beautiful books (and posters, broadsheets, catalogues, cards, etc.) and jarocho music (as a founding member of Grupo Mono Blanco) there is no end. Great printers were active in Mexico in the sixteenth century long before Anglo-European printing presses had arrived in New England, and Juan’s work continues in that great tradition.
Juan’s narrative quickly establishes him as a master prose stylist, like Duncan, and as printers they are also equals, in my opinion, having worked with both. His dual identity as American and Mexican gives this compelling memoir a topical appeal beyond that of hand-press printing or poetry" (John Ridland).
Hardcover, set in Espinosa Nova and printed digitally in black and red throughout; binding in shades of cream with vintage printshop cover illustration on front and John Ridland's summary on rear. New. (41227) Add to My BOOK-STACK
United States. Navy Dept. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy, to Samuel L. Mitchell, chairman of the select committee appointed by the House of Representatives, on the 31st December, 1801, to consider so much of the message of the President of the United States, of the 8th of the same month, as relates to naval preparations and the establishment of scites [sic] for naval purposes: together with certain documents relating thereto, dated 30th January, 1802. Published by order of the House of Representatives. Washington City: Pr. by William Duane, 1802. 8vo. 88 pp. $67.50
Shaw & Shoemaker 3309. Removed from a nonce volume. First four leaves somewhat browned. A librarian's lightly pencilled notation on title-page. (17265) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Where Medicine & Faith Healing Intersect
A faithful account of Catharine Mewis, of Barton-under-Needwood, in Staffordshire; who is deprived of her eyesight six days out of seven and can only see on the Sabbath. Nottingham: Pr. by C. Sutton, for the Flying Stationers, n.d. (ca. 1811?). 12mo (15.4 cm, 6.06"). 8 pp. $150.00
Scarce Nottingham printing: Published before a complete medical investigation could be undertaken, this is the popular chapbook account of a girl born in 1802 who began losing her sight for one day, then for two, and at the writing of this piece, for six out of seven days each week. => With a woodcut portrait of the girl on the title-page.
Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.
Opie L 133; Cropper, Nottinghamshire Printed Chap-Books, 23. Original stitching, page edges untrimmed. Pages age-toned with minor creasing, edges darkened. => Uncommon and interesting. (41205) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Murder Most Foul — Guilt Most Miserable
Three true and remarkable stories. The awful death of a murderer. The power of conscience. And, the terrors of a guilty conscience. London: J. Evans & Son, [ca. 1820?]. 8vo (18.4 cm, 7.24"). 8 pp. $150.00
Three sensational cautionary tales, about "a young woman of an extraordinary good character" (p. 3) who secretly bears and kills a baby and then dies of "a wounded spirit"; a jeweler's apprentice who kills his master and conducts his subsequent affairs so skillfully that he rises to the post of chief magistrate before succumbing to guilt upon being asked to judge a prisoner charged with murdering his master; and a sailor who almost — but not quite — kills his wife and children through neglect and abuse. The title-page wood engraving of this later printing shows the repentant magistrate unburdening his heart to his fellow judges in a courtroom.
Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.
Removed from a nonce volume. Edges untrimmed, some slightly ragged. Title-page with small smudge of what may be printer's ink, pages otherwise clean. => Uncommon and REALLY SENSATIONAL. (41204) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Colliers Dropping Like Flies!
(Cheap Repository for Religious & Moral Tracts). The cock-fighter. A true history. Bath: S. Hazard; London: J. Marshall, . 12mo (19 cm, 7.5"). 12 pp. $250.00
First appearance of this tract from Hannah More's Cheap Repository: A coal miner repents of his cockfighting, swearing, Sabbath-breaking ways — and his => subsequent prayer to die rather than blaspheme any further is immediately granted, after which several other colliers meet their untimely ends! The prose story is followed by a verse rendition from Cowper, and by an "Account of an Affecting Mournful Death."
There are two primary variants of this chapbook, one giving J. Marshall in London as the primary seller, and the present example giving Hazard in Bath; neither is common. This issue does not include the "Cheap Repository" header, and the "Entered at Stationer's Hall" line has been blacked out; the very large => title-page woodcut shows our poor sinner on his knees as a cock crows beside him.
ESTC T109549; Spinney, Cheap Repository Tracts: Hazard and Marshall Edition, 5. Simply stitched as issued, signatures uncut and edges untrimmed (but easily manipulated for reading). Title-page with early inked numeral in upper margin. Faint minor spotting to title-page, otherwise clean. => A desirable copy, in its original state. (41202) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Lovers in Disguise, Lost Children, Ghosts, Shrews, & More — Illustrated in Color
Crawhall, Joseph. Crawhall's chap-book chaplets. London: The Scolar Press, 1976. Large 4to (29 cm, 11.4"). , 27, , 21, , 25, , 30, , 27, , 20, , 15, , 48,  pp.; col. illus. $75.00
First facsimile edition of this gathering of folksongs and ballads, redone in quirkily illustrated versions by Joseph Crawhall II (1821–96), an antiquarian, writer, and artist — who has supplied his own woodcuts. According to the preliminary note, "Crawhall's Chap Book Chaplets were originally issued uncoloured as eight separate chap-books and as a bound volume containing the eight parts. A small number of volumes were made up with the illustrations hand-coloured: there is considerable variation between copies. The present edition, printed by lithography follows a hand-coloured original." That original was published in 1883 by Field & Tuer et al.
This bright and cheerful facsimile reproduces "The Barkeshire Lady's Garland," "The Babes in the Wood," "I Know What I Know," "Jemmy & Nancy of Yarmouth," "The Taming of a Shrew," "Blew-Cap for Me," "John & Joan," and "George Barnewel," => all with their remarkable, rambunctious, good-humored illustrations.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Publisher's quarter very light grey linen and printed paper–covered sides; small faint spot of staining at lower edge of front cover, otherwise clean and unworn. Pages age-toned (not unattractively or indeed inappropriately!). => A thoroughly delightful production in a very nice copy. (41201) Add to My BOOK-STACK
School's Out for the Summer! — Illustrated by the Brothers Dalziel
Editor of The Playmate. Home for the holidays; a pleasant remembrance of my early days. London: James Nelson & Co. (pr. by Thomas Horrild), 1859. 4to (22.6 cm, 8.89"). , 19,  pp.; 8 col. plts. $475.00
These gentle, nostalgic tales of summertime games and amusements (including a theatre excursion to see "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Beauty and the Beast," playing cricket, pretending to be horses, and sailing toy boats) were => illustrated with a total of nine hand-colored drawings by Joseph Kenny Meadows, engraved by George and Edward Dalziel, two members of the famed Brothers Dalziel firm. The Playmate, also known as the Illustrated Juvenile Miscellany, was a children's periodical that later merged with Robert Merry's Museum; it is unclear who was holding the title of editor at the time of this work's publication. Whoever the anonymous author was, he set these very English stories in "Seacome Park," England, close to London. This is the second London edition of the work, following the first of 1848; WorldCat locates only three U.S. holdings.
Though this offers "stories" not "morality," and its illustrations are meant only to give pleasure in connection with the stories, yet => a good deal can be gleaned here as to both "conduct" and "costume."
Binding: Publisher's blue textured cloth, covers framed with wide embossed strapwork and foliate borders, front cover with gilt-stamped decorative title and vignette of a small child reading a large book. All edges gilt.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
NSTC 2H27679. Binding as above, spine and edges rubbed and darkened with hinges (inside) cracked, upper outer corners bumped, areas of discoloration to back cover, none of this condemning and gilt vignette still bright. Pages faintly age-toned with occasional minor smudges; plates clean and appealing. (41207) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Delicious Melodies to Charm the Listening Ear, & Glowing Pictures
to Fascinate the Kindling Eye Withal"
(Featuring American Artists & Some American Poets Too)
Saunders, Frederick. Festival of song: A series of evenings with the poets. New York: Bunce & Huntington (pr. by Mooney & Brown), 1866. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). xiv, 376 pp.; illus. $165.00
An ornate, ambitious, and highly “curated” florilegium cum commentarium: Arranged in an illustrated narrative progression that amounts to a tour of trans-Atlantic, Anglo-American literary history from Chaucer to the late 19th century, this collection of brief to lengthy verse excerpts is accompanied by thoughts on mostly British poets and their lives, with a number of Americans mixed in towards the end of the chronological series. Included are a grand array of famous men and some women (Poe, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Hemans, et al.), along with a good many lyrists now obscure.
This is a beautiful book profusely illustrated with "seventy-three pictures, by members of the National Academy of Design" including Alfred Fredericks, Winslow Homer, and F.O.C. Darley, engraved by Bobbett and Hooper. This is => the first edition, dedicated to William Cullen Bryant, under whom Saunders had worked at the New York Evening Post.
Binding: Publisher's pebbled brown leather, covers with embossed borders of circular motifs surrounding decorative gilt-stamped titles, spine with gilt-stamped title and compartment decorations (mimicking cover motifs) between raised bands, board edges and turn-ins with gilt rolls. Marbled endpapers; all edges gilt.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with inked gift inscription to Miss Lizzie Dunlop from Gen'l & Mrs. Hagneier(?), dated 1866; front fly-leaf with inked inscription of Janet A. Lathrop, dated 1874. Most recently in the collection of Robert Sadoff, M.D.
NSTC 2S5129; Sabin 77176. Binding as above, edges and extremities rubbed and with small scuffs; remarkably solid in its weighty boards. Ownership inscriptions as above. Pages gently age-toned and remarkably clean, with engravings sharp. => An elegant, quintessentially late-19th-century production in a pleasing copy. (41184) Add to My BOOK-STACK