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WALLACE Wicht, upon a Nicht,
       Cam' Riding ower a Linn . . .

 The gude Wallace; to which is added Lord Thomas Stuart. Glasgow: Pr. for the booksellers, [1840?]. 12mo. 8 pp.
$75.00

Uncommon chapbook printing of two Scots ballads, the first featuring a daring escapade of William Wallace. The title-page woodcut vignette shows a nobleman wearing a crown; "[No.] 76" is printed at the foot of the title.

Not in NSTC. Removed from a nonce volume. Not fully trimmed, with interior conjoined leaves longer than the "wrapper" leaves. Very clean and fresh.  (41328)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"The Only Fantasy Illustrator Who Matches Howard's Passion for Barbarians"

Frazetta, Frank, illus.  The Wandering Star Robert E. Howard library of classics presents the Ultimate Triumph illustrated by Frazetta. London: Wandering Star, 1999. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). [4] pp.; illus.
$8.00

Publisher's promotional folio for a deluxe hardcover that featured previously unpublished Howard material as well as previously unpublished Frazetta illustrations. The front and back pages are color-printed.

Folded as issued. Clean and virtually unworn.  (41324)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Pittsburgh Woman's Exceptionally Well-Documented Trip to Europe

McKnight, Mary Baird.  Manuscript on paper, in English. European travel diary. Rome, Seville, Paris, Gibralter, & elsewhere.: 1895. 4to (19 cm, 7.5"). [136] pp.; illus. & lay-ins.
$950.00

A grand three-and-a-half-month adventure in Europe, memorialized in a combination journal-scrapbook created by Mary Baird McKnight (1866–1958). Daughter of Charles McKnight (1826–1881), a journalist and proprietor of periodicals including The Pittsburgh Chronicle, The Illustrated People's Monthly, and The Evening News of Philadelphia, McKnight was 28 years old and single at the time of the trip. She started out in Italy and ended in France: The diary opens with an entry from Rome, and closes with a letter written home from Paris on 2 July affixed at the back of the volume. Along the way she visited the Vatican, Switzerland, Germany, and Spain, providing daily descriptions of the scenery and people along with museums, cathedrals, events, etc. => While her handwriting requires some study, it is legible, and her notes are detailed.
        Many of the pages feature => small affixed photographic reproductions of the sights. Among the other intriguing items present are a first-class ticket booklet from Seville to Madrid (perforation- and rubber-stamped), the color-printed folding cabin passenger list for the Kaiser Wilhelm II steamship sailing from Genoa to New York (via Gibraltar, where Mary stopped), a bullfight ticket, the card of Wayne MacVeagh (United States ambassador to Italy), letterheads from many of the hotels and restaurants visited, and numerous other souvenirs, as well as instances of dried flower and plant matter.

Canvas-covered limp wrappers with leather edging; cloth with date inked in upper outer corner and with small spots of discoloration, leather edging lost at spine extremities and worn elsewhere. Pages age-toned, with some starting to separate; that said, however, this compendium is in a better state of conservation than most "mixed media" constructions of the sort. The affixations remain affixed, the artistically arranged clipped images have not faded to mere shadows, the pressed flowers have not crumbled and retain color. => A unique and remarkable travelogue.  (41244)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Cicero on Divination — Isocrates on Virtue

Cicero; Abbé de Regnier Desmarais, trans.  Traité de la divination. Traduit du Latin de Ciceron. Amsterdam: Chez Isaac Trojel, 1711. 8vo (15 cm, 6’’). [24], 283, [5 pp.
$450.00

The first French translation of Cicero’s famous work on divination, here in its scarce second edition and appearing with Isocrates’ Discourse translated from the Greek. F.-S. Régnier-Desmarais (1632–1713) was a French religious, poet, and translator of several classical works; in the preface here, he explains his choice of Ciceronian effort by noting that this was, of Cicero’s works, "the least known to the wider public."
        The Traité is a history of divination (i.e., the prediction of the future) in ancient Western and Middle Eastern cultures. Discussing its origins and its main kinds (artificial and natural), it considers divination through dreams, prodigies and presages, and the function of the Aruspices.
        Isocrates’s Discourse addresses "the behavior of honest men in the course of life," with didactic advice.
        Trojet's title-page is in red and black with an emblematic engraved vignette; his last four pages give a "Catalogue des livres francois qui se trouve à Amsterdam, chez Isaac Trojel," with an interesting selection promised.
        Binding: Contemporary calf, covers gilt ruled and spine gilt extra with gilt-lettered morocco label. Gilt inner denteles, blue endpapers, edges speckled red. Red silk ribbon book mark present.
        Provenance: 18th-century French inscription on the fly-leaf.
        => WorldCat locates no copies in the U.S.

Dorbon, Bibliotheca Esoterica, 746; Quérard, II, 203. Not in Caillet; not in Coumont.. Bound as above, a little scuffed; evidence of mismanaged binding acid, especially at one corner, and front endpapers abraded. A handful of leaves slightly browned (poorly dried) or with the odd, small, light dampstain; text generally clean, with a couple of blank margins unobtrusively strengthened.  (41303)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Monte di Pietà in the Papal States

(Papal Bulls / Monte di Pietà).  A small collection of 13 papal bulls and related papal publications mainly concerning Monte di Pietà and notaries in Bologna and Cesena. Bologna & Rome: various printers, 1525–96 (and possibly later). 4to (ca. 20 cm, 7.75"). Mostly [4]ff. but length varies to up to 16 pp.
$2,000.00

The bulls and other publications in this collection are officially dated 1488 to 1596, but the pre-1525 ones are 16th- to early 17th-century editions. They were probably reprinted for the importance of their subject: the Monte di Pietà in the Papal States.
        Dating to the 1460s, Monte di Pietà were very important institutions of Franciscan inspiration: They sought to counteract the usury of money-lenders, which had ruined many a poor family, by providing instead => an alternative form of loan without interest. Two of the publications here are different issues of Innocent VIII’s bull of 1488 confirming the official status of the Monte di Pietà in Cesena, previously established by the city’s inhabitants; two others, dated 1506, are similar to the above, but concern the Monte di Pietà in Bologna, approved by Julius II. There follow eight more, dating from 1580 to 1596, concerning the payment of notaries for various tasks, the interactions between the Monte di Pietà and the criminal court of the Torrone, in Bologna, the use of money from the Monte di Pietà for other purposes, and the orders and oaths of the Torrone.
        These are printed in roman type, with eight having variously sized title-page woodcuts of five papal coats of arms, executed and supported in seven different ways; several are quite large and handsome. One additional bull has on its title-page => a very large woodcut of Christ being aided down from the Cross by angels, and all thirteen have interesting woodcut initials.

Stitched or unbound, preserved in a modern folding cloth case. Light age-toning or minor browning variously as usual; one papal letter waterstained and another item with final blank partly torn away. Three issue have old inked underlinings, and one an old line of docketing in ink; all bear later archival annotations in pencil . => A nice little collection of papal publications inviting several kinds of interrogation.  (41313)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Beckford & Durdans/Rosebery Copy

[Head, Richard].  Nugae venales, sive, thesaurus ridendi & jocandi. [bound with another, see below] Disputatio perjucunda qua probare nititur mulieres homines non esse. [The Hague: I. Burchornius, 1642]. 12mo (12 cm, 4.7’’). [4], 336, 48, 44 pp.
$1,250.00

[also bound in] Acidalius, Valens. Disputatio perjucunda qua probare nititur mulieres homines non esse. Hagae-Comitatis: I. Burchornius, 1641. 12mo. 191, [1] pp.
        The elegantly bound copy of these works from the rich library of the novelist William Beckford (1760–1844). Interestingly, Beckford owned seven editions of the Nugae — this is his => first edition — printed between 1642 and 1720. In his sale catalogue, a note attributes it to the Irish novelist Richard Head (1637–ca. 86), author of the successful The Irish Rogue, although scattered sentences in Dutch or German cast doubts; the work also had an English edition, this perhaps translated by Head. The first part is a collection of ironic, witty questions and answers on satirical topics, often concerned with women — e.g., what is a liberal woman? — as well as with curiosities (e.g., why are Ethiopians black? is begging preferable to wealth? {‘it is’}). There follow essays on unrelated topics including pseudo-medicine, with the Nugae's second part — Crepundia poetica — then being a collection of short poems on sundry subjects from doctors to astrologers. => The third part — Pugna porcorum — is => a satirical poem written solely and perhaps preposterously with words beginning with P.
        The Disputatio, here in the second collected edition after a first of 1638, is "a jeu d’esprit against the opinions of the Socinians" (Brunet). Its two parts, propounding rhetorical paradoxes, first appeared separately in 1595, when a debate broke out following the Socinian affirmation that women were animals, not humans, as Eve was not created in the image of God. Attributed to Acidalius Valens, the work => seeks satirically to prove, through numerous mainly theological sources and following Socinian logic, that women are not men; the second essay defends women as a sex.
        The title-pages offer three instances of the same handsome woodcut vignette.
        Binding: 19th-century straight-grained citron morocco, raised bands, spine gilt-extra with flowers and flourishes; inner dentelles gilt, puce endpapers, all edges gilt over marbling. Red silk bookmark present and attached.
        Provenance: William Beckford, with 19th-century note "Beckford sale 1883 lot 174" on front free endpaper verso and cutting from sale catalogue on front pastedown; red leather Durdans (Rosebery) booklabel to front pastedown and that library's small blind-stamp to first title-page and elsewhere. Later bookplate of Lawrence Strangman to front free endpaper; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, with his small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.

I: Wing (rev.ed.) N1462;ESTC R219402. II: Brunet II, 759 (1638 ed.). Bound as above, with significant rubbing to joints and spine especially and with discoloration especially affecting raised bands; gilt ornamentation still impressive. Short closed tear to B4 not quite reaching print, another with loss to margin just touching text on L4; age-toning, with a few leaves slightly browned. => Desirable texts in a desirable copy, with very desirable provenance.  (41315)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Scottish Machiavelli?

Skelton, John.  Maitland of Lethington and the Scotland of Mary Stuart: A history. Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1887. 8vo (22.3 cm, 8.77"). 2 vols. I: xl, [2], 336, [4 (adv.)] pp. II: x, 436, [2 (adv.)] pp.
$100.00

First edition, attractively bound; and one of the first scholarly efforts to advocate for a more positive depiction of the character and accomplishments of Secretary Lethington, set in the context of his tumultuous era.
        Binding: Contemporary half green morocco and gold-veined marbled paper–covered sides, spines with gilt-stamped leather title and volume labels; gilt-ruled raised bands, and compartments gilt extra.
        Provenance: From the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.

Bound as above, withspines evenly sunned to olive, joints and edges rubbed, some corners bumped, spine extremities chipped; front joint of vol. I cracked and partially separated. Pages lightly age-toned; stain to fore-edge of vol. I, extending slimly into a few margins, and two pages in vol. II with small area of spotting. => A dignified set, priced to allow for repair!  (41200)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Birds & Beasts, from Bewick's Blocks

Bewick, Thomas, illus.; Edna W. Ferriss, ed.  21 engravings. St. Charles, IL: Privately Printed (at the Printing Office of Philip Reed), 1951. 8vo (21.9 cm, 8.6"). 2 vols. I: [44] pp.; illus. II: [40] pp.; illus.
$150.00

One of 500 copies printed — with the two volumes, despite the title, actually comprising => 42 illustrations, all printed from Bewick's original woodblocks.
        Binding: Publisher's Bewick design–printed paper–covered boards with morocco shelfbacks (one green, one red); spines with gilt-stamped title, in original matching slipcase.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Bound as above, spines sunned as is often seen with these volumes; slipcase somewhat darkened with spine and edges showing this more notably. Books crisp and clean. => A nice set.  (41317)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Bothwell Brigg . . .

 Battle of Bothwell Brigg; An Old Scotch ballad. Glasgow [Scotland]: Printed for the Booksellers, [1840s]. 12mo. 8 pp.
$50.00

The parish and town of Bothwell, Lanark County, is about seven miles southeast of Glasgow. At Bothwell Bridge over the River Clyde, the Royalists under Monmouth and Claverhouse defeated the Covenanters on June 22, 1679.
        Scarce. "[No.] 73" printed at foot of title. The title woodcut vignette on this chapbook shows two men fighting with swords.

Unbound; removed from a nonce volume, with slim survival of the spine of whatever once was bound next to it, just showing along its spine. Very good.  (41329)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

For Fans of Peppy Cars & Mexican Food

Manners, Marian.  Mexican dishes. Dishes of the dons. [Los Angeles], CA: Richfield Oil Co., (copyright 1933). 12mo (15.1 cm, 5.9"). 24 pp.; illus.
$32.50

Promotional souvenir booklet: recipes sponsored by Richfield Hi-Octane Gasoline, offering "Mexican dishes you can prepare at home" in a pamphlet sized to fit recipe index files. Edited by Manners, director of the Home Service Bureau of the Los Angeles Times, these recipes are illustrated with => small drawings printed in red and green. The taco instructions are for filled soft tortillas fried in deep fat, rather than the American-style crispy shells.

Publisher's color-printed paper wrappers; pages very slightly age-toned, otherwise clean. => An interesting and relatively uncommon piece of early 20th-century cross-border Americana, in excellent condition.  (41326)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Philadelphia "Prep" — The RARER of Two

Horatius Flaccus, Quintus.  Opera expurgata, notis anglicis illustrata: Quibus præfixum syntagma prosodiale. Cura et studio Thomæ Dugdale. Philadelphiae: Impensis Solomon W. Conrad, excud. Guilelmus Fry, 1815. 8vo. xvii, [1 (blank)], 359, [1 (blank)] pp.
$125.00

Important, early, American college-preparatory/college-level edition. The preface, explanatory matter, and notes are in English. The editor, Dugdale, taught in Philadelphia, and several teachers at the University of Pennsylvania whom he asked to review the volume recommend it to schools and colleges in the preface.
        This is the rarer of two Philadelphia editions of 1815: It is not listed in NUC Pre-1956 and Shaw and Shoemaker located only one copy (at The American Antiquarian Society); we do know of some other copies. The other edition has the imprint reading "Impensis E. Kimber."
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Shaw & Shoemaker 34951. Original treed sheep, leather label; spine, with gilt-stamped red leather label, a little pulled at bottom and rubbed at corners. Significant degrees of browning and foxing, as expectable of the paper used. Front free endpaper missing; volume opens on title-page. => An interesting volume in attractive condition.  (41323)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Channing, William Ellery.  The power of Unitarian Christianity to produce an enlightened and fervent piety. By W. E. Channing, D.D. Boston: American Unitarian Association, [after 1873]. 12mo. 43 pp.
$40.00

Scarce American Unitarian Association tract: No. 159, 1st Series. Apologetic work expounding the thesis that Unitarian doctrine promotes piety and his objections to Trinitarian orthodoxy. Adverstisement on back page, printed below "American Unitarian Association, 7 Tremont Place, Boston, Mass." Undated, but the Association moved to the address stated in 1873. Scarce: OCLC reports only five holdings with this imprint.

Removed from a nonce volume; lacks wrappers. Title-page darkened in blank area of outer margin. Ex-library, with pressure-stamp and penciled numeral on the title-page. Final leaf irregular at inner margin and detaching. Very good.  (24607)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Censuring Current Events, in Verse

Moore, Francis [pseud.].  The age of intellect: Or clerical showfolk, and wonderful layfolk. A series of poetical epistles between Bob Blazon in town, and Jack Jingle in the country. London: Pr. for William Hone (by Plummer & Brewis), 1819. 12mo (18.4 cm, 7.25"). Frontis., [2], 172, [8 (index)] pp.
$400.00

First edition of this comedic epistolary poem, "with notes critical, ethical, satirical, physiological, craniological, and astrological." Sometimes attributed to Henry Andrews and sometimes to publisher William Hone himself, the work is satirically dedicated to Delaram, wife of the Persian ambassador (although she is herein named only as "the Fair Circassian"), and mocks figures including barmaids, surgeons, bishops, music composers, velocipede riders, "the proprietor of the automaton chess player," and George IV himself. The => frontispiece by George Cruikshank appears here in its original uncolored state; the title-page is printed in red and black.
        Provenance: From the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.

Cohn, Cruikshank, 574; NSTC 2A12367. 19th-century three-quarter dark red morocco with red cloth–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title, author, and date, and top edges gilt; extremities lightly rubbed, spine slightly darkened and rubbed. Front fly-leaf with old slip of printed cataloguing (referring to a different copy) affixed; preliminary matter bound slightly out of order. Pages with edges untrimmed; intermittent minor foxing. => A fine instance of "English humor" in a solid, very decent copy.  (41199)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Bewick: Before & Afters from a MODERN Fine Press

Bewick, Thomas, illus.  Thomas Bewick: Ten working drawing reproductions shown with impressions of the corresponding engravings. Chicago: Cherryburn Press, 1972. Oblong 8vo (19.8 cm, 7.79"). Frontis, [14] pp.; 10 double-spread matted plates.
$125.00

One of only 160 copies printed: an elegantly designed portfolio presentation of ten of Bewick's preliminary drawings (reproduced from the originals by the Meriden Gravure Company) alongside reprintings => from the original blocks of their final engraved forms. (One engraving only is done from a later plate, which provides instructive contrast of effect.)
        The introduction was signed by the printer, Robert Hunter Middleton, a Bewick aficionado who expertly reproduced his work.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.

Publisher's case of tan buckram and textured grey paper–covered sides, front cover and spine with red paper labels, in matching slipcase; slipcase rubbed but solid with spine cloth slightly foxed, case otherwise showing virtually no wear. => The enclosed portolio, pristine.  (41304)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Three 1586 Greek Works from Fédéric Morel's Press

Synesius, of Cyrene, Bishop of Ptolemais.  [title in Greek, romanized as] Synesiou Kyrênês Episcopou Ymnoi deka. Grêgoriou tou Nazianzêiou ôdai teatares. [bound with two others, see below]. Lutetiae [Paris]: Apud Federicum Morellum, 1586. 8vo (18 cm; 7"). 88 pp.
$2,875.00

[with the same author's] [title in Greek romanized as] ... Peri enypnion ... Liber de insomniis ... Lutetiae [Paris]: Apud Federicum Morellum, 1586. 8vo. 56 pp. (lacking parts 2 and 3; [10], 31, [5], 55, [1] ff.). [with] John Chrysostom, Saint. [title in Greek romanized as] Ioannou tou Chrysostomou Peri Heimarmenes te kai pronoias. [then in Latin:] Divi Ioannis Chrysostomi Conciucnculae perquam elegantes sex de fato & prouidentia Dei. Lutetiae [Paris]: Apud Federicum Morellum, 1586. 8vo. 82. (i.e., 79), [1] pp.
        An attractive Greek sammelband of scarce theological works in a trio produced by Frédéric Morel (1552–1630) — heir of a great line of Paris printers after his father’s death in 1583 and, from 1581, the French Royal Printer for the Greek, as blazoned by the dedicated printer’s device with pike, snake, and olive branch on each title-page here. Based on editions previously produced by other Parisian printers (and sometimes also bound together), this sammelband boasts the famous Grec du Roi typeface — in particular, the Royal Pica Greek — that Morel had inherited, ultimately, from Robert Estienne, and which was originally produced by Garamond.
        Synesius (373–414), Bishop of Ptolemais, was known in the Renaissance for his intriguing works, spanning subjects as varied as the praise of hair and the making of astrolabes. First here, entirely in Greek, are his ten famous hymns of Neoplatonic feeling, followed by four odes by the Church Father Gregory of Nazianzus (329–90), Archbishop of Constantinople. Next comes part I (only) of Synesius’s second work – Peri enypniōn — "one of the most fervent writings in the area of religiously founded speculation about divination through dreams," and "an important representative of Greek oneirological thinking" (Bittrich, 71); this concludes with a short Orphic hymn. The last work presents the influential Conciunculae by John Chrysostom (347–407), a treatise on fate and divine providence, followed by short excerpts from St. Isidore’s epistles.
        => In addition to the royal printer’s woodcut device on titles, the works all also have interesting decorated initials and ornaments.
        Binding: Late 18th-century English green sheep, board edges gilt with a decorated fillet with stars in a chaine; spine gilt with Greek fillet and urns. Gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.
        Provenance: From the library of the Hardens of Crea, King’s Co., in Ireland, and probably bound in Dublin in the second half of the 18th century. Armorial bookplate printed in red of Henry Hurden, L.L.B.; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

I: Not in Brunet or USTC. II: USTC 171954; Pettegree & Walsby 87229; Renouard 1584 06:14:1; Brunet, V, 614. III: Adams, C1546. Bittrich, "Outline of a General History of Speculation about Dreams," in On Prophecy, Dreams and Human Imagination (2014), 71–96. Bound as above, second work lacking parts II and III, rubbed and with spine a little sunned; text remarkably clean, with generous lower margins. Light age-toning small light water stain at foot of a few leaves; two pages in last section with old pencilled underlining. => Handsome Greek printing with pleasing provenance.  (37798)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Gospels in Greek, from & for Andover Theological Students

Bible. N.T. Gospels. Greek. Harmonies. 1814.  A harmony in Greek of the Gospels, with notes ... reprinted from the text and select various readings of Griesbach, by the junior class in the theological seminary at Andover, under the supervision of Moses Stuart. Andover: Pr. by Flagg & Gould, 1814. Large 4to (29.7 cm, 11.69"). xvi, 424, 188, [2 (blank)] pp.
$250.00

First edition of the Andover rendition of Archbishop William Newcome's parallel harmony, originally printed in 1778 and appearing here with extensive notes in English, the whole compiled under the auspices of biblical scholar Moses B. Stuart, professor at the then-recently established Andover Theological Seminary.
        => The Greek printing, laid out in four columns on double-page spreads, is attractively accomplished in this hefty volume — which, as an untrimmed copy, then presents itself with lovely wide margins.

Shaw & Shoemaker 30860. Later half tan calf and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-tooled compartment decorations between raised bands; edges lightly rubbed, small scuff at spine head. Page edges untrimmed; pages with minor offsetting and occasional light spotting, including to title-page. Title-page with shadows of old pencil marks; one leaf with tear from outer margin, not touching text. => A solid, wide-margined, overall clean copy of a work more frequently encountered in microform than in print.  (41306)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Pocket-Size Greek Marian Liturgy — Red, Black, & Elegant

Catholic Church. Liturgy & ritual. Little office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Greek.  [three lines in Greek transliterated as ] Akolouthia tes makarias Parthenou Marias. Patavii: Ex Typographia Seminarii, 1713. 12mo (11.6 cm, 4.75’’). [24], 258, [6] pp. (last three blank).
$450.00

This exquisite Greek pocket prayer book for Marian liturgy is here in its scarce third edition; the 1687 and 1698 editions are just as scarce. The work, entirely in Greek, begins with the attributes and symbolism of the Virgin and continues with sections on her life, accompanied by scriptural readings for specific times of the liturgical year.
        Established in 1684 by Cardinal Gregorio Barbarigo, the Tipografia del Seminario in Padua quickly became a most important press in the Venetian territories. It specialized in the production of works in Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic for the use of missionaries, thanks in part to the donation of typefaces and matrixes from the Typography of the Propaganda Fide. The title-page of this one characteristically presents its text in red and black above and below a small woodcut Greek Orthodox vignette of the Mary holding Jesus,with section titles and initials printed in red and with a full-page woodcut of the Virgin and Child on a12. => Such so-called "red and black" devotional and liturgical books as this present one were popular and remunerative.
        Provenance: Inscription "Ex Lib (?) Ma[ri]ae Nicolai Stanislav Meucci Ex dono Δ.Μ.Κ. 1737 26 [Dice]mbre 1738 12 Nov. 1792 26 [Dice]mbre 1739" (probably a monk in an unidentified Orthodox monastery of Sts Mary and Nicholas); 19th-century stamp Pallavicini to front pastedown. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
        WorldCat locates four copies, only two in the US (Princeton, Dayton).

Contemporary limp vellum, title inked to spine; spine a little creased with two small wormholes at tail. Text is age-toned and clean, with tiny chips (really "nicks") to a fore-edge or two only. => Treasurable.  (41302)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The LEC on Book Arts

(Limited Editions Club). Macy, George, ed.  The dolphin number two. A journal of the making of books. New York: The Limited Editions Club (at the Yale University Press), 1935. Folio (30.9 cm, 12.18"). 329, [21] pp.; illus.
$70.00

Special publication from the Limited Editions Club: an enjoyable collection of essays on typography and typecasting, the aesthetics and planning of illustrated books, illustration techniques, papermaking, bookbinding, the printing of music, the work of W.A. Dwiggins, etc., written by some of the most prominent names associated with the LEC.
        This is => one of 2000 copies printed, with the prospectus laid in.

Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, S-3. Publisher's black cloth, spine stamped in silver and gilt; minor, very faint scuffing, otherwise clean. A few leaves creased along outer margins (marking imprint of where prospectus was laid in); pages fresh and crisp. => Engrossing.  (41300)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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A Bowery "B'Hoy" Makes Good

Southworth, Mrs. E.D.E.N.  Capitola's peril. New York: A.L. Burt & Co., [ca. 1890]. 12mo (19.2 cm, 7.55"). [2], 246, [6 (adv.)] pp.
$125.00

The exciting conclusion of The Hidden Hand, Southworth's most popular novel. "Madcap" scrappy Irish-American tomboy Capitola, rescued from street life in New York City and removed to a Virginia plantation, embarks on further adventures before settling down to her happy ending. The entire work was originally serialized and then printed in book form under the Hidden Hand title, and subsequently often published in two volumes as The Hidden Hand and Capitola's Perils. This is an early if not the first printing of the latter as a separate item, now uncommon as such, with the present copy being => in the publisher's original dust jacket.
        Binding: Publisher's light yellow cloth decoratively stamped in maroon and dark green, front cover with color-printed pictorial paper onlay, in color-printed dust jacket as above. => Cover and jacket sport three-quarter portraits of a charming, intelligent-looking young woman of the period; not the SAME girl, however!

This ed. not in Wright; see Wright, III, 5090 for single-volume first ed. Bound as above, volume slightly shaken, edges and spine extremities rubbed, tiny spots of insect damage to front joint; jacket darkened with spine head chipped and lower portion of spine torn away. Pages evenly age-toned, otherwise clean.  (41299)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Sentimental Stories, in an Elegant Margaret Armstrong Binding

Reed, Myrtle.  The white shield. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1912. 8vo (20.5 cm, 8"). Col. frontis., [2], xi, [1], 343, [1] pp.; 4 plts.
$45.00

Posthumously printed short stories from a popular author, with => music figuring prominently in several of the pieces. This is the stated fourth printing of the first edition, with a color-printed frontispiece and four additional plates done by Dalton Stevens.
        Binding: Publisher's lavender cloth, front cover with lily design stamped in gilt, white, and purple, spine with decorative gilt-stamped title. Top edges gilt, others deckle. => Signed "MA," Margaret Armstrong.
        This is one of a series of twelve of Reed's books for which Armstrong did the designs, all on the same lavender cloth. The Reed covers are among her best-known, and this one is quite pleasing with its lily-petal mosaic effect.

Smith, American Fiction, 1901–1925, R-122; Gullans & Espey, Checklist of Trade Bindings Designed by Margaret Armstrong, 182. Bound as above, minimal rubbing to extremities and stamped lilies, minor sunning to spine; front cover clean and bright. Plates with small areas of spotting to upper edges, apparently from printer. => A very nice copy.  (41298)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Signed Binding — Decorative Designers

Merriman, Henry Seton.  The vultures: A novel. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1902. 8vo (19.2 cm, 7.55"). vi, [2], 340, [3 (2 adv.)] pp.; 8 plts.
$30.00

First American edition of this thriller-romance featuring international espionage, set largely in Poland and leading up to the events of 1881. The => binding is signed "DD" for Decorative Designers; the eight plates are unsigned.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with ownership inscription of Theodore H. Swan.

Publisher's green cloth, front cover and spine stamped in dark brown and gilt; very slight rubbing to extremities, otherwise clean and fresh. Pages faintly age-toned. One leaf with chip in upper margin; one leaf with tear from upper margin, extending into a few lines of text without loss. A solid, pleasing copy.  (41297)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Lions, Tigers, & Bears — Engraved

Bennett, Edward Turner; William Harvey, illus.  The Tower menagerie: Comprising the natural history of the animals contained in that establishment; with anecdotes of their characters and history. London: Robert Jennings (pr. by Charles Whittingham, College House), 1829. 8vo (22.8 cm, 8.97"). xviii, 241, [1] pp.; illus.
$250.00

First edition: Detailed accounts of the animals and birds of the Royal Menagerie at the Tower of London — not just the natural history of their species, but the specific temperaments and characteristics of => the individual creatures then living in the collection. The great cats, hyenas, wolves, bears, monkeys, elephants, eagles, vultures, owls, macaws, alligators, anacondas, etc. are => illustrated with "portraits of each, taken from life, by William Harvey; and engraved on wood by Branston and Wright." This work marks the closing days of the 600-year history of the menagerie, as by 1832 all of the animals had been transferred into the care of the Zoological Society of London.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Contemporary quarter sheep and cream paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title and date; binding rubbed overall with sides darkened and leather scuffed (particularly at joints). Hinges (inside) starting from top; still holding. Back pastedown with small ticket of F. Westley, binder. Pages faintly age-toned with a few scattered small smudges, otherwise clean; one leaf with short tear from lower margin, just touching last line of text without loss. => An enjoyable copy of this attractive Whittingham production, and from a good collection.  (41296)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Stowe's Second Anti-Slavery Novel — First U.S. Edition

Stowe, Harriet Beecher.  Dred; a tale of the Great Dismal Swamp. Boston: Phillips, Sampson & Co., 1856. 12mo (20 cm, 7.87"). 2 vols. I: 329, [7 (6 adv.)] pp. II; v, [1], [5]–370 pp.
$475.00

The follow-up to Uncle Tom's Cabin: first American edition, first state as described by BAL (matching on all points, including state "A" bindings), with publisher's advertisements at the back of vol. I.
        In some ways even more militantly abolitionist than Uncle Tom, this novel's complicated plot => drew liberally on real-life figures and events that Stowe cited in a long and detailed Appendix, to create and assert a realism as to slavery and its effects that readers would find undismissable..
        Provenance: Front free endpaper of vol. I with inked inscription: "To Miss Matthews As a Phillipoena Pay[men]t From G.S.R. October 7 1856." ("Phillipoena" was a German-derived game involving love and friendship penalties or "forfeits" between couples; make of that what you will!) Most recently in the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.
        Binding: Publisher's straight-grained very dark brown cloth, covers framed in blind-stamped leaf and vine decorations, spines with gilt-stamped title and "Boston" at feet; plain yellow endpapers.

BAL 19389; Wright, II, 2391. Bound as above, slightly cocked, lightly rubbed overall and moreso at corners; spine extremities chipped. Varying degrees of foxing; some signatures starting to loosen. => Inscription as above!  (41279)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"A Reliable, Readable Introduction": Ancient Mediterranean Culture & History

Shelmerdine, Cynthia W., ed.  The Cambridge companion to the Aegean Bronze Age. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 8vo (22.7 cm, 8.94"). xxxvi, 452 pp.; 32 plts.; illus.
$38.50

First trade paperback edition, with 32 plates and numerous in-text maps and illustrations. "The history and the material culture of Crete, Greece, and the Aegean Islands from ca. 3000 to 1100 BCE, as well as topics such as trade, religions, and economic administration."
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Publisher's color-printed wrappers; slight sunning to spine, otherwise fine. Pages clean, crisp, and unmarked.  (41284)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Classical Scholar on Ancient Religion

Momigliano, Arnaldo.  On pagans, Jews, and Christians. Hanover: Wesleyan University Press, 1987. 8vo (22.7 cm, 8.94"). xii, 343, [3] pp.
$30.00

Early trade paperback printing of the first edition: "The work of a master . . . the author has confronted those themes, first developed among Greeks, Romans, Jews, and Christians in the ancient world, that still preoccupy a modern Western culture."
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Publisher's printed paper wrappers; minimal shelfwear, almost unnoticeable sunning to spine, back wrapper with bookstore price sticker. Pages crisp and clean.  (41285)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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