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Homer in Greek, Using Proctor's Type
Homer (Homerus). [one line in Greek, transliterated as] Homēri Odysseia. Oxford: Pr. at the University Press, 1909. Tall 4to (29 cm, 11.5"). [4 (3 blank)], , [3 (blank)] ff. $1,100.00
The aesthetic of the fine press movement of the 19th century influenced many non-small press publishers in the 20th century, and here we have => a university press producing a gorgeous limited edition of the Odyssey. Issued in only 225 copies on handmade paper, printed in black and red with wide side and bottom margins, the text is that of David Binning Monro's Oxford Press, 1896, printing. Horace Hart composed it using the Greek type that Robert Proctor designed based on the Greek type of the Complutem Bible, which was used "by arrangement with the owners of the type" (colophon). Proctor's type was cut in just one size — large — making it, in reality, useable only in fine press work and spectacular there.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Publisher's quarter linen, light blue boards, paper label to spine. All edges untrimmed. Without the slipcase. Paper label a little darkened and rubbed, a few spots of discoloration to the linen, boards a little dusty; lower outer corner of front board with a small waterstain. Interior fresh. => A beautiful book. (37861) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Early Estienne Bibliography — With the Often-Lacking Appendix
Maittaire, Michael. Stephanorum historia, vitas ipsorum ac libros complectens. Londini: typis Benj. Motte, impensis Christoph. Bateman, 1709. 8vo (19.8 cm, 7.75"). 2 vols. in 1. I: ix, , 4, , 5–564 pp.; illus. II: 5, , 133, , 7 pp. $1,750.00
First edition of an early bio-bibliography of the Estienne printing family, from perspectives both of Classical scholarship and typographic appreciation. In addition to writing about them, Maittaire (1668–1747) also collected early printed books, and upon his death an auction of them by Cock and Langford took over => 40 evenings to sell. This is Maittaire's first book, which Bigmore describes as a "very complete work." Biographies of "Henry I" and his sons and nephews are here folliowed by a lengthy list of their known publications complete with cross-references to other reference works, and this offering also includes the Appendix librorum sub Stephanorum nominibus impressorum, which is often lacking.
Vol. I contains => a frontispiece of Robert Estienne signed by the great English engraver John Sturt, best known for having engraved the entire Book of Common Prayer on silver plates and for illustrating Pilgrim's Progress. Additionally, the volume features 16 facsimile images on three pages, printed from woodcut blocks, showing => the evolution of the iconic Estienne printer's device. This copy appears to have the first sectional title-page bound after the first two pages of text instead of proceeding them.
Provenance: Delightfully artistic inked initials "E.L." on front pastedown, with the note "collated & perfect" in the same hand at the end. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
ESTC T99611; Schreiber, Estiennes, 294; Bigmore & Wyman, Bibliography of Printing, II, pp. 14–6. On Maittaire, see: DNB (online). 18th-century speckled calf, rebacked with very similar calf stamped, ruled, and lettered in gilt with red leather label; covers double-ruled in gilt with flower stamps at corners, board edges with floral gilt rolls, all edges speckled red. Pencilled and inked notes on endpapers, evidence of a bookplate removed long ago. Light age-toning with a small stain or two, provenance evidence as above, one leaf with short later inked notes. => Impressive piece of early Estienne scholarship in a very good copy. (37887) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Shakespeare for Kids
Lamb, Charles, & Mary Lamb. Tales from Shakspeare: Designed for the use of young persons. London: Baldwin & Cradock, 1831. 8vo (19.5 cm, 7.625"). vi, 376 pp. $75.00
This popular, child-friendly collection of Shakespeare's plays in its fifth edition. Charles (1775–1834) and Mary Lamb (1764–1847) initially introduced Shakespeare to young readers in 1807 by carefully selecting => "such words as might least interrupt the effect of the beautiful English tongue in which he wrote," but would still be comprehensible for children.
Although the Lambs continuously suffered from mental illnesses, Mary more so than her brother, they remained at the center of a major literary circle in England; their long-lasting friendships with Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Wordsworths would prove influential for all.
The volume => includes engravings from designs by William Harvey at the beginning of each play, and a portrait of Shakespeare on the title-page.
Provenance: On front pastedown, the bookplate of John Taylor Bottomley. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Darton, Children's Books in England (3rd ed.), 191. Publisher's green moiré cloth with gilt lettering to spine; edges and boards very lightly worn, with minor sunning to spine. Foxing to endpapers and title-page, gutter cracking in two places with sewing holding. Classic literature for young readers, simple and agreeable, in a => very nice copy surviving in its original, delicate publisher's binding. (37872) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Humanists Tackle Roman Satire — Excellent Triple Provenance
Persius Flaccus, Aulus. A. Persii Flacci Satyrae, obscurissimae alioqui, luculentissima ecphrasi simul & scholiis doctissimi viri Ioannis Murmellii illustratae. Adiecta est epistola Hermanni Buschii, ad intelligentiam Persii multum conducens. [colophon: Antverpiae: typis Aegidij Diest, 1546]. 8vo (16.5 cm, 6.5"). 60 ff. $1,200.00
The poems of Persius (a.d. 34–62) are more Stoic sermons than satires, preaching a moral life during one of Rome's more corrupt periods and doing so, most remarkably, without a hint of self-righteousness. Following an introduction from German humanist Hermann von dem Busche (1468–1534), this neatly crafted edition contains all six of Persius' satires with plentiful and extensive commentary from Dutch humanist and poet Johann Murmellius (ca. 1480–1517), who is best known for his Latin primer Pappa puerorum and his positive reputation as an educational administrator.
The title-page is surrounded by an intricate four-element woodcut border with Grecian elements of vases and mythical creatures; the text is printed in several sizes of both roman and italic type with side- and shouldernotes.
Provenance: Sunderland copy with that library's shelf mark (D12.64); armorial bookplate of Francis Pierrepont Barnard designed by Graham Johnston of Edinburgh and Barnard's signature (March 1883) in ink at front. Also present are two bookseller descriptions, one marked "Sunderland Sale" in ink. Barnard (1854–1931) studied at the University of Oxford before teaching medieval archeology at the University of Liverpool and publishing several history, archeology, and numismatic books; his library was sold in 1932 by B.H. Blackwell. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only two copies in U.S. libraries (UCincinnati and Harvard).
Bibliotheca Sunderlandiana 9506; Morgan, Bibliography of Persius, 119; Ebert, General Bibliographical Dictionary, III, 16273; Schweiger, II, 709. Not in Adams; not in STCN (online). On Barnard's bookplate, see: Journal of the Ex Libris Society, IX, 150. On Murmellius, see: Contemporaries of Erasmus, 470–71. 18th-century calf, rebacked and spine with gilt-ruled raised bands and blind floral compartment stamps, covers double-ruled in gilt with a fleur de lis stamp at corners, board edges rolled in gilt with a circular geometric design, marbled endpapers and all edges speckled red; rubbed with some loss of leather at corners and front free endpaper, bottom front joint starting. Light age-toning, provenance indicia as above; one small marginal hole from paper manufacture, one closed tear, some tiny edge chips and and, at rear, a section with slim crescents of old ink staining at bottom edge. => A humanist take on Roman poetry. (37857) Add to My BOOK-STACK
From Here to There — BEYOND the Mediterranean
& One of the Best Title-Page Cuts EVER
(Portolan in Greek). [title-page entirely in Greek, transliterated as] Portolanos, id est liber, qui continet in se, seu qui agit portubus maris, et distantiis unius loci ab altero, atque aliis pluribus hunc in finem utilitur profuturus. Venetiis: Nicolaum Saro, 1729. 4to (24 cm, 9.375").  ff., 183, [1 (blank)] pp. $1,750.00
A chartless portolan in modern Greek, covering Mediterranean routes and the Atlantic coasts of France, Spain, and Portugal; the coasts of Ireland, west Scotland, Wales, and southwest England; and the English, Flemish, and French coasts of the Channel. A large woodcut appears on the title-page depicting => a sailor measuring the distances in the sky with a pair of dividers.
The text is printed in single columns with larger initials to separate sections, on cheap paper; and an early user has helpfully transliterated the title-page onto the facing front free endpaper in ink.
Searches of WorldCat, KVK, COPAC, and the NUC reveal => no copies in U.S. libraries and only the copy at the British Library — but that copy, although found via WorldCat, is not findable via COPAC or the BL's OPAC.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
18th-century cartonnage binding, title inked on spine and edges dabbed with lavender; light staining and fading along top and fore-edges, back free endpaper mostly cut out. Light to moderate age-toning/staining; some edges uneven or corners lost, and four small holes affecting only two letters; one témoin, one wrinkled leaf, title-page transcription to endpaper as above. => An attractive survivor among "working" books. (37847) Add to My BOOK-STACK
On Providence — Identifiable by Fore-Edge
Theodoret, Bishop of Cyrrhus (a.k.a. Theodoretus). [first seven words in Greek, transliterated as] Theodoretou episkopou Kyrou, Peri pronoias logoi deka. [then in Latin] Theodoreti episcopi Cyri de providentia sermones X. Nunc primum in lucem editi. Romae: [Antonio Blado], 1545. 8vo (16.1 cm, 6.375"). 255 pp. $750.00
First edition of Theodoret's ten well-argued sermons exploring Providence, God's loving-kindness, edited by Nicolaus Majoranus, bishop of Malfetta. Theodoret may be known best for his involvement in the Nestorian controversy with Cyril of Alexandria.
While the dedication and some of the prefatory matter are printed in Latin, the main text is printed in Greek complete with sidenotes and unaccomplished guide letters; the title-page showcases a woodcut of the printer's device and Cardinal Niccolò Rodolfi's coat of arms (as the work was dedicated to him). An early user has also helpfully added title information to the fore-edge in ink, with a later user supplying the publisher ("A. Blado") in light pencil on the title-page.
Provenance: Circular institutional rubber-stamp reading "C.V.P.F." for the Collegium Urbanum de Propaganda Fide (Rome) on title-page; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Adams T485. Apparently not in Legrand, Bibliographie Hellenique. 19th-century quarter brown sheep and dark purple-brown leaf-patterned paper, spine lettered/ruled in gilt, rubbed with some loss of leather. Light to moderate age-toning/foxing; paper of two corners flawed in manufacture, small wormtrack to inner upper gutter from p. 201 through end (almost completely repaired). Provenance/use evidence as above. => Neatly printed, with signing in Greek. (37851) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Anthologia Graeca Aldina — Beautiful Copy with Excellent Provenance
Planudes, Maximus, comp. [First five lines in Greek transliterated as] Anthologia diaphoron epigrammaton, archaiois suntetheimenon sophois, epi diaphorois hypothesesin, eis hepta tmemata dieremene. [then in Latin] Florilegium diversorum epigrammatum in septem libros distinctum, diligenti castigatione emendatum. Cui nonnulla nuper inventa in fine adiecta sunt, una cum indice tam rerum, guam auctorum copiosissimo. Venetiis: Apud Aldi filios, 1550–51. Small 8vo (16.5 cm, 6.5"). 288,  ff. $4,500.00
Third Aldine edition of the Greek anthology originally compiled by Maximus Planudes (ca. 1260 – ca. 1305) and edited by Andreas Joannes Lascaris (1445–1534). Hutton believes that this edition and that published by Nicolini in 1550 are virtually identical. He also notes that the ten leaves immediately after fol. 288 (and before the blank leaf preceding the final leaf with the printer's device) are printed in => Paolo Aldus's new Greek type, which is larger than the type of the main text.
“The Greek anthology,” as it is commonly known among Hellenists, contains poems, mostly in form of epigrams, spanning the Classical and Byzantine eras of Greek literature. It had its origins in the collection of epigrams that Constantine Cephalas compiled around 900, which in turn used compilations made by Meleager of Gadara (first century B.C.), Philip of Thessalonica (ca. A.D. 50), and Agathias of Myrina (A.D. 567/568). Those three sources are now lost. Next in the chain is the Palatine Anthology, the work of an unknown scholar, which expanded the number of epigrams to about 3700. Offered here is the “Plaundian” anthology that Byzantine monk Maximus Planudes produced ca. 1301: It is a reduced version of the Palatine Anthology, but does add some epigrams not included by the Palatine version. The Planudean Anthology was => the Greek anthology of the Renaissance and it exerted a huge influence.
While the title-page gives the publication date as 1550, the colophon is dated 1551.
Binding: Brown pigskin, top and bottom of round spine with a gilt hash design repeated on raised bands; compartments defined by gilt double-fillets and with a gilt center device of a flower. Covers framed with triple gilt fillets, each corner with a small blossom; board edges with gilt triangle-and-dot roll; turn-ins tooled in gilt using two different rolls separated by a single gilt fillet. Marbled endpapers of a French combed pattern and all edges gilt. A 19th-century hand has written in pencil on the verso of the front free endpaper: "Pigskin by Desseuil."
Provenance: The Rev. H. Drury's copy: "Coll. per H. Drury Harroviae" at the top of front fly-leaf (and with five lines of his neat, small hand-written notes below that); his books were sold in 1841. English bookseller's catalogue entry pasted to verso of front free endpaper. 20th-century collation note by Quaritch on recto of rear free endpaper. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Adams A1185; Renouard 148:7; UCLA, Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection (2001), 401; Edit 16 CNCE 1974 and CNCE 1975. Binding as above. Very good, indeed excellent condition. => A true collector's copy. (37864) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"The Favourites of the People" — Pickering Printing, Bewick Illustrations
Ritson, Joseph, ed.; Thomas Bewick, illus.; John Bewick, illus. Pieces of ancient popular poetry: From authentic manuscripts and old printed copies. London: William Pickering, 1833. 8vo (20.2 cm, 7.9"). xvi, 172,  pp.; illus. $285.00
First Pickering edition, but second overall: a "republication . . . with the original woodcuts, and Mr. Ritson[']s additions and corrections," along with newer vocabulary glosses, of the 1791 first appearance, which had "become scarce and dear" by the time of this publication (p. [v]). This anthology was compiled by one of the most dedicated scholars of the origins of British literature, and includes "Adam Bel, Clym of the Cloughe, and Wyllyam of Cloudesle," "The King and the Barker," and "The Life and Death of Tom Thumbe." The volume is => illustrated with in-text wood engravings by Thomas and John Bewick, and shows why Pickering is a highly collected printer.
The wood engravings are printed from the original blocks from Bewick's atelier; however, many of the tailpieces differ from those of the first edition. Also, this edition adds "Sir Peny" from a Cottonian manuscript that was not included in the first edition.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with difficult to decipher inked ownership inscription dated 1849, half-title with pencilled inscription: "Ex Armario Gulielmi Blaine Wootten." Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
NSTC 2R11684; Hugo, The Bewick Collector, 488; Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1833.9; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), 87. Publisher's plain dark blue cloth, spine with printed paper label; cloth worn and faded, spine extremities and top of label chipped. Inscriptions and ex-libris as above. Pages slightly age-toned, with edges untrimmed and dust-soiled; first and last few leaves lightly foxed. => Externally an unprepossessing, internally an attractive copy. (37871) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Never, in All Its History, Was the Proud & Opulent City of New York More Glad & Gay
Than in the Bright Spring Days of 1791."
Barr, Amelia E. The maid of Maiden Lane: a sequel to "The bow of orange ribbon": a love story. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, . 12mo (19.6 cm, 7.75"). 338, [8 (adv.)] pp. $30.00
Special limited edition (as per the title-page): an old-fashioned love story housed in an endearing, decorated binding in the original dust jacket. Amelia E. Barr (1831–1919) was a novelist and teacher who, despite the tragic loss of her husband and many children, achieved ample success through her historical novels. The publication of her first novel opened a floodgate; she was highly prolific for the rest of her life.
Binding: Publisher's light blue cloth with navy-stamped lettering and a cameo portrait in profile on navy ground decorating the front board; red and blue roses to spine and cover, with green touches in the latter place. => Designed by Thomas Watson Ball.
Wright, III, 332 (for the Dodd, Mead printing of the same year). Not in Minsky. See the University of Rochester Library website for attribution of binding design to Ball (https://rbscp.lib.rochester.edu/3352). Bound as above, very minor rubbing to edges. Original brown dust jacket present with light chipping to extremities and overall gentle age-toning, both flaps listing the publisher's available titles. Pages age-toned and notably clean. => A charming, rosy binding! (37496) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"The Great Tools Used in the Work of the World"
Barnard, Charles. Tools and machines. New York: Silver, Burdett & Co., . 12mo (19 cm, 7.5"). 164 pp.; illus. $20.00
History and (then) current uses of various essential tools, such as the hammer, chisel, and saw. Barnard makes a strong argument for continuing education on the uses of various tools, saying "the boy who can drive a nail true and straight . . . or the girl who can copy a thousand words on a typewriter without a mistake is a better boy or a better girl than any of the poor, helpless creatures who have that queer, old-fashioned idea that it is beneath them to do so fine a thing as work." The volume is => illustrated with a black and white frontispiece and many smaller, in-text illustrations displaying the tool examined in each chapter.
Provenance: On front pastedown in blue ink, "School District No. 1 Form of Davenport." A black number 36 is also inked in the corner.
Publisher's grey-blue cloth with black lettering to front board and spine, yellow and black torch, gear, and hammer decoration to front board and blind-stamp to rear one; rubbing to boards and edges,staining and a light patch to front board. Page edges foxed (not the pages themselves), and very minor and occasional soiling or staining to interior. => An interesting production in a copy sturdy and "decent" despite "school" provenance. (37514) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Eight Bright, High-Quality Hand-Colored Lithographs
Ribelle, Charles de [pseud. of Rigaud, Jean-Baptiste-Amable]; Charles Vallet, illus. Les récits amusants. Album de la jeunesse et du foyer. Paris: Amable Rigaud (pr. by Morris et Compagnie), 1860. Large 8vo (27.6 cm, 10.8"). , 91,  pp.; 8 col. plts. $450.00
Uncommon volume of cautionary tales — mixed with a few more domestic in nature — by Rigaud, a Parisian publisher and notable children's author who also wrote La Morale en action, Histoire des animaux célèbres, Le Livre des jeunes personnes vertueuses, Les Fêtes de l'enfance, etc. These are the types of stories which encourage little boys and girls to behave themselves and obey their elders, lest they end up disfiguring themselves with fire or being mauled by a bear. The first tale is a rather bloody account of a Zouave regiment; their vivandière, Catherine la Cantinière, rushes to a soldier's aid with a bayonet of her own in one illustration, while another battlefield scene is depicted complete with a chopped-off head lying in the foreground. A total of => eight hand-colored full-page lithographs by Charles Vallet illustrate the stories; in addition to the two mentioned above, other images show Mlle. Hermine with her two nicely dressed pupils, a naughty young lady pretending to be a ghost to scare her friend, and spectators gawping at a bear in a zoo.
Quérard (La France littéraire, vol. XII) claims that this work was first published in 1859, but no examples of any such appearance are found by WorldCat; if the present example is not the first printing, it is certainly a very early one.
Provenance: Front pastedown with inked inscription: "Duchess of Somerset [/] 1875" (presumably Margaret Shaw-Stewart Seymour, widow of the 11th Duke of Somerset, d. 1880). Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Publisher's red cloth, front cover and spine with gilt-stamped title, front cover with gilt-stamped oval medallion title frame, back cover with gilt-stamped urn and flowers vignette; spine sunned with cloth chipping at joints and frayed at extremities. All edges gilt. Title-page with small portion of outer edge repaired some time ago. Mild age-toning and offsetting around guard tissues; last few leaves foxed. => An attractive (if somewhat alarming) production. (37890) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Herkyns Now Bothe More & Lasse / I Wille Yow Telle of a Heavy Casse"
Hartshorne, Charles Henry, ed. Ancient metrical tales: Printed chiefly from original sources. London: William Pickering (pr. by Thomas White), 1829. 8vo (18.8 cm, 7.4"). xxiv, 344 pp. $350.00
First edition: The "Romance of King Athelstone" and 19 other => medieval pieces including "The Cokwolds Daunce," "To All False Flattering Freemen of Cambridge," "Doctour Doubble Ale," and "Willyam and the Werwolf" (in part); the work was also issued in twelve large paper copies, but still in 8vo format. In his introduction to Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott cited the Rev. Hartshorne's collection as the source of inspiration for an incident in that novel.
Binding: Later 19th- or early 20th-century tan calf framed in double gilt and triple blind fillets with gilt- and blind-stamped corner fleurons, spine with leather title and author labels, spine compartments with gilt-tooled lyre and leaf motifs, board edges and turn-ins with gilt rolls. All edges gilt.
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of George Edward Dimock. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
NSTC 2H10783; Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1829.8; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), p. 69. Binding as above, joints and edges rubbed. Bookplates as above. => A lovely and distinguished copy of a work highly influential in its day. (37897) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Establishing Quality, Affordable, Modern Education for Women
Stow, Sarah D. Locke. History of Mount Holyoke Seminary, South Hadley, Mass. during its first half century, 1837–1887. [South Hadley, MA]: Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, 1887. 8vo (23.8 cm, 9.375"). xi, , 372 pp.; illus., 17 plates. $78.50
The history of a female seminary founded in 1837 by Mary Lyon, a pioneer in women's education, written by Sarah D. Locke Stow, a student of Mount Holyoke's class of 1859. Inspired partly by the Rev. Joseph Emerson, who both in his own school (which she attended) and in print urged that => women had a greater purpose than to just "please the other sex," Lyon wished to reach students from a wider socioeconomic range by establishing a reasonable tuition, and, knowing a woman's place in society was beginning to shift, she from the start required => seven math and science courses to graduate.
The volume includes steel-engraved and heliotype plates, several of which have protective tissue, illustrating the interiors and exteriors of the campus. An article on Catharine Hopkins, a former Associate Principal of the seminary, is laid in, as well as an errata slip.
Binding: Publisher's brown cloth with beveled boards; gilt lettering to spine and front board with college seal gilt to the latter.
Bound as above; boards mottled and rubbed, spine faded. Very light spots of foxing throughout, with a few spots on a handful of plates. => A sound decent copy. (37801) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Four Different Solutions of the Same Problem in Book Designing" — An Unusual Quasi-Leaf Book
Rollins, Carl Purington, et al. A demonstration of two Strathmore book papers: Strathmore Book [/] Strathmore All-Rag Book [/] Including four suggested formats for a new edition of Cape Cod by Henry D. Thoreau. West Springfield, MA: Strathmore Paper Company, . 8vo (24 cm, 9.4").  pp.; illus. $55.00
Paper company's sample book, with an introduction by Carl Purington Rollins, printer to Yale University. These examples of suggested formats for Thoreau's Cape Cod were designed by Helen Gentry (Gentry Press), William A. Kittredge (Lakeside Press), Rudolph Ruzicka (Merrymount Press, Mergenthaler Linotype Co., Grolier Club, etc.), and D.B. Updike (Merrymount Press), and they offer => an outstanding study of the power of book design and typography: each setting here provides a dramatically different perspective on Thoreau's work. Updike's smaller format is represented by a tipped-in leaf, while each of the other three settings is suggested by a title-page and one leaf of illustrated text.
Provenance: Front pastedown with small bookplate of John Archer (1914–2004), a Canadian librarian and historian who served as Director of Libraries at McGill University and as the first president of the University of Regina. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Publisher's black and white pastepaper–covered boards, front cover with printed paper label; extremities lightly rubbed. Bookplates as above => An attractive copy, with nice provenance. (37888) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Illustrated Limited Edition — A Typographer's Copy
Nathan, Robert. One more spring. Stamford, CT: Overbrook Press, 1935. 8vo (21.9 cm, 8.6"). , 153,  pp.; col. illus. $50.00
First appearance with Dwiggins' illustrations: An acclaimed limited-edition => Overbrook Press printing of Nathan's delicate, melancholy tale of a former antiques dealer, a violinist, and a streetwalker doing their best to survive a bitter winter at the start of the Depression. A friendly street cleaner and his wife provide some aid to the homeless trio, while the despairing president of a failing bank complicates their precarious situation. The novel was turned into a film in 1935, and a radio play in 1953.
W.A. Dwiggins designed the volume and provided a total of => 18 hand-stencilled color illustrations: 16 scenes at the start of the chapters, plus vignettes for the title-page and colophon. This is => one of 750 copies printed, signed at the colophon by the artist.
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Paul A. Bennett, director of typography for the Mergenthaler Linotype Company and founding member of the Typophiles; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Cahoon, p.7; Laurence A12c. Publisher's light green and blue printed paper–covered boards with tan cloth shelfback, spine with printed paper label; sides and spine showing moderate spotting. Endpapers with offsetting from previous cellophane wrapper; pages gently age-toned. => An all-around pleasure. (37870) Add to My BOOK-STACK
The Donkey Rules (& "Sings" Too)
Scaligeri, Camillo [pseud. of Adriano Banchieri]. La nobiltà dell' asino di Attabalippa dal Perù. Riformata da Griffagno delli Impacci, et accresciuta di molte cose non solo piacevoli, curiose, et di diletto... Venetia: Barezzo Barezzi, 1599. 4to (19.7 cm, 7.75"). , 44, [3 (index)] ff.; illus. $1,000.00
Satiric tribute to the noble donkey, inspired by the "famosa, et eccelsa . . . Signora Torre delli Asinelli" and written by a true Renaissance man who for this work presented himself as King Attabalippa, a fancifully mythic European conception of Atahualpa, last emperor of the Incas. Banchieri, a Benedictine monk, was a notable composer, organist, and music theorist as well as a poet and playwright — and => the copper-engraved title-page of this edition features portions of a six-part canon to be sung by King Donkey and five other animals. In addition, the descriptions of the dog, the horse, the lion, the monkey, and the elephant in the first part of the work are illustrated with in-text woodcuts, and the second part opens with => a woodcut of the animals processing with pomp, circumstance, and a snare drum.
This is an early edition, following the first of 1592. As is generally reported of other copies, not to mention strongly suggested by various bibliographies, La Nobile & Honorata Compagnia delli Briganti dalla Bastina is not present here despite its mention on the title-page.
Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of Edward Davies Davenport (1778–1847, "Time deum et honora regem"). Most recently the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Adams B142; Brunet, I, 540; Edit16 CNCE 4067; Index Aurel. 112.139. Contemporary vellum, spine with gilt-stamped title-label; binding slightly sprung with vellum lightly dust-soiled, spine label now all but lost. Front pastedown with bookplate as above, and with both early inked and later pencilled annotations; front free endpaper lacking, back free endpaper adhered to back pastedown. Title-page and following one with inner margins repaired, the former with old repair to short tear from outer edge, not affecting image, and with one lower corner at border peculiarly "bleached"(?); first and last few leaves waterstained, with scattered spots of staining throughout, this leaving the illustrations' charm remarkably unaffected. => Uncommon and thoroughly delightful. (37860) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Bushnell, Horace. Barbarism the first danger. A discourse for home missions. New York: Printed for the American Home Missionary Society by William Osborn, 1847. 8vo. 32 pp. $18.50
The following discourse was delivered in New York, Boston and other places, in May and June, 1847, and is now yielded to the American Home Missionary Society, in whose behalf it was prepared, for publication.
Removed from a nonce volume. Text block splitting between pages 16-17. Age-toned. (25718) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Fictitious 17th-Century Diary — Both Parts, in Matching Zaehnsdorf Bindings
[Rathbone, Hannah Mary]. So much of the diary of Lady Willoughby as relates to her domestic history, & to the eventful period of the reign of Charles the First. London: Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans (pr. by C. Whittingham), 1845. 12mo (17.3 cm, 6.8"). , 220 pp. $500.00
[with the same author's] Some further portions of the diary of Lady Willoughby which do relate to her domestic history and to the events of the latter years of the reign of King Charles the First, the Protectorate and the Restoration. London: Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1848. 12mo. , 215,  pp.
As per the "Address to the Reader" of So Much of the Diary, etc. "the style of Printing and general appearance of this Volume have been adopted by the Publishers merely to be in accordance with the design of the Author, who in this Work personates a lady of the seventeenth Century" — with "personat[ing]" being the key word, as this is => the diary of a real 17th-century woman as imagined, both deeply and extensively, by a Victorian woman who had immersed herself in the history and memoirs of the "diarist's" period. Published anonymously, it was on its first appearance often sincerely attributed to Elizabeth Cecil Willoughby, Baroness Willoughby (1606–61), perhaps helped on by the fact that Longman had gone so far as to commission a new font from => the Chiswick Press, a recasting of Caslon Old Face, with "antique" headpieces and decorative woodcut initials, pages framed in double-ruled borders, and up-front woodcut coats of arms further employed to enhance the "journal's" verisimilitude. According to the DNB (online), the publication "fostered a minor vogue for first-person historical narratives in contemporary typefaces, notably Anne Manning's 1850 account of Mary Powell (Milton's first wife), and Thackeray's Henry Esmond (1852)."
Lady Willoughby's husband, Francis Willoughby, was a political intriguer who originally opposed the King, but later fell out with the Parliamentarians and joined the Royalists, fleeing to the Caribbean where he eventually became Governor of Barbados and established the short-lived colony of Willoughbyland (in what is now Suriname) before being restored to his estates in England. The diary entries attributed to his wife, which end shortly before Willoughby's departure for the islands, describe the major political and military events of the day against a background of her concern for her children, her love of her mother and husband, and her piety and devotion. Rathbone paid enough attention to detail to have "Lady Willoughby" offer a recipe against giddiness "given to mee by Mr. Gerard's Aunte" — the recipe being quoted in full directly from John Gerard's Herball of 1597 — but altered the course of historical events very slightly by extending the life of her daughter Diana about six years past her actual death and increasing the number of her deceased children!
So Much of the Diary, here in its 1845 second edition, was originally printed in 1844, while Some Further Portions is here in its first printing.
Binding: Contemporary => matched bindings done by Zaehnsdorf, signed on each front turn-in: brown morocco, framed and panelled in gilt and black fillets with gilt-stamped fleur-de-lis corner fleurons, turn-ins similarly designed, and board edges with gilt roll; spines with gilt-stamped titles and volume labels, blind-stamped compartment decorations, and gilt-stamped fleurs-de-lis in compartments. Top edges gilt. Back pastedown of each volume with gilt-stamped example of Zaehnsdorf's oval medieval bookbinding apprentice device, from a design by Jost Amman.
Provenance: Front fly-leaf of second volume with a woman's tantalizingly not-quite-decipherable ownership inscription: "E[something] Anne Fan[something!]s [/] Farnley 1848." Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
NSTC 2R2740 & 2R2743; Ing, Charles Whittingham: Printer, 1795-1876, 32. Bindings as above, variously rubbed to extremities; offsetting to endpapers from turn-ins. Vol. II with ownership inscription as above. Pages lightly age-toned with occasional minor smudges or spots; front fly-leaf of vol. II (only) more notably spotted. => A handsome set of an intriguing Victorian — and feminine — perspective on the domestic side of this dramatic period in the 17th century. (37855) Add to My BOOK-STACK
First Aldine Edition of the "Christian Cicero" — Eulogy for a Great Printer
Lactantius. L. Coelii Lactantii Firmiani Divinarum institutionum libri septem. De ira Dei, liber I. De opificio Dei, liber I. Epitome in libros suos liber acephalos. Phoenix. Carmen de dominica resurrectione. [colophon: Venetiis: In aedibus Aldi, et Andreae soceri, 1515]. 8vo (16.3 cm, 6.375"). , 348, , , 48 ff. $5,000.00
First Aldine edition for Lactantius' three major works, the editio princeps having been printed in 1465. Another Aldine version appeared in 1535. The text includes a preface by Giovanni Battista Egnazio (addressed to Antonio Trivulzio) which serves as a => eulogy for Aldo Manuzio, who died earlier that year, as well as a => Latin–Greek dictionary following the main text for the phrases used within the work. Also appearing after Lactantius' text is a short "Apologieticus contra gentes" by Tertullian, with a preface by Egnazio; UCLA's Aldine catalogue notes the two must have been released together, as corrections for the Tertullian appear at the end of the Lactantius.
Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius (ca. 240–320), born a pagan before converting to Christianity, was a North African writer whose polished style earned him, during the Renaissance, the sobriquet of "the Christian Cicero." According to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, Jerome admired his writings, judging their strengths and weaknesses as apologetics somewhat wistfully: "Would that he had been able to establish our teachings as well as he demolished that of others."
Spaces with guide letters are found throughout the work but have been left unaccomplished, no scribe having provided decorative initials; the whole is => in Aldine italic with a few phrases in Greek; and the Aldine dolphin and anchor is found on both title-pages and the last page.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Adams L16; Renouard (3rd ed.), Alde, 70–2; UCLA, Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection (2001), 132. On Lactantius, see: New Catholic Encyclopedia, VIII, 308–309. Late 18th-century tree calf, flat spine ruled and decorated in gilt with two colored labels, covers framed in gilt geometric roll, all edges gilt and gauffered, speckled endpapers; rubbed with some loss of leather and covers somewhat tenuously attached, worming at one corner a little affecting an endpaper. Light age-toning with some staining/spotting, some gatherings with chiefly marginal waterstaining/very small worming; inner margin of title-page and first leaf of text repaired affecting a few letters; one leaf with short interior tear and another with inked marginal note. => This Aldine with a significant "Aldine" preface. (37839) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Calvin on the Book of Daniel
Calvin, Jean. Praelectiones Ioannis Calvini in librum prophetiarum Danielis, Ioannis Budaei & Caroli Ionvillaei labore & industria exceptae. Additus est è regione versionis Latinae Hebraicus & Chaldaicus textus. [Lugduni]: Apud Bartholomaeum Vincentium, 1571. Folio (31.4 cm, 12.35"). , 171,  ff. (lacking one internal blank). $1,000.00
Early edition of Calvin's lectures on Daniel, edited by Charles de Jonvilliers and Jean Budé and first published in 1561. Leaders like Luther, Calvin, and Melanchthon played a role essential to the Reformation in both legend and reality in interpreting the Bible for its readers; yet while (like the others) he championed the reading of the Scriptures in the vernacular, Calvin chose to present his notes on and explanations of various books of the Bible in the language of scholars — Latin. In other words, effectively, he still expected the mass of believers to => rely on the intermediation of the clergy to assist them; but his works were => placed on the Index nonetheless, including this book, one of his many exegeses of the Old Testament.
The Latin text here is printed in roman and italic with intermittent Hebrew, with decorative woodcut initials throughout. The title-page features the => large printer's device of Bartholomew Vincent. Curiously, most library records for this edition give Geneva as the place of printing, which is wrong. No place is given in the book itself; Vincentius, however, never printed anywhere except in Lyons. Thus, this is the first printing of the Latin text outside of Geneva, for the 1561, 1562, and 1569 edition all appeared there (the 1570 edition was an English-language translation from a London press).
Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of lawyer and historian Guido Kisch (1889–1985, son of Rabbi Alexander Kisch and brother of medical historian Dr. Bruno Kisch), with inked inscription beneath: "Letztes Geburtstagsgeschenk des M. Bruno, '75."
Adams C302; Index Aurel. 130.118. Contemporary vellum, spine with early hand-inked title replacing now-absent title-label; worn, especially at extremities, and cocked with vellum split over front joint (sewing holding) and front cover with insect holes. Endpapers slightly ragged; one internal blank leaf lacking. Some corners bumped; pages age-toned with occasional spotting and staining. => A used but very usable copy, with interesting provenance. (37849) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Informative Calendar & How-To Book for the Tudor Farmer
Tusser, Thomas. A hundreth good pointes of husbandrie. London: Reprinted for R. Triphook and W. Sancho, 1810. 8vo (23.4 cm, 9.25"). 20 pp. $200.00
Reprinted from the first edition of 1557: "Good husbandry, maintaineth good household, with huswifry. House keping and husbandry, if it be good: must love one another, as cousinnes in blood. The wife to, must husband as well as the man: or farewel thy husbandry, doe what thou can" (this, from the title-page). Thomas Tusser's instructional poem here records, in monthly order and rhyming couplets, memorable and vigorous => instructions and observations for farmers about country customs of the Tudor period.
Tusser (1524–80) was himself a farmer and one of the earliest known pastoral English poets. His poem as eventually expanded into the immensely popular Five Hundreth Pointes of Good Husbandrie was widely read, but he never made his fortune; he remained a humble farmer, moving throughout England.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Mid- to late-19th-century half brown calf with marbled-paper sides and gilt lettering to spine; edges and boards lightly rubbed and minor wrinkling to spine; bumping to fore-edge of boards. Text with scattered spots of foxing. Uncut and partially unopened copy. => A pleasing reprint of this Tudor essential. (37856) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Sentiment, Philosophy, & 330 Illustrations!
Saint-Pierre, Bernardin de. Paul and Virginia. London: W.S. Orr & Co., 1839. 8vo (24 cm, 9.5"). xxix, 306 pp. $45.00
Bernardin de Saint-Pierre's sentimental novel of two young friends who fall in love on the island of Mauritius sharply criticizes France's social class divisions of the 18th century, drawing from ideas of Enlightenment philosophers and arguing against slavery — although "fair treatment" of slaves in the novel seems to suffice for Saint-Pierre, rather than complete emancipation. This edition bears an original memoir of the author by Sarah Jones and its preface avers (accurately or not) that "this is the first time the Paul and Virginia of St. Pierre has [properly] appeared in an English dress; all the previous editions having been disfigured by . . . numerous omissions and alterations . . . reducing it from the rank of a philosophical tale to the level of a mere story for children."
The edition => contains 330 illustrations, a steel-engraved frontispiece of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, an engraved title-page, and => 28 "large engravings" printed on India paper and mounted (with printed tissue guards) on their own leaves; entered onto the verso of the front free endpaper are long pencilled notes (mainly from Bland) extolling their quality.
Bland, A History of Book Illustration, pp. 78–79. Half purple morocco with gilt lettering and decoration to spine; marbled endpapers and all edges gilt. Rubbed with exposure of boards under leather at corners; boards with spots of discoloration and rear one with nick to cloth exposing board. Light foxing throughout interior and long interior tear (not taking type) to last leaf of text. => A wealth of engravings worthy of study. (37389) Add to My BOOK-STACK
The Old Tale of the Devil's Son
Herbert, Isaac, ed. Roberte the Deuyll. A metrical romance from an ancient illuminated manuscript. London: Printed for Egerton, Clarke, & G. Barrett, 1798. 8vo (20.3 cm, 8"). viii, 49 pp.,  leaves of plates. $150.00
The medieval legend of Robert le Diable tells the tale of a knight born upon prayers to the devil after heaven ignored a desperate mother's wishes; his origin becomes apparent throughout his violent and sinful life, although he eventually experiences remorse and recent accounts of the story treat it as a romance — Robert, following his repentance, marries a beautiful princess. In older accounts, Robert lives as a hermit.
The tale of the sinful knight is here => beautifully illustrated with 14 plates evoking manuscript illustrations in black and white, including the frontispiece; the text and the plates are on wove paper.
Provenance: On front pastedown, armorial bookplate of Robert Frederick Boyle, possibly the author of Piebald: A Novel published in 1867. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
ESTC T130686. On the texts seen by Herbert, and their illustration (or lack of it), see: Robin Flowers, British Museum Quarterly (Dec., 1934), pp. 36–38. Bound in 19th-century half morocco with marbled paper sides and gilt lettering to spine; corners bumped, spine-ends and joints rubbed. Very light foxing to plates and small tears and occasionally some loss to page edges. => A nice copy of this version of this legend, uncut but opened. (37846) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Trust in the Lord, & Keep the Powder Dry" — Inscribed by the Editor
Bible. English. Geneva. Selections. 1861. The soldier's pocket Bible. An exact reprint of the original edition of 1643. Cambridge, [Mass.]: Printed for private distribution, 1861. 32mo (14.9 cm, 5.875"). vi, , 16 pp. $200.00
One of 100 privately printed copies, inscribed by the editor to a prominent American lawyer. The original edition of 1643 was a 16-page passport-sized => pamphlet issued to soldiers of Oliver Cromwell's army during the English Civil War, containing about 150 verse quotations relating to war drawn from the Geneva Bible, meant both to inspire the men's good morals and to rouse them for the fight.
George Livermore, editor and sponsor of this reprint, was a book collector known for his impressive collection of rare Bibles. He possessed what he believed at the time to be one of only two surviving copies of the 1643 Souldier's Pocket Bible, with WorldCat presently reporting three copies although not the one that Livermore knew of.
The reprint, which was produced => "for a few friends who may value such a memorial of one of the most important periods of English History," includes a prefatory note from Livermore discussing the history of the original as he understood it, and bears a facsimile of its title-page.
Provenance: Inscribed in ink on the front free endpaper, "Hon. Geo. S. Hillard with the best regards of his friend Geo. Livermore, July 4, 1861." George Stillman Hillard was an American lawyer who developed a legal practice in Boston with American politician and abolitionist Charles Sumner. Later bookplate of the Pacific School of Religion on front pastedown.
Not in Hills. Brown morocco, boards with blind double-ruled borders and gilt lettering to front one, all edges gilt; rubbed and abraded. Front free endpaper slightly discolored around edges and inscription faint but very readable; text clean and clear. => An intriguing presentation copy. (37831) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Marked with a Classical Precision to which English Poetry had Yet Rarely Attained"
Hall, Joseph. Virgidemiarum: satires. In six books. London: William Pickering, Chancery Lane [colophon: Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne & Co.], 1825. 8vo (18.5 cm, 7.25"). 7, , xv, , 151 pp. $300.00
Pickering publication of the bishop of Norwich's => personal satires, originally printed in 1597 and 1598, and noted by the DNB as "the first collection of formal verse satires on the Latin model to be published in England."
This imprint represents more than meets the eye: "This book was first published by W. & C. Tait, Edinburgh, 1824. Evidently Pickering bought a part of the edition and inserted his own title-page" (Keynes). Someone has inked "only 100 copies printed" on the bottom margin of the title-page.
Provenance: Bookplate of Allan D. MacDonald on front pastedown; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1825.6; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.),69. 19th-century polished calf, spine with gilt red leather label and florally gilt-stamped compartments, covers double-ruled in gilt with blind oblong rolls within, board edges decorated in gilt curly roll; marbled endpapers, all edges stained red, binding ever so gently rubbed. Light pencilling on endpapers, evidence of removed bookplate; provenance evidence/inknote as above, light age-toning with the occasional spot and two small pencil marks. => A lovely, clean, attractive book. (37853) Add to My BOOK-STACK