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Leaming, Thomas.  A Philadelphia lawyer in the London courts. An address delivered before the Law Academy of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: George H. Buchanan Co., 1906. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 34 pp.; 3 plts.
$20.00

Original and sole edition, with illustrations by the author.
        Provenance: On the front wrapper, the signature of J.T. Spencer.

In tan wrappers; minor edgewear and age-toning. Provenance marks as above.  (39550)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Compendium of Early Physiognomy, in Italian, & with a Byzantine Forgery

Porta, Giovanni Battista [Giambattista] della; Antonius Polemo (attrib.); Giovanni Ingegneri.  La fisonomia dell'huomo, et la celeste ... libri sei. Venetia: Sebastian Combi & Gio. LaNoù, 1652. 8vo (16.6 cm, 6.55"). Add. engr. t.-p., [30], 598, [18], 190, [2], 134 pp.; illus.
$1,500.00

Della Porta's influential work on physiognomy, originally published in 1586 as De humana physiognomonia. Here, the author seeks to categorize similarities between visible external physical characteristics and the traits of the soul or character hidden within — formalizing a pseudo-science that continues (in assorted variations) to find adherents even today. The human physiognomy treatise is followed by its celestial counterpart, and then, as issued, by the Fisonomia di Polemone (although attributed to Polemo, actually a Byzantine forgery) and the Fisonomia naturale of Giovanni Ingegneri.
        The two Italian-laguage della Porta texts are illustrated with => numerous in-text copper engravings: These remarkable vignettes include, along with a sequence of individual animals and humans, a series of => side-by-side comparisons of human facial types to various types of animal, offered as examples of Porta's determinations: "The horse is a noble animal, therefore it is a sign of nobility to walk erect with the head held high. Men who resemble a donkey are like that animal: timid, stupid, nervous. He who looks like an ostrich is akin to it in character: he is timid, elegant, vicious, stolid. man who reminds us of a swine is a swine, eating greedily and having all the other characteristics, such as rudeness, irascibility, lack of discipline, sordidness, lack of intelligence [and] modesty. In a similar way, men who look like ravens are impudent; those who resemble oxen are stubborn, lazy, irascible; men who have lips shaped like those of a lion are hearty, magnanimous, courageous; others who make us think of a ram are timid, malicious and humble" (Seligmann). Mortimer notes that these engravings "were probably copied from the Vicenza woodcuts used by Pietro Paolo Tozzi."
        Evidence of readership: Front pastedown and free endpaper with early inked annotation in Latin and French.

This ed. not in Brunet; see Mortimer, Italian 16th-Century Books, 398; Cicognara 2460. See also Seligmann, The History of Magic, 319. No edition of the Polemo forgery is listed in Freeman, Bibliotheca Fictiva. Contemporary mottled calf, covers framed in gilt double fillets, spine with gilt-stamped title, compartments ruled in gilt and holdaing gilt-stamped decorative motifs, and raised bands with gilt roll; leather expectably acid-pitted, binding moderately worn overall. Annotation as above. => This is a very pleasing copy, with pages clean and images printed darkly and crisply.  (39430)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Family & Friends Production — Signed by Richard Ellis

Upham, Francis Bourne.  Fenestrae: Windows through which a friend may see the soul of a busy man. New York: Privately printed, 1939. Small 4to (25.3 cm, 10"). [10], 94, [2] pp.
$65.00

A limited edition collection of poetry printed by Richard Ellis, a friend of the poet's son, at the Haddon Craftsmen. Francis Bourne Upham, Jr. writes in his introduction that his father's poetry was printed for a small number of family members and close friends. The second edition (the first edition appeared in 1930) includes intimate explanatory notes at the end of each poem. This is one of 40 copies and is => signed by Richard Ellis at the colophon.
        WorldCat has located one institutional copy in the U.S. (Temple).

In tan cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board, top edge gilt, with original brown slipcase; very minor rubbing to slipcase corners. In excellent condition!  (39526)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Family & Friend Affair

Upham, Francis Bourne.  Fenestrae: Windows through which a friend may see the soul of a busy man. New York: Privately printed, 1939. Small 4to (25.6 cm, 10"). [10], 94, [4] pp.
$75.00

A limited edition collection of poetry printed by Richard Ellis, a friend of the poet's son, at the Haddon Craftsmen. Francis Bourne Upham, Jr. writes in his introduction that his father's poetry was printed for a small number of family members and close friends. This second edition (the first edition appeared in 1930) includes intimate explanatory notes at the end of each poem and is => one of only 40 copies.
        WorldCat has located one institutional copy in the U.S. (Temple).

In brown leather with gilt lettering to spine and front board, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers and deckled edges. A faint stain to two pages, perhaps from something that was once laid in. A bright, tight copy in a wonderfully clean and elegant binding.  (39522)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 The New York wits. The pamphlet poets. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1927. 8vo (21.4 cm, 8.5"). 31, [1] pp.
$15.00

The introduction by Robert A. Simon reads, "Your harrassed [sic] compiler . . . has restricted his plum pullings to the writings of the New York wits who were already celebrated before 1900. There is no pretence that the best light verse of New York is here assembled. Some of it is material that makes one marvel at the enthusiasms of the publishers and readers of older New York. But I believe that it presents a fair sequence of the entertainment that the town has enjoyed."
        From Simon & Schuster's The Pamphlet Poets series.

In printed paper wrappers; front wrapper detached and rear hinge fragile, age-toned. A neat anthology.  (39548)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Crane, Nathalia.  Nathalia Crane. The pamphlet poets. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1926. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 31, [1] pp.
$15.00

The introduction by Hughes Mearns reads, "Many of the poems in this selection, we are confident in claiming, may stand in their own right beside the best of our time. In the most prolific period in our literary history few there are, we fancy, who would withold the laurel from [Nathalia Crane]."
        From Simon & Schuster's The Pamphlet Poets series.

In printed paper wrappers; front wrapper detached and lacking bottom corner, top corner of both wrappers also missing, rear hinge fragile. General age-toning. Still flawless poetry.  (39547)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Pennell, Joseph.  Charles Marqudant Burns: Artist and teacher. Philadelphia: No publisher, 1922. 8vo (23.6 cm, 9.375"). Unpaginated.
$25.00

Original and sole edition.

In brown paper wrappers; lightly edgeworn. Unopened; the front free endpaper has been opened a bit roughly.  (39546)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Union League of Philadelphia.  Charter and by-laws of the Union League of Philadelphia. With the names of its officers and members. January 2, 1865. Philadelphia: Sherman & Co., Printers, 1865. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 31, [1] pp.
$100.00

Original and sole edition. A small pamphlet containing the "Rules of the League House" is laid in.

In printed paper wrappers; minor fading, bottom of front wrapper pulling from spine, spine partially lacking. Faint water-stain to edge of rear wrapper and last few leaves; text is clean.  (39545)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Hale, Benjamin.  The sources and mean of education: A lecture before the Union Lyceum of Lyons, N.Y., February 3, 1846. Geneva: Ira Merrell, printer, 1846. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 27, [1] pp.
$30.00

Original and sole edition. Benjamin Hale was the President of Geneva College.

Removed from a nonce volume; minor age-toning to edges, the occasional small, faint stain, light vertical crease down center. Very good.  (39544)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Clark, John W.  John Baptist: A poem, delivered before the Union Lyceum of Lyons, N.Y., January 27, 1846. Geneva: Ira Merrell, printer, 1846. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 12 pp.
$30.00

Original and sole edition. John W. Clark was a rector of Zion Church in Palmyra.

Removed from a nonce volume; minor age-toning, faint offsetting and soiling to first leaf, occasional spot of foxing. The text is unmarked.  (39536)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Cross, Joseph.  Preparatives of eloquence. An oration, pronounced before the Genesee Lyceum, at the annual exhibition of the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, Lima, N.Y. September 27, 1843. Rochester: Printed by David Hoyt, 1843. 8vo (21.6 cm, 8.5"). 32 pp.
$35.00

Original and sole edition.

Removed from a nonce volume; moderate foxing, occasional light staining.  (39535)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Hosmer, William Howe Cuyler.  Themes of song: A poem, read before the Amphictyon Assocation, of the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, at the annual exhibition of that institution, September 30th, 1842. Rochester: Printed by William Alling, 1842. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 34, [2] pp.
$40.00

Original and sole edition.

Removed from a none volume; staining to edges of first few leaves, occasional spotting of foxing, stamped number and inked number on first page of text. The poem is unaffected by the minor flaws.  (39534)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Woodbury, Levi.  An oration before the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Dartmouth College. Hanover: Dartmouth Press, 1844. 8vo (21.6 cm, 8.5"). 37, [4] pp.
$20.00

Original and sole edition. Levi Woodbury (1789–1851) was a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire and also served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

Removed from a nonce volume; faint age-toning, occasional spot of foxing, bumping to fore-edges of last few leaves causing a minute tear.  (39533)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Maffit, John Newland.  An address delivered before the literary societies of the Wesleyan University, August 3rd, 1841. Middletown, CT: George W. Concklin, 1841. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 23, [1] pp.
$40.00

Original and sole edition of an address on "the intellectual and moral power of education."

Removed from a nonce volume; light age-toning to edges, occasional spots of foxing, minor hole to rear leaf not affecting text. Quite nice.  (39532)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Holdich, J.  True greatness: A discourse on the character of Rev. Willbur Fisk, S.T.D., late president of Wesleyan University, delivered before the faculty and students of the university in the Methodist Episcopal Church, Middletown, Conn., Wednesday afternoon, April 3d, 1839. Middletown, CT: E. Hunt & Co., 1839. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 36 pp.
$18.00

Original and sole edition. Rev. J. Holdich was a Professor of Moral Philosophy and Belles Lettres.

Removed from a nonce volume; occasional foxing throughout with more on the last leaf. A very good copy.  (39539)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Reading Recommended by William Penn

Saltmarsh, John.  Sparkles of glory, or some beams of the morning star. Wherein are many discoveries as to truth and peace. To the establishment and pure enlargement of a Christian in spirit and truth. London: Reprinted for William Pickering [colophon: J. Whittingham], 1847. 12mo (14.1 cm, 5.6"). [8], xx, 212 pp.
$225.00

Pickering edition of 17th-century charismatic Protestant Saltmarsh's work, from the publisher's Christian Classics series. William Penn counted Saltmarsh (d. 1647) as a good pre-Quaker writer to read, though he led quite the controversial life — most notably promoting the idea of free grace while serving as chaplain to Sir Thomas Fairfax, and even being accused of letting a woman preach.
        The text was first published in 1647; although the title-page and WorldCat records give the publication date of this printing as 1847, Kelly and Keynes suggest 1848.
        Binding: 20th-century brown textured calf, spine lettered in gilt with leaf stamps in compartments, covers framed in double blind fillets with crosses at corners and an intricate oval stamp at center; blind dotted roll along board edges, blind double fillets on turn-ins, Fountain marbled endpapers, all edges stained red. => Binding signed by Rivière.
        Provenance: Armorial bookplate of the Bell family (a fess ermine between three church bells, with motto "promptus sum") at front; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering,1848.12; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), p. 57; NSTC 2S3189. On Saltmarsh, see: Oxford DNB (online). Binding as above, a few very gently rubbed spots. Pages very clean save for light age-toning and one small spot to half-title. Bookplates and labels as above, a few small pencilled bibliographic notes on endpapers. => A nice copy of a Pickering and Quaker classic, in a very attractive binding.  (39483)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Ribbon–Embossed Binding & Historical Architecture

Bloxam, Matthew Holbeche.  A glimpse at the monumental architecture and sculpture of Great Britain, from the earliest period to the eighteenth century. London: W. Pickering [Leicester: Printed by Thomas Combe, Junior], 1834. 8vo (20 cm, 7.8"). xv, [1], 291, [1] pp.; 2 plts.
$125.00

First edition of an architectural history book from an author known for writings that are "eminently readable, factual, informative, well structured, and certainly less opinionated than those of many of his contemporaries" (ODNB). The work progresses chronologically, starting with the Celtic and Belgic Britons, in its descriptions of monuments throughout British history to the end of the 17th century, and is illustrated with => two double-sided full-page plates of priestly garments and 55 in-text illustrations — mostly from original drawings. Also included are a wood-engraved title-page vignette and, at end, a grinning-skull memento mori (with French motto) and the printer's device, the two latter executed by Jewitt and the last designed by "T. Williment" [i.e., Willement].
        Binding: Dark brownish purple ribbon–embossed cloth, printed paper spine label. Bookcloth is Krupp style Ft19.
        Provenance: Small bookplate of T. Davison of Scarborough at front; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

NSTC 2B38425. Not in Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, nor Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.). On binding cloth, see: Krupp, Bookcloth in England and America, 1823–50, p. 72. On Bloxam, see: DNB (online), source of the quotation above. Binding as above, a little cocked with spine and edges of covers sunned; extremities, rear joint, and corners chipped with spine label quite so. Bookplates as above. Pages very slightly cockled, with light age-toning and the occasional speck; faint foxing around the plates. One pencilled correction in text. => Interesting reading!  (39455)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Wilson, John M.  A full history of the eventful life, crimes, confessions, repentance, and death on the gallows of John M. Wilson. [Norristown, PA]: Rev. W.A. Leopold, (1887). 12mo (18.5 cm, 7.25"). 110 pp.
$245.00

Original edition, not a reprint.
        The gruesome murder "of Anthony W. Dealy, Jan. 26, 1884, whose body, cut up and in bags, was found March, 1884, in the Wissahickson" as told by the murderer, John M. Wilson, who was hanged January 13, 1887 for his crimes.
        "Wilson blamed his plight on demon rum, but it was his size, as much as anything, that did for him. He was only five feet, two inches tall and weighed a little over one hundred pounds. Dealy, a farmer at Chestnut Hill, . . . for whom he worked, would not pay him his wages, and in a fit of anger and intoxication, Wilson killed him with a cleaver."

McDade, Annals of Murder, 1108. In tan wrappers, rebacked with tan paper; front wrapper stained, rear wrapped rubbed, chipping to corners. Interior age-toned, several corners creased, a handful of pages stained. The murderer gives his perspective.  (39419)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Baron Is At It Again!

[Raspe, Rudolf Erich], Alfred Crowquill [pseud. of Alfred Henry Forrester], illus.  The travels and surprising adventures of Baron Munchausen. Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, n.d. [ca. 1880]. Small 8vo (19.5 cm, 7.625"). Frontis., xxiii, [1], 25–283, [1] pp.; 5 plts.
$25.00

Baron Munchausen's adventures include an accidental trip to the Moon, an appearance by Don Quixote, and an unexpected rescue by a seagull. English artist Alfred Henry Forrester, credited under his pseudonym, Alfred Crowquill, provided a frontispiece and five plates to illustrate the many implausible escapades. The text is also embellished by headers, tailpieces, and decorative initials.
        Binding: Publisher's brown cloth with gilt label and black acorns and ivy decoration to spine. On the front board, gilt lettering and black-stamped decoration of a pheasant, as well as acorns, oak leaves, and ivy leaves.
        Provenance: On the front free endpaper, the name "Maura M. Hedden" is written in pencil dated May 3, 1884. At the bottom of the same page is written: "Yours &c, Mu."

Binding as above; rubbing to edges and boards, corners bumped, spine cocked. Some leaves with light spots of soiling, minor gutter crack. Outrageous adventures in a still-highly enjoyable volume!  (39446)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Cruikshank and the Baron

[Raspe, Rudolf Erich], & George Cruikshank, illus.  The travels and surprising adventures of Baron Munchausen. Illustrated with thirty-seven curious engravings, from the Baron's own designs, and five woodcuts. London: Frederick Warne & Co., n.d. [ca. 1920]. 12mo (18.6 cm, 7.375"). Frontis., xxvi, 268, [2 (adv.)] pp.; 36 plts., illus.
$20.00

Baron Munchausen goes on a series of unimaginable adventures and survives to recount them all with an air of indifference. He attacks two bears, saves a woman's life, wins in a battle against a pride of lions, and becomes a prisoner of war, but that's just the beginning for the Baron!
        There are 37 engraved plates "from the Baron's own designs," and five smaller in-text woodcuts from the celebrated British caricaturist and frequent Dickens illustrator, George Cruikshank (1792–1878). The text is further embellished by headers, tailpieces, and decorative initials. Issued as part of Warne's "Chandos Classics" series.
        Provenance: On the front pastedown, a bookseller stamp for Bertrand Smith's Acres of Books. On front flyleaf, an indecipherable signature in ink.

Not in Cohn, George Cruikshank: a catalogue raisonné. Publisher's brown cloth with gilt decoration and lettering to spine; overall rubbed, corners bumped. Provenance marks as above; occasional dark staining along gutter and a few gutter cracks, some leaves with faint water-staining, finger smudges, and dust-soiling. Cruikshank is as impressive as ever; a copy that has been loved many times over and with much love left to give.  (39453)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

[Raspe, Rudolf Erich], Gustave Doré, illus.  The adventures of Baron Munchausen. Cleveland, OH: The World Publishing Co., n.d. [ca. 1950]. 8vo (20.8 cm, 8.125"). 206 pp.; 20 plts. (incl. in pagination), illus.
$15.00

Baron Munchausen goes on a series of unimaginable adventures and survives to recount them all with an air of indifference. He attacks two bears, saves a woman's life, wins in a battle against a pride of lions, and becomes a prisoner of war, but that's just the beginning for the Baron!
        There are 20 full-page illustrations (including the frontispiece) and many smaller in-text illustrations by French artist Gustave Doré. The Frenchman's work bring to life some of the Baron's most well known and humorous experiences, such as riding a half-horse and flying on an eagle.

Quarter blue cloth with cream cloth sides, red label and gilt decoration to spine, gilt lettering and red-stamped decoration to front board; corners bumped, bumping to spine, speckling to cloth, faint water-staining to joints causing mild bleeding, spine faded. Interior lightly age-toned, some rubbing to front free endpaper. A good copy with oh-so many fun illustrations!  (39500)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Bible. N.T. Greek. Codex Vaticanus. 1867.  Novum Testamentum Vaticanum. Post Angeli Maii aliorumque imperfectos labores ex ipso codice edidit Aenoth. Frid. Canstant. Tischendorf. Lipsiae: Giesecke et Derient, 1867. Large 4to (28.5 cm, 11.25"). L [i.e., 50], 284 pp., [1] of facsim.
$375.00

[bound with] Appendix Novi Testamenti Vaticani. inest Apocalypsis ex codice unciali Vaticano 2066, cum supplementis et emendationibus Novi Testamenti Vaticani, item illustratur editio Codicis Vaticani Romana nuperrima. Lipsiae: Giesecke et Devrient, 1869. Large 4to (28.5 cm, 11.25"). xviii, 20 pp.
        The famous Tischendorf edition of the renowned Greek manuscript of the New Testament in the Vatican Library, together with Tishendorf's appendix to the same. The title-page of the New Testament is printed in black and red while that of the Appendix is in black only. The Greek text of the Testament is in single-column format while that of the Appendix is double-columns.
        Binding: Contemporary English calf by Burman, Cooper & Co., of Birmingham (with its ticket), in a Victorian Gothic imagining of a 15th- or early 16th-century binding; rebacked in the 20th century. Marbled endpapers of a combed up pattern. All edges carmine.
        Provenance: 19th-century bookplate of the Flounders Trust; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Binding as above, scuffed. A very good copy.  (39517)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

(Homeopatic Medicine). Banerjee, N. K., comp. & ed.  Notes on cholera, by Hahnemann and other masters of homoeopathy. Calcutta: Salzer & Co., [ca. 1960]. 12mo (18 cm, 7.25"). 53 pp.
$45.00

Banerjee was "Registrar and Professor, Bengal Allen Homoepathic Medical College & Hospital, Calcutta."
        WorldCat lists no editions at all of this work.

Paperback. Very good.  (39497)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

(Homeopatic Medicine). Faulkner, Robert.  Dr. Faulkner's repertory. Calcutta: Haren & Brother, [ca. 1972]. 12mo (18 cm, 7"). 114 pp.
$50.00

“Fifth edition (Second Indian).” A printing of "Homoeopathic physicians' visiting list & pocket repertory."
        WorldCat does not list any Calcutta editions of this work.

Paperback. Very good.  (39498)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

(Homeopatic Medicine). Dunham, Carroll.  Symptoms, their study; or "how to take the case." Calcutta: Haren & Brother, [ca. 1960]. 12mo (18 cm, 7"). 30 pp.
$50.00

Dunham received his M.D. from Columbia but converted to homeopathy after receiving a near fatal wound and with the aid of homoeopathy he cured himself using Lachesis.
        WorldCat does not list any Calcutta editions of this work.

Paperback. Very good.  (39499)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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