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Providence Institution for Savings.  Charter, by-laws, and regulations. Providence, [RI]: George H. Whitney, 1853. 12mo (19 cm, 7.5"). 11, [1] pp.

The institution, popularly known in Providence as "The Old Stone Bank," was founded in 1819 and this publication has changed in the by-laws and regulations through 1852.
        With a good wood engraving of the building on the rear cover.
        WorldCat locates copies at only the AAS and Brown University.

Original printed and illustrated wrappers. Very good.  (40361)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Beerbohm's Caricatues of Rossetti & Friends

Beerbohm, Max.  Rossetti and his circle. London: William Heinemann, 1922. 4to (26 cm, 10.25"). [x] pp.; 23 col. plts.

First trade edition, illustrated with => 23 tipped-in photomechanical reproductions of Beerbohm's color drawings/caricatures of individuals of the Rossetti circle, including Rossetti, Benjamin Jowett, Robert Browning, Swinburne, Millais, Ruskin, Oscar Wilde, et al. Each plate is accompanied by a guard sheet with descriptive letterpress.
        => This is one of Beerbohm's most prized collections of portraits.

Gallatin & Oliver 18. Publisher's full blue cloth stamped in gilt, in original dust jacket with small rent in upper outer corner of front panel. VG/VG; the usual discoloration to the endpapers, plates => fresh and charming.  (40379)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Mathematician, a Missionary, & the Chinese Rites Controversy

Le Comte, Louis.  Memoirs and remarks geographical, historical, topographical, physical, natural, astronomical, mechanical, military, mercantile, political, and ecclesiastical. Made in above ten years travels through the empire of China: Particularly, upon their pottery and varnishing, silk and other manufactures, Pearl-fishing, the history of plants and animals, with a description of their dities and publick works, number of people, manners, language and customs, coin and commerce, their habits, oeconomy, and government, the philosophy of the famous Confucious. With many curious particulars; being, in general, the most authentick account of that country ... A new translation from the best Paris edition, and adorn’d with copper-plates. London: Pr. by John Hughs ... for Olive Payne, 1738. 8vo (20.7 cm; 8.125"). [4] ff.,536 pp.; frontis. (port.), 3 plts. (2 fold.), fold. table.

In the annals of early Westerners writing about China, the members of the Society of Jesus rank high for the quantity and quality of their writings. Louis Le Comte (1655–1728) began his novitiate in October 1671, was sent to China as a mathematician and a member of the 1687 Jesuit mission under the leadership of Jean de Fontaney, and returned to Europe in 1691. In 1696 he published his Nouveaux mémoires sur l'état présent de la Chine: It caused great debate within the Chinese Rites Controversy.
        This is => the first 18th-century edition of the English translation of that work, here with a cancel title-page in black and red, changing the publication date from 1737 to 1738, and notably => printed for a woman bookseller. It begins with an engraved frontispiece portrait of Emperor Cam-hy (i.e., K'ang-hsi) signed "M. Vander Gucht sculp." The other plates depict "The throne of the emperor of China" (folding), "Outom-Chu, a tree in China," "The observatory at Pekin" (folding), and a folding table of "All the words that form the Chinese tongue" (!!).
        The work is a classic in the field of early European accounts of China, of missions to and in China, and of travel in general. Thomas Jefferson owned a copy of the first edition and may have done so for the work's sections on education.

ESTC T140502; Goldsmiths'-Kress 3379?; DeBacker-Sommervogel, II, 1356; Cordier, Bibliotheca Sinica, I, 40-41. Recent quarter calf, round spine, raised bands, gilt ruling above and below each band; gilt center devices in four spine compartments. Marbled paper sides. Light age-toning to title-page; apart from an old touch of inkstaining at the tips of pages in one section, a very few stray stains only. A very nice copy.  (40384)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Amazons — Illustrated!

Petit, Pierre.  De amazonibus dissertatio, quâ an verè extiterint, necne, variis ultro citroque conjecturis & argumentis disputatur. Amstelodami: apud Johannem Wolters & Yserandum Haring, 1687. 12mo (17 cm, 6.125"). [6] ff, 398 pp., [6] ff., illus. (without the map).

Using classical texts and images Petit explores the possibility that the Amazons were not merely figments of mythological fancy, but actual members of Scythian society. Using texts from Homer through Juvenal and beyond, Petit canvasses the full range of opinions and evidence from contemporary sources. His text is in Latin; the Greek texts, offered in Greek, are translated into Latin as well.
        This is the "Editio secunda, auctior & correctior," following the very rare edition of 1685 .
        The => 53 in-text engravings offer iconographic evidence for the Amazons. The majority are numismatic, showing portrayals of Amazons on classical coins. Some others show works of art, especially sculpture, and representations of what Amazonian weapons might have looked like.
        The work begins with a dedication to Baudelot de Dairval and a full table of contents. The body of the text is organized into chapters concerning various aspects of the lives and types of evidence relating to the Amazons. There is an "Addenda" on pp. 381–98 that includes => discussions of Christopher Columbus, cannibalism, and Amazons in the New World. The book ends with another index.

European Americana 587/106; Sabin 61256; Hayn, Amazonen-Litteratur, 53. Recent marbled paper over boards, leather spine label. Added engraved title-page cut down with loss of imprint data and mounted; without the map, often missing. Light staining to the preliminary and first few text pages. Otherwise, a rather nice copy.  (40385)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Soto, Pedro Juan.  Spiks. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1973.

Puerto Rican (nuyorican) author of "The Generation of 1940. Translated & with an introduction by Victoria Ortiz.
        Short stories of Puetro Rica life in New York City with interwoven elements of drugd, violent crime, and the basic day-to-day effort to succeed at some level. With keen observation on the confined/constrained life imposed on women.
        First edition, first printing.

Publisher's red cloth and pictoria. price-clipped d/j. VG/VG.  (36283)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Rousseau, Jean Baptiste.  Odes, cantates, epitres et poesies diverses. Paris: Chez P. Didot, fils aine de F. A. Dudot l'aine, 1790. Large 4to (32 cm, 12.75"). xii, 560 pp.

“Cette edition a été imprimée, au nombre de 250 exemplaires, avec de nouveaux caractères gravés exprès par Firmin Didot, sur du papier vélin de la fabrique de MM. Dervaud et freres Henry, d’Angoulême” (p. [vi]]. Part of the continuation of the series originally printed for the education of the Dauphin.
        Provenance: Bookplate of Louis Boutemy, later owned by Tisseyre Boutemy.
        WorldCat locates five U.S. libraries reporting ownership (Pierpont Morgan, NYPL, State Library of Indiana, St. Johns, St. Catherine University).

Brunet, V, 1491. 19th-century half red morocco and marbled boards; top edge gilt; silk place marker.  (40332)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Moliere.  Oeuvres de J.B. Poquelle de Moliere. Paris: de l'Imprimerie de P. Didot l'aine, 1791–94. Large 4to (33 cm, 13"). 6 vols. I: xxiv, 480 pp. II: [2] ff., 525, [1] pp. III: [2] ff., 585, [1] pp. IV: [2] ff., 586 pp., [1] f. V: [2] ff., 548 pp., [1] f. VI: [2] ff., 532 pp.

“Cette édition a été imprimé, au nombre de 250 exemplaires, avec les nouveaux caractères gravés par Firmin Didot, sur du papier vélin de la fabrique de Henry fereres, d’Angouleme” (vol. I., p. [v]). Part of the continuation of the series originally printed for the education of the Dauphin.
        WorldCat locates only four U.S. libraries reporting ownership (NYU, Yale, Harvard, State Library of Indiana).

Brunet, III, 1799. 19th-century half brown calf and marbled boards. Scattered light foxing. Natural page edges (hence, irregular).  (40331)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Malherbe, François de.  Poesies de Malherbe. Paris: Imprime au Louvre par Didot l'ainé,, 1797. Large 4to (32.5 cm, 12.75"). Xxvii, [1], 325, [1] pp.

One of an edition of 250 copies. Issued in Didot’s series Collection des auteurs classiques françois et latin commissioned by Louis XVI and inaugurated in 1789 with an edition of Télémaque. => Printed on fine quality paper from the mill of Delagarde in Marais.
        WorldCat locates only five U.S. libraries reporting ownership (Fordham, Library of Congress, State Library of Indiana, University of Maryland, Texas A&M).

Brunet, III, 1338; Graesse, IV, 352. 19th-century half dark green morocco and marbled boards. Top edge gilt.  (40330)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Folio Extra — Out of Series

Boileau Despreaux, Nicolas.  Oeuvres de Boileau. Paris: De L'Imprimerie et de la Fonderie de Pierre Didot, l'aîné ... et de Jules Didot Fils, 1819. Folio extra (49 cm, 19.75"). 2 vols. I: [4] ff., xvi, 348 pp. II: 355, [1] pp. Illus.

“Cette édition, imprimée avec mes nouveaux caractères, fondus dans un moule contenant et reproduisant à-la-fois la moité de l’alphabet, n’a été tirée qu’à cent vingt-cinq exemplaires seulement, tous signés et numérotés. Elle fait suite aux oeuvres de Virgile, d’Horace, de Racine, et aux Fables de La Fontaine, publiées dans le même format” (colophon). This copy out of series.
        “Edition Dediée au Roi” and ornamented with nine vignettes.
        The contents are: Volume I, Satires. Épitres, L’Art poétique, and Le Lutrin; volume II, Poésies diverse. Pièces diverses en prose, Lettres. Réflexions critiques sur quelques passages de Longin, Traité du Sublime ou du Merveilleux dans le discours, traduit du grec de Longin, and Remarques.
        The Huntington Library cataloguer labels this => Didot’s greatest typographical production.
        WorldCat finds only two U.S. libraries reporting ownership (Huntington, Fordham).

Vicaire, I, 830. 19th-century half leather binding with marbled paper sides. Top edge gilt. Leather replaced in 20th century by brown morocco on spine and board corners. New spine labels. Scattered foxing and spotting. Fore-edges slightly darkened.  (40326)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

With Renouard’s Catalogue

[Owen, John].  Cambro-Britanni epigrammata. Paris: Apud editorem ... Typis Petri Didot natu majoris, 1794. 12mo (15 cm, 6"). 2 parts in 1 vol. xij, 323, [1] pp., [6] ff.

One of an edition of 300 copies printed on paper and four on vellum, printed for Renouard; this copy on paper. Bound at the end is Renouard’s Catalogue des Livres Imprimes par J.B. Bodoni, printed by P. Causse.
        As is to be expected, heavily held in the U.S. (NYPL, LA Public, Huntington, Wesleyan, Yale, Northwestern, Kansas, Princeton, Drexel, UPenn, UPuerto Rico, Texas A&M, Indiana U.). However, WorldCat finds only five U.S. libraries reporting ownership of Renouard’s catalogue (Grolier Club, Library of Congress, Harvard, Penn, Brigham Young).

19th-century full red pebbled morocco, rebacked using original spine; gilt spine extra; gilt-decorated boards. All edges gilt. Silk place marker. Edges of binding darkened.  (40325)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Special Copy of a Special Edition

Anacreon.  Odes d'Anacréon, traduites en françois, avec le texte grec, la version latine, des notes critiques, et deux dissertations. Par le citoyen Gail ... Avec estampes, odes grecques mises en musique par Gossec, Méhul, le Sueur, et Chérubini; et un discours sur la music grecque. Paris: de l'imprimerie de Pierre Didot l'Aine, an VII (1799). Large 4to (33 cm, 13"). xvi, 204 pp. Music: 5. 7, 2–3, 3 pp. Frontis,, plt.

Original Greek with parallel Latin translation and a full French translation by Gail. Frontispiece portrait of Anacreon in two states and one plate by Boichot also in two states. Engraved music at end.
        “Edition plus complete que toutes celles qui ont paru jusqu’a ce jour” (title-page).
        The copies located via WorldCat all are reported as being only 26 cm tall and lacking the extra plate present here. None report having the frontispiece in two states.
        Provenance: Ownership note of the Rev. Charles C. Bubb, D.D., Fremont, Ohio, 1928; Bubb owned and operated the Clerk’s Press.

Cohen-de Ricci 81; Schweiger, I, 25; Graesse, I, 111. 19th-century half brown morocco, spine gilt, and marbled boards by L. Causse. Top edge gilt. Light waterstaining to the leather.  (40324)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Massillon, Jean-Baptiste.  Petit careme. Paris: de l'Imprimerie de Didot l'aine, 1789. Large 4to (31 cm, 12. 25"). [4] ff., 312 pp.

One of an edition of 200 copies. Part of the series printed for the education of the Dauphin.
        WorldCat locates only two U.S. libraries reporting ownership (Cornell, Cleveland Public).

Brunet, Supplement, 981; Graesse, IV, 439. Contemporary red morocco, spine gilt extra, gilt borders on covers. All edges gilt. Silk bookmarker.  (40323)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Frontinus, Sextus Julius.  Strategematicon libri tres. Lutetie: [François Ambroise Didot] apud Guilelmum De Bure, 1763. 12mo (14.5 cm, 5.75"). [1] f., 212 pp., [2] ff.

Frontinus’ classic work on military art and science. Schweiger says of this edition, “Sehr sauber.”
        Colophon: “E typographia Fr. Ambr. Didot.”
        Binding: Contemporary full red morocco, plain style. Side-combed nonpareil endpapers. All edges gilt. Silk place marker.

Schweiger, II, 369. Bound as above.  (40322)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Racine, Jean.  Oeuvres de Jean Racine. Paris: de l'Imprimerie de Didot l'aine, 1784. 8vo in 4s (19 cm, 7.5". 3 vols. I: 463, [1] pp. II: [2] ff., 484 pp. III: [2] ff., 372 pp., [2] ff.

“Cette édition in-8o a été imprimée au nombre de 350 exemplaires, avec les nouveaux caractères de la fonderie de Didot l’aine, sur du papier-vélin de la manufacture de Mrs. Johannot pere et fils, d’Annonaie, premiers fabricants en France de cette sorte de papiers” (vol. III, verso of leaf following p. 372). That is, printed on wove paper.
        In series: Collection des auteurs classiques, françois et latins. Issued in the same year in 4to and 18mo formats.
        Binding: Full crushed red morocco, gilt spine and boards; gilt rule on board edges; gilt rolls on turn-ins; marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Binding signed Petit Succs. de Simier.
        Provenance: Bookplates of Casimir L. Stralem, Clarence E. Clark, and Brian Douglas Stilwell.
        WorldCat locates copies of this edition in this format at only four U.S. libraries (UCLA, Georgetown, Library of Congress, Harvard).

Bulletin de la Librairie Morgand et Fatout 10951; Brunet, V, 1078–79; Jammes, Les Didot, 25. Bound as above. Very Good copy.  (40317)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Boileau Despreaux, Nicolas.  Oeuvres. Paris: de l'Imprimerie de Didot l'aine, 1789. Large 4to (33 cm, 13"). 2 vols. I: xxi, 447, [1] pp. II: [2] ff., 440 pp.

One of an edition of 250 copies, “avec les nouveaux caracteres de la fonderie de Didot l’aîné, gravés par Firmin son second fils” (vol. I, p. [vii]). => Part of the series printed for the education of the Dauphin.
        WorldCat locates five U.S. libraries reporting ownership (Pierpont Morgan, Syracuse University, the Getty, Boston Public, Harvard).

Later 19th-century quarter brown calf and marbled boards, silk place marker.  (40315)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Saint-Lambert, Jean-François de.  Les saisons. Poeme ... Paris: de l'Impreimerie de P. Didot l'aine, 1796. Large 4to (32 cm, 12.75"). [2] ff., xxiv, 406, [2] pp., [4] ff. of plts; illus.

Illustrated with four plates designed by Chaudet and engraved by Morel.
        Binding: Contemporary full red morocco, plain style, modest but interesting gilt tooling on boards. All edges gilt. Silk place marker.
        WorldCat locates only four U.S. libraries reporting ownership of the quarto edition (UCLA, Catholic University, Library of Congress, University of Utah).

Cohen-de Ricci 927; Brunet, IV, 51; Graesse, VI, 225. Bound as above, spine sunned. Scattered foxing, as in many copies.  (40333)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

All About Bath — With Maps — Including Its
       Plants, Birds, & Insects

Morris, J[oseph] W[illiam], ed.  Handbook to Bath prepared on the occasion of the visit of the British Association, 1888. Bath: Isaac Pitman Sons, [1888]. 8vo (18.3 cm, 7.2"). vi, [3], 264, [4] pp.; 2 fold. maps (1 col.).

Sole edition: "Presenting concisely and readily . . . the continuous history of an ancient borough rich in monumental evidence of varying fortune in changing times, and illustrating in that history the revolutions of race, the changes of manners, the progress of society, in no ordinary degree" (p. iii). The work => opens with a tipped-in, black and white folding map of the country around Bath, and closes with a larger, color-printed geological map done by Horace B. Woodward (the latter map contained in a pocket on the back pastedown). One chapter covers the botanical attractions of the area, including a selection of interesting local plants (using scientific terminology and giving brief notes on the locations where they were observed), while another lists the rarer birds and insects to be found.
        The "British Association" that visited Bath in 1888 was the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
        Few U.S. institutions report holding physical copies of this work: WorldCat finds only eight American locations.

Publisher's pebbled blue cloth–covered limp boards, front cover with gilt-stamped title; spine cloth slightly darkened and bubbled, extremities rubbed. Pages and color map slightly age-toned, minor offsetting to upper and inner margins of first few leaves (around tipped-in map), overall internally clean. => A nice copy of an interesting work.  (40375)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

BAL Author, before Her Whirlwind Episode with Poe

Durfee, Job, & Sarah Helen Whitman.  A discourse, delivered before the Rhode-Island Historical Society on the evening of Wednesday, Jaunary [sic] 13, 1847. Providence: Charles Burnett, jr., 1847. 8vo (22.5 cm, 9"). 42, 5, [1] pp.

Durfee (1790–1847), Chief Justice of Rhode Island, expounds on "the Rhode-Island Idea of Government" (p. 40), and his words were "Published at the request of the Society" (title-page). This was first printed in the Journal of the Rhode Island Institute of Instruction (Providence: Charles Burnett, Jr., 1847), vol. II, no. 1.
        But for many, of far more interest is the "Poem, by Sarah Helen Whitman. Recited before the Rhode-Island Historical Society on the evening of January 13, 1847; previous to the delivery of Judge Durfee's discourse" (sectional title at rear). Whitman (1803–78) was variously a poet, essayist, Transcendentalist, spiritualist, and romantic interest of Edgar Allan Poe! The author of her page on the Poetry Foundation website characterizes her as "intelligent, gifted, witty, and warm" and says "She was widely read." The fact is she is one of few women given space in the Bibliography of American Literature, that bastion of white male authors.
        Provenance: Gift inscription on front wrapper, "Jno. McClellan, Esq. with the respects of E. Dyer, Jr."

BAL 21359B; Sabin 21425. Yellow printed wrappers. Very good.  (40377)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Roman Catholic Church. Liturgy and Ritual. Cree.  [in Cree syllabics, romanized as] E mamawi anamesikaniwak [i.e., [Praying the Mass together]. [Moosonee, Ont.: Theresa Press, 1965]. 8vo. 14 pp.

Title-page and text in syllabic characters. Headings in red (some in Latin or English), text in black ink Contents are the prayers for the mass:. Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Preface, Sanctus, The Lord's Prayer, Libera Nos, Agnus Dei, Communion of the Faithful, and End of Mass.

Not in Banks. Not in Evans. No references located. Fine in original self-cover.  (15189)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

History of the Propagation of the Christian Faith
       By a "Hater of False History"

Baxter, Richard.  Church-history of the government of bishops and their councils abbreviated. Including the chief part of the government of Christian princes and popes, and a true account of the most troubling controversies and heresies till the Reformation. London: Printed by B[ennet] Griffin, for Thomas Simmons at the Princes Arms, 1680. 4to (22 cm, 8.12''). [44], 136, 177–296, 313–400, 409–488 pp.

An anti-Catholic , Puritan overview of Christianity's origins intended for those who "cannot read many and great Volumes" and those who "would know the truth about the great Heresies which have divided the Christian World," among other readers suggested by the title-page. Baxter (1615–91), author of the classic devotional work The Saints' Everlasting Rest, was a prominent — and much-persecuted — Nonconformist minister and => "Hater of false History"; thus the present account opens with a discussion of how to assess the credibility of histories and reports.
        1680 marked this work's first edition, with its title-page recorded in three variant states noting the same printer but differing booksellers (the text and its setting otherwise identical). As seen in other copies, everything from chapter VII onwards has been printed in a slightly different typeface using different manicules; also, there are several places where the pagination and signatures skip widely, although the text continues uninterrupted.
        Provenance & Evidence of Readership: Front pastedown with bookplate of the Library of the Theological Seminary of the Diocese of Ohio (properly deaccessioned). Intermittent 17th-century inked marginalia cross-referencing pages, adding significant information, and correcting certain points.

ESTC R10655; Wing (rev. ed.) B1224B. Contemporary calf, rebacked, covers framed in double gilt fillets, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt devices in compartments; rubbed and worn overall, spine with early paper shelving label. Pages age-toned; one leaf with upper outer corner torn away (not touching text). Annotations as above. => A solid copy in contemporary binding, with interesting evidence of readership.  (34379)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

For B.R. Admirers & Lovers of Great Design — Signed by Ellis

Rollins, Carl Purington.  B.R., America's typographic playboy. New York: The Georgian Press, Printed by Richard W. Ellis, 1927. 8vo (20.8 cm, 8.125"). [4], 13, [3] pp.; 6 ff. of plts.

A tribute to esteemed book designer Bruce Rogers (1870–1957) with reproductions of his typographic work in black and, very occasionally, dark green. This is numbered copy 209 of 500 designed, printed, and => signed by Richard Ellis at The Georgian Press.

Blue pictorial paper–covered boards, white wraparound spine label printed in black; half-inch of spine-head lacking, webbing exposed at spine's rear edge, spine label age-toned. Occasional light offsetting. Still very nice.  (38980)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Society for Helping Destitute Mothers and Infants.  [drop-title] Destitute mothers and infants. The address of Miss Clarke, the Secretary of this charity, has been recently changed ... [Bosotn: Society for Helping Destitute Mothers and Infants, ca. 1890?]. 8vo ( 8.5"). [2] ff.

The Society aimed at placing destitute and unwed mothers and their infants in service positions but made no promise of success or of the ability for the children to stay with the mothers. This brochure gives the names and addresses of the two women (Lillian F. Clarke, Mary R. Parkman) who did the interviewing and would supervise their lives, and lays down the strict rules regarding what is expected of the applicants.
        Clearly this was written for the women seeking help and probably was widely distributed in Boston and the surrounding area.

As issued.  (40356)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

O'Malley, Mary, ed.  [Perspectus for] Threshold. [Belfast: Lyric Players Theatre], 1957.

The perspectus for O'Malley "Literary Magazine published quarterly surveying the Irish and world scene." Lists the contributors of volume I, number 1. With a blank subscription form.

Very good with one old fold.  (40355)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Born a Slave, Later Secretary to Nero — A Revered Philosopher

Epictetus; Thomas Wentworth Higginson, trans.  The works of Epictetus. Consisting of his discourses, in four books, the Enchiridion, and fragments. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., (1890). 12mo (18 cm, 7"). 2 vols. I: xvii, [3], 221, [1] pp. II: iv, 288 pp.

"A new and revised edition," translated by Thomas Wentworth Higginson. "It is always pleasant to an author, or even to a translator, when he finds a renewed demand for his work after an interval of twenty-five years . . . [this] translation has undergone a good deal of revision during this long interval, and now bears few traces of Mrs. [Elizabeth] Carter's — on which it was originally based" (p. iii).

Contemporary half morocco and marbled paper–covered sides, spines with gilt-stamped title and Art Nouveau decorations; spines and board edges sunned, extremities rubbed, vol. I front joint refurbished. Front fly-leaves each with pencilled ownership inscription dated 1910. Two leaves in vol. I with short edge tears, not touching text; a few signatures opened badly, with portions of leaves attached to the next; several leaves trimmed short. Many signatures in vol. II unopened. => A pretty pair.  (35007)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Leopold Bloom's Favorite Astronomer in a Stellar Binding

Ball, Robert Stawell.  The story of the heavens. London, Paris, & Melbourne: Cassel & Co., 1895. 8vo (23.7 cm, 9.3"). [2], 512 (of 556) pp.; 16 (of 18) plts. (4 col.), illus.

Early, revised edition of this popular look at our solar system and beyond, written by a prominent Irish astronomer (1840–1913) and originally published in 1885. The work may now be best remembered for its role in Ulysses, in which it prompts ruminations on the term "parallax," among other references. This copy features 16 plates, several of which are printed in color, and numerous in-text illustrations; the former are => described by Joyce's M'Coy as "fine plates . . . worth double the money, the stars and the moon and comets with long tails."
        Binding: Blue morocco, front cover framed in triple gilt fillets surrounding a green, red, and crimson inlaid strapwork design with gilt-stamped corner fleurons and a central stylized star motif with green and red inlays and pointillé gilt-stamping; back cover with gilt-stamped decorative border, spine with gilt-stamped leather title, author, and date labels. Board edges with gilt roll, wide turn-ins with gilt fillets and gilt-stamped stars in corners. All edges marbled to coordinate with marbled endpapers. Spine dated 1918.

NSTC 0859833. Bound as above (unsigned). Front free endpaper with faint rubber-stamp of a California bookseller. Incomplete: lacking two plates and final 22 leaves (end of final chapter, appendix, and index), with no excisions or removals visible in bound volume. Pages age-toned. While the volume's premature conclusion is regrettable, the absent text is readily obtainable, and this is still => a work of interest for astronomers, devotees of 19th-century popular science, and Joyceans — presented in a truly striking binding.  (40363)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


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