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Seeking Aid for the Honest & Industrious — but Unfortunate — "Poor Ellen"

Green, Frances Harriet.  Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge. Providence: B.T. Albro, 1847. 16mo (13.3 cm, 5.25"). Frontis. (incl. in pagination), 128 pp.
$97.50

Early edition, following Albro's first printing of 1838, of this tale of a hardworking but long-suffering free Northern black woman whose grandmother was a Native American of the Narragansett tribe and whose African-American family members had been enslaved prior to the war. The Memoirs describe how Eldridge made use of her profits from working as a dairy woman and as a maid to purchase real estate, but came close to losing everything through some questionable legal shenanigans before successfully defending her rights in court.
        It is unclear how much of Eldridge's biography has here been romanticized (there now seems to be little available evidence regarding her career), but the story nonetheless provides an important perspective on the lives of African-American women prior to the Civil War. Also of interest is the group of women described as helping to rescue Eldridge by way of this literary endeavor, undertaken through the auspices of Green, a Rhode Island–born author, reformer, and spiritualist who went on to publish several abolitionist works.
        => A woodcut frontispiece depicts Eldridge in cleaning-woman guise, holding a small broom.

Sabin 22102 & 103303 (for earlier eds.); Library Company, Afro-Americana, 3446. On Green, see: Dictionary of American Biography, VII, 542. Original quarter cloth with marbled paper sides. Front board missing, some cloth of spine perished. Original paper spine label present. Plate in a decent impression (as it sometimes is not).  (40905)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Swedish Recipes, American Flair — A BILINGUAL COOKBOOK

Lindahl, Sophia, ed.  Fullständigaste Svensk-Amerikansk Kokbok = Swedish-English cookbook. Chicago: The Engberg-Holmberg Pub. Co., 1897. 8vo (20.1 cm, 7.9"). 378, [6 (adv.)] pp.; illus.
$175.00

Early Swedish-American cookery, printed in double columns of => side-by-side Swedish and English. Unsurprisingly present here are meatballs, fish pudding, "Swedish salad" (this recipe calling for chopped herring, beef, potatoes, beets, apples, anchovies, cucumbers, and hardboiled eggs, topped with oysters), cabbage with cream, gravlax, and other classics, along with dishes reflecting more international influences ("macaroni a la Ricadonna," Russian fish soup, turkey stuffed "in French manner") — and => specifically American items such as "To smoke ham in the American way," "Potatoes in Kentucky style," and Philadelphia ice cream. Cranberries are substituted for lingonberries in several places, including the recipe for lingonsaft. Also present is an assortment of sample menus including smorgasbords, small dinners, grand dinners, and seasonally themed everyday meals.
        This cookbook comes from its Swedish-American publishing house => "med femtio illustrationer" — with 50 in-text engravings depicting "biff a la mode," kalfhufvud, a pyramid of crabs, and other tempting dishes, with some illustrations signed by E. Tiling, C. Laplante, Berveiller, and other hands. At the back of the volume are several pages of illustrated advertising for books in Swedish. This is the second appearance, following the first edition of 1895; the 1895 printing is scarce and this one only slightly less so.
        Brown lists only two Swedish-American cookbooks printed prior to Lindahl's.

Brown, Culinary Americana, 741. Not in Cagle & Stafford. Publisher's printed paper–covered boards with green cloth shelfback, spine with gilt-stamped title; covers darkened and spotted not unattractively, cloth wrinkled, extremities rubbed, hinges (inside) slightly tender. Pages gently age-toned; small stain to upper outer edges extending onto upper outer margins of first few leaves, two pages with offsetting from now-absent laid-in item. => A clean, pleasing copy of the 1897 edition, in the original binding.  (40907)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Uncommon Eureka, CA Cookery

American Legion Auxiliary (Eureka, CA).  Cook book. Eureka, CA: Eureka Printing Co., [ca. 1923]. 8vo (22.8 cm, 8.98"). 62 pp.; illus.
$75.00

Opening with a poem about trees and two images of => Sequoia Park, this California community cookbook is dedicated to citizens of Eureka and Humboldt County. The recipes are interspersed with advertisements for local businesses such as the famed Eureka Inn on the Redwood Highway, listing its first-ever manager, Leo Lebenbaum, along with California artist Emile J. Iversen as resident manager; our estimated publication date is partly based on the Inn's having opened in 1922 with Iversen leaving his position in 1928, and partly on the Daly Bros. ad noting "twenty-eight years under the same management."
        Almost all of the recipes are attributed to specific local cooks. Most are fairly standard early 20th-century American dishes; items of interest among them include chop suey (plus "American chop suey," which features spaghetti, ground beef, and canned tomato soup), tamale loaf, and potroast of venison.
        Scarce: WorldCat locates => only two institutions reporting holdings of this cookbook, both in California (Humboldt State University and UCLA), along with one additional listing which incorrectly identifies a later Eureka Women's Club publication as the present item.

Not in America's Charitable Cooks. Publisher's printed gray textured paper wrappers; minimal wear to spine and corners. Pages slightly age-toned, otherwise clean and crisp. => Ephemeral, local Californiana, here in a very nice copy of its original edition.  (40927)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Mrs. Beeton of Germany Comes to America

Davidis, Henriette.  Praktisches Kochbuch für die Deutschen in Amerika. Zuverlässige und selbstgeprüfte Anweisungen zur Bereitung der verschiedenartigsten Speisen und Getränke, zum Backen, Einmachen u. s. w. Milwaukee: Georg Brumder's Verlag, (copyright 1879). 8vo (21.1 cm, 8.3"). iv, 400 pp.
$175.00

First U.S. appearance: One of the best known and most authoritative German cookbooks of the late 19th through early 20th centuries, here in an edition intended for German-Americans and produced by one of the largest German-American publishing enterprises in the country. Printed in black letter, the text is almost entirely in German; the handful of recipes that give English titles are largely desserts ("Apple-Pie," "Sponge-Cake," "Cup-Cake," "Cooky") — with a few outliers like "Tomatoe-Pickles" — while the fish section adds parenthetical translations for shad, carp, pike, etc. => The title-page notes that the text has been supplemented with some typically American dishes, and quantities have been adapted for American usage.
        Davidis (1801–76) worked as a governess and teacher before launching a full-time career focusing on cookery and home economics. Her Praktisches Kochbuch für die gewöhnliche und feinere Küche was originally printed in 1844 (under the title Zuverlässige und selfstgeprüfte Recepte der gewöhnlichen und feineren Küche) and went through numerous editions. The present American version enjoyed a great deal of success, with at least five printings following this first.
        Binding: Publisher's dark green cloth, spine and front cover with elegant gilt lettering and decorations; the lettering evokes fraktur, the embellishments are delicate with filigree elements, and the gilt vignette on the front cover features a tall bread-filled basket on a draped table also bearing a ham, a lobster, and a duck or goose. All edges marbled.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with Cincinnati bookseller's ticket (in German); front free endpaper with early pencilled inscription of Fr[aulein?] J. Fingerle.

Bitting, 115; Brown, Culinary Americana, 4361 (for second ed.). Binding lightly rubbed overall, gilt dimmed, hinges (inside) cracked but holding. Pages slightly age-toned with occasional faint spotting; a few leaves with small nick to upper edge. => Representing an important development in German-American culture.  (40917)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Cooking by the American System, for Greek Immigrants

Gkines, Makis [or Guinis, Michael].  [In Greek, romanized as] Megalē amerikanikē mageirikē dia mageirous kai oikogeneias: Praktikai kai dokimasmenai syntagai dia tēn paraskeuēn phagētēon kai glykysmatōn kata to amerikanikon systēma [i.e., Great American cooking for cooks and families]. New York: Ekdotika Katastēmata Atlantidos [Atlantis, Inc.], (copyright 1917). 8vo (23.3 cm, 9.17"). 320 pp.; illus.
$175.00

Sole edition of a very early Greek-American cookbook: It is printed almost entirely in Greek, with recipe titles in English. The foreword notes that after a long career in Greece and the Near East, the author (who worked in restaurants and hotels, and on transoceanic ships) had to completely retrain himself to use American measurements: These recipes specify pounds and ounces — not just as quantities, but also as transliterated English terms — rather than grams.
        While the language is Greek and a decent number of the dishes are identified as such (Greek Fish Soup, Stuffed Turkey a la Grecque, Rabbit Stewed Athenian Style), the cuisine is decidedly multicultural: Soups run the gamut from New York Clam Chowder to Minestra Milanaise, Mulligatawney, and Beef Soup a l'Anglaise. Also present here are Baked Mullet a la Creole, German Fried Cabbage, Mayonnaise de Volaille a la Gelee, Lazania with Tomato Sauce, and the intriguing-sounding United States Salad, while several dishes are dubbed with some variation on "Mexican style." The recipes are given in brief, intended for experienced cooks — aspiring professionals as well as knowledgeable home users.
        The volume opens with reproductions of a number of letters of recommendation attesting to the author's skill and hard work in the kitchen, including at the Hotel Punta Gorda in Florida from 1914–15 and Castle Stevens in New Jersey in 1915; two of these give his name as "Makis Guinis" and one as "Gunes." The text is illustrated with small engravings and a few photographic reproductions, as well as one set of larger engravings offering serving suggestions for lamb chops, a whole fish, and desserts. At the back is a section of sweets given entirely in Greek with headers left untranslated, including halwa, rosewater cookies, baklava, etc., that being followed by a Greek-English dictionary of food terms, a substantial section of restaurant menus and bills of fare (with prices included), and a recipe index in English.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with inked inscription of Athena Cooney.
        => This is the earliest Greek cookbook listed in Brown!

Bitting, 628; Brown, Culinary Americana, 2749. Publisher's green cloth, front cover and spine decoratively stamped in black; spine sunned with small spots of discoloration, extremities rubbed. A very few page corners bumped; one recipe towards back with inked check mark, pages otherwise clean and fresh. => A fascinating item, here in a solid, clean copy that apparently never saw the inside of a kitchen.  (40916)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Very Early American Jewish, But Not Kosher Cookery — Early Edition

Aunt Babette [pseud. of Bertha F. Kramer].  "Aunt Babette's" cook book. Foreign and domestic receipts for the household. Cincinnati: Bloch Pub. & Print. Co., (copyright 1889, but printed after 1893 and long beofre 1901). 8vo (19.3 cm, 7.59"). [4], xxvi, [5]–11, [3], 13–105, [3], 107–11, [3], 113–33, [3], 135–57, [3], 159–85, [3], 187–213, [5], 215–39, [3], 241–337, [3], 339–43, [3], 345–63, [3], 365–419, [3], 421–73, [3], 475–89, [3], 491–99, [3], 501–505, [3], 507–20, [4], [7]–38, [2 (adv.)] pp.
$250.00

One of the earliest Jewish-American cookbooks, printed by the oldest Jewish publishing company in the country. The target audience was culturally assimilated German-American Reform Jews (the publisher's sister was married to one of the most eminent rabbis of the Reform movement) who were not at all strict about kashrut, with the recipes in this cookbook incorporating oysters, lobster, shrimp, and crabs as well as rabbit — even ham. While Kramer had in earlier printings been explicit about her more philosophical than literal approach to keeping kosher, this edition mostly glosses over the issue, with lines such as "nothing is 'Trefa' that is healthy and clean" having been edited out of the text.
        Despite the above, this cookbook proudly displays a Jewish star on the title-page and includes classics like potato pancakes, brisket, and tongue; the section called "Easter Dishes" is subtitled "How to set the table for the service of the 'Sedar' on the eve of Pesach or Passover," and offers recipes for matzo kugel, raisin wine, and macaroons. Many of the dishes have German titles and show clear Ashkenazic roots.
        This bestselling, oft-reprinted cookbook appears here in a revised and enlarged edition, following the first of 1889. The present undated 14th edition must have been printed between 1893 (when the 9th edition appeared) and 1901 (when the company moved to New York). Blank leaves have been provided between sections for cooks to record their own notes. Towards the back of the volume, Kramer's Aunt Babette's" Home Confectionery (first published in 1893) has been appended. Two pages of publisher's advertisements close out the work, the first being for "Bridal Bibles" to carry instead of a bouquet; in very small print at the bottom of the page it notes that this daintily bound bible is "a special edition of 'the thora.'"

Bitting, 265 (for earlier eds.). Not in Cagle & Stafford. Much later plain brown cloth with printed paper spine label; binding slightly cocked, otherwise clean and virtually unworn. Title-page with small paper adhesion to front fly-leaf, affecting a few letters of title. Pages faintly age-toned with occasional small edge chips or short edge tears, not touching text; some corners dog-eared. Two pages with offsetting from small laid-in newspaper recipe clipping; scattered spots of staining, particularly in the dessert section. => Now uncommon in any edition, this cookbook offers intriguing documentation of the changing nature of American Jewish culture and cuisine at the turn of the century.  (40912)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

American Home Cooking at the Turn of the Century
       ("International" Dishes Notably Present)

Compton, Margaret [pseud. of Mrs. Amelia Williams Harrison], ed.  Grand Union cook book. Brooklyn, NY: Grand Union Tea Co., 1902. 8vo (19.6 cm, 7.71"). Frontis., 322 pp.; 4 plts., illus.
$25.00

First edition: A celebrated early–20th century cookbook from a company that proudly proclaimed "You See Our Wagons Everywhere." The Grand Union Tea Company was founded in 1872 in Scranton, PA, and eventually morphed into a chain of grocery stores that survived until 2012; here, they sponsor "reliable recipes for hundreds of tempting dishes." These recipes for the most part embody straightforward American home cookery as it stood at the time — but do reflect a certain level of New York cosmopolitan influence, with items ranging from vegetable soup ("the staple soup in American households") to onion and tomato tortilla, kedgeree (and the classic mulligatawny, along with other Indian-derived dishes featuring curry and tamarind), Italian macaroni dishes, and kromeskies. A French fry–like preparation dubbed "Boston chips" includes the variant "Saratoga chips," better known as potato chips, and coleslaw is present under the title "cold-slaw"; in addition, the "Fulton Market style" clam chowder recipe marks an early example of tomato-based clam chowder in print.
        All recipes are given in paragraph form, without specific quantities, cooking times, or temperatures provided; a few are attributed to other cookbooks or to periodicals including the Philadelphia Ledger, New York Sun, and Washington Star.
        The recipes are illustrated with a frontispiece and four photographic plates, plus in-text trussing diagrams and a depiction of a willow pattern dish. Following the recipes are sections of household tips, laundry instructions, and miscellanea including histories of coffee and tea, and a paragraph attributing the invention of ice cream to "a negro by the name of Jackson [who] in the early part of the present century kept a small confectionary store" (p. 291); the volume closes with a series of Grand Union Tea Company advertisements interspersed with the index, and a list of Grand Union stores.
        This is the first edition of the Compton-edited cookbook, following a Grand Union–branded version of Jane Warren's Young Wife's Own Cook Book issued under the Grand Union Cook Book title.

Bitting, 96; Brown, Culinary Americana, 2573. Not in Cagle & Stafford. Publisher's pebbled cream-colored cloth, spine with black-stamped title and front cover pictorially stamped in black and red; cloth soiled and stained, spine cracked but holding, hinges (inside) cracked. Front free endpaper with early pencilled inscription ("Audrey"); back free endpaper lacking; frontispiece with a bit of caption pulled away and adhered to title-page. Pages browned due to the nature of the paper, with occasional edge chips of varying sizes and a few short edge tears not touching text. Interestingly, while the binding's condition suggests hard kitchen use, the interior is clean and unmarked.  (40900)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Silver Goblets, Painting on Satin & Velvet, Bombazet Aprons, & Two Acres to Tend —
       PROSPECTUS

Ursuline Convent (Charlestown, Boston, Mass.).  [drop-title below an unsigned oval engraving] Ursuline Community. Mount Benedict — Charlestown, Massachusetts. This beautiful and extensive establishment is situated about two and a half miles from Boston, upon a delightful and healthy spot, commanding one of the most beautiful prospects in the United States. — in it young ladies are received from the age of six, to that of fourteen ... [Boston, MA?: No publisher/printer, ca. 1829–34]. Small 4to (24.5 cm, 9.75"). [4] pp., illus.
$1,250.00

Pupils at the Ursuline Convent school in Charlestown were from well-to-do families, primarily liberal Unitarian. This prospectus provides a description of physical plant, curriculum, and school environment down to what items the pupils were required to provide from home (napkins, towels, knife and fork, silver goblet, silver desert and tea spoon, sheets, pillow cases, and articles of dress and uniforms). => The costs and extra charges are specified, as are the text books that will be used.
        The school opened for its first classes in 1828 and demand was swift and large, leading quickly to the addition of two new wings to the building in 1829 (shown in the engraved illustration at head of title). By 1834 there were 47 students, only six of whom were Catholic.
        Although one paragraph of the prospectus promises that "The religious opinions of the children are not interfered with," strong anti-Catholic sentiment in the area was rife and in August of 1834 => a mob burned the convent and school beyond repair.
        Searches of WorldCat, the appropriate bibliographies, and NUC, locate only two libraries (Boston Athenaeum, Massachusetts Historical) reporting ownership of this prospectus. Another, earlier prospectus was printed in anticipation of the school's opening, as is clear from its wording; it is different and less full of information than this later one (based on comparison with the digitized AAS copy). Needless to say the bulk of the printed copies of both issues perished in the fire of 1834.
        => A precious document for women's education in America, and an important relic of Nativism, anti-Catholicism, and early U.S. Catholicism.

Not in Shoemaker; not in American Imprints; not in Parsons; not in Bowe, List of Additions and Corrections to Early Catholic Americana. Folded as issued. Smudging, staining, old folds and some tears; some careful repairs. Docketed on verso, "Convent Papers." => A survivor.  (40906)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

LIFE in a Conceptionist Mexican Convent

Ladrón de Guevara, Baltasar.  Manifiesto, que el real convento de religiosas de Jesus Maria de Mexico, de el real patronato, sujeto a el orden de la purissima e immaculada concepcion, hace a el sagrado concilio provincial ... [Mexico]: En la Imprenta de D. Felipe de Zuñiga y Ontiveros, 1771. Folio (28.9 cm, 11.4"). [1] f., 217, [1] p.
$2,250.00

Only edition. This official declaration of the Order of the Immaculate Conception of the convent Jesus Maria of Mexico encompasses a historical synopsis of the foundation and progress of that monastery with ten chapters on the => the religious life of the sisters — covering their admission into the monastery and their vows of poverty in history and practice. The work is one of the greatest Colonial-era documents to give a clear inside view of the structured life inside a Mexican convent.
        Ladrón de Guevara strenuously protests the ambitious Enlightenment-era reforms that the Bourbon crown wished to make to convent life. In Mexico, the Bishop of Puebla, Francisco Fabián y Fuero (1719–1810), led the reform effort under the guidance of Francisco Antonio de Lorenzana (1722–1804), Archbishop of Mexico, and the proximate cause for the Manifiesto was Fabián y Fuero’s pastoral letter of August 1768 to the abbesses of convents forcefully outlining his plans to curb access to private money in convents, suppressing the custom of the peculio (an allowance nuns could draw from their dowries) and totally abolishing private living arrangements within convents (including the dismissal of private servants).
        The document is addressed to the fourth provincial council, called by Archbishop Lorenzana, and is => a plea on behalf of the nuns to not change how things are done and administered in the nunnery, to not introduce innovations.
        Guatemalan by birth, Ladron de Guevara (d. 1804) studied civil and canonical jurisprudence at the Tridentine Seminary in Mexico, where he graduated from the university and became a lawyer at the royal court. One of the => leading lawyers in Mexico, he ascended quickly to high office, and was appointed governor in absence of the viceroy four times; according to Beristain, he was called the "American Ulpian" (after the Roman jurist) by at least one contemporary.
        Binding: Contemporary gilt-tooled Mexican "cat's paw" calf binding, with a single chain roll used to accent the spine edges, form a center panel on each board, and connect the corners of those panels to the board corners; gilt flower "bouquets' spring into the panels from their corners, and a floral wheel graces each center. Spine slightly round, without raised bands; spine tooled with rules and devices in gilt to form seven compartments (no compartments left for lettering). All edges blue.

Palau 129542; Medina, Mexico, 5451; Beristain, II, p. 61. Binding as above, lightly rubbed; gilt of spine faded and darkened, gilt on covers largely still bright. Plain endpapers, rear free one excised. Text remarkably clean. => A volume beautifully printed, handsomely bound, and socially interesting.  (40926)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Prophet INSCRIBED
       by This Much Admired Lebanese-American Poet, Artist, & Mystical Writer

Gibran, Kahlil.  The prophet. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926. Square small 8vo (25 cm, 8.25"). 84 pp., 12 plates; illus.
$10,000.00

Gibran was born in Lebanon in 1883 and emigrated to the U.S. with his mother and siblings in 1895. His best-known work is The Prophet, a collection of philosophical, spiritual, mystical, and inspirational poetic essays that have been treasured by generations around the world since being first published in September, 1923. Its illustrations "are reproduced from the original drawings by the author."
        Inscribed copy: "With the kindest thoughts of Kahlil Gibran[,] 1926."
        Provenance: Christmas gift inscription reading, "For my friend Cecile from Barbara Young, Christmas, 1926." Barbara Young was the pen name of Henrietta Breckenridge Boughton, an American art and literary critic in the 1920s and a poet; she served as Gibran's secretary from 1925 until his death, revised and published his book The Garden of the Prophet, and published a study of his life (This Man from Lebanon).

Publisher's black cloth; gilt faded, top of spine pulled with small loss. Corner of one leaf torn away. Else a very nice copy of => a book not often found inscribed, and with a provenance that goes straight back to the inscriber.  (40911)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Surveying the Literature of Street Vendors

Nisard, [Marie-Léonard] Charles.  Histoire des livres populaires ou de la littérature du colportage depuis le XVe siècle jusqu'à l'établissement de la Commission d'examen des livres du colportage (30 novembre 1852). Paris: Librairie d'Amyot (Imprimerie D. Jouaust & Ch. Lahure), 1854. 8vo (24.5 cm, 9.64"). 2 vols. I: [4], xvi, 580, [4] pp.; illus. II: [4], 599, [1] pp.; 1 fold. plt., illus.
$500.00

First edition of this important study of the chapbooks and tracts (both secular and religious) peddled by itinerant sellers in France: the first comprehensive, systematic work published on the subject. Nisard was a member of the titular government committee charged with licensing (and censoring) the literature sold by colporteurs, putting him in an excellent position to collect and document a great deal of otherwise ephemeral printed material — much of which he considered pernicious in influence. Covered in these two substantial volumes are almanacs, occult pamphlets, catechisms, biographies, sermons, letters, primers, religious polemics, romances, etc.
        The text is => decorated with over 100 illustrations reproducing woodcuts from tracts described, many mounted and some full-page, including a number of danses macabres.

Brunet, VI, 1720 (no. 30066); Graesse, IV, 679. Later plain cream linen, spines with titles stamped in brown; minor sunning to spines and to top front edge of vol. II. Edges untrimmed, most signatures unopened; dust-soiling to edges and into many margins; foxing, creasing and cockling variously; some leaves in vol. I with short tears from outer margins (often where an illustration needed to be placed inside an unopened signature). => Of interest for scholars of public morals and popular culture, the book trade, and illustration in France from the 15th century through the middle of the 19th, among other topics.  (40866)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Four Generations of Pontifexes, & One Black Sheep Destined to Become a Writer

Butler, Samuel.  The way of all flesh. London: Grant Richards, 1903. 8vo (19.5 cm, 7.68"). [6], 423, [1], 12 (adv.) pp.
$400.00

First edition of "the second-best novel in the English language" (according to A.A. Milne). This groundbreaking, semi-autobiographical reaction to Victorian hypocrisy recounts the struggle of Ernest Pontifex to overcome his family's selfish, smothering piety and insistence on conformity. In a prefatory note, Richard Alexander Streatfeild, a friend of the author's, explains that he edited the book and arranged for its posthumous publication in accordance with Butler's wishes.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Dame Agnes Jekyll (1861–1937), a writer, philanthropist, and patron of the arts; bookplate signed by Charles William Sherborn, 1890.

NCBEL, III, 1407. Publisher's red cloth, front cover and spine with gilt-stamped title, top edge gilt, now in quarter brown morocco and tan cloth–covered open-back slipcase with matching cloth–covered chemise; binding slightly cocked, moderately worn overall with spine darkened and spots of light discoloration to covers, slipcase with spine bands and extremities rubbed. Hinges (inside) tender, sewing starting to loosen along some gutters; pages faintly age-toned, otherwise clean. => A serviceable copy with a nice association.  (40871)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Hamilton, Madison, & Jay Explain the Constitution

Hamilton, Alexander; James Madison; & John Jay.  The Federalist, on the new constitution, written in the year 1788. Hallowell, ME: Glazer & Co., 1826. 8vo (22 cm, 8.75"). 582 pp.
$1,200.00

All research into the meaning and intent of the framers of the Constitution begins with The Federalist. Published in 1788 as a refutation to those who opposed ratification of the Constitution of the United States, The Federalist is relevant today as lawmakers and Supreme Court justices dust off their old copies and consult it for its authoritative and incisive interpretations of constitutional matters such as the relationship between federal and state governments, lobbies and lobbying, the freedom of the press, nominations and confirmations, constitutional amendments, war and treaty-making powers, and the impeachment process. Although the 85 essays here were originally published anonymously, authorship was assigned beginning with the Washington, 1818 edition; also beginning with that edition, Madison's corrections of his essays are present. This is the first edition of this highly important book to be printed in Maine.
        The appendices include the Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution and amendments 1–12, and the Pacificus/Helvidius letters that Hamilton (Pacificus) and Madison (Helvidius) exchanged in response to President George Washington’s “Neutrality Proclamation.”

Howes H114 (for the first and several subsequent editions); Shoemaker 24513; Sabin 23987. Contemporary acid-stained sheep, flat spine darkened and slightly pulled at top with vertically cracked leather reflecting a gutter opening at pp. 234–35; rubbing and abrasions, but volume firm. Title-page and last leaves with offsetting from a previous binding, one short marginal tear a little into text without loss, one leaf with paper flaw in upper margin taking the two page numerals; some foxing and light age-toning, with a small number of pencilled lines, ticks, etc. to margins indicating points of interest. A good++ copy.  (40899)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Mott, James.  Hints to young people on the duties of civil life. [New York]: Printed by Mahlon Day, 1826. 12mo. 24 pp.
$75.00

Simultaneously published by the Tract Association of Friends, New York, and previously published in 1816 with the author's Observations on the education of children (New-York: Printed by Samuel Wood & Sons).

Shoemaker 25433. Not in Rosenbach, Children's. Sewn as issued. Self wrappers. Light foxing.  (34752)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Flowers, Patriotism, & a Scandal

[Newell, Mrs. D., ed.].  Family circle and parlor annual [volume IX]. New York: J.G. Reed, [1851]. 8vo (22.6 cm, 9"). [1], 10–410 pp., [26] leaves of plates (some col.); illus., music, ports.
$255.00

Sentimental literature originally published as individual issues of the Family Circle magazine and here collected and bound into a yearly volume gift book (with index) — charmingly illustrated not only with 12 of the usual steel-engraved scenes but also with => 9 hand-colored plates, 4 wood-engraved plates, and a chromolithographed added title-page. The hand-colored plates include a peacock and variety of flowers, shrubs, and trees including alstroemeria, the moss rose, the inga, catalpa, and the Nankin magnolia.
        The book's theme is established both by these plates and by the accompanying series of florally themed romantic stories, while other pieces refer admiringly to temperance, patriotism, or female education. Some plates were engraved by R. Soper, Allanson, W. Wellstood, A.L. Dick, and J. Smillie; lyrics and music for "Christian Graces" and "Springdale" are present.
        Shockingly the editors report “a most infamous conspiracy to injure and break down several periodicals in this city — our own among the number — has lately come to light” (p. 230). The subscribers’ lists of several periodicals were leaked (apparently by clerks) to unscrupulous individuals who then sent “a vile obscene and filth paper [sic]” to those unsuspecting patrons.
        Binding: Publisher's red, richly gold-stamped textured leather, covers with gilt-stamped central bouquet in a basket. All edges gilt.
        Provenance: Pencilled name of Peter J. Revill on front free endpaper.

Faxon 188c. Not in Tepper or Thomson. Binding as above and => a brilliantly BRIGHT example. Varying degrees of foxing and staining, most notably surrounding plates. A very pleasing volume from many points of view.  (40888)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Wonders, Oddities, & Good Old-Fashioned Entertainment — Varia Par Excellence

Hone, William; George Cruikshank, Samuel Williams, et al., illus.  The every-day book, and table book; or, everlasting calendar of popular amusements, sports, pastimes, ceremonies, manners, customs, and events, incident to each of the three hundred and sixty-five days, in past and present times ... London: William Tegg & Co.; Glasgow: R. Griffin & Co.; Dublin: Cumming & Ferguson (pr. by J. Haddon), 1826–28. 8vo (22.8 cm, 8.98"). 2 vols. (of 3). I: Frontis. (incl. in pagination), viii pp., 1720 col., 8 (adv.) pp.; illus. II: Frontis., [6] pp., 860, 888 col.; illus.
$250.00

Originally issued as weekly numbers and here in their first book form: descriptions of the customs and traditions associated with various celebrations, many now obscure. Hone (1780–1842), a bookseller, author, and reformer noted for battling censorship and other injustices, here takes advantage of the topic's broad scope to incorporate an impressive variety of antiquarian anecdotes, folklore, natural history, travelogues, historical tales, and literary quotations (plus the odd scrap of sheet music) along with the hagiographies found in the Every-Day volume — though the Table Book, written in response to the success of the first series, dispenses with many of the religious associations and generalizes shamelessly in its topics. "These publications were at once popular, educational, quaint, and socially pertinent," says the DNB. Assorted contributors including Charles Lamb supplied the pieces not written by Hone himself for this entertaining grab-bag, illustrated with => over 200 wood engravings, some of which were done by George Cruikshank.
        Evidence of Readership: In addition to one mischievous artistic addition (pencilled glasses and a mustache on the illustration of Blind Hannah), there are several highly indignant comments regarding an account of duelling in Charleston, South Carolina: "A lie! . . . how English these lies are! English lies!" — obviously suggesting an American reader.

Cohn, George Cruikshank, 402 & 403; NCBEL, III, 1285. On Hone, see: DNB (online). Publisher's brown cloth, covers with blind-stamped arabesques, spines with gilt-stamped title and volume number; second volume of Every-Day Book not present here (and our promise of "over 200 wood engravings" considers that). Both volumes worn overall, cloth splitting along spines of these hefty volumes, front covers and spines sunned, hinges (inside) starting. Ex–social club library: 19th-century bookplates, call number and paper label on endpapers, title-pages pressure-stamped. Some signatures opened slightly roughly in vol. I, more notably so in vol. II, with chipping; vol. II with occasional pencilled markings, including those embellishments to the image of Blind Hannah (col. 221/222), and one page with faint markings in light blue. => Despite absence of the second Every-Day series, still a massive amount of wonderfully various reading, with engaging evidence of readership and lots and LOTS of evocative illustrations.  (27545)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"It Is Not Considered Fashionable to Eat Potatoes with Fish"

Peel, Constance Dorothy Evelyn Bayliff.  Waiting at table. A practical guide. London: Frederick Warne & Co. (pr. by William Clowes & Sons), [ca. 1929]. 12mo (18.9 cm, 7.44"). viii, 115, [1] pp.
$85.00

Instructions for servants, by the author of Manners and Rules of Good Society and other works on domestic economy, sometimes known as Dorothy Constance Peel or Mrs. C.S. Peel. These matter-of-fact lessons on upper-class serving techniques, originally published in 1894 under the byline "A Member of the Aristocracy," include much information on food-related trends and fashions of the day (dining hours, types of glasses and serving pieces in common use, foods appropriate for certain meals rather than others, accompaniments for a variety of dishes, when to offer which wines, etc.); they cover everything from informal "at home" breakfasts to wedding receptions at which members of the Royal Family are expected. The front free endpaper bears an advertisement for Mrs. Hunt's Employment Agency.

Publisher's green cloth, front cover and spine stamped in black, front with table setting–vignette and folded napkin decoration; spine dulled, boards slightly sprung with extremities a tad bumped, back cover with small white and other spottings. Pages evenly age-toned, with offsetting to front free endpaper. A solid, internally very clean copy of this influential and oft-cited work, in an elegantly designed early 20th–century publisher's binding.  (40869)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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How to Enjoy Fine California Wines WITHOUT the Burden of Formality

Ellena Brothers.  The hospitality of wines. [Etiwanda, CA: Ellena Brothers, copyright 1938]. 16mo (16.2 cm, 6.38"). 18 pp. (front wrap incl. in pagination); illus.
$75.00

Scarce promotional booklet from Ellena Brothers, established in 1906 by a descendant of an Italian winemaking family who chose the southern California location of Etiwanda (now a part of Rancho Cucamonga!) for his own vineyard after arriving in the U.S. by way of Australia. Claudio Ellena's sons Frank, John, Louis, and Arnold were all involved in the business, which sold many of its wines under the brand "Regina, Queen of Wines" and later took Regina as its primary name. The winery is now is leased by the J. Fillipi winery in Rancho Cucamonga.
        Present here are a brief introduction to the vineyard and guidelines for choosing and serving wine, along with recipes for wine- and champagne-based cocktails plus savory dishes incorporating wine; the text is illustrated with depictions of the company's bottles and a sparkling wine dispenser. The back wrapper is stamped "This booklet is printed only for intra-state distribution within California."

Publisher's printed paper wrappers (back wrapper reproducing Regina champagne labels); front wrapper with crease and small spot of wear to outer edge. Pages slightly age-toned. Overall clean with virtually no wear to interior. => Nice copy of an unusual item.  (40878)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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King Penguin Color-Printed Flowers

Grigson, Geoffrey; Robin Tanner, illus.  Flowers of the meadow. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, [1950]. 12mo (18.5 cm, 7.28"). 34, [2] pp.; 12 double-sided col. plts.
$50.00

First edition: No. 53 from the King Penguin Books series, a set of monographs being the first hardcover Penguin books as well as the first to feature color printing. The present example opens with 35 pages of musings from poet and naturalist Geoffrey Grigson on the subject of meadow wildflowers, followed by 24 strikingly attractive color-printed images (presented on 12 double-sided plates) done by Robin Tanner, who also designed the covers. The text pages were printed at the => Curwen Press, and the plates by John Swain and Sons.

Publisher's color-printed paper–covered boards in original dust jacket; jacket spine sunned with chips at center and extremities, volume with covers very slightly sprung and extremities slightly rubbed. Half-title with small ownership inscription dated 1950. => Plates crisp and beautiful.  (40872)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"Nurse Lovechild's Legacy" — The History of Nursery Rhymes

Immel, Andrea, & Brian Alderson.  Tommy Thumb's pretty song-book. The first collection of English nursery rhymes: a facsimile edition with a history and annotations. Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, 2013. Folio box (32.7 cm, 12.87"). 4to: xv, [1], 121, [1] pp.; illus. I: [4], 59, [5] pp.; illus. II: [2], 64, [4] pp.; illus. III: [2], 63, [3] pp.; illus.
$250.00

Delightful, award-winning set offering both scholarship and aesthetic appeal: Facsimiles of the earliest known printed collection of nursery rhymes (Tommy Thumb's Song Book, 1744, followed by Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book Vol. II and The Pretty-Book), accompanied by an illustrated quarto volume featuring Immel and Alderson's bibliographical essay "Nurse Lovechild's Legacy" and their annotations to the rhymes. The commentary and the three miniature nursery rhyme volumes — the latter in scrupulous photo-facsimile, including the never-before reproduced Cotsen Children's Library copy of the Pretty Song Book — are presented in a well-designed cloth-covered clamshell case.
        This set was => limited to 500 copies, designed and typeset by Patrick Reagh and Patty Holden, and printed and bound by Ken Coburn.

Quarto in publisher's purple cloth with gilt-stamped title on front cover, miniatures in red, crimson, and violet ribbon-stamped cloth with gilt-stamped title on front covers, the whole in a purple cloth–covered clamshell case with compartments for each book; case with very slight sunning and ISBN label to back cover. => All volumes clean, crisp, and unworn.  (40870)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Unexpected Views of "New Life in the Villages"

Carrington, Noel; Edward Bawden, illus.  Life in an English village. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1949. 12mo (18.3 cm, 7.2"). 30, [2] pp.; 16 col. plts. (on 8 double-sided ff.), illus.
$85.00

First edition: No. 51 from the => King Penguin Books series, a set of monographs being the first hardcover Penguin books as well as the first to feature color printing. Carrington was an influential book designer and editor and the founder of Puffin Books, Penguin's children's imprint; his preface here offers a clear-eyed look at the economic and social realities of villages as well as an affirmation of the good in village life.
        Taking his own village of Bardfield as a model, Edward Bawden supplied => six full-page black and white illustrations and 16 color-printed scenes, including "The Child Welfare Clinic" and "An Agricultural Machinery Repair Shop" as well as "The Vicar," "The Bell" (a pub), and "The Market Gardener." The list of plates specifies that "the coloured illustrations in this book are from drawings made by the artist directly on to lithographic zinc plates. They are therefore originals and not reproductions of drawings made on paper."

Publisher's printed paper–covered boards, spine reinforced some time ago with cellophane tape. Issued without dust jacket. Pages and plates clean and crisp.  (40875)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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The Story of the Loaves & Fishes — THE ELIOT INDIAN BIBLE

Winship, George Parker.  The first American Bible: a leaf from a copy of the Bible translated into the Indian language by John Eliot and printed at Cambridge in New England in the year 1663, with an account of the translator and his labors, and of the two printers who produced the book. Boston: Printed by D.B. Updike at the Merrymount Press for Charles E. Goodspeed and Co., 1929. Small 8vo (20 cm, 7.75"). [2], 20 pp., tipped-in leaf.
$3,250.00

The "Eliot Indian Bible" is legendary among Bible and Americana collectors and libraries for its place in American history, book history, and the spread of the Scriptures beyond Europe and the Middle East. Winship (1871–1952), a major figure in American rare books in the first half of the 20th century, was successively the librarian of the John Carter Brown Library, the curator of the Harry Elkins Widener Collection at Harvard, and the keeper of the Treasure Room, then the rare books and manuscripts collection of the Harvard College Library. As such it was natural for Goodspeed's Book Shop to turn to him for the historical essay that forms the text of this leaf book. And a great historical essay it is, detailing the people and institutions involved: printers Samuel Green, Marmaduke Johnson, and the Indian assistant known as James the Printer; translator John Eliot; and the financial backer The New England Company. => The "Eliot Indian Bible" was "the earliest example in history of the translation and printing of the entire Bible in a new Language as a means of evangelization" (Darlow & Moule 6737), was the first printing of the Bible in the New World, and was the first printing of the Bible in a New World language. And of course the fact that a native American had an actual hand in printing it is remarkable.
        This leaf book, printed by D.B. Updike at the Merrymount Press, was limited to 157 (unnumbered) copies, each bearing a leaf from the "1663" edition of the Bible in Massachuset; but actually, since the leaf in this copy is from the New Testament, it was printed in 1661, the N.T. having been printed two years before the O.T. The leaf present here is Aa4 of the N.T., being John 6:2–71 and 7:1 –3, and so it contains => the parable of the loaves and fishes.

De Hamel & Silver, Disbound and Dispersed, 45; Updike, Merrymount Press, 685; Darlow & Moule 6736 & 3737; Pilling, Proof-sheets, 1174–77. Publisher's dark brown cloth, the covers reproducing the gilt design "used by John Ratcliff, the earliest American bookbinder, on the copy of the Eliot Bible now in the Library of Harvard University" (de Hamel & Silver, p. 73). Lightly rubbed at extremities; discoloration to rear fly-leaf and free endpaper from a tassled leather bookmark. Else very good, and with a particularly appealing "Eliot" leaf.  (40868)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"The Felicities & Glories of a Spiritual Kingdom"

Clark, Rufus W.  Heaven and its scriptural emblems. Boston: John P. Jewett & Co.; Cleveland: Henry P.B. Jewett (stereotyped by Hobart & Robbins), 1857 (copyright 1852). 12mo (21.2 cm, 8.35"). 269, [1] pp.; 4 (of 5) plts.
$35.00

An uplifting tour of the beauties of heaven via prose, poetry, and steel-engraved illustrations. The Rev. Rufus Wheelwright Clark (1813–86), who served as a pastor in Washington, DC, Portsmouth, NH, and Boston, MA, before settling at the First Reformed Church in Albany, NY, here intersperses his meditations with extensive poetical quotations from => the "incomparable pen" of Felicia Hemans (p. 182), along with excerpts from Henry Francis Lyte, Richard Henry Dana, and Eliza Townsend (unattributed) as well as various hymns. The volume is illustrated with a frontispiece and three plates => engraved by Charles Edward Wagstaff and Joseph Andrews after designs by acclaimed American illustrator Hammatt Billings. This is an early edition of this popular work, following the first of 1852.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with early pencilled inscription of Lucinda C. Pullen of Lewiston, Maine.

Publisher's textured blue cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped vignette and blind-stamped frame, back cover with same design in blind, spine with gilt-stamped title and decorations; binding rubbed overall and slightly cocked. Pages and plates age-toned with occasional minor foxing; two pages with offsetting from now-absent laid-in item; one leaf with short tear from outer margin, not touching text. One plate ("The New Jerusalem") lacking.  (40853)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Extracted from the Works of Our Most Intelligent Travellers"

(A Mother).  Food for the young, adapted to the mental capacities of children of tender years. London: William Darton, 1823. 12mo (14.4 cm, 5.67"). [4], 176 pp.; 4 plts.
$200.00

Interesting educational tales of natural history and voyages, worked into a frame story about the Johnsons and their children Frederic, Lucy, and William. Part of the excitement comes from a visitor who tells the children stories about being => shipwrecked in Africa and encountering Negroes (friendly) and Moors (unfriendly). Other topics include harvesting and preparing tea, American beavers, the "economy of bees," flora and fauna in Ceylon, glassmaking, the Black Hole of Calcutta (unmistakable, but not named with that epithet), and the life of "an American savage" (p. 169). While the preface notes that the work was written for children eight or nine years old (whereas the first edition specified six or seven!), that target age seems nebulous: many of the teaching moments are conceptually basic — the protagonist children have never heard of and have to ask about concepts such as deserts and volcanos — but the text takes for granted that readers will be comfortable with language on the level of "traversing," "voracious," "expatiating," "approbation," etc. The benevolent mamma does, however, mention several times that her children should always be sure to ask adults the meaning of any unfamiliar word or concept they encounter.
        The volume is illustrated with => four copper-engraved plates: a frontispiece showing two well-dressed children and their mamma discovering a lark's nest, a group of Africans attacked by a lion, the fashionable mamma plus all three children and their dog in a flowery arbor, and a final engraved advertisement for Darton's "maps, charts, & plans [and] extensive collections of books for the use of children and young people." The first three plates are dated 1823. Darton first published the present work in 1818 and again in 1820; this third edition is, like the previous two, now uncommon.
        Provenance: Tipped-in engraved presentation leaf filled out to John Lewis Provoost by his friend Miss S. Lock of New York; front free endpaper with early pencilled inscription of Charlotte E. Marshall. Later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

For first ed., see Gumuchian 2589 & Osborne Collection, p. 708. Contemporary marbled paper–covered boards with roan shelfback, spine with gilt-stamped title; sides a little scuffed, spine leather worn and cracked with head chipped. Hinges (inside) tender, sewing just starting to loosen; pages age-toned with offsetting from plates and a handful of spots of foxing, front pastedown with => early pencilled profile doodle.  (40791)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Influential "Sacred Comedy" — Christian/Classical Theater

Crocus, Cornelius.  Comoedia sacra cui titulus Joseph. Parisiis: Apud Christianum Wechelum, 1541. 8vo (14.8 cm, 5.82’’). 62 pp.
$975.00

This successful Christian play on the life of Joseph the Patriarch followed in the wake of Gnaphaeus’s ground-breaking comoedia sacra, Acolastus. Relying on scant traces of early Christian drama, these novel plays brought biblical stories onto the secular stage through the dramatic and linguistic tradition of Terentian comedy, inventing => a Christian theater of a humanist nature blending moralism and linguistic refinement — one that proved a powerful didactic instrument for Christians and also for Latin-learning schoolchildren in post-Reformation Europe. (Cornelius Crocus (ca.1500–50), a Jesuit theologian and the dramatist here, was also a teacher at the Latin school in Amsterdam.)
        First published in 1536 and here in its sixth edition, Joseph is printed in compact Italic with Wechel's woodcut printer’s device on both the title-page and the verso of the last leaf, and with two historiated woodcut initials in the text.
        Provenance: On the title-page, 16th-century ownership inscription of François Couetoux and 17th-century pen trials (dated 1617) with Latin motto; indistinct 17th-century inscription on verso of last leaf.
        WorldCat locates => one U.S. library (Harvard) reporting ownership of this edition.

Pettegree & Walsby, French Books, 63672. Not in Index Aurel.; not in DeBacker-Sommervogel. Disbound, outer edge close trimmed occasionally just touching shouldernotes, short closed tear or cut to lower edge to title-page not approaching print; text with limited light (often faint) waterstains to edges and light general soiling. => A good, representative survivor of an important hybrid tradition.  (40845)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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